Nowadays, FIFA, world football's governing body, has little to no credibility. With the organisation, under the leadership of Sepp Blatter, seemingly in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, FIFA has been under damage control for some time now. And the release of the 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist will not help.
PHOTO: Liverpool target spotted at Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ahead of today's block buster encounter between Manchester United and Chelsea, look who is present to watch the game. Liverpool target and former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes who is currently training with United is present to watch from the stands at the iconic Theatre of Dreams.
Liverpool target already in Manchester, medical next week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool have been reportedly keeping a close tab on former Barcelona goal keeper Victor Valdes for the past few months. First choice goal keeper Simon Mignolet has had cut a frustrating figure and it was believed that Liverpool might sign a new goal keeper to replace him in January.
Dunga has named his squad for the games versus Turkey in Istanbul 12th November and Austria in Vienna six days later. With the Brazilian league and Copa do Brasil moving into important phases, Dunga has limited his squad to Europe based players. Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano, and Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino, get their first call-ups.
Suarez shines, Calhanoglu strikes The 10 Series best young players in Europe 2014/15 wrap, week 6 is a post from: Just Football
The 10 Seriesis our annual feature onJust Footballin which we selected the 60 best young players in Europe to watchin six major European leagues, with stars of the future selected from England, Spain,France, Germany, Italyand the Netherlands.
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is to train with Manchester United, the club have announced.
The 32-year-old, a free agent after leaving the Nou Camp in the summer, will first continue his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament at United before training with the first team.
A statement from the Old Trafford club said:
"Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has offered the 32-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes a chance to complete his rehabilitation from a knee injury and to work his way back to fitness with the club.
Chelsea close to signing £23m Manchester United target, truth behind the story - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For the past few months, we've found that British tabloid The Metro are using an intelligent ploy to fetch more hits from their articles. Knowing that using other tabloids as source could be a put off among the readers, they're going for a more authentic route, that is finding the story from the point of origination.
Sepp Blatter: Mistake to give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup's Golden Ball - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Yes, you read that headline right. I mean, I still don't know how to react to it. Ok, let me relay the story first. The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that it was a mistake to give Argentine superstar Lionel Messi the 'Golden Ball' award in the 2014 World Cup, and that Germany goal keeper Manuel Neuer should have got the award instead.
FIFA's annual Ballon d'Or shortlist inevitably divides opinion. From the widespread disgust that Wesley Sneijder didn't receive the award for his outstanding 2010 campaign, where he led his club side, Internazionale, to Champions League glory and then his national side, the Netherlands, to the World Cup final, right through to the annual battle for the award between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a lot of controversial choices down the years.
It's inevitable at a club that has Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema, among others, that some players fall by the wayside and don't get the credit they deserve. That was the case in Real Madrid's win over Barcelona, when excellent performances from Dani Carvajal and Isco went largely unrecognized.
During last Saturday's clasico, my twitter feed was curiously silent. Was I in shock after the first half? Was I silently exuberant during the second? No and no. I was driving across Houston to my son's game and then at a Halloween gathering. Thanks to Dishworld and BeIN Sports, I could watch the game later.
It was a fantastic Clasico weekend, and if you missed it, where exactly were you?! Real Madrid encapsulated a brilliant night at the Bernabeu with a 3-1 win over Barcelona, who fell to their first league loss of the season and closed the gap to just one point after nine games.
Today's classic clash between the Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona was not as exciting as previous matches. Before the match, nobody had scored against Barcelona during this season, and perhaps some were expecting Barcelona to have an advantage when Neymar brought them ahead 1-0. But truth is that Barcelona's goalless record has been against other teams in a league where only Atletico
Real Madrid defeated or rather mauled Barcelona to death 3-1. It could have been , should have been, something like 6-1 for Real Madrid but Real Madrid just did not look like the side which scored 3 goals previously. Champions League game midweek might have taken out a bit too much from Real Madrid as [.
First straight up facts. Neymar scored the first goal of the game. A cheeky long ball from Suarez (the kinds he was famous for at Liverpool) saw Neymar take on Carvajal and Pepe. Quite inexplicably, both defenders felt like they had hit quicksand and Neymar got away from them with a single touch on [.
La Liga all time top scorers: Will Lionel Messi break the record in El Clasico? is a post from: Just Football
Tonight's El Clasico is a big one for Barcelona, huge in fact. Not only is Luis Suarez set to make his debut for the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi is poised to either equal or break Telmo Zarra's all-time record of 251 La Liga goals.
More than 400 million people around the world will watch today's el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which will feature the world's biggest stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and many more.
Real Madrid:Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Ronaldso, Kroos, Benzema, James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Carvajal, Modric, Isco
When:Saturday, October 25, 2014 Pre-game show:Begins at 11am ET/8am PT Start time:Game kicks off at Noon ET/9am PT TV coverage:beIN SPORTS (English language), beIN SPORTS Español (Spanish language) Online coverage:DishWorld (English and Spanish languages are both available).
It's that time again, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns at 6pm local time in the first clásico of the season.
"The best game in the world", proclaims soccer daily Marca without much irony. 400 million people will be watching, says rival AS, with the kick-off time primed for South American and Middle Eastern markets.
Después de una década, este sábado 25 Real Madrid y Barcelona se enfrentarán por la Liga sin que el campeón esté en la cancha. Las dos potencias de España chocan en el Bernabéu. Qué esperar del derby más fuerte del fútbol mundial. Artículo publicado en ESPN Magazine, en octubre de 2014 Por PABLO ARO GERALDES En todo clásico, de barrio, estadual, nacional o mundial, como es este Real Madrid – Barcelona globalizado, los pronósticos duran lo mismo que el pitazo inicial.
Saturdaymarks the first Clásico of the 2014-15 campaign with the match perfectly set up to provide us with many moments of controversy, entertainment and downright footballing artistry. The main talking point prior to kick-off is just how FC Barcelona will fit the returning Luis Suarez into their starting line-up whilst the hosts Real Madrid will look to build on their emphatic victory over Liverpool at Anfield in the week.
There are some players and some games that are no stranger to intense speculation and raucous hyperbole.
Players like Luis Suarez, who is line to make his first ever appearance for the Blaugrana this weekend. And games like Barcelona versus Real Madrid, el Clasico, a titanic spectacle that'll be staged at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, one in which the effervescent Uruguayan will play a part in.
3 To See: El Clasico, Manchester United v Chelsea and the derby of eternal enemies is a post from: Just Football
The biggest club fixture in the world will be given some extra bite this weekend by the most anticipated debut of the season, but it's far from the only grudge match taking place in Europe, with Greece's biggest derby also joining El Clasico on the agenda.
With el Clásico kicking off this Saturday at Noon ET, speculation is rife as to team selections, tactical tweaks and possible individual brilliance that could determine who will take the spoils in the first meeting of Spain's big two of the 2014-15 campaign.
It is one of the few matches in world soccerwhich engages the masses.
According to various reports in the last few days, Chelsea are preparing to raid Barcelona again and this time to place a bid of around £24m for defender Gerard Pique. I am wondering how you feel about these reports?
If it's true, then you would have to believe that Andreas Christensen (after his impressive debut yesterday) would be allowed to leave on loan, which is a shame.
Here's those Fitba Thatba urchins again, this time tackling the thorny issue of rubbish Luis Suarez jokes as the man himself prepares to return to competitive action this Saturday evening.
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As Luis Suarez prepares to enter the field of play for Barcelona in El Clasico this weekend, we have prepared an animated short detailing everything that has (definitely not) gone on behind the scenes.