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.
FIFA hasreleased the 23-man shortlist of contenders for this year's Ballon d'Or award.
In what will come as a surprise to some fans of the sport,the world organization has omitted former Liverpool and Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez from the list of nominees for World Player of the Year.
No Suarez? Three Chelsea players nominated in 23-man Ballon D'Or shortlist - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's that time of the year, the time to reward the best player on earth for his outstanding display on football pitch. FIFA have nominated the 23-man shortlist for this year's Ballon D'or where three current players from Chelsea have been nominated.
Last season Liverpool came as close to winning the Premier League as they have come for a long time, and this had led to hopes rising among Liverpool fans for this season. So far, they have been disappointed, and the 0-3 trashing they received by Real Madrid in the Champions League only showed how far Liverpool are from reaching the levels of the world's best teams.
Have Liverpool Missed A Trick With Mario Balotelli Signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Replacing a player that's not only the best in your squad, but also the best in the entire Premier League is certainly no mean task. When Luis Suarez left Anfield, he left a huge vacuum which was going to be near impossible to fill.
5 reasons why Radamel Falcao will fail at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Holy Trinity for the Red Devils?
There was much media hype when Manchester United announced the deadline day signing of Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao, with many broadcasters hailing his arrival in the North West of England as a statement of intent from Louis Van Gaal.
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.
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.
Ronaldo and Messi set for Bernabeu showdown - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Neymar, Luka Modric, Xavi, James Rodriguez, the list goes on. It is quite some cast list for this Saturday evening's match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The first el Clásico of the season kicks off on Saturday at Noon ETwith both Real Madrid and Barcelona looking to take the first set of points off their most fierce rival. The match itself comes quite early in the campaign with neither team having settled into a rhythm just yet. However this clash is like very few others in that the back-story involving a certain Luis Suarez is likely to dominate the back pages over the coming days.
Luis Suarez's four-month long ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup is almost up and with that the Uruguayan forward will be able to make his competitive debut for FC Barcelona this Saturday (Noon ET kickoff on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld)in the most appropriate of fixtures, the first Clásico of the season at the Bernabeu.
Barcelona players Luis Suarez, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic star in a new commercial to flog jeans.
The commercial is hip, features a groovy soundtrack and some appealing eye candy, but no matter how trendy the ad tries to be hip, you could remove Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta and Pique from the commercial and it wouldn't make a single iota of a difference.
Heading into the international break, Barcelona are undefeated and sit on top of La Liga's table with nineteen points after seven matches.
Thus far, the only blemish on the Spanish giants' domestic schedule was a nil-nil draw against Malaga. The Catalan sidehave scored nineteen times in the Primera Division and have yet to concede a goal domestically.
FIFA's Ballon D'Or shortlists for the men's player of the year and coach of the year awards have been released.
All the 23 nominated players are Europe-based, with Cristiano Ronaldo favourite to retain his title. Five of Germany's World Cup-winning team are included, although there is no space for Luis Suarez, thanks to his bite in Brazil.