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USA Might Host a World Cup reject Tournament
U.S. Soccer are looking into the possibility of hosting a summer tournament for nations which failed to Qualify for the World Cup in Russia 2018
A series of qualifying shocks have seen the USMNT, Chile, Italy, Netherlands, Ghana and more all fail to qualify.
Obviously not everyone can reach the 32-team FIFA tournament but those nations were widely expected to reach the tournament in Russia.
It’s been confirmed by U.S. Soccer, who are working alongside MLS’s marketing team (US Soccer Marketing), that there are now plans for an alternative summer tournament.
The proposed tournament would take place ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off on 14th June.
Unfortunately, that only offers three weeks between the end of the European season, which culminates with the Champions League final on 26th May.
Sergio Ramos was unwilling to share his views about the future of the Portuguese in the club,saying that he have no idea
The Rumours about the 32 year old leaving the Los Blancos is persisting even though his contract expires only in 2021. Cristiano Ronaldo stated that he is not going to sign a new contract and he is happy with his current pay in the club, a few weeks back. But the rumours of Brazilian Neymar Jr joining the white side in 2019 induced further rumours of Cristiano leaving Madrid in the distant future
Asked about the future of the Portuguese at the club after the Spain vs Russia match,Ramos said he had no idea
“Cristiano is leaving? Ask him,I don’t know about these things” Ramos said to the reporters
“It’s the good thing about football-difficult games come in”,
“We have minimal margin of errors as we have wasted several points”
“We hope to play a good role in the Derby and then we’ll see ”
Real Madrid will face Neighbors Athletico Madrid in Madrid Derby on 18th ,their next game . Real Madrid ,at a very uncomfortable position in the league table ,placed 3rd behind Barcelona and Valencia is likely to put up a good fight
Buffon retired from International Football leaving the world heartbroken as Italy stumbles out of the 2018 World Cup failing to qualify in the crucial match against Sweden. The match came out as 0:0 and Sweden Qualifying with 0:1 in aggregate . The star studded Italy team failed miserably to score goals against Sweden as the 4 times World Cup winners fails to quality for a world cup for the First time after 1958
The Legendary international Career of Gianluigi Buffon which lasted for about 20 Years and 175 Apps comes to an end . Still,Buffon’s career ends with a charm as he have The World Cup Medal(2006,Germany) in his trophy cabinet.
Buffon in his post match reaction apologies to the Italy fans for not being able to qualify. Buffon demonstrated why he is one of the most respected players ever by applauding for Sweden’s national anthem despite the loud Boos from Italian fans .
Buffon will remain in the hearts of every football fans of this generation even though he might not be there on the pitch
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As the transfer window gears up,Atleti forward Fernando Torres eyes a Premier League return .
A reunion with Rafa Benitez is likely on the cards for Torres as Newcastle United aims to sign the star striker.
As per the report from Mirror,Newcastle manager Benitez, who brought Torres to Anfield from Atletico Madrid in summer 2007 and also coached him during his brief stint as Chelsea manager, is aware of the Spain international’s desire to return to England.
The former Liverpool striker is also linked with a possible Southampton move.
The 33-year old has started only twice for Atletico this season.With 18 months remaining on his contract with Atletico Madrid,the Spaniard hopes to join the next season with his hometown club.
Lionel Messi has told ESPN that it makes him angry when people claim he makes the big decisions for the Argentina national team.
Messi, whose hat trick took Argentina to the World Cup last month, has been accused of selecting coaches and influencing which players do and do not make the squad in the past.
The Barcelona forward, however, criticised the “ridiculous” comments that have been made about him.
“It makes me angry that people say so many things so easily,” Messi told ESPN’s Diego Monroig about his thoughts on the suggestion he runs the Argentina team.
“People say a lot of things without knowing. So, on one hand, it makes me angry. But on the other hand, I am used to everything that they say.”
“I am used to all the ridiculous things they say not just about me, but about this group [of players] from the last few years, so I can live with it.”
In an interview with TyC Sports, Messi added that the people making the comments were showing a lack of respect, not just to him, but to his international teammates.
“It’s a lie that I put my friends and the coaches I want in the national team. I’m just one more player in the team,” the Barcelona forward said.
“To tell these great players — [Angel] Di Maria, [Sergio] Aguero, [Gonzalo] Higuain and [Javier] Mascherano, who are worldwide figures — that, ‘You play because you’re Messi’s friend,’ shows a lack of respect towards them and also towards me.”
“It’s a lie. I never choose players for the team or take them out. That’s not who I am. I am here to add to the squad, nothing else.”
Criticism of Argentina was present throughout their World Cup qualifying campaign, as they left it late before booking their ticket to Russia next summer, courtesy of Messi’s treble in the final group game against Ecuador.
With Messi now 30 years old and a number of other players in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad also approaching the latter stages of their careers — including Di Maria, Mascherano and Higuain — it might prove the last chance for this group to win a World Cup.
Messi said he doesn’t think about how many years he has left.
“No, honestly, I hadn’t taken a decision [on my international future],” he said. “But I think it would have been yes, it would have been the end for this group [of players], because it would have been crazy not to qualify for the World Cup. Honestly, I can’t even imagine what would have happened, because it would have been terrible for everyone.”
“[Last World Cup?] I don’t know. I try to not to look at the future and to just focus on the day-to-day and set objectives in the near future. I don’t know what’s going to happen after the World Cup. We’re just going to keep growing in the coming months, taking advantage of the little time we have [before Russia 2018]. After that, we will see.”
The 5 times Balon d’or looks firm on the only Trophy left out in his cabin and this World cup can turn out to be a treat for all Argentinian Fans
Watch the goal Cristiano Scored by chipping it with his shoulder during the Real Madrid Training session today:
The Real Madrid Superstar is yet to find momentum in goal Scoring and is at an all time low goal Scoring record in Madrid after the initial 10 Games.The 4 times Balon d’or winner will be looking forward to the next match against Neighbors Athletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on 18th of this month,a team against which Cristiano have an amazing Goal Scoring record
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed how profoundly he has been changed by being a father, and says “it’s taught me things about love that I never knew existed”.
Ronaldo, who has three children, also opened up about his eldest son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr’s love for football in an interview with Portuguese magazine Hola.
On being a dad, Ronaldo said: “Being a father is a unique and personal journey, something that has changed me completely.
“It’s taught me things about love that I never knew existed.
“It has softened me and given me a different perspective on what is really important in my life.
Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid against Tottenham last week
“I can’t wait to be a dad again [Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child]. Being a father and seeing my family grow is without doubt the greatest privilege I’ve had.
“Spending time with them, being by their side, smiling and laughing with them. They’ve brought a lot of happiness and joy to my life.”
On his son Cristiano, 7, Ronaldo said: “He loves football and he plays all the time. Often it’s difficult to get him to sit down and have dinner because he’s always outside kicking a football.
“I suppose it’s in his blood
“He’s a very affectionate boy, attentive, friendly, respectful and very open with people. Everyone who meets him is surprised at how confident he is. That makes me feel very proud as a dad.”
Ronaldo is currently working on his fitness after being given a rest by Portugal manager Fernando Santos and left out of the side’s forthcoming friendlies against Saudi Arabia and the USA.
The 32-year-old was named footballer of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards last month, but he has endured a mixed start to the season and scored just one goal in seven La Liga matches.