Posts tagged: Messi

POGBA’S GOAL, FIRST AMONG LIST OF JUSTIFICATIONS

After a season of battling with cross bars more than opposition goalies, Paul Labile Pogba on Wednesday scored United’s first goal on route to a 2-0 win over Ajax.


It does not matter if a huge deflection played part in it. The French midfielder had a chance to take a shot, took it and had the ball land at the back of the net.

Apart from playing a huge part in a evening that saw the Red Devils win the only trophy left out of the samples the European and English football had to offer, the French man got a huge relief and bought some time off the ever growingcynical tongue-in-cheek references to his “Most Expensive Player in the World” status.

After joining United last summer from Juventus – a club that scooped him for free from United nonetheless – the 24-year old has been subjected to ridiculous jeers time and again throughout the course of United’s campaign this season.

From the first day he kicked a ball at Old Trafford since returning, harsher metrics have been meted out in judging his performances. It is the prize you pay for making a club to pay that much for you. Everyone wants to see the justification. Read more »

RICHARDS’ FALL FROM STARDOM: WHAT WENT WRONG?

On November 15, 2006 in Amsterdam,   Micah Richards became England’s youngest-ever defender and earned rave reviews for brilliant performances against the Netherlands, neutralizing the threat of then-Chelsea winger Arjen Robben.


Much has changed over the decade for Richards, who, after suffering relegation to the Championship with Aston Villa, now finds himself down the pecking order at the Midlands club, behind the likes of Tommy Elphick, James Chester and Nathan Baker. With only three appearances to his name this season, it appears an opportunity will only come for the player should injuries or suspension occurs.

Bursting onto the scene as a teenager, Richards made his senior club debut against Arsenal in October 2005, he made quite impression both on and off the pitch, when after scoring a last-minute equalizer in the FA Cup fifth-round clash with Aston Villa in February 2006, he swore on television. But despite the F-bomb blunder, it was refreshing to see a youngster show genuine passion and his youthful exuberance only endeared him further to the city faithful.

The Birmingham-born star would not have to wait long to feature for his country and was picked by Steve McClaren to play against the Netherlands. He featured 11 times scoring once against Israel at Wembley in 2007.

The same season, Richards had cemented himself as a first-choice member of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Manchester City side, becoming the youngest player to captain the club in a match due to the absence of Richard Dunne.

The takeover of City by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008 saw the influx of high-profile players, but it was to be the arrival of Argentina’s Pablo Zabaleta – who signed a day before the change of ownership – that would have the biggest impact on the long-term future of Richards.

Four years on from his England debut, Richards had made just one international appeaerance under Fabio Capello. He suffered ignominy after he was taken-off at half-time as City fell 3-1 to sunderland at the Etihad in March 2012, with their title aspirations under threat, they battled back to draw 3-3. From then on, he was replaced by Zabaleta as The Citizens went on to win the league. Read more »

Tony Xia reckons the total amount of wealth any owner has got matters little

It’s about the amount he actually puts in for the welfare of the team.


Recently, a chart of the wealthiest Chinese individuals was released by a magazine and the Villa faithful couldn’t believe the position of their chairman in that chart.

Xia’s position was down to 890, while, some of the other Chinese personalities who have bought English clubs of late featured a lot higher.

The worrisome supporters are starting to doubt now whether Xia is wealthy enough to give Villa the kind of maintenance it needs.

But, Xia, through Twitter which is his favourite medium to connect to the world, has assured the Villains that he can pull as much amount out of his locker for the team as any other owner would.

He was quoted saying, “That chart means nothing in the context of Football. What happens if I am lagging towards the bottom there?”
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Managers On The Exit As Premier League Comes To An End

As the premier League comes to an end, there are several managers who would be looking to exit from their current careers.


There is one match remaining of the current season. Some managers would be looking at exit their jobs end of this season. Others would be prepared as there is still uncertainty in the air as well as dependent on what position others take up.

Among the probable ones in the air, one that is ripe with speculations is Louis van Gaal. His future as being speculated about this year and many critics has talked about his manners and styles that have had an influence on the team. Many are not happy with the idea that Van Gaal would be continuing to have another season at Manchester United. Some state that United’s executive vice chairman might be having second thoughts of replacing Van Gaal before his contract ends. There is rumor that Jose Mourinho is set to be the likely replacement for him. However, it is known that United does not take decisions in haste. Read more »

Wenger is not happy with Ozil comments

Arsene Wenger was not happy with comments made by his midfielder, Mesut Ozil. The German international told a German website that if Arsenal finishes the season trophyless, they have themselves to blame.

He told the website that the reason they are trailing Leicester was that they failed to beat the smaller sides. Indeed, a series of poor results at the beginning of the year has seen Arsenal win only three times from 10 matches.

However, the comments were taken out of context and made to appear as if Ozil was giving up on the possibility of catching Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspurs. Instead, Ozil said that it is still possible to catch up with the league leaders if they make mistakes.

Ozil wants Arsenal to continue to win their remaining games so as to take advantage of any potential slip ups by Leicester City and Tottenham.

When asked about these comments, Arsene Wenger was not really happy. He wants each of his players to believe that they can still win the title and that they should be putting in 100% effort on the pitch. He told journalists that he is going to have a chat with Ozil about these comments and ensure that the player stays focus on the remaining matches for the season. Arsene Wenger added that you should always be giving your best on the pitch and only accept if someone is better than you at the end. Read more »

Greg Vanney believes he is about to make history as the coach of Toronto FC

Toronto FC is currently positioned in the middle section of the Eastern Conference of the MLS and in the history of the club; they have never managed to reach a playoff spot but Greg Vanney who was selected as the coach earlier on August 31 of 2014, believes that he can push the team and help them snatch a spot that they have never reached before.

The 41 year old manager of Toronto FC, Greg Vanney said: “We have the history that is behind us that everybody wants to remind you of whenever things go bad. It’s always weighing on people and they’re quick to say, ‘Ah, here we go again. We’re trying to take that big step forward that says that’s not us anymore. That history is no longer us; we’re rewriting the history of who we are and who are are going to be.

The big step that Greg Vanney was referring to was in relation to the club never in their history being able to reach a playoff position but he is optimistic that this will change soon as he believes that his team has been improving significantly in recent times. Read more »

Lionel Messi – E:60 Full Interview (HD)

Movie Rating: four / five

Lionel Messi – Road to Barcelona (HD)

Video Rating: 4 / 5

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi 2014 Ballon D’Or Battle | HD

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Lionel Messi vs Belgium ● Individual Highlights ● Argentina vs Belgium 1-0 FIFA World Cup 2014 HD

Video Rating: three / five