After the Italian manager was able to guide Juventus to their 3rd consecutive Italian League title, Conte was selected as the new coach of Italy despite Conte not having any coaching experience in managing a nation. CesarePrandelli was sacked after having gone through an abysmal 2014 World Cup campaign and now Antonio Conte is the man that was delegated with all the responsibilities of getting the Italian national football team back on track and so far things have been going well for Italy as they are at the top of Group H with 10 points having been secured, they are one of the favorites on advancing through the next stages of the 2016 Euro’s.
Netherlands could be going through a similar thing as GuusHiddink has not convinced anyone ever since he was appointed as the new coach of Netherlands after Louis van Gaal left his managerial position in the team.
Louis van Gaal pushed Netherlands to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup but Van Gaal decided to drop his managerial position at Netherlands and coach Manchester United, GuusHiddink was later appointed as the new coach of the Dutch nation but after losing against Czech Republic and Iceland, it has not been the best of times for Hiddink as he is under heavy pressure.
If GuusHiddink is not able to turn things around and push Netherlands to the next stages of the 2016 Euro’s, a replacement is already been seen.
Southampton’s Ronald Koeman is in the sights of Holland as a possible candidate of turning into the next coach of the country. Koeman is going through a superb season as the manager of Southampton as the Premier League club has managed to stay at the top of the English League and is currently located in 2nd place.
Messi has always been a top favorite of the former football stars and one of the most impressed of the latter is Michael Laudrup. According to the erstwhile Barca legend, the very selfless nature of the 2014 Golden Ball winner makes him even more dangerous.
The ex Real Madrid star is pleased by the way Messi has been able to graduate in his sport & is amazed to speculate that how he & his Real Madrid arch rival Ronaldo (Cristiano) could come up with further stellar displays.
In 20 football matches this 2014 season, the Argentine captain has eleven assists that complemented his 9 goals. He has received immense plaudits for his caring stance of a dedicated playmaker, alongside the very in-form Neymar.
The Dane, the man who scored for 5 years for Camp Nou before leaving for Santiago in the year 1994, showered great praise on the extremely talented Argentine forward for his matured play-style.
“Messi of previous years was undoubtedly a phenomenon yet he usually looked to finish his move”, remarked the former football star while speaking on the Argentina captain.
“Now he usually goes past the players & is always ready to assist the teammates- that makes Messi even more dangerous & more tough to thwart than before.”
The erstwhile Swansea coach finds it amazing that both the Barca treasure & his Real Madrid rival Ronaldo (Cristiano) show no hint of lacking in quality even after 5 years of going neck-to-neck in the La Liga championships. However, Laudrup also warned that the Clasico match coming up on Saturday could bring out a lot of other matchwinners.
“The way Ronaldo & Messi are continuing with stellar performances is just so amazing”, continued Laudrup. “Both the players look forward to stay in tune as they have been undoubtedly two f the best footballers the world has ever seen.”
Italian football and the Italian League are no strangers when it comes to scandals, investigations, racism and everything that goes along those lines. A few years ago during the 2006 Italian football scandal, major clubs such as: Ac.Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio were found guilty of rigging matches and a number of punishments were given to the clubs as well as to the individuals involved.
Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio had to be relegated to the 2nd division in Italian Football which is Serie B as well as having points deducted. The referees that were caught doing this scandal were banned between a periods of 3 months to 5 years from football while some of them were even jailed.
Mario Balotelli and the former Ac.Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng are some of the performers that have been hit with racial abuse when performing in the Italian League, Serie A. This has even led to matches having to be cancelled due to number of crowds and racial chants which has affected players in the playing grounds.
One of the latest incidents of this nature that has popped up involves the president of the Italian football federation (FIGC) Carlo Tavecchio and a series of alleged racist remarks. Tavecchio was selected as the president of the FIGC a few days ago but he will now be facing a disciplinary investigation after making a speech involving a fictitious player called: Opti Poba who had “previously ate bananas and then suddenly becomes a first team player with Lazio.”
Carlo Tavecchio has a criminal record which dates back to 1970 as he has been sentenced in numerous occasions as he has been found guilty of tax evasion, falsification of reports and a number of other incidents and now the Italian executive can add to his portfolio claims of racism.
German legend Franz Beckenbauer has claimed that only his German national team will be capable of stopping the Brazilians at the upcoming World Cup 2014. Brazil are regarded as the favourites to win the title due to the home support behind them. However, there are also other teams capable of achieving this glory and this includes the likes of Germany and Spain. Spain come into the World Cup as the defending champions while Germany have come under criticism for the repeated failures in major tournaments.
As a result, there is a lot of pressure on the young German team and manager Joachim Loew. Despite this, Beckenbauer claims that Germany will be able to lift the World Cup title, which would join them in the elite rank. Currently, Brazil have the world record when it comes to most number of World Cup titles won – five. Despite facing a tough says that includes the likes of Portugal and the USA, Beckenbauer says that Germany cannot only progress from the group, but also win the tournament itself.
The first major tournament for the Germans will be against Portugal, who have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani in their ranks. If Germany win this match, then they would straightaway be considered as favourites for the knockout stages.
“I have seen Brazil play devastatingly well during the Confederations Cup. And they will be doing the same during the World Cup as well. Brazil can truly be challenged only by the Germans. However, I know that the teams that have won the Confederations Cup have never won the World Cup in the same year. So, in that respect, they have some problems. Otherwise, they will start as clear favourites. We have really a good side with (Bastian) Schweinsteiger and (Manuel) Neuer,” said the honorary president of Bayern.