Real Madrid’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was hailed by former defender of same club, Michel Salgado for his (Ronaldo) fourth Ballon d’Or win.
Salgado emphasized that the Portuguese’s successes are interestingly impressive considering who he has been up against.
Salgado believes that its highly impressive for the Real Madrid star to have won the Ballon d’Or four times against the argentine star, Lionel Messi.
In comparison of how determined Ronaldo is to Luis Figo, a former teammate to Salgado said: “I have not gotten to know him (Ronaldo) much, but it was enough to realise what a winner he is, he is a tremendous footballer and a complete sportsman. I have only ever seen Figo with that same winning mentality.”
Salgado also appreciated the team manager, Zinedine Zidane and the team as a whole for their efforts so far in the chase for the Spanish league title. Real Madrid is having a perfect season so far and he thinks the current Real Madrid is more consistent than the one he played with.
Zidane, who played for Los Blancos between 1999 and 2009, is really putting a good fight for the league cup. Salgado praised the team for their mentality, which he says is a lot stronger at the present stage than it was. Continue reading SALGADO HAILS RONALDO FOR FOURTH BALLON D’OR TITLE
Former Inter Milan player Luisito Suarez believes that the club needs some stability at the top if they want to become a dominant force once again in Italian football.
Luisito Suarez has been a star player for Inter Milan in the sixties and has won three league titles and two European Cups with the club.
He said that this is a problem that is faced by football clubs in general at the moment and that Inter Milan will have to find a solution to this. He said that managers do barely have time to mount a serious project and that they are replaced too soon without having time to build a team.
Luisito Suarez said that it is this lack of stability that is affecting the club and he feels that there are too many changes at the club. He believes that Inter Milan should appoint a manager for the long run and make sure that he is given the time and resources to build a quality team. Continue reading Inter Milan needs stability
Massimiliano Allegri says that he is expecting a tough test from AC Milan as Juventus head into the game looking to maintain their winning run.
Even after having won several consecutive league titles, Juventus remain as the strong favourite for the 2016-17 league title. A game against Milan would probably rank as one of the easiest in the Juventus fixture list, as AC Milan have never really threatened against the top teams in the last couple of years. Financial difficulties, though, meant that the club finally changed ownership from Silvio Berlusconi to Chinese investors.
Milan have been linked with top names in the last few months, although the club are yet to make a significant investment in the transfer window. Manager Vincenzo Montella has managed to revive the form of the team even without substantial investment from the owners. After having managed three consecutive victories, Milan will have a lot of confidence flowing through their veins in addition to the home advantage. Incredibly, the club are just a couple of points behind table leaders Juventus this season. Allegri has seen enough from the opposition to suggest that Milan are now once again on the way to becoming a force in Italian football. Continue reading Allegri Warns Juventus about AC Milan’s Threat
There are some players who find that the time has come to retire from the game, and Andrea Pirlo as part of the Italian team finds that his role in the team has come to an end.
Andrea stated that Conte will probably be looking at other players for taking up the midfielder position. Andrea has had a laminated career where he has had the opportunity of playing in different international teams. For instance, he has left Juventus in the last summer season when he was given the offer to join New York City FC. The player has been part of the Euro 2016 this year, but he feels that his role is no longer with the team.
He is considered a veteran playmaker, but like all footballers, everyone needs to decide when their role has come to an end and when to exit an active playing career from the field. Again, playing for a club is different from playing for a national level team. Andrea has realized this when he was picked to play for Italy. The dynamics are different as most players come in from different clubs as opposed to being part of a football club altogether, even though many might come from other clubs as well. Continue reading Italian Footballer Andrea Wishes To Move On From National Role
Antonio Conte is the current coach of the Italian national football team but his time in charge of the national side will reach it’s end after the 2016 Euro’s finalizes on July 10. When this time arrives, Conte is going to leave his managerial position of Italy and take charge of Chelsea.
The Italian national football team is now searching around for someone that can replace Antonio Conte and someone who has recently been linked with this position is Claudio Ranieri.
Claudio Ranieri recently secured the Premier League title with Leicester City in what has been an outstanding season for the Greek coach and for Leicester City as well. The 64 year old manager is now attracting the eyes of big clubs and even national sides; one of the national teams that are believed to be interested in offering Ranieri with a managerial position in the team is Italy.
Unfortunately for Italy, Ranieri has declined this offer as he is not interested in taking charge of a national football team.
When Claudio Ranieri was asked about the possibility of coaching the Italian national football team, he replied by saying:”The Italian national team? It’s a closed chapter for me. I was already burned in Greece.”
For the majority of the managerial career of Claudio Ranieri, he has been in charge of clubs more than anything else but Ranieri tried to step away from his safe zone and he accepted the managerial position of Greek but it was a disastrous time for Ranieri as he led the national side to 3 defeats and 1 draw, not even 1 victory.
Ranieri is not interested in taking up another managerial position for any national side. Continue reading Italy is in search of the successor of Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte is the current head coach of the Italian national football team and he has contract with them which extends until the end of the 2016 Euro’s but the Italian coach has received numerous offers from different clubs and now it seems uncertain as to what Conte will do after his time with the Italian team runs out.
Carlo Tavecchio is the President of the Italian Football Federation and the administrator is hoping that Antonio Conte will stay in charge of Italy beyond the conclusion of the 2016 Euro’s but it will ultimately depend on whether or not Conte accepts a contract extension deal.
“We’re willing to extend Conte’s contract by two years but obviously it will depend on what he wants and what conditions present themselves during Euro 2016 which we hope to win. I’m sure that he will renew, he is like a son to me. However, if he decides to look elsewhere, then we will find a capable replacement’’ This was the statement that was released by Carlo Tavecchio as he expressed his desire to see Antonio Conte remain in charge of Italy for a few more years.
Ac.Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid are all of the top European clubs that have shown interest in adding Antonio Conte to their managerial staff departments. The majority of these clubs have had a recent change with their respective managers and are now looking around the transfer market for coaches who are capable of winning titles and Antonio Conte is an experienced manager who has lifted the Serie A silverware with Juventus on 3 occasions and he is doing a superb job with the Italian national team as well. Continue reading Antonio Conte’s long term future remains undecided
Roberto Martinez can finally breathe easy as his side has shrugged off the fear of relegation.
A win versus Newcastle could not have come at a better time for Everton as it enabled them to move northwards to the 14th position in the top division points table.
They have created quite a bit of gap between themselves and the bottom three teams now.
With 31 points, they are quite safe for the time being.
And, now that the monkey is off their back, they might well start to play with a bit of freedom and pull off a few more positive results.
The Toffees had looked a bit timid playing at home thus far this winter.
But, after beating Dynamo Kiev the other day in Europe, they sort of carried that winning spirit to the Newcastle game and put together a real clinical act.
Also, Newcastle being one man short because of the sending off of their skipper was a bit of a help for Everton.
But, even if that red card incident had not happened, the hosts were on their way having had the lead of 2-0 already.
Martinez was also of the view that the Kiev win really helped the team. Continue reading Roberto Martinez can finally breathe easy