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Sergio Ramos: The Hero of Lisbon

Ramos celebrates his stoppage-time equaliser

IT’S THE 93RD minute in Europe’s biggest club game of the season, the UEFA Champions League Final. You’re losing 1-0 against your arch rivals. Your side has just won a corner in front of your fans. You need a slice of fortune. You need a leader. Anyone to come up trumps when it matters.

Step forward Sergio Ramos.

The Real Madrid defender answered the call when he deftly headed home Luka Modric’s in swinging corner kick to send the Los Blancos fans, players, management – everyone associated with the club – into ecstasy. Relief. Passion. Everything poured out in those few seconds.
It not only sent the game into extra-time but that moment gave the club life. A club the stature of Real Madrid to lose a European Cup Final, against your rivals, is just unthinkable. It can’t happen.

Spanish media were even stating before… Continue reading →

Real and Atletico to face off in Champions League Final

Real and Atletico meet in Europe’s biggest football match

TONIGHT will see the first-ever meeting between two city rivals for the biggest prize European Football has to offer.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet in Lisbon as they contest the UEFA Champions League Final and know, that for one of them, glory beyond their wildest dreams awaits them; and with it city bragging rights.

Heading into the final much of the talk has been about the fitness of key players from both sides with the participation surrounding Diego Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo the major concerns.
Both are expected to line-up in front of the world and try to win the trophy for their respective clubs and crown a perfect ending to the season for both sides.

Atletico and Real head into the final with one piece of silverware already between them this season, with Diego Simeone’s side having won the… Continue reading →

Louis Van Gaal: The new United boss explained

Van Gaal will join United after the World Cup

Earlier this week the speculation surrounding the Manchester United job was finally put to bed as Louis Van Gaal was appointed manager after signing a three-year contract.

The news comes as no surprise and will please fans, players, the media and the man himself as no more interviews are required where the same question is asked: “When are you signing for United?”

The Dutchman finally occupies the United hot-seat, 12 years after he almost became manager of the Red Devils.
Back in 2002 Sir Alex Ferguson had announced his retirement and the then chief executive at United Peter Kenyon approached Van Gaal about taking over.

“It was said to me that Alex Ferguson was going to retire. The moment he’d go, I’d succeed him. But, in the end, Ferguson didn’t want to quit,” van Gaal said.

The rest, as they say,… Continue reading →

As Liverpool begin clearout Spanish duo are on their shortlist

Could Parejo be heading to Anfield?

AFTER RUNNING Manchester City close in the race for the 2013-2014 Premier League title, summer transfer plans are well underway for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

Whilst many clubs are putting together their plans for the transfer window it seems that the Anfield outfit have already drawn up a shortlist of their own, with two young Spanish stars on the radar.

Top of that shortlist, it appears, is former Spanish under-21 international Daniel Parejo. The 25-year old came through the youth system at Real Madrid and has been one of the highlights at the Mestalla this season, despite a difficult season for his club. Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has helped Parejo to find himself again, after difficult spells at QPR and Getafe. This season he featured in 45 games this season, scoring five goals.

Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte claim that Liverpool will imminently make… Continue reading →

Benitez, De Boer and Pochettino. The three candidates for the Spurs job

Daniel Levy is once again on the hunt for a new manager

SO FOR THE third time in two years Tottenham Hotspur are looking for a new manager. Little over five months after Tim Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas the rookie manager was fired after Spurs failed to qualify for next seasons UEFA Champions League.

Much has been said in the media of the decision to part with Sherwood, with many questioning what the former Blackburn and Spurs midfielder did wrong. After guiding the club to a sixth place finish and boasting the best win percentage of any Spurs manager since the Premier League begun, his sacking has disappointed many. Including fellow managers.

Steve Bruce and even Arsene Wenger have criticised Daniel Levy for the decision to part with the Englishman however after reports in the press in early April of Sherwood’s expected departure, Tuesday’s announcement didn’t come as… Continue reading →

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