Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted that a USD 100 million bribery case in which he is reportedly implicated "is over", and pleaded ignorance over alleged corruption by top officials at the scandal-hit world body
Hope Manchester United now sack Louis van Gaal and appoint Mourinho. Chelsea are a bunch of short sighted idiots. The problem was never Mourinho at Chelsea, but the players who have let him down. Chelsea will need to undertake a cull of the main troublemakers
During his start at Manchester United, Alex Ferguson only just avoided relegation and could have been sacked by Martin Edwards. But Edwards kept the faith. The following season, having got rid of the failing players, Ferguson put United on an unprecedented run of success. Chelsea will come to bitterly regret what they have done. What they should have done was simply done what Ferguson/Edwards did during their problem season - wrote the season off, cleared out the troublemakers/failures during the summer, got out the cheque book and brought in new players, and started again the following season.
I agree about Chelsea. They all look old and slow and that has nothing to do with the manager. That said I knew Mouwould be sacked. He started predicting it after the first few losses (not knowing how bad thins would get).
The English Premier is certainly not going the way anyone expected. The current champions down in the bottom half of the division and Leicester top of the pile. Still no team has taken the season by the scruff of the neck. And of course all the papers are on about today is how long are Man Utd going to go on before they get rid of their manager and if Ryan Giggs is ready to be the full time manager.
The season's not over yet, but I'm happy to see Arsenal top of the table to start 2016. Though Ozil is brilliant this season, and they are somewhat less streaky than usual, I think their current placement is more due to the clusterf*ck that is the PL this year than to any inherent improvement in consistency. It's amazing to be in first with not even 40 points!
Absolutely gutted by the news of Johan Cruyff's passing. He and George Best were the greatest players of all time. Yet another premature death from cigarette smoking. He was a pioneer and a legend, and the master of total football. One of the highlights of his playing career were the 3 consecutive European Cup victories with Ajax (1971, 1972, and 1973). Ajax would go on to also win the super cup in 1972 and 1973, and the Intercontinental Cup in 1972. Ajax declined to participate in the 1971 and 1973 Intercontinental Cup finals. The other highlight of Cruyff's playing career was of course the 1974 World Cup (and that iconic moment - the Cruyff turn). It will always be my opinion that Holland were robbed in the final with a second rate West Germany's awarded what should never have been a penalty, and then fluking a winning goal despite Holland playing them off the park. As this article points out in relation to the German non-penalty:-
The Dutch continued to dominate with their taunting game of possession football, but they couldn’t have foreseen what would happen next. In the 25th minute a surging run from Bernd Hölzenbein was brought to an abrupt end as he threw himself over a tackle with the ball running out of his reach. Taylor blew for a penalty, although to many in the crowd it appeared to be a schwalbe, the German term for what the English would call a dive, something that Hölzenbein had quite a reputation for. ““That was his speciality,” Franz Beckenbauer has recalled. Sepp Maier agrees. “I have no penalty. Those who knew Hölzenbein knew very well. He simply flew over.”
Cruyff was also a superb manager as well, winning the European Cup with Barcelona in 1992, the Cup Winners' Cup in 1987 with Ajax, and the Cup Winners' Cup again with Barcelona in 1989. He also won the La Liga four times in a row with Barcelona between 1991 and 1994
For the second time in three years no less. I was somehow expecting it because I had a feeling Griezmann would step up with Torres being suspended, and Barcelona seems to be in a bit of a slump of late. How about Man City vs Atletico for the final? It would be cool to have two teams that are typically overshadowed in their home cities.