LOL: UEFA asks Euro 2020 players to stop removing sponsor bottles

Reacting to a bottle-snatching trend at the European Championship started by Cristiano Ronaldo, UEFA has asked players on the 24 teams to stop removing strategically placed sponsor drinks from the news conference platforms. Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Manuel Locatelli removed sponsor bottles away from the view of cameras when taking their seats at media briefings this week. Euro 2020 tournament director Martin Kallen said on Thursday UEFA has “communicated with the teams regarding this matter”. “It is important because the revenues of the sponsors are important for the tournament and for European football,” Kallen said in a briefing. Pogba, who … Continue reading LOL: UEFA asks Euro 2020 players to stop removing sponsor bottles

Update: Denmark’s Eriksen to get heart starter implant after collapse on pitch

Christian Eriksen will get a heart starter device implanted after his collapse due to a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener, the national team doctor said on Thursday. Eriksen’s life was saved when CPR was administered to him on the pitch and his heart was re-started with a defibrillator before he was taken to hospital, where he is recovering. He will receive an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), a small electronic device, a type of pacemaker, which can prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt to restore a regular heart rhythm. “After Christian has been through different heart examinations … Continue reading Update: Denmark’s Eriksen to get heart starter implant after collapse on pitch

‘I’m fine’: Eriksen gives a thumbs-up after Euro 2020 collapse

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country’s opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing “fine” in an Instagram post from the hospital on Tuesday. “I’m fine – under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up. He issued the thank-you message for all the support he has received since the incident on Saturday. “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. … Continue reading ‘I’m fine’: Eriksen gives a thumbs-up after Euro 2020 collapse

Lionel Messi agrees new two-year deal at Barcelona

Lionel Messi has agreed a new two-year deal at Barcelona, quashing the uncertainty surrounding his future at the club.Lionel Messi The Argentine superstar sent the footballing world into meltdown little less than a year ago as he revealed he wanted to leave the club he’s represented since 2000. To say Messi has become an integral part of the Barcelona team since making his debut for the senior side in 2003 would be a little bit of an understatement. The 33-year-old has gone on to become Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer, spearheading their charge towards four champion’s league crowns and ten La Liga titles. Despite remaining … Continue reading Lionel Messi agrees new two-year deal at Barcelona

Carlo Ancelotti leaves Everton for Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti Everton’s summer plans have been thrown into chaos after manager Carlo Ancelotti dramatically left to return to Real Madrid. The Italian has only been in charge for 18 months but has been lured back to Los Blancos for a second spell, having previously managed them between 2013 and 2015. The story has rapidly gathered pace in the last 48 hours, with Real making Ancelotti their number one candidate to succeed Zinedine Zidane after becoming frustrated in their attempts to land Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte. Ancelotti played down rumours linking him with Real Madrid just a few weeks ago, … Continue reading Carlo Ancelotti leaves Everton for Real Madrid

End Of An Era: Bayern Munich chairman to step down after 30 years

After 30 years in charge of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will step down as chairman at the end of the month and will be replaced by former Germany captain Oliver Kahn, according to reports on Tuesday.Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is stepping down at the end of the month, according to reports Daily newspapers Bild, Welt and magazine Kicker claim the 65-year-old is leaving six months ahead of schedule. Rummenigge’s departure will herald a new era at Bayern for the start of next season. He joined the club’s management in 1991 as vice-president and then became chairman in 2002, overseeing … Continue reading End Of An Era: Bayern Munich chairman to step down after 30 years

Argentina stripped as host of Copa America tournament

The 2021 Copa America has been left without a host less than two weeks before it starts after Argentina was stripped of the tournament. Argentina was originally set to co-host with Colombia, who were removed on 20 May after protest in the country. The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina has been removed because of the “present circumstances”. The country is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases. Opposition to the tournament had grown both inside and outside Argentina’s government, while Uruguay striker Luis Suarez told reporters on Friday that priority had to be given “to the health of human … Continue reading Argentina stripped as host of Copa America tournament

Nike splits with soccer star Neymar over sexual assault investigation

Neymar da Silver Santos Jr. Nike said it ended its partnership with Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. better known simply as Neymar, when the soccer superstar refused to cooperate with an investigation into sexual assault allegations against him. “Nike ended its relationship with the athlete because he refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation of credible allegations of wrongdoing by an employee,” Nike said in a late Thursday statement. The company announced last summer it had parted ways with Neymar but had not given a reason for the sudden move. The Journal reported that, at the time, there were … Continue reading Nike splits with soccer star Neymar over sexual assault investigation

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid for second time as manager

Manager Zinedine Zidane has left Real Madrid for the second time in his coaching career. Real failed to win a trophy this season and were pipped to the La Liga title by city rivals Atletico Madrid on a dramatic final day on Saturday. Zidane, 48, won three consecutive Champions League titles in his first period in charge between 2016 and 2018. He returned to a club in disarray 10 months later and secured a second La Liga title as manager last season. Not since the 2009-10 campaign have Real failed to win a trophy. They suffered an early exit from the Copa … Continue reading Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid for second time as manager

Greed Calling: UEFA opens disciplinary case against remaining Super League clubs

Europe’s football governing body UEFA has opened disciplinary cases against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus that could lead to bans from the Champions League. The three clubs now being prosecuted by UEFA are the remaining holdouts among 12 founders of the Super League project who refused to renounce it. Proceedings are now active for “a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework”, it said on Tuesday. UEFA’s statutes include a section on “prohibited groupings” of clubs or leagues forming without its permission or outside its control. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned the clubs last month that “if they say we are … Continue reading Greed Calling: UEFA opens disciplinary case against remaining Super League clubs

Manchester City crowned Premier League champions

Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester on Tuesday. City missed the opportunity to secure a third league title under Pep Guardiola on Saturday when a missed penalty from Sergio Aguero proved costly as Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. United needed victory to delay the celebrations once again, but a side showing 10 changes could not see off the Foxes, who took an early lead through a fine volley from teenager Luke Thomas which was cancelled … Continue reading Manchester City crowned Premier League champions

Breaking News: Julian Nagelsmann becomes Bayern Munich boss

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann will join Bayern Munich on a five-year contract at the end of this season, the German champions have announced. Current boss Hansi Flick said last wee he wanted to leave the Bavarian club. At 33, Nagelsmann is one of the most highly-rated young managers in Europe and led Leipzig to a Champions League semi-final last year. “Julian Nagelsmann stands for a new generation of trainers,” said Bayern president Herbert Hainer. The German, who will take over on 1 July, will reportedly cost Bayern more than £20m in compensation. “I will leave RB Leipzig with a … Continue reading Breaking News: Julian Nagelsmann becomes Bayern Munich boss