Zlatan Ibrahimovic being linked to Liverpool tells you how great a player he is

At 38 Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be looking back at his career and hanging his boots up. He has had a fantastic time in  football won multiple trophies and scored tons of great goals. He is Sweden’s best ever player and has earned a fortune in the game, and yet he wants another challenge.

Zlatan as he is commonly known by has left LA Galaxy after 2 seasons where he didn’t win a trophy but was involved in some memorable games, so good that LA fans took him to their hearts. He also scored plenty of goals, 53 in all competitions for the Galaxy in just 58 games, and he ended his time this season with 30 goals from 29 games. Now whilst might say that the MLS is not a top league, to do what he is doing at 38 is still quite remarkable and one is reminded of another great sport athlete in Roger Federer whose body refuses to give up.

Even at this age when Ibrahimovic  announced he was leaving the Galaxy a whole host of elite teams from Europe threw their name in the hat. He has been linked with a return back to PSG and AC Milan. In the Premier League his former club Manchester United have shown some interest and then there is Liverpool in first place and looking for their first title since 1990. Ibrahimovic has an incredible record of going to different clubs and winning league titles and for that Liverpool could suit him.

Possibly though the front runners are AC Milan. Ibrahimovic has a special relationship not just with the club but also in Italy where he has also played for Juventus and Inter Milan. The truth is at Milan Ibrahimovic would get more game time and could well be drafted into the first team. One would feel that at a club like Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp isn’t going to upset the apple cart and chop and change his forward line to accommodate the Swedish star. Instead Zlatan would be used as a super sub and in cup games, is that what he would want? Again his qualities on the pitch over the years have earned him that choice.

What will be fascinating as Ibrahimovic returns to Europe is can he still get goals at a higher level? He has scored 30 in his final season in the MLS and it would be interesting to see if he can keep some sort of consistency. The biggest factor being is that his professionalism and attitude is paving the way for strikers to continue on to their very late 30′s and maybe even 40′s. Now that is football evolution.

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10 Incredible Football facts which make you impressed!

Are you a dedicated football fan who enjoys sharing interesting football stories?
Prepare yourself for some astonishing stories and feel free to share them with your friends!

1. Mark Hughes played for Wales national team and Bayern Munich on the same day.
It happened in 1988 during qualifying matches.

Hughes had just signed the contract Munich and he was prompted to play against Wales. He shared the story: “I had dinner with Uli Hoeness who asked me what time the Wales match was. I told him it was around midday and he said That’s OK then, you can play in the evening as well. After the match, Hughes crossed to the other side of the Czech Republic to play against Borussia Monchengladbach. He said: “We actually flew over the ground and missed the first half, but I got there at the start of the second half.”

2. West Ham football player, Alvin Martin, scored a hat-trick against three different
goalkeepers in a match against Newcastle – Martin Thomas, Chris Hedworth and
Peter Beardsley.

3. Clie Allen scored 28 goals for QPR in season 79-80. After the season, Arsenal paid
more than a million for him but sent him to Palace after only three friendly matches.

4. Starting from season 1982, Bayern football players have at least one place at World
Cup Finals. The last in the row was Arjen Robben during World Cup 2010.

5. When Alex Ferguson came to Manchester United, Aston Villa football club was
better than red devils. By 1986, Villa took seven Premier League titles, seven FA
Cups, three League Cups, and a European Cup.

Before Alex Ferguson took over the team, Manchester United had won seven Premier League titles, six FA Cups, and a European Cup.

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6. If you want to translate word Pittodrie (home of Aberdeen) in Gaelic, it will sound
like s*** heap or (‘place of manure’ or ‘hill of dung)

7. László Kubala was the only football player who competed for three national teams:
Spain, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. This was the first player who had official
recognition of FIFA for the same thing. Former Real Madrid star Alfredo Di Stefano
also played for three national teams: Spain, Colombia, and Argentina but at a time
when Colombia football association was not recognized.

8. Jimmy Rimmer is a unique player which got European Cup winners with two
different clubs from England (Manchester United and Aston Villa)

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic used to play for six clubs which won Champions League
Trophy. However, he has never won the same competition. Zlatan played for Inter,
Ajax, Juventus, Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona. What bad luck!

10. Giuseppe Bergomi participated in four World Cups but he has never played in
qualifiers. But how is that possible? The ex Italian defender used to play for the
national team in seasons 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998. During the first qualifying
phase (1982), Bergomi was only 18 and he was not in the first squad. For World Cup 1990, Italy qualified as host and 1998 was too late for Bergomi when he received a
surprising invitation from the coach.

As you can see, football is always associated with interesting facts and stories. Make
sure to follow them all and learn something new.

Euro Fantasy League Podcast – #27 – Asif Norat on Man Utd

EuroFantasyPodCover700x300Jamie welcomes Asif Norat along for the Premier League section of the show before later being joined by Dave for Serie A & La Liga.

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Can PSG go the whole season in Ligue 1 unbeaten?

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More or less PSG have been absolutely dominant in the French Ligue 1 since 2012 and their massive takeover which has seen the club win 6 out of the last 7 titles in France. Millions have been spent on some of the greatest players to have graced the game in recent years. The likes of Zlatan Ibramhimovic, Neymar, Edinson Cavani and a new starlet in Kylian Mbappe have passed through their doors.

However it is this season that just feels different under new coach Thomas Tuchel. The reason is evident when you glance at the league tables. Yes it is no surprise to see PSG in 1st position, but they have played 14 games so far and won 14. It’s like a PlayStation game that went very wrong in a kind of excellent way. 42 points means that their nearest challengers Lyon are 15 points behind and the league in effect looks over before December.

We should also be reminded that their nearest rival Lyon were soundly beaten 5-0 last month by the Parisians. They are just that good that no team in France seems to be able to touch them. And yet of course in previous seasons it felt the same way until they would lose a surprise game away from home. This past weekend that almost happened. Not so much that the team would lose but even drop their 100% win rate. The team was Toulouse and with an important Champions League game coming up against Liverpool, both Mbappe and Neymar did not play and PSG edged to a 1-0 nervous victory.

PSG certainly have it within them to not only go unbeaten the whole season but to win every game, it would be a massive achievement even if some critics would point and suggest that the French league is not strong. Well tell that to Premier League champions Manchester City who in 2 games against Lyon both home and away failed to beat the team and conceded 4 goals along the way.

Ligue 1 is not the strongest league in Europe of course but it is far from weak, all it is missing is some wealthy owners to give PSG a run for their money (pardon the pun).

PSG’s real tests will come as the season progresses. How will they react if they are knocked out of a cup competition, especially the Champions League? The league is theirs that is basically assured now, but it is a question of how long they can continue their dominance this season which is most fascinating. Europe will be looking on in anticipation that is for sure.

A move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the wrong one for AC Milan

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When was the last time AC Milan were the kings of Italy? Well that’s not too hard, one could say it was in 2011 when they won Serie A, before the Juventus domination. But even then all Milan were really doing were looking after the title.

In truth a dominating Milan have been largely absent from Italian and European football since they last won the Champions League in 2007, 11 years ago. The team have become a distant shadow of the club who were so powerful in the late 80s and throughout the 90s which also extended to the 2000s where they starred in 3 Champions League finals- 2003, 2005 and 2007, winning two of them.

It almost feels that football has passed them by- first it was being overtaken by the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, two teams that Milan could once brush aside and then the clubs of the Premier League had their own victories over the Rossonieri.

Even in Italy, Juventus, Inter, Napoli, Roma perhaps even Lazio at times have left Milan somewhere on a deserted highway wondering where all their player pulling power has gone, because it really seems like it has.

Simply put Milan are historically a massive club, but in 2018 they don’t even belong in the top 20 clubs in Europe for aspiring players and the best to say, that is where I want to play. Milan have failed to play catch up. That is why the emerging story of them looking to re sign Swede great Zlatan Ibrahimovic should come as no surprise.

Now let’s not be silly about such matters, Ibrahimovic is an outstanding player and will be remembered as one of the best players of the first 20 years of this century. But Ibrahimovic is also 37 years old. True he is scoring goals for fun in the MLS where he currently has 22 goals from 27 games, but Serie A is a major step up for him at this stage of his career.

The signing if it does take place which does look likely almost feels like a nostalgia trip for Milan where Zlatan played for the club between 2010 -2012. There he scored 42 goals and won the league, he is a hero and a cult figure at San Siro even though of course he also played for Milan’s rivals Inter. So he will be welcomed back with open arms.

But one can’t help and think that the signing is just a luxury roll out on a Serie A season that is almost already over for Milan as they see Juventus running away with the league yet again. And that’s the real difference here. Whilst Juventus have also signed a legend in their 30s that so happens to be Cristiano Ronaldo who has an advantage of 4 years over Zlatan. You can’t help but think that the deal if it goes through won’t work out for player or club.

El mejor once libre, ¡a coste cero!

 

ibraCon la llegada de julio, muchos futbolistas terminan sus contratos que les vinculan a sus clubes. A algunos los renuevan, a otros los venden, a muchos los ceden… pero también los hay que se quedan sin equipo. Los motivos son muy diversos, no obstante, en el mercado hay muchas perlas futbolísticas que están libres. Quizá sean jugadores mayores o que exijan una ficha muy elevada, no obstante, no dejan de ser una ganga. Este es el mejor 11 para fichar gratis.

Portero
Ochoa – El internacional mexicano no ha cuajado su mejor temporada con el Granada, pero ha hecho una Confederaciones aceptable que le puede brindar el interés de grandes equipos.

Defensas
Pepe – No ha renovado con el Madrid. El PSG puede hacerse con sus servicios, pero Turquía también le pone carita.
Djourou – El central francés  interesa a varios clubes europeos.
Trémoulinas – El ya ex-jugador sevillista está libre, pero parece que regresará a Burdeos.
Dani Alves – El lateral brasileño ha jugado en los mejores clubes europeos y conquistado muchos títulos continentales. Tras desvincularse de la Juventus (a la que llegó gratis), busca equipo.

Centrocampistas
Santi Cazorla – El español no ha renovado con el Arsenal y ahora busca equipo, se especula sobre su retorno ibérico, pero hay más clubes que podrían unirse a la lucha.
Tiago Mendes – El antiguo jugador del Atlético, con 36 años, no tiene equipo; pero aún puede aportar veteranía y experiencia a algún club.
Jesús Navas – El City no lo quiere. Tiene 31 años, con lo cual aún le quedan varios años al primer nivel. Podría volver a Sevilla.
Rachid Ghezzal – Sin duda, es una de las mayores del mercado libre. El extremo tiene 25 años, pero no equipo. La Roma de Monchi se lo podría llevar a coste cero… si el Valencia no se le adelanta.

Delanteros
Ibrahimovic – Uno de los mejores jugadores de todos los tiempos que, dada su edad y alta ficha, no logra equipo. Una lesión le ha lastrado, pero seguramente encuentre equipo en breve ya que es una garantía de gol.
Fernando Torres – La política del Atlético es renovar año a año a jugadores de su edad. Todo apunta a que firmará a la vuelta de vacaciones, pero de momento es un jugador libre.

Is Everton’s Lukaku the best striker in the Premier League?

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku currently sits on top of the English Premier League’s Top Scorers table. Lukaku has managed to score 24 goals in 32 EPL games while also contributing 6 assists. The stats show consistent improvement in Lukaku’s numbers over the last few years, but does that necessarily make him the EPL’s best striker?

For the 2014-15 season, Lukaku finished the EPL season with 10 goals and 5 assists in 36 league games while last season saw him score an impressive tally of 18 goals while providing 6 assists in 37 league games. A closer look shows Lukaku has struggled to score against the big teams. He failed to score against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal so far this season. He did manage to score a goal against Tottenham while also scoring two goals against Manchester City, a goal in each of the two league clashes. Tottenham’s defending is perhaps the best in EPL as witnessed by the club conceding just 22 goals, but City’s defensive line has not earned much respect from pundits during the current campaign.

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Add to that the fact that Lukaku scored a hat-trick against Sunderland another 4 goals in a game against Bournemouth on February 4th, 2017 then one begins to see the reasoning behind the criticism of Lukaku’s inability to rise to the occasion in big games.

In all fairness to Lukaku, of the big names he left in his wake while rising to the top of the scoring charts, only the experienced Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester City hero Sergio Aguero have done better against the top teams. Aguero, in particular, has been impressive in recent weeks and has hit the back of the net in the last 5 Premier League games, including a goal each against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane, in second place with 20 Premiership goals, has done most of his damage against the weaker teams. So where does that leave Lukaku? He is still just 23-years-old and as many critics believe strikers often peak when they reach their late 20s. To Lukaku’s credit, he has shown steady improvement during the last 3 years. Perhaps a move to one of the big Premier League sides can better define where Lukaku stands among the EPL’s top strikers but what do you think?

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Battle of the Giants in the Premier League

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As Manchester United take on Chelsea on Sunday, both sides will line up hungry for a win for different reasons. Chelsea could see their lead at the top cut to just 4 points as Tottenham Hotspur play Bournemouth at home, a match that they should win comfortably. Similarly, Manchester United could go into this match in 7th if Everton can do the business, as expected at home to a Burnley side who haven’t managed a win on the road this season.

Manchester United haven’t lost in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho made his return to Stamford Bridge in October last year. What sounds like an impressive run, and probably good enough to be challenging for the Premier League title, is, on closer inspection, not too impressive as they have drawn 10 and won 11 of those matches.

United seem to be relying heavily on self-professed ‘lion’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has scored 17 league goals, which is a terrific return in his debut season in the Premier League. Nearest to him is Juan Mata, who has scored six from midfield. It’s a frontline that badly needs shaken up if Manchester United are to challenge for the title next season.

Since that 4-0 win over Manchester United, Chelsea have gone from strength to strength and opened up a healthy 7 point lead at the top of the table. A 13 match winning run was halted by Tottenham Hotspur and since that loss, they have lost just 1 more and drawn 2. Eden Hazard (who has scored 3 goals in his last 2 matches) has looked rejuvenated in midfield and along with Diego Costa up front, they carry a real threat.

Like his counterpart Zlatan, Diego Costa has 17 league goals for the season, but the difference between Chelsea and Manchester United is that Chelsea have goals from all areas of their team.

Surprisingly, Manchester United haven’t managed a win against Chelsea since 2012 when goals from Robin van Persie, and Hernandez saw them run out 3-2 winners. A certain Juan Mata was in the Chelsea side that day and managed a goal against his current employers. The last 3 matches between the two have finished in a draw, and given that Manchester United have racked up a total of 12 draws, a total only matched by Middlesbrough in the Premier League, it may be a result that will suit both sides.
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The Race for a Top 4 Finish – Premier League

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Just 5 points separate 2nd and 6th in the Premier League and with just 12 matches left, every point now becomes a prisoner. Tottenham currently sit in 2nd place and Manchester United 6th but with Liverpool and Arsenal meeting this weekend, the chances of the league placings remaining the same after this weekend’s action are virtually zero.

Both Manchester clubs have easy matches this weekend and will fully expect to take 3 points. United face Bournemouth and City face Sunderland. Bournemouth are in horrific form at the moment and have lost their last four on the bounce. They are by no means safe from relegation and look set to drop further down the table this weekend as they face Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. United’s neighbours Manchester City travel to Sunderland and any hopes the Black Cats have of getting off the bottom of the table will be put on hold for another week.

As Liverpool host Arsenal on Saturday evening, both sides will be looking to improve on their recent form. Liverpool have won just one match in their last five (although that was a 2-0 win over high-flying Tottenham Hotspur) and Arsenal will still have their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich fresh in their minds. This is a match which could go either way and in a fixture that has seen 13 goals in the last 2 matches, this one should not be missed. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Olivier Giroud have all scored doubles in the last 2 and the chances of a high-scoring Saturday evening treat are very high indeed.

Sunday’s action will kick-off with Tottenham Hotspur welcoming Everton to White Hart Lane. Tottenham have been impressive at home and have won their last eight matches there and are unbeaten in their last 13. However, Everton are still in with a shout of a top six finish and if they can get a result here it will send out a serious marker. Everton are unbeaten in their last 6 with 4 wins and 2 draws and with Premier League joint top-scorer Romelu Lukaku leading the line, they will always be a threat.

Is this the weekend that Manchester United move into the top for at long last. Or will we see Everton close the gap on city rivals Liverpool to just 2 points. It seems anything is possible in the Premier League this season.

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