Copa America vs. Euros comparison will be settled at 2018 World Cup – ESPN FC
True. There’s really no point in comparing the two tournaments for a number of reasons, all of which the author pointed on. The key point is probably the changes made for a number of South American teams that mean they aren’t necessarily bringing their best squads. Injuries don’t count as that could happen at anytime. Also, given how well European teams fared in the last World Cup I think Jurgen Klinsmann is definitely off in his statement that the Copa will be better.
I think, and hope, both tournaments will be excellent and there’s plenty of talent on display with the Copa. I would think there would be more MLS players to choose from but that might be a long list to sift through.
Who is Jorge Mendes? The super-agent making football moves happen | FourFourTwo
Really great read her on Jorge Mendes. Crazy how much of a part he plays in some of European football’s biggest names.
Marcus Rashford worth a gamble for England if Daniel Sturridge is injured – ESPN FC
Roy Hodgson says all the right things but it seems there’s really no way he can leave Rashford out now after the Australia game. Too bad. I think the hype-machine will eventually get to him, especially if he doesn’t end up doing well if he does go. Hopefully Sturridge’s injury isn’t too bad and the decision is easy for Hodgson or maybe he’ll surprise everyone and pick Townsend to back up Sterling as he’s a more natural wide-player. We shall see.
Premier League clubs make record £3.4bn with help from FFP regulations | Football | The Guardian
This is what the rest of Europe has to contend with. You would expect that there will be profits across the board in 2015/16 as well.
Sebastian Giovinco’s Italy snub hurts MLS’s plans to be a ‘league of choice’ – ESPN FC
As I mentioned in a previous post, the omission of Pirlo isn’t as big a deal as Giovinco’s omission. The Toronto star is becoming the face of the league and was the league’s first real signing of a high-level European talent in their prime. If he doesn’t get any further looks into a national team where his skills would be useful then others may reconsider.
The first Weekly chatter that looks more into the summer and onwards than the disappointing season that just ended. Well. Mostly. The amount of Granit Xhaka articles about shows just how happy fans are at a big signing. I feel like the rest of the summer we’ll see articles about this player and that but no other move will happen until Wenger signs a young striker and says he’ll solve our problems up front. We shall see.
Do we think he will though?
I always liked Rosicky going back to his Borussia Dortmund days. Definitely wish he could have provided more on the pitch.
You kept a hold of Theo Walcott for 10 years so you may as well do the same with the Ox.
First things first. He’s staying. There’s an infinite contract sitting somewhere on Stan Kroenke’s desk they just haven’t figured out how to tell the whole world yet. Of the changes, three have already been mentioned multiple times. Injuries, buying well in the transfer market and defining the team’s style. The other three are unlikely to happen or don’t really help the club in the hear and now. Arsenal can’t regain its edge with Wenger in charge because he’s lost the ability to motivate and the team isn’t full of strong personalities. Youth is still a big part of the club and I would be surprised if Jeff Renee-Adeilade plays some as well as those mentioned. Lastly, the British project is off track for a reason. The players haven’t fully convinced or have injury issues or both. It’s up to them to fix that.
Useful bit of info for the uninitiated I guess.
Nope. None at all. I’d like Xhaka and Ramsey to start. Ramsey can get back to his preferred position and bring some much-needed goals from midfield especially if we stick with Giroud. Elneny and Coquelin backups with Cazorla there as well. Wilshere mainly backs up Ozil and then the wings might need a new player or two assuming two or more of Walcott, Ox, Joel Campbell, and possibly Gnabry, leave.
Okay. Okay. We get it. He’s good.
Here”s our first get your hopes up target. Except because he’s not a big name not many fans will know about him.
The Ghosts of Karim Benzema
Really great read and great piece of journalism here on Karim Benzema.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Ligue 1 as a legend who may never be surpassed – ESPN FC
Zlatan did what Zlatan does to the French league for four years. Hard to argue against him being a Ligue 1 and Paris Saint-Germain legend. His last season was arguably his best which makes it even more crazy. It would be fascinating to see what/how he does at Manchester United if that happens.
How Barcelona Duo Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano Would Fit Juventus | Bleacher Report
Could two players over 30 help Juventus reach the next level? The two in question can. Alves and Mascherano could have a similar impact to Patrice Evra for Juventus. As the author notes, there are specific roles each will fill and they can do so to great effect. Having to more leaders/winners in the dressing room would help too. I think Juventus may still need another attacking addition but if these moves happen they are on the way to another good summer.
Brendan Rodgers’ move to Celtic shows changing face of management – ESPN FC
Very interesting read. Who could have seen Rodgers, Martinez and Moyes in their current positions? It’s very likely that, like Rodgers, the other two will have to re-establish themselves before they get back into the mix for top jobs.