September 25th, 2016
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the best player in Europe by the apex football body of the continent – UEFA.
The Portugal international has had a phenomenal year, for club and country. UEFA presented the former Manchester United star with the award when in Monaco, at the award presentation ceremony. This is the second time he would be picking up the award.
The two main reasons why he beat the rest of the shortlisted players is believed to be his Champions League and Euro 2016 wins for club and country. He helped Real Madrid go top with an unprecedented eleven Champions League trophy. He was a great leader for Portugal, helping them to a surprise scoop of the Euro 2016, defeating the hosts – France, in the final.
UEFA made the draws for the group stage of the Champions League, before proceeding with the award ceremony. The other players that made the top three shortlist are Gareth Bale (Real Madrid and Wales) and Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France). The award was chosen after journalists from the 55 member associations selected their top five players for the year. Ronaldo was picked out as top, Bale as runner-up and the French international as the third best in the continent.
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July 25th, 2016
Kroos is known to have a unique ability, to be able to set a tempo for the game that is going on.
As a result, he is able to help his Germany team players to dominate the game as well. He has shown a dominant performance this time and as a result, the team has benefited in matches like the game they played against Northern Ireland. This resulted in a win of 1-0 for the team. The team had started off with a formation of 4-2-3-1 which resulted in Khedira and Kroos being anchored on either side that allowed others like Gotze, Muller and Ozil to work as attackers. There were others who provided the needed width from fullback positions. This set up helped to get Germany win the game against Northern Ireland. Kroos has not had a smooth beginning, but he has definitely started to stir up things a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
May 25th, 2016
It is believed that German international midfielder Toni Kroos is set to stay with Real Madrid amidst interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.
It seems that the Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane has convinced the Madrid board to offer Kroos a much-improved contract so as to keep the player beyond 2020.
Manchester United is currently looking for a world-class midfielder that will help boost their current midfield and also provide experience to the younger players. It was reported that Manchester United was prepared to make a substantial offer to Madrid to sign Kroos in the summer.
Similarly, Arsenal were also hoping to sign a quality midfielder to improve their midfield. With the release of Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, the Gunners are currently short on numbers and will have hope that Kroos would provide the necessary boost to their midfield. Read the rest of this entry »
April 28th, 2016
Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos says Real Madrid fans will be crucial if the Los Blancos are to overturn a 2-0 deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League clash with Wolfsburg next week.
“I’m hoping for total support. I’m certain that we will get it. We hope that playing at home will give us an advantage and for that we will need the backing of the fans, those who get behind us, who create atmosphere,” Kroos told reporters.
Toni Kroos didn’t play the match against SD Eibar in the 4-0 victory where his team mate, Christiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 30+ goals in six consecutive La Liga season.
“I am convinced that they will be there and in fine voice. Above all, I hope we have the opportunity to qualify in this next game. We will give everything for them,” Kross continued. Read the rest of this entry »
November 26th, 2015
Anzhi Makhachkala and CSKA Moscow are clubs that are in completely different positions; Moscow has not lost any of their 6 initial matches of the Russian Premier Leagues which has allowed the club to secure the top spot of the Russian League meanwhile Anzhi Makhachkala was just promoted to the elite competition of Russia and have not managed to claim a single victory from their opening 6 games of the 2015-16 season.
Both sides faced off against each other on August 1rst and it concluded with CSKA Moscow snatching a 1-0 triumph.
This victory might have arrived at a hefty cost for CSKA Moscow as Anzhi Makhachkala has launched complaints regarding the discipline and certain actions that the fans of the home team displayed.
The general director of Anzhi, Sergei Korablev released the following statement: “The chants from the CSKA fans were insulting towards our club and the fans as they were expressing hostility on the basis of one’s nationality. They did not only insult Anzhi, but also the whole of the Caucasus region, which for centuries has been used to living as a peaceful multinational family,”
This isn’t the first time that CSKA Moscow was in danger of being sanctioned as they have already been punished due to the discipline of their fans back in October of 2014 when CSKA Moscow was forced to play 3 Champions League matches with an empty stadium and were fined with a fee of $220,000 by UEFA. Read the rest of this entry »
October 4th, 2015
Theo Walcott recently recovered from an injury which has made him unable to perform in the pitch for a substantially long period of time, however even though Walcott has not had much playing time with Arsenal, he is still considered to be a valued player in Arsenal and the 26 year old player was offered a contract extension and now Walcott is one of the highest paid players not only in Arsenal but in the entire Premier League.
After signing his new contract, Walcott is now estimated to be earning around £140,000 each week and he will be a player of Arsenal at least until 2019.
MesutOzil, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott are the joint seventh best paid players in the top football league of England as all of them are earning the same amount and are some of the main stars in the team of Arsene Wenger.
Even though Arsenal has not won the Premier League in over 10 years, Arsenal has the 4th largest wage bill with an amount that reaches £166.4m but this does not include the latest deals which were given to PetrCech, Walcott and Sanchez all of which have recently had a change in their contracts or penned an extension.
This contract extension which was given to Theo Walcott at the end of July, SantiCazorla was another player of Arsenal who penned a new deal with the Premier League club and Arsene Wenger voiced his happiness in having secured the services of those players for an extended period of time as the French manager said: Read the rest of this entry »
July 26th, 2015
In the debut season of Toni Kroos as a player of Real Madrid, the German midfielder helped Real Madrid on lifting the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup which are important pieces of silverware but none of them are considered to be huge or major titles compared to the Champions League or La Liga.
Real Madrid’s latest season is contemplated of being an underwhelming one and this is evident by the fact that Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as the Italian manager failed on giving his team any truly important or significant titles.
Toni Kroos was signed by Real Madrid on July of 2014 for a transfer fee of €25 million. The original purpose of why Real Madrid signed Kroos was to use him as replacement of Xabi Alonso and so far things have been going well for the German midfielder as he has made a huge influence since arriving to the Santiago Bernabeu and he is even named as: ‘the pass master’’. Read the rest of this entry »
April 20th, 2015
Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa is of the opinion that Barcelona have a much tougher run in in the last eight matches of the season compared to his club.
Even though the Catalan club have a four-point advantage in the table, this difficult run is likely to make them dropped points and Arbeloa reckons that Madrid should be in a position to take advantage of it. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have suffered a huge dip in form since the turn of the year. Their six-point advantage has been converted into a four-point deficit in the matter of a few weeks.
Barcelona have simply look irresistible in the last couple of months with Lionel Messi leading the pack. In this position, the Catalan club are seen as the favourites for yet another la Liga title. After a trophy less campaign, victory in the league will be a massive boost for Luis Enrique in his first season at the club. Both teams have relatively the same tough opponents between now and the end of the campaign, but Barcelona will also be up against Atletico Madrid away from home. Sevilla and Valencia are some of the tough remaining matches for the club. Madrid recently managed a 9-1 win over Granada to boost the confidence. Read the rest of this entry »