Real Madrid president Florentino Perez cost Luis Suarez his Ballon d’Or nomination according to SPORT, but why?
Has Real Madrid president Florentino Perez taken revenge and how?By Eurosport | Pitchside – Wed, Oct 29, 2014 12:37 GMT
We're almost a quarter of the way into the La Liga season and one team stands out as a surprise: Sevilla. The Andalusians sit joint top with Barca on 22 points, with seven wins and a draw from their nine league games - and that despite selling their best player Ivan Rakitic to Barca. That's the Croatian who speaks Spanish with a strong Andaluz accent.
To point out a best player isn't really fair to Sevilla for their finest quality is their team ethic and that's been the case since Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo - or "Monchi" to Spaniards - began as their sporting director in 2000. The former SevillaRead More »from The ‘genius’ behind Liga surprise package Sevilla
Borussia Dortmund supporters receive praise for huge anti-discrimination tifosBy Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Oct 28, 2014 20:30 GMT
And times, by their standards, are currently tough, with Juergen Klopp's side struggling in the Bundesliga.
But that didn't stop the home fans unveiling several huge tifos during the match against Hannover, attacking racists, Nazis and homophobes in football, making it perfectly clear that discrimination will not be tolerated by these ultras.
The statement is particularly pertinent at a time when far-right parties are on the rise in Europe. Of course Germany's history makes it a particularly sensitive topic for them.
Dortmund's fans even received a DFB award for their behaviour, with the clubRead More »from Borussia Dortmund fans make incredible stand against racism
La Masia tops list based on current senior players in top 5 leaguesBy Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Oct 28, 2014 20:07 GMT
We all knew, deep down, that Barcelona's 'La Masia' academy is an awesome production line for young footballing talent.
But now we have it in data that the breeding ground for the likes of Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas is the place to be for any budding player hoping to make it big.
Barcelona have produced the most footballers currently playing for teams in the big five leagues with 43.
Thirteen of the list still ply their trade at the Catalonia club. Impressive stuff.
Second in the table are Manchester United with Real Madrid third.
But though having 13 of their own academy graduates in theRead More »from Proof Barcelona's youth academy is the best in the world
- Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Oct 28, 2014 19:09 GMT
There has been much debate as to whether Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj has warranted a place in Louis Van Gaal's new-look Manchester United.
The 19-year-old has started the last two games for the Red Devils, and may have put in his case to start the Manchester Derby on Sunday when United travel to the Etihad to face Champions, Manchester City.
The midfielder has played in seven of Man United's nine games this season, but his only full 90 minutes came against West Brom and Chelsea.
On Sunday against The Blues he began to show glimpses of the potential he showed last season.
Januzaj createdRead More »from How Adnan Januzaj can become Manchester United's star man
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a bucketload of goals, but has he redefined his position like Manuel Neuer?By Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Oct 28, 2014 14:43 GMT
If the bookies are to be believed, the FIFA Ballon d'Or award is a foregone conclusion, with Cristiano Ronaldo around 1/6 to pick up the prize.
Fair enough, he had a record-breaking season in the Champions League when scoring 17 goals to help Real Madrid win La Decima, and is probably the globe’s most in-form player.
But in a World Cup year, surely performances in Brazil are paramount when determining the winner of the Ballon d’Or?
We asked our European offices who really deserves to win FIFA’s big award, and the consensus was Bayern MunichRead More »from Europe's view: Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't deserve the Ballon d'Or - but this man does
- Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:51 GMTPaul Pogba signing a new contract at Juventus isn’t going to put Real Madrid off, while the Spanish giants are also raiding Serie A for a defender.
Francesco Acerbi’s story is inspirational.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:14 GMT
Francesco Acerbi's goal for Sassuolo this weekend in a 3-1 win against Parma may seem at first glance to a casual observer of little consequence - even if it was in a derby match.
However, delve deeper and things become a touch more inspiring.
Acerbi is 26 years old and has already beaten cancer twice.
The former Milan and Genoa player moved to Sassuolo in the summer of 2013 and during a routine pre-season medical he learned that he had testicular cancer.
His immediate surgery was deemed a success and, almost miraculously, he was fit to return to action in September of the same year and madeRead More »from The amazing story of Francesco Acerbi, who made a scoring return after beating cancer twice
Infamous bite surely counts against Uruguayan as he fails to make cut.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Oct 28, 2014 08:05 GMT
The FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning contained few surprises.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have officially shared the title of the world’s best player between them since 2008, were both included.
As were six members of the Germany squad which won the World Cup – Mario Goetze, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Real Madrid contributed another six players while Barcelona had four. All the expected names were there, except one.
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Aston Villa have gone nearly six matches without scoring.
They have failed to find the back of the net in 531 minutes, discounting injury time, to be precise. That’s nearly eight hours.
The last time they found the back of the net was nine minutes into their surprise 1-0 win at Liverpool in mid-September. Since then they have lost 3-0 to Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton, and 2-0 to Manchester City and now QPR.
It is the worst goalless streak in the club’s history, and leaves them in a precarious position just two points above the relegation zone.Read More »from Villa's woes deeper than the cutting edge