Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Thierry Henry has backed young striker Eddie Nketiah to become a key player for the Gunners as he progresses further in his professional career. The teenager made an instant impression among the Gunners’ faithful after he popped up with a match-winning brace in the 2-1 League Cup win over Norwich City.
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says he likes the choice of Jose Mourinho as the club manager but praised the attacking style of play of Pep Guardiola. Cantona labelled the Portuguese “a winner who will continue to win” but then he was not totally sold on his defensive tactics.
The retired star spent five years at Old Trafford from 1992 to 1997, winning titles and making headlines for his behaviour off and on the pitch. The Frenchman is still a huge fan of the club. He criticised the former Chelsea coach for using defensive tactics which he said was “not the identity of Manchester United.” He went on to state his preference for Guardiola’s style.
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David Beckham’s plans of establishing his MLS expansion team is edging closer and closer with more obstacles being overcome.
A few months ago, the location of his upcoming club had not even been completed and later on, the expansion team had to be approved but as each day passes by, more steps are being done towards the completion of this huge project.
The latest step that was recently announced to be as finalized was the 1st payment that David Beckham’s MLS ownership group made to Miami-Dade County for the space and land where the stadium is expected to be constructed on.
This 1st payment was of $450,000 after Miami-Dade had agreed to sell 3 acres of county land located in Overtown over to David Beckham’s group for a total price tag of $9 million.
Don Garber is the Commissioner of the MLS and he has recently voiced his confidence in relation to Beckham’s expansion team and that when everything is completed, Garber knows that this will bring the American Soccer League to a new and different level as he said:
“Coming up with the game and understanding the intricacies of it, I think a guy like David would be a fantastic owner. He’s a very bright guy, very committed to our country and our league, very committed to the city of Miami. I think if we can get things closed then it will be a great success and it will be great to have him as an owner. He was a great player for us.”
Now that this down payment has been officially completed, one of the next major obstacles that are remaining is the zoning process in the city of Miami as more public meetings and votes have to be done but fewer things are left to be finalized in this checklist of fully having Beckham’s Miami’s expansion team kicking off and running for the MLS which is expected to be up and running by 2020.
David Beckham and his ownership group are set to receive the green light to move forward with their stadium plans for the new MLS franchise, according to reports.
The group is proposing to construct a 25-000 seat stadium in downtown Miami.
The proposal would be reviewed by the Major League Soccer owners at the annual All-Star game in Chicago. Beckham is poised to get the final approval after scaling legal, political and financial hurdles along the way to having his MLS club.
If the green light happens, ‘Miami Beckham United’ could join the top flight American league as the 24th team. After failure to secure land for the stadium at Little Havana and Biscayne Bay the investment team which includes media entrepreneur Simon Fuller, veteran MLS executive Tim Leiweke and LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly got permission to build at a former truck depot in Overtown. The landmark deal is seen as a bargain compared to the cost of other new-builds this year.
“We are at the finish line after nine years of work to be sure, if we go to Miami, we get it right. David had an option, but that option couldn’t be exercised without having him satisfy all the things that all team owners need to satisfy – the right capital structure with his partners, the right stadium plan, the right marketing and business plans,” the league commissioner Don Garber said.
It’s been three years since the retired footballer put forward his first proposal. While the votes could go anyway like Garber said, the board meeting resolutions would be crucial going forward for the whole project.
French side Bordeaux seem to be on the path of revival after slumping following their 2009 Ligue 1 title win.
Twenty-year old Brazilian attacking star Malcolm has been crucial to their campaign alongside rave of the moment ValentinVada.
The 21-year old started from humble beginnings in South America before finding his way to France. He is one of the brightest prospects in the league. Argentina internationals like Fernando Cavenaghi, Juan Pablo Francia and others make their mark at the club but they have been poorly represented of late until Vada strolled along.
Argentines generally have a good record in France with stars like Carlos Bianchi and DelioOnnis more like legends. The club battled FIFA due to transfer rules after he moved to France at 14 years. He eventually overcame the issues to develop into one of the club’s best talents.
Then there’s also 20-year old Francois Kamano who has been making waves in forward position. The Guinea star joined from Bastia last year and he is already one of the brightest prospects in the league. The trio are largely responsible for the attacking football of the team.
Malcolm joined Bordeaux last year from Corinthians after the exit of WahbiKhazri. Ze Roberto is credited with advising former coach Willy Sagnol to recruit the youngster. Ze Roberto was impressed after seeing Malcom play in the Brazilian league. Malcom has repaid the faith in him; he scored his seventh goal in 33 games as Bordeaux defeated Bsstia.
Coach Jocelyn Gourvennechas played him in 35 games in all competitions and the under-2o Brazil star has been impressive. The club might struggle to retain him as his profile rises. They could make a killing in the transfer market since they signed him for just €5 million. For now the club is focused on making the Europa League.
England soccer legend David Beckham has caused serious uproar online after he posted on social media profiles on Instagram and Facebook about a visit to Hong Kong.
The former Real Madrid midfielder claimed to have enjoyed “great 48 hours in China,” despite the nation being part of China.
The fact is still a part of the Far East country though they have some form of autonomy. The player was dragged from his knowledge of the political economy and history, while some spoke in his defense.
Beckham had to respond by updating his post to read: “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Some commenters on the player’s post argued that Hong Kong and Taiwan were parts of China, asking the residents there to accept their fate and not “even think about independence.”
Instagram is blocked in Mainland China but the responses – using simplified characters – on the posts were written by people who likely lived in Mainland China as Hong Kong employed traditional Chinese script.
Some other commenters argued that “HONG KONG IS NOT CHINA,” even adding banners where people where advocating for an independent nation. They thanked the player for making the changes from “China” to “Shanghai and Hong Kong.”
This controversy is similar somewhat to what Beckham’s wife Victoria faced last year. The former model turned business woman launched an overseas hop in Hong Kong but used simplified characters as against traditional script employed in the country, Macao and Taiwan.
EPL giant Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday put a stop to Chelsea’s sprint to a record equalling 14-games winning streak.
In what seemed like a poetic ending given that the Blues’ run started after a defeat in North London – as they fell to Arsenal at the Emirates – and came to an end in the same city albeit different ground, this time at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino lined up his men in a Chelsea-mirrored 3-4-3 while the visitors stuck to their most stable first eleven. The first half was a collection of half passes, uncoordinated runs and attacks, disruption-focused midfield battles and half chances all from both sides. Conte’s men found it hard to play with their usual rhythm and from their body language one could tell they weren’t alarmingly bordered afterall the same scenario played out the last time both clubs met at Stamford Bridge.
So they waited it out hoping to seize a counter-attacking opportunity and probably close shop while waiting for the home team to tire out and may be punish them some more. It didn’t work. Tottenham had learned every tiny detail of all mis-steps they took last time out and everything they did was aimed at correcting them. From back-pedalling on their over-eager high presses to Wanyama’s declaration of war on anything good that were supposed to come out from the midfield paring of Nemanja Matic and N’golo Kante.
The aforementioned back and forth drama was what viewers were treated to until Christian Eriksen’s calmly taken cross was found Delle Alli who diverted it home just at the brink of the half time whistle.
Even at 1-0 the feeling of deja-vu could hardly be denied by the home fans or the team. Chelsea came out hoping to fire up their dormant first half display where almost half of the team had an off night: from the defence to the flanks as Moses and Alonso flattered to deceive. The Blues’ midfield duo were ransacked by that of the Spurs’. Lynchpin Eden Hazard tried as much as he could to drive up his team’s forward approach but the Belgian’s effort yielded little or no fruit as the rest of his mates operated on a frequency lower than his. Diego Costa’s comic-relieving berating of Pedro as they both engaged in a shouting match that embarrassingly dragged on for minutes summed up the frustrating night.
Spurs’ second goal damaged spirits. The ones that had held on to the fantasy of a typical Blues comeback, prayed for a successful counter to be finished by Costa, waited for Eden Hazard to do what he does best: pull tricks from his magician hat with dazzling dribbles, electrifying one-twos and flashy finishing.
Alli killed them, it made Chelsea realise that they could actually lose a match not minding the winning streak they were supposed to equal. Conte’s defence let him down by being so flat you had wondered if they had no idea of how fluid and dynamic the Spurs’forward line can be.
Late runs and changes hardly altered the match’s set course and come full time Chelsea were walking down the changing room with their tails between their legs. The 3 points saw Spurs go 3rd while the gap between Chelsea and the rest of the league got shorter. They face Leicester City come next week and Conte can only hope this loss doesn’t disrupt his team’s self-belief.
Steven Gerrard has hung up his playing boots after having made over 700 appearances for Liverpool and won 9 pieces of silverware including the UEFA Champions League as well as many other major trophies.
“I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years. I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy,’’ Steven Gerrard said after having announced his retirement from football.
The question that is starting to rise now is in relation to the future of Steven Gerrard as rumors and reports are linking the 35 year old Englishman with a number of potential clubs that Gerrard might be joining in the near future but not as a player and instead as a coach.
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has said that he would be delighted to work alongside Steven Gerrard and have him in Newcastle United as the door is opened for the recent retiree who might be interested in taking up a managerial position in Newcastle or another club.
If Steven Gerrard would like to start earning his coaching badges, Rafael Benitez stated that Newcastle United has their doors opened for him.
After officially confirming his retirement from football, Steven Gerrard also went on to say that despite having retired, he still wants to continue playing a big role in the game in whatever capacity that may be. It’s likely that he will be making a return to Liverpool as a coach or any other kind of staff position that might help his former club in their quest of winning trophies.
David Beckham’s planned MLS team in Miami, which the league has maintained could debut in 2018 and may not arrive until 2019 according to the report from SI.com.
The former Manchester United player and his partners still have not finalized an agreement for a proposed stadium in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, and the group is also still bargaining with an additional investor.
It is over 1,000 days since Beckham’s Miami plan was announced in March this year, the ex-Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy midfielder’s ownership group, Miami Beckham United, bought a piece of land in Overtown on which to build a stadium, but still need to acquire more for enough space.
Tuesday marked 1,000 days since Beckham’s Miami plan was announced. LAFC is slated to join MLS in 2018 after Atlanta United and Minnesota United become the league’s 21st and 22nd clubs next year.
The Englishman began endorsing Swedish brand in 2011, launching their Bodywear collection. He has been the face of H&M’s menswear range for five years but the relationship has come to an end.
The Swedish store has decided not to renew the retired footballer’s contract when it finishes before the end of 2016 and have instead signed a young man, Grammy-winner The Weekend to their roster as replacement.
The 41-year old Beckham, has modelled H&M’s Bodywear collection including a selection of underwear and recently expanded to knit wear, suits and raincoats. Business Of Fashion reports that the former England captain will bow out this winter but the fashion giant have not ruled out working with Beckham in the future
The one-off menswear collection is expected to debut on 2 March 2017. A spokesperson for the company emphasized that there was no direct connection or relationship between the departure of Beckham and The Weeknd’s arrival but it is alleged that H&M are keen to appeal to younger shoppers. While The Weeknd has only signed on for one collection at this point, H&M always intended their partnership with Beckham to be “long-term”.
Former England star David Beckham feels that Wayne Rooney showed a retired from England duty only when he has nothing to give to the national team.
Regarded as one of the most patriotic England players ever, David Beckham went on to represent in the national team in 115 matches. This has remained a record for an outfield player, but it will be broken on Sunday when Wayne Rooney steps onto the pitch against Slovakia. Rooney recently tied Beckham for the most number of appearances by an outfield player and he could go beyond this figure with an appearance against Slovakia.
Rooney has also confirmed that he plans to retire from international duty after the World Cup 2018. For a player who has been a part of the England setup for more than a decade, it would mark a memorable occasion if England were to win the World Cup at this tournament. Beckham famously made himself available at all times even when he had entered into the latter stages of his career. Rooney, though, is still only 31 and is playing at his best. Even though his goals have dried up of late, Rooney has been contributing in other areas of the pitch. It is widely believed that he will become an out and out midfielder in the near future.
“I played on until I was almost 36 and would not have been able to do that had I played any longer for England.It is time for him to acknowledge that he simply can’t keep doing both – and I mean that for his own good,” said former England striker Alan Shearer. “So tonight Wayne becomes England’s most capped outfield player.I keep hearing people say Wayne should stop playing for his country to prolong his club career. Seriously? As a player you retire when you’re ready,” wrote Beckham on his Instagram account.