Thursday, July 19, 2018

Atletico: Ins, outs, rumours and players of interest for the 2018/19 season

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Atletico: Ins, outs, rumours and players of interest for the 2018/19 season
Atletico: Ins, outs, rumours and players of interest for the 2018/19 season

Who will take Real Madrid's freekicks now?

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Who will take Real Madrid's freekicks now?
Who will take Real Madrid's freekicks now?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

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Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe
Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

Hundreds of football fans flocked to cheer Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta when he arrived in Japan on Wednesday to join his new club Vissel Kobe. The 34-year-old Spanish World Cup winner, who lifted 32 major trophies at Barca and made over 600 appearances for the Catalan giants, completed a big-money move to Japan in May. […]

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fantasy football: What could Alisson bring to the Premier League this season?

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Fantasy football: What could Alisson bring to the Premier League this season?

Alisson is at the centre of a transfer tug of war between Liverpool and Chelsea with the deal big news for both sets of supporters and fantasy football fans.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, and is rumoured to be departing Roma in a deal that could be worth around £62million.

The 25-year-old started all five of his country’s games at the World Cup and was Tite’s first choice over Man City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson.

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Alisson’s stock rose drastically following his impressive campaign with Roma last season.

The Brazilian shot-stopper played a crucial role in his side’s coupon-busting run to the Champions League semi-finals, before they were beaten by Liverpool at the penultimate step.

After making 31 appearances for Brazil, as well as having experience of Europe’s elite competition, it’s no surprise to see that Alisson is on the radar of so many top clubs.

Liverpool fans are so excited by the potential new arrival that they have even began to track private jets that could belong to the Roma man.

He’s more than your average goalkeeper.

Alisson could prove a huge fantasy football hit

The Brazilian is widely praised for not only his shot-stopping abilities and command of his area, but also for another trait.

Alisson is known to be very capable with the ball at his feet, with his impressive distribution perhaps the standout ability of the in-demand stopper.

If Liverpool or Chelsea were to agree any deal, they would be buying themselves a player in a similar mould to his countryman Ederson.

Getty - Contributor The Brazilian is far from your conventional goalkeeper[/caption]

What could Alisson bring to your fantasy football team?

According to Dream Team’s ratings provider WhoScored, Alisson had an impressive season in Serie A with Roma at 7.00.

The Brazilian was the highest-rated keeper in the league and made it into the Serie A team of the season.

Liverpool’s current goalkeeping options fail to compete with Alisson’s form at Roma. Both Loris Karius (6.70) and Simon Mignolet (6.49) had a lower average on WhoScored last season.

The Roma man also ranks higher than both of Chelsea’s goalkeepers, with Thibaut Courtois (6.63) and Willy Caballero (6.65) scoring lower than the rumoured new arrival.

 

Alisson moved to Roma from Brazilian side Internacional in 2016 for just £6million.

The 25-year-old was originally forced to act as the understudy to Wojciech Szczesny after the Polish international was on loan from Arsenal.

The following year, after Szczesny signed permanently for Juventus, Alisson was given the No1 jersey and the rest is history.

So, what will he cost on Dream Team?

As any transfer to the Premier League is yet to be officially confirmed, Alisson is still without a price for this season’s fantasy football game.

If Alisson does make the move to English football, we estimate him to cost Dream Team managers around £4m, judging on the prices of Ederson and David De Gea last season.

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Whilst the new season doesn’t get underway until August 11 you can already pre-register for the Dream Team game here.

If you’re an existing Dream Team player you can now pre-register for new new game online and on the app.

Once you’ve followed the link above simply click on this banner to complete the process.

If you’re new to Dream Team the steps are very simple:

Register to play Dream Team for free here Download the Dream Team app to keep up with all the latest tips, news and gossip at your finger tips The likes of Harry Kane will eventually have to be offered big wages to stay at the clubKane will be back on Spurs dutyREUTERS How does Premier League fantasy football work?

Every single season the Premier League gets more intriguing – and playing Dream Team really is the perfect way to enhance your experience of it.

You’ll be assigned a total budget of £50m for each side you pick and you’ll be able pick a maximum of 10 free teams.

The Game Weeks run from Friday to Thursday, effectively meaning the new Game Week starts after the last Europa League games are completed.

PA:Press Association Arsenal and Chelsea will be in the Europa League again[/caption]

You get three transfers a month on the first Friday of every month so using them wisely is essential.

Every player on the game will be assigned a price at the start of the season which will then vary and fluctuate on a weekly basis dependent on their performances.

For example, last season we valued Mo Salah at £4m at the start of the season but the Egyptian King rocketed to over £11m by the end after his stunning goalscoring form.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

How Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has been 15 years in the making 

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How Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has been 15 years in the making 

They finally got their man.

Having forked out €100 million, Juventus have made the signing of the summer by nabbing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, nine years after he joined the Spanish giants from Man United.

And 15 years after he slipped through their fingers as a teenager.

Getty - Contributor Finally theirs[/caption]

Speaking about his move to Juve in his press conference on Monday, Ronaldo said: “It was an easy decision. One I took a long time ago.”

Some might’ve missed the irony.

After all, Ronaldo came within a whisker of signing for the Italian giants back in 2003.

A wonderful photo to draw @Cristiano's #CR7DAY press conference to a close 📸😁⚪⚫#CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/B0MTLACGbi

— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 16, 2018

Nobody really knows the fine details, but according to Alessandro Moggi – the son of Juventus’ former general director Luciano – the club were in pole position to sign him from Lisbon in the summer of 2003, even ahead of Man United.

In an interview last year, he said: “Ronaldo was offered to Parma and Lazio, but they rejected a chance to sign him. Juventus wanted to sign him and I travelled to Lisbon with Jorge Mendes.”

Reuters The 18-year-old Ronaldo was hot property[/caption]

“The idea was to make a swap deal with [Chilean defender] Marcelo Salas, as Juventus wanted to sell him.

“Trouble is, Portuguese football wasn’t too interesting at the time and we couldn’t persuade Salas to move to Portugal.

“Contracts and papers were ready, Ronaldo was happy because in that moment Juventus were one of the best teams in Europe.

“That day we could have changed the history of European football, maybe Ronaldo could have still been a Juventus player today.”

PA:Press Association He did alright still, didn’t he?[/caption]

Of course, the rest is history, as Ronaldo joined United before signing for Madrid six years later.

But had Juve offered a bit more money, or perhaps decided against offering Salas as part of the deal, Ronaldo would’ve been wearing black and white a lot sooner.

Still, they got their man in the end, didn’t they?

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World Cup highs and lows: From Mbappe to Lopetegui and everything in between

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World Cup highs and lows: From Mbappe to Lopetegui and everything in between
After 64 games, the 2018 World Cup in Russia has come to an end.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

France’s bizarre superstitious pre-match routine could be key to them winning the World Cup

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France’s bizarre superstitious pre-match routine could be key to them winning the World Cup

Some people don’t walk under ladders, some think it’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.

And footballers are probably more superstitious than most.

Kolo Toure famously always had to be the last player to enter the pitch, Johan Cruyff used to slap his keeper in the stomach before the game and then spit his chewing gum onto the opposition’s half and Gary Neville always had to wear the same aftershave for a game.

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But France are taking that pre-match superstition to a new level with their lucky charm at this year’s World Cup.

And it’s all thanks to wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.

In another of those creepy similarities to the 1998 World Cup winning side, of which Laurent Blanc used to kiss Fabian Barthez’s bald before the game to ward off the bad juju, the 2018 generation have their own lucky Buddha.

Adil Rami and his glorious moustacheReuters

Their lucky charm comes from the most unlikely of sources – Adil Rami’s gloriously defined throwback moustache.

Pamela Anderson’s boyfriend has a Captain Hook-style pointed lip beard and ever since Mbappe stroked it before Les Bleus’ impressive win over Argentina in the last-16 it has become a compulsory part of the pre-match routine.

Have some of that palGetty - Contributor

According to French journalist Julien Laurens Dider Deschamps boys have now begun to stroke Rami’s thick facial hair in a bizarre new ritual.

But after putting aside Uruguay in the quarters and then dealing with possibly the best team in the tournament in Belgium in the semi-finals you cannot question whether it’s working or not.

Surely it will be the time a player has been the secret to a team’s World Cup success without actually playing a minute during the tournament?

“Maybe if I stroke it I might get into the team for the final”AP:Associated Press

Rami might not be playing for France, but he’s not doing badly these days.

Could bag himself a World Cup winners’ medal and when it’s all finished he will go back to his life with girlfriend Anderson.

Ah to be a footballer, eh?

With Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann both playing brilliant after getting some magic dust from Rami’s beard, you can bet goalless Olivier Grioud will want a turn next.