Monthly Archives: July 2015
- July 11, 2015
One of the bigger question marks for this year's summer transfer window is about whether or not Angel
Di Maria will be staying on at Manchester United. Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford a year ago, following an impressive breakout stint at Real Madrid. But he's underperformed in the Premier League, to the point where some Man Utd fans even blame him for the football club's finish outside of the top three in 2014 2015.
While he might be coming off a poor season, Angel Di Maria remains a player to watch in 2015 2016-wherever he may end up. At 27, the Argentine winger/attacking midfielder should have a few good years ahead of him. Looking at Di Maria's career so far, it's pretty clear that the footballer has
- July 11, 2015
AC Milan landed a marquee signing on July 2nd, bringing aboard Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca for a transfer fee of £21 million. Provided that his medical exams go off without a hitch, the 28-year-old Bacca will don the AC Milan home jersey 2015 2016 for the forthcoming season. The hope at San Siro is undoubtedly that Bacca will bring some extra offensive fire to Milan. So as AC Milan sign Carlos Bacca, what are his credentials, and can he help boost the squad back to the top of the Serie A table?
Shortcomings in Milan
AC Milan were not necessarily poor offensively during the 2014 2015 Serie A season. On the contrary, the football club knocked down 56 goals in their 38-game campaign, and forward Jeremy Menez was the fifth most prolific scorer in the league, with 16 goals to his name. Even Juventus, who bested the next-best team in Serie A (AS Roma) by 17 points, only scored 72 goals all season. Milan's biggest
- July 10, 2015
By all accounts, the 2015 2016 season will bring about a new dawn for Borussia Dortmund. Last season was a major letdown for fans, with the consistent German title contenders falling to seventh place on the Bundesliga standings table. The end of the season brought the resignation of beloved manager Jurgen Klopp-arguably the greatest coach the team ever had-and the start of the 2015 2016 campaign will herald the arrival of new manager, Thomas Tuchel. Needless to say, the football squad needed a new kit design to mark the start of the era, and Puma came through with the Borussia Dortmund home kit 2015 - 2016.
Puma launched the new soccer shirt on July 1st, with a video featuring footage of both fans and players wearing the fresh design. Dortmund stars such as Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, Kevin Groskreutz, and Oliver Kirch can be seen in the official video, clad in the new yellow home jersey.
- July 10, 2015
If there was any doubt before about Raheem Sterling's days at Liverpool FC being numbered, there certainly isn't any now. According to numerous sources, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder and striker has told manager Brendan Rodgers that he wishes to be left out of Liverpool summer tour 2015 squad. Sterling has been pushing for a transfer to Manchester City for quite some time now, and most expect that his reluctance to go on tour with the Reds is just another attempt to force Rodgers' hand.
The Timeline of Sterling's Discontent
For the first few years of his tenure at Liverpool, everything seemed right between Raheem Sterling and the football club. He came to Anfield in 2010, after the Reds beat out other interested parties (including
- July 09, 2015
Ever since he closed out his senior career in 2006, with Argentine football club Racing, Diego Simeone has spent most of his time on the sidelines, commanding his teams into battle. Indeed, Simeone has been coaching for nearly a decade, including a stint at Atletico Madrid that will hit its fifth year during the upcoming season. However, in late June Simeone temporarily swapped his coaching duties for a new job: team photographer at the launch of the Atletico Madrid home kit 2015 - 2016.
Simeone was the man behind the camera as the players of Atletio unveiled their brand new kits for the 2015 2016 season. He instructed his players on the art of taking a great soccer kit photo, and got a number of solid shots of Koke, Jose Gimenez, Saul Niguez, Arda Turan, and Antoine Griezmann wearing the brand new Atletico Madrid home jersey 2015 2016.
The New Shirt
The latest incarnation of the Atletico Madrid home shirt is only
- July 09, 2015
Right now, elections for the club presidency at FC Barcelona are currently underway. Current president Josep Maria Bartomeu (who has held the office since January 2014) is vying against Joan Laporta, who previously served as Barca's president from June 2003 to June 2010. Laporta has made the topic of Barcelona's primary kit sponsor-Qatar Airways-a centerpiece of his presidential campaign at the football club.
The Heart of the Controversy
The controversy around Barcelona's soccer shirts began with the 2013 2014 season-the first year that the club signed a sponsorship agreement with Qatar Airways. For many of the 112 years prior to that fateful season, FC Barcelona had refused to follow the trend of advertising their sponsors on their soccer
- July 08, 2015
A FIFA World Cup title continues to elude the United States men's soccer team, but no such problem exists for the country's women's team. On the contrary, the USA women's national team picked up their third trophy at the FIFA Women's World Cup over the weekend, beating Japan in a decisive 5-2 championship match. The 2015 Women's World Cup final victory ends a 16-year tournament title draught for the Americans and puts the USA back on the map in women's soccer.
The Path to Glory
Even though the USA hadn't won the Women's World Cup title since 1999, they clearly came to Canada this summer prepared to dominate. Coached by veteran soccer manager Jill Ellis (who also lead the squad to a win at last year's CONCACAF Women's Championship), the United States football team topped their group and burned through the knockouts en route to an explosive final.
The group stage actually made the USA look weaker than several other
- July 08, 2015
Roy Hodgson, the most current of the England national football team managers, has been enjoying a successful run with the Three Lions in the 2016 European Championship qualifying stages. But who was England's best manager ever? Who do English football fans still respect and remember fondly? And on the other side of the coin, which managers failed to make much an impact with the national team, but have gone on to be successful in other avenues? Read on for a brief history of English national team coaches!
The Top Dog
It would be impossible to have a conversation about England's all-time greatest managers without talking about Alf Ramsey. While Ramsey's version of the Three Lions failed to qualify for three major tournaments (the 1964 and 1972 European Championships, and the 1974 World Cup), he also coached the English team to their only World Cup victory in history.
Ramsey was an English hero in 1966 when he guided
- July 07, 2015
The narrative of goalkeeper Petr Cech has been fascinating to follow over the course of the 33-year-old's career. Hailing from the Czech Republic, Petr Cech played stints at Chmel Bisany, Sparta Prague, and Rennes before arriving at Chelsea. There, he made a name for himself as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, winning the Premier League's Golden Glove award three times and helping the Blues to numerous Premier League titles, FA Cups, Football League Cups, and FA Community Shields-as well as one Champions League and one Europa League apiece. Now, Arsenal signs goalkeeper Petr Cech, and he will begin a new stage of his soccer career.
Replaced by Courtois
If there was one thing that Chelsea football fans were upset about in the 2014 2015 season, as their soccer club claimed the
- July 07, 2015
Liverpool's busy summer of transfers continued on July 1st, with the announcement that Liverpool signs Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton on a long-term contract. Clyne, a right back, will help to shore up Liverpool's defenses, which clearly needed work during the 2014 2015 season.
At 24 years old, Nathaniel Clyne has been playing in the English football world since he was 17 years old. He made his senior career debut in October 2008 playing for Crystal Palace, and did four seasons with the club in the Football League Championship before making a move to Southampton in 2012. Now, after three seasons with the Saints, Clyne is on his way for (hopefully) bigger and better things with the Reds.
What Clyne Can Bring to the Table
So what will Nathaniel Clyne bring to the table