Host of the 2016 Olympic tournament, Brazil, are keen on landing their first gold medal in football.
The top football nation has never won the gold medal despite their record five times win of the FIFA World Cup. They will be playing this time at home with their biggest star player set to feature, they are set to lift the title in Rio de Janeiro.
Coach Dunga refused to take Neymar to the Copa America Centenario in the United States as he opted to allow the player join the three allowed over aged players at the tournament. Brazil were knocked out at the group stage by Peru ending their hopes on moving further instantly. Dunga was sacked as a result of the loss and Tite was chosen to replace him. Dunga, who was set to lead the team to the Olympics, also lost the opportunity as the usual 23-coach Rogerio Micale will lead the team. Read more »
The lack of a sterling Left Back affected Liverpool when they lost the Europa league final to Sevilla.
The reason for the loss was a collective poor performance but the position was one the opposition used to terrorize the defence and it was naturally blamed after the loss. Even popular Pundit and former player Jamie Carragher tweeted that the coach Jurgen Klopp or the transfer committee to get another capable left back
The players are set to return to training on Saturday for the pre-season plans, especially those not on national team duty at the Euro 2016 or Copa America.
The team is set to play their first friendly on Friday July 8 against Tranmere. New signings Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane are likely to join the team in training, if not play at the friendly. The major concern going into the new campaign is the fact that a Left Back is missing. Alberto Moreno is favoured to continue but the plan of the management to sign Leicester City’s 19-year old Ben Chilwell doesn’t sit well with the fans. Moreno, 24, seems a better option with his pace, ball control and attacking prowess.
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Italy International, Andrea Dossena narrated his embarrassing experience in Harrods. The defender who played in England at Liverpool and Sunderland described being treated “like a terrorist” during his recent arrest on suspicion of shoplifting in Harrods.
The 33-year-old Italian, who joined Leyton Orient in November 2014 before moving to FC Chiasso, was detained with his wife, Deborah, and young son, Romeo,
at the Knightsbridge department store, but all charges were later dropped when the issues were cleared. The left back described the embarrassing experience to Corriere dello Sport.
“When we got to the checkout and paid, I didn’t notice that there was also a pack of dried beef and a jar of honey in our bag. I don’t know how it happened, I’ve no idea.”
When the alarm sounded and staff called police, Dossena said they were handcuffed, “as you would do with a terrorist. I was obviously in disbelief, not only because of that gesture but because I didn’t know what was going on – I hadn’t realised the mistake we’d made.”
“They asked to see our documents that prove our status as residents of London, and obviously I didn’t have them with me – I’d left them at home. So then they took us to the police station, where they held us until half past 10 at night, despite the needs of a two-and-a-half-year-old child. It’s absurd to treat a child this way. Read more »
Massimiliano Allegri says that Juventus can certainly learn a lot from the recent stumbles faced by Barcelona in the Spanish league.
The Catalan club had a 10 point advantage going into the months of April and May. It looked like the title race in Spain was done and dusted despite the league having one of the best teams in the world – Real Madrid. Barcelona, though, have suffered a huge wobble and the title race is back on again. Failure to win the last three games in the league have meant that Barcelona have lost their huge advantage in the league.
They are now only three points ahead of Atletico Madrid and just one point ahead of Real Madrid, who have played a game more. The team is under immense pressure now to win the home game against struggling Valencia. Allegri does not want his Juventus team to also face the same fate. He refused to attribute this decline down to complacency. Juventus have been one of the inform teams in European football over the last few months. Despite a very poor start to the season, they have stormed to the top of the table. Their last defeat in the league was back in October 2015. Even more impressive is that they have dropped only two points since then. Read more »
Andrea Dossena is one of the more well-known and recognized players in the world of football as the Italian player have made his way through a number of different clubs and leagues. Udinese, Sunderland, Napoli and Liverpool are the notable teams that Andrea Dossena has performed in during his extensive playing career.
Even though the Italian player has made over 300 appearances throughout and performed in some of the biggest stages in the world such as: The Champions League, the Premier League, Serie A, Dossena has struggled trying to add big titles to his collection.
Dossena has never managed to lift any domestic titles or any significantly important European pieces of silverware for any of his teams which is very disappointing for such an experienced player who never truly managed to stand out and make a name for himself in football.
At the age of 34, Dossena is reaching the twilight of his career and he’s currently for the Swiss club FC Chiasso. A few months ago, he was involved in a shoplifting incident which occurred in Harrods when he was in the department store along with his wife and son.
When Dossena was buying items in a store with his family, it seems like there still were unpaid products which ended up in possession of the Italian player and after the alarm of the store went off, he was eventually arrested.
After this incident was over, Dossena voiced his disappointment in what had happened as he said that he was treated like a terrorist.
Dossena said they were handcuffed, “as you would do with a terrorist. I was obviously in disbelief, not only because of that gesture but because I didn’t know what was going on. I hadn’t realized the mistake we’d made. Read more »