Spanish giants Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they have agreed to loan out Sime Vrsaljko to Inter Milan during the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old was one among the standout players for Croatia during their run to the World Cup final and he has now decided to pursue a fresh challenge with the Nerazzurri.
In a statement released, Atletico confirmed that the Croatian has joined the Nerazzurri on a season-long loan with the option to buy, the message read: “Sime Vrsaljko has been loaned to Inter Milan. The deal, pending the completion of regulatory processes and medical exam, will include an option to buy for Inter. The Croatian right-back joined our club in the 2016 summer transfer window and made 54 appearances for our club. In those matches, he scored one goal and gave seven assists.”
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Ahead of the epic clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev on May 26, we look at a few other times the European heavyweights have clashed on and off the field.
Both sides are among the most successful sides in European continental football history. They have 15 European cups between team and 50 league titles. Their rivalry in Europe dates back to the 1980s when they met at Parc des Princes. After winning the 1977 and 1978 titles, Liverpool sought to win another in 1981 against Madrid. Madrid were yet to win in over a decade so they were desperate. Well, Alan Kennedy scored eight minutes from time to ensure Liverpool were crowned champs for the third time.
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Since summer addition Andrew Robertson joined Liverpool, he has been decent in the role.
The player cost Jurgen Klopp £10 million as he moved from Hull City. He would be switching the role with Alberto Moreno, who remained at Anfield despite speculations that he was set to exit.
Against Crystal Palace, Robertson was one of the most dangerous players in attack especially in the first half. Though the team struggled to scrape past Palace, the left back showed decent quality. He proved that he could play long term in the role James Milner featured in last term.
Liverpool have had a perennial left back problem that many have tried to fill. Many like Paul Konchesky, Andrea Dossena, Emiliano Insua and Fabio Aurelio. The Scot can own the role with performances like that when he gets any chance.
The player still has a lot to learn but he showed he has the basic requirements. He would he sharing the slot with Moreno depending on Klopp’s plans, the game and their fitness levels – the heavy Arsenal victory is the most recentexample as Moreno played. With the quality in attack, Liverpool stand a decent chance at success this term but their defensive record is still woeful. Continue reading “ROBERTSON TO START AGAINST MAN CITY?”
Liverpool have made some important strides in the last two years.
The team is widely expected to crown their effort with at least a trophy. This season could be that time for Liverpool. The team’s problems lie in the left back role, central defence and one-touch strike role.
The Reds did very well in attack last year even though injuries seemed to blight their record. As the club desperate tries to add a worthy central defender, the club need not rely on Andy Robertson as the choice for the left back role. While his left foot might be luring, his youth and record might be good enough but the Merseyside outfit needs more!
Liverpool should be really chasing the Premier League, and there’s the Champions League to play aside other commitments. The team needs a proven top player for the role not just someone with good figures for the moment. Continue reading “LIVERPOOL CANNOT SETTLE FOR ROBERTSON”
After Real Madrid defeated their city rivals Atletico 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League, many feel the race is over and that little would change at the Vincente Calderon.
However, there have been big defeats against the Spanish side in history but the issue is if Atletico would be able to rise to the occasion.
The 2009 game against Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 easily comes to mind. Former Spurs coach Juande Ramos was in charge as Madrid sought to overturn a 1-0 defeat. Liverpool had Fernando Torres who was in form. He was a threat to the Madrid defence that had Sergio Ramos and Pepe in their prime. Steven Gerrard combined with the Spaniard to punish Fabio Cannavaro and the rest of the team. Andrea Dossena was on the scorers’ list alongside Gerrard who grabbed a brace on the night.
Real are arguably the most consistent side in recent European football history. There was a time not too long ago that Barcelona were the force to reckon with but Real seem to have picked up the baton. The 5-0 loss to their biggest rival in the 2010/2011 season remains one that would not be forgotten in a hurry. Coach Pep Guardiola andJose Mourinho clashed and the Catalan side were the victors in the La Liga game. Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, David Villa and Jefferson combined to humble the mighty Madrid.
Atletico did something similar in the league in 2014/15 as the defending champs defeated Madrid 4-0. Madrid were touted as the La Liga champions in waiting under manager Carlo Ancellotti but that failed to materialize as they crashed to Diego Simeone’s men. Continue reading “BIGGEST MADRID DEFEATS IN RECENT HISTORY”
Liverpool FC Foundation charity match is set to bring some of the world’s biggest soccer stars together at Anfield on Saturday.
Both sides are two of the most successful in European history – with 16 European Cups and 50 League titles between them.
Both sides have met in different competitions in the past but this occasion is for charity and it is a repeat of the Corazon Classic of 2015. Reports say Steven Gerrard will appear for the first time since his retirement. He would play alongside legends like Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Luis Figo, Roverto Carlos, Jamie Carragher and others.
With the domestic football fixtures suspended for the international break, this offers some of the best excitement over the weekend. Both sides have met a few times in history, on the pitch and during contract talks.
The Reds won the European Cups of 1977 and 1978 but met Madrid in 1981in Paris. Liverpool emerged victors after the sole goal of Alan Kennedy.
Whilst Robbie Fowler was one of the biggest Liverpool stars in the 90s, the 1999 incident surely made his infamous compared to the exploits of McManaman. The highly-talented midfielder left the club controversially though to Madrid after the club allowed his contract run down in its last season. Continue reading “RED LEGENDS FACE MADRID COUNTERPARTS”