The EPL season is less than two months from its conclusion and this is the period that leads to transfer speculations across England. In what has been one of the tightest title race and top four race in a decade, it is no surprise that the top clubs have been linked to a couple of players.
We begin with the transfer news that Tottenham are looking to hijack the signing Andre Gomes from Everton. Andre Gomes is currently trying on loan from Spanish side Barcelona and he has impressed in his time at Everton. According to the Daily, Telegraph Tottenham are positioning themselves to swoop for the midfielder at the end of the season.
Sweden and Norway were engaged in a qualifier match for Euro 2020. The match was closely contested as both teams played equally well. Ola Kamara, substitute player for Norway scored a goal in the 96th minute. This resulted in a draw between the two sides at 3-3. The game was held on Tuesday, 27th March 2019.
On behalf of Sweden, Robin Quaison scored two goals which gave the team a lead of 3-2 before stoppage time. However, Kamara made the last goal to gain a point for his side which made the goal a pulsating one. If the overall performance and points accrued are seen, Sweden is now in second place. This is on the basis of four points gained from the two games they played. They are two points behind Spain who is leading, having won against Malta with a score of 2-0. Norway remains fifth since they have one point in total.
Sweden International and AIK midfielder Sebastian Larsson has welcomed the idea of a return for Mikael Lustig back to his home country. The Celtic right-back will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Currently, there’s no news of a deal being in place for the defender, despite there being just four months remaining on his deal. Celtic upgraded on the right-back positionwith the loan signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Jeremy Toljan in the January transfer window. It’s expected that Toljan will push Lustig down the pecking order giving the importance of his signing.
It is now proved that the history repeats itself and an incidence recently happened to justify this saying. The mother of coincidence happened as the US draws the team of Sweden once again for the upcoming Women’s World Cup which is to be held in 2019 at France.
When it was asked to the coach of national team, Jill Ellis before the draw of World Cup that whether she thought that her team would be grouped again with Sweden for the 5th consecutive time, she replied while laughing “Oh, yes, we will.” And co-incidentally she turned out to be right.
Swedish football team has won a major accolade this year due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the forward’s performance who has been named as Major League Soccer Newcomer for this year. He has defeated competitors like Wayne Rooney of England’s team to gain this award.
Los Angeles Galaxy showcased the Swedish striker with the header score that he did this year in July in the game against Orlando City. This was probably the score that has gained him this title. The announcement was made on Monday, November 12th
. There was a balloting among players and MLS coaches where Ibrahimovic won this title along with a media panel support that was about 36.36 percent in his favor as compared to 32.25 percent that was voted in support of Rooney. Third in line was Carlos Vela of Mexico who belongs to Los Angeles FC who gained a mere vote percentage of 13.47.
Former Premier League star Dickson Etuhu is facing bribery charge against him in Sweden, as per reports. The former Manchester City and Fulham player featured for clubs in Sweden before retiring to become an agent. As part of investigations into match fixing in Sweden, it was discovered that Etuhu might have paid former AIK Stockholm teammate Kenny Stamatopoulos for match fixing against Gothenburg last year.
The revelations were made following an 18-month investigation into match fixing in Sweden. The game was cancelled when the allegations came up. However Etuhu’s lawyer Johan Akermark has insisted that his client offered no bribe. Continue reading
Sweden was stunned by two quick goals from Emre Akbaba in the closing stage of the game against Turkey to lose the game 3-2. Sweden thought that they had made the most difficult thing by scoring two goals in the 34th and 49th minute of the game in order to lead 2-0. But they will concede the first goal in the 51st minute before conceding two quick goals from Akbaba in the 88th and 92nd minute of the game.
Sweden started the match the better and was the most comfortable team in the first half creating numerous occasions. They will open the scoring in the 34th minute thanks to Isaac Kiese Thelin after some brilliant work from his teammates. This will be the only goal in the first half and the teams will reach the break with the score 1-0 for the Swedes.
Sweden coach JanneAndersson has opened up on the provocative celebrations of the Germans following their loss in the second group game. Sweden needed a win or a draw to favour their objective of going through to the next stage. They scored the first goal but wasted opportunities of getting another. The Germans responded in the second half and went on to win in practically the last kick of the game.
The German team celebrated the relief wildly and it angered the Swedes. Andersson has called the behavior of the German officials “scornful”, claiming “it had nothing to do with football.”
FIFA disciplinary committee has begun proceedings against Germany media co-coordinator Ulrich Voigt and the head of the backroom staff Georg Behlau for their conduct after the final whistle. The German FA (DFB) have suspended the duo for the final group fixture against South Korea on Wednesday for taunting the Swedes.
Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has discussed about Spain’s poor performance performing at the World Cup 2014. Despite going into the competition as the current champions, Spain were knocked out at the group stage after suffering two defeats against Netherlands and Chile. Even more disappointing was that they conceded eight goals in these two matches, which is far cry from the impressive defensive record that they had during the previous World Cup. A lot of criticism has been pouring on manager Vicente del Bosque.
Despite being aware of the weaknesses in the squad from the loss in the Confederations Cup the previous summer, Vicente del Bosque stuck with the same group of players. His choice of strikers were also not clear since he went for the out of sorts Chelsea forward Fernando Torres while leaving out Juventus forward Fernando Llorente, who had been performing well in recent months. Capello, however, says that criticism should not be directed at del Bosque since he feels that the former Real Madrid boss did a good job in that regard.
It is seen as the end of the era for the Spanish national team, which has been not only immensely successful in the last six years but also created a blueprint for other teams to follow.
“Del Bosque is a great coach and friend. Whenever football begins a cycle, it must conclude, because coaches figure out how to stop it. That’s what happened. Spain had many chances but they paid dearly for each failure. That’s the truth. Coaches study their rival’s styles, as was the case with Holland. Teams didn’t allow Spain to retain possession for that long of time, like they did in the past. Quick counterattacks created a lot of problems for Spain. Every time the Spaniards made a mistake, it was a death sentence,” said Capello.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho will be delighted with the news that PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be available for the French outfit when they take on Chelsea in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Stamford Bridge. Ibrahimovic is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world and Mourinho will know everything about the quality possessed by the Swedish international from his time at Inter Milan. Mourinho worked with Ibrahimovic for one year before the forward was sold to Barcelona in a deal estimated to be around £ 60 million.
Ibrahimovic is right now playing for Paris St Germain and he has helped them already to take them to the brink of the second league title in a row. He also led them to the Champions League quarter-final stage last season when they were ultimately knockout by Barcelona on away goals. He is determined to take them one step beyond and even reached the final. However, he will have to cheer on his teammates from the sidelines after a hamstring injury suffered in the first leg has proven to be serious.
He had to be substituted midway into the second-half and he will likely to miss around four weeks of action according to the club.
“We are waiting for the results of his tests. But I think he will be absent for a minimum of four weeks. He will not be playing in the return match against Chelsea, it’s impossible,” said Paris Saint-Germain owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Khelaifi has also said that manager Laurent Blanc is likely to be offered a new contract after impressing in the role this season. “I have a great respect for Ancelotti who is a great coach but Laurent Blanc has done a lot to change the style and the quality of play,” said Khelaifi.