Just 24 hours after it was announced former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal had renewed his contract with Monaco, the defender’s future couldn’t seem further from Montecarlo. The French journalust Francois David was the source of the rumours, posting the following on his Twitter account: Upd. at 23:00 CEST 04/07/2014 On Friday a rumour gathered pace that Olympiacos are interested in his services. “Eric Abidal has confirmed to me that he will go to Greece tonight, specifically Athens and Olympiacos. He will have a medical in the morning.” Later, various websites specialising in transfers confirmed the information that former Real Madrid man Michel wants to take the 34-year-old veteran to Greece. Sport EN
Paris Saint-Germain prepared for Wednesday’s clash with Barcelona in the Champions League by lifting some silverware this weekend. Zlatan will be unavailable for the first leg against Barça due to a suspension for his red card in the last round against Chelsea, while he is also set to serve a four game ban in the league for comments picked up by television cameras last month. PSG’s striker was again on target before the first half was out and two more goals followed after the break. David Luiz, Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti are also among PSG’s missing men for this week’s big game in the French capital. The Ligue 1 champions were too good for Bastia in the French League Cup final, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani both scoring twice in a comfortable 4-0 victory. They were a long time in coming, though. 12/04/2015 at 20:57 CEST Cavani, who came on as substitute, scored them both as PSG made sure they made their numerical advantage over their opposition count. Sport EN Bastia had to play with 10 men after Sébastien Squillaci was sent off, giving away a penalty in the process, which Zlatan converted in the 21st minute.
Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard may make his debut for the first team on Saturday and become the club’s youngest ever player. Odegaard playing would be interesting, but may cause unrest at Madrid – many other players have performed to a higher standard than the youngster in the B team. Currently, Sebastian Losada holds the record, debuting as a 17-year-old (plus six days) in 1984. CEST Sport EN Odegaard made it into Carlo Ancelotti’s squad on April 29, for the game against Almeria, but was left on the bench. If he plays against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu, he will be making his debut at the age of 16 years and 156 days. Upd. at 16:58 20/05/2015
Upd. at 19:07 Arsenal started with a 4-5-1, with Theo Walcott alone up front, Santi Cazorla in midfield and new signing Petr Cech in goal. CEST After 25 minutes, Arsenal opened the scoring courtesy of a great goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The right winger received a ball from Walcott, before taking the ball onto his weaker left foot and placing it into the top left-hand corner of Courtois’ net. The decision of Jose Mourinho to let their veteran goalkeeper go was harsly criticised by fans of the reigning league champions, with Gunners’ fans welcoming him with open arms, after spending years without a world-class shot-stopper. Wembley hosted the Gunners and the Blues in the 2015/2016 season’s curtain raiser, seeing the champions of the Premier League face off against the FA Cup holders. Arsenal were dominating with Chelsea behind and without ideas, with Hazard, Fabregas and Willian anonymous. Ramires was the only player capable of creating danger. Hazard popped up more and went close to an equaliser on 60 minutes after a great pass from Cesc Fabregas, but the Belgium international skied his effort in front of the onrushing Cech. 02/08/2015 EFE The 33-year-old goalkeeper made his official debut against his former club and showed his quality by making several good saves to deny his ex-teammates. After the break, and with Colombia international Radamel Falcao on the field in place of Loic Remy, the Blues improved, playing more in the opposition half and pressing the play of Arsene Wenger’s side. Despite the timid attempts of Chelsea while searching for the equaliser, the scoreline didn’t change and Arsenal start the English season with triumph, retaining the Community Shield. The Czech goalkeeper spent 11 years in South East London wearing the blue of Chelsea, before leaving the club in search of first-team minutes due to Thibaut Courtois for a fee of 11 million pounds. Both teams started without much intensity, possibly a result of the three weeks of pre-season action and foreign tours to the United States of America and Singapore. Arsenal started the season in the best possible way by retaining the Community Shield after defeating their neighbours Chelsea, courtesy of a solitary goal from Englishman Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The first dangerous chance of the game came after 20 minutes: Walcott headed into the hands of Courtois after a free-kick whipped in from the left by Ozil. Ramires appeared to be the only Blues player capable of creating danger against their local rivals and tried his luck on three clear occasions, but neither his head nor his right foot was capable of beating Cech – to the exasperation of Mourinho on the sideline.
06/11/2015 Upd. at 19:34 The Champions League clash between Real Madrid and PSG was interesting, on and off the pitch. Before the game Florentino Perez confronted Cristiano Ronaldo, during the game Madrid won with a bizarre goal from Nacho against the run of play, and at the end Cristiano whispered something into Laurent Blanc’s ear, said to be: “I’d love to work with you.” Sport EN CET At the end of the game, Al Khelaifi was in the mixed zone – as he sometimes is – with Cristiano following behind him. With a knowing look, they shook hands. To make matters worse, Marca reported that Khelaifi met with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes for an hour – they have a good relationship and have worked together before, on the Di Maria deal for example. Let’s see if Ronaldo joins his former Los Blancos team-mate in Paris.
“I am sure there will be a solution. What is important is that we know what happened and we know there’s a solution, so I am calm and relaxed.” “My kids have spent their whole lives in [Madrid] with me and the family. “It doesn’t make sense,” he continued. “Anyway, I thought we were here to talk about tomorrow’s game? Pressed on the matter, Zidane said he feels the ban is a “mistake”, but he was trying to focus on Sporting, which will be his second game in charge of Los Blancos. Sport EN, EFE 16/01/2016 Madrid and Atletico were both handed transfer bans earlier this week – as Barcelona were previosuly – due to the way they had signed minors. “It’s absurd,” was Zidane’s take on the ban, which came about after an investigation into more than 30 signings, including his children. Zinedine Zidane has labelled Real Madrid’s transfer ban as “absurd” ahead of Sunday’s game against Sporting Gijon. The French coach says he’s relaxed about the situation, though, and that he expects a solution to be reached. CET Upd. at 16:18 “Let’s just wait. I am sure it’s a mistake. The club will appeal. It isn’t just my kids, either, there are many other families affected.”
Dortmund have reached a transfer agreement with City and German media say the Bundesliga side have already found a replacement, Dahoud, midfielder at Borussia Monchengladbach. CET Upd. at 23:50 Ilkay Gundogan will not play at FC Barcelona enxt season, despite being one of the names on the director of football’s list. The German midfielder, who has kept contact with Barcelona since the summer, told Barcelona a few days ago his intention would be to play at Manchester City next season. Gundogan will be one of the first signings for Pep Guardiola in his English adventure. 19/02/2016 The German international was close to signing for Barcelona last summer. They reached a pre-agreement with Borussia Dortmund and the footballer, who passed a medical, but finally Lucho prioritised the arrival of Arda Turan. Lluis Miguelsanz
It’s now official. Goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez, who had been playing for Greek side Olympiakos, is now an Espanyol player and will be for the next three seasons. Roberto’s release clause will be 14 million euros and he will join up with his new team-mates when they return to training in the second week of July. 22/06/2016 at 17:37 Sport EN The 30-year-old has previously played for Atletico Madrid, Real Zaragoza and Benfica. He becomes the first signing of the ‘Quique Sanchez Flores era’ and joins the club for three million euros, according to figures released by the club themselves. The Barcelona-based club announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon and will present him at Cornella-El Prat in the evening. CEST
Players such as Casemiro have come out in support of Zidane’s management of the situation, and recalled that “the group is above any player”, in direct reference to the delicate situation of his teammate. CEST 23/08/2016 at 14:31 It is clear that a transfer would be the ideal solution, but no club is able to meet the 70 million euros requested by Florentino Perez to allow the Colombian to leave. James Rodriguez is going through a critical moment at Real Madrid. The Colombian does not feature in coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans, and none of the big European clubs are prepared to meet the demands of Florentino Perez to rescue him from his situation at the Bernabeu. Everybody awaits Chelsea, who have nearly 100 million euros in the bank, to make a move. Zidane has reportedly told the midfielder that he will have a secondary role this season, with Luka Modric, Marco Asensio and Isco ahead of him in the pecking order, according to a story published by OK Diario. Alejandro Alcazar Roman Abramovich is on good terms with Jorge Mendes, the agent of James Rodriguez, and may yet come to the Colombia international’s rescue.
Setien took over Las Palmas in October 2015 and led them to safety last season as they displayed exciting, attacking football. Upd. at 19:49 CET IN SPORT.ES Setien called a press conference on Saturday to reveal his decision, telling journalists that a series of “differences” which could not be overcome had made his mind up. Quique Setién no seguirá en la UD Las Palmas They beat Villarreal 1-0 on Friday night and are currently 11th in the table with 35 points from their 28 games. EFE, Sport EN That pattern has continued into the current campaign and the Canary Islanders have become known as one of La Liga’s most fun sides. Las Palmas coach Quique Setien has revealed that he will not renew his contract with the La Liga club and will leave his position at the end of the season. 18/03/2017 The coach thanked the club for giving him the chance to debut in La Liga and asked the players to “give everything to make the fans feel proud now more than ever.” Setien, 58, had previosuly spent six years in charge of Lugo and before that had coached Logroñes, Equatorial Guinea, Poli Ejido and Racing Santander.