The draw for the group stage of the Champions League has again thrown up some exciting clashes and all four English teams will be confident of progressing through to the knockout stage.
Barcelona have claimed that they managed to secure the signing of Luis Suarez within a few weeks of negotiation because they had started talks with the player even before the World Cup. Suarez recently completed a £ 75 million transfer to the camp Nou, thus becoming the third most expensive player in the world. He is only behind Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of costing their clubs more money. Suarez was banned for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. However, this ban seemed to have little impact on the proposed to transfer to Barcelona and it proved to be the case.
The start of the new Premier League season is just over two weeks away and after a World Cup full of action, drama and despair, it is hard not to think that we are in for similar instalments of such drama offered up from the best teams across England’s top tier.
Many managers have bought shrewdly this summer transfer window, using the World Cup tournament in Brazil as a guiding light as to where to spend their money and which players deserve to be invested in, but few can argue that “The Special One” Jose Mourinho and his beloved Chelsea have spent most wisely so far.
In a stunning admission, US soccer star Landon Donovan has admitted that he did not want the national team to perform well at the World Cup 2014. Donovan was a surprise exclusion from the World Cup squad and it is widely believed to be the cause of his followed with manager Jurgen Klinsmann. He has been in and out of the team for the last few months, but the biggest pain for the former Everton loan star comes in the form of missing out on the World Cup.
LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan has once again indirectly hinted that he does not get along well with US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann after appearing to challenge his predictions. Donovan was recently appointed as the World Cup 2014 pundit by ESPN. The 32-year-old is regarded as one of the finest players to have represented the US national team. However, Klinsmann chose not to have him in his final 23 man squad despite including him in his provisional squad. This has left Donovan with a bitter taste in his mouth.