Well, I guess the last course of “Didier Drogba at Chelsea” hasn’t been served after all. It’s a little like deciding on desert, I suppose. Maybe…but maybe not. “We’ll let you know in a minute, Garçon.”
In all honesty, we should have been skeptical all along, since reports in the original piece quoted reports from another piece, which were in a different language, no less. The original ESPN Soccernet account of today’s unfolding events quoted a France Football account of today’s unfolding events. See? Fairly unstable.
So, stay tuned.
Bottom line for me? Selfishly, I don’t want to see the guy in China, as speculation has centered. Yes, he’s 34, and I’m usually the party pooper, buzz-kill machine reminding everyone that MLS is no retirement community. It’s a physical league with taxing travel demands, surely no place for men who safely stash their “give-a-care” before departure from European ports.
That said, Drogba works in “physical” the way Van Gogh worked in oils, the way Kellogg works in cereal, the way … well, you get the point. He does “physical.”
Should some MLS side sign him up for a three- or four-year hitch? Nah.
But if he can be had for a two-year deal? I’d take that in a second. A striker who knows how to manufacture big moments when they truly matter? A guy who could spot in through the long season, but potentially carry you through the playoffs the way he just carried Chelsea’s Champions League campaign? A guy who is a hot name right now, who could actually move the attendance needle a little?
Yep. Give me that guy.
Rapids add longtime Bundesliga winger Aigner from 1860 Munich (highlights)
Aigner has the resume to succeed and perhaps star in MLS, especially if he wasn’t slowed too much by a knee injury last season (He returned and produced at the 2.Bundesliga level).
Here’s what Rapids interim general manager Padraig Smith said:
“We’re excited to add a player of Stefan’s caliber to our roster for the next three-and-a-half years,” said Smith. “As an organization we are committed to fielding a forward-thinking side and bringing in Stefan – a technical and versatile player who can excel in multiple attacking roles – will help us achieve that vision.”
American backstop Ethan Horvath was under siege at home, but his Club Brugge side overcame throwing away a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-3 draw with İstanbul Başakşehir. The three road goals will give the Turkish visitors every reason to feel good about the Aug. 2 second leg.
Celtic 0-0 Rosenborg
Brendan Rodgers‘ Scottish champions outshot the visitors 12-8, but couldn’t find a way into the goal. Now the Bhoys will have to score in Norway to advance to the next round.
Nice 1-1 Ajax
Mario Balotelli‘s 32nd minute staked Nice to a halftime lead, but the UEFA Europa League finalists snared an away goal through Donny van de Beek to send Ajax back to Holland with a slim advantage.
The Turkish Football Federation statement said Terim, 63, and the federation agreed that “it would be healthier for both sides to part ways,” saying non-football related issues were harming both Terim and the federation.
It also thanked Terim, who has headed the national team since 2013, for his services.
Terim previously managed Galatasaray, Milan and Fiorentina. There was no word on who would replace him.
BVB mid Merino reportedly undergoing Newcastle medical