When one of the richest clubs in the world starts sniffing around your best players, what do you do? Well, if you’re Chelsea, another one of the most-monied clubs, you simply slap on an outrageous price tag and call it good.
Speculation in France suggests Paris Saint-Germain might be looking to pick up Oscar and Eden Hazard. When asked about the possibility, José Mourinho first implied that the club shouldn’t be able to make the purchase – that UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations would prevent PSG from continuing in their free-spending ways.
But the Chelsea manager went on: “If there is no Financial Fair Play and they threw something crazy, £300million for both, I think Chelsea has to think about it.”
£300m. That’s $500 million. That’s quite a chunk of change. Then again, Hazard is currently Chelsea’s top scorer, with fourteen in the Premier League. The 23-year-old also has seven assists, his finesse and skill allowing him to create excellent opportunities for his teammates.
Including Oscar, who currently has eight goals in the league, as well as four in the FA Cup. The Brazilian has thrived on Mourinho’s belief in his talent, and will surely only improve, as he’s just 22 years old.
So $500m might sound like a ridiculous sum. But these attackers are Chelsea’s best players, so why not make an audacious demand from a side that actually has the money to fulfill it?
Chelsea travel to Paris next week to take on PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals. It’ll be a good opportunity for the hosts to assess just how badly they want these two players.
Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.
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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.
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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.
BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.
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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.
The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”
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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.
West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.
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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.
“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”
Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.
Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?
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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.
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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.