YOUR WEEKLY FOOTBALL FIX
The latest football highlights of the week from the beautiful game
JUNE 16TH, 2017
CHAMPIONS ARRIVE AHEAD OF THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP KICK OFF
After the arrival of New Zealand, all of the squads are in Russia ready to start the tournament that will be a test of what’s to come in the next World Cup. Portugal, Mexico, New Zealand, Cameroon, Chile, Australia, Germany, and the hosts Russia are ready and determined to take the trophy. The tournament is set to begin this Saturday the 18th of June between local squad Russia and New Zealand at 10am Central time in Saint Petersburg. The Russians managed to hold a surprising tie against Chile in their last friendly match in preparation for the tournament, while the all whites are coming from two losses against Belarus and Northern Ireland, both of 0-1, showing that Russia appears to be in better form as they enter the match that opens the curtain of the Confederations Cup.
CRISTIANO RONALDO ACCUSED OF TAX FRAUD
News circulated during the week that Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish fiscal authorities for the 14.7 million Euros of tax through offshore companies. The reports state that the Portuguese footballer could be facing a 28 million Euros fine and the possibility to end up in jail for up to three years. In response the player has said that he is “Surprised about the accusations”, that he denies them fully and that “his consciousness is clean” and that he is convinced justice will prevail and his innocence will be proven.
BARCELONA AND REAL MADRID SHOW OF THEIR NEW KITS FOR THE NEXT SEASON
International football giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have launched their new kits for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Real Madrid have announced two new jersey’s. The first one, a new home kit, all in white with highlights in turquoise green with Fly Emirates as the main sponsor coming back in the front of the uniform. The second, the away kit, which keeping with tradition will be all black this time featuring not just highlights but the brand and team crest in Turquoise as well. Both are still made by Adidas and feature the brands AdiZero technology.
Barcelona only unveiled their home kit with the novelty that it will now feature Japanese electronic company, Rakuten, as their main sponsor instead of Qatar Airlines. The Jersey comes in the traditional dark blue with red vertical stripes, that this time change in size along the shirt to give it a nice modern contrast- like pattern. It still displays some highlights in yellow along the neckline, the outline of the Barcelona crest, and the Nike logo. The shirt will come with Nike’s vapor match technology.
Whether you support the “galacticos” or the “cules”, both kits are available for purchase through each team’s official online stores.
ALVARO MORATA CLOSE TO SIGNING WITH MANCHESTER UNITED
According to media outlets from Spain and England like The Sun and Marca, Real Madrid and Manchester United have come to an agreement and have decided to start negotiating the transfer fee for Alvaro Morata. Reports say that the player has also agreed on the move and is willing to become a red devil and play under Mourinho’s command once again, with only the transfer fee the last step needed for him to sign with his new team. The move could be finished in the next few days and would be announced by both clubs during the next week. The Spanish striker had been linked with AC Milan for most of the summer but apparently Manchester United’s need to target another forward after the failed attempt at signing Antoine Griezmann has made the Club target Morata as a top priority signing for Jose Mourinho, and would be willing to bid higher than what Milan was willing to offer. The estimated transfer sum Real Madrid is asking for the striker is 70 million pounds.
VENUE OF THE WEEK: Saint Petersburg
A colorful historical city of Russia, Saint Petersburg is a port inspired by the structure of Amsterdam and Venice with water canals crossing its many streets. The city is located in the northwestern part of Russia and is the second largest city in population in the country after Moscou. It is famous for its Historical Center and the Hermitage, one of the world’s largest art museums, both sites UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is the home of FC Zenit, four time winner of the Russian premier league and winners of the UEFA Cup in 2008 with players like Andrei Arshavin and brazilian star Hulk having played for the club. The Kretovsky stadium is the home of FC Zenit . Opened only this year with a capacity of 68,000 people was built for the World Cup and will be tested for the first time in the upcoming Confederations Cup, where it will host the opening and final match of the tournament.
Victor Lindelof from Benfica to Manchester United
Andre Silva from Porto to AC Milan
Hector Moreno from Espanyol to AS Roma
Martín Cáceres from Juventus to Southampton
Verratti from PSG to Barcelona
Iniesta from Barcelona to New York City FC
Mbappe from Monaco to Real Madrid
Pepe from Real Madrid to PSG
Morata from Real Madrid to Manchester United
Cuadrado from Juventus to Arsenal
James Rodriguez from Real Madrid to Arsenal/PSG
Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Chelsea/Manchester City
Upcoming games to watch:
Russia vs New Zealand 10am Central Time June 17th Confederations Cup Opener
New York City vs Seattle 12pm Central Time June 17th MLS
Portugal vs Mexico 10am Central Time June 18th Confederations Cup group A