The latest highlights of the week from the beautiful game
JULY 7TH, 2017
IT’S OFFICIAL, GERMANY DOMINATES MODERN FOOTBALL
Famous footballer Gary Lineker once said “Football is a simple game where twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes, and at the end, the Germans always win”. Lineker couldn’t be rmore correct; if one looks at the latest results in the modern game where not only is Germany the current world champion after winning the last World Cup in Brazil, but they have also won the Confederations Cup, a feat that proves worthy of mentioning when you take into account, they have done it against Chile (perhaps the strongest side in South America at the moment), and that they did it using substitutes. A much-criticized Joachim Low decided not to call any of Germany’s big stars like Ozil, Neuer, Khedira, and company, and instead gave some playing time to young reserve players like Julian Draxler, Ter Stegen, and tournament MVP, Leon Goretzka. And if these weren’t enough arguments, they also won the Euro under 21 championship last Friday, against a very talented Spain by a score of 1-0, the icing on the cake to prove that they are the current soccer federation to be an example of great work inside the world of football. A project that began more than ten years ago after they lost the 2006 final in Korea and Japan against Brazil, is now giving them results, as Germany has become a great football power not only with their current squad of international stars, but that also can look forward to a bright future with some great rising stars showing a lot of promise.
CRISTIANO RONALDO AMONG THE TOP THREE BEST PAID INSTAGRAMMERS
A new study by hopper, and Instagram scheduling platform, has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is the third best paid by post Instagrammer, and the sports figure who earns the most by post. The study provides a list of the top ten earners on the famous social media site as follows: 1. Selena Gomez, 2. Kim Kardashian, 3. Cristiano Ronaldo, 4. Kylie Jenner, 5. Kendall Jenner, 6. Khloe Kardashian, 7. Kourtney Kardashian, 8. Cara Delevingne, 9. Gigi Hadid, 10. Lebron James. Cristiano Ronaldo is also the highest earning male instagrammer in the world according to this list. Taking a look at his Instagram, one can see why. His profile consists mainly of posts made promoting products, sponsors, and more using his image. The Portuguese footballer is a marketing machine, as Hopper estimates that he is earning a ridiculous amount of 308,000 English pounds per sponsored post.
THE LEGEND OF MESSI IN BARCELONA CONTINUES
Messi has made some of the top headlines in the last couple of days, not only because of his recent wedding with childhood sweetheart,Antonella Roccuzzo; he closed down a famous Hotel and Casino in his hometown of Rosario, for his guests attending the party that included the likes of Shakira and her beau (and team mate Pique), Angel DiMaria, Puyol, Luis Suarez, and other Barcelona players, but also because of his recent new contract to Barcelona. The contract is a relief to Barcelona and puts any rumors of a possible Messi exit to another club in the near future to rest. The Argentinian legend has signed for a staggering 250 million Euros until 2021, when Lionel Messi will be 34, meaning he will most likely stay until the end of his career with the Catalan Club. The probabilities of him leaving to another club were lowered even more due to his new release clause which was significatively raised. Any club that wants to take Messi to his squad will now have to pay 300 million Euros on a release clause that seems very unlikely to have a buyer. At various points of the year, rumors of an exit surrounded the footballer, linked mainly to Manchester City, where reports said he would be looking to be reunited with Pep Guardiola, but all of that is gone now and Barcelona fans can rejoice and sleep well knowing that the legend of Messi and Barcelona will continue in the next years to come.
VENUE OF THE WEEK: Munich
Although not the official political capital of Germany, Munich is certainly the football capital of the country, currently dominating the beautiful game at an international level. Munich is located in the German state of Bavaria, this metropolis is full of specialty beer and German cuisine, being the main city to host the famous Oktoberfest. The city has a small-town vibe but it is a center for business, technology, education, and art, being the home of the BMW headquarters, Nymphenburg Palace, the new town hall and of course, the iconic Allianz Arena. The arena has a capacity of 75,000 people and is the first stadium in the world with a full color changing exterior due to its modern plastic panels that allow it to light up in different colors during soccer games. It is the home of legendary football club Bayern Munich, Germany’s most successful team having won 27 national titles, 5 UEFA champions league and one Club World Cup. Bayern Munich is also known for its great structure, training facilities, and player development. The team has been for years the base for the German national team and the main producer of international German footballers like Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Franz Beckenbauer, Philipp Lahm, Lothar Matthäus, Gerd Muller, Thomas Muller, and Oliver Khan. With that Munich can certainly be called the current capital of the football world.
THIS WEEKS TRANSFER UPDATES AND RUMORS
Theo Hernandez from Atletico to Real Madrid
Pepe from Real Madrid to Besiktas
Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid to Sporting Lisboa
Andres Guardado from PSV to Real Betis
Alexandre Lazazette from Lyon to Arsenal
Enzo Zidane from Real Madrid to Alaves
Valbuena from Lyon to Fenerbahce
Wayne Rooney from Manchester United to Everton
Romeo Lukaku from Everton to Manchester United
James Rodriguez from Real Madrid to Milan
Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester City
Diego Costa from Chelsea to Atletico de Madrid
Chicharito Hernández from B.Leverkusen to West Ham
Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona
Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich to Juventus
Verratti from PSG to Barcelona
Mbappe from Monaco to Real Madrid
Morata from Real Madrid to Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Manchester United to LA Galaxy
Dani Alves from Juventus to Manchester City
Danilo from Real Madrid to Juventus
Upcoming games to watch:
USA vs Panama 3:30pm Central Time July 8th CONCACAF GOLD CUP Round 1
Mexico vs El Salvador 7:00am Central Time July 9th CONCACAF GOLD CUP Round 1
Santos vs Sao Paulo 5:00pm Central Time July 9th Brazil Serie A
Did we miss anything this week, let us know in the comments below.