Christian Van Slyke

Real Madrid Hires Ancelotti While PSG Hires Blanc

on June 26 2013 2:13 PM
Real Madrid Hires Ancelotti While PSG Hires Blanc

PSG have looked and looked and they have found a new manager for the French team via Twitter. @PSG_inside "Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the appointment of Laurent Blanc as coach for the next two years." Real Madrid have also confirmed via Twitter that they have signed Ancelotti for three years. Real Madrid C.F @realmadriden "Carlo Ancelotti has signed his contract with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti was finally confirmed as coach of Real Madrid on Tuesday and the former Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, and AC Milan boss will now set about building his team at the Santiago Bernabeu for the 2013-14 season. The Italian, however, is not a man for revolutions. 

Ancelotti has used a number of different systems throughout his career as coach, including 4-4-2 at Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, 4-3-2-1 at AC Milan and even a three-man defence at Juventus. More than a favoured formation, though, Ancelotti adapts adeptly to his surroundings and the players at his disposal like few other coaches and the Italian seems unlikely to alter Madrid's 4-2-3-1.

Spain Vs Italy FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-Final Preview

on June 25 2013 2:25 AM
Spain Vs Italy FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-Final Preview

 

Spain entered the Confederations Cup as the favorites to win the tournament. Despite facing a difficult rival in the semifinals, the Spaniards still have every reason to believe that they can take down Italy. Here are a few of those reasons.

Team News

Spain

Xabi Alonso is out injured and Pique might not be able to start in the match due to his injury against Nigeria. Here’s the advantage that Spain has. They don’t depend on a striker. Each and every player is able to score a goal. We found that out with Jordi Alba against Nigeria with his duo of goals.

Italy

Spain Vs Tahiti FIFA Confederations Cup Preview

on June 19 2013 2:11 PM
Spain Vs Tahiti FIFA Confederations Cup Preview

 

Beginning the tournament with a tough 2-1 victory over a talented Uruguay squad, Spain set themselves up with an opportunity to advance to the cup semifinals. Preparing to take on Group B opponent Tahiti - who will enter following a miserable 6-1 loss to Nigeria in their opener - the Spaniards are in prime position to claim 3 more points while increasing their chances of winning another trophy.

 

Spain vs Tahiti

The Spanish face the Tahitians at the FIFA Confederations Cup. Soccer pundits expect Spain to win but with the Tahitians giving a fight. Includes preview, team news, probable lineups, recent form, live streaming, and prediction.

Beginning the tournament with a tough 2-1 victory over a talented Uruguay squad, Spain set themselves up with an opportunity to advance to the cup semifinals. Preparing to take on Group B opponent Tahiti - who will enter following a miserable 6-1 loss to Nigeria in their opener - the Spaniards are in prime position to claim 3 more points while increasing their chances of winning another trophy.

Team News

Spain

Guatemala Vs Argentina Match Preview

on June 12 2013 10:36 PM
Guatemala Vs Argentina Match Preview

 

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella may experiment with his side against Guatemala after a tough week of FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Sabella has seen his team complete a scoreless draw against Colombia and a 1-1 stalemate versus Ecuador in the past week and could consider Friday's friendly international with Guatemala as the perfect opportunity to test new combinations.

It may be time for Sabella to try some of the more inexperienced members of his squad before Argentina, who sit top of South America's World Cup qualifying standings, take on Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay in September and October.

Argentina have not won in three matches, having claimed three successive draws in CONMEBOL's World Cup qualifying group, and have generally struggled in front of goal in their past two games.

With Lionel Messi having come off the bench against both Colombia and Ecuador, Argentina struggled to produce shots on target against the other two members of the top three in CONMEBOL.

Real Madrid Complete Signing of Brazilian Casemiro

on June 10 2013 8:08 PM
Real Madrid Complete Signing of Brazilian Casemiro

Brazil starlet Casemiro has signed a permanent deal with Real Madrid after the club activated his €6 million release clause.

The 21-year-old joined the Spanish giants on loan in January and made his Liga debut in a 3-1 victory over Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu April 19, reports Xinhua.

The club released an official statement on their website to confirm the news, revealing that the player has penned a four-year deal with last season's Liga runners-up after they opted to activate his €6 million release clause at Sao Paulo.

Attacking midfielder Casemiro, who has 15 caps to his name for the Brazil Under-20 side, becomes Madrid's second signing of the summer after full-back Dani Carvajal rejoined from Bayer Leverkusen.

According to Marca.com, "The club also announced that the footballer "will stay at the club as a member of the first-team squad for the next four seasons", stating that the former Sao Paulo man will be moved up from Alberto Toril's side to the BBVA league first team."

So, the question now is whether or not he will be a star player for Real Madrid. I guess will find out next season.

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