On March 26, Andrea Stramaccioni replaced Claudio Ranieri as head coach of Inter Milan.
He recently triumphed with Inter's Primavera at the NextGen series. He won it with a 5-3 penalty shootout win against Ajax. A very good achievement for a man that never made a senior appearance in his very short career.
However will a man with no first team experience succeed at one of the biggest clubs in the world?
Obviously, being at such a prominent club automatically puts a lot of pressure on Stramaccioni's shoulders. There's no room for failure at Inter as Massimo Moratti doesn't accept it. He sacked Ranieri, Giampiero Gasperini, Leonardo and Rafael Benitez all in the space of two years. So success needs to be instant otherwise Stramaccioni can kiss his job goodbye. Perhaps replicating the look of the Special One will help him succeed as Jose Mourinho won five trophies in two years at the Giuseppe Meazza. There might just be too much pressure on Stramaccioni to succeed.
Everyone knows that Brazil always produces some of the most talented players in the world. From Pele to Ronaldinho, they always produce some of the best players in the world. This era is no different. However it seems that the Brazilian talent of today, want to stay in Brazil for the near future.
This new thinking of Brazilian players appears to have started after Kleberson left Brazil for a move to Manchester United. Formally of Manchester United, he was seen as a real talent. However, it is thought that he left Brazil too early in his career and it halted his development. The likes of Neymar and Ganso have learnt from his mistakes and want to stay in their country for the foreseeable future.
However since Kleberson left Brazil in 2003, the level of wages in Brazil has grown massively and they are now on par with most of Europe. This looks to be the real reason why many young Brazilian players are staying put until fully developed.
England's golden boy Wayne Rooney let down his country after he was kicked out against Montenegrin defender Miodrag Dzudovic in a European Championship qualifier in October. Rooney was given a red card by Wolfgang Stark and he was set to miss the first three Euro 2012 games. However the FA successfully appealed against it and the ban was ratified to two games.
Rooney seemed to change his attitude after the incident and he only received one yellow card throughout the Premier League season. What made it even more impressive was that it came in the final match of the season. The media jumped on this and started saying he's a changed man and he can win the European Championships of England.
However did Rooney make an impact for England against Ukraine?
Rooney started off a bit rusty and jaded after not playing for a considerable time. As the game went on he began to find his feet and linked up well with his Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck. Although still misplacing paces, Rooney looked hungry and willing to work for a goal.
The New York Red Bulls had a so-so season despite having France's all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry and Mexican midfielder Rafa Marquez at their disposal. According to reports, it now appears that a third designated player is on his way to New York, however, general manager Erik Soler and head coach Hans Backe have kept tight lipped on who the arrival is.
Soler was questioned by the media as to whether German Michael Ballack or Irish midfielder, Stephen Ireland were possible targets said that Ballack wasn't in play for the Red Bulls but didn't comment on Ireland's situation.
While the Red Bulls organization has clammed up tighter than CIA headquarters about who their next designated player will be here are three possible players who could be playing in New York next season.
On Friday, June 15 Michael Laudrup was hired as manager of Swansea City FC. Now that Laudrup has finally made it to the Barclays Premier League the question becomes who will he sign to keep Swansea in the top flight? Laudrup has connections in Spain, Russia, Italy, Holland and Denmark, the team that he won Euro 92' with. Although, Laudrup hasn't been given much money to spend, Swansea was willing to spend £6 million on 22-year old midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson, so money is there.
Denmark impressed a lot of people this year even though they didn't quite make it past the group stages of Euro 2012. A few stars have made themselves known and Laudrup could have his eyes set on them. Krohn-Dehli scored two goals for the Danes and his club side Brondby should be worried about losing him. His services won't be expensive but a few million pounds should lure the Danish midfielder to Wales.