06.16.15

UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations have certainly hindered French football

UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations have certainly hindered French football from becoming one of the top leagues in the world over the last few years.

Monaco and Paris St Germain have incredible wealth at their disposal, but they have been limited by the UEFA rules that prevent them from making losses over a certain limit. PSG were already found guilty of not complying with the last monitoring period. This other club restricted severely in terms of spending limits in the last transfer window. Despite this, manager Laurent Blanc managed to lead the club to a historic treble.

After the Coupe de France final victory over Auxerre, Blanc stated that he was hoping for much more flexibility from UEFA. UEFA president Michel Platini recently stated that the European body would be reducing the FFP regulations in the hope of levelling the playing field. The presence of this regulation has prevented new clubs from entering into the elite world. UEFA has had a number of cases registered on this account, as it appears to benefit the already wealthy clubs. The only title that PSG failed to lift last season was the Champions League. Even then, Blanc reckons that the French outfit are already a big club and will win the European title in the short term. Read the rest of this entry »

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04.17.15

Fulham has gone from competing in the Premier League

In less than one year Fulham has gone from competing in the Premier League to being located in the bottom spots of the Football Championship League with the possibility of being relegated for a 2nd successive year being a highly likely one.

Fulham’s fall from grace is a tough one as the supporters of the club were hoping to see the English side bouncing right back after getting relegated from the Premier League but it hasn’t happened as they are struggling just to survive in the Championship league.

A number of changes are expecting to be with many players that might be axed in the summer when this season finalizes and even the manager Kit Symons is under threat as he could be replaced.

If rumors are indeed true, the head officials are attempting to sign Mick McCarthy and turn him into the manager of Fulham as he might be arriving to the club as replacement of Kit Symons who hasn’t been able to push the team out of the bottom spots of the league and his time might be over. Read the rest of this entry »

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02.25.15

Fulham going through Bad Form

A recent dip in form has seen Fulham only being able to win 2 league matches starting from January until February 21st of the current year. From that period of time there have been 8 league matches played and only 2 triumphs have been secured which is not a good record for a club is inching their way closer and closer to the bottom relegation zone of the English League Championship.

Fulham seems to be going through a season filled with highs and lows as Kit Symons was appointed as the caretaker manager of the club back in September of 2014 and he managed to rescue the team out of the danger bottom spots but they might be headed back to those spots after suffering a 3-1 defeat against Bolton and 4 days later another defeat against Ipswich Town.

Kit Symons has had to step up and defend his squad by saying that this is a work in progress as the team is still going through a rebuilding phase which is going to take time before seeing the results on the pitch. Read the rest of this entry »

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01.21.15

Laurent Blanc assures that anyone can be dropped from Squad

Laurent Blanc, the PSG manager, has made it clear that there is nobody in his squad who cannot be dropped.

The critics have been saying that there are a couple of PSG players who have almost become untouchable now because of their reputation.

Thiago Silva is the one whom the critics have specially been having a go at. They reckon the Brazilian defender should be made to sit out, but, that is not happening because he is too strong a player to be touched. Read the rest of this entry »

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01.19.15

Zinedine Zidane got ahead with Coaching Career after Football Player

When Zinedine Zidane decided to hang up his boots and stop playing football at a highly competitive level for any club, the Frenchman initiated his coaching career with Real Madrid as the Spanish club appointed Zidane as a special adviser to Real Madrid’s first team. From there on out he has had a number of different roles for Real Madrid, including being the Sporting Director and the assistant coach of Carlo Ancelotti.

As the years went by on June of the current year, it was announced that Zidane turned into the coach of Real Madrid’s B team but this new role of Zidane dragged consequences with it after the director of the Spanish National Football Coach Education Centre (CENAFE) reported Zidane for him not having the necessary coaching badges in order to properly be in charge of a team. Read the rest of this entry »

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01.5.15

BLANC: PLAYERS CAN BE DROPPED

Laurent Blanc, the PSG manager, has made it clear that there is nobody in his squad who cannot be dropped.

The critics have been saying that there are a couple of PSG players who have almost become untouchable now because of their reputation.

Thiago Silva is the one whom the critics have specially been having a go at. They reckon the Brazilian defender should be made to sit out, but, that is not happening because he is too strong a player to be touched.

However, according to Blanc, it’s not the case. The starting XI gets picked on the basis of current form and not on the basis of what one has done in the past, but, it is also necessary to give confidence to the players especially to those who have a lot of potential and that’s what he is trying to do with Silva at the moment.

Speaking about Thiago Silva the other day, Blanc said, “Nobody over here is untouchable. Let me tell you that very clearly. As far as Thiago is concerned, we are just looking to give him a bit of confidence. A player needs that at times. Dropping him straightaway isn’t the solution. But, yes, if he doesn’t get his form back, he can be left out. It doesn’t matter for me how big or small a player is. The form is the most important thing.”

When asked if reckons he should have kept Marco Verratti on for a bit longer in the European game versus the Catalan giants the previous weekend, the 49-year old Frenchman said, “Well, yes, now, I think it was probably not the correct decision, but, that’s management is all about. You make your decisions, if everything goes well, people say you are a genius, otherwise, you get criticized. It goes like this.”

PSG lost that game 1-3 to Barcelona.

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