PSG since last six years’ take over from Qatar Sports Investment have become a club that can afford the excesses of hiring and firing coaches as they deem fit.
Fortunately for them, they have rarely been at such cross roads. All the coaches that have been hired since the takeover have managed to reach the minimum requirement of rulingFrance albeit only failing at the ultimate target of conquering Europe. Laurent Blanc couldn’t get them past the knockout stages once they got pitted with a heavy weight there were supposed to be on par with.
Not evening the initial hiring of the coach with three Champions League trophies – Carlo Ancelloti – could bring them their heart desires.
Unai Emery on the back of showing what managing skills he had plus his successes with Sevilla in the Europa League got appointed chief coach last summer.Unfortunately for the Spaniard, that coincided with the magic of a season Leonardo Jardim and his callow Monaco side was cooking and that led to the denial of Les Rouges-et-Bleu a fifth straight league title.
Their Champions League campaign was also nothing to write home about as they blew away the biggest chance in memory of the competition to lose 6-1 at Camp Nou after leading 4-0 at the Parc de Princes a fortnight earlier Continue reading “LAST LIFE LINE FOR UNAI EMERY”
Former European heavyweights Olympique Lyon are focusing on rebuilding the team.
The French side are in the last four of the Europa League this term. They are set for a showdown with Dutch giants Ajax but they are the second favourites to lift the title behind Manchester United.
France Football reported that the club is already looking at long term impact so they want to get Man United’s Anthony Martial on a loan deal to help them in front of goal. With United losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it becomes a tight move as United would look at adding than selling off.
Lyon president Aulas considered the move in January and he would go ahead with a formal request despite Ibrahimovic’s injury, the report says. Martial has struggled this term despite having a decent run last year – his debut season. He needs to get back to form to increase his chances in the national team. He featured in Europe due to his run for United but his future does not seem bright in the set-up if he does not get back on track. Continue reading “LYON FOCUSED ON REBUILDING TEAM”
Ghana is celebrating 60 years of independence.
There have been highs and lows in every facet, even in football. We look at 60 years of soccer in the West African side.
Ghana is a country where football and boxing have largely dominated the scene. This is evident in the country’s Olympic medals haul and individual triumphs in games.
Ghana are known to have a decent record at the youth level. Whilst they have been accused of age cheating, their credentials speak for itself. They played in 1989, 1995 and 2009 at the world stage but the 1991 tournament victory stands out. Odartey Lamptey, Sam Kuffour, Mohammed Gargo and the rest changed the scene after their title win.
The 1978 Nations Cup victory on home soil is another special moment for Ghanaian football. They Black Stars were dominant in the 60’s but they slumped in form for years until the win. Continue reading “LOOKING AT 60 YEARS OF FOOTBALL IN GHANA”