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Zidane: Transition from a great player to one of the greatest coaches in Real Madrid’s history

It is a known fact that most great players don’t turn out to become great managers, Zinedine Zidane however, who is among the all-time greats is changing that narrative by becoming one of the greatest coaches in the history of Real Madrid. As a player, Zidane won 14 major trophies for Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid and the French national team, including the FIFA World Cup in 1998. He also won lots of individual awards, including FIFA World Player of the Year 3 times and the Ballon d’Or in 1998.

 

 

The 48-year-old started his coaching career as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in 2013, winning the UEFA Champions League before becoming the coach of Real Madrid Castilla (the team B of the Los Blancos). In January 2016, the Frenchman was appointed as the first-team coach, leading his team to a Champions League triumph in just six months. Real Madrid then won the next two UCL titles, becoming the first team to win the prestigious trophy 3 times in a row in the new era.

 

Zidane resigned after the 2018 victory, and after a series of poor results for Real Madrid in the months following, he returned as head coach on March 11th 2019. His return yielded massive fruit, even though many pundits and writers criticised him for returning to Real Madrid, saying he would tarnish his image and reputation, but trust Zidane ‘ma fo’! He lead the Merengues to two titles in his full season in charge.

 

 

Real Madrid returned from the lockdown break with great form, winning 10 straight games since the return, dropping points only in their last game of the season over Leganes. Zinedine Zidane is now the Real Madrid manager with the 2nd highest number of trophies in the history of the club, with 11 titles, winning the 2019-2020 Supercopa de España (Spanish Super Cup) and the La Liga. He is 3 titles behind Miguel Muñoz, who led the club to 14 titles.

 

No matter what anyone will say about Zinedine Zidane, he will be remembered as one of the greatest players and one of the greatest coaches of all time, with his success at Real Madrid.

 

Do you rate Zidane as part of your ‘Top 5 greatest managers’?

20/07/2020 10:51

 

Blame UEFA not Man City for CAS judgement

Manchester City had the last laugh against the European football governing body, UEFA, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned the ban slapped on the Premier League side. But who is to blame?

 

Many football fans, including Premier League managers Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, have hit out at CAS for ruling in favour of their rivals, Man City, but truthfully we think UEFA deserves all the criticism not Pep Guardiola side and we will explain why.


UEFA failed on their part, by following allegations made by German newspaper Der Spiegel, who published documents that claimed City had inflated the value of a sponsorship deal and misled UEFA.


CAS has ruled that Manchester City did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the 5 year time period, as most of them were between 2012 and 2016. Therefore, CAS overturned the decision to ban the club from UEFA competitions.

 

Then questions were asked if City did not commit any breach, why was their fine reduced from €30m (£27m) to €10m (£9m)? You don’t pay for fines if you did not commit a crime. Let us answer that very simply, it is because Man City failed to co-operate with UEFA on the investigation and that did not warrant a ban.

 

Last-last, you will agree with us that this drama could have been avoided, if only UEFA had done a thorough investigation, instead of depending on rumours from a magazine. So, the blame should go to the European football governing body and not Manchester City, because according to CAS, they did not commit any crime.

17/07/2020 12:07

Review

Real Madrid V Villarreal

Benzema’s brace gives Real Madrid 34th La Liga title - RESULT: 2 - 1

Karim Benzema was the star at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, as his 2 goals against Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal to hand Real Madrid their 34th La Liga title.

 

Benzema scored the opener in the 29th minute after Luca Modric gave a lovely pass to the Frenchman. The Real Madrid top scorer then scored his second goals from the penalty, after captain Sergio Ramos was brought down in the 18-yard. Ramos initially took the spot-kick by giving a lovely pass to Benzema, but the goal was chalked off due to encroachment.

 

 

The win for Real Madrid means they are now the champions of the 2019-2020 Spanish la Liga season, while Villarreal have secured their place in the Europa League despite the loss.

17/07/2020 10:07

Match of the Mid-Week

Real Madrid V Villarreal

Blame UEFA not Man City for CAS judgement - 16/07/2020 21:00
MY11 SAY 2-1

Real Madrid will be welcoming Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal to the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium in a bid to win their 34th La Liga title if they come out victorious at the end of the game.

 

In the last 27 matches between these two teams, Real Madrid have won 13 while Villarreal have won just 4 and 10 games have ended in a draw. 3 of their last 4 clashes have ended 2-2 with the Los Blancos winning the other one 3-2.

 

Marcelo and Nacho will miss out for Real Madrid due to injury, while Paco Alcacer is also an injury doubt for Villarreal. A win for the home side will give them the league title. This will be a close tie but the Los Blancos should edge it.

16/07/2020 08:45

Review

Arsenal V Liverpool

Arsenal shock Liverpool with an essential comeback win - RESULT: 2 - 1

Arsenal shocked the Premier League champions, Liverpool, by coming from a goal down to defeat the Reds at the Emirates Stadium, to increase their chance of qualifying for Europa League.

 

Sadio Mane scored the first goal of the game after a lovely low drive from Andrew Robertson. Blunders from Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker gave the Gunners 2 goals before the break. Young Reiss Nelson bullied VVD off the ball before Alexandre Lacazette rounded the keeper to equalise in the 32nd minute. Later on, Alisson’s pass to Lacazette and follow through to Nelson would secure the Gunners with the winning goal in the 44th minute.

 

 

Arsenal are still 9th on the log but are now, a slimmer 3 points away from a Europa League slot. Liverpool, on the other hand, have lost the chance to win the coveted 100 points, they have just 93 points with 2 games to go. The chase is over.

16/07/2020 08:27

Match of the Mid-Week

Arsenal V Liverpool

Arsenal v Liverpool - 15/07/2020 21:15
MY11 SAY 2-2 DRAW

This is a clash between a team ‘fighting for life’ and a team ‘fighting for food’, Arsenal are looking to qualify for Europa League while Liverpool are looking to beat Manchester City’s 100 points record.

 

In 55 Premier League meetings between these two teams, Arsenal have won 15 games while Liverpool have won 21 matches. The Reds have won 3 of their last 5 clashes, the other 2 ended in draws.

 

Arsenal have no new injury problems but Matteo Guendouzi is still out of the team due to disciplinary action by club. Champions Liverpool also have no new crisis in their team, both clubs should have the same squad they had in their last match

13/07/2020 09:23

Review

Tottenham V Arsenal

Mourinho’s Spurs came from behind to beat Arsenal in the derby - RESULT: 2 - 1

Jose Mourinho once again got the better of Arsenal, leading his Tottenham Hotspur team from behind while at home to beat Mikel Arteta’s side 2-1 in the North London derby.

 

Arsenal took the lead in the 16th minute with a powerful shot from Alexandre Lacazette, a defensive blunder from David Luiz and Sead Kolasinac 3 minutes later allowed Heung-Min Son to equalise for the host. Toby Alderweireld headed home the winner for Spurs in the 81st minute.

 

 

With that win, Tottenham have moved above Arsenal to 8th on the log, the Gunners have dropped to 9th, level on points with Burnley.

13/07/2020 09:22

Review

Juventus V Atalanta

Ronaldo's brace gives Juventus a point against Atalanta - RESULT: 2 - 2

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals from the Penalty kick to give Serie A leaders 1 point over impressive Atalanta at the Allianz Stadium.

 

Atalanta scored the first goals in the 16th minute from Duvan Zapata. Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from the spot-kick in the 55th minute. Ruslan Malinovsky scored the 2nd goal for the visitors, but the Portuguese scored another penalty in the 90th minute, giving the league leaders a point at home.

 

 

Juventus are now 8 points ahead of the 2nd placed Lazio, and are 4 wins away from winning their 9th straight title, Atalanta, however, remain 3rd on the log and may drop to 4th later on.

13/07/2020 09:21

Match of the Week

Tottenham V Arsenal

Tottenham vs Arsenal - 12/07/2020 17:30
MY11 SAY 1-2

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be the venue of the North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal in a battle of Europa League spot.

 

In 55 Premier League meetings between these two teams, there have been more draws than wins. Tottenham have won 12 games, while Arsenal have won 20 matches. 23 games have ended in a draw. Their last 2 clashes finished 1-1 and 2-2.

 

Eric Dier serves the second of a four-match ban, while Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth are both ruled out. Dele Alli is a doubt for this game and will be monitored. Eddie Nketiah is suspended after his red card against Leicester and Matteo Guendouzi is still out of the squad. Mesut Ozil is a doubt with a back problem, while injured quartet Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli will also be absent.

10/07/2020 14:32

Match of the Week

Juventus V Atalanta

Juventus vs Atalanta - 11/07/2020 21:45
MY11 SAY 4-2

Juventus will be welcoming free-scoring Atalanta to the Allianz Stadium, in a battle between the best scoring side in the league versus the best defense in Serie A.

 

In the last 27 meetings between these two teams, Juventus have won a whopping 21 games, while Atalanta have won just 1 match. The hope for the away side is that they picked up a point in their last visit to the Allianz Stadium.

 

Juventus have no new injury worry, and Maurizio Sarri will welcome Paolo Dybala and Matthijs de Ligt back into the team after missing the Milan game due to suspension. Atalanta, on the other hand, have a full squad with no injuries nor suspension.

10/07/2020 14:30

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