Real Madrid quartet named in Best FIFA Awards Men’s World XI 2019, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also make the cut

23 Sep

Eden Hazard was one of four Real Madrid players to make it into the Best FIFA Awards Men’s World XI which was announced on Monday night.

The Belgian international played a starring role in former side Chelsea’s Europa League triumph last season, with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric were also included in the team, with two members of Liverpool’s Champions League squad also making the cut.

Eden Hazard celebrates winning the Europa League with Chelsea in May

Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk were both crucial to the Reds’ sixth European Cup success in June.

Meanwhile, Barcelona and Juventus – like Liverpool –  have two inclusions from their respective sides.

Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong are Barca’s representatives – though the Dutch midfielder was part of the Ajax time which got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19.

The same goes for Matthijs de Ligt who captained Ajax before switching to Juventus, while Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly also get the nod in this star-studded side.

Joining Messi and Ronaldo in attack is teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who flies the flag for Paris Saint-Germain.

Best FIFA Awards Men's World XI

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

Defenders: Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe



FIFA 20: Career mode wonderkids with the highest potential

18 Sep

FIFA 20 is here and if you’re planning to get stuck into a game on Career Mode you’ll be desperate to land some top talent.
Everyone loves developing wonderkids and turning them into the best players on the planet, capable of demolishing every opponent you come up against.

Whether they’re to compliment the superstars already in your side and go from super subs to first-team heroes or whether you’re going to throw them in at the deep end, they can be a vital part of your squad.

But who are they players with the highest potential in FIFA 20? Thankfully EA Sports have let us in on the secret on their official website.

You can find you the top 20 below – so make sure you snap them up immediately.

20. Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg)

Current rating – 74

Potential rating – 89

19. Sandro Tonali (Brescia)

Current rating – 75

Potential rating – 89

Tonali has already featured in Italy squads
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18. Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

17. Moise Kean (Everton)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

Moise Kean has joined Everton from Juventus
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16. Lucas Paquetá – (Milan)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 89

15. Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyonnais)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

Aouar is a talented young midfielder who also offers versatility
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14. Lautaro Martínez (Inter)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

13. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

Alexander-Arnold is now a regular for England and Liverpool
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12. Luka Jović (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

11. Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 90

There are high hopes for Foden at the Etihad Stadium
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10. Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 90

9. Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 91

De Jong joined Barcelona in the summer after a stunning campaign with Ajax
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8. Vinícius Jr. (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 92

7. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho
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6. Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Havertz is making a name for himself in the Bundesliga
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5. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 92

Donnarumma is now into his fifth season as a first-team regular
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4. Leroy Sané (Manchester City)

Current rating – 86

Potential rating – 92

Leroy Sane scored 16 goals for Manchester City last season
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3. João Félix (Atlético de Madrid)

Current rating – 80

Potential rating – 93

Joao Felix is already impressing at Atletico Madrid
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2. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Piemonte Calcio)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 93

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best centre backs in the world
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1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Current rating – 89

Potential rating – 95

Kylian Mbappe has again started the season well for PSG
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Barcelona FIFA 20 ratings leaked – how do Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann fare?

4 Sep

FIFA 20 is just weeks away from being released and already gamers can’t wait to get their hands on the new edition.

If you opt for the standard game you’ll have Eden Hazard, clad in his new Real Madrid kit, on the cover, while the Champions edition has Virgil van Dijk and the Ultimate one has Zinedine Zidane.

No matter what you decide, you’re setting yourself up for months of gaming with all new kits, players, skills, and celebrations at hand.

One of the main things players will be keen on is the ratings of superstars in the game.

Already some footballers have seen their statistics ‘leaked’ on Twitter with Lionel Messi now reportedly higher rated than on-pitch rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

But how do the rest of Messi’s Barcelona teammate score in FIFA 20? Well, they have been leaked too, it seems, with one Twitter account claiming to know their scores.

The ratings above show plenty of Barcelona superstars, including Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet, Arthur, Gerard Pique, Frenkie de Jong have had upgrades.

But there are also those who have had downgrades, like Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, and Sergi Roberto.

Either way, we’re sure plenty of gamers across the globe will be using the Spanish giants when it comes to playing their mates.

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Top 20 most expensive transfers in Europe’s top five leagues this summer

4 Sep

The transfer window across Europe slammed shut on Monday until January with dozens of deals completed by the deadline.

Across Europe’s top five leagues, 1903 deals were completed worth £5.24billion.

Harry Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender this summer
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The transfer window for Premier League clubs shut before the season started in August while teams in Spain, Italy, France and Germany having longer to do their business.

English clubs could still sell but were not able to bring in replacements until the start of the next window.

There were several high profile deals that never materialised with Tottenham no doubt delighted that Christian Eriksen remains with them, for now.

Despite some not going through, there was still a huge amount of money changing hands with plenty of clubs wanting to get their business done early.

Here are the 20 top deals completed by teams in Europe’s top five leagues.

20. Youri Tielemans – £40m (Monaco to Leicester City)

Tielemans is Leicester record signing
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19. Joelinton – £40m (Hoffenheim to Newcastle United)

Joelinton cost Newcastle £40m
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18. Mateo Kovacic – £40.2m (Real Madrid to Chelsea)

Chelsea activated their clause to purchase Kovacic from Real Madrid after the Croatian was on-loan at Stamford Bridge last season
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17. Sebastien Haller – £40.7m (Eintracht Frankfurt to West Ham)

Sebastien Haller is the new marksman at the London Stadium
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16. Ferland Mendy – £44m (Lyon to Real Madrid)

Ferland Mendy was signed by Real Madrid for £44million
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15. Eder Militao – £44m (Porto to Real Madrid)

Eder Militao cost Real Madrid £44million
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14. Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £45m (Crystal Palace to Manchester United)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Manchester United in the summer
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13. Tanguy Ndombele – £55.5m (Lyon to Tottenham)

Ndombele arrived for £55.5m from Lyon
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12. Luka Jovic – £57.5m (Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid)

Jovic scored 25 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt last season
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11. Joao Cancelo – £60m (Juventus to Manchester City)

Joao Cancelo joined Man City from Juventus
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10. Rodri – £62.6m (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City)

Rodri has become a star for Man City
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9. Frenkie de Jong – £65.3m (Ajax to Barcelona)

Frenkie de Jong helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-final
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8. Matthijs de Ligt – £67.8m (Ajax to Juventus)

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best centre backs in the world
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7. Lucas Hernandez – £68m (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich)

Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich for £68million
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6. Nicolas Pepe – £72m (Lille to Arsenal)

Nicolas Pepe is Arsenal’s record signing
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5. Romelu Lukaku – £74m (Manchester United to Inter Milan)

Romelu Lukaku scored on his debut for Inter Milan
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4. Harry Maguire – £80m (Leicester City to Manchester United)

Harry Maguire is the world’s most expensive defender
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3. Eden Hazard – £88.5m (Chelsea to Real Madrid)

Hazard joined Real from Chelsea earlier this summer
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2. Antoine Griezmann – £107.6m (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona)

Antoine Griezmann joined Barcelona after they activated his release clause
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1. Joao Felix – £113m (Benfica to Atletico Madrid)

Joao Felix is already impressing at Atletico Madrid
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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award at Champions League draw, Lucy Bronze wins Women’s Player of the Year

29 Aug

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been crowned the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for his performances during last season’s Champions League.

The Dutchman, who helped the Reds become European champions in 2018/19, beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the award.

Van Dijk won two prizes and Reds team-mate Alisson Becker won Goalkeeper of the Year
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Centre-back Van Dijk also claimed the Defender of the Year prize, with Liverpool team-mate Alisson Becker winning Goalkeeper of the Year.

Messi was named the Forward of the Year award while his Barcelona team-mate Frenkie de Jong won Midfielder of the Year, however, De Jong won it for his performances playing for Ajax.

England defender Lucy Bronze was crowned the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year after helping her club Lyon win the Champions League for a sixth time.

Bronze beat Lyon team-mates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to the award and becomes the first English recipient of the honour, voted for by top coaches in the women’s game and journalists.

Bronze played for England at the Women’s World Cup in the summer
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The awards were handed out at the 2019/20 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, which saw Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City learn which three teams they’d have to face in their respective bids to reach the knockout stage of the competition.

Liverpool will face Napoli, FC Salzburg and Genk in Group E, while Spurs take on Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade in Group B.

Europa League champions Chelsea face Ajax, Valencia and Lille in Group H on their return to Europe’s premier club competition.

Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester City will play Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in Group C.


Antoine Griezmann’s Arsenal squad on Football Manager 2019 is unreal – meet the wonderkids starring for the Gunners in 2023

15 Aug

Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.

The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.

Antoine Griezmann has created an incredible Arsenal team on Football Manager
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Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.

Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.

Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!

Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.

Bristling with young talent, the France international has built a very good Gunners team

But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.

Below, has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest

Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!


Right-Back: Alexis Saelemakers

Age: 18

Nationality: Belgium

FM19 Club: Anderlecht

FM19 Estimated Cost: £20m

Centre-Back:  Matthijs De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt is a big improvement on Shkodran Mustafi
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Age: 18

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £44m

Centre-Back: Raphael Varane

Age: 25

Nationality: France

FM19 Club: Real Madrid

FM19 Estimated Cost: £76m

The France international won the World Cup with Griezmann
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Left-Back: Andrew Robertson

Age: 24

Nationality: Scotland

FM19 Club: Liverpool

FM19 Estimated Cost: £36m

Centre-Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Age: 23

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Sporting Lisbon

FM19 Estimated Cost: £48m

Bruno Fernandes appears to have finally got his move away from the Premier League
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Centre-Midfield: Frenkie De Jong

Age: 12

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £26m

The Netherlands international starred for Ajax on their run to the Champions League semi-finals
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Right-Wing: Francisco Trincao

Age: 18

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: SC Braga

FM19 Estimated Cost: £3m

Left-Wing: Jadon Sancho

Age: 18

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Borussia Dortmund

FM19 Estimated Cost: £60m

Griezmann decided to bring Sancho back to England
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Centre-Attacking Midfield: Joao Felix

Age: 18

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Benifca

FM19 Estimated Cost: £52m

The Portugal international has replaced Griezmann at Atletico
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Striker: Brian Bobbey

Age: 16

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £2m

Sub 1: Jamal Blackman

Age: 24

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Chelsea

FM19 Estimated Cost: £3m

Sub 2: Alex Telles

Age: 25

Nationality: Brazil

FM19 Club: Porto

FM19 Estimated Cost: £36m

Telles is an attack-minded full back for Porto

Sub 3: Jonathon Panzo

Age: 17

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Monaco

FM19 Estimated Cost: £6m

Sub 4: Ruben Neves

Age: 21

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers

FM19 Estimated Cost: £80m

Neves has starred for Wolves since his move from Portugal in 2017
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Sub 5: Chris Mepham

Age: 20

Nationality: Wales

FM19 Club: AFC Bournemouth

FM19 Estimated Cost: £15m

Sub 6: Phil Foden

Age: 18

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Manchester City

FM19 Estimated Cost: £77m

Foden fits into the Homegrown Player quota
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Ajax have lost Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt but a new batch of wonderkids are ready to fire them to glory

26 Jul

It’s never easy watching a talented young football team get torn apart by the vultures after a stunning season.

Ajax thrilled Europe last year with their carefree run to the Champions League semi-finals, dispatching powerhouses Real Madrid and Juventus on their way.

Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have left Ajax but more wonderkids are set to step up and replace them
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Most neutrals were rooting for them when they were eventually sent packing by Lucas Moura’s late strike at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Delightful midfield ace De Jong was already snared by Barcelona, a £65million fee was shelled out for the 21-year-old who is set to learn the ropes next to Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou.

De Light’s future was uncertain with a possible extra season stay in Amsterdam mooted but after a battle between Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus, the commanding centre-back – just 19-years-old – left for Turin in a £67m switch.

The Ajax coffers were loaded and their rebuild has been impressive but they won’t abandon their academy aces either.

So who are the wonderkids who could help them pick up where they left off as they star their season with the Johan Cruyff Shield against PSV Eindhoven this weekend?

Already at Ajax

Serginio Dest

With Nicolas Tagliafico back late due to his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, 19-year-old Dest has gabbed his pre-season opportunities by the scruff of the neck.

Manager Ten Hag has been suitably impressed and already suggested he will start against PSV on Saturday.

An American youth international, he could be set for many more games across the season, particularly with Daley Sinkgraven sold to Bayer Levekusen.

Carel Eiting

With De Jong gone, the man who the Barcelona man replaced in the Ajax midfielder looks set to get another chance to build a career in Amsterdam.

The 21-year-old saw his 2018/19 curtailed by injury but could really make an impact this season should Ten Hag give him a run in the first XI.

His main competition will be new signing Razvan Marin.

Eiting will be hoping for an injury free season at Ajax
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Perr Schuurs

Having burst onto the scene as the 17-year-old captain and free-kick maestro of Fortuna Sittard in 2017/18, Ajax snapped up the youngster in January 2018.

He spent the rest of the campaign back in Sittard before playing for Jong Ajax last season, making 29 Dutch second division games and making one appearance for the seniors.

This summer, with De Ligt gone, he’s looked the business in his place, comfortable on the ball and real leader.

Like Eiting, he faces competition from new signings with Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez coming in but you wouldn’t put it past him claiming a starting spot.

Noa Lang

Tipped by fans for a breakthrough season, 20-year-old Lang may benefit the most from David Neres’ summer absence.

With the Brazilian away winning the Copa America, the ex-Feyenoord kid could well get minutes in the Johan Cruyff Shield and early in the campaign.

His showing against OFI Crete in pre-season was a particular highlight, while he can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger.

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Ryan Gravenberch

Still just 17, hopes are high for the midfielder and he’s another man who could push himself into the first-team reckoning this season.

Already composed and mature on the ball he can play in a number of roles in the centre of the pitch if required.

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp

Having featured in pre-season, the 19-year-old could find himself splitting his time between the Eredivise and the Eerste Divisie with Jong Ajax as he continues his development in Amsterdam.

Ekkelenkamp played in Ajax’s Champions League tie with Juventus last season
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Lisandro Martinez

A spritely young left-sided centre-back, we backed Arsenal to target Martinez this summer but instead he’s moved to Ajax for £6.2m.

While some may baulk at his 5ft 9in height, the Argentine’s incredible technique with the ball at his feet makes him an attractive proposition in the modern game where centre-backs must be just as blessed with the ball as they are without it.

He’s got an excellent long range pass on him too if you’re looking for someone to spread the play. He’s can operate in a back-three or a back-four, and has also spent time at left-back, giving some versatility.

Martinez is on the small side for a centre-back but he more than makes up for it with his skill and passing
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Kik Pierie

Set to be with Jong Ajax this year after a tough pre-season, the 19-year-old has bags of potential.

Pierie also has the potential to play at left-back and was being watched by Southampton.

Kjell Scherpen

Hilariously made to ‘write lines’ when he signed for the club from Emmen due to the fact he’s a Feyenoord fan.

At just 19 he was a first-team regular with his former club and looks set to join Dominik Kotarski in line to replace Andre Onana.

Edson Alvarez

Another versatile player, Alvarez currently looks like the main man to ‘replace’ De Ligt in defence.

Comfortable on the ball, you’ll see him bring it out from the back – a lot, while he’s capable of playing at right-back and in defensive midfield.

Edson Alvarez is in line to take De Ligt’s spot in defence
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Ajax transfers in - 2019

Can these signings help the Dutch giants recover from the loss of De Jong and De Ligt?

Razvan Marin (Standard Liege) – midfielder – £11.15million (23-years-old)

Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia) – centre-back – £6.2million (21-years-old)

Kik Pierie (Heerenveen) – centre-back – £4.4million (19-years-old)

Kjell Scherpen (Emmen) – goalkeeper – undisclosed (19-years-old)

Edson Alvarez (Standard Liege) – centre-back – £13.6million (21-years-old)


Chelsea team news: Predicted XI to face Barcelona – debuts for Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong?

22 Jul

Preparations are currently underway for Chelsea to face Barcelona in the Rakuten Cup on Tuesday morning.

The Blues will take on the Spanish champions at the Saitama Stadium in the hope they can improve on their last pre-season showing.

Frank Lampard’s side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to little-known Kawasaki Frontale in their previous fixture, having beaten Irish side St Patrick’s and drawn with Bohemians.

The Frank Lampard era at Chelsea is well and truly underway
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The former England international knows exactly what the Blaugrana are all about, having been a part of several memorable fIxtures between the sides – captaining the side for the the Champions League semi-final in 2011

“Barcelona are a team that I have some great memories of playing against, some good and some bad,” he told the club’s official website.

“I have always had a huge respect for them because when you play against Barcelona you know you are playing against, they say, more than a club, and I agree with that.

“We are very proud to be here to play this match.”

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Team News

Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong are set to make their debuts for Barcelona, but Ernesto Valverde is set to be without a number of star names.

Following their exploits at the Copa America, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have been given extended leave, as has Liverpool target Philippe Coutinho.

For Chelsea, both Tammy Abraham and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could be back after missing the defeat to Kawasaki Frontale through illness.

Barcelona’s new football players Frenkie de Jong, Hiroki Abe, Neto and Antoine Griezmann pose with Japanese Rakuten company President and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani and Barcelona’s head coach Ernesto Valverde
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Midfielder N’Golo Kante has returned to the UK to undergo further rehab for a knee injury sustained towards the end of last season. The France international has not played a part in Chelsea’s pre-season thus far.

Chelsea are also without long-term absentees ​Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, ​Willian and ​Antonio Rudiger as they continue their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.

Predicted Chelsea team

Here’s how the Blues could line up at the Saitama Stadium

Although Christian Pulisic got his first minutes in a Chelsea shirt last time out, expect to see the experienced Pedro start initially against his former side.

Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are both likely to be vying for a starting berth alongside David Luiz next season, with Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta first choice full-backs.

Mason Mount and Ross Barkley have arguably been the stand-out performers for the Blues so far, Tiemoue Bakayoko is enjoying a strong return to form as well.

Frenkie de Jong joins ‘Almost Arsenal’ club as he reveals he planned to use Gunners as stepping stone to Barcelona

12 Jul

Frankie de Jong has admitted he thought he would play for Arsenal before making the move to Barcelona.

The 22-year-old has been hailed as one of the brightest young talents in world football and was a star of the Ajax side which reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.

Frenkie de Jong agreed a deal with Barcelona in January with the transfer going through at the beginning of this month

The midfielder was key to their remarkable victories over Real Madrid and Juventus, and he would have been playing in the final had it not been for Lucas Moura’s last-gasp goal sending Spurs to the June showpiece in their place.

Several of Europe’s leading clubs were after his signature but Barcelona were the ones to land their man in a €75million deal in January.

De Jong has since revealed he always planned to play for Barcelona – though he thought he would take in a spell in the Premier League beforehand.

But which club did he expect to join as a stepping stone?

The answer to that question, De Jong has revealed, is Arsenal.

He intended to emulate Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars’ playing career, going from Ajax to the Gunners, before eventually signing for the Catalan giants.

De Jong told Voetbal International: “In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, call it the Marc Overmars route.

“But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”

Overmars joined Arsenal from Ajax in 1997 and left three years later for Camp Nou

Arsenal fans may be rue what might have been should De Jong, as expected, flourish at Barcelona.

The Gunners are in the market for a midfielder this summer following the departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus on a free transfer.

Antoine Griezmann: How Barcelona could line up next season with France star, Neymar and Frenkie de Jong

10 Jul

As the final whistle sounded at Anfield on the night of May 7, an incredible noise broke out as the football world soaked up one of the most remarkable nights in recent history.

Against all odds, Liverpool had clawed back a three goal deficit to win 4-0 and knock the mighty Barcelona out of the Champions League.

Lionel Messi looks up at the Anfield scoreboard in disbelief
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For the second time in as many seasons, the Blaugrana were outplayed and outfought away from home after Roma dumped them out of Europe in 2018.

As Lionel Messi trudged despondently off the pitch, an inquest began and the plans for next season began to be hatched.

Frenkie De Jong was already on his way from Ajax, with rumours circulating about the next arrival to Camp Nou.

And the latest big name signing has now been confirmed as French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann joins from Atletico Madrid for £108million.

Antoine Griezmann has tormented Barcelona for years
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Moreover, De Jong’s Ajax team-mate Matthijs De Ligt seemed destined to join Juventus, but the Italian giants are struggling to agree a fee and Barca are back in the frame.

The 19-year-old centre-back has the talent and temperament to start for the LaLiga champions, with Gerard Pique reaching the twilight of his career.

But perhaps the most shocking potential capture is that of Neymar.

In 2017, the Brazil international shocked the world after agreeing a world record €222m (£198m) move to Paris Saint-Germain to pursue his dreams of being recognised as the best player in the world.

Neymar could well be making a sensational return to Camp Nou
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But the move to the French capital has turned sour. Rumours of a humbling return to Barcelona have intensified and the 27-year-old has failed to report to pre-season training.

In order to escape his Parisian purgatory, there are even suggestions Neymar will sacrifice as much as HALF of his mammoth weekly wages to ensure he gets his return.

So with all this talent on display, how on earth will Barcelona be able to fit all of their best players onto the pitch?

Below, has assembled a potential starting XI for Barcelona next season, including the players they have already signed and some of the players linked with a move.

Barcelona’s potential strongest XI for next season is frightening

As mentioned above, 32-year-old Pique is nearing the end of his established career. Having a 19-year-old alongside him will not only help with the gruelling leg work, but allow the Spain international to mentor De Ligt in the same way Carles Puyol once helped him. Both prefer the right side but Pique may well shift to the left due to his experience.

Jordi Alba still loves to bomb on from left-back and the introduction of Frenkie De Jong to the Barca midfield will only further compliment the side.

De Jong typically operates as a pivot in midfield, but does so from the left-hand side. This in turn allows his full-back to maraud forward with little to no regard for his defensive duties.

But it is up front where Barca would be most impressive. With Griezmann and Neymar supplying Luis Suarez up front and Messi pulling strings in his usual free role from the right, the Champions League trophy could finally be returning to Barcelona.