- CESC FABREGAS Leans Toward Arsenal- After the Spanish national team arrived in Madrid after their World Cup final victory, Barcelona players Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué were seen (albeit jokingly) forcing a Barcelona jersey onto Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas. These sights came no more than a day after Fabregas said he was proud at Arsenal, heaping quite a bit of praise on the club. After new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell revealed new details regarding the financial situation of the Catalan club, it seems difficult to believe that Fabregas is as keen as staying with Arsenal as he claims to be. It is inevitable that Fabregas will be donning the Barcelona colors at some point in the near future, but it seems as if he wants the move to happen a bit sooner than realistically possible.
- MESUT OZIL To Stay At Werder Bremen- Mesut Ozil, one of the many young stars for the German team at the World Cup, has indicated that he wants to fulfill the remainder of his contract with current club Werder Bremen. Ozil has been the target of a few English clubs, specifically Arsenal (although Manchester City and Chelsea were somewhat involved) ever since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. Even if Cesc Fabregas does leave Arsenal, the club would likely wait until the end of the upcoming season to make any sort of move on Ozil. It seems as if the Werder Bremen staff are taking quite the gamble on Ozil resigning with them next summer, when his current deal expires. No one should be surprised if some of the top clubs pursue Ozil when that time comes.
- Real Madrid Pursuit Of MAICON Cooling Off- After his Inter Milan side beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League final in late May, Right Back Maicon expressed his interest in following manager Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid. It seemed imminent as first, but the chances of a move significantly decreased after his agent (Antonio Caliendo) expressed that Maicon is happy staying with Inter. Given that Inter Milan value Maicon at almost twice what Real Madrid are willing to pay, it is looking much less likely that he will leave the club. Unless Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has a surprising change of heart, it does not look like Real Madrid would pay such a ludicrous price for a player who plays the same position as highly regarded defender Sergio Ramos.
- Brazilian League Resumes After Break- After a month long break to make way for the World Cup, the Campeonato Brasileiro (Brazilian Championship) will resume tomorrow. The current leaders, Corinthians, lead Ceara on goal difference. Both teams have recorded 17 points in seven games. Fluminense, despite almost being relegated last year, are currently in 3rd place due to the hiring of Muricy Ramalho. Championship favorites Santos are in 4th place, while defending champion Flamengo are 9th in the table. In the last couple of years, many Brazilian stars have returned back to the league of their home country, making the Campeonato Brasileiro worth watching even once the Premier League, La Liga, and Bundesliga seasons have started come late August.
- THIERRY HENRY To Join New York Red Bull- There does not seem to be any doubt that Thierry Henry will announce that he is joining New York Red Bull sometime within the next few days, and with his arrival, Major League Soccer will have reeled in a player who was twice the runner-up as World Player of the Year (as well as the biggest signing since David Beckham three years ago). With New York already second place in the Eastern Conference, they instantly become legitimate contenders to win the MLS Cup come November. In addition to Henry, other European players have considered careers playing in the United States. Ryan Giggs of Manchester United has also claimed that Major League Soccer is definitely a realistic possibility if he is still young enough.
World Football: 7-13-2010
Posted on: July 13, 2010 1:23 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 9:26 pm
Welcome to the first of what will hopefully be numerous blog entries regarding association football around the world. I have been a fan of the beautiful game for years now, but this is the first time I have actually posted any sort of blog regarding the world of football. To me, it made sense to wait until after the World Cup to post such an entry since most of the fair-weather fans (who pretend to be knowledgeable about the sport once every four years) would be gone. Anyways, here goes the very first edition of World Football.
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