AMSTERDAM: Conceding twice in their opening European Championship clash against Ukraine must be seen as a blemish on the Netherlands defence, centre back Stefan de Vrij said on Tuesday. The Dutch let Ukraine score two goals in the space of four minutes near the end of their Group C encounter on Sunday to surrender a 2-0 lead, only for Denzel Dumfries to score a late winner in an exciting conclusion to the contest. “Certainly, the goals could have been prevented. As a defender I think those two goals against us were a blemish,” De Vrij told a news conference ahead Thursday's game against Austria. Despite the victory, the Netherlands remains deep in debate about the playing system adopted by coach Frank de Boer, whose decision to play three centre backs evoked a media storm, given how it goes against the Dutch tradition of an attacking 4-3-3 formation. “There's a lot of talk about 4-3-3 and 5-3-2, but it's always about interpretation and how you go into the game," De Vrij ... » Learn More about Football: Ukraine fightback was a blemish for Dutch defence says centre back
(Reuters) - Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been admitted to next season's Champions League despite their involvement in the proposed breakaway European Super League project. Admission letters have been sent to all Champions League participants, European soccer's governing body UEFA has said. Disciplinary proceedings against Juve, Barca and Real over their involvement in the proposed Super League have been suspended by UEFA's independent appeals body. UEFA opened a probe against the three clubs but last week it suspended proceedings after being notified by the Swiss authorities of a court order from the commercial court in Madrid obtained by the legal entity European Super League Company SL. "Admission letters have been sent to all clubs participating in next season's UEFA club competitions today," UEFA told Reuters on Tuesday. Juve, Barca and Real are the last of the 12 clubs who signed up to the Super League in April not to have distanced themselves from the ... » Learn More about Soccer-Juve, Barca and Real admitted to Champions League next season
(Reuters) -The six English clubs that said they would join the European Super League will pay a combined 22 million pounds ($31 million) as "a gesture of goodwill" and face a 30-point deduction if they attempt a similar move in future, the Premier League said on Wednesday. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will also each be fined 25 million pounds if they attempt another breakaway, the league added. The 22 million pounds collective payment by the 'Big Six' will go towards "the good of the game", including new investment in support for fans, grassroots football and community programmes. "The Premier League and The FA have worked closely together throughout this process and this agreement brings both investigations into the matter to a conclusion," the league said https://www.premierleague.com/news/2167982?sf246616763=1. The Super League was launched with 12 clubs as founding members, but nine of them -- six from England and AC ... » Learn More about Soccer-Premier League Big Six reach settlement over Super League
(Reuters) - UEFA's independent appeals body has suspended disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their attempt to launch a breakaway Super League, European soccer's governing body said on Wednesday. UEFA opened a probe against the three clubs on May 25, but said it suspended proceedings after being notified by the Swiss authorities of a court order from the commercial court in Madrid obtained by the legal entity European Super League Company SL. "The UEFA Appeals Body has decided to stay the proceedings until further notice," read a statement on UEFA's disciplinary website https://disciplinary.uefa.com/insideuefa/disciplinary/updates/026a-127aba32c876-2b582edec896-1000--stay-of-proceedings-against-fc-barcelona-juventus-fc-and-real-m. The Madrid court last month asked the European Court of Justice to establish if FIFA and UEFA were breaching EU competition law by preventing the clubs from creating a breakaway European Super League. The ... » Learn More about UEFA suspends disciplinary proceedings against Real, Barca and Juve
LONDON: A growing number of major football clubs are launching digital coins that allow fans to vote on a variety of minor decisions as the sport faces slumping revenues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But supporters are divided over the so-called fan tokens. Some appreciate the novel way to engage with their teams – and help make decisions, even if only on small-time matters such as the song played at matches after a goal is scored or images used on social media. Others dismiss the tokens as superficial participation that adds to the already growing costs of following their teams. Among the clubs to launch tokens in recent months are English Premier League champions Manchester City and Italy’s AC Milan. Spain’s national team – which drew its first match of the European Championship tournament on Monday – says it plans to launch a similar scheme. Argentina, which kicked off its Copa America campaign on the same day with a draw, launched its tokens last week. Fan tokens can ... » Learn More about European football clubs embrace cryptocurrency, but fans are divided
In what is turning out to be an increasingly momentous day for football, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Jose Mourinho, has been sacked from his post. Tottenham announced the decision in a statement on its club website on April 19 (Singapore time). Club chairman Daniel Levy paid tribute to the mercurial Portuguese, saying: "Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a Club. Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged. He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution." Tottenham currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League, and have endured a recent string of bad results. Mourinho, who won trophies and titles with two other English clubs (Chelsea and Manchester United) as well ... » Learn More about Spurs sack Jose Mourinho, interim manager is 29-year-old former youth player
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg If you are a football fan, you might have sensed a disturbance in the force today. In unrelated news, here is the big announcement gripping all of football. ESL statement: "Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs. — Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 18, 2021 A Super League. The clubs are: Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and Tottenham. According to the announcement, three more clubs are expected to join. According to media reports, PSG and Bayern Munich are not backing the proposal. What is the structure? The aforementioned 15 clubs (including the three unnamed teams) will serve as the founding members of the ESL. Another five ... » Learn More about What is the European Super League & why are football fans so angry about it?