Toni Kroos Signs For Real Madrid

Toni Kroos Joins Real Madrid

Toni Kroos Joins Real Madrid

Real Madrid has signed Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich at a fee around the region of £20 million. Kroos who starred in Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil has formally agreed to the transfer to Bernabeu.

Bayern Munich Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has paid tribute to Toni Kroos’ on his leaving. He said, “We thank Toni Kroos for his time in Munich. We have achieved great success with him here. We wish him and his family all the best in Madrid and with Real.”

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The 24 year old was born in the old East Germany. He was a member of Bayern Munich’s first team at the age of 17 and established himself as a regular after an 18 month loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen. Kroos won honours including 3 Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League title. Internationally, Toni Kroos was a member of the German squad which reached the Semi Finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012, having mde his international debut in 2010. After wining the FIFA World Cup 2014, Kroos signed a 6 year contract with La Liga Club Real Madrid and will reportedly earn £5.3 million a year after tax.

Real Madrid are expected to sell German team mate Sami Khedira to find space for Toni Kroos. English Premier League Club Arsenal have agreed a fee with the Spanish club with rivals Chelsea making a late attempt to sign him on Thursday.

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Alexis Sanchez Signs For Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez Signs For Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez Signs For Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez from La Liga Club Barcelona has agreed to join English Premier League Club Arsenal on a long term contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 25 year old Chile forward completed his medical in London on Thursday and will join his new Arsenal teammates at the end of July after spending some time on holiday following Chile’s exit from the World Cup Round Of 16.

Alexis Sanchez, who won the 2013 Primera Division title and 2012 Copa del Ray with Barcelone, is likely to make his first appearance for his new club at the Emirates Cup over the weekend of August 2-3.

On the signing of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal Football Club. Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.”

Alexis Sanchez was more than happy to sign for the English Club. He said, “I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London. I’m looking forward to meeting my new team mates and to be playing for Arsenal in the Premier league and Champions League. I will give my best to Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.”

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Born in Tocopilla in Chile’s northern mining region, a grim port city dominated by a gigantic power plant and a saltpeter processing facility, Alexis barely knew his father and was raised by a mother who scrapped a living as a cleaner at her son’s school.

Like many, all Alexis wanted to do was to play football but had to take odd jobs like cleaning cars while still at school to supplement the family income. His talent shone from an early age and he was nicknamed El Nino Maravilla (Boy Wonder). Alexis quickly realised that football offered a way out that would allow him to help his mother and family.

Blessed with exceptional pace and ball control, Alexis is at his best when running at defenders down the right, either cutting inside to shoot or darting to the byline and sending over dangerous crosses.

Alexis Sanchez debuted for the first team with local club Cobreloa at the age of 16. After his first season, he was signed by Italy’s Udinese Calcio in 2006. He was then loaned to Colo-Colo and River Plate and began playing at Serie A. In 2011, Sanchez was signed by Barcelona for US$43 million, becoming the most expensive transfer in Chilean football history.

Sanchez has been a full international for Chile since 2006, earning over 70 caps and playing in 2 FIFA World Cup (2010 and 2014 ) as well as the 2011 Copa America.

Klose breaks record

Klose Breaks Record

Klose Breaks Record

Miroslav Klose scores 16th World Cup goal to break the all-time World Cup goal scoring record. Germany striker Miroslav scored in the 23rd minute in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals as Germany trashed Brazil with a convincing 7-1 scoreline to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals.

Klose goal led to him becoming the tournament’s all time leading goalscorer with 16 goals in 23 World Cup matches. Klose had moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 when he scored in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the FIFA World Cup Group Stages.

His close strike range in Belo Horizonte after a rebound put Germany 2-0 up in the last 4 clash and was his first goal in a World Cup Semi Finals. Klose said, “We are a team and it shows on the field. It’s also important that our set pieces bring results. You saw it again today. Toni puts the ball where it has to go every time and that’s a big strength.”

However, after scoring his goal against Brazil, in his 23rd World Cup Match, Miroslav Klose refrained from doing his trademark back flip. He explained, “I got hit in my left foor while attempting a shot and I was not able to do the flip.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has much praises for the veteran and the only true striker on the team. He said, “It really means a lot to all of us. This is a record. This is a record that could be beaten only by (Thomas) Mueller. We believe that he really deserves it. Because at his age, he is still playing at the highest possible level.”

Klose, 36, netted his first ever World Cup goal against Saudi Arabia in 2002 – a hat trick in an 8-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. He netted again in their next group game, a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland, before scoring the second in a 2-0 victory over Cameroon. (5 Goals)

During his home World Cup 4 years later in 2006, the forward found the net 5 times again, and was awarded the Golden Boot. He scored 2 goals in their 4-2 victory over Costa Rica, and 2 more in their final group game against Ecuador. Miroslav Klose final goal in the 2006 World Cup was a vital 80th minute equaliser against Argentina in the World Cup Quarter Finals, bringing the score to 1-1,with Germany eventually winning on penalties. (5 Goals)

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Klose managed 4 more strikes, 1 in their opening 4-0 victory over Australia, 1 in their 4-1 win over England in the Round Of 16 and 2 in their 4-0 demolition of Argentina in the World Cup Quarter Finals.

He has since played in 4 World Cups and has now scored 71 goals in his 136 appearances for Germany. A deadly finisher, Klose is considered the best German striker of his generation, along with his tremendous sense of fair play.

Klose World Cup Goals

*Image courtesy of AFP/Getty Images

Brazil Appeal Thiago Silva Suspension

Brazil Appeal Thiago Silva Suspension

FIFA has confirmed that Brazil have lodge an appeal against Captain Thiago Silva’s yellow card that has seen him banned for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals against Germany.

Thiago Silva picked up the caution against Colombia, imposed after he blocked goalkeeper David Ospina from taking a kick. As the yellow card was his second of the tournament, he was automatically suspended for a game.

The Brazilian federation (CBF) has lodged an appeal and FIFA head of media Delia Fischer said, “I can confirm we received an appeal from the CBF and this is being analysed.”

The CBF chances of success appear limited as appeals against yellow cards are not usually permitted, only red cards.

Real Madrid had appealed against midfielder Xabi Alonso being suspended for the Champions League Final after he picked up a third booking in the Semi Finals, but UEFA ruled that the appeal was inadmissible. Real Madrid went on to win 4-1 against Atletico Madrid in the Champion League Final.

Should FIFA overturn the yellow card it would be hugely controversial and would allow other teams to claim that the governing body is favouring the hosts. All existing yellow cards are now wiped from the slate for players from this stage of the tournament. This means that anyone who is booked in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals will not risk suspension for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals unless they are sent off.

Brazil Neymar Ruled Out Of Finals

Neymar Ruled Out Of Finals

Neymar Ruled Out Of Finals

Brazil’s World Cup hopes received a crushing blow when the host nation’s team doctor announced that Neymar is out of the finals with a fractured vertebrae, adding to the bad news that Thiago Silva will be missing Brazil’s Semi Finals game against Germany.

Neymar, who has scored 4 goals in the tournament so far, will miss the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals against Germany in Belo Horizonte as well as the FIFA World Cup Finals should they progress. He is expected to be out for several week.

Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said, “Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to play. It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll need to immobilise it to recover.”

Brazil’s poster boy Neymar has been driving his country’s bid for a 6th World Cup title with his goals and creative football talents. He went down in the 88th minute after a horrific challenge by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga and looked to be in considerable pain after what turned out to be a cracked vertebra. Neymar was then taken straight to the hospital as Brazilians across the country cheered their team’s success on home soil before the news of his injury dampened the celebrations.

Neymar injured

Colombia Juan Zuniga said that he did not deliberately try to hurt Brazil forward Neymar when he kneed him in the back, fracturing his vertebrae.

“We wanted to score, and it was a tough game. Brazil was marking strongly, I hope it’s nothing serious, let’s pray to God. On the pitch I’m defending my shirt, my country, but I didn’t expect him to fracture a vertebrae. He is a great talent for Brazil and for the World,” Juan Zuniga told the reporters. “It’s a normal reaction, I tried to shadow him. I was not thinking of hurting him. I was defending my country’s colour. Sadly it happened this way. I hope he gets well, God willing.”

Suarez Set For Barcelona Move

Suarez Set For Barcelona Move

Liverpool will have further talks with Barcelona over the transfer of the Uruguay International Luis Suarez. The Reds were adament before negotiations began that they would not sell the forward for less than the value of his confidential buy-out clause, believed to be between £70 million and £80 million.

Opening talks seemed to have been productive and it is seen as a significant step forward with the club confident that a deal can be done in line with their valuation. Further talks and discussions will occur in due course although nothing has been finalised yet.

Barcelona have the option of offering Chile forward Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight in negotiations and it is understood at this stage that discussions are taking place considering both options – a straight money deal and also he option of a player plus cash alternative. The latter seemed more plausible but it would depend on Alexis Sanchez, who is not that keen at this moment to make a move to England.

Luis Suarez is currently banned for 4 months for biting Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini at the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. However, the 27 year old forward has since issued a statement apologising for his actions. Barcelona are suspected to have had major influence in procuring as they have stepped up and began to lay the foundations for a move.

Last summer, Arsenal failed in their attempts to sign Suarez after a bid of £40 million was made in the mistaken assumption that it would be sufficient to trigger Suarez release when it only entitled them to begin negotiations. Since then, Liverpool have moved to make Luis Suarez contract more definitive in terms of his release price.

Diego Costa Chelsea.

Chelsea Clinches Diego Costa Deal

Chelsea Clinches Diego Costa Deal

Chelsea have confirmed that they have met Diego Costa buy-out clause of £32 million and will become Chelsea’s second big signing after the capture of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona FC.

Chelsea club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy put clause for the Spanish International,”

Diego Costa was the inspiration behind Atletico Madrid shock La Liga triumph last season, with the Brazilian-born forward scoring 27 times in 35 appearances. He was also part of the team that represented Spain in their terrible 2014 FIFA World Cup Campaign, having been the first team to crash out of the World Cup.

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Diego Costa began his career with Braga in Portugal and was signed by Atletico Madrid, his current club in 2007. He was then loaned back to Braga, then to Celta and Albacete before he was sold to Valladolid in 2009. The 25-year-old then rejoined Atletico Madrid in 2010 and became an integral player in their attack.

Internationally, Costa represented Brazil twice in 2013, but later declared his desire to represent Spain, having been granted Spanish Citizenship in September 2013. Diego Costa made his debut for Spain in March 2014 and was selected for the Spanish 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad in Brazil.

On Diego Costa, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said (in June), “Costa is a player who I want to have in my team. I’ve asked my club for him and I have total confidence that we are going to achieve it and he will end up signing for Chelsea.”

Guess Mourinho would be right after all.