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Real Madrid Confirms Signing Of James Rodriguez

Real Madrid Confirms Signing Of James Rodriguez

La Liga Club Real Madrid have completed the signing of FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Player James Rodriguez from Monaco for a fee around the region of €80 million.

James has agreed a 6 year contract with Real Madrid and underwent his medical with the club on Tuesday morning. Neither club have confirmed the fee for the 23 year old striker but his believed fee of €80 million would make Rodriguez he fourth most expensive transfer of all time behind Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid statement read, “Real Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of james Rodriguez, who will join the club for the next 6 seasons. The player will be presented today, Tuesday 22 July, at 20:00 (Spanish time), in the Santiago Bernabeu’s presidential box. Following that, James Rodriguez will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabeu’s pitch wearing the Real Madrid shirt and will attend the media in the press room.”

James Rodriguez was one of the revelations of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil, scoring in each of Colombia’s games as they reached the Quarter Finals of the tournament for the very first time, eventually losing 2-1 to host Brazil.

James scored a total of 6 goals at the FIFA World Cup 2014, finishing as the top scorer – one above Germany’s Thomas Mueller – while his stunning 25 yard volley against Uruguay was voted as the goal of the tournament by FIFA.com.

His signing comes less than a week after Real Madrid brought in another of the World Cup 2014 star performer, Germany’s Toni Kroos, from Bayern Munich, for a reported fee of £24 million. If the reported figure is accurate, it would mean that Real Madrid now boast 3 of the 4 most expensive signings in history, having spent a world record of £86 million of Gareth Bale from Tottenham last summer and £80 million on Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.

James Rodriguez FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil vs Colombia

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James Rodriguez began his professional career with Colombian side Envigado before before moving down to Argentinian club Banfield at aged 17. Rodriguez became well known in Europe during his time at Porto, winning several trophies and individual awards during his 3 years at the club.

He then moved to Monaco in 2013 and played for them during the 2013-14 season, before making a move to Real Madrid with a transfer fee of around €80 million. This move made Rodriguez the most expensive Colombian in history, above Radamel Falcao.

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Sergio Aguero Injured

Sergio Aguero Injured

Sergion Aguero Injured

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss the remaining World Cup after suffering from a muscle tear in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria.

Though Aguero’s injury could not be confirmed immediately, his miss would be a major blow to the South American’s campaign to capture a third World Cup, this time, on the soil of their great rivals Brazil.

Argentina Newspaper Clarin stated on its website,”This morning the worst news was comfirmed. He has a tear and won’t be able to play any more in the World Cup.” Aguero was taken off during the first half of the match against Nigeria which gave them top spot in Group F.

Argentina next play in Sao Paulo on 1st July, a last 16 knock-out game against Switzerland. Fellow strikers Ezequiel Lavezzi or Rodrigo Palacio could take Aguero’s place. Will they be able to step up and lead Argentina to the quarter-finals?

In other news,

SUAREZ HAS BEEN BANNED FROM ALL FOOTBALL FOR 4 MOINTHS

This came after FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Suarez after he appeared to have bitten Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini. FIFA has announced that Luis Suarez will serve a 9-game ban for biting Chiellini. On top of this, Suarez has been banned for 4 months from any football-related activity, which means that he is unable to represent Liverpool until the end of October.

His 9-game international ban begins immediately, preventing him from playing against Colombia in Argentina’s last 16 tie and 8 more competitive games. Suarez will also miss Liverpool’s first 9 league games of the season. He also misses the Champion League group stages, which will already be 3 games old when he returns on 1st November.

Suarez has also been hit with a fine of £65,700.

What are your thoughts on the punishment? Do feel free to leave your comments about it. Read up more on the game between Italy and Uraguay here!

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Suarez Strikes Again

Luis Suarez strikes again.

And by this, I don’t mean Suarez scoring another World Cup goal. Suarez has bitten yet another player. And this time the victim is non other than Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. In the match between Italy and Uruguay – where both teams have to win in order to qualify for the knock out stages – Uruguay has won 1-0 against 10-men Italy.

To refresh some of your minds, these are the scenes of the incident. The image above shows Suarez sinking his teeth into the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and the image below shows Chiellini pulling down his shirt to display the bite marks on his shoulder.

Luis Suarez Bites Luis Suarez Bites Georgio Chiellini

The first sign that some form of clashing has occurred was the sight of Suarez holding his mouth. Not too far away on the floor from him was Chiellini holding his shoulder. The first impression one would make is ‘Had Suarez been elbowed in the mouth?’

As the replays were made, there was a collective look of disbelief amongst the viewers. Did the Dracula Suarez just strike again? Chiellini then got up and went to the Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez to protest, pulling down the neck of his shirt to expose what appeared to be a bite mark.

The referee had not seen the incident and could do nothing about it. Moments later Uruguay scored, knocking Italy out of the World Cup and almost certainly bringing the curtain down on the international careers of some of the great Italian players of their era – Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi.

Luis Suarez previous controversies:

2010 July – Handles the ball on the line to deny Ghana a winner in the last minute of extra time in the World Cup 2010 quarter-finals. Asamoah Gyan misses the resulting penalty and Uruguay won the shoot-out to reach the semi-finals.

2010 November – Given 7 match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while Suarez was playing for Ajax.

2011 December – Given 8 match suspension and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra despite protesting vehemently.

2012 February – Refuses to shake hands with Patrice Evra at Old Trafford and is described as a “disgraced” by Sir Alex Ferguson.

2013 April – Receives a 10-game ban after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

This is certainty not the first time Suarez has used his mouth literally against opponents. As FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Luis Suarez, he could well be on a lengthy ban. But then again, the fact that Suarez would receive his punishment well after the game would do nothing to change the results of the game.

Needless to say, if the referee and seen what Suarez did and gave his disciplinary action, the results would come out differently. Suarez would no doubt be shown the red. The fact that Suarez have been escaped punishment during the match has cost the Italians badly. Suarez has been denying his involvement.

He was quoted telling Uruguayan media,”These things happen in the box. We were in contact, chest against shoulder, and I got a knock to the eye.” Yet, when Suarez fell, video replays clearly shows him holding onto his teeth in pain, as Chiellini showed a visible bite mark.

How can Suarez not feel any sense of shame at his behaviour? At the end of the day, it makes me wonder if Suarez deserves to be on the field at all? I question if Suarez actually respects the game. Certainly, for the ill-disciplined but lucky Suarez, he can be proud to announced that he had just achieved a hat trick of bites while the Italians pack their bag and head home with nothing but pride.