Fernandinho and Man City lost to Monaco in the Champions League round of 16. The Premier League is no longer the best or even the second-best league in Europe. Unless Leicester City miraculously makes the Champions League final in Cardiff, the Premier League will extend its drought to five years without a finalist in Europe’s top club competition.
A week ago, we brought you the story of goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes finding a new club despite a conviction for ordering the torture and murder of his mistress, whose body was then fed to dogs. The two were having a disagreement on child support. Fernandes, 32, was set free from jail on a technicality and has since been signed by Boa Esporte in Brazil. He said he couldn’t “throw in the towel” on his career because he believed in himself. Fans were outraged with the team, major sponsors pulled their funding, and an activist group even hacked Boa Esporte’s web page. And the club is digging in its heels. Boa Esporte’s president, Rone Moraes da Costa, reacted to protests by saying he’d rather move
Altidore and the USMNT lost 4-0 at Costa Rica in their last World Cup qualifier. Steaua Bucharest won the European Cup, the precursor to the Champions League. A part-time waiter became head coach of the United States men’s national team.