Arena already has USA’s World Cup qualifying campaign back on track. (AP Photo) There’s something of a placebo effect that takes hold when a new manager is put in charge of a team. The status quo is shattered; the hierarchy knocked down. Those in the
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he attempted to sign Italian icon Paolo Maldini from AC Milan but was refused by his father. Ferguson, who led Manchester United to 38 major trophies in 27 years at the club, explained how he met Maldini’s father Cesare and inquired about signing his son. Maldini, who retired in 2009, is regarded as one of the best defenders to have played in European football, and Ferguson was keen to add some more steel to his defense.
Jonathan Kodjia and Wilfried Zaha scored stunning goals as the Ivory Coast beat Russia 2-0 in Krasnodar on Friday, a result that raised the alarm bells for the World Cup hosts. Aston Villa striker Kodjia produced a forceful strike after shrugging his way past the home defence to open the scoring on the half hour and Crystal Palace's Zaha dribbled past three defenders before finishing with his left foot to double the lead on 70 minutes. The Ivorians, with a caretaker coach and playing their first match since their disappointingly early elimination at the African Nations Cup finals in January, made light work of Russia, who will host the World Cup finals next year.