The risk of fan violence looked high in the last 16 of the Europa League after Friday's draw produced a volatile matchup between Manchester United and Rostov. United and Rostov are followed by firms of hardcore fans. According to UEFA coefficients, Rostov is the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament but it finished second in the Russian league last season and beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage last November.
Barcelona youngster Jordi Mboula pulled off a breathtaking goal midweek against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Youth League quarterfinals, and he looked like Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during it. This extraordinary goal sees him with some Neymar flair to break free down the right, then some Messi speed and skill to get inside, and then a Suarez-like finish into the far side. Take a look. La cadencia de Leo Messi, el regate de Neymar Jr. y la potencia de Luis Suarez, ¡en uno solo! 😮 😮 😮 Brilliant. And he is only 17. The Spanish winger, also of Congolese heritage, has been with Barca’s youth teams since 2010. He has six goals in seven matches in the UEFA Youth League, and if he keeps
A few days after the dramatic dawn raid that led to the arrest of world football officials at the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich in May 2015, Sepp Blatter, the incumbent FIFA president, was re-elected unopposed. That tells you everything you need to know about FIFA. Soon after, officials concluded that Blatter was involved in a “ dishonest payment ” to former football great Michel Platini, then head of European football (UEFA) and widely seen as Blatter’s heir apparent. It would prove to be the end of both their careers at FIFA. By February last year, the first FIFA election since 1998 without Blatter as a candidate, and after months of continuous fallout, dreadful headlines, widespread ridicule