• Jose Mourinho sends heartfelt message to Claudio Ranieri after Leicester sacking
    The Independent

    Jose Mourinho sends heartfelt message to Claudio Ranieri after Leicester sacking

    Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, came out in support of Claudio Ranieri on Thursday night, hours after his counterpart was sacked by Leicester City. The east Midlands club parted company with Ranieri just nine months after he guided a team tipped for relegation to the Premier League title in one of modern football’s greatest stories. Mourinho joined the likes of Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher in condemning the Leicester board’s decision, but also offered words of encouragement to his contemporary.

  • Barcelona youth star looks like next Messi, Suarez, Neymar combined in one goal
    CBS Sports

    Barcelona youth star looks like next Messi, Suarez, Neymar combined in one goal

    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

  • Gianni Infantino is not a game changer—he’s FIFA’s ultimate company man
    Newsweek

    Gianni Infantino is not a game changer—he’s FIFA’s ultimate company man

    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