For the better part of 19 years John Terry has been a staple of Chelsea’s backline. With his future at Stamford Bridge becoming more and more in doubt though, it appears it’s time for the 36-year-old to move on from his longtime club, and that’s a decision that another former Chelsea player doesn’t envy. Ex-Blues midfielder Michael Ballack knows that Terry has options, whether it be in Major League Soccer, the Chinese Super League or even with another Premier League club, but the German says it’s difficult because of what the centerback has meant to Chelsea. “He is a player with that history and charisma,” Ballack, who spent four years with Chelsea during his playing days, told Sky Sports. “He’s
Former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner is in talks to acquire Portsmouth Football Club, a soccer team that plays in England’s fourth division. His firm, Tornante Co., has a window of 70 days in which to negotiate without interference from other parties, the club said in a statement Thursday. During that time, Eisner can review the club’s financial information and put together an offer. Acquiring Portsmouth would be a rare foray into a lower-tier soccer league for a wealthy foreign investor. A mix of Arab sheikhs and Russian oligarchs have long been members of an elite group of owners in the Premier League, soccer’s richest domestic competition and home of Manchester United
Diego Simeone has no regrets over selecting Diego Costa for the 2014 Champions League final - likening the Spain striker's influence over Atletico Madrid at that time to Lionel Messi's at Barcelona. Costa helped to fire Atletico to a stunning LaLiga title win in 2013-14, scoring 36 goals in all competitions. It would prove to be Costa's final appearance for Atleti before moving to Chelsea, and his team-mates went down to a 4-1 extra-time defeat after Sergio Ramos equalised for Madrid deep into stoppage time.