LA Galaxy left back Ashley Cole left Arsenal for Chelsea more than a decade ago, but that hasn’t erased the bitter memories of the departure from his boyhood club. Cole was famously involved in a “tapping up” meeting with Chelsea without Arsenal’s permission in 2005, but signed a contract extension with the Gunners. Still, he was gone a year later in messy circumstances. As the most capped fullback in England’s history who boasts both Premier League and Champions League titles with Chelsea, Cole easily could rest on his own laurels and move on from the divorce. But when asked whether he’s enjoying Arsenal’s current struggles, Cole couldn’t help himself. “If I’m honest, yeah, I still think to
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin has reasserted a rhetoric that could revolutionise the landscape of football in Europe. Čeferin, who succeeded former UEFA boss Michel Platini when he was elected as the head of European football's governing body in September 2016, has made no secret of his plans to tackle the gulf between football's elite clubs and the teams who reside in the continent's minor leagues. At a conference in Lisbon on Wednesday, Čeferin spoke of "luxury taxes, squad limitations and player hoarding." Čeferin said that UEFA must "examine new mechanisms like luxury taxes, squad limitations, and fair transfer rules to avoid player hoarding and the excessive concentration of talent within
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.