Xherdan Shaqiri gathers the ball outside the box and sends a curling strike into the top corner to give Stoke City a 1-0 lead in the first half.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is open to the idea of the UEFA Champions League final being played outside Europe. Specifically, Ceferin thinks about New York. Ceferin said Thursday that staging the first ever UCL final away from Europe would be discussed at some point. From FOX: “To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York. For the fans it’s no problem but we should see. It’s a European competition so let’s think about it.” Given the preseason matches played in the United States, China, and Australia, it makes sense to stage an important UEFA match outside Europe. Those first two countries especially aim to become power players in
Andres Iniesta’s footballing career has defined for an entire generation the words consistency and professionalism. Now 32 years old and Barcelona’s longest-tenured servant, Iniesta has played more than 40 games (all competitions) every season since the 2003-04 campaign, back when he was a 19-year-old La Masia product quickly breaking into the first team. Part of a run like that is down to unparalleled talent and an unwavering commitment to craft, but, of course, a stroke of good luck on the serious-injury front. It’s looking quite unlikely he’ll extend his 40-games-played streak to a 13th season in 2016-17, however, after the club confirmed fears on Saturday that Iniesta suffered knee ligament