Five Controversial Moments in UEFA Champions League

Since its introduction in 1992, millions of soccer fans have been looking forward to the UEFA Champions League every year. There is no doubt that this tournament is one of the most prestigious in the world. The Champions League has established its presence since it replaced European Cup.

And just like with any other international competitions, we are served with so many moments that will forever be etched in the soccer history book. Any tournament won’t be as successful and most followed if it is void of controversial moments. These moments keep their fans on the edge as they watch every second of it as it happens.

Below are some of the most controversial moments in the history of UEFA Champions League that really made an impact to the fans.

  1. Ghost Goal (2005)


Also known as the phantom goal, a ghost goal is a questionable goal that often involves uncertainty as to whether or not a ball crossed the goal line. It may be awarded incorrectly without the ball ever crossing the goal-line. The term can also be applied when the referee was unable to see the ball crossing the goal-line.

One of the strongest argument about ghost goal being implemented was during the 2005 Champions League final when Luis Garcia scored a ‘Ghost Goal’ at the expense of Chelsea. A ruling that ball crossed the goal line was implemented which made Liverpool possible to progress to the final in Istanbul. Numerous slow-motion replays and television graphics later showed that the ball probably never did cross the line.

Fortunately though, this incident gave Liverpool one of the most iconic comebacks in modern football history.

  1. Expulsion of Marseille (1993)

Back in 1993, Marseille were the inaugural winners of the Champions League and the only French club that hold the title of continental championship in the entire history of the European Cup. Their triumphant record though is marred of bribery scandal and match fixing.

Just a few days prior to the Champions League final, Marseille player Jean-Jacques Eydelie was ordered by controversial president Bernard Tapie to contact two players on the Valenciennes team and bribe them. Marseille must beat Valenciennes to secure the championship; the said bribery asked the Valenciennes players to “go easy” on them so as not to inflict any injuries on the Marseille squad.

Eventually, this outrageous scandal came out and it cost Marseille a lot. Not only they were stripped of their domestic title, they were also banned from playing in the European Super Cup, Champions League and Intercontinental Cup the following season. Though they still have the Champions League trophy, this glory is now forever tainted.

  1. The Quitting of Anders Frisk (2005)

Anders Frisk was a respected Swedish referee who was in charge of the first leg of Chelsea’s dramatic Champions League tie against Barcelona. He expressed his intention to quit following the said incident after he received death threats from English fans.

Fans were mad at him for sending off Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the match at the Nou Camp when the London side was leading 1-0. Chelsea eventually lost 2-1.  This angered Chelsea fans in Spain which allegedly sent Frisk and his family death threats by telephone, e-mail and letter. He announced his immediate retirement just a few weeks later.

“The game is just not worth all that,” 42-year-old Frisk said on the Swedish football federation website. “The safety of my family is more important than anything.”

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  1. It’s Too Noisy in Here! (2011)

Arsenal’s Robin van Persie was sent off in the Champions League match against Barcelona in probably one of the most ridiculous sending-off in football history.

Having already been issued a yellow card, Van Persie ok a through ball down the center of the pitch and launched a shot on goal. The referee had blown his whistle flagging him as offside. He failed to hear the whistle though, claiming that the deafening screams of over 100,000 fans in the stands at Nou Camp makes hearing the whistle impossible.

“In my opinion it was a total joke, the sending‑off. How can I hear his whistle with 95,000 people jumping up. How can I hear that, for God’s sake? Please explain me that,” he complained afterwards.

Regardless, he was still issued his second yellow and sent off for delaying the game. After several replays of the game,  even if van Persie had heard the whistle, the time between the whistle and van Persie’s shot was a mere second.  Many fans feel that this was a very dubious decision and a terrible call.

  1. Nani Sees Red (2013)

Many believe that the red card awarded to Manchester United midfielder Nani was the key moment in the Red Devils’ 2-1 loss to Real Madrid. The decision of Cuneyt Cakir to issue a red card to Manchester United winger Nani is already being written into Champions League history as the game-changer that led to the advancement of Real Madrid and the exit of Manchester United.

United was already leading with 1-0; Cakir gave Nani a red card  in the 56th minute after the United player stretched his leg to try to control the ball but caught Alvaro Arbeloa in the chest with the studs of his right boot. Madrid then proceeded to score two quick goals and won 2-1, advancing further to the quarterfinals 3-2.

Nani has begged for forgiveness after getting himself sent off. He said, “I recognise that my action was a thoughtless one, but I also have to say that I was provoked and attacked. I know it serves as no excuse, but that’s exactly what happened. .. I want to publicly ask for forgiveness, firstly of my team-mates, who were forced into a greater effort during more than 60 minutes, secondly of my manager and coaches, and thirdly of the United fans who have given me so much affection.”

Fans have mixed reactions to the sending off; others are saying that it’s the right decision while others claim that it’s a disgrace.

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Highest Paid Soccer Players of 2018

Unarguably, soccer is among the best-paid sports of modern days. This does not come as a surprise since millions of fans all over the world are crazy over soccer.

Being a professional soccer player has definitely some perks. Aside from the attention that they are getting from their fans, they are also paid hefty amount of money. The clubs and national teams earn big bucks from the jersey sponsorships and television rights fees and in return, they give their best players a fat paycheck. It does not shock anyone anymore that soccer players rank at the top of the top-paid athletes each year.

Recent FIFA 2018 World Cup has proved itself as one of the best platforms for the players to get a massive contract for the advertisements of various brands such as Adidas, Nike, Volvo and various other companies.  Continue reading to see the highest paid soccer players in 2018.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo


Earnings: $93 Million

Salary & Bonus: $58 Million

Endorsements: $35 Million

Being one of the greatest soccer players of all time means that Ronaldo is also the highest paid this year. He recently defeated Liverpool with his La Liga side Real Madrid which earned him the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo is holding the top spot of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with his $93 million earnings this year. Let’s not forget his lifetime deal with Nike which is worth 1 billion. Aside from his numerous endorsements, he also has his own line of fragrances, clothing and hotels.

  1. Lionel Messi


Earnings: $80 Million

Salary & Bonus: $53 Million

Endorsements: $27 Million

Leo Messi had high contribution on his team Barcelona in winning the La Liga this season too. No wonder he’s been given the name of ‘Magician’ of soccer.

His salary is $53 million and on top of that, he earned nearly $27 million from his endorsements. He also has a lifetime deal with Adidas which he just renewed last December. This endorsement contributes a significant part in his income this year.

Under the management of his agent Guillermo Marin, Messi has endorsements contracts with several industry giant like Gatorade, Huawei Technologies, Tata Motors and Adidas. His total income of $80 million placed him on the 2nd rank in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018.

  1. Neymar Jr.


Earnings: $37 Million

Salary & Bonus: $15 Million

Endorsements: $22 Million

Being one of the most marketable athletes in the world, Neymar gained much from his transfer deal worth from Barcelona to PSG. He holds the third spot in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with his total income of $37 million. He has personal endorsement deal worth $22 million and $15 million yearly salary from the French side.

He is also currently having endorsement deals with several giant companies like Gillette, Beats Electronics, Red Bull and Panasonic. Neymar is also the first soccer player to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers designed by the Swoosh. The future looks certainly bright for this 26-year old Brazilian.

  1. Gareth Bale

Earnings: $34 Million

Salary & Bonus: $23 Million

Endorsements: $11 Million

What makes Bale a common household name in the game of soccer is his aerial ability and brilliant speed. His unimaginable bicycle goal in the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool even made him a crowd favorite. He is also the first-choice winger for Real Madrid. His total income of $34 million this year made him grab the 4rth rank of this list.

He recently signed an endorsement contract with the Altitude, a Dubai-based training mask maker. He also has a deal with Adidas until 2020. He has several other deals with mega-brands such as Foot Locker, Konami and Nissan Motor. It won’t be surprisingly that he will surpass his previous market value this year.

  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Earnings: $32 Million

Salary & Bonus: $27 Million

Endorsements: $5 Million

He may have attitude and legendary temperament, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the highest paid soccer players in the world. In fact, he holds the 5th rank on this list.

He earned a total of $32 million this season. They signed with Nike for his shoe deal recently; however his other earnings dipped significantly this year due to the lack of any permanent boot sponsor.

He also has his own line of sportswear called A-Z or the Amateur Zlatan which they just launched recently. His current endorsement with the Volvo group also had a huge contribution to his fortune. But when compared with his salary, Zlatan’s sponsorship income went down significantly over the past few years.

  1. Wayne Rooney


Earnings: $23.6 Million

Salary & Bonus: $17.6 Million

Endorsements: $6 Million

Rooney holds the sixth place in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with his total income of $23.6 million this year.

Rooney’s market value rose a bit thanks to swap deal of Paul Stretford’s Triple S Sports Entertainment making him a free agent. As a matter of fact, majority of his endorsement income were earned through his deal with Nike. Though he recently made his announcement that he wish to retire after the FIFA World Cup 2018, he’s still considered as one of the highest paid soccer player.

  1. Luis Suarez


Earnings: $23.3 Million

Salary & Bonus: $17.3 Million

Endorsements: $6 Million

Luis Suarez is popular for his amazing striking ability. Since his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014, his marketability factor increased significantly. He earned a total of $23.3 million this year and a $6 million worth of endorsement deals. This figure is what made him to be on this list.

He signed a deal with ‘My Brand’ as their ambassador. He will also be launching his signature line of Sunglasses with shades manufacturer, Hawker. In addition, he also has sponsorship deals with PepsiCo and Adidas. This Uruguayan soccer star is definitely on the rise.

Other soccer players who made on the top 10 list are Sergio Aguero with a total earnings of  $22.6 Million, James Rodriguez with $21.9 Million total earnings and Paul Pogba with a total earning of $21.2 Million.

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Best Soccer Tournaments in the World

Some people are calling it soccer, others are calling it football. Regardless of what you call it, it’s undeniably that this sport has great influence all over the world. Every year, fans are looking forward to the tournament where their favorite soccer player could impress the world with their fantastic performances. All die-hard fans have “going to a major soccer tournament” as one of their bucket list.

We have round up the best soccer tournament all over the world and why you should not miss any, or all of them.

  1. The FIFA World Cup

Simply called the “World Cup”, this tournament is largest international soccer event in the world. Fèdèration Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, is the host of this tournament. This worldwide event attracts more number of fans than the overall Olympic Games.

The first World Cup was hosted in Uruguay in 1930 and the home team took home the first championship. Since then, World Cup has been played every four years, with the exception of World War II that prevented the championship. It rose as the world’s premier football event as it successfully overcame the obstacles of intercontinental conflict.

World Cup is not only burdened with international conflicts related to war; travel concerns between teams were also a big problem. International travel cost is not something to be taken lightly, considering how expensive plane tickets and tickets to the game are.

Thankfully, travel packages are offered in the FIFA website a year before the tournament begins.  You have to be quick though as they sell as hot as pancakes. Even with the early availability, these tickets sell out quickly. After you have secured your tickets, plan your trip carefully. The tournament lasts for a month, so even if the team that you’re rooting for did not make it, wouldn’t it be nice to see the competition through? Nothing explains the feeling of jubilation when you’re really there when the championship is bestowed to the number one team. Don’t forget to bring your country’s flag or color to show some patriotism.

What sets FIFA World Cup apart as the best world football event is its cultural symbolism. It symbolizes hope for peace and humanity; that despite the adversaries of international war and conflicts, there is one event that could put these issues in the background and unite for one goal. The World Cup represents diversity, peace and tolerance. Surely, it stands true to its name as a “world” event.

  1. Olympics Soccer

It was in 1908 that soccer was introduced in the Olympics as an official competition while women’s soccer joined the Olympics in 1928. In the early years, Olympics soccer was more for show than an actual serious competition and was only played by amateurs. But as the popularity of the sports rises, so does its stakes. To this date, soccer is one of the most awaited, viewed and followed sport in Summer Olympics.

Just like how you would want to carefully plan your trip to the World Cup, so does going to the Olympics. You should purchase your tickets one year in advance, and mind you, they are not cheap so you need to save beforehand.

You would also need to take into consideration the travel conditions between your home country and the host country. Attending the Olympics is less of a time commitment compared to the World Cup since it only last seventeen days. You need to schedule your time carefully as the events are often sprawled out in time and location.

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  1. UEFA Champions League

The Union of European Football Associations Champions League is a yearly continental club football competition played between the top-division European football clubs. Not only it’s the most prestigious club competition in European football, but it’s also one of the most prestigious athletic competitions in the world. The League plays all year; middle of July is when the first qualifying round begins and the final championship is held in late May of the following year. The League’s most successful club as of this date is Spain’s Real Madrid, with a total of 10 wins in the competition.

If you’re planning to go to the Champions League, it’s way much easier than going to the World Cup or Olympics. It runs nearly ninety-percent of the year so attending a game in your own home country is relatively easy. Tickets are still expensive and sell quickly though since the Champions League is the most prestigious in European football. It wouldn’t hurt if you plan and purchase your tickets in advance.

Europe is known for its passion and dedication in football. It’s a guarantee that you will see great talents in this tournament.

  1. UEFA European Championship

The UEFA European Championship or simply called “The Euros” is the primary football competition between the senior men’s national teams of the UEFA’s member countries. Its original name was UEFA European Nations Cup where the championship for the continental champion of Europe is determined. It happens every four even-numbered years, from the second week of June to the second week of July. To avoid conflict or overlap, it is scheduled between the World Cup tournaments. Two neighboring qualified European countries can co-host this tournament. Whoever hailed as the champion gets an added bonus of having the opportunity to compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Henri Delaunay, the French Football Federation’s secretary-general, was the one who made the proposal of a pan-European football tournament. It was only in 1958, three years after the demise of Delaunay,  that the Championship was made official. In his honor, the first tournament was hosted in his home country and the trophy was also named after him. The qualified teams expanded from eight to twenty-four in a span of fifty years.

As soon as the announcement of who will be hosting the tournament has been made, you should also start planning your trip. It’s a challenge to get the tickets since the event only happens in every four years. Just like with other tournaments, careful planning is needed.

  1. Copa America

Along with Europeans, Americans are also popular for being obsessed with soccer or football.

Copa America is an international men’s association football tournament hosted in the United States. It marked its centennial celebration last 2016. It is the oldest international continental football competition in the history of the sport which is what makes this tournament special. It is also the most prestigious football competition in the U.S.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Left Real Madrid for Juventus

If you’re like me, you would also think that Cristiano Ronaldo will spend the remainder of his career at Real Madrid. The world was shocked when an official announcement was released stating that will be leaving Real for a new career with Juventus.

Several questions came up with this announcement and one of the most common one is: Why is he leaving Real Madrid? What could be the reason why the Portugal star is transferring to Juventus?

Why Is Ronaldo Leaving Madrid?

Ronaldo is on the way to Juventus in a £105m move, with both Real Madrid and the Turin club confirmed that a deal for his transfer was agreed.

His ultimate reason for leaving is the feeling of not being wanted enough. Despite his nine glittering seasons with Madrid and fourth Champions League trophy in five years, his relationship with club president Florentino Perez is quite complicated.

It all boils down to this personal issue. It’s never an issue about how big the offer is. Though he could earn the same €30m net per year that Juventus is offering if he signed a new contract at Real Madrid, he wouldn’t be any happier since he feels not being wanted on his previous team.

A year ago, Perez said that he would give Ronaldo an increase. While he was waiting for an offer, Lionel Messi signed a new contract worth €41m net per year, Neymar is earning €35m net per year while Ronaldo is only earning €21m net per year.

Ronaldo did not also like Perez talking a lot about Neymar. When he won the Ballon d’Or, Perez said that Neymar needed to move to Real Madrid if he wanted to win the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo felt unappreciated and when he threatened to leave the team, he felt that Real Madrid didn’t try harder enough to stop him.

He wanted to leave but at the same time he also wanted Real Madrid to try harder enough in keeping him. It’s quite unfortunate that Real Madrid is willing to let him go. They want to have the finger of blame pointed to Ronaldo though so they want him to tell the public that he’s the one who wants to leave.

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What Is Next for Madrid?

After 450 goals in 438 appearances – including 44 in 44 last season – there is no doubt that the departure of Ronaldo would leave a gaping hole at Real Madrid. What’s their plan of reinforcing this hole?

The team needs to acquire a new Galactico in replacement of Ronaldo, but it will not going to be an easy task. The new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui was told that five new players will be added, however it is unlikely that there is a Galactico in this set of new players.

The plan has been designed in the last few months and it is said that Real Madrid’s attack would be Marco Asensio, Cristiano and Neymar. PSG is claiming though that they will never let go of Neymar.  Neymar’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe has also been linked with Real Madrid, with Eden Hazard being another reported prospect. With other targets like Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane being out of their reach, replacing Ronaldo does not sound as easy for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo’s Open Letter to Real Madrid Fans

Ronaldo wrote an open letter to Real Madrid fans explaining why he decided to leave the club after nine years. This letter was released by Real Madrid on their website:

“These years in Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life. I only have feelings of enormous thanks for this club, this fan base and this city. I can only give thanks to all of them for the love and affection that I have received.”

“However, I think that the moment has arrived to start a new chapter in my life and therefore I have asked the club to accept letting me leave. I am sorry it is like this and I ask all of you, especially our followers, to please understand me.”

“These have been nine absolutely marvelous years. These have been nine unique years. It has been an emotional time for me, full of consideration because Real Madrid takes the most out of you but I know very well that I won’t be able to ever forget that here I’ve enjoyed football in a completely unique way.”

“I have had on the field and in the dressing room some fabulous teammates, I have felt the heat of an incredible fanbase and together we have won three consecutive Champions Leagues and four in five years. Together with those I have the individual satisfaction of having won four Ballon d’Or and three Golden Boots. All during my spell in this immense, extraordinary club.”

“Real Madrid has conquered my heart and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thanks: thanks to the club, to the president, to the directors, to my friends, to all the coaches, doctors, physios, incredible workers that make everything function that are attending tirelessly to every detail.”

“Infinite thanks one more time to our fans and thank you also to Spanish football. During this incredible nine years I have played against incredible players. My respect and my recognition goes out to all them.”

“I have reflected a lot and I know that the moment has arrived for a new cycle. I am leaving but this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabeu  I will continue to feel as something that is mine wherever I go.”

“Thank you to everyone and, of course, like I said for the first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!”

This letter surely moved all of his Real Madrid fans. They have nothing but to wish him goodluck on his new journey with Juventus.

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Some of the Biggest Disappointments in World Cup 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup left us with so many great memories to cherish. Some soccer fans even think that this is the best World Cup so far.

Whilst it’s an overall successful and exciting tournament, there was no tournament in the history of World Cup that is void with disappointments or down moments. There may have been a lot of moment where we are left astonished or impressed, but let us not forget those moments when we almost smashed our TV screen in disbelief or anger. Those moments when you question all the Gods in sports heaven why the heck a certain player or coach did that.

Below are some of the biggest disappointing moments in the most recent World Cup 2018.

  1.   The Epidemic of Own Goal

The tournament so far has been marked by an unprecedented spike in own goals. The opening round of the World Cup has been loaded with upsets and own goals, with the latter having a high frequency that it may set a new tournament record.

Senegal pulled off a victory over Poland and Polish own goal early in the match is partially responsible for this. It was already the fourth of the World Cup though that owns goal was more of a deflection rather than a mistake from a defender.

There is no fun in own goals – they are awkward, embarrassing and often low-quality. The teams doing this are not obviously picky about things but the fans who are watching can be.

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The South American Football Confederation is packed with two traditional powerhouses in Argentina and Brazil plus a 2014 quarterfinalist in Colombia. They have five teams in the tournament; however it’s disappointing that they only have three wins thus far. Two of these winnings can be credited to Uruguay but they did not have to fight hard because their opposition was inferior. Third is Brazil’s late show against Costa Rica on Friday.

Argentina has yet to win a game and Peru is out of contention for the knockout rounds with a game to spare. South American confederation has work to do if they want things to turn around.

  1.   Goals from Open Play

Just as own goals were so prevalent, so do goals from set pieces too. As of June 19, out of the 38 goals in the tournament, 15 of them are from free kicks, penalties or corners.

It may not be a bad thing totally, but it could be an indication that teams are having a difficult time creating chances in open play and putting attacks together. Though there is a slight improvement but a total turn around would make things at least a little easier on the eyes.

  1.   Neymar

Neymar is one of the most popular names in the world of soccer. He is even considered as one of the greatest player. But based on the analysis of his performance in the most recent World Cup failed to meet the expectation of many spectators.

Sure, we don’t dismiss his score when Brazil beat Costa Rica but it was long overdue. He was incessantly fouled and never really got going in the tournament opener against Switzerland. We should not totally blame him for this incident but nuances like these don’t really matter.

People were expecting Neymar to lead a talented Brazilian squad to a World Cup but sadly that did not happen.

  1.   Germany

The German story may be one of the few World Cup disaster stories.

They won the competition in 2014 and breezed through qualification with a perfect record; they had certainly a strong arrival in Russia. A do-or-die game was set up against South Korea with a tense 2-1 victory against Sweden and 1-0 loss to Mexico. It was rather a death game when they slumped to 2-0 loss against South Koreans, matching their dire record of a first-round exit set in 1938.

Germany’s woes were an early sign that the 2018 World Cup was going to be the traditional powerhouses of football. Germany never lost to an Asian side before losing to South Korea. Their loss against Mexico was the first opening game loss since 1982 for Die Mannschaft.

It was never a surprise for German fans though that their team crashed out so early in the tournament. France (2002), Italy (2010), and Spain (2014) did not succeed in escaping their groups after winning the preceding competition.

  1.   Argentina

The cruise of Argentina in this World Cup tournament was turbulent. They were widely perceived to be the favorites after they finished as runners-up to Germany in 2014. They had an enviable squad just like Spain and there were plenty of motivation ahead of their opening match.

La Albiceleste were in damage control after 3-0 loss to Croatia and a 1-1 draw with Iceland. After these two games, it’s a must that they win the final group stage clash against Nigeria. And they were able to do so, much to the delight of their supporters. However, the joy did not last that long as they squared up against eventual winners France in the next round.

It was a classic World Cup outing in the end, ending 4-3 to the French after heroic performances from Benjamin Pavard and Kylian Mbappé. Supporters of Argentina take comfort in the fact that France was undoubtedly the hardest teams to play in the knockout rounds. It does not change the fact though that Argentina came up short in this competition.

  1.   Spain

There is no doubt that Spain needs to be labeled as disappointing. It was clear that the golden era of Spanish football has ended, as evident with their opening clash to the depths of extra time against Russia. La Furia Roja appeared sluggish and dull which is so far if you compare with his Euro 2008 performance.

The national team of Spain is still filled of promising athletes though. The likes of Sergio Ramos and David de Gea are constant favorites in international tournaments. The faith in Spain that they can reinvigorate themselves is never lost, as long as they can adopt a more modern approach to the game.

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FIFA Best Player 2018 Nominees

We may have just concluded the FIFA World Cup 2018 but football fans all over the world are now looking forward on who will make it to the FIFA’s ‘The Best’. Last year, we witnessed how Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar won his second award.

Since FIFA released their list of nominees, everyone has their own pick to vie for. Did your favorite player make it to the list of nominees? Will he get the award that most athletes are coveted of?

Below is the list of nominees and see how they stand in winning the title.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid / Portugal)


There is no doubt this Portuguese forward has ruled the Champions League. Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top goal scorer with 15 goals and Real Madrid won their fourth title in five seasons. Having a Champions League trophy on your hand will make you a world class player. Now imagine how legendary Ronaldo was when he lifted his fifth Champions League trophy.

He made a strong impression in the 2018 World Cup when he kicked things off with a superb hat-trick against Iberian rivals Spain. Portugal may have been knocked out by a much stronger Uruguay but Ronaldo finished with four goals.

His overwhelming popularity with Real Madrid fan makes him a strong contender in winning this award yet again.

  1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain / France)


Kylian Mbapp can’t be counted as a breakout star anymore, as evidence of his achievements in the past one-and-a-half years with PSG and Monaco. He had proven during the World Cup tournament that he’s here to stay and that he has international appeal.

It’s a big deal to be compared to the legendary Pele at such a young age but he has already been recognized as mirroring the career path of the Brazilian legend. Mbappe is following the lead of Pele as the first teenager to win the World Cup. Just as Pele, he also scored in the final.

He grabbed the Best Young Player award with four goals which includes the knockout punch in the final and a brace against Argentina. And let’s not forget his winning a domestic treble with PSG having scored 21 goals in the 2017/18 season.

  1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona / Argentina)


Lionel Messi may have bagged the best goal scorer in club football last season. Messi was a force to reckon with in La Liga, leading his team Barcelona into the championship. With his 12 assists (1st), 33 goals (1st), 174 successful dribbles (1st) and 84 chances created (1st), he sure does dominate the Spanish top flight.

A poor squad and an even poorer coach in Jorge Sampaoli disappointed his World Cup performance. Messi was successful in dragging them to the knockout stages but France was just superior in so many ways.

  1. Luka Modric (Real Madrid / Croatia)


If you really want to grasp Modric’s importance to Real Madrid, watch games when he is not present on the starting lineup. This European-trophy-winning machine has a strong presence in midfield.

Real Madrid is not an easy opponent, thanks to Modric’s passing range, skills on the ball and general ability to find space in crowded areas. Modric was also instrumental in making history when playing an advanced role for his country qualified for the final for the first time ever.

His goal nailed Argentina’s coffin while winning World Cup Golden Ball award can be credited to his all-round displays.

  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool / Egypt)


It seems like the Premier League record for most goals in a season can’t be broken for the longest time. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool) were the closest with their 31 league goals in a season.

But then Mohamed Salah came. Given his travails at Chelsea a few years ago, not many have strong faith with this Egyptian forward. But he was on a mission to prove his doubters wrong, and sure he did.

Liverpool scored 84 goals under Jurgen Klopp, with the trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmin and Mohamed Salah working wonders. Salah walked away with the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals. He also led the Reds to the Champions League final with 10 goals.

  1. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid / France)


He may not have gone home with the Golden Boot at the World Cup but Griezmann  was undeniably one of France’s best players with his 4 goals and 2 assists.

Nonetheless, he should be proud for leading Les Bleus to their second World Cup title. He was also a driving force in their Europa League campaign with 29 goals for Atletico Madrid. He was also one of the top goalscorers in the competition with six goals having taken part only in the latter stages of the tournament.

  1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea / Belgium)


Hazard’s season with Chelsea may not be the best. As defending champions, the Blues failed to qualify for the Champions League and finished outside the top four.

The team was clearly declining but Hazard was the gleam in the dark. By the end of the season, the Belgian had 4 assists and 12 goals. His goal saw the London side beat Manchester United 1-0 in the final which earned him an FA Cup winner’s medal. He said goodbye to his disappointing season and led the Golden Generation to the World Cup, and it was a successful campaign for the Red Devils.

No one can complete more dribbles than Hazard did – 40 successful dribbles at 6.7 per game – both tournament highs. His performances could even lead to a Chelsea exit with Real Madrid waiting to sign the Belgian talisman.

  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City / Belgium)

Thanks to Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City has broken records in the Premier League.

16 assists and 18 goals helped Manchester City in racing away to the Premier League title with a record haul of 100 points.

De Bruyne was being eyed for in the Player of the Year award but a certain Egyptian forward hit the form of his life. De Bruyne’s position may have been experimented at the World Cup but he still managed to provide an impressive delivery.

Click here for the full list of nominees of The Best FIFA Football Awards.

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Real Madrid in 2018 International Champions Cup

The cat is out of the bag.

Real Madrid had just made an announcement on who makes up their squad list for the three games they will play in the United States for the International Champions Cup. The team is on their way to Miami now.

Real Madrid Squad

Goalkeepers:  Casilla, Navas, Lunin and Luca.

Defenders: Vallejo, Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Odriozola, Theo, Quezada, Reguilón, Javi Sánchez, Sergio López, León and De la fuente.

Midfielders: Llorente, Kroos,  Isco, Asensio, Odegaard, Ceballos,  Seoane, Valverde, Feuillassier and Óscar.

Forwards: Bale, Benzema, Mayoral, Lucas Vázquez, Vinicius and De Tomás.

The pre-season stages include 32 men in the list. Theo Hernandez traveled with the team but he is expected to complete his loan deal to Real Sociedad in the upcoming days.  Carvajal and Ramos will meet the squad in the United States.

Fans are looking forward on what young players like Vinicius, Odegaard, Marcos Llorente or Ceballos will bring on the table during this pre-season. There is no doubt coach Lopetegui is paying close attention to them. This list is made up of players who have been working out in Valdebebas for two weeks. Bale is unquestionably the star amongst this group and Vinicius showcasing a promising potential.

Real Madrid Kick-off US tour in Miami

Real Madrid will have their first match of the season on Tuesday and this will be held in Miami. As Coach Julen Lopetegui’s  first opening season as Madrid coach, he hopes that his team will adapt well to his coaching methods on the ICC tour.

He expects that the team will utilize these preseason matches to build their form for the European Super Cup, where they will face Atletico Madrid for the first title of the season. The match represents the first of five trophies that he will face in his opening season.

The Los Blancos boss understands how important it is that he begins his Madrid career in a positive note; he knows a fast start can facilitate a more comfortable experience after the triumphant era of Zinedine Zidane on the bench. To get his team ready, he conducts training in Madrid as opposed to Montreal and have the key players rest from the World Cup.

The litmus test of the Lopetegui era will be on August 1st against Manchester United. August 5th will also mark their game against Juventus in Washington and Roma August 7th, at 2am in New York. From the Big Apple, they will return to Madrid for a one week preparation in an effort to grab their third consecutive European Super Cup.

2018 International Champions Cup

The 2018 International Champions Cup (or ICC) is the sixth edition of a series of friendly association football matches. It started on July 20 and final game will be on August 11, 2018.


The competition is made up of a total of 18 participating teams. Announcement of the participants was made in four waves on April 10, 11, 12 and 17, 2018. On June 18, Sevilla was replaced by Lyon in the competition.

         Nation             Team
England Arsenal
England Liverpool
England Chelsea
England Manchester United
England Manchester City
England Tottenham Hotspur
France Paris Saint-Germain
France Lyon
Germany Borussia Dortmund
Germany Bayern Munich
Italy Juventus
Italy Inter Milan
Italy Roma
Italy Milan
Portugal Benfica
Spain Barcelona
Spain Atlético Madrid
Spain Real Madrid



The announcement for the 22 venues for the International Champions Cup was made on April 13 and 17, 2018 but the venues were later increased to 23. 15 of these venues are in the United States while 1 venue is in Singapore and 7 are in Europe.

After Sevilla had to eplaced by Lyon, matches tha due to take place in Zürich and Warsaw have been canceled and replaced by matches in Faro-Loulé and London. Also, venues for the Chelsea matches have been relocated from Solna and Gothenburg to Dublin and Nice respectively.

Below are the 23 Venues for the 2018 ICC:

United States:

  • Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor) – Capacity: 107,601
  • AT&T Stadium (Arlington) – Capacity: 80,000
  • StubHub Center (Carson) – Capacity: 27,000
  • Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte) – Capacity: 75,525
  • Soldier Field (Chicago) – Capacity: 61,500
  • MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford) – Capacity: 82,500
  • Red Bull Arena (Harrison) – Capacity: 26,104
  • Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens) – Capacity: 64,767
  • FedExField (Landover) – Capacity: 82,000
  • S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis) – Capacity: 66,655
  • Rose Bowl (Pasadena) – Capacity: 90,888
  • Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia) – Capacity: 69,176
  • Heinz Field (Pittsburgh) – Capacity: 69,690
  • SDCCU Stadium (San Diego) Capacity: 70,561
  • Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara) – Capacity: 68,500


  • Aviva Stadium (Dublin) – Capacity: 51,700
  • Estádio Algarve (Faro/Loulé) – Capacity: 30,305
  • Wörthersee Stadion (Klagenfurt) – Capacity: 32,000
  • Stadio Via del Mare (Lecce) – Capacity: 40,670
  • Stamford Bridge (London) – Capacity: 41,631
  • Metropolitano Stadium (Madrid) – Capacity: 67,703
  • Allianz Riviera (Nice) – Capacity: 35,624


  • National Stadium (Kallang) – Capacity: 55,000


The schedule of match was initially announced on April 17, 2018 but was updated on June 18 after the replacement of Sevilla. There are a total of 27 matches, with each team playing 3 matches.

July 20, 201820:05 CDT

Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund

Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago


July 21, 201816:05 CEST

Bayern Munich vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Venue: Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt


July 22, 201816:05 EDT

Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund

Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte


July 25, 201819:05 EDT

Juventus vs. Bayern Munich

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia


July 25, 201820:05 EDT

Borussia Dortmund Germany vs. Portugal Benfica

venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh


July 25, 201820:00 EDT

Manchester City England vs. England Liverpool

Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford


July 25, 201819:05 PDT

Roma Italy vs. England Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego


July 25, 201820:05 PDT

Milan Italy vs. England Manchester United

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson


July 26, 201819:35 SGT

Atlético Madrid Spain vs. England Arsenal

Venue: National Stadium, Kallang


July 28, 201819:35 SGT

Arsenal England vs. France Paris Saint-Germain

Venue: National Stadium, Kallang


July 28, 201813:05 EDT

Benfica Portugal vs. Italy Juventus

Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison


July 28, 201820:05 CEST

Chelsea England vs. Italy Inter Milan

Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice


July 28, 201817:05 EDT

Manchester United England vs. England Liverpool

Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor


July 28, 201819:05 EDT

Bayern Munich Germany vs. England Manchester City

Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens


July 28, 201820:05 PDT

Barcelona Spain vs.England Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena


July 30, 201819:35 SGT

Paris Saint-Germain France vs. Spain Atlético Madrid

Venue: National Stadium, Kallang


July 31, 201820:05 EDT

Manchester United England vs. Spain Real Madrid

Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens


July 31, 201819:35 CDT

Tottenham Hotspur England vs. Italy Milan

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis


July 31, 201821:05 CDT

Barcelona Spain vs. Italy Roma

Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington


August 1, 201820:05 IST

Arsenal England vs. England Chelsea

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin


August 1, 201821:05 WEST

Benfica Portugal vs. France Lyon

Venue: Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé


August 4, 201820:00 CEST

Inter Milan Italy vs. France Lyon

Venue: Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce


August 4, 201818:05 EDT

Real Madrid Spain vs. Italy Juventus

Venue: FedExField, Landover


August 4, 201817:05 PDT

Milan Italy vs. Spain Barcelona

Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara


August 7, 201820:05 BST

Chelsea England vs. France Lyon

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London


August 7, 201820:05 EDT

Real Madrid Spain vs. Italy Roma

Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford


August 11, 201821:05 CEST

Atlético Madrid Spain vs. Italy Inter Milan

Venue: Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid

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The 2 Biggest Football Clubs in England


When a person thinks of soccer or football the first place that usually comes to mind is England.
With some of the biggest football star names known the world over and the clubs that made their names for them.
It also has some of the biggest football clubs around.  There are a number of factors that make the football club make this list like the actual size of the club, the wealth, supporters, its history and current league standing. 

The 2 biggest football clubs in England 

#1Manchester United 

Manchester United football club is based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester in England.It plays in the Premier League and is one of the top clubs in the league.
Their nickname is the Red Devils, the club was founded in 1878 where it was originally called the Newton Heath LYR football club.  It was not until 1902 that the clubs name was changed to Manchester United.
In 1910 that club moved from its old Newton Heath location to where it is currently located in Old Trafford.
The club won the 2017 Europa League, has won 20 top English titles and 66 trophies.
They have over 16 million Twitter followers and much more of other social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook.
They have a record signing of £89m for Paul Pogba which makes it a British signing record for clubs. 


Based at the Anfield football ground in Liverpool this club as founded on the 3rd June 1982 and has enjoyed being in the Football league for 125 years of its 126-year lifespan.
The club has won 5 European cups, 18 League titles, 3 UEFA Cups to name but a few of its outstanding achievements.
Although there have been a few major supporter tragedies in the club’s history it stands as one of the best and most formidable clubs in England.
Their nickname the Reds and they hail as one of the biggest clubs in the world football having fans from all over the globe. – Homepage


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The Top European Soccer Teams for 2018 competing for the UEFA Championship League

UEFA Champions League 

With the 2018/2019 UEFA Championship League qualifying rounds having kicked off on the 28th June 2018 fans flock to catch their favorite teams in action.
This will be the 27th season of the rebranded UEFA Championship League but the 64th season since the start of the Championships League in Europe.
The Competition proper is set to start on the 18 September 2018 in the wake of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  With the final match set for the 1 June 2019 marking a whole new season of exciting football to see who will take the title from the reigning champions Real Madrid.
It currently ranks third in the current UEFA club rankings but is the one to watch for the upcoming season. 

The top European Soccer Teams for 2018 

Real Madrid

This Spanish football club based in Madrid has been deemed as the most successful football club of all time.   In 2010 the club was recognized as the “FIFA Club of the 20th Century and getting the “FIFA Centennial Order of Merit” in May of 2004.
The club was also awarded the “Best European Club of the 20th Century” by the IFFHS in May 2010.
They made history in May 2018 becoming the first club to win back to back Champions leagues for three consecutive years.
They are the current reigning champions of the UEFA Champions Leagues and are the club to be in the 2018/2019 Championships. 

Bayern Munich 

Based in Munich, Bavaria, Germany this football club is the most successful football club in Germany to date.  This club has gone on to win eighteen national cups and a record-breaking twenty-eight national titles, the first one being in 1932.
They have the UEFA Champions League five times as well have been the runners-up for the championship five times.