Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara believes that worldwide striker Luis Suarez should have been on the FIFA Ballon d’Or award shortlist and it is a major travesty that he has not been included in the three man shortlist.
Newly crowned Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently assumed post for a second consecutive term.
Even though he came into the role midway through the term following the departure of Sandro Rosell, Bartomeu has established himself firmly in the minds of the Barcelona faithful. This largely could be down to the immense successes that the club had last season under the regime of Luis Enrique.Bartomeu was the one who took the punt on Enrique despite having seen the former Barcelona captain fail at previous coaching roles like at Roma.
Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez claims that the dismissal of striker Edinson Cavani in the recent quarter-final match against Chile has left him with a bad taste in the mouth.
The Paris St Germain striker is seen as one of the important players in the team despite not having been a regular goal scorer like Luis Suarez. He was booked twice in the game against Chile and received the marching orders just into the second-half. Uruguay were level 0-0 with Chile at the time of his dismissal and they never really recovered to reach the semifinals.
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan is credited with rediscovering the passion within Uruguayan football after almost single-handedly guiding them to the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup.
Forlan was one of the best players in this tournament, but it also marked the start of his decline. The 35-year-old has no longer been able to compete with the younger names like Luis Suarez to be named in the squad. This was clearly evident from his absence in the latest squad announced by manager Oscar Tabarez for the friendly matches against Monaco and Guatemala.
Since the appointment of Oscar Tabarez as the head coach of Uruguay, the South American team has been enjoying going through fairly impressive campaign at the international stage.
During the 2010 World Cup, Uruguay managed to claim the top spot of their group which consisted of: South Africa, France, Mexico and Uruguay. The team of Oscar Tabarez reached the semi-finals of this competition after claiming victories over South Korea and Ghana before eventually being knocked out by Netherlands.
Former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has confirmed that Luis Suarez was in tears after the final whistle against Crystal Palace.
This game ended in a 3-3 draw for the Reds and it effectively ended their title hopes.
Luis Suarez’s name is there in the Uruguay squad that has been selected by the boss Oscar Tabarez for the two forthcoming friendly games.
Suarez has not been seen in action in any competitive game for some time because of the ban which he had been handed for his misbehaving act in the World Cup.
He is close to finishing his ban period now as far as the club football is concerned, but, he still has to wait for some more time to feature in any competitive international fixture.
Oscar Tabarez has been the manager of the Uruguayan national football team since 2006 and he knows just about everything that goes around concerning his players. The 67 years old manager has gone out to the media stating that the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona did not surprise him at all as he went on saying that it was a move that was already being worked out back in November of 2013.
The Uruguayan superstar, Luis Suarez, has said that the criticism that he has received in the English media in the recent past and the statements made by the England boss Roy Hodgson about his class as a player inspired him to bring out his ‘A’ game against England at Arena de Sao Paulo the other day.
Suarez, single handedly, won the match for Uruguay that day. He was in the league of his own. He found the net a couple of times, once in each half, and almost knocked the Three Lions out of the tournament.
Uruguay will be one of the opponents for England in the group stages of the World Cup 2014. Ahead of this competition, Uruguay defender Diego Godín says that Roy Hodgson’s men should not only be concerned about in the form of Luis Suarez, but plenty others as well. Suarez heads into the World Cup after a remarkable year in which he is certain to finish the season as the top scorer in England. He could in fact challenge the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the European Golden Boot award.