Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday after Marc-Ander Ter Stegen put in another stellar performance in goal. The Germany international made a string of saves for the Catalan giants to pick up a clean sheet which extended the club’s unbeaten run to 17 across all competitions.
Speaking after the game, Ter Stegen was satisfied with the result which has seen Barcelona edge 10 points ahead of their Madrid rivals, who drew 0-0 in the local derby, he said: “We go home happy and satisfied with the result we’ve picked up this afternoon. [Leganes] pressed a lot, but we were always in the game and we knew what to do.” Continue reading “Ter Stegen labels Luis Suarez as ‘beast’”
Federico Valverde has already been creating a lot of waves in the Uruguay national team level after coming in with some impressive performances.
The 19-year-old was regarded as a top talent even when he was coming through the youth ranks at Penarol. This led to Real Madrid snapping up the youngster even as early as in July 2016. The youngster cost a reported € 5 million despite his age and he has been sent out on loan to Deportivo La Coruna in order to get first team action. So far, the teenager has been making a lot of good impressions after featuring in five appearances for Pepe Mel’s team.
Now, the youngster has received a lot of praise after playing a vital role in the 2-1 win over Paraguay in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. He came in with a commanding display against Paraguay and this was also his first appearance for the national team. The youngster managed to score his debut. He had featured in 24 appearances for the under 17 team and 15 games for the under 20 team in previous years. Continue reading “Federico Valverde Shines on His Debut for Uruguay”
Uruguay may be without Luis Suarez for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Paraguay.
However, manager Oscar Tabarez has decided to include the Barcelona superstar in the list of the players will be travelling for the match day. Uruguay need the assistance of players like Suarez in order to qualify for the World Cup 2018, as the national team has been left in a difficult position following the defeats against the likes of Peru and Brazil. Uruguay have lost the last five games in all competitions. As a result, the national team are just one point ahead of Argentina and level on points with Chile.
The South American World Cup qualification group consists of 10 teams with only for reaching the finals automatically. The fifth spot is awarded to the team if they managed to come through the play-offs. It is always a gamble and Uruguay are looking to avoid this position. Hence, the team needs the assistance of the best players in the squad in order to overcome the likes of Argentina and Paraguay in back-to-back games. Continue reading “Uruguay May Benefit from Luis Suarez for the Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers”
Uruguay and PSG striker EdinsonCavani will be missing the friendly game against Italy after injuring himself in the match against Ireland.
The Uruguay federation has revealed that the player has sustained a hamstring injury and that he will be out of the team.
The player sustained the injury on Sunday and was replaced after 10 minutes only. It appears that the player has undergone a scan and medical staff is still assessing the extent of the injury.
The Uruguay coach said that it was a shame to lose a player of EdinsonCavani quality and that they will have to look for alternatives for the game against Italy. He said that he was looking to test a new system in the team and that he would have love to have his complete team at his disposal.
He said that he was happy with the way some players have performed against Ireland and he feels that the team is becoming better. He said that it was a friendly game and that fans should not pay attention to the scoreline. Continue reading “Cavani to miss friendly”
Ghana international Asamoah Gyan has heaped praise on the physical attributes of Cristiano Ronaldo, who bagged his second consecutive Champions League crown with Real Madrid. However, the striker still believes Lionel Messi is a divine talent, whilst he hasn’t been able to rule out a Ballon D’Or for Uruguay’s Luis Suarez sometime soon.
The former Manchester United forward was initially criticised for his lack of impact at Los Blancos, but he put on a real shift in the backend of the season as deliver key goals in their La Liga and Champions League triumph. Continue reading “Gyan on FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees”
South American heavyweight Uruguay take on Italy for the first time since the 2014 World Cup where the game was known for all the wrong reasons.
Luis Suarez had bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, only to deny that he had fallen on the centre-back while chasing the ball.
Footage later showed that Suarez was guilty of committing the offence, and he was charged with a four-month ban across all competitions during the 2014/15 season. Uruguay and Italy have now clashed since the 1-0 victory on that day, but the nations will meet in an international friendly this weekend.
Surprisingly, both Suarez and Chiellini could miss the clash due to respective reasons, and the focus will be on the playing field rather than distractions between the two players. Suarez suffered a hamstring niggle prior to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey triumph over Alaves, and this has ruled him out for the international friendlies during the season break.
Meanwhile, Chiellini only recently completed the full 90 minutes for Juventus in the 4-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, and he could be offered a rest alongside partner Leonardo Bonucci with coachGian Piero Ventura likely to opt for an experimental squad.
Both Uruguay and Italy have shined in the previous editions of the World Cup finals with the Azzurri winning the showpiece event back in 2006 while Uruguay controversially reached the semi-final stage of the tournament four years later.
Italy are currently placed in their World Cup qualifier group behind Spain, and they may have to contend with the playoffs unless they bag a surprise win over the former champions. Meanwhile, Uruguay are not fully assured of automatic qualification with just two points separating them from Argentina, who are occupying the inter-confederation playoff. The likes of Luis Suarez and Cavani will be key towards Uruguay’s World Cup hopes when they restart their campaign next season.
Continue reading “Uruguay Take On Italy for The First Time Since 2014 World Cup”
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has revealed that the team was hurt following their heavy defeat against Brazil.
He said that this was a major disappointment as they were expecting a much better performance from the team especially given the fact that they were playing at home.
The coach said that football could be a funny game as you may be expecting a kind of result and get exactly the opposite.
He said that it was a damaging result morally as they were expecting a much better performance from the team. However, he admitted that the players picked themselves up remarkably and managed to get back to winning ways.
Oscar Tabarez said sometimes such defeat are blessings in disguise as it allows you to gauge yourself as a team and to find out where you need strengthening. Continue reading “Uruguay hurt after defeat”
The President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez has said that he hopes the national team meet the hosts Russia in the World Cup final.
Russia are hosting the biggest football tournaments in the world next year. President Vazquez is dreaming of a near impossible – Uruguay vs Russia at the final.
“The World Cup will be held here next year and I hope that the final match will see the national teams of Uruguay and Russia,” the president said in Moscow during his visit to President Vladimir Putin.
In response, Putin said: “Uruguay is not a very big country but it was the first to become the world champion. I have no clue what your secret is about, but perhaps it can be rooted in the quality of Uruguayan meat and milk, which your footballers are nourished with.” Continue reading “URUGUAY PRESIDENT HOPE THEY PLAY RUSSIA IN WC FINAL”
La Liga champion Barcelona are reportedly seeking to sign another Uruguayan Diego Nicolas De La Cruz.
Their gamble with Luis Suarez has turned out to be an amazing one. The Nou Camp outfit might take another gamble on Diego as the 19-year old keeps making headlines.
De La Cruz is currently one of the most promising youngsters in the football-rich nations. He is not tall but makes up for it in his technical capacities and pace. There are reports that the Catalan giants might spend as much as €8 million to lure the player during the summer.
Continue reading “BARCELONA WANT ANOTHER URUGUAY PLAYER”
There are scenarios where two parties come together and leave us wondering if they are going to end up well.
Most of Italy international Mario Ballotelli’s transfers throughout his career so far have left fans with such thoughts. The moves to Milan and Liverpool after a glaringly poor personality records at Inter Milan and Manchester City triggered bewilderments, puzzles and mouthing of “what the hell?”
Continue reading “BARCA-SUAREZ MARRIAGE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN EXPECTED”