Liverpool have signed midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for a fee of up to €50million (£43.7millon).
The 24-year-old Brazilian will likely replace Emre Can, who is expected to leave with his contract expiring, and play the number six role as midfield anchor in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
After the deal was announced, Fabinho said: “I am really excited about this move.
“This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.
“A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over.
“I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’d be able to win titles.’’
Giroud Feels “Satisfied”
Olivier Giroud declared himself satisfied on a personal level after matching the records of two French legends during Monday’s 2-0 friendly win against the Republic of Ireland.
Giroud won his 72nd cap to equal the appearance haul of Michel Platini, while his opening goal saw him pull level with Zinedine Zidane on 31 for the national team.
Nabil Fekir scored France’s second in a match they totally dominated in Paris, and the only frustration for Didier Deschamps will be that his side did not score more goals.
“It’s satisfying on a personal level, even though I did not have many opportunities tonight,” he told TF1. “I felt good in my legs, even if we could not quite finalise our efforts during this match.
“I will remember especially the very good mindset and the very good start we made. We showed a lot of character, the desire to impose our game.
“We knew their qualities but we were sure of ours too. That’s good, but we can improve. We could have been more dangerous, scored more goals, but in any case I think we had a lot of fun tonight.”
The European Judo Union has criticised Sergio Ramos’s tackle on Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final, insisting that such a takedown would not be allowed in their sport.
Ramos and Salah locked arms during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, with the Spanish defender ultimately pulling his Egyptian counterpart to the ground.
Salah dislocated his shoulder in the scuffle, and was forced off the pitch in tears with the score at 0-0, thus throwing his participation in the World Cup into serious doubt.
So divisive has the tackle been, fans have set up a petition calling for Ramos to be punished, which currently has over 300,000 signature while an Egyptian lawyer has launched a €1 billion (£873m/$1.2bn) lawsuit against the centre-back.
And now another sport has weighed in on the controversy, the European Judo Union insisting that Ramos’s move would be deemed illegal in their circles.
“Waki-gatame is a dangerous technique,” they wrote on Twitter. “That’s why it’s not allowed in Judo to use for transition to ne-waza. What do you think about this foul yesterday evening in the #UCLFinal between #RMALIV.”
FIFA Urged To Postpone World Cup Till Bendtner Recovery!
A petition has been filed on change.org to delay the World Cup until Nicklas Bendtner is declared fit for the tournament.
The Danish striker pulled up with an injury for Rosenborg on Sunday, and it’s claimed he’ll be absent for his national side in Russia.
The brilliant petition created by Soccer Memes reads: “Earlier this week, Rosenborg striker Nicklas Bendtner came off injured with tears in his eyes vs Brann Bergen.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic once said the World Cup is no World Cup without Zlatan which is obviously horse sh** because they’re still holding it without him. But a World Cup without Nicklas Bendtner is downright blasphemous.
“We are not unreasonable. We understand that injuries are commonplace in football and that Bendtner is only human. So what we propose is not canceling the World Cup but merely delaying it until such a time that Nicklas Bendtner is able to compete in it.
“We are also open to the idea of enforcing a rule that would see all players forced to play on one foot (whichever one Bendtner did not injure) so as to allow him to compete.”
‘’I’ve said it from the time I saw him in the youth team – he’s got a massive future ahead of him. He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps going the way he is, he’ll set the world alight.’’
Marcus Rashford has the potential to “set the world alight” and will be a key player for England at the World Cup, according to Manchester United and England teammate Ashley Young.
Did You Know?
Germany striker Miroslav Klose is the top scorer in World Cup history, with 16 goals spread across four tournaments (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).