Atletico Madrid overtake Barcelona, Bayern Munich in UEFA rankings

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The latest official list published ahead of the 2017-18 season sees Atletico ahead of third-placed Barca, 4th-placed Bayern & 5th-placed Italian Champions Juventus.

Real Madrid, who beat Atletico in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, as well as retaining the trophy by defeating Juve 4-1 in the 2017 decider, top the table with a coefficient of 151.799.

Here is the top ten:
1 Real Madrid – 151.799
2 Atlético Madrid – 133.799
3 Barcelona – 128.799
4 Bayern Münich – 122.656
5 Juventus – 119.049
6 Sevilla – 109.799
7 Paris Saint-Germain – 103.249
8 Borussia Dortmund – 95.656
9 Manchester City – 94.363
10 Benfica – 87.783

Paul Pogba pushes reporter into swimming pool in LA during interview

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paul-pogba-manchester-united_3761354Paul Pogba proved he is always up for a laugh, as he pushed a reporter into a swimming pool while she was wearing a dress.

The Manchester United midfielder has been in Los Angeles as the rest of Jose Mourinho‘s squad have flown over the West Coast for pre-season training.

The Frenchman has been hanging out with Romelu Lukaku, ahead of the Belgian striker’s £75million move to United being confirmed in the next 48 hours.

And the ESPN FC reporter was clearly ready to risk a dry frock as she challenged the pair to a game of rock, paper, scissors.

When she lost, Pogba, 24, cheekily pushed her into the swimming pool.

United’s squad are set to meet up in the next 24 hours, with Pogba and Lukaku joining Mourinho’s troops in Los Angeles.

Chelsea to offer Real Madrid 80 million euros for Álvaro Morata

chelsea_fc_thumbChelsea are preparing an offer of around 80 million euros for Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata. This potential move to the Premier League champions now looks like the most likely exit strategy for the player after Manchester United splashed out on Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku.

All seemed so different just a week or so ago with all conversations pointing at a move to Old Trafford for the young Spaniard – and this has not yet been ruled out as José Mourinho has let one of the club’s most prolific goalscorers leave and last season’s top marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also on his way to yet another new chapter.

According to AS sources involved in the Morata operation the London club will submit a bid of close to 80 million euros, including all variables, to Real Madrid in the next few days.

The Spanish and European champions, however, are still hoping to be recompensed with 90 million euros for the services of the young man that only returned to the Spanish capital a year ago after impressing at Juventus.

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Neymar: I could join Manchester United… or Eibar!

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The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League side for much of the past 18 months, despite having signed a new five-year contract last October.

The forward’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, claimed last September that he had been tempted by offers from United and Paris Saint-Germain, who were reportedly ready to pay a transfer fee of up to €190million.

Neymar has admitted that he cannot guarantee his long-term future but offered something of a tongue-in-cheek response when asked where he could potentially move.

“Who knows what will happen tomorrow?” he said after the Neymar Jr’s Five event. “I’m very happy for now, very well adjusted. But anything can happen, who knows.”

Asked if he could go to United, he replied: “Yes… or Eibar!”

The 25-year-old had earlier stated that he believes 2017-18 will be the most important campaign of his career.

 

Where The FIFA World Cup 2026 Will Be Hosted

 

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hinted the 2026 World Cup could be held in North America. Goal reports.

The competition last went to the continent when the United States hosted the 1994 tournament.

The president also plans to discuss the expansion of the World Cup to 40 teams – an idea he supports – and the potential for multiple nations to share hosting duties at October’s meeting of the FIFA Council.

“There is, I would say, no limit to whatever is good for football,” Infantino said. “We will see, but it’s true that CONCACAF did not have the World Cup for a long time.

“For the moment I think everything is open. My opinion on the 40 teams has not changed.

”We have seen it again at the Euros in France with eight more teams, what kind of enthusiasm this generated in many, many countries.

 

 

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Ex-Barca Star Giuly Recalls How a 16-Year-Old Lionel Messi Would Destroy His Teammates in Training

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 31: Leo Messi (L) and Ludovic Giuly of Barcelona during the match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna of La Liga at the Camp Nou stadium on March 31, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.

Former Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly has recalled the first time he was dazzled by Argentine star Lionel Messi during a training session in Catalonia.

The 40-year-old, who currently plays for French amateur side Monts d’Or Azergues, claims that a 16-year-old Messi ‘destroyed’ Barcelona’s stars during training with his ‘incredible’ skill.

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Giuly spent three seasons at the Camp Nou, winning five trophies including the Champions League in 2006.

He then moved on to Serie A side Roma before moving back to France to join PSG, winning domestic cups at both clubs.

But it was at Barcelona where the Frenchman made a name for himself, playing alongside the likes of Messi, Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o in one of the most successful club teams of all-time.

And Messi, who was just breaking through the ranks at Barca during Giuly’s spell in Catalonia, went on to emulate his early success, winning no less than five Ballon d’Or awards in the following years.

It will come as no surprise to Giuly, who told Sport: “Messi was only 16, but he destroyed us all in a training session. They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, but he didn’t say anything.

“He just got up and kept on playing. Every play he made was dangerous. It was incredible.

“He would dribble past four players and score a goal. Even the team’s starting centre-backs were nervous.

“They would go in hard on him, but he took it in. He was an alien. He killed us all.”

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Hulk Hogan Praises AJ Styles On Eric Bischoff’s Podcast, Says He Is Going Through “Titan Training”

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan recently appeared on Eric Bischoff‘s third part of his interview with Hulk Hogan. On the latest episode of “Bischoff On Wrestling”, Hogan discusse AJ Styles, and his “Titan Training” and more. Here are some highlights

When asked by Bischoff if he agrees that WWE is good at putting “that final polish” on a character, Hogan said, “I do. We call it ‘Titan Training.’ The weirdest thing is it’s like when my daughter used to sing and when she was doing shows all the time. She sang in front of 300 people. There was a labor of love there. All of a sudden when she got in front of 3,000 people, or in Daytona in front of 100,000 people at the raceway, it gets easier the more people you get to perform in front of. Such as guys that come from the independent scene and wind up inWWE.

“Of course, it’s more taxing with how much you have to wrestle and how much you have to be on as far as TV appearances and other stuff they have you doing outside the wrestling ring. At the end of the day with that big machine up there, the production and the buildings sold out it actually gets easier. While AJ is getting his ‘Titan Training’ right now he’s really going to be able to relax. When you’re on TV and you’re in the main event of the PPV there’s a certain amount of, ‘I have to have my act together.’ There’s a certain amount of tension. That also comes with also being able to relax a lot more. You perform better when everything is already done for you. The lighting, the entrance, the building is already sold out… you already know it’s going to be there when you get to the ring.”

 

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  • Birthdate: 08/11/1953 (age 63)
  • Height: 6’7″
  • Weight: 302 Ib

Hogan enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1980