[ ニュース ]
- Soccer-Perisic criticises Croatian FA after Pjaca injury (Reuters)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:32:08 PDT Croatia winger Ivan Perisic criticised the country's FA chief Davor Suker for picking "lesser rivals" as opponents after his team mate Marko Pjaca suffered a season-ending knee injury in Tuesday's 3-0 friendly defeat in Estonia, local media reported. Juventus forward Pjaca returned to action in January from a lengthy layoff and the Croatian Football Association said the damage to his cruciate knee ligaments would require surgery and several months of rehabilitation. "The pitch we played on is unworthy of professional football and there is no point in arranging matches of this kind," Perisic was quoted as saying by Croatia's Index website (www.index.hr) on Wednesday.
- Soccer-Ibrahimovic happy at United as contract talks continue (Reuters)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:12:57 PDT Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing his time at the Premier League club and is in talks to extend his contract, saying he "never leaves a job unfinished". In November, manager Jose Mourinho said United planned to extend his initial one-season deal by another year but according to media reports Ibrahimovic wants a two-year contract. Ahead of the league game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, the Swede told reporters: "I enjoy... I go in, I go for the kill and I go out.
- Juventus winger Pjaca out for rest of season with injury (The Associated Press)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:12:52 PDT TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Juventus winger Marko Pjaca will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
- Down and nearly out: Dutch soccer in decline (The Associated Press)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:57:07 PDT
Halfway through its qualifying campaign for the 2018 tournament, the Netherlands -- a finalist and semifinalist at the last two World Cups -- is hunting for a new coach and facing an uphill battle to qualify for Russia. The previous coach, Danny Blind, was fired Sunday, the day after his team lost to Bulgaria 2-0 in Sofia. With five matches to play in Group A, the Netherlands is in fourth place, six points behind leader France and three points adrift of second-place Sweden.
- Bundesliga relegation battle tense with half league involved (The Associated Press)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:53:57 PDT BERLIN (AP) -- With only six points separating half the teams and the relegation zone, this season's Bundesliga relegation scrap is one of the most exciting in years.
- Soccer-Ranieri still shocked by Leicester sacking, but holds no grudges (Reuters)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:26:29 PDT Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who defied 5000-1 odds to lead the team to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, has said he is still stunned by his sacking last month. The 65-year-old Italian lost his job after a nine-game losing streak that left the club hanging one point above the relegation zone. Since his departure, Leicester have won all four of their matches to move six points above the bottom three and reached Europe's Champions League quarter-finals.
- Lopetegui off to promising start with Spain's national team (The Associated Press)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:59:19 PDT
Julen Lopetegui is proving to be a worthy replacement for Vicente del Bosque. The Spain coach, unbeaten since taking over Del Bosque's job in July, has quickly put the national team back on track as a top European contender. Spain has won six of its eight games under Lopetegui, the latest a convincing 2-0 victory over France on Tuesday in Saint-Denis in a friendly.