Chelsea FC Lose to Real Madrid: News, Notes, Facts and Fun

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Real Madrid totally dominated Chelsea FC in the first half today, making the entire second half essentially “garbage time.” The Blues didn’t really have many scoring opportunities and failed to bring much of a presence in the final third. Meanwhile on the other side, Madrid’s Marcelo was essentially the man of the match, scoring twice in the first half.

Yes, it was just a preseason friendly, but there are a few takeaways that we can make from this game at Michigan Stadium (The Big House) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. 

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Liverpool Lose GK Loris Karius for 8-10 Weeks

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German goalkeeper Loris Karius, brought over to Liverpool from Mainz in 2016 broke his hand in Wednesday night’s 1-0 friendly loss to Chelsea. In other words, the Reds lost more than a meaningless preseason exhibition to the Blues late night at the Rose Bowl. They also lost a man who could possibly be the starting #1 this season.

Karius will fly home Friday, per the Liverpool Echo. He is expected to undergo surgery on his right hand and miss 8 to 10 weeks.

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Zlatan’s “Big Ego” Good for Manchester United Says Jose Mourinho

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a huge ego? REALLY? No way! You’re kidding, right? I thought all humble, grounded people refer to themselves in the third person and pen best-selling autobiographies titled “I am Zlatan.”

All joking aside, Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has said that the big mercurial Swede’s healthy sense of self-esteem is great for the club.

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Nine Manchester United Players who are Reportedly Leaving

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Bastian Schweinsteiger, who announced his retirement from international competition yesterday, is the biggest name of the eight Manchester United players who are reportedly leaving the club. Jose Mourinho has brought in three players- Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Paul Pogba, the fourth, appears to be imminently on his way. Thus, a clearout is set to follow.

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Chelsea FC First Team Players Fail American Culture Quiz (Video)

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When it comes to knowledge of the United States of America, the Chelsea FC first team is extremely lacking. Matt Miazga is the first American to ever play for Chelsea, and he has a nice long season ahead of him to get his teammates better edified on American basic history.

That’s good because there’s a ton of work that needs to be done. Check out the video the club posted on YouTube, entitled “Red, White and Blues.” You’ll have a good laugh Thibaut Courtois, Pedro, Eden Hazard and more blatantly fail the USA test.

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Chelsea FC vs Real Madrid Preview Nuggets and Tidbits

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Chelsea FC takes on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh, a local deity, will be there; probably. Here’s a link to more on that. 

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

That definitely will not happen today. There is a lot of buzz about this match, but it doesn’t come close to matching the 2014 hype.

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Jim Harbaugh Likely Attending Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Won’t Pick Side

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On Saturday, Chelsea FC will take on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh will be there; probably.

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger Announces International Retirement

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is perhaps the most fun name to say in all of sports. That’s not an understatement; I really mean that. The Manchester United and Germany midfielder announced his retirement from international competition today. The 2016 European Championship semi-final versus France is the end of the line for the Captain of Die Mannschaft.

He made the following posting on his Twitter account a few hours ago

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Making Manchester United Debut Tomorrow

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Now a member of Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had offers from clubs all over the world this summer. Once his Paris Saint Germain contract expired, his agent Mino Raiola was taking calls from multiple teams in multiple countries.

United is the perfect fit for him, and tomorrow night we’ll get to see him make his debut in his bright new red United shirt.

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Paul Pogba Having Manchester United Medical, Claims ESPN FC

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Every summer, transfer rumor stories circulate within the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. For certain transfer rumors, there’s a new story every single day from every single outlet, about the same player going to the same club. It really becomes overkill as the media bangs you over the head with the same proposed transfer deal every day.

It’s summer 2016, which means it’s now time for your daily “Is Paul Pogba coming to Old Trafford or not?” update. Luckily for all of us, it seems to be wrapping up now.

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Liverpool Third Kit Unveiled; Twitter Dislikes Its Brightness

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When the Liverpool FC third kit was first leaked, it was not met with a ton of positive response. Some supporters believed that the club might actually change their mind about the third kit given that 1.) they seemed to be taking so long to officially and unveil it and

2.) they had to be aware of the unfavorable response it was getting.

Well, unfortunately for that group of people, their fears have now unfortunately been verified.

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Jurgen Klopp Scoffs at Idea of Man United Spending £100m on a Player

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According to the London School of Economics, Liverpool FC are the eight most valuable football club in the whole world. Forbes ranks the Reds news as the 41st most valuable sports franchise on the planet. With such lofty status comes extremely high expectations for winning and winning with brand name players.

Or at least signing big names in the summer transfer window. Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t see it that way however.

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