Archives for July 2017

Free Agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic Would be “Amazing” in MLS Says Brian McBride

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The future of larger than life Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains a mystery. Ibrahimovic has been consistently linked with a move to L.A. Galaxy while he continues his rehabilitation at Manchester United’s training facilities. The L.A. Galaxy’s signing of Villarreal’s Jonathan dos Santos last week likely rules them out now as an Ibra landing spot.

Zlatan led United in scoring by a very large margin last season, but tore up his knee towards the end of the UEFA Europa League competition. He is expected to return late this calendar year or perhaps in early 2018, but word is that he’s ahead of schedule with his rehab. United Manager Jose Mourinho has made remarks that, if you read in between in lines, imply that the door is open for an Old Trafford return.

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Nemanja Matic to Wear #31, Previously Worn by Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Manchester United officially announced the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea today, and his new number, #31, was pervasive in announcement imagery. United Manager Jose Mourinho mentioned the number in his statement, and the club’s official Twitter account put the numerals front and center as well in their Tweets.

Maybe there’s not really much to be read into that. On the other hand, perhaps there is a deeper meaning.

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Nemanja Matic Officially Unveiled as New Manchester United Player

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The transfer of midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea to Manchester United is now official. The Serbian was formally unveiled as a member of the Red Devils on Monday. After passing his medical yesterday, and agreeing to personal terms, he’ll now wear #31 for the club, and will likely make his debut for United in the Super Cup August 8 against Real Madrid in Skopje, Macedonia.

The #31 was left vacant when the previous incumbent, another midfielder in Bastian Schweinsteiger, was sold to Chicago Fire in March.

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Daley Blind, Phil Jones Disciplined for Violating UEFA Doping Protocol

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Manchester United defenders Daley Blind and Phil Jones have been disciplined by UEFA for violation of the association’s doping regulations. There is no implication that either player has engaged in doping activity, at all, but the infractions stem from the players’ violation of the sanctioning body’s regulatory protocol.

Blind has been fined 5,000 Euro, while Jones was hit with a two match ban. Additionally, the club itself was fined 10,000 Euro.

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Ander Herrera Knows United Must Improve to Be Title Contenders

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera was one of the team’s most valuable players last season, and certainly one of the best, most consistent performers. He’s a good gauge of where the team is at as a whole, as the Spaniard has adopted a leadership role with the club. In public speaking opportunities, he often voices his opinion on what level he thinks the team is at, and how far they need to go.

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Matt and Laura Vandeberg Starting Iowa Football Marriage Trend

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The story of Iowa Hawkeyes football power couple Matt and Laura Vandeberg is a very familiar one. Football player at a glamor/ skill position dates cheerleader. Then comes a marriage proposal on the field right after a game. Cheerleader then breaks into broadcasting, working as a host.

You know these types of tales, and this specific one received extensive national media coverage.

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Jose Mourinho Refuses Response to Antonio Conte’s Dig at Him

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This past weekend Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte brought up Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho in a press conference, and it wasn’t flattering. Mourinho had a disastrous 2015-16 season, his last campaign of his two spells at Chelsea.

Conte said he hopes his team, the reigning Premier League champions, don’t have the kind of season we saw two years ago when Mourinho’s Chelsea went from winning the league by a very large margin in 2014-15 to hovering just above the relegation zone in December when Mourinho was sacked.

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Sports Franchises Further Embracing the Tech World

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As sporting event attendance lulls more and more teams are looking for additional ways to communicate with their fans and keep them engaged while they aren’t watching a game at the stadium.

By Justin Weinger

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Marouane Fellaini is Staying, Says Jose Mourinho Amidst Galatasaray Rumors

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This weekend brought reports that Manchester United are due to hold talks with Galatasaray early next week to negotiate a deal for Marouane Fellaini. However, the big Belgian started and scored the opening goal in United’s 3-0 win over Valerenga in a preseason friendly.

After the match the Manchester United manager confirmed that was Fellaini was staying, and that reports of a deal to move the midfielder were just rubbish.

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Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte React to Nemanja Matic Transfer Reports

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The future of Nemanja Matic is one of the top trending topics in the football universe today amidst reports that the Serbian is on his way from Chelsea to Manchester United. Reports claim he is undergoing his United medical today and could be announced as the Red Devils’ third summer signing by tomorrow.

In his most recent media opportunity, Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte brushed aside a query on this topic.

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Nemanja Matic Reportedly Having Manchester United Medical

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According to multiple reports, Manchester United and Chelsea have agreed on a deal for midfielder Nemanja Matic. Reportedly, an agreement has been reached with the player scheduled to undergo his Old Trafford medical Sunday, and then be officially announced on Monday. Some outlets claim the deal is worth £40 million.

Matic has been linked with a Man United move all summer, but supposedly United’s swooping in to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku soured relations between the two clubs, and made the prospects of a deal much less likely.

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Alvaro Morata Must “Improve His Condition a Lot” Says Antonio Conte

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Newly acquired striker Alvaro Morata has a lot of room to improve his conditioning said Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte following a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan in their final exhibition friendly of the Asia Tour. The now former Real Madrid man is nowhere near mid-season, in regards to condition, says Conte.

“Morata is starting now and he has to improve his condition a lot,” The Italian said in describing the £60 million acquisition made earlier this month. “He is working very well and has been with us only five days. Today, he tried to do his best, but for sure, he has to improve.”

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