Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone said that star striker Antoine Griezmann could leave the club in the summer. Long rumored to be a transfer target of Manchester United, Griezmann has been a prolific striker for the past few years. Griezmann is the latest in a line of Atletico Madrid star strikers, with both Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao having recently done well for Atletico Madrid before securing big money moves elsewhere.
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger joined MLS club Chicago Fire earlier this week, moving from Manchester United to the Chicago club. He signed a one-year deal with a mutual option for a second, which will make him one of the 10 highest paid players in MLS. Schweinsteiger is one of the most accomplished players of his era, and will bring leadership and experience to a Chicago Fire team seeking to find its way back into the playoffs.
Alexis Sanchez may be ready for Chile’s World Cup Qualifying game vs Argentina after suffering an ankle injury in his last game for Arsenal. Chile and Argentina sit 4th and 5th in CONMEBOL standings respectively, with the top four being automatic qualifiers, and whoever finishes 5th would have to go win a two-leg playoff to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. This is an incredibly important match for both countries, and Chile will be desperate for one of their best players to be fit for the game.
Atlanta United has gotten off to a flying start so far in their debut MLS campaign. Much of the praise has deservedly gone to Josef Martinez, and Miguel Almiron for their attacking prowess and relentless drive. Dirty South Soccer’s Joe Patrick explains that one of the more unsung important players so far has been Julian Gressel.
Mohammed Anas was named man of the match of his South African league game over the weekend, but off the field he made a huge blunder, thanking both his wife and girlfriend in his post game interview. Anas immediately realized his mistake, but by that point it was too late. I’m guessing Anas will be sleeping on the couch for the foreseeable future.
Spanish clubs have undeniably dominated the UEFA Champions League over the last few years. Last year’s final was an all-Spanish affair between Real and Atletico Madrid, and overall Spanish clubs have won the Champions League the last three years. In a recent interview, Sir Alex Ferguson argues that domination of European football is cyclical, and that we might see a change soon as superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo reach their twilights of their careers.
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