Juventus vs. Monaco match preview: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch the Champions League semifinals
With a 2-0 win in the Principality, behind a Gonzalo Higuain brace, Gigi Buffon and Juventus return home to Turin to take on Kylian Mbappe and Monaco in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals. Juventus are looking to return to the Champions League Final for the second time in three years, their last appearance being a 3-1 loss to Barcelona in Berlin in 2015. Black and White and Read All Over has the match preview and everything you need to know ahead of the big match.
Staying in Italy, the Italian Football Federation may be in trouble with FIFA after their punishment of Pescara’s Sulley Muntari for walking off the pitch when being racially abused against Cagliari. FIFA President Gianni Infantino says that he will also be speaking to Muntari about the incident, and blamed “idiots everywhere“ for the incidents of racism.
In November, a tragic plane crash killed 19 players from Brazilian club Chapecoense as they were on their way to compete in the Copa Sudamericana Final. That same club just won their first trophy since the crash, defending its Santa Catarina state league title on Sunday. On Thursday, the team will play against Atletico Nacional in the Recopa Sudamericana Final. The Recopa Sudamericana is played between the champions of the Copa Liberatores and the Copa Sudamericana, and Chapecoense was awarded the Sudamerican trophy after the plane crash.
In case you missed it, an Iranian man who bears a striking resemblance to Lionel Messi walked around the city of Hamadan with a Barcelona #10 jersey, and actually had to be taken in by police because of the massive amount of people who wanted to take a picture with him. I’d be willing to bet he doesn’t have the same jersey collection that Messi does, though.
Jermaine Jones, midfielder for the LA Galaxy, has a grade 2 MCL Sprain, and that could have a major impact on his career and the teams that he plays for at age 35. Ryan Rosenblatt of Fox Sports goes through what this injury could mean for the Galaxy as they continue to struggle, the USMNT as they look toward the future, and for Jones himself.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger, amid another season of rumors that he may leave the club, has said Arsenal will not hire a Sporting Director as long as he is managing the club. “I'm the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I'm manager of Arsenal Football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front. And that's it.“ Arsenal are at risk of missing out on the top four for the first time under Wenger, and CEO Ivan Gazidis has said changes will be made after some bad losses in 2017.
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