In their dominant phase from 2008-12 Spain had great talent all through the team. Iker Casillas was the captain and star goalie, they had a combination of Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, and Carles Puyol at the back. They had arguably the greatest ever midfield pair in Xavi and Andres Iniesta. But Spain also had great forward play from Fernando Torres and David Villa. This version of Spain have a solid goalkeeper, a defense that is still good if not a little on the older side, and another crop of very talented midfielders. But they have gotten inconsistent forward play from Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa, both who have struggled this year for various reason. Morata started off the season well but has dealt with injuries and a loss of form in the second half of the season, and Diego Costa is still coming into form after sitting out the first half of the season after a dispute with his former club Chelsea. If Spain are going to go far in the World Cup they will need good forward play from one of those two players.
It’s never a good thing when your coach and arguably your best player do not get along, and that seems to be the case right now with Manchester United, where Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho are in the midst of a half-season long feud. Pogba is now being dropped or starting on the bench for crucial matches in United’s season. Pogba has struggled with injuries and form, but it feels like there is more at play here than just Pogba’s performance on the field. So how does this all play out? It’s unclear. Mourinho just signed an extension at United, so it would be tough to see him leaving anytime soon, and with Real Madrid interested he might be inclined to sell Pogba in the summer. On the other hand, it’s easier to find another Jose Mourinho than it is to find another Paul Pogba. With an aging squad, and United still finding their style under Mourinho, what happens with Pogba will be key for what Manchester United become going forward.
Now that David Beckham’s MLS Miami team has officially been announced, work shifts to getting the stadium location confirmed, and getting the front office together, and then obviously getting the roster of players. Now rumors are coming out that the first coach for the Miami Beckham team could be one Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti has been rumored to be in the running for the Italy job, as well as the Chelsea and Arsneal jobs should those become available. However Beckham and Ancelotti are close, and he is said to be the top target for Beckham to be the coach for this team.
Always nice when a celebrity shows up to an MLS game, and over the weekend Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor most famous for playing Thor in the Marvel movies, took in the Vancouver Whitecaps game vs. the LA Galaxy on Saturday night. Hemsworth was in Vancouver filming a movie, and had previously attended a rugby match at BC Place. Hemsworth was presented with a personalized Whitecaps jersey for the occasion. Unfortunately for the Whitecaps, Hemsworth does not appear to be good luck, as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
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