They did it again, as Real Madrid are headed to their third consecutive Champions League final, after a massive blunder from Bayern Munich’s Sven Ulreich lead to a goal that was ultimately decisive in the tie. The shame is that Ulreich, while not regarded as a particularly capable goalkeeper when Manuel Neuer went down with a long-term injury, has played well this season for Bayern, largely putting the concerns about his abilities to rest. But in the biggest game of the season, there was one play that made the difference and it ultimately cost Bayern a shot at the Champions League. Real Madrid, meanwhile, are still alive for an unprecedented third straight European crown.
According to the Associated Press, the Italian Federation is in talks with current Zenit Head Coach Roberto Mancini to name him the next manager of the Italian National Team. The Azzurri missed the World Cup for the first time in 60 years in a playoff against Sweden, under the management of Gian Piero Ventura. Roberto Fabbricini, commissioner of the FIGC, said Mancini said he was “open to leaving his job with Zenit St. Petersburg to become head coach of the national team.” Italy has been under the direction of U-21 manager Luigi Di Biagio since the firing of Ventura.
Former Real Madrid and Brazilian forward Ronaldo says Neymar will not move to Madrid this summer, but also did not rule out a future move for the most expensive transfer of all time. Reports have suggested that Madrid may pursue Neymar over the summer for as much as €400 million, but Ronaldo says that is not a move for this summer.
“[Neymar] joined PSG recently for a big fee, and I don’t believe PSG need money. So even if Real Madrid make a very big offer, it won’t change their minds.
”At the moment, I think it’s impossible for Neymar to play at Real Madrid. Maybe in a few years. He is still young, but at the moment, impossible. I believe he likes it in Paris, he wanted a change [from Barca] and knew what was going to happen.”
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