Real Madrid separates from Lopetegui – Conte cancels!

To the humiliating final chord, Julen Lopetegui was once again allowed to “lead” the training of Toni Kroos and Co., then the unsuccessful coach of Real Madrid was dismissed less than 24 hours after the embarrassing 1:5 in Clasico at the arch-rival FC Barcelona on Monday evening as expected.

To everyone’s surprise, however, the troubled Champions League winner did not present former Italian coach Antonio Conte as his new coach. Instead, reserve coach Santiago Solari is to lead the royals back on the road to success as interim coach. the 42-year-old will lead the training for the first time.

With Lopetegui’s dismissal, who only took on the legacy of the highly successful Zinedine Zidane in the summer, the Spanish record holders said they wanted “to change the dynamics of the first team, as all the season’s goals are still achievable,” and stated: “There is a disparity between the quality of the staff nominated for the Golden Ball with eight players – something that has never happened before in the club’s history – and the results to date.”

Lopetegui, according to the Spanish media, said goodbye to the team at Camp Nou on Sunday evening. The omnipotent club president Florentino Perez had left the scene of the debacle so angrily that he decided not to go to the obligatory cabin.

The fact that Lopetegui appeared the next day for “farewell training” (Marca) did not change the fact that his days at Real were numbered. His end and Antonio Conte’s commitment were to be decided at the directors’ meeting on Monday evening. But only one of these plans was put into action.

In the afternoon, according to the well-informed sports magazines AS and Marca, Conte was in opposition. Accordingly, the 49-year-old had cancelled the Royal at the last minute. The proud disciplinary fanatic disliked how his approaching appointment had been received by influential parts of the Real team.

You deserve respect, you can’t force him,” captain Sergio Ramos explained, “The way a coach deals with the cabin is more important than his expertise.” Club saint Jorge Valdano also criticised Conte’s authoritarian approach. Now someone else will have to lead the Champions League winner back to his old strength.

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Five defeats in the past seven games, ninth place in the league behind Alaves, Levante, Valladolid or Getafe, and seven points behind Barca were unacceptable for the proud Perez.

The Clasico was “the last shovel of earth” on Lopetegui’s grave, wrote the AS. “Madrid was a disaster,” admitted midfielder Casemiro. “The situation is shitty,” Ramos said, “We support the coach to the death, but the decisions are made on top.” Isco said, “You have to throw us all out, not just the coach.

Lopetegui was not Perez’ first choice to succeed coach Zidane. Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri, Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann – they were all contacted in vain before he snatched Spain’s national team’s success coach from them. Critics say Perez destroyed the Seleccion and Real within four months.

It’s not just Julen’s fault,” headlined the Real house magazine Marca on Monday – a clear reference to the president. He sat on the misbelief that he could do without goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo. While CR7 scored for Juventus Turin, Real scored only four goals in the recent seven games, a total of 21 in 14 – eight less than last season. “My son’s 50 goals were stolen,” Lopetegui’s father Jose Antonio complained about the Ronaldo sale. DreuckGlueck can choose between classic slot machines.

On Wednesday in the first leg of the sixteenth-finals of the Copa del Rey at third division UD Melilla Solari will celebrate his debut. According to the regulations in Spain, an interim coach can only be responsible for a maximum of 14 days. He must then be replaced by a permanent solution – or himself promoted to boss.


Debacle instead of turn: Storm at 0:5 against Larnaka without a chance

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Sturm Graz missed the hoped-for turnaround in the qualification of the European Football League. Coach Heiko Vogel’s team lost 5-0 to AEK Larnaka in the third round return match, leaving the runners-up to the Cypriot club with an overall score of 7-0.

Larnaka – The European Cup season of soccer runner-up Sturm Graz is already over after four qualifying matches. After the failure against Ajax Amsterdam in the qualification for the Champions League, the Cypriot representative AEK Larnaka proved to be too high a hurdle on the way to the play-off of the Europa League. After the 0:2 in the home game, Sturm went away on Thursday into a 0:5-(0:1) debacle.

Ivan Trickovski scored three goals for Larnaka (8.,67.,80.). Jorge stayed cool with a penalty kick (65th). The substitute Thierry Taulemesse (86th) also scored. This meant that Sturm, who had to make do with a man less than Sandi Lovric (repeated foul play) after about one hour after yellow-red, was able to take the next low shot instead of the hoped for turnaround.

Tricky scenes for the referee team

The hosts took command from the first second. After four minutes the technically experienced attackers made it too complicated, Apostolos Giannou flanked a bit too far. Heiko Vogel’s team never managed to create anything like suspense at any time and fell behind early on. Trickovski turned around Tobias Schützenauer after eight minutes, who replaced the battered Jörg Siebenhandl in the goal, and scored the 1-0.

In the direct countermove Sturm came to the only noteworthy offensive action before the break. The compensation by Thomas Schrammel did not count because of a supposed offside position of Raphael Obermair (10th). It should not remain the only tricky scene that the Italian referee team around Paolo Valeri had to evaluate.

However, the other two scenes benefited the Grazers. In the 36th minute Trickovski’s second goal was disallowed because of an equally questionable offside decision. The referee was definitely wrong in the 41st minute, when he withheld a penalty from AEK after a bump from Markus Lackner and instead showed Giannou the yellow card for a goal scored with his upper arm (41st). The Spanish coach of Larnaka, Andoni Iraola, was banished to the stands after heavy criticism of this decision.

Ivan Trickovski  Honours 

Club 

APOEL

  • Cypriot First Division
    • Winner: 2010–11
  • Cypriot Super Cup
    • Winner: 2011

Al-Nasr

  • UAE President’s Cup
    • Winner: 2014–15
  • UAE Arabian Gulf Cup
    • Winner: 2014–15

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Highest defeat

After the side change Sturm showed timid offensive efforts. After a nice action over Peter Zulj and Raphael Obermair Tono Ramirez was on the post (55th). Two minutes later, Philipp Huspek, who had been substituted for the break, won on the outer lane, Markus Pink, who was well-placed, shot past the goal (57th).

But then the game finally tilted. At first, Lovric saw the yellow card twice within eight minutes (51., 59.). Shortly thereafter, the home side scored in a double strike. Schützenauer foul Giannou in the penalty area as clearly as unnecessarily. Jorge turned with a Schupfer elegantly (65th). Trickovski then duped the storm defence after a long pass (67th). Vegas Hero Casino has a separate page filled with some superb regular promotions.

In the final minutes, Captain Trickovski’s third goal and a tug-of-war against an inferiore Sturm-Elf ensured the highest defeat of a local club against a team from Cyprus.


Ronaldo gives “Old Lady” and Series A a new shine

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The Juve guest appearance at Chievo on Saturday opens the new Serie A season. Anything other than the eighth title in a row for the Turin team would be a sensation.

Rome – The transfer of world footballer Cristiano Ronaldo from Champions League series winner Real Madrid to Juventus Turin has given Italy’s Serie A a huge boost. But the starting position has changed practically nothing before the season starts this weekend. Anything other than the eighth title en suite for “Juve” would be a sensation. But the big goal of Ronaldo and Co. is of course “Triple”.

“I’m only interested in winning all the time.”

Four times in a row the “vecchia signora” (“old lady”) from Turin has conquered the “double”. This season, which will open on Saturday evening with the Juventus guest appearance at Chievo Verona, will also see the first Champions League win since 1996. “I’m here to shape the club’s history. I’m only interested in always winning and always giving my best,” Ronaldo made it unmistakably clear during his presentation.

The rather older Juventus fans felt reminded of 1982 last Sunday. In the traditional test match against their own youngsters, which, as every year, took place in Villar Perosa outside Turin, the birthplace of Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli, Ronaldo played for the first time in the jersey of his new employer, who, according to his own statements, hired him for 112 million euros. The atmosphere was the same as 36 years ago when Michel Platini made his debut for Juve at this internal club highlight.

With the signing of France’s superstar, Serie A became the best and – as they said in Italy – most beautiful league in the world in the 1980s. For more than a decade, everything that had rank and reputation played in Italy. Serie A dominated European football at the time, led by Juventus and AC Milan. History will not repeat itself to this extent, but the transfer of the superstar Ronaldo has suddenly brought the Italian championship back into the spotlight of the world public.

Just a few days ago, a lucrative TV contract was signed with the potent US channel ESPN. This would have been unthinkable without the five-time world footballer Ronaldo. The transfer coup, which will cost Juventus a total of 350 million euros over the next four years, including wage payments, has also spurred on the competition of the record champion. For the first time, the 20 Series A clubs have exceeded the one billion euro mark for new commitments.

Nevertheless, the gap between Juventus and the first challengers SSC Napoli – with new coach Carlo Ancelotti – and AS Roma is likely to have widened as a result of Ronaldo and AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci returning after just one season. Since 2013, with one exception, these two clubs have always been in second and third place behind the Turin team in alternating order. Their hope is that the focus on winning the Champions League might mean that Juve will fail to win the 35th national championship.

Luciano Spalletti Honours

Manager
Empoli

  • Serie B Promotion: 1996–97
  • Serie C1 Playoff Winner: 1995–96

Roma

  • Coppa Italia: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2007

Zenit

  • Premier League: 2010, 2011–12
  • Russian Cup: 2009–10
  • Russian Super Cup: 2011

Individual

  • Serie A Coach of the Year: 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Panchina d’Oro: 2004–05

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Inter looks up, Milan looks for himself

Inter Milan have also set their sights high. The Chinese owners have strengthened the team of coach Luciano Spalletti, as the blue-black team will play in the Champions League for the first time in seven years. And Serie A will see Inter finish among the top three for the first time since 2011.

City rivals AC Milan, on the other hand, are still in a phase of self-discovery after their second change of ownership within 15 months. But because the new sporting leadership is formed by the highly decorated former stars and club icons Paolo Maldini and Leonardo and the Argentinian top scorer Gonzalo Higuain has been hired by Juventus, the fans of the “Rossoneri” are also euphoric. Nevertheless, the young Milan team are only regarded as outsiders to one of the four Champions League places. Dr. Vegas Casino has some great offers for their players.

Austria’s only Serie A legionnaire is U21 team striker Arnel Jakupovic, who is under contract to Empoli. In the spring, the goalscorer played on loan for Juventus Primavera, the serial champion’s U19 team. At Empoli, the 20-year-old will probably only be used in the junior team for the time being.