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Xabi Alonso completes move to Bayern Munich

The transfer fee for Alonso, who will ink a two-year deal with his new club Friday after undergoing an obligatory medical Thursday, is reportedly in the region of €10 million.

Xabi Alonso is officially the latest player to leave Real Madrid.





Alonso held a press conference Friday morning to bid his farewells at Real Madrid. The entire conference can be viewed here, but below are a selection of quotes from the Spanish midfielder, including a remark about making the move for a new challenge and not because of Toni Kroos's arrival at the Santiago Bernabéu.

On his time with Real Madrid:
You always see it one way from the outside. You then go inside and you realise how big it is and how important it is. It is the world's biggest club and it has such a history for a reason. It was a sense of pride and privilege to be part of this club. The Bernabéu is very special and my memories will be eternal. I'm now just another fan.


On Real Madrid's current squad:
Real Madrid have secured a top player in Kroos. We would have both played a lot. It's not an angry reaction, it is much more mediated. I had the confidence of the club and manager here. It continues to be a squad that is even better than last year's.

I'm sure they'll fight for everything. It's a top side with world-class players all over the park. They have compensated well with the new arrivals.
On a new cycle at Real Madrid:
After winning the Décima, I feel that a new cycle is starting at the club, and that I too should need a new one. I wanted to be honest with myself and with the club and to know when is the time to say goodbye.
A new number will also be in store for Alonso at the Allianz Arena.



Manchester United appoint Sohail Rehman as new coach

Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in England and in the world, have time and again made ground breaking signings over the past couple of decades. They have shown class with yet another inspirational signing now.

The Red Devils have hired a new staff member in Sohail Rehman, who has become the first ever wheelchair-bound football coach at professional level.

Pakistani-origin Sohail Rehman makes history after being hired as first wheelchair bound football coach in the world by Manchester United, the giants of the Premier league.
He said: "When the chance to play was taken away from me I think it was the only option I had really. I could watch the game but I always wanted to do more than watch it. I did it all the way up to college and then once I got to college they said to me you know so much about sports why don't you do sports. I decided to take them up on that and do sports and then gradually through the sports development course at college I decided to take my FA badges and then basically got into it full time. It's a dream come true to coach Manchester United team."

History: Manchester United hired Sohail Rehman to become an academy coach on Thursday.
He becomes the first wheelchair-bound coach to coach able-bodied players.
Manchester United make inspirational new signing



“Big thanks to David Moyes,” Sohail told the Telegraph and Argus. “I did a coaching session at United and after that he was basically saying how impressed he was with me. He wanted to get me on board with the club – he started everything off.”



A United spokesman said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sohail to Manchester United, his determination to reach a unique role in football is an example to us all.



“In the face of great adversity Sohail has shown that hard work and determination counts for everything in overcoming obstacles. Since coming to the training ground, everyone at Manchester United has welcomed Sohail with open arms.”



Club legend Nicky Butt said: “It is an amazing achievement and speaking to him he comes across as a young man who knows what he wants to achieve.



“It is magnificent now that he will be sharing these great qualities with young players of the future and I am sure they will be inspired by all that he has achieved.”



The 22-year-old Yorkshire bloke has been signed to specifically  work with the club’s academy.



We all know how the class of 92’ progressed through the ranks at United and young Rehman aspire to be progress like them.



In fact, he dreams big. His role model is none other than the great Sir Alex Ferguson and he wants to secure the top spot at Old Trafford someday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has donated his Golden Boot worth €1.5 million to a cause of supporting Palestine children.

The Portuguese forward and one of the worlds best players has raised the money from the sale of his Golden Boot trough his club’s charity foundation which will dedicate the funds to schools in Gaza following an auction.

The Arabic site of the club’s network has revealed this information.

cristiano ronaldo gold Cristiano Ronaldo donated his Golden Boot worth €1.5 million ?!

The money of selling the Golden Booth which Cristiano Ronaldo has earned in 2011 and gave away will be dedicated for the funds to schools in Gaza.

Rumour or not,we will know soon much more,but still,this is not the first time that Cristiano Ronaldo donating the Palestine Chlidren.

According to various reports, Foundation of Real Madrid until now has helped to build 167 schools in 66 countries.

Last year on November 20th of 2011 at auction of Real Madrid Foundation which was dedicated to raise funds to schools in Gaza,Ronaldo has sold the most of his sports shoes.

Cristiano so far was and a donor..


FIFA 15: Lionel Messi Announced for Cover of New Video Game

Lionel Messi might have lost the 2014 World Cup, but being on the cover of one of the most popular sports video game franchises in the world is comparable, right? The Argentine star was announced as the FIFA 15 cover athlete on Monday, per the game's official Twitter account:

The 27-year-old is fresh off a World Cup in which he helped Argentina reach the final and won the Golden Ball:


As usual, EA Sports will have different covers for a few different regions across the globe, but Messi will feature prominently on every separate edition. According to IGN's Evan Campbell, this is the third year in a row in the FIFA series in which the Barcelona attacker has earned the honor. Messi was also on the cover of FIFA Street.


The FIFA series has generally been hailed by fans year in and year out as one of the best sports games on the market, so it's of course appropriate that the cover boy is one of the best players in the world. Having Messi on the cover is essentially a statement from the game's developers that they believe nobody can touch their product.

Some of the new features for this year's edition include "Emotional Intelligence," which means players will be reacting to in-match events in real time, and "Living Pitch," which will show pitch degradation and grass/mud stains on player's uniforms.

A major overhaul isn't completely necessary considering the quality of FIFA 14, so a few tweaks here and there should keep the franchise going strong.

FIFA 15 will be released on all major platforms on September 23 in North America and September 25 in Europe.

Man Utd To Sign Di Maria And Hummels In Sensational Double Deal

Manchester United are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Angel Di Maria and Mats Hummels as part of an outrageous £75million double deal.

United have locked and loaded in the last two weeks, with new manager Louis van Gaal directing operations from the World Cup in Brazil.

Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have already been bagged and now the Guardian reports that Di Maria and Hummels could be next through the door.

Di Maria has apparently asked to leave Real Madrid this summer and despite interest from PSG, United want to close a £45million deal for the winger ASAP.

The club also hope to wrap up a transfer for Germany star Hummels, with talks ongoing with Borussia Dortmund over a deal which could eventually be worth £30million.



The Old Trafford lot want all new signings secured quickly, as Van Gaal is keen to get his revitalised squad working together quickly.

This is Europe's top 10 youngsters and stars of the future 18-20 years

Europe's top 10 youngsters and stars of the future 18-20 years

1 : PAUL POGBA, JUVENTUS, 20


 2 : JULIAN DRAXLER, SCHALKE, 20


 3 : ROMELU LUKAKU, CHELSEA, 20



 4 : ADNAN JANUZAJ, MAN UTD, 18



 5 : RAPHAEL VARANE, REAL MADRID, 20


 6 : FLORIAN THAUVIN, MARSEILLE, 20


 7 : GERARD DEULOFEU, BARCELONA, 19


 8 : MARQUINHOS, PSG, 19


 9 : LUKE SHAW, SOUTHAMPTON, 18


10: KURT ZOUMA, CHELSEA  19


TRANSFER NEWS : Chelsea sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

Cesc Fabregas has completed his transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona, the Spain midfielder has announced in a statement.

 

The 27-year-old is currently in Brazil with the national squad but has put pen to paper on a deal that sees him return to England after leaving Arsenal for the Nou Camp in 2011.

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona!


He is believed to have signed a five-year contract for a fee in the region of £30million.

With Barcelona having failed to win any silverware last season and the appointment of Luis Enrique as the new head coach, Fabregas was allowed to leave Spain and he revealed that Chelsea was his preferred option from those who had made their interest known.



"I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice," he said.

"They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing."

Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed 3 wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team.

I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for me to return. Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn't meant to be. I wish them well in the future.

I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing.

It was extremely important to me that this transfer was completed before the World Cup so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy.


FABREGAS SIGNS FOR CHELSEA

The 27-year-old has joined on a five-year contract and will wear the no. 4 shirt.

He said: 'Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team.

'I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return.

'I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing.'


Fabregas - new Chelsea signing


A versatile, technically gifted midfielder, Fabregas has acquired a wealth of experience from playing in two of the strongest leagues in Europe and representing the most successful Spain international side of all time.

Comfortable operating as an attacking midfielder, he can also perform in a deeper role, and on the international stage he has been used in wide areas, as a second striker or, on occasions, as a 'false no.9'.

Fabregas arrives at Stamford Bridge following a three-year spell at Barcelona during which he helped the Catalan club win the La Liga title, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.



He is no stranger to the Premier League having enjoyed an eight-year spell with Arsenal prior to moving to Camp Nou.

His time in north London was an important period in his development, during which he made the transition from being a young, inexperienced player to arguably the most important member of Arsenal's squad.

However, with some of the biggest clubs in Europe chasing his signature, his departure from the Emirates was almost inevitable, and so it proved when he returned to the club that had nurtured him.

Born near Barcelona, Fabregas joined the Barça academy at the age of 10 but having flourished in their youth sides, he left his boyhood club and moved to Arsenal in 2003 at the age of 16.

With his first season in England one of adaptation, he began to make his mark during the following campaign, and at the end of the season he started the FA Cup final as Arsenal beat Manchester United on penalties in Cardiff.

Patrick Vieira's departure to Juventus afforded Fabregas the opportunity to establish himself as a regular in midfield and he grabbed it with both hands, shining en route to the Champions League final in 2006 where Arsenal were beaten by Barcelona.

At the end of the 2006/07 season he was nominated for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards as well as being named in the 2006 UEFA Team of the Year.

Aged 20, he was again nominated for both PFA awards at the end of the following campaign, winning the Young Player of the Year prize, as well as being named in the Premier League Team of the Season.



In 2008 Fabregas took on the Arsenal captaincy and, buoyed by the responsibility, added goals to his game on a consistent basis before moving back to Barcelona in the summer of 2011.

After making his debut in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid, he scored his first goal for the Barça first team in a UEFA Super Cup victory against Porto, before netting on his La Liga debut, a 5-0 win over Villarreal. He later scored six goals in a four-game period, including one in a 3-1 victory away at Real Madrid, as well as finding the target in the FIFA World Club Cup final, a 4-0 win over Santos.

Fabregas featured in both legs of the 2012 Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, when the Blues came out on top to secure a place in the Munich final, and he scored his first Barcelona hat-trick the following season against Mallorca, Barça finishing that campaign as champions of La Liga. There was little doubt Fabregas had played a pivotal part in their success with 11 goals to his name.

His third and final season at Barcelona promised much for long spells but ultimately Gerardo Martino's side ended the season with the Spanish Super Cup to their name.



Fabregas started both legs of the Champions League quarter-final as Barcelona were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Atletico Madrid, and played an hour of the Copa del Rey final, a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid. He also started the La Liga title decider against Atletico before being replaced by Xavi with 13 minutes left to play, his final appearance for the club.

At international level, Fabregas has represented Spain at every major tournament since the 2006 World Cup when he was just 19, winning three trophies along the way.

After an impressive Euro 2008, in which he scored a decisive penalty against Italy in the quarter-finals, it was he who supplied the pass from which Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final.

At Euro 2012, another triumphant campaign for Spain, he scored the winning penalty in a semi-final shoot-out against Portugal as well as starting the final, a 4-0 win against Italy.

He is in the squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and you can monitor his progress here on the official Chelsea website.




NEW SABAHAN WONDERKID ACHIEVE - CARDIFF CITY'S CLUBGOTM APRIL 2014 WINNER

Cardiff City congratulations to 13 year old Roudell Enel Tan, who has won our April edition of #ClubGOTM.

Roudell from Sabah in Malaysia scored his impressive goal on tour in South Wales, playing against a Cardiff City under 13 development team for 1MCC. It was a game the visitors went on to win with the youngster netting a hat-trick.

Roudell was one of 2,722 young Malaysian hopefuls who experienced training and playing during three weeks of activities under the 1MCC-Astro-Kem Bola project.





His goal received a massive 59% of the vote via our Cardiff City Wall, beating the likes of Juan Cala and Rhys Healey to land the top spot for April.




Cardiff City previous winners this season:

Pre-season - Craig Noone (First team)
August - Tai Gee-Wing (Soccer Schools)
September - Jordon Mutch (First team)
October - Lee Price (Futsal)
December - David Tutonda (Academy)
January - Tom Burridge (Academy)
February - Eli Phipps (Academy)
March - Tom Coles (EPC)
April - Roudell Enel Tan (1MCC)

The #ClubGOTMcompetition prides itself upon being globally unique, to an end that Cardiff City FC is the only Football Club worldwide to film each level that compete under the Club’s crest, uniting them in one single competition.

Candidates for the award come from all (TEN) of the Bluebirds many teams including the First Team (of course), Development, Academy, Ladies, Futsal, Down's Syndrome Active and Disability teams.

An impressive number of goals are scored every month...and we film themall!

Look out for our Club Goal of the Season competition which will be launching of our Official YouTube channel next week.

The 1MCC philosophy of “Football for All” is aimed at providing a platform for youngsters to realise their potential through football.

Done Deal! Fabregas agrees to Chelsea move

Cesc Fabregas has agreed a deal to join Chelsea

Sources close to the player have confirmed the Barcelona midfielder will return to the Premier League in a £30million deal after being told he can leave the Nou Camp, three years after departing Arsenal to rejoin to his boyhood club.

The 27-year-old Spanish international will be signed as a direct replacement for Frank Lampard, who has revealed he is leaving Stamford Bridge and looks set for a move to new MLS franchise New York City.





Manchester United were also keen on Fabregas, but Jose Mourinho has won the race to sign him and his arrival will be a huge boost to the Blues boss as he sets about toppling Manchester City as Premier League champions.

Miranda is set to join Manchester United.

Manchester United are poised to sign Atletico Madrid defender Miranda after agreeing a €30m fee with the La Liga champions for the 29-year-old Brazil international.


This information comes courtesy of Spanish newspaper AS, who claim that the Red Devils have all but signed the South American who has even started the hunt for a school in the city for his children to attend.

Miranda, who has been capped seven times by Brazil, was one of La Liga’s standout defenders this season alongside the equally impressive Diego Godin. The centre-back duo - along with full-backs Juanfran and Filipe Luis, plus formidable goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - comprised the meanest defence in the Spanish top-flight this term, conceding just 26 goals in 38 matches.

But it seems United have won the battle with Barcelona to sign Miranda, who is set to become one of Louis van Gaal’s first signings, after triggering the player’s release clause. He will be expected to fill the huge void left by Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who both departed Old Trafford this summer, and pass his experience on to the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Van Gaal is also keen to sign the impressive 22-year-old centre-back Bruno Martins Indi from Feyenoord, while high-profile Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has also been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, it’s reported that Atletico may look to replace Miranda with Manchester United and City target Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto. However, it would take a huge transfer fee for Atleti to bring the France international to the Vicente Calderon this summer.

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