Croatian fans will not be able to attend the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying match against Switzerland in their home patch after being given a stadium ban due to excessive offences.
This qualifying campaign has been marked by a number of offences and the football governing body has finally lost patience with Croatian fans.
The summer transfer window is approaching and Manchester City is one of England’s top spenders as the club is characterized for their harsh spending for top players.
There are a lot of rumors going around surrounding certain players in the team of Manuel Pellegrini and most of them have been linking Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure with a move outside of the Etihad Stadium but it seems like neither of those players will be leaving Manchester City as the coach of the team denied the rumors which claimed that the club was going to sell them.
The USA players would be really hurting not to be able to maintain the lead that they had secured in their most recent friendly game versus Switzerland.
Yes, they were one player short. Still, they would feel as if they should have secured the win there.
Switzerland got the leveller in the 80th minute of the match to get the game finished with the score of 1-1.
Anybody watching the game would say that America deserved the win there. But, the Yanks don’t have anyone else to blame really. It’s their fault only.
There had been so much talk about their tendency to concede goals in the dying phase of the games and they did that again, lost the advantage.
Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri says that he is convinced that the Italian outfit are a much better team than Celtic, who are their opponents in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Inter will be travelling to Celtic Park for the first leg of the knockout stages with the second leg at the San Siro. They will be hoping to get a decisive advantage from the first leg in order to be comfortable about progress. Celtic have not been a major European force for several years now. However, Inter Milan’s recent troubles with form could help Celtic with hope of reaching the next round.
Switzerland continued their impressive form under new manager Vladimir Petkovic after managing the second consecutive victory in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Switzerland had started the campaign with defeats against England in Slovenia. However, they appear to have recovered from these setbacks after managing to consecutive 4-0 wins over San Marino and Lithuania. Both these teams are considered as minnows and Switzerland were the overwhelming favourites to get three points. Many even expected the Swiss to score more than five past Lithuania. Midfielder Gelson Fernandes says that they were not able to score more since the opposition were extremely good and compact.
Slovenia secured a great win against Switzerland and according to midfielder Kevin Kampl, it’s their great fighting spirit which played the best influence in snatching the victory from the Swiss grasp.
However, the Slovenia national football team coach has pointed to “high-level” goalkeeping prowess as a much bigger influence in Slovenia’s recent win, in comparison to Kampl’s fighting spirit.
Kampl was naturally delighted to secure the win against the Swiss team.
Thibaut Courtois, that’s the name of a 22 years old goalkeeper who is making headlines all over the world with consistent performances in every single match he performs and is already being hailed to be as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world despite being so young. It takes a truly special player to push Petr Cech out of the starting lineup and into the sidelines of Chelsea but Courtois has somehow managed to do it.
Ever since Cech signed with Chelsea back in 2004, he established himself as the undisputed goalkeeper of Stamford Bridge but his time is reaching its inevitable end with Courtois being the man to begin and follow the path that Cech left off.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has launched the praise on midfielder Xavi, who announced his retirement from international football after more than a decade of trophies. The Barcelona midfielder has been an integral part of the Spanish success in the last six years. The national team has won the likes of the European Championship and the World Cup during this period after having previously gone 44 years without a major trophy. Much of the success has been down to the possession-based football that Spain been able to play due to the presence of players like Xavi.
Switzerland national team boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has stated that he is happy with preparation made by the Swiss national team players for the World Cup 2014. Switzerland will be taking part in the World Cup 2014 after a stunning qualification campaign. However, this tournament will also see the end of Hitzfeld as manager after he has announced that he will be retiring from football. After having played a key role in the development of Switzerland as an important team, Hitzfeld will be looking to go out on a high.
The World Cup 2014 will be the curtain call for Swiss national team manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, who will be stepping down from his post. He has already announced that this will be his last job as a manager. Hitzfeld has been one of most respected coaches in the last 45 years of his managerial reign. He has led big clubs like Bayern Munich to incredible success over the years. The German has lifted several league titles apart from two Champions League titles in his stellar career. He could have won three Champions League titles had it not been for the extraordinary defeat suffered at the hands of Manchester United in 1999.