Massimo Allegri replaces Antonio Conte at Juventus

Italian club Juventus appoints the new coach Massimo Allegri within 24 hours of resignation of former Antonio Conte who got the fame for his unique style of defense with an unusual 3-5-2 formation. He has been one of the most decorated player and mentor for Italian club with so many significant feats into his name, He joined the Serie A side in 2011 on a four-year contract which was scheduled to be expired in 2015 but he decided to part his ways earlier. Under his regime, Juventus won three back to back domestic league titles comprehensively. Though, no apparent reason for his early resignation has been informed by the club, but rumors are that he was unhappy with the way bosses had been skeptical to invest more on new players – something that he wanted. Initially, two names were in the circulation to fill his shoes including Former AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri and Roberto Mancini, but Allegri has reportedly signed the deal with Italian side.

It was rather a setback for the team to lose their star performer; even president Andrea Agnelli expressed his grief losing their key mentor, he said via a site post, “I think about the three years we spent together, the three years in which we rewrote this club’s history: three Scudetti in a row, two Italian Super Cups, and perhaps more importantly a period of exponential growth.

“Yet in the face of sentiment and personal feelings even a president needs to take a step back. Barely two months have passed since our last major success and Juventus must continue on its path.”

Former Milan coach Allegri, who replaced him at Zebre, is also happy to join the Italian side; he shared his experience in a news conference at Turin where he said, “It’s an honour for me.

“It was a bolt from the blue when I got the call yesterday asking if I wanted to coach Juve. I’m delighted. I know how important it is to coach Juventus, a club with history and tradition. Now I’m here to try to contribute to this club continuing winning.”

Though, he understands there is a big risk in replacing someone like Conte, yet he is confident he can satisfy fans to the core with his promising start in the next domestic league. His first challenge would be to harmonize relations with Andrea Pirlo who left Milan three years ago for some differences with him. However, refusing any difference among them he added, “I’ve got a great relationship with Andrea. I’m lucky to be reunited with Andrea. I’ve never doubted his quality because, if I did, people would say I’m crazy.”

Toni Kroos goes to Real Madrid for 20 million Euros

If reports coming from Germany are to be believed, world cup star midfielder Toni Kroos, who scored two back to back goals in the semifinal against the hosts, could move to the Spanish side Real Madrid if everything goes well. Though, the talks between Bayern Munich and Real were on since long but recently after seeing Kroos form in the world cup, it looked German club could change its mind and not allow its star player to leave, but reports are now coming that he could soon move to Spain. The amount involved in the deal is not confirmed but close sources have revealed it to be somewhere around 25 million Euros though final confirmation would only be given by the La Liga side after deal takes place. Actually, attacking centre-back had been offered an extension earlier in January by Die Roten but he reportedly refused to have the addition citing the amount that was being offered to him was too less for his caliber and status. Nonetheless, whatever is being flashed in the media, there is a small possibility where Allianz side could revise their earlier offer to win their dissenting player back, but these are just possibilities which could happen in coming days.

Real is not the only club who had been interested in the 24-year-old, Manchester United was also once aspiring him but after a managerial change at Old Trafford, Kroos denied off associating with Louis Gaal.

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Current deal, which has apparently been agreed between the two, is for five year and central midfielder would get £160,000-a-week from Champions League winners. Though, the deal is being labeled as the intelligent one from the Spanish side, but there are few who are suspecting it to be successful in future coz Real has apparently replaced him with Argentine 26-year-old Angel Di Maria who is now moving toward The Red Devils.

Anyways, Kroos seems to be more than happy joining his dream side and he pointy expressed his feelings in a recent interview where he said, “We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved.” During his stay with the German side, he scored four goals plus eight assists during 45 played games that include as well two Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal title wins.

It so now a new beginning for the midfielder in his professional career where he needs to prove his performance in the world cup was not a fluke and he deserves much more than what was offered by his former club early this year; hence he made no mistake by choosing a better place for rest of his profession.

Scolari finally axed from Brazilian team

After days of yes and no, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari finally resigned off his national duty amid continuous building pressure from every corner. Earlier, after losing to the Germans in the semifinal of FIFA world cup, he refused to resign off his post citing he is ready to discuss the matter with the bosses but would not leave for that reason, but after lots of criticisms for his public statement over the matter especially considering the fact that he led the hosts, club bosses apparently asked him to leave else they would have to dismiss him. Notably, Germans devastatingly crushed the hosts by 7-1 in the semis which is the first home loss for the South Americans in last 39 years and first ever with this margin. In fact, this is the same team that defeated Nationalelf in the 2002 world cup final by 2-0 in Yokohama, Japan under the mentorship of Scolari. Actually, this time, he had lost the charm of being a charismatic manager who was called back to repeat the 2002 magic and fans were seen booing him whenever he appeared in the playground or on the big screen during the last world cup game where they were defeated by the Netherlands – their second loss in five days!

Nobody had imagined them to be lasted on fourth position, perhaps, those who were calling the semifinal loss as the one bad day, surprised to see almost a repeat in the third place game with the Holland where again their defensive line failed miserably. This match also missed Neymar for back fracture but that is not an excuse in any way. CBF informed about Scolari leaving via a statement that reads as, “Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

“The resignation was accepted by president Marin, who was keen to thank all the coaches and players and, by extension, the Brazilian fans for their support throughout the World Cup campaign. Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal.”

Scolari also accepted his failure and added, “I will be remembered as the coach to lose 7-1, but I knew that risk when I took the job. The person who decided the line-up, the tactics, was me. It was my choice.”

Messi wins Golden Ball award without the shine of WC title

Messi the name that we had been hearing over and over again since last year, has done it again by winning player of the tournament award here at Rio de Janeiro despite not able to triumph his side to the world cup glory. Final loss was more a bad luck than a better play by their European rivals otherwise Messi would have been the first captain to win a world title for his country after more than a decade. Anyways, he defeated all the other nine finalists including four Germans to win the Golden Boot award. Though, there were other players who also scored four or more goals in the tournament, but Messi’s four goals were more worthy coz he was the only one who carried whole side on his shoulders and took them into the final for the first time since 1990. Many would argue why four times FIFA player of the year award winner was crowned the most prestigious world cup honor ignoring others who did much better than him on paper, but no one knows how he enabled his side to win every single game in the 2014 world cup except the final one – of course! While most of the critics are bashing FIFA for its choice, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella thinks otherwise, he said, “He deserves it. He played an extraordinary World Cup and was a fundamental factor in the team. Messi has always been one of the greats.

“The World Cup is a highly demanding tournament. As far as his reputation is concerned, he was there before and has been there for quite a while, in the pantheon of greats.”

Muller, who scored five goals in Brazil, was the toughest rival to Messi but he could not score in the final and his show was also not impressive enough to win a tournament award. However, the good news for Germans, apart from their world cup win, in this respect was goalie Manuel Neuer surpassed Keylor Navas of Costa Rica and Argentina’s Sergio Romero to win the Golden Glove award. Columbia remained the most disciplined team in the whole event and won the Fair Play Award.

It is the end of one month long soccer action in Brazil; every team would now evaluate what went wrong for them while many teams like Coast Rica would enjoy their superb show in the event. Overall, it was one of the most successfully world cups in FIFA history especially considering widest protest threats from various sections in this South American State. So, bye from Brazil!

Suarez officially goes to Barcelona

Barcelona finally agreed on financial terms with the league club Liverpool for the transfer of its aspiring Suarez who is passing through a four months ban for biting Italian player in the world cup. Actually, rumors were in the air for quite some time that Barca president wants him to join Spanish side, but Liverpool never openly confirmed they want to get rid of their notorious player. However, 27-year-old Uruguayan footballer was in brilliant form in the last English season and almost took his side to the top of the league tally, but controversies and his conducts could never leave him hence Anfield side reportedly enchased some seventy five million pounds for this high profile switchover. Experts are calling this a stupid deal for a player who had never been famous for his show except past one year especially considering his past bans for biting on three different occasions, but Barca bosses think otherwise and take Uruguayan as the key player in the forward line along with Neymar and Messi. On the other side, there is a long list of Suarez followers who see a starlet in him thanks to his brilliant show in last twelve months and two prestigious PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards.

The deal is for five years term and amount is anywhere near seventy five to eighty million pounds though nothing has until be confirmed officially by any of the two. He is supposed to visit Catalan city for the medical tests and to discuss personal terms anytime next week. Reds officially announced the transfer of former Ajax player via a site post where it said, “Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.

“We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield.

“Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.”

Similarly, Suarez also showed his grief leaving English side and added, “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city. But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.”