The defender of Juventus Andrea Barzagli reported that he will finish his career in the Italian national team after the European Championship 2016, which will be held next summer in France. 34-year-old player made his debut in a T-shirt Azzurri in 2004 and since then has played for the national team in 52 matches. I will leave the Italian national team after the championship, it’s the right time to give the opportunity to the new comers. In the national team of Italy Barzagli became the world champion in 2006, in 2012, he reached the Final of the European Championship, and in 2013 won the bronze medal at the Confederations Cup.
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that he can’t imagine the European Championship in 2016 without the participation of his national team. At the end of the qualifying round the Swedes took third place in the group, behind Russia and Austria, and now they will play in the play-offs in November.
"I don’t want to miss The European Championship. This is impossible to imagine the Championship without me. We couldn’t reach the Final but we can find another way too. Whoever becomes our opponent in the play-offs, it will be very difficult - in such matches all laid out for 200%. But I am sure that we pass on," - online edition of Goal quoted Ibrahimovic.
Forward of Fenerbahce Robin van Persie commented on the bad qualifying round of Euro-2016, which was held by a national team of the Netherlands. The team of Danny Blind took fourth place in the qualifying group and reached the final of the European Championship.
“I'm not one who runs away from difficulties. I will not leave the Netherlands national team. Now the team will face criticism, which we hit in the near future - from fans, media and even from everyone.
I am honored to defend the colors of the Netherlands national team. Whether in good or bad times,” - The Telegraph quoted Van Persie.
Tamara Gorrie wife of the defender of Zenit Ezequiel Garay, published the first joint photo with newborn daughter in the social network Facebook. Earlier Garay because of the childbirth left the Argentinean national team and missed the World Cup qualifying match - in 2018 with the national team of Paraguay, which was held in Asuncion, and ended with a score 0:0.
In the current season Garay spent 11 games in the Russian Premier League and got a yellow card.
The former coach of Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti shared his opinion about the strongest sides of Ronaldo . The Italian expert does not agree with the view that the strongest side of the player of the Portuguese national is his athletic quality.
“Everybody is talking about the physical preparation of Ronaldo, but I myself believe that his main weapon is his mentality” - quoted Ancelotti Il Corriere dello Sport.
Before Anchelotti quoted that Ronaldo’s achievements are due to the intelligent game of his partner in the team Karim Benzema.
Former striker of Real Madrid Raul informed the representatives of his club that in November of this year he will hang up his boots. Raul doesn’t decide for sure yet, but it is very likely that he will leave the professional football. He explains his withdrawal as difficulties in the trainings due to his age, he is already 38 years old. Moreover he wants to spend more time with his family. Anyway the great footballer has one month to decide.
Head coach of FC Barcelona Luis Enrique will be working without the midfielder Andres Iniesta in the team over the coming months.
The player injured his leg in a home match of the group stage of the Champions League with Leverkusen, Bayer, where the blue-garnet won with a score of 2:1. The player of the Spanish team got hamstring of the right leg. In the result of injury Iniesta ruled out at least for four weeks.
In addition to Iniesta currently in FC Barcelona there are also injured players such as striker Lionel Messi, midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, defender Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
The head coach of Chelsea Jose Mourinho commented on his meeting with the goalkeeper of Porto Iker Casillas. It took place in the group stage match of the Champions League between the two teams, in which the English club lost with a score of 1:2.
“Casillas? We shook hands and wished each other a good luck. As it is befitted to well-mannered people. We have worked together for three years. There have been remarkable and difficult periods. But the meeting did not have a the past” - said the Portuguese expert.
Mourinho and Casillas worked together in Real Madrid. In the last season, Mourinho in the Royal Club had developed a very strained relationship with the guardian of the gates of the Spanish national team. Casillas got a hand injury, and when he returned to the ranks, Mourinho before the end of the season put him on the bench of replacement. Many believe that all this largely contributed to his leaving from the Spanish giants.
Head coach of FC Barcelona Luis Enrique defended the offensive speech towards Neymar after the home match of the group stage of the Champions League with Leverkusen, Bayer. Some Spanish media criticized the Brazilian football player, considering that he was not up to scratch. The game itself ended with the victory for Barça with a score of 2:1.
“I believe that Neymar played very well. This is a mistake of some media. When Messi will return to the system, I will ask him to do for the FC Barcelona less. After all, this team and our players always lay out on the field as much as possible. They are not able to do more- he said. Regardless of whether Messi is on the pitch or not,” - said Luis Enrique.
Earlier it was reported that Messi has injured knee ligaments in the home match of the sixth round with Las Palmas, which won the Catalans with a score of 2:1. In FC Barcelona all hope that the Argentinian will be able to participate in a guest game of the 12th round with Madrid’s "Real", which will take place on 22nd of November.
Film produced by the Universal Studio will be released on 9th of November, it is about the striker of Real Madrid and the national team of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo- it was reported on the official website of the film.
“The film was shot for more than 14 months, the viewer will witness unprecedented access to the life of the football player. This is the first official fully allowed film about one of the most famous people in football,” - a brief description of the film noted .