- Brondby win the FIFA eClub World Cup
- The Danish side won the inaugural edition last year
- Four players qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs
Brondby are celebrating again after retaining their crown in the second edition of the FIFA eClub World Cup in Paris. The tournament offered up four qualifying spots for the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs, which will be held between 28 and 30 May and then from 1 to 3 June in Amsterdam – where 32 places will be up for grabs at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.
After a thrilling and spectacular opening day in the French capital, Sunday’s action kicked off with the last two rounds of games in groups A and B, which brought the group stage to a close. It was then time for the knockout phase, and Brondby ultimately came out on top despite a shaky start.
Sergio Ramos believes Clasico referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez gave in to pressure put on him by Lionel Messi as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Hernandez Hernandez angered Camp Nou supporters in a fiery first half for failing to punish Gareth Bale for a late challenge on Samuel Umtiti and sending off Sergi Roberto following a clash with Marcelo.
Barca players crowded around him at the end of the first 45 minutes, and the home fans jeered him and his assistants off the pitch. Ramos said the dispute continued down the tunnel, with Messi at the centre of the complaining.
“Messi put a little bit of pressure [on Hernandez Hernandez] in the tunnel,” Ramos told reporters after the game. “I don’t know if there were cameras. I don’t know if in the second half [he] would have done things differently [without that pressure].”
Luis Suarez’s early opener was cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was later taken off with an ankle injury, to leave the score level at the break. Despite being down to 10 men, Barca took the lead when Messi scored after Suarez dispossessed Raphael Varane.
Bale drew Madrid level for the second time, and the visitors were then denied a penalty when Marcelo tumbled in the box, one of the decisions that Ramos perhaps feels Messi influenced.
The other one was Suarez’s challenge on Varane before Messi’s goal, with the Uruguayan striker admitting that he was surprised a foul wasn’t called after he clearly tripped the France international.
“I fouled Varane a little bit because he controls the ball and I catch his foot,” Suarez admitted. “But it was the referee’s decision. It surprised me.”
Ramos also felt that Suarez was guilty of time wasting in the second half, which is why he didn’t put the ball out when the Barca forward appeared to be down injured.
“Whenever an opponent is down and you think it could serious, out of respect, you put the ball out of play,” Ramos added. “But knowing his style and his way of playing, he was [looking] to waste time. Maximum respect to Barcelona, but at that moment, he had not been touched at all.”
Overall, though, both sets of players were happy with the draw, which keeps La Liga champions Barca on track to become the first side to go through a 38-game campaign in Spain’s top flight unbeaten.
“It was a great game,” Suarez said. “We wanted to win it, but the red card set us back, especially against a side like Madrid. A draw’s not a bad result, mind, considering how the game went.”
Midfielder Andres Iniesta, making his 38th and final Clasico appearance, added: “We’re still unbeaten after playing a large part of the game with a man less. That’s the positive. We’re happy because we can still end the league season without losing.”
Barca, who have already secured a domestic double, must remain unbeaten against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to become the first side since Madrid (in 1932, when a campaign was only 18 games) to end a La Liga season unbeaten.
Madrid, meanwhile, are preparing for a third consecutive Champions League final. They meet Liverpool in Kiev, Ukraine, later this month.
“It was a good game to show that we wanted to win the league. We played really well, generally, from the first minute to the last,” Ramos said. “We got a draw. We would have liked to break [Barcelona’s] run, but preparing for Kiev is the key now.”
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.
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Kyle Walker claimed his first Premier League title on Sunday and now the Manchester City defender wants even more.
The England international, who joined City from Tottenham in the summer, has played a pivotal role in his new club securing the title with five games of the season remaining.
City are on schedule to potentially break a number of records, including most points and most goals, but he says they won’t be considered a great team until they win a number of Premier League trophies.
“To be competing in the Premier League since I was 19, and to play all the games I played in the Premier League, to not win the Premier League, it was a bit devastating for me not to have won it with Tottenham,” the 27-year-old told reporters.
“So to come here and now in my first season, it’s fantastic for me. You always say: ‘Is the grass greener on the other side?’ and it looks that way.
“We need to continue. We can’t just stop at one Premier League title if we go on and do that. It needs to be a number of years before we can be regarded as one of the top teams ever to have played in the Premier League.
“We have the youth in the squad and the hunger to go on and do big things.”
Walker spent eight years at Tottenham and it was ironic that Saturday’s 3-1 win over his old club, coupled with Manchester United’s shock home defeat to West Brom, secured the title.
It came at the end of a difficult week in which City were eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool and lost the Manchester derby at home to United in a run of three successive defeats.
“That’s the most pleasing thing about [the win over Spurs],” Walker said. “We’ve had probably the toughest period, definitely in my career at the club. We’ve gone from doing so well in all competitions to take three losses, and sometimes it felt like it was a relegation battle in there with the mood.
“We’re all winners and we want to win and in them games, unfortunately, we didn’t. But we put that right. That shows the character and the belief in the standard of players in the dressing room.
“It’s been a long season, with a lot of games in a lot of competitions. It was probably a feeling of relief after what’s happened in the last week, which is understandable.
“But it’s great character, not just from the players but from the management staff as well, to pick us up and get us where we needed to be, winning three points.”
Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.
Winning the Champions League with Liverpool would mean more to Mohamed Salah than any individual accolades likely to come his way.
The Premier League’s leading marksman scored for the 30th time in the division this season in Liverpool’s 3-0 over Bournemouth at Anfield to restore a five-goal cushion over Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot.
Salah was also included on the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year shortlist when that was revealed on Saturday following an incredible debut campaign with the Reds, for whom he has scored 40 times in all competitions.
Yet recognition from his peers and the chance to finish the campaign as the league’s leading scorer is all secondary for Salah when compared to the collective goal.
The 25-year-old Egyptian’s old club Roma are Liverpool’s opponents in the Champions League semifinals and Jurgen Klopp’s men could yet win the trophy for the sixth time in their history.
Asked whether he would prefer to win the Champions League or an individual honour like the golden boot, Salah replied: “If you had a choice between the Champions League and [individual honours like the golden boot] then of course the Champions League. I have no doubt; [it’s] the Champions League.
“To win the Champions League is huge for everyone. I don’t care about the rest.”
Salah’s golden boot dual with Kane took a twist last week when the Tottenham forward was successful with his claim that Christian Eriksen’s second goal against Stoke should actually be awarded to him as it brushed his shoulder.
Shortly after that decision was announced, Salah tweeted “Wooooooow really?”
When that was put to him, Salah laughed and added: “I don’t want to say anything about that!
“In the end they said it’s his [Kane’s] goal so it’s finished for me. Now we still have four games and they [Tottenham] have five games so I have to think about my games and we see.
“Of course [the golden boot] is in my mind. I cannot lie — it is in my mind. But you can see with the team everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me.
“I am also sure that Tottenham’s players try to help Harry Kane and also Manchester City’s try to help Sergio Aguero. It’s like that, but in the end we play as a team.
“I am happy to have this feeling. You feel they want to support you and want to help you to score goals. That’s a good feeling.”
Salah is just the third player in Liverpool’s history to score 40 goals in a season, joining Roger Hunt and Ian Rush, and the latter’s club record of 47 is the next feat in his sights.
“It’s also very close, it’s just seven goals, but let’s see,” Salah said. “We have the Premier League and semifinals of the Champions League to play. I will try my best to score again and help the team.”
Bournemouth had contained Salah well until he finally scored 21 minutes from time, drifting behind Nathan Ake and heading in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross in the 3-0 win.
“You always have to be focused because he’s a very good player,” Ake admitted.
“He’s very quick and has really good movement so that makes it more difficult.”
Jordan Henderson had a laugh at Harry Kane’s expense after Liverpool’s 3-0 win on Saturday, joking that Mohamed Salah would be credited with all three goals.
Tottenham striker Kane, who is in a race with Salah for the Golden Boot, has been the subject of some ridicule as the league — after Kane’s insistence — ruled that he got a touch to a ball that was originally credited to Christian Eriksen.
Salah did score one goal in the victory over Bournemouth to move five clear of Kane, but his teammate joked the Egyptian would be asking for all three.
“Yeah, he told me he’s going to claim all of them,” Henderson told BT Sport.
“He’s been brilliant, he’s been fantastic. But he’s just got to keep it going, with his work rate, his movement off the ball, how strong he is. Yeah, he’s a big player for us, so hopefully he can keep scoring for us.”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner also couldn’t resist aiming a barb at Kane, writing on Twitter after the game:
Another hat-trick for Mo today…. just waiting for the other two to be confirmed by the claims panel
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 67 days to go!
In less than three months’ time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.
That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.
James Rodriguez averaged a goal every 67 minutes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The Colombian attacking midfielder found the net a total of six times across his 400 minutes on the pitch in Brazil.
Rodriguez struck half of Colombia’s goals at the tournament, in the process helping his country to their best-ever run at a World Cup: Los Cafeteros broke new ground by advancing to the quarter-finals, in which they succumbed at the hands of the hosts.
Rodriguez’s exploits earned him the adidas Golden Boot, as the leading marksman at Brazil 2014. As if that were not enough, his majestic volley at the iconic Maracana, with which he opened the scoring in his side’s Round of 16 win over Uruguay, was voted the Goal of the Tournament by FIFA.com users.
This is the cheapest possible solution for the Roberto Carlos Prime Icon SBC on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team. This will cost you roughly 900K coins in FUT but that is by far the cheapest you are going to get this card for. Take a look at the full video below that details how to get it by completing all the squad building challenges.
There are a total of 8 SBCs to complete and each one will reward you with a pack, below shows all that need to be completed in order for you to obtain this very special LB card.
- Roberto Carlos – An Icon
- Inter Milan
- Real Madrid
- 83 rated squad
- 84 rated squad
- 85 rated squad
- 86 rated squad
- 87 rated squad
It goes without saying that the two hardest ones in terms of using up most of the coins to acquire the icon are the 87 rated SBC and the exchanging of an icon. You can of course complete the Peter Schmeichel or Marc Overmars squad building challenge and get them for around 350K mark and submit them which would save you a ton of coins in the long haul.
It’s always best to do these rather expensive icons over time and not in one really big swoop! You want to gradually do it and the best time to complete it and get players cheap is obviously when a market crash happens.
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Thomas Tuchel has turned down an offer to become the next Bayern Munich coach, according to multiple reports in Germany on Saturday, and could be set to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Sport Bild first reported that Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund boss, had rejected overtures from Bayern and is already committed to join a major club outside of the Bundesliga this summer.
Bayern’s current manager, 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes, has long said he intends to retire at the end of the season, though he’s also often to declined to completely rule out the possibility of staying on for another season.
Earlier this month, Heynckes even talked up Tuchel as his potential successor, but Saturday’s reports, also including those from Suddeutsche Zeitung and Sport1, say that is now out of the question.
SZ reported that Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic failed to convince Tuchel to take the Bayern job.
Where Tuchel ends up this summer is still to be revealed, though the likeliest candidate appears to be Arsenal, with Germany legend Lothar Matthaus telling Bild: “He’s in contact with Arsenal.”
Wenger, who is under massive pressure from Arsenal fans to depart, has a contract that ends in 2019 but kicker report that a deal has been agreed for Tuchel to take over this summer. However, the 44-year-old had a public falling out with the Gunners’ head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, so working together would come with challenges.
Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain are also options.
PSG are unlikely to retain Unai Emery after their Champions League failure and have reportedly held talks with Tuchel. Defender Thomas Meunier even said earlier on Saturday he expects PSG to change coaches.
While the Guardian reported on Saturday that PSG have opened talks with Chelsea coach Antonio Conte and, should the Italian leave, that would create an opening for Tuchel.
Information from Bayern Munich correspondent Mark Lovell was used in this report.
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Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus believes Jurgen Klopp can end Manchester City’s stranglehold on silverware in much the same way he did when Borussia Dortmund broke Bayern Munich’s dominance.
Liverpool’s last trophy was the league cup in 2012, while their wait for a championship title stretches back 28 years, but Klopp has a history of succeeding against more powerful, wealthy opponents having won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.
The first opportunity will come in the forthcoming Champions League quarterfinal against City, who have already won the Carabao Cup and are Premier League champions in waiting, but the task will be even greater next season.
Not only will Klopp’s target be to catch and surpass Pep Guardiola’s side but also stave off competition from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea — both of whom traditionally have bigger transfer spends — and Tottenham.
However, Matthaus believes Klopp proved his methods have worked before and can do so again.
“Maybe City has more money but I know the mentality of Klopp, I know the mentality of his team. They work very hard,” said the former Bayern midfielder after a 5-5 draw in the Legends match at Anfield which is set to raise more than £1 million for the LFC Foundation, Liverpool’s official charity.
“Liverpool has the mentality and an atmosphere in the ground that is similar to Dortmund. He is a powerful coach. He can get people to take to him — the players and the fans.
“He has to find one or two more players, especially in the defence to be better in the competition.
“Like Guardiola in his first season he had a very good offence then he invested a lot of money in the defence, and you see the difference now – they are 15 or 16 points ahead of Man United. That is a lot.
“That is the reason he [Guardiola] bought many players in the defence, they are much better now.
“City are maybe one step higher than all the other teams in England at the moment but for sure other teams will invest and find the right players.
“I know Jurgen Klopp knows exactly which player he needs. Some people were shaking their heads at £75m for a defender [Virgil van Dijk] but this £75m at the end shows the defence is a lot better.
“He didn’t change his style too much. He is working very hard, his team is always ready to fight for 90 minutes, they are in good condition, he works very hard.
“He finds the right players, especially in the offence, who can make the difference on the highest level.”
Liverpool have the chance to prove their victory over City in January — their only Premier League defeat so far — was not a one-off as the pair meet in the Champions League quarterfinals early next month.
Even though they go into the tie behind City in the betting stakes, Matthaus believes Klopp’s side have every chance of winning a sixth European Cup
“Liverpool is not afraid to play against Manchester City. They showed weeks ago how you can win against Manchester City,” he added.
“They have a good offence, they work better in the defence and this is the key to win titles.
“He has done a very good job. I was believing from the beginning that he and Liverpool have a very good relationship.
“You can see that in the good results, the good games and he has bought the right players.
“For me it is a team that can win the Champions League in two months in Kiev.”