Who Can Save Real Madrid and Manchester United?

Manchester United have a problem. Real Madrid has one, too. Although they are considered two of the largest football clubs in the world, when there’s a shortage of world-renowned coaches capable of transforming a bad situation into a good one, not even history and money can generate a possible solution out of thin air.

Julen Lopetegui Gets Sacked

After overseeing an awful run of 5 defeats in 7 matches – the most recent of which was the humiliating 1-5 defeat while playing against Barcelona – Julen Lopetegui’s short-lived reign as Real Madrid’s head coach has finally come to an end at Santiago Bernabeu. The recent form displayed by Real Madrid would put any football manager under immense pressure, and therefore it became rather obvious that Lopetegui’s time was up and it was time to clear his desk and take a vacation.

Jose Mourinho’s Jon Security

At Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has managed to avoid the storm that was ready to engulf him during the four matches that couldn’t produce a single victory in late September as well as early October. However, the Old Trafford football manager is not out of the woods yet when it comes to his job security at Manchester United. The football club is currently in 8th position in terms of Premier League standings after their 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday. This leaves them 9 points behind Liverpool who is currently leading the pack. It still looks like Mourinho’s red devil squad is limping along, online doing what is necessary to ensure the coach keeps his job.

Lack of Potential Managers

The fact that Mourinho maintains his current position and that Real Madrid decided to promote Santiago Solari from the B-team to the first team head coach, for the time being, is a testament which indicates the lack of alternatives available at both Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Glazer family, who owns Manchester United, are determined to give Jose Mourinho enough time to oversee a surge and revival to get the team into the Top 4 of the Premier League, but several sources state that the position is primarily influenced by the lack of potential replacements.

In terms of Real Madrid, they are in desperate need of finding a suitable replacement who has the ability to handle the enormous challenge of managing a super club that is currently failing along with a dressing room filled with huge personalities that are unquestionably under-performing. The best bet for Real Madrid is Antonio Conte. He has been out of work since he left Chelsea during the summer and is possibly the best option as the team’s next permanent football manager. However, although the former Italy and Juventus manager has a stellar VC, with several domestic titles in England and Italy, we cannot forget that the manager was sacked at Stamford Bridge in his previous job.

Is there anyone out there who is capable of saving Real Madrid or Manchester United? Only time will tell.

Top Goal Scorers in the History of Football

Soccer is undeniably a beautiful game, and the goals that are scored in matches is a key ingredient as to why more than half the population of the world loves to watch this incredible sport. Below, we take an in-depth look at the best goal scorers in the history of football and include the number of goals they scored during their careers.

1. Josef Bican – Total Goals: 805

The most outstanding goal scorer in the history of football is undoubtedly Jose Bican, but there aren’t a lot of football fans that even know this player to be honest. Bican was an Austria football star during the 1930’s and was a member of the squad that managed to reach the World Cup semi-finals in 1934. Bican continued playing soccer until 1955 and retired at the age of 42. As a two-footed forward with immense pace, he managed to rake up 805 goals.

2. Romario – Total Goals: 772

Ronaldo, the Brazilian soccer legend, said that he learned the art of scoring goals from Romario. Johann Cruyff, the former Barcelona coach, also stated that Romario was a genius when it came to the penalty area. There’s no denying that Romario was one of the best finishers when it comes to football where he managed to score a total of 772 goals in only 994 matches in his career.

3. Pele – Total Goals: 767

Pele is considered to be the greatest football player of all time by Franz Beckenbauer. Pele is also regarded as the most prolific football forwards the beautiful game has ever seen. Pele is a three-time World Cup winner while playing for Brazil and was nicknamed “The King” where he netted a total of 767 goals in only 831 appearances. This means that he boasts with an impressive 0.92 strike rate per game.

4. Ferenc Puskas – Total Goals: 746

Ferenc Puskas is referred to as “The Galloping Major”. He was a key player in two of the greatest football squads in the history of the sport, including Real Madrid during the 1960 European Cup and the Magnificent Magyars from Hungary. Puskas was small, stocky, and his right foot wasn’t very strong. However, his left foot was a canon which he used to score most of his 746 goals in only 754 matches.

5. Gerd Muller – Total Goals: 735

Gerd Muller, the supreme poacher, was world-renowned for his incredible predatory instincts when it came to the penalty area. As an icon for Bayern Munich, Muller scored the winning goal for West Germany during the World Cup final in 1974, and he averaged over a goal a game when it came to the international level, scoring 68 goals in only 62 matches.

6. Christiano Ronaldo – Total goals: 670

He initially started as a fleet-footed winger, but quickly transformed himself into a sensational goalscoring machine. The football superstar for Portugal has broken several records in his career and continues to do so while playing for Juventus.

Best Soccer Players in the World for 2018

Every soccer enthusiast has their own opinion on the best soccer players in the world, but everyone will agree on a handful of elite players. Most of these players are featured in top-rated teams, including Manchester, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best soccer players in the world for 2018.

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has claimed the FIFA Player of the Year award on multiple occasions and is considered the best player of all time when it comes to the beautiful game of soccer. His ability to run past defenders with ease along with a sensational mix of pace and skill is unmatched, and it usually looks like the ball is glued to his feet. The elite soccer star managed to lead Argentine to the World Cup Final in 2014 as well as the Copa Americas Finals in 2016 and 2015.

2. Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo is considered the only soccer player that can match Lionel Messi. Ronaldo is both taller and stronger than Messi, and his games-to-goal ratio is on par with the Argentinian. Ronaldo claimed the FIFA Players of the Year award in 2016, which makes it 4 in total. In fact, Messi and Ronaldo are the only two soccer players to receive this award since 2007. He recently transferred from Real Madrid to Juventus and continues to shock the world with his incredible skills and number of goals.

3. Luis Suarez

Although he is not everyone’s cup of tea, his ability to play the game is not up for debate. The Barcelona striker is a true master when it comes to weaving his way towards the penalty box and is deadly in terms of one-on-one situations. He is also a phenomenal free-kick taker. His collaboration with other team members is unmatched, and he always gives 100% in every game. Barcelona paid a whopping $128.5 million to transfer him from Liverpool, and he is certainly worth every penny.

4. Neymar

Neymar has been part of the beautiful game since he turned 17 and quickly established himself as one of the elite soccer players in the world. Neymar has managed to score more goals than Ronaldo and Messi when they were his age and has the ability to become the best soccer players in the world when Messi eventually retires. In 2016, Neymar became the captain of the Brazil soccer team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

5. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero formed part of the Argentina team in the World Cup finals of 2014. Aguero was the key player in two title victories under Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini, scoring the incredible late goal in 2012 to claim the Premier League trophy. He has the phenomenal ability to bring other team members into play and boasts with an excellent first touch. He currently plays for Manchester City and receives a salary of £13 million with a total of 148 goals to his name in the Premier League.

Has Tottenham Hotspur’s Hit A Ceiling?

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat against Inter Milan in the Champions League earlier this week. This defeat means that Mauricio Pochettino, the highly-regarded Spurs manager, lost three consecutive matches for the very first time at the club.

It looks like the pressure is getting to the highly-rated manager at Hotspur. The former manager of Southampton gave a post-match outburst after journalists started asking questions regarding the omission of Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier from the team to play against Inter Milan. In all fairness, it did seem rather strange to leave both these football stars out of the team.

Lack of Strength at the north London Club

There’s no denying that Pochettino did a marvellous job at transforming Tottenham Hotspur into a sensational football squad that manages to finish in the top 4 positions in the Premier League on a regular basis. However, there’s only so much you can do with great man-management and coaching. Tottenham should have taken the time to strengthen the team over the summer. They have a great team of players, but newcomers give everybody a lift at the club. This usually leads to players improving their game that are already at the club which in turn produces better results. Unfortunately, the players at Tottenham Hotspur seem rather stale this season and doesn’t look like they are up to the task.

Stuck in an Awkward Position

The Hotspurs are currently in an awkward position as a squad. They manage to rank in the top 4 when it comes to the Premier League but aren’t able to make a significant impact when it comes to the Champions League. The match against Inter Milan should have been an easy victory, but Inter Milan somehow scored two goals with 5 minutes remaining, which resulted in the Hotspurs losing the match.

Inter Milan is a great team, but they are not considered one of the elite teams. When it comes to quality, Inter Milan is essentially the Tottenham’s of Serie A, but with less finishes in the top 4 of late.

Chances of Hotspurs Making It To The Knockout Stages

Group B was always going to be a daunting task in the Champions League for Tottenham Hotspur as they were matched up alongside Inter Milan and Barcelona. Even PSV Eindhoven, which is the other team in Group B, can’t be seen as pushovers in this tournament. The defeat by the hands of Inter Milan earlier this week places the odds at 10/11 for Tottenham Hotspur to reach the knockout stages. In fact, Tottenham Hotspur is now behind Inter Milan to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

There’s no denying that Tottenham Hotspur has endured a tough period lately. The squad usually encounters poor form during a tournament but eventually starts improving as time goes on. However, it’s highly unlikely that Hotspur will be able to recover from the poor form they recently experienced. Only time will tell.

Rashford Is As Great As Kane and Ronaldo When They Were His Age, According To Southgate

Marcus Rashford has a special talent whose career record at his age can be compared to the likes of Christiano Ronaldo or even Henry Kane, Gareth Southgate believes. The manager of the England national squad also stated that Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese football manager, thinks the world of Marcus Rashford, even though the Manchester United striker has been frustrated with the total number of starts he made with the club, especially as centre-forward which is his favourite role.

Rashford’s Importance


The importance of Rashford to England was beautifully underlined with his goal in the friendly win against Switzerland. This followed after his strike while playing against Spain, pushing his case to become a regular starter for the England national squad. When asked if Rashford, 20, has a special talent, Southgate replied with “Yes he is. I believe Harry Kane at that age played far less matches while playing for Spurs. Most of the things Ronaldo did at that age wasn’t converted into goals, so we have to give Rashford time to develop his game. He has played loads of football but he hasn’t started as much as he wanted to”. Comparing Ronaldo and Kane to Rashford might seem over the top. However, Southgate is onto something with his statement.

Rashford’s Career

Marcus Rashford made his debut at Manchester United in February 2016 and managed to score twice. At a mere 18 years and a total of 141 days, Rashford managed to become the youngest scorer for Manchester United during the Europa League and records and landmarks tumbled after that where he managed to score on his debut in the League Cup, Champions League, and Premier League, as well as his initial appearances for the England senior team and England Under-21s – making him the youngest player to ever achieve it. Rashford is also the first teen in the Premier League to concede a goal in his first Manchester derby.

Marcus Rashford claimed a total of 9 goals in 21 appearances during the first half-season but has since experienced fallow periods. For instance, after scoring 6 goals in just 7 matches last autumn, Rashford only scored 2 goals in the following 19 matches. However, at 20 years and 317 days, Christiano Ronaldo scored 32 goals for country and club whereas Rashford scored a total of 37 goals.

Henry Kane, on the other hand, had just went through loan spells with Leicester City, Norwich City, and Millwall, and although he made his debut at Tottenham Hotspur, also during the Europa League after turning 18, it wasn’t until age 20 in April 2014 that he started in the Premier League and scored.

Rashford Won’t Play For The Next Three Matches

Marcus Rashford has started a total of 2 games for Manchester United this season and will, unfortunately, miss the next 3 matches in the Premier League. In an attempt to dampen Rashford’s frustration of not being seen as a regular starter, Southgate decided to let him play in the recent fixtures for the England national team.

Is Pellegrini the Answer for West Ham

There is no denying that in appointing the veteran Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham made a good move. Pellegrini, the Chilean boss, has a proven success record in the Premier League and is highly experienced. The only reservation some have is that the boss’s previous task in the Premier League was managing a “right end of the table” team, while West Ham, last season fought relegation for most of the campaign.

Season Start Nothing but Nightmare

Slaven Bilic exited, and David Moyes was appointed by the Hammers, and thus, they had a similar start to last season. Moyes was considered a temporary solution in keeping the team going. He surprised and did less than expected, so the Scot was replaced by Pellegrini in summer. Yet it was not over yet as unfortunate for the Hammers they had another Premier League nightmare start, with the sum of money they invested in the summer to overhaul the team they did not gain much on their huge outlay.

Under the leadership of Pellegrini, they suffered four defeats, these were straight overthrow’s the team from the capital experienced. With a raft of new signings followed with Pellegrini at the helm and it got people talking about the Hammers as a team that could be the surprise package of the season. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out that way, so far.

When it Comes to European Clubs, Pellegrini Enjoyed Success in All


Pellegrini has worked with Real Madrid, and Manchester City and that is how the Chilean made a name for himself, he worked with some of the biggest clubs and took some to new heights. At the Spanish Club he had fewer resources than at West Ham, but then he also did a great job while at Malaga, though the Andalusian’s had major investments in their team. At every club he managed, Pellegrini enjoyed success, this includes in Real Madrid.

Pellegrini Has the Credentials of a Top-Level Coach

With proven credentials as a top coach on several occasions, Pellegrini’s appointment with West Ham looked like the best option, and there is no doubt that he has the coaching abilities to bring success to the team. What it depends on is how long he will have the chance to turn things around since there are already rumours that his potion is under threat, what counts in his favour is that the owners of the club are quite keen for the Chilean to get the team issues sorted out.

West Ham’s Odds to Suffer Relegation Slashed

Due to a terrible start and considering the results of the team so far, a difficult September is what the Londoners face with games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton. Pellegrini could face difficulty should the team struggle to collect point during the upcoming tough encounters, for this reason, the break came at the perfect time, there is still the option of regrouping, although Pellegrini went off to visit his family in Chile. The trip might be bad timing as he could have better served the team working with the players, although the Hammers could come up with great surprises after their well-deserved two-week break, if not Pellegrini might live in East London on borrowed time.

Arsenal Should Remain Positive – Despite the Most Recent Defeat

Hector Bellerin, the right-back players for Arsenal FC has come to peace with the idea that the team has a long way to go before they are playing at their peak performance, especially playing against Manchester City. Though despite the 2-0 defeat that happened during Unai Emery’s Emirate debut, Bellerin can still look at the positive outcomes from the match.
Throughout the game, the team tried their hardest to play from the back. However, Matteo Guendouzi could not hide his nervousness while on the field during the debut. On the upside, it can go without saying that he had a numerous amount of chances during the game.

Emirates Displayed Tactical Skills

On the opposing side, the Emirates did display their skilful tactical side as they allowed for an early substitution during the second half of the game, one that can be called an impressive speciality of Arsene Wenger. However, Bellerin showed his optimism as he spilled his thoughts on the game in an interview with the official Arsenal FC site. He started off by saying he only saw the game as something positive, even though the odds weren’t in the favour of the team. He reflected back onto how the team played last year and how much their skills have improved within the last few months, according to Bellerin, the team had chances to score and to impressive during the second half – something that was not as likely with their playing style from the last year. He continues on to talk about his opponents – stating that they were playing against a team that has been around for a while and have a room filled with new players who were previously crowned champions on the field – so with that knowledge, it’s not like the team faced an easy loss to a lower grade team.

The team is scheduled to travel to Stamford Bridge, which will show itself to be another tough challenge. This will serve as also being another chance for the FC to begin to get familiar with the working on their new manager as well. While Bellerin is remaining positive, he did emphasise the importance of each and every point, which can be hard to watch go away to another team, such as Chelsea. Though despite the loss, Arsenal is using this as motivation to show the opposers up and display that they can match and succeed their playing skills.

The FC is using this time to prepare themselves for the match as they have a week to improve their skills and come up with a gameplay. This is helpful as they have faced off against Chelsea before and have a solid understanding of what they’re up against. On the upside for Arsenal, Bellerin did notice that Guardiola did not have the instant success that everyone was looking for, which can be used to the FC benefit as the player has probably not fully adjusted to the workings of Arsene Wenger and the constant changes.

The Excuses From Jose Mourinho are Running Thin

Jose Mourinho admitted that he had a problem – though, despite it, he was working on bettering himself, so his job performance can increase as well. Though, he made this claim way back in 2015 during one of his interviews. During that time, Mourinho directed the teams he managed to win league titles while having spectacular games that fans were going crazy for. In the following months and now even in 2018, this started to change drastically, and it’s safe to say that Mourinho wasn’t expecting it himself. It all started in December of 2015 with his team losing to Chelsea, despite having an impressive lead and matches which caused many viewers to believe that the win was secured for Mourinho. Afterwards, a steady flow of loses, nine out of the sixteen league matches, caused the axe to be drawn on Mourinho and credibility to his name being lost as well.

Losing the Spark

The football world is constantly changi0ng with the influx of new players and managers that are pulling all the cards needed to ensure their personal wins. At one point in time, Jose Mourinho was on top of the game. His record and trophy collection led him to the top and gave him the title of being one of the most successful football managers in the world. While he still has that special title, it seems as if Mourinho is losing his footwork in the football world.

Mourinho has an impressive history to match. The manager grew to fame for his management skills and cool demeanour. Nowadays it seems as he’s doing a 360 by his constant moaning on the field, his declining adaptability skills, as well as the behind the scene videos of him losing that cool demeanour and grip while addressing the players in the locker rooms.

If anything, the manager lost his spark and become well versed in complaining constantly and losing more respect from the fans, other teams, and possibly his own team as well. Though, the complaining tone is the perfect adjective to describe his career with Manchester United which he only seems to berate the players and say the foulest things to them on a constant basis.
It just seems as if he is a completely different manager since his winning streak of fame and success in 2012. He was present during a record-breaking season with the team he was currently managing, Real Madrid, until the team gained a large following and had their names in the news next to anything relating to winning another match.

Though Jose Mourinho changed in the last year and it became even more notable with Manchester United. The players have lost their spark as well due to Mourinho foul behavior to the point where stars such as Anthony Martial shimmer has seemed to have been dulled by the manager.

One thing is for certain. It wouldn’t be too much of a shock for Mourinho to begin to appear less and less in the news if he keeps spiralling down.