MLS All-Star Game Won on Penalties by Juventus

“I was offside”, Martinez said as he smiled, but still “I scored against them with Torino”. Josef Martinez rebelliously posed alongside the goal as Atlanta fans watched. Through a translator, Martinez said that it was a very important moment in a hugely important game. Massimiliano Allegri, manager of Juventus, said it was good preparation and a wonderful game. For the Italian powerhouse starting with eight Serie A titles won in less than three weeks, it was only a warmup.

The celebrations belonged to Juventus in the end. It was a huge let-down for the 72,317 crows as the Italian powerhouse triumphed in the MLS All-Star Game on penalties after the match on Wednesday night ended on a 1 – 1 draw. It was the A-T-L that got to see their favourite do what he does well, Martinez scored for the MLS the lone goal as part of what can only be described as a record-shattering season.

Juventus Dominated the Penalty Kick Stage

Juventus was the one who scored on all five penalties and won when De Sciglio kicked one past goalkeeper Steffen. The New York Red Bulls, Wright-Phillips left the door open after the MLS scored on the 1st three penalties. It is the second year for the All-Star Game to end in a draw of each team scoring 1 and that had to go into penalty time to be decided. Last year it was Real Madrid that triumphed at the Chicago’s Soldier Field over the MLS squad with 4 -2. In just 23 league games, Martinez with 24 goals is on par to outshine the scoring record of 27 goals of MLS and basically accepted the Golden Boot even though a third of the season remains. Martinez shared that it just adds pressure and therefore he is not thinking about the chance of becoming the prolific scorer of the league, he is just leaving it in the hands of God.

The 33-year-old, Cristiano Ronaldo, five-time FIFA play of the year decided to remain in Europe to train and rest after his pricey transfer from Real Madrid and the elimination of Portugal from the World Cup. With only a few days to blend together the all-star squad, the MLS team faced challenges of its own. The 23-team league squad did not include LA Galaxy forward, Ibrahimović who played from 2004 to 2006 with Juventus, the 36-year old who ranks 2nd with 15 goals in the MLS needed rest. Tata Martino, Atlanta United coach, said he thought everyone on the team did an exceptional job, taking into consideration that they only had two days of practice together.

In the 21st minute of the game Juventus gave the Italians too much room, allowing Pereira to escape unchallenged during a left-foot pass near the goal, Favill flicked the ball past Brad Guzan, although this lead lasted only around five minutes. Martinez’s pure persistence fling the Atlanta fans into turmoil with his goal.

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.



Gotze had just played a volley above Romero’s hand into the net. The cross Coming from fellow substitute Schuller, Germany was World Champions for the 4th time same as Italy and just one World Cup behind Record wonders Brazil .

Four years later in kasan, Gotze and Schuller wouldn’t be around to save the Germans as they became the first casualty of a queer World Cup.

Russia 2018 World Cup is the 21stFIFA World Cup mad the 3rd to hold in East Europe. Beyond the stats is a World Cup that has impressed on the field and off it.

The first surprise of the World Cup was a 5-nil drubbing of the Saudi Arabian National team by the host team.

The host team has been described as poor in mildest terms and unsurprisingly so.  The least ranked team playing in Russia 2018 just 3 steps below the Saudi Arabia team, they surprised the world with their goal scoring prowess. They showed the world that it wasn’t a one off by condemning the Mohammed Salah Egyptian team to their second loss out of the 3 games Egypt would go on to lose.

The Russian team have lived a fairy tale until they were knocked out  via an entertaining penalty lottery by Croatia another team living the dream in Russia.  The Russians were not given a chance but they preservered to the quarters, sending Pre tournaments favourites the Spainish nationalteam back to the warmth of Spain.

Russia 2018 has seen it’s share of wonderful goals, Goal keeper blunders, of uninspiring performances by the game best players ,break out performances and the introduction of the Video assisted refeering  on the biggest stage.

Off the field antics like Maradona showing his middle fingers to a Nigerian fan during their game against his beloved team Argentina or the face of Peter Schemechiel after his son Kasper Schemechiel saved Modric’s last minute penalty are two events at opposite ends of a spectrum at this World Cup.

Russia 2018 imitates other World Cups held before it in bringing fans from different  countries together, fans can be sending at fan zones mingling together and enjoying the company of their foes before the games.

The World Cup is seen arguably as the biggest sporting event bringing the best of the sport together for one year to win the biggest prize of their careers;  The golden cup . This is why the inconsolable tears, the depressed shoulders and the heart wrenching pain felt by both fans and players after being booted out of the football mundial is quite understanding

The World Cup in Russia is already at  Semi Finals,  with 4 teams who have delighted millions of football fans around the world with their talent, discipline, tenacity and strong will over the last three weeks slugging it out. In another week the winner of the 21st edition of the World Cup would be known but this World Cup wouldn’t be forgotten in a hurry.

The Faces of joy, incredulity and pain of fans are etched in eternity. The Goal celebrations ranging from the funny, the deeply emotional, the respectful and the political celebrations wouldn’t go forgotten.  Neither would the volleys,the belted thunders, curlers and the numerous last minutes goals that have decorated this World Cup is all part of the miracle called Russia 2018.

Russia 2018 would be ending by the night of the 15th of July without gang fights, unprovoked hostilities and other dangers that fans have been warned about before the tournament started.

Rather it would end with a thunder, a bouquet and a pure stream of joy that has always been the epitome of the world most emotional Event.

It is Russia 2018, it is the Queer World Cup .

Favorites Of The Russia 2018 World Cup

Favorites Of The Russia 2018 World Cup

Before the first ball was kicked in Russia on June 11, some fans felt the much coveted World Cup would find its home to their countries.

You would agree with their lofty belief especially if they were nationals of Brazil,Spain, France, Argentina ,Belgium and the defending Champions Die Manchaft of Germany

Brazil was tipped to win a record 6th World Cup in Russia this summer. And they had all the arsenal to capture the trophy and bring it to their football crazy fans in the beautiful country of Brazil especially with Neymar coming back from a season ending injury.  Brazil won all their Pre tournament friendly games in style with Neymar showing why he is seen as a perennial contender for the balon d’or .

All that promise fizzled out when Brazil met Belgium in one of the most interesting games of the Russia 2018 World Cup leaving Neymar disconsolate and scarred once more.

Brazil might have had the flair and biggest threat but Germany was tipped to defend the World Cup trophy. The team chosen to repeat this feat still had players who won the World Cup 4 years ago. If that team was stellar this German Team was only stellar in names only. An insipid performance against the Mexicans saw them lose , it was followed by a game won only at the last second by a kroos curler against the swedes and a loss against the less fancied South Korean team.

Germany was knocked out and it was quite unpredictable. Spain might have gone one further than Germany but they fell short of the high  placedon them by their

2 days to their first match, Julien Lopetegui was sacked after being announced as the Coach of Real Madrid starting after the World Cup.

The announcement came as a shock but his sack by the Spanish FA came as a bigger shock. While the impressive showing in the first game against Portugal might have doused the fears, the roja blancos couldn’t go pass the host nation. Some quarters blame the sacking of Lopetegui on the failure of the team to reach it’s full potential at the World Cup .

But if there is one team amongst the pre tournament favourites who still retain the tag of favourites to win the trophy at the semi final stage, that team is the Les blues of France.  The team has continued to grow from strength since the beginning of the tournament.  They have defeated strong opponents including the Messi led Argentinian team and the well organized machinery of the Uruguay team. With Mbappe, Kante, pogba and Greizmann playing fantastic football it seems the World Cup is theirs for the taking.  But would they be able to go through an impressive Belgian team who have continued to impress all through, not even loosing or drawing a single game in the tournament. The only team to do so in this tournament and they have been able to do so with the help of a marauding hazard, clinical lukaku and a Courtois who has rediscovered his red hot form.  Belgium might just continue their impressive record and put an end to France chances just as they did to Brazil.

England seems to have an outside chance but a better chance at getting to the final if they can manage to muzzle Modric who has been fantastic so far at this World Cup,  and get the ball 4th o their talisman  Harry Kane who is the current highest goal scorer.

Croatia might fancy their chances as long as Modric keeps destroying midfields as he has continued without stop since the beginning of the tournament.

But their chances are slim but they might as well take it especially if it comes to a penalty shootout

Maybe England France or Belgium might win the World Cup or just maybe the men with the finest President at the World Cup, Croatia might just create history.