Loyalty has become secondary to things like money and fame in modern day football. Gone are the days when we had young players aspiring to be a one-club legends like Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes and Totti.
The Coutinho saga is a big example of this shift in player choices. The Brazilian starlet is a wanted name in the Barcelona camp and the Catalan club has been putting in bid after bid to secure his signature. The former Inter Milan man has now handed in a transfer request and displayed his desire to leave the Merseyside club.
Seeing such an integral part of the team turn his back at a crucial time for the club has especially hurt the fans.
Despite the heartbreak, a young Liverpool fan displayed his emotions about Coutinho through a banner which read “Please Stay Coutinho, My Hero” in the Merseyside club’s 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
One can only hope that Coutinho sees this little lad’s banner and reconsider his decision to leave.
Check out the picture (via @AnfieldNation) below –
With everything that Leeds United have gone through in the last few months, unflinching loyalty is all they need to keep their ship afloat this season. Fortunately, they have just that in their manager Thomas Christiansen.
The Peacocks boss was asked about the possibility of striker Chris Wood finally leaving to join Premier League side Burnley after his side’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland yesterday.
Confirming Wood’s imminent exit, Christiansen said his team has place only for those players who are willing to play for the team, as “These are my players and for them I die!”
Provided the club’s recent history involving former boss Garry Monk’s shocking exit, followed by this story of Chris Wood’s transfer worth £15 million now, this passionate quote from the manager will definitely augment his status when he is remembered as a club hero someday in the future.
Watch Christiansen’s amazing reply below –
Celtic’s Karamoko Dembele already made a name for himself after he started for the Celtic U20s side at the tender age of 13, and you would feel like he’s destined to be a big name in the future if you have a look at his latest exploits in the St. Joseph Boys annual U-15 Hibernia Umbro Trophy.
A clip featuring the young starlet in Celtic U15s match against Club NI has been making the rounds on Twitter for all the good reasons.
The video shows Dembele doing a slick one-two pass with one of his teammates and then chipping the goalkeeper effortlessly from close range to finish an absolutely mesmerizing move.
The 13 year old is gifted with blistering pace, smart footballing brain and exceptional finishing, and if he continues playing like this then the day he gets a call-up from the senior team is not very far.
Big clubs like Chelsea are already interested in the young star, so Celtic will have to make sure that they provide him with enough incentives to keep him within their ranks.
Karamoko Dembele, remember the name. Check out the goal below –
French attacker has bags of potential
Anthony Martial has been on fire this season netting in two goals in two games so far. Coming off the bench in both the matches for United, the former Monaco man has served a reminder to his manager that he belongs in the starting line-up.
Jose Mourinho acknowledged his contribution against Swansea when he was spotted nodding in approval to his goal against the Welsh side.
Martial, who shone brightly in his first season at Old Trafford, has been under constant speculation for a while now after becoming a victim of the infamous second season syndrome.
The Red Devils have seen their team register their best start to a Premier League season in over 110 years.
With a goal difference of 8 in just 2 games, title talk has been in full swing and if Mourinho’s men are going to come anywhere close to the level of Premier League champions, Martial will have to be at his very best.
Check out Jose Mourinho and the Man Utd bench’s reaction to Martial’s goal below –
Southampton legend and Sky Sports Soccer Sunday pundit Matt Le Tissier picked his combined Tottenham vs Chelsea XI ahead of their Super Sunday clash, choosing only four Chelsea players from Conte’s league winning side.
Big names like Thibaut Courtois, Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas and Azpilicueta were all left out by Le Tissier.
With 7 players from the Tottenham squad featuring in the combined XI, it only goes on to show how Spurs have a genuine chance of winning the league this season.
They are a force to be reckoned with and cannot be taken lightly by any club.
The stark contrast in the both the team’s last week’s result makes Sunday’s already mouth-watering contest even more interesting.
Spurs fans will definitely be hoping for a win against a Chelsea, despite the rumors of Eden Hazard coming back in to the picture for the Blues.
Check out Le Tissier’s combined XI below –
What looked like another dry transfer window for West Ham in the beginning, has now turned into one of their most productive summers in quite a long time.
The high profile signings of Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Pablo Zabaleta means the Hammers now boast a team strong enough to challenge for the Europa League spot. What they now need is a solid defensive midfielder, and Slaven Bilic has recognized Sporting CP’s William Carvalho as his main target.
There have been a lot of rumours about the prospective transfer, and although progress has evidently slowed down in the past few days, a new photo featuring Carvalho and his friends might revive the hopes amongst the Hammers faithful.
In the picture, one of Carvalho’s friends can be seen posing whilst crossing his hands and it looks like he’s making the Hammers sign.
Check out the picture (via @WHUFC_News) below –
Kid delivers off the pitch as Everton romp home in Europe
The Toffees were always going to be the favourites against their opponents from Kazakhstan, winning by a comfortable 2-0 margin on the night.
But the match wasn’t played with the easiest of circumstances as the Hajduk Split fans were letting themselves known in a rather ugly manner.
A young Everton fan was clearly not impressed with the away fans demeanour. Dishing out an illicit response, the kid rallied the supporters around him to give an appropriate reply to the away section.
Everton have invested heavily this summer and look primed to go past the qualifiers of Europa League. There is a renewed sense of optimism in the blue half of Merseyside with manager Ronald Koeman contemplating a challenge for the CL places in the league this summer.
The big money arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City will certainly add to that.
Check out a young Everton fan in action below –
Imagine the sudden surge of elation when your team finally ends up breaking the deadlock by scoring after thirty minutes of goal-less football.
And now imagine being surrounded by a sea of rival fans when that happens.
A Birmingham City fan found himself in such a predicament when Jacques Maghoma put his team ahead by finding the net during their clash against Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium last night.
Sadly, the fan’s happiness was short-lived, as the home side came from behind to score two goals and secure three points with a win.
Marvin Sordell’s stunning 20-yard strike followed by Lloyd Dyer’s clinical finish to Lucas Akins’ backheel ensured that the Brewers completed a turnaround in the second half and walked away with a victory.
Nevertheless, this Birmingham fan can at least celebrate the fact that his covert celebration in the Burton end did not go unnoticed and is going viral online. Check out the video below –
It has finally happened!
A long-lasting, painful saga of agonizing wait finally came to an end when Tottenham Hotspur made their first summer signing by agreeing to bring in Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez on Friday.
Much to the frustration of fans, Spurs were the only Premier League club so far to not buy any players in preparation of the new season.
The sheer amount of resentment that the Spurs faithful were going through can be summed up by the fact that one supporter decided to make a meme for each day his club failed to make signings, effectively ending up posting for almost seven weeks.
And the simple plea to “Sign some f***ing players” finally met with a grand climax culminating a hilarious thread of memes with a video welcoming Davinson Sanchez, also known as the “Best Sanchez in North London!”
Check out @Simply_Spurs’ video unveiling Sanchez as Tottenham’s latest signing below –
In a democratic institution, every citizen has the right to voice concerns using peaceful means of protest; and it also goes without saying that every such protest must carry some merit to it for being taken seriously.
A Rangers fan exercised his right to protest peacefully using an online petition seeking to ban arch rivals Celtic from playing in the Champions League. Yes, you read it right.
His plea is based on the fact that the Hoops’ recent 5-0 victory over Kazakh club FC Astana has raised chances of them playing European football this season, and this will help them earn at least £30 million in revenue.
The statement goes on to say that this additional income for Celtic will create disparities between them and all other clubs in Scotland, effectively making the national league a one-horse race.
Needless to say, the Rangers supporter’s cause largely attracted ridicule, despite getting some hundred signatures within a day.
Read the petition below –