RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian coach Tite included Manchester City's Fernandinho for his Copa America squad on Friday, but there was no place for Spurs forward Lucas Moura or Liverpool midfielder Fabinho. Fernandinho was blamed in some circles for Brazil’s elimination from the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, but he has enjoyed an excellent Premier League season under Pep Guardiola and retains the confidence of the Brazil manager. "Fernandinho knows what we expect, he knows his responsibility," Tite told reporters, saying he was mature enough to cope with past criticism. "Choosing two holding midfielders between Casemiro, Fernandinho and Fabinho is hard," Tite added. "Fabinho is going through a great moment, it was very difficult ... All three are playing at the top level and it hurts a coach to choose but that’s my job." Moura, meanwhile, lost out despite scoring the hat-trick that took Spurs into the final of the Champions League. Up front Tite opted for Neymar, David … [Read more...] about Fernandinho in, Moura out for Brazil in Copa America
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Kylian Mbappe hat-trick earns title-winning PSG victory over Monaco BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris St Germain celebrated winning the Ligue 1 title with a 3-1 victory against Monaco. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/kylian-mbappe-hattrick-earns-titlewinning-psg-victory-over-monaco-38037217.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/article38037213.ece/32d12/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_f3539a62-999f-4066-aaf9-13d961851b82_1 Email Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris St Germain celebrated winning the Ligue 1 title with a 3-1 victory against Monaco. After failing to regain their crown in the past three matches, drawing one and losing two, PSG’s sixth title in the last seven seasons was confirmed prior to Sunday night’s game after Lille’s goalless draw at Toulouse earlier in the day. It was not quite a party atmosphere at the Parc des Princes, owing to the fire this week at Notre Dame in Paris. PSG … [Read more...] about Kylian Mbappe hat-trick earns title-winning PSG victory over Monaco
News 6 // 24 Jan 2019, 04:15 IST SHARE PARIS (AP) — French Cup holder Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 against Strasbourg on Wednesday to reach the last 16, but lost Neymar to what appeared to be a right foot injury. Neymar, who sustained a groin injury two months ago playing for Brazil and also broke his right foot nearly one year ago with PSG, looked visibly upset as he limped off after 60 minutes of the game at Parc des Princes. PSG won the game with an early goal from Edinson Cavani and a late one from Angel Di Maria. Strasbourg is one of only two sides to have held PSG to a draw so far in the French league, but the Alsace side posed little threat on a chilly night. Cavani, who scored a second-half hat trick in Saturday's 9-0 home win against Guingamp in the French league, needed only four minutes to score PSG's first goal after being set up by striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting's chested … [Read more...] about PSG beats Strasbourg 2-0 but star Neymar limps off injured
News 17 // 04 Dec 2018, 03:59 IST SHARE Luka Modric's Ballon d'Or triumph on the back of a stunning year with Real Madrid and Croatia marks the end of an era for world football's most coveted global prize.For the first time since Brazil midfielder Kaka won in 2007, a man other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the best male footballer in the world. Indeed, Messi missed out on a top-three place for the first time since 2006.Both superstars remain somewhere close to the peak of their powers and may well find themselves back at the summit 12 months from now.Nevertheless, Modric breaking the Messi-Ronaldo streak means the Ballon d'Or now looks more of a possibility for other players shining at the elite level. We look at six who, if everything falls into place, could take home the trophy in 2019.NeymarThe next winner of the Ballon d'Or after Messi and Ronaldo not being called Neymar means the best-laid plans of the … [Read more...] about Ballon d’Or 2018: Who might follow Modric as the Messi-Ronaldo era ends?
News 5 // 04 Dec 2018, 03:47 IST SHARE Luka Modric has ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's 10-year domination of the Ballon d'Or by claiming world football's most coveted individual prize.Modric helped Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League trophy before the midfield maestro played a pivotal role in Croatia's surprise run to the World Cup final.Ronaldo finished second, unable to add a sixth trophy to his collection, while France and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann completed a Messi-less top three.Here, we look at how the jury voted to rank the players selected as the 30 best on the planet by France Football.1) Luka ModricAfter a decade dominated by superstar forwards, Modric strikes a blow for the little man. A delightful midfield creator who has operated at the top of the game throughout a wonderful career. Real Madrid and Croatia's years would have looked entirely different without him.2) Cristiano RonaldoUnable to make … [Read more...] about Ballon d’Or 2018: The top 30 in full after Modric walks away with the top prize