Iker Casillas goalkeeper retired after 21-year career

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced to put a stop to his illustrious 21-year playing career.

In 2019, Casillas suffered from heart disease and had intended to retire that same season. However, the Real Madrid legend struggled and declared to hang up his gloves after the 2019-2020 season ended.

Leaving aside his illustrious career, Casillas is expected to spend a lot of time in the competition for the chair of the Spanish Football Federation, his intention to have been in February 2020.

Casillas held a gold cup at the 2010 World Cup

Born May 20, 1981 in Madrid, Casillas was the product of the Castilla training furnace before he joined the team in the 1999-2000 season. The opportunity came with Casillas when the number one Real goalkeeper then, Bodo Illgner was seriously injured. He took the opportunity, then became the youngest goalkeeper in history to capture the Champions League final in 2000 and ascended the throne when Real beat Valencia 3-0.

Memorable moments of Casillas

With the arrival of new president Florentino Perez the following season, with the Galacticos policy, Casillas – a young adult player from the club – is preferred to use alongside young teammates like Francisco Pavon, Raul Bravo or Javier.

However, only Casillas survived the Bernabeu. He started for Real for 16 years, won three Champions Leagues, won La Liga five times and won two King’s Cups.

Casillas won the Euro Championship for the second time in 2012

Not only did he win all the titles at the club level with Real, Casillas also holds many records during his time at the Bernabeu, such as the most Champions League clean sheets, the most clean sheets in La Liga, and the most appearances in the Champions League.

Casillas is also the captain of the best team in the history of world football. Along with Spain, Casillas won the 2010 World Cup, and was crowned twice in the Euro in 2008 and 2012. He won the Golden Gloves of the 2010 World Cup, the Spanish player who wears the team the second most. history, playing four World Cups. Former Spain captain five times into the FIFA team of the year.

In the summer of 2015, at 34, Casillas left Real but did not close the journey to conquer the titles. The 39-year-old goalkeeper twice won Portugal’s championship with Porto. In the 2018-2019 season, he helped Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals, before losing to Liverpool – the team won the championship afterwards.

Man Utd wants to win the Champions League next season

Midfielder Fred believes that Man Utd will successfully defend his position in the top 4 of the Premier League to attend the Champions League next season.

Fred is excited about Man Utd attending the Champions League next season

Man Utd is third in the Premier League. They need at least one draw at Leicester Stadium in the last round to win tickets to the Champions League. If Man Utd loses and Chelsea beat Wolves in the match at the same time, Fred and his teammates will lose interest.

The upcoming match is also the occasion for Fred’s teammate – center-back Harry Maguire – to meet the old club. Man Utd spent $ 97 million to recruit Maguire from Leicester in the summer of 2019. England midfielder immediately became a mainstay in the defense. In the first leg, he helped Man Utd defeat Leicester 1-0.

Regarding the opponent, Fred particularly noted striker Jamie Vardy – who is leading the race to the Premier League scorer with 23 goals.

Solskjaer is expected to gradually bring Man Utd back to the previous position

Currently, with the third place in the Premier League, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits the distance from Man Utd to the two leading teams is really far.

Man Utd is third in the Premier League. If they do not lose on the pitch of Leicester in the final round on Sunday 26/7, they will successfully defend the position and ticket to the Champions League – the biggest goal this season.

The progress of Man Utd is something that can be seen this season, even with an unbeaten period throughout 13 matches. However, it is also not really stable. Recently, former defender Gary Neville suggested that Man Utd need to buy three to four top players to improve the squad quality.

After the Premier League, Man Utd will return to the Europa League with the return leg of the round of 1/8. In the first leg, Solskjaer and his students won 5-0 at Lask. The tournament takes place from August 5 to August 21.

The Champions League return on August 7th, 2020

The European Football Federation (UEFA) today June 17 decides the Champions League will play back from August 7th with the remaining matches of the 1/8 round.

The remaining four matches of the 1/8 round will take place on August 7 and August 8. They are matches Juventus – Lyon, Man City – Real Madrid, Bayern – Chelsea and Barca – Napoli.

From the quarterfinals onwards, as many sources have leaked recently, UEFA chose to play a knockout match, and decided to gather the teams to focus on kicking in Lisbon, Portugal, on the fields of Da Luz and José.

Accordingly, four quarter-finals took place on 12, 13, 14 and 15/8. The two semi-finals are played on August 18 and 19. The final took place on Da Luz Stadium on 23/8. All of these matches were played on the field without an audience.

Champions Champions will be determined in the final at Da Luz on August 23rd

If a match is drawn in two extra innings, the two teams will decide to win or lose by extra time and penalty shootouts. The quarter-final draw and the Champions League semi-final will take place on July 10 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The Champions League has stalled since 11/3, when it has just played half of the matches on the round of 1/8. Already PSG, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig won tickets to the quarterfinals.

In the four pairs of unfinished matches, after the first leg, Real and Chelsea were the most disadvantageous, in turn losing to Man City 1-2 and Bayern 0-3 at home. Juventus lost 0-1 at Lyon on February 26, the day after Barca drew 0-0 at Napoli.

The Europa League has also been adjusted to the schedule and plan of organization in the same manner. Accordingly, from the quarterfinals onwards, the teams will play in a knock-out format, focusing on playing in Germany, in four cities Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen, from 10/8 to 21/8.

These 1/8 round playgrounds will take place on August 5 and August 6. Matches at this stage will be delayed as Inter – Getafe and Sevilla – Roma will play on a neutral ground.

The quarter-finals will be played on August 10 and 11, and semi-finals on August 16 and 17. The Europa League final takes place on Cologne on 21/8, at 21h local time, or 3h on 22/8

UEFA Cup’s meeting to come up with a final solution for Europa League

As scheduled, today – June 17, the European Football Federation (UEFA) will meet to make decisions about the fate of two important tournaments, the Champions League and the Europa League. Many big teams like MU, Barca, Real … are watching the progress of this meeting.

Bundesliga, La Liga is back. The same thing is about to happen with the Premier League as well as Serie A. Only Ligue 1 and the Dutch league Eredivisie have made the decision to cancel the tournament, although so far looking back, it seems to be a hasty decision.

Today, UEFA meets to come up with a final solution for the Champions League and Europa League

Most member leagues are back to play the rest of the season. This forced the European Football Federation to characterize to end the two Champions League and Europa League. And that is the premise for an important meeting, scheduled for later today (Vietnam time) – June 17, at UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland).

In April, UEFA meetings were scheduled to end with the Champions League final in Istanbul (Turkey) on August 29, with the Europa League final held on the pitch. Energa Gdansk (Poland) 3 days earlier. There are currently 2 different plans to complete both tournaments under consideration.

According to the Daily Mail, another proposal is to organize the remaining Champions League knockout matches as usual. The quarter-finals will be held in July, while the semi-finals will take place in August. The question is whether there will be a first leg and a return trip? This will be the question that UEFA must make its final verdict today.

UEFA is considering organizing a small tournament at the end of the season. These matches will only have 1 turn and are likely to take place in a week. This is the same format with the World Cup or EURO.

The source of Marca newspaper revealed, after 2 months of discussion, UEFA is inclined to “mini tour” with the name Final Eight. The teams will gather in Portugal to complete the Champions League this season, because many places in Europe still restrict travel, including the city of Istanbul.

Specifically, Final Eight will take place within 12 days in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. In particular, the quarterfinals will take place from August 12 to 15, the semi-finals on August 18 and August 19 and the final will fall on August 23. The matches will be held in the form of a knockout match instead of the first leg – the return leg as before.

Barca, Juventus and Man City reacted strongly to the move from UEFA

The European Football Confederation (UEFA) is planning to host the remaining matches in the Champions League season of 2019/20 concentrated in one city, but Barca, Juventus and Man City firmly oppose.

Barca and 3 other teams disagree with UEFA about the Champions League

The Covid-19 pandemic caused the Champions League and Europa League to be pushed back indefinitely. UEFA wants to complete both tournaments after the domestic leagues are over. As expected, the two biggest European football leagues at club level will be back in early August.

Barca wants to receive Napoli in the second leg of the round of C1 C1 at home

According to the host, Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey hosted the Champions League final this season. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is making the organization in this field extremely precarious.

Specifically, the city of Istanbul is expected to be severely lost because the organization on the field has no audience, and visitors will not be able to visit Turkey at that time because there is still a travel ban to prevent the spread of disease.

Facing the above situation, UEFA has considered the alternative plans. The agency is planning from the quarterfinals onwards the matches will play concentrated in a city and Lisbon is rated as the most potential.

Portugal’s corona virus infection rate is low and has allowed football to return. Germany could also be the venue for the remaining matches in the Champions League this season.

However, Barca, Juventus, Man City and Bayern Munich disagree with the plans from UEFA. These 4 teams insisted on playing the second leg of the 1/8 round of the Champions League at home, they accepted to play on the stadium without an audience.

Currently, the match between Man City vs Real Madrid, Barca vs Napoli, Juventus vs Lyon and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea has not taken place the second leg of the round of 1/8.

European football is facing the most difficult problem in history (Part 1)

Covid-19 pandemic is somewhat out of control in Europe makes all old continental football activities can be delayed indefinitely.

The fact that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is confirmed positive for the corona virus is rocking English football in particular and European football in general.

Before Arteta, European football recorded at least 4 cases of players playing in infected big leagues. However, the fact that a top coach, who is always in contact with many football players and characters, is infected creates a new risk.

Coach Arteta can contact hundreds of people after infection

Until the beginning of this week, UEFA and many Football Federation members still believed that football activities could take place normally, even though it took place in an audience field. The leaders of European football believe that the Covid-19 pandemic has not yet made a significant impact on the sport of the king, and the season must continue.

However, subsequent cases of consecutive Serie A and Bundesliga players were positive for corona virus. Recently coach Arsenal Arteta.

Old continental football is facing a major threat from the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, the media recorded at least 6 cases of football players and coaches positive for corona virus.

Serie A has 2 cases including Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini. The Bundesliga 2 received two cases, defenders Timo Hubers and Jannes Horn, both of Hannover 96. The Premier League recorded the case of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The Guardian revealed that the number of people quarantined by contact with Arteta could reach more than 100, including many football players and celebrities. Earlier, the Leicester City club confirmed that many players are being quarantined themselves because of signs of infection.

Will the Champions League be delayed indefinitely?

Champions League matches will be postponed instead of playing in an unpopulated state.

On the evening of March 12, UEFA announced that it would meet to discuss the plans to organize European Cups and EURO 2020.

A source from L’Equipe confirmed that UEFA considers the possibility of EURO being moved to 2021, to make time for the top European leagues to end the 2019/20 season. Besides, the Champions League and Europa League are likely to be delayed indefinitely to wait for new developments.