I had planned on closing My Heart Beats Football after Euro 2016, but I’ve been requested to continue it, so I guess it’ll be open for one season more.
Also, I’ve been asked by several people if I can do another football fan fic with the Les Bleus coach and his identical twin. However, they want to see him at none other than FC Barcelona. I’m thinking about it given that Marcus is a patriotic son of a gun who cares nothing for the Liga. We’ll see how/if that takes off when the new season of football begins.
Deschamps revealed his 23-man squad to face Bulgaria and Netherlands in upcoming WCQs. Giroud is not on the list given his injury. I love seeing Areola’s name and Laporte gets a well-deserved call-up. DD also recalled Mathieu.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola
Bayern Munich was handed their first defeat of the season
Last season, Atletico Madrid ended Bayern Munich’s Champions League dreams in the semi-final stage. Last evening, Atletico claimed a vital 1-0 victory over the German champions courtesy Yannick Carrasco. Had Antoine Griezmann not missed the penalty, then it would’ve been 2-0 for the Spanish side.
Thirty-four years ago, Paris Saint-Germain made their European debut in Bulgaria. They were beaten 1-0 by Lokomotiv Sofia at the Vasil Levski stadium. Returning to this very same ground last evening, the Parisian side locked horns with another Bulgarian team, Ludogorets.
Natanael opened the scoring with a STUNNER of a free kick in the 16th minute leaving PSG to climb the hill. However, Matuidi leveled things up in the 41st minute just before half-time. In the 55th minute, Cavani made it 2-1 with a header from a Di Maria’s free kick assist. El Matador put the icing on the cake five minutes later when he bagged a brace after Alphonse Areola saved a penalty.
I see room for improvement for PSG. With Emery, things have gone just a little bit backwards, but he’ll get there.
SCENES from the match via the club’s official website:
Barcelona stays on top of Group C thanks to goals by Pique and Turan in the second half.
Last evening, Barcelona struggled in the first half to get on the scoresheet when they faced Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. Thorgon Hazard put Monchengladbach ahead in the 34th minute and Barcelona had to climb from there. They were a mess in the first half. It took Neymar passing the ball behind the defensive line in the 65th minute for Turan to score the equalizer. Nine minutes later, Pique tucked home the winner from a rebound.
Its games like these that I miss Messi’s passing and his gifted vision. Paco Alcacer did not have a good game, but he’ll eventually get there. Leave him, let him struggle for now, for he’ll come out stronger in the end.
Son had a Man of the Match performance last evening as he delivered Tottenham’s first win in this season’s Champions League. It took 68 minutes for Son to score after latching onto Lamela’s cross, but it won them the match against CSKA Moscow giving Hugo Lloris a clean sheet.
Next up for Son in the CL? His former side Bayer Leverkusen.
Leverkusen drew 1-1 at Monaco last evening allowing Spurs to move up to second place in their group.
Sam Allardyce has resigned as England manager last evening. The 61-year-old was caught trying to use his position to earn extra money on the side and even had the bold audacity to dish out advice on how to get around the Football Association (FA) transfer rules.
The resignation makes him the shortest-serving England manager of all time after just one game in charge. Allardyce blames it on “an error of judgement” and “entrapment has won”, but it was his very own greed that cost him his dream job.
Gareth Southgate will take interim charge of England for their next four matches while the Three Lions hope to find a proper replacement.
NOTE: Some news reports said that Sam was sacked while others said that he resigned. Whichever one it is, he is not the manager anymore.
It’s been a while since I’ve done this. A few footballers had a fantastic weekend, including Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez, but this honor goes to Edinson Cavani.
El Matador had a few stressful games with the pressure mounting on his back. He managed to score on PSG’s outing against Arsenal in their 2016/17 Champions League opener, but then he squandered a few chances. Over the weekend, El Matador wasted no time in finding his shooting boots and quieting some loud mouth critics. Sure, it was just Caen he put 4 away against, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that he found his target every time. Also, I am LOVING the understanding between Cavani and Thomas Meunier. He finally has a reliable partner.
Pic via Edi’s Twitter handle
My favorite #9 was on fire and inspired. He scored his poker inside the first half.