Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Klinsmann happy with Morris decision

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke up about the Jordan Morris decision to remain in Seattle, Chelsea and West Ham are moving in the transfer market. And we learn how much money some of these huge clubs actually rake in.

FA Cup- Third Round Replay
Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham
(Heung-Min 39', Chadli 66')

Liverpool 3-0 Exeter City
(Allen 10', Ojo 74', Teixeira 82')

Leicester and Tottenham have to be sick of each other. This is their third match against each other in the last week and a half and seventh in the last 13 months. This time it was Spurs coming out on top, but I doubt the Foxes will mind very much. Their focus is on holding things together and making the top four in the League, if not winning the whole dang thing. LEss fixture congestion thanks to a deep FA Cup run will probably aid in that mission.

Copa del Rey- Quarterfinals First Leg
Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Barcelona
(Aduriz 89')-(El Haddadi 18', Neymar 24')

Serie A
Sassuolo 1-1 Torino
(Acerbi 40')-(Belotti 22')

Coupe de France- Round of 32
Chamble Thelle FC- 0-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Cornet 20', Valbuena 22')

Concarneau 1-3 Troyes
(Moyo 68')-(Jean 42', 50', Azamoun 82')

Evian Thonon Gaillard 1-3 AS Monaco
(Kamin 63')-(Traore 45+1', Pasalic 103', Costa 119')

Mantes 78 0-1 Nantes
(Bedoya 105+2')

Trelissac FC 1-1 Lille (4-2 on penalties)
(Cavaniol 58')-(Lopes 13')

Boulogne 1-3 Lorient
(Bonenfant 78')-(Fofana 49', Jeannot 102', 117')

Olympique Marseille 2-0 Montpellier
(Dja Djedje 54', Bensebaini OG 41')

We had ourselves a giant slaying in France today. Ligue 1's Lille goes down in penalties to 4th tier amatuer side Trelissac. The other Ligue 1 sides did well for themselves. except Montpellier, who were downed by Marseille.

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Lazio 0-1 Juventus
(Lichtsteiner 66')

Juve do nothing but win these days, and that includes in cup competitions. In all competitions, the defending champions have now won 13 straight matches and are unbeaten in 15. Their last draw came on November 3 in a Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach and their last loss on October 28 to Sassuolo in Serie A. I would not want to go up against Juventus right now.

Alexandre Pato, who has had an interesting career since leaving AC Milan. He has been kicking it around with Corinthians, before they loaned him out to Sao Paulo, in Brazil for a few years, and now he is on his way back to England. Chelsea, who need all the help they can get right now, have agreed to purchase him from the Brazilian giants.

West Ham claim they are "ready for the big time," or something, so they need to sign some big time players. They have mad their first of these by signing Sam Byram from Leeds United. Byram was close to signing with Everton, instead chose to head to the East End of London.

Vancouver Whitecaps have added an attacker.  Costa Rican international forward Christian Bolanos has been added to their squad. He comes with World Cup experience and should slot in behind Kekuta Manneh and Octavio Rivero quite nicely. 

The Jordan Morris saga has come to an end with his refusal of Werder Bremen's contract offer, but, until now, we have yet to have heard from Jurgen Klinsmann on the matter. He is evidently "thrilled" with his decision to go pro with the Sounders. If he is thrilled that he will play in Seattle, I wonder what his adjective would have been had he chosen to play in Germany.

The world's biggest clubs make a boat load of money. Nobody is going to doubt that. The accounting firm Deloitte has published it's list of top 30 clubs based on overall revenue. Not surprisingly, Real Madrid is number one with Barcelona in second. Manchester United is the top Premier League club at number three. while Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool also cracked the top ten. In fact, the Premier League holds 17 of the top 30 places. The only Premier League clubs that do not appear on this list are the ones that just got promoted for this season. I can only imagine what this will look like in a year's time after the Premier League's lucrative broadcast deal kicks in.

Today's Matches
Copa del Rey- Quarterfinals First Leg
Valencia v. Las Palmas- 2pm
Sevilla v. Mirandes- 3pm

Coupe de France- Round of 32
St. Etienne v. AC Ajaccio

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