Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Brazil want Neymar at Olympics, Kaka out again

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 KAA Gent (4-2 on aggregate_)
(Schurrle 74')

Real Madrid 2-0 Roma (4-0 on aggregate)
(Ronaldo 63', Rodriguez 67')

FA Cup- Fifth Round Replay
Hull City 0-4 Arsenal
(Giroud 41', 71', Walcott 77', 88')

Headlines
The big question surrounding Brazil at the upcoming Copa America Centenario is whether or not Neymar will be present for the event. It has long been speculated that he would choose to either play in that tournament or the Olympics in Rio, but not both. For what it's worth, Brazil would prefer he play in the Olympics. Who can blame them? The Olympics are on home soil and are the only major tournament Brazil has never won. This edition of the Copa America is a unique case that may not be taken seriously by all the South American entrants, including Brazil, it seems.

Speaking of Brazilians, Orlando City's prized midfielder Kaka will not be ready to face Chicago on Friday. He has been dealing with a thigh strain that kept him off the pitch in Sunday's dramatic draw with Real Salt Lake. On the plus side, Antonio Nocerino is expected to make his MLS debut.

Steve McClaren's position as Newcastle's manager is still in flux, but the club is expecting to make a decision on his future in the next day or two. McClaren arrived at Newcastle from Derby County over the summer, but has failed to have any measure of success in the top flight. Meanwhile, a couple high profile names have reportedly expressed interest in the gig. David Moyes and Rafa Benitez could be candidates to replace McClaren should he be kicked to the curb,

The final fallout from Adam Johnson's law breaking behavior has hit Sunderland. The club's Chief executive, Margaret Byrne, has resigned amid reports that she knew of Johnson's sexual escapades with an underage girl from the beginning. Johnson was only released from the team after his initial guilty plea last month and now faces up to ten years in prison.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
Zenit St. Petersburg v. Benfica- 12pm- FS1
Chelsea v. Paris-St. Germain- 2:45pm- FS1

Ligue 1
Bastia v. Nantes- 12:30pm
GFC Ajaccio v. Olympique Marseille- 12:30pm

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