Friday, March 18, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: FIFA losing money, criminal proceedings open against Valcke

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League- Round of 16 Second Leg
Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Villarreal (0-2 on aggregate)

Valencia 2-1 Athletic Bilbao (2-2 on aggregate, Athletic Bilbao advances on away goals)
(Mina 13', Santos 37')-(Adruiz 75')

Lazio 0-3 Sparta Prague (1-4 on aggregate)
(Dockal 10', Krejci 12', Julis 44')

Braga 3-1 Fenerbahce (3-2 on aggregate)
(Hassan 11', Josue PK 69', Stojilijkovic 74')-(Potuk 45+3')

Tottenham 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (1-5 on aggregate)
(Heung-Min 74')-(Aubameyang 24', 70')

Sevilla 3-0 FC Basel (3-0 on aggregate)
(Rami 35', Gameiro 44', 45')

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool (1-3 on aggregate)
(Martial 32' PK)-(Coutinho 45')

Anderlecht 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (1-3 on aggregate)

FIFA released it's financials yesterday and there are some gaudy numbers. The organuization holds a cash reserve of $1.33 billion, which is down from last year's figure of $1.44 billion. This is due to them recording a $121.6 million loss in 2015. Also, it was revealed that Sepp Blatter's total compensation package was $3.76 million, which includes pension and other contributions. Jerome Valcke was paid $2.11 million. Both are now off the books thanks to their bans,

Speaking of Mr. Valcke, criminal proceedings have opened agaisnt the suspended former secretary general. He has not yet been arrested, but he was questioned by authorities concerning the findings of FIFA's ethics investigation.Despite mountains of evidence agaisnt him, his lawyers maintain his innocence by saying he has done absolutely nothing wrong.

Aston Villa's American CEO Tom Fox has resigned from the club. He has spent the last year and a half at Villa, where he has overseen their plummet to the Premier League basement and a likely date with relegation.

Finally, the Champions and Europa League's held their draws for their quarterfinals. both sets will be played in the first two weeks of April. First, the Champions League:

Wolfsburg v. Real Madrid
Bayern Munich v. Benfica
Barcelona v. Atletico Madrid
Paris St.-Germain v. Manchester City

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have the easiest path to the semi-finals while Barcelona gets a domestic challenge with Atletico Madrid, who currently sit behind Barca in second place in Spain. PSG will have to travel to England again, where they face Manchester City, making their first quarterfinal appearance.

Braga v. Shakhtar Donetsk
Villarreal v. Sparta Prague
Athletic Bilbao v. Sevilla
Borussia Dortmund v. Liverpool

This is as touch as Liverpool could have gotten. A trip to Borussia Dortmund is far from ideal for them. Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla give us another all Spain derby. Villarreal faces Sparta Prague, who upset Lazio in the round of 16. Portugal's Braga gets Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, meaning we are sure to have someone from outside the top three leagues in the semis.

Today's Matches
New York City v. Orlando City- 7pm- UniMas

Schalke 04 v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 3:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Getafe v. Eibar- 3:30pm

Ligue 1
Olympique Marseille v. Stade Rennes- 3:30pm

Liga MX
Queretaro v. Chiapas- 9:30pm- Univision Deportes
Tijuana v. Toluca- 11:30pm

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