Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Ronaldo takes FIFA Men's Player of the Year for second year in a row

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Real Sociedad 1-1 Espanyol
(Illarramendi 69')-(Baptistao 9')

Deportivo La Coruna 1-1 Girona
(Perez PK 51')-(Aday PK 25', Portu 71')

European League Tables

Headlines
The Best FIFA Awards were held yesterday and here are your list of winners:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo won Best Male Player. He beat Lionel Messi and Neymar for the honor for the second year in a row. 
  • Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick goal for Arsenal against Crystal Palace won the Puskas Award for goal of the year. Be sure to check out his backheel pass to spring the counter attack, too.
  • Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won Best Female Player, beating out last year's winner Carli Lloyd.
  • Zinedine Zidane won best Men's Coach ahead of Antonio Conte.
  • Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman won Best Women's Coach.
  • Gianluigi Buffon won the Best Goalkeeper Award.
  • The Fair Play Award went to Togolese player Francis Kone, who performed life saving CPR on Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during Czech League game in February.
We also got the FIFPro World XI featuring the following quite devastating looking 4-3-3:

Lionel Messi - Cristiano Ronaldo - Neymar

Andres Iniesta - Toni Kroos - Luka Modric

Marcelo - Sergio Ramos - Leonardo Bonucci - Dani Alves

Gianluigi Buffon


After tumbling down to ninth place in the Eastern Conference following back-to-back playoff appearances, Montreal Impact have fired head coach Mauro Biello. The Montreal native and former player had been part of the coaching staff since 2009. Word is the club had been preparing for a change since July and has already met with potential replacements from abroad.

It seems whenever a coaching vacancy opens up in the Premier League, people find ways to link former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs to the job. Giggs said he is interested in both the Leicester City and Everton openings right now. His only experience was as interim boss at Manchester United in 2014 after David Moyes was let go. He tried to land jobs at Swansea City and Southampton since then, but was passed over. Typical English candidates have also emerged for both positions, including Sam Allardyce for Everton and Alan Pardew for Leicester.

American international Timmy Chandler will be out for quite some time after tearing his meniscus during Eintracht Frankfurt's draw against Borussia Dortmund. The non contact injury happened late in the first half and will require surgery to fix.

Bill Hamid has officially signed for FC Midtjylland in Denmark after D.C. United's season ended. This was long his rumored destination after the news of his impending MLS departure broke. He reportedly turned down offers from Bundesliga clubs, who would have used him in a backup role. He will start in Denmark while hopefully facing some stiffer competition to increase his chances of landing a more consistent spot with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Today's Matches
Carabao Cup- Round of 16
AFC Bournemouth v. Middlesbrough- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Arsenal v. Norwich City- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Bristol City v. Crystal Palace- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Leicester City v. Leeds United- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Swansea City v. Manchester United- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Manchester City v. Wolverhampton Wanderers- 3pm- ESPN3

DFB Pokal- Second Round
Bayer Leverkusen v. Union Berlin- 12:30pm- ESPN Deportes
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 12:30pm
SC Paderborn 07 v. VfL Bochum- 12:30pm
SV Wehen v. Schalke 04- 12:30pm
FC Magdeburg v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
FC Schweinfurt 05 v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2:45pm
Mainz v. Holstein Kiel- 2:45pm
SpVgg Greuther Furth v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 2:45pm

Copa del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
Numancia v. Malaga- 1:30pm
FC Cartagena v. Sevilla- 1:30pm
Real Zaragoza v. Valencia- 2:30pm
Getafe v. Alaves- 2:30pm
Murcia v. Barcelona- 3:30pm
Cadiz v. Real Betis- 3:30pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Sampdoria- 2:45pm

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