September 29th, 2014
It has been heavily rumoured in the last few weeks that Chelsea are interested in signing Cristian Manea, a 17 year old playing in the Romanian league. The youngster has caught the eye of many scouts across the world, but it is believed that Chelsea have made an offer for him in the bid to sign him before the competition. Interestingly, Manea plays for Romanian club Viitorul Constanța. They are owned by former Romanian international and a legend around these parts, Gheorghe Hagi. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder says that there is no truth in the rumours that the club has received an offer for Manea.
It is widely speculated that an offer of £ 2.5 million would be enough to persuade the Romanian club to sell the player. This would represent a huge amount of money for the Romanian club, but it would not be a massive transfer fee for Chelsea. After all, the Premier League outfit had splashed out £ 88 million on new players like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. Chelsea have accumulated a number of highly talented youngsters in the last decade, but few have actually managed to make it to the first-team. However, they have gone on to have successful careers elsewhere.
“He has other offers. We have many offers. He is one of the most courted players, but it’s not true that he’s going somewhere or another… At this point he’s not signed any preliminary,” said the former Romanian international. During his stellar career, Hagi made 125 appearances for the national team and scored 35 goals. After largely playing for Romanian clubs at the start of his career, he moved to Real Madrid in 1990 and played for two seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu. He also became one of the few to have also represented Barcelona, which he did a few years later.
August 18th, 2014
Following the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup and Germany’s superb campaign playing at the international stage with a team that managed to run past everything in their path with a string of impressive performances from every single player in the team, they truly deserved to lift the World Cup trophy and claim the honor of being called as the best squad in the world.
When the Germans went on celebrating their title it was announced that Phillip Lahm was going to retire from playing at the international scene as he was going to simply focus on performing with his club, Bayern Munich and now questions are being asked as to who is going to become the next captain of the German team.
The former Bayern Munich player Franz Beckenbauer voiced his opinion concerning who is going to be named as the next captain of the German as he stated that Bastian Schweinsteiger is the logical choice.
“Schweinsteiger for me is the logical successor to Philipp Lahm. He’s a leader; he won a lot of sympathy for his incredible versatility in the World Cup final. The whole team is raised by such a fighter. And, as deputy to Lahm, he knows the captain’s role already. Mats Hummels should be vice-captain to Schweinsteiger. Manuel Neuer is a great personality, but a coach prefers an outfield player as they can better influence the action.”
Beckenbauger continued on saying that without Phillip Lahm in the team, Germany will struggle and that he was surprised when he found out that Lahm decided to retire from playing at the international level as Phillip Lahm is still needed by his country even at his 30 years of age.
“I would have understood it by many, but not Philipp Lahm. At 30 years of age, he is still desperately needed. He is the one who can divide the forces, no matter what position he plays in.”
Not only does Schweinsteiger play a pivotal role for his country Germany but also for his club Bayern Munich as he is the vice-captain of the team and Schweinsteiger is next in line of turning into the captain of Bayern Munich when Phillip Lahm decides to hang up his boots and retire from playing professional football but he still has a few more years left in him before stepping down.
July 8th, 2014
The former star of Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer has voiced his opinion in relation with 2014 World Cup incident involving the Colombian defender Juan Zuniga and Neymar. The Barcelona man, Neymar was on the receiving end of a tackle arriving from Zuniga and this has caused uproar in Brazil as the hosts will not be able to watch one of their stars perform in the worldwide tournament as he sustained an injury that will take around 6 weeks to fully recover.
During the quarter-final match of Colombia vs Brazil, it was Brazil the team that managed on coming out on top with the victory but it came at a costly price as Neymar picked up an injury that is not going to allow him represent Brazil in this World Cup any longer.
Juan Zuniga has received heavy criticism lately due to his actions towards Neymar as it due to his heavy and rather unnecessary tackle that will leave the Brazilian star out of the remaining matches of the 2014 World Cup but according to Franz Beckenbauer everything was just accidental.
“As regrettable as the broken vertebra of Neymar is, I have a hard time accusing Colombia’s Juan Zuniga of doing it intentionally. He did hit Neymar in the back with his knee, where it certainly doesn’t belong but to me it looked more like clumsiness’’ Former Bayern Munich player Franz Beckenbauer stated.
The German football coach continued on talking about the importance of Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer in their respective squads as they have played an important role for their teams during the group stages and quarter-finals of the worldwide tournament and Beckenbauer stated that if those players continue playing at that same high level then they will be nominated as the best players of the 2014 World Cup.
“I am not a prophet, but if Arjen Robben continues to play so brilliantly he along with Germany Manuel Neuer has the best chances of being named best player of the 2014 World Cup’’ Beckenbauer said.
June 23rd, 2014
German legend and former boss Franz Beckenbauer is adamant only the seasoned Germans can truly pose an acceptable challenge to Brazil as they prepare for yet another FIFA World Cup with the favorites tag.
The German, known for his majestic style of defending that earned him the nickname ‘Der Kaiser’ during his playing days, is one of only two men, the other being Brazilian legend Mario Zagallo, to win the FIFA World Cup both as a player and a coach.
And the Bayern Munich boss believes that if Brazil can play anywhere near the level they showed at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, no team in the world can stop them from lifting their sixth world title.
He said that he saw Brazil playing in a devastating fashion at last year’s Confederations Cup and he believes they will be doing the same at the World Cup as well. Speaking to an Indian newspaper, Franz Beckenbauer said that only Germany can pose a serious challenge for the Brazilians.
Kaiser also added that he knows that the teams that have won the Confederations Cup have not been able to win the World Cup over the years and in that respect, Brazil will have some problems. But on the other hand, this is not a sure shot thing and Brazil will definitely start as favorites.
Both Germany and Brazil have reached the finals of the World Cup a record seven times but while the Selecao have won the trophy five times, Germany have just three.
Franz Beckenbauer says that Germany has a team that can produce the goods it requires to win the World Cup. The team boasts of brilliant talents but the absence of Marco Reus from the team will hurt the team immensely as they look to secure the fourth crown.
May 19th, 2014
Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has stated that the club should not be celebrating their league success excessively ahead of the cup final with Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich started the season with the opportunity to win six major trophies. However, apart from the wins in the FIFA Club World Cup and the Super Cup, the club has endured a disappointing end to the season. This is despite them reaching the league title in record time with seven games to spare. Since the win in the league, they have suffered exits from the Champions League in the semi-final stage.
There has been a lot of criticism of Bayern since their league victory because their performances have dropped quite substantially and it allowed Real Madrid to beat them 5-0 on aggregate. Beckenbauer has been heavily critical of Guardiola’s tactics in recent months. He has once again stated that the players should not get carried away with the league success since they have very important final against Dortmund. Bayern have already been beaten by Dortmund heavily in the last few weeks.
They will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the same, while ending the season on a positive note is extremely important. The media released several pictures showing Bayern players and manager celebrating their league success.
“I think it’s a normal reaction for a team to sit back after reaching an aim. Of course the timing isn’t great because everything is decided only in May. There are decisive games in the Champions League and the DFB-Pokal. And now they (Bayern) have a little break, after a little blip. That means they don’t play with the engagement and that concentration they played with a few months ago. And that’s a pity because it is an important time at the moment,” Beckenbauer said ahead of the final.