The Netherlands global joined the Red Devils from the Amsterdam outfit during Louis van Gaal's time in charge and he was a regular during the Dutchman's two seasons at Old Trafford. Blind, the son of former Ajax player and Dutch worldwide Danny Blind, played for the Ajax youth academy since he was 8 years old and he made his debut in the first team in December 2008.
Manchester [United] did not want to sell him and it was very hard. As I said before, I've made history at Real Madrid and I've given everything to them. "I wish him all the best except when he is playing against Madrid". He finished his letter by saying: "Thanks to everyone and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!" This is a challenge and I'm ready for it.
The 59-year-old Italian replaced Antonio Conte, who was sacked on Friday after two years in charge in which he won the Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he wanted at Stamford Bridge. He constantly complained of not getting the players or the backing he wanted to compete with the Manchester clubs last season. The 31-year-old who only has 12 months left on his contract, would not be short of suitors should Chelsea look to cash in.
The former Juventus midfielder led France to the trophy as captain 20 years ago, as Les Bleus defeated Brazil 3-0 in the final to win their first World Cup . "I respect France but Croatia , it's in my heart". For whatever reason, Croatia" s "Cinderella story' at this year's tournament has won the hearts of most of the world.
It said: "The more I see, the more important it is that when 'attacking this tournament" we tell our own story. Striker Marcus Rashford posted: "Really tough right now but this team's special. On Croatia's equaliser, Pickford questioned whether Perisic could have been penalised for a foul on Kyle Walker, adding: "Maybe it was a high foot against "Walks".
Unai Emery has so far been doing well as Arsenal's manager and the new gunners boss has surprised the Arsenal fans with how his making the players work hard in the training sessions. He added that it's still unclear whether Ozil and players like Granit Xhaka and new signing Stephan Lichtsteiner will be back in time for the team's preseason trip to Singapore later this month or if they'll join up with the squad when they return from Asia.
We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final. After an enthralling finish to the World Cup in Russia, President Vladimir Putin announced that foreign visitors holding the "fan id" could have visa-free entry to the Russian Federation until the end of 2018.
Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates with a medal after the match. With his World Cup over, Eden Hazard's potential move to Real Madrid is set to become the subject of intense speculation in the coming days and weeks, although Brian Laudrup believes it is a done deal.
Djokovic's thriller against long-time rival Rafael Nadal lasted a mere five hours 15 minutes, but only three sets of that could be completed before the Wimbledon curfew at 11 pm on Friday, and the pair had to come back on Saturday to finish off before the women's final.
If she could train the baby to toss the ball in the air for her serves, she might win a couple of rounds. Williams had to overcome medical complications both during and after the birth , with her competitive return to tennis only coming in March.
Anderson must regroup after spending 10 hours, 50 minutes on court between his five-setters in the quarterfinals (upsetting Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set) and the semifinals. Anderson broke Isner's serve for the first time in 110 service games at Wimbledon earlier in the set. But serving for the set, Anderson's second serve was tested and Isner attacked at the net like he had so often in the match, and got the break right back.
Chelsea have confirmed Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach. Winning trophies didn't save Conte being shown the Stamford Bridge exit door as he was dismissed after guiding Chelsea to the FA Cup in May. A £43m transfer fee was agreed between De Laurentiis and City last month, but Napoli reneged on that deal, leaving club hierarchy stunned. Conte and his staff leave as part of a £9m compensation package clear-out just 28 days before the start of the new league season.
Schnatter stepped down as CEO previous year after blaming slowing sales growth on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. During the conference call, the pizza chain founder observed that Colonel Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame - who died in 1980 - used the n-word and no one ever came down on him.
Williams, who missed Wimbledon a year ago due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016. Next up for Williams as she tries to earn her eighth title at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam trophy overall will be a match Thursday against No.
Fear of France hatching a plan to stop Modric: "We are not afraid that they will try to take Modric out of the game because we have other players". Writing Croatia's name in the history books: "We'll be in the history books for being, along with Uruguay, the smallest country to play in the final".
England turned to a faithful old friend in the Merlyn bowling machine after the 23-year-old took five wickets against them in the first Twenty20 worldwide and played him a little better in the second game at Cardiff. Even if the frontline guys aren't playing, we still have to play well. The Three Lions' winning form has seen them considered the leading contenders for the series at odds of 4/5, and it would be a strong punt to take on given their recent form in ODI cricket.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his exhausted team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime when they face England in the World Cup semi-finals in Moscow today. "It's something we'll never forget". We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight. The Croatia worldwide will be hoping to emerge victorious against France in the final, and the way he helped shut Kane down will give him confidence.
Beaten in the 2016 final by Serena Williams , Kerber said: "I was expecting a very tough and close match against Daria". "I still have a long way to go to be where I was". Williams' seemingly inevitable march to the final of a women's singles tournament in which none of the top 10 seeds remain continued at pace against Evgeniya Rodina as she eased into the last eight, but the seven-time Wimbledon champion needed to use much more of her reserves against Giorgi.
The third set produced more high-quality tennis and Nadal was the first who crumbled under pressure, losing serve at love at 4-5 to drop another set and face an elimination. Del Potro threw everything he could at Nadal in a pulsating match and even conjured the shot of the tournament as he acrobatically dived to his right to hit a fizzing forehand volley that ended a spellbinding 23-shot rally.
But England's revival under Southgate at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, now just one win away from their first finals appearance since 1966, has shot the song back on to the United Kingdom singles charts, with the line "football's coming home" also becoming the catchphrase of their campaign.
At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term. "Croatia deserve respect, they've got some wonderful players". "It gives you goosebumps just to see how happy they are with how we are doing". "It's [meant so] much to me and the whole team!" "They've been through a lot", Southgate added.
However, not once did he panic and ultimately reached the milestone in the penultimate over of India's innings. Despite the disappointment on Friday, the visitors are still in contention for their sixth consecutive T20I series' win, which is part of an unbeaten run stretching back to September 2017.
England manager Gareth Southgate addressed his players and staff at their base in Repino on Thursday following their crushing World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia . It wasn't easy, but I think we were physically ready. The Inter Milan winger soon hit the woodwork, as England managed to hold on and take the game into extra-time.
Croatia have now played the equivalent of a whole match more than Didier Deschamps' team ahead of Sunday's final in the Russian capital but must gird themselves for one final push for glory. "We are a very tight-knitted community and soccer brings people together", he said. Pitana has been an global referee since 2010. Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup's leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia .
The Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves in the middle of a number of rumors this offseason, but perhaps the more intriguing one involves San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard . Despite their worsening relationship with Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs are still hoping that they can get valuable assets that could keep them competitive in the Western Conference.
Kane, who scored 41 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions last season, will also be hoping to find the net for the first time at a major tournament. In fact, there was more ignominy to come with the weird 67-day stewardship of Sam Allardyce, who departed after a newspaper sting, before current manager Gareth Southgate was promoted from the under-21 team.
Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 . In the first half I wasn't as sharp or as good on the ball as I should have been, but you do have those games and thankfully the team played so well. Back then, Robson's men came up short after an epic, heroic shoot-out defeat to West Germany, a loss which lacked the seeming inevitability of all subsequent penalty heartbreak, a hoodoo Southgate's squad broke with last week's cathartic victory over Colombia.
England's players react after losing their FIFA World Cup semi-final match to Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow , Russia, July 11, 2018. "We were not certain what this team might be capable of", Southgate admitted to ITV , mindful of England's many recent failures. Crawford was capped twice by the Three Lions in the early sixties and played on the same pitch as all of the triumphant England team of that era at some stage or another during a near fifteen-year career in the ...
Belgium had the chance to make history on Tuesday night against France in the first semi-final of the World Cup . No matter if they end up facing England or Croatia , "they'll be the favourites for the ultimate title", the paper claimed, dubbing the team "The Incredibles".
They are making us all proud. In extra time, he leaped high to block John Stones' header, keeping Croatia in the game before Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal about 10 minutes later. SportPesa ambassador, Doctor Khumalo, expressed his views on the top players in the global showpiece in this week's Clubhouse column and shares his thoughts on why it has been the most unpredictable tournaments ever.
A solitary blemish came on the 11th hole, but Knox quickly bounced back with a birdie on the 12th, before adding a further gain at the 15th to move in to a tie for the lead with Van Rooyen, Jorge Campillo and Ryan Fox - who had just dropped a shot on the 14th hole.
England take on Sweden in Samara on Saturday with a place in the World Cup semi-finals at stake, and while some may be surprised to see the Scandinavians in the last eight, defender John Stones says they can not be underestimated. "Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone. This is the way for us to have success, and we're going to continue this way". Sweden got its best chance two minutes into the second half on Marcus Berg's header, but England goalkeeper Jordan ...
Ronaldo signed a four-year deal with the Old Lady on Tuesday, bringing an end to his nine-year stint at the Bernabeu. The guys on Triple M's Rush Hour in Adelaide crunched the numbers. Juventus' fans in the stadium gave him a well-deserved standing ovation for his incredible feat. "The fans applauded him and he bowed to them". Around the same time, his relationship with Florentino Perez, the Madrid president cooled.
Hardik Pandya, who came in for Kohli, immediately found the boundaries and India needed just 29 from the last three overs to win the match. Captain Virat Kohli (43 off 29 balls) played his part with his authoritative strokeplay while Hardik Pandya, who shone with the ball earlier with a four-wicket haul, also made a significant contribution with the bat.
Hamilton can not afford a repeat of the botched start that saw him slip from pole to third where he was hit from behind by Raikkonen which cost him a victory and more vital points lost to Vettel. Bottas, on old tyres, was starting to wane, and with five laps to go Vettel perfectly executed his move at Brooklands to take the lead. "Thank you for loving me for being with all my flaws", said Hamilton, 33, on his Instagram account.
World Cup victor and France great Thierry Henry, who followed a similar trajectory to the top as Mbappe, cited the latter's intelligence as the driving force behind his success. "His presence, his World Cup experience, it is all a very positive influence", said defender Toby Alderweireld before the start of the tournament. We don't want to talk about the fight for the victory in the world Cup , try to take it match by match and to avoid the euphoria.
The family of a New Orleans man killed in a shooting posed him playing video games while sitting in a chair at his wake. Renard Matthews , who passed away at 17 years old, was a Celtics fan and enjoyed playing the National Basketball Association 2K video game.
England progressed to the last four of football's flagship tournament for the first time since 1990 with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday while Croatia advanced by overcoming hosts Russian Federation on penalties. The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarizing debate in England with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.
Thus, Anthony's one-year, $27.9 million expiring contract could be enticing for a team looking to part with long-term contracts, even if the team can't fully carve out $27.9 million in space. He failed to earn an All-Star nod for the first time since 2008-09, though his 169 3-pointers made set a new career high. Green originally signed with the Rockets on December 28, 2017 and averaged 12.1 points over the remainder of the season.
Serena Williams' Wimbledon tournament rolls on, as the women's quarterfinals will be without a top-10 player for the first time in the Open era. Despite the two-year gap since their previous meeting, Williams professed to having watched 52nd-ranked Giorgi play "a lot".
It was a real playoff match against not the weakest team in the world". "If anyone's got any tickets out there, we're desperate for the semi-final", said Holder in the van before striking out for Moscow, just over 1,000 km (600 miles) north-west of Samara.
With each passing day it's looking more and more likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be a Real Madrid player come the start of next season. After the match he said "it was handsome to be at Real Madrid ", per Bein Sports (h/t BBC Sport ).
While a number of his players have been away on global duty at the World Cup , those who have not been to Russian Federation have returned to Chelsea's Cobham training ground to start getting into shape once again. It is understood Conte held meetings and, unless the situation changes, will fulfil the final year of his contract. Chelsea's transfer business has been stalled, with the transfer window for Premier League clubs now being set at August 9, giving them four more weeks to ...
It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jesada said . Rescue leader Narongsak Osatanakorn told a press conference on Tuesday that the mission began at 10.08 a.m. Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who executed the risky rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex.
But with the euphoria of Saturday's win having turned into focus on Wednesday's match with Croatia , Trippier says England will be ready to go again in Moscow. Thank you for coming on our ride with us". "We'll just have to assess the bodies". I don't really ever get nervous anyway. "I play every game like every other game".
England face Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday night with a chance to reach only their second World Cup final. The semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday and pit Belgium against France on one side of the bracket and England versus Croatia on the other side, with the winners squaring off on Sunday.
It was a spirited display from Brazil , which managed to pull a goal back after going 2-0 down in the first half, and almost equalized in the dying moments when Neymar forced a fingertip save from Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Pope Francis speaks to a crowd of thousands gathered at St Peter's the day after Brazil were eliminated from the Fifa World Cup . Football fans united in a bit of schadenfreude yesterday after Neymar's side were booted out of the World Cup .
Also, Brazil is still one of the most popular teams, everybody wants to attend a Brazil game. Belgium look a thrilling proposition in attack and Lukaku knows the match in Kazan will provide them with an indication of just how far they have come.
According to the report, Argentina star Messi and Uruguay striker Suarez want a complementing player who can deliver the ball quickly into the centre of the pitch from the wing so they can do their thing. I'm following the information about Barcelona on the internet but I still do not know anything. "I'm trying to focus on the national team at the moment".
Raikkonen is also trying to get to third at the expense of Hamilton, but no success there so far. The victory extended Vettel's lead in the drivers' championship to 171 points, with Hamilton on 163. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up". "Obviously I was pretty happy with the first run in Q3 and then we had a little bit more in sector three and bits around the track, which I think I got right on the second attempt, but I seemed to lose a little bit down the straights".