Team news and stats ahead of Chelsea vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm).
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Liverpool managed to register the paperwork in time for new signing Thiago Alcantara to be available for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.
0:46 Sky Sports News’ Vinny O’Connor has the details of the contract signed by Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara
Although the £20m deal for the Bayern Munich midfielder was not announced until late on Friday afternoon the formalities had already been completed in advance for the Spain international to join the squad if manager Jurgen Klopp requires.
Thiago would most likely start on the bench if selected but fellow midfielder Fabinho could start at the expense of Naby Keita.
Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva will all miss out for Chelsea.
The new recruits must wait for their league debuts for the Blues, with Ziyech still nursing a knee complaint, Chilwell a heel issue and Silva searching for match fitness.
Christian Pulisic is still to shake off a hamstring problem, but striker Timo Werner is fit, having eased past a dead leg picked up at Brighton on Monday.
0:39 Jurgen Klopp says there could be more transfers at Liverpool before the window closes in October
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And Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has opened up on how an emotional Thiago said his final goodbye to the Bundesliga giants.
“Regarding Thiago, I would like perhaps to add this story,” he told Sky Germany.
“So on Thursday the transfer, which Hasan [Salihamidzic] agreed with the people in Liverpool, has been granted.
“When I arrived, I would say, 10 minutes later in the parking garage, I brought my car, he was standing at the spot where I always park.
“I thought to myself, what’s he doing here? ‘Thiago’ I said.
Not everything in the world has changed during 2020.
As a new Bundesliga season dawns, we find ourselves asking the same question as we have in each of the past few years – can anyone stop Bayern Munich?
Having made it eight title wins in succession despite what was, by their lofty standards, a turbulent season – adding the German Cup and the Champions League to boot for another historic Treble – Bayern’s rivals once again face the daunting and depressing challenge of eclipsing them.
Bayern Munich claimed the Bundesliga title for an eighth straight year last season and the main question ahead of the new campaign is whether they can be toppled
Their supremacy in Germany was replicated in Europe as they won the Champions League
The scale of their domestic dominance is only surpassed in Europe at the moment by Juventus and Celtic with…
No English, Spanish or Italian clubs feature in the Champions League semi-finals this year for the first time since 1991 – the final year of the old European Cup format.
Instead, there are two German teams and two French teams following a series of eye-catching results in the last eight.
Bayern Munich stunned five-time champions Barcelona in a humiliating 8-2 rout on Thursday night to set up a semi-final clash with Lyon, who similarly embarrassed Pep Guardiola’s expensively assembled Manchester City.
In the other half of the draw, Paris Saint-Germain, who left it late against Atalanta, will take on RB Leipzig who proved too much for Atletico Madrid.
How to watch the Champions League in the UK: TV schedule, channel, and quarter-final live stream details
This season’s quarter-finals, semi-finals and final are all being played as a single-leg, straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal, across 11 days this month.
The games will be split between Benfica’s Estadio da Luz (which will also host the final) and Sporting’s Estadio Jose Alvalade.
The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with the final due on Sunday.
Click here for a full guide on how to watch the Champions League in the UK.
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Wednesday 12 August, 8pm
- Atalanta 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Thursday 13 August, 8pm:
- RB Leipzig 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Friday 14 August, 8pm:
- Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich
Saturday 15 August,…
Wayne Rooney was born and raised in Liverpool, England.
Rooney is Catholic, and appears to be quite devout. During the 2010 World Cup, a reporter asked him a question about the rosary that he wore around his neck during practice, and the wayne rooneyer said, “It’s my religion.” But then an official stepped in and told Rooney to stop discussing the topic, saying, “We don’t do religion.”1
Luckily for those of us who do “do religion,” Rooney opened up to the press a couple years later. He said in an interview that he went to a Catholic school where he impressed the nuns in his religious education classes.2 And while in those days, he mostly just prayed for his wayne rooney club to win games, as an adult he takes his faith more seriously. He said,
I pray to God, of course. I believe in God. . . . I don’t pray to help me score goals. I pray for the health of me and everyone on the pitch. It is something I have always done. I pray at night. I pray for my family and friends and for the health of everyone I love.3
After waiting for years to hear what he has to say about his religion, there you have it folks. He’s just a good old Catholic boy.
Nobody has to stop Rooney from talking about politics, because it doesn’t look like he’s very interested. I couldn’t find any clue that Rooney is interested in the political scene in the U.K., but politicians seem to be interested in invoking his name.
Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron used the allegations that Rooney had an affair with a prostitute as a punchline.4 And former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown used a Rooney injury as a metaphor for the ailing British economy.5 If I were Rooney, I might be apt to vote Labour after that.
And it’s possible that he did. After all, he seems to be liberal, at least by American standards. During the 2012 campaign for president in the U.S., Rooney tweeted,
Watched all the presidential debates. If I had to vote would vote for Obama.6
It’s a little odd that he endorsed Obama, and took the time to watch more debates than most Americans, considering he doesn’t seem to have anything to say about politics in his own country. Maybe he does, and he’s just not letting on. Do you know anything more? Let us know in the comments.
- Wayne Rooney banned from talking about religion. Sydney Morning Herald. [↩]
- Wayne Rooney has found religion. Irish Central. [↩]
- Wayne Rooney: ‘I pray for my family before every match.’ Daily Mail. [↩]
- David Cameron pokes fun at Wayne Rooney as he picks up GQ award. Telegraph. [↩]
- Gordon Brown gets Wayne Rooney’s ligaments in a twist. Telegraph. [↩]
- Wayne Rooney the Prezmaker happy to put his political clout behind Barack Obama. Telegraph. [↩]
Transferred to Derby County following 2019 season.
Rooney is one of the most decorated soccer players of all-time, having won trophies at the highest level and being one of the best players in the history of the Premier League. The versatile attacker can play as a striker, playmaker or midfielder and is one of the biggest names to ever play in MLS.
INTERNATIONAL: Rooney solidified himself as one of the best players to ever represent the England National Team. His impressive displays for Everton as a teenager led to his first call-up to the England National Team at just 17-years-old. On Feb. 12, 2003, Rooney made his England debut against Australia in an international friendly and became the second youngest player in England history to earn a cap. In his sixth appearance for The Three Lions, Rooney became the youngest ever goalscorer for England when he scored in the 2-1 win over Macedonia in a UEFA European Qualifier at 17 years and 317 days old. The forward went on to become the most capped field player in England history (119) and is the all-time leader in goals for The Three Lions (53) after overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton (49) on Sept. 8, 2015, against Switzerland. Rooney has appeared in England’s last three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) as well as three UEFA European Championships (2004, 2012, 2016) and captained his country 23 times across all competitions.
OUTSIDE MLS: Rooney started his professional career with Everton after rising through their youth ranks, making his debut on Aug. 17, 2002, at just 16 years, 9 months and 24 days old. In two seasons with the Toffees, Rooney scored 15 goals in 71 appearances and his impressive performances for Everton led to a $35 million transfer fee to Manchester United on Aug. 31, 2004, for the then 18-year-old; a record at the time for a player under the age of 20. He played 13 seasons for Manchester United before returning to his boyhood club, Everton, for the 2017-18 season. In total, Rooney scored 208 Premier League goals in 491 appearances and is the second all-time leading scorer behind Alan Shearer (260). The forward is also the all-time leader in shots (1,237), third all-time in assists (103) and tied for 14th for EPL appearances (491). He won the Premier League title five times (the sixth most in the 26-year history of the top division) and earned The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year award for his performance in the 2009-10 season for Manchester United.
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A former Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa and England midfielder.
Now, he is a former football player. Full stop.
“It was very strange, really,” the 39-year-old says of his retirement, which came late last month. “I was away in Portugal when I announced it, away from all the media. I had a bit of time there to think about it. It’s slightly emotional, really, what you’re leaving behind… what you have achieved.
“I will miss the dressing room and seeing the lads, playing in front of packed stadiums with deafening atmospheres. When [fans] do eventually come back, that’s when it will probably hit me; that’s what football’s all about.
“But life goes on and I’m ready for the new life ahead, whatever that will be.”
So far, it’s been cricket on Saturdays, playing alongside friends for Temple Grafton in a Cotswolds league.
“I loved playing at school,” Barry says. “Twenty odd years of not playing cricket and then I played a couple at the end of last season, but I’ve played 18 games in a row this summer in the local village, to keep that team sort of thing going. I’ve been going in to bat fifth… But it’s a long winter without cricket, so I’ll be watching the football!”
Barry, who made more appearances than any other player in Premier League history with 653 outings, will certainly be watching the football this weekend as two of his former teams go head to head, Everton hosting West Brom in the top flight on Saturday…
‘I think he chose the wrong team!’: Carlo Ancelotti jokes his former Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara has ‘broken his heart’ after £25m move to Everton’s rivals Liverpool
- Carlo Ancelotti joked that Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara ‘broke his heart’
- Thiago and now Everton boss Ancelotti worked together at Bayern Munich
- Liverpool have made an emphatic statement of intent by signing Thiago and Jota
Published: 00:46 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 08:10 BST, 19 September 2020
Carlo Ancelotti has joked that Thiago Alcantara has ‘broken his heart’ by signing for Everton’s fierce rivals Liverpool.
Thiago and now Everton boss Ancelotti worked together at Bayern Munich during the 2016-17 season before both moved to Merseyside.
‘Breaks my heart, breaks my heart,’ Ancelotti told the Echo after the Spaniard was confirmed as a Liverpool player.
Thiago and now Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti worked together at Bayern Munich in 2016
‘Thiago is a friend. He is a fantastic player, a fantastic midfielder. I had the luck in my career to train top, top players and Thiago is one of them.
‘The only good thing about this signing is that he is a neighbour and that’s it. I think he chose the wrong team.
‘He could choose the blue team, not the red team. I am joking….
Bayern Munich star Leroy Sane ‘a little sorry’ to thrash his former club Schalke 8-0 after scoring first goal since £44m move from Man City
Published: 06:50 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 08:26 BST, 19 September 2020
Leroy Sane admitted he felt ‘a little sorry’ to play a part in Bayern Munich’s eight-goal thrashing of his former club Schalke.
Bayern’s new £44million signing from Manchester City was on target as they opened their Bundesliga title defence in ominous fashion on Friday night.
But the winger said he had some sympathy for the club that nurtured him in the youth ranks before he made 57 first-team appearances between 2014 and 2016.
Leroy Sane scored his first goal for Bayern Munich as his old club Schalke were thrashed 8-0
The £44m summer signing broke clear to score Bayern’s seventh goal at the Allianz Arena
‘Of course, I was at Schalke for a long time,’ Sane said. ‘To get such a defeat at the start of…
Getty Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski.
Fresh off their second treble in team history, Bayern Munich begin their quest for a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title when they take on FC Schalke on Friday.
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