Europa League round of 16 draw results revealed
The results of UEFA Europa League draw are now revealed. Among the other clashes, the German derby Shalke 04 vs Borussia Monchengladbach and French-Italian drama Lyon vs Roma stand out. Jose Mourinho's Manchester United also got to know their opponents in the face of Russian club Rostov. Below we present all eight pairs to be played within the boundaries of UEFA Europa League round of 16. Celta vs Krasnodar APOEL vs Anderlecht Shalke 04 vs Borussia Monchengladbach Lyon vs Roma Rostov vs Manchester United Olympiacos vs Besiktas Gent vs Genk Kobenhavn vs Ajax The first-leg clashes will kick off on March 9. Second-leg games will take place a week later, on March 16.
Florenzi picks up another severe injury in Villarreal clash
Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi picked up ACL injury again during Europa League round of 32 clash against Villarreal (0-4). He picked up the injury right after entering the pitch in the game. One of the club's doctors Riccardo Del Vescovo confirmed the repetition of ACL rapture. “The tests confirmed the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. This morning we will perform another operation using keyhole surgery,” declared the doctor on Friday. Alessandro Florenzi first got injured in early October, returning on pitch just yesterday. The repetition of the injury will make him to undergo a surgery and miss another so-eight months.
Europa League: Villarreal 0 : 4 Roma – All Goals and Highlights
Europa League: Villarreal 0 : 4 Roma - All Goals and Highlights International - Europa League Final Stage 1/16, Season 2016/17 Half Time finished with scoreline 0:1 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 0:4
Szczesny could yet have a future at Arsenal
Wojciech Szczesny could yet have a future at Arsenal. The 26-year-old Poland goalkeeper is currently playing on-loan with Roma - his second season in Italy. It was assumed Roma would sign Szczesny permanently this summer. Nevertheless, according to Il Messaggero, Arsenal intend to call him back. There are doubts over Arsenal's two senior keepers David Ospina and Petr Cech. For his part, Szczesny has made it clear how happy he is in Rome. To recall Szczesny has made 25 appearances during this season.
Spalletti isn’t surprised by Premier League interest for Manolas
Roma manager Luciano Spalletti isn't surprised by Premier League interest for Kostas Manolas. Despite the fact that the transfer window is already closed, there's suggestions that the 25-year-old fullback already has agreed terms over a summer move to Arsenal. Asked about the Greece international defender, the 57-year-old specialist told TMW: "Kostas is a very good player, everyone is aware of this at the club. "This is why I find it normal that he arouses the interest of big clubs. "He never asked to leave, but if ever a real offer was coming it would be normal to have doubts. But for the moment this is not the case, so it is useless to talk about it."
Brilliant quotes from the football world
Players get famous not only due to their amazing performances but also for their memorable and unique quotes. Here are the best ones! "You’re on your own out there … With ten mates… Whichever team scores more goals usually wins.” Michael Owen “People who know me, love me. People who don’t know me love me too… or they hate me.” Mario Balotelli “My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me.” Diego Maradona “An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I definitely want my son to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” David Beckham "Predictions just at the end of the match." João Vieira Pinto "First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “We lost because we didn't win.” Ronaldo "Messi may have 4 golden balls but I don't have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine." Zlatan Ibrahimovic “Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.” Diego Maradona “Look, I’m a coach. I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.” Jose Mourinho “Finally my shirt brought Paul Pogba back to Man United.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” Mark Viduka “This season I picked up 14 yellow cards, but I earned only 8 of them. The remaining 7 are because of the referees.” Paul Pogba “I don’t blame Beckham, but we’ve lost because of him.” Ian Wright Rafael van der Vaart blamed Zlatan on intentionally getting an injury. “I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as a coach. I approached the fourth official and said: 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it's 15, you have one more." Jurgen Klopp "I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona." Mark Draper
Roma keen on permanent Szczesny deal
Roma are eyeing Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. According to Tuttomercatoweb.com, Roma are keen on signing Szczesny on a permanent deal. The report suggests the Serie A club are willing to pay 16m euros to land the Poland international, who is currently on loan at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma chase Chelsea youngster
Roma are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Charly Musondaon a short-term loan deal in January, according to Sky sources. The Italian club want a replacement for former Chelsea star Mo Saleh, who will be away at the African Cup of Nations in January with Egypt. They see Musonda as a like-for-like replacement for Saleh. Musonda has been on loan at Real Betis this season but struggled for form and fitness and started just once under the then-boss Gus Poyet.
Review of the year. Football highlights of 2016 (Part I)
2016 will soon become the past. Many sporting events took place during this year, with some of them creating a history. We recall the most remarkable sporting highlights of the year. In the first part of our review, we will talk about the events that happened in the first quarter of the year, i.e. January, February and March. Two Golden Balls were handled during the calendar year, with Lionel Messi winning the first one. France Football and FIFA didn't separate their ways yet and the official ceremony in Zurich on January 11 saw the Argentine player winning his 5th Golden Ball of the career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd3oR86cYLo
Roma permanently sign Tottenham defender
Roma have signed permanently Tottenham fullback Federico Fazio. The fullback arrived over the summer on loan for €1.2m with an option to buy pending certain “sporting situations." According to La Repubblica, the 29-year-old defender is now a Roma player, as he's made enough appearances to activate the €3.2m transfer clause. Fazio has made 22 competitive appearances for Roma during this season.