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TOP 10 most attended leagues worldwide
Football can be considered as a number 1 sport worldwide, but in some countries other sports take advantage. But what leagues are visited most? Canadian Football League Sports: Canadian football The average attendance: 24 692 viewers The number of games: 81 The Liga MX The average attendance: 26151 viewers The number of games: 306 La Liga – The Primera Division The average attendance: 28191 viewers The number of games: 380 BBL (Big Blash League) – the Australian professional cricket league The average attendance: 28249 viewers
Florentino Perez: “Ronaldo have never received an official offer from China”
Real Madrid have never received an official offer from China for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to club president Florentino Perez. Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes claimed last month that Ronaldo had been the subject of a €300million move, but Perez says there's been no formal approach. "Real Madrid received no offer," he told Onda Cero. "It is possible [something happened] as there have been many people interested over the years in signing Ronaldo. "Sometimes it can happen that people talk on the margins, away from the club. But Madrid have received no such offer."
TOP-5 MIDWEEK Clashes you should NOT miss
Holidays are over, and we are all back to our duties, however, our beloved football world is still holding our hands not letting us to fall into post-holiday depression. Here we present a couple of awesome games that will color up your weekdays. Manchester United vs Hull City English League Cup, Semifinals January 10, 20:00 UTC Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England Referee: Kevin Friend After defeating West Ham and Newcastle United in the quarterfinals, Hull City and Manchester United are here to decide who will be the first finalist of English League Cup. Taking into account how the recent forms of these teams differ from each other, one might think of a possibility of seeing Jose Mourinho’s first final as the Red Devils’ head. The Manchester side are undefeated in their last 14 games in all competitions, having won the vast majority of it. Hull City, on contrast, have won only two clashes out of their last 10 games. The head-to-head statistics of these teams are not giving hope to Hull City either. There have no wins against Red Devils with only one draw and eight losses in last nine face-to-face encounters. However, League Cup has always been keen on surprising the fans, and the weekend win against Swansea (2-0) might be a big push for Hull City enthusiasm. League Cup final might be one of the only chances to shine in the current season. Missing Players Manchester United: Rojo (injured), Bailly (out of squad) Hull City: Bruce, Will Keane, Luer, Odubajo, Davies (all injured), Elmohamady, Mbokani (out of squad) Southampton vs Liverpool English League Cup, Semifinals January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England Referee: Neil Swarbrick Liverpool being in the second semifinals of the League Cup brings the fans hope to witness the historic English battle Manchester United vs Liverpool… But still there is a chance of having final Hull City vs Southampton, which, to be honest, does not seem a realistic scenario. Why? Southampton, as well as Hull City, are not having their best season. Three out of the last five games have been lost, last four games bringing no wins to the Saints. Head-to-head statistics against Liverpool, however, are not that bad for Southampton. Last two games have been home clashes with no loss, as the Saints won (3-2) and drew (0-0) last two face-to-face encounters. Missing Players Southampton: Austin, Boufal, Hesketh, Mccarthy, Targett, Pied, Fonte (all injured) Liverpool: Ings, Henderson (both injured), Matip (unfit), Mane (out of squad) Barcelona vs Athletic January 11, 20:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Cam Nou, Barcelona, Spain Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano, Spain If the top-5 clashes of the midweek were not sorted by dates in this selection, this would be first game as measured by the importance of the matches. Athletic Bilbao managed to win the first leg clash (2-1) and a simple draw will help Athletic to proceed the defending champions. Barcelona, in turn, are not experiencing their best season. Failing to win against Villarreal during the weekend, Luis Enrique side went down the league table and are now occupying the third position. The football fans expect Athletic to “park the bus”, while Barcelona squad will be furious in their attempt to prove all the critics wrong. I am certainly not missing the clash. Missing players Barcelona: Cillessen (injured) Athletic Bilbao: Aketxe, De Marcos, Yeray (all injured) Juventus vs Atalanta Coppa Italia, Round of 16 January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy Referee: Piero Giacomelli Juventus vs Atalanta is one of the clashes in Coppa Italia Round of 16 which really needs attention. This is the game of the first and sixth teams of Serie A, which is at least worth a glance. Despite the fact Massimiliano Allegri’s team is not expected to feature with their first team, they are still the obvious favorites of the opposition. Sevilla vs Real Madrid January 12, 21:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain The result of this two-leg clash has been predetermined in the first-leg. Zinedine Zidane’s unstoppable machine went through Sevilla (3-0), despite the fact that the latter show pretty decent football in the current season and are even above Barcelona in Spanish La Liga league table. They are now occupying the second place. However, the actual game flow was is not obvious from the score. The referee of the clash (Mateu Lahoz) has been criticized recently for numerous mistakes, all in favor of the Madrid side. Will Sevilla be able to revive the intrigue of the clash if the arbitrage is fairer? Less likely, as Los Blancos look incredible in any case. But one thing is sure: Jorge Sampaoli side will try to correct their mistakes, and their try is worth watching.
Maradona: “Neymar deserves better press”
Diego Maradona says Barcelona star Neymar deserves better press. The Brazilian has had a difficult past year and it is now over 1,000 minutes since he last scored. Nevertheless, the 56-year-old legend says Neymar remains in the top rung of players. "Neymar is to fight with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for me he would have to be among the nominees for 'The Best'. He deserves it and he had a great Olympic Games," said Maradona. "He's doing things in Barcelona that remind me of Messi's early years, and that means a lot. He's a candidate for this award," he added.
OFFICIAL: Real Madrid youngster joins Heerenveen
SC Heerenveen have officially confirmed Martin Odegaard's signing from Real Madrid. The Norwegian player joins the Dutch side on loan for the remaining part of the season. The club will held a press conference to present the player. The details of the transfer are not disclosed.
Real Madrid watch Redondo’s coaching plans
Real Madrid are watching Fernando Redondo's coaching plans. The ex-Real midfielder is returning to Spain to take on a coaching course. According to Don Balon, Real have long-term plans to add Redondo to their coaching staff. Both Fernando Morientes and Guti are now working as Real youth coaches, while there's also plans for Roberto Carlos to be soon added.
Real Madrid TOP 25 goals in 2016
Real Madrid have undoubtedly been the best team of the 2016 year. Zinedine Zidane's men won the Champions League cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Clubs' World Cup in an incredible year, scoring lots of goals. We present the top 25 goals of the Spanish side scored in 2016.
Maradona is critical of Messi’s absence at FIFA Awards ceremony
Diego Armando Maradona has criticized Lionel Messi who decided not to attend FIFA Awards ceremony in Zurich where the prize for the best player of last year was handled to Cristiano Ronaldo. "Ronaldo won because Messi couldn't come here, but in reality, Ronaldo had little advantage over Leo. Nevertheless, the winner is the person who deserved to win. I don't know why Barcelona representatives didn't come here today where many important prizes were awarded. I think that Messi could compete more intensively with Ronaldo here in Zurich rather than in Barcelona. The difference between Ronaldo and Griezmann was huge, while Messi could make a competition to Ronaldo if he came here. I am disappointed with him. You cannot compete for anything by sitting at home and watching TV," the legendary Argentinian said.
FIFA The Best. Voting results
FIFA have distributed several awards to the best persons in world football in 2016. The footballing body have published the final results of the voting with exact numbers of votes received for each nominee. Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned as the best player in the world, surpassing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. He has received 34.54% of total votes, while his main rival Lionel Messi finished the second with 26.42% share of votes. Claudio Ranieri was the top man in coaches' race, as the Leicester manager won the prize for the best coach of the year with 22.06% of total votes. Zinedine Zidane surpassed Fernando Santos with a slight advantage to come after Ranieri. The most evident choice was made in the Puskas Award winner selection. Mohd Faiz Subri from Malaysia received almost 60% of the votes to win the prestigious prize thanks to his banana style free kick golazo in Malaysian Super League. https://my.mixtape.moe/sliqlf.mp4 Finally, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool fans won the fan award as their joined singing of the world famous song "You'll never walk alone" led the race and surpassed Iceland and ADO Den Haag fans' performances. https://my.mixtape.moe/oacllj.mp4 Prizes in women's football went to the USA's Carli Lloyd as the best female player and to Germany coach Silvia Neid as the best coach. Also, futsal legend Falcao was given an award for incredible sporting career and achievements in sports. Fair Play award was given to Club Atletico Nacional with a unanimous decision for their act of respect to the Brazilian club Chapecoense.
Barcelona chase Tottenham midfielder
Barcelona are ready to battle arch-rivals Real Madrid for Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, according to the Daily Mirror. The report suggests Alli’s blistering form for Spurs has caught the eye of Barcelona, who have put him top of their wanted list. However, the England international, who has scored seven goals in his last four games, is also attracting the interest of Barca’s La Liga rivals Real. It is suggested the 20-year-old could cost up to £70m.