Jose Mourinho’s signing with Man United causes whirlwind reactions

José Mourinho signing with Manchester United has riddled European continental football headlines of late.

It has been reported that Mourinho, an eight time league champion in four different countries and a two time Champion’s League winner, has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United Football Club.

One of the provisions in the contract is that if Mourinho is not appointed to lead the team by Jun. 1, 2016, United will have to pay him up to £15 million in compensation.

Mourinho was most recently the coach of Chelsea Football Club, where he won the league once but was released in December, 2016 from his contract.

Mourinho has shown great respect for the current coach of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, but has expressed interest in coaching the team. He has also been linked with Spanish super team, Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, but has been reported as expressing a preference for Manchester United.

A source from Gestifute, a company owned by the agent of Mourinho, has confirmed the deal between the 53 year old manager and Man United.

“If United do not sign the final contract [with Mourinho] before 1 May, they must pay £5m; if by 1 June he’s still not signed, they shall pay another £10m,” read the report by El País. “May is the key, because it’s the month in which the vast majority of the signings of players are closed and the plans formed.”

El País also reported that the cause for the provision was that many senior figures at Old Trafford are unsure that Mourinho is the right man to take the reins from van Gaal.


Three at the fore as FIFA presidential election begins

Voting for a new FIFA President has begun Feb. 26, 2016 with three candidates in serious contention for the position.

The election comes as a result of the ban of former president, Sepp Blatter, whose regime was fraught with accusations of corruption and money mismanagement, and who was brought up on international charges.

Afghanistan was the first to vote and all votes of the first round should be counted as of afternoon, Friday.

There are three at the fore in this race, with South African businessman, Tokyo Sewale, dropping out and Frenchman, Jerome Champagne, being hampered by his association with the aforementioned Blatter.

Gianni Infantino, UEFA General Secretary, runs on a campaign of inclusion, suggesting that over 40 nations be eligible and considered to host the world cup.

Infantino switched between English, French, Spanish, and Italian in his address to the voters, promoting the idea of spreading the FIFA money to all federations; more than just leadership.

Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, Bahraini FIFA Vice President, totally disagrees with Infantino, citing the recent Sepp Blatter financial troubles FIFA has undergone.

“We have to act responsibly … I am not ready to mortgage the future of FIFA for election purposes,” reacted the Bahraini royal to the Infantino-suggested “spreading” of the money.

Sheikh Salman claims that he is the most fiscally prepared to run FIFA. As FIFA Vice President, he is the front-runner to win the election.

Prince Ali Bin Hussein is possibly the antithesis to Sepp Blatter. He was the Vice President to Blatter but ran against him in the presidential election in 2015.

Now Prince Ali runs on a platform of love for the sport, global inclusion and leadership, and absolute integrity and visibility.


Lionel Messi causes uproar with trick penalty kick

Love him or hate him, Lionel Messi is universally regarded as one of the most influential footballers of his generation. According to a report from USA Today, Messi recently attracted global attention when he pulled off a trick penalty kick with teammate Luis Suarez in the last round of the Spanish League.

Messi’s trick shot took place on Sunday. Instead of going for the goal himself, the Barcelona veteran rolled the ball to the side as Suarez rushed in to score the goal.

Celta Vigo’s goalkeeper could never predict the move, which resulted in an easy point for Barcelona. While Messi fans thought the play was impossibly clever, more impartial observers questioned whether or not the trick kick was something to celebrate.

According to Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, “I don’t think it was disrespectful. It’s unusual, but it can be done that way. We have always respected our rivals and the players we play against. I don’t think there should be a debate about this.”

The play, while seemingly unfair, is perfectly legal in the league’s rulebook. It was first done by Johan Cruyff of Ajax in 1982, and Messi fans say that Sunday’s play was a tribute to the pioneer.

A similar situation unfolded in an Arsenal – Manchester City game in 2005, but Arsenal player Robert Pires failed to get the ball to teammate Thierry Henry in time for a goal. The play has a high risk of failure, but when carried out properly, apparently drives people insane.

Messi passed on a chance to score his 300th goal in the Spanish League by passing the ball to Suarez.


Abby Wambach bids farewell in final game with USWNT

It will be the last game for U.S. Women’s National Team legend Abby Wambach.

Wambach will be the captain for one final time during an exhibition game against China at the Superdome in New Orleans, according to a New York Times report.

Wamback can be given a lot of credit for giving the USWNT a lot of attention, and she has been one of the household names for the team’s rise to dominance, including its latest World Cup victory earlier this year.

Over the course of her 254 appearances, she has notched 184 goals, an international record for both women and men. She has played in four World Cups and won an Olympic gold medal twice. Three years ago, she was FIFA World Player of the Year.

About 29,000 tickets have been sold as of Tuesday night for those who want to see the final game of Wambach. Hundreds of family and friends from her hometown of Rochester will be on hand, as well as people from her alma mater, the University of Florida, which won a national championship thanks to her.