Riera Gains Coaching Badges at City

Albert Riera was the former winger of Liverpool and he issued a recent statement about how he supports Philippe Coutinho’s decision to no longer be part of Liverpool team. This he mentioned a few months back when he gave an interview to Goal. Though Liverpool is a big club compared to Camp Nou, Riera feels that it is a good decision to come to Camp Nou where probably individual opportunities are more. Also, as in the case of Coutinho whose performance last season had not been consistent, a move will help him challenge himself and build on his abilities. Riera feels that he is a player who would always be in demand.

Riera is currently completing seasons as a coach and earning coaching badges at Manchester City. He has been a former player of the City and he recently met up with current coaches Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola. The City and its players are currently in a good mood as they train to be ready for the finals of the FA Cup. The players are currently finishing domestic seasons as scheduled for the year.
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LIVERPOOL TRIO COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE THIS SEASON

Liverpool have begun the season in imperious fashion winning their first four matches with little problems. They have seen off the challenges of Norwich, Arsenal, Southampton and Burnley without breaking sweat.

The defence has been solid with PFA player of the year Virgil Van Dirk continuing his good run of form while the likes of Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have continued their good form into the season.
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SADIO MANE A MAN ON FIRE

Liverpool defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 clash came as a surprise to many outside England. However, for those that have been following the club in recent weeks, it was no surprise to see Sadio Mane star in the game.

The Senegalese international is in one of the best forms of his life and has stepped up in the second half of the season for the Reds. Considered the main star of Liverpool two seasons ago the arrival of Mohammed Salah last season saw a change of responsibility for the player.
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ALBERT RIERA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Albert Riera, one of the players Rafael Benitez signed during his revolution at Anfield, has called time on his illustrious footballing career. The Spaniard was one of Benitez’s first signings when he arrived at Liverpool in 2008.

The Spaniard was without a club for two years before deciding on his retirement. He last featured for Liverpool in a master’s tournament in Singapore in 2017.
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Albert Riera – a weird career

Albert Riera’s case as a Footballer is pretty weird. He got a break at Liverpool when nobody expected him to. He hadn’t done anything extraordinary to earn that deal, but Rafa Benitez who is known for cracking deals like these landed him at the Merseyside.

Most of the Liverpool supporters when Riera first joined in had no idea who he was. But Riera didn’t take too long to create a good fan-base for himself at Anfield. His performance as a left winger was fantastic throughout his first season as he provided ample support to the offensive line of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres which was one of the main reasons why Liverpool looked as threatening a side as they did. They could have actually gone on to lift the Premiership trophy that season, but sadly they couldn’t and finished 4 points short of the eventual champions United.
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Alvaro Morata heaps praise on Chelsea’s new signing

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has heaped praise on Mateo Kovacic after the Croatia made the switch to the west London giants. The midfielder joined the Blues on a season-long loan before the transfer deadline as part of the agreement which witnessed Thibaut Courtois head to Real Madrid on a permanent basis.

Kovacic has since joined the Blues for first-team training and speaking to the club’s official website, Morata has spoked positively about the impact the Croatian may have, he said: “Mateo, first of all, is an amazing person. He is a midfielder who is good with the ball, very technical. He can break through the lines with his quality, he can score goals and he has a lot of power in his legs. With him we will win a lot of possession and he has the ability to carry the ball into the final third and provide passes for the strikers. ‘He’s a very good player which is very important for us because we need top players.”
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FORMER STARS MOVING TO STRANGE PLACES FOR THE GAME

As players age but want to remain active in the game, many have had to move to strange obscure players where they can get the opportunity to continue to ply their trade. There have been many instances where players move to unheard or rarely heard places in football just to stay relevant.

One of the Italian stars of the 2006 World Cup winning team, Gianluca Zambrotta was one that might not be as heard of, despite his contributions. He did almost as much as Fabio Cannavaro, who would go on to win the Best Player Award and he defended like Alessandro Nesta, who received critical acclaim.
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CENTRAL UNITED SEEK ANOTHER CHATHAM CUP WIN

Central United FC are seeking to lift another Chatham Cup as they reach the last four.


They are the most decorated team of the teams in the semis but they have yet another chance to add another title. Three Auckland club remain in the knockout tournament as they battle for the crown.

Central United will face off against Bay Olympic at Kiwitea St on Saturday while Onehunga Sports will battle southern side Cashmere Technical on Sunday.

United would be seeking to get a recent title with the last lifted in 2012. They would be traveling to face the weakest of the remaining four teams. It is noteworthy that they have lost to this same Olympic side twice this year.

Central will be without former Wellington Phoenix star Albert Riera. The player is taking a break before the rest of the summer activities flow in. The team should have forwards Nicolas Zambrano and EmilainoTade available. Auckland men Angel Berlanga and Marko Dordevic should contribute defensively as well. Continue Reading

LIVERPOOL SET TO BLAZE THE TRAIL IN THE WINGS

Liverpool are set to blaze the trail in the wings when the season restarts in August.


The club has lacked top class wingers in recent years but the signing of Mohammed Salah for a club record to join an already impressive Sadio Mane is mouth-watering.

Jurgen Klopp has raised the profile of the Reds in recent years. The German tactician needs a silverware to solidify his legacy at Anfield. With the two top wingers, he stands a decent chance.

Last season was marred with inconsistency and injury crises which the team is focused on resolving. The squad still needs a top class central defender, a leftback and if possible a top striker to add. The team was very attack minded but their loopholes in defence exposed and limited them. This makes sorting it out a key dream. Continue Reading

NEWCASTLE TO SIGN A-LEAGUE COACHING LEGEND

There are reports that Newcastle Jets could sign A-League coaching legend Ernie Merrick.


The manager did the double with Melbourne Victory in 2006/07 and 2008/09. He was pushed out in 2011 as the last foundation coach. He has picked up the Coach of the Year award twice but there are fears about his recent history.

Merrick joined Wellington Phoenix in 2013 but has failed to make his mark. In his debut season the club finished ten points off a finals spot. They place ninth in the standings, 24 whole points from the winners Brisbane. They rose to the fourth spot the subsequent year but it was not still enough, considering his calibre.

Last year, Wellington finished with minus twenty goals’ difference. With only seven victories, they struggled to clinch the ninth spot. Merrick resigned after the first eight games this season.

The Jets have suffered with regards to their managerial role. After releasing Mark Jones, they are now set to bring in Merrick even though they hope for a much better fate than Wellington. Newcastle have other issues aside the coaching role as several off-field issues trouble the club. Continue Reading