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Jealous UEFA does not want to be left behind after FIFA announces the creation of a new format for Club World Cup. According to the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal, the European football governing body will meet on Tuesday with ECA (European Clubs Association) in Nyon, Switzerland, to discuss “radical changes in the Champions League.”

Among the proposals are the creation of a team relegation and promotion system, as well as the transfer of games to the weekends (currently they take place on Tuesday and Wednesday). There is also talk of possible swelling of the competition, and the British “Telegraph” reports that UEFA must propose a longer format with at least 14 matches for each of the 32 teams.

This change, supported mainly by the big clubs of the Old Continent, will at first harm the main national leagues in Europe, which will lose their relevance (and schedule, if continental games are transferred to the weekends). Last week, including the president of La Liga and strongman of Spanish football, Javier Tebas, criticized Uefa.

– UEFA and ECA are negotiating behind closed doors so that others do not know about the reforms that put the national leagues in jeopardy. They are making reforms in the Champions League very dangerous for football. It is a very damaging model for the national leagues and even for the entities themselves since they do not understand business – he said in an interview published by Reuters on Thursday.

The implementation of this European Super League, however, would not happen before 2024. It is when the current trade agreement between UEFA and ECA, which brings together 109 teams from the Old Continent, including the giants of Spain, England, and Italy, to the current format of the Champions.

New Club World Cup
FIFA announced last Friday the creation of a new Club World Cup, to be played every four years, with the presence of 24 teams. The first edition will be organized in June and July 2021, in a place to be defined, occupying the window left by the Confederations Cup in the world calendar.

The new competition will have 24 clubs: eight from Europe, six from South America and the others divided between the other continents. FIFA has left for each continental confederation to define the classification criteria for the World Cup.

What are your thoughts on this whole new system? I think that it can be great. However, I prefer the way it is. There are still at least 5 seasons of the classic format of the UEFA Champions League, so, who do you think that will win it by 2024? I think Liverpool will win at least one, one Italian also will bag one cup. And how about the new Club World Cup? I think that it’s positive. 100%. European clubs don’t value this competition as it is right now. But in this new format, with only the bests from Europe, South America, and other continents, it can be interesting. However, it will be almost impossible for a South American club to make it to the finals. But let’s see! I think it’s positive!

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Liverpool initiate pre-season with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers

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The European Champions are back in action! On this Thursday, Liverpool with mostly their reserves, made their first preseason friendly, ending up thrashing Tranmere Rovers 6-0.

The highlight of the match was young striker Rhian Brewster who showed up his “classic number nine” skills and scored twice in the small Prenton Park stadium in Merseyside. Nathaniel Clyne opened the scoring in the six minutes and Brewster scored at 38 and 45. With 11 changes in the second half, Liverpool scored three more through Curtis Jones, Divock Origi, and Bobby Duncan.

As expected, coach Jurgen Klopp used all 23 players at his disposal, among recently promoted youngsters and some reserves, as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, midfielder Adam Lallana, striker Divock Origi and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who returned to the fields at the end of last season after a year recovering from a serious knee injury.

Among the holders of the last season, the Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and defender Joel Matip, who were called only in the second half, and midfielder James Milner, who played in the opening stages, were already in the first friendly.

At the end of the match, a good part of the supporters invaded the pitch to take pictures with the players. The most requested one was the UEFA Champions League hero, Divock Origi, who recently agreed his contract extension with the Reds. I’m excited to see Rhian Brewster in action for the main team. I also think that Jurgen Klopp needs to give some chances to Ryan Kent, and Harry Wilson to be at least backup pieces to this squad. It’s hard to say only based on a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, but it’s undeniable that the Reds keep on fire. Will Liverpool and Klopp repeat last season, and maybe finally conquer the so dreamed Premier League this season? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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The Retirement of a Giant!

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Everything comes to an end… And on this Friday morning, notorious English striker Peter Crouch announced his retirement from football. At the age of 38, the 2.01m giant used his official Twitter account to inform fans of his decision.

The former Liverpool player said he got it all thanks to football and still made a point of thanking everyone who helped him out during his career in the sport.

“After much consideration this summer, I decided to retire from football. Our wonderful game gave me everything. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me to get there and to keep me for so long.” He wrote.

Crouch was revealed by Tottenham back in 1998 and had also played for clubs like QPR, Aston Villa, Norwich, Stoke City, and Burnley. However, a two-meter giant needed a club with his proportions… And he found everything he was looking for at Liverpool, as he played important roles, scored decisive goals, and even disputed a UEFA Champions League. Also, it was playing for the Reds that Crouch was called to defend England National Team back in the World Cups of 2006, and 2010.

“If you told me, when I was 17, that I would play in World Cups, reach a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 goals in the English Championship, I would not believe. It was absolutely a dream come true.” Added the player.

In his last season, Peter Crouch began playing in the second division, with the shirt of Stoke City. He then went to Burnley, where he played six games in the English Premier League and did not score goals. He’s a very nice guy, and almost everyone likes him. He’s always making fun of himself due to his big size, and even compare him to a giraffe. I’m pretty sure Liverpool fans will always remember him.

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Griezmann signs for Barcelona!

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Finally, the Griezmann conundrum is solved! After over a year of rumors and speculations, Barcelona announced today the signing of French striker Antoine Griezmann. The confirmation of the transfer occurred with the payment of the fine of 120 million euros to Atletico Madrid, held at the headquarters of the Spanish League.

In a statement, the Catalan team reported that Griezmann signed for five years, until June 30, 2024. Also, the Catalans have set a buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract of about 800 million euros.

Griezmann had the opportunity of joining the Catalans a year ago, but he opted for staying at Atleti. However, something made him change his mind up, as he joins Ernesto Valverde’s side. Griezmann will “steal” Philippe Coutinho’s number 7, as the Brazilian midfielder is currently numberless, and dignity-less as well at the Catalan club.

If Barcelona and Griezmann are happy, apparently the other side, Atletico, is not. The club from Madrid is arguing that Barça should pay 200 million euros instead of 120, as the agreement for the French player was sealed back in March when the fee to sign Griezmann was higher. Atletico is also complaining about the “Barça-way” of approaching their targets, as they seem to forget about etic values and fair play to the other clubs.

But let’s be honest… 120 million euros for Antoine Griezmann is such a joke. He’s a very good player, maybe he’s been world-class at his prime, but he is a merely good player nowadays. Not to mention average season last season with Atleti.

In my opinion, the Griezman arrival in Barcelona is one more problem for Ernesto Valverde to solve. He’s got into such a situation where he needs to figure out how to play Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, and maybe Neymar together at the same time. What a squad Barça is building up by the way. They’ve got everything to become the new “Galacticos” maybe? Yeah, who knows… Only time will say!

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