Pele on Neymar and Messi

Brazilian legend Pele, in an interview with Placar magazine, did not hold back when talking about F.C. Barcelona duo Neymar and Lionel Messi. The three time World Cup champion criticized Neymar’s shortcomings while calling the Argentine’s style of play unique.

“Neymar is a good player, but how many goals has he scored with his head in his life,” said the 75 year old Pele. “Is he an excellent player? He is, but Vasconcelos [Pele’s Santos team-mate between 1956 and 1958] was 10 times better than Neymar, without any doubt.

“Neymar is an attacker, he plays up front. That is it. He does not track back, does not organize and does not come out to play. It’s difficult to compare him with so many players of the past when he has deficits although within the current Brazil team, he is the main figure, the only one.”

In regards to Neymar’s Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi the Brazilian legend considers the Argentine to be the best in the modern era, but also pointed out his perceived weaknesses.

“Messi, I always said in the last 10 years he is one of the players I considered superior,” admitted Pele. “But, for example, he doesn’t use his head. He predominantly uses his left [foot] and is not ambidextrous. And, today, he is the best. Messi has the same style as Maradona, the same kind of game. So he is lucky, because there is no one to compare him with.”

 

Players Wanted

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El Salvador’s road to Russia 2018 has suffered an internal Smack Down as national team players have threatened to quit over unfair wages and treatment. Making lite of the situation is soccer newspaper ‘El Grafico’ which cover makes fun of the Salvadorean Football Federation’s (FESFUT) resolve to select an alternative squad.

The mock ad displayed in the newspaper cover guarantees applicants a trip to Mexico where they will get a tour of the Azteca stadium including souvenirs. El Salvador, who recently lost a core group of players banned for match fixing scandals, are set to face the mighty Tricolor in Group A of CONCACAF fourth round Qualifying.

Di Maria’s Top 10

Argentina and PSG striker Angel Di Maria opened up in a candid interview with Spanish newspaper MARCA and revealed which were his Top 10 most influential people in his career.

David Luiz
“He’s a great friend. I spent three very important years with him at Benfica”.

Edinson Cavani
“An exceptional striker and a great guy”.

Leo Messi
“One of the best in the world. Playing with him and being his friend is everything to me. Defending the national colours for Argentina with a player like him… words can’t describe it”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“We shared many things together. He’s a wonderful person, very different from what you see on the pitch. He wants to win everything, score goals. It pains him when he doesn’t score and the team don’t win”.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi
“He always wanted to sign me and I’m very grateful for the lengths he went to”.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
“There was only one name left for me to tick off on the list. Now that I’m finally playing alongside Ibra I can safely say I’ve played with all the best”.

Florentino Pérez
“I didn’t have much contact with him. Neither when he signed me, nor afterwards. I left like I did but I don’t bear any grudge”.

Carlo Ancelotti
“A great coach and a great person. He stuck by me during one of the most difficult times in my career”.

Keylor Navas
“There’s a lot of talk about De Gea, but Navas has gone from strength to strength. I went through something similar when I was joined by more famous players than me but I also ended up playing”.

Laurent Blanc
“He called me up when I was on holiday to ask me to come to Paris, telling me I was just the player he needed”.

Episode 4: Los Cachirules podcast. Interview with El Salvador Fan!

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In Ep. 4 of Los Cachirules, we had the pleasure of interviewing @ElPajaroPicon_ about the El Salvador National Team situation with the players demanding money and other benefits from the Federation. Even to the point of walking out of their camp in preparation for their game vs Mexico next month. He gives good insight on the National Team drama and other El Salvador news.

We then continue to talk Mexican futbol, specifically the Mexican U17 team that beat host nation Chile and continues their journey to another WC trophy in the U17 division. Also Chivas win their semi-final game vs Toluca. MLS gets discussed as Gio and the LA Galaxy went against Seattle, as well as Mark Geiger making an appearance in the DC United vs New England game.

Check out the podcast, here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes. This is a weekly podcast that occurs every Wednesday night at 9pm Central.

Mascherano’s Obsession with Sea Shells

During Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Eiber, at home at Camp Nou, Javier Mascherano was heard yelling “Hey, Your Sister’s Sea Shell,” to the assistant referee. The phrase seems quite harmless except that sea shell means ‘cunt’ in this instance.

“He told us that it was more an act of frustration and that he never meant to insult anyone” vice-president Jordi Mestre stated after the match. Despite earning a two match ban the Argentine will be available for the Clasico against Real Madrid. 

 

Zlatan MLS Bound

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If reports from L’ Equipe are to be believed PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to join David Beckham’s new Miami based MLS franchise once his contract expires at the end of the year. Zlatan, 34, and Goldenballs previously played together in Paris.

The article confirms that Zlatan has applied for an American work visa, while his agent Mino Raoiola has recently said “Miami? Everything is possible.” Raiola also claims that there are 30 clubs lining up to sign the striker. The upcoming winter transfer window shall reveal Zlatan’s destination.

Blatter admitts 2022 World Cup meant to be in USA

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In an in-depth Q&A with Russian News Agency TASS Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s outgoing president, opened up about the scandals surrounding FIFA and admitted that 2022 World Cup was meant to be in the USA.

– Mr. Blatter, when did you realize that FIFA was in a big trouble?

“The big crisis started on May 26-27 in Zurich when they arrested six members directly or indirectly involved in FIFA. It is funny to say, they had a journalist at the hotel at six o’clock in the morning. An American journalist. And then there was a big tsunami in FIFA. And everybody said who is responsible for that: “That’s the president, Blatter, he is responsible!” But I object. How can I be responsible morally for all the people? The accusations, which were made to these members, were not in activity with FIFA. It was in activity with a confederation. It was between South America and the Central, North America, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, where they have had made a big business for the next year Copa America and got some money by securitization of television contracts and then they started to distribute this money.”

– Do you think it was a mistake to simultaneously hold the elections of both 2018 and 2022 World Cups in 2010? 

“In 2010 we had a discussion of the World Cup and then we went to a double decision. For the World Cups it was agreed that we go to Russia because it’s never been in Russia, eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we will have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers. And everything was good until the moment when Sarkozy came in a meeting with the crown prince of Qatar, who is now the ruler of Qatar (Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani). And at a lunch afterwards with Mr. Platini he said it would be good to go to Qatar. And this has changed all pattern. There was an election by secret ballot. Four votes from Europe went away from the USA and so the result was fourteen to eight. If you put the four votes, it would have been twelve to ten. If the USA was given the World Cup, we would only speak about the wonderful World Cup 2018 in Russia and we would not speak about any problems at FIFA.”

 

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