The game is known as ‘soccer’ only in North America, while the rest of the world recognizes it as ‘football’. Actually the name soccer is a corrupt form of the original term ‘association of football’, abbreviated as ‘assoc’
Two years ago Roberto Mancini was fired as coach of Inter Milan and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was given a clear mandate: turn this team into Champions League winners.
On Saturday, Mourinho delivered as Inter beat Bayern Munich 2-0 to add the European title to their Serie A and domestic cup triumphs allowing himn to become just the third coach to win the continental crown with two different teams.
Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona have completed the transfer of prolific hitman David Villa from fellow La Liga outfit Valencia for a fee of €40 million, according to the Catalan club’s official website. The striker will sign a four-year deal at his new club, with an option for a fifth, upon the successful completion of a medical on Friday morning.
Both parties have now reached an agreement about the transfer of the highly rated attacker, as Valencia confirmed on their official website on Wednesday, and Villa will ply his trade at Barcelona next term.
Rafael Nadal’s 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles won before the age of 24 is one of the most jaw-dropping achievements of the Open Era. To give context to the speed of the accomplishment, the man with whom he previously shared the record, Andre Agassi, was 34 when he won his 17th Masters 1000 title.
Interestingly, it was Nadal’s stunning victory over Agassi in 2005 in the Montreal final that made an immediate impression with Agassi’s former coach Brad Gilbert. “After that win over Agassi I thought this kid was going to an outrageous level,” Gilbert said. “He won Canada on what I thought was the fastest hard court I had seen in 10 years and he also won the Madrid title indoors at altitude. It was then that I thought this guy could win a boatload of tournaments.”