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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAfter eagerly waiting for the UEFA Champions League draws for the quarter-finals, we finally have the table in front of us. The Champions League quarter-finals are set ð« Happy? #UCL pic.twitter.com/NQRf7Flh0o — Goal (@goal) March 15, 2019 While the rest of the contests look pretty decent, our major focus instantly shifted to the matches between Lionel Messi's Barcelona FC and Paul Pogba's Manchester United that are destined to take place on 9th April (Leg 1) and 16th April. Keeping in mind the performances carried out by two of the most historically prestigious football clubs in the recent past it is safe to say that Messi and Co. clearly have the upper hand. Case in point, Barcelona's previous match up against Lyon which the Spanish giants easily cruised past after winning 5-1 on aggregate. With Messi coming back to form in the second leg as he scored two goals and assisted twice, things don't seem to be getting any easier for the Red Devils. On the other hand, Manchester United have proven their true worth to those who underestimated them during their duel against Mbappe's Paris Saint-Germain. We scoured the internet to check out exactly how the fans from both sides reacted to the draw and the results are hilarious: Overjoyed Barcelona Fans: Rip Man United — Messi ð (@loyalmessi) March 15, 2019 Thank you Jessssssssssssuuuuussssssðððð we're through — Saucererð (@ghermaine__) March 15, 2019 I foresee an easy gameðððð...LOL ðð — Yusuf Olatunji (@Yusuf_Olatunji2) March 15, 2019 It's coming home ðªð — Leoð (@ProudCule1) March 15, 2019 RIP IN ADVANCE MAN U — Keith (@Keith58808029) March 15, 2019 Depressed and Gloomy Manchester United Fans: Dear @ChampionsLeague, Thanks for the memories but it's time to say goodbye... — Himansh (@GunnarMindset) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/xmGFPvZKpy — Esoâ (@EsoKachikwu) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/TMr5fN8wDV — Leo Carter ð¾ðª (@LeoCarter27) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/TMr5fN8wDV — Leo Carter ð¾ðª (@LeoCarter27) March 15, 2019 My brother when I told they'd drawn Barcelona ðð pic.twitter.com/2LKqcF1fPj — William (@talibanscum) March 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/sItdB4e1eu — Koyin ð³ð¬ (@K0YIN) March 15, 2019
David De Gea's Unbelievable Stop In Man Utd's 1-0 UCL Win Is Our 'Save Of The Year'
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFor a club that boasts of a staggering 11 Premier League titles (most in the history of the competition), Manchester United are currently a shadow of themselves, stuttering in every game and hitting new lows in what is turning out to be an absolute nightmarish season. The fans are bewildered with the team's ever-frustrating slump. The players are bemused with the coach's questionable tactics. And, the coach is entangled in a cold war with the club's top brass. Accused of boring the Old Trafford faithful this season, Manchester United currently find themselves languishing at the seventh spot (14 points below their city rivals). The fact that Everton, a club much smaller in size and stature than United, is trailing the Red Devils by a point in the table sums up their season so far. The frustrating 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace over the last weekend did push Man Utd and their fans over the edge, with Jose Mourinho publicly claiming that the clash against Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League was the last chance for their star players. With their reputation and last 16 berth on the line, Mourinho's men did secure a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. But, it was, once again, far from what they're capable of. © Reuters Lacking creativity in the midfield, and, belief and togetherness they need to challenge for titles and trophies, United rarely looked in control of the game. After Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini wasted good chances and the hosts appeared to have run out of ideas, Mourinho and a packed Old Trafford finally had a sign of relief when the Belgian struck in the injury time - United's 21st effort at goal. 27.11.16: Jose Mourinho sent off for kicking an innocent water bottle 27.11.18: ðpic.twitter.com/vVqN75NTdQ — Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) November 28, 2018 Fellaini's goal allowed United to secure a much-needed 1-0 win and their berth for the Round of 16 stage in Europe (something that was evident in Mourinho's animated touchline celebration). But, while Fellaini has been hailed as a hero, delivering the goods when it mattered the most. The real hero for United, for quite some time now, was David de Gea who once again reaffirmed his credentials as one of the best in the business - courtesy an unbelievable save. The Swiss side, Young Boys, didn't get many scoring opportunities in the game. But, a scrappy effort by Michel Aebischer in the 70th minute might have just about done enough until De Gea came to the rescue. Despite being blind-sighted with the number of players standing in front of him, the United shot-stopper kept close tabs on the ball before stretching to his full on the right-hand side and sweeping the ball aside just as it was about to cross the goal line. That might be one of De Gea's best saves for Man United. pic.twitter.com/vSu3AEbogs — Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) November 27, 2018 De Gea's save didn't just elate United fans, but also struck a chord with football enthusiasts across the globe. Moreover, it instigated his manager to shower praise on the Spaniard's performance. "Without David's save, there would be no winning goal. He is a world-class player, the best goalkeeper in the world and if our ambitions are to be a big club, a winning club, you need the best goalkeeper in the world," said Mourinho after the game. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has, for long, been associated with a potential move away from United. With Real Madrid desperate to lure the Spaniard away from Old Trafford, Mourinho had, earlier this month, claimed that he was "not confident" De Gea would remain a United player beyond his current deal. © Reuters However, after their last-gasp win over Young Boys, Mourinho confirmed: "I know he wants to stay". "I know his agent is happy to do what the player wants and I also know that the board wants him to stay and they are working on that. So hopefully, sooner or later, they arrive at a good conclusion," he added. United are currently in negotiations with the Spain international over a new contract and have an option to extend for a further year beyond this summer. But, keeping De Gea's recent performances in mind, United, given their current state of affairs - both on and off the pitch, just can't afford to let the Spaniard move away.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFor a man who broke a million hearts at Stantiago Bernabeu after completing a 100-million-euro move to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo didn't really enjoy the start many would have expected him to at the Old Lady club. The Portuguese initially struggled to find the back of the net, going goalless in 320 minutes across three games before eventually breaking the drought with a brace against Sassuolo. Since then, Ronaldo has scored seven goals for Juventus in the Serie A. But, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner still wasn't able to break the duck with his new club in the UEFA Champions League. His maiden goal for Juventus in the Champions League finally came on 8th November when his club hosted Manchester United in the Group H clash. WHAT A GOAL FROM CRISTIANO RONALDO ð³ pic.twitter.com/9oypBzYY7u — LewisMcinnes (@TheLewisMcinnes) November 7, 2018 Scoring his 8th goal in 14 matches across all competitions for Juventus, Ronaldo capitalised on a beautiful long-ball from teammate Leonardo Bonucci in the defence. The Portuguese, in the 65th minute, made a perfect forward run into United's 18-yard-box before hitting an inch-perfect volley to put the ball past goalkeeper David de Gea. While the stunning strike brought the Allianz stadium on its feet, it also instigated an animated celebration from Ronaldo himself. The 33-year-old rushed to the left corner before unveiling his chiselled abs in front of the home crowd. While his happiness didn't last long as Juan Mata's strike in the 86th minute and Alex Sandro's own goal in the 90th minute saw United snatching a late 2-1 win, Ronaldo's brilliant volley still was too good for the football fans to ignore. To take that first time over the shoulder is as tough as it gets. Nuts. — MarcoT (@MarcoTrotz) November 7, 2018 That was a beautiful goal wow !!ð¤ð¤ — #McGolden Karabo@Za (@KaraboMakofane) November 8, 2018 Good Ball Amazing Goal — Adair Martinez (@AdairMa36477240) November 8, 2018 That is world class. End of. — â¡â¡â¡ (@LewiBizzle) November 8, 2018 Love Ronaldo. BIG time player — UK GEM Education (@GrahamRMeadows) November 8, 2018
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFor a man who learned the tools of his trade at Real Madrid's famed 'La Fabrica' academy and got promoted to the reserves in 2016, Achraf Hakimi is quickly establishing his reputation as one of the most effective defenders in the world of football. Promoted to the main squad in 2017 as a backup to Dani Carvajal and Nacho, Hakimi made 11 appearances for Los Blancos last season. He made two appearances in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League as Madrid romped to their third consecutive title. In the process, he became the first Moroccan player to win the coveted Champions League. Despite making just nine La Liga appearances in his breakthrough stint with Madrid last season, Hakimi was hardly short of offers of first-team football this past summer, as the top brass at Santiago Bernabeu wanted the youngster to learn on the job. But, it was his teammate Carvajal's advice that had him convinced about a two-year loan move to Borussia Dortmund. Five games in, Hakimi's decision is fully vindicated. © Twitter/@AchrafHakimi The 19-year-old produced a Carvajal-esque performance for Dortmund during their 7-0 hammering of Nuremberg, capped by his blazing 18-yard debut goal. A trip to Bayer Leverkusen, three days later, provided a much sterner examination of the Moroccan's credentials, but he aced the test with flying colours as BVB secured a 4-2 win. Against Augsburg, Hakimi was seen playing the role of creator for Mario Gotze's goal in their 4-3 win. In the four games he has played for Dortmund, Hakimi boasts of a stunning goal and two crucial assists in the Bundesliga this season. But, the young Morocco international had reserved his best for the Champions League when Atletico Madrid visited Signal Iduna Park for a group-stage clash. Ladies and Gentleman... Axel Witsel is #wonderfull#BVB#UCL#BVBATLpic.twitter.com/ZaWzxrS738 — Borussia Dortmund News (@bvbnewscom) October 24, 2018 Predominantly a right-back, Hakimi, for the second consecutive game for BVB, filled in comfortably on the opposite wing against Atletico. He helped set up fellow summer signing Axel Witsel for their opening goal in 38th minute. His cross in the 73rd minute was slotted home by Raphael Guerreiro to double Dortmund's lead. And then, Jason Sacho's tap-in completed a treble of assist for Hakimi. © AP Though he didn't get the ball on every offensive sequence, the youngster made it a point to get in ball-winning positions for his team immediately. Often acting as a ball-carrier to get BVB high up the pitch quickly, Hakimi caused Atletico headaches all night with his sheer pace. By the time he was done, Hakimi had three assists, a team-high 94 touches and four key passes to his name in what looked like one of the best wing-back masterclasses of recent times. The reasons why @AchrafHakimi is your #BLRookie of the month! ð½ï¸#DontCrackUnderPressurepic.twitter.com/JYWRh6c0uB — Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) October 16, 2018 For a player who will be waiting till Matchday 5 to make his Dortmund debut, Hakimi has proved to be more than just a cover at right-back for Lukasz Piszczek, who was earlier sidelined by muscle complaints. Even when the Polish international returned to the starting line-up, Hakimi, rather than dropping to the bench, continues to demonstrate his versatility by swapping flanks to take up the left-back berth for BVB. Profiled as a quick, dynamic and powerful full-back, this 19-year-old lad is tactically and technically adept, and capable of playing long accurate passes from the defence. And, the fact that he trained as a winger further allows him to excel in offensive roles. Though it's still a tad too early to tip Hakimi as the best in business, there is no denying that the Moroccan star is one of the best upcoming talents in the ever-competitive world of football.
Goosebumps All Around As Cristiano Ronaldo's Speech Before Real Madrid's UCL Final Goes Public
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsOften considered the best player of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction to football. The Portuguese has won 26 trophies in his career including five league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship. For someone who has scored over 670 senior goals for club and country, it's not surprising at all to see Ronaldo boasting of a record-tying five Ballon d'Ors. Needless to say, Ronaldo has won almost everything there is in football. But, despite that, the 33-year-old is still hungry for more success - a trait that sets him apart from other footballers. It was his hunger to overcome financial adversities that saw him emerging from the Portuguese island of Madeira and taking over the football world with his impeccable skills. At a time when his arch-rival Lionel Messi was leading the Ballon d'Or race with four wins against Ronaldo's one, it was his hunger that pushed him to level the proceedings at five wins apiece. © Reuters And, as it turns out, that same hunger echoed inside the Real Madrid dressing room as Ronaldo delivered an inspirational speech to his teammates ahead of their UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool last season. History was on the line as Madrid aimed to become the first-ever football club to record three successive UCL title wins in Kiev. Seeking some encouragement and wisdom, Madrid turned to their talisman Ronaldo who told his teammates: "It's time to win, not to play". Urging his teammates to put everything on the line, Ronaldo added, "Let's run and fight, and then our quality will show." "It's worthy dying tonight to make history. We will be the first with three titles: play, win and make history. C'mon!," Ronaldo said in his motivational speech, which was caught in the recently-released documentary 'In the Heart of the Decimotercera' where Madrid re-lived another successful Champions League campaign. While Ronaldo couldn't get his name on the scoring-sheet, his words eventually inspired Los Blancos to a 3-1 win over Liverpool and allowed them to create history as the first club to win three consecutive Champions League titles. Savouring their historic win, Madrid were dealt with a big blow after Ronaldo dropped the bombshell about his desire to move away from Santiago Bernabeu right after their win in Kiev. Since then, Ronaldo has moved to Turin-based Juventus and is currently seen plying his trade in Italy, while Madrid saw Julen Lopetegui taking over the reins from Zinedine Zidane as their new manager.