⚽ General Football News 2021-22 Season- Open Thread

In such a historic fixture like El Clasico, so many questions can be asked.

Who will score the first goal? Who will star as the man of the match? Which side will win?

Some historic players have shone in this encounter in the past, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul, but this time, a new group of youngsters are to feature.


Cristiano Ronaldo ‘crumbled the rules’ in Juventus’ dressing room

Cristiano Ronaldo may have left Juventus almost two months ago but the fallout continues as more criticisms of the iconic No 7 surface by his former team-mates.

Ronaldo left the Italian giants on August 31 to return to Manchester United in a £19.7million transfer - a deal that happened three games into Juventus’ season.

A cloud over Ronaldo’s future in Turin coincided with a bad run of form with the Serie A outfit only winning one of their opening four matches in all competitions.


Hazard could make Clasico debut almost two and a half years after joining Real Madrid

When Eden Hazard was announced as a Real Madrid player as he joined from Chelsea on June 7, 2019, few expected that his first Clasico appearance wouldn’t come until two years and four months later.
On Sunday, he will return from yet another injury much like those which have disrupted his first two seasons in Madrid.

In 2019/20, an ankle injury suffered in November 2019 saw him ruled out for three months, and then muscle injuries kept him out for much of 2020/21.


Just sitting here daydreaming about these legendary El Clasico moments :thought_balloon:


African players are taking over the Europa League scoring charts :fire:

:five: Goals - Karl Toko Ekambi :cameroon:
:four: Goals - Patson Daka :zambia:
:four: Goals - Victor Osimhen :nigeria:


FIFA’s proposals to reshape the international calendar have all been firmly rejected by European Leagues, which includes the Premier League, EFL and SPFL among its members.



Ronaldo: I will ‘close mouths’ of critics by winning things at Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo said he will “close the mouths” of his critics and that they “do not want to see” his defensive work in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United on Transfer Deadline Day was greeted with fanfare and the six goals of his second spell at Old Trafford have proved pivotal in Europe and the Premier League, providing late winners in both of their Champions League group-stage victories to date.


Manchester United: Ronaldo tells squad to ‘sacrifice’ to become a top team

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a rallying cry to his Manchester United team-mates after a rough patch of form caused a hiccup in their season - urging them to ‘sacrifice’ and help the squad reach the next level.

The Portuguese superstar was one of three high-profile arrivals at Old Trafford this summer alongside £73million winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and £42m defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, and Ronaldo believes the club needs time to ‘adapt’ with their new-look side.

Ronaldo has been one of the top performing players of the team so far in this campaign - netting six times from eight games - but has been unable to inspire United in every game, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffering some poor results in recent times.

But despite showing his passion and disappointment during those defeats, the veteran forward has kept a positive outlook over United’s fortunes, saying ‘everything is possible’ for the rest of the season.


David Beckham has agreed to become the ‘face of the Qatar World Cup’ and it is expected that he will be unveiled next month :star_struck:

He has signed a £15million-per-year over the next decade deal to become the country’s ambassador :moneybag:


FC Barcelona and BOCA will be meeting in what is being called the Maradona Cup, a friendly to honour the memory of Diego Armando Maradona :pray:


Manchester United are remaining silent amid growing speculation over the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have been plunged into crisis by Sunday’s catastrophic 5-0 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford, casting further doubt over Solskjaer’s position.


Biggest Ls of these superstars’ careers:

Cristiano Ronaldo: Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid (2010) & Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool (2021) :disappointed:

Lionel Messi: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich (2020) :disappointed:

Neymar: PSG 4-0 Barcelona (2017) :disappointed:

Mohamed Salah: Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool (2020)


Zinedine Zidane is not interested in managing Man United should the side move on from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sources have told ESPN.


Neymar needed to be protected with riot shields when taking corners against Marseille :flushed:


Antonio Conte knows how to win league titles :trophy:


Naby Keita might have the smallest shinpads in football :sweat_smile:


Carli Lloyd’s numbers with the USWNT are legendary :goat:


After 17 years, Carli Lloyd’s time with the USWNT comes to an end.

What a career it’s been :clap:


The highest scoring African players in Premier League history :cote_divoire::handshake::egypt:


Most goals and assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season:

◉ Karim Benzema (16)
◉ Mohamed Salah (15)
◉ Erling Haaland (12)
◉ Robert Lewandowski (11)

The four most in-form forwards in football right now.