Former Chelsea FC striker Didier Drogba has said in an interview that Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, and FC Barcelona’s Carles Puyol were the toughest opponents he faced in a glittering career in which the Ivory Coast forward terrorized defenses.   Drogba, 37, recently was released by Chelsea FC after his second spell with the club for which he has now won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, and the Champions League. In a glittering career in which he tormented defenses, when asked which opponents had provided his most enjoyable and toughest challenges, Drogba was quoted saying in an interview toAi??Rio Ferdinand: “I’ve always said you and Vidic.” “People say I scored a few goals against Manchester United. I would say when I was scoring against Manchester United I was really, really happy because I didn’t score much.Ai??For me to score against you guys means that I had a good game.” Drogba also went […]

Former FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed he will run in next monthai??i??s presidential election, when he will be one of favourites to take the top job at the Spanish and European champions alongsideAi??Josep Maria Bartomeu. Laporta, who famously appointed Pep Guardiola as his manager in 2008,Ai??joins Josep Maria Bartomeu, Toni Freixa, AgustAi?? Benedito, Jordi MajA? and Jordi FarrAi?? as candidates for the election. Bartomeu resigned as president recently to declare his candidacy in the election which was called a year earlier with fans voicing their concerns on the way the club was being run following the departure ofAi??sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.Ai??The former FCAi??BarcelonaAi??and Spain goalkeeper paid the price for a FIFAAi??ban on signings for two windows over a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players. Bartomeu stepped up from vice-presidency to take over from Sandro Rosell who had stepped down following accusation of tax frauds over the Neymar deal. Laporta had won 4 league titles […]

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned FC Barcelona for breaking international transfer and registrations rules for players under the age of 18. While Barcelona will likely appeal the decision, the potential transfer ban could significantly hinder Barcelonaai??i??s ability to combat with the loss of key players, the aging key players and a squad imbalance between defense and attack.

According to latest reports, Barcelona are preparing a summer move for Chelsea defender David Luiz to replace the hole created by club legend Carles Puyolai??i??s imminent departure from the Camp Nou in the summer. Barcelona hope to conclude a deal swiftly before the World Cup finals kick off in June, with a bid of ai??i??30ai??i??million (A?24.7ai??i??million) expected for Luiz, who is an important figure in Luiz Felipe Scolariai??i??s Brazil squad. Last summer, Barcelona had a formal bid for Luiz rejected by Chelsea, with manager Jose Mourinho adamant that the defender was not for sale. However, a lot has changed since then, and Mourinho has seemingly prepared for life without the 26 year old. Mourinho has signed French central defender Kurt Zouma from Saint-Etienne for A?12.5m and holding midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica for A?21mai??i??in January, and he he may consider selling Luiz even though Luiz is not agitating for a move. Chelsea rejected Barcelonaai??i??s advances last summer, insisting that they […]