AZ Alkmaar have managed to secure a deal that will result in the transfer of defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw to German club Augsburg.
The 24-year-old central defender started his career with Heerenveen in Dutch football before going on to sign a professional contract with the club in 2010. He became an immediate hit at the club and went on to make 68 appearances in a span of three years. This led to the transfer to AZ Alkmaar in 2013.Gouweleeuw continued to experience regular first-team football even after this high-profile move. In the past three years, the 24-year-old represented his new team in 87 league matches.
Now, though, he has decided to take the next step after joiningAugsburg. The German outfit are mid-table in the Bundesliga, but their form has surprisingly been on the up in the last few weeks. Even then, the club have been desperate to strengthen the defence. It has been one of their primary problems after conceding 26 goals in 17 league matches.Augsburg will be hoping to continue the good run of form even after the winter break. This will enable the club to think about European qualification. Schalke occupy the final European qualification spot and the club are eight points ahead in the table. Continue reading 'AZ Alkmaar have managed to secure a deal that will result in the transfer of defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw'»
It has already been revealed and confirmed that Rafael Benitez was the man that was selected to replace Carlo Ancelotti in the managerial position of Real Madrid.
Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his future as the coach of the Spanish club. The new coach of Real Madrid said that his team is capable of lifting major pieces of silverware and winning every single match.
The 55 year old Spanish manager spoke during his presentation as the new coach of Real Madrid and said: “The team must be competitive, capable of reaching the end of the season with chance to win trophies. The Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey are our objectives, as Madrid must win each game. Can we win it, sometimes yes, sometimes no, as this is football. But the idea is to try and win from the first game,that is what I inherited here, regardless of the competition.”
Every time he was asked about the changes that he is planning to do with the squad and on who will be signed, Benitez evaded those questions as Benitez continued talking about how important and big it is for him to become the new coach of Real Madrid.
The last major piece of silverware that Rafael Benitez lifted was the Champions League and this occurred back in the 2004-05 season when he was in charge of Liverpool.
After Benitez finished his managerial stay in Liverpool, he has gone to: Inter Milan, Chelsea and Napolo where he has managed to win a number of different titles such as: FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Europa League and SupercoppaItaliana just to name a few. Continue reading 'Rafael Benitezwantstowinevery single match as the new coach of Real Madrid'»
Carlo Ancelotti’s relationship with the players has come under questioning of late, as fans get increasingly tired of the poor displays from the team. The Italian is widely expected to be sacked at the end of the campaign even if results do improve.
It would be in line with the tradition at Madrid, as the likes of Vicente del Bosque and Fabio Capello were sacked even after being successful immediately after arriving. Ancelotti remains the most successful Madrid manager in recent history after he helped the club win the much elusive 10th European cup only last season.
After having already lifted two titles this season, the former AC Milan and Chelsea manager has been criticised for being too soft with his players. The team has been going through an individualistic phase over the last few months, as the objective of team effort appears to have gone through the window. Continue reading 'Carlo Ancelotti relation with Players comes under Scanner'»