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Democrats face uphill fight if Trump gets second U.S. high court pick

WASHINGTON ( ) – If Democrats thought it was hard to stop President Donald Trump’s first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, it promises to be even tougher for them if he gets to fill another vacancy, potentially to replace the most influential justice, Anthony Kennedy.

Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sides with the court’s liberals in key cases such as on gay rights and abortion, is one of three justices 78 or older. Justice Stephen Breyer is 78 and fellow liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84.

Former Kennedy Supreme Court clerks said the justice, who turns 81 in July上海夜网, may be pondering retirement either this year or in 2018.

That would give Trump a further chance to shape the court after his first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was sworn in on Monday for the lifetime job to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia after overcoming fierce Democratic opposition in the Senate confirmation process.

Kennedy administered Gorsuch’s judicial oath at a White House ceremony, and Trump heaped praise on a justice who has spent nearly three decades on America’s top court, calling him “a great man of outstanding accomplishment.”

Gorsuch is one of Kennedy former clerks. Kennedy is planning a reunion of his clerks in June rather than next year as had been expected. Kennedy, through a court spokesman, declined to comment on his plans.

The implications for the court if Kennedy were to step down are enormous. For the past decade he been its swing vote in major cases. Gorsuch’s confirmation restored the court’s 5-4 conservative majority. If whenever Kennedy leaves the bench he is replaced by a stalwart conservative, that would move the court further to the right.

Republicans possess a 52-48 majority in the Senate. In order to secure Gorsuch’s confirmation, they voted to prohibit a procedural roadblock called a filibuster that had required a super-majority of 60 votes to allow a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominees, leaving the minority Democrats with little ammunition for the next nomination fight.

“I think it will be very hard for Democrats to get much traction to derail a future Trump nominee without the threat of a filibuster,” George Washington University political scientist Sarah Binder said.

But Democrats and Republicans still are predicting a fierce fight over the next court vacancy.

‘I EXPECT ARMAGEDDON ‘

“For the life of me I don’t understand why the Democrats made such a fuss about this one. They look stupid,” Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said last week of Gorsuch’s nomination. “I expect Armageddon on the next one because that’s going to change, assuming Trump gets another one, the direction of the court. It would certainly keep the court in a more conservative mode for a long time.”

A Democratic congressional aide added, “The opposition to Gorsuch could look weak compared to what a similarly conservative nominee would face, if it would tip the balance on the court.”

Kennedy is the longest-serving of the nine justices. He was nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and confirmed by the Senate in 1988 after Democrats thwarted Reagan’s first choice, outspoken conservative Robert Bork, and his second pick, Douglas Ginsburg, withdrew from consideration.

Although he has sided with his conservative colleagues on many issues, Kennedy has supported liberal causes such as gay rights, culminating in writing the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

He also joined the liberals in upholding abortion rights. In 2016, Kennedy joined the court’s four liberal justices in a ruling striking down a Texas abortion law imposing strict regulations on doctors and facilities in the strongest endorsement of U.S. abortion rights in more than two decades.

He also authored a 2016 ruling upholding the consideration of race in college admissions, joined by the court’s liberals.

University of Georgia School of Law professor Lori Ringhand said Republicans may be wary of defending an extremely conservative court nominee with the midterm congressional elections coming up in 2018, if another vacancy arises.

“It’s not clear it would be to the electoral advantage to Republicans to have a hotly contested Supreme Court nomination right before the midterms that highlighted a nominee’s extremely conservative positions on social issues that the majority of the public have actually accepted,” Ringhand said.

Brexit chaos holding back UK tech sector: London mayor

LONDON ( ) – London’s booming technology sector could be making even faster progress if the gridlock over Brexit wasn’t depriving thousands of start-ups and big tech companies of the certainty they need over policy, London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Monday.

Speaking on the op上海夜生活论坛ening day of London Tech Week, Europe’s biggest technology festival, Khan said Brexit had drained government resources and attention away from important debates, such as over the use artificial intelligence (AI).

“There’s no doubt that as a country we should be much further ahead than we are now – not only in terms of making sure we can make the most of what (AI) has to offer, but in terms of educating the public, encouraging public debate and preparing for the potential impact on our society,” he said.

Britain voted to leave the European Union nearly three years ago but there is little clarity on how or when it will happen.

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to get her Brexit divorce agreement over the line, resulting in the end of her premiership, and Khan’s Labour party is also split, in particular over a second referendum.

Khan said there was a “huge amount of uncertainty” over Brexit, hitting investment in London and the rest of Britain.

“The best way to break the gridlock, is for the British public to have a say for the first time: ‘Do we accept the deal negotiated by the government’, with the option of remaining in the European Union,” he told in an interview. “I think it should happen sooner than later.”

He said the Labour party needed to be clearer about its policy, and back a public vote.

Despite Brexit uncertainty, Khan said London’s tech sector was flourishing.

“There’s a real energy and fizz here,” he said, adding London was home to more AI companies than Berlin and Paris combined.

Tech companies based in the city attracted a record 2.56 billion pounds ($3.26 billion) in venture capital in the first six months of 2019, more than twice as much as those in Berlin, the Mayor of London’s investment agency said on Monday.

Some of the largest investment deals in the first half of the year included 441 million pounds for e-commerce food delivery firm Deliveroo. Online payments business Checkout.com, meanwhile, raised 176 million pounds, the agency said.

The city also attracted more foreign direct investment projects from overseas tech companies than any other city in the past 12 months, London & Partners said, with 91 international technology companies investing a total of 864 million pounds.

U.S. tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook have announced major investments in London in recent years.

Khan has a long-running feud with Donald Trump that was re-ignited last week when the U.S. president arrived in London for a state visit, an invitation criticized by the mayor. Trump tweeted that Khan was a “stone cold loser”.

“I think it is up to Donald Trump to answer why he is obsessed with me,” Khan said.

“I speak almost on a daily basis with Americans who love our city, many of them are embarrassed by what their president is doing, but it’s for him to explain his behavior,” he said. “But I am clear, we are a pro-America city.”

European stocks clock best weekly showing in two months, French shares shine

( ) – European stocks posted their best weekly performance since early April on Friday, aided by strong gains in Paris, against a backdrop of hope among investors that central banks would support global growth with more accommodative policies.

The Bundesbank slashed its growth projections for Germany and euro zone money markets now price in a 60% chance of the European Central Bank cutting interest rates by 10 basis points by year-end, while U.S. job growth slowed sharply in May, feeding expectations of lower U.S. interest rates in 2019.

The pan-European STOXX 600 gained 0.9%, with Paris-traded stocks posting a 1.6% gain. Frankfurt-listed shares rose 0.8%, while their peers in London firmed 1%.

“Investors continue to pile into equities, with the jobs report and subsequent stock rally capping a very good week for equity markets,” Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, wrote in a note.

上海夜生活网Sanofi tacked on 4.4% to prop up the French index and European health care stocks, on news it has poached Paul Hudson from Novartis to become its new chief executive later this year.

The STOXX 600’s top performer was Dutch insurer ASR Nederland with a 5.8% rise, after rival Vivat, for which ASR previously made an offer, agreed to be bought by private European life insurer Athora.

Technology shares, broadly sensitive to trade war ructions, starred with a 2% gain. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called U.S. President Donald Trump his friend and said he believed the United States was not interested in rupturing economic ties with China.

The chemicals sector was among Europe’s top performers, rising 1.1%. Belgian chemical and materials maker Solvay gained 2.3%, aided by UBS upgrading its rating on the stock and boosting its target price.

While higher Brent crude futures fuelled energy shares’ 1.2% rise, Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA led the sector with a 3.5% gain. A unit of the Polish firm bought a stake in the Norwegian King Lear deposit from Total E&P Norge.

Financial services rose 0.8%, with the sector’s gains led by Exor, which added 1.6%. The Milan-listed firm is the top shareholder in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which pulled away from an offer to merge with Renault earlier this week.

Automakers and their suppliers gained 0.1%, as a 4.9% fall in German car parts maker Hella following a rating downgrade by brokerage BHF weighed.

Real estate stocks dipped 0.6%, making them the STOXX 600’s only losing sub-sector.

Deutsche Wohnen slid 8.5% after Morgan Stanley downgraded its rating on the German property group to “equal weight” from “overweight”.

The bank cited the risk of rising political involvement in the German residential market. The Berlin Senate proposed earlier this week to impose a five-year rent freeze from January 2020.

House reauthorizes Iran sanctions bill, sets Syria sanctions

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. lawmakers passed bills on Tuesday renewing sanctions on Iran for 10 years and imposing new sanctions on Syria, underscoring their determination to play a strong role in Middle East policy no matter who occupies the White House.

The House of Representatives voted 419 to one for a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act, or ISA, a law first adopted in 1996 to punish investments in Iran’s energy industry and deter Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

The House also passed by voice vote a bill that would sanction the government of Syria, and supporters including Russia and Iran, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Iran measure will expire at the end of 2016 if it is not renewed. It must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama in order to become law.

The Obama administration and other world powers reached an agreement last year in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

But lawmakers said they wanted the ISA to stay in effect to send a strong message that the United States will respond to provocations by Iran and give any U.S. president the ability to quickly reinstate sanctions if Tehran violated the nuclear agreement.

“Even after a hard-fought election here at home and power changing hands, American leadership on the global stage won’t falter,” said Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a bill sponsor.

Republican Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the bill’s lead sponsor, called the ISA “a critical tool.”

“Its expiration would compound the damage done by the pre上海夜生活网sident’s dangerous nuclear deal and send a message that the United States will no longer oppose the destructive role of Iran in the Middle East,” said Royce.

The vote took place one week after Republican Donald Trump was elected U.S. president. Congressional Republicans unanimously opposed the nuclear deal, along with about two dozen Democrats, and Trump has also strongly criticized it.

Lawmakers from both parties said they hoped bipartisan support for a tough line against Iran would continue under the new president.

There was no immediate word from Senate leaders on when the ISA and the Syria measure might be taken up in that chamber.

Many Senate Democrats favor a “clean” renewal of the ISA, like the one that passed in the House. But other lawmakers have pushed to add new sanctions such as some specifically targeting Iran’s ballistic missile tests.

China’s Xi touts women’s rights at United Nations, U.S. critical

UNITED NATIONS ( ) – China’s President Xi Jinping told the United Nations on Sunday that all Chinese women have the opportunity to excel, touting his government’s record on women’s rights as the United States slammed Beijing and others for jailing women for their views.

China and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon co-hosted a U.N. meeting of world leaders on gender equality and women’s empowerment, raising eyebrows among some western diplomats and human rights defenders in China and abroad.

“As the Chinese people pursue a happy life, all Chinese women have the opportunity to excel in life and make their dreams come true,” Xi told the meeting on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.

China was criticized internationally for detaining five women who were taken into custody on the weekend of March 8, International Women’s Day, after they planned to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport.

While the women were released a month later, they say their status as criminal suspects has stopped them from returning to activism and had a chilling effect on women’s rights groups.

“If you want to empower women, don’t imprison them on the basis of their views or beliefs,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power – a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet – said in a statement.

Over the past couple of weeks, Power has highlighted 20 cases of women unjustly detained around the world for their beliefs or defense of the rights of others, including Chinese journalist Gao Yu, 71, who was jailed in April for seven years for providing state secrets to foreign contacts.

Xi’s administration has detained hundreds of rights activists in the past two years in what some rights groups say is the worst clampdown on dissent in the Communist-led country for two decades.

“In too many places – from China to Egypt, from Russia to Venezuela – women have been swept up in repressive crackdowns on civil society, and deprived of their universal rights and fundamental freedoms,” Obama said in a statement.

Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate, also weighed in on Twitter: “Xi hosting a meeting on women’s rights at the U.N. while persecuting feminists?上海夜网 Shameless.”

Xi said China will do more to enhance gender equality as its “basic state policy” and called on developed countries to “scale up financial and technical assistance to developing countries.” He said China would donate $10 million to the U.N. gender equality body, UN Women, to “support women’s development worldwide.”

Chinese officials have said the country’s achievements on women’s issues are clear and that authorities handled the recent case of the five activists according to law.

Ahead of Sunday’s U.N. meeting the five women said in a letter: “We sincerely hope … President Xi can lead by example.”

China has also faced international criticism for effectively placing Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, under house arrest since 2010.

Boeing 737 MAX jets could be grounded for weeks as black box probe to start on Ethiopia crash

WASHINGTON/PARIS/ADDIS ABABA ( ) – Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will be grounded for weeks if not longer until a software upgrade can be tested and installed, U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday, as officials in France prepare to begin analyzing the black boxes from a jet that crashed in Ethiopia.

Boeing said it had paused deliveries of its fastest-selling 737 MAX aircraft built at its factory near Seattle but continues to produce its single-aisle jets at full speed while dealing with the worldwide fleet’s grounding.

Investigators in France will be seeking clues into Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash after take-off from Addis Ababa killed 157 people from 35 nations in the second such calamity involving Boeing’s plane since October.

Possible links between the accidents have rocked the aviation industry, scared passengers, and left the world上海夜生活’s biggest planemaker scrambling to prove the safety of a money-spinning model intended to be the standard for decades.

U.S. Representative Rick Larsen said after a briefing with U.S. aviation officials the software upgrade would take a few weeks to complete, and installing it on all aircraft would take “at least through April.” He said additional training would also have to take place.

Boeing has said it would roll out the software improvement “across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks.”

Relatives of the dead stormed out of a meeting with Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday, decrying a lack of transparency, while others made the painful trip to the crash scene.

“I can’t find you! Where are you?” said one Ethiopian woman, draped in traditional white mourning shawl, as she held a framed portrait of her brother in the charred and debris-strewn field.

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After an apparent tussle over where the investigation should be held, the flight data and cockpit voice recorders were handed over to France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA).

Technical analysis would begin on Friday and the first conclusions could take several days, the BEA said, posting a picture of the partly crumpled, orange-cased box.

Nations around the world, including an initially reluctant United States, have suspended the 371 MAX models in operation, though airlines are largely coping by switching planes.

Nearly 5,000 MAXs are on order, meaning the financial implications are huge for the industry. Moody’s rating agency said the fallout from the crash would not immediately affect Boeing’s credit rating.

“We continue to build 737 MAX airplanes while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system,” Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers said.

Boeing would maintain its production rate of 52 aircraft per month, and its newest version, the MAX, represents the lion’s share, although Boeing declined to break out exact numbers.

CONNECTION TO INDONESIA CRASH?

The investigation of Sunday’s crash has added urgency since the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday grounded the 737 MAX aircraft, citing satellite data and evidence from the scene that indicated some similarities and “the possibility of a shared cause” with October’s crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people.

Though it maintains the planes are safe, Boeing has supported the FAA move. Its stock is down about 11 percent since the crash, wiping more than $26 billion off its market value. It fell 1 percent on Thursday.

U.S. and Canadian carriers wrestled with customer calls and flight cancellations and Southwest Airlines Co and American Airlines Group Inc, the largest U.S. operators of the 737 MAX, said they had started flying empty MAX aircraft to be parked elsewhere during the ban.

U.S. President Donald Trump, an aviation enthusiast with deep ties to Boeing, said he hoped the suspensions would be short. “They have to figure it out fast,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

A software fix for the 737 MAX that Boeing has been working on since the Lion Air crash in October in Indonesia will take months to complete, the FAA said on Wednesday.

And in what may presage a raft of claims, Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX.

Japan became the latest nation to suspend the 737 MAX planes on Thursday. And airline Garuda Indonesia said there was a possibility it would cancel its 20-strong order of 737 MAXs.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Under international rules, Ethiopians are leading the investigation but France’s BEA will conduct black box analysis as an adviser. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was also sending three investigators to assist.

Only France and the United States have the experience gleaned from being present at almost every crash involving an Airbus or Boeing respectively.

The cause of the Indonesian crash is still being investigated. A November preliminary report, before the retrieval of the cockpit voice recorder, focused on maintenance and training and the response of a Boeing anti-stall system to a recently replaced sensor, but gave no reason for the crash.

The pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 had reported internal control problems and received permission to return, before the plane came down and burst into a fireball on arid farmland.

Wenger wants to get his revenge on Liverpool

Arsene Wenger can remember how heavily his side were defeated by Liverpool earlier this season – and he wants his players to get their revenge for this 4-0 embarrassing loss at Anfield Road.

The Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Čech, described this loss as one of the worst moments of his long career – so it’s obvious that the Gunners will do anything to win the reverse match and get their revenge. Arsene Wenger admitted that this defeat still hurts him and he thinks that his players feel the same way – and he wants to do something similar to their upcoming opponent.

The former AS Monaco coach spoke about his feeling after this huge loss as he said, according to Sky Sports: “When you have such a long career as I have, you have some defeats unfortunately that hurt you for the rest of your life. I believe what is interesting in football is you always have a time to make up for it. When you can put things right, do it. So let’s focus on what is in front of us and turn up on Friday night with a completely different performance.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarr上海夜生活论坛a Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He continued by assuring that the motivation is there and his side will do anything to turn it around: “The motivation is there. This squad has a good mentality and it is about us, to make sure we are on top of our game. We must play with pace and a determined attitude.”

In the end, Arsene Wenger spoke about his reunion with Oxlade-Chamberlain: “It would be not fair to put the defeat at Liverpool, where the whole team had a bad performance, on one player. After that, on the other side, you analyse ‘did you make mistakes or not?’ You cannot go home and say everything was perfect when you lose like we did.”

Barca silence Bernab\u00e9u with a 3-0 win over Madrid

The Catalans were ruthless and further increased the La Liga gap between the two sides.

Barcelona won the El Clásico against Real Madrid on Saturday with an emphatic result of 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu. With the win against Los Blancos, Valverde’s team is now 14 points ahead of the reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid even though Zidane’s men have one more game to play due to their participation in the Club World Cup. Real Madrid wer上海夜生活网e the more dominant side during the first half, but their wastefulness in front of the goal proved costly. Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal were the ones to score for Barca during the second half as Madrid played with 10 men in the last 30 minutes of the game following a red card for Dani Carvajal.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

The win was certainly historical for the Catalans, who have now won three consecutive times at the Bernabéu. Meanwhile Lionel Messi scored his 25th El Clasico goal, further increasing the distance between him and the second one with most goals Alfredo di Stefano, who has 18.

The Catalans built a serious lead in the end of 2017, sitting 9 points ahead of Atlético Madrid and 14 points ahead of Real Madrid.

Tottenham made a mistake by selling Walker

Jamie Redknapp couldn’t understand Tottenham’s decision to sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City and he claims that it was “a huge mistake” which just showed that Tottenham is “still a small club”.

Spurs have been struggling this season so far as they are, basically said, out from the title race and Jamie Redknapp thinks that the decision not to raise Walker’s salary showed that Tottenham still has got a “small-club上海夜网 mentality”. He also warned the club that the other players might have similar thoughts as Walker and they will probably want to leave as well.

The former Spurs man spoke about the situation in his old club as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Letting Kyle Walker go in the summer looks like a huge mistake. I thought it was good business at the time but now what it’s has done is set a precedent in the dressing room. It looks to me that the players know what the going rate is.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He continued by adding that there could be a problem with the other players: “Toby Alderweireld is one of the best centre-backs in the world – why has he not signed? Go and give him whatever he deserves. Tottenham have got players anyone in the world would want, but things can quickly slip through your fingers. Once one leaves, then another one. It gives every player an out. They’ve still got a small club mentality there. It’s not changed since I was there.”

Jamie Redknapp, in the end, claimed that he understands that thinking: “These players are well aware of what the going rate is. It’s about going into the England dressing room and seeing a player that plays in your position, knowing he’s getting two or three times what you’re getting a week. It shouldn’t be like that.”

Conte is too clever to take the AC Milan job

The former Inter chairman, Massimo Moratti, is certain that Antonio Conte won’t be a new coach of AC Milan as he is “too smart” to take this job and he will more likely remain at Chelsea.

Antonio Conte has mentioned several times before that he would like to return to Italy at some point in his career but Moratti thinks that AC Milan won’t be the right destination. The Rossoneri have been struggling so far and they are currently looking for a new coach as Genaro Gattuso is considered to be a mostly temporary replacement.

The ex-chairman of Inter spoke about this situation a上海夜生活网s he said, according to Goal: “He is a great manager, the only difference with [Luciano] Spalletti is that Spalletti has yet to win a Serie A title, Conte has already won league titles in Italy and in England. If he’d joined Inter and failed it would have been Inter’s fault. A move to AC Milan? No, I don’t think so, he is a smart guy.”Italian football to pay respects to Sassuolo owner Squinzi George Patchias – Sassuolo owner Giorgio Squinzi has died at the age of 76, and a minute’s silence will be observed across Italian football this weekend as…

He also spoke about Inter’s current coach, Luciano Spaletti: “I’d never give him advice. I’ve explained to him the mentality of an interista fan, but he already knew it. I also wanted to hire him but I never managed to in the past. We were very close after the treble but he chose Zenit instead. He can read the players’ mind just like Mourinho. Players like Ranocchia, Santon and Brozovic are reborn.”

In the end, Marotti also mentioned the fact that Ivan Perisic decided to stay with Inter Milan and to refuse Manchester United: “He is so strong, he has strength and quality. I don’t see better wingers in Europe right now but he needs to have consistency. Spalletti was very important for him because he blocked his exit last summer.”

Messi backs Higuain and his importance for the national team

Lionel Messi, the Argentina captain, defended Gonzalo Higuain as he spoke about his importance for the team and that he fully deserves to be part of the team for the upcoming World Cup.

Gonzalo Higuain was criticized multiple times for being unable to perform properly in the major international tournaments – and he was blamed as the biggest reason of Argentina not winning the la上海夜网st World Cup final against Germany. But Lionel Messi, his side’s captain, insisted that there is no reason why to blame Higuain for that and he deserves to be given another chance to prove himself.

The Barcelona star spoke about Higuain making the final cut as he said, according to Goal: “Pipa has suffered a lot from criticism and we have talked about it a lot of times. But I think that this time away from the national team has done him good, now he is seeing things in a different light. He has to be [in the team] because he is vital, he is one of the best forwards in the world and he always shows it.” Messi made Di Maria cry during the last Copa America Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – During an interview with ESPN Argentina, Angel Di Maria revealed when Messi made him and the Albiceleste players cry with a speech.Lionel Messi was…

Messi also showed his support towards his national team’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli: “Argentina is a big step up. At Chile, [Sampaoli] was not obliged to win every game, here he is. Jorge was judged even before he came to Argentina, a lot of people had written him off before he started working. He has told me on many occasions I am the best player in history.”

In the end, the Argentina international also spoke about his possible comeback to his childhood club, Newell’s: “I have said many times that my dream is to play for Newell’s but I don’t know what will happen; part of that doubt is because of the situation in my country. I have a family and my children come first. I want them to grow up in peace, enjoying a safe life. It is horrible to see the things happening in Argentina, to go out on the street and be killed in an attempted robbery.”

PSG officials questioned in FFP investigation

UEFA have opened an investigation on PSG over FFP regulations breach.

The investigation was started af上海夜生活网ter PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona, for €222m and committed another €180m for the transfer of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco. UEFA wants to find out how is the Parisian club looking to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations after the massive spendings.

According to AFP, on Thursday afternoon, PSG officials were called to UEFA headquarters in order to answer some of the questions. The meeting was qualified as a “routine meeting” and took place in Nyon.

The general director of PSG, Jean-Claude Blanc and the general secretary of the club, Victoriano Meleoro were tasked by the Parisians with the responsibility of answering to UEFA’s questions. Besides Blanc and Meleoro, two other officials took part in the meeting: Philippe Boindrieux, the deputy general director and Benoit Muller, the financial director of the club.Report: Icardi opens PSG account in 0-1 win over Gala George Patchias – Mauro Icardi opened his goal-scoring account for PSG in a 0-1 away victory over Galatasaray.While Thomas Tuchel has begun to integrate Mauro Icardi into…

UEFA announced right after the opening of the investigation that “during the next months, the investigation office of the clubs’ financial control body will hold regular meetings to evaluate carefully all the documents related to this matter.”

The Financial Fair Play regulations have been enforced by Michel Platini, the former president of UEFA, in 2010. Since then, clubs that are participating in European competitions cannot have a deficit bigger than €30m over a financial period of three years. The sanctions can go all the way to withdrawing the teams’ right to participate in Champions League or Europa League.

PSG have been sanctioned before, in 2014, after a contract signed between the club and the Tourism office in Qatar, was considered overvalued by UEFA.

Reus desperate to stay fit

The Borussia Dortmund star is still on the recovery path to full fitness following a serious knee injury.

Marco Reus is certainly one of the most misfortunate footballers when it comes to health. The forward has had his career completely plagued with injuries and he insists he would gladly give up all of his wealth if that would make his career injury free in the future.

The 28-year-old spent a serious amount of time on the sidelines only to return and tear his cruciate ligament, which will force him off the pitch until the early part of 2018.

Reus has revealed that it has been really difficult to keep a positive attitude after all those injuries, insisting that his girlfriend has been the most important person, who has helped him with his recovery and keeping the right state of mind.Report: Hakimi brace gets the victory for Dortmund George Patchias – Achraf Hakimi scored a goal in either half to secure the victory for Borussia Dortmund.After a draw in the opening game of the Champions…

“The tears came again two or three days later when I went through it again in my mind,” he told GQ

“To be alone, working your way back is the most demanding par上海夜生活网t. I was really fed up after three weeks. It’s a brutal mental test because you always have to work on your own.

“As top players, we earn a lot of money, but sometimes we pay a hefty price with our health. I would give away all the money to be healthy again, to be able to do my job. To do what I love: to play football.”

Dembele pushing hard for ‘El Clasico’

Ousmane Dembele is determined to get back to action in time for this year’s ‘El Clasico’.

The French forward has set himself the very ambitious goal of returning to the pitch for the Real Madrid – Barcelona match scheduled on the 23rd of December. Dembele would like to at least be on the bench for the derby, if not to start it.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund forward suffered a serious injury during his La Liga debut as a starting player for Barcelona, in the match against Getafe, in September. Initially, the medical team ruled him out for the rest of the year, but the young forward has big chances of returning before the end of the year.Valverde cools down controversies at the club Nedim Maric – Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde spoke at the press conference ahead of Barca’s Inter clash in the second fixture of the Champions League.While Barcelona started…

Dembele cannot hit the ball yet, but it’s just a matter of days until the player will return to individual training sessions. At the moment, he is working on the physical recovery and has impressed the medical staff of Barcelona with his ambition.

Sport.es wrote about the player’s recovery: “The people working with Dembele towards his return are impressed with the player’s attitude and positive mentality, a very important aspect when going through a recovery period”.

Barcelona paid €105m for the transfer of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund. The transfer deal also includes another €45m in different bonuses上海夜生活论坛. The French forward is seen as the perfect replacement for Neymar, who left Barcelona for PSG this summer, in a world record deal of €222m.

UEFA’s ‘Team of the Century’

In anticipation of releasing the ‘Team of the Year’ next week, UEFA has published a ‘Team of the Century’, putting together the players that featured most in their team of the years this century.

The team features, as expected, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Furthermore, the first eleven includes six Spanish players. Moreover, six players that play or have played for Barcelona are in the team, as well as three from Real Madrid.

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The leader of appearances in ‘Team of the Year’ is Cristiano Ronaldo, with 11 picks in the last 16 years. Lionel Messi follows closely.

Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta all have six appearances, Philipp Lahm, Gerard Pique, Xavi and Thierry Henry have five, while Steven Gerrard has three.

The fact that Spain has six players in the team is easy to explain due to the national team’s successes in the period 2008-2012, when they basically dominated world football, winning two European Championships and one World Cup.

At club level, Spanish team ha上海夜生活ve also dominated Europe. Since 2000, Real Madrid won the Champions League trophy five times (1999/2000, 2001/2002, 2013/2014, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017) and Barcelona won it four times (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011 and 2014/2015).

Dortmund’s season in danger

Borussia Dortmund have started this season in an incredible form, however the German side can’t seem to keep their performances up

Their emphatic start to the season set club and league records, but it has taken just a few weeks for things to reach a critical point for Borussia Dortmund, GOAL reports.

They have managed to win only 2 out of their last 9 games in all competitions. They are close to elimination in the Champions League, after only drawing against APOEL, and they are about to visit Bayern Munich on Saturday, which will again be a tough game for BVB.

Their start to the season was fantastic: 6 wins out their first 7 Bundesliga matches. In this period, Dortmund scored 21 goals and conceded only 2. It seemed like the club’s new coach Peter Bosz has done a good job putting the team together.

Capitalising on Bayern’s struggles under Carlo Ancelotti, they were touted as title contenders by the media, but their decline has coincided with the Jupp Heynckes-led revival in Bavaria and they have quickly become a club in crisis, GOAL continues.

After being outclassed by Real Madrid and Tottenham, they are no certainties to secure their place in Europe’s top competition over the Cypriot side.Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

With that in mind, staying in the domestic title race will become crucial to ensure their season doesn’t turn into a complete disaster.

Their next game against Bayern could be decisive, as Dortmund was 5 points ahead of Heynckes’ side just a month ago and a defeat now would put them 6 points behind.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Jachim Watzke said to Bild, they’re not a contender to Bayern, even when his side were sitting at the top: “The question is always: what will happen with Bayern? When they recover their form, we have no chance.”

Watzke updated his point with Bayern Munich now on a six-game winning run. He told Sky: “Obviously, once the atmospheric problems between the coach and the team have been resolved, they are stable again.

“If Bayern Munich are stable, then that means they can win everything,” he added.

With that kind of mentality, Dortmund has little to no chance of winning against Bayern. Bad news for the fans, as another loss could see them fall to the point of上海夜生活 no return.

Mbapp\u00e9 revelas he advised Demb\u00e9l\u00e9 to join Barcelona

The Paris Saint-Germain forward believed that Ousmane Dembélé should play alongside Messi.

Kylian Mbappé has revealed that he advised his fellow countryman to leave Borussia Dortmund to join the Catalans. The 20-year-old winger completed a switch from the German Bundesliga to the Spanish La Liga this summer in an initial €105m transfer, which could rise a further €42m based on bonuses.

Mbappé has now stated that he played an active role when it came to convincing Dembélé to take the offer.

“We discussed it and he asked what I thought about it. I told him to go because it is a great opportunity for him,” the 18-year-old striker told Foot Mercato.Drogba tips for Neymar上海夜生活 and Mbappe to win Ballon d’Or one day Nedim Maric – One of the best strikers in the Premier League era talked about PSG’s sensational duo and their chances of winning individual awards in the…

“He can really become a great player playing with Messi and Suarez in attack. He will really progress. His talent is already incredible, but he can still reach a new level.

“That he can fulfill his dreams is what I wish for him. He managed to do it. In addition he is a friend, so it’s all good.

“We have this passion for football. All that talk about prices or whatever, it does not concern us. What concerns us is just on the pitch. We want to play as we have always played since we started in football, both of us in our home cities.

“It’s not a matter of value or principle, it’s just a matter of passion, feeling, that love of the game.”

Barcelona won the ICC in a 3-2 win over Real Madrid

The Catalans won the trophy in a spectacular El Clásico.

Valverde’s team came out as winner in his first El Clásico as Barcelona head coach. The game took place in Hard Rock Stadium and it served as ‘repetition’ for the upcoming El Clásicos in August for the Supercopa de España.

The last time the two clubs met in a friendly outside of Spain was in 1982, when Real Madrid won 1-0 in Venezuela.

The game was packed with action and could not have started better for Catalan fans. By the 7th minute mark, Barca were already leading 2-0. The first to score was Lionel Messi who dribbled past Modrić and tried his luck with a shot. The ball hit Varan and the lucky ricochet left Navas helpless as the ball hit the back of the net.

It was not long after before Barcelona made it 2-0. After a combination between Neymar and Suarez, the Uruguayan passed to Rakitić, who finished the attack with a powerful shot to increase the lead. The Catalans’ offensive playstyle was too much for Real Madrid’s defense, which seemed rat上海夜生活her unprepared for Barca’s push.

However, Zidane’s men took advantage of their first dangerous situation. Kovačić was given too much freedom in front of the box as he fired an accurate shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. Valverde’s men were still the more active side as they missed dozens of chances to end the game early. In the 36th minute, Asensio finished a fast counter-attack from Los Blancos as he had no trouble equalizing against Cillessen.Higuain happy to be reunited with Ronaldo at Juve George Patchias – Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo have been reunited at Juventus after playing at Real Madrid together six years ago, and Higuain is happy about…

At the start of the second half, Zidane substituted both Ramos and Varan with Fernández and Vallejo. Luka Modrić and Asensio also left the pitch for Isco and Vázquez. Barca’s only substitution was Sergi Roberto for Iniesta.

The change in Real’s defense caused confusion in their ranks, which could be seen in the 50th minute. After a free-kick ball from Neymar, Gerard Piqué was left completely unmarked and comfortably scored to make it 3-2 for Barca.

The rest of the game was packed with action in front of both goals, but none of them were successful.

You can see highlights from the game below.

https://youtu.be/yE0BJMwGkRI

Neville finds Mati\u0107 transfer ‘strange’

Nemanja Matić has joined Manchester United following a £40 million move from Stamford Bridge.

Gary Neville is positive that Matić will prove a great fit to the Red Devils, but also finds it strange of Chelsea to let such a player go.

Matić was brought to England by José Mourinho in 2014, winning the Premier League title in his debut campaign. He repeated that feat last season under Antonio Conte as Chelsea clinched the Premier League trophy.

Former Manchester United player Neville believes that the Blues might regret their decision to let an experienced and proved member of the team go.

“Michael Carrick’s obviously got one more year but he can’t play every single week so they’ve got to have that player come in and do the same job.” the defender said to Sky Sports.

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“United need a holding midfield player. [Morgan] Schneiderlin was let go earlier this year, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger didn’t get a game.

“There needed to be a replacement in there and ultimately I think Matić will fit the bill.

“It’s a strange one for Chelsea to let him go because I thought he was 上海夜网good for them with Kante and I think they need to strengthen.

“So I’m not sure why he’s been let go so they must have replacements in hand.”

\u2018If Ronaldo wants to leave Madrid then the Premier League is the right place for him\u2019 says Raul Meireles

Should the Portuguese decide to leave Real Madrid this summer, the Premier League is the right destination for him, says former Portugal teammateWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 27, 2017.

After the reports stating that Ronaldo wants to depart from Real Madrid, because of the way he has been treated by the country’s tax authorities, a lot of his current and former teammates and coaches reflected on the situation. One of them was the former Portugal international Raul Meireles, who believes that a return to the Premier League would definitely suit Ronaldo.

“Yes of course [he could return to the Premier League],” Meireles told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He was very successful in the Premier League so I think that if he does not want to stay at Real Madrid, or he wants to leave, then the Premier League is the right place for him to be.”Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

“He played before at Manchester United, so it could be them, but I think any team… Chelsea? I do not know, but he can play for any team in the Premier League.”

Spain tax authorities filed a tax fraud lawsuit against the Portuguese earlier this month and reports claimed the forward was ready to re-join Manchester United this summer.

According to Sky sources, Ronaldo will have a meeting concerning his future with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and head coach上海夜网 Zinedine Zidane after the Confederations Cup is finished, as Portugal advanced to the semi-finals.

On Wednesday night, Ronaldo’s nation will take on Chile in Kazan, Russia.