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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.

Republicans look to seize on revived Clinton email issue in White House, Congress races

WASHINGTON ( ) – Republicans are seizing on the FBI’s revived scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s handling of government emails, hoping it will hurt not just her presidential hopes but Democrats’ chances of regaining one or both chambers of Congress in next week’s election.

Republican lawmakers are threatening to investigate Clinton from her first day in office if the Democrat is elected president on Nov. 8, following the FBI’s move to review newly discovered emails that might pertain to a previously completed investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state.

After FBI Director James Comey’s announcement last Friday of the latest review, which indicated no wrongdoing on Clinton’s part, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and other Republicans have hammered Clinton as scandal-prone, seeking to renew questions about her integrity.

A Clinton presidency would bog down in “scandal baggage,” U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday, adding he was focused on defending Republican majorities in Congress in the election.

“This is what life with the Clintons looks like. It’s always a scandal one after a上海夜生活nother, then there’s an investigation,” Ryan, the most senior elected Republican in the country, told Fox News in an interview. “You never know what’s coming next.”

Saying that Clinton would take office “with her scandal baggage,” Ryan added: “I don’t think that’s what the American people want to see.”

Clinton has said she is confident the FBI will not find anything problematic and will reach the same conclusion it did in July when it found no grounds for charges from her use of a private email server.

Opinion polls show Clinton maintaining her lead over Trump, although her advantage has narrowed slightly since early last week. The effect of Comey’s news on voters’ support is not yet clear.

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics said this week that several key states, including Arizona, Florida and Ohio, were now considered “toss up,” having earlier been classified as leaning Democratic, saying the races had been tightening regardless of any “Comey Effect.”

“If Comey’s decision results in Republicans holding onto the Senate and losing fewer House seats because he has invigorated their ‘checks and balances’ argument, we will also attribute this to the Comey Effect,” the center’s Larry Sabato and his colleagues wrote.

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‘SAVING HOUSE MAJORITY’

Ryan maintained the arms-length posture toward Trump that he adopted after a 2005 video emerged last month in which the New York businessman was heard boasting about groping women.

The Wisconsin Republican said he voted for Trump in early voting last week, but that his position had not changed and that he had no plans to campaign with his party’s nominee, instead focusing on maintaining Republicans’ control of the House.

“My focus personally right now is saving our House majority. I’m going to Indiana, Michigan, New York and Virginia today to fight for House Republicans,” Ryan told Fox.

While Republicans appear poised to keep control of the House, the race for the Senate remains evenly matched, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.

Some conservative members of the Republican caucus in the House, unhappy with Ryan’s treatment of Trump and his handling of other issues on Capitol Hill, have questioned whether he should continue as speaker after the election.

“We’re all focused on beating Democrats on Nov. 8. All the rest of this stuff will sort itself out,” Ryan told Fox News. “I’m very confident where I stand with our members.”

Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn called on Tuesday for Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a Barack Obama appointee, to intervene over the Clinton email probe. “AG Lynch has authority to unravel Clinton email mess by appointing a special counsel who can convene an impartial grand jury,” Cornyn wrote on Twitter.

Such a move would all but guarantee that controversy over Clinton’s emails would simmer into 2017 and perhaps beyond, potentially tying up her agenda if she were elected to the White House. Some Republican senators have already also vowed to block any hearing on Clinton’s potential Supreme Court justice nominees to fill the court’s current vacancy.

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told the Washington Post last week he had years’ worth of potential material that could be used to investigate Clinton.

California Republican Darrell Issa, a House Judiciary Committee member, told Fox Business Network late on Monday: “I suspect there will be more hearings” following the latest email probe.

MONEY MARKETS-U.S.-China trade war lifts bets on U.S. rate cut

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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK, May 13 ( ) – Interest rate traders increased their bets the U.S. Federal Reserve would lower interest rates by year-end to counter a domestic economic slowdown stemming from an escalation in the trade war between China and the United States.

The expectations of a rate decrease in December returned to the highest levels that were seen in March after Fed policy-makers signaled they would not raise rates in 2019.

On Monday, Beijing said it planned to set import tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on 5,140 U.S. products on a revised $60-billion target list. It said the tariffs would take effect on June 1.

China’s retaliatory measure followed Washington’s tariff increase on $200 billion of Chinese imports on Friday as talks between the world’s biggest economies unexpectedly broke down. U.S. President Donald Trump has said the Chinese government backtracked on commitments it made during months of negotiations.

Analysts worry the tension between the two parties will spiral into a trade war that would harm the global economy.

“If growth concerns were coupled with a major correction in equity markets the Fed would certainly be pushed closer to cutting interest rates,” Andrew Hollenhorst, chief U.S. economist with Citigroup, wrote in a research note.

Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren told on Monday that the Fed would be able to respond to any slowdown from the U.S.-China trade dispute.

“If the impact of the tariffs – and whatever financial market reaction to those tariffs is – causes more of a slowdown, then we do have the tools available to us, including lower interest rates, not that I’m necessarily expecting this will generate the need to do that,” said Rosengren, who is a voter on the Fed’s rate-setting committee this year.

At 3:44 p.m. (1944 GMT), federal funds futures implied traders saw about a 74% chance the U.S. central bank would lower the target range on short-term rates by a quarter point to 2.00%-2.25% at its Dec. 10-11 policy meeting. This compared with a 64% implied likelihood late on Friday, according to CME Group’s FedWatch program.

A month ago, futures 上海夜生活网prices suggested traders saw a 40% likelihood of a quarter-point rate decrease.

Ardian close to buying Cerberus-owned wind farms in Spain: sources

MADRID ( ) – French investment fund Ardian is close to buying wind farms from Spanish renewables group Renovalia in a 550 million euro ($617.87 million) deal, two sources with knowledge of the deal said, marking a move into green energy where buyer interest is hotting up.

Renovalia has been owned by U.S. private equity fund Cerberus since 2015. Among the assets covered by the deal is Renovalia Reserve, a joint venture between Renovalia and BlackRock, according to one of the sources.

Santander is advising on the sale process, the source said.

Cerberus, Renovalia, Ardian and BlackRock declined to comment.

The deal上海夜生活网 shows renewed investor interest in green energy assets now the threat of subsidy cuts that scared investors away from Spanish renewable assets in 2013 has faded. Also, the cost of wind and solar technology has fallen and governments and companies have stepped up efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Ardian aims to put to work some of a 6 billion-euro ($6.74 billion) fund for investments in Europe with the acquisition of Renovalia’s 420-megawatt portfolio.

Renovalia has 1,484 MW wind and solar assets around the world, including 512 MW under development.

After Spain, Renovalia’s biggest market is Mexico, where it manages 662 MW. It is currently discussing selling this business to Jenner Renewables, a power producer managed by Denham Capital and headed by former Gamesa chairman Jorge Calvet, one of the sources said.

A spokesman for Denham Capital declined to comment.

Renovalia also operates in Hungary, Italy, Canada and Chile.

Other foreign firms moving into the sector in Spain include asset manager Capital Dynamics, whose British arm said on May 1 it had bought around quarter of a 300 MW Israeli-owned solar plant near the Portuguese border, in a deal that valued the plant at about 33 million euros.

Last week, British investment manager Foresight bought a 50-MW plant, with 150,000 solar panels, some 280 kilometers (173.98 miles) further south, near the port city of Huelva.

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Goldman Sachs sets targets for Hispanic and black entry-level hires

( ) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc is setting targets for hiring minority groups for the first time as it ramps up efforts to diversify its workforce, according to a memo sent by top executives to employees on Monday.

The Wall Street bank, which last year said it wanted women to make up half of its entry-level workforce, now is aiming to ensure that 14 percent of new analysts and associates in the Americas are Hispanic or Latino and 11 percent of them black, according to the memo, which was seen by .

In Britain,上海夜生活 Goldman Sachs wants 9 percent of its entry-level workforce to be black.

The bank, whose senior executives are primarily white and male, did not set targets for more experienced employees, but is now requiring businesses to interview at least two qualified diverse candidates for each open position.

Goldman Sachs said in the memo it is “nearly there” with the targets it announced last year for campus hiring, and is exploring ways to increase the portion of staff who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, disabled or veterans.

David Solomon, who took over as chief executive of the bank in October, has been vocal about increasing diversity. He and two deputies sent the staff-wide memo ahead of disclosures on its gender pay gap that are required in Britain.

Last year, Goldman Sachs reported a mean gender pay gap in Britain for its international business of 55.5 percent and a mean bonus gap for the unit of 72.2 percent. Other companies, including HSBC Plc, fared worse.

Goldman Sachs is not alone on Wall Street in its diversity and gender equality campaign. Citigroup Inc has also set goals to have half its global staff to be women, and 30 percent of its staff to be black and Hispanic or Latino in the United States.

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.

Moyes admitted that West Ham made terrible mistakes

David Moyes, the West Ham United manager, was left disappointed after his side were beaten 3-2 at home by Newcastle United despite having a lot of chances to win the match – and the manager blamed his players for making very silly mistakes.

West Ham had managed to take the lead thanks to Marko Arnautovic but the guests managed to come from behind as Henri Saivet and Mo Diame scored – the hosts had a great chance to equalize the match but Andre Ayew’s penalty was saved and Christian Atsu doubled the lead on the other side. The Hammers managed to score a late goal thanks to Ayew but it just wasn’t enough for making a comeback.

The Scot spoke about the match and said that his side should have won, according to Sky Sports: “It wa上海夜生活论坛s near enough right from the start. We got the goal – I think from a Newcastle mistake – but after we made two or three terrible mistakes which led to them scoring from a free-kick. All in all, it just seemed like that on the touchline. Mistake after mistake. We then missed a penalty at 2-1 which makes it even more difficult.”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 he knows about Carrol’s strengths: “Everyone knows how good Andy is. But we gave ourselves too much to do after conceding a farcical third goal. We have to try and get rid of the individual errors. We missed him at home. He’s the one player who can do more on the ball and it was glaringly obvious we missed him here.”

In the end, David Moyes insisted that his side will have to improve in solving these difficult situations: “It was going to be a test with expectations changing towards us winning, but it showed today that we could not do that. It was the manner of losing the goals. The third was a catastrophe, the way it came about. We don’t score the penalty, and those things can make a big difference.”

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.

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.

Lamela back after a year

Erik Lamea has been forced to the sidelines since last October, due to a hip injury but now it seems as the midfielder can return for Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t been able to put Erik Lamela in his first-team squad for over a year due to the 25-year-old’s injury. However, the Argentine attacker seems like he is ready for action as he lines up for Tottenham U23s against Chelsea.

The Argentine attacker had been a regular in the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino but a hip injury has kept him out since his last appearance on October 25, 2016, against Liverpool in the EFL Cup, GOAL reports.

Lame will get ready for his return as the U23 side of Tottenham faces the Blues of London, meanwhile the senior team goes on to battle with Arsenal in the two side’s North London derby on Saturday.

Pochettino’s side need a win over their London rivals as they are looking to finally win something at the end of the season, since their last trophy win was in 2008. They are currently third-place in the English Premier League, chasing still unbeaten leaders Manchester City.Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

In the meantime, Spurs U-23s are eighth in their 12-team division – one point ahead of Chelsea U23s, so that clash seems like an exciting one as well.

Lamela has made 121 appearances for Tottenham since joining from Roma in 2013 and is contracted to the club until 2020, GOA上海夜生活网L continues.

Back in Italy, where he spent two seasons with Roma, the attacking midfielder has appeared in 62 games and scored important goals for the Serie A giants.

In the 4 years he has spent with Spurs, Lamela has played in 85 games and scored 8 goals. His injury held him back though, but once he returns, the Tottenham offense can be even more lethal than it is now.

How soon can he return to the senior team? We don’t know yet, but the Argentine is certainly on the right path.

The new Iniesta

Gremio’s 21-year-old midfielder Arthur Melo has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, due to his vision and ability to pass the ball

21-year-old Arthur Melo’s talents in the middle of the pitch have earned him early comparisons with Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta and the youngster gained attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Melo is not famous for his goal scoring exploits or fancy tricks. Instead, his great strength lies in an uncanny ability to spot the right pass and execute plays perfectly, just like Iniesta or Mesut Ozil.

Furthermore, he also has similar physical attributes as the Barcelona idol does, and the 21-year-old is similarly capable of those startling bursts past defenders that the Spanish legend uses to shrug off the attentions of markers.

According to ESPN, Arthur is also learning how to become a more decisive presence in the opposition area.

“I’m a player who likes to have the ball at my feet, and organise play,” he explained to reporters.Ryan Giggs reflects on changing Daniel James Nedim Maric – Daniel James moved from Swansea to Manchester United in an unlikely transfer which raised many eyebrows.A jump from English second division to the senior…

The youngster admitted he and his coach are forcing the midfielder to somewhat transform into an attacking midfielder role, as he has the potential to be the main playmaker of a team.

“As a defensive midfielder I see more of the ball, further back. But as a playmaker Renato is forcing me to get into the area, reach the goal and try to score, as well as thread the ball through,” he said.

“I am also forcing myself to support the attackers and wingers. I think that is where the difference has come, I am trying to get into the area more to feed those up front.”

His potential was noticed by Premier League giants such as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City. Furthermore, the youngster has also been linked with Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Gremio, however, are unlikely to let Melo leave easily. The midfielder’s contract will only expire in January 2019, and the Brazilian side will reportedly not consider a bid lower than上海夜生活网 €10 million for the 21-year-old.

Klopp doubts Southgate’s nomination

Gareth Southgate’s nomination for the national team is quite surprising and Jürgen Klopp thinks that the Englishman is making his own life difficult by not calling up some experienced players.

The German manager especially talked about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge – these two are not in the England squad and Klopp doesn’t agree with that decision. Southgate’s argument in relation to Sturridge on Thursday was that because he was not playing regularly he could not perform “at his very best” for the national team.

The former manager of Borussia Dortmund shared his thoughts as he said, according to ESPN: “It is not our decision but if Gareth Southgate saw the last few games I think for sure he could have invited all three of them. Gareth makes his decisions, I cannot change that. Both of them would play in other English Premier League teams quite regularly.”

He thinks that Southgate will be in a difficult situation with criteria like that: “If he makes it now like this it could be difficult in the future if he sticks to this plan 100 percent — not for us but maybe for England.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool 上海夜生活论坛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…

Jürgen Klopp also spoke about Sturridge who is finally back from injury for good and he is able to perform at a high level: “Daniel had a few injury problems and was called up [in the past] because he is still the striker everyone thinks about. If he [Southgate] thinks he doesn’t need him I cannot change it.”

And the German coach thinks that Oxlade-Chamberlain has been doing well after his recent transfer: “Ox is coming in a new club and that always needs time to adapt. I think he made big steps since he was here. But, again I cannot call him and say, ‘Please, call him up.’”

Is Klopp right or is the Gareth Southgate’s choice the right one?

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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.”

Klopp says he had a ‘good conversation’ with Coutinho

The Brazilian is finally back from international break and training with the first squad.

Liverpool’s head coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he had a good conversation with Philippe Coutinho upon his arrival in Melwood. Yet, the 25-year-old midfielder will likely not start against Manchester City.

Many expected things to get a bit awkward between the two after Coutinho submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona, but his wish was denied and he will be staying at Liverpool. However, the Brazilian reported back for training at Melwood on Thursday and everything seems back to normal for Liverpool.

“I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn’t train so that means he missed around about three weeks,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

“Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games [before the next international break] and we saw trai上海夜网ning this morning and thought ‘OK, maybe we should use him immediately’ because he was really good, but that doesn’t make sense.Liverpool could be kicked out of the Carabao Cup Andrew Smyth – Liverpool face a nervous wait to discover their Carabao Cup fate after falling into hot water with the Football League over selecting ineligible players.

“We have now to continue with the pre-season, not too long, but in a few sessions we have to give ourselves the time because in the next month we have seven games.

“We always have the same decision to make, ‘does he need training or can he play?’ and all that stuff. Yes, he will now do a little bit more than the other boys but he showed up in a very, very good mood and looks really promising.”

The German tactician also stated that he had a fresh talk with Coutinho and everything was alright between them.

“Of course – all good, all good. Nothing else to say, actually, so he’s back and we had a really good conversation, so good,” the Reds boss added.

Klopp confident in his squad

The German tactician believes Liverpool will be able to challenge for the title this year.

Jürgen Klopp thinks Liverpool will play for the championship in the upcoming 2017-18 as they seek to end a period of 27 years with no English title.

Since Liverpool last won the league, they have been completely overtaken by Manchester United as English football’s most successful club.

Ahead of the Audi Cup in Munich, Klopp told reporters about the ambition of his men:

“We will be playing for the championship. We don’t start a season by not having any ambitions.” the German said, according to Goal.Jurgen Klopp rates Pep Guardiola as his greatest rival Andrew Smyth – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best manager that he’s ever coached against.

“We have to have our goals. That’s what we did last season. We aimed for the top, and we finished fourth. But I think we have a very good team now.

“We did have a bit of bad luck last season. I think we can play a little bit better.

“Let’s hope everything will work very well and that there isn’t much more to improve. We have to work very har上海夜生活论坛d on it and we’re doing that.”

The Reds were one of the title contenders last year, after a dip in their form packed with a number of injuries saw the club from Anfield take the fourth spot, 17 points behind Chelsea.

\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.