Antoine Griezmann, the Atletico Madrid’s French striker, is having difficulties in this first part of the season 2017/2018. Griezmann has only scored 2 goals in 10 Liga’s matches, and that’s enough for Marca, the Catalan newspaper, to say that an agreement in principle was found between the French player and FC Barcelona for next summer, with a 5-year contract for the deal. Why this summer ? Because the French striker’s release clause will be reduced from 200M€ to 100M€. And the player is worth this value on the transfert market.
Griezmann said, at least, that he would not leave Atletico in winter, as “Diego Costa and Vitolo are coming to the club, so we will try to keep the club at the top of the championship. Those reinforcements will help us to be in a good form. I didn’t talk about that with my President (about a leaving agreement)”. Those declarations can reassure his team and the supporters, until June and the summer transfert period, when Griezmann will, undoubtedly, be highly coveted by Barcelona and maybe other big clubs, like PSG or Manchester United. Answer this summer, after the World Cup, where the French player will have to shine with his national team.
Lucas D’attoma, IEJ3F G1
Last year’s semi-finalist AS Monaco was eliminated from European competition after losing to Leipzig 4-1 last night.
The last year’s accomplishment is now far away. If Leonardo Jardim’s men had a remarkable performance in the Champions League last year, there is no such thing this season. The Monaco players, who had a very complicated start to the season, literally collapsed at home last night. They lost 3-0 at half-time and 4-1 at the end to a very ambitious German team. Leipzig FC will play its qualification during the last game in December.
Despite a random draw which seemed to be accessible for the Monaco team, the players did not manage to maintain a high level of play after a terrible mercato for the club.”There’s not much explanation. We did a catastrophic first half. We apologize to the fans,” Andrea Raggi, the ASM defender said to BeIN Sports. The departures of Bakayoko, Mbappé, Bernardo Siva and Mendy upset the team.
Falcao’s partners will soon have to pull themselves together. They receive the Parisian monster this weekend, for the shock of the French championship. Second of the championship, followed by Lyon, Monaco must imperatively win to have another chance of winning the French championship for the second consecutive time.
Clément PERNIA, IEJ 3F groupe 1
First of their group in the Champions League with four wins on four matches played, PSG will aim at a fifth success. Certainly, the coach Unai Emery, can rely on the famous trio of attack: Neymar, Cavani and Mbappé.
Already qualified for the eighth finals, the Parisians definitely want to win this match, their principal objective being to stay undefeated in this group. As the only team that has not conceded a goal, PSG is getting ready to face Celtic Glasgow and Bayern Munich for the last two matches. Mistrust for Paris due to the new Celtic Glasgow’s leader, Moussa Dembele. The team is first in the Scottish championship and is likely to end up in the Europa League. Thus, Glasgow needs to be in third position in the group, behind PSG and Bayern Munich. The advantage for Celtic is the public. Many Scottish fans have taken the trip to Paris for this match.
Celtic Glasgow, who lost 5-0 at Celtic Park against PSG will take a revenge tonight against the Parisians. The players of PSG hope to repeat their performance and to show to everybody that Paris is a big favorite for the final victory in the Champions League.
Hugo Juste, IEJ 3F
After a disappointing start in the Liga, The Real Madrid took a deep breath by winning against Nicosia (Cyprus) on Tuesday night (0-6) during the fifth day of Champion’s League. They are now going to quarterfinal of the competition. That means a good dose of confidence for the men of Zinedine Zidane, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Criticized for their discouraging start in the season, both strikers scored twice each, during the match yesterday night.
It is so the end of a black series and a new record for Karim Benzema. Indeed, the French football striker of Real Madrid scored yesterday night his fifty-second and fifty-third goals in the European competition. He is now the best French scorer of the Champion’s League.
The former Lyonnais exceeds the idol of Arsenal’s Thierry Henry, blocked at fifty-one goals. Discarded of the French team since 2015, and badly embarked for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the man with 27 goals in selection is also the sixth best scorer of the competition, all nationalities combined.
Therefore, now more than ever, it is time to ask the question: Wouldn’t the French team be even better if Karim Benzema was part of it?
Célia KHOULALENE, IEJ 3F2
German tennis player Boris Becker is celebrating his 50th birthday today and at this occasion in an interview with Bild, the former world number 1 expressed his wish to be buried in the Gap Road cemetery, located near the central course. The triple winner of the British Grand Slam would be close to the field of his victories in 1985, 1986 and 1989 and his place of residence since he has been living in London for ten years.
“I will probably never go back to Germany. Even if I have my passport, I do not feel German,” said the tennis player in the German magazine. “My house is London,” he added.
With his success on the “Center Court” in 1985, he became the youngest Grand Slam winner at just 17 years old.
The former coach of Novak Djokovic, is now the coordinator of the men’s team in German tennis federation.
Last June, Boris Backer was declared bankrupt by a London bankruptcy court for a multi-million-euro debt.
Becker has already had legal problems with unpaid debt with the Spanish justice, for the work in his villa in Mallorca, and Swiss justice for failing to pay the pastor who married him in 2009. In 2002, the German justice sentenced him to two years in prison suspended sentence and 500,000 euros for some 1.7 million euros in back taxes.
Carla Menasche, IEJ 3 F2
Rafael Nadal won in court against Roselyne Bachelot, former French Sports Minister. On Thursday, the Parisian court of Justice convicted her for defamation.
Bachelot was sentenced to a fine of 500 euros and a 10,000 compensation for non-pecuniary harm.
Former Minister made comments in a TV interview last year declaring: ”We more or less know that the famous injury which caused a 7-month break for Rafael Nadal was very certainly due to a positive control [on doping]”.
Nadal very quickly responded by filing a suit against Bachelot. Back then, he said: ”These accusations are really starting to annoy me.” He demanded 100,000 euros in respect of moral damage since the statement of a former Sport Minister can weigh a lot in the field of sport, particularly in harming the relationship between the athlete and his sponsors. His motivation was not only a compensation, but he also wanted to show to a person of influence that they were not allowed to accuse sports players without proof.
The tennis player announced on Facebook that he would donate the money from the fine to a French NGO. He wrote: ”Today is a happy day for me […]. The French justice has resolved the case in favor of my honesty and integrity.”
Game, set and match: Nadal not only wins on tennis courts, he is now also a winner in the Court of Law.
Amel ALMIA, IEJ 3E
France rugby team or “the XV of France” will face the South African team, the Springboks, in a friendly game. The French are going through a crisis after a disappointing last weekend where they lost 38-18 against the New Zealand team All Blacks. It was the second time they lost against them in November’s tests rugby games.
Then team’s coach Guy Novès is calling for a “revenge for the public, the staff and ourselves”. He wants to redeem the team for a first catastrophic half-time. That’s why he has decided to keep the same composition as with the New Zealand game. He believes in the capacity of the players, some of whom are playing for the first time in the national team. “They deserve a second chance,” he claims.
But the South African team are not in a much better mood. In their last game against the Irish XV they had a disastrous 38-3 score. But Novès knows that the game is not yet won. Indeed, in June’s last tests, the Springboks scored 100 points in three games against the French team.
Bernard Laporte, the president of French Rugby Federation had announced a goal of three victories for November’s tests matchs. A goal now clouded by the two latest games’ results.
Naomi Barki, IEJ3E