Batistuta honoured for his accomplishments

It’s been over 9 years since Gabriel Batistuta decided to hang up his boots and end his playing career which has seen him scoring 78 goals which is the highest amount that has been scored by any Argentine player and Batistuta also made his presence known in Italy as he made over 260 appearances for the Italian club where he managed to find the back of the net on 168 occasions.

There are some footballers that continue being praised and glorified even after having finalized their respective playing careers and Gabriel Batistuta is one of them, according to these experts. He certainly won’t be forgotten as the player is an icon for the younger generation of rising stars.

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Luis Suarez is one of the footballers who is being mentioned most in this season due to the contributions that he has made to help Barcelona in this season. The Uruguayan player has scored 11 goals in 23 appearances as well as scoring twice against PSG in the first leg of the Champions League between Barcelona and the French side.

Even though Luis Suarez and Gabriel Batistuta have different nationalities, Suarez revealed that Batistuta is one of his football idols.

“It’s not that I wanted to copy him or be him, but I admired him a lot during his time at Fiorentina, and afterwards at Roma, and I admired how he played” Barcelona’s Luis Suarez said.

During the playing career of Batistuta, he managed on performing with: Newell’s Old Boys, River Plate, Boca Juniors, Fiorentina, As.Roma, Inter Milan and Al Arabi but despite not being one of the top European clubs, it was with Fiorentina where he stood out as he scored 168 goals and the retired footballer was placed into the hall of fame of the Italian side earlier in October of 2014.

“From the moment I arrived at Fiorentina I wanted a place in the history of the club  and now I can say I have succeeded.” Those were the words that Gabriel Batistuta said during the speech that he delivered at the event as Batistuta has marked his name in the history-books of Fiorentina and the world of football.

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Vitor Pereira’s managerial transition to Olympiacos was a wise one

Vitor Pereira became the coach of Olympiacos in January of 2015 as he replaced Michel who was fired from the Greek club. Before taking the job in Greece, Pereira had been approached on a number of occasions with managerial positions in the Premier League.

“Olympiacos is announcing the end of its cooperation with manager Michel Gonzalez. The entire family of Olympiacos thanks Michel for his contribution to the club and wishes him every success in his career’’ This was the announcement that was made by the official website of Olympiacos as the Greek club announced the end of their relationship with the Spanish manager Michel Gonzalez.

There were a number of Premier League clubs that launched offers to Vitor Pereira as those English teams made an approach for the Portuguese manager. Everton and Crystal Palace were the squads that displayed most interested in luring Pereira but ultimately failed on doing so.

The owner of Crystal Palace, Steve Parish was the man who sacked Neil Warnock and attempted to turn Vitor Pereira into the new coach of the team and a number of negotiations as well as meetings were done in order to make it happen but Pereira had his eyes set somewhere else as he penned a two and half year long deal with Olympiacos and things have turned out well for him after having won the Greek Super League for the 5th consecutive year with a margin of over 10 points. Read more »

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Sky and BT pay huge to Retain rights of Premier League

Sky and BT had to pay billions in order to retain the broadcasting rights of the Premier League. It was recently reported that Sky has the rights to show 116 live matches per season while BT snatched 38 matches. The overall valuation of this deal is in the region of €5 billion as the Premier League seems to be getting more entertaining as more fans are viewing the games every week that it’s played.

After having offloaded so much cash in obtaining the rights to broadcast these matches, it’s expected that the teams which are participating in this league have the quality to prove why its receiving more viewers and supporters but everything seems to be falling apart for these clubs in the Europa League and in the Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur was knocked out of the Europa League after losing against Fiorentina meanwhile Liverpool was eliminated after crashing out of the European competition due to a penalty shoot-out in which Besiktas emerged as the victorious team. Read more »