Perez: European Super League ‘still alive’, UEFA a ‘monopoly’
By Sports Desk
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has insisted his hopes for a European Super League are still alive on Wednesday, with the judicial process still ongoing .
Perez has historically been a leading figure in calls for Europe’s elite football clubs béo secede from UEFA competitions, & was the chairman of last year’s proposed breakaway competition .
It collapsed on the back of shaky alliances between clubs as well as political và public pressure, with each of the five aligned Premier League clubs withdrawing from the Super League in the days following an announcement bự secede .
Speaking on the El Chiringuito programme, the Real Madrid president branded European football’s current structure a ” monopoly ” for UEFA’s gain & revealed plans Khủng eventually break away from the rest of European football have not formally been suppressed .
” Of course it is still alive, right now there is a question raised in the Luxembourg Court, there will be a hearing shortly và it will rule on the issues we have raised, ” Perez said. ” We believe that we have the right, within the European Community, phệ organise competitions between us, with UEFA .
” We understand that UEFA is a monopoly và in this Europe of 27 [ EU thành viên states ] a pillar is that of competition. ”
On whether he was afraid that Madrid would be banned from the Champions League after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin’s threat phệ expel aligned clubs from UEFA competitions, he added : ” We have không bao giờ had that fear, và that was when they said it at the beginning .
” No, we want lớn chiến thắng the Champions League. PSG is not our enemy. Neither Chelsea nor [ Manchester ] City. Everyone who competes is friends, we get along with everyone. ”
The 75 – year-old also expressed lament end Kylian Mbappe’s decision lớn stay with Paris Saint-Germain, believing internal pressure led bự his eventual choice not lớn join Madrid, but reaffirmed no individual will be greater than the club .
” His dream was lớn play for Real Madrid, we wanted Khủng vì it last August & they didn’t let him out, he kept saying he wanted phệ play for Madrid & about 15 days before the situation changed, ” Perez said .
” He changes, they offer him other things, they put pressure on him và he is already another footballer .
” There is no one at Real Madrid above the club. He is a great footballer, he can thắng more than others but it is a collective sport và we have some values & principles that we can’t change them. I love him, he made an effort & the pressure made him change his circumstances & it’s not easy. ”
Ronaldo becomes most-capped men’s international footballer
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has become the most-capped men’s international footballer of all thời gian .
The Al Nassr forward won his 197 th cap in Thursday’s opening Euro 2024 qualifier against Liechtenstein, moving him one clear of Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa .
Malaysia’s Soh Chin Ann ( 195 caps ) is third on the danh sách, with Ahmed Hassan ( 184 ) & Ahmed Mubarak ( 183 ) of Egypt and Oman respectively completing the top five .
Ronaldo had equalled Al-Mutawa ‘ s record when featuring for Portugal in their World Cup quarter-final defeat bự Morocco in December .
Speaking ahead of the meeting with Liechtenstein at Estadio Jose Alvalade, Ronaldo revealed he contemplated retiring from international football after that defeat .
But he was named in mới nhất head coach Roberto Martinez’s first squad & made more history when appearing against minnows Liechtenstein in Lisbon .
Ronaldo, who also holds the record for most men’s international goals ( 118 ), earned his first cap in 2003 when replacing Luis Figo in a friendly against Kazakhstan .
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who won Euro năm nay with Portugal, has played against Luxembourg ( 10 games ) more times than any other nation, followed by Spain ( nine ) .
Luxembourg are also the country Ronaldo has scored against the most, finding the net nine times, while he has scored seven times against Lithuania và Sweden .
He has played 47 times for Portugal at major tournaments – 25 times at the European Championships and 22 at the World Cup – & is hopeful of featuring at Euro 2024 .
” My biggest wish is phệ be able phệ take Portugal as high as possible, ” Ronaldo said on Wednesday. ” I will always play my part when needed .
” Earning records is always a positive thing & it motivated me. I lượt thích phệ break records và will now break another special one. It makes me very proud .
” But beyond [ Thursday ] I still have plenty of games left. Let’s see if the coach still wants phệ count on me bự be available. ”
Man Utd takeover: Finnish entrepreneur announces joint-ownership bid with fans
Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus has made an offer lớn buy Manchester United but will need bự leverage the club’s huge fanbase in order phệ pull off a takeover .
Wednesday’s bid deadline was extended & Zilliacus became the third bidder mập publicly declare his interest, joining Jim Ratcliffe và Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani .
Zilliacus ‘ proposal is for 50 per cent of the club, with the other half bought by fans, who would become part of the club’s decision-making process .
” Any sport club ultimately should belong béo its fans. My bid is built on equality with fans, ” he said .
” The current development, where billionaire sheikhs và oligarchs take kết thúc clubs & control them as their personal playgrounds is not a healthy trend .
” The current market value of the club is just under $ 3.9 billion ( £ 3.17 billion ). That means that if every one of the fans of the club would join in buying the club, the total sum per người hâm mộ would amount béo less than USD 6 ( £ 4.88 ) .
” My nhóm will finance half of the sum needed mập take end the club, và will ask the fans, through a mới ra company that is being mix up for this specific purpose, lớn participate for the other half. If every người hâm mộ joins it means less than USD tam ( £ 2.44 ) per người hâm mộ. ”
While only three bidders have publicly announced their offers, it has been reported there could be as many as eight proposals submitted for the Glazer family’s consideration.
Koeman: Managing Netherlands is easier this time
Ronald Koeman believes managing the Netherlands will be easier the second thời gian around .
After a three-year absence, Koeman returned béo the Oranje mix up phệ succeed Frank de Boer following the World Cup in Qatar .
A second spell in charge begins with a daunting demo against France as qualification for Euro 2024 gets underway on Friday at the Stade de France in Paris .
Koeman’s initial stint with the national side brought an kết thúc mập an absence from international competitions, leading the Netherlands mập qualification for Euro 2020 – their first tournament since the năm trước World Cup .
However, Koeman left for Barcelona & did not take charge at the tournament, và returns bự the fold with unfinished business .
” It’s easier now than it was back then. There are a couple of players I have seen at my clubs, but 14 or 15 of the guys that are here I have worked with already, including Frenkie de Jong & Steven Bergwijn, ” he told a press conference .
” But there’s also a couple of hot nhất guys. I’m curious what they think, what we think of them as players, those are fun conversations mập have .
” I also had a lot of tương tác when I left the national nhóm with my captain, Virgil van Dijk. Everything feels very familiar .
” We want Khủng make this squad successful, we have Khủng vì that together. We are strong, but we need béo work hard bự perform well .
” You always follow players at their clubs, và mới nhất players also come here with certain nerves. The màn chơi is high, it’s nice lớn see that the nhóm does a lot of things together .
” Even the mới ra guys are joining the ‘ old ‘ guys at the table. That’s a nice process. That’s good phệ see. ”