SWISS STAR JOINS REDS
Shaqiri leaves relegated Stoke for Liverpool
Swiss World Cup forward Xherdan Shaqiri has left relegated Stoke City for Champions league runner-up liverpool.
liverpool said the 26-year-old player had signed “a long-term contract”, but did not disclose the transfer fee. Media reports put it at $17.2 million.
“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach (Jurgen Klopp),” Shaqiri said. “as a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football.
“a few years ago I wanted to come too, but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy I’m finally here. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. that’s what I’m here for.”
Stoke was relegated from the Premier league in May. liverpool, beaten 3-1 by real Madrid in the Champions league final, finished fourth in England’s top flight.
MORE FINES FOR SOCKS
FIFa has fined Croatia and Sweden $49,990 each for players wearing non-approved socks in games against England.
FIFa says one Croatia player “displayed unauthorized commercial branding on playing equipment items” during the team’s World Cup semifinal match on Wednesday.
Croatia’s soccer federation had been asked by FIFa to “cease the activity that led to the breach.”
Sweden was previously fined $69,800 for several players wearing the unapproved socks in russia.
FIFa says one player broke the World Cup marketing rules during Sweden’s quarterfinals loss.
RONALDO MANIA IN ITALY
an ice-cream flavour in his honour, a pizza named after him, queues to buy his shirt: For some, Cristiano Ronaldo is as important as the Pope.
Juventus made shockwaves over the world on tuesday when it completed the signing of ronaldo from real Madrid for a Serie a record of 112 million euros, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner signing a four-year deal with the Italian champion. and ronaldo mania is in full swing in turin, with enterprising businessmen not missing the opportunity to celebrate the occasion and cash in on the arrival of the Portugal forward.
Leonardo La Porta, who has owned Gelateria Miretti in the heart of turin for 30 years, has created a flavour called Cr7 — ronaldo’s famous brand name. the 50-year-old la Porta is not a Juventus supporter, nor even a football fan, but has often creates flavours to mark important events in the city.
However, he has only created one flavour in honour of a person before — when the Pope came to turin in 2015.
Nearby is a pizza restaurant, which is also hoping to attract the footballing superstar. Tommy Tegamino, which is owned by two Juventus seasonticket holders, brothers Filippo (31-yearsold) and Tommaso Crozaso (26), now boasts the “Pizza Cr7.” the deep-dish pizza is topped with stracchino cheese and black olives in the shape of the number “7” and that also symbolizes the black and white colours of Juventus.
It costs an appropriate seven euros.
INFANTINO TALKS QATAR
FIFa president Gianni Infantino says talks over changing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar can ease tensions with regional neighbours.
Saudi arabia has joined with other Middle East states in enforcing a hostile boycott of Qatar since June 2017.
In recent months, Infantino has supported calls to add 16 more teams to the 2022 tournament — a plan likely to make Qatar share hosting duties because it is building only eight stadiums.
Infantino says Qatar can insist on keeping a 32-team format, though he is “pretty sure that all options will be on the table.”
“Maybe we could bring those who are having difficulties communicating with each other to start dialogue,” the FIFa president said at his only World Cup news conference. “the door is slightly ajar and we will see how it moves on from there.”
THAI BOYS TEAM GETS INVITE
the boys soccer team in thailand rescued from a flooded cave this week has been invited to FIFa’s annual awards event.
Infantino says they will be invited to come to london, where the world’s best player prize will be presented on Sept. 24.