Spartak Moscow have managed to bring in Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Italian outfit Sampdoria for around € 13 million.
The 24-year-old will be a big addition for the Russian outfit and he will not need any time for acclimatisation after having been used to Eastern European football from his time at Shakhtar Donetsk. Fernando had joined the Sampdoria from Shakhtar Donetsk only last summer for around € 8 million. Hence, this transfer represents a neat little profit for the Italian club. After having come through the ranks at Gremio, Fernando Lucas Martins joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.
He played at the Ukrainian club for a two years and made only 27 appearances before making the move to Sampdoria. Last season, he was one of the first-team regulars for the club and he racked up 33 appearances in the league alone while scoring four goals in these games. Fernando has also featured for the Brazilian national team on eight occasions since making his debut in 2012. The intense competition for the defensive midfield position in the national team limits his opportunities to make an impact at international level. Spartak Moscow will be able to benefit immensely by the presence of the 24-year-old since he has a long time still left in football.
There is news that Arsenal might be interested in Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes.
The latter has been playing well for some time now, and it is reported that there are a number of European clubs that might be interested in the player. Indeed last season itself Quincy Promes has managed to score 18 goals and contributed to numerous assists
Quincy Promes has stated that he is fed up of playing in Russia and that he wants to play in a better league. It is believed that Arsenal has been following the player for quite some time now and that they might be prepared to make a bid in the summer.
Arsenal who have released MatthieuFlamini, Mikel Arteta as well as Thomas Rosicky are currently short on midfield players. And it might also be possible that Theo Walcott leaves the team in the summer as he fails to establish himself as an important player in the team.
They will be hoping that Quincy Promes will provide them an additional option in their attack. Alexis Sanchez has been impressive since his move to Arsenal, and they will be hoping that having another quality winger on the other side of attack can help them improve their attack.
Russian giant Spartak Moscow have started the new season with a big bang as they thrashed their opponents Arsenal Tule 4-0 on Sunday. The nine time champions killed the morale of their opponents with two braces from Zhano Ananidze , a Georgian, and Quincy Promes, Dutch striker.
The coach of the Russian Champions Dmitry Alenichev said: “It’s nice to start the new season with a win. I set my players a task to score an early opener and they achieved that. It helped us a great deal, while our third goal decided the game.” Continue reading
Spartak Moscow will be hoping that their recent win over their rivals Lokomotiv will be enough to keep their hopes of European football alive.
Spartak, who was on four matches without a win, will hope that the win will turn their season around and that they will be able to finish the season strongly.
Spartak Moscow manager Dmitry Alenichev was pleased with his players and said that all of them were heroes. He was delighted with their determination and their commitment and stated that they deserve to win the game after such a performance.
Spartak had the first chance to open the score in the 26th minute, but the Lokomotiv Moscow’s goalkeeper did well to save a shot from Quincy Promes. The Dutchman benefited from a great pass from JanoAnanidze.
However, in the 43rd minutes, Spartak Moscow will take the lead after an own goal from Durica. The latter will be unable to clear a cross from Ivelin Popov and will divert the ball into his own net giving Spartak the lead. Continue reading
Ronny Deila claims that winning the Scottish Premier League title this season would be one of his greatest achievements in the game.
This claim will come as a shocking surprise to Celtic supporters, who have been disgruntled with the Norwegian for quite a while. Celtic’s inability to dominate the Premier League at a time when they do not have competition from Rangers is a massive source behind the discontent. The club has also fared poorly in the cup competitions. However, Celtic have been retaining Deila as their manager for the time being.
The club moved four points ahead of second placed Aberdeen following a narrow 1-0 win against Kilmarnock. Even though this was not the kind of performance that fans would have been hoping from the team, it at least kept them in control of the league title. Celtic have a game in hand and could stretch this advantage to 7 points. The club has to win the next couple of league meetings with teams like Heart of Midlothian and Motherwell before they start thinking about the Scottish cup semi-final meeting with archrivals Rangers. Deila’s future may be dependent on this game, but the Norwegian is focusing on the league title for the time being. Continue reading
Porto lost to Chelsea in their last group game in Europe which saw them getting knocked out of the competition as well, but, the manager Julen Lopetegui was impressed with the fight shown by the team.
The Portuguese club had been able to secure three points facing the Blues earlier in the competition in September and they needed to do it again at Bridge on Wednesday to make sure they remain at the second position in the Group G standings. But, it wasn’t to be.
Porto could still have made the pre quarters if Dynamo Kyiv, which was at no. 3, had not downed Maccabi Tel Aviv in another Group G game going on in that same time period, but, that result did not went in their favour either.
Kyiv won and with that, they managed to overtake Porto in the standings.
While, Lopetegui appeared disappointed with the elimination, he did not look to come down hard on the players.
Talking to the media later in the evening, Lopetegui said, “If we had avoided the defeat the other day at home, the situation would not have been complicated for us coming into this game. Ten points generally prove to be sufficient for a team to advance.”
“Playing Chelsea at Bridge, it was always going to be a huge challenge. They are not an easy team to beat. We tried our best. Especially after the break, I thought we were fantastic. But, they were stronger than us on the day.” Continue reading