UEFA Bans Rubin Kazan For Over-Spending

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Russian side Rubin Kazan has been suspended from European competition for one season after breaking UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) regulations, European football’s ruling body said on Thursday.

“The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons,” UEFA said.

The ban will come into effect if Rubin qualifies for either the Champions League or Europa League in 2019/20 or 2020/21.

Currently fifth in the Russian Premier League, Rubin did not qualify for Europe this season.

UEFA’s financial fair play rules stipulate that a club cannot spend more than their generated revenue.

French league giants Paris Saint-Germain are in the midst of a UEFA FFP probe after spending more than 400m euros in the 2017 summer transfer market to buy Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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Barcelona’s Alex Song Joins Rubin Kazan On Free Transfer

Alex-Song-Barcelona-Rubin-KazanRubin Kazan have signed Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song, on a free transfer.

The Cameroonian, who was expected to join the Russian side on loan, later sealed a permanent contract after terminating his deal with the Spanish side on Monday.

“FC Barcelona and player Alex Song have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that bound the two parties.

“FC Barcelona wishes the Cameroonian luck and much success in what follows of his professional career,” the club said on its website.

The 28-year-old departed Arsenal in 2012 to join Barcelona where he played 34 games for the first team in the 2012/13 season during Coach Tito Vilanova’s era.

He also featured in 31 games in 2013/14 when Gerardo Martino was in charge and scored a goal during his stay in Spain.

Mourinho Praises Players’ Improvement As Klopp Rues Sturridge Setback

mourinhoChelsea’s manager, Jose Mourinho, believes that the mood is improving at Stamford Bridge after two good results in the last week, claiming his side’s key players are starting to improve.

The blues have made a lacklustre start to the defence of their Premier League title and also lost their second Champion’s League pool game at Porto.

However, they returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge last Saturday before a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev, a match Mourinho thinks they were unlucky not to win.

The defending champions now face a tough trip to fourth-placed West Ham in the Premier League.

It is, however, a different story for Liverpool as manager, Jurgen Klopp says England striker Daniel Sturridge continues to be a major fitness concern after revealing the he must undergo another scan on his knee.

Sturridge, who is yet to play under Klopp, damaged his knee in a training ground collision with Jordon Ibe last Friday and that prevented him from lining up against either Tottenham Hotspur or Rubin Kazan.

It was initially hoped that he would be available for Sunday’s home game with Southampton but, Klopp cast doubt on whether the 25-year-old would be fit enough for selection.

Europa League: Liverpool Held In Klopp’s Anfield Debut

LiverpoolLiverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night, leaving new boss, Jurgen Klopp frustrated in his first game at Anfield.

The visitors took the lead through Marko Devic’s stunning half-volley but had captain Oleg Kuzmin sent off for a second yellow card soon after.

Kuzmin opted to bundle over Can as the German tried to power past him down the wing. The referee had no option but to give him his second yellow.

The red card seemed to have paved the way for a whitewash in favour of the reds as Liverpool soon equalized.

Divock Origi nodded down Philippe Coutinho’s free kick for Emre Can to fire home from close range the first goal of the Klopp era.

However, after the goal, Liverpool pressed for the entire second half but struggled to truly test Sergei Ryzhikov in the Kazan goal.

Liverpool were limited to half chances in an ultimately difficult evening for Klopp and Liverpool as they struggled to break down their opponents for large periods of the match.

Christian Beneteke came on to add some power upfront but hit the post in the final 10 minutes as Liverpool were held to a third successive Group B draw.

The Russian visitors would have earned some credit for keeping their discipline in a difficult away match.

Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in seven games at Anfield this season – against Bournemouth in August.

Chelsea Ready To Do Battle — Benitez

[highlight txtcolor=”#000FF”]Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea will learn from past mistakes as they bid to book their FA Cup final place.[/highlight]

The Blues will be facing Manchester City on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, with the interim manager adamant he is pleased with the season so far.

City beat Chelsea 2-0 in February at the Etihad stadium, but Benitez says his team learned from the experience.

If Chelsea can beat Man City on Sunday, a cup double remains in their favour, having edged past Rubin Kazan to progress into the Europa league semi-finals.

Obagoal scores winning goal for Levante on debut

Obafemi ‘Obagoal’ Martins came into his new Spanish side Levante in style as he showed why he is worth being bought as the out of favour Nigerian striker scored the winning goal on his debut for the La Liga club against another Spanish side Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Before he finally recorded a goal, the former Rubin Kazan hit-man’s effort was disallowed in the 64th minute as it was faulted as an offside.

Martins who came in as a substitute in the 46th minute and was on with much aggression  standing a threat to defenders till the 87th minute when he finally sealed the victory for Levante  after he received a brilliant pass from Ballesteros.

After the game Obagoal as he is fondly called back home said he couldn’t ask for a better debut than what happened in the game today.

Obafemi Martins joins Levante from Rubin Kazan

Former Super Eagles striker; Obafemi Martins has moved to Spanish club Levante dumping his Russian club Rubin Kazan as he agreed to terminate his contract with the Russian club.

Martins who left inter Milan to Wolfsburg before he moved to Rubin Kazan is expected to earn an annual wage of around €600,000 every season.

Obafemi Martins was entitled to a wage of €2.2 million at Rubin Kazan after signing a deal worth €9 million from German Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg.

Martins signed a two-year deal with Levante on Tuesday and will be unveiled today.