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Red Star crowned champions as Serbian league restarts
Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Red Star Belgrade clinched their third successive and a record-extending 31st league title with a 5-0 win at city rivals Rad on Friday as Serbia’s first division resumed after it was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March.

Celebrations were muted, however, as the game was played behind closed doors and the 1991 European Cup winners, who won the continent’s elite club competition on this day 29 years ago, were unable to share their joy with the fans.

With three rounds of matches remaining, Red Star have 72 points from 27 games, 14 more than closest rivals Partizan Belgrade who are at home to Mladost Lucani on Saturday.
Up to 1,000 fans will be allowed to attend games as of next weekend when Red Star are at home to Radnik Surdulica, with the Serbian government continuing to ease lockdown measures.

Second-bottom Rad were on the back foot throughout and fell behind in the 24th minute, when Mirko Ivanic converted a penalty after Aleksa Vukanovic was fouled just inside the area.

Centre back Srdjan Babic doubled Red Star’s lead in the 30th from close range after a nicely-executed set piece and Vukanovic added the third six minutes later with a crisp shot into the far corner from 10 metres.

Australia defender Milos Degenek headed in the fourth from an El Fardou Ben Nabouhane corner in the 57th minute before the lively Vukanovic tapped in Ivanic’s fizzing low cross in the closing stages.

Red Star’s head coach and the club’s former international midfielder Dejan Stankovic, who won the 2010 Champions League with Inter Milan, was delighted.
“All credit goes to the players, the staff and the fans, who put wind in our sails every step of the way,” Stankovic told Arenasport television.

“We’ll have some champagne tonight, we’ve earned it.”
Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Toby Davis


I believe Walter Zenga also won the Serb league with Red Star in the past as a coach.
 

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Sneijder: 'Lautaro must stay'
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Former Inter hero Wesley Sneijder says Lautaro Martinez ‘must stay’, Christian Eriksen ‘can become a leader’ and claims he could have reached the heights of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo: “I simply didn’t feel like it.”

The Dutch attacking midfielder retired last summer, after a stint at Al Gharafa in Qatar, and can look back at an illustrious career, winning trophies in four different countries.

Starting at Ajax, he was picked up by Real Madrid in August 2007. His spell in the Spanish capital lasted for two years, before he became a key member in the historic Treble season at Inter.

“I could have become like Messi or Ronaldo. I simply didn’t feel like it,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio. “I enjoyed my life, maybe I had a glass for dinner.

“Leo and Cristiano are different; they’ve made many sacrifices. And that’s fine with me. My career, despite this, was still amazing.”

Sneijder claimed Christian Eriksen, who has struggled to convince coach Antonio Conte since his move from Tottenham in January, will eventually become one of the leaders in the group.

“Conte has a big squad and, with Eriksen in the team, he can finally make a leap in quality. Christian has done well at Ajax and then at Tottenham. Now, he has to establish himself in Italy.

“He has a lot of quality, with his characteristics, he can easily become one of the leaders in the new group.”

Barcelona have not been trying to hide their admiration of Lautaro Martinez in recent months, but the former hero claims the Argentine should stay in Italy.

“He’s very good, but he must stay in Italy. He can become one of the best, but first he needs to win something with the Nerazzurri,” Sneijder added.

“There’s a moment to do everything. He could play at Barcelona and of course, if he really wants to leave, I would have preferred a move to Real…”

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Perhaps Inter should make use of Sneijder as a scout in Holland, a country known for producing good footballers
 

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Zanetti celebrates Inter milestone
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Javier Zanetti has spoken of his ‘pride’ celebrating 25 years since his official unveiling as an Inter player.

Zanetti was the first signing of the Massimo Moratti era at Inter in the summer of 1995, with the Nerazzurri paying Argentina side Banfield €6.5m for the then-21-year-old right-back.

He went on to become the player with the most appearances in the club’s history (858), winning five Scudetti, four Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2010.

“Twenty-five years ago, today, [was] my official presentation with Inter,” he tweeted.

“Still a beautiful moment to watch and remember with pride, for the start of my fantastic story with the Nerazzurri family.”

Now 46, he retired from professional football in 2014 and was fast-tracked to his current position of Vice-President.

Venticinque anni fa, oggi, la mia presentazione ufficiale con l’Inter. Un momento ancora bellissimo da vedere e ricordare con orgoglio per l’inizio di questa fantastica storia con la famiglia nerazzurra. @inter #tb #memories #inter #25yearsago pic.twitter.com/0qbkBQ1s8e
 

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Red Star crowned champions as Serbian league restarts
Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Red Star Belgrade clinched their third successive and a record-extending 31st league title with a 5-0 win at city rivals Rad on Friday as Serbia’s first division resumed after it was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March.

Celebrations were muted, however, as the game was played behind closed doors and the 1991 European Cup winners, who won the continent’s elite club competition on this day 29 years ago, were unable to share their joy with the fans.

With three rounds of matches remaining, Red Star have 72 points from 27 games, 14 more than closest rivals Partizan Belgrade who are at home to Mladost Lucani on Saturday.
Up to 1,000 fans will be allowed to attend games as of next weekend when Red Star are at home to Radnik Surdulica, with the Serbian government continuing to ease lockdown measures.

Second-bottom Rad were on the back foot throughout and fell behind in the 24th minute, when Mirko Ivanic converted a penalty after Aleksa Vukanovic was fouled just inside the area.

Centre back Srdjan Babic doubled Red Star’s lead in the 30th from close range after a nicely-executed set piece and Vukanovic added the third six minutes later with a crisp shot into the far corner from 10 metres.

Australia defender Milos Degenek headed in the fourth from an El Fardou Ben Nabouhane corner in the 57th minute before the lively Vukanovic tapped in Ivanic’s fizzing low cross in the closing stages.

Red Star’s head coach and the club’s former international midfielder Dejan Stankovic, who won the 2010 Champions League with Inter Milan, was delighted.
“All credit goes to the players, the staff and the fans, who put wind in our sails every step of the way,” Stankovic told Arenasport television.

“We’ll have some champagne tonight, we’ve earned it.”
Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Toby Davis


I believe Walter Zenga also won the Serb league with Red Star in the past as a coach.
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Flick: 'Bayern know Perisic's quality'

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Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has assured Inter loanee Ivan Perisic that the club ‘knows his qualities’.

Bayern’s €20m option to make their loan deal for Perisic permanent expired on May 15, fuelling suspicions the winger would return to Inter.

However, the 31-year-old scored in a 2-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday to help the German giants reach the DFB-Pokal Final.

“We know Ivan’s qualities,” Flick said after the game.

“He showed them today, like he has on previous occasions.

“Unfortunately, in the second half of the season, he had a physical problem which affected his condition.”

Perisic has six goals and eight assists in 28 appearances for Bayern this season.

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Good that Perisic helped take some revenge for us against Frankfurt (for last season) :) I didn't watch the game, but here's the goal (in the highlights)


Good assist Muller and a decent diving header Perisic but awful defending from Frankfurt

Perisic scored some headers for us, most notably v juve in 16-17. If I recall correctly he also scored headers v Bologna and Palermo in 15-16 and Udinese in 16-17.

Bayern will play the German cup final on the 4th of July against Leverkusen and the Bundesliga title is a matter of time. Good luck to Perisic, hopefully they take the Treble like Heynckes did in 2013.
 

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Brescia sue Balotelli and Raiola
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Brescia released a statement pledging legal action against Mario Balotelli and Mino Raiola for ‘false and slanderous accusations’ that they prevented the striker taking COVID-19 tests.

Raiola told reporters today that Balotelli was “discriminated against” and had not been given a single swab to test for coronavirus, unlike the rest of the squad.

This is seen as a reason for leaving him separate from his teammates, where he has been training alone after hours and on a different pitch.

Balotelli wrote on his Instagram Stories today that it was “all true!”
This evening, Brescia released a statement confirming that the FIGC inspection of their medical staff would be extended by another day.

“It is important to underline that, apparently, this extended inspection will happen following the false and slanderous accusations of irresponsible people, published this morning in the media.

“On this specific issue, we have instructed our lawyers to take action against those who made these false accusations.

“Brescia wish to clarify that we respected the medical protocol to the letter and even privately hired a full-time specialist (at real expense) to deal with any possible health emergencies linked to COVID-19.

“Being accused of not respecting the rules, by one of our players no less, is shameful slander and those who said it will pay (both in economic and image terms) in the opportune venues, so we can protect the work and sacrifices of this club.

“Unfortunately, as we all know, the irresponsible behaviour of an individual can create serious risks for everyone involved, so we’ll be forced to enact even more rigid measures to protect the club and its representatives.”

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Always drama with Balo...
 

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. Good luck to Perisic, hopefully they take the Treble like Heynckes did in 2013.
They have an extremely good chance of doing that.

Sort of weird, because back in November this season looked like being Bayern's worst in years...

Strange game, football.

It's also essential Bayern buy Perisic. I think they probably will but at a heavily discounted price, somehwere between 10 and 15 million. Perisic has no amortization issues, so Inter can accept a lower fee than the overblown 20 million euros.
 

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Last season Bayern looked hopeless but they picked themselves up I recall, and Dortmund choked.

When they win the league (possibly today, or next week), that will mean they have won 8 league titles under 5 different coaches. Heynckes, Pep, Ancelotti, Kovac and Flick. So coaching stability wasn't really there much but it didn't matter. I guess if I coach Bayern I may win the league too, big gap compared to the rest in terms of financial power and hence squad quality.
 

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15mill would still be ok as that is pretty much what we bought him from Wolfsburg for, and he was 5 years younger. Hopefully 15+5 in bonus or something.
 

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Valencia lost 1-0 at Eibar with a Kondogbia og

 

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Nainggolan and Pinamonti scored for Cagliari and Genoa earlier today respectively in Serie A.
 

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Was checking scores and lineups on livescore and found out that Venezia's attacking duo is made up of 2 former Inter players, Longo and Capello.

70782
 

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Palacio extends with Bologna
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Bologna and Rodrigo Palacio have agreed to extend his contract at the Renato Dall’Ara until June 2021.

The 38-year-old’s deal was expiring on June 30, but the former Inter and Genoa forward has renewed with the Rossoblu and signed on to continue in the upcoming season.

Next season will be the Argentine forward’s 12th in Serie A and he has continued to be an important member of the Bologna side. So far, he scored six times in 26 games this term.

Overall, he has grabbed 87 goals in 312 League games since his arrival to Italy in July 2009.
 

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A pretty nice - albeit meaningless - goal scored by Pinamonti for Genoa against juve tonight. Good skill and then the finish as well.
 

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An eventful day for ex-Inter players (or those owned by Inter and out on loan..)

Cedric Soares scored for Arsenal against Norwich City.

Nainggolan assisted for Cagliari against Bologna

Lazaro scored for Newcastle against Bournemouth.
 
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