Mesut Ozil Reaction
Arsenal transfer Mesut Ozil speaks to the press for the first time since his record signing. According to the Daily Mirror, Ozil promises to “bring back the glory years” to Arsenal.
“I chose Arsenal because they are one of the top clubs in England,” Ozil said. “The coach is a world-class manager – he’s demonstrated that for years.”
Ozil went on to discuss his teammates and football idols. The 24 year old midfielder’s move to Arsenal shocked some of his former teammates.
The Daily Mail reports Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is upset over the Ozil’s move to Arsenal. With Ozil out and Gareth Bale in, “trouble is brewing in the Real Madrid dressing room.”
IBN Live also covers Ronaldo’s fiery reaction to Ozil’s departure:
“The sale of Ozil is very bad news for me,” Ronaldo said. “He was the player who best knew my moves in front of the goal.
“I’m angry about Ozil leaving. It’s obvious that he is a special team-mate and friend.”
According to IBN Live, Ozil said that he left the Spanish club because “the coach and club bosses had lost faith in him.”
Spanish football writer Ben Hayward explores why Real Madrid “had to sell Ozil.” Fans gathered at the Santiago Bernabeu to welcome Gareth Bale and ask Real Madrid President Florentino Perez not to sell Ozil. Hayward adds the Ozil expense to the “summer spending spree which saw Perez purchase midfielder Asier Illarramendi for an estimated €38m [£32m], Isco for €30m [£25.3m], defender Dani Carvajal for €6.5m [£5.5m] and pivot Casemiro for €6m [£5m].”
Hayward digs deep into Real Madrid’s history and ultimately concludes this move is more about “making money for Madrid” than Ozil’s performance as a player. “It was probably the best solution in the end, Hayward writes. “The only solution.”
The International Business Times covers Brazil’s revenue predictions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Brazilian Institute of Tourism estimates that “around 600,000 tourists will visit the country next July and will spend approximately $2.6 billion.” In addition, “3 million Brazilians estimated to attend will spend about $7.9 billion.”
The expected $11 billion in revenue is “more than 20 times what South Africa earned for the previous World Cup in 2010.” Figures are leaving some experts “skeptical.”
NBC Sports tells readers “what must happen for the United States to qualify Friday for the 2014 World Cup.” The Pro Soccer Talk article predicts that September 10 is the “most likely date for the United States to officially book passage to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.”
In Other News
Reports in Italy announce that “Cesare Prandelli is to step down following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to reports in Italy on Wednesday.” The AFP looks back at Prandelli’s career and looks forward to Italy’s road to the 2014 World Cup.
Eurosport blames FIFA for creating the Qatar 2022 World Cup crisis: “Two years and nine months after FIFA’s Executive Committee awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in perplexing circumstances, the uncertainty lingers: no one knows for sure what lies on that horizon, which could yet prove to be a mirage.”
By INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett
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