Joey Barton At The Football Beyond Borders Event

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The QPR star Joey Barton has admitted that football has been a life saver for him. He says that his life that would otherwise be of violence and drugs was saved by the game football. In the event that he went in Shoreditch, he encouraged the youngsters to follow their dream like him and be relentlessly focused. He addressed the audience at the event Football Beyond Barriers. He told them that football was a very good way in which they could develop their character and get rid of all the distractions.

He told everyone that how important it is to follow one’s dream and to do what they love doing. One should find and realize what they love doing and just go with it. Fight all the barriers and hurdles and come out with flying colors. Whether you like playing the sport football or simply like to sell or collect its stickers, you could do anything for a living.

Joey shared his life history as to how he was growing up at St. John’s Estate in Huyton in Liverpool. He described and shared how normal was the violence, gangs, drugs and racism while he was growing up. He said that football was like a break-through and escape route for him from all these things. He stated his life experiences where his cousin had killed a black guy and was serving his life sentence. He was brought up with kids like them but the only difference he had with them was that he was engrossed in football. He highlights on the positivity life can offer. He told that we all could be anybody we wanted to be and that we do need a person to tell us anything good or bad. All in all he tried to say that football is a game that can save the disadvantaged people.

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Watzke Shuts Down Rumors

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The Chief Executive Officer of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke had to step up and shut down claims and rumors that were linking some of his star players with a move away from the club. Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are targets of Manchester United, Barcelona and a number of other Premier League club but they will have to look somewhere else for potential signings as Reus neither Hummels are in the transfer list of Dortmund.

Watzke praised Marco Reus as he said that the German is a world-class player that decided to stay with Borussia Dortmund: “Marco is a boy from Dortmund. His feet are on the ground and his heart is in the right place. Despite his success, he decided himself to stay. We hope that he becomes an icon in his hometown and that he can look back on many unforgettable moments and titles here at the end of his career. He is a world-class player. He is quick, a real goal-threat and possesses great skills. Plus Marco is a leader’’

Watzke later went on talking about Mats Hummels: ‘’We did not just find out at the World Cup that Mats Hummels is one of the best centre-backs in the world. Mats can lead a team, he is superb in building the play and he is a great professional. We are happy and also a bit proud that he has decided to commit to BVB for a long time without any conditions.”

Reus and Hummels are 2 of the most sought out talents in this summer transfer window but it seems like they will be remaining with Borussia Dortmund for the years to come which is awful news for Manchester United as they have been consistently trying to sign Marco Reus but unfortunately for Louis van Gaal, Reus is not moving anywhere.

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Cafu Feels Seedorf Needed More Time

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Former AC Milan defender Cafu has stated that he feels AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf needs to get some time in order to prove his credentials as a manager. Seedorf was appointed as the manager of Milan – one of the biggest clubs in the world – a few months ago. However, he is set to be sacked in the next few weeks according to several reports in Italy. This was because Milan not only failed to recover from the poor form at the start of the season, but they also finished without any form of European football for the next season.

AC Milan owner Berlusconi start to have made it clear to Seedorf that Milan need to finish the European spots due to the prestige of the club. However, the Europa League slipped out of the hands by a matter of just one point on the final day of the season. Despite this, Cafu says that Seedorf can be a great manager, but he needs to get some time. The former Brazil international played with Seedorf for several years winning major titles. He has been in retirement since 2008. Seedorf, however, carried on playing until a few months ago when he announced his retirement as a player.

“Let’s hope the club understand his ideas and that they allow him to do his job. He has different ideas, but he brought in some changes and that is not easy to do during the season. They should give him one or two full seasons before judging him. If they get rid of him now it would be disrespectful. If they don’t keep him and don’t get some good players how are they going to have a competitive team?” said the former Brazil legend. Seedorf is widely expected to be replaced by Filippo Inzaghi.

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