Emre Can claims "we are not women" in Ronaldo defense
The Juventus big cheeses woke, stretched, downed the first coffee and realized once again that the world is different with Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad.
Life is bigger. It's bigger...than you and you are not me.
A harsh red card that would have largely gone unnoticed had it happened to anyone else in the squad has turned into a diplomatic incident with CR7's tweak-inspired expulsion in the Champions League on Wednesday night buzzing around the world the next day.
Juve midfielder, Emre Can, endeared himself to a good 50% of the planet by declaring that "we're not women, we're playing football" when being shown the red card incident for Ronaldo.
Way to go Emre, on a gender who tends to the play the professional game without cheating, diving and endless histrionics that is prevalent to the version played by 'men'.
Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aviero, also lost the plot a little claiming that the Powers that Be "want to destroy my brother..." however there is good news for her sibling as apparently, "God never sleeps...disgraceful."
Except more of the same throughout Thursday as Juve consider a appeal against Ronaldo's red card decision which could be worth a suspension of up to three games.
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Dudelange and Vorskla get into gear for Europa League action!
Ugh. Even just looking at the seemingly never-ending fixture list is exhausting.
Yep, it's Thursday and that means the return of the Europa League group stages and 48...48!...teams in action across the Old Continent from F91 Dudelange to Jablonec.
So, what are the best offerings?
Slim pickings unless laughing at Arsenal and Chelsea slumming it against Vorskla and PAOK respectively, whilst Spurs and Liverpool are hobnobbing with Inter and PSG in the Champions League is your bag.
Genk against Malmo? No?
Vidi hosting BATE? Still nothing?
In that case the curious sounding clash between Villarreal and Rangers is perhaps the best bet, with the Scottish side reminding the world that yes, they are still out there.
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Tigres roar against Toronto as first Campeones Cup champions
Not that it seemed to move many mountains in the region, but Mexican side Tigres UANL, are the first winners of the Campeones Cup, a new tournament between the reigning champions of the Liga MX and MLS. Tigres defeated Toronto 3-1 on Wednesday night.
That's not to say that there wasn't drama on this side of The Pond with Atlanta United clawing back from 3-1 down at the San Jose Earthquakes to win 4-3 after an injury-time winner from Josef Martinez, who scored his 30th of the MLS season, to secure his team's spot at the top of the Supporters Shield standings.
Elsewhere in MLS action on Thursday night and Seattle's nine-match winning streak came to an end in a surprise home defeat to the Philadelphia Union.
Belgium join France as world's best team
There is a new team at the top of the FIFA international team rankings! In fact, there are now two teams sharing the perch and giving each other elbow shoves.
France was already at the top but now Belgium is also there, equal on points with their geographical neighbors. It is the first time that two sides have shared the podium.
There is no movement of other sides as far down into tenth place. Germany has moved up three spots to a more respectable 12th. The USA remains unchanged in 22nd spot while the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands prop up the bottom of the latest standings published on Thursday.