Nemaja Vidic bids farewell, Ramires is off to a new adventure, another crazy Arsenal fan and more in our recap of the top soccer histories from this week!
Nemanja Vidic announces his retirement from professional soccer
Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has announced early on Friday that he will be retiring following his release from Inter Milan. He had a bright career with the English Red Devils, playing under Alex Ferguson and David Moyes’s in the span of eight years. He lifted five Barclays Premier League trophies, three league cups, one Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 29, 2016
“The time has come for me to hang up my boots. The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll,” says Vidic. “I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big ‘thank you’ to the fans for their support over the years.” Ramires leaves Chelsea to land in the Chinese Super League
Ever heard about Jiangsu Suning prior to this week? yeah, probably not. News about Ramires leaving Chelsea to join the Chinese club in a permanent deal took almost everyone by surprise; the deal is rumored to be worth around £25m (about $36m). It’s not the first time a top player lands in China, you may remember Didier Drogba’s brief spell at Shanghai Shenhua during the 2012/2013 season, coincidentally after leaving Chelsea too. Ramires palyed for the Blues since 2010, and helped them win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League. New Zealand WNT qualify for Olympics by default
One would think a 7-1 advantage in the first leg of the 2016 Summer Olympics qualifier would be enough to sleep well at night, except things can be way easier when your opponent doesn’t show up for the second game. That’s how New Zealand Women’s National Team secured their berth at Rio de Janeiro, as Papua New Guinea did not travel to play the second leg at New Zealand. The reason? according to the reports, the Papuan players were not able to obtain the necessary visas to visit their opponents and try to reverse things and play in Brazil next summer (but being honest, that would have been a true miracle). New Zealand Federation representatives declared they were happy with the qualification, but would have preferred to face the second game. Kevin De Bruyne, out for two months
Just got back from the specialist. I’ll be out for around 10 weeks. — Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) January 28, 2016
Bad news for Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne will be out for a few weeks following a knee injury obtained during their League Cup clash against Everton. The Belgian, who has been enjoying good times with the Citizens, scored a goal during the game, ultimately helping his side’s qualification to the final against Liverpool.
Unfortunately for De Bruyne, an awkward fall during injury time damaged his knee. His representative declared that the player would miss around six weeks, but a visit to the specialist revealed that the amount of weeks out of the fields would be 10.
Arsenal fan fakes letter from Arsene Wenger to his son
Arsenal fans seem to be behaving oddly during the last few weeks. Last Friday we wrote about a man who got married in full Gunner uniform, and now a dad faked a letter from the club to try and persuade his son from supporting Liverpool or Manchester City. “My lad said he wanted to support Liverpool so I wrote him this! Sorry for nicking your letterhead @arsenal and your signature @Alexis_Sanchez,” wrote the man, named Paul Gardiner, on his Twitter account with a picture of the letter.
The letter, supposedly from coach Arsene Wenger and Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, said they loved having Charlie (Paul’s son) as a supporter on the stands. Paul even went to the extreme of talking about Liverpool’s recent title drought and promise to take Charlie and his sister Evie to watch a game at the Emirates Stadium. We don’t know if the letter worked, but maybe Charlie is enjoying all the spotlight on his family following the viral distribution of the letter.
This closes our week’s review of the top soccer histories. Be sure to come back next week and comment below if you have more histories or opinions to share!