FIFA announced their 5 man shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award. They are:
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kaka, Andres Iniesta & Xavi. All 5 of the finalists play in Spain.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on the 21st December.
The Mirror claims that Blackburn and several other clubs are interested in a loan deal for Barcelona forward and Spanish youth international Jeffren Suarez.
Barcelona are willing to loan Jeffren out as he is not currently in their first team plans. Barca have Henry, Ibra, Pedro and Messi and they are keen to sign another left winger in January, so this leaves Jeffren’s first team chances pretty slim. Barca will loan him out in a bid to give him regular first team playing time and gain some experience.
Jeffren, from Barca’s youth academy has shown plenty of potential. He had caught the eye of Wenger back in 2006, but Barca refused to let him go on a permanent deal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he will not play for Sweden for a while as he is not motivated enough to. Sweden failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, and Zla believes that answering call ups, especially for friendlies is not neccesary as there is nothing at stake. He would rather focus on his career at Barca and not risk injury by playing for his country.
Chelsea starlet Gael Kakuta is set to be given his first start in tonights Champions League clash with APOEL. Ancelotti is said to want to throw him into the Blues midfield, as he blamed the lack of midfield dominance for the defeat against City on the weekend. The teenager missed a his penalty against Blackburn in the Carling Cup shootout, so he will be eager to prove himself.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti has backed Lampard and Cech, who are being blamed for the City loss. Lamps is under fire for his 83rd minute spot kick being saved by Given, and Cech, for allowing Tevez to score the winner. Said Ancelotti of his keeper, “Even a good goalkeeper can make mistakes sometimes but this season he has been doing very well.”
As I reported earlier, Manchester United’s defensive worries will have SAF tossing in his sleep. Michael Carrick will be holding fort for United tonight when they face Wolfsburg in Germany. Carrick acknowledges that he will be out of position and that he’s “no Rio Ferdinand”, but maintained that he’s happy to play wherever the manager puts him.