Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea to join Juventus
Chelsea once again dealt with another blow with the departure of manager Maurizio Sarri to join Serie A champion Juventus as its new coach. The Italian club unveiled last June 16th .
According to the club, the 60-year-old Italian will handle the club until 30th of June 2022 according to the contract both camps signed.
Sarri will once again back in Italy after coaching Chelsea for a year which resulted into a UEFA Europa League title.
The veteran Italian mentor last handled Italian club Napoli from 2015 to 2018 before packing his bag to take the managerial job at Chelsea.
“I am happy to be here at Juventus today. At Napoli I have everything, and then I decided to have a beautiful experience in the Premier League. Juventus, the biggest club in Italy at the moment, gave me an opportunity to return to Italy. It’s the crowning achievement of a very long career. I have never seen such determination from a club when it came to hiring a coach like me. They showed a great attitude which convinced me. They were strong feelings.,’’ said Sarri via the club website during his first news conference as Juventus mentor last June 20th.
Sarri took over the Juventus coaching job from Massimilliano Alegri, who left the club last May 17th.
The tall task for Sarri is defend the Serie A title in the upcoming season and perform well also in the UEFA Champions League with star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the option on his arsenal.
“I expect to wake up each morning and study each possible way of winning the matches. It’s not a mechanism: to win again and again is always harder than winning. Juventus have an obligation to always win straight away. There is a need to have clear ideas over two or three players who can make the difference and put them in an environment to express themselves to the maximum,’’ Sarri added on his expectation for his new club
‘’Then the formation will be dictated by that. It’s been a long journey for me made up of gradual steps. I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea. For me, the teams that I have worked for, I have given 110% and I will do so also for this club.’’
For his former club Chelsea, it once again loss a vital personnel in their Europa League title romp after Eden Hazard departed from The Blues to join Real Madrid.
FIFA abandons World Cup expansion
Football world-governing body FIFA announced the scrapping of the plan to add participants in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar last May 23rd.
Logistical and political implications are two of the reason why FIFA decided not to expand the 32-team World Cup field to 48 teams, especially host country Qatar is having a rocky relationship on its neighboring countries.
According to the report prepared by FIFA, potential co-host countries Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will not join the World Cup hosting duties unless host country Qatar will restore their economic and travel ties which were cut by Qatar back in 2017.
“In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighboring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” FIFA said in the statement quoted in the report of ESPN.
“Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.’’
Two other countries looking to co-host the World Cup- Kuwait and Oman are facing logistical problems with the former is facing hesitations from human rights organizations regarding the working conditions and labor rights of the workers working for the upgrade of the stadiums while the latter is not keen on hosting the World Cup.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosted by Qatar will be held from 21st of November to 18th of December 2022 with the world –governing football body decided to held the World Cup on November due to intense heat Qatar experiencing during June and July, which are the usual months of staging of the World Cup.