Posts tagged: Franco

Franco Santo to Play for Atlético Mineiro

Columbus will be visiting Atlético Mineiro at the match that will be held at the Mineiro Stadium in Belo Horizonte to take revenge for the Copa Sudamericana semi-final match. The ‘Sabalero’ will be arriving as they have the advantage of winning the first leg in Santa Fe by 2-1. Atlético Miniero will also try to stress the fact that they want to reach the finals anyhow. They also want to get glorified in a milestone that will be unprecedented in its international history of games. The Sabalero will be playing against Ecuador’s Independiente Del Valle for advancing into the final round of the competition. The Ecuadorian team had beaten Corinthians in the semi-final round in Brazil.

Columbus is on the opposite side and they will be arriving at the match with confidence to make history at Mineiro. Before, just two of the teams from Argentina, Libertadores and Boca Juniors, have won matches playing against Atlético Mineiro. The team will be led by Andres Rojas and he will be assisted by Dionisio Ruiz and Alexander Guzmán, his countrymen. Colon has lost their Colombian player, Guillermo Celis after getting injured against crucial rupture of his ligament. He will be leaving with the team who played against the Brazilian team in Sante Fe.
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Di Santo to Hannover

There are media reports that Hannover might be looking to sign Schalke striker Franco di Santo.


Hannover has just won promotion back to the Bundesliga, and they will be looking for players that will allow them to strengthen.

They have already signed Esser and Korb among others to add more defensive stability at the back, and they are now looking for players that can help them become more potent in front. They will be hoping that Franco di Santo will bring his Bundesliga experience with him and allow them to compete with the top sides in the league.

Franco di Santo has struggled with Schalke ever since his move from Werder Bremen. He has managed only eight goals during his 49 appearances with the club and might want to change the atmosphere. Read more »

NALDO SET TO MISS SEASON REMAINDER

Schalke 04 star Naldo is reportedly set to miss the rest of the games for this season after his groin injury was confirmed.


The German side played the return leg of their Europa League match in the round of 16 but the Brazilian defender could not finish the game with the rest of the team.

The 34-year old is set to undergo a surgery within the next few days. MRI Scan reveal a partial tendon tear in the adductors.

“Naldo has partially torn a tendon in the adductors and will be sidelined until the end of the season, the head coach of the club Markus Weinzierl said.

The team would have to play the 22nd match this season against fourth place Hoffenheim this weekend. The team is in the upper part of the table so they would be hoping to frustrate their opponents. Read more »

FRANCO DI SANTO COPING AT SCHALKE 04

The Italian club Schalke 04, penned a deal with Franco Di Santo on 25th of July, 2015 from Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen after the activation of a release clause in his contract and having passed medical tests, the former Chelsea man was officially declared a Schalke player in the evening, in time to meet with his new teammates for a three-day training camp from Sunday.


The four-year deal with the Gelsenkirchen club came on the heels of his exit from Bremen, whose director of sport Thomas Eichin was critical of the manner by which his agent treated them.

The 27-year old had only one year remaining on his contract in Bremen and tried to extend the deal, but Eichin alleged that Di Santos’ agent kept them waiting without any tangible reason.

“He assured us and we concluded that he would notify us about his decision dearly enough if he would like to stay with us or leave,” Eichin told Bremen supporters at the Weser Stadion. Read more »

Franco Di Santo Starts Making an Impression in Schalke Team

Franco di Santo is in danger of being a forgotten man in the Bundesliga after his move to Schalke did not provide him with enough first-team opportunities.


However, this has changed in recent weeks with the player getting substantial amount of action. Incredibly, he is still waiting for his first goals of the season despite having appeared in five games. His contribution primarily has been in other areas of the pitch like bringing others into play. After having played regularly in the last few weeks, Di Santo showed a lot of promise by coming up with two assists in the last game against Mainz.

It was always going to be difficult for the former Chelsea striker to feature ahead of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar when it comes to games. The Dutch international is clearly the first choice when it comes to leading the line-up. However, Di Santo has been appearing in a mixture of roles over the last few weeks. Even though he has been picking up some yellow cards with a fair amount of consistency, his two assists against Mainz very important in achieving the 3-0 win. Schalke are going through a difficult moment after having managed only one win prior to the victory against Mainz. Read more »

CHELSEA SET TO BEGIN NEW ERA

Chelsea have headed into every season of recent as one of the top contenders for glory in the Premier League.


This time is a little different being a new era at Stamford Bridge. The arrival of new boss Antonio Conte marks a different era, with the Italian being the 10th different manager in the Roman Abrahimovich period.

There might be less pressure to win titles from the very first season, results are expected nonetheless. Chelsea won the league in brilliant fashion in the 2014/14 season with Jose Mourinho. Just a year later, despite being favourites to retain the crown, Chelsea were 16th and close to relegation within a few months. They finally finished at the edge of the top ten, one of the lowest for a defending champion of the Premier League. After the turbulent year, only two players have been recruited so far. N’Golo Kante arrived from Leicester City and Michy Batshuayi from Olympique Marseille. The Foxes will miss Kante as he was a major force when they lifted the title in the last campaign. Conte will switch to a system that allows two strikers, so Batshuayi would be a key player.
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