Steven Gerrard Closes Transfer with Slovakian Player Martin Skrtel

The thirty-four-year-old has turned into an agent following his contract with Fenerbahce; the Turkish side was over towards the end of the season. Steven Gerrard has talked to the defender, as per the reports. It is believed that the answer is positive. Reports also suggest that Skrtel is arranging for a journey to Glasglow to have a discussion in person in a few days. However, this will not be the first time that Gerrard will bring the Slovakian international onto the team as Liverpudlian identified the defender to be the transfer target prior to his appointment as the manager of the Ranger in the previous season.

Nevertheless, the first approach of the club failed as they were unable to reach the valuation of £5million for Skrtel. In January Gerrard returned hoping that the club is going to allow players to move since he was in the final year of the contract. However, they failed to agree upon the personal terms. Skrtel had a large contract at Fenerbahce as he earned £60,000 every week and according to his agent, he wasn’t ready to take the cut of over 50% to push the deal in January.

SIMEONE PRAISES SLOVAKIAN STAR

Atletico battled to a hard-fought 2-0 victory at home to Celta Vigo which keeps the club in the hunt for the La Liga title with a few games left in the season. Antoine Griezmann scored a fantastic freekick to open the scoring before loan forward Alvaro Morata added a second for the hosts.

Celta Vigo who came to the Wanda Metropolitano seeking a victory to draw out of the relegation battle were unlucky to meet Atletico stopper Jan Oblak in good form.
The Slovakia international put up a man of the match performance making three world-class saves to ensure victory. After the game, Atletico’s manager Diego Simeone was full of praise for the former Benfica ace. The enigmatic Argentine told a packed media that he believes the Slovakia international is the best shot-stopper in the world.

HAMSIK – THE TRUE NAPOLI LEGEND

When Marek Hamsik signed for Napoli in 2007 on a €5.5 million deal from Brescia not many knew the spiky-haired youngster. However 12 years later the Slovakian leaves Italy as a bonafide star after giving his all at the Naples outfit.

Hamsik was one of the players Napoli signed after regaining promotion to the Seria A after spending some seasons in the lower league as a result of bankruptcy. He quickly became a fans favourite becoming the top scorer of the club for two consecutive seasons as Napoli sought to consolidate their stay in the league.

Football Scene In Slovakia

There was a pre-tournament game on Friday for the world junior’s category and here Slovakia was up against Canada. Canada was able to get three points ahead of Slovakia. Cody Glass of Canada was particularly successful, getting the three points to get his team ahead of the opponents. The final score was 6-1. Those who played well for Canada team were Glass, Jack Studnicka, Maxime Comtois, Ty Smith, Nick Suzuki, and Shane Bowers.

On the side of Slovakia, Patrik Hrehorcak was the only one to score a goal which he did in the third period. The other active contributor on part of Slovakia was Samuel Hlavaj who made about 39 saves for his team. Both the teams traded goals in the third period when Hrehorcak replied on behalf of Slovakia and Smith made a wrist shot. There were several chances taken by both sides. The Canadians and Slovaks made a score of 45-23. There were several opportunities opened up by both sides. The first period saw Canada dominating Slovakia with a lead of 4-0 which ended with a score of 19-7 for the Slovaks.

Slovakia Relegated From UEFA Nations League After Suffering A Defeat

Slovakia has been relegated from UEFA Nations League after losing to the Czech Republic by 1-0. One point would have been enough for them to ensure their survival in the group which had been won over by Ukraine. Patrik Schick, the Roma striker had fired his side ahead just after the 30 minutes mark to make sure that Czech Republic team in the second tier of Nations League. Norway has managed to secure a place in the second tier with a promotion in Cyprus since the Challengers in Bulgaria had been held to 1-1 draw against Slovenia.

The side of Lars Lagerback came to the game level on points and is close to the record of Bulgaria in group C. The double by Ola Kamara, the Los Angeles Galaxy striker is all set to earn Norway top position just due to a goal difference. However, the equalizer by Miha Zajc for Slovenia had ascertained that the men topped Lagerback by two points.

After 5 years at the helm, Jan Kozak stepped down from Slovakia

The Slovakian national football team has always struggled trying make an impact in the international scene as they have consistently failed to qualify in the FIFA World Cup as well as the Olympic Games and in the Euro’s.

However, since the introduction of Jan Kozak as the head coach of the Slovakian national football team back on 2013, the Slovakian side was able to compete in the European Championship’s for the first time ever in 2016.

Marek Hamsik not thinking about Juventus

Slovakia international Marek Hamsik has stressed that Napoli are not focusing on Juventus ahead of the new Serie A campaign. The Naples outfit managed to secure 91 points during their previous season under Maurizio Sarri but they were still unable to stop Juventus from winning the title with a six-point advantage.

In an interview with Premium Sport, Hamsik indicated that the club are not looking into the progress made by the Bianconeri and their sole focus lies on the season opener versus Lazio, he said:“We’re not thinking about them. The first game [Lazio] will already be difficult, the most important game is always the closest one.”

Stanislav Cherchesov: Russia’s victories are not an accident

Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov has said that his team have deserved the victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage of the World Cup. The Russians had come into the global tournament without a win in 2018 but they have managed to turn things around with six points acquired from their opening two group stage games.

Speaking after the 3-1 win over Egypt, Cherchesov said: “It is not an accident that we have two wins under our belt, we have a group of solidarity. We will win because we want to.” Meanwhile, striker Aytem Dzyuba stressed that the team should not look into future and they should savour the moment of having qualified for the round of 16 stage, he said: “Let us not talk about the next stage now and simply rejoice and celebrate this moment and this victory. We pressed them across the whole pitch, did not let them pass the ball. It was a very good and a strong match.”

Stanislav Cherchesov: Russia’s victories are not an accident

Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov has said that his team have deserved the victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage of the World Cup. The Russians had come into the global tournament without a win in 2018 but they have managed to turn things around with six points acquired from their opening two group stage games.

Speaking after the 3-1 win over Egypt, Cherchesov said: “It is not an accident that we have two wins under our belt, we have a group of solidarity. We will win because we want to.” Meanwhile, striker Aytem Dzyuba stressed that the team should not look into future and they should savour the moment of having qualified for the round of 16 stage, he said: “Let us not talk about the next stage now and simply rejoice and celebrate this moment and this victory. We pressed them across the whole pitch, did not let them pass the ball. It was a very good and a strong match.”