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Zlatan Ibrahimović set to return to A.C. Milan

After starring for the MLS’ LA Galaxy for the past two seasons, Zlatan Ibrahimović has reportedly agreed to a principle deal, returning to A.C. Milan for at least until the end of this season.

Ibrahimović, who scored 42 goals in 61 appearances for the Serie A side from 2010 to 2012, will be brought in for some much-needed assistance as Stefano Pioli’s Milan are currently in 11th place in the league with a record of 5-2-7. The Lion has several years of Serie A experience under his belt, playing for the likes of Juventus (2004 to 2006), Inter Milan (2006 to 2009), as well as Milan. 

However, critics wonder if Ibrahimović, 38, will be able to play at a high level in one of the top leagues in the world. Even though the Swedish international played a pivotal role for the Galaxy as he accumulated 52 goals in 56 appearances for the club, the North American league is considered a place where Europe’s biggest stars come to retire. 

This move back to the San Siro will be a huge step in Ibrahimović’s career to see if he still has the ability to play a top-level league. Do you think he will shine again in Italy?

Juventus and their game like no other!

Just a week after a new record was set by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona ladies, yet again we have been blessed with another sell out stadium in the women’s game. On Sunday Juventus took on Fiorentina in a top of the table clash with both teams on the quest for picking up as many points as possible.

Juventus ladies broke the leagues attendance record against Fiorentina! Photo credit: Juventus.com

The record breaking game saw Juventus take on 2nd place Fiorentina at the Allianz stadium, the home to the hugely successful men’s team, with the ladies proving to be just as incredible. This was the first time the ladies had ever had the opportunity to play at the Allianz and they did so with style and class. Over 39,000 fans turned up to watch the ladies in action and created an atmosphere which will forever be one to remember.

This turnout annihilated the previous record of 14,000 at any league game in the Women’s Seria A, regardless of the fact that all tickets were free. With this in mind and my passion for business taking control, I personally feel that this was a marvellous marketing move for the team. They were able to showcase their talent to the fans, with the hope that they will return in the future to support the club, but by paying for tickets. Juventus lived up to expectations and responded to the atmosphere in the stadium by securing 3 more points to give them an even greater lead over their second place rivals.

Yet again, this is another step in the right direction for ladies football. The exposure of the game both online and offline is something very special, with it having only pure positive impacts on the way that the ladies game improves and progresses throughout time. Records keep being broken and I hope that this doesn’t end any time soon.

Perhaps the teams leagues and their strategies will cause a ripple effect all around the world and prove that ladies football is in fact, a force to be reckoned with.

It is quite amazing to see just how much women’s football is thriving at the minute and it fills me with great confidence that the World Cup will be a brilliant opportunity to showcase the beautiful women’s game.

Juventus will face 7th place Sassuolo on Wednesday 27th March at 14:00pm.

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Sheffield Wednesday should look to sign this free Italian agent

Sheffield Wednesday have had a disappointing start to the new Championship season as they have only picked up 1 win in their opening 5 games. 

Last season following the clubs play-off semi final defeat to Huddersfield Town, the club back their manager Carlos Carvalhal as he was handed a new contract with the Yorkshire outfit.

The ‘Owls’ board also gave the club money to spend in the window as Carvalhal bought in 3 new signings. Joost van Aken joined from SC Heerenveen, and Frederico Venancio and Jacob Butterfield joined on loan from Vitoria Setubal and Derby County respectively.

The deal to bring Butterfield to Hillsborough saw striker Sam Winnall go in the opposite direction and join Derby on a season long loan deal.

With the ‘Owls’ letting Winnall join Derby and the fact that the club have only scored 4 goals in their opening 5 fixtures the club should turn to Italian free agent Guiseppe Rossi.

Giuseppe Rossi –  After playing for Celta Vigo last season whilst on loan from Fiorentina, the Italian managed to find the back on 6 occasions in all competitions, before his season was cut short by an injury which he is expected to have recovered from in the coming weeks.

He has been at his most prolific whilst in La Liga as he has scored 64 goals and provided 20 assists in his 170 games, and if Sheffield Wednesday and Carlos Carvalhal were to take a chance on the striker, the club would be getting a quick left footed striker who is known for his goal scoring and creativity and could prove a useful addition for the club.

Sheffield Wednesday fans do you need another striker? Would Rossi would be good addition to your squad? Let us know in the comments section…