PSG’s Kurzawa undergoes back surgery

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed full-back Layvin Kurzawa has undergone back surgery.

The 26-year-old had an operation on a herniated disc at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital after complaining of pain during training.

Although PSG would not put an estimate on his recovery period, there are reports in France he could be sidelined until 2019.

“Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa underwent surgery on a lumbar herniated disc on Wednesday September 12,” the club said in a statement.

“The surgery was successfully conducted by Professor Pascal-Mousselard from the orthopaedic department of the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital.

“The length of his convalescence will be established in light of the post-surgery evolution of the injury.”

Kurzawa made 20 appearances in Ligue 1 last season but is yet to play under head coach Thomas Tuchel, who was appointed in May.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to open ‘CR7’ hotel in Paris

Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he will open the sixth edition of his “CR7” hotel chain in Paris in 2021. 

Currently the Portuguese superstar has two “CR7” hotels open: one in LIsbon and one in Funchal, his hometown and capital of the island of Madeira.

The two Portuguese hotels, which opened in 2016, are set to be joined by three new outposts in 2020: Madrid, New York and Marrakech.

And the Juventus star’s empire will grow the following year with a 210-room hotel in Paris, set to be located on the “Left Bank” of the city on the southern side of the Seine River. 

Like the other five hotels, the €60 million (£53m/$70m) venture in Paris will be a 50-50 investment between Ronaldo and the Portuguese hotel group Pestana.

“It is quite expected that the Pestana CR7 brand will move to Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world,” Ronaldo said in a press release.

Before he moves into the business world Ronaldo has plenty left to achieve on the field, with the Juve star recently earning the joint-top rating in the soon-to-be-released video game FIFA 19.

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FIFA 19 web app: How to get an early start on your Ultimate Team

FIFA fans will soon be able to start building their Ultimate Team squads with the release of FIFA 19 just around the corner.

The latest iteration of EA Sports’ football game series will be hitting the shelves at the end of September, but it has become tradition for the developers to grant gamers some early access and that includes Ultimate Team.

FUT is undoubtedly FIFA’s most popular game mode and it has become intensely competitive in recent years, with rival players going head-to-head for valuable items, coins and, of course, bragging rights.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ultimate Team, the idea behind it is to collect players from around the world – preferably those who share good chemistry! – and put together squads, which can then be used in online games.

Players can be acquired by spending FIFA coins to open packs or by trading in the vast global market of buyers and sellers of individual items.

Logging on to the web app has become an essential part of getting a head start on the competition and setting yourself up for instant success on release day.

What is the FIFA Web App?

As the name suggests, the FIFA Web App is an online application which allows gamers to manage their Ultimate Team away from their console.

You can access squads and club items as well as the FUT store, transfer market and leaderboards. That means you can buy and sell players, open packs and manage your squad without having to switch on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

The web app has become particularly popular because it is launched before the game’s official release date, allowing players to get a head start in the Ultimate Team market.

How can I access the FIFA Web App?

FIFA Ultimate Team Web App

You will be able to access the FIFA Web App directly by clicking this link.

Of course, in order to use the app, you will need to have an EA Sports account that is also linked with your FIFA account to log in.

Per EA Sports, the Web App works on Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, and Opera, while Internet Explorer support is limited to version 11 only.

When will it be available for FIFA 19?

EA Sports has not yet confirmed when the Web App facility will be available for FIFA 19, but it is likely to go live a few days before the earliest release date.

Last year, the FIFA 18 Web App was available for use 36 hours before the game was available to play by EA Access and Origin Members.

If we take that as a marker, the FIFA 19 Web App should be live a day or so before September 20 – which is the earliest the game is available to play – this year.

Can the FIFA Web App be used on the phone?

The FIFA Web App is only available on desktop or laptop devices, but the Companion App is available for Android and iOS devices.

Only phones and tablets with either Android 4.4.2 and above or iOS 9.3 and above meet the requirements.

When is FIFA 19 released?

Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 19

FIFA 19 will be available worldwide from September 28, but it will be available at an earlier date depending on which platform and offers you go for.

As mentioned, EA Access (Xbox One) and Origin Access (PC) members will be able to play a 10-hour trial version of the game on September 20, over a week before the full launch.

However, the earliest PS4 gamers can get their hands on the game is September 25.

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‘He already has offers’ – Dybala will leave Juventus in January, claims Zamparini

Paulo Dybala will leave Juventus in January and already has offers from clubs in Spain and England, Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini has claimed.

The forward started his side’s Serie A opener against Chievo last month, but did not play in the 2-0 win over Lazio and only managed 10 minutes off the bench in the 2-1 victory against Parma prior to the international break.

The 24-year-old has also found life difficult at international level in recent months, having been left out of Argentina’s last two starting line-ups after being omitted from their World Cup squad.

Zamparini, who sanctioned Dybala’s move to Juve from Palermo in 2015, has hit out at head coach Massimiliano Allegri for his treatment of the player and backed him to move to La Liga in the next transfer window.

“Every time he is left out, it makes me want to cry,” Zamparini told RMC Sport. “He’s on the bench because of Allegri. Allegri should come to Palermo and win the Scudetto.

“Two years ago, I sent Dybala a message and advised him to go to Spain, not Italy. 

“He’ll leave, because Juventus want to get €120 million. In January, I think he’ll leave for Spain. He has offers in Spain and England.

“Juventus have a lot of champions and it’s obviously a reason to cry when a phenomenon like him is not playing.”

Barcelona have been linked with Dybala in the past, while Real Madrid were rumoured to be interested after they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve in a €112m deal.

Manchester United are also said to be considering an offer, possibly as part of a deal that would see Paul Pogba return to Turin, with the midfielder reportedly keen to move back to the Serie A champions.

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Man Utd, Juventus or PSG – where next for Zidane?

During his playing day, Zinedine Zidane typically let his football do the talking. Twelve years after retirement, though, eight words were all that were required to set the footballing world aflutter. 

“I am definitely going to coach again soon,” he told Spanish television station RTVE. “It’s what I like doing and it’s what I’ve done my whole life.” 

Barely three months after he led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title – an achievement unprecedented in the modern era – it seems that the icon has his batteries recharged and is ready for a new challenge.

Where that challenge lies, though, is less clear.

As former team-mate Claude Makelele explained, such is Zidane’s pulling power due to the incredible success he enjoyed both on the field and in the dugout, he can “go where he wants”. 

Or almost. A vacancy must be available. And, of course, it is impossible to imagine the hero of France’s 1998 World Cup success going anywhere other than one of the game’s biggest names.

The widely held feeling is that he is destined one day to lead the national team, though Didier Deschamps’ decision to stay on after helping Les Bleus to a second world crown in the summer means that any plans Zidane has in that regard will be pushed back until after Euro 2020 at the earliest, barring unforeseen circumstances.

In Italy, there is a belief that Zidane could succeed Massimiliano Allegri at the helm of Juventus.

Having attained iconic status in Turin, it is a move that would surely appeal to the former playmaker; not least because Cristiano Ronaldo, a player he knows so well from his time in Spain, is now leading the Bianconeri attack. 

Zinedine Zidane

Paris Saint-Germain have also been mentioned in dispatches, though Zidane’s heritage as a proud Marseillaise complicates a potential deal due to the frosty relationship that citizens of the port city have with those in the capital.

If it were to come off – and it is not a possibility for now due to the recent appointment of Thomas Tuchel – it would be a controversial move.

Perhaps the likeliest path leads him to Manchester United, where Jose Mourinho is embroiled in what has become his trademark third-season slump. With two wins from four Premier League matches and the manager’s behaviour increasingly erratic, ‘Mou’ is currently the bookies’ favourite to win the sack race. 

Zidane’s words will certainly have piqued the interest of CEO Ed Woodward, whose relationship with his manager has grown increasingly difficult following a transfer window in which target after target was missed and the defence not reinforced at all, despite a glaring need to do so.

United certainly match the calibre of club that would interest Zidane, and if he is indeed looking to get back into the managerial game as “soon” as he suggested, it would appear to be the logical choice.

On the field, Zidane was an illusive and mercurial character, capable of doing the unexpected. Now we must bide our time to see if he is as unpredictable in the dugout.

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