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Sport Zlatan facing potential ban, Neymar's poker future, Foden social media saga & more weird stories from the week

23:30  16 april  2021
23:30  16 april  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is preparing for a sensational return to international football after 5 years in retirement

  Zlatan Ibrahimovic is preparing for a sensational return to international football after 5 years in retirement The 39-year-old, who is Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 62 goals, retired from international football in 2016.The 39-year-old, who is Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 62 goals, previously retired from international football in 2016, but has long-hinted at a comeback.

The UEFA Champions League and Europa League semifinals are now set after this week's action with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea left standing in the UCL and Manchester United, Arsenal, Villarreal and AS Roma in the UEL.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic holding a football ball © Provided by CBS Sports

However, while those quarterfinals were finishing up, there was plenty going on across European soccer that you might have missed, and we are here to ensure that nothing flies under the radar with a pick of this week's alternative headlines.

Zlatan in potential gambling suspension

Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a fine and a maximum ban of three years as FIFA and UEFA do not allow players with financial motives in betting companies to compete in their competitions and the 39-year-old has been a part-owner of Bethard in Malta since 2018 while participating in competitions.

Neymar to return to Barcelona for free in 2022?

  Neymar to return to Barcelona for free in 2022? The rumors just keep on comingReports over the weekend suggested that Neymar had called a halt to contract renewal talks with the French champions and has decided he wants to try and head back to the Camp Nou to play with Lionel Messi again.

Neymar plans poker future

PSG and Brazil superstar Neymar is already planning for the future with an eye on moving into poker once his soccer career comes to an end: "It is true," he told CNEWS. It is one of the things that I love most. I think that after soccer I will travel for tournaments as I have always wanted to."

Foden takes action over Mbappe post

Phil Foden helped Manchester City to the Champions League semi-finals earlier this week and appeared to swiftly lay down the gauntlet to PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe in a stunt that has now cost his former social media company their position.

Spurs forgive Dulux for trophy cabinet gaffe

Tottenham Hotspur saw the funny side of their social media issues earlier this week when they announced Dulux as their official paint supplier, only for mocking tweets from the company's Twitter account to appear regarding Spurs' relatively modest success in the modern soccer era in terms of trophies won.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticized for slaughtered a lion ... In 2011

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticized for slaughtered a lion ... In 2011 © Panoramic Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Lion tattoo despite his return to Swedish selection after almost five years of absence, Zlatan Ibrahimovic already attracts the wrath of His compatriots. The Swedish daily Expressn reveals that the former PSG player would have participated in a lion hunt in South Africa in 2011. After shooting down the animal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have imported the skeleton and the lion's skin in Malmö, in Sweden.

Hutter and Bobic to leave Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt have confirmed that coach Adi Hutter and sporting director Fredi Bobic will both leave the club at the end of the season with the Austrian Borussia Monchengladbach-bound to replace Marco Rose when he joins Borussia Dortmund and Bobic expected to join Hertha Berlin.


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Funkel tasked with keeping Koln up

Fellow Bundesliga club Koln have replaced Markus Gisdol with Friedhelm Funkel in the hope that the veteran coach can keep them in the German top-flight this season after a run of eight league games without a win to drop to 17th in the 18-team table.

Saint-Etienne up for sale

One of France's most decorated club's is on the market after AS Saint-Etienne owners Bernard Caiazzo and Roland Romeyer declared in an open letter that they are looking to pass the torch at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard after 17 years of co-ownership of Ligue 1's record 10-time winners.

Oostende and Mouscron denied Belgian top-flight licenses

The Belgian Football Association (KBVB) have rejected Oostende and Mouscron's applications for Pro League registration for next season with questions over the Pacific Media Group-owned club's financial situation and transparency and solvency questions over Pini Zahavi-backed Mouscron.

Foden deletes Tweet after victory at the BVB

 Foden deletes Tweet after victory at the BVB Phil Foden threw Borussia Dortmund with two winors from the Champions League - but had to annoy a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday evening. © Picture Alliance If you do not do everything yourself: Phil foden. Recently, Tottenham-Keeper Joe had become a fatal that he did not look after his social media channels themselves, but can be played by a company. On Wednesday evening, Phil Foden made similar experiences.

Austria Vienna also in financial trouble

Austrian giants Austria Vienna are also in a similar situation with their Austrian Bundesliga license for 2021-22 refused due to financial insecurity which could see the club responsible for over 25% of all top-flight titles and over 30% of Bundesliga and cup wins to their name drop into regional obscurity.

Heinrichs and Lopez complete permanent moves

Two bits of transfer news were confirmed earlier this week with Benjamin Heinrichs completing his move to RB Leipzig from AS Monaco after an initial loan and signing a contract until 2025 while Sassuolo signed Maxime Lopez from Olympique de Marseille on a permanent basis.

Serie A clubs demand Dal Pino resignation

Seven Serie A clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, SSC Napoli and SS Lazio, have demanded that Lega President Paolo Dal Pino is removed from office via a vote of no confidence after the chief mismanaged negotiations with private equity funds for the media company and the issue of TV rights.

Neymar, Mbappé and a Pivotal Stretch for PSG's Stable Future

  Neymar, Mbappé and a Pivotal Stretch for PSG's Stable Future Two years ago, the notion of Neymar committing his future to PSG seemed highly unlikely. How times have changed. There are times when it can feel as though the latter stages of the Champions League are a little like a game of pass the parcel. If you’re involved often enough then, in seasons when there is no obvious great side, the music will stop on you eventually. At least a couple of Real Madrid’s recent successes, and Chelsea’s in 2012, fall into that category, and it may be happening for Paris Saint-Germain this season.Perhaps that’s unfair.

Three Hertha games rearranged due to COVID-19

Hertha Berlin's German Bundesliga clashes with Mainz 05, SC Freiburg and Schalke 04 have been rearranged due to a major outbreak of COVID-19 cases with the Old Lady's ranks, including coach Pal Dardai.

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