Daily Archives: December 18, 2015

Chelsea axes “The Special One”

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Chelsea axes “The Special One”

Chelsea axes “The Special One”

Chelsea will part ways with Jose Mourinho barely a year after the Portuguese manager had led them to a Premier League title.

Having also won the League Cup trophy last season, Chelsea curiously slumped this season and lost nine league games in sixteen matches.

His latest match was a 2-1 defeat by Leicester City, which dropped the London Club down to sixteenth place, with only one point away from relegation placing.

Initially it appeared that despite all the failures, the Special One had the support of club owner Roman Abramovich.

However, his dismissal was announced on Thursday.

“Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent.”

“All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.”

“His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history.”

“But both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways.”

“The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea.”

“His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.”

“The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential.”

“There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.”

Among the speculated replacements for Mourinho include Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Juande Ramos and Brendan Rodgers.

Tencent takes over LOL developer

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Tencent takes over LOL developer

Chinese firm Tencent has taken sole control of League of Legend developer Riot Games.

The news was announced in Riot Games’s website, citing a change in compensation for their staff.

It elaborates on how they will be moving from a “Riot equity program” to a “cash-based incentive program” that would allow employees to get their cut out of Riot’s successes.

Prior to the sale, Tencent was already the majority owner of Riot and was in control of almost 93% of the stock in the game maker. No figure was given for the sale of the remaining 7%.

League of Legends is one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world since being introduced to the world.

Statistics suggest 27 million people play it every day while around 7.5 million people play it simultaneously during its peak hours of popularity.

Their track record easily and distinctly justifies any buyout.

However, the fate of the online battle arena remains unclear, as no changes were announced as of yet.

Serie A: There has been an awakening

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Juventus players celebrate as they beat Fiorentina by 3-1.

Juventus players celebrate as they beat Fiorentina by 3-1.

Arguably the greatest club in Italy, Juventus ended last summer with a galore of trophies such as the Serie A title, the Italian Cup and Italian Super cup.

They were stopped short of winning the Champions League, being unable to defend typical Barcelona masterclass performance 3-1 in the final.

However, their start their 2015-16 season trailing in the Italian league and could only watch as Inter, Fiorentina and Napoli went ahead.

Fortunately, as 2015 draws to a close, Juventus celebrates a remarkable 3-1 league win over second-place Fiorentina.

But just as the club appear to be rising up to challenge the title, close rivals Roma and Milan are showing signs of waking up too.

Roma, just one place behind Juventus held Napoli to a goalless draw on a visit.

Meanwhile, Milan welcomes star striker Mario Balotelli back to the team following a hernia operation.

Before the year’s final round of fixtures, Balotelli’s former club Inter Milan sit top with just a four-point lead over Fiorentina and Napoli.

With Juventus just six points and Roma seven behind Inter, this could be the making of the most intriguing fight for Serie A glory in years.