In 2018, one might say French striker Antoine Griezmann has a lot on his plate. He has been fielding rumors about his future for weeks and is withholding a much-anticipated decision about which club he will take his talents to next season. He’s also one of the focal points of a star-studded France side heading into the World Cup as a tournament favorite. After a significant Euro 2016 performance, he’ll be expected to produce in the Les Bleus attack.
If you haven’t heard already, Zinedine Zidane recently quit his role as manager at Real Madrid. The news comes just after he guided Los Blancos to their third Champions League final victory in three years — an incredible feat for a manager who was thrown into the deep end.
Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the lofty perch he created with Real Madrid on Thursday. After two-and-a-half seasons as coach in which he won three Champions League titles, the 45-year-old Frenchman will not return to go for an unprecedented fourth straight crown. But exactly why Zidane quit Real Madrid could have more to do with Cristiano Ronaldo than anything else. And why we should care goes far beyond the local impact in Madrid.
Well, Zinedine Zidane went and did it again. Despite everyone constantly doubting his managerial credentials and tactical know-how, Zidane won his third straight UEFA Champions League title on Saturday, becoming the first manager to win the European Cup three times in a row.
Zidane now officially stands alone as the greatest “rookie” manager ever — meaning the Frenchman’s success in his first-ever major coaching role has been unrivaled throughout history.
Liverpool and Real Madrid are gearing up to do battle in what promises to be an epic Champions League final. Liverpool have played some incredibly entertaining football in their victories in the knockout stages, while Real Madrid have had to tough it out against Juventus and Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
The focus has inevitably been on the players who will take the pitch in Kiev, but about the two gaffers?
On Saturday, May 26, at 2:45 p.m. ET, Real Madrid and Liverpool will contest the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, Ukraine. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the 2018 Champions League Final between two of Europe’s most dominate clubs.
Real Madrid did something you might have noticed in the first leg of its Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich — Los Blancos wore their black kit instead of their traditional white kit. Despite the colors of white and Bayern Munich’s red not clashing, Real Madrid stepped onto the Allianz Arena turf decked out in its black away kit. But why did Madrid wear that kit despite no color clash?