Australian left back Brad Smith was given his first
professional start for Liverpool FC in the Europa League against FC Sion, this

Smith was the shining light for LFC manager Jurgen Klopp, in
a game which struggled to entertain. The game provided minimal chances but
Smith looked at home on the left flank.

The 21 year old was an unlikely danger man going forward, and
looked confident after his quality assist to Divock Origi against
Southampton in the Carling Cup. Smith nearly set up Origi in the first 10
minutes of the game, whipping in another exquisite ball but the Belgian failed
to finish.

Alberto Moreno is still the number one choice for Klopp,
although if Smith can continue to perform, he could provide some problems for
the Spaniard.

Ronaldinho touches down in Singapore

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has arrived in Singapore to open
his new football academy.

Ronaldinho was welcomed to over 100 supporters at the
international airport and stopped to sign autographs.

The link partners Ronaldinho with Singaporean club Tampines
Rovers Football Club. New Chairman of Tampines Rovers Krishna Ramachandra has
said this is a clear indication of the steps being taken to develop football in

“I believe strongly that this collaboration with the
Ronaldinho Football Academy will be the necessary fillip needed in local


 Karim Benzema has been indefinitely suspended from the French
national team after allegations arose of a sex-tape scandal with Mathieu

French football President Noël Le Graët described the
decision as heartbreaking.

If Benzema is charged at the conclusion of the
investigation, his absence from the national team will be damaging for the
French when they host the European Championships next year.


Australia isn’t the only country dealing with fan boycotts.

For much of the season, A.S Roma has been dealing with fan
boycotts over the separation of the famous Curva.

It’s seen home games hit an all-time low in attendances and
also saw the famous Derby della Capitale played without their famous ultras.

Roma qualified to the knockout round of the Champions
League, but have been hounded with boo’s and whistles due to poor performances.

Roma President James Pallotta is growing more frustrated by
the protests.

“Despite what is being said on TV or on the radio, I’m on
the side of the fans. It’s frustrating to see the stadium empty after two
second places and reaching the Last 16 of the Champions League.

“I’m disappointed by the whistles, we have a top team. There
have been ups and downs, but we’ll see where we are at the end of the year”. 

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