Franck Ribery Enjoying Soccer Again

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of,

Franck-Ribery-006Bayern Munich star midfielder Franck Ribery  is having fun plying his trade out on the pitch after a long time. He praises new head coach Jupp Heynckes for the faith he has shown in him, and added that he is full of confidence again. Ribery has been active and impressive in both of Bayern’s wins thus far in the German Bundesliga season. The French Muslim midfielder international stated that he is enjoying his football again, for the first time in a long while.

He spoke to Kicker, “I really had a lot of fun in today’s game [against Hamburg]. I’m brimming with confidence again. The coach has a lot of faith in me and I really like the way he treats the players,” Ribery was quoted as saying. “I haven’t had fun on the pitch for two years. I had had more than enough of it. I can’t play the way I want to play when I’m not having fun out there. I need to enjoy myself to be at my best.”

Ribery has endured a difficult time on and off the pitch over the past two years. He was involved in a personal scandal that tested the resolve of his marriage. He was also struck by a number of injuries. And, he was also a part of the controversial French World Cup team last season that dealt with poor play and divisiveness in the locker-room. Bayern currently is tied for third place in the Bundesliga standings with six points from three games. The club has scored six goals and given up only one so far.


Samir Nasri in Demand

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of,


France’s Samir Nasri controls the ball during their Euro 2012 Group D qualifying soccer match against Belarus at Dinamo stadium in Minsk June 3, 2011.

REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

The agent of Arsenal scoring sensation Samir Nasri indicates that talks between the player and Arsenal are still ongoing, despite reports to the contrary. There have been rumors of interest on the part of Manchester United amidst reports of Nasri’s displeasure with Arsenal’s attempts, or lack thereof, to improve thus far in the offseason.

“I want to clarify that there has been no break with the Gunners over the contract’s renewal and we should meet again soon with Arsene Wenger,” Nasri’s agent Alain Migliaccio told calciomercatoweb. “There are a few clubs interested in Samir, but it is useless to name them. Before listening to other teams, we need and we want to talk with Arsenal.”
Nasri had a prolific season with Arsenal, making for a nice bounce-back after having been left off of the French World Cup team last summer amidst politics and infighting. However, much of the mayhem has since tied to outgoing French coach Raymond Domenech, so Nasri’s reputation has been rehabilitated sufficiently with his play for Arsenal this past English season. And with his value at an all time high, Arsenal owner, American Stan Kroenke, is reportedly set to break the bank to keep him.