Carlos Tevez to skip watching Argentina play during World Cup, will visit Disney World instead


When Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Bosnia-Herzegovina, it’s widely expected that Carlos Tevez will not be on the Albiceleste’s roster. A little more surprising: Tevez is not even planning on tuning in!

The excluded Juventus striker revealed to Argentinian news site Cronica.com.ar. that he has other plans this summer:

"I don’t think I will watch my national team play at the World Cup," Tevez said. "I’ve already bought tickets to go with my wife and my three children to Disney World. They deserve that trip and I have very clear in my mind where my place is."

Disney World, really?

"I will nevertheless be Argentina’s number one fan," Tevez added, not realizing perhaps that ‘number one fans’ usually watch their team’s games.

Okay, we can all agree that Disney World is a magical place, but for Tevez to not root on his own national team at the World Cup kind of seems strange, and also tastes a bit like sour grapes.

The 30-year-old Tevez played for Argentina at the last two World Cups, but has not featured for the team since missing a penalty that saw his national team lose to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America. However, Tevez insists there is no grudge between him and national team manager Alejandro Sabella.

From TeamTalk:

"We (Tevez and Sabella) were together during my time in Brazil when I was at Corinthians (Sabella was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella)," Tevez said. "We had a fantastic rapport. We never had any problems and our relationship was cordial and very good.

"Everyone asks me why I’m not in the team but I cannot answer that question because I would be lacking respect. Things are as they are and that’s that.

"I think he (Sabella) is convinced of his selection and that’s very good. If he has to win, he will do so with his convictions and he shouldn’t do something he doesn’t feel is right. It wouldn’t be good for him to select me now!

"My wife asked me to travel to Disney with the children and I want to give her that joy once I win the scudetto with Juventus."

Should Argentina make a deep run in the tournament, however, it’s entirely conceivable that Tevez would change his mind and watch his country in the knockout stages. Nobody can be in Disney World for an entire month, can they? Right?

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Juventus enact rule forcing substituted players to remain on bench

Sometimes team spirit isn’t organic. Sometimes it needs to be manufactured.

Maybe a team watches a movie together to foster chemistry. Or maybe the coach comes up with a rule where substituted players must remain on the bench and watch the game with his teammates, or else face harsh punishment.

Say what? That’s exactly what Juventus coach Antonio Conte has done. Players that are taken off in-game will be required to watch the rest of the game from the bench, or else face a fine and a month-long ban.

Harsh, indeed! Conte, clearly upset after Pirlo opted to march down the tunnel after being subbed off against Verona, had this to say about the situation:

“Before it, there had never been the need to have a rule, but from now on there is a rule and it is valid for all players.” The only exception? Players that that are on a stretcher and have to see the doctor.

So much for catching and early shower and beating traffic.

(h/t Football-Italia)


Carlos Tevez leaves Manchester, immediately starts dancing

With his transfer to Juventus recently confirmed, it’s no wonder that Carlos Tevez is in a mood for celebrating.

The former Argentine international joined Manchester City from Manchester United in 2009. Tevez helped play an integral part in City’s rise to power, while eventually becoming the club’s captain in the process.

Tevez, joined with his wife Vanesa Mansilla and two daughters, are seen on Argentine television dancing to “El Pasito de Luis Ventura” for who knows what reason. He might be a world class player, but those dance moves are definitely questionable in our book.


City enter striker chase in Pole position


With the departure of Carlos Tevez to Juventus for around $15million, Manchester City are now on the hunt for a new striker. Edinson Cavani’s heart seems to be set on a move to Real Madrid, while Wayne Rooney’s unlikely to risk a Manchester meltdown by crossing the divide from red to blue.

So, who’s left? Well, new boss Manuel Pellegrini has earmarked Borussia Dortmund hotshot Robert Lewandowski as the guy to fire them to league and European glory. The Polish striker has been courted by many huge clubs over the past couple of years, but an outstanding season last time out might finally persuade a club to put some money where their mouth is. As we know, money’s hardly a problem for City, so this could be a match made in heaven.

Today’s edition also includes updates on the futures of Cavani, Isco, Gareth Bale and many more. Just click here to find out.


Carlos Tevez mobbed by Juventus fans upon arrival

Wonder if they’ll still be as excited once Carlos gets his license back.

Full story is here.


Double trouble in Milan…


Not satisifed with having taken Mario Balotelli, AC Milan are all set to go back for another of Manchester City’s headline-hoggers this summer.

Carlos Tevez is heavily linked with a £10million move to the San Siro in Thursday’s British papers, where you’ll also find plenty on Manchester United’s continued pursuit of Barcelona star Thiago Alcantara.

For these stories and many more transfer lines, check out today’s Paper Chase.


Mourinho wants some Dutch courage at Chelsea


Jose Mourinho has already been pretty busy after being officially unveiled as Chelsea boss, bringing German forward Andre Schurrle to the club and monitoring the likes of Wayne Rooney, Edinson Cavani and Stevan Jovetic.

Well, now the “Special One” has his eye on a different target; Dutch maestro Wesley Sneijder. Having managed the playmaker during his successful stint at Inter Milan, Mourinho is keen to bring the veteran midfielder to Stamford Bridge.

Going the other way through the door could be striker Fernando Torres, who Mourinho has admitted has been a disappointment at Chelsea so far. Where could the Spaniard be off to? Read about this rumor and more, including the whereabouts of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Yohan Cabaye, read today’s Paper Chase.


Man United confident of double take


David Moyes isn’t having much of a holiday judging by the number of players Manchester United have been linked with in recent weeks. Interestingly, Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski have supposedly given United ‘private’ encouragement about potential deals. United have also been linked with another Barcelona player - click here to find out which one. It’s a bumper edition of Paper Chase today, with rumors on Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani, Andre Schurrle and Carlos Tevez, plus much more.


Carlos Tevez set for Liverpool switch?


The wheels look to be in motion for Luis Suarez’s departure from Liverpool judging by speculation in today’s UK press. Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is reportedly being lined up as a potential replacement should Suarez get the transfer he wants. We’ve also got rumors on Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini and Manuel Pellegrini. Click here for more