There’s so much Paris Saint-Germain news recently that we needed a special two-part podcast to cover it all. Host Marc Damon spends the first 10 minutes breaking down the recent Financial Fair Play news and what it means for PSG. Then, Damon is joined by fellow PSG Talk contributor Jon Olangi to review the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 that saw France, Brazil, Belgium, England, Russia, Croatia, Uruguay, and Sweden all advance.
While the World Cup obviously is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, there has been quite a few headlines concerning PSG. On July 3, it was announced that UEFA would be reviewing their FFP ruling as it concerns PSG and their 2017 player transfers. Initially, the reigning French champions were ordered to sell around €40-€60 million worth of players before the end of June, which they did, and the case against them would be reviewed at a later date.
Tactic is clear: try to force PSG via FFP to give up one of Neymar or Mbappe & try to appear respectful towards PSG while it is happening. Florentino & Nasser's relationship is not what it was, so I doubt Nasser would have an issue retaliating if he feels threatened.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 4, 2018
It seems odd that UEFA would review the case, especially since the day before a rumor came out that Real Madrid was trying to sign Neymar Jr. They denied the report, of course, but things got very interesting when a report came out on July 3 that Cristiano Ronaldo was close to signing for Juventus FC for well below market value. That same day, another rumor started to swirl that Kylian Mbappé was on his way to Madrid. So, what’s going on here? As Damon expertly details, Madrid–and to a lesser extend FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich–is using UEFA to put pressure on PSG to sell Neymar, Mbappé, or both. These legacy clubs simply cannot stand that PSG has two players that the world can’t stop talking about and they want to force a sale by any means necessary.
🇺🇾 vs. 🇫🇷
🇭🇷 vs. 🇷🇺
🇧🇷 vs. 🇧🇪
🇸🇪 vs. 🏴
— Marc Damon (@MarcDamon1) July 3, 2018
After calling out UEFA and Madrid, Damon and Olangi turn their attention to the World Cup and the final 8 teams that remain in the tournament. Is Brazil the team to beat? Can Russia pull off another upset? England finally won a penalty shootout–is football really coming home? The duo rank the remaining teams from best to worst and give their thoughts on the quarter-finals, which begin on Friday with France taking on Uruguay without the services of Edinson Cavani who is out with an injury.
We’ll have more once the final four is set so be sure to check back and follow us on Twitter.