Emanuel Rosu

Emanuel Rosu

Global football specialist  |  BUCHAREST

Emanuel Rosu follows world soccer for OG News. He's freelanced for the BBC, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Goal, and the New York Times. He's part of the "Ballon d'Or" jury, representing Romania in the vote that rewards the best soccer player in the world each year. He is based in Bucharest, Romania.

The Champions League 2021/22 begins on Tuesday. (Image: Twitter/championsleague)

Five Things to Keep an Eye On as the Champions League Returns

On Tuesday, the new Champions League season kicks off with some top games on offer for football fans around the world. The new season comes with some major talking points that will interest fans as well. Superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo changed clubs and are set to make their […]

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in his second debut at Manchester United, as the Red Devils beat Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford. (Image: Twitter/manutd)

What are the Highest Spending Teams in European Football?

Premier League clubs spent more than $9.7 billion this year to form their current squads; more than twice as much as any of Europe’s other top leagues. The study published by the CIES Football Observatory finds Manchester City at the top of the big spenders’ list, followed by their arch-rivals, […]

Cristiano Ronaldo wore the iconic Manchester United No 7 shirt after 12 years and scored twice in the 4-1 defeat of Newcastle at Old Trafford. (Image: Twitter/manutd)

Ronaldo Gets a Brace in Historical Manchester United Comeback

Cristiano Ronaldo was in the starting line-up on Saturday against Newcastle, just days after he started training with Manchester United following his transfer from Juventus. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner introduced himself to the United faithful in style, scoring twice, as the Red Devils came out 4-1 winners. Ronaldo played […]

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after 12 years. (Image: Twitter/brfootball)

Ronaldo Above All: What Numbers Say Ahead of Premier League Second Debut

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to play his first game after 12 years at Old Trafford on Saturday, when Manchester United host Newcastle. Cristiano started training with his new colleagues on Tuesday, after being released early from the Portugal national team training camp. Ronaldo is available and could even start against […]

Leo Messi celebrated with the Argentinean fans after scoring a hat-trick against Bolivia. (Image: Twitter/Deporte Total)

Messi’s Special Night Leaves Him in Tears

Leo Messi couldn’t hold his tears back as the Argentinean national team finally celebrated winning the Copa America in front of their fans. The restrictions imposed by the pandemic meant Argentina’s players and supporters couldn’t cheer together until now for their triumph against Brazil on July 10. The ceremony started […]

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start against Newcastle, on Sunday. (Image: Twitter/ManUtd)

Ronaldo, Desperate to Succeed Ahead of Second Manchester United Debut

Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to start his new life at Old Trafford on a high. The 36-year old returned to Manchester United just before the transfer deadline, and hopes to be part of the starting 11 on Sunday when the Red Devils host Newcastle. Talking to United’s official website, Ronaldo […]

France are the last national team to have won the World Cup, after beating Croatia in Moscow 4-2 in 2018.

Europe and South America are Ready to Boycott Biennial World Cup

Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA president, is openly against the idea of the World Cup being played every two years after FIFA, the global Football Association, announced plans to increase the frequency of the biggest football event on the planet. The World Cup is currently played every four years. Ceferin first […]

Cristiano Ronaldo will play his first game after 12 years for Manchester United at the weekend, when the Red Devils host Newcastle at Old Trafford (Image: manutd.com)

Ronaldo Is Three Days Away From Much Awaited Manchester United Comeback

The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar made his first appearance at Manchester United’s training center on Tuesday after he was allowed to leave the Portugal national team camp early. Ronaldo has just beaten the record for most international goals after netting twice against Ireland in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. […]

Arsene Wenger is FIFA's man in charge of the reshape of the World Cup system. (Image: teamtalk.com)

FIFA Planning for World Cup Every Two Years

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (71), who’s now FIFA’s chief for global development, is the leading figure behind the plans to hold the World Cup every two years instead of four. UEFA, the European Football Association, is openly against the project. FIFA promises to reveal on Thursday more details about […]

Neymar left Barcelona in 2017 for a all-time record transfer fee. (Image: Twitter/canalbarca)

Barcelona Wanted to Reunite Messi and Neymar, but Lost Both

After being elected president of FC Barcelona in March, Joan Laporta attempted a major move in re-signing Brazilian superstar Neymar. The Brazilian was hesitant to extend his deal at PSG, waiting to see if he would be able to join Barcelona. When it became clear that his Barca dream wasn’t […]

Pele underwent surgery at the weekend, as doctors found a tumor in his colon. (Image: Twitter/besoccer_ES)

Soccer Legend Pele Has Tumor Removed From His Colon

The Brazilian football god Pele, 80, took to social media to reveal that doctors operated on him to remove a tumor from his intestine. “Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon … Fortunately, I am used to celebrating great victories alongside you,” Pele […]

Part of the military forces have announced the formation of a new government in Guinea following a coup. (Image: cnn.com)

World Cup Qualifier Postponed After Attempted Coup in Guinea

The World Cup 2022 qualifying game between Guinea and Morocco was postponed by the CAF (the African Football Association) and FIFA after an attempted military coup. The two national teams were supposed to meet on Monday in Conakry, the Guinean capital. Following hours of heavy shots exchanged between the standing […]

Neymar (left) and Messi (right) were stunned by the events in Sao Paulo. (Image: marca.com)

Brazil vs Argentina Qualifier Canceled After Authorities Ask to Deport Four Argentinean Players During the Match

Anvisa, the Brazilian Agency for Sanitary Vigilance, interrupted play in the game between Brazil and Argentina with just four minutes gone. The health authorities demanded that three Argentinean players leave the pitch, claiming they didn’t comply with the country’s quarantine legislation. All the players went to their locker rooms as […]

Messi was the victim of a brutal attack in Argentina's 3-1 away win over Venezuela. (Image: Twitter/ani7ii)

Messi Suffers Horror Tackle, Aggressor Apologizes to Everyone But Him

A terrible attack from Venezuela’s Adrian Martinez could have left Messi with a serious injury. It happened in Argentina’s 3-1 away win in Caracas, in a match counting for the South American qualifiers at the World Cup. The brutal attack took place in the first half, with Messi trying to […]

Raheem Sterling dedicated his goal to a late friend. (Image: Twitter/England)

England’s Players Targeted with Racist Abuse in Hungary Win

Euro 2020 finalists England beat Hungary 4-0 in Budapest to stay at the top of their group in the race to World Cup 2022. Sporadic monkey chants were heard at the Puskas Arena, Sky Sports informs. England’s players were booed by various parts of the crowd after taking the knee […]