Albert Riera joined the in-form Auckland City in New Zealand, terminating his contract by mutual consent after three seasons with Wellington Phoenix in Slovenia where he played sixty-eight games out of which he was substituted four times.
Riera told Coach Ernie Merrick after the final game of the season, that he no longer wanted to play for Wellington Phoenix and while the coach persuaded him to think it over, the midfielder had already made up his mind as there was no going back for the easy-going Spaniard.
Wellington Phoenix plan to fill the void left by the retirement of Ben Sigmund with the signing of Italian defender Marco Rossi.
The move shows the effort of the club in making a chase for the title when the A-League begins.
Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick said: “His experience will be enormously valuable to us given Marco has played Serie A and Serie B and represented Italy at Under 20 and Under 21 levels. This is the type of experience we wanted. He’ll be a terrific partner in the middle of defence with Andrew Durante.”
Merrick admitted that Durante has been the sole carrier of the backline responsibility since Ben Sigmund retired. However, he says he is confident that the new signing will provide a great deal of assistance.
Albert Riera has had a very extensive playing career as the Spanish defender has played in numerous leagues from around the world and clubs as well.
Even at the age of 34, he still continues making appearances for his current club, the Slovenian outfit FC Koper.
The experienced defender spent 2 seasons performing with Liverpool and it was a fairly distinctive period of time for Albert Riera as he managed to stand out with impressive performances but in the next season, Riera was surprisingly offloaded from the club as Liverpool accepted an offer from Olympiacos of £6 million.
Albert Riera has an extensive playing career that has seen him performing with a number of clubs including: Bordeaux, Espanyol, Liverpool, Galatasaray and Udinese just to name a few of the more well-known teams.
At the age of 34, the Spanish winger continues performing as he recently joined FC Koper after penning a contract which extends until 2018.
Most fans will remember Albert Riera during his time in the Premier League when playing for Liverpool. But his career has always been stained by disciplinary issues.
Albert Riera started his career with Mallorca where he will help his team win the Copa del Rey. He will score 4 goals in 35 appearances. He will move to Bordeaux where he will make 67 appearances for the French club and scored 9 goals.
He will then sign a contract with Espanyol where he will make 94 appearances for the club while scoring 12 goals for the Catalonia team. He will again win the Copa del Rey as well as finished as runner-up in the UEFA Cup.
Former Liverpool winger Albert Riera is currently playing at FC Koper in the Slovenian League with his contract expected to run until 2018. After having played all across Europe, the winger expects to end his playing career with the Slovenian club.
Premier League followers will most likely remember Albert Riera when he played for Liverpool from 2008 to 2010 under Rafael Benitez. He signed for the Merseyside club on 2008 transfer deadline day and went on to make 55 appearances for the club. He made his debut against Manchester United in a 2-1 win and managed to score his first goal a month later against Wigan Athletics in a 3-2 win. Albert Riera also followed by a goal against PSV Eindhoven in that season Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be at ease working under Zinedine Zidane and he believes that the other players in the Madrid senior team are also feeling the same.
Ronaldo spoke very positively of his new boss after Madrid thrashed Sporting Gijon at the packed Santiago Bernabeu yesterday.
Ronaldo himself was the chief contributor in that thrashing as he found the back of the net in the 9th minute and in the 18th minute.
The other two strikers in the team, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, did their bit too as the game ended with the score line of 5-1.
Tony Pulis made a sarcastic remark to Jurgen Klopp showing his anger after a recent game between Liverpool and West Brom.
Klopp recently made his Premier League bow with Liverpool and he has so far enjoyed some impressive wins against teams like Manchester City. However, the team has equally suffered a disappointing results against the so-called lesser teams like West Brom. A shock 2-2 draw at home meant that Liverpool were unable to forget the painful memories of a loss against Newcastle in the previous week. Klopp was especially unhappy with the tactics employed by West Brom.
PSG manager Laurent Blanc has rejected speculation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unable to coexist with Edinson Cavani.
The Swedish striker has gained a huge reputation over the last couple of years and this has been a major factor in Cavani being shifted out wide into a position that he does not like. As a result, Cavani has been threatening the club with an immediate transfer request. Manager Laurent Blanc has had a much easier job in the last few months, as Cavani has been scoring much more freely than ever before while Ibrahimovic has been struggling for goals.
Steven Gerrard reckons England’s performances in Euro qualifiers can’t tell if they have really improved over the last 6-8 months.
The Three Lions have been putting up smashing shows in Group E and are topping the points’ chart with 100% win record, but, according to Gerrard, that was expected as every other team is weaker and can’t pose that level of challenge which England would come across in the main competition.
Speaking to a channel in America, the veteran midfielder said, “I would not go too much into how England has done in the recent games. Well done to them, no doubt. Wins are wins especially at the international level, but, it’s also important to see the quality of the opposition.”