Introducing our new football fan ratings

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Rate all your favourite players and matches.

Sport360 is always looking for ways to enhance the experience of our readers, which is why we have teamed up with ValoraFutbol to bring you a brand new fans’ rating system for the 2015-16 season.

In this season’s Premier League, La Liga and Champions League, you will be able to rate players, managers, teams and referees in each and every game – helping us create the most comprehensive fans’ rating system in the world.

Supporters are at the heart of everything we do at Sport360 and the concept behind the ValoraFutbol platform is simple: Give fans a voice.

Fans can rate players in real-time when the game is in action and immediately share their opinions and results with friends on social media. With thousands of fans already taking part, ValoraFutbol is a user-generated content platform that offers an immersive gaming experience like no other.

Will the PFA Player of the Year be the best-rated player the eyes of supporters? Will fans agree on the choice of Ballon d’Or winner? ValoraFutbol is out to provide the answers.

The more you rate and engage with the platform, the greater the opportunity to win a host of great prizes so sign up for the new season and see if fans the world over agree with your opinions.

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#360view: Perez can’t afford another season in Barca's shade

Andy West 20/08/2015
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Huge season for Perez and the Real Madrid squad.

Alot of people at Real Madrid are heading into the new season facing mounting pressure.

New manager Rafa Benitez, of course, is firmly within that category as he takes over with many fans resenting the departure of his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti and suspicious of his own abilities to take on arguably the most difficult coaching job in the world.

But the buck doesn’t stop with the Los Blancos football staff, because there is also a growing sense that the tide is starting to turn against club president Florentino Perez.

The badly-handled departure of club captain Iker Casillas earlier this summer saw jeers being directed at Perez, and the criticism will significantly mount if his appointment of Benitez turns sour.

Perez has been in charge long enough at the Bernabeu for his work to be objectively assessed, and it does not make for pretty reading.

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Despite launching an unprecedented wave of spending to bring a series of high-profile ‘Galacticos’ to the club, trophies have been thin on the ground, with just one La Liga title, two Copa del Rey crowns and the Champions League in the last seven seasons.

The former of those is the most damning indictment of Perez’s reign: the fact that his team, assembled at enormous cost, have only succeeded in winning one league title in seven years simply isn’t good enough.

Of course, the fact that Barcelona have been going through a purple patch throughout that period somewhat excuses Los Blancos’ returns but that also serves to make the failures even more galling for proud Madridistas who would rather see any team triumph than their bitter Catalan rivals.

Most Madrid supporters have been relatively accepting of Perez’s transfer policy, because they share their president’s proud opinion that the most exciting and glamorous players in the world should be wearing the famous all-white strip.

But his constant managerial manoeuvrings are a source of great irritation. No less than 10 coaches have served under him, and any thoughts that Ancelotti would be the man to provide stability were scotched by the popular Italian’s controversial – and entirely Perez-driven departure.

On the face of it, Perez is safe enough because he was re-elected unopposed for another four-year stint in 2013, and he has changed the club’s regulations to make it more difficult for anyone else to present themselves for candidacy.

But Madridistas are famous for their short supply of patience and Perez is not immune to criticism. If another league campaign passes them by, he can expect an increasingly rocky ride. 

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Michel appointed new boss of troubled Marseille

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Fighting fires: Michel.

Spanish coach Michel has been appointed by Marseille as the successor to Marcelo Bielsa.

Marseille did not confirm the length of the deal agreed with the 52-year-old former Spain international winger, who won 66 caps, but local newspaper La Provence reported he had signed a two-year contract at the Stade Velodrome.

Michel said: “I am very pleased. From the first contact I found the prospect of coaching this team exciting. I have been in touch with the president over the last 10 days but everything seems to have gone very quickly.

“This club has a great history and we want to keep writing it. I know it is a bit of a difficult time but I’m very proud to be the coach of this team. I like the squad.

“There are lots of talented players and young players. I want the players to be happy and enjoy playing for this team. I have seen their first two matches and four preseason friendlies. I know the squad very well.”

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OM had been thrown into chaos by Bielsa’s sudden resignation after their opening 1-0 defeat to Caen which was then followed by another 1-0 loss, this time to Reims, which has left them second-bottom in the table.

Michel was a star in the great Real Madrid team of the mid 1980s and early 1990s – which saw them win five successive league titles and two UEFA Cup trophies.

As a coach, he worked at Rayo Vallecano and took charge of the Real Madrid B team before leading Getafe to a best-ever sixth place in 2010. He had a disappointing spell at Sevilla but had a successful stint at Olympiakos, winning two Greek titles and a Greek Cup before being sacked earlier this year.

The news came on the same day the club sold winger Florian Thauvin to Newcastle United for €17 million (Dh68m), with attacking midfielder Remy Cabella heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.

“I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Thauvin, who has signed a contract until until 2020. “I have come from France to a really big club and am very happy to be here.”

Cabella, who was a star at Montpellier but failed to display his talents in the Premier League, said of his loan: “I’m going to show what I have learned in England.”

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