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WQAM Headlines: Beckham Makes The Case For Melreese, Croatia And France Punch Tickets To World Cup Final

Alex Donno
July 12, 2018 - 12:19 pm
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In a week dominated by SOCCER, here are your WQAM Headlines.

David Beckham and Jorge Mas make the case for Melreese. Their MLS franchise is set to launch in Miami in 2020, and they hope to have a permanent stadium up and running for the club by 2021. They've set their sights on the 110 acre plot of city-owned land currently occupied by the popular Melreese golf course. “From an economic analysis point of view, I think this is a positive for the city,” Mas said. He explained on The Big O Show that the golf course now is costing tax payers money now and their soccer complex wont. Mas' business plan for the stadium promises private funding only, full taxes to be paid, 11,000 jobs created for the complex, and 23 acres of the site to offer youth soccer fields for free use to children in the community. Beckham also joined The Big O Show to express his excitement for MLS soccer in Miami. "We are finally here and we are finally bringing futbol to miami.”

The World Cup Final is set! France is set to face Croatia on Sunday at 11:00am Eastern Time. France looks for their second Cup, having won the title at home back in 1998. Croatia has never hoisted a World Cup, and will look to become the second smallest nation to ever do so. There are just 4-million people in Croatia, with the 3-million of Uruguay being the smallest country to win a World Cup (1930, 1950).

France blanked Belgium 1-0 in their semifinal, while Croatia broke the hearts of England with a dramatic 2-1 extra time victory. Mario Mandzukic scored the game winner, with teammate Ivan Perisic assisting on the goal and scoring the other. They'll be underdogs to the French, although Croatia's Luka Modric will arguably be the best player on the pitch on Sunday. 

Cristiano Ronaldo on the move. This is soccer's equivalent of LeBron James leaving Cleveland for L.A. After 9 years at Real Madrid, CR7 is headed to Italian Serie A giants Juventus on a four year deal that will see him earn gross wages of 60-million Euros per season (30-mil net after taxes if he chooses to pay them.) The transfer fee cost Juve over 100-million Euros but it seems a worthy price to pay for one of the two best players on the planet. Real Madrid will be in Miami to face Man United on July 31st, so if you planned on seeing Cristiano in South Florida this summer, your plans have just been altered. Still, it'll be a fantastic match between two historic clubs with plenty of star power. 

FOOTBALL is getting closer. The Miami Dolphins will start training camp in two weeks. July 26th is when things get underway at the team's Davie Facility. Several practices will be open to the public, and here's everything you need to know