Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 58 (Week of May 14-May 20, 2019)




Photo From: L'Equipe, May 19, 2019
(Bayern Munich)



Note:
The purpose of this section is to summarize the week in question, it is not meant to give a full statistical analysis of the matches.
We live in a viral age and all that information can be accessed.
I welcome all contributions from anyone, even for the Leagues that I did not cover.

I.  England

Diary:
Tuesday, May 14, 2019:

-Swansea rejected an approach from Brighton to sign Graham Potter. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Manchester City Manager pep Guardiola was named as Manager of the season for the second year running. (Source L’Equipe online)
Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-Idrissa Gueye was named as Everton’s player of the season. (Source Goal.com online)

-Said Berahino (Stoke) has been found guilty of drunk driving. (Source BBC Football online)

Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-Manchester City have been referred to the Financial control body as part of the investigation on Financial Fair Play. (Source Sky Sports online)

-England Manager Gareth Southgate named his preliminary squad for the Nations League next month. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham ), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

-Ruben Loftus-Cheek was injured in Chelsea’s friendly in USA and will miss the Europa League Final as he requires surgery. (Source BBC Football online)

-Chelsea are not to extend Gonzalo Higuain’s Loan at the end of the season. (Source Sports Mole online)

Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola denied reports that he is to manage Juventus next season. (Source Football Italia online)

-Wayne Rooney stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to instill fear in his players to succeed. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Huddersfield are to release Laurent Depoitre, Jonas Lossl, Erik Durm, Danny Williams and Jack Payne. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola stated that the club is innocent until proven guilty of alleged financial irregularities. (Source Sky Sports online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:

-Manchester City clinched the domestic treble after defeating Watford (6-0) in the FA Cup Final.

-Pep Guardiola was angered when asked about Financial Fair Play violations following the FA Cup win. (Source The Guardian online)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-Vincent Kompany has left Manchester City to become player-Manager at Anderlecht. (Source BBC Football online)

 - Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) has once again come under fire after being pictured with Turkish President Erdogan in a dinner in Istanbul. (Source Daily Mail online)

Monday, May 20, 2019:

-Graham Potter was named as the new Brighton Manager. (Source BBC Football online)

- Bernardo Silva was named as Manchester City’s Player of the Season. (Source L’Equipe online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
May 18, 2019 
Lloyd Kelly
Defender
Bristol City
Bournemouth
Next Season
Sky Sports



English FA Cup-Final Matchday (May 18, 2019):

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Manchester City 6-Watford 0 (David Silva 26, Raheem Sterling 38, 81, 87, Kevin De Bruyne 61, Gabriel Jesus 68)

II.  Italy
Diary:
Tuesday, May 14, 2019:
- Daniele De Rossi is set to leave Roma at the end of the season. (Source BBC Football online)

-Italy U-20 Manager Paolo Nicolato named his squad for the U-20 WC in Poland. (Source Football Italia online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alessandro Plizzari (Milan), Marco Carnesecchi (Atalanta), Leonardo Loria (Juventus)
Defenders: Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari), Alessandro Buongiorno (Carpi), Alessandro Tripaldelli (Crotone), Luca Ranieri (Foggia), Matteo Gabbia (Lucchese), Raoul Bellanova (Milan), Davide Bettella (Pescara), Antonio Candela (Genoa), Enrico Del Prato (Atalanta)
Midfielders: Salvatore Esposito (Ravenna), Davide Frattesi (Ascoli), Domenico Roberto Alberico (Hoffenheim), Andrea Colpani (Atalanta);
Forwards: Gabriele Gori (Livorno), Marco Olivieri (Juventus), Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo), Andrea Pinamonti (Frosinone), Christian Capone (Pescara)

-Cagliari are not be sanctioned by the League over the racist abuse of its fans against Juventus’ Moise Kean. (Source BBC Football online)

-Francesco Totti wrote an open letter paying homage to the departing Daniele De Rossi. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis stated that Cristiano Ronaldo ‘has replaced the coach at Juevntus’. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi has placed the club for sale. (Source Football Italia online)

-Lazio President Claudio Lolito has appealed to the club’s fans to behave in the Italian Cup Final tomorrow. (Source Sport Bild online)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

- Roma fans protested against club President Pallotta and Franco Baldini outside the club headquarters for the impending departure of Daniele De Rossi. Police had to be called in and eventually Claudio Ranieri, Director Ricky Massara and De Rossi himself had to go and calm the fans down. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

-Lazio are the winners of the 2018/29 Coppa Italia after defeating Atalanta (2-0).


Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri is set to leave the club at the end of the season.  (Source BBC Football online)

-Bologna Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic claimed he was insulted as a ‘gypsy’ by a police officer ahead of the Coppa Italia Final. (Source Football Italia online)

Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Juventus have reportedly approached Maurizio Sarri as a potential Manager for next season. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Mauro Icardi has maintained that he would like to remain at Inter. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

-Inter have been released from the Financial Fair Play Settlement Agreement made in May 2015.  (Source Football Italia online)

-Chievo are set to retire Sergio Pellissier’s number 31 jersey.  (Source Football Italia online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:

-It was reported that Massimiliano Allegri’s departure was due to an ultimatum made by Pavel Nedved to Andrea Agnelli demanding that either Allegri goes or he goes.  (Source Football Italia online)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-Cristiano Ronaldo was namd as the MVP of the Serie A season. (Source Marca online)
The Serie A awards in full:
MVP - Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Best goalkeeper - Samir Handanovic (Inter)
Best defender - Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
Best midfielder - Sergey Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)
Best forward - Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)
Best young player - Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)


Monday, May 20, 2019:

-Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis stated that Juventus ‘have always been helped’. (Source Football Italia online)


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
May 16, 2019
Milan Skriniar
Defender
Inter
2023
Football Italia


Coppa Italia-Final (May 15, 2019):

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
Lazio 2-Atalanta 0 (Sergej Milinkovic-Savic 82, Joaquin Correa 90)



Italian Serie A Matchday (May 18-20, 2019):

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Udinese 3-SPAL 2 (Samir 5, Stefano Okaka 31, 35 / Andrea Petagna 53, Mattia Valoti 59)
Genoa 1-Cagliari 1 (Domenico Criscito 89 pen / Leonardo Pavoletti 40)
Sassuolo 0-Roma 0 (-)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:
Chievo 0-Sampdoria 0 (-)
Empoli 4-Torino 1 (Afriyie Acquah 27, Matteo Brighi 65, Giovanni Di Lorenzo 70, Francesco Caputo 88 / Iago Falque 56)
Parma 1-Fiorentina 0 (Gerson (own goal) 80)
AC Milan 2-Frosinone 0 (Krzysztof Piatek 57, Suso 66)
Juventus 1-Atalanta 1 (Mario Mandzukic 80 / Josip Ilicic 33)
Napoli 4-Inter 1 (Piotr Zielinksi 16, Dries Mertens 61, Fabian Ruiz 71, 78 / Mauro Icardi 81 pen)

Monday, May 20, 2019:
Lazio 3-Bologna 3  (Joaquin Correa 14, Bastos 59, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic 80 / Andrea Poli 50, Mattia Destro 51, Riccardo Orsolini 63)

Top Goalscorer:
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) 25 goals
Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa and AC Milan) 23 goals
Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) 22 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 21 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Juventus
37
28
6
3
70
28
42
90
2
Napoli
37
24
7
6
72
33
39
79
3
Atalanta
37
19
9
9
74
45
29
66
4
Inter
37
19
9
9
55
32
23
66
5
AC Milan
37
18
11
8
52
  34
18
65
6
Roma
37
17
12
8
64
47
17
63

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
III.  Spain

Diary:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019:
-Antoine Griezmann announced that he would leave Atletico Madrid in the summer. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Andre Silva (Sevilla) has denied claims that he is faking an injury. (Source Football Espana online)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-Iago Aspas (Celta) was named as the player of the month of April.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-Former Brazilian player Djalminha revealed that for his final match as a Deportivo La Coruna player in 2004, he had made a bet with Real Madrid’s fellow Brazilian Ronaldo over who would get more nutmegs in the match. Ronaldo won the best by nutmegging Deportivo’s Jorge Andrade twice.  (Source AS.com online)

Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu conformed that Ernesto Valverde will remain as Manager. (Source Football Espana online)

Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Spain Manager Luis Enrique named his squad for the Euro qualifying matches in June vs Sweden and Faroe Islands. (Source AS.com online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: De Gea (Manchester United), Kepa (Chelsea), Pau López (Betis).
Defenders: Carvajal (Real Madrid), Ramos (Real Madrid), Mario Hermoso (Espanyol), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad), Iñigo Martínez (Athletic), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Gayà (Valencia), Jesús Navas (Sevilla).
Midfielders: Busquets (Barcelona), Rodrigo Hernández (Atlético), Parejo (Valencia), Isco (Real Madrid), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli), Cazorla (Villarreal).
Forwards: Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta), Morata (Atlético).


-Santi Cazorla has been recalled to the Spanish National Team for the first time in four years. (Source Football Espana online)

-Despite his prolonged absence due to undisclosed personal problems, The Spanish Federation dismissed claims that Luis Enrique is to leave as National Team Manager. In some reports Abelardo is tipped as the likely replacement should Enrique leave his post. (Source Fox Sports/ Marca online)
 Saturday, May 18, 2019:

-Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane has rejected charges of favoritism regarding his son Luca.  (Source L’Equipe online)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-Quique Setien has left his post as Betis Manager.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-In a goodwill gesture, Celta refunded the tickets of Rayo Vallecano’s visiting fans. (Source Football Espana online)

-Gareth Bale was denied a final farewell match by Manager Zinedine Zidane and remained on the bench in Real Madrid’s final match of the season vs. Betis. (Source A Bola online)

-Gareth Bale reportedly has stated that he will sit out his contract with Real Madrid unless he is paid the remainder of his contract. He is alleged to have said, “If I have to play golf, I will!” (Source Daily Mail online)

Monday, May 20, 2019:

-Abelardo has left his post as Alaves Manager.  (Source Football Espana online)

-Eusebio Sacristan has left his post as Girona Manager.  (Source Football Espana online)

-Osasuna have been promoted in La Liga.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-Former Spanish striker from the 60s Miguel Angel Montes Busto passed away aged 79. (Source Wikipedia online)

-Xavi played his last match ever as a professional with his Qatari club Al Sad vs. Perspolis in Tehran. (Source RTBF.be online)

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
May 16, 2019 
Luka Jovic
Striker
Frankfurt
Real Madrid
Next Season
Sky Sports

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
May 20, 2019
Toni Kroos (Germnay)
Midfielder
Real Madrid
2023
BBC Football


Spanish La Liga Matchday (May 18-10, 2019):

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Levante 2-Atletico Madrid 2 (Erick Cabaco 6, Roger Marti 36 / Rodri 68, Sergio Camello 79)
Getafe 2-Villareal 2 (Francisco Portillo 13, N.Maksimovic 76 / Vicnete Iborra 44, Gerard Moreno 87)
Sevilla 2-Bilbao 0 (Wissam Ben Yedder 44, Munir El Haddadi 90)
Espanyol 2-Sociedad 0 (Roberto Rosales 58, Wu Lei 65)
Valladolid 0-Valencia 2 (Carlos Soler 36, Rodrigo Moreno 52)
Alaves 2-Girona 1 (Mubarak Wakaso 40, Jonathan Calleri 83 / Portu 86)
Celta 2-Vallecano 2 (Iago Aspas 82 pen, 90 / Adri Embarba 29, Alvaro Medran 71)
Huesca 2-Leganes 1 (Martin Mantovani 55, 83 / Martin Mantovani (own goal) 39)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:
Real Madrid 0-Betis 2 (Loren Moron 61, Jese 75)
Eibar 2-Barcelona 2 (Marc Cucurella 20, Pablo De Blasis 45 / Lionel Mesi 31, 32)

Top Goalscorer:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 36 goals
Luis Suarez (Barcelona) 21 goals
Cristhian Stuani (Girona) 19 goals

Final standings:
Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Barcelona
38
26
9
3
90
36
54
87
2
Atletico Madrid
38
 22
10
6
55
29
26
76
3
Real Madrid
38
21
7
10
63
45
17
68
4
Valencia
38
15
16
7
51
35
16
61
5
Getafe
38
15
14
9
48
35
13
59
6
Sevilla
38
17
8
12
62
44
18
59

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
IV.  Germany
Diary:


Tuesday, May 14, 2019:
-Rafinha is set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Former German Professional from 60s and 70s, Werner Weist passed away aged 70. (Source Wikipedia online)

-Former German Professional from 90s and 2000s, Mike Mollensiep passed away aged just 43. (Source Wikipedia online)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-Sascha Riether (Schalke) has announced his retirement from the game. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Nuremberg Interim Manager Boris Schommers is set to leave his post at the end of the season. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Leroy Sane (Manchester City) has been linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich . (Source vi.nl online)

Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-

Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Max Kruse and Aron Johansson (Werder Bremen) are set to leave the club at the end of the season. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied reports that Nico Kovac is to be sacked. (Source Bulinews online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:

-Mainz players: Emil Berggreen, Giulio Donati, Jannik Huth and Gaetan Bussmann are set to leave the club at the end of the season .  (Source Kicker.de online)

-Bayern Munich became Champions of the Bundesliga for the seventh season in a row. 

-Former German striker from 70s and 80s, Manfred Burgsmuller passed away aged 69. (Source Wikipedia online) (Death announced May 20th)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-Nuremberg announced that Austrian Damir Canadi will be their new Manager for next season. (Source L’Equipe online)
-Michael Reschke was named as Technical Director at Schalke. (Source Bulinews online)

-Paderborn were promoted to the Bundesliga. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Kevin Stoger (Dusseldorf) will be out injured for six months. (Source Sport Bild online)

Monday, May 20, 2019:
-Former Holstein Kiel Manager Tim Walter was named as the new Stuttgart Manager. (Source Fox Sports online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
May 14, 2019 
Konstantinos Stafylidis
-
Augsburg
Hoffenheim
Next Season
Bulinews
May 14, 2019 
Sargis Adamyan (Armenia)
Striker
Jahn Regensburg
Hoffenheim
Next Season
Bulinews
May 14, 2019 
Pirmin Schwegle (Switzerland)
-
Hannover
Western Sydney wanderers (Australia)
Next Season
Sport Bild
May 15, 2019 
Atakan Karazor
Midfielder
Holstein Kiel
Stuttgart
Next Season
Bulinews
May 16, 2019 
Ihlas Bebou
Striker
Hannover
Hoffenheim
Next Season
Sport Bild
May 17, 2019 
Filip Kostic
-
Hamburg
Frankfurt
Permanent signing (previously on loan)
Bulinews
May 17, 2019 
Omer Hanin (Israel)
Goalkeeper
Hapeol Hadera
Mainz
Next Season
Sport Bild
May 19, 2019 
Dedryck Boyata (Belgium)
Defender
Celtic
Hertha Berlin
Next Season
BBC Football
May 19, 2019 
Jannik Huth
-
Mainz
Paderborn
Next Season
Kicker.de
May 20, 2019 
Cyrill Akono
-
Preussen Munster
Mainz
Next Season
Kicker.de

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
May 14, 2019
Michael Rensing
Goalkeeper
Dusseldorf
2020
Sport Bild
May 16, 2019
Moritz Nicolas
Goalkeeper
Moenchengladbach
2023
Sport Bild
May 18, 2019
Claudio Pizarro (Peru)
Striker
Werder Brfemen
2020
Kicker.de
May 18, 2019
Joshua Guilavogui (France)
Midfielder
Wolfsburg
2023
Kicker.de
May 19, 2019
Jerome Roussillon (France)
Defender
Wolfsburg
2023
L’Equipe
May 19, 2019
Maximilian Mittelstadt
-
Hertha Berlin
2023
Sport Bild
May 19, 2019
Vedad Ibisevic
-
Hertha Berlin
2020
Sport Bild
May 19, 2019
Michael Langer (Austria)
Goalkeeper
Schalke
2021
Sport Bild
May 19, 2019
Nils-Jonathan Korber
Goalkeeper
Hertha Berlin
-
Kicker,de
May 19, 2019
Dennis Jastrzembski
-
Hertha Berlin
-
Kicker,de

Professional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 May 19, 2019
Jonas Carls
-
Schalke
Sport Bild

German Bundesliga Matchday (May 18, 2019):

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Mainz 4-Hoffenheim 2 (Daniel Brosinski 66 pen, Jean-Paul Boetius 83, 90, J.Philippe Matea 90+ / Ishak Belfodil 12, Andrej Kramaric 34)
Moenchengladbach 0-Dortmund 2 (Jadon Sancho 45, Marco Reus 54)
Bayern Munich 5-Frankfurt 1 (Kingsley Coman 4, David Alaba 53, Renato Sanches 58, Franck Ribery 72, Arjen Robben 78 / Sebastian Haller 50)
Schalke 0-Stuttgart 0 (-)
Duseldorf 2-Hannover 1 (Rouwen Hennings 56, Kenan Karaman 60 / Nicolai Muller 78)
Hertha Berlin 1-Leverkusen 5 (Valentino Lazaro 34 / Kai Havertz 28, Lucas Alario 38, 72, 88, Julian Brandt 54)
Freiburg 5-Nuremberg 1 (Marco Terrazzino 7, Luca Waldschmidt 34, Nils Petersen 53, 56, Vincenzo Grifo 61 / Eduard Lowen 69)
Wolfsburg 8-Augsburg 1 (Wout Weghorst 21, 37, 55, Robin Knoche 41, Daniel Ginczek 57, Elvis Rexhbecaj 60, Josip Brekalo 85, Kevin Danso (own goal) 89 / Julian Schieber 82)
Werder Bremen 2-RB Leipzig 1 (Milot Rashica 35 pen, Claudio Pizarro 88 / Nordi Mukiele 86)

Top Goalscorer:
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 22 goals
Paco Alcacer (Dortmund) 18 goals
Ishak Belfodil (Hoffenheim) 18 goals
Luka Jovic (Frankfurt) 17 goals
Marco Reus (Dortmund) 17 goals
Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg) 17 goals

Final Standings:
Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Bayern Munich
34
24
6
4
88
32
56
78
2
Dortmund
34
23
7
4
81
44
37
76
3
RB Leipzig
34
19
9
6
63
28
35
66
4
Leverkusen
34
18
4
12
69
52
17
58
5
M’Gladbach
34
16
7
11
55
42
13
55
6
Wolfsburg
34
16
7
11
62
50
12
55

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


V.  France
Diary:
Tuesday, May 14, 2019:

-
Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-

Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-Juninho Pernambucano was named as Lyon’s Technical Director. (Source Walfoot.be online)
Friday, May 17, 2019:

- Brazilian Sylvinho is set to be named as the new Manager of Lyon. (Source L’Equipe online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:

- Frederic Antonetti is set to become the General Manager of Metz. (Source L’Equipe online)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-All the winners of the 2019 French League awards, Trophee UNFP. (Source n.lfp.fr online)
Best Player : Kylian Mbappé (PSG)
Best Young Player : Kylian Mbappé (PSG)
Best Goalkeeper : Mike Maignan (Lille OSC)
Best Manager : Christophe Galtier (Lille OSC)
Best Goal : Loïc Rémy (Lille OSC-Bordeaux : 1-0, 36th Matchday)
Team of the Season : Mike Maignan (Lille OSC) - Kenny Lala (RC Strasbourg Alsace), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Ferland Mendy (OL) - Marco Verratti (PSG), Tanguy Ndombele (OL), Angel Di Maria (PSG) - Nicolas Pépé (Lille OSC), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Neymar (PSG)
Best Referee : Clément Turpin
Best Assistant Referee : Michaël Annonier
Trophée d'honneur : Didier Drogba (ex-EA Guingamp and OM)
Best French Player Abroad: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 

-Nicholas Pepe (Lille) was awarded the Marc-Vivien Foe award as the best African Player in the French League. (Source BBC Football online)
Monday, May 20, 2019:

-Jean-Louis Gasset has decided to quit his post as St Etienne Manager. (Source L’Equipe online)

-PSG announced that Kylian Mbappe would remain with the clubnext season. (Source RTBF.be online)


French Ligue 1 Matchday (May 18, 2019):

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Monaco 2-Amiens 0 (Radamel Falcao 26, Aleksandr Golovin 83)
St Etienne 3-Nice 0 (Robert Beric 25, 65, Romain Hamouma 81)
Guingamp 2-Nimes 2 (Marcus Thuram 6, Alexandre Mendy 35 / Renaud Ripart 53, Denis Bouanga 56)
Bordeaux 0-Reims 1 (Suk Hyun Jun 2)
Toulouse 2-OM 5 (Aaron Leya Iseka 26, Max Gradel 61 / Morgan Sanson 29, Hiroki Sakai 50, Clinton Njie 76, Florian Thauvin 90, 90+)
Lille 5-Angers 0 (Jonathan Ikone 2, Nicolas Pepe 14, 76 pen, Jonathan Bamba 69, Luiz Araujo 89)
Montpellier 1-Nantes 1 (Florent Mollet 76 / Kalifa Coulibaly 25)
Lyon 4-Caen 0 (Memphis Depay 49, 74, Maxwel Cornet 54, Moussa Dembele 64)
PSG 4-Dijon 0 (Angel Di Maria 3, Edinson Cavani 4, Kylian Mbappe 36, 56)
Strasbourg 0-Rennes 2 (B.Bourigeaud 24, Adrian Hunou 90)

Top Goalscorer:
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 32 goals
Edinson Cavani (PSG) 18 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
37
29
4
4
104
32
72
91
2
Lille
37
22
9
6
67
30
37
75
3
Lyon
37
20
9
9
67
45
22
69
4
St Etienne
37
19
8
10
59
41
18
65
5
Montpellier
37
15
14
8
53
41
12
59
6
OM
37
17
7
13
60
52
8
58


P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point



VI.  Holland
Diary:


Tuesday, May 14, 2019:
-PSV Eindhoven Manager Mark Van Bommel stated that Steven Bergwijn would not to be transferred to Ajax. (Source vi.nl online)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-Nicklas Pedersen (Emmen) has announced his retirement from the game. (Source vi.nl online)

-Frenkie De Jong (Ajax) was named as the winner of the Johann Cruyff award for the Talent of the year. (Source vi.nl online)

-Ajax clinched the Dutch Double by winning the League title. It was their fisrt title since 2014.
Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-Peter van der Vlag, the oldest active player in the Dutch League aged 41, has announced his retirement from the game. (Source vi.nl online)

-Daniel Schwaab (PSV Eindhoven) is set to leave the club and return to Germany . (Source vi.nl online)

-Fox Sports has named the following Dutch League team of the year. (Source voetbalzone.nl online)
Team of the Year: André Onana (Ajax); Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Daley Blind (Ajax), Angelino (PSV); Lasse Schöne (Ajax), Martin Odegaard (Vitesse), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax); Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Dusan Tadic (Ajax).
Substitutes:
Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Nick Viergever, Steven Bergwijn (PSV), Marco Bizot (AZ), Nasser El Khayati (ADO The Hague), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Younes Namli (PEC Zwolle ), Adrián Dalmau (Heracles Almelo) and Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord).

-Gonzalo Garcia Garcia was named as Manager of Twente Enschede (Source voetbalzone.nl online)

-Hakim Ziyech was named as Ajax Player of the year. Nasser Mazraoui was named as Ajax Talent of the year.
Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Matthis De Ligt (Ajax) was named as the Dutch League’s Player of the Year. He is at the age of 19 the youngest ever winner. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Erik Ten Hag was awarded the Ruby’s Michels award as Manager of the year. Twente Enschede Manager Marino Pusic was named as Second Division’s Manager of the year. (Source Voetalzone.nl online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
-

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-

Monday, May 20, 2019:
- Frenkie De Jong (Ajax) was named as the Eredivisie Player of the Year. (Source V News-Sport online)

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
May 16, 2019 
Gonzalo Garcia Garcia (Uruguay)
Manager
Assistant Manager Twente Enschede
Twente Enschede
Next Season
Voetbalzone.nl
May 17, 2019 
Evangelos Pavlidis
-
Bochum
Willem II
Permanent signing (previously on loan)
Kicker,de
May 18, 2019 
Richard Neudecker
Midfielder
St Pauli
VVV
Next Season
vi.nl
May 20, 2019 
Lisandro Martinez (Argentina)
Defender
Defensa y Justicia
Ajax
Next Season
L’Equipe

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
May 15, 2019
Andrew Mendonca
Midfielder
PSV Eindhoven
2021
vi.nl
May 20, 2019
Joel Drommel
Goalkeeper
Twente
2021
vi.nl

Professional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 May 15, 2019
Shiloh ‘t Zand (16 years old)
Winger
Feyenoord
vi.nl
 May 17, 2019
Jordan Berkhout
-
AZ
vi.nl
 May 18, 2019
Koen Osstenbrink (19 years old)
Midfielder
PSV Eindhoven
vi.nl


Dutch Eredivisie Matchday (May 15, 2019):

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
Den Haag 6-Willem II 2 (Naser El Khayati 31, 72 pen, Wilfried Kanon 64, Tomas Necid 75, 86, Lex Immers 81 / Damil Dankerlui 15, Vangelis Pavlidis 48)
De Graafschap 1-Ajax 4 (Youssef El Jebli 40 / Lasse Schone 37, Nicolas Tagliafico 44, Dusan Tadic 68 pen, 87)
Excelsior 4-AZ 2 (Jeffrey Fortes 22, Ricardo Van Rhijn (own goal) 51, Luigi Bruins 60 pen, Elias Mar Omarsson 66 / Teun Koopmeiners 30, Bjorn Johnsen 70)
Emmen 1–Groningen 0 (Michael Chacon 27)
Utrecht 3-Heerenven 1 (Willem Janssen 41, S. Van de Streek 48, Cyriel Dessers 81 / Ben Rienstra 30)
Fortuna Sittard 1-Feyenoord 4 (Jorrit Smeets 45 / Orkun Kokcu 6, Nicolai Jorgensen 70, 79, Steven Berghuis 90)
NAC 0-PEC 0 (-)
PSV 3-Heracles 1 (Wout Droste (own goal) 32, Nick Viergever 48, Donyell Malen 89 / Joey Konings 1)
VVV 1-Vitesse 3 (Peter Van Oojen 68 / Vlacheslav Karavaev 23, Martin Odegaard 39, Matus Bero 83)

Top Goalscorer:
Dusan Tadic (Ajax) 28 goals
Luuk De Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 27 goals
Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) 17 goals
Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) 16 goals

Final Standings:
Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Ajax
34
28
2
4
120
33
87
86
2
PSV Eindhoven
34
26
5
3
98
26
72
83
3
Feyenoord
34
20
5
9
75
41
34
65
4
AZ
34
17
7
10
64
43
21
58
5
Vitesse
34
14
11
9
70
51
19
53
6
Utrecht
34
15
8
11
60
51
9
53

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


Dutch Eredivisie-Europa League Playoff (May 18, 21, 2019):

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Heracles 0-Utrecht 2 (Simon Gustafson 36 pen, Cyriel Dessers 40)
Groningen 2-Vitesse 1 (Mimoun Mahi 45, Samir Memisevic 56 pen / Max Clark 70)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019:
Utrecht 0-Heracles 0 (-)
Vitesse 0-Groningen 0 (-)


VII.  Scotland
Diary:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019:
-James McPake will be in temporary charge of Dundee for their final match of the season. (Source BBC Football online)

-Jon Flanagan (Rangers) has been charged by the Scottish FA for elbowing Celtic’s Scott Brown and could face a two-match ban . (Source Sky Sports online)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-
Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-Kilmarnock Manager Steve Clarke has been given a two-match ban for criticizing a referee. (Source BBC Football online)

Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Kilmarnock Manager Steve Clarke stated that it would be difficult to turn down the offer to manage the Scotland National Team. (Source BBC Football online)

-Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes has ruled himself out of the running for the Scotland National Team Manager position. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Rangers have won their appeal for Jon Flanagan’s suspension for elbowing Celtic’s Scott. Brown. His sentence has been reduced to a yellow card. (Source The Sun online)

-Kilmarnock Manager Steve Clarke was named as the Manager of the season. (Source Sky Sports online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
-Celtic have called the decision to rescind Jon Flanagan’s suspension as a ‘huge embarrassment for Scottish Football.’ (Source BBC Football online)

- Australian Mark Milligan (Hibernian) is set to leave the club at the end of the season. (Source BBC Football online)


Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-
  
Monday, May 20, 2019:
-Dundee has released these players following their relegation: Martin Woods, Genseric Kusunga, Elliott Parish.
The following players return to their parent club
Faissal El Bakhtaoui and James Vincent (Dunfermline), Seny Dieng (QPR), James Horsfield and Andy Dales (Scunthorpe), Scott Wright (Aberdeen), Ethan Robson (Sunderland) and Andreas Hadenius (Halmstads). (Source BBC Football online)

- Steev Clarke was named as the new Scotland National Team Manager. (Source BBC Football online)



Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
May 16, 2019 
Marvin Bartley
Midfielder
Hibernian
Livingston
Next Season
BBC Football
May 19, 2019 
Greg Stewart
 Forward
Birmingham
Rangers
Next Season
Sky Sports


Scottish Premier League Matchday (May 18-May 19, 2019):
Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Dundee 2-St Mirren 3 (Cameron Kerr 14, Scott Wright 74 / Cody Cooke 52, 58, 76)
Hamilton 2-St Johnstone 0 (Ziggy Gordon 11, Steve Davies 57)
Motherwell 3-Livingston 2 (Liam Donnelly 10, David Turnbull 21, 25 pen / Scott Toffoney 80, 81)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:
Celtic 2-Hearts 1 (Michael Johnston 2, 84 / Jake Mulraney 18)
Hibernian 1-Aberdeen 2  (Marc McNulty 26 / Sam Cosgrove 43, James Wilson 63)
Kilmarnock 2-Rangers 1  (Chris Burke 9, Eamonn Brophy 89 pen / Alfredo Morelos 66)

Top Goalscorer:
Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) 18 goals
Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) 17 goals


 Final Standings:
Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Celtic
38
27
6
5
77
20
57
87
2
Rangers
38
23
9
6
82
27
55
78
3
Kilmarnock
38
19
10
9
50
31
19
67
4
Aberdeen
38
20
7
11
57
44
13
67
5
Hibernian
38
14
12
12
51
39
12
54
6
Hearts
38
15
6
17
42
50
-8
51
P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


VIII.  Portugal

Diary:


Tuesday, May 14, 2019:
-As part of Luciano Vietto’s transfer from Atletico Madrid to Sporting CP, the two clubs also resolved the dispute over Gelson Martins and the player is now fully with the Spanish club. (Source A Bola online)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
-

Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-

Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Portuguese newspaper ‘O Jogo’ reported that Iker Casillas is to retire, however, the player himself responded with a tweet that he would announce his future plans. (Source AS.com online)

-Porto Manger Sergio Conceicao will be suspended for one European Match next season for a delay in the UCL match vs. Liverpool. Benfica Manager Bruno Lage will be suspended for one match for his criticism of the referee for their match vs. Frankfurt. (Source MaisFutebol online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
-Benfica clinched the Portuguese League title after defeating Santa Clara (4-1).

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

-

Monday, May 20, 2019:
-

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
May 14, 2019 
Raphale Silva (Brazil)
-
Boavista
Free Agent
Contract Rescinded
Maisfutebol
May 14, 2019 
Luciano Vietto
-
Atletico Madrid
Sporting CP
Next Season
Maisfutebol
May 15, 2019 
Jose Sa
-
Porto
Olympiakos
Permanent signing (previously on loan)
A Bola
May 19, 2019 
Mehrdad Mohammadi (Iran)
Midfielder
Sepahan
Aves
Next Season
A Bola
May 20, 2019 
Kaio Pantaleao (Brazil)
-
Santa Clara
Krasnodar
Next Season
Maisfutebol

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
May 14, 2019
Andreas Samaris (Greece)
Midfielder
Benfica
2023
A Bola
May 16, 2019
Mateus (Angola)
Striker
Boavista
2020
A Bola
May 20, 2019
Pedro Pacheco
Midfielder
Santa Clara
2020
A Bola


Portugal Primeira Liga League Matchday (May 16-May 20, 2019):

Thursday, May 16, 2019:
Belenenses 3-Nacional 0 (Kikas 15, Cleylton 47, Andre Santos 79)

Friday, May 17, 2019:
Braga 2-Portimonense 0 (Bruno Xadas 12, Dyego Sousa 56 pen)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Feirense 2-Aves 1 (Edinho 62, Joao Silva 77 / Jorge Fellipe 31)
Maritimo 0-Boavista 1 (Nwankwo Obiora 30)
Setubal 1-Rio Ave 3 (Vasco Fernandes 53 / Bruno Moreira 50, 90, Ahmed Said 90+)
Porto 2-Sporting CP 1 (Danilo Pereira 78, Hector Herrera 87 / Luiz Phellype 61)
Benfica 4-Santa Clara 1 (Haris Seferovic 16, 56, Joao Felix 23, Rafa Silva 39 / Cesar 59)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:
Tondela 5-Chaves 2 (Icaro 4, Joao Pedro 9, Jhon Murillo 16, 77, Juan Delgado 28 / Higor Platiny 38, Nikola Maras 45)
Moreirense 1-Guimaraes 3 (David Texeira 15 / Davidson 20, 90, Yordan Osorio 68)

Top Goalscorer:
Haris Seferovic (Benfica) 23 goals
Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP) 20 goals
Bas Dost (Sporting CP) 15 goals
Dyego Sousa (Braga) 14 goals

Final Standings:
Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Benfica
34
28
3
3
103
31
72
87
2
Porto
34
27
4
3
74
20
54
85
3
Sporting CP
34
23
5
6
72
33
39
74
4
Braga
34
21
4
9
56
37
19
67
5
Guimaraes
34
15
7
12
46
34
12
52
6
Moreirense
34
16
4
14
39
44
-5
52

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

IX.  Belgium
Diary:
Tuesday, May 14, 2019:
-According to reports, Marc Wilmots was named as the new National Team Manager of Iran. (Source L’Equipe online)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-

Thursday,  May 16, 2019:

-Anderlecht have been fined 200,000 Swiss Francs for breach of transfer rules regarding minors. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Mechelen have demanded the suspension of legal procedure against them (made by the Belgian Federation) over alleged fixed matches. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Genk are champions of Belgium after a (1-1) tie at Anderlecht. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge) was subjected to verbal abuse by Standard Liege fans and was also hit by beer thrown by Standard fans. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Mexican goalkeeper Memo Ochoa was named as Standard Liege player of the season. (Source RTBF.be online)

Friday, May 17, 2019:
-It was reported that Marc Wilmots had visited the Installations in Iran but not yet signed a contract. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Mbaye Leye (Mouscron) announced his retirement from the game. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Anderlecht have accepted the fine imposed on them by FIFA and will not appeal. (Source Jupiler League App online)

Saturday, May 18, 2019:

-Genk’s Leandro Trossard has apologized for a seemingly homophobic song that he was heard singing while celebrating the title win. (Source walfoot.be /RTBF.be online)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:
-

Monday, May 20, 2019:

-Ivan Obradovic is set to leave Anderlecht. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Olivier Renard has left his post as Director of Recruitment at Standard Liege. (Source RTBF.be online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
May 19, 2019 
Vincent Kompany
Player-Manager
Manchester City
Anderlecht
Next Season
BBC Football
May 20, 2019 
Renato Neto (Brazil)
Midfielder
Gent
Ostend
Next Season
RTBF.be

First Division A- Championship Play-offs-League Matchday (May 16, 2019):
Thursday, May 16, 2019:
Anderlecht 1-Genk 1 (Yannick Bolasie 65 / Bryan Heynen 11) 
Antwerp 1-Gent 2 (Dylan Bronn (own goal) 38 / Jonathan David 45, Alexander Sorloth 90)
Standard 2-Club Brugge 0 (Razvan Marin 68 pen, 89)


Top Goalscorer:
Mbwana Samatta (Genk) 20 goals / 3 goal playoffs
Hamdi Harbaoui (Zulte-Waregem) 18 goals / 5 goals playoffs


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Genk
9
6
1
2
19
8
11
51
2
Club Brugge
9
6
1
2
16
9
7
47
3
Antwerp
9
4
2
3
10
13
-3
39
4
Standard Liege
9
4
0
5
17
16
1
39
5
Anderlecht
9
1
3
5
7
12
-10
32
6
Gent
9
2
1
6
8
14
-6
32

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


First Division A- Championship Play-offs-League Matchday (May 19, 2019):
Sunday, May 19, 2019:
Club Brugge 3-Antwerp 2 (Lois Openda 4, 89, Jelle Vossen 80 pen / Amara Baby 53, Dieumerci Mbokani 57) 
Gent 2-Anderlecht 1 (Giorgi Kvilitaia 2, Jonathan David 76 / Yannick Bolasie 73)
Genk 0-Standard 0 (-)


Top Goalscorer:
Mbwana Samatta (Genk) 20 goals / 3 goal playoffs
Hamdi Harbaoui (Zulte-Waregem) 18 goals / 5 goals playoffs


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Genk
10
6
2
2
19
8
11
52
2
Club Brugge
10
7
1
2
19
11
8
50
3
Standard Liege
10
4
1
5
17
16
1
40
4
Antwerp
10
4
2
4
12
16
-4
39
5
Gent
10
3
1
6
10
15
-5
35
6
Anderlecht
10
1
3
6
8
14
-11
32

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

Diary (extra):

Tuesday, May 14, 2019:

-Nigeria U-20 Manager Paul Aigbogun named his squad for the U-20 WC in Poland. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Detan Ogundare (Kogi United), Olawale Oremade (Kwara United), Jonathan Zaccala (Triestina FC, Italy)
Defenders: Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC), Aliu Salawudeen (Amuneke Academy), Igoh Ogbu (Rosenborg BK, Norway), Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC), Muhammad Rabiu (Plateau United), Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars)
Midfielders: Nnamdi Ofoborh (Bournemouth, England), Eletu Peter (Prince Kazeem FC), Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru (Manchester City, England), Kingsley Michael (Perugia, Italy), Effiom Maxwell (Enyimba FC), Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United), Collins Sor (Oasis FC)
Forwards: Jerome Adams (Sogndal IL, Norway), Tijani Muhammed (FC Banik Ostrava, Czech Republic), Henry Offia (IK Sirius Uppsala, Sweden), Chinonso Emeka (Club Brookhouse, England), Success Makanjuola (Water FC)

-Senegal U-20 Manager Youssoupha Dabo named his squad for the U-20 WC in Poland. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Dialy Ndiaye (Cayor Foot), Cheikh Kane Sarr (Gimnastic Tarragone, Spain), François Djiba (Diambars)
Defenders: Souleymane Aw (KAS Eupen, Belgium), Abdoulaye Niakhate Ndiaye (DSC), Moustapha Mbow (Reims, France), Formose Mendy (AF Darou Salam), Moussa Ndiaye (Excellence Foot), Souleymane Cissé (Stade de Mbour), Alpha Diounkou (Manchester City, England).
Midfielders: Dion Lopy (Oslo academy Dakar), Cavin Diagne (Le Mans, France), Amadou Sagna (Cayor Foot), Amadou Ciss (FF Sittard, The Netherlands), Faly Ndaw (Teungueth FC)
Forwards: Ibrahima Niane and Amadou Dia Ndiaye (FC Metz, France), Ousseynou Niang and Ibrahima Dramé (Diambars), Youssouph Badji and Lamine Danfa (Casa Sports)

-Krassimir Balakov was named as Manager of the Bulgarian National team. (Source Kicker.de online)

-South Africa U-20 Manager Thabo Senong named his squad for the U-20 WC in Poland. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Glen Baadjies (Mamelodi Sundowns), Khulekani Kubheka (Cape Umoya United), Kopano Thuntsane (Pele Pele FC)
Defenders: Keenan Abrahams (Ajax Cape Town), Givemore Khupe (Cape Umoya United), Fezile Gcaba (Pela Pele FC), S'busiso Mabiliso (AmaZulu), Molebogo Modise, Thabo Moloisane (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Keenan Phillips (Bidvest Wits)
Midfielders: Oswin Appollis (SuperSport United), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs), Kobamelo Kodisang (Sanjoanense, Portugal), Luke le Roux (SuperSport United), Siphesihle Mkhize, Promise Mkhuma (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Luvuyo Phewa (Real Kings)
Forwards: Lyle Foster (Monaco, France), Thakgalo Leshabela (Leicester City, England), James Monyane (Pele Pele FC), Leo Thethani (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands)

-The President of Andorra Federation Victor Santos has resigned due to the growing suspicion of Fraud. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Former USA Manager Bruce Arena was named as New England Revolution’s Sporting Director and Manager. (Source AS.com online)

-Former Soviet and Ukrainian professional from the 80s and 90s, Andrei Svyatoslavovich Guzienko passed away aged just 55.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

-Former Wales Manager Chris Coleman was dismissed as Manager of Chinese side Hebei China Fortune. (Source BBC Football online)

-Jailed Russian player Aleksandr Kokorin is set to receive a League winner’s medal as his club Zenit St Petersburg were League winners. (Source BBC Football online)

 -Nigeria Manager Gernot Rohr named his provisional squad for the African Cup of Nations next month. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (without a club); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain)
Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC)

-Croatian Igor Stimac was officially appointed as the new Manager of the Indian National team. (Source Reuters UK online)

-Mexico Manager Gerardo Martino named his squad for friendlies in June vs. Venezuela and Ecuador (Source Brotherly Game online)
Squad:
GoalkeepersGuillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Raul Gudino (Chivas Guadalajara)
Defenders: Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Miguel Layun (Monterrey), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Fernando Navarro (Club Leon), Diego Reyes (Fenerbahce), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres UANL), Jorge Sanchez (Club America), Carlos Salcedo(Tigres UANL)
Midfielders: Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jonathan dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy), Marco Fabián (Philadelphia Union), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Erick Gutierrez (PSV Eindhoven), Luis Montes (Club Leon), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey), Ivan Rodriguez (Club Leon)
Forwards: Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Uriel Antuna (Los Angeles Galaxy), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Alexis Vega (Chivas Guadalajara)

-Brazil Olympic Manager Andre Jardine named his squad for the Toulon Tournament. (Source 90min online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers
Lucão - Vasco da Gama
Lucas Perri - Crystal Palace (Inglaterra)
Ivan - Ponte Preta
Defenders: 
Gabriel - Lille (França)
Murilo Paim - Cruzeiro
Luiz Felipe - Lazio (Itália)
Lyanco - Bologna (Itália)
Emerson - Real Betis (Espanha)
Guga - Atlético-MG
Iago Borduchi - Internacional
Renan Lodi - Athletico-PR
Midfielders: 
Douglas Luiz - Girona (Espanha)
Thiago Maia - Lille (França)
Tabata - Portimonense (Portugal)
Wendel - Sporting (Portugal)
Mateus Vital - Corinthians
Matheus Henrique - Grêmio
Forwards: 
Pedrinho - Corinthians
Matheus Cunha - RB Leipzig (Alemanha)
Rodrygo - Santos
Antony - São Paulo
Pedro - Fluminense​


-Argentina Manager Lionel Scaloni named his provisional squad for the Copa America. (Source Marca Claro online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: 
Franco Armani (River), Esteban Andrada (Boca), Agustín Marchesín (América, México), Juan Musso (Udinese, Italia) y Gerónimo Rulli (Real Sociedad).
Defenders: 
Renzo Saravia (Racing), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla, España), Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City), Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italia), Walter Kanemann (Gremio, Brasil), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax, Holanda), Marcos Acuña (Sporting Lisboa, Portugal), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal, España), Leonardo Sigali (Racing), Gonzalo Montiel (River) y Juan Foyth (Tottenham, Inglaterra).
Midfielders: 
Leandro Paredes (PSG, Francia), Giovani Lo Celso (Betis, España), Exequiel Palacios (River), Guido Rodríguez (América, México), Roberto Pereyra (Watford, Inglaterra), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese, Italia), Matías Zaracho (Racing), Ángel Di María (PSG, Francia), Gonzalo Martínez (Atlanta United, Estados Unidos), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italia), Maximiliano Meza (Monterrey, México), Nacho Fernández (River), Manu Lanzini (West Ham) e Iván Marcone (Boca).
Forwards: 
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, España), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, Inglaterra), Lautaro Martínez (Inter, Italia), Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid), Matías Suárez (River), Mauro Icardi (Inter, Italia).

-Mali U-20 Manager Mamoutou Kane named his squad for the U-20 WC in Poland. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alkalifa Coulibaly (Onze Createurs), Youssouf Koita (Girona FC, Spain), Souleymane Coulibaly (Afrique Foot Elite)
Defenders: Arnaud Konan (Etoiles du Mande), Drissa Diarra (AS Bamako), Fode Konate (AS Bamako), Babou Fofana (Stade Malien), Clement Kanoute (CS Duguwolofila), Abdoulaye Diaby (Antwerp, Belgium)
Midfielders: Ousmane Diakite (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Mohamed Camara (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Mamadou Traore (Stade Malien), Sambou Sissoko (USFAS), Mamadou Samake (Standard Liege, Belgium), Boubacar Traore (AS Bamako)
Forwards: Hadji Drame (Yeelen Olympique), El Bilal Toure (Afrique Foot Elite), Boubacar Konte (Sarpsborg FK, Norway), Mamady Diarra (Yeelen Olympique), Lassana N'Diaye (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Sekou Koita (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)


Thursday, May 16, 2019:

-Madagascar Manager Nicolas Depuis named his provisional squad for the African Cup of Nations next month. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Ibrahima Ousmane Arthur Dabo (FC Gobelins, France), Jean Dieu Donne Randrianasolo (CNaPS Sport) Melvin Andrien (FC Martigues, France)
Defenders: Pascal Razakanantenaina (JS Saint Pierroise, Reunion), Dimitry Caloin (Les Herbiers VF, France), Jeremy Michel Morel (Lyon France), Toaviina Hasitiana Rambeloson (Arras, France), Romain Metanire (Minnesota United, USA), Thomas Fontaine (Reims, France), Jerome Mombris (Grenoble, France), Mamy Nirina Gervais Randrianarisoa (JS Saint Pierroise, Reunion)
Midfielders: Marco Ilaimaharitra (Charleroi, Belgium) Anicet Andrianantenaina (Ludogorets, Bulgaria) Ibrahim Samuel Amada (MC Alger, Algeria), Jean Rakotoarisoa (Fosa Juniors), Lalaina Henintsoa Nomenjanahary (Paris FC, France) Rayan Ny Aina Arnaldo Raveloson (Troyes, France) Andriamiraldo Aro Hasina Andrianarimanana (Kaiser Chiefs, South Africa)
Forwards: Charles Carolus Andriamahitsinoro (Al Aldalh FC, Saudi Arabia), Faneva Ima Andriatsima (Clermont, France), Tsilavina Martin Rakotoharimalala Njiva (Samut Sakhon, Thailand) Paulin Voavy (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt) William Joseph Gros (AS Vitre, France)
Standby list: Fabien Boyer (Grenoble, France), Sandratriniaina Tobisoa Njajanirina (CNaPS Sport), Andrianavalona Andoniaina Rakotondrazaka (CNaPS Sport)


-Colombia Manager Carlos Queiroz named his provisional squad for the Copa America. (Source El Espectador online)
Squad:
 nGoalkeepers:
1. David Ospina – Napoli (ITA)
2. Álvaro Montero - Deportes Tolima (COL)
3. Camilo Vargas - Deportivo Cali (COL)
4. Aldair Quintana - Atlético Huila (COL)
5. Diego Novoa - Equidad Seguros (COL)
6. Éder Chaux – Patriotas (COL)
Defenders:
7. Felipe Aguilar - Santos (BRA)
8. Jeison Murillo - Barcelona (ESP)
9. Dávinson Sánchez - Tottenham (ING)
10. Yerry Mina - Everton (ING)
11. Cristian Zapata – Milan (ITA)
12. John Jáner Lucumí - KRC Genk (BEL)
13. Santiago Arias - Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
14. Helibelton Palacios – Atlético Nacional (COL)
15. Luis Manuel Orejuela – Cruzeiro (BRA)
16. Cristian Borja – Sporting de Lisboa (POR)
17. Déiver Machado - Atlético Nacional (COL)
18. William Tesillo – León (MEX)
19. Frank Fabra – Boca Juniors (ARG)
Midfielders:
20. Gustavo Cuéllar – Flamengo (BRA)
21. Jorman Campuzano - Boca Juniors (ARG)
22. Raúl Loaiza – San Lorenzo (ARG)
23. Víctor Cantillo - Junior (COL)
24. Wílmar Barrios – Zenit St. Petersburgo (RUS)
25. Jéfferson Lerma – Bournemouth (ING)
26. Edwin Cardona – Pachuca (MEX)
27. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado – Juventus (ITA)
28. Mateus Uribe – América (MEX)
29. James Rodríguez – Bayern Múnich (ALE)
Strikers:
30. Yairo Moreno – León (MEX)
31. Luis Díaz – Junior (COL)
32. Andrés Felipe Ibargüen - América (MEX)
33. Radamel Falcao García – Mónaco (FRA)
34. Duván Zapata – Atalanta (ITA)
35. Carlos Bacca – Villarreal (ESP)
36. Rafael Santos Borré – River Plate (ARG)
37. Sebastián Villa - Boca Juniors (ARG)
38. Yimmi Chará – Atlético Mineiro (BRA)
39. Roger Martínez - América (MEX)
40. Luis Muriel – Fiorentina (ITA)

-Former Australian Professional Mike Cernovich passed away aged just 48. (Source Wikipedia online)


Friday, May 17, 2019:

-Yaya Toure is on trial at Chinese Second Division club Qingdao Huanghai. (Source Walfoot.be online)

-Brazil Manager Tite has named his squad for next month’s Copa America. (Source Globo Esporte online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Cássio (Corinthians) e Ederson (Manchester City)
Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus); Marquinhos, Thiago Silva e Dani Alves (PSG); Éder Militão (Porto), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luís (Atlético de Madrid) e Miranda (Inter de Milão)
Midfielders: Allan (Napoli); Philippe Coutinho e Arthur (Barcelona); Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City) e Lucas Paquetá (Milan)
Strikers: David Neres (Ajax), Everton (Grêmio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG) e Richarlison (Everton)

-Former Ukrainian/Soviet Footballer from the 50 and 60s, Valentyn Havrylovych Sapronov passed away aged 87. (Source Wikipedia online)

-Ecuador Manager Hernan Dario Gomez named his provisional squad for the Copa America. (Source eluniverso.com online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: 
Alexander Domínguez (Vélez Sarfield, Argentina)
Máximo Banguera (Barcelona SC)
Pedro Ortiz (Defín SC)
Hamilton Piedra (Independiente)
Moisés Ramírez (Real Sociedad, España)
Defenders:
Andrés López (Universidad Católica)
Gabriel Achilier (Morelia, México)
Arturo Mina (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turquía)
Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo, Brasil)
Jhon Narváez (Melgar, Perú)
Jackson Porozo (Santos FC, Brasil)
Xavier Arreaga (Seattle Sounders FC, Estados Unidos)
Moisés Corozo (Macará)
Franklin Guerra (Liga de Quito)
Pedro Pablo Velasco (Barcelona SC)
José Quintero (Liga de Quito)
Cristian Ramírez (FC Krasnodar, Rusia)
Beder Caicedo (Barcelona SC)
Midfielders: 
Jefferson Intriago (Liga de Quito)
Jefferson Orejuela (Liga de Quito)
Jhegson Méndez (Orlando City, Estados Unidos)
Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas, Estados Unidos)
Andrés Chicaiza (Liga de Quito)
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United, Inglaterra)
José Cifuentes (América de Quito)
Alan Franco (Independiente del Valle)
Junior Sornoza (Corinthians, Brasil)
Fidel Martínez (Barcelona SC)
Ángelo Preciado (Independiente del Valle)
Ángel Mena (Club León, México)
Strikers:
Ayrton Preciado (Santos Laguna, México)
Enner Valencia (Tigres, México)
Renato Ibarra (América, México)
Romario Ibarra (Minnesota United FC, Estados Unidos)
Carlos Garcés (Delfín SC)
Leonardo Campana (Barcelona SC)
Stiven Plaza (Real Valladolid, España)
Miler Bolaños (Tijuana, México)
Brayan Angulo (Emelec)
Anderson Julio (Liga de Quito)


Saturday, May 18, 2019:

-Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) has been suspended for two matches and fined for violent conduct after grabbing the neck of New York City FC goalkeeper Chris Pontius. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Former Argentinean Footballer from the 60 into the 80s, Osvaldo Daniel Batocletti Ronco passed away aged 69. (Source Wikipedia online)
-Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis stated that Cristiano Ronaldo ‘has replaced the coach at Juevntus’. (Source Fox Sports online)

Sunday, May 19, 2019:
-New Zealand-born Tyler Boyd’s desire to switch affiliation to USA has been granted by FIFA . (Source Reuters UK online)

-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) has scored his 148th MLS goal, two more than the record set previously by Landon Donovan. (Source AS.com online)

Monday, May 20, 2019:

-Croatia Manager Zlatko Dalic named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier vs. Wales in June. (Source L’Equipe online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic (Aston Villa/ANG), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Simon Sluga (Rijeka)
Defenders : Domagoj Vida (Besiktas/TUR), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool/ANG), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen/ALL), Borna Barisic (Glasgow Rangers/ECO), Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille), Karlo Bartolec (FC Nordsjaelland/DAN), Filip Benkovic (Celtic/ECO), Dario Melnjak (Rizespor/TUR)
Midfielders : Luka Modric (Real Madrid/ESP), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona/ESP), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea/ENG), Milan Badelj (Lazio/ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan/ITA), Marko Rog (Sevilla/ESP), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta/ITA), Filip Bradaric (Cagliari/ITA)
Strikers : Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan/ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffeneheim/ALL), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt/ALL), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg/ALL), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Réservistes : Mile Skoric (Osijek), Mijo Caktas (Hajduk Split), Josip Posavec (Hajduk Split)

-Asamoah Gyan has retired from the Ghana National Team after Manager Kwesi Appaiah suggested the possibility that he might strip Gyan of the captaincy and handing it to Andre Ayew . (Source afrik-foot.com online)


-Republic of Ireland Manager Mick McCarthy named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers vs. Denmark and Gibraltar in June. (Source extra.ie online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Mark Travers (Bournemouth), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Egan (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)
Midfielders: Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic*), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)
Forwards: David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Shane Long (Southampton), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Callum Robinson (Preston North End)