Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 8 (Week of May 29-June 4, 2018)

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 29, 2018:

-Juventus’ Medhi Benatia has been linked to Arsenal. (Source Calciomercato Online via Le10Sport)

-AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson has been linked to Liverpool. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was criticized in some sections of the media, for displaying a new tattoo showing a gun on his calf. (Source Daily Telegraph Online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Manchester United are set to sign Porto defender Diogo Dalot. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Huddersfield Manager David Wagner has extended his contract by three years. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Wolverhampton Wanderers will exercise their option to buy to sign Benik Afobe on permanent basis. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Liverpool FC Physio Ruben Pon, after examining Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, has estimated a rest of 3 to 4 weeks for him to heal. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Manchester City has made a bid for Napoli midfielder Jorginho. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Manchester City have signed 15-year old Dutch player Jayden Braaf from PSV Eindhoven. (Source vi.nl Online)

-Stoke City’s Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic has been linked to Manchester United. (Source vi.nl Online via Sky Sports)

-John Terry is set to leave Aston Villa. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Newcastle have signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on permanet basis from Sparta Prague. (Source Sky Sports Online)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-Everton have confirmed Marco Silva as their new Manager. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Manchester City are told to be very close to sign Riyad Mahrez and Jorginho. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Frank Lampard Jr. has been handed his first Managerial position as he was appointed at Derby County . (Source BBC Football Online)

-Andrea Stramaccioni has been linked with the Aston Villa Manager position. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-PSG youth player Yacine Adli has been linked to Arsenal.  (Source France Football Online)

-The plans for the construction of Chelsea’s new stadium have been suspended due to the ‘unfavourable investment climate’. (Source Walfoot.be  Online)

-Arsenal have offered Aaron Ramsey a contract extension of five years but will sell him if he does not sign. (Source Daily Telegraph Online)

-England Manager Gareth Southgate has requested an Asian referee to officiate their upcoming friendly with Costa Rica. The reason is that he wants his players to be accustomed to different styles of refereeing at the World Cup. Japan’s Hiroyuki Kimura will be the referee. (Source Daily Mail Online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-West Ham United are close in signing Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Jeremy Pied and Florin Garod are to leave Southampton. (Source Sky Sports Online)
-Watford’s Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos will stay one more season with the club. (Source France Football Online)

-Chelsea might back away from its attempt to sign Maurizio Sarri as a Manager, some suggest, due to his homophobic insults on Roberto Mancini in the past as well as the vast sum to be paid for his buy-out clause. Laurent Blanc has now been linked as a potential candidate for the job. (Source Corriere dello Sport online)

-Totteham Manager Mauricio Pocchetino (linked with the Real Madrid post) stated he was happy at Tottenham but he would “have to listen” if contacted by Real Madrid. (Source Dialy telegraph Online)
-Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been released from Hospital and returned home to recover from his surgery last month. (Source Maisfutbeol online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-England’s Raheen Sterling has apologized to his teammates for arriving late to the England training camp. He should have arrived on May 22nd, but instead arrived the following morning.  (Source Sky Sports Online)

- Sunderland have turned down once more Brighton’s bid for midfielder Paddy McNair. (Source Sky Sports Online)

- Stoke City Manager Gary Rowett has released Simon Ireland and Glen Johnson. (Source Sky Sports Online)

- West Ham United are in talks to sign PSG’s Argentinean midfielder Javier Pastore. (Source Sky Sports Online)
-Huddersfield have signed goalkeeper Ben Hamer from Leicester City. (Source France Football Online)

- Argentinean Manager Marcelo Bielsa has been linked with the Leeds United post. Mexico National Team Manager Osorio has backed him for the job.  (Source vi.nl Online via ESPN)
-Manchester United Manager Jose Morinho expressed he has no immediate plans to manage a National Team. (Source Maisfutbeol online via GQ)
-John Terry has agreed to sign for Derby County managed by his former Chelsea Teammate Frank Lampard Jr. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-England wore black armbands in their match vs. Nigeria to pay respects to two recently deceased England Internationals: Ray Wilkins and Ray Wilson.
Dele Ali was booed by the Nigerian fans because he had previously tutned down the chance to reprsent Nigeria Internationally.

Sunday, June 3, 2018:

-Brighton have made another improved bid for Reading’s Liam Moore. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-England Manager Gareth Southagte asmitted that he had started Raheem Sterling against Nigeria in an attempt to help him recover from a difficult week for the player. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Valencia’s Joao Cancelo has been linked with Manchester City. (Source vi.nl Online via AS)

-Fulham Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has been linked as a possibility for the Chelsea Manager Position. (Source vi.nl Online)

-Stoke’s Egyptian midfielder will undergo a medical at Huddersfield. (Source Sky Sports Online)


Monday, June 4, 2018:

-New West Ham United Manager Manuel Pellegrini was mugged along with his wife at gunpoint in Chile. (Source BBC Football online)

-Reading have signed Irish defender John O’Shea from Sunderland. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-A picture surfaced over the weekend showing Real Madrid players: Marcelo, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic in front of the Liverpool crest at Anfield and apparently mocking it. However, it was later revealed that they were laughing because a fourth Real Madrid player, Casemiro was approaching them. This was ahead of Brazil and Craotia friendly at Anfield. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is looking for a coaching challenge and has set a 15-day deasdline to make a decision. (Source Daily Mail Online)

 -Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon arrived in court to face charges of assault and possession of a weapon after a nightclub brawl from December. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Brazilian International Fred is expected to sign for Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk. (Source AS.com Online)

-After medical tests in Boston in United States, it was revealed that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius had sustained a concussion in the CL Final vs. Real Madrid. The examining Doctor stated that it was “possible” that the injury would have affected his performance. (Source BBC Football online)

-Manchester City Manager Josip Guradiola has been suspended for two CL matches for his sending off in the match vs. Liverpool. One match will be in the upcoming season and the other will be deferred for the following season. (Source BBC Football online)

-Jordan Pickford will be the England goalkeeper starter in the World Cup as indicated by Manager Gareth Southgate. (Source BBC Football online)

II.  Italy

Diary:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic has been linked to Juventus. (Source L’Equipe Online via Tuttosport)

-Barcelona’s 19-year-old Oriol Busquets has been linked to Juventus. (Source Tuttosport Online via Mundo Deportivo)
-Napoli’s Dries Mertens has announced that he will not leave the club this summer. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has rejected an offer from Liverpool much to the annoyance of his agent Mino Raiola. (Source Calciomercato Online via Corriere dello Sport)

-Lyon defender Marcelo has been linked to AC Milan. (Source Calciomercato Online via RMC Sport)

-Colombian striker Carlos Bacca has returned to AC Milan from his loan at Villareal. (Source Calciomercato Online via La Gazzetta dello Sport)

-Mario Balotelli dedicated his goal yesterday vs. Saudi Arabia to the late Fiorentina defender Davide Astori. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Napoli have contacted Real Betis to sign midfielder Fabian Ruiz . (Source Calciomercato Online via Corriere dello Sport)

-Paris FC midfielder Redouane Kerrouche has been linked to Parma. (Source France Football Online)
-Chievo Verona have signed the Polish Mariusz Stepinski on permanent basis from Nantes. (Source France Football Online)

-Udinese’s Jakub Jankto has criticized the club’s choice of hotel retreats. He complained of “dirty bathrooms… treated likes slaves…could not even see our children…forced to take sleeping pills.”. (Source Coriere dello Sport  Online)

-Former Inter striker Antonio Cassano has called Andrea Stramaccioni (his coach at Inter (2012/13) season) as the worst person he has encountered in the world of Football. (Source La Gazzetta Dello Sport online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has apparently told his friends that he will join Juventus. (Source Calciomercato Online via IlBianconero)
-Aston Villa’s Pierluigi Golini has been linked with Atalanta. (Source Calciomercato Online via La Gazzetta dello Sport)

-Fiorentina have signed Argentinean defender German Pezzella on permanent basis. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Bologna’s Simone Verdi has been linked to Napoli. (Source Calciomercato Online via Corriere dello Sport)
-AS Roma’s Radja Nainggolan has been linked to Inter. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Inter are interested in signing Sassuolo’s Matteo Politano. The deal would involve swapping him one of their players. (Source Calciomercato Online via Corriere dello Sport)
-Napoli are negotiating with Zenit St. Petersburg to sign Argentinean midfielder Leandro Paredes. (Source France Football Online)

-Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka has been linked with Napoli. (Source vi.nl online via Corriere dello Sport)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-Genoa winger Diego Laxalt has been linked to AC Milan. (Source Calciomercato Online via Il Secolo XIX)

-Sporting CP’s Dutch striker Bas Dost has also been linked to AC Milan. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is another player linked with AC Milan. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Inter’s Eder has been linked to Valencia. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic has been linkd to Real Madrid in a swap deal with Luka Modric. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Fiorentina have turned down AS Roma’s bid for Federico Chiesa. (Source Calciomercato Online via La Gazzetta dello Sport)

-Inter are interested in signing Tottenham’s Moussa Dembele. They are said to be weighing the option of swapping him with Ivan Perisic. (Source Calciomercato Online via Corriere dello Sport)

-Ivan Marcano has officially signed with AS Roma. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira has been linked with Napoli, as has Lyon’s Mariano Diaz. (Source Corriere dello Sport Online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Torino is close to signing Sunderland midfielder Didier N’Dong. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Sassuolo’s Francesco Acerbi has been linked with Lazio. (Source Calciomercato.com online)

-Sampdoria have signed Gambian defender Omar Colley from Genk. (Source France Football online)

-Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has been linked with AC Milan. (Source Walfoot.be online)

-Lecce have signed Thom Haye from Willem II. (Source vi.nl online)

-Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini has been linked with Juventus. (Source vi.nl online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-AS Roma’s Romanian goalkeeper Bogdab Lobont has announced his retirement after nine years with the club. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Alessandro Florenzi will not be present in Italy’s upcoming match with Holland. He has beeen given a leave as his wife is expected to give birth. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Sampdoria’s Argentinean defender Matias Silvestre has been linked to Parma. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-AC Milan have turned down Torino’s approach for Patrick Cutrone. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Napoli is close to signing Bologna striker Simone Verdi. (Source Calciomercato Online)

Sunday, June 3, 2018:

-Napoli have rejected Manchetser City’s bid for Jorginho. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Napoli’s Albanian player Elseid Hysaj dismissed rumors of his leaving the club. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Ajax’s Justin Kluivert is said to prefer to join AS Roma instead of Tottenham. (Source Calciomercato Online via Corriere dello Sport)

-PSV Eindhoven defender Santiago Arias has now been linked to Juventus. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Fiorentina’s Milan Badelj has reportedly decided to sign for Napoli. (Source Calciomercato Online via SportItalia)

-Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa has been linked to Juventus. (Source Calciomercato Online via La Gazzetta dello Sport)

-Juevntus has apparently entered the race to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. (Source Calciomercato Online via Corriere dello Sport)

-AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli has ben linked with Juventus in case Medhi Benatia were to leave. (Source vi.nl Online via Mediaset)

-As part of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s deal, Juventus could include Marko Pjaca. (Source vi.nl via CorrieTuttosportre dell Sera)

-Mario Balotelli stated that handing him the National team captaincy would be a strong sign against racism. (Source RTBF.be Online)


Monday, June 4, 2018:

-Liverpool’s Emre Can is expected to have his medical at Juventus this week. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Manchester United’s Daley Blind has been linked to Inter. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Genoa are on the verge of signing Nemanja Radonjic from Red Star Belgrade. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech has been linked to AS Roma. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Domenico Criscito (formerly Zenit St. Petersburg) will officially be presented as a Genoa player on Wednesday. (Source France Football Online)

 -Former Juventus player Loenardo Bonucci was booed by the home (Juventus) fans after coming on as a substitute during the Italy-Holland match. (Source Calciomercato Online)


Photo From: L’Equipe, June 1, 2018
(Mario Baoltelli)

Photo From: L’Equipe, June 4, 2018
(Mario Balotelli)


III.  Spain

Diary:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-Alaves have signed Swedish John Guidetti from Celta Vigo. (Source Walfoot.be Online)

-PSG’s Argentina star Angel Di Maria has reportedly contacted Diego Simeone a number of times to offer his services. (Source AS.com)

-Real Madrid’s Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard has returned from his loan at SC Heerenveen. He admitted the desire to be loaned again to have playing time. (Source Marca.com Online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a transfer to Paris St. Germain. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-18-year-old Brazilian striker Rodrigo Rodrigues has joined Real Madrid. He will play initially for the reserve side. (Source France Football Online)

-Fernando Torres is set to join Japanese club Sagan Tosu. The news was leaked on the J-League website ahead of schedule. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-The Spanish tax authorities have rejected an offer from Cristiano Ronaldo to pay 14 Million Euros to settle his tax fraud investigation. The fee was offered with an admission of guilt in exchange for a reduced (suspended) prison sentence of two years. (Source AS.com Online)

-Manchester City’s Argentinean striker Sergio Aguero is reportedly desirous of a return to Atletico Madrid. (Source AS.com Online)

 Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-Zinedine Zidane has resigned as Manager of Real Madrid. (Source BBC Football Online)
-Argentine Eduardo Berizzo has been appointed as Manager of Athletic Bilbao. (Source France Football online)

- Athletic Bilbao’s Raul Garcia has extended his contract until 2020. (Source France Football online)

-Former Barceloan player Xavi has criticized the club and its recruitment policy on the show ‘El penalti’. He stated that Real Madrid have a winner’s DNA while Barcelona have been sleeping on their laurels. He was echoing what Carles Puyol had been saying days earlier about the club’s failures in Europe in the recent seasons while Real Madrid have triumphed. (Source France Football online)

-Former Real Madrid Manager, the Italian Fabio Capello, stated that Zidane would have been fired had he not won the Champions League. (Source Marca.com online)

-Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pocchettino has been tipped as one of the candidates to succeed Zidane as Real Madrid Manager. (Source Marca.com online)

-Former Brazil superstar Ronaldo is said to be interested in purchasing Real Valladolid . (Source AS.com online via O Globo)

-It was reported that Gareth Bale had spent as much as 20 minutes in the Liverpool changing room after the Final. The media linked it to his fustrating time at Real Madrid and desire to leave. (Source Daily Mail online)

-Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong has been linked to Barcelona. (Source vi.nl online via Mundo Deportivo)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Spain’s Sergio Ramos has been forced to change his phone number since he has been receiving many hostile phone calls since his foul on Mohamed Salah has threatened the Egyptian star’s participation in the World Cup. (Source Corriere dello Sport online)

-Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe has been linked with Atletico Madrid. (Source L’Equipe Online)
- Real Betis have signed Japanese International Takashi Inui from Eibar (Source France Football Online)

- Getafe will hold onto three loaned players from the previous season: Arrambari, Bergara (both from Real Sociedad) and Portuguese defender Antunes (on loan from Dinamo Kiev, they exercised the option to buy). (Source France Football Online)
- Celta Vigo have signed defender David Junca from Eibar (Source France Football Online)

-Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has released a Wordl Cup song with Spanish singer Demarco Flamenco. It’s called ‘Otra Estrella en tu Corazon’. (Source BBC Football Online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-Argentinean Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been appointed as Manager of Leganes. (Source BBC Football online)

-Michael Laudrup’s agent, Bayram Tutumlu, has denied reports that Laudrup was a candidate for the Real Madrid coaching post . (Source AS.com Online )

-Former Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane has allegedly been offered 50 Million Euros for each 4 years to lead Qatar National Team for the 2022 World Cup. (Source Tuttosport Online)

Sunday, June 3,  2018:

-Real Madrid have abandoned the Mauricio Pocchettino option as a potential Manager. (Source Sky Sports Online)
-Samuel Umtiti has renewed his contract with Barcelona. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Joan Francesc Ferrer, ‘Rubi’ has been appointed as Manager of Espanyol Barcelona. (Source France Football Online)

-Sporting CP’s Bas Dost has been linked with Sevilla. (Source vi.nl Online via AS)

Monday, June 4, 2018:

-Antoine Griezmann may stay after all stay at Atletico Madrid . (Source RTBF.be Online via ABC)

-Barcelona’s Carles Alena was injured . He will be operated in Helsinki and will miss many months. (Source France Football Online)

- Athletic Bilbao have signed defender Dani Garcia from Eibar (Source France Football Online)

- It was reported that Real Madrid had considered Hoffenheim Manager Julian Nagelsmann as a possible successor to Zidane on the bench.  (Source Sport Bild Online)


Photo From: L’Equipe, June 1, 2018
(Zinedine Zidane)

Photo From: L’Equipe, June 4, 2018
(David De Gea, June 3, 2018, Spain 1-Switzerland 1)



IV.  Germany

Diary:

 Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-Second Division Dynamo Dresden have signed Danish defender Brian Hamalainen from Genk. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Miroslav Klose has criticized Sandro Wagner’s reaction following him being cut from the World Cup squad. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Schalke’s Amin Harit was voted Bundesliga’s Young player of the year. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alex Meier will not receive a new contract and will leave the club. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Werder Bremen have signed goalkeeper Eduardo Dos Santos Haesler from MSV Duisburg. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Haji Wright has returned to Schalke from his loan at SV Sandhausen. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Fortuna Dusseldorf have signed midfielder Kevin Stoger from Bochum. (Source Kicker.de online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandoeski has informed the club of his decision to leave the club.   (Source Sky Sports Online)

-The father of Dortumnd’s American forward Christian Pulisic has denied rumors that his son will leave the club for the English Premier League.   (Source Sky Sports Online)

-German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, injured most of the season, was able to play a 60 minute training match in the German training camp. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Augusburg have signed striker Andre Hahn from SV Hamburg. (Source France Football online)

-SV Hamburg Captain Gotoku Sakai has extended his contract until 2020. (Source Sport Bild online)
-Bochum have signed midfielder Sebastian Maier from Hannover. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Turkish International defender Kaan Ayhan has extended his contract. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Schalke have signed Steven Skrzybski from Union Berlin. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Kaiserlautern have signed Hungarian defender Janek Sternberg from Ferencvaros. They have also signed Julius Biada from Eintracht Braunschweig. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Jahn Regensburg have signed Dominic Volkmer from Werder Bremen. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Dortmund are set to sign Danish Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen. (Source Sport Bild online)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-RB Leipzig have signed defender Nordi Mukiele from Montpellier. (Source France Football Online)

-There was some controversy when on the DfB homepage the final 23 Germany players were shown (when the Final squad still has not been selected). The players missing were the likes of Trapp, Rudy, Petersen among others. Team Manager Oliver Bierhoff called it a “breakdown” and will be looked over. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Holstein Kiel have signed goalkeeper Dominik Reimann from Dortmund. (Source Sport Bild online)

-SV Hamburg’s Nicolai Muller will leave the club. (Source Kicker.de online)

-RB Leipzig are on the verge of signing Marcelo Saracchi from River Plate. (Source Kicker.de online)

- RB Leipzig have loaned Vitaly Janelt to Bochum. (Source Kicker.de online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-AC Milan’s Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez has been linked to Bayern Munich.  (Source Calciomercato online)

-Germany Manager Joachim Low has ruled himself out of the vacant Real Madrid coaching post.  (Source Calciomercato online)
-Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels will not play in the friendly vs. Austria as Joachim Low will try to assess the players on the fringes of the squad.  (Source AS.com online)

-Hannover have turned down Moenchengladbach’s approach for striker Niclas Fullkrug. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Wolfsburg goalkeeper Max Grun will leave the club. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, Arturo Vidal, Juan Bernat and Jerome Boateng could leave the club this summer.  (Source Sport Bild online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

- SV Hamburg’s Serbian player Filip Kostic was involved in a brawl at a club. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Aaron Hunt has extended his contract with SV Hamburg. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Khan feels the selection of Manuel Neuer after such a lengthy lay-off could be a risk. (Source Sport Bild online via Spiegel)

-Dortmund have signed striker Tasheeq Matthews from Ajax Cape Town. (Source Kicker.de online)

-The Austria-Germany friendly was delayed for over an hour due to weather conditions. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer played in his first official match of the year and captained the side.

-Following Austria’s victory over Germany, Austria’s Marko Amautovic said, “we have always listened to Cordoba, Cordoba (making a reference to the 1978 World Cup win), now it’s Klagenfurt. We have brought Cordoba to rest . (Source Kicker.de Online)

Sunday, June 3, 2018:

-Swiss midfielder Gelson Ferannades will stay with Eintracht Frankfurt. (Source France Football Online)

-Schalke have extended the contracts of Ralf Fahrmann and Matjia Nastasic. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Dutch Manager Huub Stevens has joined the board of Schalke. (Source vi.nl online)

-Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller stated that he does not rule out the possibility of one day leaving the club. (Source Kicker.de online)

Monday, June 4, 2018:

-Germany Manager Joachim Low’s 23-man World Cup squad. (Source BBC Football Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)
Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

-The German players who missed the cut are Leroy Sane, Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah and Nils Petersen. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Joachim Low stated that despite Leroy Sane’s excellent season, “at the sides of the attack we are well occupied with Thomas Muller and Maroc Reus…and Julian Draxler had a good Confederatitons Cup…I had to choose between Julian Brandt and Sane. That was not easy.”  He was satisfied with Sane but had to drop a winger to keep a balanced squad in all positions.  (Source vi.nl Online)

-Polish defender Pawel Olkowski will leave Koln. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Bayern Munich’s Portuguese International Renato Sanches could be loaned back to Benfica. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Koln have signed defender Rafael Czichos from Holstein Kiel. (Source Kicker.de online)


V.  France

Diary:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-Jean-Louis Gasset will stay as St Etienne Manager for next season.  (Source L’Equipe online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has been linked with AS Monaco. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Caen have offered a professional contract to goalkeeper Thonas Callens. (France Football Online)

-OM have offered a professional contract to Florian Chabrolle. (France Football Online)

-Valerian Ismael has been appointed as Manager of Greek side Apollon Smyrnis. (Source Sport Bild Online)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-Karim Benzema has hit back at French Federation President Noel Le Graet, who had stated that Benzema could not return to the National Team. Benzema said that he has now “seen his true face”. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Alain Casanova has been named as the new Toulouse Manager. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Metz have signed Mathieu Dossevi on permanent basis from Standard Liege . (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Anderlecht’s 16-year-old Eliot Matazo will join AS Monaco. (Source footnews.be Online)

-France Manager Didier Deschamps was asked about Zinedine Zidane’s resignation at Real Madrid. He stated that at some point Zidane will surely be the National Team Manager. (Source La Gazetta dello Sport Online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Nantes’ Burkina Faso striker Prejuce Nakoulma announced that he would leave the club. (Source France Football Online)

-Former OM and Ajaccio striker Etienne Sansonnetti passed away aged 82. (Source France Football Online)

-Metz have signed midfielder Marvin Gakpa from US Quevilly-Rouen. (Source France Football Online)

-Troyes have signed Porto’s on-loan South Korena player Hyun-Jun Suk on permanent basis. (Source Maisfutebol Online)

-France midfielder Paul Pogba was jeered by the French fans following his substitution in France's win over Italy (3-1).  (Source Kicker.de online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-Stade Reims have signed Malian midfilelder Moussa Diamba from FC Rostov. (Source France Football Online)

-Yoann Gourcuff is set to leave Stade Rennais. (Source France Football Online)

Sunday, June 3, 2018:

-Guingamp midfielder Nicolas Benezet has extended his contarct buy one year. (Source France Football online)

-French Federation President Noel Le Graet has stated that Zinedine Zidane will not be France Manager before 2020. (Source AS.com Online)

-Diego Rigonato will leave Reims to join Al Dhafra at United Arab Emirates. (Source France Football online)

Monday, June 4, 2018:

- France Manager Didier Deschamps’ 23-man World Cup squad. (Source L’Equipe online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla/ESP), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

-Nantes striker Randal Kalo Muani has extended his contract until 2022. (Source France Football online)

-Rennes have signed Swedish midfielder Jakob Johansson from AEK Athens. (Source France Football Online)

-Spartak Moscow have signed French defender Samuel Gigot from Ghent. (Source France Football Online)

-Gazelec Ajaccio have signed goalkeeper David Oberhauser from Greek club Platanias. (Source France Football Online)



Photo From: L’Equipe, May 29, 2018
(May 28, 2018, France 2-Republic of Ireland 0)


Photo From: L’Equipe, June 2, 2018
(June 1, 2018, France 3-Italy 1)


VI.  Holland

Diary:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-SC Cambuur have signed goalkeeper Xavier Mous from FC OSS. (Source vi.nl online)

-Danny Holla will leave relegated club Twente Enschede. (Source vi.nl online)

-Telstar have signed goalkeeper Sven van der Maarten from NAC Breda. (Source vi.nl online)

-Groningen have signed striker Thijs Dallinga from FC Emmnen.  Groningen are also likely to sign Ajax duo Deyovaisio Zeevuik and Mateo Cassierra. (Source vi.nl online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Striker Michiel Kramer has joined Maccabi Haifa from Sparta Rotterdam. (Source vi.nl online)

-PSV Eindhoven have offered professional contracts to Robin Schoonbrood and Amar Catic.  (Source vi.nl online)

-Groningen have signed Deyovaisio Zeevuik from Ajax. (Source vi.nl online)

-FC Oss have signed free agent Patrick N’Koyi. (Source vi.nl online)

-Utrecht have signed midfielder Yassin Nasser from Lierse SK. (Source vi.nl online)

-Boca Juniors’ Lisandra Magallan arrived in Amsterdam to have his medical prior to joining Ajax. (Source vi.nl online)

-Excelsior Physio Adrie Poldevaart has been appointed as the club’s new Manager. (Source vi.nl online)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-Wout Brama has returned to Twente Enschede from Central Coast Mariners. (Source vi.nl online)

-Heracles Almelo have signed Silvester van der Water from Almere City. (Source vi.nl online)

-Go Ahead Eagles have signed defender Roland Baas from Heracles Almelo. (Source vi.nl online)

-Juventus’ Moises Kean is linked to PSV Eindhoven. (Source vi.nl online)

-Club Brugge midfielder Ruud Vormer made his international debut (as a second half substitute) in the friendly vs. Slovakia (1-1). (Source RTBF.be Online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Ajax have loaned Mateo Cassierra to Groningen. (Source Framce Football online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-Marcel Keizer has been appointed as Manager of Al-Jazira replacing Henk Ten Cate. (Source vi.nl online)

-Go Ahead Eagles have signed Jeroen Veldmate from EC Emmen. (Source Framce Football online)

 Monday, June 4, 2018:

-Utrecht have signed 15-year-old defender Jens Guiting from Almere City. (Source vi.nl online)

-NAC Breda have loaned Richard Sprangers to Helmond Sport. (Source vi.nl online)



VII.  Scotland

Diary:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-Ray McKinnon is likely to be named as the new Greenock Morton Manager. (Source BBC Football Online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Hearts have signed goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal from Fastav Zlin. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Dundee will rename their ground to ‘Klimac Stadium’ as part of a new sponsorship deal. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Ray McKinnon was confirmed as the new Greenock Morton Manager. (Source BBC Football Online)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-Livingston Manager David Hopkin will leave the club. (Source BBC Football Online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Dundee United have signed Fraser Aird from Dunfermline. (Source BBC Football Online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

- Patrick Thistle have signed Thomas O’Ware from Morton. (Source BBC Football Online)


VIII.  Portugal

Diary:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Portinmonense striker Fabricio has joined Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds. (Source France Football online)

-Pedro Alvaro, Diogo Capitao have extended their contracts with Benfica. Benfica have also offered a professional contract to Luis Pinheiro.   (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Porto have unveiled their new kit for next season by New Balance.  (Source Maisfutebol online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Sporting CP goalkeeper Rui Patricio has unilaterally cancelled his contract as he claims the club is in deep crisis following the incident where the players were attacked by irate fans. He also blamed the ‘psychological violence’ at the club on the Club President. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Benfica have signed Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk.  (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Belenensses have signed Croatian midfielder Matija Ljujic from Wellington Phoenix (New Zealand club).  (Source Maisfutebol online)


Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-Sporting CP’s Daniel Podence has cancelled his contarct with the club. (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Sporting CP’s William Carvalho also intends to cancel his contract with the club following the recent unrest at the club. (Source France Football online)

-Cristiano Ronaldo will not be present in Portugal’s upcoming friendly with Belgium as he is still resting and on vacation . (Source Sport Bild online)

-Holdimo, Sporting CP’s second largest shareholder, have opened a lawsuit to remove the present club administration of Bruno de Carvalho.  (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Porto have signed Venezuelan defender Yordan Osorio on permanent basis until 2022.  (Source Maisfutebol online)

Sunday, June 3, 2018:

-Porto Manager Sergio Conceicao has declared four players to be untrasnferable and indispensable. The players are: Felipe, Alex Telles, Danilo Pereira and Hector Herrera. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Monday, June 4, 2018:

- Sporting CP management issued a statement claiming that Manager Jorge Jesus has not been fired. The statement did not mention Jorge Jesus’ decision to coach in Saudi Arabia. (Source Maisfutebol Online)

-Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the Portuguese squad. (Source AS.com)

IX.  Belgium

Diary:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-Benjamin Lambot has extended his contract by one year with Cercle Brugge. (Source Walfoot.be online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

-Charleroi have officially signed Iranian player Ali Gholizadeh from Saipa. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Beerschot-Wilrijk have signed Gregory Grisez from Roulers. (Source RTBF.be Online)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:

-Standard Liege have signed Mehdi Carcela on permanent basis. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Antwerp’s Younes Achter is to leave the club. (Source Walfoot.be online)

-Eupen have signed Julian Schauerte from Fortuna Dusseldorf. (Source Kicker.de online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Mike Kurth, an Anderlecht fan and a lawyer, has opened a lawsuit against Anderlecht President Marc Coucke to show transparency that there are no remaining links with his former club Ostend. He is demanding both clubs’ licenses to be suspended while this is resolved. (Source footnews.be Online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

- Belgium Manager Roberto Martinez denied the mattress story from the previous day. He said “there is no truth whatsoever behind the story”.   (Source Sky Spots Online)

-Waasland-Beveren have signed Croatian midfielder Karlo Lulic from NK Rudes. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Timmy Simons has joined the technical staff of Club Brugge. (Source vi.nl online)

-Belgium’s Vincent Kompany suffered a groin injury in the goalless draw with Portugal. He will undergo a scan tomorrow. (Source BBC Football online)

Sunday, June 3, 2018:

- Vincent Kompany could potentially miss the World Cup after his injury against Portugal yesterday.  (Source RTBF.be Online)

Monday, June 4, 2018:

- Belgium Manager Roberto Martinez’s 23-man World Cup squad. Despite his injury Vincent Kompany is part of the Final squad. (Source BBC Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris St-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian).
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).
- Belgium Manager Roberto Martinez stated that cutting Christian Benteke was his “toughest decision”. (Source BBC Football online)

Diary (extra):

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

-Sergei Semak has been named as the new Manager of Zenit St. Petersburg.  (Source France Football online)

-Denmark Manager Aage Hareide stated that he will not pick Bendtner for the World Cup if his injury is serious and not healed by time of departure to Russia.  (Source France Football online)

-An Egyptin Lawyer, Bassem Wahba, has brought on alwasuit against Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos after his foul on Mohamed Salah. The charges are for “physical and psychological damages”.  (Source AS.com online)

-Nigeria have named the unregistered goalkeeper Carl Ikeme as the 24th player on the World Cup roster in recognition of his battle with acute leukaemia.  (Source AS.com online)

-Nigeria’s Moses Simon has been ruled out of the World Cup after a thigh injury.  (Source AS.com online)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:
-Jamaican Track and field Olympic Champion Usain Bolt is training with Norwegian club Stromsgodset . (Source BBC Football Online)

-Nigeria Manager Gernot Rohr’s trimmed 25-man provisional squad for the World Cup. (Source BBC Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: William Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Leon Balogun (Brighton, England); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa, Turkey)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel); Joel Obi (Torino, Italy), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor, Turkey)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Victor Moses (Chelsea, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy)
NB: Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium) travels to undergo further medical tests.


Thursday, May 31, 2018:
-Panama Manager Hernan Dario Gomez’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.  (Source RTBF.be Online)
Full squad:
Goalkepers (3): Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucarest/Rou), José Calderon (Chorrillo), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco)
Defenders (8): Felipe Baloy (Municipal/Gua), Harold Cummings (San Jose/USA), Éric Davis (Dunajska Streda/Svq), Fidel Escobar (New York/USA), Adolfo Machado (Houston/USA), Michael Amir Murillo (New York/USA), Luis Ovalle (Olimpia/Hnd), Roman Torres (Seattle/USA)
Midfielders (7): Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula/Mex), Armando Cooper (Universidad de Chile/Chl), Anibal Godoy (San Jose/USA), Gabriel Gomez (Atlético Bucaramanga/Col), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador/Pan), Alberto Quintero (Universitario/Pér), José Luis Rodriguez (La Gantoise U21/BEL).
strikers (5): Abdiel Arroyo (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense/C-R), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Corogne/Esp), Blas Pérez (Municipal/Gua), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys/Pér), Gabriel Torres (Huachipato/Chl).

-Japan Manager Akira Nishino’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.  (Source Kicker.de Online)
Full squad:
Goal: Eiji Kawashima (FC Metz), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka) 
Defense: Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburger SV), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers) 
Midfield: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (SD Eibar), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) 
Striker: Yuya Osako (1st FC Cologne), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz 05), Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City)

-Serbian defender Dusko Tosic has left Besiktas to join Chinese side Guangzhou R & F.  (Source France Football Online)

-Dutchman Ruud Krol has been appointed as Manager of Tunisian side CS Sfaxien.  (Source France Football Online)

-Senegal’s Demba Ba has signed with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.  (Source France Football Online)

-Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa accused the local media for stirring up controversy and unrest within the squad and continous demands to replace Manager Juan Carlos Osorio . (Source Sport Bild Online)
-Iran’s proposed friendly with Kosovo, scheduled this Sunday at Istanbul, has been cancelled as Iran did not want to have fans present and preferred to play behind closed doors. (Source @kosovanfooty Online)
-Peru Captain Paolo Guerrero has been authorized to play in the World Cup. The court has temporarily lifted the suspension, while considering his appeal . (Source BBC Football Online)

Friday, June 1, 2018:

-Guatemala’s 18-months suspension has been lifted by FIFA. (Source France Football online)

-Belgium’s Final squad has appears to have been accidentally revealed following a Television report from VRT. The TV footage showed the mattreses to be loaded for departure which showed the players’ names. (Source Sky Sports Online)
-Nigeria’s Simon Moses has been ruled out of the World Cup after an injury.  (Source France Football Online)

-Tunisia’s Ahmed Akaichi announced on his Facebook account that he had been cut from the World Cup squad.  (Source France Football Online)

-Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka’s injury was not as serious as feared and he will remain with the squad  (Source Sport Bild Online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary was slightly injured in yesterday’s match with Colombia but should recover soon. (Source France Football online)

-South Korea Manager Shin Tae-Yong 23 man squad for the World Cup.  (Source France Football Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers (3) : Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe/JAP), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka/JAP), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC).
Defenders (10) : Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, CHN), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo/ JAP), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Yun Young-sun (Seongnam FC), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu/JAP), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United).
Mildfielders (7) : Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, GAL), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, GER), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe/JAP), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Vérone/ITA), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United).
Strikers (3) : Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Hwang Hee-chan (Red Bull Salzbourg, AUT).

-Denmark’s Christian Eriksen will miss today’s friendly vs. Sweden as his wife expected to give birth.  (Source France Football Online)

-Brazil’s Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa will miss the Sunday friendly vs. Croatia to tend to minor injuries.  (Source France Football Online)

-Iran Manager, the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, expressed the difficulties for finding teams to play against in friendlies. He said nobody wanted to play Iran due to political reasons.  (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Serbia Manager Mladen Krstajic’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.  Goalkeeper Aleksandar Jovanovic, defender Matija Nastasic (Schalke), (injured), ainsas well as midfielders Nemanja Maksimovic (Valencia) et Mijat Gacinovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) missed the cut. (Source France Football Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers : Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar).
Defenders Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina).
Mildfielders
:  Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade).
Strikers
 : Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica)

-Tunisia Manager Nabil Maaloul’s 23 man squad for the World Cup. The omitted players are: Mohamed Larbi, Karim Laribi and Ahmed Akaichi, Bilel Mohsni, Moez Ben Cherifia and Khalil Chammam.
  (Source BBC Football Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia)
Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt)
Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France)
Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France)

-Former Egypt star Mido has ‘offered’ to join the Egyptian squad after losing 37 pounds.  (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Colombian 24-year-old player Alejandro Penaranda (Cortulua) was killed by a gunshot at his home.  (Source Corriere dello Sport Online)

-In USA’s friendly vs. Republic of Ireland at Dublin, Luca de la Torre, Shaq Moore and Tim Parker made their debuts for USA.

-Wales captain Ashley Williams has revealed that he suffered a punctured lung during the friendly vs. Mexico that led to his substitution after 21 minutes. (Source BBC Football online)

-Uruguay Manager Oscar Washington Tabarez’s 23 man squad for the World Cup..  (Source BBC Football Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Martin Campana (Independiente), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama)
Defenders: Martin Caceres (Lazio), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Guillermo Varela (Penarol)
Midfielders: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey)
Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona)

-Gabriel Jesus will captain Brazil fro tomorrow’s match vs. Croatia.


Sunday, June 3, 2018:

-Argentina’s 1986 World Cup winning Manager Carlos Bilardo (80 years old) has been hospitalized in a Buenos Aires clinic as he is showing symptoms of depression. It is said he also has neurological problems that cause memory loss. (Source Maisfutebol Online)

-Russia Manager Stanislav Cherchesov’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.  (Source France Football Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers:
Igor Akinfeïev (CSKA Moscou)
Vladimir Gabulov (Club Bruges/BEL)
Andreï Lunev (Zénith Saint-Pétersbourg)
 
Defenders:
Sergeï Ignachevitch (CSKA Moscou)
Igor Smolnikov (Zénith Saint-Pétersbourg)
Fiodor Koudriachov (Rubin Kazan)
Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan)
Andreï Semionov (Akhmat Grozny)
Ilia Koupetov (Spartak Moscou)
Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscou)
 
Midfielders:
Youri Jirkov (Zénith Saint-Pétersbourg)
Alan Dzagoïev (CSKA Moscou)
Alexandre Samedov (Spartak Moscou)
Alexandre Golovine (CSKA Moscou)
Alexandre Ierokhine (Zénith Saint-Pétersbourg)
Denis Cherichev (Villarreal/SP)
Roman Zobnine (Spartak Moscou)
Youri Gazinsky (Krasnodar)
Daler Kuzïaev (Zénith Saint-Pétersbourg)
Anton Mirantchouk (Lokomotiv Moscou)
 
Strikers:
Fiodor Smolov (Krasnodar)
Artem Dziuba (Arsenal Tula)
Alexeï Mirantchouk (Lokomotiv Moscou)


-Nigeria Manager Gernot Rohr’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.  (Source UK Reuters Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo Coruna)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag), Elderson Echiejiole (Cercle Brugge), Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa), Abdullahi Shehu, William Ekong Troost (both Bursaspor)
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Obi Mikel (Tianjin Teda), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Joel Obi (Torino), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor)
Forwards: Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone)


-Australia’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.  (Source France Football Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers : Mathew Ryan (Brighton/ENG), Daniel Vukovic (Genk/BEL), Brad Jones (Feyenoord/HOL).
Defenders : Aziz Behich (Bursaspor/TUR), Milos Degenek (Yokohama Marinos/JAP), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings/CDS), James Meredith (Millwall/ENG), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers/AUS), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper Club Zurich/SWI).
Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa/ENG), Jackson Irvine (Hull City/ENG), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum/GER), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers/ENG), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli/ARS), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town/ENG), Tom Rogic (Celtic/SCO).
Strikers : Tim Cahill (Millwall/ENG), Tomi Juric (FC Lucerne/SwI), Mathew Leckie (Hertha BSC/GER), Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City/AUS), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds/JAP), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets/AUS), Jamie MacLaren (Hibernians/SCO)

-Denmark Manager GerAage Hareide’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.  Niklas Bendtner has missed the cut due to injury. (Source RTBF.be Online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers : Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City/Eng), Frederik Rønnow (Brøndby IF/Den) et Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town/Eng).
Defenders : Simon Kjaer (Séville/sp), Mathias 'Zanka' Jørgensen (Huddersfield Town/eng), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea/eng), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese/Ita), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach/ger), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford FC/eng) et Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town/eng).
Midfielders : Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur/eng), Thomas Delaney (Werder Brême/ger), William Kvist (FC Copenhague/Den), Lasse Schöne (Ajax/Holl), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux/Fra) et Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Corogne/sp).
Strikers : Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord/Holl), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta Bergame/Ita), Pione Sisto (Celta de Vigo/sp), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhague/Den), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig/ger), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux/Fra) et Kasper Dolberg (Ajax/Holl).

-Neymar scored on his first match after injury, in Brazil’s win over Croatia. He estimates to be at 80% capacity. (Source France Football online)

-Peru’s Paolo Guerrero scored twice in his first match back since his suspension was lifted as Peru defeated Saudi Arabia (3-0).

-Australian Tim Cahill will particpate in his fourth World Cup.

-Jibril Rajoub, the President of the Palestinian Federation, has requested Lionel Messi to not play in Argentina’s friendly vs. Israel. (Source France Football online)

Monday, June 4, 2018:

-Former Nigerian star Nwankwo Kanu had 8,000 GBP stolen from his suitcase upon arrival in Moscow. (Source Dilay Mail online)

- Egypt Manager Hector Cuper’s 23-man World Cup squad. Despite his injury Mohamed Salah is part of the Final squad. (Source BBC Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf (all Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, (Zamalek), Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdallah Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos Athens).
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).


- Peru Manager Ricardo Garecas’ 23-man World Cup squad. . (Source BBC Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC).
Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar).
Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz).
Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo).


- Mexico Manager Juan Carlos Osorio’s 23-man World Cup squad. . (Source BBC Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul).
Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (America), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Miguel Layun (Sevilla).
Midfielders: Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven).
Substitute: Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca).


- Poland Manager Adam Nawalka’s 23-man World Cup squad.  (Source Goal.com online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus);
Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund);
Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Brom), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli);
Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht).


- Poland’s Kamil Glik has a shoulder injury but has nevertheless made the final Polish squad. Marcin Kaminski has been placed on reserve in case Glik has to replaced.  (Source France Football online)

- Saudi Arabia Manager Juan Antonio Pizzi’s 23-man World Cup squad.  (Source Footnews.be online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).
Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).
Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).
Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).

-Bolivia Manager Cesar Daniel Farias’ squad for friendly vs. Bolviia (June 7)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Carlos Lampe (Huachipato-CHI) y Guillermo Vizcarra (Hapoel Ra'anana-ISR).
Defenders: Luis Haquín, Gustavo Olguín y Carlos Añez (Oriente Petrolero), José Sagredo (Blooming) y Ronald Raldes (Bolívar).
Midfielders: Juan Alexis Ribera y Rodrigo Rodríguez (Oriente Petrolero), José Vargas (Blooming), Danny Bejarano (Panetolikos-GRE), Erwin Saavedra y Leonel Justiniano (Bolívar), y Jhasmani Campos (The Strongest).

Strikers: Rodrigo Vargas Castillo (Karpaty FC-UCR), Leonardo Vaca (Blooming), Ronaldo Sánchez (Oriente Petrolero), Luis Alí (Ponte Petra-BRA) y Juan Carlos Arce (Bolívar).


- Switzerland Manager Vladimir Petkovic’s 23-man World Cup squad.  (Source France Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers (3) : Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig/GER), Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund/GER).
Defenders (8) : Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus/ITA), François Moubaldje (TFC/FRA), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Michael Lang (FC Bâle/GER), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan/ITA), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor/TUR), Fabian Schär (Deportivo La Corogne/SP).
Milieux (8) : Remo Freuler (Atalanta Bergame/ITA), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal/ENG), Valon Behrami (Udinese/ITA), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim/GER), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologne/ITA), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Francfort/GER), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Mönchengladbach, GER), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City/ENG).
Attaquants (4) : Breel Embolo (Schalke 04/GER), Haris Seferovic (Benfica/POR), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO), Josip Drmic (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER)

- Iran Manager Carlos Queiroz’s 23-man World Cup squad.  (Source France Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers : Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo/POR)
Defenders : Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny/RUS), Mohammad Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Alsaad/QAT), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Ramin Rezaeian (Ostende/BEL), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal)
Midfielders: Ehsan Haji Safi (Olympiacos/GRE), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiacos/GRE), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens/GRE), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm/RUS)

Strikers : Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar/HOL), Ashkan Dejaghar (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Mehdi Taremi (Al-Gharafa/QAT), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen/HOL), Saman Ghoddos (Ostersunds/SWE), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan/RUS), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis)


-Colombia Manager Jose Pekerman’s 23-man World Cup squad.  (Source France Football online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: José Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas), David Ospina (Arsenal/ENG), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali).
Defenders: Yerry Mina (Barcelone/SP), Santiago Arias (PSV/HOL), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham/ENG), Frank Fabra (Boca/ARG), Johan Mojica (Gérone/SP), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca/MEX), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan/ITA).
Milieux: James Rodriguez (Bayern/GER), Juan Fernando Quintero (River/ARG), Abel Aguilar (Cali), Wilmar Barrios (Boca/ARG), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus/ITA), Jefferson Lerma (Levante/SP), Carlos Sanchez (Espanyol/SP) Mateus Uribe (America/MEX).
Attaquants: Falcao (Monaco/FRA), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal/SP), Luis Muriel (Séville/SP), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras/BRA), José Izquierdo (Brighton/ENG).


-Croatia Manager Zlatko Dalic’s 23-man World Cup squad.  (Source France Football online)
Full squad:
Gardiens : Danijel Subasic (Monaco/FRA), Lovre Kalinic (La Gantoise/BEL), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO).
Défenseurs : Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscou/RUS), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas/TUR), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria/ITA), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool/ENG), Sime Vrsaljko (Atlético/SP), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Duje Caleta-Car (Salzbourg/AUT).
Milieux : Luka Modric (Real Madrid/SP), Ivan Rakitic (FC Barcelone/SP), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid/SP), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina/ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter/ITA), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka/CRO).
Attaquants : Mario Mandzukic (Juventus/ITA), Ivan Perisic (Inter/ITA), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan/ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim/GER), Marko Pjaca (Schalke/GER), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Francfort/GER).


Photo From: L’Equipe, June 4, 2018
(Neymar, June 3, 2018, Brazil 2-Croatia 0)


Photo From: L’Equipe, June 4, 2018
(Paolo Guerrero, June 3, 2018, Peru 3-Saudi Arabia 0)




Date Unknown:

-Austria squad for friendly vs. Russia (Source Amp.Spox.com online)
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Heinz Lindner (Grasshopper Zurich / SUI, 17 caps), Jörg Siebenhandl (Sturm Graz, 1), Cican Stankovic (Red Bull Salzburg, 0), Richard Strebinger (Rapid Wien, 0)
Defenders: Moritz Bauer (Stoke City / ENG, 5/0 goals), Kevin Danso (FC Augsburg / GER, 5/0), Aleksandar Dragovic (Leicester City / ENG, 62/1), Martin Hinteregger (FC Augsburg / GER, 28 / 2), Stefan Lainer (Red Bull Salzburg, 4/0), Marvin Potzmann (Sturm Graz, 0), Sebastian Prödl (Watford / ENG, 66/4), Andreas Ulmer (Red Bull Salzburg, 5/0), Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City / ENG, 8/0)
Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich / GER, 60/12), Julian Baumgartlinger (Bayer Leverkusen / GER, 61/1), Florian Grillitsch (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim / GER, 8/1), Stefan Hierländer (Sturm Graz, 1/0) , Stefan Ilsanker (RB Leipzig / GER, 27/0), Florian Kainz (Werder Bremen / GER, 8/0), Thomas Murg (Rapid Vienna, 0), Louis Schaub (Rapid Vienna, 8/5), Xaver Schlager ( Red Bull Salzburg, 2/0), Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke 04 / GER, 15/2), Peter Zulj (Sturm Graz, 1/0)
Strikers: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United / ENG, 69/19), Guido Burgstaller (Schalke 04 / GER, 16/1), Deni Alar (Sturm Graz, 1/0)

-Luxembourg squad for friendly vs. Senegal on May 31st (Source flf.lu online)
Full squad:
1          ALVES DA MOTA Daniel          11.09.85          Racing FC Union Luxembourg
2          BARREIRO MARTINS Leandro          03.01.00      1. FSV Mainz 05 (D)
3          BOHNERT Florian          09.11.97      FC Schalke 04 (D)
4          CARLSON Dirk          01.04.98          Grasshopper Club Zürich (CHE)
5          CZEKANOWICZ Youn          08.08.00      KAA Gent (B)
6          GERSON Lars          05.02.90      IFK Norrköping (SWE)
7          JÄNISCH Mathias          27.08.90      FC Differdange 03
8        JANS Laurent          05.08.92          Waasland-Beveren (B)
9          JOACHIM Aurélien          10.08.86      K. Lierse S.K. (B)
10          MAHMUTOVIC Enes          22.05.97          Middlesbrough FC (GB)
11          MALGET Kevin          15.01.91      F91 Dudelange
12          MARTINS DA GRACA Marvin          17.02.95          Jeunesse Esch
13          MARTINS PEREIRA Christopher          19.02.97      FC Bourg en Bresse Péronnas 01 (F)
14          MORIS Anthony          29.04.90      KV Malines (B)
15          MUTSCH Mario          03.09.84      FC Progrès Niederkorn
16          OSTROWSKI Jan          14.04.99          Eintracht Frankfurt (D)
17          PHILIPPS Chris          08.03.94      Legia Warszawa (PL)
18          RODRIGUES GOUVEIA Gerson          20.06.95      FC Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)
19          SCHON Ralph          20.01.90      FC Una Strassen
20          SINANI Danel          05.04.97      F91 Dudelange
21          SKENDEROVIC Aldin          28.06.97      SV 07 Elversberg (D)
22          THILL Olivier          17.12.96      FC Progrès Niederkorn
23          THILL Vincent          04.02.00      FC Metz (F)
24          TURPEL David          19.10.92      F91 Dudelange

-Georgia squad for friendlies in June
Full squad:
goalkeepers:Giorgi Makaridze (Rue Ave, Portugal), Roin Kvaskhvadze (Torpedo, Kutaisi), Zaur Makharadze (Olympic, Donetsk) 

Defenders: Guram Kashia (Vitesse, Holland), Jaba Jigauri (Ordabasi, Kazakhstan), Levan Gegechkori (Rustavi, Rustavi) Laura Shergelashvili (Russia), Lasha Dvali (Pogon, Poland), Giorgi Navalovski (SKA-Energy, Russia), Lasha Shergelashvili Sea, Latvia), Mr kharabadze (Dinamo Tbilisi) 

Midfielders:Giorgi Aburjania (Sevilla, Spain), Otar Kiteishvili (Dinamo, Tbilisi), Vako Gvilya (Lucerne, Switzerland), Beka Vachiberadze (Rigasi, Latvia), Saba Lobzhanidze (Randers, Denmark), Jaba Kankkava, Nika Kvekveskiri (both Tobacco, Kazakhstan) ), Giorgi Beridze (Trencin, Slovakia), Giorgi Chakvetadze (Ghent, Belgium), Vakhtang Chanturishvili (Spartak, Trnava, Slovakia), Giorgi Kharaishvili (Gotborg, ASD) 

Forwards: Nika Kacharava (Korona, Poland), Budu Zivzivadze (Dinamo Tbilisi), Lado (Hapoel ashkeloni, Israel), Bachana Arabic (balmazuivaro, Hungary) 



International friendlies:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:
Mozambique 3-Comoros 0 (???)
Azerbaijan 3-Kyrgysztan 0 (Maksim Medvedev 17, Mahir Madatov 75, Urfan Abbasov 84)
Malta 1-Armenia 1 (Andre Agius 45 pen / Ivan Yagan 13)
Seychelles 1-Madagascar 1 (??)
Kosovo 3-Albania 0 (Arber Zeneli 20, 51, Edomn Zhegrova 67)
Argentina 4-Haiti 0 (Lionel Messi 17 pen, 58, 66, Sergio Aguero 69)
Peru 2 –Scotland 0 (Christian Cueva 37 pen, Jefferson Farfan 47)
Panama 0-Northern Ireland 0


Wednesday, May 30, 2018:
(Kirin Challenge Cup 2018) Japan 0-Ghana 2 (Thomas Partey 9, Emmanuel Boateng 51 pen)
(Baltic Cup 2018) Estonia 2-Lithuania 0 (Henrik Ojamaa 23, Mathias Kaeit 42)
Malawi 1-Botswana 1 (????)
Austria 1-Russia 0 (Alessandro Schoepf 28)

Thursday, May 31, 2018:
Romania 3-Chile 2 (Nicolae Stanciu 13, Ciprean Deac 67, Constantin Budescu 84 / Guillermo Maripán 32, Lorenzo Reyes 52)
Madagascar 1-Comoros 0   (????)
Mozambique 2-Seychelles 1 (????)
Luxembourg 0-Senegal 0
Morocco 0-Ukraine 0
Slovakia 1-Holland 1 (Adam Nemec 9 / Quincy Promes 59)

Friday, June 1, 2018:
Australia 4-Czech Republic 0 (Matthew Leckie 32, 72, Andrew Nabbout 53, Jakub Jugas (own goal) 80)
South Korea 1-Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 (Jae-Sung Lee 30 / Edin Visca 29, 45, 80)
India 5-Chinese Taipei 0 (???)
Angola 0-Malawi 0  
Botswana 6-Mauritius 0 (??)
Malta 0-Georgia 1 (Guram Kashia 89 pen)
Tunisia 2-Turkey 2 (Anice Badri 56, Ferjani Sassi 79 / Cenk Tosun 54 pen, Caglar Soyuncu 90)
France 3-Italy1 (Samuel Umtiti 8, Antoine Griezmann 29 pen, Ousmane Dembele 63 / Leonardo Bonucci 36)
Egypt 0-Colombia 0  
Algeria 2-Cape Verde 3 (Ramu Bendebaini 5, Baghdad Bounedjah 30 / Ricardo Gomes 14, Ryan Mendes 67, Nuno Rocha 72)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:
Thailand 0-China 2 (Lei Wu 34, 74)
Zambia 0-Namibia 0
Kenya 2-New Zealand 1 (Clifton Miheso 45, Ovella Ochieng 68 / Sarpreet Singh 42)
(Baltic Cup 2018) Latvia 1-Estonia 0 (Janis Ikaunieks 70)
Lesotho 1-Swaziland 0 (??)
England 2-Nigeria 1 (Gary Cahill 7, Harry Kane 39 / Alex Iwobi 47)
Austria 2-Germany 1 (Martin Hinteregger 53, Alessandro Schopf 69 / Mesut Ozil 11)
Sweden 0-Denmark 0
Montenegro 0-Slovenia 2 (Mroman Bezjak 39 pen, Miha Zajc 79)
Belgium 0-Portugal 0
Republic of Ireland2-USA 1 (Graham Burke 57, Alan Judge 90 / Bobby Shou Wood 45)
Iceland 2-Norway 3 (Alfred Finnbogasson 30 pen, Gylfi Sigurdsson 70 / Bjorn Maars Johnsen 15, Joshua King 80, Alexander Soerloth 85)
Honduras 0–El Salvador 1  (Dennis Pineda 19)
Mexico 1–Scotland 0 (Giovanni Dos Santos 13)


Sunday, June 3, 2018:
South Africa 0-Madagascar 0 (pk shoot-out)
Albania 1-Ukraine 4 (Emanuele Ndoj 88 / Y. Konoplyanka 31, 90, Andriy Yarmolenko 36, 45)
Brazil 2-Croatia 0 (Neymar 69, Roberto Firmino 90)
Andorra 0-Cape Vedre 0
Zimbabwe 1-Botswana 1 (???, pk shoot-out)
Costa Rica 3-Northern Ireland 0 (Johan Venegas 30, Joel Campell 46, Francisco Calvo 66)
Peru 3-Saudi Arabia 0 (Andre Carillo 20, Paolo Guerrero 41,64)
Spain 1-Switzerland 1 (Alvaro Odriozola 29 / Ricardo Rodriguez 62)


Monday, June 4, 2018:
India 3-Kenya 0 (Sunil Chheri 68 pen, 90,  Jeje Lalpekhlua 71)
Armenia 0-Moldova 0
Morocco 2-Slovakia 1 (Ayoub Kaabi 64, Younes Belhanda 74 / Jan Gregus 59)
Serbia 0-Chile 1 (Guillermo Maripan 88)
Italy 1-Holland 1 (Simone Zaza 67 / Nathan Ake 88)

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