Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 9 (Week of June 5-June 11, 2018)

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


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-In an interview with France Football Magazine, Manchtester City’s Yaya Toure accused Josip Guardiola of “having problems with African players”. (Source BBC Football Online via France Football)

-Arsenal have signed Stephan Lichsteiner from Juventus. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha expressed that he had no regrets in choosing to represent Ivory Coast Internationally instead of England, because he had been “rejected” from the England side. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Stoke City are nterested in Woleverhampton Wanderers’ Benik Afobe and WBA’s James McClean. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Manchester United have officially signed Fred from Shakhtar Donestk. (Source France Football Online)

-Leicester want to include striker Patrick Roberts as part of Manchester City’s bid for Ryad Mahrez. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-West Ham United have signed Ryan Fredericks from Fulham. (Source vi.nl online)

-England are the only squad in the World Cup to have all their players to play in the domestic League.  (Source AS.com online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Manchester City have denied making a second bid for Napoli’s Jorginho. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Kyle Walker, the English teammate of Germany’s Leroy Sane at Manchester City, stated that after the season that he has had Sane deserved to be at the World Cup. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian teammate of Germany’s Leroy Sane at Manchester City, has also expressed disbelief in Sane’s exclusion. (Source As.com Online)

-Bayern Munich players, Jerome Boateng and Joshua Kimich, have come out in support of Manchester City Manager Guardiola, accused of racism by Yaya Toure. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Kevin De Bruyne has also come out in defense of Guardiola against Yaya Toure’s accusations. (Source Walfoot.be Online)

-Manchester United have officially confirmed the signing of Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot from Porto. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Juventus have turned down a double bid from Manchester City for Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa. (Source Calciomercato Online via Tuttosport)

-Leicester are on the verge of signing Jonny Evans from WBA. (Source Daily Telegraph Online)

-England’s Danny Rose has asked his family to stay from Russia during the World Cup due to fears of racism. (Source AS.com Online)

-Pascal Gross has extended his contract with Brighton until 2022. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk stated that Toure is willing to sign for one of the top six Premier League sides for symbolic salary of 1 pound per week. He aims to prove that he is not a finished player. (Source Corriere dello Sport Online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-England’s Danny Rose revealed that he has suffered from depression in the past, caused by injury and family tragedy. He had not even told his parents yet. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Arsenal unveiled their new away kits. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm has extended his contract with Tottenham until 2019 . (Source France Football Online)

-Prince William visited the English camp and presented Trent Alexander-Arnold with his match jersey. (Source Daily Telegraph Online)

-Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked to Liverpool.  (Source Kicker.de Online)

-Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino responded to Sergio Ramo’s recent commenst. He said, “I think he has a view because he was the champion but I thought he was an idiot for what he said but that’s okay.”. (Source Sky Sports Online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-West Ham United’s Argentina striker Manuel Lanzini will miss the World Cup after an injury in training. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has stated that Jordan Pickford should be England’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup. (Source Reuters UK Online)

-Former Liverpool Legend Kenny Dalglish was knighted and is now ‘Sir Kenny’. (Source BBC Football Online)

-The English Premier League will have a winter break in the month of February starting 2019/20 season. (Source BBC Football Online)

- Leicester City have signed Jonny Evans from WBA. (Source BBC Football Online)
- Crystal Palace have signed Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from Getafe. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Harry Kane has signed a new contract with Tottenham running through 2024. (Source Daily Telegraph Online)

-Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been linked with Tottenham. (Source vi.nl Online)

-Huddersfield have signed Terence Kongolo on permanent basis from Monaco. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Swansea have rejected West Ham’s bids for Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski. (Source Sky Sports Online)

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

-Liverpool and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah said that he hopes to play in Egypt’s first match in the World Cup vs. Uruguay. He also discussed Sergio Ramos’ foul, by saying “Did Sergio Ramos call me? Yes he sent me a message, but I never told him it was okay…..My response id=s that it’s good when someone who made you cry then makes you laugh… Maybe he could also tell me if I’m going to be ready for the World Cup?”. (Source Cakciomercato Online)

-Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has rejected the approach from Jim Ratcliffe, Owner of Petrochemicals Ineos, to purchase the club. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Benfica’s Mexican striker Raul Jimenez will be loaned to Wiolverhmapton Wanderers for one season. (Source L’Equipe Online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

-The proposed transfer of Lyon’s Nabil Fekir to Liverpool has fallen through and Fekir will remain at Lyon. (Source BBC Football online)

-Pep Guardiola discussed Yaya Toure’s racism claims, he said, “It’s a lie and he knows it”. (Source Marca Online)
-Lazio’s Felipe Anderson has been linked to West Ham United. (Source vi.nl Online)

-Arsenal have signed 15-year-old defender Joel Lopez from Barcelona. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Watford have signed Gerard Deulofeu on permanent basis from Barcelona. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Former England International Stan Anderson passed away aged 85. (Source Sky Sports Online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:

-Blackpool have signed Joe Dodoo from Rangers Glasgow on a season long loan. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has stated that he wants answers on the club’s coaching situation before making a decision on his future. (Source Daily Telegraph Online)

-Former England International Stan Collymore attacked another former International Ian Wright by insulting him and calling him an ‘Uncle Tom’. (Source Daily Mail Online)

 -Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has said that he is unlikely to coach Barcelona again as ‘They don’t look at me the same way’. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Watford have signed Italian Joe Adam Masina from Bologna. (Source Sky Sports Online)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 3760, June 5,  2018
(Yaya Toure)

Photo From: L’Equipe, June 8,  2018
(Marcus Rashford, June 7, 2018, England 2-Costa Rica 0)

II.  Italy


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-Gianluigi Buffon has banned for three European matches following his comments about English Referee Michael Oliver. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Roma have been fined 50,000 Euros by UEFA due to crowd disturbances from their first leg CL semifinal vs. Liverpool. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Alessio Romagnoli has extended his contract with AC Milan. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Giuseppe Iachini has been sacked as Sassuolo Manager. Roberto De Zerbi will be the likely replacement. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Atalanta have signed Arkadiusz Reca from Wisla Plock. (Source Calciomercato Online)
-Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin is on the verge of joining Juventus. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Bordeaux’s Brazilian striker Malcolm has been linked to Inter. He has apparently refused offers from Dortmund, Liverpool and PSG. (Source Calciomercato Online via La Gazzetta dello Sport)

-Bologna’s Simone Verdi will likely join Napoli . (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Juventus have rejected a bid for Miralem Pjanic from Manchester City. (Source Calciomercato Online via Tuttosport)

-Inter have signed 17-year-old Belgian defender Tibo Persyn from Club Brugge.  (Source Footnews.be Online)

-Genoa have signed goalkeeper Federico Marchetti from Lazio. (Source France Football online)

-Lyon’s Memphis Depay has been linked with AC Milan. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Juventus Manager Masimilano Allegri (linked as a possible replacement for Zidane at Real Madrid) has decided to stay with Juventus. (Source Marca.com Online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

- Chieveo Verona have signed striker Fillip Djordjevic from Nantes. (Source L’Equipe online)
-Stoke’s Peter Crouch has been linked with Parma. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Roma have signed midfielder Bryan Cristante from Atalanta. (Source France Football Online)

-Manchester City’s Olekandr Zinchenko has been linked to Napoli. (Source vi.nl Online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-Former Honduras International David Suazo has been named as Manager of Brescia. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Rolando Maran has been named as Manager of Cagliari. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Pier Silvio Berlusconi, son of Silvio, has denied rumors that his father will take over at AC Milan. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Juventus’ Marko Pajaca has been linkd to Fiorentina. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Marek Hamsik has notified Napoli that he would like to leave. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos has been linked to AC Milan. (Source Calciomercato Online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Juventus have signed Douglas Costa on permanent basis from Bayern Munich. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Julio Velazquez has been named as the new manager of Udinese. (Source Calciomercato.com online)

-Inter are set sign Argentinean striker Nicolas Gonzalez from Argentinos Juniors. (Source Calciomercato.com online)

-Goalkeeper Mattia Perin (formerly of Genoa) underwent his physical proor to signing for Juventus. (Source Calciomercato.com online)

-Atalanta have signed goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on permanent basis from Aston Villa. (Source Calciomercato.com online)

-An autopsy report showed that Davide Astori died due to an abnormally high heart rate. (Source Sport Bild online via Corriere della Sera)

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

-The Italian Federation has opened up an investigation on the newly promoted side Parma. There are suspicions of match fixing. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Genoa have agreed to sign Lorenzo Callegari from PSG. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-AC Milan are rumored to be near signing Monaco’s Radamel Falcao on a one season loan. (Source Calciomercato Online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

-Serbian midfielder Filip Duricic has been linked with Sassuolo. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci stated that he intends to remain with the club despite all the rumors. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Torino have denied the reports of Juventus’ Claudio Marchisio being linked to them. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Sampdoria have signed defender Omar Colley from Genk.  (Source Walfoot.be Online)

-Sasuolo have denied the reports of Berardi being linked to Roma. (Source Calciomercato Online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:

-Simone Verdi (former Bologna) has passed the first part of the Physical with Napoli. (Source vi.nl Online)

III.  Spain


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-Santi Carzola will train in the pre-season with Villareal to regain fitness. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Zinedine Zidane may have left Real Madrid after disagreements concerning the transfer policy. Zidane had wanted Eden Hazard but Real President Florentino Perez had resfused this request. In addition, Perez wanted to recruit goalkeeper David De Gea while Zidane wanted to hold onto Keylor Navas. (Source Footnew.be com)

-Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has been linked with Real Madrid. In fact, Real had contacted him before the CL Final. However, Zidane’s departure may stall the deal. (Source France Football and Marca Online)

-It was revealed in the Television program ‘El Chringuito’ that in Real Madrid’s last match of the season vs. Villareal, Real Madrid substitute goalkeeper Kiko Casilla nearly came to blows with Zidane, who had decided to start with his son Luca as goalkeeper. The reason for Casilla’s anger was that he would have gained 600,000 Euros in bonuses. The Management have promised regardless to pay him the bonus. The player’s representatives have denied this version of the events. (Source Walfoot.be Online)

-Yesterday, it was revealed that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius may have suffered a concussion after being struck by Sergio Ramos.
Sergio Ramos sarcastically retorted that next “Firmino wil say that he got a cold because a bead of my sweat landed on him.”  (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Boca Juniors’ Cristian Pavon has been linked with Barcelona following a recommendation by Lionel Messi. (Source AS.com Online)

-Valencia will not exercise their option to sign Luciano Vietto. He will return to Atletico Madrid. (Source AS.com Online)

-Juan Brandariz ‘Chumi’ from Barcelona’s B-Team has signed a two year contract with the club. (Source vi.nl Online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Spain has added two extra players (for the time being) on its World Cup squad: Rodri (Atletico Madrid) and Vallejo (Real Madrid). They are available for the friendly vs. Tunisia on June 9th.  Many believe they are alternatives in case Dani Carvajal will be injured and unfit by the time of the Finals. (Source RBF.be Online)

-Toni Kroos, the German teammate of Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid, has come out in his defense, saying that he is not a dirty player. (Source AS.com Online)

-Real Madrid have signed 15-year-old Fernando Rodriguez Rufo from Real Betis.  (Source AS.com online)

-Spain goalkeepr David De Gea was visibly seen not clapping upon the visit of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. Some two years before the PM had criticized De Gea when he was implicated in a sex assault case.. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Jose Antonio Reyes has joined Chinese club Xinjiang Tianshan from Cordoba (Second Division). (Source Walfoot.be Online)

 Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-Argentina player Guido Pizarro has returned to Tigres of Monterrey as his loan at Sevilla has ended. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Eric Abidal has been named as Sporting Diretor at Barcelona. (Source L’Equipe Online)
- Villareal have signed Karl Toko Ekambi from Angers. (Source France Football online)

-It appears more likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid as his contract demands do not appear to be met. (Source Marca.com  online)

-Antonio Conte has been linked as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. (Source Marca.com online)

-Real Madrid have agreed to sign Brazilian winger Rodrygo from Santos. (Source Marca.com online)

-Murcia President Victo Galvez explained that he had not offered the club’s coaching post to Guti, since he is likely to be the next Real Madrid Manager. (Source AS.com online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Real Madrid have apparently offered Cristiano Ronaldo a new contract that would increase his contract. The deal would include 25 Million Euros plus 7.5 Million in incentives. (Source AS.com online)

-Ramy Abbas, Issa, the agent of Mohamed Salah, denied reports linking the player to Barcelona. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Rafael van der Vaart’s contract with Real Betis has ended. He was on loan at FC Midtjylland. (Source AS.com online)

-Eusebio Sacristian has been named as the new Manager of Girona. (Source AS.com online)

-Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo believed that Neymar will one day play for Real Madrid, also adding that “Cristiano isn’t the boss of Real Madrid.”. (Source AS.com online)

-Former Spain Manager Vicente del Bosque has been named as a Consultant in Sports Affairs for the new Spanish Culture and Sport Minister Maxim Huerta. (Source Sport Bild online)

Sunday, June 10,  2018:

-Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (linked to Barcelona) stated that he will announce his future in the coming days. (Source AS.com Online)

-Brazil Manager Tite denied the rumors linking him with the Real Madrid Mangement position. (Source AS.com Online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:
-Spain goalkeeper David De Gea has asked that the chief of Spanish Government Pedro Sanchez to make public excuses for statements from 2016 about a sexual scandal that De Gea was eventually vindicated. De Gea said that he has politely accepted the excuses but would like the excuses to be in public as the attacks were made in public. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Gerard Pique had to leave Spain’s training session after suffering a knee injury. He was later seen training alone. (Source Calciomercato Online)

-Flamengo’s Vinicius was in tears in front of the fans after their match prior to joining Real Madrid. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Portuguese Manager Andre Villa-Boas has been linked with Real Madrid. (Source AS.com Online)

IV.  Germany


 Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-SV Hamburg have extended the contract of 17-year-old Josha Vagnoman. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic has been linked with Schalke. (Source vi.nl Online via Marca)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Eintracht Frankfurt fans are planning a demonstration in protest of Alex Meier leaving the club.   (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Augusburg have signed Felix Goetz (brother of Mario) from Bayern Munich. (Source Sport Bild online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

- Former Germany International Miroslav Klose stated that Leroy Sane needs to reproduce his Manchester City form for the National Team. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Dortmund have signed Danish International Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Freiburg have signed midfielder Jerome Gondorf from Werder Bremen. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Former Germany International Michael Ballack is the latest to question Leroy Sane’s exclusion from the World Cup squad. (Source Reuters UK online)

-Mesut Ozil will be rested in Germany’s friendly’s vs. Saudi Arabia as he is recovering from a slight knee bruise. (Source Sport Bild online)

-SV Hamburg have offered a professional contract to Morten Behrens. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Despite Benfica’s request for a loan, Bayern Munich will hold onto Renato Sanches for the upcoming season. (Source Kicker.de online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Ilkay Gundogan was booed during Germany’s friendly with Saudi Arabia. This was due to his controversial photo with Turkish President Recep Erdogan from last month.  (Source BBC Football online)

-Schalke have been fined 87,000 Euros for the unsportsmanlike behavior of their fans in a DfB Pokal match on February 7th vs. Wolfsburg, as well as a Bundesliga match vs. Mainz on March 9th.  (Source Sport Bild online)

-Werder Bremen have extended thec contract of Serbian defender Milos Veljkovic. (Source Sport Bild online)

-SV Hamburg have extended thec contract of Tom Mickel. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Mario Goetze has criticized Pep Guardiola. He said that “He is very focused on the game and doesn’t think about players outside of his plan. He didn’t have much empathy and empathy is part of being a world class coach. (Source Kicker.de online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

- Stuttgart have extended the contract of Manager Tayfun Korkut until 2020. (Source L’Equipe online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:

-Moenchengladbach have signed striker Torben Musel from Kaiserslautern. (Source L’Equipe Online)

- Mainz have extended the contract of midfielder Bote Baku until 2022. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has stated that Robert Lewandowski will not leave the club.  (Source Marca.com Online)

-Stuttgart have been fined 60,000 Euros for the unsportsmanlike behavior of their fans in a Bundesliga match on February 24th vs. Eintracht Franffurt.  (Source Sport Bild online)

-Hertha Berlin have signed Pascal Kopke from Erzgebirge Aue. (Source Kicker.de Online)

-Werder Bremen striker Justin Eilers has left the club to join Greek side Apollon Smyrnis. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Moenchengladbach’s Raul Bobadilla has left the club and returned home to join Argentinos Juniors. (Source Kicker.de online)

Photo From: L’Equipe, June 9,  2018
(Gundogan, June , 2018, Germany 2-Saudi Arabia 1)

V.  France


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-Strasbourg have signed Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic from Gent.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-In an interview with France Football Magazine, Paul Pogba stated that he is judged differently from others. He said that “I am not normal. I am not judged like everyone else…”. (Source France Football online)

-Former France Manager Raymond Domenech discussed the episode with Nicolas Anelka from the 2010 World Cup. He said Anelka never called him ‘son of a ?/#@&&’. After hearing criticism, Anelka had thrown his shoes down and said “you will just have to make, your sh%$ of a team”. (Source Footnews.be online)

-Monaco are on the verge of signing Brazilian defender on loan from Inter. (Source France Football online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Marc-Aurele Caillard has extended his contract with Guingamp. (Source L’Equipe online)

-OM have unveiled their new home jerseys for the new season (new Puma kits). (Source L’Equipe online)

-Strasbourg have signed striker Ludovic Ajorque from Clermont. They are also on the verge of signing midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko from Brest. (Source L’Equipe online)

- Monaco have signed midfielder Samuel Grandsir from Troyes. (France Football Online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-Dijon’s Argentinean striker Sebastian Ribas has signed for Lanus. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Former Manager Francis Smerecki has passed away aged 68 after a long illness. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-US Orleans have signed PSG’s Fahd El Khoumisti. (Source L’Equipe Online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Toifilou Maoulida has retired at the age of 39. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Fabien Mercadal has been named as the new Manager of Caen. (Source L’Equipe Online)

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

-Caen have signed Enzo Crivelli on permanent basis from Angers. (Source L’Equipe Online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

-France President Emmnauel Macron has come out in defense of Michel Platini, following his vindication from a Swiss court related to his FIFA activities. (Source L’Equipe online)

- OGC Nice have signed Brazilian midfielder Danilo Barbosa from Braga. (Source L’Euipe Online)

-France Manager Didider Deschamps has asked players (most notably Griezmann and Lemar) to resolve their future destinations prior to the Tournament. (Source vi.nl online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:

-Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has been linked to PSG (Source Sky Sports online)

-Metz have signed goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja from Strasbourg. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Midfielder Anthony Goncalves has extended his contract with Strasbourg until 2020. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Portuguese Manager Miguel Cardoso is likely to be the next Manager of Nantes. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Patrick Vieira has been named as the new Manager of OGC Nice. (Source Daily Telegraph Online)

Photo From: L’Equipe, June 10,  2018
(Paul Pogba, June 9, 2018, France 1-USA 1)

 VI.  Holland


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-Joshua Brenet, recently joined Hoffenheim from PSV Eindhoven, stated that he is happy he has left the club as he felt undervalued by the Management. (Source vi.nl online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Feyenoord have offered a professional contract to Noah Lewis. (Source vi.nl online)

-Hamid Zarbaf is to leave Go Ahead Eagles. (Source vi.nl online)

-Dordrecht have signed defender Dwayen Green from RKC Waalwijk. (Source vi.nl online)

-De Graafschap have signed Furdjel Narsingh from SC Cambuur. (Source vi.nl online)

-Vitesse have signed Oussama Darfalou from USM Alger. (Source vi.nl online)

-Telstar have signed midfielder Danny vam Haaren from SC Cambuur. (Source vi.nl online)
-Utrecht have signed midfielder Othmane Boussaid from Lierse. (Source vi.nl online)

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

-Excelsior have signed goalkeeper Maarten de Fockert from SC Heerenveen. (Source vi.nl online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-Ajax have offered a professional contract to 16-year-old Brian Brobbey. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Ajax have named the prize for the ‘Talent of the Future’ after Abdelhak Nouri. Ryan Gravenberch is the first recipient. (Source vi.nl online)

-Ajax have signed 16-year-old defender Anass Salah-Eddine from AZ. (Source vi.nl online)

-Jordy Rondeel has extended his contract with De Graafschap by one year. (Source vi.nl online)

-Rene Eijer has been named as the new Manager of Fortuna Sittard. (Source vi.nl online)

-PEC Zwolle have signed defender Kenneth Paal from PSV Eindhoven. (Source vi.nl online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Ragnar Oratmangoen has extended his contarct with NEC for three years. (Source vi.nl online)

-Jerold Promes has extended his contarct with VVV Venlo until mid 2019. (Source vi.nl online)

-Almere City have signed Faris Hammouti from Feyenoord. (Source vi.nl online)

-SC Cambuur have signed midfielder Andrejs Ciganiks from Schalke. (Source vi.nl online)

-AZ have signed defender Mauro Savastano from Ajax. (Source vi.nl online)

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

-Former Holland Manager Louis van Gaal has told Dutch Televsion (RTL) that he has a very promising offer to manage again. (Source Calciomercato online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

-ADO Den Haag’s Aaron Meijers extended his contract by four more years. (Source vi.nl online)

-Moroccan striker Munir El-Hamdouni has left Twente Enschede and joined Moroccan side Tanger. (Source L’Equipe Online)

VII.  Scotland


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-Motherwell have signed goalkeeper Mark Gillespie from Walsall. (Source BBC Football Online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Aberdeen have signed midfielder Chris Forrester from Peterborough United. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Hearts have signed midfielder Ryan Edwards from Patrick Thistle. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Celtic’s Turksih striker Nadir Ciftci will leave the club. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Patrick Kluivert has been linked with the St. Mirren coaching post. (Source vi.nl Online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-Rangers have signed midfielder Ovie Ejaria from Liverpool. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Hamilton Academical have signed defender Alex Penny from Peterborough United. (Source BBC Football Online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Alan Stubbs has been named as the new Manager of St. Mirren. (Source BBC Football Online)

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

-Kenny Miller has stated that he is determined to defend himself against the club (Rangers Glasgow) for the defamation of his character. He along with Lee Wallace are disputing Rangers’ fine and suspension. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Gregor Buchanan has rejected Livingston to stay with Greenock Morton. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Livingston have signed goalkeeper Liam Kelly from Rangers. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Livingston have signed defender Ricki Lamie from Greemock Morton. (Source BBC Football Online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:

-Patrick Thistle have signed goalkeeper Cammy Bell from Hibernian. (Source BBC Football Online)

VIII.  Portugal


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-Porto have signed defender Joao Pedro from Palmeiras. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Benfica have signed Chilean striker Nicolas Castilloa from UNAM Pumas. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Portuguese Manager Ricardo Sa Pinto has been linked with Sporting CP. (Source Frootnews.be Online)

-Sporting CP Manager Jorge Jesus has left to manage Saudi club Al-Hilal. (Source L’Equipe Online)

 -Porto goalkeeper Raul Gudino has signed for Chivas Guadalajara.   (Source Maisfutebol online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Benfica has been implicated in a new money laundering fraud case.   (Source Maisfutebol online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-Sporting CP have signed defender Bruno Gaspar from Fiorentina. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Brazilan defender Joao Pedro (Palmeiras) will be officially presented as a Porto player.  (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Rio Ave have signed Spanish goalkeeper Carlos Abad from Tenerife. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Brazilian Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has turned down an offer to manage Sporting CP.  (Source Maisfutebol online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:
-Sporting CP have taken on loan Koln’s Joao Queiros. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Sporting CP have signed Paraguayan defender Fabian Balbuena from Corinthians. (Source L’Equipe Online)

IX.  Belgium


Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-Anderlecht President Marc Coucke has been elected the President of the Pro League with 81% of the votes. (Source Walfoot.be online)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Goalkeper Brian Vandenbussche has extended his contract by one year with Cercle Brugge. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Charleroi have signed Iranian midfielder Omid Noorafkan from Esteghlal. (Source Walfoot.be Online)

-Laurent Guyot has been named as the new Manager of Cercle Brugge (Source Walfoot.be Online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-RTL journalist Stephane Pauwels has criticized Roberto Martinez’s exclusion of Nainggolan. He said the decision would be understandable ,”….unless he (Nainggolan) had sniffed three lines of cocaine or struck a teammate” . As far as Martinez’s explanation that he had cut him for tactical reasons, Pauwels said he’s taking, “10 million Belgians for fools”. (Source Footnews.be Online)

-Club Brugge have signed Arnaut Groeneveld from NEC. (Source vi.nl online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Club Brugge have signed striker Siebe Schrijvers from Genk. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Yannick Ferrara has been named as the new Manager of Waasland-Beveren. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Dante Brogno will remain as FC Liege Manager for the next season. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-Defender Alexis Saelemaekers has extended his contarct with Anderlecht. (Source Footnews.be Online)

-The new name of Lierse will be K.Lyra-Lierse.(Source Walfoot.be Online)

Saturday, June 2, 2018:

-Danish midfielder Anders Christiansen is to leave Gent to return to Malmo. (Source RTBF.be Online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

-Gent have signed defender Franck Josiah Bahi from Gangan FC (Guinea).  (Source Walfoot.be Online)

-Eric Gerets has opned a lawsuit against Gilbert Bodart for death threats. Gerets is enganed to Virginie (former girlfriend of Gilbert Bodart). She claims that Bodart has threatened her and Gerets’s life on numerous occasions.  (Source Footnews.be Online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:

- Ostend have signed Francois Marquet from Waasland-Beveren.  (Source RTBF.be online)

- Genk have signed Ghanaian winger Joseph Paintsil from Ferencvaros.  (Source Walfoot.be online)

Diary (extra):

Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

-CSKA Moscow have signed Iceland defender Hordur Magnusson from Bristol.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-Poland Federation President Zbigniew Boniek has expressed doubt on Kamil Glik’s particpation in the World Cup due to his injury.  (Source Walfoot.be online)

-Switzerland’s Valon Behrami is about to become the first Swiss player to appear in four World Cups.  (Source Reuters UK online)

-Sweden and Senegal are the only squads in the World Cup to have none of  their players to play in the domestic League.  (Source AS.com online)

-After negative publicity, Mastercard has decide to scrap the controversial ‘food for goals’ campaign featuring Messi and Neymar. The plan was for each to donate 10,000 meals to starving children in Latin America and the Caribbean for each of their goals until March 2020 including at the World Cup. Brazilian Manager Tite had been a critic for placing too high of a pressure on individual players.  (Source Sport Bild online)

- According to TV magazine Notas, eight Mexican players following their friendly win over Scotland, spent time with as much as 30 prostitutes. (Source Tuttosport online)

-Romanian goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont who had announced his retirement just days before appeared in the last few minutes of Romanis’s win over Finland (2-0).

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

-Zdravko Mamic, former President of Dinamo Zagreb, has been sentenced to six and hald years in prison for Financial Fraud . (Source L’Equipe Online)
-Iran are the first nation to have arrived in Russia for the World Cup. (Source L’Equipe online)

-As expected, Kamil Glik has been replaced in the Poland squad by Marcon Kaminski (Stuttgart). (Source RTBF.be online)

 -Egypt Manager Hector Cuper has hit back on Sergio Ramos’ recent comments mocking Liverpool claims of injury (Karius’ concussion, Salah injury) during the CL Final. Cuper said, “I’m not a doctor, I don’t know if Ramos is a doctor, but it’s a player who is playing a final and has an injury.” (Source Calciomercato online)

-Israel will file a complaint with FIFA against the Palestinian Federation after the forced cancellation of Israel’s friendly vs. Argentina for political reasons. The Israelis are demanding FIFA to investigate the threats against Argentinean players including threats to burn Messi jerseys. (Source France Football online)

-Brazilian defender Dani Alves has been operated on his right knee. (Source Sport Bild online)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

-Christian Eriksen has rejoined the Danish squad following the birth of his child.  (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Ricardo Avila has replaced the injured Alberto Quintero in Panama’s squad. Alberto Quintero has injured in Panama’s friendly vs. Norway yeaterday.  (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Brazil’s Renato Augusto has restarted collective training with the squad.  (Source France Football Online)

-Besiktas have been fined 34,000 Euros after fans let a cat to enter the field delaying the CL match between Besiktas and Bayern Munich in February.  (Source Walfoot.be Online)

-Pele has expressed concern that Brazil is not playing as a unit. He believes individually the players are “very good, but we are not a team”.  He also added that Neymar will not win on his own, “it’s the team that wins a World Cup”.  He also expressed he has confidence in Tite’s abilities. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-During their visit at Norway, for their friendly, Panama’s hotel rooms was broken in and around 53,000 Euros were stolen. (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Earnie Stewart has been named as the first General Manager of the USA team. (Source vi.nl Online)

Friday, June 8, 2018:

-Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blamed the Swedish media for his exclusion from the Sweden’s World Cup squad. (Source Sky Sports Online)
-Australia Manager, the Dutchman Bart van Marwijk, has been paying himself for his support staff.  (Source AS.com Online)

-Mexico Manager Juan Carlos Osorio has played down the latest scandal involving players and prostitutes, by saying the players had earned “time for themselves”.  (Source L’Equipe Online)

-The Ghanaian Government has dissolved the Nation’s Football Federation after reports of corruption between clubs and referees.  (Source L’Equipe Online)

-FIFA has provisionally suspended Ghana Association President Kwesi Nyantaki for 90 days due to the bribe scandal in Ghana.  (Source Sport Bild Online)

-Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have signed Anderson Talisca from Benfica.  (Source Sky Sports Online)

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

-Welsh Manager John Toshack has been appointed as Manager of Iranian side Tractor Sazi. (Source BBC Football online)

-Colombian defender Frank Fabra will miss the World Cup after a knee injury.  He is likely to be replaced with Farid Diaz (Olimpia). (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Enzo Perez (River Plate) will replace the injured Manuel Lanzini in Argentina’s World Cup squad. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Kosovo Federation President and former Yugoslavia International Fadil Vokri has passed away aged 57.  (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Oualid El Hajjam has been placed on stand-by on Morocco’s World Cup squad as Nabil Dirara is still struggling with injuries.  (Source Reuters UK Online)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

-The Egyptian National Team has arrived in Russia by landing at Grozny. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-As expected Farid Diaz (Olimpia) has replaced injured defender Frank Fabra in Colombia’s World Cup squad. (Source RTBF.be Online)

-The Argentina National Team has arrived in Russia by landing at Moscow. (Source Corriere dello Sport Online)

-Former Wales Manager Chris Coleman has bene appointed as the new Manager of Chinese side Hebei Chian Fortune. (Source BBC Football Online)

-The Peruvian National Team has arrived in Russia by landing at Moscow. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-The Uruguay National Team has arrived in Russia by landing at Nizhni Novgorod. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Iceland Manager Heimir Hallgrimson misplaced his luggage in the wrong bus at the Keflavik airport. This error caused a delay of more than half an hour before it was resolved.  His assistant Helgi Kolvidsson stated that the luggage contained his laptop that included twenty years of work. The Police had to be called in to stop the bus. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Boca Juniors have signed Colombian striker Sebastian Villa from Tolima. (Source L’Equipe Online)

Monday, June 11, 2018:

- The Brazilian National Team has arrived in Russia by landing at Sochi. (Source L’Equipe Online)

Date Unknown:

-Finland squad for friendly vs. Romania on June 5th 
Full squad:
goalkeepers: Lukáš Hrádecký (Eintracht Frankfurt), Anssi Jaakkola (Reading), Walter Viitala (Viborg)
Defenders: Joona Toivio (Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza), Jukka Raitala (Montreal Impact), Markus Halsti (Midtjylland), Jere Uronen (Racing Genk), Sauli Väisänen (SPAL), Juha Pirinen (HJK), Albin Granlund (Örebro), Henri Toivomäki (KuPS)
Midfielders: Tim Sparv (Midtjylland), Rasmus Schüller (Minnesota United), Robin Lod (Panathinaikos), Thomas Lam (Twente), Pyry Soiri (Shakhtyor Soligorsk), Simon Skrabb (IFK Norrköping), Moshtagh Yaghoubi (HJK), Glen Kamara (Dundee), Robert Taylor (Tromsø)
Strikers: Tim Väyrynen (Hansa Rostock), Rasmus Karjalainen (KuPS), Berat Sadik (fără echipă)

International friendlies:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018:
Kazakhstan 3-Azerbaijan 0 (Roman Murtazayev 12, Serikzhan Muzhikov 14, B. Zaynutdinov 90)
Chinese Taiperi 0-New Zealand 1 (Myer Bevan 36 pen)
Russia 1-Turkey 1 (Aleksandr Samedov 36 / Yunus Malli 60)
(Baltic Cup 2018) Lithuania 1-Latvia 1 (Karolis Laukzemis 86 / Kaspars Dubra 46)
Romania 2-Finland 0 (Cristian Manea 37, Ciprian Ioan Deac 61)
Luxembourg 1-Georgia 0 (Aurelien Joachim 69)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:
Czech Republic 1-Nigeria 0 (Thomas Kalas 25)
Belarus 1-Hungary 1 (Anton Saroka 26 / Roland Varga 29)
Norway 1-Panama 0 (Joshua King 4)
Belgium 3-Egypt 0 (Romelu Lukaku 27, Eden Hazard 38, Marouane Fellaini 90)

Thursday, June 7, 2018:
South Korea 0-Bolivia 0
India 1-New Zealand 2  (?????)
England 2-Costa Rica 0 (Marcus Rashford 13, Danny Wellbeck 76)
Portugal 3-Algeria 0 (Goncalo Guedes 17, 55, Bruno Fernnades 37)
Iceland 2-Ghana 2 (Kari Arnasson 6, Alfred Finnbogasson 40 / Kasim Nuhu 66, Thomas Partey 87)
Uruguay 3-Uzebikstan 0 (G. De Arrascaeta 32, Luis Suarez 54 pen, Jose Gimenez 73)

Friday, June 8, 2018:
Lithuania 0-Iran 1 (Karim Ansarifard 88)
Croatia 2-Senegal 1 (Ivan Perisic 63, Andrej Kramaric 78 / Ismaila Sarr 48)
Switzerland 2-Japan 0 (Rictrado Rodriguez 42 pen, Haris Seferovic 82)
Germany 2-Saudi Arabia 1 (Timo Werner 8, Omar Hawsawi (own goal) 43 / Taisir Al-Jassim 84)
Poland 2-Chile 2 (Robert Lewandowski 30, Piotr Zielinski 34 / Diego Valdes 38, Miiko Albornoz 56)

Saturday, June 9, 2018:
Latvia 1-Azerbaijan 3 (Roberts Uldrikis 90 / Maksim Medvedev 20, Javid Imamverdiyev 57, Emin Makhmudov 63)
Hungary 1-Australia 2 (Trent Sainsbury (own goal) 88 / Daniel Arzani 74, Tamas Kadar (own goal) 90)
Estonia 1-Morocco 3 (Ats Purje 76 / Younes Belhanda 11, Hakim Ziyech 38 pen, Youssef En-Nesyri 72)
Finland 2-Belarus 0 (Jere Uronen 8, Mostagh Yaghoubi 75)
Serbia 5-Bolivia 1 (Aleksandar Mitrovic 4, 23, 68, Adem Ljajic 19, Branislav Ivanovic 42 / Jhasmany Campos 48)
Sweden 0-Peru 0
Denmark 2-Mexico 0 (Yussuf Poulsen 71, Christian Eriksen 74)
Tunisia 0-Spain 1 (Iago Aspas 85)
France 1-USA 1 (Kylian Mbappe 78 / Julian Green 44)

Sunday, June 10, 2018:
Austria 0-Brazil 3 (Gabriel Jesus 36, Neymar 63, Phillipe Coutinho 69)

Monday, June 11, 2018:
South Korea 0-Senegal 2 (Kim Young-Gwon (own goal) 67, Moussa Konate 90)
Belgium 4-Costa Rica 1 (Dries Mertens 31, Romelu Lukaku 42, 50, Michy Batshuayi 64 / Bryan Ruiz 24)

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