Copa del Rey should be called as off if anthem is whistled


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La Liga president Javier Tebas has proposed that officers really should call off the Copa del Rey last amongst Barcelona and Sevilla on April 21 if Barcelona fans whistle the Spanish national anthem as it is performed prior to kickoff.

Barcelona goes into the game at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano wanting to win a fourth consecutive Copa trophy — and with fans of the Catalan side’s alleged “disrespect” for institutions, such as Spain’s King Felipe VI, having come to be an annual conversing point around just about every showpiece occasion.

This years last comes amid extra political tension, with Spain’s national govt having used report one hundred fifty-five of the country’s constitution to impose immediate rule more than Catalonia in Oct amid a push towards independence in the Catalan regional parliament.

Talking to El Discussion de Hoy, the La Liga main reported that although the Spanish federation (RFEF) is in demand of the Copa levels of competition, his particular perspective is that the authorities’ position is to be a certain respect for symbols of the Spanish country.

“I have generally reported there really should be punishments, such as stopping the game,” Tebas reported. “I am not saying it is foreseen that [the anthem] will be whistled. But if almost nothing significantly changes, then report one hundred fifty five really should be enforced at the Wanda Metropolitano. This would display that during these times, we are respecting the symbols of the country.”

Tebas made an identical call in 2015 forward of the last amongst Barcelona and Basque aspect Athletic Bilbao, with no action taken on that working day when the anthem was whistled at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.


South Africa beat Botswana in 2018 Women’s U17 WC qualifier

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Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 11:00

The South African U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) defeated Botswana 5-1 in the first leg first round of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier played at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Friday, 1 December 2017.

With this being a new squad, South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu gave debuts to 11 players, and they did not disappoint.

Goals from Karabo Dlamini, Thambolinye Mzoneli, Miche Minnies, Jessica Wade as well as an own goal from Tshegofatso Mosotho were enough to see South Africa take a healthy lead going into the second leg which will be played in two weeks time.

Bantwana started on a high grabbing the first goal in the first minute of play through Dlamini, before Mzoneli made it 2-0 in the 15th minute.

But a minute later the hosts pulled one back when Leungo Senwelo latched on to a defence splitting pass and pushed the ball past an advancing Kaydee Windvogel in the Bantwana goals.

Four minutes before the half time whistle, South Africa extended their lead through and own goal by Tshegofatso Mosotho – leaving the score at 3-1.

In the second stanza, Bantwana continued where they left off in the first half and increased their lead to 4-1 from a Miche Minnies goal in the 56th minute.

Five minutes later South Africa was awarded a free kick and Jessica Wade took it brilliantly to beat Atang Sedimonyane in the Botswana goals.

In the 73rd minute Bantwana captain Kaylin Jordaan was adjudged to have fouled her opponent and Botswana were awarded a penalty.

Esalenna Galekhutle stepped up to take it but Windvogel pulled off a beautiful save to keep the scored at 5-1 to Bantwana.

South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu made two substitutions bringing Holweni for Mzoneli and Micaela Nunens for Wade.

Bantwana travel back to South Africa on Saturday, 2 December. The second leg will be played on Saturday, 16 December 2017 at the Dobsonville Stadium.

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PSG must put Barcelona win behind them vs Marseille – Kevin Trapp | Football News |

The two clubs will face each other next Sunday at the Vélodrome in a highly anticipated game in France.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has stressed that he and his teammates must put their recent flawless 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions league behind them if they are emerge victorious in Le Classique away at Marseille on Sunday.

Unai Emery’s men currently trail Ligue 1 leaders Monaco by three points but must travel to Stade Velodrome without supporters at the weekend and emerge with three precious points to keep them in the hunt at Le Championnat’s summit.

Speaking with PSG’s official website, Trapp admitted PSG were exceptional against Barcelona but that the squad cannot already be thinking about the return leg at Camp Nou in early March with such important fixtures coming up.

“That night was perfect,” the German shot-stopper acknowledged. “I re-watched the match and there is not much to say. Everything worked out and we did everything to win it.

“No-one expected us to win 4-0 or that their front three would not get a single shot on target. It proves that we worked well and defended. Against Barcelona, you have to play the perfect match.

“We cannot afford to start thinking about the return leg just yet — we have several big matches before we head to the Camp Nou, like Sunday’s match against Marseille and a trip to Niort in the Coupe de France. The biggest mistake we could make would be to focus on Barcelona at this point.”

Trapp feels at home with Les Parisiens and knows the importance of beating Marseille. However, the 26-year-old also pointed out that it will not be an easy task to beat Les Phoceens in their own backyard.

“It is a very special match,” Trapp said. “I know this, I am an adopted Parisian and I know what it represents.

Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was the hero in PSG’s defeat of Marseille last season.

“We are playing away from home, and it will not be easy — it is the Classico, which is always a very special match.

“It is not just about the three points — we know it is important to our fans and that they will be overjoyed to see us get the win.”

Trapp endeared himself to the Parc des Princes faithful last season by saving a penalty against OM and the man from Merzig admitted he cherishes that souvenir.

“Yes, that is a good memory,” said Trapp. “It was a tight match but we ended up winning 2-1. They were awarded a penalty but I saved it.

“It was important for me and for the team that I stopped that spot-kick. I do not know whether it was the turning point in the match but it did help us to win.

“We are hoping for a similar result on Sunday — all that counts is victory.”

PSG passed up a golden opportunity to close the gap on Monaco by drawing 0-0 at home to Toulouse last Sunday and the men from the capital will be hoping Guingamp can do them a favour ahead of their clash with Marseille.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.

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Antonio Conte downplays John Terry injury after Chelsea draw at Swansea

Antonio Conte is confident John Terry will be fit to take on Liverpool after the Chelsea captain suffered an ankle injury in a controversial 2-2 draw at Swansea.

Terry’s participation for Liverpool‘s Premier League visit to Stamford Bridge on Friday was thrown into doubt when he pulled up in the closing stages of the match.

The Chelsea captain reportedly left the Liberty Stadium on crutches and Conte said more about Terry’s condition would be known on Monday.

“I don’t know the extent of the injury but tomorrow we will see the situation about his ankle,” said Chelsea manager Conte.

“But he is a warrior and I am not worried.”

Chelsea dominated before the break to deservedly lead through Diego Costa’s 18th-minute goal.

But Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty and Leroy Fer’s disputed goal within a few minutes of each other saw Swansea take an unlikely lead.

Costa, however, salvaged a point for Chelsea with a spectacular bicycle kick – despite some claims of a foul – nine minutes from time, his fourth goal of the season saving the Blues’ unbeaten record.

“It’s very difficult to talk about the game and the final result because I think Chelsea deserved to win,” said Conte.

“We created a lot of chances to score many goals, and I think we were dominating the game when we were leading 1-0.

“But in only two minutes we were losing 2-1.

“For the second goal I think everyone can see the foul on (Gary) Cahill and there is a big mistake from the referee.

“I also want to say that this can happen for one side or the other side. I don’t want to complain, but this is the reality.

“But we had a fantastic reaction, the players showed we did not want to lose and we tried to win until the end.

“It is a pity because I think we lost two points today. Now we must look forward and prepare the next game.”

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin changed his usual formation to stop Chelsea in their tracks.

Guidolin played three central defenders but he scrapped the system just before half-time with Wales defender Neil Taylor sacrificed as Swansea returned to four at the back.

Taylor was visibly unhappy as he left the pitch, and Guidolin said he had apologised to the player for his withdrawal.

“Yes, yes, I apologise on the bench, and in the dressing-room,” said Guidolin.

“He is a clever guy. I think he understood, but I made a mistake. I should have waited three minutes.

“But Mo (Barrow) was ready five minutes before, so I decided to do it this way.

“It’s the first time in my career I have done this. I am sorry for Neil Taylor.

Chelsea are a strong, strong team. But we are happy because we changed something.

“My team needs a reaction. Probably, with the change of shape, we played in the second half with more aggression, energy and intensity. We are happy with our result.”

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Middlesbrough closing in on deal for Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo

Middlesbrough hope to tie up a deal for Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo after jetting out to Spain for a pre-season training camp.

The Teessiders have been in talks over the 30-year-old former Manchester City frontman for some time as they look to secure an initial loan deal.

Press Association Sport understands those discussions will continue in Marbella, where Boro will play three games starting with Tuesday night’s friendly against Real Betis.

Head coach Aitor Karanka has already boosted his squad for life in the Premier League with six new additions in the shape of Victor Valdes, Viktor Fischer, Bernardo Espinosa, Marten de Roon, Jordan McGhee and Antonio Barragan, and he is not about to stop there.

The club is edging towards an agreement on Negredo, while they are also close to landing both Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic and Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Ramirez.

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Ray Wilkins misses drink-drive court case because of rehab course

Former England footballer turned pundit Ray Wilkins is being treated at a rehabilitation centre for alcoholism, a court has heard.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United star was due to face magistrates in Uxbridge, west London, on Monday accused of drink-driving.

But after the 59-year-old failed to appear, his barrister said he could not attend because he was on a 28-day residential rehabilitation course at the Priory Hospital in Woking, Surrey.

The case was adjourned for a week, with chairman of the bench Nash Gill saying Wilkins would be required to attend on July 25 or provide significant medical reasons why he could not.

His barrister, Sarah-Kate McIntyre, indicated to the court that Wilkins would enter a guilty plea to the charge.

The former midfielder has twice previously been convicted of drink-driving and disqualified.

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Hull suffer another injury setback as Moses Odubajo ruled out for six months

Hull full-back Moses Odubajo is likely to be out until 2017 after the club confirmed he had ruptured a ligament in his knee and will miss the next six months.

The 22-year-old former Brentford player sustained the injury in a friendly with Grimsby on Friday and it follows last week’s news that Allan McGregor and Alex Bruce will also miss the beginning of the campaign with problems.

“First and foremost, it’s desperately disappointing news for Moses,” Tigers boss Steve Bruce said on “He was exceptional for us last season as we won promotion back to the Premier League and we expect him to be a top player for many years to come.”

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Turkey keep hopes of progressing alive with win over eliminated Czech Republic

Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan fired Turkey to a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic that sent Northern Ireland into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Turkey’s first points of the tournament, in their final Group D game in Lens, also gave them hope of progressing to the next stage as one of the best third-placed teams.

After defeats by Croatia and Spain, Turkey knew they would have to win by at least two goals to keep their tournament alive. They achieved that with strikes in each half from Yilmaz and Tufan.

Had they scored four they would have gone through immediately but, while they must now wait on other results, Northern Ireland can prepare for the knockout stages.

The Czechs, meanwhile, slipped to the bottom of the group and will head home.

Turkey’s victory was deserved but hard-earned. The Czechs made a positive start but were caught on the break after just 10 minutes as Turkey seized a loose ball.

Emre Mor, the highly-rated 18-year-old winger snapped up by Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, raced away down the touchline and clipped the ball into the box. Yilmaz got himself ahead of Tomas Sivok and neatly turned the ball in at the near post.

The Czechs were not ruffled and went close to a quick equaliser when Sivok headed against the post from a corner.

Further Czech chances came as Pavel Kaderabek got behind the defence only to shoot at goalkeeper Volkan Babacan’s feet and Tomas Necid flicked another opportunistic volley wide.

At the other end Mor, seizing his chance to impress on his first start of the tournament, flashed a shot wide from a tight angle.

The Czechs again went close to an equaliser before the interval as Necid headed across goal following a poor Turkish clearance but Kaderabek was unable to turn in at the far post. Jaroslav Plasil also tried his luck with a shot from outside the area but Babacan saved comfortably.

There was a hold-up early in the second half after three players were hurt in an accidental clash of heads in the Turkey area. Turkey’s Gokhan Gonul was the worst affected following the collision involving Sivok and David Pavelka, requiring treatment for a nasty cut close to the eye.

When play resumed Turkey were the next to threaten as Mor shot over but Babacan was soon in action too when Vladimir Darida tested him.

Turkey doubled their lead midway through the second half after the Czechs failed to deal with a free-kick lobbed into the area by Selcuk Inan. The ball found its way to the feet of Mehmet Topal and he laid off for Tufan to smash a shot into the top corner.

As has been common throughout the tournament, flares were set off by fans amid the Turkish celebrations.

The Czechs tried to fight back with Darida twice forcing Babacan to save.

Turkey continued to chase more goals and Olcay Sahan seized on poor defending to fire wide late on.

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Croatia fight back to beat defending champions Spain and top Group D

Ivan Perisic’s late goal saw Croatia come from behind to beat defending champions Spain and advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2016 as Group D winners.

Alvaro Morata’s early strike had given Spain the lead but Nikola Kalinic equalised just before half-time before La Roja defender Sergio Ramos saw a penalty saved midway through the second half.

Croatia then snatched the points three minutes from time when Perisic finished past David de Gea at his near post.

The 2-1 defeat means Spain finish second to Croatia and will meet Italy in the round of 16 on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Morata opened the scoring in just the seventh minute as the forward stole in to poke home Cesc Fabregas’ effort from virtually on the goal-line.

An error from De Gea almost allowed Ivan Rakitic to equalise but the Barcelona midfielder’s lofted attempt came back off the crossbar after possession had been gifted to Croatia.

David Silva hit a shot straight at Danijel Subasic before Nolito had an effort deflected wide as Spain looked to add to their lead.

Morata had the best chance to do just that but he wasted a chance with a poor touch having been slipped in by Fabregas just before the break.

And Croatia made them pay as they levelled on the stroke of half-time when Perisic crossed for Kalinic to flick home past De Gea.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was almost caught out once again in the second half, Marko Pjaca’s overhead kick flashing just wide with De Gea stranded having failed to claim a cross.

Pjaca then had a penalty shout turned down after hitting the ground following a challenge from Ramos, who then headed a corner wide when free inside the Croatia box.

While referee Bjorn Kuipers had made the correct call at one end, the Dutch official awarded a soft spot-kick to Spain as Andres Iniesta’s lofted pass into Silva led to the Manchester City man going down under pressure from Sime Vrsaljko.

Justice was done as Subasic saved Ramos’ penalty, although it led to more controversy as the goalkeeper was almost six yards off his line by the time the Real Madrid man struck his effort.

And it was Croatia who ended the night as group winners as Kalinic found Perisic, whose low drive beat De Gea – with the 25-year-old again not at his best.

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Jakub Blaszczykowski strikes as Poland power on at Euro 2016

A brilliantly worked goal by substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski sent Poland through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Ukraine in Marseille.

Blaszczykowski sent a superb left-footed finish past Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov after a sharp series of one-touch passes following a short corner in the 54th minute.

The win sent the Poles through behind Group C leaders Germany while already-doomed Ukraine will now exit their forgettable tournament both pointless and goalless.

Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko, who had indicated he will quit after the tournament, made five changes to his starting line-up but it was the Poles who dominated the opening exchanges.

Arkadiusz Milik found space on the left flank in the third minute and cut inside before bringing a fine save out of Pyatov with a powerful rising shot.

One minute later Poland missed an even better chance when Milik crossed from the left and found Robert Lewandowski clear in front of goal, but the striker sent his shot over the bar.

Ukraine slowly began to edge into the game and had their first chance in the 10th minute when Roman Zozulya’s close-range shot was brilliantly blocked by Michal Pazdan, and Andriy Yarmolenko missed the follow-up.

Yarmolenko proved one of his side’s few attacking threats throughout and he came close again six minutes later when he sprinted into plenty of space on the right flank only to loft his shot wide of target.

A mistake by the ineffective Yevhen Konoplyanka gave Poland another goalscoring chance in the 21st minute, the ball squirting clear to Lewandowski who bore down on the Ukraine box only to screw his shot just wide.

Seemingly determined to sign off with a win despite their fate being sealed, the Ukrainians pressed in response with Konoplyanka testing Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski twice in quick succession.

Tomasz Jodlowiec shot straight at Pyatov to bring the first half to a close but there was hope for Ukraine early in the second half when Konoplyanka delivered a cross from which the impressive Alexander Zinchenko headed over the bar.

Poland snatched their opener in the 54th minute when Blaszczykowski, fresh from replacing Piotr Zielinski at the break, finished off a superb move to all but book his side’s place in the knock-out stages.

Bartosz Kapustka should have increased Poland’s lead two minutes later when he was sprung clear by Lewandowski but shot into the side-netting.

But Poland’s move into the knock-out stages was blighted by a needless booking for Kapustka on the hour mark, his foul on Yarmolenko ensuring he will be suspended for their last-16 match.

Zinchenko screwed a good chance wide for Ukraine before Milik flashed a header just off target from a free-kick delivered by substitute Kamil Grosicki.

Vainly seeking to salvage something from a dismal tournament, Ukraine pressed in the dying minutes with Zozulya heading just wide and Ruslan Rotan bringing a fine low save out of Fabianski, but their efforts came to nothing.

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England in the group stage – The highs and lows

Roy Hodgson has displayed an admirable lack of fear leading up to this tournament. However, his brave decisions have yielded mixed results.

Hodgson’s bravery began with his selection of the 23 man squad. England managers follow a rather frustrating pattern when it comes to international tournaments, choosing experienced, ‘big names’ rather than in form players. Hodgson has bucked that trend; the inclusion of Marcus Rashford raised a few eyebrows, yet his inclusion seems to be justified following his impressive performance against Wales, which helped England snatch victory in the dying minutes. England have a squad with an abundance of attacking players to choose from, an element Hodgson sees as key to an potential success in the tournament. It was this array of attacking talent which finally saw England triumph over Wales, having the luxury of bringing Sturridge and Vardy off the bench to replace the faltering Kane and Sterling.

Hodgson also showed that he is not afraid to drop big name, a trait previous England managers painfully lacked. This season’s Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane, was dropped to the bench after failing to performance against both Russia and our Welsh counterparts. In previous tournaments England have stuck with their tried and trusted, even if it was obvious that it wasn’t working. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Hodgson; Kane underperformed and consequently lost his place in the starting 11.

The absence of the so-called ‘golden generation’ within the national side may just prove to be a blessing in disguise. Players such as Gerrard, Lampard and Cole have recently retired, meaning that the team selection is no longer a formality. England’s new breed have to fight for their places, to prove their worth, and this has instilled a hunger and desire to win in these players which now starts at the training ground. The mentality appears to be shifting.

However, Hodgson took his squad selection experiment one step too far in England’s game against Slovakia, naming six changes from the team that started against Wales. Removing key players such as Rooney and Walker, who epitomised everything positive from the opening two games, disrupted the rhythm and harmony that was running through the team. Several of these changes were justified, Kane and Sterling were faltering and it could be argued that Dele Alli looked fatigued. Yet six changes proved too many, creating a discontinuity within the team that they would have been keen to avoid days before the knockout stages of the competition.

England appeared to be growing nicely into the tournament. Dominating Russia in all but the 92nd minute, beating Wales (again, in the 92nd minute) and comfortably besting Slovakia in every aspect without applying the finishing touch. The Welsh results highlighted that it was our performance in front of goal that inhibited England from topping the group. England lacked finesse when it came to finishing off countless opportunities, opting for power over placement. Lallana, who has been a stand out player for England, highlighted our inefficiencies, squandering several clear cut chances. England may have won the battle, but Wales won the war.

It must be noted that the introduction of third place qualifiers has had a negative effect on the quality of football played throughout the group stage. Teams seem content to sit behind the ball and defend, comfortable with the knowledge that three draws may be enough to see them safely through to the knockout stages. England were easily the best team within their group, the other teams knew this, and as a result England suffered from the negative tactics of their opposition and the quality of football somewhat stagnated.

Despite the disappointments of the group stage, England are through and play the runner-up of Group F. Teams will now have to attempt to win rather than not lose to make significant progress in the tournament. Who knows what will happen when both teams come out to play.

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Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic to retire from international football after Euro 2016

Sweden are to face Belgium in thier final Group E game on Wednesday, which could possibly be his last game for the country.

Without managing to open his Euro 2016 goal account, this may well have led him to think that it is time to finish his international career. He said, according to the Swedish federation’s website: “Sweden’s last game at the European Championship will be my last match for Sweden. I hope it will not be tomorrow.”

He is now strongly linked with Manchester United after becoming a free agent when he left Paris St-Germain this summer.

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Northern Ireland V Germany: Euro 2016 Match Preview

Northern Ireland were unchanged for the Group C clash with Germany at the Parc des Princes as they tried to seal qualification for the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Having made five switches for the Ukraine game following the loss to Poland, Michael O’Neill decided to stick rather than twist, leaving the likes of Kyle Lafferty and Chris Baird on the bench once again.

Northern Ireland would progress with a win or a draw against the world champions, who made two changes, bringing in Mario Gomez and Joshua Kimmich for Julian Draxler and Benedikt Howedes.

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UEFA Fine Hungarian Football Federation Over Crowd Trouble In Marseille

UEFA has fined the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) 65,000 Euros (£55,000) following crowd disorder during their Euro 2016 match against Iceland.

A series of disturbances occurred towards the end of Saturday’s Group F game in Marseille, in which a late Birkir Saevarsson own goal saw Hungary earn a 1-1 draw.

The charge against the MLSZ relates to crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects.

A UEFA statement said: “The independent UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met today in Paris to deal with the disciplinary proceedings opened against the Hungarian Football Federation following the incidents which occurred at the Iceland-Hungary match played on 18 June in Marseille.

“Charges relating to crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects had been brought against the MLSZ, and the CEDB decided to impose the following sanction: a fine of E65,000.”

There have been several issues of crowd trouble throughout the tournament with charges already brought against Romania, Albania, Croatia and Russia, who were hit with a suspended disqualification following the violence which marred their draw with England.

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Summer 2016 transfer window – Premier League club by club guide

The Premier League transfer window is underway and it looks exciting for the coming season. The transfer window will close on Wednesday August 31, 2 and a half weeks after the start of the 2016/17 season.

You will be able to keep up to date with all the latest activity with our transfer page.

AFC Bournemouth


Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) Free


Sylvain Distin (released)

Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) Undisclosed



Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach) Undisclosed Full Story


Mikel Arteta (released)

Tomas Rosicky (released)



Manager: Antonio Conte



Manager: Ronald Koeman

Bassala Sambou (Coventry City) Compensation fee

Chris Renshaw (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed



Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96) Undisclosed

Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon) Free Full Story


Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim) Undisclosed



Joel Matip (Schalke) Free

Loris Karius (FSV Mainz 05)

Manchester City


Manager: Pep Guardiola

Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed

Manchester United


Manager: Jose Mourinho

Eric Bailly (Villarreal) Undisclosed Full Story


Manager: Louis van Gaal



Viktor Fischer (Ajax) Undisclosed

Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon) Full Story


Jonathan Woodgate (released)

Damia Abella (released)

Rhys Williams (Perth Glory) Free



Gaston Ramirez (released)

Kelvin Davis (retired)

Juanmi (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed

Swansea City


Eder (Lille) undisclosed

Alberto Paloschi (Atalanta) Undisclosed



Manager: Walter Mazzarri


Joel Ekstrand (released)

West Ham United


Toni Martinez (Valencia) Undisclosed Full Story 

Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Free Full Story 

Domingos Quina

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia) Free transfer


Joey O’Brien (released)

Elliot Lee (released)

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Portugal Vs. Hungary: Euro 2016 Match Preview

Cristiano Ronaldo and his men have been held to two draws so far against inferior opposition and are now in serious danger of not topping their group.

Hungary are all but assured of their place in the next round, as they sit two points clear following victory against Austria and a draw with Iceland, while Portugal still have work to do.

Bernd Storck’s men have arguably been the most surprising team in the tournament, and victory against Portugal would rank among the great Euro upsets.

England lie in wait for the team who finishes second in Group F.


Before the tournament began, this would have been seen as a chance for Portugal to rest players. But as they are not guaranteed of a second-round berth, the big guns will all line up.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani will continue to lead the line, although Ricardo Quaresma’s ineffective display against Austria puts his place in doubt.

Renato Sanches could start in midfield after two promising displays from the bench.

Hungary may be forced to rest veteran midfielder Zoltan Gera, who started both of their previous games, while Tamas Priskin is set to lead the line once more.

Ones to Watch

Portugal: Andre Gomes

Fresh off the back of an outstanding season in Spain, Andre Gomes could be the man with the key as Portugal look to unlock Hungary’s tight defence.

The creative midfielder has had a promising tournament so far but Portugal are yet to click into gear up front, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani continue to waste chances.

The importance of Gomes has increased as they seek to go through, with chances and goals paramount against a Hungary side likely to sit back and defend.

“We were on top, we were the better team but we couldn’t translate that superiority into goals,” said fellow midfielder Joao Moutinho after their draw with Austria.

“We wanted to win, our individual quality was good, but I’m sure all team-mates would trade that for a victory.

“In both games we had enough chances but weren’t able to score more. We still believe in our potential. We have to take our opportunities and when we do, we’ll win by more than one goal.”

Hungary: Balazs Dzsudzsak

While Portugal target goals and a win, Hungary’s game plan will be to sit back and frustrate the opposition, just as they have done to Austria and Iceland so far.

Captain Balazs Dzsudzsak is vital to their success, as he leads by example and sets the tone for their displays from his place on the wing.

And on the few occasions they do venture forward, the Bursaspor winger will be key as his pace, skills and ability to score will threaten Portugal’s defence.

“It is still unbelievable to be talking about things like this,” he said.

“We are exceeding all our expectations and dreams; we Hungarians came to the Euros knowing that just taking part was a dream.

“We are proving that our qualification was no accident, and we deserve credit because nobody would have thought we would be top on four points at this stage.

“Our aim is to stay disciplined and we will see what ha

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Watford reject £25million offer for Troy Deeney from Leicester

Watford remain determined to keep Troy Deeney from joining Leicester and have reiterated the striker is not for sale.

The Hornets have rejected two bids for their captain from the Foxes after turning down Leicester’s latest offer of £25million offer at the weekend, Press Association Sport understands.

The Premier League champions are yet to return with an improved offer but Watford have no desire to allow Deeney to leave Vicarage Road, especially given they would owe Walsall 25 per cent of any profit over the £500,000 they bought the forward for in 2010.

Deeney scored 15 goals last season as the Hornets comfortably survived in the Premier League following promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in 2015.

Leicester have held a long-time interest in Deeney, who turns 28 next week, and he is not a replacement for Jamie Vardy should the England striker join Arsenal.

The Gunners activated his £20million release clause but Vardy, on international duty with England at Euro 2016, has stated he will not make a decision until after the tournament – although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted at the weekend he expects him to stay.

Leicester will sign Sporting Gijon defender Luis Hernandez on a free transfer when his contract in Spain expires while they are also hopeful of signing Nice defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy.

The 23-year-old is not a replacement for N’Golo Kante as the Foxes do not want to sell the France international but Gokhan Inler is expected to leave with the club holding talks with his agent about his future after just a season at the King Power Stadium.

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Ryan Bertrand convinced England do not lack cutting edge

England failed to “unlock the door” against Slovakia but Ryan Bertrand remains positive about their Euro 2016 chances.

Roy Hodgson’s men attacked from the outset in St Etienne but a mixture of wayward finishing, resolute defending and inspired goalkeeping saw the match end 0-0.

That was enough to see England through to the last-16 but also allowed Wales to usurp them at the top of Group B, setting up a tie next Monday against either Portugal, Austria, Hungary or Iceland.

“It was frustrating not to get the win which I thought the performance deserved,” left-back Bertrand said.

“They defended in numbers and were very resilient, and unfortunately we couldn’t unlock the door.

“We remain very positive in our overall performance in this game and in previous games.

“Hopefully when we come up against teams in the next stages, they will hopefully come out some more and give us more space.”

The display at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard also reaffirmed concerns about England’s cutting edge, but the Southampton left-back does not see it like that.

“(It’s) not really cutting edge,” Bertrand added. “We were creating chances and really plugging away, and we remain very confident in our performance.

“It was only a matter of time before we would have got the goal.”

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Wales win “was one of the best performances I've been a part of” – Bale

After Wales’ emphatic victory over Russia on Monday, Gareth Bale has spoken out and said it was one of the best performances he has been apart of and sits alongside what he has achieved with Real Madrid.

On June 20th, Wales beat Russia 3-0 in a win that helped them secure top spot in Group B over England, a memorable and historic night for Welsh football. With Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale all on the score sheet, it enabled them to take advantage of a disappointing England performance seeing them draw 0-0 with Slovakia.

Bale, now the tournament’s leading goal scorer with three goals, has told The Guardian “it is hard to describe, it was an unbelievable occasion. It is up there with anything I have done. Given the pressure of the game that was one of the best performances I have been a part of.”

Wales showed great character and courage to come back fighting after losing 2-1 to England in Lens last Thursday. They came back in great style.Their slick, precise passing made it a pleasure to watch and Joe Allen, Bale and Ramsey all produced world class performances.

“We spoke after the England game that we needed to be better in keeping the ball, and we did that,
” Bale said. “Obviously that created the space that allowed me, Rambo (Ramsey) and the midfielders on get on the ball more and when you do that you get the chance to do what we do best. It was a great team performance and everything was spot on.”

Bale insists that although Russia were very poor, it was more of a case of how well Wales played, stating “we were just very, very good. We did our homework, we knew what to expect and I thought our gameplan was perfect. It was amazing.”

Wales topped Group B ahead of a disappointed England, who will need to step their game up if they want to get any further into the latter stages of the tournament.

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Luis Hernandez switch will strengthen Leicester's defensive options

Leicester have announced they will sign defender Luis Hernandez on a free transfer from Sporting Gijon.

The 27-year-old will join the Premier League champions on a four-year deal when his contract with the La Liga side expires at the end of the month.

Hernandez becomes the Foxes’ first summer signing as they prepare for the Champions League next season, while they are also chasing Watford striker Troy Deeney.

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