Barcagate: Arrests made at Barcelona football club after police raid

A police operation is ongoing at Barcelona football club and several arrests have been made, a police spokesperson said. “We are in the process of carrying out an operation right now with agents of the financial crimes unit,” a police spokesman told AFP news agency without specifying the number of arrests made or their identities. Barcelona said in a statement that it was cooperating with the police and legal authorities into the investigation. It said the case was related “to the contacting of monitoring services on social networks.” “FC Barcelona expresses its utmost respect for the judicial process in place … Continue reading Barcagate: Arrests made at Barcelona football club after police raid

Father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson drowns in Brazil

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker died Wednesday while swimming in a lake in Lavras do Sul in Brazil, local police said. José Agostinho Becker, 57, was reported as missing for hours prior to the announcement as he disappeared in what is being described as a “dam.” Becker was reported missing around 5 p.m. local time, with search teams from the local police department and fire department going out around 9:30 p.m. Less than a couple hours later, Becker’s body was found by a friend and employee of the family estate. Alisson joined Liverpool in 2018 from Roma and … Continue reading Father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson drowns in Brazil

Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel named new Chelsea manager

Thomas Tuchel has become the latest manager to take over the Chelsea hot seat with the Premier League club confirming the German as Frank Lampard’s replacement on Tuesday. Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on Monday halfway through his second season in charge after being unable to replicate his success as the club’s record scorer in his first Premier League managerial job. Tuchel, the 47-year-old former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain coach, has agreed to an 18-month contract with the option of another year, the west London club announced. “I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me … Continue reading Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel named new Chelsea manager

Hulk ends four-year stay at Shanghai under cloud after coach row

High-profile Brazilian striker Hulk has confirmed his exit from Shanghai SIPG as four years at the Chinese Super League club ended in acrimony and a bust-up with the coach. The 34-year-old, whose contract reportedly ends this month, did not feature as SIPG went out of the AFC Champions League at the last 16 stage in Doha on Monday to an Andres Iniesta-inspired Vissel Kobe of Japan. “Today is the day I say good bye to Shanghai SIPG, a team that made me feel at home,” Hulk wrote on China’s Weibo social media platform after the season-ending defeat, the former Porto … Continue reading Hulk ends four-year stay at Shanghai under cloud after coach row

Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies at 42

Papa Bouba Diop, a former midfielder who represented Senegal more than 60 times and played for several European football clubs, has died at the age of 42, reportedly following a long illness. Diop scored the first goal of the 2002 World Cup held in Japan and South Korea when Senegal shocked reigning champions France by beating them 1-0 in the opening game, Senegal football’s federation confirmed Diop’s death on Sunday, former French club Lens said it learned the news with “great sadness” and offered condolences to his family, while West London side Fulham, another former club, said they were “devastated” … Continue reading Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies at 42

Mourners to visit Diego Maradona’s body as Argentina grieves

A million people are expected to pay their respects to the Argentine football legend Diego Maradona in the presidential palace in Buenos Aires. Three days of national mourning have begun in Argentina after Maradona died following a heart attack on Wednesday, his body has been taken to Casa Rosada, where it will be put on display for fans. One of the greatest football players of all time, Maradona is a national hero in his home country. He was 60, officials have been rushing to install cordons and other measures to try to limit the spread of coronavirus, with big crowds … Continue reading Mourners to visit Diego Maradona’s body as Argentina grieves

Covid-19: Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho out of Wales match

Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho will miss England’s friendly against Wales on Thursday and could also be absent for Sunday’s game with Belgium after breaking coronavirus rules, manager Gareth Southgate says. Their inclusion in the squad for Sunday’s Nations League fixture depends on the outcome of coronavirus tests, the three were among a group of more than six people at a surprise 23rd birthday party for Chelsea forward Abraham, and all have since apologized for breaching protocol, we just have to make sure to protect the whole group, that is key, said Southgate. The timelines on the incubation period … Continue reading Covid-19: Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho out of Wales match

Premier League: Everton signs Ben Godfrey for $30 million

Everton have signed defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich City in a deal worth an initial £25m, potentially rising to £30m. Godfrey, 22, joins the Toffees on a five-year contract, he is Everton’s fifth signing of the summer after midfielders Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, playmaker James Rodriguez and left-back Niels Nkounkou. “It is an honour to sign for Everton and to be part of a huge club,” said the England Under-21 center-back. This is a club full of history that has an exciting team full of world-class players who will help me kick on to the next level. I am looking … Continue reading Premier League: Everton signs Ben Godfrey for $30 million

Premier league: Man City agree to sign Benfica defender, Ruben Dias for $70 million

Reeling from their major loss to Leicester city on sunday, Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Portugal defender Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m, City’s Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 32, will go the other way for about £13.7m in a separate transfer. Manager Pep Guardiola has wanted a right-sided central defender since Vincent Kompany retired last summer. On Sunday night Benfica released a statement confirming the two transfers but said contracts still need to be signed by the players. Dias, 23, was captain for Benfica’s win over Moreirense on Saturday and hugged team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa … Continue reading Premier league: Man City agree to sign Benfica defender, Ruben Dias for $70 million

Manchester city ‘demolished’ at home by Leicester city

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester City inflicted a remarkable defeat on Manchester City to go top of the Premier League. Despite going behind to a superb fourth-minute strike by former Foxes midfielder Riyad Mahrez, the visitors responded in stunning fashion. Vardy levelled with a penalty before the break after he had been fouled by Kyle Walker, and he then sealed his second treble against Pep Guardiola’s side from the spot, after he had cleverly turned home Timothy Castagne’s cross to make it 2-1. James Maddison scored for the first time since 1 January when he curled home a … Continue reading Manchester city ‘demolished’ at home by Leicester city

Premier League: Chelsea sign Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes

Chelsea have signed Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on a five-year deal. The Senegal international, 28, made 25 league appearances for the Ligue 1 side after joining from Reims in 2019. He completed his medical on Tuesday, with manager Frank Lampard having said he wants to increase competition with club record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, who cost £71m. “I’m so excited to be joining Chelsea,” Mendy said. “It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad.” Kepa was at fault for Liverpool’s second goal in the 2-0 premier league defeat by the Reds on Sunday, which was described as “a clear … Continue reading Premier League: Chelsea sign Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes

Nike to make Australia away football kit in female sizes by 2021

Australia’s football authority has announced that replicas of the national team’s away shirt will be available in women’s sizes, after a fan backlash. New kits for the women’s and men’s football teams, created by Nike, were unveiled last week. But it was later revealed that the away shirt would not be available in female sizes until 2021. Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Wednesday the kits would now be ready for supporters in early 2021. In a statement, the FFA said the initial unavailability “was not consistent with the values in which FFA seeks to uphold and promote. The football body … Continue reading Nike to make Australia away football kit in female sizes by 2021