May 2021 - Soccer Wiretap

Jose Mourinho's Roma Job To Save Spurs $12.5M

May 6, 2021 2:09 PM

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to save approximately $12.5 million in compensation payments to Jose Mourinho after he accepted Roma's managerial job.

Mourinho initially agreed to a severance package worth around $27.8 million. Mourinho was making $20.8 million per year with Spurs.

With Roma, Mourinho will earn $12.2 million per year pre tax with Roma. Mourinho is also set to benefit from a new tax break in Italy which offers a 50% reduction for top sports stars -- but only if he stays in the country for two years.

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Tags: Roma, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor

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Real Madrid Teammates Mad At Eden Hazard For Laughing After Loss

May 6, 2021 2:05 PM

Several Real Madrid club members were furious at Eden Hazard for joking with Chelsea players after their loss in the Champions League semifinal.

Cameras showed the Belgium international laughing with former teammate Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on the pitch.

A club source told ESPN that it was "intolerable" that Hazard showed "that attitude after an elimination" so painful for Madrid.

Hazard arrived at Madrid in the summer of 2019 as a record signing after seven successful seasons at Chelsea. Hazard has only played in 37 matches and has had 11 injuries. 

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Tags: Chelsea, Real Madrid

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UEFA Considering Two-Year Bans For Super League Holdouts

May 5, 2021 8:59 PM

UEFA is considering a two-year Champions League ban for the clubs that signed up to create the Super League and have yet to distance themselves from the project.

UEFA have spent the past 10 days in conversation with the 12 clubs in an effort to agree a lesser sanction and extract a formal definitive commitment not to pursue the Super League effort.

While they have reached an understanding with Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, they have yet to do so with Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Inter was close to a deal, though none has been reached yet.

The four clubs holding out believe they are in a strong position, as the original documents filed with UEFA and FIFA stated that the Super League was asking the body "for permission" to run their competition and for "recognition" rather than breaking away from the organization.

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Tags: UEFA Champions League

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Chelsea Beat Real Madrid, Will Play City In Champions League Final

May 5, 2021 8:53 PM

Chelsea defeated Real Madrid 2-0 and 3-1 on aggregate to advance to the Champions League Final in which they will meet Manchester City.

Timo Wener scored in the 28th minute, while Mason Mount put the tie out of reach in the 85th.

Chelsea defeated City in last month's FA Cup semifinal and will also play them on Saturday in the Premier League.

Zinedine Zidane had ditched his 3-5-2 system from the first leg and gone with a more typical 4-3-3.

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Tags: Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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Thomas Tuchel In No Rush To Sign Extension With Chelsea

May 4, 2021 5:28 PM

Thomas Tuchel has denied reports he is on the verge of signing an extension with Chelsea.

Chelsea will play Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie on Wednesday.

Tuchel signed an 18-month deal in February to replace Frank Lampard. 

Tuchel won 15 of his 23 games since taking charge but when asked if contract talks had begun, Tuchel replied: "No, there is no time. There is no time and no need for this right now."

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Tags: Chelsea, Misc Rumor

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Jose Mourinho Hired As Manager Of Roma

May 4, 2021 1:12 PM

Jose Mourinho has been hired as manager of Roma, effective for the start of the 21-22 season.

Mourinho was fired by Tottenham Hotspur last month. 

Roma had earlier said Paulo Fonseca would leave his role as head coach at the end of this season.

Mourinho was at Inter for two seasons from 2008-09, winning Serie A twice and the Champions League before departing for Real Madrid.

Mourinho has now managed Spurs, Inter, Porto, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid. 

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Tags: Roma, Misc Rumor

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Dortmund Prepared To Accept $121M Offer For Jadon Sancho

May 3, 2021 12:45 PM

Borussia Dortmund are prepared to accept a €100 million ($121 million) offer for Jadon Sancho this summer.

Sancho is under contract with Dortmund until 2023.

Sancho was tipped to leave Dortmund last summer but a deal never materialized.

Michael Zorc said on Saturday on ARD TV that "under certain conditions" Dortmund would let Sancho leave this summer.

"Already last year, we had a gentleman's agreement with Sancho," Zorc said.

Speaking to Sport 1 on Sunday, Zorc added: "There are certain conditions which need to be met so Jadon can leave the club. Timing and fee have been and still are the deciding parameters."

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Inter Milan Win First Serie A Title In 11 Years

May 2, 2021 1:29 PM

Inter Milan clinched their first Serie A title in 11 years following Atalanta's 1-1 draw with Sassuolo.

Inter's title ends Juventus' run of nine consecutive league trophies.

It is the club's first league title since their treble-winning season under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10.

Inter have now won 19 league titles, second behind Juventus' 36 trophies. 

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Tags: Internazionale, Game Recap

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Manchester United-Liverpool Match Postponed Due To Protests

May 2, 2021 12:26 PM

Sunday's match between Manchester United and Liverpool has been postponed due to protests demonstrating against the Glazer family.

The protest starting with around 1,000 people outside of the hotel that United were staying at.

A large group of fans broke into Old Trafford and moved the protest toward the Munich Tunnel.

The league announced that COVID-19 protocols weren't broken since protestors did not reach the dressing rooms.

The match has yet to be rescheduled. 

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Tags: Liverpool, Manchester United, Suspension

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Maurizio Sarri Reportedly Close To Roma Deal

May 1, 2021 2:01 PM

The deal between Maurizio Sarri and Roma is "80% done," sources told ESPN.

The two sides have reportedly had a verbal agreement for a deal.

Current Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has clashed with senior team members throughout this season.

Roma had looked into Max Allegri before setting their sights on Sarri. 

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Tags: Roma, Misc Rumor

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Manchester City Sign 18-Year-Old Striker Dario Sarmiento

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