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Max Allegri To Take Year-Long Sabbatical

Jun 16, 2019 4:48 PM

Max Allegri plans to take next season off from coaching after leaving Juventus following his 5-year run.

"The last 16 years have felt like being in a blender. You have to take time away from what you usually spend with family and friends. I'll use this year to recharge my batteries ahead of the next season," said Allegri.

Allegri was officially replaced by Maurizio Sarri at Juventus. 

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Raul, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Esteban Cambiasso All Receive UEFA Licenses

Jun 15, 2019 1:42 PM

Several former players received their UEFA Pro coaching license, including Raul, Xavi, Julio Baptista, Victor Valdes, Xabi Alonso, and Esteban Cambiasso.

Jacinto Alonso, who is the head of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), looked forward to how the former players would contribute to the game as managers.

"We are convinced that you will know how to convey that feeling you made us feel when you showed us your football [ideas]," said Alonso.

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Leonardo Replaces Antero Henrique As PSG Sporting Director

Jun 15, 2019 1:38 PM

Antero Henrique has left his role as PSG sporting director and will be replaced by Leonardo.

Henrique was responsible for signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during his 2 seasons as sporting director.

"In his two seasons as sporting director since joining PSG on June 2, 2017, [Henrique] helped the men's senior team to the Ligue 1 title in 2018 and 2019, the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2018 as well as the Trophee des Champions in 2017 and 2018," said PSG in a statement.

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89% Of Chinese Football Fans Support Espanyol, According To Study

Jun 14, 2019 6:02 PM

A recent survey looking at the impact of Wu Lei's signing for Espanyol concluded that 89% of Chinese football fans now support the club.

The survey also found that 11.5% of La Liga matches watched across Asia involve Espanyol.

"Wu Lei is a winning bet because he exemplifies the balance between the sporting value of the player and the commercial benefits to his brand. It's logical to think that next season we'll see a more commercial development for the club and it wouldn't be strange to see a list of sponsors arrive based on how attractive Wu Lei is for the Chinese market," said Diego Barnas, who conducted the study.

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Roberto Martinez: Hazard Is Old-Fashioned Player With Modern Talent

Jun 7, 2019 6:40 PM

Roberto Martinez discussed Eden Hazard's quality following the Belgium's move from Chelsea to Real Madrid.

Martinez manages Hazard on the national team. 

"Eden [Hazard] is a team player who is committed to what the team needs. He is a talent that can't be found easily. The most surprising thing about Eden is his degree of influence in each game, as he is a very consistent person who doesn't depend on ups and downs and he isn't emotional," said Martinez.

Martinez then pointed out that Hazard has an old-school approach to the game.

"Unfortunately, the modern player has other influences, another way of understanding football. I think the beauty of Eden is to see an old-fashioned player with such a modern talent."

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Santi Carzola Receives Spain Call-Up At 34 Years Old

Jun 4, 2019 1:59 PM

Santi Carzola was called up to Spain's national team for 2 Euro qualification matches against the Faroe Islands and Sweden.

The 34-year-old hasn't played for the national team in 1,299 days.

Carzola didn't play for 2 years from 2013 to 2015 as he battled an ankle injury.

“Unthinkable. Playing a single game at a top level was a very long way off so imagine [playing for] the national team. This was difficult for me to take in: it’s unexpected after everything. Now I take it as a new challenge, a new hope. I’m here for purely sporting reasons. They said that to me: it’s what you bring,” Cazorla continued. “Maybe it’s more special in my case, because of the injury, but that’s not the reason I’m here although it could be an example for players my age: don’t give up," said Carzola.

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Up To 7 Players Fixed Valladolid Match Vs. Valencia, Says Judge

Jun 4, 2019 1:47 PM

As many as 7 players from Valladolid may have fixed their match against Valencia on the final day of the La Liga season. There is no suggestion that Valencia players were involved.

Valladolid players allegedly met in a bar to discuss losing the match for betting purposes.

Valencia's 2-0 win placed them into the Champions League for next season.

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6 Liverpool Players In Jose Mourinho's Champions League Starting XI

Jun 3, 2019 5:45 PM

Jose Mourinho named his Champions League starting XI for the 2018/19 season.

6 Liverpool players feature in his 433 formation.

Mourinho's team consisted of: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Andy Robertson, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de BeekChristian Eriksen, Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi, and Sadio Mane.


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Jose Mourinho Says He Wants To Add 'New Dimension' To His Approach

Jun 2, 2019 6:56 PM

Jose Mourinho said he is analyzing and improving his approach as a manager following his dismissal from Manchester United.

Mourinho is currently working as an analyst for BeIN Sport.

"I didn't need to recover from anything, but I needed my time to analyze what I had been analyzing during the months I worked [at Manchester United]. What happened was nothing that I didn't expect and I have been using my time to project my future, to improve myself technically and give a new dimension to my work, without obviously losing what I am," said Mourinho.

Mourinho added that he remains ambitious for trophies.

"Winning a fifth different championship or winning a Champions League for a third different club are things I would like to do, but I don't go for that."



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Louis Van Gaal: Frenkie De Jong Could Have Chosen Better Than Barca

Jun 2, 2019 6:51 PM

Louis van Gaal believes that Frenkie de Jong made the wrong decision in signing for Barcelona due to the midfield competition at the club.

Van Gaal added that de Jong is at the age where he has to play, but a place is not guaranteed on Ernesto Valverde's side.

"I think it will be difficult for him there. Not only because he'll have a different role there, but because he'll be competing with others to make the starting eleven...In my opinion, he could have chosen better. De Jong is a very good player, but so is Ivan Rakitic, and five years ago when I was at Manchester United, I wanted to sign Arturo Vidal. As a player you always have to choose a club where you can play. The question is, does he have this assured at Barcelona, we'll have to wait and see, I hope so because at that age you have to play every game," said van Gaal.

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Liverpool Looking To Extend Jurgen Klopp Contract
Liverpool will give Klopp an extra year on his deal, as well as a pay raise.

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Messi On Copa America: I Want To Win With Argentina
The Copa America begins on June 14th in Brazil.


Jose Antonio Reyes Passes Away In Car Accident
Reyes won the Europa League 5 times throughout his career.

BBC Football

Juninho Pernambucano Named Sporting Director At Lyon
The club also named Sylvinho as their new manager.


3 La Liga Games Under Investigation For Match Fixing
Authorities are looking at "irregular betting patterns" between matches involving Valencia, Real Valladolid, Real Betis, and Huesca.

Football Espana

Marcelo Bielsa Will Return To Leeds Next Season
Leeds finished 3rd in the Championship last season.


Andre Villas-Boas Named New Marseilles Manager
Villas-Boas replaces Rudi Garcia as manager.

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Raul To Manage Real Madrid Reserve Team
Raul has won 23 out of 26 matches at Real Madrid's U18 manager.

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Rudi Garcia To Leave Marseilles, Interested In Betis Vacancy
Rafa Benitez, Gabriel Heinze, Andre Villas-Boas and Claude Puel have been linked as his replacement.

Marca/Billy Munday

European Super League Is Coming, Says Hans-Joachim Watzke
Watzke said that the European Super League would be the end of German football.

Spanish Football Federation Parts Ways With Adidas
Adidas and Spain had a contract through the 2026 season.

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Gareth Bale In Documentary: Footballers Are 'Kind Of Just Robots'
Bale added that he understands why athletes look forward to retiring.

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Xavi Preparing To Manage Barcelona In Future
Xavi will begin his management career in Qatar.


Quique Setien To Leave Real Betis After Season
Setien leaves Betis after two seasons.

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Real Madrid Named Most Valuable Brand In Football
Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City round out the top 5.

Billy Munday/Marca

Copa Libertadores Final To Stay In South America
The 2019 Copa Libertadores final will be in Santiago, Chile.

AP News

Daniele De Rossi To Leave Roma After Season
De Rossi has made 615 appearances with Roma.

Javier Tebas: European Super League Puts La Liga In Jeopardy
Tebas added that La Liga will have matches on Monday night next season.

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Chris Hughton Sacked From Brighton
Hughton is the 7th manager in the Premier League to be fired this season.

BBC Sport

New Juventus Jersey Design Influenced By Research
Juventus' black and white stripes reminded people of a referee's uniform.

Football Italia