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Patrick Vieira Appointed Manager At Crystal Palace

Jul 4, 2021 1:40 PM

Crystal Palace have officially named Patrick Vieira as the club's next manager.

Palace, looking to replace Roy Hodgson, were nearing a deal with Lucien Favre before talks broke down.

"It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman and sporting director about their ambition and plans for the whole club, including the academy," said Vieira.

Vieira began his managerial career in 2016 with NYCFC, leading the club to their first-ever playoff appearance.

He was most recently sacked from Nice in 2020. 


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Columbus To Rebrand, Will Drop 'Crew' From Nickname

May 10, 2021 1:19 AM

Columbus are set to unveil a rebrand that involves dropping the nickname "Crew," sources told ESPN.

The club will simply go by Columbus SC, will an announcement as early as Tuesday.

The team will also rebrand their club logo, but will keep their black and gold colors.

"Recently, images have surfaced depicting a new logo for Columbus Crew SC. The Crew and the Black and Gold remain at our core, and we continue to embrace and respect our heritage while modernizing our marks as our club and the city of Columbus evolve. We look forward to revealing those in their entirety in the near future," released the club in a statement. 

Columbus are also close to moving into their new $314 stadium in downtown. 

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Jurgen Klopp Doesn't Expect Transfer Plans To Change If They Miss UCL

Apr 30, 2021 1:38 PM

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool's summer plans won't be impacted if they miss out on the Champions League next season.

Liverpool are four points out of the top-4.

"The Champions League is massive, especially financially for the club," Klopp told a news conference. "If we cannot make that, that is not good. Definitely not.

"But I don't think it will change anything. The situation was difficult before and it is difficult after. It is always difficult."

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Rafa Marquez To Return To Barcelona In Academy Role

Apr 24, 2021 6:56 PM

Rafa Marquez revealed that he will return to Barcelona as a coach in the academy.

"The reason why I supported his campaign [for president] was because of this good friendship. They believed in me, in that resurging of Barcelona, and there's a good relationship. After he won the elections at Barcelona, there was an offer to return to the academy," said Marquez.

Marquez spent seven seasons with the club.

Marquez added that he's still working complete his coaching license. 

"I still don't have my UEFA Pro licence. I need a year [to complete it] and the invitation that they're giving me is to help with my progress and opens the doors to one of the best teams but, above all, one of the best academies."

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MLS: Inter Miami Broke Rule With Blaise Matuidi Signing

Apr 17, 2021 4:36 PM

MLS concluded that Inter Miami broke the league's Designated Player rule in their signing of Blaise Matuidi last season.

The team could still face sanctions from MLS.

Matuidi, who was signed on a free transfer last summer, was initially categorized as a Target Allocation Money (TAM) player. His pay was above the limit for TAM players, and thus should have been categorized as a Designated Player.

The club already had reached the limit with three DPs by the time of the Matuidi signing. 

Miami's three current DPs this season are Gonzalo Higuain, Rodolfo Pizarro, and Matuidi.

Former DP Matias Pellegrini was bought out of his contract and will join the club's USL League One affiliate this season. 

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Hansi Flick To Leave Bayern Munich At End Of Season

Apr 17, 2021 4:25 PM

Hansi Flick has confirmed that he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of this season.

"I told the team today that I informed the club during the week after the game in Paris that I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season," said Flick.

Flick has been linked with the German national team job.

The manager has won six titles since taking over the role in July 2019.

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Ralf Rangnick No Longer In Running For Schalke Sporting Director

Mar 21, 2021 6:16 PM

Ralf Rangnick released a statement saying that he is no longer in running for Schalke's sporting director role.

"The overwhelmingly positive reactions from members of the Konigsblauen community have influenced me and confirmed my feelings for this very special club.

"I would have loved to have been involved in helping Schalke on its difficult road back to its former strength. 

"Unfortunately, due to the numerous uncertainties within the club at the moment, I do not see myself being able to take on sporting responsibility at S04 at the moment," wrote Rangnick.

Schalke said they were surprised by Rangnick's announcement.

Rangnick had declared his interest in pursuing the German national team manager role. 

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Chris Wilder Leaves Sheffield United By Mutual Consent

Mar 13, 2021 11:17 PM

Chris Wilder and Sheffield United have parted ways by mutual consent.

Sheffield are currently in last place in the Premier League.

"Being manager of Sheffield United has been a special journey and one I'll never forget.

"I was delighted to be given the opportunity in 2016 and have been delighted with the success we have achieved, including two promotions and a highest ever Premier League finish," said Wilder in a statement.

Tension between Wilder and club owner Abdullah Bin Musa'ad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had increased in recent weeks due to a lack of upgrades in the winter window. 

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FC Dallas Midfielder Tanner Tessmann To Train With Bayern Munich

Jan 3, 2021 12:39 PM

FC Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann will train with Bayern Munich this offseason.

The 19-year-old started nine matches this season for Dallas.

Dallas and Bayern have a youth partnership that has also resulted in Chris Richards moving between the two sides.

Tessmann could either join Bayern on loan, or on a permanent basis. 

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Lucien Favre Sacked At Borussia Dortmund

Dec 13, 2020 12:43 PM

Borussia Dortmund sacked Lucien Favre following a 5-1 home loss to Stuttgart.

"We are all grateful to Lucien Favre for his excellent work over the past two-and-a-half year, in which he and his team won two runner-up championships. As a professional and as a person, Lucien Favre is beyond any doubt," said Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The side have just one point from their last three matches, have lost their last three home matches, and are currently five points behind Bayern Munich on the league table.

Favre was hired as manager in the summer of 2018.

Edin Terzic, Otto Addo and Sebastian Geppert will take over as manager. 


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