We reported earlier today that Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira was sacked by Greek champions Olympiakos after leading them to the league and cup double. Now we can tell you the 46-year-old has been snapped up by Turkish side Fenerbahce on a two-year contract. No time wasting!
UEFA have announced their Champions League squad of the season. There are 10 players from Barcelona’s treble winners and five Juventus stars in the 18-man squad. Real Madrid have two players while Chelsea have a player.
Goalkeepers: Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Buffon (Juventus)
Greek champions Olympiakos have sacked Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira after six months in charge at the club, during which time he led them to a Greek league and cup double. Local media said the 46-year-old had angered Olympiakos owner Vangelis Marinakis when it was reported he held talks with Scottish club Rangers last month.
Former England manager Steve McClaren has been appointed as the new head coach of Newcastle United. The 54-year-old succeeds John Carver, who was sacked on Tuesday, and has also been named on the club’s board. Mike Ashley has quit as a director but remains owner. McClaren, who has signed a three-year contract that could be extended to eight years, said: “This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives.” McClaren, sacked by Derby in May, had turned down the Magpies job twice. He was approached after Alan Pardew’s departure in December and then again with three games left of the Premier League season.
Ghana forward Andre Ayew has joined Swansea City on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract at the Premier League club. Ayew, 25, has been at Marseille since 2006 but his deal with the Ligue 1 side expired this month. The former BBC African Footballer of the Year scored 52 goals in 181 appearances for the French club and has 62 caps for his country. “I felt this was the right place for me,” Ayew said.“I felt that my desire to play in the Premier League and wanting to grow as a player meant that Swansea was the best solution for me in every way. “Seeing the honesty and desire of the club made me feel that they really wanted me to come. They have proved that in all ways.”
New Zealand 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Round-16 Results….
Thursday 11 June 2015:
Austria 0 – 2 Uzbekistan
Germany 1 – 0 Nigeria
Portugal 2 – 1 New Zealand
Brazil 5 – 4 Uruguay Ukraine – Penalty Shoot out after 0-0 draw
Uzbekistan, Germany, Portugal and Brazil have all qualified for the quarter finals.
Despite the high rating in local media, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria has been knocked out of the U-20 World Cup by Germany. Sad! Kelechi Iheanacho who was the most valuable player for the U-17 tournament has not been playing for Nigeria. Is it lack of form or personality clash after he reacted for being subbed in the first game? We need to know. In the coming days, we’ll share the stories of our glory days when we played in the finals of Saudi ’89 and Netherlands ’05.