Porto have sacked coach Jose Peseiro after less than five months in charge. The club are now looking for their 10th boss since Jose Mourinho left for Chelsea 12 years ago. They finished third in the league, while Peseiro’s final game in charge was the Portuguese Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Braga.
Jose Mourinho visited Manchester United’s training ground for the first time yesterday. He was shown round by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and met Bobby Charlton, plus other members of the club’s staff. He did not meet Ryan Giggs though as the United assistant, whose future is uncertain, is on holiday.
Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier was arrested and placed in police custody on Monday after he was involved in an incident in Paris. The 23-year-old, who plays for French side Paris St Germain, is alleged to have had an altercation with police. The incident occurred in the Champs Elysees area in the early hours of Monday as Aurier left a nightclub. Paris St Germain officials said the club will wait for further information before making any comment. Coach Laurent Blanc briefly suspended Aurier in mid-February after the defender posted a video online in which he insulted Blanc and fellow PSG players, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel di Maria.
Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for the 11th time after beating Atletico Madrid in a dramatic penalty shootout in Milan. Sergio Ramos’ controversial finish put Zinedine Zidane’s side ahead before Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty. However, substitute Yannick Carrasco sent the Champions League final into extra-time with a close-range finish. Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning penalty after Juanfran had missed.
A Mohamed Diame wonder strike was enough for Hull City to secure victory in the Championship play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley. The midfielder’s curling right-footed shot from 25 yards sealed Hull’s immediate return to the Premier League. Steve Bruce’s side dominated what was a tense affair at times, with Diame striking a post in the first half. The Owls struggled to impose themselves as their 16-year exile from the top flight was prolonged. They had a late handball shout turned down when Jeremy Helan’s stoppage-time shot appeared to be blocked by Michael Dawson’s arms.
José Mourinho will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2016/17 season, signing a three-year contract with an option to stay at the club until at least 2020. José, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan. Announcing the appointment, Ed Woodward said: “José is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here. “I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward.” José Mourinho said: “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match. “I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.”
Watford FC of England star forward Odion Ighalo was the first player at the Super Eagles’ camp in France on Tuesday night, but has since been joined by 16 others as the three –time African champions prepare for a friendly international with Mali’s Les Aigles at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen on Friday night, NFF reports. The list of 17 players includes the nine who left from Abuja aboard an Air France flight on Tuesday: Ogenyi Onazi, Brown Ideye, Abdullahi Shehu, Umar Aminu, Kingsley Madu, Elderson Echiejile, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Etebo Oghenekaro and Musa Muhammed. There are also England –based goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Germany –based defender Leon Balogun, Arsenal of England’s Alex Iwobi and Belgium –based forward Moses Simon. Morocco –based midfielder Babatunde Michael and Turkey –based Raheem Lawal and Gbenga Arokoyo were being expected last night. South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and Norway –based defender William Troost Ekong are expected on Thursday. But Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho and Turkey –based defender Kenneth Omeruo have been held back by visa hitch. However, Super Eagles’ administrator Enebi Achor said that both players are hopeful of getting their visa latest Thursday. The team trained on Wednesday evening, and will train twice on Thursday, at 9am and at 6pm.
Image rights negotiations are delaying Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Manchester United manager. It has emerged that Chelsea still own his name as a trademark and could demand a six-figure sum from United before any deal is concluded. However, the issue will not scupper his appointment at Old Trafford. Mourinho is expected to be named as Louis van Gaal’s replacement after the Dutchman, 64, was sacked on Monday despite winning the FA Cup. The deal to bring Mourinho to Old Trafford are largely complete, but discussions between his agent, Jorge Mendes, and United officials will now enter a third day. On Wednesday, former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Mourinho, 53, told waiting reporters at his home in London that he was going to Portugal.
The family of Formula 1 racing driver Jules Bianchi are taking legal action following the 25-year-old Frenchman’s death last year. Bianchi suffered fatal head injuries when his car collided with a mobile crane at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in October 2014. Lawyers for the Bianchi family are planning litigation against F1’s governing body, Team Marussia, for whom Bianchi was driving, and the Formula One Group of companies who control television and media rights. The Bianchi family believe the actions of one or more of those parties may have contributed to Bianchi’s accident.
Rafael Benitez is staying as Newcastle United manager after signing a new three-year contract following their relegation from the Premier League. The 56-year-old Spaniard was appointed in March following Steve McClaren’s sacking but failed to keep the Magpies in the top flight. He had a break clause in his contract if Newcastle were relegated and was widely expected to leave the club. “The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me,” he said. Former Liverpool, Chelsea, and Real Madrid boss Benitez will have control over “all football-related matters” at the club, Newcastle said. Benitez’s decision also hinged on the amount of funds he has to strengthen the squad following their demotion to the Championship. “This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United,” added Benitez. “The main thing for me is that I have assurances that we will have a strong team – a winning team.” Benitez, who was sacked by Real in January and has also managed Valencia, Inter Milan and Napoli, took over with Newcastle one point adrift of safety. Despite losing only three of his 10 matches in charge, the Magpies were relegated with one game of the season remaining.
Argentina’s preliminary squad for the Olympics has a few interesting names in it. Manuel Lanzini of West Ham and Ramiro Funes Mori of Everton are the British-based players, but there’s also a spot for Giovanni Simeone. Son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego, 20-year-old Giovanni is currently playing his football for Banfield in Argentina, on loan from River Plate.
The Russian Olympic Committee has said 14 of its athletes who competed at the 2008 Olympics have tested positive for doping following hundreds of re-tests. Sports minister Vitaly Mutko admitted the news “doesn’t look good” but said the results were “not an objective picture” of Russia’s doping situation. A Russian TV report revealed the names of the 14 athletes, which include 10 medallists from the 2008 Beijing Games. Among those is Anna Chicherova, who won bronze in the high jump.
Sinisa Mihajlovic has been appointed Torino’s new manager on a two-year deal following the departure of Giampiero Ventura. Mihajlovic had been out of work since he was fired by AC Milan in April, with Ventura the leading candidate to take over as Italy manager once Antonio Conte leaves for Chelsea after the Euros.
Scotland midfielder Kim Little was yesterday voted the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2016. The Seattle Reign player topped a supporters’ poll to become the second winner of the BBC World Service award. She beat a shortlist of Gaelle Enganamouit (FC Rosengard, Sweden), Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City). “I’m surprised to win, I’m extremely humbled to win,” Little, 25, said. Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala won the award last year.
Arsenal have signed Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach. The 23-year-old, who has won 41 international caps and captained the German club, joins for a reported £35m on a long-term contract. “I’m very proud to be joining Arsenal,” said Xhaka. “I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League. “I will give everything to help Arsenal win trophies and make the fans happy.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience. “We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad.” Xhaka, who scored six goals in 108 Bundesliga appearances, will join up with his new team-mates after Euro 2016, which runs from 10 June to 10 July. The former Basel player is Arsenal’s first signing since the end of a season in which they finished runners-up to Premier League champions Leicester.
Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius is in Liverpool for a medical ahead of completing a £4.7m move to the club. The former Germany Under-21 international is expected to spend the next few days in the city. Personal terms have been agreed after Liverpool met the terms of the 22-year old’s release clause. Karius could miss the opening three weeks of the Premier League season though, as he is expected to be in Germany’s squad for the Olympics. The 22-year-old will provide competition for current Anfield No.1 Simon Mignolet, having spent the past four seasons with Mainz. Providing there are no hiccups, Karius will become Liverpool’s third new recruit, following Joel Matip and Marko Grujic, who agreed deals in January, from Schalke and Red Star Belgrade respectively.
Louis van Gaal has said he is very disappointed after being sacked as Manchester United manager two seasons into a three-year contact. “I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success,” said the 64-year-old. Van Gaal gave debuts to 14 academy graduates, including midfielder Jesse Lingard, who scored the winner in Saturday’s FA Cup final, and striker Marcus Rashford, who has netted eight goals since making his debut in February, earning a call-up to the England squad. Van Gaal added: “It has been a pleasure to work with the players and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.” “It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition,” he said in a statement.