Archive | May 12, 2016

Buffon receives signed Leicester shirt….

Gianluigi Buffon

The 38-year-old Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who just earned a new contract with the Old Lady has received a Leicester City signed shirt which he joyfully displayed on twitter.

Barcelona may lose record sponsor deal with Qatar Airways….

Barca are one win away from retaining the La Liga title - while Qatar Airways have opened talks with the league

Barcelona could be set to lose the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history – gazumped by their own league. Qatar Airways are coming to the end of a their £28million-a-season deal with the club and after negotiations to extend the deal and raise the annual payment to £47m broke down last year there has been little progress made. Barça have already given the order to Nike to start making their shirts for next season without a sponsor while hoping that eventually they can reach an agreement with Qatar. But according to Diario AS the club has become aware of negotiations between Qatar and La Liga that would end Barcelona’s chances of renewing a deal. The Spanish League is also looking for a new sponsor after the bank BBVA confirmed it would not be renewing its partnership with Spanish football’s biggest competition that is due to end in June 2016.

 

Chelsea and Adidas agree to end partnership….

Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League

Chelsea will pay shirt manufacturer Adidas compensation after agreeing to end their partnership six years early. The Blues, whose kits have been supplied by the German sportswear brand since 2006, are free to look for a new partner from 2017 onwards when their £30m-a-year deal with Adidas finishes. We are having trouble showing you adverts on this page, which may be a result of ad blocker software being installed on your device. The German sportswear brand has boosted its full-year profit in anticipation of the undisclosed compensation fee it will receive from the Premier League club, with whom it had agreed a 10-year deal lasting in 2023 just three years ago.

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Roger Federer out of Italian Open….

Roger Federer in Rome

Roger Federer has been beaten in straight sets by world number 15 Dominic Thiem at the Italian Open. The 34-year-old Swiss, who has struggled with a back injury, lost their third-round match 7-6 (7-2) 6-4. Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, made 34 unforced errors in the Rome encounter ahead of the French Open, which starts on 22 May. Austrian Thiem, 22, will face the winner of Richard Gasquet against Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals. Other third round matches on Thursday include Britain’s Andy Murray playing Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, while Australian Nick Kyrgios takes on seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal.

 

Ousmane Dembele joins Borussia Dortmund….

Ousmane Dembele was award the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award

Borussia Dortmund have won the race to sign highly-rated Rennes forward Ousmane Dembele. The 18-year-old, who earlier this week claimed he turned down Leicester City, has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club. Dembele has scored 12 Ligue 1 goals this season, and was recently named the Young Player of the Year in France. Speaking to Ouest-France earlier this week, Dembele said: “I had Claudio Ranieri on the phone. I was surprised to hear from him but I told him I will not be going to Leicester. “I do hope to be playing Champions League [next season], but I know where I’m going and it’s final.” Dembele’s agent last month denied reports his client had agreed a move to Borussia Dortmund, but the German club announced the signing on Thursday afternoon.

Pochettino signs new Tottenham contract….

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has signed a two-year contract extension until 2021. Pochettino announced almost two weeks ago he had struck a verbal agreement with Spurs and the deal has now been officially confirmed. The 44-year-old was appointed in May 2014 and has achieved remarkable progress at White Hart Lane, leading Tottenham to second place this season with one game left to play. Assistant head coach Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez have also agreed contract extensions. Pochettino said: “I could not be happier to sign this new contract. “It was an easy decision for my coaching staff and I because we can feel the appreciation of everyone here. There is no better place to be right now. “We have enjoyed a great season and we believe this is just the beginning.”

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Everton sack Roberto Martinez….

Roberto Martinez

Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez after three years in charge. Martinez’s side, 12th in the Premier League, were beaten 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday and lost 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday. The Toffees lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season. They have won just five league games at home all season and are guaranteed to finish with their lowest points tally at Goodison Park since the introduction of three points for a win in 1981. The club are expected to make an official announcement imminently to confirm their decision.

De Boer leaves Ajax….

Frank de Boer

Frank de Boer has left his role as head coach of Ajax.  De Boer has been manager of Ajax since 2010. The 45-year-old’s agent linked the Dutchman with Everton recently, and speculation continues about the future of their manager Roberto Martinez, whose team have won only one of their past 10 league matches.

Leicester dominate Premier League list….

Leicester

Champions Leicester have five players in the 10 nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season. Riyad Mahrez, the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) Player of the Year, was joined by Football Writers’ choice Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante, Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan. Tottenham trio Harry Kane, PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld are also nominated, along with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet.