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.