Archive | June 7, 2016

Carneiro’s case with Chelsea / Mourinho settled on confidential terms….

Eva Carneiro

This is the full statement from Chelsea on the settlement of the Eva Carneiro case:

“Chelsea is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Dr Carneiro which brings her employment tribunal proceedings against the club and Jose Mourinho to an end. “The club regrets the circumstances which led to Dr Carneiro leaving the club and apologises unreservedly to her and her family for the distress caused. We wish to place on record that in running onto the pitch Dr Carneiro was following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor, putting their safety first. “Dr Carneiro has always put the interests of the club’s players first.  Dr Carneiro is a highly competent and professional sports doctor. She was a valued member of the club’s medical team and we wish her every success in her future career. “Jose Mourinho also thanks Dr Carneiro for the excellent and dedicated support she provided as First Team Doctor and he wishes her a successful career.”

Koeman agrees to become Everton boss….

Ronald kOEMAN

Everton have agreed a deal to make Ronald Koeman their new manager.  The Dutchman, 53, leaves Southampton after two years in charge, having led the south-coast club to seventh and sixth in the Premier League.  Everton have been without a manager since they sacked Roberto Martinez just before the end of the 2015-16 season.  The Toffees finished 11th in his third year at the club, with the Spaniard having promised Champions League qualification when appointed. Everton agreed a compensation package of about £5m with Southampton for Ronald Koeman. Koeman, who is on holiday, will take brother Erwin and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg with him to Goodison Park.

Euro 2016 squads….

As we count down to the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship tagged Euro 2016 to be held in France from from 10 June to 10 July 2016, let’s take a look at the teams the participating countries have named. Most of these teams have landed in France already and are feeling the euphoria already.

Albania (Group A)

Frederic Veseli
Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (Lazio), Alban Hoxha (Partizani), Orges Shehi (Skenderbeu).

Defenders: Lorik Cana (Nantes), Arlind Ajeti (Frosinone), Mergim Mavraj (Cologne), Elseid Hysaj (Napoli), Ansi Agolli (Qarabag), Frederic Veseli (Lugano), Naser Aliji (Basel).

Midfielders: Ledjan Memushaj (Pescara), Ergys Kaçe (Paok Thessaloniki), Andi Lila (Giannina), Migjen Basha (Como), Odise Roshi (Rijeka), Burim Kukeli (Zurich), Ermir Lenjani (Nantes), Taulant Xhaka (Basel), Armir Abrashi (Freiburg).

Forwards: Bekim Balaj (Rijeka), Sokol Cikalleshi (Medipol Baksasehir), Armando Sadiku (Vaduz), Shkelzen Gashi (Colorado Rapids).

Also in Group A: France, Romania, Switzerland

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Neymar fraud allegations….


Spanish prosecutors have called for Brazil and Barcelona football star Neymar to be tried for fraud. The prosecutors, from Spain’s top criminal court, allege Neymar and his father hid the true value of the player’s multi-million-euro transfer from Santos to Barcelona. A Brazilian investment fund that owned 40% of Neymar’s sports rights argues it was deprived of its full share. In previous interviews, Neymar, 24, has denied any wrongdoing. Barcelona said it paid €57m for Neymar in 2013, with the player’s parents, Neymar da Silva Santos and Nadine Goncalves da Silva Santos, receiving €40m and his former club, Santos, €17m. But investigators say the fee was closer to €83m and Barcelona concealed part of the deal. The club also denies any wrongdoing.

Pitbull’s music interrupts Chile’s anthem….


Chile’s players and fans had to compete with American rapper Pitbull’s music, as it was played over the final bars of their national anthem before their Copa America match against Argentina. It was the second time in two days that the country’s national anthem was subject to a mix-up at the tournament. Organisers apologised for playing the Chile anthem instead of Uruguay before their game against Mexico on Sunday. Chile went on to lose Monday’s game 2-1 to the 2014 World Cup finalists. Fans and players were still singing as the pre-recorded anthem music ended, and, according to reports, the Pitbull track was next on the tracklist at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Yusupov called up by Russia after staying in same hotel as squad….

Artur Yusupov.

The Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Artur Yusupov has been called up to Russia’s Euro 2016 squad after staying in the same Monaco hotel while on holiday. “This is just the way it happened. After being on holiday for 14 days, of course I am going to be a bit out of shape,” the 26-year-old said. “I don’t really know what sort of physical condition I will be in.” Yusupov, who won the first of his two caps in November 2015, took part in Russia’s first training session in Paris in borrowed boots after the squad flew to the French capital late on Sunday. “I was supposed to fly back to Moscow today,” Yusupov said. “I didn’t even have my football boots with me and none of the clothes that I needed.” Yusupov will replace Igor Denisov who has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury. The 32-year-old Dynamo Moscow midfielder, who has 54 caps, damaged a hamstring during Russia’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in a friendly on Sunday in Monaco. Russia open their European Championship against England in Marseille on Saturday.

Lennox Lewis to carry Ali’s coffin….

lewis and Ali

Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and actor Will Smith will be pallbearers at Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday. London-born Lewis, 50, became undisputed world champion in 1999, while American Smith, 47, played Ali in the 2001 film of the same name. Three-time heavyweight world champion Ali died last Friday at the age of 74 in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. His funeral will be held in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky.

Di Maria’s emotional tribute….

Angel Di Maria

There was Copa America action in the early hours of this morning as Argentina played Chile and it was an emotional game for former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria. His grandmother passed away shortly before the game, but the winger decided to play and scored the opener, celebrating the goal by holding up a shirt with the words ‘Granny, I will miss you so much’ on it. Ever Banega also scored as Argentina won 2-1, with Lionel Messi staying on the bench as he recovers from a back injury.