Archive | July 8, 2016

Clattenburg to referee Portugal-France final….

Mark Clattenburg

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal. Clattenburg will officiate at the Stade de France six weeks after refereeing Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Atletico Madrid in Milan. The 41-year-old Englishman also took charge of the FA Cup final at Wembley on 21 May when Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1. Hosts France beat Germany 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final. Clattenburg will be joined by assistant referees Simon Beck and Jake Collin and additional assistants Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner.

Petr Cech calls time on international football….

Petr Cech

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced his retirement from international football with the Czech Republic. The 34-year-old is his country’s most capped player with 121 appearances, having made his debut in 2002. He was part of the Czech side that reached the semi-final at Euro 2004, losing to eventual champions Greece. “When I was a kid, my ultimate dream was to play for the national team at least once,” he told Arsenal’s website. “Having done it so many times makes me really proud.”

Klopp signs six-year contract extension at Liverpool….

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has signed a new six-year deal, with the club’s owners saying it would have been “irresponsible” not to offer him a long-term contract. Klopp joined Liverpool in October, initially agreeing a £15m deal to 2018 that has now been extended until 2022. “His leadership will be critical to everything we hope to achieve,” said Liverpool’s owners. Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup and the Europa League finals last term. The 49-year-old German had previously guided Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League final. “The ideas and plans he has for the football infrastructure excite us,” added Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon.

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Bielsa quits as coach of Lazio after two days….

Marcelo Bielsa

Former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa has quit as Lazio coach just two days after taking charge of the Italian club. The 60-year-old was named by Lazio on Wednesday as a replacement for Stefano Pioli, who was sacked in April. The Rome-based Serie A club announced on Friday that Argentine Bielsa had resigned but gave no other details. Lazio have not won the Italian title since 2000 and finished eighth last season.