Archive | July 12, 2016

Samuel Umtiti joins Barcelona….

Spanish champions Barcelona have completed the signing of France centre-back Samuel Umtiti from Lyon for 25m euros. The 22-year-old made his international debut in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals and appeared in the host nation’s 1-0 defeat by Portugal in the final. The five-year contract contains a buy-out clause of 60m euros. Umtiti made over 150 appearances for Ligue 1 side Lyon and won the Coupe de France in 2012. Barcelona confirmed Umtiti had completed his move on Tuesday after announcing in June they had agreed to sign the player.

Williams extends Chelsea contract….

Willian has committed his future to Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Willian has signed a new four-year contract with the club. The Brazil international, who had two years remaining on his current deal, scored 13 goals in 59 games for the Blues last season. Willian, 27, joined from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for a reported £30m in 2013. “It’s a dream to continue with this club and over the next four years I will try to help the team win more trophies,” he said. Willian, who has scored 19 goals in 140 matches for Chelsea, was named player of the year last season as the club finished 10th in the Premier League. He has won 30 caps for Brazil since making his debut in 2011, scoring six goals.

Henry leaves role as Arsenal’s under-18 coach….

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry has left Arsenal after manager Arsene Wenger said he could not combine his job as a television pundit with his role coaching the under-18s. Henry, 38, who worked with Arsenal’s youth players as part of his Uefa A Licence course, was not prepared to give up his media work. Ex-Gunners captain Tony Adams will take over as under-18s coach, with Freddie Ljungberg working with the under-16s. Henry must now find a team to coach in order to complete his Pro Licence. The former France forward is employed as a television pundit by Sky Sports and worked for BBC Sport during Euro 2016.

Adam Johnson refused bid to appeal….

Adam Johnson

Ex-England footballer Adam Johnson has been refused permission to appeal against his conviction for sex acts with a girl aged 15. Johnson, 28, was jailed for six years after being found guilty of sexual touching, but not guilty on a charge relating to another sexual act. The former Sunderland player had previously admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity. His sister posted on Twitter that she was devastated. Johnson’s trial at Bradford Crown Court in March heard that he had kissed and sexually touched the schoolgirl in his Range Rover, in a secluded spot in County Durham. A statement from his solicitor said: “We have received notification that Adam Johnson’s applications for leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence have been refused by the Single Judge. “He is obviously disappointed – having carefully considered all of the information, we will be lodging renewed applications on conviction and sentence in the coming days.”

Transfer fee of £1 paid for a Goalkeeper in England….

Colin Doyle

League One side Bradford have signed Blackpool goalkeeper Colin Doyle for a fee of just £1 after meeting a release clause in his contract. Doyle made 35 appearances for Blackpool last season but could not help them avoid relegation to League Two. The 31-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal, joined Blackpool in June 2015 after 12 seasons at Birmingham.

Bertrand signs new Southampton contract….

Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand has committed his future to Southampton, signing a new five-year contract. Bertrand, 26, has been a regular at Southampton since making the switch from Chelsea in 2014, initially on loan, before the move was made permanent in February 2015 for a reported £10m. The left-back, who was part of the England squad at Euro 2016 and played against Slovakia, said he was “very pleased” with the new five-year deal. “I look forward to many more successful years and really pushing forward as a whole,” Bertrand told the Southampton website.

FIFA President and Secretary to visit Nigeria….

FIFA president Gianni Infantino will meet senior football association leaders from across Africa on a two-day working visit to Nigeria in July. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on Monday Infantino will arrive in Abjua on 24 July and will meet “a legion of African FA presidents”. Infantino, elected in February this year, will be accompanied by new FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura. NFF president Amaju Pinnick met Infantino for talks in Paris on Sunday. “The FIFA president and secretary-general will arrive in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Sunday 24th July on a two-day working visit to Nigeria,” Pinnick said on the NFF website. The statement said the FIFA officials will meet Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and hold a meeting “with a legion of African FA presidents, who are expected in Nigeria” at the same time. Nigeria is seen as one of the giants of African football even though the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the second time in succession. The NFF has been dogged by factional disputes over its leadership and FIFA has threatened Nigeria with suspension from international competition because of irregularities in the leadership voting process.

Vincent Janssen joins Tottenham….

Tottenham have signed Dutch striker Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar for £17m on a four-year deal. The 22-year-old scored 27 league goals in the Dutch top flight last season and netted a penalty on his international debut in March against England. He is Spurs’ second summer signing, after the £11m arrival of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama. French champions Paris St-Germain and Wolfsburg were also reported to be interested in signing Janssen.

EURO 2016 List Of Awards….

Portugal squad with the European Championship trophy

UEFA EURO 2016 Player of the Tournament: Antoine Griezmann (France)

Young Player of the Tournament presented by SOCAR: Renato Sanches (Portugal)
UEFA EURO 2016 adidas Golden Boot: Antoine Grizemann (France)
UEFA EURO 2016 adidas Silver Boot: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
UEFA EURO 2016 adidas Bronze Boot: Olivier Giroud (France)
UEFA EURO 2016 Goal of the Tournament: Robson Kanu (Wales)

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joins Southampton….

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Southampton have signed Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from German champions Bayern Munich for a reported fee of £12.8m. Hojbjerg, 20, was on loan at Schalke last season but his first-team chances at Bayern were reduced by the signing of Portugal’s Renato Sanches. Hojbjerg is the Premier League club’s second signing of the summer after winger Nathan Redmond from Norwich. “They have put trust in me. I want to show them they are not wrong,” he said. After signing a five-year deal at St Mary’s, he added: “When I heard Southampton came in for me I said to my people that this is what I want to do. “I can see myself at Southampton as it’s the way I like to think, the way I like to play and it fits me really well.”