Archive | July 15, 2016

Shevchenko appointed Ukraine manager….

Andriy Shevchenko

Ukraine have appointed former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko as their new manager. The 39-year-old, who won 111 caps, replaces Mykhaylo Fomenko, whose four-year spell ended with elimination at the group stage of Euro 2016. Shevchenko was his assistant as Ukraine lost all of their matches, against Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland. The former Dynamo Kyiv player, who retired in 2012, has never before worked as a manager. Ukraine’s record scorer with 48 goals, Shevchenko captained his country to their first World Cup finals in 2006. He has signed a two-year contract with the possibility of another two-year extension. Former Italy defender Mauro Tassotti, who was assistant coach when Shevchenko was at Milan, will join his coaching staff, as will former Dynamo coach Raul Riancho. Ukraine’s World Cup 2018 qualification campaign begins with a home match against Iceland in September. They are both in Group I along with Croatia, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo.

Kluivert appointed PSG director of football….

Patrick Kluivert

Paris St-Germain have appointed former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert as their director of football. The 40-year-old leaves the Ajax under-19 job he had just taken this summer to work with new head coach Unai Emery at the French champions. Kluivert had spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Newcastle as a player and has been Netherlands assistant manager and managed Curacao’s national side. “I am extremely honoured to join such a great club,” he said. “I will conduct my mission with great ambition and rigour. We are all in Paris to reach the very high objectives set by the club and meet the expectations of the players and supporters alike. “As I am moving to Paris, I would also like to express my gratitude to Ajax Amsterdam, the club thanks to which I discovered top-level football and which has always given me their trust.”

Martin Skrtel joins Fenerbahce….

The 31-year-old  was pictured with a Fenerbahce scarf on Tuesday after landing in Turkey

Martin Skrtel has signed for Fenerbahce from Liverpool. The Turkish Super Lig side announced the deal with a tweet welcoming the Slovakian defender. Fenerbahce said the player would be presented to the media at 12pm on Friday. No details over the length of contract were immediately announced, and it has been reported that the Istanbul club paid Liverpool £5million for the 31-year-old. Skrtel joined the Reds from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008 and was voted the club’s player of the season in 2011-12, when he scored in the League Cup final victory over Cardiff. He started 21 of Liverpool’s 38 Premier League matches in the 2015-16 season, suffering an injury against Watford in December which led to Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho forming a solid central defensive partnership in his absence. Skrtel played every minute of Slovakia’s Euro 2016 campaign, where the team reached the last 16 before being eliminated by Germany.

Coach Hossam Hassan spared jail with Facebook message….

Al Masry coach Hossam Hassan

Egypt’s all-time leading scorer Hossam Hassan has been spared a possible prison sentence – thanks to his daughter’s emotional Facebook message. Hassan was due to appear in court charged with assaulting a police photographer after a match. The photographer read the social media post and dropped his case against the former striker, who is now coach of Egyptian side Al-Masry. “Her words made me sad,” Reda Abdelmaged told reporters. “I saw what Hossam’s kid wrote on her Facebook when she said she was sad because she might see her dad in prison,” he added. “I decided to end the case as I love the city of Port Said [where Al Masry is based] and let me tell you that I love Hossam Hassan and his twin Ibrahim as they made the Egyptians happy.” The alleged incident happened as players and officials from Al Masry and Ghazl Al Mahalla clashed after the sides drew 2-2 in a league match on Friday.

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