Archive | August 4, 2016

Roberto Martinez is Belgium’s new coach….

Roberto Martinez

Former Everton, Wigan and Swansea manager Roberto Martinez has been appointed as the new head coach of Belgium. Spaniard Martinez, 43, was sacked by the Toffees in May after three years in charge at Goodison Park. He succeeds Marc Wilmots, who left his post last month, two weeks after the Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat by Wales. The vacancy was advertised online by the Belgian Football Association. It wanted a “strong and open communicator” who has a “proven track record in transmitting tactical and strategic knowledge” to top players. In a statement, the Belgian FA said it was “delighted and proud to have found a coach at this level so quickly”. At Everton, Martinez managed Belgium internationals Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas.

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Gabriel Jesus joins Man City….

Gabriel Jesus of Palmeiras celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during a match between Palmeiras and Atletico Paranaense as part of the Brasileirao 2016 at Allianz Park on May 14, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Manchester City have signed 19-year-old Brazilian winger Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras for £27m plus add-ons. Jesus has agreed a five-year deal but will stay with Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian season in December. City regard the player as the best young talent in South America and fought off interest from Barcelona. Jesus was voted the best newcomer in the Brazilian top flight last season and is part of his country’s squad at the Rio Olympics. He has scored 26 goals in 67 first-team appearances for Palmeiras and is the top scorer in the Brazilian Serie A this season – but is yet to make his senior international debut. The add-ons in the deal are believed to be worth £4m, depending on his success at Etihad Stadium. “We have many great talents in the team and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola that I can learn so much from,” said Jesus. “I’m looking forward to showing the City fans what I can do and I think we’ll have a great future together.” Jesus is capable of playing across the forward line and further boosts new manager Guardiola’s attacking options following Tuesday’s £37m capture of Germany international Leroy Sane from Schalke. Guardiola has now spent around £100m on players so far this summer and also signed Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Aaron Mooy.