The former Brazil captain Carlos Alberto has died, aged 72. He is sadi tohave had heart attack. Alberto was the skipper of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning side and netted the iconic fourth goal in the final against Italy when he blasted home Pele’s cool layoff. The right-back played 53 times for his country, scoring eight goals. He played the majority of his career in his native Brazil, turning out for Santos over 400 times, before finishing his career in America.
English championship club Wolves have parted company with head coach Walter Zenga after just 87 days in charge. Former Italy goalkeeper Zenga took charge at Molineux seven days before the start of the season and his side took eight points from their first four league matches, but have claimed only eight from the following 10 games. Zenga is one of the few former goalkeepers to have gone into full time coaching just like our own Imama Amapakabo of Enugu Rangers.
The Spanish football federation has been fined 220,000 Swiss francs for violating youth player transfer rules in the case involving Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Real and Atletico are banned from registering players in the next two transfer windows after losing an appeal against their own punishments. FIFA has given the Spanish FA six months to improve its transfer system. It has strict rules restricting Under-18 players moving to foreign clubs. FIFA’s investigation concerned youth players who played for Atletico between 2007 and 2014, and Real from 2005 to 2014 with the clubs respectively fined £622,000 and £249,000 for breaching rules. Barcelona were banned from registering players for two transfer windows in April 2014, but bought Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal in 2015, finally registering them to make them eligible to play when their suspension was lifted in January 2016. Real and Atletico are banned from registering new players until January 2018.
Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann has taken home the award for the best player in La Liga last season. But the glitzy awards ceremony in Valencia was overshadowed with no Barcelona players attending after manager Luis Enrique was overlooked for the best coach award. Enrique was not even part of the nominee list despite guiding Barcelona to the title and the players reacted with a defiant protest. The squad were given a day off but despite that Carles Rexach, an ambassador for the club, collected their gongs on their behalf. It was a night of unprecedented success for Atletico – their manager Diego Simeone won the best coach award while Jan Oblak and Diego Godin were named best goalkeeper and defender respectively. Griezmann, such a vital figure for both club and country, scored 22 goals in 38 La Liga games last season, adding six assists without missing a game.
Rotherham United have signed unattached former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City striker Peter Osaze Odemwingie on a short-term deal until January 2017. The 35-year-old is Millers boss Kenny Jackett’s first signing since taking over the Championship’s bottom club on 21 October, replacing Alan Stubbs. He has also played for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, French club Lille and on loan at Bristol City last season. League One Bolton Wanderers revealed he was training with them on Friday. But the Bolton News reported that an injury to Wanderers midfielder Tom Thorpe could force the club to seek to sign a midfielder instead of a forward. Nigeria international Odemwingie, who has also played for Cardiff, last played a competitive match on 19 April.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has criticized the club’s players for laughing and joking around after their 4-0 defeat by Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. The Red Devils never recovered after conceding in the first minute. United sit seventh in the table, with only 14 points from their first nine games. “If you get beat 4-0, you congratulate the opposition, you thank the supporters and then you get off the pitch,” Giggs told the Premier League channel. “You don’t stand around on the pitch, swapping shirts and laughing, with the team that’s just beat you.”
Deceased Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov will not lose his London 2012 silver medal despite a positive re-test for the banned steroid Turinabol. The four-time world champion, who won silver in the men’s freestyle 60kg, died in a car crash a year after the London Olympic Games. “The International Olympic Committee will not deprive wrestler Besik Kudukhov of his silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London,” said vice-president of United World Wrestling Georgy Bryusov. Indian bronze medallist Yoheshwar Dutt tweeted that he did not want to be awarded the silver when the failure came to light in August. “If possible he must be allowed to keep the medal. It will keep his family’s honour intact. For me humanity is above everything else,” he said.
British middleweight Anthony Ogogo has a “serious eye injury” and needs time out of boxing to assess the damage. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, 27, lost his unbeaten professional record against Craig Cunningham on Saturday when he was retired by his corner. He was unbeaten in 11 professional contests before meeting Cunningham in Birmingham. “After seeing an eye specialist today it turns out that I have fractured my eye socket in two places,” said Ogogo. Ogogo spent a year out with an Achilles tendon injury in 2014 and dislocated his shoulder in his comeback fight. He added: “This is obviously an incredibly tough time for me. I have overcome a lot of adversity previously and now face an uncertain time in terms of my eyesight with now another mountain to climb.” Kalle Sauerland, Ogogo’s promoter, said the injury was “very serious” and that the Suffolk-born fighter would take time out to “seek the best possible medical advice”. Anthony Osezua Ojo Ogogo was born 24 November, 1988 in Britain to an English mother and Nigerian father.