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August 28, 2016

FC Barcelona signs Jasper Cillessen

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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On Thursday, Spanish football club FC Barcelona announced signing of Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Dutch capital football club AFC Ajax for €13 million on a five-year deal. Per the agreement, Barça is obliged to pay add-ons of €2 million.

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27-year-old Cillessen made his professional debut for his boyhood club N.E.C in 2010. A year later, he joined Ajax for €3.2 million. Spending five years at the Amsterdam ArenA, Cillessen has won three Eredivisie titles in a row and one Dutch Super Cup in 2014.

Cillessen made his last appearance for Ajax on Wendsday, losing 4–1 (5–2 on aggregate) against Russian club FC Rostov in the UEFA Champions League’s qualifying round. Cillessen underwent his medical tests on Thursday. Afterwards, he posted on Instagram saying, “Dreams do come true!”((es)) Cillessen was to be presented at Camp Nou on Friday.

Shortly after Cillessen’s signing, Barcelona announced their previous goalkeeper and Chile’s captain Claudio Bravo joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.


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August 16, 2016

Podolski announces retirement from international fotball

Podolski announces retirement from international fotball

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yesterday, Poland-born German football player and Galatasaray S.K. forward Lukas Podolski announced retirement from international football.

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Debuting internationally in 2004, Podolski has won 129 international caps, Germany’s third all time most capped player after Lothar Matthäus and Miroslav Klose. 31-year-old Lukas Podolski is the third top-scorer for Germany, netting 48 goals.

Four years ago, Podolski became the youngest player to make 100 international appearances for Germany aged 27 years 13 days. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France making his final appearance for Germany against Slovakia which was his seventh major tournament.

Podolski won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Podolski was awarded Best Young Player in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Germany. Podolski said, “I feel like my focus has shifted […] My time is over […] I arrived in Germany as a two-year-old boy with basically only a football under my arm and am now a world champion. That is more than I could ever have dreamt of.”

German football manager Joachim Löw said, “Just like Basti Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas was always a constant for me. We have always relied on him and still do to this day. He is a role model in terms of his professionalism and attitude, and he always puts the team’s success ahead of anything else.”((de)).

Podolski was the fifth player to retire from Germany’s 2014 World Cup squad. Last month, German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football. Other players who left the German national squad after winning the World Cup are Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose, and Per Mertesacker.


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August 1, 2016

Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

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On Friday, German football captain and Manchester United F.C. midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football.

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Debuting in 2004, Schweinsteiger has won 120 international caps, Germany’s fourth all time most capped player. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France and became the first German to play eighteen Euro matches, surpassing the fourteen-match record of Philip Lahm. Schweinsteiger has played in four Euro tournaments — 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Schweinsteiger said, “I have asked the national team coach to not consider me for Germany selection in future, as I would like to step down from the national team. I would like to thank the fans, the team, the DFB, the coaches and the national team’s backroom staff.”((de))

Schweinsteiger won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He has featured in three FIFA World Cup tournaments — in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has played 38 matches in major international tournaments, which is a world record. Schweinsteiger’s last match in Germany’s jersey ended in a 2–0 defeat against France in the Euro 2016 semi-final.

After Schweinsteiger announced his retirement, his former Bayern Munich teammate and German player Thomas Müller tweeted, “Thanks for 120 international caps with the @DFB_Team [German Team] and many great and shared hours with the national team”((de)).



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July 27, 2016

Higuaín leaves Napoli for Juventus

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Yesterday, Italian football club Juventus F.C. announced signing of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín from their rival club S.S.C. Napoli. 28-year-old Higuaín signed a five-year contract with the Old Lady for a Italian record transfer fee of €90 million.

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Debuting at the age of 17 in 2005, Higuaín has made 329 league appearances and scored 191 goals. He joined Spanish capital club Real Madrid in 2006. Spending six-and-half seasons with Los Blancos, Higuaín has won the La Liga title there.

Higuaín — nicknamed Pipita — joined Napoli in 2013. While there he broke the goal scoring record set by Gunnar Nordahl of the Italian Serie A, netting 36 goals in 35 appearances. He helped Napoli qualify for the UEFA Champions League as the club finished second in the league.

In remarks to Gazetta World following Higuaín’s agreement to the contract, AS Roma captain Francesco Totti said, “Footballers today are a bit like nomads[…] They follow money and not their hearts.” 40-year-old Totti has played 25 years for Roma, signing a one-year contract extention last month.

Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis said, “Some believe that talking of a betrayal is an exaggeration, but I think differently. In this move there is the full meaning of a betrayal, which includes ingratitude.”((it))

Former Agrentine captain and Napoli legend Diego Maradona said, “This Higuain affair is hurting me because he is going to a direct rival like Juventus. But we cannot blame the player either. A player has a responsibility to himself and it is those fat cats of business that are grinning the most in this case. Nobody thinks of the fan.”((es))

Higuaín has been assigned the number 9 jersey.



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July 24, 2016

Götze to make Dortmund return, Schürrle completes Dortmund offensive lineup

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

On Thursday, German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) announced Mario Götze would rejoin the club from their arch rivals Bayern Munich after obligatory medical tests; Götze is to sign a four-year contract. On Friday, BVB announced signing André Schürrle from VfL Wolfsburg.

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2014 FIFA World Cup winning goal scorer Götze has spent twelve years with Borussia Dortmund, joining the youth ranks in 2001. The 24-year-old midfielder has scored 44 goals in 156 Bundesliga appearances; 22 goals for each club. In three seasons with Bayern, Götze won three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal titles, and a UEFA Super Cup. With Dortmund, he won two League titles and a DFB Cup. Making his international debut in November 2010, Götze has played 56 matches and scored seventeen goals.

As both the clubs reached the agreement, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “Personally, I’m absolutely delighted that Mario has chosen to come back to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I’ve always hoped that he would return to the club one day”((de)).

Götze said, ” If I am now to return to my hometown club, then I want to try to win everyone over – especially those who do not welcome me back with open arms – with my performances.”((de))

Götze would potentially play against Bayern in the DFL-Supercup next month.

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Schürrle to play for fourth Bundesliga club of his career[]

Wolfsburg signed now-25-year-old André Schürrle from Chelsea F.C. in February 2015. Having also played for other two German clubs, Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen, Schürrle has scored 48 goals in 174 Bundesliga appearances, and provided 29 assists. Schürrle has scored 20 goals for Germany in 55 appearances.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said, ” André Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential who is also a very good passer of the ball and consistently contributes neatly to his team’s defensive play.”((de))

Schürrle had three years left in his contact with the Wolves, now signing for a five-year contract with BVB. The clubs did not disclose the transfer sum. Dortmund’s sporting director added, “Our offensive lineup is now complete.”((de))


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July 22, 2016

Götze to make Dortmund return, Schürrle completes BVB offensive lineup

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On Thursday, German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) announced Mario Götze would rejoin the club from their arch rivals Bayern Munich after obligatory medical tests; Götze is to sign a four-year contract. On Friday, BVB signed André Schürrle from VfL Wolfsburg.

Götze to rejoin his boyhood club[]

2014 FIFA World Cup winging goal scorer Götze has spent twelve years with Borussia Dortmund, joining the youth ranks in 2001. The 24-year-old midfielder has scored 44 goals in 156 Bundesliga appearances; 22 goals for each club. In three seasons with Bayern, Götze won three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal titles, and a UEFA Super Cup. With Dortmund, he won two League titles and a DFB Cup. Making his international debut in November 2010, Götze has played 56 matches and scored seventeen goals.

As both the clubs reached the agreement, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “Personally, I’m absolutely delighted that Mario has chosen to come back to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I’ve always hoped that he would return to the club one day”((de)).

Götze said, ” If I am now to return to my hometown club, then I want to try to win everyone over – especially those who do not welcome me back with open arms – with my performances.”((de))

Götze would potentially play against Bayern in the DFL-Supercup next month.

Schürrle to play for fourth Bundesliga club of his career[]

Wolfsburg signed 25-year-old Andre Schürrle from Chelsea F.C. in February 2015. Having played for two German clubs previously, Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen, Schürrle has scored 48 goals in 174 Bundesliga appearances, and provided 29 assists. Schürrle has scored 20 goals for Germany in 55 appearances.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said, ” André Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential who is also a very good passer of the ball and consistently contributes neatly to his team’s defensive play.”((de))

Schürrle had three years left in his contact with the Wolves. Signing for a five-year contract with BVB, both the clubs has decided not to disclose the transfer sum. Dortmund’s sporting director added, ” Our offensive lineup is now complete.”((de))


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Götze to make Dortmund return

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On Thursday, German football club Borussia Dortmund announced Mario Götze would rejoin the club from their arch rivals Bayern Munich after obligatory medical tests. Götze is to sign a four-year contract and BVB signed André Schürrle from VfL Wolfsburg on Friday.

Götze to rejoin his boyhood club[]

2014 FIFA World Cup winging goal scorer Götze has spent twelve years with Borussia Dortmund, joining the youth ranks in 2001. The 24-year-old midfielder has scored 44 goals in 156 Bundesliga appearances; 22 goals each for both the clubs. Three seasons with Bayern Götze has won three Bundesliga titles; two DFB-Pokal titles, and a UEFA Super Cup. With Dortmund, he had won two League titles and one DFB Cup. Making his international debut in November 2010, Götze has played 56 matches and scored seventeen goals.

As both the clubs reached to the agreement, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “Personally, I’m absolutely delighted that Mario has chosen to come back to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I’ve always hoped that he would return to the club one day”((de)).

Götze said in a press conference, ” If I am now to return to my hometown club, then I want to try to win everyone over – especially those who do not welcome me back with open arms – with my performances.”((de))

Götze would potentially play against Bayern in the DFL-Super Cup next month.

Schürrle to play for fourth Bundesliga club of his career[]

Wolfsburg signed 25-year-old Andre Schürrle from Chelsea F.C. in February 2015. Having played for two German clubs previously, Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen, Schürrle has scored 48 goals in 174 Bundesliga appearances, and provided 29 assists. Schürrle has scored 20 goals for Germany in 55 appearances.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said, ” André Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential who is also a very good passer of the ball and consistently contributes neatly to his team’s defensive play.”((de))

Schürrle had three years left in his contact with the Wolves. Signing for a five-year contract with BVB, both the clubs has decided not to disclose the transfer sum. Dortmund’s sporting director added, ” Our offensive lineup is now complete.”((de))


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July 18, 2016

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

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Monday, July 18, 2016

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In an unsuccessful coup attempt apparently by elements of the Turkish Armed Forces in Istanbul and Ankara, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported on Saturday. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were detained and, according to another military official, 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar, held by the rebels, was later freed.

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On Friday, the rebels declared martial law claiming to have “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s government was responsible for damaging Turkey’s secular tradition. They shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport and blocked the two bridges over the Bosphorus, with gunfire and, by some reports, jets dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites were blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire and explosions were reported at the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Instanbul on Saturday, said, “Those who betrayed this country will pay for this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on the streets of Istanbul.

During Erdoğan’s address to citizens, coup supporters were seen surrendering, abandoning military tanks, given citizen opposition to the coup. Eight people fled the country seeking asylum in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis, according to Greek officials.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen, who is currently in the United States on an exile, was responsible for the coup; Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Gülen condemned the attempt.


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July 17, 2016

Turkish president defeats coup attempt

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Yesterday, in a failed attempt of coup by Turkish Armed Forces, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were arrested and 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar was held by the rebellions, was later freed.

On Friday, rebellion army declared martial law claiming they had “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s Islamist-aligned government was responsible of demolition of Turkey’s secular tradition. They had shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport, blocked two bridges started firing and jets were dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites had been blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire explosions were reported in the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım had declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Ankara yesterday, said, “Who betrayed this country will pay this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain the president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan’s supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on Istanbul’s streets.

While Erdoğan was addressing the citizens, the coup setters surrendered abandoning the military tanks as citizens did not support them instead stood up against them. Eight people fled the country to find shelter in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis from Turkish military helicopter.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen had ignited the spark of coup, who is currently in the United States on an exile.


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July 15, 2016

80 people killed in Nice attack on French Independance day

80 people killed in Nice attack on French Independance day

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Friday, July 15, 2016

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Yesterday in the French city of Nice, a truck killed least 84 people who were watching fireworks on the eve of Bastille Day – the French Independance day.

French president François Hollande tweeted, “The France is tearful, sorrowful, but it is strong and will be always more than the zealots who now want to hit her.”((fr))


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