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August 28, 2016

Claudio Bravo signs Manchester City

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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On Thursday, Spanish football club FC Barcelona announced their first-choice goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, was sold to English club Manchester City F.C. for €18 million on a four-year deal. Manchester City is obliged to pay €2 million as add-ons.

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33-year-old Claudio Bravo joined the Catalonians in the 2014 summer transfer window from Real Sociedad to replace Víctor Valdés. Bravo conceded only 43 goals in 75 matches overall, 72 La Liga matches, for the club.

In 2014, Bravo did not concede a single goal in nine consecutive league matches and set a new La Liga record for consecutive minutes without a concession. That season, he conceded only eighteen goals and won the Zamora Trophy awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goal-conceded-per-match ratio. He was named in the La Liga Team of the Season.

In two seasons at Camp Nou, Bravo won eight trophies — two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, and one each of UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Super Copa de España. Last year, Bravo led Chile to their maiden Copa América title and successfully defended the title this year in the Centenario edition of the tournament. He was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament in both tournaments.

After signing Manchester City, Bravo said, “It is not easy to leave a club like Barcelona where I had two fantastic years, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to refuse.”

Earlier on Thursday, Barcelona announced signing Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from AFC Ajax for €13 million.

Bravo faces Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, as the draw on Thursday placed Barcelona and Manchester City both in Group C.



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August 10, 2016

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yesterday, English football club Manchester United F.C. announced signing Frenchman Paul Pogba from Italian club Juventus F.C. Pogba rejoined The Red Devils on a five-year contract for €105 million making him the most expensive footballer of all time by breaking the previous fee record of Gareth Bale‘s transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Spanish capital club Real Madrid.

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23-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba made his professional debut for United in 2011 after graduating from their academy. He played only seven games before leaving for Juventus the next year. Spending four years with the Old Lady, Pogba has won four Serie A titles, three Italian Super Cups, and two Coppa Italia trophies as well.

Pogba has played 38 games for the French side, netting six goals. Last month he collected a silver medal with the national team finishing runners-up at the UEFA Euro 2016, losing 1–0 to Portugal. This year, Pogba was named in the FIFA FIFPro team of the year as well as the UEFA team of the year.

After signing the five-year contract, Paul Pogba said, “I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to working with [United manager] José Mourinho.” Mourinho praised Pogba and said Pogba “will be a key part of the United team”.

Pogba has been allotted the number 6 jersey. Previously, Manchester United signed Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly.



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July 24, 2016

Moyes appointed Sunderland manager, Allardyce England manager

Moyes appointed Sunderland manager, Allardyce England manager

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yesterday, English football club Sunderland A.F.C. announced David Moyes as the manager of the club after Sam Allardyce vacanted the spot; on Friday the English Football Association appointed Allardyce manager of the English men’s football team.

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Allardyce handed national team duty[]

On Friday, the English Football Association announced Sam Allardyce signed a two-year contract as the manager of the English football team after Roy Hodgson stepped down from the post shortly after England’s exit from the UEFA Euro 2016 Last 16 facing a defeat against Iceland.

61-year-old Allardyce signed Sunderland in October and helped the club avoid relegation from the Premier League. The fourth-most experienced manager in the Premier League, Allardyce has won the Manager of the Month award on six occasions. Having managed Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, and West Ham United before joining Sunderland, Allardyce has a win record of more than 33% in the first tier, managing 467 games.

Allardyce helped the Bolton Wanderers earn promotion as their manager and, later, UEFA Europa League qualification.

Signing a two-year contract, Allardyce said, “I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. […] I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve.”

With the goal of helping England qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Allardyce’s first match as the English football manager is a friendly at Wembley Stadium on September 1.

File photo of David Moyes, 2007.
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Moyes to manage Sunderland[]

Following the English FA appointing Allardyce as English team manager, Sunderland signed David Moyes as its manager on a four-year contract.

53-year-old Moyes has won the Manager of the Month award ten times, managing more than 800 matches. Helping Preston North End to win the second division title, Moyes then spent eleven seasons with Everton from 2001. Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United F.C. manager in 2013.

Signing the contract, Moyes said, “I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity.”

Moyes is to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City F.C. next month.


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July 19, 2016

Three shot dead in Lincolnshire, UK

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Three shot dead in Lincolnshire, UK

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Three people were killed on Tuesday morning in a shooting near a pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK, the gunman thought to be among the dead. The police said there is no evidence the incident is terror related.

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The police were called to the scene at 9:00 in the morning local time, where two women and a man, including the gunman, were shot dead. Several police cars and ambulances were sent to the site. Local schools were put into lockdown for security reasons, which was lifted later that day, and the leisure centre was closed. The police appealed for witnesses.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gave his condolences to the families of the deceased, describing the events as “shocking”. The local councillor Gary Taylor also said he was “shocked”, describing the area as “quiet” and saying “gun crime does not exist in the area at all”.



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July 16, 2016

British rail minister Claire Perry steps down

British rail minister Claire Perry steps down

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

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British Rail minister Claire Perry resigned on Thursday evening, after continuing problems with Southern Rail.

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Southern has an ongoing dispute with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) about increasing driver-only services, without conductors or guards. The union objected, citing concerns about job losses and driver safety.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said “This utter mess is now an embarrassment to our city” and that he was “calling on the government to strip Southern of its franchise and take over the temporary responsibility of running these services.” Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin focused instead on the union, saying “Most industrial disputes are about threats to employment or conditions so the RMT’s attitude is absurd. There is no threat to safety, no threat to jobs, no threat to pay and yet they continue disrupting passengers’ lives on a daily basis.”

In an attempt to reduce cancellations and delays, on Monday the company cut 341 trains a day, in light of the current staff shortages. They said since this change the trains’ reliability improved from 60% on-time to 80%.



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July 14, 2016

Willian signs contract extension with Chelsea

Willian signs contract extension with Chelsea

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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On Tuesday, English capital football club Chelsea F.C. announced 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder Willian has signed a four-year contract extension with the club.

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Willian joined The Blues three years ago in summer 2013 from Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Since then, Willian has made 140 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.

After agreeing to the terms, Willian said, “I’m very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea. 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.”

The player has scored nineteen goals for Chelsea, of which thirteen were scored last season.

Under José Mourinho’s management, Willian has won the Premier League title and League Cup in 2014–2015. Last season, Willian was voted the best player in the club by its supporters.

After completing the unsuccessful campaign with Brazil in the Copa América Centenario last month, Willian arrived at the Chelsea F.C. training facility on Monday.

Last week, Chelsea signed 22-year-old Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi.


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July 9, 2016

Klopp signs contract extension with Liverpool

Klopp signs contract extension with Liverpool

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

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On Friday, German manager Jürgen Klopp signed contract extension with English football club Liverpool F.C. He was appointed as the manager in October on three years term.

Joining the Merseyside almost nine months ago, Klopp guided Liverpool to the FA League Cup and UEFA Europa League final. Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season.

FSG president Mike Gordon said, “He [Klopp] is a world-class managerial talent and his leadership will be critical to everything we hope to achieve in the years ahead.”

Coaching staff members Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawiet have extended their contracts as well.


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Mkhitaryan joins Manchester United, Sandro signs Málaga

Mkhitaryan joins Manchester United, Sandro signs Málaga

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

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File photo of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 2014.
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In association football signings this week, on Wednesday English football club Manchester United F.C. announced the signing of Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from German club Borussia Dortmund; and on Thursday Spanish club Málaga CF announced signing striker Sandro Ramírez from FC Barcelona.

Mkhitaryan joins Manchester United[]

The Armenian captain signed a four-year contract with Manchester United, which was the third signing under José Mourinho this season. In his contract, Mhkitarayan has an option to continue with The Red Devils for the fifth season.

Having won the Armenian Footballer of the Year five times since his debut in 2007, Mkhitaryan was voted Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2015–2016. Making 140 appearances for Dortmund since joining in 2013, he has scored 41 goals. Last season he provided 32 assists in all competitions. Mkhitaryan is the nation’s top scorer with nineteen goals so far.

After agreeing to the terms Henrikh Mkhitaryan said, “I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me.”

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke explained the transfer saying, “Manchester had made us an exceptionally generous offer. If we had not taken them up on it, then the player would have gone a year later in 2017 on a free transfer.”((de))

Mkhitaryan is the third signing of the club this season.

Sandro is Málaga’s new striker[]

Málaga CF signed 20-year-old striker Sandro Ramírez on a three-year term from Barcelona.

Graduated from La Masia, Sandro has scored seven goals for the blaugranas in 32 appearances. He was promoted to the first team in 2014. Sandro has won seven trophies with Barça. In the Copa del Rey, Sandro has scored three goals in twenty appearances.

At international level, Sandro has played three U-21 (under-21) matches for Spain.



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July 4, 2016

Footballers Neymar, Zlatan, Nolito sign contracts

Footballers Neymar, Zlatan, Nolito sign contracts

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On Friday, Neymar Jr agreed to a five-year contract extension with FC Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimović to a one-year contract with Manchester United F.C. as a free agent, and Nolito joined Manchester City F.C. from Celta de Vigo for a four-year term.

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End of speculations about Neymar’s future[]

Previously, Barcelona received offers for Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid. But on Friday, Neymar agreed to sign a five-year contract extension with the blaugranes. Neymar has scored 85 goals in 141 appearances for Barça winning eight trophies. This year, he finished third in the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Per the contract extension, Neymar’s buyout clause is €200million for the first season which would rise to €250million after the end of the second season. The formal presentation of the extension is to be two weeks later before Neymar leaves for his international duties for the Olympics 2016 in his homeland.

After the agreement, Neymar tweeted, “Very happy to continue living this dream!((pt)) Long Live Barcelona and long live Catalunya((ca))“.

File photo of Zlatan Ibrahimović.
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Ibrahimović and Mourinho reunite[]

Zlatan’s contract with French club Paris Saint Germain expired in June and Zlatan indicated his next move to Manchester United tweeting, “Time to let the world know. My next destination is @ManUtd [Manchester United]”. Zlatan has made 180 appearances for Paris and scored 156 goals. He became the club’s top scorer and helped the club win two domestic titles in a row, scoring 38 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

Former Swedish captain Zlatan played under José Mourinho at Italian club FC Internazionale Milano‎ in the 2008–2009 season before Zlatan left for Pep Guardiola‘s FC Barcelona in exchange for Samuel Eto’o.

After completing his second signing of the season, Mourinho said, “Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves.” Debuting in 1999, Zlatan has won domestic titles in four different nations and six different clubs winning the ‘Swedish Footballer of the Year’ nine consecutive times.

After agreeing to the terms Zlatan said, ” I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again.”

Arsenal F.C. tried to persuade Zlatan when he was 17 years old, when manager Arsène Wenger asked him to do a trial with the club. He declined the offer; recalling the incident later, he explained, “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

At international level, Zlatan is Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 116 games. He retired from the Swedish team last month after their Euro exit.

At Barcelona, Zlatan won five trophies in one season, but clashed with Guardiola. He is likely to face Guardiola’s Manchester City in their local derby.

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Nolito to work with Guardiola for a longer period[]

Manchester City under Pep Guardiola‘s management signed Nolito from Spanish club Celta Vigo. At Celta Vigo, he scored 39 goals in 106 appearances.

Nolito joined FC Barcelona B in 2008 just when Guardiola vacated the manager spot of the reserve team. Three years later, Nolito was promoted to the first team and played five matches under Guardiola. With limited playing time with Barcelona, he moved to Portuguese club S.L. Benfica.

Scoring 16 goals in 63 matches for Benfica, he was transferred to the Celts after a short loan to Granada CF. In three seasons with Celta Vigo, Nolito gained a place in Spain’s international team. Playing four matches in UEFA Euro 2016, Nolito scored one goal against Turkey.

Nolito has been allotted the Number 9 jersey.



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July 3, 2016

Djokovic knocked out of Wimbledon

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Yesterday, in the third round of the Wimbledon, defending champion Novak Djokovic lost…



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