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August 30, 2016

Alcácer signs five year contract with Barça

Alcácer signs five year contract with Barça

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Today, Catalonian football club FC Barcelona announced signing of Spanish striker Paco Alcácer from Valencia C.F. for €30 million. Barcelona is obliged to pay €2 million as add-ons for the 23-year-old striker. Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi was loaned to Valencia with an option to buy the player for €12 million, having a buy-back clause in the agreement.

Munir has been allocated number 9 jersey at Valencia. Barcelona has set buy-out clause of Paco Alcácer €100 million who is the sixth signing of Luis Enrique this season. Previously, Barcelona signed Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Amsterdam based club AFC Ajax.



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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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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 26, 2016

Sevilla signs Sirigu on loan from Paris SG

Sevilla signs Sirigu on loan from Paris SG

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Friday, August 26, 2016

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On Friday, French capital football club Paris Saint-Getmain announced they loaned Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to Spanish club Sevilla F.C. till the season end.

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29-year-old Sirigu started his career in Italy and joined the Parisians five years ago, in 2011. After playing 60 Serie A matches from 2009 to 2011, Sirigu became the first-choice goalkeeper at PSG for four years, playing 145 matches.

In five seasons at Parc des Princes, Sirigu has won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Trophée des Champions, three Coupe de la Ligue, and two Coupe de France. Sirigu has played seventeen international matches, debuting in 2010.

Last season, German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp joined PSG and became their first-choice keeper. Lacking playing time with PSG, Sirigu signed the contract with Sevilla on Friday, after passing the medical tests hours before.

Per the agreement between the clubs, PSG has not included an option for Sevilla to buy the player.


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July 22, 2016

Julen Lopetegui named Spanish football manager

Julen Lopetegui named Spanish football manager

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Yesterday, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Royal Spanish Football Federation) announced Julen Lopetegui would manage the Spanish men’s national football team. As the coach, Lopetegui’s first match is scheduled against Belgium in September.

Julen Lopetegui has previously managed the U-21 (Under 21) Spanish men’s team. He has also coached Portuguese club FC Porto.

To manage the national team, Lopetegui should not have a contract with any football club. His predecessor, Vicente del Bosque, is the most decorated Spanish coach, winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 UEFA Euro.

Lopetegui was the manager of Spain’s U-19 team from 2010 till 2012. Later, he handled sub-20 before moving to the U-21 team. Having managed the junior teams of La Roja, Lopetegui is expected to be the in-charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled to be hosted in Russia.

del Bosque’s last match as Spain’s manager resulted in a 2–0 defeat against Italy in the UEFA Euro 2016’s Last 16.


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July 21, 2016

Julen Lopetegui announced Spanish football manager

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Today, Real Federación Española de Fútbol announced Julen Lopetegui would manage the Spanish men’s national football team. As the coach, Lopetegui’s first match is scheduled against Belgium in September.

Julen Lopetegui has previously managed the U-21 (Under 21) Spanish men’s team. He is the coach of Portuguese club FC Porto which has qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the season 2016–2017.

Per the contract terms, Lopetegui should not have any contract with any football club. His predecessor, Vicente del Bosque is the most decorated Spanish coach, winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 UEFA Euro.

Lopetegui was the manager of Spain’s U-19 team from 2010 till 2012. Later, he handled sub-20 before moving to U-21 team. Having managed the junior teams if the Last Roja, Lopetegui is expected to be the in-charge of the 2028 FIFA World Cup scheduled to be hosted in Russia.

del Bosque’s last match as Spain’s manager resulted in a 2&ndash0; defeat against Italy in the UEFA Euro 2016’s Last 16.


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July 9, 2016

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 7, 2016

Fernando Torres signs contract extension with Atlético Madrid

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Spanish footballer Fernando Torres has signed a one-year contract extension with the capital-based club Atlético Madrid, the club announced on Monday.

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Torres joined Atlético Madrid’s academy aged eleven and made his debut appearance for the rojiblancos in 2001. Torres spent six seasons with Atlético, then transferred to Liverpool F.C., then Chelsea FC.

After the signing, 32-year old striker said, “I’m delighted to continue at home, the only place where I ever wanted to be, and it has finally come true.”((es))

Last season, Torres scored twelve goals in all competitions and crossed the landmark of 100 goals for the Atleti. Atlético were third in the La Liga table and faced a defeat in the UEFA Champions League against their city rivals Real Madrid. Torres has won 2010 FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012 with Spain.

Last month, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann signed a contract extension with Atlético Madrid which runs until the end of June 2021.


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July 4, 2016

Footballers Neymar, Zlatan, Nolito sign contracts

Footballers Neymar, Zlatan, Nolito sign contracts

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Monday, July 4, 2016

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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

Neymar extends Barça contract, Zlatan joins Manchester United and Nolito signs Manchester City

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

End of speculations about Neymar’s future[]

Previously, Barcelona received offers from Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid. But on Friday, Neymar agreed and signed a five-year contract extension with the Blaugranas. 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 raise to €250million after the end of the second season. The formal presentation of the extension is to be presented two weeks later before Neymar leaves for his international duties for the Olympics 2016 in his homeland.

After the agreement, Neymar tweeted, “Muito feliz de continuar vivendo esse sonho! Visca Barça y visca Catalunya((en))“.

Ibrahimović and Mourinho reunites[]

Zlatan’s contract with French club Paris Saint Germain expired in June end 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 2008–2009 season before Zlatan left for Pep Guardiola‘s FC Barcelona in exchange of 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 saying, “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 Swedish team last month after Euro exit.

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

Nolito to work with Guardiola for a longer period[]

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

Nolito joined FC Barcelona B in 2008 just when Guardiola vacated manager spot of the reserve team. Three years later, Nolito was promoted to the first team and played five matches under Guardiola. Due to lack of playing time, 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 Granda CF. 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 Number 9 jersey.


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