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August 9, 2018

Real Madrid agrees with Chelsea FC to sign goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

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Yesterday, English football club Chelsea FC announced reaching an agreement with Spanish-capital club Real Madrid to transfer Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Madrid. Real Madrid via their official website said Courtois “has signed for the club for the next six seasons.”

26-year-old Courtois has been Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper for the last four seasons. He joined The Blues in 2011 from Belgian club K.R.C. Genk. In the last four seasons at Chelsea, Courtois won Premier League titles in 2014–15 and 2016–17, an EFL Cup in 2014–15, and the FA Cup in the last season. In his 2016–17 season for Chelsea, the Belgian kept sixteen clean-sheets in league matches.

Just after joining Chelsea in 2011, Courtois was loaned to Real Madrid’s cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid. During this previous spell in Spain, Courtois won one each of the Spanish LaLiga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup. Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, winning the third-place medal with Belgium.

According to report by ESPN, Real Madrid had to pay about £35 million for the transfer. At the same time, Real Madrid’s midfielder Mateo Kovačić is loaned to Chelsea for the next season. In Real Madrid’s official announcement, they said Courtois is to be presented at Santiago Bernabeu today at 1 pm after his medical examination.



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August 8, 2018

Chelsea FC signs Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

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On Wednesday, English football club Chelsea FC announced signing Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. Oer the reports, Arrizabalaga paid €80 million to activate his buy-out clause in order to join Chelsea, becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in the history.

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Former first-choice goalkeeper of Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois had agreed to sign a six-year contract with Real Madrid, the club made the announcement via their website on Wednesday.



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On Wednesday, English football club Chelsea FC announced reaching an agreement with Spanish-capital club Real Madrid for the transfer of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Madrid. Via their official website, Real Madrid said Courtois “has signed for the club for the next six seasons.”

26-year-old Courtois has been Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper for the last three seasons. He joined The Blues in 2011 from Belgian club K.R.C. Genk. In the last three seasons at Chelsea, Courtois won two Premier League titles in 2014–15 as well as in 2016–17, one EFL Cup in 2014–15 as well as the FA Cup in the last season. In his debut season for Chelsea, the Belgian had kept sixteen clean-sheets in league matches.

Just after joining Chelsea in 2011, Courtois was loaned to Real Madrid’s cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid. During his previous spell in Spain, Courtois had won one each of the Spanish LaLiga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup. Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, winning the third-place medal with Belgium.

According to various reports, Real Madrid had to pay about £35 million for the transfer. At the same time, Real Madrid’s midfielder Mateo Kovačić is loaned to Chelsea for the next season. In the official announcement, Real Madrid said Courtois is to be presented at Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow at 1 PM after his medical examination.



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August 6, 2018

Brazilian footballer Gabriel Jesus signs contract extension with Manchester City

Brazilian footballer Gabriel Jesus signs contract extension with Manchester City

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On Friday, English football club Manchester City announced Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus signed a contract extension adding two years to his contract with the club. Jesus’s new contract runs until 2023.

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21-year-old Jesus joined Manchester City last year in January 2017 from Brazilian club Palmeiras for a reported fee of £27 million. Since then, the Brazilian has featured in 53 matches for the club in all competitions and has scored 24 goals. During his time at the Etihad Stadium the Brazilian has won the Premier League title as well as the Carabao Cup. Internationally, Jesus made his international debut in 2016 and he was part of the Brazilian squad for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia but lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals.

After signing the contract extension, Jesus told ManCity.com, “I can say that it was the best decision I’ve made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I’m here I’m improving as a professional and as a person. Also thanks to the Club for being so organised and focused since I arrived.”

Manchester City’s footballing director Txiki Begiristain said, “Gabriel is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football, so to have him commit his future to us is a huge boost. There’s so much variety in his game. I know how much Pep [Guardiola, Man City’s manager] enjoys working with him and I am really looking forward to watching his development in the coming years.”

Jesus was part of the Manchester City squad which won the 2018 Community Shield on Sunday, defeating Chelsea 2–0 at the Wembley Stadium.



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August 5, 2018

FC Barcelona signs Chilean footballer Arturo Vidal from Bayern

FC Barcelona signs Chilean footballer Arturo Vidal from Bayern

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On Friday, via a press release, FC Bayern Munich announced reaching an agreement with Spanish football club FC Barcelona for the transfer of Arturo Vidal. The Chilean midfielder was to sign a three-year contract with Barcelona after his medical examination.

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31-year-old Vidal joined the German giants FC Bayern in 2015 from Italian side Juventus FC. Since joining Bayern, Vidal has scored 22 goals, in 124 matches in all competitions. He also provided eighteen assists. During his tenure at Allianz Arena, Vidal has won three consecutive German Bundesliga titles, two DFL Super Cups as well as one DFB-Pokal. Prior to moving to Bayern, Vidal won four consecutive Italian Serie A titles with Juventus. Internationally, Vidal has won the Copa América in 2015 as well as 2016’s Copa América Centenario.

Speaking about the transfer, Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “On behalf of FC Bayern, I wish to thank Arturo with all my heart for three fantastic years […] Arturo made a significant contribution to the great successes we enjoyed in this time. He always led from the front in important matches, and we could always rely on him.” ((de))German language: ‍Ich möchte mich im Namen des FC Bayern bei Arturo für drei tolle Jahre herzlich bedanken […] wir haben in dieser Zeit große Erfolge gefeiert, daran hatte Arturo maßgeblichen Anteil. Er ist auch in wichtigen Spielen immer vorangegangen, auf ihn konnten wir uns immer verlassen. Vidal still had one year left in his contract with Bayern.

Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valvarde said, “Vidal is someone we hope can add energy in midfield […] We know he has a lot of experience. The amount of games he’s played for his previous teams is very good. He has a big presence and he doesn’t disappear on the pitch.”

Before signing Vidal, Barcelona signed Arthur Melo, Clément Lenglet and Malcom this season.



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August 4, 2018

French footballer Lucas Digne joins Everton FC on five-year contract

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On Wednesday, English Premier League club Everton FC announced signing French footballer Lucas Digne on a five-year contract from the Spanish LaLiga winners FC Barcelona. The 25-year old Frenchman’s contract runs through June 2023.

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Digne joined FC Barcelona in 2016, from French capital-club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and since then, the defender has played more than 40 matches for Barcelona. During his tenure at Camp Nou, Digne won one LaLiga title, one Supercopa de España, and two Copa del Rey titles. Prior to playing for the Catalan-club, Digne won two French Ligue 1 titles with PSG. Internationally, Digne has featured in 21 games for France, but he was not a part of last month’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

After signing the contract with the Liverpool-based club, Digne said, “I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world. Everybody loves the Premier League. I am loving the fact I am coming here. I am not afraid, I am excited. For me, it is a new challenge to discover a country, a league, people and a great club such as Everton. It is fabulous.” Everton’s manager Marco Silva said, “It is important to say that he is a player who, from the first moment he was contacted, showed enormous desire to play at Everton”.

FC Barcelona reported Everton was to pay € 20.2 million as well as another 1.5 million in variables for Digne’s transfer. Before signing the Frenchman, Everton signed Richarlison from Watford FC this season.


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July 25, 2018

German footballer Mesut Özil announces retirement from international football

German footballer Mesut Özil announces retirement from international football

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On Sunday, German footballer Mesut Özil announced retiring from international football via his official Twitter handle. The 29-year-old gave racism as the reason for his retirement.

Özil and his international teammate İlkay Gündoğan, who are of Turkish origin, met the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London in May. The two players took a photo with Erdoğan, after which, many Germans reportedly booed the players prior to this year’s FIFA Football World Cup in Russia. Özil said that he received hate mail and threats after meeting the Turkish president.

In his tweets, Özil said, “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

Speaking about his meeting with the Turkish president, Özil said, “Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey […] For me, having a picture with President Erdoğan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country”. Referring to the German football association’s president, Reinhard Grindel, Özil said, “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.”

Özil made his international debut on August 12, 2009, playing against Azerbaijan. Since then, he has featured in 92 matches for Germany, scoring 23 goals. Özil was part of 2014’s World Cup winning squad.

“He [Mesut Özil] played a key role in Germany lifting the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and so the DFB is and always will be incredibly grateful for his outstanding performances in Germany colours” ((de))German language: ‍Er hatte entscheidenden Anteil daran, dass Deutschland 2014 in Brasilien Weltmeister geworden ist. Deshalb ist und bleibt der DFB Mesut Özil für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Trikot der deutschen Nationalmannschaften sehr dankbar., the German football association Deutscher Fußball-Bund said in a statement. It also said, “The DFB regrets Mesut Özil’s decision to step down from the national team.” ((de))German language: ‍Der DFB bedauert den Abschied von Mesut Özil aus der Nationalmannschaft.

Özil’s last match for Germany was against South Korea in this year’s FIFA World Cup, which ended in a 2–0 defeat for Germany, as the 2014 winners failed to qualify for the knockout phase.



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On Sunday, German footballer Mesut Özil announced retiring from international football via his official Twitter handle. The 29-year-old gave racism as the reason for his retirement.

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Özil and his international teammate İlkay Gündoğan, who are of Turkish origin, met the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London in May. The two players took a photo with Erdoğan, after which, many Germans reportedly booed the players prior to this year’s FIFA Football World Cup in Russia. Özil said that he received hate mail and threats after meeting the Turkish president.

In his tweets, Özil said, “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

Speaking about his meeting with the Turkish president, Özil said, “Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey […] For me, having a picture with President Erdoğan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country”. Referring to the German football association’s president, Reinhard Grindel, Özil said, “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.”

Özil made his international debut on August 12, 2009, playing against Azerbaijan. Since then, he has featured in 92 matches for Germany, scoring 23 goals. Özil was part of 2014’s World Cup winning squad.

“He [Mesut Özil] played a key role in Germany lifting the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and so the DFB is and always will be incredibly grateful for his outstanding performances in Germany colours” ((de))German language: ‍Er hatte entscheidenden Anteil daran, dass Deutschland 2014 in Brasilien Weltmeister geworden ist. Deshalb ist und bleibt der DFB Mesut Özil für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Trikot der deutschen Nationalmannschaften sehr dankbar., the German football association Deutscher Fußball-Bund said in a statement. It also said, “The DFB regrets Mesut Özil’s decision to step down from the national team.” ((de))German language: ‍Der DFB bedauert den Abschied von Mesut Özil aus der Nationalmannschaft.

Özil’s last match for Germany was against South Korea in this year’s FIFA World Cup, which ended in a 2–0 defeat for Germany, as the 2014 winners failed to qualify for the knockout phase.



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July 16, 2018

France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Yesterday, France defeated Croatia 4–2 in the final of 2018 FIFA Football World Cup to win the tournament for the second time. French teenager Kylian Mbappé became the second teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup final after Pelé did in 1958’s tournament.

Croatia dominated the ball possession, having almost twice as much as France. In the sixth minute, French defender Samuel Umtiti won a free kick in the defensive half. In the 17th minute, Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozović committed a foul and the referee awarded France a freekick. Mario Mandžukić ended up scoring an own goal from Antoine Griezmann’s assist, giving France an early lead. Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitić tried to equalise for Croatia, later, but their attempts were either blocked or went wide. In the 27th minute, French defensive midfielder N’Golo Kanté was shown a yellow card for a bad foul. A minute later, Ivan Perišić scored a left-footed shot from Vida’s assist, equalising for Croatia. The sides were not tied to 1–1 score for long. In the 35th minute, the referee awarded France a penalty kick, after confirming with the video assistant referee. Ivan Perišić had a handball in the penalty area. Greizmann scored from the penalty, putting the ball in the left corner and sending Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić in the opposite direction. Frenchman Lucas Hernández was booked by the referee in the 41st minute. The first half ended with France leading 2–1.

In the second half, Griezmann missed a chance to score from Olivier Giroud’s assist. France made their first substitution in the 55th minute, as N’Golo Kanté was replaced by Steven N’Zonzi. Just before the one-hour mark, Paul Pogba had a shot towards goal but was blocked and Pogba collected the ball, and on the second attempt, the French midfielder scored from the left-footed shot, doubling the lead for France. Kylian Mbappé scored the fourth goal in the 65th minute, from Hernández’s assist. With this goal, Mbappé became the second teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup final. In the 69th minute, Mandžukić scored the second goal for Croatia, intercepting French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris‘ pass. However, Croatia could not catch up the two-goal difference, and the match ended 4–2, as France won their second FIFA World Cup.

French coach Didier Deschamps became only the third person to win the FIFA football World Cup as a player and a coach. As a player, Deschamps won the World Cup in 1998, when he was the captain of the French team. Two years ago, the Deschamps-led French team ended up as the losing side in the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, 1–0 against Portugal in the extra-time.

After the match, Croatia’s coach Zlatko Dalić said, “I congratulate France on their title […] I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in these championships; we controlled the match but we conceded. Against such a strong side as France, you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we’ve done.”

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitić said, “We were the better team in the first half, we were attacking, but we were unlucky tonight. They scored four goals from their three shots on goal. But I congratulate France, they deserved it.”

Tournament top scorer Harry Kane won the Adidas Golden Boot award. The English striker scored six goals in the entire tournament. Belgium’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove award. Croatia’s captain Luka Modrić won the Adidas Golden Ball prize.




July 15, 2018
1800 MSK (UTC+0300)
France 4–2 Croatia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Attendance: 78,011
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Mario Mandžukić Scored after 18 minutes 18′ (o.g.)
Antoine Griezmann Scored after 38–39 minutes 38–39′ (pen.)
Paul Pogba Scored after 59 minutes 59′
Kylian Mbappé Scored after 65 minutes 65′
N’Golo Kanté Booked after 27 minutes 27′
Lucas Hernández Booked after 41 minutes 41′
N’Golo Kanté Substituted off after 55 minutes 55′
Steven N’Zonzi Substituted on after 55 minutes 55′
Blaise Matuidi Substituted off after 73 minutes 73′
Corentin Tolisso Substituted on after 73 minutes 73′
Olivier Giroud Substituted off after 81 minutes 81′
Nabil Fekir Substituted on after 81 minutes 81′
2–1 (HT) Ivan Perišić Scored after 28 minutes 28′
Mario Mandžukić Scored after 69 minutes 69′
Šime Vrsaljko Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2′
Ante Rebić Substituted off after 71 minutes 71′
Andrej Kramarić Substituted on after 71 minutes 71′
Ivan Strinić Substituted off after 81 minutes 81′
Marko Pjaca Substituted on after 81 minutes 81′

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July 15, 2018

Riots break out in France after 2018 World Cup victory

Riots break out in France after 2018 World Cup victory

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After France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup after having defeated the team from Croatia in the final football game on Sunday, celebrations turned into riots in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Ajaccio, Strasbourg and Rouen. In total 292 people were arrested.

In Paris, masked troublemakers described as “youth” attacked a major store and threw bottles at police. Nearby, 4000 police were in readiness and responded with water cannon and tear gas. 90 were arrested.

In Marseille, two police officers were wounded and ten persons were detained.

In Lyon, 100 “youth” caused unrest and police responded by firing tear gas at them. Police arrested 18 people.



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