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Football News: Review Of The Day 12th May 2018

Review Of The Day 12th May 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Alves Ruled Out Of World Cup

The Brazilian football federation have ruled Dani Alves out of the World Cup in Russia after the 35 year old suffered cruciate ligament damage in his right knee. The right back had hoped to recover in time to take part but Brazil have now said it is "impossible".

 

Deals

Colchester United pair Brennan Dickenson and Tom Lapslie have extended their contracts with the League Two club.

Arjen Robben and Rafinha have agreed new one year contracts with Bayern Munich. The veteran pair join another veteran, Franck Ribery, in agreeing to stay another year with the Bavarians. Youngster Franck Evina has also signed a professional contract with the Bundesliga giants. 17 year old Evina has agreed a three year contract after making his debut in the first team last month.

 

Brown Wants To Manage Celtic

Celtic's veteran midfielder Scott Brown has told the BBC that he would like to manage the club one day. The 32 year old has played for the Hoops for 11 seasons now and has begun work on his coaching badges already. Brown said: "Everyone would love this job: every fan, every manager - especially in Scotland. I'm not one to just sit about and chill, enjoy life playing golf. For me, I'm going to go into coaching. I had the chance through Celtic to go and help coach the U-20s with Stevie Frail and Tommy McIntyre at the time - and I jumped at the opportunity. I was doing my B-licence so it was a great for me to help push through that. I really loved it but it was just too much hard work doing that as well as coaching during the day; going to games at night, training during the day and then trying to focus on games on Saturdays and Sundays. I think the balance was just too much for me."

 

Club Badge To Be Replaced For A Game

Xabi Prieto's final game in professional football, as the 34 year old is retiring at the end of the season, will be marked by Real Sociedad by replacing their badge with a picture of Prieto. The midfielder has been with Sociedad since he was 16, despite the club winning nothing throughout his career. This is the first ever time that the club badge will be replaced on their shirts. Sociedad said: "A historical example deserves a historic gesture. Xabi has always played for the badge, therefore in his last game at Anoeta [Stadium], Real Sociedad will take him for a day as the badge."

 

Kiev Residents Offering Free Board For Champions League Final

After being shocked by the way Ukrainian hotels have hiked their prices for visiting football fans ahead of the Champions League final, a group of residents of Kiev have opened a social media group offering free accommodation. One of the largest groups, called 'Kiev FREE couch for football fans 26/05/18' has over 5000 members. Its founder, Victor Kylymar said: "Facebook was full of posts about how greedy hotels in Kiev were, and I thought there must be a way to solve this problem. People are opening their homes and offering to take guests on cultural excursions and cook them local dishes. People are kind of being cultural ambassadors. Football is about bringing people together, and that is what this group is about too. It's about friendship."

 

Arsenal Suspend U23 Coaching Pair

Steve Gatting and Carl Laraman, Arsenal's Under-23s head coach and assistant, have been suspended by the club following complaints from players of bullying. A Gunners' spokesperson said: "We have suspended two coaches and launched an investigation following complaints from some players. These are private matters and we will not discuss any further detail."

 

French Cup Finalists Relegated To Fourth Tier

French 3rd division minnows, Les Herbiers, who delighted the country by getting to the French Cup final, have been relegated down to the 4th tier. The same tier as cup final opponents PSG's reserve team!

 

Buffon Charged By UEFA

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made some strong comments about referee Michael Oliver, following the officials decision to award a late penalty to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter final clash between the two sides. Buffon has since stood by his comments, maintaining, on Italian TV, that he was right to say what he did. Now he has been charged with breaching UEFA's "general principles of conduct" for his outburst.

 

Dembele Criticised By Former Team-Mate

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been heavily criticised by former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Roman Weidenfeller over his actions in forcing a move to Barca. Weidenfeller told ESPN: "That's not the way to leave a club. It caused an unbelievable unrest and nobody could calm down. This is a team sport - football is not tennis. He did not even take his boots - it's ridiculous. Before, I could not imagine that there is such a thing. Dembele was given the opportunity to make a name for himself at Dortmund at the age of 19. Here, he developed into a player that Barcelona wanted to buy. But instead of being grateful, he left the club, staying at home, striking and letting his team-mates down. That's just bad style - no manners."

 

Journalist Who Revealed Russian Doping Scandal Blocked From World Cup

Hajo Seppelt is far from a household name, but the journalist has been one of the leading investigative lights in exposing the doping scandals in sport, particularly the systematic cheating in Russian track and field. According to German broadcasting network ARD, Seppelt has been denied a visa to report on the World Cup due to him being placed on a list of people who are "persona non grata" in Russia.

 

Klose To Coach Bayern U17s

Germany's record goalscorer Miroslav Klose will take charge of Bayern Munich's U17 side for next season. Klose is currently working as part of Joachim Low's coaching staff with the national side and will take up his new role after the World Cup. Klose said: "I'm really looking forward to the role at Bayern's academy and I'll give everything I can to justify the faith placed in to me to lead the development of these young players."

 

Serie A Reserves To Play In Italy's Third Tier

The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) has approved a plan to introduce 'B teams' to Serie C. Under the plan, teams relegated from Serie C due to financial problems will no longer be replaced by a lower tier team automatically. Now the place will be offered to teams in Serie A, for their B team.

Written by Tris Burke May 12 2018 06:59:45