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Football News: Real Madrid Top Money League, Poch Lauded By Puyol And More

Real Madrid Top Money League, Poch Lauded By Puyol And More
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1. Transfer round up
Danilo, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to Antalyspor, free
Jose Rojas, Universidad de Chile to Belgrano, free
Erick Moreno, Real Valladolid to Tondela, on loan
Matt Jones, Tondela to Belenenses, loan return
Matias Martinez, CA Lanus to Argentinos, on loan
Satiago Naguel, Racing Club de Avellaneda to Union Santa Fe, on loan
Guilherme, Antalyaspor to Cruzeiro, undisclosed fee
Maikon Leite, Palmeiras to Al-Shaab, on loan
Andre Fontes, Moreirense to Chaves, undisclosed fee
Mario Gavranovic, FC Zurich to HNK Rijeka, £420,000
Nadson, released by Caldense
David Ramirez, unattached to Godoy Cruz
Nico Lopez, Udinese to Nacional, on loan
Miguel Borja, AS Livorno to Cortulua, undisclosed fee
Juan Ortiz, Huila to FC Dallas, undisclosed fee
Yann Kermogant, Bournemouth to Reading, £455,000
Markos Vellidis, PAS Giannina to PAOK Saloniki, undisclosed fee
Benoit Poulain, KV Kortrijk to Club Brugge, £175,000
Alireza Haghighi, released by Rubin Kazan
Luis Farina, Benfica to Universidad de Chile, on loan
Dragos Grigore, Toulouse to Al-Sailiya, free
Danny Graham, Sunderland to Blackburn Rovers, on loan
Dimitrios Papadopoulos, released by Asteras Tripolis
Pavlos Mitropoulos, released by Panionios
Enaut Zubikarai, unattached to Tondela
Levy Madinda, Celta Vigo to Gimnastic, on loan
Dani Abalo, Sivasspor to CD Alaves, free
Andrej Kramaric, Leicester City to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, on loan
Sam Byram, Leeds United to West Ham United, £3.36m
Marcello Trotta, Avellino to Sassuolo, £1.96m
Jose Angel Crespo, Aston Villa to Rayo Vallecano, on loan
Rolando Bianchi, RCD Mallorca to Perugia, undisclosed fee
Denys Boyko, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to Besiktas, £2.31m
Nicolas Spolli, released by Carpi
Rolando Mandragora, Juventus to Pescara, on loan
Christian Bolanos, Saprissa to Vancouver Whitecaps, undisclosed fee

2. Vietnam can play too
Lovely quick feet and finish in the Asian U23 Championships by Tuan Anh for Vietnam versus UAE:


3. Real Madrid top the money league, again
For the 11th straight year, Real Madrid top football's money league, with Barcelona their closest rivals now, after last year being 4th. English teams dominate, with 9 of the top 20 playing in the English Premier League. Seventeen of the twenty current Premier League teams make the top thirty in the list, even ahead of the massive new TV rights deal that starts next season in England.

4. Amo off to Finland
Former Everton striker Daniel Amokachi has moved to Finland to take charge of JS Hercules in the Finnish Second Division. Amokachi was an assistant coach as Nigeria lifted the African Cup of Nations in 2013 and has taken over the head coach role from Pekka Haaren, who will stay at the club as Amokachi's assistant.


5. Puyol claims Poch is one of the best
Barcelona's legendary former centre back Carles Puyol has given his backing to Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. "I think he is a very good coach, one of the best," Carles told Spurs TV. "He has proved it in every team he has been. I like his way of understanding football. He likes good football, but with players who show intensity. He really enjoys his profession and that is something I love. He is a great coach." Puyol, along with another former Barca player in Ivan De La Pena, has been spending some time at Spurs recently, working with their coaching staff as he looks to gain his coaching badges.

6. League for fat blokes launches
A new league has launched in the UK that only fat blokes can enter. Man v Fat Football only allows players with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above to participate. Teams gain points for weight loss as well as winning matches. Ironically enough, the founder has lost so much weight over the last two years that he is no longer eligible to take part. If any team in this league is looking to recruit members, Eds 003, 004, 007 and 025 are available....


7. Scotland consider moving to NFL-style draft system
Scottish football is looking towards a number of proposals to improve youth development for the future. The proposition that is garnering the most interest and discussion has been to add an NFL-style draft youth system in order to get the younger players more competitive football in first teams. The plan is that Scottish Premiership teams provide 5 U20s players each to go into the draft for lower league teams. The SFA plan to set up a steering group to investigate the proposal fully, with plans for picks to be assigned on the basis of league position in the previous season. There are a number of other proposals they are also considering, all aimed at reducing the number of young players in the elite academies of current youth academies, allowing them to be spread more evenly around the clubs. The hope is that it will create a more competitive environment for them to play their football in and improve them.

8. Port Vale have four interested parties
Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite put the club up for sale six weeks ago and claims interest from four separate parties already. Supporters' representative Ally Simcock has expressed concerns that Smurthwaite is looking to hold onto the club's stadium, Vale Park, and split the club into two parts. Simcock said: "My hopes for a new owner are it will be someone who will come in with real passion for Port Vale and an understanding of how much it means for all the people who have fought so hard for the club over the last decade. My concern is the ground and club could be separated. Norman Smurthwaite said if that happened he would offer the ground at a peppercorn rent, but in the long term, I wouldn't want to be in a situation like Coventry where we don't own our ground."


9. Tomlin stirs up more transfer rumours
With the future of Bournemouth's Lee Tomlin up in the air, amid rumours of a move to Leeds United, amongst others, the midfielder has stirred the pot with a cryptic tweet:

While that could be absolutely nothing to do with a transfer, it really does suggest the rotund one is thinking over a move. Incidentally, does anyone else find it odd that he is an 'adidasUK' "athlete"? Maybe he was chosen to show that even us tubbies can do sports too?

10. Ireland confirm they received over ten times as many ticket applications as they have tickets
With the Republic of Ireland set to play in the Euro 2016 tournament, the Football Association of Ireland had opened up an application process for tickets to see them face Sweden, Belgium and Italy in the group stages. With 26,000 tickets in total available to Irish fans, the FAI have received applications for over 275,000 tickets!
The exact Irish allocation for each game is below:
•Republic of Ireland v Sweden, 13/06/2016, Stade de France, Paris - 13,000
•Belgium v Republic of Ireland, 18/06/2016, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux - 6,000
•Italy v Republic of Ireland, 22/06/2016, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille - 7,000

Written by Tris Burke January 21 2016 13:52:56