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Football News: Review Of The Day 27th May 2019

Review Of The Day 27th May 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Transfers

Hannover 96 midfielder Marvin Bakalorz is to leave the club on a free transfer.

Ghana midfielder Bernard Mensah is moving from Atletico Madrid to Kayserispor.

Non-league Kings Lynn defender Fraser Blake-Tracy is joining Peterborough United on a 2 year contract after a successful trial.

 

R.I.P. Hood

Harry Hood, the former Celtic, Clyde and Sunderland forward has passed away at the age of 74. Hood was the last player to score an Old Firm hat-trick for Celtic until Moussa Dembele did so in 2016. Clyde said of him: "In recent years, Harry was given the honour of being inducted into the club's hall of fame twice; the first occasion in his own right, the second occasion coming as part of the entire 1966-67 squad." After his retirement he owned a pub and restaurant company.

 

Buddies Stay In Top Flight

St Mirren beat Dundee United on penalties to hold onto their top flight status and stop Dundee United from winning promotion to the SPFL. United failed to score a single one of their 4 penalties in the shootout as their team wilted under the pressure.

 

Chamakh Retires

Former Arsenal, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Bordeaux and Cardiff City striker Marouane Chamakh has announced his retirement at the age of 35. The former Moroccan international had not had a club since leaving Cardiff in 2016. Chamakh, who was born in France, played for France at youth level.

 

Browne Withdraws

Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar, but manager Mick McCarthy has ruled out calling up a replacement. The 24 year old picked up a calf injury in the Irish training camp in Portugal.
Republic of Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Randolph (Middlesbrough), McDermott (Kristiansund BK), Talbot (Bohemians), O'Leary (Bristol City)
Defenders: Coleman (Everton), Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Egan (Sheffield United), Long (Burnley), Keogh (Derby County), Duffy (Brighton), Stevens (Sheffield United), Cunningham (Cardiff City)
Midfielders: Judge (Ipswich Town), Whelan (Aston Villa), Hendrick (Burnley), Hourihane (Aston Villa), Connell (Bolton Wanderers), Cullen (Charlton Athletic - on loan for West Ham), Brady (Burnley), O'Dowda (Bristol City), McClean (Stoke City), Curtis (Portsmouth)
Forwards: McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Long (Southampton), Maguire (Preston), Hogan (Aston Villa), Robinson (Preston)

 

Addicks Clinch Last-Gasp Qualification

Charlton Athletic returned to the Championship with a late winner in the League One play-off final against Sunderland. The game was tied at 1-1 in the final minute of stoppage time when Charlton defender Patrick Bauer scrambled home a winner after his headed attempt was blocked. It leaves Sunderland consigned to a second season in League One, while the Addicks can look forward to their first season back in the Championship after 3 years down in the 3rd tier.

 

Atalanta Reach Champions League

Serie A's final day saw Atalanta and Inter Milan clinch the final two Champions League slots for Italy with wins. Inter's 2-1 victory over Empoli also saw Empoli relegated to Serie B. Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti was able to leave the club with a parting gift due to the win, as he will be replaced by Antonio Conte in the summer.

 

City Chairman Hits Out At Jealous Rivals

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak's defence of its clear breaches of the spirit of financial fair play (FFP) rules, which are being investigated by UEFA, is to accuse others of being jealous of their success. Mubarak said: "With success, there is a certain level of jealousy, envy, whatever you call it. That's part of the game. It's not easy for our competition, we know that. But the reality is, we didn't buy the most expensive player in the Premier League [Pogba], we didn't buy the most expensive goalkeeper [Kepa Arrizabalaga], we didn't buy the most expensive midfielder, we didn't buy the most expensive striker [Lukaku]. People make decisions, they've got to live by them. This is a well-run club." He does seem to forget that his team is by far and away the most expensively assembled in football history, even if the players are not the most expensive individual buys. However he does make a good point when he responds to La Liga president Javier Tebas's comments about how the "playthings of a state" should be kicked out of the Champions League over their methods and spending powers, as he lumped Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain with Abu Dhabi-owned Man City. Mubarak responded to those comments: "I think there's something deeply wrong in bringing ethnicity into the conversation. This is just ugly, the way he is combining teams because of ethnicity. I find that very disturbing, to be honest. He [Tebas] talks about how we distorted the market. There is a hypocrisy in this statement that is ironic. These huge jumps in these transfers - Figo, Zidane - where did they happen? I have no time for innuendo. Mr Tebas should look back at the history of La Liga, a league dominated by two clubs, and how distortion has happened. Manchester City has not a single player in the top 10 transfers. I don't think this is just an attack on Manchester City, it's against this league. I hope people start seeing that. I know people don't want to defend Manchester City - but for God's sake start defending this league. There are four Premier League teams in the two European finals. We have the best league in the world, the most commercial league and the most successful clubs in terms of global presence. That bothers a lot of people in many places."

Written by Tris Burke May 27 2019 06:38:31

 

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