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Football News: Review Of The Day 2nd October 2020

Review Of The Day 2nd October 2020
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Jordan Gabriel has signed a long-term deal with Nottingham Forest, which will expire in 2024.

23 year old defender Zak Vyner has signed a new 3 year deal with Bristol City.

Coventry City have given Michael Rose a 3 year contract.

Experienced Spanish centre-back David Lomban has signed a 2 year deal with Malaga.



Scunthorpe United have signed Jake Taylor on loan from Nottingham Forest. Also leaving Forest on loan is defender Jordan Gabriel, who has joined Blackpool for the season.

The younger brother of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has signed for League Two Barrow. Yoan Zouma, who is also a centre-back, was released by Bolton Wanderers in the summer.

Marcus Maddison has moved to Charlton Athletic on a free transfer from Peterborough United.

Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme has signed for Bournemouth on loan for the season with an option for a permanent deal.

Barcelona have signed teenage Ajax right-back Sergino Dest for £19m and the USA international's buyout clause has been set at 400m euros.

Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact have signed striker Mason Toye from Minnesota United in return for $600,000 in General Allocation Money and a 2021 MLS SuperDraft second-round pick.

Cadiz have released Jose Manuel Jurado.

Crotone have paid £1.35m for Italian midfielder Jacopo Petriccione from Lecce.

SPAL have sold midfielder Mohamed Fares to Lazio for £7.2m.

Bologna have sent Godfred Donsah on loan to Caykur Rizespor.

Brighton & Hove Albion have paid £3.6m for Swiss forward Andi Zeqiri from Lausanne-Sport.

Alexandre Mendy has made a free transfer move to SM Caen from Girondins Bordeaux.

Former Watford forward Nouha Dicko has joined Gaziantep. Dicko was released by Hull City in July.

Almeria have bought Lucas Robertone from Velez Sarsfield for £5.76m.

Leo Sena has signed for Spezia from Atletico Mineiro on loan.

Levante left-back Antonio Luna has joined Girona on a free transfer.

Genoa have paid over £7m for Uzbekistan striker Eldor Shomurodov from Rostov.

Ajax have bought Dutch right-back Sean Klaiber from Utrecht for £4.5m.

Former Manchester United youngster Saidy Janko has joined Real Valladolid from Porto.

AC Milan have paid £3.6m for young Norwegian winger Jens Petter Hauge from Bodo/Glimt.

German right-back Ridle Baku has moved to VfL Wolfsburg for a fee of £9m from 1.FSV Mainz 05.

Lorient have paid £7.2m for Nigerian striker Terem Moffi from KV Kortrijk of the Belgian Jupiler League.

Hellas Verona have loaned Antonino Ragusa to Brescia.

Teenage winger Lucas Da Cunha has joined Lausanne-Sport on loan from OGC Nice.


Injury Round-Up

League One side Shrewsbury Town have lost two of their players to injury for up to 3 months. Goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has a hamstring problem. Defender Ryan Sears has an ankle problem picked up in the EFL Trophy game against Newcastle United recently.

Kilmarnock have been hit with problems as 3 of their players tested positive for the coronavirus, which has meant the rest of the squad have been unable to train while they await the results of further tests. The three are currently self-isolating.

Everton were hit by a triple injury blow during their Carabao Cup win over West Ham United. Manager Carlo Ancelotti expects to have Brazilian forward Richarlison fit for the weekend, but fears he has lost new signing Allan and Jonjoe Kenny for a longer period. Ancelotti said: "Richarlison, twisted ankle - not so bad. Allan and Jonjoe, adductor muscle - we have to check tomorrow. Richarlison can recover for Saturday, Allan and Kenny more difficult."

Genoa's match versus Torino that was due to be played on Saturday has been postponed as Genoa have 14 players and members of staff in self-isolation due to positive virus tests.


Managerial Changes

8 time African champions Al Ahly have appointed Pitso Mosimane as their new head coach. The Egyptian giants have appointed the South African to replace Swiss coach Rene Weiler, who lasted just over a year. Mosimane is the first African coach who is not from Egypt to head up the Cairo-based side.

Wubetu Abate has taken charge of the Ethiopian nationa teal.


Disciplinary Charges

Dundee United's Mark Connolly has received a suspended 2-match ban over a breach of coronavirus regulations. The 28 year old defender refused to wear a face mask while in a taxi during a night out in Dundee. The 28 year old was also found guilty of not acting in the best interests of football.

Stuart Kettlewell, the manager of Ross County, has been given a 3-game touchline ban for comments made about referee John Beaton following his complaints after his team conceded a goal against Livingston. Kettlewell was sent to the stands and said that he had been "swept aside like a second-class citizen". He has also got a further 2-match ban suspended for the season.


Morocco Take Advantage Of Rule Changes

Moroccco's head coach Vahid Halihodzic has become the first to take advantage of FIFA's change in the eligibility rules. Halihodzic has called up Munir El Haddadi for his latest squad after the change meant the Sevilla forward was now eligible for Morocco despite having played in one competitive game for Spain. It was Morocco who had put forward the proposal to change the rules, in large part so that they could call up El Haddadi.
Morocco Squad:
Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou, Monir El Kajoui
Defenders: Issam Chebake, Noussair Mazraoui, Hamza Mendyl, Nabil Dirar, Nayef Aguero, Zouhair Feddal, Ghanem Saiss, Soufiane Chakla, Samy Mmaee
Midfielders: Sofyan Amrabat, Driss Saddiki, Nassim Boujellab, Aymen Barkok, Hakim Ziyech, Oussama Tannane, Selim Amallah, Omar El Kaddouri
Forwards: Achraf Hakimi, Moha Rhasalla, Munir El Haddadi, Zakaria Labyad, Youssef En-Nesyri, Youssef El-Arabi, Achraf Bencharki


Kenya Squad

Full Squad
Goalkeepers: Arnold Origi (HIFK, Finland), Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars)
Defenders: Brian Mandela (Unattached), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Joseph Okumu (Elfsborg, Sweden), Harun Shakava (Nkana, Zambia), Clarke Oduor (Barnsley, England), Hillary Wandera (Tusker), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks), David Owino (Mathare United), Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito), Collins Shichenje (AFC Leopards), Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia), Badi Baraka (KCB)
Midfielders: Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Victor Wanyama (Impact Montreal, Canada), Francis Kahata (Simba, Tanzania), Eric Johanna (Jonkoping's Sodra IF, Sweden), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr FC, Egypt), Antony Akumu (Kaiser Chief, South Africa), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge K.S.V, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe, China), Brian Musa (Wazito), Lawrence Juma (Gor Mahia), Katana Mohamed (Isloch, Belarus), Austin Otieno (AFC Leopards)
Forwards: Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Elvis Rupia (AFC Leopards), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Timothy Otieno (NAPSA Stars, Zambia), John Avire (Tanta FC, Egypt), Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars)


Loyal Show Loyalty

A second incident of bigotry involving San Diego Loyal in the USA's second-tier USL Championship saw manager Landon Donovan lead his players off the pitch in protest. Last week the Loyal forfeited a match against LA Galaxy II after alleging a racial slur was aimed at their midfielder Elijah Martin. Galaxy released the accused afterwards. This time around it was openly gay midfielder Collin Martin who was the subject of an alleged homophobic comment from a Phoenix Rising player. Martin was initially shown a red card by the referee after the incident, just before half-time. The referee rescinded the card and instead one was shown to former Everton forward Donovan for coming on to the pitch in the aftermath of the incident. The Loyal players returned to the pitch for the second half, in a game they were leading 3-1, took a knee when the referee blew his whistle for kick-off, and then walked off the pitch, forfeiting the game. Donovan said afterwards: "We went through a really hard incident last week in the LA match and we made a vow to ourselves, to our community, to our players, to the club, to USL, that we would not stand for bigotry, homophobic slurs, things that don't belong in our game. I lost it because I know what this team has gone through. I know how hard it was for them to even take the field tonight given everything that happened, and then for it to happen again a week later was just devastating for me. If they're not willing to act, then we have to act. Our guys, to their immense credit, said we were not going to stand for this. They were very clear in that moment that they were giving up all hopes of making the play-offs, even though they were beating one of the best teams in the league. They said it doesn't matter. There are things more important in life and we have to stick up for what we believe in. I have tremendous pride in this group and this organisation."


Calvert-Lewin Gets England Call

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been given a reward for his good form this season by getting his first England call-up.
England squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harvey Barnes (Leicester), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Danny Ings (Southampton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)


Lewa Wins Award

Bayern Munich's Poland international striker Robert Lewandowski has been named UEFA men's Player of the Year 2019-20. His manager Hansi Flick won the Coach of the Year award.
Men's Uefa awards
Player of the year - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Coach of the year - Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich)
Goalkeeper of the year - Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defender of the year - Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Midfielder of the year - Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Forward of the year - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)


Champions League Draw

Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, FK Krasnodar, Rennes
Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Bruges
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros
Group H: Paris St-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

Written by Tris Burke October 01 2020 22:44:39


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