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Football News: Review Of The Day 23rd October 2020

Review Of The Day 23rd October 2020
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Queens Park Rangers defender Niko Hamalainen has signed a 4 year contract with the Championship side. The 23 year old has had loan spells with Dagenham & Redbridge, Los Angeles FC and Kilmarnock while with QPR.

Max Kilman has signed a 5 year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers.



Free agent former Arsenal youngster Mark Howard has signed for Scunthorpe United until the end of the season.

Portsmouth have signed free agent forward Jordy Hiwula on a short-term deal which expires on 20th January.

Bristol Rovers have also strengthened with the signing of a free agent, in the shape of 21 year old defender Ali Koiki.

Another free agent to find a club is Callum McFadzean, who has joined League One's Sunderland.

Former Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Daniel Schwaab has retired from playing at the age of 32. The 32 year old spent last season with Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven.

Lazio defender Bastos has joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Ain.

Huddersfield Town have completed the signing of French teenager Etienne Camara from Angers SCO. The 17 year old midfielder will initially join the academy set-up.

Newcastle United have signed Florent Indalecio after a trial set up by his former Saint-Etienne teammate Allan Saint-Maximin. Indalecio was kicked out of Les Verts' youth academy after issues with his behaviour and just last year was in Australia working as a labourer on a building site while playing football for a lower league Australian side called Fraser Parks.


Injury Round-Up

Struggling SPFL side Hamilton Academicals have been dealt a "huge blow" with the loss of two forwards for at least 3 months. David Templeton has an injury to his groin, while teenager Kyle Munro has suffered a fractured wrist.

Manchester City's utility man Fernandinho has been ruled out for over a month with a leg injury suffered against Porto. The Brazilian only joined the game as a late substitute in the 85th minute, but needed to be replaced himself in stoppage time. Manager Pep Guardiola said: "It's bad news. I think four to six weeks out, yes it is a big blow for us with these amount of games and no people there. But it is what it is."

Paris Saint-Germain's defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League has left them without the services of former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who suffered a torn hamstring.

Werder Bremen's team, including coaches and staff are in isolation after one of the players tested CV positive.

Bayern Munich's summer signing from Manchester City, Leroy Sane, has returned to training following a knee injury. There is not such good news on the CV front for the Bavarians though as physiotherapist Gianni Bianchi has tested positive.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set for a longer spell in self-isolation after testing positive for CV for a second time. He is now certain to miss their game against Barcelona in the Champions League next week.


Managerial Changes



Disciplinary Charges

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller accuses Atletico Madrid of being "the biggest bullies in world football" after he is booked during their Champions League match. After Muller was booked for a heavy challenge on Atleti's Kieran Trippier, Muller could be heard complaining to referee Michael Oliver: "What's going on here? Hey! You can't be serious - we're playing against Atletico Madrid, the biggest bullies in world football! And I get a yellow for something like that?"


Gerrard Calls For Kamara Extension

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has called on the board to give Finnish international midfielder Glen Kamara an extended contract after his excellent start to the season. Kamara's current deal runs until 2023. Gerrard said: "Glen has been fantastic for me since day one. He's grown and he's evolved. He's improved and he's listened. There were different areas of his game that we felt we could shape and help him become a better player. But he is the one who has really gone out and worked on his game both in and out of possession. He's in a fantastic place and is playing with confidence. He was superb at the weekend [in the 2-0 win at Celtic Park] but for me he has been really consistent for much longer than that. We want Glen around us for as long as possible and everyone knows my feelings on that situation."


Dad Wants Kean Return

Moise Kean's dad Jean Kean has told Italian media that he wants his son to return to Italy. Kean told CalcioInPillole: "What I want is for my son to return to play in Italy as soon as possible. Here he grew up, here he became what he is now and it is right for him to return to his country. This summer when there were rumors of Moise's return to Juventus, I was very happy and hoped he would return, but in the end they preferred another player. Even though I know it's not over here, I am convinced that sooner or later we will see him again in our championship. I hope one day to see him again in Turin."


Conceicao Hits Out At Extremely Unpleasant Pep

Porto manager Sergio Conceicao is unhappy with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola after the pair clashed repeatedly during the Champions League match between the two sides. While Guardiola claimed the repeated arguments were nothing and said they were 'friends', Conceicao has not reciprocated. Instead the Porto boss has accused Guardiola of putting pressure on referees, having a poor attitude and of using 'ugly words'. Canceicao told Portugese media: "I've got a lot to learn from Pep Guardiola, in the way he pressures referees, talks to opposition players and opposition dugout. He's a fantastic example. I have to learn this. We were angels compared to the other dugout. He spoke about our country using ugly words. Guardiola's attitude was extremely unpleasant. The whole Manchester City dugout was because if anybody should have been complaining, it was the Porto bench, because we were extremely hard done by. I have to apologise to the referees in Portugal, because I complain when I think we are wronged, but comparing the officials of this game and those upstairs in the VAR, international referees have a lot to learn from ours in Portugal. The refereeing had a big bearing on the outcome of this match. [Augustin] Marchesín has his leg in a bad state right now because he was fouled before the penalty award."

Written by Tris Burke October 23 2020 07:10:16


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