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Football News: Review Of The Day 12th June 2022

Review Of The Day 12th June 2022
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Grimsby Town goalkeeper Max Crocombe has signed a 1-year deal.

Borussia Dortmund have given the head coach of their U-19 side, Mike Tullberg, a new 4-year deal. He led the team to the U-19 Bundesliga title, the final of the German Youth Cup and the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals. Three of his squad made their full first team debut over the course of the season: Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Tom Rothe and Lion Semic, with Bynoe-Gittens promoted to the first-team squad ahead of next season.

Barcelona's president Joan Laporta has stated that the club are close to agreeing a new contract with teenage star Gavi.



Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of 22-year-old Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco. The midfielder still needs to take a medical and gain international clearance for the move believed to be costing Madrid around £85m.

Lewis Cass' loan move to Port Vale from Newcastle United last season, before an injury curtailed his time there in January, has now been made permanent on a free transfer.

Barrow and Offrande Zanzala have come to an agreement to cancel his contract at the League 2 club.

Swansea City have paid an undisclosed fee to sign Nathan Wood from Middlesbrough.

Bayern Munich's star midfielder Joshua Kimmich has revealed that he considered leaving Bayern while Carlo Ancelotti was in charge.

Florian Grillitsch's agent has "confirmed" that he is about to sign for Fiorentina on a free transfer from Hoffenheim. Agent Kristian Bereit posted a picture on social media of the Florence skyline taken across the Arno River. Apparently that is the new signing confirmation picture as scarves are out of fashion.

Ajax youngster Ryan Gravenberch has confirmed he is set to sign for Bayern Munich after the 20-year-old landed in Munich to complete formalities.

Sevilla's general director Jose Maria Cruz has said that centre-back Jules Kounde will be moving in the summer: "It is not a matter of money. It's a matter of him wanting to play in a more competitive team than Sevilla FC."


Injury Round Up

Bulgaria midfielder Todor Nedelev has had surgery after team coaches carrying Bulgarian's international team and staff had been involved in a "serious road accident" while travelling to their hotel in Tbilisi ahead of a match against Georgia. Nedelev, who was the only person to be reported injured, suffered craniocerebral trauma (traumatic brain injury) but the Bulgarian Football Union have stated that his operation "was successful".

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann has alleged that while on loan to Sunderland last season, the Mackems forced him to play while ill with covid: "At the turn of the year I got infected and that changed everything. When I came back after seven days of quarantine, I went straight back in goal - although the quick test was still slightly positive. I had to play with Corona! I played three games, but felt worse from game to game. I had dizziness and a stabbing heart, as well as shortness of breath. The adrenaline kept me pumping in the first game because I was happy to be back in goal. From the second game on, the symptoms became more severe, hardly anything worked. I told the club management that I can't help the team at the moment and that I need to be examined more deeply. But that was taken the wrong way... There were no examinations of the heart or lungs after the infection. There were not even any more quick tests before the games. I wasn't physically well, but the club wanted me to be tougher. I was really scared that something like happened to Alphonso Davies or Rune Jarstein [both had heart muscle inflammation] could also happen to me." Hoffmann claims he was never picked again after flying back to Munich to be examined there. Sunderland have "categorically" refuted the allegations.

N'Golo Kante has left the France squad and returned home due to a knee problem. The Chelsea midfielder has been plagued by injuries in the last couple of seasons.

Napoli's new signing, Uruguay left-back Mathias Olivera was stretchered off while playing for his country before being brought down. The left-back, who was just signed from Getafe, was taken off in tears clutching his left knee and Napoli will now be awaiting the results of a scan.

Managerial Changes

In Major League Soccer, the New York Red Bulls have appointed Jochen Schneider as Head of Sport. Schneider was working in a similar role at Schalke 04 most recently and has previously worked for the RB group, including working as Head of Sport & Internationalisation for RB Leipzig. He replaces Kevin Thelwell, who left in February to take up a role as Director of Football at Everton.


Disciplinary Charges

The rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo in the USA has been dismissed because the lawyer for the accuser had used leaked and stolen records to prosecute the case, including the evidence that Ronaldo had paid an out of court settlement to his accuser in 2010. The judge said of the lawyer, Leslie Stovall, that he was guilty of "abuses and flagrant circumvention of the proper litigation process".

VfB Stuttgart's midfielder Atakan Karazor and another 25-year-old man were arrested in Ibiza and are being investigated after an 18-year-old woman accused the pair of rape. Stuttgart named their player as the man arrested, but stated he denied the charges.


St Pauli Block RBL From Stadium

After RB Leipzig drew FC Teutonia Ottensen, from the German 4th tier, in the German Cup, they applied to St Pauli for the use of their stadium for the match. Ottensen's 5,000 capacity stadium has artificial grass, which is banned from use in the German Cup, so they turned to neighbours St Pauli for the use of the Millerntor Stadium for the game. However St Pauli have rejected the application on principle, due to RBL's ownership model, which they believes flouts the German league's 50+1 ownership model, which means the fans have to own more than half of each football club. Leipzig gets around the rule by preventing regular fans from becoming voting members and all of its voting members are connected to the Red Bull energy drink giant which owns it. A St Pauli statement explained: "It's well-known that St. Pauli takes an extremely critical view of the RB model because we believe it's incompatible with the 50+1 rule, which we are committed to. The RB model is also strongly rejected among our fans and supporters. FC St. Pauli therefore does not want to give RB a stage beyond possible mandatory games, especially not at the Millerntor, which stands as a symbol of solidarity and fairer football." Opposition against RBL's model is so strong that their opposition in the recent German Cup final, Freiburg, refused to allow the use of its crest or logo in any joint merchandising ahead of the final in May.


Team of the Year?

Who scored have released their team of the season for the 2021-22 season, with some surprising choices, such as a central midfielder who is a forward!

GK: Mike Maignan - AC Milan - 6.92
Joined Milan last summer to replace Gianluigi Donnarumma, who moved to PSG. He had just won the French Ligue 1 title with LOSC Lille and has now added the Serie A trophy to his cabinet. Will be looking to cement his place in the French team for the 2022 World Cup.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool - 7.51
Unless you are a failed Middlesbrough manager managing England, or work in English media, you will not be surprised by this choice. At just 23, Alexander-Arnold should be locked in at right-back in his national team, given that he got 12 assists in the Premier League last season.

CB: Nico Schlotterbeck - Freiburg - 7.39
Maybe the biggest surprise to make the eleven but he was a standout for Freiburg as they finished 6th in the Bundesliga and made it to the German Cup final. Borussia Dortmund were clearly impressed as they have already signed him ahead of next season.

CB: Joel Matip - Liverpool - 7.35
Yes, you read that right, Matip not van Dijk made it into the team. Probably more down to it being based on statistics, which do not show how many times forwards simply avoided being anywhere near van Dijk for the Dutchman to challenge them. Added to that Matip's points will have been bolstered by his runs forward which often caused mayhem.

LB: Joao Cancelo - Manchester City - 7.43
There can have been little, if any, argument on this choice, other than just how good would he have been if able to play in his best position on the other side of the pitch more regularly?

RM: Lionel Messi - Paris Saint-Germain - 7.77
Despite most people believing his season at the French champions was pretty much disastrous, statistically Messi still showed up well, though he only made 24 starts. The Argentine made 14 assists, the third most of any player in Europe's big 5 leagues. Though it was in Ligue 1....

CM: Christopher Nkunku - RB Leipzig - 7.64
Not sure how he got in to central midfield! It just shows how bad things get when you are relying on statistics to pick teams and end up having to shoehorn players in somewhere. Either that or Garth Crooks is now on the staff of Who Scored?

CM: Kevin de Bruyne - Manchester City - 7.64
Despite a slow start to the season, his magnificent end to the campaign saw him certain to be included.

LM: Kylian Mbappe - Paris Saint-Germain - 8.04
Unsurprisingly the best player in the world according to Who Scored's statistical model. 28 goals and 17 assists gave him a goal contribution of better than 1 per game. He also showed up well in Europe, with 6 goals and 4 assists in 8 games. Even for France his record of 5 goals and 2 assists in 6 World Cup qualifiers is impressive. No wonder Carlo Ancelotti called him the "best player in the world" or that PSG did everything to keep him, even sacking Leonardo.

ST: Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich - 7.89
He may be looking to leave the German champions now, but his numbers are still incredible, even at the age of 33. 35 Bundesliga goals and 13 in the Champions League make it easy to see why Bayern are so desperate to hang on to him.

ST: Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - 7.69
The French striker is finally out of the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo as he looks to be getting better and better. With a Champions League win and 27 goals and 12 assists in La Liga, there can be no doubt he deserved his place in the team.


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Written by Tris Burke June 12 2022 08:49:43


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