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Chelsea-ChampionsDespite winning the league in a canter this season, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he still needs to add some fresh faces to his squad ahead of next season.

Mourinho’s champions finished eight points ahead of last season’s winners Manchester City after leading the title race from start to finish, with the Portuguese tactician already turning his thoughts to his next challenges.

Speaking in Bangkok as Chelsea arrived for a postseason tour, Mourinho hinted that he would not look to make big changes to his squad and stressed that any new arrivals would not be signed to replace his current star names.

icc2015The 2015 International Champions Cup in North America has gotten a little tougher as Portuguese champions Benfica will replace FC Porto. The swap means that the ICC 2015 will now feature six domestic champions (Benfica, Chelsea, PSG, Barcelona, LA Galaxy and Club America).

Benfica will play the same schedule originally set for FC Porto, including a match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, July 26.

Benfica's Argentinian forward Nicolas GaWe heard rumors for the last two seasons linking Manchester United with Benfica player Nicolas Gaitan. Well it looks like this transfer rumor is about to come true as Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes says that United have finally landed the winger.

The 27-year-old Gaitan has become a creative machine at Benfica over the past few years and offers superb threat down the left wing, and will improve Manchester United’s attack considerably.

Rafa-BenitezRafa Benitez today announced that he will leave Napoli at the end of the season after two disappointing years in charge. Benitez is expected to be unveiled as the new coach of Real Madrid next week after the Spanish giants fired Carlo Ancelotti on Monday.

Madrid-born Benitez spoke in a press conference alongside Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, and said:

‘My contract with Napoli was a two-year deal. A contract that will end on Sunday after the game against Lazio.

I want to thank the club, its president and the fans for what you have done for me.

Sevilla-Europa-LeagueSevilla are champions of the Europa League for the second consecutive season after defeating Dnipro of Ukraine 3-2 in the final on Wednesday night.

A Carlos Bacca brace and a goal for Poland’s native son Grzegorz Krychowiak earned Sevilla their fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League crown. With this victory, Sevilla have also earned a coveted place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League, a new rule instituted by UEFA that went into place this season. That means that La Liga could have at five teams in the group stages next season for the first time. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and now Sevilla will all enter at the group stage, while Valencia will enter at the Champions League play-offs stage.

Mexico Lines Up Series Of USA Friendlies

Mexican fansThe Mexico national soccer team has added more US based friendlies as it prepares for this summer’s Gold Cup. El Tri will meet Costa Rica on June 27 in Orlando and also Honduras on July 1 in Houston.

After the Gold Cup, Mexico has lined up a blockbuster friendly against two-time FIFA World Cup Champions Argentina on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. This will be the first meeting between Mexico and Argentina since the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

USA Gold Cup Tickets Now On Sale

USA-Fans-NewThe road to the 2018 World Cup begins this summer as they US hosts the Gold Cup. The importance of the Gold Cup to the USMNT cannot be overstated. The winner takes part in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, giving them a leg up of most other teams preparing for the World Cup.

The USA has been drawn in group A along with Panama, Haiti, and Honduras or French Guiana. The USA opens up the 2015 Gold Cup at Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas, on Tuesday, July 7 with a Group A doubleheader as the defending tournament champion USA will met the winner of the March playoff between Honduras and French Guiana following the match-up between Panama and Haiti. Group A will then move to Boston (Gillette Stadium, July 10) and conclude at Sporting Park in Kansas City (July 13).

Danny Welbeck To Miss FA Cup final

danny-welbeck-afcArsenal manager Arsene Wenger says striker Danny Welbeck will miss the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Wenger confirmed Welbeck’s knee problem is likely to rule him out next weekend and could put a question mark over whether the striker will be fit for England‘s upcoming friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin and the EURO 2016 qualifier away to Slovenia.

Asked if he thought the 24-year-old former Manchester United player could be fit for the final, Wenger said:

“Welbeck will be short because he has not practised yet.”

Europa-League-TrophyOn Sunday, West Ham United fired manager Sam Allardyce after finishing 12th in the Premier League. Today the Hammers found out that “Big Sam” had guided West Ham into Europe and a chance to play in the Champions League in 2016.

The Hammers qualified for next season’s Europa League by topping the Premier League’s Fair Play table. But qualification Fair Play is a poisoned chalice as West Ham will enter the competition along with 103 other teams in the first qualifying round on July 2. That is when most other Premier League teams will be reporting back for preseason, but the new West Ham boss, will have to get his team fit to play a competitive match, weeks before his rivals do.

Norwich City Back In Premier League

ncfc-wembleyNorwich City won the £120 million jackpot on Monday as they beat belongs Middlesbrough 2-0 at Wembley in the Championship play-off final.

Alex Neil’s side raced into a two-goal lead inside the first 15 minutes thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond and that early blitz was enough to secure a lucrative return to the Premier League just 12 months after the pain of relegation.

Winning promotion will also add to the growing reputation of the 33-year-old Neil, their young manager who hails from Bellshill, the same North Lanarkshire town as Sir Matt Busby.