Frank Lampard believes England can go ‘all the way’ in Russia after their 6-1 demolition of Panama on Sunday lit up the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s side have already secured their place in the last-16 after they followed the narrow win over Tunisia last Monday with a comprehensive victory in Nizhny Novgorod.
And despite being some way away still from even thinking about reaching the final in Moscow next month, Lampard believes they can do it.
I think they can go all the way. I genuinely do’, he said on BBC 5 Live. Read more... (401 words, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
Milan released a statement ahead of tomorrow’s expected FFP verdict outlining their work to balance the books and demanding “equal rules for all.”
UEFA are expected to ban the seven time European Cup winners from European competition for at least one year, perhaps two, with a fine somewhere between €10-30m for violating their Financial Fair Play limitations.
They were denied both a voluntary agreement and settlement agreement with UEFA, who felt there wasn’t enough financial stability guaranteed by owner Yonghong Li – who this week failed to meet a deadline to pay €32m, so it was covered by US hedge fund Elliott Management. Read more... (477 words, estimated 1:54 mins reading time)
Lucas Torreira is to leave Sampdoria for a fee of around £26million, the Serie A side’s president Massimo Ferrero has said, as reports continue to link Arsenal with a move for the 22-year-old Uruguayan midfielder.
Torreira joined Sampdoria in 2015 and has made 74 appearances for the Italian club.
‘Torreira’s gone for €30m (£26m),’ Ferrero told Italian television channel Sportitalia.
‘I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him. We gambled on him and we won, paying just €3m. The money we’re earning is necessary to increase our club’s capital. Read more... (264 words, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
Argentina’s World Cup camp descended into chaos on Saturday night with reports that Jorge Sampaoli would stay on as coach but be stripped of effective power before Tuesday night’s vital fixture with Nigeria.
With 2018 billed as the last chance for Lionel Messi to win the World Cup, the fallout from a 1-1 draw with Iceland and the 3-0 defeat with Croatia has seen senior players take concerns to AFA general manager Jorge Burruchaga.
And Argentina’s 1986 World Cup winner Ricardo Giusti has claimed that he has spoken to Burruchaga, who has admitted that the players would be consulted for the Nigeria game. Read more... (333 words, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
Neymar has been declared fully fit ahead of Brazil’s crucial match with Serbia, but Douglas Costa and Danilo will miss out.
Neymar missed a large portion of the season after breaking a bone in his foot with PSG in February, which later required surgery, and faced a battle to be fit in time for the World Cup.
The foward struggled in the opening game with Switzerland, but scored a last-minute goal for his country in their 2-0 win over Costa Rica, and Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has confirmed he has been passed fully fit ahead of Wednesday’s final group game. Read more... (259 words, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Fred has completed his £52million move to Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Brazilian was unveiled as a United player on Thursday afternoon and has penned a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option to extend it by a further year.
United boss Jose Mourinho immediately heaped praise on the midfielder after his transfer was confirmed, saying his ‘creative brain and passing vision’ were the primary reasons behind his signing.
‘Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game,’ he told the club’s official website. Read more... (256 words, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Juventus have confirmed the signing of Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool after the midfielder was mobbed by fans as he arrived in Turin.
The German star signed a four-year deal worth €200,000-a-week, that includes a release clause worth €50m, valid only for abroad from 2020.
Although he was technically a free agent after his contract with Liverpool expired, he still ended up costing €16m between signing-on fees and agent commissions.
After undergoing a medical Can posed in front of the club’s revamped badge while doing a selfie for an announcement picture, as well as with club chairman Andrea Agnelli. Read more... (280 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Manchester United’s US tour match with AC Milan has been moved from the 90,000-capacity Rose Bowl to LA Galaxy’s 27,000-capacity StubHub Centre.
Supporters who had paid to see the July 25 California clash have been told that they will be refunded and will need to reapply for tickets.
Many have stated their belief on social media that a lack of ticket sales is behind the decision to switch.
Despite is being a World Cup year, it looks like some of the biggest clubs in the world are heading to the United States to play exhibition matches this summer. Read more... (802 words, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)
Manchester United will open their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester City.
Jose Mourinho’s side host Tottenham Hotspur in their opening three matches before avoiding a major rival until travelling to Chelsea on October 20.
United travel to City for the first derby of the season on November 10 before welcoming their rivals to Old Trafford on March 16.
Before that, Manchester United and Liverpool will meet sat the Big House in Ann Arbor Michigan in front of over 107,000 fans this summer. Read more... (1141 words, 1 image, estimated 4:34 mins reading time)
Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defence on the road as they travel to face Arsenal in Unai Emery’s first game in charge on August 11.
But thereafter Pep Guardiola’s side take on all three of the newly-promoted teams in the first six matches.
City host Manchester United for the first derby of the season on November 10 before making the short trip to Old Trafford on March 16.
Before then the Premier League champions Manchester City will kick off defense of their title in the USA this summer as Pep Guardiola’s team will face Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich in three high profile friendlies as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup. Read more... (734 words, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)