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Football News: Review Of The Day 24th June 2018

Review Of The Day 24th June 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of a third Portugese Under-21 international with the arrival of winger Gil Bastiao Dias from AS Monaco on loan for the season. The deal includes an option to make the deal permanent.

Mexican team America have paid over £7.5m for Colombian forward Roger Martinez from Spanish side Villareal.

Former Celtic and Sunderland striker Anthony Stokes has been released by Greek Super League side Apollon Smyrnis.

 

Xhaka And Shaqiri Goal Celebrations Being Investigated

FIFA have opened an investigation into the goal celebrations both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri used when they scored for Switzerland against Serbia. Both players come from ethnic Albanian families in Kosovo, where NATO intervened to stop Serbia's ethnic cleansing of them in 1999. Both players made a gesture that is used to refer to the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag. They were booed by the Serbian fans, who are also under investigation for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages. Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic is also under investigation for alleged statements made in the aftermath of the game.

 

Swedish Coach Hits Out At German Bench

Sweden's head coach has explained the distasteful scenes at the end of their match with Germany, as the Germans scored a stoppage-time winner. Janne Andersson said: "Some of the German leaders of the team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing into our faces by making gestures and that really got me annoyed and angry. There were many people on our bench that were annoyed. We fought it out for 95 minutes and when the final whistle goes you shake hands and leave. So I was very angry. All I am saying is people behaved in ways you don't, you cheer when you win, you leave the opponents to feel sad, you don't react in the way they did."

 

Costa Joins Danilo On The Sidelines

Juventus winger Douglas Costa is set to miss Brazil's final group game against Serbia due to a muscle injury. He will stay in Sochi to work with a physio and Danilo, while the rest of the squad head off for the crunch game against the Serbians.

 

Rebic Hits Out At Argentinian Antics

Croatia defender Ante Rebic has revealed in an interview that he chose not to ask Barcelona's Lionel Messi to swap shirts at the end of the clash between Croatia and Argentina due to the way Argentina acted. The Fiorentina defender had scored the first goal in the Croats 3-0 win, which leaves Argentina hovering on the brink of slipping out of the World Cup. Rebic said: "To be honest, I wanted to get Messi's jersey for my friend, who is a big fan of Leo. But the Argentines made such a bad impression on me that I gave up on asking Messi for his jersey. Honestly, I expected much more. At least of those players from the Premier League, who are used to a high tempo and duels. You saw Nicolas Otamendi - in the fourth minute Mandzukic passed by him and he was rolling on the floor. I am disappointed by their behaviour and lack of fair play, not to mention how they provoked us. An athlete should know how to deal with defeat."

 

Roma Sack Coaching Pair

AS Roma brought in duo Ed Lippie and Darcy Norman in an attempt to improve the fitness of the squad back in the summer of 2015. Since the pair arrived the club have been blighted by a spate of ACL injuries, which have been blamed on their methods. Last season the team suffered a record number of muscle fatigue injuries, precisely the issue they were meant to be preventing. Lippie, in an interview, has tried to put the blame on the pair's inability to speak Italian with the fluency required to explain their methods to other members of the coaching staff.

 

And Finally...

As goal celebrations are in the news, I thought I would end on some celebration anecdotes:

Isco has revealed the meaning behind the celebration he and Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos use: "We have a joke between [Ramos] and me," Isco said. "We say that our feet smell, so when one of us scores we celebrate in that way."

In 2008 Nemanja Vidic recently revealed that Alex Ferguson only allowed the players 2 hours of celebration after winning the Champions League before it was back to talking about how they could improve for next season.

Sam Clucas was forced to apologise after scoring a brace against Arsenal for Swansea City, after his celebration referenced a pornographic website.

After the UEFA Cup final in 2000, the Galatasaray team were celebrating their win over Arsenal in the dressing room when there was a knock on the door. Opening the door they found Arsene Wenger stood there with a bottle of champagne in each hand. He handed them to the Gala team saying: "I brought these thinking we would win but since you won, you deserve these."

Written by Tris Burke June 24 2018 06:39:19

 

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