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Derby Sack Their 'Alex Ferguson', Scottish Football Show How To Make Cup Draws Entertaining And More
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1. Transfer round up
Mark Petnehazi, Dunaujvaros to FC Ajka, free
Valeri Fedorchuk, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to Dynamo Kyiv, free
Thiago, Vestsjaelland to Throttur, free
Ventsislav Hristov, HNK Rijeka to Levski Sofia, free
Dimitrios Diamantopoulos, Olympiakos Volos to Agrotikos, free
Tobias Perch-Nielsen, FC Frediricia to Naestved BK, free
Philip Lund, B36 to DRB-HICOM, free
Aleksandr Erokhin, Ural Sverdlovskaya Oblast to Rostov, free
Adnan Cirak, IK Frej to Nest-Sotra, free
Georgios Bountopoulos, AE Larisa to Apollon Smyrnis, free
Shusaku Tokita, Yamaga to Japan SC, free
James Comley, St Albans City to Maidenhead United, on loan
Andreas Kornelatos, Panelefsiniakos to GAS Ialysos, free
Michael Doyle, Alloa AFC to St Johnstone, free
Youness Mokhtar, Nasr to PEC Zwolle, free
Rigers Dushku, FK Kukesi to FC Flamurtari, free
Aleksey Skvortsov, Enisey to Volgar, free
Marcel Stenzel, RW Oberhausen to Brunninghausen, free
Vito Hammershoj Mistrati, Lyngby BK to FC Helsingoer, free
Reginaldo, Fluminese to Vila Nova, on loan
Breno, Mirassol to Cianorte, free
Richard Czar, Dunaujvaros to FC Ajka, free
Otavio Guariente, Anapolis-GO to Operario-MT, free
Anatolia Nicolaes, CSKA Moscow to Leiria, free
Manolis Genitsaridis, Ergotelis to Pyrasos, free
Fabricio Formiliano, Danubio to Newell's Old Boys, on loan (£150,000 fee)
Stefan Nikolic, NK Istra 1961 to Termalica, £60,000
Kelvin, FC Porto to Sao Paulo, on loan
Aleksandar Jovanovic, Jeju United to Tianjin Teda, free
Leo Moura, FC Goa to Metropolitano, free
Aleksandr Shagojko, Belshina to Isloch, free
Allyson, Marcilio Dias to Botafogo Esporte Clube Jacobina, free
Michele Pazienza, Vicenza to Reggiana, free
Murilo, Atletico Goianiense to Remo, free
Tamas Csehi, Dunaujvaros to FC Ajka, free
Junior Mineiro, Sousa to Paulista FC, free
Tomasz Zahorski, Charlotte Indepence to GKS Katowice, free
Mikhail Markosov, FK Khimki to Solyaris Moskau, free
Johnny, Shanghai Shenxin to Qingdao Jonoon, free
Pulga, Kerala Blasters to Rayo Majadahonda, free
Leomar, Manama Club to Uniao Agricola Barbarense, free
Rafael, Atletico Goianiense to ABC, free
Mason Trafford, Ottawa Fury to Miami FC, free
Leomir, FK Kukesi to Uniao Recreativa dos Trabalhadores, free
Pavel Golyshev, Tosno to Tom Tomsk, free
Marcel Roman, Rampla Juniors to Oriente Petrolero, free
Anderson Salles, Vasco de Gama to Goias EC, free
Dimitrios Giantsis, Agrotikos to Panserraikos, free
Joao Paulo, CSMS Iasi to SE Gama, free
Ognjen Djelmic, Zeljeznicar to Debreceni VSC, free

2. Rams sack Clement
Derby County have sacked their head coach Paul Clement following a run of seven games without a win. Clement only joined in the summer from an assistant role at Real Madrid, where he worked under Carlo Ancelotti, as he had done at Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea previously. The Rams have failed to win in the league since Boxing Day and have dropped four points away from an automatic promotion place. "Derby County Football Club is saddened to announce that Paul Clement will leave his post with immediate effect," read a club statement. "The Head Coach, who joined the club in June last year, has been relieved of his duties and is replaced by Academy Director and former Rams defender Darren Wassall until the end of the season." Chairman Mel Morris said: "We are grateful for the contribution Paul has made to the football club but the time is right to make a change. When Paul joined us last year we worked with him to develop a plan for the club which we asked him to embrace. It was clear in this plan, which was briefed to supporters, players, sponsors and all our stakeholders last summer that promotion this season was not the primary target. The priorities were building on the Derby way and style of football enjoyed in the past two seasons; adding depth and strength to our playing squad; and, developing and improving player and team performance. Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we have decided to part company with Paul. I firmly believe that we have one of the very best first team squads in this league. Our players are highly talented professionals who are more than capable of winning games at this level and beyond. I want to record our thanks to Paul for his efforts in leading the team through the first 30 games of this season and in achieving a top six position at this point. We wish him every success in his future career." It was only a few weeks ago that Morris was talking of Clement as Derby's 'Alex Ferguson' and stating, quite baldly, that Clement would get to the end of the season no matter what.



3. Xabi denies Pep's leaving will affect Bayern
Despite Bayern Munich being held to a goalless draw at Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, midfield general Xabi Alonso has denied that Pep Guardiola's decision to leave at the end of the season to join Manchester City is having any effect. Saturday's match was only the third time this season that Bayern failed to win a Bundesliga match. "In my eyes, the atmosphere in the squad is the same as before Christmas," Alonso told TZ. "We know how football works and that there are many harassing the environment of a club like Bayern Munich. With us in the squad, however - and that is still what ultimately really matters - everything is as it always was." Alonso added: "In the end it's his [Guardiola's] decision and I think it is good that he also knows and communicates it. His concentration and certainly his passion for the team, it is beyond all doubt to all of us."

4. Scottish football at its finest





5. Carlos Vela showing what he can do
Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela showing why Arsene Wenger bought him, as he scores a beautiful chip for Real Sociedad against Espanyol.


6. Messi to undergo kidney tests
Barcelona have confirmed they are sending Lionel Messi to undergo tests on an ongoing kidney problem. Messi missed the Club World Cup semi-final back in December due to a renal colic, which is often related to the presence of kidney stones. Barcelona's statement revealed that he was to have tests "to assess the evolution of the kidney problem he suffered last December." Barca expect the Argentine to return to their squad for training as usual on Wednesday, ahead of the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg, though he is unlikely to feature against Valencia due to the 7-0 lead the Catalan club hold.



7. Dortmund fans to boycott match
A section of Borussia Dortmund fans are set to boycott the start of the German Cup fixture against Stuttgart in reaction to increased ticket prices for the match. A Dortmund fans group called "Kein Zwanni" are planning to boycott the first 20 minutes of the match in response. Stuttgart deny they have increased ticket prices for the cup match saying: "Official prices for the German Cup fixture against Borussia Dortmund correspond exactly with the ticket prices for the Bundesliga fixture against Dortmund earlier this season. Prices were communicated to Borussia Dortmund before being put on sale and are unchanged for this competition since the 2012/13 season."

8. Zouma ruled out for six weeks
Chelsea's French centre back Kurt Zouma is to undergo knee surgery which is set to rule him out of competitive action for six months. The youngster had established himself as first choice this season before he suffered the sickening injury during the match with Manchester United on Sunday. The 21 year old's anterior cruciate ligament injury has also ruled him out of the France squad for the European Championship finals in France in June. "Kurt will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours and is expected to be out for approximately six months," read a Chelsea statement.



9. De Jong set for training return
Siem de Jong has confirmed he is back in training following his freak eye injury suffered in training during January. The 27 year old Dutch international was accidentally poked in the eye, leaving him with blood pouring down his face, after his contact lens cut the eyeball. Initial fears over him losing his sight were calmed and it was believed he would be back in a couple of weeks, but it has ended up keeping the attacking midfielder out for more than 3 weeks. On Sunday he tweeted this:

This is just the latest in a series of injuries which have plagued de Jong since his arrival on Tyneside, which included a collapsed lung.

10. Zubizarreta confirms interest in Perez
Former Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has been revealing some of the players that the Catalan giants missed out on during his time at the club. Zubizarreta, who, as well as playing for Barca previously, held the sporting director role between 2010 and 2015, confirmed that he tried to sign Brazilian pair David Luiz from Chelsea and Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian pair are now united at the heart of PSG's defence. Interestingly, Zubizarreta also revealed that Barca did show interest in getting Ayoze Perez from Tenerife, before the dimunitive Spaniard joined Newcastle United. "A player I couldn't sign? We tried to sign Ayoze Perez," Zubizarreta said. "(I) thought he was an interesting player, first for (the) B-team - like Denis (Suarez)."

Written by Tris Burke

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