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Football News: Review Of The Day 21st November 2019

Review Of The Day 21st November 2019
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Review of the Day

 



Contracts

New York City FC have given defensive trio Brad Stuver, Ronald Matarrita and Sebastien Ibeagha 1 year deals.

Teenage goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl has been given a contract running until 2022 by Bayern Munich.

 


Transfers

Houston Dynamo have signed Zarek Valentin from MLS expansion side Nashville, going the other way was goalkeeper Joe Willis.

Nashville SC have drafted Jimmy Medranda from Sporting Kansas City, Jalil Anibaba from Houston New England Revolution and Zarek Valentin from Portland Timbers.

Inter Miami have also made 3 draft picks, taking Lee Nguyen from Los Angeles FC, Alvas Powell from FC Cincinnati and Ben Sweat from New York City FC.

Girondins Bordeaux have resolved their dispute with Younousse Sankhare, which has left the midfielder a free agent.

 


Injury Round-Up

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has claimed he is fit and ready to play ahead of PSG's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Stoke City have been boosted by the return of Ryan Shawcross to fitness.

 


Barnsley Pick Struber

A few weeks after surprisingly sacking fan favourite manager Daniel Stendel, Barnsley have again taken a punt on a young coach. This time he comes in the form of 42 year old Austrian Gerhard Struber. A club statement read: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gerhard Struber as Barnsley Football Club's new first team head coach. The 42-year-old Austrian arrives at Oakwell with top-level experience, having managed Wolfsberger AC in this season's UEFA Europa League, with impressive results to show for the matches played thus far."

 


Sampson In Trouble For Racist Language

Disgraced former England Women's head coach Mark Sampson, who was sacked over "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour following allegations of discrimination by black players, has somehow managed to worm his way into a job as caretaker coach of Stevenage. Now he is once again in trouble after the FA have charged him with using racist language following an investigation which begun in September. It was alleged by a former Stevenage coach that Sampson made a racist remark regarding a player during a conversation about transfer targets.

 


Forster Hoping For England Recall

On-loan Southampton goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, currently at Celtic for the season, is hoping he can earn a recall for England by playing well. The 31 year old has not played for England since 2016 and said: "I've always said I want to try and get back in the England squad. When you don't make the squad it's obviously disappointing but it just makes you want to work that bit harder. I'll just play as well as I can here and try to make it a tougher decision for someone else."

 


Pinnick Blames Investigation

The president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has blamed anti-corruption investigations for the recent struggles by the national teams in international competition. An NFF statement read: "Issues of funding (inadequacy and late release of same) and the toxic and disruptive environment in which the NFF has had to operate for the past 18 months (with the Federation's leadership and brand falsely and maliciously dragged from one investigative agency to the other and from one court to the other on same baseless allegations) are the core reasons for the poor outings of the Super Falcons, CHAN Eagles, Golden Eaglets and Olympic Eagles in recent international matches/tournaments."

 


Jose Steps In At Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have been quick to replace sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino with former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho said: "The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me." Joining his backroom staff are Lille coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos.

 


UEFA Charges

The match between Romania and Sweden on 15th November has led to four charges against Romania. The charges were illicit banner, illicit chants, setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects. There has also been a disciplinary investigation started regarding alleged racist incidents during the game.

Belgium have been charged following their win over Russia with late kick-off and match sheet (shirt name). Not sure what the latter charge is though!

Netherlands 5-0 win over Estonia has seen them charged over showing a replay on a giant screen.

Portugal are charged with field invasions by supporters following their 6-0 win over Lithuania.

Denmark also picked up charges after a 6-0 win, this time over Gibraltar. They were charged with setting off of fireworks and field invasions by supporters.

Norway have been charged with setting off of fireworks from their 4-0 win over Faroe Islands.

 


Roma Confirm Investment Talks

AS Roma have confirmed they are in preliminary talks with potential investors. They were responding to rumours that Texan entrepreneur Dan Friedkin was in talks over an investment in the club.

 


Agent Claims Skriniar Close To Madrid Move

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is close to a move to Real Madrid according to his agent Mithat Halis. Halis said: "Skriniar is worth €100 million. Real Madrid and Barcelona are competing for his signing for the last two years. Now Real Madrid are closer to reaching agreement with Inter Milan because they want and they need him much more than Barcelona. Real Madrid have to look for alternatives to their centre-backs, [Sergio] Ramos and [Raphael] Varane."

Written by Tris Burke November 20 2019 21:55:47

 

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