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Football News: Review Of The Day 4th November 2020

Review Of The Day 4th November 2020
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Review of the Day

 



Contracts

SPAL have given goalkeeper Demba Thiam a new 3 year contract.

 


Transfers

Tom Pett has returned to Stevenage on a free transfer. The 28 year old midfielder was released by Lincoln City in the summer and has signed until the end of the season.

Free agent Republic of Ireland U21 international midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes has joined St Mirren. The 21 year old left Aston Villa in the summer.

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Valencia for a fee of around £13.5m. Under La Liga rules they were allowed an extra 30 days outside of the transfer window to sign a replacement for Thomas Partey as Arsenal had paid his release clause.

 


Injury Round-Up

Millwall's on-loan striker Kenneth Zohore has suffered a calf injury which will keep him sidelined for around 2 months. The Dane is on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Romelu Lukaku has picked up a thigh injury that kept him out of Inter Milan's Champions League tie with Real Madrid and could see him ruled out until after the international break.

Argentine legend Diego Maradona, the head coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima currently, is to undergo surgery on a blood clot on his brain.

Leeds United's record signing, Spanish forward Rodrigo, has revealed he missed the Monday night Premier League defeat to Leicester City as he is self-isolating after testing positive.

 


Managerial Changes

Former Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he is waiting for the right project to get back into football. The 48 year old Argentine has been out of work since his sacking by Spurs a year ago and told Sky Sports: "I need to wait for the right project. I will not close any door. I always feel ready to be involved in the game. It is my passion not my job. My energy is full and I love to be involved in the game. But at the same time I need to understand that it is a good moment to wait. I learned when I was really young that football will dictate your way. I am waiting to feel which is the right project to take. I don't feel like it is one year that I have not been working. Because of the last seven or eight months without the fans in the stadium it does not feel like football. We are watching a similar game but there is not the passion or emotion there. It is so strange and a difficult time for everyone."

 


Disciplinary Charges

Wales manager Ryan Giggs will not be in charge of their three international matches this month following his arrest following allegations of assault made against him. Assistant manager Robert Page will instead take charge of the team. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) stated: "The Football Association of Wales and Ryan Giggs have mutually agreed that he will not be involved in the upcoming international camp. Our agreed immediate priority is preparing the team for the upcoming international matches. Robert Page, with Ryan's support, will take charge for the next three matches against the USA, Republic of Ireland and Finland, supported by Albert Stuivenberg. The FAW will not be making any further comment at this current time." Giggs has denied the allegations.

 


Sessegnon Suffers Racial Abuse

Tottenham Hotspur's England U-21 international Ryan Sessegnon, on loan with TSG Hoffenheim for the season, has become the latest footballer to receive racist abuse on social media. The 20 year old posted an image of the abuse, describing it as "unbelievable" and "disgusting". Hoffenheim posted in support of him: "Our player Ryan Sessegnon was racially insulted in the worst way online. Hoffenheim stands for tolerance, integration and respect. We reject all forms of racism, discrimination and exclusion and say no to racism." Spurs also posted in support of the youngster. It was only last month that Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has called on social media platforms to "take proper action" to tackle online abuse.

 


SPFL Fails To Get Club Backing

The attempt by the SPFL to get more powers, such as the ability to curtail the season if a set number of matches is achieved. The suggestion that the league could impose a 3-0 defeat on a side that is unable to fulfil a fixture during the current pandemic was almost unanimously rejected. SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: "The board is keen to avoid the division and dispute caused when Scottish government restrictions prompted by Covid-19 forced the curtailment of last season. It is very clear from the responses that there is no consensus, let alone the necessary majorities, for any decision to be taken now about how we might draw this season to a close if it becomes impracticable to complete all fixtures as a result of Covid-19 disruption. The board continues to seek to complete every scheduled league fixture on its scheduled date, except where necessarily dislocated by cup matches, and welcomes the Scottish FA board decision to have no replays in Scottish Cup matches during the current season."

 


Scotland Make Recalls

Steve Clarke has named his Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 play-off with Serbia and it includes four recalled players. Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, Norwich City defender Grant Hanley, Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine and Heart of Midlothian keeper Craig Gordon are the four who have earned a return to the squad.
Scotland squad
Goalkeepers: Marshall (Derby County); McLaughlin (Rangers); Gordon (Hearts)
Defenders: Considine (Aberdeen); Gallagher (Motherwell); McKenna (Nottingham Forest); Cooper (Leeds); O'Donnell (Motherwell); Palmer (Sheffield Wed); Robertson (Liverpool); Tierney (Arsenal); Taylor (Celtic); Hanley (Norwich City)
Midfielders: McTominay (Manchester United); Christie (Celtic); McGregor (Celtic); Armstrong (Southampton); Jack (Rangers); McGinn (Aston Villa); Kenny McLean (Norwich City)
Forwards: Dykes (QPR); Fraser (Newcastle); Burke (Sheffield United); McBurnie (Sheffield United); Griffiths (Celtic); Paterson (Sheffield Wed); Shankland (Dundee United)

 


Dad Reveals PSG Got Wrong Brother

The father of Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara and his brother Rafinha, former Brazilian international Mazinho, has told France Football that Paris Saint-Germain had wanted to sign Thiago but ended up with his brother joining from Barcelona instead. Thiago did move, but to join English champions Liverpool from the German champions Bayern Munich, rather than France's champions. Mazinho said in the interview: "I had already spoken with Leonardo (PSG's sporting director) some time ago, but it was to discuss the case of Thiago. Leonardo wanted to sign him for PSG. Thiago had already reached an agreement with Liverpool. So, we talked about Rafa, but he was not part of his plans at that time. I guess he thought about it, recognised the opportunity that was offered to him and that it was worthwhile to sign him. When I brought it up again on the penultimate day, Leonardo had changed his mind. And on the last day everything picked up pace. On Monday, we had to work hard to convince both clubs. We were a bit scared, but thank god we reached an agreement five or six hours before the transfer deadline. Leonardo wanted Thiago and he got Rafinha. And it's a dream for Rafa to move to a club like that."

 


List For The Day

To follow on from the story of the two brothers on the move, Transfermarkt have released a list of the Top 40 most expensive pair of brothers, based on their total career transfer fees. Fees are in euros:
1. Romelu Lukaku 212.6m, Jordan Lukaku 4m - Total: 216.6m
2. Eden Hazard 150m, Thorgan Hazard 35.5m - Total: 185.5m
3. Gonzalo Higuain 159m, Federico Higuain 2.6m - Total: 161.6m
4. Kylian Mbappe 135m, Jires Kembo-Ekoko 3.7m - Total: 138.7m
5. Lucas Hernandez 80m, Theo Hernandez 44m - Total: 124m
6. Paul Pogba 105m, Florentin Pogba 500,000 - Total: 105.5m
7. Christian Benteke 87.7m, Jonathan Benteke 100,000 - Total: 87.8m
8. Rio Ferdinand 72m, Anton Ferdinand 11.1m - Total: 83.1m
9. Abdou Diallo 65m, Ibrahima Diallo 17m - Total: 82m
10. Nemanja Matic 76.5m, Uros Matic 3m - Total: 79.5m
11. Samuel Eto'o 78.5m, David Eto'o 500,000 - Total: 79m
12. Kaka 77.3m, Digao 500,000 - Total: 77.8m
13. Jordan Ayew 24.6m, Andre Ayew 46.9m - Total: 71.5m
14. Gabriel Milito 23.5m, Diego Milito 48m - Total: 71.5m
15. Jerome Boateng 27.1m, Kevin-Prince Boateng 44.2m - Total: 71.3m
16. Kolo Toure 18.9m, Yaya Toure 49.2m - Total: 68.1m
17. Anthony Martial 65m, Johan Martial 800,000 - Total: 65.8m
18. Mikel Alonso 500,000, Xabi Alonso 59.5m - Total: 60m
19. Fabian Gotze 250,000, Mario Gotze 59m - Total: 59.3m
20. Dejan Lovren 55.3m, Davor Lovren 800,000 - Total: 56.1m
21. Rajiv van La Parra 2.1m, Georginio Wijnaldum 52.5m - Total: 54.6m
22. Nordin Amrabat 33.8m, Sofyan Amrabat 20.5m - Total: 54.3m
23. Aaron Leya Iseka 1.25m, Michy Batshuayi 50.65m - Total: 51.9m
24. Mauro Zarate 48.8m, Sergio Zarate 2.3m - Total: 51.1m
25. Thomas Partey 50m, Francis Narh 500,000 - Total: 50.5m
26. Sebastien Frey 49.8m, Nicolas Frey 500,000 - Total: 50.3m
27. Thiago Alcantara 47m, Rafinha 1.5m - Total: 48.5m
28. Paolo Cannavaro 1m, Fabio Cannavaro 46.7m - Total: 47.7m
29. Bradley Wright-Phillips 100,000, Shaun Wright-Phillips 47.3m - Total: 47.4m
30. McDonald Mariga 13.7m, Victor Wanyama 30m - Total: 43.7m
31. Siem de Jong 11m, Luuk de Jong 32.4m - Total: 43.4m
32. Wilson Eduardo 500,000, Joao Mario 41.2m - Total: 41.7m
33. Michael Laudrup 21.6m, Brian Laudrup 19.1m - Total: 40.7m
34. Rodney Kongolo 1.3m, Terence Kongolo 39.4m - Total: 40.7m
35. Aleksandr Hleb 36.05m, Vyacheslav Hleb 2.05m - Total: 38.1m
36. Aaron Lescott 275,000, Joleon Lescott 35.5m - Total: 35.7m
37. Ibourahima Balde 215,000, Keita Balde 35.3m - Total: 35.5m
38. Bertrand Trore 30.4m, Keita Balde 5m - Total: 35.4m
39. Mohamed Sissoko 32m, Ibrahim Sissoko 1.5m - Total: 33.5m
40. Michael Keane 31.1m, Will Keane 1.2m - Total: 32.3m

 


And Why Not Another List?

As you all seem to like these lists, they also put up one for Bundesliga coaches with the highest points-per-game average (over at least 25 games):
1. Hans-Dieter Flick 30 games at Bayern Munich - 2.63 points per game
2. Pep Guardiola 102 games at Bayern Munich - 2.52 points per game
3. Carlo Ancelotti 40 games at Bayern Munich - 2.38 points per game
4. Sascha Lewandowski 45 games at Bayer Leverkusen - 2.04 points per game
5. Ottmar Hitzfeld 460 games at Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich - 1.98 points per game
6. Louis van Gaal 63 games at Bayern Munich - 1.94 points per game
7. Marco Rose 40 games at Borussia Monchengladbach - 1.9 points per game
8. Udo Lattek 523 games at Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, 1.FC Koln, Schalke 04 - 1.87 points per game
9. Ernst Happel 204 games at Hamburg - 1.86 points per game
10. Giovanni Trapattoni 122 games at Bayern Munich, VFB Stuttgart - 1.82 points per game
10. Peter Bosz 72 games at Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen - 1.82 points per game
12. Martin Jol 34 games at Hamburg - 1.79 points per game
13. Helmut Benthaus 102 games at VFB Stuttgart - 1.78 points per game
13. Jupp Heynckes 668 games at Eintracht Frankfurt, Schalke 04, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich - 1.78 points per game
15. Christian Gross 26 games at VFB Stuttgart - 1.77 points per game
16. Matthias Sammer 170 games at Borussia Dortmund, VFB Stuttgart - 1.76 points per game
17. Georg Knopfle 128 games at 1.FC Koln, Hamburg - 1.75 points per game
18. Pal Csernai 200 games at Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin - 1.75 points per game
19. Jurgen Klinsmann 38 games at Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin - 1.74 points per game
20. Julian Nagelsmann 156 games at TSG Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig - 1.73 points per game
21. Hennes Weisweiler 466 games at Borussia Monchengladbach, 1.FC Koln - 1.72 points per game
21. Lucien Favre 302 games at Hertha Berlin, Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund - 1.72 points per game
23. Christoph Daum 426 games at 1.FC Koln, Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt - 1.71 points per game
24. Roger Schmidt 87 games at Bayer Leverkusen - 1.69 points per game
25. Jurgen Klopp 340 games at Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund - 1.68 points per game

Written by Tris Burke November 04 2020 00:08:33

 

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