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Season Summary and my Game of the Season - Last Decade - Part 1
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So I'm bored so I've compiled a list of my personal highlight game of each of the last 10 seasons. This is the first 5, I'll do the last 5 in another post at some point. I've added a brief summary of the season and the game to help set the context. I have added links to highlights for each game where possible.
Join me down memory lane. Love to get your thoughts and your own personal highlights of each season.
This has taken me ages and it made me realize how many amazing games we've played over the last 10 years. It's been so hard to talk about everything and I apologise if this is a wall of text. It has really reminded me to be grateful for being able to watch this club in this era.
I go to every home game but not the away games, so I probably have some bias towards the home games.
- 2009/10 - Season finish 5th place - Chelsea 1st
- Player of the year - Tevez. Top scorer - Tevez (29).
This was the first year we were chasing a top 4 spot. It was between Tottenham, Villa and City and it went right down to the wire. A win against Villa on 1st of May kept us in prime position, then a devastating 1-0 loss to Tottenham on 5th May in the penultimate game of the season kept us out.
We signed Lescott (Everton fans hated him), Gareth Barry, Kolo, Tevez and Adebayor that year. And Roque Santa Cruz and Adam Johnson, but let's not talk about them for different reasons respectively.
Mark Hughes got sacked in December because we couldn't defend for shit.
Weirdly this season is one I have some of the fondest memories for. We had top tier players for the first time in my life. It had a wild west feel, we had so many new players and we were in a mode where we could win or lose any game. It didn't have the same pressure as some of the more recent seasons because one loss didn't derail our whole season. Even though it ended in disappointment I still absolutely loved watching City this year. We also had arguably one of the best City kits of all time this year.
By far the worst game of this season for me was the 1-0 loss to United at home. Scholes scored a fucking injury time winner and I couldn't speak to anyone for about a day I was so pissed off.
City went 1-0 down at home to that seasons PL champions after the ball bounced off Adebayor's back into his own net. Adebayor then scored a poachers goal at the right end, then Tevez completed the comeback with a low curling free kick. But that wasn't it, Chelsea got a penalty and Lampard stepped up to take it. Given guessed right and saved, securing a 2-1 win.
This is my personal favourite because the atmosphere was rocking that night. I still remember how it felt, the Given save was celebrated more than most goals. It felt like we had arrived, we'd taken on one of the best teams in the league and won. Honourable mentions: City 4-2 Arsenal (easily could have chosen this game instead, Adebayor slide) Chelsea 2-4 City, City 3-2 Sunderland (this game got Hughes sacked, every time either team attacked they looked like scoring), United 4-3 City (If we hadn't played 20 minutes of injury time and Owen scored this might have been the best game).
- 2010/11 - Season finish 3rd place - United 1st. Won FA cup.
- Player of the year - Kompany. Top scorer - Tevez (23).
This was it, we finally broke our trophyless streak and got 3rd place! Momentous season with some big moments and some big signings. This was the year we signed David Silva, Yaya Toure, Balotelli, Dzeko and Milner. New heroes were born this season and this season set the scene for the next decade at the club.
Now, I'm sure a lot of people might go for the FA Cup final as their favourite, but for me the semi was mine. This was the first time I had ever seen City play at Wembley (now it's virtually every year). Arch rivals, the team I hated most for my whole life, both meeting in the semi final. City desperate to win their first trophy for 35 years, United desperate to stop them. I was personally shiteing it this game and was not expecting to win.
Berbatov missed a great early chance that made me blurt out a few swear words in front of my dad. It was a cagey game and we were cheering any half chance. Until up steps the man, the legend, Yaya Toure. Carrick gifts him the ball, he drifts past a defenders and slides it past van der Saar right in front of the City fans. Bastard man Paul Scholes kicks Zaba and gets sent off, City reach the final and ultimately win the trophy.
Weird reminder, Tevez was the captain this season. He didn't speak any fucking English and he was the captain. Kompany was in the squad and Mancini chose Tevez. Go back look at pictures of us winning the cup and he's lifting the trophy first. Just thought that was a funny side note. Honourable mentions - FA Cup Final 1-0 vs Stoke, City 1-0 Tottenham (Crouchy scoring the top 4 deciding goal for the second year in a row).
- 2011/12 - Season finish 1st Place
- Player of the year - Aguero. Top scorer - Agueroooooooooooooo (30)
If the last season was a great, this one was incredible. If you wrote a script like this year people would say it seemed far fetched. There was so
much drama this year, even before the finale. It's so much talked about amongst City fans I probably don't even need to go into too much detail. You probably already know which game will be my favourite because it is completely unavoidable. I will just say a few words and I bet you can work it out - 6 games - 8 points, 6-1, 1-0, 3-2.
City raced into the lead this season, we didn't lose a game until 12th December vs Chelsea. In that run was the famous 6-1 win. Do I even need to discuss that. Jesus christ what an amazing feeling after that game. Compounded by the fact that we won the league on goal difference, so that game actually did decide the title.
Unfortunately we had a bit of a slump after the mid point of the season. A loss at Swansea really hurt us (some fan got pictured on TV crying when they scored, then 2 draws and a loss to Arsenal and it looked like typical City had come back and gifted United the title.
Tevez also had an unscheduled 6 month golf break mid season. I actually went to the Bayern away game, to date the only away CL game I've been too. Hugely disappointing game, we actually had a penalty shout in the first half and it could have gone very differently. Anyway, Tevez came back at the right time and was vital to the end of the season.
I would like to mention the 3-3 Sunderland game. I still use this game in my memory today for how even if a game looks like shit, if you fight back and can get a draw it might just mean the difference at the end, even if the odds are stacked against you. I remember Balotelli arguing on the pitch with Kolarov over a free kick at 3-1 down and the fans were so close to turning on him. Both of them ended up banging in goals from outside the box to draw the game.
Also please remember that Yaya Toure scored twice away at Newcastle in a very tight game to get us one step closer.
Also weird tidbit. After we drew 2-2 early in the season to Fulham I was interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester because I was going to the club shop and they wanted reactions. They asked me something along the lines of 'is this damaging dropped points or is it just a blip.' Think I said something about draws away from home not being the end of the world. No idea if it ever got aired because I didn't listen to it.
Do I need to say anything? I'll just use this space to remind people that the perfect angel that is Zabaleta also got a goal this day and Joey Barton is a shitbag.
I was at this game and it was both horrible and amazing. When we were 2-1 down even with 5 minutes left unlike most people I still had a weird certainty we were going to win it, maybe I was in shock or denial.
There were so many other fantastic games this season. Honourable mentions: City 4-0 Swansea (Aguero's debut and 2 goals, a superstar was born), Spurs 1-5 City (Dzeko 4), United 1-6 City, QPR 2-3 City (forgotten game, but we actually beat them 3-2 earlier in the season in a very tough game), City 2-1 Chelsea (return of the golfer), City 1-0 United (Kompany's celebration is melted in my brain), Newcastle 0-2 City.
- 2012/13 - Season finish 2nd - United 1st
- Player of the season - Zabaleta. Top scorer - Aguero & Tevez (17).
Phew, how do you follow up such an amazing season? With a disappointing one of course. Lackluster signings and Mancini allegedly losing the dressing room cost us this year. Our biggest signing Jack Rodwell only joined while I was driving down to Birmingham for the Charity Shield match vs Chelsea. We won that 3-2 but that was to be the only silverware that season.
Too many draws in the start of the season cost us and we never really got going this year. A lot of teams chanted 'boring boring City' due to Mancini's very defensive style. We finished rock bottom of our CL group, the second time in a row we had failed to qualify.
United carried by van Persie comfortably won the PL without us ever really being close. His free kick to beat us 3-2 at the Etihad was haunting (damn you Nasri block it properly). A horrible day out at Wembley watching us get giant-killed by Wigan sealed Mancini's fate.
The fans still loved him though. Some chanted 'you can shove your Pellegrini up your arse' at Wembley (I did not approve and this did not age well and he took out a full page ad in the MEN to than the fans.
The fans responded with one for him in an Italian newspaper.
taking one out in I still to this day absolutely love Mancini. He dragged us out of the shadow and showed nothing but fire and passion for the club. He was a true friend to the City fans and an all time legend.
A really tough game. Milner got sent off about 20 minutes in and we went 1-0 down through a Shane Long lucky goal. We still looked the better team and Dzeko was subbed on and scored a header.
It's still 1-1 heading into injury time and it looks like we've pissed away 2 points. But suddenly City break, Aguero slides a perfect ball through to Dzeko and he bangs it in from just outside the box. He rips his shirt off and celebrates with the fans after coming off the bench to score 2 goals to win a game we had played the majority of with 10 men. After scoring a late winner the month before vs Fulham away he cemented his unwanted label as a super sub. Honourable mentions - United 1-2 City, Real Madrid 3-2 City (we looked like we had done them at home, but they snatched it with two goals with less than 5 minutes left), Arsenal 0-2 City.
- 2013/14 - Season finish 1st place. Won the league cup.
- Player of the season - Yaya Toure. Top scorer - Aguero (28).
Enter Pellegrini. This was our first title battle against Liverpool and foreshadowed the past two years. Big Bren did a great job at Liverpool, sending them into fits of hysterical bizarre memes in typical Liverpool fashion.
This was very similar to the 2011/12 season in that we pissed away the title and then had to fight back to win it on a knife's edge. I remember reading articles mid way through the season talking as if Liverpool had already won the league. Their fans were singing "we're gonna win the league" in April. They brought out a book about nearly winning the league. But then Gerrard slipped, Suarez cried, the Scousers dream had fucking died, City win, five in a row, we're all singing Edin Dzeko, Edin Dzeko.
Anyway enough indulgence in looking at them, back to City. We signed Fernandinho this year, along with Navas, Negredo, Jovetic and the legend that is Demichelis.
After playing some dreary football under Mancini at times, Pellegrini introduced flowing attacking football and now we turned the 'boring boring City' chants into ironic ones. We finally got out of our Champions League group for the first time, only to be knocked out by Barca in the next round.
Negredo was a great impact player for the first part of the season, but a shoulder injury vs West Ham seemed to make him permanently lose his form. Navas was a great injection of pace even if he couldn't cross to save his life.
This season belongs to Yaya Toure though. The man that had scored all the important goals to win our first 2 trophies found another level this year. He was borderline unplayable at times, scoring 20 goals from midfield. There were two highlights for me a run from the halfway line past Villa defenders and then a curled finish.
The other was of course the league cup final goal vs Sunderland.
Facing towards the touchline he curled it into the top corner from miles outside the box, don't think I've ever seen a goal like it.
Let me also take a moment to point out United's demise. Ferguson left and in stepped Moyesey
. They were piss poor and finished 7th. They have never really recovered since this year.
A patchy start to the season got us off badly, but we recovered around DecembeJanuary to be back in the fight. Unfortunately the results from February did not go in our favour and with Suarez and Sturridge scoring for fun we fell behind. We lost 3-2 at Anfield (I hate that place) and then a 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland looked like all our title hopes were over.
Okay can I point out again that another
come from behind draw against Sunderland, when behind in the title race, seems to have saved our title winning season? Why do things seem to repeat themselves in football? Crouch scoring in the same fixture two years in a row to seal the CL spot, then Sunderland going ahead at the Etihad only for us to peg them back in the last few minutes?
Anyway, step up Demba Ba, slip down Gerrard and we're back in the lead. Crystal Palace finish the job.
Unlucky lads, you'll have to put the pre-made Champions scarves back in the cupboard for another year.
We just fucking smashed them. This was arguably a more dominant performance than the 6-1 game. They did not stand a chance this game even with 11 men.
Aguero started the scoring with a tricky volley with the ball played in just behind him. Yaya poached one just before half time. Aguero got one more before Nasri hammered a volley underneath De Gea. Ratbag Rooney scored a free kick, but honestly 4-1 flatters them. It could have been 10-0 on another day.
A small aside, before every derby game Rooney used to run right over towards the City fans, sometimes flapping his arms about etc. trying to wind us up. Loads of times when he's scored vs City he's cupped his ears and shit like that. Any time when we hammer them I used to love watching him walk off with his tail between his legs. Honourable mentions - United 0-3 City, City 6-0 Spurs (Navas scored a banger 11 seconds into the game), Everton 2-3 City (big Joe Hart against Naismith save helped win the title), City 6-3 Arsenal, City 7-0 Norwich, Spurs 1-5 City, City 5-0 Fulham (Demichelis scored a wonder goal).
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Czech Republic - Bulgaria 2-1 (Ismail Isa, Schick, Schick).
CZR (4231): Vaclik (Sevilla); Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Marek Suchy (Basel), Celutska (Antalyaspor), Filip Novak (Trabzonspor); Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Soucek (Slavia Prague); Masopust (Slavia Prague; 66' Jan Kopic, Viktoria Plzen), Alex Kral (Slavia Prague), Jankto (Sampdoria; 82' Krejci, Bologna); Schick (Roma; 78' Dolezal, Jablonec).
BUL (4231): Nikolay Mihaylov (Levski Sofia); Strahil Popov (Kasimpasa), Kristian Dimitrov (Botev), Bozhikov (Slovan Bratislava), Nedyalkov (Ludogorets); Sarmov (Etar), Krystian Malinov (CSKA Sofia; 64' Karabelyov, Slavia Sofia); Minchev (Cherno More; 46' Despodov, Cagliari), Ivelin Popov (Rostov), Nedelev (Botev; 82' Chunchukov, Slavia Sofia); Ismail Isa (Dunav).
Montenegro - Kosovo 1-1 (Rashica; Mugosa).
MON (4231): Milan Mijatovic (B.Podgorica); Marusic (Lazio), Igor Vujacic (Zeta Golubovac), Marko Simic (Pakhtakor), Tomasevic (free agent; 71' Boljevic, Waasland-Beveren); Kosovic (Kairat Almaty), Scekic (Partizan; 59' Marko Bakic, Mouscron); Marko Jankovic (SPAL; 85' Vladimir Jovovic, Jablonec), Mugosa (Incheon UTD), Vesovic (Legia Warsaw); Beqiraj (Maccabi Netanya).
KOS (4231): Arijanet Muric (MCity); Mergim Vojvoda (Mouscron), Amir Rrahmani (DZagreb), Fidan Aliti (Kalmar), Paqarada (Sandhausen; 69' Kololli, Zurich); Besar Halimi (Brondby), Idriz Voca (Luzern); Rashica (Werder Bremen), Celina (Swansea; 78' Elba Rashani, Odds), Arber Zeneli (Reims; 39' Zhegrova, Basel); Muriqi (Rizespor).
Czech Republic - Montenegro 3-0 (Jankto, own goal by Kopitovic, Schick).
CZR (4231): Vaclik (Sevilla); Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Marek Suchy (Basel), Celutska (Antalyaspor), Filip Novak (Trabzonspor); Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Soucek (Slavia Prague); Masopust (Slavia Prague; 39' Jan Kopic, Viktoria Plzen), Alex Kral (Slavia Prague), Jankto (Sampdoria; 74' Krejci, Bologna); Schick (Roma; 88' Libor Kozak, Slovan Liberec).
MON (4231): Milan Mijatovic (B.Podgorica); Marusic (Lazio; 60' Marko Jankovic, SPAL), Igor Vujacic (Zeta Golubovac), Kopitovic (Curaricki), Risto Radunovic (Astra Giurgiu); Kosovic (Kairat Almaty), Nikola Vukcevic (Levante; 67' Vukan Savicevic, Wisla Krakow); Vesovic (Legia Warsaw), Marko Bakic (Mouscron), Vladimir Jovovic (Jablonec); Mugosa (Incheon UTD; 85' Beqiraj, Maccabi Netanya).
Bulgaria - Kosovo 2-3 (Rashica; Ivelin Popov, Kristian Dmitrov; Muriqi, Elbasan Rashani).
BUL (4411): Nikolay Mihaylov (Levski Sofia); Strahil Popov (Kasimpasa), Nedyalkov (Ludogorets), Bozhikov (Slovan Bratislava; 46' Kristian Dmitrov, Botev Plovdiv), Ivan Goranov (Levski Sofia); Nedelev (Botev Plovdiv; 70' Georgi Iliev, Cherno More Varna), Galin Ivanov (Szombathleyi), Kostandinov (Arseanl Tula), Despodov (Cagliari); Ivelin Popov (Rostov); Ismail Isa (Dunav; 79' Chunchukov, Slavia Sofia).
KOS (4231): Arijanet Muric (MCity); Mergim Vojvoda (Mouscron; 62' Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield), Amir Rrahmani (DZagreb), Fidan Aliti (Kalmar), Kololli (Zurich); Besar Halimi (Brondby), Idriz Voca (Luzern; 62' Anel Rashkaj, Eskilstuna); Rashica (Werder Bremen), Celina (Swansea), Arber Zeneli Zhegrova (Basel; 78' Elbasan Rashani, Odds); Muriqi (Rizespor).
ENG 6 (2), CZR 6 (3), KOS 5 (3), MON 2 (4), BUL 2 (4).
Ukraine - Serbia 5-0 (Tsygankov, Tsigankov, Konoplianka, Yaremchuk, Konoplianka).
UKR (433): Pyatov (SDonetsk); Karavaiev (Zorya), Kryvtsov (SDonetsk), Matviienko (SDonetsk), Mykolenko (DKyiv); Zinchenko (MCity), Stepanenko (SDonetsk; 72' Shepelev, DKyiv), Malinovsky (Genk); Tsigankov (DKyiv), Yaremchuk (Gent; 67' Kravets, Kayserispor), Konoplianka (Schalke; 76' Viktor Kovalenko, SDonetsk).
SER (352): Dmitrovic; Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Kolarov (Roma); Gacinovc (Eintracht), Tadic (Ajax), Nikola Maksimovic (Getafe), Ljajic (Besiktas; 60' Fejsa, Benfica), Kostic (Eintracht); Jovic (Real Madrid; 72' Darko Lazovic, Genoa), Prijovic (Ittihad; 53' Alksandar Mitrovic, Fulham).
Lithuania - Luxembourg 1-1 (Gerson Rodrigues; Novikovas).
LIT (4231): Bartkus (Kiryat); Mikoliunas (Zalgiris), Palionis (Regensburg), Klimavicius (Dinamo Bucarest), Andriuskevicius (Suduva); Slivka (Hibernian), Vorobjovas (Zalgiris); Chrnykh (DMoscow; 89' Kazlauskas, Riteriai), Golubickas (Suduva), Novikovas (Jagiellonia); Valskis (Hapoel Tel Aviv; 55' Laukzemis, NK Istra).
LUX (4141): Anthony Moris (RE Virton); Laurent Jans (Metz), Lars Gerson (Norrkoping), Selimovic (Apollon Limassol), Dick Carlson (Zurich; 61' Malegt, Dudelange); Christopher Martins Pereira (Troyes); Vincent Thill (Pau; 80' Danel Sinani, Dudelange), Leandro Barreiro Martins (Mainz), Olivier Thill (Ufa), Gerson Rodrigues (Jubilo Iwata); Turpel (Dudelange).
Serbia - Lithuania 4-1 (Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jovic, Ljajic).
SER (4231): Dmitrovic; Rukavina (Astana), Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Kolarov (Roma); sasa Lukic (Torino), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe); Tadic (Ajax; 81' Ljajic, Besiktas), Jovic (Real Madrid; 87' Aleksandar Katai, Chicago Fire), Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt; 71' Andrija Zivkovic, Benfica); Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
LIT (4231): Bartkus (Kiryat); Barakyvas (Zalgiris), Algis Jankauskas (Suduva; 46' Chvedukas, Waterford), Klimavicius (Dinamo Bucarest), Andriuskevicius (Suduva); Slivka (Hibernian), Palionis (Regensburg); Chrnykh (DMoscow; 69' Deimantas Petravicius, Falkirk), Simkus (Zalgiris), Novikovas (Jagiellonia); Laukzemis (NK Istra; 77' Nerijus Valskis, Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Ukraine - Luxembourg 1-0 (Mykolenko).
UKR (433): Pyatov (SDonetsk); Karavaiev (Zorya), Kryvtsov (SDonetsk), Matviienko (SDonetsk), Mykolenko (DKyiv); Zinchenko (MCity), Stepanenko (SDonetsk), Malinovsky (Genk); Tsigankov (DKyiv; 88' Eduard Sobol, Jablonec), Yaremchuk (Gent), Konoplianka (Schalke; 80' Viktor Kovalenko, SDonetsk).
LUX (4231): Anthony Moris (RE Virton); Laurent Jans (Metz), Lars Gerson (Norrkoping), Maxime Chanot (NYFC), Marvin Martins (Progres Niederkorn); Christopher Martins Pereira (Troyes); Vincent Thill (Pau), Leandro Barreiro Martins (Mainz), Olivier Thill (Ufa; 77' Turpel, Dudelange), Gerson Rodrigues (Jubilo Iwata); Daniel da Mota (Racing Union; 52' Fola Esch).
UKR 10 (4), LUX 4 (4), SER 4 (3), POR 2 (2), LIT 1 (3).
Estonia - Northern Ireland 1-2 (Vassiljev; Conor Washington, Magennis).
EST (4231): Lepmets (Levadia); Teniste (Brann; 85' Gert Kams, Flora), Vihmann (Stabaek), Karol Mets (AIK), Artur Pikk (Miedz Legnica); Artjom Dmitrijev (Okzhepets), Mattias Kait (Fulham; 84' Joonas Tamm, Korona Kielce); Sergei Zenjov (Shakhter), Vassiljev (Flora), Sinyavskyi (Flora); Sappinen (Den Bosch; 61' Sorga, Flora).
NIR (433): Peacock-Farrell (Leeds); Micheal Smith (Heart; 64' Jordan Jones, Kilmarnock), Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (Leicester), Jamal Lewis (Norwich); Steven Davis (Southampton), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Saville (Middlesbrough; 69' Magennis, Bolton); Gavin Whyte (Oxford), Liam Boyce (Burton; 46' Conor Washington, Sheffield UTD), Stuart Dallas (Leeds).
Belarus - Germany 0-2 (Leroy Sane, Marco Reus).
BLR (3412): Gutor (DBrest); Naumov (Zhetysu), Martynovich (Krasnodar), Polyakov (Ural); Shitov (DMoscow), Dragun (BATE), Maevskyi (Astana), Maksim Volodko (Arsenal Tula); Gromykon (Soligorsk; 57' Korzun, Al Fateh); Yuri Kovalev (Shakhtjor; 69' Gordejchuk, Tobol), Laptev (DBrest; 62' Skavysh, BATE).
GER (343): Neuer (BMunich); Ginter (BMonchengladbach), Sule (BMunich), Tah (BLeverkusen); Klostermann (RBL), Gundogan (MCity; 81' Goretzka, BMunich), Kimmich (BMunich), Nico Schulz (BDortmund); Gnabry (BMunich; 71' Draxler, PSG), Reus (BDortmund; 76' Brandt, BDortmund), Leroy Sane (MCity).
Belarus - Northern Ireland 0-1 (Paddy McNair)
BLR (3412): Gutor (DBrest); Naumov (Zhetysu), Martynovich (Krasnodar), Polyakov (Ural); Shitov (DMoscow; 71' Oleg Veretilo, Dynami Brest), Nikita Korzun (Al Fateh; 46' Kislyak, Dynamo Brest), Maevskyi (Astana), Igor Stasevich (BATE); Yuri Kovalev (Soligors); Nekhajchik (Dynamo Brest), Shikavka (AE Larissa; 58' Laptev, Dynamo Brest).
NIR (433): Peacock-Farrell (Leeds); Micheal Smith (Heart), Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (Leicester), Jamal Lewis (Norwich); Steven Davis (Southampton), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Corry Evans (Blackburn; 69' George Saville, Middlesbrough); Magennis (Bolton; 58' Stuart Dallas, Leeds), Conor Washington (Sheffield UTD; 72' Kyle Lafferty, Rangers), Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).
Germany - Estonia 8-0 (Reus, Gnabry, Goretzka, Gundogan, Reus, Gnabry, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane).
GER (343): Neuer (BMunich); Ginter (BMonchengladbach), Sule (BMunich), Kehrer (PSG); Kimmich (BMunich), Gundogan (MCity; 53' Draxler, PSG), Goretzka (BMunich), Nico Schulz (BDortmund; 46' Halstenberg, RBL); Gnabry (BMunich), Reus (BDortmund; 66' Timo Werner, RBL), Leroy Sane (MCity).
EST (4231): Lepmets (Levadia); Teniste (Brann), Vihmann (Stabaek), Joonas Tamm (Korona Kielce), Artur Pikk (Miedz Legnica); Artjom Dmitrijev (Okzhepets; 59' Mattias Kait, Fulham), Karol Mets (AIK); Gert Kams (Flora), Vassiljev (Flora; 82' Vladislav Kreida, Flora), Sander Puri (Kalju Nomme); Sergei Zenjov (Shakhter; 7&' Henrik Ojaama, Miedz Ledgnica).
NIR 12 (4), GER 9 (3), OLA 3 (2), BLR 0 (4) , EST 0 (3).
Denmark - Ireland 1-1 (Hojbjerg; Shane Duffy).
DEN (4231): Schmeichel (Leicester); Dalsgaard (Brentford), Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jen Stryger Larsen (Udinese); Schone (Ajax; 72' Hojbjerg, Southampton), Delaney (Borussia Dortmund); Yussuf Poulsen (RBL), Eriksen (Tottenham), Braithwaite (Leganes; 65' Dolberg, Ajax); Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord).
IRE (451): Darren Randolph (Middlesbroug); Coleman (Everton), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Richard Keogh (Derby), Enda Stevens (Sheffield UTD); Brady (Burnley; 66' Alan Judge, Ipswich), Hendrick (Burnley), Whelan (Aston Villa), Hourihane (Aston Villa; 82' Scott Hogan, Aston Villa), McClean (Stoke); McGoldrick (Sheffield UTD; 88' Callum Robinson, Preston).
Georgia - Gibraltar 3-0 (Gvilia, Papunashvili, Arveladze).
GEO (4231): Giorgi Loria (Magdeburg); Kakabadze (Luzern), Kashia (SJ Earthquakes), Grigalava (Arsenal Tula), Levan Kharabadze (Zurich); Kankava (Tobol Kostanay; 77' Mchedlidze, Empoli), Kvekveskiri (Tobol Kostanay); Merebashvili (Wisla Plock; 72' Kiteishvili, Sturm Graz), Gvilia (Gornik), Kvaratskhelia (LMoscow; 47' Papunashvili, Zaragoza); Arveladze (Korona).
GIB (3412): Kyle Golwin (Gibraltar UTD); Annesley (Blackburn; 86' Erin Barnett, Gibraltar UTD), Joseph Chipolina (Lincoln), Roy Chipolina (Lincoln); Jack Sergeant (West Didsbury), Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln), Tjay de Barr (Europa FC), Jayce Olivero (Abingdon); Anthony Bardon (free agent; 77' Coombes, West Didsbury); Liam Walker (Europa FC), Lee Casciaro (Lincoln; 65' Alain Pons, Lincoln).
Ireland - Gibraltar 2-0 (own goal by Joseph Chipolina, Robbie Brady).
IRE (44Z): Darren Randolph (Middlesbroug); Coleman (Everton), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Richard Keogh (Derby), Enda Stevens (Sheffield UTD); Callum Robinson (Preston; 73' Robbie Brady, Burnley), Hendrick (Burnley), Hourihane (Aston Villa), McClean (Stoke); McGoldrick (Sheffield UTD), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa; 66' Sean Maguire, Preston).
GIB (352): Kyle Golwin (Gibraltar UTD); Annesley (Blackburn), Joseph Chipolina (Lincoln), Roy Chipolina (Lincoln); Jack Sergeant (West Didsbury), Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln; 76' Ethan Jolley, Europa FC), Tjay de Barr (Europa FC), Alain Pons (Lincoln Red Imps; 64' Ethan Britto, Mons Calpe), Jayce Olivero (Abingdon); Liam Walker (Europa FC), Lee Casciaro (Lincoln; 9' Anthony Bardon, free agen).
Denmark - Georgia 5-1 (Dolberg; Lobjanidze; Eriksen, Dolberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Braithwaite).
DEN (4231): Schmeichel (Leicester); Ankersen (Copenhagen), Kjaer (Sevilla; 36' Matthias "Zanka" Jorgensen, Huddersfield), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jen Stryger Larsen (Udinese); Hojbjerg (Southampton), Delaney (Borussia Dortmund); Yussuf Poulsen (RBL; 75' Braithwaite, Leganes), Eriksen (Tottenham), Robert Skov (Copenhagen; 62' Daniel Wass, Valencia); Dolberg (Ajax).
GEO (4321): Giorgi Loria (Magdeburg); Kakabadze (Luzern), Kashia (SJ Earthquakes), Grigalava (Arsenal Tula), Navalovski (Dinamo Batunni; 79' Lasha Dvali, Ferencvaros); Kankava (Tobol Kostanay), Lasha Parunashvili (Esbjerg; 58' Giorgi Papunashvili, Zaragoza), Kvekveskiri (Tobol Kostanay); Gvilia (Gornik), Kiteishvili (Strum Graz; 73' Elguza Lobjanidze, FK Taraz); Saba Lobjanidze (Randers).
IRE 10 (4), DEN 5 (3), SWI 4 (2), GEO 3 (4), GIB 0 (3).
Azerbaijan - Hungary 1-3 (Willi Orban, Willi Orban; Madatov: David Holman).
AZE (4141): Salahat Agayev (Neftchi); Maksim Medvedev (Qarabag), Mammadov (Qarabag), Huseynov (Qarabag), Krivotsyuk (Neftchi); Qarayev (Qarabag); Madatov (Qarabag; 74' Araz Abdullayev, Qarabag), Richard Almeida (Qarabag), Dimitrij Nazarov (Erzgebirge AUE; 86' Rufat Dadashov, Presussen Munster), Sheydaev (Krylya Sovetov); Renat Dadashov (Estoril; 59' Ramazanov, Sabail).
HUN (4231): Gulacsi (RBL); Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Willi Orban (RBL), Barath (Kansas), Korhut (Aris Saloniki); Adam Nagy (Bologna), Klenheisler (Osijek; 72' Patkai, MOL Vidi); Dzsudzsak (Ittihad; 86' Krisztian Nemeth, Kansas), Szoboszlai (RBS; 58' David Holman, Slovan Bratislava); Dominik Nagy (Legia Warsaw); Szalai (Hoffenheim).
Croatia - Wales 2-1 (James Lawrence own goal, Perisic: David Brooks).
CRO (4231): Livakovic (DZagreb); Jedvaj (BLeverkusen), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Vida (Besiktas), Borna Barisic (Rangers); Modric (Real Madrid), Brozovic (Inter); Brekalo (Wolfsburg; 67' Mario Pasalic, Atalanta), Kovacic (Chelsea; 76' Badelj, Lazio), Perisic (Inter; 90' Mile Skoric, Osijek); Kramarci (Hoffenheim).
WAL (4231): Hennessy (Crystal Palace); Connor Roberts (Swansea), Mepham (Bournemouth), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ben Davies (Tottenhalm); Joe Allen (Stoke), Matthew Smith (Twente; 65' David Brooks, Bournemouth); Harry Wilson (Derby), Vaulks (Rotherham; 66' Ampadu, Chelsea), Daniel James (Swansea; 79' Matondo, Schalke); Bale (Real Madrid).
Hungary - Wales 1-0 (Mate Patkai).
HUN (4231): Gulacsi (RBL); Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Willi Orban (RBL), Barath (Kansas), Korhut (Aris Saloniki); Adam Nagy (Bologna),Mate Patkai (MOL Vidi); Dzsudzsak (Ittihad; 71' Klenheisler, Astana), Szoboszlai (RBS; 83' Barnabas Bese, le Havre); Holender (Honved; 59' Roland Varga, Ferencvaros); Szalai (Hoffenheim).
WAL (Hennessy (Crystal Palace); Chris Gunter (Reading), Ashley Williams (Everton), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ben Davies (Tottenhalm); Joe Allen (Stoke), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea. 54' Matthew Smith, Twente); Daniel James (Manchester United), David Brooks (Bournemouth; 73' Harry Wilson, Derby), Tom Lawrence (Derby; 79' Vokes, Stoke); Bale (Real Madrid).
Azerbaijan - Slovakia 1-5 (Lobotka, Kucka; Sheydaev; Hamsik, Hamsik).
AZE (Salahat Agayev (Neftchi); Maksim Medvedev (Qarabag), Anton Krivotsyuk (Neftchi), Huseynov (Qarabag), Shahriyar Rahimov (Sabail); Qarayev (Qarabag); Araz Abdullayev (Qarabag; 89' Renat Dadashov, Estoril), Richard Almeida (Qarabag), Rashad Eyubov (Sabah; 79' Emin Makhmudov, Neftchi), Sheydaev (Krylya Sovetov); Ramazanov (Sabail; 61' Emreli, Qarabag).
SVK (433): Dubravka (Newcastle); Pekarik (Hertha), Skriniar (Inter), Vavro (Copenhaghen), Hancko (Fiorentina); Hamsik (DL Yinfang; 86' Haraslin, Lechia Gdansk), Lobotka (Celta Vigo; 84' Jan Gregus, Minnesota), Kucka (Parma); Rusnak (Real Salt Lake), Bozenik (Zlin; 71' Duda, Hertha), Robert Mal (Zenit).
HUN 9 (4), SVK 6 (3), CRO 6 (3), WAL 3 (3), AZE 0 (3).
Faroe Islands - Spain 1-4 (Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas; Klaemint Olsen; Gestsson own goal, Gaya).
FRO (4231): Gestsson (Torshavn); Gilli Sorensen (Brann), Gregersen (Vikingur), Odmar Faero (HamKam), Viljormur Davidsen (Vejle); Brandur Olsen (Hafnarfjordur), Vatnsdal (Fremad Amager; 74' Rogvi Baldvinsson, Bryne); Vatnhamar (Vikingur), Hallur Hansson (Horsens), Frederiksberg (Torshavn; 86' Meinhard Olsen, Kristiansund); Klaemint Olsen (NSI Runavik; 68' Patrik Johannesen, Klaksvik).
SPA (433): Kepa (Chelsea); Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid; 46' Diego Llorente, Real Sociedad), Hermoso (Espanyol), Gaya (Valencia); Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Rodri (Atletico Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal); Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo; 56' Asensio, Real Madrid), Morata (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid; 74' Fabian Ruiz, Napoli).
Sweden - Malta 3-0 (Quaison, Claesson, Isak).
SWE (442): Robin Olsen (Roma); Lustig (Celtic), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Helander (Bologna), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Forsbger (RBL), Kristoffer Olsson (Kransodar), Ekdal (Sampdoria; 77' Sebastian Larsson, AIK), Claesson (Krasnodar); Quaison (Mainz; 85' Guidetti, Alaves), Marcus Berg (Al Ain; 68' Isak, Borussia Dortmund).
MAL (541): Bonello (Valletta); Juan Corbolan (Gzira), Agius (Hibernians), Steve Borg (Valletta; 80' Ferdinando Apa, Victoria Hotspurs), Zach Muscat (Olhanense), Joseph Mbong (Hibernians); Effiong (Balzan), Luke Gambin (Luton Town), Rowen Muscat (Valletta), Grech (Hibernians; 64' Paul Fenech, Balzan); Luke Montebello (Birkirkara; 71' Kyrian Nwoko, Valletta).
Norway - Romania 2-2 (Tarik Elyounoussi, Odegaard; Keseru, Keseru).
NOR (4231) : Grytebust (Odense); Elabdellaoui (Olympiakos), Nordtveit (Hoffenheim), Ajer (Celtic), Alesaami (Palermo); Selnaes (Shenzhen), Berge (Genk); Odegaard (Vitesse), Markus Henriksen (Hull City), Tarik Elyounoussi (AIK; 84' Ola Kamara, Shenzhen); Joshua King (Bournemouth).
ROM (442): Tatarusanu (Nantes); Chipchiu (Sparta Prague), Sapunaru (Kayserispor), Grigore (Ludogorets), Tosca (PAOK); Deac (Cluj), Paul Anton (Krylya Sovetov), Nicolae Stanciu (Al Ahli; 71' Alexandru Maxim, Mainz), Grozav (Kisvarda; 60' Ianis Hagi, Vitorul); George Puscas (Palermo; Tucudean, Cluj), Keseru (Ludogorets).
Spain - Sweden 3-0 (Sergio Ramos, Morata, Oyarzabal).
SPA (433): Kepa (Chelsea); Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Iñigo Martinez (Real Sociedad; 88' Diego Llorente, Real Sociedad), Jordi Alba (Barcelona); Dani Parejo (Valencia), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli); Asensio (Real Madrid; 65' Morata, Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia; 71' Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad), Isco (Real Madrid).
SWE (442): Robin Olsen (Roma); Lustig (Celtic), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Helander (Bologna), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Forsbger (RBL), Ekdal (Sampdoria; 86' Kristoffer Olsson, Midtjylland), Sebastian Larsson (AIK; 82' Isak, Borussia Dortmund), Claesson (Krasnodar; 27' Jakub Johansson, Rennes); Quaison (Mainz), Marcus Berg (Al Ain)
Malta - Romania 0-4 (George Puscas, George Puscas, Chipchiu, Dennis Man).
MAL (541): Bonello (Valletta); Juan Corbolan (Gzira; 84' Luke Montebello, Birkirkara), Agius (Hibernians), Steve Borg (Valletta, Zach Muscat (Olhanense), Joseph Zerafa (Valletta); Effiong (Balzan), Luke Gambin (Luton Town; 67' Mifsud, Birkirkara), Rowen Muscat (Valletta), Fenech (Balzan; 59' Jake Grech, Hibernians); Joseph Mbong (Hibernians).
ROM (442): Tatarusanu (Nantes); Chipchiu (Sparta Prague), Nedelcearu (Ufa; 35' Sapunaru, Kayserispor), Iulian Cristea (Steaua Bucarest), Nicosur Bancu (CSU Craiova); Ianis Hagi (Vitorul), Razvan Marin (Standard Liege), Tudor Baluta (Vitorul), Alexandru Maxim (Mainz; 74' Rotariu, Astana); George Puscas (Palermo), Keseru (Ludogorets; 65' Dennis Man, Steaua Bucarest).
Faroe Islands - Norway 0-2 (Bjorn Johnsen, Bjorn Johnsen).
FOR 4231): Gestsson (Torshavn); Gilli Sorensen (Brann), Gregersen (Vikingur), Odmar Faero (HamKam), Viljormur Davidsen (Vejle); Brandur Olsen (Hafnarfjordur), Rogvi Baldvinsson (Bryne); Vatnhamar (Vikingur; 69' Frederiksberg, Torshavn), Hallur Hansson (Horsens), Rene Joensen (Grindavik; 84' Vatnsdal, Fremad Amager); Klaemint Olsen (NSI Runavik; 89' Patrik Johannesen, Klavsik)
NOR (4231): Andre Hansen (Rosenborg) ; Elabdellaoui (Olympiakos), Nordtveit (Hoffenheim), Ajer (Celtic), Alesaami (Palermo); Selnaes (Shenzhen), Berge (Genk); Odegaard (Vitesse), Markus Henriksen (Hull City), Tarik Elyounoussi (AIK); Bjorn Johnsen (AZ).
SPA 12, SWE 7, ROM 7, NOR 5, MAL 4, FRO 0.
Macedonia - Poland 0-1 (Piatek).
MKD (352): Dimitrievski (Rayo Vallecano); Velkovski (Rijeka), Bejtulai (Shkendija), Musliu (Shkendija); Stefan Ristovski (Sporting Lisbon; 76' Arijan Ademi, DZagreb), Bardhi (Levante), Elmas (Fenerbahce), Boban Nikolov (MOL Vidi; 62' Trajkovski, Palermo), Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds); Nestorovski (Palermo), Pandev (Genoa; 85' Ferhan Hasani, Al Raed).
POL (4231): Fabianski (West Ham); Kedziora (DKyiv), Glik (Monaco), Bednarek (Southampton), Bereszynski (Sampdoria); Klich (Leeds; 90' Goralski, Ludogorets), Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moskow); Frankowski (Chicago Fire; 46' Piatek, Milan), Zielinski (Napoli), Grosicki (Hull City; 70' Rybus, Lokomotiv Moskow); Lewandowski (Bayern Munchen).
Latvia - Israel 0-3 (Zahavi, Zahavi, Zahavi).
LAT (4231): Steinbors (Arka Gdynia); Savalnieks (RFS), Marcis Oss (Neuchatel Xamax), Kaspars Dubra (Irtysh), Vitalijs Maksimenko (Olimpija); Kristers Tobers (Liepaja), Laizans (Riga; 79' Ritvars Rugins, Riga); Deniss Rakels (Pafos), Karasausks (Riga; 67' Vladimir Kamess, SKA Khabarovsk), Janis Ikaunieks (Liepaja; 58' Ciganiks, Cambuur); Gutkovskis (Termalica).
ISR (352): Ariel Harush (Hapoel Beer Sheva); Loai Taha (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Nir Bitton (Celtic), Sheran Yeini (Maccabi Tel Aviv); Eli Dasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Natcho (Olympiakos), Dor Peretz (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Kayal (Brighton; 73' Dan Glazer, Maccabi Tel Aviv), Omri Ben Harush (Lokeren; 81' Yonatan Cohen, Maccabi Tel Aviv); Zahavi (Guangzhou), Dia Saba (Gunagzhou; 66' Ben Sahar, Hapoel Beer Sheva).
Austria - Slovenia 1-0 (Burgstaller).
AUS (4231): Lindner (Grasshoppers); Lainer (RBS), Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen), Hinteregger (Augsburg), Ulmer (RBS); Laimer (RBL; 82' Ilsanker, RBL), Schalger (RBS); Lazaro (Hertha Berlin), Sabitzer (RBL; 71' Burgstaller, Schalke), Alaba (Bayern Munich; 90' Florian Kainz, Koln); Arnautovic (West Ham).
SLO (4321): Oblak (Atletico Madrid); Petar Stojanovic (DZagreb), Mevlja (Rostov), Aljaz Struna (Houston), Bojan Jokis (Ufa); Kurtic (SPAL), Bijol (CSKA; 63' Denis Popovic, Orenburg), Zajc (Fenerbahce; 69' Damjan Bohar, Zaglebie Lubin); Ilicic (Atalanta), Crnigoj (Lugano; 78' Robert Beric, Saint-Etienne); Sporar (Slovan Bratislava).
Poland - Israel 4-0 (Piatek, Lewandowski, Grosicki, Kadzior).
POL (442): Fabianski (West Ham); Kedziora (DKyiv), Glik (Monaco), Bednarek (Southampton), Bereszynski (Sampdoria); Zielinski (Napoli), Klich (Leeds; 75' Goralski, Ludogorets), Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moskow) Grosicki (Hull City; 77' Kadzior, DZagreb); Lewandowski (Bayern Munchen), Piatek (Milan; 77' Milik, Napoli).
ISR (352): Ariel Harush (Hapoel Beer Sheva); Loai Taha (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Nir Bitton (Celtic; 82' Abd Elhamed, Hapoel Beer Sheva), Sheran Yeini (Maccabi Tel Aviv); Eli Dasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Natcho (Olympiakos), Dor Peretz (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Kayal (Brighton; 57' Almog Cohen, Ingolstadt), Omri Ben Harush (Lokeren; 81' Yonatan Cohen, Maccabi Tel Aviv); Zahavi (Guangzhou), Manor Solomon (SDonetks; 72' Dia Saba, Guangzhou).
Macedonia - Austria 1-4 (own goal by Hinteregger; Lazaro, Arnautovic, Arnautovic, own goal by Bejtulai).
MKD (4321): Dimitrievski (Rayo Vallecano); Stefan Ristovski (Sporting Lisbon), Velkovski (Rijeka), Bejtulai (Shkendija), Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds); Elmas (Fenerbahce; 55' Kire Ristevski, Ujpest), Arijan Ademi (DZagreb), Boban Nikolov (MOL Vidi; 67' Ferhan Hasani, Al Raed); Bardhi (Levante), Pandev (Genoa); Nestorovski (Palermo; 56' Radeski, Shkendija).
AUS (433): Lindner (Grasshoppers); Lainer (RBS), Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen); 46' Posch, Hoffenheim), Hinteregger (Augsburg), Ulmer (RBS); Laimer (RBL), Ilsanker (RBL), Schalger (RBS); Lazaro (Hertha Berlin), Arnautovic (West Ham; 88' Burgstaller, Schalke), Sabitzer (RBL; 92' Schaub, Koln).
Latvia - Slovenia 0-5 (Crnigoj, Crnigoj, Ilicic, Ilicic, Zajc).
LAT (4231): Steinbors (Arka Gdynia); Savalnieks (RFS), Marcis Oss (Neuchatel Xamax), Kaspars Dubra (Irtysh), Vitalijs Maksimenko (Olimpija; 16' Jagodinskis, FK RFS); Kristers Tobers (Liepaja; 69' Rugins, Riga), Laizans (Riga); Deniss Rakels (Pafos; 78' Ontuzans, Bayern Munich), Janis Ikaunieks (Liepaja), Solovjovs (RFS); Vladislavs Gutkovskis (Bruk-Bet Termalica).
SLO (4321): Oblak (Atletico Madrid); Petar Stojanovic (DZagreb), Mevlja (Rostov), Aljaz Struna (Houston), Bojan Jokis (Ufa); Kurtic (SPAL), Denis Popovic (Orenburg; 77' Luka Zahovic, Maribor), Zajc (Fenerbahce; 64' Bijol, CSKA); Ilicic (Atalanta), Crnigoj (Lugano; 83' Zan Majer, Lecce); Robert Beric (Saint-Etienne).
POL 12, ISR 7, AUS 6, SLO 5, MKD 4, LIT 0.
GROUP H :
Turkey - France 2-0 (Ayhan, Cengiz Under).
TUR (433): Mert Gunok (Basaksheir); Zeki Celik (Lille), Demiral (Sassuolo), Ayhan (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Ali Kaldirim (Fenerbhace); Kahveci (Basaksheir; 80' Ozan Tufan, Alanyaspor), Tekdemir (Basaksheir), Tokoz (Besiktas; 90' Abdulkadir Omur, Trabzonspor); Cengiz Under (Roma; 85' Yusuf Yazici, Trabzonspor), Burak Yilmaz (Besiktas), Karaman (Fortuna Dusseldorf).
FRA (442): Lloris (Tottenham); Pavard (Bayern Munich), Varane (Real Madrid), Umtiti (Barcelona), Digne (Everton; 46' Ferland Mendy, OL); Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Matuidi (Juventus; 46' Coman, Bayern Munich); Mbappe (PSG), Giroud (Chelsea; 72' ben Yedder, Seville).
Iceland - Albania 1-0 (Gudmundsson).
ICE (4411): Halldorsson (Valur); Hermannsson (Brondby), Arnason (Genclebirgi), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov), Skulason (Lokeren); Gudmundsson (Burnley; 56' Traustason, Malmo), Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Aron Gunnarsson (Al Arabi), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (Grasshopper; Arnor Sigurdsson, CSKA); Gyilfi Sigurdsson (Everton); Vidar Orn Kjartansson (Hammarby; 63' Sightorsson, AIK Solna).
ALB (433): Etrit Berisha (Atalanta); Hysaj (Napoli), Ismajli (Hajduk Split), Dermaku (Cosenza), Veseli (Empoli); Abrashi (Freiburg), Taulant Xhaka (Arsenal; 72' Ndoj, Brescia), Basha (ARIS; 67' Ergys Kace, Panathinaikos); Cikalleshi (Akhisarspor; 79' Armando Sadiku, Lugano), Balaj (Akhmat Grozny), Lenjani (Sion).
Moldavia - Andorra 1-0 (Igor Armas).
MOL (4231): Coselev (Fortuna Sittard); Ion Jardan (Petroclub), Igor Armas (Voluntari), Stefan Efros (Speranta), Reabciuk (Porto); Ionita (Cagliari), Catalin Carp (Ufa); Alexandru Antoniuc (Milsami Orhei; 64' Eugeniu Cociu, Sabail), Alexandru Suvorov (Sfintul; 50' Cebotaru, Sibir), Radu Ginsari (Hapoel Haifa); Damascan (Torino; 80' Alexandru Boiciuc, Sfintul).
AND (442): Josep Gomes (Santa Coloma); Jesus Rubio (Santa Coloma; 71' Alexandre Martinez, FC Andorra), Max Llovera (Santboia), Ildefons Lima (IC d'Escaldes), Moises San Nicolas (Santa Coloma); Ludovic Clemente (FC Andorra), Marc Rebes (Santa Coloma; 69' Sergio Moreno, IC d'Escaldes), Marc Vales (Sandefjord), Joan Cervos (FC Andorra); Jordi Alaez (FC Andorra; 82' Aaron Sanchez, Santa Coloma), Marcio Vieira (FC Monzon).
Iceland - Turkey 2-1 (Ragnar Sigurdsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Tokoz)
ICE (4411): Halldorsson (Valur); Hermannsson (Brondby), Arnason (Genclebirgi), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov), Skulason (Lokeren; 69' Magnusson, CSKA); Gudmundsson (Burnley; 80' Traustason, Malmo), Aron Gunnarsson (Al Arabi), Hallfredsson (Udinese), Bjarnason (Aston Villa); Gyilfi Sigurdsson (Everton); Bodvarsson (Reading; 64' Sightorsson, AIK Solna).
TUR (433):Mert Gunok (Basaksheir); Zeki Celik (Lille), Demiral (Sassuolo), Ayhan (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Ali Kaldirim (Fenerbhace); Kahveci (Basaksheir; 63' Abdulkadir Omur, Trabzonspor), Ozan Tufan (Alanyaspor), Tokoz (Besiktas; 84' Guven Yalcin, Besiktas); Karaman (Fortuna Dusseldorf; 46' Yusuf Yazici, Trabzonspor), Burak Yilmaz (Besiktas), Calhanoglu (Milan).
Andorra - France 0-4 (Mbappe, ben Yedder, Thauvin, Kurt Zouma).
AND (442): Josep Gomes (Santa Coloma); Jesus Rubio (Santa Colom), Max Llovera (Santboia), Ildefons Lima (IC d'Escaldes), Moises San Nicolas (Santa Coloma); Alexandre Martinez (FC Andorra; 58' Jordi Rubio, Santa Coloma), Marc Rebes (Santa Coloma), Marc Vales (Sandefjord), Joan Cervos (FC Andorra; 81' Victor Rodriguez, Santa Coloma); Jordi Alaez (FC Andorra; 81' Juli Sanchez, Santa Coloma), Marcio Vieira (FC Monzon).
FRA (442): Lloris (Tottenham); Dubois (OL), Kurt Zouma (Everton), Lenglet (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (OL); Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ndombele (OL; 64' Moussa Sissoko, Tottenham), Thauvin (OM; 81' Lemar, Atletico Madrid); Mbappe (PSG), ben Yedder (Sevilla; 73' Giroud, Chelsea).
Albania - Moldavia 2-0 (Cikalleshi, Ylber Ramadani).
ALB (433): Etrit Berisha (Atalanta); Hysaj (Napoli), Ismajli (Hajduk Split), Mavraj (Ingolstadt), Veseli (Empoli); Abrashi (Freiburg), Ylber Ramadani (Vejle), Ergys Kace (Panathinaikos; 84' Kristi Qose, Ruzomberok); Myrto Uzuni (NK Lokomotiva), Sadiku (Lugano; 59' Cikalleshi, Akhisarspor), Lenjani (Sion; 59' Odise Roshi, Akhmat Grozny).
MOL (4231): Coselev (Fortuna Sittard); Ion Jardan (Petroclub; 76' Dino Graur, Milsami Orhei), Igor Armas (Voluntari), Stefan Efros (Speranta), Reabciuk (Porto); Cebotaru (Sibir), Catalin Carp (Ufa); Alexandru Antoniuc (Milsami Orhei), Alexandru Suvorov (Sfintul; 74' Cociuc, Sabail), Radu Ginsari (Hapoel Haifa); Damascan (Torino; 70' Boiciuc, Sfintul).
FRA 9, TUR 9, ICE 9, ALB 6, MOL 3, AND 0.
GROUP I :
Belgium - Kazakistan 3-0 (Mertens, Castagne, Romelu Lukaku).
BEL (3421): Courtois (Real Madrid); Vertonghen (Tottenham), Alderweireld (Tottenham), Kompany (Anderlecht; 78' Vermaelen, Barcelona); Castagne (Atalanta), de Bruyne (Manchester City; 68' Tielemans, Leicester), Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach); Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Mertens (Napoli); Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United; 72' Batshuayi, Crystal Palace).
KAZ (541): Nepogodov (Ordabasy); Abzal Beysebekov (Astana), Erlanov (Ordabasy), Sergey Maily (Ordabasy), Marochkin (Kaysar), Vorgovskyi (Kairat Almaty); Maksim Fedin (Tobol Kostanay; 66' Aymbetov, Aktobe), Islambek Kuat (Kairat Almaty; 78' Tagybergen, Kaysar), Pertsukh (Astana), Georgi Zhukov (Kairat Almaty); Zhangylyshbay (Ordabasy; 46' Islamkhan, Kairat Almaty).
Russia - San Marino 9-0 (own goal Michele Cevoli, Dzyuba, Kudryashov, Anton Miranchuk, Dzyuba, Dzyuba, Smolov, Smolov, Dzyuba).
RUS (4231): Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moskow); Mario Fernandes (CSKA), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskow), Kudryashov (Basaksehir); Ozdoev (Zenit), Zobnin (Spartak Moskow; 73' Barinov, Lokomotiv Moskow); Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moskow; 61' Ionov, Rostov), Golovin (Monaco), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moskow; 60' Smolov, Lokomotiv Moskow); Dzyuba (Zenit).
SMR (4231): Elia Benedettini (Novara); Fabio Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano), Michele Cevoli (San Marino), Andrea Grandoni (Marignanese), Manuel Battistini (AC Libertas); Alessandro Golinucci (Tropical Coriano; 64' Lunadei, FYA Riccione), Enrico Gollinucci (AC Libertas); Marcello Mularoni (CBR Carli Pietracut), Danilo Rinaldi (La Fiorita; 56' Fabio Ramon Tomassini, CBR Carli Pietracut), Mirko Palazzi (Tre Penne; 50' Luca Censoni, unknown); Matteo Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano).
Scotland - Cyprus 2-1 (Andy Robertson; Kousoulos; Oliver Burke).
SCO (433): David Marshall (Hull City); Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarkock), Mulgrew (Blackburn), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Andy Robertson (Liverpool); John McGinn (Aston Villa; 79' Scott McTominay, Manchester United), Kenny McLean (Norwich), Callum McGregor (Celtic; 88' Stuart Armstrong, Southampton); James Forrest (Celtic), Brophy (Kilmarnock; 73' Oliver Burke, Celtic), Fraser (Bournemouth).
CYP (352): Urko Pardo (Alki Oroklini); Laifis (Standard Liege), Nikolas Ioannou (APOEL), Kousoulos (Omonia); Andreas Makris (AEL Limassol; 80' Ioannis Pittas, Enonis Neon Paralimni), Michalis Ioannou (Anorthosis; 66' Anthony Georgiou, Levante), Artymatas (APOEL), Spoljaric (Alki Oroklini; 70' Ionanis Kosti, Nea Salamis), Margaça (Nea Salamis); Georgios Efrem (APOEL), Pieros Sotiriou (Copenhagen).
Belgium - Scotland 3-0 (Romelu Lukaku, Romelu Lukaku, de Bruyne).
BEL (3421): Courtois (Real Madrid); Alderweireld (Tottenham), Kompany (Anderlecht; 90' Vermaelen, Barcelona), Vertonghen (Tottenham); Meunier (PSG), Tielemans (Leicester; 78' Mertens, Napoli), Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund; 90' Ferreira-Carrasco, DL Yinfang); De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid); Romeliu Lukaku (Manchetser United).
SCO (433): David Marshall (Hull City); Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarkock), Mulgrew (Blackburn), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock); McTominay (Manchester United), Kenny McClean (Norwich), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton; 32' Fraser, Bournemouth); Johnny Russell (Kansas; 67' James Forrest, Celtic), Oliver Burke (Celtic), Callum McGregor (Celtic).
Russia - Cipro 1-0 (Ionov)
RUS (4231): Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moskow); Mario Fernandes (CSKA), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskow), Kudryashov (Basaksehir); Ozdoev (Zenit), Zobnin (Spartak Moskow; 78' Barinov, Lokomotiv Moskow); Ionov (Rostov; 92' Ilzat Akhmetov, CSKA), Golovin (Monaco), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moskow; 64' Aleksey Miranchuk, Lokomotiv Moskow); Dzyuba (Zenit).
CIP (352): Urko Pardo (Alki Oroklini); Laifis (Standard Liege), Nikolas Ioannou (APOEL), Kousoulos (Omonia); Andreas Makris (AEL Limassol; 81' Spoljaric, Alki Oroklini), Ioannis Kosti (Nea Salamina), Artymatas (APOEL), Margaça (Nea Salamis), Andreas Avraam (AEL Limassol; 71' Ioannis Pittas, Enonis Neon Paralimni); Anthony Georgiu (Levante; 46' Efrem, APOEL), Pieros Sotiriou (Copenhagen).
Kazakistan - San Marino 4-0 (Islambek Kuat, Maxim Fedin, Suyumbayev, Islamkhan).
KAZ (532): Nepogodov (Ordabasy); Vorogvskyi (Kairat), Erlanov (Ordabasy), Sergey Maily (Ordabasy), Shomko (Astana), Suyumbaev (Kairat); Tagybergen (Kaysar Kyzylorda), Islambek Kuat (Kairat Almaty; 84' Pertushk, Astana), Isamlhan (Kairat); Tursybek (Tobol; 69' Zhangylyshbay, Ordabasy), Aymbetov (Aktobe; 58' Maksim Fedin, Tobol).
SMR (4231): Elia Benedettini (Novara); Davide Cesarini (Tre Penne; 76' Manuel Battistini, Libertas), Fabio Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano), Cristian Brolli (Folgore), Andrea Grandoni (Marignanese); Lunadei (Riccione), Marcello Mularoni (Carli Pietracut); Micheal Battistini (Libertas; 46' Enrico Gollinucci, Libertas), Matteo Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano; 83' Filippo Berardi, Monopoli), Luca Censoni (unknown); Nicola Nanni (Crotone).
BEL 12, RUS 9, KAZ 6, SCO 6, CYP 3, SMR 0.
Greece - Italy 0-3 (Barella, Lorenzo Insigne, Bonucci).
GRE (433): Barkas (AEK); Zeca (Copenhagen), Papastathipoulos (Arsenal), Manolas (Roma), Stafylidis (Augsburg); Kourbelis (Panathinaikos; 46' Siopis, Aris), Siovas (Leganes), Samaris (Benfica; 77' Bakasetas, AEK); Masouras (Olympiakos), Fortounis (Olympiakos), Kolovos (Omonia Nicosia; 46' Charalampos Mavrias, Omonia Nicosia).
ITA (433): Sirigu (Torino); Florenzi (Roma), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea; 68' de Sciglio, Juventus); Barella (Cagliari), Jorginho (Chelsea), Verratti (PSG; 81' Lorenzo Pellegrini, Roma); Chiesa (Fiorentina), Belotti (Torino; 84' Bernardeschi, Juventus), Lorenzo Insgine (Napoli).
Finland - Bosnia 2-0 (Pukki, Pukki).
FIN (4231): Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen); Granlund (Orebro; 38' Raitala, Montreal Impact), Toivio (Hacken), Arajuuri (Brondby), Uronen (Genk); Sparv (Midtjylland), Glen Kamara (Rangers); Lod (Sporting Gijon), Petteri Forsell (Miedz Legnica; 63' Lassi Lappalainen, HJK Helsinki), Skrabb (Norrkoping; 84' Rasmus Schuller, Minnesota UTD); Pukki (Norwich).
BIH (4231): Ibrahim Sehic (Erzurumspor); Bicakcic (Hoffenheim), Toni Sunjic (Dinamo Moskow), Zukanovic (Genoa), Eldar Civic (Sparta Prague); Muhamed Besic (Everton; 79' Amer Gojak, Dinamo Zagreb), Cimirot (Standard Liege); Edin Visca (Basaksehir), Elvis Saric (Suwon), Haris Duljevic (Dynamo Dresden; 69' Riad Bajic, Basaksehir); Dzeko (Roma).
Armenia - Liechetenstein 3-0 (Ghazaryan, Karapetian, Barseghyan).
ARM (4231): Hayrapetyan (Banants); Hambardzumyan (Enonis Neon Paralimni), Voskanyan (Alashkert), Varazdat Haroyan (Ural), Hovhannisyan (Zhetysu); Mkrtchyan (Pyunik Erewan; 76' Artak Grigoryan, Alashkert), Avetisyan (Ararat; 78' Hovsepyan, Pyunik Erewan); Barseghyan (Kaysar), Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Ghazaryan (Chaves); Karapetian (Progres Niederkorn; 73' Edgar Babayan, Hobro).
LIE (442): Thomas Hobi (Hohenems); Sandro Wolfinger (Eschen-Mauren; 85' Brandle, Pullach), Andreas Malin (Dornbirn), Jens Hofer (Munsingen), Maximilian Goppel (Vaduz); Nicolas Hasler (Kansas), Michele Polverino (Balzers), Aron Sele (Vaduz; 81' Livio Meier, Eschen-Mauren), Marcel Buchel (Empoli); Salanovic (Thun), Yanik Frick (Rapperswil-Jona; 46' Simon Kuhne, Eschen-Mauren).
Italy - Bosnia 2-1 (Dzeko; Lorenzo Insigne, Verratti).
ITA (433): Sirigu (Torino); Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta; 66' de Sciglio, Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Emerson (Chelsea); Barella (Caglari), Jorginho (Chelsea), Verratti (PSG); Bernardeschi (Juventus; 81' Belotti, Torino), Quagliqrella (Sampdoria; 46' Chiesa, Fiorentina), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).
BIH (4231): Ibrahim Sehic (Erzurumspor); Todorovic (RBS), Bicakcic (Hoffenheim), Zukanovic (Genoa), Eldar Civic (Sparta Prague; 72' Bojan Nastic, Oostende); Muhamed Besic (Everton), Pjanic (Juventus); Visca (Basaksehir), Elvis Saric (Suwon), Amer Gojak (DZagreb; 81' Cimirot, Standard Liege); Dzeko (Roma).
Liechenstein - Finland 0-2 (Pukki, Benjamin Kallman).
LIE (4141): Thomas Hobi (Hohenems); Sandro Wolfinger (Eschen-Mauren; 77' Daniel Brandle, Pullach), Daniel Kaufmann (Balzers), Jens Hofer (Munsingen), Rechsteiner (Balzers); Nicolas Hasler (Kansas), Sandro Wieser (Vaduz; 46' Michele Polverino, Balzers), Aron Sele (Vaduz), Marcel Buchel (Empoli; 54' Martin Buchel, Zurich); Salanovic (Thun),Simon Kuhne (Eschen-Mauren).
FIN (4231): Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen); Raitala (Montreal Impact; 83' Leo Vaisanen, Den Bosch), Toivio (Hacken), Arajuuri (Brondby), Uronen (Genk); Sparv (Midtjylland; 61' Rasmus Schuller, Minnesota), Glen Kamara (Rangers); Lassi Lappalainen (HJK Helsinki; 74' Pyry Soiri, Admira), Lod (Sporting Gijon), Benjamin Kallmann (Vendyssel); Pukki (Norwich).
Greece - Armenia 2-3 (Karapetian, Ghazaryan; Zeca; Barseghyan; Fortounis).
GRE (4231): Vlachodimos (Benfica); Charalampos Mavrias (Omonia; 17' Kotsiras, Asteras), Papastathopoulos (Arsenal), Siovas (Leganes), Koutris (Olympiakos); Zeca (Copenhagen), Samaris (Benfica; 75' Siopis, Aris); Masouras (Olympiakos), Fortounis (Olympiakos), Pelkas (PAOK; 68' Kolovos, Omonia); Koulouris (Atromitos).
ARM (4231): Hayrapetyan (Banants); Hambardzumyan (Enonis Neon Paralimni), Ishkhanyan (Lori Vanadzor), Varazdat Haroyan (Ural), Hovhannisyan (Zhetysu); Mkrtchyan (Pyunik Erewan; 56' Hovsepyan, Pyunik Yerevan); Artak Grigoryan (Alashkert); Barseghyan (Kaysar), Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Ghazaryan (Chaves; 83' Aventisyan, Ararat-Armenia); Karapetian (Progres Niederkorn; 70' Babayan, Hobro).
ITA 12, FIN 9, ARM 6, GRE 4, BIH 4, LIE 0.
/r/Championship's Championship club by club season preview - part 1!
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On Friday at 8pm UK time, Reading and Derby County will kick off the 127th season of the English second division - also known as the Championship! 24 clubs will compete for 3 promotion spots to the Premier league (2 via automatic promotion and 1 via playoffs) and to avoid the 3 relegation spots to the third tier a.k.a League One.
Its looking like a really tight and competitive season. The league is absolutely full of ambitious player and managerial talent - the more time goes by the more it looks like a Premier League 2. If you want a competitive league with proper English football, that also has the spice of skilful players and forward thinking managers, it really is the place to go.
This is guide written by the fans who have come together on /Championship - an absolutely huge thanks to them. Do check out the sub, we try to keep it a good place to discuss the EFL, away from the rancid gloryhunting shithole that is /soccer (just kidding - I like this place). Lots going on, including a score predictor thread which is running all season.
This guide is in table order with the PL demoted sides first. Only 5 clubs today (because the Swansea one is a fucking novel and I can't fit any more in), the rest will be submitted tomorrow and Friday. Do bare in mind that not all the transfer news will be up to date as these guides were largely written a week ago. Point out to me if there are any clear errors with formatting or spelling.
Championship info, links and media Season previews: The Guardian | Sky Sports | The Mirror
EFL focused podcasts: Not the Top 20 | The Totally Football League Show
The 17/18 table - Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham went up. Barnsley, Burton and Sunderland went down. This season West Brom, Swansea and Stoke join from the PL and Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham join from League 1.
These are the bookies' favourites for promotion (via Oddschecker):
|Club ||Odds |
| Stoke ||2.75 |
| Middlesbrough ||4 |
| West Brom ||4 |
| Nottingham Forest ||4.5 |
| Leeds ||4.75 |
| Swansea ||5 |
How to watch in the UK: Live rights are owned by Sky Sports. They are upping the number of televised matches this season. Reading v Derby on Friday is televised. The weekly highlights show previously on Channel 5 is moving to Quest TV, which apparently is on Freeview.
|Club ||Odds |
| Rotherham ||2.2 |
| Bolton ||2.25 |
| Ipswich ||4.5 |
| Reading ||5 |
| QPR ||6 |
| Hull ||6 |
How to watch abroad: Depends, but in most territories, the iFollow Service is available, which is £110 to watch all a single club's matches. Bargain. I think the clubs that aren't on iFollow have their own similar streaming services.
Check out club Youtube channels - quite a few of them post extended highlights now with their own commentary, including Derby, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and more. (You may need VPN to watch if you're abroad.)
Location: Swansea, Wales
Nickname: Swans, The Jacks
Major honours: Football League Cup (2013), Championship Play-off Winner (2011), League One Winners (1925, 1949, 2008)
17/18 finishing postion: 18th (Premier League)
Transfermarkt squad value: €115.5 mil NOTE: This number is as of July 22nd, when we still have Mawson (€15 mil), A. Ayew (€15 mil), Bony (€10 mil), Clucas (€8 mil) and Fernandez (€8 mil), who are all pretty much expected to be sold, or loaned out, before the season starts. Without all of these players except Bony (who's injured for a while so it makes it unlikely he'll be sold soon), the squad value would be around €70 mil.
Manager: Graham Potter joined the Swans on 11th June 2018. In 2010, he became head coach of Östersund, who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football. 5 years later, he got the club promoted into the Swedish top flight and in 2017, they won Svenska Cupen which qualified them for the Europa League where they managed to get through the group stage. He’s been applauded for what he did at Östersund and the way he managed to build the club up from nothing. The year after his success in the Europa league he signed a 3 year contract with Swansea.
Potter is well respected by The Swans and after a few years of poor managerial and financial decisions his appointment is seen as a step in the right direction to bringing us back to our old ways of being a well-run club. Potter has been recognised for his "progressive" and "unconventional" coaching methods. At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions which was designed to take them out of their comfort zone. Potter describes his style of football on the pitch as "tactically flexible, attacking, and possession-based". At Östersund, he deployed a flexible 3–5–2 formation centred on ball possession.
Best player(s)/ talisman:With many of our best players being rumoured with a move away what good players that remain at the start of the season is yet to be seen.
Alfie Mawson is probably our standout player. He’s been amazing for us since we got him and was a bargain at about £3m. He’s great in the air and is just an all round tank. Keeping him will be a huge boost for us and should be solid in the championship.
Federico "El Pajaro" Fernandez has also been strong at the back with Alfie. The pair played with each other for the majority of last season and together became a solid unit. We will most likely sell him to reduce wages though.
Jordan Ayew put in a great shift last season and was our top goal scorer. His work rate was immense and was able to drop back and defend when needed. He’s fast, able to beat a man and a decent finisher. Sadly all these players are transfer targets for other clubs and might not even be here at the start of the season. If we can keep a lot of our players we should have a decent season but who knows who'll be left by the end of the window…
Rising star: Swansea’s U23 had a great season last year and with Potter wanting a young and fresh squad, a handful have moved up into the first team.
Our standout youngster, Oliver McBurnie, joined Barnsley on loan in January last season where he went on to win a Championship player of the month award after 6 goals in 8 games and went on to win Barnsley’s Player of the year award. While only 22, he’s struggled to break into our first team but will most likely be our main striker for the coming season. Be on the lookout for his long legs, miniature shinpads and ridiculous sock length! LEGS LEGS LEGS!!!
Connor Roberts performed well at RB last season and adapted quickly to the premier league where he battled Kyle Naughton to be in the starting line up and did great when given the chance. Decent at going forward and professional at the back. Hopefully potter puts him ahead of Naughton.
What happened last season?: What Happened last season?: After our great escape the season before and with Paul Clement at the helm there was optimism that the 17/18 season could be our turning point where we start rebuilding 'The Swansea Way". How wrong we were.
After a disastrous transfer window where we sold Sigurdsson and never replaced him and started panic buying the week before the transfer window closed we were left an obvious hole in our team. We had no creativity in midfield and no one could kick the ball into the box to save their life. And just to rub it in further Renato Sanches turned out to be more disappointing than Bob Bradley. With the team sitting bottom of the table Clement was sacked in late December.
Then along came the wise talking Carlos Carvalhal who managed to rebuild the confidence the team had lost. Our results took a turn for the good, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham consecutively at home. He pulled us out of the relegation zone and things were looking good. However, the good times were quickly followed by the bad times. Our form turned and we didn’t win a single one of our last 9 matches. We were quickly relegated after pitifully losing to both Southampton and Stoke in our last 2 games of the season.
Highlights (Or lowlights):
The pass by Renato Sanches that summed up his and our season
Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal
Summer transfer business (so far): At the end of last season, it was clear we needed several transfers, both in and out. However, this would all depend on the manager we got.
Yan Dhanda (Free, Liverpool): A 19 year-old Midfielder, Yan Dhanda left Liverpool this summer and joined the Swans in a free, before we even hired Graham Potter. At one time one of the most promosing youngsters in Liverpool's Academy, injuries slowed down his progress, and ultimately made him fall behind other players. Citing lack of first-team playing time, Dhanda decided to join us this summer in hopes of getting regular playing time in the senior squad. Through 3 pre-season games, Dhanda has been one of the brighest and most impressive players in the squad, even scoring a game-winning goal and smashing a penalty in a shootout against Genoa. With our current injuries and shenanigans involved in our midfield, Dhanda has a good chance of becoming a starter and hopefully guide our midfield during the season.
Jordi Govea (Free, Real Madrid): Another 19 year-old from Ecuador, Jordi was the first signing under Potter. Not much can be said about the lad, but this is what Real Madrid had as his bio:
Jordi is an Ecuadorian defender who possess three key qualities for a player in his position: he's skilful, is able to go past a player and has a good shot on him. He's left footed and is able to send in good crosses on the run. With Martin Olsson currently as our starting LB, and Kyle Naughton as the backup, the hope is that Jordi can develop on our U-23 squad and hopefully move up to the senior squad in coming years. Also the only man I've seen do a medical while wearing jeans (https://twitter.com/SwansOfficial/status/1015251916132057089)
Joel Asoro (€2 mil., Sunderland): Yet another 19 year-old, a Swedish winger who has represented his country in the younger levels, he was Potter's first senior signing. With world-class speed, and some impressive skills, Asoro was able to score 3 goals and get 2 assists last season in 26 apperances for Sunderland. While these numbers may seem a bit disappointing, many of these games were sub appearances on a very dysfunctional team. Along with Dhanda, Asoro has been one of the most impressive players during preseason, constantly beating his man with either speed or skills, and whipping in good balls to Legs. At the current rate, Asoro appears to have a good chance of starting on the right wing spot, with Nathan Dyer and Luciano Narsingh backing him up.
Predicted starting XI: NOTE: This is gonna be assuming Mawson, A. Ayew, Clucas, and Fernandez are all sold by the start of the season. If by some reason they end up staying, they are pretty much guaranteed to start. Based on the pre-season games so far, a lineup looking like this would be plausible, with Rodon most likely to be replaced by a CB (possibly Scott McKenna) when we buy one. Our second unit is looking something like this.
Best case scenario: Graham Potter is able to motivate and make sure our senior players (Fer, Carroll, etc.) stay fit, along with our youngsters being able to make an impact as expected, and also we retain Mawson, Fernandez, and Clucas, we can finish in the top 2 and get promoted automatically.
Worst case scenario: Our worst case scenario, and something many of us fear of happening, consists of primarily 3 things. 1. Graham Potter isn't given enough time to build an identity with our squad and is sacked by the midway point of the season by the greedy, dumb American owners. . 2. We end up not replacing the players we sold properly like last summer, therefore having a squad with holes everywhere and no chemistry. 3. Our youngsters such as Asoro, McBurnie, Dhanda and company don't pan out and progress at all, thefore becoming mediocre players. This would all culminate in us looking like Sunderland, and making relegation a probability.
Prediction: Realistically I see us selling Mawson and company in the last days before the season starts and not replacing them properly until later on. Because of this, as well as our current injuries with Fer and Clucas, I can see us initially struggling to build an identity but over time, we will start playing like Potter wants us and finishing the season strongly.
8th place, missing the play-offs by 4 points
What will happen to your closest rivals?: The scum that is known as Cardiff City will break the record for lowest points ever accumulated in a Premier League season, getting 5 points all from draws, and will therefore get relegated with 17 games to spare.
West Bromwich Albion by Joelwba Location: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands
Nickname: The Baggies, The Throstles
Major honours: 1x League title, 1x League Cup, 5x FA Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 20th in Premier League (relegated)
Transfermarkt squad value: £101.16m
Manager: Darren Moore or Big Dave as he's known to Albion fans. A club icon as a player in the early 2000s, he returned to look after our U23 squad before being promoted to assistant manager by Alan Pardew in January. Following the end of Pardew's horrific reign, Moore took temporary charge with Albion facing inevitable relegation. He led us to wins over Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and a draw with Liverpool, somehow taking our futile battle for survival to the final week of the season. Following this he earned the head coach role permanently. Moore is loved among the Albion faithful, largely due to his reputation as a player here. He heavily favours a 4-4-2 formation and at the back end of last season, tended to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack. It will be interesting to see how his approach differs in a league where we are one of the favourites, not fighting to survive (hopefully)
Best player(s)/ talisman: It's an interesting situation for Albion currently. There are plenty of Premier League quality players still in the squad. A lot depends on if they are picked off before the deadline shuts. Chris Brunt is a club stalwart and likely to be reappointed as captain. He is adored by the fans and in my opinion will be an incredible asset in the championship. His set pieces alone will bring 10+ goals to the side. Kieran Gibbs is a high quality player who appears to be set to stay and should make a big difference. Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli should all make a big difference in this division IF they stay. In all honesty I expect to lose a few of the above. Sam Johnstone appears to be an astute signing to replace the outgoing Ben Foster.
Rising star: Sam Field he's one of our own! He looked completely at home against some of the top Premier League sides last campaign. A box-to-box midfielder, he's full of energy and looks so comfortable on the ball. I expect him to be a major part of our side this season, having just signed a new long-term deal.
Kyle Edwards is an exciting attacking midfielder who has been impressing in pre-season. He may have a part to play following a loan spell at Exeter last campaign.
Jonathon Leko looked like a potential world-beater when he first came through a couple of years back. A lightning quick winger full of tricks. A loan spell at Bristol City and limited appearances later he seems to be losing his way. Will be an interesting one to watch.
Finally, the enigma that is Olly Burke. After signing with us last summer for £15m, he failed to impress any of the four managers we had over the season. He looks exciting when he comes on, without any end product so far, and was unfairly blamed for a loss at West Ham by Alan 'Coward' Pardew. We all know the talent he's got. Hopefully we can see it this season.
What happened last season?: Let's not talk about it... We finally escaped the stranglehold of Tony Pulis, only to opt for the human joke that is Alan Pardew and duly hurtled towards relegation. Four of our players stole a taxi and then played (and lost) the following weekend.
Pardew was sacked about 3 months too late, and Moore took over, restoring pride with some notable wins over Man Utd and Spurs.
This season we also lost the great Cyrille Regis, and the outpouring of emotion and the coming together of the club during the weeks after his passing was something special.
Summer transfer business (so far): We started by releasing Claudio Yacob, Boaz Myhill and Gareth McAuley. Yacob and McAuley will be greatly missed but it is perhaps the right time for them to go.
Jonny Evans departed for Leicester for a cut-price £3m, Ben Foster left for Watford and James McClean has departed for Stoke City.
Sam Johnstone has been bought in to replace Foster, with Jonathon Bond arriving as backup. Kyle Bartley has joined from Swansea City and it appears that Harvey Barnes will soon be arriving on loan from Leicester.
Finally, James Morrison is currently out of contract but still with the club. His future is uncertain.
I am very happy with Johnstone and Bartley. It has been a quiet window for Albion so far but that is largely a good thing. The squad is packed with Premier League talent and the window is more about keeping hold of them.
There is major interest in Dawson and Rondon, along with interest in Rodriguez, Hegazi and Chadli. If any of the above go, then we would need to replace. Otherwise I would be happy with another striker and another CB.
It is also worth mentioning that every player in the Albion side suffered a 50% wage cut upon relegation which means that we are financially sound despite relegation, but may lead to more big names leaving.
Predicted starting XI: This is my best attempt. It will undoubtedly be 4-4-2. We may see Nyom in at right back and perhaps Barry in for Field.
Obviously about half of this side could leave, so we shall see.
Best case scenario: The bulk of the side remains and the quality in the side shines through as we breeze to automatic promotion.
Worst case scenario: The better players leave or do not put the effort in. Moore cannot transfer his great start into his first full season in management. We become embroiled in a relegation battle
Prediction: It will be somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think we'll go up automatically but I think play-offs are more likely. 6th
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Villa won't go down but will settle into mid-table, despite the recent takeover.
I think Wolves will do well in the PL, although I don't know how long Nuno will last before a big club comes in.
Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Nickname: The Potters
Stadium: bet365 Stadium, 30,089 seats
Major honours: 1972 League Cup
17/18 finishing position: 19th, Premier League
Squad value: £127.8 million
Manager: Gary Rowett signed from Derby in May. His honest attitude has brought lots of optimism to fans, who are looking forward to an overhaul of the Club. His style of play seems to change based on the squad he has available.
Best Player: Joe Allen was vital to the Club last season, giving us hope that we would avoid relegation. His massive new contract signed this summer shows how loyal and committed to the Club he is, and will be a vital player this season.
Rising star: Tom Edwards is a local lad who has won the Under 18 Player of the Year award twice in the Club. In the latter parts of last season he played some good first team football.
What happened last season: A pathetic attempt at a season that had been coming for a while under Mark Hughes. Paul Lambert was appointed in January, but a win rate of just 2 in 15 matches wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and miss out on the million pound bonus offered to him.
Transfer business so far: So far this has been a decent transfer window. Peter Etebo had an amazing World Cup for Nigeria and Benik Afobe looks really promising. Adam Federici has also been appointed to replace Lee Grant. Xherdan Shaqiri has left along with a few players like Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson who will not be missed. Badou Ndiaye also looks to be on his way out, but it looks like Jack Butland will stay with us, which is massive. Perhaps most surprising are the new contracts signed by our 2 best players last season, Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer.
Predicted Line up: Here is our predicted squad. I’m not sure what formation we will have. EDIT: This is a new version, complete with our rumoured new signings and in the right formation.
Best case scenario: Stoke will finish top with an all-time Championship points record.
Worst case scenario: A mediocre start to the season will see Rowett sacked and Stoke with a disappointing mid-table finish.
Prediction: I think with our squad and our new manager, we will finish 1st.
What will happen to our closest rivals? Port Vale will be relegated to the Vanarama National League.
Location: Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE
Nickname: The Villans, The Villa, Prince William's Club, David "Twat" Cameron's Second Club.
Major honours: 7 First Division wins, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 4th
Transfermarkt squad value: £67.77m and dropping fast
Manager: Steve Bruce (for now). Former Man Utd playing legend who's been a fixture of English football for decades. He joined Villa in 2016 after successful runs at Hull, Sunderland (yes they were good once) and Birmingham City. A bit of a promotion specialist, he's taken Championship clubs up to the Premier League 4 times in the past and just missed out last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Playoff Final. Tactically, he's fairly old school who prefers 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1, usually involving a big man up top. Fun fact: while managing Huddersfield in 1999 he wrote three novels, "Striker!", "Sweeper!" and "Defender!", which focus on main character Steve Barnes, a football manager. Barnes solves crime and takes on terrorists, and the books have become prized rarities. The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast managed to get a copy and read out some of the copy - suitably awful.
Best player(s)/ talisman: There's only one Jack Grealish. A Villa boy through and through, he's been with the club since 2001 (aged 6), and made his way into the first team in the 2013-14 season. He's been the centre of controversy a few times, most notably getting on the beers and passing out on a Tenerife street. Playing as a number 10, his quick feet and dribbling skills provide a number of goals and assists, as well as fouls. He probably went down a bit too easily when first in the Premier League, but time in the gym has noticeably toughened him up and he's a much more solid player as a result. One of the better players in the Championship, and due to Villa's abject finances, a transfer target for the likes of Leicester.
Rising star: Keinan Davis could possibly be it, potentially Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as well.
What happened last season?: Have you ever walked into a casino, spotted the roulette table and popped £10,000 on red? It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off. You've doubled your money if you win, but look like a right git if you lose. Villa figured this was a good way to approach 2017-18: spend millions on players, get in lots of loans, gamble everything on achieving promotion. After a so-so start, Bruce got the team playing well, stringing together a number of wins and moving through the playoff spots. Unfortunately they ran into a few teams playing out of their skin - champions Wolves ran away with the league and boasted a squad that included several Champions League players. Neil Warnock's Cardiff couldn't stop winning and grabbed the second automatic promotion. In the playoff final Villa came up against a Ryan Sessegnon-led Fulham and were just pipped at the post 1-0.
Summer transfer business (so far): It's one-way traffic, due to absolutely abysmal finances. Loan spells for Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone have all ended, which is almost the spine of the team (Johnstone in particular - he was arguably the best keeper in the Championship and personally bagged a number of wins). Plus clubs are circling to pick off whatever assets we have left (eg. Jack Grealish, James Chester). With no prospect of anyone new coming in, it looks like the youth academy will be getting a lot more game time.
Predicted starting XI: Possibly this, but half these players could be gone before the first match.
Best case scenario: Mid-table anonymity would have to be best case - Villa are a mess and could go down this time around.
Worst case scenario: Our finances are the real issue - they are dire. Villa need to find £9 million this month to avoid going into administration. Owner "Dr." Tony Xia is a billionaire, apparently, but tax bills went unpaid and the question remains if he's able to support the club as generously as he has in the past. Administration, points deductions and potentially relegation to League One are all real possibilities right now. It's not looking good.
Prediction: Due to financial irregularities in the 23 clubs above us, Villa will get into the Champions League and take out the likes of Atletico, Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to our second European Cup. "Taylor, Green, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball played in for Jack Grealish. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Keinan Davis!"
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Unfortunately the Scum managed to avoid League One in the final rounds of the season. Here's hoping they go one better. Agbonlahor to re-sign for one game: the Derby. And score the winner, again.
Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Nickname: The Boro (Or just Boro)
Major honours: The League cup 2003-2004 season
17/18 finishing position: 5th
Transfermarkt squad value: 79.34m
Manager: Tony Pulis became manager of us in late December 2017, replacing the sacked Garry Monk after a pretty lacklustre few months of the campaign (despite where our league position was). Pulis is known in England for being the man that is never relegated when in charge of someone in the top flight. We are all aware of Tony Pulis' style of football. You start by having a strong and massive defence and maximise your use of set pieces to gain an advantage. Pulis is a lover of all set piece plays, whether that is crossing the ball in from a corner or free kick, or launching a ball into the box from a throw in, they're all in his arsenal of weapons. 'Pulisball' as it is pretty much known. Pulis has achieved promotion from the championship once before with Stoke, and I hope he achieves it again with us this season
Best player(s)/ rising star: I mean, where else do I begin. Adama Traore. Arguably the best player in the championship on his day and is one of the most frightening dribblers in English football, maybe even world football. The winger is known for his speed and dribbling ability although is usually criticised for his lack of end product. Before last season I would've agreed, however 5 goals and 10 assists, with all but 2 assists coming before Pulis' arrival show the progression of the Spanish winger.
As for other members of the squad, Ben Gibson, the prodigal son. Boro through and through he's progressed into a commanding centre half with the ability to play out from the back thanks to Karanka. He gained attention and emerged as one of the few given credit after our disappointing premier league campaign but was only the subject of one bid upon our relegation, from now manager Tony Pulis. It remains to be seen whether he'll be here come the first game of the season, but I hope he will be.
As for future stars, Dael Fry, already has played 2 championship campaigns for us and looks as assured as a veteran of the game. Another centre half produced by our academy and he is being played in cdm this pre-season by Pulis, to add to his versatility. Hopefully a standout season for him, especially if Gibson does end up leaving. Finally, yes, he does always look as confused as images of him show.
What happened last season?: Well, the first half of the season was tragic under Monk. We played really poor football at times and looked like we hadn't defended a day in our lives. There was also no consistency in the team, we'd win one game then lose the next. A key theme under both managers however, was our inability to beat those around us in the table. After Pulis' appointment the results picked up and it ended with us finishing 5th in the table. We ultimately lost in the playoff semi finals to Aston Villa but honestly, we didn't think we'd even be in the top half around Christmas.
Summer transfer business (so far): Just the three deals to talk about so far. We've acquired Paddy McNair from Sunderland who looks like a decent player. He's been utilised in right back and midfield during pre-season so it looks like they'll be his positions for the season. I imagine he'll play alongside Clayts and Howson in a midfield three.
Aden Flint was signed from Bristol City and I think I'm in the minority when I say I don't like how much we paid for him. Obviously the man is a Pulis player but I'm a bit unsure about his defensive ability. That being said he's looked strong during pre-season and I'm sure Pulis will get the best out of him. Fabio departed our club for Nantes so we'll need more full back cover.
As for the rest of the window, I expect Gibson to leave but will be delighted if he doesn't. One of our strikers will also leave and Braithwaite should follow after his decent World Cup performances. We'll probably bring in a striker and a winger and hopefully hold onto Adama. That'd be a successful window in my eyes.
Predicted starting XI: My best guess The only other guess I could make is that Gibson might leave and then Ayala would start, but he's injured at this point in time. Britt might play over Gestede too if Pulis is feeling fancy.
Best case scenario: It has to be top of the pile right? It's not out of the question to imagine us up there and if everything clicks then we've got a chance. A defence that scores more than some teams' strikers, Adama channelling his inner Messi and finding consistency, Rudy/Britt/Bamford scoring for fun. It could be carnage.
Worst case scenario: I can't see us finishing outside the playoffs, if we did then that would be gut-wrenching. But if we did then that would most certainly be the worst. Realistically, it'd be losing in the playoffs... again, and if it were in the final again then god help me. Although saying this, now losing Bamford and maybe Traore will be a worst case scenario in itself, definitely if they're not replaced.
Prediction: Have to be confident, although it always kills me. 1st or 2nd. Tony Pulis and his nice white trainers carry us to the promise land. That being said, we never do it the easy way.
Best Match of Last Season Sorry Leeds fans, but it had to be. "Hattrick Bamford" as our Twitter account tweeted, 3-0 against Leeds with Adama running the show. Leeds clearly found some positive from the game as they're set to sign him off us. This was the sign of what we should've done more last season. Showed what Paddy could've been too if given an even more extended period in Striker by himself. Oh well.
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Who even are our closest rivals in this league? We're in geographical purgatory. Can't say Sunderland anymore so what? Leeds? Bielsa either turns them into the well oiled machine they hope for or he succumbs to the old Leeds ways and is sacked by December. As for the Mackems, probably promoted from League 1.
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LERMA HANDS IN REQUEST Sky sources understand Jefferson Lerma has handed in a transfer request at Levante after a significant bid from Bournemouth was rejected.
Sources close to the deal tell us the player is disappointed he is being denied the opportunity to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Premier League
'TRANSFER RUMOURS NOT NICE' Ajax midfielder Frankie De Jong is getting tired of being linked to Barcelona, and says he does not find the rumours "nice" anymore.
“I’m an Ajax player so I can’t say too much about it at the moment,” De Jong told Voetbal International. “Of course there is interest, everyone knows that, but I am an Ajax player, as I say.
“In the beginning the transfer rumours are nice, but gradually I think I don’t need this anymore, they can write what they want. That’s not me and it’s not that I think ‘ah, that’s nice’.”
NZONZI TO BARCA? Arsenal transfer target Steven Nzonzi is reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Gunners have reportedly been put off his £35m valuation and Barca see Nzonzi as a more viable option than Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot.
NO WIN FOR RICHARLISON Everton have lost 3-0 to Blackburn in their pre-season friendly, with new signing Richarlison getting minutes under his belt but no goals yet.
NEW DEAL FOR NAVAS? Real Madrid are planning to offer Keylor Navas a new contract, reports La Nacion.
Navas, who has been Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper in each of the past three seasons, could drop down the goalkeeping pecking order at the Bernabeu this term if the European champions bring in Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.
However, it appears as though Madrid are still keen for the Costa Rica international to continue at the club, with La Nacion reporting that they are set to present him with a two-year contract renewal offer which would tie him to the La Liga giants until 2022.
MALCOM PRESENTED BY BARCA New Barcelona signing Malcom has been presented by the club, with the player saying: "I am really happy to be here, it's a dream, playing at Barça is a great challenge and I hope to make the fans happy."
RICHARLISON ON FOR DEBUT Richarlison is on for his Everton debut in their pre-season friendly with Blackburn. They currently trail Rovers 2-0.
RUSNAK TO REAL SALT LAKE Sky Sports News understands former Manchester City midfielder Albert Rusnak will snub a number of offers to return to European football, and instead sign an improved contract to stay in the MLS with Real Salt Lake.
Rusnak hinted last month that he was expecting to leave America in this window, with Sparta Prague among the clubs interested in him, but it now looks like he will be staying put, with Salt Lake offering him a new deal until 2021.
PALMER TO JOIN ROVERS Chelsea’s young midfielder Kasey Palmer is joining Blackburn Rovers on a short-term loan deal until Christmas, Sky Sports News has learned.
The deal won’t be completed until after the weekend. Palmer spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County, and earlier this month it looked like he was bound for Pride Park again to join up with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
But the 21-year-old will instead head to the North West for four months, once the paperwork is completed on Monday.
LOVELL PLEASED WITH SIGNINGS Gillingham are holding a Q&A; evening, and manager Steve Lovell has been chatting about transfer activity.
'BONUCCI WANTS JUVE RETURN' AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci wants to return to former club Juventus this summer, says Milan's new sporting director Leonardo.
He explained: "I've met with a range of clubs, including Juventus. The desire (to talk to Juve) came from him, so if the conditions are right, we'll try to make it happen."
'RAMSEY WILL STAY' Unai Emery believes Aaron Ramsey is going to stay at Arsenal despite speculation surrounding his future.
"Football changes every day. It's not easy. For that, I am thinking the match today first, then training tomorrow, then the match Saturday, with an important player here," the manager said.
"Aaron is an important player for us, and the contract is one thing for the club and the player. For me, I want him to stay with us, to work with us, to give the team the big performance.
"I think he is going to stay here with us."
ROANLDO'S FIRST GAME CONFIRMED Cristiano Ronaldo will start his Serie A career with Juventus at Chievo.
The Portugal forward became Juve's club record signing last month when he joined from Real Madrid for £99.2m.
And Thursday's announcement of the opening round of Italian top flight fixtures sees him head to the Stadio Bentegodi for the champions' first match of the 2018/19 campaign, on the weekend of August 18-19.
ENQUIRIES FOR TRIO Cardiff City have received enquiries for Lee Tomlin, Anthony Pilkington and Omar Bogle, but Neil Warnock has revealed the players may not leave until the last day of the window.
"We've had one or two enquiries, that will all come up I would imagine and liven up in the next three weeks," he told Wales Online.
"Especially when I announce my squad on the 9th (of August), the Football League have got another two or three weeks so I think a lot of them will be waiting until deadline as always."
RICHARLISON ON BENCH Everton are playing in a pre-season friendly at Blackburn tonight, and new signing Richarlison is among the substitutes.
RABIOT GOING NOWHERE PSG are unwilling to sell Adrien Rabiot this summer, reports L’Equipe.
Rabiot, who is attracting interest from Barcelona and Juventus, is out of contract next year and PSG want to hand him a new deal. Even though he is inside the final 12 months of his deal, PSG are not contemplating cashing in on him this year.
VALVERDE HAS NEXT TARGET Ernesto Valverde has identified Dani Parejo as his next target, according to Sport.
The Valencia playmaker has been linked with a move to Barcelona before, but now the Catalans' interest in the 29-year-old is coming to a head.
FRED IN THE USA New Manchester United signing Fred has joined up with his team-mates for their pre-season tour of the USA.
REINE-ADELAIDE JOINS ANGERS Jeff Reine-Adelaide has joined Ligue 1 side Angers from Arsenal in a permanent deal, following a loan spell with the club earlier this year. The 20-year-old signed for the Gunners in July 2015 from Ligue 2 side Racing Club Lens. He made eight first team appearances over three seasons.
ANOTHER CHELTENHAM SIGNING https://twitter.com/CTFCofficial/status/1022511680260071424
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SELS MAKES MOVE Goalkeeper Matz Sels has completed a permanent move to French side Strasbourg from Newcastle.
The 26-year-old joins the Ligue 1 outfit for an undisclosed fee after a two-year spell at St. James’ Park.
GUTHRIE JOINS STEVENAGE Kurtis Guthrie has signed for Stevenage, subject to EFL registration.
The striker was signed by Colchester from Forest Green Rovers in July 2016 and scored 13 goals across 49 appearances for the U’s.
LEEDS TARGET BAMFORD Leeds are interested in Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
New manager Marco Bielsa wants a striker for his squad, and Leeds have also been linked to Derby forward Matej Vydra.
CHESTER TO STAY AT VILLA Captain James Chester is ready to snub Stoke and hand Aston Villa a further boost by staying at the club.
The defender is keen to help Villa return to the Premier League, Press Association Sport understands.
Stoke have made an offer, reportedly worth up to £10m, for the Wales international but he would prefer to remain at Villa Park.
EVERTON JOIN GONALONS RACE Everton have reportedly joined the race for Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Crystal Palace are also said to be tracking the Frenchman.
MUTO DEAL IN PRINCIPLE Mainz 05 Sporting Director Rouven Schroder has confirmed they’ve agreed a deal in principle to sell striker Yoshinori Muto to Newcastle.
The German club have said the transfer has been agreed subject to a few formalities and the player gaining a work permit. Muto is on his way to Tyneside from Tokyo.
It’s our understanding the fee is £9.5m.
PJANIC ON THE MOVE? Juventus will sell Man City transfer target Miralem Pjanic this summer, but only if they receive the same amount they paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to Calciomercato.
The Bianconeri view the Bosnian as good as Ronaldo and want at least £89m for him.
MADDOX JOINS CHELTENHAM https://twitter.com/CTFCofficial/status/1022489137172152320
BARCA EYE MIGNLOET Barcelona are interested in out-of-favour Liverpool 'keeper Simon Mignolet, according to Marca.
The arrival of Alisson at Anfield has pushed Mignolet further down the pecking order, and Barca want a potential replacement for Jasper Cillessen.
CAVANI NEW REAL TARGET Edinson Cavani is Real Madrid's new number one target after Chelsea demanded the Spanish giants pay £178m for Eden Hazard, according to AS.
Robert Lewandowski is also no longer a serious target for Real.
AFTERNOON HEADLINES For those of you just joining us - firstly where have you been? - but here is a quick roundup of where we stand with some of the day's main transfer stories...
MITCHELL MAKES ST JOHNSTONE LOAN SWITCH St Johnstone have announced the signing of 'keeper Conor Mitchell on a season-long loan from Burnley.
The Northern Ireland U21 international trained with the Saints squad towards the end of last week before boss Tommy Wright moved to capture the 22-year-old to add to his goalkeeping options which include Zander Clark and Mark Hurst.
KLAASSEN NEARS BREMEN SWITCH Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen’s move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen is close to completion, according to Sky sources.
The former Ajax captain failed to nail down a regular starting place at Goodison Park and is on the brink of making the move to Germany.
Klaassen won’t be involved at Blackburn Rovers tonight.
TOP-FLIGHT TRANSFER TARGETS RATED Sky Sports Fantasy Footballhas priced up potential Premier League transfer targets, rating Nabil Fekir and Gonzalo Higuain as the most valuable potential additions.
With just two weeks until the revised transfer deadline date of August 9, business looks set to crank up as Premier League sides prepare for the new campaign.
Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham have made moves early but while Manchester United reportedly have domestic targets in Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire, plenty of further additions are expected from abroad.
Based on the most likely major deals according to Sky Bet's transfer odds, here are five big names expected to arrive and the Sky Sports Fantasy Football valuations you may just want to make a note of...
OLDHAM SIGN IVERSEN Oldham have announced the signing of Leicester 'keeper Daniel Iversen on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old Dane, who will wear the number one shirt during the loan spell, has been on trial with the Latics and featured in pre-season friendlies against Nottingham Forest and Girona.
Iversen joined Leicester from Esbjerg in January 2016, going into the club’s development squad. He has not made a first-team appearance for the Foxes.
UNITED MAKE MAGUIRE APPROACH Man Utd have approached Leicester over the sale of their England centre-back Harry Maguire, SSN understands.
However, with a fortnight of the summer transfer window remaining, it looks like Jose Mourinho will have a battle on his hands, with Leicester adamant their star defender is staying at the King Power Stadium.
We understand United value the player, who starred in England's summer World Cup campaign, at around £65m.
Maguire is due to return from holiday in the next few days and is understood to be keen to make the move to Old Trafford.
LUNCH-TIME WHISPERS Here are the latest transfer rumours from our friends at Football Whispers...
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LUNCH-TIME HEADLINES OK for those of you just joining us - firstly where have you been? - but here is a quick roundup of where we stand with some of the day's main transfer stories...
DOUGALL TO HAVE BARNSLEY MEDICAL Sparta Rotterdam defender Kenneth Dougall will undergo a medical at Barnsley on Thursday ahead of proposed move to Oakwell, according to Sky sources.
WATFORD STAND BY EVERTON COMPLAINT Watford are standing by a complaint against Everton over an allegation of an illegal approach to former manager Marco Silva.
The clubs entered a mediation process at the request of the Premier League that involved club officials and their respective legal teams, but no conclusion was reached.
The sale of Richarlison to Everton had prompted reports a resolution had been found between the two clubs, but Watford say they have been "compelled" to reiterate the disciplinary process is still ongoing.
MILAN TOLD TO PAY £62M FOR MORATA Chelsea have told Milan they will have to pay up to £62m for Alvaro Morata after initial negotiations got underway on Wednesday.
Sky Italy believe Milan’s new sporting director, Leonardo, had a series of phone conversations yesterday about a potential transfer, with the player reportedly keen on a return to Italy.
However, the two clubs remain poles apart on their valuations of the player, prompting Milan to retain their interest in bringing Gonzalo Higuain or Radamel Falcao to San Siro.
The 25-year old striker joined Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid for an initial £57m, with the job of replacing Diego Costa.
NEWCASTLE SIGN SCHAR Newcastle have completed the signing of defender Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna on a three-year deal.
MOORE PENS NEW BLADES DEAL Simon Moore has signed a new contract at Sheffield United, ending speculation of a move to West Brom.
The Baggies held discussions with the Blades over signing the 28-year old 'keeper as back-up to Sam Johnstone.
Moore has signed a new three year-deal, keeping him at Bramall Lane until the summer of 2021.
The player joined United from Cardiff for an undisclosed fee in August 2016 and has made a total of 64 appearances for United.
CHELSEA MONITOR MILINKOVIC-SAVIC Chelsea are keeping tabs on Lazio midfielder Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, says the Independent.
However, the Blues face competition from Man Utd and Real Madrid, although the Serbian would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge.
NEWCASTLE AND FULHAM IN MITROVIC STALEMATE Newcastle and Fulham remain apart over their valuation of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serb striker is back training on Tyneside after returning from an expended holiday following the World Cup.
MAN UTD PONDER £60M MAGUIRE MOVE Jose Mourinho is urging Man Utd's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to tie up a deal for Harry Maguire, according to reports in the Sun.
However, Leicester may demand £60m for the England international defender.
SCHAR UNDERGOES NEWCASTLE MEDICAL Newcastle are closing in on Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar after activating a £3m release clause in his contract, according to Sky sources.
The Swiss international is due on Tyneside on Wednesday and will undergo a medical with the club.
Newcastle are looking to replace Chancel Mbemba, who they sold to Porto for £7m earlier this month.
The Magpies have been tracking Schar, who won three Swiss titles with Basel, for some time.
The 26-year-old left Basel to join Hoffenheim in 2015 where he made 30 appearances before joining Deportivo last year.
NEWCASTLE AGREE MUTO DEAL Newcastle have agreed a deal with Mainz to sign striker Yoshinori Muto for £9.5m, according to Sky sources.
The 25-year-old Japanese striker is currently on a flight from Tokyo to Newcastle after they agreed a fee with Mainz, with the move subject to the player gaining a work permit.
Muto played for Japan in the World Cup in Russia.
SILVA HINTS AT NEW CHALLENGE David Silva admits his latest contract at Man City will probably be his last at the club but says he wouldn't join a Premier League rival.
Silva signed a one-year contract extension at City last season to keep him at the club until 2020.
"When I finish my contract with Manchester City I will be 34 years old, at that time I will probably want to do something different," he said.
"I don't know yet but I won't play for another club in England.
"People always love me in England, it's been eight years - very successful years, and the football we've played has been very attractive. English people love that type of football - those type of games. And that's why I'm so happy here."
DERBY LAND MARRIOTT Derby have completed a deal to sign 23-year-old striker Jack Marriott from Peterborough.
Sky Sports News understands Derby will make an initial payment of £3m, with significant add-ons that could see the fee rise to £5m.
GOLOVIN AGREES TO JOIN MONACO CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has agreed to join Monaco, despite being heavily linked with Chelsea this summer.
The 22-year-old, who starred for Russia at the World Cup, is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club and Sky Sports Newsunderstands the move could be completed in the next few days.
POCH: MANY SPURS RUMOURS Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted there are currently "many rumours around the team" as the club continue to be linked with possible moves for Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
"There are many rumours around the team," Pochettino said after Spurs beat Roma 4-1 International Champions Cup in San Diego on Wednesday.
"I cannot talk and I don't want to talk because I think we need to be focused on trying to work hard and get in the best form for the first game of the season."
ERIKSSON NEARS IRAQ ROLE Sven Goran Eriksson has agreed a deal in principle to take over as head coach of Iraq, according to Sky sources.
The Swede held positive talks with Iraqi FA officials in Istanbul last week.
Eriksson’s representative Saif Rubie says he has a couple of other options and will make his final decision in the next week.
MOURINHO: DARMIAN CAN LEAVE Jose Mourinho has confirmed Matteo Darmian can leave Man Utd if a suitable bid comes in for him this summer.
Full-back Darmian has been linked with a return to Italy with either Inter Milan, Juventus or Napoli.
"Matteo wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave, if the right offer arrives you have to try to be human and let the player follow his instinct but not at any price," he said after watching his side beat Milan on penalties on Wednesday night.
"And, until now, the offers we got for Matteo are not even close to being accepted."
PALACE MAKE £8.9M GONALONS OFFER Crystal Palace have made an £8.9m offer for Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, according to Sky Italy.
The 29-year-old is a defensive midfielder who has eight caps for France.
Palace need midfield reinforcements following the departure of Yohan Cabaye.
MOURINHO: LIVERPOOL HAVE TO WIN Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho says Liverpool have to win something next season after their heavy summer of spending.
"Maybe this season finally you demand that they win," he said after watching his side beat Milan on penalties on Wednesday night.
"You, I think, you have to be fair and now you have to demand and say the team with investments, who are making investments that they started making last season, not just this season, last season.
"That you made in January, that you make now, that will probably be the record of the Premier League this season, I don't see another team getting close to that level of investment, a team that was a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say you are a big candidate.
"You have to win."
WATFORD JOIN REYES RACE Watford are interested in Mexico international defender Diego Reyes, according to Sky sources.
However, no formal offer has been made for the player so far.
Reyes is a free agent after he ran down his contract at Porto.
Newcastle and West Ham are two of a number of Premier League clubs who have also made an offer for the centre back.
POCH WON'T DISCUSS LLORENTE FUTURE Mauricio Pochettino refused to discuss the future of Fernando Llorente after the Spanish striker scored twice in Spurs' 4-1 International Champions Cup win over Roma in San Diego.
Llorente is widely understood to be up for sale this summer after failing to make a big enough impression following his move from Swansea at the start of last season.
"I'm not going to talk about individual situations because if I'm going to talk now about someone I need to talk about everyone," he said.
"I am focusing on trying to work hard, trying to provide the team and every single player with the best tools to improve. Of course I'm happy when the striker scores and finds the net."
MOURINHO: NO PROBLEMS WITH MARTIAL Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho says he has no problems with Anthony Martial leaving the club's pre-season tour to attend the birth of his first child.
Some reports in the press today had claimed Mourinho wanted the Frenchman out of the club due to his decision to leave the US.
"I found out that Martial was going to Paris when he told me," Mourinho said after watching his side beat Milan on penalties on Wednesday night. "Was two or three days ago.
"When it is personal reasons, everyone analyses that the way they think is the correct way and when a man is going to be a father in this case, it's the second time he is going to be a father, and he decides is very important for him to go, nobody has the right to stop him to go."
UNITED TARGET REBIC Manchester United have made contact with the representatives of Ante Rebic, reports the Mail.
The Eintracht Frankfurt winger starred for Croatia at the recent World Cup in Russia, where his country were runners-up to France.
CHELSEA SIGN GREEN Chelsea have completed the signing of 38-year old former England goalkeeper Rob Green on a one-year deal.
Green, who was released by Huddersfield at the end of last season, is likely to be third-choice keeper behind Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero at Stamford Bridge.
SHAQIRI: CRITICS WRONG ABOUT ME New Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri believes his critics are "totally wrong" about him.
REAL CLOSE IN ON COURTOIS Real Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but Spurs No 1 Hugo Lloris is also a target, says the Mail.
The European champions are believed to be after a new 'keeper for the upcoming season.
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PAPER TALK Right, let's kick things off this morning with a quick roundup of some of the biggest stories making today's back pages...
- Real have agreed terms with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, but Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris is also a target (Mail)
- Jose Mourinho is urging Man Utd's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to tie up a deal for Harry Maguire - even though Leicester may demand £60m for the defender (Sun)
- Liverpool and Everton have made offers for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, according to the player's agent (Express)
- Jack Wilshere turned down an £8m signing-on fee and Champions League football at Fenerbahce in order to join West Ham (Star)
- Marcos Rojo is fearing for his United future after Jose Mourinho made signing a centre half a priority this summer (Telegraph)
- West Brom are the latest club to register interest in the Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo as they bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League next season (Guardian)
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HYNDMAN JOINS HIBS Hibernian have announced the signing of midfielder Emerson Hyndman on loan from Bournemouth until January.
BREAKING NEWS Sky sources understand Rangers have rejected West Brom's £3m bid for James Tavernier and will not consider selling until their valuation of the full-back has been met.
GILLINGHAM EXIT https://twitter.com/TheGillsFC/status/1027250707324391424
ONE IN AT MORECAMBE Morecambe survived relegation to the National League by the skin of their teeth last season and have beefed up their forward line in a bid to avoid a repeat performance this season.
SCHOLES: UNITED NOT CONTENDERS Manchester United legend Paul Scholes does not believe his former club have the quality to challenge Manchester City or Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
"When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don't think they [United] have the quality of those two teams at the minute. Liverpool have made some really good signings. United finished above them last season," said Scholes, speaking in Hong Kong.
"I just don't see United getting closer to City. City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about and Manchester United seem to be not too sure what's going on.
"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next. So I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see them challenging for the league this year."
WATCH: TRANSFER CENTRE The Transfer Centre rounds up of all the latest summer transfer stories from Sky Sports News.
LOAN DEAL Hartlepool goalkeeper Ryan Catterick has joined Guisborough Town on a short-term loan deal.
LOAN DEAL https://twitter.com/CAFCofficial/status/1027239679253471233
WATCH: 'PEP TREATS KEEPERS LIKE PLAYERS' New Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn says working with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City played a big part in his development.
NEWCASTLE UPDATE… Here’s the latest from Sky Sports News’ Richard Graves…
“It’s certainly never dull is it around Newcastle United, especially in the transfer window. You feel they are probably still in the market for another striker, despite bringing in Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan. They also need to strengthen in defence. Federico Fernandez, the Swansea City defender is certainly one name that has been linked with Newcastle. In terms of attacking options Liverpool striker Danny Ings is another name.”
GERRARD THE TRANSLATOR Rangers boss Steven Gerrard entertained journalists in his news conference by acting as translator for new signing Nikola Katic.
SPURS LATEST SSN reporter Roger Clarke gives us an update from Tottenham's training ground in Enfield:
"It will be interesting to see what Spurs do next, with Villa seemingly digging their heels in. They are saying Jack Grealish is not for sale.
"So do Spurs go back in with an improved offer and hope they can force Villa's hand going into TDD? Or do they look elsewhere?
"But Grealish seems to be the one they really seem focussed on and have been all summer..."
'THIS SEASON IS ABOUT WINNING' Alexis Sanchez says he has put last season behind him and it is all about winning things with Manchester United this term.
HIBS WON'T BE DISTRACTED BY MCGINN TRANSFER TALK Efe Ambrose is confident Hibernian can brush off the loss of Scotland midfielder John McGinn and produce another memorable European performance against Molde.
McGinn was absent from training on Tuesday and Wednesday after going down to Birmingham for talks as Aston Villa battle Celtic for his signature.
"I don't think it's going to affect us," the former Celtic defender said. "We are a team, not an individual. We know it's been coming so we will just focus on the game, that's the most important thing for Hibs.
"We know if John is here he is a plus for the team, he is a good player. So we are without John but we are still here and we still have the quality of player to do well.
"So we focus on the game and leave John to deal with everything that is going on around him.
"We wish him well but in football players come and go so we are not going to be distracted by his transfer."
HIBS IN HYNDMAN LOAN TALKS Hibernian are in talks with Bournemouth over the loan move for Emerson Hyndman, according to Sky sources.
The American has previously played in Scotland while on loan at Rangers in 2017.
Hibs want to get the deal done before the UEFA Deadline tonight so he can play in the Europa League qualifier against Molde at Easter Road tomorrow.
EVERTON LATEST… Here’s an update from Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor at Everton's Finch Farm training ground:
“It’s good news for Evertonians at the moment. This deal is close, very close. Bernard flew into Manchester airport earlier this afternoon.
"Not only was he met there by our camera, but he was also met by Everton’s player liaison officer as well. He made the short trip to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground. He arrived at around 4.15pm and he’s been in there ever since.
"He’s going through the formalities of a medical and they also have to go through the process of sorting out a work permit as well. No real problems are anticipated, certainly from the information we are getting at least. The way this is going to pan out it seems is that once this deal is signed and sealed the likelihood is that Everton will announce Bernard tomorrow, well into time of the 5pm deadline."
TEA-TIME WHISPERS The latest from our friends at Football Whispers as we approach tea time...
WEST BROM MAKE £3M TAVERNIER BID West Brom have made a £3m bid for Rangers captain James Tavernier, according to Sky sources.
The 26-year-old full-back has made more than 140 appearances for the Ibrox club since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2015 and scored a penalty for Rangers in their opening day draw against Aberdeen on Sunday.
'MAN UTD WORKING ON FOUR TARGETS' Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol gives us an update on Manchester United's pursuit of Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire, among others...
ALEXIS WANTS 'BIG SIGNINGS' AT UNITED Alexis Sanchez says Man Utd must sign players of Arturo Vidal's calibre if the club are to compete for trophies this season.
"At United we have to sign big players, with experience," Sanchez told Sky Sports. "Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile.
"He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.
"From what I've seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we'll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game."
BRYAN SET FOR VILLA MOVE Joe Bryan has undergone a medical and looks set to join Aston Villa in the next few hours, SSN understands.
Villa manager Steve Bruce has reportedly fought off interest from a number of Championship clubs for the Bristol City defender.
The fee for the 24-year-old is thought to be in the region of £5m.
Bryan made 48 appearances in all competitions last season and was involved in Bristol City's season-opening 1-1 draw at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
LOPETEGUI WANTS KOVACIC TO STAY Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui says he wants Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic to stay at the Bernabeu.
BIRMINGHAM SIGN CAMP Birmingham have completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Camp on a free transfer from Cardiff.
The 33-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sunderland, has penned a two-year contract with the Sky Bet Championship club.
Camp is set to become Birmingham's first-choice goalkeeper, casting doubts on the future of both David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak.
SMITH JOINS SEATTLE Bournemouth defender Brad Smith has joined MLS club Seattle Sounders on a season-long loan.
The Australia international made 11 first-team appearances for Bournemouth after moving from Liverpool in 2016, and missed the majority of last season with a hip injury.
Bournemouth retain the option in January to recall Smith from Seattle, who are currently eighth in the Western Conference.
MAN UTD WANT BOATENG ON LOAN Man Utd are keen to bring Jerome Boateng to Old Trafford – but only on loan, rather than on a permanent basis, SSN understands.
Jose Mourinho still has the German international as his No 1 choice recruit – but privately behind the scenes at United there are fears over a permanent contract for a player with a chequered history of injuries.
Boateng, 29, suffered muscle and tendon injuries over the past three Bundesliga campaigns, missing 27 games in total since December 2016.
With one day left of the summer window, Mourinho is running out of time to find a new central defender. Privately, United believe Harry Maguire is not for sale at Leicester and as things stand, Yerry Mina’s chances coming to Old Trafford looks increasingly slim.
Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has made funds available to Jose, but is determined not to pay over the odds in the current market.
WOLVES CLOSE IN ON DENDONCKER Wolves are closing in on a deal to sign Belgium international Leander Dendoncker, according to Sky sources.
SSN understands the Anderlecht midfielder travelled to England on Wednesday to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the Premier League club.
Dendoncker has made more than 170 appearances for Anderlecht since his debut for the club in 2013.
The 23-year-old has represented Belgium on six occasions and was included in Roberto Martinez's final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia, in which the Red Devils finished third.
BERNARD ARRIVES AT FINCH FARM Brazil midfielder Bernard has arrived at Finch Farm to undergo his medical at Everton.
BORO TAKE HUGILL ON LOAN Middlesbrough have completed the signing of West Ham striker Jordan Hugill on a season-long loan.
MCGINN TO MISS HIBS' EL CLASH Hibernian will be without John McGinn for the Europa League encounter with Molde after Neil Lennon resigned himself to losing the midfielder following bids from Celtic and Aston Villa.
WATFORD KEEN ON WARD-PROWSE LOAN Watford are interested in a loan deal for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, according to Sky sources.
However, SSN understands the young English midfielder is not available on loan and the Saints will rebuff any such advances for the player.
TRIO IN TALKS FOR SLIMANI Sporting Lisbon, Fenerbahce and Besiktas are all in talks to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani, according to Sky sources.
Slimani was Leicester’s record signing when they paid Sporting £28m for him two years ago.
The Algerian spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle.
'WITSEL TURNED DOWN MAN UTD' Axel Witsel rejected a move to Man Utd this summer, the player's agent has claimed.
Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund completed a deal to sign Witsel from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjianearlier this week.
"There were other candidates. Manchester United wanted him, Napoli too," Paul Stefani told Belgian outlet HLN.
"But I told Axel: 'At Dortmund you are the number one, at Manchester you are one of the many... and at Napoli too'."
GREALISH DISAPPOINTED AT VILLA STANCE Jack Grealish is very disappointed and disillusioned that Aston Villa are refusing to sell him to Spurs, according to Sky sources.
We understand the midfield player was promised he could leave before Villa’s new owners arrived at the club last month.
Grealish has not given up on moving to Spurs and he is still hoping that Villa will let him move.
ALL QUIET AT HUDDERSFIELD As we wait for new signings at Huddersfield, the locals enjoy a game of crown green bowls...
GIROUD TO HOLD CHELSEA TALKS Olivier Giroud says he is set to hold talks with Chelsea over a new contract.
The France World Cup winner joined the Blues from Arsenal in January, but his current deal expires at the end of this season.
Giroud attracted interest from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer.
"No, I am happy here at Chelsea. I just arrived a few months ago and am just starting to settle well,” Giroud told the Standard.
"I still have one year (of my contract) to go with Chelsea, plus maybe another one. I'm going to discuss that with the club at the right time. There is no rush."
BERNARD ARRIVES! Good news for Everton fans as Brazil international Bernard has arrived at Manchester airport ahead of his expected medical at Finch Farm, which the midfielder is expected to have in the next 48 hours.
BACHMANN JOINS KILMARNOCK ON LOAN Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has moved to Kilmarnock on a season-long loan.
The 24-year-old former Austria U21 international, who joined the Hornets in July 2017, will spend the entire 2018/19 campaign with the Scottish Premiership side who are managed by Steve Clarke.
LYON CAN'T RULE OUT FEKIR Lyon manager Bruno Genesio admits Nabil Fekir could still leave the club as the summer transfer window comes to a close.
WHY GREALISH IS IN DEMAND Why is Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish worth £25m? We have compared his stats against the average Premier League midfielder to find out..
Read the feature HERE
DOCHERTY JOINS SHREWS Rangers confirm midfielder Greg Docherty has joined Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan deal.
Docherty, who joined the Light Blues from Hamilton Accies in January, has made 14 appearances so far in his time at Ibrox.
CRUYFF NAMED CHONGQING LIFA BOSS Jordi Cruyff has been named manager of Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan.
The former Manchester United player ended a successful six-year spell at Maccabi Tel-Aviv earlier this year, which included stints as sporting director and head coach.
The 44-year-old succeeds Paulo Bento, who lost his job with Chongqing Lifan last month.
BOATENG STILL KEEN? Sky in Germany are reporting that defender Jerome Boateng turned down a move to Manchester United for football reasons but, we are told he wants to move to United and Jose Mourinho wants to sign him.
MAGUIRE HOPING FOR MAN UTD MOVE One source has told us United have already had two bids turned down by Leicester for Harry Maguire. The second bid was worth about £60m.
Leicester are in advanced talks to sign two centre backs – Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb and Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg – at a combined cost of about £35m.
As far as Leicester are concerned, Maguire is not for sale; they signed him for £17m from Hull City last summer and he has four years left on his contract.
Leicester are expected to offer him a new deal after his impressive performances for England in the World Cup this summer.
BREAKING NEWS Sky sources: Leicester defender Harry Maguire is still hoping Manchester United will sign him with just one day to go before the window closes
AGENT WORLD LIKE 'WILD WEST' Football agent Jon Smith says FIFA's deregulation of agents has created a 'watery' situation when it comes to player representation.
CONNOLLY TO JOIN WIGAN Sky sources: Defender Callum Connolly will join Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan from Everton
VILLA LEAD RACE FOR McGINN Aston Villa are in pole position to sign John McGinn despite renewed interest from Celtic, according to Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon.
Hibs midfielder McGinn spent Tuesday in talks with Aston Villa but Celtic are believed to have matched the Sky Bet Championship club's offer after having several previous bids rejected.
Lennon said: "He went down to Birmingham, I think he is having a medical there. A fee has been agreed. I don't know if personal terms have been agreed yet.
"I think Celtic have matched the offer but I think Villa are in the driving position at the minute."
BREAKING NEWS West Brom have rejected an offer from Watford for Craig Dawson, according to Sky sources.
It is understood the offer was an initial loan year-long loan for a fee of £750,000.
The offer also included an option to buy Dawson for £2.5m instalments over four years adding up to a potential total of £10m.
LATEST TRANSFER BULLETIN Here's your latest Transfer Centre bulletin from Sky Sports News at lunchtime
SARRI ON KEPA Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga and Maurizio Sarri has been impressed by what he's seen of the goalkeeper.
NO POGBA WAGE DEMANDS Paul Pogba has not made any wage demands to keep him at Manchester United, according to Sky sources.
On Tuesday, a newspaper report claimed he had demanded a £200k-a-week wage rise to stay at Old Trafford following interest from Barcelona.
However, we have been told that Pogba has made no wage demands.
HUGILL'S BORO MEDICAL Sky sources: Jordan Hugill has arrived on Teesside to undergo a medical with Middlesbrough.
This will be a season-long loan deal for the striker, who signed for West Ham for £9.5m in January.
GREALISH 'KEEN TO LEAVE' This one is slaloming a tad, isn't it?
SSN understands that Grealish is disillusioned that his dream move to north London now looks doomed and remains desperate to play for Mauricio Pochettino and to test himself at the highest level for a top four Premier League club.
BREAKING NEWS Sky sources: Jack Grealish remains keen to move to Spurs and is desperate to test his skills in the Champions League.
Grealish, who trained with the Villa squad this morning, was due to complete a £25m move to Spurs until Villa's new owner, Nassef Sawiris intervened.
BREAKING NEWS Leicester City are closing in on the signings of Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic, SSN understands.
Soyuncu, 22, could cost up to £20m. The Freiburg defender has won 15 international caps for Turkey and Leicester are confident a work permit won’t be a problem.
His agent, Mustafa Dogru, has confirmed on Twitter that they are in negotiations with Leicester over a deal, but he’s stressed there is no agreement yet.
Croatia U21 international defender Benkovic is in Leicester today discussing personal terms. He is expected to undergo a medical later today.
BREAKING NEWS Sky sources: Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic to have medical at Chelsea today ahead of a loan move.
CHELSEA DUO TALK TO FEKIR Olivier Giroud says he and Eden Hazard have spoken to Nabil Fekir about the possibility of joining Chelsea and would “welcome him” at the club.
The 25-year-old Lyon man looked set to join Liverpool from Lyon earlier this summer before negotiations between the clubs ended.
"I spoke to him when we were together in the French national team, when his move to Liverpool fell through," Giroud told Foot Mercato. "Then we discussed Chelsea, and I even think that Eden said a couple of words to him.
"We would obviously welcome him, he is a super player, but I don't know if this is something that could happen as the window closes on Thursday."
WHO IS KEPA? We profile Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Spanish goalkeeper edges closer to a big-money transfer to Chelsea...
Read the feature HERE
GREALISH 'GOING NOWHERE' Big news coming out of Villa Park.
Sky sources: Jack Grealish will not be sold to anyone in this transfer window, despite interest from Tottenham and 'other clubs' this window.
Sources are telling us Aston Villa's new executive chairman Nassef Sawiris has told Tottenham and any other potential suitors he is not interested in their money.
BREAKING NEWS Aston Villa's new owners says Tottenham's £25m bid for Jack Grealish has been rejected outright.
BORO IN TALKS WITH BOLASIE Sky sources: Middlesbrough remain in discussions with Yannick Bolasie as they attempt to persuade him to move to The Championship.
Everton winger Bolasie has been told he’s surplus to requirements at Goodison Park; Crystal Palace are interested but Boro is a more likely destination.
Middlesbrough are discussing both a permanent transfer and/or a loan with a view to a permanent deal. Bolasie is valued around £15m.
LATEST WHISPERS The latest from our friends at Football Whispers as we approach midday.
WILLIAMS IN BARNSLEY MEDICAL Sky sources: Huddersfield Town defender Jordan Williams undergoing a medical at Barnsley ahead of a permanent move
BORO WANT HUGILL Sky sources: Middlesbrough are in talks with West Ham over a loan move for Jordan Hugill. The Middlesbrough-born striker only signed for the Hammers for £9.5m in January.
KEPA SITUATION Quite a complicated one, this, but let me explain...
Athletic Bilbao have announced that Kepa Arrizabalaga has bought himself out of his contract.
This is the done thing at Athletic Bilbao; the same happened with Ander Herrera, Javi Martinez and Aymeric Laporte.
It essentially means Kepa is now a free agent and will join Chelsea. The Blues will have paid the money to Kepa, his agent or the company who owns him in order to buy himself out of the contract.
Make sense? Good.
BREAKING NEWS Athletic Bilbao have confirmed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause has been activated.
Sky Sports News reported yesterday Chelsea were advanced talks to sign Kepa.
LOPETEGUI TIGHT-LIPPED ON COURTOIS Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on the strong rumours linking Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a move to the Bernabeu.
"I always say that I'm not talking about players who are not at Real Madrid. Keylor (Navas) is our goalkeeper and there are no other goalkeepers I can talk about except Keylor, Kiko (Casilla), (Andriy) Lunin and Luca (Zidane).
"Keylor is phenomenal, he has our full confidence and is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He's delighted to belong to Real Madrid and we're delighted with him."
DOUBLE IPSWICH SIGNING Ipswich have signed centre-back Toto Nsiala and midflieder Jon Nolan from Shrewsbury Town for a combined fee of £1.75m.
Both players have signed three-year deals with the club having the option of a further 12 months.
BREAKING NEWS Celtic look set to complete a long-term loan deal for Australia World Cup youngster Daniel Arzani later today.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who made three sub appearances in Russia, has passed a medical and joins Celtic on a two-year loan, having completed his transfer from Melbourne City to Manchester City, SSN understands.
BAYER STRIKER SIGNS DEAL Bayer Leverkusen striker Joel Pohjanpalo has signed a contract extension until 2022, the Bundesliga club have announced.
The 23-year-old Finland international, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury, has made 18 Bungesliga appearances for the side and scored seven goals.
HUDDERSFIELD IN TALKS WITH MBENZA Huddersfield are now in talks with Montpellier winger Isaac Mbenza, according to Sky sources.
Sky Sports News understands Terriers boss David Wagner is keen to add another wide player to his squad after selling Tom Ince to Stoke.
Mbenza scored 10 goals in 43 appearances last season as Montpellier finished comfortably mid-table in Ligue 1.
WAGHORN SIGNS FOR DERBY Derby have completed the signing of Martyn Waghorn from Ipswich.
The 28-year-old striker signs for £5m on a three-year contract.
WHERE NEXT FOR BOATENG? It now looks likely Jerome Boateng will stay at Bayern Munich or move to PSG.
If PSG are able to present an interesting total package for him, he is likely join them. A decision is expected within the next two weeks.
Boateng has a great relationship with Bayern’s new coach Niko Kovac; they are both from the same district in Berlin and Boateng feels Kovac appreciates him as a player.
BOATENG TO MAN UTD OFF And here's why...
Jerome Boateng’s decision not to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford was because he doesn’t believe Manchester United can win the Champions League this season.
Sky in Germany understand that Boateng spoke to Jose Mourinho earlier this week to explain that he was honoured by United’s interest in him.
However his aim remains to win one more Champions League title – and he feels United are not strong enough to do so in the forthcoming campaign.
BREAKING NEWS Defender Ben Mee has signed a new three-year contract at Burnley.
The 28-year-old is now committed to at least 2021, with the option of a further 12 months.
BREAKING NEWS Winger Adama Traore has completed his move from Middlesbrough to Wolves on a five-year deal.
BRIGHTON SIGN SIMPKINS Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Emily Simpkins.
The 28-year-old joins the club on a free transfer after leaving Doncaster Rovers Belles this summer, and has signed a one-year contract.
BREAKING NEWS Sky sources: Bernard is currently travelling from Brazil and is expected to arrive on Merseyside this afternoon ahead of a medical at Everton.
Sky Sports News understands that Everton manager Marco Silva has played a key role in the last 24 hours, in persuading Bernard to join the club
WOLVES SWOOP FOR CLUCAS Midfielder Clucas saw his move to Burnley collapse over the weekend, and Wolves have moved quickly to try to bring him to Molineux.
A formal approach is expected later today.
BREAKING NEWS Wolves are keen to sign midfielder Sam Clucas from Swansea before tomorrow’s deadline, SSN has been told.
COURTOIS > REAL DETAILS It is understood Thibaut Courtois is currently in Belgium awaiting permission from Chelsea to fly to Madrid to undergo a medical.
Real have offered to loan midfielder Mateo Kovacic and pay £35m for the Belgium goalkeeper, but Chelsea are yet to accept the deal.
Courtois is keen to move back to Madrid, where he spent three years with Atletico, due to family reasons.
The 26-year-old, who has less than year remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, did not report back for training on Monday after being given extra time off following the World Cup.
BREAKING NEWS Real Madrid are expecting Thibaut Courtois to arrive in Madrid on Thursday ahead of completing a move to the Bernabeu, according to Sky sources in Belgium.
HIBS CONFIRM AGYEPONG Thomas Agyepong has joined Hibernian on a loan move from Manchester City.
The 21-year-old is now awaiting the completion of the necessary visa process before joining up with Neil Lennon’s squad.
The winger signed for Manchester City in 2015 from the Right to Dream Academy, spending his time since then on loan at Twente and then two seasons at NAC Breda.
- Watford have made a £10m offer for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse (Daily Mail)
- Everton are confident they can sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan if they are unable to complete a move for Yerry Mina (Daily Mirror)
- Burnley have offered £10m for Abdoulaye Touré, the Nantes midfielder (The Times)
- Fulham have offered £8m for Hugo Mallo, the Celta Vigo right-back (The Times)
THE BEST OF GREALISH Spurs fans: here's what you'd be getting. The best of Jack Grealish from the Championship in the 2017/18 season.
ATLETI SIGN KALINIC Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan.
The 30-year-old, who made 42 appearances for AC Milan last season - scoring six goals - completed his medical in Italy on Tuesday.
Sky Italy report the deal is in the region of €15m (£13.5m) including bonuses.
'SPURS A GOOD FIT FOR GREALISH' Moving to Tottenham is perfect for Jack Grealish, says the panel on The Debate show.
FEKIR LATEST Nabil Fekir was left out of the Lyon's squad to face Chelsea last night admid reports of a move to Stamford Bridge.
He did come close to signing for Liverpool this window and Lyon Manager Bruno Genesio can't rule out a late move.
"It's too early to say. He wanted to leave at the end of last season, but came back to training yesterday and was happy.
"Who knows? There may be opportunities that come up before the end of the window. For now, he is a Lyon player."
MORNING WHISPERS The latest from our friends at Football Whispers this Wednesday morning...
SARRI: NO HAZARD ISSUE Maurizio Sarri has hinted Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea after he held positive talks with the Belgian.
Hazard had been the subject of interest from Real Madrid this summer but Sarri confirmed he has had talks with Belgium star the attacker more than once, suggesting the 'problem' surrounding his future has been resolved.
Sarri said: "I don't see a problem in this moment. I have spoken with Eden two or three times in the last two days.
"He has spoken of everything. I think this problem - the Hazard problem - is not present now."
POGBA: THE REPORTS There are plenty of newspaper reports surrounding Manchester United the day before the window shuts, and the majority of them concern Paul Pogba.
It would be the biggest shock of the window if he was to leave... but the clock is ticking.
- Pogba wants a £200,000-a-week pay rise to stay at the club, according to The Sun.
- Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Pogba has told United team-mates he wants to leave and has already agreed a £350,000-a-week contract with Barcelona.
- The Daily Star say United are furious with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola for trying to engineer a move to Barcelona for the France star.
- Sky in Italy say United have rejected an offer for Pogba from Barcelona of £45m plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.
- But United apparently have no desire to part with Pogba, who has just returned to training after winning the World Cup with France.
ROONEY: UTD NEED TWO SIGNINGS Wayne Rooney hopes Manchester United can mount a Premier League challenge against Manchester City but admitted they need two more signings to do so.
"I hope someone can catch them - it would be nice, so hopefully Manchester United can. I think maybe another signing or two.
"I am sure Jose [Mourinho] has been getting the team right. I know there has been a lot of talk about pre-season in the press but I am sure behind the scenes, Jose has been giving them the right amount of work."
'BOLT WON'T GET SPECIAL TREATMENT' Central Coast Mariners coach Mick Mulvey says Usain Bolt will be treated as any other player when he joins the Australian A-League club this month on an "indefinite" trial.
Mulvey will make the final decision over whether Bolt is offered a contract as the Jamaican sprinting great pursues his long-held dream of playing professional football.
"If it was up to him he'd be coming in without any hoopla but that's impossible for a person of his stature. I'm really happy and really looking forward to having him train with the club.
"I'm sure when he arrives he'll give a good account for himself and we'll see what happens from there. If it works, he will be offered a contract."
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