Birthdays of Note: Former England player and longtime Ireland manager Jack Charlton turns 72. In his playing days Jack Charlton (brother of Bobby) was a center half. Not a “center back.” They didn’t know what a center back was in England back then. It was a center half. In fact, it was a centre half. Now Marvell Wynne of the Colorado Rapids, for instance, he’s a center back. And he turns 26 today.
Big Important Story of the Day: With the European Championships now just one month away (beginning June 8), expect to see more stories like this one, where an official of the world players’ union worried over violence in and around the grounds. Or this one, where we see the world of politics and sport intersect.
What you should watch on TV: Liverpool meets Chelsea for the second time in four days (3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Chelsea still has an outside chance of climbing into a Champions League qualification spot; Liverpool, having just lost to the Blues in Saturday’s FA Cup final, gets the chance to finish off those hopes.
Ahead on the blog today*: Early reports from the initial facility tours offered down at BBVA Compass Stadium plus some early talk on the upcoming U.S. national team camp.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Tony DiCicco
Twitter dap: MLSSoccer.com writer Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman), on Monday’s Premiership relegation development: “Anyone else surprised that Blackburn actually had stayed up this long? To me, far more stunning than their relegation.”
We’ll leave you with this: I always wonder why more players don’t figure this out: If you want to slow play legally when challenging for a ball near the sideline, don’t kick it into the stands. Instead, whack in off signboard, back into the field of play.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
PARIS (AP) A French official says police investigating suspected tax fraud linked to the soccer industry have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of three Argentine players in France.
The official said anti-corruption police units searched the homes of PSG players Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, and that of Nantes forward Emiliano Sala on Tuesday.
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Police also raided the head offices of PSG at Parc des Princes and other offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside the French capital, the official said.
The official, familiar with the case, declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.
The national financial prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in December after so-called “football leaks” reports allegedly detailed tax arrangements by top players, coaches and clubs.
Real Madrid didn’t wait long after learning Vinicius Junior was healthy.
The 16-year-old Flamengo star is committed to the Bernabeu after passing a physical, and Real Madrid announced Tuesday that they’ll have their new player no later than July 2019.
The reported fee is $50 million, which would be the most money spent on a Brazilian player since Barcelona landed Neymar for about $64 million in 2013.
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The forward has made two appearances for Flamengo, and turns 17 on July 12. He has 19 goals in 22 appearances for Brazil’s U-17 side.
Here’s Real’s announcement:
Real Madrid C. F. and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of the federative rights of the player Vinicius Junior from July 2018. The player will remain at his current club until July 2019, although he will be able to play for Real Madrid before then if both clubs agree to it.
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The 2016-17 Premier League season is over but you can vote for your favorite goal of the campaign up until June 1.
Simply click on the video above to watch the contenders compiled by Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, and then you can vote by clicking here.
MADRID (AP) Spanish authorities say former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his wife have been detained in a probe over his businesses in Brazil.
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The detentions early Tuesday are part of a money laundering investigation related to buying television rights for past matches of Brazil’s national team.
Three other people have been detained, but their identities were not immediately released by authorities.
Police raided offices, homes, and businesses in Barcelona and other locations in Spain as part of “Operation Rimet,” in reference to former FIFA President Jules Rimet.
Authorities said the operation used information from the FBI following the U.S. case against high-level FIFA officials in 2015.
Rosell is already standing trial for fraud and corruption charges involving the 2013 transfer of Brazilian striker Neymar.