AZ Alkmaar's Altidore and Valencia's Rami fight for the ball during their Europa League soccer match in Valencia

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore is having a very, very good week

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Jozy Altidore is having a very, very good week.

Not only was Altidore welcomed back into U.S. national team airspace and granted a starting role in the 2-2 Russian draw, revelations also tumbled out of his Dutch club that some well-known suitors are sniffing around the AZ Alkmaar grounds.

AZ director of football Earnie Stewart, the former U.S. international, says representative from major clubs “… like Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur,” have scouted Altidore in matches this year at around the club’s Alkmaar grounds. He also said a significant offer arrived last summer from an major Eastern European club, but that AZ was reluctant to part with Altidore because finding a replacement would have been difficult so late in the transfer window.

Remember, Altidore is just 23. As Stewart says, there’s still room for growth and further development in the man who once fetched a $10 million transfer fee from Spain’s Villarreal.  Altidore’s recent calm approach to his omission from an important set of U.S. World Cup qualifiers speaks well of his professionalism.

He still has two years remaining on the four-year deal signed in July 2011 with AZ. That means there’s no particular hurry to AZ to sell its American striker, although high value must always be a consideration with smaller clubs. Cashing in opportunistically on rising talent at the highest possible price is significant chunk of the business model.

Altidore has 9 goals in 12 Dutch Eredivisie matches this year, and 31 goals in 63 matches across all competition at AZ.

While it’s true that previous stops at other clubs (England’s Hull City, Spain’s Villarreal and Turkey’s Bursaspor) didn’t work out as well, there’s reason to believe Altidore’s chances of success are higher now. Youth, pressure attached to that handsome transfer price and other mitigating circumstances at some of the stops made for less-than-ideal conditions.

He has certainly made the most of AZ – and from a big week, apparently.

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

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Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday