Roberto Martinez becomes Everton’s new manager

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Big news breaking out of Goodison Park this morning, as former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has signed a four-year deal to replace David Moyes in charge of English Premier League side Everton.

Martinez has been rumored to be the favorite for the vacancy on Merseyside for quite some time now, but with compensation agreed between the two clubs, Martinez met with Everton over the past few days and it hasn’t taken long to come to an agreement.

Everton confirmed the appointment of their new manager just a short while ago, with Martinez becoming the club’s 14th manager. The Spaniard will be unveiled later this afternoon in a press conference.

So was this the right choice for Everton?

Martinez was certainly the outstanding candidate for the position, given his masterstroke of keeping Wigan in the EPL for several seasons, playing attractive soccer and winning the FA Cup last season. However Martinez failed to keep Wigan in the English top-flight over the past campaign and the time was right to move on.

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Everton have a manger who is young, hungry to succeed and has plenty of respect within the game. Sound familiar? Moyes’ appointment was quite similar, however all his success at Preston had come in the lower leagues.

However the big question mark for me, is how can Martinez now handle the increased pressure and expectation levels from Everton’s loyal fans? A top-six finish last season was celebrated but many fans believe Everton belong in the top four and want Champions League soccer. Can Martinez deliver that? We will have to wait and see.

At Wigan there were no expectations at all. Staying in the EPL was like winning the title. Everton expects much more than that from Martinez.

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One thing is for sure, he already has a huge array of talented individuals at his disposal and the Spanish manager has shown incredible nous and creativity in the transfer market in his time in charge at Swansea City and Wigan. No doubt some of his former players at Wigan will move to Goodison Park, with Callum McManaman and James McCarthy already rumored to be following in Martinez’ footsteps.

Next up at Everton next season, attractive, attacking soccer. Martinez style.

Mexico star Marquez back at Atlas after US drug sanctions

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.

Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.

In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.

Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.

Atlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.

Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

Wolfsburg hires Martin Schmidt after firing Andries Jonker

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WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) Wolfsburg has hired Martin Schmidt to coach the Bundesliga side as a swift replacement for Andries Jonker.

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Jonker was fired on Monday after less than seven months in charge, with Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Stuttgart leaving Wolfsburg with four points from its opening four league games of the new campaign.

The 50-year-old Schmidt has signed a contract through 2019 and he will take charge of Tuesday’s game against Werder Bremen.

The Swiss coach left Mainz by mutual consent in May after almost three years in charge. Mainz finished last season in 15th place in the Bundesliga, above Wolfsburg on goal difference. Wolfsburg only survived in the Bundesliga last season by a winning a playoff.

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Swapping cleats for gloves: Rio Ferdinand to become a boxer

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It wouldn’t be the first time a professional athlete has tried his hand at another sport, but this one is a bit surprising.

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The Telegraph is reporting that ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is poised to become a professional boxer and is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old has been a pundit for BBC and BT Sport since retiring from soccer 2015, but the six-time Premier League winner appears ready to tackle a new venture.

Ferdinand will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse — who went on to become British light-welterweight champion.

Below is a video Ferdinand posted to his Instagram account on Monday which appears to show him practice dodging with a personal trainer.

Dodging Rain Drops…. Reaction Drill… Keep Moving!! 💧🎾 @chrisvarnavas

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Cavani, Neymar feud presents questions about PSG chemistry

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Paris Saint-Germain picked up its sixth consecutive win to start the Ligue 1 season on Sunday, but something else happened during the team’s 2-0 victory over Lyon that should be a show for concern.

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In fact, two notable sequences occurred during the match that proved money cannot buy chemistry — or how the saying goes.

The issues on both occasions were between summer signing Neymar and Edinson Cavani — who has been with PSG since 2013.

First, a free kick situation arose where Cavani had appeared that he was going to take the set piece, until Brazilian defender Dani Alves stepped in and took the ball and proceeded to give it to his national and club teammate, Neymar.

The second occurence was even more embarrassing though, as Neymar and Cavani argued over who would take a penalty kick, which Cavani ultimately got his way before having his shot saved by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Below is a video containing a piece of both instances.