Brazil Soccer WCup Brazil Chile

A quick guide to who’s come and gone from Premier League teams

4 Comments

With rumors, friendlies, the World Cup and medicals, it’s easy to lose track of which players switched sides during the summer. Did this move happen? Did one team pull out of the deal?

In short, who’s on my team? We’ve put together a list of the bigger names to come and go this offseason.

[ RELATED: Schedule for PL teams on North American tours]

There’s still plenty of time in silly season for moves to be made, but let’s get you caught up on who’s moved to and away from Premier League clubs, as the season begins Aug. 16 (three weeks away!!)

Arsenal

In: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Hugo Keto (Helsinki), Elias Chatzitheodoridis (Mas Kallitheakos)

Out: Nicklas Bendtner, Chu-Young Park, Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Bacary Sagna (Man City)

Analysis: Debuchy replaces Sagna, and Sanchez is perhaps the biggest add in the Premier League this season. Will Arsene Wenger sign his big forward before the end of the window? It seems likely he has to bring a star man to the Emirates.

Aston Villa

In: Joe Cole (West Ham), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham)

Out: Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Marc Albrighton (Leicester)

Analysis: Picking up Senderos is a big get for a Villa team that allowed the most goals of any team to stay up. Cole and Richardson are risks at best, as Villa needs a couple more strong bodies.

[ MORE: Trio of transfer moves include Swiss back’s Villa move ]

Burnley

In: Michael Kightly (Stoke), Steven Reid (West Brom), Matt Taylor (West Ham)

Out: David Edgar (Birmingham), Chris Baird (West Brom)

Analysis: The Baird loss is a big one, and Burnley will have a heck of a task to stay up without further add-ons.

Chelsea

source:
Fabregas

In: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)

Out: Samuel Eto’o, Thorgan Hazard (Monchengladbach), Tomas Kalas (Cologne), Ashley Cole (Roma), Demba Ba (Besiktas), David Luiz (PSG), Frank Lampard (New York City FC)

Analysis: The team is starting to look more and more like a Jose Mourinho squad, and it’s easy to forget he did his work last year without many of the players he’d like to have around. The Nemanja Matic signing of January almost feels like it should be included here, as it helps make up for the loss of Luiz. In Drogba, Fabregas and Luis, he has brought in good veteran depth that understands his demands.

[ RELATED: Didier Drogba officially returns to Chelsea ]

Crystal Palace

In: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)

Out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff), Dean Moxey (Bolton), Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge), Danny Gabbidon

Analysis: They added a striker in Campbell, and Tony Pulis really needs to find some goals. Palace finished 11th last season but third-last in goals scored with a paltry 33. Another attacker is needed, if not two.

Everton

In: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Muhamed Besic (Ferencváros)

Out: None

Analysis: The whole thing shakes out as such: if Roberto Martinez doesn’t get to bring Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea full-time, he better find a forward to finish Ross Barkley and company’s work.

Hull City

source: Getty Images
Livermore

In: Tom Ince (Blackpool), Jake Livermore (Tottenham), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)

Out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest), Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Koren

Analysis: Some more deft moves from Steve Bruce, who will hope to build off his FA Cup final run of a year ago. Snodgrass leaves Norwich to give the Tigers plenty in the middle, and Hull can be in good shape if Ince can find his promise.

Leicester City

In: Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton), Matthew Upson (Brighton), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)

Out: Zak Whitbread (Derby County)

Analysis: Ulloa was brilliant for Brighton, and Upson can help the club learn the ropes of the Premier League.

Liverpool

In: Adam Lallana (Southampton), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica)

Out: Iago Aspas (Sevilla), Andre Wisdom (West Brom), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Analysis: The loss of Suarez is massive, and the Reds say they are not done replacing him. Markovic is a sneaky good signing, while Lallana is coming off a PL Team of the Year season. Surely manager Brendan Rodgers will add another striking option (Loic Remy?).

Manchester City

In: Fernando (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Wily Caballero (Malaga)

Out: Gareth Barry (Everton), Joleon Lescott, Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)

Analysis: Former Porto man Fernando gives City more depth in the midfield, but for now the champions look set to defend with a very similar lineup.

Manchester United

source: Getty Images
Shaw, 19, was the youngest player at the 2014 World Cup.

In: Luke Shaw (Southampton), Ander Herrera (Bilbao)

Out: Ryan Giggs, Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Federico Macheda (Cardiff City), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan), Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers), Bebe (Benfica)

Analysis: The two pieces they’ve added are huge in quality, but depth is dwindling and Louis van Gaal wants to assess his current crop. United is woeful in defense outside of Shaw. LVG’s 3-5-2 can help mitigate that shallow depth, but surely he’d like to have options.

[ MORE: Exclusive interview with Ander Herrera ]

Newcastle United

In: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife), Jack Colback (Sunderland)

Out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp), Shola Ameobi, Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)

Analysis: The Magpies are having a summer! After selling off players like Yohan Cabaye, Andy Carroll and Demba Ba over the past few years, Newcastle has only watched one key piece walk (Debuchy). They’ve added plenty in the attack and replaced Debuchy with the cheaper, younger, potentially better (one day) Janmaat.

Queens Park Rangers

In: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Out: Stephane Mbia, Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa)

Analysis: The very veteran unit hasn’t added a bunch for Harry Redknapp, but Caulker is a solid signing. Do they have the know-how to stay up? Who knows, but keeping Loic Remy instead of his presumed move to Liverpool would be a good step. Otherwise, they need striking help.

Southampton

In: Dusan Radic (Twente), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord)

Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool).

Analysis: Set to lose Dejan Lovren and maybe more assets, the Koeman brothers have a lot of work to do. The vaunted academy can’t offset losses forever, and the Saints are set to lose four of their very best pieces.

Stoke City

source: AP
Sidwell

In: Steve Sidwell (Fulham), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Mame Biram Dioug (Hannover), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona)

Out: Michael Kightly (Burnley), Juan Agudelo, Mathew Etherington

Analysis: Quietly added three decent potential pieces before the flashy signing of Krkic from Barcelona. The Potters have had a very strong offseason under Mark Hughes. Bardsley is a very good move.

Sunderland

In: Jordi Gomez (Wigan), Billy Jones (West Brom), Costel Pantilimon (Man City), Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea)

Out: Jack Colback (Newcastle), Kieren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Craig Gardner (West Brom), Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys)

Analysis: The Black Cats need to find a desperate Gus Poyet some new men. For now this lucky to survive Sunderland side looks worse off than when the season ended.

Swansea City

In: Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Marvis Emnes (Middlesbrough), Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)

Out: Michel Vorm (Tottenham), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano), Michu (Napoli)

Analysis: Vorm and Michu are big names to Swans supporters, but the new blood is promising. Montero is a potential star, while the other three can be major factors either immediately — Gomis and Wilfried Bony could be a threatening pair — or in the long-term.

Tottenham Hotspur

In: Ben Davies (Swansea), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

Out: Jake Livermore (Hull), Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)

Prognosis: Spurs did a bunch of business last summer, and are hoping signings like Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado come around. Vorm gives them depth behind Hugo Lloris, while losing Sigurdsson to bring in defensive power with Davies is a decent risk.

[ RELATED: Better deal – Sigurdsson and cash or Davies and Vorm? ]

West Bromwich Albion

source: Getty Images
Lescott

In: Joleon Lescott (Man City), Chris Baird (Burnley), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev), Craig Gardner (Sunderland), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover)

Out: Liam Ridgewell (Portland), Steven Reid (Burnley), Billy Jones (Sunderland)

Prognosis: The Baggies gave up plenty of goals last season and stayed safe by a mere three points. They’ve added some punch with Ideye and revamped their back line with Baird and Lescott. Baird may be the coup of the group, with depth at center mid always good.

West Ham United

In: Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield), Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town), Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic)

Out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa), Matt Taylor (Burnley)

Prognosis: West Ham surged late to avoid the drop after spending a good portion of last season in the drop zone, and they moved quickly to grab some offense. Now with Andy Carroll out for up to four months, with the Hammers need to snag yet another striker?

 

FIFA disbands racism task force ahead of World Cup in Russia

PRATO, ITALY - APRIL 13: General view during the FIFA Futsal playoff match between Italy and Hungary on April 13, 2016 in Prato, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images
1 Comment

MANCHESTER, England (AP) FIFA has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior in 2018 World Cup host Russia.

FIFA wrote to members of the task force to say that it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and “is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.”

“I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,” task force member Osasu Obayiuwana told The Associated Press on Sunday. “The problem of racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical one, which need continuous attention.

“I personally think there remained a lot of very serious work for the task force to have done – the 2018 World Cup in Russia being one such matter. But it is evident the FIFA administration takes a different position.”

The task force was established in 2013 by then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter and headed by Jeffrey Webb, a vice president of world soccer’s governing body until he was arrested in 2015 as part of the American investigation into soccer corruption.

Webb, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, was replaced exactly a year ago as task force chairman by Congolese federation president Constant Omari, who also sits on FIFA’s ruling council.

“We never had a single meeting under his chairmanship,” Obayiuwana said. “I wrote him, more than once, asking for when a meeting would be held. But I never received a reply from him.”

Obayiuwana, a journalist, broadcaster and qualified lawyer, received the letter from FIFA on Friday announcing the end of the task force.

“The FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination was set up with your help on a temporary basis to develop recommendations for FIFA,” wrote Gerd Dembowski, FIFA’s diversity and anti-discrimination manager.

“We are therefore delighted to inform you that all of the task force’s recommendations have been implemented and all resulting projects are ongoing.”

FIFA pointed to the introduction of an anti-discrimination monitoring system at matches, the launch of a “Good Practice Guide ,” starting a team of footballing legends and a new diversity award. Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s first female and non-European secretary general, will present the award on Monday at the SoccerEx convention in Manchester.

FIFA also told task force members that its own initiatives “actually exceed the working group’s recommendations” – trumpeting its “Say No to Racism” campaign, women’s leadership conferences and programs in Russia. There are less than nine months until Russia stages the Confederations Cup, the warm-up event for the 2018 World Cup.

The most recent research from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the UEFA-affiliated FARE Network reported a surge in the number of racist displays by Russian soccer fans, with most cases going unpunished. Researchers logged 92 incidents of discriminatory displays and chants by Russian fans in and around stadiums in the 2014-15 season, against a total of 83 for the previous two seasons put together.

Rob Harris can be followed at http://www.twitter.com/RobHarris and http://www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports

MLS Snapshot: Columbus Crew 2-0 New England Revolution (video)

Joseph Maiorana/USA Today Sports
Joseph Maiorana/USA Today Sports
Leave a comment

The game in 100 words (or less): It was mostly the Crew from start to finish, and Ola Kamara’s brace helped ensure Greg Berhalter’s side that the team will remain in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. While the other Kamara — Kei — and his Revolution teammates were largely limited for chances on the evening, the Crew backline did an admirable job to prevent their opposition from testing them. For the Crew, it was the team’s first shutout since the two sides last met on August 20, ironically also a 2-0 victory for Berhalter’s group.

[ MORE: David Villa discusses MLS playoffs, Guardiola and more ]

Three moments that mattered

42′ – Ola smashes one past the Revs on the stroke of halftime — The Crew attack has sputtered a lot in 2016, but Ola Kamara continues to keep the team’s bleak playoff hopes intact.

67′ — Afful’s effort smacks against the post, stays out — The Crew attacked and attacked and attacked some more. Harrison Afful was definitely a bit unlucky that this chance didn’t end up in Brad Knighton’s goal.

84′ — Questionable penalty seals the points — It looked a bit soft to be given, but Kamara makes no mistake with the finish.

 

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s MLS coverageStandings | Stats | Schedule ]

Man of the match: Ola Kamara

Goalscorers: Ola Kamara (42′, 84)

Watch: Dario Benedetto scores audacious blast for Boca Juniors

benedetto
1 Comment

When there’s little support up the field, what should you do?

Just ask, Dario Benedetto.

The Boca Juniors man broke Sunday’s 4-1 win over Quilmes wide open after a quarter hour when Benedetto smashed a 40-yard attempt into the back of the net, leaving the opposing keeper speechless.

The 26-year-old did just about everything right on the day, as Benedetto finished off the match with a hat-trick before halftime.

Serie A roundup: Torino knocks off Roma, Fiorentina-AC Milan finish scoreless

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25:  Andrea Belotti (L) of Torino and Federico Fazio of Roma compete for the ball during the Serie A match between FC Torino and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on September 25, 2016 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Joe Hart and Torino earned a 3-1 win over Roma on Sunday after two second-half finishes from Iago Falqué separated the hosts from the Giallorossi. Andrea Belotti struck for Torino after just eight minutes to give Siniša Mihajlović’s men the early lead. Meanwhile, Francesco Totti attempted to get Roma back in the match after halftime as the veteran striker converted from the penalty spot with 35 minutes remaining. For Totti, the goal marked his 250th in Serie A with Roma.

[ MORE: Schalke misery continues, Leipzig earns road point ]

Fiorentina drew AC Milan, 0-0, as the latter managed just one shot on target throughout the afternoon. Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was forced into five saves on the day, however, the Viola couldn’t find a way to break through the Milan backline.

Goals from Mattia Destro and Ivan Perisic cancelled out as Bologna picked up a point on the road against Inter Milan. Frank de Boer’s Inter currently sit third in Serie A, trailing only Juventus and Napoli, while holds the seventh spot.

Despite going down to nine men in the second half, Genoa managed a 1-1 draw against Pescara on Sunday afternoon. Giovanni Simeone’s opener gave the hosts the advantage just two minutes after the halftime whistle, however, Rey Manaj tapped in from close range in the 85th minute to secure a point for Pescara.

A pair of finishes from Balde Diao Keita and Senad Lulic helped hand Lazio a 2-0 win over Empoli to propel the Biancocelesti to fifth place in Serie A. The defeat leaves Empoli in the relegation zone through six matches.

Gregoire Defrel lifted Sassuolo past Udinese, 1-0, after knocking home the game’s lone finish in the 34th minute. Udinese fought until the very last minute, nearly finding an equalizer in the 90th minute when Felipe’s header struck the cross bar.