Kei Kamara returning the MLS? Regardless, his time’s done at Middlesbrough

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Kei Kamara’s time at Middlesbrough is done. Whether his career is England is over remains to be seen, but after player and club agreed to mutually part ways today, the former Columbus, San Jose, Houston, and Kansas City forward is reportedly interested in a return stateside, with a trio of playoff contenders tapped as possible destinations.

Kamara’s departure ends a season-long stay at the Riverside Stadium where he made 25 appearances (19 starts) last season, registering four goals. Over four games of the new Championship campaign, Kamara’s failed to log a minute, leaving the 29-year-old expendable from Aitor Karanka’s squad.

According to MLS’s website, the Sierra Leone international would like to return to Sporting Kansas City, where he scored 38 goals over four-plus seasons. Kansas City, however, no longer retains Kamara’s rights, having received a transfer fee from Boro for its former forward. With Sporting sitting 16th in allocation (the process by which Kamara would return to MLS, according to the league), Peter Vermes would have to trade for left wing target.

Citing a source out of Vancouver, the league’s website also relayed Kamara’s reported interest in Vancouver, a team that’s overflowing with attacking talent. Even if there was room for Kamara within Carl Robinson’s squad, the Whitecaps sit fourth in the allocation order.

At the top of that list is Columbus, a team that’s been looking to augment its squad all season. Though the Crew have been most prominently linked with midfield talent (U.S. international Mix Diskerud), striker has been among the team’s biggest needs all season. While Kamara’s finishing was always erratic, his physicality, presence in the air, and skill on the ball would make him a valuable addition.

But given the package he offers, Kamara would be a valuable addition to almost any team in MLS. The question is less talent than fit. While he would fit perfectly back in Kansas City, a spot in Vancouver would make him a bit player. Columbus? Or a team that targets that top allocation spot? They may have an entirely different idea of what to do with the versatile Kamara, who posted a goodbye message to his Twitter account earlier today:

[tweet https://twitter.com/keikamara/status/505106801420144641]

Leicester City record massive earnings from UEFA Champions League

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Leicester City’s UEFA Champions League campaign may have ended without a trophy, but the Premier League side pipped the European champions in the bank account.

UEFA announced on Friday that Leicester City earned $96,167,125 during the Champions League run that ended in the quarterfinals, the farthest of any Premier League club. Real Madrid, the back-to-back champions, earned a slightly less $95,385,679. Much of the difference comes from TV rights deals in England, which pays out more to teams compared to the TV rights deal in Spain.

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Juventus, the Italian giant, earned the most of any club in last year’s Champions League, making a whopping $129,965,357, mostly thanks to the TV rights again.

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic could return in December

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Dare to Zlatan? It could be only a couple of months away.

That’s according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who said the veteran striker could return from his torn ACL before the end of the calendar year.

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“Zlatan is here, he’s working here and under our control,” Mourinho told reporters. “He’s working as you would expect so, so, so hard. But he’s not to be back in the next week or next couple of weeks. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”

The big Swede scored 28 goals for Man United last year in all competitions, proving that he’s still got it at the age of 36, but it’s going to be tough for him to find his old form coming off an ACL injury at such an old age. After suffering the injury last April, it’s been a long road to recovery for Ibrahimovic.

However, with the play of Romelu Lukaku up top, Ibrahimovic would only play from time to time, which could help in his recovery both from the knee injury and just the general recovery between games.

Manchester City quartet called up by Brazil for friendlies

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Brazilian National Team coach Tite has decided on calling up a full-strength squad for November’s upcoming friendly matches in Europe, including four Manchester City players in his 25-man squad.

Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Danilo and Ederson all made the squad as Tite looks to develop more chemistry among his side ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which Brazil breezed into after Tite took over in 2016.

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Luckily for Manchester City and the other European-based players in the squad, Brazil’s friendly matches will be played in Western Europe. The Selecao first faces Japan in Lille, France on November 10 before taking on England at Wembley Stadium on November 14.

The call-ups may be a tough pill for Guardiola to swallow though. As of Friday, Manchester City has 17 games remaining in the calendar year, and surely he would prefer for some of his starters to get a two-week break in November to preserve some energy instead of play in friendly matches.

Everton announce lifetime ban for fan involved in altercation with Lyon player

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On a night when UEFA unveiled a new campaign for respect, there wasn’t enough of it shown both on and off the field.

Everton has followed up on UEFA opening up disciplinary proceedings against them by banning a fan from Everton matches after the fan was seen to punch at an Olympique Lyon player in the second half of Lyon’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

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“Club Officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players,” Everton said in a statement. “We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the Club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”

The video below shows a fan – amazingly, holding onto a small boy in one arm – throwing some punches at Lyon players after a fracas on the field.

The punch and ban is yet another dark moment for Everton, which has just one point from its first three Europa League matches and sits in 16th place in the Premier League with eight points from eight games.