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Mexico’s Hirving Lozano to join PSV Eindhoven

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There is another Mexican star at PSV Eindhoven: Hirving Lozano.

The Pachuca and Mexican national team winger, 21, has agreed to join the Dutch giants from Liga MX as he was left out of Mexico’s squad for their Confederations Cup opener against Portugal in Sochi, Russia on Sunday as El Tri drew 2-2 to seal the deal.

PSV announced that Lozano has agreed a long-term contract until 2023, stating that the agreement will be signed when he returns from Confederations Cup duty in Russia.

“Lozano made a lightning-quick visit to the Netherlands for his medical examination on Monday, thanks to the Mexican Federation. The Mexican has given his word for an agreement until the summer of 2023. As soon as Lozano returns from the Confederation Cup the agreement will be signed. After signing up, and after a short break, he will join the team well before the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.”

Lozano will join fellow Mexico teammate Andres Guadardo in Eindhoven, while Mexico’s star center back Hector Moreno just swapped PSV for AS Roma last week.

“Chucky” will be in a team playing in the UEFA Europa League and he’s likely to contribute straight away out wide. PSV lost just twice in the Dutch Eredivisie last season — to eventual champions Feyenoord on both occasions — but 10 draws saw them finish third behind Ajax as they missed out on a spot in the UEFA Champions League.

Manager Phillip Cocu is a big believer in developing young talent which will be music to the ears of Lozano and Mexican national team fans. Lozano scored at the Estadio Azetca as Mexico beat Honduras 3-0 in a recent 2018 World Cup qualifier and he has two goals in 17 appearances for El Tri as his star continues to rise.

It seems like Chucky has landed in the perfect spot to take his career to the next level as the leading scorer in the CONCACAF Champions League has been excelling for Pachuca in Mexico’s top-flight.

Manchester City and Manchester United had both been linked with a move for Lozano but getting regular minutes in a top-flight team, plus having the chance to play in the Europa League, will no doubt accelerate his development and help him settle in Europe.

UCL Playoff Wrap: Liverpool, Sporting CP, CSKA advance to group stage

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It was another memorable European night for Liverpool in front of the Kop at Anfield.

Lifted by three goals in the opening 21 minutes, the Reds cruised to a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim 1899 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League playoff stage Wednesday evening. With the win, Liverpool returns to the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season.

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Sadio Mane set up Emre Can twice and both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino chipped in with goals of their own to lead Liverpool to victory. After Can’s double and Salah’s goal gave Liverpool a three-goal lead, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann brought Mark Uth off the bench onto the field and he promptly scored in the 28th minute to draw within two.

Firmino again put Liverpool ahead by three goals with a goal into an open net in the 63rd minute. Hoffenheim recorded a consolation goal in the 79th minute through Sandro Wagner but Liverpool was resolute and held on for victory.

Liverpool, and the rest of the winning clubs, will learn their fates for the group stage on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Champions League playoff scores:

Slavia Prague 0-0 APOEL (APOEL advances 2-0 on aggregate)

FC Copenhagen 2-1 Qarabag FK (Qarabag advances on away goals, 2-2 on aggregate)

FCSB (Steaua București) 1-5 Sporting CP (Sporting CP advances 5-1 on aggregate)

CSKA Moscow 2-0 BSC Young Boys (CSKA advances on aggregate, 3-0)

VIDEO: A sneak peek of Everton’s Europa League journey – Part 2

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In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.

Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.

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[ WATCH: Part 1 of Everton Unseen ] 

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/everton-unseen-part-2-everton-host-mfk-ruzomberok-europa-league

FIFA to send in emergency team to run Cameroon football

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.

The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.

FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.

CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.

FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham complete signing of Sanchez, Clucas joins Swansea

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Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.

The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.

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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.

It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.

Here’s some more transfer news from across England:

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