Leicester City appoint Claudio Ranieri as new manager

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Leicester City have appointed former Chelsea, Monaco, Juventus and AS Roma manager Claudio Ranieri as their new first team manager.

Ranieri, 63, previously managed in the Premier League with Chelsea for four years from 2000-04 and the Italian has managed in the UEFA Champions League in spells with huge clubs in Spain, Italy and France as well as managing the Greek national team for a short spell in 2014.

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Leicester City’s owners from Thailand flew Ranieri in to the clubs preseason base in Austria on Monday and said they were delighted “to have attracted one of the world’s elite managers” and that it “speaks volumes for the progress Leicester City has made in recent years.” I’m not sure too many people would agree that Ranieri is one of the “world’s elite managers” but it is certainly a step up for Leicester.

Following the firing of Nigel Pearson in June, Leicester’s owners had come under plenty of pressure to replace the eccentric English manager with a top quality coach and Ranieri’s experience at massive clubs speaks for itself.

However, the last trophy Ranieri won was the Ligue 2 title with Monaco in 2013 and he failed to win any silverware during his time in charge at Chelsea despite heavy investment from Roman Abramovich which led to the man known as “the Tinkerman” — due to his constant rotation of the starting lineup — being fired.

Ranieri is nonetheless delighted to be arriving back in England.

“I’m so glad to be here in a Club with such a great tradition as Leicester City. I have worked at many great clubs, in many top leagues, but since I left Chelsea I have dreamt of another chance to work in the best league in the world again,” Ranieri said. “I wish to thank the owner, his son and all the executives of the Club for the opportunity they are giving me. Now I’ve only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.”

Leicester finished in 14th place last season after Pearson led the Foxes to a dramatic recovery with seven wins from their last nine matches which dragged them off the bottom of the Premier League table and saw them stave off relegation. Plenty of off-the-field problems were said to be crucial in Pearson’s dismissal in June, as last season he was fined for verbally abusing one of Leicester’s fans, pinned an opposition player down to the ground in his technical area and then lost it with a journalist, calling him an “ostrich.” Plus his son, James, was fired by the club last month after he and three other young Leicester players were involved in a “racist” sex video filmed on a club trip to the owners homeland of Thailand.

Due to his vast connections and time spent at top clubs across Europe, Ranieri will no doubt attract plenty of big-name players to the King Power Stadium and if Leicester’s owners intend to pump more money into the Midlands club then he is capable of turning them into a top 10 team, with his rigid defensive approach winning plenty of plaudits in the past.

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.