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City Football Group strikes rich new uniform deal

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Manchester City is going to look different next season.

No, the reigning Premier League champions did not announce that Pep Guardiola is not leaving, nor did they say Kevin De Bruyne or Sergio Aguero would be sold in the summer.

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But City Football Group has announced a reported $863 million deal with clothing outfitter Puma which will cover many of its clubs, headlined by Man City and including Melbourne City FC (Australia), Girona FC (La Liga), Club Atlético Torque (Uruguay) and Sichuan Jiuniu FC (China).

City Football Group CEO Ferran Soriano says the deal “will reset the model for sports partnerships on a truly global scale.”

Notably the deal does not include New York City FC, who has a league-wide uniform deal through Major League Soccer.

Adidas signed a 10-year, $1.3 billion deal with Manchester United in 2014, so City does have some way to go to compete with the Red Devils in that area of revenue.

Teenage sensation Arzani loaned to Celtic

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Daniel Arzani will call Celtic Park home for the next two years.

The Australian teenager signed for Manchester City from their partner club Melbourne City this summer after he became the youngster player to feature at the 2018 World Cup.

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And Arzani, 19, will now link up with reigning Scottish champions Celtic on a two-year loan deal as they aim to win an eighth-straight Scottish title after securing back-to-back trebles over the past two seasons.

However, Brendan Rodgers‘ side are still getting over the bitter disappointment of being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the third qualifying round on Tuesday, as they know head into the Europa League playoff round where they face Lithuanian side Suduva Marijampole for a place in the group stage.

A mercurial playmaker who is able to cut inside from out wide or dictate play from central areas, Arzani has made his name in the A-League with his mazy dribbles and clever passing. The Iranian born attacking midfielder is set to be next big hope for the Australian national team.

Speaking to Celtic’s TV channel, Arzani is looking forward to kicking off his career in Europe but he will not play in their game against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

This deal should work out well for everyone.

Arzani gets to play regularly in Europe. Man City get to keep another young talent on the books and see him develop. Celtic gets a highly-regarded player aiming to make a name for himself.

You may not agree with the model that the likes of Chelsea and Man City have when it comes to stockpiling young players, loaning them out and then either selling them on for a profit or taking them back to their first team after a few years, but the model is set to work well for pretty much everyone connected in this deal for Arzani.

VIDEO: Goalkeeper comes out of net, conceded awful goal

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The game had already seen eight goals. Defense appeared optional at nib Stadium in Perth, Australia.

With the Perth Glory leading 5-3 over Melbourne City – a Manchester City feeder club – in stoppage time, the home fans were treated to a hilarious bit of madness from goalkeeper Liam Reddy with time winding down in the match.

Reddy, possibly frustrated by the lack of defensive ability throughout the match, decided he wanted to have a go out in the field. He charged down a long ball forward by Melbourne that brought him just out of his penalty area, but instead of booting it away to kill time and clear the danger, he decided he was going to treat the fans to his best Lionel Messi impression.

The Perth outfield players are left utterly bewildered, and hardly move as they stare baffled by their suddenly adventurous teammate. As you’d expect, because Reddy is, in fact, not Lionel Messi, the ball was eventually stolen by Melbourne City before the halfway line. Reddy would be made to pay for his mistake as the visitors took advantage of the empty net.

Perhaps the most embarrassing part for Reddy was that, after being dispossessed, he seemed consigned to his fate and dropped his head to slowly walk back to his goal. However, the Perth defense looked to bail out their shot-stopper, and momentarily kept Melbourne City from shooting. Reddy realized this too late, and by the time he’d begun to sprint back towards his position in front of net, the opposition had finally unleashed a shot on goal. Had he made his way back immediately after being dispossessed, he might have made it back in time to save face.

As the match commentator put it, “I think this is the maddest game I’ve seen in the A-League.” The game ended 5-4 as Perth held on through stoppage time to win the game and draw level with Melbourne City on points in the league table.

Sydney FC return to winning ways in A-League

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SYDNEY (AP) Bobo scored twice as Sydney FC rebounded from its first loss in the A-League to beat Melbourne City 3-1 and continue atop the table.

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Sydney’s ambitious attempt to become the first team to end the regular season unbeaten came unstuck last week when it was beaten by Western Sydney Wanderers in a fractious local derby, repercussions of which continued through the week. Wanderers were fined $20,000 by Football Federation Australia after its fans unfurled an obscene banner targeting Sydney coach Graham Arnold.

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Sydney raised itself above that controversy on Friday with a comprehensive win over Melbourne City which briefly took it 11 points clear in first place.

Melbourne Victory restored the gap to eight points when it beat defending champion Adelaide United 2-1, and Perth leapfrogged Melbourne City into third place when it dumped the Wanderers 2-0.

Bobo opened Sydney’s scoring with a penalty, but City canceled that out only a minute later.

Sydney went in front again after the break, and Bobo sealed the win, set up by a superb through ball by Milos Ninkovic which highlighted their developing combination.

Midfielder Brandon O’Neil said Sydney was determined to leave behind the contention of their derby loss.

“When it all came out, the FFA and Western Sydney had to deal with it and it did,” O’Neil said. “It brought us together and we spoke about a few things, and nothing changed for us. We want to be premier (champions).”

Melbourne Victory’s win over Adelaide kept it in touch with Sydney with seven regular season rounds remaining.

Wellington kept its faint playoff hopes alive, staying in seventh place with a 2-1 win over Brisbane.

Reports: Man City buys Venezuelan winger, loan to NYCFC

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Atletico Venezuela announced a late transfer deal on Tuesday, one which impacts the Premier League and perhaps Major League Soccer.

Yangel Herrera, 19, is a defensive midfielder who also plays center back, and some reports have Manchester City loaning the new boy to MLS partner New York City FC.

The Manchester Evening News first reported the possibility of a deal, claiming he’d be off to NYCFC or Melbourne City.

Herrera has been capped once by Venezuela.