The day after the Champions League final might be considered a bit of low, especially because the world was able to witness one of the greatest games last night, with FC Barcelona capping off a historic season with a great performance against Italian champions Juventus. Nevertheless, the show must go on and as such, we would like to conclude the week with some selected news from across the world of football.
In England, this week saw the announcements of several personnel movements, concerning players and managers alike. At Sunderland, the man who saved the club from relegation made a u-turn on his decision to quit and decided to sign a contract extension until summer 2016. The hope is that Dick Advocaat will give the club the needed stability and keep them clear of a relegation battle in the upcoming season. At newcomers Watford, a decision was made as to who would manage the club during the Premier League next term. That man turned out to be former Valencia and Real Madrid defender Quique Flores who will become Watford’s fifth manager in 12 months.
In terms of player movements, Everton announced the signing of Tom Cleverley on a five-year contract, whilst Liverpool announced the recruitment of James Milner who, just as Cleverley, will be joining on a free transfer. In other news, Angel di Maria made his intentions of staying at Manchester United public, whilst Radamal Falcao seems to be in negotiations with Chelsea.
Some high-profile news came out of Spain, where Real Madrid finally announced the appointment of Rafa Benitez, as well as the re-signing of Casemiro from Porto, after confirming Danilo’s purchase from the same club in April. Disappointingly for the likes of West Ham, AC Milan and Napoli, Sevilla manager Unai Emery extended his contract by two years. Luis Enrique’s future at Barcelona seems in doubt after the Spaniard surprisingly admitted being unsure about returning for the new campaign.
In Italy, it was a case of sackings and departures, with Filippo Inzaghi sacked at Milan, whilst Sinisa Mihajlovic left his post at Sampdoria and Napoli announced the departure of Rafa Benitez. Meanwhile, Empoli manager Maurizio Sarri handed in his surprising resignation which was subsequently accepted. Next door in Florence, Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella reiterated his intention to remain in charge at La Viola.
Germany’s Bundesliga remained rather quiet after Wolfsburg’s 3-1 win in the DFB Cup final over Borussia Dortmund, where incoming manager Thomas Tuchel gave his first insight into his intentions with the club, saying that he wants Dortmund to reclaim its elite position in the country.
Meanwhile at FIFA, Sepp Blatter announced his resignation and is now under investigation himself. There is talk of bribes for the award of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, whilst the 2006 edition in Germany is also being analysed in more detail. Investigations regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively, are yet come.