After Ronald Koeman left 'Oranje' for FC Barcelona in August, the search for a new candidate started. Assistant Dwight Lodeweges led the Netherlands temporarily against Poland (1-0 win) and Italy (1-0 loss) in the beginning of September.
It has been such a complicated summer for FC Barcelona that it is almost hard to know where to begin. Ronald Koeman takes over a side that is now without Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Lionel Messi will clearly be the focus of attention after his summer request to leave the club, but Antoine Griezmann has to step up after Suarez's departure and Frenkie de Jong has to do the same in a side now without Vidal and Rakitic.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Uncapped Hertha Berlin forward Matheus Cunha has been drafted into Brazil's squad for their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Friday.
Samaria announced the squad on Monday as Namibia commenced with their preparation for the 2021 CHAN finals and 2020 COSAFA as well as the AFCON qualifiers.
LONDON, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool gave an early statement of intent over their Premier League title defense as two goals from Sadio Mane gave them a 2-0 win away to Chelsea.
Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshiro added: "We will continue to work hard on simplifications towards next year and ask for the continued cooperation of all those involved in the Games." Enditem
Real opened their season with a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday after 90 minutes where they controlled the ball for large periods, but failed to create the clear chances needed to take all three points. It's true they still lack match practice after just one warm up game and that Martin Odegaard gave glimpses that he will slot into the side with few problems. Meanwhile the return of Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Isco after injury should also help Zinedine Zidane, but for the moment it looks as if scoring enough goals is again going to be Zidane's main headache this season.
Guoan suffered criticism after earlier fumbling a 3-0 lead against Qingdao, suffering instead a 3-3 tie in the first leg.
Yan, 20, faced his fourth-round opponent Aaron Hill after the 18-year-old had stunned six-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan earlier in the draw, but only managed to claim one frame against Yan, who ranks 15th in the world.
While the club denied any connection to financial reasons, media assume Szalai has become the second Bundesliga player to have been fired due to wage cut discussions.
Meanwhile, Sport Recife continued their impressive recent form with a 1-0 home victory over Fluminense. Former Flamengo striker Hernane scored from the penalty spot after Leandro Barcia was brought down by Egidio Pereira.