Saturday, June 17, 2017

FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP, RUSSIA 2017: PREVIEW AND FIXTURES

The Confederations Cup kicks off today, and is routinely referred to as a warm-up for the World Cup. It's not inaccurate, of course, but it's also not exactly a summer invitational either.

Unless you're the host nation, you have to qualify for the event by winning your continental competition, or the World Cup itself. Which means getting here is tougher than qualifying for a World Cup. Much tougher, in fact. (Unless you hail from Oceania, in which case it's easier, because you don't have to go through a playoff against a side from another confederation.)

GERMANY (3)
While it's true that Germany, the defending world champions, are sending an under-strength squad, it's equally true that this decision is pretty much unprecedented. It's not as if Joachim Low's team is made up of pub players either, which is why they're still among the favorites.

Still, Low was criticised by Alexei Sorokin, head of the Russia 2018 World Cup organising committee.

"The heart of a football fan bleeds when the reigning World Cup winner plays without stars -- they are the reason fans attend matches," he said.

His words suggest that perhaps he's a better organizer than he is a salesman: It's hard to picture Vince McMahon or PT Barnum effectively saying, "Hey fans! There are no stars here so you probably shouldn't buy tickets!"

Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Mesut Ozil are all staying home. They're all 27 or older, and apart from Boateng and Reus (who both missed a big chunk of last season due to injury and are being given time off to ensure they heal fully), they all played at least 53 competitive games in the past 12 months.

With a congested season coming up, you can see why Low doesn't want to take any chances. Leroy Sane, Mario Gotze, Julian Weigl and Manuel Neuer will also be absent due to injury, although you'd imagine if this were the real thing, most of them would grit their teeth and find a way to be there.

But don't be fooled. This isn't quite Germany's B-team. There is plenty of depth at the back with the likes of Jonas Hector, Joshua Kimmich and Antonio Rudiger, plus Bayern-bound Niklas Sule. Further up the pitch, Julian Draxler -- who had a strong finish to the season at Paris Saint-Germain -- and former wunderkind Timo Werner are bound to pack a mean punch. This Germany side have a point to prove and are coming in hungry.

CHILE (4)
They'll face stern competition in Group B, which is easily the tougher of the two groups. Chile, winners of the Copa America, have transitioned from folk hero Jorge Sampaoli to Juan Antonio Pizzi, but the philosophy hasn't changed much.

Expect furious pressing, high tempo and a tremendous amount of self-belief. Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Gary Model lead a side with tons of chemistry and experience; 11 players have at least 50 caps and seven have been capped at least 90 times.

CAMEROON (32)
Then there's Cameroon. They were one of the stories of 2017 when, after a rash of veteran stars turned down Hugo Broos' African Nations Cup call-up, they still went out and won the tournament against all odds.

Having been written off like that once before, you don't want to discount them again, particularly when they have one of the most exciting players around -- and the hero of the Nations Cup -- in Christian Bassogog.

AUSTRALIA (48)
After winning the Asian Cup in dramatic fashion, Ange Postecoglou's Australia are looking to cause an upset or two in Russia.
This is a team that is greater than the sum of its parts, with a potential shutdown keeper in Matthew Ryan and a golden oldie -- 37-year-old Tim Cahill -- up front. Plus, the Socceroos relish the underdog tag more than most.

RUSSIA (63)
Over in Group A, hosts Russia have had a difficult time, prompting even president Vladimir Putin to urge them to play "like warriors." They were disappointing at the Euros, and the build up to the Confederations Cup hasn't been great either.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov won the Double in Poland, but left to answer his country's call and lead the pre-World Cup shake-up. An already uninspiring squad has been further depleted by injuries to defender Mario Fernandes, midfielder Roman Zobnin, target man Artem Dzyuba and (most of all) Alan Dzagoev, Russia's main creative threat. Russian fans are ready to get behind them, but the pressure is huge. And stoking enthusiasm seems like a really tall order right now.

PORTUGAL (8)
Cristiano Ronaldo -- who else? -- leads a strong Portugal team with a nice blend of veterans (Nani, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Ricardo Quaresma) and youth (Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Raphael Guerreiro). At the Euros, they were stronger than their imperfections and seemingly had a hero -- and, no, it wasn't always Ronaldo -- pop up in every game.

Now, it almost feels as if they don't need it: That's what getting the monkey off your back can do, particularly when you have a savvy tactician like Fernando Santos pulling the strings on the bench.

MEXICO (17)
Mexico are ranked 17th in the world and have been close to perfect in CONCACAF qualifying, though the 7-0 humiliation they suffered at the hands of Chile in the Copa America Centenario a year ago still stings. Juan Carlos Osorio has put together a tough side, with a genuine goal-threat in Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez up front and a wily midfield.

Gold Cup aside, Mexico have achieved little on the big stage. Given the favourable draw, this could be as good a chance as they've had in a long time.

NEW ZEALAND (95)
New Zealand are Oceania's representatives and most have them earmarked to prop up the bottom of the group, a bit like Tahiti four years ago. But make no mistake about it: the All Whites are no Tahiti. They're a smaller nation that thinks -- and plays -- like a bigger one, mainly to maximise the skills of centre-forward Chris Wood, who scored 27 goals for Leeds United in the English second tier last year.

The talent gap is obvious -- and the absence of Premier League defender Winston Reid won't help -- but they're an awkward side to play against.


Above all else, this could be the last ever Confederations Cup. Rumours are rife that FIFA are exploring the possibility of replacing it with a club competition held in the summer, something like a global version of the Champions League.

If that's the case, you hope the event will go out with a bang -- at least enough to get folks excited for the big tournament, which is less than a year away.

The tournament kicks off on Saturday when Russia play New Zealand in St Petersburg, with the hosts promising there will be no repeat of the violence which marred Euro 2016.

FIXTURES

GROUP STAGE

17 June 2017
18:00    Russia    *Match 1*    New Zealand    (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg)

18 June 2017
18:00    Portugal    *Match 2*    Mexico    (Kazan Arena, Kazan)

18 June 2017
21:00    Cameroon    *Match 3*    Chile    (Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow)

19 June 2017
18:00    Australia    *Match 4*    Germany    (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi)

21 June 2017
18:00    Russia    *Match 5*    Portugal    (Otkrytiye Arena, )

21 June 2017
21:00    Mexico    *Match 6*    New Zealand    (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi)

22 June 2017
18:00    Cameroon    *Match 7*    Australia    (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg)

22 June 2017
21:00    Germany    *Match 8*    Chile    (Kazan Arena, Kazan)

24 June 2017
18:00    Mexico    *Match 9*    Russia    (Kazan Arena, Kazan)

24 June 2017
18:00    New Zealand    *Match 10*    Portugal    (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg)

25 June 2017
18:00    Germany    *Match 11*    Cameroon    (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi)

25 June 2017
18:00    Chile    *Match 12*    Australia    (Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow)


SEMI-FINAL
28 June 2017
21:00    Winner Group A    *Match 13*    Runner-up Group B    (Kazan Arena, Kazan)

29 June 2017
21:00    Winner Group B    *Match 14*    Runner-up Group A    (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi)


THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF
2 July 2017
15:00    Loser Match 13    *Match 15*    Loser Match 14    (Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow)


FINAL
2 July 2017
21:00    Winner Match 13    *Match 16*    Winner Match 14    (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg)
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Real Madrid reveal 2017/18 home and away kits to mark 115th anniversary

The new home kit features blue Adidas stripes along the shoulder while the away strip is a tasty black and turquoise number

Real Madrid have unveiled their home and away strips for the 2017/18 season.

Zinedine Zidane's men enjoyed an incredible campaign last term, winning the Champions League and La Liga.

Real also won the FIFA Club World Cup last term, with their success celebrated on both strips.

The new home kit features the traditional Adidas stripes along the shoulder, in blue with a v-neck collar.

Real will also return to a black away kit for the 2017/18 season.

The reverse strip is complete with turquoise trim, with three stripes down the side of the jersey.

Real's goalkeeper strip, which David De Gea is unlikely to wear at the Bernabeu, is a khaki green colour.

All three kits - complete with the latest in performance technology - commemorate the club's 115th anniversary, with a memorial stamp at the bottom.

Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema were among those to launch the strip.

Unsurprisingly, the new number comes at a cost with the official Adi Zero shirt to go on sale at a cool £90.00.

Replica home shirts are available for around £65.00 or £70.00 for long sleeve.
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Premier League fixtures 2017/18 in full: Complete list and key dates of every match for the new season

The new season's Premier League fixtures have landed, so we all know where we will be for the next ten months.

Manchester United will begin the new Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 12.

Jose Mourinho's side have been handed what appears to be a relatively favourable start to the new campaign as they bid to launch a tile challenge.

After West Ham, United face Swansea away, Leicester at home and Stoke away, before taking on Everton at Old Trafford on September 16.

Champions Chelsea host Burnley bidding to extend their impressive record of having won 16, drawn six and lost only three of their opening day fixtures.

New Watford boss Marco Silva faces a difficult task at Vicarage Road with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool the visitors on the opening day.

Elsewhere Arsene Wenger begins his bid to get Arsenal back into the top four and into the title mix by hosting deposed champions Leicester.

Ronald Koeman's side have arguably the toughest start of any Premier League club, opening their campaign at home to Stoke, then facing trips to Manchester City and champions Chelsea, before hosting Tottenham and travelling to Manchester United.

The first Manchester derby of the new season is at Old Trafford on December 9, with the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium on April 7.

United take on arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield on October 14, with Mourinho's side hosting Jurgen Klopp's men on March 10 at the Theatre of Dreams.

Mourinho's side, who finished sixth in the Premier League last season but clinched a Champions League place by winning the Europa League, host Burnley on Boxing Day and go to Everton on New Year's Day.

United host last season's runners-up Tottenham on October 28, travelling to White Hart Lane on January 31, while the Reds go to Arsenal on December 2, with the corresponding fixture on April 28.

Chelsea host United on November 11 at Stamford Bridge, while Antonio Conte's side travel to Old Trafford – where they lost 2-0 last season – on February 24.

United have – on paper, at least - a relatively comfortable run-in, facing West Brom, Bournemouth, Arsenal, Brighton and ending the campaign at home to Watford on May 13.

Pep Guardiola's City host both Merseyside clubs in the first month of the new season. City open their domestic campaign away to Brighton on August 12, then face Everton at home and Bournemouth away, before hosting Liverpool on September 9.

City travel to Stamford Bridge on September 30 and host the champions on March 3, while Guardiola's men are at Newcastle on Boxing Day and at home to Watford on New Year's Day.

With the exception of United and Spurs, whom they face in succession, City can reflect on a decent run-in, taking on Swansea, West Ham, Huddersfield and Southampton.

After the trip to Watford, Liverpool then host Crystal Palace, before two big tests in a row, at home to Arsenal and away to Manchester City.

The first Merseyside derby of the new season is at Anfield on December 9, with Klopp's men making the short trip to Goodison Park on April 7.

Liverpool are at home to Swansea – who beat them at Anfield last season – on Boxing Day and away to Burnley on New Year's Day.

The Reds close the season with games against West Brom away, at home to Stoke, away to Chelsea and close the campaign at home to Brighton.

Premier League returners Newcastle host Tottenham on the opening weekend, but have a decent run thereafter against Huddersfield, West Ham, Swansea, Stoke and Brighton, before hosting Liverpool on September 30.

But Rafa Benitez's side are facing a potentially tough run-in, with Arsenal at home, Everton away, then West Brom at home and Watford away, ending the season at home to champions Chelsea.

Here's the list in full...

AUGUST

12/08/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Leicester City

12/08/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City

12/08/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Burnley

12/08/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

12/08/2017 15:00 Everton v Stoke City

12/08/2017 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United

12/08/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

12/08/2017 15:00 Southampton v Swansea City

12/08/2017 15:00 Watford v Liverpool

12/08/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth

19/08/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Watford

19/08/2017 15:00 Burnley v West Bromwich Albion

19/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United

19/08/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion

19/08/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Crystal Palace

19/08/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Everton

19/08/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Arsenal

19/08/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Manchester United

19/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

19/08/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Southampton

26/08/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Manchester City

26/08/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Everton

26/08/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Swansea City

26/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Southampton

26/08/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Arsenal

26/08/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Leicester City

26/08/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v West Ham United

26/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

26/08/2017 15:00 Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion

26/08/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

SEPTEMBER

09/09/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Bournemouth

09/09/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion

09/09/2017 15:00 Burnley v Crystal Palace

09/09/2017 15:00 Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

09/09/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Chelsea

09/09/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Liverpool

09/09/2017 15:00 Southampton v Watford

09/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Manchester United

09/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Newcastle United

09/09/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Huddersfield Town

16/09/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove Albion

16/09/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Arsenal

16/09/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Southampton

16/09/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

16/09/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Burnley

16/09/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Everton

16/09/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Stoke City

16/09/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City

16/09/2017 15:00 Watford v Manchester City

16/09/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

23/09/2017 15:00 Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

23/09/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United

23/09/2017 15:00 Burnley v Huddersfield Town

23/09/2017 15:00 Everton v Bournemouth

23/09/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Liverpool

23/09/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Crystal Palace

23/09/2017 15:00 Southampton v Manchester United

23/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Chelsea

23/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Watford

23/09/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

30/09/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Leicester City

30/09/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion

30/09/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester City

30/09/2017 15:00 Everton v Burnley

30/09/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur

30/09/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Crystal Palace

30/09/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Liverpool

30/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Southampton

30/09/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Watford

30/09/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Swansea City

OCTOBER

14/10/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Everton

14/10/2017 15:00 Burnley v West Ham United

14/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea

14/10/2017 15:00 Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion

14/10/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester United

14/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Stoke City

14/10/2017 15:00 Southampton v Newcastle United

14/10/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Huddersfield Town

14/10/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth

14/10/2017 15:00 Watford v Arsenal

21/10/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Watford

21/10/2017 15:00 Everton v Arsenal

21/10/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

21/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Burnley

21/10/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

21/10/2017 15:00 Southampton v West Bromwich Albion

21/10/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Bournemouth

21/10/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Leicester City

21/10/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

21/10/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Brighton and Hove Albion

28/10/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Chelsea

28/10/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Swansea City

28/10/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton

28/10/2017 15:00 Burnley v Newcastle United

28/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham United

28/10/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Everton

28/10/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Huddersfield Town

28/10/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

28/10/2017 15:00 Watford v Stoke City

28/10/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

NOVEMBER

04/11/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United

04/11/2017 15:00 Everton v Watford

04/11/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion

04/11/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Arsenal

04/11/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Bournemouth

04/11/2017 15:00 Southampton v Burnley

04/11/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Leicester City

04/11/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Brighton and Hove Albion

04/11/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace

04/11/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Liverpool

18/11/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town

18/11/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

18/11/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Stoke City

18/11/2017 15:00 Burnley v Swansea City

18/11/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Everton

18/11/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester City

18/11/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Southampton

18/11/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Newcastle United

18/11/2017 15:00 Watford v West Ham United

18/11/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea

25/11/2017 15:00 Burnley v Arsenal

25/11/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Stoke City

25/11/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Manchester City

25/11/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Chelsea

25/11/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Brighton and Hove Albion

25/11/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Watford

25/11/2017 15:00 Southampton v Everton

25/11/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Bournemouth

25/11/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

25/11/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Leicester City

28/11/2017 19:45 Bournemouth v Burnley

28/11/2017 19:45 Arsenal v Huddersfield Town

28/11/2017 19:45 Brighton and Hove Albion v Crystal Palace

28/11/2017 19:45 Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur

28/11/2017 19:45 Watford v Manchester United

28/11/2017 20:00 West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United

29/11/2017 19:45 Chelsea v Swansea City

29/11/2017 19:45 Everton v West Ham United

29/11/2017 20:00 Manchester City v Southampton

29/11/2017 20:00 Stoke City v Liverpool

DECEMBER

02/12/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Southampton

02/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester United

02/12/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool

02/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Newcastle United

02/12/2017 15:00 Everton v Huddersfield Town

02/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Burnley

02/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City v West Ham United

02/12/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Swansea City

02/12/2017 15:00 Watford v Tottenham Hotspur

02/12/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

09/12/2017 15:00 Burnley v Watford

09/12/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

09/12/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Brighton and Hove Albion

09/12/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Everton

09/12/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Manchester City

09/12/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Leicester City

09/12/2017 15:00 Southampton v Arsenal

09/12/2017 15:00 Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

09/12/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

09/12/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Chelsea

12/12/2017 19:45 Burnley v Stoke City

12/12/2017 20:00 Crystal Palace v Watford

12/12/2017 19:45 Huddersfield Town v Chelsea

12/12/2017 20:00 Manchester United v Bournemouth

12/12/2017 19:45 Swansea City v Manchester City

12/12/2017 19:45 West Ham United v Arsenal

13/12/2017 20:00 Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

13/12/2017 19:45 Newcastle United v Everton

13/12/2017 19:45 Southampton v Leicester City

13/12/2017 20:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion

16/12/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Liverpool

16/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Newcastle United

16/12/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley

16/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Southampton

16/12/2017 15:00 Everton v Swansea City

16/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Crystal Palace

16/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

16/12/2017 15:00 Stoke City v West Ham United

16/12/2017 15:00 Watford v Huddersfield Town

16/12/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United

23/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Liverpool

23/12/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Watford

23/12/2017 15:00 Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur

23/12/2017 15:00 Everton v Chelsea

23/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester United

23/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Bournemouth

23/12/2017 15:00 Southampton v Huddersfield Town

23/12/2017 15:00 Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion

23/12/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Crystal Palace

23/12/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Newcastle United

26/12/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v West Ham United

26/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion

26/12/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Arsenal

26/12/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Stoke City

26/12/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Swansea City

26/12/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Burnley

26/12/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Manchester City

26/12/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

26/12/2017 15:00 Watford v Leicester City

26/12/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Everton

30/12/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Everton

30/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Stoke City

30/12/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester City

30/12/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Burnley

30/12/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Leicester City

30/12/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Southampton

30/12/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Brighton and Hove Albion

30/12/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

30/12/2017 15:00 Watford v Swansea City

30/12/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

JANUARY

01/01/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Chelsea

01/01/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Bournemouth

01/01/2018 15:00 Burnley v Liverpool

01/01/2018 15:00 Everton v Manchester United

01/01/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Huddersfield Town

01/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Watford

01/01/2018 15:00 Southampton v Crystal Palace

01/01/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Newcastle United

01/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur

01/01/2018 15:00 West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

13/01/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v Arsenal

13/01/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Leicester City

13/01/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Burnley

13/01/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v West Ham United

13/01/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester City

13/01/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Stoke City

13/01/2018 15:00 Newcastle United v Swansea City

13/01/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

13/01/2018 15:00 Watford v Southampton

13/01/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Brighton and Hove Albion

20/01/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Crystal Palace

20/01/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea

20/01/2018 15:00 Burnley v Manchester United

20/01/2018 15:00 Everton v West Bromwich Albion

20/01/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Watford

20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Newcastle United

20/01/2018 15:00 Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur

20/01/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Huddersfield Town

20/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Liverpool

20/01/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Bournemouth

30/01/2018 19:45 Huddersfield Town v Liverpool

30/01/2018 19:45 Swansea City v Arsenal

30/01/2018 19:45 West Ham United v Crystal Palace

31/01/2018 19:45 Chelsea v Bournemouth

31/01/2018 19:45 Everton v Leicester City

31/01/2018 20:00 Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion

31/01/2018 19:45 Newcastle United v Burnley

31/01/2018 19:45 Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion

31/01/2018 20:00 Stoke City v Watford

31/01/2018 20:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United

FEBRUARY

03/02/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v Stoke City

03/02/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Everton

03/02/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v West Ham United

03/02/2018 15:00 Burnley v Manchester City

03/02/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

03/02/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Swansea City

03/02/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

03/02/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Huddersfield Town

03/02/2018 15:00 Watford v Chelsea

03/02/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

10/02/2018 15:00 Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion

10/02/2018 15:00 Everton v Crystal Palace

10/02/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth

10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Leicester City

10/02/2018 15:00 Newcastle United v Manchester United

10/02/2018 15:00 Southampton v Liverpool

10/02/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Brighton and Hove Albion

10/02/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Burnley

10/02/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

10/02/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Watford

24/02/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v Newcastle United

24/02/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester City

24/02/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Swansea City

24/02/2018 15:00 Burnley v Southampton

24/02/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

24/02/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Stoke City

24/02/2018 15:00 Liverpool v West Ham United

24/02/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Chelsea

24/02/2018 15:00 Watford v Everton

24/02/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town

MARCH

03/03/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal

03/03/2018 15:00 Burnley v Everton

03/03/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester United

03/03/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Bournemouth

03/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Newcastle United

03/03/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Chelsea

03/03/2018 15:00 Southampton v Stoke City

03/03/2018 15:00 Swansea City v West Ham United

03/03/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town

03/03/2018 15:00 Watford v West Bromwich Albion

10/03/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur

10/03/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Watford

10/03/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Crystal Palace

10/03/2018 15:00 Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion

10/03/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Swansea City

10/03/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Liverpool

10/03/2018 15:00 Newcastle United v Southampton

10/03/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Manchester City

10/03/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City

10/03/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Burnley

17/03/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion

17/03/2018 15:00 Burnley v Chelsea

17/03/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace

17/03/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Arsenal

17/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Watford

17/03/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion

17/03/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Everton

17/03/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Southampton

17/03/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

17/03/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United

31/03/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Stoke City

31/03/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Leicester City

31/03/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

31/03/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Liverpool

31/03/2018 15:00 Everton v Manchester City

31/03/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Swansea City

31/03/2018 15:00 Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town

31/03/2018 15:00 Southampton v West Ham United

31/03/2018 15:00 Watford v Bournemouth

31/03/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

APRIL

07/04/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

07/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Southampton

07/04/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town

07/04/2018 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United

07/04/2018 15:00 Everton v Liverpool

07/04/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Newcastle United

07/04/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Manchester United

07/04/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

07/04/2018 15:00 Watford v Burnley

07/04/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City

14/04/2018 15:00 Burnley v Leicester City

14/04/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion

14/04/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Watford

14/04/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Bournemouth

14/04/2018 15:00 Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

14/04/2018 15:00 Newcastle United v Arsenal

14/04/2018 15:00 Southampton v Chelsea

14/04/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Everton

14/04/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

14/04/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Stoke City

21/04/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v Manchester United

21/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal v West Ham United

21/04/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

21/04/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Huddersfield Town

21/04/2018 15:00 Everton v Newcastle United

21/04/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Southampton

21/04/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Swansea City

21/04/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Burnley

21/04/2018 15:00 Watford v Crystal Palace

21/04/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

28/04/2018 15:00 Burnley v Brighton and Hove Albion

28/04/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Leicester City

28/04/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Everton

28/04/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Stoke City

28/04/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Arsenal

28/04/2018 15:00 Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

28/04/2018 15:00 Southampton v Bournemouth

28/04/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Chelsea

28/04/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

28/04/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester City

MAY

05/05/2018 15:00 Bournemouth v Swansea City

05/05/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Burnley

05/05/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United

05/05/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Liverpool

05/05/2018 15:00 Everton v Southampton

05/05/2018 15:00 Leicester City v West Ham United

05/05/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Huddersfield Town

05/05/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Crystal Palace

05/05/2018 15:00 Watford v Newcastle United

05/05/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

13/05/2018 15:00 Burnley v Bournemouth

13/05/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

13/05/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Arsenal

13/05/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion

13/05/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Watford

13/05/2018 15:00 Newcastle United v Chelsea

13/05/2018 15:00 Southampton v Manchester City

13/05/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Stoke City

13/05/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

13/05/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Everton

* All fixture dates subject to change

When will Sky Sports and BT Sport announce their TV fixtures?

Both TV companies will thrash out details for the games covering August to September. These are likely to be released at the beginning of July.

Sky Sports said: "We expect to bring you details of the first batch of Premier League fixtures - those to be shown live on Sky Sports in August and September - at the beginning of July.

"Sky Sports will show 126 live top-flight games in 2017/18 and mobile users will once again be able to see in-game goals and match highlights."

That clears that up then.
When does the new season start?

The 2017/18 campaign gets underway on Saturday August 12.
When does the season finish?

The final day will be Sunday May 13, 2018.
Read More »

Friday, June 09, 2017

Premier League clubs publish retained lists

 Find out which players have been kept on by the 2016/17 Premier League clubs

Premier League clubs from the 2016/17 season have submitted the lists of players they will be keeping in their squads, and the ones they will be releasing.

Premier League rules require all clubs to submit their retained and released lists to the Premier League by the third Saturday in May, unless the circumstances set out in Rule U.33 apply.

The information below is correct as of 29 May. A player's status may have changed since that date.

List of retained players 2016/17


AFC Bournemouth
Contracts

Afobe Benik
Allsop Ryan
Arter Harry Nicholas
Boruc Artur (Extended)
Butcher Matthew David
Cargill Baily James
Cook Lewis John
Cook Steve Anthony
Cornick Harry Charles Frederick
Daniels Charlie
Dobre Mihai-Alexandru
Federici Adam Jay
Francis Simon Charles
Fraser Ryan
Gosling Daniel
Grabban Lewis James
Gradel Max Alain
(o) Green Jordan Offer
Harfield Oliver John
(o) Hobson Shaun Jermaine Offer
Holmes Jordan Thomas
Hyndman Emerson
Ibe Jordon Femi Ashley
Jordan Corey
King Joshua Christian Kojo
Lee Jordan Michael (Extended)
(o) Matthews Samuel Lloyd Offer
Mings Tyrone Deon
Mousset Lys
Ndjoli Mikael Bongili (Extended)
O'Connell Keelan
(o) O'Flaherty Patrick Offer
Pugh Marc Anthony
Quigley Joseph Richard
Ramsdale Aaron Christopher
Simpson Jack Benjamin
Smith Adam James
Smith Bradley Shaun
Stanislas Felix Junior
(o) Stanton Callum James Frank Offer
Surman Andrew Ronald Edward
Surridge Samuel William
Travers Mark
Whitfield Benjamin Michael (Extended)
Wiggins Rhoys Barry
Wilson Callum Eddie Graham
Wilson Marc David
Worthington Matthew Luke
Scholars

Anthony Jaidon
Boote James Peter
Cordner Tyler Jack (Offer Contract)
Dennis William Jonathon
Diaz Antonio Javier
Gillela Dinesh
Kilkenny Gavin
Morrison Connal John
Ofoborh Nathan Nnamdi Ugochukwu
Pope Ashley
Seaman Charlie
Sherring Sam
Taylor Kyle Frazer (Offer Contract)
Arsenal
Contracts

Akpom Chuba
Armando De Abreu Gabriel
Asano Takuma
Bellerin Hector
Bennacer Ismael
Bielik Krystian
Bola Marc Joel
Bola Tolaji
Bramall Cohen
Campbell Joel
Cazorla Santiago
Cech Petr
Chambers Calum
Coquelin Francis
Crean Alexander Felix
Crowley Daniel
Dasilva Pelenda Joshua Tunga
Debuchy Mathieu
Dragomir Vlad-Mihai
Elneny Mohamed Naser Elsayed
Eyoma Aaron Jordan
Fortune Yassin Enzo
Gibbs Kieran James Ricardo
Gilmour Charlie Ian
Giroud Olivier
Hinds Kaylen Miles
Holding Robert Samuel
Huddart Ryan David
Iliev Deyan
Iwobi Alex
Jenkinson Carl Daniel
Johnson Chiori
Kamara Glen
Keto Hugo Oliver
Koscielny Laurent
Macey Matthew Ryan
Maitland-Niles Ainsley
Malen Donyell
Martinez Damian Emiliano
Mavididi Stephy Alvaro
McGuane Marcus
Mertesacker Per
Monreal Ignacio
Moore Tafari Lalibela
Mourgos Savvas
Mustafi Shkodran
Nelson Reiss
Nketiah Edward
Nwakali Kelechi
Osei-Tutu Jordi
Ospina David
Oxlade-Chamberlain Alexander Mark David
Ozil Mesut
Perez Lucas
Pleguezuelo Julio Jose
Ramsey Aaron James
Reine-Adelaide Jeff
Sanchez Alexis
Sheaf Ben
Szczesny Wojciech Tomasz
Toral Jon-Miquel
Virginia Joao
Walcott Theo James
Welbeck Daniel
(o) Willock Christopher Offer
Wilshere Jack Andrew
Xhaka Granit
Zelalem Gedion
Scholars

Ballard Daniel George
Beckford Jay Lloyd
Benson Josh
Burton Robert
Medley Zechariah Joshua Henry
Olowu Joseph Olugbenga
Omole Tobi
Smith Rowe Emile
Thompson Dominic
Tormey Nathan Alexander
Willock Joseph George
Burnley
Contracts

Agyei Daniel Ebenezer Kwasi
Anderson Thomas Robert
Arfield Scott
Barnes Ashley Luke
Birch Arlen Tom
(o) Boyd George Jan Offer
Brady Robert
Darikwa Tendayi David
Defour Steven Arnold
Dunne James Gerard
Flowers Harry Edward
Ginnelly Joshua Lloyd
Gray Andre Anthony
Gudmundsson Johann Berg
Heaton Thomas David
Hendrick Jeffrey Patrick
Hendrie Luke John (Extended)
Hennings Rouwen
Jackson Bradley Allen
Keane Michael Vincent
Koiki Abd-Al-Ali Morakinyo
Leitch Robbie
Limb Harry
Long Christopher
Long Kevin Finbarr
Lowton Matthew John
Marney Dean Edward
Massanka Ntumba
Mee Benjamin Thomas
Mitchell Conor
O'Neill Aiden Connor
Pope Nicholas David
(o) Robinson Paul William Offer
Tarkowski James Alan
Thomas Jamie Carl
Ulvestad Fredrik
Vokes Samuel Michael
Ward Stephen Robert
Westwood Ashley Roy
Whitmore Alexander James (Extended)
Yao Abodje Freddy Bruce
Scholars

Bayode Olatunde Tobias
Bruce Adam David
Chakwana Tinashe
Clarke James Michael Neil
Cropper Jordan
Egan Leighton Michael Paul
Fenton Miles Andrew
Howarth Mark David
Jumeau Tristan Samuel
King Connor Lewis
Layton Samuel Jay Dixon
McNeil Dwight James Matthew
Metz Khius (Offer Contract)
Mpofu Kwazinkosi
Wilson Scott John
Wood Tommy Paul
Wusiewicz Marcel
Younger Oliver
Chelsea
Contracts

Abraham Tammy
Aina Temitayo Olufisayo
Ake Nathan Benjamin
Ali Mukhtar Abdullahi
Alonso Mendoza Marcos
Angban Bekanty Victorien
Azpilicueta Tanco Cesar
Baba Abdul Rahman
Baker Lewis Renard
Batshuayi-Atunga Michy
Baxter Nathan
Beeney Mitchell Ryan
Begovic Asmir
Blackman Jamal Clint-Ross
Boga Jeremie
Borges Da Silva Willian
Brown Charlie
Brown Isaiah Jay
Bulka Marcin
Cahill Gary James
Chalobah Nathaniel Nyakie
Chalobah Trevoh Tom
Christensen Andreas Bodtker
(o) Christie-Davies Isaac David Offer
Clarke-Salter Jake-Liam
Colkett Charlie
Colley Joseph
Collins Bradley Ray
Courtois Thibaut
Cuadrado Bello Juan Guillermo
Cuevas Jara Cristian Alejandro
Cumming James Andrew
Da Silva Costa Diego
Dabo Sheik Mohamed Fankaty
(o) Dasilva Cole Perry Offer
Dasilva Jay Rhys
De Souza Nathan Allan
Delac Matej
Dos Reis Carvalho Eduardo
Fabregas Soler Francesc
Familia-Castillo Juan Carlos
Feruz Islam
Gallagher Conor
Grant Joshua
Hazard Eden
Hector Michael Anthony James
Hinckson-Mars Malakai Daylan
Houghton Jordan
James Reece
Jameson Kyle Alexander
Kalas Tomas
Kane Todd Arthur Lucien
Kante Ngolo
Kiwomya Andrew Alexander
Loftus Cheek Ruben
Luiz Moreira Marinho David
Maddox Jacob
Matic Nemanja
McCormick Luke
Miazga Matthew
Moses Victor
Mount Mason
Muheim Miro Max Maria
Musonda Charles
Nartey Richard Nicos Tettey
Nunes Nascimento Robert Kenedy
Oliveira Dos Santos Wallace
Omeruo Kenneth
Palmer Kasey Remel
Pantic Danilo
Pasalic Mario
Piazon Lucas Domingues
(o) Quintero Quintero Josimar Aldair Offer
Remy Loic
Rodriguez Gonzalez Jhoao Leandro
Rodriguez Ledesma Pedro Eliezer
Sammut Ruben
Scott Kyle
(o) Solanke-Mitchell Dominic Ayodele Offer
St Clair Harvey
Sterling Dujon
(o) Suljic Ali Offer
Taylor-Crossdale Martell
Thompson Jared
Tomori Fikayo
Traore Bertrand
Twasam Christian Atsu
Ugbo Ike
Uwakwe Tariq
Van Ginkel Marco Wulfert Cornelius
Wakefield Charlie Mark
Zouma Kurt Happy
Scholars

Guehi Addji Keaninkin Marc-Israel
McEachran George James
Crystal Palace
Contracts

Anderson Keshi
Benteke Christian
Berkeley-Agyepong Jacob Kwame
Boateng Hiram Kojo Kwarteng
Cabaye Yohan
Coker Andre Jordan Coleridge (Extended)
Dann Scott
Delaney Damien Finbarr
Dreher Luke Garry
Eyenga Lokilo Jason
Flanagan Kian
Fundi Victor
Hennessey Wayne Robert
Husin Noor (Extended)
Inniss Ryan Stuart Clayton
Jno Baptiste Francis
Kaikai Sulaiman Borbor
Kelly Martin Ronald
Kirby Nya Jerome
Ladapo Olayinka Fredrick Oladotun
Lee Chung Yong
Lumeka Levi Jeremiah
Mandanda Steve
McArthur James
McGregor Giovanni Donald
Milivojevic Luka
Mitchell Tyrick
Mutch Jordon James Edward
O'Dwyer Oliver (Extended)
Perntreou Kleton
Phillips Michael (Extended)
Puncheon Jason David Ian
Sako Bakary
Schlupp Jeffrey
Souare Pape N'Diaye
Speroni Julian Maria
Tavares Nikola
Tomkins James Oliver Charles
Townsend Andros
Van Aanholt Patrick John Miguel
Wan-Bissaka Aaron
Ward Joel Edward Philip
Wickham Connor Neil Ralph
Williams Jonathan Peter
Zaha Dazet Wilfried Armel
Scholars

Bryon Lewis
Coates Liam
Daly James Stanley
Demby Andrew
Funnell Matthew Ross
Hungbo Joseph Oluwagbemiga
Lynch Kyle Jordan Victor
Ossai Tariq Eddie
Ozono Will
Peynado-Peart Malachi Darnell
Serrato Jordan
Webber Oliver Henry
Woods Samuel John (Offer Contract)
Everton
Contracts

Baines Leighton John
Baningime Beni
Barkley Ross
Barry Gareth
Besic Muhamed
Bolasie Yannick
Broadhead Nathan Paul
Browning Tyias
(o) Byrne Sam John Offer
Calvert-Lewin Dominic
Charsley Henry William James
Cleverley Thomas William
Coleman Seamus
Connolly Callum Alexander
Davies Thomas
Deulofeu Lazaro Gerard
Dowell Kieran O'Neil
Duffus Courtney (Extended)
Dyson Calum William (Extended)
Evans Antony Kenneth
Feeney Morgan
Foulds Matthew Colin
Funes Mori Jose Ramiro
Galloway Brendan Joel Zibusiso
Garbutt Luke
Grant Conor James
(o) Gray Louis Offer
Gueye Idrissa Gana
Henen David Boris Philippe
Hewelt Mateusz Tomasz
Holgate Mason Anthony
Jagielka Philip Nikodem
Jones Gethin Wynne (Extended)
Kenny Jonjoe
Kinsella Steven
Lennon Aaron
Lookman Ademola Lookman Olajade
Lukaku Romelu Menama
McCarthy James
McGeady Aiden John
Mirallas Y Castillo Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain
Niasse Baye Oumar
Pennington Matthew
Renshaw Christopher Thomas
(o) Robinson Antonee Offer
Robles Blazquez Joel
Rodriguez Leandro Joaquin
Sambou Bassala
Schneiderlin Morgan
Stekelenburg Maarten
Tarashaj Shani
Walsh Liam
Williams Ashley Errol
Williams Joseph Michael
Scholars

Ball Charles Thomas
Baxter Nathan
Bramall Daniel Luke (Offer Contract)
Corke Jordan Robert
Denny Alexander
Duke-McKenna Stephen Winston
Hilton Joseph Robert
Hornby Fraser
Johnson Matthew
Kerr Sidney David Junior
Kiersey Jack Alexander (Offer Contract)
Lavery Shayne Francis (Offer Contract)
Mampala Manasse
Moore Nathan
Murphy Tomas Bernard
Ouzounidis Con
Phillips Kieran James
Scully Thomas
Hull City
Contracts

Annan William John
Barkworth Ellis
Batty Daniel Thomas
Bowen Jarrod
Clackstone Joshua Philip
Clark Max Oliver
Clucas Samuel Raymond
Curry Adam
Davies Curtis
Dawson Michael Richard
Diomande Valentin Adama
(o) Edwards Jonathan Dvonte Offer
Eissa Ahmed Elmehamady
Evandro Goebel
Fleming Brandon James
Grosicki Kamil Pawel
Hamilton Tyler Lee
Henriksen Markus
Hernandez Platero Abel Mathias
Hinchliffe Benjamin Jack
Huddlestone Thomas Andrew
Jakupovic Eldin
Keane William David
Lenihan Brian Patrick
Luer Greg
Maguire Harry
Mannion William John
Marshall David
Mason Ryan Glen
McGregor Allan James
McKenzie Robbie
Meyler David
Odubajo Moses Adeshina Ayoola
Olley Greg Thomas
Ritson Lewis Barry Ryan
Robertson Andrew
(o) Rodgers Harvey James Offer
Weir James Michael
Scholars

Andrew Charlie Alfred
Chadwick William Anthony
Dunkerley Charlie
Holmes Elliot Charles
Kelledy Marc Thomas Michael
Salam Ahmed Mamdoh Abdel
Saltmer Jonathan David
Sheaf Max
Thacker Joshua
Tymon Joshua Lewis
Wilson-Rhiney Mason Alexander
Leicester City
Contracts

Albrighton Marc Kevin
Amartey Daniel
Barnes Harvey Lewis
Benalouane Yohan
Bolkiah Faiq Jefri
(o) Bramley Max Offer
Chilwell Benjamin James
Choudhury Hamza
Debayo Joshua Akinkunmi
Drinkwater Daniel Noel
Elder Callum Roddie
Felix-Eppiah Joshua
Fuchs Christian
Gordon Joshua Luke
Gray Demarai Remelle
Hamer Benjamin John
Huth Robert
Iversen Daniel
James Matthew Lee
Johnson Darnell Tobias Jack
Kapustka Bartosz
King Andrew
(o) Knight Joshua Michael Offer
Lawrence Thomas Morris
Mahrez Riyad
Martis Liandro Rudwendry Felipe
Mendy Nampalys
(o) Moore Elliott Jordan Offer
Morgan Westley Nathan
Musa Ahmed
Muskwe Admiral Dalindlela
Ndidi Onyinye Wilfred
(o) Ndukwu Layton Julius Offer
Okazaki Shinji
Schmeichel Kasper Peter
Simpson Daniel Peter
Slimani Islam
Uche Rubio Raul
Ulloa Fernandez Jose Leonardo
Vardy Jamie
Watts Dylan Billy
Wood Connor
Zieler Ron-Robert
Scholars

Brown Morgan Lea
Dewsbury-Hall Kiernan (Offer Contract)
Edwards-John Kairo
Fielding Thomas Christian
Gill Rubyn
Heaven George William
Keaveny Jozsef Phelim
Leshabela Thakgalo Khanya
Pascanu Alexandru Stefan (Offer Contract)
Sherif Lamine Kaba (Offer Contract)
Tee Conor
Thandi Simranjit Singh
Ughelumba Calvin
Williams Kian
Yates Cameron James (Offer Contract)
Liverpool
Contracts

Adekanye Omobolaji Habeeb
Alexander Arnold Trent
Awoniyi Taiwo
Barbosa De Oliveira Roberto Firmino
Bogdan Adam
Brannagan Cameron
Can Emre
Chirivella Burgos Pedro
Clyne Nathaniel Edwin
Correia Gomes Toni
Coutinho Correia Philippe
Coyle Liam
Dhanda Yan
Ejaria Oviemuno
(o) Firth Andrew Offer
Flanagan Jonathan
Fulton Ryan
Garcia Rey Juan Manuel
George Shamal
Gomez Joseph David
Grabara Kamil
Grujic Marko
Hart Samuel James
Henderson Jordan Brian
Ings Daniel William John
Johnston George
Jones Lloyd Richard
Kane Herbie
Karius Loris
Kelleher Caoimhin
Kent Ryan
Klavan Ragnar
Lallana Adam David
Lennon Brooks
Lovren Dejan
Mane Sadio
Markovic Lazar
Masterson Conor
Matip Job Joel Andre
McAuley Glen
Mignolet Simon
Millar Liam
Milner James Philip
Moreno Perez Alberto
Neves Alves Paulo Manuel
Ojo Oluwaseyi
Origi Divock Okoth
Pezzini Leiva Lucas
Phillips Nathaniel Harry
Randall Connor Steven
Rodrigues De Souza Allan
Sakho Mamadou
Stewart Kevin Linford
Sturridge Daniel
Virtue Thick Matthew Joseph
Ward Daniel
Whelan Corey
Wijnaldum Georginio
Williams Michael Jordan (Extended)
Wilson Harry
Wisdom Andre
Woodburn Benjamin
Scholars

Atherton Daniel
Brewster Rhian
Camacho Rafael Euclides Soares
Driscoll-Glennon Anthony
Hunter Jordan
Lattie Diego Omar
Lewis Adam
(o) Parker Mich'El Offer
Simmonds Okera
Whyte Harvey
Williams Ben
Manchester City
Contracts

Abdelkader Diaz Brahim
(o) Adarabioyo Tosin Offer
Aguero Del Castillo Sergio
Agyepong Thomas
Agyiri Ernest
Ambrose Thierry
Barker Brandon Lee
(o) Boadu-Adjei Denzeil Offer
Bony Wilfried Guemiand
Brattan Nathan Luke
Bravo Munoz Claudio Andres
Bryan Kean Shay
Buckley-Ricketts Isaac
Bytyqi Sinan
Caceres Anthony
Celina Bersant
Davenport Jacob Alexander
De Bruyne Kevin
Dele-Bashiru Ayotomiwa Sherif
Delph Fabian
Denayer Jason
Diallo Sadou
Dilrosun Javairo Joreno Faustino
Duhaney Demeaco
Duran Manuel Agudo
Esmoris Tasende Jose Angel
Facey Shay
Faour Zackarias
Faupala David
Fernandes Cantin Paolo
Fernando De Jesus Gabriel
Garcia Alonso Manuel
Garcia Serrano Aleix
Grimshaw Daniel James
Gundogan Ilkay
Gunn Angus Fraser James
Hart Charles Joseph John
Haug Christian Kjetil
Herrera Ravelo Yangel Clemente
Horsfield James
Humphreys-Grant Cameron
Iheanacho Kelechi
Jimenez Silva David Josue
Kigbu Ahogrenashinme
Kolarov Aleksandar
Kompany Vincent
Kongolo Rodney
Luiz Roza Fernando
Maffeo Becerra Pablo
Mangala Eliaquim
Mari Villar Pablo
Mooy Aaron Frank
Moreno Duran Marlos
Muric Arijanet Anan
Naah Divine Yelsarmba
Nasri Samir
Nemane Aaron Evans
Nmecha Lukas
Ntcham Jules Olivier
Nwakali Chidiebere Chikioke
Oliver Charles William Corrigan
Otamendi Nicolas
Patching William Luke
Reges Fernando Francisco
Roberts Patrick John Joseph
Sane Leroy
Sarmiento Martinez Erik
Smith-Brown Ashley
Sobrino Pozuelo Ruben
Sterling Raheem Shaquille
Stones John
Tanor Collins
(o) Toure Gnegneri Yaya Offer
Unal Enes
(o) Wood Marcus James Offer
Yeboah Yaw
Zinchenko Oleksandr
Zuculini Bruno
Scholars

Blackshaw Lewis Robert (Extended)
Bolton Luke Phillip
Coveney Joseph Charles (Offer Contract)
Foden Philip Walter
Francis Edward Albert
Garre Benjamin Antonio
Gonzalez Lorenzo Jose
Latibeaudiere Joel Owen
Poveda-Ocampo Ian Carlo
Pozo La Rosa Iker
Rosler Colin
Sancho Jadon Malik
Smith Matthew
Sokol Pawel Kazimierz
Wilson Tyreke
Manchester United
Contracts

Bailly Eric Bertrand
Blind Daley
Bohui Joshua Raymond
Boonen Indy Zeb Pepe
Borthwick-Jackson Cameron Jake
Carrick Michael
Castro Pereira Joel Dinis
Chong Tahith
Darmian Matteo
De Gea Quintana David
Dearnley Zachary Harry
Ercolani Luca
Fellaini-Bakkioui Marouane
Fosu-Mensah Evans Timothy Fosu
Gribbin Callum Anthony
Hamilton Ethan Billy
(o) Harrop Joshua Andrew Offer
Henderson Dean Bradley
Herrera Aguera Ander
Hoelgebaum Pereira Andreas Hugo
Januzaj Adnan
(o) Johnstone Max Oliver Offer
Johnstone Samuel Luke
Jones Philip Anthony
Kehinde Tosin Samuel
Kenyon Jake Barry
Lingard Jesse Ellis
Martial Anthony Joran
Mata Garcia Juan Manuel
McIntosh-Buffonge Darren Raekwon
McTominay Scott
Mitchell Demetri Kareem
Mkhitaryan Henrikh
Moutha-Sebtaoui Ilias
(o) O'Hara Kieran Michael Offer
(o) Olosunde Matthew Olawale Offer
Pogba Paul Labile
Poole Regan Leslie
Rashford Marcus
Redmond Devonte Vincent
Riley Joe
Rojo Faustino Marcos Alberto
Romero Sergio German
Rooney Wayne Mark
(o) Scott Charlie Thomas Offer
Shaw Luke Paul Hoare
Smalling Christopher
Tuanzebe Axel
Valencia Mosquera Luis Antonio
Varela Olivera Guillermo
Warren Tyrell Nathaniel
Whelan Callum Tyler
Williams Ro-Shaun Oman
(o) Willock Matthew Offer
Wilson James Antony
Young Ashley Simon
Scholars

Barlow Aidan Will
Barrett Jake George
Burkart Nishan Connell
Dunne Max Edward
Fojticek Alex
Gomes Adilson Angel Abreu de
O'Connor Lee Patrick
Spratt Harry
Tanner George
Middlesbrough
Contracts

Asiedu William Opoku
Bamford Patrick James
Barragan Antonio Juan
Chapman Harrison James
Clayton Adam Stephen
Cook James Michael
Cooke Callum James
Coulson Hayden Ross
Curry Mitchell
De Pena Bonino Carlos Maria
De Roon Marten Elco
De Sart Julien Ariel
Downing Stewart
Elsdon Matthew
Espinosa Zuniga Bernardo Jose
Fischer Viktor
Forshaw Adam
Friend George Andrew Jordan
Fry Dael Jonathan
Fryer Joseph Luke
Gestede Rudy Philippe Michel
Gibson Benjamin James
Guedioura Adlene
Guzan Bradley Edwin
Hegarty Liam Michael
Husband James Andrew
John-Baptiste Alex
Johnson Callum Charles
Leadbitter Grant
Liddle Ben George
McGinley Nathan
Morelli Joao Neto
Osorio Tomas Mejias
Pattison Alexander Antony
Pears Aynsley Alan William
Pereira Da Silva Fabio
Ramirez Pereyra Gaston Exequiel
Rhodes Jordan Luke
Ripley Connor James
Sanchez Ayala Daniel
Soisalo Mikael
Stuani Cristhian Ricardo
Tavernier Marcus Joseph
Tinkler Robbie
Traore Diarra Adama
Valdes Arribas Victor
Scholars

Cooke Liam
Dale Nathan
Guru Nathan
Hemming Zachary
James Bradley David
Lambert Jack
Malley Connor
O'Neill Tyrone
Reading Patrick James (Offer Contract)
Renton Anthony Peter (Offer Contract)
Storey Keiran
Wilson Jay Harry
Southampton
Contracts

Alves Soares Cedric Ricardo
Austin Charlie
Bakary Mohamed Richard
Barnes Marcus Thomas
Bertrand Ryan
Boufal Sofiane
Clasie Jordy
Cook Oliver David Paul
Davis Steven
(o) Flannigan Jake Offer
Forster Fraser Gerard
Freeman Kieran
Gabbiadini Manolo
Gallagher Samuel James
Gardos Florin
Gazzaniga Paulo Dino
Hesketh Jake Alexander
Hojbjerg Pierre Emile Kordt
Johnson Tyreke Martin
Jones Alfie
Latham Kingsley Finn
Lewis Harry Charles John
Little Armani
Long Shane Patrick
McCarthy Alex Simon
McCarthy Jason Sean
McQueen Samuel James
O'Connor Thomas James
O'Driscoll Aaron
Olomola Olufela
Parkes Adam Darren
Pied Jeremy
Redmond Nathan Daniel Jerome
Reed Harrison James
Rodriguez Jay Enriqus
Seager Ryan Paul
Sims Joshua Samuel
Slattery Callum
Smallbone William Anthony Patrick
Stephens Jack
Tadic Dusan
Targett Matthew Robert
(o) Taylor Stuart James Offer
Valery Yan
Van Dijk Virgil
Vidal Oriol Romeu
Vokins Jake
Ward-Prowse James Michael Edward
Wood William Nicholas
Yoshida Maya
Scholars

Afolabi Jonathan
Bradley Green Jamie
Cull Alexander
Cull Benjamin Simon (Extended)
Davis Harrison
Gardner Oliver
Hale Harlem
Hamblin Harry Mark
Klarer Christoph
Mdlalose Siphesihle Thembinkosi (Offer Contract)
Nlundulu Dan (Extended)
Obafemi Michael Oluwadurotimi
Rowthorn Ben John (Offer Contract)
Siu Javen Michael
Tella Nathan (Offer Contract)
Stoke City
Contracts

Abdallah Hakim
Adam Charles Graham
Afellay Ibrahim
Allen Joseph Michael
Arnautovic Marko
Balde Rachid
Banks Lewis (Extended)
Bardsley Phillip Anthony (Extended)
Berahino Saido
Butland Jack
Cameron Geoff Scott
Campbell Tyrese Kai
Cherdieu Andrew
Crouch Peter James
Devlin Jack (Extended)
Diouf Mame Biram
El Ouariachi Choulay Mohamed
Grant Lee Anderson
Greenidge Jordan Neil
Gyollai Daniel
Haugaard Jakob
Hill Ryan
Imbula Wanga Gilbert
(o) Ireland Stephen James Offer
Jarvis Daniel Adam
Johnson Glen McLeod Cooper
Krkic Perez Bojan
Lecygne Eddy
Marques De Almeida Luis
Mato Sanmartin Jose Luis
McJannet Cameron Allan
Muniesa Martinez Marc
Ngoy Bin Cibambi Julien Fontaine
Pieters Erik
Shaqiri Xherdan
Shawcross Ryan James
Shenton Oliver
Sobhi Ramadan
Sorensen Lasse
Souttar Harry
Sweeney Ryan Joseph
Telford Dominic (Extended)
Verlinden Thibaud
Waddington Mark Thomas (Extended)
Walters Jonathan Ronald
Whelan Glenn David
Wollscheid Philipp
Scholars

Allen Mitchell
Ayoola Olusola Adeola (Offer Contract)
Butler James Anthony
Da Silva Monteiro Venancio
Deczki Mate
Diallo Mohamed
Dunwoody Jake (Offer Contract)
Edwards Thomas Adam (Offer Contract)
Jokelainen Niklas Antero
Karamoko Vazoumana
Russo Connor Mickel
Szereto Krisztofer
Twyford Jacob Thomas
Wara Semi Scott
Sunderland
Contracts

Asoro Joel Joshghene
(o) Beadling Thomas Offer
Borini Fabio
Brotherton Sam
Cattermole Lee Barry
Coates Nion Sebastian
Defoe Jermain Colin
Djilobodji El Hadji Papy Mison
Embleton Elliot John
Gamble Owen Jay
Gibson Darron Thomas Daniel
Gooch Lynden Jack
Greenwood Rees
Honeyman George Christopher
(o) Hume Denver Jay Offer
Jones Billy
Khazri Wahbi
Kone Lamine-Gueye
Krusnell Oscar
Ledger Michael
Lens Jeremain
Love Donald Alistair
Maja Joshua Erowoli
Mannone Vito
Matthews Adam James
McNair Patrick James Coleman
Molyneux Luke
Ndong Didier Ibrahim
Nelson Andrew George Robert
Oviedo Jimenez Bryan Josue
Pickford Jordan Lee
Poame Jean-Yves
Robson Ethan
Robson Joshua Paul
Robson Thomas
Rodwell Jack
Simoes Domingues Michael
Storey Alexander Michael
Stryjek Maksymilian
Talbot James
Taylor Brandon Lewis
Watmore Duncan Ian
Woud Michael Cornelis
Wright Daniel
Scholars

Allan Christopher Mark
Bale Adam James
Connelly Lee John
Connolly Jack
Diamond Jack Tyler
Hackett Jake Willis
Hickey Jordan
McAughtrie Fergus David
Mgunga-Kimpioka Benjamin
Patterson Anthony
Young Jacob Matthew
Swansea City
Contracts

Amat Maas Jordi
Ayew Jordan
Barrow Moduo
Bartley Kyle
Bia Bi Botti Boulenin
Birighitti Mark Romano
Blair Ryan Dominic
Britton Leon James
Byers George William
Carroll Thomas James
Cooper Brandon James
Cork Jack Frank Porteous
Cullen Liam Jamie
Davies Keston Ellis
Dulca Marco-Alexandru
Dyer Nathan Antone Jonah
Evans Jack
Evans Keiran
Fabianski Lukasz
Fer Leroy
Fernandez Federico
Fulton Jay
(o) Garrick Jordon D'Andre Offer
Gomis Bafetimbi
Gonzalez Tomas Borja
Gorre Kenji Joel
Grimes Matthew Jacob
James Daniel
Ki Sung Yueng
King Adam
Kingsley Stephen
(o) Lewis Aaron James Offer
Llorente Torres Fernando Javier
Maric Adnan
Mawson Alfie Robert John
McBurnie Oliver
Montero Vite Jefferson Antonio
Narsingh Luciano
Naughton Kyle
Nordfeldt Bo Kristoffer
Olsson Martin Tony Waikwa
Plezier Tom Pieter
Reid Tyler
Roberts Connor Richard Jones
Rodon Joseph Peter
Routledge Wayne Neville Anthony
Sheehan Joshua Luke Monthly
Sigurdsson Gylfi Thor
Tabanou Franck Pascal Paul
(o) Thomas Lewis Rhys Offer
Van Der Hoorn Mike Adrianus Wilhelmus
Zabret Gregor
Zaragoza Angel Rangel
Scholars

Berry Cameron
Blake Matthew
Cabango Benjamin
Cooper Oliver Joseph
Darame Causso (Offer Contract)
Davies Mael Daniel (Offer Contract)
Fox Jack Robert
Hazell Finley Morgan
Jones Jordan Levi
Lang Alex William
Lewis Joe Cameron
Price Thomas Owen
Roberts Matthew Marcus Josef
Williams Rhydian Iolo
Tottenham Hotspur
Contracts

Alderweireld Toby Albertine
Alli Bamidele Jermaine
Amos Luke Ayodele
Austin Brandon Anthony
Bennetts Keanan Chidozie
Bentaleb Nabil
Carter-Vickers Cameron
Davies Benjamin Thomas
Dembele Mousa
Dier Eric Jeremy Edgar
Dinzeyi Jonathan Toko Lema
Duncan Dylan
Edwards Marcus (Extended)
Eriksen Christian
Eyoma Timothy Joel
Fazio Federico
Georgiou Anthony Michael (Extended)
Glover Thomas William
(o) Goddard Cy Offer
Harrison Shayon
Heung-Min Son
Janssen Vincent Petrus Anna
Kane Harry
Lamela Erik
Lloris Hugo
Loft Ryan
Maghoma Christian
Marsh George Owen
McGee Luke Paul
Miller William (Extended)
N'Jie Clinton
Nkoudou Mbida Georges-Kevin
Oakley-Boothe Tashan
Ogilvie Connor Stuart (Extended)
Onomah Joshua
Pritchard Joe Cameron (Extended)
Roles Jack
Rose Daniel Lee
Shashoua Samuel (Extended)
Sissoko Moussa
Sterling Kazaiah
Tanganga Japhat Manzambi
Tracey Shilow (Extended)
Trippier Kieran John
Tsaroulla Nicholas
Vertonghen Jan
Vorm Michel
Walker Kyle Andrew
Walker-Peters Kyle
Walkes Anton
Wanyama Victor
Whiteman Alfie
Wimmer Kevin
Winks Harry
Scholars

Brown Jaden (Extended)
De Bie Jonathan
Freeman Charlie
Griffiths Reo Revaldo
Hinds Tariq Devontae Aaron
Lock Matthew Joseph
Omolabi Moroyin
Reynolds Jamie Joe
Watford
Contracts

Agbo Uche Henry
Amrabat Noureddine
Arlauskis Giedrius
Becerra Maya Juan Camillo
Behrami Valon
Berghuis Steven
Britos Cabrera Miguel Angel
Capoue Etienne
Cathcart Craig George
Charles Ashley James
Cholevas Chose Loint
Deeney Troy Matthew
Djedje Brice Dja
Doucoure Abdoulaye
(o) Eleftheriou Andrew Offer
Estupinan Tenorio Pervis Josue
Folivi Michael Kwaku
Gartside Nathan James
Gomes Heurelho Da Silva
Hoban Thomas Michael
Jakubiak Alexander Louis
Janmaat Daryl
Kabasele Christian
Kaboul Younes
Lewis Dennon Elliot
Mariappa Adrian Joseph
(o) Mason Brandon Alexander Offer
Montenegro Zuniga Eduardo Antonio
Okaka Stefano Chuka
Oulare Mamadou Obbi
Pantilimon Costel Fane
Paredes Reasco Juan Carlos
Penaranda Maestre Adalberto
Pereyra Roberto Maximiliano
Prodl Sebastian
Rowan Charles Alfred
Sesay David Junior Deen
Sinclair Jerome Terence
(o) Stevens Connor John Offer
Suarez Mata Mario
Success Ajayi Isaac
Watson Ben
Zarate Mauro Matias
Scholars

Adedeji Jubril
Cabrera Jesus Cruz
Empson Bradley
Forster Harry James
Huja Marian
Jones Ben Anthony
Kaikay Yazid
Lacy Jamie Sebastian
Mukena Joy-Richard (Offer Contract)
Pereira Dion Enrico (Offer Contract)
Rogers Louis Ronald (Offer Contract)
Ryan Maximillian Medwyn Richard (Offer Contract)
Stray Reece Daniel
West Bromwich Albion
Contracts

Brunt Christopher
Campbell Tahvon (Extended)
Chadli Nacer
Dawson Craig
Donnellan Shaun (Extended)
Edwards Kyle Hakeem (Extended)
Evans Jonathan Grant
Field Samuel
Fitzwater Jack Joseph (Extended)
Foster Ben
Gardner Craig
Howkins Kyle
Keranovic Jasmin (Offer)
Leko Jonathan Kisolokele
Livermore Jake Cyril
McAuley Gareth Gerald
McClean James Joseph
McCourt Robbie
McManaman Callum Henry
Morrison James Clark
Myhill Glyn Oliver
Nyom Allan
O'Shea Dara
Palmer Alexander
Phillips Matthew
Roberts Tyler
Robson-Kanu Thomas Hal
Rondon Jose Solomon
(o) Ross Ethan Walker Offer
Wilson Kane
Yacob Claudio
Scholars

Artymatas Panagiotis
Biddle Bobbie
Bradley Alex (Offer Contract)
Chambers Maurice Jack
Clayton-Phillips Nicholas
Hall Myles
Harper Rekeem
Healy Kevin
Holsgrove Kieran
House Bradley Roy (Offer Contract)
McCourt Jack
Melbourne Max (Offer Contract)
Meredith Daniel William
Morrison Taylor
Morton Callum Damian Peter
Pierce Evan (Offer Contract)
Przybek Adam
Soleman Aram
Wilding Samuel
West Ham United
Contracts

Akinola Olatunji Oluwasehun
Antonio Michail Gregory
Ayew Andre Morgan Rami
Browne Marcus Alexander
Burke Reece
Byram Samuel Mark
Carroll Andrew Thomas
Collins James Michael
Cresswell Aaron
Cullen Joshua Jon
Diangana Grady
Dobson George David
Feghouli Sofiane
Fernandes Ribeiro Edimilson
Fletcher Ashley Michael
Fonte Jose Miguel
Gordon Jaanai Derece
Hector-Ingram Jahmal Justin
Hendrie Stephen
Henry Doneil Jor-Dee Ashley
Holland Nathan Elliot
Kemp Daniel
Kouyate Cheikhou
Lanzini Manuel
Makasi Kusu Moses
Martinez Lopez Antonio
Masuaku Kawela Fuka-Arthur
Neufville Vashon
Noble Mark James
Nordtveit Havard
Obiang Avomo Pedro Mba
Ogbonna Obinze Angelo
Oxford Reece Joel
Pask Joshua David
Pike Alexander George (Extended)
Powell Joe
Quina Domingos
Randolph Darren Edward Andrew
Reid Winston Wiremu
Rice Declan
Sakho Diafra
Samuelsen Martin
San Miguel Del Castillo Adrian
Scully Anthony Richard
Snodgrass Robert
Spiegel Raphael Simon
Sylvestre Noha
Trott Nathan Wallace Newman
Valencia Lastra Enner Remberto
Scholars

Barrett Mason
Coventry Conor
Hamilton Malyk
Henry Korrey
Johnson Benjamin
Lewis Alfie
Longelo-Mbule Rosaire
Matrevics Rihards (Extended)
Wells Ben

The full lists from each club here by 10 June.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Mourinho fed up of football, issues Ultimatum to Woodward

The burden of signing players at Manchester United this summer will fall solely on the shoulders of CEO Ed Woodward after Jose Mourinho says he is “fed up” of football after an exhausting first year at Old Trafford.

United is expected to have another busy summer when the transfer window opens on June 9, with Mourinho reportedly giving Woodward a list of four players he wants. Reports have linked the club with strikers Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann and defender Victor Lindelof.

Signing for United has become a more attractive prospect after the club qualified for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League in May, Mourinho’s third trophy of the season, after the League Cup and Charity Shield. And it was after the Europa League final in Stockholm that Mourinho revealed that Woodward knows the targets he wants.

“Ed Woodward has my list, what I want, what I would like for more than two months,” he told BT Sport. “So now it’s up to him and the owners. But I don’t care about football for now.”

He reiterated the message Tuesday, insisting the signings would be up to Woodward, who became executive vice-chairman at the club in 2012.

“This year, I had the most difficult season of my career,” Mourinho told VLT, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “We played all of the games that were possible minus two.

“I got fed up and tired of football until the last day. I promised that you would not see me in football stadiums, and I stopped negotiating for players and being worried.

“I handed my list to the CEO in April and he has until August 31 to give me what I want, or not.”

If Everton striker Lukaku was on that list, United appears to have had a poor start to the summer after the Belgian chose a move back to Chelsea over joining Mourinho, The Times reported.

A striker will certainly be on Mourinho’s list as Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered an injury that will likely see him miss the start of next season. The 35 year old’s contract at United will expire in the summer, though the club said it will continue to support his recovery from injury.

Woodward has delivered top transfers in the past. Last summer, he oversaw the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus for £90 million (about $116 million) that broke the world transfer record. That summer the club also signed Ibrahimovic, the top scorer last season, as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.
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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid: Ronaldo strike twice as Los Blancos crush Juve for La Duodecima

The unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, as Real Madrid crushed a helpless Juventus to retain their UEFA Champions League crown at the Millenium stadim in Cardiff, South coast of Wales.


The Final showpiece of Europe's elites was finely poised between the most solid defending and one of the most lethal attacking sides in the competition, but it was Zinedine Zidane's men who wore their glass slippers to the ball, as they showed class to enforce the famous saying "the best form of defence is attack" in a fairy tale Finale. Allegri's Bianconeri had conceeded just 3 goals, while the Los Blancos racked up an amazing 32 goals enroute the final showpiece. The build up to the game had both fans expectations over the roof, as there was going to be no big name absentees due to injuries or suspensions, although Real's Gareth Bale had just made a speedy recovery in time to be fit for the piece, not fully fit. Many of the Italian fans waited to applaud the runners-up at the National Stadium of Wales, where the roof was closed due to safety and security reasons as vigilance increased in the wake of the Manchester attack.

The opening ceremony of the UEFA Champions League Final 2017 was intended to be lit up by a "fergie-less" black eyed peas to the dismay of many in the fully packed millenium stadium. They did though perform their hit track "i gotta feeling", amongst other songs, and indeed the night went on to be a "good night" for both the Madrid fans and the neutrals.


Smoke from the pyrotechnics hung high when play finally got under way, with the Old Lady flying out of the blocks and moving the ball around with confidence and authority.
Ex-Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain led the lines early on for Juve, asking questions of Keylor Navas in the Madrid goal with an early header and long-range strike that surprised Keylor Navas, with the goalkeeper soon producing a one-handed save as stunning as Miralem Pjanic's volleyed effort.


Real gradually settled into their stride but found Juventus' defence unsurprisingly difficult to breakdown, with late challenges and smart play denying them a shot until the 20th minute, and my was it worth the wait.
A Superb play saw the ball moved from left to right where Dani Carvajal collected a pass from Ronaldo, with marauding full-back playing it first time straight back to the Portuguese, who swept home a sublime right-footed strike via a slight deflection off Leonardo Bonucci past Gigi Buffon in the Juve goal to open the scoring.

The speed and quality of the move was outstanding, with Ronaldo celebrating in front of the Juve fans with typical flamboyance.


Massimiliano Allegri's side rallied impressively and soon levelled in the most emphatic fashion.
Higuain controlled a first-time cross from Alex Sandro and directed onto the Croatian, who cushioned the ball with his chest and produced an effort that left the footballing world open-mouthed.


Mandzukic's wonderful overhead kick from just inside the box looped home past a fully stretched Navas to give Juventus a deserved leveller - a goal they were unable to add to before a breathless first half came to an end.

Real came back blazing from the break, and from their on, their French maestro of a manager had worked his magic. The defending champions started the second period far better than the first, with Luka Modric and Marcelo having efforts as they pushed forwards in numbers. Isco directed wide as the Spaniards continued to threaten to score a goal that arrived in the 61st minute.


Casemiro ran onto the loose ball after a shot was blocked, hitting a thundering 40-yard screamer that deflected off Sami Khedira's heels and out of Buffon's reach to put the resilient Madrid back in front.
Things only got worse for the Bianconeri and pretty quickly too, as they fell further behind.
Fine build up play down the right unleashed Modric who hooked the ball back from the byline with outstanding precision, with Ronaldo getting ahead of his man to direct home at the near post for his second of the night, Juve had been dealt the killer blow.


Ronaldo attempted to complete his hat-trick before Marcelo missed the target, with Zidane bringing on Bale to the delight of the Welsh contingent inside the ground.
A last-ditch challenge prevented him getting on the end of a Ronaldo cross, with Sandro heading wide at the other end.
Matters went from bad to worse for the Italians as Juan Cuadrado picked up a second booking in quick succession. Tempers frayed after Ramos' theatrical reaction on a night that ended with him lifting the Champions League.


Marcelo then went on to set up substitute Marco Asensio who swept in their fourth goal in the last minute to add gloss to a mouth-watering performance by the men from the Spanish capital. As manager Zinedine Zidane joined Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho among others on the list of managers who have won the European Cup twice.





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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Juventus VS Real Madrid: UEFA Champions League Finals

Real and Juventus go head to head at the Millennium Stadium tonight in what could be an historic Champions League Final.

Zinedine Zidane's La Liga title winners will become the first ever team to defend the Champions League trophy if they can find a way past Juventus in Wales - but the Italian giants will be no pushovers.

Massimiliano Allegri's side successfully defended the Serie A title this term despite losing a number of key players last season, and boast a mean defence with Italian icon Gianluigi Buffon captaining the side.

The legendary 39-year-old goalkeeper has yet to win the competition despite a career full of honours, and must keep the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at bay to add the famous trophy to his glittering collection.

It's a back three for Juve then. They played in this exact same way against Monaco, with Alves and Sandro starting level/slightly further ahead of a midfield two or Pjanic and Khedira. The shape looks a lot like Chelsea's 3-4-2-1 but is actually more like a 3-2-4-1. The idea is that the two wing-backs are actually wingers, which means Marcelo and Carvajal can't gallop down the line like they want to. This in turn means Real have no width, which means no room for Isco and no creation of chances for Ronaldo and Benzema.

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 12Alex Sandro
  • 5Pjanic
  • 6Khedira
  • 23Dani Alves
  • 21Dybala
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 9Higuaín

Substitutes

  • 4Benatia
  • 7Cuadrado
  • 8Marchisio
  • 18Lemina
  • 22Asamoah
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 26Lichtsteiner
So it turns out the Bale thing may possibly have been one of those little rumours that can cause a bit of unrest in the opposition, but at least you know you're in safe hands, since I've been saying all day and week and Isco will start.

An interesting aside is that James Rodriguez isn't even in the squad! Don't expect to see him in Real Madrid colours next season...

The preening Portuguese meets the immovable Italian. Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Real Madrid’s breathtaking attacking force in their attempt to crack Juventus’s sublime defensive unit marshalled by Gianluigi Buffon. Massimiliano Allegri will see Madrid’s defence as inferior to his own and Paulo Dybala as the man to exploit any frailty. Zinedine Zidane’s side can become the first to win back-to-back Champions League titles while Juventus can complete a historic Serie A, Coppa Italia and European treble. An enthralling encounter beckons.

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 8Kroos
  • 14Casemiro
  • 19Modric
  • 22Isco
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 11Bale
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Morata
  • 23Danilo


Kick-off Saturday 7.45pm

Venue National Stadium of Wales

Head-to-head Juventus 8 Real Madrid 8 Draws 2

Referee Felix Brych (Ger)

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