Today’s top stories:
Andrea Pirlo has signed a two year contract extension with Juventus. The Professor has been an absolutely crucial part of Juventus’ success over the past three seasons. There’s a great infographic of his Juve accomplishments on their website and his career stats are absolutely incredible. Just one stat from it he’s averaged 71 passes per game with 87% accuracy, that is an unbelievably high success rate and that metronome-like consistency is what makes him one of football’s treasures.
Roberto Mancini has resigned as the manager of Galatasaray. He is likely making himself available for one of the jobs that will inevitably open up following the World Cup. This is all part of world football’s coaching carousel. If he does find an international job, it will be the first of his managerial career.
Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas has been found guilty of tax fraud by the Spanish tax authority. He has been ordered to repay €1.6 million for the use of his image rights, but he’s not the first top tier La Liga star to be accused of tax fraud and joins the ranks of Lionel Messi.
Bayern Munich has announced that they have agreed to contract extensions with Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller.
Marco Reus will be out until September with an ankle injury. Should return in the early stages of the Bundesliga campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
David Beckham’s stadium proposal to build a facility next to the American Airlines Arena on the waterfront was deemed to be inappropriate by the city. You wonder why clubs struggle to find support in Miami.
Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas is set to move on a season long loan to Cologne. Deal should see Kalas receive consistent first team football.
Terry Butcher has been sacked following his season which saw Hibernian relegated from the Scottish First Division. Tales of his questionable dressing room tactics are circulating around the internet.
According to Real Sociedad President Jokin Aperribay, Arsenal are set to trigger a buy back clause for Carlos Vela. The deal would cost them £3.5 million if they were to trigger the clause.
Roma have rejected a €33 million bid from Bayern Munich for defender Mehdi Benatia.
Inter Milan have signed Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi. The 21 year old Argentinian scored 9 goals in 21 appearances last season.
The Birmingham Mail are reporting that Tim Sherwood is set to take the reins at West Brom, with that deal to be announced later this week.
World Cup News:
Top tier UEFA officials lined up to denounce Sepp Blatter yesterday. England FA director David Gill walked out of a meeting in Sao Paolo and said Sepp Blatter should step down. Dutch FA President Michael van Praag said “The image of FIFA has been tarnished by everything that has happened over the last years. There are very few people who still take FIFA seriously and whatever way you want to cut and dice it, Blatter is responsible in the end.” Sepp Blatter will be making a speech later today in which he will announce whether or not he will seek a fifth term.
Ecuador has scheduled a friendly against Porto Alegre in order to clear Antonio Valencia’s red card that he received in last week’s friendly against England.
Luis Suarez is training in double and triple sessions in order to return to fitness following knee surgery on May 22. Coach Oscar Tabarez said if it was up to him, he would play him tomorrow.
The Mirror ran a disturbing report of child prostitution at the World Cup. Tell the story of children addicted to crack and inhalants such as glue selling themselves for sex. This disgusting practice is an unseen cost of the beautiful game. The economic incentives are there for pimps and drug dealers to force these children into it, and this is another example of how the Brazilian government fails their people in many aspects.
Portugal solidly defeated the Republic of Ireland 5-1. Hugo Almeida scored just two minutes into the match and it never really improved for the Irish. Richard Keogh scored an own goal 18 minutes later before Almeida struck again in the 37th. Ireland did manage one goal 7 minutes after halftime from James McClean. Portugal followed that up with goals from Vierinha and Fabio Coentrao.
Two MLS matches are scheduled for tonight,
Montreal Impact will face DC United
Portland Timerbers will meet FC Dallas
Two NWSL Women’s League matches going on as well between
The Boston Breakers vs. the Washington Spirit
Houston Dash face off against the Western New York Flash