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In the English Premier League, Brad Smith was on the bench for Bournemouth as they drew 1-1 with Leicester City.  

In the Championship Play-offs, Aaron Mooy played a full match for Huddersfield Town, scoring the 4th goal in a penalty shootout as they drew 1-1 after normal time, winning 4-3 on penalties.

In the League One Play-off final, James Meredith played a full match for Bradford City as they lost 1-0 to Millwall, keeping them in League One next season.

In the Premier League Cup, Liam Driscoll was on the bench for Reading U23 as they lost 2-0 to Swansea U23.

In the Irish First Division, Mark Griffin played a full match for Drogheda as they lost 5-0 to Cork City. Sean Eve for Wexford Youths.

Earlier in the week in the Scottish Premiership, Tom Rogic played a full match for Celtic, scoring the second goal as they won 5-0 over Partick Thistle where Ryan Edwards came off the bench at half time. Scott McDonald played a full match and Oliver Pain was on the bench for Motherwell FC as they won 3-1 over Kilmarnock.

Over the weekend in the Scottish Premiership, Oliver Pain was on the bench for Motherwell FC as they lost 3-2 to Inverness CT. Tom Rogic came off the bench at half time for Celtic as they won 2-0 over Hearts to finish the season undefeated. Ryan Edwards played a full match for Partick Thistle as they lost 5-0 to Aberdeen.

EUROPE

Earlier in the week in the Belgian Pro League, Matthew Ryan was on the bench for Genk as they won 3-1 over SV Roeselare.

Over the weekend in the Belgian Pro League, Matthew Ryan played a full match for Genk as they drew 1-1 with Lokeren.

In the Czech Liga, Gol-Gol Mebrahtu came off the bench in the 75th minute for Mlada Boleslav as they lost 2-1 to Slavia Praha. Aleksandar Susnjar played a full match for Teplice as they drew 0-0 with Jablonec.

Earlier in the week in the Danish Superligaen, Mustafa Amini played a full match for Aarhus GF as they won 3-1 over Esbjerg where Awer Mabil also played a full match.

Over the weekend in the Danish Superligaen, Awer Mabil came off the bench in the 63rd minute for Esbjerg as they drew 1-1 with Horsens

Earlier in the week in the Dutch Eredivisie, Jason Davidson played a full match and Ajdin Hrustic came off the bench in the 70th minute for FC Groningen as they lost 4-1 to AZ. Stefan Mauk was on the bench for NEC as they won 3-1 over Emmen.

Over the weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie, Jason Davidson played a full match and Ajdin Hrustic came off the bench in the 61st minute for Groningen as they lost 4-1 to AZ.

In the German Bundesliga, Mathew Leckie came off the bench in the 76th minute for Ingolstadt as they drew 1-1 with Schalke.

In the German Regionalliga, Andrew Marveggio played a full match for Borussia Hildesheim as they drew 1-1 with St Pauli II. Stefan Valentini was on the bench for Eintracht Braunschweiger II as they lost 2-1 to Wolfsburg II. Milislav Popovic started and played 75 minutes for Koln II as they lost 2-1 to Alemannia Aachen.

In the Hungarian NB I, David Williams played a full match for Szombathelyi Haladas, scoring the only goal for his side in a 2-1 loss to Ujpest.

In the Italian Serie A, Trent Sainsbury was on the bench for Inter Milan as they won 3-1 over Lazio.

In the Italian Serie B, Gabriel Cleur made his professional debut over the weekend coming off the bench in the 84th minute for Virtus Entella as they won 3-1 over Cittadella.

In the Lithuanian A Lyga, Evan Ridley was on the bench for Atlantas as they lost 1-0 to Jonava.

Earlier in the week in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, Alex Gersbach played a full match for Rosenborg BK as they lost 2-1 to Tromso.

Over the weekend in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, Alex Gersbach was on the bench for Rosenborg as they drew 1-1 with Lillestrom

In the Norwegian First Division, Dylan Murnane played a full match for Kongsvinger as they lost 3-2 to Arendal.

In the Russian 1. Division, Luke Wilkshere was on the bench for Dinamo Moscow as they won 2-0 over Tyumen.

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Scott Jamieson was on the bench for IFK Goteborg as they lost 1-0 to Djurgarden.

Earlier in the week in the Swiss Super League, Tomi Juric started and played 57 minutes for FC Luzern as they lost 3-0 to Lausanne Sport.

Over the weekend in the Swiss Super League, Tomi Juric played a full match for FC Luzern, scoring the first goal in a 3-2 win over Sion.

In the Turkish Super Lig, Aziz Behich started and played 55 minutes for Bursaspor as they lost 2-0 to Besiktas.

ASIA

In the Chinese Super League, Ryan McGowan played a full match for Guizhou Zhicheng as they won 1-0 over Guizhou Zhicheng.  

In the Hong Kong Premier League, Joshua Mitchell played a full match for Eastern, scoring the 4th goal in a 6-1 win over South China.

In the Indonesia Liga 1, Aaron Evans played a full match for Barito Putera as they won 2-0 over Gresik United. Dane Milovanovic played a full match for Madura United, scoring the 4th goal in a 4-1 win over PS TNI.

In the Japanese J1 League, Mitchell Duke came off the bench in the 63rd minute for Shimizu S-Pulse as they drew 3-3 with Urawa Reds. Milos Degenek played a full match for Yokohama Marinos as they drew 1-1 with Vegalta Sendai. Oliver Bozanic came off the bench in the 73rd minute for Ventforet Kofu as they lost 2-1 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

In the Korean K-League, Tomislav Mrcela played a full match for Jeonnam Dragons as they lost 1-0 to Ulsan. Matthew Jurman played a full match for Suwon Bluewings as they won 3-1 over Sangju Sangmu.

NORTH AMERICA

In the US USL, Harrison Delbridge played a full match for Cincinnati as they won 2-1 over Bethlehem Steel.

In the US NASL, Caleb Patterson-Sewell played a full match for Jacksonville Armada as they won 3-0 over San Francisco Deltas.

In the US Open Cup, Caleb Patterson-Sewell was on the bench for Jacksonville Armada as they won 2-1 over Miami United. Harrison Delbridge played a full match for Cincinnati as they won 1-0 in extra time over AFC Cleveland.

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Hulk Says He Likes Arsenal Now He’s Replacing Alexis Sanchez

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Anyone with a brain could have predicted that as soon as Hulk revealed that he was an Arsenal fan, he would be linked with a move there.

The forward, who currently earns an eye-watering £320k-per-week, recently claimed that it would be a dream to play in the Premier League.

“It’s always been a dream, it’s a very competitive championship and the stadiums are full in every game, no matter what the team, I always follow the league and I have always supported Arsenal,” he told Sport TV.

“[I’m a fan of] Wenger’s way of playing, but unfortunately he has not won trophies in recent years.”

Well, if the Spanish media are to be believed, this dream could come true.

According to Don Balon, the Gunners are planning to swoop for the £46m-Brazilian this summer in order to replace Alexis Sanchez, whose contract runs out in June 2018.

Alexis has been heavily linked with a move away from north London, with Bayern Munich said to be his preferred destination, and Hulk would certainly make a prolific replacement.

During his time at Porto, he scored 54 goals in 99 appearances, and at Zenit St. Petersburg he managed to net 56 in 97.

Whether Arsenal would be prepared or even able to pay his massive wages, however, is an issue.

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Liverpool’s Set to Compete in Premier League Asia Trophy

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will face former Premier League champions Leicester City, as well as West Brom and Crystal Palace at this year’s Premier League Asia trophy, as per a report in the Telegraph.

The prestigious Hong Kong tournament held in July will feature in Liverpool’s pre-season schedule as they look to prepare for the 2017/18 season.

Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace replace Shanghai SIPG who have pulled out of the tournament. This is the first time that the tournament will not feature a local representative.

The tournament failed in their hopes of persuading another top six club to take part, as Premier League champions Chelsea have already agreed to play Arsenal in a one-off friendly in Beijing.

Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City have too confirmed their pre-season plans as they all head to the United States, leaving Liverpool to take the role as the tournament’s big attraction.

This will be Liverpool’s second participation in the tournament, having finished as runners-up in 2007.

The Premier League is expected to release tournament details in the next few days, as all four Premier League clubs look to boost their profiles in Asia.

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Brazilian Stars on Show in All-Chinese Asian Clash

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Almost a quarter of billion dollars worth of Brazilian talent will be on the field in Shanghai on Wednesday as two Chinese Super League teams meet in the second round of the 2017 Asian Champions League.

Big names such as Hulk, Oscar, Alex Teixeria, Ramires and Elkeson have all helped Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning progress past the group stage to set up the first-ever all Chinese meeting in the tournament’s history.

With two-time winner Guangzhou Evergrande also in the last 16, China has more teams in the second round than ever before, with all three teams that started the tournament surviving the first round. It is another sign of the growing strength of the big spending Chinese league.

“We will have to be at our best when we play Jiangsu,” said Shanghai coach Andre Villas-Boas ahead of the first leg, which takes place on Wednesday with the return match in Nanjing a week later. “We know all about their quality and they know all about us. We have been playing well and we will have to continue that form.”

The two teams come into the game in very different situations. Hulk’s fifth league goal of the season helped the team to a 3-1 win in Friday’s Shanghai Derby at Shanghai Shenhua. The three points put SIPG second in the table behind Guangzhou.

Jiangsu, runner-up in the league in 2016, may have won its group with two games to spare but has been struggling at home.

After ten games of the season, Jiangsu is bottom of the 16-team league with just one victory, and speculation is growing in the Chinese media that the team’s coach Choi Yong-soo is in serious trouble.

“We haven’t been getting the results in the league but our form in the Asian Champions League has been good this season,” said Choi, who led FC Seoul to the 2013 final. “It will be a tough game against Shanghai but if we can get a good result there in the first leg we will have a good chance of going to the next stage.”

Despite the growing challenge from Chinese teams, Guangzhou Evergrande remains the only club to bring the trophy back to the country.

Under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guangzhou, which has won the last six Chinese Super League titles, is looking to become the first club to win three Asian Champions League tournaments. The first two came in 2013 and 2015.

Guangzhou was less impressive than Jiangsu or Shanghai in the group stage but leads the standings in China. It faces a tough task against Japanese champion Kashima Antlers, with the first leg at home.

Elsewhere in the eastern zone, the tournament is divided into two geographical regions that come together only in the final, Thai champion Muangthong United is preparing for the first knockout game in its history, against Kawasaki Frontale of Japan.

The 2007 champion, Japan’s Urawa Reds, travels to the South Korean island of Jeju to face Jeju United.

The pick of the ties in the western zone sees 2016 finalist Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates meeting Esteghlal of Iran.

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Ideye Levels for Tianjin Against Ighalo’s Yatai

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Brown Ideye in action for TEDA. Image: Goal

In a clash of Super Eagles strikers in the Chinese Super League, Brown Ideye scored in the second half as Tianjin Teda settled for a 1-1 draw against Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai Sunday.

Ideye, who completed a shock switch to TEDA in January, got his second league goal a minute into the second period to cancel out Sun Jie’s 16th minute opener for Yatai.

It was a ninth league appearance for the Nigerian international in the Chinese Super League this season as his compatriot John Obi Mikel continues to recuperate on the sidelines after a surgery to correct a back injury.

Ighalo failed to add to his two league goals this campaign despite playing the entire 90 minutes, and he was cautioned in the 76th minute, Goal writes.

The draw leaves Changchun Yatai 13th on the Chinese Super League log ahead of their visit to Hebei China Fortune F.C on May 27 while Tianjin TEDA, placed 11th, next visit Tianjin Quanjian the same day.

Both Ideye and Ighalo have been snubbed by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for the coming friendly internationals against Corsica and Togo, as well as the commencement of qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in June.

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Ideye Rescues Tianjin Teda From Defeat Against Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai

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The Super Eagles forward ensured the Tigers avoided their fifth loss of the season at the Development Area Stadium on Sunday

Brown Ideye scored his second league goal of the season as Tianjin Teda settled for a 1-1 draw against Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai.

The Nigeria international netted the equaliser a minute into the second half to cancel out Sun Jie’s 16th minute opener.

Ideye was on parade for the ninth time in the Chinese Super League this season while compatriot Obi Mikel continues recovery from his surgery on the sidelines.

Ighalo who also played for the entire duration of the game, was cautioned in the 76th minute.

Changchun Yatai are placed 13th on the Chinese Super League log and will visit Hebei China Fortune F.C on May 27 while 11th placed Tianjin Teda visit Tianjin Quanjian on May 27.

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Gregorio Manzano Leads Guizhou Zhicheng to Second Straight Chinese Super League Win

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Gregorio Manzano has galvanised Guizhou Zhicheng since taking over.

Nikica Jelavic scored his fifth goal of the season to give Gregorio Manzano his second straight win as Guizhou Zhicheng’s new head coach as Henan Jianye were beaten 1-0.

Jelavic netted with just six minutes remaining as Guizhou climbed to eighth in the standings while Henan remain just above the relegation spots in 14th place.

“The three points are crucial to both sides,” the former Atletico Madrid coach said. “We are working hard to get away from the relegation zone, so today every player has given his best to win the game.

“This win means a lot to us. It’s not easy for a team like us to win two successive games, so this is an achievement for us. We are very happy and I believe the fans are also very happy.”

Brown Ideye, meanwhile, scored just after the restart to earn Tianjin Teda a share of the points in a 1-1 draw against Changchun Yatai, after Sun Jie had given the home side the lead in the 16th minute.

The win moved Jaime Pacheco’s team into 12th place, one spot ahead of Changchun.

Michael Church has written about Asian football for more than 20 years and mainly covers the Chinese game for ESPN FC. Twitter: @michaelrgchurch

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Jelavic Strikes to Give Manzano Second CSL Win | Reuters

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By Michael Church
| HONG KONG

HONG KONG Nikica Jelavic scored the only goal of the game as Gregorio Manzano maintained a winning start to his tenure as Guizhou Zhicheng coach with a 1-0 win over Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League on Sunday.

Former Hull City and Everton striker Jelavic netted six minutes from time to ensure ex-Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan coach Manzano claimed a second successive win since his return to China this month.

“The three points are crucial to both sides,” said the Spaniard. “We are working hard to get away from the relegation zone, so today every player has given his best to win the game.

“This win means a lot to us. It’s not easy for a team like us to win two successive games, so this is an achievement for us. We are very happy and I believe the fans are also very happy.”

The result enabled Guizhou to climb up to eighth in the standings as six-times champions Guangzhou Evergrande continued to lead the way following their 2-1 win over Jiangsu Suning.

Brazilian striker Alan scored twice for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side, who moved on to 25 points and remain two clear of Shanghai SIPG, 3-1 winners of a fiery Shanghai derby against Shanghai Shenhua thanks to two late goals.

Wu Lei gave SIPG the lead only for Obafemi Martins to score to take the teams into the break level, but an 89th-minute goal by Hulk and an own goal from Li Yunqiu two minutes into injury time gave Andre Villas-Boas’s team all three points.

“I feel very sad now, the score is unacceptable,” said Shenhua coach Gustavo Poyet, who was without the injured Carlos Tevez for the fifth league game in a row.

“We had very obvious opportunities during the game but we didn’t seize them due to certain reasons.

“In the last 15 minutes both teams pulled open the formation. The ones who had ability to score were meant to win the game but that didn’t happen to us.”

Hebei CFFC moved into third place with a 2-0 win over Liaoning Whowin while Guangzhou R&F are in fourth after Dragan Stojkovic’s side went a fourth game without a win when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Beijing Guoan.

Shandong Luneng’s 1-1 draw with Yanbian Funde left them in fifth place while Alexandre Pato was on target for Tianjin Quanjian as Fabio Cannavaro’s side defeated Chongqing Lifan 1-0 to move up to seventh.

Brown Ideye cancelled out Sun Jie’s opener as Tianjin Teda shared the points with Changchun Yatai.

(Editing by Clare Fallon)

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Cameroon-Tribune

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Kimeng Hilton NDUKONG, in Beijing, China | 21-05-2017 07:33

Offering enticing transfer fees, wealthy club owners are signing on notable international names in the game. 


 


The Chinese Super League, CSL, is set for greater heights, if one were to go by the reckoning of former Indomitable Lions Captain, Stéphane Mbia. Mbia, 30, spoke to Cameroon Tribune on May 19, 2017 in the Chinese capital, Beijing. The former Turkish club, Trabzonspor defender last year signed for Hebei China Fortune reportedly for a transfer fee of 4.4 Million US Dollars (about 2.6 Billion FCFA).


“Hebei China Fortune is a good club; very ambitious. The level of Chinese football is high and the players are good. Simply put, the league is interesting and salaries are competitive,” Stéphane Mbia explained. “Chinese football has a great future because the authorities are working hard. For example, at least 50 football academies will be created in the next seven to 10 years to help develop the game,” he added. Mbia said he would encourage Cameroonian players to try the Chinese Professional League because he thinks they do not know much about it.  


The other Cameroonian in CSL this year is Christian Bassogog, the Most Valuable Player at the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon, which Cameroon won for the fifth time. The 21-year-old was sold to Henan Jianye FC by AaB Fodbold in Denmark reportedly for 8.7 million US Dollars (about 5 Billion FCFA). However, Stéphane Mbia and Christian Bassogog are not the first Cameroonian footballers to ply their trade in China. Others who have done so in the past include Clément Lebe, Albert Baning, Didier Njewel, Daniel Wansi, Aboubakar Oumarou, Jean-Paul Ndeki, William Paul N’Lend and Modeste Mbami.


The Chinese Super League has over the years become increasing irresistible as wealthy club owners splash huge sums to recruit international football stars – many still in their active careers – and also reputable, experienced coaches. Former Ivoirian Arsenal striker, Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi, better known as Gervinho, also moved to Hebei China Fortune from AS Roma last year for a fee of 18 Million Euros (about 11.8 Billion FCFA).


Also in 2016, Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder, Ramires, signed for Jiangsu Suning for a CSL record of 28 Million Euros (about 18.4 Billion FCFA). Inter Milan’s Colombian international, Fredy Guarin, last year joined Shanghai Greenland Shenhua for 11 Million Euros (about 7.2 Billion FCFA).


 



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Transfer Gossip: Robben, De Vrij, Davinson Sanchez – Transfer News – Serie A

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With many of European football’s big leagues wrapping up, the attention will soon turn firmly to the summer of transfer speculation.

Here, we look at three key transfers that could happen as clubs and players alike look for new moves and opportunities.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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Groningen want Arjen Robben to end his career in a fairy-tale fashion and finish at the club where it all started.

The winger first rose to prominence in the early 2000s at the Dutch minnows, before switching to PSV and then joining the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.

But Robben’s best years have been at Bayern Munich – and the 33-year-old celebrated his sixth Bundesliga title with the club on Saturday.

After another stellar season at the Allianz Arena, Robben has also courted interest from the Chinese Super League but Groningen want the star to return to his home town club this summer – according to Tuttomercatoweb.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Robben, himself, feels he can still play at the top for many more years and is a key player for Bayern, so it seems unlikely Carlo Ancelotti will allow him to leave.

Barcelona have launched a move to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, according to a report in Spain-based news outlet Sport.

The Catalan club see the Dutch international as a replacement for Javier Mascherano but face a fight with Manchester City to land the 25-year-old.

The former Feyenoord star has endured an injury-hit season with the Serie A club but is still very much on Barca’s radar and a bid of around €15m (AED61m) could be accepted.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The powerful centre-back would be a welcome addition to Barcelona’s squad and his presence in defence offers something completely different to what Blaugrana have at the moment. A decision is likely to be made once Barca appoint their new manager.

Ajax will face a fight to keep hold of centre-back Davinson Sanchez this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Colombian has been a rock at the heart of an impressive season for the Dutch giants – and as a result – is attracting interest from both Barcelona and Chelsea.

Sanchez is highly-rated and won’t come cheap to potential suitors across Europe.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: At just 20-years-old, the defender is fast becoming one of the hottest talents in European football – so expect an intense pursuit for his signature over the coming weeks and months.



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