Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Barcelona (AFP) – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested on Tuesday in a money laundering operation related to image rights in the Brazilian national football team, a police spokesman told AFP. The operation was mainly carried out in the north-eastern region of Catalonia and for the moment “there are four or five detainees, including the former president of Barca, Sandro Rosell, and his wife,” the police spokesman said. The investigation focuses on “money laundering in companies linked to the image rights of the Brazilian football team,” police added. Businessman Rosell, 53, was manager of sporting goods giants Nike in Brazil and oversaw the contract for the national team to wear the US brand, before taking over as president of Barcelona in 2010. Rosell resigned as Barcelona president in 2014 after being charged over alleged tax fraud relating to the club’s signing of Brazil striker Neymar from Santos. He was Continue reading "Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe"

Ajax prodigy Kasper Dolberg: coached by Bergkamp, finishes like Van Basten

The 19-year-old Dane was deemed special before linking up with the Dutch legend at the club who face Manchester United in the Europa League final Marc Overmars knew he was watching something special when he first laid eyes on Kasper Dolberg. Jens Steffensen, a former Denmark international who has been Dolberg’s agent for more than four years, recalls: “After one day of his trial, he said to me: ‘We want to sign him.’ We went inside to phone Kasper’s parents and discuss what to do – but it didn’t take long to decide because Ajax has such a long history of Danish players coming through the system; we chose them. It was a very good match. His personal trainer now is Dennis Bergkamp.” Related: Ajax’s Justin Kluivert wants to be the best and not just famous for his dad Continue reading...

DeAndre Yedlin on finding his feet at Newcastle: ‘Benítez has been good for me’

The defender had a tough introduction to English football but now he is looking forward to the Premier League and a productive with the US team In the aftermath of Dwight Gayle’s goal for Newcastle United against Barnsley this month, a second cheer rang around St James’ Park. DeAndre Yedlin quickly flicked his gaze towards the home dugout in the hope the noise signified a late equalizer for Aston Villa against title challenging Brighton — it did. “Yeah, for sure, [it’s the most surreal game I’ve played in],” Yedlin told the Guardian afterwards, a league winner’s medal around his neck. “I heard a few cheers, one at the beginning of the game, and then the Barnsley fans were cheering [Brighton’s goal] and then at the end of the game it was odd because everyone was just silent. I didn’t know the game [at Villa Park] hadn’t ended yet, so everyone Continue reading "DeAndre Yedlin on finding his feet at Newcastle: ‘Benítez has been good for me’"

Premier League 2016-17 review: pundit of the season

Monday Night Football’s leading duo, a much-maligned staple of Match of the Day and a former Stoke defender feature here. Now post your suggestions Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst Continue reading...

Premier League 2016-17 review: gripe of the season

Dreadful defending at set pieces, broadcasting banal post-match tweets, Sky’s failed Friday night football experiment and more. Now post your suggestions Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Everton to land £25m Gylfi Sigurdsson?

Today’s rumours struggle to find the words David Moyes is to play a part in sourcing his successor at Sunderland. It’s the sort of plan that worked so well a few years ago at Manchester United, isn’t it. Names on his list include Ryan Giggs, Nigel Pearson, David Wagner, Alan Pardew, Garry Monk, Aitor Karanka, Slavisa Jokanovic and Paul Lambert. Perhaps Moyes should also consider Sir Alex Ferguson for a job that’s guaranteed to be a world of pain for whoever stupidly agrees to take it, just to see how he likes it. Meanwhile sprinting out of the Stadium of Light door, as though chasing a ball lumped straight down the middle because his team-mates have no other ideas left: Jermain Defoe. He’s making a break for it, in double-quick time, in the hope of getting as far away from the mess as possible. Bournemouth, 343 miles south, fits the bill perfectly. Continue reading...