New England coach could be unveiled this week, Arsenal Ladies star Alex Scott’s 40-yard own goal and it’s competition time as four former internationals roll back the years
1. Reports suggest a new England manager could be appointed as early as this week, with Sam Allardyce, Eddie Howe and Jürgen Klinsmann amongst the front runners to succeed Roy Hodgson.
2. The managing director of Oxford City Football Club, Colin Taylor, was found dead at the club’s stadium on Sunday. Mr. Taylor had been a director at the club for fifteen years. Police have said there appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Taylor’s death.
3. South African side Mamelodi Sundowns edged to within one point of qualifying for the last four of the African Champions League with a 1-2 win against Egyptian side Zamalek in Cairo. Sundowns only qualified for the competition after DR Congo side Vita Club were expelled for fielding an ineligible player.
4. New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed he was “very happy” that the club have signed £30 million N’Golo Kanté from Leicester City, but was less impressed with his team’s performance in his first game in charge of the club as Chelsea slumped to a 0-2 loss away at Austrian side Rapid Vienna.
5. Cardiff City manager Paul Trollope is set to leave his role as a coach for the Wales national team to concentrate more on his new job with the Bluebirds. Former Fulham manager Kit Symons, who held the assistant manager position at Wales for three years previously, looks odds-on to replace Trollope as Chris Coleman’s number two.
6. Maybe a summer of fun and games with the Soccer AM team at Euro 2016 has affected Arsenal Ladies star Alex Scott, as she scored this incredible 40 yarder. Unfortunately for Arsenal, Scott scored at the wrong end… (Metro).
7. Breaking up is hard to do, and it certainly seemed to be that way for new Arsenal signing Takuma Asano who broke down in tears after playing his last game for former club Sanfrecce Hiroshima (WhoAteAllThePies).
8. Competition time now: Three former international stars rolled back the years in the most spectacular manner this weekend, but which was best? First up Ronaldinho; the World Cup winner scored five goals in his debut in the Indian Futsal League (Stuff). Then, still in India, Ryan Giggs showed he’s still got all of the tricks and flicks of his Manchester United heyday by bamboozling opposing defenders (Mirror). Or maybe you prefer ex-West Ham and England midfielder Joe Cole, who bagged this sublime overhead kick in MLS (CBSSports). Last but not least, who is going to tell Duncan Ferguson that his Everton training ground goal doesn’t top the lot? It’d be a very brave man to tell the fiery Scot that his effort isn’t the winner (DailyRecord).
9. And finally… a heart-warming moment as Stiliyan Petrov played his first game in an Aston Villa shirt four years after having his career cut tragically short by a debilitating illness (BirminghamMail).
By Chris Horricks (@Chrishorricks31).
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