Football Association hold England boss talks with Bruce, Sunderland fans recruit X-Factor hopeful to keep Big Sam, and Spanish club produce first ever scratch and sniff shirt…


1. The Football Association have interviewed Hull City boss Steve Bruce over the vacant England manager position. Despite the approach, Bruce, who led the Tigers to promotion from the Championship last season, is not considered a favourite for the position, with Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce still the leading candidate.

2. Sticking with Hull City, the club has been left with just fourteen senior outfield players currently fit after an injury to full-back Moses Odubajo, who is ruled out for at least six months.

3. Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the Bavarian club are in talks with Borussia Dortmund regarding a potential transfer of Mario Götze. Götze, 24, left Dortmund for Bayern in 2013 but has struggled for game time at the German champions. Bayern are understood to be holding out for £20 million for the German World Cup 2014 winner.

4. Italian giants Juventus have been ordered to pay £2m for selling shirts with three gold stars on them. Tradition dictates that a star is added for every ten league titles a club wins. However, before the offending shirt was produced, ‘The Old Lady’ were stripped of four championships, meaning their total was reduced below the 30 required to boast three stars (DreamTeamFC).

5. Chesterfield have produced a tie to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary. Now, there is nothing particularly notable about that until you look at the picture on their website. In their infinite wisdom, Spirites’ officials have chosen to use a topless, decapitated mannequin to advertise the garment (ChesterfieldFC).

6. Brazilian legend Pelé has released a song to celebrate his home country hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. It’s perhaps not likely to trouble the top ten, but when you’re Pelé you can do whatever you want creatively (Standard).

7. Following Marc Wilmots’ departure from the Belgium manager’s job after his team were beaten by Wales in the quarter-final stage of Euro 2016, the Belgian FA have taken the unusual step of advertising the vacancy on their website (BBCSport).

8. Possibly inspired by England having the famous three lions on their shirts, Italian club Avellino have revealed their new away kit with a big cartoon dragon on it. All together now, ‘One dragon on a shirt…’ (SoccerBlogs).

9. In an effort to stop Sam Allardyce leaving to become the new England manager, Sunderland supporters have enlisted the help of former X-Factor contestant Wagner (ChronicleLive).

10. And finally…Spanish club CD Leganés have released the world’s first scratch and sniff football shirt. It is unclear what the scent used is; we just hope it isn’t the post-match dressing room, otherwise, they’re unlikely to sell any… (Mirror).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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