Louis van Gaal has all but confirmed that he has retired from management after knocking back a potentially lucrative offer to coach in Asia.
The Dutchman has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last May, two days after winning the FA Cup.
However, what started as an extended sabbatical is now looking like a permanent retirement from football, with Van Gaal citing "family reasons" (believed to be the recent sudden death of his son-in-law) for not wanting to wade back into the mire at the age of 65.
The Champions League is UEFA’s biggest competition and arguably the most important club competition in the world. The competition as it is today is a rebranding of the old European Cup, with the 2015/16 Champions League the 24th season in the new format, and the 61st in the history of the tournament.
By now, you've likely seen or at least heard about Barcelona's tribute to Johan Cruyff. It came before the weekend's most watched soccer match -- Saturday's El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid -- after all, and was plenty impressive.
But the display Ajax and their fans put together was on a whole other emotional level, which makes sense as their connection to Cruyff was arguably even stronger and deeper.
As was almost inevitable, Inter Milan sacked Frank de Boer as their head coach yesterday after the Dutchman failed to completely restore one of European football's most preeminent sinking ships backto its former glory in the space of 85 days.
After the announcement was made, De Boer issued a brief statement lamenting the fact that he wasn't given more time to see his project through to completion.
Adesso è ufficiale. Il dopo Mancini è Frank de Boer: il 46enne tecnico olandese, ex Ajax, sbarca in Italia e sancisce, con la sua firma, l'inizio di quest'emozionante avventura sulla panchina dell'Internazionale. Contratto triennale per de Boer che, nel pomeriggio, sar presentato alla stampa presso il centro sportivo "Angelo Moratti".
Defenders do not usually get the glory like the strikers, but they are absolutely vital for a team to be successful. At the moment there are a lot of very talented young defenders plying their trade at top clubs around the world.
Below is a rundown of 5 centre backs under 22 years old who have the potential to become world class.
There were scenes of a decidedly dramatic nature over in the Netherlands this weekend, with PSV leap-frogging Ajax on the final day of the season to win their 23rd Eredivisie title at the last possible moment.
Having topped the table for months, Ajax went into the last round of games knowing thattheir superior goal difference meant a win over relegation-flirtingDe Graafschap would be enough to seal the championship in their favour.
Chelsea are looking to strengthen their midfield options this summer and it is being reported that the Premier League giants considering making an offer for the highly talented Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer.
Bazoer has attracted a lot of interest from several European heavyweights like Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich because of his outstanding performances this season and Chelsea are willing to submit an acceptable offer of around 31 million Euros for the Holland midfielder.
Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi has been linked with a move away from the Eredivisie this summer and it appears that Premier League giants Liverpool are monitoring the highly talented winger.
El Ghazi was being linked with a move to Serie A with AC Milan being the most probable destination. But now the reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that El Ghazi prefers a move to the Premier League and negotiations have begun with Liverpool.
The excitement around Anfield is bubbling ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s first summer transfer window since taking charge of Liverpool, and fans will be expecting a flurry of activity as the German looks to stamp his authority on the Reds squad.
The Premier League club has been linked with bids for a number of Europe’s brightest youngsters in recent weeks.
Borussia Mönchengladbach have made a new bid for young Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, but it still falls short of what the Premier League side are believed to be holding out for.
The 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him after a stellar 2015-16 season in Germany where he helped Gladbach reach the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds with a fourth place finish as one of their most prominent back four.
68 goals were scored across Europe in 24 games as the Europa League returned to action this week. There was drama aplenty as Italian giants Inter Milan and Ligue 1 leaders Nice won their first games of the group stage. Francesco Totti played his 100th European game as Roma stumbled to a 3-3 draw with Austria Wien, while a Paul Pogba-inspired Manchester United were too hot to handle for Fenerbahce.
With just a couple of points between themselves and Ajax at the top of the table, things are obviously beginning to get a little tense in the PSV camp as the Eredivisie title race rollson apace.
With an hour or so gone and the game still frustratingly goalless, PSV full-back Santiago Arias did his side no favours by picking up a second yellow for clambering all over Willem II defender Guus Joppen.