We're less than a week away from the Champions Shield match up between Sporting Kansas City and Manchester City at Sporting Park, and today, the EPL champions announced their travel roster for the game. Unfortunately for a lot of people, there's going to be disappointment as none of City's 10 players that were at the World Cup are on the roster.
With many players having now returned from the World Cup, transfer season has well and truly kicked off. Here's a roundup of all the latest transfer talk from the Premier League and major European leagues.
First up – a few done deals.
Manchester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Málaga on a three-year deal.
Arqueros: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich), Fraser Forster (Celtic). Defensores: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).
There were some marvelous scenes at the Etihad from Manchester City's Premier League win yesterday, especially for manager Manuel Pellegrini.And indeed, the Chilean deserves all the praise after achieving a remarkable feat during his first season in England. Simply Increíble!
Minutes before the trophy celebration at Etihad Stadium to crown Manchester City as Premier League champions, City footballers Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart were interviewed, where they shared their glee at winning the 2013/14 title.
Watch the interviews here:
Joe Hart Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero Pablo Zabaleta
WATCH Post-Match Interviews With Manchester City Players After Winning Title [VIDEO] is a post from World Soccer Talk.
American comedian and actor Kevin Hart visited Manchester City today. And he took time out from his busy schedule to take keeper Joe Hart down a peg or two. The Real Husbands of Hollywood star scored a penalty against Hart. Although it wasn't the cleanest strike you've ever seen, he tucked it into the corner.
A Lionel Messi penalty and a late Dani Alves strike gave Barcelona a comfortable 2-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to leave Paris Saint-Germain on course for the quarter-finals after their 4-0 win at ten-man Bayer Leverkusen.
After a goalless first half in Manchester the match and tie turned in the 53rd minute when City defender MartÃn Demichelis was sent off for pulling down Lionel Messi when he was through on Joe Hart.
Starting at St James' Park, where the most controversial decision of the weekend took place. Newcastle's Cheick Tiote hit a superb strike, which flew into the net, following a corner. There were three Newcastle players in an offside position as the ball left Tiote's boot. As soon as the Newcastle players and fans celebrated the goal, Manchester City goalkeeperJoe Hart appealed for offside to the assistant referee.
After scoring at the right end of the pitch for Manchester City, centre-half Vincent Kompany then produced this moment of well, sheer bad-luck induced flukery to chip Joe Hart in the City goal and level the scores at 2-2. The Citizens still went on to win the game 4-2 but what a bizarre OG from the Belgian superstar!
Manchester City advanced to the semi-finals of the League Cup on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory at Leicester, and Joe Hart once again impressed. The English keeper, dropped from the City side following a costly error late on in the October 27 loss to Chelsea, has been outstanding in European and League Cup matches since his demotion.
Manchester City midfielder James Milner produced this lovely dinked finish over team-mate Joe Hart in training. The England international coolly lifted the ball over the under-fire keeper with that trademark James Milner flair...
Man City vs Tottenham: Possible Starting Line-ups + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sunday's early kick-off at the Etihad Stadium sees a meeting of two sidesboth desperate to a return to form, after two dismal loses last time around. Defensively-shaky Man City lost their way at Sunderland, while goal-shy Spurs were undone atNewcastle.
Joe Hart's heroics at Wembley on Tuesday against Germany intensified the debate currently grappling Manchester City supporters. Should the Manchester City net-minder be replaced permanently by a long-term transfer target or should he be temporarily replaced to simply get through 2013-14? Media reports have raised the possibility of Julio Cesar, a top keeper who has been dropped completely by QPR, joining Manchester City on short-term deal.
Manchester City's Joe Hart has not played for the club since the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea. He has missed the last four matches after Manuel Pellegrini finally lost patience with the England number one. He has committed numerous mistakes in 2013 and the final minute error against Chelsea seems one too many for the 26-year-old.
The loss to Chelsea late on October 27 at Stamford Bridge was the last time England's national team goalkeeper Joe Hart defended his club side Manchester City. Ever since that defeat City's manager Manuel Pellegrini has opted for Romanian international Costel Pantilimon.
Although not everyone is thinking twice whether Hart should continue as the number one both at City and at the Three Lions.
England 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Roy Hodgson has named England's second youngest ever squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, whilst also keeping a solid backbone of experienced players. English goalkeepers have become renowned for high-profile errors in recent tournaments, but having won the league with Manchester City after an early season dip in form Joe Hart will be hoping to live up to his potential in Brazil.
England 3-0 Peru Friendly International 30th May 2014
England secured a comfortable 3-0 win against Peru at Wembley, with Daniel Sturridge's superb curling opener the stand-out moment in a game which saw the visitors spend most of the game defending in numbers.
The 37 players fighting for a place in England's World Cup 2014 squad is a post from: Just Football
It's not time to panic. Well that's according to Roy Hodgson at least, and whilst he is in theory right, back-to-back home defeats for the first time since 1977, without a goal scored, can hardly be counted as ideal preparation for a World Cup.
England 0 Germany 1: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker scored the only goal of the game as England succumbed to their second home defeat in the space of a week on Tuesday night, this time to old enemies Germany.
Roy Hodgson and Joachim Low have both experimented with different players in their friendly fixtures of late, with the respective nations looking to find their best squad ahead of next summer's World Cup.
Despite the return of Cesc Fabregas to full training on Tuesday, Barcelona could be without one of their central midfield starlets for this Saturday's match against Granada.
Already having missed the Spanish National Team's trip to Africa for a pair of friendlies, midfielder Xavi Hernandez has continued to struggle to overcome a thigh injury, having trained on the side for the last few days.
England against Germany has always been a big game, be it the 1966 World Cup Final, the famous 5-1 victory in Munich in 2001 or any of the numerous big games - almost too many to mention - that have gone the way of the Germans instead.
The last of these, the World Cup encounter in Bloemfontein, happened well over three years ago.
I did think Joe Hart's reaction was a little bit OTT however having seen George Boyd spitting at the England number one I think he held his cool quite well. Can't say I would have done the same? It's the scummiest thing anyone can do to a fellow human being and Boyd deserves a lengthy ban.
On a whistle-stop tour of England to promote his new film, US comedian Kevin Hart dropped into Carrington on his way to Manchester to catch up with his 'cousin' Joe, and even took the time to bury a penalty past the flip-flop-clad England 'keeper despite having never played soccer before in his entire life.
In which Man City stars Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart, David Silva,Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, James Milner, Matija Nastasic and Paddy Vieira cheerfully nick a small child's football and then proceed to play a gigantic game of keepy-uppies around various bits of New York in a promo viral for the club's imminent New York City FC tie-in MLS venture thing.
Alan Pardew was furious with referee Mike Jones at half time after he had disalloweda fantastic CheckTiote strike, as the ball flew like greased lightning into the back of the net and Joe Hart was never going to get to that ball, and he hardly moved. Alan Pardew confronts referee Jones at half time Three [.
The shot by Cheick Tiote that went like a rocket into the back of the net in the first half today gave Joe Hart no chance at all, and Joe didn't even have time to dive for the ball. Cheick Tiote doesn't understand referee's decision neither do we But the assistant referee disallowed [...]
It was pretty clear last season that new Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini was not as enamored with Joe Hart as many pundits and England fans were. A series of poor games to start to the season saw Hart dropped for Costel Pantilimon.
The move seemed to work as Hart came back from the benching and was one of City't best players the second half of the season.