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Lyon to appoint sporting director to assist under-fire Genesio

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Lyon (AFP) – Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas on Tuesday defended under-fire coach Bruno Genesio while at the same time announcing the recruitment of a new sporting director.

Lyon - Europa League semi-finalists - are fourth in Ligue 1 and have failed to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Roma appoint Monchi as new sporting director

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Milan (AFP) – Roma are hoping to benefit from “one of the best minds in world football” after appointing former Sevilla goalkeeper Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, as the club’s new sporting director on Monday.

“On behalf of myself and the entire AS Roma team, we welcome Monchi to our family and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship as we begin an exciting new era at the club,” said Roma president James Pallotta.

Roma appoint Monchi as new sporting director

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Milan (AFP) – Roma are hoping to benefit from “one of the best minds in world football” after appointing former Sevilla goalkeeper Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, as the club’s new sporting director on Monday.

“On behalf of myself and the entire AS Roma team, we welcome Monchi to our family and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship as we begin an exciting new era at the club,” said Roma president James Pallotta.

Sevilla slide continues in Sporting stalemate

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Madrid (AFP) – An unsettling week for Sevilla ended with another disappointing result as they were held 0-0 at home by Sporting Gijon, leaving them fourth in La Liga on Sunday.

In the wake of Sporting director Monchi’s decision to leave the club after 17 years, Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli cast doubt on his future before kick-off with Argentina reportedly interested in hiring him to salvage their floundering World Cup qualifying campaign.

Sevilla slide continues in Sporting stalemate

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Madrid (AFP) – An unsettling week for Sevilla ended with another disappointing result as they were held 0-0 at home by Sporting Gijon, leaving them fourth in La Liga on Sunday.

In the wake of Sporting director Monchi’s decision to leave the club after 17 years, Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli cast doubt on his future before kick-off with Argentina reportedly interested in hiring him to salvage their floundering World Cup qualifying campaign.

No contact over Argentina job, insists Sampaoli

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli insisted on Saturday he has not been approached to take over Argentina.

However, Sampaoli refused to quash rumours over his future after sporting director Monchi announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.

“I am only focused on the game on Sunday against Sporting (Gijon) and it’s something that they have to resolve in Argentina,” said Sampaoli.

Monchi leaves Sevilla amid Roma reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla said Thursday that highly respected sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, better known as “Monchi”, was leaving the club after guiding it through its most successful era.

Spanish media reports say Monchi, who has admirers across Europe, will go to Roma in Italy in a similar role.

Monchi leaves Sevilla amid Roma reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla said Thursday that highly respected sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, better known as “Monchi”, was leaving the club after guiding it through its most successful era.

Spanish media reports say Monchi, who has admirers across Europe, will go to Roma in Italy in a similar role.

Barcelona legend wants Marseille to have ‘soul’ of 90s success

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Marseille (AFP) – Everyone keeps asking Andoni Zubizarreta, a Barcelona legend, why he joined Olympique Marseille and when they are going to unveil the next Lionel Messi.

“That is the first question that Patrice Evra asked when I went to Turin to sign him up,” the Spanish goalkeeper hero and now sporting director at the French giants told AFP in an interview.

Klopp says buck stops with him as Liverpool name sporting director

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London (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stressed he would have the "final say" over which players were bought and sold at Anfield after the Merseysiders announced Friday their newly-created post of sporting director.

Michael Edwards, who previously held backroom roles as Liverpool's head of analytics, director of technical performance and technical director has the new role.

Zubizarreta named Marseille sporting director

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Marseille (AFP) Former Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta was named sporting director of French giants Marseille on Thursday, club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud confirmed.

Zubizarreta previously served the same role at Barcelona from 2010 to 2015 and helped the Spanish champions recruit Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Zubizarreta named Marseille sporting director

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Marseille (AFP) Former Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta was named sporting director of French giants Marseille on Thursday, club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud confirmed.

Zubizarreta previously served the same role at Barcelona from 2010 to 2015 and helped the Spanish champions recruit Neymar and Luis Suarez.

FC Barcelona

Barca Sporting Director Claims Messi Going Nowhere

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Lionel Messi's future remains at Barcelona, insists their sporting director Ariedo Braida.

The Argentine star's contract runs out in 2018 and he is yet to commit to a new a deal with the Spanish league leaders.

But the club's sporting director is unconcerned, and is certain that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will be at Barca for years to come.

Does Andoni Zubizarreta deserve to remain Barca's Sporting Director?

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Andoni Zubizarreta, the legendary Spanish and FC Barcelona keeper was the choice of Sandro Rosell to head Barca's sporting area. The choice looked pretty reasonable at that time and was deemed to be a sure shot winner for Rosell. Andoni was doing a good job at Athletic Bilbao and his stature as a club legend would have only made it easy to pick him.

Major League Soccer

SBI MLS Season Preview: Philadelphia Union

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For the first time in a few years, there is good amount of positive energy coming out of Chester, Pennsylvania and its surrounding area as the Philadelphia Union embark on a new Major League Soccer campaign.

The reinvigorated approach to the season comes from the top and new sporting director Earnie Stewart, who moved to the Union from AZ Alkmaar at the end of the 2015 regular season.

Berhalter named Crew head coach, sporting director

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A former MLS player has indeed won the Columbus Crew head coaching sweepstakes. It is just not who everyone was thinking.

The Crew have named Gregg Berhalter their new head coach and sporting director, making him the first person in franchise history to hold both distinctions.

Reports: Peter Nowak Front Runner To Take Over As Polish Football Association (PZPN) Sporting Director?

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If Peter Nowak is used as an example, one does not need to participate in failed hostile venture capitalism endeavors to rise out of failure.

The former Philadelphia Union head coach left Major League Soccer controversially after leading his third year club into ruin after a surprising run of form in 2011 that ended with a short playoff experience.

Werder Bremen

Major Link Soccer: Good-looking Yedlin

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The former Sounder is objectively one of the best-looking people on the planet.

Seattle

As Sounders fans know well, DeAndre Yedlin has one of the world's most attractive faces. That's a good looking kid.

Anyone who witnessed the first half of the Seattle Seahawks match game Sunday morning saw what an NFL team does to a grass field.

Werder Bremen sporting director confident of Jordan Morris signing

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Morris trial with Werder Bremen is nearly up, but they've seen enough to focus on contract details rather than if he suits them.

News out of Germany has Werder Bremen confident that they can sign both Jordan Morris and midfielder László Kleinheisler, their Hungarian 21-year-old target. Sporting director Thomas Eichen, the equivalent of a general manager with most European teams, says that it is a matter of "when" the two prospects sign their deals, but the contracts are not yet final.

Transfer Rumors

United target could leave Bayern this summer

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Bastian Schweinsteiger could leave Bayern Munich this summer, according to Matthias Sammer, the club's sporting director.

The 2014 World Cup winner has spent his whole career with the Bavarian giants but has been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last couple of years, with rumours intensifying in the last month or so.

Lazio rule out RVP move

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Robin Van Persie will not join Lazio this season, the Serie A outfit'ssporting director said on Wednesday, dismissing rumours that wanted the Dutchman close to a move to the Italian capital.

Earlier this month, Van Persie, who has struggled for form last season, claimed that he wanted to play regularly next season, hinting that his future might lie away from Old Trafford.

Arsenal

Arsenal’s next most important signing should be this German sporting director

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Is the lack of a Sporting Director hurting Manchester United and Arsenal?

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Is the lack of a Sporting Director hurting Manchester United and Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The role of a Sporting director in football is one of the major changes that has slowly spiralled into top English clubs, a trend that has been existent in Europe and USA. Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are some of the top clubs in this country that have a sporting director in place and many believe that a lions-share of the club's recent success in the transfer market and in turn on the pitch, is down to the such radical appointments.

The Rest

Wednesday Kickoff: Totti, Eriksen, World Cup 2030 and more

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One of the game's best appears close to retirement while one star's agent discussed ongoing transfer rumors.

New Roma sporting director Monchi says Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season and take up a new role with the club. (REPORT)

Christian Eriksen's agent says the player's sole focus is on Tottenham, not on reported interest from Barcelona.

Jose Mourinho wants Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta to join him at Man Utd

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Prospective new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eager to bring Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta to Old Trafford to work...

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D.C. United versus Montreal Impact preview: Teams both young and old

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In which we talk to Sofiane Benzaza in the lead-up to this Saturday's game between Montreal and D.C.

With D.C. United welcoming the Montreal Impact to town, we got in touch withSofiane Benzaza ofMount Royal Soccer to preview the game. Below are the questions and the answers

Questions for Mount Royal Soccer

B&RU: Joey Saputo came out this week and said that big changes were coming for the Montreal Impact; any idea as to what those might be?

Confirmed interest in Ando

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This morning's papers were filled with claims that Anderson was one of the players David Moyes was hoping to offload this transfer window.

He will be pleased to hear then that Fiorentina's sporting director, Daniele Prade, has confirmed the club's interest in signing Ando.

Having only started two games this season, it is clear that he is not wanted or needed by the club, but it has been reported the Brazilian would be loaned out, with a view to a permanent deal.

Berhalter hoping to bring Crew back into MLS limelight

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Gregg Berhalter era has begun for the Columbus Crew, and what an era it could shape out to be.

Berhalter was surprisingly named the Crew's new head coach and first sporting director on Wednesday, and he is tasked with turning around a club that has lost some of its luster in recent years.

Red Bulls dump Backe, hire Roxburgh as sporting director

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Hans Backe has coached his last game with the New York Red Bulls.

The Swedish head coach was dumped by the New York Red Bulls on Friday, less than a day after the team was ousted from the MLS playoffs in dramatic fashion. The Red Bulls announced that they would not be renewing Backe's contract after three seasons in charge of the Red Bulls.