The group in Sacramento that has been bidding to get the city a team in Major League Soccer, Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, has officially completed acquiring USL side Sacramento Republic FC. This comes shortly after Nashville Soccer Holdings LLC took a majority interest in Nashville SC, also with the intent of bringing the club to the MLS. Now Sacramento officially has an identity for their dreams of expansion.
German federal prosecutors have determined there was no terrorist motive in the attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco. A 28-year-old German-Russian man was arrested in April, and prosecutors have said that he took out a loan to bet Dortmund’s shares would drop, then attacked the bus and tried to disguise it as a radical terrorist attack. Prosecutors say the attack was only in financial interests and not "a crime against the state of particular significance."
Manchester United have a lot riding on their Europa League Final match in Stockholm on May 24. It is now officially their only chance of qualifying for the Champions League, and if United miss out on the UCL for the second consecutive year, that would trigger a loss of £21 million in their contract with Adidas, or 30% of this season's anticipated £70m annual payment. The Champions League itself also would add £30 million if they were to qualify.
Ahead of the Italian Cup Final on Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Juventus and Lazio both met with Pope Francis and received a blessing. This comes on the heels of Juventus’ 3-1 loss to Roma, cutting their Serie A lead to four points with two games to play. Juventus, with the Champions League Final, Cup Final, and lead in Serie A, are still in place for a potential treble, while Lazio sit 15 points back of Juventus in 4th.
Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola said had he had his current season with Barcelona or Bayern Munich, they would have fired him. He also said that if he does not bring home some silverware next season, he will be fired by Manchester City.
"Pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend [myself with]. At that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out, like Barcelona or Bayern Munich. There you have to win by far. If not, they don't give you a second chance.”
Manchester City are four points away from a Champions League spot and currently sit in fourth in England.
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