The BBC is reporting that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and owner Stan Kroenke met on Monday, and a decision was relayed to the board to hand Wenger a new contract for two more years. This is the first season since Wenger’s first in 1996 that Arsenal have finished outside of the top four and will miss the Champions League, sitting at fifth. The Gunners did secure the FA Cup on Saturday over Premier League champion Chelsea.
After going to the Champions League quarterfinals and winning the German Cup this season, Borussia Dortmund have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel. The decision was reportedly made Tuesday after a conversation with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, sports director Michael Zorc, and Tuchel’s advisor Olaf Meinking. Tuchel may now be one of the hottest names on the coaching market, already linked to Arsenal (too late!) among other clubs.
Zinedine Zidane, ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus, discussed the hype and media attention to the decision of whether to play Gareth Bale, who has been declared fit for the match, or Isco, who has been in excellent form his last few matches in La Liga and the Champions League. Real Madrid clinched the La Liga title over the weekend, beating out Barcelona at the top of the table, and Madrid now hope to add yet another Champions League trophy to their success this season.
United States manager Bruce Arena has decided Tim Howard will start for the USMNT’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobego and Mexico. Howard was the starter for the qualifiers in March against Honduras and Panama, and he admitted he was not 100 percent for those games. Now that he is fit, Arena has decided to stick with the hot hand over the likes of Brad Guzan.
Huddersfield Town has secured promotion to the Premier League, and will play in the top flight of English soccer for the first time since 1972 (the first time ever being in the Premier League). After finishing 19th in the Championship last season, Huddersfield beat Reading 4-3 on penalty kicks in the play-off final on Monday. Check out the scenes at Wembley from beIN Sports in the link below, because it’s absolutely incredible.
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