Monday 8 June
Michael Mancienne opened the scoring for England U21team tonight, in the opening minute, as they warmed up for their European championship by beating Azerbaijan 7-0.
Kaka had been confirmed as a Real Madrid player in a transfer that sets a world record in pounds but because of the shifting exchange rate not in Euro.
Tuesday 9 June
Alexandre Pato has said he will decide his future after the Confederations Cup in South Africa, he apparently said he would talk to Ancelotti before making up his mind: “I repeat, however, that I will speak first to Ancelotti, then to the Milan directors. My future will be clear at the end of June”.
Luiz Felipe Scolari will be spending a year in Uzbekistan. He has been named the head coach of Uzbek champions Bunyodkor. And, no we don’t make this stuff up; we just do our best with the spelling. He succeeds Zico who won the double with the club before moving on to CSKA. Rivaldo, one of Phil’s 2002 Brazil team plays for the club.
Manchester City will try to wheedle £10m as a development fee for Daniel Sturridge if he signs for us as a free agent this summer. An FA tribunal will decide the actual amount but £10m sounds steep for ‘developing’ a player.
Good luck getting to Wembley tomorrow; the tube strike goes ahead.
Wednesday 10 June
England 6:0 Andorra
Superstition seems to over take World cup campaigns to the extent that despite being ten points clear at the top of group six few are willing to actually talk about going to the finals. Rooney scored two either side of a fine Frank Lampard strike in the first-half, a half in which Andorra literally failed to cross the half-way line. Defoe scored two and Crouch bundled one of the second-half goals.
Half-time and the squad members from 1966 received their winners medals. Congratulations to Peter Bonetti and the rest of the boys.
Ukraine beat Kazakhstan in the group’s other game.
Rumours that £45m would buy Sergio Agüero from Atlético Madrid might just be scuppered by reports of £11m a year wage demands.
Ricardo Carvalho played an hour for Portugal but Deco and Bosingwa sat out the away draw with Estonia. Nil-nil with Estonia; Portugal are really not very good at the moment and it makes a sad sight to see Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Carlos Queiroz in such a mess. The only mystery is that Queiroz still has a job.
Guus Hiddink’s day job seems to be going okay. Alexander Kerzhakov scored twice for Russia in a 3-0 demolition of Finland. Russia are now only a point behind Germany and the two meet in October. Should Russia fail to qualify or in the play-offs, Guus could be available in November. Or is that wishful thinking.
And that is it; the 2008/09 football season ends here. Bring us a Pimm’s.
Thursday 11 June
Real Madrid have their man; Manchester United agreed a £80m fee for Christiano Ronaldo and have grumpily announced they want the matter settled by the end of the month. Kaka’s transfer record, if it was a record, didn’t last long.
The deal means we will have heavy competition for any players we approach as Alex Ferguson will probably spend his summer trumping anything we offer.
Deco is not happy: “I would like to return to work with Mourinho, he is synonymous with success and I would be very happy … I have a contract with Chelsea, but I know there are offers from other clubs, I want to find a club where I can again take joy from playing. I did not like the experience at Chelsea”; bye then.
Friday 12 June
Paulo Maldini has been spotted talking to the new boss and Roman, so rumours started up instantly that he will coach alongside Butch. We’ll wait and see, Ray had better not ask to see his medals, he could be there all day – five European cup, seven league.
Saturday 13 June
Didier Drogba scored an eighth-minute opener for Ivory Coast in their charity match with Cameroon. The event was designed to raise funds for victims of the stadium disaster in March that killed 19 fans.
The Elephants won the match 2-1.
Sunday 14 June
The confederation’s cup jamboree kicked off in South Africa with the hosts drawing a forgettable match with Iraq before Spain walloped New Zealand 5-0. It is comforting to think that while Liverpool. Real, Arsenal and Barcelona players are going to be burning calories in the World cup warm-up event, our team are almost all on the beach.
Monday 15 June
Internazionale confirm they want both Deco and Ricardo Carvalho, negotiations are on going. Inter’s president, Massimo Moratti, said Mourinho had asked for both players and intended to use Carvalho primarily in Europe and for Deco to mentor some of their younger midfielders.