Monday 24 June
George Saville will start the year down at Brentford. He made a few appearances for Millwall last season and will look to impress after training with the first team last season. George will be a Bee until early January.
Tuesday 25 June
Todd Kane will be a Rover again as he signs a year-long loan deal with Blackburn. He spent the end of last season at the troubled Lancashire side and is starting to look the part.
Wednesday 26 June
Andre Schürrle is officially a Chelsea player. After teaching his name to the spellchecker over a year ago it is about time. We paid £18m to Bayer Leverkusen for the Germany forward, who is happy out wide or in the centre.
Jeffrey Bruma signed for PSV on a permanent contract after two hard seasons in Germany. Chelsea have insisted on a buy-back clause in his contract so you could describe this as the ultimate loan.
Meanwhile in Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti took the helm at Real Madrid with Laurent Blanc taking over at PSG. The Real Madrid job is as big a ticket as you can get and we wish Carlo all the best. Except, of course, in the Champions League final next year.
Paul Clement also joins the Real staff – from Chelsea’s backroom all the way to Real Madrid – Paul’s recent career would make an interesting film.
Meanwhile in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Uruguay played a typically amicable semi-final, in which Neymar only collapsed like he’d been shot every time an opponent was near. Why is it that the most naturally gifted players are so often cheating little so-and-sos? Brazil snuck the game 2-1 with a late header from a corner.
David Luiz was lucky the first-half penalty he conceded was saved. Oscar started but again looked peripheral and tired almost as if he’d been playing solidly for two years without a break.
Thursday 27 June
Spain and Italy played out a goalless classic in Brazil and topped it with a master class in penalty finesse (netting the first twelve kicks between them) before Spain eventually triumphed. Italy looked the better side for much of the match with customary Spanish possession not being used to construct chances. Italy missed a hatful of good opportunities to score and would have walloped Spain with a recognised striker. Gianluca Vialli watched from the studio and must wish he was ten years younger.
Torres played and made Spain’s best first-half chance and Mata was a scintillating substitute and scored his penalty.
Friday 28 June
Marco Marin has joined Seville on a season long loan. Much was expected of Marco Marin when he lit up the Weserstadon for Werder Bremen but injuries have limited his potential, hopefully a loan to Spain will be the perfect tonic.
We don’t often report rumours but transfer activity has been so thin that news we want Norwich City ’keeper John Ruddy comes as a ray of sunshine into our damp summer. We will have to offer more than £5m apparently if we want the 26-year-old stopper.
Meanwhile, Sepp Blatter, chief spume at Fifa, announced that he thinks the Confederations Cup has enhanced Fifa’s reputation despite the protests in Brazil. They have enhanced the reputation Fifa has as heartless, corrupt, venal morons who are out of touch with the game they govern with such contempt. Amid protests at the inequality in Brazilian society and the greed of football, Fifa chose this moment to announce the official champagne of the next World Cup; Taittinger in case you are thirsty.
It is to their eternal credit that the Brazil players, David Luiz to the fore, came out in support of the protesters.
The good thing is that Fifa cannot sue you for saying that they are corrupt because you can catch the stench even from the Old Bailey.
Saturday 29 June
England slumped out of the U20 World Cup losing 2-0 to Egypt. This summer the FA’s chosen coaches at U21 and U20 have contrived to win no matches against Italy, Norway, Israel, Iraq, Chile and now Egypt. Will they figure out that with most club sides using something foreign called tactics perhaps the England teams should as well. Or will we spend the next decade lumping it long into the channels for the big lad.
Sunday 30 June
Brazil whopped Spain in the Confederations Cup final and the Maracana chanted David Luiz’s name to the rafters after a breathtaking goalline clearance. Juan Mata and Fernando Torres started for Spain with Cesar Azpilicueta a second-half substitute while Luiz and Oscar started every match of the tournament for Brazil.
While it was entertaining to see Spain brought down a peg the refereeing in favour of Brazil was, at times, comical. They will win next year’s World Cup at a canter with bells on if they are afforded the licence to kick teams up in the air. At times this was like Stoke against Arsenal.
Once again as the lame BBC commentators trilled about how football brings the country together you could almost smell the tear gas. Demonstrators have been savagely attacked throughout by mindless police in an orgy of state violence with the cosy BBC idiots inside the Fifa press bubble barely bothering to report the anger on the streets. Embarrassing.