FOOTBALLS UPDATES

Compiled by Miracle Ogunde

-Switzerland have been eliminated in all of their five quarter-finals at World Cups or Euros – this is the most any European nation has featured in quarter-finals of major tournaments without ever participating in a semi-final.

-England scored all five of their penalties against Switzerland, just the second time in 10 major tournament shootouts that England have scored 100% of their penalties, also doing so at EURO 96 vs Spain (4/4).

-England have scored 5/5 penalties and won a shootout for the first time at a major international tournament.

-Gareth Southgate has now reached the semi-final of the men’s European Championship as many times as every other England manager combined (2).

-Gareth Southgate has now reached the semi-final of the men’s European Championship as many times as every other England manager combined (2).

-Bukayo Saka is the first ever Arsenal player to score for England at both the Men’s World Cup and the European Championships. He’s also the first Arsenal player to score in the knockout rounds at the Men’s European Championships.
A huge goal for the Three Lions.

-England have had as many shots on target at EURO 2024 as Poland (13). Poland were the first side to be knocked out of the tournament.

-Youngest players to start for England in a quarter-final at a major international tournament:
◉ 18Y 244D – Wayne Rooney vs. Portugal (2004)
◉ 19Y 78D – Kobbie Mainoo vs. Switzerland (2024)
Kobbie wasn’t even born when Rooney set the record.

-France players have managed to score zero goals from an expected 8.18 non-penalty xG at Euro 2024!

-Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score with any of 23 shots at EURO 2024, the most attempts by a player without finding the net at a major tournament (World Cup or EURO) since the 2010 World Cup, when Lionel Messi had 29 shots without scoring for Argentina.

TRANSFER RUMOURS

-Manchester United held new talks with Joshua Zirkzee’s agent to discuss contract terms, salary, commission. Erik ten Hag spoke to Zirkzee on phone several times. United are discussing internally whether they want to proceed — €40m release clause, valid until August.

-Piotr Zielinski has signed in as new Inter player until June 2028, free transfer.

-Thiago Almada has been finally unveiled as new Botafogo player from Atlanta United for €20m package. Almada will join OL in January.

-Tottenham have rejected Milan’s first bid for Emerson Royal.

-Al-Ittihad has made Christophe Galtier its priority to succeed Marcelo Gallardo! The Saudi club offered him a contract of €36 million over 3 years.

-Dortmund have reached a total agreement with Pascal Groß on personal terms! Negotiations with Brighton are ongoing, with a possible transfer fee of €8-10m for the 33-year old.

-Watford are set to re-sign Moussa Sissoko on a two-year contract following his exit from Nantes.

-There is a growing feeling all parties want to get the Matthijs de Ligt to Manchester United deal done. Bayern are still demanding €50m with add ons, but De Ligt is in talks with no other club.

-Lazio have signed Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (23) on loan from Hatayspor, with an obligation to buy. He began his career at the Man City academy and is now set to play in Serie A.

-Manchester United are now progressing in contract talks with Joshua Zirkzee’s agent! His €40m release clause is valid until August.

-Barcelona are considering a move to re-sign defender Emerson Royal from Tottenham.

-Thiago Almada has joined the Eagle Group with Botafogo! He will join Lyon in January.

-Álex Pérez to Inter is already a done deal. The agreement with Real Betis is total. The transfer is a loan with a buy option for €500,000 + add ons.

-Girona are set to sign Man United midfielder Donny van de Beek for €500,000.


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