Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.
Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.
The two stars could coexist at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the legendary Brazilian striker
Ronaldo: Cristiano and Neymar would be good together at Madrid
The two stars could coexist at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the legendary Brazilian striker
Brazil's Neymar, left, and Gabriel Jesus play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar, left, and Gabriel Jesus play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's Neymar, center, Philippe Coutinho, left, and Miranda fight for the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar, center, Philippe Coutinho, left, and Miranda fight for the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Thiago Silva play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Thiago Silva play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Chelsea's Willian controls the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Chelsea's Willian controls the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Neymar looks set to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17 after returning to training in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar returns to Brazil training
Neymar looks set to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17 after returning to training in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar looks set to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17 after returning to training in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar returns to Brazil training
Neymar looks set to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17 after returning to training in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar looks set to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17 after returning to training in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar returns to Brazil training
Neymar looks set to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17 after returning to training in Rio de Janeiro.
Happy returns: Neymar smiles as he trains with Brazil teammate Gabriel Jesus on Wednesday (AFP Photo/Mauro PIMENTEL)
Happy returns: Neymar smiles as he trains with Brazil teammate Gabriel Jesus on Wednesday
Happy returns: Neymar smiles as he trains with Brazil teammate Gabriel Jesus on Wednesday (AFP Photo/Mauro PIMENTEL)
The Selecao's fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian says their star man is ahead of expectations in his injury recovery
Neymar fitter than Brazil expected ahead of World Cup
The Selecao's fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian says their star man is ahead of expectations in his injury recovery
Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs Stade Rennes - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - May 12, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar celebrates winning Ligue 1 REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RC1D73787C90
Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs Stade Rennes
Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs Stade Rennes - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - May 12, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar celebrates winning Ligue 1 REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RC1D73787C90
Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs Stade Rennes - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - May 12, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar celebrates winning Ligue 1 REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RC1D73787C90
Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs Stade Rennes
Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs Stade Rennes - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - May 12, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar celebrates winning Ligue 1 REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RC1D73787C90
The Brazilian is keen to force through a switch to the Liga giants but the Portuguese says he is used to big-name players being linked to the club
Ronaldo responds as Neymar attempts to seal Real Madrid move
The Brazilian is keen to force through a switch to the Liga giants but the Portuguese says he is used to big-name players being linked to the club
Brazil's Neymar heads the ball during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Neymar back in training with Brazil ahead of World Cup
Brazil's Neymar heads the ball during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
In this photo released by the Brazilian Football Confederation, CBF, Brazil's soccer player Neymar undergoes physical and medical exams at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Neymar will be expected to play about 45 minutes of the friendly against Croatia in Liverpool on June 3, the first of two for Brazil before the World Cup. (Lucas Figueiredo/CBF via AP)
Neymar back in training with Brazil ahead of World Cup
In this photo released by the Brazilian Football Confederation, CBF, Brazil's soccer player Neymar undergoes physical and medical exams at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Neymar will be expected to play about 45 minutes of the friendly against Croatia in Liverpool on June 3, the first of two for Brazil before the World Cup. (Lucas Figueiredo/CBF via AP)
Brazil's Neymar gestures during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Neymar back in training with Brazil ahead of World Cup
Brazil's Neymar gestures during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Brazil's Neymar smiles during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Neymar back in training with Brazil ahead of World Cup
Brazil's Neymar smiles during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Brazil's Neymar, left, runs with the ball during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Neymar back in training with Brazil ahead of World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, left, runs with the ball during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Unai Emery is set to be appointed as Arsène Wenger's successor at Arsenal, after the latter's 22-year term at the club came to an end last month. Despite Wenger having officially left the club a few weeks ago, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for months. There were plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta had emerged as the comfortable favourite, overtaking the likes Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, who previously led the betting. However, former PSG manager Emery jumped into contention after an apparent change of heart from Arsenal over the appointment of Arteta. The chart below shows how the race unfolded. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The men who missed out Mikel Arteta Pros:The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons:No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Massimiliano Allegri Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons:Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Pros:Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Pros:See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Pros:He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager?
Next Arsenal manager odds: how Unai Emery emerged from the pack to eclipse Mikel Arteta
Unai Emery is set to be appointed as Arsène Wenger's successor at Arsenal, after the latter's 22-year term at the club came to an end last month. Despite Wenger having officially left the club a few weeks ago, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for months. There were plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta had emerged as the comfortable favourite, overtaking the likes Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, who previously led the betting. However, former PSG manager Emery jumped into contention after an apparent change of heart from Arsenal over the appointment of Arteta. The chart below shows how the race unfolded. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The men who missed out Mikel Arteta Pros:The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons:No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Massimiliano Allegri Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons:Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Pros:Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Pros:See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Pros:He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager?
Unai Emery is set to be appointed as Arsène Wenger's successor at Arsenal, after the latter's 22-year term at the club came to an end last month. Despite Wenger having officially left the club a few weeks ago, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for months. There were plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta had emerged as the comfortable favourite, overtaking the likes Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, who previously led the betting. However, former PSG manager Emery jumped into contention after an apparent change of heart from Arsenal over the appointment of Arteta. The chart below shows how the race unfolded. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The men who missed out Mikel Arteta Pros:The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons:No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Massimiliano Allegri Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons:Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Pros:Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Pros:See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Pros:He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager?
Next Arsenal manager odds: how Unai Emery emerged from the pack to eclipse Mikel Arteta
Unai Emery is set to be appointed as Arsène Wenger's successor at Arsenal, after the latter's 22-year term at the club came to an end last month. Despite Wenger having officially left the club a few weeks ago, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for months. There were plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta had emerged as the comfortable favourite, overtaking the likes Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, who previously led the betting. However, former PSG manager Emery jumped into contention after an apparent change of heart from Arsenal over the appointment of Arteta. The chart below shows how the race unfolded. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The men who missed out Mikel Arteta Pros:The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons:No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Massimiliano Allegri Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons:Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Pros:Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Pros:See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Pros:He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager?
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, plus the hosts, have named their provisional 35-man squads for the tournament in Russia and now have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Some, like England and Brazil, have already named their final 23-man squads. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad: Group A Egypt 29-man preliminary squad: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Karim Hafez, Omar Gaber, Amro Tarek; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Gomaa, Kouka, Mohamed Salah Russia 28-man preliminary squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunev; Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes; Yuri Gazinskiy, Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexsandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev , Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Alexsandr Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov. Saudi Arabia 26-man preliminary squad: Assaf Al-Karny, Mohamed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem, Abdullah Al-Mayuf, Mansour Al-Harby, Yasser Al-Shahrany, Mohamed Al-Breik, Said Al-Muwalad, Motaz Hawsawi, Ossam Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mohamed Jahfali, Ali Al-Buhaili, Abdallah Al-Khaibari, Abdelmarek Al-Khaibari, Abdallah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassem, Hussein Al-Mafhawy, Soliman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abd, Mohamed Kano, Hattan Bahbary, Mohamed Al-Kowaikaby, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yehia Al-Shahry, Fahd Al-Muwalad, Mohamed Al-Sahlawy, Muhannad Asiri Uruguay 26-man preliminary squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez World Cup predictor Group B Iran 35-man preliminary squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Voria Ghafouri, Steven Beitashour, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mohammad Ansari, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Omid Norafkan, Saeid AGhaei, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ali Karimi, Soroush Rafiei, Ali Gholizadeh, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Kaveh Rezaei Morocco 23-man final squad: Yassine Bounou, Mounir El Kajoui, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti, Badr Banoun, Mehdi Benatia, Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss, Youssef Ait-Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Mehdi Carcela, Ayoub El Kaabi Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 26-man preliminary squad: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya Denmark 35-man preliminary squad: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow, Jesper Hansen; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Bjelland, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Jens Stryger, Riza Durmisi, Jonas Knudsen, Nicolai Boilesen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager , Lasse Schone, Mike Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Robert Skov; Pione Sisto , Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Kenneth Zohore World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin Peru 24-man preliminary squad: Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia 24-man revised preliminary squad: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Duje Caleta-Car, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic. Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 30-man preliminary squad: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Mikel Agu; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland TBC Serbia TBC Group F Germany 27-man preliminary squad: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner. Mexico 28-man preliminary squad: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Jesús Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Márquez; Jonathan dos Santos, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, Jonathan González, Jesús Molina y Erick Gutiérrez; Tecatito Corona, Hirving Lozano, Chicharito Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, Giovani dos Santos South Korea 28-man preliminary squad: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 28-man preliminary squad: Toby Alderweireld, Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Dedryck Boyata, Yannick Carrasco, Koen Casteels, Nacer Chadli, Laurent Ciman, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Christian Kabasele, Vincent Kompany, Jordan Lukaku, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels, Youri Tielemans, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel. England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 35-man preliminary squad: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Azmahar Ariano, Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Francisco Palacios, Richard Peralta, Roman Torres; Ricardo Avila, Edgar Barcenas, Ricardo Buitrago, Miguel Camargo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Jose Gonzalez, Cristian Martinez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Rolando Blackburn, Ismael Diaz, Jose Fajardo, Roberto Nurse, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres Tunisia 29-man preliminary squad: Aymen Mathlouthi, Mouez Hassen, Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Ben Cherifia, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Mohsni, Hamdi Nagguez, Ali Maaloul, Khalil Chemmam, Oussema Haddadi, Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Karim Laribi, Ahmed Khalil, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghailene Chaalali, Mohamed Larbi, Anice Bardi, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Saber Khalifa, Naim Sliti, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Whabi Khazri, Bassem Srarfi, Ahmed Akaichi Group H Colombia 35-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Ivan Arboleda, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo, Bernardo Espinosa, Stefan Medina, Farid Diaz; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Giovanni Moreno, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Yimmi Chara, Juan Fernando Quintero, Edwin Cardona, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Sebastian Perez; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Duvan Zapata, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel, Teofilo Gutierrez Japan 27-man preliminary squad: Eiji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Kosuke Nakamura, Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotuku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Wataru Endo, Naomichi Ueda, Makoto Hasebe, Yosuke Ideguchi, Toshihiro Aoyama, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima, Kento Misao, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako, Yoshinori Muto, Takuma Asano. World Cup 2018 venues Poland 32-man revised preliminary squad: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny, Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Marcin Kaminski, Tomasz Kedziora, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Karol Linetty, Pawel Dawidowicz, Krzysztof Maczynski, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Slawomir Peszko, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Kamil Grosicki, Sebastian Szymanski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zielinski, Rafal Kurzawa, Szymon Zurkowski, Dawid Kownacki, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Robert Lewandowski, Kamil Wilczek, Arkadiusz Milik. Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, plus the hosts, have named their provisional 35-man squads for the tournament in Russia and now have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Some, like England and Brazil, have already named their final 23-man squads. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad: Group A Egypt 29-man preliminary squad: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Karim Hafez, Omar Gaber, Amro Tarek; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Gomaa, Kouka, Mohamed Salah Russia 28-man preliminary squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunev; Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes; Yuri Gazinskiy, Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexsandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev , Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Alexsandr Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov. Saudi Arabia 26-man preliminary squad: Assaf Al-Karny, Mohamed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem, Abdullah Al-Mayuf, Mansour Al-Harby, Yasser Al-Shahrany, Mohamed Al-Breik, Said Al-Muwalad, Motaz Hawsawi, Ossam Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mohamed Jahfali, Ali Al-Buhaili, Abdallah Al-Khaibari, Abdelmarek Al-Khaibari, Abdallah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassem, Hussein Al-Mafhawy, Soliman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abd, Mohamed Kano, Hattan Bahbary, Mohamed Al-Kowaikaby, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yehia Al-Shahry, Fahd Al-Muwalad, Mohamed Al-Sahlawy, Muhannad Asiri Uruguay 26-man preliminary squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez World Cup predictor Group B Iran 35-man preliminary squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Voria Ghafouri, Steven Beitashour, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mohammad Ansari, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Omid Norafkan, Saeid AGhaei, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ali Karimi, Soroush Rafiei, Ali Gholizadeh, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Kaveh Rezaei Morocco 23-man final squad: Yassine Bounou, Mounir El Kajoui, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti, Badr Banoun, Mehdi Benatia, Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss, Youssef Ait-Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Mehdi Carcela, Ayoub El Kaabi Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 26-man preliminary squad: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya Denmark 35-man preliminary squad: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow, Jesper Hansen; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Bjelland, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Jens Stryger, Riza Durmisi, Jonas Knudsen, Nicolai Boilesen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager , Lasse Schone, Mike Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Robert Skov; Pione Sisto , Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Kenneth Zohore World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin Peru 24-man preliminary squad: Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia 24-man revised preliminary squad: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Duje Caleta-Car, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic. Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 30-man preliminary squad: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Mikel Agu; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland TBC Serbia TBC Group F Germany 27-man preliminary squad: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner. Mexico 28-man preliminary squad: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Jesús Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Márquez; Jonathan dos Santos, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, Jonathan González, Jesús Molina y Erick Gutiérrez; Tecatito Corona, Hirving Lozano, Chicharito Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, Giovani dos Santos South Korea 28-man preliminary squad: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 28-man preliminary squad: Toby Alderweireld, Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Dedryck Boyata, Yannick Carrasco, Koen Casteels, Nacer Chadli, Laurent Ciman, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Christian Kabasele, Vincent Kompany, Jordan Lukaku, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels, Youri Tielemans, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel. England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 35-man preliminary squad: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Azmahar Ariano, Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Francisco Palacios, Richard Peralta, Roman Torres; Ricardo Avila, Edgar Barcenas, Ricardo Buitrago, Miguel Camargo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Jose Gonzalez, Cristian Martinez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Rolando Blackburn, Ismael Diaz, Jose Fajardo, Roberto Nurse, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres Tunisia 29-man preliminary squad: Aymen Mathlouthi, Mouez Hassen, Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Ben Cherifia, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Mohsni, Hamdi Nagguez, Ali Maaloul, Khalil Chemmam, Oussema Haddadi, Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Karim Laribi, Ahmed Khalil, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghailene Chaalali, Mohamed Larbi, Anice Bardi, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Saber Khalifa, Naim Sliti, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Whabi Khazri, Bassem Srarfi, Ahmed Akaichi Group H Colombia 35-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Ivan Arboleda, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo, Bernardo Espinosa, Stefan Medina, Farid Diaz; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Giovanni Moreno, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Yimmi Chara, Juan Fernando Quintero, Edwin Cardona, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Sebastian Perez; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Duvan Zapata, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel, Teofilo Gutierrez Japan 27-man preliminary squad: Eiji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Kosuke Nakamura, Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotuku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Wataru Endo, Naomichi Ueda, Makoto Hasebe, Yosuke Ideguchi, Toshihiro Aoyama, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima, Kento Misao, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako, Yoshinori Muto, Takuma Asano. World Cup 2018 venues Poland 32-man revised preliminary squad: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny, Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Marcin Kaminski, Tomasz Kedziora, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Karol Linetty, Pawel Dawidowicz, Krzysztof Maczynski, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Slawomir Peszko, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Kamil Grosicki, Sebastian Szymanski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zielinski, Rafal Kurzawa, Szymon Zurkowski, Dawid Kownacki, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Robert Lewandowski, Kamil Wilczek, Arkadiusz Milik. Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde
PSG's Neymar arrives prior to the League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Brazil wants to lower Neymar's expectations for World Cup
PSG's Neymar arrives prior to the League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Arsenal are preparing to unveil Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor after backing away from the gamble of giving former captain Mikel Arteta his first managerial job. In an extraordinary twist yesterday, Emery’s experience with Sevilla and Paris St Germain ultimately ensured that he won over Arsenal’s decision-makers and formal confirmation of his appointment is now expected in the next 48 hours. Despite having no managerial experience, Arteta had been poised to replace Wenger after getting to know chief executive Ivan Gazidis during his six years at Arsenal as a player and then winning rave reviews for his training ground work as Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City. Arteta had impressed during an interview with Arsenal and was keen on the job. Talks were advanced and senior sources at City were increasingly expecting him to be made an offer. Gazidis, though, may have experienced cold feet over potentially risking his own reputation by going through with a move for Arteta who, at 36, had never managed a senior game. Emery, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain was not renewed at the end of the season, made a late play for the job and was well known for his work in Spain to Arsenal’s new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football. Aged 46, one immediate priority for Emery will be to improve his command of the English language. Arsenal have been intending to make an announcement on Wenger’s successor this week and are adamant that, after what they regard as a thorough and efficient process, they have settled on the outstanding all-round candidate. What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Another former captain, Patrick Vieira, was also interviewed, while Juventus manager Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Naglesmann were both considered but indicated a desire to stay at their current clubs. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was another early option. Emery certainly has far more experience than Arteta or Vieira, having managed six clubs in three different countries across almost 800 games during 13 years as a coach. He especially excelled at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League for three successive seasons between 2014 and 2016. He missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco in his first season as Paris Saint-Germain manager but, boosted by the world record signing of Neymar, did win a domestic treble with the French club this campaign. Emery’s performances in the Champions League, however, were ultimately not deemed good enough by PSG and that cost him an extension to his contract. PSG have been beaten at the last 16 stage by Real Madrid and then Barcelona over the last two seasons. They lost against Madrid earlier this year despite having assembled the most expensive team in football history and to Barcelona even after establishing a four-goal first leg lead. Manchester City will certainly be relieved to see Arsenal turn their attention to Emery, as, despite insisting they would not stand in Arteta’s way, Guardiola was desperate to keep the former Everton midfielder by his side at City. Mauricio Pochettino had previously also wanted Arteta to work with him at Tottenham, while Arsenal had tried to get him to stay on as a coach when he retired after six years as a player with them in 2012. Why Emery got the Arsenal job The dramatic developments unfolded yesterday just as the departing Wenger was making his last visit to the club’s London Colney training base to collect his belongings after 22 years as manager. Wenger has been offered the chance to work himself at PSG as the club’s general manager alongside new head coach Thomas Tuchel but is still minded to remain in frontline management. “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “He's a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: 'You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined'. Arsene Wenger cleared out his belongings from the Arsenal training ground on Monday Credit: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000ltd “I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.” Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, will also now leave Arsenal after joining the club from Malaga in 2012. He made 180 appearances in that time, scoring 29 goals and helping Arsenal to win two FA Cups, but has not played since October 2016 following a severe achilles tendon injury. “I am very sad to be leaving after so many good times,” said Cazorla. “I have loved my time and I will always remember the special times we had together. I am proud to be part of this club’s history. I will miss you a lot.” Cazorla has been trying to make a comeback following an injury nightmare that has included eight operations, an ankle skin graft from where his daughter’s name was tattooed on his arm, and a blood infection that caused him to lose eight centimetres of his tendon. There were even fears at one stage that his right leg would have to be amputated.
Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as manager after turning down Mikel Arteta
Arsenal are preparing to unveil Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor after backing away from the gamble of giving former captain Mikel Arteta his first managerial job. In an extraordinary twist yesterday, Emery’s experience with Sevilla and Paris St Germain ultimately ensured that he won over Arsenal’s decision-makers and formal confirmation of his appointment is now expected in the next 48 hours. Despite having no managerial experience, Arteta had been poised to replace Wenger after getting to know chief executive Ivan Gazidis during his six years at Arsenal as a player and then winning rave reviews for his training ground work as Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City. Arteta had impressed during an interview with Arsenal and was keen on the job. Talks were advanced and senior sources at City were increasingly expecting him to be made an offer. Gazidis, though, may have experienced cold feet over potentially risking his own reputation by going through with a move for Arteta who, at 36, had never managed a senior game. Emery, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain was not renewed at the end of the season, made a late play for the job and was well known for his work in Spain to Arsenal’s new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football. Aged 46, one immediate priority for Emery will be to improve his command of the English language. Arsenal have been intending to make an announcement on Wenger’s successor this week and are adamant that, after what they regard as a thorough and efficient process, they have settled on the outstanding all-round candidate. What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Another former captain, Patrick Vieira, was also interviewed, while Juventus manager Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Naglesmann were both considered but indicated a desire to stay at their current clubs. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was another early option. Emery certainly has far more experience than Arteta or Vieira, having managed six clubs in three different countries across almost 800 games during 13 years as a coach. He especially excelled at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League for three successive seasons between 2014 and 2016. He missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco in his first season as Paris Saint-Germain manager but, boosted by the world record signing of Neymar, did win a domestic treble with the French club this campaign. Emery’s performances in the Champions League, however, were ultimately not deemed good enough by PSG and that cost him an extension to his contract. PSG have been beaten at the last 16 stage by Real Madrid and then Barcelona over the last two seasons. They lost against Madrid earlier this year despite having assembled the most expensive team in football history and to Barcelona even after establishing a four-goal first leg lead. Manchester City will certainly be relieved to see Arsenal turn their attention to Emery, as, despite insisting they would not stand in Arteta’s way, Guardiola was desperate to keep the former Everton midfielder by his side at City. Mauricio Pochettino had previously also wanted Arteta to work with him at Tottenham, while Arsenal had tried to get him to stay on as a coach when he retired after six years as a player with them in 2012. Why Emery got the Arsenal job The dramatic developments unfolded yesterday just as the departing Wenger was making his last visit to the club’s London Colney training base to collect his belongings after 22 years as manager. Wenger has been offered the chance to work himself at PSG as the club’s general manager alongside new head coach Thomas Tuchel but is still minded to remain in frontline management. “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “He's a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: 'You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined'. Arsene Wenger cleared out his belongings from the Arsenal training ground on Monday Credit: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000ltd “I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.” Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, will also now leave Arsenal after joining the club from Malaga in 2012. He made 180 appearances in that time, scoring 29 goals and helping Arsenal to win two FA Cups, but has not played since October 2016 following a severe achilles tendon injury. “I am very sad to be leaving after so many good times,” said Cazorla. “I have loved my time and I will always remember the special times we had together. I am proud to be part of this club’s history. I will miss you a lot.” Cazorla has been trying to make a comeback following an injury nightmare that has included eight operations, an ankle skin graft from where his daughter’s name was tattooed on his arm, and a blood infection that caused him to lose eight centimetres of his tendon. There were even fears at one stage that his right leg would have to be amputated.
Arsenal are preparing to unveil Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor after backing away from the gamble of giving former captain Mikel Arteta his first managerial job. In an extraordinary twist yesterday, Emery’s experience with Sevilla and Paris St Germain ultimately ensured that he won over Arsenal’s decision-makers and formal confirmation of his appointment is now expected in the next 48 hours. Despite having no managerial experience, Arteta had been poised to replace Wenger after getting to know chief executive Ivan Gazidis during his six years at Arsenal as a player and then winning rave reviews for his training ground work as Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City. Arteta had impressed during an interview with Arsenal and was keen on the job. Talks were advanced and senior sources at City were increasingly expecting him to be made an offer. Gazidis, though, may have experienced cold feet over potentially risking his own reputation by going through with a move for Arteta who, at 36, had never managed a senior game. Emery, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain was not renewed at the end of the season, made a late play for the job and was well known for his work in Spain to Arsenal’s new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football. Aged 46, one immediate priority for Emery will be to improve his command of the English language. Arsenal have been intending to make an announcement on Wenger’s successor this week and are adamant that, after what they regard as a thorough and efficient process, they have settled on the outstanding all-round candidate. What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Another former captain, Patrick Vieira, was also interviewed, while Juventus manager Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Naglesmann were both considered but indicated a desire to stay at their current clubs. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was another early option. Emery certainly has far more experience than Arteta or Vieira, having managed six clubs in three different countries across almost 800 games during 13 years as a coach. He especially excelled at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League for three successive seasons between 2014 and 2016. He missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco in his first season as Paris Saint-Germain manager but, boosted by the world record signing of Neymar, did win a domestic treble with the French club this campaign. Emery’s performances in the Champions League, however, were ultimately not deemed good enough by PSG and that cost him an extension to his contract. PSG have been beaten at the last 16 stage by Real Madrid and then Barcelona over the last two seasons. They lost against Madrid earlier this year despite having assembled the most expensive team in football history and to Barcelona even after establishing a four-goal first leg lead. Manchester City will certainly be relieved to see Arsenal turn their attention to Emery, as, despite insisting they would not stand in Arteta’s way, Guardiola was desperate to keep the former Everton midfielder by his side at City. Mauricio Pochettino had previously also wanted Arteta to work with him at Tottenham, while Arsenal had tried to get him to stay on as a coach when he retired after six years as a player with them in 2012. Why Emery got the Arsenal job The dramatic developments unfolded yesterday just as the departing Wenger was making his last visit to the club’s London Colney training base to collect his belongings after 22 years as manager. Wenger has been offered the chance to work himself at PSG as the club’s general manager alongside new head coach Thomas Tuchel but is still minded to remain in frontline management. “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “He's a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: 'You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined'. Arsene Wenger cleared out his belongings from the Arsenal training ground on Monday Credit: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000ltd “I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.” Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, will also now leave Arsenal after joining the club from Malaga in 2012. He made 180 appearances in that time, scoring 29 goals and helping Arsenal to win two FA Cups, but has not played since October 2016 following a severe achilles tendon injury. “I am very sad to be leaving after so many good times,” said Cazorla. “I have loved my time and I will always remember the special times we had together. I am proud to be part of this club’s history. I will miss you a lot.” Cazorla has been trying to make a comeback following an injury nightmare that has included eight operations, an ankle skin graft from where his daughter’s name was tattooed on his arm, and a blood infection that caused him to lose eight centimetres of his tendon. There were even fears at one stage that his right leg would have to be amputated.
Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as manager after turning down Mikel Arteta
Arsenal are preparing to unveil Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor after backing away from the gamble of giving former captain Mikel Arteta his first managerial job. In an extraordinary twist yesterday, Emery’s experience with Sevilla and Paris St Germain ultimately ensured that he won over Arsenal’s decision-makers and formal confirmation of his appointment is now expected in the next 48 hours. Despite having no managerial experience, Arteta had been poised to replace Wenger after getting to know chief executive Ivan Gazidis during his six years at Arsenal as a player and then winning rave reviews for his training ground work as Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City. Arteta had impressed during an interview with Arsenal and was keen on the job. Talks were advanced and senior sources at City were increasingly expecting him to be made an offer. Gazidis, though, may have experienced cold feet over potentially risking his own reputation by going through with a move for Arteta who, at 36, had never managed a senior game. Emery, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain was not renewed at the end of the season, made a late play for the job and was well known for his work in Spain to Arsenal’s new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football. Aged 46, one immediate priority for Emery will be to improve his command of the English language. Arsenal have been intending to make an announcement on Wenger’s successor this week and are adamant that, after what they regard as a thorough and efficient process, they have settled on the outstanding all-round candidate. What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Another former captain, Patrick Vieira, was also interviewed, while Juventus manager Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Naglesmann were both considered but indicated a desire to stay at their current clubs. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was another early option. Emery certainly has far more experience than Arteta or Vieira, having managed six clubs in three different countries across almost 800 games during 13 years as a coach. He especially excelled at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League for three successive seasons between 2014 and 2016. He missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco in his first season as Paris Saint-Germain manager but, boosted by the world record signing of Neymar, did win a domestic treble with the French club this campaign. Emery’s performances in the Champions League, however, were ultimately not deemed good enough by PSG and that cost him an extension to his contract. PSG have been beaten at the last 16 stage by Real Madrid and then Barcelona over the last two seasons. They lost against Madrid earlier this year despite having assembled the most expensive team in football history and to Barcelona even after establishing a four-goal first leg lead. Manchester City will certainly be relieved to see Arsenal turn their attention to Emery, as, despite insisting they would not stand in Arteta’s way, Guardiola was desperate to keep the former Everton midfielder by his side at City. Mauricio Pochettino had previously also wanted Arteta to work with him at Tottenham, while Arsenal had tried to get him to stay on as a coach when he retired after six years as a player with them in 2012. Why Emery got the Arsenal job The dramatic developments unfolded yesterday just as the departing Wenger was making his last visit to the club’s London Colney training base to collect his belongings after 22 years as manager. Wenger has been offered the chance to work himself at PSG as the club’s general manager alongside new head coach Thomas Tuchel but is still minded to remain in frontline management. “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “He's a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: 'You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined'. Arsene Wenger cleared out his belongings from the Arsenal training ground on Monday Credit: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000ltd “I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.” Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, will also now leave Arsenal after joining the club from Malaga in 2012. He made 180 appearances in that time, scoring 29 goals and helping Arsenal to win two FA Cups, but has not played since October 2016 following a severe achilles tendon injury. “I am very sad to be leaving after so many good times,” said Cazorla. “I have loved my time and I will always remember the special times we had together. I am proud to be part of this club’s history. I will miss you a lot.” Cazorla has been trying to make a comeback following an injury nightmare that has included eight operations, an ankle skin graft from where his daughter’s name was tattooed on his arm, and a blood infection that caused him to lose eight centimetres of his tendon. There were even fears at one stage that his right leg would have to be amputated.
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Outgoing PSG coach Unai Emery (R) with Neymar at the club's title celebrations last week (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)
Outgoing PSG coach Unai Emery (R) with Neymar at the club's title celebrations last week
Outgoing PSG coach Unai Emery (R) with Neymar at the club's title celebrations last week (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)
Having been appointed as the new manager at Parc des Princes, the German boss insists he will have no issues with the club's prized asset
'Artist Neymar won't need special treatment' - Tuchel
Having been appointed as the new manager at Parc des Princes, the German boss insists he will have no issues with the club's prized asset
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Neymar is an artist - Tuchel
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Neymar is an artist - Tuchel
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Neymar is an artist - Tuchel
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Despite an impressive first season with the Ligue 1 champions, the Brazil star has been criticised by his compatriot for leaving Barcelona
'He made a mistake!' - Rivaldo claims Neymar will not win Ballon d'Or at PSG
Despite an impressive first season with the Ligue 1 champions, the Brazil star has been criticised by his compatriot for leaving Barcelona
Brazil legend Rivaldo says Neymar needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain if he wants to win the Ballon d'Or.
Neymar made mistake joining PSG - Rivaldo
Brazil legend Rivaldo says Neymar needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain if he wants to win the Ballon d'Or.
Arsenal are preparing to unveil Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor after backing away from the gamble of giving former captain Mikel Arteta his first managerial job. In an extraordinary twist yesterday, Emery’s experience with Sevilla and Paris St Germain ultimately ensured that he won over Arsenal’s decision-makers and formal confirmation of his appointment is now expected in the next 48 hours. Despite having no managerial experience, Arteta had been poised to replace Wenger after getting to know chief executive Ivan Gazidis during his six years at Arsenal as a player and then winning rave reviews for his training ground work as Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City. Arteta had impressed during an interview with Arsenal and was keen on the job. Talks were advanced and senior sources at City were increasingly expecting him to be made an offer. Gazidis, though, may have experienced cold feet over potentially risking his own reputation by going through with a move for Arteta who, at 36, had never managed a senior game. Emery, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain was not renewed at the end of the season, made a late play for the job and was well known for his work in Spain to Arsenal’s new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football. Aged 46, one immediate priority for Emery will be to improve his command of the English language. Arsenal have been intending to make an announcement on Wenger’s successor this week and are adamant that, after what they regard as a thorough and efficient process, they have settled on the outstanding all-round candidate. What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Another former captain, Patrick Vieira, was also interviewed, while Juventus manager Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Naglesmann were both considered but indicated a desire to stay at their current clubs. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was another early option. Emery certainly has far more experience than Arteta or Vieira, having managed six clubs in three different countries across almost 800 games during 13 years as a coach. He especially excelled at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League for three successive seasons between 2014 and 2016. He missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco in his first season as Paris Saint-Germain manager but, boosted by the world record signing of Neymar, did win a domestic treble with the French club this campaign. Emery’s performances in the Champions League, however, were ultimately not deemed good enough by PSG and that cost him an extension to his contract. PSG have been beaten at the last 16 stage by Real Madrid and then Barcelona over the last two seasons. They lost against Madrid earlier this year despite having assembled the most expensive team in football history and to Barcelona even after establishing a four-goal first leg lead. Manchester City will certainly be relieved to see Arsenal turn their attention to Emery, as, despite insisting they would not stand in Arteta’s way, Guardiola was desperate to keep the former Everton midfielder by his side at City. Mauricio Pochettino had previously also wanted Arteta to work with him at Tottenham, while Arsenal had tried to get him to stay on as a coach when he retired after six years as a player with them in 2012. Why Emery got the Arsenal job The dramatic developments unfolded yesterday just as the departing Wenger was making his last visit to the club’s London Colney training base to collect his belongings after 22 years as manager. Wenger has been offered the chance to work himself at PSG as the club’s general manager alongside new head coach Thomas Tuchel but is still minded to remain in frontline management. “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “He's a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: 'You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined'. Arsene Wenger cleared out his belongings from the Arsenal training ground on Monday Credit: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000ltd “I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.” Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, will also now leave Arsenal after joining the club from Malaga in 2012. He made 180 appearances in that time, scoring 29 goals and helping Arsenal to win two FA Cups, but has not played since October 2016 following a severe achilles tendon injury. “I am very sad to be leaving after so many good times,” said Cazorla. “I have loved my time and I will always remember the special times we had together. I am proud to be part of this club’s history. I will miss you a lot.” Cazorla has been trying to make a comeback following an injury nightmare that has included eight operations, an ankle skin graft from where his daughter’s name was tattooed on his arm, and a blood infection that caused him to lose eight centimetres of his tendon. There were even fears at one stage that his right leg would have to be amputated.
Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as manager after turning down Mikel Arteta
Arsenal are preparing to unveil Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor after backing away from the gamble of giving former captain Mikel Arteta his first managerial job. In an extraordinary twist yesterday, Emery’s experience with Sevilla and Paris St Germain ultimately ensured that he won over Arsenal’s decision-makers and formal confirmation of his appointment is now expected in the next 48 hours. Despite having no managerial experience, Arteta had been poised to replace Wenger after getting to know chief executive Ivan Gazidis during his six years at Arsenal as a player and then winning rave reviews for his training ground work as Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City. Arteta had impressed during an interview with Arsenal and was keen on the job. Talks were advanced and senior sources at City were increasingly expecting him to be made an offer. Gazidis, though, may have experienced cold feet over potentially risking his own reputation by going through with a move for Arteta who, at 36, had never managed a senior game. Emery, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain was not renewed at the end of the season, made a late play for the job and was well known for his work in Spain to Arsenal’s new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football. Aged 46, one immediate priority for Emery will be to improve his command of the English language. Arsenal have been intending to make an announcement on Wenger’s successor this week and are adamant that, after what they regard as a thorough and efficient process, they have settled on the outstanding all-round candidate. What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Another former captain, Patrick Vieira, was also interviewed, while Juventus manager Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Naglesmann were both considered but indicated a desire to stay at their current clubs. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was another early option. Emery certainly has far more experience than Arteta or Vieira, having managed six clubs in three different countries across almost 800 games during 13 years as a coach. He especially excelled at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League for three successive seasons between 2014 and 2016. He missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco in his first season as Paris Saint-Germain manager but, boosted by the world record signing of Neymar, did win a domestic treble with the French club this campaign. Emery’s performances in the Champions League, however, were ultimately not deemed good enough by PSG and that cost him an extension to his contract. PSG have been beaten at the last 16 stage by Real Madrid and then Barcelona over the last two seasons. They lost against Madrid earlier this year despite having assembled the most expensive team in football history and to Barcelona even after establishing a four-goal first leg lead. Manchester City will certainly be relieved to see Arsenal turn their attention to Emery, as, despite insisting they would not stand in Arteta’s way, Guardiola was desperate to keep the former Everton midfielder by his side at City. Mauricio Pochettino had previously also wanted Arteta to work with him at Tottenham, while Arsenal had tried to get him to stay on as a coach when he retired after six years as a player with them in 2012. Why Emery got the Arsenal job The dramatic developments unfolded yesterday just as the departing Wenger was making his last visit to the club’s London Colney training base to collect his belongings after 22 years as manager. Wenger has been offered the chance to work himself at PSG as the club’s general manager alongside new head coach Thomas Tuchel but is still minded to remain in frontline management. “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “He's a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: 'You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined'. Arsene Wenger cleared out his belongings from the Arsenal training ground on Monday Credit: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000ltd “I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.” Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, will also now leave Arsenal after joining the club from Malaga in 2012. He made 180 appearances in that time, scoring 29 goals and helping Arsenal to win two FA Cups, but has not played since October 2016 following a severe achilles tendon injury. “I am very sad to be leaving after so many good times,” said Cazorla. “I have loved my time and I will always remember the special times we had together. I am proud to be part of this club’s history. I will miss you a lot.” Cazorla has been trying to make a comeback following an injury nightmare that has included eight operations, an ankle skin graft from where his daughter’s name was tattooed on his arm, and a blood infection that caused him to lose eight centimetres of his tendon. There were even fears at one stage that his right leg would have to be amputated.
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Thomas Tuchel tells PSG to build team around 'artist' Neymar
Outgoing PSG coach Unai Emery (R) with Neymar at the club's title celebrations last week (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)
Outgoing PSG coach Unai Emery (R) with Neymar at the club's title celebrations last week
Outgoing PSG coach Unai Emery (R) with Neymar at the club's title celebrations last week (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)
Having been appointed as the new manager at Parc des Princes, the German boss insists he will have no issues with the club's prized asset
'Artist Neymar won't need special treatment' - Tuchel
Having been appointed as the new manager at Parc des Princes, the German boss insists he will have no issues with the club's prized asset
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Neymar is an artist - Tuchel
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Neymar is an artist - Tuchel
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Neymar is an artist - Tuchel
PSG's new head coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as 'an artist' and expressed his desire to build a team around the Brazilian.
Despite an impressive first season with the Ligue 1 champions, the Brazil star has been criticised by his compatriot for leaving Barcelona
'He made a mistake!' - Rivaldo claims Neymar will not win Ballon d'Or at PSG
Despite an impressive first season with the Ligue 1 champions, the Brazil star has been criticised by his compatriot for leaving Barcelona
Brazil legend Rivaldo says Neymar needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain if he wants to win the Ballon d'Or.
Neymar made mistake joining PSG - Rivaldo
Brazil legend Rivaldo says Neymar needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain if he wants to win the Ballon d'Or.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says he has been told by Neymar's father that the Brazil star is tiring of rumours about his future.
Neymar tired of rumours and staying at PSG, president Al-Khelaifi claims
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says he has been told by Neymar's father that the Brazil star is tiring of rumours about his future.
The French champions have maintained that the star Brazilian will stay, but Nasser Al-Khelaifi's latest comments suggest a move could happen
'Nobody is bigger than the club' - PSG president fuels Neymar transfer speculation
The French champions have maintained that the star Brazilian will stay, but Nasser Al-Khelaifi's latest comments suggest a move could happen
The prospect of the Brazilian moving to the Spanish capital suggests transfer fees will continue to rise, but Bayern are not worried about the trend
'Real Madrid can buy Neymar' - Salihamidzic warns Bayern won't be doing 'crazy' transfers
The prospect of the Brazilian moving to the Spanish capital suggests transfer fees will continue to rise, but Bayern are not worried about the trend
The teenager has enjoyed a sparkling season at the Ligue 1 champions, and will hope to thrive at the World Cup in Russia this summer
'He can be number one' - Henry & Neymar laud PSG wonderkid Mbappe
The teenager has enjoyed a sparkling season at the Ligue 1 champions, and will hope to thrive at the World Cup in Russia this summer
The Brazil star has been linked with a sensational return to Spain, but matches against Villarreal and Liverpool are Zidane's only concerns right now
Zidane: I'll talk about Neymar-Real Madrid reports after the Champions League final
The Brazil star has been linked with a sensational return to Spain, but matches against Villarreal and Liverpool are Zidane's only concerns right now

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