Pep Guardiola could be one step closer to reuniting with one of his former pupils at Barcelona, and the Manchester City manager has Juventus to thank for that. The reigning Serie A champions confirmed on Wednesday that the club will release outside back Dani Alves, clearing the veteran defender’s path to join Man City this summer or another club. “We’re not talking about a breakdown in the relationship, it’s motivation that is fundamental for players,” said Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta.
Mexico and New Zealand got into a melee at the end of their Confederations Cup clash on Wednesday, and the Video Assistant Referee review somehow turned out to be a bigger mess. The arrival of the Video Assistant Referee — or VAR — to help adjudicate every other decision hasn’t made the game better. Now in use in the first major tournament, the ongoing Confederations Cup in Russia, the technology has revealed itself as unready to be integrated seamlessly into the game just yet.
With an eye towards the future, New York City FC has made a milestone signing. On Wednesday, the club announced that it had signed 16-year-old midfielder James Sands to a Homegrown player contract, effective July 1. “I’m really glad for James because he came with us on preseason and he did really well, showing us how good he is,” NYCFC coach Patrick Viera said in a statement.