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Friday Kickoff: Ozil, Gotze, Ramos and more

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More than 30 international games kicked off on Thursday, but the potential move of Mesut Ozil has had many people talking ahead of the weekend.

Barcelona is reportedly interested in acquiring Ozil from Arsenal, and could send Arda Turan, Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez to the English Premier League club to complete the deal. (REPORT)

According to teammate Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze is not “100 percent satisfied with his situation at Bayern (Munich).” (REPORT)

Sergio Ramos withdrew from Spain’s roster after suffering a back injury on Thursday. (REPORT)

Juventus general director Beppe Marotta said he would like to have Alvaro Morata stay with the Serie A club. (REPORT)

Fullback Ryan Bertrand will miss England’s friendly vs. Germany on Saturday due to an injury. (REPORT)

Chelsea will play Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan during an International Champions Cup match on July 30. (REPORT)

THURSDAY REWIND

In episode 255 of The SBI Show, host Ives Galarcep previews the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifier vs. Guatemala and more. (REPORT)

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team failed to reach the knockout stage of the 2016 Dallas Cup after tying Hoffenheim, 3-3, on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Croatian international Niko Kranjcar has not taken the field for several months, but is excited to begin the Spring Season with the New York Cosmos. (REPORT)

The Seattle Sounders announced the signing of Herculez Gomez after starting the season 0-3 with only two goals scored. (REPORT)

Aron Johannsson has been ruled out for the remainder of the German Bundesliga season by Werder Bremen CEO Thomas Eichin. (REPORT)

Here are results from Thursday:

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

  • Singapore 2 – 1 Myanmar
  • Malta 0 – 0 Moldova
  • Estonia 0 – 0 Norway
  • Greece 2 – 1 Montenegro
  • Denmark 2 – 1 Iceland
  • Ukraine 1 – 0 Cyprus
  • Italy 1 – 1 Spain
  • Wales 1 – 1 Northern Ireland
  • Czech Republic 0 – 1 Scotland

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING – CONMEBOL

  • Bolivia 2 – 3 Colombia
  • Ecuador 2 – 2 Paraguay
  • Chile 1 – 2 Argentina
  • Peru 2 – 2 Venezuela

AFRICAN NATIONS CUP QUALIFYING

  • Comoros Islands 1 – 0 Botswana
  • Madagascar 1 – 1 Central African Republic
  • Djibouti 0 – 1 Liberia
  • Ghana 3 – 1 Mozambique

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING – AFC

  • Australia 7 – 0 Tajikistan
  • Japan 5 – 0 Afghanistan
  • South Korea 1 – 0 Lebanon
  • China 4 – 0 Maldives
  • Vietnam 4 – 1 Chinese Taipei
  • Jordan 8 – 0 Bangladesh
  • Uzbekistan 1 – 0 Philippines
  • Iraq 2 – 2 Thailand
  • Iran 4 – 0 India
  • United Arab Emirates 2 – 0 Palestine
  • Oman 1 – 0 Guam
  • Bahrain 3 – 0 Yemen
  • Qatar 2 – 0 Hong Kong
  • Syria 6 – 0 Cambodia
  • Saudi Arabia 2 – 0 Malaysia

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