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Friday Kickoff: Bolton, Vidic, De Bruyne and more


A weekend full of enticing matchups, including the always entertaining Milan Derby, awaits, but on Friday, a potential solution to the Bolton Wanderers’ debt situation was proposed by supporters.

The Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust wrote a letter to club owner Eddie Davies to discuss the possibility of buying the team, saying: “Our objective is to raise sufficient funding to secure the future of the Club for the benefit of the supporters, the community and the town … We have requested immediate access to management and financial information and preferred bidder status.” (REPORT)

Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement from the sport on Friday. (REPORT)

In a message on his personal Twitter account, Kevin De Bruyne revealed that he will likely be sidelined 10 weeks after suffering a knee injury during his club’s victory against Everton in the English League Cup semifinals on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Sevilla and Valencia progressed to the Copa del Rey semifinals with wins against Mirandes and Las Palmas, respectively, on Thursday. (REPORT)

The Copa del Rey draw on Friday revealed Barcelona-Valencia and Sevilla-Celta de Vigo to be the two semifinals pairings. (REPORT)

Brazilian star Neymar lost his appeal against a $112,000 fine levied on him for tax evasion when he was with Brazilian club Santos, and must now pay the amount in full. (REPORT)

Chile has reportedly hired Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi to manage the national team. (REPORT)

Cameroon captain Stephane M’Bia, 29, announced his decision to sign with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune via his personal social media account. (REPORT)

Tottenham signed 28-year-old Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele to a new contract which will expire in 2019. (REPORT)

West Bromwich Albion winger Callum McManaman will miss between four to six weeks after suffering an ankle injury. (REPORT)


SBI took a look at the lineup head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is likely to use come Sunday, when the U.S. Men’s National Team plays Iceland in a friendly. (REPORT)

Jermaine Jones said the latest offer he received from MLS was a “joke” while also saying the six-game suspension imposed on him is preventing him from pursuing “good offers” abroad. (REPORT)

Mexico national team head coach Juan Carlos Osorio clarified comments he made regarding Mexican players playing in MLS, saying: “I have never said that I won’t call in players from MLS. Any suggestion of that idea is false. I would never ignore a player because of the league they play in.” (REPORT)

Jack McInerney told SBI he is hoping to help the Portland Timbers reach the MLS Cup final once again after recently losing to them in the title game with the Columbus Crew. (REPORT).

American defender and midfielder Geoff Cameron is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered on Jan. 5 and is not close to returning to the first team with Stoke City, according to manager Mark Hughes. (REPORT)

What do you think about Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust’s bid? Which Copa del Rey matchup are you most looking forward to?

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