Thursday Kickoff: FIFA, Real Madrid, Van Gaal and more

Thursday Kickoff: FIFA, Real Madrid, Van Gaal and more

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Thursday Kickoff: FIFA, Real Madrid, Van Gaal and more



Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal’s job may be on the line come Sunday, Alexis Sanchez could feature for Arsenal over the weekend, FIFA sanctioned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and more:

FIFA bans Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from signing players during the next two transfer windows — not including this January transfer window — after being found guilty of violating “several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions.” (REPORT)

Van Gaal is reportedly close to being sacked by Man United ahead of the club’s away match vs. Liverpool on Sunday. (REPORT)

Chilean star Sanchez will undergo a fitness test ahead of Sunday’s English Premier League match against Stoke City, while Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger says, “It is not impossible that he will be involved.” (REPORT)

The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA decided to ban Mayne-Nicholls, who was the chairman of the FIFA Bid Evaluation Group for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, for seven years after he was found guilty of offering and accepting gifts and other benefits among other articles. (REPORT)

AS Roma appointed Italian boss Luciano Spalletti as the club’s new head coach. (REPORT)

Manager Phillip Cocu, 45, has extended his contract with PSV Eindhoven until the summer of 2019. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid is reportedly attempting to ink a new deal with Antoine Griezmann, who will have his wages increased and see his release clause increased from €80 million to €100 million. (REPORT)

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes revealed that Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to miss Sunday’s English Premier League game against Arsenal. (REPORT)

Former Brazil international Roberto Carlos is reportedly set to meet with Real Madrid to discuss a potential role with the club. (REPORT)

After much speculation, Mohamed Elneny completed the transfer from FC Basel to Arsenal. (REPORT)

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee decided to award Myanmar a 3-0 win in 2018 World Cup qualification, and subsequently fine Kuwait for the unplayed match. (REPORT)


SBI revealed its final 2016 MLS Mock Draft hours before the league kicks off the draft at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. (REPORT)

MLS reportedly failed to sign UCLA star Abu Danladi to a Generation adidas deal ahead of Thursday’s MLS Draft, meaning he will not be available for selection. (REPORT)

Despite playing his college soccer at Division II program Cal State Dominguez Hills and playing almost exclusively within the Southern California soccer scene growing up, central defender Tony Alfaro proved to be a hidden gem at the MLS Combine. (REPORT)

Jack Harrison told SBI that playing under head coach under Patrick Vieira at New York City FC would be “nice,” but the club failed its attempt to claim the Wake Forest talent, and so he’s keeping an open mind. (REPORT)

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear told SBI that he’s hoping offseason additions can help the club score more goals this upcoming MLS season. (REPORT)

Think Van Gaal will be out of a job if Man United loses or ties on Sunday? Will Sanchez make his return for Arsenal this weekend? Surprised FIFA found the chairman of the FIFA Bid Evaluation Group for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups guilty?

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