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Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar’s summer status, Van Gaal’s future and more


One of the world’s biggest stars still hasn’t made plans for this summer’s biggest competitions, while Manchester United’s head coach reportedly feels his job is safe for the time being.

Brazil head coach Dunga has said he would prefer that Neymar play for the Selecao during the 2016 Olympic Games over the Copa America Centenario. (REPORT)

Louis Van Gaal’s coaching staff is convinced that the Dutchman’s job at Manchester United for next season will be safe. Rumors continue to link former Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho to United. However, no deal has been reported. (REPORT)

Barcelona has released its plans to renovate the Camp Nou, including adding on over 5,000 seats to the stadium. The club has reportedly received the green light to go ahead with the re-design. (REPORT)

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has reportedly met with Borussia Dortmund over the potential acquisition of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. Barcelona and Juventus have also been linked to the 25-year old’s services. (REPORT)

The English Premier League has approved Farhad Moshiri’s proposed investment into Everton. (REPORT)

Carlos Tevez has been left off of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying roster ahead of this month’s matches against Chile and Bolivia. Head coach Gerardo Martino also dropped veterans Fernando Gago and Ezequiel Garay. (REPORT)

Antonio Valencia could be in line to return to Manchester United for the team’s Europa League clash with Liverpool on Thursday, according to Louis Van Gaal. (REPORT)


Jermaine Jones may not be a member of the New England Revolution any longer, but head coach Jay Heaps told SBI that there are no hard feelings for the events that transpired over recent months between the club and the midfielder. (REPORT)

After a wild opening weekend around Major League Soccer, find out which teams made the biggest impressions and who disappointed the most in SBI’s Week 1 Power Rankings. (REPORT)

Despite a solid offensive showing against the Chicago Fire, New York City FC’s back line still showed a lot of vulnerability in their MLS season opener. (REPORT)

It will take more than one match to decide who won the Fire-Impact trade that sent midfielder Harry Shipp to Montreal, however, the youngster impressed in his debut for the Canadian club. (REPORT)

With a busy 2016 schedule lying ahead for Peter Vermes and Sporting Kansas City, the new addition of young Designated Player Diego Rubio provides the squad with depth at the striker position. (REPORT)

The SBI Show hits Episode 250, and host Ives Galarcep and guest Paul Tenorio recap MLS Week 1, Americans Abroad and a spectrum of other topics. (REPORT)

Which competition would you rather see Neymar play in? Does Van Gaal deserve to keep his job with United? What do you think of Barcelona’s stadium expansion plans?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. At this point I don’t think it’s forgone conclusion South American teams even show up. Based on everything I continue to read it appears they’ll be sending their u-17’s to the Copa America.


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