Bordeaux winner of the Challenge Emiliano Sala against Caen, Nantes loses again / Friendly / Bordeaux-Caen (2-1) / July 18, 2021 / SOFOOT.com

Finally a new title for the Girondins!

In Orleans for the weekend on the occasion of the Emiliano Sala Challenge with a four-team table, Bordeaux – winner of Niort on penalties on Friday – returned Caen to the “final” of this event (2-1) and finished in the first place. The Girondins were surprised by a goal from Russian defender Vladislav Molchan (20, not yet competing with the Caen pros) upon receiving a corner from the second minute. But they logically equalized from the start with a sharpened Rémi Oudin from afar (47e), then went ahead thanks to the famous Sékou Mara, who came into play a few minutes earlier and on the lookout at the penalty spot at the end of the match (84e)

Earlier in the afternoon for the “small final” of the tournament, the Chamois Niortais (18it is Ligue 2 in 2020-2021) won against FC Nantes (1-0) despite an overall domination of the yellow and green. Unable to conclude, the Canaries gave in on a free kick from Mathis Ansar badly returned by Alban Lafont (81e) and left Loiret with two defeats against training from the anteroom (after the 1-0 defeat against Caen on Saturday).

But hey, a fourth place (out of four) remains a fourth place …

JB, at the Source stadium

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‘Ajax cap’ Blind delays Van Gaal appointment: ‘Two incompatible caps’

The appointment of Louis van Gaal as national coach is taking longer than expected, Valentijn Driessen knows. The KNVB had actually wanted to complete the deal before the weekend, but the football chief of De Telegraaf has been informed that there are still some ‘bumps’.

The KNVB top recently traveled to Portugal for a meeting with Van Gaal. Those talks went well. “The intention was to present it on Friday. They quickly figured it out, some homework,” said Driessen in De Oranjezomer. “Then you have to figure it out within a week, huh? Because it’s not a rocket science to sign a contract with a national coach. But they haven’t gotten there yet.”

The implementation of the technical staff is currently a tricky point, Driessen already reported on Friday evening. Van Gaal wants to reappoint Danny Blind as an assistant, but the native Zeeuw is still on the payroll at Ajax. “He is also a commissioner at Ajax. Then you wear two hats, of course, but those are two incompatible hats. That is not possible. The KNVB has also said: if he becomes one, then he will have to leave the commissionership at Ajax. Otherwise, he immediately says to Van Gaal: dude, let’s take this and that and that Ajax player, that’s good for the value and of course good for Ajax.”

However, once this hurdle has been overcome, white smoke will soon appear, Driessen expects. “Normally it has to be, because the first pre-selection will be announced in two and a half weeks,” he refers to the international block from September 1 to 7, in which the World Cup qualifiers against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey are on the program.

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“PSV revives interest in Mexican stopper, negotiations ongoing”

PSV is interested in César Montes, Marca Claro claims. The people of Eindhoven would have already started negotiations for the 24-year-old defender.

Montes himself is also aware of the PSV interest. The three-time Mexican international will first be active with his country at the Olympic Games. After that, a transfer could take place. PSV is now negotiating with CF Monterrey about the transfer fee for Montes, who still has a contract until the end of 2022.

Clear Brand describes Montes as ‘an excellent central defender and undisputed leader’. The stopper has been a fixture at Monterrey for several seasons. A transfer to PSV is seen as ‘very interesting’ for Montes: several Mexicans have already been successful at number two in the Eredivisie in the past.

In the past, Montes was also linked to a move to Ajax. PSV has also previously been associated with the defender, as have Valencia and FC Porto. A year ago, Montes still had a price tag of just under eight million euros hanging around his neck.

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Messi completely surrounded by large group of fans after visiting restaurant

Going out for dinner is not an option when your name is Lionel Messi. The Argentine star of FC Barcelona is on holiday in Miami after the win of the Copa América. When he leaves the restaurant, a large group of enthusiastic fans is waiting for him.

Judging by the security, Messi also did not expect that there would be so many people.

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Driessen firmly: “Tadic will really leave Ajax next year and otherwise the year after”

Valentijn Driessen does not expect Dusan Tadic to serve out his new Ajax contract. The football chief of De Telegraaf thinks that the captain of Ajax will leave in one or two seasons.

“It is of course absolutely not a club love,” Driessen begins at De Oranjezomer about Tadic’s contract extension. “The salaries are all known at Ajax in the dressing room. This boy is asked by AC Milan and Berghuis comes. All in all, Ajax has acted very quickly. They have said to Tadic: You get a little more salary. Of course it cannot be the case that a newcomer from Feyenoord immediately becomes the highest-earning player at Ajax, while Tadic has been playing great for three seasons.”

“That is the underlying idea”, Driessen continues. “Tadic will really leave Ajax next year and otherwise the year after. If a club like AC Milan reports again, he will leave. In the end it’s all about money.”

Driessen also does not expect Tadic to immediately start working at Ajax as a youth trainer after his career. “You don’t think he will become a youth coach at Ajax? It’s all being put down like this and it’s a nice picture. However, that boy will just go back to Serbia. Do you think he will continue to live in the Netherlands?”

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“PSV then has the opportunity to buy in plenty, at AZ we look at that differently”

Pascal Jansen does not think that AZ should start again due to the departure of Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu. The trainer of the Alkmaarders knows at the same time that the transfer income cannot be fully invested.

AZ already sold Stengs to OGC Nice, while Boadu will soon be presented at AS Monaco. “They are good players and of course we take a step back in the first instance – when the boys leave”, Jansen told The Telegraph. “But there are others ready to succeed the men.”

“And if there are none, we know that our technical director Max Huiberts and the scouting will provide good successors,” continues the coach. “For example, if PSV sells players for thirty million plus, they have the opportunity to buy in generously. We have a slightly different view. It is a policy choice not to allocate tens of millions.”

Stengs and Boadu continue their careers in the French sub-top. Jansen strongly disagrees with the statement that this reflects negatively on the youth academy of AZ. “Ligue 1 is a big competition, which may be slightly underestimated in the Netherlands. And they are big clubs, where Calvin goes and to which Myron is linked. I certainly don’t think that is a disqualification from the AZ training. On the contrary.”

“It also has to do with the fact that we sell abroad and not in the Netherlands,” says Jansen. “And Atalanta, which according to media reports would be in the market for Teun (Koopmeiners, ed.), has simply been playing the Champions League and in the top of the Serie A for years.”

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“Van Gaal wants people from outside the KNVB on his staff and that now takes time”

The appointment of Louis van Gaal as national coach of Orange seemed in order, but a small hitch has come up. Valentijn Driessen of De Telegraaf reports that it will take some time.

There is no unwillingness on the part of the KNVB or Van Gaal, but the process takes more time due to peripheral matters. “The last I heard is that you should not disturb a brooding chicken,” Driessen says on the website of the morning newspaper. “Apparently there is still something to do before he can sign his contract.”

According to the football chief of De Telegraaf, this has to do with the interpretation of Van Gaal’s staff. “There are several people he would like to have on his staff and they all have to come from outside the KNVB. That takes time. A Danny Blind, for example, who is a supervisory director at Ajax. I cannot imagine that Ajax and the KNVB want that. he would then remain.”

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Olympic France defeats South Korea (2-1) in preparation / Olympic Games / France / SOFOOT.com

Three imaginary points before Tokyo.

The victory against South Korea (2-1), this Friday afternoon, however, took a long time to take shape, especially since it was the Koreans who opened the scoring through Kwon at the 63e minute, on a penalty) caused by Modibo Sagnan.

Scrambled, battered, but enterprising, especially after the opener, France returned to the match after a great collective movement. At the 83e minute, a cross from Téji Savanier – his favorite weapon this afternoon – finds Melvin Bard in the area, then Anthony Caci behind. His shot off target is well picked up by Randal Kolo Muani and allows the Blues to return to the game. But things do not end there: the Rémois Nathanaël Mbuku – well helped by the Korean goalkeeper – gives the victory to his team with a vicious strike in the 88e. Six players came into play during the match, including the two scorers, on the French side.

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New PSV captain presents himself: “Did well today”

Roger Schmidt is not yet sure who will be the new PSV captain, but there is a chance that Marco van Ginkel will be. The midfielder wore the belt against PAOK Saloniki and may be allowed to keep it on.

Van Ginkel is sober when asked if he is interested in becoming captain. “I don’t know, we’ll see. I have a certain experience at this club, but also in my career. I am one of those players who has the qualities to lead a team, to work with the guys and something to teach,” he said after the press conference.

Schmidt was also asked about Van Ginkel as a possible captain. “Marco did well today,” the Eindhovens Dagblad quotes him as saying. “He is the type who can be a captain. But there is no final decision yet. Next week we will see how we fill it in.”

After a long absence, Van Ginkel feels like a footballer again. “But I already felt that last season. I feel good. The preparation is always tough, but also fun. We have trained a lot and have been together a lot. Then you look forward to the real thing. We are ready. preparation is a bit shorter than usual. But we train a lot and have played practice matches. We know the concept of the game and know what is expected. It looked good.”

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