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Bellamy was anticipating being appointed as the next manager of the Wales national team.

The news from Sky Sports News’ Geraint Hughes:

Craig Bellamy is likely to be appointed as the next manager of the Wales national team.

An announcement is expected within the next two days following recent meetings between FAW executives and Bellamy held last week.

Bellamy is set to take over from Rob Page, who was dismissed last month, having opted against remaining at Burnley following the arrival of Scott Parker as their new manager.

Key figures from the FAW, such as chief executive Noel Mooney and technical director David Adams, have been central to the quest for Wales’ next manager.

Bellamy wasn’t the sole candidate the FAW deliberated on to succeed Page. Osian Roberts, former Wales assistant under Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace, also engaged in discussions with the FAW.

Thierry Henry, the current manager of the France U21 team, had previously obtained his UEFA Pro Licence through the FAW, making him an initial contender for the role Bongdalu.

Willy Sagnol, the manager of Georgia, whose team garnered praise for their performance in Euro 2024, was also in discussions.

Bellamy has prior experience coaching various Wales youth teams and has frequently expressed his aspiration to lead the national side.

The individual, aged 44, previously captained Wales and represented his nation in 78 matches from 1998 to 2013.

Confirmation of Bellamy’s appointment is anticipated to be announced sometime this week.

Earps prepares diligently for England’s crucial Euro qualifiers

Mary Earps is currently in training with England as they prepare for their last two Euro 2025 qualifying matches.

The recently signed Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper practiced with her England teammates on Monday, aiming to reclaim her starting position ahead of the upcoming qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Niamh Charles has returned to training after sitting out the last two England games due to a calf issue. However, according to Sky Sports News’ Anton Toloui, Fran Kirby was unable to participate in training due to illness.

“Fran Kirby wasn’t able to join the session today due to feeling unwell,” reported Toloui. “Although she’s at St George’s Park, the Brighton midfielder opted out of today’s training.”

“The positive update for England, and for Sarina Wiegman, is that Mary Earps has returned to training.”

She participated in the entire training session, although her most recent game for England was in late May, during which she was substituted early due to a hip injury in the match against France at St James’ Park.

She has completed her recovery and returned to full training, appearing ready for selection in England’s upcoming matches against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Sane has undergone successful surgery for a groin injury

Leroy Sane has had a successful operation on his groin.

The minimally invasive surgery occurred on Monday following Germany’s elimination from Euro 2024.

A statement from Bayern Munich noted, “The Bayern forward had been managing discomfort towards the end of the previous season.”

“The 28-year-old is anticipated to resume team training by late July, alongside the other players who participated in the Euros.”

Uruguay’s ten-player team eliminates Brazil from the Copa America through a dramatic penalty shoot-out

Uruguay persevered despite being reduced to 10 players, securing a thrilling victory over Brazil on penalties and securing their spot in the Copa America semi-finals.

A contentious match with limited scoring opportunities in Las Vegas concluded in a goalless draw. Uruguay played the final 20 minutes with a numerical disadvantage after Nahitan Nandez received a red card following a VAR review, intensifying the match’s drama.

However, they seldom appeared under pressure, and their advancement to the semifinals was secured despite two penalty misses by the Brazilian team.

Both teams struggled to establish rhythm in the first half, resulting in only three shots on target amidst a total of 18 fouls committed.

Darwin Nunez had the most promising opportunity, heading over from a short distance after 34 minutes, following an earlier attempt that had been deflected wide.

Brazil’s most significant opportunity came moments later, with Raphinha breaking through on goal against Sergio Rochet, who blocked the shot with his left hand. Rochet repeated this feat with the only other clear chance of the half.

If anything, the second half turned out to be even more tightly contested.

Manuel Ugarte unleashed an early long-range volley directly at Alisson in the Brazil goal, marking Uruguay’s solitary shot on target in the half.

The number of fouls escalated throughout the match, eventually reaching a total of 41, culminating in a heated incident in the 71st minute when Nandez brought down Rodrygo.

Initially, Argentine referee Dario Herrera issued a yellow card, but after a VAR review, the challenge on the Brazilian player’s ankle was upgraded to a red card.

Even with an additional player, Brazil, missing the suspended Vinicius Jr., faced difficulties in breaking down a resolute Uruguay defense. It wasn’t until the 84th minute that Endrick managed to produce Brazil’s sole shot on target, a feeble attempt from beyond the penalty area.

Rochet denied Eder Militao from the spot and Douglas Luiz struck the post with his effort, though Alisson’s save on Jose Gimenez briefly postponed the outcome. However, Manuel Ugarte sealed a 4-2 shootout victory by slotting the ball into the top right corner.

James Rodriguez contributed a goal and assisted on two others as Colombia cruised to a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Panama at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Rodriguez expressed optimism about the future: “The most crucial phase lies ahead. Our aim is to make it to the final. I’m thrilled with our current form; it’s been a positive period for us. We had a strong game today and managed to score early goals.”

Refaat, the 31-year-old Egyptian international, has passed away

Ahmed Refaat, an Egyptian international player, has passed away at the age of 31 due to a heart attack suffered during a match in the Egyptian Premier League in March, his club Modern Sport confirmed.

Refaat was admitted to the intensive care unit on March 11th after collapsing during the 88th minute of Modern Future’s league match against Al-Ittihad Alexandria.

The striker, who underwent pacemaker implantation, was discharged a month later and continued to undergo treatment.

“Modern Future FC has issued a statement announcing the passing of Ahmed Refaat, a member of their first team and the Egyptian national team, due to a severe decline in his health,” the club stated.

“He was taken to the hospital where he passed away after a challenging battle following the health crisis that occurred on March 11, 2024.”

Egyptian captain and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah honored his teammate with a tribute.

“May God bless his family and all those dear to him,” Salah wrote on X.

Nandy to assume responsibility for Football Governance bill in her new position

Lisa Nandy has been named the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport.

At the top of her priorities will be the proposed Football Governance Bill and the prospect of establishing an independent regulator for the sport.

Nandy played a crucial role in rescuing Wigan Athletic from potential liquidation in both 2019 and 2023.

The Labour MP had previously described the events in football as a “national scandal,” reflecting on the arduous nine-month journey to save the club as one of her most challenging experiences.

Nandy played a pivotal role in raising substantial funds to rescue the club last year, and she has remained actively engaged since local businessman Mike Danson took over as the new owner.

She has consistently expressed her belief that football clubs play a vital role in local communities and British culture.

The Football Governance Bill was presented to the House of Commons on March 19, 2024, and underwent its second reading in parliament on April 23.

Next, the bill will move to the committee stage, where each section and any proposed amendments will be thoroughly debated and examined.

Manchester City and Manchester United have the opportunity to compete in European competitions alongside their affiliated clubs

Manchester City and Manchester United have been granted permission to participate in European competitions alongside their sister clubs Girona and Nice, respectively.

UEFA has confirmed that the clubs have implemented substantial changes to their ownership structures, ensuring sufficient independence to comply with UEFA regulations.

UEFA rules:

  • No individual is involved, whether directly or indirectly, in the management, administration, or sporting activities of more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition simultaneously.
  • No individual possesses control or decisive influence over more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition.

However, City and United are prohibited from transferring players between themselves and their affiliated clubs until September 2025.

UEFA states that pre-agreed deals are permitted to proceed as planned. This allows Manchester City to proceed with their potential signing of Savio.

Savio was loaned to Girona last season from Troyes, which is another club affiliated with the City Football Group.

City will participate in the Champions League alongside Girona, while United will compete in the Europa League with Nice.

England Women and Netherlands Women played to a draw in a behind-closed-doors friendly match

England Women and Netherlands Women played to a 1-1 draw in a behind-closed-doors friendly held at the Dutch FA campus in Zeist on Thursday afternoon.

During the game, which spanned three 30-minute periods, England manager Sarina Wiegman utilized 20 players, with Aggie Beever-Jones of Chelsea scoring England’s goal.

PSV Eindhoven’s Chimera Ripa scored the equalizer for the Netherlands.

Wiegman utilized the match as preparation for the crucial Euro 2025 qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland at Carrow Road on July 12 and Sweden in Gothenburg on July 16.

Burnley are nearing the appointment of Parker as their manager

Sky Sports News’ Mark McAdam and Elliot Cook said:

Burnley are on the verge of finalizing Scott Parker’s appointment as their next manager.

The ex-Fulham, Bournemouth, and Club Brugge manager is close to making a comeback to coaching, stepping in for Vincent Kompany, who moved to Bayern Munich earlier this summer.

While final details are yet to be sorted out, it’s anticipated that Parker could be officially announced in the position by the week’s end.

Busby Babe Whitefoot passes away at the age of 90

Manchester United has confirmed the passing of Jeff Whitefoot, a former Busby Babe, at the age of 90.

Whitefoot made his league debut under the guidance of iconic manager Matt Busby in 1950, becoming United’s youngest league debutant at just 16 years old.

Whitefoot clinched the First Division championship with United in 1956 and later secured the FA Cup while playing for Nottingham Forest in 1959.

The Welsh FA has suspended President Williams

Sky Sports News’ Amar Mehta said:

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has suspended President Steve Williams while an investigation is ongoing.

The governing body of Welsh football has acknowledged the ongoing case involving Williams but has not provided any additional information or reasons for his suspension.

In his role as president, Williams is responsible for the administration of Welsh football across all levels and was actively involved in the decision to dismiss Rob Page last month.

The 38-year-old led Saints to immediate promotion to the Premier League last season following their victory over Leeds in the Championship play-off final.

The former Norwich defender has been granted a new contract, extending his initial three-year deal by an additional year, as a reward for his contributions.

Martin’s coaching team, including Matt Gill, Dean Thornton, Colin Calderwood, Carl Martin, Rhys Owen, and Ben Parker, have all agreed to new contracts with the club.

Pogba declares: “I’m not done yet. I aim to challenge what I perceive as an unjust doping ban.”

Paul Pogba asserts that he is not stepping away from football, despite facing a four-year doping ban.

The Juventus midfielder received the sanction in February following a positive test for DHEA in September, a compound known to stimulate hormone production, including testosterone.

As a result of the ruling, the French international is prohibited from playing until August 2027, by which time he will be 34 years old. In September, Pogba was quoted by Al Jazeera as stating that he is contemplating retirement.

However, during an interview with Sky Italy, Pogba emphasized his determination to challenge the “injustice” of his ban, which is currently under appeal. He reaffirmed his intention to return to football.

He expressed, “There remains an opportunity to contest what I perceive as an injustice.”

“Let’s wait and see. Hopefully, things will improve. I remain optimistic, but let’s wait and see.”

“I’ve never claimed I’m done, that Paul Pogba no longer exists. Pogba is still here. I’m here today. I am Pogba. You’ve never heard me say I’m finished.”

“I still have the footballer’s spirit in me, continuing to train and maintain a positive outlook. I’m cherishing time with my family, witnessing my children’s growth.”

When asked about his situation with Juventus, Pogba responded, “The latest update is that I’m still a Juventus player. You should contact them for further details.”

“I’m still under contract with them, but I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to the sporting director or the coach. There’s been little communication. Perhaps they’re waiting on the appeal outcome to make decisions. For further details, you’ll have to inquire with them.”

Moorhouse has been selected for the Lionesses squad

Anna Moorhouse, the uncapped goalkeeper from Orlando Pride, has received a call-up to the England squad for their Euro 2025 qualifiers against Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Mary Earps, who sustained a hip injury during the match against France in May, will join the rest of the squad for a training camp in the Netherlands.

Niamh Charles, who missed England’s last two matches due to a calf injury, will also travel with the team as she continues her recovery.

England is scheduled to play a closed-door match against the Netherlands on Thursday, followed by their return journey home the next day.

Georgia Stanway will remain with Bayern Munich, who have already started their pre-season, until the following Monday.

The entire squad will gather at St George’s Park on Monday, July 8, to prepare for their match against Republic of Ireland at Carrow Road on July 12.

Lautaro shines in Messi’s absence as Argentina defeat Peru

In the second half, Lautaro Martinez scored two goals, leading Argentina’s reserve team to a 2-0 victory over Peru in the Copa America on Saturday, securing their position at the top of Group A.

Martinez, making his first start of the tournament, scored in the 47th and 86th minutes, extending his scoring streak to three consecutive matches.

The Inter Milan forward completed a swift attack in the 47th minute, calmly lifting the ball over Peru’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. He replicated the feat in the 86th minute, capitalizing on Peru’s defensive lapse to score his second goal with another deft chip over Gallese.

Argentina secured their spot in the quarter-finals ahead of the match in Miami, having already defeated Canada and Chile, the other teams in their group.

With their qualification assured, the defending champions opted to rest key players, such as captain Lionel Messi.

Messi, who turned 37 on Monday, is recuperating from a thigh injury sustained during their victory against Chile on Tuesday.

He is anticipated to make his comeback for their quarter-final clash on Thursday in Houston against the runner-up from Group B.

Colombia maintains their undefeated streak with a victory over Costa Rica

Colombia maintained their impressive streak in the Copa America by securing a convincing 3-0 victory against Costa Rica, further solidifying their position atop Group D and securing a spot in the quarter-finals.

Nestor Lorenzo’s team has extended their unbeaten streak to 25 matches and continues to be considered strong contenders for the title.

Jhon Cordoba proved to be a persistent threat against Costa Rica, earning the penalty that led to Luis Diaz’s opening goal. He later added Colombia’s third goal in the 62nd minute, following Davinson Sanchez’s quick-fire goal that doubled their lead just three minutes earlier.

“After executing everything we prepared for this week, I’m genuinely pleased to have contributed to my teammates, beyond just scoring the goal,” remarked Cordoba following the match.

The 31-year-old striker from FK Krasnodar got the starting nod in lieu of Rafael Santos Borre, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

Colombia will wrap up their group-stage campaign with a match against Brazil on Tuesday.

Vinicius and Paqueta score as Brazil cruise past Paraguay in the Copa America

Brazil reignited their Copa America journey with a decisive 4-1 win over Paraguay in Las Vegas, injecting renewed momentum into their campaign.

After a lackluster 0-0 draw against Costa Rica in their first match, Dorival Junior’s team was eager to score and assert themselves on the scoreboard to stay competitive with Colombia for the Group D lead.

Brazil asserted dominance from the outset, creating their initial scoring opportunity in the sixth minute as Joao Gomes carved out space at the edge of the penalty area, only to fire his shot over the crossbar.

However, Paraguay came close to taking the lead just 10 minutes later; Brazil’s goalkeeper Alisson was called into action to deny Damian Bobadilla’s powerful long-range shot.

Paraguay started gaining momentum, posing a threat to Brazil and putting them on the defensive. However, Thapcamtv the favorites were handed a penalty in the 30th minute when the referee judged that a shot from Lucas Paqueta struck the arm of Andres Cubas as he attempted to evade the ball.

Unfortunately, Paqueta failed to convert the penalty for his team’s opening goal. His attempt to deceive Paraguay goalkeeper Rodrigo Morinigo saw the ball sail wide of the right post.

The disappointment didn’t last long. A series of dazzling short-range passes set up Vinicius Jr. to slip a shot beneath a diving Morinigo, granting Brazil a comfortable cushion with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Paraguay almost equalized immediately through Julio Enciso, but he couldn’t quite convert a powerful pass from Mathias Villasanti into the net.

Brazil ended the first half with a burst of goals.

A deflection gifted Savio a goal in the 43rd minute, and Vinicius Jr took advantage of a defensive error to score his second goal in the final minute of added time.

Brazil sought to build on their 3-0 lead at the beginning of the second half but conceded a spectacular goal to Omar Alderete in the 48th minute.

The defender controlled a clearance attempt with his chest before unleashing a powerful half-volley into the bottom right corner, reigniting Paraguay’s hopes.

Paraguay nearly narrowed the gap moments later, but a diving Alisson managed to parry Enciso’s long-range effort away from goal, as it seemed destined for the top-right corner.

Brazil reestablished their three-goal advantage in the 65th minute when Paqueta redeemed himself with a successful penalty kick, awarded for a second handball offense.

From that point on, Paraguay’s frustration escalated, resulting in a red card for Cubas in the 80th minute after he kicked out at Douglas Luiz while both players were on the ground.

Uruguay dominated Bolivia to move nearer to the Copa America quarter-finals

Uruguay’s commanding 5-0 victory over Bolivia in their Group C match has all but secured their spot in the Copa America quarter-finals.

Facundo Pellistri opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a precise header, while Darwin Nunez extended Uruguay’s lead shortly after the 20th minute with a powerful left-footed strike that beat Bolivia’s goalkeeper Guillermo Vizcarra. Nunez’s goal marked his seventh consecutive international match finding the net.

Maximiliano Araujo sealed the match with a close-range finish in the 77th minute, followed by Federico Valverde extending Uruguay’s lead to 4-0 just four minutes later.

Rodrigo Bentancur, coming on as a substitute, put the finishing touch on the match by scoring with a header in the 89th minute, making an immediate impact with his first touch.

Uruguay is poised to advance as group leaders if they manage to avoid losing to the USA in their upcoming final group match on Monday. Even if they were to lose that match, their superior goal difference would likely secure their progression.

Bolivia, having suffered defeats in both of their previous games, face a slim mathematical possibility of avoiding elimination in the group stage for the fourth consecutive time.

USA denounces online racist attacks against players following their defeat to Panama

The US Soccer Federation has denounced the online racist abuse directed at their players following their 2-1 loss to Panama at the Copa America.

Tim Weah was among the players subjected to the abuse. The forward received a straight red card in the 18th minute for striking a Panama player in the back of the head in an off-the-ball incident.

Despite playing with a man down, the US managed to take the lead, only to be equalized four minutes later, and Panama ultimately secured the victory with a goal in the 83rd minute.

The US Soccer Federation stated, “Such hateful and discriminatory behavior has no place in the game whatsoever.”

“These actions are not only unacceptable but also run counter to the values of respect and inclusivity that we uphold as an organization.”

Sky Sports News has reached out to social media companies X and Meta for their comments.

Marshall Islands have announced their inaugural fixtures, marking a historic milestone for their national teams

The Marshall Islands, the final nation without a national team, has unveiled its inaugural schedule of international matches.

From July 22 to July 24, the country, comprising 29 atolls and five islands in the Pacific Ocean, will compete in a series of futsal matches against the Federal States of Micronesia in Majuro, the capital.

The ultimate aim of this ambitious initiative is to form a complete team and achieve membership in FIFA.

Click below to access Dan Long’s exclusive interview from last year with Lloyd Owers, the technical director based in the UK.

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