Football Champions

So France lost 1-0 to China today. Which sounds bad. And is bad. But take a look at the goal from Deng Zhuoxiang that won it:

Either Deng is better than Pirlo/Juninho/Beckham combined, or every bad thing we’ve heard about the adidas Jabulani World Cup ball is true.


The Italian Football Federation confirmed that Italy will be without defender Giorgio Chiellini for their friendly against the Netherlands due to a calf injury.  [read]

English Premier League side Chelsea announced that Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new five-year contract with the club.  [read]

Aston Villa announced the loan signing of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley after the deal was struck late on transfer deadline day.  [read]

A new working group set up to address the topic of third-party ownership of players’ economic rights met for the first time today, 2 September 2014, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. [read]

The German Football Association announced the appointment of Thomas Schneider as the new assistant coach of the Germany national team.  [read]

France striker Alexandre Lacazette has agreed a new two-year contract with Lyon, while midfielder Yoann Gourcuff has agreed to a pay cut to his existing deal.  [read]

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney expressed his excitement by the signing of Radamel Falcao, calling it a major signal of intent.  [read]

Borussia Dortmund have extended the contract of 22-year-old defender Erik Durm, who was a member of Germany's FIFA World Cup-winning team, until 2019. [read]

Roma left-back Federico Balzaretti has revealed he does not know if he will be able to play football again, with his pelvic pain having worsened. [read]