DAILY DIARY, 17 July 2014: Marcel Schmelzer has agreed terms on a new 3-year deal worth £3.5m a year to the 26 year-old German international left-back. Schmelzer joins Neven Subotic in having recently received an improved deal following last year’s highly successful season.
Teenage defensive midfielder Nils Dietz has agreed to move to 3.Fußball-Liga side VfR Aalen on a season-long loan.
Bayer Leverkusen have parted ways with Sascha Lewandowski, citing the desire for a fresh start ahead of the new domestic campaign in four weeks. Lewandowski presided over the sales of Lars Bender and André Schürrle to rivals Borussia Dortmund, which angered the fanbase.
Fred Rutten has shocked the Dutch Eredivisie by resigning at FC Groningen to take the PSV Eindhoven vacancy, less than two years after being fired by the club following an abysmal showing in the Europa League.
Genoa has announced that Stefano Pioli has been appointed as their new manager.
The following significant vacancies are available:
- Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Ghana, Peru
- England, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Switzerland
- Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
- FC Groningen (NED)
- Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Day two of the UEFA U19s in Hungary, with no side being able to seal their place in the final four just yet. There were wins for Czech Republic and Portugal, while Germany and England played out an entertaining draw, as did Spain and Slovakia.
The hosts are out after defeat to Portugal, while Romania cannot qualify either.
GROUP A Romania 1-3 Czech Republic Spain 1-1 Slovakia Czech Rep (4pts, +2), Spain (4 +2), Slovakia (2), Romania (0) --------------------------------------------------------------- GROUP B Hungary 0-1 Portugal Germany 1-1 England Germany (4 pts, +2), England (4, +1), Portugal (3), Hungary (0)
The Europa League has entered the Second Qualifying Round, with 115 goals being scored in 40 First Leg ties across Europe. Germany’s only continental representative at this stage – 2.Bundesliga side VfL Bochum – beat Irish side Sligo Rovers 2-0 at home.
There were also wins for Austria Vienna, Midtjylland, Rosenborg, Partizan Belgrade, Helsingsborg, and Dundee United amongst others. The Second Leg ties will be played next week.