Brendan Rodgers has been appointed as the new England manager in succession to Roy Hodgson. The announcement was made at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. Hodgson resigned after England’s dismal World Cup campaign, where they finished bottom of Group D.
In a statement to the press, the FA’s chief executive Alex Horn and chairman Greg Dyke commented that Rodgers was the unanimous choice of the selection committee and they fully believed he would be capable of guiding the team successfully to Euro 2016.
Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in May 2013 after they finished 7th in the Premier League, and failing to progress past the last 16 of the Europa League. His successor at Anfield, Jürgen Klopp, lasted just nine months in charge before being dismissed.
Eredivise champions FC Twente won the Johan Cruyff Schaal yesterday with a 3-0 victory over KNVB Beker-holders Vitesse Arnhem. Yannick N’Djeng scored in either half, sandwiching a fine strike from Luc Castaignos.
The French Trophée des Champions today pitted Ligue 1 winners Olympique Lyonnais against domestic cup holders Toulouse, at Stade de Gerland. Emmanuel Rivière put the visitors in front shortly before half-time, but Jimmy Briand equalised for Lyon on the hour. One-all at the final whistle, Lyon went on to win 4-3 on penalties.
Thomas Meißner has agreed a season-long loan move to 2.Bundesliga side TSV Aachen. The 23 year-old centre-back has only made eight league appearances for BVB since his transfer from FSV Mainz two summers ago. He hasn’t made a first-team appearance under Gray Surman as yet.
20 year-old midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt is also on his way out of Signal Iduna Park having agreed a season-long loan move to Ajax, rejecting a similar offer from Lyon. Bittencourt spent most of last season at SV Sandhausen, having a largely disappointing time.
Dortmund have green-lit a loan move for centre-back Florian Hübner to second-tier side Eintracht Braunschweig, where he would join Erik Durm. The club, who begin their season on Sunday, have offered a £7,000 monthly fee for his services.
The club has almost sold its full season ticket allocation, confirming today that 48,987 had been sold so far since the end of last season. ~100 tickets remain available.