Bayern Munich appoint Hasan Salihamidzic as new sporting director

Bayern Munich have named former midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic as the club’s new sporting director.

The 40-year-old Bosnian’s appointment on a three-year deal was announced in a news conference on Monday.

Salihamidzic made over 350 appearances for Bayern during a nine-year spell between 1998 and 200 , winning six Bundesliga titles and one Champions League trophy.

The German champions have not had a sporting director since Matthias Sammer left the club last summer 2016.

Former club captains Philipp Lahm and Oliver Kahn had been among those linked with the role.

“When I was asked if I wanted to I knew immediately that I would,” said Salihamidzic. “When I was here as a player I always gave 100 per cent in every training session and every game, and I’ll do the same now as sporting director. I’ll be available for the players 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’m really looking forward to the task.”

“Hasan knows Bayern well, he was here as a player for several years,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “He’s a person I wouldn’t have liked to play against because he always worked hard and gave his all. He’s a very loyal and he speaks five languages, so he can speak to all of our players. He’ll be responsible for football and he’ll be the link between the coach and the team and the coach and the club.”

He had subsequent spells at Juventus and Wolfsburg before retiring as a professional in 2012. He has since worked as an ambassador for Bayern and travelled with the club on their recent trip to Asia as part of the Bundesliga World Tour 2017.

Former USA and Swansea manager Bob Bradley appointed manager of LAFC

Expansion club Los Angeles Football Club has appointed Bob Bradley as its first ever manager ahead of the side’s first season in Major League Soccer in 2018, the league confirmed on Thursday.

News of Bradley’s hire broke on Thursday afternoon, when it was first reported by Goal.

It will be Bradley’s first time in MLS since 2006, when he was in charge of now-defunct Chivas USA.

The 59-year-old left the club for the U.S. national team in 2006, a position he held until 2011. Bradley returns to MLS after a six-year stint overseas, most recently with Swansea City.

The New Jersey native spent less than three months in South Wales before being sacked, earning five points in his 11 matches in charge of the Swans.

Prior to his Premier League stint, Bradley narrowly missed out on promotion to Ligue 1 in his 11-month tenure at French second-division Le Havre, and oversaw Norwegian club Stabaek qualify for the Europa League in his two seasons in Baerum.

He also managed the Egyptian national team from 2011 to 2013.

Bradley’s success in MLS dates back to his time in charge of the Chicago Fire, with whom he won an MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup double in 1998, and picked up a second Open Cup in 2000.

Sigi Schmid replaces sacked Curt Onalfo as coach of LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy have sacked head coach Curt Onalfo with immediate effect, and have replaced him with former LA coach Sigi Schmid, the club confirmed on Thursday.

Onalfo has overseen a dismal run of form as the club sit ninth in the Western Conference on a five-game losing streak with the news of his sacking first reported by the LA Times.

Schmid will sign a contract through to the end of 2018 and will take his first training session on Thursday.

Schmid, who was fired by Seattle Sounders months before they won the MLS Cup under Brian Schmetzer, took charge of the Galaxy for five years from 1999-2004 and won the MLS Cup in 2002.

He has also won the MLS Coach of the Year Award twice, first in 1999 and then again in 2008 when he won the MLS Supporters’ Shield/Cup double with Columbus Crew.

Schmid also won the MLS Supporters’ Shield and four U.S. Open cups with Seattle before he was fired. Onalfo’s assistant Ante Razov will remain with the club but in a different role.

Roma Legend Francesco Totti confirms his retirement and new director role

Francesco Totti has confirmed his retirement as a player by accepting a directorship role with Roma.

The 40-year-old Roman, who represented the Giallorossi for 24 years as a striker, played his last game for the Serie A club in May but his status since had been uncertain as he fielded offers.

In an interview published on Roma’s official website on Monday evening, Totti admitted his illustrious on-pitch career was a thing of the past and that a new life in football management awaited him.

He said: “The end of my playing career was May 28, 2017. That for me was an historic day.

“I’ll carry it with me forever. It will be hard to explain to people the feelings and emotions I felt that day.

“The first part of my life, as a player, has ended but now I’m heading into an equally important part as a manager, hoping to do as well as I did on the field.”

Totti made his debut as a 16-year-old in 1993 and won the Scudetto once, in 2001. His 786th and final appearance for Roma was as a substitute in a 3-2 league win over Genoa at the Olimpico.

He was reportedly close to making a swansong switch to China or Major League Soccer but has instead hung up his boots.

“I never wanted that game to end, that day to end,” said Totti, who is Roma’s all-time leading goalscorer with 307 in all competitions.

“For me it was too important, too significant, too exciting.

“The game has given me so much and I tried to give so much back to the people who have showed me so much love day after day.

“Now I’ll try to make myself available at all 360 degrees, from the youth team to the president. It might take six months, a year, two years… I don’t know how long it will take to find the role I prefer.”

Teddy Sheringham named coach of Atletico de Kolkata; Rene Meulensteen, Steve Coppel get new manager jobs in ISL

Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has been named head coach of Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Atletico de Kolkata.

The 51-year-old has replaced Spaniard Jose Francisco Molina, who led the club to their second title in three years in his only season as coach.

Sheringham, who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League with United, lasted eight months in his first managerial role with League Two side Stevenage before leaving  the club in February 2016.

Atletico de Kolkata, owned by a consortium including Spanish club Atletico Madrid and ex-India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, won the first ISL competition in 2014.

Meanwhile, Jamshedpur Football Club, one of the two new entrants, have named another former England and Manchester United player, Steve Coppell, as their manager for the upcoming season. The 62-year-old took Kerala Blasters to the ISL final against Kolkata last year.

And former United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen has been appointed as head coach of Kerala Blasters.

Last week former Aston Villa boss John Gregory  was named in charge of  Chennaiyin FC, succeeding World Cup winner Marco Materazzi who had been in the role for three years.

This year’s revamped five-month competition starts on October 1 with two new teams making it a 10-team league.

Michael Carrick named Manchester United captain

Michael Carrick has been confirmed as the new captain of Manchester United following Wayne Rooney’s exit.

All-time top scorer and captain Rooney’s return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years was confirmed on Sunday.

United boss Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to name a new skipper, with long-serving midfielder Carrick handed the captain’s armband.

“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” he told MUTV.

“It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.

“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure.

“I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”
Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and his contribution was recognised in a testimonial last month.

The 35-year-old is the longest serving player at Old Trafford following Rooney’s exit, although he looked set to leave the club last summer.
A change in management saw Carrick handed a one-year deal, then a further contract extension this summer.

“I will just be myself,” he said of his style of captaincy.

“You can’t change and it is wrong to come into the role and then suddenly change, shouting and screaming at everyone, telling them what to do.

“I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak but I am quite laid back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example.”

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