Thursday 23 November 2017

Neymar stars to sink Team GB

Stuart Pearce's Great Britain side made an underwhelming start to their Olympic preparations as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium.

Team GB, who started with Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy --their three designated overage players -- should have been behind after only seven minutes but Neymar blazed wide.

The gold-medal favourites made no mistake just four minutes later however when Spurs star Sandro nodded in Neymar's clever free-kick.

Brazil doubled their lead just after the half hour when Richards hacked down Chelsea target Hulk in the area, Neymar making no mistake from the penalty spot.

Rangers transfer ban to kick in at start of season

Rangers newco have accepted a 12-month transfer ban, beginning on September 1, as a condition of gaining membership of the Scottish Football Association, the SFA have confirmed. The decision will allow Rangers boss Ally McCoist to sign players before their Division 3 campaign begins.

Rangers were voted into the bottom tier by Scottish Football League clubs, after failing in their bid to get into the SPL.

The registration embargo and a £160,000 fine were handed down to Rangers for a range of offences, including the club's failure to pay tax under former owner Craig Whyte, who was banned for life by the SFA after he was ruled unfit to hold an official role in the game.

Southgate walks away from FA role

Gareth Southgate is to quit the Football Association after only 18 months -- dashing hopes that the former England defender would become the body's new technical director.

Southgate is leaving is post as the FA's head of elite development and has said he no longer wishes to be considered for the role of technical director.

Irish Independent

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