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Fiorentina confirm Ribery arrival

Thursday, 2019-08-22 07:13:25
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File image of former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery. (Photo: Reuters)
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Former France and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is to join Fiorentina, the Serie A side said on Wednesday.

The club’s website showed a video of the 36-year-old stepping off a private jet at Florence’s Peretola airport before meeting officials. Ribery joined Bayern in 2007 and won 21 major titles with the Bavarians including the 2013 Champions League and Club World Cup, as well as five German Cups and nine Bundesliga titles.

* Leicester City's Algeria forward Islam Slimani has sealed a season-long loan move to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. The 31-year-old has struggled to secure a starting spot since joining the Midlands club from Portuguese side Sporting in 2016 and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. He has played 46 games for Leicester, scoring 13 goals, and also had a short loan spell at Newcastle United last year.

* Russian race walker Sergey Bakulin has been suspended for eight years for an anti-doping violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit said on Wednesday. Bakulin, who has served a doping suspension in the past, had already been stripped of his 50 km world title from 2011.

* Tottenham Hotspur Football Club plans to refinance about £400 million of its stadium debt through bonds issued via a private placement arranged by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). The holding company of the English soccer club originally took out a £400 million five-year loan from BAML, Goldman Sachs and HSBC in 2017 to finance the construction of its new 62,062-seat stadium.

* France's competition authority said it had cleared the takeover of the Ligue 1 soccer club OGC Nice by INEOS , the energy group run by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe. Nice, coached by former Arsenal and French World Cup winner Patrick Vieira, have won their first two matches of the new season.

* Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has joined Trabzonspor on a three-year deal, the Turkish Super League side said on Wednesday. The 29-year-old was released by Liverpool at the end of his contract in June, ending a six-year stay at the Merseyside club where he scored 67 goals in 160 matches in all competitions.

* Alain Giresse has left his job as Tunisia coach after nine months in the role having guided them to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in July. The former France international's departure was announced by the Tunisian Football Federation on Wednesday, who said in a brief statement that it was a mutual decision. Giresse’s departure means 13 of the 24 coaches from last month’s tournament have left their jobs.

* Chelsea right back Davide Zappacosta has joined Italian side AS Roma on loan initially until the end of January after signing a new one-year contract, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Italy international's new deal takes his contract at Chelsea through to June 2022.

* RCD Espanyol has secured a season-long loan for the French right-back Sebastien Corchia from Sevilla. Corchia will be with Espanyol until the end of June 2020 and Espanyol also has the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

* The organisers of next year's Tokyo Paralympics said on Wednesday that they will begin accepting online applications for tickets from Thursday. The tickets will be sold through a lottery system on the newly established official website for Paralympics tickets, which will go live early Thursday.

Reuters, Xinhua