When you play you notice if you like soccer itself. To have my first experience in a club of traditions and of a high level like Penarol is more than I dreamed of,’ he said. The 40-year-old is now set for the next chapter of his career as he prepares to take on his first managerial job in charge of Uruguayan side Penarol. Former Uruguayan internationals showed their support too as Sebastian Abreu and ex-captain Diego Lugano were seen in the line-up that played against him, with Forlan picking a team of his closest friends and team-mates. SOCCER – Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette tries to get past Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin during the first leg of the Europa League semi-final at the Emirates Stadium in London, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli joined in the celebrations after being invited to sing in front of a packed stadium.
After two years of hearings, the jury concluded the police were responsible for the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium crush during an FA Cup semi-final — Britain’s worst sporting disaster. Forlan had an excellent career, winning an array of trophies throughout his 21 years on the pitch, first winning the Premier League and FA Cup with Man United before lifting the Europa League and Super Cup with Atletico. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has left Arsenal after six years to join Premier League rival Liverpool for an initial fee of 35 million pounds ($45 million). Everton has signed Croatian winger Nikola Vlasic from Hajduk Split for eight million pounds ($10 million). The 17-year-old winger will wear the No. 7 jersey at Dortmund following Dembele’s move to Barcelona for at least 105 million euros ($125 million). Cantona would leave Leeds the following season to join Manchester United. Striker James Weir allowed to leave for second-tier Wigan on loan. French league club Lille has made its first signing of the January transfer window, bringing in Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi on a 4½-year deal on deadline day.
It has been a fast start to the final day of the transfer window for the northern club, which made the announcement just hours after recruiting Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi. The Premier League club replaced the striker by re-signing Wilfried Bony from Manchester City. SOCCER – An octopus named Iker predicts the winner of the Champions League semi-final match between Real Madrid and Barcelona to be played on May 3, choosing a sardine from a glass cylinder with Real’s badge. Rodriguez, who transferred from Real Madrid to PSG for 25 million euros last summer, is from the Canary Islands, where Las Palmas is based. Nadal couldn’t avoid the issue when he arrived in the Spanish capital for this week’s Madrid Open. Paris Saint-Germain has loaned goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to Spanish club Osasuna until the end of the season. Spanish club Granada says Ghana midfielder Wakaso Mubarak will join the team on loan from Panathinaikos after the African Cup of Nations. Zozulya says the misunderstanding happened when he arrived in Spain last year to play for Betis wearing a shirt that a local journalist thought displayed a badge supporting radical groups in his native country. Italian club Torino says defender Davide Zappacosta has left for Premier League champion Chelsea.
Crystal Palace has signed Mamadou Sakho for the rest of the season after the defender fell out of favor at Liverpool. Sakho hasn’t played since April, first while serving a provisional ban for a failed drug test – a case later dismissed by UEFA – and then after being sent home from the preseason tour of the United States because of concerns over his attitude. His countryman Luis Suarez also took time out to show his appreciation for Forlan, but while he can often be seen scoring goals for Barcelona, the Liverpool man opted to give goalkeeping a go as he featured in between the sticks. Chapman was the club’s top scorer with 16 league goals while Cantona, who arrived in January that year, scored three. But the goals dried up this season, with the Nigerian only netting twice in 20 appearances. Mahrez, English soccer’s player of the year in the 2015-16 season, has played in Leicester’s first three games of the Premier League. Helped his nation win the Copa America Centenario last year. Sanches won the Young Player of the Tournament award at the European Championship last year after helping Portugal win its first major soccer title.