Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Huddersfield marches to the Premier League

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga- Promotion/Relegation Playoff Second Leg
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg (0-2 on aggregate)
(Vieirinha 49')

English League Championship- Promotion Playoff Final
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Reading (4-3 on penalties)

Huddersfield Town returns to the top flight for the first time since 1972 and completes the 20 team Premier League field for next season. They join Newcastle and Brighton as newly promoted sides, replacing Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland.

Headlines
Ernesto Valverde has officially been named Luis Enrique's successor at Barcelona. Enrique announced his departure in March and coached his final game with the club in the Copa del Rey final over the weekend. Valverde, meanwhile. left his job at Athletic Bilbao after the season ended last week with the intention of inking the Barca deal. It's a three year deal with an option for a fourth season. His past includes three Greek league titles with Olympiakos and four Europa League qualifications with Bilbao.

In more coaching news, a pair of prominent European managers are on their way out. First off is Thomas Tuchel, who is leaving Borussia Dortmund after a third place finish in the Bundesliga and a German Cup triumph. He took over for the dismissed Jurgen Klopp two years ago and promptly led them to their highest ever points total and a second place finish behind Bayern Munich. He also oversaw the professional debut of American wonderteen Christian Pulisic. Hopefully the new manager will continue his development.

Luciano Spalletti is out of AS Roma after guiding the team to a second place finish as his contract is set to end. This ends his second tenure with the team, which began in January of 2016.

More reports are out indicating Arsene Wenger has signed a new two year deal with Arsenal. A Monday meeting with owner Stan Kroenke sealed the deal, which is going to be made official tomorrow, if reports are to be believed.

Finally, American central defender John Brooks is on the move. He is reportedly on his way to VfL Wolfsburg, who saved their Bundesliga status yesterday, for €17 million, a record for an American international. He's made 90 appearances for Hertha Berlin, including 24 last season.

Today's Match
U.S. Open Cup- Third Round
Michigan Bucks v. Saint Louis FC- 8pm

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