Quarantine for Bayern Munich Supporters

Budapest is hosting the 2020 UEFA Super Cup, marking the 45th time this competition has been held. The involvement of two dominating clubs is required for the UEFA Super Cup, with the top team from UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League, competing against each other. For 2020, the leading teams have been Bayern Munich for the Champions League & Sevilla FC for the Europa League. These two opponents are slated to compete on September 24th at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Budapest stands as the capital of Hungary, which is facing high percentages of COVID-19 infections. It’s prompted the German Government to consider if Bayern Munich footballers, coaching staff, and personnel should maintain two-weeks of quarantine upon their arrival home. The Government began their consideration of isolation after Germany’s Centre of Disease Control & Infection determined Budapest a “High-Risk Capital”

Quarantine resulted in hundreds of cancellations

Bayern Munich coaching staff, footballers, and personnel aren’t the exclusive parties being targeted. It’s known that 2100 supporters of Bayern Munich are travelling to Budapest, having purchased tickets online & analytic agencies recording that data. Those some agencies confirmed on September 21st that hundreds have cancelled their trip to Budapest, knowing that two-weeks of self isolation would be required.

The Minister President of Bavaria, which is integrated with German Government proceedings, provided clarification towards the potential quarantining of civilian personnel. Markus Söder remarked that high levels of infections run rampant throughout Hungary’s capital of Budapest. Sentiments from Söder evoked concern that the 2020 Super Cup could repeat a football version of Ischgl, one of the primary infection sites of COVID-19 in Germany.

The United European Football Association has permitted twenty thousand supporters to attend the 2020 Super Cup at Puskas Arena. Each club was permitted 3,000 tickets for national supporters. Spanish supporters that were excited to watch Sevilla FC compete live against Bayern Munich, aren’t risking their safety. 2,500 of the 3,000 tickets sold have been returned as of September 21st. Contraction concerns are prevalent for Spanish & German supporters, with Budapest having 120 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. How Bayern Munich & Sevilla FC can keep their employed personnel safe under these conditions isn’t known.

Barcelona Want €60 Million in Sales by 30 June 2019

Barcelona is hoping to bring in a minimum of €60 million through player sales before 30 June 2019 with the primary objective of balancing their accounts for the upcoming season, several sources have recently reported.

Ernesto Valverde is also hoping to add another 3 or 4 football players to his current squad during the summer. However, he has recently been warned that the delicate financial situation of the club dictates that football players need to be sold before new players can join.

Barcelona’s Signing Plans

After the unexpected Champions League defeat against Liverpool earlier this year, Barcelona has decided to make Philippe Coutinho available as a transfer and are hoping that he has a fantastic tournament with Brazil during the Copa America as they want to receive at least million for his services.

Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic are also well aware that Barca will look for decent offers for them as the club aims to make close to €300 million for the two players before the next season gets underway. However, both players have recently expressed their desire to remain at the club. However, sources have recently revealed that it’s the fringe players that Barcelona is desperately searching to transfer before the end of June 2019.

The Spanish champions already committed to signing Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for an initial €75 million. The club is also interested in Antoine Griezmann who recently informed Atletico Madrid that he wants to leave the club and will be available on 1 July 2019 for €120 million.

Barcelona also has an agreement with the Dutch club Ajax to sign a contract with Matthijs de Ligt eventually. However, the club hasn’t had any discussions with the player as of yet. The club will re-open a contract agreement with his agent later this week. However, it seems like Paris Saint-Germain might be in the best position to grab the player. Obtaining de Ligt will also see Umtiti moving closer to the exit door.

Barcelona Players that Might Leave

Andre Gomes should be the first player to leave. The midfielder from Portugal has multiple suitors across England after he spent the last season on loan at Everton. The player already rejected offers from West Ham and Everton are keen to keep him on permanently. Barcelona is confident that he will fetch at least €30 million for the club.

Barcelona is also looking for new homes for Jasper Cillessen, Malcolm, Rafinha, and Denis Suarez. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are interested in Denis Suarez, while Jasper Cillessen recently requested to leave and return to regular football. Barcelona is currently asking for €30 million for the Dutch goalkeeper.

The club also believes that they can claim back €40 million that paid for Malcolm last year. The player didn’t have many opportunities during his first season with Barcelona, and his agents will soon meet with the club to discuss possible options. This will assist in obtaining enough money for other transfers.

Barcelona Pays £75 Million to Sign Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona has recently confirmed that the club will sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for an initial price tag of €75 million, beating Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to the highly regarded midfielder.

Ajax will receive an additional €11 million in add-ons should De Jong succeed at Barcelona, where he has inked a 5-year deal with Camp Nou that will take him up until the 2023/24 season. De Jong is going to stay at Ajax until the current season is completed before he makes his switch to Barcelona during the summer.

“De Jong is one of the most promising midfielders in Europe at the moment,” Barcelona stated recently. “At only 21 years of age, De Jong is set to join the Camp Nou club after he proved himself as an incredible multifunctional footballer that has the ability to offer killer passes and can read a game extremely well.”

The Pursuit for Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona’s pursuit for de Jong goes all the way back to 2016. Robert Fernandez, the former sporting director for Barcelona, has been admiring the Netherlands international for a long time and made two offers for him previously. However, Marc Overmars, the sporting director for Ajax, stated that they were not even close to the player’s true value.

After failing with both their offers, Barcelona decided to withhold their interests until the season came to an end. However, after PSG surfaced with their interest in de Jong, Barcelona had to act quickly. A delegation from Barcelona quickly made its way to Amsterdam as de Jong seemed like he was leaning towards the offer made by PSG. However, Barcelona decided to up their offer and provide frequent playing time as well which is something de Jong was concerned about the most.

Earlier this week, Barcelona still didn’t have a clue if their efforts were enough for de Jong to make the trip to Camp Nou and simply had to wait for the decision from de Jong, knowing that there was fierce competition for de Jong’s signature.

One club that wanted de Jong was Manchester City. However, although they were quite interested in transferring the player, they already realized that de Jong was very interested in Barcelona and they couldn’t match the bonuses or salary to successfully sign the player.

Later in the week, de Jong finally informed Barcelona that he would sign the contract. To avoid another Antoine Griezmann fiasco, Barcelona quickly made plans to get the contract drawn up and let de Jong sign it before any other football club could interfere.

De Jong’s Career

De Jong initially joined Ajax in 2015 from Willem II and successfully progressed through the academy of the club, making his initial debut in early 2017. He managed to win his first international cap last June for the Netherlands and established himself as a vital player for the Ajax squad. His new deal with Barcelona will certainly see the player improve even more at Camp Nou.

Wayne Rooney Makes Final England Appearance

Since the initial shock at the beginning of the month that Wayne Rooney might be making his last run for England, attention has centred around the country’s record goalscorer. How long would Rooney play for? Will he be wearing the captain’s armband during the match? And is it right that he received another cap? Let’s take a look at Wayne Rooney’s final appearance for England and answer all the questions in the process.


“It’s been sensational having him around this week, providing those bits of glory,” Gareth Southgate stated before kick-off. Wayne Rooney clearly had a positive impact on Gareth’s young squad during training where he managed to present England shirts to three players who made their international debuts for the team on Thursday.

Wayne Rooney had to wait until the second half of the match to wear his England shift for the 120th time. However, prior to the start of the match, Rooney walked his sons through the prestigious guard of honour where he received some silverware from Greg Clarke and Henry Kane. There were more than 60,000 fans in the stands, and every single one was on their feet as Wayne saluted the massive crowd before the start of the National anthems.

The Cameo

Wayne Rooney was all jokes and smiles with Henry Kane during the game, and there was plenty for the 33-year-old football player to enjoy during the first half of the match as the new generation of players showed off their skills, including Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jadon Sancho. Rooney didn’t have to wait too long during the second half to be called by Southgate, allowing him to step onto the Wembley turf for the last time with just under an hour left on the clock.

Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson entered the match at the same time, but it was Rooney that got the fans up on their feet, chanting his name while passing the captain’s armband. Wayne Rooney took his place alongside Callum Wilson, and Sancho in England’s front three and immediately searched for the striker with a striving ball which was unfortunately cut out.

During the 69th minute, there was also an interruption where an over-eager fan managed to run up to Rooney to give him a hug. However, once the fan was escorted off the field, Rooney was back in the game where he received a pass from Sancho followed by a tame shot towards goal. He certainly didn’t see the ball as much as he wanted to, but every time he touched the ball it was pure quality. Rooney received his best chance for a goal during the 91st minute mark, but unfortunately, the low shot was too comfortable and central for the goalkeeper. Rooney obviously knew he should have done better and smiled.

Shortly thereafter, the full-time whistle blew which brought the end of Wayne Rooney’s international career which was the second time for the outstanding player. As he walked off the pitch, Rooney made jokes with the goalkeeper with handshakes and hugs all around while the crowd gave him an applause along with a pat on the back from Gareth Southgate.