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COVID-19: Germany To Have Two Summer Transfer Periods This Year, One-Day Window



While the first part of the summer transfer window will be just for one day on 1 July, the second period will run from 15 July to 5 October.

Germany will have two summer transfer periods this year – the first for just one day.

The German football federation said on Monday it was reacting to the special circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic by allowing clubs more time to sign players for the coming season.

Player transfers can be registered on 1 July for one day, then another transfer period will run from 15 July to 5 October. Usually transfers are possible from 1 July to 31 August.

“We have made this adjustment together with the German soccer league and in coordination with FIFA,” federation vice-president Peter Frymuth said.

The first one-day period is intended for players whose transfers have already been agreed with a 1 July starting date, though they will get a permit for only the 2020-21 season. The current season will not have been completed in full due to a two-month suspension caused by the pandemic.

Bayern Munich plays Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup final on Saturday, and there are still relegation-promotion playoffs and European ties before the season is completed.

The second transfer period will be longer than usual “so the clubs can be flexible and make transfers for as long as possible, also internationally,” the federation said in a statement.

It decided on 5 October as a closing date as players need to be registered for the group stages of next season’s UEFA competitions the following day

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Chelsea Club Manager Frank Lampard Sacked



Chelsea Manager, Frank Lampard, has been sacked.

The decision was announced on Monday by the owner of the Club, Roman Abramovich, after a poor management by Lampard in the Premier league leaving the Club with 11 points at ninth place on the table of performance.

A new Manager, former saint Germain Boss, Thomas Tuchel has been announced as possible replacement for Lampard.

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Roger Federer Withdraws Ahead Of Upcoming Tournament

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open as the 20-time major champion continues to work his way back to full fitness following a knee injury.



Roger Federer has withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open as the 20-time major champion continues to work his way back to full fitness following a knee injury.

Federer has not played since losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2020 Australian Open at the start of this year, having twice undergone knee surgery since that tournament.

The 39-year-old Swiss superstar will not travel to Melbourne for the rescheduled 2021 Australian Open, which will take place from Feb. 8-21.

“Roger has decided not to play the 2021 Australian Open. He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness,” Tony Godsick said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Federer is a six-time winner of the Australian Open, with his last triumph coming in 2018.

Ranked fifth on the ATP Tour, Federer had a 5-1 win-loss record before his 2020 campaign was cut short.

The 2021 Australian Open, meanwhile, will take place in February instead of its typical Jan. 18 start date amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be warmup events in Melbourne after traveling players serve 14-day quarantine periods in Victoria that permit them to train for a maximum of five hours per day at a secure facility.

There will be three ATP warmup events in Melbourne, too, including the ATP Cup from Feb. 1-5.

The Adelaide International has been relocated to Melbourne and will run alongside an additional ATP 250 tournament in the city from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

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Edie Hearn Wants Future Hall Of Famer NEXT For James Tennyson



The Belfast lightweight stopped Welshman Gavin Gwynne in six to complete his collection of sub-World title belts and promoter Eddie Hearn wants to quickly move towards more honours.

Having claimed the Lonsdale belt, Tennyson is obliged to defend against Liam Walsh (brother of previous defeater, Ryan) at the next available opportunity. The Norfolk fighte’s team are keen on this but the bout itself looks extremely unlikely.

Hearn instead is eyeing a fight with the likes of Venezuelan legend Jorge Linares.

34-year-old Linares is a four-time three-weight world champion and the only man to have ever knocked down Vasyl Lomachenko. However, like Tennyson, the South American has shown frailties throughout his career – most recently last year when a move to light welter was unceremoniously destroyed in a round by the unheralded Pablo Cesar Cano.

Having claimed two wins since this shock defeat, Linares is set to face former Pajo Hyland foe Javier Fortuna on August 28th in California on a Golden Boy DAZN card.

Another name proposed by Hearn was Belgian Francesco Patera [23(8)-3(0)] – who had been due to face Italian veteran Devis Boschiero for the WBA ‘interim’ belt before the COVID crisis forced a cancellation.

The Italy-based Patera sensationally defeated Lewis Ritson back in 2018 to win the European title and also defeated Tennyson’s MHD stablemate Paul Hyland Jr last summer.

Speaking after Tennyson’s win last night, Hearn said “I love the Jorge Linares fight. James is dangerous against anybody.”

“While James is in there, he has dynamite in his hands. He keeps coming forward and is always exciting.”

Outlining his plans for ‘The Assassin’, Hearn described how “I want to see him push on now. He has done British title level.”

“I want to see him up a level. For me, I’d like to see him step up, try and win the the European title, and maybe even move towards a World title eliminator.”

“A great fight for him is up against [Francesco] Patera for the European title. Particularly the Patera fight, European lightweight title – maybe the interim world title – for James Tennyson.”

Edis Tatli and Gianluca Ceglia will contest the vacant belt in Finland next weekend.

“These are the fights for James Tennyson you are going to see light up the place. What an entertainer and what a fighter. Just what the fans want to see.”

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