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Jan 312013

Mario Balotelli

The controversial striker has completed a move back his native Italy with AC Milan. Balotelli has signed a deal for four years worth 4 million Euros ($5.3 million) per year.

Didier Drogba

The former Chelsea striker has completed a move to Galatasaray in Turkey for the next 18 months from China’s Shanghai Shenhua. The Chinese club, however, is disputing the move. Stay tuned for more on this one.

David Beckham

Arguably the world’s most famous footballer, Beckham departs MLS and will sign a five month deal with Paris-Saint Germain. It’s being reported all of his wages will be donated to charity.

Nacho Monreal

The Malaga left back has completed a move to Arsenal for a reported 8.5 million pound ($13.5 million) transfer fee. The move will be hailed by Arsenal supporters after recent poor performances from Andre Santos.

Jack Butland

The highly rated English goalkeeper will join Stoke City from Birmingham City for a reported 5 million pound ($7.9 million) fee.

Philippe Coutinho

The 20 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder joins Liverpool from Inter Milan for a reported 8.5 million pound ($13.5 million) fee. The youngster has chosen to wear the number 10 on his jersey.

Chris Samba

Queens Park Rangers have agreed to sign the former Blackburn defender from Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala for a reported club record fee. Samba will also reportedly earn 100,000 pounds ($158,000) in wages per week.

Mohamed Sissoko

The out of favor Paris-Saint Germain defender will join Fiorentina on loan until the summer.

Anton Ferdinand

With the arrival of Chris Samba, Ferdinand will depart Queens Park Rangers and join Bursaspor (Turkey) on loan for the remainder of the season.

Alan Hutton

The Aston Villa left back joins Mallorca (Spain) on loan until the summer. There is an option in place to make the move permanent.


The FC Porto (Portugal) defender joins Napoli on loan until the season ends.

Danny Graham

The Swansea striker who has taken a back seat to Michu will join Sunderland for a reported 5 million pound ($7.9 million) transfer fee.

Issaac Cuenca

The 21 year old Barcelona winger initially rejected a loan to Ajax, but has since changed his mind and will join the Dutch giants until the summer.

Urby Emanuelson

The left footed Dutchman will join Fulham on loan from Milan for the remainder of the season.

Yassine El Ghanassy

The West Bromwich midfielder will depart for the Netherlands and join Heerenveen on loan until the summer.

Dani Pacheco

With the arrival of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool’s young Spanish winger will join Sociedad Deportiva Huesca on loan for the rest of the summer.

Yun Suk-Young

The South Korean defender joins Queens Park Rangers for a three and a half year deal.

Rob Hulse

A veteran of the lower divisions in England, Hulse joins Millwall on loan until the summer from QPR.

Srdjan Lakic

The Serbian midfielder joins Frankfurt on loan until 2014.

Lionel Scaloni

The Lazio/Argentine fullback joins Atalanta on loan until summer.

Andy Najar

Najar highlights a trio of MLS moves made as he joins Anderlecht for a reported $2.5 million. Najar is the first MLS Homegrown player to complete a transfer to Europe.

Brek Shea

Not to be outdone, the towering left footed winger from FC Dallas has completed a permanent move to Stoke City. Last week Dallas and Stoke had come to terms on a deal, but MLS headquarters scuttled the deal in an effort to raise the fee.

Kei Kamara

And finally, it has been announced Sporting Kansas City’s powerful forward will join Norwich City on loan until the summer with an option to make the move permanent this summer.


See you in the summer folks!

Jan 112013

Brian Sanders looks at the results of the weekend and Coppa Italia results from midweek before examining the weekend’s fixture in the Serie A

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Jan 032013

For those not familiar with this bit, these are CONFIRMED deals only. There will be no “Tevez To Columbus!” rumors here.

Alexandre Pato

The young Brazilian striker has completed a 15 million pound ($24.4 million) move to Corinithians in his native country after he failed to impress with AC Milan at the San Siro.

Lucas Moura

Moura will join Paris-Saint Germain on a four and a half year, 40 million Euro ($52.7 million) transfer that was pretty much done last summer.

Daniel Sturridge

Specific details are not known, but the embattled young striker has completed a move from Chelsea to Liverpool in an effort to help the  correct the latter’s scoring woes.

Demba Ba

Newcastle’s powerful striker has completed a move to Chelsea for undisclosed fee and signed a three and a half year deal.

Mathieu Debuchy

The French Lille right back has joined Newcastle for a five and a half year deal.

Jan Kirchoff

The Mainz center back will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer.

Carlo Cudicini

After falling to third on the depth chart at Tottenham, the Italian keeper has signed a two year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy.


The veteran defender has been released by Galatasaray and will join Brazil’s Gremio on a free transfer.

Phil Jagielka

Everton scored a huge victory after the English international signed a new four year deal to remain at Goodison Park.

Ryan Shawcross

In another victory for the “little guy”, Stoke City have signed their starting center back to a new deal as well.

Joe Cole

The 31 year old midfielder will depart Liverpool and join West Ham United for a new two and a half year deal after a weak stint with the Reds.

Chris Wood

The 21 year old Kiwi striker had been on loan at Millwall, but West Brom have decided to sell him to Leicester City instead.

Federico Peluso

The 29 year old Atalanta defender has signed a six month deal with Juventus.

Danny Higginbotham

The Stoke defender will join Sheffield United on a free transfer for an initial six month deal.

Zeki Fryers

The former Manchester United defender will join Tottenham from Belgium’s Standard Liege.

Daniel Carrico

The Sporting Lisbon defender/captain has completed a 600,000 ($975,000) pound move to Reading to help them in their relegation battle.

Angel Henriquez

The 18 year old Chilean will join Wigan on loan from Manchester United until the summer.

Ji Dong-Won

The Sunderland striker will join Germany’s Augsberg on loan until the summer.

Joshua King

The 20 year old Manchester United forward has completed a two and a half year move to Blackburn Rovers.

Mathis Bolly

The Norwegian winger has completed a move from his native Lillestrom to Fortuna Dusseldorf until 2016.

Ibrahim Rabiu

The Nigerian attacking midfielder has completed a two year move from Celtic to Kilmarnock.

Vadim Demidov

The Norwegian center back will join Celta Vigo on loan from Frankfurt until the summer.


The Stuttgart defender has completed a move to Club America in an effort to prepare to make the Mexico squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Alan Tate

The Swansea defender will remain on loan at Leeds until January 26.

Sean Maguire

The Waterford United striker has completed a move to West Ham United.

Nathaniel Chalobah

The 18 year old Chelsea player will remain on loan at Watford until the summer.

Dec 082012

Brian Sanders goes it alone as he looks at the fixtures for this weekend in Serie A, as well as examining results in UEFA and Coppa Italia

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Dec 072012

It’s always bothers me when rankings are done with No.1 up high. Well we at Global Football Today do not encourage laziness, so you’ll have to start at No.16 and work your way down!

16) Galatasaray

The Turkish giants currently sit atop the table in Turkey, but only by a single point. They finished second in Group H, just two points behind Manchester United, by the skin of their teeth over Romania’s Cluj. After losing their first two matches against Manchester United (away) and Portugal’s Braga (home), they managed to earn at least a point in each of their remaining group matches. Burak Yilmaz quietly tied Ronaldo with six goals to lead all goal scorers in the group stage.

15) Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk are currently running away with the Ukrainian top flight title, but needed some help from the tiebreaker to advance out of Group E with Juventus. Many will point to Chelsea’s struggles, rather than Donetsk’s triumphs for an explanation as to why the latter advanced over the former. They’ll need to shore up their defense a little bit if they want to make a run at the quarterfinals.

14) Celtic

Despite the financial meltdown of their crosstown rivals, Celtic are locked in a battle for the top spot in their domestic league. The Hoops played very well in both matches against Group G winners Barcelona to help them beat out Portugal’s Benfica for the runner up spot. One has to wonder if they have enough left in the tank to reach the quarterfinals though.

13 FC Porto

Porto are currently neck and neck with Benfica in their domestic league, but advanced out of Group A thanks to some lackluster performances from Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb. Even group winners Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) haven’t exactly looked like world beaters in this competition. Porto may be battling for a domestic league title, but they’ve yet to be tested in their European campaign so far.

12) Paris-Saint Germain (PSG)

And speaking of the Group A winners, PSG haven’t looked like the superpower they were projected to be after their summer spending spree. The French club paid a hefty price for the services of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the team has struggled to gel under the direction of Carlo Ancelotti. There are questions being asked about Ancelotti’s ability to get PSG to play to their lofty expectations and rightly so considering they are currently sitting fourth in Ligue 1.

11) Malaga

On the field, Malaga impressed many after winning Group C without losing a single match. But there are off the field issues surrounding their spending spree that goes back to 2011 creeping up at the worst possible time. They have the talent, but they’ll need to be mentally prepared to deflect the controversy surrounding the club’s financial state if they are to progress to the quarterfinals.

10) Valencia

Valencia are having a bit of a crisis in La Liga as they currently sit mid-table. But despite such a poor domestic campaign, they finished tied with Bayern Munich on points and only failed to win Group F because of tiebreakers. Their defense was solid, conceding just five goals in six group matches. Their desire to use this competition as a saving grace for their domestic struggles could make them a very dangerous opponent in the Round of 16.

9) Milan

Yes, they’ve struggled mightily in Serie A and they only advanced out of Group C by a single point. But this Italian side still has a lot of talent and plenty of pedigree in European competition. Anything can happen in a two leg series and nobody wants to have to visit the San Siro with a berth in the quarterfinals at stake.

8) Arsenal

Arsene Wenger’s squad are in the middle of a really poor domestic campaign. However, they still managed to finish second in Group B comfortably and Wenger can also approach the Round of 16 with a loose team that has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

7) Schalke

Schalke won Group B comfortably without losing a single group match. Their domestic struggles are not as worrisome as those of Arsenal, Milan, and PSG and they have some momentum going forward thanks to their impressive performances against a well rounded group. Klass-Jan Huntelaar had an excellent group stage run with four goals scored in six matches. The German side will lean heavily upon him to try and advance to the quarterfinals.

6) Manchester United

It wasn’t pretty, but Manchester United managed to win Group H despite a pair of ugly losses. Still, Sir Alex Ferguson has depth at the forward position and knows how to tactically dictate a two leg series. It’s hard to bet against the Red Devils in any major competition, especially if they can get a favorable draw.

5) Real Madrid

Real Madrid finished second comfortably in this year’s “Group of Death”: Group D. Unfortunately, they’ve struggled in La Liga and currently sit five points behind local rivals Atletico Madrid for second place. Still, Jose Mourinho has plenty of talent to work with and it’s hard to see them crashing out in the Round of 16 regardless of who they draw.

4) Borussia Dortmund

The surprise winners of Group D, Dortmund have relied heavily upon young, up and coming German talents like Marco Reus and Mario Goetze to get the job done in the group stage. Currently they sit in third, 11 points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga but that speaks more to Bayern’s success than Dortmund’s shortcomings. With so many young, highly skilled players many would think Dortmund can make a run at the European title, but there’s no telling how they’ll react to the pressure of a two leg series.

3) Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich got off to an incredibly hot start in the Bundesliga by winning their first 11 matches. That success has carried over to their European campaign where they beat out Valencia on tiebreakers to win Group F. Yes, they had a bit of a mental meltdown against Chelsea in the Champions League final last season, but they still got to there by beating great teams like Real Madrid along the way. There’s no reason to think they can’t duplicate that run, especially if they continue to maintain such stellar form in the Bundesliga.

2) Barcelona

Lionel Messi gave everyone a massive scare after he came on late against Benfica in Barcelona’s Group G finale and was promptly carted off. However, he was back at practice the next day and with a six point cushion on Atletico Madrid in La Liga, they won’t feel the need to rush him back right away. Look for the Catalans to be right there in the thick of things leading up to the semifinals and possibly the final.

1) Juventus 

Like Bayern and Barcelona, Juventus currently sit in first in their domestic league and they won their group (Group E) with relative ease. Andrea Pirlo has picked up where he left off at the Euro 2012 competition with Italy and Sebastian Giovinco is quickly turning into a reliable goal scorer alongside Fabio Quagliarella. Right now Juventus look like a team that cannot be beaten over the course of a two leg series and until someone does so they have to be considered the favorites to win the whole thing.


We’ll have to wait until December 20 for the draw, but until then be on the lookout for a special Global Football Today podcast recapping the group stage results!





Nov 242012

Brian Sanders (@sportingkcgft) reviews the midweek European action and previews the league fixtures for this weekend including the Derby di Sicilia.

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Nov 202012

I’m a 24 year old, American born soccer fan.

I was going to Columbus Crew games long before David Beckham joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. I would have continued going to said Crew games regardless of whether or not “Becks” was playing in the US.

During his time in MLS, Beckham often put his own personal desires ahead of his responsibilities to his employer. He routinely sat out games because he didn’t feel like travelling or because his ankle was a little sore. He missed more games in Columbus than he showed up for and the same could be said for America’s smaller markets that are home to MLS teams. He even missed time in MLS because he thought he could make his way back into the English national team by playing for AC Milan. Ultimately he got himself injured during his time spent on loan in Italy. Between injuries and European loans Beckham average just 17 games played each season. Shocking when you consider an MLS regular season is usually right around 32-34 games (depending on how many teams were in the league at the time).

But there is one thing David Beckham did accomplish during his in time in MLS: he got people out to the games.

I managed to bring my college roommate (who hails from Pittsburgh) out to Beckham’s only match in Columbus. Said roommate joined me again for the following season’s opening game against Toronto. I believe it’s merely a coincidence that the Pacific Northwest clubs (Seattle, Portland, Vancouver) came into the league during Beckham’s tenure. What is NOT coincidence is the rise in MLS attendance numbers (on average) since Beckham’s arrival. Before David Beckham people had no reason to try soccer. There was no motivation for them to go out and see what it’s like to attend a soccer match. But Beckham gave them a reason to get in the car and drive to the stadium. And once they were there, many of those first time fans realized how much fun a soccer match is. And after that they started coming back.

Beckham was never necessary for the aforementioned Pacific Northwest clubs. He wasn’t even necessary for Toronto FC; the club that ultimately introduced MLS fans to the “Supporters Culture”. But he was necessary for teams like Columbus as well as Colorado, Kansas City, Dallas, New England. I spent a quarter of the 2012 MLS season working in ticket sales for FC Dallas. Los Angeles was the only game where I was an order taker instead of a sales rep. People actually called in asking for tickets to the game against the Galaxy; and it was to see Landon Donovan or Juninho. They wanted to see Beckham. While that job never really worked out for me, Dallas saw an increase in attendance during the second half of the season. Consider it a small scale example of what happened to the league as a whole from 2007-2012.

So maybe David Beckham never really cared all that much about MLS or the Los Angeles Galaxy; although to his credit he had a fantastic 2011 season en route to an MLS Cup title. He flew around the world at will, regardless of what LA’s schedule looked like. He hurt himself trying to make a comeback in Italy. He didn’t care, but sports fans in America did. All they needed was a little nudge out the door and Beckham gave them just that. Granted, there will always be those fans who only came out to see “Becks”. But those fans were never going to put a dent in the attendance figures long term.

But for fans like my college roommate, Beckham got them in the door. After that they were hooked, whether he was there or not. Whether Beckham wins another MLS Cup title or not (and whether or not he cares) he can ride off into the sunset knowing he did make at least one lasting contribution to the league he always seemed so nonchalant towards.


Sep 042012

Francesco Totti rolled back the years with a brilliant performance against Inter at the San Siro. The veteran Italian assisted two in Roma 3-1 win over Inter. AC Milan won away at Bologna thanks to a hat trick from new signing Giampaolo Pazzini. Juventus still unbeaten in over a year won 4-1 away at Udinese.

Saturday 1st September

There were two games on Saturday evening; the first was Torino 3-0 home win over Pescara. Goals from Alessandro Sgrigna, Matteo Brighi and Rolando Bianchi gave Torino the win. Bianchi made amends after missing a first half spot kick.

The second Saturday game was AC Milan trip to Bologna where Giampaolo Pazzini took centre stage. First the Italian won a spot kick after being brought down by Nicolo Cherubin and Il Pazzo made no mistake giving AC the lead. Bologna won a penalty just before half time when Antonio Nocerino brought down Alessandro Diamanti. Diamanti made no mistake from the spot. AC Milan won the game with two late goals from Giampaolo Pazzini and made his first start for the club a memorable one.

Sunday 2nd September

There remaining eight games were spread around the 6pm kick off and the 8.45pm due to the heat. The only 6pm kick off was Juventus trip to Udine to take on Udinese. Juventus trounced a sorry looking Udinese side that were smarting after their Champions League exit to Braga in midweek. Arturo Vidal opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Sebastian Giovinco clashed with Udinese keeper Zeljko Brkic which saw the Udinese keeper sent off. Mirko Vucinic doubled Juventus lead just before half time. Two second goals from Sebastian Giovinco further extended the lead for Juventus. Andrea Lazzari did pull one back for Udinese but it was to late for the home side.

Sampdoria unbeaten start to the season continued with a home win over Siena. Maxi Lopez scored his first goal for Sampdoria and gave them the lead. Simone Vergassola equalised after Emanuele Calaio was brought down in the penalty area and had his spot kick hit the upright. Daniele Gastaldello made up for amends for giving away the penalty and netted the winner with a powerful header.

Parma beat Chievo at home 2-0, thanks to goals from a header from Ishak Belfodil and former AS Roma right back Aleandro Rosi

Lazio made it two wins out of two over Palermo who now haven’t won a game this season. Miroslav Klose opened the scoring seven minutes before the half time whistle. Antonio Candreva doubled the lead early in the second half with a fantastic long range effort. A third was added ten minutes from time and it was Miroslav Klose second of the game.

Cagliari and Atalanta played out a 1-1 draw which included two missed penalties and Atalanta going down to ten men. Joaquin Larrivey had Cagliari first spot kick saved by Andrea Consigli. Daniele Conti had the second spot kick saved by Consigli after Victor Ibarbo was brought down. Federico Peluso was sent off for the away side. German Denis opened the scoring for the away side and then Albin Ekdal bundled home the equaliser for Cagliari.

Napoli made it two wins from two with a home win over Fiorentina. Played on a quagmire of a pitch, Napoli took the lead thanks to a Marek Hamsik looping header; Blerim Dzemaili doubled Napoli lead with a low drive from outside of the area. Stevan Jovetic pulled one back for the Viola but it was too late.

There was five goal thriller between Catania and Genoa, the home side coming out on top 3-2, Juracj Kucka gave Genoa the lead in the first half. Catania then hit back with two Gonzalo Bergessio goals. Bosko Jankovic levelled for Genoa with a brilliant long range effort. Free kick specialist Francesco Lodi won it for Catania with a brilliant free kick.

The main attraction in Milan where Inter took on AS Roma at the San Siro, Roma took the lead early in the first half when man of the match Francesco Totti crossed in for Alessandro Florenzi un marked to head home on his debut. Inter levelled on half time when Antonio Cassano turned Nicolas Burdisso and with a deflected effort looped over Maarten Stekelenburg. Two second half goals for Roma won it thanks to Pablo Osvaldo scooped lob finish and the third was added by Brazilian Marquinho. Pablo Osvaldo was then sent off for the away side after picking up two yellow cards.

Sep 012012

Note: All terms are reported. Also, not all of these deals came on the deadline day. Many (such as Luka Modric) come from as far back as Monday. I ordered them in terms of player profile rather than chronology. 

Luka Modric

The deal everyone saw coming: Luka Modric transfers from Tottenham to Real Madrid for 33 million Pounds ($52.2 million). He signed a five year deal.

Clint Dempsey

It came down to the wire but in the end the American forward got his wish and moves on to Tottenham Hotspur.

Nicklas Bendtner

The, shall we say, polarizing Danish striker will join Juventus for a season long loan from Arsenal.

Hugo Lloris

The French goalkeeper completed a deadline move to Tottenham for 10 million Euros ($15.9 million). He’ll be expected to compete with American veteran Brad Friedel for the starting spot.

Javi Martinez

The Athletic Bilbao midfielder joins Bayern Munich for the next five years for a reported Bundesliga record fee of 40 million Euros ($50 million).

Julio Cesar

The Brazilian goalkeeper completed a move to Queens Park Rangers. Much more to come from the London side!

Rafael van der Vaart

The Tottenham midfielder completed a three year move to Hamburg SV in Germany on Deadline Day.


The Brazilian defender moves from Inter Milan to Manchester City for 3 million Pounds ($4.75 million). Not so long ago you could’ve added a zero to that figure and it would not have shocked anyone.

Nigel de Jong

The fierce Dutch midfielder moves from Manchester City to AC Milan for three years.

Gregory van der Wiel

The Ajax fullback joins Paris-Saint Germain for a “meager” 4.5 million Pounds ($7.1 million). PSG made headlines earlier this summer for signing the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Thiago Silva.

Ibrahim Afellay

The Dutch winger joins Schalke from Barcelona on a season long loan. Afellay will not have to worry about missing any Champions League action as the German side qualified for the group stage as well.

Bojan Krkic

After spending last season on loan with Roma, Krkic moves to AC Milan from the Italian capital on a season long loan.

Javi Garcia

The Benfica midfielder completed a deadline move to Manchester City for 16 million Pounds ($25.4 million).

Javier Saviola

Another Benfica player was on the move this week as the Argentine striker completed a move to Malaga in Spain. Malaga qualified for the group stages of the Champions League after a massive spending spree last summer that may or may not have come back to haunt them.

Alberto Gilardino

Once a desirable transfer target for all of Europe, the Italian forward seems to be waning in terms of performance. He completed a low profile move from Bologna to Genoa.

Alessandro del Piero

And speaking of Italian strikers, the legendary Juventus captain has completed a move to, of all places, Sydney FC in the Australian A-League. Del Piero had long been a target of the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.


The out of favor Real Madrid midfielder moved to Queens Park Rangers and signed a four year deal.

Giovanni dos Santos

The Mexican international completed a move from Tottenham to Real Mallorca for four years. Dos Santos never could find a regular spot in the First XI under former manager Harry Redknapp.

Andy Carroll

The English striker will join West Ham United on a season long loan from Liverpool. The Hammers failed to convince Carroll to join them permanently after making a club record bid for him several weeks earlier.

Jermaine Defoe

The English striker signed a new three year deal to remain at White Hart Lane with Tottenham.

Dimitar Berbatov

The moody Bulgarian forward completed a deadline move from Manchester United to Fulham after many reports that he was headed to Italy with either Fiorentina or Juventus.

Michael Essien

The Ghanaian midfielder will join Real Madrid on loan from Chelsea. Essien has struggled ever since returning from a horrific knee injury several seasons ago.

Alvaro Pereira

The Porto left sided player completed a four year move to Inter Milan this week.

Moussa Dembele

Fulham sold another up and coming star across London as Dembele joins Clint Dempsey at Tottenham for a 15 million Pound ($23.8 million) fee.

Simon Poulsen

The Danish defender signed a three year deal with Sampdoria after his current deal with AZ Alkmaar expired this summer.

Stephane Sessegnon

The Benin international signed a new deal to remain at Sunderland this week after much speculation throughout the summer that he was headed for a high profile move.

Gaston Ramirez

The Uruguay international was highly sought after all summer long by many high profile clubs, but he ultimately signed with English Premier League newcomers Southampton for a fee of approximately 12 million Pounds ($19 million). That would be by far the highest fee ever paid by Southampton.

Stephane M’Bia

The Cameroon international moved from Marseille to Queens Park Rangers.

Joey Barton

And while it wasn’t a swap deal, the QPR midfielder completed a season long loan to Marseille.

Danny Rose

The Tottenham starlet who played well for Team Great Britain at the London Olympics will join Sunderland for the 2012/13 season.

M’Baye Niang

The 17 year old French striker joins AC Milan from Caen on a three year deal.

Petr Jiracek

The Czech midfielder signs a four year deal with Hamburg after departing Wolfsburg.

Matija Nastajic

The Fiorentina center back will join Manchester City in exchange for 12 million Pounds ($19 million) plus defender Stefan Savic.

Park Chou Young

After being signed by Arsenal last summer, the Korean striker will join Spain’s Celta Vigo on loan for the upcoming season.

Scott Sinclair

The Swansea City winger joins Manchester City for an undisclosed fee on a long term deal.

Pablo Hernandez

Swansea did, however, bring in Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez on a three year deal for 5.5 million Euros ($6.9 million) in order to replace the departing Sinclair.

Ryan Babel

The Dutch winger came to a mutual decision with Hoffenheim to terminate his contract and then proceeded to sign a one year deal with Ajax.

Kieran Richardson

The Sunderland standout joins Fulham on a three year deal with an option for a fourth.

Ahmed El Mohamady

Another Sunderland player on the move, but this was just a season long loan to Hull City. El Mohamady joined the Black Cats last summer.

Charlie Adam

The Scottish master of the “Hollywood Pass” will leave Liverpool and join Stoke City for 4 million Pounds ($6.3 million).

Jay Spearing

Liverpool also chose to loan out their young central midfielder to Bolton for the upcoming season.

Samed Yesil

And in a rather underwhelming move, Liverpool signed Bayer Leverkusen/Germany U-18 standout Samed Yesil.

Carlos Bocanegra

The American defender will leave Rangers and joins Spanish second division side Racing Santandor.

Maurice Edu

Another American departs fallen Scottish giants Rangers. Edu completed a move to Stoke City early in the week.

Zeki Fyers

The Manchester United/England youth defender signed a two year deal with Standard Liege in Belgium.

Thorgan Hazard

Just weeks after being signed, the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been loaned out to Belgium’s Zelte Waregam by the Blues.

Maya Yushida

The Japanese center back signed a three year deal with Southampton.

Richard Wright

The (at times) comically bad goalkeeper signed with Manchester City on a free move.

Bakary Sako

The St. Etienne midfielder completed a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves were relegated to the Championship this past season.

Steed Malbranque

The Lyon midfielder signed a new deal to remain with the French giants.

Fabian Monzon

Lyon also beefed up its defense with the signing of Nice left back Fabian Monzon.

Razak Boukari

The 25 year old Rennes winger joins Wolverhampton on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Jordan Bowery

The former Chesterfield striker signed a three year deal with Aston Villa.

Bryan Oviedo

The Costa Rica international signed with Everton in a deadline deal.

Theo Janssen

The midfielder has come full circle and signed a three year deal with Vitesse Arnhem after leaving Vitesse to play for Ajax.

Damien Perquis

The Sochaux defender signs a three year deal with Real Betis with an option for a fourth.

Massimo Volta

The Sampdoria defender will join Levante on loan for the 2012-13 campaign.

Federico Casarini

The Bologna midfielder will play on loan with Cagliari for the upcoming season.

Mo Bangura

The Celtic/Sierra Leone striker will play for his former club AIK Stockholm on loan until January.

Domingo Cisma

The left back completes a free move to Atletico Madrid from Racing Santandor.

Michael Ciani

The former Bordeaux defender signed a deal with Lazio in Italy.

Michael Rensing

The former Cologne goalkeeper signed a one year deal with Bayer Leverkusen.

Mark Bunn

The Blackburn goalkeeper signed a two year deal with Norwich City where he will be expected to back up John Ruddy.

Mohammed Abu

The Manchester City/Ghana midfielder will join Spain’s Rayo Vallecano on loan this season. Abu is just 20 years of age.

Anestis Argyriou

The 24 year old Greek defender was released by AEK Athens and signed a two year deal with Rangers.

Dane Richards

Just seven games after being traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS/Jamaica winger Dane Richards found out he will join Burnley during the January transfer window on a free move after his current deal with MLS expired.

Marco Pappa

Originally believed to be leaving in January, it came as quite a shock when it was announced the Chicago Fire midfielder will immediately join Heerenveen in Holland.


Phew! Glad that’s over with! See you again in January!