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City seal second summer signing
Manchester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno on a three-year deal.
The 29-year-old has joined the Premier League champions for free after his contract at 2. Bundesliga outfit Arminia Bielefeld expired.
The experienced German stopper will come in to bolster Pep Guardiola’s options in goal and has become City’s second signing of the summer following the acquisition of superstar striker Erling Haaland.
Director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "This is a very good deal for City.
"Stefan has excellent pedigree — his career speaks for itself.
"We are signing a goalkeeper who has vast experience, and he will help us in our quest for more trophies.
"He has joined to compete with the other goalkeepers and help our youngsters, so it’s a transfer we are really pleased to have secured."
In further City transfer news, academy graduate CJ Egan-Riley has joined Burnley on a four-year deal.
The 19-year-old defender becomes ex-City captain Vincent Kompany's third signing at the Clarets, ending the teenager's 12-year association with his boyhood club.
Palace sign Johnstone as Guendouzi departs Gunners
Crystal Palace have announced the signing of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a four-year deal.
The England international, 29, was released by West Brom this summer after featuring 37 times for the Championship outfit.
Johnstone was being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs after scooping up the Players’ and Supporters’ Player of the Season awards at the Baggies.
Having signed with the Eagles, he said: "I’m really excited to be here at Crystal Palace. It’s a great club with fantastic facilities and brilliant supporters — I can’t wait to get started."
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal have confirmed the permanent departure of midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to Marseille.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at the Ligue 1 club after falling out of favour under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
Jorge Sampaoli’s men have taken up the option to sign him permanently having become a key man at the Stade Velodrome, recording five goals and 14 assists as he forced his way into the France national team for the first time.
Meanwhile, Celtic have triggered the option to sign winger Jota for £6.5million following an impressive season on loan from Benfica.
Wiegman: We’re in a good place
England manager Sarina Wiegman claims the Lionesses are "in a good place" after a resounding 4-0 victory over Switzerland saw them end their Women’s Euro 2022 warm-up campaign with a 100% record.
Second-half strikes from Alessia Russo, Georgia Stanway, Beth England and Jill Scott secured a comfortable win in Zurich, following on from dominant victories over Belgium and the Netherlands.
It means the Lionesses have won 12 and drawn two of the Dutch boss’ 14 games in charge since September 2021, conceding only three goals in that time.
And while Wiegman still feels her side have work to do ahead of their tournament opener against Austria at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, she is happy with how they are looking overall.
The 52-year-old said: "It was a very good result, we scored a lot of goals in the second half which showed we have a very fit team.
"They got tired, we brought on some substitutes and it also showed again that we don't play with 11 players, we have so many more in our squad and can make a change in the second half.
"We started well, had three big chances at the start of the game, and it would've been easy to score those goals, but when we didn't they got some chances and we have to do a little better at that.
"We had to speed up the game in the first half, the ball tempo was too low, and then they can organise all the time. We did that better in the second half and they got more tired.
"We always have things to improve, I think we're in a very good place but that'll show in the Euros.
"These are all friendlies, it's very nice to learn from it but it really starts next Wednesday. We're in a very good place but still have to improve a couple of things."
Offside technology in Qatar
Semi-automated technology will be used to spot offsides during this year’s World Cup in Qatar, FIFA have confirmed.
The governing body says the new system will help on-field and video officials make faster and more accurate decisions.
Successfully tested at the 2021 Arab Cup and at last season’s Club World Cup, the technology will see video match officials receive offside alerts which will be validated manually before being communicated to the man in charge.
It uses 12 dedicated cameras inside the stadium to track the ball and up to 29 data points of each individual player at 50 times per second, calculating their exact position on the pitch.
Communication with fans inside the stadium will improve, with 3D animation displayed on the big screens and on television at home.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: "At the World Cup in 2018, FIFA took the brave step to use VAR technology on the world’s biggest stage, and it has proven to be an undisputable success.
"Semi-automated offside technology is an evolution of the VAR systems that have been implemented across the world.
"FIFA is committed to harnessing technology to improve the game of football at all levels, and the use of semi-automated offside technology at the World Cup in 2022 is the clearest possible evidence."
The technology is set to be rolled out worldwide from next year, including in the Premier League.
Khela becomes first pro Birmingham player
Punjabi teenager Brandon Khela has become the first British South Asian footballer to sign professional terms at Championship club Birmingham.
The 17-year-old midfielder has been rewarded after impressing for the Blues’ Under-18s and U-23s teams last season.
Khela was even handed a place on the bench by manager Lee Bowyer for the first team’s 2-2 draw away at Stoke during the 2021-22 campaign.
Chair of Birmingham City supporters group Blues 4 All Micky Singh told Sky Sports News: "This is huge. It's a landmark moment for all Birmingham City fans, particularly those from a South Asian heritage background.
"I've supported Blues for over 60 years and have waited a very long time to see a South Asian kid wear the Royal Blue shirt.
"It will be a momentous occasion across the entire city of Birmingham — and beyond — the day Brandon makes his debut for the first team.
"And from a representation perspective, watching him perform on the pitch will give hope to many aspiring youngsters that want to follow the path into professional football."