Swansea have named Graham Potter as their new manager.
Potter, 43, has signed a three-year contract after leaving Swedish club Ostersunds and will bid to guide the recently-relegated Welsh club back to the Premier League.
“Swansea City are delighted to announce that Graham Potter has been appointed as the club’s new manager,” read a club statement on their official website.
“Potter has (on Monday) signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after leaving Swedish club Ostersunds to take charge of the Swans.”
Swansea’s seven-year stay in the Premier League came to an end last month after three seasons of turmoil at the club. Portugal’s Carlos Carvalhal was in charge when they went down.
Ostersunds boss Potter is set to become Swansea’s sixth manager in four years amid a backdrop of fans’ unrest with the board.
Potter, who played for Stoke and West Brom, took over at Ostersunds in December 2010 and has guided them from the fourth to the top tier in Sweden.
Ostersunds won the Swedish Cup in 2017 to qualify for this season’s Europa League, reaching the last 32 before losing 4-2 on aggregate to Arsenal.
The UAE media gathered for an eventful night of football at Dubai Sports World with Dubai Eye being crowned Neymar Jr’s Five media champions.
Teams took part in the competitive five-a-side tournament with a twist – when a goal is scored the team that conceded loses a player, so the more you concede the harder the game gets. The player wearing the lowest numbered bib must leave the field of play if their team lets one in. Games lasted ten minutes or until a team has run out of players. In a further twist, the goalmouths are small, and there are no goalkeepers so the pace of the game is intensified.
Ten media outlets battled it out in the group stages, with four teams advancing onto the semi finals – when the Neymar Jr’s Five rules came into play. Victories in the opening matches for ITP Media and Chouieri Group had them top of their respective groups, however it was Dubai Eye and MBC who advanced as group winners. Second place finishes for Gulf News and Dubai Media Incorporated also saw them through to the later stages.
The first semi-final saw Dubai Eye score first, leaving Gulf News with four players on the pitch. The single goal proved enough to see the radio broadcaster book their place in the final. In the second semi final, both MBC and Dubai Media Incorporated conceded, forcing each to remove a player. With the score levelled at 1-1 at the final whistle the tie was settled with a unique one-on-one situation. Teams elected their most skilful player to take on an opponent in a ‘next-goal-wins’ style finish. MBC scored, and advanced.
In the final tired legs showed, and the first goal proved crucial with Dubai Eye taking the lead, giving them a priceless player advantage. Despite their best efforts, MBC had just two players on the field at the end of the game, as Dubai Eye were crowned champions thanks to a 3-0 win.
“When we went to the tournament, we didn’t expect to go all the way to the semi- finals,” said Mohamed Shamsheer, Gulf News captain. “When we lost the first match in the group, we decided to enjoy playing good football in the coming matches. We won three matches in a row and qualified to the semi-finals but we lost it for only a goal when our key player was injured. It was a very well organised tournament and everybody enjoyed the atmosphere and the sporting spirit from all teams.”
UAE media tournament results
Chouieri Group 3 – 0 Khaleej Times
Dubai Media Incorporated 1 – 1 Sport360
Dubai Eye 1 – 0 Chouieri Group
Khaleej Times 0 – 4 Dubai Media Incorporated
Sport 360 0 – 1 Dubai Eye
Chouieri Group 0 – 2 Dubai Media Incorporated
Khaleej Times 0 – 4 Sport360
Dubai Media Incorporated 0 – 1 Dubai Eye
Chouieri Group 1 – 1 Sport360
Khaleej Times 0 – 3 Dubai Eye
ITP 4 – 1 Motivate Publishing
Gulf News 1 – 3 MBC
OMD 2 – 0 ITP
Motivate Publishing 1 – 3 Gulf News
MBC 1 – 1 OMD
ITP 0 – 3 Gulf News
Motivate Publishing 0 – 3 MBC
Gulf News 2 – 1 OMD
ITP 1 – 2 MBC
Motivate Publishing 1 – 3 OMD
Dubai Eye (1st) 1 – 0 Gulf News (2nd)
MBC (1st) 1 – 1 Dubai Media Incorporated (2nd)
Dubai Eye 3 – 0 MBC
Former Internazionale, Barcelona and Manchester United icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice to help Los Angeles Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 3-0 this weekend.
Ibrahimovic, 36, went scoreless in his previous Major League Soccer-outing – a 1-1 draw at Portland Timbers.
But he made amends in the thrashing of Salt Lake, moving him onto seven goals in 11 top-flight outings since his March arrival.
Watch the action below.