Tuesday Evening Ticker: Tevez joins Juventus; UEFA bans two Turkish powers for match-fixing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

When Antonio Conte signed a new contract extension at Juventus last month, he made a request to sign two strikers. One, Fernando Llorente was signed on a free transfer in January. The other, looks set to come this summer.

Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez is reportedly on his way to the twice-successive Serie A champions, making them the team to beat for the title next season. According to the reports in England, Juventus have agreed a transfer fee of £10 million ($15.42 million) plus additional bonuses depending on goal scored, team’s success in the UEFA Champions League, etc. The deal will be completed per the agreement of personal terms between club and player.

The 29-year-old Argentine joined City in the summer of 2009 for £47 million ($76 million) from Manchester United, enduring a wild time under former boss Roberto Mancini, going AWOL at one point before returning to the squad and getting first team minutes.

Last season, Tevez scored 16 goals in 47 matches in all competitions, though he failed to score in the Champions League.

Here are some more stories to catch up on from around the world:

UEFA PUNISHES CLUBS FOR MATCH-FIXING

In a potentially groundbreaking moment in the fight against match-fixing in the game of soccer, UEFA have announced bans to three clubs for match fixing from all European competitions including the Champions League and Europa League.

Turkish teams Fenerbahce and Besiktas, and Romanian side Steaua Bucharest, were all handed down penalties on Tuesday after disciplinary proceedings from UEFA. Besiktas, who qualified for the Europa League next season after a third-place finish in the domestic league, have been disqualified from competing next season.

Fenerbahce have been expelled from the Champions League next season, and will be ineligible from competing in Europe for two seasons afterwards as well. Finally, Steaua have been provisionally banned for one season from European competition, whenever they next qualify for it.

Fenerbahce and Besiktas both have had trials back in Turkey over match-fixing, with a number of people going to jail over bribes and other improper conduct with match officials and players, while Steaua’s president Gigi Becali was recently sentenced to three years in prison for match-fixing.

MEXICO FALL TO PARAGUAY, EL SALVADOR RECORDS SHOCK WIN

You could have made the excuse that the Mexico Under-20 team was unlucky to lose their opening game against Greece, but the same could not be said for Tuesday’s match.

Mexico hit the bar on two occasions but failed to score a goal, succumbing to Paraguay, 1-0, in their second match at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey. Paraguayan forward Derlis Gonzalez scored the game’s only goal on a counter attack, hitting home on the half-volley over Mexico goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.

Armando Zamorano of Mexico had a chance to score in the 20th minute but his left-footed strike pinged off the post. Paraguay also hit woodwork later in the match, as Gonzalez came so close to doubling the lead, if not for slamming his shot off the same post.

In stoppage time, Mexico’s Jonathan Espericueta had a free kick from nearly 30 yards out go over the wall, freeze the Paraguayan goalkeeper in his tracks, but cannon off the crossbar and away to safety. The loss puts Mexico at the bottom of Group D and means they must defeat Mali on Friday to have a chance to advance as a third-place team.

Also in action in Turkey on Tuesday, El Salvador recorded a historic win, their first in an Under-20 World Cup, defeating Australia, 2-1, Colombia took care of Turkey, 1-0, and Greece and Mali played to a scoreless draw.

DORTMUND INTERESTED IN EL TECATITO

Borussia Dortmund is searching far and wide for a replacement for Mario Götze, off to Bayern Munich this summer, and is currently eying arguably the hottest Mexican talent in the past 12 months.

Jose Manuel Corona, also known as “El Tecatito” in homage to Tecate, the Mexican beer company that sponsors his club team, Monterrey, is currently playing with the Mexico Under-20 team in Turkey, but the 20-year-old has already broken into the Rayados first-team. Corona played 26 times in Liga MX last season, and was a key part of the squad in their CONCACAF Champions League title defense, and their matches at last December’s Club World Cup, which they’ll be a part of again this coming winter.

Reports out of Germany state that Corona will be out of contract with Monterrey on June 30, leaving Dortmund to be able to acquire the Mexican youngster on a free transfer after the Under-20 World Cup.

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What do you make of these reports? Think Juventus is the team to beat with Tevez? Do you believe UEFA’s punishments were fair? Do you see Corona going to Dortmund?

Share your thoughts below.

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28 Responses to Tuesday Evening Ticker: Tevez joins Juventus; UEFA bans two Turkish powers for match-fixing; and more

  1. Jacknut says:

    Wow, would Corona be a serious contender to replac Götze or a pickup for the future? Hard to believe any U-20 not already starting somewhere in Europe would be a contender for those shoes.

    • Old School says:

      That’d be a big jump.

      I don’t see how he would be considered a replacement like for like, until they’re purely interested for investment of talent purposes in the future.

      • Eurosnob says:

        Corona has a long way to go before he reaches Gotze’s quality. Having said that, I hope Corona ends up with some big name EPL cite, like Chelsea. I would hate to see an El Tri player go to a team like Dortmund, which is known for developing young talent and giving playing opportunties. Plus, Dortumd has already secured the services of Junior Flores.

  2. ex_sweeper says:

    Does that mean that Maurice Edu will reconsider ending his loan at Bursaspor? They move into the third CL spot, since Besiktas was also penalized . Edu may already have committed to Stoke for next season, but damn, missed opportunity!

    • Old School says:

      I’m as happy as the next to see an American in the CL but I don’t consider Edu the type of quality that “deserves” CL time, nor do I think he’d be a lock.

      I’d say he’s more of the “Stoke level” but he couldn’t even find a place there, either.

      In case you couldn’t tell, I don’t rate Edu very highly.

      • ex_sweeper says:

        That’s a real dismissive attitude. Not every team qualifying for the CL is expected to compete with Bayern Munich. Edu played well for Bursaspor. He’d get visibility and more international playing experience and maybe he’d improve on the weaker parts of his game.

      • Kingly Alexander - Sankt Pauli! says:

        He was well established at Bursaspor with the staff and a fan favoriteand I don’t think they’ll go through a complete roster overhaul because they qualified for champions league, even if they hypothetically had the finances ( they don’t ). More then likely they’ll bring in 5-8 players. A couple of free transfers, 3 or 4 loans and a big spash or two in the market.

        If Edu is informed that he isn’t gonna be in Stokes plans before the start of the season, I’m sure he’ll have time to get back there if its still an option. If Parkhurst can contribute to a champions league team, I’m sure Edu can. He had 2 runs with Rangers in Europa

      • RP says:

        Don’t forget .. with Rangers Edu has already played in larger CL games than only a handful of other USMNT.

  3. SBI Troll says:

    El Tecatito is a way better nickname than “little pea”.

  4. JD10UT says:

    Has there been anything mentioned here on Danny Williams to Reading FC?

  5. David M says:

    Weren’t we all told very recently that Mexico was head and shoulders above everyone else in CONCACAF?

    • Old School says:

      When have we not been told that?

      • David M says:

        It reached higher intensity a year or so ago.

        • Peat on says:

          I still think its true, but results talk.

          • Old School says:

            Individual talent doesn’t always equate to a good “team”.

            Mexico is rarely short on talent but they can’t hold a candle to the spirit, competitive nature and general resolve that Americans have.

            Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have some of Mexico’s innate flair but being a “team” goes beyond pure talent.

            • David M says:

              It all depends on one’s definition of the word “talent”. Usually only a small subset of various skills is included, and by that definition Mexico indeed has some talent.

  6. Peat on says:

    That is great for El Salvador. They are a country that has taken lots of knocks, so I hope they get a good young soccer generation. Plus Magico Gonzalez was amazing. Maybe they can be the Uruguay of CONCACAF. I hope some team from our region gets through to the next stage. It seems hard for the US because we need a win and a loss from France, plus goal difference. Is that correct

    • Josh D says:

      No. Third place should be enough.

    • Peat on says:

      El Salvador is actually the 9th largest country in CONCACAF, bigger than the Anglo-Caribbean countries, and all CA except Guatemala and Honduras. Regardless, I would like to see them do well.

  7. Travis says:

    I caught the end of that Mexico game, one of their guys hit a really nice free kick in ET that hit the crossbar, was sweet. I am shocked to see how they are doing in Turkey and it certainly wont help the pressure that is on that federation currently.

  8. someAhole says:

    Great to see el tri sucking at all levels recently.

    • Eurosnob says:

      I feel the same way, although they probably underachieve or are mired in mediocrity rather than suck – it’s not like they are getting lopsided losses.