Kaku makes one-time switch to join Paraguay’s national team

New York Red Bulls designated player Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra has completed his one-time switch to join the Paraguay national team setup. 

The 23-year-old played for Argentina at the youth level, including playing for the country at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, but had never been called into the senior squad. 

Currently the MLS leader in assists with nine in nine matches, Kaku’s switch has been completed and he has been called into Paraguay’s camp for an international friendly against Japan on June 12.

The Red Bulls signed Kaku in February from Huracan in Argentina on a designated player deal and so far the move has paid off well, with New York top of the league in points earned per match played. 

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With three goals to go along with his nine assists, Kaku has slotted in well Jesse Marsch’s side and he, along with MLS leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, helping form a dynamic attack. 

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He will be joining up with another MLS playmaker, Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron, at the international level. 

Kaku will leave the Red Bulls to join up with Paraguay on June 4. 

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Emery appointed as unanimous choice after secret vote, says Arsenal chief

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed club chiefs secretly voted on their next boss, with Unai Emery a unanimous selection.

Emery was confirmed as Arsene Wenger’s replacement at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, signing a three-year deal.

Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat all agreed on the appointment of the Spaniard, with Mikel Arteta among those previously linked with the post.

“All the way going through the process, Raul and I and Sven spoke to each other as little as possible because we didn’t want to pollute each other’s viewpoints from the discussions we had had,” Gazidis told UK newspapers.

“We wanted to come to the discussion fresh when we had been through all eight of the final candidates.

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“We narrowed it down to three. We spent an entire day discussing among those three. At the end of the day, three of us all wrote on a piece of paper, one, two, three, and put them into the middle of the table.

“And the choices were all, one, two, three, the same. And Unai was at the top of all of our lists.”

Arsenal are coming off a disappointing season, having finished sixth in the Premier League – 37 points behind record-breaking champions Manchester City.

Gazidis said there was no expectation of instant success under Emery, but he wants improvement.

“It’s a three-year contract,” he said.

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“I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant. So, this is going to be a process. Day after day, you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do.

“We have to work hard, we have to work well together. And take this step by step by step.”

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Klopp: Training Liverpool is a f*cking sensation – it’s unbelievable!

Jurgen Klopp has described the feeling of managing Liverpool as a ‘f*cking sensation’ as the Reds gear up to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Saturday.

The energetic coach was an instant hit at Anfield, with the German’s high-energy brand of ‘heavy metal’ football both pleasing on the eye as well as capable of delivering results against big sides.

However, it has not been an easy ride for Klopp, with the Stuttgart native admitting that his school grades could have made it difficult for him to forge what has ultimately become a hugely exciting career.

“I do what I love and that’s the biggest thing,” the 50-year-old told former Red Robbie Fowler in an interview for the Mirror.

“When I passed my A-levels, the head of the school said in front of all of the other students: ‘I hope you do something in football otherwise I’m not optimistic for you!’

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“It was really hard in that moment, I can tell you. But I sit here today and I can train a club like Liverpool – it still feels like a f*cking sensation! It’s unbelievable!”

Fowler went on to touch on Klopp’s clear devotion to the club, with it having emerged that he had originally planned to a break after his seven-year spell at Signal Iduna Park.

When the call from Anfield came in, however, there was only one answer he could give.

“I felt something special immediately when Mike Gordon called me,” he said.

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“I was not ready, I thought it made sense that I had one year off. But I really knew, ok, that is one club that I can not say no to.”

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The final represents Klopp’s second time making it to the final of Europe’s top club competition, with the manager having lost to Bayern Munich during his time at Dortmund in 2013.

Indeed, Klopp will hope to break something of a cup final hoodoo, having only emerged victorious in one of six in his managerial career, lifting the DFB Pokal in 2012 with BVB.

Kick-off for the showpiece event in Kiev is at 7:45pm UK time (2:45pm US ET). 

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Can you name all 13 players who have 10 or more World Cup goals?

The World Cup is now just around the corner, and some great goal scorers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be on show in Russia this summer once again. 

But those two legendary players don’t rank among the all-time greats in terms of World Cup goals, and that got us thinking about the players who have made a habit of netting on the world’s biggest stage. 

To date, there are 13 players who have scored 10 or more goals in World Cup play, and one of them will even be on the field in Russia with a chance to add to his total. 

All of the players on the list are all-time greats in their own right, but some may be harder to remember than others. 

Take our quiz below and see if you can come up with all 13 players. 

We’ll tell you which country they played for and how many goals they scored, all you have to do is type in the name. 

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Even ‘best ever’ Ronaldo has weaknesses – Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold says that Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of football’s all-time greats, but he is not perfect.

The 19-year-old is preparing himself for the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday, when the Reds will meet Ronaldo’s Real Madrid.

It will be the biggest night of the teenager’s career to date, but he is optimistic that he can rise to the challenge of nullifying the most prolific attacker in Champions League history.

“He’s one of the best players ever,” he told AFP. “He’s done unbelievable things in the game, but he’s got weaknesses as well, as every player has.

“On Saturday we’ll try to exploit them and stop him from doing what he does best, to stop him from scoring.”

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Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, pointed out that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not the only menace at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal before the weekend’s fixture. 

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“It is not just a one-man team either,” he said. “They’ve got other threats too and unbelievable squad depth.

“Even coming off the bench they’ve got world-class players, so it will be tough for everyone on the pitch and everyone will have the task of a direct opponent who is world class. It will be tough, but we’re excited for it.”

The right-back has featured 33 times for Liverpool this season, with the showpiece set to be just his 10th appearance in the competition proper. It could also represent the youngster’s first ever senior trophy.

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