International football news – 15 months after infarction: goalkeeper idol Casillas ends career – sport


Portugal: Casillas gives final resignation

Fifteen months after a heart attack while training at FC Porto, goalie icon Iker Casillas has announced the end of his career as a professional footballer. “Today is one of the most important and hardest days of my career: it’s time to say goodbye,” the 39-year-old Spaniard wrote on Tuesday on social networks. The 2010 world champion had not played a game after the infarction in early May 2019.

Germany: DFL wants to approach fan return

The 36 clubs of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga agreed on Tuesday on a uniform procedure for the possible return of fans to or soon after the start of the season on September 18. Away fans are not admitted, standing room is blocked for the time being and the tickets are personalized. In addition, the stadium operators are not allowed to sell alcohol. The final decision on the return of the fans to the stadiums of Germany‘s two highest leagues is made by the authorities.

England: Manchester City holt Ferran Torres vom FC Valencia

Manchester City has found a substitute for Leroy Sané, who switched to Bayern, and has signed Spaniard Ferran Torres from Valencia. As the English Premier League club of Coach Pep Guardiola announced, the 20-year-old winger received a long-term contract with the “Citizens” until June 30, 2025. The clubs did not provide any information about the transfer modalities. Torres played 44 games (6 goals) for Valencia last season.

Germany: Schwolow changes to Hertha BSC

Bundesliga club Hertha BSC have signed Alexander Schwolow from league opponent SC Freiburg. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has played a total of 316 games for the Breisgauer since the U17, 125 of them in the Bundesliga. In Berlin, he receives a “long-term contract”, as Hertha announced on Tuesday. Schwolow had previously been in discussion at Schalke 04.

Italy: Mihajlovic healthy again

One year after the announcement of his leukemia disease, the coach of the Italian first division club FC Bologna, Sinisa Mihajlovic, officially announced his recovery. “I am fine. This is shown by the latest studies. Nine months after the bone marrow transplant, I feel like I was before the disease, »said the 51-year-old Serb.

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