Ghana fans cheer their team during their African Nations Cup Group B soccer match against Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

The FIFA World Cup in Russia

The stage is set in Russia and preparations have been all but done for the hosting of football’s biggest and most viewed event.

This summer would be special as the World Cup rolls on our screens other the regular boring summers when football fans have to take excitement solely from the transfer market.

Most squads have already been named ahead of the showdown in Russia. Hosts, Russia, Brazil, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Australia, Peru, Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Costa Rica, Mexico, South Korea, Panama, Poland and Nigeria are the countries who have so far named preliminary squads to prepare for the tournament. Football fans’ mouths are already watering for the showpiece in Russia can’t wait for June 14.

The Managerial Merry-go-round

This summer, the managerial shake up would be massive as most high profile managers are without jobs and most teams are on the lookout for managers.

Arsenal is one of such names, the London club is looking for a replacement for Arsene Wenger who ended a 22 year service to the club with names like Allegri, Nagelsmann, Leonardo Jardim, Brendan Rodgers, Luis Enrique as well as ex-players Viera and Arteta linked with the job. Everton have been reported to be on the lookout for a new manager after rumours have been circulating about Marco Silva replacing Big Sam.

West Ham are also in the same situation with reports indicating that Shaktar boss Paulo Fonseca could replace David Moyes. Thomas Tuchel has already been confirmed new PSG boss as Unai Emery left his post at the end of the season with the latter now probably on the lookout for a new employer. Big names like Carlo Ancelotti are also without a job since last year while rumours have it that, Napoli coach, Maurro Sarri could replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea coach.

Dortmund boss Peter Stoger has also stepped down after the final day loss to Hoffeinham . The managerial shake up looks well and truly underway so football fans just sit back, relax, and enjoy the party.

The Transfer Market

The ‘craziness’ of the transfer market has gone haywire since the last two summers with transfer price rocketing high over the roof.

Most teams would be looking to strengthen their sides and with the managerial merry-go-round, players are sure to move as newly appointed managers tend to bring in loyal lieutenants with them to their new clubs. The rumour mills are already grinding out transfer stories whipping up appetite in anticipation of the transfer window. The exciting part is that, English clubs will have their transfer window opened as early as June 9.

English clubs voted that the transfer window should be shut before the season began and to make room for FIFA’s 12 week duration ultimatum for a transfer window, The English FA has shifted the opening of the window to accommodate the 12 week duration. Once more, all I can say is, sit back, relax and enjoy the summer transfer window ride.

The NBA playoffs

NBA fans live for the off season; the excitement of the play-offs is upon us again and regular suspects, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors face off against the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets in the two conference finals.

The Celtics won the first game 103-83 in the first game in Boston and the Cavs led by LeBron James would look to win the next game tomorrow. The Warriors are also taking a one game lead into game two against the Rockets after a 119-106 win against the Rockets team.

NBA fans would be monitoring keenly this summer in anticipation for the big one; the NBA play-off finals.

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