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Spanish newspaper El Mundo dropped the best Sepp Blatter story yet on Thursday, detailing a long list of women they believe Blatter has dated while president of FIFA. Among them is Irina Shayk, a Russian model who was the longtime girlfriend of Cristiano Ronaldo. The story also details how Blatter met a number of his lovers through his daughter. You can check out the original story here, and a summary from The Mirror in English here.
In the news
Germany reportedly sent arms to Saudi Arabia to lock up a World Cup vote. (Mail)
Elche have been relegated from La Liga for financial troubles, despite finishing 13th. (LFP)
The Premier League won't have a title sponsor after 2016/17. (@PLSpokesman)
The FBI's FIFA investigation includes basically every soccer thing ever. (Guardian)
Watford have hired Quique Sanchez Flores as their new coach. (BBC)
Cristiano Ronaldo will play striker for Real Madrid next year, with Karim Benzema likely benched. (AS)
Silviu Berlusconi has rejected Mr. Bee's offer and looks unlikely to sell Milan. (Football Italia)
Angel Di Maria plans to stay at Manchester United. (Telegraph)
You should be reading
Laura Vecsey on how history can help the USWNT. (FOX Soccer)
Elliott Turner on Neymar's intelligence. (Paste Soccer)
Scott Murray on FIFA allowing players to switch nationalities. (Guardian)
Fun with transfer rumors
The section in which nothing should be taken seriously. It's rumor season, so this section will be expanded, and as the summer rolls on, it will probably be bigger than the actual news section.
Despite Real Madrid's denial, it sounds like they are pursuing Marco Verratti. (AS)
Lazio are going after Robin van Persie. (Guardian)
Raheem Sterling isn't necessarily opposed to going to Manchester United. (Guardian)
Dante, however, has snubbed United. (Star)
Sampdoria think they're close to getting Kurt Zouma, weirdly. (Metro)
If Arsenal can't get Morgan Schneiderlin, they'll take Geoffrey Kondogbia. (Independent)
The Baby Yanks lost to Ukraine, but still made the U-20 World Cup knockout stages. (Stars and Stripes FC)
What to watch this weekend (all times ET)
Netherlands vs. USA (Friday, 2:30 p.m.) - Jurgen Klinsmann's testing his boys before the Gold Cup.
Juventus vs. Barcelona (Saturday, 2:45 p.m.) - With Giorgio Chiellini out, a Champions League final upset is going to be tough for Juve.
Canada vs. China (Saturday, 6 p.m.) - The opening World Cup game should be a test for Canada, but expect them to win.
New Zealand vs. Netherlands (Saturday, 9 p.m.) - It's tough to pick who will finish second in Group A, and this game should be close.
Ireland vs. England (Sunday, 8 a.m.) - The battle of Jack Grealish!
Norway vs. Thailand (Sunday, 1 p.m.) - Whether Thailand are competitive here is anyone's guess.
Germany vs. Ivory Coast (Sunday, 4 p.m.) - At least we're getting the tournament's least-competitive match out of the way early.