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Inter Milan changes managers 2 weeks before Serie A kicks off

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Inter Milan kicks off their Serie A season in two weeks, and their preseason has been going on for a month. Despite this, they thought it was a reasonable time to change managers. Inter announced on Sunday night that Roberto Mancini had been sacked.

Mancini's departure has been rumored since the spring, when Inter fell from a Champions League spot down to fourth with a poor second half of the season, finishing 13 points behind Roma. But while going through the process of changing owners, Inter didn't go forward with it, letting him remain in the post. The uncertainty over Mancini's position was reflected in Inter's play in preseason -- they were soundly beaten by Bayern Munich, PSG and Tottenham Hotspur's backups. His disagreement with Inter's transfer policy also contributed to his departure.

His expected replacement is Frank de Boer, who just finished up a six-year stint as Ajax manager. During that span, he won the Eredivisie four times, but his team fell apart on the final day to hand PSV the title last season.

Goal of the day

This strike by Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest player in professional soccer at 49. (r/soccer)

In the news

Paul Pogba is having a medical at Manchester United. (Manchester United)

Jesé Rodríguez is officially a PSG player. (Real Madrid)

Entering the last year of his contract, Arsène Wenger admits he's scared by the prospect of retirement. (Guardian)

Jürgen Klopp doesn't know if Daniel Sturridge will be fit to play this weekend. (ESPN FC)

Renato Sanches is out four weeks with a thigh injury. (Bundesliga)

Check out Cristiano Ronaldo's new car. (AS)

Here's José Mourinho making fun of a journalist for sleeping at a press conference. (Mirror)

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Stephanie Yang on LGBT supporters finding a welcoming environment in NWSL. (Unusual Efforts)

Euan McTear on Diego Forlán giving hope to late bloomers everywhere. (These Football Times)

Louise Taylor on 10 new signings to watch in the Premier League this year. (Guardian)

From the rumor mill

Please don't take anything in this section too seriously, for your own sanity.

Swansea is going to break their transfer record to sign Borja Baston. (South Wales Evening Post)

Middlesbrough wants to sign Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo. (Mail)

Besiktas might make a big offer for Christian Benteke. (Mirror)

West Brom aren't signing Diafra Sakho, so maybe they're not selling Saido Berahino. (Telegraph)

Barcelona is going to send Thomas Vermaelen to Roma. (AS)

Manolo Gabbiadini's agent doesn't see his client leaving Napoli. (Football Italia)

What happened this weekend

Brazil failed to score again in men's Olympic soccer.

The USWNT survived a tough test against France.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner in the Community Shield.

Highlights of all this weekend's MLS games are here. (MLS)


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