After months of speculation, Manchester City has officially announced it will hire Pep Guardiola as manager for the 2016-17 season. Guardiola will finish out his tenure at Bayern Munich before making the move to the Premier League this summer. Manchester City brass said the mid-season announcement was meant as a gesture of good will toward the club's players and current manager Manuel Pellegrini.
"Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation," the announcement reads. It seems City previously made an attempt to hire Guardiola in 2012, the same year Roberto Mancini led the Citizens to the Premier League title.
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John Terry confirms he'll leave Chelsea at the end of the season [We Ain't Got No History]
One of the most hated players in England is moving on. When the news broke, most of #MLSTwitter had the same reaction: "Stay the hell away from our league." Despite the announcement, there was immediate speculation among England's bookmakers that Terry will still be in a blue shirt next season.
MK Dons 1-5 Chelsea, FA Cup: Post-match reaction [We Ain't Got No History]
Terry's announcement came after Chelsea's best performance of the season. Granted it was against a club that is on track to be relegated to League One this year, but it did advance the Blues to the FA Cup fifth round.
Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, 2015/16 La Liga: Final Score 2-1 as Barça fight to comeback win [Barca Blaugranes]
After Atleti went ahead in the 10th minute, Lionel Messi equalized in the 30th and Luis Suarez put Barcelona in front in the 38th.
Bayern Munich down Hoffenheim behind Robert Lewandowski brace [Bavarian Football Works]
Lewandowski continues to be a world-class forward, and for some reason Bayern might let him walk away.
USA vs. Iceland: Final score 3-2, Steve Birnbaum scores late to seal USA win [SSFC]
The USMNT opened 2016 with a friendly win over Iceland, coming from behind twice in the process.
What's happening in The A?
The Hawks fell at the Miami Heat Sunday, losing for the fifth time in their last six games. Atlanta shot a paltry 38.6 percent from the field and connected on just 5 of 22 three-point attempts.