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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern misses out on 17-year-old Brazilian RB, Lewandowski flashes incredible power on headers, Ribery celebrates in style

Bayern Munich Yan Couto has opted to sign with Manchester City after a conversation with Pep Guardiola.

Mexico v Brazil - Final - FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 Photo by Buda Mendes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Bayern lose out on Yan Couto to Manchester City (Manchester Evening News)

Bayern Munich was interested in 17-year-old Brazilian right-back Yan Couto, who plays for Coritiba FC, but Manchester City has secured his signature “by convincing him of their first team plans for him,” according to MEN.

FC Barcelona was also chasing Couto, as was Flamengo in Brazil. Flamengo wanted to activate his release clause, but City beat them to the tune of about €6 million. City invited Couto to watch a game at Etihad Stadium, and Pep Guardiola himself personally spoke with him to persuade him to sign.

Lewandowski vs Coman training headers

Can you spot the difference?

Franck Ribery turns it up in the locker room

Teammate Keven-Prince Boateng celebrated Ribery’s 37th birthday by sharing a clip of the maestro doing his thing in the Fiorentina locker room. Happy Birthday, Franck!

Russia and Qatar really bought the World Cup with bribes (AP)

More details about the rampant corruption that led to the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar have emerged from the American investigation into FIFA.

The wild thing is that these details are not even the actual point of the latest charges that were revealed two days ago. The indictment unsealed on Tuesday says,

Nicolás Leoz, then president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL, and former Brazil federation president Ricardo Teixeira received bribes to vote for Qatar at the 2010 FIFA executive committee meeting.

Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, president of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body CONCACAF, received $5 million in bribes to vote for Russia to host in 2018 from 10 different shell companies that included entities in Anguilla, Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands, the indictment alleged. Guatemala federation president Rafael Salguero was promised a $1 million bribe to vote for Russia, according to the indictment.

Only Salguero has been convicted. The others have managed to avoid extradition. ESPN held the rights to the World Cup from 1994 to 2014, but then lost the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups thanks, at least in part, to bribes paid by FOX officials to members of CONMEBOL. Yay, FIFA!

So you want Ronaldo’s haircut, huh?

Ronaldinho finally out of prison

Felipe Luis is as hard-nosed as you imagined

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