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Sassuolo return for preseason training ahead of Europa League debut in July

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti assesses Sassuolo's rise in Italian football, while maintaining an Italian core of players.

Sassuolo are the first Serie A side to commence preseason training ahead of their Europa League qualifying debut on July 28.

The Neroverdi exceeded all expectations by finishing sixth in the Serie A last year, earning them a first taste of European football.

But the Europa League qualifying dates meant that Sassuolo were forced to begin their preseason preparations earlier than the rest of the Italian top-flight clubs, launching on Sunday with a week of tests and training.

"We don't want to replace...

Galatasaray appeal over ban from UEFA competitions rejected by CAS

Galatasaray would have qualified for Europe due to winning the Turkish Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected an appeal from Galatasaray to overturn a one-season ban from UEFA competitions for breaking the governing body's financial fair play (FFP) regulations.

UEFA imposed the one-year European ban on Galatasaray in March and also threatened an extension of the sanctions unless the club bring their wage bill under control.

Galatasaray would have secured qualification for the 2016-17 Europa League courtesy of winning the Turkish Cup in May.

But a CAS...

Kosovo clubs have to wait at least a year to make European debut

Kosovo was accepted as the 55th UEFA nation last month.

Kosovo's football clubs will have to wait at least a year to make their debut in European competitions after failing to comply with UEFA regulations in time to play next season.

Kosovo was accepted as the 55th nation by UEFA last month which ensures them a place in the first qualifying rounds of the Champions League and the Europa League for the domestic league and cup winners -- provided they meet UEFA's club licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations.

But UEFA says Kosovo champion FK Feronikeli...

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PAOK earn final spot in Champions League over Panathinaikos

PAOK return to the Champions League after two years' absence.

PAOK held Panathinaikos to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday to win the Greek league playoffs and earn a place in next season's Champions League.

Playing in front of a boisetrous crowd, PAOK went ahead in the 17th minute when an unmarked Garry Rodriguez fired into the top right corner.

A speculative shot from distance by Panathinaikos midfielder Robin Lod found its way into the net in the 26th minute, after a failed attempt to clear the danger by PAOK defender Miguel Vitor.

PAOK only needed a draw to win the...

Jose Mourinho's relief at finally getting a chance with Manchester United

The ESPN FC crew debate whether or not Jose Mourinho would make Manchester United a title contender overnight.

Those close to Jose Mourinho say he is naturally delighted at being named Manchester United manager, with the slightest sense of relief, too.

His appointment does not just complete a story that has been going on for months. It completes a goal he has had for pretty much all of his career.

Mourinho is so often compared to Brian Clough for both his personality and his managerial style, but one grand difference is that the Portuguese finally gets a job he has long wanted. This is the modern day version...