• Having parted company with Napoli in Italy, Rafael Benitez signed a three-year deal to coach Real Madrid. Real’s assistant coach Paul Clement quit Spain to take charge of English second-tier side Derby County.

• Two-time African Nations Cup-winning coach Herve Renard left Ivory Coast and replaced Rene Girard in charge of Lille. Reims gave caretaker boss Olivier Guegan a permanent deal after he won three of his seven games to keep the club in Ligue 1.

• Alexander Zorniger replaced Huub Stevens as coach of Bundesliga side Stuttgart. Hanover handed interim coach Michael Frontzeck a permanent contract.

• Queens Park Rangers gave caretaker manager Chris Ramsey a three-year permanent deal despite relegation from the Premier League.

• Gia Geguchadze returned for a second spell as coach Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi, replacing Kakha Gogichaishvili.


• Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, who led Ecuador at the 2014 World Cup and Honduras in South Africa four years earlier, took charge of Atletico Nacional in his homeland, replacing Juan Carlos Osorio who left to take over Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Wanderley Luxemburgo

• Also in Brazil, Vanderlei Luxemburgo replaced Marcelo Oliveira as coach of Cruzeiro, with Cristovao Borges taking his place at Flamengo.

• Ignacio Ambriz replaced Gustavo Matosas as coach of Club America, just weeks after he led the Mexican side to victory in the CONCACAF Champions League.

• Uruguayan coach Gerardo Pelusso replaced Gustavo Costas at Santa Fe after the Colombian side lost in the quarter-finals of the Libertadores Cup.

• Jose Luis Sierra left Union Espanola to replace Hector Tapia as coach of fellow Chilean side Colo Colo.

• Eduardo Villegas, who won five titles with The Strongest, was named coach of their Bolivian rivals Bolivar.


• Swiss coach Raoul Savoy took charge of Gambia’s national team, while Belgian Tom Saintfiet was named boss of Togo.


• Barcelona and Spain midfielder

Xavi Barcelona

, 35, signed a three-year deal to play for Al Sadd of Qatar.

• Former England midfielder David Platt was named coach of Indian Super League side Pune City.

• Former Australia international John Aloisi was named coach of Brisbane Roar.



• Sinisa Mihajlovic quit as coach of Sampdoria at the end of the Serie A season, while Andrea Stramaccioni left Udinese.

• Sam Allardyce parted company with West Ham United at the end of the Premier League season. Dick Advocaat rejected an offer to make his caretaker role at Sunderland permanent.

Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo was never a happy fit with Schalke.

• Roberto Di Matteo resigned as coach of German side Schalke after seven and a half months in charge. Thomas Schaaf stepped down at Eintracht Frankfurt after one season.

• Murat Yakin stepped down as coach of Spartak Moscow after the Russian club failed to qualify for Europe. Kuban Krasnodar terminated the contract of coach Leonid Kuchuk by mutual consent.


• Former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari stepped down as coach of Gremio, ending his third spell in charge of the club and Fluminense parted company with Ricardo Drubscky after less than two months in charge.

• Argentina and Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis will retire from international football after the Copa America.

Rogerio Ceni

• Rogerio Ceni, the 42-year-old whose 127 goals scored is a world record for a keeepr, will retire in August when his current contract with Brazilian club Sao Paulo expires.


• Luis Fernando Tena left Cruz Azul after they failed to claim a place in the Mexican clausura play-offs.

• Alajuelense coach Oscar Ramirez stepped down after they lost the Cost Rican title on penalties in the play-off Final.


• England-born Stuart Baxter stepped down as coach of South African champions Kaizer Chiefs.


• Mauritius dismissed former France international Didier Six as coach following his suspension “for unacceptable behaviour” during the COSAFA Cup.

• Phil Stubbins was sacked as coach of Newcastle Jets at the end of the A-League season.

• Former England international Gary Stevens ended his brief stint as coach of Thai club Army United despite winning six of his 10 league games in charge.