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USMNT's Boyd inks deal with Turkish club Besiktas

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United States men's national team midfielder Tyler Boyd has signed a four-year deal with Turkish club Besiktas, the club announced on Monday.

Boyd, 24, was born in New Zealand before moving to California as a child. He returned to New Zealand at age 10 and played for that country's youth teams. He played for the All-Whites' senior squad but last made an appearance in 2014.

He made the one-time switch to represent the U.S. internationally earlier this year and debuted in a June friendly against Venezuela.

Boyd...

Mikel joins Trabzonspor on free transfer

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has joined Turkish club Trabzonspor on a two-year deal with an option for another year, the club announced on Sunday night.

Mikel, 32, joins on a free transfer from Middlesbrough after his short-term deal ran out at the end of last season.

The midfielder, who made 18 Championship appearances for Boro, spent over 10 years in the Premier League with Chelsea before leaving for China where he played the last two seasons with Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel is currently...

Czech Republic international Josef Sural killed in Alanyaspor bus crash

Josef Sural
Josef Sural earnt 20 caps for the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic international Josef Sural was killed after a minibus carrying players from Turkish top tier club Aytemiz Alanyaspor crashed while returning from an away match, the club confirmed on Monday.

Sural died at the hospital where he and six of his teammates were taken after the crash, the club said on Twitter.

Seven Alanyaspor players had rented a VIP minibus to return from the club's 1-1 draw against Kayserispor on Sunday and the bus crashed some 5 km (3.1 miles) from the southern coastal...

Liverpool's Karius files claim against Bestikas after not being paid

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has reported his loan club, Besiktas, to FIFA having allegedly not received wages dating back four months.

FIFA told ESPN on Wednesday that they "have a received a claim from the player Loris Karius against the club Besiktas."

Earlier on Wednesday, German outlet Bild reported that Karius had taken legal action against the club on Feb. 20. The paper said that Besiktas have already missed one deadline which could result into a points deduction of or a potential...

Besiktas boss says 'something is wrong' with Liverpool loanee Loris Karius

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes said he believes "something is wrong" with goalkeeper Loris Karius after he conceded a soft goal in a 3-2 win against Konyaspor at the Vodafone Park Stadium on Sunday night.

Karius could probably have done better in dealing with Omer Ali Sahiner's 20th-minute equaliser, the German keeper failing to make what should have been a routine save and conceding his 37th goal of the season in the process.

The 25-year-old was then heckled and jeered by his own fans for the remainder...