Real Madrid have decided to launch their own women’s team, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.Real Madrid have agreed to buy CD Tacon, a Madrid-based team promoted to Liga Iberdrola – the domestic women’s top-flight – at the end of last season.Spanish news outlet El Mundo reports that Madrid president Florentino Perez has sanctioned a deal worth around €500,000 for Tacon’s licence to be transferred to Real, with the re-branded team to take up their place in the league next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Confirming the arrangement, Rafael del Amo, president of the RFEF Women’s Soccer Committee, told Efe: “The Federation has had something to do, we thought it was very important that the best national teams have a female team.”I always jokingly told my Real Madrid friends that they would not be great without a female team. I can say they are great.”The arrangement apparently only covers the first team, with a decision on an academy dependent on development. The women’s team will train and play at Real’s Ciudad Real Madrid complex in Valdebebas.Tacon were founded in 2014 by the management company of ex-player Ana Rossell, AR10, with the idea of ultimately becoming part of the fold at Real once they had reached the top level.Real now shed their tag as one of elite European soccer’s last clubs without a women’s team, with the Tacón acquisition allowing the club to invest in an existing side.Barcelona, are the top-spending club in the Spanish women’s top-flight, spending close to €4 million (£3.6m/$4.5m) a year, but most club’s operate on a budget closer to €500,000.The news comes shortly after the RFEF announced that next season there will be about €20m ($23m/£18m) allocated for women’s soccer, of which €6.5m will go to the national team and the rest to club competitions.Of the club allocation, the national soccer body will only contribute roughly seven per cent, according to Palco23, while the rest will come from commercial rights.Last season’s Primera Division was dominated by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona as both teams completed the campaign more than 30 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Levante.Meanwhile, Barcelona won their second straight Copa de la Reina and reached the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten by Lyon.
Watford have completed the signing of Rennes forward Ismaila Sarr in a deal worth a reported club-record fee of €35 million (£32.3m/$39.2m) including add-ons.The 21-year-old has been a target for the Hornets throughout the summer and was part of the Senegal team that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.He becomes the second attacking arrival at Vicarage Road in as many days following Danny Welbeck agreeing a three-year deal with the Premier League club following his release from Arsenal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sarr has signed a five-year contract with Javi Gracia’s side after a superb campaign in France during which he scored 13 goals and laid on 11 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions.Those performances helped Rennes secure the Coupe de France as well as enjoy a run to the last 16 of the Europa League, where they were knocked out by Arsenal.Sarr becomes the fourth major signing of the summer by Watford, with Craig Dawson and Tom Dele-Bashiru joining Welbeck in committing their futures to the club over the summer.Last season’s beaten FA Cup finalists are looking to improve on a campaign that saw them finish 11th in the Premier League having previously flirted with a potential European finish.And, with no major first-team players having departed the club during the transfer window, the hope will be that a top-half finish can be secured in 2019-20.Sarr, who plays predominantly on the right-hand side but has figured on the left and through the middle as a central striker, will be key to helping them reach that aim.He joined Rennes from Metz in the summer of 2017 and made a total of 77 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.Sarr has also made 18 appearances for Senegal, and forms part of a fearsome frontline alongside Liverpool star Sadio Mane.He may not be the final arrival at Watford on deadline day, though, with Tottenham full-back Danny Rose having been linked with a shock move to the club where he enjoyed a loan spell earlier in his career.
Mr. Bent and the Spicers were recognized earlier this year as outstanding woodland stewards who encourage sustainable woodland management and increase public awareness of the importance of private woodlands. Sept. 23, western region winner, David Bent, will host a field day on his property in Annapolis County Sept. 30, the provincial and central region award recipients, Peter and Pat Spicer of Spencers Island, will welcome visitors to their woodland in Cumberland County. September 24th to the 30th is National Forest Week and two award-winning, family-operated, Nova Scotia woodlots are holding public field days in September to help celebrate. “Our forests provide habitats for our diverse wildlife populations as well as recreational opportunities and economic benefits,” said Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller. “Everyone is invited to celebrate our forests by sharing in the family fun of these woodlot field days.” Each of the field days will be hosted by a different 2017 Woodland Owner of the Year winner. They will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with award presentations beginning at about 12:30 p.m. Other details are: