With the majority of players and football staff on summer break, most of the Brentford news this week happened away from West London. Konstantin Kerschbaumer left The Bees to join FC Ingolstadt 04 and ticket prices were confirmed for the pre-season friendly against Wycombe Wanderers on 17 July. Meanwhile, there was plenty of on-the-pitch action for Brentford's internationals, including two landmark moments.
Alan Judge became the first Brentford player to score in a full international for Republic of Ireland when he notched the winner against the United States of America on Saturday night. The attacking midfield man came off the substitute's bench late on and scored in the dying seconds to give his team a 2-1 win.
Another breakthrough moment for The Bees happened late on Sunday when Henrik Dalsgaard was named in the Denmark squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Henrik played for Denmark against Sweden on Saturday and was named in the squad on Sunday. He is in line to become the first man contracted to Brentford FC to play at a World Cup.
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It was a time of managerial changes in the Championship as the first full week of the close season ticked by. Derby County appointed Frank Lampard as their new boss while Ipswich Town took Paul Hurst from Shrewsbury Town to lead them in 2018/19. Paul Heckingbottom was sacked by Leeds United and they may be the next club to appoint a new boss. Alternatively, Swansea City may beat them to the punch as they are reportedly close to announcing the appointment of Graham Potter.
With the club season now officially over, attention is switching to international football. All teams have now named their squads for the World Cup, which starts next Thursday, and international friendlies are taking place. England beat Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday with Gary Cahill and Harry Kane on the score sheet. The Three Lions next face Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday.
Elsewhere there were a few surprises on and off the pitch with Germany leaving Leroy Sane, PFA Young Player of the Year, out of their squad and then losing to Austria in a friendly. Less surprising was Scotland suffering consecutive defeats against Peru and Mexico while Northern Ireland's two international friendlies saw them draw with Panama and lose to Costa Rica. Spain, one of the World Cup favourites, were held to a draw by Switzerland while Brazil beat Croatia in a match, strangely, played in Liverpool.
Closer to home, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust announced a new programme in Uxbridge and launched a new search for volunteers. They will hold a volunteer recruitment evening on Wednesday. The Brentford FC Women's Development Team were promoted and don't forget, Brentford FC Training Wear for 2018/19 is now on sale.