With the pre-seasin training about to start and eyes on the World Cup, here are the big stories from football over the past week
The players are back at Jersey Road and pre-season training is underway. Brentford B got going on Friday and the First Team began their testing this morning. The first pre-season friendlies will start at the end of next week so the season is looming.
There was a new face added to the Brentford B group last week with Jonathan Mitchell joining from Falkirk. Goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe also signed a new contract. The England youth international agreed a four-year deal and will now be part of the First Team group.
There were international appearances for Henrik Dalsgaard, in the World Cup, and Jaakko Oksansen, for Finland Under-19, and the new away and goalkeeper kits were revealed. Fans can pre-order now. Also, the 2018/19 fixture list was confirmed.
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The full fixture list for the division was confirmed last Thursday and the first games chosen by Sky Sports for TV coverage were confirmed.
The big news stories in the division were on the transfer front. Norwich City lost key player James Maddison, who joined Leicester City, while Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj joined Hull City. Nottingham Forest continued to boost their squad as they signed winger Gil Bastiao Dias on a season-long loan from Monaco.
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All eyes are on the World Cup and every team has now played two games. There are only seven teams that have won both - Russia, Uruguay, France, Croatia, Mexico, Belgium and England. The Three Lions recorded their biggest every tournament win by beating Panama 6-1 yesterday and are, along with Russia and Belgium, the top scoring team in the competition.
The final rounds of group games will take place over the next four days and there are some teams with big reputations that are at risk. Brazil will be eliminated if they lose and Germany will probably need a win to get through but may go out even if they do. Argentina must win while Spain and Portugal are also at risk if they lose. The knock-out games start on Saturday.