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Bayern Munich Open talks to Sign Rudiger From Chelsea
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Bayern Munich Open talks to Sign Rudiger From Chelsea

Bayern Munich have begun exploring the possibility of signing Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea, Goal reports. The Bundesliga champions are interested in the German defender along with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Rudiger is into the final months of his current contract with Chelsea and is yet to agree to an extension. Bayern have been in touch with his agent and brother, Sahr Senesie, but the talks are purely preliminary at this stage. Julian Nagelsmann considers the 28-year-old as a good replacement for Niklas Sule, who might decide to leave next summer. Like Rudiger, Sule’s deal also expires at the end of the season, and he has put extension talks on hold.
LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]
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LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]

Ahead of the conclusion to the LaLiga match-day six fixtures on Thursday night where Barcelona will tackle Cadiz, below are currently the highest goal scorers in the Spanish-top flight league. Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, is presently the highest goal scorer in the LaLiga with eight goals. The France international scored a brace in Real Madrid’s 6-1 win against Mallorca on Wednesday night. Behind Benzema is Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, who has scored five goals so far. Below is the highest goal scorers in the LaLiga so far; 8 goals; Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema 5 goals; Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior 4 goals; Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal 3 goals; Valencia’s Carlos Soler, Sevilla’s Erik Lamela, Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa, Real Madrid’s Marco A...
Carabao Cup: Van de Beek Blamed for Man Utd’s Defeat to West Ham
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Carabao Cup: Van de Beek Blamed for Man Utd’s Defeat to West Ham

Former England international, Casey Stoney, has blamed Donny van de Beek for Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Van de Beek has failed to establish himself as a regular in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team since arriving in the summer of 2020. The Dutchman was handed a rare start for the visit of the Hammers, but failed to impress yet again as United crashed out of the competition. Manuel Lanzini’s goal in the ninth minute proved to the winner at Old Trafford. When analysing the only goal of the game, Stoney said on Sky Sports: “It’s poor defending, he (van de Beek) has got him in his eyesight. I don’t know why he thinks he’s got to go after the ball, he just needs to stay with his player. “He’s been drawn to the ball, he’s ...
Carabao Cup: Tuchel delivers verdict on Werner, Kepa after Chelsea defeated Aston Villa
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Carabao Cup: Tuchel delivers verdict on Werner, Kepa after Chelsea defeated Aston Villa

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has delivered his verdict on Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga following their performances in his side’s Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night. Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 4-3 on penalties in the Carabao Cup following a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Werner had scored the only goal for Chelsea during normal time, while Kepa pulled off a number of good saves in the match, including a big one to help Chelsea win the shootout against Aston Villa. “We brought him into a situation where he can score, this is what we want, and then it’s on him to score. That’s why he is here. It’s the best feeling for a striker to score,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s website. “Kepa is very strong at penalties. He has good experiences in shoot-outs so we focused...
Carabao Cup: Ronaldo might be Responsible for Solskjaer’s Sack – Gary Neville
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Carabao Cup: Ronaldo might be Responsible for Solskjaer’s Sack – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at the club hinges on the success of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford. Solskjaer has not won anything since he replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018. There have been a few near-misses for Norwegian, with the penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final this year still a sore point. And now this season they have one less trophy to go for, after West Ham knocked them out of the Carabao Cup. However, in the Premier League, United have recorded four wins and a draw from their five games so far and are level at the top with Chelsea and Liverpool. One of their main factors behind their fine start has been the form of Ronaldo, who has four goals in three gam...
Carabao Cup: Arteta names Arsenal player he is ‘proud of’ after 3-0 win over Wimbledon
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Carabao Cup: Arteta names Arsenal player he is ‘proud of’ after 3-0 win over Wimbledon

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he is proud of Eddie Nkeitah, following their 3-0 win over Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday. Arteta noted that the forward “fully deserved” his goal because he trained “like a beast”. Nketiah was handed his first appearance of the season after being named in Arteta’s starting XI for the match. The 22-year-old pulled off an impudent backheeled finish with 10 minutes left at the Emirates. The Gunners had gone ahead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Emile Smith Rowe’s effort. “I’m so proud of this kid,” Arteta told Sky Sports when asked about Nketiah’s display. “He hasn’t played much, there’s a lot of speculation around him. The way he trains, the way he behaves, he’s always willing to help ...
CAF reduces Enyimba captain, Austin Oladapo’s ban to six months
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CAF reduces Enyimba captain, Austin Oladapo’s ban to six months

Enyimba captain, Austin Oladapo, has seen his one-year ban cut down into half by the Appeals Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Oladapo was handed the punishment for testing positive to prednisolone after a test was conducted in May. The initial ban meant the midfielder would stay away from all football-related activities until July 2022. But following an appeal, he has now been cleared to return on January 5. Oladapo had insisted that any trace of the substances found in his sample, would have been from Covid-19 medications he was taking at the time. Arising from its hearing, a statement from the CAF Appeals Committee reads, “The Board has decided to reduce the sanction of player Oladapo Augustine from one year to six (6) months. There...
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother claims his 11-year- old son is better than his dad was at that age
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother claims his 11-year- old son is better than his dad was at that age

Cristiano Ronaldo's mother has claimed that her grandson is 'better than his father was at his age' because the Manchester United star is his teacher. Dolores Aveiro believes Cristiano 'Cristianinho' Ronaldo Jr will reach the same heights his father has and is desperate for the 11-year-old to play for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal in the future. Ronaldo has five Ballon d'Ors and countless trophies at club and international level as well as 678 club goals to his name. Aveiro is expecting her grandson to follow in her son's footsteps while also hoping he will fulfill her dream of seeing her family represent Sporting once more in her lifetime. 'Ronaldo has to come back here [to Sporting], for me he'd be here,' Aveiro said on the ADN de Leao podcast. 'He likes to watch Sporting...
MMA fighter Lucas Gabriel Peres  dies from head injury after falling ill following bout
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MMA fighter Lucas Gabriel Peres dies from head injury after falling ill following bout

A Brazilian MMA fighter has tragically passed away at the age of 22 following a fight earlier this month. Lucas Gabriel Peres, an amateur fighter from the Midwestern city of Peabiru, fought in a K-1 competition in Maringa on September 11, and was hospitalised following his bout. After his match-up, Peres complained of headaches and after arriving home with family, he was taken to a hospital in Campo Mourão. While at the hospital, his condition reportedly deteriorated to the point where he was sent to the Metropolitan Hospital of Sarandi, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday, September 18. The organisers of the event have not commented on Peres' passing but are reportedly in contact with his family. A report investigating further into the causes of his death is being pr...
Andre Ayew: Ghana ace strikes for Al Sadd in Qatar
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Andre Ayew: Ghana ace strikes for Al Sadd in Qatar

The forward was in good form for The Boss in the matchday three away league fixture Ghana captain Andre Ayew scored his second goal for Al Sadd in their 4-2 win over Al Rayyan in the Qatari Stars League on Wednesday. In his third game for The Boss, the attacker continued his good start to life for his new club with his second straight strike to help secure three points in the matchday three away fixture. It was his third game for the defending league champions, having joined on a free transfer in July following his departure from English second-tier fold Swansea City.
Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer explains why he dropped Ronaldo
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Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer explains why he dropped Ronaldo

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has explained why he left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad to play West Ham to play in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. According to the Norwegian, it is not “possible” for Ronaldo to play in every game this season. Solskjaer made 11 changes to the team that beat the Hammers in the Premier League at the weekend. Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have all been given a chance to impress from the start at Old Trafford. The Red Devils play host to Aston Villa in just three days’ time and it appears Solskjaer will look to wrap Ronaldo up in cotton wool whenever possible over the course of a long season. When asked whether it was a good night for Ronaldo to put his feet up, Solskjaer told Sky Spo...
‘He doesn’t want to run! – Dion Dublin slams Anthony Martial’s Performance after Manchester United’s Carabao Cup exit
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‘He doesn’t want to run! – Dion Dublin slams Anthony Martial’s Performance after Manchester United’s Carabao Cup exit

Manchester United star, Anthony Martial has been blamed for the club’s woeful outing in the Carabao Cup against West Ham United last night. Former United striker, Dion Dublin slammed the Frenchman’s performance in their 1-0 defeat to the Hammers. The Red Devils are now out of this season’s League Cup at the first hurdle, with Manuel Lanzini’s goal deciding the game at Old Trafford. Martial was handed his second start of the season with Cristiano Ronaldo rested, Mason Greenwood among the subs and Edinson Cavani still working his way back to full fitness. The Frenchman, however, failed to take his chance and Dublin is insisting that his (Martial) body language was “horrible to watch”. “We need to see more from Anthony Martial, we have said it many times before ...
Carabao Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City discover fourth round opponents [Full fixtures]
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Carabao Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City discover fourth round opponents [Full fixtures]

The draw for the Carabao Cup fourth round was conducted on Wednesday night. Chelsea, who needed penalties to see off Aston Villa, will play Southampton next at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal have been paired with Leeds, while Stoke will take on Brentford. West Ham’s reward for eliminating Manchester United, is a tie against their rivals Manchester City. Liverpool will face Preston in the next round. FULL FIXTURES Chelsea v Southampton Arsenal v Leeds Stoke v Brentford West Ham v Man City Leicester v Brighton Burnley v Tottenham QPR v Sunderland Preston v Liverpool
Premier League to resume on Boxing Day 2022 after World Cup
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Premier League to resume on Boxing Day 2022 after World Cup

The Premier League has agreed to break during next season after the weekend of November 12 to incorporate the Qatar 2022 World Cup, before resuming fixtures again on Boxing Day, Sky Sports News understands. Players will have a week of preparations with their national teams before heading out to the tournament in the Middle East, and only eight days to recover in time for the league's resumption should they reach the final on December 18. Executives of all 20 Premier League clubs were in London on Wednesday for a scheduled meeting, and the programme for 2022/23 was decided in discussions that lasted approximately four hours and also included a number of other issues. Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow called the idea of a winter World Cup "crazy" and expects the hiatus...
West Ham dispatch lacklustre Man Utd
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West Ham dispatch lacklustre Man Utd

West Ham knocked out Manchester United in the third round of the Carabao Cup with Manuel Lanzini's early goal enough for a 1-0 victory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were beaten semi-finalists in the last two editions and came into this match fresh from sealing a thrilling 2-1 Premier League win at the London Stadium when the sides met on Sunday. But three days on, it was David Moyes' men celebrating as Lanzini secured West Ham a rare Old Trafford triumph and Carabao Cup progress as the hosts failed to turn 27 shots into a goal. The Hammers had failed to win on their previous 17 trips to Old Trafford, with Carlos Tevez the last player to score a winner there back in May 2007. This time, Argentine compatriot Lanzini did the damage, sweeping home after Ryan Fredericks roared pa...
Chelsea edge Villa on pens to reach round four
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Chelsea edge Villa on pens to reach round four

Chelsea are through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Aston Villa. The two sides could not be separated in normal time at Stamford Bridge, as second-half goals from Timo Werner and Cameron Archer led to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night. But it was the Blues who eventually prevailed, as misses from Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba allowed Reece James the opportunity to score the decisive kick. They will host Southampton in round four of the competition, with the game taking place on October 26 or 27.
Tennis: Former world No.1 Halep splits with coach Cahill
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Tennis: Former world No.1 Halep splits with coach Cahill

Simona Halep on Wednesday announced the end of her partnership with long-time coach Darren Cahill, who helped her reach world number one and win two Grand Slams. “After six wonderful years working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided that it’s time to end our working relationship,” Halep tweeted. “Thank you D for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person.” Halep, who turns 30 next week, climbed to the top of the women’s rankings for the first time in October 2017. The Romanian won Roland Garros the following year and claimed the 2019 Wimbledon title. Australian Cahill took a break from working with Halep in 2019 for family reasons but remained in touch with her during that year’s Wimbledon triumph, where she beat Serena Williams in the final...
Former Real Madrid star James Rodriguez leaves Everton to join Qatari club Al Rayyan
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Former Real Madrid star James Rodriguez leaves Everton to join Qatari club Al Rayyan

James Rodriguez has left Everton to join Qatari club Al Rayyan for an undisclosed fee. The Colombian international travelled to the Middle East at the weekend to seal a move away from Goodison Park after failing to play a game under new manager Rafael Benitez. He now has to undergo a rigorous medical and agree the final details of his contract. The former Real Madrid midfielder, 30, became the highest-paid player in Everton's history when he joined the club on a two-year deal in 2020 under then-manager Carlo Ancelotti. He scored six goals in 26 appearances for the Toffees in his debut season in English football, but his future at the club was thrown into doubt following Ancelotti's shock return to Real Madrid in June. The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner had an option to mov...
EPL Predictions Week 6, 2021/22 By Marcus Owolabi
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EPL Predictions Week 6, 2021/22 By Marcus Owolabi

English champions Manchester City were held at home against Southampton without a shot on target. Manchester United kept it late to get a win against Westham. Below are my predictions for week 6…. Chelsea vs Man City - Both teams to score  Man United vs Aston Villa - Both teams to score  Everton vs Norwich - Home win Leeds vs Westham - Both teams to score  Leicester vs Burnley - Home win Watford vs Newcastle - Home win Brentford vs Liverpool - Away Win  Southampton vs Wolves - Draw Arsenal vs Tottenham - Both teams to score  Crystal Palace vs Brighton - Both teams to score  Good luck  Follow @marcusowolabi on Instagram/ Twitter/ Facebook and Telegram 
Bongonda ruled out of Royal Antwerp game as Genk set for Samatta reunion
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Bongonda ruled out of Royal Antwerp game as Genk set for Samatta reunion

The Blue-White revealed the DR Congo prospect will be unavailable for Wednesday’s league showdown against the Great Old Genk have confirmed Theo Bongonda will play no part in Wednesday’s Belgian First Division A encounter against Royal Antwerp. According to a statement from the club website, the former Belgium youth international is still out of action due to a hamstring setback, while offering an update on Nigeria and Ghana prospect Mujaid Sadick as he continues to recover from injury. Bongonda, 25, suffered the knock during last week’s Europa League game against Rapid Vienna, prompting manager John van den Brom to substitute him for Mike Ndayishimiye at half-time.  
Hannibal Mejbri can become a ‘future Paul Scholes at Manchester United’, says former coach Bekhti
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Hannibal Mejbri can become a ‘future Paul Scholes at Manchester United’, says former coach Bekhti

The 18-year-old is considered Paul Pogba's successor in the Red Devils first team and his former youth coach is confident he will become a star Hannibal Mejbri has been tipped to become a "future Paul Scholes" at Manchester United by his former youth coach. The 18-year-old has impressed with the United Under-23s side in recent years and made his senior debut for the Old Trafford club when he came off the bench in the final Premier League game of last season. The attacking midfielder has already made three appearances for the Tunisia national team and his former coach at Paris FC, Reda Bekhti, has backed him to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team in the near future.  
Eto’o: Barcelona legend announces candidacy for Cameroon FA presidency
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Eto’o: Barcelona legend announces candidacy for Cameroon FA presidency

The four-time African Player of the Year is bidding to become head of the Cameroonian Football Federation Samuel Eto’o has officially announced his intent to become president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) on social media. The 40-year-old, who enjoyed a trophy-laden career as a player, would hope to head his country’s football governing body that has been without a substantive head since 2018. Eto’o's popularity stretches beyond the shores of the African continent following his inspiring performances at Barcelona, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea as well as Everton.  
Orlando Pirates should should ‘look after’ Mamelodi Sundowns’ Zwane – Sebola
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Orlando Pirates should should ‘look after’ Mamelodi Sundowns’ Zwane – Sebola

Masandawana face the Buccaneers this weekend as they seek to extend their dominance in the PSL Former Orlando Pirates forward Andries Sebola has picked Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Themba Zwane as the man who can hurt Orlando Pirates when the two sides meet in a Premier Soccer League match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. Pirates have regained some form and have won their last two league games, against Swallows FC and Chippa United. They face a Sundowns side which has also recorded victories in their last two matches, against Kaizer Chiefs and TS Galaxy.  
Kudus: Ajax manager Ten Hag assesses Ghana midfielder’s big comeback
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Kudus: Ajax manager Ten Hag assesses Ghana midfielder’s big comeback

The Lancers boss shared his thoughts on the Black Stars attacker’s return to action after an injury setback Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has expressed delight with the return to action of Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus after some time in the treatment room. In his first Eredivisie game of the season, the 21-year-old capped a fine substitute outing with a goal as the Lancers beat Fortuna Sittard 5-0 in matchday five clash on Tuesday. He had been on the sidelines since sustaining an injury during a pre-season fixture against Belgian fold Anderlecht in July.  
‘His athletic strength can be devastating’ – Osimhen is Lukaku’s ‘heir’, says Zola
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‘His athletic strength can be devastating’ – Osimhen is Lukaku’s ‘heir’, says Zola

The Italian football great has compared the Nigerian frontman and the Chelsea star ahead of the Parthenopeans’ clash with Sampdoria   Victor Osimhen’s athletic strength can be devastating, according to Gianfranco Zola, who has described the Napoli striker as Romelu Lukaku’s "heir". The Nigeria international took his tally for the season to three in four matches after finding the net in the Parthenopeans’ 4-0 triumph over Udinese on Monday night. Prior to his effort against the White and Blacks, Osimhen had gotten a brace as Luciano Spalletti’s men played out a 2-2 draw with Leicester City in a Uefa Europa Cup fixture.
Rashford included in GCSE media studies course due to Man Utd star’s political activism on social media
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Rashford included in GCSE media studies course due to Man Utd star’s political activism on social media

The 23-year-old England international has been active on social media to fight food poverty, homelessness, illiteracy and racism in recent years Pupils will be studying Marcus Rashford's use of social media as an activism tool as part of their GCSE media studies this year. The England international has used his social media accounts to fight food poverty by raising money for charity and persuading the UK government to continue free school meals for children. Rashford, 23, has used his online presence to tackle homelessness, start a book club and speak out against racist abuse he and other footballers have received in recent years, too.  
Ex-Orlando Pirates coach De Sa banking on Mosimane after taking up Egypt role
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Ex-Orlando Pirates coach De Sa banking on Mosimane after taking up Egypt role

The two South African coaches have previously crossed paths and they now meet in North Africa Former Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa says Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane “can talk forever” as he intends to tap into the knowledge of the ex-Mamelodi Sundowns tactician after taking up the job of Egypt assistant coach. De Sa confirmed last week that he will be the Egypt assistant coach to Carlos Quieroz whom he has previously worked with in the Bafana Bafana set-up. But with Mosimane coaching Al Ahly who have a number of players in the Egypt national team, De Sa is keen to work with his compatriot in executing his Pharaohs job.  
James Rodriguez leaves Everton for Al Rayyan
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James Rodriguez leaves Everton for Al Rayyan

The midfielder has not featured for the Toffees this season after Rafael Benitez took charge and has decided to continue his career in Qatar James Rodriguez has joined Qatari club Al Rayyan from Everton. The midfielder fell out of contention for a place in the Toffees team this season after Rafael Benitez took over as coach. James travelled to Qatar this week to hold talks with the team coached by ex-France coach Laurent Blanc and has reached an agreement with the club.  
Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer drops Ronaldo for Carabao Cup clash
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Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer drops Ronaldo for Carabao Cup clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad to face West Ham in Wednesday night’s Caraba Cup tie. Ronaldo made it 1-1 for the Red Devils against the Hammers just three days ago, before Jesse Lingard curled in a superb winner. However, he will be rested for today’s match, as Solskjaer has decided to rotate his squad. David de Gea, who saved Mark Noble’s stoppage-time penalty and Paul Pogba have all been left out too. That trio were all missing as the rest of the United squad arrived at the Hyatt Hotel in Manchester’s city centre on Wednesday afternoon. Solskjaer is expected to give many of his fringe players their first taste of football this season. Dean Henderson is in line to make his first start of the campaign in the ...
Anthony Joshua feared Jay-Z was going to punch him at a Will Smith movie premiere
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Anthony Joshua feared Jay-Z was going to punch him at a Will Smith movie premiere

Anthony Joshua revealed he feared  Jay-Z was going to punch him when he approached the rapper at a film premiere in the US.   Joshua is preparing to fight Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.   The Brit, whose WBA, WBA and IBF world titles will be on the line against the Ukrainian, has not fought since his win over Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.   Joshua, who is a self-confessed fan of the Brooklyn-born rapper, Jay-Z,  felt he nearly came to blows when he tried to get a photo with Jay-Z - real name Shawn Carter.     “Jay-Z was cool,” Joshua told William Hill. “I was at a Will Smith premiere once, years ago. And as I said, Jay-Z, I listened to that a week ago. “‘The Streets is Watching', 'Hard Knock Life'...
Hakimi: I want to make history at Paris Saint-Germain
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Hakimi: I want to make history at Paris Saint-Germain

The Morocco international is enjoying his time at Parc des Princes, nonetheless, he hopes to etch his name in the Parisians’ history books Achraf Hakimi has expressed his desire to establish his place in Paris Saint-Germain’s history and win as many trophies as possible. After helping Inter Milan win the Serie A title in the 2020-21 campaign, the Morocco international was signed by the Parisians in a deal worth €60 million (£52m/$71m), plus €10m (£9m$12m) in add-ons. Despite his defensive responsibilities, the 22-year-old boasts two assists and one goal [against Troyes] for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the current campaign while featuring in six Ligue 1 matches.  
Wayne Rooney Derby County enter Administration amid ongoing financial problems
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Wayne Rooney Derby County enter Administration amid ongoing financial problems

Derby County have officially entered administration with a points deduction sending the club bottom of the Championship amid ongoing financial problems at the club. The news was confirmed on Wednesday when Derby, managed by former England captain Wayne Rooney, announced Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronikou, managing directors at business advisory firm Quantuma, have been appointed joint administrators of the Sky Bet Championship club, who according to owner Mel Morris are losing between £1.3m and £1.5m per month. Hosking said: "Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the finances of the club and its long-term ability to continue in its current form. "We recognise that with the commencement of the 2021/22 season last month, this news will be of concern to stakehold...
Zola warns Chelsea, identifies Nigerian striker as Lukaku’s successor at Stamford Bridge
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Zola warns Chelsea, identifies Nigerian striker as Lukaku’s successor at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola, has warned the club not to take anything for granted when they tackle Juventus in the Champions League on September 29 at the Allianz Stadium. Zola also identified Nigerian and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, as Romelu Lukaku’s heir at Chelsea. “Chelsea shouldn’t take anything for granted,” Zola told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Tuchel is an intelligent coach and Chelsea are a top team. The game against Tottenham was impressive. There is a lot of quality there. They withstood the impact of Spurs in the first half and won the game in the second half, by scoring three goals. “However, Juventus never die, the first half against Milan was good. They can make up for lost ground in Serie A.” Zola added, “Napoli are really strong in every department....
Ronaldo’s mum reveals what player told her about moving to Man City
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Ronaldo’s mum reveals what player told her about moving to Man City

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, has said her son promised not to join Manchester City this summer. The 36-year-old was heavily linked with a move to City, after he made up his mind to leave Juventus. Pep Guardiola was interested in bringing in Ronaldo, after Sergio Aguero left the Etihad as a free agent to join Barcelona. However, Ronaldo returned to Manchester United, 12 years after he left the club for Real Madrid. His mother has now revealed the conversation they had about the Portugal captain’s future. “On the TV there was talk of Manchester City, but he said to me ‘Mom, don’t worry about what they’re saying because I’m going to Manchester [United],” Aveiro said on the ADN de Leao podcast. “I said I liked that a lot and he pleased me.”...
Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer
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Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United has helped him overtake Lionel Messi to become Forbes' highest-earning footballer for 2021. Ronaldo is will earn $125 million (£91.5m) before taxes during the 2021-22 season, with $70m (£51.25m) of that from his salary and bonuses for his return to Manchester United. With $55m (£40m) of his earnings coming from commercial deals, Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world when it comes to sponsorship earnings. Messi, meanwhile will earn $110m (£80.5m) this season while his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe come third and fourth in the Forbes list respectively.   Only three other active athletes make more money commercially than Ronaldo: Roger Federer ($90m/£66m), LeBron James ($65m/...
EPL: Ray Parlour names player that’ll Score more goals than Ronaldo this season
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EPL: Ray Parlour names player that’ll Score more goals than Ronaldo this season

Former Arsenal star, Ray Parlour has predicted the Premier League highest goalscorer for this season. The former midfielder is backing Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to finish the season with a higher goalscoring tally than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Giving his reasons for this, the former Arsenal man pointed out that the Liverpool forward is likely to play more games than the Portuguese. Salah has already netted five times in his opening six appearances in all competitions for Liverpool. Thirty-six-year-old Ronaldo has on his own scored 3 in the Premier League and once in the Champions League. Parlour, a former Middlesbrough and Hull City star is confident Salah will come out on top. “Who will score more goals this season? Good question. I think Sa...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Chelsea legend overlooks Jorginho, names player who should win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Chelsea legend overlooks Jorginho, names player who should win award

Chelsea legend, Ruud Gullit, has snubbed Jorginho and named N’Golo Kante as the player that should win the Ballon d’ Or this year. Gullit stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester City this weekend. Both Kante and Jorginho won the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea this year. But Gullit believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or at the end of the year ahead of Jorginho, who was named UEFA best player of the year recently. “It’s a bit like Baresi, who didn’t win despite his level,” said Gullit via Tutto Mercato Web. “Those who score attract more and more attention. “It would be nice to see someone who attracts less attention for goals, like Kante, who deserves to win.” Meanwhile, the Ballon d’ Or was not h...
Tottenham Must take Blame for Kane’s Struggles -Nuno
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Tottenham Must take Blame for Kane’s Struggles -Nuno

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane looks on during the English Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo believes Harry Kane’s poor start to the season is down to a lack of cohesion in his team. Kane is yet to score a Premier League goal this term amid claims the striker is struggling due to a hangover from his failed attempt to force a transfer to Manchester City. Frustrated by Tottenham’s refusal to sell him to the Premier League champions, Kane claimed he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the club that he could leave. The England captain returned late to pre-season training and missed the opening weekend win over City before finally conceding defeat in his bid to join Pep Guardiola’s men. Kane has looked a shadow of the player that won the Premier L...
Carabao Cup: Liverpool, Man City qualify for Fourth round
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Carabao Cup: Liverpool, Man City qualify for Fourth round

Liverpool and Manchester City are two of the Premier League sides that secured their spots in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Tuesday night. The Reds thrashed Norwich 3-0 to progress to the next round. Jurgen Klopp’s men took an early lead at Carrow Road through Takumi Minamino, who beat Angus Gunn from close range. Divock Origi doubled Liverpool’s lead shortly after the restart, redirecting a Konstantinos Tsimikas cross past Gunn, before Minamino completed his brace with 10 minutes left. Champions Manchester city came from a goal down to whitewash Wycombe 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Brentford hammered Oldham 7-0, Everton were dumped out by Queens Park Rangers and Burnley beat Rochdale 4-1.
Anthony Joshua rejects Cristiano Ronaldo’s Kind of Dream, Reveals his retirement age
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Anthony Joshua rejects Cristiano Ronaldo’s Kind of Dream, Reveals his retirement age

Nigerian-born British World heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has declared that he is not chasing the Cristiano Ronaldo’s kind dream of remaining in sports for a very long time. Joshua, who will be defending his belts on Saturday night against Ukraine’s Oleksandar Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, also revealed that he would be retiring from boxing between the age of 36 to 40. Joshua, 31, had before revealed how much he admires Ronaldo, who is gearing to play football into his forties. The Portugal captain is back in the Premier League at 36, and in an interview with Metro, Joshua was asked if Ronaldo’s age gives him(AJ) the motivation to continue fighting well into his 30s. The British boxer said, “He’s only kicking a football, isn’t he? What a man. We ...
EPL: Rio Ferdinand reacts to Solskjaer’s attack on him over Ronaldo’s criticism
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EPL: Rio Ferdinand reacts to Solskjaer’s attack on him over Ronaldo’s criticism

Former England and Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has reacted to a recent attack on him by the club’s boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his (Ferdinand)comment on Cristiano Ronaldo. The former central defender insisted that there is no row brewing between him and Solskjaer. Last month, Solskjaer had labelled Ferdinand, his former teammate, ‘out of order’ over comments he made about current United defender, Phil Jones. Just last week, Ferdinand once again angered the manager with comments about Ronaldo, who had during their Champions League game against Young Boys joined his manager on the touchline to seemingly pass on instructions. Ferdinand had said on BT Sport, “If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him[Ronaldo]to sit down.” And re...
Ronaldo’s mother reveals club Portugal Superstar must play for before she dies
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Ronaldo’s mother reveals club Portugal Superstar must play for before she dies

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, has said the Portugal captain must play for Sporting CP before she dies However, if Ronaldo who only returned to Manchester United this summer fails to do so, she expects his son Cristiano “Cristianinho” Ronaldo Jr to fulfill her dream. Aveiro is a huge Sporting fan and wants her family member to wear the green and white stripes once again. “Ronaldo has to come back here [to Sporting], for me he’d be here. “He likes to watch Sporting’s games. I’ve already told him: ‘Son, before I die I want to see you return to Sporting’. “‘Let’s see…’, he said, but if it isn’t [him], it’s Cristianinho! At his age, he plays better than Ronaldo. At the time, Ronaldo didn’t have a coach, but today Ronaldo is his son’s teacher,” Aveiro...
My career has been in shambles at Chelsea – Drinkwater cries out
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My career has been in shambles at Chelsea – Drinkwater cries out

England midfielder, Danny Drinkwater has admitted that his stay at Chelsea has been nothing but a ‘shambles.’ The former Leicester City man said he is now looking at reviving his career at Reading, where he is currently on a season long loan. Drinkwater, now 31, joined Chelsea from Leicester City in September 2017 for a huge £35m fee, but has failed to find his feet in west London, playing just 23 games for the Blues. The Englishman has spent time on loan at Burnley, Aston Villa, Turkish side Kasimpasa before joining Reading this summer. “Can I paint a picture? No. It’s been a shambles,” Drinkwater told talkSPORT of his Chelsea career. “It’s football, it’s never straight forward, it’s never simple. I’m just excited for the new challenges. “I need to [kick-...
Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer confirms four changes for Carabao Cup tie
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Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer confirms four changes for Carabao Cup tie

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed he will make four changes to his squad, ahead of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash against West Ham. Both sides met in the Premier League three days ago at the London Olympic Stadium. Said Benrahma gave the Hammers the lead, before Cristiano Ronaldo made it 1-1 and Jesse Lingard climbed off the bench to grab the winner,. For their Carabao Cup tie, Solskjaer looks set to ring the changes. And he has already revealed four players that will definitely be involved as David Moyes returns to Old Trafford. Phil Jones is set to make his first competitive appearance since January 2020, having overcome a number of serious knee injuries. “He just focuses on one thing and gets his head around the challen...
Former Ghana defender Paintsil worried by Rajevac’s potential Black Stars appointment
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Former Ghana defender Paintsil worried by Rajevac’s potential Black Stars appointment

The ex-fullback shares his thoughts on the speculated return of the Serbian coach to the West African national team Former Ghana defender John Paintsil has concerns about the timing of the reported imminent appointment of Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac as new coach of the Black Stars. According to Ghana media, the tactician is set for a second spell with the Black Stars, having first led the team between 2008 and 2010. Ghana’s coaching job has become vacant following the dismissal of CK Akonnor following an uninspiring start to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.  
Brazil legend Rivaldo predicts bright future for Man City wonderkid Kayky
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Brazil legend Rivaldo predicts bright future for Man City wonderkid Kayky

The young winger recently joined up with his new team-mates after moving from Fluminense Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes Manchester City wonderkid Kayky can become a star for the club within a few years. Kayky made a £9 million ($12.3m) move to Manchester from Fluminense, where he made 32 senior appearances while scoring three goals and adding two assists. The Brazilian officially joined up with the club last week, having previously been expected to move in January, and began training with his new team-mates last Friday   .
Carabao Cup: Norwich City start Mumba against Liverpool
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Carabao Cup: Norwich City start Mumba against Liverpool

The English youth international of Congolese descent would be hoping to stake a permanent place in the Canaries squad with a fine showing Norwich City have handed Bali Mumba a place in their starting line-up for Tuesday’s League Cup fixture against Liverpool. The English youth international of Congolese origin made his Canaries bow in the club’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on August 21 at the Etihad Stadium, before making his second appearance as Norwich silenced AFC Bournemouth 6-0 three days later. Against Jurgen Klopp’s men, the defender would be hoping to stop the Reds – who are without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - from progressing to the next round of the competition.  
Sevilla terminate Gnagnon’s contract for ‘lack of professionalism’
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Sevilla terminate Gnagnon’s contract for ‘lack of professionalism’

The Spanish elite division side has sent the Cote d’Ivoire prospect packing despite having two years left on his current deal La Liga side Sevilla have terminated Joris Gnagnon’s contract for lack of professionalism. The former France youth international was signed for five years by Los Nervionenses on July 25, 2018, having impressed at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. However, his inability to break into the Spaniards’ first team saw the €13.5 million rated centre-back sent back on loan to the Red and Blacks for the 2019-20 campaign.  
Kudus: Ghana star makes Ajax injury return in scoring fashion
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Kudus: Ghana star makes Ajax injury return in scoring fashion

The 21-year-old was on the scoresheet in his first Eredivisie game of the campaign Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus marked his injury return to the Dutch Eredivisie with a goal in a 5-0 victory over Fortuna Sittard on Tuesday. His first top flight action of the season, the Ghana ace announced his presence in style to help The Lancers to three points in the matchday five away encounter. It is his second goal in four days, having scored in 45 minutes of first half action for Ajax’s U23 side against Almere City in the second-tier league on Saturday.  
Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo
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Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has insisted he does not have to prove himself in another league, after picking up the award for winning the 2020/2021 European Golden Shoe. The last campaign proved to be Lewandowski’s best in terms of his overall contribution in the final third. The Poland international scored 41 goals in 29 league matches for Bayern, despite missing a whole month of action due to injury. The 33-year-old also surpassed Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season and won the European Golden Shoe for the first time in his career, finishing 11 ahead of ex-Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Lewandowski was finally presented with the award on Tuesday and said: “I don’t have to prove myself in another league. “I can com...

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