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Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah Confirmed as new Captain of the Egyptian National Team
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Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah Confirmed as new Captain of the Egyptian National Team

Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah has been named as the new captain of the Egyptian national team, the EFA announced on Monday. The national team captaincy has been an issue for a long time now, with many football fans and pundits urging Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry to hand Salah the armband and move away from the tradition of giving the armband to the most senior player in the squad. Salah, 28, is not the oldest in the national team but the Egyptian Football Association disclosed in the statement that the coach met with older players in the squad who supported the move. "Hossam Al-Badri, the coach of the national football team, has decided to award the captain's armband to Mohamed Salah," the Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Monday. "The decision came aft...
Super League: EPL Set To Hold Meeting; Six Breakaway Clubs Not Invited
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Super League: EPL Set To Hold Meeting; Six Breakaway Clubs Not Invited

The Premier League has called a meeting for Tuesday morning of the 14 clubs who are not part of the European Super League discussions. The so-called 'big six' have not been invited to attend. It will be a first opportunity for those clubs to formally discuss next steps, amid suggestions that breakaway sides could be excluded from their domestic competitions. Standard Sport understands West Ham will discuss the plans for a Super League with their Independent Supporters’ Committee on Monday before Karren Brady attends the Premier League meeting. The club are wholeheartedly against the idea, a similar attitude held by many vocal in the fallout from the announcement. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl reiterated his stance against the move at his press conference earlier in t...
Bruno Fernandes, Ander Herrera, Dejan Lovren and Mesut Ozil hits out at European Super League plans by claiming ‘dreams cannot be bought’
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Bruno Fernandes, Ander Herrera, Dejan Lovren and Mesut Ozil hits out at European Super League plans by claiming ‘dreams cannot be bought’

  Manchester United star Bruno Feranandes has become the most high-profile player to speak out against plans for a European Super League, saying 'dreams cannot be bought'. The Red Devils were one of 12 teams to sensationally announce their own new breakaway tournament which will eclipse UEFA's Champions League that will start 'as soon as is practicable'. The twelve teams, which include all of England's Big Six clubs, will be part of a mega-rich league that will see 15 out of the 20 competing sides automatically qualify for the competition on a yearly basis. Wolves player Daniel Podence posted an emotional post slamming the talks, with Fernandes sharing the winger's post and captioned it, 'Dreams cannot be buy (bought).' Podence's original post read: 'The Ball. The Song....
Lindani Myeni’s widow battles to make sense of his killing at hands of US police
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Lindani Myeni’s widow battles to make sense of his killing at hands of US police

The widow of slain Lindani Myeni said that she was still battling to make sense of what happened on the night that her husband was killed in Hawaii. The 29-year-old former KwaZulu-Natal rugby player was shot dead by police last week. Myeni was killed after he was apparently mistaken for a robber. Police were called to the scene, a scuffle ensued and he was shot. It was only on Thursday morning when Lindsay Myeni heard of her husband's death. She and their two children had been waiting for him to return the night before. Myeni has expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and messages. "People have been showing up at my house, there've been hundreds of phone calls expressing their love. Thank you for your support." There has been an outcry that yet anothe...
British media blast clubs leading European Super League breakaway
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British media blast clubs leading European Super League breakaway

Plans for a breakaway European Super League provoked a furious reaction from the British media on Monday as the six English Premier League clubs involved were universally condemned. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among 12 teams to sign up to the plan, also featuring Spanish trio Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, as well as Italy's Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan. The breakaway clubs have been lured by a 3.5 billion euro ($4.2 billion, £3 billion) pot to sign up to the competition which would take them out of the Champions League but not their domestic leagues. The British media were quick to turn their guns on the greed-motivated owners of the Premier League teams involved. The Guardian's Jonathan Liew said: "H...
Somizi has cleared the air on his ‘I bully bullies’ statement
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Somizi has cleared the air on his ‘I bully bullies’ statement

Media personality Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung has backtracked on his slogan against bullying after it came under scrutiny by social media users. Over the past few months, Somizi has hit back at trolls and critics with his “I’m not bullyable, I bully bullies” campaign. Though the initiative may have had that Somizi panache, not everyone was OK with its slogan. After the star recently took to social media with a snap of himself in a T-shirt printed with the slogan, some users criticised the idea of bullying bullies. Somizi picked up on the discourse in his mentions and admitted the slogan needs a revisit. He said the phrase “came from a place of anger and frustration of being constantly bullied”. “I completely agree with you and I’m going to change it. When I printed the T-s...
Video Of Wilfred Ndidi Asking Kelechi Iheanacho To Cut Soap For Him
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Video Of Wilfred Ndidi Asking Kelechi Iheanacho To Cut Soap For Him

Leicester City Midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi was seen asking his team mate, Kelechi Iheanacho to cut soap for him after they defeated Southampton yesterday. Kelechi Iheanacho goal was the goal that sent Leicester City to the FA cup after 52 years. Also, Kelechi Iheanacho is the first Nigerian player to score 15 goals in a season in all competitions for a Premier League club since Odion Ighalo scored 17 in 2015/16 for Watford. Ndidi was spotted asking Senior man, Kelechi to cut soap for him and which kind of soap is he using.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi)
Chukwueze Ends 17-Game La Liga Goal Drought With Brace In Villarreal Win
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Chukwueze Ends 17-Game La Liga Goal Drought With Brace In Villarreal Win

The 21-year-old returned to the scoresheet in style as Unai Emery's side bounced back to winning ways in the Spanish top-flight Samuel Chukwueze has ended his 17-game goal drought in La Liga with a brace in Villarreal's 5-1 hammering of Levante on Sunday. It was the first time the Nigeria international scored a goal since December 3, when he found the back of the net against Sivasspor in the Uefa Europa League and against Real Valladolid in a league match on November 2. Chukwueze stretched the visitors' lead at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia in the 63rd minute to make it 3-1 after Gerard Moreno's first-half strike and Postigo's own goal in the ninth minute. Nine minutes after his first goal of the night, Levante conceded another own goal through Ruben Vezo and Chukwueze w...
Mourinho sacked by Spurs ahead of Carabao Cup final
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Mourinho sacked by Spurs ahead of Carabao Cup final

The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has been relieved of his duties in the wake of a Super League announcement in north London Tottenham have sacked manager Jose Mourinho, bringing a contract that had been due to run until the summer of 2023 to a premature conclusion. The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has been shown the door in north London a matter of days before Spurs are due to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. Mourinho had been appointed as successor to Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 due to his proven track record on the trophy front, but he will now depart empty-handed.
UEFA to Approve new Champions League Format on Monday
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UEFA to Approve new Champions League Format on Monday

  UEFA’s executive committee are expected to give a final approval to a new 36-team Champions League format on Monday. The new format is expected to kick-off from 2024. A decision had been delayed due to some clubs within the European Club Association (ECA) demanding a greater say on commercial matters for the new competition. However, after meetings between the ECA board and UEFA’s club competitions committee on Friday, the path has now been cleared. UEFA will also take a final decision on host venues for Euro 2020. Bilbao, Dublin and Munich the three yet to be confirmed of the original 12. The Champions League executive committee will vote on whether to get rid of the current group system – where 32 teams are split into eight groups of four – and replace it wit...
Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona
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Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona

  Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, on Sunday arrived in Barcelona from Argentina, ESPN reports. It is understood that Messi Sr. plans to fly to Italy this week to handle some “personal issues” and that no talks have yet been scheduled with Barca. A meeting with new Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not yet been ruled out, but no date has been agreed on to begin negotiations over a potential new deal for Messi. Messi’s current contract expires in June and the 33-year-old has said that he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision. Laporta, speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao, said he was “convinced” the Argentine would remain at Camp Nou. The Barca president is putting the finishing touches to the...
European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court
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European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court

The 12 European clubs that have decided to form a Super League, have informed FIFA and UEFA that they are already pursuing legal action, to bar them from taking action intended to thwart the launch of the breakaway competition. This was contained in a letter obtained on Monday by The Associated Press. The letter was sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his UEFA counterpart Aleksander Ceferin. UEFA had warned the Super League clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, that they would be barred from domestic competitions like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England, as well as international competitions. “We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any...
LaLiga: Depleted Real Madrid stumble in title race
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LaLiga: Depleted Real Madrid stumble in title race

  A heavily depleted Real Madrid side were held to a 0-0 draw at Getafe on Sunday. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men fall three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Real defeated Barcelona 2-1 last week and saw off Liverpool in midweek to reach the Champions League semi-finals. However, they were without nine players due to either injury, suspension or COVID-19 positives. Mariano had an early goal chalked off for offside after a VAR review, but Getafe had far more and far better chances. The draw interrupted a run of four straight league victories for Real Madrid. Los Blancos now sit in second place with 67 points after 31 games, three behind leaders Atletico who thrashed Eibar 5-0 earlier in the day.
European Super League: Man United Give Reasons for Breaking away From UEFA
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European Super League: Man United Give Reasons for Breaking away From UEFA

Manchester United’s Co-Chairman Joel Glazer has defended the club’s decision to join others in a breakaway from UEFA. According to Glazer, the new Super League will “open a new chapter for European football”. Manchester United are one of 12 founding members of the new breakaway league, which many pundits have described as a declaration of war on football. The group of renegade European giants announced on Sunday that they had created a new competition to rival the Champions League. Other Premier League clubs in this new league are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid joining from Spain and Juventus, AC Milan and Inter representing Serie A. Despite threats from UEFA, Premier League, FA, Serie A, and LaLiga...
European Super League: I’m Embarrassed Man United are Part of this, they’re Greedy – Rio Ferdinand
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European Super League: I’m Embarrassed Man United are Part of this, they’re Greedy – Rio Ferdinand

  Rio Ferdinand has slammed Manchester United for being part of the ’embarrassing’ European Super League. Ferdinand also pointed out that the clubs involved will face immediate sanctions, describing their move as a war on football. The Premier League’s ‘big six’ – Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United – joined other 6 big football clubs in Europe as they announced a breakaway from UEFA on Sunday. Rio Ferdinand said he is embarrassed that his former club is part of the new breakaway European Super League, describing the club’s involvement as ‘embarrassing’. Despite a statement by the governing bodies of Serie A, Premier League and La Liga, Uefa among others, condemning the plans and threatening to block the 12 clubs, the Super ...
Super League: Format of new European Competition Revealed
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Super League: Format of new European Competition Revealed

  The format for the new European Super League has emerged. 12 football biggest clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid from Spain; Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal from England; and Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan, had on Sunday night announced a new competition which will abolish the Champions League. The clubs, headed by Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez, defiled several threats from UEFA and their leagues governing bodies to announce the new competition last night. The format include: 1. 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. 2. Midweek fixtures with all participating...
Super League: It’ll be damaging – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson warns Man United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, others
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Super League: It’ll be damaging – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson warns Man United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, others

  UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has reacted angrily to the new European Super League. He also vowed that the UK government will support any action taken to prevent what he described as the “damaging” proposals. Premier League, big boys Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are part of the new League, along with six other European heavyweights such as Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona from the LaLiga and Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan from Italy. They announced their breakaway last night despite threats from UEFA, Premier League, LaLiga, and Serie A to ban them, among other punishments. The Prime Minister urged the Premier League renegade clubs to rethink their plans. “Plans for a European Super League would ...
BREAKING: Super League: 12 football biggest clubs break away from UEFA, announce new competition
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BREAKING: Super League: 12 football biggest clubs break away from UEFA, announce new competition

  The creation of the European Super League has been officially announced. Twelve of football’s biggest clubs in Europe confirmed defied threats from their league and UEFA, announcing they have formed a new breakaway league, with each side set to immediately receive a share of £3billion. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham had all declared as members of the new league. In Spain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all joined while Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan joined from Italy. Yesterday, managements of the Serie A, Premier League and LaLiga met with UEFA to release a statement where they vowed to do everything in their power to block the breakaway, including banning clubs from playing in domestic competiti...
Iheanacho Sends Foxes into FA Cup Final
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Iheanacho Sends Foxes into FA Cup Final

Kelechi Iheanacho fired Leicester into their first FA Cup final since 1969 as 4,000 spectators witnessed their 1-0 win over Southampton at Wembley. Iheanacho's swept finish at the second attempt after 55 minutes was enough to ensure the Foxes progress to face Chelsea. There is expected to be 21,000 in attendance - including far more supporters - when they return to Wembley on May 15 looking to win their first-ever FA Cup. James Maddison missed two good chances to extend Leicester's lead following his introduction off the bench in front of the watching Gareth Southgate, but one goal was enough for Brendan Rodgers' side. Southampton last reached the FA Cup final in 2003 but failed to register a shot on target - the best chance falling to Ibrahima Diallo - as their run came to a ...
Sir Alex Ferguson slams idea of Super League, speaks on Man Utd’s involvement
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Sir Alex Ferguson slams idea of Super League, speaks on Man Utd’s involvement

  Former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, has said the idea of a breakaway European Super League, would be a departure from 70 years of football history. According to the Scot, fans love the Champions League as it is. There are reports that about 15 of Europe’s biggest clubs are in talks to launch a breakaway league. The league which is planned to start in the 2023/2024 season, already has a $6 billion (£4.3bn) fund backing the project. “Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football,” Ferguson told Reuters. “Both as a player for a provincial team Dunfermline in the 60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest. “Everton ...
FA Cup: Iheanacho Sets up Chelsea vs Leicester City final
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FA Cup: Iheanacho Sets up Chelsea vs Leicester City final

  Kelechi Iheanacho scored a second-half winner, as Leicester City beat Southampton in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final. The Super Eagles forward tucked away his own rebound from Jamie Vardy’s cutback to seal a narrow victory. Leicester will now face Chelsea in the final on May 15. The Blues eliminated Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday. Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal, as Thomas Tuchel’s men won 1-0 at Wembley. The final is expected to be played in front of a limited number of fans, as English football plots the return of supporters.
UEFA, EPL Threaten to ban Man United, Chelsea Arsenal Man City, Barca, Real Madrid, others
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UEFA, EPL Threaten to ban Man United, Chelsea Arsenal Man City, Barca, Real Madrid, others

  The English Premier League and the UEFA have threatened to ban any club among the top six on the table that takes part in the European Super League. The threat was contained in a press released jointly signed by the two governing bodies where they condemned plans for European Super League Twelve clubs from England, Spain and Italy have been in talks to join a new league format which would effectively bring an end to the UEFA Champions League. The EPL’s ‘big six’ clubs: Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, are understood to be among those clubs. The new league format would operate without qualification or relegation. The English Football Association, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), La Liga, the Italian Football Federatio...
Man Utd vs Burnley: Cavani asked me to bench him – Solskjaer
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Man Utd vs Burnley: Cavani asked me to bench him – Solskjaer

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed striker Edinson Cavani asked to be named among the substitutes against Burnley. Cavani started on the bench for the game at Old Trafford, but came on to score the third goal for United as they won 3-1. Mason Greenwood had netted a brace either side of a James Tarkowski header. Solskjaer has now spoken about managing 34-year-old Cavani’s fitness carefully. He said: “We’ve got to manage him well. He’s not played or started three games in a week for a long time, so when I spoke to him he felt being a sub was the best thing. “With Marcus, it’s a long time since I’ve asked him how you are and he’s said good.”
EPL Told to Deduct Points From Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea over Super League Plans
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EPL Told to Deduct Points From Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea over Super League Plans

  Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has urged the Premier League to punish the ‘big six’ clubs who are planning to join a breakaway European Super League. According to him, all the teams involved should be docked points. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are all believed to have signed up to the new breakaway league. The other clubs include Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan. “In the wake of Covid, it’s an absolute scandal,” Neville said on Sky Sports. “Manchester United and the rest of the big six clubs who have signed up for it should be ashamed of themselves. “The European Super League – are Arsenal in that? They’ve just drawn with Fulham! “And Manchester United are drawing...
I’m Disappointed, Gutted over 1-1 Draw with Arsenal – Fulham boss, Scott Parker
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I’m Disappointed, Gutted over 1-1 Draw with Arsenal – Fulham boss, Scott Parker

  Fulham boss, Scott Parker has said that he was disappointed and gutted after his team failed to hang on for a crucial win over Arsenal in their Premier League clash on Sunday. A win would have boosted Fulham’s chances in their bid to avoid relegation back into the Championship. Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to equalise for the Gunners in the injury-time after Josh Maja’s penalty put the visitors ahead. “I’m disappointed and gutted and the overriding factor is the team have worked tirelessly today, given everything, come to a place like this against a very good side and manged to get our nose in front,” Parker told a postmatch press conference. “I’m immensely proud of the team and the journey they have been on and I often say a young team lacking Premier League ...
Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for Arsenal’s Disappointing 1-1 Draw with Fulham
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Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for Arsenal’s Disappointing 1-1 Draw with Fulham

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has provided reasons for his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with relegation-battling Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday. Josh Maja put Scott Parker’s side ahead from the spot but Fulham could not hold on to the end as Eddie Nketiah came on from the bench to score an injury-time equaliser to save Arsenal’s blushes. Arteta practically blamed his side for not being able to take their chances, insisting that they deserved to win the league match “We started really well, controlling the game and creating chances, scoring a goal that was disallowed,” Arteta told reporters after the game. ‘We kept going and didn’t allow any shots on target and suddenly we concede a penalty and the game changes completely. “We took risks in the right way, ...
10 Year Old Stephanie Onusiriuka wins Best Overall Gymnast in Nigeria
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10 Year Old Stephanie Onusiriuka wins Best Overall Gymnast in Nigeria

Stephanie Competed in the National Sports Festival Edo 2020,She won 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze. Making her the youngest Gymnast to win a Gold Medal in the National sports Festival. Stephanie's aim is to compete at the Olympics and win Several Gold medals. Stephanie has Training tours in South Africa, Sychelles and Usa..She also has several international competition lined up for her this Spring break. Stephanie took part in Simone biles handstand Challenge,She beat Simone Biles to her handstand Challenge;Stephanie finished in 18 Seconds; While Simone Biles finished in 44 Seconds @stephanie_gymnast10
UEFA Releases Statement About Breakaway European Super League
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UEFA Releases Statement About Breakaway European Super League

UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League. If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever. We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent t...
Jake Paul Starches Ben Askren In Under Two Minutes
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Jake Paul Starches Ben Askren In Under Two Minutes

The biggest mystery about Jake Paul heading into his fight with Ben Askren on Saturday night was whether he could defeat a combat sports fighter. In a card filled with more musical performances than matches — thanks to Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube — Paul ended the unusual fight card in devastating fashion by knocking out Askren at the 1:59 mark of the first round, live from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. "This is the craziest moment of my life," Paul said in his post-fight interview. "I told y'all I was gonna do it in the first round. I told y'all I'm a real fighter. I don't know how many times I gotta prove myself that this is for real." After being led out by a robot to the ring, Paul got straight down to business. The 24-year-old pumped the jab and worked the bo...
EPL: I’m a Bad Loser – Pogba
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EPL: I’m a Bad Loser – Pogba

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has described himself as a bad loser, insisting that the club has to end the season with a trophy. According to Pogba, the Red Devils have not given up on chasing down rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. United have qualified for the semi-final of the Europa League and will face AS Roma. The Europa League is now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s only chance of winning a trophy this season. United can reduce the gap between them and rivals City to eight points if they defeat relegation-battling Burnley in their Premier League meeting on Sunday, with only six games left. “I just want to win something; I don’t like to play and not win,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “I’m a bad loser, I will alwa...
God help Arsenal – Roy Keane blasts Gunners after 1-1 draw with Fulham
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God help Arsenal – Roy Keane blasts Gunners after 1-1 draw with Fulham

Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane has blasted Arsenal, describing Mikel Arteta’s side’s performance in their Premier League 1-1 draw against Fulham as ‘shocking’ and ‘dreadful’. Eddie Nketiah came on from the bench to score an injury-time equaliser to save Arsenal’s blushes after Josh Maja’s penalty put the visitors ahead. But Keane was shocked by Arsenal’s poor display and said that only God can help Mikel Arteta’s team. Sunday’s result leaves the Gunners ninth in the league, nine points behind fourth-placed West Ham United. Keane told Sky Sports: “I don’t think Fulham deserved to win, they were poor. But the lack of quality from both teams, it was dreadful. “Arsenal were even worse. God help Arsenal going forward. I thought they were shocking, dreadful. “N...
You’ve Been at Man United for 4 Years but Nothing to Show for it – Keane blasts Pogba over Mourinho
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You’ve Been at Man United for 4 Years but Nothing to Show for it – Keane blasts Pogba over Mourinho

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane has responded to Paul Pogba’s criticism of Jose Mourinho. Keane lambasted the Frenchman who, in a recent interview, praised current Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and claimed he “wouldn’t go against his players” the way Mourinho did. Pogba told Sky Sports: “What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players. He wouldn’t go against the players. “Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole. “Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everybody saw that, and the next day you don’t know what happened.” “That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because e...
Greenwood double helps Man Utd past Burnley
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Greenwood double helps Man Utd past Burnley

Mason Greenwood's double and Edinson Cavani's late strike gave Manchester United their fifth straight Premier League win as they beat Burnley 3-1 to move within eight points of leaders Man City. The first half was frantic but goalless, and it was United who took the lead just after the break through Greenwood (48), smashing home at the far post from Marcus Rashford's centre and a clever Bruno Fernandes dummy. Burnley were level just 114 seconds later as James Tarkowski rose highest from an Ashley Westwood corner (50), but Greenwood got his second, finding the near post at the right of the box from a deflected shot off Jack Cork (85). Half-time sub Edinson Cavani converted Donny van de Beek's centre at close range for 3-1 in stoppage time (90+3), and the result means that, with...
UCL Semi-finals: Zidane to Unleash Eden Hazard on Chelsea
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UCL Semi-finals: Zidane to Unleash Eden Hazard on Chelsea

  Eden Hazard is now ready to face his former club, Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2019 for a fee of around £100m after seven trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge. However, the Belgium International has struggled with injuries and form since moving to the Spanish capital, making only 14 appearances in all competitions this season. The La Liga giants will face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals after overcoming another Premier League side, Liverpool, 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final with Thomas Tuchel’s seeing off FC Porto to reach the stage first time in seven years. Zidane said that Hazard is now back and ready, starting with Real Madrid’s clash against Getafe tonight. “He is feeling very better...
Norwich City boss Daniel Farke dedicates Championship promotion to fans
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Norwich City boss Daniel Farke dedicates Championship promotion to fans

Norwich boss Daniel Farke says he hopes his side were able to bring fans "some joy, fun and distraction" after sealing their return to the Premier League. Brentford and Swansea's failure to win meant the Canaries were promoted before their 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth. After the match, Farke spared a thought for supporters who have been unable to go to games because of coronavirus. "We dedicate this to our fans because it's been such a difficult season for them and their private lives," he said. He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "During this pandemic many of them are fearing for their future, the financial impact, fearing for their job sometimes or their health, family members and friends. "It's a tough time and we hope we were able to bring them some joy, fun and some distra...
Sheffield United relegated to the Championship
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Sheffield United relegated to the Championship

Sheffield United were relegated to the Championship after Willian Jose's first goal for Wolves secured victory. The visitors knew, following Newcastle's win over West Ham earlier on Saturday, that they had to avoid defeat at Molineux to delay their inevitable demotion for a few days. But it was Wolves who edged a poor game of few chances, when they broke downfield after Enda Stevens' shot had been blocked. Adama Traore created room close to the goalline and delivered a low cross into the six-yard box, which Jose swept home. It broke the Brazilian's Wolves duck in his 11th game for the club, having signed on loan from Real Sociedad in January. The Blades tried to respond and Stevens brought an excellent save from Rui Patricio with a powerful shot from an angle. However, t...
Inter Miami broke MLS rules over Blaise Matuidi signing
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Inter Miami broke MLS rules over Blaise Matuidi signing

David Beckham's Inter Miami broke Major League Soccer (MLS) rules with the signing of France midfielder Blaise Matuidi from Juventus last year. The MLS said Matuidi had been paid more than was allowed, effectively giving the team four "designated players" last season rather than the permitted three. Designated players' wages do not count towards the MLS salary cap. Known as the "Beckham rule", it was introduced when the ex-England captain joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. At that time, Beckham was given an option to purchase an expansion franchise, later becoming co-owner of Inter Miami, who played their first MLS game in March 2020. In a statement, the MLS said World Cup winner Matuidi, 34, had been wrongly categorised as a "targeted allocation money" (TAM) player. ...
Messi Hopeful of Winning LaLiga title After Copa del Rey Success
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Messi Hopeful of Winning LaLiga title After Copa del Rey Success

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is optimistic of his side’s chances of winning the LaLiga title this season. The Catalans won their first trophy of this season, beating Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Messi is now eyeing the league crown, with only two points separating Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barca at the top of the table with eight games to go. “It was a difficult year for us so to be able to celebrate this trophy and now to go for La Liga is really important. “More than anything, it’s been a different year for us, a transition year, with a lot of young players coming in. “[Now] the team’s getting stronger. We’ve won this trophy and there’s still a long way to go in La Liga. A lot’s going to happen between now and the end ...
Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta warns players not to put ‘eggs in one basket’
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Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta warns players not to put ‘eggs in one basket’

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has warned his players that it would be a “big mistake” to focus all their efforts on the Europa League. Ahead of Sunday’s league fixture against Fulham at home, Arteta insists there is a lot to play for in the Premier League. The Gunners are in the semi-final of the Europa League, following their 4-0 win at Slavia Prague on Thursday. The 5-1 aggregate victory over the Czech outfit, sets up a last-four meeting with Villarreal. If they win the competition, Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League, which would be a massive boost after a difficult season. It would be hard for the Gunners to get Champions League qualification through the Premier League, as they are 10 points behind fourth-placed West Ham with seven games to play. But Ar...
Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta Set to Break Reliance on Saka, Smith Rowe
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Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta Set to Break Reliance on Saka, Smith Rowe

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted that the team depends too heavily on Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. However, Arteta is hoping the Gunners can find a way to win when the two youngsters are rested. The Gunners’ record with Saka and Smith Rowe on the pitch, is much better to when they are left out of the starting XI. But with fixtures coming thick and fast, Arteta ahead of Sunday’s game against Fulham, is keen to avoid burnout and has called on the rest of the squad to step up in their potential absence. “They know that playing every game is impossible, so we have to change those stats. “That’s what we have to do. We have to find that solution. “It tells a lot about what has happened this season. Eight months ago, if anybody had said we were goin...
Chelsea Closing the Gap on Man City – Tuchel
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Chelsea Closing the Gap on Man City – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said his team is closing the gap on Manchester City and their “benchmark” coach Pep Guardiola. The Blues beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. The victory for the Blues, which is Tuchel’s first over Guardiola, contrasted with a 3-1 loss at home by City in early January, which eventually led to the departure of Frank Lampard. “If you play against Pep, you know that you play against the highest level in Europe. “Everywhere he was on the sidelines, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City, he was the benchmark for years with his teams and he is again. “Our target is to close the gap for the 90 minutes, because it is possible in football and if you arrive in a good momentum, you can make this happen,” T...
Copa del Rey: Messi Reacts as Barcelona Defeat Athletic Bilbao in final
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Copa del Rey: Messi Reacts as Barcelona Defeat Athletic Bilbao in final

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has said they deserved some happiness, after they crushed Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Messi grabbed a brace as Ronald Koeman’s men clinched their first trophy of the season. Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong were also on target at Seville. It was the 35th trophy Messi has won as a Barca player, but his first Copa del Rey as the club’s captain. “I am really happy for this group of players because they deserved some happiness,” he told Barca TV. “It’s really special to be the captain of this club, where I have spent my whole life, and it’s a really special Copa for me, to be able to lift [the trophy].” Last season was Barca’s first without a trophy since 2007/2008.
EPL: Thomas Tuchel Sets next big target, Warns Chelsea Players after 1-0 Win Over Man City
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EPL: Thomas Tuchel Sets next big target, Warns Chelsea Players after 1-0 Win Over Man City

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has told his players that their next big target is to win the next Premier League match. He warned his stars against looking too far ahead and insists their ‘next big target’ is simply to win the next match. Chelsea overcame the high-flying Manchester City side 1-0 in their FA Cup semi-final encounter on Saturday evening, ending Pep Guardiola’s hopes of winning the quadruple this season. Chelsea have put themselves in positions to win two trophies – in the FA Cup and Champions League this season with a top-four finish also within their reach. Speaking to the press after their success against City, Tuchel warned his players saying, “Don’t start thinking too way ahead, don’t put your stakes too high, don’t look at the goals which are in t...
Thomas Tuchel names three Chelsea players he’s very happy with after 1-0 win over City
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Thomas Tuchel names three Chelsea players he’s very happy with after 1-0 win over City

  Thomas Tuchel has named three Chelsea stars he is very happy with after their FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City on Saturday. The German tactician said any player who he gives the opportunity to be on the pitch must show that he deserves to play. “When you’re on the pitch you need to show you play your part, you play your role for 100%, that you’re reliable,” the former PSG boss said at post-match press conference after Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 to qualify for the FA Cup final. Tuchel said he was very happy with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga because they made good use of the opportunity given to them against Pep Guardiola’s side. The Blues scored through a rapid counter attack in the second half when Mason Mount’s through ba...
FA Cup: Thomas Tuchel Names Players that caused Man City Problems during 1-0 win
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FA Cup: Thomas Tuchel Names Players that caused Man City Problems during 1-0 win

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel singled out Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner as two players that troubled Manchester City’s defence during the Blues 1-0 triumph over Pep Guardiola’s side at Wembley on Saturday. Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final on Saturday, beating Man City 1-0 in the process and Tuchel had Werner and Ziyech to praise for the victory. The Blues were the more dangerous side at Wembley as they exploited the space behind City’s defence time after time. The west London side scored through a rapid counter attack in the second half when Mason Mount’s through ball found Werner, who cut the ball across the box for Hakim Ziyech to roll it into an empty net. Tuchel brought back Ziyech and Werner into the starting lineup for Christian Pulisic and Kai Ha...
Musa To Play For Free At Kano Pillars – Dikko
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Musa To Play For Free At Kano Pillars – Dikko

The Chairman of League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko revealed Ahmed Musa won’t be getting paid by his new employer Kano Pillars. Dikko made the revelations while speaking on the benefits of the return of the Nigerian captain back to the Nigeria professional football league. Recalled that Musa, 28, signed a short-term deal with Kano Pillars to end his five-month stay without a club. Musa’s return was facilitated by the League Management Company under the Elite Players Program and speaking about the deal, Dikko told ESPN Musa is not interested in salaries, but he just wants to give back to the people. “We didn’t speak much about it. Musa is someone who is more concerned about giving back to the club that made him and he is not coming here to do this for money. He is ...
‘I’m Not A Terrible Coach, I’m Not The Best Either’ – Zidane
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‘I’m Not A Terrible Coach, I’m Not The Best Either’ – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane defended himself on Saturday against accusations he is a lucky coach but again refused to commit to staying at Real Madrid next season. An impressive week has put Madrid in sight of winning both La Liga and the Champions League after they beat Barcelona in the Clasico last weekend before knocking out Liverpool on Wednesday. Despite sitting one point behind Atletico Madrid, Zidane’s team are now favorites to defend the title they claimed the last term in the Frenchman’s first full season back in charge. It would add to the 11 major trophies Zidane has already won across his two spells as Real Madrid coach, which includes two league titles and three consecutive successes in the Champions League. Asked if it annoys him when he is called lucky, Zidane said: “I a...
De Bruyne Injury Concern For City Ahead Of PSG Tie
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De Bruyne Injury Concern For City Ahead Of PSG Tie

Manchester City suffered a major injury scare just 11 days before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain as Kevin De Bruyne was forced off with an ankle injury in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. The Belgium playmaker came off worst in a challenge with N'Golo Kante just two minutes into the second-half and hobbled off to be replaced by Phil Foden. City reached the last four of the Champions League for the first time in five seasons under Pep Guardiola with victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. However, the loss of De Bruyne would be a huge blow to City's hopes of winning European football's premier club competition for the first time. PSG host the runaway Premier League leaders on April 28 with the return leg at th...
Iheanacho Vows To Win FA Cup With Leicester City
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Iheanacho Vows To Win FA Cup With Leicester City

Super Eagles and Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has vowed to win trophies with the Foxes as they face Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final tie on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The Nigeria international has played a crucial role in the Foxes’ run to the last four of the FA cup bagging three goals in his last two cup outings including a brace against Manchester United in the quarter-finals. Iheanacho told Leicester TV that the team is “hungry for titles and trophies and they will sacrifice so much to win trophies.” “We’ll always have that hunger and desire to win trophies,” EPL’s Player for the month of March said. “Of course, other teams are preparing as well, but we need to need it more, we need to want it more. We need to sacrifice so many things and give ou...
Barcelona Are 2021 Copa Del Rey Champions
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Barcelona Are 2021 Copa Del Rey Champions

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, giving Ronald Koeman his first title as coach of the Catalan club. Messi’s two goals came after Antoine Griezmann finally beat Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simón with the opener on the hour-mark. Messi’s performance will raise hopes of the soccer great staying at Barcelona. Frenkie de Jong headed in a second goal in the 63rd before Messi dealt a double blow to put the result beyond any doubt by the 72nd. It is Barcelona’s first title since winning the Spanish league in 2019. Koeman, a former Barcelona defender, returned to coach the club last summer after Barcelona finished last season without a title for the first time since 2008. Barcelona has won the Spanish cup a record...

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