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Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off
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Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off

The Real Madrid forward has not scored an international goal since 2019, but is ready to make an impact at this summer's tournament Gareth Bale says he is “not worried” about his goal drought as he prepares to lead Wales in their Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday. The Real Madrid forward is Wales’ all-time leading goal scorer but goes into the European Championship without a goal in his last 11 international appearances stretching back nearly two years. However, the 31-year-old believes he is still contributing enough to the team and is confident he will find the back of the net again sooner rather than later.
Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm
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Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm

The Everton goalkeeper has been defended after he came under fire for his challenge on the Liverpool star Former England goalkeeper David James has praised Jordan Pickford for the way he bounced back from criticism for his role in the injury to Virgil van Dijk. After a challenge from Pickford in October's Merseyside derby, the Liverpool defender suffered cruciate knee ligament damage which ruled him out for the season and this summer's European Championships. Ex-Reds keeper James believes that Pickford suffered a dip in form because of extra scrutiny but says he is back to his best in time for Euro 2020, with the Everton man set to start for England in Sunday's opener against Croatia.  
‘I don’t like complaining about the squad’ – Fabregas backs youthful Spain to repeat Euro 2008 success
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‘I don’t like complaining about the squad’ – Fabregas backs youthful Spain to repeat Euro 2008 success

The former Chelsea midfielder is backing Luis Enrique's side to shrug off their critics at Euro 2020 and emulate his own team's success Spain is hoping that history will repeat itself at this summer's European Championship. Manager Luis Enrique has controversially picked a squad that does not include any Real Madrid players, even omitting Sergio Ramos following a number of injury issues for the veteran defender. Instead, the ex-Barcelona boss is pinning his hopes on a young and relatively untested group of players.
‘There are disciplines he has to know’ – Matthaus hopes Sane has learned his lesson after World Cup snub
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‘There are disciplines he has to know’ – Matthaus hopes Sane has learned his lesson after World Cup snub

The Bayern Munich winger missed the tournament in Russia three years ago, but it set to play a key role for his country at Euro 2020 Lothar Matthaus hopes Leroy Sane has learned his lesson from missing out on the World Cup three years ago, after pointing out defensive deficiencies in his game during Germany’s recent friendly with Denmark. Bayern Munich winger Sane was a notable omission from the Germany squad for the 2018 tournament in Russia, although he earned a recall shortly after the tournament and is in their squad for the upcoming European Championship. Former Germany captain Matthaus is a huge admirer of the former Manchester City player’s talents, but questions whether he has the positional discipline to be reliable at international level.
Nigeria to convince Manchester City Youngster Lukas Nmecha to snub Germany and play for Super Eagles
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Nigeria to convince Manchester City Youngster Lukas Nmecha to snub Germany and play for Super Eagles

The Nigeria Football Federation are in talks to convince Manchester City starlet Lukas Nmecha to switch his national allegiances and play for the Super Eagles.   Born to a Nigerian father and German mother in Hamburg, the 22-year-old is eligible to represent the West Africans despite featuring for England and Germany at youth level.   Nmecha starred at the Under-21 European Championships, scoring the winning goal in the final for Germany against Portugal, as well as finishing as the tournament’s top goalscorer. Nmecha scored the winner for England’s Under-19s in their European Championship final in 2017, also against Portugal.   He was born in Hamburg, but originally began his international youth career with England, turning out for the Young Lions a...
England wonderkid Foden thanks Southgate for second chance after Iceland incident
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England wonderkid Foden thanks Southgate for second chance after Iceland incident

The Manchester City forward has admits that he is thankful to be with the squad having been sent home from duty last year Phil Foden has thanked Gareth Southgate for his handling of a controversy in September last year that saw both him and Mason Greenwood dropped from England duty. The pair were sent home for breaking Covid guidelines after they made their international debut on a trip to Iceland, amid allegations of inviting girls back to their hotel room. However, Foden returned to the international set-up amid a run of sensational form for Manchester City. Ahead of the European Championship, the 21-year-old remains grateful to England boss Southgate for giving him a second chance.
Hudson-Odoi: Ghana intensify chase for Chelsea and England winger with presidential intervention
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Hudson-Odoi: Ghana intensify chase for Chelsea and England winger with presidential intervention

President Nana Akuffo-Addo wants to see the attacker line up for the Black Stars Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has bolstered their quest to convince Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to switch his international allegiance from England. Son of Ghanaian immigrants in the United Kingdom, the winger is among a host of UK-born players on the radar of the Black Stars, the other targets include Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and Brighton & Hove Albion fullback Tariq Lamptey. Champions League winner Hudson-Odoi, who is currently on holiday in Ghana after being snubbed by England for the upcoming European Championship, paid a courtesy call on Akufo-Addo on Monday evening, days after the 20-year-old opened the door for a possible international switch.  
Tokyo Olympics 2021: Nigeria Appoints Coordinator,Consultant
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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Nigeria Appoints Coordinator,Consultant

  The Federal Government of Nigeria has appointed a General Coordinator and Media Consultant as part of preparations for the National Trials towards the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Sports Minister, Sunday Dare made the announcement on Monday in a statement by Mohammed Manga, Director of Public Relations in the ministry. The appointments, which take immediate effect, are part of the federal government’s efforts to ensure the country’s success in the competition. Rotimi Obajimi, a former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) was named Coordinator. He was the Coordinator of Team Nigeria to the 2008 African Athletics Championship in Addis Ababa, the 2010 edition in Nairobi, as well as the 2003 All Africa Games Performance Consultant. Dare Esan, a v...
Euro 2020: You Failed as Tottenham manager – Deschamps hits back at Mourinho
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Euro 2020: You Failed as Tottenham manager – Deschamps hits back at Mourinho

  Coach of the France national team, Didier Deschamps, has hit back at Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese claimed it would be a failure if Les Bleus don’t win the European Championship this summer. France are looking to become the first side since Spain (2008-2012) to win back-to-back tournaments. Deschamps’ men can also replicate the France team who achieved it from 1998-2000. Mourinho said: “They have to win it. If not, it is an unsuccessful Euros.” When Deschamps was asked to respond to Mourinho’s comments on Telefoot, he replied: “I thought the same thing about his Tottenham team, but it did not end up happening like that. “Yes, we are favourites due to the status of world champions. It is not a pressure, it is the reality, we will not flee the debate on the ...
Arsenal Misses out on Emiliano Buendia as Aston Villa agree club-record transfer fee of £40m for the Argentine Midfielder
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Arsenal Misses out on Emiliano Buendia as Aston Villa agree club-record transfer fee of £40m for the Argentine Midfielder

Aston Villa have announced they have reached a £40million agreement to sign Norwich star Emiliano Buendia, handing Arsenal a huge transfer blow after they also showed interest to also sign him. The 24-year-old midfielder is currently on international duty with Argentina and is set to have his medical before completing his move to Villa on Tuesday after a World Cup qualifying game against Colombia. Villa confirmed the agreement on Monday morning, adding the transfer for Buendia will be completed after Argentina play Colombia on Tuesday evening. The fee Villa will pay could rise to nearly £40m with bonus add-ons. Buendia was named Championship player of the season for 2020-21 following Norwich's promotion to Premier League. He scored 15 goals and registered 17 assist...
Spain’s Euro 2020 Plans in Crisis as Captain Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid-19 eight days before Opening match
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Spain’s Euro 2020 Plans in Crisis as Captain Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid-19 eight days before Opening match

Spain's preparations for Euro 2020 have been hit after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus just eight days away from their game. The Barcelona midfielder led the team in a friendly against Portugal on Friday June 4 but contracted the virus over the weekend and will now enter a period of self-isolation. The rest of the squad all tested negative, but the players and staff who were in close contact with the 32-year-old must also quarantine. Spain, who open their European Championship campaign against Sweden next Monday, are set to play their final friendly against Lithuania on Tuesday. The game will still go ahead, but under-21s manager Luis De la Fuente will take charge and use players from his squad. A statement from Royal Spanish Football Federation r...
Arsenal Lose Out on Buendia as EPL Rivals Agree £33m deal
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Arsenal Lose Out on Buendia as EPL Rivals Agree £33m deal

  Aston Villa have beaten Arsenal to the signing of Norwich City midfielder, Emiliano Buendia, according to Sky Sports. The Midlands club have agreed a club-record £33m fee with the Canaries. The 24-year-old is has now completed a medical in Argentina. The proposed move also set to be a selling record for Norwich, who had also rejected an offer from Arsenal. It is believed the fee could rise to nearly £40m with bonus add-ons. Buendia was named Championship player of the season for 2020/2021 following their promotion to Premier League. He scored 15 goals and registered 16 assists, creating more chances than any other player in the division.
‘Being here is amazing’ – Nigeria prospect Plumptre glad to extend Leicester City contract
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‘Being here is amazing’ – Nigeria prospect Plumptre glad to extend Leicester City contract

The former England youth international of Nigerian background was pleased to have renewed her contract with the Foxes until 2023 Ashleigh Plumptre has expressed her delight after committing herself until 2023 with FA Women's Championship side Leicester City women. Since joining Jonathan Morgan’s side after spells at Notts County and LA Galaxy, she has been a key figure in the Foxes squad. Also, Plumptre played a key role in the club’s promotion to the top division of women’s football in the just-concluded season.
Man City star Foden awarded Premier League Young Player of the Season prize
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Man City star Foden awarded Premier League Young Player of the Season prize

The 21-year-old England international enjoyed a memorable 2020-21 campaign as he helped the Blues to title glory Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has won the Premier League Young Player of the Season award for 2020-21. The 21-year-old enjoyed a memorable campaign as he helped Pep Guardiola's side to title glory and a fourth successive Carabao Cup triumph. A man now readying himself for European Championship duty with England registered nine goals and five assists through 28 top-flight appearances, with the hottest of prospects seeing regular game time on a senior stage.
Boost for Belgium as De Bruyne set to join squad after undergoing minor surgery
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Boost for Belgium as De Bruyne set to join squad after undergoing minor surgery

The Blues talisman has undergone an operation on his fractured eye socket and will join his international colleagues on Monday Kevin De Bruyne has undergone minor surgery on the fractured eye socket he suffered during Manchester City's outing in the Champions League final, but has handed Belgium a boost as he is set to join their Euro 2020 squad on Monday. The 29-year-old lasted just an hour of a European showpiece in Porto before being forced from the field following a collision with Antonio Rudiger. He suffered nose and eye injuries, with fears raised regarding his involvement at this summer's European Championship, but a quick operation has him ready for international duty.
Newcastle ready to move for release Everton striker Josh King
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Newcastle ready to move for release Everton striker Josh King

Newcastle United are ready to move for released Everton striker Josh King. The Evening Chronicle says King is heading for the exit door at Goodison Park after failing to impress on Merseyside with no goals in 11 substitute appearances in the Premier League. King was on Steve Bruce's wish-list 12 months ago but the striker ended up staying at AFC Bournemouth in the Sky Bet Championship after failing to get a move last summer. King shares the same German-based agency as current United striker Joelinton, ROGON GmbH & Co.KG, with head of recruitment Steve Nickson having good ties with the player's representatives. Having worked with ROGON before on the £40million Joelinton deal, the chance to get King on a free transfer will now present itself to Newcastle and potentially conti...
Former Arsenal Goalkeeper Alan Miller dies at 51
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Former Arsenal Goalkeeper Alan Miller dies at 51

Former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and West Brom goalkeeper, Alan Miller has tragically passed away at the age of 51. The news of his death was confirmed in report by Daily Mail. But the cause of his death is yet unknown. The Englishman joined the Gunners as a schoolboy in 1984 and signed as a professional with the club four years later. Miller made his Arsenal debut as a substitute against Leeds United at Elland Road, in so doing becoming the first Gunners goalkeeper to make an appearance as a substitute. He made five appearances for Arsenal in total, and was an unused substitute as the Gunners won the FA and League Cup double in 1993, as well as the European Cup Winners' Cup a year later. Miller had spent time on loan with Plymouth Argyle, West Brom, and Birmingham City, and ...
Mikel: Stoke City extend former Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder’s contract
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Mikel: Stoke City extend former Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder’s contract

The former Super Eagles captain has been handed a new deal following his convincing debut season with the Potters Championship side Stoke City have activated their option to hand former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel a contract extension. The 34-year-old teamed up with the Potters last summer after leaving Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor on a mutual agreement. The midfielder delivered convincing performances during his debut season, featuring in 41 appearances across all competitions.
Simy Nwankwo Has Offers From Premier League Clubs- Agent –
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Simy Nwankwo Has Offers From Premier League Clubs- Agent –

Nigeria forward Simy Nwankwo has offers from some clubs in the English Premier League his agent Vincenzo Morabito has confirmed. Nwankwo scored 20 goals and provided three assists in 38 league appearances for relegated Crotone in the 2020/21 season. Lazio, Saint Etienne, Monza and a number of other clubs are rumoured to be interested in his services. “Simy has a very interesting market in England, there are at least a couple of interested clubs in the Premier League,” Morabito told TuttoMonza. “His preference is for foreign countries, eventually we will consider offers from the upper-middle-range Serie A club. “We are therefore working mainly on the English market, where the clubs are economically more solid and can offer important figures both to Crotone and to the pl...
UCL final: Arsene Wenger highlights why Chelsea Defeated Man City again
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UCL final: Arsene Wenger highlights why Chelsea Defeated Man City again

  Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has praised Thomas Tuchel for creating a ‘tactical problem’ for Pep Guardiola in last night’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City. Chelsea won their second Champions League trophy in history and a first for Tuchel as Blues manager with Kai Havertz’s first-half goal in Porto. It was indeed a difficult night for Pep Guardiola’s side as they struggled to break down Chelsea throughout the game. Chelsea on the other hand, missed a couple of excellent chances in each half through Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic. Wenger, a Premier League legend, praised Tuchel’s decision to tuck Mason Mount and Havertz inwards when Chelsea were out of position in order to force City to attack in wider areas. “I would still sa...
Southgate Reveals when Harry Kane will Leave Tottenham
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Southgate Reveals when Harry Kane will Leave Tottenham

  England senior national team handler, Gareth Southgate, has revealed when he expects Tottenham’s striker, Harry Kane to leave the club. The future of the England striker has been the subject of much speculation, but his national team coach does not think the player will leave Tottenham before the end of the Euro 2021 tournament. Southgate, who named the centre-forward in his 36-man provisional squad, insists the speculation surrounding the prolific striker will not be an issue during the tournament. “I don’t need to talk about Harry’s focus. He has got one goal with us and that’s to win a European Championship,” Southgate told the press while explaining some decisions about his squad. “What is going on at his club is a matter for him and Tottenham. He has made som...
Former Bayern Munich Manager, Hansi Flick Appointed new Germany Coach 
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Former Bayern Munich Manager, Hansi Flick Appointed new Germany Coach 

Former Bayern Munich manager, Hansi Flick has been appointed as Germany's new manager. The German Football Association (DFB) confirmed in a statement that Flick will replace incumbent manager Joachim Low at the end of the Euro 2020 campaign, which is set to get underway next month. The 56-year-old, who guided Bayern Munich to six major honours during his brief tenure at the Allianz Arena, has signed a three-year deal that will run until the end of the 2024 European Championship campaign. "It all went surprisingly quickly for me with the signature, but I am very happy to be able to work as national coach from autumn onwards," the 2019/20 UEFA Men's Best Coach said in an official statement. "The season has just ended and the two years at Bayern Munich have helped me. The ...
Cristiano Ronaldo Issues Cryptic post in hint he is Leaving Juventus as he Thanks Fans on Instagram 
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Cristiano Ronaldo Issues Cryptic post in hint he is Leaving Juventus as he Thanks Fans on Instagram 

Cristiano Ronaldo has fuelled speculations regarding his Juventus career by issuing a lengthy cryptic post on social media. This comes weeks after the 36-year-old striker had each of his luxury supercars transported to Portugal from his mansion. The Portuguese striker, who was left out of Juve's 4-1 win over Bologna on Sunday May 23, because he was "tired," took to Instagram on Monday night to reflect on the club's failed title bid as well as his personal goals, which he couldn't achieve this season. In the cryptic 373-word address, Ronaldo wrote: 'The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs. 'Year after year, we face fantastic teams, with extraordinary players and ambitious goals, so we always have to give our best to keep ourselves at excellence levels...
Tammy Abraham Thanks Aston Villa Fans after Chelsea’s 2-1 Defeat
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Tammy Abraham Thanks Aston Villa Fans after Chelsea’s 2-1 Defeat

Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, has thanked Aston Villa fans for chanting his name during their final Premier League game of the season against the Blues on Sunday. Abraham was left out of Chelsea’s match day squad against Aston Villa on Sunday as the hosts defeated the Blues 2-1 at Villa Park. The 23-year-old is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, having struggled to secure playing time since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager last January. And Aston Villa fans made it clear that they would welcome back Abraham with open arms as they chanted his name during the second half of their win against Chelsea. Reacting after the match, Abraham posted a video on Twitter of the Villa fans singing along with the message: “Aston Villa fans, I appreciate you ...
Brentford to battle Swansea for last Premier League spot
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Brentford to battle Swansea for last Premier League spot

  This year’s Championship play-off will be played between Swansea and Brentford. Swansea were held to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley on Saturday. However, the Welsh club had defeated their opponents 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final tie. Matt Grimes scored in the 39th minute, before Cauley Woodrow levelled for the visitors in the 71st minute to set up a frantic finish. The Swans, who finished fourth in the Championship, last played in the top flight in 2017/2018. Earlier on Saturday, Brentford fought back from one goal down to beat 10-man Bournemouth 3-1 in the second leg and advanced 3-2 on aggregate. The Championship playoff final will be played on May 29.
Swansea Set up Wembley Date with Brentford
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Swansea Set up Wembley Date with Brentford

Swansea set up a Wembley date with Brentford as they saw off Barnsley 2-1 on aggregate in their Championship play-off semi-final. Leading by a goal from the first leg, Matt Grimes set the Swans on their way at the Liberty Stadium with a wonderful strike late in the first half, while Cauley Woodrow's late goal led to a nervy finish and an eventual 1-1 draw in the second leg. Steve Cooper's side are one step closer to a return to the Premier League after three years away. They face Brentford - the side that knocked them out of the play-off semi-finals last season - on Saturday, May 29.
Brentford Reach Play-off final after Thrilling Comeback
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Brentford Reach Play-off final after Thrilling Comeback

Brentford are through to the Sky Bet Championship play-off final after they came from behind to beat 10-man Bournemouth 3-1 in a thrilling second leg at the Brentford Community Stadium. Trailing 1-0 on aggregate after Monday's first leg at the Vitality Stadium, the Bees suffered an early blow when Arnaut Danjuma rolled home in the fifth minute but pulled level when Ivan Toney converted from the spot 11 minutes later after Lloyd Kelly's handball. The Cherries were then reduced to 10 men when former Bees defender Chris Mepham was sent off after he pulled Bryan Mbeumo to the deck in the 28th minute, before Vitaly Janelt added a spectacular second for the hosts five minutes after the break Brentford's comeback was completed with nine minutes left to play, when substitute Marcus Fo...
Lampard Reveals Shock Job he Could take after Chelsea sack
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Lampard Reveals Shock Job he Could take after Chelsea sack

  Former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has suggested he would not mind dropping back into the Championship for his next managerial role. Lampard is out of work since the Blues sacked him in January. The 42-year-old has now said he does not “have an ego” because he has managed a team in the Champions League and could make a return to the second tier. Lampard’s first managerial job was in the Championship with Derby County. He led the Rams to the play-off final in his only season there, before he returned to Chelsea as manager in 2019. “I’m not rushing into anything but if the opportunity arises and it’s the right one then I want to work again. “I love working in management more than I thought I would. “I would take a view on going into the Championship. If...
Footballer, John Obi Mikel Becomes Stoke City’s Top Ball-winner for 2020-2021 Season
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Footballer, John Obi Mikel Becomes Stoke City’s Top Ball-winner for 2020-2021 Season

Nigerian footballer, John Obi Mikel is the 2020-2021 top ball winner for Stoke City. Mikel was one of the players behind Stoke City equaling their club record for clean sheets in a single-season. The club ended the campaign with twenty-one clean sheets, level with the record set by the Stoke City side that won promotion from this division in 1979, with Mikel involved in fifteen of those games this season. Ball recoveries is the ability to win the ball back for your team where neither team has possession or where the ball has been played directly to a player by an opponent and according to Stoke City Stat Zone, Mikel recorded the highest number of recoveries out of the entire Stoke City squad over the course of the season. Mikel is Stoke City's standout player in that catego...
LaLiga: Barcelona President, Laporta Takes Final Decision on Manager to Replace Koeman
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LaLiga: Barcelona President, Laporta Takes Final Decision on Manager to Replace Koeman

  Barcelona President, Joan Laporta, has decided on the manager to replace the club’s current coach, Ronald Koeman. According to Spanish radio station RAC1, Laporta has spoken to Bayern Munich boss, Hansi Flick, with regard to becoming Barcelona’s next manager. Laporta found Flick ‘receptive’ and liked the ‘methodology and the intensity’ he would bring to the Barcelona squad. He sees Flick as his first choice to replace Koeman at Camp Nou if the Dutchman was sacked. Koeman is currently under intense pressure at Barcelona, having won just one of their last five La Liga games. He also saw his side crash out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage last February following a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona’s draw with Levante and then de...
Joy for Jota as Klopp offers Euros fitness update on Liverpool forward
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Joy for Jota as Klopp offers Euros fitness update on Liverpool forward

The Portugal international will be able to link up with his country this summer and may yet figure for his club in a season finale Jurgen Klopp has delivered a positive fitness update on Diogo Jota, with the Liverpool boss revealing that the Portugal international will be ready for European Championship duty this summer. The 24-year-old forward was initially ruled out of his club side's remaining fixtures in 2020-21 with a foot injury, casting doubt over his involvement this summer for his country. That setback is, however, not as serious as first feared and a man with 13 goals to his name for the Reds may yet figure in a season finale against Crystal Palace on Sunday - with Liverpool still in the hunt for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
Hazard named in Belgium squad for Euro 2020 following injury-hit campaign at Real Madrid
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Hazard named in Belgium squad for Euro 2020 following injury-hit campaign at Real Madrid

The experienced winger has been included in Roberto Martinez's final shortlist for this summer's tournament Eden Hazard has been named in Belgium's squad for Euro 2020 following another injury-hit campaign at Real Madrid. Hazard has struggled for form since swapping Chelsea for Madrid in a €100 million (£86m/$121m) deal back in June 2019, with persistent injury problems preventing him from living up to that hefty price tag. The 30-year-old only recently returned to action after a muscle issue, but has been included in Roberto Martinez's final shortlist for this summer's European Championship, which is due to kick off on June 11.
FA Cup: Abraham’s Girlfriend Slams Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Leicester
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FA Cup: Abraham’s Girlfriend Slams Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Leicester

  Leah Monroe, a girlfriend to Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, has slammed Thomas Tuchel after the manager left out her partner from the FA Cup final squad. Abraham helped the squad reach the final of the competition, having played an integral part under Frank Lampard. However, the Nigerian-born England international has fallen down the pecking order since Tuchel’s took over at Stamford Bridge. Abraham is Chelsea’s top goalscorer this season with 12 goals in 34 appearances despite a lack of first-team opportunities He scored his first senior hat-trick in the fourth round win over Luton and also scored the decisive goal in the fifth round win at Championship play-off contenders Barnsley. Tuchel, however, has preferred his countryman, Timo Werner, upfront and Olivi...
FA Cup: Mason Mount’s Father Disagrees with Thomas Tuchel Over line up
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FA Cup: Mason Mount’s Father Disagrees with Thomas Tuchel Over line up

  Tony Mount, the father of Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, has disagreed with the club’s boss, Thomas Tuchel’s decision to make seven changes for Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal this week. Chelsea was beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, a major setback in their top-four pursuit. The German tactician made seven changes from the side which ran out 2-1 winners over Manchester City last Saturday, a decision he regretted afterwards. Tony Mount, however, wondered why the manager changed a winning team, advising the German to always stick with the same team which knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League. All is set for the FA Cup final clash between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley on Saturday where his son is expected to start for the Blues an...
Adelakun and Diedhiou released by Bristol City
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Adelakun and Diedhiou released by Bristol City

The Anglo-Nigerian and the Senegal international are among the 11 players the Robins did not renew the contracts of EFL Championship side Bristol City have announced the release of Hakeeb Adelakun and Famara Diedhiou on Friday. Adelakun teamed up with the Ashton Gate outfit in the summer of 2018 from Scunthorpe United, signing a three-year deal but only made seven league appearances for the side. The winger has, however, spent most of his time with the Robins on loan at Rotherham United and Hull City, and after coming to the end of his contract, the forward has not been handed an extension.
Van Dijk rules himself out of Euro 2020 as Netherlands defender targets pre-season Liverpool comeback
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Van Dijk rules himself out of Euro 2020 as Netherlands defender targets pre-season Liverpool comeback

The Dutch captain says he is "at peace" with his decision as he looks to return from a serious knee injury in time for the start of next season Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of this summer's European Championship, and is instead targeting a return to club action with Liverpool in time for the 2021-22 campaign. The Netherlands captain has been sidelined since October after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The 29-year-old has, however, been progressing well in his rehabilitation, and has been pictured working with a ball at Liverpool's Kirkby training ground, as well as posting videos of himself running outside.
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The midfielder has been dogged by fitness issues throughout the season, and may now be unavailable to play for his country in the summer Marco Verratti is likely to be a doubt for Italy at the European Championship after being ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain's remaining 2020-21 fixtures through injury. Verratti has missed 21 games already this season due to a combination of injuries and positive coronavirus tests, and he has been dealt a fresh fitness blow ahead of Euro 2020. The tournament is due to kick off with Italy playing Turkey on June 11, but PSG have confirmed that the midfielder will spend at least a month on the sidelines due to a knee issue, which means he may be unavailable to Azzurri head coach Roberto Mancini.
Fulham’s Survival Fight Ended by Burnley
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Fulham’s Survival Fight Ended by Burnley

Fulham's relegation to the Championship was confirmed by an abject 2-0 defeat to Burnley, who guaranteed another season of Premier League football with a clinical victory at Craven Cottage. Scott Parker's side needed four wins from their final four games to have any chance of avoiding the drop but were comprehensively beaten as their season-long stay in the top flight ended with three games to spare. Fulham's fate was effectively sealed before half-time as Ashley Westwood's opener and Chris Wood's emphatic 50th Burnley goal left the hosts needing to score three unanswered goals - the same they had managed in their previous 11 outings. Fortune favoured Fulham after the interval when goalkeeper Alphonse Areola avoided a straight red card for a clear handball outside the area, bu...
Sam Allardyce Reacts to being Relegated from Premier League
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Sam Allardyce Reacts to being Relegated from Premier League

  West Brom manager, Sam Allardyce, has reacted after he suffered relegation from the Premier League for the first time in his managerial career. The Baggies lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Sunday night, confirming their drop from the Championship. Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners a two-goal lead, before Mathaus Pereira pulled one back for West Brom. Willian then struck a sublime free-kick late in the game to seal Allardyce’s men’s fate. Allardyce had established himself as a relegation escape artist during his various managerial spells in England’s top flight, but his 17th season in the division ultimately ended in failure, with West Brom relegated from the division for a joint-record fifth time. “It’s not sunk in yet. But I’m sure I’ll wake up ...
Hearn Confirms Saunders Suffered ‘Multiple Fractures’
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Hearn Confirms Saunders Suffered ‘Multiple Fractures’

Billy Joe Saunders will undergo surgery after suffering "multiple fractures" to the area around his eye during his stoppage loss to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, says promoter Eddie Hearn. The British fighter was taken away by ambulance after the super-middleweight showdown was waved off before the ninth round, as Canelo unified the WBC, WBA and WBO belts at the AT&T Stadium, Arlington. And Hearn tweeted on Sunday: "Just at hospital in Dallas, (Billy Joe Saunders) stayed overnight. "Suffered multiple fractures to orbital area and will undergo surgery this afternoon." Matchroom boss Hearn had confirmed after the fight that Saunders was prevented from continuing by his corner after suffering the injury. "He couldn't see," Hearn told DAZN. "I spok...
O’Neill Hails Mikel Obi as “a Brilliant Signing”
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O’Neill Hails Mikel Obi as “a Brilliant Signing”

  Stoke City manager, Michael O’Neill has hailed John Mikel Obi as “a brilliant signing”. O’Neill’s men finished the 2020/2021 EFL Championship season with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth. Mikel Obi made his 39th league appearance in the game and played from the start, as they ended their six-game winless run. The 34-year-old signed for the Potters on a short-term deal last August and O’Neill have now expressed satisfaction with his contributions. When asked about the Nigerian midfielder’s performance, O’Neill told Stoke on TrentLive: “Brilliant. I thought he was brilliant. The [control and the] pass he plays for Rabbi Matondo in the first half too. “I’ve just said to him in the dressing room that I hope we can get that player on loan from Chelsea again next season. Tod...
Hodgson wants Eze to put pressure on Zaha with Crystal Palace aiming to keep £20m investment
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Hodgson wants Eze to put pressure on Zaha with Crystal Palace aiming to keep £20m investment

The Anglo-Nigerian is enjoying a remarkable debut campaign in the English top-flight with his contributions of four goals and five assists so far Crystal Palace are not ready to sell Eberechi Eze after his impressive debut season and they will fend off transfer interest in him during the summer transfer window, according to manager Roy Hodgson. Eze has sparked the Eagles' attack with his creativity and pace since his £20 million move from Championship club Queens Park Rangers last August. On Saturday, the 22-year-old assisted Christian Benteke to open the scoring against Sheffield United two minutes into the encounter, and he later sealed maximum points for the visitors at Bramall Lane with his 88th-minute shot after driving the ball from his own half.
I hope to get him on loan from Chelsea next season’ – Stoke City boss O’Neill lauds ‘brilliant’ Mikel
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I hope to get him on loan from Chelsea next season’ – Stoke City boss O’Neill lauds ‘brilliant’ Mikel

The former Super Eagles captain played a pivotal role in the middle of the park as the Potters ended their league campaign with a convincing away win Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill has praised former Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder as "a brilliant signing" after they ended the 2020-21 EFL Championship season with a 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth. The 34-year-old made his 39th league appearance on Saturday and he was on parade from start to finish as the visitors brought an end to their six-game winless run in the English second-tier division. Goals from William Forrester and Thomas Smith secured maximum points for Stoke City but Mikel was solid in the midfield with his passes and control.
‘It’s an absolutely great finish’ – Watford’s Gray enthralled by Success’ Swansea City volley
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‘It’s an absolutely great finish’ – Watford’s Gray enthralled by Success’ Swansea City volley

The Nigeria international found the net against the Swans to help the Hornets end the Championship on a high Andre Gray expressed his delight with Isaac Success’ goal in Watford’s 2-0 defeat of Swansea City in Saturday’s Championship encounter. The 25-year-old Nigerian scored his first goal of the 2020-21 campaign as the Hornets silenced the Swans at Vicarage Road. Gray had handed the hosts a 56th-minute lead before Success lashed a volley past goalkeeper Freddie Woodman two minutes from full-time. That effort saw him find the net for the first time since January 2019.
Isaac Success ends 30-month goal drought as Watford end Championship campaign with victory
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Isaac Success ends 30-month goal drought as Watford end Championship campaign with victory

The Nigeria forward ended the league season on a high after he found the back of the net with his late strike at Vicarage Road on Saturday Isaac Success ended his 30-month goal drought with the second goal in Watford’s 2-0 win over Andre Ayew’s Swansea City in a Championship game. The Nigeria striker who made his 10th league appearance of the season on Saturday and ensured the Hornets capped their successful campaign in the second division with victory after last Saturday's loss at Brentford. Success found the back in the net with three minutes remaining in Saturday's encounter, to double Watford's lead after Andre Gray opened the scoring in the 56th minute.
Palace Beat Sheffield Utd to Make Sure of Survival
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Palace Beat Sheffield Utd to Make Sure of Survival

Crystal Palace rubberstamped Premier League survival and ended a winless run of five games with a 2-0 victory at relegated Sheffield United. Christian Benteke's deflected shot after just 67 seconds belied Palace's dominance against a long-beaten side who failed to muster an effort on target all afternoon. Benteke was denied from close-range by a fine first-half Aaron Ramsdale save, before drilling against a post after the break, but a belated second finally came through Eberechi Eze (88) as the Eagles eased past the 40-point mark and made sure of an eighth successive season in the top flight. Sheffield United, whose own relegation was followed earlier by that of rivals Sheffield Wednesday from the Championship - the city's first double drop in the same season - never truly thr...
Derby Stay Up, Sheff Wed Down after Incredible Finale
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Derby Stay Up, Sheff Wed Down after Incredible Finale

Derby narrowly avoided relegation after a nerve-shredding finale to the Sky Bet Championship season that saw Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Wycombe drop to League One. Wayne Rooney's Derby started the final day outside the relegation places and knowing a win would ensure they stayed up, but a 3-3 draw against Wednesday proved to be enough after 90 minutes of incredible drama. Derby looked to be in trouble after Sam Hutchinson put Wednesday ahead in first-half injury-time, a scoreline that, along with Rotherham beating Cardiff, would have seen the Millers stay up at the expense of Derby and Wednesday. But a second half packed full of twists and turns - with Derby scoring twice in three minutes to take a 2-1 lead then fighting back to 3-3 after falling behind again and facin...
No time to breathe – Tuchel explains difference between managing Chelsea, PSG
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No time to breathe – Tuchel explains difference between managing Chelsea, PSG

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has explained the difference between managing the Blues and his former club, Paris Saint-Germain. Tuchel said there is no time to breathe when managing in the Premier League than in the Ligue 1, adding that life in England is proving to be brutal. Recall that Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at Chelsea last January after he was sacked by PSG last December. “To go from Ligue 1 to the Premier League? It’s brutal, honestly. Very brutal,” Tuchel told L’Equipe ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid on Wednesday. “In France, we played the same number of matches, two cups, and there are also 20 teams in the Championship. But the intensity and challenge of the Championship are really very different here. It’s a completely different level....
NTTF National Championships kick off May 18 In Lagos
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NTTF National Championships kick off May 18 In Lagos

The atmosphere synonymous with the Nigeria Open will be re-enacted from May 18 when the 2021 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships kick off at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium. The tournament which would serve as another test for the home-based players will be contested by states and clubs across the country from May 18 to 22 in 12 events including veterans above 50 years. According to the prospectus, players are expected to compete for the top prize in team (men and women), singles (men and women), doubles (men and women), doubles, U-21 (men and women), cadet (boys and girls) and veterans singles above 50. NTTF Technical Director who is also the Tournament Director, Adesoji Tayo said the tournament would help to unearth new talent...
‘He’s a model player for the club’ – Eustace’s delight for Queens Park Rangers’ Kakay
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‘He’s a model player for the club’ – Eustace’s delight for Queens Park Rangers’ Kakay

The Sierra Leone international got his maiden goal for the Superhoops, to the pleasure of his club’s assistant manager John Eustace has expressed his delight with Osman Kakay following his first goal for Queens Park Rangers. The Sierra Leonean defender was on target as the Superhoops secured a 2-0 away victory versus Stoke City in Saturday’s EFL Championship encounter. Charlie Austin had given the visitors a 17th-minute lead before the African sealed the win against Michael O'Neill’s team 20 minutes prior to full-time after profiting from a Stefan Johansen assist.

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