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When the pizza arrived was the best moment’ – Guardiola toasts Man City title triumph
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When the pizza arrived was the best moment’ – Guardiola toasts Man City title triumph

The Catalan coach has guided the Blues to another Premier League crown, with a Champions League final appearance fast approaching Pep Guardiola has been toasting Manchester City's latest Premier League title triumph, with the Blues boss favouring pizza at a celebration party over any of the alcoholic beverages on offer. A third domestic crown in four years has been claimed by a dominant outfit from the Etihad Stadium , with success in 2021 wrapped up with three games to spare. City were actually thrust over the line by arch-rivals Manchester United , as they came unstuck at home to Leicester, allowing Guardiola to indulge in some midweek takeaway action.
Vandereycken wants Genk star to take ‘a step higher’ to Premier League or Bundesliga
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Vandereycken wants Genk star to take ‘a step higher’ to Premier League or Bundesliga

The Nigeria international has proven his worth in the Belgian top-flight and has been advised to embrace a bigger challenge Former Belgium coach Rene Vandereycken has encouraged Paul Onuachu to take a step higher by signing for a Premier League or Bundesliga club. The 26-year-old has been with Belgian side Genk since the summer of 2019 after teaming up with the club from Danish side FC Midtjylland. The Nigeria international starred for the Wolves for seven years, scoring more than 50 league goals, and again proved his worth with the Blue and White.
Manchester United and Ajax target Kamaldeen named in Ghana squad for Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire friendlies
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Manchester United and Ajax target Kamaldeen named in Ghana squad for Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire friendlies

The Nordsjaelland winger features in a 30-man squad for matches against the Atlas Lions and the Elephants in June Manchester United and Ajax target Kamaldeen Sulemana and Leicester City centre-back Daniel Amartey are back in Ghana’s squad ahead of the team’s upcoming friendly fixtures against Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire. The two players are among the most conspicuous returnees as Black Stars head coach CK Akonnor announced a 30-man roster for the upcoming matches. Ghana are set to face Morrocco away in Rabat on June 8 before hosting Cote d’Ivoire four days later in Cape Coast.
Juventus have no plans to axe Pirlo before end of season
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Juventus have no plans to axe Pirlo before end of season

The Serie A club lost their title to Inter and are in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification Juventus have no plans to make a decision on coach Andrea Pirlo’s future before the end of the season. The former Italy international has presided over Juve’s worst season since 2011, as they have come up well short in their bid to win a 10th Serie A title in a row. Defeat to AC Milan on Sunday has cast doubt on their ability to secure a place in the top four, and with it Champions League qualification, but Pirlo’s position is safe for now.  
Rudiger reveals Tuchel’s words of inspiration & live updates from Stamford Bridge
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Rudiger reveals Tuchel’s words of inspiration & live updates from Stamford Bridge

Following Saturday's impressive 2-1 victory at champions-elect Manchester City, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed how manager Thomas Tuchel's half-time pep talk spurred the players on. "At half-time, we were still in the game and the coach highlighted that to us," Rudiger told Chelsea's official website. "He wanted us to go out and show spirit, which we did, and we all totally believed that we could turn things around. "They are a very strong team but they are also human, and there will be times when they make mistakes. When that happens, you have to be ready to punish them and we did that at the end with our winning goal and it was a great feeling for everyone to get this victory."
We haven’t got the best out of Willian’ – Arteta demands more from Arsenal midfielder after he breaks goal duck
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We haven’t got the best out of Willian’ – Arteta demands more from Arsenal midfielder after he breaks goal duck

The Spanish head coach was pleased to see the midfielder shine against West Brom, and has now challenged him to deliver on a more consistent basis Arteta has demanded more from Willian after he broke his Arsenal goal duck, while admitting the club "haven’t managed to get the best out of him". Willian has struggled since joining Arsenal on a free transfer last summer, having previously established himself in the Premier League at Chelsea. The 32-year-old hadn't scored in his first 36 games across all competitions for the Gunners, but finally opened his account in a 3-1 win over West Brom on Sunday - much to the relief of his manager
Roma coach Fonseca: Not fair for me to say who stays and who goes
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Roma coach Fonseca: Not fair for me to say who stays and who goes

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca believes injuries hit their campaign hard. Fonseca will be replaced by Jose Mourinho at the end of the season. “I will not be the coach next season, so it's not right for me to say what this team needs or does not need in future. I can only say that this season we missed important players during important periods of the campaign," said Fonseca in his press conference. “We had no particular injury problems until March, other than the long-term absentees Nicolò Zaniolo and Chris Smalling. In March we had so many games and the same players were used, so the injuries piled up. “It's not just us, it happened to other clubs in Europe too. Bayern Munich played PSG without seven first choice players. These are situations everyone saw more this year."
Lopetegui Names Right Manager to coach Real Madrid after Champions League exit
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Lopetegui Names Right Manager to coach Real Madrid after Champions League exit

  Sevilla manager, Julen Lopetegui, has said that Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to coach Real Madrid following their Champions League exit last Wednesday. Zidane suffered huge criticism from fans after Chelsea eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League, following Timo Werner and Mason Mount’s goals. However, Lopetegui, who replaced Zidane as Real Madrid head coach in 2018, believes there is no room for critics to doubt the Frenchman’s ability. “I don’t have much to say [about the criticisms of Zidane],” said Lopetegui in his pre-match press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Sevilla on Sunday. “Zidane’s work speaks for itself, there’s no room for doubting his ability. “He’s the ideal coach for where he is.”
Neymar Signs New PSG Deal Until 2025
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Neymar Signs New PSG Deal Until 2025

Neymar has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, committing to the Ligue 1 club until 2025. The 29-year-old previously stated in January that it was his preference to remain at the Parc des Princes, having been linked with a return to former club Barcelona last summer. Confirmation of a new contract also follows comments made by PSG sporting director Leonardo in March, where he revealed he was hopeful an extension could be reached. Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017, in a world-record £200m move. Speaking to the official club website, Neymar said: "I'm very happy to be extending my contract with Paris until 2025. titles, to try and achieve our biggest dream which is the Champions League. "So I'm happy to be staying at the club, to be a pa...
Suarez, Llorente Can Wreck Barcelona At Camp Nou
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Suarez, Llorente Can Wreck Barcelona At Camp Nou

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has expressed optimism that the duo of Luis Suarez and Marcos Llorente would give Barcelona a tough nightmare ahead of today’s La Liga clash at Camp Nou. With just two points separating both teams, Atletico, who are currently top of the league will be hoping to cause an upset against Barcelona. Interestingly, a win for Barcelona could also push them to the top of La Liga table as they currently sit third on the log. Speaking ahead of the game, Simeone in a press conference, stated that he’s banking on Suarez and Llorente to wreck Barcelona’s title dream. “Their season speaks for itself. They have been having a fantastic season, two extraordinary players, one with a lot of history, like Luis, claiming what was not expected of him, and Llor...
Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit
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Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit

The youngster reflects on taking to the pitch against Barcelona in La Liga last month Ghanaian and Getafe midfielder Abdulai Sabit reveals playing on the same pitch with Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was nothing but surreal. On his second-ever appearance in La Liga, Sabit was a 46th-minute substitute as his side succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against the Blaugrana last month. "Before the Barcelona match, I had the feeling that I was going to get maybe five to 10 minutes playing time but when the coach made the selection, he kept one or two best midfielders on the bench," Sabit told BBC Sport Africa.
Tuchel has no feelings of revenge for PSG sacking after reaching Champions League final with Chelsea
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Tuchel has no feelings of revenge for PSG sacking after reaching Champions League final with Chelsea

The German coach has reached the final just six months after being sacked by the Ligue 1 giants, while they have gone crashing out Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel does not want to gloat after reaching the Champions League final, while former side Paris Saint-Germain have crashed out of the competition. Tuchel has reached the final for the second time in a row, having guided PSG to the same stage last season before they lost out to Bayern Munich, but the German coach was sacked by the French giants in December and went on to take charge of the Blues. While Tuchel's new team progressed to the Champions League decider with a semi-final win against Real Madrid, PSG were knocked out by Manchester City at the same stage.
Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker
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Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker

  The former Tottenham star has faced plenty of challenges in Italy, but he is now thriving under Antonio Conte and is a Serie A title winner Christian Eriksen claims to be feeling "really happy" after coming through a testing start to his spell at Inter to now be a Serie A title winner under Antonio Conte. The Danish playmaker headed for the exits at Tottenham in January 2020 as a new challenge was sought after almost seven years in England. Adapting to new surroundings proved problematic, as the 29-year-old saw another move mooted, but Eriksen has played his way back into form and is now a champion in Italy after embracing the methods of a demanding coach.
Mourinho is a breath of fresh air’ – Florenzi happy with new Roma coach but unsure of future amid Inter links
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Mourinho is a breath of fresh air’ – Florenzi happy with new Roma coach but unsure of future amid Inter links

  The full back - on loan at PSG - is pleased with his parent club's new choice of manager, but does not know if he will play under him next season Alessandro Florenzi thinks Roma can win the Serie A title under new manager Jose Mourinho - but is not sure whether he will play under the coach next season. Mourinho was the surprise choice to succeed Paulo Fonseca at the Serie A club next season, and will have a decision to make over Florenzi, who has spent this season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain. The Italian full-back is pleased that Mourinho has moved to Rome, and feels that he will be a success, despite the Portuguese manager's most recent spell at Tottenham ending in his sacking with no trophies won.
Belgian Hugo Broos appointed as new Bafana Bafana coach
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Belgian Hugo Broos appointed as new Bafana Bafana coach

Belgian Hugo Broos has been appointed as the new coach of Bafana Bafana. The South African Football Association made the announcement on Wednesday. Broos replaces Molefi Ntseki, who was shown the door on 31 March, after the national team failed to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. The Belgian coach has signed a five-year contract. "I am very proud happy and very proud to be the new coach for South Africa," said Broos. "It has always been a country in which I wanted to work and today we are there and so we will do everything to qualify for the World Cup next year." He has coached Belgium's top sides, Club Brugge, Anderlecht and Genk. In 2017, he led Cameroon to the Africa Cup of Nations title.
From Chelsea superstar to Madrid misery: Will injury-hit Hazard ever be ‘f*cking amazing’ again?
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From Chelsea superstar to Madrid misery: Will injury-hit Hazard ever be ‘f*cking amazing’ again?

Forty yards from goal, kissing the touchline by the dug-outs, Eden Hazard conjured one of the passes of the season. The Real Madrid winger, almost on top of Osasuna coach Jagoba Arrasate, backheeled the ball powerfully towards goal, allowing Marco Asensio to race onto it and burst into the area. It was the clearest reminder yet that the Hazard story is not over.
Pienaar backs ‘people’s manager’ Benni McCarthy to be appointed Bafana Bafana coach
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Pienaar backs ‘people’s manager’ Benni McCarthy to be appointed Bafana Bafana coach

Former South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar believes Benni McCarthy has “seen it all” and will command the respect of players if appointed as Bafana Bafana coach. McCarthy’s name is being prominently mentioned as Molefi Ntseki's possible replacement as the national team coach. This follows the way the Bafana all-time top goal-scorer has impressed as AmaZulu coach since taking over the coaching reins at the KwaZulu-Natal club in December 2020.
UCL: PSG Coach, Pochettino names strong Squad to Face Man City at Etihad
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UCL: PSG Coach, Pochettino names strong Squad to Face Man City at Etihad

  Paris Saint-Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino, has named a strong squad to face Manchester City in UEFA Champions League, UCL, semi-final second-leg tie on Tuesday. Pochettino named a 25-man squad that includes the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria to lead the attack line for the visitors against Man City at Etihad, in a post via PSG’s official website on Monday. PSG had lost 1-0 against Pep Guardiola’s side in the first-leg encounter last Wednesday in Paris. Pochettino’s men head to the game following a 2-1 win against Lens in the French Ligue 1 encounter last Saturday, while Man City defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League. Below is PSG’s squad against Man City: Bakker Mitchel, Dagba Colin, Diallo Abdou, Di Maria Angel, Draxler Juli...
Gift Otuwe hits hat-trick and sees red as Bobruichanka crush Gomel
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Gift Otuwe hits hat-trick and sees red as Bobruichanka crush Gomel

The Nigerian put up an impressive display as their side claimed another massive win despite eventually being sent off Gift Otuwe scored a hat-trick for Bobruichanka before she was sent off as they humiliated Gomel 10-0 in Saturday's Belarusian Women's Football Championship encounter. The Nigeria international had joined the 11-time Belarusian champions from rivals Neman and made an impactful debut for her new side, scoring a brace in a 3-2 win over Vitebsk on April 18. Following her fine display so far, Otuwe was handed her third starting role by coach Viktoriya Sholokhova and she continued with her superb form in their biggest triumph at Gomel this week
Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger
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Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger,  has revealed that he rejected an opportunity to coach Real Madrid twice because he was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would replace Highbury during his time at Emirates. Wenger explained that he was proud of his decision to turn Real Madrid down because he showed commitment and loyalty. “When I was a kid, Real Madrid was my team,” Wenger told EFE. “I grew up watching [Alfredo] Di Stefano, [Ferenc] Puskas, [Raymond] Kopa, Santamaria, [Paco] Gento… They made an impression on me. “I liked Real Madrid, and with the passing of time, I ended up facing them.” “I almost went to Real Madrid on two occasions. Not many people can say that” he added. “But I was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would repla...
Carragher Makes Claim on Mourinho’s Return to Coach Premier League Club
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Carragher Makes Claim on Mourinho’s Return to Coach Premier League Club

Liverpool hero, Jamie Carragher, has claimed he does not see former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, returning to coach a club in the Premier League after he was sacked by Spurs last month. Carragher believes Mourinho’s ship has sailed on his Premier League management career. Mourinho had coached Premier League clubs, Chelsea (twice) and Manchester United in the past. “I do not see Mourinho back in the Premier League, I think that ship’s sailed now,” Carragher told Monday Night Football. “I struggle to think of any club – he has been at Spurs, so he is not going to Arsenal, he has been at United, so he is not going to City, Liverpool would not have him. “Would he go to a middle of the table club? I just do not see him there. I really don’t. It is either internat...
Gambia to play Kosovo and Comoros in pre-Afcon friendlies
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Gambia to play Kosovo and Comoros in pre-Afcon friendlies

The country has confirmed Tom Saintfiet’s men will take on the Les Coelacantes before facing the Dardanians for their warm-up games to Cameroon 2022 Gambia will play friendlies against Comoros and Kosovo as part of preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the Gambia Football Federation has confirmed. Afcon debutants Les Coelacantes will provide opposition in Antalya on June 5 before the Scorpions square up against the Dardanians six days later at the same venue. Prior to those games, coach Tom Saintfiet’s men will travel to Turkey for a training camp in May. According to the West African country, the upcoming fixtures will help the Belgian tactician to experiment with tactics ahead of the biennial tournament scheduled for Cameroon.
Pirlo unfazed by Juventus exit rumours afters speaking with club owners
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Pirlo unfazed by Juventus exit rumours afters speaking with club owners

The World Cup winner has faced some uncomfortable questions this season, but he remains fully committed to a demanding post in Turin Andrea Pirlo remains unfazed by the rumours suggesting that his days as Juventus manager may be numbered, with the Bianconeri boss holding talks with the club's owners. The World Cup winner has faced a baptism of fire in his first managerial role, with the 41-year-old finding out the hard way how tough life at the top in coaching circles can be. With Juve about to lose their grip on the Serie A title, while also bowing out early in the Champions League, questions have been asked of how long Pirlo will stick around in Turin.
Eze’s Versatility Is Awesome -Hodgson
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Eze’s Versatility Is Awesome -Hodgson

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has commended Ebere Ee for his versatility in the team. The England U21 international, who is still under the radar of the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to represent Nigeria, has dazzled fans with his skills, speed, and ability to carve out opportunities for his teammates. The 22-year-old has been outstanding since he moved to Selhurst Park on a five-year deal from Queens Park Rangers in August. He has a tally of three goals after 20 league appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side this season. However, Hodgson, during Friday’s press conference showered encomium on Eze for adapting into any position that has been saddled to him. “He’s a very talented ball player, a very good offensive midfielder. We’re trying to encourage him to be a good al...
Europa League: Samuel Chukwueze Talks Tough Ahead of Arsenal Semi-final
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Europa League: Samuel Chukwueze Talks Tough Ahead of Arsenal Semi-final

  Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, has made it clear they are not afraid of Arsenal, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg. The two sides will meet first in Spain, before the return leg at The Emirates next week. Speaking at an event for LiveScore, Chukwueze said: “When the time comes, it will be up to the manager and the tactics he chooses. “All I need to do is just enter the field using the skills I have practiced and give everything I have. “We are going to play our football as normal. We are not scared or anything, we are just going to play our football as a team.” When asked about Villareal manager, Unai Emery, Chukwueze added: “I enjoy playing under Unai Emery. He’s amazing, and so tactical in everything he does. “He can push you to ...
Inter Milan 95% sure of winning Serie A title – Conte
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Inter Milan 95% sure of winning Serie A title – Conte

  Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has said his team is 95 per cent assured of winning their first Serie A title since 2010. This follows a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday. Matteo Darmian came off the bench to grab all three points at San Siro. The result leaves the Nerazzurri 13 points clear of AC Milan and Juventus at the top of the table. Inter have 79 points from 33 games, with Milan and Juve on 66, although their city rivals have a game in hand. “I see 95 per cent of the Scudetto conquered. It has not been achieved yet. “But winning against a team that had nothing to lose and came to play openly brings us not three, not six, but nine points,” Conte told Sky Italia. An Inter triumph would end Juventus’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title,...
Revealed: Jose Mourinho has been paid a total of £93.5m for his sacking as Football manager
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Revealed: Jose Mourinho has been paid a total of £93.5m for his sacking as Football manager

Football manager/coach, Jose Mourinho has been paid a staggering £93.5 million for his sackings in football. Tottenham ruthlessly sacked Mourinho and his coaching staff on Monday morning, April 19, following a poor run of form in the Premier League . He lasted just 17 months with the 58-year-old in line to receive a whopping pay-out. UK media claim Mourinho will pocket £30 million after club chairman Daniel Levy decided to end his four-year contract with the club. It's now been revealed that so many other clubs paid Mourinho huge amounts after sacking him midway into his contracts. Mourinho has had four of his contracts terminated early since he first joined Chelsea - Chelsea in 2007, Real Madrid in 2013, Chelsea again in 2015, and Manch...
‘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...
UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid Boss Zidane Predicts Tough Semi-final Clash against Chelsea
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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid Boss Zidane Predicts Tough Semi-final Clash against Chelsea

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane says his side's Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea will be difficult. Madrid booked passage into the last four after holding Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield to qualify 3-1 on aggregate on Wednesday night, April 14. The Blues beat FC Porto despite losing the reverse tie on Tuesday. Zidane has said that he is looking forward to the clash with Chelsea. He told the media: ”We’ve got a number of LaLiga games to play before we face Chelsea, but it’s going to be a very tough tie.” On how his side were able to overcome Liverpool, Zidane disclosed that their togetherness made it possible. “We dug in and I think we deserve to go through. We showed real togetherness and I’m delighted for the boys. It was a really importan...
Real Sociedad Players Give Copa De Rey Trophy To Hospital Workers
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Real Sociedad Players Give Copa De Rey Trophy To Hospital Workers

Real Sociedad Players, and President gave their Copa Del Rey Trophy to hospital workers in San Sebastien, Spain. Real Sociedad Club president Jokin Aperribay, Coach Imanol Alguacil and the four captains of the squad were present at the Donostia de San Sebastian Hospital. They offered their Copa del Rey Trophy won, as recognition to health workers who have been fighting against the pandemic for over a year. Real Sociedad organized the emotional event in the best way possible as the health workers celebrated outside the hospital. Illarramendi and Oyarzabal were also at the hospital to present the trophy. A Real Sociedad player said to the health workers: “We want to thank you all working, for fighting in the front row against the pandemic." Watch Video; h...
AC Milan Will Do Everything To Sign Tomori Permanently
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AC Milan Will Do Everything To Sign Tomori Permanently

AC Milan coach Stefano, Pioli says he’s prepared to do everything in a bid to sign Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori on a permanent deal. Tomori is currently on loan from Chelsea and has been impressive for Milan since joining the team last summer. He was at his best mettle in the team’s 2-1 win over Parma on Saturday in Serie A where he played all 90 minutes. Reacting to his performance, Pioli heaped praises on the England star and insisted that he would do everything to trigger the clause in his contract in order to sign Tomori permanently. “He has made a wonderful impact and settled in so quickly, he has other characteristics of pace and of playing out from the back that can certainly improve us as a team. “He is a player who is certainly giving us a lot and the intenti...
Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool
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Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus. The 27-year-old French international was set to start the quarter-final first leg in Spain but will now be unavailable for Zinedine Zidane’s side after he returned a positive Coronavirus test on the morning of the match. The Spanish giants will be without both first-choice central defenders for the game tonight with Sergio Ramos already sidelined due to a calf injury he picked up on international duty with Spain. Real said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning.” Brazilian defender Eder Militao will ...
I Fear For Mourinho – Rio Ferdinand
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I Fear For Mourinho – Rio Ferdinand

  Manchester United and England legend, Rio Ferdinand has accused Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho of ‘creating a rift’ within his own team after the Portuguese took another swipe at his Spurs squad following their 2-2 draw with Newcastle at the weekend. Spurs were unable to beat Newcastle on Sunday, a result that would have seen them climb to fourth place after Chelsea were thrashed by West Brom earlier on Saturday. After the game against Newcastle, reporters reminded the Portuguese gaffer that his teams are usually good at defending leads and he responded: “Same coach, different players.” Ferdinand said that the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager may have done more harm than good with his usual attacks on his players, adding that he ‘fears’ for...
Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold
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Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold

  Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp, has tackled the national team coach, Gareth Southgate over his decision to leave defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England’s latest squad. Klopp said he, “doesn’t understand,” why the Liverpool star was dropped from the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland. Southgate’s decision suggested that the 22-year-old had fallen short of standard this season. The coach had already been criticised by former internationals such as Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Peter Crouch and Ian Wright for his reluctance to find a place for the Liverpool star. Alexander-Arnold is the current PFA Young Player of the Year and one of the stand-out full-backs in world football over the past three seasons. He played significan...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Don’t Force Women to Date you – Tuchel tells Werner
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Don’t Force Women to Date you – Tuchel tells Werner

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he told German striker Timo Werner, that as he cannot force a woman to go out on a dinner with him, so he should not force himself to start scoring goals. He said the goals will come at the right time, urging the player to take things easy with himself. Tuchel spoke to Werner following his shocking miss against North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. Werner missed a sitter and was highly criticised by both Chelsea and Germany supporters and even his national team coach Joachim Low. Germany suffered a shocking 2-1 loss in the hands of the lowly rated North Macedonia side But speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday, Tuchel said he has spoken to the player about ...
Thierry Henry gives conditions for next coaching job
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Thierry Henry gives conditions for next coaching job

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has said he is “available” only if the “right project” comes his way, after being asked about the vacant manager’s job at Celtic. Henry left Montreal Impact last month citing personal reasons. Celtic are looking for a new manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February. And when asked about the possibility of becoming Celtic boss, Henry admitted he is open to the prospect and praised Steven Gerrard for the work he has done at Rangers. “With all humility, whatever is going to come my way – I’m not saying that should come my way,” Henry said on the Robbie Fowler podcast. “Whatever is going to come my way I’m going to try to evaluate. I’m sure they’re going to work on what they’re going to work on. “I don’t know what’s happening the...
World Cup Qualifiers: I Feel Sorry for England coach, Southgate – Man City’s Phil Foden
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World Cup Qualifiers: I Feel Sorry for England coach, Southgate – Man City’s Phil Foden

  Manchester City midfielder, Phil Foden has said that he feels sorry for England senior national team coach, Gareth Southgate over the selection headache he may be facing. The 20-year-old who had his fourth cap for England after coming in as a substitute against San Marino on Thursday, is one of the numerous talents at Southgate’s disposal. Foden is also hoping to be a part of England squad for this summer’s European Championship having in mind that many injured players will return to the team. Foden who is enjoying a fine run of form with Manchester City, can, however, add to his international caps in England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Poland. The youngster concedes that there is competition for places in Southgate’s squad and he does not ...
Dating a born again Christian woman is the best. You cheat, she finds out, you pray together and blame the devil – Juliet Ibrahim
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Dating a born again Christian woman is the best. You cheat, she finds out, you pray together and blame the devil – Juliet Ibrahim

Actress Juliet Ibrahim has stated that dating a Christian woman is the best, because when she finds out that her partner is cheating, they pray together and blame the devil. The Ghanaian actress served the sarcastic comment in response to relationship coach, Derrick Jaxn confessing to cheating on his wife, Da'Naia Jackson in a video in which she was spotted sitting close and holding hands with him. In an Instagram post she shared, Juliet advised women to set boundaries and never allow themselves to be manipulated into domestic violence, miserable lifestyles, misery, depression, emotional abuse, mental slavery and maltreatment from narcissistic egoistic humans. She wrote; Apparently Dating a born again christian woman is the best, you cheat, she finds out, you pray together an...
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he is yet to decide which goalkeeper will start against Benin Republic, in their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday. There are three goalkeepers in the camp working under coach Alloy Agu. They are Maduka Okoye, John Noble and Francis Uzoho. Rohr has disclosed either Okoye or Uzoho will start against the Squirrels in Porto Novo. “Let us narrow it down to two goalkeepers in Uzoho and Okoye. “They are both doing well in training at the moment and we will decide on the eve of the game. “The best among them will be in goal,” Rohr told reporters. Okoye manned the posts, when Nigeria threw away a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 against Sierra Leone in Benin City last November. He then k...
AFCON: Mendy Denies Snubbing Senegal
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AFCON: Mendy Denies Snubbing Senegal

  Leicester City star, Nampalys Mendy, has denied claims he once snubbed the chance to play for Senegal. Mendy, who was born in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, played for the French U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams but remained eligible to represent Senegal at senior level. The midfielder was handed his first call-up to Senegalese national by coach Aliou Cisse for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and Eswatini. The 28-year-old told Galsenfoot that apart from the recent invitation by Cisse, no other Senegalese coach had ever invited him, adding that he never snubbed the Lions of Teranga. “No, never! I have never snubbed Senegal and I have never pushed Senegal away, either. I was never called,” said Mendy. “This is the first time that a coach from Senegal c...
World Cup qualification: Griezmann criticises teammate, questions Deschamps after France 1-1 with Ukraine
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World Cup qualification: Griezmann criticises teammate, questions Deschamps after France 1-1 with Ukraine

  France winger, Antoine Griezmann has criticised his teammates and questioned coach Didier Deschamps tactics after France were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Ukraine in the 2022 World Cup qualifying encounter on Wednesday. France’s head coach, Deschamps adopted a 4-4-2 formation rather than his usual 4-2-3-1, and the team found it difficult to adjust to the new tactics. Griezmann fired France in front, in the 19th minute with a curled effort, but France were punished in the second half, as Presnel Kimpembe’s own goal gave Ukraine a point. Speaking to TF1 after the match, the Barcelona forward, said, “We needed maybe more offensive players who are able to go one-v-one on the sidelines. “We will learn to play in a system like that and try to start winning again. W...
Manchester United star, Greenwood Withdraws From England Squad
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Manchester United star, Greenwood Withdraws From England Squad

  Manchester United youngster, Mason Greenwood, has withdrawn from the U21 team of England  for their European Championship group stages. The Manchester United star was initially included in the final 23-man list released by coach Aidy Boothroyd for the tournament. The tournament kicks off in Slovenia in a week’s time and the English FA has released an official statement confirming Greenwood has withdrawn through injury. He has also been replaced with Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell. “Todd Cantwell has been called into our England men’s under-21 squad for the UEFA U21 EURO Finals,” the statement on the FA’s official website reads. “The Norwich City player joins up to replace the injured Mason Greenwood in Aidy Boothroyd’s group,” the statement added....
Bayer Leverkusen Sack Coach Peter Bosz following poor run of Four Defeats in five Games
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Bayer Leverkusen Sack Coach Peter Bosz following poor run of Four Defeats in five Games

Bayer Leverkusen has sacked coach Peter Bosz after a poor run of results left them sixth in the Bundesliga. His departure comes after Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin, Leverkusen's fourth loss in their last five games in all competitions. Bayern Leverkusen have 40 points after 26 games, seven points behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt and the Champions League qualifying places. Hannes Wolf, who was in charge of Germany's Under-18 side, will replace Bosz, while former Leverkusen midfielder Peter Hermann has been appointed assistant coach. 'Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reacted to the negative trend of the past few weeks and released head coach Peter Bosz with immediate effect,' the club said in a statement. 'Given the developments on the pitch over recent weeks, we ha...
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Gerrard disagrees with Southgate decision to drop ‘world-class’ Alexander-Arnold

The England coach has overlooked the Liverpool right-back for upcoming World Cup qualifiers Steven Gerrard has said he was "surprised" by Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop “world-class” Trent Alexander-Arnold from the England squad. The right-back’s form has been some way below the level he produced in the previous couple of seasons, and Southgate elected to overlook the Liverpool man for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino, Albania and Poland. Rangers boss Gerrard has said he would be happy to speak to the 22-year-old to offer some advice, as he feels Alexander-Arnold is the best English right-back in the country.
Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours
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Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours

The Dutch head coach responded to the Blaugrana's links with the Borussia Dortmund star ahead of a meeting with Real Sociedad Ronald Koeman has addressed the ongoing rumours of a potential transfer to Barcelona for Erling Haaland. Barca are one of several top European clubs being linked with a summer swoop for Haaland, who has been in prolific form for Borussia Dortmund this season. Koeman was asked to weigh in on the speculation ahead of his side's Liga clash with Real Sociedad this weekend, but gave nothing away with regards to the possibility of the Norwegian moving to Camp Nou in the near future.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Simeone announces squad for Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Simeone announces squad for Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

Atlético Madrid’s squad to face Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge has been confirmed. Atlético Madrid coach, Diego Simeone, has named a 23-man squad that has the likes of Luis Suarez, Joao Felix and Dembele in the attack line to face Chelsea. Simeone announced the squad in a post via Atlético Madrid’s official website. Atlético Madrid head to the game after losing 1-0 against Thomas Tuchel’s men in the first leg last month in Bucharest, Romania. Atlético Madrid’s squad against Chelsea: Grbic, Oblak, San Roman, J.M Gimenez, Renan Lodi, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Tripper, Vrsaljko, Kondogbia, Torreira, Koke, Saul, Lemar, Marcos Ilorente, Hector Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco, Joao Felix, Suarez, Correa and Dembele. The ...
Ibrahimovic Ends five-year international retirement
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Ibrahimovic Ends five-year international retirement

  Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of his five-year international retirement and will play for Sweden again this month. The 39-year-old who is his country’s record goalscorer, has been named in his latest squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo. Ibrahimovic netted 62 times in 116 matches for Sweden before retiring after their group stage exit at Euro 2016. The AC Milan striker had offered hints of coming out of retirement recently, as a meeting with coach Janne Andersson suggested he was willing to return. Andersson said: “When Zlatan opened up for games in the national team, it felt natural and important to meet and discuss this as soon as possible. “I am glad that we managed to get a meeting so quickly.”
Ex footballer, Finidi George faults coach Gernot Rohr over AFCON qualifiers squad
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Ex footballer, Finidi George faults coach Gernot Rohr over AFCON qualifiers squad

Former Super Eagles player, George Finidi, has faulted coach Gernot Rohr's squad list for Nigeria’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. On Tuesday, March 9, the German coach released a 24-man list that included Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, who has been without a club since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr last October. Genk striker Paul Onuachu, who has scored just once in seven appearances, has failed to replicate his club form for the national team. For his club, he has scored 26 goals with three assists in 30 games across all competitions. Speaking with Punch, George Finidi admitted that Musa is a quality player who has done a lot for the country but should not be on the list on the basis of form or fitness. The 49-year-old f...
Solskjaer Reacts as Man Utd Announce new Appointments
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Solskjaer Reacts as Man Utd Announce new Appointments

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has hailed the appointment of Darren Fletcher as the club’s new technical director, saying: “His DNA is what we want”. The Red Devils confirmed a shake-up of their top hierarchy on Wednesday. Head of football development, John Murtough, has been promoted to football director and first-team coach Fletcher will work alongside him. Transfer chief, Matt Judge, has formally been named as director of football negotiations. Speaking about Fletcher ahead of United’s Europa League Last-16 tie against AC Milan on Thursday, Solskjaer – who played alongside the Scot for four years at Old Trafford – said: “A few months back when we were making the final decision, there were a few other things for Darren. We moved [former coach] Mark Demps...
AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr
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AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that Ahmed Musa is not in the 23-man squad he called up to prosecute the qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho later this month. He said that the clubless Musa was not invited as a player but as the captain of the team, adding that the former Leicester City forward will not play. After terminating his contract with Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr, Musa has been without a club. Musa was a surprise inclusion in Gernot Rohr’s 24-man provisional team list released yesterday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr told Leadership Sports that the former CSKA Moscow striker would play no part in the last two group games. “He is not in the list of 23-man but he is invited like a captain, not like a player of the lis...

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