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Ligue 1: Fans clash, invade pitch as Lens beat Lille in derby
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Ligue 1: Fans clash, invade pitch as Lens beat Lille in derby

Lens defeated reigning French champions Lille 1-0 on Saturday in a northern derby overshadowed by a pitch invasion that delayed the start of the second half by 30 minutes. Dozens of Lens supporters stormed the Stade Bollaert-Delelis pitch at half-time to confront the visiting Lille fans nestled away in a corner of the ground after tensions flared with other spectators. Riot police intervened to separate the factions of opposing supporters as both sets of fans hurled seats at each other over a partition wall. The trouble comes the week after Nice were docked a point following the ugly incidents that led to their August 22 home match with Marseille to be abandoned. That game will be replayed at a neutral venue on October 27. Nice were also ordered to play three matches behind c...
Finidi George: Enyimba hire former Nigeria international
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Finidi George: Enyimba hire former Nigeria international

  The 50-year-old has been named as the new Peoples' Elephant handler after they parted ways with coach Fatai Osho Ajax legend Finidi George has been named as the new coach of two-time African champions Enyimba. The former Nigeria international was announced as the Peoples’ Elephant's new handler on Wednesday afternoon in an event held at the Enyimba International Stadium. The club had parted ways with coach Fatai Osho following his failure to win the Nigeria Professional Football League diadem.      
Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again
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Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far the Catalan club has fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at Camp Nou. Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were outplayed by Bayern, who might have scored more but in the end settled for three thanks to Thomas Mueller’s deflected opener and Lewandowski’s double. When Lewandowski made it two before the hour, the possibility of another humiliation in the mould of last year’s 8-2 defeat by the same opponents in Lisbon felt very real. Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an even louder message about the gulf in class by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca’s fans expressed their anger, dismay and final...
Serie A: I was afraid of losing my 1,000th game – Mourinho admits as Roma go top
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Serie A: I was afraid of losing my 1,000th game – Mourinho admits as Roma go top

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has admitted he was scared of losing his 1,000th career game as a coach. The 58-year-old saw his side beat Sassuolo 2-1 on Sunday, thanks to Stephan El Shaarawy’s late goal. The win took Mourinho’s career tally to 638 victories. The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has drawn 205 and lost 157 of his 1,000 games as a manager. “I told everyone lies! I had been saying to the team for days that this 1,000th game was not important to me… but I had an incredible fear of losing! “Luckily we won and I was running like a child today because I was feeling 12 years old, not 58,” he said after the game. Roma are now top of Serie A, having won their first three fixtures.
Blocking Hudson-Odoi’s deadline-day Dortmund transfer was ‘very easy decision’, says Chelsea boss Tuchel
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Blocking Hudson-Odoi’s deadline-day Dortmund transfer was ‘very easy decision’, says Chelsea boss Tuchel

  The German coach has challenged the 20-year-old to earn his place in the Blues' starting XI after being forced to remain at Stamford Bridge Thomas Tuchel says it was "simply impossible" for Chelsea to allow Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave in the final day of the transfer window. The Premier League side blocked the 20-year-old winger from making a move to Borussia Dortmund at the end of August. Hudson-Odoi was left on the bench for the Blues' first three matches of the season, but was called on to start in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.      
Life would be easier if we all had a bit of Koulibaly’ – Napoli coach Spalletti
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Life would be easier if we all had a bit of Koulibaly’ – Napoli coach Spalletti

The Italian coach is pleased with the work ethic displayed by the Senegal captain after his international duty Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has hailed Kalidou Koulibaly for reporting to training immediately after he landed in Italy from his international assignment with Senegal. The 30-year-old captained the Teranga Lions to back-to-back victories as they kicked off their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Togo and Congo. After Senegal’s trip to Brazzaville on Tuesday, Koulibaly was said to have changed his itinerary in order to be available for Napoli's Serie A encounter against Juventus on Saturday.
Former Nigeria coach Oliseh says four-year cycle makes World Cup ‘exceptional’
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Former Nigeria coach Oliseh says four-year cycle makes World Cup ‘exceptional’

Dialogues are currently ongoing about organisation of the global football showpiece after the Fifa Congress in May Former Nigeria midfielder and coach Sunday Oliseh believes the current four-year cycle of the Fifa World Cup makes it an 'exceptional' competition for players. Fifa are currently studying the impact of switching the men’s World Cup and the women’s World Cup to biennial competitions after 166 national federations voted in its favour during their last congress in May. Oliseh who played for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 editions of the global showpiece, dislcosed four-year cycle makes the World Cup memorable and he also suggested why African countries want the tournament to be organised every two years.
Barcelona boss Koeman responds to Pjanic claims, saying: We have players better than him
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Barcelona boss Koeman responds to Pjanic claims, saying: We have players better than him

  The Blaugrana have loaned out the midfielder on a season-long deal to Besiktas, and now his coach has explained why Ronald Koeman has hit back at Miralem Pjanic's claims that he disrespected the Bosnia & Herzegovina international at Barcelona, stating that the club had "other players better than him". The Blaugrana have loaned out the midfielder on a season-long deal to Besiktas, just one year after he made a major move to Camp Nou from Juventus. Pjanic hit out at his treatment by Koeman earlier this month, indicating that the Dutchman restricted his opportunities - and now the former Netherlands boss has responded in kind.      
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He’ll be back in the team’ – USMNT boss Berhalter not ruling out McKennie return after suspension

The coach says he expects the midfielder to remain part of the team's plans despite his issues this week U.S. men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter explained the decision to send Weston McKennie home ahead of the group's trip to Honduras while clarifying that the midfielder does have a future with the program despite his recent incident. McKennie was dismissed for a "violation of team policy" related to an incident involving Covid protocol, with ESPN reporting that McKennie spent a night outside of the USMNT's bubble before inviting a guest into the bubble on a separate occasion. The Juventus midfielder missed the USMNT's 1-1 draw with Canada and will be out for Wednesday's visit to Honduras, but Berhalter says to expect McKennie back with the team at some point.
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Joe Dodoo: Doncaster Rovers sign Wigan Athletic forward

The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal to link up with his former coach Richie Wellens Ghana prospect Joe Dodoo has sealed a transfer from Wigan Athletic to League One side Doncaster Rovers. Dodoo is eligible to represent England or Ghana internationally. In March 2013, Dodoo was called up to the England U18 team and played in a match against Belgium. On May 20, 2016, he was called up to the Ghana squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius, but since he required Fifa to approve his change of nationality, he was unable to play, but trained with the squad.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Egypt sack coach El Badry after Gabon draw
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Egypt sack coach El Badry after Gabon draw

A last-gasp effort from Mostafa Mohamed rescued a point for the Pharoahs who struggled to dominate Sunday's game in Franceville The Egyptian Football Association has sacked national team head coach Hossam El Badry after their 1-1 draw with Gabon in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying match on Sunday. His dismissal was announced a day after the Pharaohs struggled to grab a point in Franceville, thanks to Mostafa Mohamed’s 90th-minute strike that cancelled out Jim Allevinah’s opener for Gabon. Despite the dropped points, Egypt remain at the top of Group F with four points after two matches, pending the outcome of Angola and Libya's encounter on Tuesday.
Former USWNT head coach and World Cup winner Jill Ellis named in new FIFA role
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Former USWNT head coach and World Cup winner Jill Ellis named in new FIFA role

She will lead a group tasked with developing the women's game and improving the match calendar, amid rumours of a biennial World Cup. Former U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis has been appointed by FIFA to lead a new technical advisory group on the future of women's football, it has been announced. The 54-year-old won back-to-back Women's World Cup titles as the head coach of the USWNT in 2015 and 2019 before stepping down following the latter triumph. In addition to her FIFA position, she will continue working in San Diego with the city's NWSL expansion side, which will enter the top league in the United States at the beginning of 2022. Ellis and the FIFA technical advisory group she's leading will set out to "examine and explore ways to improve the current match calend...
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Barcelona star Dest forced out with ankle injury in first half of USMNT’s clash with Canada

The Turkey-based striker did not make his Lone Star debut against the Super Eagles having left the camp a few hours before kick-off Coach Peter Butler has disclosed why Mohammed Kamara left the Liberia camp before Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria. Thanks to his impressive displays at Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor, the 23-year-old earned his maiden Lone Star call-up for the fixtures against the Super Eagles and the Central African Republic. However, the striker absconded from the team’s base in Victoria Island and subsequently did not play any role in his team’s 2-0 defeat to the Super Eagles at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Giving an account of why Kamara left without permission, the Englishman claimed the player must have been upset by his decision to exclude him ...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana coach Akonnor unshaken by big absentees against South Africa
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana coach Akonnor unshaken by big absentees against South Africa

The Black Stars boss looks ahead to Monday’s showdown with Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium Ghana coach CK Akonnor is unfazed by the loss of several key players, including Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, ahead of their clash with South Africa in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Monday. The Black Stars are set to play as guests to Bafana Bafana in a matchday two fixture at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium. In unarguably what looks like their toughest game on paper, Ghana will be without seven players who featured in Friday’s 1-0 home victory over Ethiopia on matchday one, as well as the duo of Partey and Ajax ace Mohammed Kudus, who both failed to join the camp entirely.
Conte breaks silence on agreeing deal with Arsenal to replace Arteta
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Conte breaks silence on agreeing deal with Arsenal to replace Arteta

Antonio Conte’s agent, Federico Pastorello has insisted the coach has not agreed a pre-deal with Arsenal. There have been speculations that Conte is in line to replace Mikel Arteta at the Emirates. Arteta is under serious pressure in North London, having failed to win a single game this season in the Premier League. The Gunners have also not recorded any goal in their defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City. Although Conte is out of work having left Inter Milan, he is not close to returning to the dugout. Transfer specialist, Fabrizio Romano, tweeted: “There’s absolutely NO pre agreement between Antonio Conte and Arsenal. Conte has no verbal/pre agreement with any club and he’s free. “Federico Pastorello – agent close to Conte since years – confi...
Ex-Nigeria international, Finidi George appointed as new coach of Enyimba
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Ex-Nigeria international, Finidi George appointed as new coach of Enyimba

Two-time CAF Champions League winner Enyimba FC of Aba have reportedly appointed ex-Nigerian international George Finidi as the team’s Technical Adviser. The 50-year-old will replace coach Fatai Osho who led the Aba Elephants to a second-place finish in the recently concluded 2020-21 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League. Finidi was a key member of the Ajax team that won three Eredivisie titles, the 1995 UEFA Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup. He was capped 62 times by Nigeria’s Super Eagles from 1991 to 2002, winning the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia with the Super Eagles. Finidi retired from active football in 2004 and has since pursued his dreams of being a coach by acquiring a UEFA B license.
James Rodriguez sent ‘500%’ warning by Colombia coach as he faces uncertain Everton future
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James Rodriguez sent ‘500%’ warning by Colombia coach as he faces uncertain Everton future

he South American playmaker has been overlooked by club and country of late, with two managers needing to be convinced of his worth James Rodriguez is currently out of favour with club and country, with the Everton playmaker being warned by Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda that he is going to need to reach "500%" in order to be drafted back into his plans. That could be a struggle for the South American as he remains on the fringes of Rafa Benitez's plans at Goodison Park, with no competitive minutes taken in for the Toffees this season. Niggling knocks have been frustrating James, leading to him being left out by Colombia, and Rueda - who saw a war of words sparked when the 30-year-old was removed from Copa America plans over the summer - says "100% is not enough" to earn favour aga...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana coach Akonnor assesses team readiness for Ethiopia showdown
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana coach Akonnor assesses team readiness for Ethiopia showdown

The Black Stars boss previews the first game in their quest to play in Qatar next year Ghana coach CK Akonnor believes his team are adequately drilled to beat Ethiopia in their 2022 World Cup qualifying opener on Friday. The Black Stars take on the Walias in a Group G fixture in Cape Coast, three days ahead of a big away encounter with South Africa. “We’ve had a couple of days to prepare. We don’t have much time. We are aware of the opponents, and before we got here, the players were aware of what to do,” Akonnor said at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.        
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Osimhen, Iheanacho prepare to lead Super Eagles attack in match against Liberia
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Osimhen, Iheanacho prepare to lead Super Eagles attack in match against Liberia

Nigeria's top strikers, Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho are set to lead the Super Eagles attack in Friday’s September 3, 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash against the Lone Star of Liberia. According to reports emerging from the Super Eagles camp, Osimhen and Iheanacho have impressed coach Gernot Rohr in their training camp and will start against Liberia in Lagos. Paul Onuachu and Terem Moffi, the two other strikers in the team will reportedly come off the bench if the need arises. Nigeria will play the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in a matchday two fixture next week Tuesday at the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena , Mindelo.
England Players to take a knee before Hungary Clash
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England Players to take a knee before Hungary Clash

England will take a knee before playing Hungary, whose coach Marco Rossi vowed to stand by any action taken by players if they are subjected to any racism in Budapest on Thursday. The squad have discussed the issue in the build-up to the game, and were made aware of the fact that the Republic of Ireland players were loudly booed in June when they took a knee before their friendly with Hungary in the nearby Szusza Ferenc Stadion. Hungary have been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition matches behind closed doors - with one of those games suspended for two years - following racist abuse from supporters and homophobic banners in the stands during their Euro 2020 group stage matches in Budapest. A homophobic banner was seen in the stands during Hungary's defeat t...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Mulee’s ‘burning desire is to take Kenya to Qatar’
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Mulee’s ‘burning desire is to take Kenya to Qatar’

The 53-year-old tactician maintains his main focus is to make sure the Harambee Stars play in the final to be held in the Gulf Harambee Stars coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has reiterated his stance his main desire is to make sure Kenya qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup to be held in Qatar. When the 53-year-old tactician took the mantle of handling the team from fired Francis Kimanzi on October 21, 2020, he categorically stated that his main task is to help the country to reach their first-ever World Cup. And on Wednesday, after taking the team through their last training session ahead of their first group match, Mulee maintained nothing has changed from what he said during his unveiling, maintaining his burning desire is to see Kenya in Qatar in 2022.
Barcelona snap up Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong
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Barcelona snap up Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong

  Barcelona have snapped up Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong. De Jong will join Barcelona. The Catalan club have reached an agreement to sign the Dutch striker on loan from Sevilla. Barça will pay little or no fee for the loan, but will pay his full salary. The move should be made official in the coming hours. De Jong was first offered to Barça 10 days ago. Coach Ronald Koeman knows him well from the Dutch national team and was keen, but the club looked for other offers. Sevilla gave the green light to the loan after signing Spain striker Rafa Mir from Wolves. As De Jong arrives, Antoine Griezmann leaves. He is joining Atletico Madrid on loan for a €10m fee, with the deal to be made permanent for €40m next summer.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic

The Serbian tactician explains why he feels Harambee Stars will start as favourites when they take on the Cranes on Thursday Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes Kenya will start as favourites when the neighbours kick off their campaign to Qatar in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a fixture at Nyayo Stadium on Thursday. The East African rivals are pooled together in Group E of the qualifiers alongside West African giants Mali and Rwanda with the top team set to qualify for the third qualifying round. The Serbian tactician, who returned to handle the Cranes on July 27, after parting ways with Zambia, believes Harambee Stars have the advantage owing to the fact they had played their FKF Premier League campaign to a conclusion unlike in Uganda where their league was c...
Paralympics: I can’t eat, says Elated Gold Medallist Tijani
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Paralympics: I can’t eat, says Elated Gold Medallist Tijani

Nigeria’s para-powerlifter, Latifat Tijani, says she is so happy after winning the country’s first gold medal at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games that she’s been unable to eat. Tijani won the gold medal in the women’s -45kg para-powerlifting event after lifting 107kg to defeat China’s Zhe Cui. After her heroic feat in Tokyo, the athlete from Ogun State, a silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, spoke on how she had to challenge herself to become the country’s first medallist at the Games. “At the moment I cannot eat and I’m not sure I want to eat until tomorrow (today) because I feel so happy,” Tijani stated after her gold-winning feat. She added, “I feel so good and I also tried not to allow the earlier disappointment of my teammates to affect me. All of m...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 30-man squad for Liberia and Cape Verde
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 30-man squad for Liberia and Cape Verde

The Super Eagles are set to commence their quest for a place in the 2022 World Cup next month   Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has invited 30 players for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification games against Liberia and Cape Verde in September. The Super Eagles will begin their Group C challenge against West African rivals Liberia on September 3 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium before travelling to Cape Verde, four days later. Rohr picked a strong team for the two matches which include seven players that would replace UK-based stars if the British government does not grant them an exemption for the trip to Cape Verde (a red-listed country in their coronavirus watch). Full Squad. Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)...
Berhalter: Too early to tell if Pulisic will be available for USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers
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Berhalter: Too early to tell if Pulisic will be available for USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers

The American head coach said the Chelsea star will undergo several tests before his status is determined U.S. men's national team head coach Gregg Berhalter says that the team is taking a "wait and see" approach to Christian Pulisic's availability as the Chelsea star continues to recover from a positive Covid-19 test. Pulisic tested positive for the coronavirus last week, ruling him out for Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend. But, ahead of World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras, Pulisic has been named to Berhalter's squad even though his availability is still a question mark.  
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Mokwena reveals ‘emotional discussion’ with Tau over Al Ahly move
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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Mokwena reveals ‘emotional discussion’ with Tau over Al Ahly move

The ex-Brighton & Hove Albion player sought the opinion of his former Masandawana coach before making up his mind Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena has revealed Bafana Bafana attacker Percy Tau consulted him first before the player decided to join Al Ahly. Mokwena says he had an “emotional” two-hour conversation with Tau who was unveiled as Al Ahly's new player on Thursday. The Bafana star left Premier League side Brighton to join the reigning African champions coached by former Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane.  
Fernando Gago: Ex-Real Madrid midfielder now in the frame for Boca Juniors coaching job
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Fernando Gago: Ex-Real Madrid midfielder now in the frame for Boca Juniors coaching job

Thursday's clash with Boca's arch-rivals River Plate will give the Aldosivi coach the perfect chance to show he can step up to a bigger club Of all the rivals he faced in his career, Fernando Gago tended to suffer his worst misfortunes when lining up against Marcelo Gallardo's River Plate. The wonderfully elegant midfielder, who could have gone on to be one of the world's best in his position had it not been for his chronic injury problems, suffered no fewer than three serious Achilles heel ruptures in Superclasicos while playing for River's arch-rivals Boca Juniors, in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Those setbacks, added to two separate cruciate ligament tears, all in the space of five years, ultimately forced Gago to hang up his boots at the end of last year at the relatively young age of...
Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao
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Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao

The Germany-born centre-back is yet to play for the Indomitable Lions since his last outing in 2015 Cameroon coach Antonio Conceicao has explained Liverpool defender Joel Matip is not interested to revive his international career. After playing for the Central African nation at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and two Fifa World Cup tournaments (2010 and 2014), the 30-year-old turned down subsequent invitations to join the national team. Matip first played for the Indomitable Lions in a friendly match against Italy in March 2010, and he scored their only goal at the 2014 World Cup which was in a 4-1 loss to the host country, Brazil.
Bissouma vs Etebo: Midfield clash shows coaches’ different styles
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Bissouma vs Etebo: Midfield clash shows coaches’ different styles

The Mali star dominated the encounter at the Amex, while the Nigerian was handicapped by his head coach’s passive approach The uniqueness of the sport is somewhat typified by the analogous game plans and trends throughout 90 minutes. At times, you spot the tactical developments in the opening minutes while some matches take longer to get going for varying reasons. Brighton & Hove Albion's 2-0 success over Watford in gameweek two of the Premier League falls into the former category, without a shadow of a doubt.
Bale back in Wales squad to end international retirement talk
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Bale back in Wales squad to end international retirement talk

The Real Madrid star had dropped hints that he could rule himself out of contention for selection, but he remains very much part of the fold Gareth Bale, who is enjoying a fresh start back at Real Madrid this season, has been included in the latest Wales squad to bring any talk of international retirement to a close. The 32-year-old hinted ahead of Euro 2020 duty that he could be writing the final chapters in a career with his country that has delivered 96 caps. He has, however, "got the bug back" and national team coach Rob Page expects a talismanic figure to remain part of his plans through to the 2022 World Cup.  
“Why we introduced cricket sport in Taraba” – NCF Coach, Ohurogu
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“Why we introduced cricket sport in Taraba” – NCF Coach, Ohurogu

Obinna Ohurogu, the coach of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has finally broken his silence on why the federation introduced the sport in Taraba State. Speaking at the state sports council, Ohurogu said the introduction had become necessary in order to engage pupils and students of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions on the game. Stressing the association’s readiness to take the game to greater height, plans to engage games masters of various schools, according to him, have as well been mapped out. While admonishing parents and guardians to collaborate with the state sports council and the cricket federation by encouraging their children and wards to embrace the sport, the leadership of the federation as stated by him, will leave no stone unturned in ...
Depay opens up on Man Utd nightmare that left Pogba & Ibrahimovic puzzled
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Depay opens up on Man Utd nightmare that left Pogba & Ibrahimovic puzzled

  The Dutch forward endured a tough time at Old Trafford, with confused team-mates asking why Jose Mourinho froze him out Memphis Depay is back in the big time at Barcelona, having left Lyon as a free agent this summer to head for Camp Nou, and the Dutch forward is looking to prove himself at the highest level following a forgettable stint at Manchester United between 2015 and 2017. The Netherlands international was taken to Old Trafford by fellow countryman Louis van Gaal in a £25 million ($34m) deal, but struggled to unlock his full potential in England and eventually headed to France after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho. His snubbing by a Portuguese coach left many team-mates confused, including Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a confident character left with ...
Mendy: Tuchel has built family bond among Chelsea players
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Mendy: Tuchel has built family bond among Chelsea players

The Senegal goalkeeper talks up the friendly atmosphere in the Blues camp Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has lauded manager Thomas Tuchel for building family spirit among the players. The Stamford Bridge outfit conquered Europe after Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January by winning the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Super Cup. Mendy credited their collective spirit for the recent success and he praised their German coach for his leadership role.
Pochettino pressed on Messi debut & Mbappe future ahead of PSG’s meeting with Brest
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Pochettino pressed on Messi debut & Mbappe future ahead of PSG’s meeting with Brest

The iconic Argentine forward is in line to make his first appearance for his new club, potentially alongside a World Cup winner Mauricio Pochettino is giving little away when it comes to his plans for Lionel Messi, with the Argentine in line to make his Paris Saint-Germain against Brest, but the coach is confident that Kylian Mbappe will remain part of his plans this season. The Ligue 1 heavyweights now boast an enviable array of attacking talent on their books, with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi being slotted into a star-studded squad alongside the likes of Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi. It could be that Messi, who was snapped up as a free agent once no contract was signed at Barcelona, opens a new chapter in his career on Saturday, with another positive week of train...
‘There is always a surprise’ – Algeria’s Belmadi wary of Sierra Leone & Equatorial Guinea threats
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‘There is always a surprise’ – Algeria’s Belmadi wary of Sierra Leone & Equatorial Guinea threats

Despite tipping his team and the Elephants to progress, the tactician is not oblivious of the challenge from the Leone Stars and Nzalang Nacional Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi is not coy over the likely threat posed by Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. According to the draw conducted by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday, the Desert Foxes must negotiate their way past Cote d’Ivoire, the Nzalang Nacional and the Leone Stars in Group E when the biennial African showpiece gets underway in Cameroon. Weighing in on the chances of the reigning African kings, the 45-year-old tactician tipped his team and the Elephants to make it through to Round of 16.
Gomez claims he left Atalanta after Gasperini tried to ‘physically attack’ him
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Gomez claims he left Atalanta after Gasperini tried to ‘physically attack’ him

The Argentine left Serie A for Sevilla last January but has only now revealed his exit motivation Alejandro 'Papu' Gomez claims he left Atalanta in January because head coach Gian Piero Gasperini tried to "physically attack" him in the dressing room at half-time of a Champions League match against Midtjylland. The allegation, which had not been made previously, helps explain why the Argentine forward abruptly exited an organisation he captained and had come to openly love. Gomez said he asked club president Antonio Percassi for a transfer when Gasperini refused to apologise to him, but he claimed Percassi would not allow him to join any other Serie A clubs despite his desire to remain in Italy.  
Wolfsburg thrown out of German Cup Over subs mix-up
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Wolfsburg thrown out of German Cup Over subs mix-up

Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have been thrown out of the German Cup after their new coach Mark van Bommel made one more substitution than the rules allow during their first-round win. The mistake happened when Wolfsburg’s cup tie at fourth-tier minnows Preussen Muenster on August 8 went to extra-time, during which Van Bommel made a sixth substitution. Competition rules allow only five changes. It was an embarrassing mistake for the ex-Bayern Munich midfielder during his first competitive game in charge of the Wolves, who have qualified for the Champions League. Wolfsburg won 3-1 at Muenster after extra time, but the hosts appealed to the German Football Association (DFB) when they realised the visitors’ mistake. As a result, Munster’s name will go into the draw on August 2...
Ronaldo’s Self-esteem ‘hurt’ by Messi’s move to PSG
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Ronaldo’s Self-esteem ‘hurt’ by Messi’s move to PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus as his self-esteem has been “hurt” by Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain. La Reppublica reports that the 36-year-old is “terrified” of another season in Italy. Ronaldo has already been offered to Manchester City for just £25 million by his agent, Jorge Mendes. Messi completed a shock-free transfer move to PSG last week after he was not allowed to stay at Barcelona due to financial problems at the club. His move to PSG is said to have destroyed Ronaldo’s self-esteem and the Portugal captain is ready to join Real Madrid or Manchester City. The report claims Ronaldo is refusing to speak his Juventus teammates or coach Massimiliano Allegri and is keen to change cities. He has one year left on his current deal w...
Get Kane done! Man City show why Guardiola desperately needs Tottenham’s striker
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Get Kane done! Man City show why Guardiola desperately needs Tottenham’s striker

The reigning champions lost 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their opening game and look short of a goalscoring threat Pep Guardiola paced his technical area frantically as his Manchester City side desperately pushed for an equaliser against Tottenham. But you don't have to be the most innovative coach in world football to see what was wrong with his side. City need a goalscorer and the answer to his problems was sitting high in the stands of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with his future still in London rather than with the champions.
Vieira: Crystal Palace fortunate to have Zaha in the squad
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Vieira: Crystal Palace fortunate to have Zaha in the squad

The former Arsenal captain is happy to have the Ivorian winger in his squad ahead of the new season Crystal Palace coach Patrick Vieira has explained his happiness at having winger Wilfried Zaha in his squad for the new campaign. The Ivory Coast player has always been the subject of transfer speculation in the last three windows with Arsenal and Everton having been linked for his services but it never materialized. Ahead of Palace’s Premier League opener against Chelsea, the former Arsenal midfielder has explained the importance of having Zaha in his squad.
Chelsea coach, Tuchel gives Romelu Lukaku ‘new name’
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Chelsea coach, Tuchel gives Romelu Lukaku ‘new name’

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has given Romelu Lukaku a new name ahead of his side’s UEFA Super Cup final tie with Villarreal on Wednesday night. Tuchel branded Lukaku as a ‘real number nine’, adding that the Belgium international loves to score goals. DAILY POST reports that Lukaku, 28, has flown to London to complete his £97.5million move to Chelsea from Serie A champions, Inter Milan, after undergoing the first part of his medical in Italy on Monday. Asked about Lukaku’s looming arrival, Tuchel told Sky Sports: “Romelu [Lukaku] is one of the guys like [Erling] Haaland at Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski at Bayern [Munich], Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a real number nine who loves to score and who has a presence in the box. That is not a secret. “The sentence [Tuchel des...
Radhi Jaidi: Esperance unveil former Southampton star as manager
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Radhi Jaidi: Esperance unveil former Southampton star as manager

The Tunisian football great has been appointed as handler of the Stade Olympique de Rades giants Esperance have announced the appointment of former Southampton and Bolton Wanderers star Radhi Jaidhi as their new coach. The Blood and Gold had parted ways with coach Mouine Chaabani after his team crumbled 4-0 on aggregate to Al Ahly in the semi-final of the 2020-21 Caf Champions League. In their attempt to bounce back, the Ligue Professionnelle 1 side turned to their former player who was assistant manager of Belgium elite division side Cercle Brugge.
Tau is like Messi, he must come to Al Ahly and show he is king of the jungle – Mosimane
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Tau is like Messi, he must come to Al Ahly and show he is king of the jungle – Mosimane

The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns tactician has ramped up the pressure to secure the signature of his former player Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has likened Brighton & Hove Albion attacker Percy Tau to Lionel Messi, saying the Bafana Bafana star’s interest would be best served if he joins the Cairo giants. Recent reports have strongly linked Tau with a move to the African Champions where he would be reunited with his former Mamelodi Sundowns coach. Rumours that he is on his way to Cairo flared up at the weekend when he missed Brighton’s friendly match against Getafe, with manager Graham Potter not satisfactorily explaining the player’s absence.
Mazeed Ogungbo: Arsenal hand Nigeria prospect first professional contract
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Mazeed Ogungbo: Arsenal hand Nigeria prospect first professional contract

The teenage left-back is highly rated at the Emirates Stadium and has signed his first professional deal with the North London outfit Mazeed Ogungbo has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal, the Premier League side have announced. The left-back, who has been with the North London outfit since 2019, put pen to paper on a professional deal on Tuesday and he is expected to continue his development under coach Kevin Betsy. Due to his abilities, he is highly regarded as one of the brightest talents in Arsenal’s youth ranks.
Pitso Mosimane: South African coach highlights the European leagues he would love to join
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Pitso Mosimane: South African coach highlights the European leagues he would love to join

The tactician has, however, insisted he is content with his current job at Al Ahly in Egypt Celebrated Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has discussed how he is open to coaching in Europe once an opportunity comes his way. The tactician is one of the most successful in African football having won three Caf Champions League titles, one with Mamelodi Sundowns and two with his current team Al Ahly. He will once again be lining up against the best in the world during the Fifa Club World Cup later this year. The former Bafana Bafana coach has opined on which league he feels is the best.
Tokyo 2020: Brazil’s Cunha Wins Olympic gold in women’s Marathon Swim
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Tokyo 2020: Brazil’s Cunha Wins Olympic gold in women’s Marathon Swim

Brazil’s Marcela Ana Cunha said she had to be “cold mentally” to see off the challenge of defending champion Sharon van Rouwendaal on her way to Olympic gold in the women’s 10-kilometre marathon swim on Wednesday. Cunha won by less than a second from a fast-charging Van Rouwendaal in their early morning duel in Tokyo, timing 1hr 59min 30.8sec to 1:59:31.7 for the Dutch swimmer. Kareena Lee took the bronze medal for Australia. Cunha, 29, finished 10th in the event at the Rio Olympics and fifth at the Beijing Games in 2008. The Brazilian said she had arrived in Japan desperate to win gold. “We arrived here wanting, as much as you can, this medal and around 10 days ago, I said to my coach to win this race will be very difficult for my opponents because I want it so hard...
Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat
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Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat

The Pharaohs were bundled out of the quadrennial international competition on Saturday after 90 minutes of football in Saitama Egypt U23 coach Shawky Gharib has encouraged his players not to worry about their defeat to Brazil in the quarter-finals of the Olympic men’s football event. Matheus Cunha's 37th-minute goal separated both teams at the Saitama Stadium 2002, and it sent the North African country packing from the tournament. The Pharaohs aim to end their long wait for a medal in the football event did not come to fruition at Tokyo 2020 but Gharib, immediately after the match, assembled the team on the pitch and advised them to look into the future positively.
Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy
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Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy

Nigeria's D’Tigers have been eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics after suffering their third consecutive defeat in group B to Italy. The game, which was played in the early hours of Saturday, July 31, at the Saitama super arena, finished 80-71 as the Nigerian team was dumped out of the 2020 Olympics, having lost their first two games against Australia and Germany. D'Tigers were ranked 4th team for the Olympics prior to their arrival. The team led by coach Mike Brown, had many Nigerians believe they were going to triumph at the Olympics after they defeated both Argentina and the USA in friendly games before Tokyo 2020.
Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics
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Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics

Two Trinidad and Tobago track and field athletes have been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus in the Games Village, officials said on Friday. Long jumper Andwuelle Wright and 400m hurdler Sparkle Ann McKnight have been transferred to hotel quarantine along with coach Wendell Williams after all three returned positive tests, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee said on its website. The long jump and women’s 400m hurdles start on Saturday. Tokyo Olympics organisers announced 27 Games-related coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest so far at the event.

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