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Norwich still winless as wasteful Sargent lets Brighton off
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Norwich still winless as wasteful Sargent lets Brighton off

Josh Sargent wasted two great chances as Norwich's search for a first Premier League win of the season continued with a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton. Brighton should have taken the lead themselves during a first half in which Neal Maupay was harshly denied a penalty when both the referee and VAR overlooked clear contact from Tim Krul, before the goalkeeper pulled off an outstanding fingertip save to push Leandro Trossard's volley onto the bar. However, Sargent twice let the visitors off the hook either side of the interval. Robert Sanchez's failed attempt to sweep up presented him with an open goal 20 yards out but his shot was tame and Shane Duffy was able to get back to clear. Then, after the restart, a poor first touch from Sargent when through one-on-one allowed Dan Burn to rec...
Liverpool thrash Watford on Ranieri bow
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Liverpool thrash Watford on Ranieri bow

Liverpool made Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League return one to forget as they battered Watford 5-0 with Roberto Firmino grabbing a hat-trick. There was to be no new manager bounce factor for Watford with Sadio Mane scoring after just eight minutes, setting the tone for a completely dominant Liverpool performance and netting his 100th Premier League goal in the process. Firmino grabbed the first of his three on 37 minutes from a James Milner cross before Mohamed Salah got the goal his play deserved courtesy of another outstanding individual goal. Firmino tapped home his second on 52 minutes before wrapping up his hat-trick in injury time. The rampant Reds stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions and sit top of the Premier League for the time being.
LaLiga: Barcelona receive double injury boost
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LaLiga: Barcelona receive double injury boost

Barcelona recieved a double boost on Monday, as Sergio Aguero and Ousmane Dembele returned to training. Dembele underwent surgery in June after injuring his right knee during France’s Euro 2020 match against Hungary. Aguero, who arrived as a free agent, is yet to make his debut for the club. The Argentina striker returned to training for the first time since injuring his calf in a preseason session on August 8. Both players participated in a section of the training session, according to Barca’s official Twitter account. However, they still need to be given the medical all-clear, before they are available for selection by coach Ronald Koeman. The Catalans host Valencia on Sunday in LaLiga, after winning one of their last six games in all competitions, failing to score in...
Shearer, Lineker reveal how many goals Ronaldo will score for Man Utd
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Shearer, Lineker reveal how many goals Ronaldo will score for Man Utd

Former Premier League strikers, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, have revealed how many goals Cristiano Ronaldo will score for Manchester United this season. Ronaldo joined Man United from Juventus in the summer transfer window. The Portugal captain has netted five goals in six appearances in all competitions for Man United. But Shearer and Lineker believe the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will exceed the 20-goal mark this season. “When you look at his [ Cristiano Ronaldo] career, and particularly his career at Man United, he started there, started with very raw but unbelievable talent and you could see that from the beginning,” Shearer said on the BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast. “And where he’s got to… him and [Lionel] Messi have taken goal scoring to another level. I...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi to be Announced Winner, Clinch record-extending Seventh award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi to be Announced Winner, Clinch record-extending Seventh award

Lionel Messi now wears the colours of Paris Saint-Germain. The 34-year-old left Barcelona as a free agent this summer after over two decades at the club. In another month, Messi is expected to win his record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or. The Argentina captain is the only player to have won the award six times. His eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo has five gongs to his name. After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barca last season, Messi is widely expected to win the prize. Messi boosted his chances by winning the Copa America with his country, after a 1-0 win over Brazil in the final. With his move to PSG, you can expect that he will continue to win trophies and be in the conversations for next year’s award at this least. ...
Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic
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Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic

Public interest in women's sport has risen during the pandemic, with 21 per cent of UK adults following it more than they did 18 months ago, according to a new report published by Sky Sports and Leaders in Sport. The new research shows that eyeballs are increasingly focused on women's competitions, with a significant rise in the number of men watching and engaging during the pandemic; nearly a quarter of men (24 per cent) say they now follow more women's sport than they did 18 months ago. The report 'Women's Sport: Bouncing Back from the Pandemic?' also reveals some of the causes, with over two-thirds (68 per cent) of those who follow more women's sport stating that their enjoyment of broadcast coverage fuelled their interest. Tracey Crouch MP, chair of the fan-led review into...
Arteta eyes two EPL strikers to replace Lacazette
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Arteta eyes two EPL strikers to replace Lacazette

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has identified Premier League strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins as possible replacements for Alexandre Lacazette, according to the UK Sun. Lacazette has scored 67 goals in 174 appearances for the Gunners. However, the 30-year-old is into the final months of his current deal and is looking to leave in 2022. Lacazette is yet to start a Premier League game this season and the club has not offered him a new contract. Instead, Arsenal have identified Everton’s Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Watkins as targets to replace him. Calvert-Lewin, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough last term, scoring 21 goals in all competitions. Watkins, meanwhile, thrived in the Championship with Brentford before moving to Villa last year and netting 16 goals...
Osimhen: Napoli star’s scoring run ends against Fiorentina
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Osimhen: Napoli star’s scoring run ends against Fiorentina

Prior to the game against the Purples, the Nigerian striker had scored in his last five matches for the Parthenopeans Victor Osimhen’s impressive goalscoring run for Napoli came to an end as the Parthenopeans secured a 2-1 comeback win against Fiorentina. Heading into Sunday’s Serie A outing, the Nigeria international had found the net in his last five games for Luciano Spalletti’s men in all competitions. Still bitter about their 3-2 loss to Spartak Moscow in Thursday's Europa League fixture, Spalletti’s team travelled to Stadio Artemio Franchi with the desire to bouncing back to winning ways. Nevertheless, it was the hosts who took a 28th-minute lead through Lucas Martinez Quarta. Benefitting from a smart work by Dusan Vlahovis, the Argentine curled his shot past goalkeeper Dav...
EPL: Cascarino names best player in Premier League this season
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EPL: Cascarino names best player in Premier League this season

Former Chelsea striker, Tony Cascarino, has named Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the best player in the Premier League at the moment. Egyptian forward Salah has helped the Reds win the Champions League and Premier League in recent years. The Egypt international already has six in the Premier League and 7 in all competitions this campaign, with Liverpool currently one point behind Chelsea in top spot. And Cascarino, a former Blues forward, believes the Egyptian offers something very few players in the world can. “What he does is a one off, his abilities to get chances and keep running into positions, whether that’s out wide, cutting inside. Mo Salah is unbelievable. He’s never on the fringe of a game, he’s always getting chances,” he told talkSPORT. “Without a doubt, he’s not t...
Yaya Toure ‘available for Barcelona’ should they need ex-midfielder
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Yaya Toure ‘available for Barcelona’ should they need ex-midfielder

The ex-Blaugrana midfielder is hurting with recent inconsistent results posted by his former team this season Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure has stated he is readily available to help Barcelona at any given time if he is contacted to do so. The Blaugrana have been inconsistent this season, and have suffered back-to-back defeats in all competitions, the latest one coming on Saturday when they fell 2-0 to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. Barca have won just once in their last six matches in all competitions, losing thrice and drawing twice. It is a run that is hurting the club's faithful, and it is for this reason the former midfielder has offered himself to help the team if needed.  
We’re suffering – Pique laments after 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid
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We’re suffering – Pique laments after 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid

Barcelona’s legendary defender, Gérard Pique has said that the club is currently suffering following their series of defeats in LaLiga and other competitions. Atletico Madrid defeated the Catalan giants 2-0 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, with their former striker, Luis Suarez scoring one of the goals and Thomas Lemar firing in the other. This followed their 3-0 back-to-back losses in the Champions League group stage. Pique said Barcelona won’t be able to score a goal even if the referees decided to add more three hours’ stoppage time during the games. Speaking to Spanish media after the defeat to Atletico Madrid, Pique said, “Their goals have been two identical plays in which they scored twice with very little effort,” as quoted by Mundo Deportivo “And w...
US agency Investigates Okagbare Anti-doping Case
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US agency Investigates Okagbare Anti-doping Case

 A major United States law enforcement agency is pursuing the anti-doping case involving provisionally suspended Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, Saturday PUNCH reports. The investigations according to RJRGLEANER Group fall under the controversial Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, passed by the United State Government in December 2020. This development comes just over a month after Okagbare was barred from contesting the 100m semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics having been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit on July 31. She was suspended for using the banned drug Human Growth Hormone. Under the World Anti-Doping Agency rules, the use of HGH, an anabolic steroid, carries a maximum four-year ban for first time offenders. It grants extraterritorial juris...
Solskjaer Dismisses Questions Over Sancho’s Form
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Solskjaer Dismisses Questions Over Sancho’s Form

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed questions over Jadon Sancho's form and insisted the summer signing will shine in a Manchester United shirt. Sancho scored 16 goals and had 20 assists in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season, but is yet to register in either category since his £73m move to Old Trafford this summer. England manager Gareth Southgate suggested Sancho's recent form was not worthy of the international call he received on Thursday and said he would need help settling in the Premier League. But Solskjaer was left to ask if Southgate had been watching the night before, when Sancho played 75 minutes of United's 2-1 Champions League win over Villarreal. "Was that interview done before Wednesday night?" he said when Southgate's comments, made on Thursday...
Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United
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Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United

The Super Eagles midfielder might miss his first league match of the season when the Toffees travel to Old Trafford Everton manager Rafael Benitez said he is unsure of Alex Iwobi’s availability for the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Saturday. Benitez, in his press conference on Friday, disclosed that the Nigeria international – who has played in every of their games so far this season – has a knock. Iwobi played for 89 minutes in Everton's 2-0 league win over Norwich City a week ago, and he has contributed just a goal with an assist in eight matches across all competitions this term.
Redknapp: Liverpool’s Salah enjoying the form of his life ahead of Manchester City clash
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Redknapp: Liverpool’s Salah enjoying the form of his life ahead of Manchester City clash

The two-time African Footballer of the Year has been involved in 10 goals for the Reds across all competitions in this campaign already Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has stated Mohamed Salah is in 'phenomenal' form ahead of facing Manchester City on Sunday. Salah has played eight games for Jurgen Klopp's side in the Premier League and Champions League combined in this campaign, and he has a tally of eight goals and two assists to his name so far. The Egypt star has scored in all but one of the matches he has featured in this season, which was against Burnley back in August.  
Wan-Bissaka CL ban Extended to two Matches
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Wan-Bissaka CL ban Extended to two Matches

Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had the ban for his red card against Young Boys in the Champions League extended to two matches by a UEFA disciplinary panel. Wan-Bissaka received a straight red card in the 35th minute of his side's shock loss earlier this month after a foul on Christopher Martins Pereira. The full-back's mandatory one-match ban has been increased for "rough play", meaning he will miss next month's home clash with Atalanta in addition to Wednesday night's game against Villarreal. The extension of Wan-Bissaka's suspension adds to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's concerns, with fellow defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw battling injury. Image:Wan-Bissaka received a straight red card after a foul on Christopher Martins Pereira Maguir...
Champions League: Solskjaer told he will be sacked if he ends season trophyless
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Champions League: Solskjaer told he will be sacked if he ends season trophyless

Former Manchester United striker, Teddy Sheringham has said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be sacked as manager if he fails to win a trophy this season. The Norwegian was backed heavily in the summer, with United spending over £130million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Solskjaer is now under serious pressure to end their wait for silverware. United are left fighting in three competitions – the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League – after they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham last week. They have now lost three of their last four matches after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa, piling further pressure on their manager, ahead of the Champions League game against Villarreal who defeated them in the Europa League final in May. “...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Two Winners to be announced this Year
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Two Winners to be announced this Year

The Ballon D’Or award will be held in-situ this year, after it was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, won the last edition in 2019. This year, France Football will hand out two winners on December 5 in Paris, according to L’Equipe. It is the first time this will be happening in the award’s history. The 2019/20 season, however, was finished well after FF’s decision with Robert Lewandowski leading Bayern Munich to victories in Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League with 55 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions. Apparently, it’ll be Lewandowski who gets the 2020 edition of the award. As for this year’s prize, Messi is believed to be the favourite to claim it after winning the 2...
This is only the beginning – Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to United’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa
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This is only the beginning – Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to United’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa

Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to Manchester United’s 1-0 shocking defeat to Aston Villa as Old Trafford on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Villa courtesy of Kortney Hause’s late header. The Red Devils were handed a lifeline in stoppage time though after being awarded a penalty but Fernandes played the crucial spot kick over the bar. It is the Red Devils’ first defeat in all competitions this season with Ronaldo netting four goals in three games prior to Saturday’s league game. Ronaldo returned to Manchester United from Juventus this summer and has made a huge impact already. “This is only the begining, but in a competition as strong as the Premier League, every point counts!” The Portugal captain wrote on Instagram. He assur...
Iheanacho strike nominated for Goal of Round Three
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Iheanacho strike nominated for Goal of Round Three

Kelechi Iheanacho’s wonder strike against Millwall in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game has been nominated for the competition’s Goal of Round Three. This was revealed on the EFL website on Friday. The Super Eagles striker scored his first goal of the season as the Foxes defeated Millwall 2-0 at the Den stadium. Iheanacho, unleashed a fierce shot into the roof of the net to double the advantage two minutes from time. The Nigerian forward faces competition from Brentford’s Yoanne Wissa, Phil Foden from Manchester City, Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, and Cheltenham Town’s Kyle Vassell for the award. The strike against the Lions was his ninth in the Carabao Cup since making his debut in the competition against Crystal Palace in October 2015 and has gone on to make 16 appearances w...
‘Eddie gives Arsenal a lesson every day’ – Arteta in awe of Nketiah’s display against Wimbledon
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‘Eddie gives Arsenal a lesson every day’ – Arteta in awe of Nketiah’s display against Wimbledon

The Gunners boss was very impressed with the Ghanaian prospect’s stellar display against Mark Robinson’s Dons on Wednesday night Eddie Nketiah gives Arsenal a lesson every day on how professionals should live, according to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. Despite reports linking the Anglo-Ghanaian out of the Emirates Stadium next summer, the 22-year-old put in a fine performance in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game against Wimbledon. Nketiah was among the goal scorers as the North London side silenced the Dons 3-0 to qualify for the competition’s fourth round.  
EPL: Ray Parlour names player that’ll Score more goals than Ronaldo this season
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EPL: Ray Parlour names player that’ll Score more goals than Ronaldo this season

Former Arsenal star, Ray Parlour has predicted the Premier League highest goalscorer for this season. The former midfielder is backing Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to finish the season with a higher goalscoring tally than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Giving his reasons for this, the former Arsenal man pointed out that the Liverpool forward is likely to play more games than the Portuguese. Salah has already netted five times in his opening six appearances in all competitions for Liverpool. Thirty-six-year-old Ronaldo has on his own scored 3 in the Premier League and once in the Champions League. Parlour, a former Middlesbrough and Hull City star is confident Salah will come out on top. “Who will score more goals this season? Good question. I think Sa...
Liverpool should ‘buy Sterling tomorrow’ but Man Utd would also take him, insists Ferdinand
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Liverpool should ‘buy Sterling tomorrow’ but Man Utd would also take him, insists Ferdinand

A former Old Trafford favourite believes the winger is heading towards a crossroads in his career and could seek a transfer in the new year Liverpool should "buy Raheem Sterling tomorrow" but Manchester United would also take him, insists Rio Ferdinand, who believes the Manchester City star is now in "the wilderness" at the Etihad Stadium Sterling has been a key part of Pep Guardiola's plans since signing for City from Liverpool for £50 million ($68m) back in 2015, helping the club dominate the English football landscape and emerge as genuine contenders in the Champions League. However, the winger has fallen out of favour at the start of the 2021-22 campaign, starting only two of City's opening six games across all competitions, and Ferdinand believes he could end up seeking a tra...
‘A massive achievement’ – Klopp hails Mane after scoring 100th Liverpool goal vs Crystal Palace
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‘A massive achievement’ – Klopp hails Mane after scoring 100th Liverpool goal vs Crystal Palace

The Reds manager praises the impact of the Senegal star after he notched yet again in the 3-0 win at Anfield   Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his delight at seeing Sadio Mane score his 100th goal in all competitions for the team in a 3-0 Premier League win against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Senegal international scored the opener for the Reds in the 43rd minute as two other goals from Mohamed Salah in the 78th minute and Naby Keita in the 89th minute sealed the emphatic win against the Patrick Vieira-led side at Anfield. The goal by the 29-year-old, who arrived at Liverpool from fellow Premier League side Southampton in 2016, happened to be his 100th goal for the Anfield giants and has left Klopp praising the player for the other numbers he has contrib...
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Mane breaks Van Persie record, scores 100th goal in Reds win
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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Mane breaks Van Persie record, scores 100th goal in Reds win

Liverpool star Sadio Mane beat Van Persie mark by scoring in nine straight matches against Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace must be sick of the sight of Sadio Mane after the Liverpool star broke a Premier League record on Saturday. Mane’s goal in the 3-0 win at Anfield, his 100th for Liverpool in all competitions, made him the first player to score in nine consecutive top-flight matches against the same opponent. The Liverpool forward’s scoring run against Crystal Palace started back in August 2017. Mane’s milestone strike came in his 224th appearance for the Reds, breaking Palace’s rearguard action late in the first half at Anfield. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita netted in the second half to move Jurgen Klopp’s team three points clear of second...
How Nigeria can host FIFA competitions – Infantino
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How Nigeria can host FIFA competitions – Infantino

FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, on Thursday, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for FIFA competitions and top Grade A football matches. The FIFA boss gave the insight in Abuja when Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium. Infantino, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches. He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country. “We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadiums, ...
Liverpool fight back to beat Milan in thrilling opener
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Liverpool fight back to beat Milan in thrilling opener

Jordan Henderson's superb finish gave Liverpool a 3-2 victory from behind over AC Milan in a thrilling opening-night clash in Champions League Group B. Liverpool burst out of the traps and were 1-0 up early on through Fikayo Tomori's own goal from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross (9), before Mo Salah saw his penalty saved by Mike Maignan (14), his first miss in 17 for Liverpool. But Milan produced two goals out of thin air as Ante Rebic's tidy finish (42) and then former Man City man Brahim Diaz's tap home (44) from two similarly blistering breaks stunned Anfield going into half-time. But Milan produced two goals out of thin air as Ante Rebic's tidy finish (42) and then former Man City man Brahim Diaz's tap home (44) from two similarly blistering breaks stunned Anfield going...
He’d have helped you beat 10-man Chelsea – Genk offers Nigerian striker to Liverpool
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He’d have helped you beat 10-man Chelsea – Genk offers Nigerian striker to Liverpool

Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu has been offered to Liverpool by Genk technical director Dimitri de Conde. Conde believes there is much that the Nigeria international can offer to the Reds, adding that he would have scored against 10-man Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend. The 27-year-old Onuachu, who is currently on international duties with Nigeria, had an incredible 2020-21 season with Genk, scoring 35 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions. Before moving to Belgium with Genk, Onuachu scored 74 goals in 181 appearances for Denmark side Midtjylland. He is known for his goals, but also for his incredible physical presence, standing 6’7″ tall. De Conde feels Onuachu could have helped Liverpool defeat Chelsea during their 1-1 draw before the in...
Lille reveal Victor Osimhen’s transfer fee to Napoli
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Lille reveal Victor Osimhen’s transfer fee to Napoli

Lille have confirmed that Napoli paid €68 million to sign Victor Osimhen. The Ligue 1 club’s president, Olivier Letang, made this disclosure. Letang, who succeeded Gerard Lopez in December, debunked reports that they received €81m for the Super Eagles striker in July 2020. Osimhen joined Napoli on a five-year contract following an impressive debut season in the French top-flight. Letang, in response to Lopez who claimed Osimhen was sold for €71.3m with €10m bonuses, told L’Equipe: “Initially everyone thinks that the sale of Osimhen is 81 million euros. “The sale of Osimhen on the transfer agreement is 68 million euros. Four players arrived from Naples. “The valuation of these four players, in aggregate, is according to the specialized players a maximum of 500,000 euros....
Nigeria vs Liberia: All you need to know about Super Eagles World Cup qualifier, TV schedule
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Nigeria vs Liberia: All you need to know about Super Eagles World Cup qualifier, TV schedule

Nigeria hosts Liberia in their first 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Friday evening. The game will be played at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos. Kick off is 5pm West African time. The Super Eagles have played the Lone Stars 14 times in the past across all competitions, winning nine times. The last time Nigeria lost to Liberia was in July 2000 during a World Cup qualifying campaign, with Christopher Wreh scoring twice. Gernot Rohr’s men will be looking to begin the series on a winning note, before they travel four days to face Cape Verde. The game will be aired live on Super Sports.
Nigeria vs Liberia: Super Eagles Warned there’s no Small African Team
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Nigeria vs Liberia: Super Eagles Warned there’s no Small African Team

Akwa United manager, Kennedy Boboye, has warned the Super Eagles not to underestimate Liberia who they host on Friday in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter in Lagos. Nigeria have previously played the Lone Stars 14 times across all competitions, winning nine times. The last time Nigeria lost to Liberia was in July 2000 during a World Cup qualifying campaign, with Christopher Wreh scoring twice. “I will pray that we win convincingly because I don’t think there is any small team again on the continent. “We’ve got a shock from Liberia some time ago and I think that would be an eye-opener for us this time around. There is no small country again and all we need to do now is to put our house in our order and make sure we get the goals and the three points,” Bo...
Cristiano Ronaldo boasts, sends message to Ali Daei after breaking all-time Goalscoring Record
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Cristiano Ronaldo boasts, sends message to Ali Daei after breaking all-time Goalscoring Record

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the world record for goals scored in men’s international football he broke on Tuesday against Ireland is the most special record for him. In a lengthy Instagram post, Ronaldo said that in all the records he had broken in his career, this particular one was very special for him and is on the shelf of the achievements that makes him really proud. Ronaldo scored his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in their dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday. The 36-year-old scored two late headers to break and extend the record. Ali Daei scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006 but Ronaldo equalled it in the Euro 2020 with a double against France. “I can’t even start to expre...
Deadline Day: Arsenal’s Bellerin joins Betis, Aurier leaves Tottenham
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Deadline Day: Arsenal’s Bellerin joins Betis, Aurier leaves Tottenham

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin joined La Liga side Real Betis on a season-long loan on Tuesday. Bellerin was surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium after falling out of favour with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. The Spanish right-back has made 239 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since 2013. He is a three-time FA Cup winner with the Gunners but had not featured in a single game so far this term. Bellerin, 26, lost his place as Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares started instead of him, while new signing Nuno Tavares can play at both full-back positions. “Everyone at Arsenal wishes Hector the best of luck with Real Betis this season,” the club said in a statement on their website. Serge Aurier has agreed to terminate his Tottenham contract by mutual con...
Madueke: PSV teenage star signs new deal after reported Premier League interest
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Madueke: PSV teenage star signs new deal after reported Premier League interest

The Anglo-Nigerian wants to continue his development at the Philips Stadion after establishing himself as a key player for the Red and Whites PSV confirmed Noni Madueke has signed a new four-year contract amid reported interest from Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. This season, the 19-year-old has scored six goals in nine matches across all competitions, which include two goals in two league outings. Madueke joined the Dutch Eredivisie club on a three-year deal in 2018 after kicking off his career at Tottenham Hotspur and last year, it was extended until 2024 on his18th birthday.
West Brom vs Arsenal: Conte takes decision on replacing Arteta
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West Brom vs Arsenal: Conte takes decision on replacing Arteta

Former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has “little interest” in taking over at Arsenal, the UK Independent reports. Conte feels “he cannot compete with the team as it is”. Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, is under pressure at the club following a miserable start to the 2021/2022 season. Arsenal has already lost to Brentford and Chelsea, without scoring a single goal in their two Premier League fixtures. Arteta has finished in the eighth position twice in a row and this year, Arsenal dropped out of European competitions altogether. The Spaniard still retains the backing of the board, but speculations insist he has a five-game ultimatum to turn the fortune of the club around. Although Conte has been mooted as a possible replacement, the Italian wh...
Odegaard flies into UK to complete permanent Arsenal transfer
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Odegaard flies into UK to complete permanent Arsenal transfer

Real Madrid midfielder, Martin Odegaard, has arrived in the UK ahead of finalizing his permanent move to Arsenal The Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan with the Gunners. He made 20 appearances across all competitions, with one of his two goals coming in the north London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur in March. Odegaard, who will join for an initial £30m fee plus bonuses, was in London on Wednesday undergoing a medical. Sky Sports reports personal terms have been agreed and the 22-year-old is fully vaccinated, so will not have to quarantine. If he is registered by midday on Friday, Odegaard will be available to face Chelsea on Sunday.
Tammy Abraham makes promise after joining Roma from Chelsea
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Tammy Abraham makes promise after joining Roma from Chelsea

New AS Roma signing, Tammy Abraham, has made a promise after joining the club from Chelsea. The England international said he wants to help Roma to fight for titles, trophies and get the club to the level where they should be. Abraham was officially unveiled as a Roma player on Tuesday after completing a €40 million transfer to Jose Mourinho’s side. The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract with Roma that runs until 30 June 2026. He will wear the number 9 shirt at Roma. “You can sense when a club really wants you and Roma made their interest clear immediately,” Abraham said at his unveiling on Tuesday. “Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I have had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those compet...
Former Chelsea star, Diego Costa  ‘Verbally Agrees one-year deal with Atletico Mineiro’ after Leaving Atletico Madrid
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Former Chelsea star, Diego Costa ‘Verbally Agrees one-year deal with Atletico Mineiro’ after Leaving Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa has verbally agreed to a one-year deal worth $3million (£2.16m) with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, according to reports. The deal would see the former Spain International return to football for the first time since he abruptly left Atletico Madrid last December. The £2.16m deal is significantly less than he originally wanted but could be boosted by bonuses linked to advancement in domestic and continental competitions, according to Goal. The striker is expected to sign the contract after undergoing a medical in Belo Horizonte in the coming days. Costa ordered Atletico Madrid bosses to tear up his contract in December, citing personal reasons for his sudden exit despite six months remaining at his contract. The 32-year-old had made it clear he had no intention ...
Ballon d’Or 2021: How Messi’s Departure from Barcelona Affects Chance of Winning
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Ballon d’Or 2021: How Messi’s Departure from Barcelona Affects Chance of Winning

Lionel Messi will be wearing the colours of another club from the 2021/2022 season. This follows Barcelona’s announcement on Thursday, that their captain will be leaving as a free agent. Messi’s contract with the LaLiga giants expired on July 1 and he was believed to have agreed fresh terms on half of his wages. However, the new contract could not be finalised “due to financial and structural problems [rules relating to the Spanish league],” an official club statement revealed. In three months, Messi is expected to win his record-breaking seventh Ballon d’Or, no matter what team he represents at the time. After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barcelona last season, the 34-year-old is widely expected to win the prize. The A...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski, Kante – Top 7 contenders for award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski, Kante – Top 7 contenders for award

The conversations and debates surrounding this year’s Ballon d’Or award are beginning to gather steam with a few months left. Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is the odds-on favourite to win the prize. If the 34-year-old takes it home, he will be winning it for a record-extending seventh time. His eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also expected to make the cut as per usual, alongside Chelsea’s midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. But who are really the top contenders for this year’s award? 1. Lionel Messi: After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barcelona last season, Messi is widely expected to win the prize. The Argentina captain further helped his case by winning the Copa America with his country, after a 1-...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Ronaldo in 8th position as top 9 possible winners revealed [See list]
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Ronaldo in 8th position as top 9 possible winners revealed [See list]

  Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain; Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski; and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante have been named among the leading contenders to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or. According to Sun UK, the above-named contenders are all trailing Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who is the odds-on favourite. Relying on Betfare odds, The Sun reports that Lewandowski, Messi and Kante are the leading contenders for the Ballon d’Or Messi is available at 4/11 to secure a record-breaking seventh award when the trophy is dished out in December after scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barcelona last season. The 34-year-old also helped Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final netting four goals and providing five assists. In the list of major co...
AFN unveils new Anti-Doping Commission Members
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AFN unveils new Anti-Doping Commission Members

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has announced a seven-man Medical and Anti-Doping Commission headed by Professor Ken Anugweje. Tonobok Okowa, president of the federation, made the announcement Sunday in Tokyo, venue of the ongoing Olympic Games. Others members of the commission are Dr Paul Onyido, Dr Femi Ayorinde, Dr Effi Usen and Dr Bukola Bojuwoye, as well as a yet to be appointed Technical Director of the federation, while Inwang Mfon is the commission’s secretary. Okowa said the announcement of the members of the new commission became very necessary to ensure the country was removed from the unwanted categorisation as one of World Athletics member federations with the highest doping risks. “The commission has been charged with the responsibility of ensuring Nigeria i...
Jules Kounde to Chelsea: Fabrizio Romano gives fresh update
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Jules Kounde to Chelsea: Fabrizio Romano gives fresh update

Fabrizio Romano, a football transfer expert, has provided the latest update on Sevilla’s Jules Kounde’s transfer move to Chelsea. Recall that Chelsea had already agreed on personal terms with Kounde. Sevilla valued Kounde at €65million (£55.9million). Providing an update on Kounde, Romano, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Saturday, tweeted, “Chelsea are working to find a solution with Sevilla as soon as possible to sign Jules Koundé. He’s the priority after personal terms agreed, and Chelsea want him to join. “Kurt Zouma is still discussed in the deal, but Chelsea want to go through also if Zouma won’t be included.” Kounde had also drawn the interest of Manchester United and Paris Saint-German in the past. The 22-year-old defender was impressive ...
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Messi Returns to Barcelona to end Contract saga

Lionel Messi has arrived in Barcelona, as he prepares to pen a new five-year contract at Camp Nou, according to Sport. The deal is worth in the region of £250,000 a week. Messi is currently a free agent, as his old contract expired. The 34-year-old has been on holiday since helping Argentina win the Copa America earlier this month, but has returned to Barcelona on Wednesday. He already has a verbal agreement with the LaLiga giants over the new deal, which will see him take a 50% pay cut. Messi is expected to put pen to paper within the next week. The 10-time LaLiga winner has scored 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barca in all competitions, including 38 goals in 47 appearances during the 2020/2021 campaign.
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UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 draws released [See full fixtures]

Olympiacos, Ferencváros, Midtjylland and Dinamo Zagreb are among 20 teams who have been guaranteed a spot in the group stage of one of UEFA’s three club competitions. This follows their victories in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round ties on Wednesday. In the second legs, PSV Eindhoven completed a 7-2 aggregate win over Galatasaray, while Crvena zvezda and Sparta Praha both overturned first-leg disadvantages to qualify for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Celtic were dumped out by Midtjylland. The Scottish giants have been sent packing for the group stage again, after recent exits against AEK Athens, Cluj and Ferencvaros The third qualifying round fixtures will be played August 3rd & 4th and 10th. League path PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjy...
Tottenham forward, Heung-Min Son signs new Four-year deal until 2025
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Tottenham forward, Heung-Min Son signs new Four-year deal until 2025

Heung-Min Son has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham. The South Korea winger, 29, has scored 107 goals in 280 appearances in all competitions since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015 and has now agreed terms until 2025. He has been capped 93 times by South Korea, scoring 27 goals and appearing at two World Cups. "It was already a big honour to play here for six years, the club have showed me massive, massive respect and obviously I'm very happy to be here," Son said. "It's like home, especially with the fans, the players, the staff. There was no decision. It was easy. I'm so happy to be here and will be so glad to see the fans again soon." Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici said: "We are pleased to have agreed a new long-term contract with Heung...
Arsenal Confirms Player to take Ozil’s no. 10 shirt
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Arsenal Confirms Player to take Ozil’s no. 10 shirt

  Arsenal playmaker, Emile Smith Rowe, has signed a new long-term contract with the club The 20-year-old has also been given the No 10 shirt, previously worn by Mesut Ozil, for the upcoming season. Smith Rowe impressed everyone during the second half of the 2020/2021 season. He scored four goals and provided seven assists in 33 appearances in all competitions, as Mikel Arteta’s team finished eighth in the Premier League. Arsenal also rejected two bids from Aston Villa for Smith Rowe this summer. Arteta said: “As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability. “His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision has already made him a key player for us. His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive. “I know ...
CAF deadline: NPFL clubs face heavy fixtures
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CAF deadline: NPFL clubs face heavy fixtures

With the draws for the preliminary round of matches for the 2021/22 CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup less than a month away, clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League are faced with a heavy fixture schedule. The Confederation of African Football at the end of its Executive Committee meeting, which was chaired by its president, Patrice Motsepe, on Friday in Rabat, Morocco, said the draws for both competitions would be held latest August 15. “The kick-off will be September 10, 2021. The draw for the preliminary rounds will be made on August 15, 2021 at the latest. Bids to host the interclub finals will be open in November 2021,” CAF said in a statement on its website. With Nigeria needing to present representatives for both competitions, NPFL clubs will have to play mo...
Arsenal take decision on player to inherit Ozil’s no 10 shirt
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Arsenal take decision on player to inherit Ozil’s no 10 shirt

  It appears Arsenal have handed Emile Smith Rowe their iconic number 10 shirt for the 2021/2022 season, the UK Metro reports. The shirt has been worn by the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Merson and, most recently, Mesut Ozil. Smith Rowe, 20, became a regular face in Mikel Arteta’s first team last season, making 33 appearances in all competitions. A fan snapped a photo with the player while the first team were training in Edinburgh and he was sporting a tracksuit jacket with the number 10 on the front. The squad numbers for the 2021/22 season are yet to be confirmed by Arsenal, but this appears a huge clue that Smith Rowe has ditched his previous number 34. The shirt number has been vacant since Ozil left the Emirates in January. Smith Rowe taking the number ...
Villarreal put Chukwueze up for sale
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Villarreal put Chukwueze up for sale

Villarreal is willing to listen to offers for Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze, ElgolDigital reports. This comes only three years after promoting Chukwueze to the first team at the Estadio de la Ceramica. The Nigerian joined the Spanish giants after impressing at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup when he helped the Golden Eaglets win the title. Chukwueze netted eight times in 38 matches in all competitions in his first season at the elite level. The Super Eagles winger managed four goals in 41 games in the following campaign, before netting five times in 40 matches last term as Villarreal ended as the Europa League champions. Villarreal manager Unai Emery is not convinced that Chukwueze fits his plans in the future, and is open to letting the 22-year-old leave. The mone...

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