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Vissel Kobe’s Ayub Timbe: Kenya winger condemns racism
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Vissel Kobe’s Ayub Timbe: Kenya winger condemns racism

The 28-year-old Harambee Star says it's the duty of league managers to make sure that every player feels safe and secure Kenya winger Ayub Timbe has joined the growing list of people to add their weight to the fight against racism. The speedy winger, who is currently turning out for Vissel Kobe in the Japanese J-1 League, and has also played in several clubs across Europe, believes the only way to stop the vice is for society to do more and deal with it. The Harambee Star has described racism as discrimination, prejudice, or antagonism by individuals, communities or even institutions based on a person's skin colour adding there are still a lot of people who don’t know what racism means or refuse to acknowledge it exists.
Wijnaldum’s agent opens door for Bayern Munich move as Liverpool star approaches free agency
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Wijnaldum’s agent opens door for Bayern Munich move as Liverpool star approaches free agency

The Netherlands international midfielder will see his current contract expire in the summer, with various landing spots now being mooted Georginio Wijnaldum's agent, Humphry Nijman, has left the door open for Bayern Munich to discuss a deal for the Liverpool midfielder. As things stand, the 30-year-old Netherlands international will be taking on a new challenge in the summer. His contract at Anfield is running down and there has been no indication that fresh terms will be signed , paving the way for leading sides across Europe to enter into talks.
Jose Mourinho Reveals only Defeat in his Managerial Career that made him Cry
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Jose Mourinho Reveals only Defeat in his Managerial Career that made him Cry

  Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed the only defeat in his managerial career that made him cry. Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham in April 2021, has managed top European clubs, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan and FC Porto in the past. According to the Portuguese, Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Bayern Munich in 2012 was the only time he cried as a manager because the Los Blancos were the best team in Europe at that time. “That night [Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Bayern Munich in 2012] was the only time in my coaching career that I cried after a loss,” Mourinho told Marca. “I remember it well. My assistant Aitor Karanka and I stopped in front of my house...
Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for Arsenal’s Disappointing 1-1 Draw with Fulham
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Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for Arsenal’s Disappointing 1-1 Draw with Fulham

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

Simy Nwankwo, Super Eagles striker, on Saturday scored his 17th goal of the season to equal Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s 10-year-old goalscoring record — but his team, Crotone, lost 2-1 to Udinese. Yakubu held the record for the most goals by a Nigerian in a single season in any of the top five leagues in Europe — English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Série A, Ligue A. He scored 17 goals with Blackburn Rovers in the 2011/12 season. Nwankwo’s Crotone entered the fixture rooted to the bottom of the table with relegation breathing down their neck. The defensive frailty that has consigned them to the bottom spot reared its head 40 minutes into the game. The defense was sluggish to respond after Alex Cordaz, Crotone goalkeeper, stopped a shot from Roberto Pereyra with his leg. Pere...
Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is pleased with Ahmed Musa’s decision to rejoin Kano Pillars. Musa, this week, signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side. However, the winger is expected to leave if he receives offers from Europe. Musa has not had a club since he left Saudi Arabia Professional League side Al Shabab in October. He almost joined Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion back in January, but the deal collapsed due to his wage demand. “I am very happy for Ahmed Musa to be able to play again with his old club of Kano Pillars,” Rohr told journalists.
Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada
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Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has cemented a place in the history books of the club after scoring in the 2-0 win over Granada in the quarter-final of the Europa League on Thursday night, April 8. The 56-year-old Manchester United record was set by Sir Bobby Charlton but on Thursday night, April 8, Rashford put United 1-0 up against the Spanish outfit in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes . The 23-year-old's strike in continental competition has seen him emulate former Red Devils midfielder Bobby Charlton. Rashford is now the first English player to score eight goals in Europe in one season since Charlton way back in the 1964-65 season. Rashford had recorded six goals in the Champions League and just one in the Europa L...
How Simy Nwankwo Became The Best Striker In Europe In The Last 1 Month
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How Simy Nwankwo Became The Best Striker In Europe In The Last 1 Month

The Nigerian has been in red-hot form for struggling Crotone in Serie A since the turn of the year. Crotone forward, Simy Nwankwo, has beaten the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland to emerge as the most potent striker in Europe in the last one month. The Nigeria international found the back of the net eight times in five league games for Crotone between March 3 and April 3, 2021. Simy's run started with a consolation goal for Crotone in a 5-1 drubbing against Atalanta. Four days later, he followed up with two goals against Torino to help his team to a rare 4-2 win. The Super Eagles striker continued his free-scoring form against Lazio on March 12, but his brace was not enough to avert a defeat as Crotone went down 3-2. Simy also scored one of...
Restoration Of Lake Chad Will Help Curb Illegal Migration – Buhari
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Restoration Of Lake Chad Will Help Curb Illegal Migration – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the recharging of Lake Chad will help to reduce the irregular migration of youths striving to get into Europe through the Sahara Desert. He made the remark while hosting the President of Chad, Marshal Idris Deby Itno, at the State House in Abuja. According to the President, about 30 million people are adversely affected by a shrunken Lake Chad, which is now just about ten percent of its original size, a statement signed by spokesman Femi Adesina said. “It is imperative that there be water transfer to the Lake Chad from the Congo Basin, so that the people can resume their normal lives,” President Buhari said, as quoted in Adesina’s statement. He added that with inter-basin water transfer, farming, fishing, animal husbandry would re...
“It’s Sad to Stay Without Almighty Germany” – Nigerian Man Laments as he marks two Years Since his Deportation
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“It’s Sad to Stay Without Almighty Germany” – Nigerian Man Laments as he marks two Years Since his Deportation

A Nigerian man, Prince Clement Egbule from Rivers state, has expressed his frustration with life as he marks two years since he was deported from Germany. Egbule, who currently lives in Libya, said that he was deported from Germany in March 25, 2019. According to him, living in the war-torn country is difficult especially after having experienced life in Europe. "Today making it 2 years Germany deported me back to Africa Nigeria, 25 march 2019 from Frankfurt airport Germany flight moved 10:30am and arrived in Lagos airport Nigeria 5:30pm, its very sad moment and memory to stay without almighty Germany." he wrote. "Today is my sad day, but God is my strength, God will see me through all my difficulties. Staying in Libya after experiencing the life of Europe especially Ge...
Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games
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Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games

  Almeria forward, Sadiq Umar, has become the latest player to withdraw from Nigeria’s squad for their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week. Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, had included Umar in his 24-man squad for the matches. However, he will not be able to honour his first call-up to the senior national team, having previously played for the U23s. Almeria have confirmed Umar will not be allowed to honour the invitation, because the necessary COVID-19 protocols to enable him to play for the Super Eagles has not been followed. Enyimba’s Anayo Iwuala has been called up as his replacement. Umar joins France-based duo of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu (injury) in pulling out. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has released a statement confir...
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Nigerians Abroad Threaten To Withhold $23 Billion Remittance Over Ahmed Wase’s Remarks

Nigerians in Diaspora Worldwide, yesterday, threatened to withhold over $23 billion yearly remittances to the country after the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, allegedly infringed on their rights. The group, in a petition, addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on Wase to reverse his rejection of a complaint by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America on issues relating to land grab in Benue State. The Nigerians abroad threatened to halt immediate fund repatriation if the demand fails to see the light of day in 14 days. Wase, who presided over plenary last Wednesday, had rejected a petition presented by the member representing Gwer East/West Federal Constituency of Benue State,...
The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta
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The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has expressed his optimism that his project at the club will ‘bang’ once football returns to normal after the pandemic. The Gunners have endured a disappointing campaign so far during Arteta’s first full campaign in charge and travel for Thursday night’s Europa League tie with Olympiacos knowing that winning that competition is their best route back into Europe next season. The 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday, leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League with 11 games left. Arteta remains adamant that there has been improvement and says the difficulties his team have faced throughout the pandemic, will actually work to Arsenal’s advantage in the long-term. When asked what the past year has been like, Arteta said: “We have created a real...
‘Liverpool is too big’ – Klopp insists Reds will never sacrifice Premier League to focus on Champions League
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‘Liverpool is too big’ – Klopp insists Reds will never sacrifice Premier League to focus on Champions League

The defending champions are well off the pace domestically, with Europe their only remaining hope of a trophy this season Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his Liverpool side will never abandon their pursuit of a top-four place in the Premier League in order to focus on the Champions League. The Reds have slipped to seventh in the league table after a miserable run of form, and currently find themselves four points behind fourth-place Chelsea. Klopp's side are still in good shape in Europe though, having defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 matchup.
Solskjaer to Stop Fernandes From Playing for Portugal
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Solskjaer to Stop Fernandes From Playing for Portugal

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he could stop Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes from playing for his national team (Portugal) in World Cup qualifiers later this month. Fernandes would be forced to quarantine for ten days should he make the trip to Portugal due to UK government coronavirus restrictions. And that means that the midfielder would miss two key matches for Manchester United. Addressing the press after United’s disappointing 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in London on Wednesday, Solskjaer said: “We’ve not sat down and made a proper call on that one but it doesn’t make sense if you lose your player for 10 days of isolation, of course it doesn’t. “We’re the ones paying the players and from what I understand FIFA has given the rules ...
‘Neymar has matured a lot since Barcelona days’ – Brazil forward has ‘increased his arsenal’ at PSG, says Tite
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‘Neymar has matured a lot since Barcelona days’ – Brazil forward has ‘increased his arsenal’ at PSG, says Tite

The Selecao head coach has praised the world's most expensive player for how he has developed his all-round game since moving to France Neymar "has matured a lot" since his days at Barcelona, according to Tite, who thinks the Brazil forward has "increased his arsenal" at Paris Saint-Germain. PSG paid a world-record fee of €222 million (£192m/$266m) to sign Neymar in 2017 from Barcelona, where he had firmly established himself among the best players in Europe. The 29-year-old has solidified that reputation at Parc des Princes over the past four years, in spite of a series of injuries and disciplinary issues, and Tite believes he has also become more of a team player since leaving Camp Nou.
Andre Silva aware of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid rumours as Eintracht Frankfurt striker sets his own fee
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Andre Silva aware of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid rumours as Eintracht Frankfurt striker sets his own fee

The in-form Portugal international is said to be attracting interest from across Europe, with transfer talk being welcomed ahead of the summer window In-form Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva has “heard rumours” linking him with Manchester United and Atletico Madrid and has speculated on what his possible asking price could be. The Portugal international has 20 goals to his name this season in just 23 appearances, to go with the 16 he hit in 2019-20 after moving to Germany on an initial loan agreement. His exploits have not gone unnoticed, and the 25-year-old is embracing the speculation that surrounds him.
Nigerians Don’t Deserve me and my Talent – Singer Vic O cries out
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Nigerians Don’t Deserve me and my Talent – Singer Vic O cries out

Singer/Rapper Vic-O has said Nigerians do not deserve him and his talent. In a video shared online, the controversial rapper who is based in Europe, said Nigerians do not deserve people like him. To be honest, Nigerians don't deserve me. They don't deserve people like and my kind of talent. They don't deserve it. The way I have fans in US and UK and Erope, it's like I should relocate to US or UK or remain here in Europe where I am because Nigerians don't know talent. They don't know anything. ''he said  
Europa League round of 16 draw
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Europa League round of 16 draw

  Ajax (NED) vs Young Boys (SUI) Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) vs Villarreal (ESP) Roma (ITA) vs Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) Olympiacos (GRE) vs Arsenal (ENG) Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) vs Tottenham (ENG) Manchester United (ENG) vs AC Milan (ITA) Slavia Praha (CZE) vs Rangers (SCO) Granada (ESP) vs Molde (NOR) Teams drawn first will play the first leg at home. Fixtures will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The first legs are scheduled for Thursday 11 March, with the second legs on Thursday 18 March. Kick-offs are spilt between 18:55 CET and 21:00 CET. If ties are level after 180 minutes they are decided on away goals, first and foremost. If teams still can't be separated, it goes to extra time. If both teams score the same number of goals during the 30 additional minutes, aw...
23 tonnes of cocaine seized in Europe’s biggest haul
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23 tonnes of cocaine seized in Europe’s biggest haul

Germany and Belgium have seized 23 tonnes of cocaine in the biggest-ever haul of the drug in Europe, German customs said on Wednesday. "The enormous amount of cocaine would have brought in several billion euros (dollars) in street sales," the customs office said in a statement. German officers had discovered 16 tonnes of cocaine hidden in containers from Paraguay at the port of Hamburg on February 12. Joint investigations into the stash with Dutch officers led authorities to swoop on another 7.2 tonnes in cocaine at the port of Antwerp in Belgium, German customs said. A 28-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in the Netherlands in connection with both the German and Dutch hauls totalling 23 tonnes, it added. Customs officers at the busy port in Hamburg had decided to take a ...
“I am not Looking for a Pretty Girl but a Woman that Knows how to Cook” – Europe based Nigerian Businessman Seeks Life Partner
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“I am not Looking for a Pretty Girl but a Woman that Knows how to Cook” – Europe based Nigerian Businessman Seeks Life Partner

A Nigerian businessman based in Europe, Uchenna is seeking for a life partner who knows how to cook. Uchenna, who shared this on a popular Facebook group on Tuesday February 9, said that he is not looking for a pretty girl but a woman who can cook because he loves food. "My name is Uchenna. Friends call me King. I was born in 16.11.1986. From Imo State. I am a businessman. Live in Europe. Single. I am not looking for a pretty girl but a woman who knows how to cook because I love food. God bless everyone." he wrote.
UEFA Celebrates Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar
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UEFA Celebrates Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar

UEFA, on Friday, congratulated Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, on his 36th birthday. The Europe top-football governing body also celebrated Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar, as the Brazilian clocks 29 years today. UEFA took to their official Twitter account to post a compiled video of Ronaldo and Neymar in actions for their past and present clubs respectively in a separate tweet. “Most goals in history (134),” UEFA wrote on Twitter alongside the video clip. “Most goals in a season (17). “Most goals in knockout stages (67). “Only player to score in 3 finals. “Only player to score in 11 straight games. “Happy 36th birthday, five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo!.” On Neymar, UEFA, also tweeted alongside the video clip: “Neymar is 29 today! “Brazil Brazil’s all-time ...
Shola Shoretire To Sign Man United First Professional Contract
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Shola Shoretire To Sign Man United First Professional Contract

Manchester United have agreed a lucrative first professional contract with 17-year old Nigerian prospect Shola Shoretire, amid strong interest from European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus, Daily Mail reports. Shoretire who is regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe for his age, will sign his deal this week, which is understood to underline just how much he is valued by the Red Devils. Though he only turned 17 on Tuesday, Shoretire has been playing for United’s U23s, has trained with the first ream and is widely tipped by the club’s coaches to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad this season despite the competition for places in his position. Shoretire made his UEFA Youth League debut as a 14-year-old, the youngest ever ...
Michael Owen Predicts Man United vs Southampton, Wolves vs Arsenal
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Michael Owen Predicts Man United vs Southampton, Wolves vs Arsenal

Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has predicted Manchester United to beat Southampton when both teams clash in the Premier League on Tuesday night at Old Trafford. Owen also predicted Arsenal to play a draw with Wolves tonight at Molineux Stadium. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “Two weeks is a long time in football, just ask Ole Gunnar Solkjaer. One point from their last six is not what the United manager would have targeted following his sides excellent FA Cup win against Liverpool. “Visitors, Southampton, arrive here after a couple of underwhelming results of their own. Back-to-back defeats in the league mean the Saints have lost a bit of ground in the race for Europe. “Although he’s had them playing some excellent stuff this season, Ralph Hasenhütt...
‘Benzema has Lyon in his heart’ – Real Madrid star will return to France at some point, says former agent
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‘Benzema has Lyon in his heart’ – Real Madrid star will return to France at some point, says former agent

The Blancos frontman's old representative has backed him to retrace his steps in the near future Karim Benzema "has Lyon in his heart", according to his former agent Karim Djaziri, who says the Real Madrid star will return to France at some point. Benzema quickly emerged as one of the most potent young strikers in Europe after graduating to Lyon's senior squad back in 2004. The Frenchman hit 66 goals in 148 games for the club, helping them to win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the process.  
ESPN Ranks Oshoala Top African Female Player In Europe
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ESPN Ranks Oshoala Top African Female Player In Europe

Two African attackers in Spain stood head and shoulders above the rest in December, as Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala worked her way back to the top and South Africa's Thembi Kgatlana also enjoyed a superb month. However, there is a strong focus on France in the second half of this month's African Women's Power Rankings, with several African stars featuring strongly in the French Feminine Division 1. The Chawinga sisters and Barbra Banda are absent from our Power Rankings as China is in the offseason, but are likely to reappear in our top 10 when the Women's Super League returns. Likewise, keep an eye on Ode Fulutudilu, who recently signed for Scottish champions Glasgow City after becoming a champion herself with Åland United in Finland. 1. Asisat Oshoala, Barcelona Oshoala ha...
Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates
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Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates

The road to Euro 2020 is almost complete, and Goal has the complete guide about everything you need to know for next summer's tournament Euro 2020, the 16th edition of the flagship UEFA competition, is being styled as a celebration, with games being held across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever tournament (though it will strictly be 61 years). The European Championships qualification stage is now complete, despite the future of the tournament was cast in doubt and postponed an entire year thanks to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 features 24 teams - 20 from automatic qualification and the remaining four decided through the play-offs.
Ahmed Musa Confirms He’ll Return to Europe
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Ahmed Musa Confirms He’ll Return to Europe

  Ahmed Musa says he will reveal his next destination to the media in the coming days. Musa, who is currently without a team after departing Saudi Premier League side Al Nassr last month, could be returning to Europe. The pacy winger has now been linked with a move back to Russia, where he made his name with CSKA Moscow, and also Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray. Musa said he will end the speculations about his future and reveal his next club to public very soon. “I will soon reveal my new club as soon as all the necessary details are completed. I hope to return to Europe as soon as possible.” Since moving to Europe from NPFL side Kano Pillars FC, the 27-year-old has featured for VVV Venlo, CSKA Moscow and Leicester City.
Governor Wike Dares IPOB Members To Harass Him Whenever He Travels To Europe
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Governor Wike Dares IPOB Members To Harass Him Whenever He Travels To Europe

Governor Wike while on Live interview has dared members of the banned Ipob group to approach or harrass him anywhere in the world. He clarified that he is only calm and collected in appraoching issues because he is a governor and he knows what he can do outside of the office he is occupying. Tell them anybody who is an Ipob member that will see me...... Some of us, the mere fact that we are Governors does not mean we dont know how we are. We are calm because of the position we occupy. I dare anybody, you cannot. I am not that kind of Governor. Nobody, you can't try that. Nobody. I will never even look back. Dare!! https://www.instagram.com/p/CHFxTNSJdTX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus
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‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus

The Blaugrana made it back-to-back wins in Europe, much to the delight of their head coach Ronald Koeman described Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League triumph away at Juventus as their "best game of the season". Barca bounced back in style from their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, with Ousmane Dembele and a stoppage-time Lionel Messi penalty making it back-to-back Group G wins. Juve failed to register a shot on target against the Catalan giants and, while impressed with how his side went about their business, Koeman did feel they should have wrapped up the game earlier than they ultimately did.
Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Dijon: Kean off the mark with first-half double
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Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Dijon: Kean off the mark with first-half double

PSG were not always convincing against Dijon but coasted to victory with braces from Moise Kean and substitute Kylian Mbappe. Moise Kean scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goals as the Ligue 1 champions bounced back from their Champions League disappointment by beating lowly Dijon 4-0 at the Parc des Princes. PSG, finalists in Europe last season, started the new continental campaign with a surprise home defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday. Perhaps with one eye on their next Champions League assignment at Istanbul Basaksehir, Thomas Tuchel started with Kylian Mbappe on the bench against Dijon but there was never any serious prospect of a second straight loss on Saturday.
European Football Clubs Spent €3.3B On New Transfer Deals, 40% Less Than In 2019
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European Football Clubs Spent €3.3B On New Transfer Deals, 40% Less Than In 2019

The year 2019 has witnessed a record value of football transfer deals, with clubs in Europe’s “Big five” leagues spending €5.5bn, €900m more than the 2018 summer transfer window. However, with far less money available to football clubs and a steep drop in footballers’ value, the coronavirus outbreak triggered a sharp fall both in the volume of transactions and transfer fees. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, the combined value of 1,381 transfer deals completed in the 2020 summer transfer window hit €3.3bn value, a 40% plunge year-over-year. Clubs Completed €1.6bn Worth of Deals, 48% of Total Deal Value this Season As the leading European football league in terms of revenue and brand value, the Premier League also tops the list of completed transfers deals i...
‘Kane could leave in 2021 but Bale will excite him’ – Sheringham assesses transfer talk at Spurs
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‘Kane could leave in 2021 but Bale will excite him’ – Sheringham assesses transfer talk at Spurs

The former Tottenham striker believes a prolific England international will spend one more season in north London before weighing up his options Harry Kane could push for a move away from Tottenham in 2021 if the club fails to match his ambition, admits Teddy Sheringham, but the arrival of Gareth Bale is expected to prevent his head from turning for now. Big-money moves to various leading sides across Europe have been mooted for the England captain. Having proved himself to be one of the most prolific frontmen on the planet, interest in Kane is to be expected, especially as Spurs have failed to deliver him much-coveted silverware.
Napoli and Rennes battle for ex-Chelsea youngster Boga as Sassuolo hold out for €40m
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Napoli and Rennes battle for ex-Chelsea youngster Boga as Sassuolo hold out for €40m

The forward has interest from clubs across Europe but his current side are holding firm over their transfer fee demands Sassuolo are holding out for €40 million (£36m/$47m) for Jeremie Boga, with Napoli having come closest to metting their demands while Rennes have also made a formal approach for the former Chelsea winger. Goal has learned that Napoli have made an offer of €30m (£27m/$35m) already with further add-ons being put forward, while Rennes have only been able to put an €20m (£18m/$23m) offer in. Chelsea's approach for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy could see the Ligue 1 club earn up to £25m (€28m/$33m) for their current priority target with talks ongoing.
‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’
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‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’

The former Blues midfielder says the Spanish head coach should be aiming to replace the legendary club captain this summerPep Guardiola needs a new Vincent Kompany, not Lionel Messi, according to Owen Hargreaves, who thinks Manchester City must strengthen defensively in order to win the Champions League. City were knocked out of Europe at the quarter-final stage for the third successive year earlier this month, this time at the hands of French outfit Lyon. The Blues were beaten 3-1 in Lisbon after being picked off on the counter-attack by a side that could only manage a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1.
Kai Havertz Agrees Five-year Contract with Chelsea
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Kai Havertz Agrees Five-year Contract with Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz has agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea, according to RMC Sport. Havertz is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, having shone for the Bundesliga club since making his debut in the 2016/2017 campaign. Chelsea are the frontrunners for the 21-year-old’s signature, with Frank Lampard keen to add the player to a forward line that noe has Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. next season. Havertz is also keen on moving to Stamford Bridge and has now agreed to personal terms with the Blues. Chelsea and Leverkusen still have to finalize negotiations over a fee, with the Germans’ unwilling to lower their £90million valuation of the attacker. The Premier League side, however, remain optimistic that a deal can be done in the coming days.
Havertz future still to be decided
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Havertz future still to be decided

The playmaker is a target for several major clubs across Europe and his current side are hoping for a solution to make everyone happy Bayer Leverkusen are aware of the huge interest in Kai Havertz and are unsure what will happen regarding the Germany international’s future. Havertz has enjoyed an outstanding season for the Bundesliga club and has been linked with a big-money move when the transfer window reopens. Premier League trio Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest in the recently-turned 21-year-old, while Real Madrid have also been mentioned as suitors.
Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery
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Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery

France, Germany and Switzerland on Monday allowed travel to resume three months after unprecedented restrictions were imposed in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic. France reopened its borders with all EU countries except Spain, where restrictions would remain in place until June 21 in line with a similar decision on the Spanish side. Passengers arriving from Britain would also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with British restrictions on individuals arriving from France. Borders with non-EU countries remain closed to all but essential travel, except for incoming foreign students who can now head to France. Traffic was reported on a motorway leading to the German-Danish border on Monday, just hours after Copenhagen lifted entry restrictions for German, Norw...
Chelsea, Bayern Munich eyeing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey
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Chelsea, Bayern Munich eyeing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey

The race for Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey is heating up. The Daily Mail says Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have joined the list of clubs pursuing Hearts defender Hickey. Chelsea, Lazio and Celtic are also interested in the highly-rated Tynecastle left-back, who turns 18 on Wednesday. Manchester City, Crystal Palace and AC Milan have been linked with the teenager as well. Hearts have yet to receive a formal offer for the talented teenager. But a number of major clubs from across Europe are now monitoring the Scotland youth international's situation as the Gorgie outfit face up to relegation from the top flight.
Rakitic says he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits it is ‘not nice’ to be out the team
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Rakitic says he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits it is ‘not nice’ to be out the team

The Croatian midfielder has no plans to walk out the Camp Nou exit door before his current contract expires next year Ivan Rakitic has attempted to quash speculation over his future by insisting he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits that he has found a lack of regular playing time frustrating in 2019-20. Rakitic completed a €18 million (£16m/$19m) move to Camp Nou from Sevilla in 2014 and has since racked up 299 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 35 goals. The Croatia international has picked up four La Liga titles and a Champions League winners' medal during that period, establishing himself as one of Europe's top midfielders in the process.
‘At times it seems surreal’ – Mata admits he still isn’t used to playing for Manchester United
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‘At times it seems surreal’ – Mata admits he still isn’t used to playing for Manchester United

The Spaniard says he is "so proud" to follow in the footsteps of some of the legendary Red Devils that came before him at Old Trafford Juan Mata has admitted that he is still isn't used to playing for Manchester United, describing his experience at one of the world's top clubs as "surreal". Mata completed a £37 million ($47m) move to United from Chelsea in January 2014, ending a hugely successful three-year spell at Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old became a Champions League and FA Cup winner with the Blues, establishing himself as one of the finest midfielders in Europe in the process.
Eto’o hid from his father to play, joined Real Madrid and his ‘life changed forever’
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Eto’o hid from his father to play, joined Real Madrid and his ‘life changed forever’

The 39-year-old Barcelona legend speaks about how he convinced his father to allow him to be a footballer before making it to Europe Former Real Madrid and Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o says he secretly played football as a youngster as he struggled to make his parents accept his dream of becoming a professional. Growing up in Douala in his native Cameroon, Eto'o was barred from playing football by his parents but he was not to be discouraged from pursuing the game. It is a familiar tale narrated by many African footballers, but the Cameroonian says he insisted on football as he nicodemously went to play, before an opportunity to join Real Madrid came in 1996, after passing through Kadji Sports Academy in Douala.
Liverpool’s Salah picked me as role model – ex-Ghana forward Bekoe
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Liverpool’s Salah picked me as role model – ex-Ghana forward Bekoe

The former Black Stars forward claimed the Reds superstar looked up to him during his time at Egyptian side Petrojet Former Ghana striker Eric Bekoe revealed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah looked up to him as a role model before heading for Europe. After helping Asante Kotoko win the Ghanaian top-flight title in the 2007-08 season, where won the top scorer’s prize with 17 goals in 23 matches, Petrojet beat Zamalek to Bekoe’s signature. There, he became an instant hit owing to his efficiency in front of goal. He also helped the team finish in the third position of the 2008–09 Egyptian Premier League season.
Ighalo Speaks on New Man Utd Deal
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Ighalo Speaks on New Man Utd Deal

Odion Ighalo has spoken about his delight at extending his Manchester United loan deal. The 30-year-old joined United in January on an initial six-month contract from Shanghai Shenhua. Ighalo went on to score four goals in eight appearances, before it expired on May 31. However, both clubs have agreed on an extension, which will see the Nigerian striker remain at Old Trafford until January 2021. “I’m really happy. It’s a dream for me to be here. I’m buzzing and ready to go,” Ighalo told MUTV. “The last few days have been difficult as there have been different talks about it but now I’m really happy, so I need to concentrate fully. I’m here until the end of January, so it’s good for me.” The last time Ighalo featured for the Red Devils...
Rohr Gives Osimhen Condition to Join EPL Club
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Rohr Gives Osimhen Condition to Join EPL Club

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said that Victor Osimhen has a good chance of moving to the Premier League after this season. However, Rohr wants the striker to join a club, where he will play regularly. Osimhen is one of the hottest young prospects in Europe at the moment, after enjoying a brilliant debut season with Lille. The 21-year-old has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United in England. Rohr, speaking on Channels Television, however advised Osimhen not to rush his decision. “If he stays for another season it would be good for him because he’s playing. “If he is going to a very big club – you have seen the clubs ready to buy him now – he is not so sure to play because there’s big competition for th...
Coronavirus is Weaker than it was During the Height of the Pandemic – Italian Doctors Say
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Coronavirus is Weaker than it was During the Height of the Pandemic – Italian Doctors Say

Coronavirus has weakened and is no longer as potent as it was when the outbreak started. According to doctors in Italy, patients are showing much smaller amounts of the viral load in their system, compared to samples taken during the peak of the crisis in March and April,  saying the disease which has killed 370,000 worldwide - is much less lethal than it was and 'no longer clinically exists'. Italy was once the Epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe, but Covid-19 deaths have been falling in Italy for weeks. Viruses may become weaker over time in a bid to survive if they kill or cripple all their human hosts but some virologists have now come out to cast doubt on the Italian doctors' claims, saying there is no evidence the virus is losing potency anywhere. Professor Al...
Sassuolo director Carnevali adamant they don’t want to lose Boga
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Sassuolo director Carnevali adamant they don’t want to lose Boga

Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali has reaffirmed their intentions to keep hold of Jeremie Boga. The former Chelsea wing-back is sought by clubs across Europe. “When he arrived here with us, few knew who Boga was, so our scouting department deserves credit for finding this talent and our coach Roberto De Zerbi for helping him to grow," Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali told Rai Radio 1. “He has many offers from Italy and abroad. Sassuolo made a real effort to sign him outright and now we will evaluate the situation. The objective is to keep him with us, because we must have a project and focus on growth. Sacrificing the biggest names is sometimes necessary, but not always. “Boga will continue to have clubs clamouring for him, and it'll be good for us if he continues to get...
Mancini says Brescia midfielder Tonali should choose Champions League club
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Mancini says Brescia midfielder Tonali should choose Champions League club

Italy coach Roberto Mancini says Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali should leave for a Champions League club. Tonali is a confirmed target for Inter Milan this summer. “If he was to join a club that plays in Europe, he would gain more experience and improve in so many aspects," Mancini told Rai Sport. “Tonali can play in front of the defence in a three-man midfield, but also in a more central role. He attacks, shoots and can score goals. "He's capable of doing more or less anything.
Ex-Roma star, Joseph Bouasse tragically passes away at 21
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Ex-Roma star, Joseph Bouasse tragically passes away at 21

Former Roma youngster Joseph Bouasse Perfection has tragically passed away at the age of just 21 after suffering a heart attack last night. The Cameroonian represented the Serie A side's prestigious academy following a successful trial in 2016. While he never played for the first-team, he did train alongside the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti in Rome. According to ESPN's Andrew Cesare, Bouasse's incredible trial success at Roma came after being left on his own at a train station by a trafficker, who had promised him a new life as a professional footballer. He made his professional debut for Serie B side Vicenza while on loan from Roma in 2017. Prior to his passing, he represented Universitatea Cluj in Romania, having signed for them in February. Bouasse arr...

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