Wednesday, October 27

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Bellingham becomes youngest ever to play at European Championship after England substitute appearance
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Bellingham becomes youngest ever to play at European Championship after England substitute appearance

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder replaced Harry Kane in the second half of the 1-0 win against Croatia on Sunday Jude Bellingham became the youngest ever to play at a European Championship when he came on for England on Sunday. The 17-year-old came off the bench to replace Harry Kane in his side's first game of the tournament against Croatia. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has also broken Michael Owen's record to become the youngest player to represent England at a major tournament.
Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off
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Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off

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

The Everton goalkeeper has been defended after he came under fire for his challenge on the Liverpool star Former England goalkeeper David James has praised Jordan Pickford for the way he bounced back from criticism for his role in the injury to Virgil van Dijk. After a challenge from Pickford in October's Merseyside derby, the Liverpool defender suffered cruciate knee ligament damage which ruled him out for the season and this summer's European Championships. Ex-Reds keeper James believes that Pickford suffered a dip in form because of extra scrutiny but says he is back to his best in time for Euro 2020, with the Everton man set to start for England in Sunday's opener against Croatia.  
‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown
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‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown

The midfielder has warned Die Mannschaft that they cannot afford to make any mistakes against the world champions at Euro 2020 Toni Kroos has called for Germany to improve tactically ahead of their European Championships showdown with France. Germany will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a Group F clash against France, who reached the final of the tournament in 2016 before winning the World Cup two years later. Les Bleus are being billed as favourites to win the continental trophy, and Kroos has warned his Die Mannschaft team-mates that they will have to execute the perfect game plan in order to pick up a positive result on Tuesday night.
‘There are disciplines he has to know’ – Matthaus hopes Sane has learned his lesson after World Cup snub
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‘There are disciplines he has to know’ – Matthaus hopes Sane has learned his lesson after World Cup snub

The Bayern Munich winger missed the tournament in Russia three years ago, but it set to play a key role for his country at Euro 2020 Lothar Matthaus hopes Leroy Sane has learned his lesson from missing out on the World Cup three years ago, after pointing out defensive deficiencies in his game during Germany’s recent friendly with Denmark. Bayern Munich winger Sane was a notable omission from the Germany squad for the 2018 tournament in Russia, although he earned a recall shortly after the tournament and is in their squad for the upcoming European Championship. Former Germany captain Matthaus is a huge admirer of the former Manchester City player’s talents, but questions whether he has the positional discipline to be reliable at international level.
Chiedozie Ogbene: Nigerian-born Irish winger wants Uefa to take ‘stricter action’ against racism
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Chiedozie Ogbene: Nigerian-born Irish winger wants Uefa to take ‘stricter action’ against racism

The 24-year-old has called on the football authority to find a lasting solution to the issue of racial discrimination Chiedozie Ogbene has called on Uefa to take action after the Republic of Ireland players were booed for taking a knee prior to their encounter against Hungary. The Nigeria-born winger made his debut as a second-half substitute for the Irish team in the 0-0 draw against Hungary to become the first African-born player to feature for the European country. Ogbene watched as the Republic of Ireland players who started the game were booed by Hungary fans and Ogbene wants the governing body Uefa to take action.
Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement
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Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement

Barcelona are preparing to announce the signing of Lyon striker Memphis Depay this week. Sport says Depay will become Barcelona's fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, Eric Garcia and Emerson. A final agreement is close to being signed off and Barça hope to officially announce Depay's signing on Friday, before the start of the European Championships. That way, the Lyon forward's future will not become a distraction during the tournament and he can focus exclusively on the Netherlands. Depay's deal with Lyon expires on June 30 and he will sign for Barça on a free transfer. The forward wants to make the move to Camp Nou and be reunited with Ronald Koeman, his previous coach with the Netherlands, and the final details should be sorted soon. ...
England wonderkid Foden thanks Southgate for second chance after Iceland incident
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England wonderkid Foden thanks Southgate for second chance after Iceland incident

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

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

The Spain international full-back has seen a move away from Camp Nou mooted, but he has no intention of pushing for an exit Jordi Alba is among those to have sparked exit talk at Camp Nou, but the long-serving left-back says he wants to "stay at Barcelona for life". Change is being mooted in Catalunya as La Liga giants, who struggled for consistency in 2020-21, seek to return themselves to the loftiest of domestic and European perches. There have been suggestions that Alba could be among those offloaded as Barca look to lower the average age of their squad, but the 32-year-old has no intention of heading through the exits.
Ronaldo, Messi Lose European Golden Shoe to Lewandowski
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Ronaldo, Messi Lose European Golden Shoe to Lewandowski

  Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski has won this season’s European Golden Shoe, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Polish striker scored a record-breaking 41 goals in Bundesliga in 2020/2021. Lewandowski’s 90th-minute goal during their 5-2 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday, saw him surpass Gerd Muller’s long-standing record of 40 goals set in the 1971-72 season. Juventus forward Ronaldo also made history, becoming the first player to finish as top scorer in the Premier League, LaLiga and now Serie A. But his total of 29 was not enough to catch Lewandowski. Messi finished the campaign on 30 goals as the leading scorer in LaLiga. Lewandowski failed to find the back of the net in only four of the 27 league matches he started for Bayern this term. But h...
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton: Nicolas Pepe Scores Twice as Arsenal Beat Brighton but Miss out on European Qualification
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Arsenal 2-0 Brighton: Nicolas Pepe Scores Twice as Arsenal Beat Brighton but Miss out on European Qualification

Nicolas Pepe scored twice as Arsenal beat Brighton 2-0 but the Gunners missed out on the final European qualification spot. Arsenal appeared on track for a seventh-placed finish - and qualification to the Europa Conference League - after Nicolas Pepe's double at the Emirates Stadium, but Tottenham's late win over Leicester leaves them in eighth and facing their first season without European football in 25 years. Arsenal were frustrated by Brighton in a one-sided first half but finally made the breakthrough when Pepe expertly controlled a Calum Chambers cross and fired past Robert Sanchez (49). The in-form Ivorian then made it five goals in his last three appearances as he latched onto a Martin Odegaard pass and produced another clinical finish (60) from the right-hand side of ...
Hazard named in Belgium squad for Euro 2020 following injury-hit campaign at Real Madrid
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Hazard named in Belgium squad for Euro 2020 following injury-hit campaign at Real Madrid

The experienced winger has been included in Roberto Martinez's final shortlist for this summer's tournament Eden Hazard has been named in Belgium's squad for Euro 2020 following another injury-hit campaign at Real Madrid. Hazard has struggled for form since swapping Chelsea for Madrid in a €100 million (£86m/$121m) deal back in June 2019, with persistent injury problems preventing him from living up to that hefty price tag. The 30-year-old only recently returned to action after a muscle issue, but has been included in Roberto Martinez's final shortlist for this summer's European Championship, which is due to kick off on June 11.
Guardiola warns Man City rivals that addiction remains after third Premier League title triumph
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Guardiola warns Man City rivals that addiction remains after third Premier League title triumph

  The Catalan coach is now chasing down Champions League glory, with it his opinion that the Blues can get even better under his guidance Pep Guardiola has warned that a third Premier League title, and potential Champions League win, will not satisfy his addiction to success, with the Manchester City boss of the opinion that his side can get even better. Two legs of a potential treble have been completed by City this season, with another top-flight crown secured on the back of a fourth successive Carabao Cup triumph. European glory is now there to be shot at, ahead of a heavyweight clash with domestic rivals Chelsea on May 29, and Guardiola is looking to take his team to even greater heights in the years to come.  
Everton Fail to Ignite European Chase in Dour Villa Draw
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Everton Fail to Ignite European Chase in Dour Villa Draw

Everton's European chase stuttered as they played out a poor 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park and missed the chance to go sixth in the Premier League table. Villa defender Tyrone Mings planted a header wide from Douglas Luiz's cross when his dive should have at least tested Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal, before he later survived a VAR red card review for what appeared a studs-up challenge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Calvert-Lewin had Everton's clearest chance of the night in the closing minutes, but, having netted a header for the Toffees against Villa in the return fixture 12 days ago, he nodded down and straight at Emiliano Martinez as the visitors failed to claim a late victory. Three points would have taken Carlo Ancelotti's side up to sixth in the table and ins...
Mikel and Africans who missed major tournaments like Van Dijk
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Mikel and Africans who missed major tournaments like Van Dijk

The Dutch captain has ruled himself out of the upcoming European tournament and Goal takes a look at African stars who also missed major tournaments Mikel was not part of Nigeria’s 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa after suffering a knee injury before the start of the tournament. The midfielder was at the peak of his career at the time, playing week-in-week-out with Premier League giants Chelsea and his absence was a big blow to the Super Eagles. Nigeria managed to reach the Round of 16 of the tournament and fans felt the West African side could have done better with the addition of Mikel. The midfielder had 91 caps before he finally retired from international duty in 2019 after helping the country clinch a number of trophies, including the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tit...
Van Dijk rules himself out of Euro 2020 as Netherlands defender targets pre-season Liverpool comeback
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Van Dijk rules himself out of Euro 2020 as Netherlands defender targets pre-season Liverpool comeback

The Dutch captain says he is "at peace" with his decision as he looks to return from a serious knee injury in time for the start of next season Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of this summer's European Championship, and is instead targeting a return to club action with Liverpool in time for the 2021-22 campaign. The Netherlands captain has been sidelined since October after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The 29-year-old has, however, been progressing well in his rehabilitation, and has been pictured working with a ball at Liverpool's Kirkby training ground, as well as posting videos of himself running outside.
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The midfielder has been dogged by fitness issues throughout the season, and may now be unavailable to play for his country in the summer Marco Verratti is likely to be a doubt for Italy at the European Championship after being ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain's remaining 2020-21 fixtures through injury. Verratti has missed 21 games already this season due to a combination of injuries and positive coronavirus tests, and he has been dealt a fresh fitness blow ahead of Euro 2020. The tournament is due to kick off with Italy playing Turkey on June 11, but PSG have confirmed that the midfielder will spend at least a month on the sidelines due to a knee issue, which means he may be unavailable to Azzurri head coach Roberto Mancini.
Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal
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Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal

Gabriele Gravina, head of the Italian Football Association, has informed the Bianconeri that their participation in the 2021-22 campaign is at risk Juventus have been warned that failure to withdraw from the much-maligned Super League proposal will see them barred from competing in Serie A next season. A divisive project that had been speculated on for some time proved to be a disastrous failure when plans for its implementation were announced, with 12 European superpowers having to backtrack frantically. Six heavyweight Premier League sides led the turnaround, which occurred inside 48 hours, but Juve - along with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid - are yet to officially stand down.
Camavinga reacts to Real Madrid & Bayern Munich talk
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Camavinga reacts to Real Madrid & Bayern Munich talk

The Rennes midfielder admits to being "flattered" by the interest shown in him, but says no decision has been made on his future Eduardo Camavinga is "flattered" to be attracting interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but the Rennes midfielder says no decision has been made on his future. At 18 years of age, a hot prospect that finished second on the 2021 Goal NXGN list has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in European football. A switch to Spain has been mooted for some time, with German giants Bayern now joining the hunt, but a youngster that already has three senior caps for France to his name will not be rushing into any transfer call.
German FA must speed up Flick pursuit with Bayern coach in ‘great demand’, says Rummenigge
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German FA must speed up Flick pursuit with Bayern coach in ‘great demand’, says Rummenigge

The Allianz Arena chief says the German is the ideal man to succeed Joachim Low, but has also warned that he could receive other offers The German football association (DFB) must speed up their pursuit of Hansi Flick, according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who says that the Bayern Munich coach will be in "great demand" this summer. Flick has been touted as the main candidate to replace Joachim Low as Germany's next manager following the European Championship. The DFB has already confirmed that it has held initial talks with the 56-year-old, but a final agreement has yet to be reached, with Rummenigge warning that he will have plenty of other options to consider if negotiations fail to advance soon.
Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA
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Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA

The majority of the teams have renounced the Super League idea which collapsed just days after its announcement Nine of the 12 Super League teams have confirmed their commitment to UEFA and renounced the plan to form a new competition, but face financial penalties from European football's governing body. The three remaining sides - Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus - have refused to be reintegrated to UEFA and face further punishment. The plot to form a new Super League fell apart just days after the announcement of its creation, with the majority of teams pulling out following threats from football associations and fan protests.
Gambian refugee Darboe excited after making Europa League debut against Manchester United
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Gambian refugee Darboe excited after making Europa League debut against Manchester United

      The 19-year-old made his maiden appearance on the European stage on Thursday after struggling to enter Italy five years ago Gambian refugee Ebrima Darboe is on cloud nine after he made his Uefa Europa League debut for Roma in their 3-2 win over Manchester United in their semi-final, second leg on Thursday. The 19-year-old replaced injured Chris Smalling in the 30th minute and he played a vital role in Paulo Fonseca's side's comeback victory on the night, even though they lost 8-5 on aggregate against the Red Devils. Darboe was first included in Roma's matchday squad in October 2019 and he made his Serie A debut last Sunday as an 82nd-minute substitute in their 2-0 loss to Sampdoria.
Premier League Breaks LaLiga’s Record in Champions League, Europa League
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Premier League Breaks LaLiga’s Record in Champions League, Europa League

    Premier League teams have set a new record for overall European performance in one campaign. This follows Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United qualification for the finals of the two top competitions. The coefficient score is an average of all an association’s teams in Europe over the course of the campaign. English clubs’ coefficient this season will surpass the previous highest, set by La Liga in the 2015/2016 season, when Real Madrid and Sevilla lifted the Champions League and Europa League respectively. The Premier League has 23.928 points, but with the Champions League winners guaranteed to come from England, the score at the end of season will be 24.214 at least. The Premier League was already guaranteed to take over as the No. 1 ranke...
Oshoala’s Barcelona reach second Champions League final after PSG triumph
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Oshoala’s Barcelona reach second Champions League final after PSG triumph

A second European final beckons for the Nigerian following the Calatans' semi-final victory over the French giants Asisat Oshoala was in action for Barcelona as they progressed to the final of the Uefa Women's Champions League, following a 2-1 semi-final, second leg triumph over Paris Saint Germain on Sunday. The Nigeria international had featured in the 1-1 first-leg draw against the French giants a week ago, following her return from a month-long period on the sidelines due to a foot injury. In Paris, Jenni Hermoso gave the visitors a 13th minute away lead but Marie-Antoinette Katoto levelled matters moments later to force a first leg stalemate at Stade Municipal Georges Lefevre.
Former Juventus, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti thought Super League was ‘a joke’
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Former Juventus, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti thought Super League was ‘a joke’

Former Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits that he thought talk of a breakaway Super League being formed was "a joke". Twelve leading clubs from across Europe, including six from the Premier League, announced plans on Sunday to put a new European tournament in place that would allow them to compete among themselves. Ancelotti's current employers at Everton were among those to speak out against the proposals and the "preposterous arrogance" of those involved, with much-maligned plans ripped up within 48 hours.
Arteta ‘in Shock’ and Calls on Arsenal to Show ‘big balls’ after Liverpool loss
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Arteta ‘in Shock’ and Calls on Arsenal to Show ‘big balls’ after Liverpool loss

The Gunners were crushed 3-0 by the Reds at the Emirates, and their manager was not happy Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal’s dismal loss to Liverpool left him "in shock," and has called on his players to show "big balls" and fashion a response. Arsenal’s outside hopes of making a late push for the European places suffered a huge setback with a 3-0 loss to Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday. The score flattered Arsenal, as they were second best in every facet of the game.
Chukwueze bags assist as Villarreal beat Dynamo Kyiv to reach Europa League quarter-finals
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Chukwueze bags assist as Villarreal beat Dynamo Kyiv to reach Europa League quarter-finals

The Nigeria international played a vital role as the Yellow Submarine progressed in the European competition Samuel Chukwueze provided an assist as Villarreal defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 in the second leg Round of 16 of the Europa League game on Thursday night. The fleet-footed winger was handed his sixth appearance in the European competition and delivered an impressive performance to help his side advance into the quarter-finals of the tournament on 4-0 aggregate. Chukwueze started the encounter along with Étienne Capoue, Dani Parejo and Manuel Trigueros in the midfield.
Mourinho hits out at Arteta ahead of North London Derby
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Mourinho hits out at Arteta ahead of North London Derby

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has dismissed Mikel Arteta’s claim that they have an unfair advantage over Arsenal, ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby. The Gunners host Spurs with both sides looking for three points to keep alive their hopes of finishing in a European qualification spot. Before then, in midweek, they play Europa League last-16 ties, with Spurs taking on Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal facing Olympiacos. Both sides were drawn to play the away leg from home first, however, UEFA rules provide that two clubs from the same city are not permitted to play on the same day. As a result, Spurs will now play Zagreb at home on Thursday, while Arsenal faces a near-3,000 mile round trip to Greece. Speaking after the decision was made, Arteta who was clearly not ...
Hazard injury update offers Champions League hope for Zidane and Real Madrid
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Hazard injury update offers Champions League hope for Zidane and Real Madrid

The Blancos boss has revealed that a Belgian playmaker is closing in on a return to full training following another untimely spell on the sidelines Zinedine Zidane has suggested that Eden Hazard could come back into contention ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 encounter with Atalanta, as the Belgian forward is stepping up his recovery from another untimely injury. The Belgium international, who has suffered a string of fitness setbacks since joining the Blancos in 2019, has been back on the treatment table with a muscle complaint. He will play no part in a La Liga clash with Valencia on Sunday, but may be ready for a recall before the Blancos return to European action on February 24.
Di Maria to miss PSG’s Champions League first-leg tie with Barcelona through injury
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Di Maria to miss PSG’s Champions League first-leg tie with Barcelona through injury

The Argentine winger limped off in the early stages of the 2-0 victory over Marseille at the weekend, and is now set for a spell on the sidelines Angel Di Maria will miss Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League round-of-16 first-leg tie with Barcelona later this month through injury. Di Maria was forced to come off during PSG's 2-0 win over Marseille on Sunday after just 11 minutes with a muscle issue, moments after providing the assist for Kylian Mbappe's opening goal. Mauricio Pochettino has now confirmed that the injury is serious enough to keep the 32-year-old out of the club's crucial European showdown against Barca on February 16.
Estonia’s new government sworn in with first-ever female Prime Minister
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Estonia’s new government sworn in with first-ever female Prime Minister

Estonia’s new two-party coalition government has been sworn in with the first-ever female prime minister since the nation regained independence in 1991.   The 15-member Cabinet of Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, a 43-year-old lawyer, and a former European Parliament lawmaker was approved Tuesday in the 101-seat Riigikogu legislature after President Kersti Kaljulaid had first appointed it.   Six ministers are women and eight are in their 30s or 40s, including Kallas.   The center-right Reform Party, chaired by Kallas, and the left-leaning Center Party, which are Estonia’s two biggest political parties, reportedly clinched a deal on Sunday to form a government replacing the previous Cabinet led by Center leader Juri Ratas that collapsed this month due to a corrup...
Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94 after contracting Covid-19
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Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94 after contracting Covid-19

Former French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who became a champion of European integration in the early 1970s, has died at the age of 94 after contracting Covid-19.   Giscard, who served as France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours with respiratory problems and was released only to return back to the hospital in mid-November.   He died at his family home nearby after suffering from complications linked to the virus, according to a statement issued by the foundation he had set up and chaired.   “His state of health had worsened and he died as a consequence of Covid-19,” his family said in a statement to AFP.   The Foundation Valéry Giscard d’Estaing tweeted: “In accordance with his wishes, his funeral will ta...
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.
Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Messi spot on again as Koeman’s men close in on last 16
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Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Messi spot on again as Koeman’s men close in on last 16

Barcelona made it three wins from three in Champions League Group G with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a depleted Dynamo Kiev. Lionel Messi marked his 150th European appearance for Barcelona with a goal as Ronald Koeman's side saw off stubborn opponents Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in Wednesday's entertaining Champions League clash. The superstar forward scored from the penalty spot for the third Group G game running and Gerard Pique added a second, but only after Barca had been given a number of scares. Returning goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced a handful of top-class saves, the best of the lot to keep out Vitaliy Buyalskiy's free header in the first half, while Tomasz Kedziora had a goal ruled out.
Being a manager is bad for your health, says Dutch legend Van Basten
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Being a manager is bad for your health, says Dutch legend Van Basten

The former AC Milan striker admits that he was "not a good manager" and is pleased to be out of the profession Netherlands legend Marco van Basten has claimed that being a manager is bad for your health. As a player, Van Basten was one of the outstanding forwards of his generation, scoring a memorable goal for the Netherlands in the 1988 European Championship final against the USSR and starring for the likes of Ajax and AC Milan. Injury forced him to retire and, in 2004, he moved into management. He had stints with the Netherlands, Ajax, Heerenveen and AZ, but admits that the job wasn’t for him and he is delighted to no longer be doing it.
Mohammed Kudus ruled out of action for ‘several months’ after Ajax’s clash against Liverpool
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Mohammed Kudus ruled out of action for ‘several months’ after Ajax’s clash against Liverpool

The 20-year-old Ghanaian is not expected to play again until next year Ghana international midfielder Mohammed Kudus is set for a long time in the treatment room after suffering an injury while in Champions League action for Ajax Amsterdam against Liverpool on Wednesday, the Dutch giants have announced. On his debut in the elite European inter-club competition, the 20-year-old sustained an early injury after challenging Liverpool's Fabinho for the ball. He tried to run off the injury but was visibly limping, unsurprisingly going down on the pitch moments later for treatment from the medics.
Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return
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Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return

The Blancos have omitted the skipper from their squad for their European opener at Santiago Bernabeu Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid's clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League while Eden Hazard's fitness is improving as he nears a comeback from injury. Los Blancos captain Ramos took a knock to his knee in Saturday's shock 1-0 La Liga loss to Cadiz and was absent from Tuesday's training session ahead of the club's opening European fixture of the 2020-21 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu. With the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona taking place on Saturday, head coach Zinedine Zidane said he was unlikely to risk exacerbating the issue.
Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF
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Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said that poverty and demography has helped in the fight against the deadly disease. PTF's national coordinator Sani Aliyu who said this while appearing before a joint senate committee on health and aviation, averred that poverty and demography played roles in reducing the infection rate across the country. Aliyu said; "Demographically, only 3% of Nigerians are above the age 65 as against 20%, 18%, etc, of such populations in European and American countries where death casualties were high. “Aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic also helped tremendously in containing the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria and many of the African Countries ”  
Arsenal told Guendouzi-Aouar deal won’t happen as Lyon have no interest in Gunners midfielder
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Arsenal told Guendouzi-Aouar deal won’t happen as Lyon have no interest in Gunners midfielder

Juninho, who is sporting director of the Ligue 1 outfit, says a French star in north London is “the wrong profile” for his side Arsenal have been informed that no deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Houssem Aouar will be considered by Lyon, with the Ligue 1 club’s sporting director ruling out a player-plus-cash agreement. The Gunners are reported to have stepped up their interest in a highly-rated 22-year-old playmaker. Aouar continues to see his stock rise in France and, with Lyon set to be without European football in 2020-21, is expected to secure a high-profile switch at some stage in the near future.
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Haaland reveals he’d be a rapper or a farmer if he wasn’t a footballer

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has revealed that he'd be a "rapper or a farmer" if he wasn't a footballer and outlined his desire to be the world's best. Haaland became one of the hottest properties in European football after netting a staggering 28 goals ihe 2019-20 campaign. n 22 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg in the first half of the United and Juventus to show an interest in the 20-year-old. Six of those efforts came in the Champions League group stages, prompting the likes of Real Madrid, Manchest The prolific Borussia Dortmund striker invited questions about his career from his followers on social media ahead of the new season
‘Serie A was our main goal’ – Bonucci plays down Juventus’ Champions League exit
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‘Serie A was our main goal’ – Bonucci plays down Juventus’ Champions League exit

They may have won the Scudetto for a record ninth straight season, but Juve's European woes continued on Friday with elimination at the hands of LyonJuventus defender Leonardo Bonucci claimed that his team-mates would not dwell too long on Friday's Champions League exit, as the club's first priority was to retain Serie A. The Italian giants picked up the Scudetto for the ninth consecutive season in July, beating out Inter, Lazio and Atalanta at the summit. Despite that success, though, the warning signs for Maurizio Sarri's men were there, after suffering four defeats and winning just three of their last nine league games following the restart.
‘Sane not yet at the top level’ – Former Bayern Munich star Podolski says winger has room for improvement
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‘Sane not yet at the top level’ – Former Bayern Munich star Podolski says winger has room for improvement

The former Manchester City man is yet to reach his potential according to the veteran striker, who believes the 24-year-old can achieve great success Leroy Sane will prove a superb addition to Bayern Munich's side, according to the club's former striker Lukas Podolski, but the ex-Germany international believes that the winger has more yet to give. Sane's move to the Bundesliga champions was confirmed at the start of this month, following well over a year of speculation that he would swap Manchester City for Bavaria, with the attacking midfielder penning a long-term deal to seal a return to his home country. The arrival of the 24-year-old will boost an already fearsome Bayern side that sealed an eighth consecutive domestic crown earlier this year following the resumption of sport a...
Werner refuses to play in Champions League for RB Leipzig
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Werner refuses to play in Champions League for RB Leipzig

The Bundesliga outfit are already through to the quarter-finals of the European competition, but the forward does not want to play any further part Timo Werner has indicated that he is unwilling to return to RB Leipzig in August in order to complete his side's Champions League run after Chelsea agreed to meet his buyout clause of £54 million ($68m) ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge next season. The 24-year-old is due to complete the Bundesliga season in just 11 days time, but he is not willing to come back and play in Europe despite Leipzig having reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time after their last-16 win over Tottenham. UEFA wants to complete both the Champions League and Europa League in August once league seasons have been finished across the cont...
Ligue 1 relegation overruled but Lyon denied Champions League spot by French court
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Ligue 1 relegation overruled but Lyon denied Champions League spot by French court

The French top flight could be expanded to 22 teams after the judge ruled against the bottom two being demoted The high court in France has blocked the relegation of Amiens and Toulouse from Ligue 1 after the 2019-20 season was cancelled. The Professional Football League (LFP) named Paris Saint-Germain as Ligue 1 champions and relegated the bottom two following prime minister Edouard Philippe's April 28 announcement that all sporting events were banned until September amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision proved controversial as Toulouse and Amiens appealed against their relegation, while Lyon pursued legal action after they were denied a place in European competition next season because of their seventh-place finish.
Tottenham to launch bid for Flamengo midfielder Gerson
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Tottenham to launch bid for Flamengo midfielder Gerson

Tottenham are set to move for Flamengo midfielder Gerson. Goal says Tottenham have been in regular contact with Gerson's agent to discuss the player's availability. And Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to sanction an offer worth £16million for the 23-year-old's signature. European interest in Gerson is nothing new. The central midfielder had a host of heavyweights clambering to secure his services in 2016 and even rejected the opportunity to join Arsenal. He also spurned the advances of Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona before joining Serie A side Roma, where he endured a lacklustre spell before being sent to Fiorentina on loan
Europe urges Trump to reconsider decision to withdraw from WHO
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Europe urges Trump to reconsider decision to withdraw from WHO

European leaders called on U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday to rethink his decision to terminate the U.S.’ relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump announced the decision on Friday, arguing the UN agency has failed to respond to U.S. concerns about its handling of the virus, which originated in China. A spokesperson said the WHO, the founders of which include the U.S., had no comment to make on Saturday. The European Commission was more vocal. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on Trump to reconsider, saying only global cooperation and solidarity could help to combat the virus. Global cooperation is needed rather than solo efforts, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told newspapers belonging to th...
Wenger calls for FFP reform to support ’emerging clubs’ amid Newcastle takeover talk
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Wenger calls for FFP reform to support ’emerging clubs’ amid Newcastle takeover talk

The former Arsenal boss would like to see a relaxation of the rules for ambitious clubs that are careful not to endanger their long-term future FIFA's head of global football development Arsene Wenger has called for the reformation of Financial Fair Play (FFP), stating his belief that the current set of rules benefits the established elite European clubs and prevents investment from smaller sides, which he believes is “not normal”. Implementation of the regulations came into play at the beginning of the 2011-12 season, with the scheme aimed at protecting the long-term survival of clubs by ensuring they do not spend more than they earn and thus create financial problems in the future. And while former Arsenal manager Wenger feels that there are positives to FFP, he would like to se...
Chelsea lead Real Madrid and Juventus in battle for Barcelona youngster Mbuyamba, agent reveals
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Chelsea lead Real Madrid and Juventus in battle for Barcelona youngster Mbuyamba, agent reveals

The centre-back just joined the Catalan side last summer but was impressed after holding talks with Chelsea Chelsea are leading a host of top European teams in the battle to sign Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona, his agent says. The 18-year-old defender joined the Catalan side from Dutch outfit MVV Maastricht last August, but he is already considering his future at the club. His agent, Carlos Barros, says the European giants are lining up to get a look at the Netherlands Under-19 international, but Chelsea have made the biggest impression.
Dortmund mayor urges fans not to gather outside stadium for Schalke derby
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Dortmund mayor urges fans not to gather outside stadium for Schalke derby

The Bundesliga is set to be the first European league to return from coronavirus hiatus when matches kick off on Saturday Borussia Dortmund fans have been urged not to congregate outside Signal Iduna Park when they resume their season against rivals Schalke on Saturday. The Bundesliga has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it was given the green light to get going again behind closed doors, with Dortmund set to host a match that would normally be played amid a raucous atmosphere.

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