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Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa stadium false, misleading – Sports Commissioner
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Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa stadium false, misleading – Sports Commissioner

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Hon. Daniel Igali, has denied the reported ban of the football pitch of the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of Bayelsa United’s home game against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia. According to him, the report is false, misleading and an attempt to blackmail the Bayelsa State Government into awarding maintenance contract of the pitch to a certain contractor. DAILY POST learnt that one of the national dailies yesterday reported that CAF took a painful decision to ban playing of the tournament on the home ground of Bayelsa United, one of the teams representing Nigeria in the current Confederation Cup, following the poor technical report on the Samson Siasia Stadium after Bayelsa’s 4-2 home vict...
EPL: Petr Cech Reveals ‘Advantage’ for Chelsea, Man City Clash
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EPL: Petr Cech Reveals ‘Advantage’ for Chelsea, Man City Clash

Chelsea legend, Petr Cech, believes both the Blues and Manchester City have the opportunity to make a statement this weekend with the early kick-off in the English Premier League, EPL. Chelsea and Man City will go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon with a 12:30 pm kick-off time and Cech has now revealed why this could be an advantage to both sides. Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Cech said, “If you get the result in a game like this, you can really enjoy the rest of the football for the weekend.” “You start early, you finish early, you can watch the other games and enjoy the rest of the day with the family, have a nice meal with the good feeling that it was a great win. “That is the advantage of the early game – if you manage to win!” Chelsea hea...
Iheanacho: Why Leicester City star failed at Manchester City – Amuneke
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Iheanacho: Why Leicester City star failed at Manchester City – Amuneke

The football icon has disclosed why the striker failed to shine at the Etihad Stadium, while giving him tips on how to continue his impressive form Emmanuel Amuneke has suggested why Kelechi Iheanacho failed to shine during his spell at Manchester City. Following his exploits at the 2013 U-17 World Cup - where led Nigeria to a fourth title and walked home with the Golden Ball and Silver Boot – the striker was signed by the Citizens on a five-year deal. However, he struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s star-studded team which led to his move to Leicester City in 2017 for a reported £25 million fee  
Fonseca claims disagreement with Paratici over attacking style cost him Tottenham job
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Fonseca claims disagreement with Paratici over attacking style cost him Tottenham job

The Portuguese head coach has revealed just how close he came to landing the top job at Spurs earlier this summer Paulo Fonseca has claimed that a disagreement with Fabio Paratici over his attacking style of football ultimately cost him the managerial job at Tottenham. Spurs embarked on a long search for a new permanent manager after sacking Jose Mourinho back in April, with Gennaro Gattuso and Antonio Conte among those initially approached to replace the Portuguese tactician. The north London outfit even made an approach for former boss Mauricio Pochettino, but after Paris Saint-Germain made it clear they wouldn't sanction his departure, they turned to Fonseca, who at one stage looked certain to take over in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium dugout.  
CAF reduces Enyimba captain, Austin Oladapo’s ban to six months
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CAF reduces Enyimba captain, Austin Oladapo’s ban to six months

Enyimba captain, Austin Oladapo, has seen his one-year ban cut down into half by the Appeals Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Oladapo was handed the punishment for testing positive to prednisolone after a test was conducted in May. The initial ban meant the midfielder would stay away from all football-related activities until July 2022. But following an appeal, he has now been cleared to return on January 5. Oladapo had insisted that any trace of the substances found in his sample, would have been from Covid-19 medications he was taking at the time. Arising from its hearing, a statement from the CAF Appeals Committee reads, “The Board has decided to reduce the sanction of player Oladapo Augustine from one year to six (6) months. There...
Eto’o: Barcelona legend announces candidacy for Cameroon FA presidency
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Eto’o: Barcelona legend announces candidacy for Cameroon FA presidency

The four-time African Player of the Year is bidding to become head of the Cameroonian Football Federation Samuel Eto’o has officially announced his intent to become president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) on social media. The 40-year-old, who enjoyed a trophy-laden career as a player, would hope to head his country’s football governing body that has been without a substantive head since 2018. Eto’o's popularity stretches beyond the shores of the African continent following his inspiring performances at Barcelona, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea as well as Everton.  
‘His athletic strength can be devastating’ – Osimhen is Lukaku’s ‘heir’, says Zola
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‘His athletic strength can be devastating’ – Osimhen is Lukaku’s ‘heir’, says Zola

The Italian football great has compared the Nigerian frontman and the Chelsea star ahead of the Parthenopeans’ clash with Sampdoria   Victor Osimhen’s athletic strength can be devastating, according to Gianfranco Zola, who has described the Napoli striker as Romelu Lukaku’s "heir". The Nigeria international took his tally for the season to three in four matches after finding the net in the Parthenopeans’ 4-0 triumph over Udinese on Monday night. Prior to his effort against the White and Blacks, Osimhen had gotten a brace as Luciano Spalletti’s men played out a 2-2 draw with Leicester City in a Uefa Europa Cup fixture.
I couldn’t pursue my football career because of my love for fufu – Kwame Oboadie
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I couldn’t pursue my football career because of my love for fufu – Kwame Oboadie

Ghanaian media personality, Kwame Oboadie has narrated how his love for fufu stopped him from pursuing a career in football. Oboadie made the disclosure in an interview with Deloris Frimpong Manso aka Delay on the Delay show. According to him, he had to chose between the local delicacy and his promising football career. He said;   I wasn't able to become the footballer I had always wished to be because I loved fufu so much. Anytime I got back from playing soccer, my parents will reserve cooked cassava with soup for me to eat because according to them, I failed to help them pound it. It went on and on until they devised a new strategy to trigger me to stay at home and not play football anymore. This time around, they crushed the fufu into lumps and poured the soup ...
‘I am happy at Brighton’ – Arsenal & Manchester United-linked Bissouma updates on future
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‘I am happy at Brighton’ – Arsenal & Manchester United-linked Bissouma updates on future

The Mali international believes when time is right he will leave for Champions League football, stating he wants to gauge himself with the best Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma has revealed his dream is to rub shoulders with the best in the Uefa Champions League and win a trophy with Mali. The talented West African was consistently linked with a move away from the Seagulls in the last transfer window, with Arsenal and Manchester United believed to be interested. But a move did not happen for the 25-year-old who believes it was not his time to leave his current team.  
David Beckham’s son Romeo makes professional football debut for Inter Miami reserves
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David Beckham’s son Romeo makes professional football debut for Inter Miami reserves

The teenage talent, whose father is a Manchester United legend, lined up for Fort Lauderdale CF against Tormenta at the weekend David Beckham's son Romeo made his professional football debut for Inter Miami reserves on Sunday night. Beckham junior was handed his first professional contract earlier this month, with the 19-year-old signing for Fort Lauderdale CF - part of MLS franchise Inter Miami, which is co-owned by his father. The 19-year-old made his full debut for the USL League One outfit at the weekend, playing 79 minutes of their 2-2 draw with Tormenta at DRV PNK Stadium.    
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, ...
Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid’s Benzema opens up on desire to win
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Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid’s Benzema opens up on desire to win

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has expressed a desire to win the Ballon d’ Or before retiring from football. Benzema made the revelation at a press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s away Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday night. “[Winning the Ballon d’Or] does not make me lose any sleep, although it’s a dream for every player,” Benzema said. “What I want is to help the team. Every player wants to win it [the Ballon d’Or] and so do I.” The France international added, “For me, the Champions League is the top competition and it is the one with the most pressure. “For me, there are no favourites. On the pitch, one thinks that one team will win and then another wins. We have a great team and we are going to fight to win it.”
Former Chelsea and Senegal Striker Demba Ba Retires from football at 36
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Former Chelsea and Senegal Striker Demba Ba Retires from football at 36

Former Chelsea and Senegal striker, Demba Ba has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36. Demba Ba made the announcement via his social media accounts almost a month after he left Swiss Super League club Lugano. In a post on Twitter, Ba wrote: "It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career. "What a wonderful journey it has been. Beside all the sweat and tears I have faced, football has given me so many beautiful emotions. From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to the connection with my teammates on and off the field , this will forever remain in my head and heart. "I wanna thank everyone I've crossed paths with and helped me grow, every club and manager for given me an opportu...
Barcelona has ‘inferiority complex’ around Real Madrid – LaLiga President, Tebas
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Barcelona has ‘inferiority complex’ around Real Madrid – LaLiga President, Tebas

LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, has claimed the Barcelona board has an “inferiority complex” around Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Tebas described the two clubs’ alliance in opposing the CVC investment deal as a “psychological kidnapping.” His comments were published in Sport on Sunday. Tebas has consistently kicked against Real Madrid and Barcelona’s support for a proposed European Super League, calling it “a joke”. He blamed Madrid and Barca’s rejection of the €2.7 billion investment deal with CVC Capital Partners on the Super League row. Tebas said: “I have the feeling that at Barca there’s a ‘psychological kidnapping’ regarding Florentino, like an inferiority complex. “Florentino is a very intelligent guy and Jose Angel Sanchez, his director-general, is the...
Bruno Fernandes Reacts to Claims he can’t play with Ronaldo
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Bruno Fernandes Reacts to Claims he can’t play with Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has dismissed claims that he and Cristiano Ronaldo cannot play in the same team. Ronaldo scored twice while Fernandes also got on the scoresheet, as United beat Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. Fernandes instantly became United’s talisman after he arrived from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020. However, Ronaldo’s arrival this summer, led to questions over whether his influence would wane. “‘Of course, that was never in doubt. Good players can be put together and always play well. Some days you can play well, some other days no. But it is not because one is closing the space of another. It’s because football is like that sometimes. “Everyone knows what Cristiano Ronaldo brought for the club and we are really happy t...
Update: Christian Eriksen to have pivotal medical examination which will determine whether he can return to playing football after his on-field cardiac arrest at Euro 2020
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Update: Christian Eriksen to have pivotal medical examination which will determine whether he can return to playing football after his on-field cardiac arrest at Euro 2020

Christian Eriksen is set for a pivotal medical examination in Denmark next month which will determine whether the Inter Milan midfielder can return to the playing football. Recall, the 29-year-old collapsed during Denmark's opening Euro 2020 match with Finland in Copenhagen after suffering a cardiac arrest, before being revived on the pitch via urgent CPR treatment. After he was stabilised upon reaching hospital on the night of the incident, Eriksen was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in his chest to regulate his heartbeat, placing his career into doubt. Italian law states that no person can play sport at any level if they have any significant heart abnormalities, with the country's football governing body revealing in July that Eriksen would ne...
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Bale in a ‘better environment’ at Real Madrid as he credits Ancelotti’s playing style

The Welshman says he is enjoying his football again at Santiago Bernabeu after being frozen out during Zinedine Zidane's second spell in charge There is a "better environment" at Real Madrid this season, according to Gareth Bale, who says he is "more comfortable with the playing style" under Carlo Ancelotti. Bale has enjoyed great success over the past eight years at Santiago Bernabeu, having initially been snapped up from Tottenham in 2013, winning two Liga titles and four Champions Leagues among a whole host of other major honours. The Welshman fell out of favour during Zinedine Zidane's second spell in charge and ended up returning to Spurs on loan in 2020-21, but he is now back at Real for the final year of his contract and says he is enjoying a new lease of life with Ancelott...
FIFA release statement following Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier suspension
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FIFA release statement following Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier suspension

World football's main governing body have broken their silence on the weekend's bizarre events at Corinthians Arena FIFA have released an official statement following the suspension of the World Cup qualifying fixture between Brazil and Argentina on Sunday. The contest at Corinthians Arena was called to an abrupt halt minutes after kick-off when health authorities attempted to reprimand three Argentina players for breaching Covid-19 rules. The visitors eventually walked off the pitch and roughly an hour after the game was stopped South American football's governing body CONMEBOL confirmed its suspension, and now FIFA have pledged to look into the incident in greater detail.
Our transfer window is over’ – Salernitana chief denies move for David Luiz after sealing Ribery deal
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Our transfer window is over’ – Salernitana chief denies move for David Luiz after sealing Ribery deal

The Serie A newcomers will not be making any further additions despite reports linking them with the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Salernitana sporting director Angelo Fabiani has denied reports the club are interested in signing David Luiz. Rumours had suggested the Serie A side were ready to offer the 34-year-old a route back into football after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season. Fabiani, however, says the club's transfer business is now complete following the arrival of former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde star Ricardo Gomes leaves camp ahead of Nigeria clash
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde star Ricardo Gomes leaves camp ahead of Nigeria clash

The Blues Sharks will be without the services of the 29-year-old after he left the team's camp in Mindelo over the weekend The Cape Verdean Football Federation have confirmed the departure of Partizan Belgrade forward Ricardo Gomes from their team's camp ahead of Tuesday's 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria. Gomes is one of the key players in the Blue Sharks’ set-up having scored four goals in 16 matches since he made his international debut in 2015. He has dazzled in the Serbian Super Liga this season, scoring eight goals in six matches for Partizan Belgrade, but he did not play in Cape Verde’s 1-1 draw with Central African Republic on September 1.
Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed
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Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed

Football governing bodies FIFA and CAF have postponed Monday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match involving Guinea and visiting Morocco. The decision to postpone the game is as a result of Sunday’s coup d’etat in the west African country, as well as the reported detention of its president, Alpha Conde. “The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF. “To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match, Guinea versus Morocco. ”The match had been scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea on Monday,” CAF disclosed in a statement late on Sunday. It added that information about reschedul...
Don’t ever compare me with Ronaldo – Lukaku
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Don’t ever compare me with Ronaldo – Lukaku

Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku has said he should never be compared with Cristiano Ronaldo. According to him, he has a long way to go before reaching the standards set by Ronaldo, who just re-signed for Manchester United. Ronaldo scored his 111th goal for Portugal this week to become the all-time men’s scoring charts. At age 28, Lukaku has netted 66 times for Belgium, giving him an outside chance of eventually catching Ronaldo. But, speaking at a press conference ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic, Lukaku said: “Don’t ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo, never.” “Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football,” he continued. “I’m not going to rank him from first to third but he’s in there. “What he has ac...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Liberia showed Nigeria too much respect – Garkpah
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Liberia showed Nigeria too much respect – Garkpah

The Liberian Football official feels the Lone Star made it too easy for the Super Eagles to secure victory at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Friday Liberia Football Association communication manager Gologo Ben Garkpah feels the Lone Star showed Nigeria too much respect as they suffered a 2-0 loss at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half brace pegged down Peter Butler’s men as the three-time African champions began their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign on a winning note. The West Africans - who had Hatayspor’s Mohammed Kamara on the bench from start to finish - put up a fine showing, albeit, they lacked the cutting edge in the final third.
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr confirms departure of some Super Eagles from camp
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr confirms departure of some Super Eagles from camp

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that members of his squad who play in the UK have left for their clubs. This is because of the UK government’s strict regulations on Red List countries, with Nigeria travelling to Cape Verde for their next World Cup qualifier. Rohr’s men began their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Liberia on Friday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. The German is now expecting a more difficult encounter in four days time. “We knew some of our players have to leave after the match and they had to do well before leaving because they cannot go to Cape Verde. “We scored our two goals in the first half and we were calm and played our football. “But under difficult conditions, because after the rain, the pitch was not easy to p...
Footballer Dies During Morning Training On The Day He Was Meant To Leave Nigeria For Europe
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Footballer Dies During Morning Training On The Day He Was Meant To Leave Nigeria For Europe

21-year old Nigerian footballer, Okafor Kelechi has died just as he was selected to travel to Europe to play football, according to Vanguard. When Kelechi was selected alongside two of his football team members to travel to Azerbaijan, in  Eastern Europe where he was to be signed on to kick-start his career professionally he felt fate had finally smiled on him. The Anambra-state born started  with Lion heart Football Club domiciled in Ayobo community for three years, where he trained and honed his skills as a right full back,  and sometimes played as a central midfielder. Elated at the news which he described as prayer answered ,  kelechi started shopping for personal effects and other valuables   he would travel with, while his club processed all necessary travel documents. ...
Ex-Nigeria international, Finidi George appointed as new coach of Enyimba
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Ex-Nigeria international, Finidi George appointed as new coach of Enyimba

Two-time CAF Champions League winner Enyimba FC of Aba have reportedly appointed ex-Nigerian international George Finidi as the team’s Technical Adviser. The 50-year-old will replace coach Fatai Osho who led the Aba Elephants to a second-place finish in the recently concluded 2020-21 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League. Finidi was a key member of the Ajax team that won three Eredivisie titles, the 1995 UEFA Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup. He was capped 62 times by Nigeria’s Super Eagles from 1991 to 2002, winning the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia with the Super Eagles. Finidi retired from active football in 2004 and has since pursued his dreams of being a coach by acquiring a UEFA B license.
Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players
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Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players

Football's governing body, FIFA says it is investigating racial abuse aimed at England players, Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during Thursday's 4-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. England's players were booed as they took a knee before the match at the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena to protest against racism, while racist chants could be heard during the match as Sterling and Bellingham were the targets of abuse. In the second half, Sterling was pelted with paper cups and bottles when he opened the scoring for England while a flare was later thrown on to the pitch after Harry Maguire put the visitors 3-0 ahead. UEFA ordered Hungary to play three home games behind closed doors after fans' discriminatory behaviour which took place during Euro 2020 in J...
‘I need to change games like De Bruyne’ – Grealish admits to feeling pressure over £100m price tag at Man City
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‘I need to change games like De Bruyne’ – Grealish admits to feeling pressure over £100m price tag at Man City

The midfielder has opened up on the weight of expectation that comes with being the most expensive player in English football Jack Grealish has insisted that he needs to change games like Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City, while admitting to feeling pressure over his £100 million ($138m) price tag. City broke the British transfer record to prise Grealish away from Aston Villa at the start of August, tying him down to a lucrative six-year contract. The 25-year-old made his debut for Pep Guardiola's side in their Community Shield defeat to Leicester, and has since started all three of their Premier League fixtures at the start of the new season, but he hasn't been completely satisfied with his performances.
Juventus complete Ihattaren signing from PSV and loan wonderkid to Sampdoria
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Juventus complete Ihattaren signing from PSV and loan wonderkid to Sampdoria

The 19-year-old impressed after coming through the Dutch club's youth system and has opted for a switch to the Italian top-flight Juventus have confirmed the signing of Mohamed Ihattaren from PSV in a deal understood to be worth around €6 million (£5m/$7m) and have sent the attacking midfielder on loan to Sampdoria. The 19-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Turin side. Ihattaren, who made the 2021 NXGN top 50 list of the best wonderkids in world football, will spend the 2021-22 campaign on loan at fellow Serie A side Sampdoria.  
Sterling signs new Chelsea contract and goes on loan to Championship side Blackpool
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Sterling signs new Chelsea contract and goes on loan to Championship side Blackpool

The Tangerines get a Blues player having recently been promoted back to the second-tier of English football Chelsea have announced a two-year contract extension for Dujon Sterling and have sent him on loan to Blackpool in the Championship for the season. The 21-year-old will also have an option for an extra year at Stamford Bridge after impressing in pre-season under Thomas Tuchel. It marks a huge turnaround for the youngster who debuted for Chelsea under Antonio Conte in 2017, but had a 13 month lay-off due to an injury and then a seperate illness that was not related to Covid.
Tammy Abraham Is Playing Like Prime Ronaldo Nazario At Roma, Serie A Is Already Becoming His Playground
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Tammy Abraham Is Playing Like Prime Ronaldo Nazario At Roma, Serie A Is Already Becoming His Playground

  Tammy Abraham is already ripping things up at Roma after joining from Chelsea this summer. The 23-year-old was very much unfancied by Thomas Tuchel following the German's arrival at Stamford Bridge and his first-team future with the European champions looked even bleaker when Romelu Lukaku returned in a club-record £97.5 million switch. Abraham courted plenty of interest from across Europe and elected to move to the Italian capital, where he is already flourishing under Jose Mourinho. The striker registered two assists on his Serie A debut in a 3-1 win over Fiorentina a week ago and he continued his strong start last night. Not only did he open his account in Italian football, Abraham's part in the second of four Roma goals was utterly superb. Receiving the ball un...
Joe Cole lists Man City’s benefits in signing Cristiano Ronaldo
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Joe Cole lists Man City’s benefits in signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Chelsea winger, Joe Cole, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is a better signing for Manchester City than Tottenham star, Harry Kane. Joe Cole pointed out that Ronaldo scored more goals than even Romelu Lukaku in the Serie A last season. He added that he cannot wait to see the Portugal superstar return to English football. “I’d love to see Ronaldo back in the Premier League, I’d love to see him back, what a player,” Cole told talkSPORT “I backed Chelsea for the title and I said the only way I’d stick asterisks on that is if Harry Kane went to Man City – but I think Ronaldo is an even better option for them. “Financially, commercially and most importantly you’ve got to remember he outscored Romelu Lukau in Serie A last year – he’s not a normal 36 years old! “I think he...
Solskjaer plays down hopes of Man Utd making more signings
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Solskjaer plays down hopes of Man Utd making more signings

The Red Devils have already acquired the likes of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, with their Norwegian boss not anticipating further new arrivals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that Manchester United are unlikely to make further additions in the summer transfer window although did confess that "you never know in the world of football". United have been linked with the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Kieran Trippier and Saul Niguez, with there still being time for deals to be done ahead of the August 31 deadline. Solskjaer, though, insists that any further new arrivals at Old Trafford would be a "bonus", claiming that he doesn't expect there to be much activity at the club before the window closes.  
Tammy Abraham Bags Two Brilliant Assists On AS Roma Debut, Fans Already Love Him
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Tammy Abraham Bags Two Brilliant Assists On AS Roma Debut, Fans Already Love Him

Tammy Abraham received a standing ovation after bagging two brilliant assists on his stunning AS Roma debut. Abraham starred as Jose Mourinho's Roma beat Fiorentina 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. The former Chelsea man was in the thick of the action as he set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 26th minute. He showed off his silky footwork before sliding a lovely pass to the ex-Manchester United winger, who tucked home from inside the box. Fiorentina hit back through Nikola Milenkovic, but Roma wasted no time in regaining the lead - and again, Abraham was influential in his new side's goal. He latched onto a through ball and superbly picked out Jordan Veretout at the back post. The Frenchman made no mistake in front of goal, stroking the ball into the back of the net....
How I lost love for football – Ex-Leicester City star, Demarai Gray
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How I lost love for football – Ex-Leicester City star, Demarai Gray

Everton forward, Demarai Gray has said that he lost the love for football during the final six months of his stay at Leicester City, causing him to make “wrong decisions”. Gray left Leicester City for Bayer Leverkusen in January, ending a five-year spell at the King Power Stadium but is now back to the Premier League with Everton. The winger broke out of favour in Brendan Rodgers’s team and could not play his way even onto the bench. He played just 18 minutes of Premier League football in his final half-season with Leicester City, in what was a tough period in his career. The player admitted to having made some poor decisions during that time, saying, “It was very hard.” Speaking further, the England star told Everton’s matchday programme that a time came when he got fru...
Pedro crosses Rome divide in Lazio transfer as ex-Barcelona & Chelsea star reunites with Sarri
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Pedro crosses Rome divide in Lazio transfer as ex-Barcelona & Chelsea star reunites with Sarri

The Spanish forward found himself cast adrift by Jose Mourinho, allowing him to link up with the other side at Stadio Olimpico Pedro has completed his move across a fierce divide in Italian football, with the World Cup winner severing ties with Roma in order to link up with their arch-rivals Lazio. The former Barcelona and Chelsea star will be remaining at Stadio Olimpico for the 2021-22 campaign, but is swapping the Giallorossi for the Biancocelesti. He is set to be reunited with Maurizio Sarri - his former boss at Stamford Bridge - after making a controversial switch and will be taking on the No.9 jersey at Lazio.
Coutinho Has Been Offered Lionel Messi’s Iconic No.10 Shirt At Barcelona
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Coutinho Has Been Offered Lionel Messi’s Iconic No.10 Shirt At Barcelona

  Philippe Coutinho has been offered the No.10 shirt at Barcelona following Lionel Messi's sensational exit this summer. With the club unable to register his new contract despite Messi agreeing to a 50 percent pay cut, Barca's greatest ever player has ended a 21-year association with the Blaugrana and signed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain. It's nigh on impossible for Barca to replace their all-time top scorer and so many were calling for his No.10 shirt, now vacant, to be retired. However, in a shocking turn of events, former Liverpool star Coutinho could end up wearing the No.10 on his back this season. Despite Coutinho's career at the Nou Camp being underwhelming following his £142 million switch in January 2018, Mundo Deportivo says Ronald Koeman is still c...
Benrahma scores & assists as West Ham defeat Newcastle in six-goal thriller
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Benrahma scores & assists as West Ham defeat Newcastle in six-goal thriller

The North African was in inspiring form to help David Moyes' side secure their first three points of the season Algeria forward Said Benrahma scored his 32nd goal in English football across all competitions as West Ham United opened their Premier League season with a 4-2 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday. The 26-year-old, who had joined the Hammers permanently from Brentford in the off-season, found the back of the net in the 53rd minute when he converted a Michail Antonio pass to make the score 2-2. The Magpies had opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Callum Wilson headed in an Allan Saint-Maximin cross.
Ex-Chelsea striker, Diego Costa finally signs for new club
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Ex-Chelsea striker, Diego Costa finally signs for new club

Ex Chelsea striker, Diego Costa, has finally signed for Brazilian club, Atlético Mineiro, on a free transfer. Mineiro disclosed this in a statement via the club’s website at the weekend. Costa returned to football after eight months without a club, having terminated his last contract with Atletico Madrid in December, 2020. “Diego Costa is a Galo player,” Mineiro’s statement read. “The athletic board and the player reached an agreement today. Galo will be his first club as a professional athlete in Brazil.” DAILY POST reports that Costa rejoined Atletico Madrid from Chelsea on a permanent three-and-a-half-year contract in January 2018, but left Wanda Metropolitano six months before the end of the agreement. The Spain international, who switched internationa...
‘I don’t think he’ll find a better team’ – Di Maria expects Mbappe to stay at PSG in wake of Messi arrival
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‘I don’t think he’ll find a better team’ – Di Maria expects Mbappe to stay at PSG in wake of Messi arrival

The Argentine expects his star club team-mate to stay despite links to Real Madrid Angel Di Maria says Kylian Mbappe will remain with Paris Saint-Germain, claiming the French star will not be able to find a better team anywhere else. Mbappe's future has been up in the air amid links to Real Madrid, despite the club's recent signing of Lionel Messi. Di Maria, meanwhile, says that he believes Mbappe will stay in Paris for the foreseeable future as he believes PSG is currently the most talented club in world football.
Tuchel explains how Lukaku will help USMNT star Pulisic as Chelsea close on £98m striker
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Tuchel explains how Lukaku will help USMNT star Pulisic as Chelsea close on £98m striker

The Blues are set to bring a proven frontman back to Stamford Bridge, with his qualities fitting the "profile" sought by the club's manager Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been explaining how Romelu Lukaku fits the "profile" at Stamford Bridge and why the striker's seemingly imminent arrival will help to bring the best out of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. Goal can confirm that the Premier League heavyweights have a £98 million ($136m) agreement in place that will see the Belgium international return to English football after two productive seasons with Inter. The former Everton and Manchester United star, who failed to make an impact during a previous spell in west London between 2011 and 2014, has been identified as the number nine to get Chelsea firing as a coll...
Why Percy Tau must resist Al Ahly & Mosimane reunion
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Why Percy Tau must resist Al Ahly & Mosimane reunion

The South Africa forward has been tipped for an exit from Brighton & Hove Albion, but is a switch to Egypt wise? Percy Tau has been heavily linked with the Brighton & Hove Albion exit door over the last week, with the South Africa forward rumoured to be attracting the interest of Egyptian giants and reigning continental champions Al Ahly. On one hand, there’s logic behind the potential switch. Tau appears to have lost his way in European football, having played a limited role for the Seagulls in their battle against the drop after returning from his loan deal midway through last season.
I Love nice-looking, Brilliant Women – Omoh
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I Love nice-looking, Brilliant Women – Omoh

Academica Clinceni of Romania midfielder Michael Omoh, talks about life off the pitch, love for entertainment industry, growing up in Warri and many more in this interview with JOHNNY EDWARD Were your parents against you playing football? My parents were in full support of me playing football, especially my mother. My dad had doubts initially when I first started but later allowed me to follow the path I chose.  When was the first time you started wearing boots and did they fit on? I can’t really remember the age when I first wore a pair of boots back then, but I was really young. It was my elder brother that got me my first pair of boots and it was a blue Nike boot. It felt strange wearing them at first because I was used to playing football with my bare feet. When I b...
Enyimba, Kwara United seal Caf slots as Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United stumble
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Enyimba, Kwara United seal Caf slots as Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United stumble

It was a dramatic finish to the Nigerian top-flight campaign as the fifth and sixth-placed teams rose up to secure the last two continental tickets Enyimba and Kwara United have finished in the second and third spots in the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League season respectively. Enyimba will join Akwa United in the Caf Champions League next season while Kwara United will participate in the Caf Confederation Cup. The People’s Elephants defeated Dakkada 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Thursday to end their four-game winless run on the road.
Robin Polley: Defender joins Heracles Almelo from ADO Den Haag
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Robin Polley: Defender joins Heracles Almelo from ADO Den Haag

The right-back has cut ties with The Hague, opting to continue his career with Heraclieden Ghana U23 defender Robin Polley has left relegated Dutch side ADO Den Haag for Heracles Almelo, the Eredivisie outfit has announced. According to a statement on Heraclieden’s official website, the 22-year-old’s services have been secured in a three-year deal, with an option to renew for a further one year. It hands him an opportunity to play elite division football following ADO’s demotion from the top-tier at the end of last season.
Aston Villa announce shock signing of Danny Ings from Southampton
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Aston Villa announce shock signing of Danny Ings from Southampton

  Aston Villa have announced the surprise signing of Danny Ings from Southampton for a fee believed to be £30million. Ings, 29, is Villa's fourth signing of the summer after Leon Bailey, Emiliano Buendia, and Ashley Young. He scored 46 goals in 100 appearances for Southampton after joining from Liverpool in 2018. "Danny is an outstanding Premier League footballer who has scored goals wherever he has played," said Villa boss Dean Smith. "He is also a top professional with a great character who will be a leader in our squad and a role model for our rapidly developing young academy players who are now in and around the first team." Confirming Ings' exit, Southampton simply tweeted: 'Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has accepted an offer from Aston Villa for...
Football must consider stopping headers – Top scientist says after new research links dementia to repetitive heading
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Football must consider stopping headers – Top scientist says after new research links dementia to repetitive heading

A leading scientist, researching into the possible link between dementia and football has urged the sport authorities to consider abandoning headers after a new study highlighted the risk of players developing neurodegenerative diseases due to repeated heading. Dr Willie Stewart of the University of Glasgow says football should now come with a warning regarding the dangers of heading in the sport over the course of a player's career. Previous studies had shown that footballers are more at risk of dying with dementia or other neurodegenerative diseases than the general population and Stewart says a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology provides the "missing link" between the disease and the sport. According to the study, out of the 7676 former football players in th...
‘The reports were very stressful’ – Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko reveals he wanted to quit football
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‘The reports were very stressful’ – Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko reveals he wanted to quit football

The teenage striker has opened up on his meteoric rise to fame at Westfalenstadion while outlining his goals for the new season Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko has revealed he wanted to quit football due to pressure after bursting onto the senior stage. Moukoko was drafted into Dortmund's first team as a 15-year-old in January 2020, having scored a staggering 88 goals in 141 games for the club at academy level. In November that year, the striker became the youngest player in Bundesliga history when making his debut one day after his 16th birthday and has since nailed down a role in the squad, but his rise to prominence hasn't all been plain sailing.
Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat
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Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat

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

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