Tuesday, May 11

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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.
Tottenham striker Kane reaffirms trophy ambitions
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Tottenham striker Kane reaffirms trophy ambitions

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has reaffirmed ambitions to win trophies. Kane first declared such objectives upon winning the London Premier League Player of the Year award last year. He stated yesterday, "I have talked openly about it because it is so important. "That's why I play football and that's why I became a football player. To get the chance to lift the trophies and win the big matches. "However, it has not happened yet but I feel that I have the time on my side. I'm just looking ahead and I'm sure the titles will come."
I was very close to joining Barca & spoke with Messi’ – Lautaro admits he almost left Inter for Camp Nou in 2020
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I was very close to joining Barca & spoke with Messi’ – Lautaro admits he almost left Inter for Camp Nou in 2020

Inter star Lautaro Martinez has admitted that he was "very close to joining Barcelona" in 2020 and "even talked it over with [Lionel] Messi". Lautaro has emerged as one of the top young strikers in European football since joining Inter from Racing Club in 2018, attracting plenty of high profile admirers in the process. Camp Nou was touted as the most likely next destination for the Argentine when transfer talk reached its peak last summer, but he ultimately chose to stay at San Siro as Barca passed up the chance to meet his reported €111 million (£96m/$133m) release clause.
Pogba: Mbappe and Rashford are the future of football
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Pogba: Mbappe and Rashford are the future of football

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has named Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe as “the present and the future of football.” Pogba’s is team mates with Rashford at Old Trafford and has seen the striker become an important player for club and country at the age of 23. Mbappe, on the other hand, has emerged as one of the world’s best forwards. The Paris Saint-Germain star also won the 2018 World Cup with France alongside Pogba. In a Q&A with United fans, Pogba said of the pair: “They’re two big, big, big talents. I think they are so young and so talented. “They achieved so much for their young age. I think they are the present and the future of football.”
Little Mix star, Leigh-Anne Pinnock Pregnant with First child
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Little Mix star, Leigh-Anne Pinnock Pregnant with First child

Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock is pregnant with her first child. The singer made the announcement via an Instagram post she shared. 29-year-old Leigh-Anne who showed off her bump for the first time in a striking photoshoot, posed solo in a stomach-baring green dress before being joined by her fiancé Andre Gray. This is coming almost a year after footballer Andre proposed to Leigh Ann in their garden last June. The singer wrote; "We've dreamed about this moment for so long and we can't believe the dream is finally coming true... we can't wait to meet you." Band member Jade Thirlwall was one of the first to comment on the post as she replied: "Love you so much. Look at this family." While Perrie Edwards also added: "I can’t stop staring at these pictures. You’re a vision. Ily...
‘The Scudetto is home!’ – Fans celebrate Inter Milan’s Serie A triumph
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‘The Scudetto is home!’ – Fans celebrate Inter Milan’s Serie A triumph

Antonio Conte’s men have claimed the Italian elite division crown after Atalanta stuttered against Sassuolo on Sunday Football fans have taken to social media to celebrate Inter Milan’s first Serie A title in 11 years. Antonio Conte’s team sealed the diadem as Atalanta played out a 1-1 draw against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium – a result which leaves the Milan outfit with an unassailable 13-point lead with four games left to play. Inter knew they were on the brink of glory after securing a 2-0 away win against Simeon Nwankwo’s Crotone on Saturday evening.
He knows women’s football!’ – Chelsea women’s manager Hayes excited about ‘open-minded’ Tuchel
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He knows women’s football!’ – Chelsea women’s manager Hayes excited about ‘open-minded’ Tuchel

The two coaches have guided their sides to the semi-finals of the men's and women's Champions League competitions and could create history together Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes has lauded the knowledge of men’s head coach Thomas Tuchel on the women’s game, following conversations between the two coaches. Tuchel was appointed by Chelsea back in January after the departure of Frank Lampard. He has since guided the team to the semi-finals of the Champions League and the final of the FA Cup. It’s a good time to be a fan of the club – with Hayes’ side top of the Women’s Super League table and also in the last four in Europe, having picked up the Continental Cup earlier this season. Speaking to the media this week ahead of her side’s second leg with Bayern Munich on Sunday, Hayes ...
Albion Rovers striker David Cox quits football over ‘abuse’ claim during Stenhousemuir game
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Albion Rovers striker David Cox quits football over ‘abuse’ claim during Stenhousemuir game

Albion Rovers' David Cox says he has quit football after claiming he was verbally abused about his mental health struggles by an opposition player. Cox, 32, left the stadium at half-time of his side's game with Stenhousemuir and said he was taunted about his previous attempts to take his own life. Stenhousemuir have brought the matter to the attention of the Scottish FA and started their own investigation. "The club is aware of a verbal altercation," the League 2 club said. "We have spoken to the players involved, David Cox (Albion Rovers) who was on the bench, and Jonathan Tiffoney (Stenhousemuir) who was playing. "Both players are making claims of serious and wholly inappropriate comments being made during the game that have implications for player wellbeing and mental...
Comparison With N’Golo Kante Irritates me – Ndidi
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Comparison With N’Golo Kante Irritates me – Ndidi

  Leicester City midfield powerhouse, Wilfred Ndidi, has said that comparisons with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante “irritates” him. The Super Eagles star has become one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League since he moved from Genk over four years ago. Ndidi signed for Leicester City five months after Kante left for Chelsea in July 2016. “The comparison used to irritate me, but it’s football. I completely understand the fans because they love to find something to talk about. “Even before I arrived at Leicester, I heard it. I only wanted to be Wilfred Ndidi and not someone else. “I focus on myself, I am always critical of myself. I do my best to improve as a footballer game by game and give my best for my club. “The comparison with others, about who i...
JP Morgan Announce They Have Ended £3.5 Billion European Super League Backing
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JP Morgan Announce They Have Ended £3.5 Billion European Super League Backing

  The company financing the European Super League have pulled out of the breakaway competition. American bank JP Morgan gave a £3.5 billion backing to the league which 12 founding clubs had signed up to be a part of it. As per The Guardian, JP Morgan's bankers were poised to be covering payments of €200m and €300m to all sides involved. But widespread opposition from fans, players, clubs, associations and governing bodies caused the Premier League's "big six" to drop out one by one, with Atletico Madrid and clubs in Italy also getting cold feet. And now JP Morgan have released a statement confirming their withdrawal and apologising for their error or misjudgment.   "We clearly misjudged how this deal would be viewed by the wider football community and how it ...
Lingard Almost ‘Quit’ Football Due To Mental Health Issues
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Lingard Almost ‘Quit’ Football Due To Mental Health Issues

Jesse Lingard said that his mental health had deteriorated to the point where he almost quit football, or took a break from the game before the lockdown last year. Jesse Lingard has returned to the form he showed as England reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals but he admits before his loan move to West Ham he thought of quitting football. The 28-year-old forward's form slumped after the World Cup, losing his place in the Manchester United first team. He told the YouTube-based talk show 'Presenting' his mental health deteriorated to the extent he contemplated quitting or at least taking a time-out from the game. "I could have easily quit in lockdown (the first one in March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic)," he said.   "I could have been like 'nah, I don't want t...
We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez
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We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez

The Real Madrid president is the first chairman of the competition, which has come in for criticism from all sides since its confirmation after midnight on Sunday. "UEFA worked in another format that, firstly, I didn't understand it and secondly, it doesn't produce the necessary income to save football," Perez said on El Chiringuito on Monday night. "When I say save football I mean to save everyone, so that for the next 20 years at least we can live in peace. The situation is very dramatic. We believe this format can save football, like the European Cup saved football in the 50s." Why the Super League? In an attempt to explain the Super League, Florentino addressed clubs' falling revenues, which have been accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic. "The biggest clubs in Engla...
Britain Talks Tough In Football ‘Super League’ Row
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Britain Talks Tough In Football ‘Super League’ Row

The U.K. government will put “everything on the table” to fight the European Super League plan — but is sitting on the sidelines for now. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told MPs the proposal for a number of elite football teams to form their own league and restrict entry to outside clubs was “tone deaf” and against the spirit of the game. “Football is in our national DNA,” he told the House of Commons. “We invented it, we helped export it around the world and it’s been at the heart of British life for over a century.” He added: “We will not stand by and watch football be cravenly stripped of the things that made millions across the country love it.” But Dowden said although the government will launch a fan-led review of the sport, it will hang back for now in the hope that ex...
Bruno Fernandes, Ander Herrera, Dejan Lovren and Mesut Ozil hits out at European Super League plans by claiming ‘dreams cannot be bought’
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Bruno Fernandes, Ander Herrera, Dejan Lovren and Mesut Ozil hits out at European Super League plans by claiming ‘dreams cannot be bought’

  Manchester United star Bruno Feranandes has become the most high-profile player to speak out against plans for a European Super League, saying 'dreams cannot be bought'. The Red Devils were one of 12 teams to sensationally announce their own new breakaway tournament which will eclipse UEFA's Champions League that will start 'as soon as is practicable'. The twelve teams, which include all of England's Big Six clubs, will be part of a mega-rich league that will see 15 out of the 20 competing sides automatically qualify for the competition on a yearly basis. Wolves player Daniel Podence posted an emotional post slamming the talks, with Fernandes sharing the winger's post and captioned it, 'Dreams cannot be buy (bought).' Podence's original post read: 'The Ball. The Song....
Super League: It’ll be damaging – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson warns Man United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, others
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Super League: It’ll be damaging – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson warns Man United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, others

  UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has reacted angrily to the new European Super League. He also vowed that the UK government will support any action taken to prevent what he described as the “damaging” proposals. Premier League, big boys Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are part of the new League, along with six other European heavyweights such as Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona from the LaLiga and Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan from Italy. They announced their breakaway last night despite threats from UEFA, Premier League, LaLiga, and Serie A to ban them, among other punishments. The Prime Minister urged the Premier League renegade clubs to rethink their plans. “Plans for a European Super League would ...
Inter Miami broke MLS rules over Blaise Matuidi signing
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Inter Miami broke MLS rules over Blaise Matuidi signing

David Beckham's Inter Miami broke Major League Soccer (MLS) rules with the signing of France midfielder Blaise Matuidi from Juventus last year. The MLS said Matuidi had been paid more than was allowed, effectively giving the team four "designated players" last season rather than the permitted three. Designated players' wages do not count towards the MLS salary cap. Known as the "Beckham rule", it was introduced when the ex-England captain joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. At that time, Beckham was given an option to purchase an expansion franchise, later becoming co-owner of Inter Miami, who played their first MLS game in March 2020. In a statement, the MLS said World Cup winner Matuidi, 34, had been wrongly categorised as a "targeted allocation money" (TAM) player. ...
Chelsea Players to Decide who I Buy this Summer – Tuchel
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Chelsea Players to Decide who I Buy this Summer – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has hinted his players could decide who he brings in this summer. Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard midway into the 2020/2021 season and the next transfer window will be very crucial for him. However, he feels the current crop have to be comfortable with new arrivals. “I spoke to a conductor in Germany and he told me that once in his orchestra he had to find a new musician. “He picks three maybe that he likes as a replacement, but the final decision is made through the orchestra. We had a long discussion about this. “It made total sense to me because they have to play with the new person. I am brave enough to think about what this could mean in recruiting in football. “Could it be that the team maybe decides, like a pre-selection,...
Coufal: Winning Mentality Helping West Ham’s CL Charge
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Coufal: Winning Mentality Helping West Ham’s CL Charge

Vladimir Coufal knows what it takes to win league titles and it is that winning mentality that he hopes can help get West Ham over the line as they bid to bring Champions League football to the London Stadium next season. The battle to finish in the Premier League's top four continues to gather pace and the Hammers' 3-2 win against Leicester last weekend blew the race wide open, leaving David Moyes' side fourth and just one point behind the Foxes in third. However, Chelsea and Liverpool are firmly on the coattails of West Ham - who face Newcastle at St James' Park, live on Sky Sports on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm) - and with seven games to go the pressure is firmly on as they look to secure a place in the Champions League for the first time in the club's history. Coufal, who a...
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Speak to me with Respect – Messi tells Referee Manzano at El Clasico
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Speak to me with Respect – Messi tells Referee Manzano at El Clasico

  There was a heated conversation between Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, and referee Gil Manzano during the El Clasico on Saturday. During the argument, the Argentina international, who was on the losing side had asked the referee to speak to him with respect, according to Tribuna. This led the referee to ask the Argentine captain if he (Messi) really understand the rule of football and offered to tutor later. Real Madrid defeated Barcelona and climbed above Atletico Madrid on the La Liga table on goal difference and a point ahead of the Catalans. The Barca captain was heard telling Manzano: “Speak well, referee, with respect!” Manzano replied: “Do you know the rules of football or not? If you don’t, then I’ll explain them to you later.”
Aguero Ready to Join Man City’s Premier League Rivals
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Aguero Ready to Join Man City’s Premier League Rivals

  Sergio Aguero is willing to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer, the UK Telegraph reports. The Argentina striker’s exit from the Etihad this summer has already been confirmed. And Aguero is keen to remain in the Premier League, rather than move abroad. It is believed the 33-year-old would be willing to join Spurs this summer, even if they miss out on the Champions League next season. Aguero arrived in England in 2011 and is enjoying his football in the country. Barcelona are also keen on the player, in a bid to reunite him with compatriot Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo gets new role at Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo gets new role at Real Madrid

  Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered the role of an ambassador by Real Madrid when he retires from playing, according to OkDiario. The sports site reports that Real Madrid have no plan to resign the Portuguese as a player but will be given a new role by Los Blancos when he retires. The 36-year-old currently plying his thread with Juventus has been linked with a move back to Spain ahead of the summer transfer window. However, that does not seem such move will materialise as Juventus chief, Paved Nedved had recently declared that the 5 times ballon d’Or winner will see out his contract in Turin. The speculation about Ronaldo’s future increased ever since their Champions League exit to Porto earlier in the month. Yet OkDiario say the La Liga giants don’t want to re-...
Gareth Southgate names best five strikers
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Gareth Southgate names best five strikers

England manager, Gareth Southgate, has listed the top five strikers in world football. They include Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) and Kylian Mbappe (PSG). According to Southgate, he has included his captain Kane, because of his incredible record. Kane has scored 28 goals in all competitions for club and country, providing 17 assists. Southgate said: “There are not many outright No9s in the world at the moment at a really elite level. “Lukaku is obviously one. The two boys we’re speaking about – Kane and Lewandowski – are. I suppose Aguero has been. “But you don’t get that profile of forwards so often, there’s a lot more of the interchangeable forward players that can pl...
‘I do with England!’ – Rashford diplomatically navigates Sancho question during Twitter Q&A
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‘I do with England!’ – Rashford diplomatically navigates Sancho question during Twitter Q&A

The Manchester United star discussed his role models among other subjects during his chat with fans Marcus Rashford has described Jadon Sancho as his favourite player in the Bundesliga, but sidestepped an attempt to lure him into acting as an agent to sign the Borussia Dortmund man for Manchester United. With a lull in club football due to the international break and Rashford absent from England duty due to injury, he opened up a Q&A on Twitter. The United star answered questions on a range of topics, and split the nation on his views on where he keeps his tomato ketchup, with Dortmund forward Sancho featuring on a couple of occasions.
Lukaku to Accept Interest From Chelsea, Barcelona, Others on one Condition
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Lukaku to Accept Interest From Chelsea, Barcelona, Others on one Condition

  Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku will only accept interest from Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid if the club’s manager, Antonio Conte, departs the Nerazzurri, according to the Daily Mail. Inter Milan have rejected all interest in Lukaku, who is understood to be keen to stay at the San Siro, providing Conte remains in charge of Serie A leaders with the pair sharing a strong relationship. Lukaku has enjoyed the best football of his career under the guidance of Conte and has formed a fine partnership with Lautaro Martinez  for Inter. The former Chelsea and Manchester United star has been impressive since signing for Inter from Manchester United in 2019 in a £73m deal. The Belgium international has become the fastest player in Inter’s history to r...
Obi Mikel Opens up on Eden Hazard’s Approach to Football amid battle with injury
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Obi Mikel Opens up on Eden Hazard’s Approach to Football amid battle with injury

  Chelsea icon, John Obi Mikel, has opened up about Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard’s approach to football amid the Belgium international’s latest battle with injury. Hazard has endured a torrid time at Real Madrid since joining Zinedine Zidane’s side from Chelsea in 2019. The 30-year-old has been dogged by persistent problems with his left ankle, which has restricted him to just 14 appearances for Real Madrid this season. Speaking on the development, Mikel, a former teammate with Hazard during their time together at Chelsea, believes the Real Madrid No. 7 is not dedicated to the game, adding that he doesn’t train well. “He [Eden Hazard] said it himself sometimes: ‘If I want to be as good, I can be as good. Not as good as [Lionel] Messi because he is from a differen...
Watkins aiming to stake claim for permanent England role after maiden call-up
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Watkins aiming to stake claim for permanent England role after maiden call-up

The Villa star acknowledges that it will be tough to unseat first-choice forward Harry Kane but he is delighted to be part of the national team New England call-up Ollie Watkins wants to stake a regular claim to a place in the Three Lions squad as he enjoys his first taste of international football. The Aston Villa striker, 25, was selected by Gareth Southgate for England's opening World Cup qualifiers in March. It is a reward for the fine season Watkins has had in the Premier League as he continues to impress in attack for the Birmingham side.
Ajax goalkeeper Onana training alone on amateur pitches ahead of doping ban appeal
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Ajax goalkeeper Onana training alone on amateur pitches ahead of doping ban appeal

The Cameroon international failed an out-of-competition test and cannot play football of any kind at the moment, with the Dutch giants having appealed Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been banned from all football for the next year after he was found to have the banned substance Furosemide in his urine sample, but he continues to fight for his future. The Eredivisie club are expecting their appeal will be heard in the next two months at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with the ban also preventing Onana from training with the club. The club have already made public their claim that their No 1 accidentally took medicine prescribed for his wife. Meanwhile, the Dutch Association of Professional Footballers (VVCS) has condemned the length of the ban given to Onana as “dispro...
Infantino Reacts as Pinnick Wins FIFA Council Seat
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Infantino Reacts as Pinnick Wins FIFA Council Seat

  FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has expressed his optimism that the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, will make a meaningful contribution to the development of football after his election as a member of the FIFA Council. Pinnick won the highly-coveted seat, defeating Malawian FA president, Walter Nyamilandu during the 43rd CAF General Assembly in Rabat. The 50-year-old becomes the third Nigerian to achieve the feat after Oyo Orok Oyo and Amos Adamu. Pinnick will be representing Africa in the highest decision-making organisation of the world football governing body, along with Egypt’s Hany Abou Rida, Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa, Mali’s Mamoutou Toure, Benin’s Mathurin De Chacus and Sierra Leone’s Aisha Johansen. “I would like herewith ...
I Walked 7km to Play Football Without Boots – Kanu Nwankwo
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I Walked 7km to Play Football Without Boots – Kanu Nwankwo

Arsenal legend, Kanu Nwankwo, on Wednesday, revealed that he walked 7km to play football without boots while he was growing up as a teenager in Nigeria. The former Super Eagles captain disclosed this while advising Nigerian youths not to give up on their dreams. According to him, he didn’t depend on the government, adding he did not give up on his dreams as he put his trust in God. Kanu spoke during a submit on #EndSARS organised by the Ebonyi State Government in Abakaliki. He said, “When Papilo started, I did not depend on the government. I did not have boots to play football,” the former Arsenal forward said during the event held in Abakaliki. “I walk from my house, five kilometres to go to school. Come back from school, help mom, my parents, head out again – another sev...
Liverpool vs Chelsea: We Don’t Have Rights to go to Champions League – Klopp Cries after 1-0 Defeat
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Liverpool vs Chelsea: We Don’t Have Rights to go to Champions League – Klopp Cries after 1-0 Defeat

  Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool do not have the rights to go to next season’s Champions League after their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday. The German described the loss as a “massive blow” to his side’s hopes of finishing in the top four. It was Mason Mount’s first-half strike that gave Thomas Tuchel’s side all three points at Anfield and handed the Reds a fifth straight home defeat for the first time in the club’s history. Chelsea found themselves in the top four with the victory and Klopp’s side are now four points adrift of that with Everton and West Ham ahead of them. “It is a massive blow,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “It is not done yet, but we don’t have to talk about if you lose that many games, you don’t have the right to g...
Liverpool Legend Ian St John Dies aged 82
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Liverpool Legend Ian St John Dies aged 82

Reds players, staff and supporters are mourning the loss of one of the club's all-time greats Liverpool have announced the death of legendary forward Ian St John at the age of 82. The Reds posted a message confirming St John's passing via social media on Tuesday, which reads: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true Anfield legend, Ian St John. "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ian's family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Ian St John 1938-2021."
Nigeria National League Gets Sponsor, to air Live Matches
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Nigeria National League Gets Sponsor, to air Live Matches

  The Nigeria National League (NNL) will announce its sponsor for the 2020/2021 season within one month. The CEO Sajo Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria that the development would boost the competition and level of play. The NNL chief also announced plans to broadcast live matches to a global audience. Mohammed stressed that football is a serious business that requires funding. “We have found an organisation that has indicated an interest in sponsoring the league. “The company is knowledgeable about football and its benefits in the long run. “I believe that in the next few weeks, they will be officially unveiled”, he said. The 2020/2021 NNL season kicked off on February 13. There are 46 participating clubs.
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...
“This Is Football Suicide”- Atalanta Coach Gasperini Blast Match Officials
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“This Is Football Suicide”- Atalanta Coach Gasperini Blast Match Officials

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini is furious about the outcome of his side game against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. Atalanta went down to ten men with just 20 minutes into the game as Remo Freuler was giving a straight red after adjudged to have foul Ferland Mendy at the edge of the box. The decision didn't go down well with Gasperini has his side suffered during the rest of the game and later conceded a late goal which sees Madrid ran away with a first-leg advantage. Speaking with Sky Sport Italia after the game, the Atalanta coach revealed how disappointed he is and why he feels the officials made the wrong call. “The game was ruined,” Gasperini said after the game. “Last season, after absolute chaos, the handball rule was sorted out. Now we hav...
Wenger Controversially Picks Between Fabregas, Vieira
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Wenger Controversially Picks Between Fabregas, Vieira

  Arsene Wenger has picked between two of Arsenal’s best midfielders to play under him: Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas. Although Wenger praised both players, he picked Vieira ahead of Fabregas. The legendary Frenchman made the choice while responding to a question from Andy Gray on beIN SPORTS. Wenger said: “Well, Andy, they were both of my former players so that is very difficult. “I always say and I said that in my book, the guy that gave me time and credit at Arsenal was Patrick Vieria because he was the first player I bought. “And Fabregas was an exceptional football player and still is because he is still playing.”
Former PSG and Newcastle Midfielder, Yohan Cabaye Retires from Football at the Age of 35
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Former PSG and Newcastle Midfielder, Yohan Cabaye Retires from Football at the Age of 35

Former Newcastle, Crystal Palace, and Paris Saint-Germain, midfielder Yohan Cabaye, has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35. Cabaye saw his one-year contract with Saint-Etienne expire at the end of last season and the Frenchman has decided to hang his boots after 543 appearances at six different clubs. The midfielder started his career with Lille in 2004 and helped the club win a league and cup double in the 2010-2011 season. He also made 48 appearances for the France national team. In an emotional tweet, which he captioned 'the final whistle', Cabaye shared a statement which read: 'It is with great emotion that after more than 17 years of passion, love for football, emotions greater than each other, memories that will forever remain serious in...
City Is More Than Just The Football Itself – Iikay Gundogan
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City Is More Than Just The Football Itself – Iikay Gundogan

German international IIkay Gundogan says Manchester City is more than just football and that he is ready to spend the rest of his playing days at the club. Gundogan has really been important for Manchester City this season as he has added another feature to his game which is scoring goals. The former Borussia Dortmund player has scored 13 goals in 25 appearances for City this season. With him on the pitch this season, Pep Guardiola is not worried about having a striker on the pitch or not as the 30-year-old is always in the right position at the right time. Speaking with Sky Sport, Gundogan spoke of the desire to retire at Manchester City as he is happy with the club and the way things are run. "I must honestly say that I can imagine that happening," he told said "The wa...
Celtic eye Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi as new director of football
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Celtic eye Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi as new director of football

The Scottish giants are preparing for an overhaul of their football operations and are on the hunt for a new director Celtic are considering appointing Juventus chief scout Matteo Tognozzi as director of football. The Premiership side are looking to overhaul their football operations as they prepare for the departure of long-time chief executive Peter Lawwell. Former Scottish Rugby chief operating officer Dominic McKay will take Lawwell's place, but the club are looking to find another experienced figure to take over as director of football.
Didier Drogba’s son, Isaac, signs for Italian fourth division club
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Didier Drogba’s son, Isaac, signs for Italian fourth division club

Isaac Drogba, son of former Chelsea football star, Didier Drogba, has signed for Italian division four team Folgore Caratese.   The son of the former Ivory Coast footballer, previously had spells in the Chelsea academy and also with the B team of French club Guingamp.     Isaac Drogba, born 15th December 2000 in Paris, joins the team from the North of Italy on a permanent deal, the official statement from the club reads.   The senior Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 games during two spells at Chelsea he scored 164 goals in 381 games, and won every club trophy as a player at Chelsea.
EPL: Solskjaer Hints on Pogba’s Return From Injury
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EPL: Solskjaer Hints on Pogba’s Return From Injury

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed that midfielder, Paul Pogba, would be back from injury in a few weeks’ time. Solskjaer said this on Monday at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s FA Cup fifth-round tie with West Ham United on Tuesday night at Old Trafford. Pogba sustained a thigh-muscle injury during Man United’s 3-3 draw with Everton in the Premier League over the weekend. The France World Cup winner will miss Tuesday’s FA Cup clash with West Ham United, in addition to the Europa League ties against Real Sociedad. Providing an update on Pogba, Solskjaer told MUTV, “It’s an injury that will take a few weeks to heal. “He’s just started his recovery, working with the medical staff and we will get him back as soon and as safely as ...
Man Utd vs Everton: Solskjaer Confirms Showdown Talks With Pogba
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Man Utd vs Everton: Solskjaer Confirms Showdown Talks With Pogba

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed he has held showdown talks with Paul Pogba about the player’s future. However, he has refused to confirm whether Pogba will sign a new contract at Old Trafford. Pogba has less than 18 months left on his current deal and agent Mino Raiola said publicly in December that the Frenchman will not sign an extension. The 27-year-old has hit a good run of form and was voted United’s player of the month for January But even after talks with the World Cup winner, Solskjaer is giving nothing away. “Our conversations remain private. Speculation about Paul is always going to be there, we’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us. “I’m just happy he’s focuse...
Tottenham vs Chelsea: How Thomas Tuchel Helped my Career – Christian Pulisic
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Tottenham vs Chelsea: How Thomas Tuchel Helped my Career – Christian Pulisic

Chelsea winger, Christian Pulisic, has revealed that the club’s manager helped him when he was a young player. According to Pulisic, Tuchel trusted him and gave him chances to play football, adding that he only has good memories of the German. The United States international said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Pulisic played under Tuchel during their time together at Bundesliga side, Dortmund. “The manager trusted in me and most importantly gave me chances to play, so I am grateful for that. He definitely helped me as a young player, and I only have good memories of that time.” “We had some success at Dortmund together, and it’s been good to see him again and work with him once more.” “It’s been good so far,” Pulisic tol...
‘I will never stop partying!’ – Neymar dismisses ‘immature’ tag and insists he’s well aware of PSG responsibilities
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‘I will never stop partying!’ – Neymar dismisses ‘immature’ tag and insists he’s well aware of PSG responsibilities

The Brazilian says he would "end up exploding" if he focused all of his energy on football 100 per cent of the time Neymar has dismissed his "immature" tag and insisted he is well aware of his responsibilities at Paris Saint-Germain, but has also vowed to "never stop" partying. PSG broke the world transfer record by spending €220 million (£194m/$265m) to bring Neymar to Parc des Princes from Barcelona in the summer of 2017. The Brazilian has since scored 83 goals in 100 games for the French club, getting his hands on nine trophies in the process, but he has also made plenty of headlines for his antics away from the pitch.
Ozil rules out return to German national team & has no plans for Bundesliga homecoming
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Ozil rules out return to German national team & has no plans for Bundesliga homecoming

The midfielder confirmed he won't be going back on his decision to retire from international football after being unveiled at Fenerbahce Mesut Ozil has ruled out a return to the German national team, while insisting that he has no plans for a Bundesliga homecoming in the future. Ozil racked up 94 caps for Germany between 2009 and 2018, scoring 23 goals and laying on 43 assists while also getting his hands on the World Cup. The midfielder played a key role in Die Mannschaft's run to glory at the 2014 finals in Brazil, but was unable to help Joachim Low's side defend their title four years later in Russia.  
Cristiano Ronaldo Talks About His Next Career After Football Retirement
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Cristiano Ronaldo Talks About His Next Career After Football Retirement

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said he's considered acting as a possible career move once he's finished his playing career. The Portugal international is regarded as one of the best players of his generation, having won the Ballon d'Or on five occasions. Even at 34, he remains highly regarded, finishing third behind Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk in the FIFA Best Men's Player award and Ballon d'Or voting. Speaking about life after football, Ronaldo said he would like to move on from some of the world's biggest stadiums to the silver screen, per James Westwood of Goal: "I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them. One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a ...
‘Always the same mistakes’ – Reus says Dortmund’s defending ‘stinks’ as BVB lose ground on Bayern in Bundesliga title race
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‘Always the same mistakes’ – Reus says Dortmund’s defending ‘stinks’ as BVB lose ground on Bayern in Bundesliga title race

Two goals from Erling Haaland counted for nothing as Edin Terzic's side were beaten 4-2 by Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night Marco Reus cut a frustrated figure on Friday night as he slammed Borussia Dortmund’s defensive fragility in their 4-2 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach. Some excellent attacking football and two excellent finishes from Erling Haaland counted for nothing as Dortmund once again proved the architects of their own downfall at Borussia-Park. Things could have been worse with a Gladbach opener inside the first minute ruled out by VAR but Dortmund looked shaky at the back throughout and were predictably punished from set pieces.  
Lampard backs Havertz to overcome early Chelsea struggles like De Bruyne and Salah
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Lampard backs Havertz to overcome early Chelsea struggles like De Bruyne and Salah

The 21-year-old has not impacted English football as many would expect but his manager says that is not down to a lack of desire Frank Lampard has defended Kai Havertz over criticism that he looked like he was 'not bothered' during Chelsea's recent 2-0 defeat to Leicester City. Former Chelsea, Leicester City and Germany defender Robert Huth criticised Havertz's performance and body language in the match at the King Power Stadium. Indeed, Lampard did haul off the £70 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in the 67th minute but little changed after his withdrawal. Ahead of an FA Cup clash with Luton, Lampard has hit out at critics of Havertz's work rate. "I can officially say from working with Kai that desire is absolutely not part of the issue. Is he as confident right now, at t...
Davido Shows His Football Skills As He Plays With Friends
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Davido Shows His Football Skills As He Plays With Friends

Nigerian singer Davido was recently spotted showing off some football stunts during a match. - The musician who was playing with his friends seemed to be having a lot of fun dribbling and passing the ball - Apart from the wild reactions of fans to this, several celebrities also hailed OBO for his impressive display Singer Davido recently proved to his fan that, apart from music, he is also good at other things, one of which happens to be football. This he did, by sharing a video of himself flexing on the field and dribbling some opponents in a friendly match. https://youtu.be/cORDlgyEh-o  
Erling Haaland Was A Member Of A Boyband In 2016 And They Posted A Song To YouTube
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Erling Haaland Was A Member Of A Boyband In 2016 And They Posted A Song To YouTube

  Before he became one of the most exciting prospects in world football, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland was dropping bars on YouTube under the name 'FlowKingz'. That's right. The Norweigian forward can be seen rapping the single "Kygo jo" via his official YouTube channel alongside two of his friends in a quite frankly bizarre music video. With almost four million views at the time of writing, we can officially say that Haaland's lyrical presence isn't exactly genius but it's certainly memorable. What have i just watched, seriously? Someone has even made a YouTube video translating the song from Norwegian to English, so if you want to know what Haaland is saying on that sunny day in 2016, then please yourself. Haaland is a man of many talents. He is also a w...
The Goal That Saw Cristiano Ronaldo Become The Joint-Highest Goalscorer In Football History
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The Goal That Saw Cristiano Ronaldo Become The Joint-Highest Goalscorer In Football History

  Cristiano Ronaldo reached another historic milestone in his incredible career last night when he became the joint highest-goalscorer in football history. After goals from Danilo and Aaron Ramsey either side of a Gregoire Defrel equaliser for the hosts, the Portuguese superstar struck in the 92nd minute to seal a 3-1 win for Juventus over Sassuolo and in doing so, moved level with Czech Republic legend Josef Bican on 759 goals. Ronaldo sprinted in behind late on and supplied an emphatic finish for his 15th Serie A goal of the season so far, but more importantly the strike means he is just one away from becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in history. He has hit 759 in 1037 games for club and country. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner surpassed Brazilian legend Pele'...

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