Thursday, October 28

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Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona
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Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona

Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge. After weeks of speculation, Koeman's final game was the 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday night, their fourth defeat in six games in all competitions. A brief statement was released on the club's website confirming president Joan Laporta had relieved the Dutchman of his duties as first-team coach. It added: "Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva. "FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and wishes him all the best in his professional career." Pressure had been building on the Dutchman since a 3-0 defeat at Benfica in late September, which made this season the club's worst-ever start to a Champions League cam...
Ballon D’Or: ‘Leaked’ voting results show Lewandowski as winner ahead of Messi
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Ballon D’Or: ‘Leaked’ voting results show Lewandowski as winner ahead of Messi

Leaked Ballon D’Or voting results for this year’s award, claim that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski will win ahead of Lionel Messi. SportsMail reports the image is believed to be the final standings. Voting for the 2021 winner officially ended on Monday, October 25, the date on the document which has gone viral. According to it, Lewandowski has polled 627 points from the 176 voting nations, ahead of Lionel Messi in second place. Karim Benzema is in third place with 526 points. Lewandowski, 33, was favourite to win the Ballon D’Or last season before the ceremony was cancelled due to Covid. The Polish striker has scored 17 goals in 13 games so far this season.
Paul Scholes overlooks Chelsea, names favourites for title
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Paul Scholes overlooks Chelsea, names favourites for title

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has snubbed Chelsea and named Liverpool and Manchester City as the two favourite teams to win the Premier League title this season. Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table with 22 points from nine games. Thomas Tuchel’s side are one point ahead of second-place Liverpool and two points ahead of third-place Manchester City. “Seeing Liverpool go to Old Trafford and win so convincingly, I think it will make City worry,” Scholes was quoted by Metro UK as saying. “Chelsea… I’m not sure, they have been great and I think they are better than I actually give them credit for, but I think [the Premier League title] it’s between Liverpool and Manchester City. “I think City watching that today, in the Champions League or the Prem...
Solskjaer’s project taking too long, no time in football – Schweinsteiger to Man Utd
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Solskjaer’s project taking too long, no time in football – Schweinsteiger to Man Utd

Former Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has told the club that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s project at Old Trafford is taking too long in his eyes. Schweinsteiger believes Solskjaer’s project is not delivering results quickly, adding that there is no time in football. According to him, Norwegian keeps mentioning that Man United is in working progress despite having the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in his squad. “United are still a work in progress, Solskjaer keeps mentioning that,” Schweinsteiger told BBC Radio 5 Live via Goal. “It takes too long, though, for me in my eyes. If you look at [Manchester] City or Chelsea and the impact that Tuchel had on them – it was unbelievable. They have a strategy and a DNA. They have more in the...
Cornet double earns Burnley point at Saints
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Cornet double earns Burnley point at Saints

Two of the Premier League's lowest-scoring sides played out a four-goal thriller as Maxwel Cornet's double earned Burnley a 2-2 draw at Southampton. Cornet nodded the visitors ahead with 13 minutes gone from Matt Lowton's pinpoint cross, but Tino Livramento equalised four minutes before half-time by powering home Nathan Redmond's corner. Southampton took the lead for the first time in the game when Ibrahima Diallo intercepted James Tarkowski's poor ball forward and released Armando Broja, who raced through before finding the bottom corner with his second goal in as many games. Cornet would have the last laugh though, as he pulled Burnley level out of nowhere with a first-time effort from outside the box after an Ashley Westwood flick. Burnley remain winless an...
Wilson overhead stunner earns Newcastle point at Palace
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Wilson overhead stunner earns Newcastle point at Palace

Callum Wilson's stunning overhead kick earned Newcastle their first point under new ownership, drawing 1-1 with a wasteful Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. It had been another turbulent week for Newcastle, having dismissed Steve Bruce on Wednesday and placing his assistant Graeme Jones in interim charge for the next two games. It was a tough assignment at Selhurst Park too, with Crystal Palace unbeaten at home under Patrick Vieira this season. The hosts dominated the first half, but had little to show for it at the break. Christian Benteke had nodded onto the post in the first of a plethora of missed chances. After another miss early in the second half, Benteke did finally make the breakthrough when he deservedly nodded Palace ahead (56). But their lead lasted less than 10 min...
King haunts Everton with treble in stunning Watford comeback
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King haunts Everton with treble in stunning Watford comeback

Josh King came back to haunt former club with a hat-trick as Everton's second-half capitulation gave Claudio Ranieri's Watford a stunning 5-2 comeback victory at Goodison Park. Just a week after conceding five against Liverpool, Ranieri's side this time hit five, including four in 14 minutes in a second-half flurry, helped by former Toffee King, scoring his first goals in 29 league appearances across three clubs having not made a single start in his 11 games at Everton last season. Tom Davies put Everton ahead early on from close range after fine work from Demarai Gray (3), but Watford levelled through King's far-post finish, awarded after a VAR intervention (13). Just under three minutes after coming on, Richarlison edged Everton ahead, stooping low to head Michael Keane's cros...
Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Koeman names squad for El Clasico
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Koeman names squad for El Clasico

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has announced a 23-man squad to face Real Madrid in Sunday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou. Koeman named the squad in a post via Barcelona’s official website on Saturday. Koeman’s side head to the game following a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Wednesday. Barcelona are currently in the seventh position on the LaLiga table with 15 points from eight games. Below is Barcelona’s squad against Real Madrid: Ter Stegen, Dest, Piqué, Sergio, Riqui Puig, Memphis, Ansu Fati, Demir, Neto, Coutinho, Lenglet, L. De Jong, Jordi Alba, Kun Agüero, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, O. Mingueza, Umtiti, Eric, Iñaki Peña, Nico, Gavi and Balde. R. Araujo, O. Meanwhile, Dembéle, Braithwaite and Pedri miss out through injury. The kick-off time for Ba...
Paul Merson predicts outcome of Man Utd vs Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, others
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Paul Merson predicts outcome of Man Utd vs Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, others

Former Arsenal player, Paul Merson, has predicted some of the English Premier League, EPL, matches that will be played this weekend. Manchester United will host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday evening, while Chelsea will tackle Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Manchester City will clash with Brighton on Saturday evening in an away Premier League tie, and Arsenal will host Aston Villa at Emirates. Providing his predictions, Merson told Sportskeeda, “Arsenal have done alright in the Premier League so far. People said it was a bad result the other day against Crystal Palace, but I think this is the kind of game they lost a couple of years ago. In recent weeks, they’ve kept sticking at it and need to win this one badly, as otherwise, it’ll quickly become th...
Why Tuchel wouldn’t bother about Timo Werner’s injury – Joe Cole
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Why Tuchel wouldn’t bother about Timo Werner’s injury – Joe Cole

Former Chelsea midfielder, Joe Cole has said that Thomas Tuchel would not bother too much over Timo Werner’s injury. According to the Englishman, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi will step up and cover for both Romelu Lukaku and Werner who were both injured during Chelsea 4-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League last night. Lukaku twisted his ankle after a rash tackle from Malmo defender, Lasse Nielsen in the penalty box, while Werner went down clutching his right hamstring Tuchel told reporters that both players would be missing for ‘some days’, and Cole believes Havertz and Hudson-Odoi, who replaced Werner and Lukaku against the Swedish champions, can prove their worth. Chelsea tackle Norwich on Saturday, ahead of games against Southampton and Newcastle. “You don’t e...
Champions League roundup: Messi’s brace secures PSG win, Liverpool defeat Atletico
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Champions League roundup: Messi’s brace secures PSG win, Liverpool defeat Atletico

Lionel Messi scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain edged RB Leipzig 3-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The Ligue 1 side took the place through Kylian Mbappe, but Andre Silva levelled the game before the break. Leipzig then took the lead through Nordi Mukiele, before Mbappe set up Messi for his first goal of the night. The former Barcelona superstar then scored from the spot to seal the win. In other games, Mohammed Salah continued his fine form at the club, netting a brace as Liverpool beat 10-man Atletico Madrid 3-2 in Spain.
Victor Moses names club likely to win Premier League title this season
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Victor Moses names club likely to win Premier League title this season

Spartak Moscow star, Victor Moses, has backed Chelsea to win the English Premier League, EPL, title this season. Moses believes Thomas Tuchel’s side have what it takes to win the English top-flight league this term. Last season, Chelsea finished in fourth position behind Liverpool, Manchester United, and champions Manchester City. But Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table so far this season, with a point behind second-placed Liverpool after eight games. When asked by the official website of Spartak Moscow if Chelsea can win the Premier League this season, Moses replied: “If they continue like this, they have every chance. So far, they have only lost one game, and that was against City. “They have a cool lineup and a strong coach. The three-defender setup...
English council urges parents not to allow children watch Squid Game after reports young kids are copying the Netflix show in the school playground
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English council urges parents not to allow children watch Squid Game after reports young kids are copying the Netflix show in the school playground

An English council has urged parents not to allow their children to watch the hit Netflix show "Squid Games" due to its graphic nature and the amount of violent content. In email sent to parents and guardians, the Central Bedfordshire council's education safeguarding team advised them to 'be vigilant after hearing reports that children and young people are copying games and violence' from the show. Reports have said children as young as six are copying the show's traditional children's games in the school playground which, in the show, come with deadly consequences for the losers. The South Korean series centres around a fictional game show in which poverty-stricken characters compete in a series of death games to win a £27million cash prize. The survival drama, which feature...
Arsenal’s squad to face Crystal Palace revealed [Full list]
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Arsenal’s squad to face Crystal Palace revealed [Full list]

Arsenal’s squad to face Crystal Palace in today’s English Premier League, EPL, tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has named a 25-man squad to tackle Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal head to the game following a 0-0 draw with Brighton in their last encounter. The Gunners are currently in the 13th position on the EPL table with 10 points from 7 games. Below is Arsenal’s squad against Crystal Palace; Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Aaron Ramsdale, Arthur Okonkwo and Karl Hein Defenders: Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Calum Chambers, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney, Nuno Tavares and Sead Kolasinac Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Albert Sambi...
Ronaldo will ‘disrupt’ Man Utd’s dressing room – Gary Neville
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Ronaldo will ‘disrupt’ Man Utd’s dressing room – Gary Neville

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has said Cristiano Ronaldo will cause disruption within the dressing room. However, Neville insists Ronaldo wouldn’t do it “maliciously”. United’s 29-match unbeaten run in away Premier League fixtures ended on Saturday, following a 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. It leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men with two wins in their last six games. Ronaldo hit the headlines after United’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa before the international break, as the 36-year-old stormed down the tunnel after the match and was clearly visibly furious. It led to suggestions that the Portugal superstar has requested a change of tactics from Solskjaer. “I don’t think Cristiano will disrupt the dressing room at all, purposely,” Neville said on Instagram. ...
Man United must fix ‘mentality and tactics’, says Pogba
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Man United must fix ‘mentality and tactics’, says Pogba

Paul Pogba delivered a withering assessment of the state of Manchester United’s form after a 4-2 defeat to Leicester left the Red Devils already five points adrift in the Premier League title race. United have not won an English top-flight title since 2013, but were expected to challenge this season after splashing out to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the transfer window. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have taken just one point from a possible nine against Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester in their last three league games. United also crashed out of the League Cup last month and are under pressure for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atalanta after losing their opening group game to Swiss side Young Boys. “If we want to win the title,...
Chilwell goal and Mendy heroics earn Chelsea win at Brentford
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Chilwell goal and Mendy heroics earn Chelsea win at Brentford

Ben Chilwell's first-half strike sent Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Brentford, thanks in large part to Edouard Mendy's late heroics. Bryan Mbeumo hit the post for Brentford in the first half, while Timo Werner missed two fine chances for the visitors, but Chelsea went into the break ahead through Chilwell's half volley from just inside the area (45), his third goal in three games for club and country. Mbeumo hit the post again in the second half before Mendy saved brilliantly three times late on, first from sub Saman Ghoddos, then with his face from Pontus Jansson at point-blank range, before tipping over Christian Norgaard's stunning overhead kick in stoppage time. After wins for Liverpool and Man City earlier on Saturday, the pressure was on...
Broja strike earns Saints first PL win of the season
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Broja strike earns Saints first PL win of the season

Armando Broja scored on his maiden Premier League start to earn Southampton a much-deserved first league win of the season, beating a below-par Leeds 1-0 at St Mary's. There was pressure on the Saints heading into Saturday's game, having drawn four and lost three of their opening seven league games of the season, while Leeds were looking to build on their first victory of the season against Watford before the international break. But Southampton dominated against a Leeds side who looked to be feeling the effects of Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips' absences. After having 12 shots in the first half, it looked to be the same story for Southampton, who have struggled to convert chances this term. But a superb break saw Chelsea loanee Broja slot home from Nathan Redmond...
Liverpool thrash Watford on Ranieri bow
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Liverpool thrash Watford on Ranieri bow

Liverpool made Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League return one to forget as they battered Watford 5-0 with Roberto Firmino grabbing a hat-trick. There was to be no new manager bounce factor for Watford with Sadio Mane scoring after just eight minutes, setting the tone for a completely dominant Liverpool performance and netting his 100th Premier League goal in the process. Firmino grabbed the first of his three on 37 minutes from a James Milner cross before Mohamed Salah got the goal his play deserved courtesy of another outstanding individual goal. Firmino tapped home his second on 52 minutes before wrapping up his hat-trick in injury time. The rampant Reds stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions and sit top of the Premier League for the time being.
Morocco full of confidence to qualify for 2022 World Cup – Sevilla’s Munir
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Morocco full of confidence to qualify for 2022 World Cup – Sevilla’s Munir

The Atlas Lions are one of the two teams to have confirmed their progress to the final qualifying round of the global event with two games to spare Sevilla and Morocco winger Munir El Haddadi said they are optimistic of qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. The North Africans boosted their chances of making a sixth appearance in the quadrennial competition with an unbeaten run of four games that shot them to the top of Group I and confirmed their spot in the play-off round. The final hurdle for Vahid Halilhodzic's men to climb is the play-off where they will be pitched against a winner from the remaining nine groups.  
What does Ranieri’s arrival mean for Watford’s Nigerian contingent?
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What does Ranieri’s arrival mean for Watford’s Nigerian contingent?

The Hornets jettisoned Xisco Munoz after seven games, and it remains to be seen how the West African stars fare under the experienced Italian Watford’s official statement following Xisco Munoz’s dismissal on October 4 was particularly telling, if not damning. The club pointed to their dreary performances and the absence of tactical cohesion at a crucial time for their decision to jettison the Spaniard who, in his 10 months in charge, guided the Hornets to instant Premier League promotion. While there’s an inclination to criticise the hierarchy’s modus operandi and fondness for managerial changes, Goal highlighted the newly promoted side’s undercooked approach only two gameweeks into their return to the big time.  
Leicester City vs Man Utd: Ndidi to miss EPL clash
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Leicester City vs Man Utd: Ndidi to miss EPL clash

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has admitted Wilfred Ndidi will not return to action until next month’s international break. This rules him out of Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Liberia. Ndidi was unavailable for the Foxes’ 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace and the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifiers against the Central African Republic, after picking up a hamstring injury. Rodgers has now hinted Ndidi might be out for a longer period. Speaking ahead of their game against Manchester United on Saturday, Rodgers: “He’ll (Ndidi) probably join the group, I would say, in the next international break. “Over the course of this section of games, he probably won’t be available. We’re hoping that by then he’ll be back.” Rodgers however confirmed that ...
Ligue 1: Ramos not ready for debut – PSG
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Ligue 1: Ramos not ready for debut – PSG

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have confirmed that centre-back Sergio Ramos will not be making his much-awaited debut when they tackle Angers. PSG disclosed this in a statement via their website on Thursday. According to the statement, Ramos will continue on his road to full recovery by training individually for the next 10 days. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will host Angers in a French Ligue 1 tie at Parc des Princes on Friday night. PSG’s statement read, “Sergio Ramos will continue his individual sessions with the medical and performance staff for another 10 days with a view to returning to full training.” PSG head to the game following a 2-0 defeat to Rennes in their last Ligue 1 tie on October 3. They currently sit on top of the Ligue 1 table with 24 points from 9 games....
LaLiga: Real Madrid, Atletico matches postponed
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LaLiga: Real Madrid, Atletico matches postponed

The Spanish Superior Sports Council (CSD) has upheld LaLiga’s request to postpone Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid fixtures this weekend. The two clubs had made an appeal for the games to be moved, after learning that Brazil and Argentina intend to keep their Europe-based players for Thursday’s matches. This would have effectively ruled them out of contention to play this weekend. Atletico are due to visit Granada, while Madrid take on Athletic Club. “In light of previous considerations, and using the attributes which are legally conferred on me I have resolved to grant the injunction requested by [La Liga president] Javier Tebas Medrano Lopez, representing the National Professional Football League (La Liga),” CSD president Jose Manuel Franco Pardo explained in a statement rel...
Germany become the first nation to qualify for 2022 World Cup in Qatar after 4-0 win over North Macedonia
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Germany become the first nation to qualify for 2022 World Cup in Qatar after 4-0 win over North Macedonia

Germany are the first European nation to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after their 4 - 0 win against North Macedonia 4-0 on Monday night, October 11, to secure top spot in Group J with two games to spare. A second-half double by Timo Werner and one goal each from Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala secured Germany's fifth win in their fifth game under new coach Hansi Flick.They currently have 21 points, with Romania in second place on 13. All group winners in European qualification automatically secure a place at the tournament in Qatar. 'From the result it was perfect. We got what we wanted, qualified as quickly as possible and we now have five wins in a row,' Flick, who succeeded Joachim Low earlier this year, said. 'Again the attitude was right. Compliments to the team...
Barcelona are making me suffer – Eto’o
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Barcelona are making me suffer – Eto’o

Former Cameroon striker, Samuel Eto’o, has admitted that he is being made to suffer because of Barcelona’s poor results recently. The Catalans are yet to win or score in this season’s Champions League. They have suffered 3-0 defeats to both Bayern Munich and Benfica in their first two fixtures. In LaLiga, Barca currently occupy the ninth spot with 12 points after seven games, five points behind leaders Real Madrid. “Recently, Barcelona have made me suffer,” Eto’o was quoted as saying by Marca. “These are tough times for those of us who love the club. “It would be hard to accept group stage elimination in the Champions League. I still hope they can go through.” Barcelona host Valencia after the international break, before facing Real Madrid on October 24....
You’re trapping him at Old Trafford – Agbonlahor begs Man Utd to sell Van de Beek
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You’re trapping him at Old Trafford – Agbonlahor begs Man Utd to sell Van de Beek

Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has urged Manchester United to sell Donny van de Beek in the January transfer window. Agbonlahor claimed that Man United are trapping Van de Beek at Old Trafford, adding that the midfielder’s situation at the club is ‘turning into a joke’. Van de Beek joined Man United from Ajax for £40m in the summer of 2020. The Netherlands international has endured a difficult spell at Man United, falling out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. He is yet to start a league game for Man United so far this season. Asked whether he thinks Man United will let Van de Beek leave in January, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “I think they will. “It’s turning into a joke now. United need to just let him go and play football. You are trapping him at th...
NBA star, Kyrie Irving to forfeit $380,000 per game over vaccine refusal
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NBA star, Kyrie Irving to forfeit $380,000 per game over vaccine refusal

NBA superstar Kyrie Irving is reportedly set to lose $380,000 per home game he misses due to his continued reluctance to get vaccinated with his future with the Brooklyn Nets now in doubt. The All-Star guard is one of the high profile basketball player who is still refusing to get jabbed. He's been unable to train or play in New York due to the city’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate. While Irving remains unvaccinated, he will also be unable to play in any home games or practices for the foreseeable future and will forfeit a large chunk of his salary. The Nets play six home games in a row in the second week of the new season, meaning Irving would not be able to see his teammates for 11 days. Irving’s aunt, Tyki Irving, previously told Rolling Stone that he could feature ‘every third ...
Alex Ferguson’s Criticism of Solskjaer over Ronaldo adds more Pressure to Manager
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Alex Ferguson’s Criticism of Solskjaer over Ronaldo adds more Pressure to Manager

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is now under more pressure at the club, following criticism from legendary boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, over the use of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson was caught on camera questioning Solskjaer’s decision to leave Ronaldo on the bench for their 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend. When Ferguson, who still refers to as “the gaffer” starts to doubt your judgment, you know you are heading towards trouble. Between the Scot and Norwegian, United have appointed David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. All three coaches have found the Old Trafford job impossible to conquer. After this international break, Solskjaer faces 10 games in 46 days. These fixtures will surely determine his future, despite the lucrative new t...
Robinson speaks on Decision not to be Vaccinated against Covid-19
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Robinson speaks on Decision not to be Vaccinated against Covid-19

Republic of Ireland international Callum Robinson has admitted he has chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 despite being twice laid low by the virus. The 26-year-old West Brom striker, who had already missed games for his country as a close contact, first tested positive in November last year and then again in August, meaning he had to sit out last month's World Cup Qualifiers against Portugal, Azerbaijan and Serbia Robinson is back in the fold for Saturday's qualifier in Baku, but just days after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expressed his exasperation with Premier League players who have not been double-jabbed, he has spoken of his decision not to do so. Asked if he had been vaccinated, he replied: "I haven't been vaccinated, no. That's my choice at this moment in time...
Rohr owed Eight Months Salaries
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Rohr owed Eight Months Salaries

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is owed eight months salaries by the Nigeria Football Federation, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. The Franco-German, who helped qualify the Eagles for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, was last paid in February by his employers. Rohr, who is reportedly paid $45,000 as monthly salary, pays the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as the fitness and goalkeeper trainers from his wages, it was learnt. Our correspondent also gathered that Rohr’s delayed salaries would be paid in naira as stipulated in the new two-year contract extension he signed in 2020. It was also learnt that Rohr’s backroom staffs (the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as fitness and goalkeeper trainers) were yet to receive their bonuses for the win against Cape Verd...
Brentford vs Chelsea: Tuchel gives update on Thiago Silva ahead of EPL clash
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Brentford vs Chelsea: Tuchel gives update on Thiago Silva ahead of EPL clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that Thiago Silva will not be able to play against Brentford on October 16 upon his return from international duty with Brazil national team. Chelsea will tackle Brentford in an away Premier League clash after the international break, but Silva won’t feature in that derby clash after heading to South America for Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay. The last game of that triple-header, Brazil’s home clash with Uruguay in Manaus, is not scheduled to kick-off until 01:30 am BST on Friday. Providing an update on Silva, Tuchel was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying: “He will go and then he will play for Brazil and then he will come back on the matchday versus Brentford. “This is the life of in...
I hate to be called a goal poacher – Lukaku
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I hate to be called a goal poacher – Lukaku

Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, has said he hates to be called a “goal poacher”. The Belgium international thinks he is at his best when facing opponents. Lukaku has scored 255 times in club football and 67 goals for his country. But the 28-year-old is eager to point out that he is about much more than hitting the back of the net. He told UEFA’s official website: “The way I’m built – I’m quite big – everybody thinks I’m a sort of target man: just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher. But I’ve never played that way and I hate it. “My biggest strength is that I’m dangerous when I’m facing towards the goal, because that’s when I rarely make wrong choices. “After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box. I can do a bit of everything and i...
Squid Game set to overtake Bridgerton as Netflix’s biggest show to date
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Squid Game set to overtake Bridgerton as Netflix’s biggest show to date

Squid Game is on its way to becoming Netflix's biggest TV show ever, if the early viewership figures hold. The creepy hyper-violent Korean series premiered on the platform  last month and sees 456 desperate contestants compete with each other in a mysterious and deadly survival game. The multiple rounds of games has a top prize of almost £30 million. The characters take on a traditional children’s game such as Red Light and Green Light, and losing out has an ultimate consequence of death. Though viewers have been left sickened by the gory scenes in the horror thriller series, it has became a global sensation and topped the charts as the number one show in many countries, including the UK and the US. Said to be a horrifying version of Takeshi’s Castle, some fans have repeate...
Brentford stun West Ham as Wissa strikes late
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Brentford stun West Ham as Wissa strikes late

Yoane Wissa scored a dramatic late winner for Brentford as they beat West Ham 2-1 and continued their impressive start to Premier League life. It was hard to know who were the newly-promoted side and who were playing in Europe as Brentford pummelled West Ham in the first half, grabbing a deserved lead when Bryan Mbeumo's strike was awarded by the goal-line technology on 20 minutes. West Ham responded after the break and Jarrod Bowen's pure, half-volleyed finished drew them level with 10 minutes remaining. An assault on the Bees' goal was expected but, led by Pontus Jansson, the visitors managed the situation and created one last chance for themselves when Jansson's header was saved and the rebound was brilliantly hammered home by Wissa. The win means Brentford head into the...
Watford part ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after Leeds defeat
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Watford part ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after Leeds defeat

The Spanish tactician has been relieved of his duties at Vicarage Road after just seven games of the new Premier League season Watford have parted ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after their defeat to Leeds United on Saturday. Leeds beat Watford 1-0 at Elland Road thanks to an early goal from Diego Llorente, and moved to within just one point of their opponents in the Premier League standings in the process. The Hornets are now sitting 14th, just four points above the drop zone, and the club have decided to make a change in the dugout to try and turn their fortunes around quickly.  
Liverpool vs Man City: Redknapp Predicts Winner of EPL clash
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Liverpool vs Man City: Redknapp Predicts Winner of EPL clash

Former Tottenham Hotspur star, Jamie Redknapp, has predicted Liverpool to beat Manchester City in today’s Premier League tie. Liverpool will, on Sunday evening, host Manchester City at Anfield in a Premier League clash. Jurgen Klopp’s side head to the game after thrashing FC Porto 5-1 in the Champions League, while Man City lost 2-0 against PSG. Liverpool are currently in the second position on the Premier League table, while Pep Guardiola’s side are in the sixth position. “This is one of those games where, from Liverpool’s point of view, having that confidence boost of those goals,” Redknapp said on Essential Football Podcast. “From City’s point of view, they have had two really tough games. I think Pep might have to shuffle his pack. “The sharpness proba...
Leeds beat woeful Watford for first PL win of the season
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Leeds beat woeful Watford for first PL win of the season

Leeds got their first Premier League win of the season, beating Watford 1-0 at Elland Road, after the visitors had a goal ruled out for a contentious foul. After a ninth-place finish in the last campaign, Leeds had found themselves in the bottom three early on this time around. They had never lost their opening seven games of a top-flight season, and the pressure for three points was on. But it was a dominant performance from the hosts, who looked to be getting back to their best, and they deservedly went ahead through the returning Diego Llorente (18) Watford looked lethargic and made numerous errors throughout, even without two of their three substitutions being made due to injury. They did find the net in the second half in their best five-minute spell, but Christian Kabase...
Heskey appointed Leicester Women’s head of football development
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Heskey appointed Leicester Women’s head of football development

Emile Heskey has been appointed Leicester City Women's head of football development, the club have confirmed. The former England striker, who started his career with the Foxes, will oversee coaching, performance and recruitment in his first football administration role. Heskey has spent the last 12 months in an ambassadorial role with the women's side, mentoring young female players and also developing the club's women's academy. The announcement comes after Russ Fraser left his role as Head of Women's Football to join Liverpool as their new women's Director of Football. On the appointment, Heskey said: "This is a fantastic opportunity. I've loved every minute of working with LCFC Women in the last year. We have a strong infrastructure of staff, a talented squa...
Gabriel Magalhaes Ready to Achieve Great Things under Mikel Arteta
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Gabriel Magalhaes Ready to Achieve Great Things under Mikel Arteta

Four days on from Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Tottenham at a delirious Emirates Stadium, Gabriel Magalhaes is still riding high. "There is nothing better in football than winning a derby," he tells Sky Sports, a white-toothed smile stretched across his face. Especially not when you win it like that. There had been a sense, albeit a cautious one, of something building. Narrow wins over Norwich and Burnley had changed the mood. But Sunday's demolition of Spurs was something else. "We were very pleased to give that happiness to the fans," adds Gabriel. The 23-year-old was absent during the chaotic start to the season which left Arsenal bottom of the table with no points and not even a goal from their first three games. But his return from a knee injury has been a significant factor in...
EPL: Owen predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal fixtures
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EPL: Owen predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal fixtures

Former Real Madrid player, Michael Owen, has predicted some of the English Premier League, EPL, games that will be played this weekend. Liverpool will host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday evening, while Manchester United will take on Everton on Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford. Chelsea will host Southampton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, and Arsenal will face Brighton in an away Premier League tie on Saturday evening. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “Everton haven’t won at Old Trafford since 2013 and I don’t think they’ll be winning this one. I’m predicting a 3-1 Man United win.” Commenting on the Chelsea vs Southampton match, Owen said, “Chelsea were disappointing against Man City. But I felt they were a little too defensive against Man ...
‘I had a clear conversation with him’ – Arsenal boss Arteta refutes Leno’s claims over his benching
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‘I had a clear conversation with him’ – Arsenal boss Arteta refutes Leno’s claims over his benching

The German international has fallen behind Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order Mikel Arteta is adamant he had a ‘clear conversation’ with Bernd Leno before dropping him for Aaron Ramsdale. The German international has fallen behind Ramsdale in the pecking order at Arsenal, with the former Sheffield United keeper having started the last three Premier League games for the Gunners. Speaking to the German media after the win against Spurs last weekend, Leno claimed he had been given no clear reason by Arteta as to why he had been dropped. But Arteta insists he has been open with the 29-year-old.
Chris Sutton names club to win Premier League title this season
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Chris Sutton names club to win Premier League title this season

Former Chelsea star, Chris Sutton, has backed Thomas Tuchel’s side to win the Premier League title this season ahead of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. Sutton believes the addition of Romelu Lukaku in Chelsea’s squad this season will make them win the English top-flight league. Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League table with 14 points from six games. Man City are second with 13 points from the same number of games, followed by Chelsea and Man United. Recall that Man City won the Premier League title last season ahead of Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea. “Do you know what? Before the start of the season, before a ball was kicked, I was thinking Manchester City [would win the title],” Sutton told the UMM YouTube channel. “B...
Paul Merson predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal games
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Paul Merson predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal games

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has predicted some of the English Premier League, EPL, games that will be played this weekend. Liverpool will host Manchester City on Sunday evening at Anfield, while Manchester United will face Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Chelsea will host Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Arsenal tackle Brighton in an away Premier League tie on Saturday evening. Providing his predictions, Merson told Sportskeeda, “I expect Manchester United to win this Premier League encounter 2-1. They were unfortunate not to score the penalty against Aston Villa and were well beaten against Villarreal despite getting a result, so it’s kind of hard to predict their results. “Everton have done a great job so far this season, but they have their fai...
Chelsea don’t know how to use Lukaku, says ex-Blues and Inter boss Conte
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Chelsea don’t know how to use Lukaku, says ex-Blues and Inter boss Conte

The Italian tactician, who delivered a Premier League title to Stamford Bridge, worked with the Belgian striker at San Siro Chelsea have failed to “figure out how to use” Romelu Lukaku, with former Blues and Inter boss Antonio Conte questioning Thomas Tuchel’s tactical approach. The Belgium international striker was taken back to Stamford Bridge for a second spell during the summer transfer window in a £98 million ($136m) deal. Lukaku hit the ground running in west London with a goal against Arsenal on debut and four efforts in his first four appearances, but has since gone four games without finding the target.  
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Osimhen in, Bassey handed maiden Nigeria call-up
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Osimhen in, Bassey handed maiden Nigeria call-up

The Super Eagles have named a strong squad for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Raoul Savoy’s Wild Beasts Coach Gernot Rohr has announced his 23-man Nigeria squad that will take on the Central African Republic in October’s double-header 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. The three-time African kings would be hoping to extend their perfect start in Group C when they take on coach Raoul Savoy’s Wild Beasts en route to potentially qualifying for the global football showpiece. To tackle these games, the German tactician has named a strong squad with Napoli star Victor Osimhen, Genk’s Paul Onuachu and Rangers’ Joe Aribo making the cut.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 23-man squad for Central Africa Republic clash
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 23-man squad for Central Africa Republic clash

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has named a 23-man squad for the team’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic . Nigeria already kicked off their campaign in the qualifiers on brighter note with two winnings in their first two games and are currently the group C leaders with six points while Central Africa Republic are at the bottom with just a point. According to the official statement by the Super Eagles media team, Alex Iwobi, captain Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Leon Balogun and Maduka Okoye, are among the players invited. 21-year-old Calvin Bassey who plays for Scottish giants Rangers as a left-back/centre-back was handed his maiden Nigeria call-up. Rohr’s men will take on the Central African Republic on October 7 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos befo...
UCL: Cesar Azpilicueta equals Drogba, Lampard’s records as Juventus defeated Chelsea
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UCL: Cesar Azpilicueta equals Drogba, Lampard’s records as Juventus defeated Chelsea

Chelsea defender, Cesar Azpilicueta, on Wednesday night, equalled the club’s legends, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard’s Champions League records after starting in his side’s 1-0 defeat against Juventus. Azpilicueta became the seventh Chelsea star to start 50 games in the European club competition alongside Drogba and Lampard. Other Chelsea players in this exclusive rank are John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Peter Cech, and Ashley Cole. However, Azpilicueta’s milestone didn’t end well as Chelsea bowed to Juventus in Turin. After a goalless first half, Federico Chiesa put the Serie A giants ahead just 10 seconds into the second half, shooting past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Juventus blew away a good chance to double their advantage later, although Thomas Tuchel’s ...
Chelsea humbled by brilliant Chiesa in Juventus
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Chelsea humbled by brilliant Chiesa in Juventus

Federico Chiesa’s goal 10 seconds into the second half sent Juventus to a 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea, who have now suffered back-to-back defeats. After a low key opening 45 minutes, the snappy Chiesa fired the Italians in front with one of the first kicks of the second half. Chelsea continued to dominate possession, registering 73 per cent of the ball, but struggled to create a killer chance, posting just one effort on target. The one big Chelsea opening came and went late on as Romelu Lukaku fired wide after Chelsea finally provided him some fruitful service. Juve held on to continue a fine start to their Champions League campaign under returning coach Massimiliano Allegri as they sit top on six points from two games, while Chelsea stay second on three points.
EPL: Bonucci warns Man Utd players about Ronaldo’s influence
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EPL: Bonucci warns Man Utd players about Ronaldo’s influence

Juventus defender, Leonardo Bonucci, has warned Manchester United players that they should not fall into the trap of thinking Cristiano Ronaldo can win matches on his own. According to him, Juve’s performances dipped as a result of that mindset. Ronaldo left the Serie A champions to return to United this summer. The 36-year-old has since netted four goals in four appearances for the Red Devils. But Bonucci has warned United stars, admitting that some Juventus players got complacent because of Ronaldo. He told The Athletic: “Cristiano’s presence had a big influence on us. Just training with him gave us something extra. But subconsciously, some players started to think his presence alone was enough to win games. “We began to fall a little short in our daily work, the humili...

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