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‘He looks really sharp and in a good moment’ – Liverpool boss Klopp raves about Mane’s form
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‘He looks really sharp and in a good moment’ – Liverpool boss Klopp raves about Mane’s form

    The Senegal international has been impressive for the Reds this campaign, even though he started on the bench in Wednesday's Champions League win Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lauded "exceptional" Sadio Mane for his form ahead of their Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Mane has scored two goals in five appearances for the Anfield outfit across all competitions this season. During their last league game against Leeds United, the 29-year-old sealed the Reds' 3-0 win at Elland Road in the stoppage-time after attempting 10 shots in the match.
Messi makes first start as PSG draw Club Brugge
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Messi makes first start as PSG draw Club Brugge

Lionel Messi finally made his first start for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday but the French giants had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in Belgium to start their Champions League campaign. Ander Herrera gave PSG an early lead at the Jan Breydel Stadium only for Hans Vanaken to equalise for the home side, who were excellent and thoroughly deserved their point. Messi — who had played just 24 minutes as a substitute prior to this game — is still looking for his first goal for his new club although he hit the bar in the first half and tested Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after the break before picking up a yellow card for a foul on Mats Rits. However, it was not a convincing performance from the Parisians as coach Mauricio Pochettino lined up his star attacking trio of...
100-year-old great-great-grandmother enters Guinness World Record as world’s oldest female competitive powerlifter
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100-year-old great-great-grandmother enters Guinness World Record as world’s oldest female competitive powerlifter

A powerful 100-year-old woman is set to have her name immortalised in the Guinness World Records as one of the oldest powerlifters. Great-great-grandmother Edith Murway-Traina made an impression when she lifted 68kg power life at the age of 98 years and 94 days in 2019, but the record is now officially recognised as she turns 100. Her impressive win will be marked in the 2022 Guinness Book of World Record. The former dance instructor and performer living in Florida took up weightlifting nine years ago when forced to go to the gym by a friend. Edith told the New York Post: "She didn’t want to go by herself. She dragged me kicking and screaming all the way, so that’s more or less how I got there. "I saw all these other ladies lifting weights, and it looked interesting." ...
Lille reveal Victor Osimhen’s transfer fee to Napoli
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Lille reveal Victor Osimhen’s transfer fee to Napoli

Lille have confirmed that Napoli paid €68 million to sign Victor Osimhen. The Ligue 1 club’s president, Olivier Letang, made this disclosure. Letang, who succeeded Gerard Lopez in December, debunked reports that they received €81m for the Super Eagles striker in July 2020. Osimhen joined Napoli on a five-year contract following an impressive debut season in the French top-flight. Letang, in response to Lopez who claimed Osimhen was sold for €71.3m with €10m bonuses, told L’Equipe: “Initially everyone thinks that the sale of Osimhen is 81 million euros. “The sale of Osimhen on the transfer agreement is 68 million euros. Four players arrived from Naples. “The valuation of these four players, in aggregate, is according to the specialized players a maximum of 500,000 euros....
IPC president declares Tokyo Paralympics closed
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IPC president declares Tokyo Paralympics closed

Tokyo bid a colourful farewell to the Paralympics on Sunday after 12 days of stereotype-defying, record-shattering performances despite a year-long pandemic delay. International Paralympic Committee chief Andrew Parsons declared the Games closed on a cool night in the Olympic Stadium, saying they had “not just been historic, they’ve been fantastic”. It was a Games like no other, postponed a year because of the pandemic and dogged by difficulties and low public support in the build-up. But the action did not disappoint when it got underway, with a record 86 teams winning medals and 62 claiming at least one gold. Parsons said the Games had “opened the door”, and it was “time for us all to play our part to break down the barriers”. “During our carnival of sport, we have...
Naomi Osaka takes break from tennis till further notice after US Open shock
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Naomi Osaka takes break from tennis till further notice after US Open shock

Naomi Osaka has announced that she is taking an indefinite break from tennis, after her US Open defence ended in a shock defeat. She suffered a stunning loss to Leylah Fernandez 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka served for the match in the second set, but allowed the 18-year-old storm to an impressive win. Earlier this year, she had withdrawn from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health issues. The 23-year-old has now admitted she will not play again for a “while”. “Basically I feel like I’m at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. Sorry. “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while. “I feel like for me recently when I win, I don’t...
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026
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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026

Manchester City have extended the contract of goalkeeper Ederson in a new deal that will see him remain at the Etihad Stadium through to 2026. Ederson joined City from Benfica in the summer of 2017, and is one of the most consistent keepers in the Premier League. Ederson expressed his delight after the announcement on Wednesday, September 1, telling City's official website: “This was an easy decision for me. There is nowhere else I’d want to be “To be part of one of the best squads in world football and to compete for trophies year in year out is what every footballer wants, and that is the opportunity you’re given at City. “We have an outstanding manager. Working with him has been one of the great experiences of my career and I am a better player for it. “We hav...
Toney off the Mark in Brentford draw at Villa
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Toney off the Mark in Brentford draw at Villa

Brentford remain unbeaten three games into their debut Premier League season after a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa. Both sides scored early on in an entertaining and open first half; Ivan Toney got his first Premier League goal, lashing confidently into the top corner inside the box from a recycled corner (7), before club-record signing Emi Buendia got his first Villa goal with a curled finish from the edge of the box (13). There was a deep dive into the rule book for a disallowed Brentford goal as Vitaly Janelt stole the ball from the hands of Emiliano Martinez at a goal kick, and though the visitors showed their defensive capabilities in a less eventful second half, Brentford manager Thomas Frank said after the game "if there was to be a narrow winner, it should have been us." The d...
Nigerian footballer, Anthony Nwakaeme’s statue erected In Turkey
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Nigerian footballer, Anthony Nwakaeme’s statue erected In Turkey

  Nigerian striker, Anthony Nwakaeme has been honoured with a huge statue in Turkey for his impressive contributions at Super Lig side Trabzonspor. The 32-year-old, who joined the Turkish club from Hapoel Be'er Sheva in 2018, has made over 90 appearances for club, with over 20 goals to his name. Nigerian football journalist Oluwashina Okeleji shared the news on his social media platform adding that the image was erected in Trabzon by Adem Birsen. Speaking about the statue,  Adem Birsen said, " We wanted to make a bust of Nwakaeme, we wanted the very intelligent man to identify with Trabzon. We made it with the cap of our legendary name Ahmet Suat Özyazc?. It was a long construction process in 5-6 months. We had it done with a...
Solskjaer blames Fred after Man United 1-1 draw with Southampton
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Solskjaer blames Fred after Man United 1-1 draw with Southampton

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has accused his Manchester United players of ‘losing their heads’ against Southampton. Solskjaer also singled out midfielder, Fred for criticism after his side played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with the Saints on Sunday. United supporters were hoping for another night of glory after an impressive victory over Leeds United last weekend,. But the Red Devils delivered a disjointed display away to Southampton and were behind after 30minutes following Fred’s own goal. Mason Greenwood scored United’s equaliser in the 55th minute but Solskjaer expressed his displeasure with the result. “I think they started with a couple of set-plays and when we weathered that storm I thought we played some very good football. We shoul...
Bruno Fernandes Equals Jesus’ record after Man United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton
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Bruno Fernandes Equals Jesus’ record after Man United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, on Sunday equalled Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus’ record for the most away games unbeaten at the start of a Premier League career with 26 games. Fernandes equalled Jesus’ record after featuring in Man United’s Premier League 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday afternoon. The Portugal international failed to score for Man United against Southampton as Mason Greenwood’s second-half goal cancelled out Fred’s first-half own-goal at St Mary’s. Fernandes was impressive for the Red Devils against Leeds United in the Premier League last weekend. The 26-year-old scored a hat-trick against Leeds United at Old Trafford. Fernandes will now hope to lead Man United to victory when they take on Wolves in their next P...
Southampton vs Man United: Solskjaer identifies two vital players in his squad
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Southampton vs Man United: Solskjaer identifies two vital players in his squad

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, believes both Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are vital to his team. Solskjaer hinted that he sees Fernandes and Pogba as talismanic figures within the Man United squad. Fernandes and Pogba were impressive for Man United last weekend as they defeated Leeds United 5-1 at Old Trafford. The Portugal international scored a hat-trick against Leeds, while Pogba gave four assists during the encounter. “As a footballer, when you look around and you see good footballers next to you that puts another layer of responsibility on yourself and your own performances,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s away Premier League clash with Southampton on Sunday afternoon. You have to play well to be in the team, yo...
Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford: Patrick Vieira Draws First home Game
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Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford: Patrick Vieira Draws First home Game

Patrick Vieira has his first points on the board as Crystal Palace manager after his side played out a 0-0 stalemate against Brentford at Selhurst Park. There was a raucous reception for the new manager ahead of the game, and the Palace players responded brightly to the welcome as the impressive Conor Gallagher hit the woodwork inside seven minutes. But as they showed against Arsenal in the opening game of the Premier League season, little will intimidate Brentford this season and they soon pushed Palace deep into their own half. Bryan Mbeumo also hit the post with a well-taken free kick in the first half. Brentford dictated the play for much of the second half too, but there were openings at both ends. Christian Benteke and Ivan Toney both nodded over, but neither side were a...
Brighton 2-0 Watford: Shane Duffy and Neal Maupay fire as Seagulls Soar to Second
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Brighton 2-0 Watford: Shane Duffy and Neal Maupay fire as Seagulls Soar to Second

Brighton moved to second in the Premier League after making it back-to-back wins with a 2-0 victory over Watford. Brighton struggled offensively last season with their attacking stats a concern to Graham Potter but there are more positive signs this season with four goals in their two opening games. Both of their strikes in this impressive win came in the opening 45 minutes with Shane Duffy netting his first goal (10) for the club since November 2019 and Neal Maupay doubling the lead (41). Maupay limped off with a shoulder problem at the break but Brighton's first-half efforts were enough as Watford improved but couldn't find the required quality in the final third to set up a comeback. The win means Brighton have won their opening two games of a top-flight season for the firs...
Danny Murphy Compares Leicester City’s Ndidi to Chelsea’s Kante
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Danny Murphy Compares Leicester City’s Ndidi to Chelsea’s Kante

Former Liverpool player, Danny Murphy, has compared Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. Murphy said Nidid is more important to Leicester than Kante is to Chelsea. He pointed out that Leicester tends to struggle without Ndidi in the starting line-up while Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has the luxury of calling upon Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic if Kante is not available for selection. Ndidi enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2020-2021, helping Leicester to win the Emirates FA Cup and finish fifth in the Premier League table, while Kante helped Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League. “They [Chelsea] have built some squad at Stamford Bridge and are brimming with confidence,” Murphy was quoted as saying by Metro UK. “They ended last season by win...
Solskjaer gives Scott McTominay nickname after Man United’s victory
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Solskjaer gives Scott McTominay nickname after Man United’s victory

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has come up with a new name for Scott McTominay following his impressive display in the Red Devils’ Premier League 5-1 victory against Leeds United on Saturday. Solskjaer shared his nickname for McTominay while speaking at his post-match press conference after Man United defeated Leeds at Old Trafford. Speaking on Mctominay, Solskjaer branded the Scotland midfielder as a ‘beast’, praising his physical attributes and amazing levels of fitness as three goals from Bruno Fernandes and a goal each from Mason Greenwood and Fred gave United all three points against Leeds, while Pogba produced an incredible four assists in the rousing victory. “He’s not played more than 20 minutes this pre-season and he played centre-back in those 20 minutes...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Chelsea legend, John Terry names player that should win award
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Chelsea legend, John Terry names player that should win award

Chelsea legend, John Terry, has backed the club’s midfielder, N’Golo Kante, to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Terry stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. Kante was impressive for Chelsea as they won the Champions League last season. He also won the UEFA Super Cup. The France international will have to battle fellow Blues teammates, Jorginho, and Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, for the Ballon d’ Or this year. Speaking to Stadium Astro, Terry believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’ Or because he does so many things that players don’t even notice. Kante’s like 11 players on his own,” Terry said. “What he does, he goes so under the radar. He is such a top-class player. “I would love to go see him ...
Paul Pogba sets record as Man United demolish Leeds United
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Paul Pogba sets record as Man United demolish Leeds United

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, on Saturday, became the first Red Devils player to register four assists in a single Premier League game following his side’s 5-1 win over Leeds United at Old Trafford. Pogba gave four assists as a hat-trick from Bruno Fernandes and a strike each from Mason Greenwood and Fred gave Man United all three points against Leeds. The France international will now hope to continue his impressive display for Man United when they take on Southampton in their next fixture on August 22. The midfielder is yet to sign a new contract with Man United and his current deal will expire next year. Speaking about Pogba’s future at his pre-match press conference, Man United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said: “It’s been spoken and written about so often bu...
Lukaku must win trophies with Chelsea to warrant Drogba comparisons – Olorundare
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Lukaku must win trophies with Chelsea to warrant Drogba comparisons – Olorundare

The ex-Nigeria international feels the Belgian still has a long way to go before reaching the same level as the Ivorian legend Former Tavsanli Linyitspor striker Dele Olorundare has warned Romelu Lukaku because the media is comparing him to legendary Chelsea star Didier Drogba. Thanks to his impressive form with Inter Milan – where he propelled the Nerazurri to win the Italian top-flight – the Belgium international completed a move to Stamford Bridge. Lukaku rejoined the Blues for £98 million ($136m), with the striker expected to solve goalscoring problems in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Ballon d’Or: Tacchinardi names player to win award
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Ballon d’Or: Tacchinardi names player to win award

Former Juventus star, Alessio Tacchinardi, has tipped winger, Federico Chiesa, to win the Ballon d’Or in the next three or four years. Chiesa has been impressive for Serie A giants Juventus so far. He also played a key role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph this summer. “For Chiesa, it will be extremely difficult to meet the expectations. I have heard talks about him winning the Ballon d’Or in three or four years: I agree,” Tacchinardi told Tuttosport. “I see the same poison that Pavel Nedved had. He has enormous qualities; he dribbles left and right and can shoot with very little space. “Last year, he touched the border of the top players. I believe he will get there this year and [Massimiliano] Allegri, who has always been a champion, can help him.” Chiesa, t...
Lampard Names Chelsea’s biggest title rivals this season
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Lampard Names Chelsea’s biggest title rivals this season

Former Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has named Manchester United and Liverpool as the club’s Premier League biggest title rivals this season. Lampard stated this ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Super League final tie against Villarreal on Wednesday. Chelsea finished in the fourth position in the Premier League last season behind Liverpool, Manchester United and champions Manchester City. Speaking on Chelsea’s rivals this season, Lampard was quoted by Football London as saying on Monday: “I think you can’t discount Manchester United. They were not far off last year and they have gone again and brought in really impressive signings. “I think Liverpool will be the same, they missed huge players through injury for a big part of last season and the year before, they were one of the best ...
Community Shield: What Ian Wright said about Kelechi Iheanacho after Leicester defeated Man City
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Community Shield: What Ian Wright said about Kelechi Iheanacho after Leicester defeated Man City

Ian Wright, a former Arsenal striker, has hailed Leicester City star, Kelechi Iheanacho, following his impressive display in his side’s Community Shield 1-0 win against Manchester City on Saturday. Wright described Iheanacho as ‘very sharp’ after coming off the bench to score the only goal of the match. Nathan Ake miscontrolled the ball as Iheanacho pounced and he was then fouled by the Dutch centre-back. Iheanacho struck the penalty past Man City goalkeeper Zack Steffen with two minutes of normal time remaining to seal a famous win for Leicester. “Nathan Ake has got to be aware that he’s needed there. “He looks like he is on his heels. To be fair, Kelechi [Iheanacho] has come on and been very sharp but it is a poor foul from him. “The goalkeeper was there...
Arsenal offer two Players in Swap Deal for Inter’s Lautaro Martinez
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Arsenal offer two Players in Swap Deal for Inter’s Lautaro Martinez

Arsenal have offered two players to Inter Milan in a bid to sign their forward, Lautaro Martinez. According to Pete O’Rourke on the Football Terrace podcast, the Gunners included Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette in a player-exchange deal that would see the duo move to the San Siro and Martinez to the Emirates. Inter will only accept a £65million straight-cash offer and do not want either of the players. Martinez was impressive for Inter Milan last season. The 23-year-old Argentine scored 17 goals for Inter Milan last season as they won their first Serie A title since their all-conquering 2010 side. It’s unclear whether Arsenal would be prepared to pay the fee upfront, having just spent £50million to sign Ben White from Brighton this season. ...
Ballon d’ Or: Countries with Most Awards in History emerge
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Ballon d’ Or: Countries with Most Awards in History emerge

Ahead of the 2021 Ballon d’ Or award later this year, below are countries with the most awards in history. Countries like Germany, Argentina and Portugal are just some of the nations which have produced some of the most winners of the Ballon d’ Or. Germany is one of only three countries to have won an incredible seven Ballon d’Or awards, according to GiveMeSport. However, Italy’s Jorginho, Argentina’s Lionel Messi are expected to rival each other for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or following their impressive displays for both club and country. Below are countries with most Ballon d’ Or in history; Germany – Franz Beckenbauer (1972, 1976), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1980, 1981), Gerd Muller (1970), Lothar Matthaus (1990) and Matthias Sammer (1996) Netherlands – Johan Cruyff (1971, 1973,...
‘Hopefully they’ll see more of it’ – Bafana Bafana star Tau reacts after maiden Brighton & Hove Albion goal
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‘Hopefully they’ll see more of it’ – Bafana Bafana star Tau reacts after maiden Brighton & Hove Albion goal

The 27-year-old has presented his case to be considered for more playing time following an impressive performance on Saturday South Africa forward Percy Tau hopes Brighton and Hove Albion fans will witness more of his goal celebrations after scoring during a pre-season friendly match against Luton. The Seagulls won 3-1 at Kenilworth Road with Tau registering his name on the scoresheet and put up an impressive display. It was the Bafana Bafana star’s first-ever goal for Brighton after he started playing for the club in January following some loan stints in Belgium.
Jules Kounde to Chelsea: Fabrizio Romano gives fresh update
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Jules Kounde to Chelsea: Fabrizio Romano gives fresh update

Fabrizio Romano, a football transfer expert, has provided the latest update on Sevilla’s Jules Kounde’s transfer move to Chelsea. Recall that Chelsea had already agreed on personal terms with Kounde. Sevilla valued Kounde at €65million (£55.9million). Providing an update on Kounde, Romano, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Saturday, tweeted, “Chelsea are working to find a solution with Sevilla as soon as possible to sign Jules Koundé. He’s the priority after personal terms agreed, and Chelsea want him to join. “Kurt Zouma is still discussed in the deal, but Chelsea want to go through also if Zouma won’t be included.” Kounde had also drawn the interest of Manchester United and Paris Saint-German in the past. The 22-year-old defender was impressive ...
Arsenal Confirms Player to take Ozil’s no. 10 shirt
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Arsenal Confirms Player to take Ozil’s no. 10 shirt

  Arsenal playmaker, Emile Smith Rowe, has signed a new long-term contract with the club The 20-year-old has also been given the No 10 shirt, previously worn by Mesut Ozil, for the upcoming season. Smith Rowe impressed everyone during the second half of the 2020/2021 season. He scored four goals and provided seven assists in 33 appearances in all competitions, as Mikel Arteta’s team finished eighth in the Premier League. Arsenal also rejected two bids from Aston Villa for Smith Rowe this summer. Arteta said: “As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability. “His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision has already made him a key player for us. His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive. “I know ...
Money Chelsea could make from Simeu transfer to Premier League rivals revealed
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Money Chelsea could make from Simeu transfer to Premier League rivals revealed

  Chelsea could be set to make up to £1.5m from Dynel Simeu’s transfer to Premier League rivals, Southampton. According to Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea could earn the amount from the transfer if Simeu makes enough Premier League appearances for Southampton and if all add-ons are met. Simeu is set to be part of the first team at Southampton, handing Chelsea a boost as they need the 19-year-old to make enough appearances to trigger a clause in the deal for the Blues to receive a fee. The defender is set to leave Chelsea for Southampton after agreeing a three year deal with the Saints. He joins a long list of Chelsea academy stars set to leave this summer alongside Tino Livramento, Myles Pear-Harris and Lewis Bate. The England Under-19 international has been impressive ...
Chelsea Identify Player to Sign if Haaland deal fail
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Chelsea Identify Player to Sign if Haaland deal fail

  Chelsea have identified the player to sign if they are unable to complete a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland this summer. Chelsea have been linked with a transfer move for Haaland, but Dortmund reportedly wants at least £150 million for the Norway international. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is keen to add a top striker to his squad ahead of the upcoming new season. According to the Daily Star, Chelsea have identified Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic as an alternative if they fail to complete the signing of Haaland. Kalajdzic is likely to be available at an absolute fraction of Haaland’s value. The 24-year-old was impressive for Austria at the recently concluded Euro 2020. He scored 16 goals for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga last season as he led the cl...
People are sending me Messages begging me to show them where they can do Money Rituals- Yul Edochie
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People are sending me Messages begging me to show them where they can do Money Rituals- Yul Edochie

Actor, Yul Edochie, says people have been sending him messages begging him to show them where they can do ''money rituals''. This comes days after socialite, Obi Cubana, staged an impressive funeral for his late mum. The funeral saw many businessmen of Igbo extraction spraying money in bundles. Yul in a post shared on his page averred that the fact he acts scenes of money rituals in Nollywood movies so well does not mean he is involved in such. His post reads ''Some people are sending me messages begging me to show them where they can do money rituals. Come on now guys, come on. Na film I dey act. Just like American action films where one man will defeat a whole city of bad guys. Na storyline be that, e no dey happen. . Is it now a crime to be a good actor? Make I no chop???...
Derby County vs Man United: Solskjaer confirms plans for Lingard after 2-1 win
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Derby County vs Man United: Solskjaer confirms plans for Lingard after 2-1 win

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed his plans for winger, Jesse Lingard, following his side’s pre-season friendly 2-1 victory against Derby County on Sunday. Solskjaer said Lingard, who went on loan at West Ham United last season, is in his plans for next season, following his impressive display against Derby County. Lingard shone in Man United’s friendly against Derby at Pride Park Stadium, hitting the crossbar in the second half. Goals from Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri gave Solskjaer’s side the win against Derby. “He [Jesse Lingar] came seven or eight days later than the rest, but he’s a naturally fit boy. He’s a man, he played with a few boys, but he’s one of the men! Jesse has come back, been bright, he wants to fight for his place and t...
Arsenal close to signing Locatelli
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Arsenal close to signing Locatelli

  Arsenal are close to signing Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo. The Gunners have made an offer worth €45million (£38m) for Locatelli, but the midfielder is waiting to join Juventus. Sassuolo are resigned to losing Locatelli this summer and are in talks with both Arsenal and Juventus. But according to SportMediaset, only Arsenal have made an acceptable bid for the Italy international. The Premier League club have offered £38m, which meets Locatelli’s asking price, while Juve have so far only proposed an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy the player next summer. Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has made a new midfielder one of his top priorities this summer transfer window, with Granit Xhaka set to join Jose Mourinho at Roma and a new partner for Thomas Partey i...
Onuachu, Dessers battle Okereke for Belgian Super Cup title
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Onuachu, Dessers battle Okereke for Belgian Super Cup title

Super Eagles strikers Paul Onuachu and Cyriel Dessers will be up against David Okereke in Saturday’s (today) Belgian Super Cup clash when KRC Genk and Club Brugge clash at Jan Breydel Stadium, Saturday PUNCH reports. Club Brugge won the Belgian league title last season while Genk finished runners-up in the league and won the Belgian Cup as well. Brugge have expressed mixed fortunes in pre-season, with three wins, a draw and two losses, scoring nine goals and conceding nine. Onuachu, top scorer in the Belgian topflight league last season with 33 goals, is expected to lead Genk’s attack, just as Dessers is expected to play a role following his impressive run in pre-season with three goal. Okereke, who made three appearances for Brugges in pre-season, was below par last season.
Chelsea set to bring Federico Chiesa to Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea set to bring Federico Chiesa to Stamford Bridge

  Chelsea are set to bring Federico Chiesa from Juventus this summer. The Blues have already approached Juventus in a bid to sign Chiesa ahead of next season. According to BILD’s football chief Christian Falk, Chelsea have asked Juventus for the Italy international and placed £85.1million (€100million) as a basis for negotiation. The report added that the Serie A giants have declined talks altogether, with Chiesa seemingly not for sale. Chelsea are now expected to increase their offer in order to tempt Juventus to sell the 23-year-old forward. Chiesa was impressive for Italy during the Euro 2020 this summer. He scored two goals in Italy’s triumphant Euro 2020 run this summer.
Night Court’ & ‘Buffalo Bill’ actor, Charlie Robinson dies at 75
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Night Court’ & ‘Buffalo Bill’ actor, Charlie Robinson dies at 75

Charlie Robinson, a prolific actor who played the clerk in the 1980s and ’90s sitcom “Night Court,” has died at the age of 75. The American actor died on Sunday of cancer complications at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. His manager, Lisa DiSante, told Deadline that Robinson died of cardiac arrest with multisystem organ failures due to septic shock, and metastatic adenocarcinoma. Robinson racked up more than 125 TV and film credits including an impressive five series-regular roles during a half-century career that stretched into 2021. He got his start guesting on such 1970s-80s series as Cannon, The White Shadow, Lou Grant, St. Elsewhere, and Hill Street Blues and the sequel miniseries Roots: The Next Generation. His first recurring role was on the short-lived...
Tokyo Olympics: Saraki reacts as Nigeria’s D’Tigers beats USA in historic win
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Tokyo Olympics: Saraki reacts as Nigeria’s D’Tigers beats USA in historic win

Immediate-past Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigeria’s Men Basketball Team, D’Tigers, on their historic win against Team USA. Nigeria in a stunning performance on Saturday night defeated the United States of America 90-87 in an exhibition match ahead of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Saraki in a post via his Twitter page expressed happiness over their performance and growth both individually and as a team. The former Senate President urged the team to kelp performance and take its great form to the Olympics. His tweet read: “Impressive performance by our Men’s Basketball Team, D’Tigers! Coming back from a 10-point deficit against Team USA. “It is great to see how much they have all grown individually and collectively! “Let’s take this great ...
Italy and Spain renew rivalry in heavyweight battle
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Italy and Spain renew rivalry in heavyweight battle

Italy and Spain are two teams that seem to have forgotten what it feels like to lose - but something must give in their semi-final showdown at Euro 2020. Spain have shrugged off pre-tournament tension, coronavirus chaos and gruelling knockout clashes to extend an impressive run that has seen them suffer just one defeat in 29 games and go unbeaten in 13. A transitional side are aiming for a third European Championship crown in four editions but Italy, another continental heavyweight revived under Roberto Mancini, head to Wembley having not tasted defeat for 32 fixtures, going back to September 2018. The teams have met 10 times at major tournaments, with Italy retaining the upper hand until Spain beat them on penalties en route to their Euro 2008 triumph - befo...
Guendouzi Completes medical with new club after leaving Arsenal
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Guendouzi Completes medical with new club after leaving Arsenal

  Matteo Guendouzi will complete a transfer to Marseille, after having a medical with the Ligue 1 club, the UK Mirror reports. The French midfielder said his goodbyes to Hertha Berlin, where he spent last season on loan, on Instagram on Monday morning. Guendouzi then announced his Arsenal in a separate post. The player came to blows with Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, during a training camp in Dubai, which cost him his place in the first team. The 22-year-old was also involved in an incident against Brighton in July 2020, when he grabbed Maupay by the throat briefly, but referee Martin Atkinson took no action. Guendouzi joined Arsenal in 2018 from French Ligue 2 side Lorient after an impressive season. His was reportedly signed for €8m (£7m/$9.4m) plus bonuses.
Mikel Obi leaves England again, joins new club in Kuwait
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Mikel Obi leaves England again, joins new club in Kuwait

  Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has signed for Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Kuwait SC. The Brigadiers confirmed that Mikel Obi has agreed a one-year deal for the 2021/2022 season. The Nigerian midfielder’s arrival comes as reinforcement for Al Kuwait, who finished third in the Premier League last season behind Al-Qadsia and leaders Al-Arabi. He won’t be the only African player at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, as he joins Morocco’s El-Mehdi Barrahma, Tunisia duo Ahmed Akaichi and Rami Bedoui, and Mali’s Abdulwahid Sissoko in the Brigadiers’ line-up. Mikel Obi leaves Stoke City, who recently activated the contract extension option to keep him for one more campaign, following his impressive performances in the English second division last term. ...
England vs Germany: Shearer, Ferdinand single out one player after 2-0 win
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England vs Germany: Shearer, Ferdinand single out one player after 2-0 win

  Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer and Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand have agreed on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, after England defeated Germany at the Euro 2020 round of 16 fixture on Tuesday night. Saka was impressive for England as they defeated Germany 2-0 at Wembley Stadium, following goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. But Shearer believes Saka was England’s best player against Germany, adding that he was so brave. Speaking to BBC Sport, Shearer said: “England needs more players like Saka. He’s been so brave, when someone is marking him tightly, he still wants the ball. “I think he’s been our best player.” On his part, Ferdinand added, “He’s got no qualms about roaming about, what is great about him is he has the confidence to drive forward a...
Euro 2020: Germany could be without three key players for England clash
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Euro 2020: Germany could be without three key players for England clash

  Ilkay Gundogan, Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens have all emerged as doubts for Germany’s Euro 2020 round-of-16 clash with England on Tuesday. Joachim Low’s side have endured a not too impressive tournament so far. They lost 1-0 to France and beat Portugal 4-2, before salvaging a 2-2 draw against Hungary. Gundogan was substituted after sustaining a bruised skull against Hungary and did not train fully with the squad on Monday, while Gosens and Rudiger have “cold symptoms”. The key trio have started all Germany’s games so far. But Low is not confident of having them available for their crucial last-16 tie. Low said on Monday of Gundogan: “Well Ilkay, he suffered this cranial bruise and before he still felt a little bit dizzy, especially in training.” When ask...
Chelsea in Pole Position to Sign Kounde
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Chelsea in Pole Position to Sign Kounde

Chelsea are in position to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla this summer. According to ABC Sevilla, Chelsea are ahead of Manchester United and PSG, to sign Kounde. The report added that interested clubs would have to pay upwards of €65m (£55.9m) to secure the services of the 22-year-old, who was believed to be the subject of an offer from Manchester City last summer. Kounde was impressive for Sevilla in the LaLiga during the 2020-21 season. The defender played 49 games in all competitions for Sevilla, scoring four goals and providing one assist. Kounde is currently with France national team at the ongoing Euro 2020. He will hope to feature for France when they face Switzerland in the round of 16 tie on Monday.
Bath and Lightning to duel in Superleague Grand Final
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Bath and Lightning to duel in Superleague Grand Final

Team Bath Netball will face Loughborough Lightning in the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final on Sunday. Anna Stembridge's Bath side, who are going in search of their first title in eight years, overcame the defending champions Manchester Thunder 41-38 at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday afternoon. Lightning, who have never won the title, showed their firepower with an impressive 58-38 victory against Leeds Rhinos Netball. Bath and Lightning will duel for the crown on Sunday afternoon. The season-defining contest has a 5pm first centre pass and it will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Action and Mix. For the beaten finalists, third place remains on the line and they will take to court for a 3pm start. Both matches will also be streamed on the Sky Sports You...
France vs Portugal: Four star Players to Watch Out for
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France vs Portugal: Four star Players to Watch Out for

France will tonight tackle Portugal in their final Group F fixture at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Hungary. Didier Deschamps’s men currently top Group F with 4 points from two games, while Germany is in the second position with 3 points, followed by Portugal with 3 points and Hungary with 1 point. The Les Bleus are through to the next round and will finish first if they beat Portugal or if they draw and Germany does not beat Hungary. If France loses and Hungary wins, second place will be decided on the overall goal difference. Portugal, on the other hand, will go through if they avoid defeat against France. Fernando Santos’s men will go through to the next round if they avoid defeat against France. Portugal will finish first if they beat France and Germany do not beat...
Euro 2020: Like Ronaldo, Italy’s Locatelli pushes away Coca-Cola bottles
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Euro 2020: Like Ronaldo, Italy’s Locatelli pushes away Coca-Cola bottles

  Italy midfielder, Manuel Locatelli, has become the latest footballer to remove Coca-Cola bottles from his press conference table at Euro 2020. Locatelli even copied Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Agua!’ shout. Ronaldo, 36, had caused a stir with a gesture involving two bottles of Coca-Cola, which caused the share price of the beverage company to fall by $4billion. There was a similar scene on Tuesday night when France midfielder, Paul Pogba, removed a bottle of Heineken beer from the table during his post-match press conference. However, Locatelli has now become the third player to take offence with Euro 2020’s sponsors, removing two bottles of Coca-Cola from the front and centre of the table and putting his own bottle of water directly in front of him inst...
Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad
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Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has identified Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice as the two excellent players in the England squad. Both Rice and Phillips were impressive for England in their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at the weekend. England defeated Croatia on Sunday at Wembley, thanks to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling’s second-half goal. “I thought it was a very good performance by England,” Keane told ITV. “Very mature, how they managed the game and they mixed their game up well – good short passes then stretching Croatia. “What they did which was vital was winning the midfield battle. If you win the midfield battle, it gives you a foothold to win football matches. Phillips and Rice were excellent. A very good day for England,” he said. En...
Drogba Helping Chelsea sign Kokcu ahead of Arsenal, others
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Drogba Helping Chelsea sign Kokcu ahead of Arsenal, others

Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, is helping the club to land Feyenoord midfielder, Orkun Kokcu, this summer transfer window. Kokcu has attracted plenty of transfer interest following an impressive campaign in the Eredivisie. Arsenal, AC Milan, Roma, Tottenham and a host of other European clubs are interested in Kokcu’s signature. But Chelsea is now in pole position to take the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge this summer, thanks to some intervention from Drogba. Turkish TV channel Vole reports that the former Ivory Coast striker, who scored 164 goals in 381 matches for Chelsea, arranged a meeting between the Blues and Kokcu’s family. Kokcu made 22 league appearances for Feyenoord in the 2020-21 campaign. He scored three goals and registered three assists for the Holland clu...
Chelsea Announces new deal for Tuchel after Champions League title
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Chelsea Announces new deal for Tuchel after Champions League title

  Chelsea has announced a contract extension for manager Thomas Tuchel. The new deal ties the former Paris Saint-Germain boss to the Blues until 2024. In an official statement, the club said the extension was based on Tuchel’s impressive performance in only six months, which ended with the German winning their second ever Champions League title. “The Club is very happy to confirm that, following our triumph in the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel’s contract has been extended by two years, as agreed when he joined the Club,” it read in part. Since he arrived, Tuchel led Chelsea up the Premier League table and they finished in the top four places. He, however, lost the FA Cup final to Leicester City, before defeating Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League final las...
Why we Extended Giroud, Silva’s Contracts – Chelsea
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Why we Extended Giroud, Silva’s Contracts – Chelsea

  Chelsea has explained why the club extended the contracts of Olivier Giroud and Thiago Silva. The reigning Champions League winners extended both Giroud and Silva’s contracts by a year on Friday. Giroud’s current deal was due to expire at the end of this campaign, but an extension means the Frenchman’s three-and-a-half-year stay at Stamford continues for another year. Chelsea also exercised an option to extend Silva’s contract by one year, taking his time at the west London club into a second season. Explaining why Chelsea extended both players’ contracts, the club’s Director, Marina Granovskaia, told Chelsea’s website: “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goal...
Blessing Okagbare sets new meet record in Slovakia
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Blessing Okagbare sets new meet record in Slovakia

Nigerian athlete, Blessing Okagbare has set a new meet record after winning the 100m women’s event at P-T-S Meeting in Samorin, Slovak Republic in 10.98 secs. With her impressive run in 10.98 secs, Okagbare set a new meet record as no other woman has ever won the race under 11 seconds in the Meet held in the Eastern European country. The excited Nigerian athlete wrote on Facebook; “Thank God for another healthy race/win today." Okagbare first broke the 11 seconds barrier for the first time in her career at the Crystal Palace Aviva London Grand Prix in London on July 14, 2012, when she ran 10.99 secs. This is also the 21st time Okagbare has run under 11 seconds in her career; a feat no Nigerian athlete has replicated.

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