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‘Benrahma has been waiting on that one for a year’ – Moyes on Algerian’s strike
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‘Benrahma has been waiting on that one for a year’ – Moyes on Algerian’s strike

The ex-Brentford winger's goal helped the Hammers get another pre-season win against his former side head of the Premier League campaign West Ham United manager David Moyes was impressed with Said Benrahma's strike that sealed the 1-0 win for his charges against Brentford in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. The Algeria international struck in the 66th minute against his former team to ensure the Hammers continued with their fine form in pre-season. It was his second consecutive goal for the Londoners after also getting his name on the scoresheet in the 6-2 win over Celtic.  
Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat
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Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat

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

The Gunners have been linked with a raid on London rivals Chelsea for the England international striker Tammy Abraham would "fit the bill" for Arsenal says Nigel Winterburn, but the Gunners have been warned against selling Alexandre Lacazette without having an "upgrade" lined up. The Chelsea and England international striker could tick that box, with Mikel Arteta said to be among those mulling over a transfer raid on their London rivals. Abraham is a proven Premier League performer and looks to be on the market this summer after slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.
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Union Berlin striker Awoniyi reveals Klopp’s last message after Liverpool exit

A week ago, the Nigeria youth international left Anfield to rejoin the Bundesliga club in a permanent move Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described his permanent switch to the Bundesliga as a ‘good thing’ after it brought an end to his six-year struggle in England. Awoniyi completed a £6.5 million move to the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei where he penned a five-year contract last Tuesday. The permanent transfer ended the Nigeria forward’s struggles at Anfield after he was loaned out to six clubs in six years and he failed to make a competitive appearance for the Reds.  
Fulham close in on £12m deal for Liverpool winger Wilson
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Fulham close in on £12m deal for Liverpool winger Wilson

The Wales international is set to join the Championship club having struggled to break into Jurgen Klopp's first-team squad at Anfield Fulham are closing in on the £12 million ($16.5m) signing of Harry Wilson from Liverpool, Goal can confirm. The Wales international is expected to finalise the move in the next 48 hours after a deal between the clubs was thrashed out this week. Wilson was omitted from Liverpool’s pre-season friendly win over Mainz on Friday, and is already understood to have agreed personal terms on a four-year contract with the Cottagers, who were relegated from the Premier League last year. He has been given permission to leave the Reds’ training camp to seal the switch.
Why Ballo-Toure signed for AC Milan and role Maldini played in transfer
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Why Ballo-Toure signed for AC Milan and role Maldini played in transfer

The 24-year-old reveals what drove him to sign for the Italian giants from Ligue 1 side Monaco ahead of new season Senegal international Fode Ballo-Toure has revealed the reason he signed for AC Milan ahead of the new season. The Italian giants confirmed the arrival of the defender from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after he penned a four-year contract with the Rossoneri, where he will be wearing the number five jersey. The 24-year-old has revealed in his first interview why he decided to sign for the Italian outfit and the role played by legend Paolo Maldini in the transfer.
‘I don’t agree with the way he plays’ – Matthaus criticises Kroos as Germany Euro 2020 fallout rumbles on
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‘I don’t agree with the way he plays’ – Matthaus criticises Kroos as Germany Euro 2020 fallout rumbles on

A national team legend feels that the Real Madrid star was a hindrance for his country at the European Championship Lothar Matthaus has criticised Toni Kroos as the fallout from Germany's Euro 2020 campaign rumbles on, admitting "I don't agree with the way he plays". Germany suffered an early exit at the hands of arch-rivals England at this summer's European Championship, losing 2-0 at Wembley in the last 16. Real Madrid star Kroos was among those to fall short of expectations during the tournament, and has since announced his retirement from international football, which came as a welcome surprise to Matthaus
Iheanacho: I have a feeling this season it might fall for Leicester City
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Iheanacho: I have a feeling this season it might fall for Leicester City

The Nigeria international scored 19 goals for the Foxes in the concluded campaign Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho is optimistic Leicester City will achieve their Premier League objectives in the new campaign. The towering attacker was in a good form in the 2020/21 season and went on to score 19 goals for the Brendan Rodgers-led team. "Obviously, I scored goals last season," Iheanacho told the club's official portal on Monday.
Depay targets ‘many titles’ & sees Barcelona as ‘perfect’ fit as Dutch forward arrives at Camp Nou
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Depay targets ‘many titles’ & sees Barcelona as ‘perfect’ fit as Dutch forward arrives at Camp Nou

The Netherlands international, who is joining the Blaugrana as a free agent, has touched down in Catalunya to take on a new challenge Memphis Depay is looking to "win many titles" during his time at Barcelona and considers the Camp Nou outfit to be a "perfect" fit for his attacking playing style. The Netherlands international, who represented his country at Euro 2020 this summer, has arrived in Catalunya to link up with his new team-mates. He is joining the Blaugrana as a free agent after reaching the end of his contract at Lyon and is eager to get going as he prepares to live the dream with the Liga giants.
Smalling puts past differences with ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho to one side amid Roma ‘excitement’
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Smalling puts past differences with ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho to one side amid Roma ‘excitement’

The England international came in for criticism from a Portuguese while at Old Trafford, but they are pulling together in Italy Chris Smalling holds no grudge against Jose Mourinho and is putting any past differences with the former Manchester United boss to one side amid much "excitement" at Roma. One of the most decorated coaches in world football finds himself back in Serie A after taking in spells with Chelsea, United and Tottenham in the Premier League. During his time at Old Trafford, Mourinho once questioned Smalling's willingness to play through pain - when the England defender was ruled out of action through injury - but the pair are pulling in the same direction after being reunited at Stadio Olimpico.
Celtic sign Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe
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Celtic sign Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe

The winger has been in great form for Vissel Kobe and tops the goal charts in Japan at the midway point of the season Celtic have announced the signing of Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe. The 26-year-old will join the Scottish side on a four-year contract subject to international clearance. The winger is the top scorer in J1 League, having scored 14 goals in 20 matches for the side currently sitting third in Japan's top flight.
Movie Producer, Dillon Jordan indicted for allegedly running international prostitution ring
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Movie Producer, Dillon Jordan indicted for allegedly running international prostitution ring

American movie producer, Dillon Jordan has been indicted for allegedly running an international prostitution ring under the guise of a film business. The 49-year-old who is behind indie films including The Kindergarten Teacher starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and The Kid with Ethan Hawke, was arrested on Thursday in San Bernardino County, California. He is facing charges in the Southern District of New York. “As alleged, for years, Dillon Jordan operated an extensive and far-reaching prostitution business, using a purported event planning company and a movie production company to conceal the proceeds he made from exploiting women,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. “Now the party is over and the film is a wrap.” Jordan, who also goes by the aliases Daniel Jordan, Dan...
Nigerian national arrested with cocaine as India’s Narcotic Bureau bust international drug syndicate
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Nigerian national arrested with cocaine as India’s Narcotic Bureau bust international drug syndicate

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested a Nigerian national, Chukwuemeka Ogboma alias Michael, who was part of an international drug syndicate supplying cocaine in Mumbai and nearby areas.   According to NCB officials, the drug supply network was being run through a call centre that operated from Nigeria.   The consumer had to call a particular number of the call centre based in Nigeria, and then after making an online payment for the required amount of Cocaine, the delivery was made to the consumer's address by drug peddlers working for the network in Mumbai.   Speaking about the case on Tuesday, July 13, Zonal Director of Mumbai NCB, Sameer Wankhede said officials received a tip-off regarding the drug network running operations in Mumbai and t...
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud arrives in Italy ahead of £1m move to AC Milan
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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud arrives in Italy ahead of £1m move to AC Milan

Olivier Giroud has touched down in Italy for his AC Milan medical ahead of joining the Serie A giants from Chelsea in a £1million deal. The France international forward was pictured on Thursday afternoon arriving at the Linate airport in Milan after being flown from Grenoble on a private jet.     Giroud, who was seen wearing a mask with the AC Milan badge on it, waved to the cameras and posed for photographs before he left the airport in a 4x4 BMW by a club associate.   The former Arsenal striker will undergo his medical at Milan's training base on Friday before putting pen to paper on a two-year contract worth £3million a season.     Reports in Italy claim his deal will include an option for a further deal and expect Giroud to be...
When you win, you have to try to win again’ – Man City star Mahrez reveals Nadal inspiration
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When you win, you have to try to win again’ – Man City star Mahrez reveals Nadal inspiration

The Algeria international says the record Grand Slam champion drives him in his mission to rack up the trophies Riyad Mahrez has spoken out on how tennis star Rafael Nadal continues to inspire him as his role model to stay hungry, with the Manchester City man stating that it keeps him striving to surpass his old achievements. The Algeria international has enjoyed a trophy-laden domestic career ever since he helped steer Leicester City to a shock Premier League triumph in 2016, winning further titles across multiple competitions since heading to the Etihad Stadium under Pep Guardiola. Given that the winger has conquered virtually every domestic honour placed before him, he acknowledges that he draws upon his inspiration Nadal - the joint all-time leader in men's Grand Slam triu...
LA Galaxy sign Mexico star Alvarez to two-year contract extension
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LA Galaxy sign Mexico star Alvarez to two-year contract extension

The 19-year-old played for El Tri at the Gold Cup this week, sealing his international future The LA Galaxy have announced that midfielder Efrain Alvarez has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. Alvarez, 19, is currently away with Mexico at the Gold Cup, where his international future was sealed when he played against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday. With that appearance, Alvarez became cap-tied to Mexico after a tug-of-war between El Tri and the United States for his services.
Juventus midfielder Arthur to miss two months after knee surgery
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Juventus midfielder Arthur to miss two months after knee surgery

TheBrazil international is to have an operation on a long-standing issue picked up last December, keeping him out for at least the next eight weeks Juventus midfielder Arthur will miss the start of the new Serie A season after he was slated for surgery on a long-term knee injury, Goal can confirm. The Brazil international will be forced to sit on the sidelines across the next two months, ruling him out of the Bianconeri's domestic openers - but could return in time for their Champions League commitments. The news will come as a blow to Massimiliano Allegri's side, as the coach returns to Turin following a three-year absence in an attempt to restore fading fortunes at Allianz Stadium.
Fashion Sakala: Rangers finally unveil Zambia striker
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Fashion Sakala: Rangers finally unveil Zambia striker

The 24-year-old Chipolopolo international was paraded by the Scottish giants two months after he signed a pre-contract with them Rangers have finally confirmed the arrival of Zambia international Fashion Sakala, two months after they announced they had signed him. The 24-year-old signed a pre-contract to join the Scottish giants in May but he was not able to make it to pre-season training due to problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and passport issues. His absence from training had left many Rangers fans wondering but on Thursday, the club confirmed his arrival on their social media pages ahead of their upcoming pre-season friendly against Arsenal.
Messi won’t be better than Maradona, even if he wins four World Cups in a row, says Kempes
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Messi won’t be better than Maradona, even if he wins four World Cups in a row, says Kempes

The forward finally won a major international honour with the Copa America, but an Albiceleste hero feels he still sits behind his late countryman Lionel Messi will never be able to better Diego Maradona "even if he wins four World Cups in a row", according to Argentina legend Mario Kempes. The forward finally ended his international drought with the Albiceleste after claiming a long-awaited maiden Copa America triumph against Brazil on Saturday. It leaves the World Cup as the lone major honour the 34-year-old is yet to collect for club - with Barcelona - and country, but now Kempes has claimed that, for all his achievements, he will always be in the shadow of his late compatriot, a cultural icon within his home country and around the world.
Caf Champions League: Why Kaizer Chiefs will stun Al Ahly – Otieno
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Caf Champions League: Why Kaizer Chiefs will stun Al Ahly – Otieno

The former Harambee Star believes Amakhosi's struggles earlier this season will spur them on when they face the Red Devils Former Kenya international Musa Otieno is confident Kaizer Chiefs will beat Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League final set for Saturday. The South African giants will feature in their first-ever final of the African competition as they come up against the Egyptian giants, who are also the defending champions, at Stade Mohamed V in Morocco. Otieno, who played for Santos in the South African Premier Soccer League between 1997 until 2011, and helped them win the PSL title in 2001-02, the Bob Save Super Bowl in 2001, the BP Top 8 in 2002, and the Absa Cup in 2003, believes the problems Chiefs experienced before reaching the final will inspire them to shock the favourites...
Erling is already in England’ – Chelsea
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Erling is already in England’ – Chelsea

The Norway international has been linked with a big-money move from the Bundesliga to the Premier League following a superb season at club level Erling Haaland's absence from Borussia Dortmund's pre-season preparations has been laughed off by sporting director Michael Zorc, who quipped that the striker was "already in England" amid heavy transfer speculation. The Leeds-born Norway international has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks at club level in recent years, backing up an impressive maiden campaign in the Bundesliga with his first bit of silverware after claiming the DFB-Pokal Cup last term. Such performances have seen a number of potential moves mooted, with Chelsea thought to head a group of Premier League suitors, and his no-show for a fitness test on Monday cou...
Atletico Madrid sign De Paul in €35m deal from Udinese
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Atletico Madrid sign De Paul in €35m deal from Udinese

The Argentina international arrives at Wanda Metropolitano on a deal that will take him through to 2026, mere days after claiming Copa America glory Atletico Madrid have secured the capture of Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese in a €35 million (£30m/$42m) deal on a five-year contract, the club has confirmed. The Argentina international joins the Rojiblancos on a half-decade-long deal through 2026, mere days after winning the Copa America with his country. His capture marks the first major piece of business for Diego Simeone's side as they look to push on from last season's title triumph in La Liga and defend their crown this coming term - and speaking after his medical was completed on Monday, the midfielder expressed his delight at sealing the switch to Spain from Italy.
I am always in tears’ – Ex-Super Eagles player Chukunyere reveals how he battled depression
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I am always in tears’ – Ex-Super Eagles player Chukunyere reveals how he battled depression

The former Kano Pillars and Hibernians striker has opened up on his battle with depression after injury cost his career Former Nigeria international Ndubisi Chukunyere says he went into depression after he was forced to quit football due to persistent injury worries. The retired striker suffered a knock on his knee during his time at Nigeria Professional Football League side Kano Pillars in 1993. Despite playing with the injury when it was not yet completely healed, the Nigerian kept putting up impressive performances – which earned him a move to Malta top-flight side, Hibernians in 1997.
Messi said it was my final!’ – Argentina hero Di Maria revels in ‘unforgettable’ Copa America triumph
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Messi said it was my final!’ – Argentina hero Di Maria revels in ‘unforgettable’ Copa America triumph

The Paris Saint-Germain winger scored the goal that ended his country's international trophy drought Angel Di Maria revealed that Lionel Messi told him the Copa America final would be his moment to shine as the duo helped Argentina seal a long-awaited triumph over Brazil. Di Maria scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over the Selecao, helping Messi get his hands on an elusive senior international trophy. The Paris Saint-Germain star's strike came after he was forced to miss several big games in recent years due to injury issues, including the 2016 Copa America final, making this summer's triumph all the sweeter.
Hakimi dreaming of Real Madrid return after PSG move – Agent
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Hakimi dreaming of Real Madrid return after PSG move – Agent

The Morocco international recently left Inter Milan to pen a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 giants from Paris New Paris Saint-Germain signing Achraf Hakimi still has his mind set on playing for Real Madrid again, according to his agent Alejandro Camano. The two-time Caf Youth Player of the Year spent the early years of his career in the Spanish capital, developing through the ranks in Madrid's La Fabrica and he went on to make his professional debut for the first team in 2017. Although he enjoyed a brief success under Zinedine Zidane, Hakimi struggled for regular playing time with just nine appearances in La Liga and he was subsequently loaned to Borussia Dortmund for two years, then Inter Milan secured his permanent signing in 2020.
Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future
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Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future

The Spain international midfielder is eager to prove his worth at the Santiago Bernabeu after spending two seasons on loan at Arsenal Dani Ceballos has left the door open for a Premier League return to be made at some stage, but the former Arsenal loanee is preparing to "fight" for his future at Real Madrid. The 24-year-old midfielder has spent the last two seasons at Emirates Stadium, with fierce competition for places at the Santiago Bernabeu forcing him to find minutes elsewhere. He is now back in his homeland and looking to make a mark at his parent club under Carlo Ancelotti, but another stint in English football remains an option for him to consider.
Messi ‘best in history’ with or without Argentina trophy, says Scaloni
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Messi ‘best in history’ with or without Argentina trophy, says Scaloni

A man hoping to help the six-time Ballon d'Or end his international barren run at the Copa America says a lofty standing is already secured Lionel Messi will go down as "the best footballer in history", with or without senior international honours, says Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni. One of the most decorated players of all-time boasts an enviable collection of accolades from his time at Barcelona, but an Olympic gold medal and U20 World Cup glory are all he has to show for many years of loyal service with his country. That could be about to change at this summer's Copa America, with a final date booked against old adversaries and defending champions Brazil, but Scaloni says Messi's standing at the very top of the game is already secure.
Kenya’s Otieno: Everyone had doubts about Zambian champions Zesco United
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Kenya’s Otieno: Everyone had doubts about Zambian champions Zesco United

Timu Ya Ziko were named the league winners of the recently concluded campaign despite starting on a struggling footing Kenya international Ian Otieno has claimed Zesco United managed to win the Zambian Super League title despite many people not giving them a chance to do it. Timu ya Ziko lifted the league title again after they lost to Nkana FC in the 2019-20 season when they also failed to grab one of the Caf slots that was reserved for Zambia. The former AFC Leopards goalkeeper revealed what propelled them in a season they started slowly before picking up momentum and eventually being declared champions.
Uche Ikpeazu: Middlesbrough belong in the Premier League
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Uche Ikpeazu: Middlesbrough belong in the Premier League

The 26-year-old believes the Riverside outfit deserves to play in the top-flight of English football and that he will help them achieve promotion Ugandan international Uche Ikpeazu has revealed his main ambition at new club Middlesbrough is to help them gain promotion to the Premier League. The 26-year-old sealed a transfer move to the Riverside outfit ahead of the start of pre-season seven days ago after agreeing to terms to leave Wycombe Wanderers and sign a three-year contract. Ikpeazu has thanked Boro manager Neil Warnock for having faith in him and promised to bang in goals that can help them earn promotion to the top-flight.
Michael Olise: Crystal Palace sign ex-Reading winger
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Michael Olise: Crystal Palace sign ex-Reading winger

The France youth international of Nigerian descent has joined the Selhurst Park giants from Madejski Stadium Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Michael Olise from EFL Championship side Reading. The 19-year-old winger joins the Eagles on a five-year contract which will keep him at Selhurst Park until 2026. With this, the highly-rated teenager becomes Patrick Vieira’s first signing since his appointment as Palace’s permanent manager.
Konate inherits Wijnaldum’s No 5 shirt at Liverpool as £36m defender joins Klopp’s squad
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Konate inherits Wijnaldum’s No 5 shirt at Liverpool as £36m defender joins Klopp’s squad

The Reds have revealed their new arrival at Anfield will take the jersey left free by the departure by the Netherlands international midfielder Liverpool have invested £36 million ($50m) in Ibrahima Konate, and have now revealed the French defender will be inheriting the No 5 shirt from Georginio Wijnaldum. The Reds spent big this summer on bolstering their centre-half options, having seen injuries leave them alarmingly short last season. Konate has been prised away from RB Leipzig, with the the highly-rated 22-year-old also trusted to follow in the footsteps of the departed Dutch midfielder.
Fan View: Should Tuchel have given Moses one final opportunity at Chelsea?
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Fan View: Should Tuchel have given Moses one final opportunity at Chelsea?

Goal readers have had their say and the popular opinion has it that the former Nigeria international did not merit another chance at Stamford Bridge Victor Moses did not merit one last chance under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, according to most of the Goal readers. After six loan moves since signing for the Blues in 2012, the former Super Eagles star finally completed a permanent switch to Spartak Moscow last month. The move to the Russia top-flight side has sparked contrasting opinions on why the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner was sold outrightly instead of getting another opportunity under the German tactician at Stamford Bridge.
PSG sign Hakimi from Inter in deal worth up to €70m
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PSG sign Hakimi from Inter in deal worth up to €70m

Paris Saint-Germain football club of France have completed the signing of full-back Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan.   The Morocco international was signed on Tuesday, July 6, for €60 million (£52m/$71m), plus €10m (£9m$12m) in add-ons. “I feel a great sense of pride today," Hakimi told PSG's official website.   "After Spain, Germany and Italy, Paris Saint-Germain offers me the chance to discover a new championship with one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.   "I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates, the fans and experience the incredible colour and passion inside the Parc des Princes.   "I share the same big ambitions as the coaching staff and my teammates and will do everything I can to deliver what is expected of me.” Int...
Liverpool outcast Grujic facing uncertain future ahead of return to pre-season training
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Liverpool outcast Grujic facing uncertain future ahead of return to pre-season training

The Serbia international midfielder has seen little game for the Reds, with a series of loan spells taken in over recent years Liverpool outcast Mark Grujic, who has taken in just 16 appearances for the Reds, admits to facing another uncertain summer at Anfield with the transfer window open for business. The Serbia international midfielder became Jurgen Klopp's first signing when moving to Merseyside from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016. He was immediately loaned back to his former club and has continued to tread a familiar path in the seasons since, with time spent at Cardiff, Hertha Berlin and Porto.
It’s not been an easy road’ – Sterling feels he has faced ‘unfair flak’ with England
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It’s not been an easy road’ – Sterling feels he has faced ‘unfair flak’ with England

Raheem Sterling admits it has "not been an easy road for him" as an England international, with the Manchester City forward of the opinion that he has received a lot of "unfair flak". The 26-year-old, who made his Three Lions bow back in 2012, is in the process of silencing his doubters again at Euro 2020 - with three goals recorded en route to the semi-finals. Opinion has started to turn this summer on an international stage, but it has been a long road to this point for Sterling as he has often become a scapegoat for those looking to pick the pieces out of England failings
Enock Mwepu: Zambia star signs for Brighton & Hove Albion from Red Bull Salzburg
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Enock Mwepu: Zambia star signs for Brighton & Hove Albion from Red Bull Salzburg

The 23-year-old Chipolopolo midfielder has penned a four-year contract to join Patson Daka in the Premier League Zambia international Enock Mwepu has sealed a transfer move to Brighton & Hove Albion from Red Bull Salzburg. The 23-year-old midfielder has been confirmed as the first signing for manager Graham Potter on a four-year contract ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, which will be Albion's fifth consecutive year in the top-flight. “Albion are pleased to confirm the signing of Enock Mwepu from reigning Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg on a four-year deal, on undisclosed terms,” the club confirmed on their official website
Fan View: New Everton manager Benitez could struggle to get best out of Iwobi
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Fan View: New Everton manager Benitez could struggle to get best out of Iwobi

Next season, the Nigeria international will work with the former Liverpool coach, who returned to the Premier League last season Everton’s new manager Rafael Benitez could struggle to get the best out of Nigeria midfield star Alex Iwobi, according to the majority of Goal Africa readers. Benitez returned to Merseyside last Wednesday but, this time around, not to join Liverpool but their city rivals the Toffees on a three-year deal. The Spanish tactician replaced Carlo Ancelotti, who left his role at Goodison Park at the end of the 2020-21 season to re-join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda
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Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda

Cristiano Ronaldo’s European Championships may have ended prematurely as Portugal were defeated by Belgium in the Round of 16, but CR7 will always remember this tournament as the competition in which he equalled the record for men’s international goalscoring. Previously, the record was held by Ali Daei of Iran, who registered 109 goals for the Asian heavyweights between 1993 and 2006. Ronaldo matched that tally, albeit in 178 international outings to Daei’s 149, when he netted twice against France in Portugal’s final group game.  
Barcelona stars Griezmann and Dembele respond to accusations of racism after 2019 videos resurface
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Barcelona stars Griezmann and Dembele respond to accusations of racism after 2019 videos resurface

The France international forwards have spoken out on social media following the footage seemingly showing them mocking Asian accents Antoine Griezmann says he has "always been committed against any form of discrimination" following the release of videos that seem to show the Barcelona forward and team-mate Ousmane Dembele mocking Asian people. The clips, which have surfaced on social media, are said to have been shot during the Blaugrana's pre-season in 2019. Dembele also features in the videos, with both men now addressing the furore.
That’s what the fans want’ – Wenger backs World Cup every two years
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That’s what the fans want’ – Wenger backs World Cup every two years

The former Arsenal boss says a quality over quantity approach is needed when organising the international football calendar Arsene Wenger has backed plans to hold the World Cup every two years as part of a revamp of the international football calendar. World governing body FIFA is currently carrying out a feasibility study into making the men's and women's tournaments a biennial event rather than every four years. Wenger believes it would be possible to fit more World Cups into the schedule by reducing the amount of qualifying games and international breaks during the season
Euro 2020: What confirmed Ukraine defeat to England – Yobo
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Euro 2020: What confirmed Ukraine defeat to England – Yobo

Andriy Shevchenko’s men paid dearly for conceding a second goal against the Three Lions, according to the African football great Ukraine’s exit from Euro 2020 was imminent after they conceded a second goal in their 4-0 defeat to England, according to former Nigeria international Joseph Yobo. Courtesy of Harry Kane’s fourth-minute strike, the Three Lions took a slim 1-0 lead into the half-time break of the quarter-final showdown. They doubled their advantage in the 46th minute after Harry Maguire rose above his markers to head Luke Shaw’s free-kick past goalkeeper Georgi Bushchan.
Afobe: Millwall complete loan signing of Stoke City striker
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Afobe: Millwall complete loan signing of Stoke City striker

The DR Congo international is set for his third loan stint away from the bet365 Stadium Millwall have completed the signing of Benik Afobe on a season-long loan deal from Championship rivals Stoke City. The 28-year-old will spend the 2021-22 campaign at the Den following his return from a loan stint in the Turkish Super Lig with Trabzonspor. Despite his contribution of five goals in 28 league matches for the Black Sea Storm last term, Afobe seems to be surplus to requirements in Michael O'Neill's team and he has been released for his third loan spell.
Rashford welcomes Sancho to Man Utd
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Rashford welcomes Sancho to Man Utd

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, became the first player to welcome Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford. DAILY POST had earlier reported that Manchester United officially confirmed a transfer deal for Sancho after they reached a £73.1 million agreement with Borussia Dortmund. Sancho’s signing is subject to contractual terms and medicals. . The 22-year-old is expected to wear Man United’s famous No.7 shirt next season. Reacting, Rashford, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Thursday, said, “Family @Sanchooo10, welcome brother.” Rashford and Sancho are both international teammates with the England national team. Both players are currently at the ongoing Euro 2020 with the Three Lions. The pair are close friends and will hope to lead England to victory when they f...
Man Utd’s rivals warned Sancho deal is ‘terrible news’ as Ferdinand urges winger to ‘entertain’
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Man Utd’s rivals warned Sancho deal is ‘terrible news’ as Ferdinand urges winger to ‘entertain’

The former Red Devils defender is delighted to see a deal being pushed through with Borussia Dortmund for an England international Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United's Premier League rivals that Jadon Sancho's imminent arrival at Old Trafford is "terrible news" for them, with the England international winger being urged to "entertain" for the Red Devils. A protracted transfer saga involving the 21-year-old forward is finally coming to an end, with a £73 million ($101m) deal agreed with Borussia Dortmund. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his sights locked on Sancho for some time and, after getting his man, a big-money recruit that has starred in Germany over the last three seasons is expected to terrorise defenders in the English top-flight.
Partey at Arsenal moves to No.5 as £45m man takes ‘lucky’ shirt for second season
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Partey at Arsenal moves to No.5 as £45m man takes ‘lucky’ shirt for second season

The Ghana international midfielder will be following in the footsteps of Martin Keown and Kolo Toure when filling a new jersey Thomas Partey is changing squad numbers at Arsenal, with the £45 million ($62m) midfielder trading in No.18 for No.5 at Emirates Stadium. The Ghana interntional was a big-money addition at Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window of 2020. Big things were expected of him, but individual struggles mirrored those endured by the Gunners as a collective and the hope is that a "lucky" shirt will deliver an upturn in fortune during a second season in English football.  
Leipzig, Southampton and Brighton join Villa and Milan in the race for Chelsea’s Livramento
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Leipzig, Southampton and Brighton join Villa and Milan in the race for Chelsea’s Livramento

The exciting Blues youngster has yet more clubs queuing at the door for his services RB Leipzig, Southampton and Brighton have joined the likes of Aston Villa and Milan in the race for Tino Livramento, Chelsea's Academy Player of the Year. The 18-year-old attacking full-back has just one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and the European champions are trying to convince him to sign a new deal amid the interest. However, the Blues' attempts to sign Inter's Achraf Hakimi could lead the homegrown star to explore alternative options, even if Paris Saint-Germain are strong favourites to win the race for the Morocco international.
Football Talent Hunt; Engr. Noah Dallaji Legacy Project Attracts Soccer Icons, Nollywood Greats, Music Superstars,And Media Personalities to Bauchi
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Football Talent Hunt; Engr. Noah Dallaji Legacy Project Attracts Soccer Icons, Nollywood Greats, Music Superstars,And Media Personalities to Bauchi

The long awaited weekend is here as young football talents meet ex international superstar footballers amid top Nollywood showcase laced with superlative performances by selected Nigerian music icons. Yes Bauchi will be on fire officially this weekend June 26 to 27 as the Engineer Noah Dallaji Legacy Project Football Talent Hunt kicks off with the full support of Ghana legend Stephen Appiah and El Hadji Diouf of Senegal Other stars include Nigerian internationals Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Daniel Amokachi, Austin Eguavoen, Emmanuel Babayaro, Tijani Babangida among others It’ll be the culmination of many weeks of detailed planning by several committees chaired by Engr. Dallaji and of course the beginning of greater things to happen to Nigeria and international football with th...
Benfica approach Liverpool about Wilson, with West Brom & Brentford also keen on £12m-rated winger
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Benfica approach Liverpool about Wilson, with West Brom & Brentford also keen on £12m-rated winger

The Wales international is keen to secure a move away from Anfield, with the Reds open to a summer sale Benfica have asked about Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, Goal has learned, with West Brom and Brentford also keen on the Wales international. On the back of loan spells at Hull City, Derby, Bournemouth and Cardiff, the talented 24-year-old is eager to secure a move away from Anfield and put down roots. The Reds are open to talks, with a permanent transfer being sought for a player valued for a fee of at least £12 million ($17m).
‘I don’t know what will happen’ – Minamino unsure on Liverpool future
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‘I don’t know what will happen’ – Minamino unsure on Liverpool future

The Japan international spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton, but he is still hoping to prove his worth at Anfield Takumi Minamino faces an uncertain future at Liverpool but the Japan international is hoping to prove his worth at Anfield. The 26-year-old spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Southampton, with two goals in 10 appearances for the Saints. He is now due back on Merseyside for pre-season training but, after finding the target only four times in 31 games for the Reds, questions have been asked of whether another transfer could happen this summer.

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