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Europa League: Slavia Prague Player Banned for 10 Matches Ahead of Arsenal Second Leg
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Europa League: Slavia Prague Player Banned for 10 Matches Ahead of Arsenal Second Leg

  UEFA has banned Slavia Plague defender, Ondrej Kudela for 10 matches, for “racist behaviour” towards Glen Kamara. Kamara himself has been banned for three games for his reaction during the incident. Kudela and Kamara clashed at the end of a Europa League last 16 second leg match at Ibrox. Kamara reacted furiously after he was racially abused by Kudela, before several players on both sides became involved in confrontations. A UEFA investigation has now ruled that Kudela was guilty of racism and its Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector had decided: “To suspend SK Slavia Praha player, Ondrej Kudela, for the next 10 UEFA club and representative team competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for racist behaviour.” The suspension has been bac...
CAFCC: Enyimba Fall To ES Setif; Lose Top Spot
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CAFCC: Enyimba Fall To ES Setif; Lose Top Spot

Enyimba fell to a 3-0 defeat against Algerian club ES Setif in their CAF Confederation Cup matchday four encounter at the May 8 1945 Stadium on Sunday, reports Rushhoursport.com Amir Karaoui gave Setif the lead in the 31st minute after he was teed up by Ahmed Kendouci. Mohamed Amoura doubled their advantage late in the first half. The hosts scored their third goal of the game through Akram Djahnit, who slotted home from the spot in the 65th minute. Djahnit missed the chance to double the home team’s lead when his spot-kick failed to hit the target 10 minutes from time. Enyimba dropped to second position in Group A with six points from four games following the defeat. South Africa’s Orlando Pirates, who thrashed Al Ahli Benghazi of Libya 3-0 earlier in the day top the ...
Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has insisted they can still win the LaLiga title this season, despite a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos gave Los Blancos the lead, before Mingueza pulled one back for Koeman’s men. Barca were denied a late penalty, as Real clinched the maximum points in the title race. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men go top with 66 points, ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid. Barcelona remain third with 65 points with eight matches left. “I am [still] really optimistic,” Koeman said of Barca’s title hopes. “We’ve shown that we are fighting. We have lost to a rival also fighting for the league, but there are [eight] games to go and every match for the top three will be tough.”
Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]

  Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website on Thursday following the conclusion of the week’s quarter-final first-leg games on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are César Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Chelsea players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos. Recall that Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Mount and Chilwell. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s last-8 matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Marquinhos (PSG) Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Midfielders: ...
PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games
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PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been suspended for two matches, following his red card against Lille last Saturday. This means the Brazilian international will not feature for PSG when they tackle Strasbourg this weekend and Saint-Etienne on April 18, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced. Neymar was sent off during PSG’s 1-0 home defeat following an altercation with Lille defender, Tiago Djalo, who was also dismissed. Neymar and Djalo were given three-match bans, but with one of those games suspended. PSG’s defeat against Lille means Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now three points behind Christophe Galtier’s side on the Ligue 1 table. Meanwhile, Neymar was impressive for PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-2 victor...
Tuchel Opens up on Rudiger’s Fight With Kepa in Training
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Tuchel Opens up on Rudiger’s Fight With Kepa in Training

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has spoken publicly for the first time about a training ground bust-up that involved defender, Antonio Rudiger and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Tuchel praised Rudiger for issuing an immediate apology following the incident. The two players had to be separated during a small-sided game on Sunday, after Kepa took exception to a strong tackle from Rudiger. When asked if the incident was serious between Rudiger and Kepa, Tuchel replied: “I would tell you if it was so but it was not. “It had nothing to do with the defeat. It was just an incident in training, it got heated up between Toni and Kepa. “We calmed the situation down immediately. I don’t want to play down how artificial, these are things we don’t want to accept and things a...
What I told Chelsea players after 5-2 defeat to West Brom – Thomas Tuchel
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What I told Chelsea players after 5-2 defeat to West Brom – Thomas Tuchel

  Thomas Tuchel haa revealed what he told Chelsea players after their shock 5-2 defeat in the Premier League at home to West Brom on Saturday. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss said he had some quick words with the players which was majorly to calm them down and prepare them for more to come. Being their first loss in 14 games, the manager said he made the player understand that they have to accept and find a away to deal with it. Since taken over from Frank Lampard towards the end of January, Thomas Tuchel’s Blues kept over 7 clean sheets and had 14 matches unbeaten run in all competitions. The German gaffer also said that he will digest the game later once they are less ‘emotional’. Chelsea took at Stamford Bridge through Christian Pulisic but the game flippe...
Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino
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Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino

  Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo, has identified two areas his team must improve after their 2-2 derby draw against Torino in the Serie A on Saturday. Pirlo, who was not happy his team did not win against Torino, said Juventus must improve on occupying the space better and finding more options between the lines against their opponent. Goals from Federico Chiesa, Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Antonio Sanabria gave both teams a point each at the Stadio Olimpico Grande. The result against Torino means Juventus are now in the 4th position on the Serie A table with 56 points from 28 matches. “Obviously, I am not happy when we don’t win, and we are dropping lots of points,” Pirlo told a post-match press conference after the game. “We have to work hard on occupying th...
Serie A: What Cristiano Ronaldo did to me – Ghanaian forward, Emmanuel Gyasi
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Serie A: What Cristiano Ronaldo did to me – Ghanaian forward, Emmanuel Gyasi

  Ghanaian forward, Emmanuel Gyasi has narrated his encounter with ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo. He said he was shocked when he discovered that Ronaldo was waiting for him in the dressing room to give him his (Ronaldo) shirt. Gyasi, who plays with Serie A side, Spezia and featured in both legs of his side’s league matches with Juventus, noted that Ronaldo has always been his role model. “For me, he is an idol and this too is a dream that came true. He is my idol and I dreamt of playing on the same field with him one day. I never thought of it happening so soon,” he told Joy Sport’s Gary Al-Smith The Ghanaian said that his heart was broken after his first encounter with Ronaldo, when he asked for the Portugal captain’s shirt. “I remember in the first game, I went to h...
Leicester City vs Southampton: 4,000 Fans to Attend FA Cup Quarter-final
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Leicester City vs Southampton: 4,000 Fans to Attend FA Cup Quarter-final

  The United Kingdom Government has decided to allow up to 4,000 fans to attend the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton. The march, according to Daily Mail, was selected by the government as the first football test event for the return of spectators. Leicester City and Southampton will face each other on April 18 in one of the FA Cup semi-finals. The other one will be played between Manchester City and Chelsea. However, fans of both Southampton and Leicester City will not be part of the 4,000 spectators to attend the game. Instead, the tickets will be given to local residents of Brent as well as health service workers. According to the report, the move by the government is to gain information on how to keep large crowds safe amid COVID-19. La...
Wenger Advises Harry Kane on Leaving Tottenham
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Wenger Advises Harry Kane on Leaving Tottenham

  Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Tottenham Hotspur can be in a position to offer Harry Kane the ambition he needs and advised him to stay with the North London side. Kane on Sunday, took his international tally to 33 goals in 52 matches for England when he netted against Albania. It has led to several football figures calling for the 27-year-old to leave Spurs to fulfil his career ambitions. But Wenger believes Spurs can still give Kane the platform he needs to achieve his goals. Wenger told beIN Sports: “Tottenham are in a position where they can be ambitious and we should maybe not judge only today’s situation. “Tottenham was top of the league in December. There were a few times when they were top of the league when I was still at Arsenal. ...
UEFA Announces Venue for Chelsea’s Champions League ties Against FC Porto
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UEFA Announces Venue for Chelsea’s Champions League ties Against FC Porto

UEFA has announced that the two legs of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto, will be played in Seville. Chelsea was due to travel to Estadio Do Dragao for the first leg on April 7, before welcoming the Portuguese side to Stamford Bridge six days later. However, UEFA has now confirmed both fixtures will take place at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Spain because of COVID-19 precautions. “UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first and second leg matches involving FC Porto and Chelsea FC, will now both be played at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville. “The dates of the matches (7 April and 13 April 2021) and the kick-off times (21:00CET) will remain the same. “UEFA would like to thank FC Port...
Marta, Mother of Manchester United Midfielder, Mata, is dead
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Marta, Mother of Manchester United Midfielder, Mata, is dead

  Marta Garcia, Manchester United’s midfielder, Juan Mata’s mother is dead. She died following a severe illness, according to Spanish daily newspaper La Nueva Espana. According the newspaper, Marta had been suffering from the illness ‘for some time’. Mata had told Manchester United official website that he shared a very close relationship with his mother and talks to her shortly before matches. “My mother has always been more worried about my physical wellbeing during a match than the result,’ Mata said in 2019. “That’s why, even now, I always call her when I’m on the coach on the way to the stadium. Always. “It’s a ritual that we both enjoy, and which is also an extra source of motivation for me.”
:Mourinho set to expose Tottenham players who criticized his methods
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:Mourinho set to expose Tottenham players who criticized his methods

  Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, is furious that some of his players have been leaking negative stories about his training methods and he is desperate to expose them, the Daily Mail reports. Spurs went on a miserable run of form earlier this year, losing three successive Premier League games for the first time ever. They then won five straight matches, before losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the North London Derby and getting eliminated from Europe against Dinamo Zagreb. Those results have seen Mourinho’s future at the club called into question, while stories also emerged of discontent within the squad. After the defeat to West Ham, a report in The Athletic claimed players were questioning his overly reactive and defensive approach in games. They also felt training ...
AFCON: I’ll Treat Okoye, Uzoho, Noble Same Way Enyeama Treated me – Ikechukwu Ezenwa
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AFCON: I’ll Treat Okoye, Uzoho, Noble Same Way Enyeama Treated me – Ikechukwu Ezenwa

  Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has promised to treat younger goalkeepers, Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble, same way Vincent Enyeama treated him when he first joined the Super Eagles. He described the as his younger brothers and wonderful goalkeepers. The three goalkeepers: Uzoho, Okoye and Noble are in contention for the Super Eagles starting XI for the African Cup of Nations matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr did not find Ezenwa worthy in his 24-man team. Nigeria have scored 10 goals and conceded 7 in four qualifying matches but the 32-year-old believes his ‘younger brothers’ need some luck to do well in the coming matches. “All of them are wonderful goalkeepers, I’ve been with them and they are...
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said travelling by sea to Benin Republic ahead of the qualifiers on Saturday, is the best route. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided the team will travel for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier by boat. According to Rohr, the distance by sea is not only shorter but quite calm. “It will be the best way to go there. “Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm,” Rohr said according to SportingLife. The trip by sea takes around an hour. The Nigerian delegation will set sail for Benin capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning. The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin is second on seven points.
2022 World Cup Qualifying Matches Round-up from Wednesday
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2022 World Cup Qualifying Matches Round-up from Wednesday

  The road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar began on Wednesday, in the UEFA and Concacaf zones. France were held 1-1 at home by Ukraine. Antoine Griezmann opened scoring for Les Bleus with a stunning finish, before Serhii Sydorchuk equalised after his shot took a massive deflection off Presnel Kimpembe. Portugal secured a narrow 1-0 win over Azerbaijan, thanks to own goal in the 36th minute. World highest-ranked country, Belgium fought back from a goal down to defeat Wales 3-1. Croatia lost to Slovenia and Turkey edged a six-goal thriller; 4-2 against three-time World Cup runners-up, the Netherlands. There were also important wins for Serbia and the Czech Republic against Ireland and Estonia respectively. Finland were held to a 2-2 draw by Bosnia and Herzeg...
Aaron Ramsey in Shock Return to Liverpool
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Aaron Ramsey in Shock Return to Liverpool

  Juventus midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, could be set for a shock return to England with Liverpool, Calciomercato reports. The 30-year-old has been hampered by injuries this campaign and has started just 12 of the club’s 27 Serie A matches so far. Ramsey joined the Italian giants as a free agent from Arsenal in the summer of 2019. He had an impressive start to life in Turin, but his reputation has been hit this season. The Welshman now finds himself in a position where he is no longer an automatic starter, with manager Andrea Pirlo seemingly preferring the likes of Arthur, Weston McKennie and Rodrigo Bentancur. Ramsey remains a popular figure at the Emirates and has been linked with a return. But it is believed two other Premier League clubs have joined the race f...
French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players
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French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players

The Lyon and Netherlands star had urged the powers that be in the country to allow international players to travel without requiring to self-isolate The French government and FFF (French Football Federation) will allow foreign players to join up with their international teams next week without having to quarantine upon their return but only if certain criteria is met, RMC reports. Memphis Depay had called upon the government in France to grant a waiver for all international footballers who play in Ligue 1 to be exempt from the mandatory period of self-isolation that would've been required after they arrived back in the country. That request came after the France national team, who will play away fixtures against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina over the next two weeks, were given t...
Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games
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Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games

  Almeria forward, Sadiq Umar, has become the latest player to withdraw from Nigeria’s squad for their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week. Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, had included Umar in his 24-man squad for the matches. However, he will not be able to honour his first call-up to the senior national team, having previously played for the U23s. Almeria have confirmed Umar will not be allowed to honour the invitation, because the necessary COVID-19 protocols to enable him to play for the Super Eagles has not been followed. Enyimba’s Anayo Iwuala has been called up as his replacement. Umar joins France-based duo of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu (injury) in pulling out. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has released a statement confir...
French Clubs refuse to release African players for AFCON qualifiers
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French Clubs refuse to release African players for AFCON qualifiers

  The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has confirmed that French clubs will bar their players from travelling for any international games outside Europe. The decision was reached following a meeting between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs on Wednesday. Most African countries have their top players in France and won’t have them for the final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches. Some of the affected footballers include Zimbabwe striker, Tino Kadewere (Lyon), Nigeria winger Moses Simon (Nantes), Benin goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe (Dijon), Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Senegal forward Boulaye Dia (Reims) and DR Congo’s Gael Kakuta (Lens). “In the absence of a ‘septaine’ exemption for foreign international players made available to their national team...
Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson
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Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson

The British tactician concedes the games will be tough but exuded confidence that the East Africans will win the matches to advance Former Kenya head coach Bobby Williamson has conceded it will be tough for Harambee Stars and Tanzania in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Harambee Stars are in Group G of the qualifiers with three points coming from the four games they have played. Kenya found themselves in a difficult position in the qualifiers after a 1-1 draw against Comoros in Nairobi and a 2-1 loss in Moroni in November. Taifa Stars are in Group J for the race to Cameroon with four points from as many matches and need maximum points in the remaining games to seal their place in the finals.
Champions League Quarter-final: All the clubs that Qualified
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Champions League Quarter-final: All the clubs that Qualified

  The line up for this year’s Champions League quarter-final is completed, following the two matches played on Wednesday night. Chelsea and Bayern Munich both progressed into the last eight. The Blues beat 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-0, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson. They qualified on a 3-0 aggregate. Bayern defeated Lazio 2-1 at ‘home’, after winning 4-1 in the first leg. They both join Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, FC Porto, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final. The teams left will be paired together on Friday, March 19, when the draws are conducted.
Rio Ferdinand Points out Solskjaer’s Tactics that ‘Kills’ him
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Rio Ferdinand Points out Solskjaer’s Tactics that ‘Kills’ him

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand says it ‘kills’ him (Rio) when the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fields two deep-lying midfielders during recent matches. United face AC Milan in the second leg of the Europa League last 16 tie in San Siro on Thursday and are on course to finish second in the Premier League. Solskjaer’s side are also through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Until the 2-0 win against Manchester City earlier this month, the Red Devils had managed just one goal in the seven fixtures against their rivals as Solskjaer often played Scott McTominay and Fred in front of his defence to give them further protection. While this formation has helped United not to concede goals, the team’s attack has suffered and Ferdinand, a former defender, revealed t...
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has predicted the outcome of the Champions League last 16 second leg tie between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. The former England International warned that the Spanish side are a team you “can’t ever write off completely” but insisted that the Blues will edge into the Champions League quarter-finals. The west London Blues have not tasted defeat since January when Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard and hold a 1-0 lead after Olivier Giroud’s spectacular winner in the first leg. They have also not conceded a single goal in their past five matches. Ferdinand believes that the solid defence will prove enough to see Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the competition. “Atletico, you can’t ever write them off comp...
It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record
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It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has reacted to equaling the club’s legend, Xavi Hernandez’s all-time appearance record for the Blaugrana. The Argentine captain said it’s a “great honour” for him to hit the landmark. Messi made his 767th outing for Barcelona in Monday’s 4-1 victory over Huesca in the LaLiga at the Camp Nou to match Xavi’s record for appearances. The 33-year-old’s brace and a strike from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza gave Ronald Koeman’s side all three points against Huesca. Reacting, Messi wrote on Instagram after the game, “it is a great honour to reach this number of matches played with FC Barcelona. “Thanks to all the colleagues who accompanied me over the years and to my family and friends for always being by my side.” Barcelona’s...
Jurgen Klopp’s agent reacts to rumors of his exit from Liverpool despite winning Champions League and Premier league
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Jurgen Klopp’s agent reacts to rumors of his exit from Liverpool despite winning Champions League and Premier league

Despite winning the UEFA Champions league and English premier league in the last two seasons, there have been reports that Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp could be sacked at the end of the season, but his agent has now come out to address those rumors. Klopp has delivered Liverpool's sixth European Cup and first Premier League crown during his five-year reign, but a disastrous premier league title defence in 2020-21 has seen the Reds drop to sixth in the table, leading to question marks over the German's future. His agent Marc Kosicke has now come out to rule out the possibility of him departing the club this summer. “He's not finished with his work in Liverpool,” Klopp's agent told Sport1. “There is no back door open because Jurgen still has a three-year contract with the Red...
Ronaldo Surpasses Pele’s Goal Record
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Ronaldo Surpasses Pele’s Goal Record

Brazil legend, Pele, has congratulated Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, for breaking his record of goals in official matches. Recall that Ronaldo broke Pele’s record after scoring a hat-trick in Juventus’s 3-1 Serie A win over Cagliari on Sunday. The Portugal captain reached 770 official goals in his professional career. Reacting, Pele, in a post via his Instagram handle, congratulated Ronaldo, adding that he admired the 36-year-old, but his only regret was not being able to give him a hug. “@cristiano, life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having! I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone. “Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. My only regret is not be...
Man Utd vs AC Milan: Solskjaer Gives Update on Cavani’s Future
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Man Utd vs AC Milan: Solskjaer Gives Update on Cavani’s Future

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said “a decision hasn’t been made” over Edinson Cavani’s future. This follows reports that the Uruguay striker has decided to leave Old Trafford. Cavani arrived last summer at Old Trafford on a free transfer and has scored six goals in nine Premier League matches. However, reports claim he will turn down the chance to extend his stay in Manchester for another season. His father also added fuel to the fire by claiming Cavani “doesn’t feel comfortable” in England and wants to return to South America. Solskjaer is adamant that no concrete plans have been made yet. “Well Edinson is fully focused on being available for us and working really hard to get fit,” Solskjaer said before Manchester United’s Europa League clash w...
AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr
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AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that Ahmed Musa is not in the 23-man squad he called up to prosecute the qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho later this month. He said that the clubless Musa was not invited as a player but as the captain of the team, adding that the former Leicester City forward will not play. After terminating his contract with Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr, Musa has been without a club. Musa was a surprise inclusion in Gernot Rohr’s 24-man provisional team list released yesterday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr told Leadership Sports that the former CSKA Moscow striker would play no part in the last two group games. “He is not in the list of 23-man but he is invited like a captain, not like a player of the lis...
Thierry Henry Calls Manchester City Manager, Guardiola ‘Freak’
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Thierry Henry Calls Manchester City Manager, Guardiola ‘Freak’

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has labelled Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, as a ‘freak’ tactically. According to Henry, the Spaniard is a master of tactics because he sees a lot during matches. The Frenchman said this ahead of Man City’s Premier League clash with Southampton on Wednesday. Henry played under Guardiola during their time together at La Liga giants, Barcelona. The former striker won the treble with Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2009, including the UEFA Champions League, LaLiga title and the Club World Cup in the 2009/2010 campaign. “Whenever I see a coach, I always speak to them. Obviously, I speak to Pep [Guardiola], and I speak to Arsene [Wenger] whenever I can reach him,” Henry told FourFourTwo. “We speak because when I was a player, and he was a...
Guardiola Identifies Five Man Utd Players who will be Threats to Man City
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Guardiola Identifies Five Man Utd Players who will be Threats to Man City

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named playmaker Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Dan James and Edinson Cavani, as the biggest threats in Manchester United’s team, ahead of Sunday’s Derby. Guardiola feels United are “so strong in all departments”, but named Fernandes and Cavani as players to watch out for. Both Manchester clubs face each other with City looking to maintain their 28-match unbeaten run. United, however, are on a 21-match unbeaten streak in away Premier League matches. “They are so strong in all departments. “Defensively. Bruno Fernandes, the speed upfront with [Dan] James, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial. “The experience of Cavani, a player I admire the most for what he’s done with his career. It’s Manchester ...
Manchester United Goalkeeper, David de Gea Announces Birth of his First Child, a Baby Girl
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Manchester United Goalkeeper, David de Gea Announces Birth of his First Child, a Baby Girl

Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea and his girlfriend, Edurne Garcia have welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Yanay. The Spanish goalkeeper, 30, and his partner took to their respective Instagram accounts on Friday to post a similar picture of the baby's hand along with a caption which read: "Yanay 4•3•21." De Gea missed Manchester United's goalless draw away at Crystal Palace in midweek ahead of the birth of his child on Thursday March 4, and could miss the rest of United's matches this month.
Michael Owen Predicts Position Chelsea will Finish Under Tuchel
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Michael Owen Predicts Position Chelsea will Finish Under Tuchel

Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has predicted the position Chelsea will finish under their manager, Thomas Tuchel, this season. Owen said that Chelsea would finish in the top four positions this term under Tuchel after they defeated Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield on Thursday night, thanks to Mason Mount’s first-half goal. According to him, the Stamford Bridge club are not conceding goals, and they have kept clean sheets in ten matches. “You ride the crest of a wave, Chelsea are not going anywhere. They are staying in the top four,” Owen told Premier League Productions. “They are not conceding goals, eight clean sheets in 10 games, they have only scored 11 goals. “It is not like they are knocking the lights out. They are a team that are probably scoring at the same race...
The Crown Belongs to Liverpool – Guardiola Reacts as Man City Beat Wolves, go 15pts clear
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The Crown Belongs to Liverpool – Guardiola Reacts as Man City Beat Wolves, go 15pts clear

  Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has claimed the Premier League crown belongs to Liverpool, despite going 15 points clear at the top. The league leaders beat Wolves 4-1 on Tuesday night, to extend their winning run to 21 matches. Pep Guardiola’s men were gifted an opener in the 15th minute through Leander Dendoncker’s own goal. Wolves drew level through Conor Coady’s header, but City managed to retake the lead through Gabriel Jesus. Riyad Mahrez made it 3-1, before Jesus scored his second to secure the three points beyond a shadow of a doubt for Pep Guardiola’s side. “Manchester United. That’s all we care [about now],” Guardiola said after the match. “The champions are Liverpool, the crown belongs to them. We are in the best position right now to take th...
Major Blow as LaLiga Order Barcelona to Reduce Wage Bill by £28million
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Major Blow as LaLiga Order Barcelona to Reduce Wage Bill by £28million

  Liga have ordered Barcelona to reduce their wage bill by £28million, SportsMail reports. Last November, the Catalan club was hit with a sizeable deduction, when it dropped by around £250million in the wake of the financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, claimed at the time that salary cuts were necessary to bring down the “excessive spending”, as supporters are still unable to attend matches. But LaLiga have now ordered Barcelona to reduce their spending on wages even further. They have been asked to bring their budget down from €380m (£328m) to €347m (£300m), a reduction of nine per cent. The Catalan giants are in debt of over €1bn (£864m) and player wages accounted for around 61% of the club’s £940m income before th...
Michael Owen Predicts Liverpool vs Chelsea, Crystal Palace vs Man United, other fixtures
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Michael Owen Predicts Liverpool vs Chelsea, Crystal Palace vs Man United, other fixtures

  Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has predicted that Chelsea will play a draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side when both sides clash in the Premier League on Thursday night at Anfield. Owen also predicted Manchester United to beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park Stadium. According to him, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will thrash Wolves at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “This one is arguably the pick of the midweek matches. Back at Anfield, Liverpool will be desperate to get on track after a string of poor results on home soil. “They welcome a Chelsea side that will no doubt be cautious. If Thomas Tuchel sets up to play on the counter, I could see them causing Liverpo...
Guardiola: If players think the job is done, they will not play
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Guardiola: If players think the job is done, they will not play

The Spaniard's side are flying across all competitions with 20 straight wins, but he remains vigilant about any potential complacency No English team had ever won 20 straight matches before Manchester City's current run, but Pep Guardiola has warned there is still work left to be done. The manager said his players are able to perform better than they have in recent weeks and "can't relax" even as they sit 12 points clear atop the domestic table ahead of Tuesday's game against Wolves. Manchester City's objectives have broadened from merely claiming the Premier League to possibly winning the quadruple, an accomplishment that would require unwavering excellence for three more months.
Woman beats her 8-year-old stepdaughter with electric wire in Bauchi, sets her private part on fire
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Woman beats her 8-year-old stepdaughter with electric wire in Bauchi, sets her private part on fire

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested one Aisha Abdullahi Gaide for child molestation and attempted homicide.   Spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, March 1, said the suspect beat her 8-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Abdullahi with an electric wire and afterwards burnt her private part with lighted matches.   "On 15/02/2021 at about 1800hrs, Secretary to the State Action Committee on Gender Based Violence (SGVB), Mrs. Talatu Musa arrested and brought one Aisha Abdullahi Gaide of Kofar Durmi near Tudun Tarima Bauchi to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Bauchi with a complaint that on 14/02/2021 at about 1300hrs, the aforementioned suspect molested her step daughter identified as Zahra Ab...
Man Utd Should Sign Harry Kane or Haaland – Carragher
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Man Utd Should Sign Harry Kane or Haaland – Carragher

  Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has said Manchester United need a top striker like Tottenham’s Harry Kane or Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland. United extended their unbeaten away Premier League run to 20 matches with a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. But the result saw the Red Devils fail to score against big-six opposition for the sixth consecutive Premier League fixture. Bruno Fernandes’ goal from the penalty spot in October’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur is the only time United have scored against any of their big-six rivals in seven games this season. “If United had [Marcus] Rashford on the left, a new centre-forward, and [Mason] Greenwood supplementing a new right winger, that would address the lack of quality. “You look at the options....
Europa League: Ibrahimovic Denied Chance to Face Man Utd
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Europa League: Ibrahimovic Denied Chance to Face Man Utd

  AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will sit out their Europa League round-of-16 clash with Manchester United, ESPN reports. Ibrahimovic was substituted during Milan’s 2-1 victory over AS Roma on Sunday, having picked up an abductor muscle injury. Thw Swede will be assessed in 10 days’ time in order to determine the full period required on the sidelines. Aand that will be March 11, the same day Milan play United. Ibrahimovic’s absence comes as he is due to host the annual San Remo music festival, which take places from March 2-6. His commitments were however not due to keep him out of the matches against Udinese (March 3) and Hellas Verona (March 7). However, this injury will keep him out of both matches.
Hasselbaink Backs Chelsea’s Top-four Position Under Thomas Tuchel
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Hasselbaink Backs Chelsea’s Top-four Position Under Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea hero, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, has expressed confidence that the club would secure a top-four finish under their manager, Thomas Tuchel, this season. Chelsea are currently in the fifth position on the Premier League table with a point behind fourth-place West Ham after 26 matches. Asked if Chelsea will finish top-four, Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: “I’m more convinced that Chelsea will make it because at the moment, they don’t get any goals against and that is a big thing. “They only need to score one goal to win matches. They are not getting counter-attacked that much. “Also, they are not getting goals against set-pieces, so in that aspect, it’s good. “Against Manchester United, they got the best chance in the game, and I still believe Chelsea will be in the top ...
Nigeria National League Gets Sponsor, to air Live Matches
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Nigeria National League Gets Sponsor, to air Live Matches

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

  The leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele says that God has revealed to him, results of upcoming qualifying matches between Nigeria and Benin Republic and Lesotho. He also predicted that Italian champions, Juventus, English side, Crystal Palace, Enyimba of Aba, among others, will sack their coaches. Ayodele also warned the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick against resigning from the position. He says that the Super Eagles will reach the quarter final of the next FIFA World Cup “if Pinnick remains as the president.” “The lord says he shouldn’t resign his position as the President, with him as the President of NFF, Super Eagles will thrive and get to the quarter final in the world cup. He should wait till ...
Why Chelsea Will not Finish in Top Four Under Tuchel – Wenger
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Why Chelsea Will not Finish in Top Four Under Tuchel – Wenger

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Chelsea will fall “a fraction short of top four” this season, despite Thomas Tuchel going unbeaten in his first six matches in charge. The Blues have won four and drawn two since Tuchel arrived Stamford Bridge to replace Frank Lampard. They currently sit fifth in the table, two points off the top four. Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, Wenger described their performance “worrying”, telling beIN Sports: “I would say it’s a fair result with one team happier than the other one. “Southampton certainly the happier after stopping their losing slump. “What’s a bit worrying for Chelsea is they were not at their best, which happens in this league, but you don’t feel a huge potential there, not on the tact...
Simeone Names Atletico Madrid Player Chelsea Should Fear
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Simeone Names Atletico Madrid Player Chelsea Should Fear

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said Luis Suarez will instill fear into Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday. Suarez has scored 16 times since moving to Atletico from Barcelona. Simeone’s men now sit top of LaLiga, but the 33-year-old is yet to find the net in four Champions League matches for the club. During his four-year stint with Barcelona, Suarez only scored 10 times in the Champions League and has not netted in an away game in the competition since September 2015. “Luis generates fear in rivals no matter what competition it is,” Simeone told a news conference. “He has skills and qualities that attract a lot of attention from any rival. We’ll talk about his problems scoring away from home when we go to London, but tom...
Mourinho Unveils Tottenham’s Hope for Current Season
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Mourinho Unveils Tottenham’s Hope for Current Season

  Jose Mourinho has insisted that his Tottenham side remain in the hunt for a top-four finish this season. This is despite slipping to ninth on the league table given recent disappointing run of results. Tottenham have failed to win in four of their last five league matches and is falling off the pace in a battle to secure a top four finish. But the Portuguese gaffer believes anything is still possible, with just a little gap separating the Champions League spots from those in mid-table. “The same way you lose three matches and go to a bad position, the same way you win three matches and go to a much better position,” the former Chelsea boss told talkSPORT. “Like it happened last season, let’s keep it going until the end and let’s see what the table will give us....
EPL: Michael Owen predicts Arsenal vs Man City, Man Utd vs Newcastle
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EPL: Michael Owen predicts Arsenal vs Man City, Man Utd vs Newcastle

  Former England striker, Michael Owen, has predicted some of the Premier League matches that will be played this Sunday. Manchester City are away to 10th-placed Arsenal at the Emirates. Pep Guardiola’s men have the chance to secure their 13th consecutive win against the Gunners. Owen feels they will beat the Gunners 3-1. “The Citizens are steam-rolling all before them at the minute, and with a win in the cup already under their belts at the Emirates this season, I think they’ll have too much for the home side once again,” he said. On Manchester United’s clash against Newcastle at Old Trafford, Owen added: “This is a big test for Newcastle and it is one I think that’s just out of their grasp at the minute. “It’s 2-0 Manchester United for me.”...
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger

  Former Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has said that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi need better teammates in their respective clubs. The legendary manager noted that both Juventus and Barcelona are overly reliant on the two superstars. While Juventus fell 2-1 to FC Porto in Portugal, Barcelona suffered a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 with both Ronaldo and Messi leading their various teams. Messi fired Barcelona into the lead from the spot-kick, but a Kylian Mbappe-inspired hat-trick sealed a successful comeback for the French side. Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Wenger pointed out that Juventus’ reliant on Ronaldo showed that the “players around him just aren’t good enough. “It’s a problem that [Juve] are only relying on Ro...
Wenger Kicks Against Changes in Champions League Format
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Wenger Kicks Against Changes in Champions League Format

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has kicked against UEFA’s proposed changes to the Champions League, claiming they do not respect the “sporting merit” of the competition. UEFA’s plans would see a “single table” with 36 teams replace the group stage format, which currently features eight groups of four. The changes would increase the number of matches from 125 to 225. “The model that is proposed for the modern Champions League, I don’t like it at all,” Wenger, who is now FIFA’s head of global development, told BeIN Sports. “The clubs always want more money. To get more money, they want more guaranteed games. The fans want more games of significance. “Modern football has to find a compromise between what the clubs and fans want.” Europe’s top leagues, including th...

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