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Osimhen scores and limps off as Napoli hold Cagliari
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Osimhen scores and limps off as Napoli hold Cagliari

The Nigeria international found the back of the net for the eighth time this season but could not complete the encounter Victor Osimhen scored before he was injured as Napoli played out a 1-1 draw against Cagliari in Sunday’s Serie A game at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The 22-year-old is gradually getting back to his best after struggling to make much of an impact for the Parthenopeans at the start of the season due to a number of factors including coronavirus-related problems. The forward was afforded his 12th league start of the season and utilized the opportunity to increase his tally before he was forced off in the second half after he suffered an injury.
Zinedine Zidane Wants Juventus job
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Zinedine Zidane Wants Juventus job

  Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane wants to join Italian giants, Juventus from Real Madrid. The Frenchman is said to be seriously considering leaving Real Madrid at the end of this season, according to Todofichajes. Zidane has been dropping hints about leaving Santiago Bernabeu and has not committed himself with a new deal. The former midfielder is one manager being considered for the Juventus bench. Juventus have so far kept faith with Andrea Pirlo but he has seen his side struggle for form and they could fire him. Juventus crashed out of the Champions League to FC Porto and are struggling in the league, dropping points in two consecutive games that they should have won against Benevento and Torino. Andrea Pirlo’s side face Napoli in their next match and the...
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...
Osimhen, Simeon Nwankwo On Target As Napoli Defeat Crotone
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Osimhen, Simeon Nwankwo On Target As Napoli Defeat Crotone

The Nigeria stars found the back of the net in the fiercely contested match which saw the hosts come out victorious at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Simeon Nwankwo scored a brace in Saturday's Serie A match but it was not enough as Victor Osimhen's goal helped Napoli beat Crotone 4-3. The defeat was Crotone's 22nd league defeat this season but Simy's contributions at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona took his tally to 15 goals after 29 league matches so far. Osimhen, meanwhile, scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season by making it 2-0 for Gennaro Gattuso's side, three minutes after Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Shortly after, Libya midfielder Ahmed Benali provided the assist for Simy to reduce the deficit for Crotone in the 25th minute but Dries Mer...
Victor Osimhen Scores For Napoli On Return From Head Injury
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Victor Osimhen Scores For Napoli On Return From Head Injury

Victor Osimhen marked his return to Napoli’s side with a goal in their 3-1 home win against Bologna, in Sunday’s Serie A fixture. Osimhen missed Napoli’s last three games after he was rushed to hospital following a collision with an Atalanta player last month. Coming on in the 53rd minute against Bologna, Osimhen scored on 65 minutes to make it 2-0. Lorenzo Insigne got Napoli’s first and third goals. The Super Eagles striker has now scored three goals in the Italian top-flight this season. His last goal in the league was on 8th November 2020. Napoli occupy sixth place on 47 points in the league table.
Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso
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Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso

  Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed his discussions with Nigerian frontman, Victor Osimhen about his manager at Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso. Osimhen joined Napoli in a record-breaking deal last season after a top performance at Lille, that saw him score over 20 goals. Napoli is having a poor run of form and is currently sitting outside the top four mounting pressure on Gattuso. And the Nigerian striker has struggled in his first season at Napel due to fitness issues Appearing on Radio Kiss Kiss, Rohr, who is preparing his team for the Nations Cup qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho, said, “Gattuso is a good coach and Victor told me he trusts him a lot and what he’s teaching him. I think he can get results already this season. “Unlucky se...
Osimhen Doubtful For Napoli’s Europa League Clash With Granada
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Osimhen Doubtful For Napoli’s Europa League Clash With Granada

Victor Osimhen is a major doubt for Napoli’s Europa league clash with Granada on Thursday. Osimhen was discharged from hospital on Monday evening after a head injury during the 4-2 loss to Atalanta on Sunday. Napoli has now confirmed the Forward was examined on his arrival to Naples and the test results came back negative, but he didn’t take part in training session on Tuesday afternoon. “Victor Osimhen underwent further tests, with all coming back negative. The striker will now rest for a period of a few days before gradually returning to training. His condition will be monitored on a daily basis,” a Club statement read. The 22 year-old has been unlucky with injury since joining the club from Lille, it would be recalled that he also missed two months action due to a shoulder i...
Benzema, Hazard Missing in Zidane’s Champions League Squad
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Benzema, Hazard Missing in Zidane’s Champions League Squad

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has excluded forwards, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard from his side’s 19-man squad to face Atalanta in the Champions League round of 16, first-leg tie at Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on Wednesday night. Zidane released the squad in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Monday. Zidane’s men head to the game following a 1-0 victory over Valladolid in the La Liga in their last fixture over the weekend, while Atalanta defeated Napoli 4-2 in the Serie A. Real Madrid’s squad against Atalanta: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: R. Varane, Nacho, F. Mendy, Chust and Miguel. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Isco, Arribas and Blanco. Forwards: Asensio, Lucas V., Vini Jr., Mariano and Hugo Duro. The kic...
Nigerian Striker Victor Osimhen Diagnosed With Head Trauma
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Nigerian Striker Victor Osimhen Diagnosed With Head Trauma

Napoli and Nigeria's Victor Osimhen has been diagnosed with a head trauma after the Napoli striker was knocked unconscious in the game against Atalanta. The player who's team was trailing away from home was unconscious for a while towards the end of the game after an aerial challenge. The Nigeria international fell awkwardly in the final minute of the 4-2 defeat following a collision with Cristian Romero and hit the back of his head on the turf. He was drifting in and out of consciousness, so was rushed to the ambulance at the side of the pitch and taken to the local hospital in Bergamo for tests. A Napoli statement confirms Osimhen has been diagnosed with head trauma, but the other tests all came back clear. Fortunately, there do not seem to be any other red flags from th...
Osimhen Collapses, Stretchered Off In Napoli Defeat
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Osimhen Collapses, Stretchered Off In Napoli Defeat

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen was stretchered off in Napoli ’s 4- 2 defeat at Atalanta on Sunday, after he collapsed in the final minute of the encounter. The 21- year- old, who was making his 10th Serie A appearance for Napoli since he joined the club for a record €70m, including add -ons and bonuses , fell awkwardly and bumped the back of his head on the ground. He seemed to lose consciousness and was rushed off on a stretcher to a nearby ambulance as calls were made for oxygen . A Sky Sport Italia pitch -side reporter revealed that Osimhen lost consciousness. “ It ’s not clear what happened . He was down for a while, people thought he was injured, but then the players and staff started calling for oxygen ,” he wrote. “ He was put onto the stretcher and rushed off the fiel...
Osimhen Meets Cristiano Ronaldo
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Osimhen Meets Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a case of upcoming star meets superstar when Victor Osimhen took the chance to pose for a photo and exchanged jerseys with the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo after Napoli pipped champions Juventus in a Serie A game. Osimhen was replaced in the 75th minute of this encounter at Stadio Maradona, while Ronaldo played the entire game. It would be recalled that Osimhen also posed for photos with another of his idols, Odion Ighalo, when Manchester United took on Club Brugge in a UEFA Europa League tie in Belgium last year. Saturday’s crucial win has lifted Napoli to fourth place on 40 points from 21 games, a point behind Juventus. AC Milan are top of the standings with 49 points.
Napoli vs Juventus: Pirlo’s Squad for Serie A Clash Confirmed
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Napoli vs Juventus: Pirlo’s Squad for Serie A Clash Confirmed

  Juventus’s squad to face Napoli in today’s Serie A fixture has been confirmed. Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, released a 22-man squad to face Gennaro Gattuso’s side at the Stadio San Paolo. Pirlo announced the squad in a post via Juventus’s official website. Juventus head to the game after eliminating Inter Milan from the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg tie on Tuesday. The Bianconeri are currently in the 3rd position on the Serie A table with 42 points from 20 games. Juventus’s squad against Napoli: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon, Chiellini, De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Demiral, Di Pardo, Frabotta, Mckennie, Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Fagioli, Kulusevski, Peeters, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata The kick-off time for...
Szczesny: Juventus showed how hungry for trophies we are with Supercoppa Italiana win
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Szczesny: Juventus showed how hungry for trophies we are with Supercoppa Italiana win

The former Arsenal goalkeeper helped his side to their first piece of silverware under Andrea Pirlo with a 1-0 win over Napoli Wojciech Szczesny says Juventus proved their hunger to win trophies with their Supercoppa Italiana victory over Napoli on Wednesday. Lorenzo Insigne missed a penalty with Cristiano Ronaldo’s close-range finish proving enough to win the first silverware of the Andrea Pirlo era. Juve have been off the pace in Serie A so far this season, currently finding themselves 10 points behind leaders AC Milan – though they do have a game in hand.  
Napoli forward Osimhen finally recovers from Covid-19
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Napoli forward Osimhen finally recovers from Covid-19

The Nigeria international has been given the green light to rejoin the rest of the Parthenopeans after overcoming the coronavirus Napoli have confirmed Victor Osimhen has recovered from Covid-19 having been under treatment for more than two weeks. The Nigeria international has tested negative to the coronavirus after spending more than 14 days in isolation. The centre-forward contracted the virus during his visit to Nigeria where he had gone to celebrate the yuletide season.  
Cristiano Ronaldo Has Not Broken Josef Bican’s All-time Goalscoring Records – Czech Football Federation
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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Not Broken Josef Bican’s All-time Goalscoring Records – Czech Football Federation

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 760th career goal in Juventus' 2-0 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday, seemingly breaking Josef Bican's all-time goalscoring record for club and country; Czech football federation claims Bican scored 821 official goals and not 760 On Wednesday, Ronaldo scored his 760th official goal for club and country in Juventus' 2-0 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup, seemingly surpassing the Czech great's record tally of 759 (as recorded by Opta). However, Czech football's governing body published a statement claiming Bican's tally actually stands at 821, meaning Ronaldo would have to score 62 more goals to become the top goalscorer in football history. "The History and Statistics committee of the Czech FA counted all the goals scored by the...
Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes The All-Time Leading Goalscorer In Football History
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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes The All-Time Leading Goalscorer In Football History

Cristiano Ronaldo has made in history after becoming the all-time top goalscorer in football after scoring for Juventus in their clash against Napoli. The 35-year-old was expected to reach the stunning landmark against Inter on Sunday after edging closer to history by scoring against Sassuolo last week to level to record. But the legendary Juve forward waited for the big occasion in the Italian Super Cup and duly delievered against Gennaro Gattuso's men as he found the back of the net - sending his special career to new incredible heights. That effort moved him above Josef Bican - with the Austrian-Czech striker scoring 759 goals between 1931 and 1955. Ronaldo now has 760 goals in his storied career and is only bound to extend that record as he continues to shine at the sum...
I Didn’t Throw A Birthday Party – Osimhen Reacts To Breaching COVID-19 Protocol
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I Didn’t Throw A Birthday Party – Osimhen Reacts To Breaching COVID-19 Protocol

Victor Osimhen says he didn’t know anything about the controversial birthday party he attended in Nigeria during the christmas holiday. Osimhen tested positive for coronavirus upon his return to Naples. He had taken part in the surprise party without wearing a protective mask and Napoli have fined the striker “Before I went to Nigeria, I told my sister that I wouldn’t celebrate my birthday,” Osimhen said in an interview with Omasports. “I was not in the right mood because of my injury. “On that particular day, I had been asleep for about six hours. When I woke up, my sister asked me to go downstairs. “If you check what I put on, I was wearing the training jersey. I wouldn’t wear that for my birthday party. I wouldn’t dress so casual. “I could celebrate my birthday ...
Napoli Fine Osimhen As Birthday Video Shows His ‘Recklessness’
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Napoli Fine Osimhen As Birthday Video Shows His ‘Recklessness’

Victor Osimhen has been fined half of his monthly salary – about 250,000 Euros – after his birthday video showed he was “reckless” and did not comply with Napoli regulations leading to him contracting Coronavirus. Osimhen celebrated his 22nd birthday in style in Lagos recently without wearing a face mask and not observing social distance. Both the club and coach Genarro Gattuso were furious after they watched the video. Osimhen’s positive Coronavirus result means his comeback from injury has been further delayed. He has been sidelined since November, when he injured his shoulder in action for the Super Eagles against Sierra Leone in Benin City.
Napoli officially rename home ground Diego Armando Maradona stadium after Argentine club legend
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Napoli officially rename home ground Diego Armando Maradona stadium after Argentine club legend

The San Paolo will see its name changed to honour the legendary figure, who passed away last week at the age of 60 The Naples city council has unanimously approved a resolution that will change the name of Napoli's home stadium from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The resolution was proposed by Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris only hours after the news that Maradona had passed away at age 60 last week. Maradona is a revered figure in Naples after leading the city's club to two Serie A titles during his seven-year run with Napoli from 1984 to 1991.
Injured Osimhen ‘mad’ and ‘upset’ after missing Napoli trip to AZ Alkmaar
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Injured Osimhen ‘mad’ and ‘upset’ after missing Napoli trip to AZ Alkmaar

The Nigeria striker is yet to recover from the dislocated shoulder he suffered during the last international break against Sierra Leone Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso claims Victor Osimhen is not smiling after he missed their Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar. The 21-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder during Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Sierra Leone on November 13, after scoring a goal in the 4-4 draw at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. He has consequently missed Napoli's last three matches across all competitions, which include a 4-0 win over Roma in the Serie A and a 2-0 victory against Rijeka in the Europa League.
Gimnasia win first match since Maradona’s death
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Gimnasia win first match since Maradona’s death

The Argentine club managed to secure the perfect tribute for their iconic manager Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata won their first match since the death of head coach and football legend Diego Maradona. Argentina and Napoli great Maradona – arguably football's greatest ever player – died of natural causes at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Maradona was buried in a private funeral at the Jardines de Bella Vista cemetery on the outskirts of Buenos Aires after thousands gathered on the streets of the capital to mourn the 1986 World Cup winner on Thursday.
Mourinho reveals Maradona calls as he pays tribute to Argentina legend
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Mourinho reveals Maradona calls as he pays tribute to Argentina legend

The Portuguese tactician will miss the phone calls he received from the Argentine hero after bad results Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says he will miss receiving phone calls from Diego Maradona that were made to lift his spirits after losing matches. The football world is in mourning after the passing of the iconic former player this week. Tributes have flown in from across the world after it was confirmed on Wednesday that the Argentina, Napoli and Boca Juniors hero suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday.
‘It was tough to pull that shirt on’ – Mertens struggling after Maradona’s passing as Napoli pay tribute
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‘It was tough to pull that shirt on’ – Mertens struggling after Maradona’s passing as Napoli pay tribute

The Belgian attacker has also taken to social media to apologise for any comparisons that have been between the two Dries Mertens said it was "tough to pull that shirt on" after Napoli wore the famous number 10 shirt in honour of Diego Maradona prior to their Europa League win over Rijeka. Argentina and Napoli great Maradona – arguably football's greatest ever player – died of natural causes at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Napoli's first match since the passing of their most iconic star this week was played out to the noise of songs and fireworks despite the empty stands at the Stadio San Paolo, where Maradona guided the Italian team to unprecedented Scudetto success in 1987 and 1990.
Maradona came from another planet and will live forever – Gattuso
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Maradona came from another planet and will live forever – Gattuso

The Napoli manager was quick to pay tribute to the club's icon after his recent tragic passing Football returned to Naples on Thursday but normality did not as the city continued to mourn the death of legend Diego Maradona. Napoli's first match since the passing of their most iconic star this week was played out to the noise of songs and fireworks despite the empty stands at the Stadio San Paolo. Fans were kept away for the Europa League clash with Rijeka, but Neapolitans instead gathered outside the stadium, which could soon be named after Maradona.
Maradona: Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi And Kanu and Others Lead Tributes
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Maradona: Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi And Kanu and Others Lead Tributes

Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Barcelona lead the tributes to 'legendary' Diego Maradona as the world of football mourns the passing of Argentine hero Diego Maradona has died from a heart attack in Argentina at the age of 60 It comes just three weeks after he had surgery on a blood clot in his brain His passing has left the world of football in mourning at loss of one of its icons Brazil legend Pele said he had 'lost a great friend' after Maradona's death Cristiano Ronaldo called the Argentina legend an 'eternal genius' on Instagram Former clubs including Napoli, Boca Juniors and Barca also paid tribute to him Tributes from the world of football have flooded in for Diego Maradona after he died at the age of 60. The football legend had a heart attack at his home ...
Diego Maradona’s last words before his death revealed as Argentina’s president orders three days of national mourning
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Diego Maradona’s last words before his death revealed as Argentina’s president orders three days of national mourning

On Wednesday November 25, the world was shocked by news of the death of former Barcelona, Napoli and Argentina playmaker, Diego Maradona.   He passed away at the age of 60 after reportedly suffering a heart attack in his native Argentina.   His final words before his death has now been revealed. According to the football legend's family, Maradona's last words before he died were: “I don’t feel well.”   According to his nephew, Johnny Esposito, Maradona complained he didn’t feel well after having breakfast on Wednesday and said he was going to lie down again.   Johnny described how Maradona had awoken in the morning looking pale and complaining of feeling cold.   He went back to bed after a quick breakfast where he is said to have pron...
Victor Osimhen sees first career red in Napoli win
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Victor Osimhen sees first career red in Napoli win

Victor Osimhen was shown a red card after two bookable offences in Napoli’s 1-0 triumph over Real Sociedad in Thursday’s Europa League clash. The Nigeria international received a first red in his footballing career in the third minute of added time. He had initially picked his first yellow in the 81st minute. He then picked another ten minutes later, after elbowing Robin Le Normand while trying to control David Ospina’s goal kick. The 21-year-old record signing came on as a second-half substitute for Gennaro Gattuso’s side, as a Matteo Politano lone goal sealed the win for the Partenopei. Osimhen will now miss next week’s clash with Rijeka.
Victor Osimhen receives first red card of his football career
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Victor Osimhen receives first red card of his football career

Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen on Thursday night, October 29, received the first red card of his football career in Napoli's 1-0 win over Nigeria's most expensive footballer of all time, who joined the Serie A Club from Lille this summer was shown the way out by referee Craig Pawson in the third minute of added time after receiving two yellow cards. Osimhen who replaced Italian forward Andrea Petagna in the second half, received his first yellow card in the 81st minute before he was given a red card 12 minutes later after elbowing Robin Le Normand while trying to control David Ospina’s goal kick. Osimhen, 21, is expected to miss Napoli’s trip to Stadion Kantrida to play HNK Rijeka on November 5.
I love Napoli but we’ll see what happens – Koulibaly ‘calm’ amid Liverpool links
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I love Napoli but we’ll see what happens – Koulibaly ‘calm’ amid Liverpool links

As rumours continue to swirl about a possible Premier League move, the star defender insists he loves his current club Kalidou Koulibaly insisted he loved Napoli, but said "we'll see what happens" amid speculation over his future. Koulibaly, 29, has regularly been linked with a move away from the Serie A side, with Liverpool among the Premier League suitors reportedly interested in the defender. The Senegal centre-back is contracted at Napoli until 2023, with the club being able to keep hold of the defender despite the frequent links with a big-money move.
Former Italy, Juventus Boss Marcello Lippi Has Retired From Coaching
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Former Italy, Juventus Boss Marcello Lippi Has Retired From Coaching

Former Italy, Juventus, China and World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi has announced his coaching retirement. Marcello Lippi, 72, has been unemployed since resigning as China head coach in November last year following a 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Syria. He lasted just six months in the job, his second time coaching China’s team. After a successful spells with Atalanta and Napoli, Lippi took charge of Juventus in 1994 helping them to clinched three Serie A titles and the club’s last Champions League trophy in 1995-96. Across two stints as Juve boss, and a one-year reign with rivals Inter, Lippi won five Serie A trophies, four Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Coppa Italia. After leaving Juventus in 2004, L...
Osimhen’s impact and Koulibaly staying make Napoli Serie A dark horses
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Osimhen’s impact and Koulibaly staying make Napoli Serie A dark horses

  The Nigerian’s seismic impact in the Italian top flight, and presence of the Senegal colossus mean Gli Azzurri could gatecrash the title conversation Victor Osimhen’s reaction 10 minutes before eventually scoring Napoli’s fourth in their 4-1 drubbing of Atalanta was striking. The effervescent frontman had just been denied by Marco Sportiello in the 33rd minute at the Stadio San Paolo, yet, his wide smile and double high-five with Dries Mertens reflected his overall mood. For someone who hadn’t been following the game up to that point, you might have thought the Nigerian was on a hat-trick and was amused at being denied his third of the afternoon. Far from it, the 21-year-old wasn’t on the scoresheet at the time, neither had he opened his competitive account for the Partenop...
Chelsea Midfielder Bakayoko Undergoes Napoli Medical Before Loan Move
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Chelsea Midfielder Bakayoko Undergoes Napoli Medical Before Loan Move

Chelsea’s French international midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko arrived in Rome on Sunday for a medical ahead of a loan move to Napoli, according to multiple media reports in Italy. The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco, having played for AC Milan during the 2018-2019 season, then coached by Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso. Bakayoko, who joined Chelsea in 2017 after three seasons with Monaco, will undergo medical tests in the Italian capital before a one-season loan move. Napoli is expected to take on two million euros ($2.3 million) of the player’s annual 3.5 million salary, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport. Bakayoko, who has one cap for France, will join up with his new teammates on Monday morning.
Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief
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Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief

Gennaro Gattuso's side have been prevented from travelling to Turin by local authorities after Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive Juventus’ huge Serie A clash with Napoli on Sunday is increasingly likely to be postponed after the fixture was thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic. Local health authorities have blocked Napoli from travelling to Turin due to a possible Covid-19 outbreak after two players, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, tested positive. A member of the team’s staff has also tested positive, as have two staff members at Juventus.
Mourinho Takes Swipe At Victor Osimhen For Refusing To Join Tottenham
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Mourinho Takes Swipe At Victor Osimhen For Refusing To Join Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, has taken a swipe at Nigeria striker, Victor Osimhen, for rejecting a move to the club because he does not want to compete with Harry Kane for a spot. Osimhen eventually joined Napoli from Lille this summer. But his agent, Ariyo Igbayiola, had admitted that he held talks with Mourinho before completing the transfer to Serie A. Igbayiola says he informed Spurs that Osimhen will only join if Kane leaves the club. However, speaking on the lack of attacking options in his squad, Mourinho said he will not sign a striker who is afraid to compete with Kane. “The point is not me convincing the striker, it’s the striker convincing me. “And if the striker is afraid to come to Tottenham and the striker is afraid of competition, then I don’t...
Napoli and Rennes battle for ex-Chelsea youngster Boga as Sassuolo hold out for €40m
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Napoli and Rennes battle for ex-Chelsea youngster Boga as Sassuolo hold out for €40m

The forward has interest from clubs across Europe but his current side are holding firm over their transfer fee demands Sassuolo are holding out for €40 million (£36m/$47m) for Jeremie Boga, with Napoli having come closest to metting their demands while Rennes have also made a formal approach for the former Chelsea winger. Goal has learned that Napoli have made an offer of €30m (£27m/$35m) already with further add-ons being put forward, while Rennes have only been able to put an €20m (£18m/$23m) offer in. Chelsea's approach for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy could see the Ligue 1 club earn up to £25m (€28m/$33m) for their current priority target with talks ongoing.
Victor Osimhen Is An ‘Excellent Finisher ‘ Will Dominate Serie A – Rohr
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Victor Osimhen Is An ‘Excellent Finisher ‘ Will Dominate Serie A – Rohr

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has backed Victor Osimhen to make a big impact at Serie A club Napoli, reports Sportvilla.com.ng Osimhen moved to Napoli from Ligue 1 club Lille in July. The 21-year-old has already hit the ground running in his new environment with six goals and one assist in two pre-season games. Rohr believes the young striker has what it takes to be a success at Napoli. “Victor Osimhen is a great player, he is very important to us and he will be even more so thanks to the experience that he will get in a top club like Napoli. Despite his young age, he has many qualities and will show them in Italy,”Rohr told SSC Napoli News. Osimhen is not like Drogba yet, but he could become so by working hard to enhance his talents. He is intelligent and prepared, he knows ...
Fans React After Osimhen Dribbles Gattuso In Napoli’s Training (Photos)
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Fans React After Osimhen Dribbles Gattuso In Napoli’s Training (Photos)

Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli football club of Italy new boy Victor Osimhen on Tuesday afternoon posted a picture of him dribbling the club head coach Gennaro Gattuso in training as they are planning to start 2020/2021 Italian serie A season. Osimhen who has been superb for the club since joining them from French Ligue 1 giants LOSC Lille last month for £75 million has already scored 6 goals for Napoli in two preseason friendly matches played. The former Wolfsburg football club of Germany striker has been praised by club coach Gennaro Gattuso and the president for his excellent performance for the team on and off pitch since joining them, and he has been superb in training. Osimhen posted on his official Twitter handle that the BOSS and his boy with a picture of him dribbli...
Everton sign Brazilian Allan on a three-year deal for £21m from Napoli
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Everton sign Brazilian Allan on a three-year deal for £21m from Napoli

Brazilian midfielder Allan is Everton’s first signing of the summer Everton have signed Brazilian midfielder Allan from Napoli on a three-year contract for a fee believed to be around £21.7m. Allan is Everton’s first signing of the summer and the move reunites him with former Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti. “It is a real pleasure to sign for Everton. I am immensely happy to be here,” said the 29-year-old. Everton are also closing on deals for Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. Allan played 61 games under Ancelotti at Napoli, and he says the Italian did “everything possible” to bring him to Goodison Park. Allan added: “I hope, like I have done in my entire career, I contribute with my performances together with my team-mates and that I put in...
Victor Osimhen scored another hat-trick in the Napoli jersey
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Victor Osimhen scored another hat-trick in the Napoli jersey

Victor Osimhen scored another hat-trick in the Napoli jersey as they beat Serie C side Teramo 4-0 in today’s friendly. After a treble on his debut in a mini-tournament, former Lille hitman Osimhen notched up another three goals this afternoon. Hirving Lozano was also on target with a rocket into the top corner to round out the 4-0 result. Coach Gennaro Gattuso was again pushing the 4-2-3-1 formation, which allows his forwards to fan out and provide service for centre-forward Osimhen. Matteo Politano was particularly inspired in this system, providing two assists, while Amin Younes set up Osimhen’s second. The fans present at the Castel di Sangro training ground gave standing ovations to Osimhen and transfer-listed Kalidou Koulibaly. Napoli 4-0 Teramo Osimhen 4, 6...
“Score 5 Goals In 5 Minutes” – Archbishop Of Naples To Osimhen
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“Score 5 Goals In 5 Minutes” – Archbishop Of Naples To Osimhen

The Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescencio Sepe, has charged Victor Osimhen to continue his goal scoring streak for Serie A club Napoli. Sepe blessed the Napoli squad on Thursday morning in Castel di Sangro and made a special request to Osimhen. “You scored 3 goals in 7 minutes, next time you have to score 5 goals in 5 minutes!”Sepe told Osimhen. Osimhen scored a hat-trick and provided an assist in the 11-0 mauling of fourth division club L’Aquila last week Friday. The Nigeria international his expected to make his second appearance for the Partenopei in Friday’s friendly against Teramo. The 21-year-old linked up with Napoli from Ligue 1 club Lille in July. Meanwhile, Napoli have lined up two more friendlies ahead of the new season. Gennaro Gattuso’s side will host Pescara ...
Why I Choose Arsenal FC – Gabriel Magalhaes
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Why I Choose Arsenal FC – Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel Magalhaes said the influence of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu convinced him to join the Gunners after completing a reported £22 million ($30 million) move from Lille on Tuesday. The 22-year-old defender was also in demand from Manchester United and Napoli after impressing as Lille finished fourth in the curtailed 2019/20 Ligue 1 season. Gabriel adds to Arsenal’s growing Brazilian contingent since the club’s former midfielder Edu left his role as coordinator for the Brazilian national team to become technical director last year. Arteta, who has guided the Gunners to the FA Cup and Community Shield in his first nine months in charge, also helped swing Gabriel’s final decision. “Edu and I had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had...
Calenda Claims Barcelona Wanted Osimhen To Replace Suarez
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Calenda Claims Barcelona Wanted Osimhen To Replace Suarez

The Nigerian striker was courted by some of Europe’s big guns before settling for the Partenopei, according to his management Roberto Calenda, a member of Victor Osimhen’s management team, has claimed prior to the Nigerian signing for Napoli, Barcelona were interested in bringing him in place of unsettled striker Luis Suarez. The 21-year old sealed a five-year deal believed to be worth up to €80 million from Lille and will be expected to deliver, having netted 18 competitive strikes last term in France. Osimhen made an impression by scoring a hat-trick and providing an assist in an 11-0 friendly win over Italian fourth division side L’Aquila during a training camp at Castel di Sangro last Friday. Suarez’s future at Camp Nou is currently up in the air as he is reportedly not keen ...
Gattuso Warns Napoli Fans Over Osimhen Expectation, Says We Have Not Signed Pele
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Gattuso Warns Napoli Fans Over Osimhen Expectation, Says We Have Not Signed Pele

Gennaro Gattuso has warned Napoli fans not to get over-excited after Victor Osimhen’s debut hat-trick on Friday. Osimhen marked his first game for Napoli with a hat-trick inside eight against fourth division club L’Aquila. The game was Napoli’s second pre-season game after they had earlier thrashed Castel di Sangro 10-0. Osimhen was not in action against Castel di Sangro. But Gattuso has warned fans of the club not to put pressure on the €80m signing from Lille. “It’s too easy to get excited now, we’ve got to give him time and let him work, not put pressure on,” the 2006 World Cup winner told Radio Kiss Kiss and Sky Sport Italia. “He is an important player and we paid a lot for him, but there were no doubts he would give us something different that we haven’t had in my ...
Victor Osimhen Bags Hat-trick, Assist In Napoli Debut
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Victor Osimhen Bags Hat-trick, Assist In Napoli Debut

Victor Osimhen was on fire on Friday, scoring three times inside eight minutes and bagging an assist as he took to the field for the first time as a Napoli player in a preseason friendly. I Partenopei have been holding their preseason camp at the Castel Di Sangria ahead of the new Serie A season and are participating in a three-team tournament as they rack up their fitness levels. The 21-year-old Napoli record signing, playing with his new teammates for the first time, scored his side’s opener against fourth-division L’Aquila in the second minute, added a second a minute later before completing his hat-trick in the 8th-minute as he made an explosive start to his Napoli career. Although it was only a preseason game against fourth-division fodder, Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso wo...
I Made Right Choice Signing For Napoli – Osimhen Says, Reveals Reception Experience
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I Made Right Choice Signing For Napoli – Osimhen Says, Reveals Reception Experience

Nigeria international, Victor Osimhen believes he made the right choice signing for Seria A side, Napoli after initially expressing his doubts. The 21-year-old told a press conference at the Azzurri’s Castel di Sangro training camp on Wednesday that he was initially worried because of racism which had always targeted black players. “I’ve been made to feel very welcome – there are some great lads here. It’s a dream come true for me to be here and I’m delighted to be at such a great club with such a passionate fanbase. From a technical perspective, I’ve seen that you train hard under Gattuso and I like that way of working because it’s the right way to improve.” The player who became the club’s most expensive players after completing a five-year deal worth €50m plus €10m in bonu...
Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan
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Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan

Atletico Madrid are launching a bid for Napoli midfielder Allan. Marca says Atletico Madrid are prepared to fork out 40 million euros to secure the services of Napoli midfielder Allan. The 29-year-old Brazilian, who has been with Napoli since 2015, is also subject to interest from Everton and Paris Saint-Germain. Everton are even understood to have tabled an offer exceeding 40m euros, with current Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti an admirer having managed Allan during his recent stint in Naples. Allan has seen his pitch time dwindle in Naples of late, with Gennaro Gattuso preferring other options in the middle of the park.
Victor Osimhen Apologizes To Punch Over “Na Thunder Go Fire Una” Statement
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Victor Osimhen Apologizes To Punch Over “Na Thunder Go Fire Una” Statement

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen have taken to Twitter to apologise to Nigerian news outlet Punch for the language he used in replying them few days ago. Recall that the newspaper published a post where the new Napoli recruit was alleged to have made a statement of emulating club legend Diego Maradona of which he debunked by writing: "I never said such a thing, y’all copy paste journalist just like to fabricate lies, since the passing of my late father I haven’t grant any interview whatsoever, stop this nonsense else na thunder go fire una." He wrote via Twitter late on Sunday night: As much as I dislike being misquoted or taken out of context by the media, I want to apologise to @MobilePunch and other journalists that felt offended for the type of language I used in my ear...
‘Na Thunder Go Fire Una’ – Osimhen Blasts Punch Newspaper Over False Story
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‘Na Thunder Go Fire Una’ – Osimhen Blasts Punch Newspaper Over False Story

Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen who recently signed for Italian Serie A side Napoli, has taken to his twitter page to blast Punch Newspaper for fabricating a false story about him. Victor Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille last month for a record fee of €70 million which could potentially rise to €80 million. Following a false story by Punch Newspaper about him with the headline which read, "I want to emulate Maradona at Napoli", Victor Osimhen has now come out to debunk such news stating that he has not granted any interview since his father died in May 2020 and such stories were false. He warned Punch Newspaper against fabricating fake stories. Part of the post which was shared by Victor Osimhen on his twitter page read, "I never said such a thing, y’all copy paste journali...
Samuel Chukwueze to Join Osimhen at Napoli
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Samuel Chukwueze to Join Osimhen at Napoli

Napoli are keeping an eye on Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, as an alternative to Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga, according to Sporting Life. The Partenopei are still in the market ahead of the 2020/2021 season, having signed Chukwueze’s Super Eagles’ team-mate, Victor Osimhen for €70m from Lille. The Serie A club are in the market for a replacement for Jose Callejon, whose contract will expire at the end of August. Their first choice is Boga, but they will move for Chukwueze if they are unable to buy from their rivals. “Napoli have not hidden their desire to sign Boga, who is being coveted by several Serie A teams. “Atalanta has overtaken Napoli in the race to sign Boga, valued at €30m, but the Partenopei believe they can get Chukwueze for €25m if they don’t get Boga,” t...

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