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Real Madrid Legend, Francisco Gento is dead
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Real Madrid Legend, Francisco Gento is dead

Real Madrid legend, Francisco Gento is dead. Gento died at the age of 88. Real Madrid made the announcement in a statement via the club’s official website on Tuesday. The statement read in part, “Real Madrid C.F., the club’s president and the Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the death of Francisco Gento, honorary president of Real Madrid and one of the greatest legends of our club and of world football. “Real Madrid would like to express its condolences and send its love and sympathy to his wife Mari Luz, to his sons Francisco and Julio, to his granddaughters Aitana and Candela and to all his relatives, teammates and loved ones.” Gento won the European Cup six times during his time at Real Madrid. He represented Real Madrid between 1953 and 1971, and in his 18 ...
Lille midfielder, Renato Sanches gives Marseille fans the middle finger
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Lille midfielder, Renato Sanches gives Marseille fans the middle finger

Lille and Portuguese midfielder, Renato Sanches might have landed himself in trouble for his conduct on the pitch after he showed his middle finger to Marseille fans during their fixture on Sunday evening., January 16 Marseille managed to secure a point against 10-man Lille at the Orange Velodrome on Sunday night thanks to a superb striker from Cengiz Under in the 75th minute. Sanches was named in Lille's starting XI and played a total of 92 minutes before being substituted for Xeka. The 24-year-old was visibly frustrated with the decision. As he made his way to the dugout,  he was taunted by the Marseille fans, and in return, Sanches decided to retaliate. The midfielder faced the fans, raised his arm in the air and showed them his middle finger before sitting down....
AFCON 2021: Ex-Nigerian striker, Julius Aghahowa pinpoints one major thing Super Eagles lack
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AFCON 2021: Ex-Nigerian striker, Julius Aghahowa pinpoints one major thing Super Eagles lack

Former Nigerian striker, Julius Aghahowa, has pinpointed that the Super Eagles lack creativity after their first two games at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Nigeria defeated Egypt 1-0 in their first AFCON game last Tuesday. Augustine Eguavoen’s men also defeated Sudan 3-1 in their second AFCON tie on Saturday. Speaking to Channels TV, Aghahowa said: “The fact is the Super Eagles played exciting football, a lot of possession though in the opponents half we didn’t get that creativity that we wanted all in all two games six points we are good to go. “I think this is a walk in the park. The last game is just for us to play those players that have not had game time.” Nigeria’s next AFCON match is against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday.
Chelsea interested in signing PSG’s Kurzawa on loan
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Chelsea interested in signing PSG’s Kurzawa on loan

Chelsea are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa on loan, with the 29-year-old currently out of favour at the French club. Chelsea are looking to sign a left-back this month, with Ben Chilwell set to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury while Lyon have reportedly rejected Chelsea's offer to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan in France. The Blues also cannot recall left-back Ian Maatsen from his loan at Coventry as the Dutchman has exceeded the number of games played as per the terms of the loan agreement. The 19-year-old has played in 21 Championship games this season and will remain at Coventry until the end of the season. Chelsea have now turned their attentions to Kurzawa, who has made only one appearance for PSG this sea...
Afcon 2021: ‘Senegal were not perfect’ – Aliou Cisse after Guinea stalemate
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Afcon 2021: ‘Senegal were not perfect’ – Aliou Cisse after Guinea stalemate

The Teranga Lions tactician, however, hailed his charges' performance in the first half against Syli Nationale   Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse has conceded that his side was not perfect against Guinea in their second Africa Cup of Nations engagement on Friday in Bafoussam. Cisse said they were not particularly strong in the second half as compared to how they played in the first one, as the two nations went on to register a 0-0 stalemate. The tactician, however, promised to build on the draw going into their match against Malawi.
Michael Owen predicts Man City vs Chelsea, Man United vs Aston Villa, Arsenal vs Spurs, others
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Michael Owen predicts Man City vs Chelsea, Man United vs Aston Villa, Arsenal vs Spurs, others

Former Liverpool and Manchester United star, Owen has predicted the outcome of the Premier League matches to be played this weekend. This weekend, Manchester City face Chelsea, while Arsenal will lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby. A win over Chelsea on Saturday would see City extend their lead in the table to 13, while the Blues can close the gap to 7 points with a win. City are currently 10 points clear of Thomas Tuchel’s side and on a run of 11 successive wins in England’s top flight. In his predictions Owen is expecting City to keep up their fine form with a victory this weekend. Owen’s Premier League predictions Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace Man City 3-1 Chelsea Norwich 1-2 Everton Wolves 1-0 Southampton Newcastle 2-1 Watford A...
Bayern Munich star, Alphonso Davies diagnosed with inflammation of the heart after suffering Covid
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Bayern Munich star, Alphonso Davies diagnosed with inflammation of the heart after suffering Covid

Bayern Munich defender, Alphonso Davies has been forced to stop training after a heart scare. The 21-year-old has not played for the German giants since December 17 after he tested positive for Covid-19. Bayern’s manager Julian Nagelsmann has now confirmed that the Canadian international has mild myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. It was discovered as Davies completed routine medical checks at the club’s HQ after recovering from the virus. The footballer is now expected to miss ‘weeks’ of training as his condition is monitored. Nagelsmann said on Thursday January 13, "during our follow-up examination that we do with every player that has had Covid-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. “He has stopped training for now, so...
25-year-old Brazilian star returns to Chelsea
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25-year-old Brazilian star returns to Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have brought back Brazil international, Kenedy from his loan at Flamengo. The club took the decision following an injury crisis in the full-back positions. Kenedy, 25, has played just 15 Premier League games for the Blues, with his last coming in 2016. Goal Brazil reports that the Brazilian is now heading back to London after loan spells at Watford, Newcastle, Getafe and Granada. According to the report, Flamengo ‘fought’ to keep the player at the club but Tuchel wanted to bring him back to be part of the squad. Marcus Aloso is currently the only fully fit full-back for Chelsea as Ben Chilwell is out for the season. Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta was also withdrawn early from the 2-0 victory over Tottenham last week with an injury. In recent m...
AFCON 2021: Nigeria remains top of Group D as Sudan holds Guinea Bissau
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AFCON 2021: Nigeria remains top of Group D as Sudan holds Guinea Bissau

Sudan drew 0-0 with Guinea-Bissau in the second Group D match played at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday. The game between both teams was tight, with chances few and far in between. However, Guinea-Bissau had the chance to take all three points, but Pele missed from the penalty spot. They both have one point and are in second and third place behind Nigeria. The Super Eagles earlier in the day, beat tournament favourites Egypt 1-0. Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, produced a stunning finish in the 30th minute, to ensure the three-time champions took maximum points. Nigeria plays Sudan next on Saturday, while Egypt faces Guinea-Bissau.
#BBNaija star Tochi Proposes to US-based girlfriend Chioma
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#BBNaija star Tochi Proposes to US-based girlfriend Chioma

Big Brother Naija star, Tochi has started off the year by proposing to his US-based girlfriend Chioma. Tochi got a "YES" after getting down on one knee to propose to Chioma at an outdoor spot as Chike's "Running to You" played in the background. Sharing the video on Instagram, the reality show star wrote; @beautiifulchii let’s go on this journey together! Ladies and Gentlemen we have a wedding to plan
Zlatan Finally Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record
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Zlatan Finally Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record

AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on Sunday, finally matched a European top-five league 21st-century record, set by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo last December, after scoring a goal in his side’s Serie A 3-0 win over Venezia. The 40-year-old tucked in from close range inside two minutes at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo on Sunday. His goal against Venezia was his eighth Serie A goal of the season and his first of 2022. It means Zlatan has now found the net against 80 different clubs across Europe’s big five leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, LaLiga and Ligue 1). Since 2000, the only other player to have achieved that feat is Ronaldo, who reached the milestone with a goal in Man United’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021. Zlatan has ...
Arsenal’s Ben White names best right-back
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Arsenal’s Ben White names best right-back

Arsenal star, Ben White, has named teammate Takehiro Tomiyasu as the best right-back he’s played with. White said that Tomiyasu does simple things at a world-class level, adding that he is amazing. Tomiyasu joined Arsenal from Bologna last summer transfer window for £15.5 million. The Japan international has impressed in his first few months at the Gunners. He has already cemented his place as Mikel Arteta’s first-choice right-back. “Tomi is amazing. He’s the best right-back I have ever played with. “He’s always focused. It’s an honour to play next to him. “Tomi does the simple things at a world-class level. He is very alert and he isn’t careless in games. “From the beginning, he’s completely understood English and speaks as well as I do,” White told DAZN Japan....
FA Cup: Three EPL clubs eliminated
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FA Cup: Three EPL clubs eliminated

At least four Premier League clubs have been eliminated from this year’s FA Cup. This follows a number of shock results in the third round ties played on Saturday. Newcastle United suffered an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat by third-tier Cambridge United. Joe Ironside netted a second-half goal and goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov made a series of superb saves to seal a famous victory at St James’ Park. Burnley were another Premier League casualty, as they lost 2-1 to Huddersfield Town. The visitors came from a goal down to win late on through Matty Pearson’s 87th-minute header from a corner. Jay Rodriguez’s header had given Sean Dyche’s men the lead, but Josh Koroma equalized in the 74th minute. Leicester, who are the current holders of the cup, saw off Watford 4-1, with goals by...
Kenyan star Olunga scores twice to help Al-Duhail silence Al Arabi in Qatari Stars League
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Kenyan star Olunga scores twice to help Al-Duhail silence Al Arabi in Qatari Stars League

The towering Harambee Stars skipper has now scored 15 goals in the league from the 11 games played Kenya captain Michael Olunga continued with his fine form in front of the goal at club level after claiming a brace in Al-Duhail's 2-0 win over Al Arabi. In the Qatar Star League fixture staged at Al-Arabi Stadium in Doha on Saturday evening, the towering forward needed just four minutes to find the back of the net.
Patrice Evra snubs Rooney, Ronaldo, names best player he ever played with
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Patrice Evra snubs Rooney, Ronaldo, names best player he ever played with

Former Manchester United left-back, Patrice Evra has identified the club’s legend Ryan Giggs as the best player he has played with during his career, snubbing both teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The Frenchman said he picked Giggs ahead of Rooney and Ronaldo because sometimes the Welsman will pass the ball where nobody would see it and because of his legacy. Evra made a total of 273 appearances during his time at Man United and won various trophies, which included five Premier League titles and a Champions League. Speaking to news outlet 433, the 40-year-old surprised fans by insisting his best player would be Giggs. “People always ask me the best player you played with after you signed for United [Manchester United], and they expect me to say Wayne Rooney and C...
You cut your nose to spite your face – Merson slams Tuchel over Lukaku snub
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You cut your nose to spite your face – Merson slams Tuchel over Lukaku snub

Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was wrong to omit Romelu Lukaku from his squad to face Liverpool last weekend, despite the striker’s controversial interview. In an interview with Sky in Italy, Lukaku admitted he was unhappy with his role at the club and is eyeing a return to Inter Milan in the near future. The 28-year-old has since apologised publicly for his comments and is set to face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday. However, Merson was unimpressed with Tuchel’s decision to drop Lukaku for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool. When asked if the way the Lukaku situation was handled was a victory for Tuchel, Merson said: “No, not really. Why would it be a victory? “Chelsea had to beat Liverpool to have any chance of win...
You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal
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You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright singled out Scott McTominay for blames for the role the midfielder played in Wolves’ goal against Manchester United on Monday. Manchester United were beaten for the first time since the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager thanks to Joao Moutinho’s late strike. Wright blamed the Scot for failing to close down Moutinho with the Portuguese given time to find the back of the net. “We can nitpick and say where the header from Phil Jones should have gone but at the same time you have got to be more aware of where you, the holding midfielder are going in defensively to try and stop him [Moutinho],” said Wright, according to Metro. “Look how much time he [Moutinho] has got – McTominay is the one who is closest to try and get to him. If he is in t...
Chelsea owner, Abramovich takes side in Tuchel, Lukaku feud
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Chelsea owner, Abramovich takes side in Tuchel, Lukaku feud

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has the full support of the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich on whatever decision he decides to take against Romelu Lukaku over the striker’s controversial interview. Tuchel’s first disciplinary action against Lukaku was to drop him completely from the squad that played out a 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. In the interview with Sky Sport Italia, the Belgium international said he wanted to return to Inter Milan because he was no longer happy at Chelsea in less than six months after returning to Stamford Bridge. According to The Sun, Abramovich, who has often backed his players over his managers, fully supports Tuchel’s decision to punish Lukaku. Abramovich spent a club-record £97.5m to sign Lukaku from Inter Milan last summer. However, T...
Rangnick names Man Utd star that did his job against Wolves
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Rangnick names Man Utd star that did his job against Wolves

Manchester United interim coach, Ralf Rangnick has identified defender Phil Jones as the player that did his job against Wolves on Monday night. Rangnick said Jones did exactly what he expected him to do against Wolves at Old Trafford. Jones, who has been out of action for two years due to injury, made a shock return to Man United’s starting XI against Wolves. The 29-year-old centre-back was impressive against Wolves as David de Gea was able to keep the game level until Joao Moutinho scored the winner with nine minutes left to give the visitors all three points. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Rangnick said, “I think he [Phil Jones] did well, not having played for two years at this kind of level. “We didn’t see that [effects of the absence] in the game. “He...
Why we defeated Man United at Old Trafford – Wolves boss, Bruno Lage
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Why we defeated Man United at Old Trafford – Wolves boss, Bruno Lage

Wolves manager, Bruno Lage has explained how his side were able to beat Manchester United and got their first ever victory at Old Trafford on Monday night. Wolves defeated a struggling Manchester United side devoid of ideas and cohesion with Joao Moutinho scoring in the 82nd minute after Lage’s side had shown a dominant performance from the blast of the whistle. It was Manchester United’s first defeat since Ralf Rangnick took over despite their not-too-good performances so far. “The most important thing is the way we played this game against this team. I think we prepared well for the game and I give a lot of compliments to my players to come here and play in our way,” Lage told Sky Sports. “The first half was very good, we controlled everything, we created a lot of chances...
Relegation battling club winning race to sign Aubameyang from Arsenal
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Relegation battling club winning race to sign Aubameyang from Arsenal

Newcastle United are winning the battle to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal this January, according to Daily Mirror. The two clubs are currently in talks for a deal that could see the Gabonese become Newcastle United’s first signing this January. Since arriving the Emirates in 2018, Aubameyang has been a standout player for Arsenal, scoring 92 goals in 163 appearances. The Gabon international has also helped the club win the FA Cup and reach the Europa League final. But the 32-year-old may have played his last game for the club after being stripped of the captaincy and banished from the main team having been accused of a ‘disciplinary breach’. He has, however, been tipped to join Barcelona with Juventus also interested in him but Newcastle is now favoured to bri...
Toure to join Mourinho at Roma
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Toure to join Mourinho at Roma

Eintracht Frankfurt defender, Almamy Toure, is being linked with a move to join Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma. According to Calciomercato, Roma are looking at Toure as an alternative signing in case they fail to land Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the January transfer window. Frankfurt may be willing to let Toure depart the club for Roma if the Giallorossi submits an offer within the region of €8 million. Toure was part of France’s under 21, but for a year, he ended up on the bench. The 25-year-old has played just three games as a starting player for Frankfurt in the Bundesliga this season. Apart from Toure, Roma have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United’s Charlie Wellens in the past.
Gyan: Van Persie, Boateng, Kalou, others react to death of Ghana star
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Gyan: Van Persie, Boateng, Kalou, others react to death of Ghana star

Arsenal and Manchester United hero, Robin van Persie, and ex-Netherlands midfielder, George Boateng. among others, have reacted to the death of ex-Ghana international, Christian Attah Gyan. Gyan died at the age of 43 on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. Gyan’s death was announced by his former club, Feyenoord, with whom he played for ten years between 1997 and 2007. Reacting, Van Persie, a former club teammate of Gyan at Feyenoord, posted on his Instagram account: “A beautiful soul is never forgotten. You were there for me in the early days of my career and supported me like a big brother. I will forever be thankful for those memories. Rest in peace Christian.” On his part, Boateng, who was a club-mate of Gyan between 1997 and 1998, also posted: “This is a hard one f...
That’s very strange, I’m surprised – Poyet, Aluko slams Chelsea star after 1-1 draw with Brighton
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That’s very strange, I’m surprised – Poyet, Aluko slams Chelsea star after 1-1 draw with Brighton

Former Chelsea stars, Gus Poyet and Eniola Aluko have slammed Callum Hudson-Odoi following the Blues frustrating 1-1 draw with Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday. Romelu Lukaku put Thomas Tuchel’s side in front with a towering header in the first half and Hudson-Odoi had a glorious chance to put the game to bed in the second half. The England international was played through by Lukaku and was bearing down on Brighton goal with Mason Mount yelling for the ball. Hudson-Odoi, who also had the clear chance to shoot on goal, tried to find Mount in the box but made a very poor pass which was comfortably intercepted by a Brighton defender. And Graham Potter’s Seagulls finally found an equalizer in extra-time, courtesy of Danny Welbeck after several attempts. Both Poyet a...
Everything is against us – Tuchel blows hot after 1-1 draw with Brighton
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Everything is against us – Tuchel blows hot after 1-1 draw with Brighton

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has hit out at officials and the Premier League fixture list, after they played out a 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday night. Romelu Lukaku put the Blues in front with an early header, but the hosts failed to add more goals. Danny Welbeck then came off the bench to level the score deep into stoppage time. Speaking after the game at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel said: “A draw about right? Absolutely not. We had the better chances and a clear penalty. Very disappointing and very frustrating. “If the ref does not want to give a penalty when it is a clear 100% penalty. Everything against us. “100% it is a penalty, you ask the ref not me.” The result leaves Chelsea in second place, eight points behind leaders, Manchester City.
Tuchel slams Premier League over fewer substitutes rule
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Tuchel slams Premier League over fewer substitutes rule

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he cannot understand why the Premier League has refused to allow more substitutes. The German is unhappy with the fact that only three substitutes are still allowed in the English top-flight especially during the busy festive schedule and the outbreak of COVID. The former Borussia Dortmund manager said he cannot get his head around why the amount of subs is fewer in England than across Europe. Chelsea played on Sunday and are in action on Wednesday night against Brighton. “We love the schedule and we love to play through winter and be the only league to play through the winter, but we need also protection from the league,” Tuchel told the official Chelsea website. “I can absolutely not understand zero per cent why we are the only league t...
Klopp Blames his Players as Liverpool open 6-point gap between Man City
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Klopp Blames his Players as Liverpool open 6-point gap between Man City

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has blamed his players for their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday. Liverpool lost 1-0 to Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes on Tuesday, and are now six points behind league leaders, Manchester City. Mohamed Salah’s penalty was saved and his follow-up header hit the crossbar, while Sadio Mane scuffed a one-on-one over the bar at the start of the second half. The Reds were then punished by Ademola Lookman when he burst into the box and fired past Alisson at his near post. Speaking on why his team lost against Leicester, Klopp said, “It was a very strange game. We were just not good enough. We still had enough chances. “What we did with the balls was just not right. We played a really bad game, so it was well deserved [for Leicester]. “Our decision-...
Ralf Rangnick Identifies Player Manchester Utd should sign
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Ralf Rangnick Identifies Player Manchester Utd should sign

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has identified Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, Florian Wirtz, as a transfer target the Red Devils should sign. According to The Sun, Manchester United are’ leading the chase for the £60million-rated German youngster Wirtz’. Wirtz is regarded by many as a generational talent and made his Bundesliga debut for his club just after his 17th birthday. The 18-year-old has played for the Germany national team. Man United will no doubt face competition for Wirtz, with a number of Europe’s elite sides interested in signing him. Wirtz is an attacking midfielder and it would be interesting to see where he would fit in Rangnick’s squad that has the likes of Bruno Fernandes already nailing down that role. His current contract with Bayer Leverkus...
2022 World Cup play-offs: Pinnick gives update on where Super Eagles will play
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2022 World Cup play-offs: Pinnick gives update on where Super Eagles will play

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has said the National Stadium in Abuja, will be given priority for the Super Eagles’ 2022 World Cup play-offs. The stadium in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was just recently refurbished. Before now, the national team played their home matches at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. However, Pinnick has noted that Abuja “is the home of the national teams”. He said: “Abuja is home of the national teams, but everywhere in Nigeria is our home. We are happy that Abuja has been fixed and it will be our first priority in the World Cup qualifiers in March. “Lagos is also our home and very soon, the National Stadium will be hosting our games.” Nigeria will face either Mali, Egypt, Congo DR, Cameroon or Ghan...
Elon Musk’s Tesla under federal investigation for car feature that allows drivers play video games while in motion
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Elon Musk’s Tesla under federal investigation for car feature that allows drivers play video games while in motion

US safety regulators are investigating electric car maker, Tesla for an in-car feature that allows drivers to play video games while the car is in motion. The documentation for the investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the feature, known as "Passenger Play," has been available to drivers since December 2020. The games appear on a dashboard touchscreen and are intended for passengers. But nothing prevents drivers from playing while the car is being driven, according to the documentation associated with the investigation. Before December 2020, video gameplay in Tesla cars was enabled only when the vehicle was in park, the NHTSA investigation document said. Even if the game is being played by a passenger and not the driver, it "may distrac...
Carabao Cup semi-final draw confirmed [Full fixtures
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Carabao Cup semi-final draw confirmed [Full fixtures

The draw for the Carabao Cup semi-final was conducted on Wednesday night. It took place after Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool all joined Arsenal in the final four of the competition. The Blues won 2-0 at Brentford, Spurs defeated West Ham 2-1 and the Reds won 4-3 on penalties against Leicester City, after fighting back to draw 3-3. Chelsea will now take on Tottenham in the semi-final, while Arsenal face Liverpool. The first legs will be played week of January 3, while the second legs will be played week of January 10. Manchester City are the current holders of the cup, but were eliminated by West Ham in the previous round.
​Conte admits Liverpool ‘starting point’ for Dele Alli to rescue Tottenham career
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​Conte admits Liverpool ‘starting point’ for Dele Alli to rescue Tottenham career

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte admits that midfielder Dele Alli should use the Liverpool game as a base to rebuild his career at the club. Alli was a surprise starter for Spurs in their 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp's team on the weekend. The England star was out of favour under Jose Mourinho, and eventually fell out of the team under Nuno Espirito Santo as well. Asked about Alli, Conte said: "I think Dele played a good game and I think he could have scored. He had chances to score but he played a good game. He was with his head on the pitch from the start to the end. I want to see this type of player. "I know with the formation we played vs Liverpool, I helped him. Because he's a midfielder and a No.8. A midfield with three players, I think this is his proper role. "He has to...
I’m battling cancer – Chelsea legend cries out
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I’m battling cancer – Chelsea legend cries out

Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli has revealed he is battling cancer for a second time. The 57-year-old Italian who played for and managed Chelsea, was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017. He was, however, given the all clear in April 2020 after undergoing months of chemotherapy. Since then, he has returned to work as a member of Roberto Mancini’s staff with Italian national team. But now the 57-year-old who won the FA Cup and League Cup with Chelsea, said the deadly illness has returned. Speaking at a London book launch, he said, “I feel good, but my journey is not yet complete. “The unwanted guest, as I call it, is still here with me. At this moment I am in maintenance mode. “The tumour is still there. At times it is more noticeable, at others less so. “...
Brown Ideye’s contract with Goztepe terminated
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Brown Ideye’s contract with Goztepe terminated

Turkish Super Lig side Goztepe have terminated their contract with ex-Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, with immediate effect. The club confirmed this in a statement on their website on Monday. “As a result of the negotiations with our player Brown Ideye, his contract was mutually terminated. “We would like to thank Ideye and wish him success in his continuing football life,” it read in part. Ideye has only played 37 minutes in five league fixtures for Goztepe this season. The 33-year-old was an unused sub in a 2-1 home win over Gaziantep FK on December 12. He has scored twice in 30 appearances since joining from Aris Salonika of Greece last season. The former West Bromwich Albion striker, previously played for Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine, Sochaux of France as well as Gr...
Messi, others missing from Ligue 1 team of the year [Full list]
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Messi, others missing from Ligue 1 team of the year [Full list]

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi, has been left out of the Ligue 1 team of the year. Messi was not included in the team alongside teammate, Neymar. The team was compiled by the Football Observatory with players who have played a minimum of 900 minutes selected according to the CIES Performance Index powered by Opta data. Messi has scored just one goal and provided five assists for PSG since joining the club from Barcelona last summer. The Argentine captain has also been overshadowed by his teammate Kylian Mbappe at PSG and has subsequently been left out of Football Observatory’s XI this year. Meanwhile, PSG stars, Achraf Hakimi, Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe and Idrissa Gueye all secured a place in the XI. Marseille ace, Dimitri Payet, also landed a place in the...
Drama as Enugu Rangers goalkeeper refuses to leave pitch after red card
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Drama as Enugu Rangers goalkeeper refuses to leave pitch after red card

The first match of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the 2021/2022 season played at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina on Sunday between Katsina United and Enugu Rangers International was nearly marred with drama in the second half as the visiting side goalkeeper refused to leave the football pitch after he was awarded red card by the officiating referee. The tall lanky goalkeeper instead of working out of the pitch ran to the centre of the field, beating his chest while facing the direction of the home team fan in protest to the referee’s decision and apparently to waste playing time as his team were already in the lead with two goals to one. The fans responded in equal frenzy by booing him and daring him to come out of the pitch and face them. ...
Aston Villa vs Burnley called off just before kick-off
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Aston Villa vs Burnley called off just before kick-off

The Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Burnley, which was to be played on Saturday, has now been called off. The fixture becomes the latest to be postponed due to rising cases of COVID-19. Villa vs Burnley was to kick off at 4pm (WAT), but now becomes the 10th top flight game to be moved this week, having been scheduled to kick off at 3pm (GMT). Leeds United host Arsenal in Saturday’s only remaining Premier League fixture. “Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amount of positive Covid-19 test results within our playing squad. “The results of PCR tests, which were taken yesterday prior to training as well as Lateral Flow Tests, were received this morning and confirmed further depletion of o...
Mark Lawrenson predicts Wolves vs Chelsea, Tottenham vs Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, other games
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Mark Lawrenson predicts Wolves vs Chelsea, Tottenham vs Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, other games

Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson has predicted some of the Premier League games that will be played this weekend. Wolves will host Chelsea at Molineux Stadium on Sunday, while Tottenham will face Liverpool at home. Leeds United will tackle Arsenal on Saturday evening, while Newcastle United will host Manchester City. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Arsenal’s away form has been decidedly ropey of late, I fancy them to get something at Elland Road. “Mikel Arteta’s side don’t always play well, but they are rarely a pushover these days, which is a good sign. Leeds 1-2 Arsenal.” Commenting on the Wolves vs Chelsea match, Lawrenson said, “Even if they don’t play well, Thomas Tuchel’s side usually still find a way to win. They are still right in the m...
I Didn’t Expect – Klopp reacts as Chelsea Drop Points
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I Didn’t Expect – Klopp reacts as Chelsea Drop Points

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has said that he didn’t expect that their Premier League rival Chelsea would drop points. On Thursday, Chelsea dropped two points after they played a 1-1 draw with Everton in a Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount and Jarrad Branthwaite scored the goals to ensure Chelsea and Everton shared a point each. The result against Everton means Chelsea maintains the third position on the Premier League table with three points behind Liverpool and four points behind leaders Manchester City. Speaking after Liverpool defeated Newcastle United 3-1, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “I didn’t expect Chelsea would drop points, it is pretty rare I don’t know five or six players of the Everton lineup so to get a point at C...
Joe Cole, Jermaine Jenas predict club to win title after Chelsea’s draw with Everton
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Joe Cole, Jermaine Jenas predict club to win title after Chelsea’s draw with Everton

Former Premier League stars, Joe Cole and Jermaine Jenas have backed Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to defend their Premier League crown this season after Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Everton on Thursday night. Second-half goals from Mason Mount and Jarrad Branthwaite ensured both Chelsea and Everton shared a point each at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are currently in the third position on the Premier League table with three points behind Liverpool and four points behind leaders Man City after 17 games. When asked on BT Sport who will win the league in May, Cole said: “I am gonna say Man City. That is the first time I have deviated from my [initial prediction of Chelsea]. “The fact Chelsea have dropped these points… and when I watched Man City the other night [against Leeds], ...
UEFA Nations League draw confirmed [Full fixtures
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UEFA Nations League draw confirmed [Full fixtures

The draw for the 2022/2021 UEFA Nations League was conducted on Thursday. England will face Hungary, Germany and European champions Italy. Nations League champions France take on Denmark, Croatia and Austria. Runners-up Spain will play Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Belgium, the number one ranked side in the world, will take on the Netherlands, Poland and Wales. The latest group stage will be wrapped up before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the semis and final for the top-tier League A will be played in June 2023. UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE 2022-23 DRAW Group A1: France, Denmark, Croatia, Austria Group A2: Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic Group A3: Italy, Germany, England, Hungary Group A4: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Wales Group...
Four more Premier League games postponed over COVID-19
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Four more Premier League games postponed over COVID-19

The Premier League have postponed four more matches this weekend as the coronavirus crisis wreaked further havoc on the English top-flight on Thursday. Covid outbreaks across the Premier League forced officials to cancel Southampton’s game against Brentford, Watford’s meeting with Crystal Palace and West Ham’s fixture against Norwich on Saturday. Leicester’s trip to Everton on Sunday is also off following the late postponement of their Thursday clash with Tottenham. Manchester United’s scheduled game against Brighton on Saturday was postponed earlier on Thursday due to the Old Trafford club’s virus problems. Five of the 10 Premier League matches scheduled for the weekend have now been scratched from the schedule. A host of matches in England’s lower tiers have also been po...
Alexis Sanchez to replace Aguero at Barcelona
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Alexis Sanchez to replace Aguero at Barcelona

Barcelona are looking to bring in Alexis Sanchez on loan in January, to help fill the void left by Sergio Aguero’s retirement, according to Goal. Aguero announced his retirement on Wednesday due to a heart condition. Barca see Sanchez as one player they could bring in to join Memphis Depay in the attack. However, Sanchez is not the LaLiga club’s first option, as Manchester City’s Ferran Torres remains a priority, but the Spaniard would cost a fee. Sanchez played for Barcelona from 2011 to 2014, before he left for Arsenal. During his three-season stay at the Nou Camp, the Chile international played 141 games in all competitions, scoring 46 goals while providing 27 assists. He picked up La Liga, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup honours at Camp Nou, along with two Spani...
Manchester United report more postive coronavirus cases with Premier League game against Brighton in doubt
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Manchester United report more postive coronavirus cases with Premier League game against Brighton in doubt

Manchester United have reported more positive coronavirus cases after the squad returned to training. The club had shut the first-team areas of the training ground earlier this week after recording a number of positives, forcing the club to postpone their scheduled trip to Brentford. According to Mail Online, more positive cases have been registered, placing Ralf Rangnick's side's next Premier League match against Brighton in doubt. Graham Potter's Seagulls are due to visit Old Trafford in the early kick-off on Saturday 17 December, but it is not clear if that fixture will be played, with the club keeping the Premier league informed of developments. According to The Telegraph, United currently have 19 players and staff self-isolating, but not all are first-team related. ...
World’s ‘richest footballer’, Faiq Bolkiah dumps European club
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World’s ‘richest footballer’, Faiq Bolkiah dumps European club

World’s richest footballer, Faiq Bolkiah has left his Portuguese club side, Maritimo, without playing even once since joining them more than a year. The player rescinded his contract without making his debut in Portugal. Faiq moved from Leicester City to Maritimo in the summer of 2020 after having previously belonged to the Chelsea youth academy, though he never played for either club. He only did make the bench for the Portugal side for a game against Sporting CP in February 2021. Faiq is 15 billion euro fortune Son of the prince of Brunei, Jefri Bolkiah, and nephew of the Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah. The winger was sent to play with Maritimo’s B team this season but he failed to make an impression there either and his contract until next summer was rescinded. Faiq, who ...
PSG vs Real Madrid: Pochettino Predicts Champions League tie
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PSG vs Real Madrid: Pochettino Predicts Champions League tie

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has predicted a ‘tough’ game when his team tackle Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 fixture in February. PSG was drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 that will be played in February. But Pochettino is confident that PSG can beat the LaLiga giants and secure progress to the quarter-final. “It will be a difficult tie because they are a team with a super coach and super players,” Pochettino told PSG’s official club media. “We will be facing Real Madrid, who are a team used to winning the Champions League, a team with history and plenty of experience. It’s clear that we face a very tough tie. “It starts in February, so the current form will count for little. The important thing will ...
Champions League: Toni Kroos names Toughest team that can hurt Real Madrid
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Champions League: Toni Kroos names Toughest team that can hurt Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, has identified Paris Saint-Germain as the toughest team in the Champions League that can hurt his side this season. Kroos said this while reacting to the Champions League round of 16 draws that was announced on Monday. Recall that Real Madrid was drawn against PSG in the Champions League last-16 that will be played in February. Reacting, Kroos, in a video posted on his Instagram account, said, “We have a very interesting opponent for the next round. “I think they are the toughest opponent of the five that could touch us. “They are the games for which we play. We look for these games, with a lot of quality on the field. “Let’s see what will happen – at the end of the day, we are Madrid.”
Nobody is bigger than Chelsea – Tuchel warns Rudiger
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Nobody is bigger than Chelsea – Tuchel warns Rudiger

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned centre-back, Antonio Rudiger, that ‘nobody is bigger than the club, amid the player’s current contract situation at Stamford Bridge. Rudiger has been impressive for Chelsea since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January. The defender has started 14 of Chelsea’s opening 15 Premier League games so far this season. But his contract at Chelsea will expire at the end of the season and he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign teams from January 1, 2022, if an agreement with the Blues over a new deal is not reached by then. Talks over a new deal for Rudiger have hit a stumbling block because Chelsea are believed to be reluctant to meet his demands of a salary in excess of £200,000-a-week. Speaking during his pre-mat...
Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold wins Premier League Player of the month
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Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold wins Premier League Player of the month

Liverpool FC right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for November. This is due to his recent form part of which had him contribute one goal – a pinpoint free-kick away at West Ham United – and four assists to help Liverpool continue a strong push at the top of the table. Alexander-Arnold, who played every minute of the Reds’ three top-flight games, also aided the securing of two clean sheets. He won the prize from a shortlist that also included teammate Diogo Jota, plus Joao Cancelo, Emmanuel Dennis, John McGinn and Bernardo Silva. This is the second time the England international is winning the prize in his Premier League career.
Shay Given names best goalkeeper in Premier League
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Shay Given names best goalkeeper in Premier League

Former Irish goalkeeper, Shay Given has named Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson as the best in the Premier League. Ederson got the recognition ahead of Chelsea stopper, Edouard Mendy and Liverpool’s Alisson Becker. The Brazilian shot stopper has so far this season kept seven clean sheets in the Premier League, helping City to the top of the league table after 15 matches. The Brazil international has won the Premier League’s Golden Glove Award for the most clean sheets by a goalkeeper in each of the last two seasons. And former Premier League keeper, Given believes that Ederson’s ability with his feet, as well as his hands, means that he is still the best in the league. “I’ve got a lot of time for Ederson. I go to a lot of the Manchester City games and even watching him w...

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