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Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season
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Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season

Ruben Dias will be one of five Manchester Cty players sharing the captain's armband this season, says manager Pep Guardiola. Dias, who signed a new six-year deal in the summer, joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay of Guardiola's defence as he helped the club win the Premier League title. The Portugal defender, named Premier League Player of the Season as well as England's Footballer of the Year in a stellar debut campaign, led the team in Wednesday's 6-3 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Everyone has to be their own leader," Guardiola told the club website on Friday. "Every season we make the selection of captains. The players and backroom staff make the decision.Eleven months and one week we are all here together, and they know who are the bes...
Start showing your worth’ – Tim Sherwood warns two Chelsea players
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Start showing your worth’ – Tim Sherwood warns two Chelsea players

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Tim Sherwood, has warned Chelsea stars Timo Werner and Saul Niguez to start showing their worth at Stamford Bridge, or else they will be left out from Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Sherwood gave the warning ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on Sunday evening. He expects Werner to ‘struggle’ this season and says Niguez, who failed to impress in his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa last week, cannot afford a slow start to his career at the Blues. “Everyone thought that Timo Werner and Kai Havertz would be nailed on starters for Chelsea because of the German connection,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions. “But I think Werner is going to struggle. I think he needs to show the manager that he is got more than the press, he ne...
FIFA 22 ratings: Miedema, Bronze, Rapinoe and the best female footballers revealed
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FIFA 22 ratings: Miedema, Bronze, Rapinoe and the best female footballers revealed

  There are no representatives from the USWNT in the top four ranked players, with star turns from Arsenal, Manchester City and Lyon leading the way Arsenal and Netherlands forward Vivianne Miedema has been confirmed as one of the best female players on FIFA 22 with a rating of 92, but who joins her at the top of the game? Star turns from Arsenal, Manchester City, Lyon and Chelsea make up the top four, with Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard and Sam Kerr figuring prominently, while six members of the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) side are in the highest-rated 22. Who else makes that list? Goal brings you the full rundown.      
Dyche signs new four-year deal at Burnley
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Dyche signs new four-year deal at Burnley

Sean Dyche has committed his future to Burnley by signing a new four-year contract at the club. The 50-year-old is the longest-serving boss in the Premier League having been at Turf Moor for nearly nine years and he has now committed his future to the Clarets until the summer of 2025. Dyche said: "It is nice to be able to get this deal completed and now look towards the future of this football club, and its constant evolution. I have a strong affinity with the area and our supporters after so many years here and I look forward to putting in the hard work needed to keep the club moving in the right direction. "It was an important summer for us to add talent and depth to the team, but the work doesn't stop there. As a club we're about developing and improving players and the en...
Wilshere confirms he’ll speak with Arteta over Arsenal return
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Wilshere confirms he’ll speak with Arteta over Arsenal return

Jack Wilshere has said he will speak with Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, after being invited to train with the first-team squad at his former club. The 29-year-old is a free agent after he was released from Bournemouth at the end of last season. Last week, Arteta invited Wilshere to return to the club. “To hear him come out and say the door is always open is nice. “I think that it can only help me. As you said, being around good players, training with world-class players and, as well, just being in a team environment is something that I am interested in. “I am sure that I will have a conversation with someone at the club over the next couple of days,” Wilshere told Sky Sports News. Arteta and Wilshere were regular midfield partners at the Emirates and both lifted the FA...
Chelsea vs Zenit: Tuchel Warns Players as Champions League Campaign begins
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Chelsea vs Zenit: Tuchel Warns Players as Champions League Campaign begins

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned his players to forget they are the trophy holders, as the new season of the Champions League begins. The Blues beat Premier League rivals Manchester City 1-0 in last season’s final. Tuchel’s men begin their defence on Tuesday night, at home to Zenit St Petersburg. Chelsea are strong favourites to cruise through Group H against Russian champions Zenit, Swedish title holders Malmo and a Juventus side struggling without Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Tuchel is not giving room for complacency. He said at his press conference: “It’s absolutely necessary to forget it and start from scratch, to show this mentality again. This is what I demand from myself and from everybody else around, that we don’t change in terms of hunger. ...
Man Utd vs Newcastle: Solskjaer’s squad for EPL clash confirmed
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Man Utd vs Newcastle: Solskjaer’s squad for EPL clash confirmed

Cristiano Ronaldo was among the Manchester United players that arrived at the Lowry Hotel, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle. The 36-year-old is in line to make his second debut at Old Trafford. It is expected that Ronaldo will be deployed through the middle of a front three. Other forwards in the squad include Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard. Man Utd squad at Lowry: David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Lee Grant, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Elanga, Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA takes Final Decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend
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FIFA takes Final Decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend

FIFA has given permission to players who were called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the last international break, to play in the Premier League this weekend. On Wednesday, the world football governing body had invoked Article 5 to block English clubs from selecting players who did not honour their countries’ invitation. This followed a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation. Premier League clubs unanimously agreed not to release players for matches in countries on the UK Government’s red list.
Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries
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Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries

Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp has come out to explain why the club refused to let their Brazilian players travel to Brazil last week to represent their countries . Brazil on Wednesday, September 8, announced they had instructed FIFA to ban their players from playing in their league's after premier league club's made the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil citing covid-19 concerns. Liverpool players, Alisson Becker and Fabinho might not play for Liverpool against Leeds on Sunday, September 12, following the FIFA ruling but Klopp has now come out to defend the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil. Klopp is still in the dark over the availability of his stars ahead of the trip to Elland Road but feels the cl...
Solskjaer Reveals how Ronaldo Demanded no.7 shirt from Cavani
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Solskjaer Reveals how Ronaldo Demanded no.7 shirt from Cavani

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed that it was Cristiano Ronaldo who phoned Edinson Cavani and asked about wearing the no.7 shirt on his return to the club. Cavani has been wearing the shirt which Ronaldo wore during his first spell. However, following the 36-year-old’s arrival from Juventus, he spoke with Cavani and asked to take it back. Cavani will now wear the no. 21 shirt which became vacant after Daniel James joined Leeds United. Solskjaer said: “It’s one of these things that Edison has been remarkable, played really, really well last season. Cristiano rang Edinson and they spoke with each other. “To pass up his shirt, it just shows the respect he’s got for Cristiano but also Cristiano speaking to Edinson shows the respect the...
Arteta tells Arsenal players to take COVID-19 vaccine
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Arteta tells Arsenal players to take COVID-19 vaccine

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has urged his players to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Arteta warned that “the team will pay the price” of another outbreak within the squad. Granit Xhaka became the latest member of the Gunners’ squad to test positive while away on international duty with Switzerland. This season alone, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson missed the start of the campaign after contracting the virus. The £50million summer signing Ben White was also ruled out of games against Chelsea and Manchester City due to his own positive test. “We are trying to explain all the reasons why we believe it is the right thing to do,” Arteta said. “How much it will protect first of all the club, secondly their teammates and the en...
Ronaldo will have a Negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher
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Ronaldo will have a Negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher

Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo will have a negative effect on the Manchester United team. Ronaldo has returned to the Red Devils, 12 years after he left to sign for Real Madrid. Many have tipped the 28-year-old to strengthen United and make them title contenders. But Carragher is not getting carried away with the buzz surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival. “I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them. “He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United,” Carragher said on a call promoting CBS’ coverage of the Champions League in the U.S.
Ndidi, Iheanacho join Leicester today
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Ndidi, Iheanacho join Leicester today

Super Eagles duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho will join up with their Leicester City teammates Friday (today) ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester City at the King Power stadium, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. Both players were involved as the Super Eagles began their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier on a bright note in Lagos last Friday, beating Liberia 2-0 courtesy of Iheanacho’s double strikes. According to the Foxes coach, Brendan Rodgers, the duo will join up with the rest of the squad today, along with the rest of the players who were on international duty. “It’s always a challenge (when players go on international duty),” Rodgers told a pre-match conference on Thursday. “Our Belgian players aren’t back until tomorrow (today). The whole squad (including Ndidi and...
Argentina vs Bolivia: Messi Scores Hat-trick, Breaks Pele record
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Argentina vs Bolivia: Messi Scores Hat-trick, Breaks Pele record

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to overtake Pele as the top international goalscorer in South American football history on Thursday as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in their 2022 World Cup qualifier. Messi pounced for his 77th, 78th and 79th international goals to keep Argentina firmly on course for a place at next year’s finals in Qatar against a Bolivia team languishing near the foot of the table. The 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward, making his 153rd appearance for Argentina, drew level with Pele’s longstanding mark of 77 goals in the 14th minute, nutmegging a defender and then curling a sublime shot past Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. The Argentina captain then moved one clear of Pele in the 64th minute with his second of the night, surging into th...
Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone by five wickets in opener
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Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone by five wickets in opener

Team Nigeria won their first game in the ongoing International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers against Sierra Leone, in Gaborone Nigeria defeated their West African rivals by five wickets in the game played on Thursday at the Botswana Cricket Oval. Sierra Leone won the toss and elected to bat first. The team’s best performer in Aminata Kamara with 28 runs in 36 balls was not enough for the side as they settled for 102 runs in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets. Nigeria came on to chase their opponents in the second innings, scoring 103 runs in 16 overs for the loss of five wickets. Nigeria’s captain Blessing Etim declared as the `Man of the Match’ with her 27 runs in 31 balls, including two boundary hits, underlined the team’s performance. “I am happ...
Klopp addresses Van Dijk’s ‘scary moment’ with the Netherlands and gives Firmino & Elliott fitness update
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Klopp addresses Van Dijk’s ‘scary moment’ with the Netherlands and gives Firmino & Elliott fitness update

The Liverpool boss has offered news on three key players ahead of his side's trip to Leeds United this weekend Jurgen Klopp has addressed Virgil van Dijk's "scary moment" with the Netherlands over the international break while giving an update on the fitness of Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott. Van Dijk has slotted straight back into Klopp's plans at the start of the season after missing the majority of Liverpool's 2020-21 campaign through injury, starting in wins over Norwich and Burnley as well as a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. There were some fears that he could miss the Reds' next Premier League clash with Leeds United on Sunday after a nasty collision in the Netherlands' latest World Cup qualifier, but Klopp has now confirmed that the defender has assured him that he suffered n...
Ronaldo will have a negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher
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Ronaldo will have a negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher

Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo will have a negative effect on the Manchester United team. Ronaldo has returned to the Red Devils, 12 years after he left to sign for Real Madrid. Many have tipped the 28-year-old to strengthen United and make them title contenders. But Carragher is not getting carried away with the buzz surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival. “I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them. “He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United,” Carragher said on a call promoting CBS’ coverage of the Champions League in the U.S.
Man United vs Newcastle: Best players don’t always win matches – Van de Beek warns Solskjaer
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Man United vs Newcastle: Best players don’t always win matches – Van de Beek warns Solskjaer

Manchester United midfielder, Donny van de Beek has warned that best players don’t always win matches. The midfielder raised eyebrows when he picked his Manchester United five-a-side team and omitted some top players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. And this could be interpreted as a message to Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Netherlands International has been facing a difficult time at Old Trafford. The addition of Ronaldo to the star-studded side has further compounded his woes. Appearing on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel FIVE, Van de Beek was to choose his Red Devils five-a-side team, he said, “That’s a good question. “I think I would pick Raphael [Varane]. I am a big fan of Juan as well. “You have to pick Bruno [Fernan...
Two top stars removed from Man United’s ideal XI for this season
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Two top stars removed from Man United’s ideal XI for this season

Former Manchester United defender, Mikael Silvestre, has left both Mason Greenwood and Fred out of his ideal starting XI for the club if all the players were fit. Silvestre’s XI provided places for new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. Mason Greenwood, who has started all three games for Man United this season, scoring three goals in the process, and Brazilian midfielder, Fred, were left out of Silvestre’s United team. He instead, opted for Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay. This is despite l Rashford missing the opening weeks of the Premier League season. The former French defender picked new signings Ronaldo and Sancho to lead the line alongside Rashford, with Edinson Cavani also missing out on a spot in the team. Meanwhile, McTomin...
Chelsea fined £25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool
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Chelsea fined £25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool

Chelsea have been fined £25,000 by the FA for failing to control their players during their 1-1 Premier League draw at Liverpool. Referee Anthony Taylor sent off defender Reece James after a goal-line handball, with Mohamed Salah equalising from the penalty spot. The Chelsea players were incensed by Taylor's decision to dismiss James, with the Blues feeling the ball had deflected off the England star's thigh onto his arm. "Chelsea FC has been fined £25,000 for two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 which occurred during their Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Saturday 28 August 2021," read an FA statement   Chelsea fined ?25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool "The club admitted failing to ensure that its players conducted themselv...
You lack character – Manninger Slams Arsenal stars
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You lack character – Manninger Slams Arsenal stars

Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Alex Manninger has slammed the club’s current set of players, accusing them of lacking character and leadership. He said he sees nothing in Arsenal players that he saw in his own teammates at the club. Manninger was at the club from 1997-2002, serving as a back-up goalkeeper during a golden age when many of Arsenal greatest ever players turned out for them. The Austrian shot-stopper feels there is no comparison between his time to the current squad in terms of personality, adding that this must be addressed if Mikel Arteta is to turn around the current slump. Arsenal lie bottom of the Premier League table having lost their first three games and scoring no single goal. Mikel Arteta’s team host Norwich City on Saturday and the pressur...
‘Absolutely embarrassing’ – NWSL stars furious over 9am title game start
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‘Absolutely embarrassing’ – NWSL stars furious over 9am title game start

  The league was forced into an early kickoff to accommodate a slot on national television, which has not gone down well with several players Several NWSL stars including Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris and Jess Fishlock have hit out at the league's decision to host the 2021 NWSL Championship on a turf field with a 9am local kickoff. The league announced over the weekend that Providence Park in Portland would host the match on November 20, with the kickoff set for noon ET to accommodate a national TV slot on CBS. With the game taking place on the west coast, however, that kickoff time translates into an early-morning start for the biggest game of the season, which did not sit well with several players.      
FIFA release statement following Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier suspension
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FIFA release statement following Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier suspension

World football's main governing body have broken their silence on the weekend's bizarre events at Corinthians Arena FIFA have released an official statement following the suspension of the World Cup qualifying fixture between Brazil and Argentina on Sunday. The contest at Corinthians Arena was called to an abrupt halt minutes after kick-off when health authorities attempted to reprimand three Argentina players for breaching Covid-19 rules. The visitors eventually walked off the pitch and roughly an hour after the game was stopped South American football's governing body CONMEBOL confirmed its suspension, and now FIFA have pledged to look into the incident in greater detail.
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Full list of Super Eagles players who have left camp
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Full list of Super Eagles players who have left camp

Players and officials of the Super Eagles on Monday arrived on the island of Mindelo ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde. The delegation touched down following a four-hour flight from Lagos. There were 21 players on board, after the UK-based members of the squad returned to their respective bases. This is because of the British government’s strict regulations on red list countries, which includes Cape Verde. The affected players include defenders Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong and Leon Balogun. Forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are also unavailable. Midfielders, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all left camp too.
What Ronaldo’s return will do to Man Utd’s team – Pogba
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What Ronaldo’s return will do to Man Utd’s team – Pogba

Paul Pogba has tipped Cristiano Ronaldo to “raise the level of the team” after he returned to Manchester United. Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford 12 years after he left for Real Madrid. During his first spell, he netted 118 goals in 292 appearances, winning three Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy. Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut for United at home against Newcastle this Saturday. Pogba expects the 36-year-old to raise the standards at the club. He told Telefoot: “It’s always a pleasure to play with the best, it’s a plus for the players to be able to train with a great player. “He’s going to raise the level of the team.”
Argentina players board plane after threat of arrest in Brazil leads to suspended match
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Argentina players board plane after threat of arrest in Brazil leads to suspended match

The two South American giants played just five minutes before the game ended under bizarre circumstances Brazil and Argentina's World Cup qualifier was thrown into chaos on Sunday when health authorities attempted to detain several members of the visiting team, causing the game to be suspended. Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were cleared to play the World Cup qualifier despite being accused of falsifying travel information upon their entry to Brazil, with mandatory quarantine and deportation advised by the Brazilian government for the trio and reserve Emiliano Buendia. The match had barely passed five minutes when scores of officers stormed the pitch, to the incredulity of both teams. But five hours after leaving the stadium under the threat of detainmen...
Brazil vs Argentina: Lionel Messi doubtful, Neymar eyes victory
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Brazil vs Argentina: Lionel Messi doubtful, Neymar eyes victory

Brazil host Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier less than two months after their Copa America final from less than two months ago. Depleted Brazil were second best for much of their trip to Santiago having seen 11 players prevented from joining the squad by their clubs due to coronavirus quarantine restrictions. Key English based players Alisson of Liverpool, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus were missing but crucially Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France, was available. But they continued their perfect start to qualifying with a seventh win out of seven as Everton Ribeiro scored the only goal in a 1-0 away victory over Chile. Also, Argentina star Lionel Messi is a slight doubt after being subjected to a harsh tackle by Ve...
EPL: What Thomas Tuchel told me about playing for Chelsea first team – Trevor Chalobah
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EPL: What Thomas Tuchel told me about playing for Chelsea first team – Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea starlet Trevor Chalobah has revealed what manager, Thomas Tuchel told him about becoming a first team player at the club. The youngster said he was surprised when the German gaffer told him he was going to be staying with the first team this season. The youngster was a surprise inclusion in Chelsea starting line-up against Palace in their Premier League opening fixture. The 22-year-old spent the last three seasons on loan at Ipswich, Huddersfield and Lorient. He was widely expected to be sent out for a fourth season with Chelsea having several experienced players in the same position. “I spoke to the manager between the Palace and Arsenal games and he told me he wanted me to stay, so I moved over to the first-team building that week,” he told Chelsea FC. “It was a...
Danny Murphy names one major hindrance Ronaldo will cause Man United
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Danny Murphy names one major hindrance Ronaldo will cause Man United

Former Fulham, Tottenham and Liverpool central midfielder, Danny Murphy has revealed one thing Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United could hinder. While other football analysts and pundits believe that Ronaldo’s presence would help Manchester United’s youngsters grow, Murphy believes it would dwarf the development players, such as 19-year-old Mason Greenwood. He believes that this is the only negative of the return of Ronaldo to Old Trafford after 12 years. The 36-year-old returned to the club on Tuesday after spending successful years at Real Madrid and Juventus and has been handed the iconic No.7 shirt he wore during his first 6 years at the club. The former Liverpool midfielder told talkSPORT: “…He [Greenwood] might have to wait a bit longer than we...
Nigeria vs Liberia: Why I didn’t invite Awoniyi – Rohr
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Nigeria vs Liberia: Why I didn’t invite Awoniyi – Rohr

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said he did not invite Taiwo Awoniyi for the World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde, because he is stacked in that department. According to Rohr, he can only include three centre forwards in his squad. Awoniyi has been in fine scoring form this season, scoring five times in his last five matches for Union Berlin across all competitions. Nigeria would be without their UK-based players against Cape Verde on September 7 in Mindelo and Rohr was queried on his decision to leave out the Bundesliga star. “There are people calling for Awoniyi while also there are those calling for other players. “We can only bring three centre forwards, we have already [Victor] Osimhen, we have Paul Onuachu, we have [Terem] Moffi who is d...
Lindelof reacts to Varane competition at Man Utd and delivers fitness update
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Lindelof reacts to Varane competition at Man Utd and delivers fitness update

The Swedish centre-half has seen a World Cup-winning centre-half join him at Old Trafford, with his game time now under serious threat Victor Lindelof claims to be embracing the added competition for places that Raphael Varane will provide at Manchester United, with the Swede aware that there will always be "very good players" at Old Trafford. A Sweden international centre-half may be a victim of that talent pool, with a World Cup winner drafted in from Real Madrid to challenge for his position in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans. French star Varane got the nod alongside club captain Harry Maguire in a 1-0 win at Wolves prior to the international break, but Lindelof is ready to scrap for his spot and will not be backing down from a fight.
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England must win World Cup to banish memory of Euro 2020 final loss, says Southgate

The Three Lions boss has challenged his players to use their defeat to Italy as motivational fuel to go all the way at Qatar 2022 Gareth Southgate says England must win the World Cup to banish the memory of their Euro 2020 final loss. England came agonisingly close to winning their first major trophy since the 1996 World Cup at this summer's European Championships, making it all the way to the showpiece at Wembley only to suffer a penalty shootout defeat. Southgate says the best way for the Three Lions to put that disappointment behind them is to pull together and focus on qualifying for Qatar 2022, with their next Group I clash against Hungary at Puskas Arena on Thursday night.
England Players to take a knee before Hungary Clash
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England Players to take a knee before Hungary Clash

England will take a knee before playing Hungary, whose coach Marco Rossi vowed to stand by any action taken by players if they are subjected to any racism in Budapest on Thursday. The squad have discussed the issue in the build-up to the game, and were made aware of the fact that the Republic of Ireland players were loudly booed in June when they took a knee before their friendly with Hungary in the nearby Szusza Ferenc Stadion. Hungary have been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition matches behind closed doors - with one of those games suspended for two years - following racist abuse from supporters and homophobic banners in the stands during their Euro 2020 group stage matches in Budapest. A homophobic banner was seen in the stands during Hungary's defeat t...
Cavani vs Ronaldo: Di Maria blasts Man United over No.7 jersey Obsession
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Cavani vs Ronaldo: Di Maria blasts Man United over No.7 jersey Obsession

Angel Di Maria has attacked Manchester United, accusing the club of being obsessed with the No.7 jersey. The Argentine said he never cared about inheriting Manchester United’s iconic No.7 shirt when he joined the club. The No.7 jersey has been synonymous with a series of totemic players including at the club such as Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and more recently Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo returned to the club after 12 divided between Real Madrid and Juventus. And now the former Premier League Champions have written to the league management, asking for permission for Edinson Cavani to change his squad number to allow Ronaldo wear the No.7 again. Di Maria, a former Man United star who also played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid, admits he failed t...
W’Cup qualifiers: Mali beat Rwanda as Kenya, Uganda renew rivalry
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W’Cup qualifiers: Mali beat Rwanda as Kenya, Uganda renew rivalry

The Eagles of Mali started their Group E campaign in the 2022 FIFA World Qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Rwanda at Grand Stade d’Agadir in Morocco on Wednesday evening. They dominated the game which was moved to Morocco as Mali lacked approval of a home stadium. Mohamed Magassouba’s men dominated the game and created the most dangerous chances from the start. The Eagles had an early chance to take the lead when Moussa Djenepo was fouled inside the Rwandan area after 18 minutes. From the penalty kick spot, Djenepo tried to score himself, but was stopped by Rwanda goalkeeper Emery Mvuyekure. Mali however took the lead a couple of minutes later, when Adama Traore put the Eagles ahead after 20 minutes. Rwanda Amavubi tried to find the equaliser, but were stopped by Mal...
Chelsea charged over players’ conduct in reaction to James red card against Liverpool
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Chelsea charged over players’ conduct in reaction to James red card against Liverpool

The Blues players protested to the referee after Reece James was judged to have handled the ball on the line Chelsea have been charged by the Football Association (FA) for the conduct of their players during the 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday. The charge relates to the way the Blues players reacted after Reece James was shown a red card late in the first half of the Premier League match at Anfield. James was sent off for a handball on Chelsea's goal line and Liverpool were awarded a penalty after a VAR check.
W’Cup qualifiers: Ronaldo eyes Ali Daei’s goal record as Portugal, Ireland clash
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W’Cup qualifiers: Ronaldo eyes Ali Daei’s goal record as Portugal, Ireland clash

Cristiano Ronaldo will play in all three of Portugal’s fixtures during the international break following his return to Manchester United, head coach Fernando Santos said. Ronaldo completed his United comeback on Tuesday, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner re-joining the Red Devils from Juventus. This is his second spell following his successful first stint at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009. Amid the hype in Manchester, Ronaldo’s attention has swiftly turned to matters with Portugal as Santos’ men prepare to face Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier later on Wednesday. Portugal will also meet Qatar in a friendly on Saturday before resuming their road to Qatar 2022 against Azerbaijan on Tuesday. As Ronaldo stands on the cusp of breaking his tie with Ali Daei for th...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Andre and Jordan Ayew join 11 others for Ghana’s first day training
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Andre and Jordan Ayew join 11 others for Ghana’s first day training

Just over a dozen of players practised with the Black Stars on Monday ahead of their upcoming games against Ethiopia and South Africa Captain Andre Ayew and Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew were present as Ghana commenced training on Monday ahead of their 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The duo joined 11 other players for their first practice session in Accra for the upcoming games against Ethiopia and Bafana Bafana. Chelsea left-back Abdul Baba Rahman, who recently completed a loan switch to Championship side Reading, was also present for Monday evening’s practice, but new club-mate Andy Yiadom, who featured as Reading suffered a humiliating 4-0 away defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, was not among the group.
Edinson Cavani makes U-turn after Solskjaer warning
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Edinson Cavani makes U-turn after Solskjaer warning

Uruguay International, Edinson Cavani has perished the idea of travelling to South America for international duties with his country. The 34-year-old veteran striker will now stay at Old Trafford during the international break. Uruguay confirmed that the striker will not be travelling for their World Cup qualifiers. The Premier League had last week announced that clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ agreed not to release players for international matches which will be played in red-list countries. Uruguay had gone ahead to include Cavani in their set up for the matches despite the decision. Cavani was meant to travel with Uruguay to Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, countries on the UK’s red list. However, the South American country have now announced via a brief statement ...
Afrobasket: Brown eyes Uganda scalp after Ivory Coast loss
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Afrobasket: Brown eyes Uganda scalp after Ivory Coast loss

D’TIGERS coach, Mike Brown, says he hopes their loss to Ivory Coast will help improve the performance of his players when they play Uganda in one of the 2021 Afrobasket quarter-final qualifying matches on Tuesday (today) at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda. Nigeria lost 77-68 to Les Éléphants on Sunday to lose out on Group C’s automatic ticket to the quarter-final. The result means they will face Uganda and only a win will guarantee them a spot in the quarter-final as they hope to claim their second Afrobasket crown in Kigali. Uganda lost their opening group game 93-55 to Senegal before narrowly losing 88-86 to South Sudan in their final game, but bounced back to beat Cameroon 80-66. Speaking ahead of the match, Brown says he hopes the experience of losing to Ivory Coast will sp...
Juventus decide against bringing Barcelona outcast Pjanic back to Turin as they close in on PSV starlet Ihattaren
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Juventus decide against bringing Barcelona outcast Pjanic back to Turin as they close in on PSV starlet Ihattaren

The Bianconeri were contemplating whether to bring back a former talisman before the summer window closes, but have decided against it Juventus have decided against offering Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic a potential return to Turin as they close in on the signing of PSV starlet Mohamed Ihattaren, Goal can confirm. Pjanic moved to Barca from Juve in an exchange deal involving Arthur last summer, committing to a four-year contract at Camp Nou. The Bosnian midfielder has since struggled to live up to expectations with the Blaugrana, and Goal has reported he is one of several first-team players the club are trying to offload before the August 31 transfer deadline.  
Chelsea to block Hudson-Odoi Dortmund loan move after Saul & Kounde transfer setbacks
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Chelsea to block Hudson-Odoi Dortmund loan move after Saul & Kounde transfer setbacks

The Blues have been trying to sign two players from La Liga but they've found the goal posts have been moved ahead of deadline day Chelsea have told a host of players, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, that they cannot seek loan moves after encountering issues negotiating for both Sevilla's Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez. In the case of Saul, the Blues are keen to do a deal if it can be done as a straight loan but the Spanish champions want a clause that makes it likely to become a permanent deal for £34 million ($47m). The 26-year-old is keen to move to Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, for Kounde, Chelsea have found Sevilla have taken a non-negotiable stance and are requesting €65 million (£56m/$77m). The Blues have arguably weakened their negotiating position by selling K...
Raphael Varane speaks on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United
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Raphael Varane speaks on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United

Raphael Varane has said he is ‘very happy’ with his former Real Madrid teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United Varane hailed the club’s decision to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. The 36-year-old completed his medical at Lisbon on Monday and is now on the verge of official announcement. Varane and Ronaldo were a key part of the Real Madrid team that won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles and the Champions League on four occasions. Asked to give his verdict on the 36-year’old return, Varane told MUTV: “I am very happy. “He’s a legend and all players can learn when you play with him. “It’s a great help for all players, for all young players, and of course he never stops scoring goals, so he will help the team.” Speak...
‘It’s a gift to have him’ – Pochettino hails Mbappe after Reims double amidst Real Madrid transfer rumours
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‘It’s a gift to have him’ – Pochettino hails Mbappe after Reims double amidst Real Madrid transfer rumours

Paris Saint-Germain's leading players have said that they want the World Cup winner to remain at Parc des Princes Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Kylian Mbappe after the forward scored twice in a 2-0 win over Reims in Ligue 1. Despite links to Real Madrid, the France international started the match on Sunday, justifying his coach’s decision with a headed opener from Angel Di Maria's cross and following it up with a close-range finish on the back of Achraf Hakimi's break. Nevertheless, uncertainty remains over Mbappe's future amid back-to-back bids from Los Blancos and with the end of his contract looming next summer - but now his coach has led a glowing tribute from staff and players alike after another match-winning performance.  
Solskjaer issues stern warning to Cavani, Fred
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Solskjaer issues stern warning to Cavani, Fred

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Edinson Cavani and Fred not to stay away from the club for too long. The Scot called on the two South American stars to put the club ahead of their countries, Uruguay and Brazil respectively. Premier League announced early last week that clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously decided to not release players for World Cup qualifying matches which will be played in red-list countries. According to United Kingdom’s current COVID-19 guidelines, anyone arriving from a country on the red-list must quarantine at a hotel for 10 days. Should Cavani and Fred travel for the matches with their national sides, both players would be forced to quarantine and would miss at least two of Manchester United league games in S...
‘Arteta knows how I love him’ – Guardiola defends Arsenal boss after Man City thrash Gunners
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‘Arteta knows how I love him’ – Guardiola defends Arsenal boss after Man City thrash Gunners

Three losses in three matches have put the red contingent of north London on edge Pep Guardiola defended managerial counterpart Mikel Arteta after Manchester City thrashed Arsenal 5-0 on Saturday. Guardiola, who had Arteta on his coaching staff for several years, said "Arteta knows how I love him" and pointed out the Gunners are competing without numerous first-choice players amid an injury crisis. However, the lopsided result has cast further doubt on Arteta's job security at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal are now without a win in their opening three Premier League matches this campaign.
Rio Ferdinand names 3 Man United players that will benefit most from Ronaldo’s return
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Rio Ferdinand names 3 Man United players that will benefit most from Ronaldo’s return

Premier League legend, Rio Ferdinand, has named the three Manchester United players, who will benefit the most from Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club. Manchester United hijacked their city rival’s move for the Portugal captain on Friday and quickly agreed a fee with Juventus before announcing his re-signing Ferdinand, who played alongside the former Real Madrid star during his first spell at Old Trafford, noted that Ronaldo will bring a wealth of experience and know-how to Manchester United. He especially named Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford as players the Portugal international can have a massive impact on. “What he brings off the pitch guys, forget everything else what he does, what he can do for Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford and ...
Reus returns for Germany as Flick names first squad with four uncapped players
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Reus returns for Germany as Flick names first squad with four uncapped players

The BVB captain is one of seven players absent from Euro 2020 who are included by the ex-Bayern boss in his maiden selection Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus has earned a recall to the Germany national team, while Hansi Flick named four uncapped players in his first squad as national team boss. The BVB captain is one of seven players absent from Joachim Low's final selection at Euro 2020 included by the former Bayern Munich coach for his maiden clutch of games. Chelsea trio Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner all retain their spots, but there is no place for Mats Hummels or Emre Can, while Matthias Ginter misses out through Covid-19.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Slavia Prague’s Dorley leads Liberia squad for Nigeria trip
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Slavia Prague’s Dorley leads Liberia squad for Nigeria trip

The Lone Stars have called up 14 foreign-based players and seven home-based stars for next month’s matches Hatayspor's Mohammed Kamara and Slavia Pague midfielder Oscar Dorley are among the 22 players invited by Liberia for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying games in September. The West Africans will begin their Group C campaign with a trip to the Teslim Balogun Stadium to battle Nigeria on September 3 before hosting Central African Republic three days later. Liberia are aiming to qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in their history after they advanced to the second round of the qualifiers with a 3-2 aggregate win over neighbours Sierra Leone
Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches
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Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches

The £100 million British transfer record signing of Jack Grealish is set to be the Premier League champions only major deal of the summer Pep Guardiola doesn't expect any more incomings or outgoings at Manchester City as the transfer deadline approaches. City are short of a striker after missing out on top target Harry Kane, who will remain at Tottenham, while they also pulled the plug on a move for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Several players, including Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte, have been linked with moves away from the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola is expecting to have the same squad after the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.

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