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England to welcome Germany and Spain in new women’s international invitational tournament
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England to welcome Germany and Spain in new women’s international invitational tournament

  The hosts of Euro 2022 will welcome three of the world's best international teams next February, and every year up to and including 2025 England will welcome Germany and Spain for a new women’s international invitational tournament in February 2022, with a fourth participating nation to be confirmed. The Lionesses have regularly competed in the SheBelieves Cup in the February international window, hosted by the U.S. women’s national team, even winning the competition in 2019. However, they skipped the trip to the States this year with then-coach Phil Neville citing plans of their own. This tournament provides competition against some of the best teams in the world just months before the European Championships, to be hosted by England.      
Tuchel confirms Chelsea tried to sign Kounde before transfer window closed
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Tuchel confirms Chelsea tried to sign Kounde before transfer window closed

The Blues ultimately fell short in their pursuit of Sevilla's France international, but did sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed his side aimed to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde prior to the close of the summer transfer window. The Blues ultimately failed to prise the 22-year-old away from Sevilla, with the Liga side holding on to their highly-rated France international. Chelsea did manage one deadline-day addition from Spain, signing Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid on loan.
I told Kepa to speak to me in English’ – Chelsea new boy Saul aiming to settle quickly in Premier League
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I told Kepa to speak to me in English’ – Chelsea new boy Saul aiming to settle quickly in Premier League

The midfielder is counting on his fellow Spain international to help him learn the language and get used to the culture New Chelsea signing Saul Niguez says he is hoping for a quick adjustment to life in London and has already asked compatriot Kepa Arrizabalaga to only speak to him in English. The midfielder made a deadline day switch to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid in a loan deal that could become permanent at the end of the season. Saul, 26, says he always wanted to experience playing in the Premier League and hopes to pick up the language as quickly as possible.      
Tottenham new boy Emerson Royal ‘hurt’ by Barcelona after being signed and sold in same window
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Tottenham new boy Emerson Royal ‘hurt’ by Barcelona after being signed and sold in same window

The Brazil international full-back saw a purchase option taken up at Camp Nou in June, only to then be offloaded to Spurs in August Tottenham new boy Emerson Royal has been quizzed on whether he feels "used" by Barcelona after being signed and sold by the Liga giants in the same transfer window. The Brazil international full-back saw a purchase option taken up at Camp Nou in June, with a €9 million (£8m/$11m) deal seeing him acquired by Catalan heavyweights on a permanent basis from Real Betis. At the end of August, and with financial difficulties at Barca making sales essential, another deal was done as Emerson found himself leaving Spain for England in an agreement worth up to £26m ($35m).        
Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number
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Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number

The Spain international midfielder, who has joined the Blues on loan from Atletico Madrid, takes a jersey last filled by Mateo Kovacic Chelsea have officially announced Saul Niguez's squad number at Stamford Bridge, with the Spain international midfielder taking the No 17 jersey in west London. The 26-year-old has arrived in English football on a deal that includes the option for a permanent transfer in 2022. Saul takes the shirt that has been vacated by Chelsea's new No 8, Mateo Kovacic.
Odriozola set for Fiorentina loan as Real Madrid make space for Mbappe
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Odriozola set for Fiorentina loan as Real Madrid make space for Mbappe

The Spain international will head to Italy in search of more minutes and also to help pave the way for a superstar arrival Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola looks poised to make a loan move to Fiorentina as Los Blancos shuffle their squad in anticipation of Kylian Mbappe's arrival at Santiago Bernabeu. Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe looks set to swap Ligue 1 for La Liga, despite the Parc des Princes outfit knocking back an offer of €160 million (£137m/$188m) from their European rivals. Now, Madrid are moving to clear further space in their squad and in their purse for the France international, with Spain international Odriozola now in the frame to depart to help pave the way.
Man City & Spurs-linked Vlahovic has transfer interest but Fiorentina yet to set price tag
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Man City & Spurs-linked Vlahovic has transfer interest but Fiorentina yet to set price tag

The Serbian striker is attracting admiring glances from across Europe, but his current club have no intention of selling this summer Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has admitted to interest being shown in star striker Dusan Vlahovic, with the Serbia international said to be registering on transfer radars at Manchester City, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid. The highly-rated 21-year-old hit 21 goals in Serie A last season and already has two efforts to his name this season from a solitary Coppa Italia outing against Cosenza. His current club are eager to put a new contract in place, allowing them to retain the services of a prized asset for at least one more year, but a bidding war is being mooted as leading sides in England and Spain prepare to make a move.
Ex-Minister of State for Defence, Demola Seriki’s daughter, Alimah, gets engaged to Politician, Makinde Araoye
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Ex-Minister of State for Defence, Demola Seriki’s daughter, Alimah, gets engaged to Politician, Makinde Araoye

Alimah, one of the daughters of former Minister of State for Defence and current Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Demola Seriki, is engaged. She got engaged to her man, Makinde Araoye, in France, over the weekend. Araoye is currently the Special Adviser on Federal Matters to the Ekiti State Government. Alimah is the daughter of socialite, Wosilat Okoya, sister of billionaire businessman, Rasaq Okoya. Congrats to the couple. See more photos from their engagement below..
New Germany boss Flick wants to emulate ‘enthralling’ Italy & Spain as he seeks return to glory
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New Germany boss Flick wants to emulate ‘enthralling’ Italy & Spain as he seeks return to glory

The former Bayern Munich head coach was inspired by what he saw from Die Mannschaft's rivals at Euro 2020 Hansi Flick said he would seek to emulate the competitive spirits of Italy and Spain as he pledged to return Germany to glory in his first press conference as head coach of the national team on Tuesday. The former Bayern Munich boss, who has taken over the DFB for Joachim Low, was impressed with the "enthralling" intensity and passion of those sides at Euro 2020. Both teams made surprise runs in the tournament, with Italy hoisting the trophy and Spain reaching the semi-final. So, Flick will try to instill that upbeat, high-pressing style in Germany's squad following a last-16 defeat to England in Low's final match at the helm.
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Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos suffers ankle ligament injury amid transfer rumours

The midfielder looks set to miss some time after suffering an injury during the Olympics while on duty with Spain in Tokyo Real Madrid have confirmed Dani Ceballos has suffered an ankle ligament injury amid rumours the midfielder could leave the club this summer. Ceballos suffered the injury during the start of Spain's run in the Olympics, ruling him out for what ended up being the entirety of the tournament. The injury news comes amid links with a move away from Madrid, with AC Milan among the clubs said to be interested in the midfielder, who spent last two seasons on loan at Arsenal.
Valencia enter race for Chalobah as Chelsea make space for another Kounde transfer bid
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Valencia enter race for Chalobah as Chelsea make space for another Kounde transfer bid

The Liga giants have been watching the English defender during the Blues' pre-season and are ready to offer him a chance on loan in Spain Valencia have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan after he excelled in pre-season. Like Thomas Tuchel, the Liga giants have been impressed with the youngster's season at Lorient in Ligue 1 last year along with his pre-season performances at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel has told Chelsea not to sell the 22-year-old at any cost and that he will strongly consider promoting him from the loan group to his squad next season.
How I wanted to leave Barcelona – Messi
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How I wanted to leave Barcelona – Messi

Departing Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has said that he wanted to leave the club in a different way, saying goodbye to players and fans inside the Camp Nou stadium. Messi said this during his farewell speech to Barcelona in a press conference on Sunday in Spain. Barcelona had announced on Thursday that Messi would leave the club on a free transfer this summer transfer window. The Blaugrana announced that the Argentine would not be signing a new contract due to LaLiga regulations. “I would love to be able to go in a different way. I never imagined it this way. I didn’t think I would have to say goodbye,” Messi said. “I imagined it with the team on the pitch, the last cheers. We have been playing without fans and it has been difficult not to hea...
Aguero speaks on leaving Barcelona after Messi exit
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Aguero speaks on leaving Barcelona after Messi exit

  Barcelona striker, Sergio Aguero, has responded to reports that he would be following the club’s departing captain, Lionel Messi, out of Camp Nou. Reports had emerged in Spain that Aguero would follow Messi out of Barcelona after the Catalan club confirmed on Thursday that his fellow compatriot would leave the club on a free transfer this summer. Aguero moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Manchester City earlier this summer in a bid to play alongside close friend Messi. However, the 33-year-old has now provided an ultimate update on his future at Barcelona after the club announced that Messi would not be signing a new contract due to LaLiga regulations. This left Aguero high and dry without Messi in Barcelona and reports in Spain claimed the furious Striker...
Toyko Olympics:  Brazil defeat Spain after extra time to win Second Consecutive Olympic men’s football gold
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Toyko Olympics: Brazil defeat Spain after extra time to win Second Consecutive Olympic men’s football gold

Brazil have won their second consecutive Olympic men’s football gold after substitute Malcom scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Spain in extra time. Matheus Cunha scored in first-half stoppage time after Richarlison missed a penalty when he smashed over the crossbar for Brazil. Spain equalized on the hour when Mikel Oyarzabal scored a volley, but former Barcelona forward Malcom secured Brazil the title with his goal in the 108th minute. Brazil, who won gold on home soil at Rio 2016, became the fifth team to retain their Olympic crown on another triumphant night in Yokohama, where they claimed the last of their five World Cup titles in 2002.
Brazil vs Spain: Dani Alves Makes Promise ahead of Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Final
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Brazil vs Spain: Dani Alves Makes Promise ahead of Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Final

Brazil left-back, Dani Alves, has promised that he and his teammates will give ‘everything’ when they face Spain in the men’s Tokyo Olympics football final at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan. Alves who is the captain of Brazil’s men Olympics football team, said the match against Spain would be special. Brazil head to the game after beating Mexico through a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final encounter a few days ago, while Spain won 1-0 against the host nation, Japan. Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday, the former Barcelona star told reporters, “I am representing my homeland, we have to be prepared,” he told reporters prior to the final. “It is going to be a special day because this is an Olympic final, and we have confidence as a...
Spain to face Japan in Olympics semi-finals and Brazil paired with Mexico
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Spain to face Japan in Olympics semi-finals and Brazil paired with Mexico

La Roja beat Ivory Coast in extra time to ensure they progress to the final four, while Mexico trounced South Korea to set up a tie with Brazil Tournament hosts Japan will meet Spain in the Olynpics semi-finals. Japan beat New Zealand on penalties on Saturday to secure a place in the final four. The two sides played out a goalless 120 minutes at the Kashima Soccer Stadium to take the tie into a shootout, with Japan coming out 4-2 winners.
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Richarlison sends Brazil into Olympics Quarter-finals, Germany Out

Richarlison continued his fine form at the Olympics with a double as Brazil eased into the quarter-finals after a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, as Germany exited the men’s tournament and hosts Japan progressed with a thrashing of France. Reigning champions Brazil, who won gold for the first time on home soil in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, finished top of Group D and will face Egypt in the last eight on Saturday. Matheus Cunha put them ahead in Saitama on Wednesday, but Abdulelah Al-Amri’s goal brought the Saudis level before the half-hour mark. A draw would have been enough for Brazil to go through as group winners, but Richarlison netted in the 76th minute and again in injury time. The Everton forward is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals...
Tottenham Manager, Nuno reveals player that won’t be in his Squad next Season
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Tottenham Manager, Nuno reveals player that won’t be in his Squad next Season

  New Tottenham Hotspur manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, has ruled out the possibility of having Gareth Bale for the 2021/2022 season. Bale spent last campaign on loan in North London from Real Madrid. However, the Welshman will most likely spend the last year of his contract with Real in Spain. One player Nuno wants to keep is Heung-Min Son, with Spurs planning new contract talks with the South Korean. “Gareth Bale will not be part of our squad. Son will join us very soon and then we will have a chance to talk. “It is not easy to improve our squad but we need to, so we need to be very clinical with the players that join us and can help us,” Nuno said on Friday.
The Latest FIBA Power Rankings Have Been Released…Check Out Where Nigeria’s D’Tigers Rank
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The Latest FIBA Power Rankings Have Been Released…Check Out Where Nigeria’s D’Tigers Rank

According to the latest FIBA Power Rankings, Nigeria has been ranked the fourth-best team of the 12 countries that will be featuring at the 2020 Olympics behind Australia, Spain and the USA. The power rankings, which is different from the FIBA World Ranking presented by Nike, is based on the recent performances of the teams. It is determined by dividing the sum of all the win points, tie points, schedule points and bonus points by the number of games played. D’Tigers placed fourth after their astonishing victories over world No.1 USA and fourth ranked Argentina during their exhibition games in Las Vegas recently. The West Africans were beaten 108-69 by Australia, their opponents in their opening game at the Olympic Games on July 25 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Austr...
Reality Star Ka3na’s Husband Gifts Her A House In Spain
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Reality Star Ka3na’s Husband Gifts Her A House In Spain

The husband of BBNaija housemate, Ka3na's, gifted her a house in Spain ahead of her 27th birthday. Ka3na whose birthday is tomorrow, July 17, took to social media to show a snippet of her new house. Sharing photo of the house on Instagram, the reality star revealed that the house is in Spain, as she thanks her husband for her luxurious gift. ”Can’t wait till tomorrow… from Mr Jones to Mrs Jones. I no dey use jazz ooh my mama use better soap take baf me wahlai… my old wine buys the best gifts” she wrote.
Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent
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Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent

The Spain international has five years to go on his contract but is reported to be eager to leave the club this summer Atletico Madrid star Saul has not decided on his future and has offers from many clubs, according to his agent. The midfielder has been an integral part of Diego Simeone's team in recent years, making over 300 appearances in all competitions. The 26-year-old still has five years left on his contract at the capital side, but has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave.
Olympic Games: Egypt’s target is to reach second round in Tokyo – Hegazi
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Olympic Games: Egypt’s target is to reach second round in Tokyo – Hegazi

The Pharaohs will start their mission against Spain on 22 July before facing Argentina three days later Egypt international Ahmed Hegazi has explained how their main target is to make sure they reach the second round during the Tokyo Olympic Games, which starts next week. Hegazi, who features for Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad, is confident they will make it to the next round if they take it a game at a time, despite being pooled alongside Spain, Argentina, and Australia. "I am so happy that I was picked by the coaching staff. It is a huge honour for me to participate in the Olympics for the second time in my career after 2012 in London." Hegazi, who will captain the side, said as quoted by egypttoday.com.
Euro 2020 final: Italy’s starting XI to face England revealed
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Euro 2020 final: Italy’s starting XI to face England revealed

  Italy’s starting XI to face England in tonight’s Euro 2020 final has been revealed. According to Sky Sports, Italy manager, Roberto Mancini, would not make any changes to the team he started with, in their semi-final victory against Spain when they tackle England at Wembley. Mancini opted for a 4-3-3 formation against Spain as they progressed to the final after winning on penalties following a 1-1. His starting XI against Spain featured goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal post, with a strong partnership of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci protecting the Italy number 1. Emerson was called up for the left-back position after Leonardo Spinazzola was ruled out due to a ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained in Italy’s win over Belgium in the last-8. Joinin...
Chiellini: I wasn’t playing mind games with Alba before penalty shootout
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Chiellini: I wasn’t playing mind games with Alba before penalty shootout

The Italy defender joked with his Spain counterpart during the coin toss prior to penalties in the semi-final Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini says he was not playing mind games with Jordi Alba when he grabbed the Spain left-back before the penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 semi-final. The defender laughed, shoved and jokingly punched Alba during the coin toss to decide which side would take the first penalty in the shootout, which the Azzurri won. It was speculated that the 36-year-old was trying to get a psychological advantage over the Barcelona star, but he insists he was just enjoying himself.
Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future
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Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future

The Spain international midfielder is eager to prove his worth at the Santiago Bernabeu after spending two seasons on loan at Arsenal Dani Ceballos has left the door open for a Premier League return to be made at some stage, but the former Arsenal loanee is preparing to "fight" for his future at Real Madrid. The 24-year-old midfielder has spent the last two seasons at Emirates Stadium, with fierce competition for places at the Santiago Bernabeu forcing him to find minutes elsewhere. He is now back in his homeland and looking to make a mark at his parent club under Carlo Ancelotti, but another stint in English football remains an option for him to consider.
England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that England will defeat Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday. Rohr believes the Three Lions is a more complete team with a better tactical approach than the Azzurris. England needed extra time to see off Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final, while Italy qualified after a tense penalty shoot-out against Spain. When Rohr was asked which team will come out victorious at Wembley, he told Nation Sport: “Of course, England is favourite at home. “They are a complete team, physically and tactically on the top. “The fans are a big support, but I regretted their attitude to whistle the opponents, even the national anthem.” England are yet to win a major trophy since they lifted the World Cup in 1966.
Euro 2020: Raheem Sterling opens up on controversial penalty in England 2-1 win over Denmark
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Euro 2020: Raheem Sterling opens up on controversial penalty in England 2-1 win over Denmark

  Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling has opened up on the controversial spot-kick awarded England during their semi-final clash with Denmark on Wednesday night. The England forward insisted he was clipped by Denmark’s Jannik Vestergaard in the penalty incident that saw Gareth Southgate’s side book their place in the Euro 2020 final. The Three Lions will now face Italy on Sunday. Italy defeated Spain in a penalty shootout to book their place in the final. With the contest poised at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Vestergaard was judged to have brought down Sterling after his jinking run inside the box with referee Danny Makkelie pointing to the spot. England captain, Harry Kane saw his spot-kick saved by Denmark goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel but the striker fired in the ...
Euro 2020: Yobo singles out one Italy player after penalty shoot-out win over Spain
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Euro 2020: Yobo singles out one Italy player after penalty shoot-out win over Spain

  Nigeria assistant coach, Joseph Yobo, has hailed Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma for his part in their victory over Spain in Tuesday’s Euro 2020 semi final. Roberto Mancini’s men triumphed 4-2 over La Roja on penalties at the Wembley Stadium, to qualify for the final. The game remained 1-1 after extra-time and both teams had to be separated by spot kicks. Donnarumma saved Morata’s effort after Dani Olmo had sent his strike over the crossbar. Speaking on SuperSport after the thrilling encounter, Yobo said: “During the penalty shootout – which is a game of chance, we must give credit to the goalkeeper. “He was immense and his big frame – which is like that of two goalkeepers in the goalpost – made it difficult [for Spain]. “He looked solid and convincing...
Euro 2020: There are games you suffer – Mancini reacts as Italy qualify for final
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Euro 2020: There are games you suffer – Mancini reacts as Italy qualify for final

Italy manager, Roberto Mancini, has admitted his side had to suffer against Spain in their Euro 2020 semi-final on Tuesday night. It is the Azzurri’s first major tournament final in nine years. Mancini believes they have proven the doubters wrong by qualifying for the final. The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes at Wembley, but Italy were dominated in terms of possession, having about 35% of the ball and shots, with seven to Spain’s 16, before triumphing 4-2 on penalties. “There are games where you have to suffer. They can’t all be as smooth as our progress so far. We knew it would be a tough game. “That is why the players and everyone who worked with us over last three years deserve great credit, because it wasn’t easy,” Mancini told a news conference. Italy will take...
Morata overtakes Torres and joins Ronaldo to make history with dramatic late equaliser against Italy
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Morata overtakes Torres and joins Ronaldo to make history with dramatic late equaliser against Italy

The Spain striker's fantastic goal kept his team's hopes alive in their Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley Alvaro Morata put his name in history books as his dramatic late equaliser against Italy saw him surpass Fernando Torres while leveling Cristiano Ronaldo for a Euros record. Morata's stunning goal came in the 80th minute of Tuesday's Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy with the Azzurri up 1-0 thanks to a goal from Federico Chiesa. But, after receiving a pass from Dani Olmo, Morata capped a stunning sequence with a perfect finish, making history while also sending the game to extra time.
Not even Iniesta!’ – Pedri earns comparisons to Spain legend after impeccable Euro 2020 display
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Not even Iniesta!’ – Pedri earns comparisons to Spain legend after impeccable Euro 2020 display

The 18-year-old midfielder was one of La Roja's best players in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy Pedri has drawn the adoration of Spain supporters for his passing performance on Tuesday in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy. The 18-year-old, who became the youngest player to ever start a match at this point in the competition, completed all 55 of his pass attempts in regular time. They weren’t simple balls, either, and on one occasion in the first half he played Mikel Oyarbazal through on goal, though the forward botched his first touch. Pedri's breakout year has seen him get regular minutes at Barcelona and be selected to compete in the Olympics later this summer. His head coach Luis Enrique even compared him favourably with Andreas Iniesta - one of the highest compli...
Euro 2020: Jorginho speaks after scoring penalty to send Italy to final
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Euro 2020: Jorginho speaks after scoring penalty to send Italy to final

  Chelsea star, Jorginho has spoken of the moment he scored the winning penalty against Spain to help Italy progress to the final of the Euro 2020 championship. After playing out a 1-1 draw, both heavyweights settled for a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of enthralling action. Italy goalkeeper, Gianlugi Donnarumma saved Alvaro Morata’s kick with Jorginho stepping up to seal his country’s place in the final. And the Brazilian-born Chelsea midfielder found the back of the net in the most nonchalant fashion. “When you take the kick, you feel this weight fall off your shoulders! I tried to forget everything around me, focus on what I’d trained to do, took a deep breath and got on with it,” Jorginho told Sky Sport Italia. “It was a struggle against a great team tha...
Italy star Chiesa dedicates Man of the Match award to injured Spinazzola after triumph over Spain
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Italy star Chiesa dedicates Man of the Match award to injured Spinazzola after triumph over Spain

The goalscorer led the tributes to the defender, who suffered a ruptures Achilles against Belgium Italy goalscorer Federico Chiesa dedicated his Man of the Match award to team-mate Leonardo Spinazzola after the Azzurri took down Spain to reach the Euro 2020 final. Chiesa scored in the second half of Tuesday's semi-final, with Alvaro Morata's late equaliser pushing the game to penalties. Italy held their nerve in the shootout as Jorginho scored the deciding penalty, with the team gathering after to celebrate with a shirt bearing the name of their team-mate
Toughest game I ever played’ – Bonucci hails Italy heart after Azzurri ‘suffer’ through win over Spain
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Toughest game I ever played’ – Bonucci hails Italy heart after Azzurri ‘suffer’ through win over Spain

The defender helped his country move into the Euro 2020 final against either England or Denmark Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci admitted that Tuesday's clash with Spain was the toughest game he ever played as the Azzurri booked their place in the Euro 2020 final. Bonucci's side outlasted Spain in a shootout, earning a place in the finale against either Denmark or England. After a back-and-forth match that saw Spain equalize in the 80th minute on an Alvaro Morata goal, Bonucci was beaming with pride as he said his team showed exactly what they're made of to move one step closer to a major trophy.
Euro 2020: ‘He looked solid & convincing’ – Yobo credits Donnarumma for Italy’s win over Spain
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Euro 2020: ‘He looked solid & convincing’ – Yobo credits Donnarumma for Italy’s win over Spain

The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper made several vital saves as the Azzurri qualified for the tournament’s final at the expense of La Roja Nigeria assistant coach Joseph Yobo lauded ‘solid’ Gianluigi Donnarumma for his part in Italy’s win over Spain in Tuesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final. Roberto Mancini’s men outlasted La Roja at the Wembley Stadium, London to reach the tournament’s final after a 4-2 triumph on penalties. After a goalless first-half, Federico Chiesa put the Azzurri ahead on the hour mark before the Spaniards levelled matters through Alvaro Morata in the 80th minute.
Morata hero to zero as Italy beat Spain on pens to reach final
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Morata hero to zero as Italy beat Spain on pens to reach final

Jorginho scored the winning spot-kick after Alvaro Morata's penalty was saved in Italy's shoot-out win over Spain, which sends them into Sunday's Euro 2020 final. Spain striker Morata - who has been criticised throughout the tournament - had tasted redemption when he stepped off the bench to strike his side's equaliser in normal time, after Federico Chiesa had scored on the break for Italy. However, he never looked confident from 12 yards and when his tame effort was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, his former Chelsea team-mate Jorginho coolly rolled in his clinching kick. Italy - who are now unbeaten in 33 games - are on course for a second European Championship title and will face England or Denmark back at Wembley on Sunday after eventually edging an engrossing, at times end-...
Ancelotti calls Richarlison to discuss possible Real Madrid move
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Ancelotti calls Richarlison to discuss possible Real Madrid move

The ex-Everton boss reached out to his former player to discuss a potential transfer to the Spanish capital New Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been in contact with Richarlison, a player he is eager to reunite with in Spain this summer. Ancelotti was hired by Real Madrid in June as he opted to leave Everton to return to his former club on a contract that runs through 2024. The Italian boss is now interested in bringing one of Everton's stars to Madrid with him, as he has held conversations with Richarlison over that possibility.
Bonucci on Immobile’s dive: The joy and emotion of the goal was so big that it cured him!
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Bonucci on Immobile’s dive: The joy and emotion of the goal was so big that it cured him!

The Lazio forward was the subject of criticism for the incident, but the veteran defender has now laughed it off ahead of Tuesday's clash with Spain Leonardo Bonucci has quipped that the joy of Italy's opener against Belgium in their Euro 2020 quarter-final victory was enough to cure Ciro Immobile of his "injury" after the striker simulated a knock in the first half in Munich on Friday. The Lazio forward was the subject of widespread criticism for the incident in which he apparently dived in an attempt to win a penalty, feigning injury, before springing immediately back to his feet to celebrate Nicolo Barella's goal moments later. Immobile's actions, alongside further accusations of poor gamesmanship from Roberto Mancini's side during the final half-hour at Allianz Arena, marred...
Thembi Kgatlana: Banyana Banyana star signs for Atletico Madrid
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Thembi Kgatlana: Banyana Banyana star signs for Atletico Madrid

The 25-year-old forward has changed clubs in Spain and will now turn out for the European giants Banyana Banyama international Thembi Kgatlana has changed clubs in Spain by signing for Atletico Madrid. The 25-year-old, who impressed last season while turning out for SD Eibar, has now been unveiled as an Atletico player, with a contract that runs up to 2024. “Thembi Kgatlana [May 2, 1995, South Africa] is a new Atletico Madrid player [with a contract] until 2024,” the club confirmed on their official website.
Italy and Spain renew rivalry in heavyweight battle
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Italy and Spain renew rivalry in heavyweight battle

Italy and Spain are two teams that seem to have forgotten what it feels like to lose - but something must give in their semi-final showdown at Euro 2020. Spain have shrugged off pre-tournament tension, coronavirus chaos and gruelling knockout clashes to extend an impressive run that has seen them suffer just one defeat in 29 games and go unbeaten in 13. A transitional side are aiming for a third European Championship crown in four editions but Italy, another continental heavyweight revived under Roberto Mancini, head to Wembley having not tasted defeat for 32 fixtures, going back to September 2018. The teams have met 10 times at major tournaments, with Italy retaining the upper hand until Spain beat them on penalties en route to their Euro 2008 triumph - befo...
Euro 2020: Fabio Capello tells Italy how to beat Spain
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Euro 2020: Fabio Capello tells Italy how to beat Spain

Former England manager, Fabio Capello, has advised Italy on how to beat Spain when both teams clash in the Euro 2020 semi-final tie on Tuesday. Italy will on Tuesday night face Spain in the Euro 2020 last-4 at the Wembley Stadium. Capello said for Italy to beat Spain, they have to tackle their opponent with speed and brightness, adding that they should not fall asleep during the encounter. “[Italy should] not fall asleep,” Capello told the Corriere della Sera. “Spain plays slow football. If we follow that rhythm, we run the risk of suffering. Spain have great technical qualities, excellent ball possession. “To counteract this, we need speed and brightness when it comes to recovering the ball: restart and attack immediately. We have quality and the Spanish defence is by no ...
Italy vs Spain: Mourinho Picks Country to reach Euro 2020 Final
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Italy vs Spain: Mourinho Picks Country to reach Euro 2020 Final

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has picked the favourite country between Italy and Spain that will reach the Euro 2020 final. Mourinho believes Italy is favourite to reach the Euro 2020 final because they have a stronger team than Spain. Italy will on Tuesday tackle Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-final at the Wembley Stadium. Roberto Mancini’s side defeated Belgium in the quarter-final to reach the last-4, while Spain eliminated Switzerland from the European Championship. Speaking to TalkSport, Mourinho said, “They [Italy] lost Spinazzola, which is awful for them and imagined for me!. “I will lose him for six months. Emerson is a good player, but Spinazzola was playing incredibly well. “That back four was playing so well. There is so much talent there. “I spoke...
Azpilicueta discusses Jorginho-Busquets comparison as Spain star talks up Chelsea team-mate
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Azpilicueta discusses Jorginho-Busquets comparison as Spain star talks up Chelsea team-mate

The Blues captain is preparing to line up against a familiar face when tackling Italy in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 Cesar Azpilicueta sees shades of Sergio Busquets in Chelsea team-mate Jorginho, with the Spain international aware that a talented club colleague is set to pose him plenty of problems in the Euro 2020 semi-finals. The Azzurri have won many admirers at this summer's European Championship, with Brazil-born playmaker Jorginho pulling the strings for Roberto Mancini's side from the middle of the park. World Cup-winning Barcelona star Busquets does likewise for La Roja, with Azpilicueta fortunate to have spent plenty of time playing with two of the finest deep-lying midfielders on the planet.
Euro 2020: All Countries that Qualified for Semi-final Confirmed [Fixtures]
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Euro 2020: All Countries that Qualified for Semi-final Confirmed [Fixtures]

  The last four countries standing at the European Championships were confirmed on Saturday night. They are England, Spain, Denmark and Italy. Before today, Spain and Italy booked their places in the semi-final, where they face each other. Denmark became the third team to progress, following their 2-1 win over Czech Republic. Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg gave the Danes a two-goal lead, before leading scorer Patrik Schick pulled one back. In the last quarter-final, England thrashed Ukraine 4-0 with Harry Kane netting twice in the rout. The Three Lions will now face Denmark for a place in the Wembley final.
Kevin-Prince Boateng to end career at boyhood club Hertha Berlin
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Kevin-Prince Boateng to end career at boyhood club Hertha Berlin

The ex-Ghana forward is planning to draw the curtain on his illustrious career at the Olympiastadion Kevin-Prince Boateng has confirmed Hertha Berlin will be the last club he will play for in his professional career. The 34-year-old joined the Old Lady on a one-year deal last month after his contract with Italian Serie B club Monza expired at the end of the 2020-21 season. Having started his professional career in the German capital in 2005, Boateng described his return to the Olympiastadion as the final stop in his nomadic career which has seen him play in England, Italy, Spain and Turkey.  
Euro 2020: Finidi George Snubs England, predicts winners of tournament
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Euro 2020: Finidi George Snubs England, predicts winners of tournament

Former Nigeria international, Finidi George, has tipped either Spain or Italy to win the ongoing European Championship. The quarter-final of the competition began on Friday evening. Spain eliminated Switzerland via penalties, while Italy beat Belgium 2-1. They will now face off in the last four. George feels the winner of the tournament will be decided in that game. “That’s a tough one but I tip Spain or Italy for the title. “They have won it in the past and the experience is there – which I believe will play a key role in terms of determining the winner. “However, any team can spring up surprises and win. You can never tell because this is football,” George told Goal.
Spinazzola injury blow as Italy star wing-back exits on stretcher vs Belgium
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Spinazzola injury blow as Italy star wing-back exits on stretcher vs Belgium

The 28-year-old had been one of his country's most important players at Euro 2020 Italy have suffered a major blow after Leonardo Spinazzola, one of their biggest stars at Euro 2020 so far, went off on a stretcher in his country's win over Belgium on Friday. The wing-back was chasing down a long ball with 15 minutes to play in the Euro 2020 quarter-final when he pulled up and immediately signaled for a substitution. After receiving treatment on the pitch, Spinazzola had to be loaded onto a stretcher and carried off the pitch, looking very unlikely to take part in his country's semi-final against Spain.
Euro 2020: Mourinho Predicts Quarter-final Fixtures
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Euro 2020: Mourinho Predicts Quarter-final Fixtures

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has predicted the quarter-final fixtures of the ongoing European Championships. Mourino is backing England to see off Ukraine in their clash. England vs Ukraine is the last quarter-final match, with the Czech Republic facing Denmark first on Saturday evening and Switzerland vs Spain and Belgium vs Italy will be played on Friday. Asked for his predictions, Mourinho told talkSPORT: “Let me give you my view. “England for sure. Czech Republic v Denmark will be a difficult one but I will say Denmark. Belgium v Italy, that’s a big one, a really big one. I will say Italy. “Switzerland v Spain is also a big one but Granit Xhaka is not playing and they need him so Spain will go through.”
Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row
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Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row

Liverpool and Egypt star Mohammed Salah is set to miss out on the Tokyo Olympics after Liverpool won the club vs country row. Egypt wanted their star forward, 29, to take part in the Games and play in the opening group match against Spain on July 22 in Sapporo but new reports indicate Salah will remain with his club for pre-season rather than travel to Japan for the three-week event. Egyptian FA chiefs are unhappy with the decision by Liverpool but understand they will need him again at the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for next January and February in Cameroon. Jurgen Klopp will want Salah available at the beginning of the season as the team look to mount a title challenge and would not mind missing him next year January as long as he plays at the beginning of this season for...

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