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‘I can’t be liked by everyone’ – Morata addresses Euro 2020 criticism
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‘I can’t be liked by everyone’ – Morata addresses Euro 2020 criticism

After a huge miss against Sweden on Monday, the Spanish forward has hit back at his detractors Alvaro Morata says that he is unfazed by criticism of his performances for Spain, and that he "can't be liked by everone" ahead of his country's Group E clash with Poland at Euro 2020 on Saturday. Luis Enrique's side completed more passes than any other nation in their opening game against Sweden in Seville on Monday, but were unable to find a goal to break the deadlock in a stubborn 0-0 draw. Much of the blame has subsequently been laid at the feet of Atletico Madrid man Morata, who this week extended his loan spell with Juventus into 2022 - but speaking ahead of this weekend's crucial encounter, the forward has hit back at the focus zeroed in on his efforts.
Aissa Mandi: Villarreal sign Algeria defender after Real Betis exit
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Aissa Mandi: Villarreal sign Algeria defender after Real Betis exit

The 29-year-old will remain in the Spanish top-flight to continue his career with Unai Emery's side next season Villarreal have confirmed the signing of Aissa Mandi on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at Real Betis. The Algeria international penned a four-year deal on Wednesday to become the second African in Unai Emery’s team after Nigeria winger Samuel Chukwueze. Mandi is not new to Spanish football having spent the last five years at Real Betis and he will link up with his new teammates when the Yellow Submarine kick-off their pre-season training on July 20.
‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico
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‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico

The Spanish full-back thinks his employers were wrong to sell the prolific striker to a direct rival last summer Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as "a joke" while admitting his ex-team-mate has "shut a lot of mouths" at Wanda Metropolitano. Suarez completed a €6 million move to Atletico from Barca last summer, bringing to an end his trophy-laden six-year career at Camp Nou. The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements in Catalunya due to his age, but the 34-year-old proved he is still sharp as a tack in front of goal by firing the Los Rojoblancos to their first La Liga title in seven years last term.  
We haven’t got the best out of Willian’ – Arteta demands more from Arsenal midfielder after he breaks goal duck
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We haven’t got the best out of Willian’ – Arteta demands more from Arsenal midfielder after he breaks goal duck

The Spanish head coach was pleased to see the midfielder shine against West Brom, and has now challenged him to deliver on a more consistent basis Arteta has demanded more from Willian after he broke his Arsenal goal duck, while admitting the club "haven’t managed to get the best out of him". Willian has struggled since joining Arsenal on a free transfer last summer, having previously established himself in the Premier League at Chelsea. The 32-year-old hadn't scored in his first 36 games across all competitions for the Gunners, but finally opened his account in a 3-1 win over West Brom on Sunday - much to the relief of his manager
Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran names ‘unbearable’ Neymar as most irritating opponent
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Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran names ‘unbearable’ Neymar as most irritating opponent

The former Rojiblancos defender faced the Brazilian forward during his time at Barcelona and admits he was a nuisance to come up against Neymar has been branded "unbearable" by Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran, with the former Rojiblancos defender picking out the Brazilian forward as his most irritating opponent. The 36-year-old defender spent eight years with Atletico before departing in 2019 for Sao Paulo, with a memorable spell in the Spanish capital allowing him to line up against some of the very best in the business. Neymar fell into that category, having completed a big-money move to Barcelona in 2013, and while the South American often caught the eye with moments of magic on the pitch, he also proved to be a nuisance for those he was facing.
Payne bags assist as Sevilla crumble at Levante
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Payne bags assist as Sevilla crumble at Levante

Toni Payne provided an assist as Sevilla crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Levante in Sunday’s Spanish Primera Iberdrola game. The Nigeria international has been in fine form for Cristian Toro's side this season and against the Saints, she was handed his 25th league start and made her mark at Ciudad Deportiva de Bunol. The forward paired Namibian Zenatha Coleman in Sevilla’s attack and the Nigerian set up the only goal for her side in the encounter, even though they could not avoid a second consecutive defeat.
Okene on target as Ngaska’s brace inspires La Solana’s win over Levante
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Okene on target as Ngaska’s brace inspires La Solana’s win over Levante

The Nigerian-born forward found the back of the net in her side's defeat against the hosts after the Cameroonian's brace Andrea Okene scored the consolation goal for Levante but Gabrielle Ngaska's brace inspired 10-player La Solana to a 2-1 home victory in their Spanish Reto Iberdrola encounter on Sunday. The 19-year-old prospect continued her impressive season in front of goal, following her cameo first-ever senior team appearance for the Granotes in a 2-0 victory over Tenerife in their last time out. Before the match, the Nigerian-born has scored eight times in 12 outings for the B-team and she was rewarded with another starting role but her lone effort could not save her side from defeat at Solana.
Pogba’s agent hints at Man Utd’s swap deal with Hazard
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Pogba’s agent hints at Man Utd’s swap deal with Hazard

  Mino Raiola, the agent to Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has said the player may move to Real Madrid and suggested that a swap deal involving Eden Hazard be discussed with Manchester United. Pogba is being linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer and has previously caught the attention of Madrid, who are managed by his compatriot Zinedine Zidane. Speaking to AS, Raiola was asked why Pogba is yet to sign for the Spanish giants. He replied: “It’s a question for Madrid. “At one time, Pogba felt a lot of love for, and trust in, United, and there are various other clubs. “Afterwards, it’s really hard for United and Madrid to reach an understanding on a massive transfer because big clubs don’t like selling great players to other big clubs. “And...
‘It Would have been a Historic Error not to Join Super League’ – Barcelona FC says in Defiant Statement
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‘It Would have been a Historic Error not to Join Super League’ – Barcelona FC says in Defiant Statement

Spanish football giants, Barcelona have issued their response to the intense public criticism aimed at the breakaway European Super League, insisting they would have been making a "historic error" by not signing up to the Super League, and that an "in-depth analysis" is now required to reshape the project. Barca were one of the 12 founding clubs to initially sign up to the European Super League, which has fallen apart over the last few days amid fierce protests from fans and high profile figures in the sports world. Eight teams including the premier league's top six, have already officially withdrawn from the super league, however, Barca have said that they remain committed to the project, but admitted the public reaction must be taken into account with regards to how the initiat...
Nigerian, Spanish Navies Collaborate On Improved Maritime Security
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Nigerian, Spanish Navies Collaborate On Improved Maritime Security

Four Nigerian Navy Ships are to collaborate with the Spanish Navy War Ship (SNS) Furor, to conduct a two-day sea exercise to develop capacity toward improving security within the Gulf of Guinea. The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa, said this to newsmen during the SNS Furor’s visit to the command on Tuesday. Gbassa said the visit by SNS would further consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as improve capacity on the side of the Nigerian Navy. “As part of our naval responsibilities, navies all over the world as a universal service, always collaborate and cooperate in areas of maritime operations. “Your port visit to Lagos is in line with that function of the navy and it is our pleasure to have you a...
5-Year-Old Mexican-Nigerian, Kleopatra Vargas Wins Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021
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5-Year-Old Mexican-Nigerian, Kleopatra Vargas Wins Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021

One of the most fast rising kids pageant contest held in the United States of America, popularly known as Miss America Nation has decorated and crowned Princess Kleopatra Vargas as Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021. The 5years old Mexican-Nigerian-American Kid was born in Chicago, Illinois and speaks Igbo, Spanish and English language fluently. Speaking to Journalists after she was announced as the new Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021, Princess Kleopatra Vargas expressed gratitude to the Organisers of the pageant Contest, as she thanked her parents, for the love, guidance and support they extended to her. She also stated that this wasn't the first pageant crown she has received, stressing that she was 10months old when she won Baby Illinois 2016, after beating 20other Kids. ...
Real Madrid President, Perez angry as Man United Approach Ramos’s Replacement
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Real Madrid President, Perez angry as Man United Approach Ramos’s Replacement

  Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has been left ‘very angry’ as Manchester United approached Villarreal centre-back, Pau Torres, according to Spanish outlet El Desmarque. Perez sees Torres as the perfect long-term heir to Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, who is out of contract with Zinedine Zidane’s side at the end of the season. Torres has a relatively affordable release clause of €60million (£51million). The 24-year-old has a growing list of admirers following a string of brilliant displays in LaLiga and the Europa League this season. Man United are also keen to sign Torres at the end of the season with the Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a huge admirer of the Spain international. Solskjaer is determined to add a new centre-back in his squa...
Elneny eyeing new contract at Arsenal after earning second chance under Arteta
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Elneny eyeing new contract at Arsenal after earning second chance under Arteta

The Egyptian midfielder spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Besiktas but has been welcomed back into the Gunners fold by a Spanish tactician Mohamed Elneny is looking to complete a remarkable turnaround at Arsenal by landing himself a contract extension. The Egyptian midfielder appeared destined to be heading for the exits when Unai Emery sent him out on loan to Besiktas at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, with alternative options being favoured in north London. Another Spanish coach, Mikel Arteta, has found room for the 28-year-old within his plans, though, and it could be that fresh terms are now thrashed out at Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United Goalkeeper, David de Gea Announces Birth of his First Child, a Baby Girl
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Manchester United Goalkeeper, David de Gea Announces Birth of his First Child, a Baby Girl

Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea and his girlfriend, Edurne Garcia have welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Yanay. The Spanish goalkeeper, 30, and his partner took to their respective Instagram accounts on Friday to post a similar picture of the baby's hand along with a caption which read: "Yanay 4•3•21." De Gea missed Manchester United's goalless draw away at Crystal Palace in midweek ahead of the birth of his child on Thursday March 4, and could miss the rest of United's matches this month.
Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona
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Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said that it breaks his hearts to see his ‘son’, Eric Garcia leaving the Premier League leaders to join Laliga giants Barcelona next season. The 20-year-old Garcia began his career with Barca and is a product of the Catalans’ youth system before joining City in 2017. Garcia played for City’s Under-18 and Under-23 sides and made his first-team debut in December 2018. However, the Barcelona-born defender rejected the offer of a new contract at City last August and will be a free agent this summer. A number of clubs were keen on the talented stopper. Arsenal were heavily linked during the January transfer window. It was always thought that he would return to the Nou Camp but the Gunners seemed another option. However, Gu...
Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw
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Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw

  On Sunday, Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, made history following his side’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz in the La Liga. Messi also surpassed the club’s legend, Xavi Hernández’s La Liga appearances for the Catalan club after Barcelona’s draw with Cadiz. A first-half goal from Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez ensured both Barcelona and Cadiz shared a point each at Camp Nou. According to OptaJose, Messi’s goal means the Argentine captain has scored in six La Liga games in a row (nine goals) for the first time since February 2019 (eight appearances). Messi also becomes the first Barcelona player with the most LaLiga appearances of 506, surpassing Xavi’s 505 appearances after the game. However, the 33-year-old is far from beating Real Betis’ Joa...
Alonso Leaves Hospital To Continue Recovery At Home
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Alonso Leaves Hospital To Continue Recovery At Home

Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has left hospital in Switzerland four days after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle, his Alpine team said on Monday. Footage from Spanish television network Cuatro showed Alonso leaving the hospital in Berne, where he had undergone surgery to treat a fractured jaw sustained in the crash near his home in Lugano. The 39-year-old double world champion is due to make his Formula One comeback this season with the Alpine (formerly Renault) team after two years out of the sport. "After a period of 48 hours observation at hospital ... Fernado Alonso has now been discharged to continue his recovery at home," Alpine said in a statement. "He will now have a short period of complete rest before progressively resuming training to underta...
‘Zidane has enough credit for two seasons without a trophy’ – De la Red defends under-fire Real Madrid boss
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‘Zidane has enough credit for two seasons without a trophy’ – De la Red defends under-fire Real Madrid boss

A former Blancos player and youth coach thinks the Frenchman is being unfairly criticised for the team's erratic form this season Zinedine Zidane has enough "credit" in the bank for two trophyless seasons at Real Madrid, according to Ruben de la Red, who has jumped to the defence of the under-fire boss. The reigning Spanish champions' grip on the Liga trophy is slipping at the halfway stage of the 2020-21 campaign, with arch-rivals Atletico Madrid currently sitting eight points above them at the top of the table with a game in hand. Despite the fact the Blancos gained some much-needed ground by beating Huesca 2-1 at the weekend, pressure continues to build on Zidane with each passing game amid criticism of his managerial approach, but De la Red thinks he deserves more resp...
LaLiga: Luis Suarez Breaks Ronaldo’s Record as Atlético Madrid go Eight Points Clear
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LaLiga: Luis Suarez Breaks Ronaldo’s Record as Atlético Madrid go Eight Points Clear

Luis Suarez continued his brilliant start at Atletico Madrid, with a record-breaking brace in their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Monday night. The Uruguay striker struck just before half-time at the Wanda Metropolitano to make it 1-1, after the visitors had taken the lead through Santi Mina. Suarez struck again early in the second half to give Diego Simeone’s men the lead. The goals took Suarez’s goal tally for Atletico up to 16 in just 17 LaLiga appearances, since arriving from Barcelona last summer. The 34-year-old is the first player to score 16 goals in his first 17 games for a team in the Spanish top-flight in the 21st century. The previous best of 15 goals in the same number of matches was set by Cristiano Ronaldo during his stunning start to his successful spell at...
Hazard: I want to play for another five or six years
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Hazard: I want to play for another five or six years

The Belgium international suffered another muscle problem last week as his Real Madrid career continues to stall due to injury Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard hopes to keep playing football for another six years if his body holds up. The 30-year-old has been plagued by injuries since he joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea in 2019. Hazard has been limited to just 35 competitive appearances for Madrid and only 13 this season.
Nwakali & Azeez: Generations collide in Segunda relegation battle
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Nwakali & Azeez: Generations collide in Segunda relegation battle

The arrivals of two former Nigeria youth internationals have added intrigue and interest to the relegation fight in Spain's second tier For all that the January transfer window has its foibles, it does serve an important purpose for footballers: it can serve as an emergency exit, even if only temporarily, from inactivity. At the close of this most recent winter window, two Nigeria internationals made similar journeys in search of greater involvement at club level. In many ways, the careers of Ramon Azeez and Kelechi Nwakali mirror one another: both captained successful Nigeria national sides at under-17 level (the former to a runner-up spot at the 2009 World Cup, the latter to first-place in 2015), both are midfielders, and both traded the glamour of the Spanish top flight for a rel...
‘We can do better’ – Guardiola fires warning to rivals despite Man City’s 20-game unbeaten run
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‘We can do better’ – Guardiola fires warning to rivals despite Man City’s 20-game unbeaten run

The Spanish coach saw his side extend their remarkable run of victories at Turf Moor but thinks they can still go up a gear Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola warned that there is still more to come from his charges as they wrapped up a 13th consecutive win in all competitions on Wednesday at the expense of Burnley. While the scoreline may not have been quite emphatic as neighbours Manchester United's 9-0 thrashing of Southampton the previous evening, City's win never looked in doubt at Turf Moor. Gabriel Jesus gave the visitors the lead within three minutes to set Guardiola's men off to a perfect start, with Raheem Sterling adding the second and, as it proved, final strike of the game shortly before half-time.
‘Sell him Now or Lose him for Free’ – Paul Pogba’s Brother Warns Manchester United
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‘Sell him Now or Lose him for Free’ – Paul Pogba’s Brother Warns Manchester United

Manchester United must ‘sell Paul Pogba now’ or they will lose him for free, the France star's brother Mathias, has warned. Reports keep linking Pogba with the Old Trafford exit door despite his scintillating form which has helped his side to second in the Premier League table. In December 2020, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola revealed the 27-year-old wants to leave Old Trafford admitting the World Cup winner was more likely to leave in the summer with one year left in his contract. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always said he doesn't want to sell Pogba and has avoided attacking Pogba over his agent's comments. But Pogba’s older brother Mathias, 30, who plays for Spanish side Racing Murcia appeared on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito on Tuesday morning to give his warning to...
Messi Brings in One-third of Barcelona’s Income – Laporta
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Messi Brings in One-third of Barcelona’s Income – Laporta

  Former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has claimed that Lionel Messi “generates more” than he earns. Laporta made these remarks on Monday, a day after Messi’s “colossal” club contract was published in a Spanish newspaper, El Mundo. “Leo generates much more income than the money he costs. “We have done a study and he generates a third of Barca’s total income,” Joan Laporta, who is seeking to regain the presidency, told Rac1 radio. Messi is into the last six months of his current contract. El Mundo had published details of the deal signed in 2017 on Sunday. The report said Messi could have earned 555 million euros by the time the deal expires.
Andrea Okene inspires Levante victory over Almassora
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Andrea Okene inspires Levante victory over Almassora

The Nigerian-born forward was on target as her Spanish side clinched their second win of the season at Pesudo stadium Andrea Okene was on target for Levante in a 3-2 victory over Almassora in a Spanish Reto Iberdrola encounter on Saturday. The Nigerian-born Spanish striker had been training with the first team but could not earn her maiden senior appearance in recent outings despite winning the Spanish Supercopa silver medal. To announce her return, she continued her fine goalscoring form for the Granotes, scoring the opening goal in her side's home triumph.
Osinachi Ohale: Madrid CFF sign Nigeria defender from AS Roma
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Osinachi Ohale: Madrid CFF sign Nigeria defender from AS Roma

The Super Falcons star has completed her return to the Spanish Primera Iberdrola side for the remainder of the season Spanish Primera Iberdrola side Madrid CFF have completed the signing of Osinachi Ohale for the rest of the 2020-21 season, Goal can confirm. Before now, the Nigeria international had previously excelled in Spanish football during her one-year spell with CD Tacon [currently Real Madrid], featuring in 15 matches and scored twice. Despite having six months left on her one-year contract with AS Roma, the defender agreed to part ways with the Italian club after playing just three times and scoring once for Elizabetta Bavagnoli's side.  
Can Thiago’s return to Liverpool’s midfield reignite the front three?
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Can Thiago’s return to Liverpool’s midfield reignite the front three?

If there’s been any positive surrounding Liverpool’s recent Premier League form, it’s been the return of Thiago Alcantara to first-team action. The Spanish international was heralded as the missing piece of the jigsaw for Jurgen Klopp’s side when he signed from Bayern Munich in the summer – a player with ability to unlock stubborn defences, and give Liverpool more of an edge when taking on teams that defend deep. In his early performances for the Reds, you could already see the difference Thiago could make, but an injury suffered in the Merseyside Derby as a result of a horror challenge from Everton’s Richarlison left Thiago out of action for almost three months, and it’s only recently that he has regained full fitness and made his presence felt in Liverpool’s starting eleven once m...
Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu
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Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu

The Romanian spoke to the media on the eve of his team's showdown with the Catalans at Camp Nou Dynamo Kiev head coach Mircea Lucescu does not believe Barcelona are at the level to win the Champions League. Group G leaders and La Liga giants Barcelona will host Ukrainian visitors Dynamo at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Barca equalled their worst tally of La Liga points after six games since the Spanish competition reverted to three points for a win – Ronald Koeman's side drew 1-1 with Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, meaning they have just eight points so far in the early stages of the 2020-21 campaign.
Inter Milan’s Hakimi should look forward to Real Madrid return
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Inter Milan’s Hakimi should look forward to Real Madrid return

Sold by Los Blancos in the summer, the Morocco wing-back has a point to prove, as do the Nerazzurri who look to arrest worrying form When the Champions League draw was made in October, it seemed inconceivable to imagine Group B favourites Real Madrid and Inter Milan would be sat bottom and third respectively after the first two matchdays. However, that’s the reality heading into Tuesday’s encounter at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano with both sides facing off in the first of potentially mouthwatering contests either side of the international break. Buried amid the major storyline, where the clashes between the giants could either make or mar their immediate future in Europe’s premier club competition, is Achraf Hakimi facing off against old friends, with the first game seeing him return ...
Wolves star Traore reveals the baby oil trick that’s made him unstoppable
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Wolves star Traore reveals the baby oil trick that’s made him unstoppable

The Spanish speedster initially struggled at Wolves until the club found a smart way to ensure he could slip away from opponents Wolves star Adama Traore has opened up on his pre-game use of baby oil to ensure rival defenders aren't able to slow him down. While the winger has starred in the Premier League over the past year, the Spain international initially struggled with the physicality of English football having come through Barcelona's academy. Boasting such a big frame, the opposition has plenty to grab on to in any desperate attempt to slow Traore down but have found keeping hold of the speedster increasingly difficult.
Ceballos back in contention for Leicester clash as Arsenal provide injury update
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Ceballos back in contention for Leicester clash as Arsenal provide injury update

The Spanish midfielder missed the midweek trip to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League after taking a knock to his ankle Dani Ceballos has returned to training and is back in contention for Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Leicester City. The Spanish midfielder sat out the Gunners’ 2-1 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna in midweek after picking up a slight knock to his left ankle. On Saturday, an injury update from Arsenal confirmed Ceballos is “now back in full training and available for selection”.
‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites
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‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites

The Nerazzurri will meet the reigning Spanish champions during their Group B campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday against Gladbach Inter coach Antonio Conte is in no doubt that Real Madrid will be competing for Champions League honours, brushing off suggestions that the Merengue are not among the tournament's favourites. Conte's side finished behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in last season's group stage but managed to reach the Europa League final, where they were defeated by Sevilla. The Nerazzurri secured a return to the Champions League by finishing second to Juventus in Serie A last term and begin their new European campaign at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Kepa not living the dream but still feels ‘very good’ at Chelsea despite losing his place
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Kepa not living the dream but still feels ‘very good’ at Chelsea despite losing his place

The most expensive goalkeeper in world football has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, but believes he can win his place back with the Blues Kepa Arrizabalaga admits he is not in a “dream situation” at Chelsea, with a number of costly errors seeing him lose his place in the team, but the Spanish goalkeeper claims to still feel “very good” at Stamford Bridge. An international break is offering the 26-year-old custodian welcome respite from the negative attention he continues to attract in west London. There were plenty of suggestions that he could be on the move before the summer transfer window slammed shut, but Monday’s deadline passed with no deal put in place.
‘We have just 13 players fit!’ – Guardiola ready to use Man City’s academy players
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‘We have just 13 players fit!’ – Guardiola ready to use Man City’s academy players

The Spanish coach admits the club are short on numbers and he his eager to tap into their talented youth system Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declared the club only have 13 fit players as he looks to giving their academy players a chance to step up. A youthful City side beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Thursday in the Carabao Cup with 17-year-old Liam Delap opening the scoring on debut. Phil Foden set up the opener for Guardiola's side before sealing the game with a goal of his own in the 75th minute.
Atletico star Saul Niguez admits to being ‘very flattered’ by Man Utd transfer links
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Atletico star Saul Niguez admits to being ‘very flattered’ by Man Utd transfer links

The Spanish midfielder says rumoured interest from the Red Devils serves as solid evidence that he is doing things well at Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has admitted to being "very flattered" by recent Manchester United transfer links. United were reportedly planning a summer swoop for Saul earlier this year, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aimed to strengthen his options in the middle of the park at Old Trafford. Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand was among those to endorse a potential move for the 25-year-old, as he said on Instagram Live: "I think he’s a major player. Composed, calm, great left foot, lovely conductor, he can score goals, tactically he’s very aware.
Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho
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Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho

The Brazilian was asked about the Ligue 1 team's star midfielder and claimed the Spanish coach was interested Lyon sporting director Juninho said Pep Guardiola "likes" Houssem Aouar amid links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Aouar has reportedly emerged as a target for Guardiola's Premier League giants City and Ligue 1 champions PSG following his exploits for Lyon. The 22-year-old French midfielder – also linked to the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal – played a key role in Lyon's memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019-20.  
‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’
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‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’

The former Blues midfielder says the Spanish head coach should be aiming to replace the legendary club captain this summerPep Guardiola needs a new Vincent Kompany, not Lionel Messi, according to Owen Hargreaves, who thinks Manchester City must strengthen defensively in order to win the Champions League. City were knocked out of Europe at the quarter-final stage for the third successive year earlier this month, this time at the hands of French outfit Lyon. The Blues were beaten 3-1 in Lisbon after being picked off on the counter-attack by a side that could only manage a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1.
‘Real Madrid prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate
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‘Real Madrid prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate

The Spanish giants are top of the league as the campaign nears its end but their quality is still regularly called into question Zinedine Zidane is on the cusp of leading Real Madrid to a 34th La Liga title, but the head coach continues to be plagued by the question of whether his team are anything special. Two wins from their remaining three games over the coming week would be enough to clinch another Spanish league success, with Granada first up on Monday evening. Madrid have been ruthless since the resumption, winning all eight games and conceding just two goals over that stretch.
‘Fair to question if VAR is being used well’ – Barcelona boss Setien responds after Real Madrid’s victory over Sociedad
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‘Fair to question if VAR is being used well’ – Barcelona boss Setien responds after Real Madrid’s victory over Sociedad

The Spanish head coach expressed his frustration after seeing the Blancos leapfrog his side in the Liga standings Barcelona boss Quique Setien has expressed his belief that there is an idea that VAR "is not being used well" after Real Madrid's controversial victory over Real Sociedad. Madrid earned a 2-1 victory at the Anoeta on Sunday thanks to second-half goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, but benefitted from a number of contentious refereeing decisions to move above Barca at the Liga summit. Sociedad thought they had equalised when Adnan Januzaj fired past Thibaut Courtois from long distance, but the goal was ruled out for offside because Mikel Merino was deemed to be blocking the Madrid goalkeeper's view.
It is vital’ – Ellis urges Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to emulate Manchester United and Real Madrid
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It is vital’ – Ellis urges Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to emulate Manchester United and Real Madrid

The Soweto giants are without a women's club and the Banyana tactician has urged them to launch one each to grow the women's game Desiree Ellis has challenged the country's PSL's biggest teams Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to emulate Manchester United and Real Madrid. The English and Spanish giants were the only biggest teams in their countries without a professional women's team until the clubs' top brass finally moved to establish one each in 2018 and 2019 respectively. In South Africa, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are currently the only PSL top clubs without a women's team, and both are based in Soweto where the Safa Women's National League (SWNL) was launched last year.
‘She is still very young’ – Oshoala deepens Enganamouit’s retirement confusion
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‘She is still very young’ – Oshoala deepens Enganamouit’s retirement confusion

The Nigeria striker has said that her former Cameroonian teammate is far from quitting football after Tuesday's retirement news Asisat Oshoala has deepened the confusion around Gaelle Enganamouit's retirement reports by delivering a contrary statement, claiming the Cameroon star was "misquoted". Cameroon's Enganamouit has been without a club since she mutually parted ways with Spanish side Malaga in April 2019 after a recurring injury since 2016 left her struggling for playing time. On Tuesday, June 9, which was her 28th birthday, she took to social media to announce her retirement from football, writing the “End Thanks for all” after informing close friends.
‘I’m back to my happy place’ – Barcelona striker Oshoala on resuming training
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‘I’m back to my happy place’ – Barcelona striker Oshoala on resuming training

The Malawian captain is delighted to return to training with the reigning Spanish Primera Iberdrola champions Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala is delighted over the return to training with her teammates at the Spanish Primera Iberdrola champions this week. The 25-year-old joined Barca in January 2019 and has been in a breathtaking form, scoring 36 goals in 36 games in all competitions to solidify her name as one of the world's best female strikers. In the outgone season, she finished as the second Spanish top-flight highest scorer, scoring 20 goals in 19 matches to help Barcelona to the league diadem - the first title in five years without defeat.
Gaelle Enganamouit announces retirement from football at 28
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Gaelle Enganamouit announces retirement from football at 28

The Cameroon international has decided to hang up her boots on her 28th birthday Cameroon international Gaelle Enganamouit has announced her retirement from football at the age of 28, Goal understands. The striker has been without a club since she mutually parted ways in April 2019 with Spanish side Malaga, who she joined four months earlier after leaving Norwegian outfit Avaldsnes. Despite her fitness worries, she made Cameroon's squad for the 2019 Women's World Cup but did not feature in any matches as the Indomitable Lionesses reached the Round of 16 in France.
Super Falcons and Barcelona star, Asisat Oshoala makes Spanish Primera Iberdola team of the season
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Super Falcons and Barcelona star, Asisat Oshoala makes Spanish Primera Iberdola team of the season

Super Falcons captain and Barcelona Ladies' striker, Asisat Oshoala has been named in the Spanish Primera Iberdola Team of the Season.   The 25-year-old, who scored 20 goals and bagged one assist in 19 appearances in the 2019/2020 campaign, also won the Copa Catalunya and Super Women’s Cup with her team during the season.   The Spanish Primera Iberdola Team of the Season was dominated by Barcelona with Sandra Panos, Mapi Leon, Marian Torrejon, and Patri Guijarro joining the Nigerian international.   Others are, Jenni Hermoso, Alexia Putellas, Maria Mendez , Lucy Santos, and Graham Hansen.
Roma confident of completing Pedro deal as talks heat up
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Roma confident of completing Pedro deal as talks heat up

The Spanish veteran will not renew his contract at Stamford Bridge and seems to be on his way to the Italian capital Pedro is set to depart Chelsea in the summer with Roma most likely to sign the winger on a free transfer, Goal can confirm. Discussions between the 32-year-old and the Serie A side began in April with the dialogue getting close to a conclusion in the last 48 hours. The Spain international's contract at Stamford Bridge will expire at the end of the season, forcing him to consider his future.
Atletico assistant Burgos to leave and pursue head coach dream
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Atletico assistant Burgos to leave and pursue head coach dream

The former goalkeeper has worked as Simeone's No. 2 for more than a decade but is now planning to strike out on his own Diego Simeone's long-time Atletico Madrid assistant German Burgos is to leave at the end of the season to pursue his ambition of becoming a head coach. Burgos was a team-mate of Simeone's at Atletico and the Argentina national team before linking up with El Cholo again as an assistant at Catania and then Racing Club. Simeone brought Burgos with him to the Spanish capital in 2011 and he helped secure La Liga glory for Atletico in the 2013-14 campaign.
Suarez: Barcelona still looking to win everything, the ambition never changes
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Suarez: Barcelona still looking to win everything, the ambition never changes

The Uruguayan striker claims to have fully recovered from injury and will be raring to go when the Liga champions resume their 2019-20 campaign Luis Suarez says an enforced break in Barcelona’s 2019-20 campaign has not impacted the club’s ambition, with the fit-again striker saying everyone at Camp Nou is looking to “win all we can”. Spanish football has, like many other nations across the world, been in a state of indefinite lockdown since the middle of March. Competitive action is returning, though, and La Liga chiefs have stated their intention to get seasons played to a finish from June 11.
Four  Sevilla Footballersto be Punished for Hosting Party in Breach of Spain’s Coronavirus Restrictions
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Four Sevilla Footballersto be Punished for Hosting Party in Breach of Spain’s Coronavirus Restrictions

Four Sevilla footballers namely Ocampos, Luuk de Jong, Franco Vasquez and Ever Banega are set to be punished by the club and the Spanish football federation for flouting Spain's lockdown rules by partying with friends and family over the weekend. Spain's rules say that no more than 10 people can meet at any single time and all players were ordered to keep to lockdown rules and avoid as much public contact as possible ahead of the league's return in June. Ever Banega's wife on Saturday afternoon shared a picture of her husband alongside team mates Ocampos, Luuk de Jong, Franco Vasquez, their friends and family as they held the house party.   She soon deleted the post on Instagram but the club and other social media users had already taken notice of it. In rea...
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Resumption Date for Spanish Top-flight League Finally Revealed

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has disclosed that La Liga will be able to resume from June 8. DAILY POST recalls that La Liga had been suspended for the past two to three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sanchez disclosed this on Saturday afternoon during a press conference, in which he assured “the worst is behind us” after COVID-19 deaths and new cases fell significantly in recent weeks in Spain. He said: “La Liga can begin again from June 8. “The ball will roll with all the necessary health and safety conditions in place.” The Prime Minister also announced that the borders were opening up again to tourists from July onwards. Meanwhile, the German Bundesliga had already resumed last weekend.

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