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UEFA Nations League: France, Spain stars emerge top scorer, player of the tournament
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UEFA Nations League: France, Spain stars emerge top scorer, player of the tournament

Following the conclusion of this year’s UEFA Nations League tournament on Sunday, where France defeated Spain 2-1 in the final at San Siro, below is the top scorer and player of the tournament. France forward, Kylian Mbappe, won the top scorer for this year’s UEFA Nations League. The Paris Saint-Germain star registered two goals and two assists during the tournament. He defeated Spain’s Ferran Torres and France’s Karim Benzema to win the top scorer award. Meanwhile, Spain midfielder, Sergio Busquets, won the player of the tournament following his impressive display for Spain against France in the final. The Barcelona star played 180 minutes during the tournament, had nine ball recoveries, 94% passing accuracy and one assist.
2022 World Cup is my last – Neymar makes explosive revelation
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2022 World Cup is my last – Neymar makes explosive revelation

Brazil forward, Neymar, has claimed that next year’s World Cup could be his last. The 29-year-old stated this in a new documentary titled “Neymar & The Line of Kings’. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar made his debut for the Selecao as an 18-year-old in 2010. He has since racked up 113 appearances for his country. Neymar has netted 69 goals and won the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the Olympic Gold in 2016. However, he could hang up his boots after next year’s tournament in Qatar. “I think it’s my last World Cup. I see it as my last because I don’t know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football anymore. “So I’ll do everything to turn up well, do everything to win with my country, to realise my greatest dream since I was little. And I hope I can do it,” N...
Raducanu  falls to defeat in first match since US Open triumph
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Raducanu falls to defeat in first match since US Open triumph

Emma Raducanu was given a reality check as she stumbled to defeat in her first match since winning the US Open last month, falling 6-2 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of Indian Wells on Friday. It has been 27 days since the 18-year-old stunned the world to become the queen of New York in a fairytale story, but she could not reproduce that level in the Californian desert, going down to the Belarussian world No 100. Raducanu was given the headline slot in the Friday night evening session, but she could not live up to her billing as the super attacking style that served her so well at the US Open proved her downfall early on, and then she squandered a lead in the second set as Sasnovich won four games in a row to seal victory. Had it not been for that incredible wi...
Tennis star, Andy Murray reunited with his stolen wedding ring and smelly trainers
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Tennis star, Andy Murray reunited with his stolen wedding ring and smelly trainers

Andy Murray has finally been reunited with his wedding ring and his smelly trainers after they were stolen when he left them underneath a car in California. The three-time Grand Slam winner, 34, is in California for the Indian Wells tournament, where he was granted a wildcard to compete. Murray always ties it to his shoelaces for safe-keeping when he plays but was stolen alongside with the shoes, when he left them outside to get some air. Luckily, on Thursday, he posted on Instagram to say the shoes and ring had "come back home". In a video message, two-time Wimbledon champ Murray sent a "huge thanks" to fans for all the messages he received after his gaffe. "I had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel and everything," he said. Holding up the s...
Andy Murray begs for a California thief to return his wedding ring and his ”smelly’ tennis shoes
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Andy Murray begs for a California thief to return his wedding ring and his ”smelly’ tennis shoes

Tennis star, Andy Murray is appealing for the return of his wedding ring and smelly tennis shoes which were stolen following his own 'terrible idea' to leave them under his car overnight. The three-time Grand Slam winner, 34, is in California for the Indian Wells tournament, where he was granted a wildcard to compete Since Murray cannot wear his wedding ring on court, he always ties it to his shoelaces for safe-keeping but it has been stolen alongside with the shoes. The former world No 1 has appealed for the safe return of his ring. Speaking in an Instagram video, Murray said: 'Last night after dinner in Indian Wells, I got back in the car to go back to the hotel and the car didn't smell great. 'I left my tennis shoes in there and it's b...
WSL Says biennial World Cup will damage women’s game
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WSL Says biennial World Cup will damage women’s game

England's top two women's leagues have warned FIFA plans for biennial men's and women's World Cups will have a "profoundly detrimental" impact on the female game. FIFA is proposing to shorten the gap between the men's and women's showpiece events from four years to two as part of changes to the new international calendar from 2024 onwards. The Women's Super League and Championship were among 10 European competitions to sign a statement issued on Monday, along with the continent's governing body UEFA and the European Club Association, which called for FIFA to engage in a "genuine, joint and open forum" with women's football stakeholders. "The proposed plans by FIFA to stage both the men's and women's World Cup tournaments every two years will have profoundly detrimental sportin...
UCL: EPL clubs will regret not signing him – Ferdinand singles out player after Juventus beat Chelsea
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UCL: EPL clubs will regret not signing him – Ferdinand singles out player after Juventus beat Chelsea

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has singled out Federico Chiesa for praise following Juventus’ Champions League 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday night. Ferdinand hailed Chiesa as a ‘huge’ player following his impressive display for Juventus against Chelsea in Turin, adding that top English Premier League, EPL, clubs will regret failing to make a move for the Italy international during the summer transfer window. Chiesa’s second-half goal ensured Juventus defeated Chelsea at home. “He [Chiesa] is a huge player and he’s been linked with a few clubs in England. I am sure they are thinking, ‘why didn’t we get him?’. “He’s just a fantastic footballer. The intensity with which he plays with, we saw in the Euros he was the main goal threat for the Italian...
Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa Stadium False, Misleading – Sports Commissioner
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Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa Stadium False, Misleading – Sports Commissioner

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Hon. Daniel Igali, has denied the reported ban of the football pitch of the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of Bayelsa United’s home game against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia. According to him, the report is false, misleading and an attempt to blackmail the Bayelsa State Government into awarding maintenance contract of the pitch to a certain contractor. DAILY POST learnt that one of the national dailies yesterday reported that CAF took a painful decision to ban playing of the tournament on the home ground of Bayelsa United, one of the teams representing Nigeria in the current Confederation Cup, following the poor technical report on the Samson Siasia Stadium after Bayelsa...
EPL: Why Iheanacho flopped at Man City – Amuneke
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EPL: Why Iheanacho flopped at Man City – Amuneke

Former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Amuneke, has claimed Kelechi Iheanacho failed to shine at Manchester City, because he did not adapt quickly to English football. Iheanacho signed for the Premier League side following his impressive showing at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian forward won the Golden Ball and Silver Boot at the tournament. However, he struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s side after signing a five-year contract with City. He eventually left for Leicester City in 2017 for a reported £25million fee Before leaving the Etihad Stadium, he scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions. Amuneke told Tribal Football: “His move to Man City was a good one for him and also for Nigeria. “Probably, there were lots of expectat...
‘I would have passed to Daka’ – Iheanacho on Leicester City goal versus Millwall
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‘I would have passed to Daka’ – Iheanacho on Leicester City goal versus Millwall

The former Manchester City striker would have unselfishly teed up the Zambia international for his first Foxes goal if he'd spotted him Kelechi Iheanacho revealed he would have passed to Patson Daka instead of choosing to score in Leicester City’s Carabao Cup triumph over Millwall on Wednesday night. The Nigeria international was among the goal scorers as the Foxes tamed the Lions to earn a place in the tournament’s fourth round – where they will face Brighton and Hove Albion. Having been denied by goalkeeper George Long earlier, Iheanacho belted an unstoppable finish into the roof of the Millwall with two minutes of normal time left to seal the win.
Premier League to resume on Boxing Day 2022 after World Cup
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Premier League to resume on Boxing Day 2022 after World Cup

The Premier League has agreed to break during next season after the weekend of November 12 to incorporate the Qatar 2022 World Cup, before resuming fixtures again on Boxing Day, Sky Sports News understands. Players will have a week of preparations with their national teams before heading out to the tournament in the Middle East, and only eight days to recover in time for the league's resumption should they reach the final on December 18. Executives of all 20 Premier League clubs were in London on Wednesday for a scheduled meeting, and the programme for 2022/23 was decided in discussions that lasted approximately four hours and also included a number of other issues. Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow called the idea of a winter World Cup "crazy" and expects the hiatus...
Tennis: Kvitova pulls out of Billie Jean King Cup finals
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Tennis: Kvitova pulls out of Billie Jean King Cup finals

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said on Sunday she would not play the Billie Jean King Cup finals in November as she needs rest. The rebranded Fed Cup tournament will be held on indoor hard courts at the O2 Arena in Prague on November 1-6 after the Czech capital replaced Budapest as the host city earlier this year. “I have told the team captain I wouldn’t play. I’ll play two or three tournaments in the rest of the season and then I need to rest,” said the 31-year-old Czech. “This year has been tough mentally and physically, I’ve had lots of injuries and my body can’t cope with it anymore,” added the world number 10. “Of course, this decision wasn’t easy, but I have to think about myself, I’m not the youngest one,” Kvitova told reporters from the eastern Czech city o...
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.      
England to host annual women’s international tournament
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England to host annual women’s international tournament

England is set to host a new annual women's international tournament next year. The FA released a statement on Thursday that outlined the details of the competition, which will begin in February 2022. Germany and Spain have been confirmed as two teams for the inaugural edition of the event, while the fourth nation is yet to be announced. The statement read: "England will welcome three of the world's top sides next February for the first staging of a new annual invitational women's tournament. "The Lionesses will be joined by Germany and Spain, both also ranked in FIFA's top 10, in the 2022 edition - with the fourth competing nation to be announced soon. "Fans will be treated to three double-header matches played across seven days in a round-robin format." After the tour...
England move up to third in FIFA rankings
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England move up to third in FIFA rankings

England have moved up to third in the latest FIFA men's rankings to claim their joint-highest position since the rankings began. It is the first time England have been in the top three since September 2012 and have only ever been in that position for two months since the rankings were introduced in 1992. England were in 13th place when Gareth Southgate took charge in 2016. Scotland have moved up four places to rank 45th, closely followed by Northern Ireland, who also rose four spots to rank 47th in the world. Wales remain in 19th, while Republic of Ireland have dropped to 50. The top two positions stay unchanged with Belgium the highest-ranked team in the world and Brazil placing second, ahead of England. World champions France have dropped from third to fourt...
Jesse will be ready to go on Sunday-Maguire
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Jesse will be ready to go on Sunday-Maguire

Man Utd captain Harry Maguire says Lingard will learn from his mistake and believes there is plenty of time for United to get their Champions League campaign back on track. He said: "In terms of Jesse, no footballer likes making mistakes, but it's part and parcel of the game. We're humans, every footballer makes mistakes. We'll learn from it, he'll learn from it and he'll pick himself up and be ready to go on Sunday because that's part of football. "Discipline is a huge part of tournament football. For example, if this was a knockout game and we go out of the competition because we go down to 10 men, I'm sure everyone would be kicking themselves. We're fortunate that it's the first game of the group and we have loads of time to bounce back from it, but discipline is a huge part o...
Nigeria makes impact in track Cycling Championship
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Nigeria makes impact in track Cycling Championship

Nigeria is doing well at the ongoing 2021 Tissot International Cycling Union (UCI) Championship in Cali, Colombia. Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari, made this known while congratulating Nigerian female track cyclists taking part in the event. Massari told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Saturday in Abuja that the Nigerian team was chalking up points in the competition. “We are acquiring points and the Olympic qualification is based on continent and in African for now we (Nigeria) are leading. “We have two African countries participating, Nigeria and South Africa. “Although Nigeria is not as experienced as the other countries that have decades of experience, it is doing well. “This is...
‘Every idea is about more games’ – Klopp blasts plans for biennial World Cup
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‘Every idea is about more games’ – Klopp blasts plans for biennial World Cup

The German's comments come amid speculation that FIFA could move to hold their lucrative showpiece tournament every two years instead of four Jurgen Klopp has blasted plans to hold the World Cup on a biennial basis, with the Liverpool manager stating that player welfare seems secondary to the game's powerbrokers as fixture congestion continues to pile up. The German's comments come amid increasing speculation that FIFA could move to hold their lucrative showpiece tournament every two years instead of four, despite strong opposition from UEFA and other continental governing bodies. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, now FIFA's chief of global football development, has been touting a possible transition for several months amid a feasibility study - but Klopp has now become the lat...
‘We can decide not to play in it’ – UEFA president Ceferin warns new World Cup plans could lead to European boycott
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‘We can decide not to play in it’ – UEFA president Ceferin warns new World Cup plans could lead to European boycott

  There continues to be fierce opposition to the controversial proposal suggesting that the tournament should be held every two years UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that the new World Cup plans could lead to a European boycott of the competition. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been pushing for major reform in his role as FIFA's chief of football development. The Frenchman has proposed that the World Cup should be held every two years, with it his belief that a structural change is necessary to reduce travelling time and the number of matches played at the top level of international football.      
Japan withdraws as 2021 Club World Cup host
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Japan withdraws as 2021 Club World Cup host

The Japanese Football Association (JFA) said on Thursday it had pulled out of holding this year’s Club World Cup due to coronavirus restrictions. The annual football tournament, at which the champions from the six global confederations compete along with the host nation’s top team, was due to be held there in December. “We had to make a decision at this time,” JFA Secretary General and CEO Kiyotaka Suhara told a press conference. The Club World Cup was last held in Japan in 2016, and the JFA had planned to host the 2021 edition as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations. The tournament usually takes place in December, but the 2020 edition in Qatar was postponed to February 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Bayern Munich the winners. Japan has battled a record ...
Tunisia beat Cote d’Ivoire to win 2021 FIBA AfroBasket
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Tunisia beat Cote d’Ivoire to win 2021 FIBA AfroBasket

Tunisia on Sunday won the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket title after beating Cote d’Ivoire 78-75 on Sunday at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda. It was the Tunisians’ third AfroBasket title, having claimed the trophy in 2011 in Madagascar, and the 2017 edition of the tournament at home. With the win, Tunisia became the first team to win back-to-back AfroBasket titles since Angola in 2009. Omar Abada finished with 10 points, while Michael Roll was magnificent by contributing 18 points and nine assists. Makram Ben Romdhane contributed eight points and 10 rebounds and Salah Mejri came up with 22 points and six rebounds for Tunisia. Makram Ben Romdhane was named the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Most Valuable Player. Souleyman Diabate was 4-of-5 from behind the arc to finish with a game-high 2...
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...
Afcon 2021: Ex-Ghana captain Appiah ‘would prefer Nigeria’, wary of Comoros
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Afcon 2021: Ex-Ghana captain Appiah ‘would prefer Nigeria’, wary of Comoros

The erstwhile Juventus midfielder shares his thoughts on the Black Stars’ group opponents for the upcoming championship in Cameroon Former Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah believes the Black Stars must be wary of Comoros ahead of their meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations finals next year. The four-time champions have been drawn together in Group C of the championship, the other two teams being Morocco and Gabon. The delayed tournament takes place between January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon.
Afcon 2021: ‘Talk is cheap’ – Gyan runs the rule over Ghana’s Afcon title ambitions
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Afcon 2021: ‘Talk is cheap’ – Gyan runs the rule over Ghana’s Afcon title ambitions

The veteran striker shares his thoughts on the Black Stars’ hopes of conquering Africa in Cameroon Ghana football icon Asamoah Gyan believes the nation must not be obsessed with the title heading into the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The Black Stars are set to make another attempt for potential first success in 40 years at the January 9 – February 6 championship in Cameroon. In the first round, Ghana have peen pitched against Morocco, Gabon and Comoros in the group stage.
Venus Williams Joins sister Serena Williams in Withdrawing from US Open
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Venus Williams Joins sister Serena Williams in Withdrawing from US Open

Venus Williams has announced she will be missing the upcoming US Open due to injury, becoming the third American female to withdraw after her sister Serena and Sofia Kenin. Two-time US Open champion and former world No 1 Venus made the announcement in a video posted on social media. "Not the best news from Serena and I today. I am joining @serenawilliams @RafaelNadal and @rogerfederer on the injured list, she said. "I, too, am unable to play the US Open. It's super, super, super disappointing, having some issues with my leg all this summer and just couldn't work through it." The 41-year-old, who has seven Grand Slam titles to her name, added that she would miss competing at her "favourite slam" and wished all the other players good luck. Earlier on Wednesday, younger...
Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao
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Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao

The Germany-born centre-back is yet to play for the Indomitable Lions since his last outing in 2015 Cameroon coach Antonio Conceicao has explained Liverpool defender Joel Matip is not interested to revive his international career. After playing for the Central African nation at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and two Fifa World Cup tournaments (2010 and 2014), the 30-year-old turned down subsequent invitations to join the national team. Matip first played for the Indomitable Lions in a friendly match against Italy in March 2010, and he scored their only goal at the 2014 World Cup which was in a 4-1 loss to the host country, Brazil.
Denmark captain Kjaer and team medics win UEFA award for saving Eriksen’s life at Euro 2020
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Denmark captain Kjaer and team medics win UEFA award for saving Eriksen’s life at Euro 2020

The defender, along with several medical personnel, have been honoured for their efforts in a harrowing situation at the summer tournament Simon Kjaer and several medical officials have been given the 2021 UEFA President’s Award for their efforts in saving Christian Eriksen's life. Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark's opening game of Euro 2020 against Finland, with Kjaer and the stadium's medical staff reacting quickly to help resuscitate him on the pitch. Kjaer helped begin CPR on the field, with Denmark's medical team joining the on-site staff to perform more and use a defibrillator to revive the 29-year-old.  
Elia scores first Champions League goal to inspire 10-man Young Boys past Boli’s Ferencvrosi
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Elia scores first Champions League goal to inspire 10-man Young Boys past Boli’s Ferencvrosi

The DR Congo international capped an impressive night with a goal as the Swiss Super League giants scaled the Green Eagles’ hurdle Meschack Elia waited until his fifth Champions League game for Young Boys before registering his first goal ever in the tournament. Despite conceding first, the DR Congo international inspired the Swiss Super League side's comeback win as they defeated the Green Eagles 3-2 in the first leg of the play-off round. Buoyed by their 4-2 aggregate win over CFR Cluj in the third round, David Wagner’s men welcomed the Hungarians to Bern’s Wankdorf Stadium full of high hopes.
Akonnor explains why he’s delighted with Ghana-Morocco Afcon draw
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Akonnor explains why he’s delighted with Ghana-Morocco Afcon draw

The Black Stars boss reacts to being paired against the Atlas Lions for their tournament opener Ghana coach CK Akonnor believes his team have good knowledge about Morocco ahead of their clash at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year, and is delighted after the Black Stars and the Atlas Lions were pitted together. The two teams are set for a showdown at the continental gathering, after being drawn together in Group C, which also contains Gabon and the Comoros Island. It will be the second meeting between the Black Stars and the Atlas Lions in six months after the latter beat the former 1-0 in an international friendly fixture in June.  
AFCON 2021: Rohr reveals Super Eagles’ plan to stop Salah
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AFCON 2021: Rohr reveals Super Eagles’ plan to stop Salah

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has given a hint on how the Nigerian team will stop Mohamed Salah at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria has been drawn in Group D alongside Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau. Rohr’s men will begin the tournament against Salah and co on January 11. The two-time African Player of the Year winner is one of the key men in Hossam El Badry’s squad and Rohr has expressed his respect for the Liverpool winger. “It is a big challenge to play against Egypt in the first game and a player like Mohamed Salah “It is a big challenge for all our defence and also for all our team. “We will defend collectively against him of course, and we are growing together for a few years now and I believe our defence is able to be efficient against suc...
Europa League: Nabouhane propels Red Star Belgrade past CFR Cluj
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Europa League: Nabouhane propels Red Star Belgrade past CFR Cluj

The Comoros international got a goal and two assists as the Red-Whites strolled past the reigning Romanian champions Red Star Belgrade defeated CFR Cluj 4-0 in Tuesday’s Europa League first leg play-off round, with El Fardou Ben Nabouhane finding the net. The Comoros international got a second-half goal as the Red-Whites saw off the Romanians, who have failed to win any of their last four games in the tournament. Having crashed out of the Champions League following a 2-1 aggregate loss to FC Sheriff, the Serbian Super Liga side were demoted to the Europa League.
Badu: Former Udinese ace sets Ghana Afcon title and World Cup qualification priority
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Badu: Former Udinese ace sets Ghana Afcon title and World Cup qualification priority

The erstwhile Bursaspor man opens up on what he believes should be the Black Stars’ biggest immediate ambition Former Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu would prefer Ghana won the Africa Cup of Nations title in Cameroon than qualify for the next World Cup tournament in Qatar. The Black Stars have been on a long search for a fifth continental title since beating hosts Libya on penalties to win the 1982 championship. Their World Cup story, on the other hand, currently finds itself in a sad tale after they missed out on qualification for Russia 2018, having earlier endured a disastrous campaign at the 2014 gathering in Brazil.
Lionel Messi: Date PSG star will Make his Debut Revealed
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Lionel Messi: Date PSG star will Make his Debut Revealed

Paris Saint-Germain new signing, Lionel Messi, is expected to make his debut for the club at the end of this month as he continues his return to full fitness. According to Sky Sports, Messi, who is continuing to settle into life in France following his shock exit from Barcelona this summer, will play his first game for PSG against Reims on August 29. The Argentina captain is not yet match-fit to feature for PSG. PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino, had admitted that Messi, 34, still has catching up to do on his conditioning as he played for his country at the recently concluded Copa America and had a break after the tournament. Messi has not undergone a proper pre-season, and has missed PSG’s first two games of the new Ligue 1 season. Speaking at his post-match pr...
Messi insists on ‘Argentina clause’ in PSG contract
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Messi insists on ‘Argentina clause’ in PSG contract

Lionel Messi insisted on a clause in his Paris Saint-Germain contract, which will allow him to miss Ligue 1 games for Argentina matches, according to TyC Sports. The 34-year-old on Tuesday, finalized a free transfer from Barcelona to the Ligue 1 club. Messi has put pen to paper on a two-year deal which includes a telling detail. He can leave for Argentina qualifiers or friendlies, even when they overlap with league fixtures in France. Messi won the Copa America title this summer, finally lifting the international silverware to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro 2016 glory. However, the World Cup is the only one trophy missing from his cabinet. Qatar 2022 is likely to be Messi’s final World Cup with his country, which is why he wants to be present for each meet-up on the r...
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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.
Why Nigeria didn’t win 1994 World Cup – Sunday Oliseh opens up
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Why Nigeria didn’t win 1994 World Cup – Sunday Oliseh opens up

  Former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh, has said the team had the “ingredients” to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. However, according to him, “the overall circumstances weren’t in our favour”. Nigeria qualified for the tournament for the first time that year. The Clement Westerhof-coached team were grouped along with Argentina, Greece, and Bulgaria, topping the group on goal difference. However, they were eliminated by Italy in the second round. “I still think we had the potential to win that year. “All the ingredients were there, but the overall circumstances weren’t in our favour. “At any rate, it had nothing to do with our squad, which had the talent to go all the way,” Oliseh told FIFA website.
Van Gaal named Netherlands head coach for third time following De Boer departure
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Van Gaal named Netherlands head coach for third time following De Boer departure

The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich manager has been tasked with helping the Oranjes reach the 2022 World Cup Louis van Gaal has been named Netherlands head coach for the third time following Frank de Boer's departure in June. De Boer stepped down from the post following the Netherlands' disappointing round of 16 exit at the hands of the Czech Republic at the European Championships, and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have now turned to a familiar face to steady the ship. Van Gaal has been appointed on an initial one-year deal to oversee the remainder of the Oranjes' World Cup qualifying campaign, and will also be in the dugout if they make it to the 2022 tournament in Qatar, with Danny Blind signing on as his assistant after stepping down from the Ajax board of dir...
Tokyo Olympics: Nigerian Shotput finalist, Chuckwuebuka Enekwechi, films himself washing the only Jersey given to him for the Competition ahead of the finale
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigerian Shotput finalist, Chuckwuebuka Enekwechi, films himself washing the only Jersey given to him for the Competition ahead of the finale

Nigerian Athlete, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi has shared a footage of him washing his jersey at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, revealing that only one jersey was given to him to wear through out the competition. Enekwechi further exposing the harsh conditions Nigerian athletes have been facing at the tournament. Despite leading Nigeria to the last round of the shotput event at the Olympics, where he stands a chance to win a Gold medal this Thursday, August 5, Enekwechi disclosed in a TikTok video shared on his Instagram page that he only has one jersey and has to wash it at night in preparation for the next game. Other prominent athletes including sprint star, Blessing Okagbare and Basketball giant, Chimezie Metu have also spoken out about the problems Nig...
Differing paths, same expectations: Winning all that matters for USMNT & Mexico in Gold Cup final
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Differing paths, same expectations: Winning all that matters for USMNT & Mexico in Gold Cup final

The CONCACAF rivals brought different types of squads to this summer's tournament, but are now on a collision course once again It has been just 56 days since the last time the U.S. men's national team and Mexico faced off with one another in what was a classic that seemingly ushered in a new chapter in one of international soccer's great rivalries. But, in those 56 days, the two rivals have gone down different paths. The USMNT sent its stars home, giving them an extended vacation to rest up and recover as the program looked to deepen its player pool.
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.
Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties
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Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties

The U.S. were pushed all the way by a game Dutch side, but Alyssa Naeher's penalty heroics helped send her side to the last four Survive and advance. That is the mantra in any knockout tournament and it was undoubtedly personified by the U.S. women’s national team on Friday. The USWNT battled through 120 minutes of their Olympic quarter-final against the Netherlands, managing to stay alive and take the game to penalties after a 2-2 draw. In the spot-kick period, Alyssa Naeher cemented her status as a USWNT goalkeeping legend by saving two penalties after she had already stopped a late penalty in regulation.
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New Coronavirus Scare Causes Jitters on eve of Tokyo Olympics Athletics

Australia’s track and field team was briefly placed in isolation on Thursday as a coronavirus scare caused fresh jitters on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics athletics programme. Nearly 60 athletes and staff were confined to their rooms for more than two hours after US pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks tested positive for Covid-19. All were later released apart from three close contacts of Kendricks, who have tested negative but remain in isolation and will be tested daily. The incident was a jolting reminder of the perils facing athletes at the Tokyo Games, where their Olympic dreams are at risk of being dashed at any moment. “Members of the Australian track and field team in the Tokyo Olympic Village have been cleared to return to their regular routines,” the Australian...
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Mexico to face South Korea in Olympics quarter-finals after beating South Africa

El Tri beat France to a place in the final eight, while Brazil will take on Egypt in the next round Mexico will play South Korea in the quarter-finals of the Olympics after beating South Africa 3-0 in their final group game. El Tri's victory on Wednesday saw them finish second in the group behind Japan, who claimed top spot after beating France. France's 4-0 defeat by Japan was the second time they had conceded four goals in the tournament, while Argentina and Germany also failed to make it through to the knockout stages.  
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Ben White Finally Completes Arsenal Move

Brighton defender, Ben White, has finally completed his move to Arsenal for a fee of around £50 million. This was disclosed by respected Italian transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano. Romano stated this in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Wednesday. He tweeted, “Ben White deal completed and confirmed – no doubt. He joins Arsenal on a permanent deal for £50m to Brighton, paperwork signed in the last few days. Contract agreed too. “White was at London Colney today to complete his Arsenal move, as @charles_watts reported.” White, 23, was then included in England’s Euro 2020 campaign and played in the two warm-up games against Austria and Romania before the tournament.
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USA Thrash Iran in Olympic Basketball

The USA easily beat Iran 120-66 in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday to bounce back from their shock opening defeat — and players and coaches from the geopolitical rivals chatted afterwards. The Americans had their 25-game Olympic winning streak snapped by France in their first game but Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Devin Booker had 16 points in a straightforward win against the Iranians. Kevin Durant had another low-key game with 10 points but he was one of six Americans in double figures in Saitama. Hamed Haddadi and Mohammadsamad Nik Khahbahrami each scored 14 points for Iran, against the team of NBA stars. US coach Gregg Popovich spoke with his Iranian opposite number Mehran Shahintab after the game and said: “People generally get along an...
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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...
Olympics Football: The day South Africa stopped Neymar – Malepe rallies new generation
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Olympics Football: The day South Africa stopped Neymar – Malepe rallies new generation

After featuring in the previous global event, the 24-year-old star is also in Tokyo for the ongoing tournament South Africa's Tercious Malepe has recounted how his former teammates superbly contained Brazil's Neymar during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. South Africa faced the hosts - who eventually became champions - in front of 70,000 fans in the city of Brasilia and Malepe has revealed how impressed he was with how his teammates faced them. The home team was led by highly-rated forward Neymar in an opener that eventually ended in a 0-0 draw.
Pumas join Florida Cup pre-season tournament after Arsenal & Inter forced out amid Covid scare
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Pumas join Florida Cup pre-season tournament after Arsenal & Inter forced out amid Covid scare

The Liga MX outfit will face Everton next Wednesday Pumas have agreed to join the Florida Cup on short notice after Arsenal and Inter pulled out, and they will play Everton next Wednesday. The Gunners had several members of their organisation test positive for Covid-19 just before embarking on their pre-season jaunt across the Atlantic, and the Nerazzurri followed their lead in cancelling their U.S. plans as a precaution. That left only Everton and Millonarios in the competition, but Pumas have agreed to lend a helping hand, ensuring the tournament will continue. Atletico Nacional of Colombia have also signed on to meet Millonarios next week.
Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup
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Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup

  Inter Milan have pulled out of the Florida Cup due to take place this pre-season. This follows Arsenal’s withdrawal on Tuesday. Arsenal announced they would not be flying to America for the tournament due to “a small number of positive COVID tests” at the club. Today, Inter have released a statement confirming they would also be pulling out of the event. It read: “FC Internazionale Milano announce that they will not be travelling to the USA for the Florida Cup due to the current risks involved in international travel as a result of the spread of the pandemic, risks that have already caused Arsenal F.C. to withdraw from participation.” Inter were scheduled to face Arsenal on Sunday and then potentially face the winner of Everton’s match against Millonarios on Ju...
Tokyo Olympics: NBBF condemns FIBA’s rejection of Ogwumike, Williams
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Tokyo Olympics: NBBF condemns FIBA’s rejection of Ogwumike, Williams

  The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has expressed disappointment at the decision of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams. FIBA has stopped the duo from playing for D’Tigress at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The tournament, moved from last year, will run from 23 July 2021 to 8 August 2021. On Twitter, NBBF declared that the action was contradictory to natural justice and equity. The sports body said FIBA permits African players to play for other countries, but denies them the opportunity to represent their country of birth. “We do tacitly believe that there are undercurrents and motivation for such a decision”, the tweet read. “It is also discriminatory because players of African descent are approved to ...

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