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Ballon d’ Or: ‘It would be a Triumph for Football’ – Alvaro names player that Should Win Award
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Ballon d’ Or: ‘It would be a Triumph for Football’ – Alvaro names player that Should Win Award

Fiorentina right-back, Alvaro Odriozola has backed Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. Odriozola believes it would be a triumph for football if Benzema wins the Ballon d’ Or this year. Benzema was recently included in the 30-man nominees shortlisted to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. The 33-year-old won the UEFA Nations League with France this year. Benzema has been impressive for Real Madrid, topping the LaLiga goal chart with ten goals so far this season. “Benzema winning the Ballon d’Or would be a triumph for football,” Odriozola, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina from Real Madrid, said via Diaro AS. The winner of this year’s Ballon d’ or will be announced on November 29.
Deontay Wilder finally breaks his silence after his defeat to Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder finally breaks his silence after his defeat to Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder has finally broken his silence after losing to Tyson Fury following their WBC heavyweight title showdown in Las Vegas over the weekend. The 35-year-old was stopped in the 11th round after twice knocking down Fury. Following the defeat, Wilder had initially refused to congratulate his rival's triumph, saying he had no respect for the British heavyweight. Wilder, however, has now come out to acknowledge the outcome of the fight and vowed to return to the ring a stronger person. 'Wow, what a hell of a night!' Wilder wrote on social media. 'I would like to first and foremost thank God for allowing me to give the world another part of me that's driven with passion and determination. 'I would like to thank my team and my fans for sticking by my side through this l...
Ballon d’ Or: Marcelo identifies player who should win award this year
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Ballon d’ Or: Marcelo identifies player who should win award this year

Former Juventus manager, Marcello Lippi, has identified Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, as the player that deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Jorginho won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea at the end of May before playing a pivotal role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph. The Italy international was among the 30 players shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or last Friday. The 29-year-old is expected to rival Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d’ Or this year. “Jorginho should receive the Ballon d’Or this year, not the usual suspects,” Lippi said during the Festival dello S...
Villarreal striker Dia out indefinitely after suffering knee injury
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Villarreal striker Dia out indefinitely after suffering knee injury

The 24-year-old will miss several Yellow Submarine games after picking up a knock during training that saw him miss Real Betis game Villarreal have announced striker Boulaye Dia is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury during training. While preparing for Sunday’s La Liga fixture against Real Betis, the Senegal international picked up a knock. As a result of that, he missed the 2-0 triumph over the Green and Whites at Estadio de la Ceramica – where Arnaut Danjuma found the net on two occasions.
Ivory Coast striker, Sebastien Haller breaks Champions League record as first player to score five goals in first two appearances
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Ivory Coast striker, Sebastien Haller breaks Champions League record as first player to score five goals in first two appearances

Sebastien Haller is now the first player to score five goals in his first two Champions League appearances. The Cote d’Ivoire international achieved this feat following his goal in Ajax’s 2-0 triumph over Besiktas on Tuesday night, September 28 His goal on Tuesday meant that the striker is now the first player in the history of the Champions League to net five or more goals across his first two appearances in the competition. The previous best of four goals had been achieved by Marco van Basten, Diego Simeone, Didier Drogba, and Erling Haaland. Earlier this month in Lisbon, Haller had become the first player to score four goals on his Champions League debut since Marco van Basten for AC Milan against IFK Goteborg in November 1992.
Chelsea vs Man City: Head-to-head stats, Owen, Merson, Lawrenson’s verdict on EPL tie
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Chelsea vs Man City: Head-to-head stats, Owen, Merson, Lawrenson’s verdict on EPL tie

Chelsea will host Manchester City in an English Premier League, EPL, tie on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is yet to lose to Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola as Blues coach since replacing Frank Lampard at the west London club in January, 2021. Tuchel has won all three of his meetings with Guardiola, one victory in the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League triumph. Guardiola’s men are coming for revenge on Saturday as they look to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the 2021/22 season. None of the last 12 Premier League fixtures between Chelsea and Man City have been drawn, with Chelsea winning five to Man City’s seven. Chelsea are presently on top of the Premier League table with 13 points from 5 games, while ...
Werner explains shootout absence in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Villa
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Werner explains shootout absence in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Villa

The German star still scored in regular time and said the support of the Blues fans was "special" Timo Werner has explained why he didn't take a penalty for Chelsea in Wednesday's shootout win over Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup. The German forward scored Chelsea's only goal in the 54th minute, prompting the home fans to sing his name in celebration. Often criticised for his struggles in front of goal, Werner acknowledged how special it was to hear the fans honour him following his second-half strike and said his absence from the shootout triumph was pain-related.  
West Ham dispatch lacklustre Man Utd
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West Ham dispatch lacklustre Man Utd

West Ham knocked out Manchester United in the third round of the Carabao Cup with Manuel Lanzini's early goal enough for a 1-0 victory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were beaten semi-finalists in the last two editions and came into this match fresh from sealing a thrilling 2-1 Premier League win at the London Stadium when the sides met on Sunday. But three days on, it was David Moyes' men celebrating as Lanzini secured West Ham a rare Old Trafford triumph and Carabao Cup progress as the hosts failed to turn 27 shots into a goal. The Hammers had failed to win on their previous 17 trips to Old Trafford, with Carlos Tevez the last player to score a winner there back in May 2007. This time, Argentine compatriot Lanzini did the damage, sweeping home after Ryan Fredericks roared pa...
Storey wins 17th gold to become Britain’s most Successful Paralympian
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Storey wins 17th gold to become Britain’s most Successful Paralympian

An emotional Sarah Storey said she felt “overwhelmed” after becoming Britain’s most successful Paralympian Thursday with her 17th gold medal, 29 years after her first. Storey won cycling’s C4-5 women’s road race for her third gold at Tokyo 2020, following victory in the individual pursuit at the velodrome last week and triumph in the C4-5 road time trial two days ago. “I’m a bit overwhelmed, again,” she told Channel 4 TV immediately after the 79.2 kilometre race. “I feel like it is happening to someone else. “Right now I can’t explain or compute anything about the race, but crossing the line first felt so good.” In treacherous cool, wet and foggy conditions at Fuji International Speedway, cycling queen Storey finished in 2hr 21min 51sec to eclipse Mike Kenny’s 16 swimmi...
You’ve never won Premier League – David Luiz fires back at Liverpool legend, Carragher
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You’ve never won Premier League – David Luiz fires back at Liverpool legend, Carragher

Former Arsenal centre-back, David Luiz has hit back at criticism from Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, reminding him that he ‘never won the Premier League’ during his playing days. Luiz has spent the last five years of his career in England. He helped Chelsea win three titles – including the Premier League in 2017 – before signing for Arsenal two years ago. It was during his time at Arsenal that Luiz attracted considerable criticism, with Carragher labelling the Brazilian a ‘liability’ during the 2020-2021 season. But Luiz has now laughed off the criticism from Carragher, defending himself by pointing to his Premier League title triumph with Chelsea. “It is funny, some people talk about how to win the Premier League, but they have never won it,” Luis told Mail...
Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash
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Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash

The 2021/2022 Premier League season will be heralded by Saturday’s Community Shield game between Leicester City and Manchester City. The Foxes defeated Chelsea to win the FA Cup, while Pep Guardiola’s men stormed to the league title. Today’s fixture will mark the return of capacity crowds at Wembley, as the UK returns to some normality post-pandemic. With six substitutes permitted, there will almost certainly be a stop-start feel to the second-half as both managers try to build match fitness. City have been boosted this week by the arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in a British record transfer. But the playmaker is likely to start from the bench. The game kicks off 5.15pm WAT and will be beamed live on ITV and ITV Hub. Guardiola will be trying to c...
Akwa United Crowned Champions after MFM Win
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Akwa United Crowned Champions after MFM Win

Akwa United have been crowned champions of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, following their 5-2 win over MFM FC on Sunday. The Promise Keepers have secured the title with one round of fixture left. Charles Atshimene netted a hat-trick as the hosts crushed the Olukoya Boys, who have failed to win in eight games away from home. The thrilling game sealed Akwa United’s position at the top of the NPFL table with 71 points after 37 matches. They are now nine points ahead of second-placed Nasarawa United, who take on Enugu Rangers on Monday. The triumph secured the Promise Keepers’ first-ever top-flight crown in their 25-year history and it is added to their trophy cabinet which has two FA Cups (2015 and 2017) and the Nigeria Super Cup (2016)....
Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy
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Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy

Nigeria's D’Tigers have been eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics after suffering their third consecutive defeat in group B to Italy. The game, which was played in the early hours of Saturday, July 31, at the Saitama super arena, finished 80-71 as the Nigerian team was dumped out of the 2020 Olympics, having lost their first two games against Australia and Germany. D'Tigers were ranked 4th team for the Olympics prior to their arrival. The team led by coach Mike Brown, had many Nigerians believe they were going to triumph at the Olympics after they defeated both Argentina and the USA in friendly games before Tokyo 2020.
Messi Breaks Ronaldo’s record after winning Copa America
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Messi Breaks Ronaldo’s record after winning Copa America

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has broken an Instagram record previously held by his biggest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, after winning the Copa America earlier this month. Messi finally won on the international stage, as Albiceleste beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final of the competition. Following that victory on July 10, Messi took to Instagram to celebrate their triumph, with a post. It was a picture of him in the dressing room, holding the trophy alongside the caption: “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!” As things stand, the photo has been liked more than 20 million times, thus making the image the most popular Instagram post ever posted by an athlete. Ronaldo’s record lasted just under a year. The Juventus s...
Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or
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Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or award this year. Messi has already won the prize six times in the past – the most by any player in history. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old led Argentina to Copa America triumph in Brazil. With that victory, Messi has finally added an international title, which was the only silverware missing from his stunning CV. Koeman believes his captain deserves recognition for his individual brilliance for both club and country over the past 12 months. “He has shown time and again he is the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has done it at last. “Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and, for me, he is the fa...
Nobody has won more than me!’ – Jorginho talks up Ballon d’Or chances after Euro 2020 and Champions League triumph
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Nobody has won more than me!’ – Jorginho talks up Ballon d’Or chances after Euro 2020 and Champions League triumph

After nabbing major prizes, the Chelsea midfielder and Italy international feels he could be in the mix for another honour Jorginho sees no reason why he could not prove to be a shock winner in the race for this year's Ballon d'Or, noting that nobody has won more trophies than he has this season in terms of his rivals for the prized honour. The Chelsea and Italy star has enjoyed a richly successful few months for club and country, claiming Champions League and Euro 2020 glory with a string of pivotal performances. Speaking in the wake of the Azzurri's penalty shootout triumph over England at Wembley over the weekend, the midfielder feels he has a chance of being named the best player this year.
Congratulations Italy’ – Eto’o, Nsofor and African stars celebrate Azzurri’s Euro 2020 triumph
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Congratulations Italy’ – Eto’o, Nsofor and African stars celebrate Azzurri’s Euro 2020 triumph

Roberto Mancini's side clinched the coveted European title after seeing off the Three Lions on penalties at Wembley Stadium Former Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o, Obinna Nsofor and Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam have congratulated Italy following their success at Euro 2020. The Azzurri defeated England 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time, to lift their second European Championship title on Sunday. Italy found themselves behind as early as in the second minute but Leonardo Bonucci got them back into the game with his 67th-minute finish from close range which cancelled out Luke Shaw's opener.
‘We dominated England’ – Mancini hails ‘extraordinary’ Italy after Euro 2020 triumph
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‘We dominated England’ – Mancini hails ‘extraordinary’ Italy after Euro 2020 triumph

The Azzurri boss thinks his side deserved to win the Wembley showpiece, but has also admitted he feels "a bit sorry" for the Three Lions Roberto Mancini hailed his "extraordinary" Italy players after their Euro 2020 triumph while insisting that they "dominated" England in the final. Italy clinched their second European Championship crown by beating England on penalties in the showpiece event at Wembley on Sunday night. The two sides were locked at 1-1 after extra time, but the Azzurri held their nerve to win the trophy 3-2 on spot-kicks, leaving Mancini beaming with pride.
Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America
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Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has paid tribute to God as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final to win the Copa America on Sunday morning. Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the first half as Argentina defeated Brazil at the Maracana Stadium. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who was promoted to the starting line-up for the final match, coolly lobbed over Brazil goalkeeper Ederson for the 22nd-minute winner. The triumph also marks Messi’s maiden piece of major silverware with Argentina, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner dominant throughout the tournament. Messi also finished Copa America 2021 with the most goals (four) and most assists (five). Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account, described the Copa America victory as a ‘beautiful ...
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
New Zealand seal Famous Series win Over England
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New Zealand seal Famous Series win Over England

New Zealand secured their first Test series win in England since 1999 after taking just under an hour to wrap up an eight-wicket win on day four of the second Test at Edgbaston. While the Black Caps can celebrate a famous triumph ahead of the World Test Championship final against India on Friday, England are left to come to terms with a first Test series defeat at home in seven years. Trent Boult (2-34) ensured there would be no heroics from the England tail as he had Olly Stone (15) caught behind with the first ball of the day, drawing laughter from the sparse Edgbaston crowd, to end the hosts' miserable second innings on 122. That left New Zealand needing just 38 to win the match and although Stuart Broad removed Devon Conway (3) early and Stone bowled Will Young (8), stand-...
James Maddison gets stunning FA Cup tattoo
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James Maddison gets stunning FA Cup tattoo

  James Maddison has shown off the incredible tattoo he got to commemorate Leicester's magical FA Cup triumph. The Foxes midfielder claimed the first major trophy of his career last season as he helped Leicester to beat Chelsea at Wembley to win the FA Cup. Youri Tielemans' stunning strike separated two sides as Leicester got their hands on the famous trophy for the first time ever in the club's history. And now Maddison, who was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the England squad for Euro 2020, has marked Leicester's historical achievement by getting it inked on his calf. The design, which was done by a tattooist to the stars Dale McGovern, features a young Maddison holding a football next to the FA Cup trophy on the Wembley pitch with the arches in the background ...
Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker Predict Euro 2020 winner
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker Predict Euro 2020 winner

  Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020. The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success. Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante. Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack. “France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC. Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.” Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus. “It’s hard t...
Chelsea Star, Antonio Rudiger Becomes a dad for Second time, Names the Baby girl after his Champions League win
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Chelsea Star, Antonio Rudiger Becomes a dad for Second time, Names the Baby girl after his Champions League win

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger has become a father for the second time just days after the Champions League triumph over Manchester City. The German international, 28, celebrated his Champions League win in a special way by naming his daughter, Aaliyah Trophy Rudiger. On Wednesday night, the proud father posted an adorable of himself in the hospital with his newborn. He tweeted: "Alhamdulillah for everything - God always has a better plan than we do!!! "Aaliyah Trophy Rüdiger - My biggest 'Trophy'. Proud dad for the 2nd time." Antonio Rudiger was among the squad who helped Chelsea secure their second Champions League trophy when they defeated Manchester City 1 - 0 last Saturday May 29.
Europa League final: Villarreal Players didn’t Prepare for Penalties – Unai Emery
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Europa League final: Villarreal Players didn’t Prepare for Penalties – Unai Emery

  Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, has claimed his players did not practice penalties’ shootout, before Wednesday night’s win over Manchester United in the Europa League final. Emery clinched his fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League triumph with the victory. The match was decided on spot kicks after the scoreline remained 1-1 after 120 minutes. Villarreal converted 11 kicks with precision before United goalkeeper David de Gea saw his effort saved. “This season, we have not worked on penalties in training but the players have been fabulous,” Emery said. “It’s amazing and wonderful that everyone has scored. It is a source of pride for Villarreal, the president, the project. “The secret is work. The players showed a great mentality throughout the competition and in the f...
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Simeone: Atletico will give our lives to win Liga title on final day

The Rojiblancos' hunt for a second domestic crown under their boss will be decided on Saturday as they jostle for a sophomore triumph Diego Simeone says that Atletico Madrid will "give their lives" in order to be crowned champions of La Liga this weekend, as the title race goes down to the wire with Real Madrid. The Rojiblancos, who have led the top flight for the majority of the 2020-21 campaign, head into the final matchday against Real Valladolid two points ahead of Zinedine Zidane's crosscity rivals and current holders. Yet owing to Los Blancos' superior head-to-head record, any tie at the summit would see Atletico let the title slip through their fingers, while Sergio's hosts at Estadio Jose Zorrilla are fighting for their own survival against relegation - and Simeone fully...
Kanu Nwankwo Reacts to Defeat of Chelsea by Iheanacho, Ndidi to win FA Cup
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Kanu Nwankwo Reacts to Defeat of Chelsea by Iheanacho, Ndidi to win FA Cup

  Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, has taken to social media to celebrate Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, following their FA Cup triumph with Leicester City. The Foxes beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday, thanks to Youri Tielemans’ 63rd-minute sublime strike. Iheanacho played for 67 minutes before he was replaced by James Maddison. Ndidi was solid in the middle of the park for the entire duration of the game at Wembley. Kanu posted a collage of the two players and wrote: “Congratulations congratulations champions.” The former Arsenal striker also won the FA Cup with Portsmouth, scoring in the final.
Guardiola Hails Man City After ‘Hardest’ Title Triumph
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Guardiola Hails Man City After ‘Hardest’ Title Triumph

Pep Guardiola saluted “relentless” Manchester City on Tuesday after they clinched the “hardest” of his three Premier League titles. Guardiola’s side were crowned English champions for the third time in four seasons thanks to Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Leicester. City have claimed the trophy with three games to spare, capping a remarkable surge to the silverware in the second half of the season. Guardiola endured the worst start to his managerial career as City won only five of their first 12 league games this term. They were hit by injuries to club record goalscorer Sergio Aguero and influential midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, as well as a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad in December. But Guardiola refused to let those problems derail City, leading them to his 10th...
Man City Crowned Premier League Champions for Fifth time
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Man City Crowned Premier League Champions for Fifth time

Manchester City have been crowned 2020-21 Premier League champions after Manchester United's defeat to Leicester. Pep Guardiola's side have had to wait to rubberstamp their latest triumph, following changes to the fixture schedule and their own slip-up. A late defeat to Chelsea last weekend as closest rivals United won at Aston Villa kept City's champagne on ice but they finally reclaimed the Premier League title from Liverpool before kicking a ball again as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were beaten 2-1 on Tuesday after making 10 changes to their starting line-up. City have now won three Premier League titles and eight major trophies under Guardiola, who last year signed a new two-year contract to remain at the club until 2023. Manchester City crowned 2020-21 Premier ...
Bandits Kill Three Abducted Students of Kaduna Varsity
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Bandits Kill Three Abducted Students of Kaduna Varsity

Three of the students kidnapped from Greenfield University in Kaduna State have been killed by their abductors. LIB reported that armed bandits broke into the private university located along the Kaduna-Abuka Highway in Chikun Local Government Area on Tuesday night, April 20, shooting sporadically before whisking unspecified number of students away. The abductors later contacted their parents to demand a collective ransom of N800 million. Read Here In a statement on Friday, April 22, Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said the remains of the three students were found at Kwanar Bature village, a location close to the university. "In an act of mindless evil and sheer wickedness, the armed bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield Un...
FA Cup: Thomas Tuchel Names Players that caused Man City Problems during 1-0 win
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FA Cup: Thomas Tuchel Names Players that caused Man City Problems during 1-0 win

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel singled out Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner as two players that troubled Manchester City’s defence during the Blues 1-0 triumph over Pep Guardiola’s side at Wembley on Saturday. Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final on Saturday, beating Man City 1-0 in the process and Tuchel had Werner and Ziyech to praise for the victory. The Blues were the more dangerous side at Wembley as they exploited the space behind City’s defence time after time. The west London side scored through a rapid counter attack in the second half when Mason Mount’s through ball found Werner, who cut the ball across the box for Hakim Ziyech to roll it into an empty net. Tuchel brought back Ziyech and Werner into the starting lineup for Christian Pulisic and Kai Ha...
Guillermo Lasso wins Ecuador presidential election, Arauz concedes
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Guillermo Lasso wins Ecuador presidential election, Arauz concedes

65-year-old former banker and supporter of free-market policies, Guillermo Lasso has won Ecuador's presidential election. Lasso in his third attempt received over 52% of the vote to clinch the presidency, defeating Andrés Arauz, a 36-year-old leftist economist and protégé of powerful ex-president Rafael Correa. Mr. Arauz conceded after more than 95% of votes were counted. Arauz said; “I congratulate him on his electoral triumph today and I will show him our democratic convictions." Accepting the “challenge” of changing Ecuador’s “destiny", Lasso told his supporters; “For years, I’ve dreamed about the possibility of serving Ecuadoreans, so the country progresses. Today, you’ve made that possible. We’ll build a more just country, with more prosperity for everyone. “On May 24 ...
LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos
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LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has said they would have won more titles if Lionel Messi was not playing for Barcelona. The Spanish defender claims Messi made Los Blancos suffer over the years. Ramos has won four Champions League crowns and five league titles during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi has helped Barca to 10 title triumphs and made a habit of dashing the dreams of their little rivals down the years. Ramos told his documentary series, ‘The Legend of Sergio Ramos’: “We’ve suffered against Messi during these years. “Perhaps if Barcelona didn’t have him, we would have won more titles. “There was a time when we faced the best Barcelona in history. We had a great coach like [Jose] Mourinho, but it was hard for us to beat them. “We didn’t...
Don’t Compromise Athletes’ Welfare – SWAN tells Officials
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Don’t Compromise Athletes’ Welfare – SWAN tells Officials

  The Taraba State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has advised officials from the state to this year’s National Sports Festival which is scheduled to hold in Edo State to make the welfare of the contingents from the state a top priority. The association in a press statement believed that the contingents have all that are needed to make the state proud, calling on the officials to do the needful by not compromising their welfare. The statement which was jointly signed by the association’s chairman, Joachim Dangana and the secretary, Sani Suleiman, also tasked the contingents to go extra legitimate miles to be good ambassadors of the state. Affirming that the state have all it takes to triumph at the exercise which will bring together athletes...
Manchester City Set Away Wins Record With Champions League Triumph Over Borussia Monchengladbach
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Manchester City Set Away Wins Record With Champions League Triumph Over Borussia Monchengladbach

Pep Guardiola's side has now won 12 consecutive matches away from the Etihad, setting an English record Manchester City's dominance away from home continued on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola's side took down Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus fired the goals, leading the way in a 2-0 win for the Premier League leaders. The victory moves Manchester City one step closer to the quarter-final round of the Champions League as they continue their bid for a first-ever triumph in the competition.
Schools’ Abduction, Boko Haram’s Plot to Discourage Western Education – Lawmaker
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Schools’ Abduction, Boko Haram’s Plot to Discourage Western Education – Lawmaker

A member of the House of Representatives in Ekiti State, Hon. Ibrahim Olanrewaju, has said the preponderance of abduction of pupils in schools in the northern part of the country was an evil plot by Boko Haram insurgents to discourage Western education in Nigeria. The lawmaker spoke in Otun Ekiti, Moba Local Government area of Ekiti State, on Saturday, while distributing materials worth over N500 million to his constituents as dividends of democracy. Speaking about the abduction of students in Chibok, Kankara, Dapchi and Kagara in Niger State by suspected bandits, Olanrewaju said it was a mischief by insurgents to whittle down education in the Northern part of the country. “What Boko Haram means is that Western education is a sin. They wanted to discourage people from going to...
Victor Osimhen sees first career red in Napoli win
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Victor Osimhen sees first career red in Napoli win

Victor Osimhen was shown a red card after two bookable offences in Napoli’s 1-0 triumph over Real Sociedad in Thursday’s Europa League clash. The Nigeria international received a first red in his footballing career in the third minute of added time. He had initially picked his first yellow in the 81st minute. He then picked another ten minutes later, after elbowing Robin Le Normand while trying to control David Ospina’s goal kick. The 21-year-old record signing came on as a second-half substitute for Gennaro Gattuso’s side, as a Matteo Politano lone goal sealed the win for the Partenopei. Osimhen will now miss next week’s clash with Rijeka.
Guardiola tipped to leave Man City if Champions League ban is upheld
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Guardiola tipped to leave Man City if Champions League ban is upheld

Former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit thinks the Spaniard might decide to take a break from management Pep Guardiola could walk away from Manchester City if their two-season Champions League ban is upheld, according to Emmanuel Petit. Guardiola is widely revered as one of the finest managers in world football, having enjoyed unprecedented success during spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He led the Blaugrana to two European Cups and three La Liga titles, before masterminding three successive Bundesliga triumphs at Bayern.
Liverpool Set New Record After 2-0 Win at West Ham
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Liverpool Set New Record After 2-0 Win at West Ham

Liverpool have set a new club record after beating West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side march towards their first ever Premier League title in 30 years. Liverpool headed to West Ham, having won 22 of their opening 23 League games to become favourites to win their first League triumph since 1990. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah fired the Reds to victory in east London. They are now 19 points clear of champions Manchester City in second position. It was Liverpool’s first league game against West Ham and the win marked another milestone for this team. Liverpool’s win in east London meant that for the first time ever, the Reds have now beaten every other opponent in a single League campaign. West Ha...
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Nomme Kalju 0-2 Celtic (0-7 agg):

Aleksandr Kulinits' own goal and Marian Shved's strike ensured Celtic will play Cluj in the Champions League's third qualifying round. Celtic progressed to the Champions League third qualifying round after a 2-0 win at Nomme Kalju secured a 7-0 aggregate triumph. Neil Lennon's side had done most of the hard work at home last week but they triumped again in Tallinn on Tuesday. The Scottish title winners are now two rounds away from reaching the group stage of the Champions League, having lost to AEK Athens in the third qualifying round last season.
Afcon 2019: The final will be an open game between Senegal and Algeria – Njitap
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Afcon 2019: The final will be an open game between Senegal and Algeria – Njitap

The African football icon is expecting a difficult game when Aliou Cisse’s men take on the Desert Foxes for Afcon’s top prize Cameroon legend Geremi Njitap talks to Goal about Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final between Senegal and Algeria.The Lions of Teranga are chasing their first Afcon title, while the Desert Foxes are hoping for a second crown after their first triumph in 1990. Also, Senegal are the team that Algeria have faced the most without losing in Afcon history, but Njitap who has won the championship twice still expects Djamel Belmadi’s men to face a difficult task against Aliou Cisse’s wards. “I won’t be supporting any team because I’m neither a Senegalese nor an Algerian but I’m expecting a very tough final,” Njitap told Goal.
Afcon 2019: Algeria and Senegal are on another psychological level – Belmadi
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Afcon 2019: Algeria and Senegal are on another psychological level – Belmadi

The 43-year-old has warned the final is a totally different test to their group stage clash against Senegal Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has underlined his team's mission is to make fans happy with victory in the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The North Africans need to see off Senegal in order to rule the continent for the second time in the tournament's history. Friday's outing will be their third appearance in Afcon finals and their first since their last triumph in 1990.
What are we going to do about it?’ – Rapinoe tells FIFA president Infantino she wants action on equal pay
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What are we going to do about it?’ – Rapinoe tells FIFA president Infantino she wants action on equal pay

The FIFA boss congratulated the winger after the Women's World Cup final, and she had a message for him Megan Rapinoe wants action on the issue of equal pay after helping the U.S. women's national team to a fourth Women's World Cup final triumph. The U.S. beat Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon on Sunday to retain their title, with Rapinoe scoring a second-half penalty before Rose Lavelle found the net as well. At the next World Cup in 2023, FIFA president Gianni Infantino wishes to double the prize money to $60million, yet at the men's competition in 2022, teams in Qatar will have a pot of $440m.
Douglas Costa hints at future Premier League move amid links to Man Utd
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Douglas Costa hints at future Premier League move amid links to Man Utd

The Brazilian forward insists he is happy at Serie A champions Juventus, but is not closing the door on a potential switch to England at some stage Juventus forward Douglas Costa has hinted at a future move to the Premier League, with Manchester United currently being linked with an approach for the Brazilian. Questions have been asked of the 28-year-old’s future in Turin amid a lack of regular game time and another change in the dugout. Under Massimiliano Allegri in 2018-19, Costa was given just 10 Serie A starts as the Bianconeri swept to an eighth successive title triumph.
Asisat Oshoala: Nigeria were afraid of early exit in Women’s World Cup
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Asisat Oshoala: Nigeria were afraid of early exit in Women’s World Cup

The Barcelona star has spoken about her brilliant strike against the Asians on Wednesday Asisat Oshoala has revealed that her side's desire to claim their first win inspired her goal in Nigeria's 2-0 triumph over South Korea in Grenoble on Wednesday. Last Saturday, the 24-year-old was in action for the duration of the match against Norway but could not help the Super Falcons avoid a 3-0 losing start in Reims. At Stade des Alpes, the three-time African Women's Footballer of the Year scored with a brilliant finish in the 75th minute to seal the Super Falcons' first Women's World Cup win at the showpiece.
Portugal 1 Netherlands 0: Guedes delivers Nations League glory
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Portugal 1 Netherlands 0: Guedes delivers Nations League glory

The inaugural Nations League crown went to Portugal, who defeated Netherlands in front of a partisan Estadio do Dragao crowd on Sunday. Portugal secured Nations League glory on Sunday as Goncalo Guedes' second-half strike earned a 1-0 victory over Netherlands at the Estadio do Dragao. The host nation had been touted as favourites ahead of the inaugural Finals and they lived up to that billing in Porto, adding more major silverware to their European Championship triumph three years ago. Cristiano Ronaldo had netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland but he was kept relatively quiet on this occasion by Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.
Kompany Names Club that Deserve to win Premier League title
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Kompany Names Club that Deserve to win Premier League title

Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, has said that Liverpool were exceptional and deserve to win the Premier League title this year. He, however, described the just-concluded season as the toughest ever. The Belgian lifted his fourth Premier League trophy after Man City defeated Brighton 4-1 to pip rivals Liverpool by one point. The defender said the latest triumph was both the most difficult and the most satisfying of them all. “It was the hardest and most satisfying Premier League title win ever,” Kompany told Sky Sports. “Liverpool were exceptional this year and I don’t mean to rub it in – it is what it is – they didn’t deserve to be second this year. “But that only makes me that much more happy that we’ve been up against such a good team a...
Easter: Goodluck Jonathan Sends Message to Nigerians
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Easter: Goodluck Jonathan Sends Message to Nigerians

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to remain resolute on love for the nation and work towards building a country during the Easter season. Jonathan said this in a statement, on Thursday in Abuja advising Nigerians not to give up, adding that “Through our faith and collective actions, we will overcome the tempests of violence, misery, and insecurity that threaten our nation.” The statement read: “Easter is a time Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who offered Himself as a sacrifice for the remission of the sins of the world. Christ’s resurrection as a testimony of the new covenant is the justification for Christians’ commemoration of the triumph of life over death, freedom over bondage and hope over despair, at this tim...
Cesc Fabregas and wife Daniella Semaan watch Rafael Nadal triumph at the Monte-Carlo Masters
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Cesc Fabregas and wife Daniella Semaan watch Rafael Nadal triumph at the Monte-Carlo Masters

Monaco midfielder and Spanish footballer, Cesc Fabregas and his wife Daniella Semaan were on Wednesday pictured at the Monte-Carlo Masters game between Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut. The ex-Chelsea and Barcelona star and his wife who got married in May 2018 witnessed Nadal triumph against Roberto Bautista Agut, winning 6-1 6-1. The pair were later joined at the match by Cesc's Monaco FC teammate, and captain, Radamel Falcao and his wife Lorelei Taron.      
President Buhari Gives Fresh Hope on Leah Sharibu’s Return
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President Buhari Gives Fresh Hope on Leah Sharibu’s Return

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured parents of the school girls, who were kidnapped from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state, that his administration is intensifying efforts to secure their release five years after. April 14, 2019 will mark the fifth year, after over a 100 girls were taken away by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. In a statement signed by Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and forwarded to DAILY POST, the president revealed that “interlocutors have reported encouraging progress so far”. FULL STATEMENT: President Muhammadu Buhari would like to remind the parents of the school girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State that he has still not forgotten their daughters who were kidnapped fro...

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