Thursday, January 27

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Footballer, Ferran Torres confirms he’s dating Luis Enrique’s daughter weeks after signing for Barcelona
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Footballer, Ferran Torres confirms he’s dating Luis Enrique’s daughter weeks after signing for Barcelona

Barcelona new signing, Ferran Torres has confirmed he is in a relationship with the daughter of Spain boss Luis Enrique, just weeks after he completed his transfer to the Spanish club. Over the weekend the 21-year-old made his romance with Sira, Luis Enrique’s oldest daughter official by celebrating her winning performance in a horse-riding competition with an Instagram post. Sira Martinez., Luis Enrique’s oldest daughter, reposted the photo her boyfriend uploaded onto his Instagram Story showing her astride her horse with snaps of the first and third medals she had won.   It is believed that Torres has been in a relationship with the former Barcelona coach’s daughter Sira, aged 21, for several weeks before they made it public. Torres has previously spoken of his ad...
2023: OPC disowns Osinbajo, Tinubu, Fayemi
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2023: OPC disowns Osinbajo, Tinubu, Fayemi

The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) says it has no connection with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu and Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi. Publicity Secretary, Yinka Oguntimehin said the organization was not involved with a “Mega Accord of 57 civil society groups rooting for southwest presidential candidate”. In a statement on Monday, he said those who dropped the name of OPC during a meeting at the weekend were engaging in fraud. The spokesman said the Aare Gani Adams-led body at no time announced it was mobilizing for any politician or party. He maintained that Nigeria’s problem can only be solved through restructuring, to allow regions develop at their own pace as it was in the 1960 and 1963 constitutions. “We are aware that when elections are appro...
Leeds boss Bielsa snaps at reporter over sack question
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Leeds boss Bielsa snaps at reporter over sack question

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has rejected claims he's considered his future after their 7-0 thrashing by Manchester City. Bielsa faced questions surrounding his future in his pre-match press conference ahead of the team's game with Arsenal this weekend. "Of course I'm going to continue fighting until the end of the season," Bielsa insisted. "[If you] Listen to what I said before, that I said I always think upon adversity you always have to fight. You never know if the strength is going to be enough and what is the progression of the difficulties that we've come up against. "Having said that, I'm going to fight until the end of the season without any doubts and I hope that nothing happens that doesn't allow me to act [upon] what I've just said." Bielsa was also asked whether he fea...
‘Musiala and Bellingham are two top human beings’ – Former England coach on friendship between young stars
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‘Musiala and Bellingham are two top human beings’ – Former England coach on friendship between young stars

The youngsters will see their club sides go head to head this weekend as Bayern Munich face Dortmund Former England youth coach Kevin Betsy has hailed Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala as "two top human beings" with the two longtime friends about to see their club teams face off this weekend. Bellingham's Dortmund are set to face Musiala's Bayern Munich this weekend in a match that will have massive Bundesliga title implications. Bellingham and Musiala are longtime friends, having played together many times in England's youth system and, despite taking different paths to the top of the game, the two have made Betsy proud with how they've developed as players and people on their road to Germany.  
Man Utd hoping to use PSG winter break to swoop for Pochettino
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Man Utd hoping to use PSG winter break to swoop for Pochettino

Manchester United are hoping to use PSG's winter break to persuade Mauricio Pochettino to become their next manager. The Argentine is interested in succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United boss. Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday after a dismal defeat to Watford over the weekend. A move at the end of the season seems most realistic, with Michael Carrick put in charge as interim manager. However, the Evening Standard says United could try to use the break to approach Pochettino when the Ligue 1 goes on break from December 22 and January 7. Pochettino's wife and youngest son still live in London and the 49-year-old is expected to return to the UK over Christmas. This time would also allow PSG to find a suitable replacement for Pochettino. The Parisians used last season's wi...
Juventus ahead of Liverpool for Gladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria
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Juventus ahead of Liverpool for Gladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria

Juventus are ahead of Liverpool in their interest for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. La Gazzetta Dello Sport says Zakaria is a January target for Serie A giants Juventus. However, the report mentions that Liverpool are in the conversation, having previously been linked with the Switzerland international. The report goes on to say that Liverpool are “in contention" to sign Zakaria, but add that Juventus is the most likely destination for the 24-year-old. Just this weekend, Gladbach chief Max Eberl has admitted Zakaria could be sold in January.  
EPL: Aubameyang names two Arsenal players faster than him
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EPL: Aubameyang names two Arsenal players faster than him

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has revealed that fellow teammates, Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, are both faster than him. According to Aubameyang, both Tierney and Tavares possess more pace than he does over short distances. The Gabon international stated this ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Watford this weekend. The 32-year-old was reportedly the third fastest player in Europe last season after he reached a top speed of 35.5 km/h. “I think no [not the fastest in the Arsenal team], I think we have got some players that are really quick. We have never done a real race, because if we do that, I have my chances,” Aubameyang told Yianni. “At 80-100 metres, I am sure I am one of the best, but in 30 metres, yea we have got some quick players, like Kie...
Barcelona’s Aguero out for over three months following chest discomfort
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Barcelona’s Aguero out for over three months following chest discomfort

The striker was taken to hospital after complaining of chest discomfort during his side's La Liga clash at the weekend Barcelona have confirmed Sergio Aguero will be out for at least three months after suffering chest problems. The Argentine striker was taken to hospital after complaining of dizziness during his side's 1-1 draw with Alaves on Saturday. Aguero has undergone medical checks and the club have confirmed he will be out of action for several months.  
‘On any good day they can punish you’ – SuperSport United’s Tembo wary of Kaizer Chiefs
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‘On any good day they can punish you’ – SuperSport United’s Tembo wary of Kaizer Chiefs

The 2019 MTN8 title-winning coach will be banking on Matsatsantsa's solid defence when they face Amakhosi SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo is wary of a revitalized Kaizer Chiefs side ahead of their epic PSL clash on Sunday. The Tshwane giants will put their unbeaten record in the PSL on the line when they play host to Amakhosi at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane. They will be up against a Chiefs side that ended its four-match winless run in the league in style as they hammered Chippa United 4-0 at home over the weekend.  
‘We know Zamalek SC will scare Tusker using army and police’ – Matano
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‘We know Zamalek SC will scare Tusker using army and police’ – Matano

The tactician, after losing at home on Saturday, said they are ready to cope with the kind of reception they will get in the north Tusker head coach Robert Matano has claimed their Caf Champions League opponents Zamalek SC will try to scare them using the army and the police. The White Knights earned the first-leg advantage in their first-round clash at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday following a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal scored by Achraf Bencharki. Matano has now claimed the Egyptian giants might use state might to scare them, but they will be ready for that kind of reception upon their arrival in North Africa for the second leg this weekend.  
Restructuring only solution to unrest in Nigeria – Onochie
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Restructuring only solution to unrest in Nigeria – Onochie

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the southeast and former Nigerian envoy to Algeria and Philippines, Amb Nnamdi Onochie, has lamented that Nigeria’s political space has suffered in the last twelve years. In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, Onochie, who recently declared his intention to run for the 2023 presidential seat of Nigeria, also regretted that the myriads of challenges ravaging the nation have continued to persist with no decisive approaches or measures taken by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to end them. The presidential hopeful posited that under the watch of the current government, Nigeria and her citizens have continued to witness tragedies of kidnapping of vulnerable scholars, University students, farmers ...
‘Make your kids, parents understand how disgusting it is to hate skin colour’ – Osimhen
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‘Make your kids, parents understand how disgusting it is to hate skin colour’ – Osimhen

The West African has challenged the fans to teach their kin to have respect for all and avoid discrimination Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has taken to his social media account to challenge everyone to speak to their children and parents and discourage them against racism. As per Goal Italy the Super Eagle, as well as Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa of Cameroon, were racially abused in Napoli's 2-1 win away to Fiorentina at Artemio Franchi Stadium at the weekend. During the match, Lucas Martinez converted a Dusan Vlahovis pass in the 28th minute to give the hosts a lead.  
AAUA lecturer kidnapped in Ondo, abductors demand N10m ransom
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AAUA lecturer kidnapped in Ondo, abductors demand N10m ransom

Mayowa Adinlewa, a lecturer of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State has been kidnapped. Adinlewa was kidnapped over the weekend along the deplorable Akure-Ikere-Ekiti highway while on his way from Akungba to visit his family at Ikere in Ekiti State. The gunmen were said to have struck on a bad portion of the road when waylaid and whisked him away to an unknown destination. The kidnappers were said to have contacted the victim’s wife on Sunday with the lecturer who was allowed to speak with his wife heard on the phone that he was inside the bush with his captives and that they had trekked for hours without eating and drinking. With the wife asking for the location, the lecturer stated that his legs were already burnt due to the heat from the long walk and ...
Arteta lauds Lokonga: ‘He showed character and good positioning’ in Brighton stalemate
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Arteta lauds Lokonga: ‘He showed character and good positioning’ in Brighton stalemate

The DR Congo prospect deputised for the injured Granit Xhaka as his team secured a point away to the Seagulls Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has lauded Albert Sambi Lokonga for his performance in the 0-0 draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday. The Democratic Republic of Congo prospect partnered Thomas Partey in the Gunners midfield, deputizing for Granit Xhaka who was not available owing to an injury sustained in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. The Spanish tactician believes the youngster is developing and despite playing against a good team, he did well.  
Awaziem’s own goal denies Alanyaspor victory against Konyaspor
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Awaziem’s own goal denies Alanyaspor victory against Konyaspor

The Nigeria star capped his solid outing in Konya with a blunder that cost his team three points on the road Chidozie Awaziem scored a late own goal as Alanyaspor settled for a 1-1 draw against Konyaspor in a Turkish Super Lig encounter on Saturday. Awaziem's error condemned Bulent Korkmaz's side to their second straight draw after last weekend's 1-1 draw with Trabzonspor. The Super Eagles defender put the ball into the back of his team's net with three minutes left on the clock to cancel out Fatih Aksoy's 49th-minute opener.  
‘I had a clear conversation with him’ – Arsenal boss Arteta refutes Leno’s claims over his benching
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‘I had a clear conversation with him’ – Arsenal boss Arteta refutes Leno’s claims over his benching

The German international has fallen behind Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order Mikel Arteta is adamant he had a ‘clear conversation’ with Bernd Leno before dropping him for Aaron Ramsdale. The German international has fallen behind Ramsdale in the pecking order at Arsenal, with the former Sheffield United keeper having started the last three Premier League games for the Gunners. Speaking to the German media after the win against Spurs last weekend, Leno claimed he had been given no clear reason by Arteta as to why he had been dropped. But Arteta insists he has been open with the 29-year-old.
‘Sorry for annoying Pep!’ – Klopp opens up on Guardiola rivalry as Liverpool and Manchester City prepare to battle
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‘Sorry for annoying Pep!’ – Klopp opens up on Guardiola rivalry as Liverpool and Manchester City prepare to battle

The Reds boss was in jovial mood as he discussed his relationship with his City counterpart ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League clash at Anfield Jurgen Klopp has opened up on his rivalry with Pep Guardiola, apologising for sometimes “annoying” his Manchester City counterpart with comments made in press conferences. The Liverpool boss smiled when asked about his relationship with Guardiola ahead of the sides’ crunch Premier League meeting at Anfield on Sunday. Klopp spoke glowingly about his rival, describing facing Guardiola’s City side as one of the biggest challenges in football, but insisted that Liverpool will go into the weekend determined to emerge victorious against the reigning champions.
‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa
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‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa

It is not every week football fans enjoy a grand opening to Premier League’s weekend games. This Saturday, three of the four teams that kicked off the 12.30pm fixtures included Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Gabriel Jesus provided the breakthrough, as City dominated the Blues at Stamford Bridge and 1-0 convincingly, to get back into the title race. At Old Trafford, a miserable week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued, as Kortney Hause netted the decisive goal. Bruno Fernandes however had time to blaze off a late penalty. What are the five things we learnt from both games? 1. Guardiola is still king: This was a high-pressure game for Pep by all account. Not only was it the start of a triple header that still has Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to come. But b...
Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer explains why he dropped Ronaldo
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Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer explains why he dropped Ronaldo

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has explained why he left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad to play West Ham to play in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. According to the Norwegian, it is not “possible” for Ronaldo to play in every game this season. Solskjaer made 11 changes to the team that beat the Hammers in the Premier League at the weekend. Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have all been given a chance to impress from the start at Old Trafford. The Red Devils play host to Aston Villa in just three days’ time and it appears Solskjaer will look to wrap Ronaldo up in cotton wool whenever possible over the course of a long season. When asked whether it was a good night for Ronaldo to put his feet up, Solskjaer told Sky Spo...
Orlando Pirates should should ‘look after’ Mamelodi Sundowns’ Zwane – Sebola
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Orlando Pirates should should ‘look after’ Mamelodi Sundowns’ Zwane – Sebola

Masandawana face the Buccaneers this weekend as they seek to extend their dominance in the PSL Former Orlando Pirates forward Andries Sebola has picked Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Themba Zwane as the man who can hurt Orlando Pirates when the two sides meet in a Premier Soccer League match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. Pirates have regained some form and have won their last two league games, against Swallows FC and Chippa United. They face a Sundowns side which has also recorded victories in their last two matches, against Kaizer Chiefs and TS Galaxy.  
Were Ndidi and Goodman denied goals by VAR? Gallagher gives verdict
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Were Ndidi and Goodman denied goals by VAR? Gallagher gives verdict

The Nigeria duo thought they had scored for their team last weekend but their goals were scrapped off for offside Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has insisted Stuart Attwell was right to disallow Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi's strikes in Leicester City's 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. In the match played at the American Express Community Stadium, Neal Maupay opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 35th minute before Danny Welbeck nodded in a Leandro Trossard cross to make it 2-0 in the 50th minute. Leicester scored their only goal in the 61st minute courtesy of Jamie Vardy, who converted a Youri Tieleman's cross before VAR denied Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi for offside in the 67th and 86th minutes, respectively.
David Beckham’s son Romeo makes professional football debut for Inter Miami reserves
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David Beckham’s son Romeo makes professional football debut for Inter Miami reserves

The teenage talent, whose father is a Manchester United legend, lined up for Fort Lauderdale CF against Tormenta at the weekend David Beckham's son Romeo made his professional football debut for Inter Miami reserves on Sunday night. Beckham junior was handed his first professional contract earlier this month, with the 19-year-old signing for Fort Lauderdale CF - part of MLS franchise Inter Miami, which is co-owned by his father. The 19-year-old made his full debut for the USL League One outfit at the weekend, playing 79 minutes of their 2-2 draw with Tormenta at DRV PNK Stadium.    
Pulisic return ‘doubtful’ for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash with Villa – Tuchel
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Pulisic return ‘doubtful’ for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash with Villa – Tuchel

The USMNT star tweaked his ankle on international duty and has yet to return to training Christian Pulisic is unlikely to feature for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday as he continues to rehab an ankle injury, says manager Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel was asked about the U.S. men's national team star, who sustained his injury in World Cup qualifying earlier this month, after the Blues defeated Tottenham 3-0 on Sunday. Because Pulisic has not participated in training yet, it's considered doubtful for him to be available before next weekend at the earliest.  
‘I don’t like losing’ – Crystal Palace’s Zaha on why he ‘moans’ on the pitch
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‘I don’t like losing’ – Crystal Palace’s Zaha on why he ‘moans’ on the pitch

  The 28-year-old winger explains his high emotions when featuring for the London side in the top-flight Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has revealed the reason he keeps "moaning" on the pitch when his side is in action. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast winger has enjoyed a good start with Palace in the Premier League and last weekend he scored from the penalty spot as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the London derby at Selhurst Park Stadium. Ahead of their next fixture against Liverpool on Saturday, a player who has managed 360 minutes under new manager Patrick Vieira’s campaign this term, has stated he always tries to lead by example.      
ABU appoints Samaila, Gurin as new Registrar, Bursar
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ABU appoints Samaila, Gurin as new Registrar, Bursar

The Governing Council of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria has appointed Rabiu Samaila as the substantive Registrar. The institution also named Mohammed-Bello Gurin as the new Bursar. Auwal Umar, ABU Public Affairs Director made the announcement in a statement at the weekend. The appointments were approved by the Joint Council/Senate Selection Board at its meeting on September 17. The new officials will for a one-term period of five years. Umar was Deputy Registrar, Human Resources Development Department. He takes over from ex-Registrar, Abdullahi Kundila, whose tenure expired on June 2. Umar was Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council on two occasions – December 2014 to September 2015; and February to June 2016. Gurin earlier served as Bursar of the Federal...
McKennie to start for Juventus against Napoli after being kicked out of USMNT squad
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McKennie to start for Juventus against Napoli after being kicked out of USMNT squad

  Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed the midfielder will be in the starting XI for the weekend Serie A clash Weston McKennie will return to the Juventus starting XI for the match against Napoli on Saturday despite being kicked out of the United States squad this week. The midfielder was dropped from the team before the World Cup qualifying clash with Honduras for violating Covid-19 protocol. McKennie apologised for the violation but was warned by USMNT hero Landon Donovan that he risks ruining his future with his country.      
Klopp addresses Van Dijk’s ‘scary moment’ with the Netherlands and gives Firmino & Elliott fitness update
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Klopp addresses Van Dijk’s ‘scary moment’ with the Netherlands and gives Firmino & Elliott fitness update

The Liverpool boss has offered news on three key players ahead of his side's trip to Leeds United this weekend Jurgen Klopp has addressed Virgil van Dijk's "scary moment" with the Netherlands over the international break while giving an update on the fitness of Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott. Van Dijk has slotted straight back into Klopp's plans at the start of the season after missing the majority of Liverpool's 2020-21 campaign through injury, starting in wins over Norwich and Burnley as well as a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. There were some fears that he could miss the Reds' next Premier League clash with Leeds United on Sunday after a nasty collision in the Netherlands' latest World Cup qualifier, but Klopp has now confirmed that the defender has assured him that he suffered n...
‘Absolutely embarrassing’ – NWSL stars furious over 9am title game start
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‘Absolutely embarrassing’ – NWSL stars furious over 9am title game start

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

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

  The 29-year-old has been subject to criticism in the French press of late Neymar has laughed off suggestions he is overweight after recent criticism suggesting he is not in ideal playing shape. The Brazil star played the full match on Thursday as the Selecao defeated Chile 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. French media suggested Neymar was out of shape after PSG's win over Reims last weekend, which prompted a response from the superstar after his exploits with Brazil.      
LaLiga: Barcelona lists targets for Koeman this season
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LaLiga: Barcelona lists targets for Koeman this season

Koeman signed a two-year deal with the Catalans, after he replaced Quique Setien. The 58-year-old guided Barca to their 31st Copa del Rey triumph last term. They have made a decent start to the new season, despite wholesale changes to the squad over the summer. Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has submitted a conditional extension offer to Koeman, that guarantees him a longer stay at Camp Nou provided he meets certain performance criteria over the next 11 months. Laporta expects Koeman to continue handling the pressure that comes with the managerial hot seat, meaning he must remain a picture of composure in front of the press regardless of whether his position is called into question. He will also have to deliver consistent results while sticking to the club’s ‘Cruyffista ...
Ronaldo departure from Juventus makes Inter favourites to retain Serie A title, says Vieri
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Ronaldo departure from Juventus makes Inter favourites to retain Serie A title, says Vieri

The former Nerazzurri star thinks Simeone Inzaghi can make sure the Scudetto returns to San Siro in 2021-22 now an arch rival has been weakened Christian Vieri thinks Inter are favourites for the Serie A title following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Juventus. Ronaldo brought his three-year stay at Juve to an end by re-signing for Manchester United in a £20 million ($28m) deal on deadline day. The Bianconeri slumped to a fourth-place finish in Serie A in the Portuguese's final year in Turin, but he fired them to the Scudetto in both of his previous seasons and Vieri thinks his absence will give Inter an advantage as they bid to retain the trophy in 2021-22.
2023 Presidency: South-East Mandate strategizes for consensus, seeks Buhari’s support
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2023 Presidency: South-East Mandate strategizes for consensus, seeks Buhari’s support

A political pressure group, South-East Mandate rose from its meeting in Enugu, weekend, announcing plans to ensure that the zone presents an acceptable candidate for the 2023 presidential election. Convener of the Group, Senator Julius Ucha made the disclosure while addressing journalists after its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting. The group, made up of mostly stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the region, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate the process of APC nominating their presidential candidate from a trusted member of the party of south east extraction. Ucha identified trust, latent fear, suspicion and prejudice as key issues holding the South-East down in Nigeria political equation “We decided to work on them. At what point will...
Real Madrid boss Ancelotti stays tight-lipped as Mbappe transfer talk swirls
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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti stays tight-lipped as Mbappe transfer talk swirls

The France international could be on the cusp of a major-money move to Santiago Bernabeu but the Blancos boss is refusing to speculate Carlo Ancelotti has given nothing away over whether Kylian Mbappe is set to become a Real Madrid player, as speculation continues to swirl around the future of the Paris-Saint Germain forward. The France international could be on the cusp of a major-money move to Santiago Bernabeu and is reportedly keen on making the swap to Los Blancos from Parc des Princes. But speaking ahead of his side's clash with Real Betis in La Liga this weekend, Madrid boss Ancelotti has remained tight-lipped on whether the attacker could be at his disposal before the transfer window shuts.
Richarlison sale ruled out by Benitez as Everton forward attracts PSG interest
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Richarlison sale ruled out by Benitez as Everton forward attracts PSG interest

The Toffees boss has weighed in on the speculation surrounding the Brazilian's future ahead of his side's trip to Brighton this weekend Rafa Benitez has ruled out selling Richarlison before the end of the summer transfer window as the Everton forward continues to attract interest from Paris Saint-Germain. Richarlison initially joined Everton from Watford for £50 million ($69m) back in 2018, and has since established himself as one of the top forwards outside the Premier League's top six. The Brazilian is contracted to remain at Goodison Park until 2024 but it has been suggested that he could move onto pastures new this summer, with PSG reportedly weighing up a swoop for his services.  
Nice president accuses Guendouzi of lying about injuries following Marseille brawl
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Nice president accuses Guendouzi of lying about injuries following Marseille brawl

The former Arsenal player showed scratches on his neck after the astonishing scenes on Sunday - but has been accused of false evidence Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been accused of faking injuries by the president of rivals Nice after a mass brawl which saw the Ligue 1 match abandoned at the weekend. Former Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi was on the pitch when team-mate Dmitiri Payet hurled a bottle which had been thrown at him back into the crowd, sparking a huge fight between players, fans, coaches and officials. Guendouzi showed bruises and scratches on social media afterwards which he claims were sustained during the ugly scenes - however Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has accused him of being a liar.
‘Elliott is a special player’ – Henderson praises ‘outstanding’ Liverpool Premier League debutant
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‘Elliott is a special player’ – Henderson praises ‘outstanding’ Liverpool Premier League debutant

The Reds captain was hugely impressed with the teenager's display in the 2-0 home win over Burnley at the weekend Harvey Elliott is "a special player", according to Jordan Henderson, who has praised the Liverpool starlet for his "outstanding" performance on his full Premier League debut. Elliott, who returned to Anfield this summer following a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers, played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday after being handed his first top-flight start for Jurgen Klopp's side. The 18-year-old was deployed in a three-man midfield alongside Naby Keita and Henderson, with the Reds captain hugely impressed by his energy and vision in the final third of the pitch.
Nuno gives update on Man City target Kane after Tottenham lose in Europa League Conference League
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Nuno gives update on Man City target Kane after Tottenham lose in Europa League Conference League

The Spurs captain wasn't part of the squad against Pacos de Ferreira as he continues to be linked with a move to Etihad Stadium Nuno Espirito Santo gave an update on Manchester City target Harry Kane after seeing his Tottenham side lose in their opening Europa Conference League outing. Kane wasn't involved in Spurs first Premier League game of the new season against City last weekend, which they won 1-0 thanks to a Son Heung-min goal, and the manager also decided against using him in continental competition on Thursday. The north London outfit suffered a 1-0 defeat to Pacos de Ferreira in his absence this time around, and the Portuguese manager was forced to field questions on the club captain's future once again after the match.
Griezmann targets ‘100 more’ games with Barcelona as forward rejects transfer talk
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Griezmann targets ‘100 more’ games with Barcelona as forward rejects transfer talk

Though there was reported interest from Atletico Madrid and Manchester City this summer, the Frenchman is targeting a long-term stay at Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann has said he is aiming to play another 100 games for Barcelona after reaching an appearance milestone at the weekend. Griezmann started in Barca's season-opening win against Real Sociedad, reaching the century mark for the Blaugrana. Though he's been linked with an exit in recent months, the France star has indicated he is hoping to stay at Camp Nou for the long term.  
Chelsea finally confirms Lukaku’s squad number
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Chelsea finally confirms Lukaku’s squad number

Chelsea on Wednesday confirmed that the club’s new signing, Romelu Lukaku, will wear the number 9 shirt at the club. Chelsea disclosed this in a statement via their website ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal this weekend. Lukaku took the squad number following the departure of Tammy Abraham from Chelsea. The statement read, “Romelu Lukaku will wear the number nine shirt for Chelsea this season. “The striker takes the vacant squad number following Tammy Abraham’s departure to Roma yesterday, with Lukaku continuing with the same shirt number that served him so well at Inter Milan last season. “The Belgian took part in his first official training session with his new Chelsea team-mates at Cobham yesterday, after completing a short spell in isolation following the ...
Kante & Lukaku fit for Chelsea’s game at Arsenal but Loftus-Cheek tests positive for Covid-19
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Kante & Lukaku fit for Chelsea’s game at Arsenal but Loftus-Cheek tests positive for Covid-19

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed mixed news ahead of his side's trip to face the Gunners next weekend Thomas Tuchel is ready to throw Romelu Lukaku in for his Chelsea debut against Arsenal and expects N'Golo Kante to return from a minor injury. However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been part of Tuchel's squad in pre-season, is out of the game on Sunday, August 22 after testing positive for coronavirus on Thursday. After his side's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Tuchel offered an update on the health and fitness of several of his players.  
Barcelona register Memphis Depay for La Liga after Pique takes ‘substantial’ pay cut
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Barcelona register Memphis Depay for La Liga after Pique takes ‘substantial’ pay cut

Having failed to retain Lionel Messi, the Blaugrana have at least managed to register several key faces ahead of the season opener this weekend Barcelona have confirmed the registration of Memphis Depay for La Liga's new season, alongside Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj, after Gerard Pique agreed to a significant salary reduction. The Blaugrana have found themselves attempting to balance the books to conform with the league's financial rules this summer, having already failed to re-sign Lionel Messi owing to fiscal limitations. Those limitations had seen them unable to register several of their new recruits ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, but on the eve of the season, the club has now confirmed at least three of their transfer window arrivals are now registered to play.
‘Thanks for everything Leo’ – Messi tribute from Koeman signals end of Barcelona era for Argentine
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‘Thanks for everything Leo’ – Messi tribute from Koeman signals end of Barcelona era for Argentine

With the forward set to hold a press conference on Sunday, any hopes of a last-gasp reversal look to have been dashed by the Blaugrana manager Lionel Messi's Barcelona exit looks to be officially confirmed after Ronald Koeman took to social media to pay tribute to the Argentine, mere minutes after the club confirmed that the player would speak to the media later this weekend. The forward had been widely expected to renew with the Blaugrana after lapsing into free agency earlier this summer, but the Catalan outfit's financial situation ultimately saw them confirm a parting of the ways on Thursday. Amid intense speculation over where the attacker will play this coming season, with Paris Saint-Germain presumed to be the frontrunner, Koeman - who took charge in La Liga ahead of last sea...
NAFDAC condemns rejection of Nigeria-made commodities by USA and EU
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NAFDAC condemns rejection of Nigeria-made commodities by USA and EU

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof Moji Adeyeye has decried the incessant rejection of food and agricultural commodities from Nigeria by the United States of America USA and the European Union (EU) member countries on account of poor quality.   Adeyeye frowned at the actions of the US and EU on Nigerian products when she spoke on Quality and Safety of Export Food Trade at a virtual technical roundtable meeting with other Federal Government agencies like Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development MARD, Foreign Portfolio Investments FPIS, Standard Organization of Nigeria SON, Nigeria Export Promotion Council NEPC, and Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria IPAN, amongst others over the weekend. &nbs...
We lacked humility’ – Aguilar admits Cruz Azul players let Liga MX title change them
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We lacked humility’ – Aguilar admits Cruz Azul players let Liga MX title change them

La Maquina were stunned by Mazatlan in their first Apertura match last weekend Cruz Azul defender Pablo Aguilar has admitted the team allowed winning the Liga MX title last season change its mentality in their Apertura opener last weekend. With the weight of a 23-year championship drought no longer on the shoulders of every player who joins La Maquina, they have become too arrogant in their success, Aguilar told reporters, leading to a shock 2-0 defeat to Mazatlan last weekend. So, the center back has asked for Cruz Azul to "go back to being that humble team" that triumphed last term over Santos Laguna.
Thief Caught And Disgraced At Ubi Franklin’s Son’s Birthday Party
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Thief Caught And Disgraced At Ubi Franklin’s Son’s Birthday Party

A suspected thief has been apprehended at Ubi Franklin and Lilian Esoro's son's birthday. It was gathered that the man had in the past stolen from two different occasions, was caught and pardoned before this time. Now, the man has been caught again at Ubi's son, Jayden's 5th birthday party over the weekend and Ubi disgraced him. In a video shared on Ubi Franklin's Instagram handle, he was heard shouting at the alleged thief. "See this idiot. You wan come spoil my pikin birthday. You dey mad," Ubi told him. Another man is heard in the video saying that that alleged thief was caught at an event a day prior after he stole a phone, but he was spared. Another person also claimed the man was caught stealing in Harvesters Church. But the accused continued claiming that he is i...
Obi Cubana Immortalises Late Mum With N50m Diamond Pendant
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Obi Cubana Immortalises Late Mum With N50m Diamond Pendant

If you talk about where it is happening this weekend, beginning from today, then it is OBA, ANAMBRA State. Obi Cubana is having his mom’s funeral and Anambra is practically standing still for the much talked about burial. Already, social media users have not been able to stop talking about the burial which sources say will be one of the best in the history of Anambra. Already, Obi Cubana has been trending since it was revealed he got 246 cows and 4 trucks of drinks from friends just for this. All his Lagos and Abuja fellow big boy friends are already in Oba, not to mention numerous celebrities who have benefited from him. And now, his jeweler has revealed Obi contacted him and offered N50m for a diamond that will make him immortalise his mother forever. According to his ...

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