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Chelsea vs West Brom: Don’t Force Women to Date you – Tuchel tells Werner
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Don’t Force Women to Date you – Tuchel tells Werner

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he told German striker Timo Werner, that as he cannot force a woman to go out on a dinner with him, so he should not force himself to start scoring goals. He said the goals will come at the right time, urging the player to take things easy with himself. Tuchel spoke to Werner following his shocking miss against North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. Werner missed a sitter and was highly criticised by both Chelsea and Germany supporters and even his national team coach Joachim Low. Germany suffered a shocking 2-1 loss in the hands of the lowly rated North Macedonia side But speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday, Tuchel said he has spoken to the player about ...
Jorginho’s Agent, Santos Drops Fresh Comment on Midfielder’s Future at Chelsea
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Jorginho’s Agent, Santos Drops Fresh Comment on Midfielder’s Future at Chelsea

  Joao Santos, the agent of Chelsea’s Jorginho, has confirmed that the midfielder will stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer transfer window. Santos said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Jorginho has been linked with a move to Napoli and Juventus from Chelsea in the past. His current contract with Chelsea will expire in 2023. The Italy international has become a firm favourite under current Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, in the Blues midfield’s heart. Speaking on Jorginho’s future at the West London club, Santo told TuttoMercatoWeb: “He has a two-year contract with Chelsea. “He thinks about playing the European Championship. And then the World Cup in Qatar. “He will remain at Chelsea, one hundred per c...
Footballer Toni Kroos reacts to plans by some countries to boycott the Qatar 2022 w/cup as reports allege 6,500 migrant workers have died in the country since 2010
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Footballer Toni Kroos reacts to plans by some countries to boycott the Qatar 2022 w/cup as reports allege 6,500 migrant workers have died in the country since 2010

World cup winning champion, Toni Kroos says "it's wrong" that Qatar were given 2022 World Cup hosting rights after reports alleging that thousands of migrant workers have died since the hosting rights of the competition were awarded to the gulf state eleven years ago. Germany have been among several countries to stage protests against alleged human rights violations in Qatar before their World Cup qualifying matches this month. A report from The Guardian showed a damning picture of working conditions and stated that more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in the Gulf State. However, Kroos does not think the problem will be solved by a proposed boycott of Qatar 2022. The report added that workers are subjected to very long hours in hot conditions without enough...
UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020
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UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020

UEFA has confirmed that five substitutes will be allowed at this year’s Euro 2020, as the football world continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement today, European football’s governing body explained that the decision to allow five subs at the delayed tournament, had been taken as “the rule is already in place for the World Cup qualification matches that will run from March 2021 to March 2022.” “The reasons for the five-substitutions rule remain valid against the background of national and international football calendars affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement continued. UEFA added that the rule would continue to be in place for the Nations League finals in October and its relegation “play-outs” in March next year. The move to incr...
Referee apologises for disallowing Ronaldo’s goal against Serbia
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Referee apologises for disallowing Ronaldo’s goal against Serbia

  Dutch referee, Danny Makkelie, has apologised for denying Cristiano Ronaldo the winning goal in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Serbia in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday. Serbia defender, Stefan Mitrovic, tried in vain to clear Ronaldo’s effort in stoppage time, but the ball crossed the line. With no VAR or goal-line technology, Makkelie waved play on much to the anger of Ronaldo and his teammates. “As per FIFA’s policies, all I can say is that I apologised to the national coach, Mr. Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what happened. “As a referee team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we are in the news in this manner, it doesn’t make us happy at all,” Makkelie told A Bola. The 38-year-okd has been an international referee since 2008 and...
Serbia vs Portugal: Referee Makkelie has Apologized for Disallowing Ronaldo’s Goal – Coach Santos
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Serbia vs Portugal: Referee Makkelie has Apologized for Disallowing Ronaldo’s Goal – Coach Santos

  Portugal manager, Fernando Santos has said that referee Danny Makkelie has apologised to his team after disallowing Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal in their 2-2 draw against Serbia on Saturday. Ronaldo thought he had won the match for Portugal in added time of the World Cup qualification match but his cool finish was denied. Serbia came back in the second to cancel out Portugal’s 2-0 lead but captain Ronaldo drew home what looked to be a dramatic later winner. However, the Dutch referee and his assistants judged that Serbia defender, Stefan Mitrovic cleared the ball, even though replays showed that the ball clearly crossed the line. But Santos told reporters that, “The referee afterwards saw what had happened and came to me to apologise for the mistake.” Speaking...
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Gerrard disagrees with Southgate decision to drop ‘world-class’ Alexander-Arnold

The England coach has overlooked the Liverpool right-back for upcoming World Cup qualifiers Steven Gerrard has said he was "surprised" by Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop “world-class” Trent Alexander-Arnold from the England squad. The right-back’s form has been some way below the level he produced in the previous couple of seasons, and Southgate elected to overlook the Liverpool man for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino, Albania and Poland. Rangers boss Gerrard has said he would be happy to speak to the 22-year-old to offer some advice, as he feels Alexander-Arnold is the best English right-back in the country.
Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea
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Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the three ‘big problems’ midfielder Billy Gilmour has at Stamford Bridge. According to Tuchel, the three problems Gilmour has at Chelsea are N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho. The Blues boss also insisted that the Scotland international is a vital part of Chelsea’s squad, despite his lack of regular playing time. Gilmour has featured just once for Chelsea since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last January. The 19-year-old was also snubbed by Scotland coach Steve Clarke for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands later this month. Speaking on Gilmour during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United on Sunday, Tuchel said, “It ...
Ibrahimovic Ends five-year international retirement
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Ibrahimovic Ends five-year international retirement

  Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of his five-year international retirement and will play for Sweden again this month. The 39-year-old who is his country’s record goalscorer, has been named in his latest squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo. Ibrahimovic netted 62 times in 116 matches for Sweden before retiring after their group stage exit at Euro 2016. The AC Milan striker had offered hints of coming out of retirement recently, as a meeting with coach Janne Andersson suggested he was willing to return. Andersson said: “When Zlatan opened up for games in the national team, it felt natural and important to meet and discuss this as soon as possible. “I am glad that we managed to get a meeting so quickly.”
Nigeria Cannot Win World Cup – Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr
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Nigeria Cannot Win World Cup – Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr

  Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has given reasons why the Super Eagles cannot win the World Cup with the current crop of players. Nigeria had only succeeded in reaching the last 16 of the global tournaments in 1994, 1998 and 2002. Under Rohr’s watch, the Super Eagles crashed out of the competition at the group stage after losing to Croatia and Argentina. And Rohr’s recent two-year deal with the senior national team means he could lead the three-time African champions to their next World Cup. But the German is of the opinion that his team cannot win football’s highest title because many of the players are not playing in top clubs. “We are not ready to win the World Cup, for several reasons,” Rohr told NewsCentral. “France is the champions at the moment, where are ...
FIFA Club World Cup: Full List of all Award Winners as Bayern Defeat Tigres
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FIFA Club World Cup: Full List of all Award Winners as Bayern Defeat Tigres

  The award winners from the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup have been announced. Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski took home the big prize. Recall that the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup tournament was concluded on Thursday evening after Bayern Munich defeated Tigres 1-0 in the final. Benjamin Pavard’s second-half goal ensured Bayern Munich defeated the Mexico giants in Qatar. The victory over Tigres means Bayern Munich became the first-ever team to win the Bundesliga, German Cup, German Super Cup, Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup in the same year. However, Lewandowski, who provided the assist for Pavard, won the trophy for the tournament’s best player (Golden Ball award). The Polish international won the prize ahead of Tigres’ Andre-Pierre ...
EPL: Mino Raiola Makes Promise About Pogba’s Future at Man United
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EPL: Mino Raiola Makes Promise About Pogba’s Future at Man United

Mino Raiola, agent to Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has promised not to address his client’s future at Old Trafford after the player was linked with a return to Juventus. Reports had emerged in Italy that Juventus are preparing a move for Pogba at the end of the 2020/21 season. Pogba has less than 18 months left on his current deal with Man United and Raiola had said publicly in December that the France World Cup winner will not sign an extension. However, when asked about Pogba’s potential move to Juventus this summer, Raiola told reporters on Thursday that he doesn’t want to talk about the 27-year-old’s future because people get nervous and don’t sleep at night. “Pogba must also be left alone. When I speak, people get nervous, they don’t sleep at night, so I d...
Robert Lewandowski’s goals help Bayern Munich fire past Ah Ahly into Club World Cup finals
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Robert Lewandowski’s goals help Bayern Munich fire past Ah Ahly into Club World Cup finals

Bayern Muinch have advanced to the final of the Club World Cup after beating Al Ahly 2-0 on Monday night, February 8, at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. FIFA player of the year, Robert Lewandowski scored a brace to send his side through, firing home from close range in the first half before converting at the back post from Leroy Sane's cross for his second five minutes from time. Bayern coached by Hansi Flick men were not at their best, but were clinical when they needed to be, and put the Egyptian side to the sword. Bayern will now take on Tigres in the Club World Cup final on Thursday, while Al Ahly will face Palmeiras in the third-place playoff  on the same day. More photos below.
EPL: Solskjaer Hints on Pogba’s Return From Injury
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EPL: Solskjaer Hints on Pogba’s Return From Injury

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed that midfielder, Paul Pogba, would be back from injury in a few weeks’ time. Solskjaer said this on Monday at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s FA Cup fifth-round tie with West Ham United on Tuesday night at Old Trafford. Pogba sustained a thigh-muscle injury during Man United’s 3-3 draw with Everton in the Premier League over the weekend. The France World Cup winner will miss Tuesday’s FA Cup clash with West Ham United, in addition to the Europa League ties against Real Sociedad. Providing an update on Pogba, Solskjaer told MUTV, “It’s an injury that will take a few weeks to heal. “He’s just started his recovery, working with the medical staff and we will get him back as soon and as safely as ...
Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal Undergoes Successful Surgery
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Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal Undergoes Successful Surgery

  Villarreal and Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze has undergone successful surgery after traveling to Munich, Germany for the medical procedure. The Nigeria international aggravated the groin injury during the club's 4-0 win at Celta Vigo in a Spanish top-flight game. The injury has made him miss fixtures against Tenerife, Granada, Huesca, Girona, Real Sociedad and Levante. The club has now confirmed that the 21-year-old’s operation went well alongside teammate Ruben Pena. “Samuel Chukwueze, who has been out injured receiving treatment for discomfort in his groin, has undergone surgery this morning [Thursday] by Doctor Ulrike Muschaweck in Munich, hoping to definitively relieve him of the said pain,” a statement from the club website read. “Ruben Pena suffer...
Neymar Jnr Begs Mbappe to Stay at PSG
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Neymar Jnr Begs Mbappe to Stay at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has urged his fellow teammates, Kylian Mbappe, to remain at the French Ligue 1 champions amid transfer interests from Real Madrid and Liverpool. Neymar said he has a brotherly relationship with Mbbape, adding that he likes to play together with the France World Cup winner. Mbappe has 18 months remaining on his current contract with PSG and has drawn the interest of Real Madrid and Liverpool in the past few weeks. “I have adapted. I feel calmer, and I am very happy here,” Neymar told French television channel TF1. “I want to stay at PSG, and I hope Kylian [Mbappe] will stay too. “Of course, that is the wish of every PSG supporter. With Kylian, we have a relationship of brothers … We really like to play together. “We want PSG to be a...
I Will Not Apologize To Nigerians For Missing That Goal At The World Cup – Yakubu
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I Will Not Apologize To Nigerians For Missing That Goal At The World Cup – Yakubu

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni has once again reacted to his 2010 World Cup open goal miss against South Korea, saying he has no apologies to render to Nigerians. Yakubu said this during an interview on NationTV On Wednesday, January 27, where he added that apart from missing the goal he had sacrificed and scored lots of goals for the National team and no one apologized to him. He also said that it wasn't a deliberate miss, therefore he will not apologize to anyone. Recall that the former Everton of England hitman failed to convert a goal from a close range during Nigeria’s match against South Korea in the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. The miss, if it had ended in the back of the net, would have sent Nigeria to the next stage of the compe...
Lampard considering Giroud for Leeds clash after Sevilla masterclass
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Lampard considering Giroud for Leeds clash after Sevilla masterclass

Frank Lampard said Olivier Giroud makes Chelsea a better team after he scored all four goals in their 4-0 victory over Sevilla. Olivier Giroud staked his claim for a regular place in Chelsea's starting line-up after scoring four goals against Sevilla, according to the last player to net four in a game for the Blues, head coach Frank Lampard. Giroud scored with his left foot, right foot, his head, and netted a penalty at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as the 34-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the modern Champions League and the first Chelsea player to hit four since Lampard did so against Aston Villa in 2010. His performance, which followed another match-winning appearance in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Rennes a week earlier, left Lampard unable to deny that the W...
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Low to continue as Germany head coach through to next year’s European Championship

The national team boss has been assured of his position in the wake of a humiliating drubbing at the hands of Spain in the UEFA Nations League Joachim Low will continue as Germany head coach through to next year's European Championship, the German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed. Low has spent the last 14 years of his career in charge of the national team, having succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann in the role following the 2006 World Cup. The 60-year-old subsequently led Germany to the final of Euro 2008, and although his side lost to Spain in the showpiece event, their performance in the competition served as a taster of what was to come.
‘We know how to react’ – Mbappe promises PSG will bounce back from Manchester United loss
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‘We know how to react’ – Mbappe promises PSG will bounce back from Manchester United loss

After the 2-1 defeat at Parc des Princes, the World Cup winner has said that his side know how to respond Kylian Mbappe says Paris Saint-Germain will bounce back from their opening night disappointment against Manchester United in the Champions League. Last season’s runners-up suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Parc des Princes last weekend, with a late Marcus Rashford goal the difference. PSG found themselves in the crosshairs of critics after a lacklustre display, but Mbappe says his side are ready to respond. "It's not the first time that we've lost the first match of the group stage. We know how to react,” he told the club's official website ahead of Wednesday’s match against Istanbul Basaksehir
Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement
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Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

Former Italy, Juventus, China and World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi has retired from coaching.   Lippi, 72, has been unemployed since resigning as China head coach in November last year following a 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Syria.   He lasted just six months in the job, his second time coaching China's team.   After spells with Atalanta and Napoli, Lippi took charge of Juventus in 1994 helping them to three Serie A titles and the club's last Champions League trophy in 1995-96.   Across two stints as Juve coach, and a one-year reign with rivals Inter, Lippi won five Serie A trophies, four Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Coppa Italia.   After leaving Juventus in 200...
Germany coach Low: Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko is a rare talent
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Germany coach Low: Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko is a rare talent

The World Cup winning coach is aware of the 15-year-old star who has dazzled in the German youth league with his goals   Germany coach Joachim Low has praised Borussia Dortmund teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko as an outstanding talent that is rare to witness. The Cameroon-born forward has been prolific in front of goal for the Dortmund U19 side with 40 goals in 23 league matches since the start of last season. Moukoko, 15, has been named in BVB's Uefa Champions League squad and their Bundesliga set-up this season, but he is not eligible to make his first-team debut until he turns 16 on November 20.
Modric: Zidane told me that I could win Ballon d’Or one day!
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Modric: Zidane told me that I could win Ballon d’Or one day!

  The Los Blancos playmaker revealed his manager gave him the confidence to win football's biggest individual honour Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told Luka Modric he was a player capable of winning the Ballon d'Or, giving the Croatian confidence to go on and win the award. Zidane provided the inspiration to Modric when he was appointed Los Blancos coach in 2016 and the midfield star went on to lift the famous individual award at the end of 2018. In that year, Modric was part of the Madrid team to win a third successive Champions League, while also spearheading Croatia to a first-ever World Cup final in Russia.
‘Man City need three exceptional signings’ – Guardiola requires more money, says Xavi
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‘Man City need three exceptional signings’ – Guardiola requires more money, says Xavi

The Barcelona legend, who worked under the Blues boss at Camp Nou, believes further funds need to be invested at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City need to continue backing Pep Guardiola in the transfer market and add another “three exceptional” signings to their ranks, says Xavi. The Barcelona legend is keeping a close eye on events at the Etihad Stadium. Having previously worked under Guardiola at Camp Nou, the World Cup winner is eager to see his former boss deliver more domestic and continental success in a distinguished coaching career.
2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr
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2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles if they qualify for the Fifa World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, both happening in 2022.   The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the global football calendar forcing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone several competitions, including the 2021 Afcon.   AFCON was scheduled to hold between June and July in 2021, but has been moved to January 2022, the same year the World Cup in Qatar will occur.   Rohr who in May, agreed a two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue as the Super Eagles coach until December 2022, says that the hectic qualifying schedule in 2021 might affect the team the fo...
Lampard: Kante may have to change the way he trains to stay injury-free at Chelsea
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Lampard: Kante may have to change the way he trains to stay injury-free at Chelsea

The Blues boss had used his World Cup-winning midfielder in every minute of every game since the restart - before he went down injured against Watford Frank Lampard thinks N'Golo Kante might have to change the way he manages himself after a spate of injuries this season has often left him unavailable for selection. The 29-year-old had been the only Chelsea player to line up for every minute of his side's return since the coronavirus-enforced stoppage in the Premier League. However, he is now out of the upcoming trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, while he is also unlikely to be fit to face Sheffield United at the weekend.
Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba
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Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba

The former Red Devils goalkeeper still believes the World Cup winner has an "integral" role to play in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad Paul Pogba is "one of the best players in the world" and "near impossible to replace", according to Mark Bosnich, who has urged Manchester United to keep hold of the French midfielder. Pogba returned to United for a second spell from Juventus in an £89 million (£112m) deal back in 2016, becoming the most expensive signing in the club's history in the process. He has since racked up 143 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 31 goals, while also getting his hands on the Europa League and Carabao Cup. However, the 27-year-old has so far been unable to inspire United towards Premier League or Champions League success, amid persistent struggles for f...
‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience
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‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience

The US-born forward was part of Alain Djeumfa's squad to France and she has shared her experience with Goal Michaela Abam has opened up on what her experience was like in her first-ever Women's World Cup with Cameroon in France. Born and raised in the United States of America, Abam shot into prominence during her days at West Virginia University, scoring 42 goals in 95 games before being snapped up Sky Blue in 2018. Having being born to Cameroonian parents, she was eligible to suit up for the Central Africans and made her debut for the country in a 7–0 win against Zambia, scoring twice in November 2018.
Gaelle Enganamouit announces retirement from football at 28
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Gaelle Enganamouit announces retirement from football at 28

The Cameroon international has decided to hang up her boots on her 28th birthday Cameroon international Gaelle Enganamouit has announced her retirement from football at the age of 28, Goal understands. The striker has been without a club since she mutually parted ways in April 2019 with Spanish side Malaga, who she joined four months earlier after leaving Norwegian outfit Avaldsnes. Despite her fitness worries, she made Cameroon's squad for the 2019 Women's World Cup but did not feature in any matches as the Indomitable Lionesses reached the Round of 16 in France.
Kante returns to contact training at Chelsea & could figure in fight for top-four finish
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Kante returns to contact training at Chelsea & could figure in fight for top-four finish

The World Cup-winning midfielder has spent time working away from the rest of Frank Lampard’s squad, but is now fully back in the fold N’Golo Kante has joined full contact training at Chelsea, with it possible that the France international could now play a part in the Blues’ remaining Premier League fixtures. Doubts had been cast over the midfielder’s involvement in the nine games Frank Lampard’s side still have to take in this season. That is because he had been granted compassionate leave to remain away from Cobham due to fears regarding his health during the coronavirus crisis.
How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute
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How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute

The furthest any African country has gone at the World Cup is the quarter-finals with Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana being the only nations to achieve it Former Mali striker Frederic Kanoute has advised African countries to work on their organisation, dedication and their professionalism if they aspire to go beyond the quarter-final stage at a Fifa World Cup tournament. No African country has gone past the last-eight in the global competition with Cameroon the first to achieve it in 1990 before Senegal and Ghana followed suit in 2002 and 2010 respectively. At the most recent edition which took place in Russia two years ago, the five countries who represented the continent - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia - all failed to make it past the group stage.
‘Grealish may be better fit for Man Utd than Pogba’ – Owen feels Solskjaer should cash in on French star
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‘Grealish may be better fit for Man Utd than Pogba’ – Owen feels Solskjaer should cash in on French star

The former Red Devils striker believes the impact made by Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford could make a World Cup-winning midfielder disposable Jack Grealish may be a better fit for Manchester United than Paul Pogba, claims Michael Owen, with the Red Devils advised to open themselves up to offers for a World Cup winner. Transfer talk is raging once again at Old Trafford, with comings and goings aplenty being mooted ahead of the next window. Much of that speculation has focused on Pogba and Grealish, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having some big decisions to make.
Okwaraji: President Buhari mourns mother of former Super Eagles star
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Okwaraji: President Buhari mourns mother of former Super Eagles star

The octogenarian's death was confirmed by her eldest son on Monday at her residence in Enugu Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Samuel Okwaraji’s mother who died at the age of 83 on Monday. Lady Janet Okwaraji was a retired teacher, a school proprietress and a devout Christian before her death was confirmed by her eldest son, Patrick. She lost her son Samuel, who was a Nigeria midfielder, during a Fifa World Cup qualifying match against Angola on August 12, 1989
‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice
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‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice

The current Chelsea striker had the chance to line up at Parkhead at the start of his career but opted instead for a stint in the French top flight Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was close to sealing a move to Glasgow giants Celtic earlier in his career. Giroud, 33, has spent the bulk of his career at the top level in England's Premier League, enjoying successful spells at Arsenal and now Chelsea. He boasts four FA Cup winner's medals and a Europa League triumph, while also forming a key part of the France team that lifted the World Cup in 2018.
‘Good players should be able to play with each other’ – Giggs hoping Pogba & Fernandes pairing works out for Man Utd
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‘Good players should be able to play with each other’ – Giggs hoping Pogba & Fernandes pairing works out for Man Utd

The Wales boss is excited to see the pair in conjunction for the first time but it wary of putting too much pressure on the Portuguese Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs believes that Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba is a central-midfield combination that can bring success to the club. Bruno has proven a smash hit since arriving from Sporting CP in January, but the Portuguese has not had the opportunity to work in conjunction with Pogba yet due to an ankle injury the World Cup winner has been suffering from. The Frenchman’s form has been a source of scrutiny for many months, but Giggs believes that in Bruno, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may just have the perfect foil for a star whose potential has not yet been unlocked at Old Trafford.
Inter Milan hero Bergomi happy with Icardi PSG sale
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Inter Milan hero Bergomi happy with Icardi PSG sale

Inter Milan hero Beppe Bergomi has welcomed Mauro Icardi's sale to PSG. On Sunday Icardi was signed permanently by PSG, for a reported €50m plus €8m in bonuses – on top of the €13m paid for the loan spell. “Inter had already made their decision on Icardi last year," club legend and 1982 World Cup winner Bergomi told Sky Sport Italia. “Considering the way the situation had evolved, I think PSG represent the best choice for all concerned. Icardi has joined a club that doesn't have the prestige of Inter, but it has won the Ligue 1 title and can technically still win the Champions League. “Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku has done a fantastic job of replacing Icardi, so everyone is happy."
NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister
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NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister

The Franco-German tactician has been given the target of leading the Super Eagles to the global tournament and winning the Afcon title in Cameroon The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has revealed there are clauses in Gernot Rohr’s new contract which gives his employer the right to fire him if he underperforms. On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick confirmed the 66-year-old has been handed a new deal and explained he has been given the mandate to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Dare explained the Franco-German’s contract was renewed to enable him to prove himself but should he fail to meet his target he would be fired.
No Nice offer for Lille & Borussia Dortmund target ‘Little Ronaldo’ Olawale
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No Nice offer for Lille & Borussia Dortmund target ‘Little Ronaldo’ Olawale

The Nigeria youth international has sparked talk of agreeing terms with the Eagles, but his club claims his destination lies elsewhere ‘Little Ronaldo’ Peter Olawale has “no offer on the table” from Ligue I outfit Nice, and the destination of the young forward will be known when the ban on international travel is lifted. The 17-year-old has been linked with Lille, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund following a notable 2019 U17 World Cup outing in Brazil. Reports have it that Olawale has penned a five-year contract with the Allianz Riviera outfit after agreeing to personal terms and will be unveiled in July.
How I Made Kanu Nwankwo Angry – Cesc Fabregas
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How I Made Kanu Nwankwo Angry – Cesc Fabregas

Former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, has disclosed that he made his former Gunners teammate, Nwankwo Kanu, angry during their time at Emirates. Fabregas, who currently plays for Monaco in the French Ligue 1, joined Arsenal as a teenager in 2003 from Barcelona. The Spain international was highly rated by former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. According to the 33-year-old, while trying to impress Wenger and his teammates in his first training at the North London club, he tackled Kanu, which made the Nigerian legend unhappy. “My first training when I joined Arsenal, I was all in my head trying to impress, and I made a tackle on Kanu, and he was so upset with me,” Fabregas told Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, during an Instagram live video. “...
Belgium boss Martinez signs extension through to 2022 World Cup in Qatar
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Belgium boss Martinez signs extension through to 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The Spaniard, who guided the side to third place in the 2018 tournament, will get another crack at football's most coveted prize Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has signed a contract extension with the national side that will see him remain in charge through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Martinez, who had previously taken on managerial roles at Swansea, Wigan and Everton, took charge of the Red Devils in August of 2016. The Spaniard's original deal was set to come to an end following Euro 2020 – which has now been shifted back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – but a two-year extension will see him guide a golden generation of players through two major tournaments, all going well.
Benatia full of praise for ‘impeccable’ new Morocco captain Saiss
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Benatia full of praise for ‘impeccable’ new Morocco captain Saiss

The 33-year-old has tipped the new Atlas Lions skipper for greatness Medhi Benatia has described new Morocco captain Romain Saiss as "impeccable". The 30-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was named the new Atlas Lions captain upon Benatia's retirement from the national team. Benatia decided to call time on his international career after last year's Africa Cup of Nations outing in Egypt in which the North Africans suffered a humiliating penalty shootout loss to Benin Republic in the Round of 16. Saiss has been capped 41 times for Morocco and played at the 2017 and 2019 Afcons as well as the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
RAMOS KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH SALAH – CHIELLINI
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RAMOS KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH SALAH – CHIELLINI

Veteran Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has claimed that Sergio Ramos knew exactly what he was doing when he famously injured Mohamed Salah in the final of the 2018 UEFA Champions League.   The Real Madrid defender and Liverpool forward grappled early in the UCL final that year and the Egyptian came off the worse, suffering a shoulder injury which put him out of the remainder of the game and very nearly saw him miss the World Cup in Russia.   Ramos has always denied that he intentionally injured Salah, but Chiellini – a master of the ‘dark arts’ of defending – wrote in his autobiography that the Spaniard’s action were very much deliberate and targeted.   “Critics can say that he [Ramos] is impulsive, not tactical at all and that because of him there are ...
‘Nigeria catches talents old’ – Ebi bemoans lack of opportunities for women’s footballers
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‘Nigeria catches talents old’ – Ebi bemoans lack of opportunities for women’s footballers

The veteran defender made history as the first African to feature in five World Cups last year but is irked by the limited chances for players Nigeria defender Onome Ebi claims the country is only able to identify talented players later in their development due to the lack of grassroots development for women's football. Ebi became the first African player to play in five Women World Cup tournaments in France last summer, having featured in the 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions. The centre-back started football at a young age on the streets of Lagos and enjoyed her formative years at Omidiran Babes and Bayelsa Queens in Nigeria before moving abroad in 2009.
Fred airs Pogba Transfer Hope as ‘Great Player’ Continues to be Linked With Man Utd Exit
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Fred airs Pogba Transfer Hope as ‘Great Player’ Continues to be Linked With Man Utd Exit

The Brazil international is hoping that the Red Devils can keep a World Cup winner on their books, adding depth to their pool of midfield talent Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Manchester United, but Red Devils team-mate Fred is hoping that a “great player” can be kept at Old Trafford. A return to Juventus or big-money move to long-standing suitors Real Madrid has been mooted for the World Cup winner. With questions having been asked of his form, fitness and commitment throughout a second spell in England, Pogba’s future has never been far from the headlines.
Messi Has To Win World Cup To Be B Better Than Me, Ex-Brazilian Star Tells
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Messi Has To Win World Cup To Be B Better Than Me, Ex-Brazilian Star Tells

Former Brazilian star, Edilson says Lionel Messi has to win the World Cup to prove he is better than him. The 49-year-old was part of the Brazilian side that won the Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup title. He also claimed that during his prime, he was better than Messi and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo. Similarly, Edilson said compatriot Neymar has to win the competition to be better than him, insisting that he was more skillful than the trio. Messi and Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or and have a number of individual prizes to their names. But Edilson, who played for Palmeiras and Corinthians in his home country and was never nominated or won the Ballon d’Or, stressed that his World Cup medal gave him an edge over them. “At my best, I played better than Neym...
‘Torreira would love to return to Italy’ – Arsenal midfielder’s agent drops Gunners exit hint
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‘Torreira would love to return to Italy’ – Arsenal midfielder’s agent drops Gunners exit hint

Pablo Bentancur admits that the Uruguayan is still keen on heading back to Serie A, where he has previously starred for Sampdoria Lucas Torreira has seen his future at Arsenal called into question on a regular basis, and the Uruguayan’s agent admits that a return to Italy is still being longed for. The combative 24-year-old swapped life in Serie A with Sampdoria for that in the Premier League during the summer of 2018. Arsenal put a deal in place prior to the World Cup finals in Russia and saw the South American catch the eye for his country.
‘Kante is one of the best players I have ever coached’ – Ex-Chelsea boss Conte
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‘Kante is one of the best players I have ever coached’ – Ex-Chelsea boss Conte

The Italian head coach says it was a joy for him to work with such a "positive guy" at Stamford Bridge Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has described N'Golo Kante as "one of the best players" he has ever coached, while highlighting the France international's "amazing" abilities in the middle of the park. Kante was one of Conte's first signings at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues spent £32 million ($39m) to lure the midfielder away from Leicester in summer 2016. The World Cup winner has since racked up 164 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea, scoring 11 goals, while adding a second Premier League title, the FA Cup and Europa League to his impressive trophy haul.
Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder
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Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder

The 29-year-old has only featured twice for the three-time African champions since the arrival of the German tactician Nosa Igiebor has revealed why he has not been playing for the Nigeria national team, suggesting he was frozen out by coach Gernot Rohr. The 29-year-old was involved in the German tactician’s opening two games but was dropped to the bench against Zambia during the 2018 World Cup qualifying game. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder explained he met with Rohr to know why he was not involved in the match, and the 66-year-old responded that he should move to a better league as the Israeli Premier League was not competitive enough.
Juventus star Dybala hopes to play with Pogba again
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Juventus star Dybala hopes to play with Pogba again

The Argentina international forward wants to once again "share great things" with the Manchester United midfielder, his former team mate in Turin Paulo Dybala hopes to again play with former Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba in the future. Argentina forward Dybala starred alongside Pogba for a single season before the midfielder departed the Bianconeri to return to Manchester United in 2016. Pogba has repeatedly been linked with a second move away from Old Trafford in recent seasons, however. Real Madrid have been hotly tipped to bid for the World Cup winner, yet former club Juve are also said to be in the running.
Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach
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Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach

The 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, who had been working with the Bundesliga club's Under-17s, will act as Hansi Flick's number two Former Germany international striker Miroslav Klose has been confirmed as Hansi Flick's assistant coach at Bayern Munich. The 41-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Bundesliga champions and will move into the dugout alongside Flick from July 1. Klose, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany and is the top scorer in the history of the competi

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