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Pep Raised Me To A Completely New Player – Leroy Sane
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Pep Raised Me To A Completely New Player – Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich man Leroy Sane has praised the impact his former coach Pep Guardiola had on him. Leroy Sane spent four seasons with Manchester city before signing a five-year contract with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. During his time at Manchester City, the 25-year-old played 135 games and was an important player for Pep Guardiola even though he was sometimes injured. Speaking the Der Spiegel, Sane has now revealed the impact Pep Guardiola had on him and how the coach helped him to become a better player. “Pep and I had a good relationship,” Sane said. "I saw Pep's family in the building more often than Pep himself," Sane added, recall he used to live in the same building with Pep Guardiola, IIkay Gundogan, and David Silva "He wasn't standing at the window waitin...
Arsenal Announce Signing Of Brighton Goalkeeper Matt Ryan On Loan
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Arsenal Announce Signing Of Brighton Goalkeeper Matt Ryan On Loan

Arsenal have announced the signing of Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan on loan until the end of the season. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta announced earlier this month he was in the market for a goalkeeper. And he has chosen Australia international Ryan as the man to provide backup to No 1 Bernd Leno. Ryan has not been in a Brighton match day squad since the 3-0 loss at Leicester on December 13. The 28-year-old started the first 11 Premier League matches of the season but has been replaced as No 1 by Robert Sanchez. On the deal to bring Ryan to the Emirates, Arsenal technical director Edu said: “Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia. "Mat will further strengthen our squad with his experience and knowledge...
Trent Alexander-Arnold Breaks Unwanted Record After 0% Success Rate From 18 Open-Play Crosses vs Burnley
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Trent Alexander-Arnold Breaks Unwanted Record After 0% Success Rate From 18 Open-Play Crosses vs Burnley

  Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold broke his own unwanted Premier League record in the club's shock 1-0 defeat against Burnley last night. The 22-year-old struggled in large parts as Jurgen Klopp's side dropped more vital points in the title race. Alexander-Arnold, who has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, attempted a total of 18 open-play crosses on Thursday evening but remarkably, he couldn't find a teammate with any of them. As a result of his 0% success rate, Trent is the only player in the Premier League across the last five seasons to not complete a single cross with over 12 attempts in a game, according to Squawka. In fact, just two weeks after giving the ball away 38 times against Southampton in a 77 minute cameo - whic...
Ronald Koeman Blasts Barcelona Players for Missing two Penalties Against Cornella
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Ronald Koeman Blasts Barcelona Players for Missing two Penalties Against Cornella

Barcelona Manager, Ronald Koeman, has slammed his players for missing two penalties against Cornella in the Copa del Rey round of 32 fixture on Thursday night. Koeman said Barcelona players are scared to take a penalty against Cornella, adding that they aren’t serious. Two extra-time goals from Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite sealed a 2-0 victory for Barcelona against Cornella at the Nou Municipal stadium in Cornella, Thursday. Miralem Pjanic and Dembele had both failed to score penalties in normal time. Pjanic and Dembele now join a list of five Barcelona players to have missed penalties this season for Koeman’s side, along with captain, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Braithwaite. “I don’t understand because normally there are enough players who can score pe...
Jordon Ibe Suffering From Depression, Says ‘I’m in A Dark Place’
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Jordon Ibe Suffering From Depression, Says ‘I’m in A Dark Place’

  Derby County winger Jordon Ibe says he has 'found himself in a dark place' during his battling with depression. The 25-year-old former Liverpool man, who joined Wayne Rooney's side in September on a free transfer from Bournemouth, has not been in the club's matchday squad since Boxing Day. Ibe has only featured for The Rams once and that was back in December, when he also faced an internal disciplinary investigation by the club. This week, Ibe has opened up about his mental health via social media, saying he 'finds things hard.' "I want to apologise to all my fans around the world," he wrote on his official Instagram page. "I've found myself in a dark place, due to suffering with depression. It's no scheme for the media or to have my name in your mouths, I just fin...
Jurgen Klopp ‘Can’t Imagine The Title Race’ After Burnley’s Sensational Win Over Liverpool At Anfield
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Jurgen Klopp ‘Can’t Imagine The Title Race’ After Burnley’s Sensational Win Over Liverpool At Anfield

  Jurgen Klopp has admitted that it is "impossible to lose" after Liverpool suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Anfield on Thursday. The Reds went into the clash sitting fourth in the table and six points behind league leaders Manchester United. However, Liverpool were unable to unpick Burnley at Anfield and found their situation took a turn for the worse in the second half as Alisson tripped Ashley Barnes with seven minutes remaining. Sean Dyche's men were awarded a penalty and Barnes stepped up and fired past the Liverpool shot-stopper to secure all three points for Burnley. Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Burnley saw their impressive 68-match unbeaten home run in the Premier League come to an end. Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp placed the blame on his shoulders and...
Jurgen Klopp Reveals What Alisson Becker Said about Burnley Penalty after Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat
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Jurgen Klopp Reveals What Alisson Becker Said about Burnley Penalty after Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat

Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has revealed that goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, felt the referee was wrong to award Burnley a penalty during their 1-0 Premier League defeat on Thursday night. Burnley defeated Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield, thanks to Ashley Barnes’ late penalty. Barnes won the penalty for the visitors after Becker appeared to have made contact with the striker, but the Brazilian shot-stopper says there was no contact. “We had the ball a lot, created some and did not finish the situations off,” Klopp said at the post-match press conference after the game. “That keeps the game open, and then they get the penalty – Alisson told me he didn’t touch him, but I didn’t see it back.” The defeat against Burnley means Liverpool are now in the 4th position ...
What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1
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What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1

Atletico Madrid Coach,siego Simeone, has described striker, Luis Suarez, as an ‘extraordinary player’ after the Uruguay international scored a brace in his side’s 2-1 win over Eibar in the La Liga on Thursday. Simeone said that Suarez was active for Atletico against Eibar at Municipal de Ipurua. Suarez’s second-half two goals gave Atletico Madrid all three points against Eibar, as Marko Dmitrovic’s first half penalty was not enough to give the host a point. The win against Eibar means Atletico Madrid are on top of the La Liga table with 44 points from 17 games. Speaking on Suarez after the game, Simeone said at post-match, “He’s an extraordinary player, and we are very happy that we have him with us. “He was active throughout. “He found the goal after a loss of the ball...
Rodgers Backed As The Best Candidate For The Chelsea Job
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Rodgers Backed As The Best Candidate For The Chelsea Job

A former Blue thinks the Leicester City boss would be the ideal man to take his old club forward if the board decides to make a change in the dugout Ex-Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley says Brendan Rodgers is the best candidate for the top job at Stamford Bridge ahead of Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel as pressure continues to build on Frank Lampard. Lampard is now midway through his second season in charge at Chelsea, which has so far been a huge disappointment for a fanbase that had initially been excited to see a club legend bring together a new pool of talent worth over £200 million ($274m). Chelsea spent big to secure deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy in the summer transfer window, while also managing to pick up B...
FG Unwillingness To Prosecute NFF Officials Drives Away Sponsors, Good Results – Dalung
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FG Unwillingness To Prosecute NFF Officials Drives Away Sponsors, Good Results – Dalung

Immediate past Minister of Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, has attributed the continuous poor results of national teams and lack of sponsors to the silence on the side of the media and Government unwillingness to prosecute the indicted officials of the Nigeria Football Federation. He said Nigeria football will return smiles to the faces of Nigerians when Federal Government is ready to prosecute the ‘indicted’ Nigeria Football Federation officials and the media are ready to put the administrators on their toes. “Since I left office in 2019, we have had the worst period in Nigeria football. To me, to get it right, football needs surgical operation. The Federal Government must be willing to prosecute those who are found wanting, mismanaging money meant for development of the game, lea...
Wayne Rooney Says He Expects Manchester United To Win This Season’s Premier League Title
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Wayne Rooney Says He Expects Manchester United To Win This Season’s Premier League Title

United, who last won the 2013 title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season with the club, returned to the top of the league with a 2-1 comeback victory over Fulham on Wednesday night, extending their unbeaten away streak to 17 games. For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, it was a dramatic turnaround - having finished 33 points last season behind champions Liverpool - and Rooney puts a lot of that down to the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani. Derby boss Rooney, Old Trafford's five-time Premier League winner, believes that the new arrivals have returned the club to a winning mindset and given Paul Pogba the freedom to finally succeed at United. Rooney said ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet Championship match at QPR: "The last few years, Manchester United haven't been read...
NPFL Ranked 77th In Global Ranking And 10th In Africa
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NPFL Ranked 77th In Global Ranking And 10th In Africa

The Nigerian Professional Football League has been ranked the 77th best league in the world for the year 2020, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. The NPFL, which had been ranked 57th in 2019, dropped 20 places in the latest ranking by IFFHS with a point accumulation of 165,5 points. The Nigerian league was also ranked as the 10th best league in Africa by the website, which chronicles the history and records of association football annually. They are behind Egypt (15), Morocco (33), Tunisia (36), South Africa (57), Congo DR (60), Zambia (65), Sudan (69), Tanzania (71) and Algeria (76) in Africa and are only ahead of Kosovo, Angola and Bosnia Herzegovina in the world ranking. The Italian Serie A tops the list, with the English Prem...
Liverpool’s 68-Game Unbeaten Home Run Comes To An End
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Liverpool’s 68-Game Unbeaten Home Run Comes To An End

Liverpool’s misery was compounded on Thursday as lowly Burnley snatched a 1-0 victory at Anfield to end the club’s invincibility at home in over three years. Liverpool had not lost a game at Anfield since April 2017, but Burnley broke that prowess with a victory after Ashley Barnes converted a penalty on 83 minutes. Barnes won the battle of wills and sent an unstoppable penalty past Alisson into right side of the goal. Before the match, Liverpool had not scored a goal in four successive games and were carrying 68 unbeaten home games run. Divock Origi was given his first start of the season and should have scored when he ran free on goal after pouncing on Ben Mee’s error but struck the crossbar. The hosts pushed to find the net in the second half but ran out of ideas, Nick Po...
EPL: Graeme Souness Predicts how Liverpool will Finish Season after 1-0 Loss to Burnley
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EPL: Graeme Souness Predicts how Liverpool will Finish Season after 1-0 Loss to Burnley

Former Liverpool midfielder, Graeme Souness, has rated the club’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season. Souness said Liverpool are definitely not out of the Premier League title race despite their 1-0 defeat to Burnley in the Premier League on Thursday night. Asley Barnes’ late penalty gave Burnley the victory over Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield. The result means Liverpool are now six points adrift of leaders, Manchester United on the Premier League table. Asked whether he believes Liverpool can still win the title this season, Souness told Sky Sports: “For all that doom and gloom I can still remember being at Liverpool when we lost to Man City on Boxing Day and went 12th in the league. “We still won it at the end of the year. Liverpool is six points adri...
I Will Smash Anthony Joshua – Tyson Fury
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I Will Smash Anthony Joshua – Tyson Fury

WBC Champion, Tyson Fury, has boasted he will beat Anthony Joshua inside three rounds. Negotiations for a dream fight between the two British boxers are still on. But Fury took to social media to say: “I just got off the phone with [my trainer] Sugarhill Steward in America. “We are going to smash AJ – one round, two rounds, three rounds. Done! “Can’t wait.” Fury’s message is the latest suggestion that he expects to face Joshua this year. The WBC champion’s feisty warning to his IBF, WBA and WBO counterpart comes after one of the biggest obstacles in agreeing the undisputed heavyweight title fight drew nearer to being resolved. Oleksandr Usyk’s is the WBO mandatory challenger to the title held by Joshua, but the governing body has now contacted the Ukrainian....
Carragher Singles Out Five Liverpool Players after 1-0 Defeat to Burnley
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Carragher Singles Out Five Liverpool Players after 1-0 Defeat to Burnley

Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has expressed his concerns over five players in the current squad, following their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Thursday night. Carragher, speaking to Sky Sports, claimed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all “nowhere near their best”. Ashley Barnes netted a late penalty after he was fouled by Alisson Becker, to end the Reds’ 68-match unbeaten home run. Liverpool enjoyed most of the possession and created more chances, but were unable to break their resistance. The result leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, having failed to win 10 of their 19 matches this season “I can’t remember a time when this Liverpool team have been so out ...
Bayern Munich Confirm Upamencano Transfer Plan
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Bayern Munich Confirm Upamencano Transfer Plan

Bayern Munich have revealed their intention to sign RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano. Upamecano is one of the most highly-rated centre backs in Europe. The 22-year-old has been monitored by a host of top clubs, including Premier League pair Liverpool and Manchester United. Upamecano will leave Leipzig in the summer, having agreed with club chiefs that it is the right time for him to take the next step in his career. The Frenchman signed a new deal last summer with has a £40million release clause that becomes active this summer. Bayern are set to lose David Alaba on a free transfer at the end of the season, with the Austrian defender set to join either Real Madrid or Barcelona. And the club sees Upamecano as his ideal replacement. On Thursday, chief executive Karl-Heinz...
Jurgen Klopp Reveals Who to Blame for Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat to Burnley
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Jurgen Klopp Reveals Who to Blame for Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat to Burnley

Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, has admitted he must take the blame for their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Thursday night. Ashley Barnes scored a late winner to end the Reds’ 68-game unbeaten record at Anfield. Klopp’s men dominated the game, but failed to break down Sean Dyche’s resolute team. The champions have now gone five Premier League matches without a victory and remain six points behind leaders Manchester United at the midway point in the campaign. “We lost the game which is pretty impossible but we did it. That is my fault. It is my job to make sure the boys have the right feelings and confidence. "That didn’t work out. We had the ball a lot and created some situations that are OK but our final decision is not right. I said the same thing last week. “When som...
Manuel Neuer Equals Oliver Khan’s Record Of Most Clean Sheets
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Manuel Neuer Equals Oliver Khan’s Record Of Most Clean Sheets

2021 seems to be a year for record breakers in the game of football. Bayern Munich's shot stopper Manuel Neuer is the latest person to crash records. After 90 gripping minutes, Manuel Neuer was not only able to celebrate FC Bayern's hard-earned 1-0 away win at FC Augsburg on Wednesday evening, but also a very special milestone. With his 196th Bundesliga clean sheet, the Bayern goalkeeper levelled the record for the most clean sheets in the top flight, a best-mark now shared with the former FCB 'keeper Oliver Kahn. However, Neuer only needed 422 games to achieve this, while Kahn needed 557. The goalkeeper, together with his back four, needed a bit of time to reach the record. Bayern haven't kept a clean sheet in the league since Matchday 5. "It is special because we've secured the...
Cristiano Ronaldo Has Not Broken Josef Bican’s All-time Goalscoring Records – Czech Football Federation
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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Not Broken Josef Bican’s All-time Goalscoring Records – Czech Football Federation

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 760th career goal in Juventus' 2-0 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday, seemingly breaking Josef Bican's all-time goalscoring record for club and country; Czech football federation claims Bican scored 821 official goals and not 760 On Wednesday, Ronaldo scored his 760th official goal for club and country in Juventus' 2-0 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup, seemingly surpassing the Czech great's record tally of 759 (as recorded by Opta). However, Czech football's governing body published a statement claiming Bican's tally actually stands at 821, meaning Ronaldo would have to score 62 more goals to become the top goalscorer in football history. "The History and Statistics committee of the Czech FA counted all the goals scored by the...
Chelsea Contact Tuchel Over Coaching Job
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Chelsea Contact Tuchel Over Coaching Job

Frank Lampard is in danger of losing his job imminently following the club’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday evening. The loss – Chelsea’s fifth in eight Premier League matches – saw Lampard’s side slip to eighth in the Premier League, nine points off pace-setters Leicester. According to journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have made contact with Thomas Tuchel’s representatives about replacing Lampard at Chelsea. He said: “Re: Tuchel Agents and Chelsea – representatives have been talking about bringing Tuchel in. I understand no decision has been made in terms of Lampard yet, but if he goes Tuchel is seen as the best replacement In the middle of the season.” Roman Abramovich is a notoriously cut-throat owner, with the Russian hiring and firing a st...
Manchester City Striker, Sergio Aguero Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Manchester City Striker, Sergio Aguero Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has tested positive for coronavirus. The Argentina international had been self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of another confirmed case, missing the last four fixtures. However, Aguero has confirmed he has contracted the virus himself as a result of that close contact, which will now see him miss further games as he will be out for at least ten days as per the government guidelines for isolation. The 32-year-old tweeted: "After a close contact, I've been self-isolating and the latest test I took was positive for COVID 19. I had some symptoms and I'm following doctor's orders for recovery. Take care, everyone!"   The news means that Aguero will miss the FA Cup trip to Cheltenham, and the Premier League f...
Chelsea vs Luton Town: Thiago Silva Speaks Tough Ahead of FA Cup Clash
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Chelsea vs Luton Town: Thiago Silva Speaks Tough Ahead of FA Cup Clash

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has urged his teammates to give their ‘blood and sweat’ ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round tie with Luton Town on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Silva also urged Chelsea players not to give up on their objectives for this season. The former PSG star wants Frank Lampard’s men to give more effort, determination, courage and dedication in order to win matches for the Blues going forward. The Brazilian international was part of Chelsea’s squad that lost 2-0 against Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday night at the King Power Stadium. “Nobody said it would be easy. To win in life, it takes a lot of effort, many hours of dedication, determination and a lot of courage,” Silva wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. “That’s why we are not going to...
Copa de Ray: Barcelona’s Squad to Face Cornella Confirmed
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Copa de Ray: Barcelona’s Squad to Face Cornella Confirmed

Barcelona’s squad to face Cornella in tonight’s Spanish Super Cup final has been released. Barcelona manager, RonaldKoeman, has called up 20 players to tackle Cornella at Camp Municipal de Cornella. Barcelona head to the game after losing 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final last Sunday. Barcelona’s squad against Cornella:   Marc-André ter Stegen, Neto, Ronald Araujo, Sergio, Antoine Griezmann, Miralem Pjanic, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Clément Lenglet, Pedri, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Francisco Trincão, Matheus Fernandes, Ilaix Moriba, O. Mingueza, Collardo, Arnau Tenas and Konrad De La Fuente. The kick-off time for Cornella vs Barcelona is 9 pm.
Fulham vs Man United: Rio Ferdinand Singles Out One Player after EPL 2-1 Win
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Fulham vs Man United: Rio Ferdinand Singles Out One Player after EPL 2-1 Win

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has singled out midfielder, Paul Pogba, for praise after the France international scored a goal in the Red Devils’ Premier League 2-1 victory over Fulham on Wednesday night. Ferdinand described Pogba’s performance against Fulham as fantastic. The former defender explained that Pogba was the big difference during the encounter at Craven Cottage. Pogba and Edinson Cavani’s goals gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side all three points against Fulham. “Today he [Paul Pogba] put in a fantastic performance,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “The big difference recently is he’s been playing quicker. He’s quick with what he’s doing, the efficiency is top, top drawer. “He is a magnificent footballer, and when he’s in this form, he’s one of the best.” ...
Pogba Compares Cavani to Martial, Rashford, Greenwood
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Pogba Compares Cavani to Martial, Rashford, Greenwood

Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, has compared Edinson Cavani to Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood following the Red Devils’ Premier League 2-1 victory over Fulham on Wednesday night. Pogba believes Martial, Rashford and Greenwood don’t have the same quality as Cavani after the Uruguay striker scored in Man United’s win against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Cavani capitalised on an error from Alphonse Areola to equalize, before Pogba grabbed all three points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with a brilliant left-foot finish from outside the box. “Everybody knows that Edi [Cavani] is a top-class striker and there are a few strikers like this in the world, and we had the chance to have one,” Pogba told MUTV after the game. “We know the hardest goals are those go...
Liverpool vs Burnley: Michael Owen Predicts EPL Clash
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Liverpool vs Burnley: Michael Owen Predicts EPL Clash

EX Manchester United and England striker, Michael Owen, is confident that Liverpool will end their poor run of form, by defeating Burnley on Thursday night. However, He does not expect an easy evening for the reigning Premier League champions. Liverpool have gone four games without a win in the league and three without a goal. Jurgen Klopp’s men were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United in their last fixture. But Owen predicted his former club would pass the test at Anfield against Sean Dyche’s organised side in a slender 1-0 scoreline. He told BetVictor: “I think the Reds will have to be patient, but I would be surprised if they drew another blank with the talent they have on the pitch. "With that in mind, I’m going for a narrow home win.”
Arsenal ‘Make Loan Approach’ For Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard
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Arsenal ‘Make Loan Approach’ For Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard

  Arsenal have made a loan offer for Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard as he searches for regular first-team football. Odegaard has expressed his desire to leave the club in a bid for minutes under his belt having played just seven La Liga games this season. And with Arsenal recently offloading Mesut Ozil, Sky Sports say Mikel Arteta has approached the Spanish giants over a short-term deal. Arteta wants him on loan for the rest of the season which will give the midfielder and his side to figure out his long-term future. The 22-year-old wasn't included in his side's humiliating Copa del Rey upset to Alcoyano on Wednesday with a move away on the cards. Manchester United are reportedly also keeping tabs on the Danish international. Dani Ceballos, who's on loan from Re...
Former Super Eagles Assistant Coach Joe Erico is Dead
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Former Super Eagles Assistant Coach Joe Erico is Dead

Super Eagles former goalkeeper trainer and assistant coach, Joe Erico, has died aged 72. Erico reportedly passed away on Tuesday morning, January 19, in Lagos surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. A relative of the coach known as Tomiwa Aghedo, confirmed the sad news to Goal.com stating that the coach complained of stomach ache before he died. “I feel sad informing you that coach Joe Erico passed away [Tuesday],” Aghedo told Goal. “He complained of stomach ache yesterday and he was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he was told to present his Covid-19 test result before he would be attended to. “Coach Erico went for the test as directed and very early Tuesday morning he passed away. It’s terrible news at this point in time and everyone of us is...
What Andrea Pirlo Said after Wining First Trophy at Juventus
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What Andrea Pirlo Said after Wining First Trophy at Juventus

Juventus Coach, Andrea Pirlo, has said that he was a great joy after winning his first trophy at the club on Wednesday. Pirlo won his first trophy as a Juventus manager on Wednesday night following his side’s 2-0 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup final. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata gave Juventus the victory over Napoli at Stadio Città del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia, Italy. “Winning a first title (as a coach) is a great joy, different from that felt as a player, it’s even more beautiful,” Pirlo, who lifted the trophy three times as a player with Juventus and AC Milan told reporters after the match. “I am sorry for Gennaro Gattuso [Napoli manager], but we wanted to react after the defeat against Inter Milan,” Pirlo added. “We bet a lot on the pri...
What Solskjaer Said about Pogba after Man United’s 2-1 Win Against Fulham
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What Solskjaer Said about Pogba after Man United’s 2-1 Win Against Fulham

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said that midfielder, Paul Pogba, played ‘very well,’ against Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Solskjaer also described Pogba’s goal against Fulham as fantastic. Man United defeated Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, thanks to two goals from Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba. Ademola Lookman did score for the host in the first half. “Fantastic goal by Paul and we had some other chances to finish the game but of course when it is just one goal, and the players they put on it is going to be like heart in your mouth,” Solskjaer told post-match press conference after the game on Sunday. “Pogba has really come on. He is fit, he can play in midfield, and he can play wide. “That’s key with Paul, getting him ma...
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time leading goalscorer in footballing history after scoring his 760th-career goal
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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time leading goalscorer in footballing history after scoring his 760th-career goal

  Cristiano Ronaldo has made history by becoming the all-time top goalscorer in football history after scoring his 760th-career goal. The 35-year-old Portuguese striker reached the stunning landmark after scoring the first goal for Juventus in their 2 - 0 win against Napoli to win the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday night. It was his 1,040 games as a professional footballer. The new record moved him above Josef Bican - with the Austrian-Czech striker scoring 759 goals between 1931 and 1955. On January 3, Ronaldo moved above three-time Brazil World Cup winner Pele (757 career goals) into second on this list following a brace in a 4-1 Serie A home win over Udinese. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker now has 760 goals in his storied career. SEE DETAILS ...
Asisat Oshoala Scores A Brace As Barcelona Beats Rayo Vallecano 7-0
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Asisat Oshoala Scores A Brace As Barcelona Beats Rayo Vallecano 7-0

Asisat Oshoala scored a brace yesterday and unveiled a T-shirt dedicated to her step-mother who died recently as Barcelona defeated Rayo Vallecano 7-0 at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona. This was one of the league leader's games in hand. There was a minute silence before the match in honour of Oshoala's step-mother. Barca dominated from the beginning with Mariona testing the Rayo keeper in the 2nd minute. Jenni Hermoso gave Barca the lead in the 4th minute after what looked like a ping pong game in the Rayo area  . The ball bounced between several Barcelona players in the crowded Rayo Vallecano 6 yard box before Hermoso stabbed it into the goal. Aitana doubled the lead in the 11th minute and then Oshoala extended it in the 15th minute. Deadly winger Caroline Graha...
Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes The All-Time Leading Goalscorer In Football History
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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes The All-Time Leading Goalscorer In Football History

Cristiano Ronaldo has made in history after becoming the all-time top goalscorer in football after scoring for Juventus in their clash against Napoli. The 35-year-old was expected to reach the stunning landmark against Inter on Sunday after edging closer to history by scoring against Sassuolo last week to level to record. But the legendary Juve forward waited for the big occasion in the Italian Super Cup and duly delievered against Gennaro Gattuso's men as he found the back of the net - sending his special career to new incredible heights. That effort moved him above Josef Bican - with the Austrian-Czech striker scoring 759 goals between 1931 and 1955. Ronaldo now has 760 goals in his storied career and is only bound to extend that record as he continues to shine at the sum...
Chelsea ‘Looking At Experienced Managers’ To Replace Frank Lampard
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Chelsea ‘Looking At Experienced Managers’ To Replace Frank Lampard

Chelsea are reportedly looking at experienced managers to replace Frank Lampard as the pressure continues to ramp up on the Blues boss. A limp sixth defeat of the season at Leicester on Tuesday night left Chelsea in eighth place, despite a summer spend of £230m that was expected to see them challenge for the title. And alternatives with more nous at the top level are being lined up to rescue Chelsea's season, according to The Athletic. First-half goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison at the King Power Stadium lifted Leicester to the top of the Premier League — nine points clear of Lampard's men, who are now five points adrift of the Champions League places. Luck was not on Chelsea's side: they were awarded a penalty with the score at 1-0, only for the spot-kick to be ...
Two red cards in two minutes and an illegal substitution see Roma crash out of Coppa Italia in comical fashion
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Two red cards in two minutes and an illegal substitution see Roma crash out of Coppa Italia in comical fashion

Paulo Fonseca's side have already been forced to forfeit one match this season and would have had to again - but they were beaten There was a comedy of errors as Roma crashed out of the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night, with the Giallorossi having two red cards in the space of two minutes and making an illegal substitution in extra time. Roma were beaten 4-2 after extra time at home to Spezia, but would have been eliminated by default even if they had won the game. After already making five substitutions during the match, manager Paulo Fonseca brought on defender Ibanez for former Chelsea forward Pedro.  
Premier League investigates West Brom’s Robert Snodgrass omission against West Ham
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Premier League investigates West Brom’s Robert Snodgrass omission against West Ham

  Robert Snodgrass' omission from the West Brom squad beaten at West Ham on Tuesday is being investigated by the Premier League. The former Scotland midfielder, 33, joined Albion from the Hammers on 8 January for an undisclosed fee, making his debut in Saturday's win at Wolves. But he missed the West Ham game because of "an agreement between the clubs", West Brom boss Sam Allardyce said. The Premier League will examine whether competition rules have been broken. Under normal circumstances, Snodgrass would have been eligible to play against West Ham, as his transfer was permanent. It is only with loan deals that such restrictions apply in the Premier League - in those circumstances, a player cannot face their parent club. But Allardyce said: "We could only get the ...
Fans Convinced Frank Lampard Will Get Sacked After Blaming Chelsea Players In Post-Match Interview
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Fans Convinced Frank Lampard Will Get Sacked After Blaming Chelsea Players In Post-Match Interview

  Frank Lampard was slammed by football fans for the post-match interview he gave following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Leicester City. Fans are convinced Lampard won't survive the season after blaming the attitude of his Chelsea players on Tuesday. His side slumped to their sixth Premier League defeat of the campaign with the 42-year-old taking aim at his team's performance at the King Power Stadium. He told Sky Sports: "Beaten by the better team. They were sharper than us, ran more than us and they looked in form - we looked out of form." First-half goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison condemned the Blues to their second league defeat since the turn of the year. Lampard continued: "There were quite a lot of moments where our sharpness wasn't there, those are mom...
Thiago is changing Liverpool to make them ‘WORSE’ – Didi Hamann
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Thiago is changing Liverpool to make them ‘WORSE’ – Didi Hamann

  Thiago Alcantara is making Liverpool worse because he is everything that Jurgen Klopp's champions are not, claims former star Didi Hamann. Thiago arrived to huge fanfare when he completed his move from Bayern Munich in September, but has found his game time heavily restricted by injury so far. The Spaniard returned to action over the Christmas period, and it has coincided with Liverpool going three games without a goal and seeing their title defence fizzle out. Hamann, who was at Anfield from 1999 until 2006, believes that the 29-year-old, though a fine player, does not suit Klopp's set up and is slowing them down. He tweeted: 'Liverpool had a lot of possession for quite some time now and always found a way to break up defences. 'The dynamics of the team will chang...
James Maddison Gives Honest And Insightful Post-Match Interview Following Leicester 2-0 Chelsea
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James Maddison Gives Honest And Insightful Post-Match Interview Following Leicester 2-0 Chelsea

  James Maddison's post-match interview following Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea shows he is one of the most honest players in the Premier League. The Foxes now sit top of the Premier League after first half goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Maddison. Midfielder Maddison has become a fan favourite in recent weeks thanks to his open and honest post-match interviews. He spoke to Geoff Shreeves at full-time and said: "Top of the Premier League, sounds nice doesn't it? Probably for 24 hours. "It's a good one psychologically because we've worked really hard and halfway through the season, to be sitting top, is a great achievement for us and one we can build on. "But like you said, don't think you've seen a more complete team performance from us so far this season. "Had a bit of...
Ndidi Scores As Leicester Beat A Below Par Chelsea To Top The EPL
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Ndidi Scores As Leicester Beat A Below Par Chelsea To Top The EPL

Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League table and increased the pressure on struggling Chelsea manager Frank Lampard with an impressive victory at The King Power Stadium. The Foxes knew a win would see them overhaul Manchester United and they were on their way after only six minutes when Wilfred Ndidi fired in off the inside of the post from 20 yards. Chelsea rarely threatened, although they were denied a first-half penalty by VAR when Christian Pulisic went down under a challenge from Jonny Evans, only for the technology to confirm the offence took place just outside the area. Lampard's misery was swiftly reinforced as Leicester City broke clear to add a second four minutes before the break, James Maddison sweeping a cool finish past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy o...
Lionel Messi Handed Two-Game Ban For Supercopa Red Card
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Lionel Messi Handed Two-Game Ban For Supercopa Red Card

Lionel Messi has been handed a two-match ban after being sent off for the first-ever time in his senior Barcelona career in the Spanish Supercopa final on Sunday. Messi, 33, was shown a red card in the final minute of extra-time after swinging his arm at Athletic Bilbao's Asier Villalibre. Referee Jesus Gil Manzano was alerted to the incident by VAR and after watching a replay on the pitchside monitor decided to give Messi his marching orders. The Royal Spanish Football Federation's competition committee met on Tuesday and deemed the challenge to be worthy of a two-game suspension. Messi will miss Thursday's trip to third division Cornella in the Copa del Rey and Sunday's La Liga game away at Elche. Should Barca beat Cornella, he will return for a potential round-of-16 tie ...
Can Thiago’s return to Liverpool’s midfield reignite the front three?
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Can Thiago’s return to Liverpool’s midfield reignite the front three?

If there’s been any positive surrounding Liverpool’s recent Premier League form, it’s been the return of Thiago Alcantara to first-team action. The Spanish international was heralded as the missing piece of the jigsaw for Jurgen Klopp’s side when he signed from Bayern Munich in the summer – a player with ability to unlock stubborn defences, and give Liverpool more of an edge when taking on teams that defend deep. In his early performances for the Reds, you could already see the difference Thiago could make, but an injury suffered in the Merseyside Derby as a result of a horror challenge from Everton’s Richarlison left Thiago out of action for almost three months, and it’s only recently that he has regained full fitness and made his presence felt in Liverpool’s starting eleven once m...
AC Milan confirm signing of striker Mario Mandzukic, hand him the iconic No 9 shirt for this season
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AC Milan confirm signing of striker Mario Mandzukic, hand him the iconic No 9 shirt for this season

  AC Milan have completed the signing of Mario Mandzukic on a six-month deal with the striker handed the club's iconic No 9 shirt. The 34-year-old Croatian superstar joins the club on a free transfer after leaving Qatari side Al-Duhail last July and will add more experience to Milan’s attack, which already has an in-form, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Milan, who are currently top of the Italian table by three points, also have the option to extend Mandzukic's deal by a further year. The move for the former Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Atlético Madrid star has been lauded by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who said he is delighted to partner him in a bid to help secure the Serie A title this season. 'I am very happy,' the veteran Swedish striker told Sky Italia on Monday. 'There will be two o...
David Barral becomes first-ever footballer to be bought with Bitcoin
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David Barral becomes first-ever footballer to be bought with Bitcoin

  Former Real Madrid B and Levante striker, David Barral has become the first-ever player to be purchased using cryptocurrency. The 37-year-old Spaniard officially signed for Spanish third division team DUX Internacional de Madrid on Tuesday, January 19, in a deal funded entirely through the use of bitcoin. The transfer fee is yet to been disclosed with the deal yet to be acknowledged by authorities. The club owned by footballers Borja Iglesias and Thibaut Courtois, said in a statement: 'David Barral new player of DUX Internacional de Madrid, welcome to the infinite club!' the club shared on its social media pages. 'He becomes the first signing in history in cryptocurrencies. Thanks to Criptan, our new sponsor, for making it possible.' The striker added: 'Glad to j...
Lionel Messi sent off as Barcelona lose Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao
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Lionel Messi sent off as Barcelona lose Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao

  Lionel Messi was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career as they were beaten 3-2 by Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday. Messi, in his 753rd appearance for Barca, swung at Asier Villalibre in the final seconds of extra time - an incident spotted by the VAR. Barca led twice through Antoine Griezmann but Oscar de Marcos and Villalibre, in the final minute, scored as Athletic replied each time. Inaki Williams scored a fine winner. The game in Seville was set to be remembered as an entertaining encounter - and for Athletic's second trophy since 1985 - until the late drama. Messi lashed out at goalscorer Villalibre off the ball in the 120th minute. The referee missed the clash at the time before viewing it on the VAR screen and dismissing M...
‘Haaland would carry Man Utd over title line’ – Chadwick picks dream signing amid Martial doubts
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‘Haaland would carry Man Utd over title line’ – Chadwick picks dream signing amid Martial doubts

The former Red Devils winger would love to see a prolific Norwegian striker at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lacking a leading frontman Erling Haaland would be a dream signing for Manchester United, says Luke Chadwick, with the Borussia Dortmund striker considered to possess the ability that would carry the Red Devils over a title-winning line. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put his side in contention for a Premier League crown this season. United lead the way through 18 games, but few expected them to be scaling such heights and they are still viewed by many as a work in progress.
Thomas Partey thriving within Arsenal’s newfound stability
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Thomas Partey thriving within Arsenal’s newfound stability

The Ghana international has been hobbled by injury, but Gunners' new system offers him perfect opportunity to get his career off to a flying start If a 50 million euro midfielder dominates Manchester United at Old Trafford and no fans are there to see it, did it really happen? As Arsenal have toiled through much of the season without summer acquisition Thomas Partey, this is a question that seems increasingly relevant. After all, that statement performance against the Red Devils is one of only three 90s the Ghana international has gotten through since swapping Madrid for North London. On that night, all of the hype and excitement that had trailed Arsenal’s deadline day swoop for Partey was borne out in a majestic showing on a ground where the Gunners had not won in the league for 14...