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‘Always the same mistakes’ – Reus says Dortmund’s defending ‘stinks’ as BVB lose ground on Bayern in Bundesliga title race
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‘Always the same mistakes’ – Reus says Dortmund’s defending ‘stinks’ as BVB lose ground on Bayern in Bundesliga title race

Two goals from Erling Haaland counted for nothing as Edin Terzic's side were beaten 4-2 by Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night Marco Reus cut a frustrated figure on Friday night as he slammed Borussia Dortmund’s defensive fragility in their 4-2 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach. Some excellent attacking football and two excellent finishes from Erling Haaland counted for nothing as Dortmund once again proved the architects of their own downfall at Borussia-Park. Things could have been worse with a Gladbach opener inside the first minute ruled out by VAR but Dortmund looked shaky at the back throughout and were predictably punished from set pieces.  
Former Arsenal star Wilshere admits he never expected to play in Championship after rejoining Bournemouth
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Former Arsenal star Wilshere admits he never expected to play in Championship after rejoining Bournemouth

The 29-year-old returned to the South Coast club three months after terminating his previous contract with West Ham Jack Wilshere has admitted he never imagined himself playing in the Championship, but he is relishing the challenge of helping Bournemouth win promotion back to the Premier League. The former Arsenal midfielder dropped down to the second tier to join the Cherries after terminating his contract with previous club West Ham in October. Wilshere says he could have seen out his £100,000-a-week deal with the Hammers but was desperate to rediscover his spark on the pitch rather than become a spectator off it.  
‘You don’t want to get into this position again’ – Arteta wants Arsenal to learn from Ozil & Sokratis mistakes
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‘You don’t want to get into this position again’ – Arteta wants Arsenal to learn from Ozil & Sokratis mistakes

The Gunners will see both high-earners depart the club this month after not featuring at all this season Mikel Arteta has said he wants Arsenal to learn their lesson from recently having to offload high-earning duo Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Ozil, who has been the highest-earning player at the Emirates with his £350,000 ($479,000)-per-week deal, is set to join Fenerbahce after a breakthrough was reached in talks to cancel his contract six months early. Earlier this week the club confirmed that Sokratis had his contract terminated by mutual consent, with the defender also leaving north London six months prior to the scheduled expiration of his deal.  
Mbappe explains PSG contract delay as Pochettino urges forward to stay ‘for many years’
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Mbappe explains PSG contract delay as Pochettino urges forward to stay ‘for many years’

The 22-year-old scored twice against Montpellier on Friday to keep his side top of Ligue 1 but talks over a new deal are dragging on Kylian Mbappe says he has not yet come to a decision on his future as Paris Saint-Germain look to tie him down to a new contract – but he says he is happy at PSG. PSG director Leonardo claimed in early December that the club were making progress on new deals for Mbappe and strike partner Neymar, but neither player has so far committed to fresh terms. Mbappe’s contract with his hometown club runs until the summer of 2022. Real Madrid and Liverpool have been the clubs most strongly linked with signing him but there remain questions as to whether any club could afford to prise him away from PSG – unless he lets his contract run down.  
Mikel and Troost-Ekong shine as Sarr fires Watford past Stoke City
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Mikel and Troost-Ekong shine as Sarr fires Watford past Stoke City

The Nigerian stars featured for their respective clubs while the Senegal winger scored to inspire the Hornets to victory John Obi Mikel and William Troost-Ekong were on parade while Ismaila Sarr found the back of the net as Watford secured a 2-1 victory over Stoke City in Friday’s Championship game. Former Nigeria international Mikel was afforded his 18th league start of the campaign and gave a good account of himself but could not help Michael O'Neill’s men to avoid defeat. His compatriot Troost-Ekong starred for the Hornets in his 15th league appearance this season and helped his side secure their 13th win of the season with Senegal international Sarr scoring a crucial goal in the encounter.  
Szczesny: Juventus showed how hungry for trophies we are with Supercoppa Italiana win
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Szczesny: Juventus showed how hungry for trophies we are with Supercoppa Italiana win

The former Arsenal goalkeeper helped his side to their first piece of silverware under Andrea Pirlo with a 1-0 win over Napoli Wojciech Szczesny says Juventus proved their hunger to win trophies with their Supercoppa Italiana victory over Napoli on Wednesday. Lorenzo Insigne missed a penalty with Cristiano Ronaldo’s close-range finish proving enough to win the first silverware of the Andrea Pirlo era. Juve have been off the pace in Serie A so far this season, currently finding themselves 10 points behind leaders AC Milan – though they do have a game in hand.  
Lampard backs Havertz to overcome early Chelsea struggles like De Bruyne and Salah
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Lampard backs Havertz to overcome early Chelsea struggles like De Bruyne and Salah

The 21-year-old has not impacted English football as many would expect but his manager says that is not down to a lack of desire Frank Lampard has defended Kai Havertz over criticism that he looked like he was 'not bothered' during Chelsea's recent 2-0 defeat to Leicester City. Former Chelsea, Leicester City and Germany defender Robert Huth criticised Havertz's performance and body language in the match at the King Power Stadium. Indeed, Lampard did haul off the £70 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in the 67th minute but little changed after his withdrawal. Ahead of an FA Cup clash with Luton, Lampard has hit out at critics of Havertz's work rate. "I can officially say from working with Kai that desire is absolutely not part of the issue. Is he as confident right now, at t...
Klopp ‘won’t cry like a five-year-old kid’ if Liverpool don’t sign centre-back in January
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Klopp ‘won’t cry like a five-year-old kid’ if Liverpool don’t sign centre-back in January

The Reds manager admits a new centre-back would help his struggling side but the champions are unlikely to make any signings this month Jurgen Klopp admitted that a new centre-back would benefit Liverpool, but says the Reds’ recent slide has changed nothing in terms of the club’s ability to act in the transfer market. The reigning champions are in their worst run of form in four years, without a win in five Premier League matches and having failed to score in their last four. On Thursday, they lost their proud 68-game unbeaten home record, losing 1-0 to Burnley on a miserable night at Anfield. Title favourites a month ago, they now sit fourth, and could fall behind both Tottenham and Everton should those two teams win their games in hand.  
Osinachi Ohale: Madrid CFF sign Nigeria defender from AS Roma
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Osinachi Ohale: Madrid CFF sign Nigeria defender from AS Roma

The Super Falcons star has completed her return to the Spanish Primera Iberdrola side for the remainder of the season Spanish Primera Iberdrola side Madrid CFF have completed the signing of Osinachi Ohale for the rest of the 2020-21 season, Goal can confirm. Before now, the Nigeria international had previously excelled in Spanish football during her one-year spell with CD Tacon [currently Real Madrid], featuring in 15 matches and scored twice. Despite having six months left on her one-year contract with AS Roma, the defender agreed to part ways with the Italian club after playing just three times and scoring once for Elizabetta Bavagnoli's side.  
Napoli forward Osimhen finally recovers from Covid-19
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Napoli forward Osimhen finally recovers from Covid-19

The Nigeria international has been given the green light to rejoin the rest of the Parthenopeans after overcoming the coronavirus Napoli have confirmed Victor Osimhen has recovered from Covid-19 having been under treatment for more than two weeks. The Nigeria international has tested negative to the coronavirus after spending more than 14 days in isolation. The centre-forward contracted the virus during his visit to Nigeria where he had gone to celebrate the yuletide season.  
Sevilla in talks for €15m Atalanta outcast Gomez but face competition for signing
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Sevilla in talks for €15m Atalanta outcast Gomez but face competition for signing

The 32-year-old is set to leave Serie A after falling out with manager Gian Piero Gasperini, but plenty of clubs are thought to be interested in him Sevilla want to sign Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez from Atalanta, sources have confirmed to Goal, but they face a struggle to get a deal done with plenty of competition for his signature. The Argentine has scored 50 Serie A goals in 209 appearances since joining Atalanta in 2014, but is set to leave the club after falling out with manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Gomez has not played since mid-December after an argument during a Champions League group stage match with Midtjylland, and has trained separately to the rest of the squad.
Anam Imo and Faith Micheal resume Pitea training
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Anam Imo and Faith Micheal resume Pitea training

After almost two months of the festive break, the Nigerian duo are back in training with their teammates in Sweden Anam Imo and Faith Micheal are back in Pitea and joined their Swedish Damallsvenskan club in training for the first time this week. The Super Falcons pair entered fresh contracts with the Swedish outfit last November following the end of the 2020 Damallsvenskan season before departing for Nigeria for the festive holiday. Imo had ended two years with 2019 champions Rosengard, where she scored 10 goals in 40 outings to join the LF Arena outfit on a three-year deal, in continuing her professional stint in Sweden.  
Nigeria President Buhari pays tribute to former Super Eagles assistant coach Joe Erico
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Nigeria President Buhari pays tribute to former Super Eagles assistant coach Joe Erico

The ex-international passed away at the age of 72 and has been lauded for his contribution to the West African’s development Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Joe Erico, who died after a brief illness on Thursday. Erico featured prominently for the senior national team at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations, where the West Africans finished third. The former goalkeeper went into administration after calling time on his professional career and had the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach of the Super Eagles.  
‘When the Inter Miami job came up, I couldn’t turn it down’ – Neville explains reasons for leaving England & Team GB roles
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‘When the Inter Miami job came up, I couldn’t turn it down’ – Neville explains reasons for leaving England & Team GB roles

The former Manchester United defender told the Football Association that he couldn't turn down the chance to work for David Beckham's MLS club Phil Neville told the Football Association (FA) that the chance to work as Inter Miami's manager was "too big an opportunity to turn down". The former Manchester United defender left his role as head coach of England's women's national team on Monday to join the MLS club, after just less than three years in charge. Neville was set to take charge of Great Britain's women's football team at this summer's Olympics in Tokyo too, a role he had expressed his desire for for many months.  
Juventus won’t revive move for Dzeko despite tension with Roma after Coppa Italia debacle
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Juventus won’t revive move for Dzeko despite tension with Roma after Coppa Italia debacle

Paulo Fonseca's side, who look close to finalising two incoming transfers, have been in the news for all the wrong reasons this week Juventus are not in talks to sign Edin Dzeko from Roma, Goal understands, despite rising tensions between the striker and his club. The capital club have had a humbling week. On Friday, Roma were handed an automatic 3-0 defeat after making an illegal substitution in Tuesday's Coppa Italia last-16 match at home to Spezia - which they had lost 4-2 anyway. Team manager Gianluca Gombar was sacked by Roma after the debacle. Corriere dello Sport reported that Dzeko and some team-mates had decided not to train in protest at his removal, with a three-hour meeting required to bring the players back round.  
Leicester City boss Rodgers backs Iheanacho to cover for injured Vardy
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Leicester City boss Rodgers backs Iheanacho to cover for injured Vardy

The Nigeria international is considered as a replacement for the 34-year-old forward who is set to undergo surgery Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes Kelechi Iheanacho will provide the needed cover for the injured Jamie Vardy. The 34-year-old attacker is set to undergo hernia surgery which will see him sidelined from action for a couple of weeks. Vardy has been a consistent performer for the King Power Stadium outfit since teaming up with the side in 2012 from Fleetwood Town.  
Swansea City confirm loan signing of USMNT forward Morris from Seattle Sounders
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Swansea City confirm loan signing of USMNT forward Morris from Seattle Sounders

The 26-year-old will join the Swans on a temporary basis, with the Championship club holding an option to purchase Swansea City have announced the signing of Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris on loan for the remainder of the season. The Championship side will have an option to purchase the 26-year-old at the end of the current campaign. Morris signed with the Sounders prior to the 2016 season and has gone on to become one of the best attacking players in MLS.
AC Milan sign Tomori on loan from Chelsea with £26m option to buy
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AC Milan sign Tomori on loan from Chelsea with £26m option to buy

The 23-year-old defender will join Stefano Pioli's side in their Serie A title challenge after coming through the Blues' youth academy AC Milan have completed the signing of Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season. The centre-back has struggled for regular game time at Stamford Bridge this campaign, and moves to the Serie A leaders as they aim to end Juventus' dominance of the Italian domestic league. Tomori heads to San Siro until at least the end of the 2020-21 campaign, with a €30 million (£26m/$36.5m) option included if Milan wish to buy the England international defender in the summer.
I am Suffering From Depression – Jordon Ibe Opens Up
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I am Suffering From Depression – Jordon Ibe Opens Up

Derby winger, Jordon Ibe, has opened up on his struggle with depression. The 25-year-old bared it all in an emotional Instagram post. Ibe joined the Championship side from Bournemouth as a free agent at the end of last season. Since then, he has made one appearance this season and has not been included in a matchday squad in 2021 under manager Wayne Rooney. “I want to apologise to all my fans around the world. I’ve found (sic) myself in a dark place, due to suffering from depression. It’s no scheme for the media or to have my name in your mouths, I just find things hard truly “I appreciate all the love and messages from everyone. Times are hard in general due to this pandemic. I have the full support from my family and the Derby County football club. “I will fix myself ...
Footballer, Chikelu Ofoedu Slapped By A Military Man
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Footballer, Chikelu Ofoedu Slapped By A Military Man

A Nigerian professional footballer got in a war of words with a Military man over the right of way as the soldier drove on the wrong side of the road facing other cars. The soldier identified simply as Nasiru slapped him over the right of way disagreement. Chikelu Ofoedu plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv. After getting slapped, the footballer approached the soldier in his car asking to be killed by the soldier who then came down wielding a cutlass. An infuriated Nasiru confronts Chikelu with the cutlass but the footballer clamps his hands behind him but continued to question the soldier over the slap. The soldier repeatedly insults the footballer for daring to question him. https://youtu.be/Ilkk3W1ZPDk
Floyd Mayweather Denies Engagement to Girlfriend
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Floyd Mayweather Denies Engagement to Girlfriend

Floyd Mayweather has denied reports that he is engaged to his stripper girlfriend, Anna Monroe. The 43-year-old boxing champion, 43, took to Instagram on Thursday denying rumours with a post. Some media houses had reported that Mayweather recently engaged his girlfriend just a few weeks after their relationship came to light. A source told The Sun: “He was annoyed at first that the news of their relationship broke because he wanted to keep it private. Anna heightened speculations as she shared a picture of a huge diamond ring worn on her wedding finger on her Instagram page on Sunday. However, Floyd clarified in his Instagram post, saying engagement reports are just lies. “I am not engaged and have never been engaged or married, those are just rumours and lies,” his...
Abramovich Sacking Frank Lampard is Not my Problem –Jose Mourinho
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Abramovich Sacking Frank Lampard is Not my Problem –Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, has said he does not care if Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, fires Frank Lampard as manager. Lampard is under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge, following a run of poor results. The Blues’ 2-0 loss at Leicester City in midweek, was their fifth league defeat in their last eight fixtures. It leaves them in eighth place on the table. Senior officials at the club want to give under-pressure Lampard time to turn the club’s fortunes around and not make a decision mid-season. However, they are believed to be considering Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel who was just sacked at Paris Saint-Germain. Ex-Juventus boss Max Allegri has also admitted he wants to manage in England. Mourinh...
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.”