Saturday, January 23

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Liverpool boss Klopp willing to go with Wilson over Shaqiri
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Liverpool boss Klopp willing to go with Wilson over Shaqiri

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is willing to keep hold of Harry Wilson this season. Burnley are the only club to have tabled an offer which was made up of £12million upfront with a further £4m in add-ons. Despite the Clarets' interest, Klopp decided that Wilson was ready to play against Arsenal in this week's Carabao Cup defet and get some minutes under his belt. The Athletic reports Liverpool are waiting for Burnley to increase their offer, but Klopp is potentially willing to keep Wilson in place of Xherdan Shaqiri if the former Stoke man leaves the club. It's a glimmer of hope for Wilson, who remains keen to make the grade at Anfield having come through the youth ranks at Melwood.
Mourinho Mocks Solskjaer Ahead of Tottenham vs Man Utd Clash
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Mourinho Mocks Solskjaer Ahead of Tottenham vs Man Utd Clash

Tottenham Hotspur coach, Jose Mourinho, seems to have added fuel to fire ahead of their first game back against his former club Manchester United, by delivering a damning assessment of rival manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. According to The Athletic, Mourinho has said the Norwegian is out of his depth at United. Solskjaer replaced Mourinho at Old Trafford in December 2018. Since then Solskjaer has overcome a difficult spell to rejuvenate his United squad, while Mourinho has struggled to hit the ground running with Spurs. United have already beaten Tottenham once this season, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford before Christmas. Solskjaer’s men are also four points ahead on the Premier League table and a win on Friday would stretch their lead and al...
Bale the greatest athlete I’ve seen, claims ex-Real Madrid doctor
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Bale the greatest athlete I’ve seen, claims ex-Real Madrid doctor

Jesus Olmo has lifted the lid on his time with Los Blancos, placing the Welshman's athletic abilities above those of Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale is the greatest athlete former Real Madrid medical chief Jesus Olmo has seen, with the Wales star “capable of excelling at practically any sport”. After making a world-record move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013, the 30-year-old has split opinion in the Spanish capital, despite scoring 80 goals in 169 matches. While agent Jonathan Barnett has often been forced to shield his charge from media and fan attacks, Olmo has sung the praises of the attacker, who he says is the most impressive player he has seen during a career in which he has worked with many leading stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gaizka Garitano signs new contract with Athletic Bilbao
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Gaizka Garitano signs new contract with Athletic Bilbao

Gaizka Garitano has signed a new contract with Athletic Bilbao to 2021. Garitano's future is tied to Athletic Club until June 2021 after he and the Basque club reached an agreement over a one-year contract extension. The 44-year-old's current deal was set to come to an end this summer, but he has been rewarded for having led Athletic to the Copa del Rey final, which they will dispute against arch-rivals Real Sociedad when the opportunity allows, and for ensuring they push for a Europa League finish in LaLiga Santander. Garitano has been in charge of Athletic since December 2018 and has overseen 61 games, winning 27, drawing 18 and losing 16. Negotiations between Athletic and Garitano were fast and easy as both parties were on the same page
Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona
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Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona

Ex-referee, Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, has claimed 90 per cent of match officials in Spain lean towards Real Madrid and the remaining 10 per cent support Barcelona. Iturralde refereed almost 300 matches in LaLiga before retiring in 2012. According to him, a lot of people support Madrid from a young age, including most of the match officials. “Around 90 per cent go with Real and 10% with Barcelona. Whether Barca [fans] like it or not, 70 per cent of the Spanish population, excluding Catalonia, are Real Madrid supporters. “Personally, I don’t care about one or the other. I’m Athletic [Bilbao]. Everyone knows that I am Athletic, but I would go against them to try and be fair,” Gonzalez told Cadena Ser. Barcelona have won 96 titles in their h...
Tunisia legend Jaidi wishes Koeman well after Netherlands boss’ heart surgery
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Tunisia legend Jaidi wishes Koeman well after Netherlands boss’ heart surgery

The Hartford Athletic manager has offered his thoughts to the former Southampton and Everton boss who successfully underwent heart surgery Former Tunisia international Radhi Jaidi has wished former boss at Southampton, Ronald Koeman, well in his recovery from heart surgery. The Dutch legend was taken to the University Medical Centre (UMC) where he underwent surgery that involved unclogging a coronary artery and a stent being put into the vein. After drawing the curtain on his career that saw him play for Esperance, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Southampton, Jaidi turned his sights to coaching.
Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte
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Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte

The French defender worked under the enigmatic Argentine at Athletic and is now enjoying his time with a former Barca boss Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola are “the best two managers in the world”, says Aymeric Laporte, with the Leeds and Manchester City bosses considered to “know everything”. The man currently calling the shots at the Etihad Stadium has made no secret of his admiration for an enigmatic coach looking to lead fallen giants back into the Premier League. For Guardiola, Bielsa has shown how success can be enjoyed while sticking to the principles which make football so entertaining.
Ravanelli: I was very close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham
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Ravanelli: I was very close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham

Juventus hero Fabrizio Ravanelli has revealed he came close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham during his playing career. In 1998, the Italian had just suffered relegation from England's top-flight with Middlesbrough, but despite the disappointing end to the season, the forward still had a number of clubs interested in securing his signature. “I was very close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham," he told The Athletic. "I tried for one month over the possibility with my agent to sign for Manchester United but it did not happen. “But Liverpool was a real opportunity. The Liverpool manager Roy Evans called me when I was on holiday in the summer and said he wanted me to join the club. I said, 'OK, no problem.' “After, I have no idea why, it did not happen. Liverpool, at that moment...
Kobe Bryant to be Inducted into Hall Of Fame in 2020 Class
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Kobe Bryant to be Inducted into Hall Of Fame in 2020 Class

The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that they will bypass the normal election process and induct NBA legend Kobe Bryant Into Hall Of Fame. In a statement released by Shams Charania of The Athletic on Twitter, he said the Hall of Fame chairman, Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that Bryant will lead the 2020 class, which could also include Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Kobe Bryant will be a first-ballot enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020. "Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett," HOF chairman Jerry Colangelo says. "Kobe will be honored the way he should be." Bryant will be part of standard Hall of Fame screening process on Wednesday, with finalists in February at All-Star break and formal i...
Celebrating one of Nigeria’s Athletics icons, Deji Aliu
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Celebrating one of Nigeria’s Athletics icons, Deji Aliu

21st of February, 2019, marked the 20th anniversary of DejiAliu’s 60m National Record, and his 50m African Record. Considering that we are still in the indoor season (at least for athletes based abroad), I felt it would be worthwhile to dedicate today’s column to Aliu who is one of only eight men from Nigeria to have ever run under 10sec in the men’s 100m. He is also ranked the 6th fastest Nigerian in the 200m on the all-time list. Aliu belongs to the distinguished class of Nigerian athletes who made the country proud during their days and gave the sport their all. He rose through the ranks, emerging World Junior Champion in the men’s 100m at the World U20 Championships in Portugal in 1994, and won a Silver medal in the 200m as well. Five years later, he performed the outstanding fea...
Dominic Solanke Joins Bournemouth From Liverpool For £19m
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Dominic Solanke Joins Bournemouth From Liverpool For £19m

Dominic Solanke has joined Bournemouth from Liverpool. The 21 year old English striker completed the move for about £19m. Solanke was due to join Crystal Palace on loan earlier this week but the deal fell through because of fitness concerns. Bournemouth are about to allow forward Jermain Defoe to join Scottish Premiership side Rangers. It is understood Solanke cannot move to the Cherries on loan under Premier League regulations. Bournemouth are also set to sign Reds right-back Nathaniel Clyne on loan until the end of the season. “The club is going somewhere – it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age,” said Solanke. Cherries boss Eddie Howe said he was “really excited” about working with Solanke. “Dominic is technically gifted, very athletic and has t...
Barcelona Manager, Valverde Drops Bombshell On His Future
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Barcelona Manager, Valverde Drops Bombshell On His Future

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has admitted he might not stay at the club beyond this season. The former Athletic Bilbao boss took over at the Nou Camp in 2017 and led the club to the league and cup double last season. Barca currently sit top of La Liga and remain in contention in the Champions League. But Valverde said: “I do not know what I will do next season. In this football, who knows? We all know how things are. I never think long or long term. “For us, two months are a very long term. If you win a game, everyone is happy and if you lose, everyone is watching you. “What I want is for everyone to be satisfied with the work. But we are not going to cheat. “If you do not win the League, everyone looks at the coach because it is marked like that. I try to mee...
Luis Enrique Wary Of Spain’s Euro 2020 Qualifying Group
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Luis Enrique Wary Of Spain’s Euro 2020 Qualifying Group

Spain coach Luis Enrique believes his team have been handed a “complicated” qualifying group for Euro 2020.   Luis Enrique The 2008 and 2012 European champions were drawn in Group F on Sunday with World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden, as well as Norway, Romania, the Faroe Islands and Malta. “It’s a complicated group because on paper you can think we will be favourites but then we have to show it where it is most difficult, on the field,” Luis Enrique told Spanish television’s Teledeporte. “It is true that in this group we have been given there will not be any easy games, all of them will be competitive.” The top two teams from each group will qualify and games will take place between March and November 2019. Spain are one of 12 countries selected to host matches in the fin...
Bayern Edge Out AEK To Move Top Of Group
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Bayern Edge Out AEK To Move Top Of Group

Quick-fire goals by Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski on Tuesday moved Bayern Munich top of their Champions League group with a 2-0 win at AEK Athens, as they made it back-to-back victories after a difficult start to the season. Dogged defending by the reigning Greek champions left Bayern facing a frustrating draw until Martinez finally broke through with an hour gone at AEK, who travel to the Allianz Arena in a fortnight’s time. “It was very difficult, the pitch was not good, we played well in the first half, but the final pass was missing,” said Arjen Robben. “We started using our chances and once Javi got the first goal, you could feel the relief. “This was an important win for us.” The result leaves Bayern top of Group E and puts pressure on nearest rivals Ajax, who earned...
Japan Unveils Mascots For 2020 Olympics Games
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Japan Unveils Mascots For 2020 Olympics Games

Japanese organisers formally introduced their doe-eyed 2020 Olympic mascots to the world on Sunday, christening them with superhero names that could provide a tongue-twisting challenge to some. The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 24, 2020. The blue-checked Olympic mascot was dubbed “Miraitowa” — combining the Japanese words for future and eternity, organisers said at an event in Tokyo. It expresses the hope for a bright future stretching off forever, according to officials. Its Paralympic partner which sports pink checks is called “Someity” — borrowing from the word for a variety of Japan’s iconic cherry trees and the English expression “so mighty”. The characters are said to combine tradition and innovation, organisers said. The pointy-eared mascots bestowed with “speci...
BREAKING: Manchester City Have Paid Aymeric Laporte’s €65m Release Clause
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BREAKING: Manchester City Have Paid Aymeric Laporte’s €65m Release Clause

Athletic have confirmed that the 23-year-old will leave the club and the Premier League leaders are ready to make his arrival official on Tuesday Manchester City have triggered Aymeric Laporte's €65 million release clause and plan to confirm his arrival from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday. Athletic have confirmed that Laporte's clause was triggered on Monday, with a City delegation in Bilbao to push their first January transfer towards completion.
Barcelona’s Salary Cap Has Risen By 171 Million Euros In Three Years
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Barcelona’s Salary Cap Has Risen By 171 Million Euros In Three Years

Data released earlier this week confirms that the Catalan giants will be forking out close to 500 million euros over the course of the season. According to data published by LaLiga, the Blaugrana currently have 499.7m euros in the coffers sets aside for the purposes of player wages, bonuses and salaries for the club's coaching staff. These latest figures are a reflection of the Blaugrana's improving fiscal position, with the club's salary cap having risen by a staggering 171m euros over the course of the last three years, thanks in part to the sale of Neymar. In doing so, they have usurped Real Madrid as Spain's financially strongest outfit for the first time since the introduction of centralised television rights. Just three years ago, Los Blancos were expending up to 20m euros more t...
Milan, Liverpool And Inter Are Interested In Signing Inaki Williams
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Milan, Liverpool And Inter Are Interested In Signing Inaki Williams

The 23-year-old was asked his thoughts on the interest of these three top clubs and the player could not hide his happiness for being linked with these clubs. “It’s always nice when big clubs are interested in signing me. Means I am doing well”, the 23-year-old said. “The market has become crazy, believe me. I am happy and relaxed right now, I don’t care about my release clause, I’m not thinking about leaving Athletic. The manager trusts me and I give my best each time I play. I am feeling well here.” “I don’t know how much I am worth. The president has told me my release clause, let’s see what the future has in store for me.”
Kepa In Profile: A Young Goalkeeper Performing Well Beyond His Years
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Kepa In Profile: A Young Goalkeeper Performing Well Beyond His Years

In fact, Ondarroa has two footballing sons, but while Kepa opted for Bilbao's Athletic, Inigo Martinez headed east for San Sebastian's La Real. Arriving at Lezama with his physique undeveloped, the shot-stopper progressed through the academy ranks and earned many admirers at the Infantil level and now is considered a player mature beyond his years. Kepa is yet to make 30 LaLiga appearances yet has already been marked out as a player with great agility, strength, and smart movement that draws comparisons with one of the great Basque keepers of his time, and a true admirer of the 22-year-old, Luis Arconada. While the wrangling over his new contract has gone on, his performances have not dropped off and thus Real Madrid have began circling for a move. And although Kepa and the people arou...