Tuesday, November 24

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Gareth Southgate Confirms Jordan Henderson Issue As Liverpool’s Horror Injury List Grows
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Gareth Southgate Confirms Jordan Henderson Issue As Liverpool’s Horror Injury List Grows

England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson picked up an injury during international duty. Henderson, 30, was withdrawn at half-time due to a 'tightness' he felt in Belgium's 2-0 victory over England in the Nations League on Sunday. And the loss of the English midfielder to injury will be another blow for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who is already without several players after the international break. Southgate admitted that he was unsure how severe Henderson's injury was, but he added that the England international "felt he couldn't carry on." The 50-year-old Three Lions manager explained after the match: "Jordan had a bit of tightness at half-time and felt he couldn't carry on. "We'll have to assess him when we get back." Andy Robert...
Maguire reacts to Pickford penalty incident in Manchester United win at Everton
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Maguire reacts to Pickford penalty incident in Manchester United win at Everton

The England defender has absolved his international team-mate of any blame and agreed with the outcome of the VAR decision at Goodison Park Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has admitted that if he had been awarded a penalty in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Everton, it would have been a “soft” decision. During the second half, the defender collided with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford when attempting to win a loose ball following a free kick. Pickford has found himself in an unwanted spotlight in recent weeks, having been the antagonist in a collision that saw Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the rest of the season because of a serious knee injury.
Ginter is like Sergio Ramos & he’s only going to get better, says Germany legend Matthaus
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Ginter is like Sergio Ramos & he’s only going to get better, says Germany legend Matthaus

  The Borussia Monchengladbach defender is impressive in the present and has a bright future, according to the 1990 World Cup star Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Matthias Ginter has been favourably compared to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos by Germany legend Lothar Matthaus. Only defending champions Bayern Munich and third-placed RB Leipzig have conceded fewer goals than Gladbach in the early weeks of the Bundesliga season, and much of that is due to the influence of Ginter, Matthaus has claimed. The centre-back, who has not missed a second of action for his side this season, turns 27 in January and the World Cup winner believes that his best is ahead of him.
‘Why not take 20 seconds to review it?’ – Azpilicueta asks why VAR didn’t award Chelsea penalty after Maguire headlock
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‘Why not take 20 seconds to review it?’ – Azpilicueta asks why VAR didn’t award Chelsea penalty after Maguire headlock

The Blues defender wondered why officials didn't take a closer look at an incident that could have changed the game on Saturday Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta felt the Blues deserved a penalty for an incident involving himself and Harry Maguire, adding that he thought the referee should have reviewed the decision. Azpilicueta was dragged down in the box by Maguire during Chelsea's clash with Manchester United, with the England defender draping his arms over the Spaniard's shoulders. Former United star Patrice Evra likened Maguire to Hulk Hogan after the incident, saying that the WWE-like manoeuvre was a clear penalty.
Standard Liege 0-2 Rangers: Roofe raises the bar after Tavernier hits the spot
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Standard Liege 0-2 Rangers: Roofe raises the bar after Tavernier hits the spot

James Tavernier scored his ninth goal in 10 outings before Kemar Roofe sealed victory in style for Rangers in Belgium. Rangers continued their impressive form in this season's Europa League, with a James Tavernier penalty and a Kemar Roofe stunner securing a 2-0 win away at Standard Liege. Having overcome Lincoln Red Imps, Willem II and Galatasaray in the qualifying rounds – and fresh off an Old Firm triumph over Celtic – Steven Gerrard's side battled their way to three points in difficult conditions at Stade Maurice Dufrasne. Tavernier scored the opening goal of the Group D contest in the 19th minute, Rangers' captain converting from the spot for his ninth goal in 10 outings this season.
Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return
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Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return

The Blancos have omitted the skipper from their squad for their European opener at Santiago Bernabeu Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid's clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League while Eden Hazard's fitness is improving as he nears a comeback from injury. Los Blancos captain Ramos took a knock to his knee in Saturday's shock 1-0 La Liga loss to Cadiz and was absent from Tuesday's training session ahead of the club's opening European fixture of the 2020-21 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu. With the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona taking place on Saturday, head coach Zinedine Zidane said he was unlikely to risk exacerbating the issue.
‘Kane could leave in 2021 but Bale will excite him’ – Sheringham assesses transfer talk at Spurs
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‘Kane could leave in 2021 but Bale will excite him’ – Sheringham assesses transfer talk at Spurs

The former Tottenham striker believes a prolific England international will spend one more season in north London before weighing up his options Harry Kane could push for a move away from Tottenham in 2021 if the club fails to match his ambition, admits Teddy Sheringham, but the arrival of Gareth Bale is expected to prevent his head from turning for now. Big-money moves to various leading sides across Europe have been mooted for the England captain. Having proved himself to be one of the most prolific frontmen on the planet, interest in Kane is to be expected, especially as Spurs have failed to deliver him much-coveted silverware.
Harry Maguire to remain Manchester United captain – Solskjaer confirms
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Harry Maguire to remain Manchester United captain – Solskjaer confirms

Manchester United Head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Harry Maguire will remain Manchester United’s captain this season despite his involvement in a Greek court case. Maguire was given a suspended 21-month sentence last month after the England defender was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and bribery during an incident in Mykonos island, Greece. The incident was allegedly sparked after Maguire claimed himself, his family and friends were taunted and attacked at a nightclub. Maguire, 27, has denied the offences and has launched an appeal which nullifies the verdict. The nullified verdict means he has no criminal record and can play football until his retrial begins. Following the original court verdict, Maguire was wit...
Messi Re-elected Barcelona Captain
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Messi Re-elected Barcelona Captain

Leo Messi will continue as the captain of Barcelona after being voted as such by his teammates. Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto have been elected the other three skippers of the team. Messi will wear the armband at some point during Saturday's friendly against Gimnastic de Tarragona. Ronald Koeman called the Argentine in the morning where he informed him that he would feature in the game. Messi is still short of fitness having joined pre-season training later than most of his teammates, so his cameo isn't expected to be long.
Stoke City boss O’Neill banking on Mikel’s experience for 2020-21 Championship campaign
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Stoke City boss O’Neill banking on Mikel’s experience for 2020-21 Championship campaign

The Potters fortified their team with the former Nigeria international in the summer in their quest to return to the English top-flight Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill is hoping John Obi Mikel will bring his experience to bear when the 2020-21 Championship campaign gets underway. The 33-year-old teamed up with the Bet365 Stadium outfit in August as a free agent after mutually parting ways with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor. The former Nigeria captain made his name while playing for Chelsea, where he spent 11 years and won a number of accolades including the Champions League, Premier League and Europa League titles, among others.
Henderson: Liverpool can be a lot better, individuals will get stronger
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Henderson: Liverpool can be a lot better, individuals will get stronger

The Reds skipper has lifted Champions League, Club World Cup and Premier League trophies, but he says there is more to come from those at Anfield Jordan Henderson is a Champions League, Club World Cup and Premier League title winner at Liverpool, but the Reds captain says Jurgen Klopp’s side “can be a lot better”. It is difficult to see how the Merseyside outfit could take their game to even greater heights. They were a dominant force on a domestic scene in 2019-20, with a first English top-flight crown in 30 years secured in record-setting style.
Henderson: No title talk at Liverpool as Reds are looking forward, not back
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Henderson: No title talk at Liverpool as Reds are looking forward, not back

Jurgen Klopp’s side swept to a record-breaking triumph in 2019-20, but their captain says any basking in that success has been completed Jordan Henderson says there has been no title talk at Liverpool ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, with the Reds focused on the present and future after securing a record-breaking Premier League last season. That success brought a 30-year wait for English top-flight glory to a close at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side have savoured that triumph, with a lot of hard work finally being rewarded, but now face a quick turnaround in the defence of their crown.
Man Utd captain Maguire’s lack of apology branded ‘shocking & unsportsmanlike’ by Greek prosecutor
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Man Utd captain Maguire’s lack of apology branded ‘shocking & unsportsmanlike’ by Greek prosecutor

The Red Devils defender maintains his innocence, but questions have been raised by the prosecutor as to how local police sustained injuries Harry Maguire's refusal to apologise after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery has been branded “shocking” and “unsportsmanlike” by one of the prosecution's lawyers. The Manchester United captain, who was dropped from the England squad after the verdict, has repeatedly professed his innocence after being given a 21-month suspended prison sentence after an incident on the Greek island of Mykonos. The centre-back intends to appeal the verdict, with his club fully behind him, but prosecution lawyer Dr Ioannis Paradissis has raised questions over the injuries suffered by policemen in th...
‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’
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‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’

The former Blues midfielder says the Spanish head coach should be aiming to replace the legendary club captain this summerPep Guardiola needs a new Vincent Kompany, not Lionel Messi, according to Owen Hargreaves, who thinks Manchester City must strengthen defensively in order to win the Champions League. City were knocked out of Europe at the quarter-final stage for the third successive year earlier this month, this time at the hands of French outfit Lyon. The Blues were beaten 3-1 in Lisbon after being picked off on the counter-attack by a side that could only manage a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1.
Piers Morgan Blasts Man Utd Captain, Maguire after Mykonos Arrest
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Piers Morgan Blasts Man Utd Captain, Maguire after Mykonos Arrest

Renowned English sports journalist, Piers Morgan, has blasted Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, for displaying a shocking lack of leadership following his arrest on the Greek island of Mykonos. DAILY POST had reported that Maguire was arrested and detained for questioning in the Greek Island of Mykonos on Thursday, for allegedly assaulting officers after a brawl. The 27-year-old defender made an appearance in court on Saturday and will face trial next week amid allegations of assaulting police officers and bribery. Reacting to the development, Morgan, in a tweet via his official Twitter handle on Saturday said the England international has been arrested for drunkenly brawling with police officers more times than he has won a trophy at Man United. “Ma...
Harry Maguire Allegedly Tried to Bribe Police Officers after Arrest
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Harry Maguire Allegedly Tried to Bribe Police Officers after Arrest

Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, has been accused of attempting to bribe police officers, following his arrest on the Greek island of Mykonos.  Maguire, who earns £190,000-a-week at Old Trafford, was detained overnight, along with two other men, after a brawl during which the 27-year-old became ‘very abusive and aggressive’ towards officers. The England defender was transferred to Syros, where he will face a state prosecutor. “A case file was opened against the trio for the occasional offenses of violence against officials – court officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an employee,” a statement from the Greek court said on Friday. Maguire had been enjoying a summer break with his fiancé, Fern Hawkins. He was photographed...
Manchester United Fans Have Their Say On Whether Harry Maguire Should Remain As Captain
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Manchester United Fans Have Their Say On Whether Harry Maguire Should Remain As Captain

Manchester United fans have had their say on whether Harry Maguire should remain as club captain following his arrest in Mykonos. Maguire, 27, has been arrested on the Greek island for attacking police after a fight outside a bar, according to reports. Three suspects, including the England international, then reportedly attacked the policemen physically and verbally before being taken to a local police station. United have commented and a statement read: "The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night. "Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities. "At this time we will be making no further comment." United supporters have now weighed in on social media, with fans split on whether Ma...
Kane tipped to follow Bale’s lead by Jenas with Spurs star expected to consider transfer
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Kane tipped to follow Bale’s lead by Jenas with Spurs star expected to consider transfer

The former Tottenham midfielder hopes the England captain can be persuaded to stay put, but believes personal ambition will see his head turned Harry Kane could soon follow Gareth Bale’s lead and start mulling over a move away from Tottenham, says Jermaine Jenas, with the north London outfit considered to be heading in the opposite direction to their star striker. A big-money transfer for the England captain has been mooted for some time. With his reputation established as one of the most fearsome frontmen in world football, Kane has no shortage of suitors in the global game. Jenas believes that could lead the 27-year-old away from Spurs – following the likes of Bale and Kyle Walker who have gone chasing trophies elsewhere in the past – with there only so long that a player w...
Jordan Henderson wins FWA Footballer of the Year award
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Jordan Henderson wins FWA Footballer of the Year award

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been named the 2019-20 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association. The midfielder was confirmed as the recipient of the prestigious annual prize, decided by the votes of professional football writers and broadcasters across the country, two days after lifting the Premier League trophy for the Reds at Anfield. Henderson received more than a quarter of the votes, holding off competition from Kevin De Bruyne and Marcus Rashford, as well as teammates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker also received votes as the champions dominated the poll. Henderson said: “I’d like to say how appreciative I am of the support of those who voted for me and the Football Writers’ Association in general. ...
Roy Keane Says De Gea And Maguire Shouldn’t Join Team Bus After Drawing Spurs
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Roy Keane Says De Gea And Maguire Shouldn’t Join Team Bus After Drawing Spurs

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said he is "sick to death" of David de Gea - and that the goalkeeper and captain Harry Maguire should be made to get a taxi back from Tottenham. Keane, who won seven Premier League titles with United, ranted at half-time after Steven Bergwijn ran past Maguire and fired through De Gea to score. "I wouldn't even let them on the bus after the match," he told Sky Sports. "Get a taxi back to Manchester. They should hang their heads in shame." Bergwijn easily beat England international Maguire for pace, and De Gea could not hold his powerful shot as Jose Mourinho's side took a half-time lead over his former club in Friday's Premier League match, which ended 1-1. De Gea has made the joint-highest number of errors leading to a goal of any ...
Roy Keane Criticises two Players after Man United Failed to Beat Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur
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Roy Keane Criticises two Players after Man United Failed to Beat Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur

A former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, has criticised midfielders, Fred and Scott McTominay after the Red Devils failed to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Friday night. Man United played a 1-1 draw against Jose Mourinho’s side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Steven Bergwijn gave Spurs a 1-0 lead in the first half after David De Gea failed to keep out his powerful shot. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side levelled from the spot through Bruno Fernandes, after Paul Pogba was fouled in the box by Eric Dier. But Keane is not convinced with the performances of both McTominay and Fred, who started for Man United against the hosts, adding that the pair are good enough to be the club’s long-term solution in midfield. “The potential is there, and...
Aubameyang offered Real Madrid & Barcelona transfer warning by Arsenal legend Wright
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Aubameyang offered Real Madrid & Barcelona transfer warning by Arsenal legend Wright

The ex-Gunners striker believes an ageing frontman will struggle to find a top club and lucrative contract if he walks out on Arsenal as a free agent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been warned that he may be working himself into a weaker position by shunning a new contract at Arsenal, with Ian Wright saying there is no guarantee that he will find a top club and contract as a free agent. As things stand, the Gabonese striker still has 12 months left to run on his current deal at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners had been hoping to tie their talismanic club captain to fresh terms by now, bringing an end to the uncertainty surrounding his future.
Super Falcons and Barcelona star, Asisat Oshoala makes Spanish Primera Iberdola team of the season
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Super Falcons and Barcelona star, Asisat Oshoala makes Spanish Primera Iberdola team of the season

Super Falcons captain and Barcelona Ladies' striker, Asisat Oshoala has been named in the Spanish Primera Iberdola Team of the Season.   The 25-year-old, who scored 20 goals and bagged one assist in 19 appearances in the 2019/2020 campaign, also won the Copa Catalunya and Super Women’s Cup with her team during the season.   The Spanish Primera Iberdola Team of the Season was dominated by Barcelona with Sandra Panos, Mapi Leon, Marian Torrejon, and Patri Guijarro joining the Nigerian international.   Others are, Jenni Hermoso, Alexia Putellas, Maria Mendez , Lucy Santos, and Graham Hansen.
Barcelona Confirm Messi’s Injury, Give Team news ahead of Restart
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Barcelona Confirm Messi’s Injury, Give Team news ahead of Restart

Barcelona has confirmed that captain, Lionel Messi, has sustained a minor right quadriceps injury. The Catalan club also provided the latest team news update on their first-team players ahead of the La Liga resumption next week. Quique Setién’s side disclosed this in a statement on its official website on Friday. “Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has a minor right quadriceps injury and trained in isolation, doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days remaining before Barcelona finally get back to playing matches. “Messi should be able to rejoin his team-mates in a few days’ time. “All of the available players were at the Ciutat Esportiva, where they were joined by Jorge Cuenca and Kike Saverio as well as the other B team p...
Daka inspires Ashimeru’s Salzburg past Rapid Wien
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Daka inspires Ashimeru’s Salzburg past Rapid Wien

The Zambia international continued with his rich scoring form as he propelled Die Mozartstadter past the Green-Whites on Wednesday evening Salzburg cruised to a 2-0 victory over Rapid Wien in Wednesday’s Austrian Bundesliga encounter with Patson Daka and Noah Okafor finding the net. Die Mozartstadter came into the clash following their 5-0 triumph over Austria Lustenau – which handed them the Austrian Cup on Friday. And against their visitors, they earned all maximum points with Daka’s header giving them a ninth minute lead courtesy of captain Andreas Ulmer’s cross.
Mark Hughes harbours no ‘sour grapes’ for Moyes over Everton exit
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Mark Hughes harbours no ‘sour grapes’ for Moyes over Everton exit

Mark Hughes knew the moment he needed to leave Everton, even if nobody else saw it coming. Having joined his boyhood club at the age of seven, Hughes had become reserve team captain and was training regularly with the first-team under David Moyes. Signs were promising when, after signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2006, Hughes made his full Toffees debut against Peterborough in the League Cup. A half-time substitute appearance in the next round against Luton Town meant Hughes was on a roll. But even after making his Premier League debut off the bench against West Ham in December, the young centre-back knew his time at Goodison was limited. A month later he decided to take an offer from League One club Northampton Town. Moyes' Everton teams were always dogg...
Musa ‘was crying while playing’ – Ex-Leicester City winger on journey to stardom
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Musa ‘was crying while playing’ – Ex-Leicester City winger on journey to stardom

The Super Eagles winger has spoken of the challenges he encountered on his way to reaching the peak of his career Former Leicester City forward and Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has opened up on his journey to stardom and the difficulties he faced. The forward revealed he started his career as a goalkeeper while in primary school and was so good in the position he was made the school’s games prefect. Musa later switched to an outfield player and joined GBS Football Academy and his pace and dazzling skills distinguished him in the youth team.
Benatia full of praise for ‘impeccable’ new Morocco captain Saiss
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Benatia full of praise for ‘impeccable’ new Morocco captain Saiss

The 33-year-old has tipped the new Atlas Lions skipper for greatness Medhi Benatia has described new Morocco captain Romain Saiss as "impeccable". The 30-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was named the new Atlas Lions captain upon Benatia's retirement from the national team. Benatia decided to call time on his international career after last year's Africa Cup of Nations outing in Egypt in which the North Africans suffered a humiliating penalty shootout loss to Benin Republic in the Round of 16. Saiss has been capped 41 times for Morocco and played at the 2017 and 2019 Afcons as well as the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
‘I still miss it’ – David Beckham reflects on playing career seven years on from retirement
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‘I still miss it’ – David Beckham reflects on playing career seven years on from retirement

As he reflected on some of his best career moments, the former England captain paid tribute to "amazing" backing from his supporters David Beckham says he still misses football as he marked seven years since his retirement from the game. The former England captain played the last match of a glittering professional career when he turned out for Paris Saint-Germain in a Ligue 1 match against Brest on May 18, 2013. To recognise the occasion, Beckham posted a video of some of his greatest moments – including Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League triumph – along with an accompanying message on Instagram.
Arteta’s impact at Arsenal praised by club legend Vieira
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Arteta’s impact at Arsenal praised by club legend Vieira

The new manager's effect on the Gunners' performances has been lauded by the former skipper Patrick Vieira praised Mikel Arteta's impact on Arsenal, saying the head coach had brought energy back to the club. Arteta has been praised since taking the helm in December last year, having lost just two of 15 games in charge. Former Arsenal captain Vieira, who was also linked to the job, hailed Arteta for his work so far at Emirates Stadium.
Guingamp part ways with Nigeria’s Oparanozie
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Guingamp part ways with Nigeria’s Oparanozie

The former Super Falcons captain is leaving the outfit after a successful sojourn in the French women's top-flight French women's top division side Guingamp have parted ways with Nigeria international Desire Oparanozie following the expiration of her contract with the club. The cancellation of the remaining matches in France due to the coronavirus pandemic has brought an end to her six-year-long career with the French outfit. The 26-year-old joined the Division 1 Feminine side following a brief spell at Turkish women's top-flight side Ataşehir Belediyespor in 2014.
PSG to trigger Choupo-Moting extension
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PSG to trigger Choupo-Moting extension

PSG are ready to trigger a one-year extension in Eric Choupo-Moting's contract to keep the Cameroon captain until June 2021, according to Sport. Choupo-Moting joined the French champions with a free transfer from Stoke City in 2018, and he has played a part in helping the Parisians secure back-to-back league titles. The 31-year-old forward played nine games in the 2019-20 league campaign, including five starts with three goals to his name.
West Ham eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera
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West Ham eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera

West Ham are eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera. The Mexico captain only moved to Atletico last summer from Porto, though could be tempted to London this summer. The 30 year-old has a deal to 2022 and after only 14 starts this season is considering his options. The Independent says West Ham are keen where manager David Moyes can offer Herrera regular first team football. Any sale will represent a profit for Atleti, with Herrera having joined in a Bosman transfer
‘I play video games, I watch series on Netflix’ – Lille’s Osimhen
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‘I play video games, I watch series on Netflix’ – Lille’s Osimhen

The Nigeria international describes what isolation is like while expressing his desire to return to action again for Lille as soon as possible Lille forward Victor Osimhen has opened up on what life is like in quarantine as major European leagues remain on hold to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Since joining his French outfit as a replacement for Nicolas Pepe from Sporting Charleroi, the youngster has been an instant hit for the Great Danes scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances. However, he has been out of action for over six weeks amid the Covid-19 outbreak which has killed thousands of people across the globe. Apart from training hard to stay fit, the Nigeria international revealed his daily routine to Lille website when quizzed about how he has coped without his ...
‘If he gives you something, you must do it well’ – Rangers coach lifts the lid on working with Gerrard
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‘If he gives you something, you must do it well’ – Rangers coach lifts the lid on working with Gerrard

Criticism has come the way of Steven Gerrard this season as manager of Rangers but his right-hand man says things are moving in the right direction One of Steven Gerrard's first-team coaches at Rangers has lifted the lid on working under the Liverpool midfield legend, describing his record as 'incredible', and praising the work ethic and obsession in his Ibrox boss. Michael Beale joined Gerrard in Glasgow having first crossed paths with the Champions League winner during his time working in the Liverpool under-age ranks, and after experiencing his first role in the senior game working with legendary Brazilian goalkeeper-turned-coach Rogerio Ceni at Sao Paulo. Working alongside Gerrard has added to Beale's expertise as a coach and he believes that the former England captain is destin...
‘Special’ Mikel was more than a captain – Nigeria goalkeeper Ezenwa
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‘Special’ Mikel was more than a captain – Nigeria goalkeeper Ezenwa

The Heartland shot-stopper applauded the personality of the former Chelsea midfielder who called time on his international career last year Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has described John Obi Mikel as a special player who was more than a captain during his time with the Super Eagles. Mikel retired from national duty following Nigeria's third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he battled a knee strain and was restricted to just two appearances. Ezenwa played alongside the former Trabzonspor midfielder during his 14-year international career, and he revealed his drive to seek knowledge from him whenever they met in camp. "He doesn't know whether you are home-based or foreign-based, he tries to bring everybody together in camp," Ezenwa told Goal. ...
Tottenham striker Harry Kane keen to hear from Man Utd
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane keen to hear from Man Utd

Tottenham striker Harry Kaneis willing to listen to any offer from Manchester United this summer, it has been revealed. The Daily Mail says Kane will not shut the door on a potential world transfer record move to United at the end of the season. The Tottenham talisman has been privately considering his long-term future for several months, primarily because he wants to be in the best position to challenge for trophies. Indeed, Kane, who is yet to win a single piece of silverware at Spurs, threw more uncertainty over his future earlier this month, insisting he wouldn't stay at Spurs for the "sake of it". News of his receptivity towards a potential move to Old Trafford may serve to encourage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to launch an audacious swoop for Kane. Signing the England captain...
Leicester captain Wes Morgan eager to put pen to paper
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Leicester captain Wes Morgan eager to put pen to paper

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has intimated he's ready to sign a new deal. Talks had been held about extending his stay by another 12 months but, like the season, that has been put on hold for the time being. “The gaffer (Brendan Rodgers) has been great with me," the 36-year-old told The Times. "Even though I've not been playing as much, there's so much to look forward to: a new training ground, potentially Europe next season."
Cristiano Ronaldo set to become football’s first billionaire after capitalizing on social media power
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Cristiano Ronaldo set to become football’s first billionaire after capitalizing on social media power

According to a new report, Juventus of Italy and Portugal international striker Cristiano Ronaldo, is set to become football's first ever billionaire. According to Mirror UK, Ronaldo's earning power via social media and his move to Italy are taking his personal wealth to Billionaire heights previously only reached by Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather as active sportsmen. Despite the Portugues captain agreeing to take a pay cut at Juventus as part of his club’s cost-cutting amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he is still set to join the Billionaire gang as his off-the-pitch earnings is where Ronaldo is making more money than ever before; having earned £36million ($44m)  last year through commercial ventures alone. From the £88million ($109m) he made last year, £52million ($...
Forlan’s Penarol set to win race for PSG veteran Cavani
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Forlan’s Penarol set to win race for PSG veteran Cavani

PSG striker Edinson Cavani is heading home to Uruguayan club Penarol, according to club captain Cristian Rodriguez. The 33-year-old was linked in January with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. But close friend Rodriguez says the Uruguay international is heading back to the club, who are managed by Diego Forlan. The 35-year-old told FM Del Sol - via the Daily Star: "I have the authority to talk about Edi. "He's about to come to Penarol and I can't say anything else. "Call him and ask him.
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Everton defender Mason Holgate admits captaincy ambitions

Everton defender Mason Holgate admits he has captaincy ambitions. However, Holgate has no intentions of usurping current club skipper Seamus Coleman just yet. “Obviously that would be a massive, massive honour," the Toffees defender said when asked if he hopes to be named captain in the future during a Q&A with fans on the official club website. “It would be great to do that but at the moment we've got Seamus [Coleman] who's a fantastic captain and has helped me massively ever since I've been at the club and done so many things for me. I think the whole changing room has got so much respect for him. “So to learn off him and have him as a captain at the moment is great and I think the whole changing room can say that and vouch for that themselves."
Capello: Why Lampard and Gerrard couldn’t play together
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Capello: Why Lampard and Gerrard couldn’t play together

Former England coach Fabio Capello has spoken of the difficulties getting Chelsea hero Frank Lampard and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to play together. Capello believes that positioning and a lack of credible alternatives were contributing factors. When asked why England could not find a good fit for Lampard and Gerrard in the side, Capello told the Guardian: "Because they played in the same place. "Why not remove one, then? Because the other players aren't better!" Capello also dismissed the notion that he played the former Liverpool captain on the left, stating: "No, only when defending. When we had the ball Gerrard was free."
Aubameyang: Which clubs could sign Arsenal superstar?
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Aubameyang: Which clubs could sign Arsenal superstar?

The hitman has just over a year left on his contract, and the North London side may have to sell this summer if he doesn’t renew his current deal The Arsenal captain signed for the Gunners in January 2017, and has scored 49 goals in 75 league appearances since then. Unfortunately, the Gabon striker’s goals have not been enough to help the North London club to any trophy or even Champions League qualification during his tenure to date. He now has just over 12 months left on his current contract at last year’s Europa League runners-up, and Mikel Arteta’s side have a huge decision to make in the summer to either sell or keep their talisman in the hope that he extends his deal. However, if they opt to sell the striker, which clubs could be tempted to move in for the prolific frontm...
Footballer Ashley Young Offers Advice on Staying Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Footballer Ashley Young Offers Advice on Staying Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Former Manchester United captain, Ashley Young has shared an advice on how to stay safe amid the coronavirus pandemic which has halted activities in some countries around the world. The 34-year-old English footballer who now plays for Inter Milan which is in the heart of Europe's worst-affected region, stated that a supermarket is most likely where people get infected with the virus. Ashley Young tweeted; Hi everyone, just wanted to share my thoughts given I'm currently living in Italy, the epicentre of the virus. Realistically a supermarket is now your main risk at spreading this virus and even catching it. Speaking with family and friends at home it sounds like going to get food is just crazy. Remember, lockdown means lockdown! In Italy going to the supermarket is surp...
Aubameyang Reveals what Caused Late Miss as Arsenal Crash Out Against Olympiacos
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Aubameyang Reveals what Caused Late Miss as Arsenal Crash Out Against Olympiacos

Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has blamed fatigue and cramps for his late miss, as they crashed out of the Europa League to Olympiacos on Thursday night. The Gunners led 1-0 from the first leg, but were forced to go to extra time after Pape Abou Cisse put the Greek side ahead in the 53rd minute at the Emirates Stadium. Aubameyang equalized with a superb overhead kick, to put his side back in front. But Youssef El-Arabi netted late on to restore Olympiacos’ lead with a minute remaining. Aubameyang was handed a clear-cut chance from seven yards out in the closing stages of the match, but he lashed his effort wide of goal. “Yeah… I don’t even know, I feel very, very bad, yeah that can happen, I don’t know how I missed this chance, I was tired, I had some cramps...
Sergio Ramos Gives Real Madrid two Options After Losing to Man City
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Sergio Ramos Gives Real Madrid two Options After Losing to Man City

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos has given Zinedine Zidane’s side two options following their 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday night. The Los Blancos were defeated by Pep Guardiola’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu, after goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kelvin De Bruyne. Isco’s lone strike was not enough to give the home side a draw in front of their supporters. Ramos, who was sent off during the encounter following a foul on Jesus, wants Real Madrid to either think about their yesterday’s defeat against the Premier League champions or work for tomorrow’s victory. In reaction, Ramos, in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Thursday wrote: “After a very hard night, I see two options: we can think about yesterday’s ...
Gerrard: I Want To Renew Lampard Rivalry
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Gerrard: I Want To Renew Lampard Rivalry

Steven Gerrard would relish the chance to renew his rivalry with Frank Lampard as a manager. The debate about which of the two former midfielders was better raged when the pair were both players, at a time when neither was able to replicate their club form consistently while playing together at international level. Gerrard and Lampard began their managerial careers last season, with Gerrard taking over at Rangers and Lampard taking charge of Derby before returning to Stamford Bridge to manage Chelsea at the beginning of the current campaign. “I admire Frank for his bottle, leading Chelsea in the biggest league in the world during a transfer ban. I’m proud of him as a former team-mate,” Gerrard told his former Liverpool colleague Danny Murphy in an interview for the Mail on Sun...
Why Cristiano Ronaldo Scores a lot – Messi
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Why Cristiano Ronaldo Scores a lot – Messi

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has said he is not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent scoring streak for Juventus in Serie A. Ronaldo has scored in 11 straight league fixtures for the Italian champions. The 35-year-old Portuguese now has 24 goals this campaign. On his part, Messi has gone four matches without a goal. The Argentine superstar has, however, netted 14 times in 19 LaLiga games so far. “It’s normal that he continues to score, he is a predatory striker, he loves to score, any day he plays he will score,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo when asked about Ronaldo’s recent performances. “He has many good attributes as a forward and at the minimum, he converts.”
Klopp Explains Mane’s Substitution, Updates on Henderson’s Injury
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Klopp Explains Mane’s Substitution, Updates on Henderson’s Injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he substituted forward, Sadio Mane, during his side’s Champions League 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at the Wanda Metropolitano. He also provided the latest injury update on captain, Jordan Henderson, after the England international sustained a knock against Atletico Madrid. Klopp’s men were defeated at the Wanda Metropolitano after Saul Niguez scored the only goal of the encounter to give Diego Simeone’s side an advantage ahead of the second-leg tie next month. “I substituted Sadio Mane because he was targeted to get another yellow card after he received the first one,” Klopp told BT Sport. “He played very well in the first-half, and what Atletico Madrid players wanted was to make sure Mane got a yello...
Harry Maguire Names Leader’ in Man United Squad After 2-0 win Over Chelsea
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Harry Maguire Names Leader’ in Man United Squad After 2-0 win Over Chelsea

Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, has said midfielder, Bruno Fernandes is a ‘leader’ following the Portugal international’s display in the Red Devils’ Premier League 2-0 win over Chelsea on Monday night. Man United defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Maguire and Anthony Martial. Speaking after the match, Maguire was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying: “Truly speaking, Bruno Fernandes helped with excellent delivery, and hopefully there will be more to come from him. “You can see the quality he brings to the team, he is fantastic on the ball, his technical ability, and he’s a presence as well. “Bruno is a leader, he demands things off players, and he is a nice person to have around in the dressing room.” Man United’s next fixtur...