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Juventus end AC Milan unbeaten run
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Juventus end AC Milan unbeaten run

  Federico Chiesa scored twice as champions Juventus produced a superb display to end AC Milan's unbeaten league run this season. The 23-year-old opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he played a fantastic one-two with Paulo Dybala before drilling home. Davide Calabria levelled with a great side-foot finish before Chiesa gave Juve the lead again with his low drive. Weston McKennie made certain of victory with a strike from close range. Milan remain top of Serie A by a point from city rivals Inter who earlier lost 2-1 at Sampdoria. Juve, who have endured a mixed start to the campaign, are now up to fourth - seven points behind Milan. Juve have won the past nine championships but hopes of making it 10 have taken a big knock this season after a handful of erratic d...
Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94 after contracting Covid-19
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Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94 after contracting Covid-19

Former French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who became a champion of European integration in the early 1970s, has died at the age of 94 after contracting Covid-19.   Giscard, who served as France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours with respiratory problems and was released only to return back to the hospital in mid-November.   He died at his family home nearby after suffering from complications linked to the virus, according to a statement issued by the foundation he had set up and chaired.   “His state of health had worsened and he died as a consequence of Covid-19,” his family said in a statement to AFP.   The Foundation Valéry Giscard d’Estaing tweeted: “In accordance with his wishes, his funeral will ta...
‘Cavani has nothing to prove’ – Tuchel well aware of threat ‘reliable’ Man Utd striker will pose PSG
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‘Cavani has nothing to prove’ – Tuchel well aware of threat ‘reliable’ Man Utd striker will pose PSG

The German head coach talked up the quality of his former player ahead of the French champions' trip to Old Trafford Thomas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani has nothing to prove against Paris Saint-Germain, and that he's well aware of the threat the "reliable" Manchester United striker will pose his team. PSG travel to Old Trafford to face Group H leaders United in Manchester on Wednesday, with all eyes on star centre-forward Cavani. Cavani joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in October, having left PSG as the Ligue 1 champions' all-time leading scorer with 200 goals to his name in June.
Jesus: Liverpool draw not a good result for Man City
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Jesus: Liverpool draw not a good result for Man City

The 23-year-old striker earned a point for his side with his equalising goal but believes his team should have sealed the win Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was not satisfied with his side's 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. After Mohamed Salah converted a penalty just 13 minutes into the Premier League encounter to give the visitors the lead, Brazilian striker Jesus fired home the equaliser around the half-hour mark to earn a point for his side. But the 23-year-old feels his side should have done better against the defending champions, telling BBC Sport: "The result is not good for us, we know that because we are at home and have to try to win our games here but it was a tough game. They are the champions but we cannot drop these points."
Nigeria’s Evelyn Ijeh helps Goteborg to maiden Swedish Damallsvenskan title
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Nigeria’s Evelyn Ijeh helps Goteborg to maiden Swedish Damallsvenskan title

The Nigeria-born Swedish youth international played a part as her top-flight club emerged champions after a big win at Linkopings Evelyn Ijeh made history with Goteborg as they defeated Ebere Orji and Uchenna Kanu's Linkopings 7-0 at home to win the Swedish Women’s Damallsvenskan title for the first time in their history.  Having won 3-0 at Vaxjo last week, Jorgen Ericson’s ladies were on the brink of a maiden domestic title triumph, opening a four-point lead at the top of the table with two matches to go. Going to Arena Linkopings on Saturday, Goteborg needed a win regardless of the result of rivals and 2019 winners, Anam Imo's Rosengard at 2018 champions Pitea on Sunday, to confirm their historic feat.
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich: Champions in the clear after Klassiker comeback
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Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich: Champions in the clear after Klassiker comeback

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich moved two points clear of RB Leipzig and three ahead of Borussia Dortmund with victory in Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich landed the first significant blow in this season's Bundesliga title race as they rallied to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 away in Der Klassiker. Last season's champions were tied with opponents Dortmund heading into the weekend but forged a three-point gap - two clear of Saturday's early second-placed winners RB Leipzig - despite trailing to an effort from Marco Reus. Bayern had lost Joshua Kimmich to injury with the game still goalless yet soon took the game away from BVB in clinical fashion either side of half-time at Signal Iduna Park.
‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites
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‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites

The Nerazzurri will meet the reigning Spanish champions during their Group B campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday against Gladbach Inter coach Antonio Conte is in no doubt that Real Madrid will be competing for Champions League honours, brushing off suggestions that the Merengue are not among the tournament's favourites. Conte's side finished behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in last season's group stage but managed to reach the Europa League final, where they were defeated by Sevilla. The Nerazzurri secured a return to the Champions League by finishing second to Juventus in Serie A last term and begin their new European campaign at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 5 transfer advice, captain picks and more
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Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 5 transfer advice, captain picks and more

Rushhoursport  handy Fantasy Premier League guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2020-21 campaign Gameweek 4 of the 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League campaign delivered two jaw-dropping results as Tottenham hit Manchester United for six before Liverpool conceded seven against Aston Villa. It was a day to remember for Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) as he netted a hat-trick against the Premier League champions, while Jack Grealish (£7.1m) also starred for Villa and recorded a hugely impressive 24 points.
Leeds sign £23m Real Sociedad star Llorente
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Leeds sign £23m Real Sociedad star Llorente

The Whites had been eager to add another defensive option to their ranks at Elland Road, with Marcelo Bielsa turning his attention towards Spain Leeds have completed the signing of Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente for a fee in the region of €25 million (£23m/$29m). Marcelo Bielsa was eager to add some steel to his starting XI, with the goals having flowed at both ends of the field through the early weeks of the 2020-21 campaign. Indeed, Leeds have been involved in back-to-back 4-3 thrillers after returning to the English top flight, with a narrow defeat suffered at defending champions Liverpool before then edging out Fulham at Elland Road.
Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A
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Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A

Gennaro Gattuso's side travel to Turin to face the reigning league champions for their matchday three on October 4 New Napoli signing Victor Osimhen is looking forward to playing against Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo in his maiden Serie A campaign. After a scintillating debut season for Lille, where he scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue games, the Super Eagles striker is ready to have another experience against "one of the greatest players on earth". Osimhen’s Napoli visit Gervinho's Parma for their opening league outing on Sunday but the 21-year-old also has his sights set on the trip to Allianz Stadium on October 4.
Liverpool’s Salah reflects on performance vs Leeds United
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Liverpool’s Salah reflects on performance vs Leeds United

The 28-year-old Egyptian scored three goals to give the defending English champions a winning start Mohamed Salah has stated that playing without fans was tough but was nonetheless pleased as he scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 4-3 triumph over newly-promoted Premier League side Leeds United on Saturday. The Egypt international got things off for the Reds in the fourth minute via a penalty, but the Whites responded through Jack Harrison eight minutes later. Liverpool had a 2-1 lead thanks to Virgil van Dijk, but Leeds would equalise again. Even when Salah scored his second of the evening, Marcelo Bielsa’s men made it 3-3 thanks to Mateusz Klich in the second half.
Golf major winner, John Daly diagnosed with bladder cance
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Golf major winner, John Daly diagnosed with bladder cance

Two-time golf major winner, John Daly has revealed that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.   The veteran American PGA and Champions Tour golfer, 54, told Golf Channel that he received the diagnosis during a doctor visit after battling kidney stones.   “He did a CT with iodine,” Daly said. “They could see everything, said the kidneys are OK, looks like you passed a bunch, doesn't look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer.   “After I did the CT, I was fixing to sip on a Diet Coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. You need to get back in here and get this cancer out of you.’”   Daly said that doctors were able to remove the cancer, but they revealed to him that it would return back.   “He got ...
‘We cannot suddenly decide to behave like Chelsea’ – Klopp defends Liverpool’s transfer policy
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‘We cannot suddenly decide to behave like Chelsea’ – Klopp defends Liverpool’s transfer policy

The German head coach has stressed the importance of sticking to a winning formula amid calls for reinforcements at Anfield Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy, insisting the club cannot suddenly decide to "behave like Chelsea" after gradually putting together a title-winning team. Liverpool stormed to their first league title in three decades last season, finishing 18 points clear of Manchester City after being crowned champions with a record-breaking seven games left to spare. After failing to win a single piece of silverware during his first three seasons at Anfield, Klopp has managed to deliver four trophies in the space of two years, including the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Anam Imo scores first goal of the season in Rosengard victory over Djurgarden
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Anam Imo scores first goal of the season in Rosengard victory over Djurgarden

The Nigerian forward got her name on the scoresheet for the first time during the 2020 season Anam Imo found the back of the net for the first time in the Swedish Damallsvenskan this season as Rosengard secured a 3-0 victory over Djurgarden at Malmo IP on Sunday. The Nigeria international was a huge success last term having contributed five goals in 17 appearances to help Jonas Eidevall's side to reclaim the Damallsvenskan title on her debut season. The Super Falcons striker has featured in 13 games for the champions but made her only start against Pitea on August 2.
Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently
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Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently

The DR-Congo born star completed a permanent switch to the Hawthorns after playing a crucial role in their promotion to the Premier League this season West Ham United captain Mark Noble has expressed his anger after Gary Diangana left the club to join newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion on a five-year contract. Friday's move brought an end to Diangana's 10-year stay in London having joined West Ham Academy at the age of 12. The 22-year-old joined West Brom on a season-long loan last summer after struggling to break into the Hammers' first-team, and he made a commanding statement with his return of eight goals in 30 Championship outings as Slaven Bilic's side returned to the English top-flight for the 2020-21 campaign.
Liverpool Defender Williams Signs New Five-Year Contract
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Liverpool Defender Williams Signs New Five-Year Contract

The Welshman is the latest Anfield youngster to sign a new deal after a breakthrough year in 2019-20 Liverpool full-back Neco Williams has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions. As reported by Goal last week, the 19-year-old is now considered a part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and has been rewarded after a breakthrough year that saw him make his senior debut and first top-flight appearance. “It feels amazing,” he told the club’s website. “At the minute for me, I think there is no better place to learn and to become a better player than being here and working with the lads. I think we’ve got some of the best players in the world and we’re one of the best teams in the world.”
Oghiabekhva face Otuwe as seven Africans meet in Minsk, Neman clash
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Oghiabekhva face Otuwe as seven Africans meet in Minsk, Neman clash

Sunday's tie will feature one of the most intriguing fixtures in Belarus as some Africans will be in action in the top-flight clash Nigeria striker Emuidzhi Oghiabekhva will spearhead the attack for Minsk when they face compatriot Gift Otuwe's Neman in a Belarusian Women's Championship fixture on Sunday. This weekend, there is no encounter in Belarus that comes close to the clash between two of the top three teams on the log - the second biggest this season after Dinamo-BPUSC and Minsk. Sunday's showdown billed for Minsk Stadium, will be the 33rd meeting in all competitions since their first clash in 2011, with the champions holding a huge advantage with 31 wins from 32 ties.
EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season
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EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season

Coventry City have been declared champions of the third tier while the League Two title will go to Swindon Town League One and League Two clubs have voted in favour of cancelling the rest of the 2019-20 season. The English leagues have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Premier League and Championship are set to resume the campaign, teams in the third and fourth tiers have voted “by an overwhelming majority” to declare an end to this term.
Depay back from injury as Lyon return to training
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Depay back from injury as Lyon return to training

Ahead of their Champions League last-16 return leg against Juventus, the Ligue 1 side have received a boost as their star man trained on Monday Lyon returned to training on Monday, with the Champions League hopefuls having been at ease since the middle of March due to the coronavirus crisis. Although the Ligue 1 season was confirmed to be over at the end of April, leaving OL controversially seventh in the standings and, therefore, without a European spot for next season, they are working with the second leg of their European tie against Juventus in mind. With regards that fixture, the Rhone side have been boosted by the return of Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, both of whom trained having missed out since December because of long-term knee injuries sustained in a clash agains...
Setien Reveals only way Barcelona can win Title Ahead of Real Madrid
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Setien Reveals only way Barcelona can win Title Ahead of Real Madrid

Barcelona manager, Quique Setien, has revealed that his team must win all their remaining eleven matches if they want to win the La Liga title ahead of rivals, Real Madrid. La Liga will resume on June 11 after almost three months of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Barcelona is currently on top of the La Liga table with two points ahead of second place, Real Madrid with eleven games left to play. But Setien is now saying that the Blaugrana must not afford to slip up if they want to win the Spanish top-flight title again. “Normally you play games in preseason and measure the minutes played, and now that will be different,” Setien told Barcelona’s official website. “We have to win every game if we want to be champions. ...
Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume
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Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume

The club chief has led opposition to finishing the French season early and on Thursday will ask the courts to overturn the ruling Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has underlined his determination to restart the Ligue 1 season, while suggesting that he could sue the French state should the decision go against his club. Aulas' side are among the most vocal opponents of the move to shut down France's top flight, which meant Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions with 10 rounds of fixtures still outstanding. Marseille and Rennes finished behind the champions in second and third to take Champions League spots while Lyon, who lay in seventh, face a year without any type of European football.
Inter Milan hero Bergomi happy with Icardi PSG sale
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Inter Milan hero Bergomi happy with Icardi PSG sale

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

The Catalan is back at the Etihad Campus as the Premier League champions restart training after the coronavirus-enforced shutdown Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised key workers for putting their lives at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic and urged fans to continue staying safe. The Premier League was shut down more than two months ago by the coronavirus outbreak but it is hoped that football in the top division could restart behind closed doors midway through June. City's first-team squad returned to the Etihad Campus last week and Guardiola says the players are keen to return to action when they can do so safely.
‘I didn’t feel like I’d earned it’ – Former Liverpool keeper Carson on Istanbul, Benitez and Gerrard’s genius
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‘I didn’t feel like I’d earned it’ – Former Liverpool keeper Carson on Istanbul, Benitez and Gerrard’s genius

The ex-Red talks to Goal about that famous night in the Ataturk Stadium - and explains why you won't find him in any of the pictures He was there for one of Liverpool’s greatest nights, but you’ll do well to find Scott Carson in the pictures. It has been 15 years since Rafa Benitez’s Reds shook the world. Their victory over the mighty AC Milan in Istanbul is one that will never be forgotten. The greatest Champions League final of them all? It just might be. “It’s one of those mad nights where you just think ‘it was meant to happen’” says Carson. “You could play that game 100 times and Milan would win 99, but sometimes destiny is on your side.”
Emerson admits Serie A return ‘could happen’ amid Juventus, Inter and Napoli interest
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Emerson admits Serie A return ‘could happen’ amid Juventus, Inter and Napoli interest

The Brazilian full-back has been linked with Serie A champions Juventus, Inter and Napoli after swapping Roma for the Premier League two years ago Emerson Palmieri said he could return to Serie A, though the Chelsea full-back insisted he is in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's Emerson has been linked with Serie A champions Juventus as well as Inter and Napoli after swapping Roma for the Premier League in 2018. In March, Emerson dismissed reports claiming he is unhappy at Chelsea as "fake news", but the seven-time Italy international says he would be open to a Serie A comeback.
Ligue 1 ended too early amid coronavirus outbreak – Strasbourg’s Waris
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Ligue 1 ended too early amid coronavirus outbreak – Strasbourg’s Waris

The French top-flight was cancelled owing to the spread of the virus; nevertheless, the Ghana international claimed the decision was taken early Strasbourg forward Abdul Majeed Waris claims the 2019-20 French league season may have been cancelled too early. Ligue 1 was called off with Paris Saint-Germain declared as champions while Amiens and Toulouse were demoted following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. For Waris, he featured seven times and got two goals as Le Racing finished in 10th position having amassed 38 points.
Manchester City’s Mahrez calls for Afcon to be staged every four years
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Manchester City’s Mahrez calls for Afcon to be staged every four years

The tournament has drawn criticism for its biennial format, especially due to how in conflicts with the European season Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez has suggested the Africa Cup of Nations be held every four years rather than the current two-year format which has been since its inception. The tournament is usually held during the winter instead of the summer, due to the rainy season which is prevalent in much of Africa. It changed for the last edition in Egypt, which was held from June to July, Mahrez's Algeria claiming their second Afcon title after seeing off Senegal in Cairo. This change was made possible because of Egypt's desert climate that sees little rainfall. However, with Cameroon in the more tropical climate hosting the 2021 edition, the tournament kick-off has...
Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Cech names Rooney as toughest opponent
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Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Cech names Rooney as toughest opponent

The Blues legend faced plenty of top-caliber strikers during his career, but rates the all-time Man Utd top scorer as the best Legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has named ex-Manchester United and Everton striker Wayne Rooney as the toughest opponent he has faced during his career. Now retired, Cech played 443 Premier League matches for the Blues and Arsenal, and claimed English titles with the Stamford Bridge side, whom he also helped to their Champions League success in 2012. As one of the modern greats in his profession, Cech has faced many of the game’s greatest stars but the goalkeeper rated Rooney above the rest.
Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach
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Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach

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

Ovie Ejaria has committed his international future to Nigeria. The midfielder is currently on loan at Reading from Liverpool. According to former Super Eagles media officer, Colin Udoh, Ejaria is now set to represent the three-time African champions. “Ovie Ejaria has committed to Nigeria, an @NGSuperEagles team source tells me. “Paperwork is already with FIFA, and Nigerian passport needs to be renewed. “All but settled for the Liverpool man who is on loan at Reading,” Udoh tweeted on Wednesday. Ejaria was born in London to Nigerian parents.
Lyon chief Aulas still hopeful that Ligue 1 season will resume
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Lyon chief Aulas still hopeful that Ligue 1 season will resume

The club saw their Champions League dreams crushed when the 2019-20 campaign was finished early, a decision their president hopes will be reversed Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has urged Ligue 1 authorities to reconsider their decision to end the French season early, saying he is still hopeful that they may yet turn away from the "wrong path". On April 30 the LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) confirmed that the 2019-20 campaign would not resume when French football returns following the coronavirus pandemic, crowning Paris Saint-Germain as champions. Amiens and Toulouse, who occupied 19th and 20th place respectively at the time of the top flight's suspension, were in turn relegated to Ligue 2, while 18th-placed Nimes were given a reprieve and will not face a play-off once t...
‘I don’t want to leave’ – Juventus-linked Marcelo wants Real Madrid stay
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‘I don’t want to leave’ – Juventus-linked Marcelo wants Real Madrid stay

Linked with the Italian champions, the fullback said he wanted to remain with his current club Real Madrid full-back Marcelo insisted he did not want to leave the La Liga giants amid links with Juventus. The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from Madrid, where he has enjoyed a successful stay since arriving from Fluminense in 2007. But Marcelo has no desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, and he also feels Madrid want him to stay.
Petro Atletico denied title as Angolan league ends season without promotion and relegation
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Petro Atletico denied title as Angolan league ends season without promotion and relegation

Os Petroliferos will not win a 16th league diadem, while Kuando Kubango and Santa Rita De Cassia will remain in the Angolan top-flight Petro Atletico’s ambitions of ending their 11-year Angolan top-flight drought have faded into thin air as the Girabola was ended due to Covid-19. The decision was declared on Thursday at the end of the meeting between the members of the Angolan Federation of Football and the 15 competing clubs. As a result, the current season has been declared as void with the Girabola not having a designated winner for the first time in the league’s 41-year history. And in view of that, Petro Atletico and defending champions Primeiro de Agosto will represent the country in next year’s Caf Champions League. In the same vein, two teams would emerge fro...
Muntari and Gyan: Awako believes the duo could revive the Ghana Premier League
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Muntari and Gyan: Awako believes the duo could revive the Ghana Premier League

The Great Olympics attacker shares his thoughts on the reported comeback of the two icons to the domestic championship Great Olympics midfielder Gladson Awako believes the Ghana Premier League will immensely improve should the celebrated Black Stars duo Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan return to the top-flight. In the twilight of their careers, the two players have recently been linked to clubs in the championship, having both revealed their desire to grace the league once again before calling time on their playing careers. Muntari, who has had training stints with 19-time champions Hearts of Oak, is reportedly nearing a deal with the Phobians, while Gyan has been linked to 23-time champions Asante Kotoko.
Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona must be named champions
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Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona must be named champions

Ivan Rakitic insists Barcelona must be named champions if the season is abandoned. The Catalans sit top of the table as things stand with the season on hold due to the coronavirus, and the Croatian says their work so far this season should be valued. "We all want to play again and to win the league by playing," the midfielder told Movistar Plus. "But I also understand that if we can't come back, the season will have to end. "If we're first, then we have to be the champions." Players have been training alone from their respective homes throughout the quarantine period, but Rakitic is missing his usual habits. "It's already costing me a bit," he added. "I really want to touch the ball again, to feel the grass and the group work. "I want to continue working with the ne...
Aleesami insists Man Utd, Real Madrid target Haaland humble as f***
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Aleesami insists Man Utd, Real Madrid target Haaland humble as f***

Norway international Haitam Aleesami insists teammate Erling Braud Haaland is not arrogant. The Borussia Dortmund striker has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid recently. PSG mocked the 19-year-old's meditation celebration after knocking Dortmund out of the Champions League, but Aleesami has defended Haaland. "That wasn't the first time. He did it even when he played for Red Bull Salzburg," he told GFFN. "He is a young guy, but he is just a chill guy who loves to play football. One thing is to be calm and he is really calm, he is a young guy with confidence. He is humble as f***, but at the end of the day, he is hungry. "Everything seems to be going perfectly for him, he is banging in goals, but when he's on the pitch, you can see the hunger in his face. So, ...
Ex-Barcelona coach Van Gaal blasts Overmars for calling to end season
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Ex-Barcelona coach Van Gaal blasts Overmars for calling to end season

Former Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal has slammed clubs calling for the season to be canceled. Ajax technical director Marc Overmars recently urged the Dutch Football Association to call off the season and declare the Amsterdam side champions. Yet Van Gaal didn't take kindly to that sentiment and feels that the winner should be decided on the pitch, with the help of football's governing bodies. "UEFA and FIFA should be willing to adjust the rules and offer some room to manoeuvre," Van Gaal told Algemeen Dagblad. "Then we can start working. Then we can expand next season a bit, with more games during the week. "There are clubs who are using the coronavirus crisis for their own benefit," he added. "After 25 games, there cannot be an arrangement for Ajax to be champions. ...
Liverpool Three Wins From Premier League Title
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Liverpool Three Wins From Premier League Title

Liverpool now needs three wins to be confirmed Premier League champions for the 2019/2020 season. The Reds came from a goal down to defeat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday in the early kick-off. Calum Wilson put the Cherries ahead as early as the 9th minute at Anfield. However, Mohammed Salah made it 1-1, before Sadio Mane’s goal completed the comeback. The victory stretched Liverpool’s lead at the top to 25 points. Jurgen Klopp’s men face Everton, Crystal Palace and Manchester City in their next three fixtures.
Why I Don’t Want Liverpool to Win Premier League Title – Pogba
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Why I Don’t Want Liverpool to Win Premier League Title – Pogba

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has said that he does not want Liverpool to win the Premier League title, but admitted they would be deserving champions. Liverpool could become the first club to win the title in March and are contenders to finish the season unbeaten “As a Manchester United player and with the rivalry between us, we don’t want them to win the title. “We don’t want anyone else to win apart from us, but as a football lover and a respectful player to opposition team, I have to say that they deserve to be where they are today,” Pogba told ESPN. Pogba has not played for Manchester United since December 26 because of injury. The World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Juventus and Real Madrid.
Raheem Sterling Hints at Leaving Man City for Real Madrid
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Raheem Sterling Hints at Leaving Man City for Real Madrid

Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling, has hinted that a move to Real Madrid could be on the cards. Sterling has a contract with the Premier League champions until June 2023. However, the recent two-year European ban imposed on City by UEFA, could see the 25-year-old leave the Etihad. Sterling has been linked with Madrid and will be facing the Spanish giants in the Champions League last 16. He told AS: “It’s one of those things. Right now I’m at City and I’m really happy. “But Real Madrid is a fantastic club when you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s massive. “But at the same time, I have a contract with City now and I have to respect this. But it’s a fantastic club.”
Messi Breaks Silence on Manchester City’s UEFA Ban
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Messi Breaks Silence on Manchester City’s UEFA Ban

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has finally reacted to the UEFA ban on Manchester City. DAILY POST recalls that Man City was handed a two-season ban from the Champions League and all UEFA competitions last Friday. Pep Guardiola’s men were found to have seriously breached their club licensing and financial fair play regulations. Reacting to the development ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Eibar on Saturday, Messi said UEFA’s decision to ban Man City was surprising, adding that it would be strange for the Premier League champions not to take part in the competition for the next two seasons. “UEFA’s decision to ban Manchester City is surprising,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo. “Nobody expected something so strong like that to happen to Pep Guardiola’s side. “Well, i...
Liverpool Will Break Arsenal’s Unbeaten Record – Wenger
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Liverpool Will Break Arsenal’s Unbeaten Record – Wenger

Arsene Wenger had admitted that Liverpool will surpass the record run of unbeaten games in the Premier League, set by his Arsenal team. The Reds are currently 22 points clear at the top of the table ahead of champions Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 25 and drawn one of their games so far, extending their unbeaten run to 43 matches. Arsenal’s record set in 2003/2004 stands at 49 games. “They are doing exceptionally well,’ Wenger told Sporf about Liverpool. “They put a team together that is very efficient, very consistent and has good fighting qualities as well, so let’s see. “The records are there to be beaten and they can do it.”
Steven Gerrard Responds To Manchester City Possibly Having Title Stripped
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Steven Gerrard Responds To Manchester City Possibly Having Title Stripped

Steven Gerrard has revealed he's 'really interested' to see what punishment the Premier League might give Manchester City if the current champions fail to overturn their ban by UEFA. On Friday City were banned by UEFA for two years from European competition for Financial Fair Play breaches, subject to appeal from the club, and on the weekend there were reports the Premier League could also hand out a punishment. Included in the options for the league is a retrospective points deduction that could see them lose the 2013/14 title and then hand it to Liverpool, something that is certainly interesting to Gerrard. "We will wait and see. From a UEFA point of view, it is a real strong sentence or punishment," the Rangers manager told reporters. "I'm sure they will appeal so we will wai...
Guardiola Takes Decision on Leaving Man City after Champions League Ban
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Guardiola Takes Decision on Leaving Man City after Champions League Ban

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has decided to stay at the club next season, despite their two-year ban from the Champions League. The UK Mirror reports Guardiola will not leave the Etihad, even if the Premier League champions fail in their appeal against the ban. UEFA, earlier this week, handed the European suspension on City, for breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. That has led to speculation that Guardiola will walk away after this season. However, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss wants to show loyalty to the club, where he has spent four years. That could mean Guardiola will not manage a team in Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in his career. City are however heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), in a bi...
Manchester City Beat Barcelona to Sign new Dani Alves
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Manchester City Beat Barcelona to Sign new Dani Alves

Manchester City have beat off Barcelona’s offer for Coritiba full-back Yan Couto. The English side are now ahead of La Liga giants in the race for the 17-year-old, according to Yahoo Esportes. The Brazilian sports outlet reports that City have submitted an offer that could reach €15 million, a purchase offer of €9 million plus potential add-ons of €6 million. It further claimed that a deal is just awaiting a medical before the transfer can become official. The 17-year-old, however would not make the switch to England until June with the club having to wait until after his 18th birthday in early June. Barcelona had offered a figure in the region of €10 million – €5 million below that of Manchester City. Despite being just 17-years-old, Yan Couto has already been compar...
Ex-Man City Defender ,Mari Arrives in London to Complete Arsenal Move
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Ex-Man City Defender ,Mari Arrives in London to Complete Arsenal Move

  Flamengo defender, Pablo Mari, has arrived at the Heathrow Airport in London, to seal a move to Arsenal, Goal reports. Mari was spotted with the Gunners’ Director of Football, Edu, walking through the airport with their bags. He is expected to undergo his medicals this weekend. The Spaniard has been with the Brazilian giants since July 2019 and won the domestic and Copa Libertadores crowns. He also featured for Flamengo in their run at the Club World Cup, where they lost to European champions Liverpool in added extra time. Mari, who was on Manchester City’s books from 2016-2019, was previously at Deportivo La Coruna before his stint in Brazil. He will compete for a spot in Arsenal’s backline with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and David ...
Sujimoto Receives a Royal Award From The Ooni of Ife
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Sujimoto Receives a Royal Award From The Ooni of Ife

His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and the MD/CEO of Sujimoto, Sijibomi Ogundele. “The diligent man will stand before kings and not ordinary men”. For the first time in history, the Ooni of Ife-Ojaja II pioneered a forum that identified the vital few champions in different sectors. Present were prominent leaders, amongst whom were the United Arab Emirate Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq; and the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare; who presented an award of excellence to Sijibomi Ogundele, Funke Adesiyan, Eyitope Kola Oyeneyin, Seyi Awolowo and many other young Nigerian Entrepreneurs, at the Royal African Young Leadership Forum, held in the prestigious Oduduwa hall of the great Obafemi Awolowo University, where the dazzling g...
Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Draws Cape Verde, Liberia, and Central African Republic
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Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Draws Cape Verde, Liberia, and Central African Republic

The full draw  for the second round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign has been revealed with 40 African countries discovering their fates. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Cape Verde, Liberia, and the Central African Republic in Group C. While African champions, Algeria will face Burkina Faso, Niger, and Djibouti in group A. The qualifiers will kick off in October 2020. See the full group details below.  Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Liberia Group D: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Malawi Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, E...
Details of Arsenal’s deal with PSG for Kurzawa revealed
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Details of Arsenal’s deal with PSG for Kurzawa revealed

Arsenal are close to wrapping up a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender, Layvin Kurzawa, according to The Athletic. The Gunners are in talks with the Ligue 1 champions for the France international left-back, who has just six months left on his current contract. Negotiations are believed to now be at an advanced stage between the two clubs. Arsenal are pushing to get a deal done for a fee around £6m for the 27-year-old, who moved to PSG from Monaco in 2015 in a deal worth close to €22million (£16m/$25m). Since then he has won three league titles while at Parc des Princes, as well as three Coupes de France and three Coupes de Ligue. Although Kurzawa started for PSG as they claimed a 4-1 win at Monaco, it was only his 13th appearance in all competitio...