Saturday, January 16

Tag: France

‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds
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‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds

The Frenchman followed up his match-winning display in the Champions League with another goalscoring performance at Stamford Bridge Olivier Giroud says he is “playing with serenity” after he continued his fine goalscoring form in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Leeds. The France striker now has six goals in his last four appearances for the Blues after his 27th-minute strike cancelled out Patrick Bamford’s early opener for Leeds at Stamford Bridge. It was his first Premier League start of the season having retained his place in the side after scoring all four goals in the midweek Champions League win at Sevilla.
Ronaldo To Make Portugal Return Against France, Croatia
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Ronaldo To Make Portugal Return Against France, Croatia

Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named in the Portugal squad to play a friendly against Andorra and Nations League matches against France and Croatia. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 when with the Portugal squad, going on to miss the 3-0 victory over Sweden. The 35-year-old finally tested negative 19 days later, returning to the pitch with a double for Juventus against Spezia in Serie A action on Sunday. The Portugal captain also played in Juve’s 4-1 victory over Ferencvaros in the Champions League on Wednesday. Reigning European champions Portugal take on Andorra on Wednesday before Nations League A3 matches at home against France on November 14 and away to Croatia three days later. The main absentee from Fernando Santos’ 25-man squad...
Muslim World Protests, Condemns Macron’s Support For Offensive Cartoons (Photos)
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Muslim World Protests, Condemns Macron’s Support For Offensive Cartoons (Photos)

The Islamic world's anger at France deepened today as Turkey condemned a Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifting a woman's burka to look at her naked backside. Erdogan called the cartoonists 'scoundrels' and accused the West of wanting to 'relaunch the Crusades' by attacking Islam after the image appeared on the front of this week's magazine. 'I don't need to say anything to those scoundrels who insult my beloved prophet on such a scale,' Erdogan said, calling it a 'disgusting attack'. Showing Erdogan in a T-shirt and underpants, the caricature has Erdogan saying 'Ooh, the Prophet' as he looks at the woman's backside, and comes with the caption: 'Erdogan - in private he's very funny'. A Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing the naked Prophet's backside ...
WTO-DG: France, Germany, 104 Other Countries Back Okonjo-Iweala
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WTO-DG: France, Germany, 104 Other Countries Back Okonjo-Iweala

The 27 European Union member states have backed Nigeria’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her bid to become the first African and first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation. The EU member states are France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. The latest support for Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy brings the number of countries officially endorsing her to 106 out of the 164 states that comprise the WTO. The 55-member African Union had earlier officially supported the former World Bank director over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South ...
Reports suggest Paul Pogba could quit France football team over comments made by president Macron
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Reports suggest Paul Pogba could quit France football team over comments made by president Macron

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit international football after French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on ‘Islamist terrorism’ The Manchester United midfielder, 27, allegedly made the decision after President Macron said on Friday October 23, that 'monstrosity of Islamist terrorism' must be dealt with strongly. The president was speaking in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40km northwest of Paris. He was accused of showing his class two offensive cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Mr. Paty was posthumously awarded the French Legion d'honneur,  France’s highest honour, in recognition of the fact that he died for trying to explain the importance of freedo...
Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu
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Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu

The former France international has urged his fellow countryman to seek a transfer away from Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann "no longer knows how to play football" with Barcelona, according to Bixente Lizarazu. Griezmann's career trajectory has stalled since his €120 million (£109m/$142m) move to Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2019. The Frenchman scored 133 goals in 257 games for Diego Simeone's side at Wanda Metropolitano, but has so far been unable to replicate that prolific form at Camp Nou.
I Didn’t Travel To France And I am Still The Jagaban – Tinubu
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I Didn’t Travel To France And I am Still The Jagaban – Tinubu

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a public appearance on Saturday, confirmed that he never travelled to France as rumoured earlier this week. POLITICS NIGERIA, in its support for media accountability, checked the veracity of the videos being circulated on social media platforms, claiming the former Lagos Governor had travelled to the French country. However, this paper, after a forensic examination of the three major video footages, concluded that the claim was false. Meanwhile, during a courtesy visit to the residence of the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, Mr Tinubu also addressed the rumours when questioned by a journalist. "I didn't go nowhere. I'm a Lagosian and I still hold the title of the Asiwaju of Lagos an...
‘He’s not supposed to score all the goals’ – Coman backs Man Utd star Pogba & makes Thiago comparison
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‘He’s not supposed to score all the goals’ – Coman backs Man Utd star Pogba & makes Thiago comparison

The Bayern Munich man feels the France star is unfairly criticised and highlights his former team-mate as an example Kingsley Coman believes criticism of Paul Pogba at Manchester United is not justified, as he feels his France team-mate is there to provide balance rather than score all the goals. Pogba returned to Manchester from Juventus to widespread fanfare in the summer of 2016, with the Frenchman tipped to lead United back to the summit of the Premier League. There have been moments of brilliance and games where he has looked world class, but he has also struggled on occasions and last season he was beset by injuries.
Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters
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Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters

The  Nigerian Embassy in Paris, France, has called the police on young citizens demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria. Despite the presence of the French police, the demonstrators, who stormed the embassy at the Victor Hugo area of Paris in large numbers, insisted on seeing the ambassador of Nigeria to explain steps the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was taking to address the issues raised by protesters across Africa’s most populous country and beyond. The young Nigerians in the French capital also held prayers and a minute silence in honour of victims of extrajudicial killings by operatives of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. On Saturday, the demonstrators had marched on the popular Eiffel Tower...
‘You Can’t Question A Player Like Griezmann’ – Lloris Hits Back At Criticism
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‘You Can’t Question A Player Like Griezmann’ – Lloris Hits Back At Criticism

Hugo Lloris insists Antoine Griezmann's importance to France goes far beyond the goals he scores. Hugo Lloris has defended Antoine Griezmann from critics and insists the Barcelona forward remains a crucial player for France. Griezmann has been scrutinised for his form for much of the past 15 months since he completed a €120million move from Atletico Madrid to Barca. The 29-year-old has not looked fully at ease in the Catalans' forward line, his last goal in LaLiga – one of only nine he scored last season – coming in the 4-1 win at Villarreal on July 5. Griezmann, who got a goal in the 7-1 friendly thrashing of Ukraine, also scored in the 4-2 Nations League win over Croatia but, ahead of Wednesday's rematch in Zagreb, he again finds himself facing accusations of poor form ...
17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France
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17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France

Eduardo Camavinga wasted no time in making an instant impact on his first start for France after scoring a sensational overhead kick against Ukraine. The 17-year-old midfielder made his debut for France last month when he replaced N'Golo Kante in the second half of his side's 4-2 win against Croatia in the Nations League. And now Didier Deschamps handed the highly rated Camavinga his first start for France in their clash with Ukraine at the Stade de France. During the opening 10 minutes of the match, Olivier Giroud managed to connect with a cross and brought the ball down for an onrushing Camavinga. The Rennes star still had his work cut out for him as he managed to connect with a superb overhead kick to loft the ball over a Ukraine player on the line. According to OptaJ...
Bus-Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star Oparanozie
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Bus-Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star Oparanozie

Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has a bus-stop in Guingamp, France, named after her, Completesports.com reports. This was confirmed in a photo published on Twitter. Oparanozie joined Guingamp in 2014 from Turkish club Ataşehir Belediyespor and had a memorable time there. The 26-year-old made 106 appearances and found the back of the net 45 times. Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Oparanozie was named club captain and began her reign with a win over Metz on the opening day of the season. And after six years at Guingamp Oparanozie signed a two-year contract with Dijon FCO on 30 June. Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s league and moved to Delta Queens in 2010. She then spent two months on loan at Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Tu...
Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea
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Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea

The Premier League veteran believes the France international can bounce back this season if he remains at Stamford Bridge N'Golo Kante can bounce back for Chelsea this season, with former team-mate Mark Schwarzer believing the midfielder has been in desperate need of a break from football. The 29-year-old was restricted to 28 appearances for the Blues last season with minor injuries keeping him sidelined after playing 53 matches the campaign before. Kante was criticised in some quarters for his performances over the past year, with Inter currently exploring the possibility of a transfer and the Blues reportedly open to cashing in on the Frenchman.
Lampard says Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea and won’t be sold amid Inter rumours
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Lampard says Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea and won’t be sold amid Inter rumours

The France midfielder has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but the Blues boss isn't interested in such speculation Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea’s plans going forward and he has no intention of selling him. Inter have been among the teams linked with a move for Kante, amid rumours Chelsea were looking to sell him to fund a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. Chelsea have been heavily involved in this summer’s transfer dealings, but Lampard says Kante isn’t on the market.
Fulham sign Areola on loan from PSG after Real Madrid spell
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Fulham sign Areola on loan from PSG after Real Madrid spell

The 27-year-old made nine total appearances while serving as the back-up to Thibaut Courtois last term Fulham have announced the signing of France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. The 27-year-old will spend the 2020-21 season with the newly promoted side, who will hold an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. Areola joins the Cottagers after spending last season on loan with Real Madrid, where he made nine total appearances while serving as the back-up to Thibaut Courtois.
COVID-19: UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson to ban gatherings of more than six people from Monday
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COVID-19: UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson to ban gatherings of more than six people from Monday

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson will place a ban on groups of more than six people gathering in homes, parks, pubs, and restaurants in England in a bid to stop COVID-19 spike.   The 'rule of six' is a dramatic reduction on the limit of 30 which was first put in place on July 4.   The new rule, which comes into force on 14 September, will see first offenders fined £100, which will then double on each repeat offence up to £3,200.   The decision comes after the latest COVID-19 figures revealed there were a further 2,460 confirmed cases in the UK as of 9 am on Tuesday, following 2,948 on Monday and 2,988 on Sunday.   Announcing the new restrictions, Mr Johnson said: 'We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthe...
Arsenal told Guendouzi-Aouar deal won’t happen as Lyon have no interest in Gunners midfielder
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Arsenal told Guendouzi-Aouar deal won’t happen as Lyon have no interest in Gunners midfielder

Juninho, who is sporting director of the Ligue 1 outfit, says a French star in north London is “the wrong profile” for his side Arsenal have been informed that no deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Houssem Aouar will be considered by Lyon, with the Ligue 1 club’s sporting director ruling out a player-plus-cash agreement. The Gunners are reported to have stepped up their interest in a highly-rated 22-year-old playmaker. Aouar continues to see his stock rise in France and, with Lyon set to be without European football in 2020-21, is expected to secure a high-profile switch at some stage in the near future.
‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’
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‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’

The France international struggled for consistency during his first season at Camp Nou, scoring just 15 goals across all competitions Antoine Griezmann is capable of being La Liga's top goal-scorer next season if he is played in the correct position, according to ex-Barcelona defender Andrea Orlandi. Despite scoring 15 goals in all competitions last term, Griezmann underwhelmed for much of his first campaign at Camp Nou following his €120 million (£107m/$134m) move from Atletico Madrid. That was illustrated by Quique Setien's decision to leave him on the bench for the entirety of Barca's 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
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Mbappe: PSG have to buy players to fulfil Champions League ambition

The 21-year-old is determined to seal the European title with the club but says they need to sign the right players to make it happen Kylian Mbappe says Paris Saint-Germain must make smart decisions in the transfer market if they are to achieve their dream of winning the Champions League. After sealing a treble of trophies in France, Thomas Tuchel's men reached the Champions League final for the first time last season, but were bested by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, with PSG youth academy product Kingsley Coman netting the decisive goal. The Ligue 1 champions have seen the likes of Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Meunier leave this summer, while their only signings have been striker Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who joined on permanent...
‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo
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‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo

The ex-Blaugrana star is pleased to see his fellow Brazilian delivering on expectations in France after coming through a testing period in his career Neymar has no reason to rejoin the “chaos” at Barcelona, admits Rivaldo, with the Brazilian forward told he is making the right career call in sticking with Paris Saint-Germain. A possible return to Camp Nou for the South American superstar has been speculated on ever since he bid farewell to the Liga giants in 2017. At one stage, Neymar was very much open to the idea of heading back to familiar surroundings.
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Piers Morgan And Celia Walden Burgled In France While They Slept

Celia Morgan, wife to TV presenter and UK journalist Piers Morgan, has revealed how thieves invaded their bedroom while they were sleeping. Celia, who is a also a journalist, narrated her experience to the Daily Telegraph. In the article, she said she woke up on the very last day of their holiday in the South of France to discover that her money and jewelry had been robbed. The most terrifying part of the ordeal according to her, is whenever she thinks of the fact that the thieves must have leaned right by her side of the bed. She said the handbag was on a chair right next to her side of the bed, meaning the thief would have been just inches from her. The jewellery they stole with included a ring Piers bought Celia for their fifth wedding anniversary. According to polic...
Nicolas Anelka’s Feature-Length Documentary Finally Arrives On Netflix
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Nicolas Anelka’s Feature-Length Documentary Finally Arrives On Netflix

Nicolas Anelka's controversial legacy has been subject to an in-depth Netflix documentary that is now available on the streaming platform. The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker, who also played for Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and West Brom during a number of fascinating spells in England, has also played in France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, China and India throughout his career.And the 41-year-old's exploits will be under the microscope in this feature-length, two-hour documentary featuring interviews from those who knew him best. Check out the trailer for 'Anelka: Misunderstood' below. This is going to be good! Anelka will discuss his childhood, faith, his experience at the Real Madrid, his troubled history with the French coaches and his banning from the World Cup in Sou...
Serge Aurier’s Brother Shot Dead Outside Of A Nightclub In France
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Serge Aurier’s Brother Shot Dead Outside Of A Nightclub In France

Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier's brother was shot dead on Monday morning, outside of a nightclub in Toulouse. French outlets Le Point and Europe 1 reported that Christophe Aurier died in hospital this morning after being found outside of a nightclub in the French city in the early hours of this morning. The 26-year-old is believed to have been found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Toulouse University hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The killer is believed to still be at large as French authorities investigate the incident outside the nightclub. Aurier's brother was also a footballer and came through the ranks at RC Lens, like Serge, and has been playing in the fifth division, at amateur level, with Toulouse Rodeo. He had a trial at Pr...
Footballer, Farid Melali Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating in Public
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Footballer, Farid Melali Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating in Public

Algerian and Angers winger, Farid El Melali has been arrested for allegedly masturbating in public in France. This is reported to be the second time, the footballer will be questioned by the police for indecent exposure. The 22-year-old was arrested after his neighbour lodged a complaint of him displaying his genitals while peering into a female neighbour’s flat from the garden of his building. On interrogation, Melali admitted his inappropriate behavior but said he thought he was alone in the building. Daily Mail UK reports that the Ligue 1 player had only just signed a contract extension until 2023 with his club earlier in the day. El Melali’s lawyer, Sandra Chirac Kollarik, told Ouest-France that the footballer has apologized to the young women for his inappropriate a...
Super Falcons Home Kit Nominated For Best Jersey At 2019 Women’s World Cup
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Super Falcons Home Kit Nominated For Best Jersey At 2019 Women’s World Cup

The home kit of the Super Falcons at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France has been nominated for best jersey at the tournament. This was announced on FIFA’s Women’s World Cup verified Twitter handle on Sunday. The Super Falcons home kit was selected alongside that of Australia, Norway and Germany. FIFA Tweeted that the jerseys were mentioned the most during the World Cup and decided to ask fans to chose their favourite in a poll on their handle. After the conclusion of the votes the jersey with the highest per cent will be declared the winner. The Super Falcons made it to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup where they lost 3-0 to German in the first knock out stage. Since sportswear giants nike unveiled it in 2018, the current Nigerian home kit has continued to r...
Lille coach, Christophe Galtier confirms Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen will Leave the Club this Summer
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Lille coach, Christophe Galtier confirms Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen will Leave the Club this Summer

Lille manager, Christophe Galtier has announced that Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen will be leaving the club this summer. The 21-year-old youngster has been in top form for the club, scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances as Lille finished the 2019/20 season in fourth place. Back in May, Lille owner Gerard Lopez revealed that 'multiple offers' have been made for the Nigerian star. Coach Galtier has now confirmed that Arsenal target Osimhen and one of his teammates, Gabriel will leave the club. Speaking at a press conference, the Lille manager said: 'Regarding Victor and Gabriel, yes, I've known for a long time that they're leaving.' 'They're working hard with us in the meantime. We're working on the players who are currently here and those likely to replace them. 'Of c...
Bedimo: Former Lyon and Marseille defender quits football at age 36
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Bedimo: Former Lyon and Marseille defender quits football at age 36

The ex-Cameroon international could not find a club since he left Marseille in 2018 Former Marseille and Lyon left-back Henri Bedimo has retired from professional football at the age of 36. Bedimo spent his entire career in France after leaving Douala at the age of 15, and he was part of the Montpellier squad that won the 2011-12 Ligue 1 title. He started his career at Grenoble in 2002 before moving to Toulouse a year later, where he spent three years and made his debut appearance in the French top-flight.
Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery
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Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery

France, Germany and Switzerland on Monday allowed travel to resume three months after unprecedented restrictions were imposed in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic. France reopened its borders with all EU countries except Spain, where restrictions would remain in place until June 21 in line with a similar decision on the Spanish side. Passengers arriving from Britain would also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with British restrictions on individuals arriving from France. Borders with non-EU countries remain closed to all but essential travel, except for incoming foreign students who can now head to France. Traffic was reported on a motorway leading to the German-Danish border on Monday, just hours after Copenhagen lifted entry restrictions for German, Norw...
‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience
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‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience

The US-born forward was part of Alain Djeumfa's squad to France and she has shared her experience with Goal Michaela Abam has opened up on what her experience was like in her first-ever Women's World Cup with Cameroon in France. Born and raised in the United States of America, Abam shot into prominence during her days at West Virginia University, scoring 42 goals in 95 games before being snapped up Sky Blue in 2018. Having being born to Cameroonian parents, she was eligible to suit up for the Central Africans and made her debut for the country in a 7–0 win against Zambia, scoring twice in November 2018.
‘Your legacy lives on’ – Yobo pays heartfelt tribute to late Stephen Keshi
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‘Your legacy lives on’ – Yobo pays heartfelt tribute to late Stephen Keshi

The Super Eagles’ assistant coach took to social media to put out a heartfelt tribute to commemorate the death of the Nigeria icon Nigeria football legend Joseph Yobo has posted an emotional tribute to Stephen Keshi, who passed away on June 7, 2016. Keshi - the only man after Mahmoud El-Gohary to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach - passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 54 on this day four years ago - six months after losing his wife Kate to cancer. Yobo developed an incredible bond with the ‘Big Boss’ during his time as Super Eagles coach, having captained his team to winning the 2013 Afcon staged in South Africa. Also, he played a key role in his side’s 2014 Fifa World Cup outing where the three-time African champions bowed out to France in t...
Osimhen Wins Player Of The Year Award In France
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Osimhen Wins Player Of The Year Award In France

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has been voted as the Player of The Year at his French club Lille. Osimhen’s emergence as Lille’s best player in the truncated 2019-20 season is not surprising for many going by the spectacular displays of the 21-year old in what is just his maiden campaign in Ligue 1. Among other feats; Osimhen had scored 18 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions for the French Ligue 1 side, before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season. Victor Osimhen has been named as Lille’s Player of the Year. — Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) June 2, 2020 It is these breathtaking performances that have seen Osimhen be linked with a possible transfer to several top clubs across Europe. On the list of potential suitors for O...
Trump puts G7 summit proposal to Putin
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Trump puts G7 summit proposal to Putin

US President Donald Trump on Monday proposed his plan to include Russia in an expanded G7 summit in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said. It said Trump “informed,” Putin of his plan to hold a rescheduled G7 “with the possible invitation of the leaders of Russia, Australia, India and South Korea,” without making further comment. The Kremlin called the conversation as a whole “constructive, business-like and substantive.” The US leader on Saturday said he would delay the G7 summit and hold an expanded event later, possibly in September, calling the current lineup of countries “very outdated.” The meeting was due to take place via video conference in June but Trump said he would delay it and aim to hold the gathering in-person instead. Kremlin spokesman ...
Real Reason Solskjaer Wants to Sign Victor Osimhen for Man Utd Revealed
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Real Reason Solskjaer Wants to Sign Victor Osimhen for Man Utd Revealed

Manchester United have renewed their interest in Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, ESPN reports. United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is believed to have made the 21-year-old his priority. Osimhen has attracted interested from many clubs around Europe, following his impressive debut season in Ligue 1. He scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 appearances, before football ended in France due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Lille believe they can break their club-record sale that currently stands at the £72million which Arsenal paid for Nicolas Pepe. United have already dispatched scouts to watch Osimhen earlier this season, and were “impressed” with his displays. Solskjaer is looking for “something different” to Marcus Rashford and Anthony...
Over A 100 COVID-19 Cases Recorded In French Slaughterhouse
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Over A 100 COVID-19 Cases Recorded In French Slaughterhouse

At least, no fewer than 100 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western France, the regional health authorities said Wednesday. The cases follow coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants not only in France but also in Germany, Spain, Australia, the United States and Brazil – where people tend to work in close proximity. A total of 109 personnel have tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, at a slaughterhouse in Cotes d’Armor following a second wave of testing, the ARS regional health authority said in a statement. Some 818 people have been tested at the plant, it added. Those diagnosed as having the disease are being contacted by employee insurance firms that have identified all their contacts at risk of catching th...
Souleymane Camara: Senegal striker ends 13-year spell at Montpellier
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Souleymane Camara: Senegal striker ends 13-year spell at Montpellier

After over a decade at Stade de la Mosson, the ex-Senegal international has decided to end his stay at the club Montpellier president Laurent Nicollin has announced that Souleymane Camara will not renew his contract this summer after spending 13 years at the club. The Dakar-born striker has spent his entire career in France, helping Montpellier to win their first-ever Ligue 1 title in 2012 and he also won the French League Cup with Monaco in the 2002-03 season. Camara signed a one-year contract extension with La Paillade last year, and he will not be renewing the deal following its expiration.
Rwanda’s Most-wanted Genocide Suspect, Felicien Kabuga, 84, arrested in France after 25-years
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Rwanda’s Most-wanted Genocide Suspect, Felicien Kabuga, 84, arrested in France after 25-years

Rwanda's most-wanted genocide suspect has been arrested in France. Felicien Kabuga, 84, who was living under a false identity in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, near Paris, had been pursued by international justice for 25 years, the French Justice Ministry said in a statement on Saturday morning. French gendarmes arrested him at 0530 GMT on Saturday, the ministry said. The United States had placed a $5 million bounty on his head over crimes allegedly committed during the 1994 genocide. The businessman is accused of funding the militias that massacred some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over a span of 100 days in 1994. His son-in-law was arrested in Germany in 2007. Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, w...
France Records First Child-Death From Likely COVID-Linked Illness
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France Records First Child-Death From Likely COVID-Linked Illness

Medics at a hospital that treated the first child to die in France with a puzzling inflammatory condition seemingly linked to the new coronavirus initially thought the 9-year-old had scarlet fever, and sent him home. The boy then suffered a heart attack at home that night, resulting in brain damage that later led to his death. Details of the case were released Friday by the La Timone hospital in the southern French city of Marseille. The child spent six days in intensive care at the hospital after his heart attack in the evening of May 2. Earlier that afternoon, the boy had been taken to an emergency ward in another of the city’s hospitals. There, an experienced pediatrician examined the child and diagnosed symptoms “similar to scarlet fever,” said Doctor Fabrice Michel, wh...
Paul-Georges Ntep: Guingamp sign Cameroon winger on a free transfer
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Paul-Georges Ntep: Guingamp sign Cameroon winger on a free transfer

The Ligue 2 side confirmed the signing of the Cameroon international who has been without a club since he left Wolfsburg in February Paul-Georges Ntep has officially returned to France to revive his career with Ligue 2 outfit Guingamp. The Red and Blacks handed Ntep a one-year contract to boost their attacking options ahead of the 2020-21 Ligue 2 campaign after finishing in eighth place this season. The 27-year-old winger developed his game in France and he started his professional journey at Auxerre, spending five years there before moving to Rennes in 2014.
Thousands Of Schools Reopen In France As Lockdown Eases
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Thousands Of Schools Reopen In France As Lockdown Eases

Thousands of schools reopened throughout France on Tuesday as the government eases its coronavirus lockdown rules despite some fears of a second waves of infections. According to official figures there were 348 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the national total to 26,991. Primary and nursery schools reopened however, with teachers wearing face masks and the children’s chairs separated to avoid spreading the disease. For Gregory Bouvier, headmaster of a nursery school in Rennes, northwest France, it was all a bit “surreal”. “It’s not part of a nursery school’s DNA to have the children spaced apart from each other remaining at their desks and not able to share things,” he told AFP. Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer hailed the reopening, which will be rolled ...
‘Kante is one of the best players I have ever coached’ – Ex-Chelsea boss Conte
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‘Kante is one of the best players I have ever coached’ – Ex-Chelsea boss Conte

The Italian head coach says it was a joy for him to work with such a "positive guy" at Stamford Bridge Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has described N'Golo Kante as "one of the best players" he has ever coached, while highlighting the France international's "amazing" abilities in the middle of the park. Kante was one of Conte's first signings at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues spent £32 million ($39m) to lure the midfielder away from Leicester in summer 2016. The World Cup winner has since racked up 164 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea, scoring 11 goals, while adding a second Premier League title, the FA Cup and Europa League to his impressive trophy haul.
France Eases Out Strictest Coronavirus Lockdown
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France Eases Out Strictest Coronavirus Lockdown

France has carefully lifted one of Europe’s strictest coronavirus lockdown on Monday to revive its economy. Although the government is wary of the second wave of infections, shops, factories and some schools have reopened. The country has over 139,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 56,217 recoveries and 26,380 deaths. Currently, it holds the world’s fifth-highest official death toll. Workers are allowed to return to workplaces with social distancing measures while schools are re-opening in phases. The country’s 67 million people can now leave home without government paperwork. President Emmanuel Macron’s government had enforced an eight-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Only food stores, pharmacies and tobacconists were allowed to stay open. Macr...
‘It drives me crazy’ – Cisse offers to play for free to reach 100 Ligue 1 goals
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‘It drives me crazy’ – Cisse offers to play for free to reach 100 Ligue 1 goals

The former Liverpool and France forward admits it still bothers him that he retired four goals shy of the three-figure landmark Djibril Cisse says he would play for free if a Ligue 1 side would sign him in order to reach 100 goals in the division. The former France international, now 38, has 96 Ligue 1 goals to his name and says the figure haunts him. Cisse announced his retirement from football in 2015 due to injury, but has since returned to represent Swiss side Yverdon and Italian minnows Vicenza 1902.
There’s Fresh $319m Abacha Loot In UK, France – US
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There’s Fresh $319m Abacha Loot In UK, France – US

The US embassy in Nigeria on Wednesday May 6, revealed that there is another $319m (N121bn) looted by former military dictator Sani Abacha, in the United Kingdom and France. It is not clear if the money in the UK is linked to Kebbi state Governor Atiku Bagudu, who was a financial adviser to the Abacha family, however the US embassy said there is a separate $167 million in stolen assets in France and another $152 million in the UK which is still subject to litigation. The statement reads in part; “The funds returned last week are distinct and separate from an additional $167m in stolen assets also forfeited in the United Kingdom and France, as well as $152m still in active litigation in the United Kingdom.” Bloomberg reported that the UK is however challenging the repatriati...
I Missed 2014 W/Cup Squad Because I Refused To Pay Bribe- Chinedu Obasi
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I Missed 2014 W/Cup Squad Because I Refused To Pay Bribe- Chinedu Obasi

Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi, a former Super Eagles player and ex-youth international has revealed the cankerworms he had to live with as a Super Eagles player. Obasi, speaking with Kelechi Bernard on an Instagram Live Chat said he was asked to pay a bribe to make the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad despite his quality and form at the time. The team, which had many newbies, perhaps players of far less quality than the former TSG Hoffenheim attacker, got to the Round of 16 stage where they lost to France. Obasi currently plies his trade with AIK in Sweden, but revealed he has been through a whole lot, part of which is his experience of the corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigerian football. “I was playing for Schalke, I was playing in the Champions League and I was doing we...
French clubs are closing door on African coaches – Ibenge
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French clubs are closing door on African coaches – Ibenge

The AS Vita coach has revealed that he has previously applied for jobs in France, but was never given a chance Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national team coach Florent Ibenge believes French clubs do not have confidence in employing African coaches. Without disclosing clubs he has approached for a job, the 58-year-old says he was interested in coaching some professional French teams but his advances were ignored. “I applied but there was no response. Is it racism? I don't know. But what is certain, people are not ready [to hire African coaches]. When you apply, you are only offered youth teams,” said Ibenge as per Senegal Press Agency.
Ligue 1 Season Is Over As No Games Will Be Allowed In France Until September
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Ligue 1 Season Is Over As No Games Will Be Allowed In France Until September

Prime Minister of France made clear to the country's National Assembly on Tuesday that all sporting activity in the country must be stopped - even behind closed doors - until September. The coronavirus pandemic forced a shutdown in sport around March 12 all over the world and various countries are taking different approaches to a return. France has now joined the Netherlands, Belgium and Argentina in announcing the 2019-20 season is already over, as they will not even try to resume playing over the summer. “The 2019-20 season cannot continue,” announced Prime Minister Philippe this afternoon. “There can be no major sporting events, especially football, before September, even behind closed doors.” It remains to be seen how this affects clubs who are still in the Champions L...
X-raying Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under Covid-19
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X-raying Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under Covid-19

But times have changed and today, with the world on lockdown from Minna to Minneapolis and Lagos to Lisbon, the word de jour is Covid-19, a disease caused by the novel Coronavirus. Total global infections now stand at over 2.8m with a total fatality rate of almost 200,000 which is well over 5%. Of the global number of infections, 808,024 people have recovered. Figures are based on statistics available on April 25, 2020. Nigeria with 1,095 confirmed cases and 32 deaths is fast closing the gap against Ghana which has 1,279 confirmed cases and 10 fatalities as well as South Africa which has reported 4,220 cases with 79 fatalities. Prognostications from the Nigeria Center of Disease Control (NCDC) are dire with the figures expected to rise further in the coming days as more tests are ...
Netherlands, France Plans To Re-Open Primary Schools As Lockdown Eases
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Netherlands, France Plans To Re-Open Primary Schools As Lockdown Eases

Several European countries are to relax coronavirus restrictions related to children, with Holland and France announcing that primary schools will reopen next month and Spain setting out how under-14s will be allowed out of the home from next week. French children would return to school in staggered year groups, the education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer said, with no more than 15 pupils allowed in each class. Primary pupils aged from five to 11 would be the first to go back on 12 May, one day after the end of a strict nationwide lockdown. The following week older children in selected years at secondary schools and lycée would return. All classes would be back by 25 May. Blanquer said the aim was to have primary school children back in “small groups”, probably of “less than ...
West Ham defender Issa Diop excited by Spurs interest
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West Ham defender Issa Diop excited by Spurs interest

West Ham defender Issa Diop has welcomed interest from Tottenham. Fussball Transfers says Spurs boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring Diop across London to Tottenham stadium this summer. The Portuguese has been tracking Diop since his time in charge of Manchester United. And in France, sources close to Diop say he is excited by the prospect of joining Spurs. The young stopper would arrive as a direct replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who comes off contract at the end of June. Diop's contract with West Ham ends in 2023. The Hammers signed the defender from Toulouse for €25m in 2018
‘Barcelona a better fit for Ndombele than Spurs’ – Bent says ‘something’s not right’ with midfielder
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‘Barcelona a better fit for Ndombele than Spurs’ – Bent says ‘something’s not right’ with midfielder

A former Tottenham striker says it "wouldn’t surprise" him if the Spanish champions were to launch a bid for the France international this summer Tanguy Ndombele "cannot find his feet" at Tottenham, according to Darren Bent, who believes Barcelona would be a better fit for the midfielder's talents. Spurs completed the signing of Ndombele from Lyon for £63 million ($78m) in July last year, after seeing off competition from a number of top European clubs. The France international committed to a five-year contract with the north London outfit, and has since racked up 27 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals and laying on four assists.