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Two red cards in two minutes and an illegal substitution see Roma crash out of Coppa Italia in comical fashion
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Two red cards in two minutes and an illegal substitution see Roma crash out of Coppa Italia in comical fashion

Paulo Fonseca's side have already been forced to forfeit one match this season and would have had to again - but they were beaten There was a comedy of errors as Roma crashed out of the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night, with the Giallorossi having two red cards in the space of two minutes and making an illegal substitution in extra time. Roma were beaten 4-2 after extra time at home to Spezia, but would have been eliminated by default even if they had won the game. After already making five substitutions during the match, manager Paulo Fonseca brought on defender Ibanez for former Chelsea forward Pedro.  
Floyd Mayweather announces February fight with YouTube star Logan Paul
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Floyd Mayweather announces February fight with YouTube star Logan Paul

Former five-weight boxing world champion, Floyd Mayweather, has announced he will take on Youtuber Logan Paul in a "special exhibition" fight in February 2021.   The American undefeated champion, 43, made the announcement via his Instagram page. Mayweather is officially retired after a 50-0 boxing career with 27 KOs to his name. He last fought in 2017, beating MMA star Conor McGregor in one of the richest bouts in boxing history.   Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Paul has just one professional boxing match under his belt. He lost to British YouTube star/rapper KSI in a split decision in 2019.   The fight, which will take place on February 20 is likely to draw huge pay-per-view numbers. In December 2018, Mayweather needed just 140 seconds to beat Japanese kick...
‘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.
Maradona came from another planet and will live forever – Gattuso
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Maradona came from another planet and will live forever – Gattuso

The Napoli manager was quick to pay tribute to the club's icon after his recent tragic passing Football returned to Naples on Thursday but normality did not as the city continued to mourn the death of legend Diego Maradona. Napoli's first match since the passing of their most iconic star this week was played out to the noise of songs and fireworks despite the empty stands at the Stadio San Paolo. Fans were kept away for the Europa League clash with Rijeka, but Neapolitans instead gathered outside the stadium, which could soon be named after Maradona.
Jude Bellingham makes England debut
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Jude Bellingham makes England debut

Manager Gareth Southgate gave his undercard a chance as he kept England's main players back for the Uefa Nations League match in Belgium on Sunday - but they still had far too much for an outclassed Republic side. Jude Bellingham, brought on as a substitute for his debut in the second half, became England's third-youngest full international at 17 years and 137 days. And Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson also won his first senior cap as a half-time replacement for Burnley's Nick Pope. Harry Maguire, given the captain's armband, erased some of the misery of his last England appearance - when he was sent off in the Nations League home defeat by Denmark - by heading in Harry Winks' cross after 18 minutes. Jadon Sancho doubled England's advantage before the break and t...
‘Herrera died in the dressing room’ – PSG boss Tuchel singles out midfielder for praise after Rennes win
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‘Herrera died in the dressing room’ – PSG boss Tuchel singles out midfielder for praise after Rennes win

The former Borussia Dortmund boss hailed the efforts of the Spaniard while he also picked out Angel Di Maria for his ability to respond to adversity Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has given special praise to midfielder Ander Herrera after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Rennes. The Ligue 1 champions were depleted for their match against the side that lay third in the league, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marco Verratti just some of the players out due to injury. Herrera, though, stepped forward and created a goal for Angel Di Maria, who was widely hailed as the man of the match after finding the net twice. For Tuchel, however, the former Manchester United central midfielder merited singling out.
Andre Ayew: Swansea City boss Steve Cooper grateful for Ghana star’s performance
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Andre Ayew: Swansea City boss Steve Cooper grateful for Ghana star’s performance

The Jack Army boss reflects on Tuesday's Championship fixture at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium Swansea City manager Steve Cooper is delighted by Andre Ayew's effort to help the club snatch a 1-1 draw in their English Championship encounter with Coventry City on Tuesday. In his first match after becoming a club centurion on Saturday, the Ghana international netted a 41st-minute goal to draw his side level after Jordan Shipley gave the home side a 19th-minute lead. Swansea came into the game on the back of a surprising 2-1 home loss to Huddersfield Town, a match in which the 30-year-old capped his 100th appearance for the Jack Army with their consolation goal.
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Sevilla expecting new offer from Man City for Jules Kounde

Sevilla are expecting an offer from Manchester City for Jules Kounde. Marca says City failed with an opening offer for the 22-year-old defender, but they haven't given up on securing his services just yet. Pep Guardiola has become a big fan of the Frenchman and how he plays, so he doesn't want to let the opportunity to sign him pass him by. City have the money to pay for Kounde's transfer fee and are the only contenders for his signature - it's just about convincing Sevilla to let him go. Kounde has a release clause of 80 million euros at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, which City won't match. Their first offer of 50 million euros plus five million in add-ons is expected to rise the second time around - and this time Sevilla could find it hard to say no.
‘Thiago is a winner and joined Liverpool for titles’ – Adrian
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‘Thiago is a winner and joined Liverpool for titles’ – Adrian

The Reds goalkeeper is delighted to have a Spain international alongside him on Merseyside, with another notable transfer coup completed Thiago Alcantara is a “world-class” talent and has linked up with Liverpool in order to enhance his reputation as a “winner”, says Reds goalkeeper Adrian. Jurgen Klopp has added another match-altering talent to his ranks at Anfield. Thiago, as one of the finest manipulators of a ball in the global game, has added his considerable ability to a star-studded squad on Merseyside.
Lampard: Werner helped Chelsea sign Havertz
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Lampard: Werner helped Chelsea sign Havertz

The Blues have a new forward line to take on the champions of England but their signing won't be ready in time for the match Frank Lampard has revealed signing fellow Germany international Timo Werner helped him in his bid to sign the high-coveted Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in a £70 million ($89m) deal. Chelsea sought the opinion of Werner, who came in from RB Leipzig through his £47.5m ($61m) release clause over two months earlier, which helped kickstart a summer transfer spend of around £200m ($252m) on five significant signings. Indeed, having introduced Werner into the squad to train, Lampard had a player he could use to give him feedback on what would be a major deal for the club. After a long round of talks, Chelsea finally got their man and Lampard appreciated the ...
Footballer slumps and dies during match in Osun
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Footballer slumps and dies during match in Osun

A football player in Osun State simply identified as Damilola, has died after he reportedly slumped during a football match in the Ido area of the state on Monday, September 7. Late Damilola who plays for Premier Football Club Ofatedo, was about to pass a free-kick to his teammate during the match when he slumped. Eyewitnesses say he was rushed to a hospital closeby but was rejected and then he was rushed to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology where he was certified dead. His team members say he never showed any signs of illness before the match. The Coordinator of the Osun Grassroots Football Coaches Association, Leke Hamzat, confirmed his demise to newsmen.
‘It’s a competition for big players’ – Tuchel praises Di Maria, Mbappe and Neymar for guiding PSG to Champions League final
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‘It’s a competition for big players’ – Tuchel praises Di Maria, Mbappe and Neymar for guiding PSG to Champions League final

The Parisian boss was full of praise for the team's star players and spoke about the challenge awaiting in the final PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel says the Champions League is for "big players" after his stars dominated in a 3-0 Champions League semi-final win against RB Leipzig. The Ligue 1 champions' star players all had a strong impact on the result, with Angel Di Maria snaring a goal and two assists, Neymar setting up the latter's strike, and Kylian Mbappe starting the match and playing 86 minutes. Tuchel's side now move into the final of the competition - to play either Bayern or Lyon on Sunday - and the German boss was ecs
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Arteta Reveals why he Dropped Saka for London Derby
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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Arteta Reveals why he Dropped Saka for London Derby

Arsenal Manager, Mikel Arteta, has given reasons for dropping Bukayo Saka against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The 18-year-old is enjoying a fine season with the Gunners and has scored four times and provided 10 assists so far. However, Arteta, dropped Saka to the bench for their 2-1 defeat at Spurs, preferring to start with Nicolas Pepe. He was asked to explain his decision ahead of the match and suggested he is merely resting the teenager. “He’s played a lot of games, we have a lot of games coming up, we have to rotate some players, we had some issues during the week. “Every week will be a little bit different,” Arteta told Sky Sports. Saka recently signed a new four-year deal at Arsenal, which will keep him at the club until 2024.
MLS forced to postpone D.C. United vs Toronto FC after positive coronavirus test
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MLS forced to postpone D.C. United vs Toronto FC after positive coronavirus test

The game was called off just minutes before it was supposed to kick off after a player tested positive and another test came back inconclusive Sunday's MLS match between D.C. United and Toronto FC has been postponed after a player tested positive for coronavirus. The announcement was made just minutes before it was scheduled to kick off and the league is yet to announce a new date or time for the match. The match was called off after one D.C. United player tested positive for Covid-19, while a Toronto player's test came back inconclusive.
Everton vs Liverpool: Klopp Confirms Player that will Miss EPL Clash, Reveals what he Expects
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Everton vs Liverpool: Klopp Confirms Player that will Miss EPL Clash, Reveals what he Expects

Liverpool head coach, Jurgen Klopp has disclosed that winger, Xherdan Shaqiri will miss the Reds’ away Premier League clash against Everton due to a calf injury. He also revealed that he expects Liverpool and Everton players to be in good shape when both teams clash at Goodison Park. “Shaqiri was injured, and he is not ready, but he is on a good way,” Klopp was quoted by Liverpool’s official website as saying. “He’ll not be [out for] long, but he’s the only one out.” Klopp added: “I expect us to be in good shape, but we will see how good it is. “I also expect Everton to be in very good shape and so it will be difficult for us, and rightly so, it is the Premier League. “We did not play for a while, so we should try to sort the problems in th...
Solskjaer Names Players that will miss Tottenham, Man Utd Clash
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Solskjaer Names Players that will miss Tottenham, Man Utd Clash

Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named the players that will miss his side’s away Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. According to Solskjaer, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are not ready to play against Jose Mourinho’s side because they are yet to get full match fitness due to injury. “Yeah we have got a couple of injuries,” Solskjaer was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying. “Axel will probably be missing, and Phil Jones will be missing [Man United’s clash against Tottenham]. Apart from that, I would say everyone else is available for selection.” He added: “During Pre-season you want to give everyone a chance, everyone the same opportunity to stake a claim for the team. “Eve...
‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error
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‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error

The Blades were denied a win because goal-line technology was obstructed, much to their manager's frustration Chris Wilder was left frustrated after Sheffield United were denied a goal against Aston Villa on Wednesday, with Hawk-Eye apologising "unreservedly" for its technology's failure to notify the referee that the ball had crossed the line. Wilder’s side thought they had taken the lead in the first-half when goalkeeper Orjan Nyland fell into the net with the ball in his hands, carrying the ball over the line. Although social media went into a frenzy over what appeared to be a clear goal, referee Michael Oliver did not award one and the match went on to finish 0-0.
Solskjaer to Drop Pogba for Tottenham vs Man Utd Game
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Solskjaer to Drop Pogba for Tottenham vs Man Utd Game

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will leave Paul Pogba on the bench, for this Friday’s Premier League clash at Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Athletic. Pogba has not featured for the Red Devils since Boxing Day, after suffering a foot injury. The Frenchman has made only eight appearances in all competitions this season. Pogba would have to wait to make a return, as Solskjaer is planning to leave him out for United’s first game since March. It is understood that the team has been preparing for the Spurs game without Pogba in the starting XI. Although match fitness might be an issue, United was also enjoying an excellent run of form before lockdown, going 10 games unbeaten across all competitions.
Suarez not fit to play 90 minutes of Barcelona’s La Liga return, admits Setien
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Suarez not fit to play 90 minutes of Barcelona’s La Liga return, admits Setien

There is good news on the injury front for the Catalan side, who have both attackers available ahead of Sunday's match Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has confirmed that both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are fit to start Sunday’s Primera Division encounter with Mallorca on Sunday, though he has warned that the latter is unlikely to play the duration of the encounter. While Messi has had a minor muscular complaint in the build up to the fixture, Suarez has been sidelined since January because of knee surgery that was expected to end his season. The Uruguay international, however, has benefitted from the coronavirus break, which saw football in Spain suspended for three months, with play only returning on Thursday as Sevilla defeated Real Betis 2-0.
Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan
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Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan

The Turkish midfielder says the reigning Premier League champions have failed to match the standards of previous years under Pep Guardiola Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that Manchester City "were left behind" by Liverpool in the title race this season. Pep Guardiola guided City to a third Premier League crown in 2017-18, as his side blew away the competition to set a new all-time points record of 100. The Blues retained their crown the following season after edging a tense race ahead of Liverpool, who ultimately missed out on English football's top prize by a single point. City were tipped by many to continue their dominance, but the Reds are on the verge of knocking them off their perch after winning 27 of their 29 fixtures so far this season.
‘It’s annoying but we cannot change it’ – Bayern boss Flick unhappy Lewandowski and Muller will miss Gladbach clash
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‘It’s annoying but we cannot change it’ – Bayern boss Flick unhappy Lewandowski and Muller will miss Gladbach clash

The two star players will miss the Bundesliga leaders' next match, much to the frustration of their manager Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has expressed his frustration after Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller earned yellow cards in the win over Bayer Leverkusen which will rule them out of their next Bundesliga match. Despite falling behind early on, Bayern rallied and ultimately ran out comfortable 4-2 winners, with Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Lewandowski on target. For Lewandowski, his effort took him on to 44 for the season across all competitions, a personal best, while Muller claimed a pair of assists to move him to 20 for the 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign, tying Kevin De Bruyne's record.
Roma turned down chance to sign Barcelona target Lautaro for €8m, claims striker’s agent
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Roma turned down chance to sign Barcelona target Lautaro for €8m, claims striker’s agent

Inter are demanding a huge fee for the Argentine striker this summer, but their Serie A rivals could have bought him for a fraction just two years ago Roma had the chance to sign Lautaro Martinez from Racing for a bargain fee months before Inter snapped him up, according to the striker's agent. Martinez impressed with the Argentine side, scoring 27 times in 59 appearances to earn a €23 million (£20m/$26m) move to Inter in the summer of 2018. He has gone on to become a star in Italy and has netted a total of 16 goals in all competitions this season. While he has three years left on his contract with the San Siro outfit, Barcelona have made him a top transfer target and are said to be lining up a summer bid, though Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has warned they will have to mat...
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...
Ighalo Speaks on New Man Utd Deal
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Ighalo Speaks on New Man Utd Deal

Odion Ighalo has spoken about his delight at extending his Manchester United loan deal. The 30-year-old joined United in January on an initial six-month contract from Shanghai Shenhua. Ighalo went on to score four goals in eight appearances, before it expired on May 31. However, both clubs have agreed on an extension, which will see the Nigerian striker remain at Old Trafford until January 2021. “I’m really happy. It’s a dream for me to be here. I’m buzzing and ready to go,” Ighalo told MUTV. “The last few days have been difficult as there have been different talks about it but now I’m really happy, so I need to concentrate fully. I’m here until the end of January, so it’s good for me.” The last time Ighalo featured for the Red Devils...
It will Cost NFF N300m to Organize one Friendly Match for Super Eagles – Amaju Pinnick
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It will Cost NFF N300m to Organize one Friendly Match for Super Eagles – Amaju Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has said that it will cost about N300 million to organize a friendly match for the Super Eagles under the current situation in the country. Pinnick also said that the Federal Government of Nigeria had reduced NFF’s budget by 30% to organize a warm-up game for Gernot Rohr’s men. This claim was made by former Super Eagles media officer, Colin Udoh. “Pinnick also said under the current situation, it will cost @thenff about N300m to organize one @NGSuperEagles game. “The budget has been cut by about 30% by FG,” Colin Udon wrote on his official Twitter handle on Monday. Super Eagles’ last two friendlies were against Ukraine and Brazil in 2019. The three-time African champions played ...
Gift Otuwe: Nigeria striker the heroine as Neman pip Dnepr Mogilev
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Gift Otuwe: Nigeria striker the heroine as Neman pip Dnepr Mogilev

The Super Falcons star continued with her fine scoring form as her effort ensured her side maintain their winning run in the Belarusian top-flight Gift Otuwe netted the all-important winner for Neman as they beat Dnepr Mogilev 1-0 in a Belarusian Women's Premier League fixture on Sunday. The former Nigeria international had joined Denis Levchenko's team after parting ways with champions Minsk in 2019, bringing an end to her five-year stay at the club. The 35-year-old, who managed just a goal in seven outings for Neman last season made, an impressive start for the Grodno based outfit as her strike sealed the triumph at Bobruichanka on May 2. The four-time Belarusian title winner scored the solitary goal of the match with a header on the brink of half-time to inspire Levchenko's si...
Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona
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Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona

Ex-referee, Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, has claimed 90 per cent of match officials in Spain lean towards Real Madrid and the remaining 10 per cent support Barcelona. Iturralde refereed almost 300 matches in LaLiga before retiring in 2012. According to him, a lot of people support Madrid from a young age, including most of the match officials. “Around 90 per cent go with Real and 10% with Barcelona. Whether Barca [fans] like it or not, 70 per cent of the Spanish population, excluding Catalonia, are Real Madrid supporters. “Personally, I don’t care about one or the other. I’m Athletic [Bilbao]. Everyone knows that I am Athletic, but I would go against them to try and be fair,” Gonzalez told Cadena Ser. Barcelona have won 96 titles in their h...
South Korean Football Club, FC Seoul Use Sex Dolls to Fill Empty Stadium as Stand-in fans for a Match
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South Korean Football Club, FC Seoul Use Sex Dolls to Fill Empty Stadium as Stand-in fans for a Match

South Korean football club, FC Seoul have been forced to apologize after using sex dolls to fill their empty stadium as stand-in fans for a match on Sunday. The K-League resumed earlier this month with matches being played behind closed doors without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the resumption of the league, clubs have been struggling to improve the atmosphere at their grounds with pictures of supporters and by using artificial crowd noises. But FC Seoul took it far by using life-size "mannequins" - 20 female and five male - only for fans on social media to notice they were actually sex dolls. The "mannequins", kitted out in club attire were reportedly holding signs advertising adult streaming websites and adult stars, the resemblance of which the dolls had ...
Villarreal Deny Match-fixing Claims
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Villarreal Deny Match-fixing Claims

Villarreal have responded to allegations that several of their players received payments to throw the match against Getafe on the final day of the 2018/19 season. The name of Getafe forward Jorge Molina featured in WhatsApp conversations between Carlos Aranda and Paco Esteban, two of the main figures of the match-fixing scandal known as 'Operation Oikos'. "Seven Villarreal players have been given two million [euros]," Esteban says in one of the messages to Aranda. However, Villarreal have moved to quash those claims through a statement. "Both Villarreal CF and the first team want to show their absolute rejection of the accusations made in the last few hours and emphatically deny the alleged implication of match-fixing in the game played against Getafe (2-2) at the Coliseum Alfo...
Neymar: I’m training hard to come back strong for PSG
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Neymar: I’m training hard to come back strong for PSG

The 28-year-old is coping with the uncertainty of knowing when his next match is by working hard with his personal trainer. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar says that he is “training hard” to return to action in prime shape, despite being unclear when he might be needed again. Ligue 1 has officially ended for the season, with PSG taking the title for a third consecutive time, but Thomas Tuchel’s side remain active in the Champions League, having fought back from a first-leg deficit to overcome Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in front of an empty Parc des Princes and progress through 3-2 on aggregate. UEFA still aims to play the tournament to its conclusion, and while no dates have officially been set, the world’s most expensive player is fired up to feature when called upon.
Caf rules in Botswana’s favour after boycotting U17 Women’s World Cup clash with Morocco
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Caf rules in Botswana’s favour after boycotting U17 Women’s World Cup clash with Morocco

The African football governing body has refused to punish the Southern African nation for failing to honour their away tie The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has rescheduled Morocco's second leg of the second round tie of the 2020 U17 Women's World Cup qualifiers against Botswana. The match originally scheduled to be played at Stade Boubker Ammar in Sale on March 14 following a 1-0 first-leg triumph at the National Stadium, Gaborone, saw the visitors not show up because they boycotted the match due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Reports say that the match's abandonment was due to the travel ban by Botswana's government on citizens to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Bundesliga Coach, Heiko Herrlich To Miss Match After Breaking Quarantine To Buy Toothpaste
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Bundesliga Coach, Heiko Herrlich To Miss Match After Breaking Quarantine To Buy Toothpaste

Augsburg head coach Heiko Herrlich will miss the Bundesliga restart after breaching quarantine rules by leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste. Herrlich, whose side face Wolfsburg on Saturday, told a news conference on Thursday that he had visited a shop, breaking league rules. Teams preparing for the German league to restart this weekend have been staying in quarantine. "I made a mistake by leaving the hotel," he said in a statement later. Herrlich, 48, was appointed on 10 March and the home match with Wolfsburg was set to be his first in charge. "Even though I have followed all hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this," he said. "In this situation, I was not able to act as a role model for my team and the public. "I will therefor...
Forcing League Restarts Doesn’t make Sense-Blackburn boss Mowbray Said
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Forcing League Restarts Doesn’t make Sense-Blackburn boss Mowbray Said

The Championship has been paused since March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, with a return to the pitch still up in the air Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has questioned the wisdom of football's return during the era of social distancing, saying the idea "doesn't make sense". Mowbray's side sat three points outside of the play-off places in the Championship when football was brought to a halt in March due to the spread of the coronavirus. The English Football League has said it remains committed to finding a way to finish the 2019-20 campaign, but it remains unclear if it will be able to do so.  
Gigi Hadid Says She Hurt Her Arm Before Virtual Tennis Match With Serena Williams
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Gigi Hadid Says She Hurt Her Arm Before Virtual Tennis Match With Serena Williams

Model Gigi Hadid has revealed that she actually ‘pulled’ her arm muscle while practicing for virtual tennis match with pal Serena Williams. Gigi, who just announced she is expecting a child, talked to Jimmy Fallon via video chat about the injury, admitting: ‘I’ve been practicing a lot because if anyone’s more competitive than me it’s Serena.’ ‘And, like, I cannot, like, lose our friendship over [this], you know what I mean?’ the supermodel joked. She said: “We’re playing controller version but the first night I played, I practiced on swing mode and fully pulled my entire arm. Like, the next day, I couldn’t lift my arm. I couldn’t do anything.” The supermodel and tennis star will play as a doubles team during the upcoming Mario Tennis Aces tournament, hosted by IMG modeling ...
‘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...
Ibrahimovic set to play in televised friendly for Hammarby
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Ibrahimovic set to play in televised friendly for Hammarby

The veteran striker has been training with the Swedish club during the coronavirus-enforced break, and is now gearing up for a match AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to take part in a televised friendly for Hammarby on Friday. The 38-year-old returned to his native Sweden after the 2019-20 season was called to a temporary halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ibrahimovic has been training with Hammarby during the self-isolation period, and is not expected to return to San Siro until a date is set for the campaign to resume. Italy is currently in state of emergency, but lockdown measures are due to end on May 3, with clubs across the country hopeful of getting back to work later in the month. Ibrahimovic signed a six-month contract with Milan after calling time on a s...
SNAPPED! Barcelona leak new Man Utd kit for next season
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SNAPPED! Barcelona leak new Man Utd kit for next season

Barcelona have accidentally leaked Manchester United's new kit for next season, it has been claimed. The Mirror says United were not planning to reveal their new kit yet, but Barcelona seem to have accidentally done it for them in a blunder while simulating a match between the two sides on the popular video game Pro Evolution Soccer. When uploading the video, Barcelona included Paul Pogba modelling the new kit on the thumbnail, and although they swiftly deleted the image, many supporters had already screenshotted the image and shared it on social media. The new shirt is somewhat unusual, and includes a yellow and black striped pattern in addition to the traditional red that United wear at home.
‘I was Prepared for Everything Messi did on That Day’ -Vincent Enyeama for the First time Speaks on World Cup Heroics, Respect for Kanu Nwankwo & Arsenal
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‘I was Prepared for Everything Messi did on That Day’ -Vincent Enyeama for the First time Speaks on World Cup Heroics, Respect for Kanu Nwankwo & Arsenal

Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has spoken out about his heroics during the group stage match between Nigeria and Argentina in the 2010 World Cup while also revealing he always respected former Arsenal player Kanu Nwankwo and is  a fan of Arsenal football club. Due to his excellent saves over and over again, Vincent Enyeama was named the Man of the Match though Argentina defeated Nigeria by 1-0 in the group stage match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and Enyeama says he was ready for the Barcelona star man. "I had studied Messi the night before (with Chidi Odiah) so everything he did that day, I was prepared for it. I already knew what he was going to do."   Former Hapoel Tel Aviv and LOSC Lille goalkeeper Enyeama said in an Instagram Live interview with EaglesTr...
Coronavirus: No Match Is Worth Risking Life – FIFA President
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Coronavirus: No Match Is Worth Risking Life – FIFA President

The President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA, Gianni Infantino has said that it would be more than irresponsible to restart competitions too early amid the coronavirus pandemic, stating that no match is worth risking a life for. Infantino, who made this known on Thursday through Royal Spanish Football Federation, RFEF, said that sports have been brought to a halt due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has killed more than 95,500 people globally. He said “As our main priority, our principles, the ones we employ in our competitions and also we invite everyone to follow, is that health comes first. “I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, or any league is worth risking any human life for. “It would be more than irresponsible to resume the...
Footballer Mikel Obi Refuses To Feature In Match Over Coronavirus Fear
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Footballer Mikel Obi Refuses To Feature In Match Over Coronavirus Fear

Trabzonspor midfielder, John Obi Mikel, was an unused substitute when his team drew 1-1 with Istanbul Basaksehir at the Medical Park Stadyumu (Trabzon) on Sunday because he refused to enter the pitch. Before the game, the former Super Eagles captain, expressed his concern over the match being allowed to go on, amid the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. “There is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and don’t want to play football in this situation,” he wrote. Before last weekend’s match, Mikel Obi started 12 of the last 13 league fixtures for Trabzonspor. His manager, Huseyin Cimsir, speaking at a press conference after the Istanbul Basaksehir draw, stated that he respects the player’s decision.
‘We Have the Worst Injury List’ – Lampard Speaks Ahead of Everton Clash
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‘We Have the Worst Injury List’ – Lampard Speaks Ahead of Everton Clash

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has claimed that they have the worst injury list, ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Everton. Lampard, speaking to the media on Friday, revealed that Christian Pulisic was lacking match fitness, despite taking part in an in-house game along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek on Friday. Pulisic has not featured for the Blues since January 1. “We had an in-house game [on Friday] which Christian [Pulisic] and [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek played. “I just watched it and they are trying to find match fitness. It’s great to see Christian get some minutes but he’s still short of match fitness,” Lampard said. When asked if Abraham would return before the end of March, Lampard replied: “I hope so, he’s not training with us yet. “Hudson-Odoi had an...
De Bruyne A Doubt For Manchester Derby” – Man City Coach Pep Guardiola CONFIRMS
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De Bruyne A Doubt For Manchester Derby” – Man City Coach Pep Guardiola CONFIRMS

Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola has a new problem ahead the Premier League clash against rivals Manchester United this weekend. Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne could miss the match against Manchester United this weekend, Pep Guardiola confirmed. De Bruyne played no part in Wednesday night's FA Cup clash vs Sheffield Wednesday, with fans believing he was just being rested. De Bruyne has been a crucial player to City's success this season and is now on track to break Thierry Henry's assist record for a single Premier League season. He scored the winning goal for Guardiola's team against Real Madrid last week side at the Bernabeu in the Champions League. The Belgian was not part of the 18-man squad for the trip to Hillsborough on Wednesday night. However, Gu...
Real Madrid’s Squad Against Barcelona Revealed
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Real Madrid’s Squad Against Barcelona Revealed

Real Madrid has announced their squad to tackle Barcelona in tonight’s La Liga El Clásico clash at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Los Blancos has named a 19-man squad to face Quique Setién’s men in a post on their official website on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side head to the game following a 2-1 defeat against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League last 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday. Real Madrid squad against Barcelona: Forwards: Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano, and Vinicius Jr. Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, and Isco. Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy. Goalkeeper: Courtois, Areola, and Toni Fuidias. The match is scheduled at 9 pm.
Inter Milan Vs Juventus Match Postponed Due To Coronavirus Scare, 3 Italian Footballers Test Positive
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Inter Milan Vs Juventus Match Postponed Due To Coronavirus Scare, 3 Italian Footballers Test Positive

Cristiano Ronaldo will be off-duty on Sunday after Juventus’ Serie A encounter against Inter Milan was postponed by the League’s FA on Saturday due to the increasing spread of coronavirus in Italy. Ronaldo joined Juventus in a 100M Pounds deal from Real Madrid in 2018 and went on to reach a milestone of 1000 competitive games for country and club when his side faced SPAL on February 22 before losing to Lyon in the UEFA Champions League. Five Serie A games were scheduled to hold behind closed doors on matchday 26 but the FA made a U-turn on their decision 24 hours after Serie C’s Pianese FC player King Udoh got infected by the virus. The decision had been taken in response to the “exceptional circumstances concerning protection of public health and security”, the league said. ...
Coronavirus: Juventus to Play Inter Milan Behind Closed Doors
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Coronavirus: Juventus to Play Inter Milan Behind Closed Doors

Sunday’s Serie A fixture between Juventus and Inter Milan will be played behind close doors because of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. DAILY POST recalls that confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has been reported in Italy as more than 400 people have been infected. Almost all the cases are reported in northern Italy. Juventus confirmed this in a statement on its official website on Thursday. Maurizio Sarri’s men head to the game following a 1-0 defeat to Lyon in the Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter on Wednesday. “Juventus vs. Inter, scheduled for 20:45 on Sunday 1 March at the Allianz Stadium, will be played behind closed doors,” a club statement read. “Lega Serie A communicated, in compliance with the Decree of the President o...
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...
Inter Milan expected to play Europa League tie behind closed doors due to Coronavirus Outbreak
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Inter Milan expected to play Europa League tie behind closed doors due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Inter Milan are expected to play their home Europa League last-32 match against Ludogorets behind closed doors because of fears about the spread of coronavirus. Inter were one of four Serie A clubs to postpone their weekend game. Talks have been taking place between the club, Italian government officials and European football's governing body Uefa about Thursday's fixture. With 165, Italy has the largest number of cases of the virus in Europe. Many schools and colleges have been closed in Milan on Monday, although the local transport system is operating. More than 600 Ludogorets fans were due to travel from Bulgaria for Thursday's Europa League last-32 first-leg match at the San Siro (20:00 GMT kick-off). It is not known whether any restrictions will be applied to Sun...
It Was ‘Special’ To Hear Watford Fans Sing My Name Again – Ighalo
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It Was ‘Special’ To Hear Watford Fans Sing My Name Again – Ighalo

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo described the moment Watford fans sang his name at the end of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford as “special”. The Nigerian scored 40 goals in 100 appearances for the Hornets before departing for Changchun Yatai in China and was given a warm reception by the travelling fans. After signing for United on the last day of the January transfer window, he made his home debut against his former club and almost scored late on following a defensive mistake. Speaking after the match, he spoke about his affection for Watford and said he hopes they can avoid relegation this season. “It’s always special to hear the Watford fans sing your name because they know what I’ve done for them in the past when I was there,” he said. “They are always in my hea...
Inter Milan Vs Sampdoria Among 3 Matches Postponed Over Coronavirus Outbreak In Italy
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Inter Milan Vs Sampdoria Among 3 Matches Postponed Over Coronavirus Outbreak In Italy

Inter Milan’s match against Sampdoria is one of three Serie A games that have been postponed due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak in Italy with two deaths so far. The Prime Minister of Italy confirmed that Verona Vs Cagliari and Atlanta vs Sassuolo will also not be played as scheduled before. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the decision to postpone the three Serie A games over fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Several Italian lower league games were also postponed ahead of the weekend after a woman in Lombardy became the second person to die this week. Inter were looking to get back on track with Serie A leaders Juventus after their match on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo and Aaron Ramsey both scored to give Juve a 2-1 win over SPAL, which extended their lea...
‘I’ve Already Spoken to Anthony Joshua, He Wants Fury next!’ – AJ’s Agent and Promoter Eddie Hearn Says after Fury’s Win Over Wilder
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‘I’ve Already Spoken to Anthony Joshua, He Wants Fury next!’ – AJ’s Agent and Promoter Eddie Hearn Says after Fury’s Win Over Wilder

Eddie Hearn, promoter and agent to Anthony Joshua has revealed the British-Nigerian boxing champion wants to fight Tyson Fury next, after watching Fury sensationally defeat Deontay Wilder in 7 round knock out on Sunday morning at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. It was the second time Fury and Wilder were fighting, after getting a draw in the first clash in December 2018, and with the win Fury now has the WBC heavyweight belt while still retaining the Lineal and Ring magazine heavyweight championship belt. Fury's win now means Britain has all the belts in the boxing heavyweight division and Hearn has revealed Joshua wants a unification bout against Fury, a match that if agreed will determine the true king of the heavyweight division. Speaking on the Weekend Sports Break...