Saturday, November 28

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Mourinho reveals Maradona calls as he pays tribute to Argentina legend
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Mourinho reveals Maradona calls as he pays tribute to Argentina legend

The Portuguese tactician will miss the phone calls he received from the Argentine hero after bad results Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says he will miss receiving phone calls from Diego Maradona that were made to lift his spirits after losing matches. The football world is in mourning after the passing of the iconic former player this week. Tributes have flown in from across the world after it was confirmed on Wednesday that the Argentina, Napoli and Boca Juniors hero suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday.
(UEFA Champions League) Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: EPL champions suffer worst ever home defeat under Jurgen Klopp
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(UEFA Champions League) Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: EPL champions suffer worst ever home defeat under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool on Wednesday night suffered a 2-0 loss against Atalanta in the Champions League, making it the first time in 137 matches that manager Jurgen Klopp has lost at home by such a margin since joining Liverpool.   In Klopp's previous competitive matches in charge at home, Liverpool have only lost by more than one goal.   The last time the Reds suffered such a heavy defeat at Anfield was in August 2015, when Brendan Rodgers saw his side lose 3-0 to West Ham in the Premier League.     On Wednesday November 25, Liverpool failed to register a single shot on target - the first time they've done so in the Champions League since  2003 while opponents Atalanta  struck twice in the space of five minutes via Josip Illcic and Robin Gosens.   ...
Nigeria’s Evelyn Ijeh helps Goteborg to maiden Swedish Damallsvenskan title
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Nigeria’s Evelyn Ijeh helps Goteborg to maiden Swedish Damallsvenskan title

The Nigeria-born Swedish youth international played a part as her top-flight club emerged champions after a big win at Linkopings Evelyn Ijeh made history with Goteborg as they defeated Ebere Orji and Uchenna Kanu's Linkopings 7-0 at home to win the Swedish Women’s Damallsvenskan title for the first time in their history.  Having won 3-0 at Vaxjo last week, Jorgen Ericson’s ladies were on the brink of a maiden domestic title triumph, opening a four-point lead at the top of the table with two matches to go. Going to Arena Linkopings on Saturday, Goteborg needed a win regardless of the result of rivals and 2019 winners, Anam Imo's Rosengard at 2018 champions Pitea on Sunday, to confirm their historic feat.
Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United: Comeback sees Blues keep pace at top
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Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United: Comeback sees Blues keep pace at top

  Despite conceding for the first time in 459 minutes, Chelsea eased to a comprehensive win over Sheffield United. Chelsea kept pace at the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had kept clean sheets in each of their last five matches, but saw their goal breached in the ninth minute by David McGoldrick. However, Tammy Abraham equalised and Ben Chilwell gave Chelsea a lead they would not relinquish as their defensive solidity returned thereafter.
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Ajax set new Eredivisie win record with 13-0 drubbing of VVV

Lassina Traore helped himself to five goals as the reigning Dutch champions reclaimed the top spot in style Ajax achieved the biggest Eredivisie win in history on Saturday as VVV Venlo were destroyed 13-0. The reigning Dutch champions went into the clash one point behind PSV and with the chance to regain the summit after recording four wins and a draw in their opening five matches. But while Ajax were favourites to prevail against VVV, who sat 10th in the standings, nobody could have predicted the dominant manner of their victory as the hosts were simply swept away.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Lewandowski hat-trick and Sane stunner clinch resounding Bundesliga win
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Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Lewandowski hat-trick and Sane stunner clinch resounding Bundesliga win

Robert Lewandowski produced another masterful goalscoring performance as Bayern ran riot against a previously in-form Eintracht Frankfurt. Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick before Leroy Sane struck the goal of the game as Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the Bundesliga. In the latest instalment of his one-sided battle with defenders in the German top flight, it was a familiar story as Lewandowski came out on top, taking his haul to a startling 10 goals in five matches this season. That is a Bundesliga record for this stage of the season, and last season's haul of 34 goals must already be in his sights after a perfect hat-trick.
‘I feel like I’m in kindergarten dealing with Jose Mourinho’ – Arsene Wenger opens up on frosty relationship with former rival
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‘I feel like I’m in kindergarten dealing with Jose Mourinho’ – Arsene Wenger opens up on frosty relationship with former rival

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has responded to Jose Mourinho's comments about his autobiography, where Mourinho was conspicuously omitted.   Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and won three premier league titles along with numerous other major honours in a 20 year career at the club.   After leaving Arsenal in 2018, the 70-year-old Wenger released his autobiography My Life in Red and White earlier this month, detailing his long tenure with the club among other things.   In the book he spoke about his famed rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson, but avoided talking about Mourinho with whom he had a frosty relationship with.   Quizzed earlier in the week about his absence from the pages, Mourinho said he got the better of Wenger throughout their manage...
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Michaela Abam’s hat-trick leads Real Betis to Andalusian Cup semi-final

The Cameroonian found the net thrice as she powered her side past Hispalis to the last four of the pre-season tournament Michaela Abam hit a treble for Real Betis as they trashed Hispalis 10-0 in Thursday's Andalusian Women's Cup quarterfinal encounter. Despite featuring in 15 matches for Betis, the Cameroon international managed only three goals before the league's cancellation in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. Abam starred and Equatorial Guinea's Dorine Chuigoue made her debut in Betis' 2-0 win over Granada in their first friendly on Sunday.
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Boost for Arsenal as David Luiz back ahead of schedule

The Brazilian defender had looked to be set for a spell on the sidelines, however he has recovered quickly and could return to the pitch soon David Luiz has returned to full training following a neck injury ahead of schedule, in a boost for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta. The Brazilian defender signed a contract extension last season and remains a key first-team player for Arteta's FA Cup holders, despite making a number of high-profile errors that have led to fierce criticism from fans and pundits. Luiz however is a popular and respected member of the first team at Arsenal, which meant his recent suffering of a neck problem, which threatened to keep him out for a period of matches, was a real blow for the Gunners.
La Liga start delayed due to scheduling row
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La Liga start delayed due to scheduling row

The first game of the new La Liga season between Granada and Athletic Bilbao set for Friday has been postponed by a day after a judge from the Spanish soccer federation ruled that matches could not take place on Fridays or Mondays. La Liga said in a statement on Wednesday they would appeal the decision to ensure matches could take place outside of weekends for the second round of fixtures but confirmed the Granada v Athletic Bilbao game would now be held on Saturday. The first game of the new campaign will now be Eibar's home fixture with Celta Vigo on Saturday at 4 p.m. local time (1400 GMT), with the Granada-Athletic Bilbao match taking place later in the day at 6:30 p.m. The Alaves v Real Betis match, originally due to be held on Monday, would take place on Sunday instead, ad...
Man Utd vs Copenhagen: I Must Make Difficult Decision About Goalkeepers – Solskjaer
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Man Utd vs Copenhagen: I Must Make Difficult Decision About Goalkeepers – Solskjaer

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has admitted he must make a “difficult” decision as he chooses who becomes first-choice goalkeeper next season. Solskjaer stuck with David de Gea last season, despite a string of high-profile errors. However, De Gea will have two top keepers pushing him next season. Argentina international Sergio Romero is regarded as the best back-up option in the Premier League and Dean Henderson will return from an impressive two seasons on loan at Sheffield United. “I think I must be the most privileged manager in the world with the goalkeeping department,” Solskhaer said ahead of United’s Europa League quarter-final tie with Copenhagen. “We’ll see what we’ll do going forward. Difficult? Yes. But that’s a good problem to have.” United...
Champions League: Sarri Speaks on Juventus vs Lyon Being his Last Game
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Champions League: Sarri Speaks on Juventus vs Lyon Being his Last Game

Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri, has insisted his job is safe at the club, even if they don’t overtun a 1-0 deficit to Lyon in the Champions League on Friday. Earlier this month, Sarri led the Turin club to a ninth successive Serie A title. However, the Bianconeri lost four of their 12 matches after the restart. Sarri is aware that despite the domestic dominance, the true test for any Juve coach comes in the Champions League, which they have not won since 1996. “I don’t think it will be my last match,” Sarri told reporters on Thursday, when asked if he thought he would be axed if the team is eliminated. “I think I’m dealing with top-level managers – they’re not amateurs. They’ve already made their evaluations, independently of the result tomorrow. “This qu...
‘When I Score my First Goal, it’s Coming Off’ – Liverpool Wonderkid Elliott Reveals Haircut Promise
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‘When I Score my First Goal, it’s Coming Off’ – Liverpool Wonderkid Elliott Reveals Haircut Promise

The talented Reds starlet is hoping he won't have to wait much longer before breaking his scoring duck for the club - and getting a trim Liverpool wonderkid Harvey Elliott has revealed his haircut promise to the rest of the squad, insisting "when I score my first goal, it's coming off". Elliott has emerged as one of the brightest young prospects in the Reds academy since joining the club from Fulham in July 2019. The 17-year-old has already appeared in eight senior matches for Jurgen Klopp's side, with his last coming in the crucial 4-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on June 24. He was rewarded for an impressive first year at Anfield with his first professional contract two weeks later, as he committed his future to the club through to 2023.
What Arteta told Arsenal players after 2-1 defeat to Brighton
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What Arteta told Arsenal players after 2-1 defeat to Brighton

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he told his players to control their emotions better, after a scene was created during their 2-1 defeat at Brighton last Saturday. Some of Arteta’s squad members were furious with Neal Maupay after he clashed with goalkeeper, Bernd Leno in the first half. Leno was later taken off on a stretcher and replaced with Emi Martinez. Maupay went on to score the winner late in extra time as Arsenal lost two of their matches since the restart. The striker was surrounded by Arsenal players after the final whistle and Matteo Guendouzi had to be pulled away after placing his hands around Maupay’s throat. “When we show frustration, we have to show it in the right way. “I haven’t seen the images (of Guendouzi) or what h...
Ronaldo Welcomes Alexis Sanchez to Club
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Ronaldo Welcomes Alexis Sanchez to Club

Valladolid’s president, Ronaldo de Lima, has welcomed Inter Milan striker, Alexis Sanchez to join the club once the summer’s transfer window opens. Sanchez is currently on a season-long loan move at Inter Milan from Manchester United. The Chilean international has failed to shine at Old Trafford, following a swap deal move from Arsenal in January 2018. The 31-year-old scored only three times in 32 Premier League matches for Man United, before leaving for Italy. But Ronaldo has now offered Sanchez the chance to revive his career at the Spanish La Liga club. “Alexis Sanchez has succeeded wherever he’s gone,” Manchester Evening News quoted Ronaldo as saying. “He has a lot of quality. “If he doesn’t succeed at Inter, Valladolid will open their door...
Aston Villa vs Chelsea: It will be Hard to Secure fourth place – Lampard
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Aston Villa vs Chelsea: It will be Hard to Secure fourth place – Lampard

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has admitted that it would be difficult for the Blues to finish in the fourth position on the English Premier League table this season. Lampard said this ahead of Chelsea’s away Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Sunday evening. Chelsea currently holds a two-point advantage over Manchester United in fifth place, with less than nine matches remaining to conclude the campaign. “It is going to be very tough [for Chelsea to finish in the fourth position],” Lampard was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying. “You want every point that is on the table. There are a lot of tough games in our run-in. “It is a battle. We’ll have to take the games as they come, remain focused on ourselves and not look around too much...
Cesar Azpilicueta Predicts what will Happen to Timo Werner at Chelsea
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Cesar Azpilicueta Predicts what will Happen to Timo Werner at Chelsea

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, has predicted that the club’s new signing, Timo Werner, can raise Frank Lampard’s to the next level. Werner officially completed a £53 million move to Chelsea from Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig, on Thursday. The 24-year-old will link up with the rest of Chelsea’s teammates at Stamford Bridge in July. But Azpilicueta the Germany international is a big addition for the Blues. “He is an amazing attacking player with great experience in the Bundesliga where he has scored a lot of goals,” Azpilicueta told Sky Sport...
Arsenal-linked Fraser turns down short-term Bournemouth extension
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Arsenal-linked Fraser turns down short-term Bournemouth extension

The attacker will not see out the remainder of the season with the Cherries and will soon drop into the free agent pool Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has turned down the opportunity to sign a short-term extension that would see him finish up the club's nine remaining Premier League matches, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the month. The Scotland international, who has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, will fall into the free agent pool come July, with it likely that the 26-year-old is keen to avoid unnecessary injury risk ahead of a potentially lucrative transfer. Former Gunners icon Ray Parlour recently responded to reports that Fraser would not stay on with the Cherries, branding the wide man's behaviour “disgraceful” and saying players...
All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon
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All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon

UEFA is planning to play all Champions League knockout games in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Sky Italia reports that the final will be played August 23, following 12 days of matches. However, UEFA’s executive committee must agree on the plan on Wednesday, among a series of decisions to reschedule international soccer, after COVID-19 disrupted the global sports calendar. The final is likely to take place on a rare Sunday at Benfica’s Stadium of Light. It was originally to be played on Saturday, May 30 at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. Semifinals will be split between the Stadium of Light and the home stadium of Sporting Lisbon close by on August 18-19. Four quarterfinals are planned on consecutive nights from August 12-15. ...
New Rules For Matches, As EPL Returns
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New Rules For Matches, As EPL Returns

Players and coaching staff will not be required to wear masks at stadiums when the Premier League restarts. Players will be encouraged not to spit or clear their noses and not to break social distancing during goal celebrations. There will be no ball boys or girls - a system of sterilised replacement balls will be used. Aston Villa v Sheffield United will be the first game when the league returns on 17 June. In Germany's Bundesliga players and staff have been required to wear masks at all times, except for during play. In the Premier League they will not have to wear masks at all, even in the changing room or on the bench, although the fourth official as well as doctors and physios will have to. On Thursday the Premier League announced there will be a minute's silence to...
Bale the greatest athlete I’ve seen, claims ex-Real Madrid doctor
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Bale the greatest athlete I’ve seen, claims ex-Real Madrid doctor

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

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

If the Reds end their 30-year wait for a league title in 2020, their manager is happy to put off the open-top bus until the time is right Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested holding a Premier League title parade next season when coronavirus restrictions could be eased. The Reds were just two wins from securing their first league triumph in 30 years when the 2019-20 season was halted in March due to the pandemic. The Premier League is set to return on June 17, but matches will be held behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, denying fans the opportunity to celebrate inside Anfield.
I was experiencing a nightmare’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame delighted about football return
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I was experiencing a nightmare’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame delighted about football return

The Ivorian forward can finally look forward to a return to action with Serie A matches set to resume on June 20 Fiorentina forward Christian Kouame has expressed his delight in the hope of being able to play again after months out injured. The 22-year-old Ivorian has been out with an anterior cruciate ligament problem since November last year, and has been unable to make any appearances for his new club after joining Fiorentina on loan from Genoa in January. The return of football activities after the original season schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic gives Kouame hope of getting back on the pitch, having used the lockdown period to intensify his fitness.
George Floyd: UEFA Reveals what’ll Happen to any Player Demanding Justice for Late American
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George Floyd: UEFA Reveals what’ll Happen to any Player Demanding Justice for Late American

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, has revealed what will happen to any player demanding justice for George Floyd, an American, during matches in UEFA’s competitions. Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020, at the hands of a White police officer in Minneapolis. DAILY POST recalls that football players, including Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, used last weekend matches in the Bundesliga to reveal messages expressing solidarity with Floyd. “Football is a sport which encourages tolerance, inclusion and justice,” Ceferin was quoted by Daily Star as saying. “These are the same values being espoused by those showing solidarity to George Floyd. “If a player in our competitions were to display a message or act symbolically to ask for equality for human beings the...
EPL Clubs to Play Friendlies Before Season Restarts
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EPL Clubs to Play Friendlies Before Season Restarts

The Premier League has given clubs permission to play friendly matches ahead of the planned resumption of the season, according to Sky Sports. However, the venues must be no more than 90 minutes away and players must travel in their own cars. Club coaching staff will officiate the matches, as PGMOL referees and assistants are yet to be tested for COVID-19. If played at a stadium, players will enter via the players’ entrance and walk straight onto the pitch, before warming up. Dressing rooms will not be used. Top-flight clubs were given the go-ahead to resume contract training last week, paving the way for competitive action to resume June 17.
George Floyd: FIFA Releases Statement on Players Demanding Justice for Late American
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George Floyd: FIFA Releases Statement on Players Demanding Justice for Late American

FIFA has urged football competition organizers to apply ‘common sense’ and consider not sanctioning players demanding justice for George Floyd, a handcuffed 46-year-old black American man, during games. FIFA said this in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, at the hands of a White police officer in Minneapolis. DAILY POST had reported that football players, including Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, used last weekend matches in the German Bundesliga to reveal messages expressing solidarity with Floyd. The statement read: “FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case. “The application of the laws of the game is left for the competitions’ ...
Four  Sevilla Footballersto be Punished for Hosting Party in Breach of Spain’s Coronavirus Restrictions
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Four Sevilla Footballersto be Punished for Hosting Party in Breach of Spain’s Coronavirus Restrictions

Four Sevilla footballers namely Ocampos, Luuk de Jong, Franco Vasquez and Ever Banega are set to be punished by the club and the Spanish football federation for flouting Spain's lockdown rules by partying with friends and family over the weekend. Spain's rules say that no more than 10 people can meet at any single time and all players were ordered to keep to lockdown rules and avoid as much public contact as possible ahead of the league's return in June. Ever Banega's wife on Saturday afternoon shared a picture of her husband alongside team mates Ocampos, Luuk de Jong, Franco Vasquez, their friends and family as they held the house party.   She soon deleted the post on Instagram but the club and other social media users had already taken notice of it. In rea...
Mainz 0-5 RB Leipzig: Werner hat-trick inspires crushing win
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Mainz 0-5 RB Leipzig: Werner hat-trick inspires crushing win

Timo Werner scored a hat-trick against Mainz for the second time this season as RB Leipzig thrashed them 5-0 on Sunday. RB Leipzig were at their devastating best as they crushed Mainz 5-0 away from home on Sunday, Timo Werner's hat-trick helping to reinvigorate their Bundesliga title challenge. Julian Nagelsmann's side had lost ground in their most recent domestic matches, drawing three in a row, but found a familiar groove again in their second outing since the season's resumption. Leipzig played some wonderful football and blew Mainz away as they moved back up to third and within seven points of the summit.
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 ...
Dortmund mayor urges fans not to gather outside stadium for Schalke derby
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Dortmund mayor urges fans not to gather outside stadium for Schalke derby

The Bundesliga is set to be the first European league to return from coronavirus hiatus when matches kick off on Saturday Borussia Dortmund fans have been urged not to congregate outside Signal Iduna Park when they resume their season against rivals Schalke on Saturday. The Bundesliga has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it was given the green light to get going again behind closed doors, with Dortmund set to host a match that would normally be played amid a raucous atmosphere.
Guingamp part ways with Nigeria’s Oparanozie
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Guingamp part ways with Nigeria’s Oparanozie

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

The country was the last to suspend soccer activities and have made official the day when teams will return to the pitch Burundi Football Federation (BFF) has set May 21 as the date when football action will resume. BFF was the last African federation to halt soccer activities due to the novel Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement means Burundi is the first East African country to have an official day when football matches will be allowed back. Matches had been allowed to go on in the land-locked country with fans allowed too but after taking temperature tests and sanitizing their hands before every match outside the stadiums.
Evander Holyfield announces his return to the ring
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Evander Holyfield announces his return to the ring

Just when Iron Mike Tyson is being tempted with a $1 Million to return back to the ring, former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield has announced he will return to boxing at the age of 57. Holyfield nicknamed “The Real Deal” will be back to the ring in an exhibition bouts for charity campaign called “Unite 4 Our Fight.”  “The moment you’ve all been waiting for…. The Champ is back,” he wrote on social media. “I’d like to announce that I will be making a comeback to the ring. “I will be fighting in exhibition matches for a great cause. I’m training to promote a charity that’s very close to me. “Our #Unite4OurFight campaign aims to provide students the resources they need for emotional development and education.”
‘He’d make me laugh all day!’ – Pogba names Man Utd’s Bailly as ideal isolation buddy
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‘He’d make me laugh all day!’ – Pogba names Man Utd’s Bailly as ideal isolation buddy

The Frenchman has opened up on his time in self-isolation away from his team-mates amid the coronavirus-enforced break in the 2019-20 campaign Paul Pogba has admitted that Eric Bailly would be the ideal person to be stuck in quarantine with because his Manchester United colleague makes him "laugh all day long", while also expressing his desire to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. Pogba was approaching a comeback from a long-term injury lay-off when the season was called to a temporary halt on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The French playmaker underwent surgery on an ankle issue back in January, and has only featured in eight matches in all competitions for the Red Devils this term.
Coronavirus: Premier League Told to Complete Season in Another Country
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Coronavirus: Premier League Told to Complete Season in Another Country

Former Manchester United and England defender, Gary Neville, has advised the English top-flight league that the best way to resume the 2019/20 season is to play the remaining matches in another country that is free from the Coronavirus pandemic. DAILY POST had reported that the Premier League is currently suspended indefinitely, with nine matches remaining due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe. “If the Premier League were serious about delivering the matches that remain in the safest environment, they would move it to one of the two or three places that are within 3 or 4 hrs of this country that are Coronavirus-free, or virtually Coronavirus-free,” Neville told Sky Sports. “They would take the Premier League over to that country and the players, broadcast...
Coronavirus: Aston Villa players to take 25 per cent wage cut for four months
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Coronavirus: Aston Villa players to take 25 per cent wage cut for four months

Club CEO Christian Purslow has said the measures are designed to help protect all of the club's employees Aston Villa announced on Saturday that first-team players, coaches and senior management will take a 25 per cent wage cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. With play suspended since March, Premier League clubs have been required to consider drastic money-saving options as they lose out on revenue from hosting matches. On Saturday,  Chelsea announced their players will not be taking pay cuts  for the time being, while Arsenal players and coaches agreed to a 12.5% pay cut earlier in the week .
Bundesliga clubs could get transfer market advantage with early restart, says finance expert
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Bundesliga clubs could get transfer market advantage with early restart, says finance expert

The German league will be attractive to players if it can offer matches in front of full crowds by next year, a football money guru has said. Bundesliga clubs could have an advantage in the transfer market if the league restarts in May, according to a football finance expert. The German Football League (DFL) confirmed on Thursday that the country's top flight will resume on May 9, provided the decision has the backing of politicians. It would make the Bundesliga the first of Europe's top leagues to play games again after being forced to suspend the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stars such as Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner have been linked with moves abroad, specifically to Premier League clubs.
Against Brazil we were in business’ – Heskey on England’s golden generation, Liverpool and being underappreciated
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Against Brazil we were in business’ – Heskey on England’s golden generation, Liverpool and being underappreciated

The striker's career spanned more than 800 matches over 22 years and he is remembered fondly at Liverpool where he won a treble in 2001 Emile Heskey has a confession to make. “I always preferred athletics to football,” says the former England striker. “When I was younger, that was what I cared about. Football was secondary.” He was good as well. He represented his district as a sprinter, and shone as a long jumper too. At junior school, his teachers felt he had what it took to pursue a career in track and field. Football, though, won the argument. Heskey was nine years old when he was spotted playing for his school, and invited for a trial at Leicester’s Centre of Excellence. The die had been cast “Football gradually took over,” he tells Goal. “Athletics is more seasonal, isn...
Dutch Eredivisie likely to be cancelled
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Dutch Eredivisie likely to be cancelled

The Dutch Football Association “intends not to continue” the Eredivisie season after the national government extended a ban on major events until 1 September because of coronavirus. Ajax and AZ Alkmaar are leading the Dutch top flight level on points after 26 games, with Ajax ahead on goal difference. Dutch football’s governing body KNVB said in a statement it “intends not to continue playing the 2019/20 competition” but will consult Uefa before making a final decision. Earlier on Tuesday, Uefa said some European leagues could be cancelled “in special cases” because of the pandemic. “Based on the government’s decision, the KNVB will consult with Uefa, after which the decision will be taken,” the KNVB statement continued. “The KNVB has not yet definitively cancelled competiti...
Italian Serie A Games to Resume Back in late May – Italian FA Chief, Gabriele Gravina
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Italian Serie A Games to Resume Back in late May – Italian FA Chief, Gabriele Gravina

On Friday, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said that club matches should resume “in late May, early June”,. Also, saying those who are pushing for the season cancellation “dislike football, or Italians”. Furthermore, Gabriele Gravina, the president of the FIGC, said it would take three weeks to prepare after the end of the coronavirus lockdown in the country, currently scheduled for May 4. In his words, he stated: “So at the end of May, early June, we can start,” he told Italian radio on Friday. “Those who talk today about cancelling the season do not like football or Italians because they take away hope for the future and for recovery,” Gravina said. “There will be a monitoring period to guarantee that all those taking part are free of the virus. If they...
‘Mourinho has been great for Tottenham’ – Davies describes Spurs boss as a ‘dream manager’
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‘Mourinho has been great for Tottenham’ – Davies describes Spurs boss as a ‘dream manager’

The Welsh full-back says that the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has given "everyone a lift" since his arrival in north London Jose Mourinho is a "dream manager" for Tottenham because he "believes" the club can win major trophies, according to Ben Davies. Mourinho inherited the managerial reins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following Mauricio Pochettino's sacking in November, and had a difficult job on his hands after the team's poor start to the 2019-20 campaign. The Portuguese quickly managed to restore confidence within his new squad, overseeing four wins from his first five Premier League matches at the helm to lift them back into the top half of the table.
Season Will Be ‘Lost’ If Coronavirus Pandemic Extends Beyond June – UEFA Chief
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Season Will Be ‘Lost’ If Coronavirus Pandemic Extends Beyond June – UEFA Chief

“We could start again in mid-May, in June or even late June,” Aleksander Ceferin told Italy’s La Repubblica daily. Any time after that and “the season will probably be lost,” he said. The idea of the entire season simply being cancelled stirs panic in fans of clubs such as Liverpool — on the cusp of lifting their first title in 30 years. Ceferin did not say when UEFA will issue a final ruling and stressed that consultations with the main leagues and clubs were still underway. “There is also a proposal to end this season at the beginning of the next one and then start the next one a little later,” said Ceferin. The Slovenian added that he personally opposed the idea of holding big matches behind closed doors. Belarus remain the only European nation still playing football i...
All Premier League Matches ‘to be Played Behind Closed Doors’
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All Premier League Matches ‘to be Played Behind Closed Doors’

All Premier League matches will be played behind closed doors, the UK Times reports. It is believed this would also apply to English Football League matches. On Thursday morning, a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee, is expected to move the response to the coronavirus pandemic, from ‘contained’ to the ‘delay’ phase. The current football season is not in danger of being postponed under this plan. Instead, fans will be shut out, as has happened in the Spanish La Liga and French Ligue 1. Season-ticket holders and holders of tickets for individual games will be able to stream coverage of matches. Broadcasters will also be able to show more than one game during the current television slots on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. However, games will not be shown in p...
Woman Falls in Love with her Tesco Grocery Delivery Driver, and Now They’re Getting Married
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Woman Falls in Love with her Tesco Grocery Delivery Driver, and Now They’re Getting Married

Three years after a single divorcee mum-of-two opened her door for a Tesco delivery driver in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, they are planning their wedding for July 2020, with just the both of them and their dog Cedric as wedding guests.                 Back in September 2017, Helen Alder opened the door to pick up groceries, and the Tesco delivery guy Chris Goody, brought in her food stuffs. From delivering food stuffs they became friends and he started stopping to grab a cup of coffee and use her bathroom, little did Helen know that one day she will become Mrs Goody.    After a while Chris asked Helen out on a date, but Helen didn't know that Chris had plans of marrying her someday as he nicknamed her FMG, which stands for future Mrs Goody, on their second date. &nbs...
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City Discover Opponents in Next Round [Full draw]
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Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City Discover Opponents in Next Round [Full draw]

The draw for the quarter-final of this season’s FA Cup was conducted on Wednesday night. Holders Manchester City are away to Newcastle, as they seek to retain their trophy. Sheffield United welcome Arsenal to Bramall Lane, while Chelsea travel to Leicester City. The final fixture will see Norwich City take on the winner between Manchester United and Derby County, which will be played on Thursday. The matches will be played March FULL DRAW Sheffield Utd vs Arsenal Newcastle vs Man City Norwich vs Derby or Man Utd Leicester vs Chelsea
Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is banned and fined £60,000 for racially abusing a black footballer
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Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is banned and fined £60,000 for racially abusing a black footballer

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Kiko Casilla, who currently plays for Leeds United has been banned for eight games following a five-month investigation into allegations that he racially abused Charlton striker, Jonathan Leko,   The incident occurred during a corner kick in the Addicks' 1-0 win at the Valley in September 2019. Kiko, 33,  reportedly called Leko, 20,  a 'n*****' during a clash between them.   On Friday night, the Football Association announced an eight-game ban for Casilla and  fined £60,000 as well as ordering him to attend a face-to-face education course.     An FA spokesman confirmed: 'Kiko Casilla has been suspended for eight matches with immediate effect, fined £60,000 and must attend face-to-face education after a breach of FA...
Willian Confirms Chelsea Contract Extension
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Willian Confirms Chelsea Contract Extension

Chelsea winger, Willian, has confirmed that his club offered him a two-year contract extension. He also said that he wanted a three-year contract extension at Chelsea, adding that the situation concerning his future at Chelsea is now difficult. The Brazilian international said this following Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 first-leg clash on Tuesday night. The 31-year-old’s current contract at Stamford Bridge will expire at the end of the season. “Chelsea offered me a two-year contract extension,” Willian told Esporte Interativo. “I told the club I wanted three years extension, but they are not going to change what they have offered. “The circumstances is hard now because of this. “My aim is to work hard to help Chelsea wi...
Saha Gives Condition for Martial to Be World Class
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Saha Gives Condition for Martial to Be World Class

Former Manchester United striker, Louis Saha, has disclosed that forward, Anthony Martial can be a world class player if he becomes a killer in front of goal. Martial has score three goals for the Red Devils in his last three matches against Chelsea, Club Brugge and Watford. The 24-year-old has scored 15 goals in all competition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this campaign, but Saha believes the France international is a talented player. “Martial has been criticised for his attitude but he is a talented player,” Saha said as quoted by Metro UK. “The France star has everything needed to be world class but he needs to be more of a killer in front of goal. “However, I feel he has done that in the last few games for Man United.” Martial will now hope to lead Man U...
Dimitar Berbatov Predicts Position Man Utd will Finish this Season
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Dimitar Berbatov Predicts Position Man Utd will Finish this Season

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to finish in the top-four position on the Premier League table this season. Berbatov believes the Red Devils are now in the driving seat to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League following their 2-0 victory over Chelsea last Monday. “Man United’s victory against Chelsea has given the Old Trafford club a big boost in their hope to finish top-four and qualify for next season’s Champions League,” Berbatov told Betfair. “It is now a great chance for United to challenge for the top-four. “All their matches from at this point starting against Watford this weekend will be good step for them if they win or else what’s the point if they do not win? “Solskjaer’s men need that factor ...