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Muller focused on Bayern Munich as he pushes his case for Germany recall
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Muller focused on Bayern Munich as he pushes his case for Germany recall

The veteran forward has been in inspired form over the past few months, while his national team has struggled without him Thomas Muller was not thinking about the possibility of a Germany recall after helping Bayern Munich retain their place at the top of the Bundesliga. Scrutiny of Joachim Low's decision to drop Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his Germany squad last year has been under intense scrutiny following their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain in November. Low became only the third Germany manager to concede six goals in a match after Otto Nerz and Sepp Herberger, with his team now having won just three of their past eight fixtures.
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Low to continue as Germany head coach through to next year’s European Championship

The national team boss has been assured of his position in the wake of a humiliating drubbing at the hands of Spain in the UEFA Nations League Joachim Low will continue as Germany head coach through to next year's European Championship, the German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed. Low has spent the last 14 years of his career in charge of the national team, having succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann in the role following the 2006 World Cup. The 60-year-old subsequently led Germany to the final of Euro 2008, and although his side lost to Spain in the showpiece event, their performance in the competition served as a taster of what was to come.
Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement
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Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

Former Italy, Juventus, China and World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi has retired from coaching.   Lippi, 72, has been unemployed since resigning as China head coach in November last year following a 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Syria.   He lasted just six months in the job, his second time coaching China's team.   After spells with Atalanta and Napoli, Lippi took charge of Juventus in 1994 helping them to three Serie A titles and the club's last Champions League trophy in 1995-96.   Across two stints as Juve coach, and a one-year reign with rivals Inter, Lippi won five Serie A trophies, four Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Coppa Italia.   After leaving Juventus in 200...
Super Eagles Are The Second Most Valuable Team In Africa
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Super Eagles Are The Second Most Valuable Team In Africa

    The Super Eagles of Nigeria have retained their status as the second most valuable national team on the continent of Africa with a valuation of €230.68million. The 2019 AFCON bronze winners have also been ranked among the 100 Most Valuable National Teams in the world with Gernot Rohr’s side making the top 21 positions. The Super Eagles are the second most valuable team in Africa behind the Teranga Lions of Senegal, who occupies the number one position. Senegal is in the 12th spot on the global stage with a valuation of €344.43m. Behind Nigeria is Morocco (third in Africa and 23rd in the world) with a valuation of €189.83m. Meanwhile, The Three Lions of England are still rated as the Most Valuable National Team in the world with a stunning market value of ...
Frank De Boer Appointed As New Head Of Netherland National Team
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Frank De Boer Appointed As New Head Of Netherland National Team

Frank De Boer has been appointed as the replacement of Ronald Koeman who left the Netherland coaching position and joined FC Barcelona to end in 2021. Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the body governing the football in Netherland has appointed the former Ajax and Barcelona defender as Koeman's successor. He signed a contract till 2022 which means he would be leading the Netherlands into the Euros 2021 and Qatar World Cup in 2022. https://twitter.com/OnsOranje/status/1308814192527454208?s=20 Frank, 50, spent most of his professional playing career with Ajax, winning five Eredivisie titles; two KNVB Cups; three Super Cups; one UEFA Cup; one UEFA Champions League; and one Intercontinental Cup. He later spent five years in Barcelona, where he won the 1998–99 La Liga tit...
Solskjaer reveals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Recommendation, Choice of Player for Man Utd
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Solskjaer reveals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Recommendation, Choice of Player for Man Utd

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed that he spoke with Cristiano Ronaldo, before deciding to sign Bruno Fernandes. Fernandes has become an instant hit at United since joining in a £67.7million deal from Sporting in the January transfer window. The Red Devils had extensively scouted the Portugal midfielder, but Solskjaer wanted to find out more about the 25-year-old before approving the deal. Fernandes and Ronaldo know each other well from playing together with the national team. “We’ve got the chief scouts who do all the scouting, we’ve got the analysts who analyse and break everything down to the minutest detail. But you can see that with your eye really what talent and quality you’ve got,” Solskjaer told the High-Performance Podcast. “Then you...
DeAndre Yedlin Reveals he’s Considering Quitting United States National team
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DeAndre Yedlin Reveals he’s Considering Quitting United States National team

DeAndre Yedlin has revealed he is considering quitting the United States national team because of the racial discrimination in his home country. The Newcastle defender, 26, who has African-American, Native-American, and Jewish-Latvian heritage has condemned the prejudice against black people following the continued protests across the world since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers. Speaking about quitting the US national team, Yedlin told Sky Sports: 'It's something I've thought a lot about during this quarantine. 'My grandfather, my grandmother especially, I have a whole family of activists, they've always told me to stand up for what I believe in. 'There's no amount of money that can make me shut up about something I think is wrong. ...
Trabzonspor great Celik: Chelsea willing to pay Cakir fee
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Trabzonspor great Celik: Chelsea willing to pay Cakir fee

Chelsea are in talks with Trabzonpor for Ugurcan Cakir. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has doubts about Kepa Arrizabalaga and Cakir, reports Fanatik, is being lined up his replacement. Cakir, 24, has also been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham this season. On the interest, he stated: "I go to one side every day. It is nice to be remembered and followed by great teams, but I have goals in Trabzonspor and I want to achieve these goals." However, Trabzonspor legend Lemi Celik has revealed Cakir is now a step away from joining Chelsea. "Ugurcan Cakir wants Chelsea," he said. "Chelsea will decide to pay the fee Trabzonspor wants. Chelsea are the most enthusiastic team about the transfer of Ugurcan Cakır at the moment. "Ugurcan is good enough to play for Chelsea because he is ...
Ighalo Set To Return To Super Eagles
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Ighalo Set To Return To Super Eagles

Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has revealed he is ‘thinking’ about returning to the Nigeria national team. The forward played a key role as the West Africans qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after missing the previous two editions in 2015 and 2017. The former Watford striker emerged as the highest goalscorer in the qualifiers before firing the Super Eagles to a third-place finish in the tournament in Egypt, scooping the top scorer award in the process. Ighalo, however, announced his retirement from international duty after his five-star performance in the competition, along with the team captain and former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel. In doing so, the forward cited the difficulty of having to travel the distance between China to Nigeria for national du...
‘Enough is enough’ – McKennie, Pulisic and Adams headline video protesting police brutality
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‘Enough is enough’ – McKennie, Pulisic and Adams headline video protesting police brutality

Several of the U.S. men's national team's stars came together to address the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd U.S. Men's national team stars Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Christian Pulisic were joined by the likes of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Bayern Munich fullback Alphonso Davies to headline a campaign speaking out against police brutality. McKennie was one of several Bundesliga stars to offer messages of solidarity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd's death prompted protests all over the world, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvino was filmed pressing his knee on the individual's neck for more than eight minutes despite cries for help.
‘We’re Still Missing Enyeama In Super Eagles’ – Ahmed Musa Says
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‘We’re Still Missing Enyeama In Super Eagles’ – Ahmed Musa Says

The Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has said they are still missing Vincent Enyeama in the senior national team five years after his unceremonious exit. The Al Nassr forward revealed that he was shocked when he learned that former national team head coach Sunday Oliseh had stripped Enyeama of the team’s captaincy. Former Lille goalkeeper Enyeama had a row with the 45-year-old tactician which forced him into early retirement from the national team. “We were all shocked when it happened, it was a very sad moment for all of us on that day because we were in camp when it happened,” Musa told said. “After it happened, Mikel, Echiejile, Emenike, and myself went to meet Sunday Oliseh to beg him on behalf of Enyeama, but his mind was already made up, and that’s football for you. ...
Benatia full of praise for ‘impeccable’ new Morocco captain Saiss
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Benatia full of praise for ‘impeccable’ new Morocco captain Saiss

The 33-year-old has tipped the new Atlas Lions skipper for greatness Medhi Benatia has described new Morocco captain Romain Saiss as "impeccable". The 30-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was named the new Atlas Lions captain upon Benatia's retirement from the national team. Benatia decided to call time on his international career after last year's Africa Cup of Nations outing in Egypt in which the North Africans suffered a humiliating penalty shootout loss to Benin Republic in the Round of 16. Saiss has been capped 41 times for Morocco and played at the 2017 and 2019 Afcons as well as the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Former Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie says some former coaches of the national team were player managers
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Former Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie says some former coaches of the national team were player managers

Osaze, who made his debut for the Eagles in May 2002, added that these coaches preferred weaker players in the squad to better players during matches. “Some picked a weaker player over a stronger one who played in a better club because they wanted to market their player,”Osaze told the Super Eagles media team in an interview via Instagram Live. “Some of our coaches did get involved in a bit of player management, they had management companies. Shuaibu Amodu for instance had a management company. “He was in and out as a coach and an agent, but he was a great man. I used to talk with him whenever I could about it. I loved Amodu. . “We used to fall out at times with him when they changed our hotels to a very poor one in Abuja. I would raise questions because it was disgusting and downgr...
Onigbinde raps NFF on Rohr’s new contract
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Onigbinde raps NFF on Rohr’s new contract

National team handler Adegboye Onigbinde has described the quest to extend the contract of Gernot Rohr as coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as nothing but a ‘circus’. Rohr has been on the job since 2016 and it was under his watch that the Super Eagles qualified for both the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). While the team failed to progress to the knockout stages of Russia 2018, they came out of Cairo with a bronze medal. The Octogenarian emphatically said his stand on Rohr should not be presumed as that of a job seeker, adding he is enjoying his retirement at 82 after contributing his quota to the development of Nigerian football. “When I  heard about the renewal of coach Rohr’s contract, I put up a...
Eriksson admits second thoughts over taking England job and reveals Barcelona offer
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Eriksson admits second thoughts over taking England job and reveals Barcelona offer

The Swede became the first foreign manager to lead the Three Lions in 2001, but had a mixed spell in charge of the national team Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted he sometimes thinks he should have rejected the chance to manage England in order to stay at former club Lazio. The Swede was appointed by the FA in January 2001, becoming the first foreign manager to take charge of the England team following an impressive spell in Italy. Eriksson led Lazio to the Serie A title in 1999-00, only the second time they had won the league in their history. Lazio also won the Coppa Italia, European Cup Winners’ Cup and Supercoppa Italiana under his management.
‘I Don’t Care Whether it is Rohr or Not we need a Competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare
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‘I Don’t Care Whether it is Rohr or Not we need a Competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has waded into the debate surrounding the Nigerian Football Federation's negotiations with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr for an extension of his contract. Rohr’s four year contract with the national team expires in June and he has been in negotiations with NFF on a new deal. Rohr has accepted new conditions such as living in Nigeria and being paid in Naira- placed in his contract, but has added his own moderations to the contract with the NFF yet to make a decision on his new deal. The delay to Rohr’s contract renewal has increased speculation that the federation might not want the German tactician to continue as manager of the Super Eagles. Sunday Dare has now come out to say what the national team needs a competent...
No need for baseless rumours’ – Amuneke dismisses Super Eagles job interest
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No need for baseless rumours’ – Amuneke dismisses Super Eagles job interest

With the current Super Eagles boss yet to sign a new deal, the 49-year-old former player has been linked with the role in recent times Former Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke has insisted he has no interest in coaching the Nigeria national team at the moment. The 49-year-old has been linked with the Super Eagles job lately along with other ex-internationals as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to reach an agreement with current coach Gernot Rohr. The former Super Eagles winger is currently a sporting director with Egyptian club El Makkasa after leaving the coaching role and insisted he is focused on helping his side achieve greater success after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ghana coach Akonnor to consult GFA over Kevin-Prince Boateng return
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Ghana coach Akonnor to consult GFA over Kevin-Prince Boateng return

The Black Stars coach sheds light on the German-born's international future Ghana coach CK Akonnor has revealed he would have to consult the Football Association (GFA) about a potential call-up for Besiktas attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng. The former Barcelona and AC Milan man has been out of the West Africans' set-up since copping an indefinite suspension during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was punished for insulting then head coach James Kwasi Appiah and has been asked to render a public apology before being considered for national team selection again.
‘They should go for Batman too’ – Denilson slams Botafogo’s Robben approach
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‘They should go for Batman too’ – Denilson slams Botafogo’s Robben approach

The Fogao are keen to sign elite talent after barely escaping relegation in 2019 but the ex-Betis man feels their interest in Robben is ridiculous Former Brazil international Denilson has slammed Botafogo's efforts to lure Arjen Robben out of retirement, suggesting that the Rio club would have more luck in trying to add a superhero to their ranks. Robben retired from the game at the end of the 2018-19 season after a glittering career with the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea as well as the Netherlands national team. But at the end of April, the veteran winger suggested that he could be tempted back into the game at the age of 36.
NFF Confirms Liverpool Midfielder has Chosen Nigeria Over England
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NFF Confirms Liverpool Midfielder has Chosen Nigeria Over England

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has confirmed that Liverpool-owned midfielder, Ovie Ejaria, wants to play for the country. DAILY POST had reported that Ejaria has picked the Super Eagles over the English national team. Pinnick, speaking with ESPN, says paperwork has already been filed with world football’s governing body, FIFA. The only delay is Ejaria’s Nigerian passport which has expired. Two out of the five documents NFF must submit to FIFA, are a copy of Ejaria’s passport evidencing his Nigerian nationality and a copy of an identification evidencing his English nationality. “Yes, he has agreed to play for Nigeria. His documents have been sent to FIFA since,” Pinnick said to ESPN. ...
Bologna’s Barrow looking to emulate Real Madrid legend Zidane
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Bologna’s Barrow looking to emulate Real Madrid legend Zidane

The Gambian forward has cited the legendary French man as his idol Bologna forward Musa Barrow has stated that he wants to get to reach the upper echelons of the game in the same way as current Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane did in his playing career, referring to the French legend as his idol. Considered one of the greatest players to grace the game, the 47-year-old was fondly remembered for his time at Real Madrid, where his sublime volleyed winner in the 2-1 victory in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen won Los Blancos a ninth European elite title. Zidane was also famous for his exploits with the French national team, winning the 1998 World Cup on home soil after scoring a brace in the 3-0 victory over Brazil, and triumphing at Euro 2000. He then later ...
NFF Hints at Ighalo’s Return to Super Eagles
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NFF Hints at Ighalo’s Return to Super Eagles

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has refused to rule out Odion Ighalo returning to the national team. However, Pinnick insisted that the 30-year-old would not be forced to reverse his decision to quit the Super Eagles. Ighalo announced his international retirement last year, after finishing as the top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. But since he made a loan switch to Manchester United in January, his impressive displays have led to calls for Ighalo to play for Nigeria again. “He grew up in Ajegunle, you know the mentality about Ajegunle and Nigeria, he loves the country so much, so I believe if there is need for him to play for Nigeria, he will come. “I am in touch with him, we speak ...
“I miss traveling” Jerome Boateng says as he talks about Bundesliga’s possible restart.
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“I miss traveling” Jerome Boateng says as he talks about Bundesliga’s possible restart.

When the new year bells rang and ushered in 2020, who would have thought the world would be on a forced global holiday? But here we are today missing the life we used to call normal and gearing up for what would be a new normal post COVID-19. An important part of life and livelihood the global pandemic has halted is sporting activities, we miss all of the entertainment, emotions and of course source of livelihood sport brings and we surely can’t wait for sports to return in its full capacity. Ghanaian born Germany national team and Bayern Munich star, Jerome Boateng during an Instagram Live Chat with his brother, Kevin Prince Boateng spoke on what he misses most which is what he would do first after this is over. Passenger in his song Let her go said you only hate the road when you’re m...
How Harambee Stars captains can learn from Keane and Drogba – Omollo
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How Harambee Stars captains can learn from Keane and Drogba – Omollo

The former defender explains why notable skippers have always been of help to their teams Former Harambee Stars defender Sammy Omollo has pointed out key qualities Kenyan captains must have and figures worth emulating in order to drive the team to success. Omollo, who is currently taking charge of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Posta Rangers, has been a captain of the national team before. Omollo says the team leaders must be courageous enough to point out things that must be hailing their teams. He gave an example of Gor Mahia's previous skipper Austin Oduor whom he says the current captain must always emulate.
Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho Breaks Silence on his Real Age
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Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho Breaks Silence on his Real Age

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, has finally responded to fans and pundits who have made a joke of his real age over the past few years. DAILY POST recalls that Uzoho, who was the youngest player at age 19 during the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, was criticized on social media over his real age, as most people believe he was older. But, Uzoho has now said that people who doubt his real age don’t know him. The 21-year-old said this when he appeared as a guest on the Super Eagles Instagram live session on Tuesday, AOIFootball reports. “I was smallish back then in 2013 when I participated in the World Cup with the U17 National team. I later went to Aspire Academy, where I learned a lot. “My looks and body build changed when I started using the Gym and was working ou...
Troost-Ekong names Balogun his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner
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Troost-Ekong names Balogun his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner

The 26-year-old has spoken of his understanding with the Latics centre-back during national duty Udinese star William Troost-Ekong has named on-loan Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Leon Balogun as his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner. Troost-Ekong has been a key member of Nigeria national team since making his debut for the side in 2015 and now has 42 caps for the three-time African champions. The 26-year-old forged a productive partnership with Balogun at the heart of the Super Eagles defence, as they were the first-choice pairing by manager Gernot Rohr before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Conte wouldn’t last a season at Real Madrid, says Costa
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Conte wouldn’t last a season at Real Madrid, says Costa

The pair won a Premier League title together at Chelsea but were also involved in a high-profile feud Antonio Conte may have won league titles in Italy and England, but the Inter coach would not last a season in charge of Real Madrid, according to Diego Costa. The Italian is regarded as one of Europe's top coaches following spells in charge of Juventus and Chelsea. Conte won three consecutive Serie A titles with the Bianconeri and spent two years in England, where he guided the Blues to Premier League and FA Cup success. During his spell at Chelsea, Conte had run-ins with Costa and told the striker via text message that he was not wanted at the club. The Spain international eventually left to return to Atletico Madrid and has been a vocal critic of the coach and Chelsea since ...
Southgate urged to get Maddison and Grealish into his England team
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Southgate urged to get Maddison and Grealish into his England team

Former Three Lions striker says manager has given national team a jolt and urged him to pick Grealish and Maddison for extra creativity Gareth Southgate has been praised for giving young players the belief they can make a difference for England and has been urged to find room for Jack Grealish and James Maddison to add even greater creativity. Former England striker Dean Ashton says emerging Three Lions talent now know they will be given the chance with the senior team if they show their quality for the under-21 side and their clubs. He says that hasn’t always been the case with previous managers and that Southgate deserves the credit for transforming the national team into potential tournament winners by believing in his players. “It's the sort of jolt that I think the Engli...
Super Eagles will miss leaders Mikel and Ighalo – Etebo
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Super Eagles will miss leaders Mikel and Ighalo – Etebo

The Getafe midfielder concedes members of the country’s senior national team are still coming to terms with the retirement of the duo John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo remain a big miss for Nigeria, concedes Oghenekaro Etebo, with the Super Eagles still coming to terms with their retirement. After the Super Eagles clinched third-place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the duo drew the curtains on their international careers. Mikel, 32, was the first to bow out before Egypt 2019 top scorer Ighalo followed the path of the former Chelsea star.
‘Borussia Dortmund are very interested in Vidal’ – Rueda claims Barcelona star could move to Germany
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‘Borussia Dortmund are very interested in Vidal’ – Rueda claims Barcelona star could move to Germany

The 32-year-old Chilean midfielder will see his contract at Camp Nou expire at the end of the 2020-21 season Chile national team manager Reinaldo Rueda has claimed that Borussia Dortmund are very interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal. Vidal's contract at Camp Nou runs through the end of the 2020-21 season and the 32-year-old has been linked with a move away from Spain recently. The Chile international nearly moved to Serie A in the January transfer window, with Inter general manager Beppe Marotta confirming his club’s interest. Though the move didn't materialise, it appears Vidal could still be on his way out of Barcelona in the near future. With Vidal starting just 12 of his 30 appearances for the Blaugrana in 2019-20, the Chile star could be tempted to look el...
Finidi George waiting for opportunity to coach Nigeria
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Finidi George waiting for opportunity to coach Nigeria

The 49-year-old ex-international has spoken of his desire to manage the West Africans Former Super Eagles and Ajax winger Finidi George has revealed he is waiting for an opportunity to coach the Nigeria national team. The 49-year-old had an illustrious career playing for the Sons of Gods, where he won eight trophies including the 1995 Champions League before moving to Spain to play for Real Betis and RCD Mallorca. He also had a short stint in England with Ipswich Town.
Galaktionov says Crystal Palace target Chalov can be happy with season form
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Galaktionov says Crystal Palace target Chalov can be happy with season form

Russia youth coach Mikhail Galaktionov has no doubts about the quality of CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov. Chalov saw a move to Crystal Palace blocked by CSKA last year, though the Eagles remain keen ahead of the summer market. Asked if he believed the situation affected Chalov mentally, Galaktionov insisted: "I am absolutely convinced no. "In personal communication, he is absolutely fine. In the national team and the club there are no questions for him, as far as I know. "We need to consider his game in a different plane: how he opens, acts effectively or not, whether he and the team create goal chances..." This season, Chalov has played 31 matches for CSKA, scored 6 goals and produced 5 assists
Tottenham ace Heung-min Son headlining Nike campaign
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Tottenham ace Heung-min Son headlining Nike campaign

Tottenham ace Heung-min Son is headlining a new marketing push from American sportswear giants Nike. The Mirror says he is due to fulfil his mandatory four-week stint at a Marines base camp in his homeland from April 20 while the Premier League season is suspended. But Son will soon get the chance to swap his military uniform for some far more fetching garments after Nike launched their new collection in partnership with the South Korean national team. Having unveiled the strip earlier this year, Nike have now released the full home kit along with a training collection.
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Owner of Football Club Steaua Bucharest Accuses his Players of Having too Much Sex and Not Being able to perform on the pitch

Gigi Becali, the owner of Romanian team, Bucharest football club FCSB has blamed his team's recent poor run of form on too much sex. The 1986 European Cup winners, who are Romania's most successful club with 26 league titles have failed to win their last three games. Commenting on the club's current poor form, Becali told local media the players are having too much sex their girlfriends. 'My players are making love with their girlfriends too often, that's why they aren't playing football so well lately,' he said after FCSB's 1-1 home draw against Chindia Targoviste over the weekend. The 61-year-old Politician and businessman also went ahead to call out Romanian national team and FCSB striker Florinel Coman. 'If Florinel Coman [FCSB striker] would have rested too ... ...
Messi Reveals Striker That will be Perfect For Barcelona
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Messi Reveals Striker That will be Perfect For Barcelona

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has admitted he would love the club to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan. The pair are team-mates in the Argentina national team. Martinez, who is enjoying a fine season with the Serie A side, has a €111m buyout clause in his current deal. Although Barca have signed Martin Braithwaite in an emergency deal on Thursday, Messi feels the Catalans should have Martinez in their sights this summer. “He’s good in one-one-one situations, fights it out with anyone, wins back the ball, can turn in the box. He’s a complete forward. “I think all great players will in the end adapt. Luis Suarez has a lot of experience and could help Lautaro settle into the club and the Liga. Of course, this is all hypothetically speaking,” Messi told Mundo Deporti...
Rohr Hints at new Position for Osimhen in Super Eagles Team
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Rohr Hints at new Position for Osimhen in Super Eagles Team

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that Victor Osimhen could play as a winger for the national team. The Lille star has mostly played in a centre forward role for club and country. However, Osimhen has played wide roles for Wolfsburg and Sporting Charleroi in the past. Rohr, who recently suggested Odion Ighalo could make a return to the Eagles squad, as now said he could experiment with his front men. “But I play with real wingers, Samuel, Simon or Chukwueze. Victor Oshimen can play as well as a winger. “It’s an interesting organization to combine with the left or right back on the wings, center,” Rohr told French daily, Sud Ouest. Osimhen has scored four goals and provided two assists in his last four games for Nigeria, playing as a number nine....
Kylian Mbappe Reveals One Player he Wants to Emulate
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Kylian Mbappe Reveals One Player he Wants to Emulate

  Paris Saint Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has expressed a desire to follow in the footsteps of Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. The France World Cup winner said this ahead of PSG’s Coupe de la Ligue clash with Reims on Wednesday night. Asked about his idols, Mbappe told Gazzetta dello Sport: “If you’re French, obviously you would have grown up with Zinedine Zidane as your idol. “After that, it was Cristiano Ronaldo, who I have been fortunate enough to have faced as a rival, at club level and with the national team. “I also love Brazilian players like Pelé, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and Ricardo Kaka. “And to the young players who look up to me, I’d like to send them a message from someone who believed in their dream, always giving the best they had to ...
US National Team Cancel Winter Training Camp in Qatar after killing of Commander of Iran’s Quds Force
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US National Team Cancel Winter Training Camp in Qatar after killing of Commander of Iran’s Quds Force

  The men's US national team has called off plans to go to Qatar for a winter training camp due to the tension in the Middle East after the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Unit, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a United States airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump. 'Due to the developing situation in the region, US Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men's National Team's scheduled January training camp,' US Soccer said in a short statement. 'We are working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar's world-class facilities and hospitality,' US Soccer added. The men's US national team were to play closed-door games at Doha's Aspire Academy ...
Liverpool attacker Mane ‘ready’ to start against Chelsea in Super Cup showdown
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Liverpool attacker Mane ‘ready’ to start against Chelsea in Super Cup showdown

The Senegal star has expressed his readiness ahead of Wednesday’s match against Frank Lampard’s side Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane has played down any talk of fatigue ahead of the Reds’ showdown against Chelsea in the Uefa Super Cup on Wednesday evening. The 27-year-old had just a 16-day summer break owing to his commitment with his national team at the Africa Cup of Nations – where the Teranga Lions lost 1-0 to Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria in the final. However, the former Southampton forward has dismissed any question about his readiness to start for Jurgen Klopp’s side on Wednesday.
Osian Roberts wants to ‘leave a legacy’ in charge of Morocco
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Osian Roberts wants to ‘leave a legacy’ in charge of Morocco

The influential Wales assistant coach will leave his role with the Dragons to become technical director of the Atlas Lions from September 1 New technical director of the Moroccan national team, Osian Roberts, believes the opportunity to create something special with the African nation was his reason for stepping down as assistant coach of Wales. The popular coach, who has been involved with the Welsh coaching setup since 2010, was credited with the Dragons’ semi-final run at Euro 2016. Furthermore, the fan-favourite successfully oversaw the development of national team stars like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, while playing a huge part in the progression of youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Ben Woodburn and others to the senior team.
Equal pay not priority for women’s teams in Africa – Asisat Oshoala
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Equal pay not priority for women’s teams in Africa – Asisat Oshoala

Nigeria's Desire Oparanozie asked for equal pay recently but her teammate believes there are other priorities for women's football in Africa Nigeria's assistant captain Asisat Oshoala does not believe demanding for equal pay is a top priority for women's national teams in Africa. The increasing demand for equal pay by some women's national teams with their men's counterparts is gaining huge support globally. The USA women's team had launched a legal war against the US Soccer Federation over equal pay before winning a record fourth Women's World Cup this summer.
US coach Jill Ellis resigns after second Women’s World Cup win
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US coach Jill Ellis resigns after second Women’s World Cup win

Jill Ellis has resigned as the United States women's national team head coach after leading the female team to its second consecutive Women's World Cup title.   The American citizen who was born in England will stay on until October for an upcoming five-game victory tour of friendly games around the US before leaving the role she has held since 2014.   "The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime," Ellis said in a statement. "I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them."   The 52-year-old coach led the USWNT to World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019 a...
Afcon 2019: Cisse should depart Senegal role a hero – Coly
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Afcon 2019: Cisse should depart Senegal role a hero – Coly

The Lions of Teranga legend has advised his former teammate to resign as national team head coach Senegal legend Ferdinand Coly believes Aliou Cisse shouldn’t continue in his role as head coach of the Africa Cup of Nations runners-up and should “leave like a hero” while he can. The Lions of Teranga were defeated 1-0 by Algeria in the Afcon final on July 19, ending their quest for a first continental title. Coly, who played alongside Cisse in the West African nation’s final defeat by Cameroon in the 2002 edition, wants his former teammate to quit even though he couldn’t achieve the target of claiming the showpiece.
Josh Wolff hired as Austin FC’s first head coach
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Josh Wolff hired as Austin FC’s first head coach

The former USMNT forward and assistant to Gregg Berhalter has landed the top job with the future MLS club The club won't take to the field until 2021, but Major League Soccer expansion side Austin FC has named its head coach. Austin announced on Tuesday that former U.S. national team forward Josh Wolff would be handed the job as the club's first head coach. Wolff, who is currently a member of the USMNT coaching staff under Gregg Berhalter, will take over as club boss shortly after the conclusion of this November's FIFA international window according to a team release.
USMNT set to face Mexico in September friendly
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USMNT set to face Mexico in September friendly

The Americans will get the chance to avenge their Gold Cup defeat when they battle El Tri ahead of Concacaf Nations League play in October The United States men’s national team will renew their rivalry with Mexico in a September friendly, U.S. Soccer has announced . The two nations met on July 7 in the Gold Cup final with El Tri emerging triumphant, 1-0, on the strength of a second-half Jonathan Dos Santos goal. Mexico's victory saw El Tri reclaim the regional crown from the USMNT in the first Gold Cup final between the two nations since 2011.
Man Utd target Bergwijn will wait for Bayern approach, claims agent
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Man Utd target Bergwijn will wait for Bayern approach, claims agent

The PSV star is not giving up on a hope of playing for the Bundesliga champions, but will consider other clubs if they take too long The agent of PSV star Steven Bergwijn claims his client is willing to wait on Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga giants cannot stall too long because of other interest. Bergwijn followed up a strong 2017-18 which saw him score eight goals and add seven assists in the Eredivisie with an even better campaign last season. The attacker scored 14 goals and contributed 12 helpers to PSV and while that wasn’t enough to keep the club as Dutch champions, it saw Bergwijn emerge as a starter on the Netherlands national team.
‘There’s no telling how good he can be’ – Pulisic backed to emerge as Hazard replacement
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‘There’s no telling how good he can be’ – Pulisic backed to emerge as Hazard replacement

A former USMNT defender has backed the Chelsea star to rise to the occasion at his new club Former U.S. national team defender Jonathan Spector has backed compatriot Christian Pulisic to continue his rise, with the young winger now having the opportunity to make a genuine impact at Chelsea following Eden Hazard's departure. Pulisic signed for Chelsea in January for £58 million ($74m) before re-joining Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign. This summer, he helped guide the USMNT to the final of the Gold Cup, where they fell 1-0 to Mexico.
More than a Vela lookalike: Haiti’s Saba bouncing back after injuries kept him away from soccer
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More than a Vela lookalike: Haiti’s Saba bouncing back after injuries kept him away from soccer

His similar profile to the Mexican forward has drawn attention, but the midfielder's on-field skill helped Haiti into the semifinal It's always been Steeven Saba's look drawing the attention. When he was an up-and-coming player, a standout at South Florida club Weston FC, it was his mop of curly hair. Even as Saba was invited to a trial with Blackburn Rovers, attended a Real Madrid camp and suited up for the United States U-18 national team, he still took questions about his locks. Now, the Mexican press has seized upon a profile that gives him a striking resemblance to Mexican attacker Carlos Vela. He stopped for photos several times on the way out of State Farm Stadium with each outlet looking to get its own shot to display next to Vela's photo. "It's a fun story," Saba said...
Ahmed Musa Speaks on Reported Crisis in Super Eagles Camp Ahead of Madagascar Clash
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Ahmed Musa Speaks on Reported Crisis in Super Eagles Camp Ahead of Madagascar Clash

Super Eagles assistant captain, Ahmed Musa, has opened up on rumours of the team not being happy with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, about bonuses. Before the Super Eagles game against Guinea, reports emerged of the players shunning their post match press conference and entering a meeting to discuss their bonuses. However, there are reports that those demands have been met partly. Speaking about the issue in his press conference on Saturday, the Saudi Arabia-based forward said, “For me, I know that we have some issues but we sit down, talk to ourselves and we don’t have to make that problem to be an issue in the camp. “We proved ourselves in the last game. For saying that there is something coming up we don’t know, we just talk to ourselves that w...
Itumeleng Khune, PSL stars and the media react to Bafana Bafana’s first Afcon 2019 win
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Itumeleng Khune, PSL stars and the media react to Bafana Bafana’s first Afcon 2019 win

The South African national team is back in contention to progress to the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Bafana Bafana beat Namibia 1-0 at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo on Friday night. The winning goal came from a Bongani Zungu header where Namibia's defenders left the South African player wide open to score from a corner. The South African media were not impressed with this Bafana performance, criticising their stuttering build-up play, making heavy weather of the Namibians.