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Have You Seen Lionel Messi’s Outrageous ‘Karate’ Touch For Argentina?
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Have You Seen Lionel Messi’s Outrageous ‘Karate’ Touch For Argentina?

Lionel Messi produced an outrageous touch during Argentina's lively World Cup qualifier against Paraguay last night. Argentina drew 1-1 with Paraguay as Nicolas Gonzalez and Angel Romero scored for their respective teams on Thursday. Messi was denied a winner by VAR, but he still grabbed the headlines with a moment of magic in the first-half. Just before the break, the 33-year-old acrobatically controlled the ball with a spectacular karate-like touch. Needless to say, the Barcelona superstar's touch got fans talking on social media. One sarcastically tweeted: "But but Messi can't jump Messi can't play good for Argentina." A second wrote: "Man said 'F**k it I'll turn into Iniesta.'" A third added: "Messi practicing his karate on the pitch, he's too good." Unfortu...
Ronaldinho Freed After Agreeing Guilty Plea Over Fake Passport
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Ronaldinho Freed After Agreeing Guilty Plea Over Fake Passport

The 40-year-old former Barcelona and AC Milan star had been detained with his brother, Roberto Assis, after entering the country with false documents Ronaldinho is free to return home to Brazil after five months living under house arrest in Paraguay with his brother, Roberto Assis. The pair were arrested in Paraguay in early March after using false passports to enter the country. In April, they were released from prison after lawyers posted a $1.6 million (£1.3m) bail on their behalf, and they were placed under house arrest in a hotel in Asuncion to await trial. The pair had faced up to five years behind bars if convicted. Both brothers have pleaded guilty to entering the country with fake passports as part of the agreement. Ronaldinho has paid a fine of $90,000, while ...
Emmanuel Adebayor defends himself after refusal to donate during coronavirus crisis
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Emmanuel Adebayor defends himself after refusal to donate during coronavirus crisis

Emmanuel Adebayor has insisted he still does not see the need for him to donate any money amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis despite a vast amount of criticism coming his way for his inactivity. The ex-Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham forward currently plays for Paraguayan side Olimpia, but he is self-isolating in his native Togo. And he has resisted calls for him to help out with the crisis by donating some of his millions, and repeated his stance that he does not get involved with charities during a Facebook Live video. "I always do things according to the wishes of my heart and not according to the words of others," Adebayor said. "For those who say that I do not donate, let me be very clear, I really do not donate. This is very simple. "I do what I want to do, e...
Brazil legend, Ronaldinho released from Paraguayan prison and placed under house arrest after serving 32 days
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Brazil legend, Ronaldinho released from Paraguayan prison and placed under house arrest after serving 32 days

Brazil legend, Ronaldinho has been released from a high-security jail in Paraguay and placed under house arrest after serving 32 days following his fake passport scandal.   The former Barcelona superstar, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, has been ordered to serve house arrest alongside his brother at the luxury Palmaroga hotel in Asuncion after reportedly paying a £1.3million bond.   Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis were jailed on March 6 after entering Paraguay with a fake passports   The passports found on them were bearing the names of Ronaldinho and Roberto with Paraguayan nationality despite having their Brazilian passports confiscated in 2018 following conviction in an environment offence.     He told local ...
Emmanuel Adebayor Stuck in Benin after Fleeing Paraguay to be with his Family in Togo Amid Coronavirus Crisis
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Emmanuel Adebayor Stuck in Benin after Fleeing Paraguay to be with his Family in Togo Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is stranded in Benin Republic after fleeing Paraguay where he recently signed with Olimpia FC, so he can be with his family while the world gets to grips with the coronavirus pandemic. According to a reports, Adebayor, 36, left Paraguay on a flight to Paris and from Paris had to stop in Benin on his way to his country Togo. While in Benin he was informed of the country's isolation rules for travelers and is now stuck in the West African country for the next 14 days where he will be isolated to know if he has contracted coronavirus. Adebayor was reportedly warned by his clubside in Paraguay of the risks of traveling but he still chose to travel, saying he will rather be with his family in Togo than be in Paraguay during this coronavirus pan...
Ronaldinho Is ‘Sad’ In Prison According To Visiting Friend
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Ronaldinho Is ‘Sad’ In Prison According To Visiting Friend

A friend of Ronaldinho has explained the Brazilian legend is "sad" while serving his term in jail. Former River Plate striker Nelson Cuevas visited the 39-year-old who is currently behind bars for allegedly attempting to enter Paraguay with a fake passport. He explained that although the World Cup winner is in a well-maintained area of the prison, he's currently not acting like his usual self. Cuevas told Argentinian publication Infobae about his recent visit: "He is sad. Hopefully, he can get out soon. "He is just sad because of the situation. His lawyers are handling the rest. I hope he can get out of there soon." Ronaldinho is currently jailed alongside brother Roberto de Assis and the duo are located in a specialised unit. Paraguayan Minister of Interior Euclides ...
Prison warden says Ronaldinho adapting to jail very well
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Prison warden says Ronaldinho adapting to jail very well

Former Brazil and ex-FC Barcelona player Ronaldinho Gaucho is adapting quickly to life in a Paraguayan jail, the head of the facility told Reuters on Monday. The former Paris St-Germain (PSG) forward’s lawyers are however hopeful he may soon be released into house arrest while the investigation continues. “In broad terms he is doing very well,” prison warden Blas Vera told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I see he is in good spirits, just like you see him on television, always smiling.” Vera said Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis, who were arrested on Friday for using a false Paraguayan passport, would present their case to a judge on Tuesday. Their lawyer Sergio Queiroz told Reuters they had asked a court to release them into house arrest and offered guarantees they...
Detained Ronaldinho ‘did not know’ passport was fake, lawyer says
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Detained Ronaldinho ‘did not know’ passport was fake, lawyer says

The two-time world player of the year and his brother Roberto, who was detained with him, spent their third night behind bars in the capital Asuncion on Sunday after using forged travel documents to enter the country. Their Brazilian lawyer Sergio Queiroz said he would ask for the pair to be released and allowed to return to their home country when they next appear before a judge on Monday. "Ronaldinho did not commit a crime because he did not know that the passport they gave him was faked," he said. Queiroz said that prosecutors had agreed that the footballer had acted in good faith and the decision by a judge to order their detention was unwarranted. Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was the star of Brazil's 2002 World Cup win and played fo...
2019 FIFA Beach Soccer: Brazil Defeats Nigeria 12 – 2 In Paraguay
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2019 FIFA Beach Soccer: Brazil Defeats Nigeria 12 – 2 In Paraguay

Rain wasn't the only thing in the air during the final group stage match of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019, as the goals also poured in as Brazil finished at the top of Group D with ease. Mauricinho and Lucao put Brazil ahead before Egan-Osi Ekujumi gave the Super Sand Eagles a glimmer of hope with his tidy finish. Rodrigo added a third with a driven left-footed finish into the far corner, but Nigeria were back to within one again when captain Azeez Abu carved out a one-on-one chance and finished confidently past Mao. However, Lucao got his second on the night with a precise volley. Brazil pulled away completely in the third period as Rodrigo completed a hat-trick, highlighted by an impressively-high bicycle kick, while Bokinha scored a brace and Rafinha, Bruno Xavi...
FIFA Beach World Cup: Nigeria, Senegal Represent Africa In Paraguay
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FIFA Beach World Cup: Nigeria, Senegal Represent Africa In Paraguay

The 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will get underway in December as football is taken to another surface as players and countries aim for glory on the sand in Paraguay. Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria and Senegal are the two teams who have the opportunity to represent the continent at the World Cup from November 21 and December 1, 2019. The draws were held in Asuncion the capital of the host country and Nigeria who finished second in the CAF beach soccer Nations Cup earlier in the year was placed in Group D which has powerhouses Brazil, Portugal, and Oman. Senegal who are current African Champions, on the other hand, were grouped in Group C with Belarus, United Arab Emirates and Russia In this write up we take a look at the two African sides and their opponents. NIGERIA ...
Honduras recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
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Honduras recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras will on Friday August 30, initiate the final move of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by travelling to the city to inaugurate a 'diplomatic office'. Honduras' foreign ministry in a statement ahead of the inauguration, said Israel had proposed the embassy's relocation to Jerusalem even though it is being "analyzed and evaluated in the international and national context". AFP reported that the diplomatic office in the disputed city will be an extension of Honduras' Tel Aviv-based embassy. "For me it's the recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," Hernandez said on Tuesday August 27. Recall that the US government severed its relationship with Palestinian authorities in May 2018, by moving its embassy to the city. T...
Messi: It hasn’t been my best Copa America
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Messi: It hasn’t been my best Copa America

While recognising that he has been far from his best in Brazil, the Barcelona star believes the grounds-keeping has also been sub-par Argentina captain Lionel Messi took aim at the state of the pitches at the 2019 Copa America after helping his team through to a semi-final clash with Brazil. Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso saw the Albiceleste soar past Venezuela in a 2-0 victory on Friday in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium. Messi, however, once more failed to reproduce his best form, with a penalty against Paraguay his only goal in four matches so far in the tournament.
Argentina 1-1 Paraguay: Messi Goal Not Enough As Albiceleste Still On Bottom
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Argentina 1-1 Paraguay: Messi Goal Not Enough As Albiceleste Still On Bottom

Paraguay and Argentina delivered an intense match at Mineirao, but neither side was able to top the other. Goals from Richard Sanchez and Lionel Messi structured a 1-1 draw that doesn’t help either side on their quest to secure a spot in the knockout stages. Cagey, ineffectual start to the match Neither side looked comfortable over the Mineirao’s grass, as evidenced by the fact that neither squad created a clear scoring chance in the first 15 minutes. The beginning of the match was cagey, and it seemed neither side was finding spaces in the opposing final third. The biggest “moment” early on was the injury sustained by Derlis Gonzalez, although the attacking midfielder recovered following a cut on his forehead and remained on the game. However, Argentina took control of the ma...
Argentina vs Paraguay: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
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Argentina vs Paraguay: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Lionel Messi has urged his international colleagues to lift their heads after a dire start to their 2019 Copa America campaign Argentina will try to answer their critics on Wednesday when they face Paraguay in what has become a vital clash in Copa America Group B in Belo Horizonte. Defeated 2-0 in their opening fixture against Colombia, Lionel Scaloni’s troops were entirely unimpressive and could face an embarrassing early exit from the competition if they fail to win this match. Paraguay did not begin in the best of fashions either, held 2-2 by guest side Qatar, having led 2-0 with just the final quarter of the game to play.
Qatar Holds Paraguay to 2-2 Draw
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Qatar Holds Paraguay to 2-2 Draw

Qatar fought their way back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Paraguay in their first ever Copa America game on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. They proved they would be no pushovers in the tournament by pulling off a thrilling revival at a near-empty Maracana stadium. The 2022 World Cup hosts are one of two guest teams at the South American championship, along with Japan. However, their debut got off to a nightmare start when Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo smashed in from the penalty kick spot in the fourth minute. Qatar, who swept to victory at the Asian Cup by scoring 19 goals and only conceding once, caused their opponents plenty of problems later in the half. But they failed to capitalise, with striker Almoez Ali missing a glaring attempt from close range. Early in the seco...
Super Sand Eagles Qualify For Beach Soccer World Cup
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Super Sand Eagles Qualify For Beach Soccer World Cup

Egypt were beaten to the final by the Sand Eagles, who become the first to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay as Abu scores goal 100 for Nigeria After beating their hosts Egypt in the semi-final of the CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2018, Nigeria become the first side, excluding the automatically qualified hosts, Paraguay, to make it to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019. Elsewhere, there were wins in the play-off for Madagascar against first-timers, Tanzania, as well as Côte d’Ivoire, who beat Libya by six goals to three. But first, let's look at how today's semi-final went down, where Abu Azeez scored his 100th goal for Nigeria...as well as his 101st, 102nd and 103rd! Egypt 6-7 Nigeria (SEMI-FINAL) Victory against two-time champions Nigeri...
Football: George Weah Son Makes USA Debut
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Football: George Weah Son Makes USA Debut

Timothy Weah, the 18-year-old son of 1995 FIFA Player of the Year and Liberian President George, made his international debut for the USA as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in a friendly. Weah, the first player born in the 2000s to play for the United States, said: 'This is what I've been waiting for my whole life. I'm really appreciative of the chance that the coaching staff has given me, and I'm hoping that I get more call-ups.' The teenager came on as an 86th minute substitute in a game decided by Bobby Wood's penalty kick, for the USA's first win in three games under interim coach Dave Sarachan.
Luis Suarez Congratulates Valverde On Uruguay Strike
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Luis Suarez Congratulates Valverde On Uruguay Strike

It was the Real Madrid midfielder, out on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, who emerged to score the 76th minute opener against Paraguay before Barcelona striker Suarez doubled their advantage moments later."Congratulations for the great debut and the goal," he wrote on Twitter."We continue with our dream."
TB Joshua, Awarded Paraguay’s Highest Honour
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TB Joshua, Awarded Paraguay’s Highest Honour

The National Parliament of Paraguay has concurred to grant the "Comuneros" National Order of Merit to Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua. This was decided yesterday afternoon at the sitting of the Parliament in Asuncion, according to 970 AM Radio journalist, Nativida Romero.Member of Parliament Bernardo Villalba (ANR) proposed that the spiritual leader, Temitope Balogun Joshua, receive the highest distinction the Parliament can bestow. The legislator's proposal was fully approved.Avanza País MP, Rocío Casco, did however oppose it on grounds that the distinction had previously only been awarded to citizens of the country. For his part, the legislator Villalba maintained his position.Villalba put forward his arguments, in full session, where he expressed that Joshua, compell...
Giroud Warns Arsenal Over Playing Time
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Giroud Warns Arsenal Over Playing Time

France forward Olivier Giroud said on Tuesday he will not accept a bit-part role with Arsenal next season. The 30-year-old was often a substitute over the last campaign as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger preferred to line up Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in attack. Giroud, who also had an injury-disrupted campaign, made only 11 league starts and, with 18 appearances from the bench, was the Arsenal player most used as a substitute last season. But while he said he’s happy at Arsenal, the former Montpellier striker says he wants to play more. “I still have two or even three years left on my Arsenal contract, for the moment my future is at Arsenal,” he said. “I feel good here, I want to win the Premier League with Arsenal. “But I don’t know what the future holds.” On Sund...