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What Andrea Pirlo Said after Wining First Trophy at Juventus
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What Andrea Pirlo Said after Wining First Trophy at Juventus

Juventus Coach, Andrea Pirlo, has said that he was a great joy after winning his first trophy at the club on Wednesday. Pirlo won his first trophy as a Juventus manager on Wednesday night following his side’s 2-0 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup final. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata gave Juventus the victory over Napoli at Stadio Città del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia, Italy. “Winning a first title (as a coach) is a great joy, different from that felt as a player, it’s even more beautiful,” Pirlo, who lifted the trophy three times as a player with Juventus and AC Milan told reporters after the match. “I am sorry for Gennaro Gattuso [Napoli manager], but we wanted to react after the defeat against Inter Milan,” Pirlo added. “We bet a lot on the pri...
Marcus Rashford Receives Special Recognition Trophy At The Pride Of Britain Awards 2020
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Marcus Rashford Receives Special Recognition Trophy At The Pride Of Britain Awards 2020

Footballer Marcus Rashford was left awestruck as he was presented with a Pride of Britain Award during the 2020 ceremony, which aired on Sunday. The 23-year-old Manchester United ace’s campaign to ensure vulnerable children were fed, saw the scheme extended throughout the summer holidays despite an original insistence that the initiative would not continue outside term time. The Government’s decision to vote against extending free school meals recently was met by staunch defiance from Rashford, who vowed to continue to advocate for change. The star was surprising fellow award winner Emmie Narayan-Nicholas in Manchester, who battled leukaemia and started providing food for parents living at their sick children’s bedsides – when he was given a Special Recognition Award by Ashley and Jor...
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...
‘We start again’ – Guardiola takes blame for Man City’s Champions League failure & hopes 2021 will be their year
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‘We start again’ – Guardiola takes blame for Man City’s Champions League failure & hopes 2021 will be their year

The former Barcelona head coach has never gone beyond the last eight with Premier League side as he starts his fifth bid for the European trophy Pep Guardiola says he feels responsible for Manchester City failing to get beyond the last-eight of the Champions League but believes the club are getting closer. With less than a year remaining on his contract, the City boss is starting what will be his final challenge for the European competition unless he signs a new extension. But he has thus far failed to get beyond the quarter-finals, conceding heavily in exits to Monaco and Liverpool in 2017 and 2018, while City were dumped out by Tottenham in 2019 and were surprisingly beaten by French side Lyon last season.
Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig
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Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig

The Spaniard is viewed as a future prospect at Camp Nou but his short-term future could lie elsewhere Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told Riqui Puig he should leave the club on loan. Puig, 21, has been linked with a move from Barca, and played no part in Saturday's 1-0 Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche at Camp Nou. The young midfielder joined La Masia in 2013 and made his La Liga debut in early 2019 before making 12 appearances in all competitions for the first-team last season.  
Egypt Seeks To Unravel The Disappearance Of Original Africa Nations Cup Trophy
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Egypt Seeks To Unravel The Disappearance Of Original Africa Nations Cup Trophy

An investigation has been launched by the Egyptian FA (EFA) after it found that several trophies have disappeared from its headquarters in Cairo, including an original African Cup of Nations. Egypt received the prize after winning the 2010 edition of the tournament, so claiming that particular incarnation of the trophy for a 3rd time. The trophy, whose style was first used in 2002 after Cameroon were awarded the previous cup having won it 3 times, was given to the EFA by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after triumphs in 2006, 2008 and 2010. On Friday, the EFA - whose media director confirmed the trophy's loss to the BBC - said it had opened an investigation into the loss of the various trophies. As the Egyptian FA is currently developing the main headquarters, including cha...
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.
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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo. Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier has issued a remarkable claim that the most coveted title in African football has mysteriously disappeared. The Egyptian national team achieved unprecedented success between 2006 and 2010 when they lifted the AFCON title three times, thus affording the opportunity to claim the floating trophy permanently. However, the silverware that was achieved under the guidance of legendary coach Hassan Shehata has seemingly been stolen a decade on. "The EFA started looking for some trophies as they aim to put them in a notable museum inside the EFA," Shobier said. "However, the EFA was surprised to find that the...
Charlie Nicholas Predicts Winner of Champions League Final Between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
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Charlie Nicholas Predicts Winner of Champions League Final Between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

A former Premier League star, Charlie Nicholas, has predicted the winner of Sunday’s Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. PSG will tackle Bayern in the Champions League final at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. The French Ligue 1 champions head to the game after eliminating RB Leipzig in the Champions League semi-final a few days ago, while the Bundesliga champions knocked out Lyon. Providing his prediction, Nicholas told Sky Sports: “It was the right draw for PSG, so it could be their time. “There is too much talent on show, and I do love Neymar. “Lionel Messi is the superstar of football, but football has caught up with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by nature, and they’ll go into slumps. “Neymar can win his second Champions Lea...
Jurgen Klopp Confirms Liverpool Exit Plan, Next Move
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Jurgen Klopp Confirms Liverpool Exit Plan, Next Move

The Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed when he may leave the club and return to Germany. The German also said it is not clear at the moment whether he stays in football after the Liverpool job. The former Borussia Dortmund manager says he will manage Liverpool for the next four seasons. Klopp has spent five years at Liverpool after taking over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015. He has guided the Reds to a Champions League trophy and their very first Premier League title in 30 years. He signed a new contract at Anfield in December 2019, which tied him to the club until 2024, should he avoid being sacked. Asked if he was planning on returning to Germany, Klopp told SWR, “Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz.” On how long he’ll rema...
Liverpool may not get Premier League trophy presentation after winning title – Masters
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Liverpool may not get Premier League trophy presentation after winning title – Masters

Liverpool could be in danger of not having a trophy presentation should they clinch the Premier League title following the planned resumption of play this season, league chief executive Richard Masters said. . According to Masters, the Premier League will assess the social distancing and safety aspects of organising a presentation before giving the runaway leaders the green light for players to take part in the traditional end-of-season medal ceremony, if they confirm the club’s first league title since 1990. . English football’s top flight has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus crisis, and although players will return to contact-free training on Tuesday, no date has been set for Premier League fixtures to resume. June 12 remains the favoured date for fixtures to star...
I will be surprised if he doesn’t win a trophy’ – Poyet backs Mourinho to justify Pochettino dismissal
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I will be surprised if he doesn’t win a trophy’ – Poyet backs Mourinho to justify Pochettino dismissal

The Uruguayan is confident the manager will bring success to Tottenham, who made the bold decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino this season Jose Mourinho will bring silverware to Tottenham and justify the club's decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino, according to Gustavo Poyet. The Portuguese manager took the helm at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November after Spurs sprung a surprise by ending Pochettino's five-year reign with the club. While Pochettino transformed the club into top-four regulars and reached the 2019 Champions League final, he failed to win a trophy during his time in London. Poyet, who finished his playing career with Tottenham, conceded it was a debatable call to get rid of Pochettino but is confident Mourinho – one of the most decorated managers in the s...
UEFA say the Premier League title should go to Liverpool whether the season is finished or not
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UEFA say the Premier League title should go to Liverpool whether the season is finished or not

Liverpool are set to finally end their 30-year wait to be champions of England after UEFA ruled out the Premier League season being declared 'null and void'. European football's governing body insisted that domestic campaigns would be settled on 'sporting merit' on Thursday if they cannot be finished. The Premier League was suspended last month due to the spread of coronavirus and remains on an indefinite hiatus with lockdown in full effect. Reds fans had been concerned that the pandemic would deny them a first league title since 1990, but UEFA's directive appears to have taken that possibility off the table. It is likely that Champions League places will be decided on a points-per-game basis if remaining matches cannot be played. A play-off could also be held, but Premier...
Berbatov urges Spurs star Kane to follow his path to Man Utd
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Berbatov urges Spurs star Kane to follow his path to Man Utd

Former Tottenham and Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov thinks Harry Kane should follow in his footsteps. Berbatov left Spurs for United and went on to win the Premier League. He believes that Kane can do the same to further his career. There are rumours linking Kane with a move away from Spurs this or next summer, if they cannot match his trophy winning ambition. "I see a lot of similarities in the situation I went through and what is happening with Kane," said the Bulgarian, who moved to Manchester for £30.75million, in an interview. "I feel that it's also a similar time in his career that I was at, you start to think if you're on the right path and you think about winning things."
Aubameyang: Which clubs could sign Arsenal superstar?
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Aubameyang: Which clubs could sign Arsenal superstar?

The hitman has just over a year left on his contract, and the North London side may have to sell this summer if he doesn’t renew his current deal The Arsenal captain signed for the Gunners in January 2017, and has scored 49 goals in 75 league appearances since then. Unfortunately, the Gabon striker’s goals have not been enough to help the North London club to any trophy or even Champions League qualification during his tenure to date. He now has just over 12 months left on his current contract at last year’s Europa League runners-up, and Mikel Arteta’s side have a huge decision to make in the summer to either sell or keep their talisman in the hope that he extends his deal. However, if they opt to sell the striker, which clubs could be tempted to move in for the prolific frontm...
UEFA Declares Liverpool Will not be Champions if Premier League is Cancelled
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UEFA Declares Liverpool Will not be Champions if Premier League is Cancelled

UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has said Liverpool will not be awarded the Premier League title, if the coronavirus pandemic forces the season to end abruptly. English football fixtures are currently on suspension until April 4, because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Reds are 15 points clear at the top, but are not assured of being named champions for the first time in 30 years. Ceferin has now waded into the argument on whether Jurgen Klopp’s men should be given the trophy, if the fixtures are not completed. “I’ve seen and heard some again fake news that UEFA will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are number one now. “I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues and we didn’t recommend anyth...
Aubameyang Reveals What will Happen if he Doesn’t Win Trophies
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Aubameyang Reveals What will Happen if he Doesn’t Win Trophies

Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has said he will still be regarded as a top striker, even if he never wins any trophy. Aubameyang is currently the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer with 17 goals. The 30-year-old has been linked with a summer exit and clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan are interested. Aubameyang will have only one year left on his current deal by the end of the season and is yet to win silverware since joining the Gunners in January 2018. The FA Cup represents this season’s last chance for Aubameyang to win his first trophy in England and he is yet to win a league title in his career, despite spending more than four years at Borussia Dortmund. “I’m a striker so I will defend my side – I don’t think you need trophies to be a ...
Lampard cites ‘Liverpool model’ as he warns Chelsea owner
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Lampard cites ‘Liverpool model’ as he warns Chelsea owner

Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to stick with him in the same way Liverpool stayed faithful to Jurgen Klopp. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience with managers, especially if they fail to deliver silverware at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool went three seasons without winning a trophy under Klopp but that all changed last term as they won the Champions League and pushed City all the way in the Premier League title race. Liverpool are 22 points clear in the league this season and Lampard has urged the Chelsea hierarchy to show the same level of patience to him.’ Lampard said: “The Liverpool journey is an incredible story. We have seen the journey of this team that is now an absolute machine – rolling everyone over. “It can take time. Behind a team that wins...
Wenger Reveals why Barcelona Will not Win Trophy
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Wenger Reveals why Barcelona Will not Win Trophy

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Barcelona are not good enough to win the Champions League this season. Barca were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday night. Although a lot of pundits and bookies have installed the Spanish giants as favourites, Wenger does not agree. When it was suggested Barcelona were not good enough to lift the trophy, Wenger told beIN Sports: “I would agree. “This Barcelona side has similar numbers to Napoli. On average they have 13 shots on goal, but they concede as well 13 shots on goal. “And I knew Barcelona when they had 27 shots on goal and conceded two.”
Man City Will be Failures if they Don’t Win Title – De Bruyne
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Man City Will be Failures if they Don’t Win Title – De Bruyne

Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, has said they will be regarded as failures if they don’t win the Champions League. City won every trophy in England last season, clinching the last two Premier League titles in the process. However, Pep Guardiola has found it hard to conquer Europe again since he moved to the Etihad. Their 2016 run to the semi-finals is the closest they have to come to lifting the trophy. City play Real Madrid in the last 16 this week and De Bruyne has called on his team-mates to go the whole distance. “If we don’t win it [the Champions League] everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years! “It’s something we’ve not won yet. We always want to win everything but sometimes another team is better or performing well – like ...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Michael Owen Predicts Champions League Clash
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Michael Owen Predicts Champions League Clash

Former Premier League and La Liga striker, Michael Owen, has given his prediction for tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Atletico Madrid will host Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg fixture. Diego Simeone’s side head to the match following a 2-2 draw with Valencia in La Liga last weekend, while the Reds defeated Norwich City 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. Providing his prediction, Owen was quoted by Sport Review as saying: “Liverpool goes into Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium with almost fully fit squad where they won their sixth Champions League trophy last June. “Diego Simeone’s side is unbeaten in their last t...
Prize money for Real Madrid, Atletico Revealed after 4-1 Win
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Prize money for Real Madrid, Atletico Revealed after 4-1 Win

The Royal Spanish Football Federation paid Real Madrid £2.55million (€3million) for winning this year’s Spanish Super Cup on Sunday night in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. According to the Express UK, Atletico Madrid also received £1.7million (€2million) for emerging as runner-up. DAILY POST had reported that Real Madrid clinched their 11th Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, after beating rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 on penalties, following a goalless 120 minutes in Saudi Arabia. Diego Simeone’s men almost won the game in extra time, but Alvaro Morata was hacked down by Federico Valverde, as he raced through one on one with five minutes left. Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo Goes and Luka Modric scored for Real in the shootout, while Atletico’s Saul Niguez hit the post and Thomas Paratey saw his effo...
Zinedine Zinade Miraculous Turn Around In Less Than 3 Months For His 10th Trophy
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Zinedine Zinade Miraculous Turn Around In Less Than 3 Months For His 10th Trophy

The French Man Zinedine Zidane might has the chance of lifting his 1st trophy since returning back to Santiago Bernabeu Head coach when his team Real Madrid will be facing Athletico Madrid on Sunday Supercopa de Espana final . In less than 3 months ago, a crisis was ensuing at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Zidane travelled to Istanbul on October 22 in the knowledge that he might get sacked if Madrid lost to Galatasaray, but, with the help of his players, Zidane has managed to turn the situation around. Their defeat away at Real Mallorca happen to be their worst performance in a long time and the worrying start to their Champions League season a humiliating defeat against an undermanned Paris Saint-Germain was followed by a draw at home to Club Brugge led to plenty of rumours a...
Carabao Cup semi-final: Rashford Reveals what he Expects from Guardiola’s Man City
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Carabao Cup semi-final: Rashford Reveals what he Expects from Guardiola’s Man City

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has revealed what he expects from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City when his side take on the Premier League champions in tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash. Rashford said he expects Guardiola to “change something” in his formation that will face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford. Man United recently defeated Man City 2-1 in the Premier League last December when both sides clashed at the Etihad Stadium. “It’s two big games against City but we’re one step away from Wembley,” Rashord told MUTV. “That’s the objective for us. It’s an opportunity to win a trophy and we know what that means for the club, and for the players and staff as well. Hopefully, we can perform well and get results in these ...
Odion Ighalo Lifting Up Chinese FA Cup Trophy With Shanghai Shenhua
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Odion Ighalo Lifting Up Chinese FA Cup Trophy With Shanghai Shenhua

Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo was in action as Shangahi Shenhua defeated Shandong Luneng 3-0 at the Hongkou Football Stadium some days ago to win the Chinese FA Cup title. Shanghai Shenhua won the contest 3-1 on aggregate having lost the first leg 1-0. The flower Of Shangahi have now won the FA Cup trophy five times. Ighalo, who started the game on the bench took the place of Kim Shin- Wook in the 67th minute. Shin-Wook gave Shanghai Shenhua the lead on the hour mark. Stephane El Shaarawy got the second goal in the 81st minute, while Gabonese midfielder Alexander N’Doumbou added the third seven minutes from time.  
Klopp: ‘No doubt’ that Liverpool are winners ahead of fresh Premier League title race
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Klopp: ‘No doubt’ that Liverpool are winners ahead of fresh Premier League title race

The Reds boss insists that his belief never wavered on the back of final defeats, but is delighted to have delivered major silverware at Anfield Jurgen Klopp insists his belief in Liverpool’s ability to land major honours never wavered, but he is pleased to have ensured that there is now “no doubt” that the Reds are winners. Prior to the 2018-19 campaign, Kenny Dalglish was the last man to deliver trophy glory at Anfield. A League Cup success back in 2012 remained the last entry on the Reds’ roll of honour prior to their Champions League triumph over Tottenham.
Roma sign €19m Veretout from Fiorentina on initial loan deal
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Roma sign €19m Veretout from Fiorentina on initial loan deal

Linked with a transfer to the Italian capital all summer long, the midfielder has finally wrapped up his move Roma have announced the signing of Jordan Vereteout from Fiorentina as the former France Under-21 international joins initially on loan for one season before the club is obliged to purchase the player outright for €16 million (£14m/$18). The loan fee will cost the Giallorossi €1m, with the player already having signed a five-year deal that will see him tied to Stadio Olimpico until 2024. Roma will also have to pay up to €2m in variable bonus fees depending on certain sporting criteria. A World Cup winner at U23 level, Veretout made up part of a three-man midfield that lifted the trophy in Turkey in 2013, the Ancenis native lining up alongside Paul Pogba and Geoffrey Kond...
Afcon 2019: Riyad Mahrez ‘proud’ to lead Algeria to glory
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Afcon 2019: Riyad Mahrez ‘proud’ to lead Algeria to glory

The 28-year-old skipper was in action as the Desert Foxes ended their trophy drought on the continental stage with a 1-0 win on Friday Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez is delighted to guide his country to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The North African nation defeated Senegal 1-0 at Cairo International Stadium on Friday, thanks to Baghdad Bounedjah’s strike in the second minute of the encounter. Mahrez played in all of the Desert Foxes’ matches in Egypt as they maintained a seven-game unbeaten run on their way to the continental triumph.
President Buhari Reacts As Super Eagles Beat South Africa 2 – 1
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President Buhari Reacts As Super Eagles Beat South Africa 2 – 1

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles for “another spectacular outing that has confirmed Nigeria’s progress to the next level in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019.” His reaction was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina after the team’s win over South Africa. “With a well-deserved victory over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, President Buhari believes, like millions of other sports-loving Nigerians, that the mission of having the trophy in our hands for the fourth time is almost accomplished for the high flying Eagles”, it read. “The President urges the team and their handlers to remain focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory. “He affirms that the crop of players in the national football team represe...
Dani Alves Becomes First Footballer to Win 40 Trophies
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Dani Alves Becomes First Footballer to Win 40 Trophies

Brazil defender, Dani Alves, has become the first footballer to win 40 trophies after he won the Copa America on Sunday The 36-year-old, who captained the Selecao, also won the Best Player of the Tournament award. The Copa hosts defeated Peru 3-1 in the final at the Maracana on Sunday, to seal their first Copa triumph since 2007. It was Alves’ fourth international trophy, with two previous Confederations Cups added to his Copa victories. The fullback won five trophies with Sevilla, before making the move to Barcelona in 2008. At the Camp Nou, Alves won an incredible 23 tournaments with the Blaugrana during his eight years in Catalonia. He moved from Barca to Juventus in 2016 and scooped up the Italian double in one season in Turin...
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson to make Golden Glove history
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson to make Golden Glove history

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is set to be the first to win three Golden Glove awards in one season. He has kept five clean sheets in the Copa America for Brazil. No other goalkeeper can catch him with the final between Brazil and Peru still to come on Sunday evening. This means the Liverpool No 1 will be awarded the trophy - which is given to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets - regardless of the result this weekend. The Brazil international also kept the most clean sheets (21) in the Premier League last campaign to win the Golden Glove. And Alisson also earned the most clean sheets in the Champions League as the Reds lifted the trophy.  
Brighton confirm £15m Trossard signing
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Brighton confirm £15m Trossard signing

The Belgian winger arrives in England having enjoyed an impressive season in the Belgian First Division during which he lifted the league title Brighton have confirmed the signing of Genk winger Leandro Trossard on a four-year deal. The Seagulls announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon for a fee reported to be worth an initial £15 million ($19m), making the Belgian their second summer addition following the arrival of Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke. Clarke arrived from Pompey last week to bolster Brighton’s defence, with the 22-year-old arriving having helped the club to the League One play-off semi-final as well as victory in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Afcon 2019: We are eager to raise Mali colours – Hamari Traore
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Afcon 2019: We are eager to raise Mali colours – Hamari Traore

The right-back says his national team are not seen as one of the favourites for the trophy in Egypt but they are capable of springing surprises Mali defender Hamari Traore has said that he is confident that the Eagles can perform beyond expectations at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, despite not being rated by many. Ahead of Mali’s opening Group E game against Mauritania on Monday, the Stade Rennais right-back told his club website that they are rated as underdogs at the 2019 Afcon finals, but the team have enough quality to go far in Egypt. “Yes we are underdogs, but we have a good card to play with,” Traore said.
Neymar & Mbappe would be ‘dream’ Real Madrid signings – Vinicius
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Neymar & Mbappe would be ‘dream’ Real Madrid signings – Vinicius

The two most expensive players in the history of the game have both been linked with moves to the Spanish capital this summer Vinicius Junior says it would a be “a dream” if Real Madrid could lure Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to Santiago Bernabeu this summer. Both players have been strongly linked with a move away from the French champions to Real, as PSG continue to flounder in their goal to bring the Champions League trophy to the French capital. Neymar joined PSG in 2017 for a world-record €222 million fee, but has persistently been dogged by rumours that he is unsettled in France.
Senegal are not favourites to win the Afcon title – Moussa Konate
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Senegal are not favourites to win the Afcon title – Moussa Konate

Having not won the continental title previously, the 26-year-old has dismissed suggestions that they are major contenders for the trophy in Egypt Moussa Konate has played down expectations that Senegal are favourites to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) which starts on June 21. Senegal qualified for the African showpiece without a defeat, winning five games and drawing one to emerge as Group A leaders with 10 points. The impressive performances earned them top spot as the best football nation in Africa and 23rd in the world on the last Fifa ranking release.
Lyon Women part ways with Pedros after treble-winning season
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Lyon Women part ways with Pedros after treble-winning season

The former France international leaves after amassing a slew of honours, including domestic and European successes Lyon Women has confirmed that coach Reynald Pedros has left the club follow a trophy-laden two seasons at the helm, including consecutive Champions Leaguetriumphs. The former France international, who won five major honours in total including a treble in his second and final campaign, is said to have departed by “mutual agreement”. Pedros, who took charge in 2017, took the club to a league and European double in his maiden season, before repeating the feat with the addition of the Coupe de France.
Rondon breaks Venezuela goalscoring record with double against USMNT
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Rondon breaks Venezuela goalscoring record with double against USMNT

With 24 goals the striker has overtaken Juan Arango as the Vinotinto's most prolific marksman, as they continued their Copa America preparations West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is now the highest scorer in Venezuelan history after he shocked the United States with two early goals on Sunday. Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium played host to the weekend's CONCACAF/CONMEBOL showdown as both the US and Venezuela look to sharpen up ahead of their commitments over the summer. The USMNT will be competing at the Gold Cup, while Venezuela vie for South America's famous old Copa America trophy in Brazil.
Portugal vs Netherlands: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
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Portugal vs Netherlands: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. have home advantage as they take on the Oranje in the decider of the first-ever Nations League Portugal and Netherlands face off in Porto on Sunday for the right to get their hands on the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy. A sensational Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fired the reigning European champions into the final at the expense of Switzerland, while the Dutch defeated England in extra-time in the other semi-final. Ronald Koeman's side will hope to shake off the weight of history - having lost three of their last four major finals and never beaten Portugal in Portugal - as they look to continue their upswing in fortunes.
Van Dijk Speaks on Facing Ronaldo in Final
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Van Dijk Speaks on Facing Ronaldo in Final

Netherlands captain, Virgil van Dijk, has insisted that there are other players to worry about than just Cristiano Ronaldo, when they face Portugal in the UEFA Nations League final. The Dutch booked their spot in the decider with a 3-1 extra-time win over England in Guimaraes on Thursday. Van Dijk, considered one of the world’s best defenders, and Ronaldo, arguably the best player on the planet, will go head to head in the final on Sunday. But the Liverpool star said there was more to Portugal than just Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in their semi-final victory against Switzerland. “We’ll see. It’s not only Cristiano Ronaldo we’re going to face, we face a great Portugal. We will see what’s going to happen. “I’m looking forward to pl...
Caf Champions League: Final between Esperance and Wydad Casablanca to be replayed
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Caf Champions League: Final between Esperance and Wydad Casablanca to be replayed

The continent’s governing body has asked the Tunisians to return their medals and trophy in anticipation of a rematch at a neutral venue The Confederation of African Football (Caf) have decided to have a rematch of the second-leg of the Caf Champions League final between Esperance and Wydad Casablanca. The verdict was announced on Wednesday after an Emergency Executive Committee was called by Caf President Ahmad Ahmad. Players of Esperance have been ordered to return their medals and trophy with the second-leg to be replayed at a neutral venue on a yet to be determined date.
Liverpool ‘blessed’ to have Klopp as manager and Henderson as captain – Gomez
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Liverpool ‘blessed’ to have Klopp as manager and Henderson as captain – Gomez

The Reds defender reflected on their Champions League victory and believes there is more to come from the men from Anfield Joe Gomez says Liverpool as “blessed” to have a manager like Jurgen Klopp after the German guided them to their sixth European Cup triumph. The Reds were greeted by an estimated 750,000 fans as they returned to Merseyside on Sunday following their 2-0 victory over Tottenham in Madrid the previous night. Centre-stage, naturally, was Klopp – smiling, drinking, waving and dancing. A relaxed man, having ended Liverpool’s seven-year wait for a trophy.
Chelsea Manager Sarri Set To Sign 3-Year Contract With Juventus
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Chelsea Manager Sarri Set To Sign 3-Year Contract With Juventus

Juventus are hoping to finalise an agreement with Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, to become their new manager in the coming days. Sarri, who won the first trophy of his managerial career with last week’s Europa League triumph in Baku, is the Bianconeri’s No.1 choice to replace Max Allegri. He has held discussions with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and made clear that he wants to leave Stamford Bridge. The 60-year-old flew to Milan on Saturday and it’s understood that he will hold talks with Juventus’ sporting director, Fabio Paratici, on Monday. Juve, who just clinched their eighth successive Serie A title, are confident of tying up a deal which would see Sarri pen a £19million, three-year contract.
Tunisia’s Saad Bguir joins Saudi’s Abha Club
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Tunisia’s Saad Bguir joins Saudi’s Abha Club

Following the expiry of his contract with the Tunis-based team, the midfielder has teamed up with Abdulrazzaq Elchabi’s men Tunisia international Saad Bguir has joined newly promoted Saudi Pro League side Abha Club on a free transfer. After his contract ended with Esperance Sportive de Tunis, the midfielder has departed the Olympic Stadium of Rades. This season, Bguir made 27 appearances for Moine Chaabani’s men and recently helped them to clinch their fourth Caf Champions League trophy.
Next year we go for the Premier League & Champions League double!’ – Mane buzzing after Liverpool win
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Next year we go for the Premier League & Champions League double!’ – Mane buzzing after Liverpool win

The Reds narrowly missed out on a league title this term but their Senegalese striker thinks their win in Madrid is the start of something special Sadio Mane has called on Liverpool to win the Premier League and Champions League in 2019-20 following the club's European victory against Tottenham on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's side missed out on becoming English champions by just one point this year, despite amassing an impressive 97 points over the course of the season. But they made amends for last year's disappointment in Kiev when they finished runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League, beating Spurs 2-0 to bring the trophy back to Liverpool for the sixth time.
Unlikely Liverpool hero Origi delighted at ‘unbelievable’ Champions League triumph
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Unlikely Liverpool hero Origi delighted at ‘unbelievable’ Champions League triumph

Usually a fringe player, the striker scored three crucial goals for his club on their way to becoming European champions for a sixth time Liverpool's surprise Champions League hero Divock Origi conceded he can barely believe the events of the last few months after getting his hands on the trophy after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Tottenham. Origi has been at Liverpool since moving from Lille in 2015, but the striker has rarely featured as more than a bit-part player at Anfield. This season, however, he wrote himself into club history with two memorable performances.
Messi Casts Doubt Over Playing In 2022 World Cup
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Messi Casts Doubt Over Playing In 2022 World Cup

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has admitted that he is unsure if he will be able to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Messi will be 34 when the tournament kicks off, with Argentina still in search of their first World Cup title since 1986. The Barcelona forward has won all there is to win at the individual and club level in his career but is still chasing an elusive major senior trophy with his country. Messi has endured a frustrating run of final appearances with Argentina, losing in the Copa America final on three occasions and in the World Cup decider in 2014 against Germany. The 31-year-old will have another chance to finally win a major trophy with his country this summer, when the Copa America takes place in Brazil. And Messi has said that he still hopes to win a ...
Tottenham Will Do Whatever To Beat Liverpool’- Eriksen
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Tottenham Will Do Whatever To Beat Liverpool’- Eriksen

  Tottenham will do “whatever” they can to beat English rivals Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final, says their midfielder Christian Eriksen. Spurs, who have not won a trophy since 2008, claimed thrilling wins over Manchester City in the quarter-finals and Ajax in the last four. “We will not lie down,” Denmark international Eriksen told BBC Sport. “We dream we will stand with the trophy – that’s what we see in our heads. But we know it won’t come easy.”‘ Asked if there was a feeling of “desperation” to win a trophy, Eriksen said: “I came to Spurs six years ago and it’s been an upwards curve since. “We’ve been in the top four for many years and have been in the Champions League. It would be statement to be able to win this competition. “It’s something really...
Juventus-linked Sarri ‘wants to stay’ at Chelsea after Europa League triumph
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Juventus-linked Sarri ‘wants to stay’ at Chelsea after Europa League triumph

The Italian pointed out that he is under contract until 2021 in west London, as reports of a move to the Old Lady intensify Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has responded to links with Juventus by expressing his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge. The Italian lifted his first trophy with the Blues in a 4-1 demolition of Arsenal in Wednesday's Europa League final. Eden Hazard led the way with a double, with tournament top scorer Olivier Giroud and Pedro also pitching in to take the honour in the London derby in Baku.
Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1: Hazard strikes twice as Sarri celebrates
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Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1: Hazard strikes twice as Sarri celebrates

Chelsea denied Arsenal a route into the Champions League with a convincing Europa League final victory over their Premier League rivals. Eden Hazard's brace helped Maurizio Sarri claim his first major trophy as Chelsea crushed Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday. In perhaps his final appearance before a mooted move to Real Madrid, star man Hazard struck two second half goals to confirm Chelsea's second triumph in six seasons in this competition. Olivier Giroud sparked the landslide against his former employers in the 49th minute before Pedro put a second past retiring Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Emmanuel Petit Makes Shocking Europa Final League Prediction
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Emmanuel Petit Makes Shocking Europa Final League Prediction

Arsenal legend, Emmanuel Petit, has backed Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea to beat Unai Emery’s men when both sides clash in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Baku. Chelsea reached the Europa League final after defeating Frankfurt in semi-final encounter, while Arsenal dumped Napoli out of the competition. But Petit believes Chelsea are ‘in a good place’ to win the Europa League ahead of Arsenal. “I’ve been critical of Sarri in the past, particularly about some tactical decisions that I didn’t understand. But you have to give him the time to do what he wants to do with the team,” Petit told Paddy Power. “If they win the Europa League, they’ll have a European trophy, which alongside their earlier Champions League qualification, translates to a goo...