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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.
Chelsea, Inter Milan target Musso: I’m honoured by the interest
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Chelsea, Inter Milan target Musso: I’m honoured by the interest

Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso is staying calm about outside transfer interest. The Argentine has been tracked by Chelsea and Inter Milan this season. Musso told Racingmaniacos.com.ar: "I have read several things about it, but I don't know anything about it. "I am calm because we still don't know when the season will resume. I am honoured by the interest but for now I don't know anything. "If they will propose something interesting for me and the club, I'll think about it."
Maurizio Sarri Set for Emotional Napoli Return, Rome Prepares for Fiery derby
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Maurizio Sarri Set for Emotional Napoli Return, Rome Prepares for Fiery derby

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said he expects an emotional return to his former club Napoli on Sunday as Lazio and Roma prepare for a derby clash in Serie A after both capital-city sides exited the Italian Cup during the week. Sarri missed Juventus’ home game against Napoli with pneumonia in August and Sunday’s game at the Stadio San Paolo will be his first since leaving the club in 2018 before his move to Chelsea. “It will be a tremendously difficult game, emotionally it will be particularly special. My relationship with Naples and above all the city was strong,” said Sarri, after Juve reached the Italian Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Roma on Wednesday. Juventus are top of the league with a four-point lead on second-placed Inter Milan, but Napoli — Serie A runners...
Ibrahimovic Breaks Serie A Win Record
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Ibrahimovic Breaks Serie A Win Record

The 38-year-old needed just 222 games to reach the milestone of 150 victories, overtaking former Inter star Esteban Cambiasso, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reached a mileston 150 Serie A wins and set a new record in doing so when he helped AC Milan beat Udinese 3-2 on Sunday. The San Siro outfit are unbeaten in the three games in which the 38-year-old striker has appeared since re-joining the club at the start of January. An Ante Rebic double and a goal from Theo Hernandez edged the Rossoneri past Udinese for a second straight league win. While Ibrahimovic was not among the goals, it was a special result for the former Sweden star, as he became the fastest player to reach 150 wins in the Italian top-flight since the three points for a win era began. The former Inter and Juventus hero needed just ...
What Cristiano Ronaldo Said After Setting New Record In Juventus
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What Cristiano Ronaldo Said After Setting New Record In Juventus

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, on Sunday, insisted that individual performances do not matter after setting new record in his side’s Serie A 3-1 win over Udinese. The Portugal captain scored a brace against Udinese to become the only player in Europe’s top five leagues to hit double figures in all competitions in each of the last 15 seasons. Ronaldo’s two goals on 9 and 37 minutes saw him move up to 11 goals in 19 appearances for Maurizio Sarri’s men so far this season.Speaking after the match, Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia: “The most important thing was to win. “This is how we should play, with confidence. Individual performances aren’t what matters, but the collective effort.” Ronaldo will now hope to lead Juventus to victory when they take on Sampdoria on Wednesday....
Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong signs contract extension with Udinese until 2023
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Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong signs contract extension with Udinese until 2023

Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong has extended his contract with Udinese after his impressive form for the Italian club. The 26-year-old Nigeria international who joined Italian Serie A club in 2018 from Turkish side Bursaspor, signed the deal this afternoon (Nov. 6). The new deal will see play more games for Udinese until 2023. Announcing the deal on Twitter, Italian club Udinese wrote: “William Troost-Ekong has signed a new deal with Udinese until 2023,” Udinese said on their Twitter account. Very happy with my renewal. Thanks to Udinese for the confidence, the hard work continues! #ForzaUdinese,” the Nigeria international wrote via his Instagram page.
AC Milan manager Giampaolo demands attacking improvement after losing start to Serie A campaign
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AC Milan manager Giampaolo demands attacking improvement after losing start to Serie A campaign

Rodrigo Becao scored on his league debut to down the Rossoneri, with their manager disappointed by his side's attacking display Marco Giampaolo demanded an attacking improvement from AC Milan after a 1-0 defeat at Udinese in his first Serie A game in charge of the team. Rodrigo Becao scored on his league debut, with Giampaolo not selecting any of the Rossoneri's new signings in his starting side on Sunday. Giampaolo sent on new faces Ismael Bennacer and Rafael Leao from the bench, but Milan could not break down Igor Tudor's side at the Dacia Arena.
Badu determined to help Hellas Verona establish themselves in Serie A
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Badu determined to help Hellas Verona establish themselves in Serie A

The 28-year-old speaks about his hopes for his new club as the Italian topflight season draws nearer Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu believes his years of experience in the Italian topflight will be a plus for new side Hellas Verona in their quest to avoid demotion from Serie A after just one season. The 28-year-old is set for a spell with the newly-promoted side, having last week completed a season-long loan from Udinese. He had played for the latter club since 2010. Badu will be hoping to relaunch his career after returning from an 11-month injury layoff towards the end of last season.
Hellas Verona sign Ghana’s Agyemang-Badu on loan from Udinese
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Hellas Verona sign Ghana’s Agyemang-Badu on loan from Udinese

The 28-year-old will spend the 2019-20 campaign with The Yellow and Blues in his search of regular action Ghana international Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has completed a switch to Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona from Udinese. The midfielder moves to The Yellow and Blues in search of more playing time after making a return to action towards the end of last season, following a long-term injury layoff. He has been with Udinese since 2010.
Arsenal Goalkeeper David Ospina discharged from hospital after Head Collision
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Arsenal Goalkeeper David Ospina discharged from hospital after Head Collision

Arsenal goalkeeper, David Ospina, who is currently on loan at Napoli has been discharged from the hospital after he collapsed unconscious on the pitch following a knock to the head during a Serie A game against Udinese on Sunday. The 30-year-old Colombian goalkeeper received treatment after colliding with striker Ignacio Pussetto ten minutes into the game at the Stadio San Paolo. He was treated on the pitch and returned to play with bandages around his head. However, 41 minutes later, Ospina collapsed to the ground as medics rushed onto the pitch, with the player stretchered off and transferred to hospital where he was admitted. On Monday afternoon, Napoli confirmed that the father of two was discharged from hospital and has since returned home to his family. “David Ospina ...
Cristiano Ronaldo sends message ‘women’ in his life
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Cristiano Ronaldo sends message ‘women’ in his life

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday joined the world in celebrating the International Women’s Day. The International Women’s Day is marked world over on March 8. Ronaldo took to his verified Twitter page to appreciate and celebrate women for their role in nation-building. He wrote: “Happy International Woman Day to all women and a special kiss to the women of my life!” Ronaldo will on Friday night hope to lead Juventus to victory when they tackle Udinese in the Serie A fixture. Juventus are currently on top of the Serie A table with 72 points from 26 games. The Old Lady are 16 points ahead of second-placed Napoli on the Italian top-flight league table.
2019 AFCON Qualifier: Eagles Camp Opens Today
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2019 AFCON Qualifier: Eagles Camp Opens Today

*Iheanacho, Ekong, Ndidi, 13 others  to storm Uyo SUPER Eagles camp  in Uyo will come alive today as Coach Gernot Rohr is expecting no fewer than 16 players to hit the Akwa Ibom state capital to commence preparations ahead of the crucial 2019 AFCON qualifier against Libya Saturday. Iheanacho and Etebo working for Eagles success Leicester City of England duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as Udinese defender, William Troost-Ekong are expected to lead 13 other players into the Super Eagles’ camp today, officials have confirmed. Watford striker, Isaac Success already arrived Lagos yesterday and is expected to fly straight into Uyo before midday. Hapoel Beer Sheva of Israel midfielder, John Ogu who helped his side end their winless streak in the Israeli league on ...
Liverpool ‘Not Giving Up On £57million Rated Napoli Star’ They Failed To Sign Two-Years Ago
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Liverpool ‘Not Giving Up On £57million Rated Napoli Star’ They Failed To Sign Two-Years Ago

The Polish international was courted by Jurgen Klopp before putting pen-to-paper with the Serie A side when he joined from Udinese for €16million in 2016. Zieliński has impressed in the heart of the Naples midfield, playing all but two of their league games as they continue to run Juventus down to the wire. Despite the interest which the Sun report, it's believed a potential stumbling block could be his transfer fee with the Italian giants reportedly wanting £57million to secure his services. Liverpool and Tottenham watching £87million-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham are set for a summer transfer battle over Bruno Fernandes, writes Mirror Football's Aaron Flanagan. The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been closely watc...
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Alexis Sanchez Would Be Major Signing For Manchester United – Andy Cole

Alexis Sanchez would be a “major signing” for Manchester United, according to Andy Cole. Sky Sports reports United are interested in beating local rivals Manchester City to the signing of Sanchez this month, with the Chile international’s contract at Arsenal set to expire in the summer. Arsene Wenger recently admitted for the first time that Sanchez is unlikely to sign a new deal at the club, while Jose Mourinho labelled the 29-year-old a “phenomenal” player when speaking at a press conference on Friday. Cole, who played for United between 1995 and 2001, believes buying Sanchez would be a good deal for Mourinho’s side. Speaking on Transfer Talk, Cole said: “If Manchester United bought Sanchez it would be a major-major signing. “We all know what he did at Arsenal, Barcelona a...
Real Madrid Down In 23rd Of European Table For Goals Scored
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Real Madrid Down In 23rd Of European Table For Goals Scored

While Los Blancos have conceded the same amount of league goals as they had at this stage of 2016/17, their scoring streak is some way off their best. No player is in the top 20 of the individual scoring charts and they are way behind the continent's top scorers Manchester City (64) and Paris Saint-Germain (58), who they face next in the Champions League. Furthermore, even Lazio, Leicester City, Sampdoria, Marseille and Udinese have notched more times across Europe's major leagues this season. The 22 teams that have scored more than Madrid
Valencia Defender Murillo Revealed why He Was Determined To Leave Inter
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Valencia Defender Murillo Revealed why He Was Determined To Leave Inter

The Colombia international was sold over the summer and seems considerably more at ease in La Liga. “I received the call that I had been sold and was going to Italy. From one day to the next. I remember that when I returned home, my mother was crying. I was about to tell her, but she’d already been alerted. I couldn’t believe it,” the 25-year-old told Spanish newspaper As. “I had no idea. I went to Nigeria for a youth tournament and when I returned, my life had already changed. I didn’t even know they were negotiating with Udinese. “Naturally, the dream of every South American boy is to play in Europe, but I was 18 years old and found myself alone in a new country. These are the sacrifices you must make in this profession." “Eventually, I was only in Udine for medical tests and then im...
Guidolin: ‘I Rejected Inter Milan Last Year’
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Guidolin: ‘I Rejected Inter Milan Last Year’

The former Vicenza, Udinese and Swansea City tactician is currently working as a television pundit in Italy and assured La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is “not obsessed by the idea of getting back into the sport. “I am waiting for a proposal that will enrich me professionally rather than economically. Maybe abroad, perhaps an international team. I need something that reaches my heart.” Guidolin had quite a few close calls recently, including the Italy job after the 2014 World Cup, which eventually went to Antonio Conte. “I didn’t receive any direct phone calls, but there were signals and I got the feeling it was a matter of hours. Later on, Federation President Carlo Tavecchio confessed he had thought of me. It was gratifying to be in the running with Conte for the role of CT. “I have ...
Banti Has Been Appointed As The Referee For This Week’s Milan-Roma Game
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Banti Has Been Appointed As The Referee For This Week’s Milan-Roma Game

The Tuscan official has presided over 195 Serie A matches, but this is the first time he’s been given this fixture. Banti has, however, overseen the Giallorossi 29 times, with the capital club winning 18 of those, the most recent being the 3-1 win over Juventus toward the end of last season. The Rossoneri, meanwhile, have a record of seven wins, seven draws and seven defeats in matches officiated by Banti. Elsewhere Antonio Damato will run the rule over Juventus’ trip to Atalanta, with Daniele Doveri taking charge of Benevento-Inter. Serie A Week 7 referees: Atalanta-Juventus - Antonio Damato Benevento-Inter - Daniele Doveri Chievo-Fiorentina - Piero Giacomelli Genoa-Bologna - Gianluca Rocchi Lazio-Sassuolo - Fabio Maresca Milan-Roma- Luca Banti Napoli-Cagliari - Rosario Abisso SPAL-C...
Inter Scouting Udinese Goalkeeper Alex Meret
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Inter Scouting Udinese Goalkeeper Alex Meret

Samir Handanovic, Inter’s current number one remains under contract to 2019 and could renew for a further season or two but the Nerazzurri are thinking of Meret for the future. Juventus and Napoli are just two of a number of others interested in the 20-year-old Italian, who is valued at around €20 million currently but expected to rise as the season goes on.
AC Milan Target Udinese’s Seko Fofana
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AC Milan Target Udinese’s Seko Fofana

NEXT YAYA TOURE '- He grew up in the Manchester City Academy, with the myth of Yaya Tourè. A physical and technical player with great agility and excellent running speed. He scored 5 goals last season, and has the ability to use both feet, Seko is a great potential player. He is also followed by Juventus, who with Udinese have a perfect relationship. He is considered among the most interesting Serie A youngsters. MILAN LOOKS - According to calciomercato.com, Milan is also now closely monitoring Fofana. Mirabelli and his staff rate the player highly, and they will often be present in the stands of the Dacia Arena during the season. Not only for Jacub Jankto, but also for Seko Fofana.
Udinese President Giampaolo Pozzo: VAR Didn’t See Penalties Vs Juve
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Udinese President Giampaolo Pozzo: VAR Didn’t See Penalties Vs Juve

Video assistant referees have made a mixed debut in Serie A, with the technology already coming under scrutiny in the opening rounds of the season, and Pozzo did not pull any punches in his assessment. “VAR needs to be refined, but I’m happy with it,” he told Telefriuli. “What’s been seen so far has been positive, like the penalties against Juve that it hasn’t seen. “It’s something that reassures and calms us. I’ve had 33 tough years, but now I feel reassured…”
Storms Threaten Another Four Games In Serie A After Roma-Samp
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Storms Threaten Another Four Games In Serie A After Roma-Samp

The Marassi match was due to kick off this evening, but was postponed by the Genoa council after an Orange Alert weather warning was issued. Storms and flash floods are expected all over northern and central Italy over the next 48 hours. This means Samp-Roma might not be the only Serie A game called off or abandoned due to the conditions. Others said to be at risk are Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Fiorentina, Lazio-Milan and Udinese-Genoa. Meteorologists predict heavy rainfall in Bergamo, Verona, Rome and Udine.
Serie A Over 30,000 More Season Tickets Up
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Serie A Over 30,000 More Season Tickets Up

According to today’s Gazzetta dello Sport, 282, 683 season tickets have been sold between the 20 Serie A clubs, up from 251,895 last year.Milan and Inter have both overtaken Juventus on pure numbers, with each selling around 31,000 season tickets, just under 40 per cent of San Siro.Juventus Stadium holds 41,000 people, so while their 29,200 season tickets sold out almost instantly, the Bianconeri can’t match the Milan clubs in terms of numbers.However, the season ticket sales mean 70 per cent of the ground is sold out for every match, as was the case last season.Milan have seen the biggest increase in season ticket sales, perhaps due to their exciting summer transfer campaign.The Rossoneri’s numbers have gone from 16,441 to the present 31,000, with Inter up to that same number from 28,000....