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Lampard considering Giroud for Leeds clash after Sevilla masterclass
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Lampard considering Giroud for Leeds clash after Sevilla masterclass

Frank Lampard said Olivier Giroud makes Chelsea a better team after he scored all four goals in their 4-0 victory over Sevilla. Olivier Giroud staked his claim for a regular place in Chelsea's starting line-up after scoring four goals against Sevilla, according to the last player to net four in a game for the Blues, head coach Frank Lampard. Giroud scored with his left foot, right foot, his head, and netted a penalty at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as the 34-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the modern Champions League and the first Chelsea player to hit four since Lampard did so against Aston Villa in 2010. His performance, which followed another match-winning appearance in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Rennes a week earlier, left Lampard unable to deny that the W...
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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.
‘We know how to react’ – Mbappe promises PSG will bounce back from Manchester United loss
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‘We know how to react’ – Mbappe promises PSG will bounce back from Manchester United loss

After the 2-1 defeat at Parc des Princes, the World Cup winner has said that his side know how to respond Kylian Mbappe says Paris Saint-Germain will bounce back from their opening night disappointment against Manchester United in the Champions League. Last season’s runners-up suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Parc des Princes last weekend, with a late Marcus Rashford goal the difference. PSG found themselves in the crosshairs of critics after a lacklustre display, but Mbappe says his side are ready to respond. "It's not the first time that we've lost the first match of the group stage. We know how to react,” he told the club's official website ahead of Wednesday’s match against Istanbul Basaksehir
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...
Germany coach Low: Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko is a rare talent
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Germany coach Low: Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko is a rare talent

The World Cup winning coach is aware of the 15-year-old star who has dazzled in the German youth league with his goals   Germany coach Joachim Low has praised Borussia Dortmund teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko as an outstanding talent that is rare to witness. The Cameroon-born forward has been prolific in front of goal for the Dortmund U19 side with 40 goals in 23 league matches since the start of last season. Moukoko, 15, has been named in BVB's Uefa Champions League squad and their Bundesliga set-up this season, but he is not eligible to make his first-team debut until he turns 16 on November 20.
Modric: Zidane told me that I could win Ballon d’Or one day!
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Modric: Zidane told me that I could win Ballon d’Or one day!

  The Los Blancos playmaker revealed his manager gave him the confidence to win football's biggest individual honour Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told Luka Modric he was a player capable of winning the Ballon d'Or, giving the Croatian confidence to go on and win the award. Zidane provided the inspiration to Modric when he was appointed Los Blancos coach in 2016 and the midfield star went on to lift the famous individual award at the end of 2018. In that year, Modric was part of the Madrid team to win a third successive Champions League, while also spearheading Croatia to a first-ever World Cup final in Russia.
‘Man City need three exceptional signings’ – Guardiola requires more money, says Xavi
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‘Man City need three exceptional signings’ – Guardiola requires more money, says Xavi

The Barcelona legend, who worked under the Blues boss at Camp Nou, believes further funds need to be invested at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City need to continue backing Pep Guardiola in the transfer market and add another “three exceptional” signings to their ranks, says Xavi. The Barcelona legend is keeping a close eye on events at the Etihad Stadium. Having previously worked under Guardiola at Camp Nou, the World Cup winner is eager to see his former boss deliver more domestic and continental success in a distinguished coaching career.
2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr
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2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles if they qualify for the Fifa World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, both happening in 2022.   The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the global football calendar forcing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone several competitions, including the 2021 Afcon.   AFCON was scheduled to hold between June and July in 2021, but has been moved to January 2022, the same year the World Cup in Qatar will occur.   Rohr who in May, agreed a two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue as the Super Eagles coach until December 2022, says that the hectic qualifying schedule in 2021 might affect the team the fo...
Lampard: Kante may have to change the way he trains to stay injury-free at Chelsea
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Lampard: Kante may have to change the way he trains to stay injury-free at Chelsea

The Blues boss had used his World Cup-winning midfielder in every minute of every game since the restart - before he went down injured against Watford Frank Lampard thinks N'Golo Kante might have to change the way he manages himself after a spate of injuries this season has often left him unavailable for selection. The 29-year-old had been the only Chelsea player to line up for every minute of his side's return since the coronavirus-enforced stoppage in the Premier League. However, he is now out of the upcoming trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, while he is also unlikely to be fit to face Sheffield United at the weekend.
Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba
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Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba

The former Red Devils goalkeeper still believes the World Cup winner has an "integral" role to play in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad Paul Pogba is "one of the best players in the world" and "near impossible to replace", according to Mark Bosnich, who has urged Manchester United to keep hold of the French midfielder. Pogba returned to United for a second spell from Juventus in an £89 million (£112m) deal back in 2016, becoming the most expensive signing in the club's history in the process. He has since racked up 143 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 31 goals, while also getting his hands on the Europa League and Carabao Cup. However, the 27-year-old has so far been unable to inspire United towards Premier League or Champions League success, amid persistent struggles for f...
‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience
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‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience

The US-born forward was part of Alain Djeumfa's squad to France and she has shared her experience with Goal Michaela Abam has opened up on what her experience was like in her first-ever Women's World Cup with Cameroon in France. Born and raised in the United States of America, Abam shot into prominence during her days at West Virginia University, scoring 42 goals in 95 games before being snapped up Sky Blue in 2018. Having being born to Cameroonian parents, she was eligible to suit up for the Central Africans and made her debut for the country in a 7–0 win against Zambia, scoring twice in November 2018.
Gaelle Enganamouit announces retirement from football at 28
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Gaelle Enganamouit announces retirement from football at 28

The Cameroon international has decided to hang up her boots on her 28th birthday Cameroon international Gaelle Enganamouit has announced her retirement from football at the age of 28, Goal understands. The striker has been without a club since she mutually parted ways in April 2019 with Spanish side Malaga, who she joined four months earlier after leaving Norwegian outfit Avaldsnes. Despite her fitness worries, she made Cameroon's squad for the 2019 Women's World Cup but did not feature in any matches as the Indomitable Lionesses reached the Round of 16 in France.
Kante returns to contact training at Chelsea & could figure in fight for top-four finish
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Kante returns to contact training at Chelsea & could figure in fight for top-four finish

The World Cup-winning midfielder has spent time working away from the rest of Frank Lampard’s squad, but is now fully back in the fold N’Golo Kante has joined full contact training at Chelsea, with it possible that the France international could now play a part in the Blues’ remaining Premier League fixtures. Doubts had been cast over the midfielder’s involvement in the nine games Frank Lampard’s side still have to take in this season. That is because he had been granted compassionate leave to remain away from Cobham due to fears regarding his health during the coronavirus crisis.
How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute
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How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute

The furthest any African country has gone at the World Cup is the quarter-finals with Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana being the only nations to achieve it Former Mali striker Frederic Kanoute has advised African countries to work on their organisation, dedication and their professionalism if they aspire to go beyond the quarter-final stage at a Fifa World Cup tournament. No African country has gone past the last-eight in the global competition with Cameroon the first to achieve it in 1990 before Senegal and Ghana followed suit in 2002 and 2010 respectively. At the most recent edition which took place in Russia two years ago, the five countries who represented the continent - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia - all failed to make it past the group stage.
‘Grealish may be better fit for Man Utd than Pogba’ – Owen feels Solskjaer should cash in on French star
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‘Grealish may be better fit for Man Utd than Pogba’ – Owen feels Solskjaer should cash in on French star

The former Red Devils striker believes the impact made by Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford could make a World Cup-winning midfielder disposable Jack Grealish may be a better fit for Manchester United than Paul Pogba, claims Michael Owen, with the Red Devils advised to open themselves up to offers for a World Cup winner. Transfer talk is raging once again at Old Trafford, with comings and goings aplenty being mooted ahead of the next window. Much of that speculation has focused on Pogba and Grealish, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having some big decisions to make.
Okwaraji: President Buhari mourns mother of former Super Eagles star
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Okwaraji: President Buhari mourns mother of former Super Eagles star

The octogenarian's death was confirmed by her eldest son on Monday at her residence in Enugu Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Samuel Okwaraji’s mother who died at the age of 83 on Monday. Lady Janet Okwaraji was a retired teacher, a school proprietress and a devout Christian before her death was confirmed by her eldest son, Patrick. She lost her son Samuel, who was a Nigeria midfielder, during a Fifa World Cup qualifying match against Angola on August 12, 1989
‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice
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‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice

The current Chelsea striker had the chance to line up at Parkhead at the start of his career but opted instead for a stint in the French top flight Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was close to sealing a move to Glasgow giants Celtic earlier in his career. Giroud, 33, has spent the bulk of his career at the top level in England's Premier League, enjoying successful spells at Arsenal and now Chelsea. He boasts four FA Cup winner's medals and a Europa League triumph, while also forming a key part of the France team that lifted the World Cup in 2018.
‘Good players should be able to play with each other’ – Giggs hoping Pogba & Fernandes pairing works out for Man Utd
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‘Good players should be able to play with each other’ – Giggs hoping Pogba & Fernandes pairing works out for Man Utd

The Wales boss is excited to see the pair in conjunction for the first time but it wary of putting too much pressure on the Portuguese Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs believes that Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba is a central-midfield combination that can bring success to the club. Bruno has proven a smash hit since arriving from Sporting CP in January, but the Portuguese has not had the opportunity to work in conjunction with Pogba yet due to an ankle injury the World Cup winner has been suffering from. The Frenchman’s form has been a source of scrutiny for many months, but Giggs believes that in Bruno, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may just have the perfect foil for a star whose potential has not yet been unlocked at Old Trafford.
Inter Milan hero Bergomi happy with Icardi PSG sale
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Inter Milan hero Bergomi happy with Icardi PSG sale

Inter Milan hero Beppe Bergomi has welcomed Mauro Icardi's sale to PSG. On Sunday Icardi was signed permanently by PSG, for a reported €50m plus €8m in bonuses – on top of the €13m paid for the loan spell. “Inter had already made their decision on Icardi last year," club legend and 1982 World Cup winner Bergomi told Sky Sport Italia. “Considering the way the situation had evolved, I think PSG represent the best choice for all concerned. Icardi has joined a club that doesn't have the prestige of Inter, but it has won the Ligue 1 title and can technically still win the Champions League. “Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku has done a fantastic job of replacing Icardi, so everyone is happy."
NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister
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NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister

The Franco-German tactician has been given the target of leading the Super Eagles to the global tournament and winning the Afcon title in Cameroon The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has revealed there are clauses in Gernot Rohr’s new contract which gives his employer the right to fire him if he underperforms. On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick confirmed the 66-year-old has been handed a new deal and explained he has been given the mandate to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Dare explained the Franco-German’s contract was renewed to enable him to prove himself but should he fail to meet his target he would be fired.
No Nice offer for Lille & Borussia Dortmund target ‘Little Ronaldo’ Olawale
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No Nice offer for Lille & Borussia Dortmund target ‘Little Ronaldo’ Olawale

The Nigeria youth international has sparked talk of agreeing terms with the Eagles, but his club claims his destination lies elsewhere ‘Little Ronaldo’ Peter Olawale has “no offer on the table” from Ligue I outfit Nice, and the destination of the young forward will be known when the ban on international travel is lifted. The 17-year-old has been linked with Lille, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund following a notable 2019 U17 World Cup outing in Brazil. Reports have it that Olawale has penned a five-year contract with the Allianz Riviera outfit after agreeing to personal terms and will be unveiled in July.
How I Made Kanu Nwankwo Angry – Cesc Fabregas
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How I Made Kanu Nwankwo Angry – Cesc Fabregas

Former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, has disclosed that he made his former Gunners teammate, Nwankwo Kanu, angry during their time at Emirates. Fabregas, who currently plays for Monaco in the French Ligue 1, joined Arsenal as a teenager in 2003 from Barcelona. The Spain international was highly rated by former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. According to the 33-year-old, while trying to impress Wenger and his teammates in his first training at the North London club, he tackled Kanu, which made the Nigerian legend unhappy. “My first training when I joined Arsenal, I was all in my head trying to impress, and I made a tackle on Kanu, and he was so upset with me,” Fabregas told Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, during an Instagram live video. “...
Belgium boss Martinez signs extension through to 2022 World Cup in Qatar
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Belgium boss Martinez signs extension through to 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The Spaniard, who guided the side to third place in the 2018 tournament, will get another crack at football's most coveted prize Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has signed a contract extension with the national side that will see him remain in charge through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Martinez, who had previously taken on managerial roles at Swansea, Wigan and Everton, took charge of the Red Devils in August of 2016. The Spaniard's original deal was set to come to an end following Euro 2020 – which has now been shifted back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – but a two-year extension will see him guide a golden generation of players through two major tournaments, all going well.
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.
RAMOS KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH SALAH – CHIELLINI
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RAMOS KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH SALAH – CHIELLINI

Veteran Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has claimed that Sergio Ramos knew exactly what he was doing when he famously injured Mohamed Salah in the final of the 2018 UEFA Champions League.   The Real Madrid defender and Liverpool forward grappled early in the UCL final that year and the Egyptian came off the worse, suffering a shoulder injury which put him out of the remainder of the game and very nearly saw him miss the World Cup in Russia.   Ramos has always denied that he intentionally injured Salah, but Chiellini – a master of the ‘dark arts’ of defending – wrote in his autobiography that the Spaniard’s action were very much deliberate and targeted.   “Critics can say that he [Ramos] is impulsive, not tactical at all and that because of him there are ...
‘Nigeria catches talents old’ – Ebi bemoans lack of opportunities for women’s footballers
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‘Nigeria catches talents old’ – Ebi bemoans lack of opportunities for women’s footballers

The veteran defender made history as the first African to feature in five World Cups last year but is irked by the limited chances for players Nigeria defender Onome Ebi claims the country is only able to identify talented players later in their development due to the lack of grassroots development for women's football. Ebi became the first African player to play in five Women World Cup tournaments in France last summer, having featured in the 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions. The centre-back started football at a young age on the streets of Lagos and enjoyed her formative years at Omidiran Babes and Bayelsa Queens in Nigeria before moving abroad in 2009.
Fred airs Pogba Transfer Hope as ‘Great Player’ Continues to be Linked With Man Utd Exit
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Fred airs Pogba Transfer Hope as ‘Great Player’ Continues to be Linked With Man Utd Exit

The Brazil international is hoping that the Red Devils can keep a World Cup winner on their books, adding depth to their pool of midfield talent Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Manchester United, but Red Devils team-mate Fred is hoping that a “great player” can be kept at Old Trafford. A return to Juventus or big-money move to long-standing suitors Real Madrid has been mooted for the World Cup winner. With questions having been asked of his form, fitness and commitment throughout a second spell in England, Pogba’s future has never been far from the headlines.
Messi Has To Win World Cup To Be B Better Than Me, Ex-Brazilian Star Tells
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Messi Has To Win World Cup To Be B Better Than Me, Ex-Brazilian Star Tells

Former Brazilian star, Edilson says Lionel Messi has to win the World Cup to prove he is better than him. The 49-year-old was part of the Brazilian side that won the Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup title. He also claimed that during his prime, he was better than Messi and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo. Similarly, Edilson said compatriot Neymar has to win the competition to be better than him, insisting that he was more skillful than the trio. Messi and Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or and have a number of individual prizes to their names. But Edilson, who played for Palmeiras and Corinthians in his home country and was never nominated or won the Ballon d’Or, stressed that his World Cup medal gave him an edge over them. “At my best, I played better than Neym...
‘Torreira would love to return to Italy’ – Arsenal midfielder’s agent drops Gunners exit hint
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‘Torreira would love to return to Italy’ – Arsenal midfielder’s agent drops Gunners exit hint

Pablo Bentancur admits that the Uruguayan is still keen on heading back to Serie A, where he has previously starred for Sampdoria Lucas Torreira has seen his future at Arsenal called into question on a regular basis, and the Uruguayan’s agent admits that a return to Italy is still being longed for. The combative 24-year-old swapped life in Serie A with Sampdoria for that in the Premier League during the summer of 2018. Arsenal put a deal in place prior to the World Cup finals in Russia and saw the South American catch the eye for his country.
‘Kante is one of the best players I have ever coached’ – Ex-Chelsea boss Conte
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‘Kante is one of the best players I have ever coached’ – Ex-Chelsea boss Conte

The Italian head coach says it was a joy for him to work with such a "positive guy" at Stamford Bridge Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has described N'Golo Kante as "one of the best players" he has ever coached, while highlighting the France international's "amazing" abilities in the middle of the park. Kante was one of Conte's first signings at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues spent £32 million ($39m) to lure the midfielder away from Leicester in summer 2016. The World Cup winner has since racked up 164 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea, scoring 11 goals, while adding a second Premier League title, the FA Cup and Europa League to his impressive trophy haul.
Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder
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Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder

The 29-year-old has only featured twice for the three-time African champions since the arrival of the German tactician Nosa Igiebor has revealed why he has not been playing for the Nigeria national team, suggesting he was frozen out by coach Gernot Rohr. The 29-year-old was involved in the German tactician’s opening two games but was dropped to the bench against Zambia during the 2018 World Cup qualifying game. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder explained he met with Rohr to know why he was not involved in the match, and the 66-year-old responded that he should move to a better league as the Israeli Premier League was not competitive enough.
Juventus star Dybala hopes to play with Pogba again
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Juventus star Dybala hopes to play with Pogba again

The Argentina international forward wants to once again "share great things" with the Manchester United midfielder, his former team mate in Turin Paulo Dybala hopes to again play with former Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba in the future. Argentina forward Dybala starred alongside Pogba for a single season before the midfielder departed the Bianconeri to return to Manchester United in 2016. Pogba has repeatedly been linked with a second move away from Old Trafford in recent seasons, however. Real Madrid have been hotly tipped to bid for the World Cup winner, yet former club Juve are also said to be in the running.
Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach
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Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach

The 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, who had been working with the Bundesliga club's Under-17s, will act as Hansi Flick's number two Former Germany international striker Miroslav Klose has been confirmed as Hansi Flick's assistant coach at Bayern Munich. The 41-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Bundesliga champions and will move into the dugout alongside Flick from July 1. Klose, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany and is the top scorer in the history of the competi
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 ...
Manchester United Identify Pogba’s Replacement
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Manchester United Identify Pogba’s Replacement

The Executive Vice-Chairman of Manchester United FC, Ed Woodward, has reportedly identified Paul Pogba’s replacement at the club. The Red Devils are still willing to sell Pogba this summer transfer window. Pogba has not played since he sustained a foot injury on Boxing Day. The 27-year-old has made only eight appearances this season and has been linked with a summer exit from Old Trafford. His current deal at Man United will expire at the end of next season. According to Sport, Woodward, who recently decided against triggering a 12-month option in Pogba’s contract, is ready to sign a new midfielder in case United receive an acceptable offer for the France World Cup winner. The Spanish newspaper reports that Ajax star, Donny van de Beek, has emerged as the ideal replac...
Kante is one of the best players in the world & he’s been a huge miss for Chelsea – Lampard
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Kante is one of the best players in the world & he’s been a huge miss for Chelsea – Lampard

The Blues boss has admitted how frustrating it has been to be without the World Cup winner for a large portion of his first season in charge Frank Lampard has described N'Golo Kante as "one of the best players in the world", while insisting the midfielder has been a huge miss for Chelsea during an injury-hit 2019-20 campaign. Kante has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League over the last five years, impressing with his all-action style and relentless energy levels in the middle of the park. The 29-year-old has won top-flight titles at both Leicester and Chelsea during that period, and became a World Cup winner with France in 2018.
Coronavirus: Pandemic has taught me important lessons – Ihezuo
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Coronavirus: Pandemic has taught me important lessons – Ihezuo

The Chinese based striker lamented the timing of the coronavirus outbreak, saying she taking a lot of positive from lockdown Henan Huishang striker Chiwendu Ihezuo says she has learned a lot of important life lessons from the coronavirus pandemic. The Super Falcon starred in Nigeria's 2018 African Women's Cup of Nations triumph in Ghana, and Women's World Cup second-round finish in France last year. Ihezuo, who helped Henan to escape relegation from the Chinese Women's Super League last season, has been self-isolating in Nigeria since February due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
‘Pogba wants to go to Real Madrid’ – Sagnol feels Man Utd would be happy to sell star midfielder
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‘Pogba wants to go to Real Madrid’ – Sagnol feels Man Utd would be happy to sell star midfielder

A former France international is confident that his compatriot will link up with Zinedine Zidane's side during the summer transfer window Paul Pogba wants to join Real Madrid, according to Willy Sagnol, who says "everything is prepared" for the Manchester United star to complete a move to Santiago Bernabeu. The 2019-20 season has been a hugely frustrating one for Pogba, with a persistent ankle injury significantly limiting his contribution to United's cause on the pitch. The World Cup winner has only featured in eight matches, and it has been suggested that the midfielder could move onto pastures new when the transfer market reopens. Pogba has not quite been able to live up to expectations at Old Trafford since returning to the club from Juventus in 2016, showing off his talents ...
We Did Not Collect Bribe To Host World Cup In 2018, Russia Said
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We Did Not Collect Bribe To Host World Cup In 2018, Russia Said

Bribery Charges by FIFA , which they tagged as ‘Conspiracy theory’ Russia have denied the fact that they were favoured in a bid to host world Cup. An indictment in the US District Court filed this week gave details of alleged bribes paid to top FIFA officials to vote for Russia and Qatar to the host the football tournaments in 2018 and 2022 respectively Prosecutor affirm that Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago were given $5million in bribes to vote Russia to host in 2018. The money allegedly came from 10 different shell companies including entities in Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands, passing through accounts in the United States. Russia denied outrightly that they did not bribe any official in 2018 in a quest to host world Cup “Russia received the rights to host the W...
‘Ronaldinho told me to join Man Utd!’ – Kleberson recalls Old Trafford transfer
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‘Ronaldinho told me to join Man Utd!’ – Kleberson recalls Old Trafford transfer

The Brazilian World Cup winner talks to Goal about where it all went wrong for him in England, and his dream of returning to the Premier League At a football academy in Philadelphia last week, there was great excitement among the young players when they got a video call from Quinton Fortune. The former Manchester United midfielder was taking questions about his career and the aspiring professionals were in awe of the fact that the South African had once shared a dressing room with legends of the game such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. However, if they had wanted to know sooner what it was like to play alongside some of the game's greats, they should have asked their coach. I've told them before but when they hear it from someone like Quinton, they believe what I'm sa...
Cicinho reveals Perez’s last-ditch attempt to keep Zidane at Real Madrid
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Cicinho reveals Perez’s last-ditch attempt to keep Zidane at Real Madrid

Fans, team-mates and club officials did not want to see the icon retire, so much so that the Blancos supremo was ready to bust out the cheque book Former Real Madrid right-back Cicinho has revealed that club president Florentino Perez essentially offered Zinedine Zidane a blank cheque to prevent him from retiring back in 2006, with the incident having happened in the dressing room after Zizou's final club match. Los Blancos played out a 3-3 draw with Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu in Zidane's last game, the iconic midfielder having struggled to hold back the tears as he waved goodbye to fans in the Spanish capital. Zidane, who was 34 at the time, actually had one year left to run on his contract but had made the decision to call time on his club career ahead of the 2006 World C...
‘I am ready to be a goalkeeper’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame
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‘I am ready to be a goalkeeper’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame

The Ivorian forward is eager to get back to the pitch after a prolonged spell on the sidelines Christian Kouame has joked that he is ready to play as a goalkeeper for Fiorentina if need be in a bid to get back in action. The 22-year old Ivorian who is loan from Genoa, has been out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury since November while with his parent club. The result of that injury meant he is yet to feature for the Viola since January when his loan deal was sealed. "To play, I am ready to be a goalkeeper. In today's football, you have to adapt to everything," he told Corriere Fiorentino as per TuttoMercato. "If I had not been injured I would have gone to the Crystal Palace, but I have no regrets, fate wanted it and then my family would support Fiorentina. "I dream ...
Kahata: Kenya midfielder reveals ‘out of this world’ feeling scoring against Nigeria’s Enyeama
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Kahata: Kenya midfielder reveals ‘out of this world’ feeling scoring against Nigeria’s Enyeama

The Harambee Stars winger explains the circumstances after he helped the team to a 1-1 draw in 2013 in Calabar Kenya midfielder Francis Kahata states he felt privileged to play against Nigeria custodian Vincent Enyeama and scoring made it even better. The Super Eagles hosted the Harambee Stars in Calabar aiming at collecting maximum points to boost their chances of qualifying for 2014 World Cup held in Brazil. The hosts committed a foul in a dangerous position and the then Thika United midfielder rose for the occasion curling a beautiful set-piece beyond the experienced custodian. It was a glorious way for the then 21-year-old to mark his fifth appearance for the national side, and the goal left the home fans stunned.
‘I was Prepared for Everything Messi did on That Day’ -Vincent Enyeama for the First time Speaks on World Cup Heroics, Respect for Kanu Nwankwo & Arsenal
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‘I was Prepared for Everything Messi did on That Day’ -Vincent Enyeama for the First time Speaks on World Cup Heroics, Respect for Kanu Nwankwo & Arsenal

Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has spoken out about his heroics during the group stage match between Nigeria and Argentina in the 2010 World Cup while also revealing he always respected former Arsenal player Kanu Nwankwo and is  a fan of Arsenal football club. Due to his excellent saves over and over again, Vincent Enyeama was named the Man of the Match though Argentina defeated Nigeria by 1-0 in the group stage match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and Enyeama says he was ready for the Barcelona star man. "I had studied Messi the night before (with Chidi Odiah) so everything he did that day, I was prepared for it. I already knew what he was going to do."   Former Hapoel Tel Aviv and LOSC Lille goalkeeper Enyeama said in an Instagram Live interview with EaglesTr...
Alexis Mac Allister sets out his ambitions at Brighton
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Alexis Mac Allister sets out his ambitions at Brighton

Alexis Mac Allister hopes his move to Brighton can help him make Argentina's 2022 World Cup squad. Mac Allister is just breaking into the senior national squad and will hope to cement that place by making an impact in the Premier League. The 21-year-old said: “The World Cup is the dream. Everything that comes before that – the Copa America, World Cup qualifiers, the Olympics – are targets in the short to medium term to prove that I am up at that level. “And that in two years I can be at my best level." Mac Allister arrived only in January from Argentinos Juniors.
Lizarazu insists Benzema wrong to attack Chelsea veteran Giroud
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Lizarazu insists Benzema wrong to attack Chelsea veteran Giroud

World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu says Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was wrong to criticise Chelsea veteran Olivier Giroud. Benzema made a controversial comment about former French teammate Giroud. Benzema had a dig at the Chelsea forward, who has been selected ahead of him in the French squad since 2015. "You don't confuse F1 with go karting. And I'm being kind. Next... and I know I'm F1," he infamously stated. Lizarazu says Giroud didn't deserve the swipe. "What he does in Madrid is extraordinary, and he can't do it with the Blues. But Giroud is paying the price (for Benzema's frustration), and he has nothing to do with it," he said.
Spurs legend Greaves being treated in hospital
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Spurs legend Greaves being treated in hospital

Tottenham have issued a statement that 80-year-old club legend Jimmy Greaves has been admitted into hospital. It is unclear if the issue is due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or Greaves is dealing with another illness. But the club did issue a statement regarding the health of their record goalscorer. "We can confirm that our record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves is currently being treated in hospital," Tottenham said in the statement. "We are in touch with his family and will provide further updates in due course. Everybody at the club sends their best wishes to Jimmy and his family." Greaves had health problems in the past, suffering a stroke in 2015 that left him with significant disability. He scored 266 goals for Tottenham and 44 for England, along with winning the 1966 World C...
Chelsea target Hakimi considering options, admits agent
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Chelsea target Hakimi considering options, admits agent

Achraf Hakimi's agent says nothing is decided as the remains on-loan at Borussia Dortmund. The Real Madrid fullback has been linked with Chelsea this week. "The contract with Real Madrid is still the one we negotiated in 2017 and that runs to June 2022," agent Alejandro Camano told Spox. "We'll have to wait and see. After the coronavirus crisis is over, we'll sit down with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to discuss the matter." Hakimi, at 21, already has 28 caps for Morocco and featured at the 2018 World Cup for his country. He made nine league appearances for Real Madrid before leaving on loan.
Man Utd convinced they can tempt De Ligt from Juventus
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Man Utd convinced they can tempt De Ligt from Juventus

Manchester United are convinced they can land Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer. The Sun says the 20-year-old Dutchman is struggling to settle in Turin - and that could pave the way for a potential move to Old Trafford. United chiefs know wantaway France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, has only a year on his contract this summer as his transfer fee dwindles. The World Cup winner is now said to be worth only £31m, with transfer fees plummeting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pogba would jump at the chance of a return to Juve, after leaving in 2016 in a world record £89m deal. And Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would welcome the opportunity of landing De Ligt - one of the highest-rated defenders in the world game - to play in his new three-man backline alongside the ...
No Guardiola as Fabregas names his top two managers
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No Guardiola as Fabregas names his top two managers

The Spaniard admits he's been lucky to work with the world's best coaches but two names stand out for him Cesc Fabregas has named Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as the best two managers he has worked under during his illustrious career. The current Monaco midfielder has also previously played for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea where he won trophies with all three. On international duty with Spain, Fabregas also lifted the World Cup in 2010, along with the Euro title in 2008 and 2012. That success has had a lot to do with the great managers he's worked with and the Spaniard concedes he's been blessed in that department, while singling out his two favourites. "I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain," Fabregas said on Instagram Live. But when pressed to provide th...