Sunday, June 30, 2019

Real offer Asensio for Mane switch.

Los Blancos will try and tempt the Reds to part with Senegalese forward in exchange for Spanish midfielder
Real Madrid is dangling Marco Asensio at Liverpool in an attempt to make a play at Sadio Mane.
Real are prepared to let the 23-year-old Asensio go, and that Liverpool like the attacking midfielder’s style.
In turn, Los Blancos would love to add Mane to their summer haul, and believe that a swap deal might tempt the Reds.
The report suggests Madrid value Asensio at £85m ($108m), but doesn’t mention Mane’s value.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Manchester United sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka on five-year deal from Crystal Palace.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka on a five-year deal from Crystal Palace.
The 21-year-old also has the option to extend his contract for another year.
The deal will cost United £45m plus £5m in add-ons, which are understood to be based on appearances, with the player himself earning more than £80,000 a week.
The England U21 international becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's second signing of the summer after Daniel James' arrival from Swansea, and United's fifth most expensive signing of all-time behind Paul Pogba (£89m), Romelu Lukaku (£76m), Angel Di Maria (£59.7m) and Fred (£52m).
"It's an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say," he told Manchester United's website.
"I can't wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I'm looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour."
Solskjaer says Wan-Bissaka was brought to Old Trafford because he is "exactly the type of player" United wanted to add to their squad.
"Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League," he said.
"He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.
"Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that's important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far."

Chelsea demand £50 million for Morata

Stamford Bridge club demand Atletico make tempoeary deal permanent for striker
Chelsea are willing to recall Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid to bolster their striking options if the La Liga club do not pay £50m ($63m) for him.
The Spanish international striker has had a troubled time in West London, but with a two window transfer ban looming, the Blues might be forced to bring him back early from an 18-month loan spell in the Spanish capital, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Morata is desparate to remain in Spain, but Atletico might not be able to afford the sum Chelsea require if they complete their signing of Joao Felix for £113m, the paper says.

Rapinoe happy to score for USWNT during pride month

The U.S. forward netted both of her teams goals against France, clinching a place in the World Cup semifinal
Megan Rapinoe has said her two-goal performance against France carries extra meaning for her because it was during LGBTQ pride month.
Rapinoe hit France for a pair of goals in a 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal win, taking the U.S. into the competition's last four.
The 33-year-old came through under intense scrutiny, as her feud with U.S. President Donald Trump has dominated headlines this week.

Ellis: USWNT win over France was the 'most intense game I've ever been a part of'

The U.S. advanced to the World Cup semifinal with a 2-1 win in front of a sold-out crowd at Parc des Princes
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has praised her side’s defeated rival France, saying that Friday night’s World Cup quarterfinal was the most intense match she’s ever been a part of.
The USWNT got past the host nation with a 2-1 win at Parc des Princes, as Megan Rapinoe’s two goals were enough to see her side through to the semifinals.
Unlike most U.S. matches, however, Ellis’s side ceded much of the possession and initiative to their opponent. France had 60 percent of the possession while taking 20 total shots, in comparison to 10 for the USWNT.

Juventus, Rabiot reach agreement on five-year contract

The midfielder is set to join the Serie A champions after refusing to sign a new deal at PSG, becoming their latest free transfer capture
Juventus have reached an agreement with French midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a multi-year contract, Goal can confirm.
Available on free transfer after refusing to sign a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain, Rabiot is set to sign a five-year contract with the Serie A champions, which will net him €7 million (£6m/$8m) per season.
In addition, Rabiot’s mother Veronique, who serves as his agent, is set to pocket a commission of €10m (£8.97/ $11.39m).

Otamendi relishing Argentina-Brazil Copa America 'clasico'

The two giants will meet in a major finals for the first time in over a decade, and Otamendi is aware of the significance of the meeting
Nicolas Otamendi praised Argentina for struggling through their torrid early form at the Copa America to book a semi-final showdown with bitter rivals Brazil.
Lautaro Martinez's instinctive early finish and a 74th-minute tap-in from substitute Giovani Lo Celso secured a 2-0 quarter-final win over Venezuela at the Maracana – the scene of La Albiceleste's World Cup final defeat to Germany five years ago.
The best performance Lionel Scaloni's side have managed in the tournament to date secured a meeting with the hosts in Belo Horizonte next Tuesday and Otamendi reflected on their improvements from a shambling start to the group stage.

'The ball was like a rabbit' - Messi slams 'shameful' Copa America pitches

While recognising that he has been far from his best in Brazil, the Barcelona star believes the grounds-keeping has also been sub-par
Argentina captain Lionel Messi took aim at the state of the pitches at the 2019 Copa America after helping his team through to a semi-final clash with Brazil.
Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso saw the Albiceleste soar past Venezuela in a 2-0 victory on Friday in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.
Messi, however, once more failed to reproduce his best form, with a penalty against Paraguay his only goal in four matches so far in the tournament.

Afcon 2019: We have what we need to beat Angola - Mauritania striker Diakite

The Mauritania striker is confident with his country’s chances against the Palancas Negras
Although labelled as underdogs, Mauritania forward Ismael Diakite is confident his country will get a victory over Angola in their second game at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Saturday.
Tournament debutants Mauritania were hammered 4-1 by Mali in their opening Group E fixture, but Diakite has assured it would be a different ball game against Palancas Negras on Saturday.
Diakite is arguably his country's biggest goal threat and despite the deflating previous defeat, he insists his team-mates still have eyes on a last-16 place.

Parma confirm Balotelli interest after De Rossi price proves stumbling block

The cost of the former Roma favourite has dissuaded the Serie A club from any pursuit, but the ex-Manchester City and Milan man remains an option
Parma are interested in a move for out-of-contract Marseille striker Mario Balotelli, but the club cannot afford a deal for former Roma hero Daniele De Rossi, confirmed the club's sporting director Daniele Faggiano.
The Serie A club survived their first season back in the top flight of Italian football by three points and are preparing to strengthen their squad in the hopes of establishing themselves as mainstays in the division.
Former Manchester City and Milan forward Balotelli sees his deal with Ligue 1outfit Marseille expire on June 30, leaving him as a free agent.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Arsenal set to make bid for Wilfried Zaha.

Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Crystal Palace and Arsenal are expected to make an offer for the forward.

It is understood that the 26-year-old wants to stay in London and play European football.

Zaha's boyhood club Arsenal is expected to make an offer after representatives held initial talks, sounding out the possibility of doing a deal.
However, Palace, who are set to lose Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m, do not want to sell Zaha and value him at £80m.
If a deal is completed and Zaha is sold, Manchester United have a 25 per cent sell on clause after he re-joined Palace from the Old Trafford side in 2015.
"I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that's it. And I'll do the rest, I'm too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.
"For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies. I'm blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer."
Zaha scored 10 goals in an impressive 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

Pamela Anderson details ex Adil Rami’s alleged abuse and double life in emails with mother of his children

Pamela Anderson detailed more of her ex Adil Rami’s alleged “double life,” accusing him of cheating on her with his ex-girlfriend for almost the entire duration of their relationship as well as physical abuse she claimed she suffered at the soccer star’s hand.

The Baywatch actress published emails allegedly between her and Rami’s ex, Sidonie Biémont, with whom Rami shares twins Zayn and Madi, born in 2016, on her foundation’s website on Wednesday night.

Anderson, 51, wrote in an email to Biémont that Rami, 33, “crushed both of (her) hands” during a fight and “threw her around by (her) hair” during a fight last summer. She said the pain in her hands was so severe she couldn’t open bottles.

“They need to put me to sleep to do injections … my hands were getting better … but he hurt me again at mandarine (sic) hotel. When he got so angry with me for asking why I was to wait in room and pack our clothes while you were at the Macron event in hotel with the players families,” she wrote to Biémont.

Anderson first reached out to Biémont in an effort to befriend her. Biémont told the Barb Wire actress she and Rami continued to have a sexual relationship, and Rami told her his romance with Anderson was simply for publicity. Biémont and Rami reportedly split in 2017 when he took up with Anderson.

Biémont also claimed Rami told her he and Anderson were just friends and not living together.

Anderson replied she and Rami had purchased a home together, explaining, “I’m so sorry. I’ve been living with Adil for over 2 years. I’ve never met a man like this. Living multiple lives. I’m in shock. I’m so sorry for you and your boys. I am leaving him. For good this time. It’s too mind boggling for me. I’ve tried to leave 10 times to leave. but he always finds me and begs me back.”

Anderson also accused Rami of isolating her from loved ones, which she alluded to in her original Instagram post about their split.

Rami posted a statement online denying Anderson’s allegations and claiming he and his ex were platonic co-parents. He also noted his work with domestic violence charity Solidarité Femmes.

AC Milan banned from Europa League.

AC Milan was banned from European football for next season on Friday over breaches of financial fair play rules, CAS, the top court for sport, announced.
European football's governing body UEFA had accused the club of violating financial fair play (FFP) regulations over the past three seasons and the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in their favor.
"AC Milan is excluded from participating in UEFA club competitions of the sporting season 2019/2020 as a consequence of the breach of its FFP break-even obligations" for the past three seasons, the court ruled.
UEFA initially found the Italian giants, who had qualified for the Europa League next season, guilty in June last year of violating financial rules which broadly limit club expenditure to club income in any given year.
However, CAS referred the matter back to UEFA judging that an European ban was disproportionate.
Ultimately UEFA action against the club was suspended pending the outcome of arbitration, resulting in Friday's decision following an agreement between UEFA, the club and CAS.
The announcement follows the club's adoption of spending curbs in recent months designed to return its finances to a better state and which saw the departure of coach Gennaro Gattuso.
The Serie A giants, who missed out on a Champions League spot by one point to city rivals Inter, are one of several clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, to have been investigated for breaching UEFA's rules, whereby clubs cannot spend more than they generate by their own means.
AC Milan have fallen foul of UEFA's financial rules since they spent 200 million euros ($225 million) on transfers in the summer of 2017.
The club insists however that their finances should improve under American hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation, who took control last summer when former Chinese owner Li Yonghong defaulted on the loan he had taken to buy the club in 2017 from former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Balogun Lavishes Praise On Keita.

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has talked about the performance of Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita in the Super Eagles' 1-0 win against the Guineans on Wednesday, June 26.
The Liverpool star was praised for his efforts in what was his second competitive game since he suffered an injury against Barcelona in the semifinal of the Champions League last month.
With uncertainty over the fitness of William Troost-Ekong, Balogun was handed his Africa Cup of Nations debut by manager Gernot Rohr and he put in an excellent shift at center back.
"It was not only me that came into the team, but also other positions," Balogun told reporters in the mixed zone.
"I think we have done a great job, defending them away, they were very, very dangerous on counter-attacks especially when Naby Keita has got the ball, he always sees something, he knows how to create chances. Even if he has to protect the ball he does a very great job.
"At the end we were better, that's why we qualified."
Regarding Sunday's match against Madagascar, Balogun added: "We have another game against Madagascar, I would say it's a wrong approach to take the game easy because there's another game coming after and we would be well advised to keep our form up.
"Madagascar won't take it easy, they also want to qualify, they've still got chances after their draw against Guinea in the first game, so it won't an easy one but definitely we can be more relaxed than them".
The Super Eagles have six points from their first two matches at the AFCON and became the first team to advance to the round of 16.

#AFCON2019: 'I'm sad to see some African brothers making fun of my physical appearance'- Senegalese footballer, Diatta Krepin

Senegalese footballer, Krepin Diatta who is currently representing his country at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, has spoken about the insults he has been receiving online because of his physical appearance.

The 20-year-old midfielder who plays for Club Brugge KV, became a notable figure after scoring a screamer, his first goal for Senegal against Tanzania during their opening match last Sunday.

While many web users were praising Diatta for his goal, some decided to mock his physical appearance.

One troll even went as far as sharing a photo of Krepin with his beautiful white girlfriend and called them “beauty with a beast”

Reacting to the insults he has been receiving on social media, the 20-year-old wrote in a statement.

    I am very sad to see my african brothers making fun of me,

    I work for our beautiful and dear africa continent and what I receive in return are only insults, mockery from my brothers

    This is too bad of you and racism comes from there, I need your encouragement, not insults, Thank you to everyone who supports me.

    It is only God who gives me strength and I am proud of my physical appearance your mockery won’t change anything in my life.

    But one thing for sure, we are all AFRICANS.


Brazil beat Paraguay on penalties to reach the Copa America semi-finals

Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive spot-kick as hosts Brazil beat Paraguay on penalties to reach the Copa America semi-finals.

Paraguay had Fabian Balbuena sent off after 58 minutes for a foul on Roberto Firmino, but the match ended goalless.

Gustavo Gomez and Derlis Gonzalez missed from the spot for the visitors as Brazil won the shootout 4-3.

The eight-time winners - booed by their fans in their first two games - will next face Argentina or Venezuela.

Brazil, who last won in 2007, were initially awarded a penalty following West Ham defender Balbuena's foul on Liverpool forward Firmino when he was through on goal - but the decision was overturned after a video assistant referee check showed the offence took place outside the box.

The hosts peppered the opposition goal in Porto Alegre, registering 26 attempts - Manchester City forward Jesus shot narrowly wide from close range before Chelsea winger Willian hit a post in the final minute.

Brazil were beaten by Paraguay on penalties in 2011 and 2015, but they triumphed this time despite Firmino dragging his spot-kick wide when they led 3-2.

#AFCON2019: Kenya Come From Behind To Beat Tanzania

Michael Olunga scored twice as Kenya came from behind to beat Tanzania 3-2 in an Africa Cup of Nations thriller.

Kashiwa Reysol forward Olunga drilled in a late winner, having earlier made it 1-1 with a superb overhead kick and also heading against the crossbar.

Tanzania had gone ahead twice through Simon Msuva's tap-in and Mbwana Samatta's effort for a half-time lead.

Johanna Omolo flicked in a header at the near post for Kenya, before Olunga struck with just 10 minutes remaining.

The result moves Kenya level on three points with Senegal, who were beaten 1-0 by leaders Algeria, while Tanzania exit the tournament still searching for their first victory.

I Smoke 60 Cigarettes A Day - Maurizio Sarri

New Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has confessed to smoking 60 cigarettes a day.

The 60-year-old former banker is not only well known for his playing style but also his smoking habits.

He averages around four packets of cigarettes a day and he’s admitted it’s getting out of control.

“I smoke 60 a day, which is probably a few too many,” he revealed to La Nuova Riviera via Football Italia.

That works out at a whopping £1,400 every month.

“I don’t particularly feel the need to smoke during games, but straight afterwards it really is necessary,” he added. “I had back problems tormenting me for weeks, but I feel much better now.”

Sarri, whose signed a three-year deal at Juventus, accepts that he’ll have to win over some fans considering his ties with Napoli.

“I arrive with skepticism, just as I did with all my other clubs,” he said at his unveiling.

“I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results.

“For three years (at Napoli) I would wake up and think about how to defeat Juventus, because they were a winning team. I gave 110%, but we still couldn’t do it. I will now give everything for this club.”

Juventus mean business ahead of the new season.

Women's World Cup: England Beat Norway To Reach Semi-Final

England reached their second consecutive Women's World Cup semi-final as they produced an excellent performance to beat Norway in Le Havre.

Lucy Bronze's brilliant second-half strike capped a fine night that saw the Lionesses become the first senior England team to reach the last four at three consecutive major tournaments.

Two slick team moves had given them a deserved 2-0 half-time lead, as Jill Scott and Ellen White found the net from close range either side of White hitting the post.

Nikita Parris saw a late penalty, awarded for Maria Thorisdottir's foul on England captain Steph Houghton, well saved by Ingrid Hjelmseth.

But that did not dampen England's jubilant mood at full-time, as they celebrated with sheer joy after moving within one win of their first major final.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Ronaldinho and Deco were sold because they turned up to training Drunk - Alexander Hleb

Alexander Hleb has claimed that Barcelona sold Ronaldinho and Deco in 2008 to 'protect' the then young star Lionel Messi.

The two Brazilian superstars were established members of the Barcelona team at a time when Messi was rising up through the ranks to the starting XI.

However, Hleb alleged that they were sold due to their unprofessionalism, as they would turn up drunk to training. 

'Ronaldinho and Deco came to training drunk,' he told VOKA TV. 'That's why Ronaldinho and Deco were sold in 2008. Because they (Barcelona) were afraid that they would bring down Lionel Messi.'

Snoop Dogg slammed after using picture of England legend Paul Gascoigne in anti-alcohol abuse post

American rapper, Snoop Dogg was criticised after hitting out at Gazza, in a completely unprovoked attack.

Snoop Dogg shared two pictures of Gascoigne - one of him aged 20 and another aged 47 - to show just how much he's changed.

Gazza, 52, has infamously struggled with alcohol and mental health issues over the years.

But fans have leapt to his defence after Snoop took aim - comparing himself to Gazza at the same age - seemingly in a bid to prove alcohol is worse for the human body than marijuana.

Egypt striker Amr Warda kicked out of AFCON squad after ‘sending aggressive and inappropriate sexual messages’ to Instagram model Merhan Keller

Egypt star Amr Warda has been thrown out of their Africa Cup of Nations squad amid allegations of sexual harassment towards a string of women.

Warda, a team-mate of Liverpool ace Mo Salah, came on as substitute in the host nation's opening game victory over Zimbabwe last week.

But hours before the country's second game was due to be played he was removed from the squad by the national football association.

An Egyptian-British model had gone public with what she claimed were inappropriate and aggressive messages sent to her on Instagram and WhatsApp.

Merhan Keller then went on to back up her own claims about being targeted by the 25-year-old with messages she said came from other women who had suffered similar treatment.

On Twitter, screenshots of messages and videos supposedly sent to women by Warda were shared - leading to the allegations becoming a major story in Egypt.

And after growing calls for the Egyptian FA to take action, they announced earlier today that Warda was no longer part of their squad.

Because of the nature of his exclusion, Egypt are unable to call up a replacement so will have to see out the remainder of the tournament with 22 players.

The FA president Abo Rida said the step was taken "in keeping with the team's discipline, commitment and focus".

Keller has maintained her account is genuine, and since she went public others have come forward to share information of their own experience.

It is claimed Warda, who currently plays his club football for Atromitos in Greece, had been the subject of a harassment claim against a fashion model on Instagram.

Atletico Madrid make £112million move for Joao Felix

Joao Felix's move to Atletico Madrid appears to be all but completed after his current side Benfica confirmed in an official statement that the La Liga side had made an offer of a staggering £112million.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid , but with Atletico's Antoine Griezmann set for Barcelona , Diego Simeone has decided to spend the money on Felix.

The deal will smash Atletico's previous record deal of the £65m they splashed out on Thomas Lemar from Monaco in 2018.

Chelsea set to sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal

Chelsea are on the brink of completing a deal to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid - despite the Blues' transfer ban.

The west London club are not able to make any transfer this summer after they were slapped with a two-window transfer ban by FIFA, following an investigation into signing foreign under-18 players.

But because Kovacic is already registered to the Blues, due to his loan spell in Stamford Bridge last season, he will be able to return - but only if they complete the deal before July 1.

Kovacic is said to be keen to stay at Chelsea having been told he is not in Zinedine Zidane's plans at the Bernabeu.

His loan is due to end on June 30 but currently managerless Chelsea are close to splashing £45million on him, according to Sky Sports.

Daniel Sturridge Spotted With Mbappe

Daniel Sturridge and French star Kylian Mbappe posed for a picture with the former Liverpool star showering praises on the PSG star.

He wrote

@danielsturridge Serious baller @k.mbappe
His mom said he used to do my celebration and he showed me so I did his too 😂 . I remember when I used to do the Asprilla cartwheel 😂😂 name your fav celebrations in the comments 🕺🏾🤷🏾‍♂️🤭🤔🤫🙅🏾‍♂️🙋🏾‍♂️

AFCON 2019: Salah made one and scored one as hosts Egypt beat DR Congo 2-0

Mohamed Salah made one and scored one as hosts Egypt beat DR Congo 2-0 to move into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt went ahead when Salah's cross was met by Aston Villa's Ahmed Elmohamady, who finished at the second attempt.

Liverpool forward Salah then added a second with a powerful strike when surrounded by two DR Congo players after a fine run from Trezeguet.

Seven-time winners Egypt join Nigeria in the last 16 of the competition.

Liverpool agree deal to sign Sepp van den Berg

Liverpool have agreed a deal with PEC Zwolle for the transfer of Sepp van den Berg, which will be completed in July subject to international clearance.

The 17-year-old defender has finalised terms on a long-term contract with the Reds after an agreement was reached with the Eredivisie club.

Van den Berg told “It’s just an amazing feeling.

“It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.

“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.

“Of course, the trainer [Jürgen Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.

“I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.”

Van den Berg made 15 appearances in the Dutch top flight last season, helping Zwolle to a 13th place finish.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Ice Hockey star, Evander Kane's accuser in abortion case ordered to reveal her real name

The woman who claims NHL star, Evander Kane failed to pay her $3 million for aborting his child was ordered to reveal her real name in court in order to proceed with the case

TMZ reports that an L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled Hope Parker who had previously used the alias "Jane Doe" in her lawsuit against Kane cannot use the alias moving forward.

"There is no clear California law allowing her to remain anonymous," the judge said in a ruling.

Instead of dropping the case and keeping her identity secret, Parker has now filed new documents using her real name to continue with the case.

In her claims,  Parker said she had been dating Kane on-and-off from 2015 to 2018 and alleged she had two abortions during that time. But after she got pregnant for a third time with the Canadian professional ice hockey star, he offered her $3 million to abort the child despite her initial plan not to do it.

According to her, she went through with the procedure but San Jose Sharks forward didn't give her the cash as he promised.

She later sued Kane seeking over $6 million in her lawsuit, but the Ice Hockey star filed legal docs of his own back in 2018, saying that since he's not accused of committing a crime, the accuser should not be able to hide behind an alias.

It was also alleged that the NFL star believed his accuser would be more likely to drop the suit out of fear of embarrassment if she reveals her real name.

As for the allegations in the suit, Kane previously issued a blanket denial and later argued in legal docs that even if he did agree to the $3 million deal, it was made in a private, consensual sexual setting and the court has no authority to enforce it, TMZ reported.
The case is still ongoing.

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: Man Of The Match Award Winners During First Matches

The First Round of AFCON 2019 Group Stage matches ended yesterday.
12 players have been picked as Man Of The Match during the first round.
See the photos and names below...

Nigeria 1 Guinea 0: Omeruo sends Super Eagles through as Keita struggles

Naby Keita failed to spark Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations campaign into life as Kenneth Omeruo's goal sent Nigeria into the last 16.
Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase as Kenneth Omeruo's goal earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group B.
In a largely uneventful contest in Alexandria, Nigeria made the breakthrough when Omeruo headed in from Moses Simon's 73rd-minute corner.
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita returned to fitness to make his first start for either club or country since May 1, but could not inspire Guinea, who are in real danger of an early exit.

Liberian President, George Weah Celebrates 27th Marriage Anniversary With Wife, Clar Weah

The 25th President of Liberia, George Manneh Oppong Weah has celebrated 27 years of marriage with his wife, Clar Weah on his official Facebook page.

George Weah who became President of Liberian in 2018 took to his Facebook page, posted photos of himself and wife with the caption;

“Today, My beloved wife and I celebrate 27 years of marriage. We are grateful to God for a blessed Union and for allowing us to reach this milestone. We pray for many more blessed years together as we sail through life’s journey. Happy 27 wedding Anniversary to us!”

52-year-old George Weah and wife, Clar have been blessed with two children in their 27 years of marriage; Timothy Weah and George Weah Jnr.

Manchester United Agree £55 Million Deal For Wan-Bissaka

Manchester United are hoping to wrap up their second signing of the summer over the next few days as Aaron Wan-Bissaka edges closer to a potential £55 million move to Old Trafford.

It is a fee which would see him become the most expensive full-back in football history, but, in Wan-Bissaka, United have identified a player who in many ways sums up exactly the vision Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has for the club going forward.

The Norwegian has spoken time and again about wanting his side to be a fearless, energetic, attacking unit with a desire for the fight, but the longer the 2018-19 season went on the less athletic and more wearisome United looked.

Everton complete permanent Gomes signing in €25m move from Barcelona

The Portugal midfielder has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park after a successful loan spell last season
Everton have signed Andre Gomes from Barcelona for a fee of €25 million (£22m/$28.4m)

The Portugal midfielder has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park to become their second signing of the summer after Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl joined on a free transfer.

Gomes spent last season on loan at the Toffees, making 29 appearances in all competitions.

Barcelona face Arsenal in friendly as Asisat Oshoala returns to former club

The Spanish giants will be pleased to take on the English outfit as the Nigerian return to the club where she developed
Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala will be wearing a smile after Arsenal confirmed a pre-season club friendly against Barcelona on Monday.

The prestigious game between English Women Super League champions and Uefa Women’s Champions League finalists will take place on Wednesday, August 14 at Meadow Park.

For Oshoala, she will be reuniting with her former side for the first time since she left in January 2017, after a season spent with the North London side.

Super Eagles call off their strike in Egypt over unpaid allowances

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have suspended their training strike over unpaid bonuses at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt following last-minute intervention by top football officials. 

The team finally agreed to train in Alexandria, 30 minutes after schedule, after the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) promised to pay a win bonus from their 1-0 victory over Burundi on Saturday, by the end of the week. 

NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said “the matter has been resolved”, conceding that funds for the tournament had arrived late.

“The NFF received part of the money meant for the tournament today and is in the process of converting it to dollars to pay the players and officials. The only money they’re owed is the win-bonus for the Burundi match” he said.

The bonuses were expected to be paid by the NFF after Saturday’s game ended. Officials close to the team, who spoke under anonymity, told AFP that following reassurances from the NFF “the team captain spoke to the players, asking them to show some understanding after which the team agreed to train”. 

The players had earlier boycotted the official pre-match conference.  Other NFF officials disclosed that the players have been paid a daily training allowance of $200-a-player from June 2 to June 30.

Lionel Messi look-alike denies conning 23 women into sleeping with him

Reza Parastesh, who is known as the Iranian Messi, moved to deny the allegations made in Spanish publication Marca and on social media.

In a video post on Instagram, Parastesh said: 'Hi friends, a piece of false news about me is trending on social media with regards to me sleeping with 23 women because they thought I was Lionel Messi. Please do not play with people's reputation and credibility.

'We are all aware of the fact that if it actually happened to anyone, there would be some complaints and it would lead to my prosecution. That would be a disaster and a calamity of international proportion. If this news was true, I would be in jail right now.'

'Do not believe it, it is not true. I am going to do everything to fight this legally and make sure my name is cleared.' 

Parastesh, 26, was informed of the allegations earlier this week and he has been trying to clear his name since.

He added that the experience has been made worse because of how quickly the news has spread.

'The news is spreading in the Muslim countries and it has been a disaster,' he said. 'I was severely harassed because it released the whole world on me. My family also harassed me, but the people's attack was more influential.'

Ashley Young shows off new massive back tattoos

Manchester United star, Ashley Young shows off his new back tattoos which includes phrase 'Nothing or no one can hold you back when you realise'.