Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gianluca Mancini joins AS Roma

AS Roma have completed the signing of Italy defender Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta in a deal that could be worth up to €23 million.

Mancini  will join AS Roma on an initial one-year loan deal for a fee of two million euros but  they would subsequently have to make the 23-year-old's move permanent for an additional €13 million.

The Fiorentina youth product has been capped twice by Italy, and made 30 league appearances last season for Atalanta scoring five goals.

Stuart Dallas covered in blood after being caught in the face by Man Utd forward Anthony Martial

Leeds star Stuart Dallas was covered in blood after being punched in the face by Anthony Martial in a pre-season 4-0 defeat by Manchester United.

The play was briefly stopped before the Whites midfielder was hauled off the pitch and replaced by Bryce Hosannah.

Dallas suffered a nasty cut above his eye after being accidentally caught in the face by Martial in the second half.

And he left him bloodied on the pitch, forcing Marcelo Bielsa to make a change and send Hosannah on to replace him.

That came as another blow for the Whites boss as Leeds were already losing 3-0 when he lost his star to the injury.

Martial then went on to settle the result at 4-0, netting from the spot with 20 minutes to go.

Mason Greenwood opened the scoring before Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones also got on the scoresheet.

Bielsa's men lost their first game this summer.

They beat two sixth-tier sides last week, defeating York City 5-0 and Guiseley 2-1.

Aubameyang compares Ozil to USA star Rapinoe as Arsenal ace reveals he bleached hair after losing bet to Lacazette

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has mocked Mesut Ozil's blonde hair as he compared him to USA star Megan Rapinoe.

And the German has revealed he made a drastic change to his look because of a lost crossbar challenge bet to Alexandre Lacazette.

Ozil has admitted Arsenal star Lacazette, 28, was behind his transformation - and that he wasn't the Frenchman's only victim.

The German told Sports Direct Football: "I lost a bet. Or we lost a bet against Laca.

"Crossbar challenge yeah. Me, Sead [Kolasinac] and Shkodran Mustafi so we lost all together."

Aubameyang has laughed at Ozil's "best ever haircut" on Instagram, comparing it to that of Women's World Cup winner Rapinoe.

Robbie Savage’s son Charlie named in Man Utd’s Under-18s squad for the new season

Robbie Savage’s son Charlie, 16, has been part of the academy for a number of years, following in his dad's footsteps as a central midfielder.

But next season he will make the step up to the Under-18s as one of the club's first-year scholars.

And father Robbie tweeted to congratulate the older of his two sons.

He said: "So proud of @charliesavage48 starting as a 1st year scholar at the biggest club in the world.

"Dedication, desire and sacrifices to get to this point! Now the hard work starts."

#AFCON2019: Fuse ODG to perform at closing ceremony

Afropop singer, Fuse ODG has been named as one of the artists to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON which is being hosted Egypt.
After 3-weeks of exhausting football matches full of surprises and entertainment, the curtains will be drawn down on Friday 19th July, before the final game between North Africa’s Algeria and the Teranga Lions of Senegal.

Fuse ODG took to his twitter page to announce that he will be performing at #AFCON2019 closing ceremony.

He tweeted “Touch Down Egypt with the team!! Happy to announce I’ll be performing at the closing ceremony for African Cup of Nations Finals. Me ready to rep! It’s a worldwide movement… #AFCON19#NewAfricaNation”

Steve Bruce Appointed Newcastle United Manager

Newcastle United have appointed Steve Bruce as their head coach on a three-year contract.

The Magpies who have been without a manager since Rafael Benitez left when his contract expired in June, to join up with Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, have quickly snapped up the Former Sunderland manager Bruce, who resigned as Sheffield Wednesday boss on Monday following talks with Newcastle at the weekend.

He will be joined by coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, who have been part of his coaching team at some of the clubs he has worked for in the past.
Steve Bruce's appointment has led to widespread debate among fans, some of whom still feel angered by the fact that a deal could not be struck for Benitez to stay on at St James' Park after more than three years at the club.

Most of the criticisms have gone the way of the Owner Mike Ashley for his failure to properly invest alot of money needed to sign quality players to help move the club forward.

'I owe everything to Wolves' - Coady feels lucky to be part of 'mad' club growth

The skipper is at the heart of the club's pre-season tour to China, where owners Fosun have their headquarters, and is ready for the new season ahead
It’s a sign of the times when Wolverhampton Wanderers are opening a megastore in Shanghai’s prestigious Bund Finance Centre, at the heart of the city’s commercial district. But it serves as a useful indicator for the scale of the ambitions of the club’s Chinese owners, health and financial conglomerate Fosun, whose own headquarters sits next door to the megastore.
It’s a slightly surreal sight to see the famous and traditional Wolves logo plastered all over not only replica shirts but fashionable tops, t-shirts and any other kind of apparel that you might think of.
And it’s here, wedged between some of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world, in one of the world’s richest cities.

Emery eyes four new arrivals ahead of new season

The Gunners have been left frustrated in the transfer market thus far but their manager insists they are doing all they can to bolster their squad
Unai Emery insists Arsenal are looking to sign "very big, very expensive players" as the Gunners try to boost their squad ahead of the new Premier League season.
The Emirates Stadium outfit have been left frustrated in their pursuit of reinforcements so far this season having seen a series of bids knocked back or negoatiations drag on longer than expected.
Celtic have rejected two bids - the latest of which was worth £25 million ($31m)- for Scotland international left-back Kieran Tierney while Arsenal are struggling to raise the funds required to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.

Afcon 2019: Rohr targets strong finish to Nigeria's campaign

The tactician was the subject of contrasting messages from fans after the Algeria defeat, but he remains focused on finishing on a high
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr called on his Super Eagles players to put their defeat against Algeria behind them and focus on ending Afcon 2019 on a high note.A 2-1 defeat to the Desert Foxes in the semi-final means Nigeria will slug it out with Tunisia for the third-place prize on Wednesday.
Prior to the match, Rohr has talked up the importance of getting a win against Alain Giresse’s men, while insisting his side has a bright future despite their failure to win a fourth Afcon diadem.
“We will keep focused on the third-place playoff and hope to sign off with a happy result,” he told the media.

Aubameyang jokes Ozil looks like Megan Rapinoe as he reveals his new bleach blonde hairstyle

The former Germany star lost a bet to team-mate Alexandre Lacazette and his new style has been compared to that of the USWNT star
Mesut Ozil looks like Megan Rapinoe, his Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joked, after the former Germany international revealed his new bleach blonde hairstyle.
Aubameyang posted photographs of the pair side-by-side on his Instagram story, writing: "Now I know how they won."
Rapinoe took home the Golden Boot as she helped the USWNT to Women's World Cup glory in France, with her netting six times over the course of the tournament, including the opening goal of the 2-0 victory in the final.

Arsenal bid for Zaha nowhere near enough - Hodgson

The Gunners are trying to prise the Ivory Coast international out of Selhurst Park but have struggled to meet the Eagles' valuation
Arsenal have not come remotely close to matching Crystal Palace's asking price for Wilfried Zaha, according to Roy Hodgson.
The Gunners are in the market for wingers and Zaha is at the top of a list containing Barcelona's Malcom and Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth .
Zaha has generally refrained from commenting on the speculation but, earlier this month, his brother Judicael made a public plea for Palace to sanction the 26-year-old's "dream" transfer .

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has already taken a decision on his future

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter knows the decision he is going to take on his future‚ but he cannot reveal it just yet.

After Bafana bowed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) having progressed a lot further than skeptical fans at home might have predicted‚ Baxter said he knows what his future holds.

Bafana were knocked out of the tournament after they lost 2-1 to Nigeria in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

The coach has hinted for months now that he might leave the national team job regardless of how they performed at Egypt 2019.

At a breakfast with journalists early in the year‚ before Bafana had qualified for the Afcon‚ Baxter said he might leave even if they beat Libya - which they did in Tunisia to qualify for the tournament.

Baxter was asked as he left Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday night after the defeat against Nigeria if he knows what his decision on his future is.

“Just about‚” he responded.

Asked again if he knows‚ Baxter responded:


Asked if he could reveal it‚ he said: “No.”

After shocking hosts Egypt 1-0 in the upset of the tournament during the last-16 stage with a high-pressing game plan that was perfectly executed‚ Baxter kept the same starting XI and a 4-3-3 formation against Nigeria.

But the Super Eagles pushed Bafana far deeper and bossed the game.

“We weren't brave enough in the first half‚ the way we did it without compromise against Egypt‚ we didn't do it without compromise [against Nigeria]‚” said Baxter.

“We ended up being a bit 50/50‚ and they played in-between us. And I said at half time‚ we need to be braver‚ we need to commit to pressing‚ or we need to commit to dropping off.”

“And I also thought our possession was too ball-side‚ it was too slow. And in the second half we opened the game up better. We got into pockets where we could launch attacks from. “Even though we didn't get to those wonderful goal-scoring situations‚ we were always threatening them. And I think that's what we changed and that's what we did better‚ and we had a game in the second half.”

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he knew it would be difficult for Bafana to replicate the Egypt performance for two games in succession.

So the Nigerians turned up the physical battle‚ and pace up-front to get on top in the game and stay there.

“We knew that as well. And I would have like to change [the XI] a little bit for Nigeria‚ but the confidence was so high from Egypt that I think if you change you run the risk of players not being on board‚” Baxter said.

“So we went with the same type of game. But we just didn't drop off at the right times‚ we got chasing the ball‚ and they got in-between us. And that was the threat.”

Bafana's quarterfinal appearance was the first outside of South Africa since the Nations Cup in Mali in 2002.

Tiger Woods defends his lack of golf ahead of British Open

Tiger Woods has shrugged off concerns about his lack of golf heading into this week's British Open, saying he needs to carefully manage the remaining years of his career.

Woods has played only 10 competitive rounds since winning the Masters in April and his last tournament start was at the US Open.

By the time the 43-year-old tees up on Thursday he will have gone 32 days without playing competitively.

"Last year, I played too much. I played 17 events," Woods told a news conference on Tuesday. "And a lot of it was trying to qualify for certain events.

"So this year I made a conscious effort to cut back on my schedule to make sure that I don't play too much.

"I want to play here as long as I possibly can. And you have to understand, if I play a lot, I won't be out here that long," the American former world number one said.

"So it's understanding how much I can play, prepping how much I do at home and getting ready. And that's the tricky part is trying to determine how much tournament play I need to get the feel for the shots and also understanding where my body is," Woods added.

"I'm trying to figure it out and trying to play enough golf to where that I can compete and win events."

Woods said his Masters victory took a lot out of him and he went on a two-week family vacation in Thailand after finishing tied for 21st at the US Open last month.

"It's not quite as sharp as I'd like to have it right now," he said.

"My touch around the greens is right where I need to have it. I still need to get the ball -- the shape of the golf ball a little bit better than I am right now, especially with the weather coming in and the winds are going to be changing.

"I'm going to have to be able to cut the ball, draw the ball, hit at different heights and move it all around.

"Today it was a good range session. I need another one tomorrow. And hopefully that will be enough to be ready," he said.

Woods, who has 15 major titles to his name, reiterated his view that the British Open offers one of the best chances of adding to that tally.

"It allows the players that don't hit the ball very far or carry the ball as far to run the golf ball out there," he said.

"And plus, there is an art to playing links golf.

"It's not -- okay, I have 152 yards, bring out the automatic 9-iron and hit it 152. Here, 152 could be a little bump-and-run pitching wedge. It could be a chip 6-iron. It could be a lot of different things.

"Being able to control it as best you possibly can in the air to control it on the ground allows the older players to have a chance to do well in The Open Championship."

Passenger gives police statement about 'hit' on Marc Batchelor

Police investigating the purported "hit" on Marc Batchelor have obtained a statement from a passenger who was not injured when the striker's SUV was pierced by bullets in Olivedale, Johannesburg.

"His gardener was with him in the car and we have obtained a statement from him because he is a witness," police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini told TimesLIVE on Tuesday. "Fortunately he was not injured."

Dlamini said they were still searching for the suspects responsible for the murder of the retired footballer who was gunned down inside his BMW on Monday evening.

"No arrests had been made so far. We are still investigating the case," said Dlamini.

The former Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns striker was shot dead near his home.

Dlamini said that suspects on a motorcycle shot Batchelor "before he could drive into his premises at Olivedale after 6pm".

"We believe his wife was at home at the time of the shooting."

"He was shot through the window several times and died at the scene. The motive for the attack is unknown at this stage as nothing was taken. No suspects have been identified."

Journalists, onlookers and neighbours gathered at the crime scene.

Batchelor's former teammates on Monday reminisced about the time they spent with him.

Pollen Ndlanya, who played with the towering forward, said Batchelor was a dedicated player.

"He would always redouble his efforts at training and during matches. He made an invaluable contribution to football and would always give young players advice," Ndlanya told Sowetan.

"People misunderstood him for being arrogant because of [him being outspoken]. Yes, he was short-tempered but that didn't make him arrogant."

Ex-Bafana Bafana player shot dead by gunmen

Former Bafana Bafana player and TV presenter Marc Batchelor has been shot dead outside his home in Johannesburg.

Batchelor was gunned down in Bryanston, Johannesburg on Monday evening at about 6pm South Africa’s time. The ex-footballer was said to be in the car with his gardener, when the assailants on motorbike, approached and shot him through the car’s window.

“He was shot through the window several times and died at the scene,” Lungelo Dlamini, police spokesman said.

“Police are investigating a murder case after a former soccer player, Marc Bachelor was attacked by two men driving a motorbike in Olivedale outside his house. He was shot several times and died inside his vehicle. The suspects then drove away without taking anything. The motive for the attack is still unknown. No one has been arrested,” said Dlamini.

Paul Put, the head coach of Guinea has been sacked alongside his entire staff by the country’s Football Federation after their disappointing performance at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The Syli Nationale were eliminated from the competition after a 3-0 loss to Algeria in the Round of 16. During the group stage, Guinea managed a win, a draw and a loss in Group B.

The 63-year-old Belgian football coach was sacked after a Monday meeting.

“The Guinea Football Federation (FGF) have decided to amicably terminate the contract of Paul Put,"  confirmed.

Put was appointed as Guinea coach in March replacing Kanfory Sylla who was sacked following the failure of Guinea's home-based team at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco in January.

The former Burkina Faso, Gambia and Kenya coach was tasked to qualify the Syli National for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which he achieved but failed to guide the team to the next stage after a 3-0 loss to Algeria in the Round of 16.

Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey unveiled as a Juventus player

Wales and former Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey has been unveiled as a Juventus player.

The 28-year-old Welshman was officially unveiled by the Italian champions in Turin and was handed the No 8 shirt worn by Claudio Marchisio, Antonio Conte and Didier Deschamps.

'I wanted the No 8, I wore it at Arsenal and when it was free here I had to take it with both hands,' Ramsey said.

'I know Marchisio was an unbelievable player, grew up here and had a fantastic career. I spoke to him a couple of times in J Medical.

'If I can emulate what he did for Juventus I would be pretty proud of that. I know it comes with responsibilities but I am ready for that.'

You want to play football the best you can but it is not the only way to win a football game,' Ramsey added.

'At the end of the day it is about winning. But if you win playing nice football that is the way you want to win. This coach has his own philosophy and I am sure all the players here will adapt to that.'
He later added: 'When I heard that Juventus were interested in me, I thought it would be a dream to come here, as well as a great challenge.

'You can't turn down this opportunity. This is the right club for me. I hope to be a part of the history.

'I think the squad and the players and the manager have all welcomed me very nicely so far. I have spoken to him (Sarri) a few times.
'He is very approachable and easy to talk to. I am looking forward to helping my new team-mates. I am looking forward to the challenge and I hope to play my part.'

Ramsey agreed a four-year deal with the Serie A champions, which will see him earn £440,000 a week.

Nigerian basketball player Calistus Anyichie drowns in US

Calistus Anyichie, a Nigerian-born basketball player died on Sunday after he got drowned at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.

The sophomore student at Binghamton University, was a member of the University's basketball team and was majoring in political science before his death.

The body of the deceased was found at the base of a 15-foot bank, after the Crews responded to the drowning at the 300 block of West King Road at upper Buttermilk Falls State Park at around 5 p.m on Sunday.

He had attended St. Mary-Assumption High School, where he played basketball for three years, was the team captain and was also selected all-conference as a senior.

"There are no words. There is no blueprint for how to deal with such a painful loss,"  Tommy Dempsey, head coach of the Binghamton University men's basketball team, said in a statement. "We all loved Calistus so much. He was such a special young man. We are devastated."

It was also gathered that the Nigerian NBA prospect averaged 1.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 9.1 minutes per game last season at Binghamton.

Adorable photo of Cristiano Ronaldo and his family

So cute!

Manchester United midfielder Fred gets married

Fred got married this weekend and is expected to soon link up with his Manchester United teammates on their pre-season tour. The Brazilian midfielder was a surprise omission from United's 28-man pre-season tour squad named by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this month and the club confirmed he and Matteo Darmian were both left out due to personal reasons. Fred is believed to have booked his wedding for last weekend as he had hoped to be named in Brazil's squad for the Copa America, which ended on July 7. The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder married Monique Salum in a more private setting last year and this year's ceremony appears to have been arranged to give the bride and groom the chance to celebrate with friends and family.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Dangote Hosts Anthony Joshua And Sister On His Boat

African richest man, Aliko Dangote hosted heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua and his sister, Janet on his private boat ride.

Janet Joshua wrote…

When Sir Aliko Dangote �� hosts you on his boat

Brazilian player Alessandro fails medical after testing positive for AIDS

Brazilian player Alessandro has failed a medical at Korean club Daejeon Citizen - after testing positive for AIDS.

Daejeon had completed a summer transfer for the player, who was unveiled in a club shirt.

But having undergone tests with club doctors, it was revealed that the player had contracted the disease.

Daejeon immediately cancelled their contract offer.

Once fatal, AIDS sufferers can live with the disease today thanks to medical advances.

Arsenal £25m Tierney bid rejected by Celtic

Celtic have rejected Arsenal's improved £25 million ($31m) bid for defender Kieran Tierney as the Gunners' summer transfer woes continue.

Scotland international Tierney has emerged as Unai Emery's primary target at left-back, with the north London outfit having already seen a £15m ($19m) offer knocked back.

And Goal has now learned that the Bhoys have again turned down a bid from Arsenal, with the Scottish champions unhappy with the structure of the deal, which includes a number of add-ons and clauses so as to reach the eventual £25m fee.

It is expected Arsenal will return with a third offer in the coming days as their wait for a first senior signing of the summer transfer window goes on.

Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon tittle

History was made at Wimbledon on Saturday but if you were rooting for Serena Williams, it wasn't what you hoped for.

Simona Halep became the first Romanian to win Wimbledon when she stunned the American 6-2 6-2 in what had to be one of the finest performances in a final in the tournament's recent history.

Halep needed only one more minute than the Czech, 56, to see off the 37-year-old Williams.

Her three unforced errors were the fewest in a Wimbledon final since records were kept in 1998.
"I've always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena," Halep, who struck 13 winners, told reporters. "She's an inspiration for everyone and the model for everyone.
"Today I decided before the match that I'm going to focus on myself and on the final of a grand slam, not on her. That's why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against her."

Djokovic beats Federer to win fifth Wimbledon title

The 2019 edition of Wimbledon ended in a fifth – and second successive – title for Novak Djokovic, with the 32-year old winning 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 against Roger Federer in a gruelling four hours and 57 minutes.
The world No 3, competing in his 12th final and thus equalling Martina Navratilova's record, was denied his ninth Wimbledon crown by the Serbian as they met in their third final in SW19. Day 13 of the tournament also saw Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-wei take the women's doubles in straight sets against Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan, and the mixed doubles go to Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Algeria 2-1 Nigeria: Riyad Mahrez fires Desert Foxes into Afcon 2019 final


The 28-year-old’s last-minute free-kick helped the Desert Foxes overpower the Super Eagles at Cairo International Stadium
Algeria defeated Nigeria 2-1 to reach the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations(Afcon) on Sunday evening.
Riyad Mahrez scored the winning goal for the Desert Foxes in additional time after Odion Ighalo’s effort had cancelled out William Troost-Ekong’s own goal.
Gernot Rohr stuck to the team that defeated South Africa in the quarter-final, with Samuel Chukwueze, who found the back of the net against Bafana Bafana starting his second game in the tournament.

Afcon 2019: Nigeria will be ready for Algeria – Kenneth Omeruo

The Super Eagles are looking forward to facing the Foxes in Sunday’s Afcon semi-final in Cairo
Kenneth Omeruo is confident the Super Eagles will be ready for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations Cup semi-final against Algeria.The classic billed for Cairo International Stadium will see the two teams face each other for the ninth time in Afcon history.
Djamel Belmadi’s men are targeting a second African diadem, while Gernot Rohr’s side are two games away from a fourth Afcon title.
Omeruo is aware of the importance of the game and disclosed that his teammates will not be leaving any stone unturned against the North Africans.

David Luiz challenges 'amazing' Chelsea youngsters to fight for starting spot

The Blues are expected to rely heavily on their academy stars this season under Frank Lampard amid their ongoing transfer ban
Chelsea defender David Luiz has urged the Blues' youngsters to earn their spot in the first-team this season.
With the west London club in the middle of a summer transfer ban, new manager Frank Lampard is expected to give youth a chance, and Luiz has thrown down the gauntlet to Chelsea's young stars.
Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount impressed in the 4-0 friendly victory over St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday, and are just two of the club's starlets who will be hoping for more opportunities in a bid to cement their place in the starting XI ahead of the Premier League opener against Manchester United on August 11.

Afcon 2019: Algeria will do everything to qualify for final - Aissa Mandi

The Desert Foxes will square up with the Super Eagles for a chance to play in their third final of the continental tournament
Algeria defender Aissa Mandi believes his side will 'give everything' to ensure their qualification for the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Desert Foxes will slug it out with Nigeria in the semi-final of the biennial tournament at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday in what will be the ninth time these two teams have met in the history of the competition, with a perfectly balanced record of three wins for each side and two draws.
The Real Betis defender admitted both sides have changed since their last match in a World Cup qualifier in 2017 but has assured fans his side will be prepared to give their all ahead of the match.

Afcon 2019: Nigeria unconcerned about Akpeyi's stats at Kaizer Chiefs - Okocha

Akpeyi featured in six league matches for Amakhosi soon after arriving from Chippa United, but the team won just once with him in between the sticks
African legend Jay-Jay Okocha believes Nigerians are not bothered by how good or bad goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is doing in South Africa.
The Kaizer Chiefs stopper went from a back-up keeper at Amakhosi to being the Super Eagles No.1 at Afcon 2019, and Okocha is impressed with his countryman's performance so far.
“We are not bothered by how well he is doing in South Africa, but we are happy that he is here because the South African league (PSL) is one of the best in Africa, if not the best," Okocha told the South African media.

Dier ruled out of Tottenham's Asia tour following operation

An operation to correct an unspecified injury has left the midfielder unable to play any part in his club's pre-season tour of Asia
Eric Dier has been ruled out of Tottenham's pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai having undergone an operation on an unspecified injury.
The England international featured in the Three Lions' penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off on June 9, and had been hoping to play a full part in Tottenham's preparations for the 2019-20 season.
But the club have confirmed that, while the procedure to correct Dier's injury was successful, the 25-year-old midfielder will not travel with the rest of Mauricio Pochettino's squad when they visit Singapore and Shanghai for matches against Juventus and Manchester United. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Egypt paid the price for wrong squad selection – Hossam Ashour

The Al Ahly captain believes the Pharaohs would have performed better at Afcon if some players weren’t left out of the final squad

Al Ahly captain Hossam Ashour believes Egypt wouldn’t have been eliminated so early from the Africa Cup of Nations if the right players were picked in the 23-man squad.

The Pharaohs were knocked out by South Africa in the Round of 16 after largely delivering disappointing performances as host nation.

Eyebrows were raised after Javier Aguirre’s squad for the finals was made known, with several critics claiming Ramadan Sobhi as well as Mohamed Hany ought to have been picked.

Champions League return a must for Manchester United, says Robson

The Red Devils legend is adamant the club needs to reclaim its place in Europe's biggest competition
Manchester United icon Bryan Robson has declared the club mustn't settle for anything less than a top-four finish next season.
After a turbulent 2018-19 campaign which saw Jose Mourinho depart and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in as manager, the Red Devils ended the most recent Premier League season in sixth.
That finish means they've had to settle for a place in the Europa League, with Robson adamant that's not where United belong and optimistic about how the squad is shaping up after the arrivals of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Liverpool's Robertson has treatment on infected hand

The Scotland international will miss part of the Reds' pre-season preparations but will nevertheless travel to the US with the rest of the squad
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has been treated for an infected hand.
The Scotland captain will be excused from pre-season training exercises while he recovers from the procedure, the Premier League club confirmed.
Robertson is expected to travel with the rest of the Liverpool squad to the United States for their pre-season tour.

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The 18-year-old suffered a knee problem in the 6-0 friendly win over the League One side, with Jurgen Klopp admitting it "doesn't look too good"
Liverpool are facing an anxious wait over the fitness of young striker Paul Glatzel.
The 18-year-old suffered a knee injury in Thursday’s pre-season friendly win over Tranmere, and underwent a scan on Friday to assess the extent of the damage.
Glatzel was visibly distressed as he left the field, and Jurgen Klopp suggested after the game that it could be a serious issue for the forward.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Barcelona complete €120m Griezmann signing

A protracted transfer saga has finally reached its end, with the World Cup winner swapping the Spanish capital for Catalunya
Barcelona have officially announced the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, with the French forward putting pen to paper after the Blaugrana paid his full €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause.

The move has not been without drama, however, as Atleti recently hit out at both Barca and Griezmann himself for their conduct after it was revealed that the two parties had been in negotiations and reached an agreement in March, a time during which Diego Simeone's side were still fighting for La Liga and the Champions League.

Indeed, Atletico were only informed by the World Cup winner in May that he wanted to leave at the end of the season, further frustrating the Spanish capital side after delaying making public his intention to stay in a televised announcement the season before.

Peter Crouch Retires

Former England striker Peter Crouch has ended his playing career aged 38 after more than 21 years as a professional.

The former Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Stoke striker was out of contract at Burnley in June.

Crouch played for a total of 11 clubs and earned 42 England caps.

"If you told me at 17 I'd play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals, I would have avoided you at all costs," Crouch wrote on Twitter.

"It's been an absolute dream come true. Our wonderful game has given me everything. I'm so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and helped me stay there for so long."

Having started his professional career at Tottenham, he had spells on loan at Dulwich Hamlet and IFK Hassleholm before moving to Queens Park Rangers.

He then moved to Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Norwich on loan, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth again, Tottenham, Stoke and Burnley.

He scored 108 goals in 468 Premier League appearances and won the FA Cup in 2005-06 with Liverpool and played in the Champions League final in 2007 as part of Rafael Benitez's side.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Africa's richest men Dangote and Otedola make financial pledge to Super Eagles ahead of Algeria clash

Gernot Rohr's men are one step away from qualifying for the final of the continental showpiece in Egypt
Africa's billionaires Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola have promised to give the Super Eagles $50,000 and $25,000 respectively for each goals scored in their semi-final game against Algeria.
Nigeria are scheduled to battle the North Africans for a place in the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday at the Cairo International Stadium.
They overcame South Africa 2-1 in the quarter-final on Wednesday, thanks to goals from Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost-Ekong.

Afcon 2019: Nigeria to play Algeria in semi-finals

The Desert Foxes have set up a date with the Super Eagles in the last-four stage after seeing off Ivory Coast on Thursday
Algeria will lock horns with Nigeria in the semi-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
With the score tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes of football, Algeria defeated Ivory 4-3 via penalty shoot-out to advance to the semi-finals.
They will battle the Super Eagles at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday for a place in the final of the continental showpiece.

Serena Williams Becomes The Oldest Woman To Make A Grand Slam Final
Serena Williams just made it to her 11th Wimbledon final, becoming the oldest woman to make a Grand Slam final.

If she wins, she'll tie the record for the most Grand Slam singles wins.

She will face Simona Halep for the title on Saturday.

Lampard’s first game as Chelsea boss ends in draw

Frank Lampard stood in the technical area as Chelsea boss for the first time and had no worries about any stick from home fans behind the dugout.

This is became two of the stadium’s stands are too old and dangerous to house spectators.

A few of Chelsea’s players have also looked condemned but Lampard stuck to his word and gave run-outs to the Stamford Bridge misfits.

Lampard played two completely different teams in each half with Kenedy Danny Drinkwater and Michy Batshuayi, who hammered the eighth minute goal, all starting.

There was also an appearance for Tiemoue Bakayoko, who spent last year at Milan.

Eric Molloy bursts in to fire a late equaliser for Bohemians, who are third in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Lampard's men have another game in Dublin on Saturday against St Patrick’s before heading to Japan to play Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona.

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr rematch delayed because of venue

Matchroom promoter Hearn has claimed that the bout will be taking place in either America or the UK, with Madison Square Garden and Cardiff's Principality Stadium two possible venues.

Speaking to ESPN, Hearn said: "We had a few late approaches (from other sites) that delayed things.

"Expect to decide this weekend. Still, U.K. and U.S. (are the) favourites."

Senegal anticipated tough game with Benin - Aliou Cisse

The Teranga Lions secured a narrow victory over the Squirrels to advance into the last four of the continental tournament
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said they were not surprised by the performance of Benin in the quarter-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.
Idrissa Gueye’s solitary effort handed the Teranga Lions a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Squirrels as they secured their place in the semi-final of the tournament for the first time in 13 years.
Prior to the defeat, Benin were unbeaten in their last four games, forcing Ghana, Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau to stalemates before ousting North African giants Morocco in the Round of 16.

Afcon 2019: South Africa played better than Nigeria, Rohr concedes

The German coach believes Bafana Bafana gave his side a good fight despite their elimination from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr acknowledged luck was on his team’s side as they edged past South Africa in Cairo.Rohr rung the changes from the team that subdued Cameroon and triumphed with goals from Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost-Ekong.
For Stuart Baxter’s men, they dominated possession but failed to get the goals as Ronwen Williams’ howler cost Bafana Bafana a chance to reach the semi-final.
Nonetheless, Rohr praised his opponent’s fighting spirit and was keen to point out that South Africa were the better side.

Lionel Messi Surprises Staffs At A Shopping Centre In Argentina

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi surprised people who saw him at a shopping centre in Sante Fe, Argentina, which he visited to get a picture of himself for a bureaucratic process.
Despite trying to go incognito, he was recognised by the staff of the photo studio he attended and they didn't miss the opportunity to take a photo with one of the most famous football players in the world.