Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Lindelof signs new Man Utd deal

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has signed a new long-term contract with the club, keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2024.

The 25-year-old Sweden international also has an option to extend the deal by a further year.

Lindelof arrived at United from Benfica in the summer of 2017 for a fee in the region of £30m and has gone on to make 74 appearances in all competitions for the club.

He said: "Since the day I arrived at United it has felt like home. I have grown significantly both as a player and as a person in the last two years and for that I am grateful to everyone at the club for their help and support.

"I love playing football and my aim now is to help the team to win trophies and repay the fans for their unrivalled support.

"I know that everyone at the club shares this vision and will give everything to get Manchester United back to where it belongs.

"I'm still young and know I can improve further but with the help of the boss and his coaching staff, I believe that only good things are ahead for this great club." Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford in December, Lindelof has established himself as a first-choice centre-back and now starts alongside record-signing Harry Maguire.

Solskjaer added: "Victor has established himself here and has become a very important part of our team. He brings calmness on the pitch and I can see that he is determined to help this club and to be successful here.

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford in December, Lindelof has established himself as a first-choice centre-back and now starts alongside record-signing Harry Maguire.

Solskjaer added: "Victor has established himself here and has become a very important part of our team. He brings calmness on the pitch and I can see that he is determined to help this club and to be successful here.

Daniel James out of Europa League group opener for Manchester United.

Daniel James has been ruled out of Manchester United's Europa League clash against FC Astana after suffering a knock in their 1-0 victory over Leicester.

The 21-year-old has made five appearances and scored three goals for United in the Premier League this season.

The midfielder, who arrived at Old Trafford from Swansea for £15m in the summer, did not train with the squad on Wednesday ahead of their Group L clash. Prior to Thursday's tie, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "Yeah, he [James] got a knock against Leicester so he won't be available."

Luke Shaw (hamstring), Paul Pogba (ankle) and Anthony Martial (thigh) are also absent ahead of the start of United's Europa League campaign.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer confirmed that Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard have returned to fitness and are available for selection.

Despite the minor injury setback for James, Solskjaer expressed his excitement with the Wales international's performances at the beginning of the season. He said: "I'm delighted with Daniel. That we managed to get him to Manchester is fantastic, he has proven with his X-factor that he will give the squad a lot.

"I know he was close to joining Leeds but that's football. He's started well here." As well as United's upcoming Premier League games versus West Ham, Arsenal and Newcastle, James will be hoping to be back to full fitness and in contention for Wales' European Qualifiers against Slovakia and Croatia on October 10 and 13.

James scored a stunning right-footed, first-half strike to secure Ryan Giggs' side's recent 1-0 win over Belarus in Cardiff.

Daniel Sturridge faces ban from games in Turkey

Daniel Sturridge could face a ban from playing a number of matches in Turkey if the FA is successful with an appeal over his sanctions for breaking betting rules.

Sturridge was given a £75,000 fine and a two-week ban in July - a decision which the FA felt was too lenient - after an independent regulatory commission inquiry. It found that the former England international had instructed his brother, Leon, to lay bets on him making a possible move to Sevilla, which amounted to insider information.

But nine of 11 charges brought against Sturridge were dismissed and a statement issued by the FA at the time said the body "respectfully disagrees with the regulatory commission's findings."

The FA's appeal is successful, and if a harsher sporting sanction is imposed which includes a longer playing ban, English football's governing body may seek for that to be imposed in Turkey. If the Turkish authorities accepted the FA's request that would mean that Sturridge - who made his debut for Trabzonspor on Sunday - would then be forced to sit out any further suspended games for his new team. The 30-year-old signed a three-year contract with Trabzonspor in August after being released by Liverpool and came off the bench for his debut in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Genclerbirligi.

Until now Sturridge has missed no football because the two-week ban expired before the new season started.

Unai Emery Rest Mesut Ozil and Sokratis for Eintracht Frankfurt trip.

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has decided to rest Mesut Ozil and centre-back Sokratis for Thursday's Europa League group stage opener at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ozil made his first appearance of the season in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Watford, playing 71 minutes, but Emery said the German midfielder would be rested ahead of the weekend's Premier League game against Aston Villa.

"Sokratis and Mesut (are) rested for that match. We're going to play another match on Sunday," Emery said.

"My decision is because he (Ozil) played, I'm thinking (of) tomorrow's first XI and after that deciding who can be the best for tomorrow.

"The first match he played on Sunday he played good with his capacity and skills, his first minutes for us was good. Now he is going to be helping us. Sunday we are going to play another match."

Arsenal were heavily criticised after losing a two-goal lead against bottom side Watford, with their strategy of playing out from the defence backfiring and allowing the home side to fire a league-record 31 shots on goal.

However, Emery said Arsenal would stick to their guns against Frankfurt and look to improve on Sunday's performance by taking a leaf out of their first-half display against Watford when they went 2-0 up.

"The first analysis is on how we can improve and recover our confidence, starting and controlling the match," Emery added. "Sunday we struggled more than we wanted and also we made some mistakes and conceded some goals.

"We want to control every game with the ball, with positioning. We did on Sunday in the first half."

Frankfurt reached the semi-finals last season, where they were beaten by eventual champions Chelsea and Emery -- who has won the Europa League three times with Sevilla but lost last year's final -- said he was looking forward to a "new challenge" this season.

"Usually Eintracht are doing high pressing," Emery said. "Some mistakes we made on Sunday we need to improve. Tomorrow is another challenge to show how we can improve.

Ex-American football star, Justin Crawford gets 12 years jail sentence for child sex after being caught pants down by his wife

Justin Crawford, a former West Virginia running back has been handed a 12 year jail sentence followed by 8 years of probation after being found guilty of charges of child molestation and sodomy in his hometown of Columbus, Georgia.

The football player was arrested by Columbus police last October on charges of incest, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes after his wife, Chakeya walked into her living room about 5 a.m on October 13 to find her husband with an erection as he stood over the child.

He however denied sleeping with the 12-year-old girl at that time, but got busted after the girl told his wife that she was sleeping in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse. Other charges against him was reportedly dropped after he admitted to having oral sex and intercourse with the underage girl, but he claimed it was her idea.

Crawford played for West Virginia from 2016-17 after transferring from Northwest Mississippi Community College. He rushed for 2,237 yards and 11 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Mountaineers. Despite only having two years in the program, his rushing total ranks 11th in West Virginia history. His 331-yard game against Oklahoma in 2016 is the third-best rushing performance in WVU history.

The football player signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent, but was cut just days before the start of the 2018 regular season.

Anthony Joshua admits he suffered heavily following shock defeat by Andy Ruiz

Anthony Joshua has admitted he suffered heavily following shock defeat by Andy Ruiz.

The British Nigerian boxer lost his IBF, WBA and WBO titles after he was defeat to Ruiz Jr back in June at Madison Square Garden. The Mexican boxer defeated Joshua in the seventh-round to hand British/Nigerian boxer his first professional loss.

The pair will fight once again in Saudi Arabia on December 7, and Joshua has admitted that he suffered heavily after their first fight.

He said: 'I think I had to grieve and ask myself all the questions you would expect. People say 'you lost', I call it a blip.

'I can't wait to get in there and fight him. Every time I have fought a champion I have risen to the occasion.'

Joshua also said he might change his approach in order to be more proactive at the start of fights.

I need to start taking this approach to my fights where I'm a bit more lively. I know I'm capable of it. There is too much at stake.

'If I go in there where I'm switched on, a time like the Ruiz fight where I am so relaxed, that might be the difference.'

Emmanuel Adebayor pens sweet words to girlfriend Dillish Mathews on her 29th birthday

Football star Emmanuel Seyi Adebayor has sent a lovely message to celebrate his girlfriend, Dilish Mathews.

The 35-year-old Kayserispor forward took to his social media page to shower praises on his woman -The former Big Brother Africa contestant.

Adebayor posted a photo of the Namibian star on Instagram and captioned it : “SEA, baby you shine everyday, but today is a special one and your are shining the brightest. May God bless you with all of the wonderful desires of your heart and bless you to keep the many blessings that you already have. Happy birthday baby @dillishmathews

Last year, Dillish publicly confirmed her relationship with Emmanuel Adebayor in a post on her Instagram page.

Ronaldo on Messi: I deserve more Ballons d'Or

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said he deserves to end his career with more Ballon d'Or awards than Barcelona's Lionel Messi and hopes to establish himself as the greatest player of all time.

Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Football magazine trophy for the world's best player five times -- as many as Messi -- but is eager for more as he moves into the twilight of his career.

"Messi's in the history of football," Ronaldo told broadcaster Piers Morgan in an interview with Britain's ITV on Tuesday.

"But I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him," he said, referring to the Ballon d'Or awards.

"I'd love it, I think I deserve it."

The Portugal captain said he was no friend of the Argentine but credited his rival for helping push him further in his own career.

"My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years," Ronaldo said. "I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well."

Ronaldo, who also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, has five Champions League winners' medals and led Portugal to victory at the 2016 European Championship and 2019 Nations League tournaments.

"I don't follow the records, the records follow me. I'm addicted to the success, and I don't think it's something bad, I think it's good," Ronaldo said.

"It motivates me. If you're not motivated, it's better to stop."

U.S. players in MLS are 'underpaid' - Rooney says

D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney has said that American players in Major League Soccer do not get paid enough.

The former Manchester United striker told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview that his U.S. teammates do not earn enough money, calling for team owners and league officials to increase wages in the next collective bargaining agreement.

"I feel that American players get underpaid," he said. "I feel they deserve to get more money to stay in line with football in the rest of the world and in terms of the American sports.

"I'm not saying it to benefit me, I obviously won't be in the league next season. I think it's only fair to those players who are putting in the same work as all have to earn the right to earn more money for doing it."

The existing collective bargaining agreement is due to expire on Jan. 31, 2020, with players previously threatening to strike if changes are not made to salaries, travel accommodations and more freedom of movement between MLS clubs when contracts expire.

Rooney is one of the three Designated Players at D.C. United, meaning that he is allowed to earn above $10,192-a-week, the cap for non-Designated Players on MLS rosters.

Liverpool CEO Peter Moore stays at the hospital with fan 'ambushed' before Napoli game

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore has stayed in hospital with a fan who was "ambushed" in a bar in Naples before the Reds' Champions League loss to Napoli on Tuesday.

The fan collapsed at half-time due to "significant blood loss" according to a post on social media.

Merseyside Police say two Liverpool fans were reportedly assaulted at a bar before the match at 18:00 local time.

They were attacked by a group on scooters and suffered cuts and grazes.

The two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, were treated at the scene before attending the game.

Moore had responded to a tweet asking for supporters to visit the injured fan, who has now been discharged from hospital.

"I'm at the hospital with him right now," Moore tweeted just before 01:00. "We will not leave him until we are comfortable that he's fine."

He later added: "The hospital staff and the police have now helped Steven and have been very co-operative. He's been seen and will be monitored throughout the night. He asked me to thank everyone for their concern."

Gonzalo Higuain Kicks Coach In Training.

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Juventus Champions League preparations took a slight turn this evening after an incident with Striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The Serie A giants begin their 2019-20 Champions League campaign away at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, with Cristiano Ronaldo looking to haunt his former La Liga rivals once more.

But during Juventus training on Tuesday, their preparations were interrupted after Higuain unexpectedly vented his frustration.

During the piggy-in-the-middle exercise, Higuain completely lost his cool after failing to get the ball off his team-mates.

After being given the runaround, the Argentine Striker immediately let his feelings be known, kicking out at the coach watching on from the sides before smashing the advertising hoarding next to him.

The 31-year-old, who left the coach hobbling away, was then hauled back into the middle of the drill by a team-mate who attempted to defuse the the video below..

Ronaldo rates sex with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez above his best goal

The 34-year-old says there is one thing that is better than the feeling of scoring a goal

Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed sex with model girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is superior to the best goal of his glittering football career.

The Juventus star revealed that his overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current side in April 2018 is his pick for his favourite goal ever, but it does not compare to being with his current partner.

Ronaldo connected with a cross from Dani Carvajal to score an incredible goal in the 2017-18 Champions League quarter-final first leg. Upon seeing the goal, the home faithful in Turin gave Ronaldo a standing ovation, despite the Portugal star scoring for the visiting team.

That goal would help see Real Madrid past Juventus into the semi-finals, where they would overcome Bayern Munich before then beating Liverpool in the final for their third consecutive Champions League win.

Speaking to Piers Morgan in an interview on ITV , the 34-year-old has admitted the goal against the Old Lady was his favourite, but said he didn't rate it above his experiences with Rodriguez between the sheets.

"No, not [when compared] with my Geo, no!" Ronaldo said as he laughed at the question from Morgan. "I tried to score this goal for many, many years," Ronaldo said. "I had scored 700-odd goals but I hadn’t done this. I thought, ‘Finally I had scored a bicycle, the beautiful jumping'.

“The way I had done against [Gianluigi] Buffon, against Juventus, in the Champions League. It was a beautiful goal.”

Ronaldo may not have known it at the time, but just months after scoring that goal he would be joining Juventus following a legendary nine-year run at Real Madrid.

The former Manchester United forward has said that the reception he received from Juve fans after scoring that goal helped to convince him to join the Serie A club.

"When the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘Wow'," Ronaldo told DAZN last year.

"[It] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so [it] was [an] unbelievable moment."

Ronaldo scored 21 goals in Serie A in his first season with the club as Juventus won the league for the eighth consecutive year.

He has scored one goal in three league games in 2019-20 ahead of Juve's return to the Champions League on Wednesday against Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo will be looking to help Juventus win their first Champions League crown since 1995-96, after the club fell to Ajax at the quarter-final stage last season.

Gudjohnsen slams 'disrespectful' Barkley after Chelsea penalty miss

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The England midfielder stepped up ahead of more regular spot-kick takers as the Blues got their Champions League campaign off to a nightmare start

Ross Barkley’s decision to take Chelsea's penalty – and miss it - in their 1-0 defeat to Valencia was "disrespectful" towards his team-mates, says former Blues forward Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Barkley immediately stepped up to take the kick despite the presence of regular takers Jorginho and Willian on the pitch, with the latter in particular appearing to protest his call.

The England midfielder promptly flashed the spot-kick off the top of the crossbar to get Chelsea’s Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start.

Frank Lampard said after the game that Barkley is a designated taker, but there was a clear disagreement between the players on the pitch.

“It’s almost disrespectful to your team-mates to do something like what Ross Barkley did this evening,” Gudjohnsen said on BT Sport.

“I’m pretty sure it’s clear who is the penalty taker before the game.

“Just to create all the fuss, the tension between your team-mates and yourself and then go on to miss the penalty, you just put yourself under so much more pressure than actually just taking a penalty.”

Such penalty confusion appears to be developing as something of a theme this season, following a similar situation at Manchester United with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford both missing kicks during the opening weeks of the campaign.

But while Barkley appeared full of bravado as he placed the ball on the spot straight away, Gudjohnsen thinks Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta should have taken control of the situation.

“If you’re the manager in a situation like this,” he posed, “where you’ve got one, two, three, four players standing over the ball, and there is a question on who is going to take the penalty, don’t you want your captain to step in and say, ‘Listen, it’s been decided before the game who is the penalty taker’?

“Show that authority as the captain to make the decision for everyone who’s on the pitch.”

The 1-0 defeat, courtesy of Rodrigo’s well-taken finish with 15 minutes to play, means Chelsea are now under pressure to find results against Lille and last year’s semi-finalists Ajax.

Lampard takes his side to France in two weeks’ time looking to bounce back from this early setback following domestic games with Liverpool, Grimsby and Brighton.

Interim Coach Names Asisat Oshoala As New Falcons Captain.


In what many have described as a show of shame, interim coach, Christopher Danjuma, have announced that Asisat Oshoala is the new captain of the team. He said he has not decided on the assistant will be.

When this announcement was made, players were stunned but were forced to clap grudgingly because a government official was there.

Nigerians keep asking why Desire Oparanozie who is the captain of Guingamp of France was not invited to Falcons last game and their next two games.

Swedish Coach, Thomas Dennerby left the side over what he termed "interference" in team selection amongst other things.

With this development, it is not hard to see why Dennerby may have left.

Fans have expressed displeasure with the announcement on social media and on the Super Falcons Twitter page

Willian Confronted Ross Barkley Over Chelsea Penalty Before He Blazed Over

Ross Barkley and Willian had a stand-off over Chelsea's missed penalty against Valencia at Stamford Bridge.

The English midfielder sent his Brazilian team-mate away before blazing over from the spot in the 87th minute.

Barkley, 25, was left red-faced as Chelsea fell to a 1-0 defeat in their opening Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Barkley stood over the ball from the outset before Tammy Abraham and Willian came over to talk it over.

Abraham moved away straight away, but Brazilian Willian needed more convincing to let Barkley take the spot-kick.

The former Everton midfielder even gave Willian some hand gestures to tell him to relax and he's got this, but was left embarrassed.

Barkley put his penalty over the bar, and Frank Lampard's men were beaten 1-0 by the Spanish side.

Rodrigo scored the winner for in the 74th minute of the Group H clash on Tuesday night.

Lampard also lost Mason Mount to injury in the first half after a horror tackle from Francis Coquelin.

Chelsea host Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday in their next outing.

Liverpool Fans Optimistic About Winning The Champions League After Napoli Defeat

Liverpool fans agree with Ancelotti as they are ready for history to repeat itself and retain the Champions League crown this season.

Dries Mertens fired Napoli into the lead late into the second half after Andy Robertson fouled Jose Callejon and Ancelotti's men were awarded a controversial penalty.

Napoli would double their advantage after ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente pounced on a Virgil van Dijk error in stoppage time and slotted the ball past Adrian.

The Liverpool shot-stopper also received praise early in the second half when he pulled off a superb one-handed save to deny Mertens.

Klopp admitted that the defeat "hurt" due to the "opportunities" that Liverpool didn't take full advantage of in the match.

The German head coach told BT Sport: "It was an open game with a lot of counter-attacks, but we didn't finish them off and that is a problem.

"In the second half, it was a wild game; they were running and we were running.

"I don't think it's a penalty. What can I say? For me, it is clear and obvious no penalty.

"He jumps before any contact -- we can't change that.

"We played a lot of good football, but didn't finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end.

"We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right."

Liverpool fans took to social media to show their support for the team and also shared how Liverpool lost to Napoli last season and end up winning the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti Joked With Jurgen Klopp That Liverpool Would Still Win The Champions League After Napoli Defeat

Carlo Ancelotti hilariously admitted that he told Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool would still win the Champions League even if they lost to Napoli.

The Reds lost their opening Group E clash 2-0 at the San Paolo on Tuesday evening and dealt an early blow to their Champions League title defence.

But Napoli boss Ancelotti was spotted smiling at the Liverpool head coach after the match.

When reporters asked the 60-year-old Italian why he was smiling at Klopp, Ancelotti revealed: "Because I told him: 'Don't you worry, if you lose in Naples, then you end up winning the Champions League.'"

Napoli and Liverpool met in this stage of the competition last season and the Italian club defeated the Reds 1-0 at the San Paolo.

But Klopp's men exacted retribution in the return leg as Mohamed Salah scored in the 1-0 victory at Anfield to fire Liverpool to the knockout stages and dump Napoli out of the competition.

The Merseyside giants end up lifting the trophy by defeating Spurs 2-0 in the all English final.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Heartland Hold 25 Years Remembrance For Iwuanyanwu Nationale Plane Crash Victims

Heartland Hold 25 Years Remembrance For  Iwuanyanwu Nationale Plane Crash Victims

he General Manager of Heartland) Chief Chukwudi Ifeanyi(pictured above) has revealed that players of Iwuanyanwu Nationale [now Heartland FC] who lost their lives in the September 18, 1994 Oriental Airline crash in Tamaransett, Southern Algeria, would be commemorated as ‘Fallen Heroes’ on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, exactly 25 years after plane mishap.
The memorial activities will commence 8.00 am at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri with a candle procession and prayers, after which a march around Owerri will commence and end at Mr Fan’s Place for refreshments.
The plane crash which took place 25 years ago, claimed the lives of goalkeeper Uche Ikeogu and defender Aimwola Omale.
The team was on its way back home after a CAF Champions League match away to Esperance of Tunisia which the Nigerian champions lost 3-0.
The Heartland boss made this landmark revelation during a chat with ex players of Iwuanyanwu Nationale in Owerri.
The Heartland’s supremo assured the body of the club’s support, urging for a symbiotic relationship between the club and her ex players.
Chief Ifeanyi confirmed that the management will be playing a pivotal role in the memorial celebrations.
“In addition, the club has decided to honour Elder Iheanacho (Medic) who was among those that survived the crash and served the club for over two decades.
“Elder Iheanacho would be honoured during Heartland’s first home game in the upcoming NPFL Season,” Solomon Onu, Heartland Director of Media and Communication said in a statement made available to
The new Heartland boss thus urged the Ex players to feel free to approach his office as he is operating an open door policy, insisting that his doors will always be open to listen to their concerns, advise and constructive criticisms.
Spokesman for the Ex-Iwuanyanwu Nationale players Mr Casmir Mbachu, appreciated the management of the club under the leadership of Ifeanyi, pledging their support to the club and management, through advice and mentorship.
Both parties resolved to work in sync with one another for the benefit of the club and people of Imo State.
Nicholas Ukadike, Casmir Mbachu, Collins Amadi, Chukwudi Nwaigbo, Obinna Obiaka and Jonathan Ubanwa were among the former Iwuanyanwu Nationale players who were present at the meeting.
Chief Chukwudi Ifeanyi (GM), Neville Okere (Secretary), Ifeanyi Ekwueme (Sporting Director 1), Promise Nwachukwu (Sporting Director 2), Sam Anozie (Chief Scouting officer), Sunny Black Ogbeka (scouting officer) were among the Heartland FC management committee members at the meeting.

Peter Olayinka scores in UEFA Champions League

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A round-up of the Nigeria-eligible players who were on parade for their respective clubs on matchday one in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, September 17.

At the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Slavia Prague in Group F.
Peter Olayinka gave the visitors a shock lead in the 63rd minute but the Serie A outfit snatched a 92nd minute equaliser through Barella . The Slavia Prague number 9 was replaced on 85 minutes.

In Group H, Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Valencia, with Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham playing the full game for the Premier League side on their Champions League debuts.

A 74th minute goal from Rodrigo secured all three points for Valencia. The Blues were handed a lifeline in the closing minutes after they were awarded a penalty but the spot kick was missed by Ross Barkley.

In the other group fixture, Victor Osimhen's Lille were thrashed 3-0 by Ajax Amsterdam; Promes, álvarez and Tagliafico the scorers for the Dutch champions at the Johan Cruijff Arena.

The Nigeria international went the distance for Lille on his Champions League debut.

At the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, RB Leipzig claimed a 2-1 win vs Benfica, with former Everton man Ademola Lookman watching proceedings from the bench for the entirety of the game.

The German Bundesliga side established a two-goal lead thanks to Werner's double, before substitute Seferović pulled one back for the hosts on 84 minutes.

In a Group E clash at the Red Bull Arena, Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu came off the bench in the 85th minute as Racing Genk were hammered 6-2 by Salzburg.

Haland scored a first-half hat-trick; Hwang Hee-Chan, Szoboszlai and Ulmer were also on target for the hosts while Lucumí and Samatta pulled goals back for the Belgian club.
Nigeria U23 international Stephen Odey was not in Racing Genk's matchday 18.

Thomas Tuchel unsure if Mauro Icardi will start for depleted PSG against Real Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel is unsure if Mauro Icardi is fit enough to start in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who had expected to be fit for the game at the Parc des Princes, has been ruled out injured along with France forward Kylian Mbappe, while Brazilian Neymar is suspended.

Icardi, who joined PSG on a season-long loan from Inter Milan earlier this month, could start up front but Tuchel is unsure about his condition as the Argentine only played half an hour so far this season, coming on as a substitute in Saturday's 1-0 win over Strasbourg.

"I don't know exactly how fit he is," Tuchel said. "I don't know how long he can play, maybe he should start or maybe Eric Choupo-Moting can start. Everybody knows we miss a few strikers but I trust the players I have for this game."

The French champions return to the European stage for the first time since their elimination by Manchester United in the round of 16 last season.

Tuchel was keen to play down the importance of the visit of 13-time European champions Real.

"This game will not decide everything. I want us to play our game, aggressively and play to win," Tuchel said.

We've put last season behind us and we are looking ahead. We've made changes, there are new players and we've gained experience."

Club Brugge host Galatasaray in the other Group A game on Wednesday.

John Stones: Man City defender suffers muscle injury.

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Manchester City and England defender John Stones will be out for between four and five weeks after suffering a muscle injury in training.

Stones suffered the injury in Ukraine on Tuesday, where City are preparing for Wednesday's Champions League group game with Shakhtar Donetsk.

The injury is a setback for City, who are also without Aymeric Laporte until January or February because of injury.

It leaves City with one established central defender in Nicolas Otamendi.
Laporte injury a problem after Guardiola told to limit spending

The injury comes as City prepare for a busy period of games in the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup.

Stones, 25, could miss up to eight league and cup matches for reigning Premier League champions City, who suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich last Saturday.

"For me as a manager it is an incredible challenge," said City boss Pep Guardiola after revealing the news about Stones' injury during a news conference.

"But I believe in something people don't know about - spirit and commitment. We will make steps forward to solve this problem."

After facing Shakhtar, City entertain Watford on Saturday before playing Championship Preston at Deepdale in the third round of the EFL Cup next Tuesday.

City are away to Everton on 28 September, host Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on 1 October before welcoming Wolves to Etihad Stadium five days later.

After the international break, Pep Guardiola's side are at Crystal Palace on 19 October and then host Italian side Atalanta in the Champions League three days later.

France centre-back Laporte, 25, had surgery on his right knee after being carried off during the 4-0 win over Brighton on 31 August.

City are second in the Premier League table, five points behind leaders Liverpool.

Barkley misses late penalty as Chelsea lose at home to Valencia

Ross Barkley misses a penalty against Valencia

Chelsea's return to the Champions League ended in disappointment as Ross Barkley missed a late penalty that ensured Valencia claimed victory at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard's first game as a manager in the tournament he won as a player with Chelsea in 2012 turned into a night of frustration as Valencia took advantage of slack marking at a free-kick for Rodrigo to score the winner on 74 minutes.

Chelsea, who lost in-form youngster Mason Mount to injury early on, had the chance to rescue a point when referee Cuneyt Cakir awarded a penalty for handball after consulting VAR when Daniel Wass blocked Fikayo Tomori's header.

Barkley had only come on as a substitute eight minutes earlier but insisted taking the spot-kick instead of the Blues' regular taker Jorginho and Willian, who argued his own case to take it before relenting.

It was a tight and tense encounter with chances at a premium and a tricky Group H, which also includes Lille and last year's semi-finalists Ajax, has got even tougher for Chelsea after starting their campaign with a damaging home loss.

Napoli score two late goals to beat Champions League holders Liverpool

Dries Mertens' penalty and a late Fernando Llorente goal condemned Liverpool to defeat in their Group E Champions League opener against Napoli.

Belgian forward Mertens scored from the penalty spot after Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was judged to have fouled Jose Callejon.

Former Tottenham forward Llorente then capitalised on a mistake from Virgil van Dijk in stoppage-time to roll the ball past Liverpool keeper Adrian.

Jurgen Klopp's side are the first winners of the competition to lose the opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994.

Goalkeeper Adrian had earlier made two keys saves for Liverpool, who initially struggled to impose themselves in the intimidating atmosphere of the San Paolo Stadium.

The 32-year-old, deputising for the injured Alisson, twice saved from compatriot Fabian Ruiz during the first period and produced an outstanding point-blank save from Mertens' volley just after the break.

However, unlike the corresponding fixture last term, when Liverpool failed to register a shot on target in their 1-0 defeat, Klopp's side did produce moments of slick football to threaten the hosts.

A flashing Mohamed Salah drive was superbly tipped to safety by Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret, who also saved Sadio Mane's toe-poked shot with the score at 0-0.

But while Klopp's side have made a blistering start to the Premier League, averaging three goals per game, their failure to exploit several good breaks consigned them to a sixth defeat away from home in their last eight matches in the competition.

Roc Nation Sports Int’l, 10 Management Present Chukwueze As New Nigerian Brand

Roc Nation Sports Int’l, 10 Management Present Chukwueze As New Nigerian Brand
On Monday in Abuja, Roc Nation Sports International and 10 Management gave a presentation on Super Eagles and Villarreal of Spain wing wizard, Samuel Chukwueze to major Nigerian brands.
The two companies also outlined their culture as a brand and why they teamed up with Samuel, as well as their strategy following the signing of the Villarreal break out star.
It was a huge event that showcased the clear representation of Roc Nation Sports International as a company with a great reputation in the world, and what it wants to do following last July’s partnership with 10 Management – one that eventually culminated in the signing of Roc Nation Sports International’s sixth football star, Samuel Chukwueze.
Part of the keynotes of the event is to open the eyes of the Nigerian Business airspace to the benefits they will derive if they take the bold step to partner with Samuel Chukwueze following his recent rise to stardom for both club and country on and off the pitch.
President of Roc Nation Sports International, Michael Yormark, explained to the audience that were in attendance that it was important the company aligned with the player who has described himself as exciting, unique, hardworking, professional, powerful and skillful on the pitch and of course who has got promises even off the pitch having also displayed that he is ambitious, respectful and engaging.
He also pointed out that the ‘Samuel Brand’ is seeking partnership with Nigerian authentic brands for long term relationships, and he (Samuel) has made it clear also that he wants to partner both Nigerian and African based brands to reinforce his heritage. The attributes that Samuel possesses will be projected using the global reach of Roc Nation Sports International.
“It was a huge event. We never expected the large turnout and immediate responses we received, and we hope that in the next 45 days we will have started discussions with interested brands and companies as we pursue 3-5 exclusive partners that can align with us” said Yormark, following the event.
Ted Major, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer for Roc Nation Sports International, believes it is important Nigerian brands keyed into doing business with the ‘Samuel Brand’ as he is their own and they have so much to gain.
President of 10 Management, Graham Heydorn, who had nurtured Samuel Chukwueze, reiterated that for a player who has in his young age achieved and showed signs of greatness, it is expected that big Nigerian and African brands will swoop to get him to become their Brand Ambassador.
According to him, Samuel – who is a reincarnation of one of the best footballers in the world, Dutch wing wizard Arjen Robben – works very hard and is incredibly committed.
There were positive reactions from the Nigerian brands led by the Vice President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Somadina Anene, who welcomed the idea of the presentation.
In attendance at the epoch-making event were captains of industries from major brands in Nigeria such as Guinness Nigeria, leading Nigerian banks such as Access Bank PLC and the football business empire.
Samuel Chukwueze has made an immediate impact since joining Villarreal FC. He is currently rated among the top 50 young football stars in the world by UEFA.

Sports Minister Dare Intervenes In NFF, Dennerby Feud

Sports Minister Dare Intervenes In NFF, Dennerby Feud

Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare has waded in the crisis between the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Falcons head coach, Thomas Dennerby.

There were reports that the Swede had threatened to resign from his position over several issues that have boiled over in recent weeks.

The 60-year-old was said to have returned to his home country after his team defeated Algeria 1-0 in the Olympics qualifiers and has failed to return.

The coach reportedly complained about the decision of the NFF to allow some of his players feature at the African Games in Egypt last month without informing him.

“I have personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the coach of Super Falcons. I received a brief this morning and will proceed to seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to Coach Nigeria’s female team,” he tweeted.

”An hour ago I had a constructive conversation on the telephone with Super Falcons Coach Dennerby in Sweden. I have also spoken with the NFF leadership. We are working to resolve the issues in the interest of football development.”

Rooney: American Players In MLS Are Underpaid

Former England forward Wayne Rooney says that American players in the Major League Soccer are underpaid as the league heads towards negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement this winter.

Rooney linked up with DC United in 2018 and is set to conclude his stay in the MLS after the end of the current season.

The former Manchester United and Everton striker will head back to England in January to join Sky Bet Championship club, Derby County.

The league’s existing collective bargaining agreement is due to expire on Jan. 31, 2020, with players having previously threatened to strike before a final-hour deal during the last negotiations in 2015.

This time around, the focus is on increased salaries, better travel accommodations and increased player movement, having secured a limited form of free agency during the last set of negotiations four years ago.

With players still flying on non-charter flights and being paid in accordance with the league’s salary cap structure, Rooney says he believes MLS players deserve more than what they are currently getting.

“I feel that American players get underpaid,” he told ESPN.

“I feel they deserve to get more money to stay in line with football in the rest of the world but also in terms of the American sports.

“I’m not saying it to benefit me, I obviously won’t be in the league next season. I think it’s only fair to those players who are putting in the same work as all have to earn the right to earn more money for doing it.”

He added: “I think the flight issues, in terms of you get so many chartered flights, I believe if a team wants chartered flights than they should be able to charter as many they want. They should be able to do whatever they want with that.”

International Friendly: Super Eagles To Confront Brazil October 13 In Singapore

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face five-time world champions, Brazil in a friendly match on October 13 at the National Stadium, Singapore, reports.
According to a release from the Brazilian Football Confederation, Rohr’s side was picked because they are ranked among the best two teams in Africa and also for their physical football.
The Selecao will first confront the Teranga Lions of Senegal on October 10 at the same venue.
Nigeria lost 3-0 to the South Americans in their last meeting in 2003 at the National Stadium in Abuja with Gil, Luís Fabiano and Adriano getting the goals.
The Super Eagles were held to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in their last friendly encounter at the Dnipro Arena.
The former African champions will use the game as part of their preparation for November’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Benin and Lesotho.

Kalu Rated As Best Dribbler In Europe’s Top 5 Leagues

Super Eagles and Bordeaux of France star, Samuel Kalu has been rated as the best dribbler in Europe’s top five leagues, according to OptaJean’s latest statistics, reports.

The skillful Nigeria international rates ahead of top stars like PSG’s Angel Di Maria, Arsenal new signing Nicolas Pepe and Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir.

The 22-yer old who helped Bordeaux to a 2-0 win over Metz last Saturday currently has the highest dribble percentage across French Ligue 1, EPL, Spanish LaLiga, Bundesliga and the Serie A.

In latest statistics collated by OptaJean, Kalu has successfully made 22 dribbles out of 47 attempts which puts him ahead of others in the ongoing 2019/2020 season.

Below are the statistics for the Top 4 successful dribbles in the 5 major leagues so far in the 2019/20 season.

Samuel Kalu – 22 (out of 47 attempts)

Nicolas Pépé – 19 (out of 28 attempts)

Nabil Fekir – 18 (out of 25 attempts)

Ángel Di María – 18 (out 41 attempts)

Neymar's Champions League ban for cut to two games

Neymar has had his three-match Champions League ban cut to two games by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was found guilty of abuse on social media by UEFA back in March and after the club's appeal to UEFA was dismissed, the Ligue 1 champions appealed to CAS, who reduced the ban on Tuesday.

The Brazilian, 27, used profane language towards officials after Manchester United were awarded a contentious penalty for handball against Presnel Kimpembe leading to a controversial 3-1 home defeat in the Champions League last 16.

Neymar, who was injured for the match, wrote on social media: "This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR."

He will still miss PSG's opening Champions League games against Real Madrid on Wednesday and Galatasaray in two weeks' time, but can now travel to Club Brugge on October 22.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Valencia boycott ahead of Chelsea Champions League tie could lead to disciplinary action

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Valencia could face disciplinary action from UEFA after no player attended the pre-match press conference ahead of their Champions League tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The players refused to attend the pre-match press conference in the wake of last week's sacking of popular manager Marcelino, who led them to Copa del Rey success and secured Champions League qualification last season. New boss Albert Celades took press conference duties alone on Monday evening, yet he insisted that no matter what the feelings are inside the camp, the team will be motivated to beat Chelsea.

He said: "Obviously it's not an ideal situation but it's the players' decision, really. I don't have much more to say about that. There isn't anything I can do about it.

"I speak to the players every day. They took this decision but there is always dialogue. The reaction I've had has been very good and I'm sure it will continue to improve.

"The spirit is very good. [Tuesday] is the start of the best club competition in Europe and that is ample motivation for the players to give their best.

"They want to play, taste the atmosphere and be in the starting XI. No one wants to miss out and that, for me, is the most important thing."

Their opponents beat Wolves 5-2 on Saturday and, ironically, Valencia were beaten by the same scoreline in Celades' first match in charge against Barcelona at the weekend.

Now his side face a tough test against Frank Lampard's side on Tuesday, and the Spaniard has been complimentary of the Premier League side ahead of that game.

He added: "They are a great side with some fantastic individual players.

Klopp contract extension at Liverpool may be weather dependent, says agent

The Reds boss has stated that he is in no rush to discuss fresh terms at Anfield, with Marc Kosicke suggesting that the German may want warmer climes

Jurgen Klopp’s agent, Marc Kosicke, has suggested that the success of any contract extension talks at Anfield may be influenced by the British weather.

The German tactician is closing in on the four-year anniversary of his appointment by the Reds.

Since his arrival in October 2015, the 52-year-old has helped to make Liverpool competitive again in the Premier League while ending the club’s long wait for major silverware with a Champions League triumph.

Many on Merseyside would be happy to see him commit to a contract for life, but Klopp has stated on a regular basis that he is in no rush to discuss his future beyond the end of his current deal.

That is due to expire in 2022, with Kosicke claiming that discussions regarding fresh terms may depend on climate change delivering an improvement to conditions in the North West of England.

He told DAZN and Goal: "Jurgen's contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend.

"We still have a little time for that. We must wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change will bring better weather to England or only to Germany.

"One should not underestimate [the bad weather]. I remember that in November or December, Liverpool first asked for a contract extension. I said: 'Let's wait'.

"Ulla [Klopp's wife] and Jurgen get up in the morning and it's dark. When they meet again in the evening, it is also dark or it is grey and there is drizzle.

"During the winter break in Germany, if the weather is really bad, the clubs go on vacation for two weeks, then come back and fly directly to the training camp in the sun for several days.

"During this time, the coaches in England sometimes have to prepare for up to 13 games. They are already exhausted and it's not so easy."

Kosicke added on Klopp’s drive, which may also see him opt to walk away and take a break: “Jurgen is not just interested in the win next Saturday. It is also about how the club is perceived and that everyone has a good working environment. The joy of daily work is the basic requirement for this.

“He always says: ‘If we are already there, then we must still give 100 per cent’. So I think it's this mix. Without taking into account the fact that his work is evaluated publicly every day.

“A CEO of a DAX board does not have that, they are judged by quarterly figures. The fact that every day something is written about you, how you work, how you look and he still gets on with things so well, that's what attracts the leaders of clubs to him.”

Klopp’s CV also offers obvious appeal to Liverpool and any other suitor, with there a determination on his part to add a Premier League title to his collection of honours after coming so close to toppling Manchester City in 2018-19.

“He is not only proud of the process that is going on, but also very happy that titles are back in the closet," said Kosicke.

“Therefore, winning the Premier League would still be a goal for Jurgen. There are these six top teams in the league. Jurgen has recently said his biggest problem in Liverpool is Manchester City.”

Barcelona confirm Messi is fit for Champions League opener against Dortmund.

The Argentine is in line for his first appearance of the 2019-20 campaign after making a full recovery from a calf injury suffered in August

Lionel Messi has been declared fit ahead of Barcelona's Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been out of action since sustaining a calf injury in pre-season, following his return to Camp Nou from the Copa America with Argentina.

He was expected back on August 25 when Barcelona faced Real Betis at Camp Nou, but his scar reopened which extended his time away from the pitch for a couple of extra weeks.

The 32-year-old returned to full training on Monday morning and has been included in Ernesto Valverde's 22-man squad for the trip to Westfalenstadion.

Messi will travel to Germany with his team-mates later on Monday, as Barca prepare to open their latest Champions League campaign.

The Spanish champions have been drawn in Group F, alongside Dortmund, Inter and Slavia Prague.

Messi has not featured for Barca since a Copa del Rey final defeat against Valencia on May 25, with Valverde having to make do without a prized asset at the start of the season .

The Blaugrana are fifth in La Liga after four matches, posting wins over Betis and Valencia while also suffering an opening day defeat against Athletic Club and drawing with Osasuna.

Second-choice goalkeeper Neto has also been included in Valverde's latest squad after a spell on the sidelines with a hand injury.

Teenage sensation Ansu Fati made the final cut after scoring his first goal at Camp Nou on Saturday .

Liverpool find out Club World Cup opponents at Zurich draw

Liverpool will face either Qatar club Al Sadd SC, Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia or Mexico outfit Monterrey in their Club World Cup semi-final in December.

The Reds are guaranteed a passage to the last four of the competition to be held in Qatar by virtue of their triumph in last season's Champions League, and they learned their fate following a draw in Zurich on Monday.

Hosts Al Sadd and Oceania champions Hienghene Sport face-off on December 11 for the right to challenge North American champions Monterrey three days later.

Liverpool will play the winners of that clash on December 18 and will either contest the final or third-place play-off on December 21.

In the other semi-final, the yet to be determined winners of the Copa Libertadores will face either African champions Esperance Sportive de Tunis or whoever is crowned Asian Champions League winners.

Liverpool's last foray in the tournament ended with a 1-0 defeat to Sao Paulo in Yokohama, Japan, in 2005.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea signs new deal at Old Trafford

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has signed a new contract to stay with the club until 2023.

De Gea, 28, has made 367 United appearances since Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to the club from Atletico Madrid in an £18.9m deal in June 2011.

"Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together," said the Spaniard.

"It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club."

De Gea, capped 40 times by Spain, helped United win the Premier League title in 2012-13, the FA Cup three seasons later and both the League Cup and the Europa League in 2016-17.

The Spaniard, who has consistently been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent seasons, was in the last year of his contract and would have been able to open talks with clubs outside England over a possible move in January.

He came close to joining Real in a £29m move in September 2015, but the deal collapsed because the necessary paperwork was not submitted in time on the final day of the transfer window.

United and De Gea were in negotiations for more than two years over the new deal with the club making an improved offer in July.

"The opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour," said De Gea, who has the option to extend the contract for a further season.

"Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club.

"I still feel I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club's tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.

"I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they've shown me during the good times and the bad."

De Gea has played in all five of United's Premier League games in 2019-20 with the club fourth, seven points behind leaders Liverpool.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club.

"Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs."

The Norwegian added that De Gea "represents everything you want in a goalkeeper".

Roma Troll Arsenal Fan After He Tells Them To Keep Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Never tweet about your team winning until the final whistle, that's the lesson one Arsenal fan found out in the harshest way possible at the weekend.

The Gunners led bottom of the table Watford 2-0 after just half an hour on Sunday afternoon. At the same time midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on loan from Arsenal at Roma, was scoring for the Serie A side.

It led one Arsenal fan to let Roma know his side didn't need the Armenian anymore, oh how that backfired as Watford came back to draw 2-2. The Italian's responded with a wonderful 'story in four pictures.'

Unai Emery's side had taken the lead thanks to two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Quique Sanchez Flores' return to Watford looked certain to start in defeat.

However the second half was a completely different as Arsenal allowed the home side to have 23 shots in 45 minutes, 31 in the whole game, and earn a point.

Tom Cleverley halved the deficit on 53 minutes before Roberto Pereyra's penalty, after David Luiz had brought him down in the 81st minute, gave the Hornets a share of the points, although they remain bottom of the table.

Mkhitaryan, who joined Arsenal as part of the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, joined Roma on loan in September for a year, with no option or obligation to buy for the Serie A side.

He had yet to make an appearance for the Giallorossi but made his debut from the start against Sassuolo on Sunday in the league.

Paulo Fonseca's side had an even better start to their game then Arsenal had, leading 4-0 after 33 minutes, after goals from Bryan Cristante, Edin Dzeko, Justin Kluivert and Mkhitaryan.

Sassuolo also hit back with two second half goals but, unlike Watford, it was too much to come back from as the home side registered their first win of the season.

Arsenal picked up six points from their opening two games but have since only won two points in three games, against Liverpool, Spurs and Watford.

If they had reasons for dropping points against the former two then there's little excuse for failing to see out a two goal lead against Watford or for the performance in letting so many shots at their goal.

Unai Emery has a lot of questions to answer, as do David Luiz and Granit Xhaka after their performances, at least Mkhitaryan wouldn't be the answer to their problems anyway, lucky for Smokey.

Emile Heskey Claims 'Skin Colour' Made It Easier For Steven Gerrard And Frank Lampard To Receive Coaching Offers

Emile Heskey has made a bold claim that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were in a better position to receive managerial offers due to their 'skin colour.'

The ex-Liverpool and Leicester City striker, 41, wants to make a splash in the coaching world and is eager for the opportunity to prove himself at a high level.

But Heskey, who was subjected to racial abuse in his playing career, has questioned the lack of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) representation in the EFL and Premier League.

The former England international believes Lampard's first post at Derby County and Gerrard at Rangers showed they were in a better position due to the colour of their skin.

"I couldn't tell you why black people had to be bottom-feeders and then others can go wherever and get a job," he told the Times.

"100 per cent it would be easier [for Lampard and Gerrard]. They are going to get those jobs. I can only point towards skin colours.

"I can point towards medals. Sol [Campbell] has got more than Stevie [actually 6-8 behind but has two titles].

"Ashley Cole's got more than any of them. England's best player for that era. Ash is being given a chance to get on that ladder with Chelsea under-15s."

Heskey has openly admitted that he supports the Rooney Rule, which means clubs must interview candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds for head-coaching positions.

In England, those from a BAME background represent only four top-level positions.

Nuno Espirito Santo is at Wolves and Sabri Lamouchi is at Nottingham Forest, while Darren Moore is at Doncaster and Keith Curle is at Northampton.

Liverpool legend Gerrard, 39, was appointed Rangers boss in 2018 and has expressed his desire to manage the Reds someday.

Chelsea icon Lampard spent one season at Derby before he was appointed Blues boss in the summer.

Agree or disagree with Heskey?

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham hints at switching allegiance to Nigeria

In-form Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has given Super Eagles a major boost by refusing to rule out switching his allegiance to Nigeria.

The 21-year-old who was born in the UK to Nigerian parents is currently the joint-leading scorer with Sergio Aguero in the Premier League, So far, the pair have seven goals each.

Despite representing England at Under 18, Under 19 and Under 21 levels Tammy is still eligible to play for the three-time African champions, through his Nigerian parents.

Speaking on the situation, Abraham told Goal: 'Yes, I have heard the talk. I have not really been focused on that yet.

'I think when the time comes, the times comes. It is about focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories.

'We never know. You can never say never, whatever comes first really. I just have to keep full focus on Chelsea. 

Super Eagles Jamilu Collins Sets New Bundesliga Record.

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Jamilu Collins set a new German Bundesliga record despite SC Paderborn's 5-1 loss to Schalke 04 on Sunday, September 15.

According to football statistics website, the Nigeria international left-back completed 10 dribbles in Paderborn's loss to Schalke, a record in a Bundesliga match this season.

Collins has been one of the key players for the Bundesliga strugglers in the new season, starting and completing each of their four matches in the league without receiving a caution.

The 25-year-old's previous best was against Freiburg on matchday two, when he completed a game-high four dribbles.

Against Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg on matchday one and three respectively, the Super Eagle managed one dribble each.

Collins made two tackles and two clearances against Schalke 04, won one foul, touched the ball 80 times and had a passing accuracy of 65.1 percent.

He was in action for ninety minutes in the Super Eagles entertaining 2-2 draw with Ukraine on September 10.

Abraham Opens Door To Future Super Eagles.

Good News For Nigeria As Chelsea's Abraham Opens Door To Future Super Eagles Call-up
The fight for Tammy Abraham's international future between Nigeria and England is far from over after the player's decision to leave door open to the West African giant.

Abraham, 21, told reporters that he hasn't closed the door on representing the three-time African champions despite his two caps for the Three Lions.

According to the youngster after his hat-trick against Wolves on Saturday, there have been much discussions over his international future but he's currently focusing on his Chelsea career.

"Yes, I have heard the talk. I have not really been focused on that yet. I think when the time comes, the times comes. It is about focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories,'' the Chelsea number nine was quoted as saying by Football.London.

"We never know. You can never say never, whatever comes first really. I just have to keep full focus on Chelsea.''

This will come as good news to the Nigeria Football Federation who have been trailing the player's development for a couple of years with the aim of capturing his services ahead of the England.

Rebekah Vardy flaunts her blossoming bump as she kisses her husband Jamie Vardy in the sea in Dubai

Rebekah Vardy is expecting the arrival of her fifth child, which will be her third with footballer Jamie Vardy.

The couple are currently enjoying a short holiday in Dubai.

On Saturday, Rebekah Vardy, 37, was pictured cradling her blossoming baby bump as she hit the beach wearing a teal halterneck bikini while enjoying a romantic stroll. with her husband, Jamie, 32,

At one point, the pair were pictured sharing a kiss in the sea as they held on to each other.

Rebekah already has two children with the footballer, four-year-old Sofia and two-year-old Finley. Her two other kids, 13-year-old Megan and nine-year-old son Taylor are from her previous relationships.

The Leicester City striker also has another child, Ella, from a previous relationship.