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Friday, February 22, 2019

Europa League Round 16 Starts on 7th of March

The Europa League round 16 commences on the 7th of March 2019. The match schedule is as follows;

7 March: Round of 16, first leg  
14 March: Round of 16, second leg  
15 March: Quarter-final and  semi-final draw
11 April: Quarter-finals, first leg  
18 April: Quarter-finals, second leg  
2 May: Semi-finals, first leg  
9 May: Semi-finals, second leg

The three time Europa League winner and ambassador of the competition Andres Palop was in charge of the draw. However, here  are the matchups:

Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Inter Milan
Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica

Napoli vs Salzburg

Valencia vs Krasnodar

Sevilla vs Slavia Praha

Arsenal vs Stade Rennais F.C.

Zenit vs Villareal

More over, the final will take place on Wednesday 29 May at Olympic Stadium, Baku.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Kepa Is A Concern For The Wembley Final

Kepa is a concern for the Wembley final, with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri admitting he is hopeful but not convinced he will be available for selection.

"We have some problems at the moment," said Sarri.

"We have Zappacosta with fever, we have Pedro with a very strong stomach ache, and then we have a problem with Kepa, with his hamstring."

Moreso, the Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is in danger of missing the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City on Sunday because of a hamstring injury.

The Spaniard is one of three players - along with Pedro and Davide Zappacosta - who are rated doubtful for Europa League game with Malmo at Stamford Bridge.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Juventus Have Won The Previous Seven Serie A Titles

Juventus have won the previous seven Serie A titles to become the dominant force in Italy, and Ibrahimovic thinks going to a lesser side and taking them to glory would have been a greater challenge.

The Portugal star has fared well in Serie A thus far with 18 goals, the best tally in the Italian top flight, and seven assists so far this season.

"I didn't say his transfer wasn't great,” Ibrahimovic,  clarifying the belief the striker had previously criticised Ronaldo’s move to Juventus.

"I said that it wasn't a challenge to join Juventus. It's not a challenge to go to one of the best teams in the world.

"Maybe it depends on what you mean by challenge. For me, a challenge is joining a team and taking them far. That's a challenge.”

Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the summer for the Bianconeri in a €100 million (£90m/$114m) deal and previously called his move to Turin a challenge, even encouraging Lionel Messi to undertake something similar.

Moreover, Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has presented the Portuguese forward with a new challenge, noting the Serie A giants were already a great club.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mauro Icardi Has Been Heavily Linked With A Move To Real Madrid

Argentina international Mauro Icardi has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid recently, as talks over a new contract at San Siro continue to stall.
Wanda has stated her belief that Icardi should be offered a much larger wage packet to reflect his standing in European football while also admitting that several top clubs from Spain, England and France have already expressed an interest in him.

The 25-year-old hitman has scored nine goals in 20 Serie A matches this season but he will no longer serve as captain, with Handanovic set to take up the role starting  in the Europa League.
Inter have named goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new club captain, stripping star striker Mauro Icardi of the role amid persistent transfer rumours.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ronaldo's 18th League Goal Of The Season

Cristiano Ronaldo's 18th league goal of the season for Juventus and a late strike from Emre Can made sure of the Bianconeri's first victory in three matches across all competitions, coming a day after second-placed Napoli were held to a draw by Fiorentina to make a successful title defence look all the more likely.

Khedira scored his second goal of the season in the 23rd minute to put Juve in front and committed displays from Blaise Matuidi and Federico. Bernardeschi ensured Massimiliano Allegri's men did not miss Paulo Dybala, who was named on the bench after he stormed off the touchline against Parma.

The champions recovered from a chaotic 3-3 draw at home against Parma with a straightforward victory and a more composed performance at MAPEI Stadium on Sunday.

Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points after beating Sassuolo 3-0 courtesy of goals from Sami Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo and Emre Can.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Tottenham Stadium is Near Completion

In a statement ,  Tottenham said that remedial works on safety systems in the new stadium are nearing completion.

Wembley will be at maximum capacity for the fixture, with 90,000 tickets available.

Tottenham said they will announce refund details for those who had tickets in the new stadium in due course.

Testing of the fire detection and alarm systems will follow, both requirements for the club to obtain a safety certificate and open the stadium.

Tottenham have confirmed that their Premier League fixture against north London rivals Arsenal on Saturday, March 2 will take place at Wembley.

Phil Jones Moves to Manchester United

The England international is delighted to have committed his future to the Red Devils, with his recent form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being rewarded. Phil Jones told United’s official website: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club.

The deal agreed by the versatile 26-year-old includes the option for a further 12-month extension once the initial terms run down.He had been due to become a free agent this summer, but can now start planning for the long-term at Old Trafford.

“I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare for a very busy period in the season. “I would like to thank Ole and the coaching staff for their continued support in my development.”

Phil Jones has signed a new contract at Manchester United which will keep him at the club until at least 2023.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Molde Agrees To Loan Out Their Manage

Molde agreed to loan out their manager for the second half of the 2018-19 season, but Solskjaer joked that the club would like to see him stay longer in Manchester.

“When I rang the owner and said that United had called and that he always knew that this had been my dream, he said: ‘Go over, enjoy yourself – and please don’t come back!’

“Both owners wished me all the best because they knew this is something I dreamed about," he explained to reporters.

“To get the backing from them was fantastic. If I go back to Molde, I will do my best for them – but it depends when I go back.

“It’s been fantastic so far. Hopefully I will get to see my family soon, because that has been the only downside to the job.”

Solskjaer, a fans' favourite at United from his playing days, was drafted in to fill the void left by Jose Mourinho when the Special One was sacked in December.

His spell has since proved a runaway success, with a string of impressive victories propelling the club back into contention for Champions League qualification.

However, the Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Molde told him they hope he does so well at Old Trafford that he won't return to the Norwegian club.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Eder Militao's Transfer Has Been Delayed

Los Blancos have already come to an agreement on personal terms with the Brazilian defender and his representatives, and the Portuguese club had allowed these negotiations to take place, yet the deal has hit a snag.

There are six million euros which stand between what is an acceptable fee for the defender, with Sao Paolo owed exactly that figure as a training fee, as is stipulated in FIFA's regulations.

Porto have argued that the payment must be made by the European champions, however the Spanish club are unwilling to be bullied into a payment that they feel has absolutely nothing to do with them.

Their stance is further strengthened by the fact they will have to part with 50 million euros anyway if they hope to sign the 21-year-old.

Compensatory training fees can be claimed by a club who has developed a player from the age of 12 to 21, although the payment remains valid until the individual turns 23.

However, It's been widely mooted for a number of weeks that Real Madrid will once again return to Porto in order to sign a talented, young defender, yet Eder Militao's move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has been delated due to a dispute over a compensatory training fee.

Chelsea's 4-0 Defeat Leads to Drop Out of Top Four

Chelsea's 4-0 defeat away to Bournemouth on Wednesday saw them drop out of the top four and has led to a period of soul searching for the Blues boss, who opted to drive home alone to analyse the match quickly, rather than take the team bus.

A barrage of criticism has hit the FA Cup winners as they suffered their worst defeat for 22 years, leading to a 50-minute inquest between Sarri and his players.

However, Maurizio Sarri has no interest in changing his approach after a downturn in results in the winter period, and he thinks that with patience that he can create a Barcelona style of play at Chelsea.

“It's not my problem [if the club culture is impatient]," Sarri told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. "I want to remain the same man. If I am a dreamer, I am a dreamer. If I have fun with my football, I want to play my football.

"If I believe that the organisation in a team is everything, I cannot change my mind. I don't think [anything would change my mind], at the moment. I can change my mind in the future, I don't know. I changed in the past. But, at the moment, no.

"If I can change the mentality of these players, they are really very suitable for my football. I think that my job is always at risk, and I love my job for this reason. I thrive on pressure. So I love my job for everything, but I know very well the rules.

"My job is always at risk. You can win against City, but after three days you are at risk.”

Chelsea Youngster Was Bayern's Main Target

The Chelsea youngster was Bayern's main target throughout the winter windowas the German club pushed hard to add the 18-year-old winger.

Hudson-Odoi is seen as one of several players that can help lead Bayern's youth movement as stars like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben get set to depart the club.

However, Chelsea held firm despite a transfer request, turning down a £35 million ($46m) deal.Bayern remains keen as well, and Rummenigge says they certainly plan on returning this summer.

"I guess Hasan [Salihamidzic] is a bit like Uli [Hoeneß]," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "We also had transfers in the past that didn't work at the first attempt but at the second. And that's what we will work on now.

"To lay down a marker costs money. We want the best quality players here at Bayern and Hasan is absolutely convinced of that player."
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club will return for Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer as they remain "convinced" of his quality.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Van Dijk and Gomez Misses Champions League Last-16

Prior to facing Bayern, Liverpool have two Premier League fixtures to contend with against West Ham and Bournemouth. Van Dijk is set to miss out after picking up three yellow cards in the group stage to earn a one-match ban, while Gomez will be unavailable as he continues to work his way back from a broken leg suffered against Burnley in early December.

Trent Alexander-Arnold sits alongside Gomez on the treatment table, with the 20-year-old nursing a knee complaint. “Trent and Joe are not fit,” Klopp said. “There is no return date for Joe. Trent is getting better and better and better and is really close. I hope he is in full training next week.”

Therefore, Liverpool are set to be without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter with Bayern Munich, with Jurgen Klopp revealing that the latter will not return from injury in time.

The Reds are set to welcome the German giants to Anfield on February 19. With that contest being staged on home soil, Klopp's side will be desperate to secure a positive result and claim the upper hand in the heavyweight European encounter. Quizzed on whether the England international could be ready, Klopp said: “I don't think so. Not a realistic target. After that? We will see.”

Luis Suarez Hopes To Retire as a Barcelona Player

“To finish at the best club in the world would be the greatest thing. But that will be difficult as very few have achieved it before.” Luis Suarez says

Quizzed by Sport on whether he would like to retire at Barca, Suarez said: “Yes. Obviously few ever get to believe that is possible, but I think it's thje desire of any player.

At 32 years of age, the prolific frontman still has plenty of competitive football left in him yet.

He is, however, closer to the end of his playing days than he is the start.

And, if he gets his wish, an extended stay in Catalunya will eventually allow him to hang up his boots while on the books of the Blaugrana. Suarez remains a key figure for Barca at present.

Luis Suarez is hoping to retire as a Barcelona player,8 with the Uruguay international admitting it would be “the greatest thing” to spend the rest of his career at Camp Nou.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Newcastle Makes Miguel Almiron The Most Expensive Signing In The Club’s History

Newcastle are hoping to benefit from a similar contribution after making Miguel Almiron the most expensive signing in the club’s history – with a big-money deal topping the £15m ($20m) paid for Michael Owen back in 2005.

Almiron is delighted to have earned such a show of faith, "I’m very happy and eager to start and to meet my new team mates."

Miguel Almiron has completed his club-record £20 million ($27m) move to Newcastle, with the 24-year-old forward penning a five-and-a-half-year contract.

The Paraguay international, whose terms are due to run until the summer of 2024, arrives at St James’ Park from Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.

He helped them to MLS Cup glory in 2018, netting 13 goals and providing as many assists along the way.

Marouane Fellaini Moves to China

Marouane Fellaini, the 31-year-old has been with the Old Trafford giants since 2013, with the former Everton midfielder establishing himself as a key figure under Jose Mourinho.

Fellaini was rewarded over the summer with a new and improved deal until 2020, with the option of a further year, but a move to China is now on the cards.

Fellaini has only managed 31 minutes since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took caretaker charge last month, although a calf injury has ruled him out of recent matches.

The Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is on the cusp of a move to China after passing a medical with Shandong Luneng, according to reports.

Moreso, the Belgium midfielder was active on his Instagram story on Thursday morning, posting a photo after his arrival.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Arsenal beat Cardiff City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium,

After pre-match tributes to Cardiff's missing striker Emiliano Sala, the visitors gave a good account of themselves in a first half of few chances, looking just as lively as their hosts, though they were perhaps fortunate Ecuele Manga did not concede a spot-kick shortly before the interval.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were on target as an unconvincing Arsenal beat Cardiff City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, bouncing back from defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Unai Emery's men failed to impress despite largely controlling proceedings, though they benefited from Bruno Ecuele Manga's haplessness at the back for Aubameyang's penalty, and Lacazette put the game beyond Cardiff before Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's stoppage-time consolation.

The Gabonese defender failed to learn his lesson, however, finding himself penalised in the second period and his compatriot Aubameyang converted, before Lacazette put the result beyond doubt with a fine effort of his own. Mendez-Laing pulled one back with an excellent left-footed finish, but it amounted to little.

Poland International Had Made His Debut Off The Bench

The Poland international had made his debut off the bench in the 0-0 draw between the teams last Saturday, yet his finishing abilities made sure there was no repeat of that Serie A stalemate.

Krzysztof Piatek marked his first AC Milan start by scoring both goals as AC Milan reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

New boy Piatek - signed by the Rossoneri from Genoa to replace the departed Gonzalo Higuain - quickly endeared himself to Milan fans, striking twice in the first half to become an instant hero with the San Siro faithful.

Both times he capitalised on space available through Napoli's right channel; his opener was tucked home with finesse when clean through but his second was all about power, a right-footed rocket fizzing past visiting goalkeeper Alex Meret.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Underwater Search for The Missing Plane that Carried Emiliano Sala Commences

Over 4500 people donated to a GoFundMe page set up on January 25 to raise €300,000 to resume the hunt, with the target being reached in less than three days.

In the meantime, local fishing boats have been enlisted to help scour the surface water for the Piper PA-46 Malibu, which originally disappeared from radar close to the channel islands, before the submarine search gets underway.

"We have sourced and hired a survey vessel equipped with state of the art search equipment, which will be used to conduct an underwater search for the wreckage in the area of the last radar contact," Mearns said.

With the crowdfunding target now met, director of Bluewater Recoveries David Mearns spoke to the press.

"We have sourced and hired a survey vessel equipped with state of the art search equipment, which will be used to conduct an underwater search for the wreckage in the area of the last radar contact," Mearns said.

"The survey vessel is currently being mobilised in Southampton, and subject to weather conditions, will be re-positioned to Guernsey on Thursday or Friday this week.

"Based on current weather predictions, we are hopeful that the underwater search will begin on the weekend, most probably on Sunday."
An underwater search for the missing plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala to Cardiff is set to begin, it has been confirmed.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Novak Djokovic Wins Record 7th Australian Open Title

Today he was at the wrong end of one such final as Djokovic produced a masterclass and simply blew his Spanish opponent away.

Fans expecting another epic between the two titans were still treated to a stunning tennis match, albeit one-sided.

The marker was set right at the start as the Serbian took the first set in less than 30 minutes. Nadal managed to win just 1 out of the 21 receiving points as he conceded the first set, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic was relentless and didn't allow Rafa to find his feet. He served with precision and broke the Spaniard's serve twice in the 2nd set to win it 6-2. At that point, he had made 4 unforced errors to Rafa's 18. The pressure was telling on the 17-time Grandslam winner and for once, a comeback looked unlikely.

Novak Djokovic went from strength to strength and was so assured that he was magnanimous enough to applaud a rare moment of brilliance from his beleaguered opponent during one of the points.

The script was the same for the 3rd set as the World No.1 broke his opponent's serve early and with that his spirit. He consolidated on that break with his precise service game to see out the match.

Djokovic won his 15th Grandslam title after a comprehensive victory over Rafael Nadal at the Rod Laver Arena in the finals of the 2019 Australian Open.

Djokovic won imperiously in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 6-3. This is his 7th title in Melbourne - a record, going past Roger Federer and Roy Emerson.

There are times when finals don't quite live up to the expectations. Happened in 1999 when Andre Agassi was played out of the lawn by Pete Sampras in Wimbledon. 2008 French Open final saw Rafa Nadal ease past Roger Federer in straight sets.

Murray Wallace Scored A Dramatic 94th-minute Winner

Murray Wallace scored a dramatic 94th-minute winner to earn Millwall a famous FA Cup fourth-round win over Everton at The Den.

There were wild scenes at the final whistle as jubilant Lions boss Neil Harris joined his players on the pitch and Millwall's fans gave their battling team a standing ovation.

Everton led when keeper Jordan Archer failed to hold Richarlison's strike before Lee Gregory's looping header levelled the scores.

Cenk Tosun restored the visitors' lead only for Jake Cooper to equalise with a controversial goal off his arm.

Wallace slotted the winner after Shaun Hutchinson's downward header.  

There were wild scenes at the final whistle as jubilant Lions boss Neil Harris joined his players on the pitch and Millwall's fans gave their battling team a standing ovation.

The second-tier club might have needed a moment of fortune to equalise a second time but they showed tremendous character after twice falling behind to make Monday's fifth-round draw.

Millwall 3-2Everton  
Millwall 3 [ Gregory (45'+2), Cooper (75'), Wallace (90'+4)  ]
Everton 2 [Richarlison (43'), Tosun (72') ]

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