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Sanchez Scores A 51st-minute Winner Goal For Chile to Qualify For Quarter Finals

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez scored a 51st-minute winner to send the two-time defending champions into the quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-1 victory as Chile moved into the Copa America quarter-finals over Ecuador. The goal was Sanchez's 43rd international goal in 126 total appearances for Chile, and also his second of the tournament.

The star attacker is again dealing with an ankle injury, although Rueda confirmed it was not the same setback he suffered late during the season with Manchester United.

Sanchez struck for the second time in as many games, his 51st-minute goal enough to see Chile onto six points and through from Group C.

Jose Fuenzalida's opener had earlier been cancelled out by an Enner Valencia penalty in an encounter that never reached any great heights in Salvador.

But Sanchez's goal put the two-time defending champions into the last eight with a game to spare in the group, with Gabriel Achilier seeing red late on for Ecuador. Sanchez suffered an ankle injury during Chile's win over Ecuador at the Copa America, coach Reinaldo Rueda confirmed.

"He was evaluated in the break and the doctor determined that he could continue," Rueda told a news conference. "It was very important what he offered. Fortunately, it was not the same ankle that was injured with Manchester United. "Now, we have to evaluate post-match and hopefully he can be in the next game with us."

Gainluigi Buffon Wants To Quit Footballing For One Year

Gainluigi Buffon wants to quit footballing for a year. Buffon said, "Some good proposals have arrived, but if I don't have the right motivation I can decide to take a year all for myself, all mine. One year of education." Quoted from a reliable source

The 41-year-old Guianluigi Buffon agreed with the club not to pursue the option of a further 12 months despite having the opportunity to take up an extension at Parc des Princes.

Buffon could spend a year out of football after turning down Paris Saint-Germain's lucrative offer of a second season because he did not want to watch from the bench.

"PSG told me five months ago that I would be the second goalkeeper next season," Buffon said and quoted  from a reliable source.

"I had plenty of time to think about it and I came to the conclusion that this was not for me, so I gave up a lot of money and a one-year option.

"Their request was absolutely legitimate, understandable and was an attractive offer.

"Today I find myself in a situation like last summer, in an extraordinary state of serenity, in a state of total relaxation where everything is open and it could all end in twelve months or in fifteen days.

Buffon could spend a year out of football after turning down Paris Saint-Germain's lucrative offer of a second season because he did not want to watch from the bench.

To end it all the Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon parted ways with the Ligue 1 champions following the end of his maiden campaign in France.

Paul Pogba Expresses His Mind Of Leaving Manchester United

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba has expressed his mind of leaving Manchester United and he has became a target for Juventus and Real Madrid.  Paul Pogba explained , “ For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.”

He was seen answering to abuse from United supporters in the stands after their final game of the season in May, and says that "after everything that has happened" he is considering moving "elsewhere".

"There is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well," the 26-year-old told reporters at a commercial event in Tokyo.

"After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well, I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this."

Juventus' sporting director Fabio Paratici has already travelled to the London offices of Manchester United for face to face talks over the potential transfer of Pogba.

The France World Cup winner, who had a troubled season at Old Trafford first under Jose Mourinho and then under his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is a target for Real Madrid and former club Juventus

2020 Tokyo Olympics Declares Intentions to Make Podiums With Plastics

2020 Olympics Preparations

2020 Tokyo Olympics committee has declared their intentions to make her stadium podiums with plastics which will collected from local agents and residents.

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the plan would help push a message of sustainability, which organisers want to be a key theme of the Games next year.

"By sending that message to both Japan and the rest of the world, we think this project will have great significance," he told reporters.

Plastic for the project will be gathered at more than 2,000 outlets of a local supermarket chain, where boxes will be set out for Tokyo residents to drop off their recyclable plastic waste.

It will be the first time podiums have been made from recycled materials and organisers say they will need about 45 tonnes of plastic to fashion around 100 podiums for the Games.

Plastic for the project will be gathered at more than 2,000 outlets of a local supermarket chain, where boxes will be set out for Tokyo residents to drop off their recyclable plastic waste.

The project will also use plastic waste that has been collected from the ocean during marine clean-ups.

The 2020 organisers have been keen to promote an eco-friendly message with the Games, including making all the medals from recycled electronic waste.

Portugal Defeated Netherlands to Emerge 2019 UEFA Nations Cup Winner

Cristiano Ronaldo Celebration In 2019 UEFA Nations Cup

Portugal defeated Netherlands to emerge the winner of the just concluded 2019 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Nations cup league champions.

The host nation had been touted as favourites ahead of the inaugural Finals and they lived up to that billing in Porto, adding more major silverware to their European Championship triumph three years ago.

The gaint star, Cristiano Ronaldo had netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland but he was kept relatively quiet on this occasion by Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.

More so, Instead it was left to Guedes to settle matters, exchanging passes with Bernardo Silva and smashing home from the edge of the box, although Jasper Cillessen may feel he could have done better.

In this regard, the Portuguese had secured Nations League glory on Sunday as Goncalo Guedes' second-half strike earned a 1-0 victory over Netherlands at the Estadio do Dragao.

Divine Oduduru Sets Another In Sprint Races for African Athletes

Divine Oduduru is now the second Nigerian after Olopade Adeniken in 1992 and third African after Namibia's Frankie Frederick in 1991 to successfully complete a sprint double at the NCAA Division 1 Championship on Friday.

His time was just a 100th of a second off Olusoji Fasuba's 9.85-second African record set 13-years ago in Doha.

Fasuba is the fastest African athlete of all time, while Oduduru is just a 100th of a second behind him.

The Nigerian athlete Divine Oduduru has won his first NCAA 100m title clocking 9.86 seconds to become second African runner to achieve this feat.

The time is third joint fastest in the world as he equals Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman's runs last month in Shanghai at the IAAF Diamond League meeting.

Ashleigh Barty Defeats Vondroušová in the Grandslam Final

Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty defeated Vondroušová in the Grandslam final in one hour and eleven minutes in the 2019 French Open. She defeated her opponent with 6-1 6-3

After a sabbatical to play cricket, unranked Ashleigh Barty made her singles comeback at a 50k tournament in Eastbourne 3 years ago last week.

She has lost only two sets in the entire tournament, defeating the likes Madison Keys, Amanda Anisimova and Andrea Petkovic en-route to the final.

Barty's opponent Vondroušová was unseeded heading into the 2019 French Open. She has surged into the spotlight over the past month.

Aussie Tennis star Asleigh Barty, true to her favourites tag going into the final, clinically dispatched her teenage opponent Markéta Vondroušová to claim her maiden Grandslam title.

Margaret Court was the last Australian to win the French Open(1973).

This has  been the youngest final in the WTA for the past eleven years now.

Vondroušová topped number 3 seed Simona Halep in the Italian Open before eventually losing to Konta in quarterfinal. She had her revenge against the Brit when she defeated her in the semi final at Paris. She hadn't lost a set till the final.

Julen Lopetegui Joins Sevilla for a Three Year Deal

Julen Lopetegui Joins Sevilla for a Three Year Deal

Julen Lopetegui takes the appointment of Sevilla new coach. The appointment has been clearly confirmed by Sevilla for a three year deal.

Julen Lopetegui takes over from Joaquín Caparrós who was diaognosed with chronic leukemia. Lopetegui is expected to take a directorial role at the club.

Not that alone, Julen Lopetegui has worked previously with Spain and Real Madrid boss.

Consequently, Lopetegui has been out of work since he was sacked by Real Madrid last October after just ten league matches in charge of the club.

However, Lopetegui has  joined Sevilla football club on a three year deal.

PSG Player Charge For Rape


One of Paris Saint-Germain players has been charged for Rape in Paris at Hotel.

Neymar Jr the popular skipper in PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) has been charged for rape. According to reliable report in Brazil an incident said to have kick started in Paris the Francophone Capital

Following the trend the female who came forward with the accusation claims to have met the former Barcelona player through Instagram, in a report revealed in Brazil

Vividly, the events are said to have taken place on 15th May, 2019, at a hotel in Paris. It also claims that Neymar arrived in a drunk and aggressive fashion at the hotel where the two met.

More so, two days after the incident the woman returned to Brazil and did not make her story public until now due to fear for her own safety. The meeting between the pair took place at the Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe hotel.

Chelsea Wins the Europa League, Hazard Leaves!

Chelsea won the Europa League and Eden Hazard is leaving Chelsea next season. Arsenal was defeated by Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku. Arsenal having finished fifth in the Premier League, are now consigned to another season outside the Champions League.

However, Eden Hazard appeared to confirm his Chelsea exit after scoring twice in his side's 4-1 Europa League final defeat of Arsenal.  

His brace helped Maurizio Sarri claim his first major trophy as Chelsea crushed Arsenal on Wednesday.

Olivier Giroud sparked the landslide against his former employers in the 49th minute before Pedro put a second past retiring Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech.

In perhaps his final appearance before a mooted move to Real Madrid, star man Hazard struck two second half goals to confirm Chelsea's second triumph in six seasons in this competition."I think it's a goodbye but in football you never know.

My dream was to play in the Premier League. I played here for seven years for one of the biggest clubs in the world and maybe it's time for a new challenge," Hazard said while speaking to a reporter immediately after the match.

Valencia Becomes the Copa Rey Winner

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Valencia has became the Copa del Rey winner after they overthrew Barcelona on Saturday.  

Barcelona was defeated by Valencia in just concluded 2018-2019 football league competition. With this attainment, Valencia is the now the new Copa del Rey champion after they defeated Barcelona and hindering the Blaugrana winning the cup five times consecutively.

More so, but goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo handed the champions a shock defeat at the Benito Villamarín Stadium that piles more pressure on Ernesto Valverde – with Lionel Messi’s effort with 18 minutes left nothing more than a consolation.

Recall that, after Valencia woeful Champions League capitulation against Liverpool, Barcelona sought to placate their frustrated fans with a domestic double having wrapped up the league title with three games to spare in April.

However, the Catalans could have won their fourth domestic double in five years on Saturday but it was not to be.

Messi Receives More European Golden than Ronaldo

European Golden Shoe Award

Lionel Messi has received more European Golden Shoes than his contemporary Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi has been awarded the European Golden Shoe for the sixth time due to the fact that he was the player with highest number of goals in the just concluded 2018-2019 football season in Europe. The Argentine has six Golden Shoes in total.

In other hand way round, Cristiano Ronaldo was the last player not to play for a Spanish club to win the award, when he scored 31 goals in the 2007/08 Premier League campaign. The Portuguese has four Golden Shoes in total.

Another history making was that Lionel Messi has become the second oldest player to win the award with an age of 31 years, 11 months and 25 days. Hugo Sanchez was a month and a day older than Messi when he won the prize in 1990.

However, this is the third consecutive year that Messi has claimed the award and the 11th campaign in a row where the winner has come from LaLiga Santander, although Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez shared the Shoe in 2014.

Messi's 36 goals in 34 games in LaLiga Santander this season meant that he finished three ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe which means Mbappe had 33 goals only.

More over,  Mbappe had to score five against Reims on the final day of the Ligue 1 season on Friday but could only manage one as PSG lost 3-1.

Chelsea Welcomes Christian Pulisic and Gets to Know About the Vicinity

Christian Pulisic

Chelsea has welcomed Christian Pulisic into their club and Pulisic is getting to be aware of the vicinity.

The 20-year-old United States international has just spent a couple of days in England getting to know his new surroundings and made it clear the size of the expectations he places on himself.

Christian Pulisic signed a five-and-a-half year contract with the Blues in January but was immediately loaned backed to Germany to finish the campaign at Borussia Dortmund.

"It is incredible to see what Eden can do," Christian Pulisic said in an interview from a reliable source.
"He is a guy to look up to and what I would love to become. "It is definitely a goal. Any player would be dumb not to want to be in the same team as him."

The Chelsea's new £58m forward Christian Pulisic wants to reach the same level as Stamford Bridge favourite Eden Hazard - and hopes he gets a chance to play in the same side as the Belgian next season.

Kylian Mbappe Receives League 1 Player of the Year Award, Looks for Bigger Roles

Kylian Mbappe received league 1 player of the Year Award and aspiring for more bigger roles in Paris Saint-German. The French International whose age is twenty years is also in doubt whether to continue in PSG or somewhere else to executive his career potentials.  
Kylian Mbappe said categorically that role could come either at PSG or “maybe somewhere else”, casting his future into doubt while hinting that he could leave the club in search of a new challenge.

He however explained the challenges that occurred in the  just concluded season thus, "Of course there were some disappointments [this season] but it's part of football, we managed to win this league," he said after accepting the award.

He further said, "I would like to thank the players, the coach, the club again. It's important for me because I come to a first or a second turning point in my career.

Moreso, "I discovered a lot of things here. I feel it's time to have more responsibility. I hope it may be Paris Saint-Germain, it will be with great pleasure, or it may be elsewhere for a new project, but I would like to say thank you.
Painstakinlgly, Mbappe went further to clarify his comments when asked if he was saying that he wasn't guaranteed to stay at PSG next season. “I said what I had to say. When you are in such an occasion you can send messages, I think I have sent mine," he said.

Inter Milan Misses the Coming Champions League


Inter Milan didn't qualify for champion league in the 2019-20 season because they didn't reach the top four.  Inter Milan was defeated by Napoli with 4-1 goals away. In this regard Inter Milan will go for next champions league.

Inter failed to stir into life and Dries Mertens' header was added to by a Fabian brace to seal a convincing win in the final 30 minutes, meaning a nervous final match awaits for the Nerazzurri despite Mauro Icardi's late penalty.

Luciano Spalletti's side would have secured a place in Europe's elite competition for next season, but they were outclassed by Napoli and go into the final game of the season knowing they could be beaten to fourth by bitter rivals AC Milan.

The visitors offered precious little going forward in the first half and it was no surprise Napoli led at the break, with Piotr Zielinski's stunning 16th-minute strike putting them in front.

Netherlands Defeat Italy In Under Seventeen European Championship

2019 European Championship

Netherlands defeated Italy in the just concluded Under-17 European Championship. This made Netherlands to retained the championship. Italy was defeated by  two goals to four. ( 2-4)

It was almost twelve months to the day since the sides met in the final of the 2018 edition in England, the Netherlands made it back-to-back successes after racing into a three-goal first-half lead that Italy never looked likely to recover from.

Sontje Hansen of Ajax opened the scoring for the Dutch, before a free-kick from Liverpool’s Ki-Jana Hoever came back off the post to be finished by Naoufal Bannis on the rebound.

Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen scored the Netherlands’ third before the break, but a fine strike from Italy’s Lorenzo Colombo cut the arrears.
Naci Unuvar became the first 15-year-old to score in an Under-17 European Championship final to seal the victory, before Colombo scored his and his team’s second late on to earn Italy a consolation.

Massimiliano Allegri Leaves Juventus By The End of 2018/19 Season

Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri the head coach of Jeventus football club will be leaving by end of 2018 to 2019 football season. This due to the fact that he had failed to win the champions title for club. The Bianconeri and the 51-year-old are set to part ways in the summer.

A statement from a notable source says thus;

"Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019 to 2020 season."

In this regard, two finals have been reached during Allegri's five-year spell at the club and the arrival or Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer was seen as the final piece of the puzzle required for the Old Lady to go all the way.

In the consequent of the above,  the Italian boss' future has been in question since being dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax, with the Italian champions having been firmly among the favourites to lift the crown.

However, No statements have been made by either party as to where Allegri - who has won five Scudetti, four Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana titles during his time in Turin - will end up next season.

UEFA Investigators Want Manchester City To Be Banned From The Champions League For A Season

The UEFA (Union of European Football Associations ) investigators want Manchester City to be banned from the Champions League for a season if they are found guilty of breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Chief investigator Yves Leterme has made his recommendation but it is not known if he supports a ban.

City said "the accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false".

Former Belgian prime minister Leterme, chairman of the investigatory panel of Uefa's independent financial control board (CFCB IC), his team looked at evidence first uncovered in a series of leaks published by German newspaper Der Spiegel last year.

The reports alleged that City broke FFP regulations by inflating the value of a multimillion-pound sponsorship deal. City were fined £49m in 2014 for a previous breach of regulations.

Uefa said Leterme, "after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber", decided "to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation".
In their reactions Manchester City say they are "disappointed, but regrettably not surprised" after being referred to Uefa's financial control body adjudicatory chamber.

French League Plans to Stop Homophobic Abuse

The French league has started planning for the way of stopping homophobic abuse. The plan unveiled on Monday by Ligue 1 president Nathalie Boy de la Tour. He said  abusive fans should be worried.

In the this regard, starting next season, in cooperation with the International League against Racism and anti-Semitism (LICRA) and a group fighting violence and discrimination against LGBT people, the French league will distribute forms allowing spectators to report the sexist, homophobic, or racist incident they witness.

More so, the French league previously struggled to identify the perpetrators of homophobic chants, but with its new process, sanctions are expected to kick in. Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and football authorities have struggled to find appropriate ways of tackling the issue.

"The LICRA will be able to start the appropriate judicial procedures," Boy de la Tour said. "And it will also give a basis to work with to our disciplinary commission."

Zidane is Keen To Sell Gareth Bale In Summer

The latest decision to leave out Gareth Bale comes following a report by AS that claimed Zinedine Zidane is keen to sell the former Tottenham star in the summer. Bale, the 29-year-old was absent from the 19-man squad list for Madrid's penultimate game of the Liga season away to Real Sociedad, with Bale having also been left out of the 3-2 win over Villarreal last time out.

Barnett has now expressed his disappointment that his client hasn't featured more regularly in recent weeks, but that he hopes he is able to continue at Madrid. Ultimately, though, he accepts the decision will be Zidane's to make. He said: "It's a shame Bale is not playing.

"Should he be playing more after being left out of the last two squad lists? I can only hope that he keeps playing for Real Madrid. But that's up to Mr. Zidane. "Zidane makes the decision. Is this [Bale being dropped] a message ahead of the next transfer market? You'd have to ask the coach." Bale is contracted to Madrid until 2022 and has scored 14 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos this season.

However, many of the headlines at Real Madrid in recent weeks have regarded matters off the pitch rather than on it, and that was again the case in Zinedine Zidane's latest press conference. Speaking ahead of the match against Real Sociedad, Zidane was questioned about statements from Gareth Bale's agent about his future.

"No, I don't want to answer, I'm the coach of Real Madrid and he does his job," the Frenchman insisted. "I have to think about the game, playing well, that's what worries me." Journalists continued to press the coach on a conversation reported to have taken place between Zidane and Bale this week regarding his future.

"I won't tell you anything about it, private conversations are private," he said defiantly. "It's what I have to do with all of the players, but it stays internal. "Did I talk to him? Maybe no or maybe yes; with the players I talk about other things, not just the future." Bale's departure would surely lead to more money in the transfer kitty in the summer, and Zidane couldn't hide his hopes for the months ahead.