Friday, 20 July 2018

Oghenakaro Etebo: Super Eagles midfielder says he turned down Premier League clubs to play for Stoke City.

Several Premier League teams were interested in signing Etebo but he preferred Stoke City.
uper Eagles midfielder Oghenakaro Etebo has stated that he down turned down a move to several Premier League sides to play for Stoke City in the second division.

Etebo signed a five year deal for Stoke City which means he will play in the English Championship this season.
In an interview with Stoke City’s official website, Etebo revealed that he had several options to chose from but decided to move to the potters before the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Etebo has signed a 5-year deal with Stoke City (Stoke City)

He said, “I feel great, I am finally here and I really appreciate the support and the welcome that everybody has given to me.

''I had a lot of options this summer from the Premier League, but I signed this deal before I went to the World Cup, and I am happy with that."

By Tosin Abayomi.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

If you want to produce exceptional Bafana stars‚ you have to start at age 5 or 6: Amajita coach.

Amajita coach Thabo Senong.
Image: BackPagePix
Amajita coach Thabo Senong says the only way for South Africa to produce footballers exceptionally talented enough to compete at the highest level is to get them into academies from as early as five or six years old.

Senong takes the South African U20 national team to their African Nations Cup third round‚ second leg qualifier against Malawi on Saturday‚ where they must score to have a chance of making it to the continental tournament in Niger next year.
Amajita and Malawi played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg last weekend in Moruleng‚ outside Rustenburg.

Senong said South Africa can only produce young players of the quality of Kylian MbappĂ© of France‚ Gabriel Jesus of Brazil and Marcus Rashford of England through early development.

By Mahlatse Mphahlele.
Full story at Sowetan Live.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Liverpool make world-record £62million bid for Alisson.

Liverpool have bid a world record £62 million for Roma goalkeeper Alisson as Jurgen Klopp looks to solve his goalkeeper problem.

Alisson has been Klopp’s number one target all summer, the situation growing in urgency as the new season nears after Loris Karius’ calamitous Champions League final performance.

Roma’s valuation has been prohibitive so far, and talks are ongoing with the Italians standing firm on a 75 million euro valuation.

By Chris Bascombe.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Bolt set to trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has emerged as a shock target for Australian club the Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt, 31, retired after last year's IAAF World Championships in London and has since trialled and trained at a number of clubs.

But news emerged on Tuesday of a possible six-week trial with the A-League club and a subsequent deal should that be a success.

"The club can confirm that it has been in negotiations with the Olympic champion and world record holder, regarding the opportunity to trial here on the Central Coast," the Mariners said in a statement.

"The Central Coast Mariners remain committed to discussions with the 'world's fastest man' and his management team, regarding what role the club may play in Bolt's burning ambition to become a professional footballer.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba lead France to thrilling World Cup win.

Six goals, an own goal, some goalkeeping howlers and VAR intervention – the Russia 2018 World Cup got the final it deserved.

France have won their second World Cup title after they beat Croatia 4-2 in a breathless and thrilling final in Moscow.

Mario Mandzukic – whose extra-time antics saw off England to qualify for the final – put the Didier Deschamps’ men in front when his unwitting header flew into his own net.

That goal was against the run of play, but Ivan Perisic smashed Croatia level before an Antoine Griezmann penalty – another VAR decision which fell in France’s favour – ensured France led again.

Paul Pogba and wonderkid Kylian Mbappe both fired long range efforts in to give France a serious buffer, before Hugo Lloris’ high-profile blunder gave Croatia a lifeline.

By Hamish Williams.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Chelsea to appoint Maurizio Sarri as manager with former Napoli boss replacing Antonio Conte.

Antonio Conte’s beleaguered Chelsea spell has come to an end, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri expected to take the reins at Stamford Bridge.

Former Italy coach Conte, 48, lifted the Premier League title with the Blues last season before Eden Hazard and company contrived to miss out on the Champions League positions this time around.

That poor form, plus increasing speculation of a divided dressing room, saw Roman Abramovich finally pull the trigger on Conte’s time at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri’s expected arrival is also expected to see him bring Napoli midfielder Jorginho to the club, with the Blues shaking off interest from Manchester City and Pep Guardiola.

By Dimitri Kondonis.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Karunaratne keeps Proteas at bay in Galle.

Kagiso Rabada (Gallo Images)

Galle - Opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 37 as Sri Lanka made a solid start against South Africa on the opening day of the first Test in Galle on Thursday.

Sri Lanka were 93 for two at lunch with Karunaratne partnering Kusal Mendis, on 19, after the hosts elected to bat at the start of the two-match series.

Paceman Kagiso Rabada and left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took a wicket each in the morning session.

Rabada struck first to send back Danushka Gunathilaka, caught behind for 26 on a delivery that rose sharply. The wicket ended a 44-run opening stand.

Full story at Sport24.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo: "Numbers don't lie!"

Thank you golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo. You are the greatest footballer of all time.

Definitely "numbers don't lie!" :

3 Premier League Titles.

2 La Liga Titles.

5 Champions League Titles.

4 FIFA Club World Cups.

8 Domestics Cups.

1 European Championship.

5 Ballon d’Ors.

? World Cup Title.

450 goals in 438 games at Real Madrid.

All the best at Juventus as you move to make a new record in Italy.

By Olagunju, Success Taiwo

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Referee who has sent off three England players will officiate World Cup semi-final.

A referee with a history of sending off England players will oversee their attempt to reach their first World Cup final for 52 years.

Cuneyt Cakir, who has shown red cards to John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill, has been placed in charge of the country’s semi-final against Croatia.

The vastly-experienced Turk is also the referee who made the highly-controversial decision to send off Nani in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final Champions League match in charge of Manchester United.

The three red cards shown by Cakir to England players all came in 2012. The first caused Terry to miss Chelsea’s Champions League final, although the club’s then captain only had himself to blame after inexplicably driving a knee into Alexis Sanchez in the second leg of their epic semi-final win over Barcelona.

Cakir then dismissed Gerrard for the first time in his England career in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, showing the captain two yellow cards.

By Ben Rumsby.

Full story at Yahoo News.