Mane, Kevin De Bruyne Named In UEFA Champions League Team Of The Year (See Full Squad)

January 16th, 2020 by admin

Liverpool ace, Sadio Mane has been included in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Team of the Year.

UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on their official website on Wednesday.

Mane was included in the team after his impressive performance in 2019 for both club and country.

The Senegalese forward made the list, alongside Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.

2019 UEFA Champions League Team of the Year:

Alisson Becker

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Matthijs de Ligt

Virgil va Dijk

Andy Robertson

Frenkie de Jong

Kevin De Bruyne

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo

Robert Lewandowski

Sadio Mane

Chelsea Striker Set To Quit Club This Weekend

January 16th, 2020 by admin

Giroud will sign a two-year contract at San Siro, with the Blues set to receive €6.5million.

The France striker has been restricted to just five Premier League appearances under Frank Lampard.

Giroud, 33, finds himself behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order.

Speaking on Giroud’s future last week, Lampard said: “With Oli, the situation is if it’s right for everybody, first and foremost for us as a club because he’s under contract, then we’ll look at whether he can leave the club.

“He’s been a great professional here, trained brilliantly, so I hold him in a lot of high regard for that. ‘But nothing is done yet.”

Solskjaer Speaks On Man United Winning Premier League Next Season

January 16th, 2020 by admin

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said his aim is to challenge for the Premier League title next season, even though he admits it may not be realistic.

The last time the Red Devils won the league was in 2012/2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Currently, United are in fifth place and 27 points off leaders, Liverpool.

Last season, they finished 32 points behind eventual champions Manchester City.

Ahead of his side’s visit to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday, Solskjaer said that catching up to the Premier League’s elite, has to be the goal.

“That is the aim, of course,” Solskjaer told reporters.

“I’m not saying it is a realistic one. We are behind and a fair rate behind the top one now, who we play on Sunday and we’ll see where we are against them.

“But with a few signings, with the improvement these are making, in the next couple of years we want to do that.

“Supporters and the club alike are not happy with not challenging for the top position in the league. That is where we feel we should be and many of today’s supporters have lived that period where we won the league consistently.”

TRANSFER SAGA: Tottenham Star Eriksen Set To Join Inter Milan

January 16th, 2020 by admin

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, Christian Eriksen has agreed on a personal term with Inter Milan to join Antonio Conte’s men in this January’s transfer window, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Inter have now entered into talks with Spurs in a bid to finalise a transfer fee for Eriksen.

The Serie A giants have made an offer of £8.5million for the midfielder, but Tottenham are holding out for a fee closer to £17million and discussion between the two clubs could continue until the end of the month.

Eriksen’s current deal at Spurs will expire at the end of the season.

The Denmark international has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Inter Milan in the past few weeks.

The 27-year-old has scored 69 goals in over 300 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side since joining the club from Ajax in 2013.

Real Madrid President Finally Speaks On Signing Pogba

January 16th, 2020 by admin

Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, has joked that he has never even heard of Paul Pogba, when asked about their interest in the Manchester United midfielder:

Pogba, 26, has long been linked with a move to Madrid.

The France international has also made no secret of his desire to play under his compatriot Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane himself has talked up the move several times.

It is understood senior players and officials at United are now resigned to losing Pogba, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s insistence that the midfielder remains a key part of his plans.

Amid the speculation, Madrid president, Perez feigned ignorance when he was asked about the club’s chances of wrapping up a deal.

“I don’t know who Pogba is?” Perez replied with a smile following Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup triumph over Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia.

See The Ex Footballer Who Is Now Driving For Uber And Selling Books After Being Exiled From His Country

January 16th, 2020 by admin

urkish striker Sukur, 48, lives in America having been exiled for opposing his country’s hardline president Recep Erdogan.

Sukur says his dad has also been thrown in jail and his assets frozen – driving him to the brink of despair in the US and forcing him to use any means available to grind out a living.

He opened a cafe and bakery called Tuts, where the house specials are dishes like Turkish sausage and Greek-style pancakes, in the wealthy area of Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, on the outskirts of San Francisco.

 

But it had to close in December 2018 and was replaced by a Turkish restaurant.

The Uefa Cup winner and World Cup semi-finalist said: “I drive for Uber and I sell books. I am starting to work now.

“Everyone that has a connection with me has financial troubles.

“I don’t have anything left. I have tens of millions of dollars of property in Turkey, but everything is confiscated.

“Erdogan took everything from me: my right to freedom, my right to express myself, my right to work.

“My wife’s boutique was stoned, my children were harassed and my father sent to jail.

“When I left for the US, my father was locked up and my assets taken.”

 

Sukur is widely regarded as Turkey’s greatest ever footballer with 52 goals from 112 caps and he also played for Inter Milan, Torino, Parma and Galatasaray back home.

Ex-Gala boss Graeme Souness took him to Blackburn but his Ewood Park spell was hampered by a broken leg.

Sukur insists he still loves his country – just not its leader.

He said: “I am an enemy of the government, not the state and not the Turkish nation. I love our flag, our country.

Mesut Ozil Speaks On His Hard Time Under Former Arsenal Boss Unai Emery

January 16th, 2020 by admin

Ozil insists he is happy under Mikel Arteta and suggested the former club captain has a better connection with the dressing room.

The former Real Madrid midfielder, whose £350,000-a-week contract ends at the end of next season, has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce but made clear he is going nowhere.

“I am very pleased with my contract that will continue here this year and the year after.

“I can’t tell you what the future will bring, I’m excited about the future, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“I had a hard time, especially with the previous coach Unai Emery, but now everything has changed, and I am very happy with everything. I play regularly and everything goes well.

“Arteta, as I said in my previous interviews, it was surprising to many people that he adopted the club in such a short time. He’s doing a good job. He’s hungry for success.

“Everything about him is positive. Arteta’s story is a bit different because I don’t remember when she quit football, but it hasn’t been over that long. In this way, players can understand more easily,” Ozil said, according to quotes reported by the UK Mirror.

Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Speaks On Aubameyang’s Red Card

January 16th, 2020 by admin

The Gabon striker, 30, was booked for a tackle on Max Meyer in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace but the video assistant referee overturned the decision.

Arsenal appealed against Aubameyang’s red card but his suspension will stand.

“It’s a big  loss for us, but he mistimed the tackle and we have to accept it,” said Arteta.

“It’s an action that is completely accidental, in my opinion. He’s been superb under me, he’s working so hard. He’s scoring goals and has probably been the most important player so to lose him is really bad news for us.

“Players have to step up. You know, when one of your big players is not there, they have to take responsibility.”

BREAKING! Africa Cup Of Nations 2021 Moved To This Date

January 16th, 2020 by admin

The tournament was scheduled to take place in June and July but was changed because of the “unfavourable” weather in the country at that time of year.

It means a number of Premier League clubs could be without first-team players at a crucial stage of the season.

The 2019 tournament in Egypt was the first one to be held in the summer.

Before that, the Cup of Nations had been held in January and February, clashing with the European domestic season.

The change back to a January start means that the tournament will not clash with the expanded Club World Cup, being held in China in June 2021.

Following a meeting on Wednesday with representatives from the Confederation of African Football (Caf), including president Ahmad, the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) tweeted: “It [2021 Africa Cup of Nations] will be played in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February, 2021. Date changed for weather reasons at Cameroon’s request.”

Caf’s deputy general secretary Tony Baffoe said:

“We have reviewed the period of the competition as requested by the Cameroonian party due to unfavourable climatic conditions during the period initially slated.

“After listening to the various arguments and viewpoints – and in particular from the Cameroonian meteorological authorities, the coaches and players – the representatives of the Afcon organising committee, which received the mandate from Caf Executive Committee to take the decision, has granted this request.

“A detailed reported shall be presented to the members of the Executive Committee during its next session on 6 February.”

Rashford Gamble ‘Backfired’ Ahead Of Liverpool Clash : Solskjaer

January 16th, 2020 by admin

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has admitted that the gamble in bringing on Marcus Rashford against Wolves “backfired”.

Rashford lasted just 15 minutes as United won 1-0, after a clash with Wolves defender Matt Doherty.

The England striker is now a doubt for the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.

“It backfired. You have got to take them [risks] once in a while.

“He’ll be tested in the next few days – we have to see for Sunday.

“He couldn’t run. He struggled a little bit with his back and got another knock. It didn’t help,” Solskjaer told the media after the game.

United will face either Watford or Tranmere in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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