Month: March 2017

Real Madrid sign the largest advertising deal in Spanish history

Real Madrid have signed a two-year deal with telecommunication giants, Telefonica. The advertising deal worth €15 million is believed to be the largest in Spanish history. as their official digital sponsor. The Spanish telecommunications provider has  with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit which will commence now and will last until the end of next season. As per the official statement by Los Blancos, Telefonica are their connecting partner. Speaking in a press conference attended by club president Florentino Perez along with Telefonica president Jose Alvarez Pallete and members of the first team squad of the football and basketball teams, Perez said: “Telefónica and Real Madrid...

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Opinion: The story of Dino of ABU |By: Azu Ishiekwene

We’re in trouble, but that’s not the worst part. The real tragedy is that we don’t know that we don’t know. It took one week and a Senate summons for the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Professor Ibrahim Garba, to say that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from ABU. And even then, his testimony left more questions than answers. In response to repeated press enquiries, ABU had promised to take a public position on Wednesday. But for reasons that can only damage the school’s reputation, it made a U-turn, saying it would not make any comment until invited...

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‘Teddy bear’ Messi doesn’t deserve 4 game-ban – Maradona

Diego Maradona has put up an interesting defence for Lionel Messi who was handed a 4-game ban few days ago for allegedly insulting a match official. The Argentine legend claimed the punishment meted out to the Barcelona talisman was exaggerated adding that his countryman is a teddy bear and a sensational person. He has however vowed to  to lobby FIFA over the four-match ban. He told radio show La Oral Deportivo: ‘I am going to speak with Infantino, I think it’s terrible. Four games is a lot. The seriousness of Messi’s words are also very strong, but I think it [the suspension] can...

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We won’t break the vault to sign Neymar – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has likened Manchester United’s chances of signing Barcelona’s Neymar to the breaking a vault.  The Brazilian has again been linked with Old Trafford, a week after revealing his ambitions for the Premier League and confessing his admiration for 4 clubs in England; Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. Mourinho insists the move is not feasible as the Catalans will never part ways with one of their huge assets. The Portuguese told ESPN, ‘I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs for what can be given to me. Neymar is absurd, A...

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FIFA Ban: Messi denies abusing official

Argentina soccer star, Lionel Messi has denied insulting a match official during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile last Thursday. The Barcelona forward who was hit with a four-match international ban by the FIFA’s disciplinary panel for verbally abusing Brazilian assistant referee Dewson Silva said his insults were directed to the air and not the official. The 29 year-old  missed his side’s 0-2 defeat against Bolivia on Tuesday due to the ban, Messi insisted that he has been unfairly punished with the suspension as his insults were not at all directed at an official.   He was quoted on goal.com thus, “My...

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Impossible to manage Barcelona or Arsenal – Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out ever managing Barcelona FC due to his link with Espanyol. Pochettino was spotted with Spanish club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week, sparking reports that he could replace coach Luis Enrique, who is stepping down at the end of the season. The 45 year-old said, “I don’t like to speak about rumours, but it was true that I saw Bartomeu by coincidence in a bar in Barcleona, last Tuesday, I have known him for a long time before he became chairman of Barcelona. There were many people around us, who saw us to say...

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Nigerian Pilot Makes History

In what can be described as an astounding feat, a Nigerian pilot; Ademilola ‘Lola’ Odujinrin has become the first African pilot in history to take Africa on its very first round-the-world solo flight. He completed the journey on Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances. Ademilola, a staff of Air Djibouti, completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began...

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The unthinkable happened during Schweinsteiger’s first press conference in Chicago.

Bastian Schweinsteiger completed his move to Chicago Fire and was unveiled today.  During his first press conference as a Chicago fire player, a mischievous journalist asked the Germany international  if thought his addition to the MLS side could help the team win a World Cup. RT MLRobbie: Unbelievable Jeff! A journalist asks Bastian Schweinsteiger if Chicago Fire can win the World Cup ???? pic.twitter.com/IIvlG6MEX9 — Armor (@ArmorGashi4) March 30, 2017 Huh? The greatest moment of confusion in sports in 2017, perhaps. A competition exclusively for international clubs? Change of club not change of nationality. Anyways, the former Manchester United player laughed...

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‘Even Jesus didn’t please everyone’- Ronaldo sculptor defends statue

Emanuel Santos, the sculptor behind the widely criticized Ronaldo statue has defended his work, maintaining that he and the Real Madrid star are happy with it. The Airport in Madeira was officially renamed after the ex Manchester United star at a a ceremony which took place yesterday, but pictures of the 32 year-old’s bronze bust took the internet by storm with many suggesting that it resembles former Arsenal forward Niall Quinn or The Head from BBC television programme ‘Art Attack’ than Ronaldo. Reacting to the comments, the Madeiran artist told Globo.com. “I was with his brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira...

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Kelechi Nwakali thinks Nigeria has the most Arsenal fans in the world because of Kanu.

Arsenal fans come in here! MVV Maastricht forward, Kelechi Nwakali believes that Nigeria has the most Arsenal fans in the world because of one of it’s club legends, Kanu Nwankwo. Do you agree with that assertion? The Nigeria U-20 captain who recently made Goal.com’s list of the 50 best under-19 talents in the world revealed in an interview how a phone call from his mentor, Kanu inspired his move to London. “Kanu called me after the U-17 World Cup and said Arsenal wanted me; that the boss Arsene Wenger called him about me, He’s  been my mentor, a brother and a...

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“Is it too late to get their money back?” Ronaldo’s new statue is stirring the internet. See our best reactions.

Earlier today, Cristiano Ronaldo had the Madeira Airport in his hometown named after him but a statue of the Portuguese unveiled in the ceremony has been stealing the headlines. The bust which sadly looked nothing like him has been tagged a horrendous piece of art on the internet. See our best reactions from the topic. What we know is that chill has departed from the land of the living! When they hire the lowest bidder to create Cristiano Ronaldo's bust. pic.twitter.com/hI1NOifOXQ — Scott McGrew (@ScottMcGrew) March 29, 2017 The ronaldo statue looks like the head from art attack — Ryan Carroll...

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Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo! Madeira Airport has been named after Ronaldo. (Photos)

Cristiano Ronaldo has had the Airport in his hometown of Madeira, the Madeira International Airport named after him. It is now called Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo. A new sign with the Portuguese’s face and name has been placed on the front of the airport.   Reacting to the huge honour, the La Liga star said, “Seeing my name being given to this airport is something very special, everyone knows that I am proud of my country and my country. I know some people do not agree, but I am not a hypocrite and I assume that some are here right now. We all have the...

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Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Addo hosts Omotola-Jalade

Nigerian silverscreen goddess, Omotola Jalade Ekehinde paid a courtesy visit to the Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Addo over the weekend. Both women touched on gender-related issues . “I was pleased to receive a courtesy call from human rights advocate and actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde on Thursday. During the visit, a range of topics were discussed, including the importance of visible, accessible, and positive role models for girls and young women as they make important choices for their future.” She wrote....

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Brazil become first nation to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Brazil have become the first team to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup after an emphatic  3-0 win over Paraguay. What a goal from Neymar ???  pic.twitter.com/rdjbADxSij — 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) March 29, 2017 Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho gave the team a lead in a low opener, Neymar doubled the lead with an incredible goal at the second half before Marcelo sealed a late third. Brazil are the only country that have appeared at every FIFA World Cup...

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I am happy at Man City – Bravo

Claudio Bravo has said he is happy to stay at Manchester City despite losing his place to Willy Caballero. The former Barcelona skipper also branded reports of his exit from the English club, ‘fake news’. And he is not moved by reports that coach Pep Guardiola wants to sign a new goalkeeper. “The issue that I was not playing came out, many examples of fake news have come out. Things that, above all, have no information about them. Many things also come out from this country that are not true – that I have a psychologist, or an English teacher...

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Barca to name training ground stadium after Johan Cruyff

Barcelona have revealed their intention to name their new stadium in the Ciutat Esportiva training complex after club legend, Johan Cruyff who passed on last year, March. The Dutch who passed on at age 68 donned the Barcelona kit 143 times between 1973 and 1978, scoring 48 goals. He managed the club between 1988 and 1996, winning four La Liga titles consecutively from 1991 to 1994,the 1989 European Cup Winners Cup and the 1992 European Cup final. A three time winner of the Ballon d’Or trophy (1971, 1973 and 1974), the 1974 trophy as well as his number 9...

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Lionel Messi gets 4-game ban

Untypical of him! Argentina/Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has been banned for four international matches for directing insulting words at a match official during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile on Thursday, March 23. Messi reportedly used the ‘F’ word on the linesman. The 29 year-old who was also handed a £8,100 fine discovered his fate six hours before kick-off in Argentina’s qualifier away to Bolivia in La Paz today. Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia as well as games against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru before returning for the final match against...

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My kids don’t want to talk about their mother’s death- Rio Ferdinand

Ex England player, Rio Ferdinand has said it has been difficult getting his children to talk about their mother’s death. The former captain who lost his 34 year-old wife, Rebecca to cancer in May 2015 told BBC that he gets shut down by the three children, aged 10, 8 and 5 each time he asks about their feeling. He told BBC Radio 5 live, ahead of a BBC One documentary,  “I didn’t know any techniques to speak to the children. I didn’t know what buttons to push. I’d been starting conversations with them to try and get how they were feeling out,...

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Funke Akindele is gracious on the cover of ThisDay magazine.

The cover star of ThisDay magazine, The March 2017 issue has been unveiled and it is none other than delectable actress and producer, Funke Akindele-Bello. Photographer extraordinaire, TY Bello, who captured the beautiful shots spoke about her experience on the set. “I was really looking forward to Jennifa’s shoot for @thisdaystyle .I figured I was just going to spend the entire session rolling on the floor with laughter.. Boy did she deliver.. she walked in with Jenifa in all her glory.. we laughed till water was coming out of our eyes ni. But she also brought in Funke Akindele .. It...

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