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No surprises as Chelsea FC sack Antonio Conte as coach.

After two years in charge at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have sacked Antonio Conte from his position as head coach. The Italian who guided the Blues to a memorable Premier League title win in his first season, and a FA cup victory was told he was axed at a meeting today, sky sports reports. Chelsea’s dismal performance during the 2017/2018 campaign which did not only see them finish 5th on the premier league table but also made them finish a 30 points behind Manchester City, is not unlikely to be responsible for this development. Antonio Conte has the best win...

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“The moment has arrived for a new cycle.” Ronaldo in emotional tribute to Real Madrid fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo has written an open letter to his fans in the wake of his €105m move to Juventus today. The 33 year-old thanked the club, colleagues and his fans for their support throughout his 9-year spell, adding that he is leaving to start a new chapter in his life. The Portuguese’s letter was published on Real Madrid’s website. Read below: “These years in Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life. I only have feelings of enormous thanks for this club, this fanbase and this city. I can only give thanks to...

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Real Madrid confirm the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for €105m.

Portuguese forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has put an end to his 9-year stay in Spain after agreeing to join Italian champions, Juventus on a 4-year old deal worth around £88million. The current world best player who scored a record 450 goals in 438 games, and won four Champions League titles with Real – and the move, believed to be worth around £88million, will be seen as a big step forward for Italian football. A statement from Real Madrid read: “Real Madrid C. F. communicates that, according to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, we have agreed to transfer him...

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Spain appoint Luis Enrique on a two-year deal

Former Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique has been named Spain’s new head coach, the Spanish Football Federation (SFF) have announced.. This development is coming after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit to Russia.  Recall that Spain sacked their former coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before their opening World Cup game against Portugal in Sochi. “We need a successful coach, who’s modern and who knows the game style but can make small adjustments. We can’t swipe everything clean, with regards to all the work carried out.” Spain’s new sporting director, José Francisco Molina, maintained....

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World Cup 2018: FIFA sanctions Maradona over middle finger gesture.

  Name(required) Email(required) Website Message Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona has been sanctioned by FIFA for swearing and giving the middle finger in front of millions of TV viewers as he celebrated Argentina’s late winner against Nigeria on Tuesday in the Saint Petersburg Stadium. For that disgraceful act, The 1986 World Cup winner will no longer be paid as an ambassador of world soccer governing body FIFA. His behaviour has been termed embarrassing and provocative hence he will no longer receive the £10,000 he was receiving from the world soccer governing body to appear at World Cup matches. He has...

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Cancer fight: Carl Ikeme announces complete remission.

One year after Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukemia, the British Nigerian has provided an update on his condition on his social media accounts. ‘After a year of intense chemotherapy I would like to share that I am in complete REMISSION. I still have hurdles to pass to be cured,but hopefully I can move on with some normality! I would like to thank everyone for there support over the past year. Thank you❤ #Grateful🙏🏽’ Expectedly, there have been an outpour of reactions to the good news. His club side, Wolves excitedly tweeted,...

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Opinion: The 2019 Nigerian Presidential Elections | By: Tony Ogunlowo

The Nigerian Presidential Elections are barely a year away. It’ll be an interesting and definitive election that the whole of Nigeria – and the rest of the World – will be watching very carefully. Again it’s going to be a test to see if democracy can survive in Africa. Traditionally incumbent Presidents can expect to win a majority of the votes cast with a ‘swing vote’ – floating or undecided voters – deciding whether they’ll be elected for a second term or not. Nigeria is a funny country and nobody knows what this ‘swing vote’ will be: the electorate...

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2018 World Cup: Download Super Eagles’ theme song, ‘Dem Go Hear Am’.

Aiteo Group (www.AiteoGroup.com), the Official Optimum Partner of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), last Saturday premiered to industry applause, an official theme song to mentally boost the Super Eagles of Nigeria to go for glory at the Russia 2018 World Cup. This is also as they pledged to donate $50,000 to the team ‘for every unreturned goal’ scored at the Mundial. The rousing theme song titled, ‘Dem Go Hear Am, meaning “Go Show Them” was put together by Nigeria’s Hip-Hop/Afrobeat luminaries; Olamide and Phyno. The Single, has been well received by Nigeria’s teeming football and music fans, and is currently enjoying massive...

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Spain Sack Julen Lopetegui On The Eve Of World Cup

Spain have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui just one day before the start of the 2018 World Cup. Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane‘s successor at Real Madrid and will resume duty immediately after the World Cup. The president of the Spanish FA (RFEF) Luis Rubiales revealed that he was not informed of Lopetegui’s new role, he only heard about Madrid’s impending appointment five minutes before the official announcement. Rubiales told reporters at a press conference in Krasnodar. “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the best of luck. What the Spanish team achieves, will have to do with the work he has developed....

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World Cup 2018 snub: See how favourite stars reacted.

Some stars have been inevitably left out of the 2018 World Cup squads. While some omissions were shocking, others had it coming (considering dip in form or unimpressive performances in their clubs). Morata, Benzema, Javi Martinez, Dimitri Payet, Marcos Alonso, Martial, Cesc Fabregas, Mauro Icardi, Alexandre Lacazette, Leroy Sane, Hector Bellerin are some of the few people who were dropped by their countries. While some took the news in their stride, others reacted strongly. So here’s how some of  they reacted to being dropped out of their respective squads. Leroy Sane: “Thank you so much everyone for your encouraging messages yesterday and today. I’m obviously disappointed I won’t participate in the World Cup but I have to accept this decision and I’ll give it my all to bounce back stronger 🔥⚽🔥 Nothing but the best of success to the @dfb_team in Russia. Go get that title!” Karim Benzema: “Mr [Le] Graet, with all due respect, you’ve lost an opportunity to remain silent. I’ve discovered your true face, and this isn’t the one that said he appreciated me and wouldn’t discuss the subject of team selections!” Christian Benteke: “Dissapointed to have been left out of the squad going to the #WorldCup. I’ll keep working hard and come back stronger. Now let’s all get behind the @BelRedDevils and show them our support!” Morata: “Lots of luck in the World Cup. I will be supporting and...

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Russia 2018: FIFA World Cup fixtures

It is 8 days to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Who else is giddy with excitement? So yesterday, I mentioned that the 32 participating teams have released their final squads for the tournament See the full list here. 736 players will feature at the finals, 65 matches will be played at 12 venues. Now, we bring you all the fixtures in Nigerian time. And here’s wishing Nigeria all the best in the tournament. Yes, you can bring it home! Group stages Thursday 14 June Russia vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 4pm Friday 15 June Egypt vs Uruguay...

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Russia 2018: Check out the official 23-man squads

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting in 9 days time, the qualified 32 teams have released their final squads for the tournament. 736 players will feature at the finals, 65 matches will be played at 12 venues and only 1 winner will emerge at the end of the event. Some of the players left out of their teams include Morata, Benzema, Javi Martinez, Dimitri Payet, Marcos Alonso, Martial, Cesc Fabregas, Mauro Icardi, Alexandre Lacazette, Leroy Sane, Hector Bellerin and many more. Hosts, Russia face Saudi Arabia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday 14 June. Take a look at the final squads...

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Opinion: Curbing the menace of the marauding Fulani herdsmen | By: Tony Ogunlowo

I’ve been asked to write about the marauding Fulani herdsmen who have been causing havoc and mayhem where ever they go. This is a very sensitive and volatile topic that nobody will write about unless it’s about their murderous antics. But nevertheless let’s see what I have to say. Surprisingly I’ll sit on the fence here: a lot of blood has been shed on both sides; there are no winners or losers here, everybody is suffering. What you have going on here is the equivalent of opening up the floodgates to Hell: on the one hand you have a...

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Lampard, Gerrard pick up managerial roles.

From the studio to the dug out, Chelsea and Liverpool legends, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have picked up managerial roles. While Lampard, who announced his retirement from professional football in February 2017 following spells with Manchester City and MLS club New York City FC was confirmed as new manager of Derby County on a three-year-deal at Pride Park, Gerrard will join Ranger this summer, as coach penning a four-year deal. Lampard who was told the club website: “I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity. I...

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Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid manager

Talk about leaving when the ovation is loudest! Less than a week after guiding Los Blancos to three straight Champions League titles, Zinedine Zidane is stepping down as Real Madrid manager. Announcing his decision in Madrid on Thursday morning, the former French footballer said, “I have taken the decision to not continue into the next season. For me and for everybody, I think the moment to change has arrived. It was not an easy decision. He continued, “This is my decision. Maybe it’s a mistake. But I feel it’s time. If I don’t think that we can keep winning then it’s...

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Egyptian lawyer files €1 billion lawsuit against Sergio Ramos for challenge on Mohamed Salah

The things you read online! An Egyptian Lawyer, Bassem Wahba has sued Sergio Ramos for €1 billion for “the physical and psychological pain he caused Mohamed Salah and Egyptians”, by hurting his shoulder during the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev last Saturday. Salah left the pitch in tears after less than half an hour having suffered a n injury on the shoulder. His team later lost 3-1. Lawyer Bassem Wahba confirmed his intention on Egyptian television. “Ramos intentionally injured Mo Salah and should be punished about his actions. I’ve filed a lawsuit and a...

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Andres Iniesta signs for J.League side Vissel Kobe

Barcelona legend, Andrés Iniesta has signed for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe after ending his 22 year-old Barcelona career. He will reportedly earn $30m (£22.5m) annually on a three-year deal. The 34-year-old midfielder who played his last match for the La Liga champions last Saturday against Real Sociedad appeared at a news conference at a central Tokyo hotel on Thursday along with Kobe’s billionaire owner, Hiroshi Mikitani. “I’m pleased to announce, that Andrés Iniesta will be signing up play with Vissel Kobe after his historic career at Barcelona.” Mikitani said. “For me this is a very special day. This is an important challenge for me. My family is...

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Reactions trail the appointment of Unai Emery as new Arsenal head coach

Arsenal today announced their decision to appoint 46-year-old Unai Emery as their new head coach. The three-year deal is reportedly worth £5m a season. He takes over from Arsene Wenger who stepped down last month after a 22 year-old spell. According to Arsenal, the former Sevilla coach has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us...

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Andres Iniesta says goodbye to Barcelona in the most heart-melting way.

Permit me to pour out my feelings in this post. I am a Barca fan and this week has been intensely emotional for me. So, one of our legends at Nou Camp, Andres Iniesta left the club this week after a 22 year-spell and tributes from colleagues, friends and footballers all over the world have left most of us teary-eyed. Of course, Barcelona gave him a befitting farewell party. Shortly after his last game for the club, Iniesta stayed on the pitch bare footed, relieving his moments as a player. The images are heart-melting.       And then the...

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