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Alvaro Morata considered leaving Chelsea this summer after calling his first season in English football “a disaster”. The 25-year-old striker joined Chelsea from Real Madrid last year and enjoyed a flying start with six goals in his first six Premier League games, but he struggled in the second half of the season, scoring just three […]

France’s World Cup winning manager Didier Deschamps, Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane were nominated as the finalists for FIFA’s coach of the year award on Monday. Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic’s Croatia in July’s final in Russia. Zidane was a […]

Barcelona forward Malcom sprained his ankle in training on Monday, the club has announced. Malcom, who joined Barca from Bordeaux in July, is expected to be out for one week. A club statement read: “In Monday morning’s training session with the Barcelona squad, Malcom suffered a sprain to the lateral external ligament of his right […]

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said he still has “a lot of work to do” after Liverpool’s hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brighton sent them top of the Premier League. Mohamed Salah, who scored a record 38 league goals last season, scored with a clinical strike midway through the first half at Anfield. “Nobody doubts we deserved […]

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has denied Mesut Ozil missed Saturday’s victory over West Ham because of a row in training. The Spaniard said Ozil, 29, was not in the squad for the 3-1 Premier League win at Emirates Stadium due to illness. ESPN Brazil reported the midfielder had an argument with Emery on Friday […]

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery says his side “need to improve” in transition after the unconvincing Gunners recorded their first win under the Spaniard with victory over West Ham at Emirates Stadium. The defensively frail hosts came from behind to lead in fortuitous fashion on 70 minutes as Hammers debutant Issa Diop diverted Alexandre Lacazette’s […]

Cristiano Ronaldo made a winning home debut for Italian champions Juventus with Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic scoring in a 2-0 win over Lazio on Saturday. Ronaldo, 33, played a role in Mandzukic’s second goal of the night on 75 minutes after Pjanic put the hosts in front at the Allianz Stadium. The five-time Ballon […]

Unai Emery has told Aaron Ramsey to focus on his football and not on his future as his contract impasse at Arsenal continues. The Gunners have seen on-pitch matters overshadowed by drawn-out contract negotiations in recent seasons with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere. Ozil agreed fresh terms in January to become the best-paid […]

A very relentless Japanese side overpowered Spain to lift their first ever Under 20 Women’s World Cup, beating Spain 3-1 in France on Friday. The finals was obviously entertaining for the fans at the Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, as the Europeans held possession early in the first half but their persistent opponent took the […]

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, on Friday in Lagos announced a 24-man team list for the 2019 Nation’s Cup qualifier against Seychelles. The Super Eagles will play the national team of Seychelles on September 7 in Victoria, Seychelles. Rohr, at a news conference in Lagos, said 24 players and four stand-by players were invited […]

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