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Conte’s Inter on a ‘mission’ to kill off Juventus domination

Antonio Conte begins his second season as Inter Milan coach with a mission to stop his former club Juventus winning a 10th consecutive Serie A title. Conte led Juve to the first three of their current run of nine straight league crowns starting in 2012 before moving on to coach Italy and Chelsea, taking over […]

Liverpool face Chelsea test as Manchester clubs enter fray

Liverpool faces an early test of their Premier League title defence against Chelsea this weekend as Manchester City and Manchester United launch their quest to be champions. Arsenal, Everton and Leicester hope to build on encouraging opening wins while Jose Mourinho needs a morale-boosting victory for Tottenham. AFP Sport looks at some of the main […]

Man Utd’s Solskjaer under pressure to dispel ‘nearly man’ tag

Manchester United made undoubted progress in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge with a third-place finish in the Premier League and runs to three semi-finals in cup competitions. But with United still languishing well behind rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the table, the Norwegian is now under the spotlight to mount a […]

We know how to beat Liverpool, Lampard boasts

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has said they’re capable of beating defending Premier League champions, Liverpool. Lampard is relishing the prospect of playing Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, despite losing both encounters in 2019-20. The Blues did, however, win their FA Cup showdown and wants to show no fear hosting the champions on Sunday. Lampard claimed: “I […]

Bale, Reguilón expected in London today to seal Spurs loan move

Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilón have been booked to fly on the same private jet today from Madrid to London, where they are set to put the finishing touches to their transfers from Real Madrid to Tottenham. Bale will arrive on a one-year loan and continue to earn his basic £600,000-a-week wage, with Real paying […]

Tiger Woods begins search for 16th major at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will play his first-round with close friend, Justin Thomas, and the latest Major sensation Collin Morikawa in the opening round of the 120th US Open this week, reports Playing only his fifth event since the re-start of golf following the shut down due to COVID-19, Woods is searching for the form that […]

La Liga deal for Kannywood star

Nigeria movie sensation, Ali Nuhu, has signed a new football deal as an influencer of the Spanish league brand, La Liga reports The actor confirmed the development on the fringe of the La Liga fans meeting held in Kano last Sunday but declined the to disclose the worth of the deal. “I guess because […]

Clearing of ‘rubbles’ begins at Lagos National Stadium as demolition ends

• Baba Ijebu may take over complex soon After two weeks of ‘operation pull down illegal structures’ at the Lagos National Stadium, the exercise ended yesterday, according to an official of the Ministerial Implementation Committee. The action is aimed at returning the stadium to its original design. Already, some major structures, including the popular Ojez […]

Trump hosts Israel, Bahrain, UAE peace ceremony

US President Donald Trump will host a ceremony Tuesday where Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations with Israel, redrawing the Middle East’s diplomatic map — and boosting the Republican’s reelection hopes. The event on the White House South Lawn, attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the […]

Messi named highest-earning footballer

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has topped the Forbes list for highest-earning footballers in 2020. Messi’s yearly earnings at $126m (£97.2m) with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo second on $117m (£90.3m). Neymar was in third with Paris St-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe fourth. Three Premier League players – Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba and David de Gea – made the […]

Goalkeepers need regular playing time to hone their skills, says Uzoho

Finland-based Coach, Victor Uzoho, has pointed at irregular appearances for club matches, non-exposure to international friendlies, and poor training as reasons Nigerian goalkeepers don’t produce their best forms in matches. The coach, who argued that Nigeria is blessed with good goalkeepers, said talent alone is not enough to make them as good as their counterparts […]

Five things we learned from the Premier League’s return

The Premier League began with a bang this weekend as Liverpool launched their title defence with a pulsating 4-3 win over new boys Leeds. Arsenal and Leicester both recorded impressive 3-0 victories but Jose Mourinho was left fuming after he tasted defeated on the opening day of a league campaign for the first time in […]

Chelsea’s Werner expects to be fit in time for Liverpool clash

Timo Werner insisted he will be fit to face Liverpool on Sunday after Chelsea’s new striker finished their 3-1 win at Brighton with an ice pack on his thigh. Werner marked his Premier League debut by winning a penalty that Jorginho converted to put Chelsea ahead, but the Germany star took a whack on his […]

Lampard laughs off Klopp’s Chelsea spending jibe

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard says he is amused rather than annoyed by Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of his summer spending, pointing out that Liverpool splashed the cash on the road to Premier League glory. Lampard has invested around £200 million ($257 million) on Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell, with Thiago Silva arriving […]

Furious Neymar alleges racism as five sent off in PSG storm

Neymar insisted he had been the victim of racism as he was one of five players sent off in a mass brawl at the end of Marseille’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. PSG’s Brazilian star appeared to accuse Alvaro Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious […]

NBBF, Total to sign five-year league sponsorship deal tomorrow

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has announced that it will officially sign a memorandum of understanding with Total E&P Nigeria Limited tomorrow for the sponsorship rights of the Division 1 and 2 men’s basketball leagues. NBBF Secretary General, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi said the landmark event would hold at the company’s headquarters in Lagos. Speaking on the […]

Sports stakeholders rally for Obaseki’s re-election on Benin streets

Sportsmen and women, including serving and retired athletes, as well as sports administrators on Thursday reaffirmed their support for the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy and running mate, Philip Shaibu, in this month’s governorship polls. At a solidarity rally held in Benin City, the sportsmen and women vowed to come out en […]

Ibadan FA revives Olubadan Cup, sets for Super Eight competition

After a six-year absence, Ibadan Football Association (IFA) is set to revive the Olubadan Cup with improved cash prize of N350, 000. The next edition of the competition is the 46th since its inception. IFA, which is the second oldest football body in Nigeria, will also organise a Super Eight competition, which will be used […]

TStv acquires EPL right, broadcasts live matches today

Direct to home pay television operator, TStv Africa, yesterday announced that it has acquired rights to broadcast English Football League (EFL) live matches to Nigerians starting with today’s kick off of the championship, the company announced on its Facebook page yesterday. EFL is the second tier of the English Football League contested by 24 clubs. […]

Brooks Koepka ruled out of U.S. Open 2020 through injury

Two-time winner, Brooks Koepka, has withdrawn from next week’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot due to injury, according to Koepka has struggled with a left knee injury, which saw him sidelined for three months last season and also needed on-course treatment to his hip during his title defence at the U.S. PGA Championship in […]

Klopp shrugs off rivals’ spending as Premier League kicks off

Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool’s title rivals that splashing out on new signings is no guarantee of success as the Premier League champions start their new campaign against Leeds on Saturday. Klopp’s side are back in action just seven weeks after Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy to mark the culmination of Liverpool’s first title-winning campaign […]

Football legend Nwankwo Kanu commends Simba TVS’ quality service

• As new workshop opens in Kano Former Super Eagles Captain, Kanu Nwankwo Tuesday in Kano commended Simba TVS, exclusive distributors of the official motorcycle and tricycle of the Nigerian national team, for the company’s unparalleled commitment to quality customer service nationwide. Kanu, special guest at the inauguration of a further TVS workshop in Nigeria’s […]

Bob Arum’s Top Rank, including Tyson Fury, debuts in Nigeria

Nigerian boxing fans have been given the opportunity to watch all the fights involving boxers on Top Rank Promotions’ stable, including one arm of the world heavyweight boxing title holder, Tyson Fury. For nearly half a century, Top Rank has produced some of its most exciting bouts. Top Rank’s current stable of champions represents the […]

FIFA’s mini stadia in Ugborodo, Kebbi to begin in two weeks

• Delta community leaders praise Pinnick To boost football development at the grassroots level, the World soccer ruling body, FIFA, is set to construct two mini stadia in Nigeria. One of the projects will be sited at Ugborodo community in Warri southwest Council of Delta State, while the other will be located in Kebbi State. […]

Enugu Rangers regroup September 13 ahead 2020/21 season

Former champions, Enugu Rangers, will begin preparations for the 2020/2021 season on September 13, the management of the club has disclosed. Enugu Rangers, who last won the Nigerian Professional Football League title in 2016 and took the Aiteo Cup in 2018, said they are determined to win both titles this coming season. Speaking during a […]

I am ready for winner of Fury, Wilder trilogy, says Joshua

Joshua is ready to take on the winner of the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder trilogy match in 2021, and he feels he’ll beat both of them. If Joshua had it his way, he would fight the winner of the Fury-Wilder 3 right away in early 2021, but he probably won’t be able to do […]

Ronaldo at the double, France see off Croatia in World Cup final repeat

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning brace to take him to 101 international goals for Portugal in a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sweden in the Nations League on Tuesday, while France won a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final 4-2 over Croatia. Ronaldo broke the mythical 100-goal mark on the stroke of half-time, the 35-year-old […]

Chelsea table £18m for Rennes goalkeeper as Kante nears Inter Milan move

Chelsea has been the busiest of the Premier League clubs in this summer’s transfer window. The Blues have completed the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, and Kai Havertz and are still eyeing more deals, while a number of players have been put up for sale. They are set […]

Lagos National Stadium ‘clean up’ 75 percent completed, says Nesiama

• Final stage of demolition takes place on Thursday The Ministerial Implementation Committee on ‘restoration’ of Lagos National Stadium says the demolition of ‘illegal structures’ within the complex is 75 per cent completed. The exercise, which is aimed at returning the stadium to its original design, began last week, and is expected to last for […]

‘Nigerian clubs need better funding, facilities to compete with North Africa’s’

Enyimba of Aba FC Chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, believes North African teams will continue to dominate CAF inter-club competitions with their superior financial muscle and their ability to get the necessary logistics better than counterparts from other parts of the continent. Since Enyimba won the CAF Champions League back-to-back in 2003 and 2004, no other […]

Ozil may start Arsenal’s first game of 2020/2021 season

Mesut Ozil is reportedly in the running to start Arsenal’s first game of the season this weekend, and fans are split on the news, reports The Germany international who faces an uncertain future was a surprise starter in the Gunners’ final pre-season game, against Aston Villa. And according to The Sun, he could even […]

Tokyo 2020 Olympics to hold with or without COVID-19, says IOC vice president

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President, John Coates, has revealed that the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics slated for next summer “will take place with or without COVID-19,” reports Although details are still to be ironed out over spectators and whether there will be limited attendance, Coates also forecasts that the 2020 Tokyo Games will be […]

Man City’s Mahrez and Laporte test positive for coronavirus

Manchester City players Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for coronavirus just five days before the start of the new Premier League season, the club announced on Monday. City said in a statement that French defender Laporte and Algerian international forward Mahrez were self-isolating in accordance with Premier League and government rules. “Neither […]

Anthony Joshua denies alleged affair with Mahrez’s wife

Anthony Joshua’s team have come out fighting after the heavyweight superstar was linked to the wife of Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, reports Joshua, 30, has reportedly been spotted out and about with 26-year-old Rita, who has two children with Mahrez but is now separated from the footballer. Reports in the Sun stated that […]

Messi release clause not valid, Jorge Messi tells La Liga

Jorge Messi, the father and agent of Lionel Messi, published a response to La Liga on Friday, insisting the Barcelona striker’s 700-million-euro release clause no longer applies. Messi senior claims the release clause is removed once the player takes up the option in his contract to leave for free, which Messi’s side believe he did […]

Players’ performance in Europe best advertisement for NPFL, says Amokachi

Special Adviser on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari, Daniel Amokachi, has described the performance of Nigerian players in European football as the best advertisement for the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). He said translating such good outings to the Super Eagles’ matches would draw attention to the players, prompting more clubs to scout for stars […]

Promoter takes battle for quality boxers to record studio

In a bid to reposition boxing and make it the sport of first choice at the grassroots level, Ibadan-based promoter, Oshinmi Ezekiel, has released a song, titled Ese O’gboyinbo (punch doesn’t hear English). The young promoter explained that he wants to use music to entice youths to boxing, adding that blending hip-hop with the sport […]

Ronaldo a doubt as Portugal prepare to face weakened Croatia

Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt as Portugal start the defence of their Nations League title against Croatia on Saturday in Porto and Sweden on Tuesday in Solna. Ronaldo is with the Portugal squad but has a toe infection and did not train on Wednesday or Thursday. He was instead doing “gym work”, the Portuguese football […]

Premier League cancels Chinese TV contract

The Premier League announced on Thursday it was pulling the plug on a lucrative television rights contract with Chinese broadcaster PPTV after a dispute over a missed payment. PPTV agreed a reported $700 million (£523 million) deal for the right to broadcast all 380 Premier League matches per season from 2019 to 2022. However, the […]

Man Utd’s Van de Beek honours ex-Ajax teammate Nouri with shirt number

Manchester United’s new signing Donny van de Beek has revealed he will wear shirt number 34 in honour of former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after an on-pitch heart attack. United on Wednesday announced they had completed a deal for the Netherlands international worth a reported initial 39 million euros ($46 million). […]

Goalkeeper Henderson aims to oust De Gea from Man Utd No.1 spot

Dean Henderson has set his sights on dislodging David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper and becoming England’s number one this season. Henderson has returned to Old Trafford after two impressive seasons on loan with Sheffield United. The 23-year-old signed a new five-year contract with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last week and believes he […]

LMC signs marketing, broadcast deal with Redstrike Media

Nigerians to follow NPFL through online, other media channels The quest to make the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) more viable got a huge boost yesterday when the League Management Company (LMC) signed a strategic and investment partnership with Redstrike Media Nigeria to commercialise the NPFL. The agreement has empowered the parties to create an […]

Nigeria’s General Abdullahi explains quest to head Africa’s Military Sports Council

Battles opponents from Algeria, Kenya, Guinea-Conakry Nigeria’s Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi, the Deputy Director of Sports at the Defence Headquarters, is among four contestants vying to become the next president of the Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA). His opponents are from Algeria, Kenya and Guinea . The president of OSMA will be elected […]

MGI International Scrabble league begins October 10

Organisers push the premier league to 2021 Nigerian scrabble players have been offered the opportunity to continue practicing their craft even with the rampaging coronavirus pandemic by Mindgames International, which is set to stage its maiden MGI Virtual International Scrabble League Series from October 10 to November 1, 2020. The competition will hold on the […]

Murray, Serena advance on U.S. Open day of records

Andy Murray of Great Britain advanced to the second round of the on-going U.S Open Tennis Championship with a comeback victory over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishoka in a night match played in Arthur Ashe Stadium. After winning the first two sets 6/4, 6/4, the Japanese player seemed headed to a quick victory over Murray whose condition […]

International football returns at last as Nations League starts

After the postponement of Euro 2020 by a year, international football comes out of a long hibernation this week in Europe with the start of the latest UEFA Nations League, which is being crammed into the autumn despite the ongoing coronavirus concerns and will see Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defend their title. In normal times, the […]

NFF, NIKE strategise for another world-beater apparel

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and its kit-sponsor, NIKE, yesterday revealed they have taken a further step forward in the plan to unveil another set of kits for the national teams that would wow the world as those launched on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals did. After a virtual meeting on […]

I’m recovering fast, says Daniel Akpeyi

Super Eagles’ goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi says he is recovering fast from the injury he suffered while on duty for his club, Kaizer Chiefs, against Bidvest Wits in a South African Premier League encounter at the weekend. The former Warri Wolves goaltender and his teammates at Kaizer Chiefs suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bidvest Wits, a […]

Inter rule out move for wantaway Messi

Inter Milan have no plans to try and sign Lionel Messi nor the financial means to engineer a deal for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, a club official said Tuesday. “I don’t know where some ideas can come from,” Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia. The Serie A runners-up have been linked […]

O’jez bar, Old Skool, others to go as Lagos National Stadium ‘clean up’ begins

• Exercise to last for eight weeks The ‘restoration’ of the Lagos National Stadium will last for eight weeks, a member of the Ministerial Implementation Committee has revealed.The exercise, which is aimed at returning the stadium to its original design, according to the official, will see several ‘illegal structures,’ including the O’jez Bar and Old […]

Ex-Man City keeper Claudio Bravo pens one-year deal with Real Betis

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo signed a one-year deal with Real Betis in Spain on Sunday, the La Liga club announced. It will be the Chilean’s third spell in Spain having previously played for Real Sociedad for eight years and spending two seasons at Barcelona. The 37-year-old signed for Man City in 2016 and […]

Anambra FA elections crisis lights up battle for Government House

Football acknowledged as one of the biggest tools for diplomacy, has also been recorded as a big instrument for shaping a people’s perception of society and its leaders. Many politicians have ridden on the back of the beautiful game to enhance their careers. Thus, the battle for the control of football administration, in most cases, […]

Djokovic in action on day one at US Open bubble

Overwhelming favorite Novak Djokovic begins his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title on Monday as a unique, spectator-free 2020 US Open gets underway in a COVID-19 quarantine bubble at Flushing Meadows. The world number one headlines the opening day of a tennis major that promises to be unlike any other and which is missing […]

Ibrahimovic agrees to play another season at AC Milan for 7m euros

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at AC Milan next season having reached agreement on a new deal reportedly worth 7 million euros ($8.3m) without bonuses, according to multiple reports in Italy on Friday. Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 years in October, on Friday posted a photo of himself on social media wearing an AC Milan jersey with […]

Lampard must deliver after Chelsea spending spree

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard is under pressure to deliver a serious Premier League title challenge after a spending spree fuelled by his desire to catch champions Liverpool. Lampard showed promise in his first season by steering the Blues into the Champions League with a fourth place domestic finish. But Arsenal exposed the flaws that were […]

Henderson expects Liverpool to make statement against Arsenal

Jordan Henderson has urged Liverpool to show their hunger to retain the Premier League title when they face Arsenal in the Community Shield on Saturday. Just five weeks after Liverpool captain Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy, Jurgen Klopp’s side kick off the new season in the glamour friendly at Wembley. While their Premier League […]

Lionel Messi agrees personal terms with new club

Argentine journalist, Veronica Brunati, has claimed that Manchester City have already agreed on personal terms with Lionel Messi. Brunati was one of the first to confirm Messi wanted to leave the Catalan giants. Messi, on Tuesday, made his decision to leave Barcelona very clear to the club’s board. The Argentina captain has grown tired of […]

Dangote’s $1m for renovation of MKO Abiola stadium excites Adelabu

Former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu, has described as ‘heart warming’ the decision by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, to earmark $1 million for the renovation of some parts of the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja. Dangote’s commitment came on Wednesday about nine months after he promised to renovate the 60,000 capacity stadium, which has morphed […]

Brig-Gen Lot confirms date for maiden IGC/Tiger patrons’ tourney

The vice Captain of Ibadan Golf Club, Brig-Gen Edward Lot has announced October 17 as the date for the newly initiated Patrons’ Cup Golf tournament introduced to foster better relationship among the two Ibadan based golf clubs, Tiger Golf Club and Ibadan Golf Club (IGC). Speaking after winning the birthday kitty held at the Ibadan […]

Messi has shown he is ready to put the boot in at Barca

Lionel Messi has provoked a football frenzy by announcing he wants to leave Barcelona, the club he joined as a 13-year-old in 2000 and has led to four Champions League titles. This has been a season of problems, on and off the field for Barcelona, but Tuesday’s declaration of divorce, though more extreme than anything […]

Arsenal reject Wolves’ £15m bid for Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Arsenal have reportedly rejected a bid of £15 milion from Wolves for their versatile midfielder, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with the Gunners wanting more money for their man. According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have turned their noses up the Molineux club’s opening offer for Maitland-Niles, which is believed to be short of the £20 million the Gunners […]

Nwakali has learnt his lessons from stay with Arsenal, says Amuneke

Former Nigeria and FC Barcelona star, Emmanuel Amuneke, says Kelechi Nwakali will have learnt lessons from his time at Arsenal FC, reports The young midfielder was snapped up by the English giants after he led Nigeria to the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup triumph in Chile as team captain. Nwakali walked away with the […]

National Stadium businesses appeal to ministry over quit notice

Business owners and members of the National Stadium community have appealed to the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, to rescind the seven days quit notice issued to shop owners inside the arena ahead of the expected renovation of the edifice. The business owners said the appeal became necessary considering the economic implication of the sudden […]

English Community Shield clash star game in weekend of thrills

The 2020/21 English football season will get underway this weekend with the Community Shield battle between Liverpool and Arsenal heralding many big games across Europe. League champions, Liverpool, will take on FA Cup winners, Arsenal, in the 2020 FA Community Shield. Nigerians can watch it live on StarTimes’ World Football Channel on Saturday at 4:30 […]

Nigerians’ positions in top European leagues excite Lawal

Former international, Garba Lawal, has stated that he can’t wait to watch the Nigerian players back in actions again in the new season across Europe, which kick-started with the French Ligue 1 last week and the commencement of the English Premier League with the Community Shield between English FA Cup winner, Arsenal and League Champions, […]

Another Nigerian teenager rules Australia sports

Following on the exploits of mixed martial arts star, Israel Adesanya, in Australia, another Nigerian youngster, Prosper Nwoko, has taken the country’s sports by storm, this time in athletics. Nwoko recently beat all comers to win the country’s Summer Set College Athletics Meet in Queensland.He returned at the time of 10.91 seconds to pick the […]

Rivers United have no case, says NFF

Approves final NPFL 2019/2020 table Rivers United’s quest to play in the CAF Champions League next season may have been dashed following the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) insistence that the Port Harcourt-based club finished third and not second on the final 2019/2020 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) table. Shortly after the 2019/2020 season was called […]

Ronaldinho released from Paraguay detention after five months

Former Brazil football star Ronaldinho was released on Monday by a Paraguayan judge after spending five months in detention over a forged passport. Judge Gustavo Amarilla also released Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who likewise had been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in […]

Uniport partners with Vandyke or digital sports development

The University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) and its sports institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vandyke Sportscom to promote education, sports development, research, training and nurturing of athletes to national and global limelight. The MOU was signed by Professor Stephen Okodudu, Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Emeka Enyadike, CEO […]

Maitland-Niles in advanced talks with Wolves over proposed £20m move

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is reportedly in advanced talks with Wolves over a proposed £20m move from Arsenal, as Gunners boss Mikel Arteta looks to raise funds, reports Arteta is looking to bolster his squad in various positions this summer, but needs to raise funds from player sales if he is to bring in the numbers […]

Israel Adesanya not fazed by Paulo Costa’s challenge

As the countdown to the September 26 UFC 253 fight begins, Nigerian born New Zealand-based Mixed Martial Art (MMA) fighter, Israel Adesanya, has vowed to show his challenger, Paulo Costa, that he is a true fighter. The fight, a Pay Per View (PPV) contest, is slated for the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab […]

Djokovic shrugs off injury to win NY opener

World number one Novak Djokovic shook off neck pain to beat Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 on Monday to reach the third round of the Western & Southern Open. The Serb star had pulled out of doubles on Sunday with pain in his neck, and he had treatment during the match for a problem that […]

PSG boss Tuchel backs Neymar and Mbappe after final loss

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel defended his 400 million euro strike force of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe after they were unable to find a way past Bayern Munich in their 1-0 Champions League final loss on Sunday. PSG’s Qatari owners spent a combined 402 million euros ($474m) on the pair in 2017 to win this […]

UEFA president considering future ‘final eight’ format for Champions League

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the single-game knockout format, used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final onwards, has produced more exciting football than the usual two-legged games and could be revisited in the future, reports The format was changed in order to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter […]

YSFON celebrates Amokachi’s new role as presidential adviser

Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has congratulated former Super Eagles player, Daniel Amokachi, over his recent appointment as special assistant on sports to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is an appointment well deserved. Amokachi’s appointment, which took effect from August 11, was announced by Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, last week. […]

Bayern Munich cap impressive season with UEFA Champions League

Bayern Munich yesterday in Lisbon capped their impressive season with their sixth triumph in the UEFA Champions League, beating French giants, PSG, 1-0. The final match, tipped to be full of goals, failed t o live up to the pundits’ expectations, but it served a sumptuous 90 minutes of football, decideee only by a solitary […]

Oghomienor joins call for Lagos National Stadium to be renamed after Okwaraji

Chairman of Blaugrana Sports Group International Nigeria, Leslie Oghomienor, has joined the call for the renaming of the Lagos National Stadium after former Super Eagles star, Sam Okwaraji, who died while playing for Nigeria at the stadium in 1989. Okwaraji slumped and died on August 12, 1989, during an Italia ’90 World Cup qualifier against […]

Akwa United invites players for contract renegotiations

The management of Akwa United Football Club has invited all their players the club in Uyo from August 24, 2020. To this effect, the club have invited the players to report to the club’s camp on or before the date. According to the media manager of the club, Mr. Mfon Patrick, players and members of […]

Pele’s boy, Okpara reminisces career success, setbacks

Godwin Okpara was once rated among the world’s most promising young stars. The former Super Eagles central defender was so good as a youth player that the great Brazilian star, Pele, predicted that he would one day rank among the greatest stars ever to grace the modern game. He was that good. Okpara was one […]

Bayern must tighten defence against PSG in Champions League final, warns Flick

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick says the treble-chasing Germans need to tighten their defence against Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s Champions League final after some nervous early moments in their 3-0 semi-final win over Lyon. Flick’s side made a shaky start on Wednesday in Lisbon as Lyon captain Memphis Depay fired wide, then Karl Ekambi hit […]

Discarded by Spain and Real Madrid, Lopetegui finds salvation at Sevilla

Two years on from the embarrassment of being sacked as coach of his country on the eve of a World Cup, Julen Lopetegui has rebuilt his reputation to take Sevilla back to a sixth Europa League final in 14 years. The Spaniards’ success in Europe’s second-tier competition is no longer a surprise despite the continued […]

China to allow first football fans in stadiums since coronavirus

The Chinese Super League is planning to allow a very limited number of spectators into a high-profile match on Saturday, the first time fans can attend a game since the coronavirus pandemic. It is a major step towards normalising football in China, where the virus was first detected last year, and could pave the way […]

Neymar and attacking stars align for PSG in pursuit of Champions League glory

An inspired Neymar helped Paris Saint-Germain reach the Champions League final on Tuesday, but the fact that the Brazilian was not their best player against RB Leipzig says everything about the frightening strength of Thomas Tuchel’s team and shows why they can be confident of lifting the trophy for the first time. Neymar has become […]

Messi’s departure will be catastrophic for Barcelona, says Eto’o

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o says the Catalan giants will have to change the club’s name should Lionel Messi depart. Messi was part of the squad that crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in Lisbon after suffering an 8-2 hammering by Bayern Munich. That result – and the club’s problems off […]

I have been racially victimised, says Anichebe

Former Everton striker Victor Anichebe says he was the victim of racial profiling after he was stopped by police while driving his car last week on Merseyside, reports The 32-year-old, who has also played for West Brom and Sunderland, revealed in a wide-ranging interview to Sky Sports News that he was left “tired” and […]

Barcelona sack sporting director Abidal

Barcelona have announced the departure of sporting director, Eric Abidal, just one day after sacking head coach, Quique Setien, reports Abidal, a former Barcelona defender and two-times Champions League winner with the club, had been in the role for over two years. Setien was relieved of his duties in the wake of Friday’s embarrassing […]

Lukaku, Martinez fire five-star Inter into Europa League final

Inter Milan are destined for “great things” under Antonio Conte, according to Lautaro Martinez after the Argentine and Romelu Lukaku both scored twice to thrash Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in Dusseldorf and reach the Europa League final. Danilo D’Ambrosio was also on target for the Italian giants, who will face Sevilla in Friday’s final in Cologne. […]

Bayern Munich sack youth coach at centre of racism row

Bayern Munich, who face Lyon in a Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, has fired a coach from their youth academy amid a police investigation into allegations of racism. The coach, who was not named, has had his contract terminated “by mutual agreement”, the German league and cup champions said in a statement late Monday. The […]

John Obi Mikel joins Stoke City

Former Nigeria Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has joined Championship side Stoke City as their fourth signing of the summer. Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill on Monday told the club’s official website that he was delighted to have been able to convince Mikel to come over to help their promotion push back to the […]

Kompany hangs up boots to become Anderlecht manager

Belgian international defender Vincent Kompany has hung up his boots at the age of 34 to become manager of Anderlecht on a four-year contract, the club announced Monday. Kompany joined Anderlecht from Manchester City in 2019 as player-manager and now takes over from Franky Vercauteren, who had been handling coaching duties, in a purely managerial […]

Solskjaer eyes signings as Sevilla punish wasteful Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United face a busy few weeks in the transfer market after losing a third semi-final this season as Sevilla reached the Europa League final by coming from behind to win 2-1 in Cologne. United were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal after Bruno Fernandes’s early penalty […]

No exit talks between Barca and Messi – club source

Barcelona insisted they had not heard from Lionel Messi that he wants to leave the club, as an emergency board meeting was being held at Camp Nou on Monday. Barca officials, including under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu, were due to discuss wholesale changes following the team’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat by Bayern Munich […]

De Jong sends gritty Sevilla past Man Utd into Europa League final

Europa League thoroughbreds Sevilla reached yet another final as substitute Luuk de Jong struck in the 78th minute to earn them a gritty 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday. United, already beaten in two domestic semi-finals this season, looked on course to make it third time lucky when Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty […]

Arsenal signs Willian from Chelsea

Arsenal Football Club has signed Brazil international Willian Borges da Silva on a three-year deal. The 32-year-old is experienced and has made more than 600 club appearances in a career spanning 13 seasons. In his seven years at Chelsea, Willian won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Europa League. He made 339 […]

Djokovic in, Andreescu out as US Open loses 2019 champions

Novak Djokovic boosted the US Open by saying Thursday he will play in the Grand Slam tennis event while reigning women’s champion Bianca Andreescu joined a host of notable no-shows. Top-ranked Djokovic, a 17-time Slam singles champion, ended speculation by saying he would travel to New York on Saturday and play a tuneup event inside […]

World Cup winner Matuidi joins Beckham’s Inter Miami

France’s World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi will join David Beckham’s Major League Soccer club Inter Miami, the American club announced on Thursday. Matuidi, 33, has left Italian champions Juventus by mutual consent after three years, for the club co-owned by Beckham, his former Paris Saint-Germain teammate. “I made my decision a few weeks ago to […]
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