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Blatter Favours 18 December 2022 World Cup Final

Sepp Blatter Urged Not to Contest in the 2015 Presidential Election By European Football Confederation.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter is advocating, at most, 18 December for the 2022 World Cup final. A Fifa taskforce has recommended November/December for the 2022 tournament billed for Qatar and have already considered a 23 December final. A definite date is expected to be agreed upon at the Fifa executive ... Read More »

Man United Must Win Top Four ‘Rat Race,’ Says Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal Says Manchester Must Win the Rat Race. Image: Getty.

Louis van Gaal admits it will be a massive disappointment if Manchester United are unable to seal a top four slot and return to the Uefa Champions League next season. United are currently placed fourth in the Premier League table, a point ahead of Southampton in fifth position, ahead of ... Read More »

Mourinho Has Just the League Cup Final to Think About

Jose MOurinho is All About One Moment that Doesn't Necessarily Shape Chelsea's Future. Image: Getty

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has just one game to worry about at the “moment;” Sunday’s League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. Last weekend’s 1-all home draw with Burnley trimmed the west London club’s lead to five points above Manchester City in second place, but the reigning Premier ... Read More »

All-Spanish And All-Italian Ties In Europa League Last 16

The Europa League is Europe's Second-Tier Club Competition. Image: Getty.

The draw for the last 16 of the Uefa Europa League was conducted in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday with teams from nine different European nations realising their fate. Defending champions Sevilla were pitted against La Liga rivals Villarreal while Italian sides Fiorentina and AS Roma battle it out. Ajax were ... Read More »

Chelsea Sign £40m Kit Sponsorship Deal

Chelsea FC Mascot

Chelsea FC have signed their “largest ever commercial deal” that will allow Yokohama Rubber branding to appear on their kits from the start of the 2015-16 season. The Blues announced on Thursday a five-year kit sponsorship deal reportedly worth £40m ($61m) per season with one of the world’s leading tyre ... Read More »

Injured Cheick Tiote Unlikely To Play Again This Season

Cheik Tiote.

Ivory Coast international and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has underwent a knee surgery in Qatar and is unlikely to play again for the rest of the season. The midfielder sustained the injury during this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), which ‘Les Elephants’ won, in Equatorial Guinea. The procedure was ... Read More »

Injured Giaccherini ‘Practically’ Out For The Rest Of The Season

Emanuele Giaccherini Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season. Image: Getty.

Sunderland forward, Emanuele Giaccherini is unlikely to play again this season following an ankle surgery. Giaccherini, 29, picked up his recent injury in the FA Cup replay win at Fulham earlier this month and, after going under the knife on Thursday, has been ruled out for a minimum of 12 ... Read More »

Busquets To Sign Barca Contract Extension Till 2019

Sergio Busquets to Remain With Barcelona Until 2019. Image: AFP.

Sergio Busquets will sign a new contract with Barcelona until June 2019, the Catalonia club have announced. The Spain international midfielder has also been offered an option of a further year after completing the new deal. “The contract will be signed on Friday lunchtime in the Club offices at the ... Read More »

Pillars Set to End Al-Malakia’s Champions League Ambition

Kano Pillars' Isaac Loute Fends Off Dolphins Ifeanyi Egwim's Challenge During the 2015 Super 4 Pre-Season in Abuja. Image: LMC

Kano Pillars are 90 minutes away from reaching the first round of the Caf Champions League. The Glo Premier League champions assumed command of their preliminary round tie with South Sudan’s Al-Malakia FC after a 2-0 first leg win in Juba about a fortnight ago. The South Sudanese champions visit ... Read More »

Nani Still In ‘Love’ With Man Utd, Open To Possible Return

Luis Nani AFP

Portuguese winger, Luis Nani says he still “loves” Manchester United and has been in regular contact with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Nani joined Sporting Lisbon from the Premier League club on a season-long loan as part of the deal that brought Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford last summer. He said ... Read More »

NFF Will Not Sack Amuneke, Lauds Eaglets

Emmanuel Amuneke In His Post-Game Media Conference After the 3-1 Win Over Zambia on Saturday. Image: Caf via BackPagePix.

The Nigeria Football Federation has commended the U-17 National Team, Golden Eaglets, for earning a place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals taking place in Chile later in the year. NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick declared on Wednesday that semi final defeat to South Africa at the African U-17 ... Read More »

Getafe Coach Announces Surprise Exit

QUique Sanchez Florez Resigns as Getafe Coach. Image: AFP.

Quique Sanchez Flores has announced he is stepping down as head coach of Getafe less than two months after taking over the reins of the Madrid club. The 49-year-old made the surprise announcement at a press conference on Thursday. Sanchez Fores said: “I would like to announce today my decision ... Read More »

Klopp’s Press Conference Called Off After Bomb Discovery

Borussia Dortmund Fans UCL Final reuters

An unexploded Second World War bomb was found close to Borussia Dortmund ground, according to Germany’s international broadcaster DW. The 550lb device reportedly of British origin was discovered on a construction site in the vicinity of Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park on Thursday morning. The finding came hours before Dortmund manager, ... Read More »

Flying Eagles Name Final AYC Squad

Taiwo Awoniyi

Coach of the Nigeria Under-20 team, Manu Garba, has named a 21-man squad for the 19th African Youth Championship (AYC) in Senegal. Musa Muhammed, who captained Nigeria’s Under-17 team to a record fourth Fifa World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013, is joined in the final squad ... Read More »

Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico: Calhanoglu’s Stunner Downs Ten-Man Atleti

Bayer Son

Bayer Leverkusen will take a one goal advantage into their Uefa Champions League round of 16 second leg tie at Atletico Madrid courtesy of Hakan Calhanoglu terrific strike. The Turkish midfielder smashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net from an angle to separate both sides at the ... Read More »

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco: Plucky Gunners Stunned At Home

Dimitar Berbatov UCL07

Monaco are a footing into the quarter-finals of the Uefa Champions League as Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco’s late strike ended a cruel night for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Second half substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offered the Londoners a lifeline in injury time after Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov had placed ... Read More »

SHOCKER: Former World Footballer Of The Year, Fabio Cannavaro Sentenced To 10months In Prison

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Former FIFA World Player of the Year (2006), Fabio Cannavaro, 41, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for breaching orders to keep out of his home after it was seized by authorities. The home of the former Real Madrid defender turned coach was seized after he was accused ... Read More »

Nigeria 0-1 South Africa: Amajimbos Eliminate Eaglets

Golden Eaglets

Nigeria are out of the African Under-17 Championship after suffering a 0-1 defeat by South Africa in Niamey on Wednesday. Erick Mayo’s cracking low shot from close range in the 27th minute helped the Amajimbos edge the semi-final contest at the Stade General Seyni Kountche. The Golden Eaglets struggled to ... Read More »

Wenger Envisages Tight Match Against His Former Club

Arsene Wenger Says It is Unlikely There Will Be Too Many Goals at the Emirates Stadium When Monaco Come Calling. Image: Getty.

Arsene Wenger does not expect a free-scoring encounter when Arsenal host his former club, Monaco in the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg tie on Wednesday. The principality club have conceded only three goals in 14 games in all competitions since the end of the group phase in ... Read More »

Enyimba’s Mfon Udoh Available For Champions League Trip To Parakou

Mfon Udoh Scored a Record 23 Glo Premier League Goals Last Season. Image: Enyimba FC via BackPagePix.

Enyimba International FC is expected to name Glo Premier League record scorer, Mfon Udoh, in its squad for the Caf Champions League preliminary round reverse against Buffles du Bourgou in Benin Republic this weekend. The Nigeria international, who became the leading goal-scorer in the history of the Nigeria Professional Football ... Read More »