Arsenal Faces Swedish Side, Ostersund In Europa League Round Of 32

Arsenal will face Swedish minnows Ostersund whilst Celtic drew Russians Zenit St Petersburg in the draw for the Europa League last 32 on Monday. The Gunners will need to get past a Swedish side coached by Englishman Graham Potter, a former journeyman footballer now 42 and who led Ostersund to the Swedish Cup last season. Potter, the only English manager in European competition, has taken the side from the Swedish fourth division to the top flight in six seasons and will now lead them out at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in…

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Ronaldo And Neymar Clash In UEFA Champions League Round Of 16

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid will continue their bid for a first European Cup treble in 40 years against Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain after the big-spending duo were on Monday drawn together in a mouth-watering Champions League last 16 clash. No club has won the European title three years running since Bayern Munich in the mid-1970s, underlining how big an achievement it would be if Madrid — 12 times winners overall — won the trophy again in the final in Kiev in May. They know exactly what it takes to be European…

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Menotti Writes Off Super Eagles Against Argentina

Argentina 1978 World Cup winning coach, César Luis Menotti, has said that Argentina are assured of three points in their 2018 World Cup clash against Super Eagles on June 26. Both countries have met four times in the group stage of previous editions of the World Cup, and it has been a close affair with the South Americans winning by a single goal-margin each time. ‘’ ’The group is satisfactory, we are better than in the 78 World Cup that we had Italy, Hungary and France,’’ Menotti said in an…

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Guardiola Hails Team For West Ham Win

Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City for refusing to be frustrated by West Ham’s massed defence after the Premier League leaders came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win on Sunday. Free-scoring City found it hard to break down the well-organised Hammers after Angelo Ogbonnna’s shock opener just before half-time, but they kept their heads and equalised through Nicolas Otamendi 12 minutes after the break before David Silva volleyed a fine winner with seven minutes left. “We started really well but we lost our patience. We didn’t have any rhythm because (West Ham goalkeeper) Adrian…

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‘We Will Fight Till The End’- Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is refusing to concede defeat in the Premier League title race even though his team are now 15 points adrift of Manchester City in top spot. Mauricio Pochettino has ruled Tottenham out of contention but Wenger is refusing to throw in the towel despite Saturday’s painful 3-1 loss to Manchester United. The Gunners, who last won the trophy in 2003-04 and have three more points than rivals Spurs, are lagging in fifth spot after five defeats in their first 15 games.  “I am not Pochettino, I…

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Ulreich Eyes Revenge Against PSG

Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich says Bayern Munich are out to avenge their Champions League thrashing at the hands of the Paris Saint-Germain when the teams clash again in Bavaria on Tuesday. Bayern crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Paris at the end of September, when Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all scored at the Parc de Princes which led to the Germans firing Carlo Ancelotti and rehired Jupp Heynckes as head coach. Since then, Bayern have won ten of their 11 games. With both teams through to the last 16,…

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Neymar May Not Join Real Madrid

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insisted he cannot envisage former teammate Neymar moving to rivals Real Madrid due to his “admiration” for Barca. Neymar spent four years at the Camp Nou before sensationally moving to Paris Saint-German in August for a world record 222 million euro ($264 million) fee. However, rumours of a move back to Spain with the European champions surfaced after Neymar clashed with new strike partner and Suarez’s international teammate Edison Cavani back in September.  “No, not at all,” Suarez told Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday when…

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Buffon Wins Italy’s Best Player Award

Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon eased some of his World Cup heartache by winning the Serie A Best Player of the Year award at the Gran Gala del Calcio Awards in Milan. “The failure to participate in the World is the biggest disappointment in my career together with some (lost) Champions league finals,” said the 39-year-old Juventus goalkeeper at Monday night’s ceremony. “I’m happy and proud. I never thought I’d get this kind of trophy, and I’ll hold on tight to it because I’ve never won best youngster!”  Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri…

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Wenger Says Sanchez, Ozil Going Nowhere

Arsene Wenger has ruled out January departures for Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil unless “something unbelievable” happens even as the clock ticks down on their contracts. The players are out of contract at the end of the season as both have so far refused to sign new deals at the Emirates. Ozil has been linked with a move to Barcelona while Sanchez almost joined Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window, only for Arsenal to pull the plug when they failed to land Monaco’s…

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Nestle Fined $96, 500 Over Substandard Maggi Noodles

Authorities in northern India have fined Swiss food giant Nestle $96,500 after food inspectors found contamination in samples of its popular Maggi noodles, two years after the controversy first surfaced. Uttar Pradesh state’s Shahjahanpur district fined the Swiss firm 4.5 million rupees and its distributors 1.7 million rupees, taking the total penalty to 6.2 million rupees ($96,500). “Food quality tests on Maggi samples found the product to be substandard.   “The ash content, which includes heavy metals, found in the samples were above permissible limits for human consumption,” district food quality…

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Carzola Suffers Injury Setback

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been forced to have another operation on his Achilles, prolonging his long injury nightmare and delaying his return to action. Cazorla has not played for the Gunners since October last year and said earlier this month he almost lost his foot due to a serious infection. Arsene Wenger had expressed hope Cazorla might recover in time to feature again in January but the 32-year-old has suffered a fresh setback.  “Due to some discomfort in the tendon the last few days, I have had to undergo…

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Ezenwa Dumps Ifeanyi Ubah FC

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has dumped FC Ifeanyi Uba of Nnewi for another Nigerian club side. He has yet to disclose the new club. Ezenwa told the Newsmen in Abuja on Monday that he took the decision “after making some consultations and putting considerations in place.’’ He said that his new club would be made known soon in grand style. “The new club will be unveiled very soon in an occasion that I will sign a new jersey. “Although my contract with FC Ifeanyi Ifeanyi Uba is over but…

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Martins Fires Shenhua Shanghai To Chinese FA Cup Glory

They did it in thrilling fashion and without Argentine forward Carlos Tevez, whose disastrous 11-month spell in China looks to be over after he failed to appear in either leg of the final. Shenhua went into the two-legged tie as underdogs against an expensively assembled Shanghai SIPG side featuring the Brazilians Hulk and Oscar, Asia’s most expensive player at €60m.  But Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas, whose future in China is also unclear having failed to lead Shanghai SIPG to any silverware this season, paid the price for a lack of…

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Controversy Trail Messi’s Ghost Goal, As Valencia Hold Barca

 Jordi Alba’s late equaliser maintained Barcelona’s four-point lead over Valencia at the top of La Liga in a 1-1 draw at Mestalla on Sunday overshadowed by the league’s lack of goal-line technology. Lionel Messi’s first-half effort clearly crossed the line but wasn’t allowed to stand as, unlike other major European leagues, La Liga has refused to introduce the technology on cost grounds. Rodrigo’s opener on the hour mark rubbed salt into Barca’s wounds, but the visitors responded when Messi picked out Alba eight minutes from time to ensure both sides…

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AC Milan Appoints Gattuso As New Manager

Fallen Italian giants AC Milan have sacked coach Vincenzo Montella and named combative former player Gennaro Gattuso as their new boss, the Chinese-owned club said Monday. The seven-time European champions are lying seventh in Serie A after a goalless draw against Torino on Sunday. “AC Milan announces the exemption of Vincenzo Montella from the post of coach of the first team,” the club said in a statement.  “Montella is the most appreciated thanks to the work done so far with her staff for commitment, seriousness and professional fairness. “The technical…

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Honorable Agunsoye Tasks Youths, Govt and Security Operatives Ahead 2019

By Uche Nwosisi A serving Member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Prince Rotimi Agunsoye Representing Kosofe Federal Constituency was the Guest Speaker at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG. Victory Sanctuary, Ketu during their Youth Convention with the theme: “Youths and Politics”, where He spoke on issues essential to National Development. Popular among his constituents, Agunsoye described the theme as a fantastic one and encouraged the youth to step up to affairs of the state and shun all forms of electoral or social vices. “This is a…

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‘Ronaldo Can Never Be My Friend’ – Messi

Lionel Messi believes he and Cristiano Ronaldo will never share a close friendship because they do not get to spend enough time together to build the required bond. The Barcelona and Real Madrid stalwarts have shared a formidable rivalry throughout their La Liga careers and have collected myriad individual honours between them. But while Messi claims the alleged enmity is very much created by the media, he also admits the pair are unlikely to ever consider one another friends, if only because they rarely get the time to speak.  He said, “I don’t know if we…

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Husband Killer, Yewande Oyediran Bags Seven Years Imprisonment

A female Lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, who was accused of killing her husband Lowo, was on Monday sentenced to seven years in prison by Justice Muntar Abimbola for manslaughter. The former staff of the Department of Public Prosecution in the Oyo State of Ministry of Justice, was accused of killing her husband with a knife after a disagreement on February 2, 2016, at their residence in Akobo area of Ibadan.  The couple had no child.   Details later…

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Griezmann Brighten Atletico’s Chances

Diego Simeone refused to be downhearted by Atletico Madrid’s slim chances of making the Champions League last 16 after Antoine Griezmann returned to form with a stunning overhead kick and assist for Kevin Gameiro to beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday. Twice finalists in the past four seasons, Simeone’s men still need a minor miracle in the final two games in Group C on December 5 to progress as Atletico need to win away to Chelsea and hope Roma drop points at home to Qarabag. “There is still one game to…

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