Robin Van Persie retires from football

Former Arsenal and Manchester United man Robin van Persie retired from football today after his Feyenoord side lose 2-0 against ADO Den Haag The curtain came down on Robin van Persie’s glittering career with his Feyenoord side defeated 2-0 by ADO Den Haag on Sunday. The 35-year-old made his final career appearance in Feyenoord’s last home league match of the season rather than round off his career in Wednesday’s away fixture against Fortuna Sittard. He hit the woodwork in the first half and was substituted off in stoppage time, where…

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Barcelona team bus leaves Lionel Messi at Anfield after Liverpool Defeat

Barcelona’s team bus did not wait for Lionel Messi as it departed Anfield without the Argentine after the Champions League defeat to Liverpool. Messi suffered a miserable night for his club as Liverpool completed a stunning comeback to knock Barca out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening. Barcelona appeared to have a commanding advantage after securing a 3-0 win in the first leg at Camp Nou last week.  But Jurgen Klopp’s side put four past Barca without reply to book their place in the Champions League final in Madrid…

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Emiliano Sala’s father dies three months after son is killed

The father of Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this year, has died three months after his son. Horacio Sala, 58, suffered a heart attack on Friday, his friend and president of his local club confirmed. Daniel Ribero, from San Martin de Progreso, told C5N TV channel that Mr Sala had passed away before doctors arrived at his home in Progreso. Emiliano Sala’s plane crashed en route to Cardiff after leaving from France. The Argentine footballer was on his way to joining his…

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Samuel Eto Unveiled as Qatar 2022 WC Ambassador

Former Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o has joined the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) as a global ambassador as Qatar steps up preparations for the quadrennial event. The SC is tasked with delivering projects and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup which will be held in Doha. The Cameroonian international has appeared in four World Cups and bagged the African Player of Year award four times. As a part of this new role, the 38-year-old will work closely with the SC on a range of projects, including workers’ welfare…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær appointed as Manchester United’s permanent manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been confirmed as the permanent manager of Manchester United on a three-year contract after a successful period in interim charge. Solskjær was due to continue in a caretaker capacity until the end of the season but has revived the team so impressively since taking over from José Mourinho in December that his appointment on a longer-term basis has been announced by the club. “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” Solskjær said. “It was an honour to be a Manchester United player,…

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Solskjaer To Be Appointed Man United Permanent Manager This Week

Manchester United will announce the appointment of caretaker coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as the club’s new permanent manager before the end of this week. Daily Mail reports that Man United’s hierarchy have reportedly already stopped their search for a new permanent manager and now regards Solskjaer as their one and only candidate to take the job. Solskjaer has won 10 out of the 13 Premier League games since his appointment as interim manager and reached the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will tackle Barcelona in April. The Norwegian replaced the…

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FIFA receives Chelsea appeal against 1-year transfer ban

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has received Chelsea’s appeal against a one-year transfer ban, though has not decided on Tuesday whether to freeze the sanction during the legal process and clear the club to sign players in the offseason. Chelsea previously said it would challenge the ban on registering new players through January 2020 which FIFA imposed for breaching rules designed to protect teenage players from trafficking. In similar cases, FIFA has agreed not to enforce the ban during a club’s appeal process. That policy let Barcelona and Real Madrid sign players ahead of their…

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Ryan Giggs backs Solskjaer to stay on at United

Manchester United’s Norwegian caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 24, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs backed acting boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Monday to permanently take the Old Trafford top job but called their upcoming Champions League fixture against PSG a “big ask”. “I can’t see anyone past Ole at the moment. The record they’ve had in…

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Alexis Sanchez will leave Manchester United in summer

Alexis Sanchez will leave Manchester United in the summer after enduring a “shocking” time there, according to Charlie Nicholas. Sanchez picked up another injury against Southampton on Saturday, having already been sidelined with thigh and hamstrings issues this season, and Chile national team doctor Pedro Onate says the forward could now miss six to eight weeks with knee ligament damage. It has been an unhappy period for Sanchez since his move to United in January 2018, failing to hold down a regular spot and being hampered by injuries, and Nicholas believes…

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EPL: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Marcus Rashford win monthly awards

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won the manager of the month award for January. United earned 10 points from 12 available with wins over Newcastle United, Tottenham and Brighton and a draw with Burnley. United striker Marcus Rashford won the January player of the month award. The 21-year-old England international scored three goals in four league games, including winners against Spurs and Brighton. United have cut the gap to the top four from 11 points to two under Solskjaer, who took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho…

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FA Cup: Holders Chelsea draw Man Utd in FA Cup fifth round

Defending champions Chelsea will host 12-time winners Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup in a repeat of last year’s final. League Two side Newport County could host Premier League champions Manchester City if they overcome Middlesbrough in their replay. League One side Doncaster Rovers will be hoping to create an upset after they were drawn at home to Crystal Palace. The fifth-round ties will take place between 15-18 February. Fifth-round draw in full: Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town or Wolverhampton Wanderers AFC Wimbledon v Millwall Doncaster…

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Mourinho leaves Manchester united

The Red Devils said Tuesday morning that the Portuguese coach had left the club. The loss to Liverpool (3-1) precipitated its end. Finally, José Mourinho will not see the Parc des Princes or Paris Saint-Germain in 2019. Between the Portuguese coach and Manchester United, it’s over. The Red Devils have indeed announced his departure on Tuesday morning. According to the BBC, this would be a dismissal for the one who had had very disappointing results since the beginning of the season. In its statement, the Manchester club said the Special One “leaves the club…

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Super Eagle’s To Drop 7 Players including Mikel and Ighalo For Seychelles Game

Gernot Rohr have hinted that seven players who participated for Nigeria in the last World cup tournament in Russia, are unlikely to receive invitation for the AFCON Qualifiers against Seychelles which is to be played in September 8 Completesportsnigerian.com reports. Rohr who remained in Europe after the country’s early exit from the World cup have revealed his plans to bring in some fringe players who could not make it to the last World cup according to an official in the NFF Secretariat in Abuja. “Coach Rohr has remained in Europe to monitor our…

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Arsenal table 100 million Euro offer for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele

As per a report from Kike Marin, regarded as quite reliable when it comes to Arsenal news, the Gunners are said to have lodged a 100 million Euro bid for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. Following a breakout season in his home country with Rennes 3 years ago, 21-year-old Dembele made the move to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016, quickly establishing himself as one of world football’s most coveted young stars. A return of 10 goals and a staggering 21 assists in his debut campaign at the Westfalenstadion left…

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Africa is among the fastest-growing rugby fan-bases with 32.7 million

Rugby has nearly 800 million followers globally, while more than 338 million considering themselves fans, with India, China and the USA alone constituting almost 33 per cent of the population, according to the largest-ever market research into fan trends and perceptions conducted by World Rugby. Published as the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour visits India where there are 25.7 million fans of rugby, the research undertaken by Nielsen Sports paints a picture of a vibrant, growing sport that is increasingly broadening its global appeal. Rugby is experiencing strong global…

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Luis Suarez helped Arsenal sign Lucas Torreira

Lucas Torreira’s agent has today confirmed that fellow international teammate and Barcelona star Luis Suarez played a key role in helping Torreira sign for Arsenal. In an interview with Sport 890, Torreira’s agent stated that Barcelona’s Suarez had very good things to say about Arsenal and that Suarez’s praise for the Gunners was a key factor in helping Torreira chose to sign for them. Torreira officially signed for Arsenal on the 10th of July for a fee believed to be around £22 million. Torreira is still only young but he…

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Former Manchester United star Anderson joins Turkish second-tier side

The 30-year-old, who won four Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford, has been playing in Brazil for the past three years Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson has returned to European football with Turkish second-tier side Adana Demirspor. The 30-year-old has spent the past three seasons playing in his native Brazil with Internacional, as well as a brief loan spell with Coritiba. Anderson made 105 appearances for the Red Devils over eight seasons at Old Trafford, following stints at Gremio and Porto, and played in four victorious…

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Rashford gets Man Utd’s No.10 shirt

Previously worn by Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, among others, the 20-year-old now sports one of the most coveted shirts in football Manchester United have confirmed that Marcus Rashford will wear the club’s iconic number 10 jersey when the new season begins. Rashford donned the famous shirt for the first time on Sunday evening, as United fell to a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in their final match of pre-season. It was the striker’s first match since returning from post-World Cup holidays, the 20-year-old taking in 63 minutes of first-team…

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