Pogba denies quitting France team over Macron comments

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on Monday denied media reports which said he quit the France national team over comments made by the country’s President Emmanuel Macron.The comments were perceived to be against Islam.The French leader this month had declared war on “Islamist separatism”, which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France.A[...]

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday.Ronaldo “is asymptomatic” and “will not play against Sweden” in Wednesday’s Nations League match, the federation said on its website.Ronaldo, 35, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times, played in Portugal’s goalless Nations League draw against France[...]

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Messi proved self against Celta, says Koeman

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says Lionel Messi has been the ideal captain and an example to the rest of the team.Koeman said this has been evident in the way he has applied himself since deciding to stay at the club this season.Messi gave an outstanding performance in Barca’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on[...]

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Return of fans to Premier League stadiums on hold ― Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that the planned phased return of spectators to sports venues in England was on hold due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.A number of pilot test events, in which capacities have been capped at 1,000, have taken place and it was hoped venues would be allowed to[...]

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Man City’s Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League club announced on Monday, hours ahead of their first match of the new campaign.The Germany international is now in self-isolation as the club prepare to play Wolves at Molineux.“Ilkay is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League[...]

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Neymar, Puma conclude endorsement deal

Neymar has finalised an endorsement deal with Puma, media reports in his native Brazil said Friday, two weeks after the most expensive player in football parted ways with long-time sponsors Nike.News of a deal between the Paris Saint-Germain star and the German sportswear giant was first published by the sports site Esporte Interativo, which is[...]

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‘No boundary’: Japan women’s football great joins men’s team

Japanese women’s football great Yuki Nagasato said she was inspired by Megan Rapinoe’s fight for equality as she took the highly unusual step of joining a men’s team on Thursday.Nagasato, a Women’s World Cup-winner in 2011, will play for Hayabusa Eleven, an amateur outfit in her home prefecture of Kanagawa, on loan from Chicago Red[...]

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I want to break Ali Daei’s goalscoring record, says Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European player to reach 100 international goals after scoring twice in Portugal’s 2-0 win over 10-man Sweden.Veteran Sweden midfielder Gustav Svensson was sent off just before half-time for collecting a second yellow card, and from the resulting free-kick, Ronaldo fired the ball into the top corner to bring up his[...]

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Messi makes dramatic u-turn, set to stay with Barcelona

Lionel Messi has confirmed he will stay at Barcelona against his wishes and hinted his desire to avoid a courtroom battle was the overriding reason behind the decision.The superstar’s bombshell U-turn was officially announced on Friday evening, although Messi has once again doubled down on his criticism of the board and its under-fire president Josep[...]

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PSG announce three new COVID-19 cases, total now six

Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday announced “three new positive cases” of Covid-19 in their squad, a day after Neymar and two teammates were revealed to have contracted the virus, casting serious doubt over the start of their season in France.“The latest Sars CoV2 tests carried out on the Paris Saint-Germain playing staff have confirmed that there[...]

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Messi shuns Barcelona training

Lionel Messi informed Barcelona coaches he was not going to turn up to training on Wednesday, according to Barcelona’s newly-appointed sporting director Ramon Planes.Messi asked Barca Tuesday to leave the club he has been with for 20 seasons, since he was 13 years old.“Messi informed us that he was not going to show up to[...]

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UCL final: 148 arrested as PSG fans riot after defeat

Police said Monday they arrested 148 people as Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and clashed with police in the French capital after the team’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.The violence occurred around the Parc des Princes stadium and on the Champs-Elysees avenue during and after the match on Sunday[...]

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I joined Arsenal to win Champions League – Willian

Willian says a key factor in his decision to join Arsenal was head coach Mikel Arteta’s plan to win the Champions League in the next three years.Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the Brazilian winger confirmed the target for himself and his new club – whom he joined on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea –[...]

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De Bruyne wins Premier League Player of the Season

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named Premier League Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign.The Belgian playmaker beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Leicester’s Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy to the award.De Bruyne was the only Manchester City[...]

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Neuer feels a ’little sorry’ for Ter Stegen after Bayern humiliation

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said he was saddened to see German rival and Barcelona counterpart Marc-Andre ter Stegen concede eight goals in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final humiliation. Bayern embarrassed LaLiga giants Barca 8-2 in Lisbon, where Neuer’s team-mates became the first team in Champions League history to score eight goals in a knockout match.Thomas[...]

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Arsenal sign Willian from Chelsea on free transfer

Arsenal completed the signing of Willian on a three-year deal on Friday after the Brazilian winger’s contract at Chelsea expired.The 32-year-old won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League during seven years with the Blues, but moves across London on a free transfer with Chelsea unwilling to offer[...]

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Kalu recovers from COVID-19

Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu resumed training behind closed doors at Halin on Sunday after recovering from the coronavirus.A fortnight ago, the 22-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 on his return from Nigeria and was quarantined for two weeks afterward.“Kalu has returned to training this morning (on Sunday) after recovering from COVID-19,” the club wrote on Twitter.He[...]

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Napoli announce Osimhen signing

Italian Serie A side, Napoli, have announced the signing of Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, from Ligue 1 side Lille.The Italian giants made this known on their Twitter handle on Friday.“Welcome to Napoli, Victor,” the Napoli tweeted. The move was also confirmed by Lille, who tweeted, “We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to @victorosimhen9[...]

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Milan discussing new deals for Ibrahimovic and Donnarumma

Milan director Ricky Massara said the Serie A club are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gianluigi Donnarumma over new contracts.Ibrahimovic has transformed Milan since arriving on a free transfer in January, though the evergreen 38-year-old is out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 season.The former Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona striker[...]

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Juventus-bound Arthur snubs Barca training

Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo could face sanctions for failing to turn up at training with Barcelona, who concluded a deal to sell him to Juventus a month ago.The Catalan club says the player is under contract until the end of the season and have demanded he return, with the local press claiming he was in[...]

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