Saturday, November 18, 2017

Man Utd transfer news: The latest & LIVE player rumours from Old Trafford

Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving the Red Devils as Jose Mourinho looks to further add to his squad


Carlos Soler, Valencia, 17/18
Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler has demanded his club agree a January deal for him to move to Manchester United, claims 
United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly identified the Spain Under 21 international as his No.1 target to improve his creative midfield options in the New Year.
Though Soler has an €80 million release clause in his contract, the player wants Valencia to accept £45m from United, so he can complete a transfer to the Premier League.


Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017
Manchester United are set to make a third run at Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale, according to 
The report states Madrid have grown tired of Bale's injury problems while the Red Devils are confident manager Jose Mourinho could better manage the Wales star to return him to his Premier League fitness levels.
However, United will have to approach the £85 million price tag the La Liga champions originally spent on the attacker, since Bale's current deal runs until 2022.


Danny Rose, Tottenham, 17/18
Jose Mourinho will try to bring Tottenham left-back Danny Rose to Manchester United in the January transfer window, claims 
Rose has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and reports suggest the England international is interested in joining the Red Devils.
Tottenham will need to be persuaded to offload Rose, who has recently returned from a long-term injury lay-off, midway through the season, but United could offer Luke Shaw as part of any deal.


Jose Maria Gimenez Atletico Madrid
Inter Milan want to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez at the end of the season, reports 
Gimenez has a €65 million release clause in his contract, but Inter are hoping to agree a deal to bring in the 22-year-old next summer to replace Miranda.
The Uruguay international has also been linked with Inter’s Serie A rivals Juventus and Roma, along with Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United.


Jose Mourinho Manchester United Huddersfield
Manchester United are going to hand Jose Mourinho a lucrative new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from PSG,
A Daily Star report also claims that Mourinho has already given Ed Woodward assurances that he will not leave the club for the French side because he wants to stay and win the Premier League.


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Manchester United and Chelsea are ready to do battle with Real Madrid over Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to the  Express .
Belotti has a €100million (£89m) release clause in his contract, and all three clubs are interested in landing the attacker.


David Luiz
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is planning a shock move for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, according to Express .
The former Chelsea boss is keeping tabs on the Brazilian's status after he was left off the matchday squad for the Blues' match against Man Utd two weeks ago.
Luiz reportedly has fallen out with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after questioning his tactics in the Blues' 3-0 Champions League defeat at Roma.

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Sports Illustrated: Nashville in top 3 for next Major League Soccer expansion cities

With Major League Soccer's decision day looming, Nashville's odds still look good.
Image result for With Major League Soccer's decision day looming, Nashville's odds still look good.Earlier this week, Grant Wahl, who covers soccer for Sports Illustrated, wrote that three finalists are in contention for the league's two expansion slots set to be announced next month. And he's not just speculating.
"From talking to several insiders, I’m being told the two expansion teams will likely come from a group of three cities that includes Sacramento, Nashville and Cincinnati," Wahl wrote. 

Metro Council's recent approval of the city's stadium plan helped vault Music City to the top of the pack for MLS expansion, particularly as other cities have failed to finalize and fund stadium proposals. Wahl's report validates that perception, and suggests other markets' plans to expand existing stadiums or, in the case of Detroit, play in an NFL stadium, have not won the league's support.

Although Nashville and fellow frontrunner Sacramento have their stadium plans in place, the owners of FC Cincinnati are still scurrying to finalize their plans, with new updates emerging daily. On Thursday, the team finally selected a site for a soccer stadium, which its owners plan to privately finance after failing to land public financing.

Nigeria Professional Football League kicks off on January14

The league organizers has fixed the start of the country's elite division for the second week in January, and named venue for Super Four tourney
The League Management Company has announced that the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League will kick off on January 13, 2018.
In a statement on Thursday, the LMC released the activities for the new Nigeria's topflight season and fixed dates and venues for league congress and Super Four pre-season tournament.
“The 2017/18 season will start at all centers on January 14 and in the first stanza, there will be three midweek matches on match days 2, 4 and 5 while the midseason break will be from April 30- May 5 and a longer break for the 2018 World Cup from June 14-July 15,” the LMC wrote on the website.

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"Resumption from the 2018 World Cup break will be on July 18 with match day 25 which will be the first of another three midweek matches in the second stanza. The other two midweek fixtures will be on match day 27 and 29.
While considering the Federation Cup, Caf club competitions, and the World Cup, the LMC explained that: “this is part of the reason we delayed the release of the fixtures and barring any unforeseen events, we definitely will conclude the season on September 30, 2018".
Before the new season commences, Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer disclosed activities lined up for December, citing: “the draws for the new season, pre-season seminar and spot checking on Clubs compliance to licensing regulations, payment of players and officials salaries, the status of facilities, etc.”Related image
Abubakar further said: "January 5 is the cut-off date for compliance with redemption and settlement of any outstanding payment of salaries arising from 2016/2017 NPFL Season to players and coaches; and or provision of an acceptable Financial Guarantee to guarantee the overdue payments and a tentative payment plan from the Club proprietors.”
Plateau United are the reigning champions of the Nigeria’s topflight after clinching the league diadem for the first time in 45 years, while Kwara United, Yobe Desert Stars, Heartland and Go Round are the newly promoted teams.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Big Names Missing out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Which Team is the Biggest Disappointment?

Big names missing out

Here are some of the notable countries who failed to qualify:
  • United States           USA was my favorite team to watch but it was really painful.
  • Ghana
  • Chile
  • Ecuador 
  • Netherlands
  • Czech Republic
  • Turkey
  • Italy                           I love Italy never expect them to miss in this great action.
The 2018 World Cup begins on June 14 in Russia.

World Cup 2018: Qualification finishes as Peru and Australia get in on final day

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World Cup 2018: Qualification finishes as Peru and Australia get in on final day

32 teams have officially qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after Australia and Peru got in via the intercontinental playoff on Wednesday, and now the field is completely set. Australia beat Honduras 3-1 in the second leg after a scoreless first leg to win their playoff, while Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 in the second leg after no goals in the opener to return to the World Cup for the first time since 1982.
Here are all the qualified teams and the big names who missed out.

Qualified teams

  • Russia (host)
  • Brazil (CONMEBOL)
  • Iran (AFC)
  • Japan (AFC)
  • Mexico (CONCACAF)
  • Belgium (UEFA)
  • South Korea (AFC)
  • Saudi Arabia (AFC)
  • Germany (UEFA)
  • England (UEFA)
  • Spain (UEFA)
  • Nigeria (CAF)
  • Costa Rica (CONCACAF)
  • Poland (UEFA)
  • Egypt (CAF)
  • Serbia (UEFA
  • Iceland (UEFA)
  • France (UEFA)
  • Portugal (UEFA)
  • Uruguay (CONMEBOL)
  • Argentina (CONMEBOL)
  • Colombia (CONMEBOL)
  • Panama (CONCACAF)
  • Morocco (CAF)
  • Senegal (CAF)
  • Tunisia (CAF)
  • Switzerland (UEFA)
  • Croatia (UEFA)
  • Sweden (UEFA)
  • Denmark (UEFA)
  • Australia (AFC)
  • Peru (CONMEBOL)

Argentina 2- 4 Nigeria Iwobi Hit Brace, Idowu Scores on Debut, Iheanacho on Target during the friendly game played in Russia

 The Super Eagle of Nigeria recovered from two goals down to beat Argentina 4-2 in a high profile friendly played in Russia as part of both teams preparations for next year world cup.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nigeria vs Argentina


today, 5:30 PM
Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar
                      All times are in West Africa Standard Time

Argentina vs Nigeria International friendly kicks off at 7.30pm local time(5.30pm Nigerian Time)today at the very impressive Krasnodar stadium

Argentina vs Nigeria: Arsenal sends wishes to Alex Iwobi

Ahead of the grade one friendly match between Nigeria and Argentina, Premier League side, Arsenal, have sent wishes to their Nigerian forward, Alex Iwobi.
Arsenal wrote on the official twitter handle, “Good luck against Argentina later, Alex Iwobi.”
Iwobi has been included in the lineup that will file out against Argentina on Tuesday.
Image result for Alex Iwobi.Gernot Rohr’s men will lock horns with Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia, after both teams booked their places for next year’s World Cup.
Arsenal forward Iwobi was instrumental to Super Eagles’s successful campaign for the sole 2018 World Cup ticket in the African qualifying Group B.
He scored the all important goal against Zambia in a 1-0 win in Uyo in their fifth group game last month.
Image result for Alex Iwobi.The 21-year-old was on target on matchday one in Ndola which the Eagles won 2-1.
He was also on the pitch against Algeria last week Friday in their final Group B qualifying match which ended 1-1 in Constantine.

Argentina vs Nigeria: New invitees,

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Deportivo la coruna’s Francis Uzoho and Russian born Brian Idowu have thanked the coaching crew of the Super Eagles for the opportunity to play for Nigeria.

They also declared their readiness for Tuesday’s friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia.
The new invitees spoke on a Channels Television program.
Uzoho said he was happy to be in the team and ready to take his chance.
Image result for Deportivo la coruna Francis Uzoho and Russian born Brian IdowuAccording to him, “I want to thank all those who clamoured for my inclusion in the team and the coaches for the confidence they have in me.
“I’m here to learn but I’m also ready to do my best if given the opportunity to do so.”
25-year-old Idowu, who plays for Amkar Perm in Russia, is also upbeat about his chances with Nigeria.
He said, “It’s nice to join up with the team and I want to give my best if I get the chance to play.
“I want to do well for Nigeria and repay the faith they have in me.”

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Balogun Happy To Captain Super Eagles Against Algeria

Balogun Happy To Captain Super Eagles Against Algeria
 FSV Mainz defender, Leon Balogun, is in cloud nine after putting on the captaincy arm band for the first time in Nigeria’s 1-1draw against Algeria in Constantine on Friday, reports
The central defender led the Super Eagles for the first time in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture, with skipper of the side, John Obi Mikel rested for the game.
“Proud to have captained my country today (Friday) and remain unbeaten at @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers. The road to Russia was an exciting and even more successful one. I dedicate this achievement to our teammate @Carl_Ikeme who started this journey with us. This one’s for you bro,” Balogun wrote on his Twitter handle.
Balogun also congratulates Hull City left-back Ola Aina for making his full debut for the country and John Ogu for scoring his maiden goal for the country.
“Congrats to @Aina2Ola (Ola Aina) for making his full international debut. You did great brother. More to come#BallStoner. And special congrats to@ogujohnugo (John Ogu) who’s been waiting for his chance so patiently. You deserved every minute today and I’m happy you rewarded yourself with that goal. ”
The big defender made his debut for Nigeria in March 2014 in a friendly against Mexico.

Messi Confirms He Will Miss Argentina Vs Nigeria Friendly

Messi Confirms He Will Miss Argentina Vs Nigeria Friendly
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will play no part in Tuesday’s friendly in Krasnodar, Russia between Argentina and the Super Eagles of Nigeria,
Messi was in action for Argentina in Saturday’s 1-0 win over 2018 World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow but will return to his base in Barcelona, Spain ahead of his club’s Spanish La Liga fixture next weekend against Leganes. “We want to reach the World Cup in the best way,” Messi was quoted on the official Twitter handle of the Argentine Football Association on Saturday.
“Sampaoli regulated me a little bit and that I won’t play in the game against Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli was pleased with his side’s dominance over Russia in the friendly game.
“The team dominated Rusia at home and we have to continue moving forward collectively ahead of what’s coming. We have to continue on this path,” he said.
“Messi and Aguero has so much understanding during the game which was good.”
Messi has often been a nightmare to Nigerian teams at all levels, spearheading Argentina victories over the Nigeria U-20s, U-23s at the 2008 Olympics, and the Super Eagles at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.