Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been talking about Harry Kane at his press conference on Monday.
The England forward has been linked with a big-money to the reigning Champions League winners and asked whether we would see Kane at Real Madrid, the Frenchman replied: “I do not know what will happen in the future.
“He is a key player for Tottenham He is very good at everything, the best thing is that he always has the goal in his head.”
Zidane was speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the clubs. Spurs travel to the Bernabeu on Tuesday night with Kane looking to add to the 10 goals in 11 games he has plundered already this season.
Tottenham have always maintained that Kane is not for sale at any price, but Dario Gol last week claimed Madrid were prepared to offer a deal with €200m with as many as three Real players involved.
Karim Benzema and former Spurs stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were the players named who may be offered in exchange for Kane, but for now the England man remains focused on Tottenham.
Kane has shown no desire to leave Tottenham, but given he is yet to taste trophy success with the club, and given he’s at the top of Tottenham’s wages payment ceiling at £100,000 a week, the player may well be tempted if Real showed their colours.
Discussing whether he would ever play abroad, Kane recently said: “I would never say no or yes. You’d not rule out anything.
“It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out.
“I’m very happy here (at Tottenham), but we’ll see what happens.”
Germany booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a convincing 4-0 victory over Colombia in New Delhi on Monday. The win takes the European side into a last-eight match-up versus Brazil or Honduras in Kolkata on Sunday.
The Germans took the lead in fortuitous circumstances just seven minutes after the start. Colombia goalkeeper Kevin Mier was unable to collect a loose ball at the feet of Jann-Fiete Arp and the Germany captain took advantage by neatly finishing from a tight angle.
Though Colombia pressed forward, every German attack had more potency as the opening half wore on. John Yeboah had several chances to find the scoresheet, with his best opportunity cannoning off the crossbar on 34 minutes. The Europeans would not be denied, though, as Yann Bisseck rose to head home Sahverdi Cetin’s corner from the left to hand a two-goal lead to Germany at the break.
They then sealed their passage to the last eight with another two after the restart. Yeboah converted an Arp pass in the Colombia box on 49 minutes before the captain scored his second of the match to secure a four-goal victory. The only blemish was a yellow card to winger Dennis Jastrzembski that rules him out of Sunday’s quarter-final through suspension.
It was a historic moment in Lagos on Sunday when CAF President Ahmad and some CAF Executive Committee members graced the Nigeria FA Cup final on Sunday (15 October 2017) that saw Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes 3-2 on penalties at the Agege Stadium.
After a scoreless encounter in regulation time, the match was decided via penalties which saw both sides lost three out of the initial five penalty kicks; and Gabriel Okechukwu turned Akwa United’s hero by striking the winner.
The feat by Akwa United was an encore for the club after a similar success in 2015 in the country’s oldest domestic competition which climaxed the 71st edition.
Apart from the mouthwatering 25 Million Naira ($70,323)prize money and the glittering trophy as winners, Akwa United also earned the ticket to represent Nigeria in next year’s Total CAF Confederation Cup.
It was the 11th time the competition was decided via penalties after it began in 1945 as Governor’s Cup. It was later known at various times as Challenge Cup and Federation Cup.
Meanwhile, the entourage of CAF President Ahmad at the Agege Stadium popularly known as ‘Soccer Temple’ include First Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi, Second Vice President Constant Omari Selemani and CAF Emergency Committee member, Souleiman Waberi.
TROPHY WINNERS SINCE 1990
1990:Stationery Stores 0-0(5-4pens) Enugu Rangers
1991: El-Kanemi Warriors 3-2 Kano Pillars F.C.
1992: El-Kanemi 1-0 Stationery Stores
1993: BCC Lions 1-0 Plateau United
1994: BCC Lions 1-0 Julius Berger FC
1995: Shooting Stars 2-0 Katsina United
1996: Julius Berger 1-0 Katsina United
1997: BCC Lions 1-0 Katsina United
1998: Wikki Tourists 0-0 Plateau United
1999: Plateau United 1-0 Iwuanyanwu
2000: Tornadoes 1-0 Rangers
2001: Dolphins FC 2-0 El-Kanemi
2002: Julius Berger 3-0 Yobe Stars
2003: Lobi Stars 2-0 Sharks FC
2004: Dolphins FC 1-0 Enugu Rangers
2005: Enyimba 1-1(6-5pens) Lobi Stars
2006: Dolphins FC 2-2 (5-3pens)Bendel Insurance
2007: Dolphins FC 1-1 (3-2pens) Enugu Rangers
2008: Ocean Boys 2-2 (7-6pens)Gombe United
2009: Enyimba 1-0 Sharks FC
2010: Kaduna United 3-3(3-2pens) Enyimba
2011: Heartland 1-0 Enyimba
2012: Heartland 2-1 Lobi Stars
2013 Enyimba 2-2 (5-4pens) Warri Wolves
2014: Enyimba 2-1 Dolphins FC
2015: Akwa United 2-1 Lobi Stars
2016: FC IfeanyiUbah 0-0(5-4pens) Nassarawa United
2017: Akwa United 0-0(3-2pens) Niger Tornadoes
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Watford counterpart Marco Silva have differed on the decision to award Watford a penalty in Saturday's match which the hosts won 2-1.
Arsenal were leading through Per Mertesacker's first-half goal and had chances to make the Premier League game safe.
Richarlison however went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, with referee Neil Swarbrick pointing to the spot.
Captain Troy Deeney stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick to bring the home team level, before Tom Cleverley's stoppage-time strike handed Watford all three points.
Speaking after the match, Wenger termed the penalty decision as `scandalous'.
"The decision on the penalty is a bit ridiculous and then we panicked a bit for their second goal and in the end we stand with a defeat,'' said Wenger.
He added, "It is a scandalous decision, but what can we do about it? Nothing. We can talk and talk and talk. At the end of the day they scored.''
On his part, Silvarefuted claims that Richarlison dived, saying that the player has suffered fmost from fouls.
"I have seen the penalty now and I respect the decision of the referee," said Silva after the game. "It's important, I didn't see a dive or a simulation, said Silva
"Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives.
"He is not. He is fair, He wins fouls like the best players in the world win fouls."
Admitting that "we didn't get the job done," Bruce Arena on Friday resigned from his position as United States manager following the team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The U.S. finished fifth in CONCACAF's Hexagonal table after losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on the region's final matchday as both Honduras and Panama moved ahead of the Americans in the standings and left the team out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
"It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country's National Team, and as I leave that role today I am honored and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career," Arena, 66, said in a statement.
"When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months, and in the end we came up short.
"No excuses. We didn't get the job done, and I accept responsibility. This certainly is a major setback for the senior Men's National Team program, and questions rightly should be asked about how we can improve. No doubt this process already has started and will continue so that U.S. Soccer can progress"Having said that, it also is important to recognize the tremendous growth and accomplishments we have achieved over the past two decades in all areas, including player development, coaching education and a stable domestic professional league. That work is ongoing, and despite the result in Trinidad the sport is on the right path. By working together, I am confident soccer in this country will continue to grow in the years and decades ahead. Obviously the biggest disappointment is for our fans.
"As a person involved in the sport for more than 40 years, to see how the level of support for soccer in the United States has grown is incredibly gratifying. I believe I speak for everyone involved in the game in thanking all of you for your passion and commitment, and I hope you maintain your steadfast support of U.S. Soccer.
"While this is a difficult moment, I maintain a fierce belief that we are heading in the right direction. I believe in the American player and the American coach, and with our combined efforts the future remains bright."I don't know what the future holds for me, but I can say this from the bottom of my heart: from the high of reaching the Quarterfinal of the 2002 World Cup to the low of a few days ago, I have appreciated every minute of being a part of this program.
Arena took over the reins of the national team for the second time in his career on Nov. 22, 2016, after U.S. Soccer parted ways with his predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann.
The U.S. had lost its first two Hex qualifiers to start the campaign under Klinsmann -- at home to Mexico and away to Costa Rica -- before Arena was brought in to right the ship and ensure qualification for Russia 2018.
Needing just a single point to qualify on Tuesday, the U.S. was beaten in Trinidad -- while Honduras beat Mexico and Panama scored a last-gasp winner against Costa Rica -- and Arena accepted responsibility for the loss after the match, while saying that he and the team had failed.
The former LA Galaxy manager oversaw the team at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, leading the U.S. to its best-ever finish at the former before losing to Germany in the quarterfinals.
Arena departs with an all-time record of 81-32-35. After picking up the reins following the first two losses in the final round of qualifying, he collected a 10-2-6 record in 2017.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee remains the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history.
With the victory in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Arena is the only head coach to claim the Gold Cup title on three occasions, previously guiding the USA to crowns in 2002 and 2005.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed off the suggestion it was once his dream to take charge of Manchester United.
The two arch-rivals go head-to-head at Anfield on Saturday and Klopp's former boss at Mainz Eckhard Krautzun this week claimed when he played under him the German's ambition had been to move to Old Trafford.
However, Klopp dismissed the idea that had things turned out differently he would be in the opposition dug-out on Saturday.
'I heard about an interview with my former manager,' he said.
'I really like Eckhard Krautzun but when I think too far in the past I am not 100 per cent sure what is right or wrong but it is still funny. I am sure he thinks it was like this.
'How could I, as a very average player at Mainz, say to my manager, 'By the way, if I become a manager I would love to manage Manchester United'.
'Maybe people think I am a little bit crazy but I am not that crazy. I never thought about something like this.
'He (Eckhard) was a big admirer, and is still, of Sir Alex Ferguson. In our first meeting he was wearing a jumper of Manchester United when he came in as a new coach. Maybe he forgot.
'There are a few funny stories, unfortunately a few things are not exact but still funny.
'I had fun when I read it but not all of it is exactly like this.'
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) on Thursday announced the Volleyball Nations League, which is set to begin in 2018. The league will revolutionize volleyball competitions, making it one of the most important events in the history of the sport.The Volleyball Nations League is set to begin in 2018.
The Volleyball Nations League
The Volleyball Nations League is a joint project between the FIVB, IMG and 21 national federations which will present volleyball in a way that has never been experienced before, building on the innovative sports presentation on display at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In both the men’s and women’s leagues, 12 core teams and 4 challenger teams will battle to become Volleyball Nations League champion by playing in a round robin format. With a total of 130 matches throughout the league season, every team will play a minimum of 15 matches and each core nation will host at least one pool, bringing the action closer to fans around the world.
By pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation and digital broadcasting, spectators at home will witness new and diverse angles, showcasing the world class athleticism of each nation’s best players.
For the very first time, the FIVB, in collaboration with IMG, will take complete control of content production, maximising quality and promoting a compelling, on-court narrative, which is easy for fans to engage with and understand.
The FIVB will ensure in-stadium interaction by implementing a new concept called active engagement, where fans are involved in every rally. When there is a fantastic sporting moment, spectators celebrate it by imitating match situations like the Monster Block, which has already been embraced by fans across the globe.
Speaking at the FIVB’s 70th anniversary celebrations in Paris, where the Volleyball Nations League announcement took place, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça said:
“This is a pivotal moment in the future of our sport. The Volleyball Nations League is the most important competition in the FIVB’s history and will revolutionise how volleyball is presented; making it more fan-centric and placing our fans, both inside and outside the stadium, at the very heart of the action.
“The FIVB has enjoyed great success over the last 70 years; volleyball has grown to become one of the most popular and widely practised sports in the world. But, we must always look forward and find ways to evolve and innovate as we aim to become the world’s number one family sport. The Volleyball Nations League will help us to achieve our vision and set the standard for athlete and viewer experience.”
Ioris Francini, co-President of WME|IMG, said: “This is a very exciting development for the FIVB and we are delighted to play a pivotal role in the Volleyball Nations League. This unique initiative and format heralds a new era for the sport and will produce an even better experience for all concerned, from the teams and players to fans and viewers watching on various media platforms.
“Our role in producing live matches, along with distributing the media and digital rights, cements our long-standing relationship with the FIVB, which dates back to 2009. Volleyball has a very bright future.”
In the men’s event, Brazil, Italy, the USA, China, Serbia, France, Argentina, Iran, Poland, Germany, Japan and Russia make up the core teams, while Australia, South Korea, Canada and Bulgaria are the four designated challenger teams.
For the women’s competition, Brazil, Italy, the USA, China, Serbia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, South Korea, Germany, Japan and Russia comprise the 12 core nations. Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Poland and Belgium have also been selected as challenger teams.
The aim of the Volleyball Nations League is to raise the level of the sporting action for fans and provide a world class platform for athletes to compete and grow. Launching a men’s and women’s competition under the same name and format promotes equality in volleyball, while also making it simpler and more engaging to follow.
As well as the Volleyball Nations League, there will also be a secondary, Challenger League, incorporating promotion and relegation to guarantee that volleyball remains the most competitive and engaging, multi-gender sport in the world.
More information on the logo, sponsors and venues will be unveiled in the near future.
The Spanish Laliga resumes after a one week FIFA International break and a total of ten matches programmed to be played from Friday October 13 to Monday October 16.
On Saturday, defending champions Real Madrid will be seeking to rise further in the table standings when they visit Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez Stadium. Real are currently 5th with 14 points from half the number of matches.
The last match of Saturday will see Barcelona face their first real test yet when they face Atlético Madrid from 21:45 EAT. Barcelona currently top the table with 21 points, having not lost or drawn in their first seven fixtures.
Below are all weekend's matches (All times are in EAT)
FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER
Espanyol 20:00 Levante
SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER
Athletic Bilbao 14:00 Sevilla
Getafe 17:15 Real Madrid
Alavés 19:30 Real Sociedad
Atlético Madrid 21:45 Barcelona
SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER
Eibar 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña
Girona 17:15 Villarreal
Malaga 19:30 Leganés
Real Betis 21:45 Valencia
MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER
Las Palmas 22:00 Celta Vigo
After a one week FIFA international break, the Barclays Premier League resumes this weekend with ten matches scheduled for this weekend between Saturday October 14 and Monday October 16.
The early kickoff on Saturday will see a renewed rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. United are currently joint top in the table standings with Manchester City at 19 points and have not lost a single match while Liverpool are 7th with 12 points.
Leader Manchester City host Stoke City while Arasenal take a trip to Watford later that day.
On Sunday, only two fixtures will be undertaken with Everton locking horns with Brighton while Southampton entertain Newcastle United.
Leicester City will then host West Brom in Monday Night Football. Below are all weekend fixture (times are in EAT)
SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER
Liverpool 14:30 Manchester United
Burnley 17:00 West Ham United
Crystal Palace 17:00 Chelsea
Manchester City 17:00 Stoke City
Swansea City 17:00 Huddersfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur 17:00 AFC Bournemouth
Watford 19:30 Arsenal
SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER
Brighton & Hove Albion 15:30 Everton
Southampton 18:00 Newcastle United
MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER
Leicester City 22:00 West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane has been named Premier League Player of the Month for September.
Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for September after guiding Manchester City to the top of the table.
Guardiola's men currently top the standings on goal difference, just above local rivals Manchester United, having made an impressive start to the season.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has his side playing some scintillating football and they won all four of their Premier League matches in September, scoring 17 goals in the process.
They began the month with a 5-0 win at home to Liverpool and followed that with a 6-0 win at Watford and a 5-0 dismissal of Crystal Palace back at the Etihad.
And City capped one of the most impressive months in Premier League history with a 1-0 victory at reigning champions Chelsea on 30 September.
That outstanding set of results were good enough for Guardiola to get the Manager of the Month nod ahead of fellow nominees Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) and Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).
It was the second time Guardiola has won the award since he took charge of City in the summer of 2016.
The International Association of Athletics Federations has confirmed the disciplines for an exciting 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour.
Former professional footballer George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah is on the verge of being elected as President of Liberia. Weah is closely contesting with Joseph Boakai who is also the incumbent Vice President.
Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all-time and as one of the best forwards of his generation, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or in 1995, becoming the first African player to win these awards. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1989, 1994 and 1995 before being named as the named African Player of the Century in 1996.
Weah started his footballing career in Liberia and was signed by Arsène Wenger for Monacoin 1988. He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992 where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League. In 1995, he signed for AC MIlan where he played for four seasons, lifting the Italian Serie A twice.
He also had spells in England towards the end of his career with Chelsea and Manchester City before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001 and subsequently ending his career with Al-Jazira in 2003.
The 51-year old also represented Liberia on international level where he participated in the African Cup of Nations on two occasions.
Weah first vied for Presidency in 2005 but lost to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting. He then unsuccessfully ran for vice president on Winston Tubman's ticket six years later. The former footballer turned politician was elected to Senate in 2014 before being vying for Liberia's Presidency in the 2017 elections.
If declared winner,Weah will succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest that completes the country’s first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.
Watford summer loan signing Andre Carrillo has no plans to at the club permanently beyond next summer.
The Peruvian joined from Benfica a few months ago and has featured five times so far for the Hornets.
Carillo, 26, was out of favour with the Portuguese giants and was linked with a move to number of clubs this summer but chose to work under Marco Silva.
There had been suggestions the winger was keen on making his stay permanent, but he has reportedly poured cold water on those suggestions.
"I had to go out for more minutes but I have the best memories of Benfica, to which I will return next season with more experience," Carrillo said.
"I hope to have a good season at Watford and demonstrate my potential to merit a new opportunity at Benfica, the club that bet on me after leaving Sporting Lisbon. I am very grateful for that."
With the English Premier League resuming this weekend, several clubs will be sweating over their players' fitness levels after with eleven players already having suffered different injuries while on international duty.
With the draw for next summer’s World Cup taking place on December 1 in Moscow, a total of 15 countries have already booked their place at Russia 2018.
Here’s your one-stop list of nations that have qualified for next summer’s tournament, with plenty still to be decided over the next few days and in November ....
1. Russia - The hosts qualified when they won the chance to host the competition back in Dec 2010.
2. Brazil - CONMEBOL round robin winners, qualified way back on March 28, 2017
3. Iran - AFC third round group A winners
4. Japan - AFC third round group B winners
5. South Korea - runners up to Iran in Group A
6. Saudi Arabia - runners up in Group B
7. Mexico - North and central America and Caribbean round 5 winners
8. Belgium - Uefa group H winners (first European team) who qualified on Sept 3
9. Germany - Sealed their place as Group C winners after beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast
10. England - Gareth Southgate's side beat Slovenia at Wembley to secure their spot in Russia as winners of Group F
11. Spain- Booked their place following a 3-0 Win over Albania.
12. Poland - Poland became to fourth European team to qualify having dropped points in just two games in Group E
13. Costa Rica - Reached their fourth World Cup finals with a game remaining from their CONCACAF qualification group
14. Nigeria - Became the first side from Africa to reach Russia and have now missed just one tournament – Germany 2006 – since first qualifying 1994
15. Egypt - Mohamed Salah scored twice to send the north Africans into their first finals since 1990
Neymar, Paulo Dybala and N'Golo Kante have been named by France Football among the first five nominees in the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award.
Neymar, who has started life in Paris Saint-Germain brightly with eight goals in eight appearances, was named alongside Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. Madrid left-back Marcelo has also been include, together with Paulo Dybala of Juventus who has so far netted ytwelve times in ten appearances this season.
The remaining 25 names on the shortlist will be revealed in stages until 7:30 p.m. CEST on Monday. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is favorite to retain the award he won last year, having guided his club to a record twelfth time as the top scorer with twelve goals in the competition. He is expected to face competition fro0m Lionel Messi who finished up as La Liga's top scorer with 37 goals.
Ballon d'Or 2017 nominees: Neymar (PSG), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), N'Golo Kante (Real Madrid), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea).
Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has summoned to camp 25 players for his side's crucial game against Congo this weekend, as the Pharaohs eye their first FIFA World Cup appearance in 28 years.
A last minute goal by Leandra Smelda rallied South Africa to a 2-1 win over hosts Zimbabwe to be crowned this year's COSAFA Women's Cup winners on Sunday September 24 at the Bulawayo Stadium in Zimbabwe.
Thembi Kgatlana has given South Africa in the 45th minute before lethal striker Rutendo Makore equalized for the hosts in the 73rd minute. Leandra Smeda then sent the South Africa's technical bench into jubilation with a goal in the 90th minute which all but sealed the title for Banyana Banyana.
South Africa have now won the tournament a record four times, having lifted it in 2002, 2006 and 2008. Losing finalists Zimbabwe are the only other team to have won the tournament having done that in 2011.
On Saturday September 24, The CAF Executive Committee under the chairmanship of CAF President Ahmad held a special meeting in Accra, Ghana where they deliberated on several issues regarding African football.
The German Bundesliga continues this weekend with nine matches on the cards from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.
Below are all weekend fixtures (All times are in EAT)
FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
Bayern Munich 21:30 VfL Wolfsburg
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Mainz 05 16:30 Hertha BSC
RB Leipzig 16:30 Eintracht Frankfurt
Werder Bremen 16:30 SC Freiburg
1899 Hoffenheim 16:30 FC Schalke 04
VfB Stuttgart 16:30 FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund 19:30 Borussia Mönchengladbach
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Hannover 96 16:30 FC Köln
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 19:00 Hamburger SV
Round six of the Spanish LaLiga takes place this weekend, with ten fixtures expected to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.
Below are all weekend LaLiga fixtures (All times are in EAT)
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Atlético Madrid 14:00 Sevilla
Alavés 17:15 Real Madrid
Malaga 19:30 Athletic Bilbao
Girona 21:45 Barcelona
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Espanyol 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña
Getafe 17:15 Villarreal
Eibar 19:30 Celta Vigo
Las Palmas 19:30 Leganés
Real Sociedad 21:45 Valencia
MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Real Betis 22:00 Levante
The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten matches programmed to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.
Below are all weekend matches (All times are in EAT)
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
West Ham United 14:30 Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley 17:00 Huddersfield Town
Everton 17:00 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City 17:00 Crystal Palace
Southampton 17:00 Manchester United
Stoke City 17:00 Chelsea
Swansea City 17:00 Watford
Leicester City 19:30 Liverpool
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Brighton & Hove Albion 18:00 Newcastle United
MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Arsenal 22:00 West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea are loaning Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid for the rest of the season and the Spanish club have committed to buy him for €65 million (£57.1m) at the end of that arrangement.
The deal for Costa to leave was finally struck after it was agreed that Chelsea would not subsidise his wages, even though he cannot play for Atlético until January because of their transfer ban, or pay him any loyalty bonus.
The terms of the agreement mean that Costa is no longer Chelsea’s concern and can now travel to Madrid to complete his medical and agree personal terms – and is expected to be presented to the supporters before the home game against Sevilla on Saturday.
After that, of course, Atlético face Chelsea at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Champions League and it will be fascinating to see whether Costa is in the stands for that eagerly-anticipated encounter.
Given Costa has gone AWOL for 11 weeks, spending the entire summer in Brazil, and has refused to return to Chelsea this season, then the notion of a loyalty payment would seem remarkable although contractually it related to a percentage of any transfer fee agreed being due to him under his contract.
Chelsea have repeatedly fined Costa during his absence, insisting that he is an employee in breach of contract. The Professional Footballers’ Association blocks players being fined more than two weeks' wages but that is only in the case of them making themselves available to play. Costa has not done that and given he earns £150,000-a-week then he may well be £1.5m out of pocket.
To do this Chelsea have adhered to a four-point plan – that Costa, despite his desire to go, needed to return to England, train, get fit and get himself in contention – despite, also, manager Antonio Conte having texted the 28-year-old to tell him he was not part of his plans.
Chelsea were always prepared to sell Costa but the message from owner Roman Abramovich was clear: he would not be allowed to force his way out on the cheap. It almost became a point of principle at the club. Atlético, whose coach Diego Simeone has driven the deal, had initially offered as little as £26m for Chelsea’s top-scorer last season in the belief that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy would simply want rid of him. There was a fear at Chelsea that Atlético may make a similarly low offer in January.
Costa is not allowed to play until then because of the transfer ban on Atlético which may, actually, have helped him to secure his move given the club were close to signing Alexandre Lacazette before he agreed a deal to join Arsenal. Costa has been determined to return to his former club, three years after left in July 2014 when his £32m release clause was triggered, since summer 2016. Indeed he told Conte on the preseason tour of the United States 14 months ago, soon after the Italian was appointed, that he wanted to go back to Madrid. But, at that time, Atlético bought the French striker Kevin Gameiro instead.
Costa has always been a firm favourite of Simeone who wanted him back at the club and even demanded it as part of his recent contract negotiations. The Spanish international will be allowed to train with Atlético but he cannot be registered to play for them until the ban is lifted on January 1 2018
Trailing 3-0in the 70th minute, South Africa offered perfect response to Zambia by equalizing and overcoming them on post-match penalties to reach the finals of the continuing COSAFA Women's Cup.
Barbara Banda had given Zambia the lead in the 21st minute before Chanda's 45th minute goal doubled their lead heading into halftime. Chileshe had the chance to make it 3-0 six minutes after the restart from the spot but saw her effort go wide off target. Zulu however made it three for Zambia in the 75th minute to double their hopes of storming into the finals.
The turn over started two minutes later when Leandra Smelda scored two quick goals, one from the penalty spot before Rafiloe Jane's 84th minute strike restored parity for Banyana Banyana.
With the scores tied at 3-3 after the final whistle, the two teams went into a penalty shootout where South Africa won 5-3 to book their spot into the finals of the competition.
They will now face the winner of the second semifinal clash between Kenya and hosts Zimbabwe.
East African guest nation Kenya proved the big winners on the day as they thumped Mauritius 11-0 in their Group B clash at the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship at the Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday.
The result leaves Kenya top of the pool on goal-difference from Swaziland, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Mozambique, with those two sides to meet in their final match on Monday
Neddy Okoth was the hero again for the guests as she netted four goals to go with her hat-trick in Kenya’s 5-2 opener against Mozambique on Thursday, and now leads the scoring charts in the tournament with seven goals. Lucy Mukhwana and Jereko Adam were also on the scoresheet for the Kenyans as they grabbed a brace each.
Mozambique battled back for a point as Betinha struck late in their 2-2 draw with Swaziland, who had led twice via Celiwe Nkambule and Nqobile Dlamini. Lucia had also earlier netted for Mozambique, who have kept their hopes alive of finishing as one of the best placed runners-up.
Botswana also kept themselves in contention for a semifinal spot with a 3-0 victory over Lesotho.
All of their goals came in the opening 26 minutes through Boitumelo Gammu and Bonang Otlhagile (two) as the Lady Zebras picked up a first ever victory in the COSAFA Women’s Championship.
Sunday will see the conclusion of two pools as hosts Zimbabwe look to secure top spot in Group A when they take on Malawi (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT), who have been Jekyll and Hyde in this tournament both winning and losing by 6-3 scorelines in their last two games.
Malawi have it all to play for as a win could take them top of the pool if Zambia don’t win their final match against Madagascar at the same time. Zimbabwe and Zambia both have four points, while Malawi have three and the Malagasy zero.
In Group C, South Africa will hope to seal top spot when they take on Botswana at the Luveve Stadium (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT), but will also be wary of their opponents. Namibia will be waiting for any slip-ups as they take on Lesotho at the same time, who are now out of contention for a place in the semifinals.
South Africa have a full haul of six points from their two games, while Namibia and Botswana have three and Lesotho none.
Only the top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals, along with the best-placed runner-up.
All at Luveve Stadium
Kenya 11 (Adam 9’, 85’, Okoth 25?, 32?, 45?, 51’, Mukhwana 34?, 49’, Salano 54’, Nixon 79’, Rassoie 90og) Mauritius 0
Lesotho 0 Botswana 3 (Gammu 3’, Otlhagile 22?, 26’)
Mozambique 2 (Lucia 74’, Betinha 90’) Swaziland 2 (Nkambule 49’, Nq. Dlamini 75’)
All at Barbourfields Stadium
Zambia vs Madagascar (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT) – Barbourfields Stadium
Zimbabwe vs Malawi (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT) – Luveve Stadium
Namibia vs Lesotho (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT) – Barbourfields Stadium
South Africa vs Botswana (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT) – Luveve Stadium
GROUP A P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Zimbabwe 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4 4
Zambia 2 1 1 0 7 4 +3 4
Malawi 2 1 0 1 9 9 0 3
Madagascar 2 0 0 2 3 10 -7 0
GROUP B P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Kenya 2 2 0 0 16 2 +14 6
Swaziland 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4
Mozambique 2 0 1 1 4 7 -3 1
Mauritius 2 0 0 2 0 14 -14 0
GROUP C P W D L GF GA GD PTS
South Africa 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6
Namibia 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 3
Botswana 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 3
Lesotho 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0
Matches Played: 12
Goals scored: 63
Biggest victory: Kenya 11 Mauritius 0 (Group B, September 16)
Most goals in a game: 11 – Kenya 11 Mauritius 0 (Group B, September 16)
The Spanish LaLiga continues this weekend, with a total of ten fixtures scheduled to be played between Friday September 15 and Monday September 18.
Below is a full list of fixtures (All times are local)
FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
Eibar 22:00 Leganés
SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Levante 14:00 Valencia
Getafe 75:15 Barcelona
Real Betis 19:30 Deportivo La Coruña
Atlético Madrid 21:45 Malaga
SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Alavés 13:00 Villarreal
Girona 17:15 Sevilla
Las Palmas 19:30 Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad 21:45 Real Madrid
MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
Espanyol 22:00 Celta Vigo
The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten fixtures line up from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17.
On Friday, AFC Bournemouth will hunt for their first points this season when they host Brighton & Hove Albion from 22:00.
On Saturday, second placed Manchester City take a trip to Watford while Liverpool who lost 5-0 to City invite Burnley to Anfield.
Chelsea will seek revenge of Community Shield's defeat against Arsenal when the two sides clash at the Stamford Bridge from 15:00. Manchester United's unbeaten run will then be tested by a visiting Everton side at 17:00.
Below is a full list of this weeken'd fixtures:
FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
AFC Bournemouth 22:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Crystal Palace 14:30 Southampton
Huddersfield Town 17:00 Leicester City
Liverpool 17:00 Burnley
Newcastle United 17:00 Stoke City
Watford 17:00 Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion 17:00 West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur 19:30 Swansea City
SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Chelsea 15:30 Arsenal
Manchester United 17:00 Everton
The UEFA Champions League action resumes on Tuesday September 12, 2017 and eight matches are on the card across Europe.
In Group A, Benfica will open their campaign against CSKA Moscow at the Estádio da Luz while Manchester United make a comeback to the annual continental club football competition with a match against FC Basel at Old Trafford.
After taking the transfer market by storm, Paris Saint Germain will seek to justify when they visit Celtic in a Group B match, with Bayern Munich hosting Anderlecht from 21:45.
The other big match will see last year's finalists Juventus lock horns with FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Below are all Tuesday's fixtures:
Benfica 21:45 CSKA Moscow
Manchester United 21:45 FC Basel
Celtic 21:45 Paris Saint Germain
Bayern Munich 21:45 RSC Anderlecht
Chelsea 21:45 FK Qarabag
Roma 21:45 Atlético Madrid
Barcelona 21:45 Juventus
Olympiakos 21:45 Sporting Lisbon
Rayon Sports Club have confirmed that former Sofapaka and Amavubi goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana is no more. Unconfirmed reports claim that a heart attack on Tuesday September 12 at his home was the cause of his death.
Mutuyimana started professional football with Rwandese side Kiyovu Sport before joining Police Kibungo in 2011.The 26-year old then moved to Kenyan side Sofapaka in June 2014 where he played for three seasons. He later moved to Rayon SC, where he was the reserve goalkeeper until his demise.
Mutuyimana has also featured for the Rwanda national team, his most notable appearance being in a 5-1 loss to Tunisia in an International Friendly back in May 2012.
“As Rayon Sports officials, we want convey our message of condolences to all the club fans and family following the death of goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana this Tuesday morning.” his club posted on social media.
After one-week FIFA international break, the German Bundesliga resumes this weekend, with a total of nine matches scheduled to be played between Friday 8- Sunday 10 September.
Below are all fixtures (Times are in EAT)
Friday 8th September
Hamburger SV 21:30 RB Leipzig
Saturday 9th September
Mainz 05 16:30 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Borussia Mönchengladbach 14:30 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Augsburg 16:30 FC Köln
SC Freiburg 16:30 Borussia Dortmund
VfL Wolfsburg 16:30 Hannover 96
1899 Hoffenheim 19:30 Bayern Munich
Sunday 10th September
Hertha BSC 16:30 Werder Bremen
FC Schalke 04 19:00 VfB Stuttgart
After a one week FIFA international break, the LaLiga resumes this weekend, with a total of ten fixtures scheduled to be played between Friday 8-Monday 11 September, 2017.
Below are the full fixtures (The time is EAT)
FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
Leganés 22:00 Getafe
SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Real Madrid 14:00 Levante
Valencia 17:15 Atlético Madrid
Sevilla 19:30 Eibar
Barcelona 21:45 Espanyol
SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
Deportivo La Coruña 13:00 Real Sociedad
Athletic Bilbao 17:15 Girona
Celta Vigo 19:30 Alavés
Villarreal 21:45 Real Betis
MONDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Malaga 22:00 Las Palmas
After one week FIFA international break, the Barclays Premier League resumes this weekend with a total of ten matches scheduled to be played from 9-11 September.
Below are the full fixtures (All Times are in EAT)
Saturday September 9
14:30- Man City vs Liverpool
17:00- Arsenal vs AFC Bournemouth
17:00- Brighton vs West Brom
17:00- Everton vs Spurs
17:00- Leicester vs Chelsea
17:00- Southampton vs Watford
19:30- Stoke vs Man Utd
Sunday September 10
15:30- Burnley vs C Palace
18:00- Swansea vs Newcastle
Monday September 11
22:00- West Ham vs Huddersfield
Fenerbahce have announced they have agreed a deal in principle to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen on a season-long loan deal.
The Turkish club confirmed the news in a statement on Friday, per ESPN's Dan Kilpatrick:
"Our club, in principle, has agreed with the player himself and his club on the loaning of Dutch national team striker Vincent Janssen from Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.
"The 23-year-old striker will arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport at 12:30 today and negotiations will continue in Istanbul."
The move is still pending a medical and Janssen agreeing personal terms, but Kilpatrick noted the deal is expected to be concluded before the Turkish transfer window closes on Friday.
Janssen arrived at White Hart Lane with an impressive goalscoring record in the Netherlands, having scored 32 goals in 49 appearances for AZ Alkmaar.
However, he produced just six goals and four assists in 38 appearances during his one season for Tottenham and only completed 90 minutes on four occasions.
The forward struggled to adapt to the rigours of English football, and it wasn't until March that he netted from open play.
He's not the first player to be prolific in the Eredivise before struggling in the Premier League, with players such as Afonso Alves and Jozy Altidore among those to have found the transition difficult.
After Fernando Llorente arrived at Spurs on deadline day, it was clear Janssen would have little role to play at Tottenham this year, which was then confirmed when he was left out of their UEFA Champions League squad.
Janssen only turned 23 in June, though, so there's plenty of time for him to rediscover his killer touch.
At Fenerbahce he'll link up with compatriot Robin van Persie and former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, and he may well thrive once again away from the spotlight of the Premier League.
The striker will have two years remaining on his deal next summer, so a strong campaign in Turkey could put him on the path to a successful return to Tottenham or allow him to move on.
On Wednesday, FIFA ordered a replay of the World Cup qualifier match between South Africa and Senegal after the referee in charge was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has come to the rescue of the Black Stars by chartering a private jet to fly the players to Accra en-route to their foreign clubs to avoid sanctions after government reneged on its initial agreement, several journalists have reported on Twitter.
The Black Stars, who put up a magical display to defeat Congo 5-1 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers Tuesday, were facing another long journey back home through commercial routes to Accra.
With their onward journeys to start in Accra and the possibility of returning to their clubs by Friday which could draw fines on the players and also possible loss of their starting places, Gyan intervened to spend his own money to rescue his team-mates.
The 31-year-old is battling a groin but defied all odds to travel with the team to Brazaville knowing very well that his presence will be a spring in the step of his team mates.
The Black Stars who recovered from a catastrophic performance to record an impressive 5-1 victory against the Red Devils of Congo were left raced faced just two hours to the game when a mail came in that government will not be able to fulfill their initial agreement of flying the team back on a chartered flight meaning players would go on a commercial flight and arrive in Ghana on Thursday despite having played the game on Tuesday afternoon
Top players like Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, Afriyie Acquah of Torino and Richmond Boakye Yiadom of Red Star Belgrade who had until GMT 14;00 to report back to their clubs on Thursday were seen visibly worried as it’s the start of the season and any sign of indiscipline could affect them at club level.
But Gyan who like Stephen Appiah gave a touching speech before the start of the game in Brazaville assured the playing body that he would pay for a private jet that should airlift them back to Kotoka international airport just 4 hours after the game at the Kintele stadium in Brazaville.
The news was a real booster to a squad that had looked dejected and lost the backing of 25 million fans back at home due to the lethargic performance in the first leg at the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
This is the first time in modern day Ghanaian history that a footballer has decided to use his own hard earned cash to hire a chartered flight for his team mates after a World Cup qualifier.
Manchester United trio Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Phil Jones are among the nominees for the Premier League Player of the Month while Jose Mourinho is up for the manager's award for August.
League leaders United have made a perfect start to the season with three wins from three -- including wins over West Ham, Swansea and Leicester -- keeping three clean sheets and scoring 10 goals.
Chelsea's £58 million summer signing Alvaro Morata is up for the award after becoming the first Premier League player in history to bag a goal and assist in his opening two games.
Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are also up for the award, as is Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who has kept three clean sheets for the newly promoted side.
Joining Mourinho, the other Premier League Manager of the Month candidates include Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, David Wagner and West Brom boss Tony Pulis.
Voting for Goal of the Month is also underway, with Charlie Daniels' thunderous strike for Bournemouth against Manchester City among the nominees.
Premier League Player of the Month nominees:
Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Phil Jones (Man United)
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield)
Premier League Manager of the Month nominees:
Jose Mourinho (Man United)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Pep Guardiola (Man City)
David Wagner (Huddersfield)
Tony Pulis (West Brom)
Premier League Goal of the Month nominations:
Stephen Ward (Chelsea vs. Burnley)
Sadio Mane (Watford vs. Liverpool)
Jese Rodriguez (Stoke vs. Arsenal)
Etienne Capoue (Bournemouth vs. Watford)
Marcos Alonso (Spurs vs. Chelsea)
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield vs. Newcastle)
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth vs. Man City)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool vs. Arsenal)
Arsenal fans have voted Sead Kolasinac as their player of the month for August in an awkward poll via their club’s official website.
The Bosnian defender made a bright start to life at the Emirates Stadium, shining in their opening day win over Leicester City, though the team have since lost their following two games.
Kolasinac wasn’t even called from the bench in the Gunners’ 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool in their last game, with fans perhaps venting their frustration at manager Arsene Wenger through this vote.
Winning with a solid 50% of the vote, Kolasinac saw off Alexandre Lacazette and Petr Cech for the prize, with the pair taking 26% and 24% of the vote, respectively.
With Arsenal so poor in their first three matches of the new campaign, this was not exactly a competitive contest this month, and it speaks volumes that a player who only played twice walked away with the prize.
Lacazette was also benched by Wenger at Anfield in a surprise move, so the runner-up will be hoping his good first impression with the fans can work in his favour as he looks to regain his place in the starting XI.
Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic have all been excluded from Liverpool's squad that will take part in this year's UEFA Champions League group stage. Clyne made just one appearance for Liverpool in pre-season due to hamstring and back problems.
Liverpool have however included Philippe Coutinho, who failed to engineer a move to Barcelona in the recently closed transfer window. Midfielder Adam Lallana has been included despite still being out with a thigh injury which, when diagnosed in early August, was expected to keep him out for three months, while Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent have also been put on the list despite being on loan at Fulham and Freiburg respectively.
Liverpool's Full Squad:
Goalkeepers: Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet, Danny Ward
Defenders: Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez*, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Jon Flanagan*, Conor Masterson, Trent Alexander-Arnold*
Midfielders: Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can, Cameron Brannagan*, Ovie Ejaria*, Sheyi Ojo*
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane, Dominic Solanke, Ryan Kent*, Rhian Brewster*, Ben Woodburn*, Harry Wilson*
Manchester City have announced a 21-man squad that will be eligible to play in the group stage of this year's UEFA Champions League.
Among those included are Fabian Delph and Eliaquim Mangala who were perceived to be eyeing moves away from Etihad during the recently closed transfer window.
Also making the cut are newly signed players such as Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva.
Goalkeepers : Claudio Bravo, Ederson, Arijanet Muric
Defenders : Kyle Walker, Danilo, John Stones, Eliaquim Mangala, Benjamin Mendy, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany
Midfielders : Raheem Sterling, ?lkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure
Forwards : Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus
Man City Play Off Fixtures And Dates:
Feyenoord vs. City: Wednesday 13 September
City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Tuesday 26 September
City vs. Napoli: Tuesday 17 October
Napoli vs. City: Wednesday 1 November
City v Feyenoord: Tuesday 21 November
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. City: Wednesday 6 December
Argentina international Eric Lamela and Vincent Janssen are the most notable absentees from the 21-man Tottenham squad that was announced to take part in this year's UEFA Champions League group stage.
Lamela is presumed to still be a few months from full fitness following a ten-month injury lay off due to a hip problem. Spurs are seeking advancement to the knock out stages of the tournament despite being paired with European bigwigs like Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham begin their group stage campaign on Wednesday 13 September against Borussia Dortmund, with their last fixture scheduled for Wednesday December 6 against APOEL.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga
Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies
Midfielders: Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen
Forwards: Son Heung-Min, Fernando Llorente, Harry Kane
Barcelona have announced their 25-man squad that will take part in this year's UEFA Champions League group stage.
Included in the team is French international Ousmane Dembele who was recently signed from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105m (£97m), plus a potential €42m (£38m) in add-ons. Also making the cut are Arda Turan and Thomas Vermaelen who were understood to have attracted interest from clubs in Turkey.
Barcelona start their Champions League group stage campaign at home on Tuesday September 12 against Juventus before finishing against Sporting CP on Tuesday December 5.
Barcelona UCL Group Stage Squad:
Goalkeepers : Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen, Adrian Ortola
Defenders : Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Lucas Digne, Aleix Vidal, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders : Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Arda Turan, Andres Iniesta, Rafinha, Paulinho, Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes, Gerard Deulofeu
Attackers : Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Paco Alcacer
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in Manchester United's squad for the upcoming UEFA Champions League group stage.
Ibrahimovic, who is not expected to be fit until January after undergoing knee surgery in May, will be eligible for United's Champions League group games against Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow after he was named in the 24-man squad submitted to UEFA.
The 34 year-old was recently re-signed by United on a one-year deal and scored 28 goals last season before suffering a knee ligament injury in April.
Also making it into the list is striker James Wilson. Wilson has struggled with injuries since scoring a brace on his Old Trafford debut back in 2014 but the 21-year-old forward has been handed an opportunity to impress in Europe this season.
Manchester United will kick off their Champions League campaign on September 12 at home against Basel
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Romero
Defenders: Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Jones, Lindelof, Rojo, Blind, Darmian, Shaw
Midfielders: Pogba, Herrera, Matic, Fellaini, Carrick, Young, Lingard
Forwards: Mkhitaryan, Mata, Martial, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Wilson
(Marcus Rashford, Joel Pereira, Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe are all included on United’s B list)
Spain international Diego Costa has not been included in Chelsea's squad to play in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Costa's omission, of course, does not come as a surprise given the continued frosty stand-off between him and Chelsea, with Antonio Conte naming Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata as his only two striker options.
The striker is set to return to London for peace talks in a bid to salvage his hopes of playing the World Cup. Costa remains in Brazil and wanted to sign for Atletico Madrid before the transfer deadline shut.
He however failed to seal the move and could return to the fold - but he won't play in Europe meaning he would not be cup tied if he signed for Atletico in January.
Goalkeepers : Willy Caballero, Thibaut Courtois, Eduardo
Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen*, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jake Clarke-Salter*
Midfielders : Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Victor Moses, Kenedy, Charly Musonda*, Willian, Kyle Scott*
Forwards : Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi
UEFA Champions League defending champions Real Madrid have released their squad that will play in the group stage of the tournament.
As expected, Los Blancos have compiled a strong team with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco and 21 year-old Marco Asensio as they chase for a third straight triumph.
Madrid will begin their defense of the European title next week against APOEL at the Santiago Bernabeu and will face stiff competition to proceed from Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund, who are in the same group.
UEFA published Real Madrid’s squad list for the 2017-2018 Champions League group stage:
Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla, Zidane.
Defenders: Carvajal, Achraf, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Vallejo, Marcelo, Theo, Tejero, Quezada, Hernando, Bernal.
Midfielders: Casemiro, Llorente, Kroos, Modric, Kovacic, Isco, Ceballos, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio.
Attackers: Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Mayoral, Gomez, Franchu, Oscar.
Former Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga is a happy man after beating the deadline day to sign for Spanish side Girona FC.
Olunga, who spent less than eight months in China with Guizhou Zhicheng, expressed his joy in joining the recently promoted side and revealed that he had been keeping tabs with Girona since their attempt to sign him while in Sweden.
The Kenyan international was forced to cut short his stay in China following the newly enacted Chinese Super League, Foreign Quota Rule which allows only three foreign players to be registered in the first team in any given season.
“It is a great opportunity for me to join this wonderful team and it is my pleasure because I have followed Girona for a long time, it is not the first time I am hearing about the team because they wanted to sign me while I was in Sweden last year.''
“So it was a team of my choice from day one and having come here it is like a dream coming through to me because for a young player I really want to get to the team as quickly as possible and help the team realize their targets.''
“The group of players in the team are like a unit and I even watched the first two matches of the team against Atletico Madrid and Malaga and it was really very impressive and from the group of players, I believe everybody is ready to work to help the team.''
“I know last year they finished second in Segunda (lower league) which shows they are very determined and I will also do my best to help them achieve their dream," said the 23-year old.
The former Thika United and Tusker FC player also revealed his strengths on the pitch, stating that he is aggressive a likes to use his power to give pressure on opponents. “I am very strong inside the box, very strong and typically my style of play is being aggressive on the ball and also a team player.”
Olunga will now have to fight for a starting place at the Estadi Montilivi with other able strikers such as Cristhian Stuani, Olarenwaju Kayode and Marlos Moreno.
Spanish league LaLiga enters its second week with eight matches scheduled to be played on Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August.
Below is alist of weekend's fixtures:
Saturday 26th August
19:15 Deportivo Alavés vs Barcelona
21:15 Levante vs Deportivo La Coruña
21:15 Girona vs Málaga
23:15 Las Palmas vs Atlético Madrid
Sunday 27th August
19:15 Espanyol vs Leganés
19:15 Eibar vs Athletic Club
21:15 Getafe vs Sevilla
23:15 Real Madrid vs Valencia
The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of nine matches scheduled to be played on Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August.
On Saturday, the early kick off will see Manchester City visit AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Four matches will then begin at 17:00, with Crystal Palace hosting Swansea and West Ham facing Newcastle United. The last game on Saturday will be betwwen league leaders Manchester United and Leicester City atOld Trafford from 19:30 local time.
On Sunday, eight teams will be in action, with the biggest game of the day pitting FA Cup champions Arsenal against Liverpool from 18:00.
Below are all EPL weekend fixtures:
Saturday 26th August
14:30 AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City
17:00 Crystal Palace vs Swansea City
17:00 Huddersfield Town vs Southampton
17:00 Newcastle United vs West Ham United
17:00 Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
19:30 Manchester United vs Leicester City
Sunday 27th August
15:30 Chelsea vs Everton
15:30West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City
18:00 Liverpool vs Arsenal
18:00 Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley
The Total 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) which is set to be held in Kenya in January 2017 has started taking shape, with 15 countries already having beaten competition to qualify for next year's tournament. The tournament will commence on 11th of January and will be concluded on the 2nd of February, 2018.
There is only one spot remaining and will be decided on Tuesday 22 August when Senegal takes on Guinea in Conakry. Senegal already boasts of a 3-1 lead from the first leg that was played in Dakar.
Below is a list of all qualified countries.
The qualified teams.
1.Kenya : They qualified as the tournament hosts.
2. Burkina Faso :
They edged Ghana 4-3 on aggregate after drawing 2-2 in Ouagadougou and beating them in Kumasi 2-1.
They qualified after overcoming Rwanda 3-2 on aggregate, the first leg in Kampala ended 3-0 and Rwanda winning the return leg 2-0 in Kigali. This will be Uganda’s fourth successive tournament after missing out on only the inaugural edition that was hosted in the Ivory Coast.
They beat Comoros 2-0 at the Sam Nijuoma stadium to edge the tie 3-2 on aggregate after falling to a 2-1 defeat in Moroni.
5. Mauritania :
They shocked last editions’ finalists Mali 3-2 on aggregate.
The falcons of Jedaine qualified after defeating Ethiopia 2-1 on aggregate with a close 1-0 victory in Obaid following a 1-1 stale in Addis Ababa.
7. Ivory Coast :
They overcame Niger on away goals rule following a 1-0 win in Abidjan. Niger had won the 1st leg 2-1 in Niemy. Aggregate score 2-2.
8. Angola :
The Palancas Negras saw off Madagascar with a 1-0 aggregate following a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg of the tie.
9. Nigeria :
The Super eagles edged Benin 2-1 on aggregate after falling to a 1-0 loss in Benin. They fought back to win the tie 2-0 at the Sani Abaca Stadium.
10. Congo :
The most successful nation of the competition were ousted by their close neighbors Congo Brazaville. They were undone by the failure to score away as the closely contested tie at the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecote in Kinshasa ended 1-1. The first leg in Brazaville had ended 0-0.
11. Cameroon :
The AFCON Champions booked their spot following a 2-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe, they had earlier beaten them 2-0 away, thus going through 4-0 on aggregate.
12. Zambia :
They edged South Africa 4-2 aggregate following a 2-0 win in Ndola at the Levi Mwanawasa Stadium. The first leg tie had earlier ended 2-2 in East London.
They booked their ticket to the championships following a 4-2 aggregate over Egypt in the North zone. The 1st leg ended in a 1-1 all stalemate but Morocco edged their rivals 3-1 in the second leg.
14. Libya :
Libya progressed following a 3-2 aggregate win over Algeria. A 1-1 draw in Sfax combined with a 2-1 win in the first leg in Constantine to see Libya qualify at the expense of their North African rivals.
15. Equatorial Guinea
They were the first nation to qualify for the 2018 edition after their opponents for the final qualifying tie Gabon withdrew from the competition on February 13th 2018.
16. Senegal/ Guinea
The lions of Terranga will play against Guinea on Tuesday 22 August in Conakry to see out who takes the final spot. Senegal comes into the return leg with 3-1 lead having edged Guinea in Dakar.
Arsenal have offered Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new four-year deal worth £125,000-a-week to fend off interest from Chelsea. He is understood to be tempted by the prospect of a move to Stamford Bridge and was unimpressed with Arsenal’s initial offer of less than £100,000 a week. But the Gunners are believed to be optimistic the 24-year-old will now accept the improved terms and sign up.
Diego Costa has turned down a lucrative loan move to China, according to the Sun. Shanghai SIPG offered Costa a £3 million fee to agree to sign for them until November – and a £10m bonus if they won the Chinese Super League. They also would have paid the wages he received from Chelsea, along with a £100,000-a-week top-up – which would have taken his wages to £285k-a-week. However, Costa was adamant that he did not want to play in China with the Spain international having his heart set on a return to Atletico Madrid.
Neymar comments on his Barcelona exit: “When I arrived, everything started well but then... at Barcelona, there are directors that shouldn’t be there. I’m very sad with them. I had four very happy years there, but Barca deserve much better. I have a lot of friends there, I hope things get better for Barca and that they go back to being a team that can compete.”
The truth is that with 10 minutes left on the clock, Swansea City were still in this game and then Jose Mourinho’s team went in for the kill in a way that Manchester United sides seemed to have forgotten how to do in the era that has followed Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
They ransacked the home team with three goals in the space of four minutes, three perfect raids, that were built from direct football or rapid turnovers of possession and which were led by the big figures in this team, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, who have five goals between them already this season. Two games in, two wins and United have scored eight without reply.
Pogba played on the edge for much of the game after a first-half booking, but as we have come to see with this player, he never hides from the action and eventually his reward came. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second assist of the afternoon opened the way for Pogba who, for all his rampaging, applied a delicate finish to beat Lukasz Fabianski for his second goal of the new season, United’s third, before substitute Anthony Martial added a fourth.
For Swansea, in their first game without Gylfi Sigurdsson, this was a chastening finale although there were times when it looked like they might have been able to put some pressure on United after Eric Bailly scored with a late first-half goal.
The United defender had already put one clearance on the roof of the main stand before he was the one who reacted the quickest in the area when Fabianski made a fabulous save and Bailly stamped the ball over the line.
The home team had been warned, with more than one chance for United to turn their domination of possession into a goal. Phil Jones had headed against the bar from a corner and Marcus Rashford had torn through the Swansea defence, only to poke a lame shot straight at Fabianski.
Just when it looked like Clement’s team would make it to half-time, the breakthrough arrived.
Pogba’s power and physique, not to mention an occasionally twinkling touch on the ball, allow him to get involved in just about everything in the middle of the pitch. Nevertheless, he did mistime a tackle on Tom Carroll in the first half and the booking was on everyone’s mind when he was late into a challenge on Martin Olsson. Jon Moss let that one slide and it was Pogba’s header that, saved by Fabianski, was put in by Bailly.
It had been his cross that won the original corner taken by Juan Mata, and it felt like the Frenchman was everywhere in this game. Even so, Carroll got on the ball when he could and there were a couple of moments for Swansea. Jordan Ayew got a ricochet off a Bailly clearance that set him free down the left channel where his imaginative shot with the outside of his right foot caught out David de Gea and grazed the bar.
Tammy Abraham was up against Bailly and Jones and that took some getting used to at first, but when his touch settled down the Chelsea striker, on loan at Swansea, had a couple of decent moments. He is four weeks older than Rashford whose career has progressed further and he demonstrated in the first half his slickness of touch. if not his finishing.
Rashford faded after the break and when Mourinho came to make his changes with 15 minutes to go, United had at times been on the back foot. Clement had earlier switched from a three-man defence to a 4-3-3 formation and tried to put some pressure on Daley Blind at left-back, United’s weakest link in the back four. Mourinho responded by bringing Marouane Fellani into the midfield at the expense of Mata and his team took their chances when they arrived; Lukaku, Pogba and then Martial turning a victory into a rout.
Manchester United and Swansea have released their starting lineups for their clash on Saturday August 19th at the Liberty Stadium from 14:30.
United are seeking their second win in two games after recording a 4-0 victory over West Ham in their opening fixture. Swansea on their side are eyeing their first win after settling for a 0-0 draw with Southampton a fortnight ago.
Below are the full team lineups:
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku.
Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Smalling, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Martial.
Swansea XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, Bartley, Carroll, Mesa, Ayew, Abraham.
Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fulton, Narsingh, Routledge, McBurnie.
The Barclays Premier League enters its second week with nine matches set to be played between Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, the early kick off will see Manchester United face Swansea from 14:30. Manchester were 4-0 winners over West Ham in their opening fixture. Liverpool will be seeking their first win when they take on Crystal Palace at Anfield from 17:00. Stoke City will then host Arsenal in the last match for Saturday.
On Sunday, two matches will be played, with Huddersfield entertaining Newcastle while defending champions Chelsea clash with Tottenham. Chelsea lost their opening fixture to Burnley.
Saturday August 19th
14:30- Swansea vs Man Utd
17:00- AFC Bournemouth vs Watford
17:00- Burnley vs West Brom
17:00- Leicester vs Brighton
17:00- Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
17:00- Southampton vs West Ham
19:30- Stoke City vs Arsenal
Sunday August 20th
15:30- Huddersfield vs Newcastle
18:00- Tottenham vs Chelsea
Floyd Mayweather is already known as the "Money" man in boxing.
His reputation will be further enhanced after his battle with UFC star Conor McGregor.
The American expects to bank $350 million (£272 million) for the fight on August 26, taking his career earnings past $1 billion (£777 million).
Mayweather, 40, has been involved in all of the top three biggest-selling pay-per-view fights of all time.
His record-smashing victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2015 was sold to 4.6 million households in the United States, yet Mayweather believes his fight with McGregor will be an even bigger success.
The second leg of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifiers are scheduled to take place this weekend from Friday 18th-Sunday 20th August in different parts of the continent.
All countries in the six distinct zones will be in action, with some looking to consolidate their first leg wins while others seek to overturn the losses they suffered in the first round.
Some of the teams that will be in action include Uganda who will be travelling to Kigali to face Rwanda on Saturday 19th August after a comfortable 3-0 win at home. Libya, who were 2-1 winners over Algeria, will be in the hunt for another victory when they host the North African nation on Saturday August 19th while South Africa travel to Ndola to battle it out with Zambia also on Saturday following a disappointing 2-2 draw at home a fortnight ago.
Below are the full fixtures of this weekend's CHAN 2018 qualifiers:
19.08.2017 Kinshasa DR Congo vs Congo (0-0)
19.08.2017 Yaounde Cameroon vs Sao Tome (2-0)
19.08.2017 Kigali Rwanda vs Uganda (0-3)
19.08.2017 El Obeid Sudan vs Ethiopia (1-1)
18.08.2017 Sfax Libya vs Algeria (2-1)
18.08.2017 Rabat Morocco vs Egypt (1-1)
19.08.2017 Ndola Zambia vs South Africa (2-2)
19.08.2017 Luanda Angola vs Madagascar (0-0)
20.08.2017 Windhoek Namibia vs Comoros (1-2)
West A Zone
19.08.2017 Bamako Mali vs Mauritania (2-2)
22.08.2017 Conakry Guinea vs Senegal (1-3)
West B Zone
20.08.2017 Kumasi Ghana vs Burkina Faso (2-2)
19.08.2017 Kano Nigeria vs Benin (0-1)
19.08.2017 Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire vs Niger (1-2)
The Champions League qualifying play-off matches continue on Wednesday August 16, with five matches expected to be played across Europe.
Some of the teams that will be in action include Celtic who host FC Astana while Napoli entertain Nice. Sevilla will be away to Istanbul Basaksehir as Olympiakos battle it out with HNK Rijeka. All matches kick off at 21:45 local time.
Wednesday August 16 Fixtures:
21:45- Celtic vs FC Astana
21:45- Hapoel Be'er Sheva vs NK Maribor
21:45- Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sevilla
21:45- Napoli vs Nice
21:45- Olympiakos vs HNK Rijeka
AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca has joined LaLiga side Villarreal on a season-long loan deal. This is Bacca's second stint in Spain after two successful season with Sevilla before signing for Milan in 2015.
The Colombian international has been touted as a replacement for Roberto Soldado, who joined Fenerbahce last week. The 30-year-old has scored 165 goals in 336 games in his career, with 13 in 39 coming for Milan last season.
"The deal includes an option to buy the player once the campaign is finished," Villarreal said in a statement.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Jesse Rodriguez has completed his move to Stoke City on a season-long loan deal.
The former Real Madrid striker will now be with the Premier League club until July 2018 after finding playing time hard to come by at PSG, having featured in just nine matches for the Ligue 1 side and scored one goal.
"Jesse was a man in demand when PSG made it clear they would allow him to leave on loan and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us. He hasn’t had the happiest of periods in his career in Paris but he’s still only a young man and is hungry to make a big impression in the Premier League. His pedigree speaks for itself and he will most certainly add to the firepower at our disposal,” Stoke's Chief Executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website.
Jesse becomes the sixth summer signing for the Potters subsequent to Darren Fletcher, Kurt Zouma, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bruno Martins Indi and Josh Tymon joining the club.
The Champions League play-off matches resume on Tuesday August 15, 2017 with five matches expected to be played.
The first match will see FK Karabakh face Copenhagen from 19:00 local time, with Apoel Nicosia and Slavia Prague clashing from 21:45. Hoffenheim will play hosts to Liverpool while Sporting Lisbon entertain Steaua Bucharest at home. Below are the full fixtures:
Tuesday August 15th
19:00- FK Karabakh vs Copenhagen
21:45- Apoel Nicosia vs Slavia Prague
21:45- Sporting Lisbon vs Steaua Bucharest
21:45- Hoffenheim vs Liverpool
21:45- BSC Young Boys vs CSKA Moscow
Real Madrid have become the first brand and sporting institution in the world to eclipse 100 million followers on Facebook, 50 million on Instagram and 25 million on Twitter for their main accounts. The total number of followers for the Real Madrid brand has hit 182 million across these three social media platforms, a figure unmatched by any other brand or sports club at this time. This number rises to more than 280 million fans if the total of the Football, Basketball and La Fábrica accounts are included.
Manchester United coach has given his word on the new signings and also gave a comment on whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic would return to United.
“I just think he was very clear by showing what he did last year was not enough for him.”
“He wants more at football's highest level, so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season.”
Mourniho exuded confidence in the new signings :
“I'm happy with the effort the club did, I'm happy that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts,” he said.
“And if, until 31 August, the remaining 25 per cent don’t arrive, I will not moan. I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play.”
Arsenal midfielder Mesul Ozil has heaped praise on former Arsenal goalkeeper who joined the Club as part of the training team to assist Arsene Wenger.
“I think he’ll take us further through his (Jens Lehmann's) experience, through his personality. I think for the players, and especially for the goalkeepers, his experience and his personality [helps]. He was a player who would speak on the pitch when certain things weren’t going as he wanted. That’s why it’s good to have somebody like that around the team who gives their opinion.”
Manchester United youngster Tim Fosu Mensah has joined Crystal Palace on loan.
Manchester United prospect Tim Fosu-Mensah will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Crystal Palace, working under the management of fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer.
The 19-year-old is highly regarded at Old Trafford following his recent ascent into the first-team squad, having graduated from the Academy to make his senior debut under Louis van Gaal in February 2016 before establishing himself as a valuable player to Jose Mourinho in 2016/17.
The manager was happy to sanction a new long-term contract for Fosu-Mensah last October and praised his desire to improve, telling us: “Tim is a young player with great potential. I am delighted at the progress he has made so far and it is clear to see that he is learning every day.”
In total so far, Tim has tallied 21 Reds appearances across all competitions and operated most commonly at right-back, but the talented Netherlands international has displayed his versatility by also performing admirably at centre-back and in central midfield.
After completing his loan move to Selhurst Park, Fosu-Mensah will be determined to enhance his education with the Eagles and will hope to feature in their top-flight opener against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Palace manager De Boer was in charge of the AFC Ajax youth team between 2007 and 2010, when Fosu-Mensah was climbing the ranks of their Academy before his move to United in 2014.
Barcelona will not sanction Neymar’s transfer to PSG until they receive the player’s €222m release clause.
Until then, the Brazilian will not be able to play for his new club.
Official sources within the Catalan club have confirmed to EFE that the bank has not yet received the €222m that PSG agreed to pay six days ago.
Until the money is in the Blaugrana’s bank account, Barça will not give the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) the green light to send Neymar’s international transfer certificate.
Arsenal came from behind thanks to a goal from new boy Sead Kolasinac, and won the the Community Shield after a penalty shoot-out at Wembley on Sunday.
There were key men absent for Arsene Wenger as he went into the game without Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny, while new boy Alexandre Lacazette started up front.
Victor Moses had put Chelsea after the break but the Blues got a setback conceding from a resultant free kick after Pedro was sent for rough play.
Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties to lift the Charity shield with Morata missing his penalty just after Thibaut had skied his.
According to a report from Marcelo Bechler, the same Brazilian journalist who broke the news that Neymar would join Paris Saint-Germain, the Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho will arrive in Catalonia to sign his Barça contract in the next few days. Rumors suggest that improved offer is around €120m.
Philippe Coutinho appears to be closing in on a switch to Barcelona, with reports stating that the LaLiga giants have agreed a deal with Liverpool over the Brazilian. Indeed, ESPN says the 25-year-old attacker could be confirmed as a Barça player within "the coming days or hours".