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Ronaldo makes the most of an extraordinary talent, says Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible work rate enables him to make the most of his natural talent. Ronaldo, who picked up his second successive Ballon d’Or in January, has established himself as one of Madrid’s finest ever players during his six years with the club and arguments over whether he is better than Lionel Messi have raged ...

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Nigeria win seventh AYC title

    Nigeria became the first side to win the African Youth Championship for the seventh time after beating hosts Senegal 1-0 in the final of the 2015 edition at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium, Dakar on Sunday. It was the second time the two sides would meet in the competition after the Flying Eagles had beaten the Young Lions ...

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Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United: Magical Mata makes the difference as Gerrard sees red

Steven Gerrard was sensationally sent off just 38 seconds into what will likely be his final Liverpool appearance against Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal’s men took a huge step towards Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win at Anfield.The Reds captain was left on the bench by boss Brendan Rodgers before being brought on at half-time, only to be dismissed by referee ...

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Enyeama deserves to be celebrated – Yisa Shofoluwe

The former Super Eagles defender has praised the goalkeeper for his tenacity among a slew of other issues he tackles in this interview with Goal’s Shina Oludare I would like you to give a critical assessment of the list submitted by acting coach Daniel Amokachi for the friendly matches coming up this week Well, I feel the coaches would have taken ...

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Premier League: Liverpool, Manchester United Battle for Champions League Place

  The two most succesfull teams in England, Liverpool and Manchester United, will go head to head today at Anfield, in a game that could go a long way to determining which side secures a Champions League place. The MATCH is considered to be one of the biggest rivalry MATCHES in Europe. Between them they have won 121 honours, including 80 ...

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Why the EPL is failing in Europe: Key numbers to consider

  The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) calculates the co-efficients of its leagues on a five year basis; with the way the English Premier League teams have fared in the last five editions of the Champions League, there is a high possibility that they could drop from their second position in the co-efficients ranking (the German league is on top). ...

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Ancelotti: My future is not on the line in El Clasico

The Real Madrid coach says his players are confident going into the vital MATCH against Barcelona but stresses there are other big games to play Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not fearing the sack ahead of Real Madrid’s crucial Clasico against rivalsBarcelona on Sunday. The Italian’s position as coach at the Bernabeu has come under scrutiny after a poor run ...

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UCL Quarter-finals Draw

Paris (FRA) v Barcelona (ESP) Atlético (ESP) v Real Madrid (ESP) Porto (POR) v Bayern (GER) Juventus (ITA) v Monaco (FRA)   VIEW MORE HERE 1,017 total views, no views today

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Real Madrid and Barcelona awaiting Champions League draw

The Clasico rivals could meet in the quarter-finals after making it to the last eight, with the ties set to be unveiled on Friday Real Madrid and Barcelona will learn their Champions League fate with the draw for the quarter-finals taking place at 1200CET. The Clasico rivals – who meet in a crucial league clash on Sunday at the Camp ...

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Only Messi is faster than Salah on the ball – Montella

The coach says it seems like Fiorentina got the better deal by accepting the Egyptian and money from Chelsea for Juan Cuadrado, and commented on their Europa League progress Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has suggested that Mohamed Salah is only bested for pace with the ball at his feet by Barcelona ace Lionel Messi. The Egyptian attacker put in another ...

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Nigeria face Senegal in African Youth Championship final

Coach Manu Garba’s side will slug it out with the hosts for their seventh trophy in Sunday’s African U20 Championship final Nigeria U20 team will face hosts Senegal in the final of the 2015 African Youth Championship billed for the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar on Sunday. The Flying Eagles dimmed the Black Satellites 2-0 in the first semi final ...

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Arsene Wenger: Monaco did not deserve last-eight place

  Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Monaco did not deserve their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after failing to register a shot on target in the second leg of their tie. The Ligue 1 side advanced on away goals after beating Arsenal 3-1 at Emirates Stadium before losing 2-0 in Monaco. Asked if Monaco deserved to progress, Wenger said: ...

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Monaco 0 Arsenal 2 (3-3 agg): Giroud and Ramsey goals not enough

  Monaco survived a real scare before reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as a 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on Tuesday saw them advance on away goals. Leonardo Jardim’s side had done most of the hard work in this last-16 tie in the away leg three weeks ago, leaving the Emirates Stadium with a 3-1 victory. But they ...

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NFF Insists On ’s 99 Caps

The Nigeria Football Federation has re-confirmed that Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and skipper, Vincent Enyeama, will win his 100th cap for Nigeria if he features against Bolivia in an international friendly Uyo next week Thursday. Reacting to a story in a section of the media that Enyeama has played only 98 caps, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said on Monday that Enyeama ...

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Rodgers: Liverpool have Manchester City in our sights

The Northern Irish coach will not settle merely for a place in the top four and believes his side can profit from the champions’ slip-up at Burnley after overcoming Swansea City Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the Merseysiders are not just targeting a place in the top four this season, but are looking to beat Manchester City into second place, ...

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Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham: Fellaini, Carrick and Rooney’s first-half strikes sink pitiful Spur

Louis van Gaal had suggested beforehand that a victory against what he described as a big team may be enough to turn Manchester United’s season. As it turned out, this was a rather small time performance from Tottenham but the manner in which United rolled them over suggested that Van Gaal’s team have an appetite for achievement this season, after ...

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Messi shirt sales astonishing – Braida

The Argentina star’s marketability has been hailed by Barcelona’s sporting director, who believes he is “economically unattainable” for nearly every club in the world Lionel Messi is most famous for the number of goals he scores but Barcelona’s sporting director Ariedo Braida has spoken of his astonishment at the number of the player’s shirts sold to his adoring fans. The ...

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Stoke: We Were Poor Against West Brom

Manager Mark Hughes made no excuses as Stoke City fell to defeat to Midlands neighbours West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Brown Ideye’s first half goal secured the Baggies their first win over the Potters at the Hawthorns since 2003. Ideye’s compatriot, Victor Moses, played for 58 minutes for his on-loan side, Stoke City, before he was substituted by Mauro Arnatovic ...

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brahimovic: France is s**t

The Swede was at the heart of another refereeing storm as PSG slumped to a shock defeat Zlatan Ibrahimovic appeared to claim France is a “s**t country” following Paris Saint-Germain‘s 3-2 defeat against Bordeaux on Sunday. The Swede scored twice as the Ligue 1 champions twice came from behind to level the match, though a last-minute goal from Diego Rolan ...

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’m tired of sheep making s**t up – Dani Alves

After being strongly associated with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazil international has launched a volley back at the press Dani Alves has attacked the media over the persistent speculation regarding his Barcelona future. The contract of the right-back, 31, expires in June and, as he is eligible for a Bosman move, he has been widely reported to have agreed ...

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Kanu Hails F/Eagles Win Against Congo

By James Agberebi: Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu has hailed the Flying Eagles following their 4-1 win against Congo which sealed Nigeria’s qualification for the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in New Zealand. Goals from Taiwo Awoniyi, Muhammed Musa (brace) and Ifeanyi Matthew saw the Coach Manu Garba led side become the first team at the Africa Youth Championship ...

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Uefa should ban Luiz but let Ibra off – Mourinho

The Blues boss reckons the wrong Paris Saint-Germain player was sanctioned in Wednesday’s story game at Stamford Bridge Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has called for Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz to be suspended for the Champions League quarter-finals if it is proved he elbowed Diego Costa during their last-16 tie on Wednesday. The ex-Chelsea defender fought a running battle with the Blues striker ...

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Flying Eagles are world’s best team, says Babayaro

  The former Nigeria player feels the Nigeria U20 team have the quality more than ever before and expects them to rule the world in New Zealand EXCLUSIVE By Shina Oludare Ex international, Emmanuel Babayaro believes the current Nigeria U20 side are presently the best team in the world. The Flying Eagles began their African Youth Championship campaign by spanking ...

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Defensive Mourinho may get Chelsea into trouble, warns David Luiz

The ex-Blues defender is well aware of what the manager will be telling his side ahead of the home leg of their Champions League tie but says that Paris Saint-Germain will threaten Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has warned Jose Mourinho that telling Chelsea to sit back against his side would be a dangerous tactic. The Ligue 1 giants head ...

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Van Gaal: Rooney will inspire Man United to beat Arsenal

The England international has never won the FA Cup but his manager expects that he will motivate the Red Devils to do the business against the Gunners on Monday Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Wayne Rooney can inspire his side to victory against Arsenal in the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Monday. Rooney has already helped the ...

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Report: LFC ‘set to seal deal for James Milner, he’ll accept free transfer

James Milner is apparently ready to sign a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool, Fichajes is reporting. ​ ​​The England international will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season due to his Manchester City contract running out, with the workhorse midfielder considering his options. ​ ​It had been previously suggested Milner, who can operate in either midfield or ...

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Mourinho: Matic injured celebrating League Cup win

The midfielder was suspended for Sunday’s win over Tottenham yet still managed to twist his ankle during the post-match celebrations but will not miss the clash with PSG Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Nemanja Matic picked up an injury during Sunday’s League Cup celebrations. The midfielder was suspended for the clash against Tottenham at Wembley and was forced ...

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La Liga Team of the Week: Suarez and Rakitic boost Barca as Asenjo denies Madrid

    The Uruguayan striker and the Croatian midfielder were the inspiration for Luis Enrique’s side, while the Villarreal goalkeeper thwarted Real and Alberto Bueno hit four for Rayo Barcelona are now just two points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after the 25th round of Primera Division matches. Luis Enrique’s side beat Granada 3-1 in Andalucia ...

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Dybala: I would swim to Barcelona to join them

The gifted attacker has attracted interest from clubs across the continent, but he seems to have set his sights on a move to Camp Nou Palermo attacker Paulo Dybala has admitted that it would be a dream come true if Barcelona made an attempt to sign him. The 21-year-old has been in sublime form in 2014-15, netting 12 goals in ...

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Henry: Chelsea can win the treble now

A 2-0 win over Spurs saw the Blues claim their first piece of silverware of 2014-15, while they lead their league and remain in the Champions League Thierry Henry believes Chelsea are capable of adding the Champions League and Premier League to their League Cup triumph this season. Jose Mourinho’s men took the first step towards a potential treble by ...

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Ronaldo wasteful as Ancelotti and Madrid run out of ideas

COMMENT: The Portuguese squandered several chances as Real dropped two points in the 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal – and is off form when his team need him most By Ben Hayward at the Santiago Bernabeu Unlucky for some. Cristiano Ronaldo registered 13 shots for Real Madrid in the Blancos’ disappointing draw at home to Villarreal on Sunday, but ...

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We were suicidal defensively’ – Wenger bemoans ‘horrible’ night for Arsenal

he Gunners were made to pay for a lack of organisation at the back and their boss admitted they have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the quarter-finals Arsene Wenger described his side’s defending as “suicidal” after Arsenal slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Monaco on Wednesday. Goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick ...

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2022 World Cup: Fifa rules out compensation for unhappy clubs

Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December. It also said no apology was necessary for the scheduling of the tournament, which will disrupt a number of leagues. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the 2022 World Cup take place in winter to avoid ...

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Sergio Aguero v Luis Suarez – did Barcelona sign the wrong man?

DEBATE: As the South American strikers prepare to clash in Europe, Goal asks if Barca should have signed the Man City man instead of the Uruguayan By Ewan Roberts & Ben Hayward They are two of the top centre forwards in world football at the moment. Barcelona bought one and have been long linked with the other. But should the ...

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Top 10 Players Available on Free Transfer Summer 2015

10) Danny Ings Burnley star Ings has established himself as one of the best young strikers in the Premier League over the past year. Despite it being only his first year in the English top flight, he has managed an admirable 7 goals and 4 assists in a struggling Burnley side. The 22 year old has reported interest from Liverpool ...

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