Showing posts with label Sport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sport. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 December 2018


The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Tournament hosts France will open Cup against South Korea on June 7, 2019 after the group-stage bracket for next summer's competition was announced at La Seine Musicale, Paris, on Saturday.

These are the groups:

Group A:
Korea Rep

Group B:
South Africa

Group C:

Group D:

Group E:
New Zealand

Group F:


Jose Mourinho wants Pogba to improve mentality. Meanwhile, it is the second game in a row the 25-year-old has been left out of the starting XI, having been limited to a 15-minute cameo against Arsenal in midweek.

And while the Portuguese admitted Pogba will be given a chance to show his true ability when they travel to Spain for their Champions League game against Valencia, he stressed that he must be on the same level as the rest of the squad,

However, Jose Mourinho has warned Paul Pogba that he must adopt the same mentality as his Manchester United team-mates and challenged him to show "how good he is" against Valencia on Wednesday.

The midfielder was an unused substitute on Saturday as United beat Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford to bring an end to their four-game winless run in the Premier League.

"He has to play with the same mentality as the rest of the team," Mourinho told reporters.

"Paul can be a fantastic player, he is going to start against Valencia and he will have a fantastic game to play to show everyone how good he is."

Friday, 7 December 2018


Mourinho did praise their effort at Old Trafford. Though he lamented his team's mistakes. "We shoot ourselves so many times during the season. That is really, really difficult, but big soul by the players," Mourinho said.
He further said, “ Fantastic attitude from the first minute. Many players in difficulties, some good performances but players in difficulty.

"We should win the game. We made two big mistakes for their goals, we made other mistakes that were the mistakes to allow them to have counter-attack situations."

Mourinho was unable to finish speaking about the match, however, without calling out his players in an apparent shot at their lack of talent relative to other top teams in the league.

"It's a positive sign but there are things that I cannot get from them and I cannot say much more than this," Mourinho said.
However, Jose Mourinho the Manchester United boss has questioned his players' ability after his side drew Arsenal 2-2 at Old Trafford.

United came from a goal down to level the game twice, but both goals Mourinho's side conceded were a result of individual errors.

David de Gea produced an uncharacteristic howler for Arsenal's first goal, while a Marcos Rojo giveaway led to Alexandre Lacazette grabbing the second for the Gunners.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Ada Hegerberg, who plays for Olympique Lyonnais in France became the first woman to be awarded a Ballon d’Or .

But the Monday evening was dampened by an inappropriate comment from presenter Martin Solveig was asked to twerk by the famous DJ just moments after being recognized for the inaugural award.

The Norwegian star shut down Solveig with a swift "no" before immediately exiting the stage.

Moments later, Solveig took to Twitter to apologize, adding that the situation was a misunderstanding.

"Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. My point was: I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full sequence. People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women," Solveig wrote on Twitter.

He later followed up up by tweeting: "I explained to Ada Hegerberg the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly congratulations to Ada."


The 26-year-old, Mohamed Salah, wins the award after an excellent 2018 in which he helped guide the Reds to the Champions League final, and he is in good form this season again with nine goals in 20 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.

The Egyptian attacker finished first in a poll of 366,000 fan votes, beating fellow candidates Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard, Harry Maguire and Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk.

“Thank you for this award, it means so much to me because it was voted for by supporters,” Salah said as he accepted his FSF award.

“Usually I share any awards with my teammates and all the staff at Liverpool, but on this occasion I would like also to dedicate it to the Liverpool fans for their incredible support. Thank you.”

Salah is the third player to win the award since its inauguration in 2013. Luis Suarez was the first winner after a stunning campaign at Anfield, while Philippe Coutinho won it in 2016.
Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Supporters' Federation's ( FSF ) 2018 Player of the Year.


Luka Modric has become the first player to break Messi and Ronaldo's duopoly of the award since 2007, with Brazil icon Kaka being the last to lift the trophy before the Argentine and Portuguese stars collected five each across the following years.

Luka Modric has beaten off competition from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi to be named the winner of 2018's Ballon d'Or.

The Real Madrid midfielder played a pivotal role for his club as they stormed to a third consecutive Champions League title, as well as captaining Croatia to second place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The top five players are as follows;
First- Luka Modric  
Second- Cristiano Ronaldo  
Third -Antoine Griezmann  
Fourth -Kylian Mbappe  
Fifth- Lionel Messi

Luka Madrid is the first Croatian player who wins the Ballon d'Or!

Monday, 26 November 2018


It was not to be as Dembele found space in the box in the last minute to beat Jan Oblak with a low shot that evaded a desperate effort by Lucas Hernandez to clear the ball off the line. Ousmane Dembele came off the bench to snatch Barcelona a 1-1 draw away to Atletico Madrid in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash in LaLiga.

Diego Costa's first top-flight goal this season looked set to give Diego Simeone his maiden league victory against Barcelona in seven years as Atletico's head coach, which would have taken them to the summit.

A draw maintains the status quo at the top of LaLiga with Barca a point clear of Atletico having successfully avoided suffering back-to-back league losses for the first time under Ernesto Valverde.

Brilliant Spurs Hammer Chelsea
Son Heung-min was a menace to a ramshackle Chelsea defence throughout and brought up his 50th goal in Tottenham colours with a sublime 54th-minute solo effort.

Olivier Giroud's late header from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross could not stop Mauricio Pochettino's men leapfrogging Chelsea to go third in the Premier League, five points shy of leaders Manchester City on 30 points.

Tottenham left Maurizio Sarri's unbeaten record as Chelsea boss in tatters as they stormed to a 3-1 derby win at Wembley. Dele Alli's sixth goal in this fixture got Spurs off to a flyer and Harry Kane made it 2-0 in the 16th minute.

The Five-time Ballon D'or Winner Beat Spal Goalkeeper
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner beat SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis from six yards in the 28th minute at the Allianz Stadium – his ninth league strike for the Bianconeri.

Cristiano Ronaldo made it six goals in as many Serie A games on Saturday as Juventus beat SPAL 2-0 to move nine points clear at the top of the table.

Douglas Costa – one of six changes for Juve – impressed throughout for the league leaders, creating numerous openings that the hosts, including Ronaldo, were unable to convert.

Mario Mandzukic finally doubled Juve's advantage on the hour, the Croatia international sealing all three points with a simple tap-in after Costa's shot had stung the palms of Gomis.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were both out injured
Star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were both out injured but could return when PSG face the Reds on Wednesday. PSG, one point behind second-placed Liverpool in Champions League Group C, host the Anfield side

Paris St-Germain warmed up for their game against Liverpool by beating Toulouse to extend their record-breaking start to the Ligue 1 season. The French champions have won all 14 league games, a record at the start of one of Europe's top five leagues.

Edinson Cavani scored the only goal early on with an exquisite flick past a defender and volley.

Reds' Uneven League Form Continued Unabated On Saturday
The Reds' uneven league form continued unabated on Saturday as they failed to break down the determined Eagles at Old Trafford.

United dominated possession but could not find a way past Wayne Hennessey, with the home crowd reacting with sporadic jeers at the final whistle. And Mourinho questioned his men's will to win as he tried to explain this latest slip.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggested that his players lacked the heart to take three points from the weekend's Premier League fixture after being held 0-0 by Crystal Palace.

"A bad result, no chance to see it as one point we win because there are two points we lost. Crystal Palace deserve the credit. They came for this and they got it and fought for it and gave everything for it," the manager said.  "We used the sides very well and made them move to one sides and then go to the other but there was not enough intensity, not enough desire.

"It is a game we really need to win. If we play with the same philosophy against Young Boys then we won’t win and have to go to Valencia and win there. There are games that are special and not just one more: this was a special game, the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December and a game we need to win and it was not enough from the heart. "You must play with brain and also with heart and I think there was not enough heart."

Thierry Henry Finally Has A  First Win On His Managerial Record
The fortunes of the French side changed little with Henry calling the shots. The club lost four and drew two of his first six matches in charge before finally picking up a win on Saturday. His time has seen the club knocked out of the Champions League and, even after Saturday's win, they sit two points back of safety in Ligue 1.

The Arsenal, Barcelona and France legend replaced the sacked Leonardo Jardim six weeks ago with the club third from bottom, following his time as an assistant for Belgium.

A Radamel Falcao goal 54 minutes in was all Monaco needed to claim a 1-0 win over Caen in Ligue 1 play on Saturday, handing Henry his first victory as manager of the French side in seven matches at the helm.

Friday, 9 November 2018


The Football Association had already revealed that the Three Lions’ all-time leading goalscorer would be involved in a friendly clash with the United States on November 15.

Wayne Rooney has been brought out of international retirement for one more England outing, with Callum Wilson, Jadon Sancho and Michael Keane joining him in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad.That fixture will see funds raised for Rooney’s charitable foundation, as he collects his 120th cap and seeks to add to a record-breaking haul of 53 efforts for his country.

England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli, Jack Butland, Alex McCarthy, Jordan Pickford

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Lewis Dunk, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Harry Winks

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Callum Wilson. ( - USA match only)

'Win with a bit of class!' - Scholes Blasts Mourinho
Jose Mourinho's gesture toward Juventus fans following a 2-1 win for Manchester United on Tuesday had Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes believing the Portuguese manager could show more class in victory.

The Premier League side had to come from behind to earn their win, Cristiano Ronaldo having hit a stunning opener for the home side in the second half before Juan Mata equalized with a sublime free kick.

Alex Sandro's own goal sealed the victory late on, sparking the Man United boss walking to the middle of the pitch with his hand raised up beside his ear.

But the action drew a response from several Juventus players, including Leonardo Bonucci and Paulo Dybala, who confronted Mourinho at the time.And former Manchester United midfielder Scholes did not see any reason for the current boss to act in such a way. "You need to win with a bit of class," Scholes said.

Sunday, 21 October 2018


Jose Mourinho says he was blameless but "the story is over" after a fracas with members of Chelsea's coaching staff at the end of their 2-2 draw.

The Manchester United manager leapt to his feet and was held back by stewards after Chelsea coach Marco Ianni goaded him following Ross Barkley's late goal.

"It is not my reaction, it is Sarri's assistant," Mourinho said

"Don't do what everyone does and say, 'It's Mourinho who does things.' They have apologised, everything is fine."

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed that he and his assistant had apologised to Mourinho straight after the game, with Sarri admitting that his staff were in the wrong.

Lionel Messi was substituted with an arm injury that makes him a doubt for next weekend's Clasico but the Barcelona captain inspired a 4-2 home win against Sevilla to send his side top of LaLiga.

Philippe Coutinho scored from Messi's pass in the second minute to get Barca off to a flying start at Camp Nou on Saturday and the Argentina superstar soon doubled the lead.

But Messi had to be substituted having hurt his right arm in an awkward fall and he could miss Wednesday's Champions League game against Inter, as well as next Sunday's showdown with rivals Real Madrid.

Luis Suarez's second-half penalty and a late strike from Ivan Rakitic secured the points despite consolations from Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel, Ernesto Valverde's men moving into first place in the table, with Sevilla third after their four-game winning streak ended.

Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer Lionel Messi will miss next weekend's El Clasico against Real Madrid after suffering a broken arm. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner fell awkwardly on his right arm in the 17th minute of the La Liga clash with Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Saturday and was immediately in visible pain.

He underwent treatment as the game continued with his arm being wrapped by trainers while he laid on the sidelines.

However, he remained down after treatment in obvious discomfort and was unable to continue, eventually being replaced by Ousmane Dembele after 26 minutes.

The club have now confirmed he has fractured a bone in his right arm, ruling him out for the next three weeks including the visit of their arch rivals, along with a crucial Champions League tie against Serie A side Inter.

Gerard Pique acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insisted Barcelona can cope without their superstar captain.

Messi will miss three weeks with a fractured arm after suffering the injury in Barca's 4-2 win over Sevilla in Saturday's top-of-the-table La Liga clash.

After setting up Barca team-mate Philippe Coutinho and scoring himself, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi landed heavily on his right arm before leaving the field in the first half at Camp Nou.

Messi will sit out next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid, as well as Barca's Champions League fixtures against Inter.

But Pique believes there is enough cover in the side to come out on top even without the Argentine playmaker in the side.

"Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we cannot allow his absence to affect us," Barca centre-back Pique said.

"It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not."

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 400 goals in Europe's top five leagues as Juventus dropped points for the first time this season.

Ronaldo's fifth Serie A goal for Juve was added to his 84 Premier League strikes for Manchester United and 311 in La Liga for Real Madrid. He tapped in after Joao Cancelo's shot was blocked - having earlier hit the post with a header.

But Daniel Bessa equalised with a header from Christian Kouame's cross. The hosts dominated most of the game, but of their 21 shots, only three were on target - all from Ronaldo, who had 11 efforts in total, in the first half.

Ronaldo's landmark puts him 10 goals above the second top scorer in Europe's main leagues, Lionel Messi - who scored his 390th La Liga goal for Barcelona in their 4-2 win against Sevilla.

Thierry Henry's first game in charge of Monaco ended in a 2-1 defeat as Strasbourg profited from a Seydou Sy goalkeeping howler and a Samuel Grandsir red card.

Henry replaced Leonardo Jardim seven days ago after Monaco picked up just six points from their opening nine matches, but their display in Alsace showed no signs of an instant improvement despite the former France star's arrival.

It took the home side 17 minutes to move ahead, but they relied on a woeful error from Sy, who allowed Adrien Thomasson's header to squirm out of his arms and into the net despite it looking like a routine save. The visitors then lost Radamel Falcao to a muscular injury just before half-time.

But Monaco's biggest blow came in the 66th minute when Grandsir – introduced as a substitute just one minute and 51 seconds earlier – was shown a straight red card for a high foot on Anthony Goncalves.

Lebo Mothiba effectively wrapped things up six minutes from time, racing clear and chipping a clever finish over the approaching Sy.

Sunday, 14 October 2018


Lukaku at the Double for Belgium vs Switzerland
Romelu Lukaku ended a six-game competitive dry spell with both Belgium goals in a late 2-1 home win over a stubborn Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday.

On target twice in a 3-0 defeat of Iceland last month, Manchester United striker Lukaku repeated the heroics as he scored either side of Mario Gavranovic's surprise 76th-minute equaliser.

The 25-year-old looked to have played the part of villain when he blazed over a golden opportunity to restore the hosts' lead late in proceedings, but he regained composure to tuck away a chance instigated by Eden Hazard six minutes from time and send the Red Devils top of Group A2.

The result may provide Thierry Henry with a winning farewell in what could be his final match as Roberto Martinez's assistant - the France great closing in on the vacant Monaco post.

Monaco Appoint Henry as Manager
Monaco have appointed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as their new manager. Henry will take his first steps into management at the club where he began his professional career, and has signed a three-year contract.

The Frenchman obviously went on to greater heights, joining Juventus, then the Gunners and then Barcelona, but he spent six years with the Principality club and is delighted to be making a return.

“In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me," he said.

"I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.”

Henry had worked alongside former Everton boss Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up, and helped the side to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Russia.

Sancho Makes Modern England History with 1st Cap
Jadon Sancho continues to impress and the 18-year-old made a bit of history for England on Friday. The Borussia Dortmund youngster made his full debut for England in a 0-0 Nations League draw with Croatia, coming on in the 78th minute in front of an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka.

At just 18 years and 201 days old, Sancho became the youngest player to make his debut in a competitive match for England in over 60 years, and the second youngest ever.

Duncan Edwards is the only England player to make his debut in a competitive match at a younger age, playing against Scotland in 1955 at 18 years and 183 days old in what was known as the British Home Championship, an annual competition between the United Kingdom's four national sides that was abolished in 1984.

Sancho also became the first outfield player to play for England while plying his trade outside of the UK since 2009, when the LA Galaxy's David Beckham played against Belarus.

Netherlands Inflict Record on Germany
Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum all scored to earn Netherlands a 3-0 win over Germany and left Joachim Low's men still without a win or a goal in the Nations League.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk pounced to nod home the loose ball on the half-hour mark after Ryan Babel had struck the crossbar with a header following a corner from Depay. Germany had chances to grab a leveller after the break, with substitute Leroy Sane steering a glorious opportunity wide.

They were also denied what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty in the final 10 minutes when Arnaut Groeneveld tripped Matthias Ginter.

However, Depay added an 86th-minute second on the counter-attack and Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum rifled in a third in stoppage time, securing Oranje's biggest ever win over Germany.

It leaves Low's side in danger of relegation in League A Group 1, of which they are bottom, having drawn 0-0 with France in their first game.

Gibraltar Wins First Ever Competitive Game
Gibraltar won a competitive game for the first time by beating Armenia 1-0 in the Nations League - and received an apology from the hosts after the wrong national anthem was played beforehand.

The anthem of Liechtenstein was mistakenly used instead of Gibraltar's.Gibraltar's FA said its Armenian counterpart had apologised.

Joseph Chipolina's second-half penalty then gave the visitors, who became a Uefa-affiliated team in 2013, a first competitive victory in 23 matches. It was also their first points in any competition, as they lost all of their Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

Their two previous victories - against Malta and Latvia - had come in friendly matches. Armenia, who had Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their side, are above bottom-placed Gibraltar on goal difference in Group D4.

In what was an eventful day for Gibraltan footballers, goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim scored from his own half for English National League South club Dartford.

‬ Low Sets Record for Managing Germany
Joachim Low has broken the record for most matches as Germany manager by taking charge of Saturday's game against the Netherlands.

Low was at the helm of Germany for the 168th time in the UEFA Nations League clash in Amsterdam, breaking the record previously held by Sepp Herberger. The 58-year-old was Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant at the 2006 World Cup, helping Germany to a third-place finish at home.

Following the World Cup, Low took over from Klinsmann as Germany's manager, and has led Die Mannschaft to several notable achievements during his 12 years at the helm.

Most notably, Low helped Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, while also leading his nation to second place at Euro 2008, third place at the 2010 World Cup, and the 2017 Confederations Cup title.

Low handed Schalke forward Mark Uth his Germany debut against the Netherlands, making him the 100th player to earn their first Germany cap during Low's reign.

Salah Returns to Liverpool After Muscle Injury
Mohamed Salah is to return to Liverpool after he suffered a muscle injury while playing for Egypt on Friday night.

The 26-year-old was forced off in the closing stages of Egypt's 4-1 victory over Swaziland in their African Nations Cup qualifier in Cairo, having scored directly from a corner earlier in the game.

Salah was due to travel to Swaziland with his international team-mates for the return fixture but the Pharaohs have now confirmed he will instead head back to Merseyside.

A statement from the Egyptian Football Association read: "Javier Aguirre [Egypt manager] has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest.

"During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle.

"He was examined medically and radiation was performed on the area of complaint after the game."

My Game Hasn't Dipped
England captain Harry Kane believes he is still at his best, saying questions about his form were only being asked because of his prolific recent seasons.

Kane has now gone six games without a goal for his nation, last netting for England in a round-of-16 win over Colombia at the World Cup.

The 25-year-old has five Premier League goals for Tottenham this season as he looks for a fifth straight campaign of 20-plus strikes. Amid questions over his performances, Kane dismissed any suggestions he had gone backwards.

"It's been tough after the World Cup, not getting much rest, but I think I've dealt with it well," he said.

"I've stayed fit and stayed healthy. That was my main priority at the start of the season. Now it's building on that and pushing forward over the winter. "I set a standard for myself and I want to reach that standard every game I play. I don't think my game has dipped."

Man City Refute Triple-Salary Claim for Messi
Manchester City have refuted claims that they offered to triple Lionel Messi's salary in a bid to sign the Argentina international from Barcelona.

The Premier League champions say there is no truth to the suggestion, which surfaced in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that Pep Guardiola tried to persuade Messi to move to the Etihad Stadium on a deal that would have been worth more than £1 million per week.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak was asked at a recent Q&A event which transfer near-miss he most regrets from his 10 years with the club. A video posted to Twitter shows he replied, while laughing, "Messi".

On Saturday, however, Mundo Deportivo ran an updated story, including quotes supposedly made by Al Mubarak, that revealed further details of City's unsuccessful attempt. City insist they "absolutely refute" this version of events, stating that Al Mubarak provided no extra information.

Sadio Mane Sends Over 100 L'pool Jerseys to Malawi
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has donated over 100 jerseys to orphans in Malawi. Before the start of the season, the 26-year-old was given Philippe Coutinho no. jersey 10 after the Brazilian moved to Barcelona earlier this year.

However, prior to the announcement, the Merseyside club have sold the 2018-19 replica shirt with the attacker’s no.19 but then offered supporters who purchased the old jersey number a like-for-like exchange for 'Mane 10'.

The returned shirts have been assembled for Malawians and Mary Woodworth, founder of Friends of Mulanje Orphans in Malawi disclosed that the Senegalese's gesture will go a long way 'as a dream come true' for the children who struggle to get a shirt.

"It's like a dream for the children in the villages, getting a t-shirt that they never thought they would get.- It’s just magical basically," Woodworth said. "Sadio Mane is from Africa, his name is just everywhere. To see the t-shirt of Sadio Mane will just be overwhelming."


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