Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Sunderland: Match Report

Sunderland maintained their unbeaten start to life in the Championship with a 1-1 draw against last season’s playoff contenders Sheffield Wednesday. Simon Grayson would go unchanged to the side that defeated Norwich 3-1 on Sunday. Sunderland would face former Black Cats Keiren Westwood and fans favourite Ross Wallace as well as Steven Fletcher who started…

via Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Sunderland: Match Report

UEFA Champions League Play-offs: First leg results – Celtic run riot on Astana; Napoli, Sevilla win — letstalkfootballng

Celtic 5 – 0 FC Astana Hapoel Beer Sheva 2 – 1 Maribor Istanbul Basaksehir 1 – 2 Sevilla Olympiacos 2 – 1 Rijeka SSC Napoli 2 – 0 Nice SSC Napoli 2 – 0 Nice Napoli took a big step towards the group stages with a 2-0 home win over nine-manNice. Dries Mertens slotted […]

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Everton Boss Koeman Confirms Sigurdsson Medical Completed Ahead of £45m Goodison Switch — Premier League – 90min

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Gylfi Sigurdsson is on the cusp of completing his transfer to Everton after he underwent a medical on Wednesday morning. The Toffees and Sigurdsson’s current club Swansea City finally compromised on a fee believed to be in the region of £45m for the Iceland international on Tuesday evening, and a…

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Watford Withdraw Plans to Sign Leicester City Frontman Islam Slimani After Foxes Demand Hefty Price — Premier League – 90min

Watford have scrapped any rumoured plans that they were interested in signing Leicester City striker Islam Slimani. The Algerian forward joined the Foxes for a club record fee of £28m, but endured a difficult first campaign in England. The Hornets have been linked with the 29-year-old, but the Watford Observer claim that they are not believed to be…

via Watford Withdraw Plans to Sign Leicester City Frontman Islam Slimani After Foxes Demand Hefty Price — Premier League – 90min

New Manchester United players have made the team stronger says Henrikh Mkhitaryan — MUFCLatest.com

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been recently speaking of his new Manchester United teammates who left a good mark in every United’s supporter memory as Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku were both great in the win against West Ham United on Sunday at Old Trafford. The Armenian who himself had a great game as well says that…

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CAF target World Cup win within next decade

CAFRecent changes to the Africa Cup of Nations have been made to help a team from the continent win the FIFA World Cup within a decade, a senior African Confederation of Football (CAF) official has said.

The CAF General Assembly decided in July the next Nations Cup, to be staged in Cameroon in 2019, will be moved from its traditional January/February slot to June/July and will see the number of participating teams upped from 16 to 24.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad caused a stir earlier this month when he suggested Cameroon would struggle to be ready for the enlarged tournament and hinted the country could even lose the right to stage the competition.

That outburst provoked an angry riposte from Cameroonian sporting and political figures, but CAF Second Vice-President in charge of marketing and international relations, Constant Omari, 59, explained to L’EquipeAhmad’s statement had been a ploy to ensure a smooth build-up to the final tournament.

“There was no questioning of Cameroon as hosts. African culture means we react at the last second. But it was time to react. And what goes for Cameroon also goes for Guinea [organisers of the 2012 tournament]. So, the CAF president produced that electro-shock,” said Omari, who discussed the controversy with Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o.

“We just re-sounded a cry of alarm, which came from the CAF symposium in Morocco a month ago, which brought together all the elements of African football. We laid out a new roadmap, taking into account the quality of infrastructure.

“The majority of great African players have taken part in this work. They’re the first ones to complain about the quality of the infrastructure, their demands have been taken into account. Today, I don’t see an African player who could refuse to support the CAF.

“I explained the motivation behind President Ahmad’s statement. He understood it well. All the Cameroonian stars want their country to organise a great African Nations Cup. I told him the main concern of the CAF was to firstly protect African players.

“That’s also why we have rescheduled the ANC dates. We have put ourselves in sync with the global calendar. We also have to reduce the gulf between us and UEFA, the leading confederation. Today, the aim is for an African team to win the World Cup in the next ten years.

“Our players show they have the same physical and technical value as their colleagues, so we’re not going to stop ourselves dreaming.”

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Cameroon were the surprise winners of the 2017 Nations Cup with a squad shorn of a number of its big-name players, such as Joel Matip and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, who preferred to focus on retaining their places in their club’s first teams.

Though he denied pressure from clubs had forced the scheduling change, Omari acknowledged the switch was necessary to avoid giving players a difficult choice to make.

“There was no pressure, but a major problem had to be resolved. The player is paid by his club. He wants to be available without affecting his contract and we had to put the player at the centre of the debate.

“Cameroon won the last ANC, but didn’t have a number of players. The marketing of this competition requires the involvement of the biggest African stars. They’re the ones who give it added value.”

 

AC Milan Present Arturo Vidal a ‘Super’ Offer With Wages Doubled at the San Siro — All the latest breaking football news, transfer rumours, analysis, and match reports – 90min

Bayern Munich have been presented with a transfer offer for their star midfielder Arturo Vidal. AC Milan, the club who are interested in signing the Chilean international, have said they will double the wages he is currently earning in Bavaria in an attempt to lure him back to the Serie A. The Rossoneri have been ruthless…

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Nemanja Matic is confident of staying at Manchester United for a long time — MUFCLatest.com

Nemanja Matic is pleased to have made a good start to his Manchester United career and has now set his sights on staying at the club for a long time. The Serbian international midfielder was awarded both the Sky Sports and Official Manchester United Man of the Match awards for his performance in the opening…

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Ranking the remaining players from the Sir Alex Ferguson era

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager of Manchester United, four seasons have passed with three different managers. This has led to a great deal of squad turnover, and in the aftermath, there are only six players who remain from Sir Alex’s last season in charge of United. This article will rank these players in…

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Jese Rodriguez’s arrival means Stoke now boast most Champions League-winners in Premier League with five — despite selling two in this transfer window

STOKE boast the most Champions League winners of any side in the Premier League — despite having let TWO go this summer. The arrival of Jese Rodriguez on loan from Paris Saint-Germain takes their total to five. Jese Rodriguez has completed a loan move to Stoke from Paris Saint-GermainTwitter @stokecityJese Rodriguez was a Champions League…

via Jese Rodriguez’s arrival means Stoke now boast most Champions League-winners in Premier League with five — despite selling two in this transfer window — The Scottish Sun