France Announce EURO 2016 Squad: Schneiderlin & Ben Arfa Snubbed

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France Announce EURO 2016 Squad – France head coach Didier Deschamps has announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championships.

France Announce EURO 2016 Squad: Coach Didier Deschamps

France Announce EURO 2016 Squad: Coach Didier Deschamps

One of the major names to miss the tournament would be Mathieu Valbuena, whose legal issues with Karim Benzema led to the Real Madrid star being excluded from the tournament. Deschamps however claimed that Valbuena was sitting out due to fitness issues, saying, “He suffered a lot of injuries, and also faced great competition for places this season.”

READ: Cisse: Ethics? France Needs Benzema

A number of former internationals were also left out of the squad, including Alexandre Lacazette, Kevin Gameiro, Morgan Schneiderlin and Hatem Ben Arfa.

See the full French squad below!

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Benoit Costil (Rennes)

Defenders: Bacary Sagna (Man City), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Man City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Lassana Diarra (Marseille), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), N’Golo Kante (Leicester City), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)

READ: Schneiderlin: EPL Still Possible For United

Attackers: Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Andre Pierre Gignac (Tigres UANL), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

Standby: Alphonse Areola, Morgan Schneiderlin, Hatem Ben Arfa, Alexandre Lacazette, Kevin Gameiro, Adrien Rabiot, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti

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Sam Sodje Says Super Eagles Need Foreign Coach

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Sam Sodje Says Super Eagles Need Foreign Coach – Former Super Eagles player Sam Sodje has said that the Super Eagles need a top foreign coach to solve the team’s problem.

Sam Sodje Says Super Eagles Need Foreign Coach

Sam Sodje Says Super Eagles Need Foreign Coach

“I won’t really want to say foreign coach is what the Eagles need, but I think the rate at which the team is declining, a foreign coach might be what we should consider at this point, no disrespect to our home-grown coaches,” Sodje told AfricanFootball.com. “But we need a proven and good manager, someone who has the credentials to speak for him. If NFF is not ready for such coach, there is no need to get a foreign coach.”

READ: Photos: JayJay Okocha, Segun Odegbami, Sunday Oliseh & More @ AFCAR Charity Game & Family Fun Day Out 2013

Sodje added that he wasn’t disrespecting the home-trained coaches, but they just weren’t as good as their foreign peers.

“No disrespect to Nigerian coaches, but the fact remains we really lack a top-grade manager,” he said. “There are so many things they can do to improve themselves, though administrators still have a big part to play in this. The sad thing is that the few local coaches I have met think they know everything and then they stop learning.”

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Everton Sack Roberto Martinez

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Everton Sack Roberto Martinez – After a disappointing third season in charge, Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez.

Everton Sack Roberto Martinez

Everton Sack Roberto Martinez

The Toffees have been disappointing in the league, and are 12th in the Barclays Premier League. They have conceded 6 goals in their last two games, losing 1-3 to champions Leicester City on Saturday and 0-3 to Sunderland on Wednesday.

READ: Roberto Martinez : “Everton Board Must Consider His Position”

They won only 5 league games at home all season but performed better in domestic cup tournaments, reaching the semi-final of both the FA Cup and Carling Cup. The club’s fans have repeatedly protested Martinez’s management all season, going to the point of flying a banner reading “Time to go Roberto” doing Everton’s 2-1 over Bournemouth on the 30th of April.

Iranian business man Farhad Moshiri acquired 49.9% of the club in February, and approved  Martinez’s transfer, with the club now looking for a new manager. Everton U-21 manager David Unsworth will manage the club’s last match of the season against  Norwich on Sunday.

 

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Hazard Is Captain As Belgium Release Euro 2016 Squad

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is the main man in Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad, with Vincent Kompany missing out due to injury.

Hazard who has had an ugly season with Chelsea, will captain Belgium in the absence of the Manchester City defender.

“Kompany’s absence is a blow for him, a blow for the team. He is our leader,” the Belgium coach commented on the defender’s injury.

“He must now focus on his recovery and his health, and make sure he returns as soon as possible at Manchester City.

“We cannot mourn over his absence. We have to look forward.”

Wilmots has included nine defenders in his squad, in an attempt to cover a host of minor injury issues, although one is set to drop out once the final 23 is decided.

Belgium meet Italy, Sweden and Republic of Ireland in Group E, starting their tournament against the Azzurri on June 13.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit st Petersburg), Jason Denayer (Manchester City, on loan at Galatasaray), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Bjorn Engels (Club Brugge), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Brugge), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Radja Nainggolan (Roma)

Attackers: Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke, Divock Origi (Liverpool), Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)

Standby: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Laurens De Bock (Club Brugge), Guillaume Gillet (Nantes), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Matz Sels (Gent)

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Official: Dortmund Acquire Ousmane Dembele

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Bundesliga giant, Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of youngster Ousmane Dembele from Rennes.

The teenage forward who has been monitored by Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, but has opted to sign a contract that’ll keep him with Dortmund till 2021.

However, Dembele has opted to continue his promising development at Signal Iduna Park.

“Ousmane can play in almost every attacking position,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Dortmund’s official website.

“I have nothing but respect when I see how many high-profile offers from all over Europe Ousmane has turned down and how he has stood firm about his commitment to BVB over such a long period of time.”

Dembele progressed through the youth ranks at Rennes and made his first-team debut for the club against Angers last November.

The France Under-21 international subsequently became a prominent figure in their starting XI and has scored 12 goals in 25 Ligue 1 appearances.

Commenting on his move, Dembele added: “BVB showed a lot of interest in me right from an early stage and they have always kept close contact with me – this really impressed me.

“I am totally convinced of the Borussia sporting concept. I can hardly wait to play in the Bundesliga in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Signal Iduna Park and to walk onto the pitch in the Champions League with my new team-mates.”

Dembele will face stiff competition for a place in the starting line-up at Dortmund, with head coach Thomas Tuchel already able to call on the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shinji Kagawa, Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adrian Ramos and Christian Pulisic in attacking positions.

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Frank De Boer Quits Ajax

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Ajax have announcing the exit of manager Frank De Boer, who agreed to an early termination of his contract.

De Boer has been at the helm of the eredivisie club for five and a half seasons, since 2010.

The Dutch manager won the league four years in a row, but has lost out to PSV in the last two years.

The 2015-16 campaign came to a painful conclusion as Ajax lost out on the title despite being top of the table going into the last week of the season, when their shock 1-1 draw at second-bottom De Graafschap gifted PSV the league.

“After winning four league titles in succession, the 2014-15 season was a disappointment,” said De Boer. “We wanted to rectify that in the last season and we did everything, but it did not become what we had all hoped for and expected.

“I started to realise more that it was time for something else. It’s better for me and I think also for Ajax. What I will do, I do not know yet. A year without a club is also an option and I will see what comes my way.

“I cherish above all the beautiful memories, with winning the 30th league title as the absolute highlight. Wherever I am, I will continue to follow closely. Ajax is my club and always will be.”

The former Netherlands international’s agent Guido Albers recently revealed his client would “love to manage Everton or Valencia” – two of the teams he has been linked with joining.

De Boer’s Ajax contract had been due to expire in July 2017.

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Mourinho Will Be Back In July

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Former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has stated he’ll be back in July, but didn’t mention where.

The Portuguese manager was relieved of his duties at Chelsea, following a poor start to the season.

And having been linked repeatedly with LVG’s job, even though no deal has been made yet, Mourinho is certain of a job by July.

“In July I will be back,” Mourinho told AP. “So we are in May. May to July is nothing. I keep enjoying my life which I’m doing, keep enjoying my family. But in July I am back.

“Of course I miss it.”

He does hold some concerns that a late appointment will mean that he does not have full control over preparations for the campaign ahead.

“It’s difficult because when you get a new club in this period normally the clubs have already done their work,” he said. “I’m not the Chelsea manager but I organised the Chelsea pre-season in many aspects because I did that 10 months ago.

“Clubs always have their commercial, marketing departments involved in everything. When a new manager arrives in May, June it’s very difficult to touch in some points but we know that.

“Scouting is done during the year. We know everybody, so it’s just a question of trying to choose the players that your team needs.”

The ex-Real Madrid boss, who was speaking in Mexico after coaching a FIFA legends team to a 9-8 defeat against a Mexican All-Star outfit, claimed to know nothing of a potential switch to Manchester United.

“I don’t know. I know nothing about it really,” he said. “I don’t have a club and I was waiting for these guys [the FIFA Legends] to win the match to give me a hand but because I lost the match it’s even more difficult to get a club!”

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Milner Disappointed At Draw Against Chelsea

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James Milner has praised his counterparts for forcing a draw in Liverpool’s last home match of the season.

Hazard’s solo run, was the only difference, as Klopp looked set to lose his 50th game in charge.

However, substitute Benteke was on hand to head in a mistake made by Begovic in injury time.

Milner acknowledged Liverpool had been below par for much of the game, although they still found a way to make sure they avoided losing a week before their Europa League final against Sevilla.

“It’s disappointing not to win the game. We wanted to win,” he told the club’s official website.

“They’re obviously a good team and I know we can play better than we did. We showed in patches what we can do, but I think we were maybe a yard or two off it tonight, for whatever reason.

“It’s a bit disappointing, but we’ve shown that character again to keep going until the end.”

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Qatari Club Tempt Ighalo With N7.2 Billion

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An unnamed Qatar based football club is looking to acquire Watford’s Odion Ighalo.

The mysterious club is prepared to pay €13 million to Watford to get the Nigeria international.

And following a move, Ighalo is set to earn €5 million after being offered a four-year deal.

Watford are ready to cash-in on Odion Ighalo in the summer but no bid has been received, with Nigeria youth international Isaac Success of Granada lined up as a possible replacement.

The 26-year-old has been linked with possible moves to West Ham, Everton and Chelsea ahead of the opening of the transfer window.

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Chelsea And Adidas Part Ways

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Chelsea And Adidas Part Ways – Chelsea FC have announced the early termination of their sponsorship deal with sportswear giants Adidas.

Chelsea And Adidas Part Ways

Chelsea And Adidas Part Ways

The partnership between Chelsea and Adidas began in 2006 and was supposed to run through to 2023, but both parties have agreed to mutually terminate the contract.

READ: Hiddink Backs Terry To Continue At Chelsea

Adidas have already revealed Chelsea’s kit for the 2016/17 season, and both sides will part ways after the end of the footballing season, with Chelsea reportedly looking to Nike as a replacement.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm we have mutually agreed with Adidas to end our longstanding partnership at the end of the 2016/17 season,” read a statement on their website.

“Having begun our relationship in 2006, we would like to thank Adidas for their fantastic support and cooperation over the past 10 years. In that time the club has lifted the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups, and we look forward to a successful final year of partnership.”

 

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FIFA Ban Benin Republic From Football

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FIFA Ban Benin Republic – The Benin Football Federation has been banned from global football by FIFA after a local court ruling halted the body’s elections.

FIFA Ban Benin Republic

FIFA Ban Benin Republic

The court ruling had prevented the body from holding its elections, and the inaugural meeting of the new FIFA Council revealed that the ban would only be repealed when the election is held and new executives are installed.

READ: FIFA Pays Tribute To Nigeria’s Rashidi Yekini

“The Benin Football Association (FBF) was suspended with immediate effect due to a recent injunction by a local judicial court which impeded the holding of the due election,” FIFA said in a statement.

The ban now means that Benin will not be able to play their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea in June.

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Danny Welbeck Out For Nine Months Following Knee Surgery

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Danny Welbeck Out For Nine Months – Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will be out of football for a while after undergoing surgery on his right knee.

Danny Welbeck Out For Nine Months

Danny Welbeck Out For Nine Months

25-year old Welbeck was injured in The Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday, and scans revealed significant cartilage damage.

READ: Wenger Almost Left Out Welbeck

Welbeck had only just returned in February after injuring his left knee last year, and this new injury will keep him out of the 2016 UEFA EURO Championships.

The former Manchester United striker had been in good form for Arsenal, and the club’s supporters would certainly be praying he can come back fully healed and on time.

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Buffon Signs Contract Extension With Juventus Till 2018

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Juventus veteran shotstopper, Gianluigi Buffon has signed a contract extension that keeps him at the club till 2018.

The Italian goalie joined the Turin club in 2001 and has gone on to make almost 600 appearances, winning seven scudetti. Meanwhile, he has made 152 appearances for Italy and lifted the World Cup in 2006.

Despite turning 38 in January, the ex-Parma man remains one of the world’s premier players in his position, and Juve’s decision to offer him a fresh deal confirms that.

“I’m immensely proud in the faith Juventus have placed in me once more,” Buffon told the press. “I hope that my fantastic story with this club will go on and bring even further success.”

There was further good news for the Italian champions on Wednesday as they also secured a contract extension for veteran centre-back Andrea Barzagli, who arrived at the club from Wolfsburg in 2011. He too has signed terms that will keep him in Turin until 2018.

“Even at this age, I still have room to improve and this is the best place for me to do so,” he commented.

President Andrea Agnelli said: “Having Buffon in our squad is a true privilege. He is so important for us on and off the field.

“I consider Barzagli to be one of the best signings we have ever made. He is a magnificent defender.”

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Suarez Worried He Would Not Fit Into Barcelona Style

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Luis Suarez has revealed he was worried about not fitting into Barcelona’s playing style, when he joined in 2014.

In his debut season, the former Liverpool striker netted 25 times in 43 appearances.

This season, Suarez has scored 56 goals in 51 appearances for the Catalan club.

Upon joining from Liverpool, Suarez did not envision such a prolific spell, admitting he was troubled about fitting into the ‘tiki-taka’ style.

“I never imagined that I would be scoring goals here,” he told ESPN. “I never felt I would adapt to this team’s style of play the way I have.

“Sometimes they start the touches and I think that I can’t do that, that they will play it like that and I will just push it [toward the goal].”

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Manchester United’s Team Bus Attacked By West Ham Fans

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Manchester United’s Team Bus Attacked By West Ham Fans – West Ham United’s 3-2 win over Manchester United started 45 minutes late after the home fans attacked the Red Devils’ team bus.

Manchester United's Team Bus Attacked By West Ham Fans

Manchester United’s Team Bus Attacked By West Ham Fans

The match was West Ham’s final game at Upton Park, and fans had come out en masse to celebrate the team. This forced Manchester United’s team bus to get stuck in the parking lot, with captain Wayne Rooney accusing West Ham fans of attacking the bus.

READ: Louis Van Gaal : “I’m Involved In Manchester United’s Plans For Next Season”

“The coach got smashed up but we’ll just have to go and prepare and get on with our job,” Rooney said to Sky Sports before kick off. “I’m sure West Ham will be disappointed with their fans.”

“Man United should have got here at 4 p.m.,”West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan told Sky Sports, blaming United for the unrest. “They know it’s our last game. They had the same problem at Tottenham a few weeks ago. I think the police and officials have been kind. I’d make them kick off at 7.45 p.m. if I was in charge.”

He added: “I’m gravely disappointed, more for our supporters. What people forget is they’ve got trains and buses to get home and we’ve got a wonderful, wonderful show after the game for them. Many just can’t stay any more.”

READ: West Ham Plotting Summer Bid For Ivorian Winger Max Gradel

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was not impressed with the reception, saying “The way we have been received is not the proper way.”

Manchester United went on to lose the game 2-3, with hopes for Champions League football next season all but out the window.

 

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Hiddink Backs Terry To Continue At Chelsea

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Interim manager, Guus Hiddink believes John Terry capable of continuing at the club.

Terry has a contract with the blues that expires at the end of the season, with a contract renewal no where in sight.

The English defender was sent off in the match against Sunderland and will miss the final two games of the season, despite stating his desire to stay, a reply is not forthcoming from the club.

Hiddink stated he remains none the wiser about what direction the club will take regarding a renewal, telling reporters: “When I make a judgement on how he plays and his fitness, at his age, then he’s able to play and continue.

“But it’s up to the club, not for me to make declarations on that. When you come on the pitch for training after being sent off it’s not the most beautiful thing, of course.

“In training he started to lift up his morale and trained okay. Of course not being there in the last two games is a blow for him and for us of course as well.

“Yeah, that could have been the last game but that’s not up to me [to decide].”

Asked whether Terry would make a good coach in the future, Hiddink added: “The other day we were sitting next each other before the game in Bournemouth and we discussed about sitting on that spot. It felt good.

“John is very keen – he has always been a leader and tactically you can always rely on him. He can make that step, though you need time to switch off from your career in my experience.”

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Falcao To Spend Next Season With Monaco

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Radamel Falcao will be playing for Monaco next season, after enduring two difficult seasons in the EPL.

The Colombia international spent a year with United, and managed only four goals in 29 appearances.

His career went further downhill following another disastrous campaign with Chelsea, hindered by injuries, resulting in him missing out on the Copa.

“Monaco made a big investment in me and they want some return on that. They want me back at the club for next season,” he told TYC Sports.

“I need to have minutes, to play, and we’ll see what happens. Monaco want to see what my position is in a year, to see what possibilities I have.

“The project changed, it took a turn in every sense. Today they’re more of a selling club than they were three years ago, when they wanted to put a very strong team together.

“In principle, the idea is that I’ll be with Monaco for that season.”

Falcao says he rejected enquiries from clubs in China and South America in the mid-season transfer window as he is holding out for a return to River Plate in future.

“It looks very difficult to come back to River, because I have two years on my contract [at Monaco],” he said.

“Options in China, Mexico and Brazil were talked about a bit, but if I were to go back to America, the idea is River, so I didn’t move.”

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Hummels To Join Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich have announced the capture of Borussia Dortmund captain, Mats Hummels.

The defender already stated his desire to return to his boyhood club and follow in the footsteps of Lewandowski and Gotze.

And both clubs have announced the switch, with Hummels signing a five year deal with a club he left in 2008 for Dortmund.

The 27-year-old appears set to captain BVB for one last time when Thomas Tuchel’s side meet Bayern in the DFB-Pokal final on May 21.

Hummels told Dortmund’s official website: “I have not made this decision easily after eight-and-a-half successful years at BVB.

“I was always proud and still am, to wear the BVB jersey and to be part of this exceptional team. Before I return to my hometown in the summer, we have a large, common goal all: once again to bring the DFB-Pokal to Dortmund.

“For that I will give everything just like my team-mates. I wholeheartedly thank my team-mates, all the staff and fans for this long and wonderful time in Black and Yellow.”

Confirmation of Hummels’ signing quickly followed Bayern’s capture of prodigal Portuguese winger Renato Sanches from Benfica in a deal that could be worth €45 million.

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Riyad Mahrez, Anthony Martial Win At 2016 Facebook Football Awards

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2016 Facebook Football Awards – Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been named Player of the Year at the Facebook Football Awards.

2016 Facebook Football Awards: Anthony Martial (Photo: Mirror)

2016 Facebook Football Awards: Anthony Martial (Photo: Mirror)

Mahrez scored 17 goals and created 10 more for the Foxes in an amazing season that saw him named the PFA Player of the Year.

READ: ICYMI: Mahrez Named PFA Player Of The Year

“It’s something special, and something big as well, because it’s from all over the world, and I thank them, and thanks to all of my fans. I love all my fans. I am very happy,” the Algerian star said of the award.

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial won the Young Player award, beating Tottenham’s Dele Alli to the award.

READ: 2016 PFA Award Nominees: Leicester City Recognized As Martial Is Snubbed

“Thanks to all Facebook fans for supporting me as the young player of the year,” said Martial. “I am happy to be playing in the Premier League and I hope that I will continue to score plenty more.”

Best XI of the year: David de Gea; Hector Bellerin, Robert Huth, Chris Smalling, Toby Alderweireld; Riyad Mahrez, Dele Alli, Dimitri Payet; Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero. (4-3-3)

Manager of the year: Claudio Ranieri

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Man Utd What? Bayern Munich Announce Renato Sanches Signing

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Bayern Munich Announce Renato Sanches Signing – After being chased by Manchester United all year long, Benfica’s Renato Sanchez has signed for Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich Announce Renato Sanches Signing

Bayern Munich Announce Renato Sanches Signing

The Bundesliga champions announced the deal on Tuesday morning, signing the Portuguese starlet for €35 million. The 18-year old playmaker has already completed a medical and has signed a 5-year contract.

READ: Report : Manchester United To Sign Benfica’s Renato Sanches If Jose Mourinho Joins

The deal will be a huge disappointment for Manchester United fans, as the club had reportedly been in lead for the signature for the highly-rated youngster.

Bayern Munich’s official Twitter account posted the news, writing: “DONE DEAL! 18-year-old Renato #Sanches will join from Benfica this summer. Welcome to #FCBayern!”

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Messi Sad To Miss Olympics

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi has stated he would have loved to play in the Olympics.

Gerardo Martino opted against picking the Barcelona star for both the Copa and the Rio event.

But Messi, who is on the cusp of another La Liga title heading into the final round of the season, has still conceded he is disappointed not be involved for the campaign in Rio de Janeiro.

“I would have liked to go because it was a spectacular experience for me to play in the [2008] Olympics, just as it was for the [2005] Under-20 World Cup,” Messi told ESPN.

“Not just because we won, but for the experience I gained.

“It was a great experience to stay in the Olympic Village and meet other elite athletes from other sports and to be just another athlete among them.

“That was very spectacular even though we didn’t spend a lot of time in the village.

“The World Cup is great but the Olympics are something special.”

Argentina – runners-up to Chile at last year’s Copa America – will now have a fully-focused Messi at their disposal as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 1993.

The 14-time champions – drawn in Group D – will face defending champions Chile in a rematch of the 2015 final on June 6 in the United States, followed by games against Panama and Bolivia.

“It is a new Copa, different. Very nice in the United States and very different from what I have played before because of the people, the stadiums,” Messi said.

“That will make it different and for us, a new chance.”

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CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium

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CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium – The Nigerian Football Federation has been fined $5000 by the Confederation of  African Football.

CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium

CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium

The fine was for a lack of security and crowd control during Nigeria’s  2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna back in March. Over 40,000 spectators were packed in the 15,000 capacity stadium, with fans going to the extent of sitting on the floodlights. CAF issued the fine and a warning, with a repeat of the incident to attract even more stricter punishment.

READ: FIFA Pays Tribute To Nigeria’s Rashidi Yekini

Nigeria was not the only club fined by the governing body, with Sudan and Morocco fined $5000 for the  use of flares during the match. DR Congo were also fined $10000 for crowd trouble and a fan entering the stadium.

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Matic Backs Chelsea To Win Trophies Next Season

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Following a woeful 2015/16 season, Nemanja Matic believes Chelsea will be fighting for trophies next season.

A poor run of form has last season’s champions languishing in middle of the table.

With Conte coming in, Matic believes Chelsea will be top again next time out.

“This is football, sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t,” Matic told the official Chelsea website.

“‘Last season we were champions but this season we were not even close. We will see in the future what we can do.

“This season was not good for us, but I believe in our quality, I believe in myself and I know what I can do. We will see what we can do next year. Every season is a different story.

“‘Everything can change in a couple of months. We had the winning mentality, we were champions, and then in a couple of months we lost that.

“In a couple of months, everything can be back. We’ll see.”

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England’s Euro 2016 Squad Leaks Online

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England’s Euro 2016 Squad Leaks – A 23-man squad, rumored to be England’s squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championships has leaked online.

England's Euro 2016 Squad Leaks: England coach Roy Hodgson

England’s Euro 2016 Squad Leaks: England coach Roy Hodgson

The 23-man line up, while its authenticity cannot be immediately confirmed, contains plenty of surprise absentees and inclusions. Two of those are Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, named despite missing almost the entire season, and his teammate Danny Welbeck, who wasn’t even named in the standby list.

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Another surprise inclusion is Luke Shaw, who hasn’t played competitive football since getting injured last year during Manchester United’s Champions League match against PSV. Surprisingly, Tottenham duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were not named in the squad, only being mentioned in the standby.

Going by the leak though, the Spurs would have 3 players in the squad: Eric Dier, Dele Alli and league leading goalscorer, Harry Kane. England coach Roy Hodgson will announce the squad officially  on Thursday, but till then, see the rumored squad  below!

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Rumoured England Squad for Euro 2016: Joe Hart, Tom Heaton, Fraser Forster; Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jagielka, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones; Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere; Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy.

Rumoured Stand-By List: John Ruddy, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Marc Albrighton, Fabian Delph, Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe.

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Giroud Glad To End Goal Drought

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Giroud was happy to end his 15-match goal drought, after scoring in the 2-2 draw against City.

The France international has not scored since January, after scoring a brace in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool.

And Giroud who opened the scoring and set up Sanchez was glad to end his drought.

“The goal meant a lot because it has been a tough time for me on the pitch as I have missed a bit of efficiency, a bit of luck and a lot of things,” Giroud told Arsenal Player.

“Things haven’t gone my way to [allow me to] finish, but I kept the faith and knew that it would come back.

“It is always nice for a striker to score and it was even better to also get an assist for Alexis’ second goal which was important.

“These last few weeks I tried to set up goals. [Alexis’ goal] was my sixth assist but I’m happy to score too and help the team to reach our target and qualify for the Champions League. We now have our own destiny in our hands to finish third or maybe second.

“We are a team and a group that makes the difference. We try to help each other do the job. We fight for each other and we have a good understanding.”

Giroud has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this campaign.

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