Las Palmas Seal Promotion To La Liga

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Las Palmas produced an impressive fight back to seal a victory over Real Zaragoza in their La Liga playoff match to seal their promotion to the La Liga from the Liga Adelante for next season.

La Palmas came into the second leg at home trailing by 3 goals to 1 following a 3-1 loss in the first leg but held an away goal advantage. Zaragoza came into the match hoping to defend their lead but La Palmas were able to pick up a 2-0 win and earn themselves a berth in the la liga next season. Araujo was the hero as he came up with the decisive goal five minutes from time.

Las Palmas would join the likes of Barcelona and Sevilla in the premier league next season

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Rumours: Pirlo Set To Join NYCFC

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It is rumoured, that’s all it is until an official confirmation can be made. Rumour has it that Juventus playmaker and set piece genius, Andrea Pirlo is set to join New York City FC.

The Italy international still has a year left on his contract and was set on leaving the Old Lady if Juventus had won the UCL, we all know how that worked out. Pirlo insisted though that he was still staying on.

Pirlo staying on with the Bianconeri was not set in stone though, his leaving the Turin side was intenfied when on Saturday, the 36-year-old attended a New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium – which is also home to NYCFC.

Pirlo will join former England international Frank Lampard and Spain’s all-time record goalscorer, David Villa, at a franchise that only entered the league this season.

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Photo: Joe Hart Chilling With 50 Cent

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His team may not have won the premier league, but Manchester City shot stopper and Barclays premier league golden glove winner, Joe Hart earned himself a nice holiday which involved hanging out superstar rapper and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Both men are juggernauts in their chosen professions and seemed to be having a good time as 50 went on Instagram to announce to the world and use it as an opportunity to promote various enterprises of his via hashtags.

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Putin: Russia Won 2018 World Cup Vote Fairly

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Russia president Vladimir Putin has stated matter of factly that Russia won the bid to host the 2018 world cup on fair grounds.

Swiss authorities revealed that they are investigating the votes that awarded the hosting of the next tournament to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.

This is Russia and Putin is involved already, let’s not start world war three.

The head of Fifa’s auditing and compliance committee, Domenico Scala, has since stated that if there was any corruption involved in the bidding or voting process for the next two World Cups, the chosen hosts could be stripped of the event.

However, Putin insists that Russia 2018 is secure, stating that the country has nothing to hide.

“If anyone has evidence, let them present it,” he said. “We won in a fair fight and are going to host the World Cup.

“We fought in an honest manner [for the tournament] and we won. We do not think the decision should be questioned.

“We were ready and that’s what convinced Fifa. The stadium construction has already started.”

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Venezuelan TV Presenter Uses Her Boobs to Predict Copa America Scores

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something else comes and blows your mind. For the world of football, it is the crazy arts of predictions. We remember seeing octopus Paul at the 2010 world cup and now for the Copa America, we have a TV presenter in Venezuela who predicts scores with her boobs.

She uses her breasts, yes, you read correctly, she uses her breasts. This Venezuelan presenter places the flags of countries set to play on her breasts in a pre-game show and shakes her boobs until one of the flags falls off. The flag left standing is declared the most likely winner.

 

 

She has been correct sometimes and sometimes, she hasn’t but it’s an interesting pre-game show to watch

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Manchester United Confident Of Signing Bastian Schweinsteiger For £7.5M

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Report says Manchester United are close to completing the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, with the German World Cup winner keen on a reunion with former coach, Louis van Gaal.

According to The Mirror, Louis van Gaal is apparently keen to secure the Bayern Munich star, who he managed during his two-year stint at the Bundesliga side.

The Red Devils’ Dutch boss has instructed Ed Woodward to do all he can to bag the 30-year-old, with a £7.5m deal on the table for the midfielder who has just one year left on his contract with Bayern Munich.

However, Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer recently advised the midfielder against a move to the Premier League.

Speaking to Bild, he said: “Adapting to a different European league is difficult at his age.

“He has played with great force and put a lot of pressure on his body for many years. That saps energy.

“He could end his career in the USA instead.

“If I was at Schweini’s place, I would stay one or two years more at Bayern. Until then, he can still perform at the highest level.”

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Slow And Boring: Martino Hits Out At Boring Argentina

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First they were called sluggish, now boring which is synonymous to dull. I don’t know what to say, this is not the Argentina that took over Brazil in the world cup.

Gerardo Martino coach of the Albiceleste has called his men boring following their win over Jamaica. The Argentines started the match on a high note, but that fire died down in the second half.

“We are lacking effectiveness,” Martino told a post-match press conference. “It is something we took out of the result against Paraguay, but you cannot legislate for players of the ability of ours missing so many chances.

“The fact we didn’t put the game to bed, coupled with the physical issues we are having towards the end of games, generated uneasiness.

“I thought we did alright in the first half, getting the early goal and then creating four or five chances to score. We also did well to control Jamaica’s chances to break. But the second half was boring, our ball control was tedious, the movement of the ball was too slow and we generally lacked speed in processing our play.”

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Messi Warns Sluggish Argentina

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‘As slow as the second half display of the Albiceleste’ Yes this is a simile that should be adopted. It has become so common for the Argentines to have an upbeat tempo in the first half, only for it to dwindle in the second.

Messi, who leads this pack of stars has fired a note of warning at his teammates. Argentina played out a 1-0 draw against Jamaica, goal which came in the first half thanks to Higuain.

Messi doesn’t want a repeat of events that saw them surrender a 2-0 lead against Paraguay in the knockout stages.

“In the second half our pace dropped, we played much slower,” said Messi, who was making his 100th appearance for his country.

“We did the same against Paraguay. We struggled to find spaces, the pitch was slower… I do not know why, but it is true that we ran slower.

“In the knockout matches we can’t let that happen again.”

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A Very Mercedes Day: Rosberg Wins Austrian Grand Prix, Hamilton Second

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Nico Rosberg has won the Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg’s Mercedes team mate, Lewis Hamilton started the race ahead of the pack, but Rosberg was able to take the lead and hold on to it for his 3rd win of the season.

The win cuts Hamilton’s title lead to just 10 points, with Felipe Massa rounding up the top 3.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel would have finished 3rd, but for a pit stop delay because the right rear wheel took longer to change.

Hamilton leads the championship with 169 points, closely followed by Rosberg’s 159, with Vettel’s 120 a far-placed third.

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Dunga: Neymar Suspension A Loss For The Tournament

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I know he is big, I didn’t know he was this big. Apparently he is big enough for the whole tournament to miss him, which is true.

Dunga head coach of Brazil has said Neymar’s suspension will not only affect his men, but the tournament itself. Remember Neymar was handed a four match ban after receiving red and insulting the match official.

Neymar will miss the rest of the copa.

“Neymar is a huge figure in football,” he said. “The attention on him is big also. Everybody who likes football wants to see him on the field – like Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez. With him, the spectacle would be better, with more quality.

“If each one of us who made a mistake was cut, no-one would be here. We’re here to make them grow, not to search for guilty ones.”

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Messi: I Feel Sorry For Neymar

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Teammates will rally to support one another. Friends on the international scene and enemies on the national front, but friends still.

Messi has revealed that he feels sorry for Barcelona teammate Neymar, who has been handed a four match ban by Conmebol for a red card and subsequent verbal attack on Referee Osses.

The ban means Neymar will miss the rest of the Copa and Messi admits he feels sorry for him.

“I do not want to comment on Neymar. He’s a friend,” Messi, who starred alongside the Brazilian as Barca romped to a treble this season, said after Argentina’s 1-0 win over Jamaica.

“I regret the punishment he was given and that he cannot participate any further in the Copa America.

“He is a very important player for Brazil. I know what it means to them to have him on the field.”

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Aliko Dangote Claims He’s Been An Arsenal Supporter For Over 30 Years

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67th Richest man in the world, Aliko Dangote has insisted his interest in buying Arsenal is not ‘overnight stuff’ and has revealed he’s been a fan of the club for more than 30 years thanks to former vice-chairman David Dein.

Africa’s Richest man explained he was first taken to the club’s former Highbury ground by Dein, a close friend and associate.

Dein, a former sugar trader, helped Dangote start his business in 1980. Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc now accounts for 90 per cent of the product sold in Nigeria.

‘I have been a supporter of the team since the Eighties,’ confirmed Dangote after publicly declaring his wish to be the club’s next owner.

Dangote said

‘My love for Arsenal dates back to when I went to watch them play with the-then largest shareholder David Dein. I developed a likeness for the team and I have been a supporter of the team since then. So it is not overnight stuff.’

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Queretaro Terminate The Contract Of Former World Footballer Of The Year, Ronaldinho

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Ronaldinho has terminated his contract with his Mexican club Queretaro

Ronaldinho joined Queretaro last September and helped the club to the Clausura championship final which they lost to Santos Laguna .

Ronaldinho said in his goodbye letter

‘I want to thank the Mexican nation with all my heart for all the days I spent with such special people, you will always be in my heart’

The club director had said 10 days ago that the plan was for the 35-year-old former Barcelona ace to see out his one-year deal but coach Victor Manuel Vucetich contradicted him by saying he wanted players on the up and not in decline.

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Liverpool Make £16 Million Bid For Real Madrid Midfielder

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Liverpool are keen on signing Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

Liverpool have already completed deals for Danny Ings, Adam Bodgan, James Milner and Joe Gomez.

Now Spanish newspaper Marca claim Liverpool have made a 22million euro (£16m) bid for defensive midfielder Illarramendi

Real Madrid manager and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez is expected to have the final say on Illarramendi’s future at the club.

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De Gea Tells Manchester United He Wants To Quit The Club For Real Madrid

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David De Gea has apparently told his Manchester United team-mates he wants to quit the club and join Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Several of Manchester United’s players are convinced that De Gea’s days at Manchester United are numbered

De Gea’s pending exit has been openly discussed among members of United’s squad this summer.

Victor Valdes is expected to step into the Number one role as first choice goal keeper for United as the club looks for a replacement

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Brazil To Appeal Neymar’s 4 Match Ban

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Brazil have confirmed they will appeal against the four-game suspension which has ruled t Neymar out of the Copa America.

Neymar was banned for headbutting after the final whistle in Brazil’s 1-0 midweek defeat to Colombia

The Brazil captain was initially banned for one game after being sent-off for kicking the ball at Colombia’s Pablo Armero. The incident sparked a mass brawl and Neymar headbutted another opposition player for which he received the extra sanction.

In addition to his ban a South American confederation disciplinary panel also fined the 23-year-old $10,000 (£8,800).

Brazil coach Dunga said:

“We don’t want anything in our favour, we don’t want anything against us, we just want it to be balanced. There should just be an equal judgement for everyone in the tournament.”

Group C is finely balanced with Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela all level on one win and one defeat so far.

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FIFA Women World Cup: Germany And China Book Tickets To The Quarter Finals

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European and Asian Giants, Germany and China both booked the first two spots in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup with victories over Sweden and Cameroon respectively.

Germany who have won this competition twice in 2003 and 2007 easily beat Sweden 4-1 in Ottawa, while China won 1-0 in Edmonton to send the last African team Cameroon packing.

Anja Mittag set Germany on their way on 24 minutes with a solo run for her fifth goal in four matches before Celia Sasic added a second from the spot after a foul on Mittag by Amanda Ilestedt.

Sasic grabbed her second of the game with 12 minutes to go with a diving header – her fifth of the tournament

Linda Sembrant got one back for Sweden on 82, but Dzsenifer Marozsan added another for the Germans two minutes from time

Germany will now play either France or South Korea for a place in the semi-finals. 
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In Edmonton, Wang Shanshan’s first-half goal was enough for China to set up a meeting with either the United States or Colombia.

China’s assistant coach Chang Wei-Wei who was standing in for the suspended head coach said

“Today all the players were wonderful, they put on a spectacular performance, demonstrating amazing resilience and bravery,”

“They fought like warriors for over 90 minutes. I want to thank them for their hard work.”

Enow Ngachu the Cameroonian Coach said

“The Chinese deserved their victory we can just say bravo. Their team is very complete,”

Cameroun are are just the second team from Africa to reach the knockout rounds after Nigeria in 1999
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Arsenal And Tottenham Target To Undergo Medicals At Inter Milan On Monday

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Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will have a medical at Inter Milan tomorrow (Monday) this is according to Sky Italia.

Kondogbia  has been constantly linked with a move to North London Arsenal or Tottenham this summer but is now set to sign a five-year contract with a transfer fee of around £22million.

Kondogbia was one of Monaco’s stand-out players as the Ligue 1 side reached the Champions League quarter-final.

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Watford Agree Club Record Transfer Fee For Argentine Winger

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Watford have reportedly agreed a club-record transfer fee of £7m  for Genoa winger Diego Perotti.

The fee is more than double their current club record of £3.2m, which they paid West Brom to sign Nathan Ellington eight years ago.

Watford are battling with West Ham United, Inter Milan and Valencia for the Argentina international’s signature.

Perotti only moved to Genoa from Sevilla for £250,000 last summer

He would become Watford’s second signing of the summer after the club confirmed the signing of Austria defender Sebastian Prodl from Werder Bremen.

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Football Papers : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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SUNDAY PEOPLE

Manchester United are nearing a £7.5million deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

West Ham are closing in on QPR striker Charlie Austin.

Everton defender John Stones is set to be at the centre of a tug-of-war between Chelsea and Manchester City.

Juventus will step up their interest in Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic if Carlos Tevez returns to Boca Juniors.

Manchester City and Chelsea are monitoring Pepe’s situation at Real Madrid after negotiations on a contract extension were halted.

Steve McClaren is planning an overhaul of Newcastle’s defence with moves for Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour and Schalke’s Joel Matip.

Bournemouth are back in the hunt for Birmingham winger Demarai Gray after failing to land St Etienne’s Max Gradel.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is chasing Leicester duo Jeffrey Schlupp and Jamie Vardy.

Norwich have asked Rochdale for permission to discuss personal terms with young midfielder James Hooper.

QPR midfielder Leroy Fer is being chased by Sevilla.

Watford and Middlesbrough are keen on Real Betis midfielder Xavi Torres.

SUNDAY EXPRESS

Manchester City will meet Liverpool’s £50million asking price for Raheem Sterling.

Newcastle are hoping to sign Schalke defender Joel Matip.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering making a bid for Everton defender John Stones.

Tottenham could step up their interest in PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot after missing out on Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Liverpool could hijack Manchester United’s move for Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino and are reviving their interest in Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

West Brom want £30million for Saido Berahino.

THE SUN ON SUNDAY

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is the shock name on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s summer hitlist.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is ready to wreck Newcastle’s move for QPR striker Charlie Austin.

Manchester City are weighing up a fresh bid for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.

Newcastle are ready to hijack Aston Villa’s bid to land Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

Carl Jenkinson is poised to get a new Arsenal contract – before being loaned out.

Tony Pulis has urged West Brom chiefs to speed up talks over a new deal for Saido Berahino.

Tottenham are racing to complete a £12million deal for Lyon striker Clinton N’Jie.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren wants to talk Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford into an £8million move.

Crystal Palace’s bid to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul could collapse because of the size of his wages.

West Ham’s bid for Genk’s Senegalese centre-half Kara Mbodj has hit a work permit snag.

Nick Powell is heading for crisis talks over his career at Manchester United.

SUNDAY MIRROR

Arsenal will head off Manchester City’s interest in Jack Wilshere by offering the midfielder a five-year double-your-money contract.

Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reckons Ajax will do everything in their power to stop him from moving to Manchester United.

Tottenham will offer Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon to West Brom – in a bid to sign Saido Berahino.

James McCarthy is still waiting on an approach from Everton over a new contract – leaving his future in doubt.

Papiss Cisse’s future at Newcastle is in serious doubt again.

Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi is a target for West Brom, Aston Villa and West Ham.

Watford have rejected a bid from Swansea for striker Troy Deeney.

Nani looks set to finally end his Manchester United career with a £6million move to Fenerbahce.

MAIL ON SUNDAY

Liverpool are hoping to swoop for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente after being scared off by the £32.5million asking price for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke.

Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak will not push for a move to a Premier League club this summer if Arsenal and Manchester United fail to meet his buy-out clause.

Tottenham will consider offers for right-back Kyle Walker.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren will delay a £15million move for QPR striker Charlie Austin until he learns whether the player wants to stay in London.

Former West Ham striker John Hartson is on the shortlist to replace Teddy Sheringham as forwards coach at Upton Park.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is torn over his future – giving Manchester City hope they can clinch a £40million deal.

Liverpool last night told Manchester City: Start bidding at £40million cash for Raheem Sterling – and then go higher!

Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is a target for Tottenham.

West Brom want a whopping £30million for Saido Berahino.

Southampton have joined Aston Villa in the chase for Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna.

Liverpool want Juventus striker Fernando Llorente and Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca.

Leicester, West Brom and Newcastle all want Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy.

AC Milan have made contact with Manchester City over a deal for Stevan Jovetic.

Roma defender Ashley Cole is a shock target for Newcastle.

Manchester United’s chances of signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng could be wrecked – by his girlfriend.

Everton are once again trying to sign Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann.

Sunderland have offered £5million for Sam Byram – but Leeds want nearer £8million.

Chelsea want to sign Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti.

SUNDAY TIMES

Tottenham have emerged as favourites to sign Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Liverpool want Juventus striker Fernando Llorente and Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca after refusing to meet the £32.5million release clause to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

West Ham have bid £14million for Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet.

Tottenham are ready for a huge summer clear-out in the hope that up to 10 first-team players will leave the club.

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No Time! Jamaican Player Asks Messi For Selfie While Still On The Pitch!

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Not everybody gets to play on the same field with Lionel Messi. And Jamaican footballer DeShorn Brown knew that.

So Brown took his opportunity, and just moments after the final whistle was blown in their Copa America clash with Argentina, walked up to Messi and asked him for a selfie.

Messi didn’t look to happy in the picture, probably because Argentina won the match by a 1-0 scoreline.

Never the less, a delighted Brown posted the selfie on Instagram, captioning it: “Not the result we were looking for, but I get to meet the best player in the world and it was a great feeling to play against him!! Best of luck to Messi and Argentina in the rest tournament!!”

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Argentina Beat Jamaica 1-0 To Win Group

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Lionel Messi celebrated his 100th appearance for Argentina with a win but Gonzalo Higuain was the star of the show as his goal meant that Argentina won group B of the Copa America curtsy of a 1-0 win over Jamaica.

Argentina dominated the entire game and finally took the lead in the 11th minute when Gonzalo Higuain went in between two defenders to knock Di Maria’s low cross into the net. Argentina continued to dominate most of the game but failed to create many clear cut chances with Di Maria hitting the post and Messi coming close.

Argentina would top their group curtsy of their win today but would be disappointed in their ability not to put more goals past the “Reggae boys”

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Liverpool Sign Young Defender Gomez

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Brendan Rodgers is continuing to keep faith with young footballers as he looks to build a cohesive team of super stars who have been in the Liverpool system for a while as he completed the signing of 18 year old Joe Gomez.

Joe Gomez joins Liverpool from Charlton Athletic and is currently playing for the England under 19s. the a8 year old is extremely delighted to be joining Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers is also psyched about the young man’s potential as he described him as “one of the best defenders under 20 in the world”

This is definitely a signing for the future and we would be looking on to see where Gomez’s career goes from here.

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Illarramendi To Move To Liverpool?

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Liverpool are apparently close to making a bid for Real Madrid midfielder, Asier Illarramendi as Real Madrid and the player are both set to move on from each other

Liverpool are looking to strengthen their midfield as they look to get UEFA champions league football to Anfield and with the exit of Steven Gerrard, Allen and Lucas might not be able to control the midfield and Illarramendi might just do well for Liverpool despite not fulfilling his maximum potential at Real Madrid and falling in the pecking order despite the exit of Alonso and Modric’s injury as Sergio Ramos was preferred to him in the midfield in key matches. Illarramendi struggled for form an game time and has earlier stated that he would be willing to move to get first team football.

Liverpool are yet to make an official bid but it is rumored that Real Madrid are of the opinion that Illarramendi would cost Liverpool about 21 million Euros.

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Messi Wins 100th Argentina Cap, Joins The Elite

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You may not believe this but up until today, only four players had made up to 100 appearances for Argentina, the legendary Diego Maradona isn’t even among them. So, tonight, as Lionel Messi, takes to the field for Argentina to take on Jamaica, he becomes only the fifth man to were the light blue and white of Argentina (and their Navy blue alternative strip) a hundred times or more.

Messi made his debut for Argentina 10 years ago as a seventeen year old after shinning at the under-20 world cup which his side won. Messi would go on to feature in three world cups for Argentina and lead his side to the finals of the tournament in 2014, score 46 goals so far for Argentina to put himself second behind Batistuta in the all-time scoring rankings forArgentina and pick up 4 Ballon D’Or awards in the process. He did all this before his 28th birthday, impressive

Tonight as we salute a true footballing legend, Lionel Messi would take his place beside Argentine centurions; Javier Zanetti, Javier Mascherano, Roberto Ayala and Diego Simeone.

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