Louis Van Gaal: Ex-Man Utd, Barcelona And Netherlands Manager Retires

  Ex-Manchester United and Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal says he has retired from coaching after a 26-year career. Van Gaal, 65, has been out of work since being sacked by United hours after winning the FA Cup in May 2016. “I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf Van Gaal also had spells in charge of Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ.Read More

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Senegal Beat Tunisia, Lead Group

  The Teranga Lions of Senegal began their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign in Gabon on Sunday with victory over Tunisia in Group B. Tunisia almost took the lead in the opening two minutes, but Ahmed Akaichi’s header skimmed the post and he later smashed a shot narrowly wide. In between, Senegal took the lead through Sadio Mane’s penalty kick after Cheikhou Kouyate had been hacked down. Kara Mbodj powerfully headed in a second, and almost scored an own goal when his clearance struck the post. Tunisia wereRead More

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World Cup: Gianni Infantino Defends Tournament Expansion To 48 Teams

  Fifa president Gianni Infantino has defended the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams, insisting the change was based on “sporting merit” and not to make money. The sport’s world governing body voted unanimously in favour of the change at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday. Campaign group New Fifa Now described the expansion as “a money grab and power grab”. But Infantino told the BBC: “It is the opposite, it’s a football decision.” He added: “Every format has advantages in financial terms. We were in a comfortable situationRead More

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Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi To Win Fifa Best Player Award

  Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December,with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world’s best female player. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri was named best men’s coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coachRead More

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Mikel Joins Chinese Super League Club,Tianjin TEDA FC

  Midfielder John Mikel Obi has left Chelsea to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA. The 29-year-old Nigerian has played 372 times for Chelsea since joining in 2006 but has not featured this season. He said it had been “an honour” to play for the Stamford Bridge club but it was time to “seek a new challenge”. Mikel has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge. “I haven’t featured as much this season as I would haveRead More

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Mahrez Wins African Player Of The Year

  Mahrez: African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Leicester City  polled 361 votes to win the 2016 African Player of the Year Award. Ugandan goalie, Denis Onyango  won  the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa 2016,  at the event held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria. Mahrez, 25, becomes the first Algerian and the maiden North African to win the prestigious individual honour in African football since its inception by the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) in 1992. The playmaker  played anRead More

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Antonio Conte Says Tottenham Are Among Six Premier League Title Contenders

  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Tottenham can challenge for the Premier League title after they ended his side’s 13-game winning run with a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane. Two Dele Alli headers inflicted a first defeat on Chelsea since September and left Spurs seven points back in third. “Tottenham are a really strong team and are, for sure, one of the teams that can fight for the title,” Conte said. Boss Mauricio Pochettino said Spurs “can challenge for the big things”. Tottenham were Leicester’s closest title challengers forRead More

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Oliseh Becomes Fortuna Sittard Head Coach

  Former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh has been appointed as the new head coach of Dutch second division side, Fortuna Sittard. The 42-year-old former Nigeria captain has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the club. According to a report posted on the club’s website. Oliseh who quit the Nigerian National Team job in March is expected to resume duties as coach on Jan.2, 2017. “It’s a new adventure and I can’t wait to get started with my new team. “Time to get to work and have fun again,” OlisehRead More

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FG Pays Super Falcons’ Players, Officials

  Players and officials of the Super Falcons have been paid various sums of money as approved by the Federal Government after the Nigeria Football Federation received the sums on Friday. “The bank accounts of the players and officials are being credited as we speak. They will all receive credit alerts of the monies due to them, as released by the Government, before the end of the day,” NFF’s Head of Women’s Football, Ruth David, told According to Punch, the monies were for the Super Falcons’ participation at theRead More

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Riyad Mahrez Wins BBC African Footballer Of The Year 2016 Award

Fans from across the world voted for the Algeria and Leicester midfielder ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure. Winger Mahrez, 25, told BBC Sport: “It means a lot, it’s something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud. “It’s always good to receive awards and for African players it’s a huge honour. To all the fans, thank you very much.” He added: “Also I want to thank the Algeria fans and dedicate this to them as well and for myRead More

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