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Chelsea agree fees to signing of new goalkeeper

Chelsea agree fees to signing of new goalkeeper

The Blues are closing in on their seventh major signing of the summer with the Senegal international set to complete a move in the coming days

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is closing in on a move to Chelsea after they made a breakthrough in talks on Friday, which saw the 28-year-old pull out of a training session to complete talks.

Chelsea had a verbal agreement for a five-year contract with Mendy, but have found it harder to come to an agreement over a fee for their primary goalkeeping target.

The Blues' previous bid was around €20 million (£18m/$24m) and it is understood that a fee will be reached somewhere between that figure and a maximum of €28m (£25m/$33m).

Mendy was seen leaving training with his agent on Friday morning and he went into an afternoon meeting with club president Nicolas Holveck to conclude discussions.

After today, the paperwork will still need to be completed with Mendy heading to London from the north of France for his medical.

Rennes are seeking a replacement and go into their Ligue 1 clash with Nimes this weekend without Mendy. Head coach Julien Stephan spoke about his selection issue ahead of this weekend's action.

"Edouard has an exceptional opportunity, humanly, we have to hear it," Stephan said to the French media. "But we must allow time for negotiations. [A substitute?] Obviously, we are looking."

Mendy spent just a season at Rennes, playing 34 games in their historic effort to earn qualification to the Champions League for the first time.

The Chelsea recruitment duo of Petr Cech, who now works as the technical and performance advisor, and Christophe Lollichon have heavily influenced the choice of Mendy, having come from Les Rouge et Noir to west London themselves.

With Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero already in the squad, Mendy will arrive as competition for the pair over the No 1 spot with the Blues.

Kepa struggled last season in both shot-stopping and set-pieces, which has led to a loss of confidence that has impacted his displays and saw him dropped twice during the season.

The Blues record signing from Athletic Club will continue to battle with Mendy over the starting spot, with only slight interest from clubs in Spain for a summer transfer.

Source : Goal.com 
The Blues are closing in on their seventh major signing of the summer with the Senegal international set to complete a move in the coming days

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is closing in on a move to Chelsea after they made a breakthrough in talks on Friday, which saw the 28-year-old pull out of a training session to complete talks.

Chelsea had a verbal agreement for a five-year contract with Mendy, but have found it harder to come to an agreement over a fee for their primary goalkeeping target.

The Blues' previous bid was around €20 million (£18m/$24m) and it is understood that a fee will be reached somewhere between that figure and a maximum of €28m (£25m/$33m).

Mendy was seen leaving training with his agent on Friday morning and he went into an afternoon meeting with club president Nicolas Holveck to conclude discussions.

After today, the paperwork will still need to be completed with Mendy heading to London from the north of France for his medical.

Rennes are seeking a replacement and go into their Ligue 1 clash with Nimes this weekend without Mendy. Head coach Julien Stephan spoke about his selection issue ahead of this weekend's action.

"Edouard has an exceptional opportunity, humanly, we have to hear it," Stephan said to the French media. "But we must allow time for negotiations. [A substitute?] Obviously, we are looking."

Mendy spent just a season at Rennes, playing 34 games in their historic effort to earn qualification to the Champions League for the first time.

The Chelsea recruitment duo of Petr Cech, who now works as the technical and performance advisor, and Christophe Lollichon have heavily influenced the choice of Mendy, having come from Les Rouge et Noir to west London themselves.

With Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero already in the squad, Mendy will arrive as competition for the pair over the No 1 spot with the Blues.

Kepa struggled last season in both shot-stopping and set-pieces, which has led to a loss of confidence that has impacted his displays and saw him dropped twice during the season.

The Blues record signing from Athletic Club will continue to battle with Mendy over the starting spot, with only slight interest from clubs in Spain for a summer transfer.

Source : Goal.com 

Just In : Mourinho Appointed As Tottenham Coach

Just In : Mourinho Appointed As Tottenham Coach

By News Proof

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho 
An English top football team, Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until 2023.

This is coming in less than a day after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the club following a poor start to the season.

Spurs currently sit 14th in the Premier League after just three wins from their first 12 league games, while they also suffered a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Mourinho has been out of management since December 2018 when he was dismissed by Manchester United and the three-time Premier League winner is eager to get back into the game.
By News Proof

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho 
An English top football team, Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until 2023.

This is coming in less than a day after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the club following a poor start to the season.

Spurs currently sit 14th in the Premier League after just three wins from their first 12 league games, while they also suffered a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Mourinho has been out of management since December 2018 when he was dismissed by Manchester United and the three-time Premier League winner is eager to get back into the game.

BREAKING: CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad Arrested

BREAKING: CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad Arrested

By Dansu Peter

Ahmad Ahmad
Ahmad Ahmad
Photo Source: Futaa
Ahmad Ahmad, the president of the Confederation of African Football, has just been arrested.

A media report suggests that he was arrested at the Berri Hotel in Paris, France.

Ahmad was said to be in France to attend the FIFA Congress.

According to Jeune Afrique, it was mentioned specifically that Ahmad will be heard by the services of the Central Office of the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offenses (Oclif).

The arrest according to the report is linked to the contract unilaterally broken by CAF with the German equipment manufacturer Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer.

He had defended himself last April and gave the assurance that all decisions were transparent.
By Dansu Peter

Ahmad Ahmad
Ahmad Ahmad
Photo Source: Futaa
Ahmad Ahmad, the president of the Confederation of African Football, has just been arrested.

A media report suggests that he was arrested at the Berri Hotel in Paris, France.

Ahmad was said to be in France to attend the FIFA Congress.

According to Jeune Afrique, it was mentioned specifically that Ahmad will be heard by the services of the Central Office of the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offenses (Oclif).

The arrest according to the report is linked to the contract unilaterally broken by CAF with the German equipment manufacturer Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer.

He had defended himself last April and gave the assurance that all decisions were transparent.

DEADLY VICTORY: Final Year Student Liverpool's Fan Dies Celebrating UCL Victory Over Barcelona

DEADLY VICTORY: Final Year Student Liverpool's Fan Dies Celebrating UCL Victory Over Barcelona


A fan of Liverpool, Hebert Danso Atiko has died while jubilating after his team won Barcelona during yesterday's game. 

Liverpool has lost one of their fans after he collapsed following the team’s 4 nil defeat of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals second-leg match at Anfield on Tuesday.

Hebert Danso Atiko, a Ghanaian, was found lying on the floor unconscious following a jubilation session for the fourth goal at a pub in Eastern Ghana.

An eyewitness said Atiko was rushed to the Akwatia St. Dominics Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead after other soccer fans at the pub tried but failed to revive him.

Hebert was a final year Engineering student at Akwatia Technical School and was writing his final exams.

He was staying in a rented apartment outside the school campus.

The Principal of Akwatia Technical School, Maxwel Owusu-Afriyie told Accra based radio station Starr FM the incident is being investigated.

Afriyie said: “We will get the details and see if there was something the students did that suggest that his behavior was in excess.

“On that we can really talk to the students. We have a system in place where we talk to the students and their behavior these days”.

Hebert is believed to be a teenager. Liverpool’s win over Barcelona on Tuesday has been ranked among one of the greatest comebacks in world football.

They beat the Spanish champions despite losing the first leg 3-0.

The victory has shocked many soccer fans, as Liverpool will now be playing in the Champions League final in Madrid for the second year in a row.

A fan of Liverpool, Hebert Danso Atiko has died while jubilating after his team won Barcelona during yesterday's game. 

Liverpool has lost one of their fans after he collapsed following the team’s 4 nil defeat of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals second-leg match at Anfield on Tuesday.

Hebert Danso Atiko, a Ghanaian, was found lying on the floor unconscious following a jubilation session for the fourth goal at a pub in Eastern Ghana.

An eyewitness said Atiko was rushed to the Akwatia St. Dominics Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead after other soccer fans at the pub tried but failed to revive him.

Hebert was a final year Engineering student at Akwatia Technical School and was writing his final exams.

He was staying in a rented apartment outside the school campus.

The Principal of Akwatia Technical School, Maxwel Owusu-Afriyie told Accra based radio station Starr FM the incident is being investigated.

Afriyie said: “We will get the details and see if there was something the students did that suggest that his behavior was in excess.

“On that we can really talk to the students. We have a system in place where we talk to the students and their behavior these days”.

Hebert is believed to be a teenager. Liverpool’s win over Barcelona on Tuesday has been ranked among one of the greatest comebacks in world football.

They beat the Spanish champions despite losing the first leg 3-0.

The victory has shocked many soccer fans, as Liverpool will now be playing in the Champions League final in Madrid for the second year in a row.

Chelsea's Masquerades Spotted Entertaining Crowd On Nigerian Street ...Watch Video

Chelsea's Masquerades Spotted Entertaining Crowd On Nigerian Street ...Watch Video


Many people have been left surprised after spotting two Chelsea fc masquerades parading and dancing in Nigeria. 

The Chelsea fc masquerades

Two masquerades donning the blue colours of Chelsea Football club have been spotted dancing happily to entertain people in Nigeria.

The masquerades with Chelsea FC boldly written on their attires showed off their dance moves as people cheered.

It is believed those present during the parade are supporters of Chelsea Football club in Nigeria as they used the opportunity to enjoy themselves.











Watch the video below:




Sources: Tori News Tunde Ednut

Many people have been left surprised after spotting two Chelsea fc masquerades parading and dancing in Nigeria. 

The Chelsea fc masquerades

Two masquerades donning the blue colours of Chelsea Football club have been spotted dancing happily to entertain people in Nigeria.

The masquerades with Chelsea FC boldly written on their attires showed off their dance moves as people cheered.

It is believed those present during the parade are supporters of Chelsea Football club in Nigeria as they used the opportunity to enjoy themselves.











Watch the video below:




Sources: Tori News Tunde Ednut

After 6 - 0 Batching, Chelsea In Move To Bring Zidane To Stamford Bridge

After 6 - 0 Batching, Chelsea In Move To Bring Zidane To Stamford Bridge


Zinedine Zidane To Chelsea
Yet to recover from the humiliating six unreturned goals at the last weekend, the Chelsea Football Club of England is set to ditch it shambolic Maurizio Sarri and bring in Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman has been out of a job since leaving Real Madrid last year

According to The Sun UK, Chelsea are eyeing Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager.

Sarri is reportedly under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge after falling to consecutive away defeats of 4-0 at Bournemouth and 6-0 at Man City. 

The Chelsea board have discussed making a move for Zidane, who left Real Madrid last year after winning three straight Champions League titles. 

Zinedine Zidane To Chelsea
Yet to recover from the humiliating six unreturned goals at the last weekend, the Chelsea Football Club of England is set to ditch it shambolic Maurizio Sarri and bring in Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman has been out of a job since leaving Real Madrid last year

According to The Sun UK, Chelsea are eyeing Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager.

Sarri is reportedly under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge after falling to consecutive away defeats of 4-0 at Bournemouth and 6-0 at Man City. 

The Chelsea board have discussed making a move for Zidane, who left Real Madrid last year after winning three straight Champions League titles. 

Mikel Obi Rejoins English Club From China

Mikel Obi Rejoins English Club From China


Mikel Obi

ALL is set for a Nigerian international, John Obi Mikel to join Middlesbrough Football club in England.

He passed the medical ahead of signing for the Championship club on Tuesday

According to The Sun, the former Chelsea midfielder, 31, traveled from London to the North-east on Monday after agreeing on personal terms.

Two-time Premier League winner, Mikel was set to join the Championship club after spending the past two years at Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.

Roma and Wolfsburg registered an interest, but the Nigerian international wanted to return to England, where his wife and two young children are based.

Mikel would be part of a Tony Pulis side, looking to bring Premier League football back to the Riverside next season.

Boro currently sit fifth on the Championship table and seven points off leaders, Leeds.

John Obi Mikel was part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side in 2012

Mikel was part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side in 2012 and added a Europa League winners’ medal the following year.

He had also won three FA Cups, a League Cup and Community Shield.

Mikel Obi

ALL is set for a Nigerian international, John Obi Mikel to join Middlesbrough Football club in England.

He passed the medical ahead of signing for the Championship club on Tuesday

According to The Sun, the former Chelsea midfielder, 31, traveled from London to the North-east on Monday after agreeing on personal terms.

Two-time Premier League winner, Mikel was set to join the Championship club after spending the past two years at Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.

Roma and Wolfsburg registered an interest, but the Nigerian international wanted to return to England, where his wife and two young children are based.

Mikel would be part of a Tony Pulis side, looking to bring Premier League football back to the Riverside next season.

Boro currently sit fifth on the Championship table and seven points off leaders, Leeds.

John Obi Mikel was part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side in 2012

Mikel was part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side in 2012 and added a Europa League winners’ medal the following year.

He had also won three FA Cups, a League Cup and Community Shield.

I Pick My Team Based On Size of Manhood - German Female Coach Who Coaches Male Team Says

I Pick My Team Based On Size of Manhood - German Female Coach Who Coaches Male Team Says


Imke WubbenhorstA German female coach, Imke Wubbenhorst has sarcastically said she picks her team based on the size of their penis.

BBC Sports reports that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is known for his brilliant responses to questions, whether they are measured, witty or plain daft.

But he's never had to deal with the type of question aimed at fellow German Imke Wubbenhorst, who made history in December by becoming the first woman to manage in Germany's fifth tier when she took over at BV Cloppenburg.

She told Welt how one journalist had asked her whether she warned players to put their pants on when she entered the dressing room.

"Of course not, I'm a professional," she responded, sarcastically. "I pick my players based on their penis size."

Wubbenhorst, who is former German youth international, is not the first female coach to face condescending or sexist questions.

When former Sweden women's team manager Pia Sundhage was asked in 2014 whether a woman was able to coach a men's team, she replied: "Well [German chancellor] Angela Merkel runs a whole country."

Sundhage had already won two Olympic golds as manager of the United States.

Fortunately, Cloppenburg's owners are more forward thinking.

"It was an easy decision to let go of gender in the evaluation process," said board member Herbert Schroder. "We only looked at quality."

Wubbenhorst, 30, had been in charge of Cloppenburg's women's team but the club decided she would be better placed helping the relegation-threatened men's side.

The team are still bottom of the league, but hopefully questions will be posed about players rather than their pants as she tries to drag her team up the table.

Source:BBC Sports

Imke WubbenhorstA German female coach, Imke Wubbenhorst has sarcastically said she picks her team based on the size of their penis.

BBC Sports reports that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is known for his brilliant responses to questions, whether they are measured, witty or plain daft.

But he's never had to deal with the type of question aimed at fellow German Imke Wubbenhorst, who made history in December by becoming the first woman to manage in Germany's fifth tier when she took over at BV Cloppenburg.

She told Welt how one journalist had asked her whether she warned players to put their pants on when she entered the dressing room.

"Of course not, I'm a professional," she responded, sarcastically. "I pick my players based on their penis size."

Wubbenhorst, who is former German youth international, is not the first female coach to face condescending or sexist questions.

When former Sweden women's team manager Pia Sundhage was asked in 2014 whether a woman was able to coach a men's team, she replied: "Well [German chancellor] Angela Merkel runs a whole country."

Sundhage had already won two Olympic golds as manager of the United States.

Fortunately, Cloppenburg's owners are more forward thinking.

"It was an easy decision to let go of gender in the evaluation process," said board member Herbert Schroder. "We only looked at quality."

Wubbenhorst, 30, had been in charge of Cloppenburg's women's team but the club decided she would be better placed helping the relegation-threatened men's side.

The team are still bottom of the league, but hopefully questions will be posed about players rather than their pants as she tries to drag her team up the table.

Source:BBC Sports

Highlight of Rape Claims Against Ronaldo

Highlight of Rape Claims Against Ronaldo

Ronaldo Rape Allegations
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit headlines once again this week, as investigators have asked for a DNA sample relating to a rape allegation against him. 

Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen said the DNA request was just standard procedure. stating: ‘Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation.’ 

But what was the allegation made, and where is the investigation at present?


One of the claims against Ronaldo dates back to 2009, and concerns model Kathryn Mayorga. 

She says that the Juventus star forced her to have sex with him at a Las Vegas hotel. Ms Mayorga states she was invited to join guests in a hot tub but had declined because she did not have a bathing suit. 

Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes.

After she refused his demand to perform a sex act and said she wanted to leave, she claims Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and raped her while she screamed “no, no, no,”. 

When Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman,’ documents state. 

German publication Der Spiegel then reported that, in 2010, the pair made an out-of-court settlement on the proviso she never tell anyone. Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the alleged victim, stated she pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000 (£288,000).


Christiansen stated that this non-disclosure agreement ‘is by no means a confession of guilt’ and that ‘what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual.’ 

He also asserted that the ‘documents that allegedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure inventions’ and were obtained as part of a hack that occurred in 2015. 

Currently, Mayorga’s lawyers are seeking to void the non-disclosure aggreement, and the Las Vegas police have re-opened their investigation on the matter. 

Stovall says that three more women have made accusations against the Portuguese footballer, but none of these women have gone public.

The five-time Ballon D’or winner has also been accused of emotional abuse and threats by CBB star Jasmine Lennard. In now-deleted tweets, she claimed Ronaldo threatened her with kidnapping and sending nude photographs to her father. 

She also branded him a ‘psychopath’ and shared unverified voice notes which she said featured the footballer making homophobic remarks. 

Bond girl Lennard then tweeted ‘I am reaching out to Kathryn Mayorga and her legal team to offer my assistance in her rape allegation against @Cristiano please contact me. I have information that I believe will be beneficial to your case and I would like to help you.’ 

Ronaldo’s legal team told Metro.co.uk: ‘Mr Ronaldo has no specific recollection of meeting Ms Lennard 10 years ago or at any point. 

He has not had a relationship with her and he has not had any contact with her, whether in the last 18 months as Ms Lennard suggests, or otherwise. ‘The voice notes posted by Ms Lennard on social media are not of Mr Ronaldo. Mr Ronaldo will take appropriate legal action in due course’.

Source: Metro UK
Ronaldo Rape Allegations
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit headlines once again this week, as investigators have asked for a DNA sample relating to a rape allegation against him. 

Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen said the DNA request was just standard procedure. stating: ‘Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation.’ 

But what was the allegation made, and where is the investigation at present?


One of the claims against Ronaldo dates back to 2009, and concerns model Kathryn Mayorga. 

She says that the Juventus star forced her to have sex with him at a Las Vegas hotel. Ms Mayorga states she was invited to join guests in a hot tub but had declined because she did not have a bathing suit. 

Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes.

After she refused his demand to perform a sex act and said she wanted to leave, she claims Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and raped her while she screamed “no, no, no,”. 

When Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman,’ documents state. 

German publication Der Spiegel then reported that, in 2010, the pair made an out-of-court settlement on the proviso she never tell anyone. Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the alleged victim, stated she pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000 (£288,000).


Christiansen stated that this non-disclosure agreement ‘is by no means a confession of guilt’ and that ‘what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual.’ 

He also asserted that the ‘documents that allegedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure inventions’ and were obtained as part of a hack that occurred in 2015. 

Currently, Mayorga’s lawyers are seeking to void the non-disclosure aggreement, and the Las Vegas police have re-opened their investigation on the matter. 

Stovall says that three more women have made accusations against the Portuguese footballer, but none of these women have gone public.

The five-time Ballon D’or winner has also been accused of emotional abuse and threats by CBB star Jasmine Lennard. In now-deleted tweets, she claimed Ronaldo threatened her with kidnapping and sending nude photographs to her father. 

She also branded him a ‘psychopath’ and shared unverified voice notes which she said featured the footballer making homophobic remarks. 

Bond girl Lennard then tweeted ‘I am reaching out to Kathryn Mayorga and her legal team to offer my assistance in her rape allegation against @Cristiano please contact me. I have information that I believe will be beneficial to your case and I would like to help you.’ 

Ronaldo’s legal team told Metro.co.uk: ‘Mr Ronaldo has no specific recollection of meeting Ms Lennard 10 years ago or at any point. 

He has not had a relationship with her and he has not had any contact with her, whether in the last 18 months as Ms Lennard suggests, or otherwise. ‘The voice notes posted by Ms Lennard on social media are not of Mr Ronaldo. Mr Ronaldo will take appropriate legal action in due course’.

Source: Metro UK

14yrs Old Manchester United Nigerian Wonderkid, Shola Shoretire Makes Uefa History

14yrs Old Manchester United Nigerian Wonderkid, Shola Shoretire Makes Uefa History


Shola Shoretire
Shola Shoretire
Photo Source: Brila
Shola Shoretire, a Nigerian-born 14 years old Manchester United's wonder kid Shola Shoretire has become the youngest ever player to appear in the Uefa Youth League at the age of 14 years and 314 days.

Shoretire came off the bench in Man United U19’s 2-1 Uefa Youth Cup win over Valencia on Wednesday, also making him the youngest player to feature in the competition to date at the age of 14 years and 314 days.

The Red Devils went into the game with four wins and a draw behind them and came about against Group H’s bottom side at Estadio Antonio Puchades.

It was the hosts, however, who came flying out of the blocks and enjoyed the lion’s share of both possession and chances in the opening exchanges.

The winger has already been called up to a U23 training camp in Austria over the summer, with Man United coaches describing Shoretire as an ‘exceptional talent‘ and has now taken the next step on what looks to be a promising career.

Shoretire has trained with England youth sides in recent years but is also eligible to play international football for Nigeria.

Shola Shoretire
Shola Shoretire
Photo Source: Brila
Shola Shoretire, a Nigerian-born 14 years old Manchester United's wonder kid Shola Shoretire has become the youngest ever player to appear in the Uefa Youth League at the age of 14 years and 314 days.

Shoretire came off the bench in Man United U19’s 2-1 Uefa Youth Cup win over Valencia on Wednesday, also making him the youngest player to feature in the competition to date at the age of 14 years and 314 days.

The Red Devils went into the game with four wins and a draw behind them and came about against Group H’s bottom side at Estadio Antonio Puchades.

It was the hosts, however, who came flying out of the blocks and enjoyed the lion’s share of both possession and chances in the opening exchanges.

The winger has already been called up to a U23 training camp in Austria over the summer, with Man United coaches describing Shoretire as an ‘exceptional talent‘ and has now taken the next step on what looks to be a promising career.

Shoretire has trained with England youth sides in recent years but is also eligible to play international football for Nigeria.

BREAKING: Madrid Sacks Coach, Appoints Conte

BREAKING: Madrid Sacks Coach, Appoints Conte

Antonio Conte
The Italian giant, the Real Madrid will on Monday formally announce the sack of club's manager Julen Lopetegui and will be replaced with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte 

According to Goal, Sunday's dismal Clasico was the final straw for Lopetegui, who watched his side be torn apart in a 5-1 defeat to Barcelona.

The defeat saw Madrid lose three straight Liga matches for the first time since 2009 and left the club in ninth place, seven points behind leaders Barcelona. 

Madrid's executives have scheduled a meeting for Monday, where they will make Lopetegui's dismissal official. A formal announcement is set to follow. 

"We have to take a decision. We can't continue like this any longer," a Real Madrid source told Goal. 

Speaking after the Clasico, Lopetegui expressed his hope that he would be given the opportunity to guide Madrid out of a sorry slump.

He told reporters after a forgettable display in Catalunya: “I feel sad at the moment, but with full strength to remain in charge of this group.

“This is a tough blow, but I am strong enough to know everything can be turned around. There is a long way to go, and I have a lot of faith in this group of players.”

Sergio Ramos, meanwhile, claimed the Madrid players will have no input in decisions regarding Lopetegui’s future, with results set to determine the fate of the under-fire coach.

Madrid skipper Ramos claims to have no knowledge as to what calls will be made by the club’s board, telling reporters when quizzed on his manager: “We are with the coach to the death. But results determine a lot whether a coach stays.

“It is not our decision. So we will stay to the side, let the hours pass and whatever happens will happen. It’s not about the players.”

However, Lopetegui's tenure will end barely four months after it began, with the 52-year-old taking charge in June one day after being fired by Spain on the eve of the World Cup.

The ex-Porto boss oversaw a difficult start to the season for Madrid, who have lost five matches already in 2018-19: four in La Liga and one in the Champions League at CSKA Moscow. 

Conte is the man who will be expected to lead a turnaround at the Bernabeu, after the Italian left Chelsea following the 2017-18 season. 

Madrid contacted Conte following Sunday's Clasico defeat, and the 49-year-old is understood to be receptive to the idea of taking over in the Spanish capital. 

Conte was also contacted in the summer, but swatted away interest at the time with his contract situation at Chelsea still not sorted. 

But it appears that the Italian is ready to commit to Madrid, with Conte expected in the Spanish capital on Monday. 
Antonio Conte
The Italian giant, the Real Madrid will on Monday formally announce the sack of club's manager Julen Lopetegui and will be replaced with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte 

According to Goal, Sunday's dismal Clasico was the final straw for Lopetegui, who watched his side be torn apart in a 5-1 defeat to Barcelona.

The defeat saw Madrid lose three straight Liga matches for the first time since 2009 and left the club in ninth place, seven points behind leaders Barcelona. 

Madrid's executives have scheduled a meeting for Monday, where they will make Lopetegui's dismissal official. A formal announcement is set to follow. 

"We have to take a decision. We can't continue like this any longer," a Real Madrid source told Goal. 

Speaking after the Clasico, Lopetegui expressed his hope that he would be given the opportunity to guide Madrid out of a sorry slump.

He told reporters after a forgettable display in Catalunya: “I feel sad at the moment, but with full strength to remain in charge of this group.

“This is a tough blow, but I am strong enough to know everything can be turned around. There is a long way to go, and I have a lot of faith in this group of players.”

Sergio Ramos, meanwhile, claimed the Madrid players will have no input in decisions regarding Lopetegui’s future, with results set to determine the fate of the under-fire coach.

Madrid skipper Ramos claims to have no knowledge as to what calls will be made by the club’s board, telling reporters when quizzed on his manager: “We are with the coach to the death. But results determine a lot whether a coach stays.

“It is not our decision. So we will stay to the side, let the hours pass and whatever happens will happen. It’s not about the players.”

However, Lopetegui's tenure will end barely four months after it began, with the 52-year-old taking charge in June one day after being fired by Spain on the eve of the World Cup.

The ex-Porto boss oversaw a difficult start to the season for Madrid, who have lost five matches already in 2018-19: four in La Liga and one in the Champions League at CSKA Moscow. 

Conte is the man who will be expected to lead a turnaround at the Bernabeu, after the Italian left Chelsea following the 2017-18 season. 

Madrid contacted Conte following Sunday's Clasico defeat, and the 49-year-old is understood to be receptive to the idea of taking over in the Spanish capital. 

Conte was also contacted in the summer, but swatted away interest at the time with his contract situation at Chelsea still not sorted. 

But it appears that the Italian is ready to commit to Madrid, with Conte expected in the Spanish capital on Monday. 

2018 FIFA Best Award: Luka Modric Beats Ronaldo, Messi; Declared Winner

2018 FIFA Best Award: Luka Modric Beats Ronaldo, Messi; Declared Winner

Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Luka Modric has been crowned the 2018 FIFA Men’s Player of the year, after defeating fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah at the London’s Royal Festival Hall on Monday night.

His emergence follows his exploits with Croatia who reached the final of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia and with Real Madrid who retained the UEFA Champions League.

This year’s edition brings an end to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s 10-year domination of the most prestigious award. Both Ronaldo and Messi failed to show up at the awards.

‘It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,’ said Modric, 33. ‘I’m very proud of everything I achieved this year. It will be remembered, for sure, forever,’ said Modric after receiving his award.

Nine different categories were decided with the Goalkeeper of the Year going to Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, while Didier Deschamps won the Coach of the Year for guiding France to win the World Cup in Russia.

In doing so, Deschamps becomes the third man in history to win the World Cup both as a player and a manager, joining Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.

Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah won the Puskas award in recognition of his strike against Everton last season in the English Premier League which saw him wriggle past three defenders to score. Interestingly Salah’s goal was adjudged the best ahead of Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick against Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League final.

Olympic Lyon manager Reynald Pedros was voted the Women’s Coach of the Year after leading the French side to a league and UEFA Women’s Champions League double last season. The women’s player award went to Brazil’s Marta who beat Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan. Marta had previously won the-defunct FIFA World Player of the Year award five years in a row between 2006 and 2010.

The voting system is decided by national team managers, national captains, media representatives and an online vote.
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Luka Modric has been crowned the 2018 FIFA Men’s Player of the year, after defeating fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah at the London’s Royal Festival Hall on Monday night.

His emergence follows his exploits with Croatia who reached the final of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia and with Real Madrid who retained the UEFA Champions League.

This year’s edition brings an end to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s 10-year domination of the most prestigious award. Both Ronaldo and Messi failed to show up at the awards.

‘It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,’ said Modric, 33. ‘I’m very proud of everything I achieved this year. It will be remembered, for sure, forever,’ said Modric after receiving his award.

Nine different categories were decided with the Goalkeeper of the Year going to Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, while Didier Deschamps won the Coach of the Year for guiding France to win the World Cup in Russia.

In doing so, Deschamps becomes the third man in history to win the World Cup both as a player and a manager, joining Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.

Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah won the Puskas award in recognition of his strike against Everton last season in the English Premier League which saw him wriggle past three defenders to score. Interestingly Salah’s goal was adjudged the best ahead of Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick against Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League final.

Olympic Lyon manager Reynald Pedros was voted the Women’s Coach of the Year after leading the French side to a league and UEFA Women’s Champions League double last season. The women’s player award went to Brazil’s Marta who beat Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan. Marta had previously won the-defunct FIFA World Player of the Year award five years in a row between 2006 and 2010.

The voting system is decided by national team managers, national captains, media representatives and an online vote.

BRIBERY SCANDAL: NFF Bans Super Eagles Coach, Salisu Yusuf

BRIBERY SCANDAL: NFF Bans Super Eagles Coach, Salisu Yusuf

Salisu Yusuf
Salisu Yusuf 
The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday said it had banned Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf for 12 months and fined him $5,000 (4,300 euros) for receiving cash from undercover journalists posing as agents.

The NFF ethics and fair play committee found Yusuf guilty of accepting $1,000 after he was caught on camera being asked to select two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

“He is hereby banned for the period of one year, from partaking or involvement or participation in any football-related activity, effective from the date of this decision,” the NFF said.

“He is also fined in the sum of $5,000 to be paid within three months of the date of this decision.”

Yusuf, who denied any wrongdoing, has the option to appeal.

The BBC, which aired the footage, said the report was part of a wider investigation into corruption in African football by the Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

His expose led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was accused of soliciting bribes and kickbacks.

Yusuf said in response to the BBC in July that the sum was $750, not $1,000, and was a “gift of trivial and symbolic value”, that was acceptable within NFF and FIFA guidelines.

But the committee said Yusuf’s actions had “a damaging effect on the reputation and integrity of Nigerian football”.

It added that “he ought to have conducted himself more professionally… as his conduct in public and in secret should be exemplary, since coaches are role models”.

Yusuf, who previously coached Enyimba and Kano Pillars, helped senior men’s team coach Gernot Rohr steer the Super Eagles to this year’s World Cup in Russia.

(AFP)
Salisu Yusuf
Salisu Yusuf 
The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday said it had banned Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf for 12 months and fined him $5,000 (4,300 euros) for receiving cash from undercover journalists posing as agents.

The NFF ethics and fair play committee found Yusuf guilty of accepting $1,000 after he was caught on camera being asked to select two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

“He is hereby banned for the period of one year, from partaking or involvement or participation in any football-related activity, effective from the date of this decision,” the NFF said.

“He is also fined in the sum of $5,000 to be paid within three months of the date of this decision.”

Yusuf, who denied any wrongdoing, has the option to appeal.

The BBC, which aired the footage, said the report was part of a wider investigation into corruption in African football by the Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

His expose led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was accused of soliciting bribes and kickbacks.

Yusuf said in response to the BBC in July that the sum was $750, not $1,000, and was a “gift of trivial and symbolic value”, that was acceptable within NFF and FIFA guidelines.

But the committee said Yusuf’s actions had “a damaging effect on the reputation and integrity of Nigerian football”.

It added that “he ought to have conducted himself more professionally… as his conduct in public and in secret should be exemplary, since coaches are role models”.

Yusuf, who previously coached Enyimba and Kano Pillars, helped senior men’s team coach Gernot Rohr steer the Super Eagles to this year’s World Cup in Russia.

(AFP)

BREAKING: 2018 UEFA Champions' League FULL Draw

BREAKING: 2018 UEFA Champions' League FULL Draw

2018 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV, Inter

Group C: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens


Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys
2018 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV, Inter

Group C: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens


Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys

BREAKING: Victor Moses Retires From Super Eagles

BREAKING: Victor Moses Retires From Super Eagles

Victor Moses
Chelsea defender, Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football after making 31 appearances for Nigeria.

The 27-year-old brings an end to a six-year spell with the Super Eagles, during which he won the Africa Cup of Nations and featured in two World Cups

Moses featured in all Super Eagles’ games at the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia and got a goal against Argentina at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.

Moses, who made his debut for the national team in 2012, won one Africa Cup of Nations as Stephen Keshi’s men beat Burkina Faso in the final in 2013, after missing out of the 2012 edition.


He also represented the country at two World Cups, and was the country’s topscorer enroute Russia 2018 with three goals.

And the Chelsea star has published a statement declaring that his time with the Nigerian national team has come to an end.


“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” Moses wrote on Instagram

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.

“However, I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.”

“There are so many highlights that stand out for me over the years; from making my debut, to playing in two World Cups and being a part of the team to win the African Nations Cup for first time for our nation since 1994 being just a few of them,” he continued.

“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years.

“Most importantly,  I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years.

“It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team.  Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.”
Victor Moses
Chelsea defender, Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football after making 31 appearances for Nigeria.

The 27-year-old brings an end to a six-year spell with the Super Eagles, during which he won the Africa Cup of Nations and featured in two World Cups

Moses featured in all Super Eagles’ games at the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia and got a goal against Argentina at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.

Moses, who made his debut for the national team in 2012, won one Africa Cup of Nations as Stephen Keshi’s men beat Burkina Faso in the final in 2013, after missing out of the 2012 edition.


He also represented the country at two World Cups, and was the country’s topscorer enroute Russia 2018 with three goals.

And the Chelsea star has published a statement declaring that his time with the Nigerian national team has come to an end.


“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” Moses wrote on Instagram

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.

“However, I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.”

“There are so many highlights that stand out for me over the years; from making my debut, to playing in two World Cups and being a part of the team to win the African Nations Cup for first time for our nation since 1994 being just a few of them,” he continued.

“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years.

“Most importantly,  I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years.

“It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team.  Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.”

Spanish Court Jails Ronaldo For 2 Years Over Tax Fraud

Spanish Court Jails Ronaldo For 2 Years Over Tax Fraud

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Photo Source: Goal.com
The new Juventus signing will not see the inside of a prison cell but must pay a hefty fine after coming to an agreement over evasion allegations

Cristiano Ronaldo will accept a two-year prison sentence and a fine worth  €19 million (£16.9m/$22.15m) after striking a deal with Spanish authorities over tax charges.

The ex-Real Madrid striker, now at Juventus, pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2014 worth a total of €14.7m.

According to EFE, that amount has been reduced in his guilty plea to €5.7m, although taking into account fines, interests and other cost the sum ascends to €19m.

The charges were initially denied by Ronaldo and his management company Gestifute, with the player answering tetchily whenever questioned over the matter.

After reports emerged that the Spanish government had rejected an initial offer to settle the case, Cristiano wrote on Instagram "Don't try to spoil the beautiful moment I'm living through with fake news," while on another occasion he insisted:  "I do things the right way and I will continue to do so."

As a first-time offender Ronaldo's prison sentence will not be made effective, meaning that he will not spend time behind bars.

Under Spanish law, though, if the Portugal striker re-offends during the duration of the sentence he would then be open to a custodial sentence.

Ronaldo's sentence still must be confirmed, which will occur when the star presents himself before Madrid's Pozuelo de Alarcon court to hear the final verdict.

The charges and prospective sentence are almost identical to those initially handed down to Ronaldo's great rival, Barcelona wizard Lionel Messi.

Messi and father Jorge had been sentenced to 21 and 15 months in prison respectively for tax fraud, having failed to pay some €4.1m owed on image rights.

But in July the pair saw their sentences commuted in return for the payment of additional fines.

Other footballers that have fallen foul of Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez and former Argentina captain Javier Mascherano.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Photo Source: Goal.com
The new Juventus signing will not see the inside of a prison cell but must pay a hefty fine after coming to an agreement over evasion allegations

Cristiano Ronaldo will accept a two-year prison sentence and a fine worth  €19 million (£16.9m/$22.15m) after striking a deal with Spanish authorities over tax charges.

The ex-Real Madrid striker, now at Juventus, pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2014 worth a total of €14.7m.

According to EFE, that amount has been reduced in his guilty plea to €5.7m, although taking into account fines, interests and other cost the sum ascends to €19m.

The charges were initially denied by Ronaldo and his management company Gestifute, with the player answering tetchily whenever questioned over the matter.

After reports emerged that the Spanish government had rejected an initial offer to settle the case, Cristiano wrote on Instagram "Don't try to spoil the beautiful moment I'm living through with fake news," while on another occasion he insisted:  "I do things the right way and I will continue to do so."

As a first-time offender Ronaldo's prison sentence will not be made effective, meaning that he will not spend time behind bars.

Under Spanish law, though, if the Portugal striker re-offends during the duration of the sentence he would then be open to a custodial sentence.

Ronaldo's sentence still must be confirmed, which will occur when the star presents himself before Madrid's Pozuelo de Alarcon court to hear the final verdict.

The charges and prospective sentence are almost identical to those initially handed down to Ronaldo's great rival, Barcelona wizard Lionel Messi.

Messi and father Jorge had been sentenced to 21 and 15 months in prison respectively for tax fraud, having failed to pay some €4.1m owed on image rights.

But in July the pair saw their sentences commuted in return for the payment of additional fines.

Other footballers that have fallen foul of Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez and former Argentina captain Javier Mascherano.

Its Official! Chelsea Signs Jorginho

Its Official! Chelsea Signs Jorginho

Chelsea Signs Jorginho
Chelsea has completed a deal to take Napoli's Jorginho to Stamford Bridge, the club have announced.

The Italy international has penned a five-year deal with the Blues, becoming Maurizio Sarri's first signing for the club

Earlier on Saturday, the Blues confirmed that they had appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager for the next three years following the sacking of Antonio Conte on Friday.

Chelsea will pay £57m (€65m/$86m) for the player, with Jorginho having signed a five-year contract with the club, where he will earn £102k per week.

Jorginho played 33 times for Napoli in Serie A last season, scoring two goals and creating four more from his deep-lying position in the midfield as they finished second behind Juventus in the standings.

Speaking to the club's official website, Jorginho said: "I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea. It is not easy to become part of such a big team so I am very, very happy.

"I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win."

The Italy international was an important member of Napoli's squad under Sarri and the Blues expect him to have a similar influence in London.

"We are delighted Jorginho has chosen to join Chelsea," club director Marina Granovskaia said. "He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad.

"He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge."

City were previously interested in the 26-year-old Italy international but it is Sarri's side who have won the race to sign the player.
Chelsea Signs Jorginho
Chelsea has completed a deal to take Napoli's Jorginho to Stamford Bridge, the club have announced.

The Italy international has penned a five-year deal with the Blues, becoming Maurizio Sarri's first signing for the club

Earlier on Saturday, the Blues confirmed that they had appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager for the next three years following the sacking of Antonio Conte on Friday.

Chelsea will pay £57m (€65m/$86m) for the player, with Jorginho having signed a five-year contract with the club, where he will earn £102k per week.

Jorginho played 33 times for Napoli in Serie A last season, scoring two goals and creating four more from his deep-lying position in the midfield as they finished second behind Juventus in the standings.

Speaking to the club's official website, Jorginho said: "I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea. It is not easy to become part of such a big team so I am very, very happy.

"I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win."

The Italy international was an important member of Napoli's squad under Sarri and the Blues expect him to have a similar influence in London.

"We are delighted Jorginho has chosen to join Chelsea," club director Marina Granovskaia said. "He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad.

"He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge."

City were previously interested in the 26-year-old Italy international but it is Sarri's side who have won the race to sign the player.

RUSSIA 2018: See Who Faces Who In All Round of 16 And Other Fixtures

RUSSIA 2018: See Who Faces Who In All Round of 16 And Other Fixtures

Russia 2018: All Round of 16 And Other Fixtures

Saturday 30 June
France vs Argentina - Kazan, 3pm (Match 50)

Uruguay vs Portugal - Sochi, 7pm (Match 49)

Sunday 1 July
Spain vs Russia - Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51)

Croatia vs Denmark - Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52)

Monday 2 July
Brazil vs Mexico - Samara, 3pm (Match 53)

Belgium vs Japan - Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54)

Tuesday 3 July
Sweden vs Switzerland - St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55)

Colombia vs England - Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56)

Quarter-finals
Friday 6 July
Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50 - Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57)

Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm (Match 58)

Saturday 7 July
Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm (Match 60)

Winner match 51 vs Winner match 52 - Sochi, 7pm (Match 59)

Semi-finals 
Tuesday 10 July
Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm (Match 61)

Wednesday 11 July
Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm (Match 62)

Third place play-off
Saturday 14 July

Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm
Russia 2018: All Round of 16 And Other Fixtures

Saturday 30 June
France vs Argentina - Kazan, 3pm (Match 50)

Uruguay vs Portugal - Sochi, 7pm (Match 49)

Sunday 1 July
Spain vs Russia - Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51)

Croatia vs Denmark - Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52)

Monday 2 July
Brazil vs Mexico - Samara, 3pm (Match 53)

Belgium vs Japan - Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54)

Tuesday 3 July
Sweden vs Switzerland - St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55)

Colombia vs England - Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56)

Quarter-finals
Friday 6 July
Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50 - Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57)

Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm (Match 58)

Saturday 7 July
Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm (Match 60)

Winner match 51 vs Winner match 52 - Sochi, 7pm (Match 59)

Semi-finals 
Tuesday 10 July
Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm (Match 61)

Wednesday 11 July
Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm (Match 62)

Third place play-off
Saturday 14 July

Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm

...And Terrible Germany Too Crashes Out Disgracefully

...And Terrible Germany Too Crashes Out Disgracefully

Germany vs South Korea
The defending champion, Germany was this afternoon disgracefully thrown out of the World Cup in Russia.

Thanks to a 2-0 win in Kazan on Wednesday by the South Korean, both goals netted in stoppage time. 

Holders Germany sensationally crashed out of the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1938 after losing 2-0 to South Korea, with VAR used to award two injury-time goals.

Joachim Low's side went into the game needing to match or better Sweden's result against Mexico, but they failed to break down Korea's dogged resistance and were undone at the last as Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min netted, while the Scandinavians romped to a 3-0 victory.

If World Cup-winning head coach Low thought his problems were behind him after a superb second half in Germany's 2-1 win over Sweden in their second Group F game, he was wrong, and the inclusion of Mesut Ozil in the front four did little to inspire his turgid team.

Korea, with nothing to play for but pride, gave everything they had in hot conditions in Kazan and got their reward in stoppage time when Kim struck from close range and had an offside decision overturned by VAR before Son raced clear of the German defence and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Whether Germany's failure spells the end of Low's glorious era in charge of the national team remains to be seen, but he will certainly face questions as to why his side were so desperately lacking in cohesion in Russia and urgency when the stakes were so high.

Thomas Muller was absent from Germany's starting line-up for the first time in a World Cup game since their semi-final defeat to Spain in 2010, with Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka taking his place alongside Ozil.

Korea matched Germany's physicality as strong challenges punctuated the first 10 minutes and they almost took the lead when Manuel Neuer spilled Jung Woo-young's swerving 25-yard free-kick, but the Bayern Munich goalkeeper managed to punch the ball out for a corner before anyone could pounce on the rebound.

Despite goal difference being potentially decisive for Germany, the early chances continued to fall to Korea and Son screwed a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area before Marco Reus rattled one towards goal at the other end only to see it blocked.

Timo Werner looped a shot over the crossbar via a deflection off Kim and the ensuing corner presented a chance to Mats Hummels, but he could not get his shot away as Korea threw bodies behind the ball.

Just as they did against Sweden, Germany emerged for the second half looking fired up and Goretzka drew a brilliant one-handed save from Cho Hyun-woo with a free header from the middle of the penalty area, the Korean goalkeeper diving to his right and pushing the ball away at full stretch.

Werner flashed a superbly executed volley narrowly wide moments later as news that Sweden were ahead reached the stadium, and Germany piled forward in search of a goal they urgently required.

Toni Kroos had a shot blocked from great position inside the box, but Korea continued to be effective on the counter-attack and one sweeping move culminated in Son lifting a shot over the crossbar from 20 yards.

Substitute Mario Gomez headed straight at Cho with a free header after 67 minutes as Germany's play became increasingly anxious, and, after their last clear chance was headed over at point blank range by Mats Hummels, they fell apart.

Two minutes into second-half stoppage time, Son's corner reached Kim at the far post and the offside decision that followed the defender burying the ball in the net was overruled by a VAR decision.

Germany briefly rallied for an equaliser, but their legs were gone and when substitute Ju Se-jong hit a long ball forward to Son, the Tottenham man was able to run in behind Neuer and rub salt in Germany's wounds with the easiest of finishes.

Germany vs South Korea
The defending champion, Germany was this afternoon disgracefully thrown out of the World Cup in Russia.

Thanks to a 2-0 win in Kazan on Wednesday by the South Korean, both goals netted in stoppage time. 

Holders Germany sensationally crashed out of the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1938 after losing 2-0 to South Korea, with VAR used to award two injury-time goals.

Joachim Low's side went into the game needing to match or better Sweden's result against Mexico, but they failed to break down Korea's dogged resistance and were undone at the last as Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min netted, while the Scandinavians romped to a 3-0 victory.

If World Cup-winning head coach Low thought his problems were behind him after a superb second half in Germany's 2-1 win over Sweden in their second Group F game, he was wrong, and the inclusion of Mesut Ozil in the front four did little to inspire his turgid team.

Korea, with nothing to play for but pride, gave everything they had in hot conditions in Kazan and got their reward in stoppage time when Kim struck from close range and had an offside decision overturned by VAR before Son raced clear of the German defence and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Whether Germany's failure spells the end of Low's glorious era in charge of the national team remains to be seen, but he will certainly face questions as to why his side were so desperately lacking in cohesion in Russia and urgency when the stakes were so high.

Thomas Muller was absent from Germany's starting line-up for the first time in a World Cup game since their semi-final defeat to Spain in 2010, with Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka taking his place alongside Ozil.

Korea matched Germany's physicality as strong challenges punctuated the first 10 minutes and they almost took the lead when Manuel Neuer spilled Jung Woo-young's swerving 25-yard free-kick, but the Bayern Munich goalkeeper managed to punch the ball out for a corner before anyone could pounce on the rebound.

Despite goal difference being potentially decisive for Germany, the early chances continued to fall to Korea and Son screwed a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area before Marco Reus rattled one towards goal at the other end only to see it blocked.

Timo Werner looped a shot over the crossbar via a deflection off Kim and the ensuing corner presented a chance to Mats Hummels, but he could not get his shot away as Korea threw bodies behind the ball.

Just as they did against Sweden, Germany emerged for the second half looking fired up and Goretzka drew a brilliant one-handed save from Cho Hyun-woo with a free header from the middle of the penalty area, the Korean goalkeeper diving to his right and pushing the ball away at full stretch.

Werner flashed a superbly executed volley narrowly wide moments later as news that Sweden were ahead reached the stadium, and Germany piled forward in search of a goal they urgently required.

Toni Kroos had a shot blocked from great position inside the box, but Korea continued to be effective on the counter-attack and one sweeping move culminated in Son lifting a shot over the crossbar from 20 yards.

Substitute Mario Gomez headed straight at Cho with a free header after 67 minutes as Germany's play became increasingly anxious, and, after their last clear chance was headed over at point blank range by Mats Hummels, they fell apart.

Two minutes into second-half stoppage time, Son's corner reached Kim at the far post and the offside decision that followed the defender burying the ball in the net was overruled by a VAR decision.

Germany briefly rallied for an equaliser, but their legs were gone and when substitute Ju Se-jong hit a long ball forward to Son, the Tottenham man was able to run in behind Neuer and rub salt in Germany's wounds with the easiest of finishes.

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