A last minute goal by Leandra Smelda rallied South Africa to a 2-1 win over hosts Zimbabwe to be crowned this year's COSAFA Women's Cup winners on Sunday September 24 at the Bulawayo Stadium in Zimbabwe.
Thembi Kgatlana has given South Africa in the 45th minute before lethal striker Rutendo Makore equalized for the hosts in the 73rd minute. Leandra Smeda then sent the South Africa's technical bench into jubilation with a goal in the 90th minute which all but sealed the title for Banyana Banyana.
South Africa have now won the tournament a record four times, having lifted it in 2002, 2006 and 2008. Losing finalists Zimbabwe are the only other team to have won the tournament having done that in 2011.
On Saturday September 24, The CAF Executive Committee under the chairmanship of CAF President Ahmad held a special meeting in Accra, Ghana where they deliberated on several issues regarding African football.
The German Bundesliga continues this weekend with nine matches on the cards from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.
Below are all weekend fixtures (All times are in EAT)
FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
Bayern Munich 21:30 VfL Wolfsburg
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Mainz 05 16:30 Hertha BSC
RB Leipzig 16:30 Eintracht Frankfurt
Werder Bremen 16:30 SC Freiburg
1899 Hoffenheim 16:30 FC Schalke 04
VfB Stuttgart 16:30 FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund 19:30 Borussia Mönchengladbach
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Hannover 96 16:30 FC Köln
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 19:00 Hamburger SV
Round six of the Spanish LaLiga takes place this weekend, with ten fixtures expected to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.
Below are all weekend LaLiga fixtures (All times are in EAT)
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Atlético Madrid 14:00 Sevilla
Alavés 17:15 Real Madrid
Malaga 19:30 Athletic Bilbao
Girona 21:45 Barcelona
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Espanyol 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña
Getafe 17:15 Villarreal
Eibar 19:30 Celta Vigo
Las Palmas 19:30 Leganés
Real Sociedad 21:45 Valencia
MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Real Betis 22:00 Levante
The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten matches programmed to be played between Saturday September 23 and Monday September 25.
Below are all weekend matches (All times are in EAT)
SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
West Ham United 14:30 Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley 17:00 Huddersfield Town
Everton 17:00 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City 17:00 Crystal Palace
Southampton 17:00 Manchester United
Stoke City 17:00 Chelsea
Swansea City 17:00 Watford
Leicester City 19:30 Liverpool
SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Brighton & Hove Albion 18:00 Newcastle United
MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Arsenal 22:00 West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea are loaning Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid for the rest of the season and the Spanish club have committed to buy him for €65 million (£57.1m) at the end of that arrangement.
The deal for Costa to leave was finally struck after it was agreed that Chelsea would not subsidise his wages, even though he cannot play for Atlético until January because of their transfer ban, or pay him any loyalty bonus.
The terms of the agreement mean that Costa is no longer Chelsea’s concern and can now travel to Madrid to complete his medical and agree personal terms – and is expected to be presented to the supporters before the home game against Sevilla on Saturday.
After that, of course, Atlético face Chelsea at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Champions League and it will be fascinating to see whether Costa is in the stands for that eagerly-anticipated encounter.
Given Costa has gone AWOL for 11 weeks, spending the entire summer in Brazil, and has refused to return to Chelsea this season, then the notion of a loyalty payment would seem remarkable although contractually it related to a percentage of any transfer fee agreed being due to him under his contract.
Chelsea have repeatedly fined Costa during his absence, insisting that he is an employee in breach of contract. The Professional Footballers’ Association blocks players being fined more than two weeks' wages but that is only in the case of them making themselves available to play. Costa has not done that and given he earns £150,000-a-week then he may well be £1.5m out of pocket.
To do this Chelsea have adhered to a four-point plan – that Costa, despite his desire to go, needed to return to England, train, get fit and get himself in contention – despite, also, manager Antonio Conte having texted the 28-year-old to tell him he was not part of his plans.
Chelsea were always prepared to sell Costa but the message from owner Roman Abramovich was clear: he would not be allowed to force his way out on the cheap. It almost became a point of principle at the club. Atlético, whose coach Diego Simeone has driven the deal, had initially offered as little as £26m for Chelsea’s top-scorer last season in the belief that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy would simply want rid of him. There was a fear at Chelsea that Atlético may make a similarly low offer in January.
Costa is not allowed to play until then because of the transfer ban on Atlético which may, actually, have helped him to secure his move given the club were close to signing Alexandre Lacazette before he agreed a deal to join Arsenal. Costa has been determined to return to his former club, three years after left in July 2014 when his £32m release clause was triggered, since summer 2016. Indeed he told Conte on the preseason tour of the United States 14 months ago, soon after the Italian was appointed, that he wanted to go back to Madrid. But, at that time, Atlético bought the French striker Kevin Gameiro instead.
Costa has always been a firm favourite of Simeone who wanted him back at the club and even demanded it as part of his recent contract negotiations. The Spanish international will be allowed to train with Atlético but he cannot be registered to play for them until the ban is lifted on January 1 2018
Trailing 3-0in the 70th minute, South Africa offered perfect response to Zambia by equalizing and overcoming them on post-match penalties to reach the finals of the continuing COSAFA Women's Cup.
Barbara Banda had given Zambia the lead in the 21st minute before Chanda's 45th minute goal doubled their lead heading into halftime. Chileshe had the chance to make it 3-0 six minutes after the restart from the spot but saw her effort go wide off target. Zulu however made it three for Zambia in the 75th minute to double their hopes of storming into the finals.
The turn over started two minutes later when Leandra Smelda scored two quick goals, one from the penalty spot before Rafiloe Jane's 84th minute strike restored parity for Banyana Banyana.
With the scores tied at 3-3 after the final whistle, the two teams went into a penalty shootout where South Africa won 5-3 to book their spot into the finals of the competition.
They will now face the winner of the second semifinal clash between Kenya and hosts Zimbabwe.
East African guest nation Kenya proved the big winners on the day as they thumped Mauritius 11-0 in their Group B clash at the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship at the Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday.
The result leaves Kenya top of the pool on goal-difference from Swaziland, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Mozambique, with those two sides to meet in their final match on Monday
Neddy Okoth was the hero again for the guests as she netted four goals to go with her hat-trick in Kenya’s 5-2 opener against Mozambique on Thursday, and now leads the scoring charts in the tournament with seven goals. Lucy Mukhwana and Jereko Adam were also on the scoresheet for the Kenyans as they grabbed a brace each.
Mozambique battled back for a point as Betinha struck late in their 2-2 draw with Swaziland, who had led twice via Celiwe Nkambule and Nqobile Dlamini. Lucia had also earlier netted for Mozambique, who have kept their hopes alive of finishing as one of the best placed runners-up.
Botswana also kept themselves in contention for a semifinal spot with a 3-0 victory over Lesotho.
All of their goals came in the opening 26 minutes through Boitumelo Gammu and Bonang Otlhagile (two) as the Lady Zebras picked up a first ever victory in the COSAFA Women’s Championship.
Sunday will see the conclusion of two pools as hosts Zimbabwe look to secure top spot in Group A when they take on Malawi (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT), who have been Jekyll and Hyde in this tournament both winning and losing by 6-3 scorelines in their last two games.
Malawi have it all to play for as a win could take them top of the pool if Zambia don’t win their final match against Madagascar at the same time. Zimbabwe and Zambia both have four points, while Malawi have three and the Malagasy zero.
In Group C, South Africa will hope to seal top spot when they take on Botswana at the Luveve Stadium (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT), but will also be wary of their opponents. Namibia will be waiting for any slip-ups as they take on Lesotho at the same time, who are now out of contention for a place in the semifinals.
South Africa have a full haul of six points from their two games, while Namibia and Botswana have three and Lesotho none.
Only the top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals, along with the best-placed runner-up.
All at Luveve Stadium
Kenya 11 (Adam 9’, 85’, Okoth 25?, 32?, 45?, 51’, Mukhwana 34?, 49’, Salano 54’, Nixon 79’, Rassoie 90og) Mauritius 0
Lesotho 0 Botswana 3 (Gammu 3’, Otlhagile 22?, 26’)
Mozambique 2 (Lucia 74’, Betinha 90’) Swaziland 2 (Nkambule 49’, Nq. Dlamini 75’)
All at Barbourfields Stadium
Zambia vs Madagascar (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT) – Barbourfields Stadium
Zimbabwe vs Malawi (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT) – Luveve Stadium
Namibia vs Lesotho (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT) – Barbourfields Stadium
South Africa vs Botswana (16h30 local; 14h30 GMT) – Luveve Stadium
GROUP A P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Zimbabwe 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4 4
Zambia 2 1 1 0 7 4 +3 4
Malawi 2 1 0 1 9 9 0 3
Madagascar 2 0 0 2 3 10 -7 0
GROUP B P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Kenya 2 2 0 0 16 2 +14 6
Swaziland 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4
Mozambique 2 0 1 1 4 7 -3 1
Mauritius 2 0 0 2 0 14 -14 0
GROUP C P W D L GF GA GD PTS
South Africa 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6
Namibia 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 3
Botswana 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 3
Lesotho 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0
Matches Played: 12
Goals scored: 63
Biggest victory: Kenya 11 Mauritius 0 (Group B, September 16)
Most goals in a game: 11 – Kenya 11 Mauritius 0 (Group B, September 16)
The Spanish LaLiga continues this weekend, with a total of ten fixtures scheduled to be played between Friday September 15 and Monday September 18.
Below is a full list of fixtures (All times are local)
FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
Eibar 22:00 Leganés
SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Levante 14:00 Valencia
Getafe 75:15 Barcelona
Real Betis 19:30 Deportivo La Coruña
Atlético Madrid 21:45 Malaga
SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Alavés 13:00 Villarreal
Girona 17:15 Sevilla
Las Palmas 19:30 Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad 21:45 Real Madrid
MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
Espanyol 22:00 Celta Vigo
The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of ten fixtures line up from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17.
On Friday, AFC Bournemouth will hunt for their first points this season when they host Brighton & Hove Albion from 22:00.
On Saturday, second placed Manchester City take a trip to Watford while Liverpool who lost 5-0 to City invite Burnley to Anfield.
Chelsea will seek revenge of Community Shield's defeat against Arsenal when the two sides clash at the Stamford Bridge from 15:00. Manchester United's unbeaten run will then be tested by a visiting Everton side at 17:00.
Below is a full list of this weeken'd fixtures:
FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
AFC Bournemouth 22:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Crystal Palace 14:30 Southampton
Huddersfield Town 17:00 Leicester City
Liverpool 17:00 Burnley
Newcastle United 17:00 Stoke City
Watford 17:00 Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion 17:00 West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur 19:30 Swansea City
SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Chelsea 15:30 Arsenal
Manchester United 17:00 Everton
The UEFA Champions League action resumes on Tuesday September 12, 2017 and eight matches are on the card across Europe.
In Group A, Benfica will open their campaign against CSKA Moscow at the Estádio da Luz while Manchester United make a comeback to the annual continental club football competition with a match against FC Basel at Old Trafford.
After taking the transfer market by storm, Paris Saint Germain will seek to justify when they visit Celtic in a Group B match, with Bayern Munich hosting Anderlecht from 21:45.
The other big match will see last year's finalists Juventus lock horns with FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Below are all Tuesday's fixtures:
Benfica 21:45 CSKA Moscow
Manchester United 21:45 FC Basel
Celtic 21:45 Paris Saint Germain
Bayern Munich 21:45 RSC Anderlecht
Chelsea 21:45 FK Qarabag
Roma 21:45 Atlético Madrid
Barcelona 21:45 Juventus
Olympiakos 21:45 Sporting Lisbon
Rayon Sports Club have confirmed that former Sofapaka and Amavubi goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana is no more. Unconfirmed reports claim that a heart attack on Tuesday September 12 at his home was the cause of his death.
Mutuyimana started professional football with Rwandese side Kiyovu Sport before joining Police Kibungo in 2011.The 26-year old then moved to Kenyan side Sofapaka in June 2014 where he played for three seasons. He later moved to Rayon SC, where he was the reserve goalkeeper until his demise.
Mutuyimana has also featured for the Rwanda national team, his most notable appearance being in a 5-1 loss to Tunisia in an International Friendly back in May 2012.
“As Rayon Sports officials, we want convey our message of condolences to all the club fans and family following the death of goalkeeper Evariste Mutuyimana this Tuesday morning.” his club posted on social media.
After one-week FIFA international break, the German Bundesliga resumes this weekend, with a total of nine matches scheduled to be played between Friday 8- Sunday 10 September.
Below are all fixtures (Times are in EAT)
Friday 8th September
Hamburger SV 21:30 RB Leipzig
Saturday 9th September
Mainz 05 16:30 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Borussia Mönchengladbach 14:30 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Augsburg 16:30 FC Köln
SC Freiburg 16:30 Borussia Dortmund
VfL Wolfsburg 16:30 Hannover 96
1899 Hoffenheim 19:30 Bayern Munich
Sunday 10th September
Hertha BSC 16:30 Werder Bremen
FC Schalke 04 19:00 VfB Stuttgart
After a one week FIFA international break, the LaLiga resumes this weekend, with a total of ten fixtures scheduled to be played between Friday 8-Monday 11 September, 2017.
Below are the full fixtures (The time is EAT)
FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
Leganés 22:00 Getafe
SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Real Madrid 14:00 Levante
Valencia 17:15 Atlético Madrid
Sevilla 19:30 Eibar
Barcelona 21:45 Espanyol
SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
Deportivo La Coruña 13:00 Real Sociedad
Athletic Bilbao 17:15 Girona
Celta Vigo 19:30 Alavés
Villarreal 21:45 Real Betis
MONDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Malaga 22:00 Las Palmas
After one week FIFA international break, the Barclays Premier League resumes this weekend with a total of ten matches scheduled to be played from 9-11 September.
Below are the full fixtures (All Times are in EAT)
Saturday September 9
14:30- Man City vs Liverpool
17:00- Arsenal vs AFC Bournemouth
17:00- Brighton vs West Brom
17:00- Everton vs Spurs
17:00- Leicester vs Chelsea
17:00- Southampton vs Watford
19:30- Stoke vs Man Utd
Sunday September 10
15:30- Burnley vs C Palace
18:00- Swansea vs Newcastle
Monday September 11
22:00- West Ham vs Huddersfield
Fenerbahce have announced they have agreed a deal in principle to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen on a season-long loan deal.
The Turkish club confirmed the news in a statement on Friday, per ESPN's Dan Kilpatrick:
"Our club, in principle, has agreed with the player himself and his club on the loaning of Dutch national team striker Vincent Janssen from Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.
"The 23-year-old striker will arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport at 12:30 today and negotiations will continue in Istanbul."
The move is still pending a medical and Janssen agreeing personal terms, but Kilpatrick noted the deal is expected to be concluded before the Turkish transfer window closes on Friday.
Janssen arrived at White Hart Lane with an impressive goalscoring record in the Netherlands, having scored 32 goals in 49 appearances for AZ Alkmaar.
However, he produced just six goals and four assists in 38 appearances during his one season for Tottenham and only completed 90 minutes on four occasions.
The forward struggled to adapt to the rigours of English football, and it wasn't until March that he netted from open play.
He's not the first player to be prolific in the Eredivise before struggling in the Premier League, with players such as Afonso Alves and Jozy Altidore among those to have found the transition difficult.
After Fernando Llorente arrived at Spurs on deadline day, it was clear Janssen would have little role to play at Tottenham this year, which was then confirmed when he was left out of their UEFA Champions League squad.
Janssen only turned 23 in June, though, so there's plenty of time for him to rediscover his killer touch.
At Fenerbahce he'll link up with compatriot Robin van Persie and former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, and he may well thrive once again away from the spotlight of the Premier League.
The striker will have two years remaining on his deal next summer, so a strong campaign in Turkey could put him on the path to a successful return to Tottenham or allow him to move on.
On Wednesday, FIFA ordered a replay of the World Cup qualifier match between South Africa and Senegal after the referee in charge was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has come to the rescue of the Black Stars by chartering a private jet to fly the players to Accra en-route to their foreign clubs to avoid sanctions after government reneged on its initial agreement, several journalists have reported on Twitter.
The Black Stars, who put up a magical display to defeat Congo 5-1 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers Tuesday, were facing another long journey back home through commercial routes to Accra.
With their onward journeys to start in Accra and the possibility of returning to their clubs by Friday which could draw fines on the players and also possible loss of their starting places, Gyan intervened to spend his own money to rescue his team-mates.
The 31-year-old is battling a groin but defied all odds to travel with the team to Brazaville knowing very well that his presence will be a spring in the step of his team mates.
The Black Stars who recovered from a catastrophic performance to record an impressive 5-1 victory against the Red Devils of Congo were left raced faced just two hours to the game when a mail came in that government will not be able to fulfill their initial agreement of flying the team back on a chartered flight meaning players would go on a commercial flight and arrive in Ghana on Thursday despite having played the game on Tuesday afternoon
Top players like Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, Afriyie Acquah of Torino and Richmond Boakye Yiadom of Red Star Belgrade who had until GMT 14;00 to report back to their clubs on Thursday were seen visibly worried as it’s the start of the season and any sign of indiscipline could affect them at club level.
But Gyan who like Stephen Appiah gave a touching speech before the start of the game in Brazaville assured the playing body that he would pay for a private jet that should airlift them back to Kotoka international airport just 4 hours after the game at the Kintele stadium in Brazaville.
The news was a real booster to a squad that had looked dejected and lost the backing of 25 million fans back at home due to the lethargic performance in the first leg at the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
This is the first time in modern day Ghanaian history that a footballer has decided to use his own hard earned cash to hire a chartered flight for his team mates after a World Cup qualifier.
Manchester United trio Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Phil Jones are among the nominees for the Premier League Player of the Month while Jose Mourinho is up for the manager's award for August.
League leaders United have made a perfect start to the season with three wins from three -- including wins over West Ham, Swansea and Leicester -- keeping three clean sheets and scoring 10 goals.
Chelsea's £58 million summer signing Alvaro Morata is up for the award after becoming the first Premier League player in history to bag a goal and assist in his opening two games.
Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are also up for the award, as is Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who has kept three clean sheets for the newly promoted side.
Joining Mourinho, the other Premier League Manager of the Month candidates include Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, David Wagner and West Brom boss Tony Pulis.
Voting for Goal of the Month is also underway, with Charlie Daniels' thunderous strike for Bournemouth against Manchester City among the nominees.
Premier League Player of the Month nominees:
Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Phil Jones (Man United)
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield)
Premier League Manager of the Month nominees:
Jose Mourinho (Man United)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Pep Guardiola (Man City)
David Wagner (Huddersfield)
Tony Pulis (West Brom)
Premier League Goal of the Month nominations:
Stephen Ward (Chelsea vs. Burnley)
Sadio Mane (Watford vs. Liverpool)
Jese Rodriguez (Stoke vs. Arsenal)
Etienne Capoue (Bournemouth vs. Watford)
Marcos Alonso (Spurs vs. Chelsea)
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield vs. Newcastle)
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth vs. Man City)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool vs. Arsenal)
Arsenal fans have voted Sead Kolasinac as their player of the month for August in an awkward poll via their club’s official website.
The Bosnian defender made a bright start to life at the Emirates Stadium, shining in their opening day win over Leicester City, though the team have since lost their following two games.
Kolasinac wasn’t even called from the bench in the Gunners’ 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool in their last game, with fans perhaps venting their frustration at manager Arsene Wenger through this vote.
Winning with a solid 50% of the vote, Kolasinac saw off Alexandre Lacazette and Petr Cech for the prize, with the pair taking 26% and 24% of the vote, respectively.
With Arsenal so poor in their first three matches of the new campaign, this was not exactly a competitive contest this month, and it speaks volumes that a player who only played twice walked away with the prize.
Lacazette was also benched by Wenger at Anfield in a surprise move, so the runner-up will be hoping his good first impression with the fans can work in his favour as he looks to regain his place in the starting XI.
Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic have all been excluded from Liverpool's squad that will take part in this year's UEFA Champions League group stage. Clyne made just one appearance for Liverpool in pre-season due to hamstring and back problems.
Liverpool have however included Philippe Coutinho, who failed to engineer a move to Barcelona in the recently closed transfer window. Midfielder Adam Lallana has been included despite still being out with a thigh injury which, when diagnosed in early August, was expected to keep him out for three months, while Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent have also been put on the list despite being on loan at Fulham and Freiburg respectively.
Liverpool's Full Squad:
Goalkeepers: Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet, Danny Ward
Defenders: Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez*, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Jon Flanagan*, Conor Masterson, Trent Alexander-Arnold*
Midfielders: Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can, Cameron Brannagan*, Ovie Ejaria*, Sheyi Ojo*
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane, Dominic Solanke, Ryan Kent*, Rhian Brewster*, Ben Woodburn*, Harry Wilson*
Manchester City have announced a 21-man squad that will be eligible to play in the group stage of this year's UEFA Champions League.
Among those included are Fabian Delph and Eliaquim Mangala who were perceived to be eyeing moves away from Etihad during the recently closed transfer window.
Also making the cut are newly signed players such as Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva.
Goalkeepers : Claudio Bravo, Ederson, Arijanet Muric
Defenders : Kyle Walker, Danilo, John Stones, Eliaquim Mangala, Benjamin Mendy, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany
Midfielders : Raheem Sterling, ?lkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure
Forwards : Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus
Man City Play Off Fixtures And Dates:
Feyenoord vs. City: Wednesday 13 September
City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Tuesday 26 September
City vs. Napoli: Tuesday 17 October
Napoli vs. City: Wednesday 1 November
City v Feyenoord: Tuesday 21 November
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. City: Wednesday 6 December
Argentina international Eric Lamela and Vincent Janssen are the most notable absentees from the 21-man Tottenham squad that was announced to take part in this year's UEFA Champions League group stage.
Lamela is presumed to still be a few months from full fitness following a ten-month injury lay off due to a hip problem. Spurs are seeking advancement to the knock out stages of the tournament despite being paired with European bigwigs like Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham begin their group stage campaign on Wednesday 13 September against Borussia Dortmund, with their last fixture scheduled for Wednesday December 6 against APOEL.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga
Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies
Midfielders: Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen
Forwards: Son Heung-Min, Fernando Llorente, Harry Kane
Barcelona have announced their 25-man squad that will take part in this year's UEFA Champions League group stage.
Included in the team is French international Ousmane Dembele who was recently signed from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105m (£97m), plus a potential €42m (£38m) in add-ons. Also making the cut are Arda Turan and Thomas Vermaelen who were understood to have attracted interest from clubs in Turkey.
Barcelona start their Champions League group stage campaign at home on Tuesday September 12 against Juventus before finishing against Sporting CP on Tuesday December 5.
Barcelona UCL Group Stage Squad:
Goalkeepers : Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen, Adrian Ortola
Defenders : Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Lucas Digne, Aleix Vidal, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders : Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Arda Turan, Andres Iniesta, Rafinha, Paulinho, Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes, Gerard Deulofeu
Attackers : Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Paco Alcacer
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in Manchester United's squad for the upcoming UEFA Champions League group stage.
Ibrahimovic, who is not expected to be fit until January after undergoing knee surgery in May, will be eligible for United's Champions League group games against Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow after he was named in the 24-man squad submitted to UEFA.
The 34 year-old was recently re-signed by United on a one-year deal and scored 28 goals last season before suffering a knee ligament injury in April.
Also making it into the list is striker James Wilson. Wilson has struggled with injuries since scoring a brace on his Old Trafford debut back in 2014 but the 21-year-old forward has been handed an opportunity to impress in Europe this season.
Manchester United will kick off their Champions League campaign on September 12 at home against Basel
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Romero
Defenders: Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Jones, Lindelof, Rojo, Blind, Darmian, Shaw
Midfielders: Pogba, Herrera, Matic, Fellaini, Carrick, Young, Lingard
Forwards: Mkhitaryan, Mata, Martial, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Wilson
(Marcus Rashford, Joel Pereira, Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe are all included on United’s B list)
Spain international Diego Costa has not been included in Chelsea's squad to play in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Costa's omission, of course, does not come as a surprise given the continued frosty stand-off between him and Chelsea, with Antonio Conte naming Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata as his only two striker options.
The striker is set to return to London for peace talks in a bid to salvage his hopes of playing the World Cup. Costa remains in Brazil and wanted to sign for Atletico Madrid before the transfer deadline shut.
He however failed to seal the move and could return to the fold - but he won't play in Europe meaning he would not be cup tied if he signed for Atletico in January.
Goalkeepers : Willy Caballero, Thibaut Courtois, Eduardo
Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen*, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jake Clarke-Salter*
Midfielders : Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Victor Moses, Kenedy, Charly Musonda*, Willian, Kyle Scott*
Forwards : Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi
UEFA Champions League defending champions Real Madrid have released their squad that will play in the group stage of the tournament.
As expected, Los Blancos have compiled a strong team with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco and 21 year-old Marco Asensio as they chase for a third straight triumph.
Madrid will begin their defense of the European title next week against APOEL at the Santiago Bernabeu and will face stiff competition to proceed from Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund, who are in the same group.
UEFA published Real Madrid’s squad list for the 2017-2018 Champions League group stage:
Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla, Zidane.
Defenders: Carvajal, Achraf, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Vallejo, Marcelo, Theo, Tejero, Quezada, Hernando, Bernal.
Midfielders: Casemiro, Llorente, Kroos, Modric, Kovacic, Isco, Ceballos, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio.
Attackers: Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Mayoral, Gomez, Franchu, Oscar.
Former Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga is a happy man after beating the deadline day to sign for Spanish side Girona FC.
Olunga, who spent less than eight months in China with Guizhou Zhicheng, expressed his joy in joining the recently promoted side and revealed that he had been keeping tabs with Girona since their attempt to sign him while in Sweden.
The Kenyan international was forced to cut short his stay in China following the newly enacted Chinese Super League, Foreign Quota Rule which allows only three foreign players to be registered in the first team in any given season.
“It is a great opportunity for me to join this wonderful team and it is my pleasure because I have followed Girona for a long time, it is not the first time I am hearing about the team because they wanted to sign me while I was in Sweden last year.''
“So it was a team of my choice from day one and having come here it is like a dream coming through to me because for a young player I really want to get to the team as quickly as possible and help the team realize their targets.''
“The group of players in the team are like a unit and I even watched the first two matches of the team against Atletico Madrid and Malaga and it was really very impressive and from the group of players, I believe everybody is ready to work to help the team.''
“I know last year they finished second in Segunda (lower league) which shows they are very determined and I will also do my best to help them achieve their dream," said the 23-year old.
The former Thika United and Tusker FC player also revealed his strengths on the pitch, stating that he is aggressive a likes to use his power to give pressure on opponents. “I am very strong inside the box, very strong and typically my style of play is being aggressive on the ball and also a team player.”
Olunga will now have to fight for a starting place at the Estadi Montilivi with other able strikers such as Cristhian Stuani, Olarenwaju Kayode and Marlos Moreno.
Spanish league LaLiga enters its second week with eight matches scheduled to be played on Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August.
Below is alist of weekend's fixtures:
Saturday 26th August
19:15 Deportivo Alavés vs Barcelona
21:15 Levante vs Deportivo La Coruña
21:15 Girona vs Málaga
23:15 Las Palmas vs Atlético Madrid
Sunday 27th August
19:15 Espanyol vs Leganés
19:15 Eibar vs Athletic Club
21:15 Getafe vs Sevilla
23:15 Real Madrid vs Valencia
The Barclays Premier League continues this weekend with a total of nine matches scheduled to be played on Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August.
On Saturday, the early kick off will see Manchester City visit AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Four matches will then begin at 17:00, with Crystal Palace hosting Swansea and West Ham facing Newcastle United. The last game on Saturday will be betwwen league leaders Manchester United and Leicester City atOld Trafford from 19:30 local time.
On Sunday, eight teams will be in action, with the biggest game of the day pitting FA Cup champions Arsenal against Liverpool from 18:00.
Below are all EPL weekend fixtures:
Saturday 26th August
14:30 AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City
17:00 Crystal Palace vs Swansea City
17:00 Huddersfield Town vs Southampton
17:00 Newcastle United vs West Ham United
17:00 Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
19:30 Manchester United vs Leicester City
Sunday 27th August
15:30 Chelsea vs Everton
15:30West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City
18:00 Liverpool vs Arsenal
18:00 Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley
The Total 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) which is set to be held in Kenya in January 2017 has started taking shape, with 15 countries already having beaten competition to qualify for next year's tournament. The tournament will commence on 11th of January and will be concluded on the 2nd of February, 2018.
There is only one spot remaining and will be decided on Tuesday 22 August when Senegal takes on Guinea in Conakry. Senegal already boasts of a 3-1 lead from the first leg that was played in Dakar.
Below is a list of all qualified countries.
The qualified teams.
1.Kenya : They qualified as the tournament hosts.
2. Burkina Faso :
They edged Ghana 4-3 on aggregate after drawing 2-2 in Ouagadougou and beating them in Kumasi 2-1.
They qualified after overcoming Rwanda 3-2 on aggregate, the first leg in Kampala ended 3-0 and Rwanda winning the return leg 2-0 in Kigali. This will be Uganda’s fourth successive tournament after missing out on only the inaugural edition that was hosted in the Ivory Coast.
They beat Comoros 2-0 at the Sam Nijuoma stadium to edge the tie 3-2 on aggregate after falling to a 2-1 defeat in Moroni.
5. Mauritania :
They shocked last editions’ finalists Mali 3-2 on aggregate.
The falcons of Jedaine qualified after defeating Ethiopia 2-1 on aggregate with a close 1-0 victory in Obaid following a 1-1 stale in Addis Ababa.
7. Ivory Coast :
They overcame Niger on away goals rule following a 1-0 win in Abidjan. Niger had won the 1st leg 2-1 in Niemy. Aggregate score 2-2.
8. Angola :
The Palancas Negras saw off Madagascar with a 1-0 aggregate following a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg of the tie.
9. Nigeria :
The Super eagles edged Benin 2-1 on aggregate after falling to a 1-0 loss in Benin. They fought back to win the tie 2-0 at the Sani Abaca Stadium.
10. Congo :
The most successful nation of the competition were ousted by their close neighbors Congo Brazaville. They were undone by the failure to score away as the closely contested tie at the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecote in Kinshasa ended 1-1. The first leg in Brazaville had ended 0-0.
11. Cameroon :
The AFCON Champions booked their spot following a 2-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe, they had earlier beaten them 2-0 away, thus going through 4-0 on aggregate.
12. Zambia :
They edged South Africa 4-2 aggregate following a 2-0 win in Ndola at the Levi Mwanawasa Stadium. The first leg tie had earlier ended 2-2 in East London.
They booked their ticket to the championships following a 4-2 aggregate over Egypt in the North zone. The 1st leg ended in a 1-1 all stalemate but Morocco edged their rivals 3-1 in the second leg.
14. Libya :
Libya progressed following a 3-2 aggregate win over Algeria. A 1-1 draw in Sfax combined with a 2-1 win in the first leg in Constantine to see Libya qualify at the expense of their North African rivals.
15. Equatorial Guinea
They were the first nation to qualify for the 2018 edition after their opponents for the final qualifying tie Gabon withdrew from the competition on February 13th 2018.
16. Senegal/ Guinea
The lions of Terranga will play against Guinea on Tuesday 22 August in Conakry to see out who takes the final spot. Senegal comes into the return leg with 3-1 lead having edged Guinea in Dakar.
Arsenal have offered Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new four-year deal worth £125,000-a-week to fend off interest from Chelsea. He is understood to be tempted by the prospect of a move to Stamford Bridge and was unimpressed with Arsenal’s initial offer of less than £100,000 a week. But the Gunners are believed to be optimistic the 24-year-old will now accept the improved terms and sign up.
Diego Costa has turned down a lucrative loan move to China, according to the Sun. Shanghai SIPG offered Costa a £3 million fee to agree to sign for them until November – and a £10m bonus if they won the Chinese Super League. They also would have paid the wages he received from Chelsea, along with a £100,000-a-week top-up – which would have taken his wages to £285k-a-week. However, Costa was adamant that he did not want to play in China with the Spain international having his heart set on a return to Atletico Madrid.
Neymar comments on his Barcelona exit: “When I arrived, everything started well but then... at Barcelona, there are directors that shouldn’t be there. I’m very sad with them. I had four very happy years there, but Barca deserve much better. I have a lot of friends there, I hope things get better for Barca and that they go back to being a team that can compete.”
The truth is that with 10 minutes left on the clock, Swansea City were still in this game and then Jose Mourinho’s team went in for the kill in a way that Manchester United sides seemed to have forgotten how to do in the era that has followed Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
They ransacked the home team with three goals in the space of four minutes, three perfect raids, that were built from direct football or rapid turnovers of possession and which were led by the big figures in this team, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, who have five goals between them already this season. Two games in, two wins and United have scored eight without reply.
Pogba played on the edge for much of the game after a first-half booking, but as we have come to see with this player, he never hides from the action and eventually his reward came. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second assist of the afternoon opened the way for Pogba who, for all his rampaging, applied a delicate finish to beat Lukasz Fabianski for his second goal of the new season, United’s third, before substitute Anthony Martial added a fourth.
For Swansea, in their first game without Gylfi Sigurdsson, this was a chastening finale although there were times when it looked like they might have been able to put some pressure on United after Eric Bailly scored with a late first-half goal.
The United defender had already put one clearance on the roof of the main stand before he was the one who reacted the quickest in the area when Fabianski made a fabulous save and Bailly stamped the ball over the line.
The home team had been warned, with more than one chance for United to turn their domination of possession into a goal. Phil Jones had headed against the bar from a corner and Marcus Rashford had torn through the Swansea defence, only to poke a lame shot straight at Fabianski.
Just when it looked like Clement’s team would make it to half-time, the breakthrough arrived.
Pogba’s power and physique, not to mention an occasionally twinkling touch on the ball, allow him to get involved in just about everything in the middle of the pitch. Nevertheless, he did mistime a tackle on Tom Carroll in the first half and the booking was on everyone’s mind when he was late into a challenge on Martin Olsson. Jon Moss let that one slide and it was Pogba’s header that, saved by Fabianski, was put in by Bailly.
It had been his cross that won the original corner taken by Juan Mata, and it felt like the Frenchman was everywhere in this game. Even so, Carroll got on the ball when he could and there were a couple of moments for Swansea. Jordan Ayew got a ricochet off a Bailly clearance that set him free down the left channel where his imaginative shot with the outside of his right foot caught out David de Gea and grazed the bar.
Tammy Abraham was up against Bailly and Jones and that took some getting used to at first, but when his touch settled down the Chelsea striker, on loan at Swansea, had a couple of decent moments. He is four weeks older than Rashford whose career has progressed further and he demonstrated in the first half his slickness of touch. if not his finishing.
Rashford faded after the break and when Mourinho came to make his changes with 15 minutes to go, United had at times been on the back foot. Clement had earlier switched from a three-man defence to a 4-3-3 formation and tried to put some pressure on Daley Blind at left-back, United’s weakest link in the back four. Mourinho responded by bringing Marouane Fellani into the midfield at the expense of Mata and his team took their chances when they arrived; Lukaku, Pogba and then Martial turning a victory into a rout.
Manchester United and Swansea have released their starting lineups for their clash on Saturday August 19th at the Liberty Stadium from 14:30.
United are seeking their second win in two games after recording a 4-0 victory over West Ham in their opening fixture. Swansea on their side are eyeing their first win after settling for a 0-0 draw with Southampton a fortnight ago.
Below are the full team lineups:
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku.
Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Smalling, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Martial.
Swansea XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, Bartley, Carroll, Mesa, Ayew, Abraham.
Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fulton, Narsingh, Routledge, McBurnie.
The Barclays Premier League enters its second week with nine matches set to be played between Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, the early kick off will see Manchester United face Swansea from 14:30. Manchester were 4-0 winners over West Ham in their opening fixture. Liverpool will be seeking their first win when they take on Crystal Palace at Anfield from 17:00. Stoke City will then host Arsenal in the last match for Saturday.
On Sunday, two matches will be played, with Huddersfield entertaining Newcastle while defending champions Chelsea clash with Tottenham. Chelsea lost their opening fixture to Burnley.
Saturday August 19th
14:30- Swansea vs Man Utd
17:00- AFC Bournemouth vs Watford
17:00- Burnley vs West Brom
17:00- Leicester vs Brighton
17:00- Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
17:00- Southampton vs West Ham
19:30- Stoke City vs Arsenal
Sunday August 20th
15:30- Huddersfield vs Newcastle
18:00- Tottenham vs Chelsea
Floyd Mayweather is already known as the "Money" man in boxing.
His reputation will be further enhanced after his battle with UFC star Conor McGregor.
The American expects to bank $350 million (£272 million) for the fight on August 26, taking his career earnings past $1 billion (£777 million).
Mayweather, 40, has been involved in all of the top three biggest-selling pay-per-view fights of all time.
His record-smashing victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2015 was sold to 4.6 million households in the United States, yet Mayweather believes his fight with McGregor will be an even bigger success.
The second leg of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifiers are scheduled to take place this weekend from Friday 18th-Sunday 20th August in different parts of the continent.
All countries in the six distinct zones will be in action, with some looking to consolidate their first leg wins while others seek to overturn the losses they suffered in the first round.
Some of the teams that will be in action include Uganda who will be travelling to Kigali to face Rwanda on Saturday 19th August after a comfortable 3-0 win at home. Libya, who were 2-1 winners over Algeria, will be in the hunt for another victory when they host the North African nation on Saturday August 19th while South Africa travel to Ndola to battle it out with Zambia also on Saturday following a disappointing 2-2 draw at home a fortnight ago.
Below are the full fixtures of this weekend's CHAN 2018 qualifiers:
19.08.2017 Kinshasa DR Congo vs Congo (0-0)
19.08.2017 Yaounde Cameroon vs Sao Tome (2-0)
19.08.2017 Kigali Rwanda vs Uganda (0-3)
19.08.2017 El Obeid Sudan vs Ethiopia (1-1)
18.08.2017 Sfax Libya vs Algeria (2-1)
18.08.2017 Rabat Morocco vs Egypt (1-1)
19.08.2017 Ndola Zambia vs South Africa (2-2)
19.08.2017 Luanda Angola vs Madagascar (0-0)
20.08.2017 Windhoek Namibia vs Comoros (1-2)
West A Zone
19.08.2017 Bamako Mali vs Mauritania (2-2)
22.08.2017 Conakry Guinea vs Senegal (1-3)
West B Zone
20.08.2017 Kumasi Ghana vs Burkina Faso (2-2)
19.08.2017 Kano Nigeria vs Benin (0-1)
19.08.2017 Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire vs Niger (1-2)
The Champions League qualifying play-off matches continue on Wednesday August 16, with five matches expected to be played across Europe.
Some of the teams that will be in action include Celtic who host FC Astana while Napoli entertain Nice. Sevilla will be away to Istanbul Basaksehir as Olympiakos battle it out with HNK Rijeka. All matches kick off at 21:45 local time.
Wednesday August 16 Fixtures:
21:45- Celtic vs FC Astana
21:45- Hapoel Be'er Sheva vs NK Maribor
21:45- Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sevilla
21:45- Napoli vs Nice
21:45- Olympiakos vs HNK Rijeka
AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca has joined LaLiga side Villarreal on a season-long loan deal. This is Bacca's second stint in Spain after two successful season with Sevilla before signing for Milan in 2015.
The Colombian international has been touted as a replacement for Roberto Soldado, who joined Fenerbahce last week. The 30-year-old has scored 165 goals in 336 games in his career, with 13 in 39 coming for Milan last season.
"The deal includes an option to buy the player once the campaign is finished," Villarreal said in a statement.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Jesse Rodriguez has completed his move to Stoke City on a season-long loan deal.
The former Real Madrid striker will now be with the Premier League club until July 2018 after finding playing time hard to come by at PSG, having featured in just nine matches for the Ligue 1 side and scored one goal.
"Jesse was a man in demand when PSG made it clear they would allow him to leave on loan and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us. He hasn’t had the happiest of periods in his career in Paris but he’s still only a young man and is hungry to make a big impression in the Premier League. His pedigree speaks for itself and he will most certainly add to the firepower at our disposal,” Stoke's Chief Executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website.
Jesse becomes the sixth summer signing for the Potters subsequent to Darren Fletcher, Kurt Zouma, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bruno Martins Indi and Josh Tymon joining the club.
The Champions League play-off matches resume on Tuesday August 15, 2017 with five matches expected to be played.
The first match will see FK Karabakh face Copenhagen from 19:00 local time, with Apoel Nicosia and Slavia Prague clashing from 21:45. Hoffenheim will play hosts to Liverpool while Sporting Lisbon entertain Steaua Bucharest at home. Below are the full fixtures:
Tuesday August 15th
19:00- FK Karabakh vs Copenhagen
21:45- Apoel Nicosia vs Slavia Prague
21:45- Sporting Lisbon vs Steaua Bucharest
21:45- Hoffenheim vs Liverpool
21:45- BSC Young Boys vs CSKA Moscow
Real Madrid have become the first brand and sporting institution in the world to eclipse 100 million followers on Facebook, 50 million on Instagram and 25 million on Twitter for their main accounts. The total number of followers for the Real Madrid brand has hit 182 million across these three social media platforms, a figure unmatched by any other brand or sports club at this time. This number rises to more than 280 million fans if the total of the Football, Basketball and La Fábrica accounts are included.
Manchester United coach has given his word on the new signings and also gave a comment on whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic would return to United.
“I just think he was very clear by showing what he did last year was not enough for him.”
“He wants more at football's highest level, so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season.”
Mourniho exuded confidence in the new signings :
“I'm happy with the effort the club did, I'm happy that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts,” he said.
“And if, until 31 August, the remaining 25 per cent don’t arrive, I will not moan. I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play.”
Arsenal midfielder Mesul Ozil has heaped praise on former Arsenal goalkeeper who joined the Club as part of the training team to assist Arsene Wenger.
“I think he’ll take us further through his (Jens Lehmann's) experience, through his personality. I think for the players, and especially for the goalkeepers, his experience and his personality [helps]. He was a player who would speak on the pitch when certain things weren’t going as he wanted. That’s why it’s good to have somebody like that around the team who gives their opinion.”
Manchester United youngster Tim Fosu Mensah has joined Crystal Palace on loan.
Manchester United prospect Tim Fosu-Mensah will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Crystal Palace, working under the management of fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer.
The 19-year-old is highly regarded at Old Trafford following his recent ascent into the first-team squad, having graduated from the Academy to make his senior debut under Louis van Gaal in February 2016 before establishing himself as a valuable player to Jose Mourinho in 2016/17.
The manager was happy to sanction a new long-term contract for Fosu-Mensah last October and praised his desire to improve, telling us: “Tim is a young player with great potential. I am delighted at the progress he has made so far and it is clear to see that he is learning every day.”
In total so far, Tim has tallied 21 Reds appearances across all competitions and operated most commonly at right-back, but the talented Netherlands international has displayed his versatility by also performing admirably at centre-back and in central midfield.
After completing his loan move to Selhurst Park, Fosu-Mensah will be determined to enhance his education with the Eagles and will hope to feature in their top-flight opener against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Palace manager De Boer was in charge of the AFC Ajax youth team between 2007 and 2010, when Fosu-Mensah was climbing the ranks of their Academy before his move to United in 2014.
Barcelona will not sanction Neymar’s transfer to PSG until they receive the player’s €222m release clause.
Until then, the Brazilian will not be able to play for his new club.
Official sources within the Catalan club have confirmed to EFE that the bank has not yet received the €222m that PSG agreed to pay six days ago.
Until the money is in the Blaugrana’s bank account, Barça will not give the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) the green light to send Neymar’s international transfer certificate.
Arsenal came from behind thanks to a goal from new boy Sead Kolasinac, and won the the Community Shield after a penalty shoot-out at Wembley on Sunday.
There were key men absent for Arsene Wenger as he went into the game without Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny, while new boy Alexandre Lacazette started up front.
Victor Moses had put Chelsea after the break but the Blues got a setback conceding from a resultant free kick after Pedro was sent for rough play.
Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties to lift the Charity shield with Morata missing his penalty just after Thibaut had skied his.
According to a report from Marcelo Bechler, the same Brazilian journalist who broke the news that Neymar would join Paris Saint-Germain, the Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho will arrive in Catalonia to sign his Barça contract in the next few days. Rumors suggest that improved offer is around €120m.
Philippe Coutinho appears to be closing in on a switch to Barcelona, with reports stating that the LaLiga giants have agreed a deal with Liverpool over the Brazilian. Indeed, ESPN says the 25-year-old attacker could be confirmed as a Barça player within "the coming days or hours".
Uganda Cranes interim coaching duo of Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba have officially began work by naming the national team squad for Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 third and final round qualifiers against Rwanda next week.
The two were appointed following Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic's departure due to `unpaid salaries and bonuses'.
“As Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), we sat as a family (officials and immediate former players) and decided that Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba carry on an interim basis until after the Egypt matches home and away,” said FUFA president, Moses Magogo at a press conference in Kampala.
The Cranes are eyeing a fourth successive qualification for the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues after Sudan (2011), South Africa (2014) and Rwanda (2016).
Uganda host Rwanda in the first leg on Saturday, 12 August 2017 at the St. Mary’s Stadium before traveling to Kigali seven days later for the return leg.
Goalkeepers: Ismail Watenga (Vipers), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA), Tom Ikara (Kirinya Jinja SS) and Saidi Keni (Proline)
Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), John Adriko, Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa), Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Paul Musamali (KCCA), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka) and Savio Kabugo (Proline)
Midfielders: Moses Waiswa, Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Tom Masiko, Deus Bukenya (Vipers), Paul Mucureezi, Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA), Simon Sserunkuma (SC Villa), Nicholas Kasozi (Synergy) and Shafik Kagimu (URA)
Forwards: Shaban Muhammad (Onduparaka), Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA), Milton Kariisa (Vipers), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers)
Just which side has the tallest players on average in the English Premier League?
Manchester United have the second-tallest squad in the Premier League - the average height of Jose Mourinho’s side, 1m 84.5cm, is just a couple of millimetres shorter than West Brom’s giants.
West Brom used their height advantage last season to score goals from set pieces against opponents.
Perhaps Mourinho is looking to capitalise on set pieces his side wasted last season with the addition of a new tall players in Lukaku and Matic.
Neymar's farewell message on Instagram:
"I had the honour of playing with the best athlete I have ever seen in my life and I'm sure that I will never see another one like him while I'm alive, Leo Messi. I love Barcelona but an athlete (me) needs challenges. And for the second time in my life I'll contradict my father. Father, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is made and I ask you to support me as you always do. Now in my heart I feel it's time to leave. PSG will be my home for the next few years."
“I am extremely happy to join PSG. Since I arrived in Europe, they have always been one of the most competitive and ambitious."
"The biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help PSG to conquer the titles that their fans want. PSG’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings."
"I played 4 seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates & to open up new horizons for my club. Also to bring happiness to the millions of supporters around the world."
The 2017 IAAF World London Championships are set to kick off on Friday August 4, 2017 and the nine-day event is set to bring a record 2038 athletes from 205 teams to the British capital.
Competition at London Stadium on the first day begins at 7pm with the preliminary round of the men's 100m and concludes with the final of the men's 10,000m at 9:20pm.
Below is the day on schedule for the IAAF World 2017 Championships:
19:00- Men's 100 Meters (Preliminary Round)
19:20- Men's Discus Throw (Group A Qualification)
19:30-Men's Long Jump (Qualification)
19:35 Women's 1500 Meters (Heats)
19:45-Women's Pole Vault (Qualification)
20:20- Men's 100 Meters (Heats)
20:45-Men'sDiscus Throw (Qualification Group B)
21:20-Men's 10,000 Meters (Final)
Former Uganda Cranes tactician Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has been unveiled by Orlando Pirates as their new coach for the 2017/18 season.
The move comes just five days after Pirates announced the exit of Kjell Jonevret who held that position for only five months.
Micho now to returns to coach the Buccaneers for a second spell, having coached them from July 2006 to January 2007. The Serbian was the favorite to land the job after relinquishing his position as the Uganda Cranes coach a fortnight ago.
"Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Milutin Sredejovic as new Head Coach," read a statement on the club's official website.
"The 47-year old takes over with immediate effect. Micho, as he is affectionately known, returns to the Bucs stable after joining as a 37-year old in 2008, where he led the squad to a CAF Champions League semi-final berth.
"Since leaving the club, Micho has gone on to establish himself on the African continent for both club and country.
"Micho recently led the Ugandan national team to their first African Cup of Nations participation in 38 years.
"The newly appointed head coach is due to meet with the Chairman later today to discuss matters around the squad and his support staff."
This year's community Shield clash will kick off an hour earlier from the traditional 5pm (EAT) following a decision by the FA in order to avert a clash in timing with the Women’s European Championship final.
The match pitting Arsenal against Chelsea will therefore kick off at 4pm (EAT) on Sunday August 6. England is set to face Netherlands in the semifinals of the Women’s European Championship on Thursday and are favorites to reach the finals which will be staged in Holland from 4pm (BST).
Chelsea and Arsenal last met in the Community Shield two years ago after then-Blues manager Jose Mourinho had guided his side to the Premier League title. Arsene Wenger earned his first ever win over Mourinho in that fixture, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring the only goal of the game.
The 24-year-old made five first team appearances for the Gunners last season, keeping three clean sheets.
Emi Martinez has joined La Liga side Getafe on loan for the 2017/18 season
He featured twice in the Premier League, impressing and keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 home win over West Ham United.
The Argentine has amassed over 50 career appearances since joining us from Independiente in 2010, during which time has also enjoyed loan spells with Wolves, Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday and Oxford United.
The Brazilian star made a day trip to Porto on Wednesday after telling his Barcelona team-mates he wanted to leave the club. French paper L'Equipe say Neymar passed his assessment under the supervision of PSG doctor Dr. Eric Rolland and sport co-ordinator Maxwell.
The Brazilian will be in the French capital on Thursday to finalise his move from Barcelona in a deal that will cost PSG a total £576 million over five years. The forward will move to France for a £199m transfer fee – the value of his buyout clause – and pen a five-year contract worth £49m-per-year before tax. Once tax is deducted he will take home around a staggering £520,000-a-week or £27m every year.
Qatar Sports Investment, whose portfolio includes PSG, are understood to be funding the transfer by striking a sponsorship deal with Neymar worth over £300m. That will allow him to effectively pay his own release clause in full and buy himself out of his Barcelona contract, leaving the Nou Camp club powerless to stop the transfer. As part of the deal he is set to become an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
It was a much-changed side with this game taking place 24 hours after the Reds’ strongest XI saw off Bayern Munich 3-0. Only Sadio Mane and Emre Can, who were withdrawn at half-time the night previous, remained in the starting lineup. Danny Ward came in for his first appearance of pre-season, with Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and James Milner making a very makeshift defence. Can played the holding role in midfield, with Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallanaalongside him. Dominic Solanke led the attack, with Ben Woodburn on the left and Mane on the right.
It was certainly a slower tempo, with Atletico a very different proposition to Bayern for Liverpool. The first 20 minutes saw very little action, with Liverpool playing the ball around but Atletico keeping a disciplined shape as you’d expect. Liverpool fell behind in the 35th minute when Keidi Bare headed in from close range after Ward had made a superb save to tip the ball onto the bar, only to be unlucky with the rebound. Half-time saw six changes, with Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic, Ryan Kent and Roberto Firmino entering the action.
Gomez moved to right-back, Kent played on the right of the front three, and Firmino on the left of the attack. Despite the influx of new faces, the legs remained heavy with this being the second game in two days and training taking place on each morning. The hot, muggy conditions at the Allianz Arena didn’t help the tempo either. Ovie Ejaria replaced Wijnaldum midway through the second half to get his first appearance of pre-season, and Divock Origi replaced Solanke up front. Opportunities were few and far between, in a very lethargic pre-season game.
Grujic fired over from the edge of the box after a nice flick from Firmino with 15 minutes remaining. Liverpool levelled things up from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining. Firmino cooly dispatched the spot kick, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way after Origi had been fouled. The equaliser finally pushed Atletico into attack, and Ward made a smart save from a corner late on. The match ended 1-1 and went to penalties, with Atletico winning 5-4; Henderson being the only player to miss a spot-kick.
Firmino – Scored
Griezmann – Scored
Henderson – Saved
Torres – Scored
Origi – Scored
Gabi – Scored
Kent – Scored
Nico – Scored
Grujic – Scored
Filipe Luis – Scored
Mourinho’s frustrations in the transfer market had him contemplating asking Pogba to play in a more defensive position this term, but the arrival of Nemanja Matic, who joined in a £40m deal from Chelsea last week, has eased the Special One’s concerns ahead of the big kick-off.
Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba is capable of scoring 15 goals for Manchester United next season.
Mourinho is said to feel confident that the Serbia international’s presence can fully unlock Pogba’s true attacking potential which he hopes will yield an improvement of at least six goals.
On the eve of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships London 2017 (4-13 August), the IAAF has reached a new, multi-year agreement with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and ESPN Media Distribution for the sale and distribution of a broad collection of media rights, including the next three IAAF World Championships and IAAF World Indoor Championships, and more than a dozen other competitions in the IAAF World Athletics Series.
Together, the EBU and ESPN Media Distribution will represent the media rights to IAAF events across Europe and Africa, bringing a unique, combined ability to maximise the profile of athletics and increase access to the sport’s top global competitions to hundreds of millions of fans across the two continents via a combination of free-to-air television, pay television and digital media platforms.
The EBU will represent the free-to-air television rights to its members in numerous countries across Europe, ESPN will represent the IAAF media rights across Africa and the two will collaborate to represent the rights for pay television, digital media and additional free-to-air opportunities across Europe. The two companies also have the ability to leverage the ESPN Player OTT streaming platform to reach Athletics fans.
Athletics is the most popular and global sport of the summer Olympic Games with 200 teams participating in Rio 2016. The core disciplines of athletics are the basis of all human movement and all other sport. Athletics offers beneficial health and lifestyle choices, with millions of people of all ages around the world engaging in some form of athletics, whether just for health and fitness or as a professional competitor.
IAAF CEO Olivier Gers said: “We saw extraordinary crowds in both Kampala and Nairobi for our cross country and U18 championships this year. This new broadcasting agreement with two of the principal players in the broadcasting world will be a step forward in the IAAF’s strategy to engage young people and bring the spectacle of the sport and the amazing athlete stories to the millions of fans across Africa and Europe in the mobile and flexible formats they want. The increased use of streaming, supplementing traditional broadcasts on a variety of platforms, will allow the IAAF’s top events to reach as wide an audience as possible.”
The agreement includes the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, the 2021 IAAF World Championships in Eugene, USA and the 2023 IAAF World Championships* as well as the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, UK and the 2020* and 2022* IAAF World Indoor Championships. (*hosts yet to be decided).
This is the second collaboration between the EBU and ESPN, having reached agreement last year to work together in representing rights for FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports.
Charly Classen, Vice President and General Manager, ESPN EMEA, said: “IAAF Athletics is a fantastic, globally relevant sports property with an incredibly exciting opportunity in front of it. Working with the IAAF and EBU we’re very excited to help grow the sport and further broaden the appeal of its competitions, make the most of both traditional and emerging media platforms and help build the next generation of athletics fans.”
The EBU has been working with the IAAF for many years since the inception of the IAAF World Championships in 1983 and has held the exclusive media rights in Europe and Africa for the past four years (2014-2017).
Director of EBU Sport Stefan Kürten said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with IAAF to bring athletics to the widest possible audience, guaranteeing free-to-air coverage of these premium events in key territories such as Germany, France and Italy. Working with ESPN gives us a unique opportunity to increase the reach and engagement of this popular sport, maximising traditional distribution while embracing the digital consumer.”
It is the latest deal for EBU Sport, on the back of securing the media rights for the Tour de France across Europe until 2023. For ESPN the agreement marks the latest in a series of agreements for its Media Distribution unit, including the joint FINA deal, agreements with Tough Mudder Inc., the NFL (sub-Saharan Africa) and more.
The agreement takes effect from 1 January 2018.
Jesus Navas has officially completed his return to former club Sevilla on a free transfer. The Spain international began his career at Sevilla before moving to Manchester City for a deal worth an estimated £14.9 million back in 2013.
Prior to his move to City, Navas had made 393 appearances for Sevilla, scoring 34 goals in the process. He won two UEFA Cups, two Copas del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup during that period.
The 31-year old leaves City after four years at the club where he managed to win the Premier League at City in 2013-14, as well as two League Cups in 2014 and 2016. Navas made 77 league starts for the club where he scored on four times.
He now joins fellow City outcast Nolito who joined the Spanish side recently after finding playing time hard to come by.
Bayern Munich continued their disastrous pre-season with another loss, losing out 2-0 to Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at the National Stadium in Singapore.
The loss comes just a few days after they were handed a 4-0 humiliating defeat by AC Milan. They have also lost to Arsenal in the pre-season friendlies.
The Bundesliga champions fielded a strong starting lineup but went down just nine minutes into the match after Antonio Candreva picked up Eder with a perfectly cut cross from the right flank. The latter did not make mistakes, connecting to the cross to head home the ball.
It is Eder who again doubled the lead for Nerazzurri, his second goal of the match also coming in form a header from close range. Eder had been supplied with the ball by Ivan Perisic, who has been largely linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.
Carlo Ancelotti ringed several changes at half time bringing in the likes of Muller, James Rodriguez, Hummels and Rafinha but the substitute could not do anything to evade the loss. The match ended 2-0 in favour of Inter Milan.
Inter XI (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Joao Miranda, Nagatomo; Kondogbia, Valero; Candreva, Joao Mario, Perisic; Eder.
Inter substitutes: Gagliardini, Jovetic, Biabiany, Ranocchia, Ansaldi, Murillo, Padelli, Valietti, Berni, Emmers, Vanheusden, Rivas, Brozovic, Pissardo, Gabriel, Pinamonti.
Bayern Munich XI (4-2-3-1): Ulreich; Rafinha, Hummels, Alaba, Gotze; Dorsch, Tolisso; Coman, James, Ribery; Lewandowski.
Bayern Munich substitutes: Wintzheimer, Martinez, Muller, Friedl, Sanches, Fruchtl, Pantovic, Hofmann.
A goal each by Alonso and Batshuayi were not sufficient to inspire an incredible comeback as Chelsea fell 3-2 to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in an ICC Cup match played in Singapore on Tusday July 25.
Brazilian defender Rafinha received a pass from Frank Ribery in midfield and after sprinting with the ball, he buried it in the bottom left corner from 30 yards out to take Ancelotti's side ahead after only five minutes into the match.
Ribery was the provider once again five minutes later, using his pace to get past Chelsea defenders before teeing up an oncoming Muller who half-volleyed the ball into the net to double Bayern's lead.
Muller then fully utilized a counter attack to drag behind the two remaining Chelsea players and fired a long range effort past a helpless Courtois to complete his brace in the 26th minute.
Chelsea managed to pull a goal back just before halftime through free-scoring defender Marcos Alonso who directed the ball into the net with his first-time effort after connecting to a low cross from Victor Moses. The goal took the scores to 3-1 as the two sides headed into the break.
Antonio Conte finally introduced Chelsea's new signing Alvaro Morata to the pitch alongside David Luiz in the 63rd minute as he sought to solidify his team and perhaps rake in more goals.
Cesc Fabregas' corner late in the match was deflected by Morata and found Michy Batshuayi who finished the simple task of tapping the ball into the net, but the Blues could not stage a full comeback to force a draw.
The win comes as a relief to Bayern Munich who had lost two of their previous pre-season matches. They lost to Arsenal in post-match penalties before enduring a 4-0 humiliation in the hands of AC Milan.
Virgil van Dijk has been left out of Southampton's squad for a pre-season training camp in France after manager Mauricio Pellegrino revealed the unsettled centre-back is training alone.
The Saints are heading to Evian-les-Bains to continue their preparations for the 2017-18 campaign, and are due to play a friendly against Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne on Saturday.
Van Dijk, though, will not travel with the team, having been excluded from selection contention and first-team training by new manager Pellegrino.
The 25-year-old Netherlands international has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, who apologised in June "for any misunderstanding" after being accused of making an illegal approach for the player.
"The club told me they will not sell Virgil," Pellegrino said last week.
"Now he is not involved with the team because psychologically he is not 100 per cent.
"The boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave.
"I had to say, 'If you don't want to be involved because you don't feel okay then you have to train alone until this period of time is over'."
Manchester City have completed their latest big-money deal of the close-season by prising left-back Benjamin Mendy away from Ligue 1 champions Monaco.
The deal is reported to be worth in the region of £50million, a similar fee to the one City agreed to bring in England right-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham.
Mendy has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.
The 22-year-old helped a youthful Monaco side to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, where they saw off City in a thrilling last-16 tie, and he was rewarded with a France debut in March.
Pep Guardiola has been keen to bolster his full-back areas after Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna were released when their contracts expired at the end of last season.
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” said Mendy. “They are one of Europe’s leading clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football.
“I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful.”
City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, added: “Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience.
“He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.
“I’m sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad.”
Manchester City have finally completed the long awaited signing of defender Benjamin Mendy from French side Monaco.
Mendy has joined city for £52 million and now becomes the most expensive defender in the world after beating Kyle Walker's £45 million. The 23-year old signed a five-year deal with the club which will see him at the Etihad Stadium until July 2022.
Mendy becomes the fifth signing for Manchester City after the acquisition of Danilo, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Ederson. The left back only joined Monaco last summer from Marseille in a €12m deal and was part of the squad that won the Ligue 1 title last season.
It is now official that Manchester City have acquired the services of Real Madrid right-back Danilo. The 26-yeart old penned a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium which will see him there until July 2022.
The versatile defender was also a transfer target for Chelsea but it is Man City who swooped in fast and landed him. The deal is understood to be worth 27 million Euros. Danilo becomes the fourth signing for City this summer after Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Ederson.
``I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City. There has been strong interest from other clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola,’’ Danilo told City TV.
``I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming week,’’ added the Spain international.
Barcelona and Juventus kicked off their preseason in New York on Saturday. In a game that was meant to be filled with tension over Neymar's future, he lit the MetLife up in the first half with two goals and a wonderful performance that had Juventus frustrated and Barcelona delighted in equal measure.
The game was only 15 minutes old when Neymar had his first after good work involving Messi and Digne but it was all Neymar, really, as he drove past Buffon to give Valverde his first lead as a Barcelona coach. Just 11 minutes later, he topped his first goal when he skipped past no less than four Juventus defenders and drove another shot, to the other corner this time, beyond Buffon as he doubled Barcelona's lead and showed Barca's directors what they could be missing should he leave the club this summer.
He was turning on the style and Juve were not keen on being on the recieving end of a Neymar masterclass as they continued to pull him down any time he touched the ball, and even sometimes when he didn't. As half-time arrived, Barcelona were well in control of an opening 45 that saw them work extremely hard as they pressed Juventus relentlessly.
Both managers made numerous changes to their teams to start the second half but it wasn't until the 60th minutes when Cuadrado, Higuain, Sandro, Costa and Dybala were sprung from the bench that they had a fighting chance. Just three minutes after the change, Juventus had a breakthough. It came after Dybala won a corner after he forced Ortola into a wonderful save. Chiellini drove a header home from the corner and Juve had life in them yet.
It was as close as they would come to troubling Barcelona's lead, however, as Luis Suarez and Arda Turan teamed up on numerous occasions but failed to beat Szczesny in his debut for the Serie A champions. The game served as a good run-out for both teams as we will see massive improvement over the next couple of games as their preseasons kick into gear starting Saturday night in New Yor