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Thursday, 22 June 2017

China U20s set to play in German league next season

China U20s set to play in German league next season

Hopefully, the Regionalliga Sudwest, Germany's fourth tier, could
include China Under-20s next season if an agreement is reached with
the FA. China's Under-20 team are set compete by next season in the
fourth tier of Germany as they look to step up their preparations for
2020 Olympic Games.
According to a report by Bild, a deal between the Football
Associations of China and Germany that will see the youth team join
the Regionalliga Sudwest from the 2017-18 season is close to being
finalised.With only 19 teams in the division, the addition of the
China U20s would avoid one club going without a fixture each matchday.
"All 19 clubs in the league have signalled their approval for the
Chinese to play, so I see the project in a good position," said Felix
Wiedemann, managing director of the Regionalliga Sudwest, to Bild. It
is claimed the Chinese FA will pay each club €15,000 per game, with
all matches to be played at the respective home of the German team.
"The clubs are in favour of the idea," DFB vice-president Ronny
Zimmerman told Kicker.
"The planned co-operation with China is well-known and of course we
need good content for it, so we have to see if the idea comes to
fruition."

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

LATEST:- Arsenal launch new home kit with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

LATEST:- Arsenal launch new home kit with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

Arsenal duo, whose futures at the Emirate remain a mystery, have
helped in unveiling the Gunners' new 2017/18 home kit.
The main difference with the strip is its brand new collar, which
makes a return for the first time since 2006.
The iconic cannon from the club crest, meanwhile, will be featured
below it on the back of the shirt to mark its 50th anniversary.
Other than that, Arsenal's home kit is relatively unchanged as the
club continue their partnership with Puma for the fourth season
running. Their shirt sponsor, Fly Emirates, remains the same.
Club legends Robert Pires and Martin Keown unveiled the shirts at
Kings Cross station on Wednesday morning, while Sanchez and Ozil:– who
are both approaching the final year of their contracts were involved
in the online kit launch alongside reported West Ham target Olivier
Giroud. We hope this will change things for the betterment of the club
Ginter considered retirement after Dortmund bomb attack

Ginter considered retirement after Dortmund bomb attack

Matthias Ginter has said that the bomb attack that targeted the
Borussia Dortmund team bus in April gnited him to consider retirement
asap.
Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter has revealed he briefly
considered retiring in the wake of the bomb attack that targeted the
club's team bus ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco in
April.
Three explosions went off near the vehicle as it made its way to
Signal Iduna Park prior to kick-off, with defender Marc Bartra
suffering a serious wrist injury in the incident.
The attack had a big impact on Ginter and the centre-back even
questioned his future in the sport and the club as a result of the
experience. Talking to reporters he said:
"For a moment, I thought about retiring from football altogether,"
Ginter told Bild.
"You can never arm yourself against attacks like this. But I want to
keep playing and I will do just that. I will not allow someone to take
the thing away from me that I like the most.
"There was a loud bang all of a sudden. Something exploded next to me.
There was glass all over the place. We all went to the ground right
away. Things could have been much worse had we not had extra strong
glass.
"A few weeks after the attack I was taking a walk with my girlfriend
and a truck drove by slowly. For a second, I feared for the worst.
Trucks have been used in terror attacks before."
Gerrard backs Liverpool for 2017-18 success

Gerrard backs Liverpool for 2017-18 success

The reds veteran Steven Gerrard believes "success is around the
corner" for Liverpool
if they manage to improve their record against the smaller teams.
Jurgen Klopp's men finished fourth in the Premier League table in
2016-17, a massive 17 points behind champions Chelsea.
They impressed against the top teams, though, as they remained
unbeaten against their top-six rivals and Gerrard is confident they
are on the right track.
"We have got a fantastic manager at the helm. I think Liverpool are
very, very close," Gerrard told BT Sport.
"If you look at the statistics in the top six, they are the best team
in terms of head-to-head.
"Liverpool know where they need to improve and it is the consistency
against the teams that are maybe in the bottom half of the table, the
teams that sit narrow and compact and are difficult to break down.
"Hopefully we can get the two or three pieces of the jigsaw that are
missing. I am really confident Liverpool can keep moving forward and
success can be just round the corner."

Monday, 12 June 2017

Nigeria lack creative midfielders, says Garba Lawal

Nigeria lack creative midfielders, says Garba Lawal

Following Gernot Rohr’s men defeat to Bafana Bafana on Saturday, the ex-international insists the Super Eagles lack creative players in the middle

Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal feels the Super Eagles are without creative midfielders following a 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier defeat to South Africa.
Having watched Gernot Rohr’s men crumble to second half strikes from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, the former Elfsborg midfielder gave his verdict.

“It is very sad we lost such an important game against South Africa,” Lawal told Goal.

“They managed to contain us in the first half, and they came out strongly in the second half to press us and get the goals.

“We showed no creativity against South Africa. We lack creative midfielders in the team. We had no one to hold the ball, control the game and make those passing.

“I’ve always complained that there is a big difference between players who don’t play week-in, week-out for their clubs and those who play regularly.

“For Iwobi, Iheanacho and others, it is difficult for them to play better that those who play week-in, week-out for their clubs no matter how small the team in Europe.

“They contained us and stopped us from getting into their area. We don’t even have any scoring chances. We were very lucky not to have conceded five or six goals.''

“South Africa are a team we think we can beat easily. Football is dynamic and we have seen for ourselves,'' he continue. ''It is unfortunate we’ve lost by 2-0 on our home ground. It is not how well you start but how good you end. We talk the way we see the game, it is not about just been a critic.

“Winning against Zambia and Algeria does not mean we are at the top of the world. If there is anything important in football, it is continuity.”

He further, advised the German tactician to consider players playing regularly for their clubs for future engagement, stressing the exploits of Watford’s Uche Agbo who featured in 31 games for relegated Spanish side, Granada last season.

“Look at Uche Agbo in Spain, he played 31 games last season for Granada. He plays sometimes in defensive midfielder and at times in the attacking midfielder for them. I've followed him for over three months.

“If a player like that can play regularly for an European team, then he deserve a chance in the team. We must learn to get the right players to execute our games,” he concluded.
Latest: Begovic touts Terry for Bournmouth move

Latest: Begovic touts Terry for Bournmouth move

Latest: Begovic touts Terry for Bournmouth move

Asmir Begovic would welcome John Terry following him from Chelsea to Bournemouth.

Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Begovic ended a two-year stay at Stamford Bridge by peregrinating to the south coast in search of first-team football, having largely played second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois for the Premier League champions.
Terry called time on his vocation-spanning Chelsea years at the cessation of the season and is yet to commit to playing on elsewhere.
Aston Villa were the latest side linked to the former England captain on Monday, but Begovic – who played for Bournemouth on loan earlier in his career – wants to see his old skipper make the move to Vitality Stadium.

"If he fancies Bournemouth it would be great to have him there," he said, speaking at the Asmir Begovic Foundation Golf Classic.
"He's a great player and a great guy as well, so from that point of view it would be really, really good.
"He's obviously the best defender ever in the Premier League. He's a legend at Chelsea and he deserves the right to make the right decision for himself and his family."
Begovic added: "I hope he does whatever is right for him and he's happy with the decision, and I wish him all the best for the future."
BREAKING NEWS:- AC Milan sign in Andre Silva from Porto

BREAKING NEWS:- AC Milan sign in Andre Silva from Porto

BREAKING NEWS:- AC Milan sign in Andre Silva from Porto

Andre Silva has left Porto for AC Milan in a deal said to have worth €38 million.
The Italian giant 'AC Milan' have completed the signing of Andre Silva from Porto for a reported transfer fee of €38 million.

The Serie A giants were keen to sign an incipient striker and turned their sights to the Portuguese after relucting to match Torino's €100m valuation of Italy international Andrea Belotti.
Silva arrived in Milan for a medical on Monday and becomes their fourth incipient advent ahead of next season after the captures of Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez.
The 21-year-old joined the Porto youth academy in 2011 and made his first-team debut in December 2015.

Portugal international Silva, who has scored seven goals in eight caps, had since developed into a key player at the Estadio do Dragao and scored 21 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions in 2016-17.

The Rossoneri are also being heavily linked with Atalanta full-back Andrea Conti and Lazio attacker Balde Keita.