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Sunday, 10 July 2016


Andy Murray face bore so much joy and relief after he beat Milos
Raonic to win a second wimbledon title in his career. Murray slumped
into his seat and held his tears in a towel after a ending a three
year title wait.
That barren stretch of 36 months had included an occasion of
placing second to his nemesis Novak Djokovic in the Australian and
French Open.
Murray became the next favourite after Djokovic's shock exit in
the third round of the tourney. But he had to play careful or gain the
repute of the first professional to lose in the finals of three
grandslams at a stretch.
"I'm proud to get my hands on the trophy
again," said the 29-year-old, who
beat Raonic 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2).
For his coach, Ivan Lendi, its a done job and right now Murray's
losses stand at 12-0. And its just a month after his coaching
relationship with the tennis star was re-kindled.
In their first period together, Murray picked up two grand slam
titles and also an Olympic medal at the 2012 Olympics. But. Since
Lendi's absence, things haven't been the best for Murray, who has lost
out at the finals of three major tournaments.
But under the guide of Lendi, there are high hopes things could get
balanced soon.
"I've had some great moments but also some
tough losses and this win feels extra special
because of the tough losses," Murray said
moments after spotting his name on the gilded
surface of the Cup.
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Christiano Ronaldo spent the biggest moments of his international
career in the dugout with a sore left knee but emerged almost two
hours later with a broad smile on his face as he celebrated the win
over France that has made them champions. Ronaldo had been injured in
the first half and had to be pulled off, all throughout the game, Ron
could only pace about like a manager in his shots. He actually paced
more than his manager though***.
The game saw France creating much of the scoring, about 17 to
Portugal's 6. But times were just against the French who kept running
into the Portuguese goalkeeper and the woodwork. The most gruelling
moment for France was when Andre-Pierre Gignac hit the bar.
Prior to the game on sunday night, the final was seen by French
fan as a opportunity to salve the heartbreaks they had been going
through for 14 years. The host nation has been at the receiving end of
series of disappointments since they won the 2000 Euros. They crashed
out of the group stages of the 2002 World Cup without scoring a single
goal. In 2004 they were counted among the spoils for Greece in their
run to the Euro trophy. In 2006 they missed out on a World Cup victory
when star player and Real madrid manager Zinedine Zidane got red
carded for headbutting Italy player Marco Materrazzi. In 2010 they
were on holidays in South Africa.
Portugal did not lose any match, and they drew all their group
stage games. They didn't win any game in regulation time until the
2-0 semi final win against Wales. Throughout the tournament, Santos'
men displayed so much strength, less skills and tactics but proved to
be the most mean defensive unit. Not so neat actually, but cool enough
to get the job done.
""It was quite a closed match, but we had our
chances," France manager Didier Deschamps
said. "The disappointment is there. It's huge.
And it will take time to digest it."
For the Portuguese coach: " we were as cunning as serpents, as
simple as doves".
Santos coached Greece to the second round of the 2014 World Cup in
Brazil, and he did a really good job building a team that centred
around the skills of Ronaldo. But he had to start thinking hard when
the Real star burned his knee. But thanks to a strong backline and a
goalkeeper that was determined not to let down, Portugal survived.
The goal came from a supposed Swansea flop Eder who took a
wonderful shot with his right foot sending the ball into the corner
of the net from a distance.
As Antoine Griezman said, "Portugal isn't all about Ronaldo and we
have seen it".
Somewhere in Manchester, England, new Manchester United boss Jose
Mourinho celebrated the victory by posting pictures of himself in his
pyjamas holding up a scarf in Portuguese colours.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016



Thousands on thousands of fans crowded one of the main stadiums
in Lisbon to watch Christiano break the heart of his Real Madrid team
mate- Gareth Bale. Horns blared out as fans exploded into an uproar as
the final whistle blew to seal Portugal's win against Wales in the
Euro semi final. Fans kept on chanting: "we are in the final! We are
in the final!"
Fans still clearly remember images of a 19 year old Ronaldo
shedding tears after Portugal lost two Greece in the final of the same
competition in 2004. And huge cheers went up each time his person
appeared on the giant screens. Ronaldo opened scoring in a game that
featured great display of creativity and eagerness as both teams
fought it out for a slot in the finals. Ronaldo scored his third goal
of the tournament in the 50th minute with a powerful header. One of
his trademarks**.
Three minutes later, Portugal doubled up a sure lead, when
Ronaldo's cross from a cleared ball got Nani who chipped in the ball
far out of the reach of the Welsh goalkeeper. With the goal on
wednesday night, Ronaldo equalled Michael Platini's record of nine
goals in the European Championships. He is also the first to score in
four European Championships. Ronaldo bagged a yellow card after a
challenge on
In the first half of the game, Gareth Bale took the shine compared
to his club colleague on the opposition line(Ronaldo). But things
changed when Ronaldo leaped imperiously to head in five minutes after
the start of the second half. Wales who hit the semis after a 3-1 win
over Belgium were without the creativity of Aaron Ramsey and Ben
Davies. Both players out on suspension. Portugal had to do without
Pepe(injury) and William Carvalho(suspension). Portugal beat Poland on
penalties to qualify for the semi finals, and will now meet the winner
between Germany and France.
Consolation and Pride:
Despite the win, Wales fans swallowed their devastation and sorrow
as the basked in the pride of their newly set historical mark. Its the
first time a Welsh football team is reaching the semi finals of a
major competition. And fans showed the appreciated their efforts as
they partied far into the night. Reaching the semi finals in Euro
2016 remains their best achievement since the got to the quaterfinals
of the World Cup in 1958.
Welsh fans all over the media are expressing mixed feelings of
sadness, joy, pride and achievement.
Germany and France will clash on thursday(today).
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Argentina and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi has been
sentenced to 21 months in jail for alleged tax evasion. His father
Jorge Messi, was also handed similar sentence of a jail term for
defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1 million.
They also face millions in fines for using secret tax havens in
other countries for tax evasion. However , the both will probably not
serve any sentence, because in Spain, jail sentences under two years
can be served under probation instead. So neither man is expected to
spend any time in jail.
The footballer and his father were slapped with a three count
charge bordering on tax evasion and concealing their income. Messi and
his father were fined a total of €3.5 million.
The player's club Barcelona, have expressed their support for
their star player, insisting on his innocence.
"FC Barcelona expresses its full support to Leo
Messi and his father in relation to the conviction
for tax fraud...
"The club... considers that the player, who has
corrected his position with the Spanish tax office,
is in no way criminally responsible with regards to the facts
underlined in this case."
The trial for the case began in april, and Messi a five time world
player of the year said he did not know anything. He said he only
signed papers without reading them because he trusted his father to
manage his finances properly.
"I was managing football, I knew nothing" he said in a statement that
lasted less than 15 minutes. The footie star said he was "more worried
about playing football". And never saw or suspected any wrongdoings
while signing documents.
The trials began on 30th of April, and investigations have also
been made regarding his endorsements and image rights with addidas,
Procter and Gamble, Danone, Banco Sabadell and others. There was
evidence that a tax evation scheme involving banks in Uruguay had been
deployed to cheat the Spanish government. Following the ruling of a
High Court in July that the player should not be granted any immunity,
his lawyers have claimed that the player devoted no time at all to
reading the documents.
Lionel Messi just retired from the Argentine national team after
Copa America final loss to Chile. He has been the world best player on
five occasions.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016


Wales' players have been warned not to bring their kids out on
the pitch after during the wednesday match against Portugal in the
Euro 2016 saying "it is not safe".
Fans have been thrilled with touching pictures of Wales players
celebrating the victorious run of the Welsh team with their children.
In the tournament leading to the semi finals. Players including Gareth
Bale, Ashley Williams and Hal-Robson Kanu have celebrated the progress
of the team by bringing out their kids after the matches.
But UEFA says the Euro is a tournament and not a family party.
Adding that bringing children into the pitch could endanger them with
risks of invasion by fans and stadium workers running equipment and
mercenary on the pitch.
Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale started the trend after pictures
of him flaunting his daughter bounced all over the media. Just after
the defeat of Northern Ireland in the last 16 stage of the
competition. And his team mates followed suit, lining up their
children after defeating Belgium.
But they may not have that opportunity in the semis clash against
Portugal. Call it 'uefa's killjoy' attitude. Lol.

Sunday, 3 July 2016


Image:Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring France third goal against iceland.
Image credit: Foxsports

France emphatically beat Euro underdogs,Iceland to reach the semi
finals of the Euro 2016 with an amazing scoreline 5-2. The victory
this morning saw goals from Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Athletico
Madrid's Antoine Griezman, Juventus' Paul Pogba, and Dimitri Payet.
Giroud scored a brace in the match that was played at Stade de
The win ended Icelands fairytale dreams of winning the
competition. Iceland had previously cleared off England in the last 16
with a scoreline of 2-1. Which came as a pleasant surprise to its
population of 330,000 residents. But the resilence lceland displayed
against England proved futile against France as they were clearly
outplayed by a star-studed and cordinated French team.
At the half time mark, Iceland were 4-0 down and despite much
rallying around with goals from Sigthorsson and Bjarnasson(towards the
end), the damage was already done. France has not gone beyond the
quaterfinals in this competition since they won the tournament 16
years ago in 2000. And they cruised home easily and happily, stamping
down their win with another goal from Giroud to make it five.
Despite the fact that coming into the game, Iceland had been
praised as a team with the most organised and rugged defence which was
used as a very effective weapon against England, that all went down
memory within 20 minutes of the game. France seemed to pieces their
opponents defence with just the most basic schemes in football. The
first goal came after 12 minutes of gameplay, with Giroud latching on
to a long ball and driving home low, far beyond the reach of Iceland
goalkeeper, Hannes Haldorsson. Giroud went on to score a second goal
and setup another.
Juventus playmaker, Pogba headed in the second goal of the
morning after making a hit at Antoine Griezman's right winged corner.
It was his first goal of the European Championship.

Before the break, Payet and Griezmand added the third and fourth
goals for France before the end of 45 minutes. Griezman latched onto a
through pass from Giroud tipping up the ball over the head of the
advancing iceland goalie.
Sigurdsson who netted in Iceland's winner against England, scored
for Iceland after the first half break at 56 minutes.
But France proved they were still the 'favourites' when Striker
Giroud brought them back increasing their lead by four goals once
again. He scored after beating Hannels to a Payet freekick. He was
withdrawn immediately, having been booked once in the match.
At 84 minutes, Iceland had another goal for pride with a powerful
header from Bjarnason.
Didier Deschamps' men will now face a semi final showdown with
Germany in Marseille on thursday as both giants of European football
go on a "horn-fight" to get to the finals.
The coach said: "Germany remains the best team and the world
champions, no doubt about that. Even if Italy gave them a few scares.
But we are their in the final four".

Saturday, 2 July 2016


Wales player, Sam Vokes celebrates scoring Wales' third goal
against Belgium in the quarter final game.

Yesterday night, Wales beat a top rated Belgium side 3-1 to
progress to the semi-final of the Euro 2016. And it's history for the
UK team because it is actually the first time a Welsh national team is
reaching the semi finals of any international competition.
Not withstanding the goal margin, it was still tough for wales to
pull the feat through as Belgium hit the lead first in the 13th minute
when Radja Nainggolan fired home a stunning strike from about 26
yards. But the Welsh team responded in kind with an equaliser from
team captain-Ashley Williams. Williams headed in the ball which came
in from a corner taken by Arsenal man-Aaron Ramsey.
After 24 minutes of both teams moving from end to end on the
pitch, Wales got the lead from Hal Robson-Kanu who received the ball
from a through pass and with some wonderful moves cleared off two
defenders. After turning and twisting them right inside the penalty
area he drilled home a shot past Belgian and Chelsea goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois into the corner of the net.
Approximately five minutes to the end of regular time, Wales
cemented a sure win on friday night with a header from substitute-Sam
Vokes. Ending Belgium's quest officially.
Welsh fans and supporters are in a joyous mood as the victory
means a lot to them. For the first time they would be cheering their
national team in the semi final of a tournament that has been full of
surprises. The Belgian is also the highest ranked team by FIFA in the
Euro, the rank number 2 in the world, but faced a resilient and very
energetic Welsh team on friday. And the Welsh team made use of
extremely quick counter attacks to over work the Belgian backline.
While Wales had a tough job getting to the quarter finals of the
competition, only managing a Gareth Bale inspired 1-0 win against
northern Ireland, Belgium sporting world class stars like
Hazard(Chelsea),Kevin De Bruyne(Manchester City), Lukaku(Everton),
Thomas Vermalen(Arsenal) saw of Hungary in style. With a clear 4-0
The 2016 Euros have been full of a number of 'exciting
surprises'. With Iceland a nation that can only boast of
330,000beating England 2-1 to reach the quarter finals. Iceland will
be playing tournament hosts France, and will be hoping to win and join
Wales in the Semi Finals. Germany will be meeting Italy on saturday in
a clash the is sure to be Crunchy. The first team to qualify for the
tourney also turned out to be a shock.-Low rated Portugal. After win
over Poland on Penalties.
Portugal will meet the Wales in the Semi Final
While the winner of Iceland-France will meet the winner of
Germany-Italy game.
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Thursday, 30 June 2016


Ex-Paris Saint-Germain star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has
cleared the air of all speculation by announcing his next
destination-Manchester United. The 34 year old announced on Instagram
and Facebook that his next club would be in the English Premier
League. Ending all the doubt surrounding the future of his career.
The move will make Zlatan the second mega signing of the English
side after manager Jose Mourinho has already completed the signing of
Ivory Coast star defender Eric Baily from Villareal. He wrote on
"Time to let the world know. My next destination
is Manchester United,". He also added a photo of himself and the
manchester united badge. In what would likely the last major move of a
career that has spanned five countries, Zlatan will re-unite with
Mourinho at Manchester United. They both worked together during
Mourinho's spell as coach in Inter Milan.
The tall striker who has 116 caps and 62 goals has been playing
around announcing the decision. After Sweden's first game at the 2016
Euro, he wrote on instagram that he was not sure of his next
destination after PSG at all.
Ibrahimovic has had previous career spells with Malmo of sweden,
Ajax of Holland, Juventus of Italy, Barcelona in Spain and Paris
Saint-Germain in France. He announced his retirement after his country
Sweden crashed out of the group stages of Euro 2016.

Zlatan will surely be an invaluable asset for Mourinho in his attempt
to upgrade an uncoordinated Manchester United line that performed so
poorly last season. He will add more depth,speed, strength and
versatility to the team's attacking line. This will mean Rooney will
have to slide back deeper into the midfield,leaving the attack for
Zlatan, and youngsters Martial and Rashford. And as for Depay who was
purchased from dutch club side PSV at no little cost by former coach
Van Gaal, he may just have to be shelled out or just kept on his bench
For weeks and even before the start of the Euros, Zlatan has posed
the indecisive person in the media. He has carefully. And tactically
avoided questions on his future and career after PSG. But he did
disclose that there had been 'concrete' offers from USA, Asia and
Europe buit refused to name Manchester United. There were even
speculations that he would decline the temptation to test new soil(In
England) and would rather go back to AC Milan in Italy or drift to
When mercurial personality was interviewed after Mourinho's
appointment as Manchester United coach, he said of the portuguese:
"You want action, you bring Mourinho. I believe
he's the man to bring them back to the top.
Wherever he went he won,"
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is popular for his outstanding performance in
front of goal and his colourful character on and off the pitch.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016


It hasn't really been the best of weeks for England so far.
First a referendum on thursday last week meant they were leaving the
European Union, and following that, Iceland has officially sent them
parking out of the competition.
"Meehn! U don't belong here!"

Monday, 27 June 2016


Loses 2-0 to Italy.
European football giants have been knocked out of the euro 2016
competition by Italy. This evening they spanish team comprising of
Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Pedro, David de Gea and others were beating by
a faster and more coordinated Italian side.
The Spanish team have lost the opportunity to defend the european
title which they won four years ago. Giorgio Chiellini broke the
deadlock in the 33rd minute with a tap-in on a rebounding ball from De
Gea. Though Spain as usual enjoyed much of possessive football, Italy
looked much more deadly in front and Spain almost paid for it on two
Superb saves from De Gea helped to keep the Italian team at bay
right from the 8th minute including a superb save in the 37th minute
when Emanuele Giacherrini made an effort to drill a shot in the top
corner of the goal. Long before Spain settled into the game. The
first half ended with Italy in a pole position to move to the next
round of the competition.
Starting again after the break, Morata got a splendid chance to
hit an equaliser but just headed the ball into the veteran palms of
Buffon. Six minutes later Italy missed another opportunity to increase
the gap, thanks to another world class save by De Gea.
Some efforts were made by the Spanish forward line but Buffon
remained largely untested throughout the second half of the game.
Points out the 100% commitment of Italy's powerful backline.
At the 77 minutes mark, ageing goalkeeper Buffon saw a bit of
action when he had to pull of a gasping save from Pique's blistering
shot. At 83 minutes, Pedro came on for substitute Aritz Aduriz.
Spain couldn't even continue the record of the most goals scored
in the last ten minutes of any game in a european competition. More
than any team. At 90 minutes, Italy doubled the lead when Pelle
drilled a shot home from six yard.
In the last Euro, both teams met in the finals and Spain ran out
clear winners with a 4-0 score line.


Image: messi, a picture of dejection after missing his penalty.

For the second time in a row the Chileans beat the argentines to
a championship victory. It happened yesterday night. For the Argentina

Thursday, 23 June 2016


Leicester city and England striker Jamie Vardy has signed another
contract with his current club. Vardy who is currently on
international duty with England at the Euro 2016 came out as the
club's top striker last season.
There strong speculations that vardy would leave to sign for
arsenal, but the club announced that he has agreed to a contract that
will keep him till the summer of 2020.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Sweden international, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his
retirement from international duty after the Euro 2016. The former PSG
striker who has been strongly linked with Manchester United in the
past months has scored a total of 62 goals for Sweden. An
international record. While the Euro appearance against Belgium will
hand him 116 caps.
He said: "I am very proud of what I have achieved and will always
bring the Swedish flag with me."
Contrary to wide expectations, he won't be representing his
country in the Rio Olympics come august.

Monday, 20 June 2016


...Dressing room pinging
Ezequiel Lavezzi of the Argentina national team shared the photo
above of his team mates pinging away at their phones. They sure did a
lot of shouting and celebration on the pitch, but it probably ended at
the final whistle. As the dressing looked subdued. All players seemed
more interested in updating their social network profiles than
discussing the match.even after a big win.
The pic was taken by Manchester United defender- Marcos Rojo after
4-1 trashing of Venezuela in the Copa America.


Last nights Euro 2016 group match between France and Switzerland
was marred with many incidents of torn ripped up shirts and in a rare
incident, the addidas ball costing £105 burst open during the match.
This has led to deregatory comments being thrown at Puma, the
manufacturer of the shirts and addidas the manufacture of the ball.
It's costumary for footie stars to exchange their jerseys after a
match, but almost five switzerland players were forced to change their
torn shirts while the match was on.
Switzerland and stoke player- Shaquiri jokingly said he hopes puma
are not manufacturing condoms.
Other players changed theirs too.
Granit Xhaka changed twice. And about three other players too. Not
counting that a few tears were were discoverd on the shirts of some
players after the match.
Switzerland goalie said:
"It can happen, it means there was a fight on the pitch"
But footage show the tugs and 'pulls' that led to the tears
weren't that rough.
"Five Puma teams have played 10 games in this tournament without such
problems. Our product people are currently investigating the shirt
material. We will provide a further update when we have one." A puma
spokesman said.


Image:sunday Oliseh

...Turns down job offers.
Sunday Oliseh, believes he has learnt a lot as a one time super
eagles coach, and wants to concentrate on his job at FIFA.
Sunday Oliseh who will be at the Rio Olympics as an analyst has
revealed that he has been refusing coaching offers from teams and
clubs,including a lucrative offer from china. And that's because he
has learnt enough lessons coaching the Nigerian national team.
"For a while I'd love to analyse matches at
international tournaments going on and learn the
latest trends in the game and also develop myself
The former Nigerian captain had earlier turned down offers from
south African teams.

Thursday, 16 June 2016


...UK grinds to a halt as people desert the streets to watch
international derby.
Substitute, Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool broke the hearts of
welsh fans today when he scored in 90th minute to give England
victory. Daniel sturridge who got on the pitch during the second half
of the sparked the wildest of celebrations both and out of the stadium
when he scrambled in a goal at the last minute of full time.
The welsh team was put into the lead by real madrid star, Gareth
Bale who scored in the 46th minute, but England levelled up 14 minutes
later with a goal from Leicester top striker Jamie Vardy.
The match kicked off at about 2pm, with shops , offices and
business hubs closing up. And within minutes of the starting whistle,
UK and Paris streets were empty. Pubs and beer parlours were filled to
the brim. In some places contract talks had to be postponed as people
looked for the clost TV to watch the international derby.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016


Image: skysports
...Medicals after Euro 2016
Swedish star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a provisional deal
with Manchester United. Sky sports reports. The PSG player who is a
free agent from french club PSG, has finally agreed to sign up for
ManU on a one year deal.
Reports also revealed that Manchester United hed previously made
efforts to seal a deal with the player before he left for country
duties. But logistics problems meant the deal couldn't be completed on

Monday, 13 June 2016


Young Nigerian starlet Chinedu Nwakali will be going to England
later this month to complete the signing of his Arsenal contract. This
was revealed by the Diamond Football Academy, Umuahia. Diamond is one
of the two football academies that own a share in Nwakali's football
rights. The other is ASJ.
The president of the academy, Mr.Akpugo said that Nwakali had to
come back home for the U20 team schedule, but will be returning to
London later in June to finalise a deal with the EPL club.
He also added that the most valuable player of 2015 FIFA U-17
world cup had agreed a five year deal with his soon-to-be employers.
Chinedu Nwakali 18, converted a wonderful free kick in the U-20
match against Burundi on saturday. He has been linked to Chelsea, Real
Madrid and Manchester City in the past.

Sunday, 12 June 2016


After series of unseemly behaviour from English football fans at
the ongoing Euro 2016 competition, European football association has
said it could ban England from the competition. Not just England but
Russia too. As both sets of fans have been involved in numerousclashes
in days leading to their game on saturday.
In marseille on saturday, the fans clashed throwing beer bottles
and chairs at each other, while the marseille police struggled to
contain the commotion by throwing tear gas.
After the match between England and Russia, the fans clashed at
various parts of the stadium, fighting themselves, and once a Russian
fan threw a gas flare at the English side.
As thousands of English and Russian fans travel to Lille for their
next game, safety has become a major concern.

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