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UCL Final: Juventus in Do Or Die Battle with Real Madrid

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The final of the 2016/2017 Europe Champions’ League game between 11 times champions, Real Madrid of Spain and Turin based Juventus of Italy comes up today, Saturday 3rd June. The kick off time is 7:45pm.

The game will be played at the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff, which has been renamed the National Stadium of Wales.

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Wenger stays, signs two-year deal with Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal Football Club, has extended his stay at the club by sealing a two-year deal with the north London side.

This is coming after the 67-year-old won a record 13th FA Cup for the English side.

According to BBC, the agreement does not include a break clause and, should it be completed, will extend his reign to 23 years.

Despite the frustration of many fans and the numerous call for Wenger’s sack, Arsenal do not consider this as his last contract with the club.

BBC adds that Arsenal are expected to spend at least £100m on new players in the upcoming transfer window – which opens on 1 July – having also spent around that figure last summer.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League this season, the first time they have finished outside the top four since the Frenchman joined in 1996 — missing the UEFA Champions league for the first time in 20 years.

Wenger met Stan Kroenke, club owner, on Monday to determine his future, with the decision relayed to directors at a Tuesday board meeting.

An official announcement is expected later on Wednesday.

Source: The Cable

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See how many league titles Barcelona need to win to catch up with Real Madrid

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Real Madrid were crowned champions of Spain yesterday after defeating Malaga 2-0 on the final day of the season. It is their first league title since 2012 as the country has been dominated by Barcelona in the past decade. The Catalan side have lifted the league title eight times in ten years but their haul of 24 titles is dwarfed by Real Madrid’s 33.

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FIFA Appoints retired Nigerian judge into Ethics Committee

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A retired Nigerian Judge, Ayotunde Phillips, has been appointed into the newly-constituted FIFA Ethics Committee at the Congress of the world football governing body taking place in Manama, Bahrain.

 

The 68-year-old who studied law at the University of Lagos, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1974 and spent her compulsory National Youth Service Corps year in the then East Central State of Nigeria.

The new FIFA appointee was the fourth female Chief Judge of Lagos State.

She retired from the High Court Bench in July 2014 upon the attainment of the statutory retirement age of 65 years.

She had by then served the Lagos State Government for 38 years out of which 20 years were spent on the High Court Bench.

Justice Ayotunde was the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission until her latest appointment.

The Nigeria Football Federation has already congratulated her.
The Federation, via its Twitter account, wrote: “Congratulations to Nigerian Judge, Justice Ayotunde Phillip who has just been appointed into the FIFA Ethics Committee.”

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Lionel Messi Set to wed longtime partner Antonello Roccuzzo in June

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The quiet streets of Arroyo Seco in Argentina will come to life on June 30 when Barcelona and Selección forward, Lionel Messi, wed his longtime partner Antonello Roccuzzo.

Messi met Antonella in their native city of Rosario in Argentina, where the ceremony will take place.

The childhood sweethearts have been together for 10 years and have two children, Thiago and Mateo.

It is set to be held in Arroyo Seco, a quiet suburb of the Argentine city.

With some family and friends unable to travel to south America, a second ceremony is expected to be held in Barcelona.

The wedding will hold six days after Messi’s 30th birthday.

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I have always admired Okocha, confesses Barcelona great Ronaldinho

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The two veterans are widely considered among the greatest midfielders the game has ever seen, and they crossed path in Bahrain

Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has never hidden his admiration for former Nigeria captain Austin Okocha.

The 2005 Fifa World Player of the Year winner confirmed it again, when he met the Bolton Wanderers’ great in Bahrain venue of the 67th Fifa Congress.

Ronaldinho was Okocha’s protégé at Paris Saint Germain before the latter’s departure for the English Premier League. Aside the Nigerian, he also revealed his respect for former Colombia skipper Carlos Valderrama.

 

”Só camisa 10 que sempre admirei. @iamokocha e @PibeValderramaP,” he tweeted posing with the iconic No.10s. In English it means: ”Only 10 shirt I’ve always admired. Okocha and Valderrama”

Diego Maradona, Carli Lloyd, Alex Scott , Karina LeBlanc, Said Olawairan, Cafu, David Trezeguet and Alexey Smertin are other legends in Asian country for the congress billed for Thursday at the International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Manama.

There, the Fifa council will discuss a number of key topics related to the future of the world governing body’s competitions, particularly the Fifa World Cup.

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Super Eagles’ Coach, Rohr invites three new home-based players to Super Eagles

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The Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up three new home-based players for the planned camping programme in France and the international friendly match against the Corsica Senior National Team later this month.

The three new invitees are Alhassan Ibrahim of Akwa United as well as the MFM FC duo of Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatubosun.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa who also plays in the Nigeria League with FC Ifeanyi Ubah is also in the 25-man list released by Rohr on Monday, but he is not new to the national team set-up having been invited over in a couple of occasions.

The Super Eagles will open camp in Corsica on May 24 and then play against the Corsica senior team two days later, before moving camp to Paris, capital of France for the second phase of the camping programme ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

Nigeria, unbeaten in a competitive game at senior level by South Africa since the Rainbow Nation returned to international football 25 years ago, go up against the familiar foes at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on June 10.

Injury has ruled out first –choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Championship, leaving home-based Ikechukwu Ezenwa to fight it out with fellow former junior international, Dele Alampasu, for the slot between the sticks.

England–based duo, Ola Aina (Chelsea FC) and Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC), have been granted permission to feature for their respective clubs in the English FA Cup final on May 27 before joining the squad in Paris.

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Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Uche Agbo (CF Granada, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Olanrewaju Kayode (FC Austria Wien, Austria); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96, Germany); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)

To join team in Paris after English FA Cup final are Ola Aina (Chelsea FC, England) and Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England).

Source: PremiumTime

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FIFA to commence the use of video assistant referee

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World football governing body, FIFA, has revealed its plan to commence the use of Video Assistant Referee, VAR at the 2018 World Cup.

The new method was tried last December in Japan during the Fifa Club World Cup.

The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino made the revelation on Wednesday stating that the VAR will be used at next year’s World Cup in Russia for the first time.

According to reports, Infantino revealed this at a congress of the South American Football Confederation in Santiago, Chile.

He said, “We will use video refereeing at the 2018 World Cup because we’ve had nothing but positive feedback so far.”

Video assistance was introduced to support referees with “game-changing” decisions.

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Wenger vows never to sell Alexis Sanchez to Premier League rival

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Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has said he would rather allow Alexis Sanchez walk away for free next year, than sell him to a Premier League rival.

Alexis, whose current deal expires in 2018, has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Chile international is currently locked in a contract stalemate, after the Gunners offered him a new contract worth in excess of £250,000-a-week.

Wenger has made it clear he will not sell the 28-year-old like he did and explained that it is a different situation to when Arsenal sold Robin van Persie to United in 2012.

“I don’t think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure. The question is more, Why would you sell him to another [Premier League] club? You want to be as strong as you can be, and not strengthen the other teams.

“I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30 and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. I personally think he will sign and stay here.

“Even if he doesn’t sign a new deal, I will make him stay? Yes. Would I rather keep him than sell to a Premier League rival? Yes.

“But first of all, he is happy here. His desire is to stay. That is what I deeply believe.

“The disagreements are more contractual, not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen,” Wenger said.

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Eden HAZARD Rejects Chelsea Captaincy

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Chelsea midfielder, Eden Hazard, has ruled himself out of the running to replace John Terry, as the new captain of the team.

Terry has confirmed that he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.

Gary Cahill has worn the armband in Terry’s absence this season and appears to be the leading candidate to be named skipper ahead of the 2017/2018 campaign.

“I think we have some players who can be more than a captain in this team,” Hazard told Sky Sports.

“When I talk to you at the national team, I do not know if I am a good captain, but I am a captain on the pitch.

“Off the pitch I do not like to talk a lot. In England, I think the captain has to talk and make people ready for the games. I am not this kind of guy, I can talk with my feet but it is not my job to talk to everyone.

“I think JT does this, Gary [Cahill], [Cesar] Azpilicueta and even Cesc. They deserve to be captain.”

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