Monday, October 16, 2017

Roger Federer Hammers Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters.

Roger Federer eased to a straight-sets victory over his familiar rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday morning.

The 36-year-old saw off the Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 as he put in yet another impressive display in China.

Nadal was unable to cope under the pressure of Federer who continues to add to his incredible year.

After so much anticipation, the final turned out to be a let down in terms of a contest as Federer just blazed his way past the World No.1.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday football news round up.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose. The 27-year-old could move north for £50m. (Sun)

Manchester City are set to make a January move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez - and could get the 28-year-old Chile forward for £20m. (Daily Mirror)

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is among the early favourites to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager. (Guardian)

Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss David Moyes would be willing to speak to Scotland about becoming their new manager. (Sun)

Chelsea scouts will check on Red Star Belgrade's Ghana striker Richmond Boakye, 24, during next week's Europa League tie against Arsenal. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Arsenal will both move for Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Lawro takes on rapper Wretch 32 in this weekend's Premier League f

Manchester City can afford Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, but the 30-year-old does not want to leave, according to his Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero. (TyC Sports, via Talksport)

Messi could be in line for an £80m signing-on bonus if he agrees a new deal with Barcelona. (L'Ara, via Daily Mail)

Chelsea will consider sending Belgium Under-21 midfielder Charly Musonda, 20, on loan in January. (Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 27, could make his loan switch to West Brom permanent. (Le10 Sport, via Talksport)

Leicester City could move for former Manchester City and Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna, 34 who is a free agent. (Leicester Mercury)

Sunderland will consider selling Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone, 28, midfielder Jack Rodwell, 26, and Gabon midfielder Didier Ndong, 23, if Ellis Short has not sold the Championship club before the winter transfer window opens. (Northern Echo)

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson wants to sign a new midfielder in January. (Bristol Post)

Ipswich Town will confirm the £90,000 signing of Waterford striker Aaron Drinan 19, in the January transfer window. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is on Scotland's wish list, reports the Guardian

Liverpool "don't come close" to being genuine Premier League title contenders this season, says former Reds and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince. (Liverpool Echo)

The French Football Federation plans to hold talks with France boss Didier Deschamps about a possible contract extension. (L'Equipe, via ESPN)

But Carlo Ancelotti, who has just left Bayern Munich, will turn down the chance to manage Italy as he wants to return to England. (Sun)

Huddersfield Town will not rush record signing Steve Mounie, 23, back into first-team action. (Yorkshire Post)

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he could quit if he wins promotion this year as "the Premier League is not for him" any more. (Daily Express)

Accrington Stanley striker Billy Kee has revealed the secret behind his tally of seven goals in 12 League Two games this season - a diet of beer and crisps. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have been preparing for Saturday's game at Watford in a cryotherapy chamber, where players are exposed to temperatures as low as -150C for a few minutes to shock the body and help aid their recovery
The best of Thursday's gossip

Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau says his club are prepared to make another attempt to sign Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, when the transfer window opens in January. (Guardian)

Liverpool will continue to refuse to enter into negotiations with Barcelona over the transfer of Coutinho. (Independent)

Alternatively, Liverpool have agreed to allow Coutinho to leave for the Nou Camp in January in a deal worth £98.6m. (Mundo Deportivo via Daily Mail)

Manager Jose Mourinho is ready to sign a new £65m five-year Manchester United contract. (Sun)

Manchester United's Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, 29, has turned down the chance to move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)

List of countries who have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

List of countries assured of places in the 32-team field for next year's World Cup finals in Russia after Tuesday's qualifiers:


Russia (Qualified as hosts)




















Costa Rica





South Korea

Saudi Arabia








Northern Ireland



Draw is on Oct. 17 with the four best-ranked teams

seeded. The first legs will be played from Nov. 9-11 and the

second legs from Nov. 12-14.

The winner of each tie qualifies for the tournament


New Zealand v Peru

Australia v Honduras

The ties will be played over two legs from Nov. 6 to 14 with the aggregate winners qualifying for the tournament.

Barcelona to give Messi a record $100 million signing bonus.

Lionel Messi is already one of the richest soccer players on the planet, and he could soon add a record-breaking signing bonus to his wealth.

Spanish club Barcelona is willing to pay top dollar to keep its superstar, especially after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, FC Barcelona is set to offer Messi a bonus of approximately $100 million to extend his tenure with the club. That sum would be on top of a reported base salary of around $650,000 per week.

A $100 million bonus would shatter the previous record, according to the report.

It shows how badly Barcelona wants to hold onto their superstar, especially in light of rumors that he may be eyeing a move to Manchester City after the new year.

But while Barcelona is one of the richest clubs in the world, they already spend 84% of their total revenue on player salaries, so it appears they'll have to go to special lengths to afford Messi's bonus.

The Mail reported that the club is considering selling the naming rights to the Camp Nou, the team's home since 1957.

A potential deal would involve 25 years of brand name attachment and raise well over $200 million in revenue.

The Camp Nou is set to undergo significant renovations in the next few years, and it could have a new name as soon as next season, breaking a 60-year precedent.

But while a number of changes are planned, Messi's new contract will provide some continuity on the pitch.

Messi's current deal with Barcelona is set to expire at the end of this season, but talks of an extension stalled over the summer while the star forward was helping his native Argentina qualify for the World Cup.

Argentina clinched its place in Russia earlier this week thanks to Messi's hat trick against Ecuador.

While re-signing Messi would have been a top priority for Barcelona no matter the circumstances, it became an especially important goal after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain by way of a record-breaking $263 million transfer.

Losing both superstars would have been a big blow to the club, which reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.

While Messi has not officially agreed to the deal, midfielder and team captain Andres Iniesta, who signed a lifetime deal with Barcelona earlier this month, believes the 30 year old will return to the Camp Nou.

"The club wants Leo to be here, he wants to be here. I hope that his story [at Barcelona] never ends," he said, according to The Sun. "He is unique, we can't live without him, and I think the club thinks the same way".

By Emmanuel Ndibe

Monday, October 09, 2017

France Football announces 30 man nominees for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award.

Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to retain his Balon 'd or award as he and twenty nine others were shortlisted by France Football for the yearly football award.

Ronaldo is expected to equal Barcelona star Lionel Messi, after helping Real Madrid win LaLiga and become the first side to successfully defend the Uefa Champions League.

He is joined by six of his fellow Madrid team-mates, making the European champions the highest represented club in the nominees.

In total the Spanish La Liga accounts for more than a third of the shortlist with 11 of the players plying their trade in Spain's top flight.

The Premier League is next with (7), followed by Serie A (5), Ligue 1 (4) and the Bundesliga (3).

The 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist in full:
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
David de Gea (Manchester United)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Edin Dzeko (Roma)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Isco (Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Nigeria player Isaac Success arrested after fight with hookers

Nigeria and Watford forward Isaac Success has been arrested after he demanded from the hookers, he picked up and paid, to return his £2,000.

Success reportedly gulped two bottles of Baileys and thereby failed to perform with the hookers after paying them the said amount.

The 21 year old former Nigeria junior international was arrested after angrily demanding his money back.

One of the hooker escort paid by Success was Alexis Domerge.

Escort Alexis Domerge said the Watford star bragged about his strength in the bedroom and was ready for the action packed night.

But things didn't materialize for him after he drank two bottle of Baileys and then repeatedly failed to bring the action he bragged about.
When the women decided to voice out on Success’s weak and sloppy performance after 90 minutes, he angrily demanded his money back.

He was later arrested in the hotel lobby after the cops were called in.
Alexis, 24, said: “He accused us of ripping him off and asked for his money to be returned.

“It was terrifying. He had paid four of us £500 each to party with him and we all got naked as soon as the money came through on our phone bank accounts.

“He was drinking Baileys straight from the bottle.

“He must have chugged at least two. I pulled off his shorts and got down to it with three other girls doing everything you could imagine.

Another of the hooker, Michaela Carter says the 21-year-old Success came across as shy and awkward.
Michaela said she massaged the footballer for ninety minutes.
“But he was getting frustrated. What do you expect if you drink two bottles of Baileys liqueur straight from the bottle?”
“He had a nice body and all four of us massaged him for a full hour and a half, as long as a football match.

“He had been boasting to us all night about how much he earned and how much fun we were going to have.

“But it’s fair to say that Mr Success did not live up to his name during our night together.

“He seemed really keen on Baileys, swigging the stuff out of the bottle. It made me cringe because it’s so sickly sweet.

“He seemed a bit shy and awkward, probably because he’s only 21.

After a bit of the hookers chats with Success, Alexis took charge and said it was time to get down to business.
Alexis said he became frustrated but blamed his performance on the booze.

Alexis says the four escorts all got naked as soon as the money came through on their bank accounts

“She laughed and told him, ‘We want your money before the honey’.

“So he transferred £2,000 straight to one of the girls which was divided between the four of us.

“The partying started as soon as the money came into our accounts and we all stripped off.

“All five of us were squirming around on the bed but after a while we realised the Baileys had taken its toll.

“Eventually, I told him I couldn’t stay any longer and we couldn’t give him extra time. That’s when things started to get nasty.

“There was a lot of screaming which must have woken the entire hotel.

“At that point the police were called. We were all making a terrible racket.

“I ended up with a slight cut on my face and a bruise on my arm during the chaos.

“I don’t know how it happened. During the row I also stumbled backwards and broke the heels of my £600 Louboutin shoes. It meant I was already £100 down.”

“Several police cars arrived really quickly and about five officers came in and cuffed his hands behind his back and took him outside.

“Success admitted that he had paid us for sex.

“But he also claimed we’d cheated him out of the cash, without mentioning the reason why he didn’t have sex.

“All this commotion was more than the hotel management could take and they ordered us out of the hotel, including him.

“It’s a really nice place and I guess this isn’t the sort of behaviour they tolerate.”

The hookers said Success later called his bank and had the payments to them stopped.

Alexis said: “We couldn’t believe it when he accused us of cheating him and got the bank to get him his money back.

“We made a deal and it wasn’t our fault he didn’t have a good time. His behaviour was off the scale.”

Success signed for Watford from Spanish side Granada for £12.5million last July — then a record fee for the Hertfordshire club. He has struggled to make the starting line-up since.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating an allegation of assault reported to have occurred at 6.30am at Sopwell House in St Albans on Monday September 11.

“A 21-year-old man was arrested and de-arrested and inquiries are ongoing.”

A representative for the player said: “We strongly refute all allegations against Isaac and will vigorously fight to clear his name.”

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Nigeria beats Zambia to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Alex Iwobi's 73rd-minute goal was enough to help the Super Eagles book their qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after beating Zambia 1-0 on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

The encounter didn't begin the way Nigeria wanted, making faulty passes and allowing the Chipolopolo control the midfield with ease ended the first half with little of nothing to cheer about.

However, the introduction of Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi in the second half changed the complexion of the game as he pushed the Super Eagles attack more forward and eventually made his presence count with a cool finish to break the deadlock.

Shehu Abdullahi was awarded the man of the match award.

The victory means, the team have qualified for Russia with a game to spare against the Desert Foxes of Algeria later in November.

Story by Emmanuel Ndibe
Edited by Cosmos Chukwuemeka Akisi

Watch Highlights here:

Friday, October 06, 2017

Madrid City Council names sports center after former super eagles goalie Agbonavbare

The Madrid City Council have named a popular sports center in the city after former Nigeria international goalkeeper, Wilfred Agbonavbare.

The motion moved by Councillor Paco Perez during Wednesday's plenary session recommended renaming the Alberto Garcia Sports Center at Rua Reguera Tomateros  after the late Agbonavbare.

Wilfred 'Willy' Agbonavbare who died on 27th January 2015 at the age of 48 was a cult hero in Vallecas haven played for Rayo Vallecano between 1990 and 1996.

He was a member of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and also reached the round of 16 at the United States World Cup in the same year.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Premier League clubs unable to agree on fees as Facebook weighs up broadcast bid.

Premier League clubs were unable to come to a resolution over how overseas television money is distributed following Wednesday's meeting, while Facebook could be in line as the next official broadcaster of the English top-flight's matches.

All 20 teams met in London midweek to discuss TV rights, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham reportedly determined to receive a greater share of income.

A new deal would see a percentage of the global revenue divided based on league position but no vote was taken due to a lack of support.

Meanwhile, Facebook's head of sports Dan Reed refused to rule out a bid for the Premier League broadcast rights.

The Premier League's next deals are set to be auctioned next year and the social media giant could challenge the likes of Sky Sports and BT for the next three-year set of domestic and international rights.

Reed said: "The Premier League is a very important partner of ours and we work with them very closely."

By Emmanuel Ndibe

FIFA bans Equatorial Guinea from World Cup for fielding ineligible players

World football governing body, FIFA have expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women's World Cup in France for fielding 10 ineligible players as well as using forged documents.

This is the latest sanctions after the west africa side were also slammed with a ban from competing at the 2020 Olympics last year.

Fifa also imposed a fine of $102,000 (£77,700) on the country's football association.

An investigation by the world governing body found the 10 players were "not eligible to play for the representative team of Equatorial Guinea".

The players in question, all took part in qualifying for the 2016 Olympic women's tournament in Brazil.

Two more players - Muriel Linda Mendoua Abessolo and Francisca Angue Ondo Asangono - were given 10-match bans after being found to have used forged and falsified documents.

As well as missing the 2019 Women's World Cup and the following year's Olympics, Equatorial Guinea are also banned from the next two Africa Women Cup of Nations in 2018 and 2020.

The initial ban from the Olympics, announced in April 2016, came after Fifa found that Camila Maria do Carmo Nobre de Oliveira used forged documents in the preliminary competition of the 2016 games.

She was discovered with two passports with different birth dates and two birth certificates showing different parental information.

In 2016, De Oliveira also played in Women's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying against Mali, who later made an official complaint which led to the Confederation of African Football's Nations Cup ban.

The two-time AWCON winners were subsequently disqualified from the 2016 AWCON  finals in Cameroon (replaced by Mali, eventually won by Nigeria) as well as the next two tournaments.

Source: bbc sports

Barcelona to be without supporters for Atletico trip

News just reaching us says that there will be a lack of travelling Fc Barcelona supporters for their epic clash with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano due to logistical reasons.

The Spanish giant, Barcelona will make the trip to the country capital Madrid following the international break on October 14 without fans, the La Liga leaders announced yesterday, Wednesday.

"Applications for the match have been cancelled as Atletico cannot supply the tickets previously offered at the newly-built stadium, though 62 members who already made a purchase are guaranteed to attend".

This is after Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 3-0 behind closed doors at Camp Nou last week amid political tensions over the Catalan independence referendum.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 2013 Ballon d'Or raises up to £600k at charity auction.

The 2013 Ballon d'Or trophy won by Portuguese Star Cristiano Ronaldo has been auctioned off for £600,000 with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity.

Ronaldo edged close rival Lionel Messi to the award in 2013 lifting it for the second time in his career at the time.

The original replica Ballon d'Or donated by the Real Madrid star was sold to an anonymous donor, Wednesday, at the Foundation's 'Art of Wishes' auction at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

The event, supported by Cartier, centred around the auction of artworks inspired by the wishes of children fighting life-threatening conditions and included works from Tracey Emin, Dan Colen and Rob Pruitt, amongst other world-renowned artists.

Ronaldo is a long-term supporter of Make-A-Wish, donating funds and granting wishes to seriously ill children across the world.

The Ballon D’Or has been won by Ronaldo 4 times including 2016, but never before has an award of this prestige been donated for an auction.

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