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The Great Debate: Can Ogenyi Onazi prove his worth without John Obi Mikel?

In the absence of the Chelsea midfielder, can the Lazio man prove his class in the heart of the midfield upon Stephen Keshi’s return? DEBATE By Solace Chukwu & James Ezimoha Stephen Keshi returns to the Nigeria hotseat for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad surely looking to set the tone for his upcoming reign. The Big Boss will face ...

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Keshi to sign new contract in low key ceremony on Tuesday

Daniel Amokachi will not be part of the new backroom staff as Sylvanus Okpala returns to assist the Big Boss in his new assignment Goal can authoritatively confirm that the much awaited signing of the contract to coach the Super Eagles by Stephen Keshi will finally hold on Tuesday at the Wuse Zone 7 Secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation. ...

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Messi can stay at Barcelona until he retires – Bartomeu

    The club’s president says he hopes the Argentine stays at Camp Nou for years to come and admits that they are not thinking about a move for Paul Pogba Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said he would like Lionel Messi to stay at the club until he retires. The Argentine has been at the Blaugrana since he was ...

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Benzema joins Real Madrid’s derby injury list

    The French striker is the latest player to be sidelined for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final decider against Atletico Karim Benzema will definitely join Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Marcelo on the Real Madrid sidelines against Atletico on Wednesday. Goal understands Benzema, who played no part in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Malaga on Saturday, failed to prove his fitness ...

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‘Ancelotti to blame for Modric injury’

The midfielder was ruled out for six weeks after picking up a knee problem in the win over Malaga, and the Croatia team doctor says the coach should have taken better care of him Carlo Ancelotti is the man to blame for the injury that has ruled Luka Modric out for six weeks, according to the Croatia national team head doctor ...

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Menez quandary sums up Inzaghi’s Milan malaise

COMMENT: The Rossoneri boss has found no answer to the lack of goals up front, but largely because he keeps going back to the failing ‘false nine’ system By Kris Voakes | International Football Correspondent It had a smattering of drama, and pulses were sent racing from time to time, but the 214th Milan derby was more notable for what it ...

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Ancelotti: Madrid might not want me

The coach has a year remaining on his contract to discuss an extension, but also acknowledged the club may not wish to offer him fresh terms Carlo Ancelotti has yet to open talks over a new Real Madrid contract and admitted the club “may not call him” over extending his stay at the Bernabeu. Speculation around the Italian coach’s future ...

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Peter Odemwingie is thankful to be able to play again

Odemwingie pleased with return to training

The Stoke City striker has made good recovery from cruciate ligament injury which had kept him out of the game since August 2014 Peter Odemwingie is glad to be back in training after more than six months off due to knee ligament injury. The Nigerian veteran collapsed in a game for Stoke City last August but is now set to ...

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Bayern doctor resigns over ‘damaged trust’

Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has stepped down as head of the club’s medical staff after his department was blamed for Wednesday’s defeat to Porto Bayern Munich team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has stepped down from his post at the club, citing a damage of trust. The Bundesliga champions have been beset by injuries in recent weeks and were missing Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, ...

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Bartomeu could face two years in prison

  State lawyers have called for a 27-month sentence for the current Barcelona president for fraud in the controversial deal to sign Neymar from Santos Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu should go to jail for TWO years for committing fiscal fraud in the signing of Neymar, Spanish state lawyers have recommended. Legal representatives last month called for a prison term ...

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Messi: Penalty problems frustrate me

The Barcelona star believes goalkeepers are wising up to his tactics from the spot but concedes his record from 12 yards has not been good enough Lionel Messi admits he is deeply frustrated with his success rate from penalties this season. Barcelona and Argentina star Messi has missed four penalties for club and country this term, including against Manchester City ...

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Ancelotti wants revenge against Atletico

The European champions have not beaten their city rivals in any of the six games they have faced each other this season and the coach wants that to change in the Champions League Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid‘s six-game winless streak against Atletico Madrid this season is providing his team with extra motivation ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg. ...

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Liverpool Ladies hail Asisat Oshoala on All African Games ticket

The Reds have commended the striker for scoring twice to help her country to an 8-0 home win over Mali and qualifying for this year’s continental games EXCLUSIVE By Samuel Ahmadu Liverpool Ladies have praised Asisat Oshoala on helping the Super Falcons secure a qualification ticket to the 2015 All African Games on Friday, the Nigerian striker has told Goal ...

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CommentaryMain events 49′ Navas hangs a cross into the area that finds Aguero free for a moment, but the Argentine can’t get a crucial second touch on the ball. City keep it alive and Silva attempts to tee up Toure for the piledriver, but his layoff doesn’t even travel the two or three yards it needs to reach the Cote ...

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Ronaldo and Messi don’t save lives!’ – Mourinho baffled by footballers’ influence

  The Portuguese coach continues to be amazed at the status of footballers when compared to people from other professions Jose Mourinho is baffled at the influence on society of footballers such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, considering they “don’t save lives”. The Chelsea boss – one of the most recognisable figures in football – believes people from other walks of ...

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Ibrahimovic banned for four games for anti-France tirade

The Swedish striker described his adopted nation as “a s**t country” during a foul-mouthed rant at officials Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been hit with a four-game ban for his anti-France tirade following Paris Saint-Germain‘s Ligue 1 loss at Bordeaux last month. The Sweden international was caught on camera verbally abusing referee Lionel Jaffredo after the 3-2 defeat and caused huge controversy by ...

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        Real Madrid turn attention to Valdes 925 2K Real Madrid have abandoned their pursuit of Manchester United’s David de Gea and instead turned their attention to Victor Valdes. The former Barcelona man joined the Red Devils on a free transfer earlier this season. Source: Daily Express Thursday, April 9, 2015 20:49 Liverpool to demand Walcott for ...

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Liverpool to join race for Lacazette

    The Reds are keen to bolster their forward options ahead of next season and the Lyon man features prominently in their plans, though they face rival interest from several clubs By Graeme Bailey Liverpool are ready to join a host of Premier League clubs in the chase for Lyon star Alexandre Lacazettethis summer. German giants Borussia Dortmund are ...

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Third-party ban will just make the Premier League bigger’

Nelio Lucas has claimed that moves to ban the controversial practice stem from a desire to increase the strength of the English game One of the leading proponents of third-party ownership (TPO) has warned that a ban on the practice will only make the Premier League richer and the rest of football poorer. FifPro last week announced that it has ...

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Gabon to host 2017 Afcon

The central African country has beaten Algeria and Ghana to the hosting right of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Gabon has been chosen by Caf to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The governing body announced this on Wednesday afternoon in Cairo after the Executive Committee had voted after all bidding countries had made their presentations. Caf president ...

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Luis Enrique eager for Xavi to stay at Barcelona

    The head coach understands why his veteran midfielder might want to leave but is keen for him to stay after he helped the team defeat Almeria 4-0 on Wednesday Luis Enrique has pleaded with captain Xavi to stay at Barcelona this summer and ignore offers from teams away from Spain. The midfielder, 35, has been strongly linked with ...

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Ribery: Van Gaal is a ‘bad man’

EXCLUSIVE: The French winger won a league and cup double with the Dutch coach but says that their relationship was “crushed” and that they had issues on a “human level” By Christoph Kockeis Franck Ribery has lifted the lid on his rocky relationship with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, branding the Dutchman a “bad man”. The Bayern Munich winger ...

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Paul Heald tips Dele Alli for glory

The Dons trainer has backed the midfielder to progress speedily while tipping him to represent the English senior national team in future Milton Keynes Dons goalkeeper trainer, Paul Heald has predicted a very bright future for Dele Alli. The 18-year-old midfielder was signed by Tottenham in January, but immediately loaned back to MK, so it will be up to him ...

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Bafana dominance a warning for Super Eagles

COMMENT: Nigeria may have escaped with a draw, but the flow of play on the day suggests South Africa may be slowly gaining the upper hand in this rivalry If a week is a long time in football, then twenty months is an eternity. On the 14th of August, 2013, Nigeria were guests at the Moses Mabhida Stadium for the ...

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Pique: Casillas would be my hero if I supported Madrid

The defender cast doubt over the possibility of him ever swapping Barcelona for the Santiago Bernabeu and also praised Luis Enrique’s methods Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes goalkeeper Iker Casillas would be his hero if he were a Real Madrid fan. The defender, 28, has been a Spain team-mate of the veteran shot-stopper since 2009, when he made his debut for the ...

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……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..    Bayern interested in buying De Bruyne next year Bayern Munich has stated its interest in Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne for 2016. The Belgian is     seen as the successor for the aging Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Source: Sport Bild Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:23 *************************************************************************************************************                     ...

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‘Ronaldo must face ban or fine for Clasico celebration’

LFP chief Javier Tebas believes the Real Madrid forward should be punished for gesturing towards Barcelona fans after his goal in Sunday’s Clasico Cristiano Ronaldo‘s provocative celebration in the Clasico “must” see him face a fine or suspension, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas. The Real Madrid forward taunted the Camp Nou crowd with a ‘calm down’ gesture after ...

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Keshi's list was thrown out by NFF heads

Revealed: How Keshi’s squad list for Uganda/South Africa was thrown out

The out-of-contract coach was previously asked to draw up a list of player names to be invited for the friendly matches before the decision was overruled Goal can reveal that Nigeria’s squad list for the international friendlies against Uganda and South Africa was initially drafted by coach Stephen Keshi before being thrown out. The out-of-contract Keshi was initially contacted by ...

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Trophy or bust for Ancelotti as Madrid board prepares Zidane for top job

SPECIAL REPORT: The Madrid coach is on borrowed time, and only a major trophy will be enough to keep him in a job beyond this season By Kris Voakes and Alberto Pinero “It is necessary to make changes from time to time, even in times of success,” said sporting director Jorge Valdano the day after Real Madrid had won a ...

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Suarez: Neymar right to be selfish

The Brazilian has copped some flak for his finishing and taking too much out of the ball in Sunday’s Clasico but the Uruguayan says his colleague is destined for greatness Luis Suarez says he has no issue with Neymar‘s selfishness, claiming that his Barcelona team-mate’s hunger for goals will carry him all the way to Ballon d’Or glory. Neymar was ...

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Fifa U20 World Cup 2015: Draw Pairs Nigeria with Brazil, Hungary and Korea DPR

  Nigeria will face five-time champions Brazil , Hungary and Korea DPR in Group E of the preliminary round of the 2015 Fifa World Youth Championship in New Zealand.The Flying Eagles defeated Senegal 1-0 to emerge as African champions in a keenly contested African Youth Championship final.Hosts New Zealand were zoned in Group A against Myanmar, Ukraine and the United ...

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Ronaldo makes the most of an extraordinary talent, says Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible work rate enables him to make the most of his natural talent. Ronaldo, who picked up his second successive Ballon d’Or in January, has established himself as one of Madrid’s finest ever players during his six years with the club and arguments over whether he is better than Lionel Messi have raged ...

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Nigeria win seventh AYC title

    Nigeria became the first side to win the African Youth Championship for the seventh time after beating hosts Senegal 1-0 in the final of the 2015 edition at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium, Dakar on Sunday. It was the second time the two sides would meet in the competition after the Flying Eagles had beaten the Young Lions ...

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Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United: Magical Mata makes the difference as Gerrard sees red

Steven Gerrard was sensationally sent off just 38 seconds into what will likely be his final Liverpool appearance against Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal’s men took a huge step towards Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win at Anfield.The Reds captain was left on the bench by boss Brendan Rodgers before being brought on at half-time, only to be dismissed by referee ...

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Enyeama deserves to be celebrated – Yisa Shofoluwe

The former Super Eagles defender has praised the goalkeeper for his tenacity among a slew of other issues he tackles in this interview with Goal’s Shina Oludare I would like you to give a critical assessment of the list submitted by acting coach Daniel Amokachi for the friendly matches coming up this week Well, I feel the coaches would have taken ...

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