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Tuesday, November 08, 2022

09:17

Kwara Falcons, First Bank win Bullet Basketball Tournament

Kwara Falcons and First Bank of Lagos, at the weekend, defeated War Lords and MFM to win the men and women categories, respectively, of the Bullet Basketball Tournament.


In the men’s cadre, Kwara Falcons, who were trailing with eight points with less than two minutes to go, recovered well to beat War Lords 69-67, while First Bank had 

to bend backwards to overcome MFM ladies 52-50. Both games gave the spectators first class entertainment with the winners emerging just before the buzzer.

The Elephant Girls took the first quarter 13-4 but the praying ladies from the MFM Mountains recovered to win the second quarter 22-14. National champions, First Bank 

took the third at 13-8 and MFM rallied to win the last 16-12, but their poor start meant they could not catch up with the Bankers at the end.

A day before the match, MFM coach, Ochuko Owolabi, had tipped her ladies to beat First Bank if they didn’t allow the bankers’ pedigree to overwhelm them.

Also speaking on his wards’ loss, War Lords Coach, Akindele Peter, said his players’ inexperience took a sad toll on them.

“An experienced group would never have lost the game. We had it tied up, but the young ones became too excited and began to play in response to the cheers from the 

crowd. They got carried away and we paid dearly for it.

This one (pointing to a player) is preparing to write his SS6 exams and that gives an idea of his age,” Akindele said. The champions got N1 million cash each. The 

teams have now turned their attention to the NBBF Final Eight Championship, also holding in Lagos.

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#Sport #Basketball #Firstbank #GODloveforokwy
09:12

Chelsea’s ex-coach, Tuchel speaks on coaching national team

Former Chelsea head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has dropped a fresh hint that he would like to coach a national team after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


Tuchel would certainly be interested in the England job if it becomes available after the World Cup in Qatar, as Gareth Southgate’s contract with the Three Lions will expire in 2024.

The German was sacked by Chelsea in September and is thought to have turned down several roles, including offers from Aston Villa and Bayer Leverkusen.

When asked if he would consider a job in international management, Tuchel said, as quoted by Metro: “Yeah, why not? I would, I would.

“I didn’t give it too much thought until now.

“But I would consider if it’s the right team and if it has the potential to win trophies like the World Cup and the Euros.”

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#Sport #Chelsea #GODloveforokwy
08:04

EPL: Manchester United pick two strikers to replace C Ronaldo

Manchester United have identified strikers to sign in the next summer transfer window as replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo.


The players are Dusan Vlahovic from Juventus and RB Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko.

Ronaldo is expected to leave Old Trafford either in January and in the summer of 2023 when his current deal will expire.

The other options for the United’s point man position, Anthony Martial is regularly battling with injuries while Marcus Rashford enjoys operating out wide most of the time.

The Red Devils are heading back to the transfer market of United in the summer and both Vlahovic and Sesko are being considered as their targets up front, reports the Telegraph.

22-year-old Vlahovic moved to Juventus from Fiorentina in January and he has been a hit at Juve, scoring 13 goals in his first 25 Serie A games for the club.

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#EPL #ManchesterUnited #ManU #GODloveforokwy

Monday, November 07, 2022

11:00

Former Everton manager, Benitez told me I wasn’t good enough – Iwobi

Super Eagles attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi has revealed that he was told by former Everton manager Rafael Benitez that he was not good enough for the Toffees during last season, urging him to leave Goodison Park.




But the arrival of Frank Lampard has helped transform his career and has now become an integral part of the team.

Iwobi struggled to find playing time under Benitez, as the ex-Everton manager told him to leave in the January transfer window if wants to play.

 “He told me I should leave Everton. I said I’d rather stay and fight for my place, and take my chances when they come. I was told by him that I wasn’t good enough, but I wanted to stay and showcase my ability. I’m delighted I have done that,” Iwobi told Liverpool Echo.

“It felt like everyone wanted me to go,” Iwobi claimed. “They said, ‘If you want to play football, you would be better off on loan’. It was like, ‘You are not in our plans, try to prove yourself elsewhere. I said I would rather take my chances and stay. I felt I had something to give and wanted to show my ability.”

The Nigerian made just five starts and four late substitute appearances by the start of November as he fell out of favour under Benitez. Those months before Lampard’s arrival was a tough period for Iwobi in particular, with the former Arsenal man often coming in for criticism as the Toffees struggled.

“I can deal with negativity much better now that I have grown up,” Iwobi said. “When I was younger, I didn’t know how to handle those things. I completely switched off from football, I want my own space and thoughts, I don’t like to talk or have someone telling me what to do.

“I probably shouldn’t be saying this. but I would play football with my friends, especially when I wasn’t in the team. Little games, maybe twice a week, just to enjoy it. I never lost my love for football, even though I saw all the negativity.”

The former Arsenal playmaker has now transformed into an energetic player in Lampard’s midfield with renewed confidence and he is now among the club’s top performers week in and week out.

The 26-year-old has featured prominently this season providing five assists in 14 league games in 2022/23 season.

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#Sport  #AlexIwobi  #Everton #GODloveforokwy 
10:36

EPL: It’s embarrassing – Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer blames 4 Chelsea players after defeat to Arsenal

Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer has criticized four Chelsea players, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and Marc Cucurella, following the Blues’ Premier League 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.



Shearer said that the Chelsea players defended poorly against Arsenal, adding that it was embarrassing.

According to him, Havertz took too many touches of the ball during the encounter, but while the likes of Mendy and Silva could have prevented Gabriel from scoring, Cucurella did nothing at all during the corner that led to the goal.

Chelsea lost to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge following a goal from Gabriel Magalhaes.

“It’s embarrassing from a Chelsea point of view,” Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.

“So many players could have cleared it, whether it’s [Kai] Havertz or [Thiago] Silva. The keeper [Edouard Mendy] isn’t given a chance. It wasn’t even a great ball in.

“Look at Cucurella in there with Xhaka. He doesn’t move at all. He just holds Xhaka, there’s nothing at all from him!’
“It says, “my man is not going to score”, but he’s taken that literally!’ fellow pundit Micah Richards added.

“All he has to do is move an inch to the left and he can clear it! I don’t understand what he was thinking there at all.”

He added, “Havertz takes way too many touches when he gets to the box, it was far too easy for Arsenal to get men back behind the ball. Today they had no chance of scoring.”

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Saturday, November 05, 2022

21:49

Wolves appoint Lopetegui as new manager

Wolves have appointed former Spain and Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui as the club’s new manager.



Lopetegui succeeds Bruno Lage, who was sacked on October 2 after winning just one of his final 15 games in charge.


He will begin work on November 14 when he officially takes charge at Molineux after Wolves’ final Premier League game before the World Cup against Arsenal.


Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said: “Julen is a top coach, with excellent experience at an elite level of the game, and we are very pleased to have agreed a deal to bring him to Wolves.

“Since the very beginning, Julen has been our number one choice to manage Wolves, and we look forward to welcoming him and his team when they join us in the coming weeks.”


We are delighted to announce Julen Lopetegui will take charge as our new head coach on Monday 14th November.


Lopetegui was sacked by Sevilla at the start of October, two years after guiding the La Liga club to a record sixth Europa League crown in 2020.


Wolves approached Lopetegui last month but the 56-year-old Spaniard rejected the move due to personal reasons, forcing the Midlands club to explore alternative targets.



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21:39

EPL: Erik Ten Hag reacts to Casemiro’s Player of the Month award

Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag has credited the whole of his squad for Casemiro’s Player of the Month win.




He said that the award handed to the Brazilian for the month of October is a testament to the togetherness in his dressing room.


United beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night, though the result was not enough to help them avoid the play-off.


The Red Devils travel to Birmingham to face Aston Villa at the weekend but before then Casemiro was voted the club’s Player of the Month.


“The right players with the right players who were already there and, together, they are forming a team and the team spirit is good, it’s high,” the Dutchman told Manchester United’s official website.


‘So also to keep that going, keep constructing that, keep building that, and bring even more passion and desire in because we want to win something” he added.


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02:01

HOW THE ASTROS TURNED THE TABLES ON THE PHILLIES

How do you stop a team of destiny, one that has been through so much and believes in itself so intently that it is beginning to feel invincible? 


It seemed a valid question just a few days back – how could the Philadelphia Phillies possibly be prevented from surging to a World Series title? – because you’d better believe that’s the path they thought they were on at 2-1 up, when momentum was flowing, until everything changed. 

It changed because the Houston Astros changed it, flipping baseball’s autumn winds over two nights and with a thousand small cuts that might have destroyed the soul of a less worthy opponent. 

Bryce Harper and his band of Philly fighters aren’t done yet, but the Astros head home for Saturday’s Game 6 (8:03 p.m. ET on FOX and FOX Sports App) having rewritten the script of the series. As long as there isn’t another drastic reimagination of the plotline over the weekend, the title will be theirs, a first since 2017, but amid a dominant run of six straight ALCS visits. 

How do you turn things around like that?  

There are many ways to conjure a fightback, of course, especially over a series of this length. But if you want to do it in a way designed to squeeze the fight from your rival, to pile on the punches, to pick at their belief, to make them hurt and to persuade them it is you that is the inevitable one, here’s how. 

Justin Verlander


You do it by taking a veteran destined for Cooperstown and using the anomaly of his miserable World Series record to fuel him, not to hamstring him. Justin Verlander wasn’t unhittable on Thursday, but he was remorseless and resolute, pitching his way out of trouble, again and again, helped in no small part by a wicked slider that became his crutch. 

You do it by taking a rookie – Jeremy Pena doesn’t play like one, but he is - and creating an environment where full fearlessness can manifest. Where he can feel unencumbered enough to swing and connect and send one out of the park in the Fall Classic and just shrug afterwards because, why not, doesn’t it always go like this? 

You do it by crushing the soul of a hitting group, like what happened in Game 4 on Wednesday, and Houston did it in this instance with a start for the ages from Cristian Javier, a hurler with a next-level sense of mystery about him now. They’ll talk about the Astros combined no-hitter to level things at 2-2 for a long time, but it is Javier’s supposedly "invisible" fastball that is the current talk of baseball. 

How else do you do it? By reacting to the inherent tension of any Game 5 and jumping on it early, like super early, like first pitch of the night early, which is when Jose Altuve sent one off the right field fence for a triple. 

And you do it later, when the Phillies needed such a swat of their own and delivered one through J.T. Realmuto, but you snatch it away with cruel brilliance of center fielder Chas McCormick - a native of West Chester, Pa. - making an absurd grab to ensure Houston’s lead would not be erased. 

"When I was looking at the fans, it kind of brought me back to when I was 10 years old, when the Phillies lost in the 2009 World Series," McCormick told reporters. "It was weird. It felt like a dream when I was laying there looking at those fans."  

The Phillies have no room for error left now, not that there has been much error anyway. They’ve done little wrong, but when things start falling into place for the Astros there is no more dangerous force in baseball. 

"Just keep fighting, just be yourselves and keep playing hard, because that’s what we do," Phillies manager Rob Thomson told reporters. "The approach is the same, just come out the next day and go get them. We are going to fight to the end, for sure." 

They will need to, and even then it might not be enough. It is Houston that has the invincible look to them now, fueled by a group of players hitting peak form at just the right time. 

FOXBet rates the Astros a -154 favorite to clinch in six games, and if it goes down that way, yet another season of Major League Baseball will be in the books. 

It has been a breathless one, with divisional leads and collapses, outrageous win tallies, Aaron Judge slugging his way into eternity. It was all special, but ultimately the prize they all play for was tilted in the favor of Houston by a two-day surge when everything went their way, because they made it so. 

01:31

World Cup 2022: Full details Qatar tournament Image download

World Cup 2022 takes place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18; 32 teams to compete in 8 groups




Information on When and where is the 2022 World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Sunday November 20 at the Al Bayt Stadium.

The tournament was originally set to begin a day later with Senegal's game against the Netherlands at Al Thumama Stadium but Qatar's match was moved forward in August to allow them to open their home tournament.


England will now feature on the second day with their Group B match against Iran scheduled to take place just 8 days after the Premier League shuts down on November 21 

What is the World Cup group draw?

The 2022 World Cup will begin with 32 teams in eight groups of four:

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

What is the World Cup format and schedule?

Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will run over a 12-day period and see winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16.

Group stage - all kick-off times in UK



Sunday November 20

Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Monday November 21

Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: USA vs Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday November 22

Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 10am)
Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group C: Mexico vs Poland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group D: France vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday November 23

Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 10am)
Group E: Germany vs Japan (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group F: Belgium vs Canada (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Thursday November 24

Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Friday November 25

Group B: Wales vs Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Saturday November 26

Group D: Tunisia vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday November 27

Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Monday November 28

Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group G: South Korea vs Ghana (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday November 29

Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group B: Wales vs England (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)
Group B: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday November 30

Group D: Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group D: Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group C: Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Thursday December 1

Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group F: Canada vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)
Group E: Japan vs Spain (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Friday, December 2

Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group G: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group H: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Round of 16

Saturday December 3

49 - Winners of Group A vs Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
50 - Winners of Group C vs Runners-up of Group D (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday December 4

52 - Winners of Group D vs Runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3pm)
51 - Winners of Group B vs Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Monday December 5

53 - Winners of Group E vs Runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
54 - Winners of Group G vs Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday December 6

55 - Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group E (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
56 - Winners of Group H vs Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Quarter-finals

Friday December 9
58 - Winners of 53 vs Winners of 54 (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
57 - Winners of 49 vs Winners of 50 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 7pm)

Saturday December 10

60 - Winners of 55 vs Winners of 56 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3pm)
59 - Winners of 51 vs Winners of 52 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Semi-finals

Tuesday December 13

61 - Winners of 57 vs Winners of 58 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday December 14

62 - Winners of 59 vs Winners of 60 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Saturday December 17

63 - Third place play-off (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)

Final

Sunday December 18
64 - The World Cup final (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 3pm)

What is England and Wales' potential route to the final?*
If England/Wales win Group B....

Sunday December 4 - Last 16: England/Wales vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Saturday December 10 - Quarter-final: England/Wales vs France (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday December 14 - Semi-final: England/Wales vs Belgium (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday December 18 - Final: England/Wales vs Netherlands (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 3pm)

If England/Wales finish second in Group B...

Saturday December 3 - Last 16: Netherlands vs England/Wales (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)

Friday December 9 - Quarter-final: England/Wales vs Argentina (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 7pm)

Tuesday December 13 - Semi-final: England/Wales vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday December 18 - Final: England/Wales vs France (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 3pm)

*Based on highest FIFA world ranking finishing top of respective groups and winning knock-out games
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

When will the matches kick off?

The first two rounds of matches will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm local time (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm in the United Kingdom).

Kick-off times for the final round of group games and knockout-round matches will be 6pm and 10pm local time (3pm and 7pm UK time).

The final is scheduled to kick off at 6pm local time (3pm UK time)

The group games will take place across eight stadia: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu 

Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.

What will happen with the Premier League?
The Premier League season has been adjusted to accommodate a World Cup that takes place in the middle of the domestic calendar.

The season started a week earlier than normal on August 6 2022, with 16 matchdays taking place up to the weekend of November 12/13, before the tournament kicks off on 

November 20.

The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day following the World Cup final, which takes place on December 18.

The final match round of the 2022/23 season will be played on May 28 2023.

Key World Cup, Premier League, Scottish Premiership dates
July 30 - Scottish Premiership season starts along with the EFL Championship, League One and League Two.

August 6 - Premier League season starts.

Premier League



November 12-13 - Final round of Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premiership matches before the World Cup.

November 20 - World Cup starts.

December 2 - Final set of group-stage matches.

December 3-6 - The round of 16 starts.

December 9-10 - The quarter-finals.

December 10 - The Championship resumes.

December 13-14 - World Cup semi-finals.

December 17 - The Scottish Premiership resumes.

December 18 - World Cup final.

December 26 - The Premier League resumes.

Friday, November 04, 2022

19:18

Gerard Pique not a star - Former EPL stars Pennant, O'Hara






Former Premier League stars, Jermaine Pennant and Jamie O’Hara have hit out at Barcelona defender Gerard Pique after the Spaniard announced his retirement from Football.

Pique shook the football world on Thursday by announcing his retirement from Football at the age of 35.

The former Manchester United centre-back posted a video via his social media channels, informing fans about his decision.

Pique, who will play his last game for Barcelona against Almeria on Saturday, said in the video (via Sky Sports): “Football has given me everything. Barcelona has given me everything. You, culers, have given me everything.”

Pique has won the World Cup and European Championships with Spain as well as the UEFA Champions League three times and La Liga eight times with Barcelona in the past.
However, O’Hara and Pennant don’t believe Pique’s achievements are enough to label him as one of the best defenders of all time.
Speaking about Pique, Pennant, a former Arsenal midfielder, told TalkSport: “As a player, I’m not pointing to Gerard Pique as one of the greats.”

On his part, O’Hara added, “It helps if you have Messi, Puyol, Iniesta and Xavi… he was probably the worst player in that Barca side!”

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13:19

Pique Announces Retirement, Sets To Play Last Game For Barcelona On Sunday






Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, on Thursday announced his retirement.


According to the 35-year-old, he will play his last home game at the Camp Nou.


He will retire after Barcelona’s away game next week, before the Spanish league stops for several weeks due to the World Cup.


Saturday’s match between Barcelona and Almeria will be Pique’s final game.


A social media message from the Spaniard said: “I’ve always said that there would be no other team after Barcelona and that’s how it will be.”


“This Saturday’s game will be my last at the Camp Nou.


“I will become another fan and support the team and pass my love for Barcelona onto my kids, like parents did for me.”


Gistmania 

13:03

UEFA adds Courtois, Van Dijk, Mbappe, others in Champions League team [Full list]




UEFA on Thursday included Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, among others, in the Champions League team of this week.


UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website on Thursday after the group stage match-day six fixtures were concluded.


Mbappe scored a goal in his side’s Champions League 2-1 win over Juventus, while Courtois and Van Dijk were impressive for their clubs against Celtic and Napoli, respectively.


Below is the UEFA Champions League team:

Goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) – 9 points

Defenders
Benjamin Pavard (Bayern) – 14 points

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 12 points

Alejandro Grimaldo (Benfica) – 12 points

Midfielders
Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) – 15 points

Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig) – 14 points

Mohammed Kudus (Ajax) – 14 points

Ferran Torres (Barcelona) – 14 points

Forwards
Julian Alvarez (Man City) – 13 points

Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) – 19 points

Kylian Mbappé (Paris) – 13 points


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12:36

Ajibade nominated for Atletico Femenino POTM




Following her impressive performance for Spanish club, Super Falcons forward Rasheedat Ajibade has been nominated for the October Player of the Month Award at Atletico Madrid Femenino, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.


Fútbol Mahou, an official sponsor of the club, on Twitter handle unveiled their five nominees for the club’s player of the month which included the Ajibade.


The Nigerian forward, who had an underwhelming performance in September, was in fine form in the month of October and was largely responsible for the club’s rise on the log during the month under review.


The former FC Robo star was involved in five of Atletico Madrid’s twelve goals in October, including her first-ever hat-trick for the Spanish side in their 5-0 thrashing of Huelva.

Atletico Madrid picked up eight points from a possible fifteen in the Laliga Femeni, no thanks to the 22-year-old superlative display in the month under review.


In recognition of her goals contributed to the club and their turn in fortune, Las Colchoneras have put up the Nigerian alongside Ainhoa Moraza, Ludmila Silva, Shei, and Estefania Banini in contention for the player of the month for October.


The Super Falcons star has struck four goals in seven games for Atletico Madrid Femenino this season. If she continues at her current trajectory, she could beat her season-best of ten league goals in this campaign.


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