French Ligue 1

Mbappe breaks Messi’s Champions League record as youngest player to score 15 goals

  BELGIUM – Paris Saint Germaine attacker Kylian Mbappe has broken Lionel Messi’s record to become the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals.  Only just back from injury, the 20-year-old was brought on in the second half of PSG’s 5-0 away win against Club Brugge and proved instrumental in securing the comfortable victory as he bagged an impressive hat-trick. Brought on in the 52nd minute, Mbappe headed home his first just nine minutes later and added an assist not long after as he set up Mauro Icardi. In the 80th minute, the Frenchman fired home his second after beating two defenders and completed his hat-trick four minutes later having been [Read]

Man United, Barcelona, Newcastle track Osimhen

  Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen is on the radar of two English Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Newcastle United. The report comes days after the 20-year- old was linked with a move to Barcelona, NEWS FLAKES NG gathers. “Barcelona and Manchester United, in particular, follow him regularly,” a report in the French newspaper, La Voix du Nord, reads. English tabloid, Chronicle, also said Newcastle coach Steve Bruce has been handed enough war chest to boost the squad in the coming transfer window. “Newcastle United scouts are therefore keeping tabs on Osimhen. The club’s winter talent search is well underway as head of recruitment Steve Nickson and his team look [Read]

Real Madrid To Battle PSG, Liverpool Vs Napoli As UEFA Unveils Draws For 2019/2020 Champions League [SEE FULL DRAWS]

The Ligue 1 champions will face the La Liga giants while the Reds will match up with Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the group stage once again Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage of the Champions League after they were paired together Group A in the draw, which took place in Monaco on Thursday. The two clubs have been linked over the pursuit of PSG star Neymar, with Real Madrid mooted as one of the Brazilian suitors. The pair will be joined by Club Brugge and Galatasaray. Reigning champions Liverpool will see a familiar face in Group E, having been paired up with Napoli, who they narrowly [Read]

PSG lose Mbappe for a month with hamstring injury, Cavani out for three weeks

FRANCE – Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe will be out for four weeks and Edinson Cavani for three weeks after both came off injured in a Ligue 1 match against Toulouse on Sunday, the French champions have confirmed. French World Cup-winning star Mbappe limped off after hurting his left hamstring during a trademark sprint in PSG’s 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes. The injury means he will miss PSG’s opening Champions League group game, which is set for September 17 or 18. He is also set to sit out three league matches as well as France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Albania and Andorra early next month. Fellow [Read]

BREAKING: Super Eagles Forward, Henry Onyekuru Seals Monaco 5-Year Deal From Everton

MONACO – Monaco have signed Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru on a five-year-deal from Everton, the French club announced on Monday. “I’m very happy to join a great club like AS Monaco. I will give everything to improve and help the club to have a great season. I look forward to meeting my teammates,” the 22-year-old told Monaco’s website. Onyekuru, who has made 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, originally joined the Premier League side in 2017 but has spent the two past campaigns on-loan with Anderlecht and Galatasaray. The winger scored 14 league goals in Turkey last season and reportedly joins the Ligue 1 outfit for 17 million euros ($19 [Read]

BREAKING: UEFA releases UCL Last 16, UEL Knock-out Draws for 18/19 Season [SEE FULL DRAWS HERE]

  John Izabi,  The Last 16 Draw for UEFA Champions League has been concluded earlier today today Monday the 17th of December, 2018, NEWS FLAKES NG can authoritatively report. The Full draw for the Champions League last 16 of Europe’s top flight league with some mouth watering fixtures as seen below: Schalke 04 v Manchester City. Atletico Madrid v Juventus. Manchester United v Paris Saint- Germain. Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund. Lyon v Barcelona. Roma v Porto. Ajax v Real Madrid. Liverpool v Bayern Munich. Teams that finished in second place in the group stage will host the first legs on February 12/13 and 19/20 with the return matches scheduled [Read]

BREAKING: Luka Modric Breaks 10-yr Jinx of Ronaldo-Messi Dominance, wins 2018 Ballon D’or [READ MORE]

By John Izabi,  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that Real Madrid Midfielder and Croatian World Cup runners – up Captain Luka Modric has finally broken the over 10 years jinx of Ronaldo-Messi dominance in global football by winning this year’s 2018 FIFA Ballon D’or Award ahead of the duo. This latest achievement for Modric caps up what most Sports pundits and Football followers across the globe have described as most remarkable in the career of the Croatian who also happens to be the first player to do so in the small European football loving nation. Sadly enough, same can not be said for [Read]

End of An Era? Messi Finishes Fifth In Ballon D’or Final Votes Chart [READ MORE]

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that despite his dominance of the award alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, the Argentine sharp striker, Lionel Messi has dropped down the list and finished outside the top three of the final votes of this year’s Ballon D’or Chart. Lionel Messi has failed to make the top three of the Ballon d’Or for the first time since 2007, finishing fifth in this year’s final vote. Luka Modric is being tipped to become the first player not named Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award since Kaka beat the pair to it 11 years ago. Messi and Ronaldo have [Read]

SPORTS: AS MONACO appoints Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry as New Head Coach

  Ligue 1 side AS Monaco have officially appointed Thierry Henry as their new head coach. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry accepts to become new head coach of Monaco. Before that, Monaco have sacked manager Leonardo Jardim with the club third from bottom of Ligue 1. Henry is a French professional football coach and former player. He is the second assistant coach of the Belgium national team. READ ALSO: AFCON 2019: Ighalo Nets hatrick as Eagles humble Libya 4-0 in Uyo During his playing career, Henry played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent 8 years at Arsenal where he is [Read]

MATCH FIXING: French Authorities investigate PSG’s 6-1 UCL thrashing of Red Star

  French authorities are investigating potential match-fixing in Paris St-Germain’s 6-1 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade this month. NEWS FLAKES NG gathered that a Red Star official allegedly placed a bet of nearly 5m euros (£4.3m) for the Serbian club to lose by five goals, reported French newspaper L’Equipe. The French National Finance Prosecutor (PNF) is investigating the claims after being alerted by Uefa. BBC/Sportivation [Read]