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BREAKING: Lionel Messi wins record sixth ballon D’or award

– and Megan Rapinoe is rewarded for World Cup triumph Lionel Messi regained the Ballon d’Or crown in Paris last night, moving ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take a record sixth award. Barcelona’s 32-year-old superstar held off the challenge of Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk, who recognised he had been beaten by “someone a little bit better” as he settled for second place. Megan Rapinoe of the United States won the women’s award, with England’s Lucy Bronze the runner-up. Rapinoe, 34, co-captained the US to victory at this summer’s World Cup, where she was named player of the tournament and finished joint-top scorer with six goals. Messi, meanwhile, [Read]

Another Premier League Manager Sacked 48hrs after Emery

Watford manager, Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked after just 85 days he was re-appointed for a second spell by the Premier League club. The Spaniard, who replaced countryman Javi Gracia won just one of his 10 Premier League matches for the club. The decision to sack came after Watford suffered their eighth league defeat in a 2-1 loss against Southampton on Saturday, which saw them remain bottom of the table on eight points. In a statement posted to the club’s website this afternoon, Watford chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said: ‘Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive [Read]

EPL: Table – topping Liverpool Extend Lead as Man City, Chelsea Stumble [SEE RESULTS + TABLE]

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a nervy 2-1 win over Brighton as Manchester City slipped up once more in a draw at Newcastle on Saturday. Chelsea missed the chance to go level on points with second-placed City as Frank Lampard’s men suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by West Ham, while Tottenham’s winning run under Jose Mourinho continued as Dele Alli scored twice in a 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Virgil van Dijk is hoping to beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or on Monday and showed he can score goals as well as stop them with two towering headers from [Read]

BREAKING: Arsenal boss, Unai Emery sacked after 2-1 loss to Frankfurt

– Unai Emery has parted ways with Arsenal after another disgraceful 2-1 loss to Frankfurt – Arsenal confirmed Emery’s sacking in a statement on Friday morning, November 2019 – Freddie Ljungberg will take responsibility for the “first team as interim head coach” according to the club Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Unai Emery has been sacked by Arsenal following a torrid run of lacklustre performance that saw the Premier League side forfeit an early lead to suffer another 2-1 defeat to Frankfurt.  The Spaniard was shown the way out of Emirates Stadium after eighteen months in charge of the North London side. His [Read]

Eto’o: ‘I’ll return to Barca to be the first black coach to win Champions League’

– Samuel is confident of Blaugrana reunion. – He wants to revive successful Barca of Guardiola times.  – His main objective is to win the Champions League in style.  In his latest interview with Cadena SER, retired Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o has expressed his intentions as a future coach.  He wants to go hard like Josep Guardiola. “I will return to Barca one day. “I want to be the first black coach to win the Champions League. “I’d like my team to play like Josep Guardiola’s,” he added. The Cameroonian has recently announced his retirement. His spell at Catalonia is considered to be the most glorious. Here’s his stat record [Read]

BREAKING: Tottenham Appoints Mourinho As New Manager

  The Portuguese is back in the Premier League following his sacking by Manchester United in December 2018 as he replaces Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until 2023.  The announcement comes less than a day after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the club following a poor start to the 2019-20 season. Spurs currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League table having collected just three wins from their first 12 league games, while they also suffered a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Mourinho has been out of management [Read]

JUST IN: Tottenham Sacks Manager Pochetino After Five Years in-Charge

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Tottenham have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino after five years in charge of the Premier League club. The Argentine, 47, was appointed in May 2014 and led the club to the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Liverpool in Madrid. But Spurs have made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 14th in the Premier League. “We were extremely reluctant to make this change,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. “It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning [Read]

Argentina 2-2 Uruguay: Lionel Messi’s late penalty salvages draw

  Lionel Messi converted an added-time penalty as Argentina salvaged a 2-2 draw against their South American rivals Uruguay in a friendly in Tel Aviv. Three days after marking his return from a three-month international ban by scoring the winner against Brazil, Messi once again underscored his value to his country. He floated a precise 63rd-minute free kick from which Sergio Aguero headed home to cancel out Edinson Cavani’s 4th-minute opener for the home side. And after Luis Suarez put Uruguay back in front from a set piece, Messi’s persistence paid off after Martin Caceres had been harshly penalised for handball in the box. Argentina had dominated the early exchanges [Read]

LA Galaxy boss: Ibra wants to end career in Italy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to see out his career in Italy, according to LA Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Ibrahimovic revealed on Wednesday that he will not be renewing his contract with MLS side the Galaxy, where the 38-year-old arrived from Manchester United in 2018. The ex-Paris Saint-Germain striker has been strongly linked with a return to Europe, with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week suggesting former club AC Milan are the frontrunners to re-sign the soon-to-be free agent. Napoli, Bologna and Roma have also been touted as possible options for the former Sweden international should he return to Serie A, while A-League team Perth Glory have confirmed their interest [Read]

C. Ronaldo Bags Hat-Trick As Portugal wins 6-0 Vs Lithuania

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored his 9th International Hat-trick for Portugal in the 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania today, MySportDab reports. The goals take Ronaldo up to 98 on the all-time international scoring charts, while Lionel Messi is still on 68 with Argentina. Ronaldo is now just 16 goals behind Iranian football legend Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for his country during his storied career. The game with Lithuania was a big one for Portugal, who are second in the Group with 14 points, behind Ukraine on 19 points. [Read]

Angry Ronaldo leaves stadium for home after being substituted on Sunday

  Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo reported left stadium angirily on Sunday, November 10th and headed home after being subbed during a tough Serie A encounter between Juventus and AC Milan. The 34-year-old Portuguese superstar was taken off the pitch for Paulo Dybala after just nine minutes into the second half while the scores was still at 0-0. The decision however proved vital and paid off as the Argentine forward scored the lone goal at the 77 minutes to hand the Old Lady the victory over fierce rivals. But the decision by Maurizio Sarri did not go down well with the Portuguese who was reported to have left the pitch and [Read]

Jamie Vardy scores as Leicester City destroy Arsenal in tough EPL defeat for Emery

– Leicester City vs Arsenal’s Premier League encounter ended 2-0 in favor of the Foxes – Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans scored the two goals for Brendan Rodgers’ side – They are now occupying second position on the Premier League standings – Their current position on the table could change on Sunday, November 10, when Man City will face Liverpool Leicester City on Saturday night, November 9, climbed to second position on the Premier League standings after beating Arsenal 2-0 at the King Power stadium. The defeat will come as a huge blow for the reign of embattled Arsenal manager Unai Emery at the Emirates stadium as the Gunners chief [Read]

Nigerian professional footballer gets indefinite suspension for slapping referee

  A Nigerian professional footballer, Yakubu Hassan has been ban indefinitely from playing football by the Nasarawa State Football Association for slapping a centre referee during a football match. Hassan, who plays for ”Dubagari Football Club”, Lafia, a local team in Nasarawa state slapped a centre referee Kasimu Ahmadu during a football match with another local team, Winda Force Football Club on October 29 after he was cautioned for an infringement. Speaking with the newsmen, Halidu Akwashiki, the Vice Chairman of the Nasarawa State Football Association confirmed the suspension, adding that it would serve as a deterrent to other players. He said “The actions we took will serve as lessons [Read]

[BREAKING] U17 WORLD CUP: Golden Eaglets bow to Netherlands, crash out in Round 16

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have crashed out of the U-17 FIFA World Cup after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands. On a night nothing seemed to work for the Eaglets, Manu Garba’s boys also equalled the record of conceding the highest goals by a Nigerian U-17 side after the 3-0 loss to France in the final of the 2001 edition and losing two consecutive matches. Fellow African side who are participating in the tournament for the first time, Angola, also fell one-nil to the South Korean boys in the other round 16 clash played early this morning over there in Brazil where the competition is currently taken place. See more [Read]

Nigeria U17 set to face Netherlands in last 16 World Cup Clash [SEE ALL FIXTURES]

  – Nigeria U17 have been pitched against one of the best fourth placed best teams the Netherlands – The Golden Eaglets qualified as Group B winner despite losing their last game to Australia – Manu Garba’s side will play winner of Argentina and Paraguay in the quarter finals Nigeria will face European side the Netherlands in the round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil. The Golden Eaglets lost their last game against Australia but maintained top spot in Group B while the Netherlands qualified as one of the best placed fourth teams. Manu Garba’s side started their campaign with a 4-2 win over Hungary [Read]