UEFA Europa League last-32 draw….

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Borussia Dortmund vs Atalanta

Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid

Spartak Moscow vs Athletic Bilbao

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UEFA Champions League last-16 draw….

Real Madrid lift the Champions League trophy

Juventus vs Tottenham (13 February and 7 March)

Basel vs Manchester City (13 February and 7 March)

Porto vs Liverpool (14 February and 6 March)

Sevilla vs Manchester United (21 February and 13 March)

Real Madrid vs PSG (14 February and 6 March)

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma (21 February and 13 March)

Chelsea vs Barcelona (20 February and 14 March)

Bayern Munich vs Besiktas (20 February and 14 March)

Mo’ Salah is BBC African Footballer of the Year….

 

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Egyptian Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017. Following a record number of votes, the Liverpool star won ahead of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses. “I am very happy to win this award,” the 25-year-old said. “It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.” Salah, the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals, has enjoyed a stellar year for both club and country.

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Mourinho annoys City players, gets manhandled….

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho became involved in a physical confrontation with Manchester City’s players after complaining about their post-derby celebrations, according to British media reports late on Sunday. The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph said Mourinho went to City’s changing room following United’s 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford because he felt their noisy celebrations were disrespectful. The newspapers reported Mourinho had a verbal altercation with City goalkeeper Ederson before having water and milk thrown at him by City’s players and being hit on the head with a plastic bottle.

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Ronaldo wins 5th Ballon d’Or award….

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time – and the second year in a row. Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015. Messi’s ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar, now at Paris St-Germain, was third. Last season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and their first La Liga title since 2012.  Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d’Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009. “This is something I look forward to every year,” he said, after receiving the award on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. “Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.”

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2018 FIFA World Cup Groups….

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Above are the various groups for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The tournament will start on June 14, 2018 with Russia and Saudi Arabia playing the opening game. Nigeria drew Argentina for the 5th time in a world cup group (including 3 consecutive draws since 2010 in South Africa). For Nigeria’s games:

SATURDAY 16TH JUNE, 2018.

Croatia Vs Nigeria 9pm

Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad.

 

FRIDAY 22ND JUNE, 2018.

Nigeria Vs Iceland 5pm

Volgograd Arena, Volgograd.

 

TUESDAY 26TH JUNE, 2018.

Nigeria Vs Argentina 7pm

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.

 

Time = Nigerian time.

Sam Allardyce is new Everton manager….

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Sam Allardyce has been appointed as Everton manager. The 63-year-old former England boss has signed a deal until June 2019 to become the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman, who was sacked in October with the club 18th in the Premier League. Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace in May.

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Alan Pardew is West Brom’s new manager….

 

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West Brom have appointed former Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew as their new manager. The Baggies sacked Tony Pulis on 20 November after a run of 10 Premier League games without a victory left them a point above the relegation zone. Pardew, 56, who has been out of the game since being sacked by Palace in December 2016, has signed a deal until the end of the 2019-20 season. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work with a talented group,” he said.

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Emenalo joins Monaco….

He has now taken a role with the Ligue 1 champs, working with vice-President Vadim Vasilyev

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has been named as sporting director of French club Monaco. The 52-year-old, who played for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup, will take charge of “all sport matters”, the Ligue 1 side said. Emenalo joined Chelsea in 2007 and worked in both scouting and coaching departments before being promoted to technical director in 2011. “I believe this is the right choice for me after leaving Chelsea,” he said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me in such a high-quality project.” A defender during his playing career, Emenalo spent time in Major League Soccer during the 1990s and also played seven games for Notts County in England.

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Robinho sentenced for rape….

 

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Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013. An Italian court ruled the 33-year-old and five other Brazilians assaulted the Albanian woman, who was 22, after plying her with alcohol in a nightclub. The forward, who left AC Milan in 2015 after five years, was not in court but pleaded not guilty via his lawyer.

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Aguero faints as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2….

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room following Argentina’s 4-2 defeat by Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia. The Manchester City striker had scored to put his side 2-0 up in the first half, but Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi found the net twice as Nigeria came back. Aguero regained consciousness in hospital, where he remained for tests.

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Buffon retires from international football amid tears….

 

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A tearful Gianluigi Buffon said he was “sorry for all of Italian football” as he led a wave of international retirements after a World Cup play-off defeat by Sweden. Italy were held to a 0-0 draw in Milan and failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Buffon, 39, said: “It’s a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup. “Blame is shared equally between everyone. There can’t be scapegoats.”

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Patrice Evra banned….

 

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Patrice Evra has left Marseille by mutual consent and been banned from UEFA competition for the rest of the season for kicking one of his own fans. The former Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus full-back, 36, is banned by UEFA until June 2018, the same month his Marseille deal would have ended. Having played in the Europa League group stage, Evra would not have been able to play for another side in Europe this season even without his ban. He was fined 10,000 euros (£8,829). Evra aimed a kick at a fan next to the pitch before a Europa League game with Vitoria Guimaraes on 2 November.

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Hope Solo accuses Blatter of sexual harassment….

 

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USA goalkeeper female Hope Solo has accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment. The World Cup winner, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d’Or awards, before she went on stage to present an award. In an interview with Portugal newspaper Expresso, Solo – who has 202 caps – said: “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass.” Blatter, 81, denied the incident took place, with his spokesman saying: “This allegation is ridiculous.” Solo, when asked why she has not spoken out on the incident before, added: “I was nervous for the presentation. It was the Ballon d’Or I was presenting. “After that I didn’t see him and that was kind of bad. I didn’t get to tell him directly ‘don’t ever touch me’. That’s the way I’ve always handled things – directly.”

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David Moyes is West Hams’ new manager….

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West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their manager. The former Everton and Manchester United boss replaces Slaven Bilic, who was sacked on Monday with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. Moyes has been out of work since May, when he resigned as Sunderland manager after the club’s relegation to the Championship. Hammers joint chairman David Sullivan said the 54-year-old Scot is “the right man to turn things around”. He added: “We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David can get the best out of the players.

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Andrea Pirlo calls time on football career….

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Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has announced he is retiring from football after playing his last game for New York City. The 38-year-old won 116 caps for Italy and helped them win the 2006 World Cup. Pirlo began his career at Brescia and also played for Inter, AC Milan and Juventus before joining the Major League Soccer side two years ago. “Not only [is it that] my adventure in New York comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well,” he said.

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West Ham sack coach Bilic….

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Slaven Bilic has been sacked as West Ham manager. Bilic, 49, departed with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. His last game in charge was Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool at London Stadium. West Ham said the club believed a change was necessary “to move forward positively and in line with their ambition”.

Emenalo resigns from Chelsea…..

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria defender, Michael Emenalo has resigned from his position as Chelsea technical director, the club has confirmed. The 52-year-old, one of owner Roman Abramovich’s most trusted advisors, has left Chelsea after 10 years working across the scouting and technical departments amid reports of tensions between head coach Antonio Conte and the club’s hierarchy.

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Evra kicks fan during warm up and gets sent off….

 

Patrice Evra kicked a Marseille fan in the head after being confronted before the game

Marseille player Patrice Evra was sent off after kicking one of his team’s fans in the head before the Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes. Footage shows the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up. Evra, who was named as a substitute, was dismissed before kick-off, and Marseille started with 11 players. UEFA’s disciplinary body is likely to rule on any further action on Friday. French newspaper L’Equipe reported Marseille supporters had been jeering Evra for about half an hour while the players prepared for the game, which the French side lost 1-0. Evra had gone over to the fans to talk to them, but the situation escalated.

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