Archive | June 8, 2015

Canada 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Results….

Nigeria's forward Asisat Oshoala kicks the ball to score a goal

Monday 8 June 2015:

Sweden 3 – 3 Nigeria

Cameroon 6 – 0 Ecuador

USA 3 – 1 Australia

Japan 1 – 0 Switzerland

Xavi to be unveiled in Qatar….


Qatari side Al Sadd have announced that Barcelona midfielder Xavi will undergo a medical on Tuesday and be presented as a player on Thursday. The Spain midfielder, 35, has won eight league titles and four Champions League trophies with the club. He signed a three-year deal with Al Sadd in May.

Podolski says he still has future at Arsenal….


Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski believes he still has a future at Arsenal after a disappointing loan spell at Inter Milan. The Germany forward has fallen out of favour at Emirates Stadium and spent the second half of the season at the Serie A club, scoring one goal in 17 games. Podolski, 30, has one year left on his Gunners deal and says he would be happy to stay at the London club next season. “They are a great club and I think I can help them,” he said. “Things can always change, but if needs be I will remain at Arsenal next season.”


Oxlade-Chamberlain’s holiday snaps….


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Instagram

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was left out of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia has been posting pictures on Instagram of his holiday and here he is pictured with a baby gorilla.


Pistorius could be freed in August….

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius will be released on probation by 21 August after a recommendation from South Africa’s correctional services department. The Olympic athlete was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Under South African law he is eligible for release under “correctional supervision” having served a sixth of his sentence. A state appeal against his acquittal on murder charges is due in November.

Liverpool sign Danny Ings….

Danny Ings

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign England under-21 striker Danny Ings, 22, from Burnley, subject to a medical. The 22-year-old has agreed personal terms with Liverpool and will move to Anfield on 1 July. As he was out of contract and under 24, Burnley will be entitled to compensation. Danny Ings is Liverpool’s second signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Manchester City midfielder James Milner. Ings has nine caps for England under-21s, with four goals to date and will represent his country at the Under-21 European Championship.

Warri Wolves out of CAF Confederations Cup….

Warri Wolves are out of the CAF Confederation Cup after they lost 4-3 on aggregate to AC Leopards of Congo to miss out of the group stage. The Seasiders made their work cut out after they lost 3-0 in Dolise, Congo in the first leg and all efforts to even the tie dried up after they were held to a goalless draw in the first half of the second leg tie played at the Warri City Stadium on Saturday. The Warri match ended 3 -1 in favour of Wolves. Gbolahan Salami scored twice for the Seasiders but Azubuike Egwuekwe’s own goal for the visitors halted whatever comeback Warri Wolves had in mind. Oghenekaro Etebo did score Warri Wolves’ third goal in the dying minute of the match but it only turned out to be a mere consolation as they needed two more goals at that time to nurture any hope of a place in the group stage. For the second season in a row, no Nigerian club has made it to the group stage of any CAF club competition. Sad.

Barca sign Vidal but he has to wait….


Aleix Vidal

The European, Spanish and Copa del Rey champions, Barcelona have signed Sevilla right-back Aleix Vidal for a reported fee of £16m – despite their transfer ban. The 25-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal, will not be able to move until January. He could be a replacement for Brazil international Dani Alves who is out of contract with strong suggestions he will not sign a new one.


‘Pilot’ Rafinha celebrates Champions League victory….


Rafinha cockpit selfie

More celebrations and selfie sticks for Barcelona’s players after their Champions League triumph in Berlin on Saturday. Midfielder Rafinha took things to a new level with a selfie out of the plane’s cockpit window as the squad prepared to fly home. Was he supposed to do that?


Iniesta poses with Barca’s three trophies….


Andres Iniesta Instagram Barca treble

Andres Iniesta, who helped provide Barca’s opening goal against Juventus, posed in front of the club’s treble of trophies as the team arrived in Catalonia and shared the moment on Instagram. The trophies are Spanish La Liga trophy, Copa Del Ray and Champions League trophy. The Coach Luis Enriques’s FC Barcelona won all three trophies this season, the second time they would do so having won all three in 2009 with Coach Pep Guardiola in charge,


Russia and Qatar may lose World Cups….


Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (left), Fifa president Sepp Blatter (centre) and Russia Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov

Russia and Qatar could lose the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively if evidence emerges of bribery, leading FIFA official Domenico Scala has said. The countries deny wrongdoing in their bidding processes and Scala admits he has not seen evidence of corruption. Scala is the head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee. He said: “Should there be evidence that the awards to Qatar and Russia came only because of bought votes, then the awards could be cancelled.” Speaking to Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung,  he added: “Until today, the respective evidence has not been provided.” Scala made similar comments at the end of 2013 but in light of events at FIFA in the past two weeks this will be viewed as a more serious warning. Seven senior FIFA officials were arrested last month in high-profile dawn raids at a Zurich hotel, where they had been staying ahead of their presidential election. They are among 14 people charged by US prosecutors, who allege they accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£100m) over a 24-year period. Swiss authorities have also launched a separate criminal investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated. Sepp Blatter, FIFA president since 1998, was re-elected at the Zurich meeting but announced four days later that he would resign amid the corruption allegations engulfing the organisation,


Togo coach axes Adebayor from squad….


Emmanuel Adebayor

Togo coach Tom Saintfiet has removed captain Emmanuel Adebayor from the squad to face Ghana in an international friendly on Monday. Saintfiet said Adebayor and two other Togo players – Kossi Agassa and Floyd Ayite – had shown a lack of discipline after they failed to join up with the squad on time as they prepared for their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next weekend. “I have no problem with the players as individuals,” Saintfiet told BBC Sport from Accra. “It’s their choice not to come to the hotel, not to be part of the group, and that makes the choice for me very easy to say these players are now not able to be part of the national team. “We ask only to be as one team together, to prepare us for these important games,” Saintfiet explained. Togo take on Liberia in Lome on Sunday 14 June in a Group A fixture that marks the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Nations Cup finals. The fixture against Ghana on Monday will be a big test for Togo against the recent Nations Cup runners-up as they prepare for the Liberia game. The absence of Tottenham striker Adebayor, Stade de Reims goalkeeper Agassa and Bastia midfielder Ayite will be a big loss for Togo but Saintfiet claims he was left with little choice saying all three players were absent for much of last week. “Floyd Ayite and [Kossi] Agassa were only one time in training and Emmanuel [Adebayor] came twice, but for the rest of the time I never saw him. “So I’m very sad about that because these three players were in my squad of 23, they are important players for the country and I was looking forward to working with them. “But if they are not able to be part of it and commit to the national team as all the other players – and we have many more players who play in Europe – the rules are the same for everyone.” Despite removing all three players from the squad, Saintfiet – who previously coached Ethiopia, Namibia and Malawi – insists the trio have not been suspended and could still have a future with Togo. “At the moment they are not part of it, but they have not been suspended and I have no problem with them. The doors are never closed for me because these are players with exceptional quality.