Archive | June 11, 2015

Fenerbahce appoint Pereira….

Vitor Pereira

We reported earlier today that Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira was sacked by Greek champions Olympiakos after leading them to the league and cup double. Now we can tell you the 46-year-old has been snapped up by Turkish side Fenerbahce on a two-year contract. No time wasting!

Top ten highest-paid men in sports….

Floyd Mayweather twitter picture

According to recent Forbes report, the top ten highest paid men in sports are:

1. Floyd Mayweather, US, Boxing = US$300m

2. Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, Boxing = $160m

3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Football = $79.6m

4. Lionel Messi, Argentina, Football = $73.8m

5. Roger Federer, Switzerland, Tennis = $67m

6. LeBron James, US, Basketball = $64.8m

7. Kevin Durant, US, Basketball = $54.1m

8. Phil Mickelson, US, Golf = $50.8m

9. Tiger Woods, US, Golf = $50.6m

10. Kobe Bryant, US, Basketball = $49.5m

At number 83, Yaya Toure is the first from Africa with $20m.


Champions League squad of the season….

UEFA have announced their Champions League squad of the season. There are 10 players from Barcelona’s treble winners and five Juventus stars in the 18-man squad. Real Madrid have two players while Chelsea have a player.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Buffon (Juventus)

Defenders: Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pique (Barcelona), Mascherano (Barcelona), Chiellini (Juventus), Alba (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Rakitic (Barcelona), Marchisio (Juventus), Busquets (Barcelona), Iniesta (Barcelona), Pirlo (Juventus), Kroos (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Suarez (Barcelona), Messi (Barcelona), Morata (Juventus), Neymar (Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Olympiakos sack Pereira….

Vitor Pereira

Greek champions Olympiakos have sacked Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira after six months in charge at the club, during which time he led them to a Greek league and cup double. Local media said the 46-year-old had angered Olympiakos owner Vangelis Marinakis when it was reported he held talks with Scottish club Rangers last month.

Steve McClaren is Newcastle’s Manager….

Former Derby manager Steve McClaren

Former England manager Steve McClaren has been appointed as the new head coach of Newcastle United. The 54-year-old succeeds John Carver, who was sacked on Tuesday, and has also been named on the club’s board. Mike Ashley has quit as a director but remains owner. McClaren, who has signed a three-year contract that could be extended to eight years, said: “This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives.” McClaren, sacked by Derby in May, had turned down the Magpies job twice. He was approached after Alan Pardew’s departure in December  and then again with three games left of the Premier League season.

Swansea sign Ghana forward Ayew….

Andre Ayew, Marseilles

Ghana forward Andre Ayew has joined Swansea City on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract at the Premier League club. Ayew, 25, has been at Marseille since 2006 but his deal with the Ligue 1 side expired this month. The former BBC African Footballer of the Year scored 52 goals in 181 appearances for the French club and has 62 caps for his country. “I felt this was the right place for me,” Ayew said. “I felt that my desire to play in the Premier League and wanting to grow as a player meant that Swansea was the best solution for me in every way. “Seeing the honesty and desire of the club made me feel that they really wanted me to come. They have proved that in all ways.”

Flying Eagles of Nigeria are out of U-20 World Cup….

Oztunali the matchwinner for Germany

New Zealand 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Round-16 Results….

Thursday 11 June 2015:

Austria 0 – 2 Uzbekistan

Germany 1 – 0 Nigeria

Portugal 2 – 1 New Zealand

Brazil 5 – 4 Uruguay Ukraine – Penalty Shoot out after 0-0 draw

Uzbekistan, Germany, Portugal and Brazil have all qualified for the quarter finals.

Despite the high rating in local media, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria has been knocked out of the U-20 World Cup by Germany. Sad!  Kelechi Iheanacho who was the most valuable player for the U-17 tournament has not been playing for Nigeria. Is it lack of form or personality clash after he reacted for being subbed in the first game? We need to know. In the coming days, we’ll share the stories of our glory days when we played in the finals of Saudi ’89 and Netherlands ’05.