Archive | February 29, 2016

Ex-Bayern president released from jail….

Uli Hoeness

Former Bayern Munich president and West Germany international Uli Hoeness has been released from prison after serving half of his three-and-a-half-year sentence for tax evasion. The former Bayern Munich player, who was sports director for 30 years before taking over as club president in 2009, was convicted in March 2014 for evading 28.5m euros.

Man City fan predicted exactly how City would win the League Cup final….

Die hard Man City fan, Noel Gallagher (in blue jacket), turned psychic, predicted how yesterday’s Wembley final would finish. Gallagher was asked earlier yesterday outside Wembley for his prediction – and he got every detail right. “I think it’s going to be mega close and I’m not very optimistic,” he said. “But I’m going to say we’ll win on penalties.”

Yaya Toure celebrates scoring during the penalty shootout

He was then asked “who’s going to get the decisive penalty?” “Yaya. Roll it in.” Toure swept home the winning penalty to hand Man City the league cup – 3-1 on penalties – and proved Gallagher to be right.

Leicestershire Police already planning for European football nights….

Police are planning for nights of European football at Leicester City’s King Power stadium next season. The Foxes’ miraculous performances in the Premier League have put them on the brink of passage to the elite Champions’ League or, if the dream does not quite come off, the Europa League. Senior officers at Leicestershire Police have been discussing the implications for them should City’s end-of-season league position in May send them into European competition for the first time in 15 years. Officers visited two matches in London last week as guests of the Metropolitan police. The matches, Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday and Spurs’ 3-0 demolition of Fiorentina in the Europa League two nights later gave officers an insight into modern European match policing.

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CAF congratulates new FIFA president….

Issa Hayatou and new Fifa President Gianni Infantino

Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has formally written to Gianni Infantino to congratulate him after being voted in as the new president of football’s world governing body FIFA. Infantino succeeds fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter, after polling 115 votes, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, at Friday’s election. Infantino was not the favoured candidate of CAF, who had given its backing to Sheikh Salman.  Despite that, Cameroon’s Hayatou – who had been FIFA’s acting president in the lead-up to the election – sent Infantino a letter, dated 27 February 2016, congratulating him on behalf of the CAF Executive committee and the African football family: “Be assured of the continued support of CAF, African members of the new FIFA Council, as well as our commitment to strengthening the excellent relationship between CAF and FIFA,” Hayatou wrote.

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Nigerian Premier League results….

Abia Warriors

Sunday 28th February, 2016:

Heartland 0 – 1 Abia Warriors

Ikorodu United 1 – 0 Lobi Stars

Shooting Stars 3 – 0 MFM

Rivers United 2 – 0 Ifeanyi Uba

Kano Pillars 2 – 1 Wikki Tourists

Enugu Rangers 2 – 1 Niger Tornadoes

Plateau United 2 – 1 Warri Wolves

 

Messi reaches 30-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season….

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi reached the 30-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season as he helped Spanish leaders Barcelona come back from behind to beat Sevilla. Sixth-placed Sevilla, the last team to beat Barca back in early October, led when Vitolo volleyed in a left-wing cross at the far post. Messi’s sublime 20-yard free-kick levelled before he teed up Gerard Pique to sidefoot in the close-range winner. Barca, who have not lost in 34 games, are now eight points clear in La Liga. The Catalan side’s fightback at the Nou Camp means they have equalled the longest unbeaten run of a La Liga team in all competitions, levelling Real Madrid’s run in the 1988-89 season. But more concerning for the Bernabeu club is the huge gap that has opened up between them and their arch-rivals Barca. Zinedine Zidane’s third-placed side are 12 points adrift of the leaders following Saturday’s home derby defeat by Atletico Madrid. Second-placed Atletico won 1-0 at the Bernabeu to remain Barca’s nearest challengers.

Manchester City win League Cup….

Manuel Pellegrini

Willy Caballero was Manchester City’s hero as they beat Liverpool on penalties to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley. The 34-year-old Argentine goalkeeper spectacularly rewarded the faith of manager Manuel Pellegrini with saves from Lucas, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in the shoot-out after he was selected ahead of first-choice Joe Hart. Fernandinho put City ahead just after the break after an error by Liverpool’s otherwise heroic keeper Simon Mignolet. But two glaring misses from former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling opened the door for Coutinho’s late leveller. In the shootout, Fernandinho hit a post with City’s first kick, but Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero were on target as Caballero made his decisive saves, allowing Yaya Toure to convert the winning penalty.