Archive | May 8, 2016

Vincent Kompany to miss Euro 2016….

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Belgium and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will miss Euro 2016 with a groin injury, according to a statement on his Facebook page. The defender, 30, was substituted after 10 minutes of City’s Champions League semi-final second-leg defeat by Real Madrid on Wednesday. Kompany has suffered five separate injuries this season, playing just 22 matches out of a possible 57. He said it was “very sad news” but promised he would not “give up”. The statement added: “I trust my friends and team-mates to do well and do us proud at the next European Championships in France. “I am now officially their most fervent supporter and I will be there to support them.” Belgium are grouped with Italy, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland at this summer’s tournament. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is Belgium’s vice-captain and has led the side in previous games when Kompany has been unavailable. Kompany also wrote he would “remain calm and positive” rather than “feeling sorry for myself”. He added: “I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up. That is not me. I decide on my future.”

PSV Eindhoven win Dutch league….

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PSV Eindhoven snatched the Dutch league title from Ajax on a dramatic final day of the season. The teams went into the last day level on points, with Ajax in control by virtue of having a six-goal advantage in goal difference. But the Amsterdam side could only draw 1-1 with lowly De Graafschap to open the door to their rivals. PSV took advantage, as two Luuk de Jong goals and one from Jurgen Locadia gave them a 3-1 win at PEC Zwolle. Victory gave PSV, who like their title rivals lost just twice in the Eredivisie this season, their 23rd league title.

Mido shaves hair to fulfil Leicester promise….

Former Tottenham and Egyptian striker-turned-pundit Mido has honoured a promise and shaved his head after Leicester won the title. He tweeted: “All done”. We are hoping that Gary Lineker will fulfil his own promise of presenting Match of the Day with his pants only should Leicester win the EPL.

Patrick Ekeng’s sister says he felt tired before game….

The sister of Patrick Ekeng, who died after collapsing while playing for Dinamo Bucharest, claims he said he was “feeling very tired” before the game. Cameroon’s Ekeng, 26, fell to the floor in the 70th minute of the televised Romanian league match against Viitorul and was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later. “He told his best friend he was not able to play,” Monique Chantal, Ekeng’s elder sister, told BBC Sport. “He said he was very tired.” She added: “Patrick was very generous, a gentleman. It is very painful he is leaving behind a family – it is like a dream, a nightmare.” Celine Chemi, Ekeng’s mother, said: “It is difficult to talk about my son at this moment, but I believe in God and submit to his will. “If this is football and the life of professional players then this calls for reflection.”

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Leicester City crowned EPL champions….

Leicester celebrated the greatest day in their 132-year history in style as the newly-crowned Premier League champions comprehensively beat Everton before lifting the trophy. Claudio Ranieri’s men this season produced one of the most remarkable feats in sporting history, going from supposed relegation fodder and 5,000-1 outsiders to win the league for the first time with two matches to spare. There was a magical atmosphere around the King Power Stadium for the final home match of a campaign to cherish, with Leicester winning their title party 3-1 as Roberto Martinez’s side were completely overrun. City, like their fans, showed no hangover from the celebrations that have been ongoing since Tottenham drew at Chelsea on Monday, with Jamie Vardy requiring just five minutes of his return from suspension to put the home side ahead.