Archive | June 15, 2016

Ibrahimovic named in Sweden’s provisional Olympic squad….

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in his country’s provisional 35-man squad for the Olympic Games. The 34-year-old, who is currently at Euro 2016, has said he will not make a decision on his participation until after the competition is over. Hakan Ericson – Sweden’s coach at the Rio Games – said he wants to keep the chance Ibrahimovic will compete “open” but admitted his “hopes are not huge”. The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan striker ended his four-year stay at Paris St-Germain at the end of the season. He has remained quiet on his future but speculation on a link-up with his former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford has been widespread. Ibrahimovic – who created Sweden’s goal in their opening draw with Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 – has scored 62 goals in 114 appearances for his country. Ericson has said it would be “fantastic” to have Ibrahimovic at his disposal at the Games and Sweden will select their final 18-man squad next month. They have been drawn against Colombia, Nigeria and Japan at the Olympics. The men’s football tournament – won by Mexico at London 2012 – begins on 3 August in Brazil, two days before the official Olympic opening ceremony.

 

Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic medal designs revealed….

The 2016 Olympic gold medal

Rio 2016 organisers have revealed the medals that will be competed for at this summer’s Olympics. A total of 2,488 medals, each weighing 500g, have been produced – with 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze. They were made with “sustainability at their heart”, say organisers. The gold medals are free from mercury, the silver and bronze medals are made from 30% recycled materials, and half of the plastic in their ribbons is from recycled plastic bottles.

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Brazil sack coach Dunga….

Dunga has been sacked as Brazil head coach after their shock exit from the Copa America. Dunga, who captained Brazil to World Cup success in 1994, was named national coach for a second time in 2014. But the team were knocked out in the group stage of the Copa America for the first time since 1987 as they lost 1-0 to Peru in Massachusetts on Sunday. Dunga, 52, had previously been in charge from 2006 to 2010, winning the Copa America in 2007.

Sofiane Feghouli joins West Ham….

Sofiane Feghouli

West Ham have signed winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old Algeria international spent six seasons at the Spanish club, scoring 42 goals in 243 appearances. The 2012 Algerian Footballer of the Year, Feghouli has 40 caps and has played in three major tournaments. He is the Hammers’ second signing this summer following Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit, who joins on 1 July. Feghouli told the West Ham website: “I am very happy to sign for the Hammers and for Slaven Bilic. The history of the club is important for me in my decision.”

Major Derby days for EPL 2016/2017 season….

manchester united v manchester city

Manchester derby:

Manchester United v Manchester City 10 September 2016

Manchester City v Manchester United 25 February 2017

Merseyside derby:

Everton v Liverpool 17 December 2016

Liverpool v Everton 1 April 2017

North London derby:

Arsenal v Tottenham 5 November 2016

Tottenham v Arsenal 29 April 2017

English Premier League 2016/2017 opening weekend….

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A.F.C. Bournemouth vs Manchester United

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Burnley vs Swansea City

Chelsea vs West Ham United

Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur

Hull City vs Leicester City

Manchester City vs Sunderland

Middlesbrough vs Stoke City

Southampton vs Watford

All fixtures are scheduled for 3pm Nigerian time on Saturday 13 August, but are subject to change.