Archive | July 26, 2016

Joe Allen joins Stoke City….

Joe Allen

Stoke City have signed Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool for £13m. The 26-year-old, who had a year left on his contract, was also a target for the Potters’ Premier League rivals Swansea, whom he left to join Liverpool in 2012. “It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours for me but I am delighted to have finally been able to put pen to paper,” said Allen, who has signed a five-year contract. “I was really excited as soon as I heard of the club’s interest and it wasn’t a difficult decision to make.” Allen was Stoke’s second signing of the day after Egyptian winger Ramadan Sobhi joined the club from Al Ahly for a fee that could rise to £5m. Despite starting only eight league games for Liverpool last season, Allen was named in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament after helping Wales reach the semi-finals.

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Two more world cup spaces might come to Africa….

Gianni Infantino

Africa will get an additional two World Cup finals places should the tournament be expanded to 40 teams from 2026, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino as he visited Nigeria yesterday. Infantino proposed the expansion from 32 teams before he was elected by world football’s governing body in February. Africa is currently allocated five places at World Cups. “My proposal has been 40 teams and if that happens then my proposal has been to have at least two extra places for African teams,” said Infantino. The move would not come into effect until 2026 with the format of 32 teams already confirmed for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.