Archive | August 2016

Man City’s Nasri joins Sevilla….

.@SamNasri19 has joined @SevillaFC on a season-long loan - good luck in La Liga, Samir! manc.it/2c03h0g

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri has joined Sevilla FC on a season-long loan.

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Arsenal’s Gnabry joins Werder Bremen….

Es ist perfekt: #Gnabry wechselt zum SV #Werder! ūüĎČ bit.ly/GnabryzumSVW Herzlich willkommen, Serge!

Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry has joined Bundesliga club Werder Bremen on a permanent deal.

Joe Hart joins Torino on loan….

Joe Hart

Manchester City goalkeeper and England number one, Joe Hart, has joined Torino (Italian Serie A club) on loan until the end of the season. Hart said: “Suddenly my career has undergone a change, I interpreted it as a sign of destiny,”. “The move to Torino has¬†come at the right time, in¬†the right way. “[Italian] goalkeeping is recognised throughout the world, so I am convinced I can learn a lot here at Torino.”

A key figure in a golden age in the Club’s history, Joe has collected as many individual prizes as he has team honours in his decade at the Etihad Stadium. No goalkeeper has won more Premier League Golden Gloves titles than Joe’s four, he’s also been named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year twice and is well clear of more than a century of clean sheets for the Blues. Initially joining the club from Shrewsbury as a teenager in 2006, to say he’s proved to be something of a bargain for the reported £600,000 fee is a gross understatement. Following his debut in a goalless draw against Sheffield United, Joe spent loan spells at Blackpool and Tranmere Rovers which equipped him with valuable first-team league experience before he returned to his parent club to compete for a first-team slot.

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Pictures of Super Eagles training in Uyo….

The Super Eagles of Nigeria players are currently training in Uyo for the AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday. The match is a “dead rubber” as Egypt has taken the only ticket meant for the group. However, the¬†match will afford the new technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, the opportunity to assess the players before the world cup qualifiers begin in October.¬†The players already in camp are the likes of Skipper Mikel Obi, Elderson Echiejile, Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Jamiu Alimi, Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Musa Muhammed, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Nosa Igiebor, Brown Ideye, Imoh Ezekiel, Odion Ighalo and Victor Osimen.

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Paco Alcacer joins Barcelona

Paco Alcacer

Valencia’s¬†Paco Alcacer has joined Barcelona for 30m euros on a five-year contract. The 23-year-old¬†scored¬†43¬†goals for Valencia¬†in all competitions in the past two seasons. A Barcelona statement says:¬†“The buy-out clause in Alc√°cer‚Äôs contract is set at 100 million euros.¬†“The striker has¬†passed his medical and has now signed¬†a contract with FC Barcelona, will be presented once he returns from international duty with the Spanish national team after having joined up with the squad on Monday.”

Schweinsteiger has no problems with Mourinho….

Tomorrow‚Äôs the day! I‚Äôm really looking forward to a special evening with the @DFB_Team and our fans ūüá©ūüá™

Bastian Schweinsteiger has just given a press conference before his final international for Germany against Finland in Monchengladbach tomorrow. He was asked about his situation at Manchester United again. ‚ÄúMy¬†wish¬†would¬†be¬†to¬†continue¬†playing¬†for¬†Manchester¬†United,” he reportedly said. ‚ÄúI¬†have¬†no¬†personal¬†problems¬†with¬†Jose¬†Mourinho.¬†“One thing¬†is¬†for¬†sure:¬†I’m¬†not¬†going¬†to¬†stop¬†playing¬†football.¬†I¬†still¬†believe¬†in¬†my¬†own¬†ability.¬† I¬†could¬†still¬†help¬†Man¬†Utd¬†if¬†given¬†the¬†chance.”

Thierry Henry “coaches” Batshuayi….

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Chelsea striker¬†Michy¬†Batshuayi is happy to listen and learn from Thierry Henry, one of Belgium’s new coaches. Batshuayi shared the picture on twitter writing “Not sure I ever listened to my parents like this ūüėāūüėāūüėā #Titi #LearnFromTheBest¬†“

Joe Hart to join Torino….

Joe Hart

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will have a medical on Tuesday for his loan move to Serie A side Torino. The Football Association gave Hart permission to leave the England camp on Monday so he could travel to Italy. Hart, 29, has been told by new manager Pep Guardiola that he is free to leave.¬†A deal is now likely to be completed before the 31 August transfer deadline, with Hart then rejoining the England squad for Sunday’s first 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Slovakia. Hart is yet to feature in the Premier League under Guardiola, who has signed Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, from Barcelona. Officials at the club have vowed to help the 29-year-old “find the best solution” in order to keep his international place. City are paying some of Hart’s wages to allow him to move to Serie A for the season, though the amount is not known.

Stefano Okaka joins Watford….

Watford have signed Italy striker Stefano Okaka from Anderlecht on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Okaka, 27, scored 17 goals last season as Anderlecht reached the last 16 of the Europa League and finished third in the Belgian Pro League. He also had a four-month loan spell at Fulham in 2010, scoring twice in 11 Premier League appearances. The ex-Roma player has also scored once in four appearances for Italy but missed out on a place at Euro 2016. Stefano Okaka Chuka was born in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria, Italy to Nigerian parents who later obtained Italian citizenship.

Lescott joins AEK Athens….

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Defender Joleon Lescott has left Championship side Aston Villa to join AEK Athens on a two-year deal. The 34-year-old former England player joined Villa on a two-year deal last summer but leaves the Midlands club after just one season. It has not been disclosed whether there is a transfer fee involved.

Southampton break transfer record to sign Sofiane Boufal….

Sofiane Boufal

Southampton have broken their transfer record to sign Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal from French side Lille for ¬£16 million. Boufal, 22, scored 11 goals last season to help Lille finish fifth in Ligue 1 and qualify for the Europa League. Southampton’s previous transfer record was the ¬£15m they paid Roma for forward Dani Osvaldo in 2013. Boufal is the latest summer arrival as new manager Claude Puel shapes his team following several departures.

Manuel Pellegrini moves to China

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Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has become the latest big name to join the Chinese Super League after being confirmed as the new manager of Hebei China Fortune. The Chilean replaces Li Tie, who got the club promoted last season. They are currently fifth with seven games of the season remaining. Pellegrini has been out of the game since his contract with City expired at the end of last season. He won a Premier League title and two League Cups during his three years at the Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini joins former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari in the 16-team Chinese Super League.

Zaza joins West Ham on loan….

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West Ham have signed Italy striker Simone Zaza from Juventus on a season-long loan for ¬£4.3m. Zaza’s deal could be made permanent and reach ¬£17m with ¬£2.5m in add-ons based on the number of appearances he makes in the Premier League. It is the Hammers’ 11th signing of the summer, taking their spending to more than ¬£60m. Zaza, 25, joined the Turin club in July 2015 and he scored eight goals in 24 appearances. “I have been fortunate enough to have already played at the new stadium with a different shirt,” Zaza said. “It is a beautiful stadium and I felt the warmth of the fans and this was a big reason why I wanted to join the club.” He was part of the Italy squad that reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals but missed a penalty in their shootout defeat against Germany. Juventus gave a lengthy tribute to Zaza after announcing his departure, with a club statement saying: “Power, instinct, class, desire and ability to score important goals. This can be an effective synthesis of the 12 months of Simone Zaza for Juventus.”

Joao Mario joins Inter Milan….

Joao Mario has joined Inter Milan from Sporting Lisbon for ¬£38.4m (45m euros), becoming the most expensive Portuguese player ever sold by a Portuguese club. The 23-year-old’s move beats Sporting’s sales of Cristiano Ronaldo (¬£12.24m) and Nani (¬£25m) to Manchester United. It is also the second-biggest move out of Portugal, marginally behind the fee Monaco paid Porto for Colombian James Rodriguez in 2013. Erick Thohir, Inter’s president, said: “Mario is a very important player, who we have followed for a long time and who would enforce an already competitive squad.” Midfielder Mario made 171 appearances for Sporting and played in every game of Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, when they beat France 1-0 in the final.

2016/17 UEFA Europa League groups….

Group A: Manchester United (ENG), Fenerbahçe (TUR), Feyenoord (NED), Zorya Luhansk (UKR)

Group B: Olympiacos (GRE), APOEL (CYP), Young Boys (SUI), Astana (KAZ)

Group C: Anderlecht (BEL), St-√Čtienne (FRA), Mainz (GER), Qarabańü (AZE)

Group D: Zenit (RUS), AZ Alkmaar (NED), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR), Dundalk (IRL)

Group E: Viktoria PlzeŇą (CZE), Roma (ITA), Austria Wien (AUT), Astra Giurgiu (ROU)

Group F: Athletic Club (ESP), Genk (BEL), Rapid Wien (AUT), Sassuolo (ITA)

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English Premier League results….

Chelsea's forgotten man scores first Premier League goal four years after his first in Burnley win

Nigerian International and Chelsea forward, Victor Moses, celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s third goal against Burnley on Saturday.

Saturday 27th August, 2016:

Tottenham 1 ‚Äď 1 Liverpool

Chelsea 3 ‚Äď 0 Burnley

Crystal Palace 1 ‚Äď 1 Bournemouth

Everton 1 ‚Äď 0 Stoke

Leicester 2 ‚Äď 1 Swansea

Southampton 1 ‚Äď 1 Sunderland

Watford 1 ‚Äď 3 Arsenal

Hull 0 ‚Äď 1 Manchester United

Sunday 28th August, 2016:

West Brom 0 ‚Äď 0 Middlesbrough

Manchester City 3 – 1 West Ham

Henry to be Belgium assistant coach….

Thierry Henry

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will serve as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, the Belgian federation has announced. The Belgian federation said that Henry will be the second assistant coach, behind Martinez’s former Everton assistant¬†Graeme Jones.