Archive | August 8, 2016

Manchester United defeats Leicester to win Community Shield….

Jose Mourinho began his reign as Manchester United manager with a trophy as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late header to beat Leicester in the FA Community Shield at Wembley. Jesse Lingard, who scored the final goal of the Louis van Gaal era with the winner in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, put United ahead before half-time when he ran 40 yards and beat four men to slot home. League champions Leicester replied when Marouane Fellaini’s dreadful back-pass let Jamie Vardy in to round David de Gea and score. But summer signing Ibrahimovic, 34, typically had the final word with seven minutes to go, rising to meet Antonio Valencia’s cross and beat Kasper Schmeichel via the post. The outspoken Swede had stated beforehand that the shield would be the first trophy he would be bringing home as a United player, and so it proved for the veteran striker. Leicester had brought Mourinho’s second stint in charge of Chelsea to an end with a 2-1 defeat at King Power Stadium in December on their way to the title but this was a much happier occasion for the Portuguese.

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Mancini leaves Inter Milan….

Roberto Mancini and Frank de Boer

Inter Milan have just announced the departure of Roberto Mancini as head coach by “mutual agreement”. The former Manchester City boss will be replaced by Frank de Boer, who is believed to have agreed a three-year contract. Mancini’s position had been in doubt due to his misgivings over Inter’s summer transfer business. De Boer, 46, left Ajax in the summer and had been linked with the Southampton job following Ronald Koeman’s departure for Everton, another role with which the Dutchman had been linked. A club statement read: “FC Internazionale Milano confirms that it has parted company with head coach Roberto Mancini by mutual agreement. “Inter would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto for the work carried out with the team since joining in November 2014. “Last season the club led Serie A until the Christmas break, ending the season in fourth place and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League. “We thank Roberto for the work and commitment he has shown the club over the past 20 months.”

Arthur Masuaku joins West Ham….

Arthur Masuaku

West Ham have signed Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku, 22, on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Masuaku played for Olympiakos for two years, winning the Greek title each time, after his 2014 move from Valenciennes in his native France. “It’s a big honour for me to be part of this club,” said the 22-year-old. “I was speaking with my agent about some opportunities, but when he told me about West Ham and also the coach, I didn’t think twice, so in my mind, it was West Ham. “Now, to be able to play with players like Dimitri Payet, it’s going to be crazy. I can’t wait to play with him and also all the rest of the team. “For me, the Premier League is the biggest league in the world. When I was 18, my target was to come here, so now I am here, I have to prove myself to the fans and to the team so that I can play for this big club.”

Real Madrid’s Jese joins PSG….

Jese

Paris St-Germain have signed Real Madrid forward Jese on a five-year contract. No word yet on the fee for the 23-year-old, who has scored 13 goals in 62 La Liga matches. “I am delighted to join Paris St-Germain, who have become one of Europe’s most competitive clubs,” he said. “Like Paris St-Germain, I have big ambitions for the coming seasons and it will be a great pleasure to work under the direction of Unai Emery, who has developed an excellent reputation in Spain, and across Europe, for his quality as a coach. “I can’t wait to begin this next challenge of my career.”

Pogba is in M-town….

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is pictured as he arrives Manchester his medical today with Manchester United ahead of his multi million transfer from Juventus.

Bale and Ronaldo to miss Super Cup….

Gareth Bale

Real Madrid have left Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo out of their squad for tomorrow’s UEFA Super Cup with Sevilla. Wales forward Bale, Portugal captain Ronaldo and defender Pepe, and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos are all left at home following Euro 2016. Real coach Zinedine Zidane has included his 18-year-old goalkeeper son Luca in the squad going to Trondheim, Norway.

Gnabry should play more for Arsenal….

Serge Gnabry

Germany Olympic coach Horst Hrubesch is “annoyed” Arsenal do not play Serge Gnabry more often. The 21-year-old midfielder, who has made nine Premier League appearances, has scored three goals at Rio 2016 in two games. “He’s shown what he can do to everybody,” Hrubesch said on sport1.de. “I’m just annoyed that he is never shown this faith by his club.”

Rio Olympics Football: Sweden 0 – 1 Nigeria….

nigeria-olympics-sweden

Nigeria’s Under-23 team defeated Sweden by a goal to maintain top spot in the Group B. Umar Sadiq put Nigeria ahead of Sweden in the 40th minute when he headed a cross from the right flank, beating the Swedish keeper that had stopped the Nigerian side from scoring in the first few minutes of the game. It is Nigeria’s second victory in the group games. The team defeated Japan 5-4 in their first games. With the victory over Sweden, Nigeria is topping the group with six points while Sweden has just a point.