Archive | November 1, 2016

Moenchengladbach cashes in on ‘A German team’ mantra….

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You may have seen the image on the right on social media recently. A Twitter post showing a sign outside the Scottish bar went viral after the author seemingly gave up attempting to spell “Monchengladbach” – instead opting for “A German Team”. Gladbach saw the funny side, changing their own English account’s Twitter handle to “A German Team” and using it on their team-sheet on social media when they faced Celtic in the Champions League. Moenchengladbach’s Head of Corporate Communications, Markus Aretz, says the club ordered 2000 “A German Team” scarves and they sold out pretty quickly so they’ve ordered 2000 more for tonight’s game.

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Mourinho charged for misconduct….

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a second Football Association charge in a week following his dismissal during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Burnley. Mourinho, who on Thursday was charged over comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor, was sent to the Old Trafford stands by Mark Clattenburg. He is accused of using abusive or insulting words to the officials in or around the tunnel area at half-time. He has until Friday to respond. The FA have acted after considering Clattenburg’s match report – possible punishments include a warning, fine, touchline ban or stadium ban.

Anthony Joshua to defend title against Molina….

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IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will defend his title against Eric Molina in Manchester on 10 December. Joshua, unbeaten in 17 fights, was close to agreeing a bout with Wladimir Klitschko but the deal fell through. Promoter Eddie Hearn blamed confusion over whether the WBA title vacated by Tyson Fury would be on the line. American Molina lost his only previous world title shot against WBC world champion Deontay Wilder in 2015.

World Cup sculptor dies….

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Silvio Gazzaniga, the sculptor who designed the World Cup trophy, has died. He was 95. Gazzaniga’s son, Giorgio, said his father passed away in his sleep at home in Milan. “He just didn’t wake up this morning. It was a peaceful death,” Giorgio Gazzaniga told The Associated Press on Monday, adding that his father had been in the hospital recently for a series of minor ailments. Silvio Gazzaniga designed and created the World Cup trophy in 1971 after Brazil retained the right to keep the Jules Rimet trophy by winning its third World Cup in 1970. “The World Cup is a mythic object for the players and for all football lovers,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said. “We will be eternally grateful. I express my condolences by joining the pain of the family.” The 18-carat solid gold trophy weighs approximately six kilograms (13 pounds). It depicts a moment of joy: two players celebrating with their arms outstretched and a globe resting on the backs of their shoulders.

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Mourinho donates watch to charity auction….

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho donated his own watch as an auction prize at the club’s charity dinner last night. There was already a collection of Mourinho gear ready to be sold to an audience of fans at Old Trafford. But the United boss went one step further by taking off his watch, which helped raise a total of £215,000 over the course of the evening. United’s entire first team squad, including Bastian Schweinsteiger who returned to training with them for the first time this season yesterday, accompanied Mourinho to the event.

Miroslav Klose calls time in football career….

Germany legend Miroslav Klose has ended his playing career as he prepares to embark on a career in coaching. Klose, who retired from international football after winning the 2014 World Cup, had been without a club after leaving Lazio in the summer. The 38-year-old, who also played for FC Homberg, Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, remains Germany’s all-time leading scorer with 71 goals in 137 matches. He also scored the most goals in World Cup finals. The German (FA (DFB) confirmed his retirement on Tuesday (today) and said he would be working on his coaching badges.

Coach Frank De Boer sacked by Inter Milan….

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Inter Milan have sacked head coach Frank de Boer after he won just four of his first 11 Serie A games. The Italian giants are 12th in the table after they were beaten 1-0 away at Sampdoria on Sunday – their fifth defeat of the campaign – and sit bottom of their Europa League group. Youth team coach Stefano Vecchi has been handed interim control of the senior side and will be in charge for Thursday’s Europa League trip to Southampton. A club statement read: “Internazionale Milan announce that it has today terminated the contract of coach Frank de Boer. “The club would like to thank Frank and his staff for the work they have done and wish them the best for the future.” De Boer signed a three-year contract to succeed Roberto Mancini in the summer after resigning as manager of Ajax following their failure to win the Eredivisie title.

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Tyrone Ebuehi reportedly turns down Nigeria call up….

ADO Den Haag right full back, Tyroenne Ebuehi, has turned down the invitation to play in Nigeria’s world cup qualifier game against Algeria in Uyo. Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles coach, invited the player to feature in the run up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is the first ever national team invitation for Ebuehi, who played for his club in the Eredivisie in Holland. He said commitment to his club side was more vital than honouring the call of the national team. I see it as a great honour that I am recognised in my homeland,” Ebuehi told his club’s website. “But at this moment ADO Den Haag requires my full attention, especially now that I have settled in the team. “Therefore, it seems to me that now does not seem the right time to travel to Nigeria for the match. “I want to focus completely on the club, but I certainly do not rule out that I will honour a possible next call.” Ebuehi made his Eredivisie debut in 2014. His club suffered a 0-1 home defeat in the match which was against Feyenoord Rotterdam.

Knock London Stadium down and start again, expert says….

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West Ham’s London Stadium should be knocked down and rebuilt to suit football fans, a stadium expert says. Paul Fletcher, who has built or advised on more than 30 new grounds, says athletics was wrongly put before football at the former Olympic Stadium. He says fans are too far from the pitch at a ground beset by problems since the Hammers moved there this summer. “Either we go on as we are for the next 30 or 40 years or we knock it down and start again,” Fletcher said. “Something has to give. If you want to satisfy spectators the only way to get those spectators near that pitch is to knock it down and start again,” added the former Burnley striker turned chief executive.

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Nigeria women’s football coach not paid for months….

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Less than a month before the start of the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon, it has emerged that Nigeria coach Florence Omagbemi has not been paid by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). The former international, who played in four FIFA Women’s World Cups, has now gone eight months without pay. The NFF claims the situation will be resolved before the Super Falcons fly out to Cameroon to defend their African title. The continental championship takes place from 19 November to 3 December with Nigeria in Group B alongside Mali, Ghana and Kenya.

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