Archive | May 18, 2017

Wilfred Ndidi wins Leicester City’s Young Player of the Year….

Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City wins Young Player of the Season award at King Power Stadium

Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi was named Leicester City’s Young Player of the Year despite only linking up with the Foxes in January. The midfielder joined from Genk in a deal worth £18m and soon became a crucial member of Craig Shakespeare’s side. He made 15 appearances in the Premier League, scoring twice. Leicester honoured their players with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel winning the two biggest awards at their end-of-season ceremony on Monday evening. The Dane, who has been linked with a host of top clubs after a stellar season, picked up Players’ Player of the Year and the Player of the Year to underline his importance to the club.

 

Juventus win Coppa Italia….

Juventus win Coppa Italia

Juventus secured the first part of a possible domestic and European treble with an efficient display against Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. Juve went ahead when Dani Alves’s side-footed volley bounced into the corner. Leonardo Bonucci sealed victory when he prodded in and Lazio, playing in their own stadium, could not find a way back. Serie A leaders Juve can clinch their sixth successive Scudetto this weekend and meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final on 3 June in Cardiff. Massimiliano Allegri’s side settled the match in the opening 25 minutes as they became the first side to win the competition three times in a row.

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Monaco win another Lique 1 title after 17 years….

Monaco win the Ligue 1 title

Monaco have won the Ligue 1 title for the first time in 17 years after a 2-0 win at home to Saint-Etienne. Needing a point to be crowned French champions for the eighth time, the in-form Kylian Mbappe scored the opener in style. Mbappe, 18, latched on to captain Radamel Falcao’s through ball, skipped around the goalkeeper and slotted in. Forward Valere Germain made sure of the win in injury time with a tap-in from close range. The home side had all but secured the title before kick-off, with Paris St-Germain three points behind with just one game to play and a far inferior goal difference. The new champions rarely looked troubled in registering their 11th consecutive league win and subsequently lifting a trophy that has eluded them since the turn of the millennium. The last time Monaco won Ligue 1 they were fielding a team which included the French trio of Fabien Barthez, David Trezeguet and Willy Sagnol. Monaco’s success this season is largely down to the reinvigorated Colombian Falcao and the emergence of French teenager Mbappe.