Archive | November 2019

Unai Emery sacked as Arsenal manager….

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Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal manager after 18 months in charge. The Spaniard, who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla, was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018, succeeding Arsene Wenger.

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Pochettino says he gave his best at Tottenham….

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he “gave the best” of himself during his five-and-a-half years with the club. The 47-year-old Argentine led Spurs to four successive top-four finishes and last season’s Champions League final. He was replaced by Jose Mourinho last week and in his first statement since, Pochettino said: “There were equally tough challenges as exciting successes.

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Cameroon’s Pierre Webo becomes a coach in Turkey….

Former Cameroon forward Pierre Webo has been appointed as assistant coach at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. The 37-year-old returns to the club he played for between 2011 and 2013 and also to Istanbul where he also appeared for giants Fenerbahce.  The Super Lig outfit confirmed Webo’s appointment to work alongside Ekrem Dag, as assistants to manager Okan Buruk.

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Zamalek of Egypt refuse to travel to ‘enermy’ Qatar for African Super Cup….

Egyptian club Zamalek confirms it will not travel to Qatar to play Champions League holders Esperance of Tunisia in February’s African Super Cup. The annual match brings together the winners of the African Champions League and the Confederation Cup. Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has re-iterated his club’s stance on travelling to play in Qatar. “We are two African teams, why should we play in Asia?” he questioned at a press conference on Tuesday.

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Two Club Bruges players sent off for celebrating equalizer….

Club Bruges  celebrated their late equaliser at Galatasaray so much that they had two men sent off. When Krepin Diatta curled home from outside the box deep into injury time to make it 1-1 in Istanbul, you might have expected the drama to be over. He took his shirt off to celebrate, as modern footballers love to do. Unfortunately he appeared to forget he had already been booked so was shown a second yellow card and a red.

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Marco van Basten suspended over Nazi remark….

Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten has been suspended by Fox Sports after he made a Nazi remark on-air. The Dutch edition of the sports channel said the “Sieg Heil” comment – a phrase associated with use at Nazi rallies – was “stupid and inappropriate”. In an apology Van Basten, 55, said he had “not intended to shock people”.

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Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa plans to sponsor 100 students….

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has announced he will be sponsoring 100 students at a university in the Nigerian city of Kano. Musa has made the gesture to mark his ambassadorial role for the Skyline University. Despite its size Kano and being the commercial centre of northern Nigeria there is a real lack of opportunity for education, which many simply cannot afford.

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Hosts Egypt win 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations….

An extra-time goal from Ramadan Sobhi helped Egypt beat Ivory Coast 2-1 to lift the 2019 Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations trophy on Friday. The final came soon after a dramatic third place play-off match where South Africa clinched the third African place at the 2020 Olympics with a penalties win over Ghana after the match had ended 2-2.

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Jose Mourinho promises passion and happiness at Tottenham….

New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has promised to bring “passion” and “happiness” to the club. The Portuguese, 56, was appointed on Wednesday morning, following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night. Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho praised the quality of Spurs’s squad and their “world class” stadium and training ground.

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Nigeria’s Edo State to pay women and men football teams equally….

The Edo State government in southern Nigeria has announced it will pay its women’s team Edo Queens the same as its men’s side, Bendel Insurance. The state own both teams with the men’s side playing in the Nigerian second tier and the women’s in the Women’s Premier League. “We believe that there should be no discrimination between the male and female teams,” deputy governor Philip Shaibu said.

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Luis Enrique to return as Spain manager….

Luis Enrique, whose daughter died from bone cancer in August, is returning as Spain manager five months after stepping down for personal reasons. Enrique resigned in June after 11 months in the job and announced in August that his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, had died. The 49-year-old former Barcelona boss was replaced by his assistant, Robert Moreno.

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Tottenham sack coach Mauricio Pochettino….

Tottenham have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino after five years in charge of the Premier League club. Spurs have made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 14th in the Premier League. It is believed that Jose Mourinho is a strong contender to replace the 47-year-old.

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