Archive | August 2020

EPL clubs vote against use of five substitutes for 2020-21 season….

Premier League clubs have voted against continuing to allow five substitutions in a match for the 2020-21 season. The rule was brought in when the 2019-20 top-flight season restarted in June, having been halted for three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wolves qualify for first European quarterfinal in 48 years….

Wolves survived a nervous night at Molineux to reach their first European quarter-final in 48 years as Raul Jimenez’s early penalty earned them a 2-1 aggregate win against Olympiakos in the Europa League. The Mexican’s precise eighth-minute effort, after Daniel Podence had been fouled by Olympiakos’ stand-in keeper Bobby Allain, was his 27th goal of the season and the earliest Wolves had scored in any game during a marathon season that began on 25 July last year and will now extend to a 59th game.

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Alexis Sanchez joins Inter Milan on a three year deal….

Alexis Sanchez finally joins Inter Milan on season-long loan from ...

Inter Milan have completed the permanent signing of Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez on a three-year deal. The Chile international, 31, joined the Serie A side on a season-long loan in August 2019. He scored four goals in 29 appearances in all competitions. Inter expect to have him available for the Europa League ‘final eight’ in Germany after beating Getafe on Wednesday.

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Gareth Bale left out of Real Madrid squad for Manchester City tie….

Wales forward Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid’s 24-man squad for the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Manchester City on Friday. City won 2-1 in the first leg in Spain in February before the coronavirus pandemic caused the competition to be halted for almost five months. Bale, 31, has played twice, with only one start, in 11 Real games since football in Spain restarted in June.

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Coronavirus: Arsenal plan to make 55 staff redundant….

Arsenal plan to make 55 staff redundant because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Gunners’ first-team players and head coach Mikel Arteta agreed a 12.5% pay cut in April. Arsenal’s executive team also agreed to waive more than a third of their salaries over the next 12 months. However, the club say they now face “more significant and longer-lasting reductions in our revenue than we all hoped”.

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Manchester United qualifies for Europa League quaterfinal….

Manchester United came from behind to beat Austrian side LASK 2-1 at Old Trafford, advancing to the quarter-finals of the Europa League 7-1 on aggregate. Anthony Martial came off the bench to score the winner four minutes from time, collecting Juan Mata’s precise through ball before finishing off his 23rd goal of the season from 10 yards. Earlier, Mata also provided the assist for Jesse Lingard to score for the second consecutive game.

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Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium to be dismantled after event….

Qatar 2022: Ras Abu Aboud to be recycled into 20 to 30 smaller venues

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, which will hold Qatar 2022 games up to the last 16, will be the first ever World Cup arena to be dismantled after the tournament. Behind it all is the architect Mark Fenwick, who is awaiting the stadium’s inauguration with great anticipation and is excited to see his design come to life when the ground hosts World Cup 2022 games up to the last-16 stage.

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Paulo Dybala named Serie A MVP for the 2019-20 season….

Paulo Dybala, chosen the Serie A MVP - JuniperSports

Paulo Dybala has been named Serie A MVP for the 2019-20 season after playing a crucial role in Juventus’ successful title campaign. His team mate Cristiano Ronaldo however missed out in the list of individual honours. Dybala scored 11 goals and provided six assists in the league as the Bianconeri were crowned champions in Italy for a ninth successive year.

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open….

Rafael Nadal willing to resume tennis season but with one major caveat

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has decided not to play the US Open later this month because the coronavirus pandemic is “not under control”. Spanish world number two Nadal, 34, has not entered the tournament, which takes place in New York from 31 August. “The health situation is very complicated around the world with cases increasing and flare-ups,” said Nadal.

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