West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their manager. The former Everton and Manchester United boss replaces Slaven Bilic, who was sacked on Monday with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. Moyes has been out of work since May, when he resigned as Sunderland manager after the club’s relegation to the Championship. Hammers joint chairman David Sullivan said the 54-year-old Scot is “the right man to turn things around”. He added: “We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David can get the best out of the players.
Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has announced he is retiring from football after playing his last game for New York City. The 38-year-old won 116 caps for Italy and helped them win the 2006 World Cup. Pirlo began his career at Brescia and also played for Inter, AC Milan and Juventus before joining the Major League Soccer side two years ago. “Not only [is it that] my adventure in New York comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well,” he said.
Slaven Bilic has been sacked as West Ham manager. Bilic, 49, departed with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. His last game in charge was Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool at London Stadium. West Ham said the club believed a change was necessary “to move forward positively and in line with their ambition”.
Former Super Eagles of Nigeria defender, Michael Emenalo has resigned from his position as Chelsea technical director, the club has confirmed. The 52-year-old, one of owner Roman Abramovich’s most trusted advisors, has left Chelsea after 10 years working across the scouting and technical departments amid reports of tensions between head coach Antonio Conte and the club’s hierarchy.
Marseille player Patrice Evra was sent off after kicking one of his team’s fans in the head before the Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes. Footage shows the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up. Evra, who was named as a substitute, was dismissed before kick-off, and Marseille started with 11 players. UEFA’s disciplinary body is likely to rule on any further action on Friday. French newspaper L’Equipe reported Marseille supporters had been jeering Evra for about half an hour while the players prepared for the game, which the French side lost 1-0. Evra had gone over to the fans to talk to them, but the situation escalated.
Leicester City have appointed ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three-year deal. Puel becomes the Foxes’ third manager this year, replacing Craig Shakespeare who succeeded Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri in February. Puel, 56, led the Saints to eighth in his first season in charge, as well as reaching the EFL Cup final, but the Frenchman was sacked in June. Michael Appleton will remain as Leicester’s assistant manager. Appleton had taken caretaker charge after Shakespeare was sacked just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis.
The Carabao Cup descended into fresh farce with Arsenal and Manchester City dragged into a substitutions probe. Arsenal needed extra-time to beat Norwich 2-1 and City saw off Wolves in a penalty shootout but both are waiting to discover if they broke rules over subs. The Premier League giants made four changes — two in extra-time — and the Canaries will demand clarification from the Football League. Four subs are a novelty for cup ties this season but the rules imply only one can be used after 90 minutes. When asked if Arsenal’s subs had been within the rules, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said: “Yes.”
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is about starting a new business venture as he launches own airline. The striker, nicknamed Baby Jet, became the Sunderland’s record signing when he arrived from Rennes for £13million in 2010. Gyan scored 11 goals in 37 games before leaving for UAE club Al Ain. He has since played for Shanghai SIPG, and joined Turkish club Kayserispor in July.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first Leicester goal since his £25m move from Manchester City. His goal was the equalizer as Leicester came from behind to beat Leeds Unied 3 – 1 in a Carabao Cup game played last night at the Leicester’s King Power Stadium. The win enabled Leicester to qualify for the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup. Other quarter finalists so far are Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bournemouth and Bristol City. Iheanacho, who also provided the assist for his team’s second goal, played for 81 minutes before being replaced by Jamie Vardy.
Togolese striker Francis Kone has been honoured by FIFA for his life-saving actions in a Czech league match. He was given a Fair Play award at the FIFA “Best” ceremony in London on Monday night. Kone saved the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec back in February, after he nearly swallowed his tongue following a collision. Slovacko’s Kone acted after Berkovec had clashed with his Bohemians 1905 team-mate Daniel Krch. He used his fingers to move Berkovec’s tongue and stop him suffocating, after the player had been knocked out.
Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best male player at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards in London. The Real Madrid and Portugal forward beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar to the honour. Ronaldo, 32, helped Real to a Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17. Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won best female player, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his ‘scorpion kick’ against Crystal Palace in January. Celtic won the fan award after they honoured the club’s 1967 ‘Lisbon Lions’ with a stunning 360-degree card display on the 50th anniversary of their historic European Cup win.
Chelsea fear the latest victim of the club’s hamstring curse, Victor Moses, will miss at least four weeks. Moses became the third Chelsea player in two weeks to suffer a hamstring injury, following striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder N’Golo Kante. Morata is hoping to return for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Roma, but Kante is set to miss the rest of October and Moses is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Chelsea’s initial diagnosis put the recovery time of Moses at a minimum of four weeks, meaning he could miss the Premier League clash against Manchester United on November 5. Head coach Antonio Conte is worried that injuries are threatening to ruin his team’s season after being frustrated that Chelsea did not sign more players in the summer.
Leicester City and Super Eagles of Nigeria star Ahmed Musa opens his own petrol station in native Nigeria as he looks ahead to life post-football. It is not uncommon for footballers to dip their toes into the world of business to set themselves up for life post-retirement. After all, the playing career of a footballer is a short one… but not many can boast a business portfolio like Leicester forward Ahmed Musa’s. The Nigeria star is only 24, but he has just opened a petrol station in Kano, 500km north of his native Jos. Continue reading →
Iceland became the smallest nation to progress to a World Cup after beating Kosovo to win their qualifying group for Russia 2018. The Euro 2016 quarter-finalists have a population of about 335,000. They are the only country to qualify for a World Cup with a population of fewer than one million. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson got the goals on Monday evening. Sigurdsson settled his side’s nerves with a neat finish just before half-time then turned provider for Gudmundsson to ensure victory with a close-range strike. Iceland have won seven of their 10 Group I games in World Cup qualifying.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored as Nigeria beat a stubborn Zambia 1-0 to become the first African side to seal a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia. The win put them on an unassailable 13 points at the top of Group B. Chances were missed at both ends by the time Shehu Abdullahi provided the cut-back for Iwobi to finish from inside the box in the 73rd minute. Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Moses Simon went close for the Super Eagles but failed to score. Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mwenne produced an acrobatic save to deny Wilfred Ndidi in the second half in a pulsating end-to-end encounter.
Barcelona midfielder and captain Andres Iniesta has signed a “lifetime contract” with the La Liga giants. The Spain international, 33, has made 639 appearances for the Catalan club – second on their all-time list – and scored 55 goals. Iniesta came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, after joining in 1996 at the age of 12. He made his first-team debut in October 2002 and has won eight Spanish league titles and four Champions Leagues.
The Ivory Coast could move closer to World Cup qualification tonight if they win their tie away in Mali (8pm Nigeria time). The side have played in the last three tournaments and their squad currently includes five British-based players – Serge Aurier (Tottenham), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Lamine Kone (Sunderland), Wilfried Bony (Swansea) and Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa). Ivory Coast have two qualifiers left and are currently one point clear of second-placed Morocco, who entertain Gabon tomorrow, with only the group winners advancing to Russia.
Nigeria could book their spots at next year’s World Cup in the penultimate round of African qualifiers this weekend. The Super Eagles can clinch a place in Russia with a win over visiting Zambia on Saturday. Nigeria will face second-placed Zambia in Uyo with their World Cup fate in their own hands. Zambia are they only side who can overhaul Nigeria at the top of Group B after Cameroon and Algeria’s World Cup chances were ended last month. The Nigerians, who are aiming for a third straight World Cup finals, won 2-1 in Zambia in October in the opening game of the group stage.