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Arsenal, Roma ‘reach stalemate over Granit Xhaka talks’

Arsenal, Roma ‘reach stalemate over Granit Xhaka talks’

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Granit Xhaka's proposed move from Arsenal to Roma is reportedly in doubt following a breakdown in talks between the two clubs. The Switzerland international had been widely expected to complete a switch to the Stadio Olimpico this summer, ending a five-season stay with the Gunners. However, it emerged earlier this week that Arsenal had supposedly rejected Roma's latest bid of around £20m for the 28-year-old. Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims that the two sides have now reached a stalemate in talks, putting any transfer this window in jeopardy. The same report indicates that Roma want Xhaka to pressure Arsenal into agreeing a deal, but the midfielder is currently focused on Switzerland's Euro 2020 campaign
Brazil Opens Copa America With 3-0 Win Against Venezuela

Brazil Opens Copa America With 3-0 Win Against Venezuela

BRAZIL, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, SOUTH AMERICA, Sports, VENEZUELA
Brazil players celebrate 3-0 victory against Venezuela in Copa America opener Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win against Venezuela on Sunday, dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match. The Copa America was moved to Brazil with just two weeks notice after co-hosts Colombia were removed due to a wave of civil unrest, and Argentina pulled out because of a COVID-19 surge there. Brazilian defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he was fortunate to see his backheel squeeze through a defender’s legs and into the net. Brazilian defender Marquinhos (4) celebrates goal against Venezuela The hosts continued to press and were rewarded in the 64th minute of the second half after a penalty was...
Denmark players put on a brave face as they train for the first time since star man Christian Eriksen suffered on-pitch cardiac arrest in Euro 2020 opener against Finland

Denmark players put on a brave face as they train for the first time since star man Christian Eriksen suffered on-pitch cardiac arrest in Euro 2020 opener against Finland

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Danish players trained on Monday for the first time since Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest as Kasper Hjulmand's side put on a brave face following Saturday's distressing scenes in Copenhagen. The former Tottenham midfielder, who now plays for Inter Milan, required 13 minutes of CPR after collapsing just before half-time but was taken to hospital in a stable condition, where he remains. With Eriksen's permission, the Danes elected to resume the game against Finland just two hours after the incident, a move that legend Peter Schmeichel has described as 'ridiculous'. And Hjulmand's side have taken to the training pitch at their base in Elsinore, Denmark, for the first time without their star man. Captain Simon Kjaer, who has won praise for his heroics during the ordeal...
Christian Eriksen breaks silence following on-pitch cardiac arrest at Euro 2020

Christian Eriksen breaks silence following on-pitch cardiac arrest at Euro 2020

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN has issued a statement after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash against Finland. The Inter Milan midfielder required emergency CPR after collapsing at the end of the first half of the game at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen Eriksen received treatment on the pitch while his teammates formed a protective ring around him. Medics were eventually able to receive him though doctors did later confirm he was “gone” for a brief period. The Danish midfielder was transported to a nearby hospital to recover while the game later resumed, with Denmark going down 1-0. It was restarted at the request of Eriksen, who sent a short message to his teammates from hospital to assure them he was fine. According to Denmark coach Kaspe...
Euro 2020: Scotland set to end 23-year wait against Czech Republic; COVID-hit Spain face Sweden

Euro 2020: Scotland set to end 23-year wait against Czech Republic; COVID-hit Spain face Sweden

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England's neighbours Scotland, playing at the highest level for the first time since the 1998 World Cup, will face the Czech Republic in Glasgow on Monday. England launched their bid for Euro 2020 glory with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday, as Scotland were set to end their 23-year wait to play in a major tournament and COVID-hit Spain prepared to face Sweden. Raheem Sterling scored at a sun-baked Wembley as England won their opening game of a European Championship finals for the first time at the 10th attempt. England's neighbours Scotland, playing at the highest level for the first time since the 1998 World Cup, will face the Czech Republic in Glasgow on Monday, before a new-look Spain get their bid for a record fourth European crown underway without captain Sergio Busquet...
Premier League clubs involved in Super League fined £22m; face 30-point deduction for joining future breakaways

Premier League clubs involved in Super League fined £22m; face 30-point deduction for joining future breakaways

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The six English clubs that signed up to the breakaway European Super League (ESL) earlier this year have agreed to pay a total of £22 million as part of a settlement with the Premier League, it was announced Wednesday. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham also agreed to accept fines of about £20m each and 30-point deductions if they join a similar unsanctioned competition in the future -- a punishment that would have seen Arsenal and Spurs relegated during the 2019-20 campaign. UEFA also announced on Wednesday that it had put a hold on its disciplinary case against the remaining Super League rebel clubs -- Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid -- who were facing a ban from the Champions League. A statement from the Premier League read: "...
Turkey 0-3 Italy: Ciro Immobile nets as Roberto Mancini’s side start Euro 2020 in style

Turkey 0-3 Italy: Ciro Immobile nets as Roberto Mancini’s side start Euro 2020 in style

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Report as Italy make an early Euro 2020 statement in a thoroughly deserved victory in front of 15,000 fans in Rome Italy beat Turkey 3-0 in Euro 2020's opening match in Rome Italy kicked off Euro 2020 in style with a dominant 3-0 win over Turkey as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne both scored in the Group A opener. Roberto Mancini's side put on an emphatic showing after Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli had opened the tournament singing Italia '90 anthem Nessun Dorma on the pitch pre-match. Turkey managed to frustrate their opponents for 45 minutes but faltered badly after the break as Merih Demiral put through on his net (53) following a tasty Domenico Berardi cross. That opened the game up which suited Italy's aggressive and attack-minded style as Immobile (66) and Insigne (7...
Nuno Espirito Santo: Everton close to appointing former Wolves boss as new manager

Nuno Espirito Santo: Everton close to appointing former Wolves boss as new manager

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Nuno Espirito Santo close to being appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Goodison Park; Portuguese left Wolves at the end of last season and previously held talks over vacant Crystal Palace managerial position Image: Nuno Espirito Santo left Wolves at the end of last season Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is edging closer to being appointed Everton's new manager. Negotiations over a number of issues including the length of contract are still to be finalised, but the club are hopeful he will be confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor within the next week. Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season after four years in charge, was close to becoming manager of Crystal Palace earlier this month before negotiations broke down. The Portuguese, 47, emerged ...
England’s key decisions before Euro 2020: Will Jack Grealish start? Will Harry Maguire be rushed back?

England’s key decisions before Euro 2020: Will Jack Grealish start? Will Harry Maguire be rushed back?

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Does Jack Grealish start? What's England's formation against Croatia? What shape will Champions League finalists from Manchester City and Chelsea be in ? What role will Henderson, Maguire play? Image: What role will Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson play in the early stages of the competition? Gareth Southgate will have breathed a sigh of relief when the full-time whistle in Sunday's 1-0 win over Romania meant his England side had come through their final warm-up game unscathed. A full bill of health was the ultimate priority after losing Trent Alexander-Arnold last time out - but the fitness of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire looks set to remain a major talking point at this tournament. Henderson made his long-awaited return to action as a half-time substitute and, whi...
Ajax goalkeeper Onana’s ban for doping cut to 9 months

Ajax goalkeeper Onana’s ban for doping cut to 9 months

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Ajax goalkeeper André Onana had his ban for a positive doping test cut to nine months on Thursday and can resume playing in November. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its judges found Onana was not at significant fault and reduced his one-year ban by UEFA. The ban now ends on Nov. 3. The ruling could see Arsenal step up its reported interest in signing the 25-year-old Onana, who is cleared to play for Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations in January. Onana tested positive last October for furosemide, a banned diuretic often used as a masking agent to hide the presence of other drugs. He said he was feeling unwell and took a pill prescribed for his girlfriend from a packet he mistook for aspirin “because the packaging was almost identical.” Anti-doping rules ...
Nike Vs Adidas – The Battle Is Still On! But Which One Is Better?

Nike Vs Adidas – The Battle Is Still On! But Which One Is Better?

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
If you are a frequent traveller and you know the importance of good footwear in your life, you will relate to this article and you would want to come to a conclusion in the end. When you think of sneakers for a trip, I am sure the obvious brands that come to your mind are Adidas and Nike. The Nike vs Adidas debate has been going on for a while now. Let’s put some light on the Adidas and Nike businesses and see who actually surpasses the other in terms of various aspects of performance. Both of them are renowned brands and are the best at what they do. Nike has always been the king of sportswear and sneakers. But, there has been a change in this scenario recently. Let’s dive deep into it and see what changed, our minds or the quality of these brands? And at the end of this Adidas vs...
UEFA orders Ukraine to remove ‘political’ slogan from kit ahead of Euro 2020

UEFA orders Ukraine to remove ‘political’ slogan from kit ahead of Euro 2020

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European football’s governing body UEFA has instructed the Ukrainian national team to remove the phrase “Glory to the heroes!” from the national team kit on the eve of Euro 2020, due to the slogan's military connotations. Ukraine’s shirt for Euro 2020 was initially emblazoned with a map of Ukraine’s borders including Crimea as well as two slogans. One on the back read “Glory to Ukraine!” while inside the shirt were the words: “Glory to the heroes!” — a military greeting in Ukraine. UEFA initially approved the design but backtracked on Thursday following complaints from the Russian Football Union and instructed Ukraine to remove the slogan on the inside of their shirts. The slogan on the back of the shirt as well as the map emblazoned across the shirt are permitted to remain, ...
England fans urged to ‘drown out the boos’ in new Kick It Out and Football Supporters’ Association campaign

England fans urged to ‘drown out the boos’ in new Kick It Out and Football Supporters’ Association campaign

EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, GAMES, RACISM, Sports, UEFA
Players were once again booed for taking a knee against Romania; FA is also working on a video message to encourage fans to get behind the team on and off the pitch; former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand labels supporters who boo as "ignorant" Fans are being urged to 'drown out the boos' at Wembley in a new Kick It Out and Football Supporters' Association initiative as England begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Sunday. It comes after England boss Gareth Southgate's pleas to respect the anti-discrimination gesture were once again ignored by a small section of fans during the side's final Euro 2020 warm-up game against Romania. Southgate and his players remain defiant they will continue to take a knee and once again reiterated it is a show of unity in the fight against...
Romelu Lukaku says racism in football is at an ‘all-time high’

Romelu Lukaku says racism in football is at an ‘all-time high’

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Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku believes racism in football is at an "all-time high" ahead of the start of the European Championships. Lukaku, who is preparing for Belgium's opening game of the Euros against Russia on Saturday, has received racial abuse a number of times throughout his football career, notably when he was the subject of monkey chants from fans in 2019. Today, he thinks abuse towards players is only getting worse. "I think racism in football right now is at the all-time high. Why? Because of social media now as well," Lukaku told CNN Sport. "I understand why people like Thierry Henry are blocking social media because it's easy, you can track somebody down … The social media companies, they have to do more for me." Earlier this year, former Arsenal forward Hen...
Ruben Dias: Manchester City defender wins Premier League Player of the Season award

Ruben Dias: Manchester City defender wins Premier League Player of the Season award

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Ruben Dias wins Premier League Player of the Year award after leading Man City to the title in his debut season following transfer from Benfica; Pep Guardiola named Manager of the Season; Phil Foden claims Young Player of the Season award Champions Manchester City dominated the Premier League end-of-season awards with Ruben Dias, Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola all picking up prizes for the 2020/21 campaign. Dias was named the Premier League Player of the Season, while team-mate Phil Foden claimed the award for the Young Player of the Season and City boss Guardiola was picked as the Manager of the Season. Tottenham's Erik Lamela won the Premier League Goal of the Season award for his spectacular Rabona in the north London derby.The alliance comprises three right-wing, two centri...
African football: Cameroon beat Nigeria in friendly warm-up match

African football: Cameroon beat Nigeria in friendly warm-up match

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Cameroon beat Nigeria 1-0 in an international friendly match on Friday thanks to Fulham's Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. Both countries cruised through the qualifying stage for the African Cup of Nations and will now try to build momentum going into the tournament at the beginning of next year. Despite the win, it has been a bit of a struggle for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations hosts in their last two international matches -- a 0-0 draw against Rwanda and a rough 3-1 loss against Cape Verde. The latter -- along with Liberia, Nigeria’s Super Eagles are expected to beat in the World Cup qualifiers in September. Nevertheless, both Cameroon and Nigeria got a warm-up Friday as they cruised through the qualifying stage for the African Cup of Nations.The teams will go head to he...
Antonio Conte to Tottenham off as talks with former Chelsea boss break down

Antonio Conte to Tottenham off as talks with former Chelsea boss break down

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Spurs, who sacked Jose Mourinho in April, were in discussions to bring the manager to north London. Tottenham’s managerial search descended into chaos after talks with Antonio Conte broke down on Friday. Spurs, who sacked Jose Mourinho in April, were in discussions to bring the former Chelsea manager to north London. But they are understood to have been put off by certain demands made by the 51-year-old and will now turn their attention elsewhere. Conte had become a candidate following his exit from Inter Milan last week, where he left by mutual consent after leading them to their first Serie A title since 2010. His record is impressive, having also won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017, but Spurs’ pursuit of him was at odds with what chairman Daniel Levy set out ...
Arsenal ‘make £30m offer for Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia’

Arsenal ‘make £30m offer for Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia’

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Arsenal have reportedly made their first offer of around £30m for Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia. With Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard seemingly unlikely to remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond the summer, Gunners chiefs have earmarked the number 10 position as a priority for the upcoming transfer window. Arsenal have long been linked with a swoop for Buendia - who is already Premier League-proven - but Canaries chief Stuart Webber has affirmed that it would take a club-record fee to sanction an exit for the 24-year-old. According to football.london, Arsenal and Aston Villa made their first moves for Buendia on Wednesday, but bids of £30m from both sides were pushed back by Norwich. The report adds that Buendia would face a 'difficult choice' if Arsenal and Vi...
Where is Euro 2020? Host cities, countries and stadia where Euros is being held – and when it starts

Where is Euro 2020? Host cities, countries and stadia where Euros is being held – and when it starts

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The 2020 European Championships are to be played across 11 countries Following a year delay Euro 2020 is finally set to kick off with Scotland, Wales and England all vying for glory. The tournament looks set to be like no other – and not just because of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time in the European Championships’ 60 year history, the tournament will be played across the entire continent. Here's everything you need to know. Which countries and cities are hosting Euro 2020? Uefa Euro 2020 is being held across the continent for the first time in the competition's 60-year history, with 11 host cities in all. Glasgow and London are among the host cities, with Rome, Seville and Baku among the other host cities. The following cities will all host fixtur...
Ancelotti leaves Everton for second stint as Real Madrid boss

Ancelotti leaves Everton for second stint as Real Madrid boss

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Carlo Ancelotti has left his role at Everton to become Real Madrid’s new boss. The Italian, 61, takes over at the Bernabeu following Zinedine Zidane’s exit last week. He’s signed a three-year contract with Real, having previously managed the club from 2013 to 2015. Ancelotti told Everton’s website: “I would like to thank the board of directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have all given me during my time at the club. “I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them. “While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time.” The club ...