• Arsenal ‘bigger’ than Ozil and Alexis but Cazorla will sign new deal, says Wenger

    Arsenal ‘bigger’ than Ozil and Alexis but Cazorla will sign new deal, says Wenger

    The manager insists his squad do not depend on individuals amid rumours the pair are demanding huge pay rises with just 18 months left on their current contracts.

    Arsene Wenger is confident Santi Cazorla will sign a new Arsenal contract but insists the club is bigger than “one or two players” amid ongoing speculation over the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

    The pair, who both have 18 months remaining on their contracts, are reportedly demanding huge pay rises to bring […]

  • Premier League triumph went to Leicester’s heads, admits Ranieri

    Premier League triumph went to Leicester’s heads, admits Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri concedes that Leicester City’s stunning 2015-16 Premier League triumph has had an adverse effect on their current campaign.

    Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes the Foxes’ remarkable Premier League success last season has gone to his players’ heads.

    Ranieri’s side defied all the odds during a scarcely believable 2015-16 campaign which saw them romp to the title 10 points clear of runners-up Arsenal.

    But 2016-17 has been an altogether different story, Leicester languishing just two points above the relegation zone with […]

  • Ronaldo publishes details of €225m income denying accusations of tax fraud

    Ronaldo publishes details of €225m income denying accusations of tax fraud

    Cristiano Ronaldo published his financial records on Thursday which showed the Real Madrid star declared income of more than 225 million euros in 2015 as he battled accusations of tax evasion.

    An international consortium of media organisations claimed that a huge data leak involving 18 million documents showed the Portuguese skipper hid 150 million euros ($160 million) from image rights in the British Virgin Islands.

    But the 31-year-old has released details of his income in 2015 which he had already passed on […]

  • Mourinho shows frustration: ‘They don’t listen to me’

    Mourinho shows frustration: ‘They don’t listen to me’

    Jose Mourinho expressed his annoyance at two unnecessary yellow cards that Manchester United picked up late on in their 2-0 victory over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday night.

    Goals from Henrikh Mkitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw the Red Devils safely through to the last 32 of the competition.

    Despite controlling much of the game, United let their Ukrainian opponents back into the match in the last 15 minutes and Mourinho expressed his disappointment at the late part of their […]

  • Balotelli: I would never go back to Liverpool

    Balotelli: I would never go back to Liverpool

    Mario Balotelli has admitted that he would “never go back to Liverpool” if he was given the opportunity while saying that he “likes” Arsenal.

    The Italy international left Anfield in the summer to join French side Nice after a torrid time at the Merseyside club in which he scored one Premier League goal.

    He was originally signed to replace Luis Suarez at the club but after an awful first season he was shipped out on loan to AC Milan before getting his […]

  • NFF didn’t expect Super Falcons to win AWCON, claims Solomon Dalung

    NFF didn’t expect Super Falcons to win AWCON, claims Solomon Dalung

    After the Federal Government blamed recession for its inability to pay match bonuses of the victorious Super Falcons at the just concluded African Women Championship, the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has said they were never expected to win the trophy.

    The Super Falcons had staged a sit-in protest at their hotel to express their disappointment and vowed not to release the trophy to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), until their bonuses are paid.

    When confronted by State House correspondents to react to […]

  • Sports Minister Dalung assures Super Falcons on entitlements

    Sports Minister Dalung assures Super Falcons on entitlements

    Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has reassured African champions, the Super Falcons that they will receive all their entitlements.

     

    The Honourable Minister, who was in company with NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, met with the players and officials at their Agura Hotel, Abuja on Thursday.

    “I had to make time out to meet with you ladies again after receiving you on arrival in Lagos. In the past few days I have heard so much about the team’s […]

  • Arsenal disappointed me’ – Vieira wanted Gunners coaching opportunity

    Arsenal disappointed me’ – Vieira wanted Gunners coaching opportunity

    Having spent nine years as a player at Arsenal, the French midfielder was disappointed not to be given a coaching opportunity by Arsene Wenger.

    New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira is disappointed he was not given the opportunity to start his coaching career with former club Arsenal.

    The World Cup winner spent nine years with Arsenal before returning to Italy where he played for Juventus and Inter, having previously featured for AC Milan in Serie A.

    Vieira then went back to England […]

  • Blatter accuses Infantino of lack of respect

    Blatter accuses Infantino of lack of respect

    Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes his successor Gianni Infantino has treated him with a lack of respect.

    Sepp Blatter has accused new FIFA president Gianni Infantino of disrespecting him.

    Blatter was succeeded by former UEFA general secretary Infantino as FIFA chief in February, following a tenure spanning more than 17 years.

    Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini were suspended from all football-related activity by FIFA in December 2015 when the adjudicatory chamber of its Ethics Committee ruled a payment of two […]

  • Mkhitaryan: I waited a long time for this

    Mkhitaryan: I waited a long time for this

    Manchester United secured Europa League progression courtesy of goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan was relieved to end a long wait for his first Manchester United goal in Thursday’s Europa League victory at Zorya.

    Having signed from Borussia Dortmund in July, the playmaker has had to overcome injury problems and criticism from manager Jose Mourinho prior to winning his place in the team.

    He netted his first goal for the club in his 11th appearance with a brilliant solo effort […]

  • Zorya 0 Manchester United 2: Mkhitaryan magic sends Mourinho’s men through

    Zorya 0 Manchester United 2: Mkhitaryan magic sends Mourinho’s men through

    Manhester United needed a point for Europa League progression, but they got all three courtesy of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Manchester United goal as Jose Mourinho’s men won 2-0 at Zorya to seal their place in the Europa League knockout stages.

    The Armenia international made the difference with a wonderful solo effort early in the second half as he continues to impress in his first consistent run in the team since joining from Borussia Dortmund in […]