• Seedorf named coach of Chinese club Shenzhen

    Seedorf named coach of Chinese club Shenzhen

    Chinese side Shenzhen have confirmed that they have appointed Clarence Seedorf as their new coach.

    The former AC Milan boss has replaced Tang Yaodong on what is reported to be a one-year contract.

    In announcing the deal, Shenzhen stated their hope that Seedorf’s appointment “will help to improve the overall image” of the club, and “attract more global attention to China”.

    The 40-year-old’s first game in charge will be a trip to Qingdao Jonoon on Sunday.

    Seedorf has been out of work since being […]

  • Lionel Messi statue unveiled in Buenos Aires, Argentina (photos)

    Lionel Messi statue unveiled in Buenos Aires, Argentina (photos)

    On Tuesday, the Mayor of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta unveiled a Lionel Messi Statue as part of it’s ‘Don’t Leave’ campaign to tempt Messi to reconsider his decision after the Argentina captain called time on his International career following the heartbreaking Copa America final defeat to Chile.

    Argentina President Mauricio Macri said he had spoken by telephone with Messi after he announced his shock retirement and was hoping to change his

  • Rooney insists nationality won’t matter for next England manager

    Rooney insists nationality won’t matter for next England manager

    Wayne Rooney says England’s new manager does not have to be English, as the search begins to find a successor to Roy Hodgson, who resigned after his team’s poor UEFA EURO 2016 campaign.

    Speculation is mounting that Gareth Southgate, currently in charge of the nation’s Under-21 team, is set to take on the role even if only on an interim basis.

    But England captain Rooney said, while an English manager is preferable, the nationality of the new boss does not matter.

    “Of course […]

  • Liverpool’s Klopp thrilled to end four-year chase to sign Mane

    Liverpool’s Klopp thrilled to end four-year chase to sign Mane

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tracked Sadio Mane for four years before finally managing to sign him.

    The 24-year-old became Liverpool’s third most expensive player when he completed a £30 million move from Southampton.

    Klopp is delighted to have captured the Senegal international, who has reportedly signed a five-year contract.

    “I have followed Sadio for a lot of years since his impressive performances in the Olympics in 2012, and then watched his development in Austria and in his time at Southampton,” the Reds boss […]

  • Argentina football legend Maradona pleads with Lionel Messi not to retire from international football

    Argentina football legend Maradona pleads with Lionel Messi not to retire from international football

    Argentina’s greatest footballer of all time Diego Maradona has pleaded with country man and current Argentina captain Lionel Messi not to retire from International football following Argentina’s Copa America Centenario final loss to Chile.

    After losing his fourth final for his country – after the World Cup two years ago and the Copa America in 2007 and 2015 – an emotional Messi said: ‘That’s it. It’s over for me with the national team. But Maradona has urged the Barcelona man to […]

  • Wayne Rooney says he won’t retire from England duty after Euro 2016 exit

    Wayne Rooney says he won’t retire from England duty after Euro 2016 exit

    England and Manchester captain Wayne Rooney has revealed he won’t shut the door on his International career after Roy Hodgson quit as England manager last night following Iceland’s shock win over England in the last 16 draw of Euro 2016.

    The Manchester United forward did not have his best game as Roy Hodgson’s men were humiliated on Monday night, with some calling for him to be axed from the squad before the start of this tournament.

    However, Rooney said after the game […]

  • Argentina stars Sergio Aguero and Javier Mascherano follow Lionel Messi in quitting international football

    Argentina stars Sergio Aguero and Javier Mascherano follow Lionel Messi in quitting international football

    Argentina and Manchester city footballer Sergio Aguero and Barcelona player Javier Mascherano have followed Lionel Messi to quit international football after suffering a heart breaking Copa America final loss to Chile early this morning.

    Messi, who lost his second cup final with Argentina in two years, was the first to retire from International duty and now Mascherano and Aguero have also followed suit, with reports in Argentina suggesting that Angel Di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain and Lucas Biglia could all […]

  • France star N’Golo Kante suspended for Euro 2016 quarterfinal clash

    France star N’Golo Kante suspended for Euro 2016 quarterfinal clash

    N’Golo Kante will be suspended for France’s Euro 2016 quarterfinal after being booked in the 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

    Leicester midfielder Kante picked up his second yellow card of the tournament after a trip on James McClean near the centre circle in the first half.

    He was substituted for Kingsley Coman at the break with France trailing 1-0, and will now sit out the last eight match against either Iceland or England.

    Defender Adil Rami is also suspended after […]

  • Martin O’Neill proud despite Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 defeat to France

    Martin O’Neill proud despite Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 defeat to France

    Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said he felt “disappointed but proud” after watching his side beaten 2-1 by France in the Euro 2016 round of 16.

    Ireland took the lead after only two minutes when Robbie Brady struck from the penalty spot, but two second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann turned the game around before Shane Duffy was sent off for a foul on the France forward.

    “The team have put absolutely everything into the games that we have played,” O’Neill told ITV Sport.

    “The […]

  • Eagles can qualify for 2018 World Cup – Leon Balogun

    Eagles can qualify for 2018 World Cup – Leon Balogun

    Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, believes Nigeria will book a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    He says although the round to qualification might be tough he also noted that it is the hard road that leads to success.

    He, however, wants the team to take every opportunity at their disposal to ensure they book a spot at the world’s most prestigious tournament.

    The 3-time African champions have been drawn in what is seen as a tough group that parades […]

  • NFF contacts Le Guen for Eagles job

    NFF contacts Le Guen for Eagles job

    The Nigeria Football Federation is in contact with French born coach, Paul Le Guen, with a view of taking over the Super Eagles ahead of the crucial 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    A highly placed NFF official disclosed yesterday that a window of discussion with the former Nantes and Paris St Germain defender is open and barring any unforeseen circumstance, he will be named chief coach of the Super Eagles.

    Le Guen who made 17 appearances for France was relieved of his […]