• Fulham complete signing of Sone Aluko on free transfer from Hull

    Fulham complete signing of Sone Aluko on free transfer from Hull

    Fulham have announced the signing of Sone Aluko on a two-year contract following the expiry of his contract with Hull.

    Aluko, 27, arrives after four seasons with Hull in which he helped them get promoted to the Premier League twice and reach the 2014 FA Cup final.

    The London-born striker, who has made seven appearances for Nigeria, scoring twice, has the option of a third year in his deal with Fulham.

    Aluko is the Cottagers’ third signing of a busy summer that has […]

  • France defender Patrice Evra compares final Euro match to ‘Game of Thrones’ with this photo

    France defender Patrice Evra compares final Euro match to ‘Game of Thrones’ with this photo

    The 35-year-old Juventus and France defender on Instagram published a photo of himself kitted out in a full suit of armour, accompanying his snap with the line; ‘working on the shooting of the last Game of Thrones ahahahahahah I love this game’. Patrice Evra is the oldest player in the French team and is set to lead France against Portugal in Sunday’s final.

    The 35-year-old Juventus and France defender on Instagram published a photo of himself kitted out in a full […]

  • NFF releases shortlist for Super Eagles’ next Head Coach

    NFF releases shortlist for Super Eagles’ next Head Coach

    The Nigeria Football Federation has put former Ethiopian coach Tom Sainfiet, Super Eagles’ caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf and Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who once coached Cameroon, on a shortlist of candidates for the position of Super Eagles’ Head Coach, a statement issued today reads.

    On Friday at the Glass House, the NFF Technical and Development Committee pored over more than 20 applications before cutting the list to three.

    Among those who showed interest in coaching the three –time African champions are Giovanni […]

  • Petr Cech retires from international football with Czech Republic

    Petr Cech retires from international football with Czech Republic

    Petr Cech is retiring from international football after playing 14 years for Czech Republic, saying it will help prolong his club career by giving him more rest during the season.

    The Arsenal goalkeeper played his final major tournament for the Czech national team at Euro 2016 in France, when the team was eliminated in the group stage.

    He had hinted before the tournament that he could quit internationals after this summer, and confirmed that decision on Friday.

    “I think I’ve reached the point […]

  • Skrtel to join Fenerbahce from Liverpool

    Skrtel to join Fenerbahce from Liverpool

    Fenerbahce are set to sign the fiery Slovakian international defender Martin Skrtel on a free transfer from Liverpool, the Istanbul giants said on Friday.

    Last season’s Turkish runners-up said in a brief statement they were in advanced talks with Liverpool and the player, who made a strong showing in helping Slovakia to the last-16 at Euro 2016.

    Daily Fanatik sports reported the club would offer Skrtel a three year contract on an annual salary of 2.5 million euros ($2.75 million) and would […]

  • I came to Manchester City to prove myself – Guardiola

    I came to Manchester City to prove myself – Guardiola

    Pep Guardiola has said he took charge of Manchester City to prove he can deliver beautiful football in the Premier League.

    Guardiola established a reputation for the quality of his football during his time in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich and won trophies including two Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles and three Bundesliga titles.

    Upon taking charge of Barca’s senior side in 2008 after a year with the B team, he had said at his first news conference at the […]

  • Portugal reach Euro 2016 final as Ronaldo and Nani strike to beat Wales

    Portugal reach Euro 2016 final as Ronaldo and Nani strike to beat Wales

    Two goals in three second-half minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani booked Portugal’s place in the final of Euro 2016 as Wales were beaten in their first-ever major tournament semifinal.

    Chris Coleman’s side had enjoyed an outstanding run to the last four but were powerless to respond to Portugal’s devastating attacking burst.

    Ronaldo bulleted home a stunning header from Raphael Guerreiro’s cross after a short corner on 50 minutes, rising above defender James Chester to give goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey no chance.

    And with […]

  • Juve target Mascherano set for Barcelona stay

    Juve target Mascherano set for Barcelona stay

    Juventus may have already signed Dani Alves from Barcelona but they should not expect Javier Mascherano to join in swapping Camp Nou for Turin.

    Barcelona international sporting director Ariedo Braida said there was no chance that the ex-Liverpool midfielder would be joining Alves at Juventus, confirming the Argentina international is set to stay with his current employers.

    “It is certain that Javier will not play for Juventus next season,” Braida told Rai.

    “He’ll stay with us.”

    The news means that Mascherano, 32, will play […]

  • Poor preparations cost Nigeria Rio 2016 Olympics ticket – Nnaji

    Poor preparations cost Nigeria Rio 2016 Olympics ticket – Nnaji

    Women basketball national team coach, Scott Nnaji, has blamed Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on poor preparation ahead of the qualifiers.

    Speaking on the performance of the team, also known as D’Tigress, in the FIBA Olympics qualifying tournament held in France, Nnaji said that failure to play quality friendlies and inadequate exposure before the qualifiers were factors that worked against the team in the championship.

    He said D’Tigress had the quality to beat Belarus and Korea in […]

  • No plan to drop Okagbare from Rio Olympics team – AFN

    No plan to drop Okagbare from Rio Olympics team – AFN

    The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has said it has no plan to drop Commonwealth track queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguenor, from the Rio Olympics team following her failure to join Team Nigeria to the just concluded CAA African Senior Athletics Championships in Durban, South Africa.

    Nigeria finished third on the medals’ table in Durban behind South Africa and Kenya as against her second position in Morocco two years ago.

    Okagbare and some key Nigerian athletes did not make the trip to Durban, fuelling […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo hails Portugal qualification after ‘crazy’ Hungary draw

    Cristiano Ronaldo hails Portugal qualification after ‘crazy’ Hungary draw

    Record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo said he was simply relieved to progress to the round of 16 after scoring twice in Portugal’s “crazy” 3-3 draw with Hungary.

    Hungary led three times in Wednesday’s Group F clash but Portugal hit back each time, first when Ronaldo set up Nani before half-time and then when the Real Madrid man flicked home in the 50th minute and headed in a Ricardo Quaresma cross in the 62nd minute.

    They were Ronaldo’s first goals of the tournament, and saw […]