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By the numbers - Sterling City, Chelsea blues

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 01:21:46 GMT

The English Premier League is back - and so are we! The EPL -- and Ligue 1 -- kicked-off the 2019-20 season for the top European leagues, and brought with it that familiar concoction of drama, goals, and madness. Last year's pace setters picked up where they left off - Liverpool beat newly promoted Norwich City 4-1 and Manchester City defeated West Ham United 5-0. Arsenal registered a 1-0 win against Newcastle United away, while Manchester United put Chelsea to the sword with a 4-0 win at home....

Nigeria footballers must learn from Chukwueze's Roc Nation deal

Thu, 8 Aug 2019 12:45:35 GMT

Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze's deal with music mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation management company has catapulted the Nigeria player, only recently a bench warmer, into the spotlight. At the recent Africa Cup of Nations, Chukwueze shoved his way into the starting line-up after sitting behind the likes of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu, going on to star against South Africa in the round of 16, and forming a key part of the Super Eagles' bronze-winning campaign. This, along with efforts for his club in...

Nigeria is distinctly absent from Europe's transfer windows

Thu, 1 Aug 2019 02:24:58 GMT

With Nigeria finishing third in the recent Africa Cup of Nations, not a bad result though also not what Super Eagles fans were after, the lack of transfer interest in their players is glaring. Europe's big leagues appear to have little interest in African football's biggest team, and with the transfer window slowly closing, there's little sign that will change. Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was a rare player to garner attention from a big club, as reports suggested Manchester United could be...

Will Guardiola vs. Klopp be the next great Premier League rivalry?

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 07:20:18 GMT

When asked directly about his relationship with Jurgen Klopp at the end of last season, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola spoke of a "beautiful rivalry" between himself and the Liverpool manager. It was forged during their time as rivals in Germany, with Guardiola's Bayern Munich consistently topping Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, and the battle for supremacy is now fully alive again in the Premier League. Last season, Guardiola and City claimed domestic superiority only for Klopp and Liverpool...

The next Mikel or Ighalo isn't going to come from Nigeria's league

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:35:40 GMT

While Cup Final weekend is upon Nigeria, as Kano Pillars go up against Niger Tornadoes to determine who wins the 2019 Aiteo Cup on Sunday, the talk is still on the Super Eagles' Afcon campaign. Conversation in Nigeria remains centred on the future of coach Gernot Rohr as the team's failure to reach the continental final continues to enrage, but little has been said about the team itself. Specifically, the loss of key personnel. And therein lies the crux of the matter. The Aiteo final, and the domestic...

Rohr debate misses the point about Nigerian shortcomings

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 01:06:00 GMT

While the African Cup of Nations final may have been tough to watch, Steve Nicol says Algeria's defence deserves a lot of credit for their victory. For a record eighth time in their history, Nigeria came away from an African Nations Cup campaign brandishing bronze medals around their necks. It is not just a record for Nigeria, but also for the tournament. No other country has more third-place finishes in the history of the competition. When in the past this final podium place has been celebrated as a "golden bronze", this time emotions have been more varied. Nations Cup winner Segun Odegbami vehemently refused to celebrate it. There are those,...

Friendly trials done, time for Igor Stimac to prove his worth

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:11:00 GMT

Following India's 1-1 draw against Syria in the Intercontinental Cup, a tournament in which the hosts ended bottom, with one point from three games, coach Igor Stimac took a not-so-subtle dig at India's previous management. "I was not brought here to give just few wins and losses and be nowhere. It is easy to play against certain teams below the range [lower ranked opponents] and get the win. I am not here for that." Under their previous coach Stephen Constantine, India had done remarkably well...

Transfer Talk: Neymar turns to Juventus for PSG exit

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:00:15 GMT

The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need TOP STORY: Neymar turns to Juventus for PSG exit Neymar wants OUT of PSG and he wants it soon. RAI reports that the Brazilian's father is offering him to clubs around Europe in a bid to seal a transfer away from Paris and one team has appeared on the list which comes as a bit of a shock. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why did Prem teams spend less this window? Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? Neymar Sr. is evidently...

Transfer Talk: Arsenal plot move for new Brazil star Everton

Sun, 14 Jul 2019 04:53:00 GMT

The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. QUIZ: Which player are you? | What do Europe's elite need? TOP STORY: Arsenal gunning for Everton Brazil international Everton has revealed he has an offer on the table, but the tease hasn't disclosed which club it is that's keen on signing him. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why did Prem teams spend less this window? Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? Everton was one of the stars of Brazil's successful Copa America campaign and scored in the final in a 3-1 win against...

Transfer Talk: Bayern back with bigger bid for Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi

Sat, 13 Jul 2019 03:28:16 GMT

Julien Laurens says a cash-plus-players deal is the only way Barcelona can bring back Neymar from PSG, so which players could go the other way? The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need Bayern prepare fresh Hudson-Odoi bid Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are refusing to accept defeat in their pursuit of Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the Daily Mail claiming the Germans are set to make a renewed bid for the winger. The new proposal from Bayern is believed to be in the region of...

Transfer Talk: Arsenal to break bank for Koscielny replacement

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 03:00:38 GMT

Paul Pogba reportedly wants to leave Manchester United, but Mark Ogden explains why he might need to wait it out at Old Trafford for one more year. If Romelu Lukaku leaves Manchester United this summer, Mark Ogden says it could give Alexis Sanchez a chance to revive his career at Old Trafford. The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need Top Story: Arsenal identify Koscielny replacement With Laurent Koscielny not turning up for Arsenal's preseason tour of the United States, the Gunners suddenly find themselves light in experience when it comes to the heart of defence. And so, to the market the club turns. The Mail reports that the North...

Dark days ahead for Ghana's Black Stars after early Afcon exit?

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 01:16:00 GMT

Ghana's national team returned to Accra in the early hours of Thursday morning, landing to a very low-key reception after their Round of 16 penalty-shootout elimination by Tunisia at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday. It wasn't meant to be this way. The Black Stars have been serial semi-finalists at the biennial continental showpieces, never failing to make the final four in the last six editions of the tournament. This time, the vague hope had been that they could finally end the country's...

The struggling stars like Sanchez and Bale trapped on inflated contracts

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 01:03:00 GMT

Paul Pogba reportedly wants to leave Manchester United, but Mark Ogden explains why he might need to wait it out at Old Trafford for one more year. Paul Mariner rates the latest transfer rumours surrounding Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Leroy Sane, Mesut Ozil and David Neres. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol examines Manchester United's transfer needs and explains why their summer dealings will all hinge on Paul Pogba. Some of the biggest moves in this summer's transfer market are taking a long time to come to fruition, and part of the reason for that is the size of the contracts involved. Which players are the most overpaid? Which player's deal is the hardest to move? Here are 10 of the most bloated contracts -- some even unmovable -- in terms of weekly wages in football today. - O'Hanlon: What if more star footballers opted for free agency? - Quiz: Which star are you? Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar or Mbappe?  10.)...

Toe Poke Daily: Manchester United launch 'savannah-toned' 2019-20 away kit

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:54:13 GMT

Rafael Nadal takes some time away from talking tennis to share his thoughts on Real Madrid and the success of their transfer window so far. With Victor Lindelof now linked with a move to Barcelona, ESPN FC's Sid Lowe wonders if the Catalan giants are waving the white flag on their pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Sturridge shares Stormzy-inspired track after stolen dog returned | Pogba scores painful fluke goal in training | Marseille lose preseason friendly at Accrington Stanley (who are they?!) Manchester United have revealed their new away kit for the 2019-20 season. Replacing last year's washed-out pink number is a similarly understated...

Neymar and Pogba proving that 'brand' players come with no guarantee of success

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:34:00 GMT

Shaka Hislop explains that while clubs are spending more money on transfers now, branding has been a factor in signing players for "30 or 40 years." ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes Paul Pogba's reluctance to extend his Manchester United contract stems from his desire to see progress from the club and not his desire to leave. Julien Laurens has reached his wits' end with Antoine Griezmann's transfer saga and says 'the sooner release clause is paid, the better for all of us." Julien Laurens reveals PSG sporting director Leonardo has broken his silence and will allow Neymar to leave if the price is right. When Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a then-British record transfer fee of £59.7 million in August 2014, research done by the club found that Google activity relating to the Argentine shot up by 1,111% on the day of his transfer compared to when he completed his move from Benfica to the Bernabeu four years earlier. The same data also showed that searches for Radamel Falcao, on the day he sealed a loan move to United from Monaco, increased by 909% in comparison...

Could Manchester City be Premier League's new 'Invincibles'

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:30:00 GMT

The FC crew explain how Rodri will help shore up Man City's midfield and point out one glaring area they still need to address. The African Cup of Nations has reached the semifinal stage and we've got all the best betting angles covered this weekend, while there's also a 50/1 Premier League tip involving Manchester City for punters to consider. Running total: -£10.00 The Banker And then there were four. The African Cup of Nation reaches the business end on Sunday with two eye-catching semifinals. Bookmakers made Senegal clear outright favourites as soon as hosts Egypt were knocked out last weekend. The Lions of Teranga...

Dare Super Eagles fans start dreaming beyond an Afcon title?

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:14:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on who will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations final. Africa Cup of Nations semifinals are not uncharted territory for Nigeria. And why would they be, when they've been to 14 of those already and won every single one of them? The last time the Super Eagles failed to get past the quarterfinals was in 2008 when they lost to hosts Ghana. A semifinal was thus the lowest bar that the NFF top brass had set for coach Gernot Rohr going into the tournament. Serious rumblings within the hierarchy, especially after that ignominious capitulation to Madagascar...

Futures of Pogba and Lukaku top of Solskjaer's summer to-do list at Man United

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:44:53 GMT

Paul Pogba reportedly wants to leave Manchester United, but Mark Ogden explains why he might need to wait it out at Old Trafford for one more year. Steve Nicol addresses Romelu Lukaku's future at Man United, where he feels he's struggled at one of the world's elite clubs. With Victor Lindelof now linked with a move to Barcelona, ESPN FC's Sid Lowe wonders if the Catalan giants are waving the white flag on their pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt. PERTH, Australia -- After landing in Perth to begin preparations for the new campaign, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer puffed out his cheeks and said, "It's been a long summer." He said it with a smile, but it was a reference to the problems that have piled up since the end of last season. Star midfielder Paul Pogba says he wants to leave. Romelu Lukaku wants to join Inter Milan. Victor Lindelof's agent says the Swede could be tempted by a move to Barcelona. - United stunned by £50m...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Dani Alves could finally be coming to Premier League

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 04:10:11 GMT

The FC crew explain how Rodri will help shore up Man City's midfield and point out one glaring area they still need to address. Rafael Nadal takes some time away from talking tennis to share his thoughts on Real Madrid and the success of their transfer window so far. The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need TOP STORY: Pep eyes Alves reunion at City Pep Guardiola is considering bringing former Barcelona star Dani Alves to Manchester City this summer, according to the Daily Mail. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why did Prem teams spend less this window? Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? Guardiola signed Alves from Sevilla in 2008, and over the course of four seasons they won 14 trophies together at the Camp Nou including...

What if Mbappe and other stars ran down contracts and opted for free agency?

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:08:00 GMT

There has not been a player like Kylian Mbappe -- at least, not since the turn of the decade. According to TruMedia data, which goes back to the 2010-11 season, Mbappe's 33 Ligue 1 goals last season were the most of any player age 20 or under in Europe's big five leagues in that time period. When they were in the same age bracket, Lionel Messi topped out at 14 goals, while Cristiano Ronaldo never got above nine. More recently, Romelu Lukaku's 2012-13 season with West Bromwich Albion and Kai Havertz...

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