Didier Drogba Joins US Club as Player And Owner – Phoenix Rising Football Club have announced that legendary striker Didier Drogba has joined its MLS expansion franchise ownership group and will have a vested interest in the ongoing success of the USL side of the club.
s part of the deal, Drogba will help develop the team as a player before advancing to an executive role with the Phoenix MLS expansion franchise.
The club is currently in its fourth season in the United Soccer League (USL), the largest division II league in the world. Per club and USL policy, the financial terms of the contract will not be made public.
Retired Footballer, Jay-Jay Okocha Juggles A Golf Ball – Video and Pictures
Nigerian football legend Jay Jay Okochajuggled a golf ball. He still in the game nine years after his retirement. In footage filmed at the European Challenge Tour’s Barclays Kenya Open last week, the 43-year-old former Nigeria midfielder was seen juggling with a golf ball. Watch Video below:
A woman will coach an Italian male national team for the first time
A woman will coach a male team in Italy as former player Patrizia Panico takes the management of the national under-16 team. Rated the best female footballer from Italy, Panico is assistant for the under-16s but the head coach Daniel Zoratto is set to take over the under-19 side temporarily, propelling her into the top post for a spell.
She said :”There are many walls still to break down,”
“But this will help them fall. To be the first woman to coach a male side is a huge success for me,” added Panico, who scored 110 goals for Italy in a mammoth 204 international appearances.
The two games Panico will oversee while Zoratto is away are against Germany on March 22nd and 24th.
Speaking after the game, Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho said:
“I don’t speak [about the red card]. I just want to say that I’m really proud of my players and Manchester United fans.
“We have a very important match on Thursday and I want to rest a little bit and prepare as best as we can.
“Everybody can analyse from different perspectives but we all watch the match until the red card and after the red card. So we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given.
“I don’t want to go in that direction. Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential but in four matches he has given three penalties and a red card. I cannot change that.
See What Arsene Wenger Said After 10-2 crushing by Bayern Munich
Trashed home and abroad …
Arsenal on Tuesday suffered a huge loss as they were trashed out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich shamefully.
The German side which defeated Arsenal 5-1 in the first leg, inflicted the same damage to the English side in London.
Walcott blasted over Neur into the net for the first goal before Lewandowski equalized from the spot early in the second half, with Koscielny sent off.
Bayern then completed the rout, Arjen Robben robbed Alexis Sanchez of the ball and beat Ospina, before Douglas Costa made it 3-1 with a stunning solo goal.
Fellow midfielder Arturo Vidal grabbed a late double, first with an impudent chip before slotting in from Costa’s square pass.
On aggregate, Arsenal lost 10-2 to Bayern Munich, the lowest for an English team.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger said:
“There are difficult aspects in the game that explain that we’re out. I feel we produced the game we wanted and we were really unlucky with some of the decisions. It’s really hard to understand.
“It’s definitely a penalty on Theo Walcott, Lewandowski is offside and after the red card it was very difficult for us to finish the game. My team has produced a huge effort tonight and played very well.”
“Down to 10 men you have to score four goals. It becomes impossible in the head of the players. Lewandowski is offside, it’s not a penalty and then on top of that he gives a yellow card and on top of that he gives a red card.
“I’m absolutely revolted and sorry for the people who paid a lot of money to watch this game.”
“I felt we were in it and you never know how Bayern would have reacted if we had scored a second goal. It looks very bad and doesn’t reflect the courage of the performance.
“Once it 2-1 down it was very difficult and you have no chance to qualify any more. But that’s not the part I want to keep in my mind because the game has been spoiled by the referee.”
Meet the world’s oldest professional footballer aged 50
Japanese footballer Kazu Miura, just broke a long standing record held by Sir Stanley Matthews’ as he became the oldest footballer to ever play in a professional game at the age of 50 years and 7 days.
Miura, is currently in his 32nd season of pro football and plays for Japanese side Yokohama FC. He retired from national team football in 2000, after winning 89 caps for his national side.
After signing a new deal in January, Miura said:
“I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with the club, my team-mates and supporters who have always given me suppor”
Stanley Matthews, the former record holder, played and retired at Stoke City in 1965 at the age of 50.
Read What Arsene Wenger Said After Losing 3-1 to Liverpool
Liverpool on Saturday gave Arsenal a resounding defeat.
Firminho and Mane put the hosts in front before substitute Alexis Sanchez setup Welbeck for a finish. Arsenal conceded a third in the last moments of the game after scuffling another goal scoring opportunity.
Speaking after the game, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said:
“Our performance was not at the level we expect in the first half but that is down to a lack of rhythm, we have not played for a while.
“The collective response was very strong in the second half.”
“It took us time to get into the game. Even if we were not at the races in the first half, we conceded cheap goals.”
Enrique said:”It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years. It’s about how I live with my profession, with a never-ending quest for solutions and to improve my team. That means I have very little time to rest, very few hours to disconnect. I think it will be good for me at the end of the season, because I need to rest. That’s the principle motive. The most important thing is we have three exciting months left in all three competitions. In one of them, we are in a difficult situation but if the stars align, we will have a chance to turn it around”,
Watch this referee order that a penalty shoot be taken again and again
This video was dropped by the official Olympic Twitter handle. It shows a penalty kick taken during a football match and the Referee kept ordering that it should be taken again and again. Watch video below:
It’s A Shame Black Footballers Still Cry When Racially Abused!
Racism in football may tarry a few more years, so let’s not kid ourselves we can do much right now to arrest it. Deep questions like “Why are there a few black club managers?” and “Why do we have a scanty number of black/African goalkeepers thriving in Europe?” are often asked, but I’m really not privileged with answers.
Racism travels far across Europe. Countries like Italy, Spain and a few others within South America have been major culprits. Football in England, also isn’t as squeaky-clean as it appears to be. Although it’s stale news at this time, how a former England manager Graham Taylor was reportedly asked by the English FA to reduce the number of black players in the English national team, but that remains a huge racial indictment of English football!
Black players have grown remarkably, into pretty objects of mockery on the pitch, as obsessed racist fans can’t seem to have enough of them. These racist fans imitate monkey sounds or throw banana peels into the pitch, often when a black footballer of an opposing side handles the ball. I really can imagine how that drives a black player nuts! But regardless, instances of black players crying off the pitch or feeling extremely dejected during moments of racial abuse, quickens a large amount of discomfort in me!
Most recently, Everton Ruiz a black Brazilian footballer, wept uncontrollably in the possibly tender arms of his goalkeeper, after racial noises were directed at him. While I sincerely sympathize with Ruiz for suffering such insane humiliation, I strongly criticize his reaction!
Soaking your jersey in tears, or reacting in such a way that portrays you as emotionally broken or dejected, makes you reek of inferiority, low self-esteem, discontentment with your skin color and a desperate appeal to be accepted. You simply empower those racists with leverage to hurt black players some more!
Famous black footballer Mario Balotelli, had a torrid time during his stint at AC Milan. Part of which were the humiliating monkey chants he endured from the racist fans of his former side Inter Milan, during a game involving both soccer clubs. Given the wild emotional nature of Mario (which many believe, smeared his rise to lofty heights), one would expect him to quit the game, or protest in tears like most black footballers would.
But he kept his composure fully drenched in confidence and pride in his skin color, before placing a commandeering finger on his lips to signal the racist fans to keep quiet! That seemed pretty much to me, a better way of handling racial provocations (until better ways are discovered!).
Sometime in 2014, former Barcelona player Dani Alves was targeted by Villarreal fans, who threw a banana at him. Alves picked up the banana, peeled it, took a bite and continued his game! That sure sent a strong message to the racial offenders, projecting his unique confidence and mature mental strength!
Black footballers have got to outgrow their cravings for sympathy and accord their skin color a lot more value and respect, especially in the face of racial abuse! Your skin color is black and you owe no apology for that. If some immature racists cannot comprehend that, and choose to throw scornful remarks at you, ignore the losers and carry on with your game.
Consistent ignoring of racial stunts from ‘loser-racists’, will kill whatever excitement they derive from racial abuse and eventually make the evil practice boring!
Wives and girlfriends of Manchester United players party in London over EFL win
Evelina Kamp, Melanie Da Cruz, Candy-Rae Fleur and Francesca Eleonora – partners of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian respectively, partied in London few hours after Mnachester United’s dramatic win over Southampton.
The match played at Wembley Stadium ended 3-2 in favour of Manchester United, which made the Red devils the EFL winners for the 5th time.
Melanie posted the picture with the caption “Perfect week-end” and a trophy emoji.
Kelechi Iheanacho,Teammates Meet With Owner Of Manchester City – Pictures
Manchester City stars are currently in Abu Dhabi for warm-weather training. They met with the club owner and the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates -H.H. Sheikh Mansour and other delegates.
Sheikh Mansour was pictured with Coach Pep Guardiola, Zabeleta, Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho and other players. Pictures below:
Messi Wants 3 Players To Leave Barcelona Before Signing New Contract
Lionel Messi wants three players to leave Barcelona before he signs a new contract.
The names in question are Jeremy Mathieu, Ander Gomes and Lucas Digne who Messi feels have not lived up to expectations this season, and would also reportedly like Luis Enrique to be replace at the end of the current campaign.
Digne signed from PSG in the summer but has toiled when picked over Jordi Alba.Messi is close friends with Alba and reckons manager Luis Enrique is wrong to trust him so often.
Andre Gomes is another Enrique signing that Barcelona’s No 10 wants gone.
The midfielder arrived with big expectations but, despite having Enrique’s backing, does not have the support of his team-mates.
Neymar to Face Corruption Charges,May Land In Jail
Neymar, his former club and Spanish giants Barcelona FC will stand trial on corruption charges over his transfer in 2013 from Brazilian club Santos, after losing a final appeal.
“Santos FC, FC Barcelona, Neymar, his mother Nadine Goncalves and N&N, the family company, have lost their appeals to have charges of fraud and corruption dropped,” the Spanish High Court said in a statement on Monday.
They cannot appeal against the court’s decision.
The case relates to a complaint from Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned 40 per cent of Neymar’s transfer rights.
It claims it received less money than it was entitled to when Neymar joined Barca from Santos for £49 million in 2013.
Santos FC, Neymar’s mother and a company run by the 25-year-old footballer’s parents will also face charges.
Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a fine of nearly £8 million for Neymar.
The punishment was imposed following an independent regulatory commission hearing.
City admitted failing to ensure their “club whereabouts” information was accurate.
Clubs are required to provide the FA with times of training sessions, home addresses of players, etc. in order to facilitate drug testng.
City were charged after failing to comply with this requirement three times in the space of 12 months.
“Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Manchester City have been fined £35,000 and warned as to their future conduct after admitting a breach of the FA’s rules on anti-doping,” a statement from the FA read.
“City were charged with failing to ensure their ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary to Regulation 14(d).”
Why Arsenal Lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich – Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has stated that his team collapsed in the second half of their Champions league tie against Bayern Munich.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, he said: “It is difficult to explain.
“I felt we had two good chances to score just before half time. I felt we were unlucky for the second goal the referee gave a corner for us at first. Then we concede the second goal and then the most important was that we lost Koscielny. We collapsed.
“Overall I must say they are a better team than us, they played very well in the second half and we dropped our level. We were a bit unlucky we dropped our level and they were better than us.”
“I do not look for excuses. It is a shock of course to lose at that level. We made everything wrong, the fifth goal shows that.
“These kind of games you need to be focused for 90 minutes. I felt the third goal was a killer for our players after that we had no response.”
Asked if it is his lowest point: “”How I feel I don’t think is the most important but of course it is disappointing.”
Do Arsenal need a miracle: “We have to recover first and focus on the next game.”
Maradona, Messi, Beckham, Kanu Nwankwo To Play Anti-terrorism Match In Nigeria
Argentina football legends, Diego Amando Maradona and Lionel Messiare among a host of former and active football stars scheduled to play an international exhibition match against human trafficking, insurgency and terrorism. The match is listed for May 21 in Abuja.
The FIFA and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sanctioned initiative tagged: Africa My Africa is organised by next2none, a non-profit making organisation to use football to promote global security and fight human trafficking. The novelty match between Africa Stars Vs World Stars will feature household names including Zinedine Zidane, Ruud Gullit, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Samuel Kuffour, Samuel Eto’o, Abedi Pele, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. Others include; David Beckham, Didier Drogba and a cluster of female footballers such as Sydney Leroux, Asisat Oshoala, Birgit Prinz, Sun Wen, Abby Wanbach, Homare Sawa, Kelly Smith, Marta, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Toni Duggan, Anouk Hoogendijk, Nayeli Rangel, Lauren Sesselmann, Julia Simic and Corine Petit. At a media event to announce the project, Chairman of next2none, Ndukwe Sam Obu said a global initiative uniting all nations was required to combat terrorist activities which have been on the spike over the last decade. Obu said that radicalisation of the youths into violent extremism was a great concern in Africa, given that approximately 70 per cent of African population are youths. He said the organisers and other stakeholders including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) sought to arrange the match by leveraging on football which has shown positive impact in bringing peace to different nations and as a tool for reconciliation.
Video : Pogba And Lingard Dance To Wizkid Song ‘Hush Up The Silence’
Before the Match : Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard show off bizarre new goal celebration ahead of Manchester United’s match with Hull , check the Video below as Pogba And Lingard Dance To Wizkid Song ‘Hush Up The Silence’
What Arsene Wenger Said After Arsenal’s 2-1 Defeat by Watford
Arsenal lost their first game after they conceded two first half goals against Watford at the Emirates stadium.
Ex Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul scored within 10 minutes of opening for Watford through a shot from outside the 18 yard box which went in off Aaron Ramsey.
Just two minutes and 57 seconds later, Troy Deeney doubled the visitors lead, tapping in the rebound after Etienne Capoue’s fine run ended with his shot being saved by Petr Cech.
Arsenal improved in the second half and pulled one back via Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi.
Speaking after the game, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said:
“It was obvious we lost duels and were not sharp enough. It looked more mentally that we were not ready for the challenges. We were unlucky for the first goal which was deflected after a soft free-kick.
“It took us a while to get into the game; it was all us in the second half and we were unlucky not to get something from the game.”
He said : “We are both great players with individual and team titles that speak for themselves,” “The comparison? I don’t like to compare, that word doesn’t exist for me. We are different, two people just doing their jobs, that is all.”
“He tries to be the best player for his team and I try to do the same for mine. We are rivals because we play for different clubs, but when we are together we show each other mutual respect. We have a normal relationship.
“People compare us all that time, that is normal. People even compared our sons when they were born and talk about who is the fastest and smartest at school. This is all part of the business. But I think that you can’t compare these things.”
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Saturday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. in Libreville —– Burkina Faso vs Tunisia
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. in Franceville —- Senegal vs Cameroon
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in Oyem —– DR Congo vs Ghana
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in Port Gentil —— Egypt vs Morocco
2017 AFCON hosts knocked out of the African Nations Cup
Cameroon qualified from Group A following the stalemate with Burkina Faso topping the group after a 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau.
Gabon only had themselves to blame after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s awful early miss in Libreville while Denis Bouanga hit the post in stoppage time.
The hosts drew all three games to finish third in the group.
President Ali Bongo had visited the squad before the game and they responded with a lightning start where they should have gone ahead.
Bouanga had already missed a fine opening before Borussia Dortmund’s Aubameyang blew a glorious chance after four minutes.
Bouanga’s low cross found the striker at the far post but with the goal gaping he somehow prodded wide.
Robert Ndip Tambe, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Adolphe Teikeu were then off target for Cameroon — with Teikeu missing a fine chance at the far post — while Aaron Appindangoye also headed over for Gabon.
The hosts failed to register a shot on target in the first half and Cameroon turned the screws after the break and Didier Ovono turned Ambroise Oyongo’s low free kick onto the post.
Gabon struggled to break down Cameroon but could have snatched victory at the death when Bouanga’s cross clipped the post and Sunderland’s Didier Ndong could not beat Fabrice Ondoa from the rebound.
Bouanga also wanted a late penalty when he went down in the area but Gabon’s appeals were turned down.
Wayne Rooney Now Manchester United’s highest goal scorer
Wayne Rooney has emerged Manchester United’s all-time highest goal scorer after netting against Stoke City on Saturday.
Rooney had been tied with Sir Bobby Charlton on 249 goals before hitting a freekick into the net in extra time.
He now has 250 goals for United in all competitions.
Here’s a breakdown of where Wayne Rooney has scored his 250th goals and how he has scored the:
Neutral ground: 8
Inside Box: 213
Outside Box: 37
Direct Free Kick: 6
Right Foot: 193
Left Foot: 27
Speaking about the award, Rooney said:
“It means a hell of a lot. It is a great honour and I am very proud. It is difficult at the minute to be over-pleased because of the result but in the grand scheme it is huge honour. It is not something I expected when I joined. As I said before, I am proud and I hope there is more to come.
“The players who have played for this club have been world class. I am proud to play for this club. To be all-time goalscorer is a huge honour.”
Carlos Tevez said Saturday, the 21st day of January, 2017 that he will have to earn every yuan of his world-leading salary. Tevez officially joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, declaring it his “new home.”
Nigerian Odunayo Adekuoroye Wins Pro Wrestling League In India – Picture
2015 World Championship bronze medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye has won the Pro Wrestling League season two with Punjab Royals. This happened despite losing her first fight of the campaign to Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson, in the final held on Thursday in India.
The Nigerian wrestling sensation, whose performance at this year’s edition of the competition helped his team enrout to retaining their title however lost her final match 4-3 to the Swedish.
In a replay of their bout at last year’s Rio Olympics, Sofia took a 1-0 lead in the first round thanks to a passivity point against Odunayo. The Punjab grappler managed to draw level at 1-1 before taking the lead. But Sofia equalised at 3-3. The final seconds saw high drama when Odunayo claimed a pushout.
Her appeal was rejected by the judges following television replays and a penalty point was awarded to Sofia thus handing victory to the Rio Olympics bronze medalist.
In the current ranking released by the United World Wrestling, Grand Prix Champion climbed one place to Number 7 after a winning the 55kg crown at the Golden Grand Prix Final.
Punjab Royals produced a dramatic comeback to edge out Haryana Hammers 5-4 in the final of the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.
United’s topping of the revenue table — in a season where they failed to sparkle under Louis van Gaal in the league or the Champions League leading to him being sacked — is largely down to one thing according to Tim Bridge, Senior Consuiltant at Deloitte.
“It is the commercial power of Manchester United that takes them to the top of the league,” he told AFP.
More galling perhaps for Real is that despite passing the 600m euros barrier for the first time they also found themselves edged into third by bitter rivals Barcelona, who bettered them by just 100,000 euros — 620.2m euros to Real’s 620.1m — although the Catalan side have yet to top the table.
The top trio also filled the first three positions when Deloitte’s first published the league in the 1996/97 season with United topping then on £88m — pretty much the amount they spent on Paul Pogba almost 20 years later.
United’s reign, though, could be short-lived as they failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, even when figures from the huge Premier League TV deal that came into force this season are taken into account, according to Bridge.
“The TV deal will counterbalance some of it but much depends on where they finish in the league,” said Bridge.
“The truth is it will be a three-way battle next year mainly because United are not in the Champions League and the impact of the exchange rate (it was 1.33 euro to the pound when Deloitte did the 2015/16 table as opposed to Wednesday’s rate of 1.15) and weakening of the pound following the decision to leave the European Union.
“It will be challenging for them to stay on top next year.”
German champions Bayern Munich and Manchester City fill out the top five — French giants Paris Saint Germain dropping out of the leading quintet to sixth.
City’s appearance in the top five for the first time is on the back of reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
– Italians struggling – In all the top 20 clubs generated revenue of 7.4 billion euros, a rise of 12% on the previous year.
The English Premier League’s commercial attractiveness compared to other European leagues is reflected with eight teams appearing in the top 20 — five in the top 10 — and generating total combined revenue of 3.2bn euros.
Champions Leicester break in for the first time and are 20th with revenue of 172.1m euros whilst rivals West Ham also crept into the top 20 in 18th spot with recorded revenues of 192.3m euros.
However, thoughts of the EPL being an unstoppable force and all 20 clubs entering the Top 30 next year should not be taken for granted, says Bridge.
“When the new TV deal was announced two years ago we might well have thought more there would be more English clubs coming into the Money League for 2017/18,” said Bridge.
“But with the rise of their European competitors it might not be as great as one thought.
“It is a testament to European football generally and it has to be said clubs are operating in a more financially sustainable manner now.
“The introduction by UEFA of European Fair Play (EFP) has seen a huge reduction in losses.”
The decline of Serie A continues. Although there are four teams in the top 20 — Juventus the highest at 10th — Deloitte think there is a real danger they could just have one representative next year.
“I think it certainly reflects the situation in Italy,” Bridge said.
“AC Milan were in the top five in 2002/03 so their decline (they are 16th and even passed by rivals Roma) has been relatively steady over the past 13 years.
“It kind of reflects the inability to generate new revenues in Italy both commercially and matchday, antiquated stadia being one of the issues.
“Inter Milan (19th) are almost certainly going to drop out and there is a real danger the same can happen to AS Roma and AC Milan.”