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Dortmund deny contact with Arsenal for Aubameyang : Worldlywap Sport News

Dortmund Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ /

Borussia Dortmund said on Thursday they have had no contact with Arsenal amidst reports their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is chasing a move to the Premier League giants.

Aubameyang's father and agent Pierre has reportedly been in London this week to negotiate a transfer for the Gabon forward, who was left out of Dortmund's squad for Friday night's trip to Hertha Berlin, according to newspaper Bild.

According to German magazine Kicker, Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for last season's top-scorer in the German league.

Aubameyang has already scored 21 goals in 23 games this season, but was disciplined by the club last Sunday for the third time in 16 months after failing to attend a team meeting.

He was dropped for Sunday's goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg and will now miss a second game in a row, fuelling the speculation he will soon be heading to north London.

"It is obvious that he has to put his foot down in training and show up well," head coach Peter Stoeger said of Aubameyang earlier on Thursday.

"He can decide for himself, with his attitude, whether he will be considered and I plan on using him, if he works hard."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised Aubameyang's "strong character", which did not go down well with Dortmund's sports director Michael Zorc.

"We find it respectless to talk about a player from another club," said Zorc, who added that Aubameyang has this week "trained well and is focused" on regaining his Dortmund place.

"There has been no contact with Arsenal and we assume Arsene Wenger has enough to do worrying about the performances of his own players."

Aubameyang has a contract at Dortmund until 2021.

Swedish teenager Alexander Isak, 18, made only his third German league appearance when he took Aubameyang's place on Sunday, but the team struggled to take their chances.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/dortmund-deny-contact-with-arsenal-for-aubameyang/

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VAR here to stay - Wenger: Worldlywap Sport News

VAR here to stay - Wenger: Worldlywap Sport News
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Video Assistant Referee technology is important for the future of the game despite some early “hiccups” with the system.


Former England captain Alan Shearer labelled VAR a “shambles” after referee Graham Scott chose not to consult his video assistant over a penalty claim during extra time of Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City on Wednesday.

However, Wenger has long been an advocate of video technology and he said: “There are some hiccups at the start of the functioning certainly and we need to clear up the way it works, yes I agree.

“Is that enough to renounce (the current system)? I would say no, I am still a fervent supporter of it and I believe we have to move forward with it and improve the system certainly, but we have to go with it.

“You cannot imagine that in the future it will not be used. We will have to find the proper way to do it, but it has to go that way.”

Norwich defender Timm Klose has since admitted he had fouled Willian as the Brazilian fell to the turf and was booked for diving by Scott in the controversial incident at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea eventually prevailed 5-3 on penalties despite finishing with nine men following red cards for Pedro and Alvaro Morata, who was shown a second yellow by Scott for protesting at the referee’s decision not to award a penalty when he took a tumble under a challenge from Christoph Zimmermann.

The fall-out from the VAR controversy in that game followed on after the system had been used 24 hours earlier to award a goal for the first time in Leicester City’s replay against Fleetwood Town.




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Super Eagles: Nigeria unmoved in new FIFA Ranking: Worldlywap News

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Super Eagles remain the ninth country in Africa as Tunisia overtake Senegal at the top.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are unmoved in the new FIFA Ranking released on Thursday, January 18.

With no game since the last ranking, the Super Eagles of Nigeria remain in 51st position in world football.

They also remain the ninth country in Africa as Tunisia overtake Senegal at the top.

Tunisia (23), Senegal (24), Egypt (30), Morocco (39), DR Congo (43), Burkina Faso (44), Cameroon (45), Ghana (50), Nigeria (51) and 10 Algeria (57).

 

In world football, Germany continue the new year as the number country in world football while the top is unchanged from the last ranking.

Top 10 in the world

 

The reigning FIFA World Cup champions are above Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium.

Spain, Poland,  Switzerland, France and Chile complete the top 10 in world football.

2018 World Cup opponents

 

Super Eagles remain behind all their 2018 FIFA World Cup group.

Nigeria are below all of their 2018 FIFA World Cup opponents with Argentina in the fourth position, Croatia and Iceland moving up two places to 15th and 20th.

African Ranking

(1) Senegal (2)Tunisia (3) Egypt (4) Congo DR (5) Morocco (6) Burkina Faso (7) Cameroon (8) Ghana (9) Nigeria (10) Algeria.

World Ranking

(1) Germany (2) Brazil (3) Portugal (4) Argentina (5) Belgium (6) Spain (7) Poland (8) Switzerland (9) France (10) Chile.


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Pique extends Barcelona deal : Worldlywap Sport News

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 9, 2017 shows Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique celebrating a goal during the Spanish Liga football match Barcelona vs Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.<br />Resurgent Barcelona were given a fresh boost on January 18, 2018 when key defender Gerard Pique signed a contract extension until 2022.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Resurgent Barcelona were given a fresh boost Thursday when key defender Gerard Pique signed a contract extension until 2022.

Having recently lost Brazilian superstar Neymar in an aggressive contract buy out by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona have put a 500 million euros ($611 million) buy out clause in Pique's new contract.

"The club and the player have agreed terms on a new deal through to June 30, 2022. We will announce when the official signing will take place in a couple of days," Barcelona said on their website.

The 30-year-old joined Barcelona from Manchester United in 2008 and has proved an increasingly steady presence as centre-back with the Catalans winning three Champions Leagues and six Spanish Liga titles during his tenure.

The 6ft 4in (1.94m) Pique was part of the Spain side that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships.

Barcelona currently top the Spanish League with a nine points lead over Atletico Madrid, but are an impressive 19 points clear of fourth placed arch-rivals Real Madrid.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/pique-extends-barcelona-deal/

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Hot Sharapova shows she's a serious title contender : Worldlywap Sport News

Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts after beating Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in their women's singles second round match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / 

Unseeded Maria Sharapova Thursday showed she is a serious contender for the Australian Open by swatting aside a 14th seed who had given her major trouble in the past.

Sharapova, back in the top 50 after a 15-month doping ban, demonstrated all the shot-making that made her a five-time major winner as she destroyed gritty Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) on Rod Laver Arena.

The Russian, who faces Angelique Kerber next in a mouth-watering clash of former Australian Open champions, warned she was still improving less than a year after her comeback last April.

"She's had success here," she said of Kerber, the 2016 title winner. "She's had success playing out here in these conditions on these courts. I want to see where I am on that level."

The Latvian had thwarted the Russian's Grand Slam comeback in the last 16 of the US Open last year.

In their next encounter in Beijing Sevastova was only denied after more than three gruelling hours in a titanic three-setter.

On Thursday, it was a different story as Sharapova sped through a sizzling first set in just 23 minutes for the loss of only nine points.

"I played really well at the net, finished the balls off with a swing volley or good volley," she said.

"Something I've been working on, and definitely improved in the match today."

Sevastova characteristically fought back in the second but the only time the 2008 Australian Open champion and crowd-favourite wobbled was when serving for the match.

"She never really lets up," Sharapova said. "But I got through it. I did the job in two, and that's not something I did, you know, towards the end of last year.

"I think that's an improvement."

- Dramatic demolition -
As temperatures soared towards 40 Celsius (104 Farenheit) on the hottest day of the tournament so far, it was a dramatic demolition.

The Latvian, who reached back-to-back quarter-finals at the US Open in 2016 and 2017, briefly woke up to break the Sharapova serve for the first time early in the second set.

The jolt to the Sharapova juggernaut was evident and she began to make unforced errors as service holds and breaks were exchanged.

At 4-4 a backhand winner got Sharapova to break point and when a second screamer followed it was greeted by a double-fist pump from the Russian.

But still Sevastova was not done and broke back again to force a tiebreak.

Sharapova regathered and was not to be denied as she hit a scarcely believable forehand crosscourt winner on the run to get to 5-2 before closing out the match with a scream of joy, a fist pump and a huge smile.

"I did my job in two sets against someone that's been troubling in the past for me. I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory," said Sharapova.

Sharapova, one of the highest earners in women's sport, suffered a string of early defeats after her comeback but has been working her way back up the rankings since.

She broke through to win the Tianjin Open in October -- her first title since 2015 -- and enjoyed a run to the semi-final in Shenzhen to start the year.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/hot-sharapova-shows-shes-a-serious-title-contender/

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Super Eagles: Players allowed to bring wives and girlfriends to 2018 World Cup camp: Worldlywap News

Super Eagles wives and girlfriends welcome at the World Cup

Head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has given his backing to Super Eagles players to bring their wives and girlfriends to the World Cup

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr revealed that his players are allowed to come to the 2018 FIFA World Cup with their wives and girlfriends.

The German tactician stated this at a press conference organised by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to unveil partners and friendly matches for the football fiesta.

Rohr started by saying the Eagles will camp back home to see their loved ones before the competition.

He said “It will be good for the players to meet with their families after a long European season”

 

NFF president Amaju Pinnick responded by saying the coach has decided on the issue.

Amaju said “Rohr has the final say on this matter. I know other teams do it also but the buck rests on the coach’s table and what he says is final.”

When questioned Rohr said after every game, players will be given a day when they can welcome their families, wives and girlfriends to camp, relax with them and socialise.

Rohr defended his decision by saying “It will help the players psychologically and keep them focused for the task at hand.”

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi last year hinted his wife will be at the tournament with him, when he declared his partners family would kill him if Nigeria do not qualify for the World Cup.

"My wife is Russian and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them," the midfielder told FIFA official website.

Allowing the players companion visit during the World Cup, has different effects on the team.

Sometimes it has a positive effect while in other instances a negative effect like the English team to the 2006 World Cup who crashed out and their spouses were said to have cost the country.


Source: http://www.pulse.ng/sports/football/super-eagles-wives-and-girlfriends-welcome-at-the-world-cup-id7860651.html

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All eyes on Aubameyang as Arsenal hover : Worldlywap Sport News

All eyes will be on whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to Borussia Dortmund's starting line-up at Hertha Berlin on Friday, with the star striker reportedly chasing a move to Arsenal.

Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger has told magazine Sport Bild he "assumes" Aubameyang, who has scored 21 goals in 23 matches this season, will stay, but "if he leaves, it will be hard to replace him with that goal quota".

German media reports claim the Gabon hot-shot is chasing a transfer to Arsenal after being disciplined on Sunday, with Dortmund wanting 70 million euros ($85.6m) for last season's Bundesliga top scorer.

"He has trained with the team and is in our plans," Stoeger said firmly of Aubameyang with one eye on Berlin.

The 28-year-old, who hit 31 league goals last season, was dropped for Sunday's goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg for skipping a team meeting.

It was the third time he has been disciplined by Dortmund in the last 16 months, following an unauthorised video shoot on club premises last November and his jetting to Milan before a Champions League game a year before.

Stoeger started 18-year-old Alexander Isak against Wolfsburg, but Dortmund's attack missed Aubameyang's finishing as they failed to convert a string of chances.

Dortmund's England Under-19 star Jadon Sancho hit the post in the second-half as both sides played out a goalless draw.

Dortmund are set to welcome back US international midfielder Christian Pulisic, while new central defender Manuel Akanji could feature against Hertha.

The 19-year-old Pulisic has recovered from the shin knock which kept him out of the Wolfsburg match.

"It's looking good for him," Stoeger said. "As things stand, he's an option for the weekend."

Swiss Akanji arrived from FC Basel on Monday, with the 22-year-old centre-back signing a contract which runs until June 2022.

Fourth-placed Dortmund are unbeaten in their three league games since Stoeger took over from Peter Bosz last month, while Hertha are down to 11th after crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Stuttgart last weekend.

Fixtures (all times 1430 GMT unless stated)

Playing Friday

Hertha Berlin v Borussia Dortmund (1930)

Saturday

Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen, Freiburg v RB Leipzig, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Augsburg, Mainz v VfB Stuttgart, Wolfsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburg v Cologne (1730)

Sunday

Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen, Schalke v Hanover 96 (1700)


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/all-eyes-on-aubameyang-as-arsenal-hover/

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Man Utd set to make Sanchez highest-paid EPL player: Worldlywap Sport News

Man Utd set to make Sanchez highest-paid EPL player: Worldlywap Sport News
Manchester United are set to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal by making him the Premier League’s highest paid player, according to several reports on Thursday.


The Chilean striker would earn between 400,000 and 500,000 pounds ($555,000 and $690,000) a week before tax by moving to Old Trafford, according to The Sun, the Daily Telegraph and other newspapers.

The 29-year-old’s wage demands are said to have scared off Manchester City and Chelsea, leaving United as his main suitors.

The Daily Telegraph reported that United have offered Sanchez a four-and-a-half-year contract and he would move for a £30 million transfer fee — it is relatively low because he could leave for free at the end of the summer.

The deal for the former Barcelona player would also likely involve a £20 million signing-on fee and a £10 million agent’s fee.

The Sun reports however that Arsenal could still refuse to allow Sanchez to leave if they do not find a replacement.

However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at his Thursday press conference said the deal was probably going to be done.

“I worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen but at any moment or minute things can break down,” said Wenger.

“As long as it’s not over the line you have to accept it may not happen. These kind of things are not guaranteed.”

Wenger, whose failure to keep key players and perceived inability to replace them with similarly talented stars has seen support drain away amidst sections of the club’s supporters, said he had no problem with the amounts being mentioned in the press of what United were prepared to pay two-time Copa America winner Sanchez.

“I respect United because they generate the money they pay by their own resources,” said Wenger, who revealed German star Mesut Ozil would not be joining Sanchez in quitting North London.

“United is a club very well managed financially and of course on the pitch so that’s why I don’t have any problem with the money they pay.”

United’s unsettled Armenian midfielder Henrykh Mkhitaryan — subject to several public blasts from United manager Jose Mourinho this season — has been suggested as being part of the deal.

Wenger did nothing to downplay that declaring his respect for the former Borussia Dortmund star.

“It’s a possibility it’s because I like the player,” said the 68-year-old Frenchman.

“We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He appreciated the quality of our games. The wages would not be a problem.”

United are second in the Premier League, 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, and Sanchez’s capture would be seen as a statement of intent from a team already paying huge wages to French international midfielder Paul Pogba and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Arsenal, struggling to compete for the Champions League places and knocked out of the FA Cup, have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s wantaway forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux’s 20-year-old Brazilian striker Malcom.

Wenger, though, ruled out a move for Malcom but hinted Mkhitaryan’s former team-mate Aubameyang could be a valuable addition to a side which has seen their record signing Alexandre Lacazette fail to score the goals he was expressly bought for — he has just eight all season and hasn’t scored in his last nine appearances dating back to December 2.

“This kind of thing is better when it’s secret and when you don’t comment before announcing it when it’s over the line,” said Wenger.

“Would he (Aubameyang) fit in?.

“Yes because character can be a very positive note . Overall you look at the achievement of a player over his career and when it’s been positive the character has been used in a positive way.”



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Neymar scores four as Cavani matches Zlatan record : Worldlywap Sport News

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Dijon on January 17, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

Neymar scored four times while Edinson Cavani equalled Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Paris Saint-Germain all-time goalscoring record as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders thrashed Dijon 8-0 on Wednesday.

Angel Di Maria struck twice inside the opening quarter-hour at the Parc des Princes before the Argentine provided the cross for Cavani to net his 156th PSG goal.

Neymar marked his return from a rib injury with the hosts' fourth just before half-time, and the Brazilian made it a hat-trick with two more second-half strikes as Dijon were mercilessly ripped apart.

Kylian Mbappe piled on further misery for the visitors 13 minutes from time before Neymar notched his fourth of the evening from the penalty spot -- denying Cavani the chance to make club history and eliciting whistles from home supporters.

"(Cavani) is our goalscorer and he's improved a lot here. The team helped him to achieve this individual mark," said PSG coach Unai Emery, who was quick to defend Neymar's decision to take the spot-kick.

"I think Neymar took the penalty because it was also a good day for him. We're happy with it. But there will be lots more chances for Cavani to score more goals."

Argentine Di Maria, who grabbed the winner in Sunday's 1-0 victory at Nantes, needed just four minutes in Paris to put the home team ahead with a stunning left-footed strike into the top corner.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger added a second when he applied the final touch after Neymar lifted the ball over Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet following a ball through from Cavani.

The Uruguayan then netted his league-best 20th goal of the season by heading in a right-wing cross from Di Maria, pulling level with the record Ibrahimovic set across four seasons in the French capital.

- Neymar show -
Neymar made it 4-0 on 42 minutes with a sublime free-kick, with the world's most expensive player pouncing on a miscued clearance to double his tally just before the hour.

He then struck a sensational third goal of the night with a run that beat several Dijon defenders and culminated in a crisp low drive from the edge of the area.

Neymar released Mbappe as the teenager scored within five minutes of replacing Di Maria, while the Brazilian rounded out a record home win for PSG from the spot after Cavani tumbled to the ground.

"It was a very, very good PSG against a Dijon side that unfortunately didn't put up much resistance. We were almost perfect today," PSG defender Thomas Meunier told Canal+.

PSG have yet to drop a point at home this season and lead Lyon by 11 points, with a trip to face Bruno Genesio's men next up for the league leaders at the weekend.

Nabil Fekir scored his 15th goal of the campaign as Lyon defeated Guingamp 2-0, with 19-year-old midfielder Houssem Aouar also on target at the Stade du Roudourou.

"Nabil's performance was extraordinary. He's been on a roll since the start of the season. He's at an international level and doing it consistently, which is a good sign for us," Genesio said.

Claudio Ranieri's Nantes conceded a last-gasp penalty in a 1-1 draw at Toulouse, as Max-Alain Gradel salvaged a point for the hosts by cancelling out a first-half header from Slovenia international Rene Krhin.

Yann M'Vila endured a chastening return to French football as his Saint-Etienne debut ended in a 3-0 defeat at bottom side Metz, who won for the third time in four outings.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/neymar-scores-four-as-cavani-matches-zlatan-record/

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Chelsea edge into FA Cup fourth round, Bournemouth rocked : Worldlywap Sport News

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (2L) celebrates scoring the winning penalty during the FA Cup third round replay football match between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge in London on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS /

Chelsea needed a penalty shoot-out before finally killing off Norwich after a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's FA Cup third round replay, while Bournemouth slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Wigan.

Antonio Conte's side finished extra-time down to nine men after late red cards for Pedro and Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge.

They had been forced into the extra period when Jamal Lewis's last-gasp equaliser cancelled out Michy Batshuayi's strike.

Chelsea's reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero made the crucial save from Nelson Oliveira in the 5-3 shoot-out win to send the Blues through to host Newcastle in the fourth round.

It was a first win in 2018 for Chelsea, who had drawn their four previous matches in all competitions this year.

"It is the FA Cup, it is not easy to win the game. We gave everything, at the end of the game we played 9 v 11 so we showed great character," Chelsea star Eden Hazard said.

"We are happy but also sad that we lost two players. Now we can focus on the league."

Norwich manager Daniel Farke added: "To be honest it's a big disappointment, some of the lads are sitting with tears in their eyes in the dressing room."

Conte had made nine changes from the 0-0 draw with Leicester on Saturday, with Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois and N'Golo Kante left out of the starting line-up.

After the kick-off was delayed for 15 minutes due to traffic congestion around the stadium, Chelsea dominated the first half and almost went ahead when Danny Drinkwater's 25-yard drive hit the crossbar.

But they couldn't find the breakthrough and Oliveira nearly provided it for Norwich instead when his effort hit the bar.

The Blues finally ended their three-match goal drought in the 55th minute when Belgian striker Batshuayi finished off Kenedy's cross from close range for his first senior goal since October.

Josh Murphy hit the post as Norwich pushed for an equaliser before the out-of-form Morata came off the bench and missed a chance to wrap up the win.

That blunder from Morata came back to haunt Chelsea in the fourth minute of stoppage-time when Timm Klose whipped in a fine cross and teenage defender Lewis rose to glance his first professional goal in off the far post.

Conte was furious that the video assistant referee didn't intervene when Willian was denied a penalty and booked for diving after a challenge from Klose caught the Brazilian in extra-time.

- Controversy -
Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Pedro earned a second booking for a foul on Wes Hoolahan.

And there was more controversy in the final seconds when Morata was booked for fall in the area and then protested so vehemently that referee Graham Scott sent off the forward for a second yellow card.

In the shoot-out, Oliveira's kick was saved by Caballero, while Willian, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kante and substitute Hazard converted for Chelsea.

At the DW Stadium, third-tier Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, brushed aside under-strength Bournemouth in their third round replay.

Eddie Howe made eight changes to the team that beat Arsenal on Sunday and Bournemouth, 13th in the Premier League, looked lost with their understudies in action.

Sam Morsy put Wigan on course for the upset with the ninth-minute opener.

Dan Burn's shot went in off the crossbar to double Wigan's lead in the 73rd minute before Callum Elder's header three minutes later wrapped up the victory.

Wigan next face a fourth round tie at home to West Ham.

Wilfried Bony gave Premier League strugglers Swansea a 2-1 win over Championship leaders Wolves in their third round replay.

Jordan Ayew also scored for Swansea, who travel to fourth-tier Notts County in the next round.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/chelsea-edge-into-fa-cup-fourth-round-bournemouth-rocked/

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Juventus confirm interest in Liverpool's Emre Can : Worldlywap Sport News

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Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta confirmed on Wednesday the Serie A champions are targeting Liverpool's German international Emre Can.

The 24-year-old's contract with the English Premier League side runs out on June 30.

"Emre Can is a player whose contract is running down, so it allows us to approach him for negotiations and that is the course we have taken," Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

"I can't say if he could sign a new contract with Liverpool, but I can say we will try all we can to get the player. Obviously, we have to respect what the player wants.”


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Didier Drogba: Chelsea legend and his foundation opens first school in Cote D'Ivoire: Worldlywap News

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The school has six classrooms, a kindergarten class, a school canteen, school latrines, a football field.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has launched his first school in his home country Cote D'Ivoire through his Didier Drogba Foundation (DDF) with support from Nestlé and International Cocoa Initiative (ICI).

Children in Pokou-Kouamekro, Côte d’Ivoire will no doubt be sporting huge smiles in 2017 with the launch of this school.

The school built by the DDF will give 350 children the access to quality education in the rural cocoa growing community of Pokou-Kouamekro.

This will decrease the risk of them engaging in child labour on cocoa farms.

DDF get support

For this project, the DDF was supported by Nestlé and the ICI.

The DDF, Nestlé and ICI share the common objective of helping children live healthier lives and helping develop thriving resilient communities.

Like any public school, the Didier Drogba school will be handed to the government to run.

The idea is to address the acute shortage of educational facilities in the rural areas of Côte d’Ivoire where children often have to walk several kilometres to the nearest school,” DDF said in a statement. 

There was already an existing school, but this was made of mud and didn’t have the requisite infrastructure to facilitate learning. The community now welcomes a life-changing opportunity of having a new school built with facilities to aid learning.”

 

The school has six classrooms, a kindergarten class, a school canteen, school latrines, a football field and 3 teachers’ homes to attract qualified teachers.

The new school will contribute to the physical, social and academic performance of the children in the village of Pokou-Kouamekro.

Didier Drogba strongly believes that education is important for the physical and mental development of children, and the support of international companies like Nestlé, to our action, will help make these communities a better place,” the Cote D'Ivoire legend said in the statement.

 “We have been working on this project for the last two years and I am very proud to see it completed. The belief of my foundation has always been if we give children access to health and education, we will build future generations of doctors, scientists, businessmen and women and that is how we build a better Africa.

“When I started working with Nestlé. I explained our vision and they have given us great logistical help and support on the ground to make the construction of this school a reality.

Nestlé

Stanislas Guedj who is the Country Manager for Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire said they are pleased to collaborate with the foundation.

The Didier Drogba Foundation promotes education, sustainability and sports, as a means to help children have a brighter future Nestlé is tackling child labour by building educational infrastructure,” Guedj said in the statement.

It is an important asset to building resilient and thriving cocoa growing communities as well as eradicating child labour. Every child’s place is in school.”

International Cocoa Initiative

For ICI, tackling child labour in cocoa-farming communities remains the commitment.

With Nestlé, ICI is strongly committed to providing a lasting change because we believe that every child deserves the chance to create its own future,” Euphrasie Aka, Regional Representative for West and Central Africa for ICI added.

The DDF was launched in 2009.


Source: http://www.pulse.ng/sports/football/didier-drogba-foundation-opens-first-school-in-cote-divoire-id7861606.html

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NFF: Nigeria’s football federation sign $4M deal with beverage company: Worldlywap News

NFF sign $4M deal with Coca-Cola

This is not the first time the NFF and Coca-Cola will be working together.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have signed a $4 million with popular beverage company Coca-Cola.

The NFF announced this deal at a press conference at the Eko Hotels and Suites on Wednesday, January 17.

With the new sponsorship, the beverage giants will become the official soft drink partners of all the NFF’s national teams.

The five-year deal will take effect immediately with the Super Eagles of Nigeria set to compete at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

 

Coca-Cola are also one of the official sponsors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

They have also organised a World Cup trophy global tour since the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

For the 2018 World Cup, the tour which will kick off in Russia in January will arrive in Nigeria in March.

NFF and Coca Cola working relationship

This is not the first time the NFF and Coca-Cola will be working together.

The soft drink giants were major sponsors of Federation Cup from 1996 to 2009 and then it was called the Coca-Cola FA Cup from 1996 to 2009.

During that time, the deal was worth N100M annually.

But just after signing a fresh new five-year contract in December 2010, the beverage company terminated the contract with the NFF.

They cited the continued crisis within the federation as the reason for the termination.


Source: http://www.pulse.ng/sports/football/nff-sign-4m-deal-with-coca-cola-id7861452.html

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Rohr officially signs new Super Eagles deal: Worldlywap Sport News

Rohr officially signs new Super Eagles deal: Worldlywap Sport News
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has officially put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).


Rohr was appointed Super Eagles head Coach in August 2016 and has steered the team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, winning four games and drawing one in a qualifying group that also had Zambia, African champions Cameroon and Algeria. His previous deal will run out in July 2018.

He signed the new deal during the announcement of the NFF’s new partnership with Coca Cola in Lagos on Wednesday.

Since Rohr took charge of the Super Eagles, he has recorded seven wins, drawn four and lost one game.

NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, explained why Rohr deserved the extension.

“He has done a very good job and when someone does a good job, he gets a reward. We are proud to have taken Mr. Rohr on board and we are delighted to be signing this contract extension with him,” Akinwunmi said.



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Gernot Rohr: Super Eagles boss has officially signed a new two-year deal with NFF: Worldlywap News

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The German coach has been rewarded with a new contract.

Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has officially signed a two-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Rohr was appointed Super Eagles boss in August 2016 with the mandate to take Nigeria to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Following Super Eagles fine run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, the German coach has been rewarded with a new contract.

 

Although Rohr’s new contract has been public knowledge for a while, the 64-year-old officially signed the new deal at a press conference held at the Eko Hotels and Suites on Wednesday, January 17.

The Super Eagles finished unbeaten from a tough Group B that had Zambia, Cameroon and Zambia, winning four games and drawing two.

 

The Franco-German coach was initially given a two-year contract when he was first appointed which will expire immediately after the World Cup.

This new contract will stretch his stay as Super Eagles boss to 2020.

Rohr’s Super Eagles record

Rohr started his Super Eagles stint with a 1-0 win over Tanzania in the qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Next was the wins against Zambia and Cameroon in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He played three friendly games; a draw against Senegal, Corsica and a win against Togo.

 

In August September, the Super Eagles beat Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier before a draw in the second leg.

They beat Zambia in October to seal qualification to the World Cup before a draw away at Algeria to round-up the qualifying series.

Earlier in November, the Super Eagles beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly game.


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Missed Messi penalty costs Barca in cup derby defeat : Worldlywap Sport News

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks downwards during the Spanish 'Copa del Rey' (King's cup) quarter-final first leg football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat since August, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Oscar Melendo slotted home a neat finish with two minutes remaining of a temperamental derby cup tie, racing onto Marc Navarro's low cross to punish Messi for missing a 62nd-minute penalty and send the home crowd into raptures.

"We knew this day would come, we tried to delay it as much as possible but it couldn't be today," said Sergio Busquets after the match.

"The good thing is that we have the second leg to try to mount a comeback. We are lucky to have that game at home, and we will have to win whatever happens."

In a match of few chances Barca's penalty, which came after a foul on Sergi Roberto, looked to be the decisive moment for the away side, but Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez dived superbly to his left to push Messi's powerful shot wide.

Navarro then came close to giving the hosts the lead in the 83rd minute with a dipping free-kick that forced an excellent save from Jasper Cillessen, before five minutes later setting up the goal that gave Espanyol their first win over Barcelona in nearly nine years.

"This victory is important for the history of the club and to break down all those walls," said Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

"It was telling how long ago it had been since we'd won against Barcelona, now the counter is back zero and we're immensely happy about that."

- Atletico stunned -
Diego Costa's third goal in four matches wasn't enough for Atletico Madrid as Sevilla twice scored late to stun their hosts 2-1 in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Costa struck for dominant Atletico on his first appearance since being sent off for wildly celebrating his last goal, in a 2-0 league win against Getafe, this one a superb first-time shot past Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico after the ball ricocheted to him in the 73rd minute.

However Sevilla grabbed a hugely fortunate and barely deserved equaliser seven minutes later when a speculative cross deflected off Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez and was then inexplicably pushed into his own net by keeper Miguel Angel Moya.

New Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella sealed his third win since arriving in Spain -- all of coming them in the cup -- with a much better goal two minutes from time, Joaquin Correa racing on to Wissam Ben Yedder's knock-on and tucking a fine finish past Moya.

Valencia came close to being shocked at their Mestalla stadium by Alaves, who are languishing in 17th place in La Liga and are just two points above the relegation zone, but Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo scored in nine second-half minutes to overturn Ruben Sobrino's 66th-minute opener for the away side.

Struggling Real Madrid and their under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane travel to Leganes on Thursday hoping to banish all talk of a crisis at the domestic and European champions after the weekend's shock home defeat to Villarreal.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/missed-messi-penalty-costs-barca-in-cup-derby-defeat/

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Time for talks on players' welfare - Djokovic : Worldlywap Sport News

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates beating France's Gael Monfils in their men's singles second round match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN /

Novak Djokovic has called for more consideration of players' welfare amid growing demands from extra tournaments yet no sign of shorter seasons to help their recovery.

Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion who is also president of the ATP players' council, spoke after reaching the third round at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday.

"Our sport has become an industry, like most of the other global sports. It's more business than a sport," he said.

"Of course, we're all blessed to have a great financial compensations, great lives. For sure, I'm very grateful for that.

"(But) at the same time what is most important for us is our health and what happens after our career, after you're 30, 35.

"There are many players that are struggling. They can't physically walk, run, jog, whatever. I mean, they're struggling some way or another."

Djokovic said there was little indication that players were going to have any form of discussion with the sport's chiefs for a shorter season.

"We're just adding events, official events, unofficial events. It feels, from a player's perspective, that you're kind of always in a rush," he said.

"You're always obliged to play the mandatory events. You obviously have always a big challenge to defend (rankings) points because it affects everything.

"You're always constantly, week after week, being part of that dynamic of our sport, which at times seems a bit too much."

Djokovic said there should be rational conversations about rules that are imposed and that concern players' well-being.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/time-for-talks-on-players-welfare-djokovic/

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Struggling Bordeaux sack coach : Worldlywap Sport News

Bordeaux's French head coach Jocelyn Gourvennec gives a press conference after the French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Caen on January 16, 2018 at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT

Relegation-threatened French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux have fired their coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, the Atlantic coast side club said on Thursday.

The move follows a 2-0 defeat against Caen on Tuesday.

Saturday's 1-0 win at relegation rivals Troyes was just Bordeaux's second success in 13 games since they were thrashed 6-2 by PSG in September.

Brazilian striker Malcom has been one of the few bright spots of their season but the 20-year-old is currently the target of transfer speculation, with Arsenal thought to be in prime position to clinch a deal worth around 50 million euros ($61.3 million).

The club have been playing to ever-decreasing crowds in their cavernous Matmut Atlantique stadium, completed just before the Euro 2016 tournament.

Gourvennec, 45, had been in the post since 2016 after a four-year spell at Brittany club Guingamp.

One of his assistants, Eric Bedouet, has been given temporary charge.


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Man Utd set to make Sanchez highest-paid EPL player : Worldlywap Sport News

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 28, 2017 shows Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez celebrating after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London. Manchester United are set to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal by making him the Premier League's highest paid player, according to several reports on January 18, 2018. The Chilean striker would earn between 400,000 and 500,000 pounds ($555,000 and $690,000) a week before tax by moving to Old Trafford, according to The Sun, the Daily Telegraph and other newspapers. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL /

Manchester United are set to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal by making him the Premier League's highest paid player, according to several reports on Thursday.

The Chilean striker would earn between 400,000 and 500,000 pounds ($555,000 and $690,000) a week before tax by moving to Old Trafford, according to The Sun, the Daily Telegraph and other newspapers.

The 29-year-old's wage demands are said to have scared off Manchester City and Chelsea, leaving United as his main suitors.

The Daily Telegraph reported that United have offered Sanchez a four-and-a-half-year contract and he would move for a £30 million transfer fee -- it is relatively low because he could leave for free at the end of the summer.

The deal for the former Barcelona player would also likely involve a £20 million signing-on fee and a £10 million agent's fee.

The Sun reports however that Arsenal could still refuse to allow Sanchez to leave if they do not find a replacement.

The agent for United's unsettled midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan said this week a deal for Sanchez hinged on Mkhitaryan moving to Arsenal, but The Sun said such an agreement had yet to reached.

United manager Jose Mourinho left 28-year-old Mkhitaryan out of his squad to face Stoke last Monday due to "doubts about his future".

Mourinho said this week it would be "great" if Sanchez joined although he remained non-committal.

United are second in the Premier League, 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, and Sanchez's capture would be seen as a statement of intent from a team already paying huge wages to French international midfielder Paul Pogba and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Arsenal, struggling to compete for the Champions League places and knocked out of the FA Cup, have been linked with Borussia Dortmund's wantaway forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux's 20-year-old Brazilian striker Malcom.


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