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Written by Published in Foreign July 17 2018 0

The 2018 FIFA World Cup champions have been given a heroes’ welcome in France.

 

Players and officials of the French national football team were greeted by fans who lined the Champs-Elysées in central Paris, chanting their praise.

 

French president Emmanuel Macron also reportedly celebrated with the team on their return.

 

You will recall that France had on Sunday defeated Croatia four-two to lift the World Cup for the second; the first time being twenty years ago.

 


Written by Published in Foreign July 17 2018 0

 

Spanish football club, FC Barcelona, had reported record revenue of nine hundred and fourteen million Euros in the 2017-2018 season.

 

Part of the proceeds came from Barcelona’s world record transfer fee of two hundred point six million pounds from French side, Paris Saint Germain for Brazilian Neymar in 2017.

 

Barcelona has since then broken its transfer record twice with the signings of Ousmane Dembele for ninety-six point eight million pounds and Philippe Coutinho for one hundred and six point four million pounds.

 

The 2018 La Liga winner has now said it was on track to achieve revenues in excess of one billion Euros by 2021.


Written by Published in Foreign July 15 2018 0

France's superstars came out to shine as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe fired them to World Cup glory with an emphatic 4-2 win over Croatia

 

Following a tournament packed with thrills and drama, the final at  the Luzhniki Stadium lived up to what preceded it from the moment Les Bleus hit the front through an 18th-minute own goal by Mario Mandzukic – a cruel role reversal for Croatia's extra-time hero in the semi-final win over England.

 

Dalic's side had started the stronger and levelled through a fine Ivan Perisic strike before the Inter player was harshly adjudged to have handled in the box, as VAR made its first impact upon a World Cup final.

 

Griezmann converted his fourth of the tournament from 12 yards before Croatia pursued their opponents furiously once more at the start of the second half.

 

A pitch invasion from punk protest group Pussy Riot in the 52nd minute seemed a fitting precursor to the anarchy that followed, with Pogba and Mbappe arrowing in majestic strikes from outside the box.

 

An absent-minded error from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris allowed Mandzukic to put his name on the other side of the scoreboard, but Didier Deschamps was not to be denied his piece of history as the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach. Deschamps was captain of the Les Bleus' side that previously lifted the trophy back in 1998.


Written by Published in Foreign July 05 2018 0

Egyptian tennis player, Karim Hossam, has been banned from the sports for life after being convicted of multiple match-fixing offences.

 

Twenty-four-year-old Hossam was also ordered to pay a fine of fifteen thousand dollars after he was found guilty of sixteen counts of corruption.

 

In addition to match-fixing and betting, HOSSAM was also alleged to have provided inside information and failed to report corrupt approaches between 2013 and 2017.


Written by Published in Foreign June 29 2018 0

 

 All five African teams have crashed out of the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

 

The last to leave the tournament are Senegal, who lost against Colombia one-nil in their last Group H match played yesterday.

 

However; Senegal finished with equal points and goal tally with Japan, but were eliminate based on FIFA’s fair play rule, having picked up more Yellow cards than Japan.

 

The President of Egypt Football Association, Hany Abo Rida, says the Ramadan fasting affected the Pharaoh's preparations for the World Cup in Russia.

 

Rida said his squad chose to fast during the Muslim holy month that ended the day before Egypt's opening game against Uruguay, as well as the subsequent ties with the hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.


Written by Published in Foreign June 21 2018 0

A newly published book has claimed that Osama Bin Laden drew up plans to take out the England national team in a terror attack at the 1998 World Cup.

 

Middle East-based journalist Adam Robinson and former US terror chief Yossef Bodansky believe that the al-Qaeda warlord plotted to kill members of the Three Lions squad during a group match against Tunisia.

 

In their book Terror on the Pitch, the authors claim that Bin Laden devised the attack with Algerian Islamist terrorist organisation the Armed Islamic Group.

 

The plan is said to have involved taking down goalkeeper David Seaman via a suicide bomber, shooting Alan Shearer dead on the pitch and tossing a grenade at the bench where then-manager Glen Hoddle would have been sitting, according to The Mirror.

 

David Beckham and Michael Owen are also said to have been earmarked for execution.

 

Bin Laden, who was killed by US Special Forces in May 2011, allegedly spent time in London on a fact-finding mission while plotting the attack and developed "an affinity" for Arsenal during his time there.


Written by Published in Foreign June 11 2018 0

Rafael Nadal claimed an eleventh French Open title with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final.

 

The thirty-two year-old world number one now has seventeen Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

 

Nadal endured a nervous conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long.


Written by Published in Foreign June 08 2018 0

 

The Ghanaian government has ordered the dissolution of its national football association.

 

This followed the filming of the president of the Ghanaian Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, apparently accepting a cash gift of sixty-five thousand dollars from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

 

Ghana's Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said the government decided to take immediate steps to address widespread rot in the system, adding that interim measures to govern Ghanaian football would be announced soon.

 

Nyantakyi, who is Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football and a member of the FIFA Council, has not commented on the allegations.

 

Similarly; football's world governing body, FIFA is yet to react to the decision to dissolve the Ghanaian FA and the alleged cash gift claims exposed in a documentary by Ghana’s celebrated undercover reporter Anas Aremayaw Anas.

 

This is because FIFA laws prevent government interference in football administration, and it had previously banned countries that breached the rules.


Written by Published in Foreign June 06 2018 0

Monaco GP victor Daniel Ricciardo will be hit with multiple grid penalties at the upcoming Canadian GP.

 

Two weeks after claiming victory in F1's showpiece event despite a crippling loss of power from his Renault engine, the Red Bull driver - third in the world championship behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel - is set to suffer a series of engine-related grid demotions in Montreal.

 

"Unfortunately, we will be taking penalties," Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey confirmed to Sky Sports News.

 

With just a third of the season elapsed, Ricciardo has already used a significant chunk of his allowance for engine parts for the entire campaign with the size of his penalties in Canada this weekend set to be determined by just how many components will require changing after he guided his handicapped RB14 car to the chequered flag in Monaco.


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