Manchester United Reach Agreement To Sign Paul Pogba For World Record €110m Fee

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The fee agreed with Juventus surpasses the amount paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale in 2013, and the France international will become United’s fourth signing under Mourinho.

Manchester United have agreed a world record deal to sign Paul Pogba for €110 million, Goal understands.

Officials from the Premier League club met with their Juventus counterparts earlier on Wednesday to discuss a deal to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford.

It is now understood that United have settled on a fee of €110m for Pogba, which eclipses the previous record set when Real Madrid paid €100m for Gareth Bale in 2013.

The France international will sign a five-year contract for the Red Devils.

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Pogba had also been linked with the likes of Real, but they were priced out of a move and the France international was happy to leave Juventus after weighing up his options.

The midfielder is said to be ready to accept a €13m annual salary at Old Trafford, which would almost treble the wages he is currently earning at Juventus.

He originally left United for Juventus four years ago due to a lack of first-team opportunities, but his imminent return to the club will cap a busy start in the transfer market for new boss Jose Mourinho.

Just In: NFF Clears Air On Le Guen Rejection Of Super Eagles

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Following earlier reports that the newly appointed technical adviser of the Super Eagles, Paul Le Guen has reportedly rejected the job, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed the two sides are still discussing terms of the job.

According to NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, the details of the appointment, which was “subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee”, was still being fine-tuned.

“There are certain areas of the proposed contract that he is not comfortable with and we are discussing to find the best solution for both parties.

“But some of the things we will not compromise on are qualification for the African Nations Cup and having a coach who will reside in Nigeria, not abroad.

“Any coach who will not accept those parameters cannot take on the job,” Pinnick told ESPN FC on Tuesday.

From Pinnick’s words, the NFF itself might drop Le Guen as well, and look for a new handler for the senior national team elsewhere.
It would be recalled that Le Guen, 52, topped a final shortlist of three which included current interim coach Salisu Yusuf and Belgian Tom Saintfiet but reports from France this afternoon said that Le Guen is not all right with the terms.

Ronaldo, Bale, Griezmann On UEFA Best Player Shortlist

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale headlined a 10-man shortlist announced on Monday for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick as Real claimed an 11th Champions League title, beating city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalty kicks in May, before leading his country to Euro 2016 glory.

Fellow Portugal and Real teammate Pepe also featured on the shortlist, along with Wales star Bale.

The former Tottenham Hotspurs star had steered his country to the semi-finals of the European Championship in their first appearance at a major final since 1958.

Ronaldo is favoured to the win the award for a second time, after scooping the honours in 2013-14, which would see him draw level with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann was also nominated after his six goals in Euro 2016 earned him the Player of the Tournament and the Golden Boot.
Unfortunately, France fell short against Portugal in the final match.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Messi is one of two FC Barcelona players to make the list along with Luis Suarez.

The Bayern Munich duo of Manuel Neuer and Thomas Mueller, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Real midfielder Toni Kroos are also included.

NAN reports that the players were selected by journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member-associations who will vote for a second time on Aug. 5 to determine the three finalists.

The winner of the award will be announced in Monaco on Aug. 25 when the draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage is made.(NAN)

I Still Want To Be Arsenal Manager – Thierry Henry

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Thierry Henry admits he still dreams of managing Arsenal.
The Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer, has been forced to leave the club’s U-18 side this season, after Arsene Wenger gave him an ultimatum to choose between the job and his role at Sky Sports.

Henry has completed his UEFA A license this year, but concedes he is not quite ready to manage yet.
“I’d be lying if I told you being manager wasn’t a wish that I have because I love Arsenal,” Henry told The Sun.

“The game is my passion and always will be. I would like to manage — but I am far from it.
“Although I am able to manage any team now, I would still like to pass my Uefa Pro Licence, which I’m working on to give me a better all-round knowledge.

“Before you can think of becoming a first-team coach you need to have experience. That is what I’m trying to get and to complete the necessary coaching hours that are needed.

“There is a massive difference between a wish and doing it. I felt I could add something to the kids and also gain valuable experience myself.

“If it’s not to be there, then so be it. I have to respect the situation. I’ll continue to support the team and wish them the best for this season.”

Lionel Messi and Iniesta cancel Turkey flights for Samuel Eto’o match following failed Military coup

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Reigning World footballer of the year Lionel Messi and his teammate Andres Iniesta have cancelled their flights to Turkey following the failed military coup in the country.

The pair were scheduled to join other football stars play a match in Turkey today Saturday July 16th that was organised by Samuel Eto’o, their former teammate, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his charity foundation. However, the match has been cancelled after a military coup was attempted in Turkey late Friday night.
Barcelona football club posted a Tweet confirming both players were in Spain and wouldn’t be traveling to Turkey for the match.

Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard, Francesco Totti, Michael Essien, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Eric Abidal, Jay Jay Okocha, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Andres Iniesta, Demba Ba, Didier Drogba and Arda Turan were all expected to take part in the game.

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Blessing Okagbare, Ogunlewe top 35-member Nigeria list for Rio Olympics (Full List)

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Blessing Okagbare and Seye Ogunlewe top the list of 35 athletes selected by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria to represent the country at next month’s Olympics in Rio. Brazil.

Blessing Okagbare, reigning common wealth double champion and former African 100m record holder will compete in the 100m, 200m and long jump events according to a statement released by Olukayode Thomas, AFN head of Media and Communication. See the full list of athletes selected by the AFN. See full list below…..
Men
Seye Ogunlewe (100m)
Egwero Ogho-Oghene 100m)
Monzavous Edward (100)
Odele Oghenetega (200m)
Oduduru Divine (200m)
Orukpe Eraiyokan (400m)
Anthon Hicks (110m Hurdles)
Ukaoma Miles (400m Hurdles)
Oke Tosin (Triple Jump)
Olamigoke Olumide
Mozia Stephen (Shot Put)
 
Women
Blessing Okagbare
Madu Jennifer
Gloria Asumnu
Uko Peace
Osazuwa Agnes
Sanni Zainab
Francis Cecilia
Khadijat Suleman
Ekpone Olivia.
George Patience Okon
Bamgbose Margaret
Omotoso Omolara Grace
George Regina
Ajayi Yinka
Ossai Rita Vivian
Mayungbe Blessing
Sogbesan Ekundayo.
Oluwatobiloba Amusan (100m Huddles)
Amaka Ogoegbunam (400m Hurdles)
Doreen Amata (High Jump)
Brume Ese (Long Jump)
Okoro Chinwe (Discus)
Nwanneka Okwelogu (Shot Put)
Uhunoma Osazuwa (Heptathlon)

Jose Mourinho all smiles as he takes Man U training for first time

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Jose Mourinho has started his rebuilding work at Man U and was on Wednesday pictured smiling while he trained his squad at the club’s Carrington base. New Man U signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly joined the training but Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t partake as he’s still on holiday following his participation at Euro 2016. See more photos…..

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Real Madrid Star Rejects To Join Arsenal

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Goal reports that Madrid will not enter further talks with Arsenal over a potential transfer.

Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta has revealed that Alvaro Morata will return to Real Madrid this summer for £23 million. The Spanish club have a buy-back clause on the striker who rose through the youth ranks at Real Madrid and joined Juve back in 2014.

According to Don Balon, Morata is available for £30m as Zinedine Zidane’s side looks to make a quick profit.

However, Goal states that Negotiations have completely stopped for the 23-year-old after the Spanish side set their asking price at €75 million, meaning any eventual move would have broken the British record transfer fee spent.

Morata became Spain’s main striker ahead of Euro 2016 after scoring 27 goals in 93 games.

7 Interesting Facts About The New Super Eagles Coach “Paul Le Guen” From France

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Earlier today, We posted this news “ French Coach Confirmed For Super Eagles Job As Yusuf Loses Assistant Position”
The Nigeria Football Federation officials have settled for Frenchman Paul Le Guen as the next Super Eagles coach. Naijaloaded brings you 7 very interesting facts about him.

1. Paul Le Guen was born on March 1st, 1964.
He was manager of the Oman national football team, from which he was relieved in November 2015.

2. He was capped 17 times by France and was part of the team which included Eric Cantona and David Ginola, that lost out on the trip to the FIFA World Cup, held in the United States in 1994.

3. During his playing career he enjoyed successful stays with FC Nantes and PSG and won 17 caps for the French national team.

4. At international level he played 17 times for France due to injuries. He ended his playing career by taking part in a friendly where his home region of Brittany faced Cameroon on 21 May 1998.

5. During his time at Rennes between 1998 and 2001, Le Guen was noted for signing relatively unknown players, such as Shabani Nonda and El Hadji Diouf, who under his guidance, developed into talented footballers. He resigned from Rennes in 2001 after a fall-out with the club’s board. This led to him taking a year off from football.

6. Le Guen replaced Jacques Santini as manager of Olympique Lyonnais in 2002 after they captured their first league title. Le Guen experienced a grim start to his managerial career at Lyon, winning only 3 games of the first 9, but eventually took Lyon to a further three consecutive championships and reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. He resigned from his position at Lyon on 9 May 2005, the day after the club won their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 championship.

7. Le Guen was named Cameron national football team manager in July 2009, signing a five-month contract. He made an immediate impact by leading the team to qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

French Coach Confirmed For Super Eagles Job As Yusuf Loses Assistant Position

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Former PSG player and French football manager who previously managed the Oman national football team, have been given the green light to be the new coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

According to an authoritative report by Punch Newspaper, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials have settled for Frenchman, Paul Le Guen as the next Super Eagles coach.
Recall that we reported it here last week Friday that the country’s football governing body, NFF, released a shortlist of three coaches – Le Guen, Salisu Yusuf and Tom Saintfiet, but few days after, they have now chosen the Frenchman who will be presented to the public on July 18.

While the Super Eagles manager is being confirmed according to expectations, the position of assistant coach has taken a new turn as the NFF could seek an alternative person to work in place of Yusuf who had worked as one of the assistants to Sunday Oliseh.
It was learnt on Monday that the NFF members were already in search of a coach to work as the Nigerian assistant to Le Guen.

An NFF official said; “As it is now, the position of the deputy has been thrown open because Yusuf is still insisting that he would not work as an assistant to Le Guen. Those who worked on their entries picked the Frenchman and with the hope that Yusuf could learn a lot from him for the immediate future but he (Yusuf) appears to have some other ideas so the federation will now have to consider a new person altogether to replace Yusuf.”

However, the former Kano Pillars coach, Yusuf, believes he now has enough managerial wisdom to lead the Super Eagles.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech retires from of Czech Republic duty

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34-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Czech has retired from international football after winning a record 124 caps for Czech Republic.
He played all three matches as his side picked up just one point at Euro 2016, finishing bottom of Group D.
Now, he has decided to bring an end to his 14-year international career having made his debut in February 2002.
“ It is a definite decision,” Cech told the
Czech Republic Football Association (FACR).
“ The fact we did not win at the Euros had no effect on my decision, although obviously I would have preferred a triumphant farewell.
“I like to do things 100 per cent and there will come a time where I have to ease the burden on myself. That time may not be now, but qualification for the World Cup takes two years and it would not have been right to announce that I do not feel I can carry on in the middle of that.
“Therefore it is better to make the decision now and close a beautiful chapter.”
He added on Twitter: “ We lived some amazing moments together – wishing the team all the best for the future.”

Messi Might Be Heading To Chelsea As Abramovich Meets With His Dad To Prepare Move

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In the wake of the Argentine’s tax fraud case, Antonio Conte’s side are looking to edge ahead of Manchester City in the race for the 29-year-old if he decides to quit Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi’s father has met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, according to The Sun.

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The meeting was held on Abramovich’s yacht, the Eclipse, as Chelsea attempt to manoeuvre themselves into pole position if Messi intends to leave Barcelona in the wake of his tax fraud case.
Chelsea are ready to offer Barcelona around £110 million for the 29-year-old and will better the forward’s current deal with the Spanish champions, which currently stands at £600,000 a week.
Manchester City have also registered their interest and have a contract prepared which would see Messi earn £800,000 a week.

5 Reasons Ronaldo & Messi May Never Win Trophies For Their Respective Countries

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Arguably, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers of all time and the duo have continued to enjoy fame and fortune with the round-leathered game.
However, one thing that eludes both players is the fact that they are yet to win a recognized competition for their respective countries.
Messi just lost another of four finals in three years while Ronaldo will be playing in his first final for Portugal at Euro 2016 since the same tournament 2004 his home country Portugal hosted.
The following are the reasons the duo might never win trophies for their respective nations.

1. They have never impressed at major competitions – Both players have always been the toast of the Champions League and they are always going neck-to-neck for the golden boot award.
However they have not been able to replicate their form at club level in national colours. Messi failed at the last hurdle in the last World Cup and two Copa America finals respectively.
As for CR7, Portugal’s chances of winning the European trophy against host country France are very slim as many believe they qualified into the finals with the stroke of luck.

2. Their games are built around goals – For every tournament both players appear, they jostle for the top scorer’s award but their contributions to other departments of the game especially the defence, these guys have been found wanting.
For every great player, the versatility in all areas of the field of play matters, not only to the team but to the fans at large.

3. The great players have never won trophies for their countries – Ronaldo and Messi share five Champions League trophies between themselves but for their countries, there is not even a single medal in the cabinet.
The great Pele once said that for both Messi and Ronaldo to become legends like himself, Maradona and Zidane, they have to make their mark at the world stage which is the World Cup.

4. Character – To whom much is given much is expected, apart from being admired on the pitch for their enviable skills, the duo have had questionable characters off the field.
Messi was recently convicted for tax related offences, while Ronaldo rudely threw a journalist microphone into a lake which does not speak well about both players.

5. They have only succeeded with great teams – The Portuguese and the Argentine have had the opportunities to play for established championship winning teams like Manchester United/Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively which have made them what they are today.

However the greatness in a player is one who carries a team from the bottom to become a contender for the a trophy. The legendary Maradona turned Napoli to league contenders in the Italian Serie A during his playing days.

Source:- Naij

Cristiano Ronaldo Says It Hurts To See Lionel Messi Cry

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It’s not easy to come out and say good things about one’s biggest rival while evoking a positive emotional response from the fans and Cristiano Ronaldo has done just that.
During his press conference ahead of the Euro 2016 semi-final against Wales, the Portuguese captain spoke about Lionel Messi’s retirement.
“[Messi] has made a tough decision [to retire from international football] and people should understand it,” he said.
“He isn’t accustomed to defeats and disappointments, not even finishing second. Missing a penalty doesn’t make you a bad player. It hurts to see Messi in tears and I hope he returns to his country one day because they need him.”
Ronaldo’s comments about Messi deserves the utmost respect as it takes a good heart to come out and speak highly of a player who is often considered as his nemesis.
Lionel Messi announced his shock retirement from international football in the wake of Argentina’s penalty shootout defeat against Chile in the final of Copa America Centenario.
Messi was the first player to step up for Argentina during the shootout and he could have put his side in the lead as Arturo Vidal had already missed from the spot for Chile. However, the Argentine captain failed to even get his shot on target.
The 29-year old was seen crying his heart out in disappointment and one can understand the emotional reasons behind this shock announcement.
The Copa America Centenario was Argentina’s and Messi’s third final in as many years and they finished second best on all three occasions. In all three finals, the match went to extra-time. During the final of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Argentina lost to Germany after Mario Gotze scored a late goal in extra-time. In 2015 and 2016, the
Argentines lost to Chile via a penalty shootout as the games ended 0-0 after extra time. In addition, he was part of the Argentine team that lost to Brazil in Copa America 2007 final.
Messi’s retirement was met with mixed responses from around the world. Many greats of the game including his compatriot, Diego Maradona, have urged Messi to come out of retirement and it remains to be seen if Messi will have a rethink.
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo is easily the most common argument in the football world and it is also a never-ending one. Despite the constant debate among the fans on this matter, the two players have always shown great respect towards each other. nsider his decision.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Breaks Manchester United Power Record During Medical, Becomes “Most Powerful Player”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved what a powerful presence he will be in Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd squad during his Carrington medical.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not kicked a ball in a Manchester United shirt but has already broken one record.
United tweeted the indomitable 34-year-old broke the club’s power records in tests during his medical at their Carrington training complex on Friday.
Ibrahimovic stands at 6ft 4ins and weighs 83 kilograms – just over 13 stone – which is more than the sculpted former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
One possible reason why Jose Mourinho settled on Ibrahimovic as the striker to spearhead his attack is the United squad has been lightweight for a number of years. Marouane Fellaini arrived to beef up the squad in 2013 but has struggled to endear himself to United fans.
Marcos Rojo’s weight is listed as 80kg, while bulky right-back Antonio Valencia, captain Wayne Rooney and winger Memphis all weigh 78kg.

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United fans have speculated Ibrahimovic could inherit Juan Mata ‘s No.8 shirt for the forthcoming campaign after watching an MUTV video posted during the Swede’s Friday unveiling.
As Ibrahimovic posed with the United shirt, the suggestion is the 34-year-old asked a United staff member : “What’s my number?” He was then supposedly informed of it and added: “Eight? That’s cool.”
Ibrahimovic wore eight at Internazionale, where he played under Jose Mourinho for a season. During his career, he has also worn nine at Ajax and Barcelona, 11 for AC Milan and 10 for Paris Saint-Germain.

Man United Signs Zlatan Ibrahimović (Official Photos)

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Manchester United hs unveiled Zlatan Ibrahimovic as its new signing this evening. The Swedish striker had confirmed he’ll be moving to Man U on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday and today the club confirmed the move.

The club on it’s official website wrote;
‘Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimović.’

‘Ibrahimović, 34, made 180 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 156 goals. He has won championships in four different leagues since beginning his professional career with Malmo in 1999. Zlatan represented his country 116 times, scoring 62 goals, before announcing his retirement from international football last month.’

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and looking forward to playing in the Premier League,” Zlatan told the club’s website.
“I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again. He is a fantastic manager and I am ready for this new and exciting challenge.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories. I am now ready to create more special memories in England.”

Jose Mourinho said; “Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world.

“He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles.

“I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad.”

Lionel Messi retires after missing Penalty

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Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.

“It’s not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” the 29-year-old said after defeat by Chile at the Copa America.

With Barcelona, Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

But his only major international honour is 2008 Olympic gold.

Argentina were beaten 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final by Germany before two Copa America final defeats by Chile on penalties. Messi was also on the losing side against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final.

“It’s been four finals, I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over,” he said.

After Sunday’s match finished 0-0 in 120 minutes, Chile won 4-2 on penalties.

Messi’s miss was Argentina’s first attempt in the shootout and it ballooned over the bar after Sergio Romero had denied Chile’s Arturo Vidal.

Lucas Biglia also missed from 12 yards, with Chilean substitute Francisco Silva scoring the decisive spot-kick in the final in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Messi had scored five times at the tournament, including a superb free-kick in the semi-final to become his country’s record scorer with 55 goals.

For Barca he has scored 453 times in 531 games, including a La Liga record 312 goals. He has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player five times.

In 2014 Messi was named as the best player at the World Cup, with then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter saying he was “a little bit surprised” and Argentina legend Diego Maradona calling the decision “unfair”.

Onigbinde: NFF must name substantive Nigeria coach early to qualify for World Cup

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The former Super Eagles coach has counseled the NFF to announce a permanent trainer and ensure that its major priority is the preparation for the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers

Former Caf and Fifa instructor, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has charged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to name a substantive coach for the Super Eagles without delay if the team is to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup from its tough group.

The Eagles have the indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Chipolopolo of Zambia and the Desert Foxes of Algeria to contend with in Group B where only the best team will make it to the World Cup in Russia. All four teams have won the Africa Cup of Nations title at least once, and three out of four played in the last two World Cup tournaments in South Africa and Brazil.
Speaking with Goal on the draws, Onigbinde who led Nigeria to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, opined that the inability of the NFF to reveal a substantive coach for the senior national team is an error that must be corrected without further delay.

“For us to determine if we are making progress or not, we need to name a substantive head coach for the Eagles. If the NFF is satisfied with the performance of the interim coach, Salisu Yusuf, they should stick to him and confirm him permanently and if they want a new hand they should not delay about it. We need to clear that area first before the focus on our opponents,”
Onigbinde told Goal .

The Modakeke high chief also admonished football enthusiasts and purists not to place too much emphasis on opponents Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria but that the priority should be on preparing a good Nigerian side that could face all their foes without any problem.

Poland Beat Switzerland On Penalties As Shaqiri Stunner Forces Extra Time

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Poland beat Switzerland on penalties to reach the Euro 2016 quarter finals after Xherdan Shaqiri’s spectacular overhead kick had cancelled out Jakub Blaszczykowski’s first-half strike and taken the first game of the knockout stage to extra time.

A dominant Poland had few chances to counter-attack in a first half that they largely controlled.

But a bit of quick-thinking distribution from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski put them four against three in the 39th minute and Kamil Grosicki squeezed a pass through to Blaszczykowski to set up the midfielder for the opener.

Switzerland grew into the game and went close to finding an equaliser on 73 minutes when Ricardo Rodriguez’s well-struck free kick was brilliantly saved by Fabianski at full stretch.

Striker Haris Seferovic went even closer five minutes later when he crashed a shot off the crossbar as Poland retreated deeper into their own half.

But the equaliser, when it came, was well worth the wait. A layoff for Shaqiri seemed to sit up too high for the midfielder to have a shot, but he produced the goal of the tournament with an acrobatic overhead volley that flew into the bottom corner.

However there was heartbreak for the Swiss supporters when Grzegorz Krychowiak scored the decisive penalty in the shootout, with Granit Xhaka’s having smashed his spot-kick wide.

Poland had gone into the game with a much-changed side from the XI that beat Ukraine in their third Group C game. Experienced full-back Lukasz Piszczek came in on the right of defence, with Krzysztof Maczynski, Kamil Grosickin and Blaszczykowski all starting in midfield.

And the initial signs suggested Adam Nawalka’s selection was correct, with Poland starting the game much the brighter.

The Group C runners-up should have taken the lead inside the first minute. Yann Sommer was robbed by Robert Lewandowski, with the Switzerland goalkeeper doing superbly to deny the Bayern Munich forward inside the first minute.

The rebound fell to Milik, only for him to slice a first-time effort of target.

A wild shot moments later revealed Milik’s frustration, but Poland continued to dominate possession for much of the first half and missed another golden opportunity on 29 minutes when Krychowiak headed well wide when unmarked from a corner.

And Milik wasted a terrific chance with 33 minutes gone, hurrying a shot over the bar when given time and space by a Lewandowski flick-on.

Switzerland — who had made just one change, with Seferovic replacing youngster Breel Embolo up front — briefly threatened as Fabian Schar headed straight at Fabianski and Blerim Dzemaili had a deflected shot tipped over the bar by the Swansea goalkeeper.

But the goal Poland richly deserved finally arrived on 39 minutes when Blaszczykowski slid his shot underneath an onrushing Sommer.

Switzerland were much improved after the break with Shaqiri heavily involved, first getting in behind the Poland defence and then testing Fabianski with a stinging shot from distance.

Poland had chances of their own from range — with Lewandowski and Blaszczykowski forcing Sommer into good saves — but it was Shaqiri’s moment of brilliance with 11 minutes remaining that forced extra time.

Chances were few and far between in the additional 30 minutes, although a free header for Eren Derdiyok after a delightful clipped cross by Shaqiri should have seen Switzerland win it, only for Fabianski to produce his second world-class save of the match.

It is the first time Poland have reached the last eight of a European Championship, and they will face the winners of Saturday evening’s game between Croatia and Portugal.

Siasia Picks S’Eagles Skipper, Mikel Obi, Iheanacho, Other Surprising Names For Olympics

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Chief Coach of the national Olympic football team, Dream Team VI, Samson Siasia has named Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi in his 35-man provisional squad.

In the list released on Friday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mikel Oobi is joined by Super Eagles stars, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Godfrey Oboabona, William Troost Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and goalkeeper Daniel Apkeyi.

Meanwhile, the NFF has disclosed that the team will depart Nigeria next week for a final training camp in the United States of America ahead of the tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The NFF had earlier announced that there would be a friendly match between the Nigeria Olympic team and the U23 National Team of Mexico in Mexico on Saturday, 2nd July. The match will take place at the Aguascalientes Stadium at 8.30pm Mexican time.

The NFF also announced that after the friendly, the Nigeria U23 squad will continue its training camp in the United States of America and will play Charleston Battery FC in Atlanta on Saturday, 16th July. A game against the Honduras U23 team is also being planned for 27th July.

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Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa FC, South Africa),
Yusuf Bala (Kano Pillars),
Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers),
Taiwo Abdulrahman (Kwara United),
Ndubuisi Agu (FC Porto, Portugal),
Junior Ajayi (CS Sfaxien, Tunisia),
Stanley Amuzie (Olhanense FC, Portugal),
Taiwo Awoniyi (Frankfurt FC, Germany),
Okechukwu Azubuike (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey),
Etor Daniel (Enyimba FC),
Augustine Dimgba (Sunshine Stars),
William Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway),
Saturday Erimuya (Kayseri Erciyespor, Turkey),
Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense FC, Portugal),
Imoh Ezekiel (Anderlecht, Belgium),
Saviour Godwin (Ostende, Belgium),
Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England),
Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England),
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England),
Emiloju Julius (MFM FC),
Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia),
John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England),
Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey),
Usman Muhammed (CF Uniao, Portugal),
Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium),
Erhun Obanor (MFM FC),
Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey),
Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England),
Sodiq Saliu (Seraing FC, Belgium),
Abdullahi Shehu (CF Uniao, Portugal),
Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium),
Seth Sincere (Rhapsody FC),
Ndifreke Udo (Abia Warriors),
Aminu Umar (Osmalispor, Turkey),
Sadiq Umar (AS Roma, Italy)