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Eden Hazard has point to prove before El Clásico with Barcelona

Jean-Michel Vandamme is considered as the man who discovered Eden Hazard. The 63-year-old returned to Lille as the director of the youth academy a few months ago, the club where he has spent most of his career -- including 40 years as a coach as well as several years working in various positions within the youth setup. In 2005, he was charged with integrating a 14-year-old Eden Hazard into the Los Mastines training system and has followed the Belgian midfielder’s development throughout his career. As such, it’s safe to say he knows the player better than most. In 2011, at just 20 years old, Hazard, along with several other of his Lille academy peers, was part of the team that secured the club’s first league title since 1954. Lille went on to lift last season’s Ligue 1 trophy, although with a very different-looking team to the one that scooped the title in 2011. "That [2011] team had 50 percent homegrown players. Now we have won another Ligue 1, but there was hardly anyone from the
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Leaving Barcelona was a shock, but adjusting well to life in Paris - Messi

  Having to leave Barcelona was a moment of great upheaval for Lionel Messi, but the Argentina forward saida few familiar faces have been helping him to settle at Paris Saint-Germain. The 34-year-old, who started his professional career with Barça and is their all-time record scorer with 672 goals, joined PSG on a two-year deal in the pre-season after being told by the Catalan club they could not afford to keep him. "I came back to Barcelona (from the Copa América in July) to prepare for the season, after taking advantage of the extra days of vacation that the coach (Ronald Koeman) had given me," Messi told France Football in an interview released on Saturday.   "I had in mind to sign my contract and to start training right away. I thought that everything was settled and that all that was missing was my signature (on the contract).   But when I arrived in Barcelona, I was told that it was no longer possible, that I could not stay and that I had to find another cl

Juventus turned down €2m Haaland deal in "biggest mistake"

  Former Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta, who now holds the same position at Serie A champions Inter Milan, has revealed how the Turin giants once turned down the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland for just €2 million. Now the hottest property in European football and a target for Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, as well as Juve, the young Haaland was presented to the Serie A side when he was still a relatively unknown prospect at FK Molde.   “One of my biggest regrets was a deal for Haaland,” Marotta told La Gazzetta del Sport. “I was CEO at Juventus and we had the opportunity to sign him for €2 million from Molde. We were close. Now it is impossible to see Haaland playing in Serie A. Italian clubs have absolutely no chance of signing him next summer.” Haaland has long been tipped to move from Dortmund next summer and any indication that the Norway striker has decided to leave the Westfalenstadion is likely to start a bidding war. Haa

Ronaldo, Messi, Lewandowski, Neymar Tops 2021 Ballon D'or Nomination List

France Football has released the list of nominees for the 2021 Ballon D'or award. The nominees are: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Jorginho (Chelsea),  Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Rúben Dias (Manchester City) , Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan),Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Lionel Messi (PSG), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Pedri (FC Barcelona), Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Nicolò Barella, Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Ngolo Kanté (Chelsea), Erling Haaland (Borrussia Dortmund), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) ,Mason Mount (Chelsea ), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Gerard Moreno (Villareal), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Luis Suárez (Atletico Madrid)   Kopa Trophy Mason Greenwood (Manchester United/Englan

Whitemoney Wins Big Brother Season 6 Show

  By Adigun Olayemi The Big Brother Naija Season 6 winner is Whitemoney as announced by Ebuka. After ten weeks of non-stop live entertainment in Biggie’s house with twenty-two housemates inside, the show has actually come to an end tonight. Liquorose was the first runner up, while Pere, Cross, Angel and Emmanuel had to settle for top five finish sequentially. His real name is Hazel Oyeye Onou, but he is popularly called White Money. Born on the 6th of July, 1992, white money BBNaija was born and bred in Enugu State which is his hometime. He spent many years in Enugu before he moved to Lagos to seek greener pastures. White Money BBNaija didn’t have a rosy background or upbringing. He had to sell food with his mother to make ends meet while he was young. White money has been dubbed by many as the typical Igbo man because of his astuteness to business. Being an all-around hustler, white money has ventured into numerous businesses just to keep food on his table and a roof over his head. In

Early Team News: Liverpool pair ruled out of Manchester City clash

  Liverpool will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcântara for Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester City.   Full-back Alexander-Arnold sat out the 5-1 Champions League win at Porto on Tuesday due to a muscle problem, while Thiago has missed the Reds' previous three games with a calf injury. Manager Jürgen Klopp does not expect either to be available until after the international break. Speaking to the club's website on Thursday, he said: "No 'news' means they are doing well but they won't have enough time for being back against City, but I expect them both to be back after the international break,   But we have a good team so we still have solutions and we have to use them and yeah, after the international break the boys will be back I think." City won 1-4 at Anfield last season to end a 17-game run without an away league win over Klopp's men. Liverpool, who are on a 16-game unbeaten run in league football, will be hop

Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out after last gasp winner for United

  Cristiano Ronaldo repeated his desire to make history with Manchester United after his stoppage-time strike helped the Red Devils sneak past Villarreal 2-1 in the Champions League. Paco Alcacer had given Villarreal a deserved lead at Old Trafford before Alex Telles' stunning volley preceded Ronaldo's 95th-minute winner in front of the Stretford End on Wednesday. With the late strike, Ronaldo became the first United player to net a 90th-minute winner in the Champions League since Marouane Fellaini in November 2018. And Ronaldo, who surpassed former Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas to become the Champions League's outright appearance holder in his 178th match, expressed his delight at being back in Manchester. "Everything is open and we believe we can go through [the group]," five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo – who won the Champions League with United in 2008 – told BT Sport. "This is why I came back because I miss this club, I made histor

Barcelona drafts Three-man shortlist to replace Koeman

  Ronald Koeman’s future as manager of FC Barcelona is in considerable doubt after a second consecutive Champions League defeat at Benfica left the Liga giants bottom of Group E without a single goal scored and six conceded. Barça’s 3-0 victory over Levante on Ansu Fati’s return after a long-term injury lifted some of the gloom hanging over Camp Nou but another 3-0 defeat at the Estádio da Luz - which laid bare Barça’s tactical and individual deficiencies - on top of a home loss to Bayern Munich by the same scoreline has taken Joan Laporta’s patience to the limit. Club sources revealed there would be no hasty decision made on Koeman’s position after Wednesday’s defeat in Lisbon but the Dutchman is on thin ice at Camp Nou having lost the backing of the board. Club captain Sergio Busquets was asked about the situation after the game and replied: "It's the easiest thing in the world of football [to sack the coach], but the responsibility also belongs to the players. We are

EPL: Sadio Mane hits 100th goal for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

  Sadio Mane notched his 100th goal for Liverpool against Crystal Palace and made history in the process as he became the the first player to score in nine consecutive games against a Premier League club. The Senegal international tapped home Mohamed Salah’s rebounded header shortly before half time before the Egyptian got in the act and Naby Keita scored a stunner to seal a 3-0 victory at Anfield. He tapped home after Salah’s header was patted into his path Mane has now scored 13 goals in 14 top-flight appearances against the Eagles as he ensured that Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with the hard-fought victory. Salah’s rich form continued as his volley 12 minutes from time meant he has only failed to score in one of his six games this season with a sumptuous left-footed volley from substitute Keita finishing proceedings with a flourish. Just like against AC Milan in midweek Liverpool made hard work of a game in which they created numerous chances. Klopp m

Jesse Lingard opens up on Champions League mistake and apologises as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and other Manchester United stars rally around teammate

  Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard admits he was ‘hurting’ after his costly error during the 2-1 defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday night. After replacing Cristiano Ronaldo from the bench, Lingard gifted the Swiss minnows an unlikely victory with a sloppy backpass in the last minute of stoppage time. But the England international, re-emerging for club and country after an incredible loan spell at West Ham, vowed to recover from the setback. In a tweet, the 28-year-old wrote: “Last night hurt. Every time I pull on the shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me. “I always go out wanting to do the best for the club, the team and the fans. “I’m upset for my part in the defeat. Mistakes happen in football but we pick ourselves up and go again.” Lingard’s teammates have all rallied around him in support, with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba leading the way. Fernandes wrote: “We lose together and we win together.” Pogba added: “The true measure of success it’s h