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Transfer: Barcelona in Talks with Man United over Defender deal

Manchester United have been offered Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann in exchange for Victor Lindelöf. Barca are looking to take advantage of Raphael Varane's move to Old Trafford, which has seen Lindelöf drop down the pecking order.

Atletico Madrid Star Joao Felix in awe of Chelsea team

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has revealed that he likes to watch Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount play. claiming he knew all about the England international’s talents before he even made the first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge. Felix, who has been tipped to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo as the king of Portuguese football, is no doubt, well-quipped to follow in his mentor’s footsteps owing to his blistering form in the colours of Atletico Madrid. The Portuguese sensation signed a seven-year contract with Atletico Madrid in 2019 for a transfer fee of   £113 million -the fourth highest sum ever paid in football and Benfica’s biggest transfer also Atlético’s most expensive signing ever.   However, the 21-year-old, who has notched up nine goals in 27 games in all competition this season, declared his admiration for Mount ahead of the Roji Blancos Champions League clash with Chelsea on Tuesday. He said: “I like the way he [Mount] plays, the way he likes to drag the ball, the

Ibrahimovic rubbed me of my space at Man Utd - Lingard

Manchester United on loan player Jesse Lingard has described Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a perfect example of a winner but rubbed him of his space in the team.   He stressed that players like Zlatan are always appreciated by the former Manchester United's boss which made him rub many players off their playing time the and Lingard is also part of those that received the flair share of it. Jesse Lingard: "When Zlatan [Ibrahimović] came in he was the perfect example of wanting to win, José [Mourinho] as well, he wanted to win. It rubbed off on the likes of me and Marcus [Rashford], I can bring that experience to West Ham."  Mourinho preferred Ibrahimovic to Marcus Rashford and Jese Lingard because of his experience he has gotten from the start of his career. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was bought by the former coach of Manchester United Jose Mourinho to bolster his attack, the transfer which was tight as at that time as he helped the club to win a European Silverware in Europa League. Ling

History of Valentine's Day

  The history of Valentine’s Day—and the story of its patron saint—is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Still others insist that it was Saint Valentine of Terni, a bis

Liverpool forward Salah wins PL goal of month award

  Mohamed Salah's sensational counter-attacking goal at West Ham United has been voted January 2021's Budweiser Goal of the Month. The Liverpool star finished off a sweeping move that started in their own box to set the champions on their way to a 3-1 win. "It was a team goal and it's a great feeling to score goals like that," says Salah, who wins the Budweiser award for the first time. "The most important thing is that we won the game. That's what makes it so special." The Egyptian now wants to bring more trophies to Anfield after becoming the first Liverpool player to win the award since Daniel Sturridge in August 2018. Also Read : EPL: Man City midfielder Ikay Gundogan wins player of the month award  https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/epl-man-city-midfielder-ikay-gundogan.html "I don't go into the season saying, 'OK, let's be top scorer, I don't care about the team,' " Salah says. "I'm trying to w

Pep Guardiola named PL manager of the month award

  Spaniard adds to Ilkay Gundogan's EA SPORTS award win after leading Man City to perfect January Pep Guardiola has made it an awards double for Manchester City after winning January's Barclays Manager of the Month award. The Spaniard adds to the EA SPORTS Player of the Month prize given to midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, after leading Man City to the top of the table with six wins from six in the league. Guardiola's men also secured nine victories in all competitions during January, the most by any club in a calendar month in English Football League history. "What this team achieved in January – winning all our games, despite all the restrictions we face – is remarkable,” Guardiola told Man City's official website. Also Read:   Liverpool forward Salah wins PL goal of month award   https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/liverpool-forward-salah-wins-pl-goal-of.html “This just shows how focused my players and staff are. They are incredible, and I am so proud to work

EPL: Man City midfielder Ikay Gundogan wins player of the month award

  The midfielder delivered a string of sensational league performances, scoring five times, including a goal at Chelsea and a wonderful double against West Brom. He was central to City’s perfect month, which saw us win all six of our Premier League games as we moved top of the table. City also won three cup matches in January, with our nine wins in all competitions the most by a team in the top four tiers of English football in a single month since the formation of the Football League in 1888. Gundogan, who many believe is in the form of his life, says winning every game last month is a hugely significant achievement and demonstrates the confidence running through the City squad. “The highlight of January was all month because we won all of our games,” he said. “I think it was the run and the feeling that I had inside of myself that you are so strong as a team at the moment and not just yourself. That is just an amazing feeling. Also Read: Pep Guardiola named PL manager of th

FA CUP draw: Manchecster city face Everton, as Man Utd host Leciester

  Everton are drawn against Premier League leaders Manchester City and Leicester City face Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Carlo Ancellotti’s men beat Tottenham 5-4 in a classic tie to reach the last eight. The match at the King Power Stadium sees the top-flight's third-placed side host the team in second. In the other ties, Championship side Bournemouth play Southampton in a south coast derby while Chelsea will host Sheffield United. On Thursday, Saints booked their place in the quarter-finals with an impressive 2-0 win at Wolves, while Chelsea edged out Championship side Barnsley 1-0. The ties are scheduled to take place over the weekend of 20 and 21 March. Also Read: FA Cup: Bernard's Extra time goal eliminate Spurs   https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/then-it-was-carlo-ancelottis-turn-to.html Full quarter-final draw: Everton v Manchester City Bournemouth v Southampton Leicester City v Manchester United Chelsea v Sheffield United

Former Lagos State Governor Dies at 91

  The Lagos State Government has announced the death of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande at the age of 91. This disclosure was made by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, through a series of tweet posts on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Sanwo-Olu, in his statement, pointed out that Jakande’s record of service as a journalist of repute and a leader of remarkable achievements as governor of Lagos State will remain indelible for generations to come. The Governor in his statement said, ‘’With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande. ‘’Baba Jakande’s record of service as a journalist or repute and a leader of remarkable achievements as governor of Lagos State will remain indelible for gen

Oyo state Govt approves College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences in Iseyin

By Adigun Olayemi Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has declared that  College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences will open its campus in Iseyin this year. He made this known d uring the Presentation of Report by the Oyo State Negotiation Committee on Sole Ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso today. In the concluding part of his speech, the governor expresses his readiness to kick start college of Agriculture and Natural Science in Iseyin this year. He also pledged to convert the institution to a conventional university with courses like law, accounting others to be taught. Also Read:   Seyi Makinde set to convert LAUTECH to a conventional Institution     https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/seyi-makinde-set-to-convert-lautech-to.html ''Conclusively, let me talk about a related announcement we made last week. You will recall I promised that we would announce the creation of a higher institution in Iseyin. Well, we have decided that the College of Agricult

Seyi Makinde set to convert LAUTECH to a conventional Institution

  By Adigun Olayemi Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has vowed to convert LAUTECH to a conventional university whereby other courses like law and others will be taught.  In his speech, he also said the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences will be in Iseyin, Oyo state, he made this known today during the Presentation of the Report by the Oyo State Negotiation Committee on Sole Ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. It will be recalled that Ladoke Akintola University was formerly joint-owned by Oyo state and Osun State but now totally owned by Oyo State thanks to effort made by the present administration led by Engr. Seyi Makinde. His Speech reads thus; When we inaugurated this committee on November 27, 2019, we gave the members a clear mandate, secure a divorce from Osun State in a manner of speaking and get Oyo State sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso. Today, I am happy to officially receive your r

FA Cup: Bernard's Extra time goal eliminate Spurs

  Then it was Carlo Ancelotti’s turn to watch his Everton side throw away a lead as the visitors pulled it back to 3-3 after the break. But Richarlison thought he had fired the Toffees into the quarter-finals with his second of the night - before Harry Kane’s 84th minute diving header sent us into extra-time. With echoes of Everton’s epic 1991 4-4 draw with Liverpool flowing through their fans’ minds, Bernard went one better by firing the Toffees into the quarter-finals with a 97th minute clincher. Their Brazilian striker Richarlison could not solely claim the prize for being the night’s highest scoring South American as Davinson Sanchez - yes him - bagged a brace for Tottenham. And we have not even mentioned Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who bagged his 50th Everton goal and played a part in all three of their first half goals before going off injured after the break. And they say the FA Cup is boring and nobody gives a damn about it anymore. Well, that was not the case at Goodiso

FIFA Club World Cup: After beating Al Ahly Bayern Munich Ready to make history

  Bayern Munich are bidding to become only the second club after Barcelona, who managed it in 2009, to win all six domestic and international titles available in a single season. European champions Bayern Munich are eager to make history by beating Mexico's Tigres in the Club World Cup final in Qatar on Thursday to complete the rare clean sweep of six titles inside 12 months. The German giants are bidding to become only the second club after Barcelona, who managed it in 2009, to win all six domestic and international titles available in a single season. Having already claimed the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, German Super Cup, Bundesliga and German Cup titles in 2020, Bayern want to complete the set. Bayern captain Manuel Neuer has made it clear the German giants are "up for it, we can make history," sentiments echoed by head coach Hansi Flick. "We came here to win the title. That would be the icing on the cake and also a special success in Bayern Munic

Coppa Italia: Juve through to the final despite draw against Milan

  JUVENTUS reached the Coppa Italia final thanks to a bore draw at home to Inter Milan in the semi-final in Turin. Juve won the first leg 2-1 and will play Atalanta or Napoli in the final. Inter Milan were unable to overcome Juventus over two legs to book a place in the final of the Coppa Italia, and the Old Lady will now await one of Atalanta or Napoli for the trophy. The Nerazzurri were touted as slight favourites to make the final, but Juve are not one to lie down, and are well deserving of their place. Cristiano Ronaldo’s break in the first leg saw them escape with a 2-1 advantage coming into the return leg in Turin, and we had no intention of letting it slip. Juventus controlled today’s tie initially, dominating the possession, taking very little risks, and the visitors had to raise their level to stand a chance. Antonio Conte’s team did do just that, and they enjoyed a strong spell of dominance, but our defence was equal to it. They did look set to level when Christia

Former BBNaija housemate gets another endorsement

Big Brother Naija season 5 housemate Timmy Sinclair also known as Tricky Tee has signed another endorsement as the brand ambassador of house of skin care gurufied. He was very excited to announce this following the confirmation on his official twitter page which reads; I’m very excited to announce my endorsement as the new brand ambassador of #houseofskincareguru #gurufied  -Gurufied Mens glow cream already doing wonders on my skin  Kindly follow @houseofskincareguru for your natural based skincare/body products  VALENTINE IS COMING 😜  Gurufied is a skin care cream that moisturizes the skin and do wonders. Timmy Sinclair is a 35-year-old creative artist and Lagos resident who hails from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Tricky Tee as he is also known considers himself a storyteller who uses the media of film, and music to express himself.

Drogba's son signs for Italian club

  Isaac Drogba, the son of Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, has signed for Serie D side Folgore Caratese according to Kickoff. Drogba (20) completed a move from France to Italy on Monday afternoon after being confirmed as a new signing by the promotion-chasing fourth division side. "Folgore Caratese announces that it has secured the [signing] of the striker Isaac Drogba, son of Didier," Caratese said in an official statement on their website. Read also: Man Utd signs new starlet https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/man-utd-signs-new-starlet.html The versatile French-born forward had been without a club since leaving Ligue 2 side Guingamp in July last year and will now be looking to help his new side secure promotion to Serie C. He previously also spent time in the Chelsea youth academy before joining Guingamp, where he featured for the club's U-19 and reserve teams during his year-long spell with Les Guingampais. His father, Didier, is widely regarded as one o

Man Utd signs new starlet

  Highly-rated youngster Shola Shoretire has signed his first professional contract with Manchester United.  Manchester United is delighted to announce that Shola Shoretire has signed his first professional contract with the club.   The 17-year-old forward, who has been with United since the age of nine, is another product of the club's outstanding Academy system. Shola Shoretire caps a fine week by signing a new deal with the Reds. He scored a hat-trick in the Under-23s' entertaining 6-4 win over Blackburn Rovers on Friday. The England Under-16 international has been an important part of Neil Wood’s side this season, featuring 13 times in Premier League 2, scoring five goals and registering three assists. Shoretire has now gotten a call up to the first team by the manager Ole Gunnar Solkjaer.

EPL: Results of weekend matches

In the results of matches played on the weekend, Jose Mourinho’s men defeated a non-resilient West Bromwich Albiom team. Manchester United squandered their two-goal lead to draw with a high-flying Carlo Ancelotti’s men Everton, the game that sees Everton equalizing at the last minute by Calvet- Lewin. The early kick-off match on Saturday sees Arsenal defeated by a very organized Aston Villa team pilling up further woes for Arteta and his boys as they occupy 10th position on the log. On Sunday, it was a sad story for Jurgen Klopp men as they are thoroughly beaten by current league leaders Manchester city setting them back in their push to defend their title this season. See full results; Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 West Bromwich Albion Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 – 0 Leicester City Liverpool   1 – 4 Manchester City Sheffield United 1 – 2 Chelsea Aston Villa 1 – 0 Arsenal Burnley 1 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion Newcastle United 3 – 2 Southampton Fulham 0 – 0 West Ham Unit

Reasons why you should stop wearing tight-fitting shoes for babies

Don't wear babies tight-fitting shoes. They don't walk for the first few months, so such shoes are useless. Using yarn boots or loose socks is enough. Wearing babies tight shoes or tight socks can cause ingrown toenails. Children, adolescents & teens are particularly prone to having ingrown toenails from tight-fitting footwear. That's because they tend to outgrow their footwear quickly. Crowding their feet into tight socks & short shoes can cause painful ingrown toenails which may get infected. Even adults who constantly wear tight-fitting shoes are at risk of having ingrown toenails. Also Read: Crpto currency and Bitcoin ban, way forward by Prince Charmaine https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/crpto-currency-and-bitcoin-ban-by-cbn.html So it's advisable that people wear loose socks & better-fitting shoes. For example, you shouldn't struggle with socks or shoes before you put them on. If you do, they are probably too tight. The fact is many people - pare

Aftermath Crypto currency and Bitcoin ban by the CBN, way forward

  Prince Charmaine The Central Bank of Nigeria, announced a sweeping ban on crypto currency purchase and trading in the country.   The crypto ban was announced in a now-deleted circular dated February 5, 2021. The circular which bears the insignia of the CBN and signatures of two of its top officials, orders regulated financial institutions to identify people and organisations trading in crypto to close their accounts immediately. It threatens severe regulatory actions on financial institutions that refuse to co- operate.      The ban comes as a shock to many, including those in the crypto industry. Sources within the industry say there was no communication beforehand. While many expected some kind of regulation in the future, the suddenness and seeming totality of it has deeply shaken the industry.   The ban follows the path of recent regulatory practices where stakeholders are not consulted or even spoken to before restrictions are placed on their service. In December 2020, the

CBN bans Bitcoin and Crypto Currency transactions

   By Adigun Olayemi Central Bank of Nigeria has put an end to the activities of Bitcoin and crypto currency related transactions in Nigeria. This was made known in a circular circulated yesterday by the Central Bank of Nigeria, Banking Supervision Department Central Business Direct and signed by Mr Bello Hassan, Director of Banking Supervision and Mr Musa Jimoh, Director Payments System Management Department dated February 5, 2021. It was earlier stated on a circular dated  January 12, 2017 ,that the central Bank of Nigeria had cautioned Deposit money Banks (DMS) , Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NFBIs) , other Financial Institutions (OFIs) and members of the public on the risk associated with transactions in Crypto Currency. The body in the circular further made an assertion as dealing in Crypto Currency or facilitating payments for cypto currency exchanges is prohibited thereby imposing a ban on it. The CBN has then directed any person transacting in or operating on crypto currency

Ajax Goalkeeper banned from football

By Adigun Olayemi The disciplinary body of the European football association, UEFA, has imposed a suspension of 12 months on Andre Onana for a doping violation. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is banned from football for a year after failing a drugs test last October.  Ajax managing director Edwin van der Sar on Andre Onana's suspension: "We had hoped for a conditional suspension or for a suspension much shorter than these twelve months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance."  According to statement posted on the club's website, Onana will appeal the ban at the court for Arbitration for Sports later in the year because it was not a deliberate taking of drug by him.

Ighalo joins Al Shabab from Man Utd

Odion Ighalo has joined Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab on a permanent deal from Shanghai Shenhua.  Ighalo's contract with Manchester United expired last month and didn't renew the contract after completing his second loan spell with the club. Injury worries for Manchester United strikers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford made Ole Gunnar Solksjaer bring him to Old Trafford but after then wasn't able to topple them as the first choice striker after their recovery from the injury. "It's sorted and everything is finalised, it should be announced late on Thursday or Friday," he told BBC Sport Africa. "Despite interest from other clubs, this is a good move for the player because Al Shabab showed ambition and commitment in their efforts to sign him." "It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the glory for helping me fulfill this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was

Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon CEO

  Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO in the third quarter of 2021. Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, will replace him. Bezos will become executive chairman and focus on "new products and early initiatives." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories . Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO in the third quarter. In a letter to Amazon employees published Tuesday afternoon, Bezos announced he would transition to the executive-chairman role and focus on "new products and early initiatives." "Being the CEO of Amazon is a deep responsibility, and it's consuming," Bezos wrote. "When you have a responsibility like that, it's hard to put attention on anything else." Bezos said that while he would still be involved in important initiatives at Amazon, he planned to spend more time on philanthropy - including the Bezos Earth Fund and his Day One Fund - as well as his two other major endeavors: The Washington Post, which he

Coppa Italia : Ronaldo brace inspired win over Inter Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired and scored both of Juventus’ goals yesterday night as his side beat Inter 2-1 in the Coppa Italia. That takes his tally to 22 goals in 23 games in all competitions making him the highest goalscorer. Cristiano Ronaldo's brace give Juventus a massive win in the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semis against Inter with a two precious away goals cushion. He was later withdrawed from the game after completing his brace by coach Andre Pirlo but joined in cheering up his teammates on the touchline.

André Villas-Boas quits Marseille

André Villas-Boas has offered his resignation to Marseille because the club signed Olivier Ntcham against his wishes. "I just want to leave Marseille. I am not asking anything else from the board. I haven't heard back yet about my offer to resign."  "It's a decision that was not made by me. This is a player I said no to. I didn't know about it, I found out when I woke up and went to the OM site.  "I don't want money, I just want to leave." André Villas-Boas said Villas Boas leaves Marseille ninth on the log with just 32 points after 20 games with further two outstanding.