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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.

England beat Germany to go through to the last 8 of Euro 2020

  Raheem Sterling hailed England's superb collective display as they reached the European Championship quarter-final with a 2-0 win over rivals Germany on Tuesday. The Manchester City forward broke the deadlock in the 75th minute before captain Harry Kane made sure of victory 10 minutes later when he headed in substitute Jack Grealish's cross, sparking wild celebrations at Wembley. The victory was England's first against Germany in a knockout round at a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup final. "We knew we needed a big performance against a difficult side, and we did that today," Sterling said. "Doing it for your country is always special. For half a second I thought let it (Sterling's goal) not be offside, but I'm so happy it went in. "We knew the intensity we could play at, not a lot of teams can deal with it. "We kept going, (Declan) Rice and (Kalvin) Phillips, ate up ground and were animals in there. All-round, great tea

"Tomorrow is the first day of a new journey" - Pelé offers Mbappé support

  Brazil great Pelé has told Kylian Mbappé to "keep your head up" after the France striker's penalty shoot-out miss condemned Les Bleus to an early exit from Euro 2020. As Switzerland celebrated a stunning win in Bucharest, prevailing on spot-kicks after a breathtaking 3-3 draw in the round of 16, Pelé had sympathy for misfiring Mbappé, who endured a miserable tournament. Although Mbappé has established himself among the best strikers in the world with Paris Saint-Germain, he failed to find the back of the net in four games at these European finals. The 22-year-old seemed fated to flounder from the spot once the game went to penalties, and that was how it proved, Mbappé stepping up with France trailing 5-4 and seeing his strike saved by Yann Sommer. "Keep your head up, Kylian!" Pelé wrote on Twitter. "Tomorrow is the first day of a new journey, @KMbappe" Mbappé said in a late-night Instagram post that it would be "hard to sleep but sadly

"We are proud of our journey" - Ronaldo

  Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Portugal is proud of their journey after their European Championship title defence was ended by Belgium. Portugal bowed out of Euro 2020 on Sunday as a Thorgan Hazard strike gave the Belgians a 1-0 win in the sides' last-16 tie in Seville. The Seleção won just one of their four Euro 2020 matches, which is their fewest in a single European Championship tournament since their first appearance in 1984 (also one win). The 23 shots recorded by Portugal against Belgium is the highest tally for a team at Euro 2020 without scoring, with Ronaldo responsible for four of those attempts. Despite his side's disappointing exit in the first knockout round, Juventus star Ronaldo is proud of his team-mates and is predicting a bright future for the Euro 2016 and Nations League 2019 winners. "We didn't get the result we wanted and we left the race sooner than we wanted," he posted on his official Instagram page. "But we are proud of

Euro 2020: France knocked out by the Swiss

  Kylian Mbappe sensationally missed the decisive shoot-out penalty as Switzerland knocked out Euro 2020 favourites France after a six-goal thriller to set up a quarter-final clash with Spain. The superstar striker stepped up to take the 10th kick of the shoot-out but was denied by a brilliant stop by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to cap a classic contest and a day of incredible drama at the European Championships. Early in the game Switzerland had taken a shock lead through Haris Seferovic's header (15), but France turned it around with a four-minute burst featuring a Hugo Lloris penalty save, and Karim Benzema double (57, 59) before Paul Pogba (75) looked to have sealed it by curling a stunning shot into the top corner. However, just like Croatia against Spain earlier in the day, Switzerland refused to lie down and produced their own comeback in the final nine minutes, with Seferovic powering in another header (81), and Mario Gavranovic (90) firing in from the edge of the bo

Manchester city sanction sale on Mahrez and Sterling to fund Kane mega move

Manchester City are open to offers for Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as they look to bring in Jack Grealish and Harry Kane. They've already offered Mahrez and Sterling as makeweights in the £100m Harry Kane offer.

Euro: Germany rallied back to stay alive, avoids elimination scare

  Leon Goretzka scored late to keep Germany in the European Championship after a 2-2 draw against Hungary on Wednesday. Jamal Musiala made an immediate impact after coming on in the 82nd minute, eluding three defenders to give Timo Werner room to shoot. Werner was blocked but the rebound fell for Goretzka, who shot past goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi in the 84th. It had looked like Ádám Szalai was going to drag his team into the round of 16. The Hungary captain scored one goal early against the run of play and set up András Schäfer to make it 2-1 right after Kai Havertz had equalized for Germany. Germany made the better start but was caught out early yet again in the tournament when Szalai met Roland Sallai’s cross with a flying header on a counterattack in the 11th. Germany struggled against Hungary’s defensive 5-3-2 formation and was further hampered by heavy rain from a thundershower in the first half. The home team finally made a breakthrough in the 66th when the normally excel

Euro 2020: Record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo helps Portugal advance

  Two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo helped holders Portugal squeeze into the last 16 of the European Championship after a 2-2 draw with France on Wednesday in a dramatic conclusion to Euro 2020 Group F. World champions France won the group by one point from Germany in second with Portugal third, level on points with Germany. Ronaldo converted both the penalties to level Portugal 2-2 against France. Ronaldo’s 109th international goal was drawing him level with Ali Daei as the world’s top marksman. Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema has scored a brace for France. Leon Goretzka scored late to keep Germany in the European Championship with a 2-2 draw against Hungary Ronaldo edged his side in front from the penalty spot, becoming the first European in World Cup and Euros history to score a combined 20 goals across the two competitions. France striker Karim Benzema scored twice to put his side ahead but Ronaldo equalised from the spot to become the joint top sco

Euro 2020: Last-16 fixtures, games and schedule

  The eight round-of-16 matches will take place on Saturday June 26, Sunday June 27, Monday June 28, and Tuesday June 29 in Amsterdam, London (two games), Budapest, Seville, Copenhagen, Bucharest and Glasgow. The sixteen teams through are: Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Wales, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, England, Croatia, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Germany Kick-off times and venues and time below; Saturday June 26 Game 1: Wales vs Denmark; Kick-off 5pm (Amsterdam) Game 2: Italy vs Austria; Kick-off 8pm (London)   Sunday June 27 Game 3: Netherlands vs Czech Republic; Kick-off 5pm (Budapest) Game 4: Belgium vs Portugal; Kick-off 8pm (Seville)   Monday June 28 Game 5: Croatia vs Spain; Kick-off 5pm (Copenhagen) Game 6: France vs Switzerland; Kick-off 8pm (Bucharest)   Tuesday June 29 Game 7: England vs Germany; Kick-off 5pm (London) Game 8: Sweden vs Ukraine; Kick-off 8pm (Glasgow)

Transfer: Man Utd in Advanced Talks to Sign Forward from Borussia Dortmund

  Manchester United are in advanced negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of forward Jadon Sancho. United have made two bids, the latest of which was made last week and comprised a fee in excess of £75m, closer to Dortmund's valuation. There is still work to do before an agreement is struck - notably the structure of payments. Dortmund want the majority of the fee paid up front with the rest in achievable add-ons. Personal terms are not expected to be a problem as they were agreed when United went in for Sancho last summer. Reports in Germany suggest Dortmund want a resolution before July 23, when the squad goes on a pre-season training camp. Sancho's contract runs until the summer of 2023 - something not lost on United as Dortmund don't want to risk Sancho entering the final year of his deal. Dortmund have a "gentleman's agreement" with Sancho allowing him to leave if "certain conditions" are met. There is an increased

IKEA launches "Cristiano" water bottle after Ronaldo Coca-Cola controversy

  Cristiano Ronaldo has already made history at the European Championships by becoming the tournament’s outright all-time top goalscorer, surpassing France legend Michel Platini, with whom he was tied on nine goals before the start of Euro 2020.  The Portugal star has so far found the net on three occasions to bring his career tournament record to 12 goals. But despite his history-making feats on the pitch, Ronaldo has made more headlines over his actions in a press conference before he had even kicked a ball at the tournament. Footage of Ronaldo removing two bottles of Coca-Cola from the desk and replacing them with a bottle of water in the prematch press conference ahead of Portugal-Hungary has undoubtedly been the viral sensation of Euro 2020. Such was the impact of Ronaldo’s actions, that tournament sponsor Coca-Cola saw billions wiped off its market value when its share pace took a drop on Wall Street. While the Ronaldo controversy has served as a major headache for Coca C

Super League will still go ahead says Laporta

  Joan Laporta insists Barcelona will not apologise for "wanting to be the owners of our own destiny" in an impassioned defence of the doomed European Super League. The contentious project failed to get off the ground after nine of the 12 founding members pulled out amid a furious backlash to competition. Last month, UEFA issued fines to Atlético Madrid, Inter, Milan, and the six Premier League teams involved but a court ruling meant disciplinary proceedings against Barça, Real Madrid and Juventus – the three teams yet to cut ties with the Super League – had to be halted. Barça president Laporta remains adamant the Super League will still go ahead in some guise in the future as he issued a note of defiance when addressing the club's general assembly, where he explained a vote on participation in the competition was no longer necessary as the format no longer existed. "We spoke with the clubs [involved] and said we liked [the proposals], but that we needed the

Manchester United Open to Varane-Pogba Swap deal

  “There will be less movement in the summer transfer market, but some of them will be big ones,” According to reports. “And there will be a lot more swap deals than financial transfers. ” Real Madrid are unlikely to be one of the club’s making any kind of splash in the market, having been forced to shelve their plans to try and sign either Kylian Mbappé or Erling Haaland, but an opportunity may have presented itself as a side-effect of the long-running contract stand-off with France defender Raphaël Varane: the possibility of doing a swap deal with Manchester United for Paul Pogba. Madrid’s midfield is one of the strongest in Europe, but there is little doubt that Luka Modric (35) and Toni Kroos (31), who is reportedly considering retiring from international duty after the Euros, only have so much left in the tank. Casemiro is now 29. Pogba has always been on Madrid’s radar and was one of the players Zinedine Zidane tried to sign various times without success during the Frenchma

Marcelo set to take over as club's captain from Ramos

  Sergio Ramos’ decision to leave Real Madrid after 16 years at the Bernabéu will not stop the club from moving forward as it has always done even if it will be strange for many fans to see a side not featuring the defender when Carlo Ancelotti names his first starting XI for the 2021-22 season. The departure of the club’s longest-serving player will also mean a reshuffle of the hierarchy among the squad, which Ramos has presided over after being named captain in 2015 following the departure of Iker Casillas. Unlike many clubs, the captaincy at Real Madrid is based on the amount of time a player has been on the books, which assuming Ancelotti intends to honour the tradition means that Marcelo will be installed as the new club captain. The defender joined Madrid back in 2007 for a fee of €5.5 million from Fluminense and has chalked up 528 appearances over 14 and a half seasons at the Bernabéu. However, there is some doubt over whether Marcelo, who has one year remaining on his con

Sergio Ramos offered to PSG

  Sergio Ramos has been offered to PSG during the past few hours. Diario according to sources close to the French club that Ramos' agents have been in touch to tell them that the defender is available and open to playing in Ligue 1. As far as Ramos is concerned, it is one of the best options open to him - not just because some of his old team mates such as Keylor Navas and Di María are at the club, but also other Spanish players like Pablo Sarabia, Sergio Rico, Ander Herrera and Bernat. Ramos also like the fact that the coach, Mauricio Pochettino is a Spanish speaker. But above all, Paris is a great city, about an hour away from Madrid, so moving wouldn't be hugely disruptive for his family. When Ramos found out that Madrid's offer was no longer on the table, he had no offers from any foreign clubs. It was only when he realised that he would not be continuing   at Real Madrid that his representatives started looking for another club.   PSG need a central defender with

''I won’t say farewell, I’ll just say see you soon because I’ll be back'' as Sergio Ramos leaves Real Madrid

  Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos announced his departure from the club today in a press conference attended by his family, Club’s president and employees. In his speech at the Bernabeu Ramos thanks the club, his coaches, all RM employees, his family, the president and the fans for everything they have done for him and for "putting up with him for all three years." Ramos on Florentino Pérez , Sergio Ramos assured that he and president Florentino Pérez retain a strong relationship. "I've a good relationship with Pérez, a father-son relationship, and I have to thank him for the opportunity [to play for Madrid]. "I've had so much fun here in the 16 years. Even in the best of families there are arguments, fallouts. "The hug we just shared, I'm not bitter, you learn to mature and I stay with the positives. We've enjoyed some amazing years here, but I like to tell the truth, I've always been that way." Ramos on his future: "We h

Sergio Ramos to leave Real Madrid

  On Wednesday evening, around 9:30pm local time, Real Madrid issued a communication announcing that their captain Sergio Ramos would be leaving the club. The message published on the club's official website was brief, but stated that there would be a press conference held on Thursday at 12:30 pm CEST (6:30am ET) which would be held be Ramos and Los Blancos president Florentino Pérez. Comunicado Oficial.#RealMadrid — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 16, 2021 Ramos spent 16 years as a player for Madrid.

Ronaldo makes Euros’ history as Portugal Defeat Hungary

  Two late Ronaldo goals put icing on the cake for the defending champions, and saw the forward become the Euros' highest ever scorer. Moments after Hungary had a breakaway goal disallowed for offside, Raphaël Guerreiro finally got the opener for Portugal, who had utterly dominated but were starting to slightly lose their way. That's the first time Portugal have won their opening match of a tournament since Euro 2008 (in addition to being   their first group-stage win at the Euros since 2012.) It's a bitterly disappointing end to the game for Hungary, but it's a defeat they deserve. Only the heroics of their goalkeeper, Péter Gulácsi, had prevented the Portuguese from scoring earlier. Given that third place may well be enough to go through, Portugal have taken a big step towards the last 16 in advance of their two toughest games, against Germany and France, who play at 3pm EDT in Munich

Denmark's Eriksen still in hospital, condition is stable

  Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen remained in hospital and was in stable condition on Sunday, after collapsing during his side's Euro 2020 opening match with Finland and being given CPR on the pitch on Saturday, the Danish football association said. "This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination," Danish FA DBU said on Twitter. Eriksen, 29, collapsed suddenly in the 42nd minute of the match while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in. As a hush fell over the 16,000-strong crowd, his teammates gathered around him while he was treated on the pitch and then carried off on a stretcher. "The team and the staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday's incident," DBU said. "We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt g

Eriksen was 'gone' After suffering cardiac arrest - Denmark Team Doctor

  Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest when collapsing on the pitch against Finland and "was gone" before being resuscitated, Denmark's team doctor has said. Inter midfielder Eriksen was given CPR by medics in the first half of Saturday's Euro 2020 match after falling to the ground with no other player around him. The fixture was originally suspended, but Eriksen was later confirmed to be "awake" and the game resumed a little under two hours later, with Finland winning 1-0 in Copenhagen. The Danish Football Union (DBU) provided a further update on Sunday confirming Eriksen remains in a stable condition pending further examinations. "His condition is stable and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination," the statement read. "This morning we have spoken to Christian, who has sent his greetings to his team-mates. "The team and staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be t

Cesc responds: Xavi or Iniesta, the most underrated player he has ever played with

Cesc Fabregas answered the questions of his followers on Twitter for half an hour. The Monaco midfielder got wet: his best moment with Barça, the most underrated player he has ever played with ... These were his answers. Your favorite moment with the Barcelona jersey? "My debut against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou to win the Spanish Super Cup. Unforgettable."   The most regrettable haircut? "None, I wish I could do what I did when I was younger."   Honestly, how much do you value Jorginho? Do you think it has improved a lot in the last year? "Yes, he has. A very important player for both Chelsea and Italy. He is in his prime."   Which team reminds you the most of Spain before Euro 2008? "Italy and Spain".   Will Tchouameni be a good signing for Chelsea? What are your strengths? "He has potential to be the complete midfielder. Modern midfielder, but we still need him ... sorry." You have played in Spain, England and now i

Barcelona Make Memphis Depay a New Offer

Barça have put in a new bid for Memphis Depay. According to RAC-1, the Catalan club has made changes to their initial offer of a three-year contract, and would be willing to offer the player a four-year deal. However, the same radio channel are reporting that Barça had originally offered the Dutch player a two-year deal with the option of a third, but are now presenting more attractive wage conditions so that they don't suffer a repeat of what happened with Gini Wijnaldum. Barça are optimistic that they will land Depay and are confident that they will get the player's consent next week. What Mateu Alemany and Ramon Planes had in mind was to announce the signing of the former Manchester United and Olympique Lyon player last week, but that wasn't possible because the player was in action with the Netherlands against Ukraine at Euro 2020. Now the plan is to close the operation before the General Assembly on 20 June. Signing Depay was requested by Koeman over a year ago

Macron also Tells Mbappé to stay at PSG

  France remains focused on Clairefontaine awaiting his Euro debut against Germany on the 14th. But beyond this match, rumors about the future of many of their players are unstoppable, especially in the case of Kylian Mbappé . The president of the Republic has visited the French team in Clairefontaine and then has been asked about the future of the French star. "I want the players to be focused only on the European Championship. I am not going to talk about the future of the footballers. PSG is a great club that has been able to make it grow and I think it is important that it stays at PSG. For the club and for the French championship. Then, I'm not going to pressure anyone on this issue. They are very personal choices and I respect them. " What seems clear is that the future of Mbappé is becoming a matter of State. And not only because of the pressure from Qatar, facing the 2022 World Cup where they want to have the presence of this icon assured, but also from

Maguire Back to Training Ahead of England's Euro 2020 Opener

  Harry Maguire was back in team training with England on Thursday ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at the weekend. All 26 members of Gareth Southgate's squad took part in the session at St George's Park as preparations for Sunday's game at Wembley continued. Maguire has not played since May 9, when he damaged ankle ligaments during Manchester United's 3-1 Premier League win away to Aston Villa. The centre-back missed United's final four league games of the season, in which they lost at home to Leicester City and Liverpool, drew with Fulham and won at Wolves. He also sat out the Europa League final against Villarreal, which the LaLiga side won on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Gdansk. Speaking last week, Southgate said it would be "tight" for Maguire to be considered fully fit for the match against Croatia after he also missed England's warm-up friendlies with Austria and Romania. However, the Three Lions boss insisted it

Neymar blocking any Mbappé PSG exit

  Brazilian striker Neymar is anxious not to be left alone as the key reference point at Paris Saint-Germain and his recent renewal deal saw the forward stipulate that one of the conditions on renewing terms was that Kylian Mbappé stays with the Ligue 1 club next season. The Brazilian's deal will see Neymar play at Parc des Princes through to 2025 with everything pointing to both French and Brazilian strikers lining up together in the famous navy shirt for the 2021/22 campaign. Speaking towards the end of May, PSG chief Nasser Al Khelaifi was adamant that: "Mbappé is and will always be a PSG player" he added: "I'm not uneasy about his future, we are ambitious going forward and will make some key signings this summer to back that up", stated the Qatari on RMC Sport on 23 May. Last Monday, speaking to prestigious French sports daily L'Équipe, Al Khelaifi once again outlined his determination and reiterated that Mbappé stays: "I'll say this o

The 5 Records Cristiano Ronaldo could break in Euro 2021

  Ronaldo is currently one of 17 players to have appeared in four Euro tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016). But the star will take the record outright this summer by making his fifth appearance.   Below are the list of players to have played in four Euro tournaments.   Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Lothar Matthäus (West Germany/Germany – 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000) Peter Schmeichel (Denmark – 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000) Alessandro Del Piero (Italy – 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands – 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) Lilian Thuram (France – 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) Olof Mellberg (Sweden – 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) Gianluigi Buffon (Italy – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Petr Čech (Czech Republic – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Andreas Isaksson (Sweden – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Kim Källström (Sweden – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Jaroslav Plašil (Czech Republic – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Lu

Transfer: Haaland wants Chelsea move

The race is on among Europe’s top clubs to sign Erling Haaland and Champions League winners Chelsea are determined to win it. Blues owner Roman Abrahimovic is ready to go all out to add the Ballon d’Or contender to coach Thomas Tuchel’s squad. According to press reports in England, the London club has already made contact with the player’s representative, super agent Mina Raiola, while the player himself is said to be in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge. Standing in the way, however, is his current club Borussia Dortmund, who have tried to put a halt to the operation by reportedly demanding an astronomical fee for the 20-year-old forward. The German outfit has set his price at €180 million, a figure aimed at putting him beyond the reach of all interested parties so as to retain his services for one more season. English press reports claim that Chelsea are seeking ways to finance the operation, as Abramovich does not want to risk waiting until next summer when competition cou

Foden win EPL Young Player of the Season award

  Phil Foden has won the 2020/21 Hublot Young Player of the Season award. The 21-year-old starred as Manchester City won the title for a third time in four seasons. Making a career-high 28 appearances in a single season for champions Manchester City, Foden scored nine goals and provided five assists as he established himself as a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's team. One of his standout performances came in the 4-1 victory at 2019/20 champions Liverpool, when he scored one goal and set up another. Foden is only the second player to receive the accolade, following in the footsteps of inaugural recipient Trent Alexander-Arnold. To be eligible for the prize, players had to be aged 23 or under at the start of the 2020/21 campaign. The midfielder topped an eight-player shortlist, having won the most combined votes from the public and a Premier League panel. He becomes Man City's fourth 2020/21 season awards winner. Ruben Dias and Guardiola were today confirmed as the E

Dias Defeats De Bruyne, Fernandes, Salah others to win EPL Player of the Season

  Ruben Dias has been voted the 2020/21 EA SPORTS Player of the Season. The Manchester City centre-back follows in the footsteps of team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, who claimed the award in 2019/20. Dias was pivotal to Man City's third Premier League title in four years as he made an immediate impact following his move from Benfica in September 2020. The 24-year-old fitted seamlessly into Pep Guardiola's side and emerged as a leader at the back as City went on a 15-match winning streak, the fourth-longest such run in Premier League history. Dias contributed to 15 clean sheets, winning 23 of his 32 matches played and making 35 interceptions, 24 tackles, 23 blocks and 135 recoveries. He also helped City win the EFL Cup and reach the UEFA Champions League final. Dias is only the fourth defender in history to be named Player of the Season, emulating Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, former City captain Vincent Kompany and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk. He is also onl

Guardiola named Barclays Manager of the Season

  Pep Guardiola has been named the 2020/21 Barclays Manager of the Season after leading Manchester City to a third Premier League title in four seasons. Guardiola wins the award for a third time in his managerial career, having also claimed it in his two previous title-winning campaigns, 2017/18 and 2018/19. The Spaniard made history this season as his Man City side became the first team in history to win the title after being as low as eighth on Christmas Day, masterminding a 15-match winning run to take the PL Trophy back off Liverpool. He matches the three Manager of the Season awards earned by Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, with only Sir Alex Ferguson having won it on more occasions, with 11. Those three men are also the only managers in PL history who can match Guardiola's three title wins. The 50-year-old beat fellow nominees Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the season award after votes from the public were combined with those

Pogba explains why Kante ‘deserves’ Ballon d’Or over Messi & Ronaldo

    France star Paul Pogba gave his views on why Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. Paul Pogba thinks a first Ballon d’Or award for N’Golo Kante ‘would be deserved’ after helping Chelsea win the Champions League. The Frenchman delivered man-of-the-match displays in both of Chelsea’s semi-final legs against Real Madrid and in the club’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final itself last month. As a result, fans from around the world have called for Kante to win the Ballon d’Or in 2021 ahead of even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kante in the Round of 16 2nd leg: Player of the Match Kante in the semifinal 1st leg: Player of the Match Kante in the semifinal 2nd leg: Player of the Match Kante in the final of the Champions League: Player of the Match But as neither Messi nor Ronaldo reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, a different Ballon’Or winner seems likely at the moment. “What I would like to say to the whole

Euro 2021: schedule, games, fixtures and groups

  Following the cancellation of Euro 2020 last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament will finally get underway a year later, kicking off on Friday June 11 with the group A clash between Turkey and Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. For the first time ever there is no single host country, instead the tournament's 51 fixtures will be played across 11 host cities, with London’s Wembley Stadium set to host the semi-finals (6//7 July) and final (11 July). The other ten Euro 2020 stadiums are: St Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg (Russia), Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (Denmark), Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), National Arena, Bucharest (Romania), Hampden Park, Glasgow (Scotland), Estadio La Cartuja, Seville (Spain), Fußball Arena Munchen, Munich (Germany), and the Puskas Arena, Budapest (Hungary). 2016 winners Portugal will be looking to veteran superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United player of the year Bruno Fernandes to lead them t

Bale: I'll discuss Real Madrid future with Ancelotti when Euros finish

  The return of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid could open new horizons for Gareth Bale when he returns to the Spanish capital following Euro 2020. The Welshman arrived in Madrid the same summer as Ancelotti in 2013 and, under the Italian coach’s direction, had an impressive first season at the Bernabéu. However, their relationship soured in the second year as Bale struggled to recover his starting place after suffering an injury. Speaking from Wales’ training base ahead of their opening Euro 2020 clash with Switzerland on 12 June, Bale spoke positively about his past experience under Ancelotti, but said conversations regarding his future at Real Madrid would be put aside until after the Euros. “I know Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great manager. I get on with him really well,” said Bale, who spent last season on loan at former club Tottenham Hotspur. “We had some great times in the past. But I haven’t spoken to anybody, I’m not thinking about my future. As soon as the Euros finishes

Tuchel extends Chelsea contract until 2024

  Thomas Tuchel has signed a two-year contract extension with Chelsea after guiding the club to Champions League glory. The German replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge dugout in January, also leading Chelsea to the FA Cup final and into the top four of the Premier League in his first four months in charge. Tuchel signed an 18-month deal with the Blues at the time, but he has been rewarded for his successful start to life in west London with a contract that runs through to the end of 2023-24. "I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family," Tuchel told Chelsea's official website on Friday. "There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation."

Messi on verge of agreeing two-year deal at Camp Nou

  Leo Messi is close to agreeing a two-year deal to remain at Barcelona that would effectively see the Argentina international through to the end of his career at Camp Nou with a possible return to Newell’s still on the cards as a swansong for the 33-year-old. According to reports in Catalonia, Messi has been a more than willing negotiator and there are only a handful of “structural details” to be finalized before the forward signs on the dotted line. Despite his seeming determination to leave Camp Nou last summer, all the indications recently have been that Messi is increasingly eager to continue leading Barcelona on the pitch. The arrival of Messi’s friend and Argentina teammate Sergio Agüero will have done Barça’s position no harm and the return of Joan Laporta to the president’s chair after the turbulent relationship Messi had with his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu has also gone a long way to putting the captain’s mind at ease. If and when Messi signs his two-year deal i