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Salah struggling as Liverpool’s front three no longer ‘well-drilled’: Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s struggles in front of goal are down to the club no longer having the “well-drilled” front three that terrorised defences in the past, manager Juergen Klopp said. Although Salah has scored 17 goals in all competitions at the halfway mark this season, he has scored only seven in the Premier League where he has averaged nearly 24 goals a season during his time with Liverpool. The Egyptian forward has won three Golden Boots for most goals in a season, but has been far from his best after the summer departure of his strike partner Sadio Mane and injuries to Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz. “Of course Mo is suffering. It was a well-drilled machine the front three, everything was clear (in) what we were doing. Everybody suffers from that, that’s clea...
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Ajax fires coach Alfred Schreuder after winless streak

Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder has been fired after only half a season at the Dutch powerhouse following a string of seven matches without a victory for the four-time European champions. Schreuder, who took over the team when Erik ten Hag left for Manchester United, was sacked after his team could only draw 1-1 with Volendam on Thursday night, with Ajax citing “disappointing results and lack of development within the team.” “It’s a painful but necessary decision,” said club director Edwin van der Sar. “We had faith in Alfred to change things. It became clear to us that he could not turn the tide.” Defending champion Ajax is fifth in the top flight Eredivisie, seven points behind league leader Feyenoord. No replacement for Schreuder was immediately announced. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f...
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FIFA beats former Nigeria coach’s U.S. appeal over match-fixing ban

Soccer’s world governing body FIFA prevailed in a U.S. appeals court over a former Nigeria national team coach seeking to overturn his lifetime ban, later reduced to five years, for fixing matches. In a 3-0 decision on Thursday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Samson Siasia did not show why a trial court in New York had jurisdiction over his case. FIFA had in 2019 imposed the lifetime ban, saying Siasia violated its code of ethics over a bribery scheme for Australian matches. The ban prevented Siasia from using his U.S. Soccer Federation coaching license. Siasia, an Atlanta resident and former Nigeria striker, sued FIFA in August 2021, saying the evidence was “grossly insufficient” and that the ban violated his due process rights under the U.S. Constitution. But ...
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Record-chasing Kylian Mbappe has Cavani’s PSG mark in his sights

Kylian Mbappe can close in further on Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time scoring record when his team hosts Reims on Sunday. Mbappé’s tally of 196 goals for PSG means he is only four behind Edinson Cavani’s record for the club. Cavani is still idolized by fans, many of whom were angry at the club for letting him leave in 2020. Mbappé has taken longer to win PSG’s supporters over, especially when relations became frosty during the on-off transfer saga with Real Madrid. But his exploits for France at the World Cup in Qatar increased his popularity all over the country, and since returning he’s been applauded at every away ground — although that might not be the case when PSG visits bitter rival Marseille twice next month. The World Cup’s top scorer is in clinical form heading into Saturday’s ...
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International soccer transfer market rebounds in 2022

Soccer’s international transfer market continued to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic with a record 20,000 deals between clubs from different countries last year, FIFA said Thursday. Total spending worldwide was $6.5 billion in transfer fees for players who moved across borders between FIFA member federations — an increase of 33.5% from 2021, according to FIFA’s annual review of the transfers it processed. “While this figure is still below the levels of 2018 and 2019, clubs are clearly recovering,” FIFA said in a 75-page report. The biggest deals in the report included Erling Haaland to Manchester City, Antony and Casemiro to Manchester United, Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid and Darwin Núñez to Liverpool. International transfers of male professional players surpass 20,000 for the ...
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Did Shakira find out Barcelona star Gerard Pique’s cheating on her because of a jam jar?

Colombian pop star Shakira allegedly realized that her partner Gerard Pique was cheating on her after realizing that her favourite jam was disappearing from the fridge. According to a report by ShowNews Today, the 45-year-old singer became suspicious after returning home from a trip and finding that her favourite fruit jam was eaten – despite knowing that Pique and their kids all hated the jam. Shakira also seemingly appeared to allude to this in the music video for her and Rauw Alejandro’s single “Te Felicito,” in which she can be seen opening a refrigerator, only to discover Alejandro’s head on a platter. In her latest track, which has an overlay of an electronic beat, Shakira reminds people of who she is and addresses her breakup. “Una loba como yo no esta pa’ tipos como tu (A wolf l...
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Watch: Ronaldo picks up an unwanted souvenir from goalkeeper Keylor Navas, gets punched in face

Apart from his two splendid goals against Lionel Messi’s PSG, another reason Cristiano Ronaldo is making headlines post Al-Nassr’s triumph is for the unwanted souvenir he picked up from one of his former teammates. When the first half of the game was progressing to the half-time, the Portuguese superstar was punched by goalkeeper Keylor Navas and his former teammate. The contact was enough for the hosts to earn a penalty and render Ronaldo with a big, black eye. Ronaldo was flattened in the boxing-match style by the PSG goalkeeper Navas after about 30 minutes in Riyad. Navas caught Ronaldo flush in the face with his forearm under a high ball. Watch video: Ronaldo was grimacing in pain from his bruised cheekbone, but he steadied himself before scoring from the penalty spot for his firs...
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Former Tottenham player Anton Walkes, 25, dies in Florida boat crash

Professional football player Anton Walkes has died from injuries he sustained in a boat crash off the coast of Miami, authorities said Thursday. Walkes, who was 25, was found unconscious and taken to a hospital after the crash between two boats Wednesday near the Miami Marine Stadium basin, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Walkes was operating one of the boats that crashed, the state agency said in a statement. It was unclear whether anyone else was injured. The agency’s investigation is ongoing. Walkes, a defender, was entering his second season with MLS club Charlotte FC. The team had arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 9 for its first leg of preseason training and had a friendly scheduled with St. Louis on Saturday. That match has been cancelled. Cha...
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Former Barcelona player spotted leaving Shakira’s home with Pique diss song blaring in the background

Colombian singer Shakira and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who have been together since 2011 and have two children, announced their separation last year. Since then, a lot of drama has been unfolding, and it has not been an easy ride for the duo. In the latest, Shakira seemingly dedicated her latest record-breaking record, in which she appears to target her former partner Gerard Pique, to women worldwide. Spanish TV show ‘El Programa de Ana Rosa’ recently revealed how much money Shakira had made in total following her split and from her last three songs. “In these four days, Shakira has made more than 2,500,000 dollars with ‘BZRP Music Sessions #53’,” they noted. “As for the other recent songs in which she also refers to the ex-footballer, ‘Te felicito’, released in April 2022, ha...
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WATCH: Richarlison tries to interrupt an Arsenal throw during Tottenham’s defeat, gets stopped by Tomiyasu

Richarlison de Andrade is as good a team player as you’ll get. Someone who’ll give it all to his team. Last year, ahead of Brazil’s 2022 World Cup campaign, he displaced Fred during the team photo op ensuring that Neymar Jr, one of the senior players in their team, got his due respect while seating in the middle. So it was only natural that he did something even before he came on as a substitute during Sunday’s North London derby fixture. In a video that is now doing rounds on the social media, the Spurs can be seen trying to interrupt an Arsenal throw in from the sidelines, with his side trailing against Arsenal. However, he is stopped in his tracks by Takehiro Tomiyasu putting a hand in between. Even though Richarlison smacks it down, he is unable to hinder Arsenal’s play. Takehiro T...
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Watch: Mikel Arteta sprints towards Granit Xhaka to stop him from getting involved in a fight

Granit Xhaka was held back by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after their 2-0 win in the North London derby on Saturday when the midfielder went looking for a Tottenham fan, who was seen kicking Aaron Ramsdale at the full-time. Following the full-time whistle, things turned ugly as both set of players exchanged words. A spectator climbed onto an advertising board and appeared to kick Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after the game. The incident took place as Ramsdale retrieved his water bottle from behind one of the goals. The spectator leaped over the railing, mounted the hoarding and aimed a kick at Ramsdale’s back before getting back into the crowd in the South Stand. Ramsdale didn’t seem hurt and was dragged away from the area by teammates before celebrating in front of Arsenal’s sup...
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Could Ronaldo transform Saudi’s footballing landscape like Pele did in USA?

When Pele joined New York Cosmos, in 1975, he announced: “You can say now to the world that soccer has finally arrived in the United States.” Cristiano Ronaldo is not as gifted with words as Pele was but he would sound equally dramatic if he were to say “football has finally arrived in Saudi Arabia”, when he turns up for Riyadh’s Al Nassr club, which would roll out 173 million pounds for his services. In Ronaldo the city has found its perfect match. And Ronaldo has found the perfect match in the city too. Of all the cities that Cristiano Ronaldo has played in, cities more historic and grand in the football-scape, Riyadh perhaps captures the spirit of Ronaldo more than any other locales. A city that sprung from sand, like the footballer that scaled the loftiest peaks in the game with ...
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FIFA charges Argentina over World Cup final celebrations

FIFA opened a disciplinary case against the Argentine Football Association on Friday for alleged offensive player misconduct and violations of fair play at the World Cup final. FIFA cited its media and marketing regulations for prosecuting the case, which appears to relate to a boisterous celebration by players running through the interview zone after the game on Dec. 18. Argentina beat France in a penalty shootout after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Lusail Stadium in Qatar. About three hours later, players led by captain Lionel Messi ran and sang through the official interview area and damaged flimsy partition walls without stopping to speak to international broadcast and print media. The disciplinary charges that include “offensive behavior and violations of the principles of fair play” did...
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Newcastle midfielder Joelinton charged with drink-driving

Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton has been charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police in the early hours of Thursday and is due to appear in court at the end of January. “Shortly before 1.20am today (Thursday), officers pulled over a vehicle in the Ponteland Road area of Newcastle and arrested the occupant,” a Northumbria Police spokesperson said. “Joelinton Cassio, 26, of Ponteland, has since been charged with driving whilst above the prescribed limit for alcohol. “He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on January 26.” The Brazilian has played 21 matches for Eddie Howe’s side this season, scoring three goals and making three assists. Reuters has contacted Newcastle for comment. Sky Sports reported that Newcastle were aware of the incident but had declined...
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WATCH: Alexis Mac Allister leaves young Brighton fans delighted, lets them touch and pose with his World Cup medal

Alexi Mac Allister is the first ever Brighton player to win the World Cup. The 24-year-old was a key part of Argentina’s Qatar 2022 winning campaign and has rightly received a warm welcome back to his Premier League club having touched the greatest glory at the international stage. The midfielder was recently involved in yet another heartwarming gesture as he let three young Brighton fans touch his World Cup winner’s medal outside of the club facility. The video of the same has been rounds in social media, with Mac Allister asking the boys to touch the medal as he poses with them for a photo. Meanwhile, other fans in the background can be heard going ‘oh my god’, ‘you lucky boys’. Mac Allister stopped to show some young Brighton fans his World Cup winner’s medal 🏅👏💛 🎥 IG/ben.m.08 pic.t...
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Jumping over fence, sneaking through bushes: David Beckham’s action movie exit on son Romeo’s Brentford B debut

Romeo Beckham made his debut for Brentford B team, coming on as a substitute in a 3-2 win against Erith & Belvedere on Tuesday. Among the 550 odd in attendance at the Park View Road was his father, one David Beckham. The former England and Manchester United star midfielder came dressed in a navy waterproof jacket, hooded up, but was quickly recognised and mobbed by the crowd for selfie and autograph requests. The 47-year-old was eventually forced to leave the venue, but not via the official exit gate. With crowd surrounding him, Beckham hopped the fence behind one of the stands and sneaked past bushes to make an exit. Romeo, 20, had earlier this year secured a loan deal to the Premier League club Brentford from Inter Miami II, the reserve side US Major League Soccer club owned by hi...
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WATCH: Chelsea fans chant ‘we’ve got super Tommy Tuchel’ during 4-0 drubbing from Manchester City

By halftime, Manchester City were leading 3-0 and Chelsea had registered no shots on goal. In the second half, while City added another to their tally, Chelsea managed just one shot on target. It was as comprehensive a defeat as any. A 4-0 drubbing in the 3rd round of FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. And the Chelsea fans were reminded of what they had lost earlier this season. ‘We’ve got super Tommy (Thomas) Tuchel’, chanted the fans at the away end. The German manager had been sacked by the English Premier League club earlier in the 2022/23 season, only a season after he had managed to take the club to only their second Champions League title, beating the same team in the final as they faced on Sunday. “Weve got Super Tommy Tuchel” chants from the away end 💀 pic.twitter.com...
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Ryan Reynolds, Wrexham’s dream English football story continues

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney marked yet another milestone in their Wrexham FC journey when the club beat Coventry City, a team three leagues ahead of them, in the FA Cup. This was the first time since the 1998-99 season that the club made it into the FA Cup 4th round. Wrexham stunned Coventry 4-3 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday. At one point they were leading 1-4 against a considerably stronger team to them but then had to endure a nervy last few minutes after Coventry managed to score twice despite a red card. The very best ❤️ 🔴⚪️ #WxmAFC | 🎥 @amycdavies pic.twitter.com/mTWDOuCJls — Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) January 7, 2023 The Wrexham story was one that was thought to be dead and buried until the Hollywood duo turned up in November 2020 to purchase the club. ...
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Big Stars in Small Leagues: Cristiano Ronaldo the latest star to end career in soccer outpost

Cristiano Ronaldo is not the first soccer superstar to head off to one of the world’s supposed minor leagues in the latter years of his career. The temptation for one last huge payday, to be a trailblazer in a nation looking to boost its standing in the sport, or just to try something different often can be too big to resist. Not every player bows out right at the top like Zinedine Zidane — even if the France great was sent off in the last game of his career, the World Cup final of 2006. Others, like Pelé, Johan Cruyff, Zico, Xavi Hernandez, and now the 37-year-old Ronaldo at Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, find themselves prolonging their careers at unlikely soccer outposts usually for vast amounts of money. Here’s a focus on a few of them, across five different countries: PELE It was a m...
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Under-pressure Lampard not seeking reassurances over future

Under-pressure Everton manager Frank Lampard said he did not discuss his future during conversations with the club’s hierarchy after a chastening loss to Brighton this week. There was a febrile atmosphere inside Goodison Park after Everton conceded three goals in seven second-half minutes to slump to a dispiriting 4-1 defeat on Tuesday. Lampard’s team has since dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone and has won just one of its last 11 games in all competitions. Speaking Thursday ahead of an FA Cup match against Manchester United on Friday, Lampard said the nature of conversations he had with the club’s hierarchy after the Brighton game would remain private. But he said he did not need to ask about his own position despite the perhaps itchy finger of club owner Farhad Moshiri,...