Nigeria’s Samson Siasia handed life ban by Fifa

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’ Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010 and 2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time…

Zidane ready to count on Bale after months of uncertainty

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has vowed to treat Gareth Bale as any other member of the squad despite previously declaring his intention to sell the Wales forward, as his side prepare to begin the new La Liga season at…

Aussie footballer ditches Olympic dream for hip hop

A promising Australian footballer has put his career on hold, abandoning a chance to play at the Tokyo Olympics in favour of pursuing his dream to make it as a rapper. Winger Joe Champness is on a three-year deal with…

Barcelona will not risk Messi for La Liga opener – Valverde

Lionel Messi will not be risked for Barcelona’s opening La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao on Friday, according to his coach Ernesto Valverde. Messi sustained a calf injury in training last week and missed Barca’s last two pre-season friendlies against…

Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk shortlisted for Uefa awards

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been named candidates for this year’s Uefa Men’s Player of the Year award, European football’s governing body announced on Thursday. The prize will be awarded to one of the trio during…

PSG and French football braced for Neymar exit

The saga of Neymar’s seemingly inevitable departure from Paris Saint-Germain is proving a long, drawn out affair bringing the curtain down on what will ultimately feel like a fleeting and failed experiment. Having arrived in France in 2017 hoping a…

Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win Super Cup

Stand-in goalkeeper Adrian was the hero as his save from Tammy Abraham allowed Liverpool to beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties and win the Uefa Super Cup on Wednesday after a richly entertaining match in Istanbul finished 2-2 at the end…

Agyemang Badu hospitalized after ‘blood-clot-in-the-lung’ scare

Hellas Verona announced that Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is in hospital after he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lungs. The statement confirmed the 28-year-old Ghana international is being kept in at the Sacro Cuore…

FIFA fine Man City over ‘international transfer of minors’

Manchester City have been found guilty by Fifa of breaking the rules on international transfer and registration of players aged under 18, world football’s governing body announced on Tuesday. The Premier League champions could have faced a transfer ban, but…

Sierra Leone gov’t rejects Sellas Tetteh as national team coach

The Sierra Leone government on Wednesday rejected the nomination of Ghana-born Sellas Tetteh to head the national football team, which has recently emerged from suspension by Fifa for political interference. On Tuesday the West African nation’s football federation chose 62-yeard-old…

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