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Barcelona unveil Antoine Griezmann following £108m move from Atletico Madrid, reveal his shirt No 17

Barcelona unveil Antoine Griezmann following ?108m move from Atletico Madrid, reveal his shirt No. (Photos)Antoine Griezmann has been officially unveiled as a Barcelona player after completing his  £108million move from Atletico Madrid last week Friday.

The 28-year-old France star signed a five-year deal with Barcelona that includes a staggering buy-out clause of £717million.

Griezmann who was in good spirits as he posed in the Barcelona kit for the first time yesterday will wear the No 17 shirt for his new club.

Addressing the media at the Nou Camp, Griezmann said: ‘I’m very excited to be here. I’m accepting a big challenge. I’m ready for what’s coming up.’

‘It’s a new challenge. I always try to better myself and break out of my comfort zone. I want to win La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League – which is missing from my CV.’

Speaking about Lionel Messi, Griezmann said: ‘Messi is someone for every footballer to look up to. It’s a source of incredible happiness to be able to play alongside him.’Barcelona unveil Antoine Griezmann following ?108m move from Atletico Madrid, reveal his shirt No. (Photos)

 

Luis Enrique set to step down as Spain boss

It has been revealed that former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is set to step down as the Spain national team head coach which is going to be officially announced during the press conference on Wednesday’s evening.

The Asturian took over at La Roja in the summer of 2018 straight after the disastrous World Cup campaign. His tenure was rather successful even though Spain failed to reach UEFA Nations League finals after falling short to England.

However, Luis Enrique hasn’t been available since 2020 Euro Qualifier against Malta on March 26 due to personal reasons. He didn’t return in action for the international break in June with the 2020 Euro qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Sweden being overseen by his long-term assistant and eventual replacement, Roberto Moreno.

Moreno worked with Luis Enrique at Celta, Barcelona and Spain national team. When he was left in charge of La Roja, his team won all three games.

Neymar informs Paris Saint-Germain he wants Barcelona return

Image result for neymarReports have it that Neymar has informed PSG chiefs he ‘wants to go home’ after admitting he should ‘never have left’ Barcelona. The Brazilian moved to the French capital from La Liga champions in 2017 for a reported world-record fee of £198m. However, reports coming out of Spain suggest the Selecao star has finally told his current employers that his future does not lie with the Ligue 1 champions.

Watch how Liverpool record historic win over Barcelona 4-3

It was celebration night for Belgian striker, Divock Origi.

He was the unlikely hero as Liverpool pulled off the greatest semi-final comeback in Champions League history with a 4-0 second-leg victory to complete a stunning 4-3 aggregate triumph against Barcelona.

Before the game, the odds were stacked heavily against Liverpool after both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were ruled out with injury following a 3-0 first-leg defeat last week in Spain.

Divock Origi however gave Liverpool hope with a seventh-minute goal at Anfield before Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick second-half goals to level the tie, setting the stage for the Belgian to strike the decisive goal 11 minutes from time.

Despite the despondency of losing Salah and Firmino, Jurgen Klopp’s men never lost faith and were accompanied by a typically raucous Anfield atmosphere on a European night.

 

UCL quarter-final draw : Man.U vs Barca, Ajax vs Juventus, Tottenham vs Man. City & Liverpool vs Porto

Champions League quarter-final draw revealed: Man.U vs Barca, Ajax vs Juventus, Tottenham vs Man. City & Liverpool vs Porto

Football fans have been arguing over UCL draw that was made earlier today. The draw  revealed, Premiership club, Manchester United will take on Spanish giants Barcelona, while Tottenham will face Manchester City.

Dutch club, Ajax, will take on Italian giants, Juventus with Liverpool facing Porto.

Whoever wins between Manchester United or Barcelona will play Liverpool or Porto in the Semi-final, while Tottenham or Manchester City will play Ajax or Juventus.

Louis van Gaal announces retirement from football

Former Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal officially announces retirement from football, says heIt has been reported former Manchester UnitedBarcelona and Bayern Munich coach, Louis van Gaal,  has announced his retirement from football at the age of 67.

The Dutchman man who also coached his country has been out of work since he was sacked by the Manchester United board at the end of the 2015-16 season, just two days after winning the FA Cup.

Van Gaal announced his retirement while speaking on Dutch TV show VTBL: ‘I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit.

‘My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad.

‘I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65.

‘She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy.

‘I think I could have worked as a technical director, but in this role, you can’t attend training or say anything for fear it won’t suit the coach, directors or media. I don’t think I want a job like that.’

Before his retirement, Louis van Gaal won one Champions League, four Dutch league titles, two La Ligas, a Bundesliga and led Holland to third at the 2014 World Cup.

Trophies Won Career honours below.

Ajax (1991-97)

Eredivisie (3), Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Dutch Cup

Barcelona (97-00) (02-03)

La Liga (2), Spanish Cup, UEFA Super Cup

AZ (05-09)

Eredivisie

Bayern Munich (09-11)

Bundesliga, German Cup, German Super Cup

Manchester United (14-16)

FA Cup

Holland (00-02) (12-14)

2014 World Cup third: 3rd

Samuel Eto’o faces paternity lawsuit over 19-year-old girl he allegedly fathered

Image result for samuel eto'oFujiipop information has revealed that African football legend, Samuel Eto’o is facing a new court paternity lawsuit over an alleged love child.

On Mail Online Sport, a woman identified as Adileusa do Rosario Neves, 39, is fighting to have the ex-Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker recognized as the father of her 19-year-old daughter, Erika.

Adileusa’s lawyer Fernando Osuna confirmed on Tuesday that the hearing would take place at a Madrid court on April 24.

The lawsuit presented by Cape Verde-born Adileusa says she fell pregnant after meeting Eto’o in a nightclub in the Spanish capital in 1997 when he was at Leganes on loan from Real Madrid. She claims Eto’o, 37, who has six recognised children with four different women including his wife Georgette, told her he would ‘act responsibly’ soon after she broke the news but then cut off all contact with her.

Her daughter, Erika was born in November 1999 in a hospital in the Spanish capital.

In a statement, Adileusa’s lawyer Fernando Osuna said: ‘Samuel Eto’o has been summoned to the hearing and it will be open to the press and public.

‘It’s not yet clear if he will attend as he is abroad. He has been asked to attend by a legal representative he had when he was living in Majorca.

‘The judge has allowed official communications to be sent to that person because it would have been impossible otherwise for the court to notify him.

‘He has not so far agreed to a voluntary DNA test and I doubt at this stage that he will.

‘At the moment our case is based on things like photographs and affidavits from witnesses but a refusal by Eto’o to agree to a voluntary DNA test would go in our favour.

‘This process is a long one and it’s going to go on after April’s hearing, but the decision on a maintenance allowance is a key part of this process and the judge’s decision cannot be appealed.

The paternity claim would continue after the hearing next month.’

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