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Football: Kayode Joins Shakhtar Donetsk On Permanent Basis From Man City

Kayode Joins Shakhtar Donetsk On Permanent Basis From Man CityNews reaching us currently has it that Nigeria forward Kayode Olanrewaju has joined Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on a permanent basis from English club Manchester City following a successful loan spell.

Kayode, 25, penned a five-year contract with Paulo Fonseca’s men on Friday.

The forward made eight appearances for the club in all competitions and recorded three goals and one assist.

“FC Shakhtar have bought on permanent transfer Olarenwaju Kayode from Manchester City and the striker has signed a five-year contract,” the club confirmed on their Twitter handle.

The striker, who has also represented Nigeria at youth levels, joined Manchester City from Austrian Wien last summer and was immediately loaned out to Spanish club Girona where he struggled to pin down a regular berth.

He returned to form at Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the domestic double.

Pep is a racist – Yaya Toure alleges Man City coach

Yaya Toure accuses Pep Guardiola of favouring white players, says he doesnReports reaching Fujiipop has it that Ivory Coast international star and former Manchester City star, Yaya Toure has accused his ex-coach Pep Guardiola of favouring white footballers ahead of African stars.

The 35-year-old footballer left City at the end of the season after eight years with the Club.

During his final campaign for Manchester City, he had a rocky relationship with Guardiola and made only one Premier League start for City’s final home fixture against Brighton.

Speaking in an explosive new interview, the Ivory Coast international who also played under Guardiola at Barcelona, winning the Champions League in 2009 as well as two league titles and a Spanish Cup told France Football magazine that Guardiola was cruel to him because he’s black.

‘Pep did everything to spoil my last season. He was cruel with me,’ said Toure. ‘Do you really think he could’ve been like that with Andres Iniesta? It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I am not the first. Other Barcelona players asked the question.

Yaya Toure says good bye to Man. City

Image result for yaya toureIt is real that Manchester City engine room, Yaya Toure will be leaving the club couples of weeks as reports have it.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Yaya Toure will leave Manchester City when his contract expires at the end of this season after winning three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and the FA Cup.

 

The 34-year-old midfielder joined City from Barcelona in 2010 and became a driving force behind City’s successes over the past decade. Toure scored the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City, ending a 35-year trophy drought for his club and a maiden Premier League crown arrived the following season.

 

He has been a more marginal figure this time around as Guardiola’s City have sauntered to the title, with all nine of his top-flight appearances coming from the bench. City will lift the Premier League trophy after their game against Huddersfield Town on Sunday and Guardiola confirmed Brighton and Hove Albion’s visit in their final home match of the campaign will be a celebratory farewell for Toure.

 

Asked whether a decision had been reached regarding Toure’s future, Guardiola said: “Yes, he’s not going to stay next season. In the Brighton game we are going to make one of the most beautiful farewells one player can receive. All that game will be focused on winning the game against Brighton and on Yaya. We are going to try to win for him. We cannot forget we have magnificent facilities but we cannot forget that the club gets higher and higher because of the players”. 

 

“Yaya Toure came here at the start of this idea of the club and what we are in this moment is because of what this guy has done.  “We cannot forget that in the leagues from the period of [former managers] Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key, key, key player. We will prepare tomorrow’s [sic, Sunday’s] game for our celebrations and then after is for Yaya” Guardiola added.

 

In all competitions, Toure has made 315 appearances for City, scoring 82 goals

Football: Klopp Begs Liverpool Fans Not To Stone Roma Bus, Hails “Special” Salah

Klopp Begs Liverpool Fans Not To Stone Roma Bus, Hails “Special” SalahUEFA Champions League semi-final first leg continues today.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has therefore pleaded with the Reds fans to show respect to the travelling fans of AS Roma outside the stadium when in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg clash at Anfield.

Liverpool fans attacked the Manchester City bus conveying players and broke windows as the visitors were making their way into Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool are bidding to reach their first UEFA Champions League final since they suffered defeat against AC Milan in 2007.

“Outside the stadium please show the respect we have to show. This is an outstanding football club known for its fantastic atmosphere, so we don’t need to throw things at the bus,” Klopp said during his pre-match conference on Monday ahead of the game.

“In the stadium do it again and better.

Klopp was also pleased with Mohamed Salah who was crowned the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year on Sunday.

“I’m really happy for Mo Salah winning the PFA Player of the Year and he can be proud of this fantastic achievement,” Klopp added.

“To win it when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he did, is even more special. The players know how difficult it is to score that many goals and be involved in that many goals so I think it’s deserved.”

He added that Salah is well prepared to face the Egyptian star’s former club.

“It is normal in football for players and managers to change clubs and play against their old colleagues. I had it against Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

“It’s a normal game but it feels quite special because you are more interested in the other team than you usually are. He became the player he is today thanks to Roma and credit must go to their players and staff for his development.

“Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games so I think Mo (Salah) will know pretty soon that they are not his teammates anymore and then he can strike back in football terms.”

Klopp added that his opposite number at Roma, Eusebio Di Francesco, possesses same qualities as himself.

“We both wear glasses, we are bad shavers,” he said.

“We’ve gone in similar way to the big clubs, he started with smaller clubs and had some success, like we did.

“He loves football and that is obvious. He has a football playing side so maybe there are a few similarities but that doesn’t make it easier for him or me.

“I don’t think it makes sense for an Italian club to work with me because I can only order spaghetti in a restaurant.

“We will see what happens but not in the next four years for sure.”Image result for mo salah

Salah Voted PFA Player Of The Year, Sane Best Young Player

Salah Voted PFA Player Of The Year, Sane Best Young PlayerThis is celebration time for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah who was voted the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) English Premier League Player of the Year.

Salah beat midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who also had a fine season with EPL champions Manchester City, to the award, which was held in London on Sunday night.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and David Silva, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane were also nominated for the award.

Egypt star Salah has scored 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, 31 goals in the league, tying for most goals scored by a single player in a season in Premier League history.

Salah, 25, is the seventh different Liverpool player to win the PFA Player of the Year award after Luis Suarez (2014), Steven Gerrard (2006), John Barnes (1988), Ian Rush (1984),
Kenny Dalglish (1983) and Terry McDermott (1980).

Meanwhile, Sane was named Young Player of the Year, beating Kane among others to the award.

Football: Rise and rise of Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Salah Wins EPL March Best Player Award, Dyche Is Best ManagerNo doubt, Egyptian and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the hottest player currently according to his scintillating records this season.

He has been named Premier League Player of the Month for March, becoming the first player to win the award three times in one season after his previous wins in November and February.

Salah is enjoying a record-breaking debut season, having scored 39 goals in all competitions, and one more goal will make him the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to reach the 40-goal mark.

He was on target in both legs of the Champions League quarterfinal win over Manchester City that set up a semifinal showdown with Serie A club Roma and has scored 29 league goals.

UCL: Real Madrid win big, Liverpool, Tottenham Blow Big Lead

uefa-chamions-league-champions league-tottenham-liverpool-sevilla-real madrid--completesportsnigeria.comReal Madrid have booked their place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 after they recorded the needed victory over APOEL Nicosia on match day 5 on Tuesday.

Liverpool were denied a chance to seal qualification after the squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Sevilla.

Real Madrid join the likes of Bayern München, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and Tottenham Hotspur who are already throung to the knockout stages of the competition.

Champions Madrid put their difficult spell behind by confirming their place in the next round with a 6-0 thumping of APOEL Nicosia. A brace from Karim Benzema and other strikes from Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez in the first half goals gave the Los Blancos a deserved lead into the break.

At the restart, Cristiano Ronaldo also bagged a brace to take his Champions League tally to 18 goals in 2017 to hand Zinedine Zidane his third win of the competition in Group H.

At the Signal Iduna Park, Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur despite going ahead through a 31st minute strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son sealed top spot for the English Premier League side.uefa-chamions-league-champions league-tottenham-liverpool-sevilla-real madrid--completesportsnigeria.comAt the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, in Spain, Sevilla came from three goals down to draw Liverpool 3-3. Guido Pizarro stoppage time goal salvaged a point for the Spanish side after they trailed 3-0 at the break.

A Sadio Mane header in between Roberto Firmino’s brace had given the Reds a 3-0 lead into the break but six minutes into the second half Wissam Ben Yedder’s header gave the Spanish side a lifeline.

The Tunisian striker bagged his second goal from the spot after he was brought down in the box by Alberto Moreno.

Liverpool conceded a late goal from another set piece to record their third draw in Group E. Jurgen Klopp’s side now have nine points from five games. Liverpool will face Spartak Moscow in their final game Sevilla are away to Maribor.

In Group F, SSC Napoli recorded their second win of the competition with a 3-0 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Second half goals from the in form Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinsk and Dries Mertens for Napoli further boosted the chances of qualification for the Italian side. The Italian forward scored in the 56th minute of the nervy game. In the other fixture Feyenoord frustrated Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Ethiad stadium.

Napoli now have six points from five games three adrift second placed Shakhtar Donetsk. The Italian side will be hoping the defeat Feyenoord in Holland in their final group game and Shakhtar Donetsk lose to Manchester City in Ukraine.

In Group G, RasenBallsport Leipzig brightened their chances of qualifying for the next round of the UEFA Champions League defeating AS Monaco 4-1.

An own goal from Jemerson gave AS Monaco a poor start and RB Leipzig took good advantage with Timo Werner scoring a brace. Radamel Falcao pulled on back for the host,Monaco but Naby Keita restored the German team’s three goal advantage making 4-1 before half time. The win sees RB Leipzig now tied FC Porto with to seven points thought with an inferior goal difference.

In Cyprus,Real Madrid put their difficult spell behind by confirming their place in the next round with 6-0 thumping of APOEL Nicosia. A brace from Karim Benzema and other strikes from Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez in the first half goals gave the Los Blancos a deserved lead into the break.

At the restart, Cristiano Ronaldo also bagged a brace to hand Zinedine Zidane his third win of the competition in Group H. At the Signal Iduna Park, Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur despite going ahead through a 31st minute strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son sealed top spot for the English Premier League side.

Champions League Results

Group E
Spartak Moscow 1 – 1 Maribor
Sevilla 3 – 3 Liverpool

Group F
Manchester City 1 – 0 Feyenoord
SSC Napoli 3 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Group G
Besiktas 1 – 1 FC Porto
Monaco 1 – 4 RasenBallsport Leipzig

Group H
APOEL Nicosia 0 – 6 Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund 1 – 2 Tottenham HotspurUCL: Spurs Top Real Madrid’s Group As Liverpool Blow Big Lead

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