Author Archives: Edwin Kwakofi

Bayern Munich players dominate UEFA best player shortlist


Barcelona star Lionel Messi is one of 10 players who have been nominated for the Best Player in Europe award after guiding Argentina to the final of the World Cup. The prolific attacker was controversially handed the World Cup Golden Ball earlier this month ahead of Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller (Germany) and Arjen Robben (Netherlands) and is now in ...

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UEFA change yellow card rules to reduce C/L final suspensions

Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles of Chelsea and David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luis Gustavo missed the 2012 Champions league Final after picking up bookings in the Semis.

UEFA has changed the rules on yellow cards making it harder for players to be suspended for the Champions League and Europa League finals. Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso missed last season’s victorious showpiece in Lisbon after picking up a third caution of the campaign in the semi-final against Bayern Munich. The Spaniard joined an exclusive club of players who missed ...

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Mathieu Debuchy joins Arsenal from Newcastle


Arsenal have completed the signing of right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee. The 28-year-old has agreed a long-term contract with the Gunners after ending an 18-month spell at St James’ Park. Debuchy has 25 international caps for France and represented his country at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. “He is a quality defender who has good ...

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Israel barred from hosting UEFA competition matches


Israel will not be allowed to host Champions League or Europa League games because of the conflict in the country. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Be’er Sheva will have to propose alternative home venues “until further notice” to Uefa, European football’s governing body. Uefa has also ruled that Russian and Ukrainian teams cannot be drawn against each ...

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Van Gaal ready for “difficult challenge” at Man United


Louis van Gaal admits he faces a “difficult challenge” but insists he will do his utmost to restore glory to Manchester United. As the club’s new manager faced the media for the first time at Old Trafford, Van Gaal said he has realised within two days the magnitude of the club and the size of the task ahead of him. ...

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Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid from Bayern Munich


Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee on a six-year deal. Kroos, 24, was a key player in the Germany side which beat Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup and scored two goals during the competition in Brazil. He will be presented to the Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu on Thursday afternoon ...

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Black Stars drop to 38th in FIFA rankings

Ghana players pose for a team photo in the game against Germany

The Black Stars of Ghana are still counting the costs of a disastrous World Cup campaign after the latest FIFA ranking saw them slip to 38 in the world and drop out of Africa’s top four countries for the first time in almost six years. Ghana gained only one point in Brazil amid bickering over money and infighting in camp. ...

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We did everything we could to keep Suarez – Rodgers


Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool did everything they could to keep hold of Luis Suarez prior to his move to Barcelona. The Catalan giants announced on Wednesday that the controversial Uruguayan was “100 per cent” a Barca player, although the striker was conspicuous by his absence at a press conference due to his four-month FIFA ban from all football-related activity after ...

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Besiktas confirm Ba signing


Demba Ba has completed his move from Chelsea to Besiktas, the Turkish club and player have confirmed. Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle United in January 2013, the Senegal international has scored 14 goals in 51 games for the Blues. The 29-year-old soon fell behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order, however, and the arrival of ...

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Massimiliano Allegri appointed as new Juventus coach

Massimiliano Allegri led Milan to the title in 2011 but was sacked at the beginning of 2014. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Juventus have appointed the former Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri as coach to replace Antonio Conte. Allegri has been hired on a salary of €2m (£1.6m) on a two-year deal as the club seek a fourth successive Serie A title. Juventus announced that he will be presented later Wednesday. Allegri joined Milan from Cagliari in the summer of 2010 and in ...

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