<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Broad fine after being struck by stray golf ball on day off]]>
Broad was working on his putting when a wayward shot by a club member hit his lower back but the 31-year-old played down the incident by posting a picture of his bruise on Instagram while smiling to the camera.

If you look really hard you can see it," Broad wrote in the caption, before an England spokesman confirmed that the pacer was not seriously hurt ahead of his sixth Ashes series.

"He is fine and no dramas. The ball hit him on his lower back," the spokesman said.

England face Australia in the first test at the Gabba in Brisbane starting on Thursday.]]>
11/21/2017 12:16:51 PM
<![CDATA[Walsh woe as Falcons squeeze home over Seahawks]]>
Walsh could have taken the game to overtime with seven seconds left on the clock but his potentially game-tying field goal from 52 yards dropped just short of the bar as Atlanta escaped.

The Falcons had looked to be heading for a straightforward win after quarterback Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes to help put the Falcons 11 points clear in the fourth quarter.

But Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson picked out Doug Baldwin for a 29-yard touchdown and then connected with Jimmy Graham for a two-point conversion to put Seattle within a field goal of tying the game.

Atlanta needed one first down to run out the clock but Ryan was sacked as the Seahawks regained possession to mount one last drive.

But after marching upfield to put Walsh in range, the Seahawks kicker was unable to deliver.

It was another cruel blow for Walsh, who joined Seattle from Minnesota in the close season. Walsh has already cost his team one victory this season, missing three kicks in a 17-14 defeat to the Washington Redskins earlier this month.

The Atlanta win continues the Falcons' revival after a convincing rout of Dallas last week. Atlanta, last season's Super Bowl runners-up, improved to 6-4 with the win and are now in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Seattle however fell to 6-4 with the defeat, missing the chance to go level with the Los Angeles Rams (7-3) at the top of the NFC West.

Atlanta are now two games behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South but the victory could be significant in the playoff chase. Atlanta would edge out Seattle on head-to-head record if any tiebreaker for a postseason spot was necessary.

Ryan meanwhile made 19 of 27 passes for 195 yards while Seahawks star Wilson threw for 258 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception.]]>
11/21/2017 11:49:04 AM
<![CDATA[Untested but defiant, Aussies seek to strike 'fear' in Ashes]]>
Australia's surprise selections raised plenty of eyebrows but they will hope their pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins can replicate Mitchell Johnson's devastating bowling at the Gabba ground in 2013.

England also have an untested batting line-up and their campaign to retain the Ashes urn was dealt a major blow when star all-rounder Ben Stokes was suspended pending investigations into a brawl outside a nightclub.

The build-up to the biennial series, which dates back to the 19th century, has been traditionally feisty, with opener David Warner saying he regarded facing England as "war" and several Australian players reminding the tourists of their treatment by Johnson four years ago.

The firebrand left-armer set the tone for the 2013-2014 Ashes with his ferocious fast bowling to take nine wickets at the Gabba as the Australians inflicted a crushing 381-run defeat, triggering a 5-0 series rout.

The Starc-led pace trio have never bowled together in a Test but they stack up favourably with Australia's greatest pace combinations, with their combined career strike rates better than their gloried predecessors.

Australia have a formidable record at Brisbane's intimidating 'Gabbatoir' where they have not lost a Test match since 1988, and where England are winless in 31 years.

- Video nasty -

Starc appears key to Australia's series hopes and he has targeted England's big two batsmen, captain Joe Root and former skipper Alastair Cook, in the five-Test series.

"Cook and Root are the two main ones at the top who have played a heck of a lot of cricket and done really well at home and away," Starc said.

"Both of them are guys we have to focus heavily on in hopefully getting them out cheaply and getting stuck into that inexperienced batting order."

Starc said watching footage of Johnson's fireworks at the Gabba four years ago had inspired him to replicate his match-winning performance.

"We all still are (inspired). Whenever you see highlights from that series it was unbelievable," he said.

"How well he bowled and just the aggression and the fear in some of the English eyes, it was always great to watch as a bowler and see batsmen struggle, especially the Poms."

The Australians have done their homework and have crafted their plans based on a file on the England batsmen, compiled by bowling coach and former England mentor David Saker.

"It's great to have Sakesy (Saker) here. Obviously being part of the English squad for a while, it'll be great for us to pick his brain," Starc said.

The pace trio, along with the batting of skipper Steve Smith and David Warner, are seen as Australia's pillars against a similarly placed England, who will look to batsmen Root and Cook and their pace attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

- 'We're here to win' -

England have had a gentle run-in to the Gabba Test with three warm-up games against inexperienced teams, but their Australian coach Trevor Bayliss said they will be ready for what is thrown at them.

"Australia like to hit the opposition hard early and we have been talking about going hard ourselves," Bayliss said.

"An Ashes Test will see our intensity rise as high as it possibly can. We are not here to make up the numbers. We are here to win. We're very confident."

The shock selection of wicketkeeper Tim Paine for his first Test in seven years has split opinion around the country, with spin legend Shane Warne saying Australia are in a state of "confusion". Senior batsman Shaun Marsh has also been recalled for the eighth time.

Former Test captain Ian Chappell says both sides' batting appears brittle, but Australia will start favourites to reclaim the urn based on the strength of their bowlers.

"Steve Smith's strike-force is superior to Joe Root's solid bowling line-up, which lacks the genuine pace that so often leads to success in Australian conditions," Chappell said.

"If Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins remain fit for the full campaign then it's likely they'll provide the shock and awe necessary to fracture the confidence of England's fragile batting line-up."]]>
11/21/2017 11:46:30 AM
<![CDATA[Labour of Love helps Cavs sink Pistons]]>
Love, who had 11 rebounds and four assists, was backed by LeBron James, who had 18 points and eight rebounds in just 27 minutes on the court as Cleveland improved to 10-7.

Jae Crowder also weighed in with a double-digit score, adding 18 points, along with Jose Calderon, who contributed 14 points.

The Cavs were always in control against a Pistons team who had started the game with an impressive 11-5 record.

By the end of the third quarter, Cleveland had jumped out to a 39-point lead as the Pistons' run of six consecutive home victories came to an end.

James said the Cavs had been determined to make a statement in what was the clearest sign yet that the 2016 NBA champions have shaken off their early-season torpor.

"I just wanted to keep the pedal down," James said of the big win.

"We haven't had a win like this in a very long time. We come out sometimes in the third quarter and have a slow start and teams get back into it.

"But today, we just kept it going. That's a pretty big step for us."

Tobias Harris led the Pistons scoring with 11 points with Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson each adding 10 apiece.

Andre Drummond, who had averaged 12 or more rebounds per game since the start of the season, was held to eight rebounds. Drummond also had to settle for only eight points while giving up six turnovers.

Cleveland took control of the game with some deadly accurate three-point shooting, making 11 of 17 attempts in the first half to power them into a 73-46 lead.

Their lead had extended to 30 by early in the third quarter and had increased to 101-62 as the fourth quarter began.

"We just have been playing well of late," James said. "We're in a good groove right now, and we wanted to try to continue that coming in here today.

"They've been playing extremely good basketball ... We knew they were going to come out and try to give us their best shot, and we had to be ready for that.

"But we just had a lot of flurries. We had a lot of flurries and we didn't stop."

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy chalked up the defeat to a bad night at the office.

"For most teams in this league, there's three, four, five of those games a year," Van Gundy said.

"Tonight was one of them. We didn't play well at either end, we made mistakes and they played terrifically."]]>
11/21/2017 11:43:30 AM
<![CDATA[Australia out to 'end careers' in Ashes, says Lyon]]>
Lyon recalled the devastation caused by left-armer Mitchell Johnson in 2013-2014, when he took 37 wickets with his ferocious fast bowling as the Australians inflicted a crushing 5-0 home series defeat.

Ahead of the first Test in Brisbane from Thursday, the off-spinner said many in the England squad remain haunted by Johnson's assault, taking aim at captain Joe Root who was axed for the final Test in Sydney.

"I know Root got dropped last time when he was here, so it'd be good to get him dropped again wouldn't it? If we can start by opening up that crack, it's pretty crucial," Lyon told reporters.

"There's a lot of scars for the English guys, especially coming over here, especially when we have two guys bowling 150ks (93 mph), not just one now," he added, referring to Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

On the 2013-2014 tour, Jonathan Trott was sent home with stress-related illness after the first Test, while Graeme Swann abruptly retired mid-series.

Coach Andy Flower was sacked following the Ashes thrashing and wicketkeeper Matt Prior was dropped for the last two Tests, with Lyon claiming he was "scared".

"Leading into Perth we knew... Matt Prior wanted to fly home before the game started and he was one of the senior players," said Lyon, one of three players remaining from that side.

"He was scared. It's four years ago. I think he's all right now."

Asked if he thought his team could repeat the devastation that ended careers on that tour, Lyon said: "I hope so. I didn't end any careers. Mitchell Johnson ended them."

English keeper Prior laughed off the taunts Monday.

"If that was the case and I was scared, why didn't I go home then?" he told Britain's Daily Mail.

"That's completely ridiculous and all I can do is laugh. It's wholeheartedly untrue. I stayed out there and what hurt me more was that I got dropped for the last two Tests."]]>
11/21/2017 11:38:15 AM
<![CDATA[Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors]]>
The Major League Baseball Players Association said it had approved a 24-hour extension to a deadline for MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) to reach a new posting agreement.

The previous deadline on hammering out a new posting agreement - which regulates moves of players between the MLB and the NPB -- had been due to expire on Monday.

If MLB and NPB are able to reach an agreement by 0100 GMT on Wednesday, Ohtani could be free to be posted and eligible for the major leagues in 2018.

The 23-year-old Nippon Ham Fighters dubbed the "Babe Ruth of Japan" is regarded as one of the hottest properties in baseball, a two-way threat with a fastball clocked at 100mph and an explosive presence at the plate.

He has an array of interested suitors in Major League Baseball according to reports.

Although his 2017 season in Japan was hampered by an ankle injury, in 2016 he put up dazzling numbers, with a 10-4 record and a 1.86 ERA in 140 innnings.

At the plate he hit .322 and clubbed 22 home runs.

Under the terms of MLB's collective bargaining agreement, international players under the age of 25 qualify as amateurs, meaning that Ohtani could only be paid a signing fee from the fixed international bonus pools allocated to each team.

If Ohtani elects to wait until he is 25 and remain in Japan for two years, he would enter free agency and be allowed to negotiate what in all probability would be a massive contract.

Ohtani, however, has reportedly signalled that he wants to move to the MLB in 2018, putting the league's teams on alert.

According to US reports, the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees are the only teams with bonus pools large enough to grant Ohtani a $3 million signing fee.

But Ohtani has indicated that the size of his joining free will not necessarily influence his choice of team.

"As long as I have enough money to be able to play baseball and am enjoying baseball, that's all I'm asking for right now," he told Sports Illustrated in April.]]>
11/21/2017 11:35:52 AM
<![CDATA[Omar Gaber joins Los Angeles ]]>
Gaber has struggled this season to establish himself as Basel manager Raphaël Wicky’s first choice in this position.

Gaber hopes to earn more minutes with his American club to be able to fight for a starting place in the Egyptian squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Gaber will play under the command of his former coach in the national team, Bob Bradley, who is managing Los Angeles.

Gaber, 25, left his childhood club, Zamalek, to play for Basel in 2016 but he couldn’t earn a regular place in the team’s starting line-up.

Los Angeles will play in MLS for the first time in their history next season. Bradley hopes to have experienced players alongside him in his difficult mission with the club.

Gaber will be the second Egyptian player in MLS as Egyptian defender Ali Ghazal plays for Vancouver Whitecaps.
11/20/2017 11:48:13 PM
<![CDATA[Review : Al Ahly 2-0 Ismaily ]]>
Al-Ahly manager Hossam el-Badry was forced to start the game with an emergency line-up, as Al-Ahly missed many players due to injuries. Al-Ahly used their left back, Ayman Ashraf, as a defender alongside Saad Samir.

Ismaily started the game well and created many chances through their Colombian striker, Diego Calderón, and Ibrahim Hassan, but Al-Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawi saved all of Ismaily’s chances, ending the first half 0-0.

In the second half, Ismaily dominated the first 15 minutes before Al-Ahly players created many chances to open the scoring. Amr El Solia succeeded in scoring Al-Ahly’s first goal in the 74th minute.

Abdallah El Said scored the second goal for Al-Ahly eight minutes later to secure a comfortable victory for Al-Ahly.

This is Ismaily’s first loss this season. They stayed on top of the table with 20 points after 9 games, while Al-Ahly reached 13 points from five games.]]>
11/20/2017 10:03:50 PM
<![CDATA[UEFA announces their all-time line-up ]]>
Spain dominated the line-up with six Spanish players, while Barcelona dominated the line-up with six players wearing the Blaugrana shirt.

UEFA chose Iker Casillas as a goalkeeper after he was featured in the line-up six consecutive times, from 2007 to 2012.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol formed the defense alongside Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm. Puyol and Ramos appeared six times in the line-up, while Pique and Lahm appeared five years earlier.

UEFA chose Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta alongside Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard in the midfield.

Iniesta appeared six times, Xavi appeared five times and Gerrard appeared only three times.

As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi led the attacking line with Arsenal and Barcelona’s Thierry Henry.

Ronaldo is the most frequent player to appear in the line-up – 11 times. Messi appeared eight times, while Henry appeared five times. ]]>
11/20/2017 9:51:33 PM
<![CDATA[Salah is sign of the Premier League: Fowler ]]>
“I watched him in the pre-season and he was brilliant and he was like a main man,” Fowler told This is Anfield website on Monday.

Salah scored nine goals with Liverpool in his first 12 games with the club in the Premier League, beating Fowler’s record of scoring eight goals in his first 12 games in 1993.

Fowler spoke about Salah’s style of play, saying, “The way he plays and the way he runs on the grass is so great, and he is scoring goals as well. He is an unbelievable sign. He is probably the sign of the Premier League this season.”

Salah is the Premier League’s top goal scorer this season with nine goals, one goal ahead of other Premier League top strikers, including Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who have each scored eight goals.
11/20/2017 7:58:32 PM
<![CDATA[Villa is happy with Valencia’s current form ]]>
“As a Valencia fan, I am very happy with the spell the club is in. It's really all that the club and its fans deserve after such a long time away,” Villa told Marca.

Villa, 35, wore the Valencia shirt from 2005 to 2010. He formed a great partnership on Valencia’s attacking line with David Silva and Juan Mata.

Valencia places second in the Spanish League with 30 points, four points behind the leaders, Barcelona. They won nine games, ended three games with a draw and never lost a game this season.

Villa praised current Valencia manager Marcelino García. He said, “I am very happy for Marcelino, who is the protagonist behind all of the good things happening in Valencia right now."

Villa is Valencia’s fifth all-time goal scorer in La Liga, having scored 127 goals, according to Transfermarkt.com.
11/20/2017 7:57:31 PM
<![CDATA[Coleman to save Sunderland from disastrous fate ]]>
Coleman revealed his happiness to manage such a historic club, saying, “It might be the biggest club that I ever manage. I've come into this job with my eyes open. I know I won't be able to splash the cash, but this is a fantastic opportunity. If you're a manager, you can go through your career without having managed a big club.”

Coleman has a difficult mission to save the North Eastern club, which won only one game after 17 fixtures in the championship.

Sunderland is suffering in the championship. They are in the bottom of the table with only 11 points and are now the first club to never win a home game in 20 consecutive games.

Sunderland, after more than a third of the season, are threatened to be relegated to League 1.

Coleman is used to the challenges, as he managed the Welsh national team from 2012, taking them to EURO 2016 in France for the first time.

He had a great campaign with the team as they reached the semi-finals, although they lost to the team who won the tournament – Portugal.

Coleman will return to managing English clubs for the first time since 2010 when he was Coventry City’s manager. ]]>
11/20/2017 7:46:23 PM
<![CDATA[Barca's absentees give Vermaelen a golden chance]]>
Barcelona’s manager, Ernesto Valverde, is forced to start the game with Vermaelen in defense alongside Barcelona’s French defender, Samuel Umtiti.

Vermaelen is Valverde’s fourth choice for a defender after Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Umtiti.

Barcelona misses Mascherano due to an injury and Gerard Pique due to suspension after he got his fifth yellow card against Leganes on Saturday.

Vermaelen has an irreplaceable chance to prove himself as a world class defender and fight for a place in Barcelona’s defense line for the rest of the season, to be able to participate with the Belgium national team in the World Cup in Russia.

Vermaelen joined Barcelona in 2014 from Arsenal but he could not earn a place in Barcelona’s starting line-up. He played only 10 games with Barcelona in the duration of two years before joining Roma on a one year loan.]]>
11/20/2017 6:28:22 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly line-up against Ismaily in Egyptian League]]>
Hossam el-Badri, Al-Ahly's coach, relied on Sabry Rahil as a left back instead of Hussein Al-Sayed, who participated in the previous match.

Ayman Ashraf continues in his position as a center back, while Ahmed Fathy plays as right back.

Al-Ahly’s line-up is as follows:
GK: Mohamed El Shenawy
DF: Sabry Rahil – Saad Samir – Ayman Ashraf – Ahmed Fathi
MF: Amr El Soulaya – Hossam Ashour – Abdullah Al-Said
FW: Mo’men Zakaria – Walid Azaro – Junior Ajayi
South African Phakamani Mahlambi will appear for the first time on the bench.
Al-Ahly subs: Ahmed Adel – Mohamed Hany – Hesham Mohamed – Walid Soliman – Ahmed El Shiekh – Emad Moteb – Phakamani Mahlambi

Paka joined Al-Ahly last summer from South Africa's Bidvest, but has not played in any official matches.]]>
11/20/2017 6:26:57 PM
<![CDATA[Marc-André Ter Stegen waits to enter history]]>
Ter Stegen has only conceded four goals in 12 rounds of La Liga.

Atletico Madrid's Jose Francisco Molina made the best record when he conceded only three goals in the first 12 rounds of the 1995-1996 season. He conceded the fourth goal in the match to Real Madrid in the 13th round.

So if Ter Stegen keeps a clean sheet against Valencia, he would equal Molina’s record in the first 13 rounds.

The German goalkeeper's performance extends to the Champions League as well, as he conceded a single goal in the first four rounds of the competition.

Ter Stegen, 25, won two La Liga titles, three Spanish Cup titles, the 2015 UEFA Champions League title and the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup championship with Barcelona.]]>
11/20/2017 4:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[Barcelona to sign Özil in January]]>
Barca is keen to strengthen their midfield options and sees Özil as an ideal choice.

Özil's contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season and the player does not wish to renew his contract with the English club.

The Sun newspaper said earlier that Atletico Madrid contacted Özil to sign him.
The Mirror newspaper reported that Özil told his teammates at Arsenal that he will go to Manchester United.

The 29-year-old joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for €47million ($55 million).

Previously, Özil made a bid in a request to change his number in Arsenal and renew his contract with the club, according to The Sun.

Özil never wore number 10 during his career with clubs, except in his last three years with Real Madrid. Özil wore number 17 with Shalke for two years, number 11 with Werden Bremen for four years and number 23 during his first year with Real Madrid.
11/20/2017 4:21:56 PM
<![CDATA[Benedetto to be out for 6 months]]>
“I do not know what happened,” Benedetto told the media. “I get a strange feeling when I realize what I have been through.”

“It is the first injury I have of this type, but I will continue to work hard,” he added.

Then he said, “The World Cup is the thing I care about the least now; all I think about is to return as soon as possible.”

The loss of Benedetto had a big impact on Boca, especially after they had lost their captain, the skilled Fernando Gago, a little more than a month ago due to a knee injury for which he had to undergo surgery.

Benedetto became the key striker for coach Jorge Sampaoli and participated in four matches.

The injury could open the door for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuaín, who has not played for Argentina since June.]]>
11/20/2017 2:55:30 PM
<![CDATA[Hegazi’s coach dismissed from West Bromwich]]>
"These decisions are never taken lightly, but always in the interests of the club," West Brom chairman John Williams said.

"We are in a results business, and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing," he added.

"We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony's contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club, which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavors," Williams said.

He concluded that assistant coach Gary Megson would be in charge of coaching the team until further notice.

West Brom is 17th on the English Premier League table with 10 points.

West Brom has won only two wins in the English Premier League this season; four games ended in a draw, and they were beaten in six games.

West Brom scored nine goals and conceded 25 goals.]]>
11/20/2017 2:49:21 PM
<![CDATA[Wimbledon champion Novotna dies after battle with cancer]]>
Novotna, who entered the tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, died surrounded by her family in the Czech Republic, the WTA said.

In a career spanning 14 years on the professional circuit that included 24 WTA singles titles and 76 doubles titles, Novotna finally won her only singles grand slam at Wimbledon in 1998 after losing in the final in 1993 and 1997.

She won the hearts of fans around the world when she burst into tears after throwing away victory against Steffi Graf in the 1993 final and was consoled afterwards by a British duchess.

"Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her. Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA," WTA Chief Executive Steve Simon said in a statement.

Novotna stayed active in tennis after retiring through coaching, television commentary and attending major tournament and charity matches.

She mentored players such as 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and fellow Czech Barbora Krejcikova.

Former U.S. Open finalist Pam Shriver said on Twitter: "Jana was as kind as she was athletic, as smart as she was competitive. I can’t believe she is gone this soon. Her smile lives forever young."


In 2015, Novotna spoke to Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes of her love for the sport and said she could not go a day without tennis.

"It would be horrible," she said of that prospect.

Novotna reached world number two in singles and was a number one doubles player multiple times.

She won three Olympic medals, securing a bronze in singles and silver in doubles with Helena Sukova in Atlanta in 1996.

The pair had also won silver together at the 1988 Olympics and that same year were members of Czechoslovakia's Fed Cup team which defeated the Soviet Union.

She remained a strong supporter of the Czech Republic's Fed Cup teams, whose success in the past decade has matched the strong run of Czechoslovak teams in the 1980s.

"She always supported us from the stands when she could. We will miss her," the Czech Fed Cup team said on its Facebook page on Monday.]]>
11/20/2017 2:21:44 PM
<![CDATA[Dressel, Ledecky scoop top USA Swimming awards]]>
Dressel, who joined Michael Phelps as the only swimmers to win seven titles at a single World Championships with his stunning campaign in Budapest in July, won the men's award over double medley world champion Chase Kalisz.

Distance freestyle great Ledecky won the women's award for the fifth straight year, beating out a field that included women's 100m freestyle world champion Simone Manuel and breaststroke sensation Lilly King.

Ledecky's Budapest campaign included gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle as well as relay golds in the 4x100m and 4x200m free. She also picked up a silver in the 200m freestyle.

The 20-year-old -- who took her tally of world titles to 14 -- accepted her award from Phelps and retired NBA great Kobe Bryant at the at the gala awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles.

Dressel, 21, emerged from the shadow of his idol, Phelps, in Budapest, where he became the first swimmer to win three world championships gold medals in a single day.

His seven golds, which included individual titles in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly along with three relay titles, matched Phelps's record tally from the 2007 world championships.

He and Kalisz were the only nominees for the male athlete of the year honor.

Kalisz won his first career international golds with world championship victories in the 200m and 400m individual medley. He was the first swimmer since Ryan Lochte in 2011 to capture both at the world championships.

Dressel also won for men's race of the year for his wire-to-wire 100m fly win in Budapest.]]>
11/20/2017 12:14:20 PM
<![CDATA[Dimitrov edges Goffin to win ATP Finals title]]>
The 26-year-old recovered from losing his opening two service games to finally get the better of the willowy Belgian player, but it was fiercely-fought two-and-a-half hour duel with Goffin saving four match points before finally succumbing.

Both finalists were first-time qualifiers for the tournament and while many ticket holders might have booked them in anticipation of watching Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, the two newcomers provided a fitting end to the ATP season.

Goffin managed only two games against Dimitrov when they met on Wednesday in group play, but the world number eight, who claimed a rare double of beating both Nadal and Federer this week, was a different proposition this time.

He was the better player early on, using his pinpoint accuracy to keep Dimitrov under control.

But a double-fault at 4-3, 30-30 opened the door for Dimitrov to break back for a second time and he converted as Goffin sent a forehand long.

Dimitrov, who had a 100 percent record in the group matches, asserted himself at the business end of the set and piled on the pressure when Goffin served at 5-6.

Goffin saved four set points, two with forehand winners, but double-faulted on a game point of his own before Dimitrov forced an error to wrap up the opener.

Goffin took the second set with a single break of serve and had chances at the start of the third set.

Yet Dimitrov broke for a 4-2 lead and although Goffin saved three match points at 5-2 down to keep the game alive and rescued another on the Bulgarian's serve, he finally deposited an easy volley into the net on the fifth match point. ]]>
11/20/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Schalke win again and climb to second in Bundesliga]]>
A 17th-minute penalty from Franco Di Santo and Guido Burgstaller's 78th minute goal saw Schalke move on to 23 points, ahead of third-placed RB Leipzig on goal difference.

Argentine striker Di Santo converted his spot kick, awarded for a foul on Yevhen Konoplyanka, for his first league goal since March 2016.

But the hosts were made to sweat with Hamburg hitting the post early in the second half and pushing for an equaliser before Burgstaller settled the nerves for Schalke after more good work from Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Schalke are now unbeaten in their last six games but remain six points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who beat Augsburg 3-0 on Saturday to move on to 29 points while Leipzig were held to a a 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Borussia Dortmund slumped to their fourth loss in the last five matches with a 2-1 reverse at VfB Stuttgart on Friday and have dropped to fifth on 20.

But there was joy for Werder Bremen, who earned their first win of the season with a 3-0 triumph over Hanover 96 thanks to Max Kruse's second-half hat-trick on Sunday.

Werder, whose previous league win dates back to April 29, moved up to 16th and into the relegation playoff spot]]>
11/20/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Kane wants to spend entire career at Tottenham-Bild]]>
"My aim is to play my whole career only for Tottenham," Kane, who is reportedly a major transfer target for the biggest European clubs but whose current deal with Spurs runs to 2022, told the newspaper.

"At the moment, everything fits well for me here and I am happy. We have a fantastic team, a good coach and a professional training centre and we are getting a new stadium as well."

Kane, Premier League Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons, has scored eight more league goals this season with Tottenham currently in fourth place.

Tottenham's squad, with a young English core of Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Kieran Trippier, certainly appears to offer a sustainable future.

Promoting home-grown youngsters into the first team is a matter of pride for coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was equally impressive on that front while in charge at Southampton, but Kane's rise is a particular source of pride for supporters.

The 24-year-old, who arrived at the club as an 11-year-old back in 2004, has also scored five times in the Champions League, with Tottenham having qualified for the knockout stage with two games to spare.

They travel to Borussia Dortmund next week with the Germans all but eliminated from the competition.]]>
11/20/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Silva fails to commit future to Watford after latest win]]>
Reports in the English media have claimed Everton remain keen on Silva succeeding Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park, with one approach already rejected by Watford.

"We will not countenance an approach for our manager, either from Everton or indeed any other club, be it in the Premier League or abroad," a spokesman for Watford had told Sky Sports earlier in the week.

Yet when asked whether he would commit to staying with Watford following the victory that saw his side climb to eighth in the Premier League, Silva offered only vague answers.

"There has been zero distraction," Silva said, in an interview with Sky Sports. "We know what our work is, we did a fantastic week, the players worked really hard and today they performed really well and we deserved the three points.

"My future is tomorrow. We start to prepare the next day, we have already planned the session. That is my future.

"I understand the questions, some things we can't control. I know what is in my hands and that is the session tomorrow.

"My players know how committed I am. But some things in football you cannot control. Anything can happen."

A goal in each half was enough for Silva's side to secure their second home win of the season, and the Portuguese was pleased with the way his side went about their business.

"It was a very good performance. We controlled all the match and had some very good moments," Silva added. ]]>
11/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Moyes' West Ham reign starts with defeat at Watford]]>
Will Hughes turned home Andre Gray's scuffed shot in the 11th minute to put Marco Silva's men in front and Richarlison netted the second in the 64th minute to wrap up the points.

The visitors, who had struggled to get striker Andy Carroll involved, rallied after going behind and would have been level before halftime but for some fine saves by Heurelho Gomes.

After West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate missed another glorious chance, Watford upped their game and the pressure told as they scored their second.

Watford climbed to eighth on 18 points, with West Ham stuck in the relegation zone in 18th on nine.

Moyes, taking charge of his first match since taking over from the dismissed Slaven Bilic, made three changes to the side soundly beaten by Liverpool, with Carroll returning.

The burly striker was immediately in the thick of the action, leaving Watford's debutant Marvin Zeegelaar in a heap in just the second minute after catching him with his elbow.

The Dutch defender was patched up and then played a pivotal role in Hughes' first goal in Watford colours.

His hoisted cross landed at the feet of Gray, who did not connect properly with his strike, but the ball kindly for Hughes, who turned to sweep it into the net.

The Hammers pressed only to find Gomes in remarkable form. He dived bravely at Kouyate's feet to smother his goal-bound effort before producing a sensational double save to twice deny Marko Arnautovic.

The visitors' profligacy continued after the break, Kouyate ballooning a strike from close range.

"We missed some big chances," Moyes said. "The better team won the game, but there was a chance to change the outcome."

In contrast to the heroics of Gomes, Hammers' England goalkeeper could perhaps have done better for Watford's second goal as Richarlison's shot squirmed past him.

Manuel Lanzini's shot was blocked on the line by Adrian Mariappa but Watford held out for only their second home win of the season to improve Silva's stock yet further.

The Watford manager is not publicly committing his future to the club with Everton still reported to be favourites to sign him for the vacancy at Goodison Park.

"My players know how committed I am," Silva said. "Some things in football you cannot control. Anything can happen."]]>
11/19/2017 9:52:42 PM
<![CDATA[Juve beaten at Samp, hapless Benevento lose in stoppage time]]>
Federico Peluso's 94th-minute winner for Sassuolo, which came minutes after his team missed a penalty, meant that bottom team Benevento were condemned to a record-extending 13th straight defeat.

Second-placed Juve trailed 3-0 at Sampdoria before stoppage-time goals by Gonzalo Higuain, from a penalty, and Paulo Dybala made the score more respectable.

Juventus rested goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli, who both confirmed their international retirements after playing in Monday's 0-0 draw with Sweden which meant that Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The visitors missed a host of first-half chances then collapsed after the break as Sampdoria maintained their perfect home record.

Duvan Zapata headed Sampdoria ahead in the 52nd minute, Lucas Torreira blasted the second and Gian Marco Ferrari turned in Fabio Quagliarella's cross from the byline for the third.

Juve dropped four points behind leaders Napoli who beat AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday.

Benevento gifted Sassuolo the lead as a backpass was intercepted by Simone Missiroli who then left Alessandro Matri to tap into an empty net after 57 minutes.

In a game that summed up Benevento's season, Samuel Armenteros equalised eight minutes later but they almost immediately had Gaetano Letizia sent off for a second booking.

Benevento held out until stoppage time when Sassuolo were awarded a penalty for handball which Domenico Berardi smashed against the bar.

The home team's relief was short-lived, however, as Peluso headed in from a corner for the winner from the next attack.

In other matches, Luca Rigoni's early goal gave Genoa a 1-0 win at Crotone and a winning start to Davide Ballardini's third stint as their coach after he replaced Ivan Juric.

Torino and Chievo drew 1-1 as did SPAL and Fiorentina while Cagliari won 1-0 at troubled Udinese.]]>
11/19/2017 9:49:48 PM
<![CDATA[Mazembe defeats Super Sport in CAF Confederation Cup final]]>
In the 18th minute, Adama Traore scored the first goal for Mazembe. But in the second half, Sipho Mbule smashed in a stunning long-range shot to announce the equalizer in the 47th minute.

Mazembe scoured the second goal in the 67th minute when Daniel Adjel shot the ball from outside the penalty area.

The second leg will be played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on November 25.

Al-Ahly is the only Egyptian team that won the CAF Confederation Cup – in 2014.

Al-Ahly qualified for the CAF Champions League final, losing the title to Wydad Casablanca, but Al-Ahly remains the African club to win the most CAF Champions League titles, a total of eight times.]]>
11/19/2017 9:20:29 PM
<![CDATA[Colombian match postponed after team bus attacked]]>
The match in Barranquilla was suspended "because of the attack suffered by the visitor's bus 14km from the stadium," the league said in a statement. "The match will be played tomorrow at 9am."

The league's Twitter page showed pictures of holes in the bus window caused by projectiles and an unidentified passenger cowering on the seat.

Junior, who sit third in the league, said the match would be played behind closed doors. The Barranquilla club could go top tomorrow with three points against the side in 15th place.]]>
11/19/2017 5:45:47 PM
<![CDATA[Barcelona hailed real winners of bruising Madrid derby ]]>
Barca won 3-0 at Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid, before a bruising yet goalless first capital derby at the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium saw tempers flare all over the pitch and left Real captain Sergio Ramos with a broken nose.

"It was a war, and Barca won it," said the front page of sports daily AS, while Marca declared "Barca won the derby".

The cover of Barcelona-based daily Sport also focused on Ernesto Valverde's side and their considerable lead over the two Madrid rivals, headlining their edition "10 points clear - Barca strike a blow towards the title".

There was little mention of Barca's nearest challengers Valencia, who can reduce the gap to the Catalans back to four points if they beat Espanyol on Sunday, a week before a top-of-the-table clash between the two teams at the Mestalla.

The editorial of AS criticised the approach of Atletico and Real in the derby.

"They were obliged to win, especially Madrid. That sensation could be felt in the atmosphere before the game but not during it. Neither side truly believed in themselves," it said.

Atletico forward Angel Correa missed a gilt-edged chance three minutes into the game while substitute Kevin Gameiro almost found a winner but was denied by a goalline clearance from Real's Raphael Varane.

Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo wasted Real's best efforts as Zinedine Zidane's side finished the game stronger, threatening Jan Oblak's goal in the final few minutes but to no avail.

Newspaper ABC was more impressed by the performances of the Madrid sides. "As you would expect, Atletico and Real Madrid engaged in a dog fight. Barcelona raced further ahead, and the only consolation is the teams put in good performances."

Real defender Varane said: "I'm disappointed because we played well, we defended well and created chances but we lacked a bit of luck in front of goal.

"We know we've got no margin for error left now. We're professionals and we're going to give everything to make sure we get as many points as we can."

Atletico midfielder Saul added: "We are hurting ourselves by not scoring as once we go ahead we're very difficult to beat. We just keep on missing clear chances."]]>
11/19/2017 2:53:10 PM
<![CDATA[Adidas 'would have problem' with FIFA if it has broken law ]]>
"We expect from our partners that they abide by the laws. If a partner is convicted we have a problem with that. We then have to solve that," Kasper Rorsted told Bild am Sonntag, without elaborating.

Along with companies including Coca-Cola, Gazprom and Visa, Adidas is one of FIFA's top partners that contribute every four years to support the World Cup. Adidas's current contract with FIFA runs until 2030.

Zurich-based FIFA has been trying to overhaul its operations in the wake of the worst crisis in its history, sparked in 2015 by the indictment in the United States of several dozen soccer officials on corruption-related charges.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino was elected in February 2016 to rebuild FIFA after it became embroiled in the scandal.

A prosecution witness last week testified that Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo took part in a $15 million bribe to a FIFA executive to secure media rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cup tournaments.]]>
11/19/2017 1:57:48 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Badri announces his squad list for Al-Ismaily match ]]>
The list came as follows:

• Mohamed Al-Shenawy
• Ahmed Adel Abdel Moneim
• Mohamed Tarek, Emad Moteab
• Abdullah Al-Saeed
• Hossam Ashour
• Ahmed Fathy
• Amr Al-Sulawiya
• Hisham Mohamed
• Ayman Ashraf
• Junior Ajayi
• Phakamani Mahlambi
• Ahmed Yasser Ryan
• Mohamed Hany
• Ahmed Al-Sheikh
• Mo'men Zakaria
• Sabri Rahil
• Hussein Al Sayed
• Mido Jaber
• Walid Azarou

Al-Ismaily leads the Egyptian Premier League with 20 points from eight matches. Meanwhile, Al-Ahly is in the 11th place with 10 points from only four games due to the postponement of a number of matches for Al-Ahly because of its African participations.]]>
11/19/2017 1:00:57 PM
<![CDATA[Malak, Farag snatch silver medals of World Taekwondo tournament in France]]>
Egypt's Mohamed Farag also copped the 58-kg silver medal in the tournament.
11/19/2017 10:47:54 AM
<![CDATA[Goalless draw in Madrid derby ]]>Real Madrid failed to return with the three points, as the game ended 0-0 despite the multiple chances both teams had.
Real Madrid entered the game with a 4-4-2 formation, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema leading their attacking force with the help of Real Madrid’s midfielders, Luka Modric and Francisco Alarcon.

On the other hand, Atletico Madrid depended on their French striker, Antoine Griezmann, and Argentinean Ángel Correa to break Real Madrid’s defense.

Both teams created many chances against the opponent’s defense, but the goalkeepers succeeded to save their nets from all attempts.

Real Madrid were about to win the game in the last minute when Ronaldo faced the goalkeeper after a great pass, but Atletico Madrid’s defense cleared the ball out of their area to end the game 0-0.

After this result, the gap between both teams and the leaders, Barcelona, increased to 10 points. ]]>
11/19/2017 10:16:09 AM
<![CDATA[Adebayor: I wanted to kill myself]]>
Adebayor expressed his sadness, claiming that his family pressured him “for years” until he had to stop talking to them. He further stated that he is “very upset that events came to that extent.”

According to the Togolese striker, his family was only interested in his money: “It is really shocking to work hard to get your family out ahead and see how they oppose you. I have always told my younger brothers that we have been manipulated by our families.”

“I wanted to kill myself so many times,” says Adebayor. “My family calls me, but not to ask me how I am, only to demand money.”

“When I played at Tottenham and suffered a tendon injury, they called me while I was doing some tests, but it was not to ask me how I was doing, but to ask me for money for a child's school fees," recalled Adebayor.

A former striker of Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham, as well as other football clubs, Abdebayor is currently playing in Istanbul Basaksehir after Crystal Palace decided last summer not to renew his contract.]]>
11/19/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[In numbers: Walid Azaro scored 7 goals in 11 games with Al-Ahly]]>
In the last two games, Azaro managed to prove himself with Al-Ahly after he succeeded to score two goals against El-Entag El-Harby on Thursday evening in the ninth round of the Premier League.

Walid Azaro numbers with Al-Ahly:
11 games
(4 matches in the Egyptian League - 6 matches in the African Champions League – 1 match in Egypt Cup)
7 goals
(2 goals in the Egyptian League – 4 goals in the African Champions League – 1 goal in Egypt Cup)
3 assists
(1 assist in the Egyptian League – 2 assists in the African Champions League)
He caused three penalties for Al-Ahly.]]>
11/19/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sevilla wants to sign Pastore]]>
After acquiring the services of Brazilian Guilherme Arana, international defender from the U-20 Brazil team and SC Corinthians, his goal is now to acquire the best known in European football, Argentinean player Javier Pastore from Paris Saint Germain.

The Andalusia club is playing their cards, using the good relations maintained by Sevilla`s current Argentinean coach with his compatriot Pastore and the charm of Spanish football for the players.

Pastore has been on the market since the end of summer. After the signing of Neymar and M'bappé, Paris Saint Germain`s president is obliged to sell another player in order to comply with the financial fair play.

The Andalusians cannot reach an agreement with the French club, but they play in favor of Pastore.

Javier Pastore landed at PSG in 2011. It was an important economic bet, since he disbursed around €43 million ($50.7 million).

The Argentinean midfielder was in demand by several of the great Europeans teams, and his signing was without doubt one of the “bombs” of that year.

It can even be said that Pastore was then the first symbol of the new Qatari owners, but over the years he has been losing prominence in the French league.

Pastore, at 28 years old, became unnoticed after the signing of several players since 2011 and has become more absent after Unai Emery, Paris`s coach, became the head coach.]]>
11/19/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Inter Milan interested in Gimenez]]>
According to Italian magazine Il Corriere dello Sport, the Uruguayan is preferred by Luciano Spalleti, Inter Milan`s coach, to replace Joao Miranda , also an ex-colleague at Atlético Madrid, who, at 33 years old, hastens his last football strikes.

The cover of Italian magazine Il Corriere dello Sport

Gimenez did not feature in many matches this season by Diego Pablo Simeone, Atlético `s coach, but Atlético will not facilitate his departure, as it would affect the axis of its defense.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan has a contract until 2020 and a $65 million release clause that the Capital club would request in full.

The Milan side will also face competition with other Serie A giants who are equally interested in signing the youngster, namely Roma and Juventus. ]]>
11/19/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Omar Gaber to join Los Angeles at will of Bradley]]>
Gaber signed a letter to join Los Angeles on a one-year loan from Basel.

Former Egypt coach Bob Bradley, who is now coaching Los Angeles, has played a big role in persuading Gaber to join the team, which will play in the MLS for the first time next season.

Of the 18 international appearances played by Gaber, six were under the leadership of Bradley.

Omar Gaber is waiting for the official announcement of the transfer deal in the coming days.

Gaber, 25 years old, moved to Basel in a deal estimated at €1.25 million ($1.5 million) last year, but he has played only 20 matches for the Swiss team.

Omar Gaber received many offers from various European clubs wishing to sign him during the last summer transfer period, the most important being from Brighton FC and Valencia CF.]]>
11/19/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ibrahimovic takes part for first time in 212 days]]>
Manchester United hosted Newcastle in the 12th round of the English Premier League.
Jose Mourinho, who announced Ibra and Pogba's readiness ahead of the game, relied on Paul Pogba, who managed to score and assist, while Ibra sat on the bench.

In the 77th minute, Ibrahimovic went in instead of Anthony Martial.

Everyone in the Old Trafford stopped to applaud the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic again to participate with Manchester United.

The last appearance for Ibrahimovic was on April 20, 2017 in front of Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the European League, which was 212 days ago.

Mourinho coached Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan in 2008 and signed him in 2016 when he became Manchester United’s manager.

Ibrahimovic had a great first season with Manchester United, scoring 28 goals to be United’s top scorer in the last season.]]>
11/18/2017 10:49:45 PM
<![CDATA[Pogba returns to lead United past Newcastle]]>
United had to come from behind though to secure the three points, which keep them eight behind leaders Manchester City, after Dwight Gayle had fired Rafa Benitez's side ahead in the 14th minute.

France international Pogba's cleverness on the ball created the equaliser in the 37th minute as he chipped a cross to compatriot Anthony Martial, who headed home at the back post.

Jose Mourinho's side went ahead just before the break when Chris Smalling headed in a superb deep cross from Ashley Young and then Pogba made it 3-1 in the 54th minute with a tap-in after Marcus Rashford headed down a Romelu Lukaku cross.

Lukaku, who had not scored in his last seven games in all competitions, grabbed his 12th of the season 20 minutes from the end and Mourinho later brought on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his first appearance since suffering a knee ligament injury in April.]]>
11/18/2017 10:47:51 PM
<![CDATA[Klopp praises Salah after defeating Southampton ]]>
“What can I say? He's in a good moment; it's good for us," Klopp told press after the game.

Salah scored two goals in the first half to secure a comfortable lead for his team before Philippe Coutinho scored Liverpool’s third goal in the second half.

Salah scored the first goal after a great strike from outside the area that found its way in Southampton’s net, while the second goal came after a wonderful pass from his Brazilian teammate, Coutinho.

Klopp spoke about Salah’s goals, saying, “The first goal was not a real chance from out there. It's a fantastic goal. The second goal was a fantastic play and an outstanding pass from Coutinho.”

Salah became the top goal scorer in the Premier League, scoring nine goals in 12 games with Liverpool.]]>
11/18/2017 9:46:39 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Hilal ends AFC CL final first leg with draw]]>
Al-Hilal entered the game with a massive attacking line, consisting of Omar Khribin, Salem Al Dawsari, Salman El Farag and Carlos Eduardo. However, Urawa surprised them only six minutes into the start, when Rafael Silva opened the scoring for the Japanese team.

Silva received the ball in the midfield and Mohamed el-Breik made a cross in Al-Hilal’s area. Al-Hilal defenders failed to clear the ball out of their area and the ball returned back to Silva, who put it in the net.

Al-Hilal’s Brazilian striker, Carlos Eduardo, was forced to leave the pitch ten minutes later for a serious knee injury and Nawaf El Abed took his place.

Al-Hilal had many chances to score, and Omar Khribin finally succeeded to score Al Hilal’s only goal in the game minutes before the first half whistle.

In the second half, both teams tried to score the winning goal, but both goalkeepers saved their nets from all attacks until the game ended 1-1.

The second leg is scheduled to be played in Japan on November 25.]]>
11/18/2017 9:30:19 PM
<![CDATA[Salah, current Premier League top scorer with 9 goals]]>
Salah led Liverpool to secure an easy 3-0 win over Southampton in the 12th round of the Premier League by scoring twice before Philppe Coutinho scored the third.
Mohamed Salah became the first Egyptian player to reach the top of the Premier League scorers` list.

Amr Zaki, former Wigan`s Egyptian striker, nearly reached this level when he managed to score ten goals for Wigan Atheltic, and at one point he was the third top scorer, behind Chelsea`s Nicholas Anelka and Manchester City`s Robinho, who had 15 and 12 goals, respectively.

Salah became the first Liverpool player to score nine goals in his opening 12 league games, eclipsing Fowler's tally of eight after a superb shot from 20 meters followed by a cool close-range finish in the first half.]]>
11/18/2017 8:53:08 PM
<![CDATA[Sweet 16 as leaders Man City brush past Leicester]]>
Although City won at a stroll, it might have been different had Vincent Kompany received more than a booking for his foul on Jamie Vardy three minutes into his return from injury.
City defender John Stones did hobble off but the visitors took the lead with a stunning goal just before the interval when David Silva broke the offside trap to provide Jesus, who was starting ahead of Sergio Aguero, with the simplest of tap-ins.

City's second in the 49th minute came seconds after Harry McGuire hit their post at the other end. Turning defence into attack, the visitors stormed upfield and De Bruyne unleashed an unstoppable effort from the edge of the area.

11/18/2017 7:10:34 PM
<![CDATA[Arsenal scores 17 goals from headers in 2017]]>
Mustafi headed a cross from Mesut Özil to score for the Gunners, before Alexis Sanchez added the second goal from a pass by Alexandre Lacazette.

With this goal, Arsenal scored their 17th goal from a header in 2017, more than any other club.

Özil has also added to his record of 45 assists with Arsenal in the league, more than any other player since he joined the Gunners.

After winning against Tottenham 2-0, Arsenal is one point behind the Hotspurs and has jumped to fifth place in the table with 22 points.

The North West derby is one of the most competitive games in the league, as both teams’ fans look to each other with disrespect and hatred.

Arsenal will face FC Köln on Thursday in the Europa League group stage, and Tottenham will play against Dortmund in the Champions League group stage.]]>
11/18/2017 6:40:04 PM
<![CDATA[Legendary weightlifter Naim Süleymanoğlu passes away]]>
Süleymanoğlu was born on January 23, 1967 in Bulgaria. He started his sports career at the age of 9.

He was nicknamed “The Pocket Hercules” due to his small stature of 1.47 m (4ft 10in). He was very strong, even though his neck was short.

Süleymanoğlu won two gold medals at the World Junior Weightlifting Championship in 1981 in Brazil. He broke the record and became champion at the age of 16.

He represented Turkey in the European Weightlifting Championship in Cardiff, Wales in 1988, and he won three gold medals.
Süleymanoğlu won the gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was named "World's Best Sportsman" by the International Weightlifting Media Commission in the same year.

In 1993, he won three gold medals at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia and was able to break the world record.

In 1994, the world championship was held in Istanbul, Turkey for the first time. Süleymanoğlu used the Turkish audience and won three gold medals and broke three world records.

In 1994, he performed only three times during the European championship in Warsaw, Poland, and he broke three world records.

He retired after winning a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in Atlanta at the 1996 Olympic Games.]]>
11/18/2017 6:32:57 PM
<![CDATA[AFC footballer of the year list officially announced]]>
AFC chose Al-Hilal’s player Omar Khribin, the UAE's Omar Abdulrahman and Shanghai SIPG’s winger Wu Lei.

Syrian Omar Khribin is the most prominent candidate for the award because he is set to play at the AFC Champions League final against Urawa Red Diamonds.

Al-Hilal qualified to the final after eliminating Iranian team Persepolis in the semi-finals.

Urawa will meet Al-Hilal in the finals, and they are looking to win the title for the second time after obtaining it for the first time in 2007. On the other hand, Al-Hilal aims to win the title for the third time after winning it in 1991 and 2000.

The first leg of the AFC Champions League finals is scheduled to take place on November 18 in Saudi Arabia, and the second leg will be on November 25 in Japan.

Khirbin is also the first Syrian to be nominated for this award since the AFC took over in 1984.

The Asian Footballer of the Year will be announced on November 29 at a ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

Omar Abdulrahman was crowned the Player of the Year in Asia last year.]]>
11/18/2017 6:31:30 PM
<![CDATA[Will Buffon break more records before retirement?]]>
Buffon has the opportunity to break two new records. The first is to become the most participating player in Seria A. Paolo Maldini leads the list with 647 games, while Buffon has 627 games, which means that if he plays 21 of the 26 remaining for his team in the league, he will become the most participating in the history of the Calcio.

The second number that Gigi may achieve is that he is unique in being the most crowned Scudetto. Buffon is now equal to Virginio Rosetta, Giovanni Ferrari and Pepe Forino with eight titles. If Juventus are crowned champions of the season, Buffon will be the most crowned, with nine Scudetto titles.

The 39-year-old Buffon has played the most for Italy in history, with 175 games, and he is the goalkeeper with the cleanest sheet in the history of Seria A, for 974 minutes before Maxi López's goal.]]>
11/18/2017 6:30:07 PM
<![CDATA[Will Salah break Robbie Fowler's record?]]>
Salah moved to Liverpool last summer for €42 million ($49.5 million) and €8 million in bonuses. He quickly adapted and became the top scorer this season after scoring 12 goals and assisting four in his 17 appearances for Liverpool this season.

In the English Premier League, Salah participated in 11 games, scoring seven goals and ranking third, behind Sergio Aguero (nine goals) and Harry Kane (eight goals), and equally with Romilo Romelu Lukaku, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

The former Roma player is just one goal away from equaling Robbie Fowler's record with the Reds by scoring eight goals in 12 matches.

Mohammed Salah will need to score one more goal against Southampton on Saturday in round 12 to equalize this number. If he scores two goals, he breaks the record. ]]>
11/18/2017 6:28:08 PM
<![CDATA[In numbers: Roqa is a wonderful deal for Zamalek]]>
After nine rounds in the league, he has become the top scorer of the team and one of its most important elements.

These are some of his statistics:

Roqa made 44 crosses in 762 minutes with Zamalek.

He made 2 assists for Mahmoud Alaa against Wadi Degla and Al-Nasr.

Roqa, 22, scored 5 goals with Zamalek.

Roqa has committed only 13 fouls since the start of the season. His pass accuracy is 91 percent.

He shot 17 balls; 10 of them were on target.

He missed the match against El Minya in the round of 32 in Egypt Cup on Thursday.

Zamalek amassed 18 points to be in the second place in the Egyptian league.

Roqa joined Zamalek at the start of the season from Tala'ea El-Gaish.]]>
11/18/2017 6:21:17 PM
<![CDATA[Gehad Gerisha chosen for 2018 World Cup]]>
Gerisha thanked all the officials who helped him to reach to that point in his career, including Essam Seyam and Gamal El Ghandour, former Egyptian presidents of the Referees Committee, along with Ahmed El-Shenawy, Nasser Abbas, Azab Hagag, Ahmed Badawy and Hossam Taha, members of the committee.

Gerisha pointed to the important role played by Hany Abo Reda, president of the Egyptian Football Federation, who was a real supporter.

Gerisha spoke to Al-Hadaf Radio program and said, “I am very happy to be in Russia next summer. Featuring in the list of referees is coronation for all the Egyptian referees who deserve to be in the best tournaments in the world.”

There will be a preparation course of training for all the selected referees in Dubai from November 24 to November 26.

“I did not rule any game in the Egyptian League or the Egyptian Cup, as I had some tests; I was also afraid of getting injured,” he added.

“My goal was to participate in the World Cup, and now my goal is to rule the final match,” he concluded.

The 41-year-old became a FIFA referee in 2008. He ruled matches in the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.]]>
11/18/2017 5:15:46 PM
<![CDATA[Arsenal overpower Spurs in north London derby]]>
Mustafi opened the scoring with a superb 36th-minute header and Sanchez doubled the advantage five minutes later with a close-range strike.

The result lifted Arsenal to fifth place in the table on 22 points, one behind Spurs.
Arsenal have now won 11 Premier League matches in succession at their home ground after their first league victory over arch-rivals Spurs in seven games

11/18/2017 5:12:51 PM
<![CDATA[Four Egyptians at Hong Kong Open finals]]>
Mohamed El-Shorbagy (ranked third in the world) defeated his Egyptian brother, Marwan El-Shorbagy, in the semi-final 3-0 (13/11-11/5-12/10) to qualify for the sixth consecutive final in every grand torunament, while Ali Farag (ranked fourth in the world) defeated his Egyptian teammate Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 (11/8-11/9-11/6) to qualify for the final for the first time in this tournament.

Meanwhile, Nour El-Sherbini (ranked first in the world) succeeded to qualify to the final for the first time in her career in this tournament after she defeated Laura Massaro from England 3-2 (11/7-5/11-5/11-11/8-11/3).

Raneem El-Welily (ranked second in the world) defeated Camille Serme from France 3-2 (5/11-11/6-11/6-6/11-11/6) in the semi-final to qualify to her third final after, she placed second in both the 2011 and 2013 tournaments.

Shorbagy is the only Egyptian among the four players who achieved the title, having won in both the 2014 and 2015 tournaments.

Hong Kong hosts the tournament from November 14-19.]]>
11/18/2017 5:05:43 PM
<![CDATA[Ghaly’s Al-Nassr defeats Shikabala’s Al-Raed]]>
Shikabala participated throughout the full 90 minutes, while Ghaly was subbed off in the 83rd minute when the score was 4-0.

Full highlights of the match:

Shikabala played a great match, but he was not lucky, as he missed scoring a goal. He also provided an assist, but Al-Raed`s striker missed it.

Mahmoud Abdel Razek Shikabala managed to score his first goal with the Egyptian national team against Ghana on November 12 in the sixth round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The 31-year-old is having one of his best league starts with Al-Raed, as he has scored five goals during his first six appearances in the Saudi Professional League.

Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly signed a one-year contract on August 2017 with Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr. It is Ghaly’s second spell with the Saudi Arabian giants.

Ghaly, 35 years old, played one year with Al-Nassr in 2010 before he left the club to return to Egypt to play for Al-Ahly. ]]>
11/18/2017 4:50:10 PM
<![CDATA[Konyaspor honors Abdelzaher Saka as best captain in history]]>
It is expected that Saka will be honored as the best captain in the history of Konyaspor.

Abdelzaher played with the Turkish club for seven seasons. He scored four goals and provided a single assist in 66 matches.

Saka, who is the current sports director of Tanta Sporting Club, expressed his happiness and thanked the officials of Konyaspor for this honor.

Abdelzaher moved to Turkey in 1999 after winning the African Cup of Nations in 1998 with the Egyptian national team. Saka played for Denizlispor for three years before joining Gençlerbirliği in 2002.

Former Gençlerbirliği defender Abdelzaher El Saka - 24 November 2003 - Gençlerbirliği 1-0 Galatasaray, Gençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü official account on Facebook

Saka had offers from the biggest teams in Turkey, like Galatasaray and Besiktas, but he rejected them all to play with Gençlerbirliği.

In 2005, Saka moved to Konyaspor, where he played two years before rejoining Gençlerbirliği in 2007.

Abdelzaher won 112 caps for the Egyptian national team and achieved three African Cup of Nations titles in 1998, 2006 and 2010.]]>
11/18/2017 2:01:56 PM
<![CDATA[Mourinho: I have no problem with Benitez]]>
Tension in the relationship between Mourinho and Benitez has been well known since 2005, after a dispute in a Champions League semi-final, when the former trained Chelsea and the latter Liverpool, after a controversial goal by Luis García, Liverpool`s player, in Anfield that eliminated Chelsea.

In the years to come, during which the two directed Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter Milan, both met and exchanged bad words on numerous occasions.

However, Mourinho has categorically denied having a problem with Benitez and has assured that the rivalry is not between them, but purely "between the clubs."

"I don't think the rivalry was with Rafael; I think the rivalry was between our clubs rather than between us,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.

"We are managers from the same generation. We came to England in the same season and we were both successful in the European competitions,” he continued.

"Not many [managers have] won the Champions League and Europa League. We are some of the few managers that did it,” he said.

Mourinho, who has won only one Premier League title with Chelsea, is set to meet Benitez with his newly promoted team, Newcastle United, in the eleventh round of the Premier League.]]>
11/18/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Guardiola, Sané earn October prizes]]>
The Spanish coach led Manchester City to three victories in three games in October.

It is the third time that Pep receives this award, which he was awarded in September and February of last season as well.

He managed to secure 31 points from eleven matches, with a goal difference of 31 goals. It is considered the best start in the history of the Premier League.

In addition to Guardiola, Manchester City has had another protagonist among the monthly prizes: Leroy Sané has been designated “player of the month” for October.

The prize confirms the full adaptation of the German international player to Guardiola`s style of play. In recent months, he showed his best level since landing in England, closing last month with three goals and three assists in three games.

Sané succeeded Kevin de Bruyne, who was the winner in September.]]>
11/18/2017 9:22:02 AM
<![CDATA[Review : Zamalek 2-1 Al Nasr]]>
Zamalek entered the game with their main goalkeeper, Ahmed El Shenawi, after he recovered from a serious injury. Zamalek manager Nebojša Jovović depended on a massive attacking line of Kabongo Kasongo, Ahmed Dawod and Abdallah Gomaa.

Zamalek created many chances to open the score and they succeeded to score the first goal through Kasongo, but the referee disallowed it. Zamalek opened the scoring in the 25th minute through Mahmoud Alaa to end the first half 1-0.

In the second half, the referee disallowed another goal for Kasongo, as the ball was already out of the pitch before he got it.

Mohamed Ashraf scored the second goal for Zamalek in the 51st minute through a penalty, after Ahmed Madbouli got tackled inside Al Nasr’s area.

Al Nasr succeeded to score their only goal in the game minutes before the final whistle through Hagag Aweis, after Zamalek’s defense failed to clear the ball out of their area.

Zamalek reached 18 points after the victory to be second place in the league, while Al Nasr remained with four points and in the 17th position.]]>
11/18/2017 9:20:20 AM
<![CDATA[Jesus reminds Guardiola of Eto'o]]>
“He reminds me of Eto'o and helps us when pressing like nobody in the area; he is a goal scorer," Guardiola told press on Friday.

Guardiola coached former international Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o in 2009 at Barcelona. They won the Spanish League, Spanish Cup and UEFA Champions League titles that year.

However, Guardiola believes that Jesus still has to improve. He said, “I keep thinking that he runs too much with the ball. When he runs less with the ball, he'll become a player like Ronaldo."

Jesus, 20, moved from his childhood club, Palmeiras, to Manchester City in January 2017 and since then has become a regular player on Guardiola’s starting line-up.

Jesus scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, leading his team to the top of the table with 31 points – eight points ahead of the second place team, Manchester United. ]]>
11/18/2017 9:15:26 AM
<![CDATA[Guardiola hopes more improvement]]>
“We can do better; what I feel is that we still have a lot of things we can do better,” Guardiola told press on Friday.

After a tough first season with Manchester City, Guardiola found his way in the Premier League in his second season. The team tops the league a comfortable eight points away from the second-placed team, Manchester United.

Guardiola spoke about the team’s results this season, saying, “If you analyze just the result, it's not a discussion, but in terms of playing and knowing what is going to happen in December with the schedule, we have to improve."

Guardiola confirmed Aguero’s availability for the next game, saying, “He arrived two days ago. He met with the doctor and he's perfect. He was conscious all the time in Argentina and he's OK, so nothing to be worried about.”

Aguero fell unconscious during his participation with the Argentina national team against Nigeria.

Manchester City faces Leicester City on Saturday in the Premier League. The team hopes to continue their amazing run in the league. ]]>
11/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s World Cup tickets have run out]]>
FIFA had announced previously this month that the second stage of the first phase to reserve World Cup tickets – on a first-come first-serve basis – would open on Thursday, November 16 and end on November 28 after the first stage; a random selection draw ended on October 12.

While tickets reserved for Egypt – which is among the biggest football countries in the world, have run out so quickly – there is still a chance to reserve tickets for other countries like Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Denmark, South Korea, Senegal and Nigeria.

There will still be another phase, which will take place after the World Cup draw on December 1. The next phase will open on December 5 at 11:00 a.m. (CLT).

Everything you need to know about how to get tickets and attend matches in Russia next year can be found



Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, which witnesses the return of the Egyptian national team after an absence of 28 years.


11/18/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zidane talks about ‘Ramos-Ronaldo’ tension, Neymar rumors]]>CAIRO – 18 November 2017: Zinedine Zidane, coach of Real Madrid, has admitted that in recent days there has been tension between captain Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo. The tension comes following an exchange of statements since the team’s last loss to Tottenham in the Champions League.

During a press conference before the Madrid derby between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on Saturday, Zidane was asked whether this exchange of statements between the players affected Madrid`s dressing room.

Zidane came out defending his players, but he also said that "Sergio is very clever. He can say what he wants, and so can Cristiano. They've spent so long playing together…and it doesn't mean anything if they disagree on something from time to time," according to Reuters.

Previously this month, Ramos criticized Cristiano for having assured that Madrid had a worse template than last year, after the loss of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez to Chelsea and Bayern Munich, respectively.

Zidane had previously stated, "These things are sorted out internally, and it is already fixed. There's going to be no problem between Sergio and Cristiano. All I can say is I have two players who form part of the history of this club; they know what is at stake on Saturday and they respect each other a lot."

Zidane also spoke about the rumors raised in the past days concerning the possible departure of 25-year-old Neymar from Paris Saint Germain.

"We are only focused on what is ours, what we have to do; we are not going to change or prevent people from thinking or talking about Real Madrid,” remarked Zidane.

PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona after they paid his release clause of €222 million ($262 million) to the club. Neymar shined in his first days with the Parisian club, but it seems that he has some problems adapting in Paris.

At the insistence of the journalists, Zidane said of Neymar, "I am with my players, and I only think of them. Neymar is very good, but I have the best ones here and the dressing room thinks the same. We have to focus on our squad and the future will be ours."]]>
11/18/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo: I want seven children, Ballon d`Ors]]>
Cristiano Ronaldo had an interview with French magazine L`Equipe, during which he responded to criticism and discussed his future ambitions and aspirations.

Real Madrid's No. 7 said of the Ballon d'Or, "I'm not worried about it anymore. I'm 32, nearly 33. My world isn't only about football. There are other important things.”

The four-time Ballon d`Or-winning player continued, "With the Ballon d'Or, I know the panel is still voting. I'm confident. I'm confident of winning; not worried.”

"I want seven children and just as many Ballons d'Ors. As long as I play, I'll have the ambition to win all I can,” he added.

Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Sunday night that his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, gave birth to their first child together.

Ronaldo now has four children, Cristiano Jr, 7, who was born to a surrogate mother, and twins Eva and Mateo, also from a surrogate mother. The twins were born on June 2017 in the U.S.

The Portugese legend spoke about Real Madrid’s start this season, saying, "Pretty good. Not perfect, but good! I'm happy and I feel good. We dropped some points in the league, but in the Champions League, we're OK," he said.

"It's only the start of the season and there are a lot of matches left to play. You have to stay calm and continue to work, because it's obvious we can do better,” he added.

Cristiano is immersed in a major scoring drought that has led to just one goal in the eleven games that have been played in La Liga this season.

"I don't agree with what people are saying about me. People don't know the difference between playing well, playing OK and not scoring goals,” he said.

"I'm looked at as a goal machine, like a guy who has to score all the time. If that isn't the case, nobody cares if I've played well or not; I'm only judged on scoring,” he continued.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best Men`s Player at the FIFA football awards on October 2017. He won the award for the second year in a row after leading the Blancos to win La Liga and the Champions League two times.

"I accept the criticism, but I don't agree with it. That's why I avoid reading or hearing what is said about me. I have no choice but to accept it; I can't control the world," Ronaldo stated.]]>
11/17/2017 11:22:43 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool legend Dalglish praises Salah]]>
“Mo (Salah) has got a bad habit of scoring goals and he doesn’t want to give up that habit,” Dalglish told Liverpool Echo on Friday.

Salah, 25, joined Liverpool this summer from AS Roma and has since then become the club’s top goal scorer this season, scoring 11 goals in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

Dalglish spoke about Salah’s quick adaptation with Liverpool, saying, “Sometimes clubs suit players and sometimes players suit clubs. He seems to have a really happy relationship with the club, the players, and the manager. He’s been excellent so far."

Dalglish is one of the greatest figures in the history of Liverpool. He joined the club in 1977 from Celtic Glascow. He wore Liverpool’s red shirt for 14 years, including six years serving as a player and a manager at the same time.

He won six Football League first division titles and three European Cup titles.]]>
11/17/2017 10:45:51 PM
<![CDATA[Mooney inspires Australian women to retain Ashes]]>
Beth Mooney delivered a brilliant match-winning innings of 86 not out to guide the home side to victory with 4.1 overs to spare as they chased down England's 132-9 at the North Sydney Oval with some comfort.

The victory extended the holders' lead to an unassailable 8-4 in the seven-match points-based series comprising one test, three one-day and three T20 internationals.

It meant England can only draw the series 8-8 if they win the final two T20s over the next week. Australia won the last series, which was staged in England, 10-6 in 2015.

England, knowing they had to triumph to stay in the hunt to regain the Ashes that they had last won in 2013-14 in Australia, made a terrible start, slumping to 16-4 before Dani Wyatt's 36-ball 50 helped them to a respectable total.

Left-hander Mooney, though, played superbly, recording the highest score by an Australian on home soil in women's T20 internationals, hitting 11 fours and two sixes in a dazzling 56-ball knock.

Australia captain Rachael Haynes said afterwards: "It was so nice for the team to come out and play like that. For Beth Mooney to come out and make a statement like that was fantastic."

Her England counterpart Heather Knight conceded: "Credit to Australia. Beth Mooney played an outstanding innings and took the game away. Everything we tried, we couldn't get her out." ]]>
11/17/2017 9:37:27 PM
<![CDATA[Four Egyptians at Hong Kong Open semi-finals ]]>
The Shorbagy brothers will meet each other on Saturday in the semi-finals to decide who will represent their house in the final. Mohamed El Shorbagy ranks third in the world, while Marwan ranks fifth.

In the other semi-final, Karim Abdel Gawad challenges his Egyptian teammate, Ali Farag, for a spot in the final.

Abdel Gawad defeated his Egyptian teammate, Tarek Momen, 3-1, while Farag defeated his English opponent, Declan James, with the same result.

Abdel Gawad ranks second in the world, while Farag ranks fourth.

In the women’s competition, Raneem El Welily will play against Camille Serme from France in the semi-final, while Nour El Sherbini will face Laura Massaro from England in the other semi-final.

Hong Kong hosts the tournament from November 14-19. ]]>
11/17/2017 9:34:06 PM
<![CDATA[Australia's Enever handed debut after Coleman fails fitness test]]>
The 26-year-old Brumbies lock will partner Rob Simmons, veteran of 80 internationals, in the Wallaby engine room for the second game of their three-test British tour.

Coleman had been named in the Wallabies’ lineup by coach Michael Cheika on Thursday.

Cheika, however, said Coleman had been struggling in training with the injury, picked up in last weekend’s 29-21 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

He failed a fitness test on Friday morning.

Cheika has also finalised his replacements with the Wallabies opting for a six-two split (six forwards, two backs) on the bench.

It means Lopeti Timani comes into the matchday squad with Henry Speight dropping off the extended bench that was named on Thursday.

Third-ranked Australia are seeking to end a run of four successive defeats against England, who are one place above them in the World Rugby rankings.]]>
11/17/2017 9:21:57 PM
<![CDATA[Romario reunites with Bebeto in Politics ]]>
"Our dream is going to happen, together we can rebuild Rio. All you have to do is join us," Romario stated on Friday.

De Souza and Bebeto have made a great reputation during their football careers, especially for Rio football fans, as they represented the city’s biggest two clubs during the 1980s and 1990s: Vasco da Gama and Flamengo.

Romario and Bebeto are also well-known for their great partnership in the 1994 World Cup in the U.S., when they led Brazil to win the Cup. Romario scored five goals, while Bebeto scored three goals in the World Cup matches.

Romario hinted that he will run for the state governor in the upcoming elections, while Bebeto has indicated that he will run as Senator. The two Brazilian politicians will have a lot to do to help their bankrupt state get back on its feet.]]>
11/17/2017 7:59:45 PM
<![CDATA[Spurs need big away wins for title tilt – Kane]]>
Despite their progress under manager Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have won just once in 16 away league games against Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal under the Argentine, a 2-1 triumph over City in 2016.

Tottenham beat United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal at home last season, and drew with Liverpool, but their away record against the same opposition was underwhelming and Kane has urged his team to avoid a repeat of those results.

"It's important for us to start beating the big teams away. Not just Arsenal, but all of the top six," Kane told Sky Sports.

"We've done very well at home against them in recent years, but if we want to be challenging for the title, these are the games we need to win away from home.

"We're going to try and win the game, we always do, but it will be tough. We need to go and play the way we play against them at home, and find a way to win."

Tottenham, who are third in the table, suffered their most recent away defeat against a top six side at second-placed United last month but both teams headed into the international break level on 23 points, eight points behind leaders City.

Spurs midfielder Eric Dier and playmaker Christian Eriksen captained England and Denmark respectively during the break and Pochettino believes that players developing their leadership skills will benefit the club in high-pressure games.

"That is so important for us. We need to create leaders, not followers and it's so important for them to feel that experience, to manage, be leaders and to be responsible," Pochettino told the club's website. (www.tottenhamhotspur.com)

"The players are still young but they need to start to feel what it means to be a leader."]]>
11/17/2017 6:42:08 PM
<![CDATA[FIFA rankings 'loophole' likely to disappear after World Cup draw]]>
Currently seedings are based on the FIFA world rankings, using a points system which calculates average points for each game and is weighted against friendly matches.

The result has been that some teams, such as Poland and Switzerland, who have played only a small amount of friendlies, have gained an advantage over teams who have played regular friendly games.

Friendly internationals played in November have not counted towards the seeding pots for the World Cup as they are based on last month's FIFA rankings.

But two changes are set to impact the system significantly.

From September 2018, European and CONCACAF region teams will begin playing in Nations League competitions which will be played on the dates in the FIFA calendar traditionally set aside for friendly games.

That means there will be very little space available for friendly matches for the 90 national teams who are FIFA members in those two confederations.

That trend could well spread with FIFA confirming recently that they are in talks with confederations about creating a global Nations League structure, which would further reduce the amount of friendly games.

FIFA also said it plans to review the rankings system.

"FIFA is reviewing the FIFA World Ranking system and will take a decision after the completion of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup if any changes are be made to improve the ranking," the organisation said recently.

Asked if those changes would address the issue of nations avoiding friendly matches to improve their rankings and how Nations League games would be factored into the calculation, FIFA told Reuters: "The FIFA ranking will be reviewed in the near future. As long as this has not been done, we can’t speculate on future scenarios. The current ranking takes into account all official matches."

The World Cup draw will be held on Dec. 1 in Moscow. ]]>
11/17/2017 6:39:42 PM
<![CDATA[Ferdinand sees Messi as best ever he played against]]>
“He's the best player I've ever played against. In our dressing room, we all thought that without Messi, we would probably have won those games against Barcelona." Ferdinand told press on Friday.

Ferdinand has played many times against Lionel Messi when Manchester United faced Barcelona at UEFA Champions League.

In 2008, Ferdinand was happy after they eliminated Barcelona in UEFA Champions League semi final but in 2009 and 2011 Messi led Barcelona to beat Manchester United in Champions League final.

Ferdinand added “I tried to hit him in the chest with my arm and he just went underneath me and I thought to myself, 'this guy is a magician',"

Ferdinand revealed his opinion about Manchester two biggest clubs’ managers, Pep Guardiola in City and Jose Mourinho in United, he said “As a defender, it would be Jose because he would protect me well, but to enjoy it, then it would be Pep.”]]>
11/17/2017 6:29:00 PM
<![CDATA[ Zamalek hosts Al-Nasr at Cairo stadium]]>
Zamalek is fourth in the table with 15 points after playing eight matches in the league, having won four matches, lost a match and ended three with a draw.

Zamalek has defeated Petrojet 3-0 in the last round on November 3 at Cairo stadium thanks to Mahmoud Alaa El-Din, Zamalek`s defender, and Ahmed Madbouly, Zamalek`s winger; who scored a double goal.

Zamalek enters the match without their main goalkeeper Mahmoud Genesh, who is out due to injury. Ahmed El Shenawy is expected to start the game.

Zamalek’s expected line-up:

Goalkeeper: Ahmed El-Shenawy.

Defenders: Mo’ayed Al-Ajan, Mahmoud Alaa, Ali Gabr, Hazem Emam.

Midfielders: Mohamed Ashraf, Ahmed Dawooda, Tarek Hamed, Abdallah Gomaa.

Forwards: Kasongo Kabongo, Ahmed Madbouly. ]]>
11/17/2017 6:27:14 PM
<![CDATA[EFA refuses a Qatari referee for Egypt games in World Cup ]]>
Six Arab referees are expected to appear in the World Cup in Russia; Gehad Grisha from Egypt, Mohamed Abdallah from UAE, Fahd El Merdasi from Saudi Arabia, Mahdi Sharef from Algeria, Nawwaf Shokr Allah from Bahrain and Abdel Rahman El Gassem from Qatar.

“El Gassem will not be delegated to referee for Egypt’s or Saudi Arabia’s games in the World Cup. If that happens, we will object,” Abdel Fattah told press on Friday.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia will represent Arab nations in the World Cup; this is the first World Cup to witness four Arab countries competing in it.

On June 5, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations that the state supports terrorism. Ports and airspaces were cut off to Qatari vessels. ]]>
11/17/2017 6:05:16 PM
<![CDATA[Willian wonders Loftus-Cheek departure to Palace]]>
“He is strong, he has quality. He has a great future. A very good player, I don't know why he is at Crystal Palace. He has to come back!” Willian told Independent on Thursday.

Willian played alongside Loftus-Cheek for three years since Loftus-Cheek got promoted from Chelsea youth rankings to the first team.

In Palace, they are more than happy with the arrival of the English youngster. Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson praised the player saying “He's a very composed and sensible young man. He knows he played well but he also knows there's a lot of work to do. He's a quality player.”

Loftus-Cheek had a great week with the English national team; he played 90 minutes in his debut with the team in a 0-0 friendly against Germany and he won man of the match award after an impressive performance in the midfield. ]]>
11/17/2017 4:54:32 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah is the best deal in the Premier League]]>
Kyle Walker proved that he deserves to be among the most expensive defenders of the world, after making a remarkable performance with Manchester City, where he managed to assist four goals so far with the team .

Lukaku managed to recover Ibrahimovic's absence after scoring seven goals since the start of the season and assisting three more goals, giving great strength to the Red Devils' attack.

Tottenham’s Davinson Sánchez proved that he is a strong defender, with some beginning to rliken him to Ledley King, the former defender and captain of Tottenham.
Morata proved that Chelsea was not wrong in the decision to sell Diego Costa, since he proved his potential as a strong striker, and has so far managed to score 7 goals and assist 3 others in the Premier League.

Since his first day in the team, Matic has seemed to have been playing for Manchester United for a long time. He has adapted very quickly to the atmosphere in the Red Devils' castle and performed brilliantly since his first match with Chelsea. He has proven to be an important player.

Groß made a great performance in the Bundesliga last season, but continued with Brighton, scoring two goals and assisting five goals, proving it was a lucrative deal.
Although he is only 20 years old, Richarlison had a great performance with Watford, scoring 4 goals and assisting 3 more, proving that the team would benefit financially if he sold it for the next two seasons.

Manchester City signed Ederson and made him the most expensive goalkeeper in history. However, the young goalkeeper has made a remarkable performance since then, with only seven goals conceded and five clean sheets.

Sead Kolašinac, the Bosnian defender, has made excellent performances with Arsenal since coming to the team. He appeared brilliantly in the team’s defense and managed to reach the net, scoring one goal and assisting in 3 goals.

Egyptian star Mohamed Salah stunned everybody by his impressive performance with Liverpool after returning to the English Premier League. Although he joined a team with a formidable attack, what made him more powerful and distinguished was his fast pace with fellow teammate Sadio Mane. The two goals he scored against Arsenal and West Ham will remain memorable goals in the Premiere League.

Salah's brilliant start with Liverpool, which saw seven goals and three others, coincided with Pharaohs' World Cup qualification to prove that he is the best deal in the Premier League since the start of the season.
11/17/2017 11:15:41 AM
<![CDATA[The eleven absents from the World Cup]]>
Some of the best players on the planet will not partake in the upcoming World Cup Russia 2018 due to the fact that their teams did not end up with one of the 32 places.

If we make a line-up with these absences, it could make a very high-level team that would opt, without a doubt, to be crowned champion next July 15 at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

Eleven of the great absentees are integrated by three Italian players (Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Marco Verratti), two Dutch (Arjen Robben and Virgil van Dijk), two Chileans (Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sánchez), an Ecuadorian (Antonio Valencia), an Austrian (David Alaba), a Welshman (Gareth Bale), and a Gabonese (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).

The experienced team has a history of 870 international matches and 171 goals in total. Its market value is €445 million, according to the specialized internet transfermarkt page.

In this sense, the list contains one of the most expensive footballers in the world, like Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (€80 million), ahead of Arsenal player Alexis Sánchez (€65milion) and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (€65 million).

Marco Verratti, from Paris Saint-Germain, is behind them, with an estimated price of €60 million.
11/17/2017 11:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Manchester bought Di Marid for selling his shirts]]>
In an interview with 'Esporte Informativo', Gomes unveiled the keys to the signing of Di Maria, from Real Madrid, for $75 million at the beginning of the 2014/15 season.

In actuality, the move was an economic transfer not a football transfer. There were many expectations for selling the Number 7 shirts for the Argentinean winger.

"I've heard this from people in the club, ‘Di María sells shirts, so let's sign him in.’ That's why he was not happy,” says Débora Gomes.

The Manchester United ex-translator said that Di Maria had problems adapting in the club, "First, because he could not communicate with anyone, and second, because he realized that they did not buy him because the club thought that he would bring them titles. He was signed simply because they wanted him to sell shirts."

Débora Gomes explained that following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson as coach of the first team in 2013, the club prioritized the economic aspect to sports.

"I realized that since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, the board lost interest in football.
For them it was money, money, money. They make money, that's all, so when they try to buy, say carefully. Who will give us more money? They do not think about the fans, they just think about sales, " he concluded.]]>
11/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pogba & Ibrahimovic to return to Manchester United]]>
The Sun newspaper reported on Thursday that Ibrahimovic, who has not played since the end of April, and Pogba, who has not played since September 12, are prepared to act under the orders of José Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic has not played since April 20, when he suffered a knee ligament injury in the last minute of the match against Anderlecht, corresponding to the Europa League.
Since then, the 36-year-old Swedish striker has worked hard to remain active, which his coach admired and led him joining the squad this season.

The former FC Barcelona player ended his contract with United on June 30, 2017. The English club left him free until a few months later. They hired him again with the hope that he reaches an optimal level of play.

Pogba, meanwhile, played his last game on December 12 against Basel, a rival with which the Red Devils will re-measure their forces next Wednesday.

Since then, he has recovered from a hamstring injury that José Mourinho believes he suffered while playing basketball with friends.
11/17/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Guardiola is open to renew his contract]]>
Guardiola currently has a contract with the 'Citizens' until 2019 and the renewal would take place for at least one more year.

One of the keys of the negotiations of the new contract would be the excellent relationship that the Spanish coach has with the owners; their conversations took place casually throughout the current season.

The good results and the team's performance this season, as well as the response of the squad to Pep's methods, would have encouraged him to see more of England.

Manchester City is now the leader of the Premier League, with an eight-point margin over the second Manchester United, and has secured its ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
11/17/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[7 players scored a hat-trick twice a season before Shahat]]>
The Al-Makassa player scored a hat-trick against Tanta in the match that ended 3-3, before scoring another one against Wadi Degla in the match that ended 3-3 as well.

The other 7 players who scored hat-trick twice in one season in the Egyptian League are:
-El-Sayed El-Dhizui is the first player who did it in the 1948/49 season, where he scored twice against Al- itthad and Ismaily.

-Tersana’s Hassan Al-Shazli scored a hat-trick against Ismaily and Suez in 1964/1965.

- Hassan Al-Shazli, the 10 hat-tricks scorer in the history of the Egyptian league, did it again after 10 years, against Mansoura, Aviation Sporting Club as well as Damietta, to be the first player to score 3 hat-tricks in a season.

- Mahmoud Al-Khatib scored hat-tricks against Tanta and Factory 37 in the 1975/1976 season.

- In 1980/1981, Mosaad Al-Sakka scored the hat-trick twice against Koroum and Esco.

- Nigerian Emmanuel Amunike scored a hat-trick in two successive rounds against Tanta and Mahalla in the last two rounds of the 1992/93 season.

- The Ghanaian Cowapina Yaro scored twice for El-Entag El-Harby against Al-itthad and Petrojet in the 2013/2014 season.

- Arafa El Sayed scored against Al-Masry and Al-Makassa in 2014/2015.
11/17/2017 5:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Saul recalls his time at the Real Madrid academy ]]>
“I experienced a series of bad things, but I believe any 11-year-old could have that happen to them,” Saul told Movistar Plus on Thursday.

Born in Elche, Saul left Real Madrid when he was 13 and spent four years at the club’s academy before joining the first team in 2012. Throughout his senior career, he played with Atletico except for one year where he was on loan to Rayo Vallecano in 2014.

Saul added, “my time at Real Madrid was good for me because it made me mature, grow and realize many things. Thanks to that, I'm here now."

Saul revealed that Atletico manager, Diego Simeone, played a major role on him staying in the club. He said, “after a year at Rayo, I knew I was coming back, but the next year I was going to join Valencia on a loan and it was all agreed. Just before, Simeone had seen that I had changed and said that he wanted me to stay.”

Saul is expected to be on Atletico Madrid’s starting line-up on Saturday when they face Real Madrid at Atletico’s new venue, Wanda Metropolitano. ]]>
11/17/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ibrahimovic to return in 2017]]>
“As we expect, he's reduced the timing of his recovering and, as we were saying a few weeks ago, he will be back in 2017, which is a magnificent recovery," Mourinho told press on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic is recovering from a knee injury that happened to him during a Manchester United game against Belgium’s Anderlacht at Europa League.

Mourinho praised the thirty –six-year-old striker by saying, “he is a lion, he is a fighter, I think that is a good description of him, he has the anger all the time and that's the reason why he's almost coming back.”

Mourinho coached Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan in 2008 and signed him in 2016 when he became Manchester United’s manager.

Ibrahimovic had a great first season, with Manchester United scoring 28 goals to be United’s top scorer in the last season.
11/17/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Final Ranking for the World Cup Draw]]>
Peru will be ranked second in the draw according to the FIFA rankings for the teams for October. The FIFA has announced that the October ranking will determine the classification of the teams in the draw for the World Cup.

Thus, the rating before the draw on December 1 will be as follows:

Rank 1: Russia - Germany - Brazil - Argentina - Portugal - Poland - France - Belgium
Rank 2: Spain - Mexico - England - Peru - Uruguay - Croatia - Colombia - Switzerland
Rank 3: Egypt - Tunisia - Iran - Sweden - Denmark - Iceland - Costa Rica - Senegal
Rank 4: Saudi Arabia - Morocco - Nigeria - South Korea - Japan - Australia - Serbia - Panama

The draw requires that two teams from one continent will not be in the same group except for Europe because they have 14 teams.

According to the draw rules, Egypt will not be with Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica or Iran, considering that these teams are in the third category with the Pharaohs.

In 1994 Saudi Arabia fell with Morocco in the same group and in 2006 Saudi Arabia fell with Tunisia.

Saudi Arabia may fall with Egypt or Tunisia in the same group in 2018 World Cup.]]>
11/16/2017 11:41:45 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor replaces Coles in All Blacks line-up for Scotland test]]>
Coles was ruled out of the showdown with Scotland after suffering a serious knee injury in last weekend’s 38-18 test victory over France in Paris and has returned home.

Taylor will earn his 27th cap as part of an experienced All Blacks outfit with Nathan Harris taking his place on the bench and flanker Liam Squire also being included among the substitutes after illness kept him in bed for five days last week.

Substitutes Lima Sopoaga and Ofa Tu'ungafasi are in line to play their fourth match of the world champions’ end-of-seaon tour, during which they beat the Barbarians at Twickenham and a French XV in Lyon on Tuesday.

"This test against Scotland will be an opportunity for this group of players to take on the challenge of raising the bar on the performance which was set down by their team mates on Tuesday,” coach Steve Hansen said after naming the team on Thursday.

"Scotland will be a formidable opponent who, from all indications, will be looking to play skilful rugby and an up-tempo game. Therefore, we'll need to meet this challenge head on and be prepared to empty the tank and exert our own pressure upon them.”

The All Blacks have played Scotland 30 times since 1905, with 28 wins and two draws. The last match between the two sides was at Murrayfield three years ago, which New Zealand won 24-16.

Team: 15-Damian McKenzie, 14-Waisake Naholo, 13-Ryan Crotty, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Beauden Barrett, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read (captain), 7-Sam Cane, 6-Vaea Fifita, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Luke Romano, 3-Nepo Laulala, 2-Codie Taylor, 1-Kane Hames

Replacements: 16-Nathan Harris, 17-Wyatt Crockett, 18-Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19-Liam Squire, 20-Matt Todd, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Lima Sopoaga, 23-Anton Lienert-Brown.]]>
11/16/2017 11:40:34 PM
<![CDATA[10 historical paradoxes in the World Cup Russia]]>
The following 10 paradoxes monitored by Sky News will be borne by the World Cup 21 next summer:
-Two countries will participate for the first time in the World Cup, Iceland and Panama. Iceland and Panama had come close to qualifying in recent years, but failed in the last few steps. Iceland and Panama have finally secured direct qualification weeks ago in a historic achievement that could paint a picture of football success for years.

-Brazil is participating in the 21st tournament, the only historically elected team that has not missed a World Cup since its inception in 1930. On the other hand, Germany did not fail to qualify, but the International Federation did not invite it to the World Cup in 1930, and was banned from participation in the World Cup in Brazil in 1950 because of the consequences arising at the height of Second World War.

- The tournament will see a historic absence for Italy, an unbelievable absence to generations accustomed to seeing Italy in the World Cup. The last time Italy didn’t participate was in Sweden's 1958 World Cup. Ironically, Sweden itself was responsible for taking the Italian team out of qualifying this year.

- Seven former champions: Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay, Germany, France, Spain, and England, will participate in next summer's World Cup.

- In addition to being the main sponsor of the World Cup, German company Adidas sponsors the largest number of the World Cup teams. Twelve of the 32 team will wear Adidas shirts during the tournament.

-For the first time in the history of the World Cup, three Scandinavian teams are participating together. Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland will participate in 2018 World cup.

It is also the second time that Sweden and Denmark are playing together in the same tournament. Both teams participated in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

- For the first time in history, four teams represent the Arabs in the World Cup. Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco qualified for the World Cup after a superb performance during the qualifiers.

- Another participating team in the World Cup is the United States. The United States has never missed the World Cup since its participation in the 1990 edition in Italy.

- The Peruvian team has the strongest return to the World Cup, after a long absence of 36 years, since its last participation in 1982. This is the longest absence among the participating teams in the 2018 World Cup.

- European teams have dominated championships held in Europe, a situation that could be repeated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

-It was only once that a non-European team won the title in Europe. In 1958 in Sweden, Pele led Brazil to a historic title.]]>
11/16/2017 11:11:54 PM
<![CDATA[CAF appoints Amr Fahmy as a new general-secretary ]]>
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad recommended Fahmy to the executive committee and they approved to name Fahmy in the position during their meeting on Thursday in Morocco.

Amr Fahmy, 34, is Mostafa Fahmy’s son who served in the same position for 28 years. Amr succeeded Hicham El Amrani from Morocco who served in this position from October 2010 to March 2017 and resigned without giving reasons.

Fahmy, who holds a FIFA Master’s in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, has great experience from working in CAF. He served at France-based Lagardère Sports as director of operations for Africa and he worked with the CAF Competitions Division between 2007 and 2015 and he served as tournament director for the flagship competition, Africa Cup of Nations.

Amr Fahmy’s father, Mostafa Fahmy, is a candidate for the vice president of Al-Ahly club.]]>
11/16/2017 11:10:15 PM
<![CDATA[Pochettino praises Wenger ahead of North London derby ]]>
“Wenger was an innovator, ahead of everyone, like Ferguson. It’s difficult to innovate but you must try to create a project under your ideas and philosophies take you ahead of other clubs. They were ahead. That’s why my respect and admiration is high,” Pochettino told press on Thursday.

Wenger revolutionized Arsenal when he signed for the club in 1996, introducing a new style of play to the Premier League. Since then, he has bred rivalry between his team and Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester.

Pochettino added, “He will always be a special manager. To keep motivated more than three years is difficult. Five years, you must be very good — very good if you’re 10 years. When you talk about 20 years, it’s amazing. Everyone who talks about him needs to show respect.”

Wenger stayed with Arsenal for more than 20 years, achieving many titles with the club, three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup titles and seven Community Shields.

Arsenal hosts Tottenham Hotspurs on Saturday at the Premier League in the North London Derby. ]]>
11/16/2017 9:54:15 PM
<![CDATA[On his 43rd birthday: Scholes is the most underrated midfielder]]>
Scholes, as a midfielder, has a unique style in the middle of the pitch. He had many achievements with the Red Devils, most notably winning the Premier League title 11 times, and being one of Ferguson's main players for 19 seasons at Old Trafford.

Highlights of what was said about Paul Scholes:

Real Madrid’s coach Zidane said, according to the Daily Mail, “It's only natural to want to select your best players and there is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own.”

Metro reported that former Arsenal striker Henry said, “If I had a Paul Scholes in my team, everything would be around him. At Manchester United, they saw it like that, but I think Paul Scholes is one of the best I’ve played against in this league and seen anywhere.”

Xavi, former Barcelona player told the Daily Mail, “In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen, the most complete, is Scholes. I have spoken with Xavi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything.”

Former Barcelona player Gudjohnsen said, according to the Mirror, “I’m more an admirer of Paul Scholes than I am of Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, but he has 10 other great players around him every week…Scholes is one of the most complete footballers I’ve ever seen. His one-touch play is phenomenal. Whenever I have played against him, I never felt I could get close to him.”

He never won the Golden Ball and appeared in the best FIFA XI only twice. He never earned the recognition he deserved as a memorable addition to the midfield, forcing everyone to respect him and recognize him as a delightful person.
11/16/2017 9:48:36 PM
<![CDATA[Jurgen Klopp taken to hospital]]>
"He was examined by doctors and will be absent from training," the club said in a statement, explaining that his admission to the hospital was "a precaution."

"Jürgen is not expected [to stay] beyond the planned tests, so he will return home," added the entity, ensuring that the coach will undergo further medical examinations "in the coming days."

The 'Reds', who will face Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League, did not report regarding the date to which Klopp will be reinstated to training or whether he will lead the team against the 'Saints.'

Jurgen Klopp was appointed as a manager to Liverpool on October 8, 2015. He led the Reds in 117 matches where he succeeded to win 59 matches, got defeated 24 times and ended 34 games with a draw.
11/16/2017 9:23:17 PM
<![CDATA[Emery denies Neymar departure rumors ]]>
“When we took him (from Barcelona) it was with one precise goal, the club and the president want him to stay and he's going to stay here," Emery told French magazine, L’equipe.

PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona after they paid his release clause of €222 million to the club. Neymar shined in his first days with the Parisian club, but it seems that he has some problems with adaptation in Paris.

Emery spoke about Neymar’s days in Paris stating that, “the most important thing is the pitch and his performances there. All footballers are men before being footballers. I speak to Neymar, and it's that which is more important than rumors.”

Emery added, “adapting is different for each player and more or less quick. We're doing everything to help him to adapt as well as possible."

PSG has signed many world class players in recent years, before Neymar. They also achieved the club’s dream to win the UEFA Champions League title. ]]>
11/16/2017 8:35:59 PM
<![CDATA[Real Betis interested in Jack Wilshere]]>
As reported by The Sun, the Andalusian club contacted the English midfielder to show their interest in signing him for next season or even the market this winter.

Wilshere ends his contract with Arsenal in June 2018, and it seems that he is considering starting a new stage of his career at LaLiga. The Englishman is not a priority choice for Wenger, who only gave him 25 minutes in Premier.

Wilshere did not reach an agreement to renew his contract with Arsenal; he could close a contract with Betis.

The green and white (Betis) was interested in the Arsenal’s midfielder last summer. They would be willing to bring him in the winter market if the transfer could be closed at affordable fees.
11/16/2017 7:32:41 PM
<![CDATA[Wenger: Cazorla’s injury is the worst I’ve ever seen]]>
Cazorla, 32, has not played for Arsenal since October 2016, and has gone through the operating room eight times for his ‘Achilles tendon’ injury.

"It's the worst injury I've ever seen," Wenger said on Thursday during his weekly press conference two days before the London derby against Tottenham.

"What started with a pain in the Achilles tendon was then worse and worse," revealed the Gunners coach.

It was revealed in early November that a gangrene infection had "eaten" eight inches of the tendon and that the doctors had advised him to be grateful if he was able to walk again.

"I am aware of how much Cazorla loves to play soccer, and he loves to go out there every day, and I am very sorry for what happened to him, because it is incredible," he added.

"I saw him a month ago and I told him to prepare himself as best he could—he has a competent medical team at his side," explained Wenger, who confirmed that he did not speak to him recently, but was "hopeful that he will be available in January."
11/16/2017 7:27:07 PM
<![CDATA[Pakistan's Hafeez suspended from bowling in internationals]]>
Match officials reported Hafeez in last month's third one-day international against Sri Lanka.

"The assessment revealed that the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations," the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

Hafeez, 37, has been suspended on two previous occasions for the same offence and served a 12-month ban from July, 2015 after his action was found to be illegal for the second time in a two-year period.
11/16/2017 7:20:54 PM
<![CDATA[CONCACAF agrees to launch new Nations League]]>
The competition will begin in the international dates in September, 2018 and will feature all 41 member countries of the confederation which includes Mexico and the United States.

Those nations will be split into three divisions, based on their "sporting level" with promotion and relegation. The tournament will also serve as a qualifying route to the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

The format is similar to UEFA's Nations League in Europe which will also begin in September but Montagliani believes it will address the problem facing the region's smaller, often Caribbean island, nations who have found it hard to get regular competitive action.

"This new tournament is highly beneficial to all our member associations and fans everywhere, since it provides significant opportunities to play important competitive matches with increased regularity throughout the year," Montagliani said in a telephone interview.

"The biggest difference between our Nations League and the UEFA, is that their nations were already playing a significant amount of games... But for us it was to allow our countries to play a mininum amount of games over a four year window," added the Canadian.

"Our bigger countries have the capacity to do that but the way our system was, in my opinion was archaic and you had countries who were playing four to six games in a four year period. It is kind of hard then to develop football in any capacity," he said.


With a large number of teams who have never featured in the World Cup and who have struggled to organise and finance friendly matches, Montagliani said CONCACAF had a real need for games in order to help teams progress.

"Sure, some countries are not necessarily going to win the World Cup, but that is not the point. The point is that everybody deserves, the basic necessities to try to develop their game and I think this League of Nations provides a great platform for all 41 countries," he said.

Montagliani said the format, which will be finalised in detail by February, would ensure that all teams have the resources to feature in the competition.

"This allows the smaller countries to participate at a minimum level which has not always been the case in the past," he said.

As well as winning the backing of national federation presidents across the region, CONCACAF have had discussions with potential broadcast partners who Montagliani said had shown interest.

He said the new tournament was proof that the confederation, which under its previous leaderships was heavily implicated in the FIFA corruption scandal, was now focusing on the right areas.

"I said when I was elected that it is time for this confederation to be about football. We have been looking at all our competitions and this is the continuation of our philosophy that football is first. This confederation needs to show that - and we have."]]>
11/16/2017 7:00:28 PM
<![CDATA[No let-up from Federer as he stays perfect in London]]>
Six-times champion Federer had booked his place in the semi-finals with victory over German trailblazer Alexander Zverev but any notion that he would coast through his final group match proved wide of the mark.

Cilic, eliminated after two three-set losses, was hoping to end his year on a high in the city where his Wimbledon dream was ended in this year's final by Federer - the Croatian sobbing on court after suffering blisters.

The world number five survived four break points in the opening set and played an impressive tiebreak.

A stunning angled backhand volley at 5-5 gave him a set point and he crunched away a forehand winner, his 20th of a first set in which Federer's frustration was clear.

Federer could have been excused for stepping off the gas but the 19-times grand slam champion went up a gear.

The second set was on serve until, at 4-5, Cilic netted a forehand to give Federer a set point which the Swiss converted.

A 100mph forehand service return gave Federer an early break in the decider and Cilic's resistance crumbled quickly as Federer turned on the style to race to victory.

Federer has reached the last four in 14 out of 15 appearances in the year-end tournament and will face David Goffin or Dominic Thiem for a place in the final.
Cilic's career record is now 1-8 at the ATP Finals.

"I was a set and a break points down so happy I found a way out of it," the 36-year-old world number two said.

"I thought try to relax a little bit. This was nice because I could play a bit more freely midway through the second set because I was through regardless.

"But I wanted to keep the momentum going. One last weekend now, one last push, then vacation."

American Jack Sock plays Zverev later on the Thursday and the winner will join Federer in the semis.]]>
11/16/2017 6:54:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian laboratory almost approved for accreditation by WADA ]]>
A WADA delegation will visit the Egyptian laboratory on November 23, followed by three shipments of twenty urine samples to the prior. Following this stage, 10 samples will be analyzed in the presence of a WADA delegation to grant approval for the work internationally, according to Super Kora.

Ghoneim added that the Customs Authority has cooperated significantly to eliminate any delays of the samples in customs. The approval procedure previously took 4 hours.
He stressed that the Egyptian laboratory is the only one in Africa equipped at the highest level that will soon join network of international laboratories, Youm7 reported.

11/16/2017 5:02:55 PM
<![CDATA[Arsenal striker Giroud ruled out of Tottenham game]]>
Giroud, who has scored once in 10 league appearances this season, netted in France's friendly win over Wales last Friday.

"Giroud picked up an injury, I don't think he will be available," Wenger told reporters. "It's short term, we have to assess him on Monday."

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck (groin) and defender Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) will undergo late fitness tests.

Wenger said Santi Cazorla's injury was the worst he had seen with the Spaniard sidelined since last October after suffering multiple infections following surgery on his right heel.

Wenger is hopeful the 32-year-old midfielder will return in January.

Arsenal, who are sixth in the standings, have not beaten third-placed Tottenham in the last six league meetings but Wenger is confident can beat their local rivals.

"I think Tottenham is a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that is what we want to show," Wenger added.

Arsenal are 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

"It is one of the fixtures of course that is very important for us and that you want to win. Basically as well, in the table, we have to make some ground up with the top teams," Wenger said.

"You need to have full commitment, but as well be lucid enough and calm enough to focus on the game."]]>
11/16/2017 4:13:51 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Entag Al-Harby hosts Al-Ahly at Egyptian league’s 9th round ]]>
The 39-time Egyptian league champion Al-Ahly which occupies the 14th place of the current edition of the tournament, is scheduled to face the 11th place Al-Entag Al-Harby among the matches of the ninth week of the Premier League, at Al-Entag Al-Harby’s stadium, Al-Salam, at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Al-Ahly has played only three matches at the Premier League due to its participation at CAF African Champions League, which had played its final match against Wydad Athletic Club, and lost the final with an aggregate score of 2-1. While Al-Entag played eight matches in the league, won in two games, lost in two games, and ended the other three games with a draw.

11/16/2017 3:26:54 PM
<![CDATA[Peru down New Zealand to complete World Cup lineup ]]>
The teams played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Wellington on Saturday and although both sides had chances in a tense match in Lima, Peru were more clinical in front of goal.

The Peruvians, who last went to the World Cup finals in 1982, celebrated with abandon when the final whistle went and were guaranteed a day to recover after the government promised a national holiday.

"This is a dream come true and now it is time to celebrate," Christian Cueva, the gifted left winger who had a hand in creating both goals, told reporters as the players completed a boisterous lap of honour.

"Now we have to keep working and prepare for the finals." Peru got their noses in front on 27 minutes when Farfan hammered home a fierce rising shot from just inside the penalty area to complete a sweeping counter-attack.

The home side could have scored more but an early drive from Luis Advincula hit the woodwork and All Whites keeper Stefan Marinovic did well to stop a bending drive from Miguel Trauco and then get a hand to Farfan's shot from the rebound.

New Zealand brought on Chris Wood at halftime in search of a vital away goal and a series of long balls to the towering Burnley striker managed to put Peru on the back foot in the early stages of the second period.

However, the Kiwis could not make their temporary control of the contest count and Ramos doubled Peru's lead after 64 minutes when he seized on a loose ball from a corner kick and lashed it into the roof of the net from close range.

The result extended Peru's unbeaten run to 10 games, their longest such streak in 75 years."Mission accomplished, thank you," Ricardo Gareca, Peru's Argentine coach said after the game. "We have managed something very important for the country. I am very emotional."

The South Americans are 10th in the latest FIFA rankings and will go into the second group of seeds when the draw for next year's tournament takes place in Moscow on Dec. 1.]]>
11/16/2017 2:15:59 PM
<![CDATA[Great Saturday for derby lovers ]]>
Football fans should consider Saturday, November 18 as a day off to be able to watch all the derbies scheduled in order to avoid missing anything.

It is a good day to return to the biggest leagues’ competitions after a long two-week international break.

The day starts early, as Arsenal hosts Tottenham Hotspurs at Emirates Stadium in the North West derby at 1:30 p.m. (Cairo local time). It is one of the most competitive games in the league, as both teams’ fans look to each other with much disrespect and hatred.

After the end of that derby, you will have time from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to recover your muscles for the next derby. However, you will be able to watch many beautiful games in the Premier League, like Leicester City vs. Manchester City and Liverpool vs. Southampton, or you can turn your mind towards the Spanish League to watch Barcelona’s game against Leganes.

At 7 p.m., it is your time to watch some action in Italy, when Olympico Stadium hosts the Capital derby between Roma and Lazio. This game does not care about the clubs’ position in the table or their performances in the previous games. Italians will hopefully forget the shock they experienced after failing to qualify to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

At the end of the day, it is your time to watch Real Madrid play in their rivals’ new stadium, Wanda Metropolitano, for the first time.

Atletico Madrid fans hope to overcome their previous poor results by defeating Real Madrid and creating another beautiful memory in their new stadium.

Leave everything and enjoy a great day with our beloved game.]]>
11/16/2017 8:50:36 AM
<![CDATA[El Neny recalls Congo game feelings ]]>
“I felt something I have never experienced before. It was a pure happiness. After all the hard work we made, the dream has come true,” El Neny told Arsenal’s YouTube channel.

Mohamed Salah scored a late penalty to lead Egypt to defeat Congo 2-1 to secure their qualification to the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

El Neny revealed how he spent the night before the game, saying, “I was dreaming all night; I was dreaming about the referee’s whistle and being in the World Cup. It was a dream to all Egyptians.”

Mohamed El Neny played the whole game against Congo and provided an assist for Salah’s first goal in the game.

El Neny also spoke about football’s impact on Egyptians, saying, “Football affects so many people in Egypt. It affects our economy and overall mood; affects every household, rich or poor.”

El Neny, born in Mahala, had a long journey with football inside Egypt before finding his way to Arsenal.

El Neny played for the Al-Ahly academy before moving to the Arab Contractors academy before becoming a regular player on the national team. He moved to Europe to play for Switzerland’s Basel in 2013, where he played for three years before joining Arsenal in 2016.]]>
11/16/2017 8:47:03 AM
<![CDATA[Loew is sad after Italy’s failure to reach World Cup ]]>
“For me, there is something missing without the Italian team. I think it's a little sad for Italy. I would've been happy if the Italians were part of [the World Cup],” Loew told press on Wednesday.

Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as they lost the play-off first leg in Sweden 1-0 and the second leg in Italy ended with a goalless draw.

Loew added, “I have the biggest respect for those players that played not only for Juventus, but also those that played in the national team. Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, and also Daniele De Rossi and the others. That's pure class.”

Gianluigi Buffon, Georgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli announced their retirement from the national team after the game.

Germany defeated Italy in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals through penalties before Germany itself got eliminated from the next round by losing to France 2-0. ]]>
11/16/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Benzema’s magic play against Atletico Madrid ]]>
"It was a very beautiful move; one you don't see every day. I had to be so sure of myself to try that," Benzema told CANAL + on Wednesday.

Benzema passed from three Atletico Madrid defenders and gave the ball to his teammate Francisco Alarcon, known as Isco, who scored Madrid’s only goal in the Madrid Derby at the 2017 UEFA Champions League second leg.

This goal saved Real Madrid from a dramatic comeback as they defeated Atletico 3-0 in the first leg and found themselves losing 2-0 in the first half before Isco scored Madrid’s goal.

Benzema explained the goal, saying, "I didn't really think about it. I took the ball and just had the idea to keep going. It was nice. I think it came from a mixture of talent and confidence."

Real Madrid faces Atletico Madrid on Saturday in the Spanish League. ]]>
11/16/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Badry announces Al-Ahly squad for El Entag]]>
Badry returned to coach Al-Ahly after a small vacation in Canada after the CAF Champions League final loss to Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca.

Al-Ahly will miss Mohamed Naguib, Ali Maaloul, Ramy Rabia and Sherif Ekramy due to injuries. Badry also excluded Saleh Gomaa for technical reasons.

Al-Ahly captain Hossam Ashour will return to the team after he missed the final two legs of the CAF Champions League due to injury.

Al-Ahly chosen squad for the game consists of Mohammed al-Shannawi, Ahmed Adel, Mohamed Tarek, Mohamed Hany, Saad Samir, Hussein El Sayed, Ayman Ashraf, Amr El Sulaya, Hossam Ashour, Hisham Mohamed, Junior Ajay, Walid Soliman, Ahmed Hammoudi, Walid Azaro, Ahmed Rayyan, Ahmed Sheikh, Ahmed Fathi and Mido Jaber.

Al-Ahly played only three games in the Egyptian League, winnng two games and ending one game with a draw.]]>
11/16/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Italy sacks national team manager, Ventura]]>
Ventura refused to resign after Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup, and he provoked the Italian fans after the game, saying, “I lost only two games in two years; I lost only two games in two years.”

Ventura failed to qualify with Italy to the World Cup for the third time in their history and the first time since 1958.

Ventura started managing Italy in 2016 after the national team got eliminated from the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals. He succeeded Chelsea’s current manager, Antonio Conte, who led Italy at Euro 2016.

Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti is expected to be in charge of the national team for the first time. If appointed, Ancelotti would have much work to do to revive the Italian national team.]]>
11/15/2017 10:36:40 PM
<![CDATA[FIFA official took bribes for Qatar World Cup vote: witness]]>
Julio Grondona, a senior vice-president at FIFA and former head of the Argentinean football association, allegedly told the witness, Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentinean sports marketing executive, that he was owed the money in exchange for his vote, which helped Qatar secure the tournament.

Grondona informed Burzaco that he had taken a bribe for his World Cup vote and that another $1m bribe was given to FIFA executive Ricardo Teixeira.

Burzaco also confirmed long-held allegations that FIFA’s bidding rules were broken by a vote-trading pact between Qatar’s bid for 2022 and the joint Spain-Portugal bid for 2018’s hosting rights, which Russia eventually won.

In September, the Arab Federation for Human Rights called for pulling the 2022 World Cup from Qatar by providing two reports. One report claims that Qatar monetarily bribed officials in order to host the World Cup, Saudi News Channel reported.

On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations that the state supports terrorism. Ports and airspaces were cut off to Qatari vessels.
Since then, Kuwait has played the role of mediator to put an end to this rift. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held several meetings with the disputed parties, but the discussions have not yet led to a settlement.

The Arab countries listed 13 demands to be met by Qatar, including severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and the closure of the Turkish air base in Qatar.]]>
11/15/2017 10:30:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sri Lanka in talks with Hathurusingha over coach's job]]>
Hathurusingha resigned as the head coach of Bangladesh last week, amid media speculation that he was set to take charge of Sri Lanka.

"I hope mostly the deal will go through," Jayasekara told reporters in Colombo.

"He has taken Bangladesh to a higher level...

"We have invited him to take up (the role of) Sri Lanka coach and I will approve definitely."

Sri Lanka have been without a permanent coach since Graham Ford, who was meant to be in charge through the 2019 World Cup, quit in June.

Since then Sri Lanka have been whitewashed in a three-match test series against India as well as in a five-match one-day series against the same opponents. They also lost a one-day series to Pakistan 5-0 last month.]]>
11/15/2017 10:07:01 PM
<![CDATA[Hell, Hounds start preparations for the new season ]]>
Hell Hounds have added many players to strengthen the team as they signed Karin Qandil from GUC Eagles, who won the league last year. They also signed Abdel Rahman Salah known as “ABDOZER” and Abdel Raouf Hassan from MSA Tigers.

Hounds also signed Ali Rafeek to be their manager for the new season. As one of the game veterans, Rafeek is expected to make the Hounds stronger.

Hounds will participate in the Women's League for the first time - Egypt Today

Hell Hounds will participate in the Women’s league for the first time. Hounds Women’s team already started their preparations last June.

Hounds men’s and women’s teams will play their first friendly game this season on November 18 against Gazeera Thunder. Gazeera will participate in the league this season for the first time after joining Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF). ]]>
11/15/2017 10:03:30 PM
<![CDATA[Aduriz renews his contract with Bilbao ]]>
“I am very happy, satisfied and grateful to Athletic Club, I consider this club my family,” Aduriz told press on Wednesday.

Aduriz, born in San Sebastián in Basque, joined Bilbao when he was 19 years old and stayed with the club for four years. He failed to earn a regular place in the club’s starting line-up.

Aduriz added, “I am grateful to be able to play one more year."

Aduriz left Bilbao in 2004 to play for Burgos in 2004 and Valladolid in 2005. He returned again to Bilbao in 2006 but left in 2008 to join Mallorca and Valencia for two years each.

Aduriz returned again to Bilbao in 2012 to spend his best days with football inside the club, scoring more than 80 goals. ]]>
11/15/2017 8:49:41 PM
<![CDATA[Australia qualifies to the World Cup ]]>
Australia faced Honduras at the Inter-Confederation playoff second leg in Sydney after they returned from Honduras with a goalless draw.

Australia started the game well and created many chances through their midfielder Aaron Mooy’s crosses, but the Australian strikers failed to open the score, ending the first half 0-0.

In the second half, Mile Jedinak scored three goals to secure a comfortable victory for the Australians.

The first goal came from a free kick at the 54-minute mark, while the other two goals came from penalties at minute 74 and 85.

Honduran striker, Alberth Elis, scored their only goal in the game minutes before the final whistle.

Australia qualified to the World Cup for fifth time in their history, qualifying to the 1974 World Cup in Germany and the last three World Cups in Germany, South Africa and Brazil.]]>
11/15/2017 8:02:49 PM
<![CDATA[Mascherano is out of action for a month]]>
Mascherano returned to Barcelona after his country’s friendly match against Nigeria, but tests revealed his hamstring injury will make him out of action for a month, according to the newspaper “Sport.”

Mascherano will be sidelined for 4 La Liga matches, specifically against Leganés, Valencia, Celta Vigo and Villarreal.

Javier will also miss the last round of the group’s Champions League against Juventus and Real Murcia match in Copa del Rey.

If things go well, he is expected to return on December 17 for the match against Deportivo La Coruna. A week later, he will be ready to play against Real Madrid in the Clasico.

The problem is that Gérard Pique and Samuel Omtiti have four yellow cards; if they get another yellow card, they will be suspended, which could open the door for Belgium’s Thomas Vermaelen.]]>
11/15/2017 7:57:37 PM
<![CDATA[Eriksen: I learned a lot from watching Bergkamp]]>
Before the London Premier League Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium, Eriksen, 25, praised Dutchman Bergkamp, who has spent 11 years at Arsenal, for helping him out of the spotlight. Eriksen played under Bergkamp's leadership in Ajax before playing for the first team in 2010.

"In my first year at Ajax, we had some sessions with Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk," Eriksen, who joined Tottenham in 2013, told Sky Sports. "Even then, you could always see Dennis' charisma and confidence on the ball. He always knew how to take his first touch and where the ball needed to end up afterwards,” he said.

"I learned a lot from watching him and working with him. It helped me when I made it through to the first team," he added. The Danish player, along with Harry Kane and Dele Alli, has been instrumental in Tottenham's emergence as a domestic and European force under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Eriksen continued his strong performance with Tottenham this season, scoring 4 goals and assisting 4 in 15 appearances, and praised the Spurs coach. "He trusts me completely. You feel that trust and it makes you want to do everything for him," Eriksen added as he spoke of the Argentine, "he has given stability not only to me but to the whole club. That's the main thing for a player.”

Tottenham heads into the North London derby in third position, eight points behind leaders Manchester City, while Arsenal sits in sixth place, a further four points back.]]>
11/15/2017 6:41:10 PM
<![CDATA[France named host of 2023 Rugby World Cup]]>
South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's Board but the Council members voted for France.

Ireland had also entered a bid to stage the tournament.]]>
11/15/2017 3:25:00 PM
<![CDATA[Australia beat Honduras 3-1 to qualify for World Cup]]>
Captain Mile Jedinak scored a second half hat-trick to put the Socceroos on course for a 3-1 aggregate victory after the first leg in San Pedro Sula last week finished goalless.

Alberto Elis netted an injury time consolation goal for the visitors.

11/15/2017 1:37:33 PM
<![CDATA[Four possible coaches to replace Venture]]>
The goal is to turn the page as soon as possible, and in the next few hours, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) will decide on this.

Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup after a goalless draw at home against Sweden. Italy failed to overcome the 0-1 loss in the first leg.

The president, Carlo Tavecchio, who did not make statements after the elimination, plans to speak at a press conference.

The fact is that everyone votes for change, and the information points to four candidates to replace Ventura.

The person most voted for by the fans is Carlo Ancelotti, who has the advantage, in addition to being without a team at the moment. He could automatically gain access to the position, although he has already said that his intention is to take a sabbatical year after his resignation from Bayern Munich.

Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri and Roberto Mancini, all of them with contracts in their clubs (Chelsea, Juventus and Zenit, respectively), are the other possible coaches wished for by the fans in the voting carried out by La Gazzetta.

Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup for the third time in history, as they previously failed to reach the 1930 and 1958 World Cup tournaments, while Sweden qualified to the World Cup after they missed the last two tournaments in South Africa and Brazil.
11/15/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Eriksen leads Denmark to World Cup]]>CAIRO – 15 November 2017: Denmark succeeded to qualify to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after defeating the Republic of Ireland 5-1 in the second-leg of their clash at Aviva Stadium in Ireland.

The first-leg ended with a goalless draw in Denmark. Christian Eriksen, Tottenham`s midfielder, was the protagonist of the game, as he managed to score a hat-trick to help his national team qualify to the World Cup.

Shane Duffy took the lead for Ireland in the 6th minute. Andreas Christensen equalized for Denmark in the 29th minute, and then Christian Eriksen scored the second for Denmark in the 32nd minute.

In the second half, Eriksen scored two goals in the 63rd and 74th minutes to decide his team`s qualification, reaching his eleventh goal in the European World Cup qualifiers. Only Cristiano Ronaldo with 15 goals and Robert Lewandowski with 16 goals scored more than him.

Nicolas Bendtner finished the game with the fifth goal in the 90th minute.

Denmark is ranked 30th and is the last European team to qualify to this edition of the World Cup, after France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Switzerland, Croatia and Sweden, along with Russia, the organizer of the tournament.

This is the fifth time that Denmark qualifies to the World Cup.]]>
11/15/2017 9:16:53 AM
<![CDATA[Tebas: VAR to be implemented next season in La Liga]]>
Tebas revealed the news in a media conference, where he also announced that it will be tested first in the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) this season.

The management was done through meetings in Zurich, and finally the International Board (IFAB) informed the federation that it is authorized to use the technological system of arbitration aid, so the Spanish Cup was available to prove it.

"There is no time to install the entire system in 15 days. We do not have courses or have decided who will manage; it's impossible," Tebas said.

So things will surely apply in the next round of the Cup, for which there is still no stipulated date.

The VAR is already used in Germany, Italy, France and Portugal. However, some errors in the application of the system have led to criticism regarding its management.
11/15/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sweden`s coach dismisses talk of international return for Ibrahimovic]]>
"This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago, and we are still here talking about him," Andersson said to Goal.com.

"Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team, I believe," he said after the game.

Manchester United`s striker, who decided to leave the Swedish national team after the European Championship of 2016, dominated all the topics of conversation.
Zlatan tweeted after the match:

The Sweden coach added, "When Ibrahimovic was with us, we played a different football style. He's a great player, but we have adapted without him; we have many heroes."

Zlatan said on Sky Sports Italia that "it would be fun to be in Russia 2018." Ibrahimovic is recovering from a severe knee injury he suffered last April with Manchester United in a Europa League match against Anderlecht.]]>
11/15/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Stadium hosts National team games]]>
Speaking to the “Mala’ab 909” radio program, Darwich said, “I did not receive any official letter, but the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) will send me the full schedule of the games.”

“All the next national team games will be held at Cairo Stadium, including Niger’s game in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in March 2018,” he stated.

It is expected that the 2018 World Cup draw will be held on December 2,and then the EFA will schedule the Egyptian national team’s friendly preparation games.

“We wish that all the fans can attend their national team games at Cairo Stadium—everything is stable now,” Darwich added.

The Egyptian security authorities have also authorized Al-Ahly and Zamalek to play their matches at Cairo International Stadium instead of Petrosport and Al Salam stadiums.

However, the decision does not include Al-Ahly & Zamalek home games against Al-Masry club.]]>
11/15/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Hassan is happy after Italy’s failure]]>
Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup after a goalless draw at home against Sweden, where it didn’t overcome the 0-1 loss in the first leg.

Ahmed Hassan is the most capped international male footballer in history, with 184 appearances for the Egyptian national team.

Hassan faced the danger of losing his “most capped’ title to Gianluigi Buffon, Italy’s veteran goalkeeper.

“Actually, I’m very happy that Italy did not qualify because Buffon would get closer to my record,” Hassan stated to Filgoal.

“What I care the most for is that I want to keep my record—if Italy qualified, I would lose my record for Buffon,” he added.

The charismatic 39-year-old had solidly represented the Azzurri for the past 20 years, earning a record 175 caps, but this time not even he could lift a second-rate Italy side.
Juventus’ goalkeeper is the fourth in the list of the most capped players in history after Mexico’s Claudio Suarez (third) with 177 games and Saudi’s retired goalkeeper Mohamed El Deayea (second) with 178 games.

Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup for the third time in history as they previously failed to reach the 1930 and 1958 World Cup tournaments, while Sweden qualified to the World Cup after they missed the last two tournaments in South Africa and Brazil.
11/14/2017 11:25:56 PM
<![CDATA[Argentina squander two-goal lead and lose to Nigeria]]>
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli rested Lionel Messi following their 1-0 win over Russia on Saturday and it seemed that they could cope without him as Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero put them in control.

Banega curled in a free kick, awarded after Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi picked the ball up outside his area, in the 28th minute and Aguero finished off a sweeping counter-attack eight minutes later.

Kelechi Iheanacho inspired the Nigeria fightback.

First, he emulated Banega by scoring from a free kick on the stroke of halftime and then set up the equaliser by pulling the ball back for Alex Iwobi to stroke into the net seven minutes after the re-start.

The Super Eagles took the lead two minutes after that when Brian Idowu sidefooted home from the edge of the area to finish off a counter attack.

A superb goal by Iwobi completed the comeback in the 73rd minute as he collected the ball, slipped it between Javier Mascherano's legs and fired past Agustin Marchesin.

Argentina staggered through their World Cup qualifying campaign, only clinching their place at the finals with a 3-1 win in Ecuador in their final match.
11/14/2017 9:56:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian motorcyclist breaks motocross Guinnnes World Record ]]>
Egyptian motorcyclist Ali Abdo broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance on a motocross bike in 24 hours.

The greatest distance on a motocross bike in 24 hours by an individual is 613.59 km (381.27 miles) and was achieved by Ali Abdo Ali (Egypt) in El Gouna, Egypt on June 29-30, 2017.

The 34-year-old motorcyclist applied at the end of 2016 to Guinness World Record, aiming to achieve a world record.

Motocross racing, which developed from competitions in the United Kingdom, takes place on enclosed off-road circuits.

“In addition to planning and technical settings, there were physical and medical settings necessary to be ready for any continuous physical exertion,” Ali told the press.

Ali worked really hard to achieve this Guinness World Record title, which was officially announced by Guinness World Records organization.

Ali did 510 laps around the Motoclub Egypt track on a Honda XL 250.
The previous record-holder was Paul Oughton, who managed to go for 565.74 km in 24 hours on a Yamaha YZ250. It was achieved in the U.K. on September 11, 2013.

“I had to do a series of medical tests and treat some minor problems. It was necessary to lose some of my weight so that my weight was appropriate on the motocross motor, as well as the need to go to the gym at least five days a week to strengthen some of the body muscles and flexibility in motion,” he added.

Ali Abdo, Ali`s facebook account

The wind speed that day was around 25 knots, and the temperature reached 40 degrees Celcius at its peak (noon). Dehydration and fatigue were Ali’s most common enemies during his 24-hour journey.

“I wish I break the American number of driving a motorcycle in 24 hours. It is 3,400 kilometers, and I want to reach 4,000 kilometers. It is a personal challenge and I hope to achieve it,” he continued.]]>
11/14/2017 9:54:35 PM
<![CDATA[Nadal's season ends in painful defeat by Goffin]]>
The Spaniard, already assured of ending the year as world number one having won a 10th French Open title and the U.S. Open, was clearly hobbling as he went down 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4.

"No, I'm off," the 31-year-old Nadal told reporters when asked if he would be fit enough to play his remaining round-robin matches against Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.
"My season is finished. I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard.

"I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. But I am really not ready to play.

"I fought a lot during the match, but knowing that probably ...(it was going to be) the last match of the season."

Two weeks ago Nadal had withdrawn from the Paris Masters before his quarter-final match after experiencing pain in his right knee.

He had hoped to recover in time to attempt to claim the only major title to elude him -- having twice lost in the final.

There was no questioning his fighting spirit as he still managed to push world number eight Goffin all the way, saving four match points in the second set, but his movement was hampered in the final set.

He will now begin the process of recovering full fitness in time for the start of next year.
"I tried, but seriously it was a miracle to be very close in the score during the match," Nadal, who missed the end of last season to fully recover from a wrist injury, said.

Nadal has been plagued by knee injuries throughout a career which has earned him 16 grand slam titles.

"I know what I have to do. I know all the things that happened in the past when I had these things, and I know the treatment that I had to do," he said.

"I know the periods of time that I need to work. Then if the treatment works or not, we will see.

"The good thing is (this is) nothing new. Everybody in my team, we have the right experience (to deal with) this thing. We hope to manage it well, to have the right rest, the right work, and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season."

Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta will now step in to complete Nadal's round-robin matches.
Nadal, whose 75 career titles include only one indoors, said it had been "no fun" to play on Monday and he would have withdrawn even if he had beaten Goffin.

"Win or lose I was going to pull out because I was not enjoying on court at all," he said. "Was not fun to play like this. I don't deserve (this) after this great season to spend two more days on court with this terrible feelings.

"I am, of course, disappointed. But I am not going to cry. I had a great season... (an) unforgettable one."]]>
11/14/2017 9:20:27 PM
<![CDATA[Carlos: Neymar can lead Brazil World Cup title]]>
Carlos, who helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup and the Copa America in 1997 and 1999, believes that his country recovered from a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the tournament hosted by Brazil.

"The team has been reorganized since the debacle against Germany and we also have a new coach in Tite, hence I am confident the situation has vastly improved," he told a news conference in Serbia's capital.

"We have world-class players and team leaders in Neymar, Willian and Thiago Silva. They are experienced and I am confident that Brazil has it in them to win the World Cup.

As a Brazilian, naturally I want Brazil to win the World Cup. But Germany, Spain and Argentina will also be among the top favorites and it will take a lot of hard work to capture the title," he added.

Carlos said Neymar was right to move from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain during the summer transfer period and believed the talented striker would shine in Russia next year.

"I expect Neymar to become the world's best player very soon," he said.

"There is a lot of debate going on, whether he should have moved to Paris St Germain from Barcelona and I think he did the right thing. It was his personal decision and I think it will be easier for him to flourish at PSG, whereas that was more complicated with Lionel Messi at Barcelona or would have been at Real Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo.

At PSG, he is the benchmark. He is a great person too, I am in touch with him regularly and I am also convinced he will have an outstanding World Cup," Carlos concluded.
11/14/2017 9:13:49 PM
<![CDATA[Evra pulls a car with his hands]]>
Evra posted a video on his social networking sites, pulling a jeep with his hands in a scene where he seemed indifferent to his suspension and his contract being terminated by Olympique de Marseille.

In the video he says: "What a day! You know guys, it's Monday, so happy Monday. Sometimes life you can feel it's really heavy but you always have to keep smiling and of course keep loving this game.”

"I swear to God I will come back stronger than ever. Always positive energy. Don't be lazy. I don't know what you are doing right now, but me, I am pushing a car because I want to be better and better than I was before,” Evra added.

11/14/2017 4:45:30 PM
<![CDATA[Drogba: I think next year will be my last season]]>
Drogba is currently playing with the Phoenix Rising Club, which he moved to this year from Canada's Montreal Impact.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Drogba said, "Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season.”

He added, "At some point, you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects. It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit."

In 2006, Ivory Coast legend Drogba led his country to the World Cup in Germany for the first time in their history. Drogba was Ivory Coast’s best player in the qualifiers and his 11 goals played a great role in his team’s performance.

He participated in 104 meetings, scored 65 goals with the national team and retired from international duty after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Drogba currently plays for Phoenix Rising FC, where he scored seven goals and assisted in two others in 12 games.]]>
11/14/2017 3:44:14 PM
<![CDATA[Atletico Madrid wants to sign Ozil]]>
Ozil's contract with Arsenal ends this season and it is not yet clear whether he will stay or leave the team.

Atletico Madrid has already been in talks with Ozil to persuade him to move on to the summer, offering him a salary of £200,000 a week in addition to a separate sum for the initial signing.

Atletico's offer is much lower than that requested by Ozil's agents from Arsenal, which is £330,000 a week.

Ozil played in La Liga with Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013 before moving to Arsenal.
Previously, Ozil made a bid in a request to change his number in Arsenal and renew his contract with the club, according to The Sun.]]>
11/14/2017 3:11:38 PM
<![CDATA[LeBron rallies Cavaliers over Knicks, Bucks win]]>
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James added 12 assists and nine rebounds for the visiting Cavs, who were down by two dozen points in the third quarter before storming back for the victory.

Trailing 97-92, the Cavaliers went on a 10-0 run to grab the lead, James sinking a step-back 3-pointer to give Cleveland a 100-97 edge with 83 seconds remaining, their first lead since 25-24 in the second quarter.

"I thought his defense is what turned it," Korver said of James. "He's always going to get in the paint and make plays. That is where he is really special. He is able to do everything. And he showed that in the fourth quarter."

Korver, who sank two 3-pointers in the last 4:35, made four late free throws to offset baskets by Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jnr. James missed two late free throws but Jeff Green grabbed the rebound for Cleveland to deny the Knicks a potential tying shot at the buzzer.

Dwyane Wade added 15 off the bench for Cleveland while Hardaway led New York with 28 points and Porzingis added 20.

"King" James bumped French teen guard Frank Ntilikina early in the game and New York teammate Enes Kanter, a Turkish center, stood toe-to-toe with James, continuing a spat that began on social media that extended to post-game comments.

"You can't just come in and mess with a rookie like that. Mess with a grown man," Kanter said. "You can call yourself King, Queen, Princess, whatever, but you can't punk us." Told of the remarks, James said, "We got the win. I'm not going to say that guy's name again."

Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-103 victory over visiting Memphis. John Henson and Khris Middleton each added 17 for Milwaukee while Tyreke Evans led the Grizzlies with 27, 14 of them in the fourth quarter.

New Orleans forward Darius Miller sank four 3-pointers in the final 5:45 and netted 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lift host New Orleans over Atlanta 106-105. E'Twaun Moore led the Pelicans with 24 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.

Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points in 25 minutes off the bench to help the Los Angeles Lakers defeat host Phoenix 100-93. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points and Brook Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers (6-8), who ended a three-game losing streak. Devin Booker scored 36 points for Phoenix (5-10).

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over host Utah 109-98. C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic each scored 17 points to lead the Portland trail Blazers over visiting Denver 99-82.

John Wall scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, as the Washington Wizards downed visiting Sacramento 110-92. Marcin Gortat had 18 points and Otto Porter added 15 for the Wizards (8-5), who won their third consecutive game.]]>
11/14/2017 12:26:48 PM
<![CDATA[Sad farewell for Italian football legend Buffon]]>
Instead, his career finished not in Russia but with a humiliating World Cup playoff exit against Sweden at Milan's San Siro stadium, as Italy missed out on the finals for the first time in 60 years.

The charismatic 39-year-old had solidly represented the Azzurri for the past 20 years, earning a record 175 caps, but this time not even he could lift a second-rate Italy side.

The Azzuri drew 0-0 on Monday to lose 1-0 on aggregate, ending Buffon's brilliant international career which included the 2006 World Cup title.

He follows another legendary Italy and Juventus goalkeeper, Dino Zoff, who also departed the international scene after a defeat to Sweden.

"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football," an inconsolable Buffon told Italian broadcaster Rai.

"We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes."

The defeat represents the end of a generation with Andrea Barzagli, 36, and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, who also lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retiring from internationals, along with Buffon's Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini.

"My Barzagli, my de Rossi, my Chiellini... they will leave as well, I think Leo Bonucci will continue. I say thanks to everyone, I don't want to steal the spotlight from anyone," said Buffon.

World Cup record

Fatefully, Buffon's long adventure with the national side finished as it had started -- at a World Cup playoff.

Under the snow of Moscow in 1997, Gianluca Pagliuca was injured and coach Cesare Maldini had no choice but to turn to the young Buffon.

"Do you feel like coming on?" he asked. Buffon played, he was good -- as almost always since -- and he was a fixture from then on, first as a substitute, then number one goalkeeper and finally captain.

In addition to winning eight Serie A titles with Juventus, Buffon was key to Italy's World Cup triumph in Germany when he conceded just twice in seven games -- a record he shares with Spain's Iker Casillas and France's Fabien Barthez.

Buffon also remains the only goalkeeper to win the UEFA player of the year award.

His two desperate corner kicks in injury time on Monday are images that will be remembered, along with his tears and his manner of belting out the Italian national anthem, eyes closed and crushing the shoulders of his neighbour.

"I was lucky to play my entire career with him, at Juventus and the national side," said Chiellini.

"There's no doubt that sometimes I don't even realise what it means to be in front of such a strong goalkeeper. Sometimes it seems simple but it's only because it's him."

Charisma and experience

Despite his trademark stubble showing the odd fleck of grey, the advancing years are having little effect on the reflexes, and ambition, of the evergreen Buffon.

Buffon, whose mother was a discus thrower and father a weightlifter, made his Serie A debut with Parma, winning the Italian Cup, the Italian Super Cup and the UEFA Cup before joining Juventus for 51 million euros in 2001 and going on to become a club legend with his eight Serie A titles.

A true workhorse, he has constantly progressed technically and has lost almost none of his extraordinary physical capabilities.

He became a goalkeeper at only 12 years old, having started off as an offensive midfielder, and approaching 40 years, Buffon remains one of the best in the world in his position.

Above all, his charisma, his experience and his measured way of expressing himself have made him a senior figure in Italian football.

The Juventus captain, who has already said he will likely retire from all football at the end of this season, said Italy fans still have plenty to look forward to, with AC Milan's 18-year-old 'keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma set to take the international number one shirt.

"There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet," he added.

"I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and (Genoa 'keeper) Mattia Perin."

He has one final ambition with Juventus: to win the Champions League, after finishing runners-up twice in the past three years.]]>
11/14/2017 12:23:48 PM
<![CDATA[Sweden qualifies to the World Cup ]]>
Italy started the game with a massive attacking line of Ciro Immobile, Manolo Gabbiadini, Antonio Candreva and Alessandro Florenzi to score the first goal in the game.

Italy failed to score any goal in the first half despite all the chances they created; Sweden’s solid defense prevented them from opening the score.

In the second half, Italy’s manager, Gian Piero Ventura made three substitutes to strengthen the Italian attacking force; he used Stephan El Shaarawy, Andrea Belotti and Federico Bernardeschi. However, the Swedish goalkeeper saved his net from all their chances to end the game 0-0 and take his country to the World Cup.

Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup for the third time in history as they previously failed to reach 1930 and 1958 World Cup tournaments, while Sweden qualified to the World Cup after they missed the last two tournaments in South Africa and Brazil. ]]>
11/14/2017 8:59:36 AM
<![CDATA[Southgate praises Neymar ]]>
“He is clearly one of the best players in the world at this moment in time. If there was to be one worth £200 million ($262 million), you'd say it would be him," Southgate told press on Monday.

Neymar became the player with the highest transfer fee in history when he joined Paris Saint Germain from Barcelona for €222m last summer.

Southgate spoke about the upcoming game against Brazil, saying, “We are in for a much sterner test. I think because this Brazil team is much further down the road in terms of knowing what their best team is."

Southgate added, “So it's a different challenge for us, as you'd expect we are playing the best team in the world who has annihilated everyone in the South American qualification, which is the hardest way to the finals."

Brazil qualified to the 2018 World Cup after they topped the South American qualifiers with 41 points, 10 points ahead of the second-placed team, Uruguay. ]]>
11/14/2017 8:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Kroos compares Bundesliga with Ligue 1 ]]>
“The French league is not bad, generally, but it is quite clear who wins in the end,” Kroos told press on Monday.

Many players have preferred to join Ligue 1 clubs, like Neymar Jr. and Angel Di Maria, who left Barcelona and Manchester United, respectively, to join Paris Saint Germain, and Radamel Falcao, who left Athletico Madrid to join Monaco.

Kroos added, "Either you go to PSG or you don't go there.”

Kroos believes that the German League (Bundesliga) is better than Ligue 1. He said, “The Bundesliga is a strong league and a good place to go. One can only recommend the Bundesliga."

Kroos experienced playing in the Bundesliga for two teams. He represented Bayern Munich for seven years and then spent a year on loan to Bayer Leverkusen. ]]>
11/14/2017 6:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptians view Mohamed Salah as national pride]]>
Even football was affected by the political situation. The national team failed to qualify to two consecutive World Cups and three consecutive African Cup of Nations tournaments. The golden era of Egyptian football was about to end until a young man from a small Egyptian village returned hope to all Egyptians and gained their love and respect.

Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian player who challenged all obstacles to achieve his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He has a stunning career in Europe and played a major role in the Egypt national team’s successes in recent years.

Egyptians look to their national team winger as a national hero. For them, he is more than a football player; he is like a brother to them, and their emotions towards Salah go beyond their love for a footballer.

“He brought back hope to the Egyptian youth, as he found success despite all the circumstances,” Mohamed El Nady, who works in marketing, told Egypt Today.

Salah started his career as a professional footballer at Arab Contractors Club in Cairo when he was 18, and after seven years, he became the player with highest transfer value in the history of one of the greatest clubs in the world – Liverpool – when he joined them from AS Roma.

Nady explained why Mohamed Salah succeeded to shine in Europe more than any other Egyptian player. He stated, “One of the greatest things that happened to Salah is that he did not play for Egypt’s biggest clubs, Al-Ahly and Zamalek. He did not know the fame here in Egypt, so he searched for it in the right place – Europe.”

The player, nicknamed “the Egyptian Messi”, left Arab Contractors in 2012 to join Swiss club Basel. He led the team to win the Swiss League twice and won the best player award in the Swiss League in 2013.

FC Lausanne-Sport's Mickael Facchinetti (L) fights for the ball with FC Basel's Mohamed Salah during their Swiss Super League soccer game in Lausanne February 17, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

“Egyptians want Salah to be the best player in the world, so they choose him in every vote – whatever the subject and the competitors,” Nady continued.
Amr Fathy, an Egyptian doctor, believes that Salah deserves Egyptians’ love. He told Egypt Today, “Salah achieved our dream to play in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.”

Salah scored five goals and provided two assists in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, taking Egypt to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Fathy added, “Since Mido, we did not have an Egyptian player in Europe’s biggest teams, but Salah differs from Mido, as he shines in all the teams he represented.”

Ahmed Hossam, known as Mido, played for many big teams in Europe, like Ajax, Roma, Marseille and Tottenham Hotspurs, but he left Europe and returned to Egypt’s Zamalek when he was just 26.

Fathy believes that Salah’s performance will have a great impact on Egyptian players in the future. He said, “Salah changed the European managers’ opinions about Egyptian players. He proved that Egyptians can play and shine outside Africa. Salah is now one of the best players in the Premier League.”

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - October 28, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp embraces Mohamed Salah after he is substituted off REUTERS/Phil Noble

Mohamed El Neny, Ramadan Sobhi, Omar Gaber and Ahmed Hegazi also found their way to play in Europe after Salah left Egypt to play there.

It is uncommon to watch any other game at a café in Egypt if Salah plays at the same time; everyone wants to follow Salah’s game.

In one of Egypt’s historic neighborhoods, El Sayeda Zainab, Egypt Today met the waiters of a local café and asked them about the atmosphere when people watch Salah’s games at their café.

“People want to watch Salah’s games. Even if Barcelona plays against Madrid at the same time, they will ask for Salah’s game,” Mahmoud Ali, known among the customers as “Hoda”, told Egypt Today.

Egyptians celebrate their victory in a soccer match against Congo that qualifies Egypt for the World Cup, in Cairo, Egypt October 8, 2017. REUTERS

Hoda added, “He is one of us. When I watch Salah, I feel that I am watching one of my brothers playing.”

Mohamed Salah has turned out to be a national hero, and he has raised Egyptians’ expectations for the World Cup in Russia. ]]>
11/13/2017 9:01:41 PM
<![CDATA[Motor racing-Pirelli cancel F1 tyre test in Brazil after attacks]]>
"Following a robbery attempt, neutralised by Pirelli security, on a Pirelli van at the Interlagos circuit last Sunday...it has been decided to cancel the tyre test," Pirelli said in a statement.

"The decision, shared with McLaren, FIA and Formula One, was made in the interest of the safety of the personnel, both McLaren’s and our own, who would have participated in the test," it added.

Sunday's attack came after armed robbers held up members of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team as they left the circuit in a minivan on Friday night.

Four-times world champion Hamilton, who was not present, said shots were fired and one team member had a gun held to his head.

Williams and Sauber team members reported other incidents outside the circuit while a car used by officials from the sport's governing body, the FIA, was also targeted. The IOC has said that it would decide at its executive board meeting next month on the participation of Russian competitors at Pyeongchang.]]>
11/13/2017 8:27:25 PM
<![CDATA[Doping-Russian weightlifter Albegov suspended – IWF]]>
The IWF said Albegov, who won bronze at the 2012 London Games in the men's +105 kg event, was provisionally suspended for "use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method", without providing further detail.

Russia is one of nine countries currently on a one-year ban from international weightlifting competitions over doping at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Other banned nations include China, Turkey and Ukraine.

The IWF last year barred Russia's weightlifting team from the Rio Olympics over repeated doping offences.

Russia's participation in next year's winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is now in limbo over investigations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the alleged tampering of Russian athletes' samples by laboratory and security officials at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Six Russian cross-country skiers were banned for life from the Olympics this month as part of an IOC investigation.

The IOC has said that it would decide at its executive board meeting next month on the participation of Russian competitors at Pyeongchang.]]>
11/13/2017 8:25:45 PM
<![CDATA[Coleman wishes Bale to stay at Real Madrid ]]>
"If I'm going to be the Welsh manager for two more years, or four more years, I'd like to see him stay at Real Madrid,” Coleman told press on Monday.

Bale, 28, joined Real Madrid in 2013 from English club Tottenham Hotspurs for a world record transfer fee of €100 million ($117 million), according to Daily Telegraph.

Coleman revealed the reasons behind his desire, saying, “He has picked up a lot of injuries, but generally the Premier League is much tougher than La Liga in terms of the physicality. It's very tough in the Premier League.”

Bale was linked to the Premier League as he failed to shine in the Spanish League and missed about half of Madrid’s game in the last season for injuries.

Bale’s injury forced him to miss the end stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and Wales failed to qualify to the World Cup without him.]]>
11/13/2017 7:35:13 PM
<![CDATA[Leicester owners King Power faces corruption charges in Thailand]]>
The company, founded in 1989 by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has been sued alongside executives of state-owned Airports of Thailand (AOT).

The case against the company started in July 2017, and the court announced on Monday that they will hear from the witnesses in February 2018.

King Power Company bought Leicester City in 2010 for £39m when the club was competing in the championship. Since then, the club has found the right track under the new owners’ command.

Leicester City, founded in 1894, returned to the Premier League in 2014, and two years later they were crowned the Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history.

King Power also owns a Belgian club, Oh Leuven, who competes in the Belgian second division.

11/13/2017 6:26:57 PM
<![CDATA[Owen feels grateful to Benzema for reviving his career ]]>
“Ferguson said that he wanted to sign Benzema and that I could only sign for Manchester United if he did not, which is what happened,” Owen told press on Monday.

In 2009, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to strengthen United’s attacking line by signing the promising French talent, Benzema, but the player decided to join Madrid, so Ferguson decided to sign Owen from Newcastle United.

Owen added, "I am grateful to Benzema for signing for Real Madrid, as if not, then I would not have played for Manchester United.”

Owen had three great seasons in Manchester. He won three titles with the club: 2011 Premier League title, 2010 Community Shield Award and 2010 League Cup title.

Owen wore Real Madrid’s shirt in 2004 and left the club after one season, as he couldn’t earn a place with Madrid’s starting eleven.
11/13/2017 6:25:53 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly receives land for fourth branch land in 5th Settlement]]>
The land area is 50 acres, where it is awaited to be built as the fourth branch of Al-Ahly Club, which comes after the branch of Al-Gezira and the branch of Nasr City, next to the Sheikh Zayed branch.

Mahmoud Taher, chairman of Al-Ahly's board of directors, said earlier that establishing the fourth branch in the 5th Settlement is among his goals.

Taher also announced that the completion of the implementation of the new club stadium in the 6th of October area as part of his electoral program.

Al-Ahly’s current president, Mahmoud Taher, is running against several other candidates, including Mahmoud El Khatib, in the upcoming elections.

Al-Ahly’s elections for a new board of directors will be held on November 30.
11/13/2017 5:55:49 PM
<![CDATA[Southgate thinks to break historical curse]]>
England has suffered from a penalty shootout six times in major tournaments – three times in the World Cup and three times in the European Championship – since the 1990 World Cup. They won only once – against Spain in the 1996 European Championship.
"It's something that we are considering; how we prepare best for penalty shootouts," said Southgate.

England has a wining ratio of 14% in the penalty shootout, the lowest of any country that has had a penalty shootout five times or more.

Southgate wasted a famous penalty against Germany in the 1996 European Championship, along with Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce after they also wasted two penalty shootouts in the 1990 World Cup final against Germany.

"Whether that's something on the training ground, whether that's in sessions we do away from the training ground, or something we do in some sort of match scenario. We've not finalized that yet, but clearly that is an option," Southgate added.

Statistics showed that England had 89% chance of scoring if the first two shoots were successful, but the rate was down to 57% if they failed.
11/13/2017 5:54:21 PM
<![CDATA[Benzema: Ronaldo is more selfish than me]]>
“At Real, I score, but when the guy who is next to you scores 50 per season [you cannot do anything],” Benzema told Canal+. “It's different from how I played at Lyon. I just like football and winning titles. I'm having fun,” he added.

Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Lyon and since then he earned a regular place at Real Madrid's attacking line. He also formed a partnership with Madrid’s Portuguese winger, Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Ronaldo and I, we get on well. I like playing with him. He likes to play with one touch of the ball. He is more selfish than me, but that's normal. That does not bother me. Finally, it's good for the team.”

Benzema, born in Lyon, is a die-hard Lyon fan. He joined the club when he was nine years old and got promoted through the youth rankings till he represented the first team in 2004 and played there for five years.

“I did not imagine that I would stay at Real Madrid for nine years,” Benzema said. “When I was at Lyon, I imagined moving to Real to win titles. The most difficult thing in Madrid is the pressure.”

“The debate about me? It's to sell papers. I got used to it. I focus on the football. With age, I have learned to stay calm,” Benzema added.

Benzema also spoke about Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid’s former coach.

“Mourinho helped me a lot. It's his character. It stings you every time and you surpass yourself on the field,” Benzema said. “He is a good coach.”

Benzema has scored only one goal this season against Getafe in LaLiga.]]>
11/13/2017 3:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[Mane returns back to Liverpool after his injury]]>
The Senegalese federation statement said Mane had felt a renewed injury, and after discussions between Senegal’s coaching and medical staffs, they decided to return the player to his club.

Mane had recently returned to Liverpool after recovering from injury, making two assists for Mohammed Salah in the big win over West Ham 4-1 in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old made two assists for Senegal to help them beat South Africa to qualify for the World Cup after a 16-year absence.

Senegal is set to play a World Cup qualifier against South Africa on Tuesday, which FIFA has decided to return after the sporting court confirmed the decision to suspend the Ghanaian referee for a lifetime.

Mane competes with Salah for the CAF Africa Player of the Year award and the BBC African player of the year.]]>
11/13/2017 3:49:13 PM
<![CDATA[Nishikori, Raonic to play in Brisbane International]]>
Canada's Raonic, the former world No.3 who defeated Roger Federer in the 2016 Brisbane final and is now ranked 24, will be playing in the Australian Open warmup tournament for the fourth time.

"The conditions are ideal for preparing leading into Melbourne (Open) and the whole Australian swing. I think it's the best way to start off alongside the best players in the world," Raonic said.

Japan's Nishikori, ranked 22, is lining up his eighth trip to the Brisbane International, starting on December 31.

Nishikori, who fell to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in this year's final, says his aim is to go one better in 2018.

"I hope I can make the final, but my goal is to win the tournament. It's the first tournament of the year so I'll try and have a great tournament," he said.

Raonic and Nishikori will join a strong men's field that is headlined by world No.1 Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios and defending champion Dimitrov.]]>
11/13/2017 1:32:54 PM
<![CDATA['Apocalypse' now as Italy face World Cup humiliation]]>
Italy need to overturn a 1-0 play-off first-leg defeat against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday.

National coach Gian Piero Ventura insists his team will not falter but the 69-year-old gave his critics more ammunition in the build-up to the game by claiming he was "amazed people are surprised we're in the play-offs".

"We knew from the moment we picked Spain in the group phase that we'd be heading for the play-offs. Nobody can be surprised we reached this point.

"I realise this is the way it works in Italy, but I didn't expect all this," he added of the reaction generated by the humiliation of an impending exit.

"We started out with people talking about the apocalypse."

Italy were second to Spain in the group phase and never recovered from their confidence-denting 3-0 defeat early September in Madrid.

Ventura has come under fire for stubbornly sticking to a failing tactical system and overlooking talented Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, 26.

The Italy coach blamed bad luck and the referee for Friday's defeat in Stockholm.

"The first-leg performance shows that we are perfectly capable of overturning the 1-0 result.

"We analysed the things that went well and others that did not go so well. I'm fully aware that this game is fundamental for us, but it's the same scenario as when I first signed to lead the national side," he continued.

"We will change something, because only 48 hours have passed. We hope that it'll be change for the better."

Marco Verratti is suspended for Monday's game with defender Leonardo Bonucci wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose in a bruising first leg against Sweden in Stockholm.

And veteran Andrea Barzagli called for Italians to get behind the team and Ventura.

"We need action and not words now," the 36-year-old Juventus defender told Rai Sport. "It's part of the game for people to discuss tactics and formations from the outside, but the only thing that counts is what the coach decides, both for the players he picks and the shape.

"We must all be on the same page, all of Italy united, as at the end of the day we all want to go to the World Cup in Russia. Unity is essential right now."

- 'High tension' -

Captain Gianluigi Buffon, like Barzagli a veteran of the 2006 World Cup-winning campaign and looking to avoid an inglorious end to his Italy career, admitted the team were under pressure as they carry the weight of national pride.

Italy are World Cup superstars having won the competition four times -- 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 -- and lost two finals in 1970 and 1994.

"It is certainly a moment of high tension, considering what is at stake and the sense of responsibility each of us must bear," said Buffon, who will earn his 175th cap in the San Siro.

"It is an important game for the history of our national team. The only thing that I would have would be a personal satisfaction, but in the wider scheme of things, I am irrelevant."

He added: "We want to send Italians a message not with words, but with action on the pitch. We invite them to support us, but realise the time has come for us to show them what we've got.

"I would love for those who come to the stadium tomorrow to take off their club colours and all wear the Azzurri jersey that unites us all."

- 'Nothing to lose' -

Sweden -- runners-up in 1958 -- are desperate to return to the world stage after missing the last two editions.

And captain Andreas Granqvist believes they can cause a big upset in front of over 65,000 Italians.

"The pressure is all on them," said the former Genoa player. "Italy are a great nation that has almost always played the World Cup. We have nothing to lose and we will go onto the pitch to give a great performance."]]>
11/13/2017 1:19:24 PM
<![CDATA[Fleetwood closing in on 'special' Race to Dubai title]]>
Fleetwood needed to win the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City to wrap up the European Tour number one title and deny Rose and four other rivals, but fell short of that goal with a final-round 71 to finish in a tie for 10th in South Africa.

But that was enough for the 26-year-old to almost double his lead over Rose to 256,737 points, after the former US Open champion elected not to compete in the penultimate event of the season.

Four other players in Sergio Garcia, fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm and the English duo of Tyrrell Hatton and Ross Fisher are all but out of contention for the $1.25 million bonus prize.

World number six Rose only needs to finish sixth, if he is ahead of Fleetwood, in the 60-strong DP World Tour Championship field to secure the Race to Dubai spoils.

"Today when I knew I couldn't win, I played the last few holes because you know every shot is going to count towards the end of the year," said Fleetwood.

"If (you) start trying to look at it and do all the maths it's going to do your brain in.

"I have a long flight with a lot of time to spend doing nothing and a lot more time doing nothing, as well.

"So, I've got to try and take my mind off it but it is what it is. I've played brilliant all year and to be in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai, it's pretty special, really.

"It's not a burden. I don't feel stressed about it. I don't feel anxious. I just think it's great that I've got the chance to win it, and a good chance.

"And as much as it depends on what they do, it is in my hands. I can take it out of everybody's hands, but we'll see.

"Coming down the back nine when I didn't have a chance to win and kind of scrapping for my life on a few holes and a few shots, you do know every shot counts."

Masters champion Garcia, who did not contest the Turkish Airlines Open or the Nedbank Challenge, will arrive in Dubai knowing mathematically he could win the number one title for the first time, but the 37-year-old would need both Fleetwood and Rose to finish near the bottom of the leaderboard.]]>
11/13/2017 1:09:09 PM
<![CDATA[Horford leads way as Celtics win 12th straight]]>
The Celtics had to dig deep into the depths of their roster, as they have done throughout their winning streak, to defeat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 in front of a crowd of 18,600 at the Boston Garden.

Horford missed two games due to a concussion and his return was welcome news after all-star Irving suffered a facial fracture in Friday's win over Charlotte when he was accidently struck in the mouth by a teammate.

Horford led five Celtics in double figures on Sunday as Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, Terry Rozier scored 16, Marcus Smart 14 and rookie Jayson Tatum delivered 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Celtics are the first team in NBA history with a double-digit win streak while having more than four rookies on their roster. Tatum is the most prominent of the six rookies contributing to the team's remarkable early season success.

The Raptors had a chance to win the game in the final seconds as DeMar DeRozan went one-on-one with Brown but his shot at the buzzer clanged off the rim.

Boston held on despite not scoring a basket over the final 86 seconds.

Guard Irving could return soon as he spent the weekend visiting a specialist to be fitted for a playing mask to protect the facial fracture which has been described as minor. Doctors say there is no sign of a concussion said coach Brad Stevens.

"The good news is thus far that's the only point of pain in his face or head or neck or anything else," said Stevens.

Irving scored a then-career-high 41 points the last time he wore a mask in December 2012 while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

DeRozan led the Raptors, who fell to 7-5 on the season, with 24 points for his seventh straight 20-point game.

Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and dished out seven assists and CJ Miles was the only other Raptor in double figures with 10 points.

Lowry passed Andrea Bargnani to move into fourth place on the Raptors' all-time scoring list.]]>
11/13/2017 12:59:45 PM
<![CDATA[Benzema reveals how feels about media criticism]]>
“It is difficult, especially in Spain, where sometimes you do not understand it,” Benzema told Canal + on Sunday.

Benzema has been criticized this season after his poor performance with the club for scoring only one goal in the Spanish League after 13 fixtures.

Benzema added; “The hardest part is when criticism comes from your own fans. They are normally there to boost you."

Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Lyon and since then he earned a regular place at Real Madrid's attacking line. He also formed a partnership with Madrid’s Portuguese winger, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking about his Portuguese teammate, Benzema said; “[Ronaldo] is more selfish than me, but that is normal. In the end, his selfishness does not bother me; it is good for the team. I like to play with him." ]]>
11/13/2017 10:26:24 AM
<![CDATA[Pearce returns to West Ham as an assistant manager ]]>
Moyes started arranging West Ham’s bench to replace West Ham’s coaching staff, who left the club after their coach, Slaven Bilic, was sacked last week.

“The prospect of working in the Premier League, at a great club, and alongside David, meant that it was an opportunity I couldn't resist, and I hope that I can now make a positive contribution," Pearce, who wore West Ham’s shirt between 1999 and 2001 told the team’s official website on Sunday.

Pearce experienced sharing the bench with Moyes in Preston North End and Everton according to skysports.

He also spoke about the factors that led him to accept the offer; “The opportunity to work with David Moyes, who I have respected greatly over the years, was a big factor, as was having previously played for the club.”

Pearce will be on West Ham’s bench on Sunday when the team travels to face Watford at the Premier League. ]]>
11/13/2017 10:23:45 AM
<![CDATA[A goalless draw in Athens delivers Croatia to the WC]]>
Greece entered the game with a massive attacking line that consists of Kostas Mitroglou, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Anastasios Bakasetas to overcome the first leg’s 4-1 loss.

On the other hand, Croatia’s coach, Zlatko Dalić put his trust in veterans Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, and Mario Mandzukic. They returned from Athens with a ticket to the World Cup.

Greece had many chances in the game to score goals. But, Croatian goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic managed to keep the ball out of the Croatian net and secure the draw for Croatia.

Croatia qualified to the World Cup for the fifth time after declaring independence from Yugoslavia.

Croatia’s best achievement in the World Cup is winning the Bronze Medal at 1998 World Cup in France.]]>
11/13/2017 10:01:48 AM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo celebrates his first baby girl with Georgina ]]>
Ronaldo posted a photo with her and his eldest son, Cristiano Jr, on his Instagram account and he commented, “Alana Martina is just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!”

Georgina gave birth to Alana Martina at Hospital Quiron Universal in Madrid. The hospital is near Ronaldo’s house.

Georgina, 22, is the Portuguese football star’s new girlfriend, she is half Spanish and half Argentinean.

Ronaldo now has four children, Cristiano Jr, 7, who was born to a surrogate mother, and twins Eva and Mateo. The twins were born on June 2017 in the U.S. also to a surrogate mother.

Ronaldo, who lost his father when he was young, has always made clear that he is a family man and has always reveled in being father. ]]>
11/13/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nabih: We played very well]]>
Egypt’s national team’s assistant coach Osama Nabih believed that Mahmoud Abdel Razek “Shikabala” performed very well in the game against Ghana.

Shikabala managed to score his first goal with the Egyptian national team against Ghana on Sunday in the sixth round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Nabih spoke to ON Sport TV channel and said, “the mission is accomplished. We gave the chance to some players today, and they played well. We ended the qualifiers in good shape.”

“Shikabala is very smart. When we gave him more than one position in the pitch, he did it very well,” he added.

The 31-year-old is having one of his best league starts with Al-Raed, as he has scored five goals in his first six appearances in the Saudi league.

"The players played under high pressure to prove their worth to the fans and not to the coaching staff, because we know they are good players," Nabih pointed out.

Egypt has already qualified to the World Cup since the fifth round after beating Congo 2-1 at Borg El-Arab Stadium. The team still occupies the first place in the group, which includes Congo, Ghana and Uganda.

"The national team played well and presented a good game. We do not want to tell people we do not play well," he concluded.]]>
11/13/2017 9:22:47 AM
<![CDATA[Abdel Ghany: We must show our personality]]>
Egypt ended their journey in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 1-1 draw against Ghana match, which was held at Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday.

Egypt has already qualified for the World Cup since the fifth round after beating Congo 2-1 at Borg el-Arab Stadium. The national team still occupies the first place of the group, which includes Congo, Ghana and Uganda.

Abdel Ghany spoke to Mega FM radio program after the match: “The team was affected by the absence of Mohamed Salah in Ghana`s match.”

“I hope we show our personality like Morocco`s National Team.” He added.

Morocco qualified for the World Cup for the first time since the 1998 tournament in France. The team beat Ivory Coast 2-0 on Saturday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

“It`s a good score, but we need to play better. I thought it was a friendly match.” He said.
“I will ask Hector Cuper if we can play more friendly matches without the players who play abroad.” He concluded.]]>
11/12/2017 10:31:46 PM
<![CDATA[4 Arab teams in the World Cup For the first time in history]]>
The teams of Saudi Arbia, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco were able to qualify for the World Cup, the World Cup since its inception in 1930 did not witness the presence of four Arab teams, where previously the maximum number of Arabs in the World Cup was three, back in 1986 and 1998.

The first Arab appearance was at the 1934 World Cup by Egypt, and the Arabs were absent until 1970, when Morocco participated to be the only Arab team.

In the 1978 edition there was Tunisia, in the 1982 World Cup there were Algeria and Kuwait and in the 1986 tournament there were Iraq, Algeria and Morocco.

In the 1990 World Cup UAE and Egypt qualified, in the 1994 World Cup Saudi Arabia and Morocco participated and in the 1998 World Cup in Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia were there.

In the 2002 and 2006 editions, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia were present, while Algeria was the only Arab team in the 2010 and 2014 championships.
11/12/2017 10:29:52 PM
<![CDATA[Morata defends his Spanish National Team]]>
Manchester City midfielder David Silva scored twice as Spain coasted to a 5-0 win over Costa Rica in Saturday's friendly at La Rosaleda in Malaga.

Jordi Alba gave Spain an early lead before Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata netted a second from close range.

Silva struck twice at the start of the second half as Costa Rica were overrun before captain Andres Iniesta capped an impressive team performance with a late fifth as Spain extended their unbeaten record to 15 matches.

"Ultimately it seems that we are making the rivals worse than they are, we played a very good match against Italy and Costa Rica, too, the truth is that when the national team starts to play like that, it's nice," defended Morata.

The Chelsea forward regretted not having taken advantage of a clear goal opportunity "you have to put it in such a case" and said that being part of the team "is a pride."

"Now we have to continue working to prepare for the World Cup," he added.]]>
11/12/2017 10:28:09 PM
<![CDATA[Messi regrets his previous retirement]]>
The final match of Copa America in 2016 that Argentina lost to Chile hurt Messi a lot. Now, however, Messi has regained his joy and dreams of winning the 2018 World Cup with Argentina.

"I took the decision in the heat of the moment, but I was ashamed to say I wanted to go back," Messi acknowledged in a recent long interview with Direct TV Sports before the friendly match against Russia.

A late goal by Sergio Aguero lifted Argentina to a 1-0 win over World Cup, where hosted by Russia in the inaugural match at Moscow's newly-renovated Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday.

The help of the Argentinean coach, Pato Bauza, and Messi`s teammates were key in the return of Barcelona`s player to the national team: "The coach and my teammates made everything easier for me," Messi said in an interview with a television channel.

Now, at the gates of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and after having been qualified with the Argentinean team for the finals, Messi is much calmer.

"I take advantage of every moment, inside and outside the field, I am experiencing this moment with the national team in a different way," Messi stated.

Messi is set to cut down Argentina’s appearances in countdown to World Cup 2018.

"We play many games in the season; the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, La Liga, plus everything about the national team and the trips. I want to get to the World Cup in the best way." He confirmed.
11/12/2017 10:26:37 PM
<![CDATA[Ziyech`s decision that embarrassed Van Basten ]]>
The 24-years-old, who was born in Dronten, Netherlands, started his career with Heerenveen club and then he joined FC Twente, where he scored 34 goals in 76 games in the Dutch League.

Ziyche's starring with Heerenveen and Twente made him one of the names the Dutch coach at the time might consider, Danny Blind, but the recall did not take place as Netherlands suffered from failing to qualify for the 2016 Euro.

Ziyech was one of the best players in Netherlands as he played with Netherlands youth team; but, in September 2015, he surprised Netherlands team as he chose to play with his mother country, Morocco.

Marco Van Basten was an assistant coach at Netherlands national team when Ziyech made the choice for Morocco instead of the Netherlands and he used Herve Renard`s excluding the young player and spoke to the press.

“A shame that he did not have the patience,” Van Basten told Fox sports at that time. “He then made the choice to play for Morocco, but it was our greatest right not to select him in that period.”

Van Basten, who responded strongly in March during a press conference, puts the ball at Ziyech himself. “Why had he not waited a moment, then he could now play for the Netherlands,” Basten continued. “He was the perfect player for the Netherlands. His market value as an International player for the Netherlands could have been much higher.”

“We have been in touch with him while he was determined to play for Morocco and said, ‘Yes I want to play for Morocco.’ Danny had also talked to him. I was sorry that he could not wait.” He added.

But everything has turned upside down later as Renard included Ziyech in his squad that qualified to the World Cup. He featured in many important matches against Mali, Gabon and Cote d`Ivoire, which helped the Moroccan team to qualify after an absence since 1998.

At the same time, Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup as they were placed third in their group. ]]>
11/12/2017 10:21:37 PM
<![CDATA[Isco suffers injury with Spain]]>
Alarcón is suffering from a thigh injury following a match with Costa Rica and, after being examined by doctors again on Sunday morning, the federation took the decision to drop him and put him in the hands of Real Madrid's doctors.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva played a starring role as a determined Spain beat Costa Rica 5-0 in an international friendly match on Saturday.

"Isco has a big knock, it's not serious or important and we'll decide tomorrow if he travels to Russia or not," Lopetegui told a news conference. "What I'm most pleased about was our attitude and we need to keep it up. Every game will be a different world. We have to believe in the type of team we are and have faith in the things we do well."

Isco aims to be fully recovered for the Saturday, November 18 match to play with Real Madrid against Atlético Madrid at the Metropolitan Wanda stadium.

The Spanish midfielder is critical for Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s coach, especially after Real Madrid confirmed, in an official statement, the injury of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

La Roja suspended training scheduled for Saturday morning and will fly directly to St. Petersburg to prepare another test for the 2018 World Cup.
11/12/2017 9:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Swiss scrape into World Cup with 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland]]>
The Swiss qualified 1-0 on aggregate, the tie ultimately being decided by the hugely controversial penalty converted by Ricardo Rodriguez in the first leg in Belfast on Thursday.

The Swiss could have done it in style as they dominated the first hour but squandered a hatful of chances.

But, on a slippery pitch which cut up badly, they relinquished control for the last part of the game and Rodriguez saved the Swiss by clearing a goalbound header off the line in stoppage time.
11/12/2017 9:32:02 PM
<![CDATA[Shikabala scores his first official goal with Egypt]]>

He scored previously for Egypt in a friendly against Kuwait. Meanwhile, there was a celebration on the sidelines for the retirement of Kuwaiti star Abdullah Wabran. The match ended in a draw (1-1) in June 2007.

Shikabala's last appearance with Egypt came during the time that Shawky Gharieb was head coach of the Pharaohs. He participated against Tunisia in Egypt's 0-1 loss in the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers.

The 31-year-old is having one of his best league starts with Al-Raed, as he has scored 5 goals with his first 6 appearances in the Saudi Professional League.

Egypt has already qualified to the World Cup since the fifth round after beating Congo 2-1 at Borg El-Arab Stadium. The national team still occupies the first place of the group, which includes Congo, Ghana and Uganda.
11/12/2017 9:29:03 PM
<![CDATA[Motor racing-Vettel wins in Brazil, Hamilton fourth]]>
Hamilton, who clinched his fourth world championship in Mexico two weeks ago, started from the pitlane after crashing in qualifying but led the race after 31 of 71 laps when others pitted.

The Briton was already up to ninth after 10 laps, with the safety car deployed after opening lap collisions.

Valtteri Bottas, who had started on pole position for Mercedes, saw his hopes of overhauling Vettel for the runner-up position in the championship effectively disappear when he finished second.

Fellow-Finn Kimi Raikkonen held off Hamilton to take third for Ferrari.]]>
11/12/2017 7:58:46 PM
<![CDATA[Salah asks fans to vote for him]]>
Salah was included on the list after several impressive performances on both the club and national team levels.

Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses and Naby Keita are also included on the list.

He appeared in a video on the BBC sport website saying, “My name is Mohamed Salah, I play for Liverpool. Please vote for me as the BBC African Footballer of the Year.”

Salah spoke to BBC Sport, “I had a good time with Roma, also now with Liverpool. I had a good time with the national team.”

The 25-year-old led Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990, after scoring two goals against Congo.

“In Africa Cup of Nations, when I scored against Ghana also it was a great moment. Here the game against Arsenal, and the goal against Arsenal, was top,” he added.
Two Egyptians won the BBC award previously, Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Abou-Treika, claiming it in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

“To be nominated for the award is a good thing for me; it’s a big award. For a long time no Egyptian player had been nominated, so I would like to win it,” he concluded.
Gareth Roberts, a journalist in the Anfield Wrap website said, “He’s like a one 100-meter sprinter who can score goals, basically.”

Following a wonderful season with AS Roma, scoring 19 goals and making 15 assists, he joined Liverpool in a record €42 million ($49 million) transfer during last summer’s transfer market.

“I really liked the goal against Leicester City, because it`s a fantastic ball from Philippe Coutinho. Mo Salah’s pace is absolutely electric, and it takes him into places that means he`s a threat to any defender,” he added.

He has scored seven goals in 11 Premier League games with Liverpool and five goals in six Champions League matches.

Neil Atkinson, a journalist in the Anfield Wrap website, said, “His pure numbers in Rome were phenomenal. For a couple of seasons in Italian football, he`s been sticking the ball in the back of the net, and it`s something that Liverpool needed to ensure they had in attack this season, and Salah most definitely looks like, and has so far, delivered that.”

“He is very much a proper forward. He`s not a wide player interested in coming to play midfield, he`s a forward, and that`s what has really pleased me about his playing,” he added.]]>
11/12/2017 7:48:04 PM
<![CDATA[Randolph frustrates Denmark as Ireland grab goalless draw]]>
The Irish defended deeply form the first whistle, denying playmaker Christian Eriksen space, but the Danes still managed to fashion half a dozen scoring chances in a goalless first half.

With his side barely venturing forward in attack, Randolph was called into action early, parrying a stinging volley from Jens Stryger Larsen and smothering an attempt from Andreas Cornelius to hammer home the rebound.

Eriksen and Pione Sisto also went close for Denmark in quick succession, and Randolph tipped over a late header from Yussuf Poulsen to ensure his side escaped from the Danish capital with a draw.]]>
11/12/2017 7:45:06 PM
<![CDATA[Ventura wants Italy to qualify by "playing football"]]>
The 69-year-old Ventura - the oldest-ever coach in Italy’s history -- said it would take him months to listen to all the advice he had received as he bids to overturn Friday's 1-0 first leg defeat in Stockholm.

That loss left Italy in danger of missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years and the tension ahead of Monday's return at the San Siro is palpable.

Italy complained of rough play by Sweden in the first leg, including a challenge which left Leonardo Bouncci with a broken nose, while Sweden were unhappy at their rivals' alleged gamesmanship.

Italy have said that defender Bouncci will play on Monday with a face mask.

"We are Italy and, if we qualify, I would like to be able to say that we did it by playing football," Ventura told reporters. "I don't know what sort of game it will be but I hope it will be played in the correct spirit."

Ventura's tactics and team selection have been the subject of heated debate.

He ditched his preferred 4-2-4 formation for a 3-5-2 in Friday's match and Italians are eager to see what he will come up with on Monday and who will replace suspended midfielder Marco Verratti.

"I've received so much advice in the last few days that, if I tried to listen to it all, it would take months," said Ventura.

"I know that's how it works when you are coach of the national team although I didn't expect it to be quite like this.”

"I can assure you that coaches listen to advice and analyse it, but it is us who decide."

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said the team were in a state of "high tension".

"It's an important match for us and our history," said the 39-year-old. "It's important for football in our country that we qualify for the World Cup."

"I am approaching this like the eve of any important event. I'm tense, but it's the right amount of tension."]]>
11/12/2017 7:12:45 PM
<![CDATA[Samira Said celebrates Morocco’s qualification to the World Cup]]>

Samira Said with her son, official account on Instagram

Morocco is qualifying to the World Cup for the first time since the 1998 tournament in France. The team beat Ivory Coast 2-0 on Saturday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Samira Said was born in Rabat, Morocco. She began singing at the age of nine and was discovered on the music program, Mawaheb, broadcast on Royal Moroccan TV, before she moved to Egypt and her fame around the Arab world began. She holds a dual nationality, both Moroccan and Egyptian.

Samira Said, official account on Instagram

Two goals took Morocco to the World Cup from the Ivorian capital Abidjan. Morocco leads the Atlas Lions by 12 points from 3 wins and 3 draws; the team scored 11 goals without conceding in the World Cup qualifiers.

This is Morocco's fifth qualification to the World Cup; previously it did in 1970, 1986, 1994 and 1998.
11/12/2017 6:12:53 PM
<![CDATA[Ghana’s lineup against Egypt ]]>
The lineup designates Richard Ofori as the goalkeeper and Mubarak Wakaso as a midfielder.

Ghana’s lineup is as following:

GK: Richard Ofori

DF: Harrison Afful, Lumor Angenyenu, Kassim Nuhu, Daniel Amartey

MF: Mubarak Wakaso, Edwin Gyasi, Ebenezer Ofori

FW: Raphael Dwamena, Godfred Donsah, Nana Ampomah

Egypt’s game with Ghana does not account for much as they have already qualified to the World Cup since the fifth round, after beating Congo 2-1 at Borg El-Arab Stadium.

The national team still occupies the first place of the group with 12 points, but Ghana ranks third with six points. The group also includes Congo and Uganda.

Ghana defeated Egypt 6-1 in the last World Cup qualifiers; Egypt’s only goal was scored by the legendary Mohamed Abo Trika.
11/12/2017 4:29:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s lineup: Shikabala is Cuper’s weapon against Ghana]]>
Cuper took advantage of Egypt to qualify for the tournament last round, making eight changes to the lineup that faced Congo in the fifth round.

Egypt’s lineup is as follows:

GK: Sherif Ekramy

DF: Ahmed Elmohamady - Ramy Rabia - Ali Gabr - Karim Hafez

MF: Sam Morsy - Mohamed Elneny - Mahmoud Trezeguet - Mahmoud Shikabala - Ramadan Sobhi

FW: Amr Marie

Amr Marie plays his first official match with Egypt.

The Pharaohs’ game with Ghana does not account to much, as they have already qualified to the World Cup since the fifth round, after beating Congo 2-1 at Borg El-Arab Stadium. The national team still occupies the first place of the group, which includes Congo, Ghana and Uganda.]]>
11/12/2017 4:05:11 PM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid decides to sell Bale]]>
The Welsh has sustained a new injury and will be out until the end of the year; he will not be able to participate in the Clubs World Cup either.

Manchester United and Tottenham are most interested in obtaining Bale’s services. Offering Bale for sale raises a question, which player will be brought to replace him?

Bale participated in just nine games this season and scored three goals and made four assists.

Real Madrid is currently in the third place in La League. A big deal may be signed soon.

Bale will not play in the World Cup since Wales failed to qualify to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as they placed third in the group with 17 points – two points behind Ireland – who qualified to the play-offs, and five points behind Serbia who also qualified to the World Cup.]]>
11/12/2017 3:10:13 PM
<![CDATA[France lose Giroud for Germany clash]]>
The 31-year-old suffered a right thigh strain during Friday's 2-0 victory over Wales at the Stade de France, where he scored his 29th international goal.

France have several on-form strikers jostling to play alongside Antoine Griezmann including Anthony Martial of Manchester United or Giroud's Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette.

Giroud has been granted permission to return to his club and is yet to be replaced in Didier Deschamps's squad.
11/12/2017 2:49:25 PM
<![CDATA[Martin wins Valencia Moto3 GP]]>
Martin led from pole to beat world champion Joan Mir in a time of 40min 02.193sec with Marcos Ramirez completing an all-Spanish podium in third.

However, Martin missed out on third behind Mir and Italy's Romano Fenati in the championship standings as Aron Canet's ninth-placed finish saw him cling on by just three points.]]>
11/12/2017 2:48:25 PM
<![CDATA[Golf: Knee-knocking putt gives Shin debut win]]>
Shin drained his putt from four feet to edge Arnond Vongvanij, after the Thai missed his own birdie attempt from seven feet as they replayed the par-five 18th.

It meant a career-high payday of $180,000 for Shin, the world number 784 whose highest earnings so far had been $6,791 for tied 36th at this year's Shinhan Donghae Open.

Shin birdied his last two holes in regulation to force the playoff with Arnond, as they both shot 67 in the final round to be tied on 19-under-par 269 at the par-72 Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.

Shin's second shot in the playoff found the rough. But he recovered to fire four feet from the hole, setting up his birdie putt and his breakout win in what was also his first Asian Tour top-10 finish.

Shin, who had scores of 64, 72, 66 and 67, started the day one shot adrift of overnight leaders Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines and India's Jyoti Randhawa, an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour.

The American came through Q-school this year to earn his tour card, and his previous highest finish was tied 15th at the Queen's Cup in Thailand in June.]]>
11/12/2017 1:25:01 PM
<![CDATA[Golden State hitting their stride, Wizards stop Hawks]]>
Philadelphia had won five of its last six matches, but found itself hopelessly outgunned in the second half against the Warriors, who extended their winning streak to six games.

All six wins have been by 17 or more points, the longest such streak in franchise history.

Forward Kevin Durant returned from a one game absence to lead all scorers with 29 points. Klay Thompson had 23 and Stephen Curry 22 for the Warriors, who shot 58.5 percent from the field. Durant sat out Wednesday's game against Minnesota with a sore left thigh.

J.J. Redick finished with 17 points, French guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot came off the bench to score 15 and forward Dario Saric added 14 for the 76ers.

The 76ers have now lost nine straight against Golden State.

They had a chance to take a lead at the end of the second quarter, but Kevon Looney blocked Ben Simmons underneath the rim. Looney got the ball which led to a three-pointer from Thompson to put Golden State up 65-64 at the half.

The Warriors had a scare in the first 24 minutes when they lost Curry for a few minutes after Simmons' knee banged into Curry's right thigh.

Curry headed to the locker room after a few seconds but was only gone a brief time. Once back, he wasted no time getting on the scoresheet again.

Elsewhere, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris combined for 37 points as the Washington Wizards defeated the Atlanta Hawks 113-94.

Beal tallied 19 points and Morris 18 as the Wizards improved to 7-5 on the NBA season.

Kelly Oubre also had 18 points for the Wizards, who won back-to-back games for the first time since opening the season 3-0.

Morris said he is now looking forward to the next couple of weeks when they face teams like Toronto and Miami that are higher in the standings.

"Not to take credit away from the (Los Angeles) Lakers and the Hawks, but they're not the best offensive teams. Once we get to those good teams, then we'll be able to measure what we have," Morris said.

Washington shot 53.8 percent from the floor and led by as many as 25 points in the first meeting with Atlanta since winning last season's first-round playoff series.

- Strong defence -

Washington's defence kept the Hawks' at bay. Atlanta shot 41 percent from the field and had 24 turnovers, resulting in 39 points for the Wizards.

Taurean Prince scored 19 points and Marco Belinelli 15 for the Hawks, who dropped their third game in a row and second in as many days.

Dennis Schroder, who was superb against Washington in the playoffs, missed all eight of his field goal attempts in the first half Saturday and finished with seven points on two-of-16 shooting.

"It wasn't my night," said Schroder.

John Wall skipped the team's morning practice due to illness, but dressed for the game and scored 10 points in the first half as Washington led 49-42.

In Houston, James Harden scored 38 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 111-96.

Harden made 11 of 25 shots, including six three-pointers. Eric Gordon also hit six three-pointers and added 26 points for the Rockets.

Reserve Tyreke Evans led the Grizzlies with 22 points. Marc Gasol added 15 while Mike Conley was held to 12 points.]]>
11/12/2017 12:46:59 PM
<![CDATA[New Zealand riding high after Peru first-leg draw]]>
As the country toasted keeping Peru scoreless in Wellington on Saturday, coach Anthony Hudson confirmed he expected the side to be at full strength for the return clash in Lima on Wednesday.

The medical reports were positive for his injured star trio -- Burnley striker Chris Wood (hamstring), West Ham's Winston Reid (bruising) and Ipswich Town back Tommy Smith (calf).

"Overall, the whole team has had a good recovery session and the medical staff say we're in a good place ... we have a couple that we need to monitor, but nothing serious," Hudson said as the team prepared to fly to Peru.

"In the next couple of days we need to make sure we do everything possible to get our best team on the pitch."

New Zealand, ranked 122nd in the world, need only a score draw in Lima to be assured of a World Cup finals berth after keeping the 10th-ranked Peru goalless in the first leg.

"We're definitely confident because we always go away and play against the so-called bigger teams and have always been able to score," captain Reid said.

"Look, we're only halfway done. We've still got a long way to go, but if we can continue to recover the next couple of days we'll be ready for the game on Wednesday."

The New Zealand media hailed Saturday's draw as one of the best results in the football history of a country where the sport takes a back-seat to rugby union.

"The World Cup dream is alive," trumpeted the New Zealand Herald, adding that even though Peru dominated for most of the match, New Zealand "could even have grabbed a unlikely win, with a Ryan Thomas shot going agonisingly close in the 85th minute."

Fairfax Media described New Zealand as delivering a performance that gave reason for hope.

"When they needed it most, the All Whites delivered a performance to be proud of, and New Zealand can now begin to hope.

"With a place at the World Cup at stake, Saturday's 0-0 draw with Peru in Wellington was their best 90-minute effort since June 2010, and their last appearance at world football's showpiece event -- the 1-1 draw with Italy or the 0-0 against Paraguay, take your pick."

New Zealand have made two finals appearances -- 1982 and 2010 -- while Peru have qualified for the finals four times but not since 1982.]]>
11/12/2017 12:44:21 PM
<![CDATA[Beterbiev KOs Koelling in 12th for IBF title]]>
The undefeated Beterbiev recorded his 12th straight knockout but he had to go past seven rounds for the first time in his career to get the 175-pound belt.

The 32-year-old Beterbiev systematically dismantled underdog Koelling over 12 rounds, finishing him off with a right hook to the head with 27 seconds left in front of a crowd of 18,800 at the Fresno State University arena.

He knocked Koelling down for the first time in the fight earlier in the round but the 27-year-old German was able to continue after an eight count from the referee.

Beterbiev improved to a career record of 12-0 with 12 knockouts after just his second pro fight outside of Canada, where he trains.

Beterbiev had over 300 fights in an impressive amateur career that included two victories over former light heavyweight champ Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev.

As a pro, Beterbiev had only been past four rounds once when he was pushed to the seventh round by Alexander Johnson in 2015.

Koelling landed very few good punches in the one-sided fight but he can find solace in becoming the first fighter to survive into the 12th round with Beterbiev who some call the best pure puncher in boxing today.

With his first world title in hand there are some who now feel the two-time Russian Olympian is on the verge of finally fulfilling the lofty expectations he had coming out of the amateur ranks.

Beterbiev moved to Montreal when he turned pro and signed a contract with promoter Yvon Michel. Beterbiev and Michel are now embroiled contract dispute which is in the Canadian courts.

This was just the second career loss for Koelling who had won seven in a row since a 2015 defeat on points to Italian Mirco Ricci.

Koelling (23-2) was hoping to become the first German to win a world title in the US since Max Schmeling won the NBA -- now the World Boxing Association -- world heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium, New York, in June 1930.]]>
11/12/2017 12:43:05 PM
<![CDATA[After 20 years … Morocco in the World Cup]]>
Two goals took Morocco to the World Cup from the Ivorian capital Abidjan. Morocco leads the Atlas Lions by 12 points from 3 wins and 3 draws, and the team scored 11 goals without conceding in the World Cup qualifiers.

In the 25th minute, Nabil Dirar’s cross announced the first goal.

The epic of Morocco did not end here. In the 30th minute, Mbark Boussoufa's corner kick turned to a goal by Mehdi Benatia, who ended the hopes of the Ivorians.

The Moroccan team held up throughout the game and even threatened the goal of Ivory Coast.

This is Morocco's fifth qualification to the World Cup, after the versions of 1970, 1986, 1994 and 1998.

Morocco's best result is qualifying for the 16th round in 1986.
11/12/2017 10:21:33 AM
<![CDATA[Juventus wants to sign Bellerin]]>
Juventus thinks of Héctor Bellerín, from the youth team of FC Barcelona, as a substitute for Dani Alves, now in the squad of French Paris Saint Germain, who left the Italian team last summer.

Juventus, despite having Mattia De Sciglio as a right-back, wants to reinforce its squad, and for that reason has already contacted the agents of Héctor Bellerín.

Barcelona was interested to sign the Spanish defender last summer, but Arsenal refused to sell him.

Héctor Bellerín has turned into an important player for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but the bad path for the Londoner team in the Premier League can lead to the departure of Bellerín when the season ends.

According to The Sun, contacts between Juventus and Bellerin's representatives are already taking place, but it is also advancing that Arsenal will not make it easy for the current Italian Serie A champion.]]>
11/12/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Cannavaro is best coach of Chinese Super League]]>
Cannavaro, who received the award from former Czech player Pavel Nedved, was the favorite after getting Tianjin Quanjian to gain access to the Asian Champions League.

The Italian, a former player for teams like Napoli, Parma, Inter, Juventus and Real Madrid, and the World Cup holder with the Italian national team in 2006, exceeded the votes to Serbian coach Dragan Stojkovic, who manages Guangzhou RF, and Spanish coach Gregorio Manzano, who presents in the shortlist for the third time.

In 2014, Manzano won it recognition for his leadership at the Beijing Guoan.
Fabio Cannavaro returned with honors to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

He was introduced as a new coach on Thursday, replacing his predecessor, Luiz Filipe Scolari. ]]>
11/12/2017 5:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Gareth Bale suffers new injury]]>
Real Madrid announced in an official statement through their official website, “Our player Gareth Bale, who felt some discomfort in his left leg at the end of Thursday's training session, today underwent various tests carried out by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team.

He has been diagnosed with a strain to the middle third of the adductor longus muscle in his left leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Bale stayed in Madrid to recover from the discomforts that kept him out of action during the last weeks.
It is worth mentioning that Gareth Bale has suffered 25 injuries since he joined Real Madrid.
11/12/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Salah nominated for BBC best African]]>
Salah was included on the list after impressive performances on both the club and national team levels.

Following a wonderful season with AS Roma, scoring 19 goals and making 15 assists, he joined Liverpool in a record €42 million ($49 million) transfer during last summer’s transfer market.

He has scored seven goals in 11 Premier League games with Liverpool and five goals in six Champions League matches.

The 25-year-old led Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990, after scoring two goals against Congo.

Fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite among the shortlisted players. The winner will be announced on December 11.

Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses and Naby Keita are also included on the list.

Two Egyptians won the BBC award previously, Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Abou-Treika, claiming it in 2005 and 2008, respectively.]]>
11/12/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Russia prepares for World Cup by opening the biggest stadium]]>
It has undertaken a series of major preparations for the expected event, including developing some of the stadiums in three major cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi, as well as eight other cities.

Egypt has finally qualified to the next World Cup after an absence of 28 years. Egypt defeated Congo 2-1 on October 8 at Borg El Arab Stadium, guaranteeing their spot in the tournament.

Russia hosts the World Cup for the first time in history, and it has a great opportunity to prove its ability to organize such an event.

It has two major stadiums that will host World Cup games, and one of them was opened on Saturday. The stadium is called Luzhniki Stadium.

Luznhiki Stadium from outside - press courtesy

Luzhniki Stadium was built in 1955 on the banks of Moskva River in Moscow. The stadium is considered one of the most famous sports facilities in Russia.

The stadium’s capacity is 81,000. However, it seated 102,000 fans during the USSR’s game against Italy in 1963.

Luzhniki Stadium from inside - press courtesy

Russia played the first match in this stadium after renovation against Argentina, which ended in a 1-0 loss, thanks to Kun Aguero.

The stadium was destroyed in 2013 in order to be rebuilt to host the games of the 2018 World Cup. Luzhniki Stadium will host the opening game in the World Cup on June 14. ]]>
11/11/2017 11:05:54 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. soccer star Hope Solo says ex-FIFA president 'grabbed' her]]>
Solo, 36, told a Portuguese newspaper that Blatter touched her inappropriately in January 2013 during the Ballon D'or awards ceremony in Lisbon. A spokeswoman for Solo on Saturday confirmed her comments.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass," the former goalkeeper on the U.S. national women's team said in an audio interview with Expresso, posted on Saturday.

"It was at the Ballon D'or one year, right before I went on stage," said Solo, who received FIFA's women's player of the year award in 2013. "It's been normalized."

A spokesman for Blatter said in a phone interview on Saturday that Solo's allegation was "absurd and ridiculous, and it is not true."

Solo is the latest celebrity to go public with accusations of sexual misconduct by powerful men insports and entertainment, including movie producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

The high-profile allegations have inspired an online campaign, tagged #MeToo, that has encouraged men and women in all walks of life to reveal their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault, often years after they occurred.

Solo last month posted a statement on her Instagram page that commended women in the entertainment industry for having courage to reveal their experiences with sexual misconduct and suggested she had been a victim herself.

"From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and GMs and even press officers speaking about players 'tits' and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world," Solo wrote online.

"I always felt I'd 'handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators," she added.

Solo, considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, played on the U.S. women’s soccer team from 2000 to 2016, when it won two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup.
Blatter is in the midst of a six-year ban from all soccer-related duties imposed by Zurich-based FIFA’s ethics committee after a corruption scandal.]]>
11/11/2017 10:24:45 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian ambassador to Ghana attends Egypt`s match]]>
The Egyptian ambassador informed the Pharaohs that he would stay with the delegation at the hotel overnight to provide all the comforts for the team and meet all requests before the game.Egypt will be trying new techniques while maintaining their standard level of performance, according to their coach.

The Pharaohs’ game with Ghana does not account to much, as they have already qualified to the World Cup since the fifth round, after beating Congo 2-1 at Borg El-Arab Stadium. The national team still occupies the first place of the group, which includes Congo, Ghana and Uganda.
11/11/2017 9:58:58 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia qualifies to World Cup ]]>
It will be their fourth appearance for Tunisia at the finals, but first since 2006 in Germany.
The Carthage Eagles controlled the game, as they made a few chances to score, but the Libyan defense saved their team.

Tunisia almost scored by a strong shot from Taha Yassin Khenessi in the 38th minute, but it passed by the side.Ali Maaloul, Al-Ahly left-back, participated in the match with Tunisia despite being injured. He played until the 70th minute.

Tunisia and Morocco finally caught up with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who have already qualified to the World Cup, achieving a new record for Arab participation in the World Cup.

Since the start of the World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay, there have been no more than three Arab teams in the tournament at one time. In 1986 in Mexico, there was Algeria, Morocco and Iraq, while in 1998 in France, Morocco, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia played. ]]>
11/11/2017 9:55:56 PM
<![CDATA[Players came back from retirement for World Cup]]>
With the approach of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, many players are looking to come back to their national teams and end their career by participating in such a big event.
First of all, let’s remember one of the most important players who came back from retirement and helped his national team in the World Cup – Zinedine Zidane.

France's Zinedine Zidane (L) celebrates with teammate Franck Ribery after scoring his team's third goal against Spain during their second-round World Cup 2006 soccer match in Hanover June 27, 2006 - Reuters

Zinedine Zidane played a key role in the successful reign of France in both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Zidane won the 1998 World Cup, scoring twice in the final. In the UEFA Euro 2000, he was named “Player of the Tournament”. He was also named “FIFA World Player of the Year” three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

After France’s elimination from Euro 2004, Zidane announced his retirement from international football. With France in a state of almost missing out on qualifying to the 2006 World Cup, manager Raymond Domenech persuaded Zidane to come out of retirement and reinstated him as captain.

It was a dream return for the current Real Madrid manager, as France made it to the finals of the 2006 World Cup, and he was awarded the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament.

Swedish striker Henrik Larsson was well known for his goal-scoring prowess and on-field intelligence. Larsson represented Sweden in three World Cups and three European Championships. During this course, he pulled out of international retirement not once, but twice.

Henrik Larsson celebrates his equalizer against England in the 2006 World Cup - REUTERS

After guiding Sweden to the knockout stages of the 2002 World Cup, the powerful striker chose to retire from international football. However, the chance of representing Sweden at Euro 2004 lured him, and he came out of retirement to represent his country. There, he scored three goals in the group stages, ensuring Sweden’s qualification to the knockout stages. They were eventually eliminated by Holland on penalties in the quarter-finals.

He was also part of the 2006 World Cup, where he scored in the dying minutes in a group stage draw against England and helped Sweden qualify for the knockout stage. Following his stint in the World Cup, he retired from international football for the second time.

He made another return at Euro 2008, but this time he was not as successful, starting all three group matches as Sweden failed to qualify for the knockout stages.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, retired Swedish attacker, is one of the football legends who would come back from retirement to join his Swedish national team in case they reached the World Cup finals.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring the opening goal against Moldova during their Euro 2016 group G match - Reuters

Sweden defeated Italy 1-0 in the first leg of their play-off clash to decide the qualifier to the World Cup.Ibrahimovic had an amazing career with his national team, scoring 62 goals in 116 appearances for his country.

Manchester United`s striker retired his career with Sweden after Euro 2016 in France, but he insisted he will stand by his decision.However, he was not able to join Sweden in their important tie against Italy, as he still suffers an injury from his last match on May 2017 with Manchester United. ]]>
11/11/2017 9:23:44 PM
<![CDATA[Argentina beat Russia 1-0 in World Cup venue inaugural match]]>
Aguero's header found the back of the net in the 86th minute, the striker beating veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev after his initial shot was blocked by the Russian defence.
Led by captain Lionel Messi, Argentina were dynamic from the start of the friendly but were unable to capitalise on their chances in the first half.

Argentina's attack expertly combined to generate several scoring chances, with Messi finding Angel Di Maria in the box in the 36th minute, but the Paris St Germain midfielder could not control the ball.

"Some of the things that we planned worked in this clash against this tough opponent," Argentinamanager Jorge Sampaoli told reporters."We played in a courageous, bold manner. We created resistance to the pressure our opponent put us under. We need to build on this."

Konstantin Rausch kept Russia alive in the opening minutes of the second half by heading the ball off the line after Messi had chipped Akinfeev.Although they regrouped in the second half, Russia struggled to keep possession, heavily relying on Akinfeev to deny the Argentine attack.

Russia tested Argentina for the first time in the 61st minute with a short-range shot by Denis Glushakov tapped away by goalkeeper Sergio Romero before defender German Pezzella cleared the ball.

"We knew that it would be a tough match and that we wouldn't have possession in some moments," Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said."I think our defence played correctly from a tactical point of view but we were unable to start quality attacks, especially in the first half, when we had the ball."

Argentina's friendly against Russia was the first test match held at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, the venue for the opening game and final of next year's World Cup.

Originally opened in 1956, Luzhniki was one of the venues for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. It hosted the 2013 world athletics championships before being closed for renovations to prepare it for the World Cup.

Argentina play Nigeria in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, which will not host any World Cup matches next year, on Nov. 14.

Russia face Spain in a friendly in St Petersburg on the same day.]]>
11/11/2017 6:19:15 PM
<![CDATA[Morocco vs. Ivory Coast: Who will go to Russia?]]>
The Moroccans needs to at least draw with their Ivorian host on Saturday evening in Abidjan in the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Morocco’s coach, Hervé Renard, plans to choose the same line-up that Gabon faced in the last round, where they won at Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca.

The expected line-up for Morocco:
GK: Munir Mohamedi
DF: Hamza Mendyl, Mehdi Benatia, Nabil Dirar and Romain Saïss
MF: Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Younès Belhanda and Nordin Amrabat
FW: Khalid Boutaïb and Hakim Ziyech
The Ivorian fans did not forget their loss against Morocco in the last African Cup of Nations in Gabon, and they consider the face-off tomorrow as an opportunity for rehabilitation.]]>
11/11/2017 6:15:38 PM
<![CDATA[Pirlo: Playing in Europe is not like in Italy]]>
Tuttosport said, “Enough excuses, now we have to avoid a historic embarrassment.” Gazette dello Sport described Italy’s performance in Sweden as “Poor and confused.”
"Italy looked like a scared team that was playing for a 0-0 draw. In Europe, that is not enough," Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

"It's a red herring," he said. "Playing in Europe is not like in Italy, where you get a free kick for even the slightest contact.”

"In these matches you need to be above all that and give 100 percent; it's in these matches that you see the real players," he stated.

"It will be tough for Ventura to find the right words to say to the group," added Pirlo.
"There will be two very intense days, full of pressure, and the coach must have in mind the line-up that he is going to field," he continued.

"San Siro will make its presence felt, but I've never seen a goal scored from the stands," he said.

Italy’s last failure to qualify for the finals was in 1958. Italy has to win over Sweden by two goals in the second leg on Monday to qualify to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.]]>
11/11/2017 6:12:42 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia focuses on World Cup ticket]]>
Both teams hope to catch Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who already qualified to the World Cup, and to achieve a new record for Arabian participation in the World Cup.

Since the start of the World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay, there have been no more than three Arab teams in the tournament at one time. In 1986 in Mexico, there was Algeria, Morocco and Iraq. While in 1998 in France, Morocco, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia played.
Tunisia hosts Libya in Rades Stadium at 07:30 p.m. (Cairo local time). With 13 points, Tunisia tops Group A, three points ahead of DR Congo.

The Carthage Eagles may need only one point against Libya to guarantee a place in 2018 World Cup.Tunisia had an impressive run of form, as Nabil Maaloul, Tunisia`s coach, led his team to four wins and one draw from their five matches so far.

Youssef Msakni, Tunisia attacker, has warned his teammates before the important clash. “We’re not afraid of Libya, but we have to be wary, because they have a history, and it’s never easy to play against them,” the Tunisia forward said to reporters.
“This match is a matter of life and death for the Tunisian team. We’ll need to be well-prepared and focused right from kick-off,” he added.]]>
11/11/2017 5:49:34 PM
<![CDATA[Japan coach laments 'naivety' in Brazil loss]]>
First-half goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus condemned Japan to a 3-1 defeat -- their 10th in 12 meetings with Brazil -- in Lille despite a much-improved display after the interval.

"I don't know what was happening in their heads in the first half," said Halilhodzic, who will lead Japan into a sixth straight finals appearance in Russia.

"The penalty (which Neymar converted) was whistled because of the video (assistant referee) and perhaps that threw the team off.

"It's a shame about the first half, the second half gave me quite a bit of satisfaction.

"I see plenty of things we need to improve and we'll draw a lot of things from this match."

Tomoaki Makino grabbed a consolation for Japan with a second-half header, and Halilhodzic said it could have been much different but for a woeful start.

"The second half was completely different. I made a few fixes at half-time, both mentally and tactically," he said.

"I wasn't disappointed with the first half, but I was not satisfied with the mental aspect. From time to time we showed this naivety. When you see the second half we basically matched them and even dominated possession."

Halilhodzic masterminded impressive Algeria's run to the last 16 at the last World Cup in Brazil, where they fell 2-1 to eventual champions Germany after extra time.

"I would love to do the same thing, why not even more. Anything is possible in football," he said.

"If we finished the first half 0-0, it's easy to say we could have pulled off a huge surprise. Unfortunately things happened as they did.

"With these types of matches we're also here to learn -- Brazil are on a different planet.

"You have to be realistic, I already told the players (Brazil) are the best team in the world.

"When you play against Neymar, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, you have to lift your level.

"We have seven or eight months to work and try and achieve the same thing we did with Algeria."

He added: "There are things I'll speak to the players about, areas where they can still improve in the mental aspect, being more aggressive without committing fouls."

- 'Just play' -

For Neymar, who scored his 53rd international goal and eighth against Japan, it was an eventful outing as he converted a penalty but then missed another one, before receiving a booking following the intervention of the VAR after a clash with Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai.

"Everybody is trying to stop him with fouls, he cannot react to this. I have spoken to him about this, he has to leave these things to the referee," Brazil coach Tite said of Neymar.

"Today we had the video review and it will be good when it helps get the right decision. The referee was right when he gave him the yellow card."

"The same thing happened with Gabriel Jesus when he had a sequence of fouls against him in a 20-minute span," added Tite.

"I told him to just play and with the video referee it will become more fair."

For Brazil, the first team -- aside from hosts Russia -- to qualify for the 2018 showpiece, it was also an occasion for Tite to study some of the fringe players in the squad.

"With the performance of the first half I could watch more players in the second half -- Jemerson, Diego Souza, Douglas Costa, Giuliano, Alex Sandro.

"It's not just about how they perform in matches, we're also monitoring how they do in training daily and how they get on with the others."]]>
11/11/2017 2:26:24 PM
<![CDATA[Loftus-Cheek showed he can cut it - Southgate]]>
Faced with a raft of injuries, Southgate gave debuts to five players in Friday's friendly at Wembley, with Jordan Pickford, Joe Gomez, Jack Cork and Tammy Abraham also getting their first tastes of senior international football.

Everton goalkeeper Pickford impressed, making two sharp first-half saves from Timo Werner, but it was 21-year-old Loftus-Cheek, on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, who was named man of the match.

"He's a player I've watched do that from under-16 level and despite his size and his appearance and the way he plays, he's not hugely confident at times," Southgate said of the elegant midfielder.

"Tonight it took him 10 minutes to have a look around him and think, 'OK, I can do this.' He's got so many good attributes, top attributes, and that's why we put him into the team.

"The wider public might not be as aware of him ?- you'd have had to follow him very closely ?- but we believe in him and we believe in the others that we played.

"I'm really not surprised with what they've done. They've shown that at younger ages and this week in training. There's been an energy about the group.

"It seemed a bit messy with loads of pull-outs, but actually it's been really tight and without getting too carried away, the performance was a really encouraging one."

In music to the ears of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Southgate offered an upbeat assessment of the left thigh problem that forced centre-back Phil Jones to go off mid-way through the first half.

"He seems fine," said Southgate, whose side host Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday.

"We've checked him out. It's something he's been carrying and it's not any worse."

With goalkeeper Jack Butland having withdrawn from the squad after breaking a finger in training, Southgate revealed Manchester City youngster Angus Gunn, who is on loan at Norwich City, would be brought into the squad.

- Loew plots changes -

World champions Germany, who are now 20 games unbeaten, came closest to breaking the deadlock when Leroy Sane rifled a shot against the crossbar in the first half.

Visiting coach Joachim Loew conceded the game would not live long in the memory, but said it had highlighted areas where his team need to improve.

"It was a real test. Since 2014 England have improved a lot and added some good, dynamic players," he said.

"Sometimes when you're playing in qualification, teams park the bus. We've got to learn how to break teams down."

Loew confirmed he plans to rotate his starting XI for Tuesday's friendly at home to France, who were the last team to beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

"There will be some changes for the France game," he said.

"I rested (Toni) Kroos and (Sami) Khedira because these players have played a lot of games. You have to take the weight off their shoulders.

"For the France game, I have to take into consideration that they're very fast in attack and they play a lot on the counter-attack, so you've got to weigh all that up when you put your team together."

Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng, who sat out the game at Wembley due to injury, is unlikely to feature.

"He's undergoing intensive treatment and will be going back to Munich next week," said Loew, who awarded a debut to RB Leipzig full-back Marcel Halstenberg.

"It's a muscular situation and I don't want to force anything that's unnecessary at this stage."]]>
11/11/2017 2:18:26 PM
<![CDATA[Australia frustrated in Honduras draw]]>
Socceroos striker Tomi Juric missed golden chances in each half as the Australians dominated a physical Honduras side without managing to find a precious away goal at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

Nevertheless Ange Postecoglou's men will return to Australia for Wednesday's second leg confident of reaching a fourth consecutive World Cup after a controlled display in hot, humid conditions.

Despite speculation that veteran striker Tim Cahill could feature after a recent ankle knock, the Australian record scorer remained on the bench throughout.

Cahill's cutting edge was sorely missed as Juric butchered a one-on-one chance in the first 45 minutes before squandering a free header in the second half.

Australia had the better of a tense first-half, with Huddersfield's Aaron Mooy dominating midfield and keeping the Socceroos on the offensive.

The visitors survived an early scare however when only a last-ditch tackle from Trent Sainsbury denied Carlos Lanza.

Australia continued to create the better chances though, with Massimo Luongo forcing a low block from Honduras goalkeeper Donis Escober after a fine surging run.

The Australians also had strong shouts for a penalty in the 22nd minute when Escober bundled over Bailey Wright in the penalty area after a looping header flew over.

Italian referee Daniele Orsato consulted his linesman but after a brief delay ruled no foul had occurred.

Honduras' only chance of note in a disappointing first-half display was a header from Lanza from Romell Quioto's cross that flew wide of goalkeeper Maty Ryan.

Otherwise it was all Australia, with Jackson Irvine scooping a first-time shot over the bar in the 29th minute.

Five minutes later Juric missed a gilt-edged chance that had Postecoglou punching the air in frustration on the Australia bench.

A superb flick off the back of his heel took Juric clear of the Honduras defence, but with only Escober to beat, the Swiss-based FC Luzern striker pulled his shot wide of the post.

The ball appeared to bobble slightly on the uneven playing surface as Juric shot, but the Australian will feel he should have done better.

Another glorious chance went begging in the 54th minute when Josh Risdon picked out an unmarked Juric on the edge of the six-yard area.

But with the whole goal to aim at Juric directed his header straight at Escober who was able to parry away his effort.

Australia were given a late let off when Carlo Costly sprang the offside trap to go clear, but his shot was tipped over by Ryan.]]>
11/11/2017 2:15:03 PM
<![CDATA[Hazard praises De Bruyne]]>
Hazard told the press, ahead of Belgium`s meeting with Mexico on Friday, “Kevin is definitely the best player in the Premier League at the moment."

De Bruyne is living his best moments with Manchester City this season in the Premier League and the Champions League.

The 26-year-old managed to score two goals and provided six assists in eleven matches in the Premier League.

“City are the best Premier League team, and Kevin is an important player in Guardiola’s system. It’s easy to play with Kevin, because we’re good players,” he added.

Eden Hazard helped Chelsea to win the 2015 and 2017 Premier League titles. He starred in 39 games with Chelsea last season, scoring 17 goals and five assists according to whoscored.com.
11/11/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Cowboys owner says Elliott case not cause of Goodell rift]]>
Jones, who also is the team's general manager, said he is "disappointed" the Cowboys likely will be without Elliott for the next six games but the possible lawsuit against the league and other owners has nothing to do with how he believes Elliott has been treated in the league's investigation into domestic violence.

Jones emphasized to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that his threatening a lawsuit only has to do with the handling of Goodell's new contract.

"This is such an important matter in light of a lot of the things that are going on in the NFL right now," Jones said Friday. "I basically feel this extension of Roger should go and be reviewed and approved by all the owners, not just a few of the owners.

"This is simply about making sure that all clubs have input into not only the commissioner's (contract) extension, but also in future years his decisions. We all see how impactful a commissioner's decision can be in many areas. We've given him a lot of power and I think we need the checks and balances of ownership having to actually be in a position to not just suggest but approve of his decisions. That's what this is about.

"The committee that basically negotiates the salary with our commissioner is taking the view, especially the chairman (Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank), that they in a limited group can complete this agreement," Jones said. "I disagree. I think we should, with all of the interest and commitment that you have throughout the ownership."

Jones said the issues go beyond the decision to suspend Elliott, who had his latest legal motion denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Thursday, meaning his six-game NFL suspension is back in effect.

Goodell suspended Elliott for six games on Aug. 11 after a 13-month investigation concluded he was in violation of the league's personal-conduct policy for an incident in the summer of 2016.

Elliott, who was not arrested or charged in the case, maintains his innocence after being accused of assaulting former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in Columbus, Ohio.

His next court date is set for Dec. 1, after the NFL Players Association requested an expedited appeal of Thursday's decision.

"The facts are, the issues that involve the commissioner are far more reaching," Jones said. "I've been dealing with this commissioner for almost 28 years, as an employee of the NFL. Zeke's been involved here a year, a year and a half. Those are really separate issues as to Zeke. The policy that we have that has impacted Zeke is more of my issue with the commissioner."]]>
11/11/2017 9:14:05 AM
<![CDATA[Fabregas: I found absolute happiness in Chelsea]]>
Fàbregas starred in one of the most painful leaks of the ‘Barca’ youth team when he decided to leave La Masia to go to Arsenal with only 16 years.

"Sometimes my companions were put to play with the elders and I, who was the captain, I stayed with those of my age, I saw that they trusted more in them than in me. For that, and other reasons, I decided to come to England." he assured.

The midfielder remembered the coach who made him triumph: "Wenger signed me when I was a Barça youngster and he put me to training with legends: Herny, Pirès, Vieira, Campbell. He took me out to play, he did not always do it well, but he always kept calling me, he bet a lot for me, I owe him a lot."

In 2011 Fàbregas returned to Barcelona. However, things did not go so well in the Camp Nou and ended up returning to London, although this time signing for Chelsea, where he is very satisfied.

"I've found absolute happiness at Chelsea. The family is loving it, totally adapted to London life, the fans love me, I'm too happy to change. From Barcelona I only miss my family and friends."
11/11/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Salah`s record is better than Suarez and Torres]]>
Twelve goals in 17 official matches guarantee the quality of Salah, who lives his second experience in the Premier League, after a frustrating first adventure with Chelsea.
In 2013/2014 season, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was captivated by a young Basel striker, Salah, who beat the Londoners in the two group stage matches of the Champions League.

The Russian businessman, amazed with the speed, power and mind of Salah, and then he paid Basel at the end of that year $15 million and took him to Stamford Bridge.

With Chelsea, the Egyptian did not show his qualities, that 19 games and two goals later, with an inconsequential contribution, was signed by Fiorentina in the operation that led the Colombian Juan Cuadrado join Chelsea in a swap.

A new assignment, this time to Rome, meant the rebirth of Salah. The Egyptian forward signed a good season in Serie A, Roma exercised the option to buy the winger and then last summer he transferred to Liverpool for $43 million.

A transfer that at the time was considered scandalous but now no one in Anfield dares to question given the incidence of the player in the team directed by Jurgen Klopp.

Salah, at 25, is at his peak. The English media that compare him with Luis Suárez use the numbers, and the statistics say that in his first 17 games at Liverpool he has scored twelve goals and has given three assists.

Records showed that Salah scored more goals after 17 games than Suarez and Fernando Torres had at the same stage of their Liverpool careers, despite not playing as an out-and-out striker unlike those two.

Suarez`s record in his first 17 games in 2011 with Liverpool was seven goals and five assists, while Fernando Torres in 2007 scored 11 goals and provided a single assist.
11/11/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[India's Pandya rested for first two Sri Lanka tests]]>
The 24-year-old seamer and hard-hitting batsman has been a regular member of the Indian side in all three formats of the game and has been playing non-stop since the Champions Trophy in England in June.

Pandya was named in India's squad for the first two tests against Sri Lanka and no replacement has been named.

"The all-India senior selection committee in consultation with the Indian team management has decided to rest all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka," the BCCI said in a statement.

"Considering Mr Pandya's heavy recent workload, the decision was made to negate any possibility of a major injury concern.

"Pandya will undergo a period of strength and conditioning at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru."

Kolkata's Eden Gardens will host the opening match of the three-test series from Thursday with the second and third tests in Nagpur and Delhi.

India will also play three one-day internationals and the same number of T20s against Sri Lanka.

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma]]>
11/11/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[ Paris Saint-Germain president does not trust Emery]]>
Any other possibility, even if he won the Ligue 1 (The French League) and the French Cup, would discard his continuity in the Parisian club.

The Champions League is the great obsession of the president, who has developed a huge investment in the Parisian club this season.

After signing Neymar and Mbappé, Al Khelaifi, PSG President, will not allow another failure in the Champions League as it was the elimination against Barcelona.
PSG had lost 6-1 in the second-leg in the 16th round without taking advantage of a 4-0 lead in the first leg.

For now, the results are smiling at PSG, but the President does not trust Unai Emery, PSG’s coach. Emery had too many problems at PSG.

The French press, as summarized by L'Equipe, points out the "feud" between the Spanish coach and Neymar, which can be decisive in his future in the club, unless, as we said, he wins or goes far in the Champions League.

If he does not meet the objectives, PSG has in mind three coaches to replace him. Neither more nor less than Mourinho, Conte and Simeone.]]>
11/11/2017 5:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly stuns Telephonat Bani Sweif in the Egyptian cup]]>
Al-Ahly entered the game with many reserves in the starting line-up, like Mohamed El Shenawy, Hussein El Sayed, Ayman Ashraf, Bassem Ali, Hesham Mohamed and Walid Azarro.

Al-Ahly started the game well, and they were about to score the first goal through a penaly 11 minutes after the start, but Ahmed Hamoudi missed it.

Al-Ahly scored the first goal by Hesham Mohamed after 19 minutes, and Amr El Solia doubled the score three minutes later.

Hamoudi missed Al-Ahly’s second penalty in the game minutes before the first half final whistle, but Junior Ajayi scored the third goal to end the first half 3-0.

Al-Ahly finally scored from a penalty by Emad Moteb minutes after the start of the second half.

Ahmed Hamdi scored Al-Ahly fifth goal in the game 8 minutes before the final whistle to end the game 5-0.

Al-Ahly holds the record of winning the competition, as the team has been crowned with 36 Egypt Cup titles.
11/11/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Neymar denies conflicts in Paris ]]>
“Paris is perfect. I am very well, very happy, motivated to win with PSG and be the player who gives everything on the pitch for my teammates," Neymar told press.

Neymar attacked the French media, saying, “They are inventing many stories that are not true. I have no problem with my coach and neither with Cavani.”

Rumors have claimed that Neymar does not feel comfortable in Paris and that he has problems with his manager, Unai Emery, and his teammate, Edinson Cavani.

Neymar explained his relationship with his manager, saying, “When I arrived, we had a meeting. He told me he was going to help me on the pitch. I know the importance of my role, and I do everything the coach asks of me, but those inventions hurt me a bit.”

Neymar joined PSG last summer from Barcelona for €222 million ($259 million), breaking the highest transfer record. ]]>
11/11/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Senegal qualifies to World Cup ]]>
Senegal started the game well, as Diafra Sakho scored the first goal only 13 minutes from the start after a great pass from Sadio Mane.

South Africa’s players tried to return to the game, but all their chances were saved by Senegalese goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye.

Senegal doubled the score minutes before the first half final whistle through a goal from South African defender Thamsanqa Mkhize who failed to control the ball well and scored into his team’s own net.

Senegal, after this victory, secured their qualification to the World Cup, as they lead their group with 11 points, 6 points ahead of the second placed team, Burkina Faso.

Senegal qualified to the World Cup for the second time in their history, and Senegalese players hope to repeat their achievement in their first participation in 2002 in South Korea and Japan, when they reached the quarter-finals. ]]>
11/10/2017 9:58:16 PM
<![CDATA[Could Argentinean league be the most followed in the future? ]]>
Many Argentinean players revealed that they could return to Argentina to wear their beloved teams’ jerseys in their last days as footballers.

If the Argentinean current stars perform their promises, many eyes will turn over to the south American country.

In this article, we expect where Argentinean stars could spend their last days in the game.

1- Lionel Messi

The biggest star in the national team left his city, Rosario when he was 13 to join Spain’s Barcelona. Messi wore Newell’s Old Boys jersey when he was a kid and he wants to wear it again before retirement.

Newell's fans hope to see Messi earing their shirt in an official game, Twitter

2 – Angel DI Maria

Di Maria has a great relationship with Lionel Messi but they never wore the same club shirt, they also played for Spain’s rivals, Messi for Barcelona and Di Maria for Real Madrid.

Angel Di Maria during his days at Rosario Central, Twitter.

Di Maria was born in Rosario like Messi but he represented they yellow and blue side of the city, Rosario Central while Messi wore Newell’s Old Boys red and black shirt.

Argentineans could watch the Rosario derby with Messi on one side and Di Maria on the other.

3 – Sergio Aguero

The top scorer in the history of Manchester City has a long journey in Europe. He arrived in Europe when he was 18 to play five years for Atletico Madrid and another six for Man City.

Aguero was Independiente wonder kid, Twitter

Aguero is an Independiente academy product, he represented the team since he was 9 and he played for the first team when he was just 15. He played three years with Independiente and he believes that he has a story to continue with the club.

4 – Javier Mascherano, Gonzalo Higuain

They both had the same start but they continued in different paths. They are River plate academy products and they played for the first team 2 years each before leaving.

Higuain represented Rive Plate since he was 9, Twitter

Spain witnessed great battles between both players as Mascherano played for Barcelona while Higuain represented Real Madrid. However, we could see both of them in the same club if they returned to River Plate to finish their careers there.

Mascherano played three years for River Plate, Marca

If all these players who have great relationship and played in the national teams together since they were young could take the decision together and return to revive the Argentinean domestic football and put the Argentinean league again in the spot.]]>
11/10/2017 9:31:25 PM