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    On Wednesday night, Tottenham and Leicester City face off in what’s sure to be a thrilling Premier League matchup.  Your Wednesday afternoon just got even more interesting thanks to a big-time English Premier League matchup. That’s right, Tottenham and Leicester City are set to face off in what could be a high-scoring affair. For Tottenham, Spurs will no question need to see Harry Kane, and others play up to their potential. Meanwhile, for Leicester City, Jamie Vardy is always a threat to find the back of the net, but he’s injured. That’s bad news for the Foxes.How to watch Tottenham vs. Leicester City on TVWhen is kick off? Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. ETWhere is the match being played? King Power StadiumWhat TV channel is the match on? USA Network, fuboTV for online streamingWho’s the referee? Jonathan Moss Tottenham team newsSpurs are in sixth place on the EPL table, which no one expected. This team simply can’t go another season without Champions League action. Fans are getting beyond restless. A win over Leicester City could get them right in the thick...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO could soon find himself on the hunt for a new club if things fail to turn around at Old Trafford. SunSport exclusively revealed today that Ronaldo is set to leave Manchester United in the summer if the club don't qualify for the Champions League - but where would he go for his next challenge? 4Ronaldo is set to leave Man Utd if the club fail to qualify for the Champions LeagueCredit: AFP Despite being close to 37-years-old, Ronaldo wouldn't be short of suitors, especially since his mother revealed he plans to play until he's 40. Talks have been ongoing this week between Ronaldo’s representatives and soon-to-be United Chief Executive Richard Arnold, with CR7 intent on being at a winning project. The Red Devils are currently five points off the Champions League places, with performances on the pitch in recent weeks hardly anything to write home about. So here SunSport take a look at who could throw their hat into...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to leave Manchester United in the summer if the club do not qualify for the Champions League. SunSport understands that there have been talks this week between Ronaldo’s representatives and Richard Arnold who will become the club’s new Chief Executive at the start of next month. 3Cristiano Ronaldo could quit Manchester United in the summer if they miss out on the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty The Ronaldo camp are concerned at the way the club is going with the team currently standing in seventh place in the Premier League. Ronaldo, who is 37 next month, is intent on continuing playing until he is 40 but wants to end his career as a winner and right now there is little chance of that happening at United. The Portuguese goalscoring legend returned to the club at the start of the season on a two-year contract in the belief that United had a squad to challenge for major honours. But the dream comeback has turned into a nightmare with the Red Devils languishing in the Europe Conference League spot in the...
    BARCELONA could be set to break the world record for crowd numbers at a women’s club game in their Champions League duel with Real Madrid. The club says 85,000 tickets for the March 30 semi-final second leg fixture were purchased by fans in just THREE days. 2A total of 85,000 fans are expected tp attend Barcelona's Champions League clash with Real Madrid at the Nou CampCredit: Avalon.red And Forbes reports this will see them surpass the average gate number for fans at the Catalan side's men's games this season. In 2019, Atletico Madrid set a new world record for the highest number of spectators attending a women’s club match with their duel with Barca at the Wanda Metropolitano. In March that year, 60,739 watched Atletico lose 2-0 with Everton’s Toni Duggan and Asisat Oshoala on target for the visitors.   The attendance figure exceeded the previous crowd record of 53,000 who watched Dick Kerr Ladies take on Helen’s Ladies in a charity match at Goodison Park on Boxing Day, 1921. Should every single ticket buyer turnout for Barca’s March 22...
    ZURICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski was voted the best men’s player in the world, retaining the FIFA award he won last year. The Bayern Munich forward overturned the result last month of the Ballon d’Or prize where he placed second behind Lionel Messi, who finally led Argentina to a senior title at the 2021 Copa América. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool was also on the shortlist. Lewandowski broke two Bundesliga records by scoring 41 goals for Bayern in its title-winning 2020-21 season and 43 in the calendar year of 2021. Both marks were held since 1972 by another Bayern great, Gerd Müller. Alexia Putellas, who captained Barcelona to its first Women’s Champions League title, was voted the best women’s player ahead of teammate Jennifer Hermoso and Sam Kerr of beaten finalist Chelsea. Chelsea swept the coaching awards in a year when its men’s and women’s teams led by Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes reached their Champions League finals. Tuchel again edged Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola for victory to repeat the result of their European title game. Guardiola led City...
    CHELSEA’S Champions League game at Lille and England’s Six Nations showdown in Paris look set to be moved to a neutral country after the French government vowed a Covid crackdown. In a surprise move, French government sources have briefed that any athlete coming to compete in the country will have to be vaccinated to be allowed to enter a sports arena. 3Chelsea are set to travel to Lille in MarchCredit: AP 3But the match is set to be moved to a neutral venue due to a Covid crackdown from the French governmentCredit: AP That would immediately impact France’s scheduled Six Nations against Italy, Ireland and England. But it also would prevent Chelsea’s unvaccinated players from taking part in the Champions League last 16-second leg in March. And it means Novak Djokovic, who landed in Dubai yesterday after being booted out of Australia, faces being barred from the French Open as well. Uefa is currently drafting a new “Annex J” to the current Champions League regulations, to apply for the knock-out phase of the competition. That will be specifically designed to...
    Kanye Wests new girlfriend Julia Fox is standing by the rapper An unexpected emotion arises for some who are catching this wave of Covid: Relief Manchester City moved closer to its fourth Premier League title in five seasons after it defeated second-place Chelsea 1-0 to extend its lead atop the standings to 13 points with 16 matches left to play. A Kevin De Bruyne moment of magic with 20 minutes remaining was all Man City needed, as he hit the target with a patented curling finish from outside the box. Man City supporters chanted "Campeones, Campeones", sensing that the goal was good enough to secure the win. The victory marked Man City's 12th consecutive league win, a streak which has helped the defending champion to build and pad its sizable advantage.  Chelsea was mainly focused on defending in the first half and was not inspired in attack, but it did have two half-chances on the foot of star forward Romelu Lukaku. On a favorable opportunity in the first half, the Belgian opted for a pass to an offside teammate, and...
    CHELSEA were many people’s tip for the title when the season kicked off. Yet by 2.30pm on Saturday, January 15th their race could effectively be run – with four months of it still remaining.   5Guardiola will be out for revenge after losing the Champions League final to ChelseaCredit: AP 5The Blues stopped Man City from winning a maiden Champions League title last summer, but haven't been able to keep up with City in the league this seasonCredit: EPA Defeat at the Etihad in the lunchtime kick off would leave Thomas Tuchel’s men 13 points behind their opponents Manchester City. With only 16 matches to play and Pep Guardiola’s side looking so good, that would surely be too big a gap to make up. It’s not that Chelsea’s league campaign has been disastrous – they have lost only twice all season and are averaging more than two points per game. Not too long ago, a tally of 43 points from your opening 21 matches would be seen as a good springboard to push on during the run-in. Things have changed...
    EAGLE-EYED football fans have spotted the identical photos of Real Madrid at the 2017 and 2018 Champions League finals. The Spanish giants were crowned the European champions for three successive seasons between 2016 and 2018. 2Real Madrid lining up before the 2017 Champions League finalCredit: Getty 2The same XI lining up ahead of the 2018 Champions League finalCredit: Getty But it is only recently that people have spotted their remarkable similarity between their pre-match line-up photos from the finals against Juventus in Cardiff and against Liverpool in Kyiv. Zinedine Zidane fielded exactly the same 11 players in both games. Keylor Navas started in goal, with a back four of Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo. The midfield was comprised of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. And then upfront was a trio of Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. But it wasn't just the personnel that appeared the same - even the placement of their hands and feet were identical in both photos despite being 12 months apart. Most read in Premier LeagueRED DEVILS NEWS Ronaldo EXCLUSIVE, injury...
    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday: GERMANY Borussia Dortmund breathed some life back into the title race last week by closing the gap to Bayern Munich to six points. Now Marco Rose’s second-place team needs to follow up with another win at home against a Freiburg team that is no pushover because it too is fighting for a Champions League place. History is on Dortmund’s side, with Freiburg’s only win at Dortmund’s stadium coming in 2001. Freiburg is fourth as it pushes to qualify for the Champions League for what would be the first time. ENGLAND Near each other in the standings, if not so close on the map, Brighton and Crystal Palace renew their rivalry to open the 22nd round of games in the Premier League. Four points separate the teams who are hovering around mid-table and look to be well clear of relegation trouble this season. The clubs, however, are separated by 46 miles (74 kilometers), which doesn’t make it a typical local rivalry by English soccer standards. Palace is the nearest big club...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The 2022 Asian Champions League is set to be decided in 2023 with a big split in match schedules for the east and west regions, the Asian Football Confederation said Thursday. Two reasons were cited for the new plan that would see the 2022 final played in February 2023 — travel challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and unusual scheduling of the World Cup in Qatar during November and December. The proposed new Asian Champions League program aims to help national teams prepare with no games in the marquee club competition played during September and October. “The Asian teams who are likely to qualify for the (World Cup) are expected to put in place extensive preparation plans for the competition,” the AFC said, “and a need was felt to facilitate such tune-ups in the face of the uncertain situation and unforeseen risks.” Asia is looking for better results at its home World Cup after none of its five teams advanced from the group stage at the 2018 tournament in Russia. The AFC has now proposed a...
    JARROD BOWEN fired West Ham into the top four with a brilliant brace against Norwich. The midfield ace was on target twice at the London Stadium to send the Hammers above Arsenal. 1Jarrod Bowen scored twice as West Ham beat Norwich 2-0Credit: PA But Norwich remain rooted to the bottom of the table after yet another defeat. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueBARCELONA 2 REAL MADRID 2 Super Cup clash goes to extra-time after late Fati equaliserTRANSFERS LIVE Wood set for Newcastle medical, Tottenham confident of signing TraoreRED DEVILS NEWS Ronaldo targeted by PSG in Messi link up, Lamptey eyed, Rashford LATESTCAMEROON CHAOS Afcon shock as 'gun battle breaks out near stadium hosting Mali vs Tunisia'
    MANCHESTER UNITED target Kingsley Coman has penned a new long-term contract at Bayern Munich. The 25-year-old will stay at the Allianz Arena until 2027. 1Kingsley Coman is a Champions League winner at Bayern MunichCredit: Getty The Red Devils have long been linked with a move for the France international. But the player insisted he was happy to stay at the Bundesliga giants. He said: "I'm very happy because FC Bayern are one of the best clubs in the world and I know we still have a lot of opportunities and big goals here.  “I've been at the club since 2015 -it feels like a big family. Everything is perfect here.  “My best years as a footballer are still ahead of me, and I'm glad I'll be spending them at FC Bayern.  “My biggest goal is to win the Champions League again - and this time, please, together with our fans." Most read in SportTRANSFERS LIVE Wood set for Newcastle medical, Tottenham confident of signing TraoreDJOKOVIC UPDATES Tennis star could face JAIL TIME, government could RE-CANCEL visaCATCHER GONE What was Jean...
    PATRICE EVRA does not believe Lionel Messi will take Paris Saint-Germain to Champions League glory. The former Manchester United man thinks PSG have to adopt a winning mentality in Europe, having lost in the semi-finals and the final in the previous two years. 2PSG need more than just Lionel Messi to win the Champions League says Patrice EvraCredit: Reuters 2Evra also warned Kylian Mbappe to ditch his clean-cut personaCredit: Getty And despite the addition of four-time winner Messi, Evra argues it will take a big team effort to get their hands on the trophy. In an interview with Le Parisien he said: "They recruited Messi, but he is not the one who will make them win the Champions League. "It is a collective, a mental state of the entire team as a whole. It is not easy at all, I played five finals and lost four." Evra also believes Kylian Mbappe has a big role to play in PSG achieving European success - but warned the forward he must put the team first. And he also gave the 23-year-old...
    MAURICIO POCHETTINO is still 'secretly maintaining contact' with Manchester United ahead of a potential move in the summer. The PSG boss has been linked with arriving at Old Trafford ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November. 3Pochettino looks set to lead PSG to the Ligue 1 title this seasonCredit: Reuters 3Ten Hag has peaked the interest of Man Utd with his impressive stint at AjaxCredit: Rex Ralf Rangnick is currently in charge of Man Utd as interim manager until the end of the season. But the German will then head upstairs to begin his two-year role as a consultant. And the search is continuing for a permanent replacement to Solskjaer - with Pochettino one of the favourites to take over. The Argentine, who took Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019, looks set to win his first major trophy this season as PSG hold an 11-point lead over Nice at the top of Ligue 1. They have also qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League - where they will face Real Madrid in the last...
    GARETH TAYLOR insists Manchester City will 'stay humble' after their a 6-0 demolition of Brighton. A Lauren Hemp chip and a Victoria Williams own-goal were among the efforts that saw the Seagulls thrashed with three goals netted in three minutes. 3Lauren Hemp was on target for City with her fourth goal of the seasonCredit: Reuters And the victory saw the Citizens go fifth and four points behind Tottenham with the race for a Champions League spot wide open.   The City boss said: “We're trying to stay as humble as we can as we've had difficult moments this season where we have been really tested. "This (result) was a good start to the New Year for us as Brighton never let up and Hope Powell always pushes her team until the last minute. “We want to challenge at the top end of the table as much as we've done previously. "We know that's been difficult with the situations we had earlier in the season.   “But things are starting to turn around a little bit for us now.” City, who...
    LIONEL MESSI could be prepared to QUIT Paris Saint-Germain this summer if the French giants fail to win the Champions League. The 34-year-old only moved to the Parc des Princes from long-time employers Barcelona last August. 1Lionel Messi is reportedly prepared to quit Paris Saint-Germain this summreCredit: EPA But the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has yet to settle in the French capital, finding the net just once in the league so far. His form in Europe has been better - with five goals in the Champions League group stages. Now ex-Barca star Lobo Carrasco has claimed on Spanish TV that victory in Europe is going to be crucial to PSG keeping hold of their star. He told El Chiringuito TV: "Messi will always miss the 'modus vivendi' he had in Barcelona. "If he succeeds, which means winning the Champions League, he could extend his stay for another year. "If PSG don't win the Champions League then this year is going to be a long one. Most read in SoccerON JUVE Aaron Ramsey will LEAVE Juventus with Newcastle leading Burnley in...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Three Iranian soccer clubs were barred Friday from the Asian Champions League, including 2020 finalist Persepolis, after having their license to compete withdrawn. The Asian Football Confederation did not specify why Persepolis, Esteghlal and Gol Gohar Sirjan are now ineligible to play in the 2022 competition. The AFC cited licensing regulations the clubs failed to meet which relate to issues including timely submission of documents about stadium safety, having fully qualified staff and details of who owns clubs. Replacement clubs were not named Friday. Preliminary round games are scheduled to be played in March, but the draw for the group stage will be made on Jan. 17. Persepolis was due to enter the group stage as the 2020-21 Persian Gulf pro League winner. Esteghlal, a two-time Asian champion before the Champions League was launched, placed third in the domestic league and would have entered a playoff round. Gol Gohar Sirjan’s withdrawn license prevents the club from entering as a replacement. The AFC said its disciplinary committee would study the case files of all three clubs...
    SINCE the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003, Chelsea have hardly struggled to attract big name stars. The Russian has poured millions into his beloved Blues, particularly in his earlier years with the club. 9 Roman Abramovich has forked out for a host of stars since buying ChelseaCredit: AFP 9 Chelsea could have signed a whole host of superstars He quickly set his stall out in his first few seasons at the helm by bringing the likes of Arjen Robben, Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba to West London. That's not to mention highly-rated young Porto coach Jose Mourinho. And while Chelsea have hardly struggled for trophies in the following years, scooping five league titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League triumphs, it is astonishing to think that they could have had even more. Yes, the Blues were within touching distance of signing a whole host of other superstars. And here is an XI of those that could have brought yet more silverware to the already overflowing Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSTRANSFERS LIVE Lewandowski Prem link, Lukaku APOLOGISES...
    CHELSEA fans can expect a trophy next season after Thiago Silva committed his future to the club. The Brazilian agreed a one-year extension to his Blues contract taking him to 2023. 5 5The Brazilian hoisted numerous trophies as PSG captainCredit: AFP The 37-year-old has picked up silverware in every campaign dating back to 2010-11. Silva won the Copa do Brasil in 2007 with Fluminense. But it was when he moved to AC Milan aged 25 that things really began to take off for the centre-half. After a trophyless first season, he embarked on a success-laden decade in Italy, France and now England. His first season in Serie A yielded the league title, while he picked up a Supercoppa Italiana medal in his second. A move to Paris Saint-Germain alongside team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic followed in 2012. Most read in Premier LeagueTRANSFERS LIVE Messi POSITIVE for Covid-19, Thiago signs new Chelsea deal, Haaland LATESTRED DEVILS NEWS £100m Declan Rice EXCLUSIVE, Julian Alvarez talks, Wolves defeat REACTIONMAN UTD 0 WOLVES 1 Dismal Red Devils sunk by late Moutinho strike at Old TraffordMAN UTD...
    Fabio Coentrao is pursuing a very different career after becoming a fisherman following his retirement from football.    The former Real Madrid full-back, who made over 100 appearances for the club, hung up his boots at the end of last season after a spell at boyhood club Rio Ave. The 52-cap former Portugal international is a good friend of Cristiano Ronaldo following their time together at Madrid but Coentrao's career has taken a very different direction to the Man United forward. The 33-year-old bought his first fishing boat during his playing days and after pursuing his dream job is said to own a fleet, according to Sport Bible.  Former Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao (right) is now a fisherman after retiring  The 52-cap former Portugal international hung up his boots at the end of last season RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next LaLiga leaders Real Madrid make the worst possible start to... Real Madrid are 'keen to offload out-of-contract... Carlo Ancelotti pours cold water on Real Madrid moving for... Real Madrid 'pull out of the race to sign...
    (CNN)Barcelona's depleted squad managed to cling on to a narrow 1-0 win away to Real Mallorca to begin the new year with a victory and edge closer to the Champions League qualification places.After a torrid start to the season, during which Barça lingered in the bottom half of the table, new head coach Xavi has slowly started to right the ship with just one defeat in seven La Liga matches.It has been far from pretty at times -- Barcelona needed last-minute heroics from goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen to preserve the three points against Mallorca -- but putting points on the board is all that matters during this rocky transitional period.Ter Stegen's importance to the team was encapsulated in the 91st minute on Sunday with a stunning one-handed save from Jaume Costa's close-range effort, leading Barcelona defender Eric García to eulogize that Barcelona "owes 70 percent of the win to Ter Stegen." READ: 'This is our reality' -- What next for Barcelona after Champions League group stage exit?Read MoreBarcelona's Luuk de Jong (R) celebrates after scoring the game's only goal."He was...
    WEST HAM’S disappointing December has given Manchester United a major boost in their hopes of signing Declan Rice. United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick agreed to the club pushing on with their detailed assessment of Rice as one of their top summer transfer targets. 1Manchester United are keen to bring West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to Old TraffordCredit: PA They know they will need £100million to convince West Ham to sell their England midfielder. But until now there were genuine fears the Irons could scupper any chance of a deal by qualifying for the Champions League. Top-level European football would give them huge power to reject any advances for Rice, 22, who still has two more years left on his deal. But it will be difficult to match the player’s ambitions if they fail to secure a top-four finish. And taking just eight points from 18 last month has dealt a major blow to those hopes. Though West Ham got back to winning ways after beating Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday to move back into fifth spot. latest man utd newsMAN...
    WEST HAM’S disappointing December has given Manchester United a major boost in their hopes of signing Declan Rice. United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick agreed to the club pushing on with their detailed assessment of Rice as one of their top summer transfer targets. 1Manchester United are keen to bring West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to Old TraffordCredit: PA They know they will need £100million to convince West Ham to sell their England midfielder. But until now there were genuine fears the Irons could scupper any chance of a deal by qualifying for the Champions League. Top-level European football would give them huge power to reject any advances for Rice, 22, who still has two more years left on his deal. But it will be difficult to match the player’s ambitions if they fail to secure a top-four finish. And taking just eight points from 18 last month has dealt a major blow to those hopes. Though West Ham got back to winning ways after beating Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday to move back into fifth spot. latest man utd newsTRANSFERS...
    WEST HAM’S disappointing December has given Manchester United a major boost in their hopes of signing Declan Rice. United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick agreed to the club pushing on with their detailed assessment of Rice as one of their top summer transfer targets. 1Manchester United are keen to bring West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to Old TraffordCredit: PA They know they will need £100million to convince West Ham to sell their England midfielder. But until now there were genuine fears the Irons could scupper any chance of a deal by qualifying for the Champions League. Top-level European football would give them huge power to reject any advances for Rice, 22, who still has two more years left on his deal. But it will be difficult to match the player’s ambitions if they fail to secure a top-four finish. And taking just eight points from 18 last month has dealt a major blow to those hopes. Though West Ham got back to winning ways after beating Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday to move back into fifth spot. latest man utd newsTRANSFERS...
    WEST HAM kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace. David Moyes' men wrapped up an impressive win in the first half to keep the pressure on Arsenal for a top four finish. 4Manuel Lanzini scored twice as West Ham beat Crystal Palace 3-2Credit: Reuters 4Michail Antonio was also on the score sheet as West Ham kept their top four hopes aliveCredit: Reuters MORE TO FOLLOW 4Antonio opened the scoring for the Hammers after 22 minutesCredit: Reuters 4The striker celebrated with a brilliant dive in front of home fansCredit: Reuters Most read in Premier LeagueRED DEVILS NEWS Julian Alvarez talks, Ronaldo LATEST, Rangnick blocks Henderson loanTRANSFERS LIVE Chelsea 'could sell THREE midfielders', Tuchel hauls Lukaku in for talksJORD WAG'S OWN GOAL Everton furious with Jordan Pickford over his wife's 'anti-vax' postsARSENAL 1 MAN CITY 2 Rodri's last gasp winner sees City win thrilling game at Emirates FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS
    LIVERPOOL and Chelsea's last-16 away games in the Champions League could be moved to neutral grounds. The Reds and the Blues are scheduled to face Inter Milan and Lille respectively after successfully making it out of the group stage. 1Chelsea's Champions League away game may be moved to a neutral groundCredit: Getty According to the Mail, UEFA are reluctant to endorse the compulsory vaccination rules that are expected to be introduced by the French and Italian government. Thus, the two Premier League clubs may have to travel elsewhere for their away trip. According to new regulations, which will come into force later this month, all professional and amateur athletes in France and Italy must have a COVID passport to enter a venue. That could have an impact on player availability given the lower vaccination rates among some Prem clubs and could cause extra pressure amid mounting coronavirus cases and current injuries. UEFA don't appear keen to rewrite their rules to make vaccination compulsory at this stage. As it stands, the current rules dictate that teams with 13 players, including a...
    THIS former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid ace looks amazing for 47. Back in 1998, the ex-Brazilian international was a Champions League winner with Los Blancos. 4Can you guess who this former Brazil international is?Credit: Instagram zr11 4He's bulked up since his playing daysCredit: Instagram zr11 But can you guess who it is? It is, of course, ex-midfielder Ze Roberto who enjoyed a stellar career as a player. However, he never looked this buff and has clearly been working out religiously since retiring from the game in 2017. Last year, he stunned fans on social media when he showed off his hench body transformation akin to a bodybuilder. The Samba star uploaded an Instagram video of himself during a training session in the park during the coronavirus lockdown. Now a personal trainer, he gave an insight into how he was able to outlast so many of his former teammates. Most read in SportBALLER GONE Boston Celtics player who won 10 NBA titles passes away after 'failing health'COACH GONE NFL legend John Madden watched doc on his football career only days...
    THERE are rare occasions when a goal is so wonderful that seasoned old hacks in press boxes, with no allegiance to either side, get off their seats or simply stare at one another and shout out ‘**** me!’  Bernardo Silva’s strike against Aston Villa earlier this month was one of those.  7Silva scored one of the goals of the season so far at Villa ParkCredit: GETTY IMAGES What makes a truly great goal? A belting thunderbolt, a solo dribble, a beautifully-constructed team effort?  Well, Silva’s is up there with the very best I’ve ever witnessed first hand, because the thumping left-footed volley was brilliant enough, without the outstanding end-to-end teamwork which preceded it.  Here is a list of the best seven I’ve ever seen in the flesh, in reverse order - a random mix, off the top of my head, because these are only goals from games I happened to be at and they’re the ones which stick in my mind.   Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United v Fulham, Premier League, 2007) Fourteen years later, Ronaldo is banging them in for United...
    PAUL SCHOLES brutally wrote off Chelsea's 2008 Champions League chances - by taking one look at Avram Grant. The Blues reached their first European Cup final with boss Grant taking them to Moscow after replacing Jose Mourinho. 2Paul Scholes did not believe Avram Grant could outwit Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2008 Champions League finalCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 2Scholes and his United team-mates won the penalty shootout to be crowned kings of EuropeCredit: AFP But they came up against Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils and eventually lost on penalties following John Terry's infamous slip. However, legendary United midfielder Scholes was convinced his side would come out on top because he wrote off the Chelsea manager. Scholes told BT Sport's What I Wore: "It was hard, it was a tough game because we knew how good Chelsea were with the quality right through. "Saying that, we had some great players at the time and we should have won the game really with the chances we had. "It was always going to be a tight game, Frank Lampard scored,...
    JAN VERTONGHEN gave football fans a nasty surprise when the camera zoomed in on him early in the second half of Benfica's clash against Porto on Thursday. The former Tottenham man was caught bending over and VOMITING onto the pitch, before casually continuing to get stuck into the action. O Vertonghen já está a treinar para a passagem de ano pic.twitter.com/UFPsuTXaF1— Sporting da Depressão (@SportingDaDepre) December 30, 2021 1Vertonghen was sick on the pitch during Benfica's game against PortoCredit: AFP Vertonghen's incident came five minutes into the second half of the clash between bitter Portuguese rivals Benfica and Porto. But the 34-year-old still managed to complete the whole 90 minutes, despite his unfortunate mishap. Vertonghen's bravery failed to pay off though as Benfica went on to be beaten 3-1, losing ground on league leaders Porto in the Primeira Liga title race. And he won't be thanking the cameraman after the incredibly close-up shot of him emptying his insides onto the pitch. Although it's not the first time the defender has been physically sick while in action....
    THIS former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid ace looks amazing for 47. Back in 1998, the ex-Brazilian international was a Champions League winner with Los Blancos. 4Can you guess who this former Brazil international is?Credit: Instagram zr11 4He's bulked up since his playing daysCredit: Instagram zr11 But can you guess who it is? It is, of course, ex-midfielder Ze Roberto who enjoyed a stellar career as a player. However, he never looked this buff and has clearly been working out religiously since retiring from the game in 2017. Last year, he stunned fans on social media when he showed off his hench body transformation akin to a bodybuilder. The Samba star uploaded an Instagram video of himself during a training session in the park during the coronavirus lockdown. Now a personal trainer, he gave an insight into how he was able to outlast so many of his former teammates. Most read in SportCOACH GONE NFL legend John Madden watched doc on his football career only days before deathWINNER WINNER What to know about the results of Duke's Mayo BowlSTORM OVER...
    PAUL SCHOLES has revealed he was 'embarrassed' lifting the 1999 Champions League trophy after sitting out Manchester United's most famous victory. Scholes and fellow midfield legend Roy Keane were suspended as subs Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struck from stoppage-time corners to steal a 2-1 triumph over Bayern Munich. 2Paul Scholes and Roy Keane were banned for United's most spectacular and important comeback win ever, against Bayern in the 1999 Champions League finalCredit: Rex Features 2Ex-Man Utd and England midfielder Paul Scholes says he didn't really feel part of the iconic victory over Bayern Munich in 1999Credit: YouTube And although that Nou Camp comeback clinched a glorious treble, Scholes claims he was a Red-faced Devil when celebrating. The ex-England hero BT Sport's latest 'What I Wore' series: "You don't feel part of it one bit. "Some people say that's strange because you played a part of the 15-16 games to get to where you are but you're in the stands and have no control over the game.  "There is nothing you can do to influence that game of football. "'We went on the pitch...
    THIS former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid ace looks amazing for 47. Back in 1998, the ex-Brazilian international was a Champions League winner with Los Blancos. 4Can you guess who this former Brazil international is?Credit: Instagram zr11 4He's bulked up since his playing daysCredit: Instagram zr11 But can you guess who it is? It is, of course, ex-midfielder Ze Roberto who enjoyed a stellar career as a player. However, he never looked this buff and has clearly been working out religiously since retiring from the game in 2017. Last year, he stunned fans on social media when he showed off his hench body transformation akin to a bodybuilder. The Samba star uploaded an Instagram video of himself during a training session in the park during the coronavirus lockdown. Now a personal trainer, he gave an insight into how he was able to outlast so many of his former teammates. Most read in SportCOACH GONE Raiders issues statement after John Madden dies unexpectedly at 85GONE TOO SOON What to know about reporter Jeff Dickerson's wife CaitlinTRAGIC LOSS Brother of Washington Football...
    PHIL FODEN was partying again after firing Manchester City into the New Year a massive eight points clear at the top of the League. England international Foden was restored to the starting line-up by boss Pep Guardiola after being axed for his team’s previous two games. 5Man City celebrate their opener against BrentfordCredit: Getty The 21-year-old forward was caught celebrating too hard with team-mate Jack Grealish following the 7-0 win against Leeds two weeks ago. But he showed he has learned his lesson with the  winning goal against injury-ravaged Brentford to set City on the way to their tenth straight Premier League victory. The last two times they ended the year top of the table in 2011 and 2017, they went on to win the title. And the reigning Champions are now odds-on favourites with the bookies to retain their crown after this latest win. Guardiola could even afford to shrug off Brentford striker Ivan Toney getting away with a first-half stamp on Fernandinho. The duo had clashed just seconds earlier when Toney clearly stood on the outstretched leg of...
    BRENTFORD target Mykhaylo Mudryk has personally confirmed the West Londoners have made 'offers' for his services. The 20-year-old Ukrainian plays for Shakhtar Donetsk, and has Champions League experience under his belt. 2Mudryk plies his trade for Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar DonetskCredit: Getty 2The Brentford target has Champions League experience against the likes of Real MadridCredit: Getty Thomas Frank has seen his squad been depleted by injuries and Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, winning just three out of his last 12 games in all competitions. It's seen the Bees linked with Mudryk, who operates primarily as a left-winger, but can also play on the opposite flank or in attacking midfield. And Mudryk himself has admitted Brentford have tabled offers for his services, but the final decision rests with Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov. Mudryk told Ukrainian outlet Sport Arena: "I want to thank Brentford for the offers. "To end up in the Premier League at 20-years-old is fantastic but the final decision is down to the club President. "Had the offer come in a year or 18 months...
    Dubai, UAE (CNN)Kylian Mbappé isn't leaving Paris Saint-Germain -- for now. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner told Connect the World's Becky Anderson in Dubai on Monday that he is "100%" sure he will finish the season with his current team"I will give everything I have to win the Champions League, the league and the cup. And to give all the pleasure to the fans, because they deserve it," said Mbappé. Lionel Messi: Leaving Barcelona was a shock, but PSG star adjusting well in ParisThe 23-year-old's current contract with PSG expires on June 30, 2022, and the French superstar hasn't ruled out a summer move to Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid. The Spanish giants submitted a $188 million bid for Mbappé in August, and transfer rumors about the potential blockbuster signing continue to swirl.Read MoreThe deal was close to being struck, and the striker even admitted at the time that he wanted to leave PSG. Despite having to stay in the French capital after the club deemed Madrid's offer insufficient, Mbappé doesn't regret making his feelings known. "I was honest....
    MARCO MATERAZZI says “argumentative” Rafa Benitez had "problems" with him, John Terry at Chelsea and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. The 46-year-old Italian World Cup-winning defender played under the Spaniard at Inter Milan in 2010. 4 Former Inter defender Marco Materazzi has blasted former boss Rafa Benitez 4 He alleges the Spaniard and John Terry had problems at ChelseaCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Since then, the former Everton centre-half has publicly criticised Benitez on several occasions. Now he has reignited the row by saying: “It’s not that he started well or ended badly at Inter. It’s that he didn’t even finish.” Benitez, 60, penned a two-year deal at Inter after six years in charge of Liverpool. But he was sacked just months later in December after winning the Fifa Club World Cup, following disappointing results in Serie A and Champions League. 4 Materazzi, who famously goaded Zinedine Zidane into headbutting him in the 2006 World Cup Final to get the Frenchman sent off, said: “He erased everything that [Jose] Mourinho had done. “A manager is good when he builds empathy...
    ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta is determined to make additions to his squad in the January transfer window. The Gunners spent big last summer with £50million Ben White and £30m Aaron Ramsdale arriving. 1Mikel Arteta wants more players after spending £150million last summerCredit: Getty Arsenal spent £150m in total with Nuno Tavares, Martin Odegaard, Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu also coming in. And although the newcomers have helped Arsenal into fourth Arteta is not completely happy with his squad, according to The Express. He said: "If you can tweak what you need to in that period, which is not easy, it would be really helpful. “We are working on that to see the necessities we can have and whether we can find the right solutions.” Signing a striker could be the top priority for Arteta with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future uncertain. The forward lost the captaincy this month and has been left out of the last three matchday squads, sparking rumours he could leave. Most read in SportKING'S PALACE Triple H and Stephanie McMahon's £25m mansion revealed including pool & gymTHE NARCISSIST...
    GIANLUIGI BUFFON is aiming to play in North America before he hangs up his gloves for good. The Italian turns 44 next month but still has the desire to improve and play regularly. 1Gianluigi Buffon returned to Parma last summer and is still playing regularlyCredit: Rex He moved back to Parma last summer, the club he began his career at, but even bigger adventures could await. Speaking to TUDN, Buffon said: 'I'd like to play in Mexico or the United States, but I'd already have stopped if I had the Champions League. "I would like to play in Mexico or the United States. "These are experiences I would like to try, but we'll see what happens. "If you ask me what I'll do in future, the truth is I don't yet know if it'll be as a manager or a coach. Knowing me, what I do want now is to keep improving. "Not winning the Champions League keeps my competitive spirit alive. Most read in SportTRAGIC DEATH Who was Olivia S. Peters?DEADLY ROLLOVER CRASH NFL star hurt and...
    JUVENTUS legend Gianluigi Buffon has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo RUINED the club's chances of winning the Champions League. Ronaldo, 36, joined Juventus in 2018 a year after they reached the Champions League final. 1Gianluigi Buffon claims Cristiano Ronaldo spoilt Juventus' DNACredit: AFP And Buffon, who was at Paris St Germain when Ronaldo arrived in Turin, says the club had changed by the time he returned in 2019. Juventus fell short in the Champions League with Ronaldo in the team and Buffon believes that is because the club lost its DNA by accommodating CR7. Buffon told TUDN.com: “Juventus had the chance to win the Champions League the first year he arrived, which was the year I was at Paris Saint-Germain, and I couldn’t figure out what happened. “When I returned, I worked with CR7 for two years and we did well together, but I think Juventus lost that DNA of being a team. “We reached the Champions League final in 2017 because we were a side full of experience, but above all we were a single unit and there was this competition...
    TOTTENHAM’S Europa Conference League exit has seen English clubs slip behind their French and Dutch counterparts in Uefa’s rankings. And the slide down the list could deal a huge blow to Premier League seedings in future European competitions. 1Spurs' Europa Conference exit could deal a blow to Prem seedings in future competitionsCredit: PA It was confirmed on Thursday that Spurs had been axed from the Conference League after ‘forfeiting’ their clash with Rennes. The match was canned after a Covid outbreak in Tottenham’s camp. And Uefa have ruled that Rennes are 3-0 winners by default, meaning Antonio Conte’s men are no longer in Europe this term. Because Tottenham have failed to reach the knockout stages, they picked up just six coefficient points for the Premier League in Uefa’s seasonal rankings. The Londoners are also ranked 82nd in all of Europe for the current campaign. And Spurs’ poor showing means the average Uefa ranking for Premier League teams in Europe has been dragged down. Most read in Premier LeagueGet your goss Newcastle 'want Martial and Dzeko', Chelsea 'in for Kounde and...
    ARSENAL will battle it out with Wolfsburg for a spot in the Champions League semis this term. And the quarter-final duel with the side who trounced Chelsea could see the Gunners comes against their former striker Jill Roord. 3Arsenal will play German giants Wolfsburg in the Champions League quarter-finalsCredit: Pacific Coast News 3The two-legged tie could see ex-Gunner Jill Roord go up against her former Meadow Park team-matesCredit: Rex The first leg of the knockout tie between the WSL leaders and the German giants will take place at Arsenal’s home on March 22 or 23 next year. And the away leg between the rivals is due to be held on March 30 or 31. Arsenal, who are currently the only English side to have won a Champions League title, have lost four of their most recent encounters with Wolfsburg. The German team, who won the title three times, knocked the Gunners out of the 2012-13 contest before going on to win it. The victors of the duel between Jonas Eidevall’s side and the Women’s Bundesliga leaders will face Barcelona or...
    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European champion Barcelona was drawn Monday to play Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Champions League. Barcelona advanced from the competition’s first-ever group stage with a perfect six wins and will play at Madrid in the first leg. The Madrid women’s team, playing in the Champions League for the first time, was formally launched last year. Lyon, which won the previous five European titles from 2016-20, was paired with Juventus, which will host the first leg. The Juventus stadium in Turin will also host the final in May. Bayern Munich was paired with Paris Saint-Germain, and Arsenal is at home first against Wolfsburg. PSG also went through the group stage with six straight wins despite being in turmoil during the ongoing investigation into a violent attack on midfielder Kheira Hamraoui last month. The first legs will be played March 22 and 23, and the return games on March 30 and 31. The semifinal pairings were also made Monday. The winner of the Madrid-Barcelona series will play Arsenal or Wolfsburg. Juventus or Lyon will be...
    MANCHESTER UNITED'S Champions League campaign will be brought to a sudden end in the last 16 at the hands of Atletico Madrid, according to a supercomputer. The Red Devils were at the centre of the Champions League draw storm which saw the scheduled ties redone due to a huge blunder by Uefa that was blamed on a technical glitch. 2Man Utd are set to crash out of the Champions League in the last 16 at Atletico Madrid's expense, predicts a supercomputerCredit: Getty 2United and Atletico were drawn against each other after Uefa messed up the original eventCredit: Reuters United had drawn Paris Saint-Germain initially but will now go up against Atletico Madrid. However, FiveThirtyEight's supercomputer reckons United's chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the elite European competition are just 38 per cent - despite avoiding a nightmare tie against PSG. The supercomputer claims Ralf Rangnick's side only have a 23 per cent chance of winning the first leg - compared to Atletico's 53 per cent. There's a 24 per cent chance the February clash will end in a draw. However,...
    MARC SKINNER hailed his players’ hunger after Manchester United demolished Aston Villa in a 5-0 drubbing. An Ella Toone brace was among the goals that helped the club pile pressure on their Champions League chasing rivals. 4Ella Toone and her team-mates moved to fourth in the WSL ahead of ChristmasCredit: Rex 4Man United will travel to West Ham for their first league game in JanuaryCredit: Rex The result saw them momentarily leap to third before Tottenham snatched a 1-0 home win against Everton. And United opened up a three-point gap on Brighton – and five points on Man City - with both teams having a game in hand. Skinner said: “I’ve just said to the players, Merry expletive Christmas! The players are hungry to counter, hungry to set traps. “We create momentum throughout the season – we have players of real quality here, long may we continue to invest in that. “I can’t ask more of the players. I said to (the players) at the end we’ve given absolutely everything, that’s all I ask." Toone’s goals in each half saw her take...
    MARC SKINNER hailed his players’ hunger after Manchester United demolished Aston Villa in a 5-0 drubbing. An Ella Toone brace was among the goals that helped the club pile pressure on their Champions League chasing rivals. 4Ella Toone and her team-mates moved to fourth in the WSL ahead of ChristmasCredit: Rex 4Man United will travel to West Ham for their first league game in JanuaryCredit: Rex The result saw them momentarily leap to third before Tottenham snatched a 1-0 home win against Everton. And United opened up a three-point gap on Brighton – and five points on Man City - with both teams having a game in hand. Skinner said: “I’ve just said to the players, Merry expletive Christmas! The players are hungry to counter, hungry to set traps. “We create momentum throughout the season – we have players of real quality here, long may we continue to invest in that. “I can’t ask more of the players. I said to (the players) at the end we’ve given absolutely everything, that’s all I ask. Toone’s goals in each half saw her take...
    DESPITE being clearly affected by Covid-19 and having to start unfit players, Chelsea are in a dangerous slump right now. And with a cut-throat owner who wants to see them compete for every single trophy, when Blues bosses hit a run of bad form like this you always fear for them. 5Blues star Pulisic went closest to a goal but was denied by Wolves keeper SaCredit: PA 5Mount cut a frustrated figure during the goalless drawCredit: AFP 5Blues stopper Mendy was largely unworkedCredit: Getty 5Chelsea boss Tuchel saw his side drop vital points in their Prem title challengeCredit: AP 5Wolves boss Lage and Blues counterpart Tuchel bumped fists after the match in the fog at MolineuxCredit: Reuters That is because it always the managers who take the blame and the brunt of it at Stamford Bridge, as you can hardly sack all the players. But I do not think we are in that situation yet at Chelsea, as the seven key players missing will be taken in account. I think the board will be entirely behind Thomas Tuchel right...