Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo fined by Uefa over goal celebration

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined 20,000 euros (£17,700) by Uefa for a goal celebration in the win over Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League. The 34-year-old appeared to mimic Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who turned to fans and grabbed his crotch during his side’s 2-0 first-leg victory. Ronaldo made the gesture when completing his hat-trick in the return leg as Juventus won 3-0. Simeone was fined £17,000 for the act. Juventus have been drawn to play Dutch side Ajax in the quarter-finals. Simeone said…

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Iker Casillas signs new FC Porto deal and will end playing career with club

Iker Casillas has signed a new contract with FC Porto which he says will see him end his professional career with the club. The 167-time capped Spain international goalkeeper will turn 38 in May and his new deal – one year plus an option for another – could take him to the age of 40, when Casillas says he will retire. Casillas has been with Porto since 2015, having spent the entirety of his career until that point with Real Madrid. He has continued to impress this season, with Porto…

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Rayo Vallecano reappoint Paco Jemez to stave off relegation threat

Paco Jemez has returned for a second spell in charge of Rayo Vallecano as the LaLiga club bid to avoid relegation. Michel was sacked by Rayo on Monday after seven straight defeats left them 19th in the table, six points adrift of safety. And with 10 games left after the international break, Rayo have turned back to Jemez by handing their former coach a deal that runs until June 2020. OFICIAL | Paco Jémez nuevo entrenador del Rayo Vallecano hasta el 30 de junio de 2020.La presentación oficial tendrá lugar…

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Barcelona prepare €50m bid to sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt

Barcelona are preparing a bid of €50m (£43m) to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to a new report. The Serbia striker has scored 15 goals in 24 Bundesliga games while adding a further seven strikes in the Europa League on Eintracht’s way to the quarter-finals. The 21-year-old is on loan at Eintracht from Benfica but the German club have already agreed to sign him permanently at the end of this season. They want €65-€70m for the striker if he leaves this summer. The report says Barcelona have been…

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Will Zidane make Real Madrid a force again?

Zinedine Zidane

There was widespread surprise amongst residents of planet football in March as Frenchman Zinedine Zidane announced he would return as manager of Real Madrid just 10 months after leaving the La Liga kingpins. The former player walked in May of last year after guiding Blancos to a third straight Champions League trophy, but the club has struggled to find success following the Frenchman’s departure and were delighted to see him sign a deal that would keep him in charge until 2022. Zidane arrives at the Bernabeu with the 33-time Spanish…

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Is it time for Chelsea to sack Maurizio Sarri?

Chelsea were once again defeated in the Premier League on Sunday by Everton for 2-0. Maurizio Sarri said that his team has reached a ‘limit’ and in fact, this could be true in lots of different ways. The Italian boss was probably thinking about the different in his side’s first and second half performance. He also said that in the first 45 minutes he saw the best performance of the season while in the second half his side had a ‘recurrent’ mental block. But will the limit he was talking…

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Cristiano Ronaldo charged with improper conduct for Atletico celebration

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week’s 3-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League. Uefa said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match, where Juventus completed a 3-2 aggregate win. Ronaldo made a similar gesture to Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who celebrated his team’s opening goal in the first leg by turning to the crowd and putting his hands on his trousers. Simeone was fined €20,000 for…

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FA Cup semi-final draw: Brighton face Manchester City, Watford v Wolves

Manchester City were paired with Brighton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, while Watford will face Wolves following the draw, which was made immediately after Brighton’s penalty shootout defeat of Millwall on Sunday. City came from two goals down to defeat Championship side Swansea 3-2 on Saturday, and Brighton overcame Millwall on penalties on Sunday. Watford, runners-up in 1984, will play four-time winners Wolves, in their first semi-final since 1998, in the other all-Premier League tie. When Brighton reached the 1983 FA Cup final – the only time the club has reached the final in its…

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Monchi returns to Sevilla as sporting director

Monchi has returned to Sevilla for a second spell as the club’s general sporting director, despite reports linking him with a role at Arsenal. Monchi left his role as Roma’s technical director this month following the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco and his backroom staff. Newspaper reports had claimed he was a contender to replace Sven Mslintat as Arsenal’s head of recruitment due to his existing relationship with Gunners manager Unai Emery, but the Spaniard has chosen to return to La Liga after his two years in Italy. Solo eso….. que…

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Sevilla sack manager Pablo Machin after disappointing Europa exit

Sevilla have sacked manager Pablo Machin, a day after they were dramatically knocked out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague. The five-time Europa League winners suffered a 4-3 defeat in the Czech Republic, thanks to Ibrahim Traore’s extra-time goal in the 119th minute, which saw them lose 6-5 on aggregate. Machin, 43, joined from Girona in May. Sevilla blamed “a string of poor results in past weeks” for his dismissal after 10 months. The club are sixth in La Liga, five points off the Champions League places. Since Unai Emery left…

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Arsenal play Napoli and Chelsea face Slavia Prague in Europa League quarter-finals

Arsenal have been drawn against Napoli, while Chelsea will face Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals. Villarreal take on fellow Spanish side Valencia with Portuguese team Benfica playing Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. The first and second legs will be played on 11 April and 18 April, with the semi-final draw keeping Arsenal and Chelsea apart should they get that far. Arsenal boss Unai Emery is chasing a fourth Europa League title as manager after three successive wins at Sevilla. The Gunners reached the last-eight after overturning a 3-1 deficit to…

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Tottenham face Manchester City in Champions League quarter-finals

Tottenham will play Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona. Last year’s beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto, and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties. The semi-final draw was also made and Manchester United will meet Liverpool if both win their last-eight ties. The quarter-final first legs take place on 9 April and 10 April. The semi-finals start on 30 April and 1 May. City and United were both drawn away in the first leg of their ties, but they…

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Real Madrid sign Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Porto for €50m

Real Madrid have agreed to sign defender Eder Militao from Porto at the end of the season for his buy-out clause of €50m. Both clubs announced the move on Thursday and the Spanish club say the 21-year-old Brazil international will sign a contract until 2025 with them. The centre-back is Real Madrid’s first signing following the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager. Militao, who has won one cap for Brazil, began with his hometown club São Paulo before moving to Porto in August 2018. This season he has helped the Portuguese champions reach the quarter-finals…

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Bernardo Silva extends Manchester City contract until summer of 2025

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has agreed to a new three-year contract extension with the Premier League champions. The deal means Silva is now committed to City until 2025 after joining from Monaco in a £43m deal two years ago. The Portuguese 24-year-old has scored five goals and picked up six assists in the Premier League this season. 🔥 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣5️⃣ 🔥 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/HagWIwntue — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 13, 2019 He joins teammates Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Phil Foden in committing to City long term. Silva’s ninth goal of the…

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Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele faces up to one month out with injury

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele faces up to a month out with a hamstring injury sustained against Lyon, it has been confirmed. A report in Diario Sport claimed the Frenchman suffered pain in the femoral biceps of his left leg after netting in Wednesday’s 5-1 Round of 16 victory. The 21-year-old replaced Philippe Coutinho with 20 minutes remaining having not made the starting XI due to a fitness concern sustained against Rayo Vallecano four days earlier. Dembele did not celebrate his goal due to the pain but still completed the final…

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Solskjaer edges nearer and nearer towards full time United job

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Man Utd caretaker manager following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho back in December, opinion was divided. The United faithful were ecstatic to have a club legend back at Old Trafford, but many neutrals argued that Solskjaer’s sole foray into management in England had been little short of disastrous. The Norwegian had been sacked from Cardiff following the Bluebirds’ relegation from the Premier League back in 2014, lasting just a few games into the Championship campaign before his dismissal. He returned to Molde –…

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Guardiola plans Gundogan renewal

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has indicated his desire to keep Ilkay Gundogan at the club beyond the end of his current contract, which expires next year. The Germany international refused to commit his future to the Citizens, admitting he could be tempted by challenges elsewhere when his current deal is finished. He did also imply that he is happy at the club, however – and so the former Barcelona boss is seemingly no closer to knowing whether to plan for life without Gundogan beyond next season’s climax or not.…

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Zinedine Zidane returns to coach Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has made a surprise return to coach Real Madrid less than a year after leaving the Spanish giants in the wake of one of its great European successes. The 46-year-old Frenchman led Real to three consecutive Champions League trophies during his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu but then stepped down in May 2018. Zidane replaces sacked former teammate Santiago Solari, who was promoted to the role of Real coach after Julen Lopetegui was dismissed following a poor run of form in October. https://twitter.com/realmadrid/status/1105158556976861184 “Real Madrid appreciates…

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Birmingham City fan jailed for pitch attack on Jack Grealish

A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 weeks for attacking Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during the second city derby. Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, hit Grealish from behind on the pitch about 10 minutes into Sunday’s game. Mitchell, 27, admitted assault and encroachment on to the pitch at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court earlier. He “cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning”, his solicitor said. “His initial foolish intention was to just go on to the pitch and whip up the crowd,” said Vaughn Whistance, defending. Mitchell, of…

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Why fans should concentrate on supporting their teams the traditional way

It is not a common sight. You attend a football match generally to enjoy the entertainment on display, surrounded by hundreds or thousands – depending on the size of your club’s following – of like-minded individuals all gathering together to support and cheer on your team of choice. There are the usual matchday rituals, of course – and the walk to the stadium among a sea of shirts displaying your team’s colours always gets the hairs on the back of the neck to rise a little. When the game kicks…

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New Tottenham stadium to be used competitively in first week of April

Tottenham will play the first competitive fixture at their new stadium in the first week of April. Spurs were scheduled to move to the new White Hart Lane stadium in September but construction has been delayed. Who their first opponents are hinges on Brighton’s FA Cup campaign. If Brighton beat Millwall in the FA Cup on 17 March, Crystal Palace will be Spurs’ visitors on 3 April, but if the Seagulls are knocked out, they will be the opposition on 6 or 7 April. New Stadium: Test Event Matches and…

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Roma appoint Claudio Ranieri eight days after Fulham sack

Former Leicester and Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has been appointed Roma manager until the end of the season. Ranieri, 67, was sacked by Fulham eight days ago after winning three of his 17 games in charge. But the Roma fan – who managed the club between 2009 and 2011 – has been handed a quick return to management, replacing Eusebio di Francesco. “I’m delighted to be coming back home,” Ranieri said on Friday. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.” OFFICIAL | 📝 | Claudio Ranieri takes charge at #ASRoma More…

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Aguero picks up Premier League player of the month award for February

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has picked up the Premier League’s player of the month award, after a string of standout performances in February. The Argentine centre-forward managed to score seven goals during a great month for the English champions, which saw them return to the top of the table ahead of Liverpool. Aguero hit a hat-trick against Arsenal at the start of February before securing another treble during a 6-0 demolition of Chelsea and scoring the winner in a narrow victory against West Ham. Guardiola’s side have finally seized the initiative in this year’s title race after chasing Liverpool for much…

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Ecstasy in Paris Has Luke Sure Solskjaer Will Get the Job

If it were up to Manchester United’s left-back Luke Shaw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would immediately be awarded the job at Old Trafford on a full-time basis. Shaw was speaking after what can only be described as pandemonium in Paris as Manchester United pulled off one of the great escapes and gave their supporters a night in France’s capital that they will never forget. The 23-year-old is ‘certain’ that Solskjaer will get the job and in all honesty, Shaw probably speaks for everyone in the footballing world. Few things convince the…

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Roma sack Eusebio di Francesco after Porto and Lazio defeats

Roma have sacked head coach Eusebio di Francesco following Champions League last-16 defeat by Porto on Wednesday. The Italian side lost 4-3 on aggregate after an Alex Telles extra-time penalty in Portugal, having led 2-1 from the first leg. Roma are fifth in Serie A and lost 3-0 to city rivals Lazio on Saturday. Di Francesco, 49, took over in June 2017, leading Roma to last year’s Champions League semi-finals, where they were beaten by Liverpool. “On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Eusebio for his work and…

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