The Argentine FA have identified Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli as their choice to take charge of the national team and revitalize their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, AFA President Claudio Tapia said on Thursday.
Argentina, runners-up to Germany at the last World Cup, are fifth in South American qualifying with four matches to go.
Only the top four — currently Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile — go through automatically while the fifth-placed team has to go through an intercontinental playoff with a side from the Oceania confederation for a berth in Russia in 2018.
Tapia, who sacked coach Edgardo Bauza after his election to the AFA chair last month,said that Sampaoli was their man. NaijaBet.com
“Today I can confirm that Sampaoli is the only candidate,” he said, adding that the AFA would negotiate with Sevilla for Sampaoli’s release from his contract once the league season in Spain concludes next month.
Sampaoli joined the Spanish club on a two year contract last June. Continue reading Argentina FA target Sevilla coach Sampaoli
Real Madrid’s bid for a first La Liga title in five years will be put to test on Saturday when they host Valencia, who won their earlier meeting in the season.
A Cristiano Ronaldo double saw Madrid squeak past them 3-2 on the penultimate day of last season, but that was Real’s first victory over Valencia either home or away in the league since 2013.
A largely second-string Madrid side, missing the rested Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and without the suspended Sergio Ramos, recorded an impressive 6-2 victory away to Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.
Coach Zinedine Zidane admitted that he has some big decisions to make regarding team selection for the business end of the season. Predict,Stake and Win Big on NaijaBet.com
“For me there’s not a first and second choice side; they all show their importance when they have the chance. We’ll see about Saturday and then the Champions League after that,” he said. Continue reading Real set to sink Valencia in a bid for laliga title
After a season that promised so much, Bayern Munich have been sent packing from two Cup competitions in the space of eight days and Carlo Ancelotti’s side are determined to take a step closer to the league title when they travel to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
A Bayern win combined with defeat for second-placed RB Leipzig against relegation candidates Ingolstadt would give them an unassailable 11-point lead with three games remaining.
After crashing out of the Champions League quarterfinals to Real Madrid and then losing to Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s German Cup last four, the feel-good factor from Ancelotti’s first season in charge has largely dissipated.
Bayern are without a win in their last five matches in all competitions.
They have drawn their last two league games and won just one of their last four, seeing a 13-point lead a few weeks ago shrink to eight with four games left. NaijaBet.com
“After wasting our chances against Dortmund and having gone out of the Cup we want to make sure of an early Bundesliga title with a win at Wolfsburg,” Bayern defender Mats Hummels said. Continue reading Bayern ready to secure Bundesliga title
Mauricio Pochettino claimed Tottenham’s gritty 1-0 win at Crystal Palace showed they were ready to pounce if Chelsea stumble in the title race.
Pochettino’s side closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with five games left after Christian Eriksen’s late strike clinched a victory that looked unlikely for long periods at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.
Well below their best as they struggled to shake off the frustration of last weekend’s FA Cup semifinal loss to Chelsea, it seemed Tottenham were about to squander a chance to keep pace with Chelsea before finally recovering their composure. Naija and Bet
It was exactly the kind of pressure-packed situation that was Tottenham’s downfall last season when they allowed Leicester to wrap up the title after briefly threatening to overhaul them.
But Pochettino is convinced the way his team saw off a formidable Palace outfit bodes well for their chances of being crowned champions for the first time since 1961.
“We showed great character and personality after a very disappointing weekend,” Pochettino said. Continue reading Pochettino vows to take title fight to Chelsea
Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month’s French Cup final against Angers.
Julian Draxler prodded PSG ahead on 26 minutes at the Parc des Princes and Cavani, who on Tuesday signed an extension through to 2020, swiftly doubled the lead as Unai Emery’s side dominated their understrength opponents.
Safwan Mbae bundled into his own net just after half-time and Blaise Matuidi tapped in a fourth before Marquinhos rounded out a resounding victory in the final minute,Predict today’s matches on NaijaBet.com to Win cool cash.
PSG thrashed Monaco 4-1 at the start of the month to lift their fourth straight League Cup title and are chasing a third successive sweep of the domestic trophies in France.
However, Monaco lead the reigning champions on goal difference with a game in hand in Ligue 1 — Leonardo Jardim’s team also face Juventus next week in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. Continue reading PSG sink Monaco to reach Cup final
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Philippe Coutinho vomited, Jurgen Klopp was almost nauseous by the final whistle and, all in all, Liverpool fans were sickened by the way they failed to see out another game so close to the finishing line.
When Coutinho, scorer of the equaliser following Benik Afobe’s gift-wrapped opener for Bournemouth, had to be substituted through illness on 65 minutes, Klopp threw on centre-back Joel Matip.
The Reds were in the ascendancy at that point both on the scoreboard – courtesy of Divock Origi’s header – and in the flow of the encounter. NaijaBet.com
“We only thought it made sense to give one more defensive protection in the centre,” Klopp said of the only substitution he made on the night.
“We are usually really brave in situations like this when we really try to win and that’s what we did – we only tried to win.” Continue reading We gets it wrong against Bournemouth – Klopp
Nigeria have continued to make progress in the Fifa monthly ranking as the Super Eagles are now ranked fifth in Africa and 40th in the World.
According to the latest ranking released on Thursday, Nigeria moved two places from seventh to fifth in Africa and one place from 41st to 40th in the world ranking.
The Super Eagles played out a 1-1 draw with Senegal last month and were to take Burkina Faso after that but the game was cancelled due to visa issues that affected the Etalons. Place Bet on Live matches at NaijaBet.com
Brazil are the new number one team on the planet usurping bitter rivals Argentina while Egypt are top dogs in Africa.
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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes the club are inching ever closer towards the Premier League title but remains wary of getting too carried away as there are still plenty of points up for grabs.
Chelsea, who lost to Crystal Palace last weekend, made a swift return to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over fourth-placed Manchester City on Wednesday, with Hazard scoring both goals for the hosts.
The win helped the league leaders retain a seven-point cushion over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with eight games remaining.
“We are nearly there but there is a long way to go,” Hazard said.”We have some difficult games but we are ready for everything. We have eight games to play. We want to finish top. That’s the target.” NaijaBet.com
Following an entertaining first half at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea opted to sit back on a one-goal lead in the second half and Hazard said the result was more important than the display. Continue reading Hazard warns Chelsea of dangers ahead
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is “totally against” international friendlies following injuries to key central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on England duty.
Mourinho expects to be without five first-team players against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, including the injured Paul Pogba and suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I am totally against the friendly matches,” Mourinho told Sky Sports, after Jones had to withdraw from the England squad with a toe injury suffered in a training ground clash with Smalling, who pulled out after sustaining a leg injury in the Germany friendly.
Both defenders missed England’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania, leading Mourinho to question the need for friendlies during the season. Place bet on Live Matches on NaijaBet.com
“I think friendly matches for the national team only make sense before the final phases,” he said. Continue reading Mourinho against international friendly Matches