Barcelona thumped English Premier League champions Leicester City 4-2 in a pre-season friendly in Sweden on Wednesday but Claudio Ranieri’s side were given hope by a second-half brace from new boy Ahmed Musa.
Lionel Messi’s sumptuous pass set up the first of Munir El Haddadi’s two first-half goals while Luis Suarez netted in between as the Spanish champions exposed the Foxes’ defence. Naijabet.com
Nigerian winger Musa, signed from CSKA Moscow, came out with all guns blazing as one of seven second-half changes for Leicester to score after a lightning 50-yard solo run and shot on 47 minutes.
He then won and converted a penalty after 66 minutes.
But with the scores at 3-2 Barcelona then sealed the International Champions Cup tournament match with a late winner from Rafa Mujica. Naijabet.com
The English side who shocked the football world with their fairytale run to the Premier League title last season were beaten 4-0 last weekend by Paris Saint-Germain.
Football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pelé, will be in Nigeria for a two-day visit between August 11-12.
The visit will focus on youth empowerment and development as it will involve teenagers, their parents, football officials and the Nigeria Football Federation. It will be an opportunity for little kids to see the famous maestro live in flesh when he visits the country.
This will be the Brazilians second visit to Nigeria after his first visit in 1967 when the country was torn apart by the civil war. His presence allowed for a two-day cease-fire to enable both sides to watch an exhibition between his then side Santos and the Nigerian national team known as the Green Eagles..
Pele burst onto the football scene as a 17-year-old in 1958 helping Brazil to win the World Cup with some mesmerising displays going on to score 1,281 goals during his career. Naijabet.com
His visit to Nigeria will see him conduct a sports clinic called ‘Legend Tournament’ and also a Gala Night where Pele will be hosted alongside some African football legends. Some of Pele’s memorabilia will be up for sale on the gala night with the proceeds going to a youth academy in the country.
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Manchester City new signing Leroy Sane is confident he would evolve into a complete player under manager Pep Guardiola but the 20-year-old has urged patience as he adjusts to life in the Premier League.
The German winger scored eight league goals and set up another six in the Bundesliga last season before he joined City from Schalke 04 on a five-year deal on Tuesday.
“One of the reasons I decided to join City was Pep Guardiola; he convinced me to come here and that I can continue to progress. I know I will learn a lot under him and now I can take the next step in my career,” Sane told the club website (www.mancity.com).
“I followed Pep at Barcelona and at Bayern (Munich) where he achieved a lot and worked really well with young players. I think he can make me a more complete player,”
“I will need a bit of time to start with because it’s another league and there’s a different style of play, but I think I can adapt quickly.”
City kick off the new season on August 13, when they host Sunderland. Naijabet.com
Schalke 04 have agreed to sign Sevilla right back Coke on a three-year contract, the Bundesliga side confirmed on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old spent five years at Sevilla after joining from Rayo Vallecano in 2011 and scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Europa League final in May.
He also participated in Sevilla’s Europa League triumphs of the previous two years, scoring in the shootout win over Benfica in the 2014 final.
“In Coke, we have signed a very good defensive player with considerable international experience,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said in a statement on the club website (www.schalke04.de).
“Winning the Europe League title three times in a row is a great achievement. He is going to be a part of our side as an important and leading player.” Naijabet
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Everton manager Ronald Koeman signed Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa for £7.1 million on Tuesday.
Koeman triggered Gueye’s buyout clause last week and the 26-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club.
Gueye is Koeman’s second signing since the Dutchman arrived from Southampton to replace the sacked Roberto Martinez in June.
His only previous deal was a swoop for Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
“Idrissa will provide quality in our squad in the midfield and we want to increase the quality in the team,” Koeman said. Naijabet.com
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Villarreal signed Italy midfielder Roberto Soriano from Sampdoria on Tuesday as the Spanish club look to bolster their squad ahead of the Champions League play-offs later this month.
Soriano, 25, has signed a five-year deal with Villarreal, who finished fourth in La Liga last season, the club said on their website.
The German-born midfielder has played eight times for Italy but was not selected for Euro 2016. He scored eight goals in 37 league matches for Sampdoria last season. Naijabet
Villarreal reached the semifinals of the Europa League last term, but Marcelino’s side are aiming to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2011-12.
Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined La Liga club Las Palmas on a one-year deal after being released by AC Milan at the end of last season, the Spanish side said in a statement on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old made 11 league appearances for Milan in his second spell at the club after joining on a free transfer in January.
Boateng was released by Schalke 04 in May, 2015 for what the Bundesliga side said was a breakdown in trust between club and player. Naijabet
The German-born former Ghana international had a three-year stint with AC Milan before joining Schalke in 2013.
Las Palmas finished 11th in the La Liga last season.
Bayern Munich’s assistant coach Paul Clement on Tuesday revealed he has turned down a possible role in the England set-up under Sam Allardyce to remain with the German champions.
The 44-year-old Englishman is Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at the Bavarian giants and is preparing for the new Bundesliga season, which starts on August 26, with Bayern chasing a fifth straight league title.
Clement was sacked as Derby County coach in February, after eight months in charge, while Allardyce was confirmed as Roy Hodgson’s successor last month and he has appointed Sammy Lee as his assistant coach. Naijabet
According to reports, Clement, who had a brief spell coaching England’s Under 21s this year, was offered a job-share role with the senior side in Allardyce’s back room staff, but has turned it down to focus on his work at Bayern.
“Following recent media reports I would like to clarify the situation with regards to a possible role with the England national team,” Clement wrote on Twitter.
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Schweinsteiger called time on his international career last week having made 120 appearances for his country, leaving coach Joachim Low with the task of finding a replacement as captain.
Boateng is one of several high-profile candidates who could take over the armband, and the Bayern Munich defender feels he is up to the task. naijabet.com
“It is an honour to be captain of your country and I would certainly be ready,” Boateng told Bild.
“It is an important role. You are representing your country and you have responsibility.”
“We have plenty of strong leaders in the national team,” he said. “There is not just one boss.
“Jogi Low will certainly make the right decision as to who will succeed Basti.” he added
Argentina have hired Sao Paulo manager Edgardo Bauza as the new coach of the Albiceleste ahead of World Cup qualifiers in September.
The Argentina Football Federation (AFA) announced the move on Monday night. Acting president Armando Perez gave the job to Bauza over finalists Ramon Diaz and Miguel Russo.
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