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Inter Miami has affirmed their participation in the Riyadh Season Cup. Despite initial denials by the MLS club after Saudi Arabia officials disclosed the information on November 21, Inter has now officially revealed their upcoming matches. On January 29, they will face Al-Hilal, followed by a match against Al Nassr on February 1. The latter fixture holds the potential for another showdown between football legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sporting director Chris Henderson expressed excitement, stating that these matches will provide crucial tests for their team, offering valuable preparation for the upcoming season.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed its Men’s Best XI for the current year. The outstanding performers from the continent were disclosed at the CAF Awards held on Monday night. Victor Osimhen of Nigeria, named Player of the Year, spearheads the attacking lineup alongside Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Senegal). The midfield features Thomas Partey (Ghana), Mohammed Kudus (Ghana), Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco), and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon). The defensive lineup comprises Achraf Hakimi (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), and Chancel Mbemba (Congo). The goalkeeper position is held by Andre Onana from Cameroon and Manchester United.

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has issued a warning to Bayern Munich, stating that “Old Trafford is a formidable venue for opponents.” The two clubs are set to face each other in the final Champions League group game, and United must secure a victory to enhance their chances of progressing to the knockout stages. Ten Hag is also relying on a draw in the other match between FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray. Despite the external factors, the Dutchman is squarely focused on their home game against Bayern. “Old Trafford is not a welcoming place for opposing teams. However, we understand…

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Chelsea is set to part ways with as many as seven players as manager Mauricio Pochettino aims to reshape the Premier League club into genuine title contenders. Following their seventh league defeat in 16 games on Sunday, a 2-0 loss to Everton, the Blues find themselves in 12th place on the table, trailing behind London rivals Fulham and Brentford. This dip in form has heightened pressure on Pochettino at Stamford Bridge. Conversations have reportedly been ongoing between the former PSG boss and club directors regarding players who have not met the desired performance standards for the foreseeable future. The list…

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Former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has publicly apologized to ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria for an incident that transpired years ago. Luis disclosed the unsportsmanlike tactics he employed to neutralize Di Maria during their initial encounter in La Liga. Upon joining Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2010-2011 season, the Brazilian left-back played a pivotal role in the team during two stints with the club. In his inaugural season with Atletico Madrid, Luis faced Di Maria and Real Madrid for the first time. Before the match, Luis received advice from former Barcelona and Manchester City striker Sergio…

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Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie’s exceptional performances, both for her national team and Paris FC, have earned her the prestigious 2023 CAF Goalkeeper of the Year award. The announcement has triggered a wave of reactions throughout Nigeria, with fans expressing joy and pride in her well-deserved recognition. Nnadozie’s stellar contributions as a shot-stopper have proven pivotal for both the Super Falcons and Paris FC, establishing her as a standout figure in women’s football. The celebration extends beyond her individual achievement, resonating with the pride of seeing Nigeria represented prominently on the international stage. Social media platforms are ablaze with congratulatory messages…

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Manchester United faced a setback in Monday’s training session as both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were absent, casting doubt on their availability for the pivotal Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. Heading into Tuesday’s match at the bottom of their group, United must secure a victory to avoid elimination. However, their fate also hinges on the outcome of the Galatasaray and Copenhagen match, with a draw opening the possibility for United to advance. The absence of Martial and Rashford due to illness complicates manager Erik ten Hag’s preparations. Despite featuring in the weekend’s 3-0 loss to Bournemouth, their participation…

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Barcelona has firmly rejected any attempt by Manchester United to swap Jadon Sancho for Raphinha, as Sancho is not a target for Barca, and Raphinha is considered ‘untouchable’ by the club. (Source: Mundo Deportivo) Anthony Martial seems poised to leave Manchester United, with the club unlikely to activate the contract extension clause set to expire in the summer. The Red Devils may explore selling the French international in the January transfer window. (Source: The Athletic) In an effort to raise transfer funds, Manchester United is open to offers for players like Casemiro and Raphael Varane in January. However, any exits…

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Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen clinched the top honor at the CAF 2023 Awards and utilized the moment to address the speculations surrounding his association with Napoli. The 24-year-old, who secured the African Footballer of the Year title, marked a historic achievement as the first Nigerian in nearly two and a half decades to claim the award. During the post-ceremony press conference, Osimhen shed light on his rapport with his club, Napoli. The perceived strain in the relationship between Osimhen and Napoli surfaced a few months ago when a viral video from Napoli’s official TikTok account mocked the player. Responding…

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In recent years, Manchester City has emerged as a dominant force in English football, culminating in their historic Champions League triumph last season as part of a treble achievement. This era of success traces back to 2008 when Sheikh Mansour’s investment transformed the club’s fortunes. The City Football Group, the overarching entity that owns Manchester City, has expanded its reach globally since its inception in 2013, encompassing 12 clubs across 12 countries on every continent except Africa. While UEFA regulations currently permit such multi-club ownership, challenges arise when it comes to the simultaneous participation of multiple clubs in European competitions.…

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag asserts that his team has the capability to triumph over “any opponent” as they gear up for a crucial clash against Bayern Munich, with their Champions League fate hanging in the balance. Having garnered only four points from five games, United finds themselves at the bottom of Group A. However, a spot in the last 16 remains within reach for Ten Hag’s side, contingent on securing a victory against Bayern Munich at home and hoping for a draw between Copenhagen and Galatasaray in the parallel fixture. Despite a disheartening 3-0 loss to Bournemouth in…

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Napoli’s manager, Walter Mazzarri, acknowledged that Victor Osimhen might be included among the substitutes for tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash against Braga. Osimhen skipped Monday’s training session to attend the CAF Awards 2023, where he secured the Men’s Player of the Year award in Marrakech, Morocco. The 24-year-old promptly returned to Naples after the ceremony. In their match against Braga, Napoli requires at least a point to secure a spot in the Round of 16. Mazzarri stated, “Osimhen did what he had to. I will talk to him tomorrow and understand if he can start.” The Nigerian forward is anticipated…

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President Bola Tinubu has extended his congratulations to Victor Osimhen, the forward for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, for securing the CAF 2023 Men’s Player of the Year award. The statement, issued by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Tuesday, also lauded the notable achievements of Asisat Oshoala from Nigeria’s Super Falcons, who clinched the 2023 CAF Women’s Player of the Year for the sixth time. President Tinubu also celebrated Chiamaka Nnadozie, honored as the Woman Goalkeeper of the Year, along with the Super Falcons, recognized as the Women’s National Team of the…

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Chelsea’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, expressed the necessity of acquiring new players in the upcoming January transfer window. The statement came in the aftermath of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against Everton, a setback that has left Chelsea in the 12th position on the league table. Despite Chelsea having spent over £1 billion in the past three transfer windows, with many acquisitions predating Pochettino’s summer appointment, the team’s performance has not met expectations. Pochettino, looking to implement his own vision for Stamford Bridge, believes new additions are essential to spark a revival. In an interview with MOTD, Pochettino lamented the lack of clinical…

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Manchester United’s midfielder, Casemiro, has returned to training ahead of the crucial Champions League clash against Bayern Munich this week. Casemiro had suffered an ankle injury while on international duty with Brazil back in October. However, Manchester United has officially confirmed that the midfielder is back in training. Despite working alone as his teammates underwent a recovery session following a 3-0 Premier League defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday, Casemiro’s return raises hopes for his availability in the upcoming match against Bayern on Tuesday. The 31-year-old midfielder notably scored twice against the Bundesliga champions on matchday one in the Champions League,…

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Nigerian nominees for the various categories of the 2023 Confederation of African Football Awards are anticipated to commence their arrivals in Marrakech, Morocco, today, December 10. Among the nominees is Victor Osimhen, the Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, who is in contention for the CAF Player of the Year alongside Egyptian captain Mohamed Salah and Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi. Osimhen, aged 24, has showcased outstanding performances for Napoli over the past year, contributing significantly to the team’s first league title in 33 years. During the last Serie A season, he played 32 games, scoring an impressive 31 goals, with 26 of…

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According to beIN Sports pundit Richard Keys, Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes deliberately received a yellow card during their 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth, ensuring his absence in the upcoming Premier League clash against Liverpool. Fernandes earned his fifth yellow card of the season for disputing a decision with referee Peter Bankes late in the game, resulting in a one-match suspension. Keys suggested that Fernandes strategically acquired the booking because he “knows that next week could be a bad day out.” In a conversation with Andy Gray on beIN Sports, Keys inquired, “Do you think Fernandes knew that if he got…

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Michael Owen, the former Liverpool striker, has declared Alisson Becker as the current best goalkeeper in the world. Owen made this statement following Becker’s impressive performance in Liverpool’s comeback 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. After goals from Mohamed Salah and Harvey Elliott secured the win for Liverpool, Owen praised Alisson’s standout display, stating, “This is why Alisson is, in my opinion, the best in the world.” He acknowledged Alisson’s excellence, emphasizing a crucial save that showcased pure world-class goalkeeping. Owen concluded, “Yes, he gets some help from the post. But it is a world-class save – pure…

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Girona reclaimed the top spot in La Liga with a memorable 4-2 victory over Barcelona at Estadi Lluis Companys. The City Group-owned team surged two points ahead of Real Madrid and a substantial seven points ahead of Barcelona, who slipped to fourth place after the defeat. Goals from Artem Dovbyk, Miguel Gutierrez, Valery Fernandez, and Cristhian Stuani secured the triumph. The dynamic match kicked off with both teams displaying an ability to threaten, but it was surprisingly Girona that struck first. Viktor Tsygankov and Artem Dovbyk, the star Ukrainian duo, combined for the opening goal, with Tsygankov breaking through Barca’s…

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has indicated reasons behind his team’s 3-0 loss to Bournemouth in Saturday’s Premier League match. Ten Hag observed as Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing, and Marcos Senesi secured all three points for the visitors at Old Trafford. In his post-match interview, Ten Hag suggested that his team’s subpar performance against Bournemouth was a key factor in the defeat. “To succeed, you must bring your best in every game, starting with focus. When you commence as we did, you face serious consequences,” remarked Ten Hag. While acknowledging Bournemouth as formidable opponents, the Dutch manager emphasized the…

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