Breaking: Fernando Hierro Named As Spain Coach

By Akinwale Kasali Spain on Wednesday named federation sporting director Fernando Hierro as its World Cup coach to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sensationally sacked after his appointment as Real Madrid manager. “Fernando Hierro will assume coaching responsibilities at the World Cup in Russia,” the Spanish football federation announced. The 50-year-old Hierro’s only real coaching experience came when he was in charge of second division Spanish outfit Oviedo for one season. Hierro is a Spanish retired footballer and coach who is currently the manager of the Spain national team after…

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Spain Sacks Coach Lopetegui On Eve Of World Cup Opener

Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement. At a severely delayed press conference at Spain’s World Cup base in Krasnodar, Rubiales appeared to say he felt Lopetegui’s decision to join Madrid so close…

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Zidane Resigns As Real Madrid Coach

By Akinwale Kasali Few days after winning his third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid, coach Zinedine Zidane is set to bid the Los Bloncos farewell. Zidane made this disclosure earlier today that he was leaving the Spanish giants, which is presently surprising to many soccer fans and analysts around the world. “I have taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach. After three years I need another discourse, another method of working,” he told a hastily convened press conference. Zidane has called a…

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After 11 Years Absence, Liverpool Zooms Into UEFA Champions League Final

By Akinwale Kasali The fairy-tale journey started in August 2017, when the merseyside club, Liverpool was to face Hoffeheim Football Club in the playoff for a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, after been absent from the competition close to a decade. Liverpool humbled the German side to book a place in the group stage. Having been grouped alongside Spartak Moscow FC, Sevilla FC and NK Maribor FC, the Reds as Liverpool are called never looked back. Yesterday, coach Jurgen Klopp guided the Liverpool club side…

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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid Edge Closer To Third Consecutive Final

By Akinwale Kasali Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday. Bayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break. Despite Bayern dominating possession and creating plenty of chances,…

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Ronaldo Thanks Juventus Fan After Superlative Goal

Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Juventus fans for their generous applause for his overhead bicycle kick which helped Real Madrid gain a three-goal advantage over the Italians in the Champions League. “For me it was an unbelievable moment,” said Ronaldo, who scored two goals in the two-time holders’ 3-0 Champions League quarter-final, first-leg win in Turin. Ronaldo’s first was within three minutes while the second, on 64 minutes, was worthy of a video game to give Real a 2-0 lead before Paulo Dybala was sent off and Marcelo added a third…

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Isco Says Zidane Has No Faith In Him

Hat-trick hero Isco said it was a relief to play for Spain as he feels Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no faith in him. Spain destroyed Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi, 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday as Isco stole the show with his triple at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 25-year-old has become a key player under coach Julen Lopetegui and is expected to start at this summer’s World Cup in a front three alongside Diego Costa and David Silva. But Zidane has not shown the same faith…

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Ronaldo Says He Is Incomparable

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo believes “no one will be compared” to him because there are not many who can rival his “talent” or “dedication”, Goal reports. Ronaldo came through the ranks at Sporting CP before joining Manchester United in 2003, developing into one of the world’s best under Alex Ferguson. He claimed his first Ballon d’Or while at United in 2008, but he has undoubtedly enjoyed the best years of his career at Real, creating an incredible legacy at the club. His long personal duel with Lionel Messi has…

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Emery Says PSG Loss To Real Madrid Wasn’t Shameful

Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted there was no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders. “To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real Madrid is not. They deserved to go through. There is no other analysis,” said the Spaniard whose side, shorn of the injured Neymar, lost 2-1 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro scored…

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Neymar Out For Six Weeks, Set To Miss Real Madrid Clash

Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of getting Neymar back for their crunch Champions League clash against Real Madrid next week look to be over after the Brazilian’s father claimed the player would be out for “at least six weeks”. Speaking to ESPN in Brazil on Tuesday, Neymar Senior said: “PSG know that they will not be able to count on Neymar for the upcoming matches: his treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not.” That was after PSG coach Unai Emery claimed earlier that “no decision”…

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