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Premier League talking points

Premier League talking points

TALKING points from the weekend's Premier League matches: NEWCASTLE'S GORDON LOOKS EUROS-BOUND Anthony Gordon was not on the scoresheet, but in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate, he ran the show in attack for Newcastle United in their 4-1 success at Burnley to boost his chances of going to the Euro 2024 finals in Germany. If Newcastle qualify for European football next season, Gordon will have played his part with 10 goals and 10 assists so far. England has an array of attacking talents, but with UEFA having expanded squads for Euro 2024 to 26 players, the irrepressible Gordon is finding…
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Squad size at next Africa Cup of Nations finals will be 27 per team

Squad size at next Africa Cup of Nations finals will be 27 per team

TEAMS at next month's Africa Cup of Nations finals will be able to select 27 players for the tournament in the Ivory Coast, the Confederation of African Football said. It is a cut of one player from the last finals in Cameroon in 2022 where countries were allowed a 28-man squad. The numbers that year were increased from 23 at previous tournaments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CAF said only 23 of the 27 players could be selected for each match at the finals, which kick off on Jan. 13. Africa’s decision contrasts with that of European soccer’s governing body…
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UEFA steps up fight against online racist abuse of players

UEFA steps up fight against online racist abuse of players

UEFA is to launch a programme to combat online racist abuse of footballers by working with social media companies to remove harmful content from platforms and raise awareness, it said. Europe's soccer governing body added that the programme, which will start at the July 6-31 Women's European Championship, will work to "actively monitor, report and remedy" cases of online abuse. England's Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were the targets of online racist abuse after they missed penalties in a 3-2 shootout loss to Italy in last year's European Championship final. A report published by FIFA last month revealed…
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UEFA drop Neuer armband investigation

UEFA drop Neuer armband investigation

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FOOTBALL body UEFA have confirmed that it has dropped their investigation into Germany captain Manuel Neuer’s use of a rainbow armband during pride month.  The Germany FA (DFB) made the announcement on Twitter, stating that UEFA determined the armband to be a team symbol for diversity and therefore was for a "good cause."  “UEFA have today shared with the DFB that they have stopped the review of the rainbow captain's armband worn by @Manuel_Neuer," Germany's football team said in posts on Twitter and Facebook. “In a letter, the armband has been assessed as a team symbol for…
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1st African woman to win Champions League medal

1st African woman to win Champions League medal

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER NIGERIAN striker Asisat Oshoala became the first African Woman to lift the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) trophy as her Barcelona team trounced English Champions Chelsea 4-0. Oshoala has made history by lifting Nigeria atop the mantle of having both male and female UEFA Champions League winners (Nwankwo Kanu, Findi George, and John Obi Mikel).   Source: Twitter Barcelona’s women’s team were dominant throughout the season winning 26 Spanish La Liga games -without losing or sharing the spoils in a single fixture- and conceding a grand total of five league goals. https://twitter.com/oluwashina/status/1394230179703267329 Oshoala firmly cements her name at…
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How politics sank Super League

How politics sank Super League

SIMON EVANS THE six English soccer clubs who joined the breakaway European Super League exploded the project just 48 hours after British politicians lined up to oppose the plan, sources on both sides of the battle have told Reuters. Efforts by the rebel clubs' public relations managers to repair the damage have insisted the U-turn came after they listened to supporters. But those close to the process say the clubs had been prepared to weather a ferocious fan and media backlash, and that it was the political response, particularly from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that proved decisive. Aleksander Ceferin,…
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European Super League: why punishing the breakaway 12 could backfire badly

European Super League: why punishing the breakaway 12 could backfire badly

THE football world has been rocked by the announcement of a breakaway European Super League (ESL). The majority think it a bad idea, from governing bodies Fifa and Uefa through to national bodies such as the FA and English Premier League. ADRIAN R BELL, Chair in the History of Finance and Research Dean, Prosperity and Resilience, Henley Business School, University of Reading ANDREW URQUHART, Associate Professor of Finance, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading CHRIS BROOKS, Professor of Finance, Henley Business School, University of Reading The same goes for the fan groups at the six English clubs that…
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How world football’s civil war affects African stars

How world football’s civil war affects African stars

WORLD football has been thrown into its deepest turmoil and faces life-altering challenges and war after 12 of the richest clubs around the globe announced a breakaway European Soccer League, worth over $6-billion. The development affects hundreds of current African football stars who play for top clubs in Europe. The future of thousands of prospects eyeing lucrative European contracts is also threatened.  The move has angered fans throughout Europe and the world, including at least one government. The British government pledged that it will do 'whatever it takes to protect the national game'.  In an unprecedented move, which is the…
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Breakaway Super League threatens world football

Breakaway Super League threatens world football

SIMON EVANS  TOP English and Italian clubs were strongly linked again to a breakaway European Superleague, a rival competition to UEFA's Champions League which could have massive ramifications for the game. UEFA is due to sign off on its own plans for an expanded and restructured Champions League on Monday but less than 24 hours before the meeting reports emerged of a new attempt at creating a rival competition involving the continent's top clubs. The board of Italy's Serie A league held an emergency meeting on the threatened Super League. Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have been linked with…
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Prestigious honour for Didier Drogba

Prestigious honour for Didier Drogba

BOITUMELO RANTAO RETIRED legendary African football star Didier Drogba has won a prestigious honour from European Football Association (UEFA). Drogba, the Ivory Coast superstar who represented his country for many years and played for Chelsea in the British Premier League, is the 2020 winner of the UEFA President Award, for his contribution to football. UEFA president, Aleksander Čeferin - said Drogba “is a hero to millions of football fans for his achievements throughout his glittering playing career. He is a leader – a pioneer.” Drogba, who won the Champions League trophy with Chelsea, will receive the award at the draw…
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