Category : Other Sports

Sports / Other Sports - 4 hours ago

Bayern kicks off Bundesliga with a draw against Hertha

Bayern Munich were frustrated in their opening Bundesliga match of the campaign as Hertha Berlin held them to a 2-2 draw. Lewandowski’s 24th-minute goal put Niko Kovac’s side, who are set to sign Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho on loan, ahead on Friday but Hertha turned the game on its head in the space of two minutes. Dodi Lukebakio’s fortunate strike restored parity in the 36th minute before Marko Grujic capitalised on sloppy Bayern defending. Grujic turned from Hertha’s hero to villain just prior to the hour, however, when his needless foul on Lewandowski was spotted by VAR but, although Bayern’s striker tucked in the resulting penalty, the hosts could not carve out a winner. Read Also: Barcelona, Bayern Munich agree deal for Coutinho Kovac and his men have been heavy scrutiny last season but his side ended 2018-19 in sensational form, going unbeaten in their final 14 Bundesliga matches as they snatched the league title ahead of Borussia Dortmund with two points and then won the DFB-Pokal. But, having recently lost to Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup, Bayern know that even the goals of Lewandowski and imminent arrival of Coutinho may not be enough to hold off Lucien Favre’s side for a second season running. Bayern will travel to Schalke on A...

Sports / Other Sports - 4 hours ago

Athletic Bilbao shatter Barca’s ten-year opening record

Aritz Aduriz netted a sumptuous late strike, which helped Athletic Bilbao past reigning champions Barcelona in the opening match of La Liga on Friday night. Aduriz came off the bench to steal the show with a wonderful acrobatic effort from inside the penalty area which left Marc-Andre ter Stegen stranded. The buildup to the match was dominated by the news that Messi was unfit to play and the imminent loan move of Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich. The opening 30 minutes belonged to the hosts with Marc-Andre ter Stegen was called twice into action to keep out quality efforts by Inaki Williams before the quarter hour. Barca’s best first-half chance was gifted to them when Athletic’s Unai Lopez played a back pass right to the feet of Luis Suarez only for the Uruguayan to smash his shot off the post with only the keeper to beat. Read Also: No unbeaten run for Barcelona this season as Athletic Bilbao wins Suarez picked up a knock on the play and made way for Rafinha on 37 minutes and the Brazilian rattled the crossbar minutes later before the half time call. Despite dominating possession Ernesto Valverde’s side only managed one shot on goal in the entire match, Barca will hope that this loss would not affect their quest in defending their La Liga title. The result m...

Sports / Other Sports - 5 hours ago

Life ban: I’ll clear my name – Siasia

Samson Siasia has vowed to clear his name after world governing body FIFA banned him yesterday from football following an allegation of match-fixing brought against him. FIFA released a statement on Friday that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.” However, Siasia who was in charge of Nigeria from 2010-11 and in 2016 was also in charge of the country’s U-20 and U-23 sides expressed shock and anger at his ban adding that he never received any letter from FIFA. “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA. How can you ban someone who was never given a chance to defend himself. I will fight and clear name,” Siasia stated. Read Also: FIFA bans Samson Siasia, fines ex-Eagles Coach N18.5million Just last month, the aged mother of the 51-year-old Siasia who played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team was kidnapped in his country home in Bayelsa and was yet to be released by her abductors. The case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Peru...

Sports / Other Sports - 5 hours ago

EVERTON VS WATFORD: Silva undecided over Iwobi

Marco Silva must decide whether to include new signing Alex Iwobi in his Everton squad to face Watford today. The winger was a deadline-day signing from Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £35million but was not included in the 18 for last weekend’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace. Silva said of Iwobi: “It’s a matter of us (needing) to put him in his best physical condition possible. Of course we’re trying to do it as fast as possible. It was a difficult week for him, which is normal. It was difficult the week before for JP Gbamin also. Just one week working with the team, but it is what it is. “He’s working really hard and well, like all the others, and it is up to me to decide whether or not he is on the squad list for today.” The likes of Iwobi and former Juventus youngster Kean have been brought in to that end, and Silva said: “Of course if you keep a clean sheet you are closer to win a football match, now we have to do the opposite in the other box: to be more clinical, to convert the chances we keep creating.” Read Also: Everton delay Iwobi’s debut hold Palace at Selhurst Park While Everton landed several of their major summer targets, they did not manage to sign another centre-back following the departures of Kurt...

Sports / Other Sports - 5 hours ago

Buhari congratulates female basketball team, D’Tigress

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the national female basketball team, D’Tigress, who beat Mali, 79-58, Friday night to qualify for the final of FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2019 going in Dakar, Senegal. President Buhari assured the team, reputed to be the best female national basketball team in Africa, of “100 per cent support’’ by the government and people of Nigeria. Read Also: Buhari congratulates new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson The President, in a statement by the Special Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, also urged the team to rise to the occasion and make the nation proud. “Our best wishes to D’Tigress. Win the trophy and conquer the continent one more time,’’ he said.

Sports / Other Sports - 11 hours ago

AT LAST!! FIFA Explains Why Chelsea Was Banned From Signing Player But Man City Was Pardoned

In Summary Chelsea denied Signing young players (under 18) and was banned but Man City accepted they did it and they were only fined by FIFA #SayNoToLies FULL STORY A FIFA spokesman has explained why Manchester City escaped a ban despite being found guilty of breaking rules on signing young players (under 18 years old), unlike the harsh punishment (ban) Chelsea received. Manchester City was only fined £315,000 by FIFA after “accepting its responsibility, saying the truth” over the breach of regulations surrounding their acquisition of under-18s but when Chelsea was asked, they denied and this led to the ban placed on them – Not allowed to sign any Player for 2 Transfer windows. We’ve got a question for all football lovers From Your Own Point Of View – Is This A Fair Judgment By FIFA? Let’s hear from you. Drop your comments READ ALSO JUST SAD! Rashford & Lingard Send Message To Tammy Abraham After Racist Attack The post AT LAST!! FIFA Explains Why Chelsea Was Banned From Signing Player But Man City Was Pardoned appeared first on Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website.

Sports / Other Sports - 15 hours ago

No unbeaten run for Barcelona this season as Athletic Bilbao wins

Champions Barcelona fell to a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in their opening La Liga game of the season thanks to a sensational late overhead kick from veteran striker Aritz Aduriz. The 38-year-old came off the bench late in the game and soon made Barca pay for squandering several chances by acrobatically lashing an unstoppable shot into the net in the 89th minute. The Catalans were without injured captain Lionel Messi but lined up with 200 million euros of new talent in France forward Antoine Griezmann and Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong. However, they lacked sparkle against an energetic Bilbao side. Luis Suarez struck the near post in the first half when presented with a terrible back pass from Athletic’s Unai Lopez. However, he was soon forced off with a calf injury, while substitute Rafinha rattled the crossbar after coming on. (Reuters/NAN)

Sports / Other Sports - 15 hours ago

This Is Bad For Nigerian Football – Actress, Uche Jombo Reacts To Samson Siasia’s Lifetime Ban By FIFA

Samson Siasia, a former Nigerian football player and National team coach, has been banned for life by world governing body, FIFA, after he was found guilty of match fixing. Reacting to the news, Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo Tweeted:- this Samson Siasia matter is bad for naija football…handed a life ban by FIFA and fined $50k for “accepting” to take bribes to manipulate games. See more reactions below:- What Are Your Takes On This? Comments Below. The post This Is Bad For Nigerian Football – Actress, Uche Jombo Reacts To Samson Siasia’s Lifetime Ban By FIFA appeared first on Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website.

Sports / Other Sports - 16 hours ago

BREAKING! Barcelona Star Coutinho Set To Join Bayern On Loan

Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is close to joining Bayern Munich on a season-long loan. The Brazil international, 27, was left out of Barcelona’s squad for their La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday. “We can confirm that there is an agreement in principle for the loan of Coutinho to Bayern,” said Barcelona club director Guillermo Amor before the match. “We just have to finalise the deal.” Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in a £142m deal in January 2018. The post BREAKING! Barcelona Star Coutinho Set To Join Bayern On Loan appeared first on Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website.

Sports / Other Sports - 16 hours ago

GOAAAAL!! Aduriz Scores Mad Goal, Athletic Beat Barca 1 – 0 (Watch Video)

I think this will be the best goal of this LA LIGA season Champions Barcelona suffered a defeat on the opening day of the La Liga season after a sublime winner by Aritz Aduriz handed Athletic Bilbao victory. Barca produced a lacklustre performance and were punished when substitute Aduriz, 38, found the net with a stunning 89th minute scissor-kick. You Have To Watch It Yourself Watch the Brilliant Goal Below: DOWNLOAD VIDEO The post GOAAAAL!! Aduriz Scores Mad Goal, Athletic Beat Barca 1 – 0 (Watch Video) appeared first on Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website.

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