Franck Ribery pulls out of World Cup and is replaced by Saints youngster

first_img Upd. on 11/06/2014 at 19:14 CEST 06/06/2014 Ribery, third in the 2014 Ballon d’Or, is a key part of Didier Deschamps’ side and will be missed at the World Cup. Rik Sharma Franck Ribery will miss the World Cup because of a back injury and Clement Grenier has also pulled out of France’s squad. They will be replaced by Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Montpellier’s Remy Cabella.center_img The France manager said: “(Ribery) stopped with a strong pain. “He had tests early in the afternoon which unfortunately confirmed the severity of the situation, that he will be unavailable for several weeks. “We know what Franck is capable of. With Franck Ribery at 100 per cent, we are better. “But we have to be ambitious and we will continue to be.”last_img read more

Dzeko and Co ready to show what they’ve got

first_img Ref: Peter O’Leary. “It is not only the attack that needs work; we also have to work on other departments too.  Upd. at 19:27 Possible teams Sport EN Bosnia-Herzegovina boss Safet Susic believes his team can show a lot more, after they impressed during a 2-1 defeat by Argentina. CEST “I hope that Argentina will win their other two games, because if they do then the second spot will be between Iran, Nigeria and Bosnia. I am convinced that we still have everything to play for.” Bosnia: Begovic, Bicakcic, Spahic, Kolasinac, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Mujdza, Lulic, Hajrovic, Dzeko. “We haven’t shown everything we are capable of yet,” he said. “Sometimes anxiety comes up on the players and they want to just score. I think they played well (against Iran) it was just mainly the finishing that is the problem.”  20/06/2014 Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Oboabona, Omeruo, Mikel, Onazi, Azeez, Musa, Moses, Emenike. Meanwhile, Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi knows his team must improve after a dull 0-0 draw with Iran. “Yes, we need to work on scoring goals,” he told Kick Off Nigeria. His side play Nigeria at midnight on Saturday night. last_img read more

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo confirms split from Russian model Irina Shayk

first_img And when Ronaldo gave a speech after winning the prize for the third time, he did not mention Irina. It first became clear that something was not right when the Russian was absent from the recent FIFA gala for the BAllon d’Or. After several days of rumours, Real Madrid’ Portuguese international broke his silence: “After going out for five years, my relationship with Irina Shayk has come to an end.” CET Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that he has broken up with the Russian model Irina Shayk.  Upd. at 19:16 Sport EN He added: “We believed that this step would be for the best for both of us. I wish Irina a lot of happiness.” 20/01/2015last_img read more

Aritz Aduriz unhappy with Copa del Rey final at Camp Nou

first_img At 34, Aduriz should be heading towards retirement, in theory, but the striker has been excellent this season and is among the finest centre-forwards in La Liga. “It’s an incredible opportunity, however, and one we’re ready to experience.” Upd. at 16:42 Sport EN Aduriz mentions Madrid because both teams wanted to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, but they were not allowed to.  Athletic Club striker Aritz Aduriz is not impressed with the venue for the Copa del Rey final.  The Spanish cup finale will be held at the Camp Nou, with the Bilbao team traveling to face Barcelona in what is essentially a home match for Luis Enrique’s side.  CEST Aduriz, who has just recovered from injury, said: “I’m thinking closely about the league match, I’d rather not focus too much on the final yet.  01/04/2015 “[The venue] is something I have an opinion on, but it’s not a very positive one. We should start by thanking somebody at Madrid. last_img read more

Chelsea sign Baba Rahman from Augsburg after Man City defeat

first_img Upd. at 19:30 With Branislav Ivanovic in bad form it would be no surprise if Cesar Azpilicueta moves to right-back and Baba Rahman is given a chance to prove himself from the start at left-back. The 21-year-old Ghana international joins a Chelsea side in disarray, after they drew and lost their first two games of the season to Swansea and Man City respectively. CEST With Filipe Luis back at Atletico Madrid, the Blues needed a new defender to take his place. Chelsea have signed left-back Baba Rahman from Augsburg. 16/08/2015 Rik Sharma Chelsea are still looking to add more players, including Everton’s John Stones.last_img read more

Van Gaal says Manchester United will not sell De Gea

first_imgDutch coach Louis van Gaal says that Manchester United will not sell David de Gea to Real Madrid this summer.  The Spanish goalkeeper, named the club’s best player for the last two seasons, has not been called up for any of United’s games this season.  Upd. at 16:26 “I think when Manchester United wants a player he comes, unless a club isn’t selling. It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.  22/08/2015center_img With Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard expected to leave the club, Sergio Romero, signed from Sampdoria recently, has been playing in goal for Van Gaal’s team. De Gea, 24, who has one year on his contract at Old Trafford, has watched matches against Tottenham, Aston Villa, Club Brugge and Newcastle from the stands.  CESTlast_img read more

Romania add their name to the list of nations off to Euro 2016

first_img Elswhere in the group, Northern Ireland drew 1-1 with Finland to confirm their place as group winners.  With their tails up, Anghel Ioardenescu’s side set about sealing their place at the European Championships in a professional manner.  EFE, Sport EN 11/10/2015 Romania certified their passage to Euro 2016, qualifying in second place from Group F after beating the Faroe Islands on Sunday.  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CETcenter_img Any nerves the Romanians might have had were quickly silenced thanks to an early goal from Constantin Budescu following a cross from Rayo Vallecano’s Razvan Rat.  The second goal, after much pressure, eventually arrived just before half-time, with Budescu once again the scorer.  Alexandru Maxim completed a 3-0 win in the 82nd minute.  Greece beat Hungary 4-3 but still finished bottom of the group, while Hungary go into the play-offs.last_img read more

Valbeuna case: Is this what Benzema said in phone conversation?

first_img Upd. at 14:00 Sport EN Radio station Europe 1 claim to have a phone conversation which took place between Karim Benzema and a friend with regards to the alleged blackmailing of Lyon’s Mathieu Valbuena.  The Real Madrid striker was charged last week with conspiracy to blackmail in the sex tape case surrounding his French international team-mate.  10/11/2015 “I don’t think Mathieu is taking us seriously, he thinks it’s a joke,” Benzema reportedly said to his friend.  “He panicked a bit. I said to him: ‘Do what you want, if you don’t want to pay, carry on with your life, but I have warned you.’ CET “He asked me: ‘Can you see my tattoos?’ I responded: ‘You can see everything. I saw it a week ago, before coming [to the France squad].’  “I then said to him that’s all I could do, that now my friend is in charge, who is the one that knows the person who has the video, that I don’t know him. The conversation between Benzema and his friend supposedly took place on October 6 while the France squad where at Clairefontaine during an international break. “I said to him: ‘I’m going to fix this for you.’ I gave him my word that there is not another copy [of the sex tape]. I said to him: ‘If you want the video destroyed, come to Lyon, see him directly.’  “I said: ‘If you want to fix this, I can help you. I will give you their numbers and you can meet with them [and sort things out].”last_img read more

The clause that would mean Luka Modric pays 500m to Real Madrid

first_img According to Football Leaks, Madrid paid Tottenham 30million euros plus incentives for Modric in 2012-13. The player received 4,749,670m  in his first season, which increased to 5,643,155m in 2013-14.  07/03/2016 Football Leaks, who seem to have picked Real Madrid as their ‘favourite’ victim, have attacked again. The web portal that has leapt to fame by publishing players’ contract details has now revealed Luka Modric’s deal with Los Blancos.  Upd. at 13:19 However, interestingly, in the initial deal, the player is obliged to pay 500 million euros to Madrid if he decided to terminate his contract with Madrid.  Sport EN CET In 2014 he signed a new contract deal until June 30 2018, which Football Leaks do not have or did not publish details of.  Other deals that have been exposed by Football Leaks include Gareth Bale’s, James Rodriguez’s, Mesut Ozil’s and Alvaro Morata’s.last_img read more

Portuguese television channel demand an apology from Ronaldo

first_img The incident took place during the team’s morning walk as they prepared for their vital Euro 2016 game against Hungary in France on Wednesday. A journalist apporaced Ronaldo and asked him if he was ready for the match.  EFE Rodrigues added that the channel, which belongs to the group Cofina, will take measurements “which will be announced in due time to prevent this happening again and to condemn a lamentable attiude.”  Upd. at 17:43 The director of the channel, Carlos Rodrigues, considers Ronaldo’s actions as being “very serious” and in his opinion “embarrassing for the whole nation” due to the fact the “unedifyng” images have been seen around the world.  Portuguese television channel Correio da Manha TV want both Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese Football Federation to issue a formal apology after the Real Madrid man threw a reporter’s microphone into a lake. center_img CEST “At the very least we deserve a formal apology from Ronaldo and the Federation. As captain, Ronaldo has an institutional role with the national team,” Rodrigues said.  22/06/2016 Correio da Manha TV is the television station of the newspaper of the same name, the most widely read of Portugal, which has a daily circulation of over 100,000 copies.last_img read more