Real Madrid Mercilessly trash Juventus 4-1 To Win the Champions League

Big Congrats: Real Madrid Mercilessly Trash Juventus 4-1 To Win The UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo Scores 2 Goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid defeated 10-man Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff to retain their Champions League crown.

Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the trophy with their sixth triumph in the competition – and 12th when you include it in its former guise of the European Cup – three of those victories coming in the last four years.

A thrilling first half saw Ronaldo put Madrid ahead, becoming the first player to score in three different Champions League finals in the process.

Mario Mandzukic equalised for Juventus with a spectacular overhead kick that will live long in the memory.

But Madrid dominated the second half as Juve collapsed, Casemiro scoring with the help of a huge deflection before Ronaldo made sure of the victory from close-range, ensuring he finishes above Lionel Messi as the competition’s top scorer this season.

Any hopes of a Juventus comeback were ended when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off 18 minutes after coming on, the winger receiving a second yellow card for a clash with Sergio Ramos, before Madrid substitute Marco Asensio put the icing on the cake in the last minute.

Having also secured LaLiga glory, the win seals a famous double for Zinedine Zidane in his first full season at the helm, with Madrid the first side since AC Milan in 1990 to win back-to-back European crowns.

Juventus, who had been seeking a treble after winning Serie A and the Coppa Italia, have now lost five straight finals since last tasting continental success back in 1996, including two of the last three, having also lost to Barcelona in Berlin two years ago.

Five key Players in Real Madrid’s title Triumph

Real Madrid ended a five-year drought without a La Liga title by winning the Spanish top flight for a record 33rd time with a 2-0 win over Malaga on Sunday.

Here, AFP Sports looked at five of the players central to the success of Zinedine Zidane’s men over the course of the season.

Sergio Ramos

Madrid’s captain is a leader with both words and actions at both ends of the field.

Ramos has become a specialist in important late goals over recent seasons and arguably scored Madrid’s most important one of the season deep into stoppage time to rescue a draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou back in December.

He repeated the trick a week later with a late winner against Deportivo la Coruna and after a poor start to the season has also upped his game at the other end of the pitch come the business end of the season as Real closed out the title with six straight wins.

Casemiro

The biggest single tactical shift since Zidane was put in charge and led a monumental turnaround in Madrid’s fortunes over the past 18 months has been the promotion of tough-tackling Brazilian midfielder Casemiro at the expense of more glamorous names like James Rodriguez.

Casemiro often walks a fine line with his discipline, but he protects a back four often exposed by Madrid’s attacking intent brilliantly, adds a physical edge to the midfield and frees up Toni Kroos and Luka Modric to use their more creative skills further up the pitch.

Toni Kroos

Real’s quiet assassin. Kroos has provided one of Real’s most potent weapons all season with his superb set-piece delivery.

The German has 17 assists to his name and routinely leads the way in terms of pass completion as he dominates the game from midfield.

Kroos also bore the burden when Real’s squad was stretched by injuries early in the season, playing more minutes than anyone else across all competitions.

So often the man to miss out on the big occasion during his Real career, Isco has made himself undroppable in recent months in the absence of Gareth Bale with a series of outstanding performances.

Most importantly, the Spanish international has added end product to his sublime array of skills on the ball.

Isco has had by a distance his most prolific season since joining from Malaga four years ago with 10 league goals in 30 appearances, most notably bagging a double including a last minute winner with the title on the line at Sporting Gijon last month.

And he created the all-important opener for Cristiano Ronaldo after just two minutes on his return to Malaga on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Somehow still questioned throughout the early part of the campaign, Ronaldo again came up with all the answers down the stretch to lead his side over the finish line for just his second La Liga title in eight seasons in Spain.

The World Player of the Year proved his worth early in the campaign with a hat-trick at Atletico Madrid in Real’s stand out display of the first half of the season.

However, having been used far more sparingly by Zidane on league duty since March, Ronaldo has had far more in the tank at the end of the campaign than in recent years and that tactic has borne fruit.

Ronaldo scored five times against Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Malaga in the final week of the season to again end as Madrid’s top scorer for the season with 25 La Liga goals.

Ranieri Sacked 298 Days after Winning the Premier League

Manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City, nine months after leading them to the Premier League title.

The Foxes are one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left.

“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” read a statement.

Ranieri, 65, guided the Foxes to the title despite them being rated 5,000-1 shots at the start of the campaign.

His departure comes less than 24 hours after a 2-1 defeat at Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Foxes took the Premier League title by 10 points but have won just five top-flight games this season, and could become the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.

They have lost their past five league matches and are the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.

Leicester’s past two seasons after 25 games
Season Position Points Won Lost Scored Conceded
2015-16 1st 53 15 2 47 27
2016-17 17th 21 5 14 24 43

“His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question,” added the Foxes statement.

“However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the club’s Premier League status under threat.”

Earlier this month, Leicester gave their “unwavering support” to the Italian, who was appointed manager in July 2015 and signed a new four-year deal in August 2016.

“After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad,” said former Foxes striker Gary Lineker.

Cameroon gets Sweet Revenge on Egypt after 9 Years

Mohammed Elneny gave Hector Raul Cuper’s men the lead, but they could not hold on and Cameroon came through at the end to prevail

Vincent Aboubakar was the hero with a brilliant late goal, firing Cameroon to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Egypt in Libreville and their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.

Aboubakar replaced Robert Ndip Tambe at half-time, with Hugo Broos’ side a goal down, and went on to secure the Indomitable Lions’ first championship since 2002 with a brilliant individual effort in the 88th minute.

The triumph will be made all the sweeter after seven players, including Liverpool and West Brom defenders Joel Matip and Allan Nyom, snubbed the chance to represent their country in Gabon.

Egypt took the lead in the first half when Mohamed Elneny, back in the starting line-up after missing the last two matches with a calf injury, was the beneficiary of some woeful goalkeeping from Fabrice Ondoa.

However, Cameroon showed renewed vigour after the restart and they were rewarded when substitute Nicolas N’Koulou headed home in the 59th minute.

Broos’ men continued to push and Aboubakar popped up with the winner in the 88th minute, ending seven-time champions Egypt’s 24-match unbeaten AFCON run and securing Cameroon a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

Egypt took less than two minutes to get in behind the Cameroon defence, but Abdallah El Said fired Mohamed Salah’s cushioned pass too close to Ondoa.

Sebastien Siani sent a tame effort at Egypt’s veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary from 20 yards, and the breakthrough came at the other end in the 22nd minute.

Salah found Elneny unmarked on the right-hand side of the box and he guided a shot beyond Ondoa, who seemed to duck out the way at his near post.

Cameroon suffered another blow when central defender Adolphe Teikeu was forced off through injury, N’Koulou replacing him in the 31st minute.

Broos sent experienced striker Aboubakar on in place of Tambe for the second half and Cameroon were far more positive as a result.

Their improved attacking efforts were rewarded in the 59th minute when N’Koulou towered over Ahmed Hegazy to head Benjamin Moukandjo’s cross into the back of the net.

Cameroon continued to push for a winner but captain Moukandjo wasted a great opportunity when he blazed Christian BasGoal.comsogog’s pass over the crossbar from just inside the box.

However, Broos’ side snatched a late lead when Aboubakar brought down Siani’s long pass on his chest, looped the ball over Ali Gabr and fired a volley into the bottom-right corner.

Elneny was unable to force extra time when he sent a wild free-kick off target in the 93rd minute, easing Cameroon’s route to becoming the second most successful nation in the competition’s history, behind their beaten opponents.

Source: Goal.com

Gabon replaces Madagascar as hosts for 2017 CAF U17 Nations Cup

Gabon has replaced Madagascar as hosts for the 2017 CAF U17 Nations Cup, CAF’s Executive Council has confirmed.

Last month, Madagascar was stripped off the rights to host the tournament after failing to convince the CAF inspection teams.

Gabon, hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations, will have no problems in hosting the 02-16 April tournament.

The biennial championship will produce four teams who will represent Africa at the FIFA U17 World Cup slated for India later this year.

The Black Starlets qualified for the tournament and were placed in Group A.

All the Fixtures for the AFCON 2017

 

All the fixtures for the AFCON 2017.

GROUP A

Who’s in it? Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau.

Fixtures:

January 14: Gabon vs Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso vs Cameroon.

January 18: Gabon vs Burkina Faso, Cameroon vs Guniea-Bissau.

January 22: Cameroon vs Gabon, Gunieau-Bissau vs Burkina Faso.

Group B

Who’s in it? Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Zimbabwe.

Fixtures:

January 15: Algeria vs Zimbabwe, Tunisia vs Senegal.

January 19: Algeria vs Tunisia, Senegal vs Zimbabwe.

January 23: Senegal vs Algeria, Zimbabwe vs Tunisia.

Group C

Who’s in it? Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo.

Fixtures:

January 16: Ivory Coast vs Togo, DR Congo vs Morocco.

January 20: Ivory Coast vs DR Congo, Morocco vs Togo.

January 24: Morocco vs Ivory Coast, Togo vs DR Congo.

Group D

Who’s in it? Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Uganda.

Fixtures:

January 17: Ghana vs Uganda, Mali vs Egypt.

January 21: Ghana vs Mali, Egypt vs Uganda.

January 25: Egypt vs Ghana, Uganda vs Mali.

The knockout stages

Quarter-finals: January 28, 29.

Semi-finals: February 1, 2.

Third place play-off: February 4

Final: February 5.

AFCON Kicks Off today with Gabon Hosting the Rest of Africa

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off this Saturday, January 14 in Gabon.

The tournament will span through to February 5 when the curtains will be drawn down. It begins at the Stade l’Amitie and ends the same venue with the grand finale in the Gabon capital.

The 2017 AFCON opens with hosts Gabon battling first-timers Guinea-Bissau at 1600GMT and a clash between Burkina Faso and Cameroon three hours later.

In all 16 countries will take part in the showpiece. The 31st edition of the biennial football tournament will also draw about 368 footballers from the 16 participating countries on the continent together to a battle for the coveted trophy and $4 million winner’s prize.

Inkoom is Satanic according to Prophet Kweku Mensah Otabil

Prophet Kwaku Mensah Otabil of the Christ True Word of God, Pokuase, Accra has made some horrific and unspeakable allegations about how Ghana international defender Samuel Inkoom has been been addicted to negative spiritualism in his football career.

Inkoom currently plays for Turkish club Antalyaspor.

According to Mensah Otabil the spiritual bondage of the former Kumasi Asante Kotoko full back has led to the destruction of the careers of several other players in the Ghana national team –  Black Stars in which he, Mensah Otabil, did the spiritual damages himself on behalf of the Black Stars defender.

Mensah Otabil has gone on to warn against the invitation of Inkoom to the Black Stars, that should Inkoom be called back into the national team, confusion will erupt and Ghana will alsonot qualify to the World Cup.

The audio message from the Man of God addressed to the Technical director and the president of the Ghana FA, Oti Akenteng and Kwesi Nyantakyi respectively has been transcribed into English below.

“Hello Good afternoon coach Oti and elder Nyantakyi. Truth is one. The reason why I am saying this is that I want the Ghana FA officials to know something about Inkoom. Inkoom is a player that no one should try calling him back into the Black Stars. He is a player that will cause pandemonium in the Ghana camp. There will be confusion in the Black Stars. He is a liar. Inkoom is a player that believes in spiritualism as his source of power to be at the top and has done so by killing the careers of his colleague players. I am his spiritual father. I am the one that knows him than anyone else.

President Kwesi Nyantakyi If I reveal the number of people in football that Inkoom made me to damage  spiritually you will not believe it. The number of players that Inkoom has destroyed is amazing Mr.Oti. Coach Oti if you invite Samuel Inkoom to the Black Stars, I will make sure Ghana never qualify for the World Cup. Oti, there are issues to talk about. I am ready to name the players that Inkoom has destroyed spiritually through me. If I am invited to appear in court, I am ready to defend all what I am saying.”  Prophet Kwaku Mensah Otabil said on  Kumasi-based Metro FM on Wednesday.

German Police Arrest Goalkeeper For Conceding 43 Goals In One Match

A German goalkeeper has been arrested for conceding 43 goals in a one-sided defeat for his local club side SV

Vonderort against rivals PSV Oberhausen.

Marco Kwiotek’s truly criminal performance for his side was enough for armed policemen to arrest him when he turned up for training five days after the record-breaking defeat.

The score was 35-0 at halftime, and at one point Vonderort, Kwiotek’s team were only able to field eight players.

PSV Oberhausen felt so bad about the squad that they took off three of their own players just to even up the numbers.

Five days after the game, the police showed up at Vonderort training and arrested Kwiotek.

The police gave no reason for his arrest. However, Kwiotek was quoted saying “They just want to clear some things up” as they took him away.

But he hasn’t been seen since.

Before he was marched away from the training session Kwiotek said: “The result of the last match was hard to take. I don’t want to see that happen again.”

Vonderort’s trainer Yvonne Liesenfeld said: “I don’t know what is going on with the police. “First he lets in 43 goals and then he gets taken away by the law.”

There is also some speculations the goalkeeper could have been arrested for match-fixing, but police have refused to comment on why he was arrested.

Marco Kwiotek’s situation is a hard one to take when you consider that a Nigerian team once conceded 79 goals back in 2013.

According to Goal.com, Plateau United Feeders hammered Akurba FC 79-0 while Police Machine FC demolished Babayaro FC 67-0 in a play-off fixtures in which the winners would qualify for the Nigeria Nationwide League Division 3.

The only thing that happened to the four teams were their suspensions and not arrest.