Manchester City confirm Iheanacho is their youngest player ever to score in a Manchester Derby

Manchester city football club of England have confirmed that 19 year old striker Kelechi Iheanacho is their youngest player ever to score in the Manchester derby.

Iheanacho scored Man City’s second goal in the 2-1 win over Man U on Saturday at Old Trafford and City confirmed the Nigerian has broken the record aged 19 years and 243 days.

In their review of the Premier League clash, City wrote on their official webpage : “Kelechi admitted that he hadn’t expected De Bruyne’s shot to fall to him but he showed none of this surprise when he instinctively clipped the ball past David De Gea.

 In doing so, Iheanacho became the youngest City player to score in a Premier League derby and scored his ninth Premier League strike from his 13th shot on target. ”

 

Fan Breaches Security Just to Kiss Messi’s Feet

Lionel Messi helped 10-man Argentina defeat Uruguay 1-0 in 2018 World Cup qualifying victory on Thursday night. The star striker scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute on his return to the national team.The match also witnessed a ‘crazy’ moment when a fan breached security to meet his idol- Messi.

The pitch invader fell to his knees and even kissed the Barcelona star’s feet. He was then escorted away by the police. watch the video after the cut.

 

Atsu Joins Newcastle on a Season Long Deal

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Ghana international winger Christian Atsu.

The 24-year-old arrives from Chelsea on loan until the end of the season, with an option for the Magpies to make the move permanent next summer. Atsu began his career at Portuguese giants Porto and spent time on loan at Rio Ave before Chelsea snapped him up in the summer of 2013.

In three seasons at Stamford Bridge, the winger has enjoyed loans at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga – scoring four goals in 24 appearances for the latter in the second half of last term. Atsu has won 44 caps for Ghana since making his international debut in June 2012.

He represented his country at the 2014 World Cup, and also helped the Black Stars to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, being named Player of the Tournament and scoring the goal of the tournament.

“I’m very happy to be at Newcastle,” said Atsu. “It’s a very big club. They have good facilities and I think Newcastle have one of the best coaches in the world.

“St. James’ Park is a fantastic stadium with 50,000 fans; the fans here really love football so much and I can’t wait to play at this stadium in front of the fans.”

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said: “I agreed with our fans that we needed to bring in another winger, so I am very happy to welcome Christian to the Club.

“He has good ability and pace in the wide areas and also has good experience of English football.

“He has a different style of play to the other players we have at the moment and that will be important for the squad.”

Source: Newcastle United

Neymar Breaks Olympic World Record

The Brazil captain scored the fastest goal in the competition’s history after netting with just 15 seconds on the clock in Wednesday’s semi-final against Honduras.

Neymar has broken an Olympic world record after scoring the fastest goal in the competition’s history, FIFA has confirmed.

The Brazil captain netted after just 15 seconds in the mens’ semi-final against Honduras to better Janine Becker of Canada’s women’s team, who scored with just 19 seconds on the clock against Australia ton August 4.
It was nearly elation to devastation for Neymar, however, as he collided with Luis Lopez in the build up to his opening goal and was stretchered off after recieving treatment.

The Barcelona star was soon back on his feet and assisted both goals as new Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus put Brazil three goals to the good at half-time to all but secure a place in the Gold Medal match at the Rio Games.

Source: Goal.com

The Most Expensive African Footballers

 

Not only did the Senegalese forward complete a £34 million ($45.5 million) transfer from Southampton to Liverpool but, in doing so, Mané became the most expensive African footballer in history.


1. Sadio Mané: Southampton to Liverpool, 2016, £34 million ($45.5 million)

The coming season will determine whether that mantle weighs too heavily on the tricky forward’s shoulders. For now, Newsweek reviews some of the priciest footballing stars to come out of the African continent.

The winger started his professional career in France and also played in Austria before joining Southampton in 2014. Mané’s pace and eye for goal—he is the record holder of the Premier League’s fastest-ever hat-trick after scoring three times in 176 seconds against Aston Villa in May 2015—were likely big factors in Liverpool parting with such an enormous sum for his services.

2. Eric Bailey- £30million

Eric Bailey’s transfer to Manchester United makes him the second most expensive African player.

3. Wilfried Bony: Swansea City to Manchester City, 2015, £28 million ($37.5 million)

The Ivorian striker joined the then-Premier League champions in January 2015after being the top scorer in the English top-flight in the calendar year of 2014, with 20 goals. But the bullish forward has struggled to cement a first-team place, finding himself behind Sergio Aguero and others in the pecking order.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor: Arsenal to Manchester City, 2009, £25 million ($33.4 million)

Always controversial and never boring, the Togolese striker made his name in English football at Arsenal, scoring 46 goals during two-and-a-half seasons with the London club. Manchester City (again) paid Arsenal around £25 million ($33.4 million) for Adebayor, who has since moved on twice, to Tottenham Hotspur and then Crystal Palace.

5. Michael Essien: Lyon to Chelsea, 2005, £24.4 million ($32.7 million)

A powerful Ghanaian midfielder nicknamed “The Bison,” Essien was signed from French side Lyon by Chelsea for £24.4 million ($32.7 million), which at the time was the most the Blues had ever paid for a player. Essien stayed at the club until 2012, when he moved on to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Italian side AC Milan before signing for Greek club Panathinaikos in 2015.

6. Yaya Touré: Barcelona to Manchester City, 2010, £24 million ($32.1 million)

Manchester City (once more) paid out for the classy Ivorian midfielder in July 2010 after Touré was told by Spanish champions Barcelona that he was surplus to requirements. Now 33 and beginning to show his age, Touré’s future at City has been questioned after ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola—who cleared the Ivorian out from the Catalan club—was appointed to take over the English side.

7. Didier Drogba: Marseille to Chelsea, 2004, £24 million ($32.1 million)

A legend at Chelsea, Drogba joined from French side Marseille in 2004 and stayed at the club for eight years, earning the title of Chelsea’s greatest-ever player in a fans’ poll in 2012. That was no doubt swayed by the Ivorian striker’s most iconic moment in a Chelsea shirt: in his final game before a summer transfer to China, Drogba scored a crucial equalizer and the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. The big man made a brief hero’s return to Chelsea, joining the club for the 2014-15 season before finally moving on to pastures new.

8. Samuel Eto’o: Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala, 2011, £21.8 million ($29.1 million)

Cameroonian striker Eto’o became one of the world’s highest-paid players when he joined Russian side Anzhi in 2011. As well as a hefty transfer fee, Eto’o reportedly agreed a contract worth £17.9 million ($24 million) per year.

9. Andre Ayew -£20.7 Million

After an impressive first season at Swansea, Ayew is now the 9th most expensive player in Africa following a move to West Ham United with a reported fee of a little of over £20 million.

10. Medhi Benatia: Roma to Bayern Munich, 2014, 26 million euros ($28.8 million)

After speculation from English clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea, Moroccan defender Benatia plumped for German giants Bayern Munich after deciding to leave the Italian club.

 

West Ham sign Andre Ayew for Club-Record Fee

West Ham United have announced the signing of Ghana international Andre Ayew on a four-year contract from Premier League rivals Swansea.

The 26-year-old joins the Hammers for a club-record fee of £20.5million, signalling manager Slaven Bilic’s fifth acquisition of the off-season.

Ayew joined the Swans on a free transfer ahead of the 2015/16 season and went on to make 35 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 goals.

“I am very proud and happy to be at this magnificent Club. I am happy to be playing for these fans and I hope to make the people very happy here,” Ayew told the club’s official website.

“The Club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager. They want to become a bigger Club every year and with the new Stadium and a new training ground, you can feel they are moving onto another level and I want to be part of this project.

“I want to train hard, do my job and show that I deserve to play for West Ham United. I want to give back to the manager and the fans the confidence they are showing me.”

Earlier in the day, West Ham secured the services of French left-back Arthur Masuaku on a four-year contract from Greek side Olympiacos.

Pogba now Man. Utd Player after more than a $116 million Deal

Paul Pogba is set to undergo a medical ahead of completing a world-record move to Manchester United, the club have confirmed.

The 23-year-old has been granted permission by Juventus to seal a £92 million transfer four years after leaving for Italy for a nominal fee, which will eclipse Gareth Bale’s £86 million move to Real Madrid in 2013.

Pogba made just seven appearances for United under Sir Alex Ferguson before leaving and is now on the verge of becoming Jose Mourinho’s fourth summer signing after Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

 

Confirmation of the medical comes an hour before Mourinho leads United out at Wembley in the Community Shield season curtain-raiser against Premier League champions Leicester City.

Pogba’s arrival is expected to mark an end to United’s summer business, with Mourinho hinting at the France international’s imminent arrival when talking to reporters on Friday.

 

“We brought Micki [Mkhitaryan] here, we know the quality he has,” he said. “We got a super striker [Ibrahimovic] and we are going to get a very good midfield player, so I am happy with the balance of my squad. I’m happy with the effort that the club has, and is still putting in for us.”

The Top 10 Barclays Premier League Richest Owners

Clubs have been able to attract expensive, foreign talents due to the money available to them to spend. Whilst this is partly down to the unrivalled television deals signed by the league, it also owes to the investment of incredibly wealthy individuals. These individuals become involved with football clubs; either through love of the club, investment or to massage their own ego.

With 20 teams in the Premier League, there are a number of billionaire owners. However this list will just compile the 10 richest owners in Premier League football.

10) Mike Ashley – Newcastle United – £1.7 Billion

Owner of Sports Direct, Ashley took 100% control of Newcastle in July 2007 for £134million. Ashley was initially criticised in the media for taking control of the club without carrying out the necessary due diligence, for example he was unaware that the club had taken payment from sponsors Northern Rock upfront, as well as huge debts from the previous regime.
Whilst initially popular with supporters, Ashley has been an unpopular figure at the club ever since his meddling resulted in the resignation of Geordie hero Kevin Keegan and the club’s relegation to the Championship. Though they returned as champions at the first attempt Ashley has since periodically attempted to sell the club to no avail.

Big Sam now Manager of England

The 61-year-old has fought off competition from Steve Bruce and Jurgen Klinsmann to take over the Three Lions reins following Roy Hodgson’s resignation after Euro 2016.

Sam Allardyce has been named England manager, the FA have confirmed.

The 61-year-old has taken over the Three Lions reins following Roy Hodgson’s resignation on the back of the national team’s Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.

Allardyce fought off competition from Hull City boss Steve Bruce and United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann to take charge of the England national team.

The former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United manager has left Sunderland, who he guided to Premier League survival last season, after nine months in charge.

Allardyce has expressed his delight at being appointed manager, and admits that it is “time to deliver”.

“I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football,” he told the FA’s official website.

“I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

“While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.”

England face Slovakia on September 4 and Allardyce will select his first squad towards the end of August.

Eder’s Transformation from ‘Ugly Duckling’ to a Hero

To say that Eder’s winner in the final of Euro 2016 against France was surprising would be a massive understatement. The Portugal striker is one of the unlikeliest heroes in football history, and that is especially true as far as fans in his homeland are concerned.

Ahead of the tournament, Eder was the least popular squad member by a distance.

“He was a bit of a laughing stock in Portugal,” Expresso journalist Mariana Cabral told ESPN FC. “We have been used to mobile and technically sound strikers who score a lot of goals, like Pauleta, Nuno Gomes and Domingos. Eder pretty much never scored, and he is a bit clumsy.”

Eder’s record with the national team is indeed disappointing for a centre-forward, with just three goals in 28 games before Sunday — all of them in friendlies.

The situation was so desperate that many fans demanded other strikers to be included in his place. The names of Hugo Vieira, who plies his trade for Red Star Belgrade in the weak Serbian League, and Bruno Moreira who has recently moved from the tiny Pacos Ferreira to Buriram United in Thailand were mentioned — which clearly shows the lack of alternatives.

“The Portuguese have never rated Eder, because they saw him as a poor finisher,” says Luis Catarino, who has been working as a Euro 2016 analyst for RTP TV.

Swansea fans didn’t even have much of a chance to witness his misses, and are probably more stunned than anyone to see the player discarded by their club so quickly becoming a European legend. The Swans bought Eder from Braga for £5 million last summer, but he wasn’t given an opportunity to prove himself, only starting twice in the lineup, totalling a meagre 269 minutes of Premier League football and failing to find the net once.

“Even when Bafetimbi Gomis was suffering an extended goal drought, Eder was rarely used, and reasons were never made clear,” ESPN FC’s Swansea blogger Max Hicks explains. “Eder’s performances ranged from enthusiastic to anonymous, but his involvement in the game naturally depended on the service from other players. He was never as poor as Gomis was allowed to be.”

“Eder had been connected to Swansea when Michael Laudrup was in charge, so it feels safe to say that he wasn’t Garry Monk’s signing. He was marginalised by the manager who had his own favourites in the squad.”

Eventually, the striker was loaned out to Lille in January and sold to the French outfit at a loss for about £3.4 million. The Ligue 1 side, however, were delighted to get a typical centre-forward they lacked in the squad.

“Eder is a warrior at the forefront of the attack,” coach Frederic Antonetti said upon signing the striker. He wasn’t disappointed. Lille’s dreadful attacking record improved massively after Eder made his debut in February. The Portuguese scored six goals, and the team climbed from from 15th place to fifth, qualifying for Europa League instead of being involved in relegation battle.

That was still not enough as far as the national team was concerned, and fans in Portugal failed to be impressed by Eder’s form in Ligue 1. Fernando Santos wasn’t convinced as well, to put it mildly, and thus gambled on a truly revolutionary tactical change. Portugal have long played in a 4-3-3 formation, but — without a proven centre-forward — the coach switched to 4-4-2, with wingers Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani playing in the middle.

The formation can be called Portugal’s very own “Wingless Wonders”, exactly 50 years since Alf Ramsey won the World Cup for England using innovative tactics without wide players. Eder had been almost irrelevant, only coming as a very late substitute against Iceland and Austria during the group stage.

And then — totally out of the blue — he was given the chance to shine on the biggest stage of them all when Ronaldo had to come off injured in the first half and replaced Renato Sanches in the 79th minute with the score still 0-0. France never realised the danger he posed, and Eder hit a brilliant shot in extra time, winning the trophy.

“Cristiano Ronaldo told me I would be scoring the winning goal. Ever since Fernando Santos called me up, I thought my opportunity would come,” Eder revealed after the match, while his coach added: “Eder was an ugly duckling, but now he is a beautiful swan.”

So who is this wonderful swan rejected by Swansea? Eder’s life story is rather unique and intriguing. Born in Guinea-Bissau, he was brought to Portugal at the age of three. His parents were unable to take care of him, and grew up at the Lar de Girassol institution at the outskirts of Coimbra. Eder was often in trouble there because of his love for football, but finally his talent was recognised and he was allowed to attend a local academy.

At 18, Eder signed his first contract at the second division Tourizense for a monthly salary of €400, that he duly sent to his mother. By 2008, he was back in Coimbra, joining Academia and, during his time at the club, he was nicknamed “Ederbayor” for his physical similarities to Togo star Emmanuel Adebayor.

It is, therefore, quite ironic that Tottenham considered signing Eder as a replacement for Adebayor in 2013. During the 2009-10 season, Andre Villas-Boas worked at Academica and reportedly rated the striker very highly, despite the fact he only found the net four times that term.

In the summer of 2012, Eder moved to Braga and started scoring at will, with 13 goals in 18 league fixtures, while playing well in the Champions League too — most notably against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Villas Boas — Tottenham manager at the time — singled out his old protege as one of the major transfer targets, but then disaster struck.

In February 2013, before the Spurs had started any negotiations with Braga, the striker tore his cruciate ligaments. His promising career was in danger and he missed a huge part of the 2013-14 season. Braga once gave him a contract with a release clause standing at a whopping €30m, but were quite happy to let the striker go for a much lower fee to Swansea, after a reasonably good 2014-15 season with 13 goals in all competitions.

That seemed to be Eder’s best opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League. Once linked to the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool and destined to be Portugal’s big hope, he had to be content with Swansea in order to fulfil his lifelong dream of playing in England. However, even that didn’t work out, and the striker left for France, disappointed and heartbroken.

Little did he know that just a few months later, he would make the biggest headlines imaginable and beat France. Now, at the age of 28, he will finally get some recognition with the fans who never really believed in him.

As for Swansea, they will be sad that they opted to sell Eder in May. His price tag is much higher now that he has become the ultimate hero at the European Championship.

Eder is much more than “Ederbayor” now. He has written his name in history books in golden letters.

Source: Espnfc.com