Chelsea ace, Eden Hazard has stated that the club’s target is to win the FA Cup and also finish top four in the English Premier League (EPL) this season after beating Southampton. The Blues triumphed 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final over Southampton on Sunday evening and booked their place in the finals of the competition against Manchester United on May 19 at Wembley stadium. Hazard believes it is time for Antonio Conte’s side to concentrates on their FA Cup final with United and how to finish top four in the EPL this term. “We gave everything, we played very good football especially in the second half and controlled the game,” Hazard told BBC Sport after the match. “Now we go to the final and for the championship (Premier League) again and then we can th
Depressed Wenger Photo: BBC Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign at the club. The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire, BBC reports. The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League. Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002. “I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. “To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.” Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke
Manchester United has set the price for clubs that would want to sign their midfielder, Paul Pogba. The Red Devils will demand a fee of up to £140million to sell club-record signing Paul Pogba this summer. According to Daily Mail, the price tag limits the clubs in a position to sign the French midfielder to just Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Pogba started his professional career at Old Trafford almost a decade ago, but left for Juventus after refusing to sign a new deal. He completed a stunning return to Old Trafford two years ago, in a deal that cost almost £90m. He has since been linked with another move. Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is said to have grown increasingly frustrated with Pogba and is now willing
John Fashanu, former England star, has revealed that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay. Justin, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out before he took his own life in May 1998 at the age of 37. Fashanu admits he acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers and tackle anti-gay abuse. “It was a lack of education,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday. “I make it very clear I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay. “I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation. “We didn’t know what to do, the be
Pinnick told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday during a parley that the money was part of the agreement reached with the players to share 50-50 whatever would accrue to the country if they get to the final and lift the trophy. “I don’t put players under pressure. Pressure can be put on them unconsciously because we are creating enabling environment for them. “If for example we don’t have money to prepare them, they can now relax but now, we have given them everything upfront and they should deliver. “If today they get to the final, the World Cup money will be shared 50-50 between the team and the NFF. “Winning the final is 48 million dollars, it means the team will get 24 million dollars and the football house will take the remaining 24 million dollars,” Pinnick said.
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday as Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion. City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday. They clinched the silverware 24 hours later thanks to Albion forward Jay Rodriguez's 73rd minute header at Old Trafford. United had denied City the chance to wrap up the title last weekend when they came from two goals down to beat their bitter rivals 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium. But Jose Mourinho's men still ended up handing the trophy to City with a lacklustre display against bottom of the table Albion, who had won only three times in the league this season before this weekend. City are 16 points clear of second placed United, who can only take a ma...
Anthony Joshua- now one more fight to becoming undisputed champion of the world British-Nigerian Anthony Joshua moved a step closer to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world on Saturday after beating New Zealander Joseph Parker on a unanimous points decision in their title unification bout. The 2012 Olympic champion, taken to 12 rounds for the first time in his professional career after 20 previous knockouts, added Parker’s WBO belt to his own WBA Super, IBF and IBO titles. The three judges scored it 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to Joshua, leaving only Deontay Wilder’s WBC title still to conquer. “Wilder. Let’s go baby, let’s go,” shouted Joshua from inside the ring to raucous cheers from the 78,000 crowd packing Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, also namechecking Ty
- Mikel Obi has sent heartfelt recovery wishes to ex Chelsea star Ray Wilkins - The 61-year-old is being admitted at St George's Hospital in London - He suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the Hospital Super Eagles star Mikel Obi has joined football world who have rallied round in support of Ray Wilkins as the England legend fights for his life after suffering a heart attack. The ex-Chelsea and Man United midfielder, 61, was placed in an induced coma at St George's Hospital in London, on Friday night. His wife Jackie said he is currently in intensive care after having a cardiac arrest at their home in Cobham, Surrey, on Wednesday and remains critically ill. She told the Daily Mirror: "The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff will on Saturday night, March 31, will be the center of attraction as it is the venue where British boxer Anthony Joshua will face Joseph Parker. A lots have been said about this fight, as undefeated Anthony Joshua will look to add another heavyweight title to his collection when he takes on New Zealand's Joseph Parker. With good looks, Herculean muscles and a perfect 20 knockouts in 20 professional bouts, Joshua has quickly become one of the sport's biggest global stars. Parker is 24-0 in his career with 18 knockouts. He has made two successful defenses of his world title since winning it in a bout with Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua holds the IBF, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles, while Parker carries the WBO world heavyweight strap. Parke...
Serbia have beaten Nigeria 2-0 in their second pre-world cup friendly played in London. Newcastle striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as the East European country earned a boost ahead of the tournament in Russia in June. Serbia’s striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (L) and teammates celebrate after he scored the opening goal. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP Nigeria’s midfielder Ogenyi Onazi (2R) shoots but fails to score past Serbia’s defender Matija Nastasic (L). DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP Serbia’s defender Branislav Ivanovic (2L) vies with Nigeria’s striker Odion Ighalo.