'Diego will never die:' Napoli honour Maradona with Europa League win

Napoli’s players honoured club legend Diego Maradona on Thursday by stepping out onto the pitch wearing his number 10 jersey before their 2-0 Europa League win over Rijeka. “Diego is a legend and will never die,” said Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso. “Since yesterday you could see that the city breathed a different atmosphere. “We hope to dedicate something important to him and win a trophy” “In this city we have talked about it for too many years.” Rijeka did not spoil the tribute with Napoli beating their modest rivals thanks…

Read More

'Diego is eternal' – Messi says of Maradona

Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona on Wednesday by calling him “eternal” after his fellow Argentine died of a heart attack. “A very sad day for all Argentines and football,” Messi wrote on Instagram. “He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal. I will keep all the beautiful moments that I lived with him and would like to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.” Messi and Maradona have often been compared in the debate about who was the greatest…

Read More

'Lucky' late Morata strike seals Juventus last-16 berth

Alvaro Morata said he “got lucky” after he grabbed a late winner, with Cristiano Ronaldo also scoring, as Juventus qualified for the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 victory over Ferencvaros on Tuesday. Myrto Uzuni had given the Hungarians a shock 19th-minute lead in the Group G clash in Turin. But Ronaldo rifled in the equaliser on 35 minutes for his first Champions League goal this season, extending his record to 131 goals in the competition. And Morata came off the bench to seal victory two minutes into injury…

Read More

Wood ends Burnley's wait for first win, Saints held by Wolves

Burnley won for the first time in the Premier League this season as Chris Wood sealed a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace, while Southampton missed a chance to go third in their 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday. Burnley had failed to win any of their first seven games in the joint worst start to a season in the club’s history. Sean Dyche’s side were the only Premier League team yet to score a home goal this term until New Zealand striker Wood put them ahead in the first half…

Read More

Blow for Barca as Pique knee injury confirmed

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has sustained a serious knee injury, the club confirmed on Sunday, with the defender expected to be out for at least two months. Pique cried as he hobbled off the pitch during Barca’s 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday following a colission with Angel Correa. “Tests have shown that he has a grade 3 sprain in the internal lateral ligament and partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” said Barcelona in a statement. The club also confirmed that Sergi…

Read More

Man City boss Guardiola signs new contract

Pep Guardiola has ended speculation over his Manchester City future after signing a new two-year contract extension on Thursday. Guardiola was due to be out of contract at the end of this season and it had been suggested the Spaniard might be ready to leave City. But the 49-year-old has now agreed to stay at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2023. “Manchester City are pleased to announce that Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year deal with the club,” a statement on City’s website said. Former Barcelona and Bayern…

Read More

Former football star Sambanthan dies

Former national football player, T. Sambanthan, died yesterday. He was 82. Sambanthan started playing for Penang in 1964 and was instrumental in the state reaching the Malaysia Cup final in 1968 and 1969. Penang, however, lost to Selangor in both the showdowns. He was also drafted into the national B team and played against Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Asean nations. Sambanthan was also the captain of the Penang Bardhan Cup team that defeated Singapore in the final. After retiring in 1972 due to injuries, he went into coaching…

Read More

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds, McElhenney new owners of Wrexham

Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ proposed takeover of lowly Welsh football team Wrexham has been approved by the club’s supporters trust. Wrexham play in the fifth-tier of English football – far removed from the glamour and worldwide reach of the elite Premier League. But that did not stop Deadpool star Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney saying they wanted to turn the team into a “global force.” Now, after a week-long vote, Wrexham Supporters Trust members have given the Hollywood duo their overwhelming backing, with 1,809 out of more than 2,000…

Read More

Elneny latest Premier League star to test positive for Covid

Arsenal and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny has tested positive for Covid-19, his agent said Monday, as figures published by the Premier League showed a sharp increase in cases coinciding with the international break. Already unpopular with Premier League clubs because of the risk of injury to key players, the mood among the likes of Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and his fellow top-flight bosses is unlikely to be improved by figures from the November 9-15 latest round of weekly tests showing the Premier League returned 16 positive coronavirus cases from 1,207 players…

Read More

National football coach Cheng Hoe makes big decision today

National coach Tan Cheng Hoe was probably tossing and turning in his bed last night over the two options given to him by the FA of Malaysia (FAM). Entrusted with preparing Malaysia for the pre-World Cup, he has to consider very carefully his course of action. FAM, it is learnt, are giving Cheng Hoe two choices, and which he is required to decide by today. The options are that Cheng Hoe be given four or five days with the national team before their Group G match in March against the…

Read More