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Stoke City appoint Paul Lambert as manager

Monday, 15 January 2018

Stoke City have appointed Paul Lambert as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday. The former Aston Villa and Norwich City coach replaced Mark Hughes, who was sacked this month with Stoke lying in the relegation zone and knocked out of the FA Cup by fourth tier Coventry City. “Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results,” chairman Peter Coates ...

Chelsea spurn chances in League Cup stalemate with Arsenal

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Chelsea missed a string of chances to draw 0-0 at home with Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday as the video assistant referee (VAR) stoked the tension with two important interventions. The hosts struggled to break down Arsene Wenger’s side despite enjoying the majority of possession and will feel hard done by after crafting the best of the game’s few openings in a lively game at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen wasted the best ...

Bahrain steps up ahead of Gulf Cup semi-final against Oman

Monday, 1 January 2018

Bahrain has stepped up their preparation ahead of the semi-final clash in the 23rd Gulf Cup with Oman on Tuesday at the Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City.The other semi-final will be between Iraq and the UAE.Oman qualified for the semi-finals after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 and Kuwait 1-0, following a 1-0 defeat in their opening game against the United Arab Emirates, and won Group A in the process.Bahrain are looking to rewrite history as they are aiming to secure not only their ...

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli not concerned by fluctuating form

Friday, 29 December 2017

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli’s fluctuating form this season is only temporary and he is confident he will be able to replicate the same level of play of his first two seasons with the north London club. The 21-year-old has scored four league goals with two more in the Champions League but has faced criticism in the first half of the season for not being effective in games. “Some people think if you’re not scoring or assisting then you’re playing badly, but I ...

La Liga renews partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and La Liga - a sports association composed of professional football clubs of Spain - renewed on Thursday their partnership agreement for three more years to come. The renewal - on the margins of Dubai 12th International Sports Conference - has been made and signed by  Aref Hamad Al Awani, ADSC General Secretary, and Javier Tebas Medrano, president of La Liga, reported ADSC.ae. The agreement is meant to enhance footballing professionalism in Abu Dhabi ...

WATCH: Egyptian one-legged footballer revels in his celebrity status

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

28-year-old football fanatic Mahmoud Abdou is reveling in his new found celebrity status despite the physical challenges he faces. The Egyptian amputee caught global attention after posting a photo of his celebration of Egypt’s qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and it went viral. The Law school graduate explained how his leg was amputated after a truck accident when he was only six. Abdou works as a freelance lawyer and a sales assistant to make ends meet. Regardless of the ...

Five facts that make Liberia’s George Weah a unique presidential candidate

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

As the Liberian Presidential elections get underway, the spotlight is on 51-year-old George Weah. Not a typical candidate, Weah has had a fairly interesting run that has attracted global attention. Here are five facts that make him stand out as a unique candidate: Recognition as a footballer Weah’s life was transformed when manager Arsene Wenger spotted him playing football in Cameroon. Wenger brought him to Europe where he ended up playing for the biggest teams including AS Monaco, PSG, ...

Romario to run for CBF chief to clean up Brazilian football

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Former Brazil football striker and 1994 World Cup champion Romario said on Tuesday he plans to run for president of the scandal-plagued Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on an anti-corruption platform.Romario, 51, now a senator who has led congressional investigations into corruption in Brazilian football, announced his intentions four days after CBF President Marco Polo del Nero was suspended for 90 days by football world body FIFA.Del Nero is being investigated in Brazil for alleged ...

Cheer for Egypt’s Soccer team in Russia and pay in installments

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Under the slogan "Cheer for Egypt’s Soccer Team," many Egyptian banks announced new loans and plans, to help Egyptians support their team in the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Banque Misr has announced plans to support Egypt’s national team and added it to other offers which facilitate domestic and foreign tourism, holy Hajj and Umrah programs for up to 6 years, under an instalment scheme. The program covers employees in ministries, government agencies, the public sector, the ...

Tottenham defender hopes to end Manchester City’s ‘frightening’ run

Friday, 15 December 2017

Premier League leaders Manchester City are on a “frightening” run of form but Tottenham Hotspur are looking forward to the challenge of halting their record-breaking 15-game winning streak, Spurs defender Danny Rose has said.City have opened up an 11-point lead, while Tottenham, in fourth, trail them by 18 points.“They do look very frightening - scoring goals and they've kept a clean sheet against Swansea. We've done alright there in the past couple of seasons and that should ...

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