Saturday, March 31, 2018

Madrid rests Ronaldo and other key players for league game

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:26 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Madrid rests Ronaldo and other key players for league game
Madrid rests Ronaldo and other key players for league game

MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested along with other key players for Real Madrid’s match at Las Palmas on Saturday. Coach Zinedine Zidane left out his 22-goal top scorer ahead of Madrid’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg away to Juventus on Tuesday. Zidane also rested center half Sergio Ramos, midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, left […]

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Everyone is making a big fuss over SNUS — what does the ‘drug’ do and how many players are using it?

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:21 AM
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Everyone is making a big fuss over SNUS — what does the ‘drug’ do and how many players are using it?

Football bosses are supposedly concerned by the growing use of tobacco pouches among players.

Jamie Vardy has admitted taking smokeless snus in the past to help boost his mental sharpness.

And Leicester’s free-scoring forward isn’t the only player to benefit from the ‘drug’.

The growing use of tobacco pouches is causing concern among football bossesAppetising

A growing number of Premier League players are also seeking the nicotine hits despite the fact sale of the tins is banned in the UK.

The Mail claim use of snus has exploded among young players in England with some even taking them during matches.

Sales of snus in Britain have been illegal since 1992 after they were linked to causing cancer, but they can still be sourced over the internet.

Snus is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s watch-list but is currently allowed.

Jamie Vardy was spotted carrying a tin of snus while on international duty with England in 2016A few people overreacted to this photo of Vardy carrying a tin of snus in 2016Fame Flynet

Those who place the pouches between their upper lip and gums believe the 27.3mg hit of nicotine helps with their concentration and alertness.

They come in tins of 18 packs, in several flavours, and offer a bigger nicotine hit than the 10mg in a cigarette.

Leicester star Vardy has been spotted carrying a tin of Thunder Ultra while on England duty, and admitted to using it in his autobiography.

He wrote: “When I joined Leicester I started using snus, which are nicotine patches that you place against your gums for ten minutes or so.

“I used to have the odd fag on a night out at Fleetwood, but one of the lads introduced me to snus when I signed for Leicester and I found they helped me chill out.

“A lot more footballers use them than people realise, and some lads even play with them during matches.”

Vards bagged against Italy during the international breakGetty - Contributor

And while there is no suggestion of any wrong-doing, the amount of players turning to the tobacco is causing a concern for managers.

One Championship boss is quoted as saying footballers are using it as an appetite suppressant without real knowledge of the potential health risks.

He said: “It’s absolutely rife. It’s a disaster.

“It gives you a buzz and you’ve got players putting it in before and during games.

Vardy says he was introduced to the use of snus when he joined LeicesterVardy says he was introduced to the use of snus when he joined LeicesterGetty Images - Getty

“Next time you’re watching a game, look at how many players look like they have something behind their top lips. That’s a tell-tale sign.”

The PFA’s deputy chief executive John Bramhall admitted: “It is something that we are aware of and will monitor.

“We will be looking to see if there is a need to educate members on the potential risks involved in using this substance.”

A Leicester City spokesman said: “Our players comply fully with all anti-doping regulations.

“We offer regular advice on a variety of topics to maintain their health and seek up-to-date research to ensure such advice is well-founded.”

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Brian Glanville: England will not disgrace themselves in Russia

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:12 AM
News – World Soccer
Brian Glanville: England will not disgrace themselves in Russia

But Southgate's side lack the killer instinct to be serious contenders

Ciro Immobile of Italy is challenged by John Stones of England during the International friendly between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium. (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)But Southgate's side lack the killer instinct to be serious contenders

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Maketa destined for greatness

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:54 AM
Sport – The Standard
Maketa destined for greatness

ST GEORGE’S College is renowned for producing a host of sports personalities who have gone on to make an indelible mark on the Zimbabwean sporting landscape. Names of famous local […]

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

‘Welcome to Zlatan’: Ibrahimovic makes play for LA’s heart

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:45 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
‘Welcome to Zlatan’: Ibrahimovic makes play for LA’s heart
‘Welcome to Zlatan’: Ibrahimovic makes play for LA’s heart

LOS ANGELES — Zlatan Ibrahimovic has really always belonged in Hollywood. The powerful 6-foot-5 Swedish forward has loomed above soccer for nearly two decades, captivating the world with his sublime physical talent and uniquely outrageous personality. He has scored hundreds of majestic goals, won dozens of trophies and scuffled with a few teammates on his […]

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Usain Bolt shows flashes of ability during trial with Borussia Dortmund

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:45 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Usain Bolt shows flashes of ability during trial with Borussia Dortmund
The self-confessed Manchester United fan spent time honing his football skills with the Bundesliga side.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Racist abuse all too normal for Ireland defender Cyrus Christie

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:31 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Racist abuse all too normal for Ireland defender Cyrus Christie
Racist abuse all too normal for Ireland defender Cyrus Christie
Perhaps the worst thing to have to observe about the online racist abuse which was directed at Cyrus Christie after he scored an own goal in Ireland’s 5-1 play-off defeat to Denmark, is that not only was it nothing new to him.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

All we do is talk s*** - Pique goads Madrid stars over WhatsApp

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:59 AM
Soccerway.com
All we do is talk s*** - Pique goads Madrid stars over WhatsApp
The Real Madrid and Barcelona rivalry is not one that needs stoking, but Gerard Pique says he goads Los Blancos players over WhatsApp.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ngezi battle past new boys Herentals

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:50 AM
Sport – The Standard
Ngezi battle past new boys Herentals

Ngezi Platinum began yet another title onslaught with a victory over promoted Herentals in their opening match of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season at Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro/ […]

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Brazil coach Tite facing selection challenges ahead of World Cup

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:57 AM
News – World Soccer
Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Brazil coach Tite facing selection challenges ahead of World Cup

The former Corinthians boss has tended to stay loyal to his players but has shaken things up ahead of the forthcoming friendlies against Russia and Germany

Inspired: New coach Tite inspired Brazil to top their qualification group (Getty Images) The former Corinthians boss has tended to stay loyal to his players but has shaken things up ahead of the forthcoming friendlies against Russia and Germany

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bastian Schweinsteiger & Ana Ivanovic announce birth of son

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Soccerway.com
Bastian Schweinsteiger & Ana Ivanovic announce birth of son
World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger and former world number one Ana Ivanovic welcomed their first child into the world on Monday.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate defends decision to pick Jake Livermore

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:06 AM
The Independent - Football
England manager Gareth Southgate defends decision to pick Jake Livermore
England manager Gareth Southgate defends decision to pick Jake Livermore
West Brom midfielder Livermore is in the squad for this month's friendlies in the Netherlands and at home to Italy despite struggling with the Baggies

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Azkals begin buildup for biggest match yet

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:03 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Azkals begin buildup for biggest match yet
Azkals begin buildup for biggest match yet

With players returning from injuries and foreign-based recruits all making themselves available, the Philippine Azkals buckled down to work on Saturday in preparation for their most important match yet.  The Azkals face Tajikistan on March 27 in their final game of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Rizal Memorial Stadium with the Filipinos needing a draw to punch their ticket […]

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Denmark World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:12 AM
News – World Soccer
Denmark World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Christian Eriksen scored an amazing eleven goals during qualifying, including a hat-trick in the playoffs.

Denmark World Cup FixturesLeader: Eriksen scored a hat-trick to emphatically get Denmark into the World Cup (Getty Images) Christian Eriksen scored an amazing eleven goals during qualifying, including a hat-trick in the playoffs.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

UEFA charges Roma for ballboy’s timewasting late in game

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:42 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
UEFA charges Roma for ballboy’s timewasting late in game
UEFA charges Roma for ballboy's timewasting late in game

NYON, Switzerland — UEFA says it charged Roma for timewasting by a ballboy during its Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The boy was pushed over an advertising board by Shakhtar Donetsk player Facundo Ferreira after delaying returning the ball late in Roma’s 1-0 win on Tuesday. Players from both teams clashed and Ferreira was […]

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

No chance of signing Messi - Man City sporting director Soriano

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:45 AM
Soccerway.com
No chance of signing Messi - Man City sporting director Soriano
Lionel Messi will not be leaving Barcelona for Manchester City, according to the Premier League leaders' sporting director.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Today's Cheltenham Tips: Impossible to oppose Buveur D'Air in Champion Hurdle

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:06 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Today's Cheltenham Tips: Impossible to oppose Buveur D'Air in Champion Hurdle
Today's Cheltenham Tips: Impossible to oppose Buveur D'Air in Champion Hurdle
Buveur D'Air can join the greats by defending his crown in the Unibet Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

West Ham United co-chairman 'hit by coin' during fan riots against Burnley

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:50 AM
The Independent - Football
West Ham United co-chairman 'hit by coin' during fan riots against Burnley
West Ham United co-chairman 'hit by coin' during fan riots against Burnley
Sir Tevor Brooking refused to leave the press box when the rest of the directors were advised to leave

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Messi to miss Barcelona´s trip to Malaga for ´personal reasons´

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:03 AM
Soccerway.com
Messi to miss Barcelona´s trip to Malaga for ´personal reasons´
Yerry Mina has been added to Barcelona's squad for the match against Malaga after Lionel Messi withdrew for "personal reasons".

Friday, March 9, 2018

Fantasy football: Can you beat our experts at Dream Team Weekender?

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Fantasy football: Can you beat our experts at Dream Team Weekender?

We’ve got a huge weekend for fantasy football lined-up, with the small matter of Man United versus Liverpool first thing on Saturday. 

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Michael Golson has gone for a forward pairing of Romelu Lukaku – with one eye on United’s home clash with Liverpool – alongside Brighton’s Glenn Murray, who’s notched 11 times in the Premier League so far this season.

REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

An attacking midfield pairing of Jesse Lingard and Sadio Mane could do the goods in the North West derby, while Chelsea’s home clash against Crystal Palace calls for an all Blues defence of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The ever-reliable David De Gea takes the helm in goal.

Adam Jones has taken a different approach, backing some of the lesser lights at the back to shine.

He’s gone for Huddersfield stopper Jonas Lossl in goal and two Newcastle defenders – Jamal Lascelles and DeAndre Yedlin – to perform against goal-shy Southampton.

In midfield it’s the turn of more familiar faces Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively.

Can Hazard return to form?PA:Press Association

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 World Cup Guide: Group B: Spain

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:12 AM
News – World Soccer
2018 World Cup Guide: Group B: Spain

The Spanish sailed through qualifying, with their demolition of Italy in September being particularly impressive

2018 World Cup Guide: Group B: SpainDominant: Spain dominated their qualifying group, including Italy (Getty Images) The Spanish sailed through qualifying, with their demolition of Italy in September being particularly impressive

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Jose Mourinho could find himself in trouble with FA after kicking bottle into crowd during Manchester United win

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:51 AM
The Independent - Football
Jose Mourinho could find himself in trouble with FA after kicking bottle into crowd during Manchester United win
Jose Mourinho could find himself in trouble with FA after kicking bottle into crowd during Manchester United win
The fourth official appeared to see the incident and Mourinho praised him for not taking action

Monday, March 5, 2018

Where is our football heading to?

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:38 AM
Sport – The Standard
Where is our football heading to?

FC PLATINUM’S recent elimination from the CAF Champions League at the preliminary stage and, worse still, on a 5-1 drubbing by a team that is not among the best on […]

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

JPV finally plays on Marikina home pitch, hosts Global; Davao opens season bid vs Kaya

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:13 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
JPV finally plays on Marikina home pitch, hosts Global; Davao opens season bid vs Kaya

After a cloud of uncertainty following the pullout of two clubs early this year, the second season of the Philippines Football League finally takes off on Saturday when JPV Marikina makes its home debut against Global Cebu at Marikina Sports Center.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Premier League clubs expecting to hold full schedule of games despite bad weather

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 2:36 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Premier League clubs expecting to hold full schedule of games despite bad weather
Premier League clubs expecting to hold full schedule of games despite bad weather
All seven Premier League clubs hosting matches today are hopeful of their fixtures going ahead in a weekend sporting programme badly affected by snow.

Friday, March 2, 2018

2018 World Cup Guide: Group A: Uruguay

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 2:30 AM
News – World Soccer
2018 World Cup Guide: Group A: Uruguay

Uruguay were heavily reliant on Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to qualify. They will need help some help in Russia.

2018 World Cup Guide: Group A: UruguayBig Win: Victory in Paraguay was huge for Uruguay after a run of bad results (Getty Images) The South American side were heavily reliant on Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani to qualify. They will need help some help in Russia.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ex-Munster boss Rassie Erasmus officially confirmed as South Africa head coach

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:27 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Ex-Munster boss Rassie Erasmus officially confirmed as South Africa head coach
Ex-Munster boss Rassie Erasmus officially confirmed as South Africa head coach
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