Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique will step down at the end of the season, saying he needs to “rest”. The 46-year-old, in his third season in charge of Barca, was speaking after their 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon.
In his previous two seasons with the club, e won the Champions League as part of the treble in his first year and led them to a domestic double last season.
“It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has promised to deliver more trophies at Manchester United after his match-winning display in the EFL Cup at Wembley.
Ibrahimovic headed his second goal of a thrilling EFL Cup final in the 87th minute to break Southampton’s hearts and give United a 3-2 win.
Asked if it is the start of something special for the club, the 35-year-old Swedish star said: ‘I came – that is special.’ Ibrahimovic has now scored 26 goals for United in a remarkable first season in English football, and he promised to deliver even more success to United.
‘This is what I came for,’ he added. ‘I came to win and I am winning. I just have to keep going, but the more I win the more satisfied I get. ‘You appreciate it more the older you get. In the beginning it is more like fun, you don’t realise what a trophy means. Read more
Mario Gotze, the striker who scored Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 FIFA World cup has been ruled out of football indefinitely as he’s been diagnosed of ‘metabolic disorders’, a condition that has made his performance the last two years worrisome for his last two clubs- Bayern, Dortmund and his country, Germany.
Since 2011, Gotze has missed a total of 39 games due to 10 different muscle injuries. He ‘s been criticized by sports analysts for his general fitness and weight issues as he has struggled to build on his career since he gained world wide recognition after his world cup goal..
After failing to find a place for himself at Bayern Munich, the midfielder returned to Dortmund last summer, and has been a bench warmer this season. Read more
Football superstar is thanking God after he had a brush with death in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the early hours of yesterday when six armed robbers pounced on him.
They held him hostage at a garage before stealing his watch and wallet. “Billiat was at an Engen convenience store amongst three other shoppers in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, when six gunmen entered armed with AK-47 rifles,” The Sunday World newspaper reported.
“The Zimbabwean was said to be buying pre-paid electricity at the time and had his watch and wallet taken during the incident. He escaped unharmed after the gunmen forcibly extracted money from an ATM.” Read more
Retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has called out UFC champion Conor McGregor, saying it’s high time they fought for the enjoyment of the fans. McGregor and Mayweather have been attacking each other on social media for months now and the retired boxer who turned 40 on Saturday has now officially called out the UFC star.
‘I’m here to say today, on my birthday, they keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there,’ Mayweather told Showtime Boxing. ‘Conor McGregor, like I said before, I’m here let’s make it happen.’
‘Let’s make the fight happen. Let’s give the fans what they want to see. There’s only one fight out there that’s important and that’s Mayweather and Conor McGregor.’ Read more
Reports in Spain have it that Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is in regular contact with Barcelona’s Neymar in a bid to bring the star forward to England.
According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Mourinho has been trying to sell Neymar on the move by explaining how the transfer would benefit the attacker’s career and allow him to develop as a player. Read more
Jose Mourinho became the first Manchester United manager to win a trophy in a debut season by lifting the EFL Cup at Wembley Stadium and the boss was “emotional” when discussing the success, praising two-goal hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic and applauding the efforts of Southampton.
The boss has now won the competition four times in total following previous triumphs with Chelsea, which makes him the most decorated manager in League Cup history alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough.
Here are the main points from Mourinho’s post-match interviews and press conference…
ZLATAN WON US THE CUP
“He won the game for us, he was outstanding. Paul Pogba was at a similar level but Zlatan was outstanding in a match where our opponent was better than us for large periods of the game. They deserved to go to extra-time, they didn’t deserve to lose, but Zlatan made the difference and won us the cup.”
ZIFA and Cosafa president, Philip Chiyangwa has revealed that he held a meeting with Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Issa Hayatou on the sidelines of the Fifa summit held in South Africa last week as his fallout with the continental football body took a fresh twist yesterday.
Chiyangwa revealed the meeting with Hayatou in response to another warning from the CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani over his “birthday celebrations” gathering in Harare on Thursday night.
Fifa boss Gianni Infantino, who was accompanied by the association’s secretary-general Fatima Samoura, was the guest of honour at the event. Read more
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ultimately the Manchester United hero on another dramatic day at Wembley as Jose Mourinho claimed his first trophy as Reds manager with a thrilling 3-2 EFL Cup final victory over Southampton.
The Swede struck two goals, including the vital winner three minutes from time, to seal a fifth League Cup triumph for United.
But it was far from plain sailing for the Reds who were pegged back by the impressive Saints, having gone two goals ahead in the first half thanks to Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard. Read more
Claudio Ranieri has finally released a very emotional statement following his shock sacking by Leicester city on Thursday night, less than 10 months after guiding the Foxes to a historic Premier League title, with the club’s board expressing their concern at the possibility of relegation from the English premier league.
Ranieri who took over the club and took them from relegation contenders to surprise winners of the EPL, remained quiet over his sacking but has now opened up, saying his ‘dream died’ but he’ll always love the club forever.
“Yesterday my dream died,” the statement published on Friday night read. “After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League Champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.’
“Sadly this was not to be.