Barcelona

Neymar To Stand Trial After Loosing Appeal

Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar will face trial after a criminal court in Spain rejected his appeal over corruption charges.

The charges centre around Neymar’s move from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

Brazilian firm DIS claim that they are still owed money from the deal, but have not been paid their full amount due to the total fee being disguised by the clubs and player's representative company.

Barcelona, Santos and the company owned by Neymar's father also had appeals rejected on Monday and will face trial.

Barcelona vs Leganes Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

Barcelona won 5-1 in the very first meeting between the two sides in La Liga, the first game of this season in which the three MSN members scored.

Barcelona have not lost in their last 15 La Liga games (W10 D5), the best current run in the competition.

Leganés will play at Camp Nou for the first time. Only two sides have won their very first La Liga game there: Málaga CF in 1999 (2-1) and Villarreal in 1998 (3-1).

After winning three of their last four away games in La Liga (L1), Leganés have gone seven away games without a win (D2 L5)

I Will Manage Next Season At Arsenal Or Somewhere Else - Wenger

Wenger has made it clear that he won't retire, if not Arsenal then is going somewhere else.

Wenger's position at the club has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks and the midweek 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich has only served to bring things to a crescendo, with some reports in Friday's papers claiming the Frenchman is ready to quit.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, ahead of Monday's FA Cup match away at Sutton, Wenger said a decision will be made before the end of the season on whether he will sign the two-year contract on offer from the club.

What Neymar Told Oma Akatugba After PSG Humiliation

Popular international sports journalist Oma Akatugba was at Paris yesterday where he witnessed PSG' white wash of Barcelona in Paris. Most followers know Oma is a die hard fan of Barca but the Nigerian journalist still ensured he did his job despite the defeat.

Do you know Neymar revealed something he didnt tell anyone to him? see his tweet..
 
Oma and Neymar

PSG 4-0 Barcelona: Four Facts You Should Know

Paris Saint-Germain became the sixth team to score four goals in a Champions League game vs Barcelona (after AC Milan, Dynamo Kiev, Valencia, Chelsea and Bayern Munich).

This was Barcelona’s joint-heaviest defeat in the competition (0-4 vs Milan in 1994, Dynamo Kiev in 1997 and Bayern Munich in 2013).

Only Lionel Messi (10) has scored more goals in the Champions League this season than Edinson Cavani (seven).

No side has ever turned round a 4+ goal deficit to progress in a Champions League knockout tie.

 

PSG 4-0 Barcelona: Di Maria Nets Double As Catalans Get Humiliated In France

Angel Di Maria soaked up the love and adoration of the Paris Saint-Germain faithful as his brilliant brace inspired a rampant 4-0 Champions League triumph over Barcelona.

PSG were knocked out of the competition by Barcelona in 2013 and 2015 but Luis Enrique's side now require a comeback unprecedented in Champions League history having been put to the sword in the French capital.

Di Maria, celebrating his 29th birthday, dispatched a free-kick that rewarded PSG's dominant start and Unai Emery's men never relinquished their grip on the first leg of the last-16 tie.

PSG vs Barcelona: Team News, Manager Quotes

Team news

PSG will be without Thiago Motta, who is suspended for the match, while Javier Pastore and Grzegorz Krychowiak are also likely to be sidelined due to injuries. One key player who will return, however, is Thiago Silva, who was rested for the win over Bordeaux in Ligue 1.

PSG vs Barcelona: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

The only time Paris SG eliminated Barcelona in the Champions League was in 1994/95 quarter-finals (3-2 on aggregate). Since then, Barcelona have won their two knockout encounters with the Parisian club (2012/13, 2014/15).

Barcelona have won their last three games against Paris SG (8 scored, 2 conceded).

Paris SG have also never kept a clean sheet against Barcelona (9 games, all competitions).

Alaves vs Barcelona: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

Barcelona have failed to score in each of their last three visits to Mendizorroza in La Liga (D2 L1), their worst current run without scoring away from home against a single opponent.

However, the Catalonian side have scored in each of their last 14 league games, averaging three goals per game. The last time they failed to score was also in the Basque Country, against Real Sociedad in April 2016. 

If they win this game, Alaves will be the first team to win two games against Barcelona in a single season in all competitions since Bayern Munich in April/May 2013.

Alaves Beat Celta Vigo, Set To Face Barcelona In Copa Final

Edgar Mendez's solo effort nine minutes from time sent Alaves into their first ever Copa del Rey final with a 1-0 semifinal, second leg win over Celta Vigo enough to progress by the same score on aggregate.

The visitors were left to rue a string of missed chances in the first leg as Mendez burst through the Celta defence before firing high past Sergio Alvarez to wild scenes of celebration at Mendizorrotza.

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Nigerian News

Lagos Beach Olympic: Ten Teams To Compete In Maiden Edition   

Each of the 10 teams that will compete at the maiden edition of the Beach Olympics will be named after a Nigerian hero, organisers of the event, which is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Atlantic City, Lagos, have said.

 

Sunshine Stars Troop Out On Akure Streets To Protest Unpaid Salaries    

It's so glearing that football in Nigeria will still face protests of unpaid allowances and wages. Recently the Falcons took to the streets of Abuja to protest unpaid allowances after conquering Africa for the 7th time.

 

Rangers FC Not Begging For Money - Ndukwe   

Recently news broke ot that the players refused to collect the money issued out to them for continental football then another news broke out that the team has been begging for money to help them pursue continental success.

 

Lagos City Marathon: Six Things You Should Know   

Twenty Nigerians will win cash prizes from the Lagos City Marathon from the female & male categories. The star prize for the wining Nigerians ranges from N1M to N20,000.

The winner in the competition will win a whopping $50,000

 

Rohr To Call Up Five New Players For Senegal Friendly   

Five players who have never been called up to the Super Eagles will be in the squad for the friendly game against Senegal and possibly Ghana. 

 

What! Abandoned Nigerian Stadium Turned To Trailer Park   

The Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State—once the home of Abiola Babes in the 80s, when it was known as Asero Stadium – has been converted to a park for heavy duty vehicles.

 

Sad! Former Super Eagles Coach Paul Hamilton's Leg Amputated   

Former Super Eagles coach Paul Hamilton’s leg has been amputated, The PUNCH has learnt.

The 75-year-old former international has been bedridden for months before his left leg was amputated from the knee, Hamilton’s wife, Durdy, said.

 

CAF Appoints Two Nigerian Referees For Continental Duties   

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has appointed two Nigerian referees to officiate in the First Round , Second Leg matches of continental club competitions.

 

World Cup Qualifier: Cameroon Aiming Four Points Against Nigeria    

AFCON 2017 Champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are hoping they can pick at least four points off Nigeria’s Super Eagles when both teams clash in crunch 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting in August.

 

Nigeria will defeat Sout Africa & Cameroon Says Rohr   

Prior to AFCON 2017 Nigeria appeared like a better team than Cameroon but their victorious outingg in Gabon has raised eyebrows ahead of their World cup qualifier with Nigeria.

 

Yakubu Aiyegbeni Joins English League One Side   

Former Everton & Super Eagles forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has completed his return to English football after signing a short-term deal with Coventry City a team which features in League One.

Aiyegbeni, 34, has been without a club since he left Turkish side Kayserispor in 2016.

 

Basketball: Kano Pillars Star, Abubakar Usman Set To Fight For D' Tigers Shirt   

With a terrific display at FIBA Africa Champions Cup (ACC) last December in Cairo, Abubakar Usman reminded everyone how he is preparing to regain a place in the senior men’s national team, the D’Tigers. 

 

EPL, LA LIGA, SERIE A

Granada vs Real Betis: Match Preview, Facts & Stats   

Granada have not lost in their last eight Andalusian derbies at home in La Liga (W4 D4); last losing in May 2014 (0-2 vs Almeria).

 

Competition At Manchester City Will Help Iheanacho - Mikel Obi   

Nigeria's Super Eagles captain and legend John Mikel Obi who spent 10 and half years at English Premier League giants Chelsea has advised Kelechi Iheanacho on his future at Manchester City. 

 

Bournemouth 0-2 Man City: Sterling Reduces Chelsea's Lead To Eight Points    

Guariola's men climbed into second in the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, although the triumph was soured by Gabriel Jesus’ early injury.

 

Lazio vs AC Milan: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

C Milan have only lost three of their last 37 Serie A games against Lazio, winning 16 and sharing 18 draws.

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester City: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Manchester City have never lost to Bournemouth in a league game, winning seven and drawing two.

 

Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Musa, Ndidi Continues Free Fall   

Musa, Vardy, Mahrez, Ndidi and others have not scored a premier league goal in year 2017 which as accounted for their free fall in the league.

 

Burnley 1-1 Chelsea: Robbie Brady's Goal Holds Blues   

Conte's men missed the opportunity to open up a 12-point gap at the Premier League summit as Burnley fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

 

Ferdinard: Iwobi, Others Don't Have Premier League wining Mentality    

Ferdinard's opinion on Arsenal will certainly make Alex Iwobi and his colleagues have a re-think as the former United defender believes they can't win the title yet.

 

Swansea vs Leicester: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Since beating Leicester in their first Premier League meeting in October 2014, the Swans have lost each of their last four, scoring once and conceding 11.

 

Burnley vs Chelsea: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Burnley have never won a Premier League encounter against Chelsea, losing four of five previous attempts (D1).

 

EPL Round Up: Mane Nets Brace, Gunners, United Win   

Sadio Mane scored a quick-fire brace as Liverpool revitalised their Premier League campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.

 

Fiorentina vs Udinese: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

16 of the last 19 Serie A games between Fiorentina and Udinese have seen at least three goals scored - an average of 3.6 goals per game.