Compared to their high pressing, speedy and highly tactical approach against Gor last Sunday, Thika did not even show a quarter of the same effort against AFC Leopards, a side ranked way lower than their weekend opponents.It was a pedestrian start to the match, none of the two sides injecting much of pace, evidently their energies sapped from playing their fourth match in a week.On either side, Said Tsuma for Thika and AFC’s Kitenge tried their luck with shots from distance but both were handled well by the keepers.In the seventh minute, youngster Vincent Oburu showed some sublime skill to skip away from two of his markers, but his eventual shot was deflected for a corner. In the 18th minute, AFC had another effort on target, this time from a Duncan Otieno freekick which however, deflected off the wall taking much sting off it.The goal finally came for AFC in the 23rd minute when Kitenge headed home unmarked inside the box. Otieno’s corner from the left found Robinson Kamura at the far post with the defender floating back a cross that was nodded by Kitenge.AFC Leopards forward Alex Kitenge attempts to turn away from Thika United’s Wilson Anekeya as Suleiman Ngotho watches on during a Kenyan Premier League match on September 20, 2017 at the Thika Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThika’s tact for response was to use their strength on the flanks with Eugene Mukangula the most sought after. However, the forward had little support whenever he had the ball on the left and the danger was quickly neutralized whenever help arrived.AFC should have ended the half 2-0 up but Whyvonne Isuza’s connecting side foot shot from a well weighted Sammy Ndung’u cut back from the left went inches wide with Allan Owiny, the Thika United keeper caught flat footed.-Second Half-In the second half, Muyoti started off by making midfield changes, bringing in Saad Musa for Michael Mwanje.But it was AFC who began better with Oburu forcing Owiny to a good save with a shot from the edge of the box. But, Musa’s introduction proved the masterstroke as they won more possession, spread the ball better and created more danger.However, they couldn’t do much with the increased possession as once again, they lacked the numbers upfront as AFC stuck to a flat four. Fullbacks Dennis Sikhayi and Mike Kibwage never made many forays upfront, Matano looking to keep the slim advantage.After sustained pressure, AFC gave themselves the comfort of a two goal buffer when Oruchum unfortunately blasted the ball into his own net in an attempt to clear away an effort from Otieno.AFC Leopards midfielder Duncan Otieno keenly watches Thika United’s Michael Mutinda during a Kenyan Premier League match on September 20, 2017 at the Thika Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThika had pressed a self destruct button when keeper Owiny started the ball short to Tsuma straight through the middle and the midfielder failed to control. Otieno won the ball, played one two with Kitenge, found himself inside the box but Owiny’s foot kept his effort away.However, an onrushing Oruchum tried to hack the ball away to safety, but he directed it into his own net.Immediately after going two down, Thika almost halved the deficit when substitute Francis Muturi had a shot come off the upright after being put through by Saad who had broken away from his markers.But gong two down pricked the energy off Thika whose quick passing game died down, clearly hopes of a comeback hugely deflated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards players celebrate one of their goals against Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League match on September 20, 2017 at the Thika Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTHIKA, Kenya, Sep 20- Alexis Kitenge’s first half goal and a Christopher Oruchum second half own goal gave AFC Leopards a 2-0 win over Thika United, easing their own relegation fears and compounding those of their former coach and player, Nicholas Muyoti.Thika, who had picked a vital point off leaders Gor Mahia over the weekend had come in full of hope of a three point haul at home, but they could not replicate the same weekend performance in midweek.
“I thought we were the better side and created more clear chances. I think we should have won,” Klopp said after a draw that leaves Liverpool seven points adrift of front-runners Manchester City and Manchester United.A victory that would have moved Liverpool into the top four appeared likely after Coutinho put them ahead in the 29th minute, but they paid the price for failing to take other chances.Klopp remains confident, however, that Liverpool, yet to win the English title in the Premier League era, are equipped to mount a challenge at the top of the table.“I cannot talk about our football and the gap between us and other teams. We are having our hard moment and other teams will have their hard moment,” he said.– ‘Real challenge’ –“I really think it looks like we are not far away from a real challenge,” he added with Liverpool having won the last of their then-record 18 English titles in 1990.Klopp insisted: “If we do what we are good at then we can score more goals and we will win more games.“We don’t have to think about other teams and we will close the gap. It’s is all about our situation, we are not thinking about where the others are.“I’ve played a lot of times with different teams in my life to know when we have a problem — and here we were the better team again and created more chances. We were in very promising situations, but didn’t score.“I’ve been around football and I know there is going to be one day when it will click and we will score more. Yes, we have one win in seven, but in most of those games we have been the better team.”“Now the only thing to do is carry on and hope that something happens. We are still confident. It’s our duty to be confident because the players have quality.”Quality is not always enough, however. There has to be defensive organisation and it was lacking when Joselu scored Newcastle’s 36th-minute equaliser following an excellent through ball from former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.“It was a good pass, but if the defenders see it, they have to step forward and get him offside,” Klopp said. “We made one mistake and it’s 1-1. They (Newcastle) made a lot more mistakes.”Benitez was pleased by his team’s performance against the club he once guided to a Champions League triumph in a match where millionaire businesswoman Amanda Staveley was among the crowd amid speculation she could be linked with a takeover of the Tyneside club.“We have got a point at home, which isn’t the best, but against one of the top teams, you will take it,” said Benitez, now well on the way to becoming a fans’ favourite at northeast side Newcastle.“They have a lot of players with quality, they are dangerous from set pieces and they are dangerous in one v one situations,” the Spaniard added.“They are a very good team and that is why I’m pleased with the performance of my players. They were really working hard and, if we had shown a little more composure on the ball, maybe we would have scored a second goal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp on the touchline during the English Premier League football match against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 1, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Jurgen Klopp assessed Liverpool’s latest failure to win a Premier League game after a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United by saying: “Football is not fair.”Liverpool’s German manager found it difficult to accept that the visitors emerged with only a point thanks to a spectacular long-range goal from Philippe Coutinho after enjoying twice as much possession as Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday.
0Shares0000Sofapaka SG Emmauel Kayoyi(L)pose for a photo with Sept, best players Umaru Kasumba and Mohamed Kalume at Eastleigh high School grounds Yesterday.Looking on is Head Coach Sam Ssimbwa(R).PHOTOPHILIP KAMAKYANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Ugandan marksman Umar Kassumba bagged two accolades at the monthly Sofapaka FC awards, being named the club’s best player in September as well as landing another gong for scoring the club’s most goals last month.With the two awards, Kassumba who scored five of seven Batoto ba Mungu goals last month walked home with Sh60,000 and was awarded on Wednesday at the club’s training base in Eastleigh. The forward who joined Sofapaka in June from Ugandan top tier side SC Villa has already bagged 11 goals this season, tying with Ulinzi Stars’ Stephen Waruru on top of the Kenyan Premier league scorers’ log.He says the motivation of the club recognition will spur him to the golden boot.“Were it not for hard work and discipline, I don’t think I would have made it. I want to assure you that I’m not done yet in scoring at the Kenyan league and my target is to bag the Golden Boot Award,” Kassumba said after placing his hands on the two awards.Upcoming midfielder Mohammed Kilume tied up with another June recruit, defender Rodgers Aloro for the best player runner-up accolade, but Kilume edged out Aloro after more assessment by the technical bench.His performances during matches against Chemelil Sugar, Ulinzi Stars, Kariobangi Sharks, Kakamega Homeboyz and Gor Mahia put him an inch ahead of the Ugandan free-kick specialist.Kilume was also awarded with the Ksh20,000 on the strength of being relatively younger than Aloro ostensibly to give him motivation.“Kilume is younger as compared to Aloro who won the award in August and it was only fair that he be given the honors to boost his confidence. There are absolutely no hard feelings in this development,” said Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa while giving out the awards.The tactician has at the same time urged his charges to work harder to ensure the awards for this month become more competitive and in the long run ensure the team improves as a whole.“Players have to be dedicated and above all show me that they have what it takes to play for a team of Sofapaka’s calibre since this is the only avenue to the awards. Such attributes require hard work and this is what I have been trying to instil in the team all along,” said Ssimbwa .Awards at a glance-Top scorer-Umaru Kasumba (Sh 30,000)Best player-Umaru Kasumba (Sh 30,000)Runner-up best player-Mohammed Kilume (Sh,000).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
But United boss Mourinho insisted that, despite the long-standing history of animosity between the bitter rivals, his players should enjoy the opportunity to play in front of a packed Anfield crowd.“You know this is quite funny for me because I think when people speak about big atmospheres, it looks like we don’t like, it looks like it’s a problem for us to go to a certain place and to face a big atmosphere – this is what we want,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.“I am surprised that you speak about that in a negative way, I am even more surprised when I hear former, big players speak about atmospheres like something sinister, something that worries.“It motivates us, it is something that we want, it is something that if we could have every match we would have every match.“You know, when Barcelona played against Las Palmas with an empty stadium, do you think the players were happy with that?“Do you think Las Palmas players wouldn’t prefer to play with Nou Camp, full of people and a great atmosphere?“We are speaking about Old Trafford, in this case Anfield, like it’s a big problem. It’s a satisfaction, that’s what we want.”Mourinho has been critical of the lack of atmosphere at United’s own Old Trafford stadium, joking earlier this season that he hoped supporters had returned from their summer holidays in order to add noise at home games.– Electrifying –And, in the light of those comments, Mourinho claimed he can have no complaints if Anfield produces one of its traditional electrifying occasions for his team’s visit.“I never see a player complain ‘oh, this atmosphere was very strong’ – we complain when the atmosphere is flat,” he said.“When we play at home and we don’t see big enthusiasm in the people, we complain.“So we go to where we want to go, we go to play against a big team with a big tradition in an amazing stadium with great tradition.“We know that the fans have huge animosity against Manchester United historically, but this is what we want so we are very happy to have one more opportunity in our careers to play in this beautiful conditions. It’s beautiful to play at Anfield. Beautiful.”Mourinho will visit Anfield without three front-line midfielders – Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini – all of whom have been ruled out with injury.But having been widely criticised last season for United’s approach at Liverpool almost exactly 12 months ago, when his side ground out a drab goalless draw, Mourinho reacted sarcastically when asked if his team would be more adventurous this year.“I play with one defender and nine strikers, don’t worry about it, we play with one guy behind and then we go with a new system and we play with nine strikers, don’t worry about it,” said Mourinho.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mourinho insisted that, despite the long-standing history of animosity between bitter rivals United and Liverpool, his players should enjoy the opportunity to play in front of a packed Anfield crowd © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 13 – Jose Mourinho has described Liverpool’s Anfield stadium as a ‘beautiful place’ and insisted his Manchester United stars will relish playing in such an intense atmosphere on Saturday.Former United players Gary Neville and Mikael Silvestre spoke this week about the extraordinary hostility generated by their club’s visits to Anfield, and the tension that goes with it.
“He got very emotional watching Totti’s goodbye at Roma and that also generated a special motivation for a player that identifies with the colours of Tottenham, our club and our fans,” said Pochettino.“The most important thing is that he is happy at Tottenham and who knows where we will be tomorrow.“We have to enjoy the present. He is a boy who has come through the academy and feels great affinity with the club.“For me, he is a player that gets excited by scoring goals for Tottenham.”Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to quash speculation as he also described Kane, who is the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with five goals in two games, as a “complete player”.Real have made a habit of poaching rising stars from Spurs after taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.“I don’t know what will be of Kane’s future, but I can talk about the here and now,” Zidane said on Monday.“He’s a fundamental player for Spurs. He’s very good at everything, but what he does is score goals.“He’s not a static player, he always finds space and is quick. He’s a complete player.”– 15-year contract –Pochettino’s burgeoning reputation has also seen rumoured as a potential future Real boss.However, the Argentine said he would happily take up Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy’s wish for Pochettino to remain for another 15 years.“I would love nothing more than Mauricio still to be our manager in 10 to 15 years’ time,” Levy said in a book on Pochettino being serialised in the Daily Mail.“To really build success you need time, longevity. It’s easy to go and become a manager at Real Madrid, for instance.”A former player and coach at Espanyol, Pochettino insisted he could never coach their cross-city rivals Barcelona, but left the door open to a possible call to take over at the Bernabeu.“I always try to be honest and I couldn’t coach Barcelona. I am very happy at Tottenham and if the chairman wants me for 15 years I am willing to sign the contract,” added Pochettino.“It’s up to him (Levy). Always it is up to the chairman or owner. I am so happy for my time in Tottenham, it is a club with big potential.“We are waiting for the new stadium, new facilities and it will take time to develop, to build a very competitive team and win trophies.“I am very happy Daniel is so kind to me, telling everyone what his plans for me are.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur English striker Harry Kane’s (C) 13-goal haul in September matched the best ever goalscoring month by Messi or Ronaldo © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISMADRID, Spain, Oct 16 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes the emotional images of Francisco Totti’s farewell after a 24-year career at Roma could inspire the on-fire Harry Kane to remain a one club man.Ahead of Spurs’ trip to face Real Madrid on Tuesday, Kane has been linked with a move to the European champions thanks to his stunning form in 2017, scoring as many goals (43) in fewer appearances this calendar year for club and country as Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Public prosecutor Maria Soledad Garibaldi has asked to meet all 50-plus boys aged between 13 and 19 housed at a boarding facility operated by the club in the Avellaneda suburb of the sprawling Argentine capital.“Of the five boys I spoke with (on Monday), three gave me some information,” said Garibaldi, quoted by local press.“One of them told me it didn’t happen, but that they had been approached. The children knew something was going on.“They’ve allowed me to reveal that they were offered to do it for a pair of boots or underwear.”Football referee Martin Bustos and his lawyer have been arrested over the scandal, which was brought to the judicial authorities’ attention by Independiente club bosses.Bustos’s lawyer is suspected of having destroyed a mobile phone in order to hide evidence.According to Garibaldi, there might also be similar underage prostitution networks operated at other clubs.“Unfortunately, that doesn’t surprise me,” admitted Independiente coach Ariel Holan.“It’s something that’s hidden and it’s a problem in society, like drugs, alcohol and human trafficking.“It’s not an issue that’s confined to sport or to Independiente.”According to Andres Bonicalzi, a lawyer for a rape victims charity, young players from the vast interior of the country — well away from Buenos Aires on the western shore of the Rio de la Plata estuary — who are far from their families, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation.“They see the club as a role-model, they see it as a father-figure. They’re far away from their own fathers,” said Bonicalzi.“(The perpetrators) have exploited their immaturity and these children’s need to belong to something.”Independiente are the fourth most successful team in Argentine history with 16 national titles, behind fellow Buenos Aires outfits River Plate (36), Boca Juniors (32) and their local rivals from Avellaneda, Racing (17).They’ve also won the continental Copa Libertadores — South America’s equivalent to the UEFA Champions League — a record seven times, having never lost a final.Part of a multi-discipline sports organisation, Independiente has a host of different teams throughout the youth ranks as well as a football academy and an education centre for children throughout their compulsory schooling period.Shares(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) Shares© AFP/FileBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 30 – Trainee footballers at Argentinian giants Independiente were coaxed into underage prostitution with offers of football boots or even just underwear, a Buenos Aires public prosecutor has said.The shocking revelation of an illicit sex network operated at one of Argentina’s most prestigious and successful clubs was made after a 17-year-old told an Independiente psychologist he had been encouraged, alongside another 19-year-old player, to prostitute himself to adult men in a trendy Buenos Aires neighbourhood, local press said.
“It is disappointing of course and sometimes it happens in football that your best players don’t rise to the occasion. It is the same players that played in the friendly games and with the same plan but if you look at the likes of Musa (Masika), Richie (Richard Odada), Keegan (Zakayo), Alpha (Onyango) in midfield…. They didn’t take the game as we planned,” the tactician regretted.Skipper Onyango who turns out for champions Gor Mahia in the Premier League, also admitted the team did not do its best against the Rwandese.“It is a disappointing result because playing at home, we needed to win today. We did not push ourselves like we have done in the past but we have to get back to training and improve on what we failed on today,” the midfielder said.Byiringiro Rague scored in the 88th minute to cancel out Odada’s first half goal and the result means Kenya has to win or pick a high scoring draw in the return leg on April 21 in Kigali to progress to the second qualification round.Despite the result, Okumbi believes that the team can get back to the drawing board and ensure they improve to pick a win in Kigali.“We have to go back and look at what we did right and what we did wrong. We need to encourage the boys that this is something we can do. In our friendly matches, the speed of the game, passing and execution was great but against Rwanda, that was our main undoing,” an upbeat Okumbi noted.Meanwhile, Rwanda coach Vincent Mashami remains coy despite picking up the priceless away goal that the tie is far from over.He is however confident that the team stands a good chance playing at their backyard and has called on his boys to keep their calm and treat the return leg as a fresh contest, putting the 1-1 result in Machakos behind them.“We have 90 minutes remaining in this game and we have to forget about the first leg. We played well and I am happy but now the focus is on the final part of the game. Playing at home gives us much confidence on the ball but we need to work harder and be more aggressive,” Mashami noted.Kenya will be looking to make an imprint in the junior qualifiers, having limped off last time out when they were eliminated by CAF over administrative issues surrounding dates of birth of several players.They had held Sudan to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Khartoum before the Sudanese launched a successful appeal.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi feeds instructions to skipper Alpha Onyango during their African Under-20 Cup of Nations qualifer against Rwanda at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1- Stanley Okumbi was left frustrated that his best players did not rise up to the occasion on Sunday as Kenya’s Under-20 team was held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home by Rwanda in an African Under-20 Cup of Nations Qualifier in Machakos.It was a sluggish and hands-back display from Okumbi’s young guns and he admitted they simply did not show up when it mattered most, especially after performing well in friendly matches against Premier League teams.
0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo has taken an early advantage over Messi © AFP / Odd ANDERSENMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi — revelling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick while the Argentine flopped against Iceland.Messi knew he had to find something special to match the Portuguese on Saturday but ended up squandering a golden chance to write his own headlines as he failed to convert from the penalty spot. Then, with just seconds remaining in Moscow, the Barcelona man stood over a direct free-kick, mirroring the opportunity Ronaldo had the previous evening against Spain.Ronaldo puffed out his cheeks, hitched up his shorts and arrowed his set-piece into the net to seal his 51st career hat-trick and pull Portugal level at 3-3.In contrast, Messi, with the score at 1-1, drove his free-kick straight into the wall, booting the ball into the air in frustration as the final whistle sounded seconds later.Ronaldo, who also scored from the penalty spot on Friday, has now joined an elite group of players to have found the net at four consecutive World Cups.Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in club colours © AFP/File / Josep LAGOThe 30-year-old Messi often edges Ronaldo in the debate about who is the best player in the world, with both men vying for supremacy on the same stage in Spain’s La Liga.The Argentine is a magician at the heart of the Barcelona team while Ronaldo has transformed himself from a twinkle-toed winger at Manchester United and in his early Real Madrid days, into a devastating finisher.Analytics firm Opta Sports pointed out that Messi had 11 attempted shots to Ronaldo’s four in their opening games in Russia, highlighting the efficiency of the Portugal forward.Messi’s fans say Ronaldo, at 33, is slowing down.Yet who is hotly tipped to win the next Ballon D’Or? Who has just won a third Champions League crown on the bounce? And who is a reigning European champion?If the man from Madeira does pick up the 2018 Ballon D’Or, that would give him six to his great rival’s five, edging him ahead in their personal race.– ‘Winking Ronaldo’ –It is too early to draw conclusions in Russia. The tournament has only just started and Argentina — despite being held by Iceland on the Nordic nation’s World Cup debut — could conceivably go on and lift the trophy.Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina were held by Iceland at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVBut while Ronaldo revels in wearing the red of Portugal and is feted at home, Messi can too often appear cowed in the famous blue and white stripes of his country.And, amazing as it may appear to many neutrals, he has his critics in Argentina, who accuse him of failing to replicate his Barcelona brilliance.In 2016 he retired from international duty after Argentina’s Copa America final defeat by Chile, only to reverse his decision weeks later.It would be no surprise if Messi retires after this World Cup, particularly if Argentina fail to fulfil sky-high expectations back home.“Messi misses a penalty and somehow, somewhere, I think Ronaldo may be winking,” tweeted former Barcelona and England forward Gary Lineker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Vanquished Sweden boss Janne Andersson suggested England were good enough to “go all the way” in Russia, while Southgate believes there is much more to come from his youthful group of players.“We are a team who are still improving. We know where we are, we’re having success because everybody is working so hard,” Southgate said, after joining Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson as just the third manager to guide England to the World Cup semi-finals.“We’re not the finished article, we don’t have renowned world-class players yet,” he said.“We have lots of good young players who are showing on a world stage they’re prepared to be brave with the ball. They try to play the right way and have shown some mental resilience now over the last few weeks.“We know in years to come they’re going to be stronger.”England have avoided several title contenders in a more favourable half of the draw, but Southgate said the success of the nation’s youth teams was a clear indicator of the talent coming through.He pleaded with Premier League clubs to show faith in youngsters, who often find their chances restricted by the vast number of foreign imports.“We’re in a World Cup semi-final. Whether we’re in the top four in the world is something we would still have to prove I think, but we’re progressing really well and we do have some good players and they need opportunities to play,” Southgate said.“Hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at international level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs, whether in England or abroad, that English players can play.“But today was a huge opportunity for us and was not something we wanted to miss out on.”– ‘Prototype modern goalkeeper’ –England were the last team remaining in the competition without a clean sheet, but a handful of terrific second-half saves from Pickford — twice from Marcus Berg and once from Viktor Claesson — kept Sweden at bay.Jordan Pickford made three superb saves in the second half to keep England in front © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVThat saw the 24-year-old Pickford become the youngest England keeper to record a World Cup clean sheet.“He’s the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be,” Southgate said of Pickford, who only made his international debut last November.“His speed around the goal today, the saves he made at critical times, and generally his distribution — there were some excellent moments within that.”England captain Harry Kane failed to score for the first time in seven matches for his country, but the Tottenham striker is still the leading scorer at this World Cup on six goals.He said the players are desperate to make next Sunday’s final as an improbable triumph edges ever closer.“We said we want to write our own history and hopefully we can go one step further and get to the final,” Kane said.“It’s amazing to be part of this World Cup so far but I get the feeling from the boys and myself that we’re not finished yet.“We don’t want to go home, we want to go all the way. We know we’ve got a difficult game coming up but we’re ready for it.“We’re looking forward to finishing strong and whatever happens we can say we’re proud of each other.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England defender Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden in Samara © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINISAMARA, Russian Federation, Jul 7 – England manager Gareth Southgate said his side was “not the finished article” after qualifying for the country’s first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1990 with a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday.Headed goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli in Samara, and a handful of key saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, sent England through to a last-four showdown with either hosts Russia or Croatia on July 11.
0Shares0000David Beckham’s Miami franchise is due to make its MLS debut in 2020 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Eric EspadaMIAMI, United States, Sep 5 – David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise will be known as Inter Miami, it was confirmed Wednesday.A statement said Beckham’s team, which is due to join the league in 2020, would be officially named Club Internacional de Futbol Miami. The name, which mirrors Serie A giants Inter Milan, was chosen to reflect Miami’s status as a “truly global location that welcomes and embraces all cultures and communities.”“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team,” Beckham said.“It’s an honor to announce the new name and crest to our fans,” added Beckham, Miami MLS Owner and President of Football Operations.“We are taking another important step in establishing our club and today marks an important moment in the history of Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.”Inter Miami’s black and pink club crest features two herons standing back to back set against the backdrop of an eclipse.The club’s motto — “Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna” — pays tribute to concepts of freedom, unity, solidarity, inclusiveness, opportunity and good fortune for all, the club said.“Our city and our fans draw their strength from the dreams of a global population that calls Miami home,” said Miami MLS Managing Owner Jorge Mas.“It is only fitting that our name pays tribute to the inclusiveness that makes us who we are.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)