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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19

Portugal and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Covid-19, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has announced. The 35-year-old is "doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation", the FPF said in a statement. Portugal face Sweden in a Nations League group game on Wednesday. The remainder of Fernando Santos' Portugal squad have tested negative for Covid-19 and are available for selection. Portugal played out a 0-0 draw with France in Paris on Sunday and are top of the group, level…

Giroud overtakes Platini as France’s second highest goalscorer

Olivier Giroud became France's second-highest goalscorer of all time - surpassing Michel Platini - in a friendly hammering of Ukraine. The Chelsea forward scored a brace in the first half to take his tally to 42 on his 100th international appearance, nine adrift of Thierry Henry's record. Teenager Eduardo Camavinga, 17, netted the opener on his full debut to become France's second-youngest scorer. Corentin Tolisso, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann all found the net. Didier Deschamps' side also…

Mesut Ozil axed from Arsenal’s Europa League squad

Goal reports that Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad along with Greek defender Sokratis. The 25-man squad may only contain 17 ‘non locally trained players’ and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has opted to cut the club’s highest paid player, who is yet to play a single minute since football restarted in June. Given the German has not played a single minute since football’s restart in June following the coronavirus enforced suspension, it was widely anticipated to see him axed from the squad.…

Stop human tragedy: Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s appeal to Vladimir Putin

Armenian national football team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan has appealed to the Presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries to use their powers to stop the ongoing conflict in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region. In a letter addressed to Russian President Valdimir Putin, the AS Roma playmaker has urged the leaders to intervene in the war between his country and Azerbijan which is continuing for an 11th day. “While the war enters the second week of heavy combats, my native Armenia and Artsakh are defending…

Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal One day

Arsenal's legendary manager Arsene Wenger says he is ready to return to the club "one day", having not set foot in Emirates Stadium since leaving two years ago. Wenger, 70, stepped down in May 2018 after helping the Gunners win three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22 years in charge. He has been invited back since, but says it was best to "cut completely" from the club after his departure. "I thought it's better to follow from a distance," he told The Times. Wenger says his exit from…

German FA admits “mistakes” led to Mesut Ozil’s international retirement

The German FA (DFB) has admitted it "made mistakes" with its handling of Mesut Ozil in the build-up to the Arsenal star's acrimonious international retirement in 2018. On the eve of the Russia World Cup, Ozil was pictured alongside teammate Ilkay Gundogan both with Turkish roots meering Turkish president Recep Erdogan. The picture caused media trial and outrage in Germany and hate mongering towards Ozil escalated as the defending champions failed to make it out of the World Cup group stages. After the

Gurpreet and Sanju wins the AIFF Player of the Year Awards

Men's team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and women's squad's mid-fielder Sanju were on Friday declared the winners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Footballer of the Year awards for the 2019-20 season. The winner are elected on the basis of votes from Indian Super League and I-League club coaches. This is the first time Gurpreet has received the award, and in the process he became the second goalkeeper after Subrata Paul in 2009 to be named the AIFF Player of the Year. Gurpreet Singh

Bayern Munich beat Seville to lift UEFA Super Cup

Bayern Munich overcame a durable and resilient Sevilla after extra time in Budapest to lift the Uefa Super Cup. The clash of the European cup winners was watched by 15000 supporters inside the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena, the first major European match to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic forced the game into lockdown. And they witnessed a pulsating match which saw Sevilla take the lead from the penalty spot on 13 minutes when Lucas Ocampos scored an outrageous "no look" penalty after Ivan Rakitic was…

Ibrahimović tests positive for Covid-19

AC Milan's veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has tested positive for coronavirus. Milan said that the 38-year-old Swedish legend would miss their Europa League match against Bodo later on Thursday. "Zlatan Ibrahimović has tested positive for Covid-19 following a second round of swab tests ahead of tonight's game against Bodø/Glimt. The Club has informed the relevant authorities and the player has been promptly placed in quarantine at home. All other team members and staff have tested negative.," the official statement…

Leak reveals Chelsea owner Abramovich funded Israeli settler group

Leaked bank documents claim that Russian billionaire and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich donated tens of millions of pounds to a highly controversial Israeli settler group accused of displacing Palestinian families from Jerusalem, according to a BBC News Arabic investigation. The documents contain more than 2000 suspicious activities reports(SARs) filed to the US government's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network(FinCEN) by banks between 2000-2017 that were leaked to Buzzfeed News, which shared them with the…