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Australia, New Zealand launch joint bid for 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup; Japan, South Africa also expected to join race Sydney: Australia and New Zealand have launched a joint bid backed by both governments to bring the women's soccer World Cup to the southern hemisphere for the first time in 2023.
Solskjaer: Man Utd need 'two or three' new signings Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is targeting "two or three" new signings when the January transfer window opens next month. The Red Devils have been linked with a number of forwards after the summer departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left the club light in attacking numbers.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer wary over Greenwood-Rooney comparison Mason Greenwood delighted Old Trafford against AZ but Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is wary of comparing him to Wayne Rooney.
Wolves star Jota makes history with hat-trick as a substitute Diogo Jota scored a historic second-half hat-trick during Wolves 4-0 thrashing of Besiktas in the Europa League. The Portugal forward was a 56th-minute substitute for Nuno Espirito Santo's side at Molineux, scoring the opener 72 seconds after making it onto the field.
'His face was more shocked than mine!' - Mourinho in hilarious run-in with Burnley boss Dyche Just a day after handing Burnley a 5-0 defeat in the Premier League, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho found himself again crossing paths with their manager Sean Dyche. This time, however, the pair were a long way from the football field and were instead out doing their Sunday shopping.
Man City players to miss club's Christmas in bid to avoid festive slump Manchester City players will be forced to miss the club's Christmas Party in a bid to ensure they are in peak condition for the busy festive period. Pep Guardiola was unhappy with his side's performance shortly after last year's celebrations, believing it may have had an effect on the first team's performance.
Greenwood claims Man Utd record with brace in Europa League win Aged just 18 years and 72 days, Mason Greenwood has become the youngest Manchester United player to score a brace for the club in a major European competition. The Red Devils striker bagged two second-half goals against AZ in the Europa League on Thursday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side strolled to a 4-0 win.
Rangers v Young Boys Match Report, 12/12/2019 UEFA Europa League Match Report for Rangers v Young Boys on 12 December 2019, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.
Fellaini rules out Mourinho reunion at Tottenham in January Marouane Fellaini has ruled out a January move to Tottenham following rumours of a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho. The Belgian currently plays for Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng, whom he joined from Manchester United in February, two months after Mourinho was sacked as Red Devils boss.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Beşiktaş Match Report, 12/12/2019 UEFA Europa League Match Report for Wolverhampton Wanderers v Beşiktaş on 12 December 2019, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.
Manchester United v AZ Match Report, 12/12/2019 UEFA Europa League Match Report for Manchester United v AZ on 12 December 2019, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.
Goa v ATK Match Preview, 14/12/2019 Indian Super League match preview for Goa v ATK on 14 December 2019, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches.
'He's a tremendous talent' - Ljungberg amazed by Arsenal saviour Saka Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg was thrilled by 18-year-old Bukayo Saka's "amazing" rescue act against Standard Liege. Saka capped a fine individual display with the equaliser for Arsenal as they drew 2-2 with Standard in their final Europa League group game on Thursday.
Arsenal slammed for 'lack of hunger' as Ljungberg labelled 'lucky' by Keown Arsenal were guilty of a lack of desire and Freddie Ljungberg was lucky to see his side draw 2-2 with Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday, claims Martin Keown. Needing to simply avoid a 5-0 defeat to qualify for the next stage, the Gunners found themselves trailing 2-0 after 69 minutes as they were made to pay for defensive lapses.
Liga MX transfer news: The latest rumors and chisme from Chivas, Club America, the Mexican national team and more - Goal.com Is Diego Lainez headed to Ligue 1? Where will Mexico play? Which El Tri players are on European clubs' radars? Goal summarizes the transfer talk.
Onazi returns after a year for Trabzonspor in defeat against Basel Ogenyi Onazi made his much-awaited return for Trabzonspor in their 2-0 Europa League loss against Basel on Thursday. The Nigeria international ruptured his Achilles tendon against Rizespor in a Turkish Super Lig game on December 23, 2018, which has since sidelined him from action.
Andre Ayew backed to reach double-figures before January Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has backed Ghana striker Andre Ayew to hit double figures in goals by end of the year. With four more matches to end 2019, the 29-year-old has seven goals in all competitions to his name. Five of the strikes have come in the Championship, the remaining two coming in the League Cup.
CFR Cluj v Celtic Match Report, 12/12/2019 UEFA Europa League Match Report for CFR Cluj v Celtic on 12 December 2019, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.
Uchenna Kanu wins Player of the Year award in the USA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has named Uchenna Kanu as the NAIA Women's Player of the Year for 2019 following a record-breaking year in the United States..
NZ Football confirms joint bid with Australia for 2023 Fifa Women's World Cup New Zealand could host the opening match and a semifinal if bid for 2023 Women's World Cup is successful.
Australia and New Zealand bid for 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand have joined forces in a bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. If the bid is successful, it would be the first time the event has been hosted in the southern hemisphere. Venues in all six Australian states would be used, with a renovated 75,000-seat stadium at Sydney's Olympic Park tipped to host the final.
Cecafa Cup: Burundi devastated by early exit - Niyungeko Burundi head coach Olivier Niyungeko has revealed they are gutted for their early exit from the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda. They were defeated 2-1 by Djibouti on Wednesday at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo and Niyungeko hopes The Swallows will compete strongly during future editions.
Salah's stunner against Salzburg shortlisted for Champions League Goal of the Week Mohamed Salah's strike for Liverpool in their 2-0 win against Red Bull Salzburg in Tuesday's Champions League game has been nominated for the Goal of the Week award. After Guinea international Naby Keita opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp's men in the encounter, the 27-year-old then sealed the victory with an audacious strike.
Golden Arrows 0-1 Bidvest Wits: Clever Boys edge unlucky Abafana Bes'thende Bidvest Wits defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows 1-0 in a PSL match which was played in Durban on Thursday evening. Both teams were keen to return to winning ways in the league after Arrows lost 2-1 to Black Leopards, while Wits were held to a 1-1 draw by Highlands Park.
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