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Handball rule needs to change, says Wolves boss Nuno Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo believes football's handball rule needs to be changed, saying fans have made their frustration with it "clear and loud". The League Managers Association this week wrote to the International Football Association Board to raise concerns surrounding recent changes to the law.

Neymar is the leader Paris Saint-Germain hoped for - Tuchel Neymar has become the leader Paris Saint-Germain hoped he would be this season, according to Thomas Tuchel, who stressed the forward must now keep up his sensational form. After recovering from a groin injury earlier in the campaign, Neymar has been in imperious form in recent weeks and is on 11 goals and five assists from 12 Ligue 1 appearances.

Nyangweso coy on Ulinzi Stars' KPL title chances Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso believes it is still early to start talking about his charges winning the Kenyan Premier League title. The four-time league champions have impressed in the top tier this season and they are currently in fourth having collected 34 points from the 17 matches played.

Arsenal v Sheffield United Live Commentary & Result, 18/01/2020, Premier League - Goal.com Premier League Live Commentary for Arsenal v Sheffield United on 18 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

Real Madrid v Sevilla Live Commentary & Result, 18/01/2020, Primera División - Goal.com Primera División Live Commentary for Real Madrid v Sevilla on 18 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace Live Commentary & Result, 18/01/2020, Premier League - Goal.com Premier League Live Commentary for Manchester City v Crystal Palace on 18 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

Foden welcomes challenge of Silva & De Bruyne for starting berth at Man City Phil Foden is looking to embrace the challenge of competing with David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne for minutes at Manchester City, rather than shy away from it. At 19 years of age, the highly-rated midfielder remains one for the future.

Watford v Tottenham Hotspur Match Report, 18/01/2020 Deficiencies laid bare for shot-shy Spurs. Tottenham had just seven shots to Watford's 15 in a match many will have expected them to win. Mourinho would obviously love to have Kane available, but even he would have struggled to influence a game in which Spurs displayed a striking lack of ingenuity.

It's a myth that Ronaldo & Dybala can't play together, says Juventus boss Sarri Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala have no problem playing together, insists Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo has been in typically prolific form this season, scoring 14 times in 16 Serie A appearances and chipping with another two in the Champions League.

Conte labels transfer window a 'virus' as he shrugs off Mourinho dig over Eriksen pursuit Inter head coach Antonio Conte has likened the January transfer window to a "virus that we must contain" as rumours continue to swirl around the Serie A side, and stated that Jose Mourinho's recent criticisms of the Nerazzurri's interest in Christian Eriksen is "not a problem".

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'If Aubameyang leaves on a free, who cares?' - Arsenal don't need to worry about exit talk, says Merson Arsenal "don't need to worry" about losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Paul Merson, and should not be overly concerned if the prolific frontman decides to run down his contract.

Championship play-offs 2020: Fixtures, dates & teams in the race to the Premier League With the race for the play-offs beginning to heat up, Goal brings you everything you need to know, including which teams are involved, when the games are, how to watch and more.

Mohun Bagan's Kibu Vicuna - In a derby, the teams are equally strong When you come to a different team with the different style it takes time. I am sure he will be an important player for us." Mohun Bagan have been conceding goals from set-pieces. East Bengal have Lalrindika Ralte and Juan Mera who are lethal from set-pieces.

Tanzania & Uganda in high spirits ahead of Fifa U20 World Cup qualifier Tanzania and Uganda have exuded confidence ahead of their Fifa U-20 World Cup showdown in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. The two nations will clash during the first leg encounter and both sides hope to pick up wins before the second leg which will be held at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on February 1.

Arsenal dealt Kurzawa blow as PSG boss Tuchel says Ligue 1 giants 'need' full-back Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Layvin Kurzawa, with Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel saying the Ligue 1 champions "need" the 27-year-old defender. The Gunners are in the market for another full-back after seeing their options depleted by injury.

Simba SC provide update on Kagere and Dilunga's availability for Alliance FC showdown Meddie Kagere and Hassan Dilunga are available for Simba SC against Alliance for Sunday's VPL encounter.

Bruno Fernandes deserves to play in Premier League, says Sporting boss - Goal.com Sporting manager Silas believes Bruno Fernandes is one of the best midfielders around and says he deserves to play in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has been heavily linked to Manchester United, who are said to be determined to sign him from the Portuguese giants this month.

Sekgota: Bidvest Wits sign winger from Vitoria Setubal As they look to continue their challenge for the Premier Soccer League title, Bidvest Wits have signed winger Kgaogelo Sekgota.

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Kolkata Derby: Just two East Bengal players in Mohun Bagan dominated combined XI? The Mariners have enjoyed a better run of form coming into the much awaited clash against their arch rivals.

Simba SC coach Vanderbroek unhappy with state of Kirumba pitch Simba SC coach Sven Vanderbroek was unhappy with the pitch conditions at CCM Kirumba Stadium but they won to cement top position.

Pahang keeping cards close to their chest in terms of import players With only one import player confirmed for the 2020 season, there's five weeks left for Pahang to fill up the quota before their opening MSL match.

Yanga SC ready to deal with Azam FC in the league - Eymael Young Africans coach Luc Eymael has revealed he understands how Azam FC plays and hence promised a win when the two sides play on Saturday. Yanga suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when they lost 3-0 to Kagera Sugar on Wednesday at Uhuru Stadium in the city, which was their second loss in the ongoing league.

Players to blame for firings at Wazito FC - Makotsi Former Wazito FC team manager Bramwell Makotsi has stated the players are to blame for the firing of coaches at the club. Technical Director Stanley Okumbi was the first to be shown the door alongside head coach Stanley Okumbi. Melis Medo, who replaced the latter, did not last for a month and in came Stewart Hall and Frank Ouna.

Juma: JS Kabylie fire Velud days after his show of confidence in Kenya striker Masoud Juma has been out of action after a long layoff, and the former JS Kabylie tactician Hubert Velud praised the striker’s determination to prove his fitness.

JDT ramps up ACL prep with Dubai tour With the opening match of the 2020 AFC Champions League match on the horizon, Johor Darul Ta'zim takes their pre-season training to the next stage.

Jorge Costa outwits Cuadrat as Mumbai City FC do the double over Bengaluru Defending champions now have only two wins in seven away games while the hosts earned their second home victory…

Are there any solutions to the refereeing conundrum in Indian football right now ? The Indian referees have had a testing time this season. What should be done to improve the quality of officiating?

Jamshedpur v Kerala Blasters Match Preview, 19/01/2020 Indian Super League match preview for Jamshedpur v Kerala Blasters on 19 January 2020, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches.

Mohun Bagan v East Bengal Match Preview, 19/01/2020 I-League match preview for Mohun Bagan v East Bengal on 19 January 2020, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches.

Vietnam to miss suspended key defender in World Cup qualifier A red card in the AFC U23 Championship rules out Tran Dinh Trong from the World Cup qualification clash with Malaysia in March.

'Nelson can do whatever he wants' - Arteta backs Arsenal starlet to shine but backs away from Sterling comparisons Mikel Arteta says there is no limit to the potential of Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson, having coached him from an early age. Following Arteta's move from Manchester City, comparisons have been drawn between Nelson and Raheem Sterling - with hopes that the Spaniard can help coax the best out of the young Gunner as he did with the England star.

Tottenham boss Mourinho slams old nemesis Conte over Inter's Eriksen pursuit "If Inter are confident, they are confident because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn't happen yet. "So when I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities, I am a little bit surprised." Mourinho managed Inter between 2008 and 2010, leading the Serie A side to a treble in his final season in charge.

Unless Man City sack me, I'm going to stay here next season - Guardiola Pep Guardiola has insisted that he will stay at Manchester City for the for at least one more full season, regardless of whether or not the team achieves its goals for the current campaign. Guardiola has worked wonders at Etihad Stadium since his arrival at the club back in 2016, winning two Premier League titles, two Carabao Cups and one FA Cup.

Klopp: Liverpool cannot replicate Premier League dominance of Ferguson's Man Utd Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool fans not to expect their side to replicate the dominance of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. Liverpool look nailed-on as Premier League title winners, with only two points dropped from 21 games in their remarkable season so far.

Guardiola not interested in Liverpool v Man Utd clash Pep Guardiola says he's not interested in Liverpool's clash with Manchester United and will instead focus on preparing for Manchester City's next game 48 hours later. The Premier League champions are 14 points behind Liverpool with Guardiola conceding that it is "unrealistic" for City to consider catching their title rivals.

Chelsea boss Lampard cautions against 'knee-jerk reaction' signings in January Frank Lampard is ready to compete for a spot in next season's Champions League without any January signings if he has to, and has warned the club against 'knee-jerk' additions. Chelsea were able to get FIFA's transfer ban halved through the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but they have struggled to make progress in any talks.

REPLAY: Official Emblem Launch - FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020 The FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020 will take place from 12 September until 4 October 2020. The Official Emblem will be unveiled today at the MO Museum in Vilnius, the capital of the country.

'Guardiola is a great coach and it's a pleasure working with him' - Foden hails Man City boss Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has paid tribute to Pep Guardiola, insisting he couldn't ask for a "better manager in football". Foden has found regular playing time hard to come by since graduating to the City senior squad in 2017, amid intense competition for places at Etihad Stadium.

'Sheffield and South Yorkshire should lead the way on any 2030 World Cup bid' - Mayor Jarvis Any England bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup should be focused in the north with Sheffield and South Yorkshire leading the way, mayor Dan Jarvis has said.

'Man Utd will do the same thing they did with Man City away' - Nani backs Red Devils to upset Liverpool Manchester United have been backed to pull off a surprise win over Liverpool at Anfield, despite being 27 points behind their arch-rivals in the Premier League table. The Red Devils are fifth in the top flight standings at the moment, and have a real fight on their hands to finish in the Champions League places come May.

Liverpool's Klopp annoyed at Africa Cup of Nations change Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp believes the decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations back to its traditional January slot is a "catastrophe" for the club. The tournament was due to be hosted by Cameroon in July 2021 and would have followed the expanded Club World Cup, which is set to feature Liverpool in the 24-team group stage.

Barrow: Bologna snap up forward on loan from Atalanta with obligation to buy Gambian attacker Musa Barrow has signed for Bologna till the end of the season from Atalanta, with the move to be made permanent in the summer.

Aurier backs Tottenham Hotspur to win trophies under 'best manager' Mourinho Serge Aurier has backed Tottenham Hotspur to win trophies under Jose Mourinho, whom he described as the best manager in the world. The Portuguese tactician enjoyed success at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United, winning many trophies.

Why Omidiran Babes are back in Nigeria Women's Football League - Omidiran Omidiran Babes returned to the Nigeria Women's Football League with the aim of offering a platform to discover and develop young talents in the country, the club's founder Ayo Omidiran has disclosed. Omidiran Babes, which was one of the foremost women's football clubs in the country, are now back after almost two decades.

When was the last time Everton beat Liverpool? Everton have a miserable record when it comes to facing their crosstown rivals Liverpool – but just how bad is it?

Kwasi Appiah: I had a succession plan for Ghana Former Ghana coach James Kwasi Appiah believes he laid a good foundation for the team during his time at the helm of affairs. The 59-year-old led the Black Stars from 2017 to December 31 last year, his place having now been taken over by Charles 'CK' Akonnor.

Owino appointed new Wazito FC team manager Wazito FC have confirmed Dan Owino as their new team manager, replacing the fired Bramwell Makotsi. The latter was shown the door on January 13, after being linked to the erroneous Whyvonne Isuza signing, alongside former assistant coach Frank Ouna.

Inter eye €10m deal for Chelsea outcast Moses after Politano-Spinazzola swap deal is called off Inter have set their sights on Chelsea defender Victor Moses after a proposed exchange deal involving Matteo Politano and Roma's Leonardo Spinazzola failed to materialise. Politano and Spinazzola had both reportedly undergone medicals this week, but negotiations fell through at the last minute.

Belmadi says Algeria will dream big if they participate in 2022 World Cup Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi has stated his ambition for the Desert Foxes at the 2022 World Cup billed for Qatar.

Inter complete €1.5m signing of Young from Man Utd Ashley Young has completed his €1.5 million move from Manchester United to Serie A title challengers Inter. The 34-year-old, whose contract at Old Trafford was set to expire at the end of the season, has signed immediately with a contract running until June 30, 2020 with an option for a further year.

Premier League refs told to start using pitch-side VAR monitors Premier League referees have been told to use pitch-side VAR monitors to review some red card decisions. Referees' apparent reluctance to use the monitors has been one of the most common complaints about the current use of VAR in the Premier League.

'We are going to buy 500 million players?' - Man City boss Guardiola brushes off Stones to Arsenal rumours Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was asked about reports linking Premier League rivals Arsenal with a move for defender John Stones - but said he wasn't interested in talking about rumours.

'She needs to be more consistent' - Andonovski explains Pugh omission from USWNT Olympic qualifying roster Women's national team manager Vlatko Andonovski has said he is looking for more consistency from Mallory Pugh, who was one of the more surprising cuts from his Olympic qualifying roster on Friday.

What is Xavi's net worth and how much does the Al-Sadd manager earn? Xavi has an accumulated net worth of roughly €35 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. This wealth has been accumulated primarily through his playing days at Barcelona and Al-Sadd, as well as his managerial role now at the Qatar Stars League side.

Jorge Costa wants more of the same after win against Bengaluru FC With a 2-0 win at the Mumbai Football Arena, Jorge Costa's Mumbai City FC became the first team to defeat Indian Super League holders Bengaluru FC twice during the league phase in a single season. Bengaluru manager Carles Cuadrat claimed that his side gifted the game to Mumbai.

Nigeria Pitch Awards promises glamorous seventh edition This year's event takes place in March after the Super Eagles' game against Sierra Leone in an Africa Cup of Nations qualification fixture, and it promises to be an upgrade on previous editions.

Carles Cuadrat - These referees don't know football Bengaluru FC suffered yet another defeat against Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League after goals from Modou Sougou and Amine Chermiti sealed the deal at the Mumbai Football Arena. Coach Carles Cuadrat believed his side gifted the goals to the opposition and claimed that the referee too aided the Islanders.

US Olympic qualifying roster minus 5 from World Cup team Twenty players have been named to the U.S. women's soccer team that will play for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

Al Nasr win UAE's Arabian Gulf Cup Final Al Nasr win UAE’s Arabian Gulf Cup Final.

Cardiff council wants to host FIFA World Cup games in 2030 "Later this year we'll be hosting the PRO14 final, so we know, and the world knows, that Cardiff is capable of hosting the biggest and best sporting events in the business.

Klopp: Aside from injuries, I can't see anything stopping Alexander-Arnold Jurgen Klopp is confident that Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will only get better and better as his career progresses, due to his strong "private background" and "outstanding attitude".

Seven Sierra Leone referees get FIFA badges Seven Sierra Leonean referees have been given badges of accreditation by football's world governing body, FIFA. The badges were presented to the seven men in Freetown at a ceremony by the Sierra Leone Football Association. The accreditation process is an annual process that involves reviewing the performance and capacity of referees globally.

Liverpool facing 'catastrophe' next season as Jurgen Klopp urges FIFA change Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken out about the latest changes to the international calendar and has called on FIFA to protect players.

SheBelieves Cup 2020: Teams, tickets, location & schedule of women's soccer tournament The annual SheBelieves tournament is taking place again in the U.S. in March 2020, with USWNT joined by England, Spain and Japan at the women's football invitational.

Barkley exit ruled out by Chelsea boss Lampard as Loftus-Cheek steps up recovery Ross Barkley will not be leaving Chelsea despite reported loan interest from West Ham, said Frank Lampard.

FIFA launches enhanced integrity toolkit FIFA, world football's governing body, has announced the launch of an enhanced integrity toolkit that builds on the integrity programme it developed and implemented during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

'Fernandes will need to be Man Utd's De Bruyne' - Portuguese is £65m gamble, says Parker Bruno Fernandes represents a £65 million gamble for Manchester United and will be expected to "hit the ground running" as the Red Devils' version of Kevin De Bruyne, says Paul Parker. Those at Old Trafford are in the process of trying to get a big-money deal over the line with Sporting for a Portugal international playmaker.

Lewandowski and Gnabry ready to return as Flick admits Bayern transfer demands have changed Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has softened his stance on wanting new players in January as Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry have returned to fitness. Bundesliga top goalscorer Lewandowski had groin surgery following the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg in December and could not take part in the mid-season training trip to Doha.

Everton boss Ancelotti sets Iwobi return date from injury Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said Alex Iwobi will resume group training next week and will not be available for their Premier League fixture Against West Ham United on Saturday. The summer-signing suffered a hamstring injury during a league match against his former club, Arsenal on December 21 and he has missed their last five games.

Mourinho anticipating early February return for Lloris Jose Mourinho offered no specifics when asked when Hugo Lloris could be back in action for Tottenham, after the goalkeeper made his return to training this week. Lloris has been out since suffering a gruesome dislocated elbow in Spurs' defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in October.

Mourinho unaware of Eriksen bid but does want a new striker at Spurs to cover for Kane Jose Mourinho claims to be unaware of Inter putting any offer to Tottenham for Christian Eriksen, but he is scouring the market himself for a new striker. Speculation continues to rage around north London during the winter transfer window.

'Kane will be a miracle man if he's back in April' - England legend Owen fears for injured Spurs striker Harry Kane will be a "miracle man" if he returns to competitive action in April, says Michael Owen, a man who knows all about the hamstring problems currently being endured by Tottenham's star striker. A talismanic presence in north London finds himself stuck on the sidelines after picking up an unfortunate injury which required surgery.

Wazito FC defender Owino announces retirement Wazito FC defender Dan Owino has retired from professional football at the age of 33 years. The versatile player has been with the Kenyan Premier League side for a decade and has been part of the journey from lower to upper tiers. The full-back has been out owing to a knee injury which has eventually forced him out of the game.

'Gerrard comparisons were unfair for Henderson' - Liverpool captain now 'complete midfielder', says Murphy Jordan Henderson has become the "complete midfielder", says Danny Murphy, with the Liverpool captain having proved his worth on the back of "unfair" comparisons to Steven Gerrard. The hard-working midfielder arrived at Anfield in 2011 when a Reds legend was at the peak of his powers.

Mumbai City v Bengaluru Live Commentary & Result, 17/01/2020, Indian Super League - Goal.com Indian Super League Live Commentary for Mumbai City v Bengaluru on 17 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

Saha 'concerned' by Lingard form & backs Man Utd move for Maddison Jesse Lingard "runs about a lot" but "struggles with that final product", says Louis Saha, with the former Manchester United striker having backed a move for Leicester City star James Maddison. Questions are being asked of the England international's future amid his ongoing struggles to make a telling contribution to the Red Devils cause.

Zidan: Klopp told me I was better than Salah but I lacked Liverpool star's professionalism Mohamed Zidan was once the face of Egyptian football and says Jurgen Klopp told him "100 times" at Borussia Dortmund that he was a better player than Mohamed Salah. The former frontman was thought to have the potential to scale such heights.

Lukaku is Ibrahimovic-esque & built for success in Serie A, says Inter legend Bergomi Romelu Lukaku has been likened to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Inter legend Giuseppe Bergomi expecting the powerful Belgian to thrive in Serie A while needing to offer more in Europe. A £75 million deal took the 26-year-old to San Siro during the summer of 2019.

Higuain: I could have done better but Chelsea move wasn't a failure Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain admits that he could have "done better" during his loan spell at Chelsea, but added that winning the Europa League was ultimately a positive outcome.

Rashford, Martial & Greenwood backed by Solskjaer to be Man Utd's new Ronaldo, Tevez & Rooney Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood can build a striking trident at Manchester United to rival that once formed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils have boasted plenty of fearsome attacking units down the years.

The loss to Orlando Pirates is water under the bridge for Mamelodi Sundowns - Mnguni Mamelodi Sundowns are now focusing on the upcoming Premier Soccer League clash against Tshwane rivals SuperSport United and the loss to Orlando Pirates is water under the bridge and that is the sentiment shared by legend Themba Mnguni.

Salah could soon be itching to leave Liverpool & Mane may be tempted by Real Madrid, says McAteer Mohamed Salah could be "itching to change things up", says former Liverpool star Jason McAteer, while Sadio Mane may be "tempted" by a move to Real Madrid at some stage. The Reds will be reluctant to part with any prized assets in upcoming transfer windows.

Solskjaer: Man Utd can't go 30 years without a Premier League title like Liverpool Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect Manchester United to go 30 years without winning the title, stating Liverpool's drought should be a lesson for his club to learn from.

Klopp seething as rescheduling of Africa Cup of Nations looks set to hurt Liverpool How is that possible that the company who pays the player cannot decide if the player has to stay or not?" He could lose the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for weeks on end, putting a major dent in plans for what could be a season where Liverpool, this term's runaway leaders, are defending the Premier League title.

Bayern Munich fans accuse club of turning blind eye to Qatar Around 150 fans packed into a room in Munich's EineWeltHaus on Thursday to hear a panel including two migrant workers from Qatar discuss its treatment of foreign workers in the country before it hosts the 2022 World Cup.

KPL giving Gor Mahia 'unfair advantage' in league race - Igaida Former AFC Leopards secretary-general Oscar Igaida has urged the Kenyan Premier League management to ensure Gor Mahia have played an equal number of matches to avoid having an unfair advantage over other teams. The defending champions have played two matches fewer than most teams in the top tier and are third on the table with 35 points.

Bristol City ‘working hard’ after losing out on Arsenal’s Nketiah – Dean Holden - Goal.com Bristol City have not relented in their quest for a forward despite not being able to bring Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah to Ashton Gate.

KPL can cope without foreign players - AFC Leopards' Kimani Kenyan Premier League clubs can do well even without foreign players, AFC Leopards interim head coach Anthony Kimani has said. As the economic situation continues to bite, AFC Leopards lost all their foreign players and only goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan from Uganda remains.

Waris joins Strasbourg from FC Porto Majeed Waris has officially signed for Strasbourg, moving from FC Porto until 2022. The 28-year-old's time in Portugal did not yield much fruit having joined from Lorient in 2018. He was subsequently loaned out to Nantes for the 2018-19 season, making 33 appearances, scoring five goals and providing six assists.

Fresh starts including Setien at Barca as La Liga returns Villarreal's win at Real Sociedad last week saw the Yellow Submarine finish the first half of the season as one of the most in-form teams in La Liga, winning all their games during the last month.

'Mane can become best player in the world' - More to come from Liverpool star, says Cisse Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is capable of becoming "the very best" player in the world, says former Newcastle striker and fellow Senegalese star Papiss Cisse. A prolific frontman at Anfield has already cemented a standing among the global elite.

Mokwena left Mamelodi Sundowns with my classified book - Mosimane Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed Rhulani Mokwena left with what he called his "classified book" when he moved to Orlando Pirates. The 55-year-old mentor feels the Buccaneers are a different team since Mokwena joined them over two years ago.

Jurgen Klopp: Too many tournaments causes injuries and rescheduling of African Cup of Nations is 'catastrophic' Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, has said the 'catastrophic' rescheduling of the African Cup of Nations will deter major clubs from targeting players from the continent in future as they know they will lose them in mid-season. The 2021 tournament has been moved to January having been originally been arranged for the following summer.

Okello: KCCA FC striker set to sign for Paradou AC KCCA FC striker Allan Okello is set to sign for Paradou AC after missing a number of league matches.

ATK-Mohun Bagan Merger: A vital lifeline for the Mariners A financially crippled Mohun Bagan had to shake hands with an investor to stay relevant, and that happened to be ATK…

Uganda trust six U17 stars for Fifa U20 World Cup qualifier against Tanzania Crested Cranes head coach Oliver Mbekeka has named the squad which will face Tanzania in a Fifa U20 Women's World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Mbekeka has included six players from the U17 side which defeated Ethiopia recently at the StarTimes Stadium in their previous qualifier.

'Humbled' Goenka accepts the reality of Kolkata Maidan "RPSG Group which has a 200-year-old legacy is humbled and honoured to welcome Mohun Bagan with folded hands and open arms to the RPSG family," said Goenka, probably realizing that the earlier statement was made in jest. Ask any Bengalli and they are a fan of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal or Mohammedan Sporting.

Ronwen Williams: Former Orlando Pirates target signs new SuperSport United deal SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams has signed an improved deal with the Tshwane giants. The 27-year-old player is one of the best shot-stoppers in the country having clinched the 2018/19 PSL Goalkeeper of the Season accolade.

Iniesta: A coaching partnership with Xavi at Barcelona doesn't sound bad at all! Andres Iniesta admits he is open to the possibility of forming a coaching partnership with fellow Barcelona icon Xavi Hernandez. Xavi recently turned down the top job at Camp Nou before Quique Setien eventually replaced the sacked Ernesto Valverde earlier this week.

Schalke 04 star Harit doubtful to face Borussia Monchengladbach Schalke 04 manager David Wagner disclosed that Amine Harit is a doubt for their league match against Borussia Monchengladbach. Harit is struggling with a thigh problem and could miss their first game of the year after the winter break.

Yanga SC can win the Tanzania Mainland League this season - Shikhalo Yanga SC goalkeeper Faruk Shikhalo is still keen on helping the team secure this season's Tanzania Mainland League. The 27-time league champions are currently trailing leaders Simba SC by 13 points.

Kagera Sugar punished Yanga SC mistakes to score huge win - Mexime "I think an early goal we scored disorganised them and gave us the energy to press hard in search of extra goals. Yanga is an experienced team with quality players but we showed them that we can even stage a good match," he said.

Ex-Bafana Coach Appointed By Fifa Former Bafana Bafana coach Serame Letsoaka has landed a job in world football's highest office, with Fifa confirming his role as consultant.

Great Olympics coach Koffie: It wasn't easy losing first three matches Great Olympics coach Prince George Koffie is relieved to have guided his side to their first win of the Premier League season Thursday. After three straight defeats, the 'Dade' Boys bounced back on matchday four, beating Karela United 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

FIFA U-20 Women qualifiers: Mbekeka names Uganda's U-20 final squad to Tanzania Uganda National U20 Women Football head coach Oliver Mbekeka has confirmed the final team that travels to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the first leg of FIFA U20 Women World Cup Qualifiers. The team has six faces of the U-17 players who played against Ethiopia in the recent 2-0 home victory at Lugogo.

Why Wazito FC are not yet where they want to be - Stewart Hall Kenyan Premier League side Wazito FC do not have the team they desire yet, head coach Stewart Hall has claimed. After an unconvincing start to the KPL campaign, Wazito did away with some players signed before the season started. In the ongoing transfer window, they have also brought onboard new ones to help rescue their place in the top-tier.

Has Owen Coyle unlocked Chennaiyin FC's attacking potential? The Marina Machans have improved leaps and bounds under their new manager and are now one of the contenders for a playoff spot…

Norshahrul excited for new adventures in Thailand The Malaysia international has no plans to coast through his first season with BG Pathum and is determined to help the club to win a trophy.

Messi didn't need anything from me at Barcelona - Ronaldinho Ronaldinho believes Lionel Messi didn't need anything from him while he was breaking through at Barcelona. The 2002 World Cup winner arrived at Camp Nou in 2003 and was at the club when a teenage Messi began working his way into the Catalans' first-team.

'Beckham is a legend' - Chelsea's James flattered by comparisons to England idol Chelsea defender Reece James has admitted he is delighted to be compared to David Beckham, whom he described as a "legend" and one of the best crossers of all time. James, 20, was left celebrating on Thursday after extending his stay at Stamford Bridge through to 2025.

Bruno Fernandes worth a lot more than being suggested - Sporting coach Silas Sporting head coach Silas said the "extraordinary" Bruno Fernandes is worth a lot more money that what is being reported amid growing links to Manchester United.

Lithuanian minister, FIFA official to discuss preparations for Futsal World Cup 2020 Lithuanian Education, Science and Sport Minister Algirdas Monkevicius and Jaime Yarza, Head of FIFA Tournaments, are meeting in Vilnius on Friday to discuss preparations for the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup, writes LETA/BNS.

Vieira not bothered by Arsenal rumours and committed to Nice Patrick Vieira insists there was never any chance of him replacing Unai Emery at Arsenal as he and Nice are "100 per cent" committed to one another. Former Arsenal captain Vieira has been linked with the Gunners job since Arsene Wenger's departure in 2018, but Mikel Arteta instead took over after Emery was sacked in November.

Awaziem & Omeruo are central to Aguirre's return to prominence at Leganes Javier Aguirre, who was unceremoniously fired by Egypt, is slowly rebuilding his reputation with Leganes thanks to Nigerian duo Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo.

Vieira: It was really difficult for Balotelli and I to work together Patrick Vieira may be a relative newcomer in football coaching, but the Nice boss admits that taking on Mario Balotelli was one of his biggest challenges to date. The former Arsenal midfielder began working at Manchester City after hanging up his boots, acting as the club's football development executive to oversee the youth system.

Buffon doesn't want to be a role model after equalling Serie A record After lining up for Juventus against Sampdoria last year, Gianluigi Buffon equalled Paolo Maldini's record for most Serie A appearances. Both are now level on 647 appearances in Italy's top flight with Buffon poised to make the milestone his own by season's end.

Dortmund monitoring Haaland ahead of potential Bundesliga debut Erling Haaland did not take a full part in Borussia Dortmund's mid-season training camp and Lucien Favre does not want to risk his fitness.

Boca fail in bid to postpone Superliga restart due to Olympic qualifying clash Boca Juniors have failed in a bid to delay the resumption of the Superliga season, after claiming a clash with players' international commitments left them at a disadvantage.

Germany's Low happy with Sane and Sule's recovery as injured pair battle to make Euros Germany coach Joachim Low is hopeful of recovering injured stars Leroy Sane and Niklas Sule ahead of Euro 2020, although he insists that he will not rush the pair back into international action.

Varane reveals the secret to keeping Messi quiet Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has opened up about the difficulty of keeping Lionel Messi quiet, confessing that it takes more than one man to keep tabs on the magical Argentine. Varane has starred at the Bernabeu for almost a decade since moving from Lens in 2011, lifting four Champions Leagues and two Liga titles during his stay.

Asante Kotoko will not challenge the Ghana FA disciplinary ruling - Amoakoh - Goal.com Consequently, Kotoko have been punished to play their next five home matches behind closed doors and fined an amount of GH¢10,000.00. "The charge from the GFA is unfortunate but we will not pursue further," Kotoko general manager George Amoakoh told Fox FM.

Chelsea defender James signs new long-term contract Chelsea defender Reece James has extended his link with the Blues until 2025 after signing a new contract, the club confirmed on Thursday.

Simba SC defeat Mbao FC to extend their lead at the top Wekundu wa Msimbazi had lost the annual competition to Mtibwa Sugar by a solitary goal, and they needed to bounce back on Thursday in the league outing against the unpredictable Mbao side.

'It's a good move' - Oshoala backs Nigeria's bid for 2020 African Women's Cup of Nations Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala has backed the interest of the Nigeria Football Federation in bidding for the rights to host the 2020 African Women's Cup of Nations. Congo Brazzaville withdrew from hosting this year's continental women's showpiece over the country's lack of funds in June 2019.

Mwendwa, Juma and Xavier supportive but concerned by Afcon date change Football Kenya Federation has no complaints to make following the change of dates for the 2021 African Cup of Nations tournament, president Nick Mwendwa has stated. Caf altered the period in which the 33rd edition will be staged following the request made by Cameroon's Federation and Mwendwa says they are in agreement with the amendments.

Hlongwa: Orlando Pirates defender released by Highlands Park Orlando Pirates central defender Brian Hlongwa has been released by Highlands Park. The 23-year-old player was loaned out to the Lions of the North by the Buccaneers at the start of the current season. However, Hlongwa found it difficult to break into the team's starting line-up and he has since left the Tembisa-based club.

Great Olympics register first win of Ghana Premier League Great Olympics registered their first win of the Ghana Premier League season by a 2-0 home triumph over Karela United on Thursday. Goals from former Ghana U20 star Gladson Awako and Abdul Razak Yusif earned the 'Dade' Boys all three points in the matchday four fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Lautaro Martinez in love with Inter but flattered by Barcelona talk Barcelona and Manchester City are among the clubs to have been linked to Lautaro Martinez but the in-form Argentina star is happy at Inter.

FIFA eClub World Cup 2020 Scheduled to Take Place in Milan Milan, Italy is going to be the stomping ground for the upcoming FIFA eClub World Cup, in February 2020! Get details on the format, schedule, and more here.

Arsenal 'unfair' to recall Nketiah from Leeds loan - Bielsa Marcelo Bielsa has criticised Arsenal and Eddie Nketiah for their "unfair treatment" of Leeds after the Gunners recalled the striker from his loan at Elland Road.

Chennaiyin boss Owen Coyle - Our football was outstanding Owen Coyle praised the performances of Edwin Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa and Rafael Crivellaro…

Arsenal in talks to sign PSG defender Kurzawa Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa, Goal can confirm. The Gunners are in talks with the Ligue 1 champions over a move for the France international left-back, who has just six months left of his current contract.

Robert Jarni - NorthEast United went missing against Chennaiyin Robert Jarni said NorthEast United's signing Andrew Keogh did not get enough service from his teammates…

How soon could Liverpool win the Premier League this season? Jurgen Klopp's side look unstoppable at the top of the Premier League table, and are sure favourites to win the title – but how soon can they do so?

Teenage Man City winger Braaf on RB Leipzig's radar A number of German clubs, including RB Leipzig, are watching Manchester City's talented winger Jayden Braaf, who has been dubbed the 'new Jadon Sancho'. Bundesliga leaders Leipzig made checks on the 17-year-old during City's FA Youth Cup fourth-round victory over Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Pogba can be a Man Utd legend, they should build a team around him - Sharpe Paul Pogba could go on to become a legend at Manchester United if they build a team around his "world class" talent, former midfielder Lee Sharpe believes.

Health sector ready for 2022 FIFA World Cup: Minister The healthcare sector is working together to ensure it is fully prepared to respond to the unique demands of major sporting events, Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohammed al Kuwari has said.

Sanjiv Goenka - No space for egos at ATK Mohun Bagan ATK's principal owner and chairman of the RPSG Group Sanjiv Goenka confirmed that the new entity formed out of the ATK-Mohun Bagan merger deal will be called ATK Mohun Bagan. The RPSG Group announced that they have acquired 80 per cent stake in the newly merged entity, with Mohun Bagan FC Pvt Ltd getting 20 per cent.

En-Nesyri: Sevilla complete €20 million move for Morocco forward Youssef En-Nesyri has left Leganes to pen a five-and-a-half-year deal with La Liga rivals Sevilla. Following the exit of Munas Dabbur and Chicharito this month, the Seville outfit paid the Morrocan's buy-out clause of €20 million to strengthen their frontline.

Aston Villa enter talks for €10m Genk striker Samatta Aston Villa have opened talks with Genk's Ally Samatta, who is expected to be available for a fee of around €10 million, to solve the club's striker crisis.

AIFF president Praful Patel expects 'magic' from ATK-Mohun Bagan merger deal All India Football Federation president Praful Patel congratulated the fans of Indian Super League club ATK and I-League club Mohun Bagan on the successful merger deal that was announced on Thursday.

'Kepa can be arrogant but is a strong character' - Chelsea keeper will have 'fluctuations', says Green Former Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Green admits Kepa Arrizabalaga has an "arrogant" side, as the most expensive custodian in world football, but is also a strong character. The Spaniard has faced questions of his form again this season, with costly errors creeping into his game.

'One of the most historic developments in Indian football' - AIFF's Kushal Das hails ATK-Mohun Bagan merger The honorable general secretary of the AIFF lauded the merger between Kolkata clubs ATK and Mohun Bagan…

'You can't hide, it forces you to express yourself' - How small-sided games helped Rio Ferdinand to the top Playing football on the streets was a key component of former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand’s development.

'Mane more deserving of Ballon d'Or than Messi' - Ba claims vote is weighted in Barcelona star's favour The 2019 Ballon d'Or vote was always unfairly weighted towards Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, says Demba Ba, with the former Chelsea striker saying his fellow Sengalese Sadio Mane was a more deserving winner.

Moyes targets reinforcements but won't discuss reunion with Chelsea midfielder Barkley David Moyes admitted he would be interested in any player he believes could improve West Ham, though he stopped short of confirming reported interest in Ross Barkley. England international Barkley has been linked with a January loan move to the Hammers, who missed out on Gedson Fernandes after he joined rivals Tottenham on Wednesday.

'Imagine Van Dijk and Koulibaly together at Liverpool!' - Babb feels Reds could do with another defender Liverpool should be looking to join the hunt for Napoli defender Kaidou Koulibaly, says Phil Babb, with the prospect of pairing the Senegalese with Virgil van Dijk enough to ramp excitement levels at Anfied up another notch. The Reds are faring admirably with those already at their disposal.

Akumu: Kaizer Chiefs not rushing to get his work permit - Maphosa According to corporate communications manager Vina Mpahosa, he explained that the registration of the Kenyan international is underway and they are not in a hurry to have his work permit. Moreover, Maphosa added that coach Ernst Middendorp will also make an announcement on Friday in relation to the availability of the former Zesco United player.

Chelsea keen on PSG starlet Ruiz-Atil as Makelele holds talks for teenager Chelsea are looking to tie up a deal for Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kays Ruiz-Atil. Sources close to the proposed agreement have revealed to Goal that discussions regarding a move to England for the talented 17-year-old have been held.

Orlando Pirates are Bidvest Wits' second team - Hunt Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has credited Orlando Pirates for their resurgence under coach Josef Zinnbauer, saying their fine form is good for the Premier Soccer League. The Clever Boys manager was speaking to the media after Wits beat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 whilst the Buccaneers defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 on Wednesday night in the league.

Sofapaka's four-star performance vs Nzoia Sugar a booster - Baraza Sofapaka head coach John Baraza believes the 4-1 win against Nzoia Sugar in the Kenyan Premier League last weekend will boost the club's confidence ahead of forthcoming assignments.

'Nobody makes errors because they want to' - Mustafi reflects on becoming an Arsenal 'target' Shkodran Mustafi feels he has been unfairly singled out for criticism at times, with the Arsenal defender being forced to turn a deaf ear to his critics as he and the club seek consistency in 2020. The German defender has become a scapegoat for those eager to point the finger of blame at Emirates Stadium.

'Man Utd will cut out sloppiness under Solskjaer' - Inconsistent Red Devils will get better, says Brown Manchester United will "only get better" under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Wes Brown, with the Red Devils boss expected to have taken important lessons from Sir Alex Ferguson. Questions continue to be asked of the Norwegian's suitability to one of the most demanding managerial posts in world football.

Chennaiyin v NorthEast United Live Commentary & Result, 16/01/20, Indian Super League - Goal.com Indian Super League Live Commentary for Chennaiyin v NorthEast United on 16 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

Jorge Costa: Mumbai City are neither the best nor the worst team in the world With the Bengaluru-based outfit among one of the teams currently in the top four, Mumbai City coach Jorge Costa said, "We didn't deserve to lose against ATK and the last game against Odisha was probably our worst game during my stint here. It's difficult for me.

East Bengal official Debabrata Sarkar - I don't think another club from Bengal will play ISL without us Until we get into a settlement with them we are not taking any step." If East Bengal does not sort out their investor issue, there is a fair chance that the two clubs might end up playing in different leagues.

Thursday cannon fodder: expanded professional change FA Cup draw: Shrews leave it late to seal fourth-round date with Liverpool - The Guardian: Meanwhile, Watford's postponement means facing Tranmere as their third game in six days.

Education City Stadium awarded prestigious sustainability certificates GORD presented three certificates to the SC for Education City Stadium: GSAS Design and Build, GSAS Construction Management Class A* and GSAS Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The awards recognise Qatar's commitment to delivering sustainable infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, along with a long-lasting tournament legacy.

Ozil planning to see out Arsenal contract as he vows to remain with Gunners until 2021 Mesut Ozil is planning to see out his contract at Arsenal, with the German revealing that it is his intention to remain with the Gunners "this season and next". In the summer of 2021, the World Cup winner will see his current deal at Emirates Stadium expire.

Fined Asante Kotoko to play five home matches behind closed doors The Ghana Football Association has made a pronouncement on Asante Kotoko's unsporting behaviour during Sunday's Premier League tie against Berekum Chelsea.

Kichuya: Simba SC confirm re-signing of Tanzania striker Simba SC confirm re-signing striker Shiza Kichuya who had left in 2018 for Pharco FC.

Pochettino hints at next job destination after claiming La Liga & Premier League are 'best in the world' Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has stated that coaches "always try to be in the best place" and that he believes La Liga and the Premier League are "the two best leagues in the world" as speculation grows over where the Argentine's next job will be.

Chelsea target Werner talks up 'interesting' Premier League as transfer talk grows Timo Werner has stated that the Premier League is the "most interesting" league amid links to Chelsea, but the RB Leipzig striker will not be pushing for a move in January. The prolific 23-year-old is one of the most sought-after talents in European football.

FAS confirms Tanjong Pagar United's participation in the 2020 SPL season Tanjong Pagar United will officially compete in the 2020 SPL season after FAS had given its approval to the club.

Abuya urges Kariobangi Sharks on after completing Nkana FC move "The support, opportunities and how Kariobangi Sharks FC made me feel at home is something I won't forget," Abuya, who made his Harambee Stars debut against Mozambique last year, said on a post on his Facebook page. "Thanks to everyone who was around for the support and encouraging moments and making great history with the club.

I cannot blame Chemelil Sugar for loss against Gor Mahia - Odera Chemelil Sugar head coach Charles Odera has refused to blame his players despite a 4-0 defeat in the Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia on Wednesday. A Samuel Onyango brace and goals apiece from Boniface Omondi and Nicholas Kipkirui were enough to hand K'Ogalo maximum points.

Kaizer Chiefs fans thank Orlando Pirates for beating Mamelodi Sundowns Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in PSL action on Wednesday night. Bucs have done a favour to their fierce rivals and neighbours Kaizer Chiefs to have a significant advantage in the title race. SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits may still have a say in the race, but the Brazilians are falling behind.

Revealed: Bandari's results were poor because they are yet to receive December salaries "The situation is very tough and we can only honour matches when demoralized because working with an empty pocket is very tough indeed." The source further intimated Bandari's sponsors, the Kenyan Ports Authority are not to blame because they disbursed enough money that would have enabled the club to see the season through.

Mamelodi Sundowns controlled the game against Orlando Pirates - Mosimane Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was not pleased with midfielder Fortune Makaringe's showboating in their 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night, but praised their dominance.

FIFA rolls out updated integrity toolkit with new e-Learning platform January 16 - FIFA has updated its Integrity Officer toolkit with an updated handbook, promotional materials a new e-Learning platform. The integrity updates build on the integrity programme that was implemented at the Russia 2018 World Cup and last year at the Women's World Cup in France.

Lineker's 'controversial' FA Cup suggestion as he praises Man Utd teenager Former England international Gary Lineker has called on the FA Cup to abandon replays in an attempt to give smaller sides a greater chance of progression while also ease fixture congestion.

Feghouli shines as Galatasaray extend unbeaten run against Rizespor Sofiane Feghouli provided an assist as Galatasaray secured a 1-1 draw with Rizespor in Wednesday's Turkish Cup tie. After securing victories in their previous three games across all competitions, the Yellow and Reds managed to continue their unbeaten run at Caykur Didi Stadium, with the Algeria international playing a key role.

When does the Singapore national team play? The Lions' fixtures and results Having ended 2019 on a high by beating Yemen 2-1 to keep their chances of reaching the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup alive, Singapore will be looking to build on that in the first half of 2020.

A look at the Barclays FA Women's Super League title race A look at the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title race.

Full TV and stream listings of LIVE football matches in Malaysia - Goal.com The Malaysian league is not kicking off anytime soon, but one Malaysian club return to your television this weekend, along with European competitions.

Singapore national team, Singapore Premier League & Cup - The 2020 football calendar in full The Singapore national team have World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers coming up, while there's also AFC Champions League and Singapore Premier League football on the horizon.

Konate and Zungu save Amiens from Reims defeat Moussa Konate was on the scoresheet while Bongani Zungu featured prominently as Amiens battled to a 1-1 draw against Reims in Wednesday's Ligue 1 game. Konate was afforded his fourth league start and made an impactful showing, scoring his second goal of the season.

Unbelievable seeing Ibrahimovic working hard at AC Milan - Pioli AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli believes the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been "really important" for the Serie A side. Ibrahimovic is back at Milan for a second time after returning to the Rossoneri - where he won the Scudetto in 2010-11 - at the end of his LA Galaxy contract.

Mumbai City v Bengaluru Match Preview, 17/01/2020 Indian Super League match preview for Mumbai City v Bengaluru on 17 January 2020, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches.

Africa Cup of Nations moved to January next year, says Cameroon The new timing will avoid a clash with Fifa's revamped 24-team Club World Cup to be played in China in June and July 2021. JOHANNESBURG - The Africa Cup of Nations will revert back to its traditional slot in January and February next year to avoid the rainy season, the football federation of host country Cameroon said on Wednesday.

Malaysian FA vows to slash points from three errant clubs The Malaysian FA has threatened three errant clubs with points deduction, as well as expulsion, for failing to pay what they owe to players and staff.

Esports: Milan to host FIFA eClub World Cup in February Esports: Milan to host FIFA eClub World Cup in February.

Solskjaer hopeful Rashford could face Liverpool after injury in Man Utd win Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Marcus Rashford, who came off against Wolves, would be willing to play through the pain barrier for Man Utd against Liverpool.

Messi having more Ballons d'Or than Ronaldo is 'really annoying' - Sarri Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri said it is "really annoying" that any player has won more Ballons d'Or than superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi moved one ahead of Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or record, claiming his sixth individual honour in December.

Tuchel wants Cavani to stay at PSG as he admits transfers possible Thomas Tuchel is hoping Edinson Cavani will stay at the club, while Kylian Mbappe insists there is more to Paris Saint-Germain than their fearsome attack.

Mohamed Sissoko: The new Patrick Vieira that never was Mohamed Sissoko has called time on his career, one in which he never quite lived up to the sizeable expectation placed on his shoulders.

Henry's Impact sign Barcelona talent Tabla Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry has returned to his former club Barcelona to sign Canada international Ballou Tabla on permanent terms. Winger Tabla left the Impact as an 18-year-old to join Barca in January 2018, becoming a member of the club's B team.

Arsenal's Montemurro opens up on Australian bushfires, confirms interest in Foord Arsenal Women's coach Joe Montemurro has opened up on the Australian bushfires that have plagued his native country for the past several weeks. Montemurro grew up in Victoria, one of the states most badly affected by the recent blazes, prior to moving to north London in 2017 when he took over at the Gunners.

Rashford 'gutted' with back injury that could rule Man Utd star out of Liverpool clash Marcus Rashford says he was "gutted" to limp out of Manchester United's FA Cup third-round replay against Wolves with a back injury that now puts his participation against Liverpool on Sunday in serious doubt.

Security talks key as Arsenal ponder Middle East winter training camp Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are discussing plans for a winter break overseas and says the club could travel to the Middle East, but only if they are happy with security issues.

Nketiah to remain at Arsenal after impressing Arteta despite Championship loan offers Eddie Nketiah will remain at Arsenal for the rest of the season despite several loan offers from the Championship, sources have confirmed to Goal.

U.S. teen Reyna promoted to senior Borussia Dortmund squad - Goal.com United States youth international Giovanni Reyna has been promoted to the Borussia Dortmund senior squad just six months after joining the club's academy.

Chan 2020: Fecafoot unveils revised mascot 'Tara' and competition's theme song The Cameroon Football Federation on Wednesday unveiled the mascot for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship which begins on April 4. 'Tara' was initially unveiled in December but was met with severe criticism from Cameroonians who felt the nation's governing body's choice was wide of the mark.

Milan to host FIFA eClub World Cup in February FIFA announced on Wednesday that its eClub World Cup will take place in Milan Feb. 7 to 9 after 24 teams secured qualification through five rounds of online matches. The competition, in its fourth edition, will see the world's best teams compete in one-on-one and 2-on-2 contests on U.S.-based company EA Sports' FIFA 20 video game.

Kerr is very, very good, but I'm not scared of her - Montemurro focused on Arsenal, not Chelsea ahead of huge title clash The Gunners' boss stressed the importance of focusing on his own team rather than the opposition ahead of a massive clash in the Women's Super League.

Success for Solskjaer at Man Utd will be seeing out the season - Berbatov Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should consider this season a success if he simply manages to stay in his job until the summer, according to former Red Devils striker Dimitar Berbatov. Solskjaer's position has been placed under scrutiny in recent weeks after a run of three defeats in seven games across all competitions.

Barcelona defender Todibo joins Schalke on loan with €25m purchase option Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo has joined Schalke on loan for the rest of the 2019-20 season. The Bundesliga side will pay a fee of €1.5 million to secure the loan deal and will also have an option to purchase Todibo for €25m plus €5m in add-ons at the end of the campaign.

Orlando Pirates speculation will 'drive me to an asylum' - Mokwena Rhulani Mokwena has taken time out at Orlando Pirates, after being the main coach on the hot seat for a number of months. Since the new head coach Josef Zinnbauer came in, Mokwena has found it difficult to transition back into his old job. The fans have noticed this with photographs of Mokwena's body language in the dugout.

Bidvest Wits v Bloemfontein Celtic Match Report, 15/01/2020 PSL Match Report for Bidvest Wits v Bloemfontein Celtic on 15 January 2020, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.

NPFL Wrap: Enugu Rangers, Heartland & Kwara United record away victories Akwa United’s six-match unbeaten run came to a halt against Kwara United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

'Playing in same academy as Ter Stegen and Leno helped me' - Nigeria's Okoye Maduka Okoye believes going through the same system as Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Bernd Leno has impacted his career.

Orlando Pirates v Mamelodi Sundowns Match Report, 15/01/2020 PSL Match Report for Orlando Pirates v Mamelodi Sundowns on 15 January 2020, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Live Commentary & Result, 15/01/2020, FA Cup - Goal.com FA Cup Live Commentary for Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers on 15 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

When is the next El Clasico? The dates of Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2019-20 fixtures Goal brings you all the information, such as when, where and how to watch the showpiece fixture between two Clasico foes in 2019-20. The next Clasico, which is the second of the 2019-20 season, will take place on March 1, 2020 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo misses Juventus clash with Udinese in Coppa Italia with illness Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has missed out on his side's Coppa Italia match with Udinese on Wednesday due to sinusitis. Prior to the last-16 match at Allianz Stadium, Juventus released a statement on Twitter saying that the Portugal star had been diagnosed with the condition that causes swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses.

Messi reveals how he honed his free-kick technique as he admits to frustration over missed penalties Lionel Messi has revealed how he's changed his free-kick technique to experience more success from dead-ball situations, saying he now studies opposing goalkeepers more than he used to.

Milan v SPAL Match Report, 15/01/2020 Coppa Italia Match Report for Milan v SPAL on 15 January 2020, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.

Hyderabad's Mehrajuddin Wadoo - Odisha didn't create anything in the game After the 2-1 defeat against Odisha FC on Wednesday, Hyderabad FC assistant coach Mehrajuddin Wadoo felt that his team has become more balanced on the field. Marcelinho scored the fastest Indian Super League goal this season but the team lost the advantage to an Aridane Santana brace.

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Pulisic: I never expected to come in and score 10 goals in my first game for Chelsea Christian Pulisic admits he found it tough to live up to expectations during the early months of his Chelsea career but is confident of being a success at Stamford Bridge. It is a little over a year since the United States international signed for Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in a £58 million deal.

Fifa Club World Cup final: When is Liverpool vs Flamengo Liverpool vs Flamengo - Champions of Europe Liverpool face South American victors Flamengo in the Fifa Club World Cup final in Qatar. This season's Club World Cup serves as something of a dry run for the 2022 World Cup which takes place in the middle-eastern state.

Fifa eClub World Cup heads to Milan The 2020 edition of the Fifa eClub World Cup will take place in the Italian city of Milan, it has been announced today. It will mark the first time that Milan has hosted the esports event. The tournament, which pits gamers against one another in EA Sports' FIFA 20 title, will take place from February 7-9.

Rashford partnering with Raiola could cause more problems for Man Utd - Meulensteen Rene Meulensteen has expressed his belief that it would be a "really strange" move for Marcus Rashford to appoint Mino Raiola as one of his representatives. Rashford has emerged as arguably United's most important player this season, with 19 goals to his name from 29 appearances across all competitions.

Indian Super League Indian Super League Live Commentary for Hyderabad v Odisha on 15 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

NorthEast United's Robert Jarni: We must be in the top four The former Juventus and Real Madrid wingback said that Chennaiyin FC have improved under Owen Coyle…

Owen Coyle: Chennaiyin FC are two-time champions for a reason Two-time champions for a reason. You look at some other clubs perceived to be big clubs don't have the titles that Chennai has and we have them for a reason. And that's why we have to strive to get back to that level again," he added.

Inter close in on Giroud signing after agreeing personal terms with Chelsea striker Inter are hoping to finalise a deal with Chelsea to sign Olivier Giroud after agreeing personal terms with the striker. The Frenchman will sign a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Serie A title hopefuls, with there the hope that an agreement can be struck over the weekend.

Akumu: Kaizer Chiefs confirm signing of Kenya international Kaizer Chiefs have beefed up their squad with the signing of Kenyan midfielder Anthony Akumu, who was a free agent.

KCCA FC will continue to fight for title despite Bright Stars defeat - Mutebi KCCA FC coach Mutebi remains positive they can still fight for the Uganda Premier League title despite losing to Bright Stars.

Eymael and Yikpe open up on their ambitions at Yanga SC Luc Eymael and Gnamien Yikpe reveal their targets after joining Yanga SC.

Video: One of a Number - a youth football documentary Millions of children dream of being the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but the reality is that only a tiny percentage will ever make it.

Manchester United's Bailly might be ready for Liverpool - Solskjaer Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Eric Bailly is closing in on a return to first-team action and could make the matchday squad for Sunday's league match against Liverpool. Bailly recently recovered from a knee injury he suffered during the Red Devils' pre-season match against Tottenham Hotspur in July.

Hazard reveals why he was 'less happy' under Conte & Sarri at Chelsea Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has offered an insight into his experience of working under Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, insisting enjoyment was in short supply due to their "rigid" management styles.

Veldwijk: Bafana Bafana striker joins South Korean giants Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Bafana Bafana striker Lars Veldwijk has joined South Korean giants Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

Wins against Gor Mahia & Chemelil Sugar would make Sofapaka title contenders - Maelo George Maelo confident wins against Gor Mahia and Chemelil Sugar can help Sofapaka gun for the KPL title.

Morrison: Yanga SC complete signing of ex-Orlando Pirates striker Young Africans have sealed the signing of former Orlando Pirates striker Bernard Morrison. The talented Morrison has also played for African giants Ashanti Gold in Ghana and AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of the Congo before he moved to South Africa in 2016 after the Buccaneers beat Mamelodi Sundowns to his signature.

Gor Mahia must bounce back against Chemelil Sugar - Polack Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has stated his side must return to winning ways when they take on Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League match on Wednesday. The Kenyan champions will play one of their three matches in hand when they tackle struggling Sugar Millers at Kericho Green Stadium.

Milan venue for FIFA eClub World Cup 2020 finals January 15 - Milan will be the host city for the FIFA eClub World Cup 2020 finals that will be played February 7-9, the first time the finals have been held in Italy. From a start list of 190 teams, 24 have qualified for the finals, making their way through five rounds of online qualification.

Watch Coetzee, Manyisa, Motaung and the KZN Academy in the best videos There were a number of interesting South African football videos on social media and we showcase the best for you here. The Mamelodi Sundowns official Twitter account reveals Rivaldo Coetzee and Oupa Manyisa have taken off their moon boots and have started rehabilitation.

Inter target Eriksen should leave Spurs with head held high - Mourinho Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho said Christian Eriksen should "hold his head high" if he leaves Spurs amid growing links to Inter. Serie A outfit Inter are reportedly in talks with Tottenham to bring soon-to-be free agent Eriksen to San Siro in January.

'It will remain forever' - Messi speaks openly about 'special duel' with Ronaldo Lionel Messi believes his 'special' La Liga duel with Cristiano Ronaldo will 'remain forever' in people's minds despite his rival's switch to the Serie A.

Messi reveals the 'special' La Liga record he considers one of his best Barcelona star Lionel Messi has declared that being La Liga's highest-ever goalscorer is a record he considers 'special' and one of his best. The 32-year-old has struck a stunning 432 times across just 466 appearances in Spain's first division to claim a record that will take some beating.

Chennaiyin v NorthEast United Match Preview, 16/01/2020 Indian Super League match preview for Chennaiyin v NorthEast United on 16 January 2020, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches.

Mbappe linking with Icardi like he did with Falcao at Monaco - PSG coach Tuchel Kylian Mbappe's prolific partnership with Mauro Icardi reminds Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel of the celebrated alliance the France star enjoyed with Radamel Falcao at Monaco. Mbappe has scored 19 times in 21 appearances for PSG this season, while Icardi has 17 in 20 since joining on loan from Inter.

Pele Was Once Paid US$120,000 To Tie His Shoes During The 1970 FIFA World Cup Puma once paid Pele US$120,000 to tie his shoes during the 1970 FIFA World Cup in the midst of the Adidas "sneaker war".

Man Utd cancel mid-season Middle East training camp due to safety fears Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed the club have cancelled plans to hold their mid-season training camp in the Middle East due to saftey fears. The region's warm weather is often seen as an ideal climate for footballers to rejuvenate and break up the European winter.

'I don't know who Pogba is!' - Real Madrid president Perez laughs off links to Man Utd star Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed speculation that the club are trying to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, joking that he does not know who the France international is.

'Now people know how good he is' - Tottenham boss Mourinho delighted to see Tanganga repay his faith Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has saluted the performance of young defender Japhet Tanganga, who impressed for a second straight game on Tuesday. Tanganga started Tottenham's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in a third-round FA Cup replay, defending well and getting forward to join the attack a number of times from his right-back position.

How NBA 2K, Madden and FIFA 20 connect Denver Nuggets locker room Vlatko Čančar is thousands of miles away from his previous professional basketball team, Liga ACB's San Pablo Burgos. He's even further from his hometown of Koper in Slovenia. He's 5,428 miles away to be exact.

Bali United defeat Tampines Rovers 5-3 in AFC Champions League 2020 An eight goal thriller at the Jalan Besar Stadium saw Bali United edge out Tampines Rovers….

FA Cup 2019-20: Draw, fixtures, results & guide to each round With the 2019-20 edition under way, Goal brings you everything you need to know about this season's FA Cup. The draw for the FA Cup fourth round took place on January 6, prior to kick-off between Arsenal and Leeds. Man City will face Fulham at home, while Chelsea pay a visit to Hull CIty.

Internazionale v Cagliari Match Report, 14/01/2020 No case for Cagliari defence. Oliva's howler meant they were on the back foot from the off, but Cagliari's defending, particularly in the first half, left a lot to be desired and on another day Inter would have won by a wider margin. What's next? Inter visit Lecce in Serie A on Sunday, when Cagliari are away at Brescia.

Canada looks to add to valuable FIFA ranking points in friendly against Iceland Two wins, eight goals but just 2.26 ranking points. A pair of comfortable 4-1 victories over No. 162 Barbados has given Canada confidence but done little to move the needle when it comes to the FIFA rankings. Canada remains in El Salvador's rear-view mirror in the race for position in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Chelsea youngster Gallagher set for Swansea loan after Charlton spell cut short Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher is set to join Swansea City on loan until the end of the season after he was recalled from his previous spell at Charlton Athletic. The 19-year-old has been in great form for the Addicks and manager Lee Bowyer was keen to keep hold of him until the end of the season.

Tanko secures Ghana B coaching job as Zito assumes U20 role Former Ghana assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko has taken over as new boss of the senior national home-based side. The 42-year-old was announced as coach of the Black Stars B on Tuesday.

Tobias Otieno: Gor Mahia midfielder joins USA side Union Omaha Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia have lost top midfielder Tobias Otieno to the United States side Union Omaha. The team was formed in May 2019 and it plays in the League One of the United Soccer League. The two parties have reached an agreement and the player is set to join his new side soon.

Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough Live Commentary & Result, 14/01/2020, FA Cup - Goal.com FA Cup Live Commentary for Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough on 14 January 2020, includes full match statistics and key events, instantly updated.

'I don't know if it's useful' - Low critical over Nubel's move to Bayern Munich Germany manager Joachim Low has questioned the wisdom of ​Alexander Nubel's impending move to Bayern Munich, saying it could cost the goalkeeper valuable playing time. Bayern announced earlier this month that Nubel will depart Schalke at the end of the season and join on a free transfer ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.