Arsenal have unveiled their latest acquisition Alexandre Lacazette after years of chasing the now former Lyon striker.
The Premier League side have taken a massive show of commitment towards rebuilding the side after reaching new lows last term.
Arsene Wenger is expected to tie up outstanding deals and get set for the pre-season in a time where many expect more. Wenger seems to have gotten his replacement after the exit of Robin van Persie. Since the exit of the Dutchman, Arsenal have managed other strikers but none was quite at that level.
Wenger chased Luis Suarez but it ended in the Merseyside club laughing out and being embarrassed at the £40 million and £1 bid. The hunt for Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, KarimBenzema and EdinsonCavani all ended futile.
Through the wait, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, YayaSanogo, Danny Welbeck and recently Lucas Perez have played in the role that used to have marquee signings. Welbeck is the likely one that would remain past this summer to help Lacazette settle down in his new role.
Podolski and Sanogo are out. Giroud seems headed for West Ham, Everton or Lyon as he would want where he can get regular football ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Perez has not repaid the faith in him after Wenger splashed £17 million last summer so he seems headed back to Spain. (more…)
The Brazil national team is progressing well according to their coach Tite. He believes that the national team has put the disappointment of the last World Cup behind them and that they are playing again as a team that can win trophies.
Indeed they have become the first country to qualify on the pitch for the next World Cup in Russia, and they are back at the top of the FIFA World Rankings after an absence of 7 years. There are signs that the squad is developing well and that they may become one of the favorites of the next World Cup.
Tite said that he inherited a team that lacks confidence and that was humiliated from the defeat against Germany. He said that he had to work really hard to rebuild the team and build a good team spirit within the team.
He believes that he has succeeded in his job and this why the team has been playing so well in recent games. He said that the current team does not rely on a single player only and that they play as a team. (more…)
Former Premier League striker Emmanuel Adebayor has taken his goalscoring prowess to Turkey.
The African player grabbed his first goal for the Turkish Super Lig side he is signed onto Istanbul Basaksehir.
Adebayor hoped to get a contract with a Premier League outfit but he could not. He had to move to Turkey as a free agent as he opted to continue playing professional football.
The 33-year old former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker was released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season. He was rumoured to be on his way to France to play for Lyon during the summer but the deal failed to materialize. (more…)
Despite his tribulations at club level, it will not stop Emmanuel Adebayor, former Crystal Palace player, from captaining Togo this month to the African Cup of Nations.
Adebayor has been without a club since last year, due to an issue with his agent which saw him being suspended by FIFA – the world governing football body.
The 32-year old, who has previously played for notable teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Real Madrid, amongst a few others, had posted a picture to his Snapchat. The picture was captioned: ‘Tea Time, Have a Nice Day #TeamSea’.
Currently, the squad members of the Togo side are in Saly, Senegal where they are undergoing training. Later, they would be heading into Gabon for the AFCON tournament.
Since 2000, Adebayor has played for the national team and has now been rewarded with the captain position. This is despite his lack of playing time this season.
Since the season, the striker has spent more time in his home country as he looks forward to being signed in by a club. However, no Premier League sides have shown interest in him. (more…)
Emmanuel Adebayor has criticized French team Lyon before saying that they did not sign him because of his intention to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The former Arsenal striker said that this statement is ridiculous as the team already knew that he was going to represent his country in the tournament.
He said that Lyon should know that he is the captain of the Togo team and that he will be naturally be playing at the African Cup of Nations. He believes that the club did not have any intention of signing the player and that they are just using this as an excuse.
Emmanuel Adebayor said that he was frustrated with the questions asked by the coach. He said that instead of focusing on how he could help the team the coach was asking him questions about his personal life.
Some big accusations have been brought against Togo boss Claude LeRoy, but, his employer Togo association is not leaving him alone in the crisis and has stood firmly by him.
LeRoy has been accused of mishandling a couple of transfer deals which he oversaw as the head of the transfer operations at a second tier club in France named Strasbourg.
The matter is in court and amidst the arguments and cross arguments, the 68-year old is on the back-foot.
His lawyer tried his hardest to convince the jury in the last hearing that the mishandling in the deals occurred because his client did not have the proper idea of legal system and he did not realize that he was not taking care of the legality of the deals.
But, it did not seem to be a strong enough argument for the jury to tilt in the favour of LeRoy.
The prosecution, on the other hand, insisted that everything was deliberate as LeRoy ensured the third parties involved in the deals got the maximum benefits.
Apart from LeRoy, another man who is under the microscope is Patrick Proisy who was the chairman of Strasbourg at the time the transfers in question took place.
Emmanuel Adebayor, who is the renowned striker of Crystal Palace Premier league club, has said that he would love it if he is remembered by people like Didier Drogba.
The team would be playing FA Cup finals against Manchester and if it turns out to be his last match, and then he would certainly want people to remember him for his performance similar to that of Didier Drogba. This striker who plays for Montreal Impact is known mostly for his career that he made for himself at Chelsea
. Drogba has scored the majority of goals and has been ahead of other foreign players. The player has won many awards for being the best footballer twice.
Adebayor has shown his keenness of staying in England, although he has received offers from many clubs abroad. He shared his football experience with the media recently and expressed that he would try hard to hit and also achieve the target to remain in the hearts of people in England like Didier Drogba. Adebayor said that there are possibilities of the player moving abroad, but he still has his love for football in England. He said that he is trying hard to stay, but you never know what the future holds for him. The Togolese player has been known as a forward and has also played in some of the English clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur (more…)
Lanky Togolese centre forward, Emmanuel Adebayor might be available for free very soon as the season comes to an end.
The striker was handed a short deal with Crystal Palace but has failed to give Alan Pardew much reason to keep him around Selhurst Park, scoring just once so far.
He is joined in our attack by Moussa Dembele, a player regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Europe. Fulham have seemingly given up hope of retaining his services and Spurs thought they had a deal agreed with the 19-year-old Frenchman in January only for the move to collapse.
The former Manchester City and Arsenal centre forward seems not to have not done enough to secure a contract extension from the London club. The 32 year old might have to look out again after being unattached in the first half of the season after he left Spurs. He joins the host of African players that might not secure contracts going into next season.
Another African talent is Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure, brother to City midfielder, Yaya. The Liverpool defender is currently playing some wonderful football under Jurgen Klopp, but is unlikely to get an extension due to his age. Ghana International, Boateng was picked up by AC Milan on a free this season after being dismissed by Schalke due to disciplinary issues. The midfielder has made 14 appearances for Milan, but it looks like he will be playing elsewhere in the coming season based on latest reports. (more…)
Controversial Ex-Arsenal player, Emmanuel Adebayor says he doesn’t want his former club, Arsenal Fc to win the English premier League this season. The Togolese player, who left White Hart Lane under a cloud and is still hated by Spurs fans, says he prefers Tottenham to lift the trophy. The Crystal Palace centre forward says he is rooting for the Spurs to lift the trophy especially with the consistent effort the team has put in thus far.
“I am happy for them this year. With Mauricio, it was quite hard, when he first came in,” the player who was frozen out by the coach started.
“We could all sense that he would be a great manager for the club because he is working hard every day.
“I am not surprised with where they are. I know the qualities. Christian Eriksen is there. Harry Kane is plating some fantastic football and scoring some amazing goals, which we all knew he had in the locker.
“Mousa Dembele is flying now. Dele Alli is a player with huge potential to be one of the best midfielders in the world. They have got a good squad.
“They just need to keep going and keep believing. Whatever happens this season, they will be up there again next season.” (more…)
Roy Hodgson has a managerial contract with the English national football team which runs out 2016 after the upcoming Euro’s and this approaching tournament will be hugely influential in the future of Hodgson as it will be a deciding factor in whether or not to extend the contract of Hodgson and to allow him to continue being in charge of the English national side.
The English team doesn’t necessarily have to come out on top with the victory but they do have to make some impressive performances in order to impress the head chiefs of the Football Association and these are the figures that will ultimately decide to give Hodgson an extended contract.
The 67 year old English manager seems to have no problem in discussing his future with the national side after the 2016 Euro’s come to an end as Hodgson said: “All that I have said is that we will discuss my future at a later date. We didn’t specify that that would be after the Euros but if that’s what the FA want to do, then I’m perfectly happy with that. I’m very pleased to be looking forward to the next year and hopefully a good European Championship in France.”
England will be facing off with: Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta in Group F for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The first match of these qualifiers is scheduled to take place on September of 2016.
So far, things have been going incredibly well for the English national side in the 2016 Euro’s as they are located at the top of their group with 18 points collected which is the maximum amount taking into consideration that 6 matches have been played at this point in time.