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FIFA: Super Eagles, Others May Not Play This Year Due to COVID-19

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic may additionally now force worldwide matches like those of the Super Eagles now not to be performed this 12 months as the numerous leagues around the world could be top priority have to lifestyles return to normal quickly, in step with FIFA Vice-president Victor Montagliani.

FIFA have already called off global fits in March and June no thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Eagles remaining played on November 17, 2019, after they beat hosts Lesotho 4-2 in a 2021 AFCON qualifier.

The double-header towards Sierra Leone in March as well as an AFCON qualifier in Benin in June have because been postponed.

The three-time Africa champions are now scheduled to host Lesotho in a opposite tie for the 2021 AFCON on September 8.

Montagliani, who leads a FIFA committee to supervise the fall-outs for football because of the Coronavirus, has now warned that the global home windows of September, October and November could also be called off.

“Personally, I think it is going to be a challenge (to play international video games then). Not only due to the fitness troubles around the sector and the want for preparation, however additionally in regards to having to go abroad as soon as we begin again,” stated Montagliani who’s also president of CONCACAF.

“I assume the leagues will be first priority. The international fits in September are nonetheless ahead, but I would rather not say that they’re not safe due to the fact such matters are actually.”

He similarly cautioned that the qualifying layout of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may additionally ought to be redesigned attributable to these numerous postponements.

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino had in advance restated his function in a message despatched to its 211-member federations last weekend.

“Our first priority, our principle, the one we can use for our competitions and encourage all and sundry to comply with is that health comes first,” the FIFA President stated. “I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, no league is well worth risking a unmarried human life.

“Everyone inside the world should have this very clean in their mind. It could be greater than irresponsible to pressure competitions to renew if matters aren’t 100% safe. If we have to wait a bit longer we must do so. It’s higher to attend a touch bit longer than to take any risks,” concludes the FIFA chief.

 

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Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus

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Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.

Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.

It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.

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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.

The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.

Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates

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France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.

Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.

France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.

The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner

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Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.

The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.

Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.

Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.

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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.

Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”

Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.

“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.

“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.

“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.

 

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