Valencia have confirmed that 35% of the club’s players & staff tested positive for coronavirus.
The Spanish club announced last weekend players Mangala, Garay and Gaya and two other staff were infected with the coronavirus. Now things are getting worse.
According to the latest report by El Chiringuito, at least 12 Valencia players have tested positive for coronavirus.
Valencia CF inform that new positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been detected amongst first-team staff and players.
Despite the strict measures adopted by the club after playing a UEFA Champions League game on February 19, 2020, in Milan, an area confirmed as high risk by Italian authorities days later, distancing the squad for their work environment and the public, recent results show that exposure to those games has caused a 35 per cent positive result rate.
All of these persons are now at home, in good health and obeying self-isolation measures.
Besides providing further information over the coming hours, the club reiterate our support for the health authorities and their social awareness campaigns, and emphasise to all of the population the importance of staying at home and continuing to follow the previously published hygiene and illness-prevention measures.
Likewise, Valencia CF reiterate our confidence in the Spanish health system, and in the recommendations made by the Ministry of Health for cases of coronavirus infection such as these.
A young football coach, Francisco García has died from coronavirus, after doctors also diagnosed him with leukaemia.
The 21-year-old who was the youth team coach at Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta, had an unknown pre-existing health condition that resulted in him being more vulnerable to the virus than usual for an individual of his age, though he was only informed of having cancer after going to the hospital with symptoms of coronavirus, according to Spanish newspaper Malaga Hoy.
While he was struggling to breathe, he was advised to seek further medical help which he did and was told that he had both coronavirus and pneumonia. Doctors later disclosed to him that he had leukaemia, which increased the level of risk that he was exposed to after contracting the virus.
A club statement read: “We want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and close friends of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately.
“Now what do we do without you, Francis? How are we going to continue conquering … in the league? We don’t know how, but we will surely do it for you.
“We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Until forever.”
Club president, Pep Bueno also paid tribute to him.
Bueno said: “Francisco was a great guy and a very talented coach. We are all still shocked.
“The hospital rang me at 7pm on Sunday to say his condition had stabilised, but then an hour later because of the coronavirus and (cancer) … I do not believe it. It seems impossible to me.”
Goalkeepers are one of the most important figures on a football field.
Undervalued for their contributions and over-criticised for their errors, there’s no position under quite as much scrutiny as the goalkeeper.
Their unique position makes those who excel there all the more impressive. With that in mind, here are Europe’s top 10 goalkeepers currently (overall quality is considered but the weighting is given to this season’s displays).
10. Ederson (Manchester City)
Sure, we could talk about how Ederson has been the catalyst that turned Manchester City into the dominant force they are today.
Sure, we could talk about his 13 clean sheets in all competitions, but the most pertinent stat about him this season is that he’s boasting a 67.57% save percentage in the Premier League.
This is well below his usual standards; that being said, being capable of contributing to his side’s attacking play sees the Brazilian remain among the very best modern ‘keepers.
9. David de Gea (Manchester United)
David de Gea was on some sort of other planes of existence in 2017/18, operating like Doctor Strange battling Thanos, able to summon clones of himself at will.
At least that’s how it seemed watching him repeatedly keep Manchester United alive in games they should have been killed in long ago. Well, that brilliance has been balanced out by a much more normal subsequent season.
For most of it he had still been a very good goalkeeper, but his recent error-strewn displays have cost United dearly which is what has pushed him down this list.
8. Samir Handanovic (Inter)
Perpetually underrated because he plays for the haphazard and unstable Inter, Samir Handanovic has been one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the world over the past few years.
This season he’s kept seven clean sheets in Serie A and his save percentage of 74.68% is very solid indeed.
He’s also Inter’s captain, so you know he’s reliable.
7. Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig)
RB Leipzig have the best defence in the Bundesliga and the Hungarian stopper, who was once third-choice at Liverpool, is a huge reason why.
Gulacsi has been absurd this season. His eight clean sheets is only topped by Manuel Neuer (10) and he has a colossal save percentage of 72.09%, the best of all regular starters with five or more shutouts in the German top flight.
6. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Remember when Manuel Neuer was the best goalkeeper in the world? He looked absolutely unplayable. Like a combination of Conan The Barbarian and the Alien Bounty Hunter from X-Files.
Then he injured his foot, missed a year of action and since his return has looked decidedly… well he’s not bad but he’s definitely not the elite-level stopper he used to be.
He has an impressive 10 clean sheets but his save percentage of 69.41% is, quite incredibly, among the lowest in the Bundesliga.
5. Keylor Navas (PSG)
PSG finally worked out having a worthy goalkeeper will improve their chances of European glory. Signing a three-time Champions League winner proved to be a no-brainer and Navas has been worth every penny.
To date he’s conceded the fewest goals in Ligue 1 (18) whilst his save percentage is a respectable 73.13%, but it’s in Europe where he’s making a big difference, his five clean sheets is the best among this season’s Champions League goalies.
4. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
There’s something to be said for consistency and “proving it” over a long period and that’s why Marc-Andre ter Stegen is ranked so highly.
The German goalie is a ridiculous combination of Ederson and Alisson’s great strengths, where he is a maestro with the ball at his feet able to loft gentle lobs over pressing attackers heads to team-mates by the touchline but is also a pillar of strength and a dominant presence when 1 vs 1 against an onrushing striker.
He’s also a really nice guy to boot. Ter Stegen really does have it all, including the ability to create goals, no ‘keeper across Europe’s top five leagues has more assists (2) than him this season.
3. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
It took some time but Thibaut Courtois now feels right at home.
Real Madrid supporters weren’t always his best friend throughout a difficult 2018/19 campaign; which saw him unfortunately become a scapegoat for the club’s failings, however those days are behind him and he’s proven his worth this season.
The languid Belgian shot-stopper has kept the most clean sheets in La Liga (12) this season and Courtois’ 74.68% save percentage is among the league’s very best return.
2. Alisson (Liverpool)
The bread and butter of goalkeeping is stopping the ball going into the net. And in this regard, Alisson is supreme.
The brilliantly bearded Brazilian has been a calming presence at the back for Liverpool as they have pivoted to a side built on their defence. Alisson is big, strong and has absurd reflexes. A save percentage of 80.36% is a league-high and confirms Alisson’s excellence.
The Brazilian made a huge play at the end of last season with immense displays in the Champions League semi-final second-leg and the final itself, where he equalled the record number of saves made (8) and managed to keep a clean sheet and win in the process.
1. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
But when it comes to goalkeeping excellence in Europe, there’s only one man who needs to be considered.
Others may rise and fall, may occasionally challenge his spot but no one can truly step to Jan Oblak, the Slovenian stopper for Atletico Madrid.
Signed for a measly €16m, Oblak has delivered year-upon-year of quality play. He has 11 clean sheets in La Liga this season having conceded 21 goals, but even more impressive is that his save percentage is a frankly staggering 73.75%.
That is the latest in a long line of stats, most impressive of which is that since joining Atleti he has conceded just 115 goals in 180 La Liga games – keeping 99 clean sheets in the process. Yeah, you read that right. 115 goals conceded, 99 clean sheets kept.
Almost maintaining parity between goals conceded and clean sheets is a goddamn miracle, and Jan Oblak is a miraculous goalkeeper.
Super Eagles Head coach, Gernot Rohr has warned Nigerian not to underrate Benin when his side face the West African team today in the AFCON 2021 qualifying match.
Rohr, whose side boasts very young and pacy players, coached the Super Eagles to impressive results against Ukraine and Brazil last month, but has warned Nigerians not to take the very defensive-minded Benin for granted, as they are a threat on the counter when they decide to sit back and defend.
Rohr speaking to reporters during the pre-match press conference in Uyo, said: ”We try always to bring the best team, our two games you spoke about were very difficult games against great teams but not African teams, the football was different and the two teams played very offensively so we had space and we need that in our team for our quick wingers and strikers, we enjoy it.
”It will not be the same game perhaps tomorrow because Benin Republic as a team play well defensively, you saw them play in the AFCON competition, they did so well, they eliminated Morocco for example and it will be different.
”Our two games were good games but it is dangerous to believe now we played well in these two games it will be easy against Benin, it will be more difficult because it is a different team, different football and we only have one day but it’s the same for them.
”When you play at home, you leave some complicity in your play so I hope that with one training session, everybody together, we will be able to have a good performance.
”If we play well, with our quality, nice pitch, we did not go there yesterday with our 14 players for the training, I hope the pitch will be good to play good football like we did in the last two games but in a different way because African football is not the same”.
There’s been a lot of talk about Rohr’s late substitutions in matches and he explained his reasons for not making changes till the dying minutes of matches.
The Franco-German tactician explained : ”I prefer to wait to be sure to make good replacements than to go quickly.
”I let the players the chance to show themselves, I have confidence in the team starting the game and then to bring somebody out if there is no injury.
”I must be sure that we have better possibilities to be stronger without the people starting the game but I think we changed six players in Singapore, it was the maximum.
”In Ukraine also, we saw a lot of people, now we have the chance to have two games which means that we can see a lot of players also.
”The players are happy when they play but we are 23, we can only play 14 in official games. Like you see the spirit in the team is good and they admit some other players can start in their place.”
NFF president and CAF first Vice-president, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that he is intent on handing a new contract to Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr but only if certain clauses are included in the contract.
Franco-German tactician, Rohr has been a revelation since August 2016 when he started coaching the Super Eagles, qualifying Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup and winning Bronze at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
His contract is due for renewal in June 2020, and Rohr has revealed he isn’t short of job offers from other national sides in Africa, but Pinnick, recently cleared of corruption charges by an Abuja High Court has revealed he will like Rohr to be more involved in the Nigerian league.
‘We don’t have any issue with him right now,” Pinnick said in an interview with channels Television.
”The truth is contracts are classified documents but one thing I know that we are going to pass on to him is to strengthen the clauses that domesticate Gernot himself in Nigeria and domestic him to our leagues, that’s just it. ”
”He needs to go round, watch some of the leagues, we are not saying take a player from here and bring him to the Super Eagles immediately”.
Pinnick also spoke on Nigeria’s chances of hosting the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World cup in 2020, admitting Nigeria’s chances are slim.
“We have some challenges with meeting up with some of FIFA’s demands.
“They(FIFA) have been magnanimous with us but we need more training sites and realistically it will be very tough for us to meet this.”
Liverpool star Joe Gomez has been spotted with a long scratch under his eye after his bust-up with Manchester City striker, Raheem Sterling.
Cameras picked up a scratch underneath the defender’s right eye as he stepped out alongside his Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold for England training on Tuesday, November 12.
Sterling who has since been dropped from England’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro attempted to grab Gomez by the neck following his arrival in the players’ canteen at St George’s Park on Monday, just a day after the pair clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City.
According to Mail Online, Sterling was sat down in the canteen when Gomez arrived and wanted to shake his hand, leading to him to attempt to grab his team-mate by the neck.
The publication added that the pair had to be separated by the rest of the England players as soon as it became clear Sterling had lost control
Witnesses said they heard him ask the Liverpool defender whether he was “still the big man.”
FA confirmed in a statement that Sterling is not going to play any part against Montenegro on Thursday. Although, the 24-year-old will remain with the squad. ‘The FA can confirm Raheem Sterling will not be considered for Thursday’s EURO 2020 qualifier against Montenegro as a result of a disturbance in a private team area at St. George’s Park today,’ a statement read. ‘He will remain with the squad.’
Sterling also addressed the bust-up with Joe Gomez on Instagram: ‘We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me,’ he posted. ‘Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.’
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed Lionel Messi could still be with the Spanish giants for five more seasons despite speculations he might leave the club in the summer.
This comes after the Argentine football star revealed that he turned down the offer of a lucrative lifetime contract at Barcelona because he didn’t want to be completely tied down by the club.
While he is under contract until 2021, a clause inserted in his current deal could see him leave the Nou Camp for nothing in the summer.
Speaking on the situation, Bartomeu told fans that the 32-year-old could be with Barca for another five seasons.
‘Leo Messi will still play with us for the next two, three, four or five years. I have no doubts about that,’ Bartomeu said in the post-match press conference following Barca’s 4-1 win over Celta Vigo, in which Messi scored a hat-trick.
‘Surely it will be the wish of all parties, if he (Lionel Messi) feels strong and ambitious, to extend this contract indefinitely,’ said Bartomeu.
‘Ultimately it is he who must decide. He has earned the right to decide when he will stop playing football. But like he said a few weeks ago, he wants to finish his playing career at Barcelona.
‘Over the next two or three seasons, our leader will continue to be Leo Messi. There’s no doubt that he is still young, still strong. He is still ambitious.’
‘I have no doubt that after Messi finishes his career as a footballer, he will remain linked to this club for the rest of his life,’ Bartomeu added.
Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr has been buoyed by the early arrivals of his stars to the Super Eagles camp in Uyo on Monday afternoon as they engage in their first training session ahead of Wednesday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin.
Posting on it’s official Twitter handle, The Super Eagles of Nigeria revealed that captain Ahmed Musa, Everton star Alex Iwobi, Leicester King pin Wilfred Ndidi and Semi Ajayi have arrived at at the Le Meridien hotel in Uyo.
Other players that have also landed in Uyo include Torino’s Ola Aina, Paderborn’s Jamilu Collins, Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye and Spanish La liga duo of Ramon Azeez and Chidozie Awaziem.
Nigeria’s goal scoring sensation Victor Osimhen has revealed that his future is not in his hands after Spanish club Barcelona and English club Arsenal have prioritized him as their ‘all out’ target in the January transfer window.
Osimhen, 20, who was signed from Sporting Chaleroi, and who also played for Wolfsburg, has scored 9 goals in 17 matches across all competitions for top club, Lille, with two assists to his name.
His speed, panache and perseverance in front of goal hasn’t gone unnoticed by top European clubs.
Barcelona want a replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez and reportedly want Osimhen for that purpose while Arsenal Football club doesn’t seem convinced by Nicholas Pepe and want a Osimhen who they believe has more tenacity in front of goal, in January, a deal that might be financially difficult for the London club.
Speaking about a possible transfer out of Lille in January 2020, Osimhen revealed that it was out of his hands and entirely up to his club.
In an interview with French magazine/website, foot-sur7 Monday, Osimhen stated :
”I had confidence in myself and the experiences in Wolsfburg and Charleroi helped me. The most important thing was to play fast.
“I’ve always been ready to take the stage … If big clubs look at me, it’s great for me. But I am well in Lille. The club will decide if I stay or leave. I will not object.”
Legendary football coach, Fabio Capello, has slammed football star, Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude after the former Manchester United and Real Madrid footballer walked out of the stadium after he was substituted in the 55th minute by coach Maurizio Sarri during Juventus’ match against AC Milan on Sunday night.
Sunday night’s event was the second time in two matches that Ronaldo was being substituted with Sarri saying it was to protect Ronaldo’s injury, but Ronaldo upon being substituted for Dybala in the second half, stormed off the pitch, refused to acknowledge his teammates as he headed to the tunnel.
No great footballler likes to be substituted especially when they know how much they contribute to the team, and Sarri’s change proved to be the correct one as Dybala went on to score the winning goal.
Capello, a former Juventus, England and Real Madrid coach has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude, saying he should have respect for his teammates, adding that he hasn’t ‘dribbled past anyone in the last 3 years’.
‘[Cristiano] is a great champion, nobody argues with that, but he hasn’t dribbled past anyone in the last three years,’ Capello told Sky Sport Italia.
‘At the moment he isn’t at his best and it is normal to replace him. Sarri doesn’t need to be brave or show his personality to make that change.
‘It’s not nice that he didn’t sit on the bench [after being taken off] and argued with Sarri.
‘One has to be a champion even when he is replaced, not only when things are going well. He must respect his team-mates.’
Many people are unaware that planes are forbiden from flying over the area Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi’s house is located and a new report has explained why.
Back in March 2018, Spanish airline, Vueling entered into an unplanned altercation with Football star Lionel Messi’s fans when the airline’s president Javier Sánchez-Prieto said in an interview that planes weren’t allowed to fly over Messi’s House in EL Prat Barcelona, and because of that, El Prat’s airport wouldn’t develop or expand.
Sánchez-Prieto was busy explaining why a plan to expand to Barcelona’s El Prat airport was being held up and casually remarked; “You cannot pass over where Messi lives.””This doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.”
The comments generated a lot of negative reaction on social media against the airline and the airline was forced to issue an apology to the footballer and anyone that might have been hurt by their president’s remarks.
People on social media started questioning why Lionel Messi’s mansion, located in El Prat, Barcelona was a no fly zone, and after a year and seven months, AS magazine has published a report explaining why airlines don’t fly over Messi’s house.
According to AS, Barcelona’s airport is under environmental restrictions, and planes entering from El Prat into the Barcelona stadium have to take a different turn-around route to protect endangered fauna and flora species.
According to Spanish daily, AS;
‘As might have been expected, the answer was rather more straightforward than Messi instructing El Prat not to interrupt his siesta.’
‘ The Barcelona captain lives in the municipality of Gavà, about 25km outside of Barcelona and inside the Parque Natural del Garraf, an area protected under Spanish environmental legislation and that contains endangered flora and fauna.’
‘Therefore, planes arriving at and leaving El Prat have to make a small detour out into the Mediterranean to bypass the area, which also answers that question for anybody who has flown to Barcelona and wondered why that 180º turn is necessary.’
Cameroonian football legend, Samuel Eto’o has said that African players still do not get the recognition they deserve at the top level.
In an interview with AFP, the former Inter Milan and Barcelona striker said: “Western media dominate our media in Africa, so they definitely have an influence. People prefer to see a Lionel Messi goal,” Eto’o, 38, told AFP during a visit to Paris last month.
The former Barcelona star, once a teammate of Messi, believes that “African players are not respected” and are “not always properly appreciated”.
While George Weah, the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker who is now the president of Liberia, remains the only African player ever to have claimed the Ballon d’Or award in 1995, Eto has no regrets he never won the prize.
“No, because I won so many trophies, I made so many dreams and for me that is the equivalent of winning the Ballon d’Or. However, I do feel for my younger brothers who came along after my generation.”
Eto’o also attacked captains and coaches of 54 African national teams who shunned Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah in FIFA’s The Best award to vote for other candidates in September.
“Why is there this hate between us Africans? Why the misplaced jealousy? If we don’t appreciate one another, others are not going to do it for us,” Eto’o said.
“It’s a shame. If all Africans voted for other Africans, we would have had several awards for the best player.”
“Africa needs to show how strong it is. We are lucky to have these good players, who scored more than ten goals in the Champions League – we had the top three scorers in the English league (Mane, Salah, Aubameyang) but somehow these young guys don’t have our support,” Eto’o added.
“I want to accompany them as much as I can, defend them, protect them, because one day it will be their turn to pass on the torch.
“That is what we Africans have not always understood, at all levels, and that is why we are still trailing behind.”
German football giant, Bayern Munich, have flatly rejected Legendary ex-Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger from taking over the vacant managerial post at the club following Sunday’s sacking of formula coach Niko Kovac.
Wenger earlier this week admitted in a TV interview that he is interested in the role, as he has not coached any club since leaving Arsenal in 2018.
Speaking on beIN Sports, Wenger expressed his interest in the job. ‘Of course,’ he replied when asked if he would be interested in taking over at Bayern.
‘Coaching is what was my whole life until now. Everybody who has coached will tell you the same. You miss the intensity but some things you miss a lot, some things you don’t miss. I enjoy the things I don’t miss too much…
According to BILD; On request from BILD FC Bayern announced: “Arsene Wenger has called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon and basically signaled interest in the coaching post at Bayern. Bayern appreciate Arsène Wenger very much for his work as coach at Arsenal, but he is no option as a coach at Bayern Munich. ”
“Now it is not excluded that Flick may stay longer than the first two games (Piraeus and Dortmund). Because in the summer of 2020, the record champion could then possibly bring Erik ten Hag (49 / Ajax Amsterdam / contract until 2022) or Thomas Tuchel (46 / Paris St. Germain / contract until 2021) to Munich.”
Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic (42) on Wednesday evening after beating Piraeus said; “We will calmly, without pressure, choose the coach, who in our opinion is the right one. I think Hansi is the right coach for us at this moment. He is now a coach until further notice and we will see everything else. ”
Nigerian weightlifter, Chika Amalaha who was stripped of a Commonwealth Games gold medal for doping when she was 16 years old, has tested positive again.
According to reports, she now faces an eight-year ban from the sport. Amalaha, whose sample showed traces of steroids, is the third Nigerian woman to have twice tested positive in recent years – all of them continental champions.
The past seven Nigerian doping violations announced by the International Weightlifting federation (IWF) are all female, and there are two cases yet to be closed, also women. Amalaha, 22, made her three best career totals in her past three competitions and was all but certain of a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the 55kg category.
She won this year’s African Championships, was second at the recent All-African Games, and finished 12th at the 2018 IWF World Championships, where she posed at the IWF’s “Lift Clean” display and posted a photo on Instagram.
Elizabeth Onuah, 24, was suspended for eight years in 2015 and disqualified from first place at the All-African Games of that year, having already been banned as a 15-year-old for doping. In June this year, Balikis Otunla, 25, a continental champion at 75kg and 81kg, came up positive for steroids for the second time, having been suspended for two years in 2012. Amalaha was disqualified at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when she tested positive for masking agents and banned for two years.
Her positive sample is believed to be from the All-African Games in Morocco in August, where the Egypt team landed in so much trouble.
Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong has extended his contract with Udinese after his impressive form for the Italian club.
The 26-year-old Nigeria international who joined Italian Serie A club in 2018 from Turkish side Bursaspor, signed the deal this afternoon (Nov. 6). The new deal will see play more games for Udinese until 2023.
Announcing the deal on Twitter, Italian club Udinese wrote: “William Troost-Ekong has signed a new deal with Udinese until 2023,” Udinese said on their Twitter account.
Very happy with my renewal. Thanks to Udinese for the confidence, the hard work continues! #ForzaUdinese,” the Nigeria international wrote via his Instagram page.
Everton midfielder, Andre Gomes has been discharged from hospital after a successful surgery to repair horrific fracture-dislocation on his right ankle.
The 26-year-old Portuguese star suffered a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle after a challenge from winger Son Heung-min sent him crashing into serge Aurier in the 78th minute of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Goodison Park.
On Monday, November 4, the former Barcelona star had a procedure to repair the fracture dislocation and the surgery was successful.
In a statement on Tuesday, Everton said: ‘Following a successful operation yesterday, Andre Gomes has now been discharged from hospital and will continue his rehabilitation under the care of our medical team.’
While the club is yet reveal time frame on his return to first-team action, Gomes is unlikely to play again this season.