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Former Spain striker Llorente joins Udinese from Napoli

Former Spain striker Fernando Llorente has joined Udinese from Napoli, the struggling Serie A club announced on Wednesday. The 35-year-old has signed a deal until June 2022 and arrives at a team sitting 14th in the Italian top flight, but only four points above the relegation zone. "I am very happy to be an Udinese player, from the first moment I arrived I felt at home," Llorente, who has only made three substitute appearances in Serie A for...


Transfer Latest: Have Sunderland opened talks to sign Ross County striker?

With Will Grigg seemingly heading out to Shrewsbury on loan, the Scottish Sun claim that Sunderland have opened talks for Ross County striker Ross Stewart.


Impact Petition On Name Change Passes 5,000

Montreal Impact fans continue to voice displeasure at name change.


Ilkay Gundogan is filling the void left by David Silva

Ilkay Gundogan has helped Manchester City turn around their Premier League fortunes in 2021 so far with a brilliant recent run of goalscoring.


Tuchel admits Chelsea face top four fight

Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea face a fight to finish in the Premier League's top four after his first match ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw against Wolves on Wednesday. Tuchel has taken over from the sacked Frank Lampard with Chelsea languishing in mid-table after a wretched run. The former Paris Saint Germain boss was unable to inspire his new team in his Stamford Bridge debut. And Tuchel conceded after the game that Chelsea have no chance of...


Jose Mourinho defends Liverpool's title winners & insists they have nothing to prove

Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have nothing to prove after winning the Premier League and Champions League, according to Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho.


Philadelphia Union sign MF Jose Martinez to new deal

Philadelphia Union sign MF Jose Martinez to new deal


Everton 1-1 Leicester: Player ratings as Youri Tielemans earns Foxes point at Goodison Park

Youri Tielemans and James Rodriguez scored as Everton drew with Leicester in the Premier League on Wednesday night.


The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, January 28

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Everything we've changed our minds about in the Premier League this season

Everything we've changed our mind about in the chaotic 2020/21 Premier League season


Tanzania wonder goal in vain as Guinea, Zambia advance at CHAN

A wonder goal from Baraka Majogoro was not enough to keep Tanzania in the African Nations Championship as Guinea and Zambia secured the last two quarter-finals places in Cameroon Wednesday. Tanzania were eight minutes away from topping Group D when Victor Kantabadouno levelled for Guinea in a thrilling 2-2 draw in Douala. It was a heartbreaking result for the Tanzanians, who improved in every group match under Burundi-born coach Etienne...


Gilmour himself could be pushing for loan move for second half of season — reports

Understandable


Ben Davies: Things to know about the English defender

As Celtic look set to close a deal for Preston North End's Ben Davies, here is everything you need to know about the defender.


Russian 'bad boy' Kokorin joins Fiorentina

Fiorentina on Wednesday announced the signing of Russian international striker Aleksandr Kokorin on a permanent deal from Spartak Moscow, just a year-and-a-half since he was released from prison. The 29-year-old was found guilty of assaulting a Russian government official in 2018, alongside then-Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamayev. "What I did in Russia was a mistake that I paid for dearly," Kokorin told the Fiorentina website. "On being a bad...


Barcelona linked with José Luis Gayà again

The Valencia fullback has been linked with a big move for a while


Zlatan Ibrahimovic shares anti-racism message amid Romelu Lukaku 'voodoo' controversy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that the 'voodoo' insult he directed at Romelu Lukaku during Tuesday evening's Milan derby was not racist.


UEFA still planning 12-venue tournament for Euro 2020

UEFA reiterated its plan Wednesday to stage the delayed European Championship in 12 cities all across the continent despite ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic, but said it recognised the need for flexibility over tournament arrangements. European football's governing body held a meeting to discuss logistics with representatives from each of the 12 host nations for Euro 2020, postponed from last year and due to run from June 11 to July...


Paul Pogba claims Man Utd players were 'cheating' teammates with poor performances

Paul Pogba has spoken about how the Manchester United squad harmed their own chances of success before their recent turn around in form.


'Never again': Ozil rules out Germany comeback

Former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil flatly ruled out a comeback for Germany on Wednesday as he signed a three-and-a-half contract with his favourite Turkish side Fenerbahce. Ozil was one of the stars of Germany's 2014 World Cup winning side and won three FA Cups for Arsenal.


Koeman: De Jong now ‘more complete’ than he was at Ajax

The midfielder was the match winner in the Copa del Rey


Daily Schmankerl: Dayot Upamecano “definitely” wants to go to Bayern Munich; Borussia Dortmund to hold a fire sale?; Timo Werner talks Chelsea experience so far; Max Meyer to FC Köln; and MORE!

It sure seems like Dayot Upamecano-to-Bayern Munich is going to eventually happen.


Juventus 4-0 SPAL: Player ratings as Bianconeri book Coppa Italia semi final with Inter

Alvaro Morata, Gianluca Frabotta, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa scored as Juventus set up a Coppa Italia semi final with Inter with a win against SPAL.


Man Utd title hopes hit as Chelsea's Tuchel era starts with stalemate

Manchester United's Premier League title hopes suffered a huge blow on Wednesday with a 2-1 defeat by bottom side Sheffield United as Chelsea started the Thomas Tuchel era with a goalless draw against Wolves. The shock result at Old Trafford leaves Pep Guardiola's Manchester City a point clear at the top with a game in hand and looking increasingly hot favourites to win a third title in four years. Elsewhere on a busy night of midweek action,...


Meyer joins Cologne on free transfer after quitting Crystal Palace

Bundesliga strugglers Cologne on Wednesday signed Max Meyer on a free transfer after the Germany midfielder fell out of favour at Crystal Palace. "The transfer was only possible because Max was extremely accommodating to us financially," said Cologne director Horst Heldt.


Full list of Ignite games in NBA G League bubble. How many will Kai miss?

Select team bannered by Fil-Am Jalen Green debuts against Jeremy Lin and the Santa Cruz Warriors on Feb. 10


Where are they now? Liverpool’s 2000/01 treble cup winners

Liverpool won the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in a famous treble in 2000/01 - but what happened to the players in that team and where are they now?


Thomas Tuchel names his first Chelsea starting XI

New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has left Mason Mount out of his first starting XI as Blues boss for his side's Premier League clash with Wolves


Shaw unsure if Kai Sotto can still catch any G League games after Gilas trip

While Ignite supports Sotto's desire to play for Gilas, Shaw admits trip will come at a cost for teen prodigy


Man Utd title hopes hit by Sheffield United defeat

Rock-bottom Sheffield United put a huge dent in Manchester United's Premier League title hopes on Wednesday, beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's off-key side 2-1 at Old Trafford. Before the match Sheffield United had just five points to show from 19 games -- the worst haul in Premier League history -- and had not beaten the Red Devils since 1993.


Leverkusen sign Dutch defender Frimpong from Celtic

Bayer Leverkusen confirmed Wednesday the signing of Dutch defender Jeremie Frimpong from Scottish giants Celtic in a transfer reportedly costing around 11 million euros ($13 million). The 20-year-old has signed with the Bundesliga club until June 2025. He is Leverkusen's second Dutch signing this month after defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah joined from Manchester United. Right-back Frimpong, a product of Manchester City's academy, will cover for...


Everton denied as Pickford howler rescues Leicester

Jordan Pickford was punished for the latest in a long list of embarrassing errors as the blundering Everton goalkeeper allowed Youri Tielemans to rescue a 1-1 draw for Leicester on Wednesday. Pickford has been under scrutiny for the last year after some increasingly erratic displays. Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has largely kept faith with Pickford, but that patience will be sorely tested by yet another mistake. Clinging to the first half...


Pirlo: Juve reaps the benefits of Under-23 side in Serie C

Coach’s comments after Juve stroll into Coppa semis


Chelsea Loan Army: Chalobah, Broja score; Baker wins a cup; Tomori impresses

Making waves!


Rumour Mongering: All Gordons Belong to Us, This Time Sheffield Utd’s Kyron Gordon

He DOES play center-back!


Pogba to discuss future with Man Utd

Paul Pogba is to hold talks with Manchester United over his future, saying he is "enjoying" life at Old Trafford despite many fractious periods since he rejoined the club in 2016. Pogba has endured a topsy-turvy time in Manchester, but his recent good form has helped turn United into title contenders.


UK government 'likely' to ban gambling firms from football shirt sponsorship

Boris Johnson is likely to support a ban of gambling sponsorship on football shirts in the autumn, according to reports.


Bundesliga stars that Leeds United should sign

These Bundesliga stars should be on the radar for this winter transfer window


Messi marks return with goal as Barca come from behind to beat Rayo

Lionel Messi marked his return from suspension with a goal in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday as Barcelona survived a scare against Rayo Vallecano to reach the quarter-finals. Still, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman will be relieved to have made it to the quarter-finals and to see Messi on target again, the Argentinian taking his tally for the season to 15 goals.


Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Barcelona: Player ratings as Barça progress in Copa del Rey

Barcelona progressed in the Copa del Rey with victory over Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night, Frenkie de Jong and Lionel Messi scoring the goals.


Manchester United 1-2 Sheffield United: Player ratings as Blades stun Red Devils

Player ratings from the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford


The winners & losers of Thomas Tuchel's appointment at Chelsea

90min assesses the potential winners and losers in the Chelsea squad, following the sacking of Frank Lampard and the appointment of Thomas Tuchel


FIFA announce timeline for World Cup 2026 venue selection process

FIFA have announced the timeline for the venue selection process for the 2026 World Cup, which takes place in the United States of America, Canada and Mexico


Chelsea confirm Tuchel’s coaching staff as three join alongside new head coach

New and old


Twitter reacts as Sheffield United stun Manchester United at Old Trafford

Twitter reacts as Sheffield United stun Manchester United at Old Trafford. Kean Bryan, Harry Maguire and Oliver Burke scored the goals in an entertaining affair


Klopp Stresses the Importance of Staying Focused Despite Poor Results

Liverpool’s manager wants to focus on the football amid growing scrutiny over his team’s recent play.


Open Thread: January 28, 2021

Another issue of the Daily Merengue!


Report: Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirzkee close to agreeing deal with Parma

A deal now looks to be imminent, as Parma would beat Everton to the punch for Zirkzee.


Ligue 1 clubs set to lose combined 1.3 billion euros this season - source

Clubs in France's Ligue 1 are set to suffer catastrophic combined losses of more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.57 billion) this season due to a combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and the collapse of a record domestic broadcast deal, a source close to the French league (LFP) said on Wednesday. However, with fans having been almost entirely shut out this season due to restrictions in place to battle the pandemic, the broadcast deal collapsing and...


Buddy Hield nails seven of Kings' 14 triples in big win over Magic

Rested Kings get 29 points from Hield, defeat Magic


Juve dismiss SPAL to set up Derby d’Italia in Coppa Italia semifinals

A heavily rotated lineup had no trouble with their Serie B opposition.