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Football News: Review Of The Day 5th March 2019

Review Of The Day 5th March 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Bournemouth David Brooks has agreed a new long term deal with the Cherries. The 21 year old Welsh international only joined the club in July but has impressed in his first season in the Premier League. Brooks initially signed a 4 year deal on arrival, but has now extended to the maximum length permissible under the current regulations.

 

Transfers

Mexican full-back Efrain Juarez has left Vancouver Whitecaps to join Norwegian side Valerenga on a free transfer.

Barcelona have released Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper.

 

Nigeria Leave Out Captain

Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel, the former Chelsea and Manchester United (sort of) midfielder, has been left out of the Nigeria squad for the final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The Middlesbrough player has not played international football since the World Cup but had been publicly assured by national coach Gernot Rohr he would be returning to the team for this qualifier. Nigerian spokesman Toyin Ibitoye has said that Rohr did not want to overload him, whatever that means. There was a call up for the keeper at the centre of the faked medical certificate dispute in Cyprus though, Francis Uzoho.
Nigeria 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba); Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn, Germany)
Midfielders: Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark)

 

McBurnie Aiming For Twenty

Scottish international striker Oli McBurnie is hoping to fire Swansea City to the play-offs in the Championship, with his target of 20 now just 2 away. The 22 year old is in his first full season in professional football and has already taken a spot in the Scotland squad, as well as becoming Swansea's go-to man up front. McBurnie said: "That's 18 for the season - that's not too bad. I'll keep going now and see where I can get. It's my first full season in professional football. I think I got nine (for Barnsley) from February last year until the end of the season, so if I got that many again it wouldn't be bad. The 20 goal mark is well within my sights but I don't have targets. I just try to score every game and see where it gets me. We would love to try to sneak into the play-offs. That's always going to be a target for us but there's no expectation or anything like that from the gaffer of the staff." I love how he says he does not have targets but then talks about all the targets he has off 20 goals and reaching the play-offs. Footballers and brains are not close friends are they?

 

Celtic Drawn Against Aberdeen or Rangers

The semi-final draw for the Scottish Cup semi finals has potentially paired Celtic and Rangers together, for what would be the 87th time this season. Rangers and Aberdeen drew at Pittodrie and will have a replay to decide who goes through to face Neil Lennon's team. The other semi-final is between either Partick Thistle or Hearts and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Scottish Cup semi-final draw in full:
Partick Thistle/Hearts v Inverness CT
Aberdeen/Rangers v Celtic

 

R.I.P. Eric Caldow

Legendary Rangers and Scotland full back Eric Caldow has passed away at the age of 84. Caldow captained Scotland 14 times on his way to 40 caps and was comfortable playing on either flank. Caldow played 407 times for Rangers, winning 5 league titles, 2 Scottish cups and 3 Scottish League Cups. Caldow was inducted in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

Bradford Turn To Bowyer

Gary Bowyer has been appointed as manager of Bradford City to replace David Hopkin, who resigned on 25th February. Bowyer himself had been out of work since leaving Blackpool in August. Bowyer said: "This is a massive club and the opportunity to manage Bradford City doesn't come along that often. It was one I had to take. I have been ready to get back into management for a while but it's been about getting the right opportunity. This is a fantastic one for myself and for Andy. We are totally aware of the challenge that lies ahead but if I didn't believe we couldn't get out of this, I wouldn't be here."

 

Hill Sacked After 6 Years In Charge

Rochdale have sacked manager Keith Hill from his second spell in charge of the club, with the team sat in 22nd in the table. The 49 year old has led Dale to 2 of the 3 promotions it has achieved in its entire history, but his 6 year spell is over. A Rochdale statement read: "It has been the most difficult decision that the board has had to make. But it is felt that, due to results on the pitch, a new direction is needed. We believe the next five games against opposition in and around us represents a great opportunity to try and retain our League One status, which is why this action has been taken now."

 

Bolton Close Training Ground

Ongoing financial problems have forced Bolton Wanderers to close their training ground amid winding up petitions from HMRC and unpaid salaries. The owner, Ken Anderson, has claimed he is on the verge of selling the club, but that has not stopped the problems mounting up, with police bills also unpaid.

 

City Group Consider Yet Another Team

The owners of Manchester City are considering buying yet another club to add to the City Group which currently numbers 7 clubs. Currently the group emcompasses Man City, New York City FC, Melbourne City, Yokohama F Marinos, Atletico Torque, Girona and Sichuan Jiuniu. Chief executive Ferran Soriano has revealed that the group are now looking to add an Indian club saying: "With all these developments we have to be patient. We have some interest in some markets and countries where there is a genuine football passion and opportunities, like China, but also India. So there might be other opportunities in Asia. We've been looking at India for nearly two years now. I'd say this year we'll end up doing an investment in India."

 

Snodgrass Charged With Abusing Officials

West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass has been charged with abusing anti-doping officials during an incident at the club's training ground in February. The Scottish international could potentially be banned for one game as well as receiving a fine, though there is no suggestion he refused to take a test or that he was even due to be tested. The FA said: "Robert Snodgrass has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3(1). It is alleged the player used abusive and/or insulting words towards UK anti-doping officials who were visiting West Ham United's training ground on 6 February 2019 to conduct out-of-competition testing."

 

Agent Hits Out At Bale Treatment

Multi-millionaire golfer Gareth Bale is badly treated by Real Madrid fans according to his agent Jonathan Barnett. The always injured massively overpaid Welsh player, who continues to play golf against medical advice when injured, which has caused injury spells to last longer and more injuries to occur, apparently deserves the greatest of respect from people Bale respects so little that he has not even bothered to learn their language, despite living in their country and stealing a living there for the last 6 years. Barnett laughably said: "This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth's goals for years to come. They should be ashamed of themselves. Those fans should be kissing his feet. Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way Real fans have treated him is nothing short of a disgrace. In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He's one of the best players in the world. Despite what the Spanish press are reporting, he's happy, he speaks reasonable Spanish and there is no problem between him and the rest of the Real players. The people writing these things know nothing about him. There has not been one single discussion about Gareth leaving Madrid. He isn't going anywhere this summer. Despite what's been reported, he's content, he wants to stay at Real and they want him. We're fed up of fake stories that he's leaving."

Written by Tris Burke March 05 2019 04:50:07

 

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