Wednesday, 4 July 2018

'Ronaldo Already Signed For Juventus,' According to Former Juventus Director

Former Juventus director general Luciano Moggi believes Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo “already signed and had his medical in Munich.”

The rumours of a €100m swoop for the Ballon d’Or winner just keep getting stronger and current Juve director Beppe Marotta did nothing to calm them with his response of “no comment.”

Yesterday Moggi doubted the stories, but today he seems to have changed his tune.

He spoke on 7Gold television about the subject, questioning whether it was necessary to spend that much on a 33-year-old player.

However, Moggi then took to Twitter this evening and wrote: “In my view, he has already signed and had the medical in Munich.”

Mbappe, Messi, Raul, Buffon, Pele And The 21 Greatest Teenage Superstars in History

France forward Mbappe having become the first teenager since Pele to net twice in a World Cup game has stolen the show.

Here we look back at other prodigious talents

George Best

George Best had already won a First Division title with Manchester United but the winger only became a true superstar at the age of 19 after a stunning performance against Benfica in the European Cup in 1966 that earned him the nickname 'The fifth Beatle'.

Fondly remembered as one of the greatest players the game has ever seen – despite walking away from top-flight football at 27 – it is impossible not to wonder about what might have been had alcohol not consumed the Northern Irishman's life.

"I was born with a great gift," he later mused, "and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak. Just as I wanted to outdo everyone when I played, I had to outdo everyone when we were out on the town."   

Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon achieved instant fame across the footballing world in 1995 by producing a string of sensational saves to keep the mighty AC Milan at bay on his Parma debut, aged 17.

Over two decades on, the goalkeeping icon is still going strong and, despite having 40 in January, the Juventus captain is now seriously considering postponing his retirement for another year.

That is hardly unsurprising of course, since he once revealed in his ode to the game, "I was 12 when I turned my back on my goal. And I will keep doing it as long as my legs, my head and my heart will allow."

Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff is quite simply the most influential figure in football history. Nobody has ever changed the game so radically both as a player and a coach. Cruyff understood the game like no other, and from such a young age too.

He was just 17 when he broke into the Ajax team and yet, as legendary coach Vic Buckingham explained, "He showed us how to play. He was so mature. He was such a skinny little kid but he had immense stamina and he could do everything... God's gift to mankind in a football sense. That was Johan. And such a nice kid too."

Duncan Edwards

Despite the fact that he was just 21 when he died in the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, Duncan Edwards had already established himself as one of the most remarkable talents the English game had ever seen.

A defensive midfielder who was also excellent going forward, he became the youngest player in First Division history when making his Manchester United debut at 16 years and 185 days old.

Sadly, the football world would never discover just how great Edwards was going to be but former Red Devils boss Tommy Docherty claimed: "George Best was something special, as was Pelé and Maradona but, in my mind, Duncan was much better in terms of all-round ability and skill."

Eusebio

Benfica pulled off a masterstroke in signing the 18-year-old Eusebio, who had been starring for one of Sporting Lisbon's feeder clubs. Indeed, inside two years, the legendary 'Black Panther' had fired the Eagles to victory over Real Madrid in the final of the European Cup.

He underlined his awesome goalscoring prowess in helping Portugal reach the last four of the World Cup in 1966 but he proved himself an even more impressive sportsman by making a point of congratulating Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney for a fine save in the European Cup final at Wembley two years later.

When he passed in 2014, Red Devils legend Bobby Charlton said, "I feel proud to have been both his opponent and his friend."

Paulo Futre

Paulo Futre made his professional debut with Sporting at just 17 but sensationally quit the club a year later due to a pay dispute and signed for rivals Porto.

The left winger, who drew early comparisons with Diego Maradona, won two league titles with the Dragons before turning in a man of the match-winning performance against Bayern Munich in the 1987 European Cup final at the tender age of 21.

He may never have hit such heights again due to injury but he remains a Portuguese footballing icon.

Patrick Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert achieved instantaneous superstar status, aged 18, by netting the winning goal for Ajax in their 1995 European Cup final clash with reigning champions AC Milan.

The Dutch striker subsequently signed for the Rossoneri and flopped at San Siro. However, he enjoyed a far more successful spell at Barcelona, with whom he won a Liga title in 1999.

Michael Laudrup

Andres Iniesta was once asked to name the best player of all time. Without a moment's hesitation, the Barcelona midfielder replied, "Michael Laudrup." The thinking man's footballer, the Dane saw passes that nobody else could.

He was always ahead of the game and, after making a name for himself with Brondby, the teenager earned a big-money move to Juventus in 1983 before starring for Denmark at the following summer's European Championship in France, during which he turned 20.

The forward never quite settled in Serie A but he proved his undoubted genius in Spain, becoming a key member of the Barcelona 'Dream Team' that won four successive Primera Division titles - and the European Cup - before moving to Real Madrid, where he promptly made it five Liga titles in a row.

Paolo Maldini

“Paolo was very young, so I tried to give him some advice," Franco Baresi explained. "But he needed very little; he was already a great player.”

Indeed, the legendary defender Paolo Maldini made his AC Milan debut in 1985 at just 16 years of age. By the time of Euro '88, the Italian left-back was not only a starter for his country, but also one quarter of arguably the finest back four ever assembled at club level.

Silverware eluded him with the Azzurri but he walked away from the game as a five-time European Cup winner and a shoo-in for any all-time XI.

Kylian Mbappe

Florian Thauvin admitted that even he and his France team-mates were taken aback by Kylian Mbappe's performance in the 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina, "At some points, I was wondering: 'Is he riding a scooter on the pitch?!'"

Mbappe was that fast, that good. He scored twice and won a penalty as Les Bleus stormed into the quarter-finals in Russia. After becoming the first teenager since Pele to net twice in a World Cup game, Mbappe was compared to Diego Maradona by Claudio Caniggia, while Jorge Valdano said he'll "define football for the next decade".

As for Mbappe himself, he remained humble as ever. "It's all flattering but let's put things in perspective: Pele was in a different category." True, but one wonders if we're about to see another very special teenager inspire his country to World Cup glory...

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona didn't join his beloved Boca Juniors until he was 21 but, by that stage, the iconic No.10 had already earned a reputation as a once-in-a-lifetime talent, having made his Argentinos Juniors debut at just 15 and lit up the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship.

“He was only a little kid, but he made such an impression in training, playing like one of the kids far bigger than him," Argentinos coach Franciso Cornejo explained. "He was from another planet. He was different.”

He wasn't wrong. Maradona led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup in scintillating fashion before transforming unfashionable Napoli into Serie A champions to cement his status as a true legend of the game.

Stanley Matthews

Clubs were queuing up to sign Stanley Matthews after a stunning showing for England Schoolboys as a youngster. The winger eventually joined Stoke at the age of 15 and made his professional debut two years later, just over a month after his 17th birthday.

Remarkably, Matthews' career would last a mammoth 33 years, with the 'Wizard of Dribble' finally hanging up his boots at the grand old age of 50. "I grew up in an era when he was a god to those of us who aspired to play the game," legendary manager Brian Clough explained.

"He was a true gentleman and we shall never see his like again."

Lionel Messi

When the 17-year-old Lionel Messi scored his first Barcelona goal on May 1, 2005, against Albacete, few could have predicted that it would be the first of quite so many.

However, it quickly became evident that the Catalans had one of the most gifted players in history on their hands. By 21, the flea-sized Argentine had lifted his first Ballon d'Or and is now considered by many as the greatest of all time after collecting four more, as well as becoming Barca's record goalscorer.

As Javier Mascherano once said, "The rest of us are controlled by football; Leo controls the game."

Michael Owen

Like so many others, Champions League winner Karl-Heinz Riedle had never heard of Michael Owen when he joined Liverpool in 1997. The German was, thus, left dumbstruck by the striker's pace and poise.

"It's unbelievable when you see him play to realise that he's only 17," he said. "He's a great player already and in one or two years he will become a very great player." Riedle wasn't wrong.

Owen was still only 18 when he top-scored for Liverpool in the 1997-98 Premier League before becoming a global star with a sensational strike against Argentina in the second round of that summer's World Cup in France.

Owen went on to win the Ballon d'Or in 2001 and although his later years were blighted by injuries, he had already left his mark on the game.

Pele

Arguably the greatest player of all time, Pele was a virtual unknown outside of his native Brazil before the 1958 World Cup began but a superstar by the end of it.

The then 17-year-old attacker, who had started the tournament on the bench, netted the winner against Wales in the quarters, a hat-trick against France in the semis and then one of the most famous goals in history against Sweden in the final.

'The King' would win two more World Cups – and rack up over 1,000 top-flight goals – before his glittering career with the Selecao, Santos and the New York Cosmos finally drew to a close.

His legacy lives on, though. As the artist Andy Warhol said, "Pele was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries."

Raul

"Look over there," Atletico Madrid president Jesus Gil enthused, pointing at a skinny 14-year-old kid clad in red and white. "My captain, Raul. Remember that name – he's going to be a phenomenon." And he was. Just not at Atletico.

When Gil decided to close all but two of the Rojiblancos' youth teams, numerous promising talents suddenly found themselves without a club, chief among them, Raul Gonzalez Blanco.

The prodigiously gifted striker was promptly snapped up by Atleti's city rivals Real at the age of 15, broke into the senior squad at 17 and had become the darling of the Santiago Bernabeu before he had even turned 20.

Gianni Rivera

Gianni Rivera is considered 'The Golden Boy' of Italian football - and it's easy to understand why. The slender attacking midfielder was just 15 when he was given his first professional start by hometown club Alessandria.

Then, after making a record-breaking move to AC Milan just over a year later, he became an Italian icon because of his silky skills and good looks. "He's an elegant young player with a remarkable touch," the legendary Giuseppe Meazza enthused after watching Rivera in action for the first time.

Although always doubted by some as too weak or too slow, Rivera was a wonderful passer of the ball and he would end his career having won two European Cups with Milan, a European Championship with Italy and the Ballon d'Or, in 1969.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Famously signed by Manchester United after leaving their defenders with twisted blood during a friendly in Lisbon, Cristiano Ronaldo bewitched the Old Trafford crowd with his tricks and flicks from the moment he made his debut as an 18-year-old.

Even George Best gushed, "There have been a few players described as 'the new George Best' over the years, but this is the first time it's been a compliment to me!" 

The Portuguese has since developed into arguably the most effective goalscoring machine the game has ever seen, winning four Champions Leagues – one with United and three with Real Madrid – and five Ballons d'Or.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney had already netted in the Premier League for hometown club Everton but a star was truly born the moment he curled home a stunning, last-minute winner against reigning champions Arsenal just days before his 17th birthday in October 2002.

The Merseysider took Euro 2004 by storm, scoring four times, only for injury to intervene. Sven-Goran Eriksson nonetheless claimed, “I don’t remember anyone making such an impact on a tournament since Pele in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden."

Sadly, for a variety of reasons, Rooney would never dominate another major international tournament in the same way. However, he still became Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer before making an emotional return to Goodison Park last year.

Ronaldo

The striker was considered such a phenomenal talent in his native Brazil that he was taken to the 1994 World Cup despite having played only 14 league games in his debut season at Cruzeiro.

Ronaldo didn't feature in the United States but he would go on to become the tournament's record goalscorer in firing the Selecao to victory in 2002.

Miroslav Klose has since bettered that tally but, for many, Ronaldo remains the finest No.9 of all time. Indeed, even Zlatan Ibrahimovic considered him on a whole other level: "For me, he was the greatest. There was nobody like him."

Francesco Totti

The Roma legend made his debut for his hometown club at just 16 and would go on to break record after record.

The 2006 World Cup winner became Serie A's youngest captain at 22, leading the Giallorossi to an historic Scudetto in 2001, and ended his career at the age of 40 as the second-highest goalscorer in Serie A history.

Lionel Messi considers him "a phenomenon", while former team-mate John Arne Riise perhaps best summed up Totti's standing by pronouncing him, "The God of Rome!"

Ronaldo Insulted By Real Madrid After €100m Price Tag (Marca)

Marca claim Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid after they put an “insulting” €100m price-tag on him and Juventus can now take advantage.

There are now so many sources reporting the idea of a transfer to Turin that it is difficult to argue otherwise, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it will go through.

According to tomorrow’s edition of Spanish paper Marca, Ronaldo made up his mind to quit Real Madrid in January.

That is when the famous ‘elease clause’ – in fact a gentlemen’s agreement rather than a legal document – was introduced.

It stated that the Merengues would let CR7 go for €100m as long as it wasn’t to a direct rival, for example Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.


At the time, they were presumably thinking of a club in China or the United States and not another European side.

As it happened just months after PSG activated the €222m release clause in his Barcelona contract, Ronaldo felt “insulted” to be worth just €100m.

With this in mind, he decided then and there to walk away come the end of the season, as he no longer felt appreciated at the Bernabeu.

This would explain his comments straight after the Champions League Final: “It has been wonderful playing for Real Madrid.”

Now Juventus can take full advantage of that same €100m agreement that is pushing Ronaldo away from Madrid.

The other turning point was the overhead kick stunner he scored at the Juventus Stadium in the Champions League, as he received a standing ovation from the home fans.

He felt genuinely appreciated and admired their sportsmanship, claims Marca.

Uruguay Youngster Lucas Torreira Ready For New Life At Emirates



Lucas Torreira will be prepared for life in the Premier League when his "scary" transfer to Arsenal is completed, according to the player's father.


Arsenal look set to sign Torreira, who has started in Uruguay's last two World Cup games, from Sampdoria once the midfielder's campaign in Russia is over.

The 22-year-old would become Unai Emery's fourth signing of the transfer window.

There are doubts over Torreira's ability to adapt to a more physical league than Serie A, but his father Ricardo claims his son has a programme ready to help him settle in England.

"There will be people that will accompany him," he told Teledoce.

"He won't be alone. It's a big change [going to England] and we don't want to think about it yet because we're scared.

"The truth is it's tough to manage the language, adapt to the [London] society and customs and at the same time not lose ours.

"But there's a whole programme getting readied for Lucas."

Belgium Not Relenting Over Brazil's Individual Talent



Vincent Kompany insists Belgium are losing no sleep over Brazil's qualities ahead of the World Cup quarter-final clash on Friday.


While Brazil overcame Mexico in comfortable fashion, Roberto Martinez's side needed Nacer Chadli's 94th-minute strike to progress past Japan.

In the aftermath of Belgium's dramatic victory on Monday, Martinez claimed the Red Devils had nothing to fear heading into the clash with Brazil, adding that it would suit his side not to be considered favourites.

And Kompany, who made his first start of the tournament against Japan after recovering from injury, echoed his manager's thoughts.

"Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup," he told reporters.

"That is a compliment but it doesn't affect our chances against them. None of us are going to sleep at night thinking we have already lost to Brazil.

"Defensively they are solid, they win all their defensive duels and in attack, they are not scared to take people on one on one. They always have a key to unlock any situation.

"We are going to look them in the eye. But if we make this a match of individuals, then we'll lose.

"If it becomes a match of individual performances we've got no chance. If we play as a team, if we fight for each other, we can do it and that's what matters to me."

Under Martinez, Belgium have looked to develop a possession-based style, with the former Everton boss often preferring a 3-4-3 system to incorporate the Red Devils' array of attacking talent.

And Kompany affirmed that, despite some shaky defensive displays - as exhibited against Japan - Belgium's players have full belief in the Spaniard's approach.

"We have developed an attractive style of football, we have scored a lot of goals and showed our good side," said Kompany.

"We're constantly improving. We just have to step up to another level against Brazil. At least I hope we can."

Sweden Will Maintain Their Strengths - Granqvist



Andreas Granqvist has vowed that Sweden will not alter the way they played heading into their World Cup quarter-final with England.


Janne Andersson's side have had less possession than their opponents in three out of their four matches at the World Cup so far, relying on their strong defensive structure to keep teams at bay.

That tactic has worked well, and if not for Toni Kroos' sublime free-kick in the last minute of the Group F clash with Germany, Sweden would have an undefeated record in Russia.

And Granqvist, who has scored twice from the penalty spot, claims Sweden have no plans to change how they set up when it comes to facing England in Samara on Saturday.

"Normally the other teams have better players on paper. We let them have the ball in the places we want them to have the ball," Sweden's captain, who will return to Helsingborgs IF at the end of his World Cup campaign, told reporters.

"If you look at the games we have played, of course the opponents have more ball possession, but we have created more chances.

"This is how we play, this is what we need to do. This is our strength and we need to show our quality against other strong teams.

"This is the way for us to have success and we're going to continue this way."

Jose Mourinho Surprised By England Antrics Against Colombia



Portuguese Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was full of surprise by England's antics against Colombia, criticising defender Harry Maguire for diving.


England progressed from the last-16 clash at the World Cup, winning 4-3 on penalties after the 1-1 draw in Moscow Tuesday.

But there were eight yellow cards shown during a tempestuous encounter and it was the approach of Gareth Southgate's men that surprised Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician singled out Maguire, accusing the Leicester City defender of diving to try to win a penalty.

"The negative thing for me was the fact… I think there is exaggeration on theatre by the players," he told Russia Today.

"I was surprised to see central defenders like Harry Maguire, normally he is a very honest guy, diving in the attacking box asking the referee for VAR.

"Every team has lots of diving, lots of pretending, lots of putting pressure on the referee.

"The game loses quality… and for me that was the negative point."

Colombia received six of the eight yellow cards for the game, including one for Wilmar Barrios for an apparent headbutt on Jordan Henderson.

Calum Chambers Extends Arsenal Contract



Arsenal manager Unai Emery revealed Calum Chambers would be part of his plans in 2018-19 after the defender signed a new long-term contract at the club.


Chambers joined Arsenal in 2014 and has since made 83 appearances, as well as having a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough in 2016-17 and picking up three England caps.

He made 24 appearances last season as Arsenal finished sixth in the Premier League and reached the Europa League semi-finals.

Emery told the club's official website: "I'm delighted Calum has extended his stay with us.

"He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season."

I Want To Be Closer To My Family - Thibaut Coutouis



Thibaut Courtois will wait till after World Cup to decide his future, but had admitted he wanted to spend more time with his family in Madrid.


Courtois, who is contracted at Stamford Bridge until 2019, is heavily linked with a move to European champions Real Madrid.

The former Atletico shot-stopper said being closer to his family in Madrid is crucial, although any decisions over his future will not be made until Belgium's World Cup campaign ends.

"I love living in London. Madrid and London are great," Courtois said, via Sport, after his nation's last-16 win over Japan on Monday.

"The only thing is that my children live in Madrid. I would like them to be close.

"That doesn't mean I'm going to come back, but for me they are very important and I'm going to do something to see them more."

Chelsea signed Courtois from Genk in 2011, but sent the goalkeeper out on loan to Atletico for three seasons.

While he wants to sort out his future, the 26-year-old said the World Cup was his focus.

"I'm not going to talk about that now. I just said that I'll see everything after the World Cup," Courtois said.

"The most important thing is my children and I'll decide what's best for me in everything."

Divock Origi To Prove Worth at Liverpool After Wolfsburg Loan Spell



On loan Liverpool star Divock Origi believes he has returned to Liverpool as a more experience and mature player following his loan spell i Germany at Wolfsburg.


The striker was part of Belgium’s squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring the winner for his country in the 1-0 triumph over Russia in the group stage, but failed to make the cut for this year’s tournament following an indifferent campaign in Germany.

Origi netted six Bundesliga goals and also scored in the two-legged relegation play-off victory over Holstein Kiel, helping Wolfsburg maintain their top-flight status.

While failing to find his best form during the 2017-18 season, Origi insists his temporary stint overseas has made him a more complete frontman as he aims to prove his worth at Anfield.

"It was a learning season for me," Origi told Liverpool’s official website. "It was a bit of a change of scenario. I learned a lot mentally and grew a lot. I think I've come back more mature.

"As a team, we had a difficult season, but we fought until the end and managed to stay in the league.

"I am very excited for the new season. I just have to keep my focus on enjoying myself on the pitch and giving everything.

"The next few weeks will show. The feet do the talking on the pitch, so we will see how it goes. I am positive."

Liverpool's campaign ended in frustration, as their Champions League hopes were snuffed out by Real Madrid at the final hurdle, but Origi is confident Jurgen Klopp's side will continue to make progress in 2018-19.

"Every year since I have been here, we have progressed so much. Even now, I have come back and can see we've progressed even more," the 23-year-old added.

"It was a great season with a difficult end, but it will make us stronger. We've always come back from setbacks, so I am very excited to see what is going to happen in this new season."

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Nigeria Will Get To The Semi-finals, Magical Pig Predicts



A psychic octopus named Paul, which made accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup, 

(A magical animal), this time, a pig named Mystic Marcus, has predicted that Nigeria, Belgium, Uruguay and Argentina, will progress to the Semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on Thursday in Russia.

Mystic Marcus has a 100 per cent track record of predicting final reports on sports according to it's owner, Juliette Stevens, reports Daily Mail on Wednesday.

And the eight-year-old prophet even predicted Brexit and that Donald Trump would win the US presidential election.

Now Mystic Marcus is putting his skills to the test once more by forecasting the semi-finalists for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Mystic Marcus expects Belgium, Argentina, Nigeria and Uruguay to make it through.

He made the predictions by gobbling up apples bearing the flags of the nations.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

CM Punk Flopped Again

CM Punk’s second try in the UFC went better than his first, but was a reminder that the former pro wrestler has a long way to go before he can be considered worthy of competing in the Octagon.

Punk was manhandled by Mike “The Truth” Jackson in the UFC 225 pay-per-view opener and lost via unanimous decision.

Punk’s second foray into mixed martial arts went about as well as you could expect for a former pro wrestler who had no previous combat sports experience before losing to Mickey Gall back in September of 2016.

He was stopped in the first round against Gall and decided to take nearly two years off to train in hopes of having better results when he stepped into the Octagon again.

Facing Mike Jackson, who also lost to Gall in his UFC debut, Punk hoped to showcase an improved skill set. But the only thing we saw was that the 39-year-old had tremendous heart as Jackson playfully out-struck him throughout the 15 minute affair.

With CM Punk chants raining down, Jackson got things rolling with a right hand that caused Punk to close the distance and clinch along the cage. Jackson separated and showcased a significant advantage with his striking due to his experience as a professional boxer and kickboxer.

Punk failed on several takedown attempts until finally securing one with 30 seconds left in the round. But it was painfully clear that the only chance he would have was by keeping Jackson pinned to the canvas.

The second frame saw Punk get rocked by a Jackson combination and that led to a takedown by “The Truth.” From inside his guard, Jackson landed some ground and pound while showboating and leaving Punk’s face a bloody mess.

To make matters worse, Jackson landed multiple strikes without even looking at the former WWE champion. It was evident that Punk was out of his league and he could only hope to make it to the final bell. And with a little help from Jackson, he would.

The third round found a completely gassed Punk still fighting with his heart but his conditioning wasn’t up to par. Jackson toyed with him throughout the final frame and dished out punishment at will.

It was a casual beating being served by Jackson and Punk couldn’t do anything about it.

Strangely enough, Jackson never cranked up the pressure to secure the knockout and instead chose to cruise to an easy 30-26 score from all three judges.

If there was a silver lining, it was that Punk showcased tremendous heart and made it to the final bell. But it’s obvious that he’s not ready for the big stage.

CM Punk Flopped Again

CM Punk’s second try in the UFC went better than his first, but was a reminder that the former pro wrestler has a long way to go before he can be considered worthy of competing in the Octagon.

Punk was manhandled by Mike “The Truth” Jackson in the UFC 225 pay-per-view opener and lost via unanimous decision.

Punk’s second foray into mixed martial arts went about as well as you could expect for a former pro wrestler who had no previous combat sports experience before losing to Mickey Gall back in September of 2016.

He was stopped in the first round against Gall and decided to take nearly two years off to train in hopes of having better results when he stepped into the Octagon again.

Facing Mike Jackson, who also lost to Gall in his UFC debut, Punk hoped to showcase an improved skill set. But the only thing we saw was that the 39-year-old had tremendous heart as Jackson playfully out-struck him throughout the 15 minute affair.

With CM Punk chants raining down, Jackson got things rolling with a right hand that caused Punk to close the distance and clinch along the cage. Jackson separated and showcased a significant advantage with his striking due to his experience as a professional boxer and kickboxer.

Punk failed on several takedown attempts until finally securing one with 30 seconds left in the round. But it was painfully clear that the only chance he would have was by keeping Jackson pinned to the canvas.

The second frame saw Punk get rocked by a Jackson combination and that led to a takedown by “The Truth.” From inside his guard, Jackson landed some ground and pound while showboating and leaving Punk’s face a bloody mess.

To make matters worse, Jackson landed multiple strikes without even looking at the former WWE champion. It was evident that Punk was out of his league and he could only hope to make it to the final bell. And with a little help from Jackson, he would.

The third round found a completely gassed Punk still fighting with his heart but his conditioning wasn’t up to par. Jackson toyed with him throughout the final frame and dished out punishment at will.

It was a casual beating being served by Jackson and Punk couldn’t do anything about it.

Strangely enough, Jackson never cranked up the pressure to secure the knockout and instead chose to cruise to an easy 30-26 score from all three judges.

If there was a silver lining, it was that Punk showcased tremendous heart and made it to the final bell. But it’s obvious that he’s not ready for the big stage.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Re-structuring Stadium To Host 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Games Robbed

The Stolen artificial turf


The ongoing works at Japoma stadium, Douala, Cameroon, meant to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON)has suffered a major setback.




This is how the stadium will look like when completed

This is after thieves broke through the 50,000 seat stadium on Tuesday night and stole the artificial turf which was then resold in the black market.


There is ascertainty how far the robbery has set back the turkish company, Yenigün contracted to build the stadium which is 25% complete and plans to complete it by September 2018.


BBC Pidgin and Kenyan sports journalist, Carol Radull twitted a photo of the ‘first of its kind’ robbery and Netizens couldn’t keep  calm.




Here is a few crazy comments.














There Is More to Come - Van Dijk



The Dutchman, a £75 million club-record signing from Southampton, has managed four clean sheets in 10 appearances since his January debut.


The Holland international was touted as a cure all for the Anfield club’s much-publicised defensive woes and while Jurgen Klopp will still not be completely happy, it is clear that Van Dijk has made a big difference.

"Obviously you come here with expectations and you want to play as soon as possible and as much as possible this season and be as fit as possible and quick as possible,” said the 26-year old.

"Now I'm getting better and better and the understanding with all of the players is getting much better. I'm just playing my game and trying to help my team.

The confident centre-back added that the improvement has come as he approaches full fitness following injury problems.

"What percent am I now? That's difficult. But I'm completely over the ankle problems (which kept him out for long periods in the last year), definitely.

"It's more than that, it's also just condition-wise and the way Liverpool play you need to be spot on. That's pretty clear right now."

Van Dijk said he will now be fully focussed on upcoming friendlies against England and Portugal before some big games when club competitions start again at the end of the month.

Liverpool face Crystal Palace in the battle for a top-four spot in the Premier League before their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City - just two days before a trip to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby.

"You don't think about that when you're heading off with the international team. You're giving everything for your country, and that's what I'm going to do," he said.

"It's a big period for us as a country, we have been in transition, we have a new manager, and it's going to be totally different now and I'm looking forward to meeting up with the guys. We play England as well, so it's going to be good.

"We can prepare for that (the Champions League) when the time comes.

"Everybody knows that anyone we get is going to be very hard. Man City is a very good team, very hard to play against and we need to be 100 percent or even better to beat them over two games."

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