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Mario Balotelli being without a club as a new season approaches is not normal, says Italy head coach Roberto Mancini.

Roberto Mancini: I love Mario Balotelli but I can’t do anything for him anymore

Mario Balotelli being without a club as a new season approaches is "not normal", says Italy head coach Roberto Mancini.
Ukraine head coach Andriy Shevchenko has named Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko and West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko in his squad for his next month’s friendly encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Dnipro Arena in Kyiv.

Ukraine coach names Manchester City, West Ham stars in squad for Super Eagles friendly

Ukraine head coach Andriy Shevchenko has named Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko and West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko in his squad for his next month’s friendly encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Dnipro Arena in Kyiv.
Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey makes Juventus debut

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey made his debut for Italian champions Juventus on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly, a 1-0 win over Serie C side Triestina.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists he has complete faith in his squad ahead of his first game in charge of the Blues, despite the transfer ban cloud that has hung over the club this summer.

Frank Lampard praises Jorginho’s Chelsea commitment

Frank Lampard has moved to highlight his admiration for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and says he will bring essential qualities to the team this season.
Michy Batshuayi is set to stay at Chelsea, but Frank Lampard admits the exit door remains open for Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Michy Batshuayi set for Chelsea stay

Michy Batshuayi is set to stay at Chelsea, but Frank Lampard admits the exit door remains open for Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Davide Zappacosta

Chelsea demand €25 million for Roma target Davide Zappacosta

Chelsea have placed a €25 million (£23m/$27.7m) price tag on defender Davide Zappacosta as they look to offload the Italy international.
Three people who suffered “medical complications which require specialised care” and an escort were brought ashore late on Thursday, Proactiva Open Arms, which is waiting for permission from Rome to dock in Lampedusa, said on Twitter.

More migrants evacuated from Spanish rescue ship ‘Open Arms’

Three people who suffered “medical complications which require specialised care” and an escort were brought ashore late on Thursday, Proactiva Open Arms, which is waiting for permission from Rome to dock in Lampedusa, said on Twitter.
Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United this summer, claims Patrice Evra, while Alexis Sanchez stands accused of having disappointed at Old Trafford because he only joined for the money.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Alexis Sanchez not training with Manchester United reserves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refuted claims that Alexis Sanchez has been made to train with Manchester United’s reserves and claims he is still expecting the Chilean to “come good”.
On Thursday Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta, a M5S party member, who must sign off on Salvini’s decree, announced that she has decided not to do so.

Italy’s defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship

Italy’s defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed female centre referee, Stephanie Frappart of France, her assistants – Italy’s Manuela Nicolisi and Michelle O’Neill of the Republic of Ireland, for brilliant performance in their Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup match against Chelsea at the Vodaphone Park, Istanbul, Turkey.

Jurgen Klopp hails female referee, assistants for brilliant UEFA Super Cup showing

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed female centre referee, Stephanie Frappart of France, her assistants – Italy’s Manuela Nicolisi and Michelle O’Neill of the Republic of Ireland, for brilliant performance in their Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup match against Chelsea at the Vodaphone Park, Istanbul, Turkey.
Cristiano Ronaldo

South Korean fans file criminal complaint against Cristiano Ronaldo

An angry South Korean fan flew to Sweden to confront Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for sitting out a friendly in Seoul, the latest in a bizarre row that has prompted a police investigation.
Former Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony confirmed his representative is in negotiations with clubs in Italy and Turkey.

Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony in talks with Italian, Turkish clubs

Former Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony confirmed his representative is in negotiations with clubs in Italy and Turkey.
Daniele De Rossi marked his Boca Juniors debut with a goal in a dream start to his career with the Argentine giants.

Daniele De Rossi scores on Boca Juniors debut

Daniele De Rossi marked his Boca Juniors debut with a goal in a dream start to his career with the Argentine giants.
Barcelona goalkeeper Neto is facing a spell on the sidelines after fracturing a bone in his left wrist.

Barcelona goalkeeper Neto ruled out for up to two months

The new signing underwent an operation on Tuesday after suffering the injury during training prior to the 4-0 weekend win over Napoli in Michigan.
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Sports betting: Dangerous trend or reward for passion?

Many Nigerian football supporters and enthusiasts have greeted the new football season in major European countries with excitement and anticipation.
Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell is tipped to be one of Chelsea's main target when their transfer ban ends next summer.

Chelsea want to sign Leicester star when their transfer ban is lifted

That’s according to The Sun, who claim Blues boss Frank Lampard has identified Chilwell as the ideal man to revamp his side’s left-back spot and the west London club will make a bid next summer.
Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane attends the Spanish League football match between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid at the Vallecas Stadium in the Madrid district of Puente de Vallecas on April 28, 2019. (Photo by Benjamin CREMEL - AFP)

Zinedine Zidane speaks Real Madrid tactics, Gareth Bale after the defeat to Roma

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has opened up on the situation surrounding Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and the team tactics ahead of the coming season after the defeat to AS Roma in their last pre-season friendly.
Manchester United should be prepared to sell Paul Pogba for as much as they can and reinvest the money in the squad, according to former Red Devils midfielder Jonathan Greening.

Graeme Souness: I wouldn’t want Paul Pogba in my dressing room

Former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness has renewed hostilities with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba ahead of Sunday’s season-opener, claiming he would not want the midfielder in his dressing room if he was in charge at Old Trafford.

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A board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Brown Ebewele, says the country is risking its chances of winning the forthcoming African Games following the choice of athletes by the federation to represent the country.

African Games: Organisers formally welcome Team Nigeria

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Police found decomposing body of farm worker on mango tree

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Pastor blames devil, poor tithes for stealing N1.2 million SUV

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