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Benfica out of UEFA Champions League qualifying round

Former European Cup winners Benfica crashed out of the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on Tuesday after a shock 2-1 defeat at PAOK Salonika.
They have been under threat from a Sevilla side on the rise and an ambitious Villarreal.

Sevilla take aim at Atletico Madrid as La Liga’s third force

Atletico Madrid have been sitting comfortably as Spain’s third power for the best part of a decade but that status is under threat ahead of the new La Liga campaign.
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara agrees personal terms with Liverpool.

Premier League target Thiago Alcantara reports for Bayern training

Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who has been linked to Liverpool and Manchester United, took part in Bayern Munich’s first full training session on Friday in preparation for the new season.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is set to drop Eden Hazard for the clash against Iceland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

Belgium coach set to drop Eden Hazard against Iceland

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is set to drop Eden Hazard for the clash against Iceland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.
Kylian Mbappe was absent from Paris Saint-Germain training once again on Tuesday, as he continues to struggle with a throat infection ahead of a Champions League showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Paris Saint-Germain star tests positive for coronavirus

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for coronavirus and has left the France national squad
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis says he is looking forward to seeing more of Victor Osimhen after the Nigerian scored a hat-trick in his first game for the Serie A side.

UEFA hails Victor Osimhen after second hat-trick for Napoli

Europe’s football governing body UEFA has praised Victor Osimhen after he scored his second hat-trick for Napoli, in their 4-0 win against Teramo in Friday’s pre-season game.
Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if his €700 million (£624m-$823m) release clause is met, La Liga have confirmed on Sunday.

Luis Enrique: Barcelona will continue to win titles without Leo Messi

Former Barcelona coach Luiz Enrique insists the Catalan giants ‘will continue to win titles’ without Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi, who did not score or provide an assist for the first time in a home Champions League group game since 2012, struck the bar and had the best of Barca’s six shots on target.

Luis Enrique: Leo Messi will leave Barcelona ‘sooner or later’

Luis Enrique has expressed his belief that "Barcelona will continue to win" without Lionel Messi, while predicting the and Six-time Ballon d'Or winner will leave "sooner or later".
Scotland’s Nations League game vs the Czech Republic will not take place due to “the current situation with Covid-19”, the Czech FA has said, without telling Scotland, who are preparing for Monday’s fixture as normal.

Czech FA calls off Nations League game without informing Scotland

Scotland’s Nations League game vs the Czech Republic will not take place due to “the current situation with Covid-19”, the Czech FA has said, without telling Scotland, who are preparing for Monday’s fixture as normal.
Slovan Bratislava lost its appeal Friday against exclusion from the Champions League by UEFA after players tested positive for COVID-19 in pre-game checks.

Virus-hit club loses CAS appeal against UCL ouster

Slovan Bratislava lost its appeal Friday against exclusion from the Champions League by UEFA after players tested positive for COVID-19 in pre-game checks.
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FIFA warns Iran over government interference

FIFA has issued another warning to the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) over interference in its affairs, amid concern regarding the involvement of the country’s judicial authorities in a dispute between the governing body and a former coach.
Germany’s Coach Joachim Loew answers journalists’ questions before the UEFA Nations League football match between Germany and Spain in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on September 3, 2020. (Photo by Thomas KIENZLE - AFP)

Loew fumes at ‘insane’ fixture jam for Germany stars

Germany head coach Joachim Loew has spoken out against the “insane” fixture list his stars face this season on top of his German team playing eight internationals in a dense schedule until the end of November.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has disclosed that Odion Ighalo remains a special player for Manchester following his impact towards the end of the 2019-20 season.

Bruno Fernandes praises Odion Ighalo impact at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has disclosed that Odion Ighalo remains a special player for Manchester following his impact towards the end of the 2019/20 season.
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Georginio Wijnaldum agrees terms with Barcelona over transfer from Liverpool

Wijnaldum has been at the centre of speculation over a possible move to the Nou Camp after the midfielder entered the final year of his Liverpool deal.
Lionel Messi reportedly has Barcelona in “suspense” amid talk over his future.

Leo Messi unlikely to change mind on exit – Barca presidential candidate

Lionel Messi is unlikely to change his mind about leaving FC Barcelona, a presidential candidate in the Spanish club’s elections, Victor Font, has said.
Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, is aspiring to join Manchester City this summer.

Frenkie de Jong: Leo Messi is still in Barcelona WhatsApp group

Frenkie de Jong has revealed that Lionel Messi remains in Barcelona players' WhatsApp group chat despite recently asking to leave the club.
Ndubuisi Egbo’s tutored side KF Tirana suffered defeat in the Albanian Super Cup on Monday.

Ndubuisi Egbo’s KF Tirana suffer defeat in Albanian Super Cup

Ndubuisi Egbo’s tutored side KF Tirana suffered defeat in the Albanian Super Cup on Monday.
The draw for the third qualifying round of the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League, made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Tuesday

UEFA Europa League third qualifying round draw

The draw for the third qualifying round of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League, made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Tuesday:

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Everton goalkeeper hires bodyguards after threats from Liverpool supporters

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FEC approves N2.9 billion for printing of exam materials

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EFCC re-arraigns two Chinese nationals over ‘N100 million bribe’

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