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Swansea winger set to become Manchester United’s first signing of the summer

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Daniel James will undergo a medical with Manchester United on Thursday ahead of his £18m move from Swansea.

Manchester United are close to completing a deal for the 21-year-old winger and Wales international, who has one-year left on his contract with Swansea city, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to begin his rebuild of the club.

It is understood the initial fee is worth £15m plus an additional £3m in additions, with personal terms already agreed.

He’s currently part of the Wales squad preparing for European qualifiers against Croatia (Saturday) and Hungary (Tuesday).

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Montreal Impact Officially Unveiled Thierry Henry As Their New Coach [Photos

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Thierry Henry has officially been unveiled as the new coach of Major League Soccer (MLS) side Montreal Impact after he signed a two-year contract with the American football club.

 

This is the second opportunity for 42-year-old Arsenal legend who was Sacked in January by Monaco after a disastrous run for the club.

Out of the 20 games played for Monaco, Henry managed to win just four games, with his side losing 11 and sitting in the 19th spot in Ligue.

 

Henry held his first press conference on Nov.18 and said he confident he can recover from his sacking at Monaco.

At his press conference, the Frenchman said: ‘You have to start somewhere. That’s how you acquire experience. For me, it came with Belgium and Monaco, where I learned a lot about myself.

‘It’s about fighting. This isn’t just my story but the story of everyone in life. Everyone falls. It’s about how you get up.’

‘It didn’t work out in Monaco (as a coach). I can give you a lot of excuses but at the end of the day it didn’t work out and I am here as a coach of Montreal.

‘I learned a lot there. The only mistake you can make is not learning from what happened. You have to confront it.’

When asked about the likelihood of bringing success to the club,, he added: ‘The face of a team is often a reflection of the coach, but I want the community, the players to feel what’s going on in this city. Finance is not a problem. In this league, winning teams do not always have money.’

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My goal is to win the 2021 AFCON title with Nigeria – Coach Gernot Rohr

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Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that his goal with the Nigeria Super Eagles is to win the upcoming African Nations Cup in 2021.

Rohr, who led the Super Eagles to a 2-1 victory against Benin on Wednesday is out of contract in June 2020 but says his plan is to lead Nigeria to the summit of the African tournament rather than just qualify for it.

Nigeria face Lesotho in it’s second feature of AFCON 2021 qualifying this weekend and hope to make it a second win during this international football break.

The Franco-German coach who once played for Bayern Munich led Nigeria to a second-round exit in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and a third-place finish in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt earlier this year.

Speaking on his future plans, Rohr said;

It will be exciting for me to win the 2021 AFCON title with Nigeria. That’s my desire, and I will be the most excited.”

“So winning against Benin is just the beginning. I can’t be excited until we win the title in 2021.”

Reminiscing on the Super Eagles victory over Benin, Rohr told reporters; “The Super Eagles had a lot of scoring opportunities, but they failed to convert all of them.”

In the second half, we played a very good match, ‘one-touch two-touch’, and we have good wingers. We had a lot of opportunities, and with the changes we made, we did very well. It is good for us.”

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Spanish Super Cup Drawn as Saudi Arabia To Host Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid And Valencia

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On Monday, Spanish Super Cup draw held which will be played in Saudi Arabia in January 2020.

 

The national football association (RFEF) made it cleared on Monday, as

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (left), Valencia’s Jose Luis Gaya (second left), Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets (second right) and Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez were present.

 

The four-team event features Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.

 

Spanish newspaper ABC said the federation would earn between £29-£34m a year from the three-year deal.

 

But a government official and La Liga have criticised the move.

 

Spain’s acting junior minister for sport, Maria Jose Rienda, said the government would not support holding the competition “in countries where women’s rights are not respected”.

 

Human rights organisation Amnesty International has highlighted the country’s “abysmal” human rights record. Heavy restrictions on freedom of expression and women’s rights have been raised, as has the use of the death penalty for offences not recognised as crimes under international law.

 

The Kingdom has sought to stage sporting and entertainment events in a bid to attract visitors and move away from its oil-dependent economy.

 

A ban on women attending football matches in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom was lifted in 2017 as part of a wider easing of social restrictions championed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

 

Under his rule, the kingdom has lifted a ban on women driving, eased rules on gender segregation and women’s dress code.

 

Some barriers remain and several women activists have been put on trial, although RFEF president Luis Rubiales said he could guarantee no restrictions would be placed on women attending the matches.

 

An RFEF statement said the tournament would “ease fixture congestion” and allow clubs “to be able to better plan their pre-seasons”.

 

“The internationalisation of the competition will increase its value and contribute to raising our visibility and improving our image ahead of our bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” added RFEF.

 

However, in September, former Spain women’s international Veronica Boquete heavily criticised the decision, saying it represented “the victory of money and business above sport, above everything else”.

 

The Spanish Super Cup was last played in August 2018 when it was just a two-team event, with Barcelona beating Sevilla 2-1 in a match played in Tangier, Morocco

The tournament features the previous season’s top two teams in La Liga, as well as the winners and runners-up of the Copa del Rey, or the teams finishing third and fourth in La Liga.

 

Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid and Valencia will take on Real Madrid in the revamped tournament between 8-12 January, with the two winners meeting in a final.

 

La Liga’s president Javier Tebas opposed the RFEF’s choice of host, saying channel beoutQ carried pirated broadcasts in Saudi Arabia of global sports events, including Spanish football.

 

Italy’s Supercoppa Italiana was held in Saudi Arabia in January with Juventus beating AC Milan 1-0, and Juventus will face Lazio in Riyadh on 22 December.

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