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December 11, 2017 2:08 PM Europa League round of 32: Arsenal, Atletico, Dortmund know opponents [Full draw]

Arsenal will take on Swedish club Ostersunds FK in the Europa League round of 32, while Atletico Madrid will take on Copenhagen. The draw which was conducted after the Champions League draw, will see AC Milan play Bulgarian club, Ludogorets Razgrad. Borussia Dortmund, that finished third in their Champions League group behind Tottenham and Real Madrid 14

December 11, 2017 12:52 AM Dikko, 2 others in CAF’s Think-Tank for Club competitions

yet another marker of the growing influence and visibility of Nigeria in global football administration, three Nigerians are members of a 14 –man Think-Tank put together by CAF to brainstorm over two days on ideas and strategies to rebrand the continent’s club competitions from both technical and commercial perspectives. Nigeria’s Shehu Dikko (NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC 14

December 10, 2017 7:00 AM Real Madrid vs Sevilla: Zidane speaks on 5-0 victory

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said his team is playing their way back into goal-scoring form, after Saturday 5-0 win over Sevilla in La Liga. The victory comes days after the 3-2 success over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Zidane feels the goal-scoring problems which affected their form is now behind them. “I hope things have changed 16

December 9, 2017 7:36 AM UEFA Champions League: England, Spain to have four automatic spots in group stages

From next season, Spain, Germany, England and Italy will each have four teams that qualify automatically for the Champions League group stages. Before now, the first three teams at the end of each season earned automatic spots, while the team that finished fourth went through the qualifying rounds. However, recent reforms mean only the top 10 European 17

December 9, 2017 7:09 AM UEFA Champions League: Dutch league loses automatic group place

From next season, Eredivisie champions will not get an automatic place in the Champions League group stage. Dutch champions Feyenoord finished bottom of their Champions League group and Vitesse Arnhem were bottom of their Europa League group this season. This follows Holland’s national team’s failure to reach Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia 17

December 7, 2017 8:08 PM 2017 Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo speaks on equalling Messi’s record

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he hopes “the battle with Lionel Messi continues”, after he equalled the Argentine’s record of five Ballon d’Or awards on Thursday night. Ronaldo had previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively. Speaking shortly after he was announced winner, the Real Madrid forward said, “I feel very happy, it’s a fantastic 21

December 6, 2017 7:15 PM Manchester Derby: Le Tissier reveals Mourinho’s game plan

Sky Sports pundit, Matt Le Tissier, has claimed that Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, will sit back and defend rivals Manchester City in Sunday’s Derby. United go into the game in second place eight points behind their neighbours. Mourinho’s men will be keen to avoid defeat, as it will further widen the gap between them and the high-flying City side. Le Tissier 18

December 6, 2017 3:36 PM Premier League Player of the Month: Hazard, Salah, others shortlisted [Full list]

Nominees for the English Premier League Player of the Month for November has been announced. Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, Eden Hazard of Chelsea, Man City duo, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are all in a 7-man shortlist for last month EPL award. The nominees were on Wednesday announced by the Premier League on their verified Twitter handle. The 3 other 24

December 6, 2017 10:33 AM Cristiano Ronaldo deserves fifth Ballon d’Or award – Kovacic

Real Madrid midfielder, Mateo Kovacic has backed teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo is expected to join the Barcelona superstar on a record five Ballons d’Or and Kovacic said a win would be deserved after Madrid won La Liga and the Champions League last season. Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions league clash with Dortmund 18

December 6, 2017 9:38 AM Champions League: Why Chelsea, other English clubs may not win UCL trophy this season – Conte

Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, has disclosed that biggest obstacle for his club or any other English side to win this year’s EUFA Champions League trophy is the English Premier League (EPL). Conte’s men are likely to meet either Lionel Messi’s Barca and Neymar’s PSG or Turkish Beskitas, in the last-16 after the Blues drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday 21