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Griezmann stars for Atletico Madrid to Win Europa League

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Atletico Madrid beat French side Marseille three goals to nil to win the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League.

2 goals from Antonie Griezmann and one from skipper Gabi ensured a win for the Spanish side to lift the trophy for the third time in nine years.

They last won the trophy in 2010 and 2012.

Griezmann netted either side of half-time, first thanks to a mistake from Marseille’s Andre Zambo Anguissa and the second thanks to a lovely one-two with Koke. With the match won, Gabi fired in a third with just a minute remaining.

Atletico Madrid players join Griezmann as they celebrate their first goal. [Photo:AFP/Getty Images]

Payet saw his team fall a goal behind when Griezmann profited from an error in the first-half and disappointment turned to agony when he pulled up with a muscular injury shortly afterwards. As he departed the field, tears spilled down his face and with France boss Didier Deschamps set to name their World Cup squad on Thursday. Payet, 31 becomes the latest star in doubt for the Finals in Russia.

Dimitri Payet was in tears after only lasting for 30 minutes in the final. [Photo:Reuters]

This, remarkably, was the club’s fourth European final in Simeone’s seven years in charge. The Argentine has overseen two Champions League final defeats by Real Madrid but his team previously overcame Athletic Bilbao to lift the Europa League in 2012. Despite this season’s group stage failure in the Champions League, Atletico remain one of the most dangerous and brutal sides on the continent.

However, Diego Simeone watched from the stands after he was banned following the touchline tirade during the first leg of the semifinal away to Arsenal.

Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone watched the final from the stands. [Photo:Courtesy] 

Without their inspirational midfielder, the French side caused Atletico just one major scare as ex-Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou headed against the post.

Marseille have now lost thier third final in this competition – twice under its previous guise as the Uefa Cup.

Man of the Match.

Antonie Griezmann – Scored two goals and provided an assist before being substituted in the dying minutes of the final.

Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring his first goal with Fortnite-inspired celebration. [Photo:BPI/REX/Shutterstock]

He has also scored 30 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid this season. This is his first major trophy for Atletico Madrid since joining in 2014.

 

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Aston Villa signs Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal

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Premier League side Aston Villa, have completed the signing of Arsenal Goalkeeper Emiliano Martineli, for a fee of around 20 Million pounds.

Emiliano Martinez poses with the Aston Villa Jersey

The 28 year old Argentine shot stopper,won  the FA Cup and The Community Shield with the gunners and has now penned a Four-year deal with Aston Villa.

Villa’s Manager, Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.”

 

 

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Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang Signs A new Contract Extension at Arsenal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new 3 year contract with the gunners, putting away any doubts that Arsenal were going to loose their top talisman come the end of the season as his previous 3 and a half contract comes to an end.

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The 31 year old Gabon striker,announced his new contract extension by going live on Arsenal’s social media platforms.

Aubemayang said: ‘I signed the thing because I want to become an Arsenal legend, maybe leave a legacy.

‘It’s time to work a lot to become a legend but for sure I will give my best as always. This is my home. I am really happy to stay here. I will always give you my best. Signing for this special club was never in doubt.’

Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 and has a mindblowing 72 goals and 15 assists in just 111 games.

 

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Chelsea Complete Signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig

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Chelsea have confirmed in a  club statement the signing  of German foward Timo Werner  from RB Leipzig.

The 24 year old striker is currently enjoying his  most profitable season yet in his career, scoring 32 goals  and providing 13 assists in 42 appearances across all competition for Leipzig.

Timo Werner Celebrates scoring for RB Leipzig

Werner said: ‘I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.’

Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.’

 

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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Positive Aubameyang will Extend his Contract with the Gunners

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he is “pretty positive” that Aubameyang will sign a new contract with the gunners.

The strikers current deal expires in June 2021. And he claimed that whether he signs or not will be the biggest decision of his life.

“He needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him,” said Arteta.

The 30 year old Gaboneese striker joined the gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund scroring 61 goals in 97 appearances.

Arteta added: “I think at the moment I am extremely happy with how he’s been performing and behaving.

“I  have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far as I’m aware I think he’s very happy at the club.”

Speaking to a French football programme Telefoot Aubameyang said that he “hasn’t had an offer recently” from the club.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal training ground

“I did speak to the club quite a few months ago, and they know why nothing has happened yet,” he said.

“It’s a turning point in my career and I want to be honest with everyone.

“They have the keys. It is up to them to do their work and, after that, we will see how things go. It’ll certainly be a very difficult decision to make.”

Barcelona and Inter Milan are believed to be interested in the striker.

Premier leauge action resumes on Wednesday when Arsenal travel to Etihad to face Manchester City.

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Bandari FC Goes Digital To Keep Players Fit Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

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Bandari Fc head coach Ken Odhiambo has taken advantage of latest technology to keep his players fit amid the Covid-19 lockdown. By the use of a WhatsApp group Odhiambo keeps his players on toes by sending them daily r exercise routines.

Each player has to give a feedback on their progress said Shaban Kenga the captain.

“We are under the progamme which we were all provided by the coach through the group. It’s a daily routine [from Monday-Friday],”he said.  “On my part I always keep my fitness levels by training in the house or by  looking for appropriate field for outdoor exercises,” said Kenga.

Kenga went ahead to hail his club official for not affecting their salary disbursement.

“We really thank the management. We have not had a situation where our salaries are not being disbursed, we are paid just as usual and this really needs an applause. It’s a difficult period for many families and we hope this will end soon.” Said Kenga

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF), last month declared Gor Mahia the 2019/2020 champions after cancelling the season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision by FKF is being contested at the Sports Tribunal Court as it still remains unclear on when the 2020/2021 season will begin.

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