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Bayern Munich signs Douglas Costa and Choupo-Moting

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Bayern Munich football club of Germany have signed Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Douglas Costa on transfer deadline day.

 

Choupo-Moting, a 31-year-old striker, who last played for Paris Saint-Germain, has signed a contract until June 30, 2021 while Costa joins the club on a season long loan.

 

Bayern Munich signs Douglas Costa and Choupo-Moting

Costa spent three years at Bayern before moving to Juventus for €40 million (£36m/$47m) in the summer of 2018, after winning two Bundesliga titles and the DFB Cup.

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After winning five trophies in total, including three successive Serie A crowns, Costa has fallen down the squad pecking order under new boss Andrea Pirlo.

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“I’m very happy to be playing for FC Bayern again,” Costa told the club’s official website. “I had a wonderful time in Munich with lots of successes and I’m sure we’ll win titles again.”

 

Bayern Munich signs Douglas Costa and Choupo-Moting

 

Choupo-Moting, upon joining Bayern said: “It’s a nice feeling to come back to the Bundesliga – and then to the biggest club in Germany. Who wouldn’t want to play for FC Bayern?”

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“It’s an honour to play for this club. At FC Bayern, the aim is always to win everything, and I am highly motivated to achieve these goals.”

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Ex-Arsenal youth star, Nico Yennaris changes name to Li Ke as he becomes first naturalised footballer to play for China

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Former Arsenal midfielder, Nico Yennaris has changed his name to Li Ke after becoming the first-ever naturalised footballer to play for China.

 

The 27-year-old who was born in the UK to a Chinese mother gave up his British passport as the world’s most populated country prohibits dual nationality.

 

Since becoming the first-ever naturalised footballer to play for China, Yennaris has made five caps for his adopted nation. He has also changed his name to Li Ke to reflects that he’s now Chinese.

 

Speaking with SunSport, Li, who plays for Beijing Guoan, said: “To be honest, I’m not sure what the name means. I was given it when I moved here.

 

Ex-Arsenal youth star, Nico Yennaris changes name to Li Ke as he becomes first naturalised footballer to play for China

 

“I didn’t actually know my name had officially changed until I arrived. It was a bit of a surprise but I’m happy and proud to have a Chinese name.

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“Everyone says it’s a decent name. Li is quite a common name in China. I’m used to people calling me it now.

 

“Some people still call me Nico. Some call me Li Ke but it’s more fans who will call me by my Chinese name.”

 

The former England youth star said it wasn’t a hard decision to waive his British citizenship.

 

He explained: “I was probably the most relaxed and most calm about it out of everyone. I think people around me were nervous because it hadn’t been done before.

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“But my thinking was football-based: I was progressing and if that’s what it takes to play international football, let’s go with it.

 

“I just made my decision there and then. I didn’t really dwell on it. I wanted to play for China.”

 

He made his China debut in a 2-0 friendly win over the Philippines on June 7 last year.

 

Li, who is still embracing the Chinese culture is regularly spotted and asked for pictures by people who he says are always “polite and friendly”.

 

Ex-Arsenal youth star, Nico Yennaris changes name to Li Ke as he becomes first naturalised footballer to play for China

 

The footballer who spends much of his spare time exploring Beijing on his scooter, said: “It’s so big, you can always find somewhere new. You get a mix of the old and the new.

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“When you go through certain areas, you see the history of the country with the architecture and the detail in some of the framework.

 

“Then you can drive half an hour in another direction and it’s like you’re living in 2024 with how modern it is.

 

“The way of living here is very relaxed, despite there being so many people. In London, everyone is head down, 100 miles an hour. It feels really busy but here it’s more relaxed.

 

“Buildings go up rapidly out here. You can definitely see and sense the feeling of growth within the country.”

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Nigerian footballer slumps and dies during a friendly match in Ogun

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Nigerian footballer, Usman Yusuf, who plays as a striker for Crown Football Club in Ogbomoso, Oyo, died after slumping during a friendly match in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The sad incident occurred on Sunday afternoon, November 15 at Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta

Yusuf, who was on trial at Gateway United FC, played the first half in their friendly against Sliema Wanderers before the incident.

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It was gathered that after he slumped, he was resuscitated after the medics attended to him. The striker was later taken to the State Hospital in Ijaye, where he passed on.

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Moses Ojewumi, the Media officer of the Gateway FC confirmed the incident on Monday in Abeokuta.

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He said, “Usman Yusuf who came on trial played the first half in a friendly for Gateway United FC against Sliema Wanderers on Sunday afternoon, during half-time he showed bad signs and Gateway United team doctor attended to him.

 

“It was later in the night, a call came in from camp that he had suffered a relapse, swiftly he was taken to State Hospital, Ijaiye where he gave up the ghost.”

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Ojewumi also added that the player “didn’t show any signs of illness when he came for trials and didn’t die at the camp as it was erroneously reported in some quarters.”

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Lewis Hamilton makes history as he wins his seventh Formula 1 title

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Lewis Hamilton has made history with his seventh Formula 1 title win on Sunday November 15.

 

The British superstar became the most successful racing driver ever with a masterful victory in the Turkish Grand Prix, equalling Michael Schumacher’s achievement in terms of titles, after already surpassing the German’s number of race wins last month.

 

Lewis’ victory at the teacherously wet and slippery Istanbul Park track in a topsy-turvy race was the 94th of his career. The emotional driver who remains the sport’s only black driver, went on to describe what a hard journey it had been to become the most successful driver in the history of Formula One.

 

Lewis Hamilton makes history as he wins his seventh Formula 1 title

 

He expressed hope of his success as a black man in an almost exclusively white sport, becoming an act of inspiration to children everywhere.

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Once out of the car, he said;

 

“To all the kids out there, dream the impossible.

“Seven is just unimaginable but when you work with such a great group of people and you really trust each other, there is just no end to what can do together.

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“I feel like I’m only just getting started, it’s really weird.”

 

He also wrote on Instagram;

 

Leading up to today and even after I crossed the line, I’ve been gathering my thoughts about what’s most important to me. This year has been so unpredictable. With the pandemic and obviously the season being pushed back by several months, I had the most downtime I’ve ever had in my life. It gave me the chance to really think about my ultimate purpose. Seven World Championships means the world to me, I can’t even describe how much, but there’s still another race we’ve yet to win.

This year I’ve been driven not just by my desire to win on the track, but by a desire to help push our sport, and our world to become more diverse and inclusive. I promise you I am not going to stop fighting for change. We have a long way to go but I will continue to push for equality within our sport, and within the greater world we live in.

Equaling Michael Schumacher’s record puts a spotlight on me that I know won’t be here forever. So, while you’re here, paying attention, I want to ask everyone to do their part in helping to create a more equal world. Let’s be more accepting and kinder to each other. Let’s make it so that opportunity is not something that is dependent on background or skin colour.

Nothing is impossible. A driving force for me this year has been to set an example for the next generation, to never give up on your dreams. I was told by many that my dream was impossible, yet here I am. I want you to know that you can do it too. Never give up, keep fighting, and let’s keep rising to the occasion. #S7ILLRISING

 

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