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Manchester City now in pole position to sign Lionel Messi if he can navigate his contract with Barcelona

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Manchester City football club are in now the strongest position to sign Lionel Messi if he can navigate through his contractual situation and get out of Barcelona this summer.

 

According to Sky Sports News reports on Friday August 28, both Messi and City boss Pep Guardiola want to renew their partnership at the Etihad even though Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are preparing offers in an attempt to persuade him to join them.

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Messi faces a tricky contract situation at Barcelona as he still has one year left to run on his contract but submitted a written transfer request on Monday August 24.

 

Manchester City now in pole position to sign Lionel Messi if he can navigate his contract with Barcelona

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According to the report, Messi wants the club to honour a clause in the contract that allows him to leave for free within 10 days of the Champions League final, which technically expired on June 10 after the original fixture was scheduled for May 30, but was delayed until August 23 due to Coronavirus.

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But Barcelona have told Messi they do not agree the clause is active and the only way he can leave is if he pays the £626m (€700m) minimum fee release clause. Messi’s lawyers do not agree with Barcelona’s perspective.

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At Manchester City, Messi would train under Guardiola again and play with his national teammate at Argentina, Sergio Aguero.

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Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

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Former Italy, Juventus, China and World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi has retired from coaching.

 

Lippi, 72, has been unemployed since resigning as China head coach in November last year following a 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Syria.

 

He lasted just six months in the job, his second time coaching China’s team.

 

After spells with Atalanta and Napoli, Lippi took charge of Juventus in 1994 helping them to three Serie A titles and the club’s last Champions League trophy in 1995-96.

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Across two stints as Juve coach, and a one-year reign with rivals Inter, Lippi won five Serie A trophies, four Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Coppa Italia.

 

After leaving Juventus in 2004, Lippi helped Italy to World Cup glory in 2006 and he was re-appointed by the Azzurri in 2008 following two years away from the national team.

 

Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

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The legendary coach now says he won’t coach again.

“I’m definitely done with the coaching job,” Lippi told Radio Sportiva .
“That’s right, it’s enough. Maybe I could be useful in other roles, let’s see. But nothing until spring.”

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In China, Lippi joined Guangzhou Evergrande in 2012 and claimed three Chinese Super League titles and the AFC Champions League trophy to go with Chinese FA Cup and Chinese FA Super Cup success.

 

But Lippi didn’t have any success with China’s national team and announced his resignation in November last year after a shocking loss to Syria.

“A team should give everything on the pitch. The tactics of the head coach should be carried out. If the player is afraid of losing the game, then there is no fighting spirit, desire, guts,” Lippi said post-match.

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“It is my responsibility, the head coach’s responsibility, although we defeated Guam and the Maldives, but the team that we played against today was better, more coordinated and organised than us.

“My annual salary is very high. I am fully responsible for this loss. Now I declare that I officially resigned.”

 

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West Ham fan who called Mohamed Salah ‘F****** Muslim c***’ is banned from attending football matches

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A West Ham United supporter has been banned from attending matches for three years after he pleaded guilty to racially abusing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Bradley Thumwood, 48, was handed the ban after appearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday following an incident during West Ham’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at the London Stadium on January 29.

In a video that was captured during the Premier League encounter, a male voice can be heard shouting: “Salah you f****** Muslim. F****** Muslim c***. F*** off.”

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Thumwood pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated Section 5 public order, and he was also fined £400 on top of the football stadium ban. He was also told to pay a victim surcharge and costs of £215.

‘Thumwood was issued with a three-year Football Banning Order and fined £400. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs amounting to £125,’ the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

West Ham vowed to take a ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to any future incidents of a similar nature but also said they will look to educate Thumwood to reform his views.

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‘The club works closely with Kick It Out and our fan group BAME Hammers,’ a club spokesperson said.

‘In conjunction with those parties, the club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views, whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful.’

Dedicated Football officer PC Andy Sheldon urged other football fans to report any future instances of discrimination when supporters are allowed back into the stadium.

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“We do not, and will not tolerate hate crime of any kind at football matches and will take action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during games,” PC Sheldon said.

“We are committed to working closely with football clubs to identify anyone behaving inappropriately and breaking the law. We are grateful for the support of West Ham United Football Club and for their commitment to eradicating this type of behaviour.

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Neymar surpasses Ronaldo in Brazil’s all-time goalscoring charts after scoring hat-trick against Peru

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Paris Saint-Germain striker, Neymar has surpassed Ronaldo and moved into second place behind Pele on Brazil’s all-time goalscoring list after scoring a hat-trick in a 4-2 World Cup qualifying victory againt Peru.

 

The 28-year old achieved the record with two penalties and an injury-time goal on his 103rd appearance for Brazil at Lima’s National Stadium last night.

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He celebrated the third goal by holding up the No 9 with his hands in what appeared to be a tribute to Ronaldo, the former Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Corinthians legend.

 

Neymar surpasses Ronaldo in Brazil

 

He now has 64 goals, two more than Ronaldo and 13 behind Pele, who heads the list with 77, according to the count by the world governing body FIFA.

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Brazil coach, Tite said after the game: ‘What I can say is Neymar has this unpredictability. He is the bow and the arrow, he’s a player who both makes and takes chances. And he gets better and better, and more mature.’

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See Brazil’s all-time goalscoring charts below. 

 

1 – Pele – 77 goals, 92 games

2 – Neymar – 64 goals, 103 games

3 – Ronaldo – 62 goals, 98 games

4 – Romario – 55 goals, 70 games

5 – Zico – 48 goals, 71 games

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