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Europe Watch: Osimhen, Iheanacho Shine As Adams Nets Brace

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Club football had the weekend spellbinding for football fans with Nigerian players plying their trade abroad on parade for their respective clubs.

Some were on the scoresheet, others nicked assists while others put in some good shift.

Let’s take a look at them:

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Saturday

Sadiq Umar was handed another start in Real Sociedad’s hosting of Athletic Bilbao. He shone for his team and capped his stellar performance with an assist to Take Kubo’s goal in the 48th minute. He was hooked off in the 61st minute of the game.

Victor Osimhen netted again for Napoli in the 51st minute after he was released through goal by Kvaratskhelia when the defending champions visited Leece and won by four goals to none.

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Victor Boniface started for Bayern Leverkusen as the Xabi Alonso-led team thrashed Mainz away from home. Although he didn’t score, he inspired his team to a 3-0 win.

Chidozie Awaziem played the entire minutes for Boviasta in the tensive 2-2 home draw against Famalicao.

Joe Aribo was an 85th minute substitute for Southampton when they defeated Leeds United at home in a 3-1 win.

Jamilu Collins was on the field throughout Cardiff City’s win when they hosted Motherham at home. Cardiff won by two goals to one.

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Cyrill Dessers played until the 84th minute for Rangers FC when they suffered a 3 – 1 home loss to Aberdeen FC. He made way for Adam Lovelace.

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Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi was substituted for Chris Wood in the 1-1 draw against Brentford at home. On the other hand, Frank Onyeka was a 64th minute substitute for Brentford.

Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho put in a great show for Leicester City as they humiliated Blackburn Rovers away from home. Ndidi created a assist for Vardy while Iheanacho converted from the spot in the 82nd minute.

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Gift Oban was a 68th minute substitute for Gent when they played a 1-1 away draw at RWD Molenbeek.

Rapheal Onyedika starred for Club Brugge at home in a 1-1 draw versus St.Truidden. He was, however, substituted for Eder Balanta in the 46th minute.

Troost-Ekong played the entire minute for PAOK FC in a 2-2 away draw versus Parathinaikos.

Tyrone Ebuehie traveled together with the rest of the Empoli squad and played the entire minutes in the 3 – 0 loss to Bologna.

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Udinese hosted Genoa and played a 2-2 draw. Isaac Success played for the home side until the 68th minute when he was hooked off for Thauvin. Maduka Okoye didn’t make it from the bench again.

At Atalanta, Ademola Lookman started for the home side when they hosted Juventus but could only last 65 minutes as he was subbed off for Luis Muriel.

Akor Adams fired a brace in for Montpellier when they won away from home at Lorient.

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Nantes suffered a 1- 3 loss away from home to Rennes. Simon Moses could not prevent the loss despite playing the entire minutes.

Kenneth Omerou-led Kasimpasa’s back-line again as they fought a win away from Fatih Karahgmunuk.

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BREAKING: Spain Beat England 2-1 To Win Euro 2024

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The Spanish national team on Sunday night defeated the Three Lions of England 2-1 to lift the Euro 2024 trophy.

Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal 86th minute goal secured the trophy for a record fourth time.

Nico Williams had earlier in the second half put Spain ahead in Berlin, Germany, before Cole Palmer levelled for England.

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Meanwhile, Marc Guehi’s effort to equalise for the Three Lions at the last minute was frustrated by Dani Olmo to finally sealed the trophy for the Spanish team.

Details later…

 

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VIDEO: Former Liverpool Striker Roberto Firmino Becomes Pastor In Hometown

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Former Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has embraced a new calling, announcing his ordination as an evangelical pastor at the age of 32.

The Brazilian footballer shared the news on his social media accounts, revealing a significant transition in his life.

Firmino, alongside his wife, was ordained as a pastor at the church they founded three years ago. The dedication ceremony took place last Sunday in his hometown of Maceio.

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In a heartfelt message, Firmino expressed that becoming a pastor was not an initial goal, but a mission that emerged from his encounter with Christ.

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“Since our encounter with Christ, a longing burns in our hearts… that people may know this love that has reached us. Now we have another responsibility… To be pastors according to the heart of God and to cooperate with the Kingdom,” Firmino stated.

He also extended his gratitude to pastors Jairo and Keila for their belief and encouragement in his spiritual journey.

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Firmino enjoyed a prolific career at Liverpool from 2015 to 2023, during which he secured seven major titles, including the 2019/20 Premier League and the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.

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One of his standout moments was scoring the decisive goal in the 2019 Club World Cup final, securing the title for the Reds.

Last season, Firmino played 34 games for Al-Ahli, scoring nine goals. He also represented the Brazilian national team, participating in the 2018 World Cup.

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Currently, Roberto Firmino continues his football career with the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli, where he played 34 matches in all competitions last season, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists.

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Finidi George Gets New Job

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Former Super Eagles coach Finidi George has taken up another managerial job at Nigeria Premier Football League side, Rivers United, barely three weeks after resigning as the head coach of Nigeria’s men’s senior national team, The PUNCh reports.

Finidi was announced as the head coach of the 2022 NPFL champions on Wednesday with an unveiling set to follow on Thursday.

Rivers United Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Finidi George as our new Technical Manager,” the club said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Finidi brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team, having had a distinguished playing career spanning over fifteen years.

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The statement reads, “His impressive credentials include winning the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in 1994, the UEFA Champions League with Ajax in 1995, and the Nigeria Premier Football League with Enyimba International FC in 2023.

“As a coach, Finidi has demonstrated his ability to lead teams to success, and we are confident that he will bring his expertise and passion to our club. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to a successful tenure under his leadership.”

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Finidi left his role as the Super Eagles head coach in June after two games in charge. It was in the wake of the team’s poor performance in two 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic which forced the Nigeria Football Federation to resort to hiring a foreign technical adviser for the team.

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Before taking the Super Eagles job, Finidi spent two full seasons and almost completed the third with Enyimba, leading them to their record-ninth NPFL title in 2023.

At Rivers United, he takes over the leadership from head coach Evans Ogenyi, who guided the club until the end of last season after the dismissal of the long-serving Stanley Eguma.

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A native of Port Harcourt, the 53-year-old began his career with Calabar Rovers, Iwanyanwu Nationale and represented local club Sharks FC – which was merged in 2016 with Dolphins to form Rivers United – for two seasons before embarking on a stellar European career.

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