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Messi reveals name of third child

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Read more: Messi reveals name of third childLionel Messi and his wife Antonela Roccuzzo are preparing to welcome another little boy into their family.And that little boy now has a name.

Barcelona icon Messi took to Instagram on Wednesday, sharing a video of his wife’s bump alongside the caption: ‘Baby Ciro’.

Messi and his childhood sweetheart already have two sons — Thiago, five, and Mateo, two — with No 3 Ciro expected to arrive late this month or in early March.She shared a photo of Thiago kissing her belly in November next to the words: ‘The sweetest older brother’.

 

Life away from football appears to be going swimmingly well for Messi, who is continuing to excel on the pitch too.

The Argentina star has providied 20 goals and 10 assists in 22 La Liga appearances this season.

He has also netted three times in four Champions League starts.

Meanwhile team mate Luis Suarez enjoyed some home comforts on Wednesday as the Barcelona striker drunk some traditional South American tea over breakfast at his personal restaurant.

The Uruguayan posted a photo of himself with ‘mate’ tea at his Barcelona breakfast spot Chalito Rambla which is based  in the city centre Suarez drank the beverage with a straw as he displayed his personalised flask which featured photos of himself and his family.

Suarez’s restaurant, which was launched in October, specialises in barbeque and roast meat and is located in the heart of Barcelona’s tourist district.

His team-mate Lionel Messi is also a fan of the caffeine-rich drink and last month enjoyed a mug with his pregnant wife Antonella Roccuzzo.

The South American favourite is particularly popular in Argentina and Uruguay and is traditionally consumed through a straw and held in a gourd.

Suarez is gearing up for Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Valencia at the Mestalla on Thursday evening.

olders Barcelona are 1-0 up on aggregate from the first leg thanks to Suarez’s second-half winner last week at the Nou Camp.

Ernestro Valverde’s side were held to a 1-1 draw with Catalan rivals Espanyol last time out as Gerard Pique’s equaliser eight minutes from time rescued a point.

Barcelona remain nine points clear of second-placed Valencia at the top of La Liga with holders Real Madrid languishing in fourth place, 19 points off their rivals.

Pele's Health Scare Dismissed, 'He's Doing Well, Resting At Home'

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Read more: Pele's Health Scare Dismissed, 'He's Doing Well, Resting At Home'Footballing legend Pele has been said to resting at home as news of his collapse and hospitalization have been dismissed by his spokesperson, BBC reports.

The 77-year-old Brazilian had pulled out of an appearance in London in a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers Association (FWA).

The FWA had released a statement to announce his withdrawal, saying:

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests, which appear to point to severe exhaustion.

He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion and everybody at the Football Writers’ Association wishes Pele a swift and full recovery.

Pele’s spokesperson, Jose Fornos Rodrigues, has however dismissed reports of his hospitalization as “fake news,” saying the legend only needed rest. He said:

 

He just didn’t want to make a long and stressful trip to London, in and out of who knows how many planes and airports. That’s all.

Gernot Rohr Signs New Super Eagles Deal

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Read more: Gernot Rohr Signs New Super Eagles DealThe Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday signed a two –year contract extension with Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.
The NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, explained that Rohr, initially taken on board in July 2016, deserved the extension after qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, even with a match to spare.
“He has done a very good job and when someone does a good job, he gets a reward. We are proud to have taken Mr. Rohr on board and we are delighted to be signing this contract extension with him.”
Rohr, who played as a defender and has coached Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and Gabon national teams before landing in Nigeria, expressed joy at the extension of the relationship, while insisting that the Super Eagles players and officials must remain level –headed and focused going forward.

Ryan Giggs beats Craig Bellamy to land the Wales job

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Read more: Ryan Giggs beats Craig Bellamy to land the Wales jobRyan Giggs has been appointed Wales manager and the Manchester United legend is due to be unveiled in his first permanent managerial job on Monday.

Giggs had a spell as interim manager at Manchester United in 2014 following the departure of David Moyes and then worked as assistant to Louis van Gaal. He has since been looking to begin his managerial career and will succeed Chris Coleman in leading what has been called the ‘golden generation’ of Welsh football, headed by Gareth Bale.

The 44-year-old Giggs made 64 appearances for Wales as a player between 1991 and 2007. 

The recruitment process was apparently finely balanced and another former Wales player Craig Bellamy also impressed during interviews. As well as Bellamy and Giggs, Mark Bowen and the current technical director Osian Roberts were also interviewed for the job.

Wales narrowly missed out on qualification for the World Cup this summer under Coleman but he turned down the offer of a new deal and instead returned to club management with Sunderland

Women attend Football Matches in Saudi Arabia for the First Time

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Read more: Women attend Football Matches in Saudi Arabia for the First TimeFemale football fans entered a stadium in Saudi Arabia’s western city of Jeddah on Friday, becoming the first women to attend a football match in the conservative kingdom.

Women wearing green and white scarves to represent their team colours lined up to enter the stadium, images posted by Saudi newspaper Okaz on Twitter showed.

Some pictures showed women with children entering the stadium, where signs were posted to indicate an entrance for families.

Some 10,000 seats have been allocated for women and families in King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah for the domestic league match between al-Ahly and al-Baten – one of three games that Saudi authorities said women would be allowed to attend this month.

Women will also be allowed to attend a match on Saturday in the capital Riyadh and on January 18 in the eastern city of Dammam.

At least 1,200 tickets have been bought by women and families for Friday’s game, Saudi newspaper Okaz reported, citing a sales official.

“We expect the sales to rise in the hours ahead of the match,” said Adel Kabli, the operating manager of e-ticket vendor Makani.

Both teams sold female shirts at discount prices to attract women supporters, Saudi media reported.

Football is the number one sport in Saudi Arabia, where the national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

In October, the Saudi General Sports Authority, a state agency, announced that three stadiums, up to now male-only facilities, would be prepared to be ready for families, including the allocation of special places for seating and entrances.

In September, Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz announced that women would be allowed to drive starting from June, a move that ended a long ban.

Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have championed lifting the ban as he is seeking to open up the country and revamp its international image.

Ladipo warns detractors to stay away from Supporters Club

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Read more: Ladipo warns detractors to stay away from Supporters ClubRafiu Ladipo, President-General, Nigeria Football Supporters Club ( NFSC ), on Thursday said that detractors should stay away from the club because it would remain an indivisible entity during his lifetime.

Ladipo made the assertion in an interview while speaking about efforts to unify the supporters club this year.

He said that the club was open to everyone, but that things must be done according to the laws guiding the club, adding that the present administration of the club would ensure unity.

“Nigeria Football Supporters Club will remain indivisible and I want all detractors to please stay away. We have rules guiding the club and those disgruntled elements should toe the line of the constitution.“I want to say that supporters club is a registered entity with a valid constitution, so our actions are guided by the law. We don’t just wake up to change rules.

“It is disturbing and laughable for a group of people that are suspended for going against the rules and provisions of the club to form a splinter group.

“What do these people know about the supporters club? Unfortunately they are new members not for more than five years, yet, they want to usurp authority,’’ he said.

Ladipo said that the club formed about 62 years ago remained a legacy that must not be allowed to be disjointed because of those agitating for positions not meant for them.

“Those agitating in the supporters club said they want leadership position and they want it by all means, that is not what leadership is all about. I have demonstrated what leadership is.

“I will not sit back and watch what we have laboured for in the past 62 years to be rubbished; we sweat for this club, energy and time not to talk about financial obligations.

Super Eagles To Play Four Friendlies – Pinnick

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Read more: Super Eagles To Play Four Friendlies – PinnickThe President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that four friendlies have been lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The FA boss said: “The World Cup is the big one next year and I believe we are going to be very ready when the tournament kicks off.
“We have lined up four friendly matches starting with the game with Poland in Warsaw on 23rd March. There will be other matches on 27th March, 28th May (in Nigeria) and 2nd June.”
The Gernot Rohr side will battle former World champions, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D at the mundial.

Aguero taken to hospital after fainting during Argentina,Nigeria friendly

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Read more: Aguero taken to hospital after fainting during Argentina,Nigeria friendlySergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting at half-time of Argentina's friendly defeat to Nigeria in Russia on Tuesday.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said the Manchester City striker "got dizzy" during the break after his tap-in doubled La Albiceleste's lead.

The Argentine Football Association wrote on Twitter that Aguero "presented symptoms of fainting and for that reason he was taken to have routine studies done as a precautionary measure."

He was released from hospital and back with the team in the hotel about two hours after the final whistle.

Dario Benedetto replaced Aguero in the lineup, but Nigeria rallied with three second-half goals to win 4-2, handing Argentina their first friendly defeat since November 2014.

Aguero's goal moved him past Hernan Crespo for third on Argentina's all-time top scoring list with 36 goals. He only trails Lionel Messi (61) and Gabriel Batistuta (54).

He has now scored in consecutive games for Argentina after not scoring in his previous eight, dating back to the 2016 Copa America

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