Arsenal Ladies have completed the signing of Vicky Losada from Barcelona.
The 23-year-old midfielder has spent much of the past 10 years with the Catalan club, captaining them to three Superliga titles and three Spanish Cups.
She also enjoyed a spell with Western New York flash in the United States during 2014, where she worked alongside Arsenal Ladies' manager Pedro Martinez Losa.
A Spain international, Losada has scored three goals in seven appearances during her country's 2015 World Cup qualification campaign.
Losa said: "Vicky is a very exciting player for us. I know her quality well from working with her at New York Flash, where she had one of the best assist records in the league.
“She is creative player, dangerous going forward with lots of energy and commitment. She will be a very valuable addition to the squad. I would like to welcome her to the team on behalf of everyone at the club."
Vicky will join up with Arsenal for pre-season training at the beginning of March.
Talented Nigerian female football star, Asisat Oshoala who signed for Liverpool Ladies on Friday, January 23, 2015 played her first game for her new team earlier today against Aston Villa Ladies. Asisat scored a goal in the enthralling game that ended 4-1 in favour of Liverpool. The delighted 20 year old versatile striker took to Instagram to share the good news.
Arsenal Ladies have completed the signing of Vicky Losada from Barcelona.
Liverpool Ladies have signed Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala who also won the 2014 African Women's Player of the Year Award at the recently held Glo-CAF Awards.
The Women’s Super League Champions secured the signature of the highly rated 20 year-old Nigerian international from Nigerian Women’s Championship title winners, Rivers Angels. Asisat says she is very excited about the deal.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been dealt a blow after Asier Illarramendi revealed he wants to stay at Real Madrid.
The defensive midfielder has struggled to nail down a regular spot at the Santiago Bernabeu since arriving for £24.2m from Real Sociedad in 2013.
His lack of action has led to speculation Illarramendi may leave this month.
Athletic Bilbao have reportedly launched a bid for the Spain under-23 international, while Arsenal, Liverpool and United are also said to be monitoring his situation closely.
But the 24-year-old has now rubbished talk he could be set for a move away from Madrid and instead pledged his future to the European champions.
"I'm really comfortable at the club," Illarramendi told AS.
"Madrid have not informed me of anything. As it stands I'm a Real Madrid player and I want to stay. I'm happy at the club and in the city."
Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has told the club's owners to find a new club for Liverpool target Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in France.
Lavezzi has reportedly fallen out of favour at the Parc des Princes after he failed to turn up for PSG's winter training camp in Morocco.
According to Le Parisien, that has forced Blanc to demand that Lavezzi be sold and a replacement be brought in.
The news will be a boost to Liverpool, who have been tracking the Argentina international since the summer transfer window.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be keen to bolster his attacking options during the January transfer window, with Daniel Sturridge still struggling for fitness and Mario Balotelli stuttering form.
Southampton ended Manchester United’s 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League on Sunday with a 1-0 victory that dislodged Louis van Gaal’s side from third place.
Dusan Tadic clinched Southampton’s first win at Old Trafford in 27 years in the 69th minute to strengthen the team’s chances of qualifying for the Uefa Champions League for the first time.
“Overall we had the better chances, played the better football and deserved to win but we have been punished for not taking our chances,” United captain Wayne Rooney said. “I have seen Southampton play better to be honest. We stopped a lot of their threats.”
But five minutes after coming off the bench, Tadic set up Graziano Pelle for a shot that hit the post. Tadic was then alert enough to send the rebound into the net with the game’s only shot on target.
The Serbia midfielder did earn a booking for his celebration, taking off his shirt and flexing his muscles in front of the cameras.
“We showed good resilience, even if at some times it wasn’t easy,” Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin said. “We had one opportunity and scored.”
Southampton are now two points ahead of fourth-place United, having recovered from a run of four successive league losses late in 2014.
“We went through a very hard patch in December and we showed good character (since then),” Schneiderlin said. “We believe in each other that we can do something great this season. To win at Old Trafford is just a reward of the work we have put in. At the start of the season a lot of people were writing us off.”
Alexis Sanchez delivered a majestic display as Arsenal closed the gap in the race for a top four finish in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Stoke City on Sunday.
Sanchez made Laurent Koscielny’s opener and then netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season either side of half-time at the Emirates Stadium to lift Arsenal above Tottenham Hotspur into fifth spot.
The battle for Uefa Champions League qualification is hotting up, with Arsene Wenger’s side now level on points with fourth placed Southampton, who face third placed Manchester United at Old Trafford later.
Just five weeks after Stoke’s shock victory over the Gunners, Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires watched from the stands as French defender Koscielny started the revenge mission with a sixth minute header from Sanchez’s cross.
The hosts struck again in the 33rd minute. It was another moment of magic from Sanchez as the former Barcelona forward took Tomas Rosicky’s pass and sized up his options before cleverly beating Asmir Begovic at his near post.
Sanchez was not finished yet and his deflected free-kick four minutes after the interval sealed the points.
Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy was carried off on a stretcher clutching his right shoulder after falling heavily.
The Frenchman collided with Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic as the pair jostled near the byline and had to be replaced by Hector Bellerin in the 13th minute.
Debuchy missed three months of the season having suffered a serious ankle injury in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City in September.
Super Falcons’ star, Asisat Oshoala received awards for the youth player of the year and African women player of the year. Talented player, Yaya Toure of Côte d’Ivoire won the 9th edition of the CAF wards as the African footballer of the year. He also won the same laurel at the 2013 edition. However Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Vincent Iyama was disappointed as he failed to receive an award. Some spectators, who spoke to NAN, described the organisation at the event as impeccable in spite of the late kick off of.
Vermaelen, who spent most of last season on the bench as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny formed a formidable centre-half partnership, has been linked with a move to Manchester United.
And speaking after the Gunners’ pre-season opener at Boreham Wood, which his side won 2-0, Wenger said: “I cannot guarantee he will stay, but should he go I would bring another centre-back in for sure.”
Wenger has already recruited Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy this summer and will “definitely” bring in a goalie to compete with Wojciech Szczesny.
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is another reported target, and Wenger said: “It’s not over, there’s still a long way to go.
“I can’t give you any names because you’re never sure if you can do what you want, but we’re still out there to strengthen our squad.”
Aaron Ramsey was among the senior players to feature in Saturday’s friendly – decided by Kris Olsson’s goal and a Benik Afobe penalty – and there was an appearance for forgotten man Abou Diaby, who missed all but the tail-end of last season with a knee injury.
Wenger continued: “We have big competition in midfield, but we have many players who didn’t play many games last year – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby.
“They’re back now but it’s very difficult to predict how fit they will be at the start of the season.”
Joachim Low’s side beat Argentina 1-0 in Sunday’s final thanks to Mario Gotze’s winning goal in extra time.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Guardiola said: “This is amazing for Germany. I’d like to congratulate all my players and head coach Joachim Low.
“Enjoy this unbelievable World Cup win. Germany fully deserve it.”
The Ivorian, who scored 24 times for City last season, is reportedly unhappy at the Premier League club, with rumours of a move away gathering pace in recent weeks.
According to Spanish newspaper, Sport, Los Blancos have be
Toure joined City from Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona in 2010 and has been one of the star performers in the Premier League since arriving in England.
Pop star Rihanna celebrated alongside Germany’s football stars after they secured World Cup glory in Brazil yesterday.
Die Mannschaft secured their fourth global title with a 1-0 win over Argentina in the Maracana.
During the post-match celebrations, Rihanna joined in with the team by posing for photographs with players, including Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and goalscorer Mario Gotze.
The 26-year-old, who also got her hands on the famous trophy, posted the photos on her Twitter page, and followed them up with the message: “I touched the cup, held the cup, kissed the cup, took a selfie wit the cup!!! I meeeaan…… what is YO bucket list looking like bruh?”
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Van Gaal is expected to push ahead with a series of moves in the transfer market this week with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels top of his wishlist.
United have four friendlies in the USA and a possible fifth if they reach the final of an eight-club tournament in Miami on August 4.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it. I’ve only met two people from the daily management at the club – the chief scout and the chief executive officer.
“And I’ve met two of the owners. It’s time that I get to know more people at the club.”
The Red Devils kick off their season on August 16 at home to Swansea.
Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 for their first World Cup win since 1998 on Saturday to
leave the Europeans bottom of Group F still without a point from their first World Cup
adventure and no longer able to progress to the last 16.
As it happened: Nigeria vs Bosnia
Peter Odemwingie's 29th-minute goal, crashed home at the Pantanal arena after a
muscular run and cross by Emmanuel Emenike, lifted Nigeria to second place in the group
with four points, behind already-qualified Argentina who have six.
Bosnia, beaten 2-1 by the Argentines in their opener, could be forgiven for feeling
aggrieved, however, as TV replays showed a disallowed goal by Edin Dzeko after 21
minutes had been incorrectly ruled out for offside and the big striker also hit a post in
Nigeria face Argentina in their final group game on Wednesday, needing a point to
guarantee advancing. Third-placed Iran, with one point, take on the Bosnians needing
nothing less than a win to stand any chance of pipping Nigeria to the last 16.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says Lionel Messi
was right to criticize his tactics publicly after the
unconvincing 2 -1 victory over Bosnia -Herzegovina .
Messi was unhappy Sabella played with five
defenders in their World Cup opener against the
Europeans . It was only at half -time , after the coach
reverted to the usual 4- 3- 3 formation , that
Argentina began to look impressive .
Argentina face Iran in Belo Horizonte in their second
Group F game and Sabella insisted that Messi had
been right to speak out .
Sabella told a news conference: “I was not hurt by
Leo’ s comment and he has said that before .
“He likes to play 4- 3-3 with ( Angel) Di Maria up
“He was asked how he likes to play and he
answered what he thinks in a respectful way. We
respect each other , we have a very strong team
spirit . It is good to have an open dialogue with my
“Sometimes players learn from us the coaches and
sometimes we learn from them .
“We can all make mistakes you know . Tomorrow we
will start with a 4 -3- 3 formation and we will take it
from there . We may have to change the formation
or not .”
It was only after the change against Bosnia that
Argentina started playing fluently , culminating in an
excellent individual goal by Messi , who said a 4- 3- 3
formation makes it much easier for him and fellow
striker Sergio Aguero .
Messi said : “As strikers we prefer that system as it
gives us more attacking opportunities and if we
don’ t use that system we suffer a bit .
“We as strikers favour that line - up. In the first half I
was often on my own and so was Kun ( Aguero ) and
it was very difficult , so there are things to be
improved on .”
Sabella said he had no issue with Messi going
public over this concerns.
“I am the one who encouraged Messi to ( say that)
and I fully trust all my players from a human and
professional standpoint , ” he said .
“We have a two - way street in our dialogue because
if you don’ t let them say what they want to say
then you won ’ t get the best out of them .”
Iran drew 0- 0 against Nigeria in their opening game
but coach Carlos Queiroz admitted they were up
against it .
He said : “It will require a miracle since Argentina is
one of the best teams in the world and also they
have one day of rest more than we do. ”
Victor Moses could be left out of Nigeria's
starting lineup as Stephen Keshi looks to
shake things up in his team for Saturday's
meeting against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the
Moses was taken off after 52 minutes for
Shola Ameobi after a less than impressive
display against Iran.
That performance looks to have cost him his
starting spot. In his place, Babatunde Michael
could come on as one of two changes the
Nigeria boss may make to his lineup.
The other is Osaze Odemwingie. The Stoke
striker sparkled when he came on for Ramon
Azeez with just over 20 minutes to play. It
now appears he will get the nod ahead of the
Godfrey Oboabona remains injured and will
not feature, meaning Joseph Yobo, who
replaced him after half an hour, will continue
in the role.
Enyeama, Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Yobo;
Onazi, Mikel, Odemwingie; Musa, Emenike,
Wayne Rooney has apologised to England's
fans for the side's early World Cup exit.
The Three Lions have been eliminated in the
group stage of the event for the first time in
56 years - much to Rooney's disappointment.
He posted a message on his Facebook page
that said: "Absolutely devastated to be out of
the World Cup.
“Going into each game we had great belief in
ourselves but unfortunately it hasn't worked
“Sorry to all the fans that travelled and at
home that we haven't done better...gutted!”
Roy Hodgson's men suffered successive 2-1
defeats to Italy and Uruguay before Costa Rica
knocked them out of the tournament
yesterday with a shock 1-0 win over the