Villarreal make history, signs La Liga’s first ever Qatari player

TVC-E. Villarreal says it has signed the Spanish league's first Qatari player, 19-year-old striker Akram Afif. In a statement on its website, subsequently retweeted by Afif, Villarreal also confirmed that an agreement had been reached "in principle". The 19-year-old, who was born in Doha, is no stranger to Spanish football having played for Villarreal and Sevilla's youth teams. Since 2015, Afif has been playing for KAS Eupen, a Qatari-owned team in the Belgian second division. Eupen is owned by Qatar's renowned Aspire Academy, which has spent millions trying to develop young Qatari sports stars over the past decade. Afif is a product of Aspire. Afif's transfer to arguably the strongest European league could be seen as a major coup for Aspire. During the current season he scored six times in 16 appearances for Eupen, who subsequently have gained promotion to Belgium's top division. Eupen director Christoph Henkel said in a statement posted on the club's website that...

UEFA Champions League semifinal draw

TVC E. The semifinal draw for the UEFA champions league took place hours ago and teams know who they'll be facing in the race to Milan. Real Madrid will battle it out Manchester city while Bayern Munich will slug it out with giant-slaying Atletico Madrid for a place in the final. ...

Arsene Wenger praises Iwobi after scoring for Arsenal

TVC E, SOCCER - Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has lavished praise on youngster and nephew to Jay Jay Okocha, Alex Iwobi, after the Nigerian International scored his first premier league goal against Everton last night. After a good performance against Barcelona in the mid-week champions league fixture, Iwobi scored a goal in the 42nd minute in Saturday's win over Everton and Wenger was quick to praise his passionate display.      “He’s an intelligent boy who loves football. He’s very passionate about the game and keen to learn.    Very hungry as well,”Wenger told reporters. “I took him in training at the beginning of pre-season and I liked what he did. “After that he improved very quickly with the first team and months after months he developed very well, and that’s why I integrated him and played him.” Iwobi will head to Kaduna this weekend to link up with his international teammates ahead of...

Gunners still alive after Barca loss, says Cech

[caption id="attachment_11503" align="alignleft" width="300"] Arsenal vs Barcelona[/caption] TVC E (SOCCER) - Despite losing 2-0 to reigning titleholders Barcelona, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said Wednesday his team still had a chance to reach the Champions League quarter-finals despite. “We are still alive,” the 33-year-old Czech Republic keeper said on his website following Tuesday’s loss at the Emirates. “It’s not as if we conceded five goals,” he added. Cech, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea before this season, offered a few good saves on Tuesday but failed to stop Lionel Messi who scored 71 minutes into the game before adding a second from the penalty spot on 83 minutes. “The second goal trimmed our chances for the second leg. But nothing’s lost yet,” said Cech. “If we play the same way and improve productivity, we still have a chance to turn the fight for the last eight into a drama.” The return leg tie is at the Camp Nou on...

FA Cup: Chelsea humiliate Man City

TVC E, SOCCER - Manchester United 's manager, Manuel Pellegrini must be blaming his decision to field inexperienced team against the angry Chelsea side. Chelsea punished Manuel Pellegrini’s controversial decision to field a remarkably inexperienced team as Eden Hazard inspired a 5-1 demolition of Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday. With City due to make the long flight to the Ukraine on Monday ahead of their Champions League last 16 first leg tie at Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, Pellegrini had pleaded with the FA not to bow to demands from television networks to move the Chelsea game from its original Saturday date. But Pellegrini’s request was ignored and, concerned that injury-hit City were in danger of being stretched to breaking point, the Chilean boss prioritised European success and next weekend’s League Cup final against Liverpool, admitting that he didn’t consider the Stamford Bridge showdown “a real game”. Pellegrini had warned...

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