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...

Werder Bremen end Onazi pursuit

[caption id="attachment_8247" align="alignleft" width="300"] Eddy Onazi[/caption] TVC E, SPORTS - After failing to meet his valuation, German Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen, has ended the quest to sign Lazio midfielder, Eddy Onazi. Report had said the Nigeria international will cost eight million euros, a fee considered too high by the Weserstadion outfit. The Bundesliga side had also taken note that Onazi lacks match practice, having played only six games this season, allnigeriasoccer.com reports. The midfielder has been linked with possible moves to Newcastle United and Swansea City in this transfer window, but the English clubs have not firmed up their interest by presenting official bids to Lazio. ...