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    Champion’s League Semi-finals: Everything You Need To Know About Roma V Liverpool, Real V Bayern

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    Liverpool will play Roma in the Champions League semi-finals, with Bayern Munich facing Real Madrid.

    The Reds, who beat Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the last round, will host Roma on Tuesday, 24 April with the return leg on Wednesday, 2 May.

    Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals, while Red Bull Salzburg meet Marseille.

    The Gunners will play the first leg at home on Thursday, 26 April, with the second leg a week later on 3 May.

    The Europa League final will be in Lyon, France on Wednesday, 16 May, with the winner guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League.

    The Champions League final will be held in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday, 26 May.

    Liverpool, Champions League winners in 2005, have not faced Roma in a competitive match since March 2002.

    The Reds’ top scorer Mohamed Salah will face the club he left for £34m in the summer.

    Roma are fourth in Serie A – 21 points behind leaders Juventus.

    They staged a remarkable comeback to beat Barcelona 3-0 on Wednesday and win their quarter-final on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

    “If anybody thinks this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

    “They obviously didn’t see both games against Barcelona. In the first result, 4-1 was not how the game was – it was Lionel Messi genius against a good side of Roma.

    “The second leg was outstanding, it was outstanding what they did. They should have probably won 4-0 or 5-0 – I was really impressed.

    “It is just the draw and I know it is very exciting, but it is good because the most important news is we are still in the competition.”
    Head-to-head record in Europe
    Played: 5
    Liverpool wins: 2 (5 goals)
    Roma wins: 1 (2 goals)
    Draws: 2

     

    Match facts

    • Mohamed Salah returns to Roma after leaving for Liverpool in the summer. He has scored 29 Premier League goals this term, as many as he managed in two Serie A campaigns for the Giallorossi (14 and then 15).
    • Edin Džeko scored three goals in 11 games against Liverpool during his four-and-a-half seasons at Manchester City, but none of them came in a victory. His overall record against the Reds was three wins, four draws and four defeats. Federico Fazio (Tottenham, 2014–16) and Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City, 2010–17) also have Premier League experience.
    • Roma won their first three two-legged knockout ties against English clubs – but have since lost six out of six.
      Liverpool’s overall record against Italian clubs is W9 D5 L11; in two-legged knockout ties, they have won four and lost two.
    • Džeko and Salah scored for Roma in a 2-1 friendly win against Liverpool in St Louis in August 2016. The Italian side had also been victorious when the teams met in Boston two years earlier, while in 2004 Liverpool were 2-1 victors in another US friendly in East Rutherford.

    Previous meetings
    1984 final highlights
    1983/84 European Cup final (Rome)
    Roma 1-1 Liverpool (aet; Liverpool win 4-2 on penalties)

    2000/01 UEFA Cup fourth round
    Roma 0-2 Liverpool
    Liverpool 0-1 Roma
    Liverpool win 2-1 on aggregate

    2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage
    Roma 0-0 Liverpool
    Liverpool 2-0 Roma


    Real vs Bayern, One of Europe’s top clashes

    Minutes before the draw was made, Bayern announced Eintract Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac will replace Jupp Heynckes as their coach at the end of the season.

    Heynckes is in his fourth spell at Bayern, with his third ending with victory in the 2013 Champions League final.

    To repeat that feat, he will have to find a way to overcome defending champions Real in the semi-finals, with the German club at home in the first leg on Wednesday, 25 April and then travelling to Madrid on Tuesday, 1 May.

    Real, who have won the competition in three of the past four seasons, reached the last four by coming through a dramatic second leg against Juventus.

    Leading 3-0 from the first tie, Zinedine Zidane’s side were pegged back to 3-3 at the Bernabeu, before a last-gasp penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo saw them through.

    Zidane has been under pressure this season though, particularly for his team’s league form, with Los Blancos fourth in La Liga and 15 points behind leaders Barcelona.

    Real beat Bayern in a dramatic and controversial quarter-final last season – winning 6-3 on aggregate after scoring three goals in extra time – on their way to lifting the title.

    “It’s one of European football’s top clashes. It’s the defending champions against a top side with quality players,” said Heynckes.
    Head-to-head record in Europe
    Played: 24
    Bayern wins: 11 (36 goals)
    Madrid wins: 11 (37 goals)
    Draws: 2

    Match facts

    • The first leg is the 25th match between the sides, making it the most played fixture in UEFA club competition.
    • This will be the sides’ seventh semi-final meeting. Bayern have won four to Real Madrid’s two so far.
      Madrid have won their last five matches against Bayern, scoring 13 goals and conceding four.
      Cristiano Ronaldo has seven goals in his last three appearances against Bayern – and nine in six matches overall.
    • Toni Kroos began his career with Bayern, making over 200 appearances for the club before moving to Madrid in 2014.
    • James Rodríguez is in the first of a two-year loan at Bayern from Madrid. Arjen Robben spent two seasons with the Merengues before moving to Germany in 2009, winning the Liga title in 2007/08.

    Previous meetings
    1975/76 European Cup semi-finals
    Real Madrid 1-1 Bayern
    Bayern 2-0 Real Madrid
    Bayern win 3-1 on aggregate

    1986/87 European Cup semi-finals
    Bayern 4-1 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern
    Bayern win 4-2 on aggregate

    Classic semi-final moments
    1987/88 European Cup quarter-finals
    Bayern 3-2 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid 2-0 Bayern
    Real Madrid win 4-3 on aggregate

    1999/2000 UEFA Champions League second group stage
    Real Madrid 2-4 Bayern
    Bayern 4-1 Real Madrid

    1999/2000 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
    Real Madrid 2-0 Bayern
    Bayern 2-1 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid win 3-2 on aggregate

    2000/01 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
    Real Madrid 0-1 Bayern
    Bayern 2-1 Real Madrid
    Bayern win 3-1 on aggregate

    2001/02 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
    Bayern 2-1 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid 2-0 Bayern
    Real Madrid win 3-2 on aggregate

    2003/04 UEFA Champions League round of 16
    Bayern 1-1 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern
    Real Madrid win 2-1 on aggregate

    2006/07 UEFA Champions League round of 16
    Real Madrid 3-2 Bayern
    Bayern 2-1 Real Madrid
    Aggregate 4-4; Bayern win on away goals

    2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
    Bayern 2-1 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern aet
    Aggregate 3-3; Bayern win 3-1 on penalties

    2013/14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
    Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern
    Bayern 0-4 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid win 5-0 on aggregate

    2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
    Bayern 1-2 Real Madrid
    Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern aet
    Real Madrid win 6-3 on aggregate

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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…

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    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.

     

     

    By Juma Ali

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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…

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    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…

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    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.

     

    By Juma Ali

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