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    FA CUP FINAL PREVIEW: Chelsea And United Looking For Silverware PLUS Serie A, La Liga And German Cup Final

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    FA Cup Final
    17:15 Chelsea vs Manchester United

    This season’s FA cup final sees old foes Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho crossing swords again as both clubs look to land some silverware.
    It’s been a tough campaign with Manchester City sweeping thier opponents aside in the Premier League and League Cup.
    But now Pep Guardiola’s men are out of the way, the FA Cup is up for grabs.

    Head-to-head

    • These sides have met in the FA Cup final on two previous occasions: Chelsea won 1-0 in 2007 after extra-time, while United won 4-0 in 1994.
    • The 2007 final was the first FA Cup final to be played at the rebuilt Wembley and current United boss Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea.
    • This is the eighth meeting in all competitions between these sides at Wembley. No two sides have met more often at the home of football.

    Chelsea

    • The Blues are appearing in their 13th FA Cup final and an eighth victory would take them joint third on the all-time list with Tottenham.
    • They were beaten FA Cup finalists last season, losing 2-1 to Arsenal.
    • Chelsea have reached successive finals for the first time since 2009 and 2010, but Antonio Conte could become the first manager to lose consecutive FA Cup finals since Howard Kendall with Everton in 1985 and 1986.
    • Olivier Giroud has had a hand in 22 goals in 26 FA Cup appearances since January 2012, with 15 goals and seven assists, more than any other player in the competition during that period.

    Manchester United

    • United are appearing in a record-equalling 20th final. A 13th FA Cup win would see them equal Arsenal’s record tally.
    • The Reds have conceded just one goal in the competition this season.
    • Jose Mourinho is appearing in his sixth major domestic final in England (two FA Cup, four League Cup). He has won each of his previous five.
    • Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in the FA Cup this season and 12 in his last 12 in the competition.
    • Alexis Sanchez has scored five goals in his four FA Cup games at Wembley, including the winning goals in both of his semi-final appearances and Arsenal’s first goal in last year’s final.
    • He has scored eight goals in eight appearances for club and country at Wembley.

    What are the managers saying?
    Antonio Conte: “For us this game is very important because we have, in a difficult season, to finish the season with a trophy.
    “It’s always important for the players, for the coach, for the manager, for our fans, for the club, to finish the season with a trophy.
    “We’re focused on this target. We have to try to do everything to win the game tomorrow.”

    Jose Mourinho: “Of course it makes a difference, but one thing is to make a difference and another thing is to consider the season good or bad because of one match.
    “When I analyse the work I did, when I analyse the effort I put in, when I analyse everything we all did at the club, that obviously includes the most important people at the club, who are the players.
    “I’m not going to analyse them because of one very important match. But I know what my players did, I know what I put in, I know the effort, I know the positive things, I know the negative things and I’m not going to change my analysis of the season because of the result of one match. Not at all.”

    Chelsea:
    Third round – Norwich City (A) 0–0
    Third round replay – Norwich City (H) 1–1 (a.e.t.)(5–3 p)
    Fourth round – Newcastle United (H) 3–0
    Fifth round – Hull City (H) 4–0
    Quarter-final – Leicester City (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.)
    Semi-final – Southampton (N) 2–0

    Manchester United:
    Third round – Derby County (H) 2–0
    Fourth round – Yeovil Town (A) 4–0
    Fifth round – Huddersfield Town (A) 2–0
    Quarter-final – Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 2–0
    Semi-final – Tottenham Hotspur (N) 2–1

    Predicted teams
    Chelsea XI: Courtois; Moses, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Fabregas; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.
    Out: Drinkwater, Luiz, Emerson and Ampadu.

    Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.
    Doubts: Lukaku and Fellaini.


    Spanish La Liga
    12:00 Celta Vigo vs Levante
    15:15 Leganes vs Real Betis
    17:30 Sevilla vs Alaves
    17:30 Malaga vs Getafe
    17:30 Las Palmas vs Girona
    19:45 Villarreal vs Real Madrid
    Sunday
    11:00 Valencia vs Deportivo La Coruna
    15:15 Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol
    17:30 Atletico Madrid vs Eibar
    19:45 Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
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    Sunday games: LaLiga
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    Sevilla v Alavés

    Joaquín Caparrós may not be getting paid and may not be getting the job full-time next season, but that hasn’t stopped him having an immediate impact at Sevilla. A return of seven points from three games, after a shocking run of form that made Vincenzo Montella’s position untenable, has taken Los Rojiblancos back into Europe at the last. Caparrós, now 62 and supposedly retired, might not be Mr Right, but he’s doing a solid turn as Mr Right Now.
    This stint in charge may not get the perfect send-off, however, with Sevilla a better bet than most to be in holiday mood already. The Andalusians face a gruelling summer of European qualifiers, starting as early as July, so there’s a decent chance a few big names will be spared one last hurdle on Saturday. “We’ll go out and play in flip flops next week,” Caparrós said after the 2-2 draw with Betis.
    Alavés are more than capable of taking advantage if their hosts take their foot off the gas. The Basques have won three away games on the spin and five of their last seven overall, finishing the season with a flourish. They beat Sevilla earlier this season, and with Munir El Haddadi in inspirational form, will be hopeful of avoiding defeat – and maybe even clambering into the top half of the final table.

    Villarreal v Real Madrid

    It’s the perennial pre-final conundrum: wrap your best players up in cotton wool to ensure they’re fit for the big day, or play your full side in an attempt to build momentum? Zinedine Zidane looks set to opt for the second option, going full force against Villarreal after rotating against Sevilla and Celta Vigo.
    There has been good news for Los Merengues this week: both Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal have taken part in training sessions, raising hopes that they will be fit to face Liverpool after lay-offs. Yet caution may be the order of the day for that pair, with Zidane painfully aware just how crucial they will be to his side’s hopes in Kiev.
    Villarreal have been in good nick, winning four of their last five to cement a place in Europe next season, and have done well against Real recently: the Yellow Submarine have only lost two of the last six meetings and won 1-0 at the Bernabéu earlier this term. They have also won three on the spin at the Cerámica and will be keen to sign off with a win.
    The result here is of no import to Madrid, and you would forgive their players to entertain thoughts of self-preservation, especially in the second half. No one wants to miss a big match due to an injury in a meaningless game, after all. That could allow Villarreal to claim something.

    Barcelona v Real Sociedad

    It’s odd to end a double-winning season with a vague feeling of emptiness, yet that is the reality for Barcelona this term. Their European woes have been thrown into sharp focus by Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign, and the lack of a proper domestic title race has given the second half of the season the air of a parade.
    Going unbeaten throughout the league season would have elevated their achievements, but that ambition crumbled in bizarre fashion against Levante last time out. Conceding five goals in a game is bad enough for a side like Barça; conceding five goals to a side that was threatened by relegation just a few weeks ago borders on the surreal. Rookie centre-back Yerry Mina probably hasn’t slept since.
    It will be important for Ernesto Valverde to end the season on a high, and there’s every chance of that happening against Real Sociedad. The Basques have put in some eye-catching displays at home but are poor travellers: they’ve won just one of their last 13 away from home (all competitions). Throw in the fact that their last win at the Camp Nou came in 1991, and getting something on Sunday night looks like a tall order.
    They could contribute to a thriller, but the nine-goal blowout in Levante-Barça has skewed the goals markets somewhat. Instead, we’ll get behind Philippe Coutinho to score, as he has six times in his last six outings for the Blaugrana.


    Serie A
    14:00 Juventus vs Verona
    Sunday
    14:00 Genoa vs Torino
    17:00 SPAL 2013 vs Sampdoria
    17:00 Cagliari vs Atalanta
    17:00 AC Milan vs Fiorentina
    17:00 Udinese vs Bologna
    17:00 Chievo vs Benevento
    17:00 Napoli vs Crotone
    19:45 Sassuolo vs Roma
    19:45 Lazio vs Inter
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    Lazio vs Inter-1X/gg/over

    We head for the final weekend of a Serie A season which has been full of life and drama, and comfortably the most exciting of the major European Leagues, in terms of the title race anyway. We’ve learned, as if we needed to learn, that a team of the quality of Juventus will always take some beating, and that mental strength can often be more important than pure ability.

    Juve quite simply were tougher, significantly tougher, than Napoli, and that was the deciding factor in the end, along with the size of Napoli’s squad. Napoli were offered Ciro Immobile before his move to Lazio, and had they taken him, this title race may have had a different outcome. Lessons learned, and maybe chance now gone.

    The relegation battle is fascinating and still very much alive, but I must confess that I didn’t like some of the results last weekend. They smacked of deals done and the bad old days of Serie A. That means that we must tread carefully on this final weekend.
    Lazio v Inter

    This is the game of the weekend by some distance, as Inter need to win to jump above Lazio in the table and clinch fourth place in the table on head-to-head record. There’s also a subplot featuring the Capocannoniere race, with in-form Mauro Icardi just one goal behind Ciro Immobile, and Immobile rated as a doubt for this final game of the season.
    If Immobile is anywhere near fit, I think that Simone Inzaghi will play him, but Inter’s approach here will be significantly different to the way that they have gone about playing the big teams this season. They have often shut up shop, battled for a 0-0 draw (as they did against Lazio earlier this season) and been happy to walk away with a clean sheet.
    That won’t be good enough here, and with that top scorer prize up for grabs as well, I think that we might see a shootout of sorts. Lazio are the top scorers in the League, but look tired and may be vulnerable, while Inter look very weak defensively when they have to take risks, and with that end of season feeling also in the air I see a very open game with the race for fourth going down to the final few minutes.
    This will be worth watching, and I think that there will be at least four goals.

    Milan v Fiorentina

    Backing Milan at odds on at home is normally a sign of madness, but I think that they’ll get the job done at home against Fiorentina on the final weekend.
    La Viola were desperately poor last weekend at home against Cagliari, and I wonder if the understandable emotion that this group of players have been feeling since the death of their captain Davide Astori has finally worn them down. They have shown extraordinary resilience and I wouldn’t begin to blame them if it has.
    La Viola went on a magnificent run of wins after they lost Astori, and those few weeks have probably been the story of this Serie A season, but they have tired and faded, beating Napoli to hand Juventus the title and then succumbing to Cagliari last time.
    Milan have to win this game to make sure that they will go straight into the Group Stage of the Europa League and they will be highly motivated to avoid those UEL preliminary rounds, while Fiorentina need a miracle to get into Europe: this result plus an Atalanta defeat, as well as a seven-goal swing. It isn’t going to happen.
    Milan are flawed and troubled, but not so badly that they will miss this particular open goal. They look a fair price to win, and that’s the bet at San Siro.

    Napoli v Crotone

    Crotone have battled hard to avoid relegation, but it looks as if they’ll come up short, although they will go down fighting. With SPAL looking strong favourites to win at home against Samp, it seems that Crotone will have to win at the San Paolo to have any chance of saving themselves, and given the way that they’ve approached their tilt at survival, this could well be full of goals.
    The last four Crotone games have all gone Over 2.5 Goals, and they’ll have to try and get at Napoli here, almost from the start, to turn this relegation picture in their favour, and apply pressure to the other teams under threat.
    Napoli, as we know, are full of goal-scoring potential, and even though they’ve been a lot more attritional this season than some would have you believe.
    They’ll want to thank their fans for believing right until the end and certainly won’t want to leave this season behind with another defeat, but they may have to win this by outscoring, rather than outmuscling, Crotone, and so I’ll go with a hatful here for the final tip of the season.


    DFB Pokal Cup Final
    19:00 Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt

    Future Bayern Munich boss Nico Kovac takes on current manager Jupp Heynckes

    We take a look ahead to Saturday’s DFB Pokal final clash between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt.
    Bayern Munich: There had been worries over Thomas Muller in the lead up to the cup final, as the forward picked up a stomach bug, but Jupp Heynckes confirmed in his press conference that the German has recovered and will be fine to play on Saturday. Bayern also received a boost with the news that Manuel Neuer is back in the squad after almost a whole season out, however the German will not start.
    Centre-back Mats Hummels is fit to start, but his partner Jerome Boateng remains out with an adductor problem, meaning Niklas Sule is likely to start. David Alaba and Arjen Robben have recently recovered after missing the last league game, and although the former could feature, Robben isn’t expected to be fit enough for the squad.

    Eintracht Frankfurt​: Unlike Bayern, Frankfurt do not have any majors injury worries going into the game, and Nico Kovac will be able to call on a near-full squad for the trip to Berlin on Saturday. The only absentees are Gelson Fernandes and Danny Blum.

    Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes:
    Saturday’s final will be the veteran coach’s final game as Bayern coach, after the German came back from retirement to lead the side to another Bundesliga title. It will be an emotional one for Heynckes.
    “I’m looking forward tomorrow, there will be plenty of emotions,” he said, speaking to the press. “The venue in Berlin is the German Wembley. It’s special for me to go with Bayern with my players. I’ve rarely had a relationship like this with any team.”
    He also talked up the opposition, saying his side needed to be ready. “Eintracht had a very, very good Bundesliga campaign,” he stated. “They advanced to the cup final last year and once again this year,”
    “They display lots of commitment, ambition and passion. And they play well. We’ve been warned.”

    Eintracht Frankfurt manager Nico Kovac:
    Kovac alluded to the fact that his side were in the final for the second year in a row, after losing 1-2 last year to Borussia Dortmund. “We made it clear before the season started that we wanted to reach the final again,” he said. “Some people made fun of us, but I’m delighted to be back in Berlin.”
    Like Heynckes, this is Kovac’s last game at the helm of Frankfurt, as he has been chosen to lead Saturday’s opponents Bayern next season. The German coach isn’t thinking about this yet, though.
    “We want to win the final, what happens afterward isn’t important,” he claimed. “It would be an explosion of emotions for Frankfurt and our fans”
    “The final is a nice farewell present. I’ve had a great time, so it’s a little bittersweet.”

    Did you know?
    Kovac has won the cup before, in 2002, but it was with Bayern, and he was on the field instead of the touchline. Frankfurt and Bayern met in the final of the DFB Pokal back in 2006, with Bayern edging it by one goal, and this current Frankfurt side haven’t beaten the Bundesliga champions in any competition since 2010.

    Possible lineups:
    Bayern Munich: Ulreich; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Rafinha; Thiago, Martinez, James; Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery.

    Eintracht Frankfurt​: Hradecky; Salcedo, Abraham, Falette; Costa, K.P. Boateng, Gacinovic, Chandler; Wolf, Jovic, Rebic.


    French Ligue 1
    20:00 Dijon vs Angers
    20:00 Lyon vs Nice
    20:00 Troyes vs Monaco
    20:00 Toulouse vs Guingamp
    20:00 Marseille vs Amiens
    20:00 Nantes vs Strasbourg
    20:00 Rennes vs Montpellier
    20:00 Metz vs Bordeaux
    20:00 Caen vs Paris Saint Germain
    20:00 Saint-Etienne vs Lille
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    Nante vs Strasbourg-1/gg
    Rennes vs Montpellier-1/1gg


    Metz v Bordeaux (20th v 7th)

    This game looks the biggest mis-match in France this weekend with Bordeaux a good bet to run out comfortable winners.
    Already-relegated Metz have nothing to play for and the club’s experiencing some turbulence following the news this week that manager Frederic Hantz will leave after this match.
    Announcing his decision to depart, Hantz was highly critical of the lack of support he’s enjoyed from his superiors both generally as the season has gone along and more specifically during the January transfer window.
    Fans may direct their hostility at club president Bernard Serin during the game and there’s no reason to suspect the Metz players will be able to lift the mood by posting a high-quality performance. With nothing to play for last weekend they lost 2-0 at Amiens and a similar outcome would be no surprise.
    Bordeaux have everything to play for as they’re chasing a Europa League. Two points off the pace heading into the weekend’s fixtures they’ll play to win.
    The visitors are in tremendous form: they’ve won five matches in a row vs non-top four opponents, scoring 15 goals and racking up a +9 goal difference in the process.
    Bordeaux are reliant on other teams dropping points to claim a European berth but will be determined to uphold their part of the bargain by winning on Saturday night.

    Marseille v Amiens (4th v 12th)

    Marseille should put the disappointment of their Europa League final defeat behind them by running out comfortable winners at Stade Velodrome on Saturday night.
    There will be some sadness in the home ranks at how the game in Lyon on Wednesday night turned out but the hosts are a good bet to sign off the season with a victory.
    Marseille are still chasing a Champions League berth and need to win and then hope Lyon or Monaco or both drop points in order to claim a top-three spot.
    Without the suspended Adil Rami and injured Dimitri Payet Marseille are without two high-quality performers. Yet they have much more to play for than mid-table Amiens and will be able to count on tremendous support.
    Eight of Marseille’s 11 home wins this season have been by a margin of two or more goals. A ninth such victory is on the cards.

    St Etienne v Lille (8th v 15th)

    Motivation should drive St Etienne to victory at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard although whether it will be enough for the host to achieve their goal of claiming a European place remains to be seen.
    With a proud European history, St Etienne are determined to clinch a Europa League place but need other teams to slip up in order to do so.
    Two points and two places off the Europa League positions, St Etienne must win and then hope Nice (6th) and Bordeaux (7th) lose.
    Doing their part of the job ought to be no problem for the hosts. They’re a better side than Lille and will be more committed than the visitors, too.
    Lille secured Ligue 1 safety last weekend at the end of long and miserable season. There’ve been numerous problems on and off the pitch for the visitors so several of their players will have mentally already checked out.


     

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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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