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    UCL Returns: Salah’s Liverpool Can Harm Ramos-Less Real In Madrid, Can The Cityzens Stop Haaland?

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    Only two of Manchester City, Dortmund, Liverpool and Real Madrid will play in the round

    The UEFA Champions League is back, with only the 8 best performers left in the contest for this year’s edition of the most prestigious club football tournament in Europe.

    Football fans will be treated to two high profile games, including 4 teams with world class players tonight,and tomorrow alike.

    Real Madrid vs Liverpool

    Too much attention for today has however been shifted to Madrid-Spain where 2018 finalists, Real Madrid and Liverpool will face of tonight in the first of a two-legged encounter to see who claims the semi final spot.

    We can therefore only see one of the two teams in this year’s finals at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul-Turkey on a Tuesday night of 29th May this year.

    While this is a clash between two of the most successful sides in this competition, the pair are a shadow of themselves. Both teams come into this one with major absences, with the winner likely to be whoever can cope the best with the gaps in their side.

    Sergio Ramos has been ruled out, robbing us of a reunion between him and Mo Salah after their controversial 2018 clash. Eden Hazard is out for Real once again, while the Reds will be missing Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez among others.

    Liverpool Advantageous

    Real Madrid have clawed their way back into the Spanish title race, heaping more pressure onto their weekend encounter with Barcelona. Having that game in between two legs against Liverpool can’t be good for Zinedine Zidane’s side, while it allows Liverpool the chance to keep their European hopes alive.

    The Reds have been excellent in Europe, much better than their inconsistent league displays. Their home and away wins over RB Leipzig saw them deal with one of the best-performing sides in Europe. Jurgen Klopp’s men have now won six of eight European games this term, continuing his fine record in this competition.

    Liverpool have the edge in terms of firepower in this one, with Diogo Jota back to partner Mo Salah and Sadio Mane – who have scored 43 goals in this competition for the Reds. Salah has boosted that tally of late having scored in five of his last seven games in the Champions League.

    Manchester City vs Dortmund

    Meanwhile, Manchester City will host German side Borussia Dortmund in England.

    With the Premier League title wrapped up and two trips to Wembley to come, Man City are motoring towards a domestic treble. However, their real goal is to finally win the Champions League, with an unprecedented quadruple a real possibility.

    However, City’s recent Champions League record has seen them consistently fall before the semi-finals. Having exited at this stage for three years running, City will be glad to know that Dortmund have won the first leg in just one of their previous six quarter-final ties (D2 L3).

    Haaland Unstoppable

    Borussia Dortmund are one of the most exciting teams in the competition, but they can’t match the consistency of City. Defensively Dortmund are poor, with their real strength coming up front. City need to find a way to deal with Erling Haaland, a striker who they’ve been so heavily linked with he’s bound to have an impact in this game.

    At this point it’s part and parcel of a Champions League game to see Haaland score. The forward has found the net in each of his last six matches in this competition, while he has notched six goals in four matches in the knockout stages.

    City have an improved defence this season, but we don’t see them keeping Haaland quiet. He’s a man for the big occasion and he’s well priced to find the net at the Etihad.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Xavi Tipped For Barca Return After Guiding Al Sadd To An Unbeaten Season In The QNB Stars League…

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    Al-Sadd players lift Xavi high in celebration after emerging victorious in a defeat-less season

    Former Barcelona captain and Spanish international, Xavi Hernandez has won his fifth trophy as a manager after guiding Al-Sadd to a defeat-less season in the Qatar Stars League.

    Al-Sadd ended the 2020-21 QNB Stars League campaign without a defeat, after a 3-0 win over Qatar SC in the Round 22 game which was played at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Friday.

    “It was a great performance against Qatar SC, delighted to finish the season undefeated. The atmosphere in the team is wonderful. We are fully ready to compete in the AFC Champions League,” Xavi said after his victory.

    With this victory, Al-Sadd ended the season with a tally of 60 points, from 19 wins, 3 draws and no single defeat and 77 goals scored, conceding only 14.

    Khaled Mahmoudi’s own goal put Al-Sadd ahead in the 3rd minute, before Rodrigo Tabata doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute. Yousuf Abdurisag then completed the scoring in the 76th minute.

    Al-Sadd got off to a strong start and got the breakthrough goal as early as in the third minute, when Abdelkarim Hassan entered the box from the left and tried to play a cross, which went in with a deflection off Qatar’s defender Khaled Mahmoudi.

    Another goal arrived later in the first half, after Al-Sadd were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hashim Ali in the box. Rodrigo Tabata stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.

    As the game moved into the second half, Al-Sadd maintained their domination over the game, and managed to score a third goal in the 76th minute. Ali Asad dribbled into the box and laid the ball across to Yousuf Abdurisag, who scored with a first-time strike.

    Xavi has been heavily linked with a return to the Spanish club in recent months, and indeed he is said to have rejected managerial position in January after the sacking of Ernesto Valverde.

    Current Barcelona news is being dominated by the club’s upcoming presidential elections with both Victor Font and Joan Laporta plotting for Xavi to return to the Camp Nou under their regime should they win the election.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Hassan Wasswa “Forced” To Give Up National Team Football With “Much Sadness But Without Regret”…

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    Hassan Wasswa feels he's no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands

    Uganda Cranes midfielder cum defender, Hassan Wasswa has given up on National Team football after 13 Years representing Uganda.

    According to the gigantic midfielder, he has chosen to end his Cranes career, knowing he could no longer compete at a level that he finds acceptable.

    “With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands. I say this with a heavy heart; I am retiring from the National team,” Hassan Wasswa announced on Friday.

    “Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude. Playing for the Cranes has been a tremendous honor. During my 13 years as a Cranes player, I’ve always pursued success and winning football games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance. It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of Uganda,” Wasswa added.

    His versatility played a pivotal role in the Cranes’ back to back AFCON appearances in 2017 & 2019 respectively.

    Wasswa has had the privilege to play for all Uganda Cranes coaches since 2006. He started his national career with Coach Lazio Csaba in 2006, and has wound it up with Coach Jonathan McKinstry during.

    Wasswa made his Cranes debut in 2006 under ex Cranes gaffer Laszlo Czaba in his first stint at KCC FC partnering Henry Kalungi in central defence.

    The ex KCCA FC & SC Villa player is the son of the late Hassan Biruma, a KCC FC & Cranes Midfielder in the 80s.

    Reflecting on his 13 years with the Cranes, Hassan Wasswa thanked his parents, fellow players and the coaches for helping him achieve so much in football.

    Hassan Wasswa’s Adventurous Club Career;

    KCC FC – UGANDA (2006-07)

    ST.GEORGE – ETHIOPIA (2008)

    FC CAPE TOWN – S.AFRICA (2009)

    KARABKUSPOR – TURKEY (2010)

    ALTAY – TURKEY (2011)

    ERCIYESPOR – TURKEY (2012)

    KCCA FC – UGANDA (2013)

    DONG NAI – VIETNAM (2014)

    SC VILLA – UGANDA (2014-15)

    AL SHORTA – IRAQ (2015-16)

    AL NEJMEH – LEBANON (2017)

    EL GEISH – EGYPT (2018)

    AL JEDDAH – EGYPT (2019-20)

    By Baron Kironde

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    Just In: Magogo Critic Sulaiman Mutyaba Beaten And Arrested At FUFA – Reports…

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    Mike 'Sulaiman' Mutyaba was arrested as he protested against Moses Magogo's FUFA Presidecy

    Uganda Cranes ex-international, Mike, also known as Sulaiman Mutyaba has reportedly been beaten and arrested at FUFA in Mengo.

    Picture evidence of Mutyaba shows he was protesting against Eng. Moses Magogo’s FUFA as he was seen on a Police vehicle holding a “Magogo should retire” placard.

    Other pictures of him show his back and elbow to have been beaten possibly with a huge stick to leave a big marking on the body.

    Mutyaba recently accused Eng Moses Magogo, the FUFA President, of swindling national soccer team players’ wages throughout his reign as the FUFA President.

    Details to follow…

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