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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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    M7 Awards Onyango Brand New Pajero…

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    Janet Museveni (in yellow suit) displays Dennis Onyango's framed historical shirt #18 as President Yoweri Museveni (in white shirt) and other guests look on. Infront is Onyango's Pajero car reward

    His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni  and Minister of Education & Sports Janet Museveni rewarded former Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Masinde Onyango at Statehouse Entebbe with a Sports Pajero car for his glorious career with the National team and Club football.

    The Mamelodi Sundowns star flew into the country from SA at the invitation of FUFA who organised his travel for the event organised by Statehouse.

    The event was attended by FUFA President Hon. Eng. Moses Magogo, FUFA 1st VP Justus Mugisha, 3rd Vice President Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Minister of State for Sports Hon. Hamson Obua, CEO Edgar Watson, NCS General Secretary Dr. Bernard Ogwel and UOC President Donald Rukare.

    In April, Onyango announced his retirement from international football, just a few days after another senior player Hassan Wasswa had done the same.

    “I sit here with tears rolling down my eyes because after a lengthy consideration I have come to the decision of retiring from international football with immediate effect,” Onyango said to the disappointment of so many Ugandan football lovers.

    By Toni Senono

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    Arteta Under Pressure As Emery Returns To The Emirates…

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    Unai Emery (R) returns to the Emirates to play against Mikel Arteta's Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is under immense pressure to win the UEFA Europa League as the gateway to next season’s European football.

    Arsenal’s entire campaign literally hinges on their Europa League semi-final clash with Villarreal on Thursday evening, where a defeat would almost certainly end the Gunners’ chances of securing continental football for next season.

    Arsenal have a deficit to overturn following a 2-1 reverse in a heated first encounter in Spain last week where both sides had a player sent off at El Madrigal.

    The Gunners’ away goal, struck late on from the spot by Nicolas Pepe, gives them plenty to work with in Thursday’s climactic contest.

    Mikel Arteta’s charges warmed up for their crucial Europa League encounter with a solid 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday and though Arsenal’s performance in the north-east could act as a timely confidence-builder, their poor form at home could easily cancel any new found self-belief out.

    Villarreal’s victory last week was their ninth straight win in the Europa League and the Yellow Submarine have yet to taste defeat in the competition this term, a full 13 games into their campaign.

    Manager Unai Emery – a three times winner of the tournament – is a UEL specialist, and the former Arsenal boss will be desperate to show his old employers what they are missing by crushing their dreams of winning silverware.

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    JUST IN: Mourinho Lands New Job In Italy…

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    Jose Mourinho has agreed to become AS Roma manager starting next season

    Former Tottenham Hotspurs manager, Jose Mourinho has agreed to become manager of AS Roma starting next season, the club has confirmed.

    The Italian club expressed delightment to announce an agreement with the Portuguese coach.

    He has signed until June 2024.

    It’s not even yet a month when Spurs Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff were relieved of their duties at the London club.

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