Sport & Festivals

  • Real Madrid to Pay €10 million for Swedish Striker Alexander Isak


    Real Madrid will pay 95 million coronas (10 million euros) for young AIK striker Alexander Isak, which will be the most expensive transfer in the history of Swedish football, according to "Aftonbladet".

    The sale of Isak, 17, will be more than the fee Ajax paid Malmo for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which was 82 million coronas (7.8 million euros).


    "Aftonbladet" say the teenager will sign a five-year deal and his agent will travel to Madrid next week to close the deal, although the second part is what's been added by the press in Spain. 


    Both "Aftonbladet" and "Expressen", Sweden's two biggest tabloids, are reporting the news and say that Isak's case could become similar to Martin Odegaard's. The Norway international joined the club two years ago, but has not yet progressed to the first team and is not in loan at Dutch side Herenveen.

    Isak, born in Sweden but of Eritrean origin, made his debut for AIK's first team months ago and scored 10 goals in 24 league games last season. 

    He became the youngest scored in the history of the Swedish national team, too, scoring in a 6-0 win against Slovenia days after making his debut against Ivory Coast. 

    Source http://www.sport-english.com/en/news/real-madrid/real-madrid-gasta-kilos-una-joven-promesa-sueca-5744122 

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    Many people had just assumed that Almaz Ayana would waltz her way to a second gold medal in similarly majestic fashion to the way she won the 10,000m in world record time a week ago, but Vivian Cheruiyot had other ideas.

    Motivated by the fact that, despite her many career accomplishments, she was still missing an Olympic gold medal, the diminutive Kenyan produced one of the biggest shocks of an Olympic athletics programme which had already seen a plethora of upsets.

    Overhauling Ayana with 600 metres to go, after the Ethiopian had attempted to run away with the race in what has become familiar fashion over the past two seasons, the five-time world champion on both the track and cross country showed a turn of speed that few suspected she still had at the age of 32, and Cheruiyot crossed the line in an Olympic record of 14:26.17.

    It was her fastest time at the distance since her halcyon year of 2011 when she won the 5000m, 10,000m and world cross-country titles.

    "I'm so happy for me, my husband, my son, my parents," said Cheruiyot. "This might be the last Olympics for me.

    "Almaz is such a great athlete, we thought she would win again. She got ahead but then I thought, 'She's not moving'. I was working and I went past her.

    "It was my fourth Olympic Games and I had not had gold. Almaz can go fast for 400m, then slow it down. Today I said, 'I am going to follow her. I am not going to lose her'."

    However, for more than four kilometres it did look like Ayana was going to add to her Olympic 10,000m gold medal and world 5000m title.

    Just like in her heat, Miyuki Uehara dashed straight to the front from the gun, and Ayana tucked straight in behind her with the Japanese runner acting as a convenient pacemaker for Ethiopia’s prohibitive pre-race favourite.

    Going through the first kilometre in 2:59.86 ended any speculation that, like in the 10,000m a week ago, Ayana might make a solo bid for a world record.


    The pace was still slow enough to allow all of the other 17 starters to still be running in mainly single file as they approached the eight laps to go infield display, but then Ayana decided that the pace was too sedate and took off, uncorking a 65.18 lap which fractured the field.

    The second kilometre was reached in 6:00.36 and, with six laps to go, Ayana had opened up a 30-metre gap on the four-strong chasing group – the Kenyan trio of Cheruiyot, Hellen Obiri and Mercy Cherono as well as Turkey’s European champion Yasmine Can – which, in turn, had opened up a massive gap on the rest of the field.

    The gap had developed to 40 metres with five laps to go, 3000m being reached in 8:47.80.

    Can started to drop back with four laps to go, leaving just the three Kenyans to chase Ayana.

    At the 4000m mark, reached in 11:39.75, Cherono started to struggle and drift back but her two compatriots continued to work together over the next lap and closed the gap gradually on their rival from the other end of the Rift Valley.

    Ayana visibly started to tire from the start of the penultimate lap and Cheruiyot, clearly feeling fresh, started to move away from Obiri

    Looking more weary than in any race since she was beaten over this distance at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris just over a year ago, Ayana was then passed by first Cheruiyot and then Obiri.

    Cheruiyot quickly started to move away from the 2012 world indoor 3000m champion who has successfully moved up distance this year but Obiri didn’t throw in the towel until the final 50 metres, once she had ensured the silver medal was hers. Obiri crossed the line in a personal best of 14:29.77 while a disappointed Ayana crossed the line just under four seconds later, having enough of an advantage over Cherono to make sure she got the bronze despite suffering over the last lap.


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  • The most expensive squads at Euro 2016

    Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (C)celebrates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between Belgium and Norway

    Belgium have the most expensive squad at Euro 2016.The parent clubs of Belgium’s 23 players paid a combined total of £318.9m for their services.That’s according to a new study by Profit Accumulator who looked at the most recent transfer fee of every player going to this summer’s tournament.

    The Red Devils’ most expensive player is Kevin De Bruyne cost Manchester City £55m. He’s followed by Christian Benteke (£32.5m), and Eden Hazard (£32m).Germany’s squad cost the next most with a combined fee of £264.5m.

    Mario Gotze of Germany celebrates scoring his teams first goal

    England have the third most expensive squad (£189.7m) followed by France (183.1m) and Spain (£177.7m).Wales’ squad cost a combined £136.1m. Almost two thirds of that (£86m) comes from the transfer fee that Real Madrid paid

    Tottenham for Gareth Bale. The Welsh forward cost more than the entire squads of Northern Ireland (£16.4m), Poland (£13.8m), Romania (13.7m), Hungary (£12m), Albania (£9.1m) and Ukraine (£6.3m) combined.

    Clubs from the English leagues are sending 133 players who cost their clubs a combined £953m in transfer fees.

    Players from Spanish clubs cost their sides £430m, while those from German clubs cost £272m and Italian clubs £240m.

    Cost of squad (£m)

    Belgium: 318.9

    Germany: 264.5

    England: 189.7

    France: 183.1

    Spain: 177.7

    Portugal: 160.7

    Italy: 153.6

    Wales: 136.1

    Croatia: 134.6

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  • Jose Mourinho: Man Utd confirm former Chelsea boss as new manager


    Jose Mourinho has been officially confirmed as Manchester United manager and has signed a three-year contract. He replaces Dutchman Louis van Van Gaal, who was dismissed on Monday, two days after the club's FA Cup win. "José is quite simply the best manager in the game today," said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

    Mourinho, 53, said: "To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world." He said he had always "felt an affinity with Old Trafford" and claimed he has "always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans". He added: "I'm looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.

    "There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match."Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked as boss of Premier League rivals Chelsea in December.

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  • Ronaldo and Messi top list of highest paid footballers


    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been named the world’s highest paid footballers by American business magazine Forbes, the difference in their annual earnings being as slight as the difference between their performances on the pitch.

    The 31-year-old Real Madrid and Portugal star takes home the highest pay in the football world, earning a total of $82 million annually, $53 million coming from his salary and $29 million coming from endorsements.

    Barcelona and Argentina 28-year-old Messi comes in at second, earning a total of $77 million, with his $51 million salary augmented by $26 million in endorsements.

    The two top earners have won the past eight consecutive Ballon d’Or trophies between them, with Messi getting five of those.

    Third on the grid is Paris St. Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic who rakes in $37 million annually, most of which comes through his salary, with only $7 million coming through endorsements.

    Barcelona’s Neymar Jr. comes in at fourth with $36 million, followed closely by Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale who earns $34 million annually.

    Here’s a list of the top 10 highest paid footballers in the world;

    1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): $82m

    2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): $77m

    3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain): $37m

    4. Neymar (Barcelona): $36m

    5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): $34m

    6. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): $26m

    7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): $24m

    8. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) $23m

    9. Eden Hazard (Chelsea): $22m

    10. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea): $21m


    Source cctv-africa

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