Football news live: Italy out of World Cup, plus Nigeria’s preparation for qualifier against Ghana

March 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

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Join us again tomorrow as we bring you all the latest football news.

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 25, 2022 at 4:26 p.m. EDT

Half time in key Africa qualifiers

Egypt lead Senegal 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Saliou Ciss, while Ghana and Nigeria remain scoreless after the first 45 minutes.

Follow all the action here.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 25, 2022 at 4:06 p.m. EDT

And then there were four…

Here’s a reminder of the big news we announced earlier today. Read Matt Slater’s story by clicking the link below.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 25, 2022 at 3:34 p.m. EDT

Listen to the latest The View from the Lane

Join Jack Pitt-Brooke, James Maw and Danny Kelly as they discuss all things Tottenham Hotspur.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 25, 2022 at 2:53 p.m. EDT

BREAKING: Boehly, Blitzer and Harris, the Ricketts family and Pagliuca shortlisted for Chelsea takeover

Raine shortlisted offers from Todd Boehly, David Blitzer and Josh Harris, the Ricketts family and Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca as the four candidates to take over Chelsea.

Athleticism reported Thursday night that Nick Candy and Woody Johnson are out of the race to buy Chelsea.

And now it is understood that the Raine Group have shortlisted the final four offers.

Click here to read the full story.

(Photo: Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Matt Slate

Matt Slate·

Football writer

March 25, 2022 at 2:06 p.m. EDT

Listen to the latest Talk of the Devils podcast

Manchester United fans can keep up to date with the club’s managerial search by listening to the latest episode of Talk of the Devils.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 25, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. EDT

Follow our live blog on Ghana v Nigeria and Egypt v Senegal

Click here if you want to be kept up to date with tonight’s big World Cup 2022 qualifiers in Africa.

Rivals Ghana and Nigeria meet at 7.30pm while there is a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final at the same time.

Both games are likely to be exciting, so follow the updates here on Athleticism.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 25, 2022 at 12:57 EDT

Special report: Guendouzi is Arsenal’s past, but what about Saliba?

Guendouzi and Saliba are two extremely promising young players, both part of Didier Deschamps’ last France team.

Both players are technically on loan from Arsenal, although there is an unspoken acknowledgment on both sides of the Channel that Guendouzi will remain in Provence and not return to North London.

The midfielder’s loan deal came with a mandatory buy clause of around €11m (£9.2m), provided certain on-field criteria were met. This agreement will be officially concluded this summer.

Guendouzi therefore seems to belong to Arsenal’s past.

Many Arsenal fans are hoping that Saliba could still belong in their future.

So what is the situation? Reports by James McNicholas.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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Special report: Guendouzi is Arsenal’s past, but what about Saliba?

March 25, 2022 at 12:41 EDT

Explained: Liverpool’s £8.5m NFT sale and why people view it as controversial

Liverpool could earn over £8.5million from non-fungible token sales (NFTs) after becoming the latest sports team to venture into the complex world of digital assets.

In an announcement on Thursday that quickly drew scorn on social media, the club said the ‘LFC Heroes Club’ will give fans the opportunity to purchase animated, cartoon-style digital artwork of 23 players and manager Jurgen Klopp. .

So why are some fans upset? Caoimhe O’Neill and Joey D’Urso explain.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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Explained: Liverpool’s £8.5m NFT sale and why people view it as controversial

March 25, 2022 at 12:13 EDT

NEWS: Eden Hazard doubts Chelsea face as Real Madrid striker undergoes surgery

Real Madrid striker Eden Hazard is doubtful to face Chelsea as he plans to have leg surgery.

He will have a plate removed from his right leg, which was implanted after the 31-year-old broke his ankle in March 2020.

Madrid travel to defending champions Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals on April 6.

A club statement read: “In the coming days, our player, Eden Hazard, will undergo surgery to remove the osteosynthesis plate from his right fibula.”

Full story here.

(Photo: David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 25, 2022 at 9:48 a.m. EDT

Smiles and sunshine at St Georges Park

The England squad train hard at St Georges Park ahead of their friendly against Switzerland on Saturday.

The weather would have me grinning from ear to ear too!

Holly Perceval

Holly Perceval·

Junior Editor, News

March 25, 2022 at 8:57 EDT

West Ham donates to nine animal welfare charities after Kurt Zouma fined £250,000

West Ham United have donated to nine animal welfare charities after they fined Kurt Zouma £250,000 after the defender was filmed kicking and slapping his cat last month .

Video obtained by The Sun last month showed Zouma, 27, dropping the cat from chest height and kicking it when it landed. He then chased him around the living room, at one point throwing a pair of shoes at the cat, before slapping him across the face.

Zouma is facing an RSPCA prosecution alongside his brother Yoan, who filmed the video, under animal welfare law.

To read the full story, click here.

Holly Perceval

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 25, 2022 at 8:34 a.m. EDT

NEWS: The FA lifts blackout to allow Manchester City v Liverpool semi-final to be broadcast at 3.30pm on Saturday

The FA will lift English football’s 3pm blackout to allow Manchester City and Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final to be shown on UK TV at 3.30pm, The Athletic understands.

The game has been set for 3:30 p.m. by the FA. Due to the Easter weekend schedule and FA Cup postponements, only three Premier League games, and no League, League One or League Two games, will start at 3pm.

That means they lifted the blackout.

For the full story, click here.

Holly Perceval

Holly Perceval·

Junior Editor, News

March 25, 2022 at 8:19 a.m. EDT

Italian FA chief Gravina backs Mancini to continue as manager despite missing World Cup

Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina has backed Roberto Mancini to continue as manager despite missing out on a World Cup spot after their shock loss to North Macedonia.

Thursday night’s 1-0 defeat knocked Italy out of the European play-offs. It’s the first time Italy have failed to qualify for successive tournaments – two humiliations complicate their Euro 2020 victory.

“I hope Mancini will continue with us,” Gravina said. “He has a commitment with us for this project, I hope he can get out of this elimination like all Italians and that he stays at the helm to continue our work together.”

To read more, click here.

Holly Perceval

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

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