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Breaking News: Lewandowski Named UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year

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The footballer won the award on Thursday as Champions League winners Bayern Munich dominated the men’s awards. 

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Robert Lewandowski has been named UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year.

The footballer won the award on Thursday as Champions League winners Bayern Munich dominated the men’s awards.

The 32-year-old scored 55 goals in 47 games, including 15 in 10 in the Champions League, while team-mates Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich and manager Hansi Flick also scooped individual awards. Neuer and Kevin De Bruyne had also been up for the award.

“I have to say it’s amazing,” Lewandowski said. “It’s amazing, if you work so hard and you get this trophy, it’s something special.

“I have to say thank you to my team-mates, coaches, all the staff because they work very hard every day to prepare me for the games and also to my family because they support me a lot.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing in the biggest stadiums at the biggest club in the world. I’m very grateful and very proud and very happy.”

Pernille Harder, who recently joined Chelsea, was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year for her performances at Wolfsburg. The German side were beaten in the Champions League final by Lyon but Harder beat Lyon pair Wendie Renard and Lucy Bronze to the individual award.

Bayern captain Neuer was unsurprisingly named Goalkeeper of the Season, beating PSG’s Keylor Navas and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid. Neuer played every minute of Bayern’s European campaign, keeping six clean sheets and conceding only eight goals in 11 games.

Lyon’s Sarah Bouhaddi won the inaugural women’s award, conceding just twice in seven appearances as she won her seventh Women’s Champions League.

Ahead of Neuer, Bayern’s defensive quality was clear as their trio of Kimmich, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies made up the final shortlist, Kimmich coming out on top of the voting.

Bouhaddi was also joined by a Lyon defensive partner, with France star Renard named the women’s Defender of the Season as she also lifted the Champions League for the seventh time.

Manchester City’s European campaign finished in disappointment once again but De Bruyne was named Midfielder of the Season ahead of Thiago and Thomas Muller, while another Lyon star in Germany international Marozsan won the women’s award.

Lewandowski was named Forward of the Season, top scorer in the Champions League as in every other competition he played in 2019-20. Harder backed up her overall award with the Forward of the Season gong as well, scoring nine goals on the way to the final.

Bayern boss Flick’s remarkable rise to prominence over the last year was recognised as he was named Men’s Coach of the Year after masterminding his team’s treble.

Lyon’s dominance of Europe was further confirmed as their manager, Jean-Luc Vasseur, won the first Women’s Coach of the Year award.

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Ozo Becomes Brand Manager for Juventus Academy Nigeria

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Big Brother Naija Season 5 contestant, Ozo is known to be a man of sports and agility and finally all his activities towards becoming a sports personality is paying off big time.

Ozo recently announced on his socials, the new milestone in his career which he scored by becoming the Brand Manager for youth international youth sports academy, Juventus Academy Nigeria.

Juventus Academy Nigeria is located at Alma Beach Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki Penninsula II, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria and “aim to develop footballers through a vision which combines technical aspects with mental, emotional and interpersonal ones” via their official website.

This is milestone like no other, especially for Ozo, because being a brand manager involves more than promotion work on the internet as if he were a brand ambassador but actually involves working full-time round the clock and performing the major role of adapting strategic plans for the company’s target market which is the youths of Nigeria advancement in football from a young age or as early as possible, especially the ones at their grasp in Lagos.

Ozo announced his involvement with the company through a post on his socials where he his spotted wearing the Juventus football club jersey.

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Guardiola signs new contract with Manchester City

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Man City manager Guardiola signs new deal .

Guardiola was expected to be out of agreement toward the finish of this season and it had been recommended the Spaniard may be prepared to leave City.

Be that as it may, the 49-year-old has now consented to remain at the Etihad Stadium until in any event 2023.

“Manchester City are pleased to announce that Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year deal with the club,” a statement on City’s website said.

Previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola is halfway through his fifth season with the Premier League and his new arrangement will expand what is as of now his longest stay at any club.

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He has won two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup with City, albeit winning the club’s first Champions League crown has demonstrated slippery up until now.

“Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the club and in the city itself – from the players, the staff, the supporters, the people of Manchester and the chairman and owner,” Guardiola said.

“Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success.

“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have. I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence the owner, chairman, Ferran (Soriano) and Txiki (Begiristain) have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season.

“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving and I am very excited about helping Manchester City do that.”

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Orji Kalu plans to buy 35% stake at Arsenal FC

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Previous governor of Abia state Orji Uzor Kalu has pronounced his desire in purchasing a stunning 35 percent stake at Premier League club Arsenal.

The current representative speaking to Abia North in the Nigerian National Assembly expressed that his objective is to guarantee the Gunners win the subtle Champions League just as the Premier League consecutively.

Review that during his time as the governor of Abia between 1999 and 2007, local club Enyimba of Aba remained the rulers of Nigerian football, winning the Nigeria Professional Football League multiple times – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Enyimba additionally turned into the principal Nigerian side to win the CAF Champions League during that time winning it in 2003 and 2004. The Peoples Elephants additionally won the CAF Super Cup in 2004 and 2005.

What’s more, refering to the accomplishments, Uzor Kalu expressed that the victories with the Nigerian football club could be repeated with English club Arsenal.

He said:

“Our success with Enyimba football club between 2000-2007 has continuously increased my passion for football. As the pillar of sports in Africa , I am considering an investment in football and I will buy 35 percent stake in Arsenal FC. “Our target is to lift the Champions League and Premier League back to back as we did with Enyimba.”

Meanwhile, the senator is not the first Nigerian to have declared interest in the purchase of Arsenal. Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest, prior indicated a potential takeover of the Premier League team with the Nigerian business head announcing the takeover could occur in 2020 or 2021.

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Dangote, a fanatic Arsenal fan, has been recently connected with the acquisition of the club from Stan Kroenke — an arrangement that could swallow over $4 billion from his pocket. During a David Rubenstein show in America, the 62-year-old business big shot gave Nigerian Arsenal fans a moan of alleviation after restoring interest in assuming control over the acquisition of the North London side.

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