Squadra Azzurra : Buffon open to Italy return !

Gianluigi Buffon will say "yes !" if Italy come calling again, despite having previously retired from international football.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper said after Italy's World Cup play-off final defeat to Sweden that his time with the international team was over after a 175-cap career.

"I took a break from the national team, but I could never desert a possible call in the future if needed," he told reporters at the Gran Gala del Calcio.

"I'm of a certain age, so it's right for me to take a pause. With the way I am though, if there were a total absence of goalkeepers and they asked me to come back, I'd be there even at 60."

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La Juventus Turin s’active pour Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

Suivi de plus ou moins près par certains poids lourds européens, l’attaquant international argentin Mauro Icardi (26 ans, Inter Milan) figurerait dans les petits papiers de la Juventus Turin. Selon les informations de La Gazzetta dello Sport, les Bianconeri se seraient positionnés concrètement pour recruter l’ancien joueur de la Sampdoria Gênes, auteur de neuf buts cette saison en championnat. Contrairement à la concurrence, l’actuel leader de Serie A aurait d’ores et déjà transmis une offre au natif de Rosario, qui est aujourd'hui lié jusqu'en juin 2021 avec la formation entraînée par Luciano Spalletti.

Un salaire annuel de 8 M€ net dans les tuyaux


A en croire nos confrères italiens, un bail de cinq ans serait dans les tuyaux, et Mauro Icardi pourrait percevoir un salaire annuel de huit millions d’euros net, plus des bonus, aux côtés des coéquipiers de Cristiano Ronaldo. La Vieille Dame serait apparemment partie pour proposer un échange avec son compatriote Paulo Dybala (25 ans), qui ne laisserait pas insensible d’administrateur délégué Giuseppe Marotta. Pour l'instant, la Juve aurait pris les devants sur le dossier du désormais ex-capitaine de l'Inter Milan (qui a décidé de confier le brassard à Samir Handanovic).

CAF Competions produce quarter finalists

African Champions League last day of play in the group stages produces some spectacular statistics with current holders Esperance and TP Mazembe making the cross over. Quarter finalist of both African

African Champions League last day of play in the group stages produces some spectacular statistics with current holders Esperance and TP Mazembe making the cross over.

Raja of Casablanca crashes out of the group stage as six other North African teams book places in the last 8 of the Confederations cup.

Spanish football is on the move to increase it’s fan base in Africa, the competition’s managing director has been canvassing potential ties on the continent.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Piere Aubameyang all in the top five goal scoring chat in the English top flight.

Aubameyang 'visits' Wakanda with Black Panther mask in Arsenal win

He pulled on a Black Panther mask after his second goal and Arsenal’s third. The strike sealed qualification in a tense game.

Gabonese international and Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was in hot form Thursday night as the English premier league side qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League competition.

Despite his two goals helping the Gunners to a three – nil victory over French side Stade Rennes, it was Aubameyang’s celebration that has attracted reactions on social media.

He pulled on a Black Panther mask after his second goal and Arsenal’s third. The strike sealed qualification in a tense game.

Supporters at the Emirates Stadium were on tenterhooks after Arsenal lost the first leg 3 – 1 in France. The hosts got off to a quick start as Aubameyang opened the scoring on the fifth minute mark.

Maitland-Niles doubled the lead on the 15 minute mark before Aubameyang sealed the deal with a 71st minute goal. Then he donned the Black Panther mask to celebrate with the fans and team mates.

The club’s Twitter handle titled a photo of mask-wearing Aubameyang and team mate Sead Kolasinac ‘WAKANDA FOREVER’ – in reference to the refrain used by people in Wakanda, the imaginary country where the marvel film Black Panther was staged.

CAF president issued U.S. visa amid denial reports

The three-month visa is issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo with the issue date being March 14 and June 12 expiration date.

President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Ahmad Ahmad was finally granted a United States visa after reports of him being denied gained currency.

The BBC reported on Thursday that a CAF spokesperson had confirmed that Ahmad was denied a visa to attend a FIFA council meeting.

“I confirm the information. The (CAF) president will be in Cairo,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying. But on late Thursday, a photo of Ahmad’s visa was released – reportedly by CAF.

The three-month visa is issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo with the issue date being March 14 and June 12 expiration date.

Ahmad serves as vice-president of the FIFA council set to meet today in Miami. The top brass of World Football are expected to be in attendance.

FIFA, Qatar to discuss expanding 2022 World Cup

According to media reports, Oman and Kuwait could be chosen to host some of the games of the expanded tournament.

FIFA is keen on seeing the World Cup extended from 32 teams to 48 in the next edition.

It’s a feasible change, according to a study conducted by the technical teams of the football governing body.

But there’s a condition. Qatar will have to accept the idea to co-organise the event with at least one of its neighbours.

The number of matches will increase from 64 to 80, which would be intense for a single country to bear.

According to media reports, Oman and Kuwait could be chosen to host some of the games of the expanded tournament.

A FIFA delegation will meet in Miami, United States on Friday with officials from the host country of the 2022 World Cup.

The organizing committee of Qatar declined to comment on the feasibility study. But its spokesman confirmed Qatar’s presence at the Miami meeting.

According to officials, an increase in the number of teams at the next World Cup could generate additional revenues of between 300 and 400 million dollars, including 120 million in television rights.

Reuters