LILLE KNOCKED OUT OF EUROPA LEAGUE

Canada striker Jonathan David was a second half substitute as Lille were knocked out of the Europa League by Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam at the round of 32 stage. The Canada national team player was not in the Lille starting XI for the away game at Ajax. The Dutch team had beaten Lille 2-1 away from home in the first leg of their last 32 tie last week Thursday. Canada player Jonathan David was subbed on during the second leg with his team trailing by a lone goal. As at the time of his entrance into the game, Davy Klaassenhad given Ajax Amsterdam the lead. His goal was scored on 15 minutes to take his team to 3-1 on aggregate against Lille. Canada striker Jonathan David came on for Jonathan Bamba shortly after the hour mark. Lille improved significantly with his presence in attack. Lille went on to score the equaliserfrom the penalty spot on 78 minutes through Turkish attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici. At the point of that Lille equaliser, the French Ligue 1 table toppersneeded one more goal to take the game into extra time but they were unable to achieve this.Lille went on to concede a second goal with two minutes left on the clock to exit the competition at the round of 32 stage. Ajax Amsterdam got their second goal through Brazilian attacker David Neresto progress into theround of 16 of the competition. Ajax Amsterdam won both legs 2-1 to advance into the next round via a 4-2 aggregate win.


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DAVID HOPING TO MAINTAIN LILLE FORM

Canada national team player Jonathan David is targeting the continuation of his recent form in front of goal when Lille seek to maintain their lead at the top of the table. Jonathan David has scored four goals and provided one assist in 22 league outings and his output has propelled Lille to the top of the table.


Lille are the new leaders in the French Ligue 1 after the shock defeat handed to PSG at Lorient at the weekend. Lorient beat PSG 3-2 at home over the weekend and that gave Lille the opportunity to move two points clear of title rivals Lyon and three points ahead of holders and former leaders Paris Saint Germain (PSG). Continue reading “DAVID HOPING TO MAINTAIN LILLE FORM”

SORIA RETURNS HOME AS HE RE-SIGNS FOR FC EDMONTON

Spanish defender Ramon Soria has completed a return to FC Edmonton after agreeing to re-sign for the club. The veteran defender was in talks with the club concerning a return to where he has once called home and whose badge he has previously played so hard for.

FC Edmonton broke the news on Tuesday after they confirmed via official website that the defender has returned to them after initially leaving the club. The 31-year-old experienced defender featured in seven games for Edmonton, playing for a total of 630 minutes at The Island Games. He was the only Eddie’s player to achieve this feat. He also topped the passes completed stats with 338 completed passes recorded to his name. Continue reading “SORIA RETURNS HOME AS HE RE-SIGNS FOR FC EDMONTON”

EDMONTON COMPLETE THE SIGNING OF CANADA’S PARIS GEE

 

Edmonton have moved to further strengthen their squad by snapping up and confirming the signing of Canadian international midfielder Paris Gee. The club made the announcement official this week following series of negotiations with the player’s former club.


The 26-year-old will now reunite with his new club’s coach having already played under him in the past. The new coach was recently appointed as the club’s manager late last month and he has now brought Paris to join him at Edmonton.
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Scott Arfield clarifies rumours on international future

 

Rangers and Canadian midfielder Scott Arfield has finally spoken about his international future by saying that he has not retired from the national team. There have been many rumours that the 30-year-old has finally called time on his international career. Even though Arfield was able to represent Scotland in the formative years of his football career, he was able to choose Canada as the senior team that he would go on to represent. This decision was made in 2016 and he has not looked back since then. The midfielder has gone on to make 19 appearances for the national team while even featuring the 2019 Gold Cup as the captain of the national team.

The rumours about Arfield’s international career cropped up when Rangers boss Steven Gerrard claimed that he was extremely happy thatArfield did not have to go on international duty anymore. This was seen as a strong hint that the midfielder had chosen to announce his international retirement. This would have been a major blow for the national team, asArfield is one of the few players with a lot of pedigree who has picked up Canada over a European nation.Arfield has now revealed that he has spoken with Canadian manager John Herdman, who is set to announce his squad in the next few days.
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Everton confirm release of players like Niasse

Everton has confirmed that they will be releasing Oumar Niasse along with the other two players Cuco Martina and Luke
Garbutt whose contract will come to expire at the end of this season.

Niasse was transferred from the Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow in February 2016 for the transfer fee of £13.5 million. He made his debut match for the club against Bournemouth by replacing Romelu Lukaku. He during his four years stay at the club has scored eight goals from 35 appearances. Continue reading “Everton confirm release of players like Niasse”

John Herdmanconfident about World Cup qualification under new format

 

Canada manager John Herdman says that he is quite confident about his team qualifying for the World Cup 2022. Even though the chances of qualification have improved a lot after the coronavirus pandemic, things are still in the balance and it could change in the coming weeks. The focus is on the World Cup 2026 for Canada, but even World Cup 2022 is now a possibility for the national team. The CONCACAF World Cup qualification plans have been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Before, Canada were unlikely to qualify for the competition but now they have been given a slice of luck.


The national team will be working within a new framework that will be established by CONCACAF in order to make sure that World Cup qualification is possible for the teams in the region. It is expected to be a significant deviation from the traditional tournament format of six teams. This will be abandoned in favour of three groups with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the World Cup. Under this change in system, Canada will only have to face a top ranking opponent – like United States, Costa Rica, or Mexico – only once. Canada has a very bad record against the likes of Mexico after last meeting the team back in 2000.
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Vanhaezebrouck says Jonathan David is the best player in the country

Former Genk manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck has said that Jonathan David is the best striker in the Jupiler League at the moment. The Canada international currently plays for Belgian side Gent where he has had a fascinating season with 23 goals and 10 assists from 41 appearances. As a result, he has caught the eye of several European clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Vanhaezebrouck believes the striker should command a big transfer fee during the summer.


Speaking to Walfoot, Vanhaezebrouck described the marksman as a phenomenon and said that he is the best player in the Belgian top-flight. He added that Gent should command a record transfer fee for the forward, who has already represented Canada on 12 occasions, he told: “He is a phenomenon. The best player in the country. He will be the most expensive outgoing transfer from Gent. They would happily sell him for £25 million or more.”
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ARSENAL RECEIVED MEGA DEAL FOR OZIL

Arsenal football club received a permanent offer for star midfielder, Mesut Ozil, from an unknown Qatari based club, but head coach Mikel Arteta stopped the deal from happening. Reports suggest that the German could have left the gunners for the middle East if not for the intervention of their manager.


Arsenal brought in 2 additions in the winter market, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares. But they could have seen one of their biggest stars leave the Emirates stadium.
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