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Singaporean Investors Mull Newcastle Takeover After Saudi Exit

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Following the decision of a Saudi Arabia led consortium to pull out of a deal to buy English Premier League club Newcastle last month, new buyers led a Singapore-backed company has advanced talks to take over the Magpies.

On Monday, Bellagraph Nova Group (BNG) Group announced that negotiations were at an advanced stage and that the group was willing to massively contribute to the club’s development.

“Bellagraph Nova Group’s founders (have) already provided an LOI (Letter of Intent) as well as a proof of funds on August 10.

“In addition to the engagement to the Newcastle Football Club and community, Bellagraph Nova Group enlisted the help of England captain Alan Shearer and former player Michael Chopra,” BNG said in a statement.

BNG, co-founded by Singapore-based investors Evangeline Shen, Nelson Loh and Terence Loh, owns 31 entities and earned about $12 billion in revenue last year, according to the company’s website.

The group added that the talks with the club owner, British businessman, Mr Mike Ashley, had taken place in recent days and were ongoing.

In July, Business Post reported that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers all withdrew their proposed takeover due to the impact of coronavirus.

The planned £300 million ($393 million) was largely delayed by the Premier League’s owners and directors test but the parties eventually pulled out.

Premier League chief executive, Mr Richard Masters, said last week that the group declined to take up the Premier League’s offer of independent arbitration to decide who would own the club.

The Saudi-backed bid was criticised by human rights campaigners, with questions also being raised about pirate broadcasts of Premier League games in the Middle Eastern country.

The football outfit ended the just-concluded Premier League season in 13th position and will be looking for a revamp as it has hopes to play European football, a feat it has not achieved since 2012/2013.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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The Easiest Way to Check the Football Score: Mobile Live Score in Nigeria

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As this website is a friendly user platform, you will access all today’s football results. Moreover, an excellent mobile version of the site will help you do this from anywhere in the world with a mobile device.

Furthermore, 777score invites all residents of Nigeria to get acquainted with the CAF Champions League (Africa) – the annual main club football tournament in Africa, an analogue of the European Champions League.

CAF Champions League (Africa)

Format of the event

Fifty-four teams must go through a specific qualifying round. There are two rounds in total, the first is preliminary, and the second is the main. It is also called the first. The 16 best teams will advance to the Champions League group stage.

There, by drawing lots, the teams will be divided into four groups of four teams each. All matches are played in two rounds, home and away. The two clubs that turn out to be the best go straight to the ¼ final of the championship.

Only two clubs from each country can enter the tournament. The club delegations are distributed according to the association rankings for five years (this season from 2017-2021).

For the last rating, the teams that will make it to the tournament:

  •   Morocco (1st place) Vidad (Botola 1 2020/21 Champion), Raja (Botola 1 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Egypt (2nd place) Zamalek (EPL 2020/21 Champion), Al-Ahli (CAF Champions League 2020/21 Champion, EPL 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Tunisia (3rd place) Esperance (Professional League 1 2020/21 Champion), Etoile du Sahel (Professional League 1 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Algeria (4th place) Belouizdad (Algerian Professional League 2020/21 Champion,) Setif (Algerian Professional League 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   South Africa (5th place) Mamelodi Sundowns (Premier Division 2020/21 Champion), Amazulu (Premier Division 2020/21 Vice-Champion)
  •   DRC (6th place) Mazembe (Linafoot 2020/21 Champion), Maniema Union (Linafoot 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Guinea (7th place) Horoya (GNC 2020/21 Champion), Kamsar (GNC 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Nigeria (8th) Aqua United (NPFL 2020/21 Champion), Rivers United (NPFL 2020/21 Vice-Champion)
  •   Zambia (9th place) ZESKO United (Super League 2020/21 Champion) Zanaco (Super League 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Angola (10th place) Sagrada Esperanse (Girabola 2020/21 Champion), Petru de Luanda (Girabola 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Sudan (11th place) Al-Hilal (SPL 2020/21 Champion), Al-Merreikh (SPL 2020/21 Vice-champion)
  •   Tanzania (12th place) Simba (TPL 2020/21 Champion), (Young Africans TPL 2020/21 Vice-champion)

Teams from all over Africa take part in the championship. The most popular ones are:

  •       Al Ahly – 10 titles (first title won in 1982, last title won in 2021),  4 runners-up .
  •       Zamalek – 5 titles (first title won in 1984, last title won in 2002),  3 runners-up .
  •       TP Mazembe – 5 titles (first title won in 1967, last title won in 2015),  2 runners-up.
  •       ES Tunis – 4 titles (first title won in 1994, last title won in 2019),  4 runners-up.
  •       Hafia FC – 3 titles (first title won in 1972, last title won in 1977),  2 runners-up.

Nations that took part in the finals of the championship the most:

  •       Egypt – title won 16, Runners-up 9 (25 in total)
  •       Tunisia – title won 6, Runners-up 7 (13 in total)
  •       DR Congo – title won 6, Runners-up 6 (12 in total)
  •       Morocco –  title won 6, Runners-up 3 (9 in total)
  •       Algeria – title won 5,  Runners-up 2 (7 in total)
  •       Cameroon – title won 5  Runners-up 1 (6 in total)
  •       Ghana – title won 3     Runners-up 8 (11 in total)
  •       Guinea – title won 3    Runners-up 2 (5 in total)
  •       Nigeria – title won Runners-up 5 (7 in total)
  •       South Africa – title won 2 Runners-up 3 (5 in total)
  •       Ivory Coast – title won 2 Runners-up 2 (4 in total)
  •       Congo – title won 1 Runners-up 0 (1 in total)
  •       Mali  – title won  0 Runners-up 2 (2 in total)
  •       Uganda – title won 0 Runners-up 2 (2 in total)
  •       Sudan – title won 0 Runners-up 2 (2 in total)
  •       Togo – title won 0 Runners-up 1 (1 in total)
  •       Zambia – title won 0 Runners-up 1 (1 in total)
  •       Zimbabwe title won 0 Runners-up 1 (1 in total)

How to keep an eye on ACL today?

Everything is quite simple. Mobile live score is available to every user. Thus, for all football fans, it will more easily to view all ACL games. On the 777score livescore page of the match, each user can find three tabs:

  •       Summary. A brief overview of the match with helpful information about the course of the game.
  •       Online. The users’ disposal will be a convenient player with a video broadcast of the match online, both with commentators and without.
  •       Statistics. Information and statistics on the match – the number of corners and offsides, the percentage of possession and successful passes, shots on goal, etc.

Check today football results today for free live

At 777score, every football fan will find comprehensive information about:

  •       Tournament table of the championship.
  •       Participating teams.
  •       Dates and time of scheduled games.
  •       Today’s football results.
  •       The graphics and statistics of the African Champions League.

Every day you can watch more than 350 matches live, including famous world championships and local ones. Also, do not forget that you should not be upset if you missed the match for some reason.

777score allows every fan to watch the complete statistics of the match and even a video replay of the live broadcast. Moreover, if you select your favourite games, you can keep track of them on a specific tab and not waste time looking.

For your convenience, the match score can be viewed in different ways:

  •       On the top of the site
  •       Via Live Center
  •       On a simulated soccer field
  •       In the statistics section

And for fans of sports betting and bettors, such information as live score, H2H, predictions, and odds will be helpful.

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Manchester United Confirm Ralf Rangnick as Interim Manager

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By Dipo Olowookere

German tactician, Ralf Rangnick, has been appointed by Manchester United as an interim manager for six months.

Rangnick is taking over the management of the top English club from Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who was sacked this month after an embarrassing loss at Watford by 4-1 two weeks ago.

After the sacking of Solskjær, who played for the club and won the Champion League with them, Michael Carrick, a former player of the football outfit, was asked to remain in charge of the first team as caretaker manager.

In a statement issued on Monday, Manchester United said “Michael Carrick will remain in charge of the first team until Ralf’s work visa is finalised.”

It was stated that at the end of the current season, Rangnick will remain with the club “in a consultancy role for a further two years.”

Commenting on the appointment, the Football Director of United, Mr John Murtough, stated that, “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.

“He was our number one candidate for an interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.”

“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role,” he added.

In his reaction, Rangnick said: “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.

“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

It is not certain if the new coach will be available for United’s match against Arsenal on Thursday at Old Trafford. Carrick led the team to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.

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Manchester United Sack Solskjaer as Carrick Takes Over

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By Dipo Olowookere

The top English football club, Manchester United, have sacked their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after a run of poor results.

The club in a statement confirmed this development on Sunday, thanking the manager, who is a legend of the club because of his exploits as a player, for his services.

Solskjaer gave a hint of his imminent sack on Saturday after a defeat to struggling Watford by 4-1 at Vicarage Road when he waved goodbye to the away side after the match.

While doing this, the club’s assistant captain, Bruno Fernandes, gestured to the United fans that the fault of the crisis in the dressing room was not the coach’s alone but the entire team.

This was echoed by the team’s shot-stopper, David De Gea, in his post-match reaction when he blamed the players too for the poor performances in recent games.

But it was very certain that the Watford game would be Solskjaer’s last in charge of the club and this was officially announced on Sunday in a statement.

The club further said a former player of the Man United and one of the backroom staff of Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, will take charge in the interim until a permanent manager is announced.

“Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager.

“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

“Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future.

“His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.

“Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season,” the statement disclosed.

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