Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has branded Manchester United a “small team” when he was asked over whether Antoine Griezmann might depart the Vicente Calderon for Jose Mourinho’s side. Griezmann, 25, has been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford since the summer, when his great friend Paul Pogba made a world-record switch to the Red Devils from Juventus. But Cerezo has dismissed the world’s richest club when he was asked whether his star striker, who is contracted to the club until 2021, could depart for England in the summer. “Manchester United? A small team,” Cerezo is quoted as having said by Marca. “I believe in the contracts that people sign, and that goes for Diego Simeone and Griezmann.
By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal Plateau United has revealed that it would continue from where it stopped off in the first stanza of the season, when the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) resumes on May 21, 2017. Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sport, the media office of the club, Albert Dakup, said the club’s sterling performance in the first stanza was no fluke and, though the club was under no pressure to certify this, it would not sit on its oars when action resumes. “We intend to continue from where we stopped in the first round by improving the welfare of the players through the increment of their match bonuses and travelling allowances. Also, management is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the new welfare regime is maintained through prompt and timely payment of salaries and other contractual agreements reached with the players,” he said. The club acquired the...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid in the title race as second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Espanyol in the Catalonian derby. Luis Enrique's side - who would have been behind early on at Estadi Cornella-El Prat had Jurado made the most of a golden opportunity - were found lacking in the first half of Saturday's clash, but Suarez came up with the goods early in the second period. Jurado was the architect of Espanyol's downfall, as his sloppy back pass teed up the Uruguayan, who made no mistake in netting his 25th LaLiga goal of the season - and his first in four games. It was a cruel blow for Quique Sanchez Flores' side, who had more than held their own in a scrappy opening half. And the result was wrapped up for Barca late on, Rakitic sliding a composed finish across Diego Lopez following...

LEADERSHIP EDITORS Bayern Munich clinched a record-breaking fifth straight Bundesliga title with a flourish, winning 6-0 at Wolfsburg. Bayern were three up at the break, with David Alaba firing into the top corner to open the scoring in style after 19 minutes. Star striker Robert Lewandowski then took over, making it 2-0 after 37 minutes with a fine finish from Thomas Muller’s pass and adding a third in the final minute of the first half. Arjen Robben made it four after 66 minutes, firing low into the corner from outside the area, and after the home side’s Luiz Gustavo was sent off for a second yellow, Lewandowski set up Muller to make it five. Josua Kimmich added the sixth, putting the icing on the cake with five minutes remaining after Robben picked him out with a low cross. Second-placed RB Leipzig had earlier been held to a 0-0 home draw by relegation-threatened Ingolstadt. The hosts failed...
DICKSON AGBO Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe, fired blanks again yesterday as his troubled club, Sunderland finally got relegated from the Premier League to the English Championships. Sunderland needed a win at home against AFC Bournemouth to keep alive their faint hopes of survival but the Black Cats who have been terrible all season under Coach David Moyes were beaten at the Stadium of Light. Bournemouth’ Josh King struck in the 88th minute to condemn Anichebe and his teammates to live in the lower division. Anichebe despite playing all his club football in England is a novice as far as the Championships is concerned.
BY LEADERSHIP EDITORS Three weeks of football across four five cities in the country and involving over 400 under 15 years teenagers from the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs was concluded at the Agege Stadium, Saturday morning with a dominant second half performance that saw the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Football Club overcome hard fighting Katsina United. The Ilorin side won 3-1 to emerge champions of the inaugural edition of the NPFL U- 15 Promises Tournament in a finals watched by Antonio Baradas, the Director of Africa operations of LaLiga, partners of the NPFL, Harry Iwuala, Head, Special Projects of the League Management Company (LMC) and Mutiu Adepoju, a former Super Eagles captain and Country Manager of LaLiga in Nigeria. Niger Tornadoes piped Rangers International 1-0 to claim the third place. Tornadoes goal came off a Yahaya Abba Yahaya ferocious free kick on the 22nd minute leaving  Okoh Chizoba in goal...
Christian Benteke came back to haunt his former club as Crystal Palace beat Liverpool at Anfield to take a giant stride towards Premier League survival and dent their opponents’ top-four aspirations. Benteke scored in both halfs on Sunday as Sam Allardyce’s Eagles mounted a brilliant fightback after Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho’s fine free-kick in the 24th minute. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Liverpool sold Benteke to Palace last summer for five million pounds less than they paid for the Belgium striker a year earlier. And it was his burly presence in the final third that proved the difference in an entertaining contest. His first was a well-taken strike high into the net from Yohan Cabaye’s low cross in the 42nd minute. His second was a poacher’s header from six yards, and it came in the 74th minute after some lax Liverpool defending at a corner kick. Palace who also...
Alexis Sanchez scored an extra-time goal as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley to reach their 20th FA Cup final on Sunday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this victory means it will be Arsenal’s third FA Cup final appearance in four seasons. City, who lost David Silva to a first-half injury, went ahead in the 62nd minute when Sergio Aguero raced through the opponents’ defense to score. Nacho Monreal volleyed in Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain’s cross to equalize in the 72nd minute, though Yaya Toure hit the bar for City before extra time. Sanchez then swept in when City failed to clear Mesut Ozil’s free-kick after 101 minutes. Guardiola made his fourth substitution of the match throwing in Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho in a desperate tactical move in the 106th minute. He replaced Raheem Sterling who came in earlier in the first half for the injured Silva. However, the attacking force of Manchester City...