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João Felix Will Contributed And Give A Lot To Atletico In The Future.

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If It Isn’t In This Champion’s League.

Portuguese football is fascinated by the figure of Joao Félix. The Benfica ex-player and legend, Nuno Gomes, is sure that the Portuguese player will be successful sooner rather than later.

Last season, Joao Félix became the relevant expensive signing in the history of Atlético Madrid. His first year, until now, has not matched the price paid.

From Portugal, they do not doubt him and are sure that he will triumph in the Atlético ranks. This is the opinion of Nuno Gomes, Benfica legend and one of the best Portuguese internationals of the 21st century.

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“The demand is great because there was a transfer of millions and by paying that price people expect him to decide all the games, but it is not so. He is only 20 years old and he will give a lot to Atlético in the future… if not in this Champions League”, Nuno Gomes told ‘Marca’.

The ex-forward recalls the first time he saw Joao Félix. “I saw that I was in front of a different kid, with a lot of technical quality, always ahead and with very good vision. And he was competing against older opponents, I didn’t take long to realise that he would be a top player”, he said.

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“All his coaches were convinced of his talent, he could play in many positions, practically all of them from midfield to forward. We were waiting for him to turn 18 so that he could sign a professional contract in order to assure us of him, but we didn’t know that they would take him away so soon”, Nuno Gomes lamented.

The ex-forward explained that “one of his characteristics that makes him different is that he knows how to deal with pressure. He understands the game in the same way, that’s why his legs didn’t shake when halfway through his first season at Benfica the coach who knew him arrived and started to put him on. He had six spectacular months”.

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El-Rufai To Participate In Kaduna Marathon

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Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

The Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has indicated his interest to participate at the maiden edition of the 10 kilometres Kaduna half-marathon.

El-Rufai also vowed to sustain the marathon, which is scheduled to hold on November 21, 2020 while urging the citizens to participate in the marathon.

“I will participate in the race, but I will not run more than 5 kilometres. I implore all to register for the Kaduna Marathon.

“We are doing our best to restore Kaduna back to its glory years, where anybody in Nigeria can retire to without ethnic or religious sentiments.

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“The Kaduna Marathon is not my initiative, but that of our team of technocrats.

“You need not compliment the governor for this, this huge initiative is that of the dedicated team,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the winner of the elite race of the marathon will take home a cash prize of $10,000, while the top 10 winners will all get cash prizes with the 10th placed to take $1,000.

 

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New-Look Everton Prove Too Good For Spurs

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Everton signalled their intent for Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season in charge as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s towering header earned their first win over Tottenham since 2012 in a 1-0 victory on Sunday.

Ancelotti has been heavily backed with the signings of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan, and the Toffees looked a much-improved side on the one that finished 12th last season as they were thoroughly deserving winners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs are also hoping for an upturn in Jose Mourinho’s first full season as boss, but the hosts looked short on ideas as they slipped to a damaging home defeat for their aspirations of mounting a challenge to get back into the top four this season.

Everton settled the quicker with their new midfield trio helping to control possession, but it was on the counter-attack they wasted by far the best chance of the game. Richarlison intercepted Ben Davies’s wayward pass and accelerated past Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris before skewing high and wide with an open goal to aim at and Calvert-Lewin begging for a cut-back.

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Son Heung-min was by far Spurs’ most dangerous attacking outlet in a performance otherwise lacking in inspiration going forward. The South Korean’s teasing cross just evaded Harry Kane and the far post before he put Dele Alli in on goal and his shot forced a great save from fellow England international Jordan Pickford.

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James curled his first sight of goal in an Everton shirt just wide, while at the other end Pickford stood up well again to deny Matt Doherty after Tottenham’s best move of the half saw the Irishman teed up by Kane’s dinked pass. Everton surrendered meekly to a 1-0 defeat when they visited the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in July without mustering a meaningful shot on goal. But the difference a few months and fresh faces can make was on show in the second half as they controlled the game to earn a first win over Spurs in 16 games.

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Tottenham were given a few warnings before the only goal of the game arrived as James dragged a shot from inside the box wide before Richarlison mistimed his header at the back post from an inch-perfect James cross. The opener arrived 10 minutes after the break as Calvert-Lewin rose highest to power Lucas Digne’s free-kick into the top corner.

Mourinho said on Friday he hopes to add another striker before the end of the transfer window to add some support to Kane, but any new arrival will need better service to work with as the England captain did not have an opportunity to get his side back on level terms.

Everton and Richarlison continued to enjoy all the chances as twice the Brazilian cut inside on his favoured right foot and curled efforts just beyond Lloris’s far post. However, one goal was enough for a statement win for the visitors and the worst possible start for Tottenham ahead of a gruelling schedule as they face up to eight games in the Europa League, League Cup and Premier League in the next three weeks.

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Giroud Apparently Has An Agreement For The Next Two Seasons

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Juventus are hoping to shortly seal the signing of Luis Suarez, but they do not want to put all their eggs in one basket. Therefore, the Italians have reached an agreement for Olivier Giroud for the next two seasons in case they are unable to sign the Barca man. This is according to ‘Sky Sport’.

Luis Suarez’s move to Juventus should be sealed in a matter of days. Both Juve and Barcelona are confident about them, but he must first pass an Italian citizenship test. That would prevent him taking up an non-EU spot.

Days are passing and rumours are increasing. There is even talk of him going to Atletico Madrid. Therefore, Juventus have got a back up striker who would support Cristiano Ronaldo.

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According to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio on ‘Sky Sport’, the man chosen is Olivier Giroud. Apparently, the Italians have even agreed a deal with the striker, who has another season left at Chelsea.

The Premier League club do not count on the Frenchman. Chelsea have signed Timo Werner, have Tammy Abraham in form and the option of playing Kai Havertz as the main man up front if they need to them. Based on everything that has been published, he is very keen to play for Juventus.

Apparently, the agreement reached between the Juve board and Giroud is for the next two seasons for four and a half million euros per season. Chelsea would let him go for around five million.

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In the meantime, Suarez has to pass the Italian nationality exam. Although he was due to sit it at the beginning of the week, it has been delayed. ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ says that he will take it next Thursday in Perugia.

 

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