Italy have sacked coach Giampiero Ventura after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The Azzurri lost a play-off with Sweden 1-0 on aggregate to spell the end of 69-year-old Ventura's 17-month tenure. Ventura said his record was "one of the best of the last 40 years". "I lost only two games in two years," he told Italian television show Le Iene before the Italian Football Federation fired him on Wednesday. Ventura replaced Antonio Conte in June 2016, and was described as a "master of football" by Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio. However, Italy took one point out of a possible six against Spain in qualifying and also drew at home to Macedonia. "I can only apologise to the Italians, not for the will or ef...
After lifting the trophy four times, Gian Piero Ventura's side will have to wait at least four years for another opportunity after missing out on Russia 2018. For the first time since 1958, Italy won't be participating in a World Cup. Italy played to a 0-0 draw with Sweden in a World Cup qualifying play-off second leg on Monday, falling 1-0 on aggregate to miss out on Russia 2018. Gian Piero Ventura's men were beaten 1-0 in Stockholm in the first leg on Friday, and were unable to overcome that deficit at the San Siro in Milan. The shocking setback marks the end of an era for the Azzurri, with the World Cup-winning trio of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi announcing their retirement post-game. Italy found themselves as
Manchester United have re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one-year contract. The 35-year-old former Sweden striker made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for United last season. Ibrahimovic was RELEASED BY THE CLUB in June after his season was ended prematurely by a knee injury, but he is expected to be fit again in December. "After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return," said manager Jose Mourinho. Ibrahimovic, who initially joined the Red Devils on free transfer in July 2016, had been recuperating at United's training ground after knee surgery. Mourinho added: "We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. "I have no doubt tha...
Ghanaian player Patrick Kpozo marked his debut for Ostersund's 1-1 draw with Sundsvall in the Swedish Allsvenskan on Sunday. The Young Ghanaian Patrick Kpozo played his first game for his side few days after switching camp from another Swedish giants AIK to Ostersund. The former player of Ghana Premier League side Inter Allies played 73 minutes for his side before he was replaced by midfielder Gabriel Somi for the remaining minutes of the game. The young chap after a good start with his new club is hoping to play more games and also help his side to climb up on the Swedish league log.
Swedish giants IFK Göteborg have loaned former Ghana midfielder Lawson Sabah to Swedish second-tier side Varberg Bois. Lawson Sabah joined IFK Gothenburg from Inter Allies in Ghana at the beginning of the 2015 season but has enjyed limited playing time. He played 11 matches in two seasons for IFK Göteborg scoring once. “I am very happy to come to Varberg,” says the midfielder Sabah. “But I can also play on the edges. I know I have to work very hard.” Lawson Sabah will be ready for his new team’s meeting with Gefle IF on August 9th. ”For us, it’s a great solution. With his powerful game, I think Lawson will greatly enhance us this season.” “Likewise, it will develop him further,” says Varberg coach Jörgen Wålemark to Blåvitt.
Chairman of Swedish side Ostersunds Daniel Kindberg has heaped praises on young Ghanaian player Patrick Kpozo. The club's Chairman says the clubs new signing is the kind of player they want and believes he can develop more with them. “He has qualities and attributes that we hope he can develop further with us. He fits into our way of playing now and beyond.” “I would not say he is like any other player we have. He adds a little different qualities to the team,” says Östersund’s FK chairman Daniel Kindberg. Kpozo joined them from AIK also in the Swedish league on a three and half year deal.
Ghanaian left back Patrick Kpozo has completed a move from Swedish elite side AIK to another top tier side Osterunds FK. He has joined Osterunds on a three and a half year deal after two seasons AIK since leaving Inter Allies in 2015. “He has qualities and attributes that we hope he can develop further with us. He fits into our way of playing now and beyond.” “I would not say he is like any other player we have. He adds a little different qualities to the team,” says Östersund’s FK chairman Daniel Kindberg. Patrick Kpozo had his first training with the team on Friday and he can’t hide his excitement. “It feels great to be here and this is a club where I can develop further. I really like their way of playing football,” said Patrick Kpozo.
Swedish Coach Tom Marcus Strand has revealed that he will take the chance of returning to Medeama SC when the Tarkwa based club approach him. He made this revelation when appeared on GH One TV Sports show on Saturday morning. "I will always welcome the chance to return to Medeama, Tarkwa was a nice place the club and the fans were like family to me i will not reject the opportunity to go back there" he said. The Swedish coach left his hotel room with a note in South Africa after the team's 3 - 1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup play -off. But Tom Strand after that unaccepted behavior shown the Mauve and Yellows says he will grab the chance to manage Medeama again. The 2015 FA Cup awards best coach is currently the head coach of A...
Accra Great Olympics coach Tom Marcus Strand has been ordered by the Ghana Football Association Status Committee to pay GH¢34,000 to his former club Medeama SC. According to the Committee, the Swedes has default his contractual agreement with the Tarkwa-based club. The 38-year-old who went AWOL and resigned from Medeama SC in 2015 after their Confederations Cup exploits was accused by Medeama SC of breaching a contract with the club. The Mauve’s therefore filed a case against him at the GFA Status Committee and Medeama SC won the case against Tom Strand today at GFA Player Status Committee sitting on Thursday. Tom Strand, 34, was under contract with Mauves and Yellows but left his post whiles the team was in South Africa for a Confederations Cup game forcing Medeama to p
Ghanaian midfielder Kingsley Sarfo has sealed a four and half year deal with Malmo FF, after successfully undergoing medical examination with the club. He has been one of the most exciting players in the Swedish league and bagged three goals and was involved in several others for Sirius. Malmo on Thursday afternoon presented Kingsley Sarfo officially at a press conference, after the 22-year-old signed a four and a half year deal with Scania club. The Ghanaian expressed his joy for completing his switch to the Swedish giants. “It feels good. This is best for my football development, it is the best place to be for me. It feels perfect, said Sarfo to Football Channel. “It’s a great club and play the kind of football I like. I like to have the ball at their feet, be creati