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Kylian Mbappe named new France captain as he replaces retired Hugo Lloris

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Kylian Mbappe named new France captain as he replaces retired Hugo Lloris

Kylian Mbappe of Paris St-Germain has been named the new captain of the France national team.

He takes over for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who announced his retirement from international football in January.

On Tuesday, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed Deschamps’ selection of Mbappe as captain and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann as vice-captain via social media.

“Kylian meets all the requirements to have this responsibility,” France manager Didier Deschamps told French TV channel TF1 in an interview to be aired on Sunday.

“On the field as in the life of the group, by being a unifying element.”

On Tuesday, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed Deschamps’ selection of Mbappe as captain and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann as vice-captain via social media.

Mbappe was the top scorer at last year’s World Cup, helping France to a second consecutive World Cup final, which they lost to Argentina.

He scored two goals against Croatia in the 2018 final and was named the tournament’s best young player as France won the World Cup for the second time.

Deschamps’ team faces the Netherlands in their first Euro 2024 qualifier at the Stade de France on Friday, before facing the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

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I recommended Mo Salah to play in Europe – Samuel Inkoom

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I recommended Mo Salah to play in Europe – Samuel Inkoom

Former Black Stars defender Samuel Inkoom has stated that he was instrumental in bringing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to Europe for his first professional stay with Swiss club FC Basel.

Between 2012 and 2014, the Liverpool star, who is also the Egyptian national team captain, played for FC Basel, making 47 appearances and scoring 9 goals.

Speaking on Peace FM, the former Black Stars right back described how, after watching the Liverpool striker in training against the Black Stars, he relayed a message from his Sporting Director to him.

“I recommended Mo Salah for FC Basel,” he said.

“I used to wear the number 22 jersey when the Black Stars went to Egypt for a game, and we used to train with the team that Mo Salah played in, alongside former Ghanaian striker Eric Bekoe.”

“My club FC Basel had a Champions League match against Bayern Munich right after my game for the Black Stars, so I came with my Sporting Director, who, after noticing Mo Salah’s speed in training against us, asked me if I could speak to him on his behalf, and that was the end of it!” He expressed an interest in playing in Europe.”

When asked if he still keeps in touch with Mohammed Salah, he responded no, but Inkoom spoke to Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri, who was with the Under-17 team at FC Basel and played with Mo Salah at Liverpool between 2018 and 2021.

“I used to speak to Xherdan Shaqiri when he was with Liverpool and occasionally told him to remind Mohammed how he got to play in Europe.”

Inkoom has 44 Black Stars appearances and 1 goal.

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Sevilla wins seventh Europa League title after defeating Roma on penalties

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Sevilla wins seventh Europa League title after defeating Roma on penalties

Sevilla won a record-extending seventh Europa League title after defeating Roma 4-1 in a penalty shootout at Budapest’s Puskas Arena.

The crucial penalty was scored by Gonzalo Montiel, who converted the winning penalty for Argentina in the World Cup final.

The Europa League experts handed Roma manager Jose Mourinho his first European final defeat after five consecutive victories.

“I have to fight for these lads and therefore not say objectively that I will remain,” Mourinho told Sky Italy in the aftermath of the defeat. “I lost this one, but I return home prouder than ever this time.”

The game proceeded to extra time when Gianluca Mancini’s own goal cancelled out Paulo Dybala’s well-taken opening, and Sevilla won in the shootout.

Similar to Roma, but to a larger extent, Sevilla has undergone a gruelling domestic campaign, hampered by relegation worries until recently, but continental participation is their bread and butter.

Dybala received Mancini’s defence-splitting pass, allowing the ball to glide over his body onto his preferred left boot and reach the far corner in one fast motion (35).

However, Mancini’s own goal 10 minutes into the second half gave Sevilla parity, and after a lifeless period of extra time, Montiel settled the tie with the winning penalty – crucially, only after benefiting from a retake after custodian Rui Patricio was adjudged to encroach on his first effort, which was saved.

Source: Skysports

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Asante Kotoko legend Dogo Moro has passed on

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Asante Kotoko legend Dogo Moro has passed on

Dogo Moro, the renowned defender who represented both the Black Stars and Asante Kotoko, has died, according to sources.

Moro, who was instrumental in Kotoko’s CAF Champions League victory, is alleged to have died quietly in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the seasoned defender displayed his talents while wearing the national team shirt, making an unforgettable impression on Ghanaian football.

Moro was a key figure in the club’s victory in the African Cup, now known as the CAF Champions League, during his time at Kotoko.

The late player will be put to rest on Tuesday, with the burial ceremony following Islamic practises in order to honour his legacy.

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