English Premier Organization soccer club Manchester City is debuting a blockchain-based fan token, promising cost-free symbols for signed up Person fans. Major English football club Manchester City is the most up-to-date sports club to launch its blockchain-based token to power new electronic fan interaction devices.
According to the news Friday, Manchester City has partnered with fan engagement platform Socios.com to release the CITY fan token on the Chiliz blockchain. Like various other European clubs like FC Barcelona and Juventus, Manchester City will now choose to offer VIP incentives, club promos, games, AR-enabled attributes, and polls utilizing its follower token.
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Senior vice president of global partnerships, sales at City Football Group, Stephan Cieplik, the parent company of Manchester City FC, said that participants of the club’s Cityzens subscription would certainly be eligible to obtain a free CITY follower token. “Every existing signed up Cityzen will additionally be qualified for a cost-free token so they can access the full range of advantages as well as rewards,” Cieplik stated.
Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz, as well as Socios, claimed that the newly released fan token would certainly offer fans distinct electronic and real-life rewards as well as experiences as soon as COVID-19 limitations are raised.
Competing in the Premier League, the top level of English football, Manchester City, is apparently the 5th most beneficial football club globally, with an approximated value of $2.7 billion as of 2019. Manchester City came under extreme criticism after the club was offered a two-year restriction from European club competitions for breaching Financial Justice rules last year, which was at some point rescinded on charm.
As previously reported by Cointelegraph, the Chiliz (CHZ) token– the indigenous token of the blockchain platform produced by Socios– has seen a parabolic increase over the past numerous months, hitting a $1 billion market cap. At publishing time, CHZ market cap stands at $3.8 billion, according to information from CoinMarketCap. In early March, Chiliz finished a $50 million financing round as part of its growth plan right into the United States.
UK-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua beat Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round of the world championship at the Wembley SSE Arena to retain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles. Joshua Stuns Pulev To Keep The Heavyweight World Championship
This fight is Joshua’s first to recover his Andy Ruiz seatbelts in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia.
The two boxers were careful in the first two rounds with Joshua using over his blows.
Pulev has been unbeaten in his last eight battles since his defeat by KNOCKOUT in Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. The 39-year-old won 28 of its 29 previous ones with 14 in the form of knockout.
South African referee Deon Dwarte called off the fight after the 9th round.
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Joshua’s victory paved the way for the eventual confrontation of British heavyweights against Tyson Fury in 2021.
Both fighters enter into battle with one defeat each. Joshua lost his only fight in a shocking defeat against Andy Ruiz in 2019, while Pulev’s only defeat was a fifth loss by knockout to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
British-born boxer of Nigerian origin, Lawrence Okoli, also won a second elimination win over Nikodem Jezewski to win the vacant WBO International cruiserweight title.
Okolie hit his opponent twice on the first round, forcing the referee to cancel the fight within a minute 1:45 after his second round of Jezewski’s knock-down.
Okolie is on track to claim the WBO title next year.]]>
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski emerged as the last three in the race for the FIFA male player prize.
Messi won the prize last year for the sixth time, having won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Argentina now faces competition from the top rival, Ronaldo and Bayern Munich before, Lewandowski.
The three players were revealed on Friday on the verified Twitter alias of FIFA, the selection criteria being their respective met during the period from 20 July 2019 to 7 October 2020.
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During this time, Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa, Bayern Munich coach Hans-Dieter Flick and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool will fight for the title of Manager of the Year.
In the category best male goalkeeper, Alisson Becker from Liverpool, Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid and Manuel Neuer from Bayern Munich were shortlisted.
Heung-Min Sound by Tottenham Hotspur, Luís Suarez from Atletico Madrid and Flamingos Giorgiande Arrascaeta will compete for the Puskas Prize.
Other award categories are Women’s Player of the Year, Women’s Coach of the Year and Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year.
The award will be presented on December 17 and will be the first time the event will take place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brazilian veteran international attacker Robinho Thursday was sentenced to nine years for the rape of a young woman confirmed by a court in Italy.
The judges of the Court of Appeal in Milan upheld the conviction of Robinho and a friend for group sexual violence dating back to January 2013.
Robinho was playing for AC Milan at the time of the attack and was tried in absentia in November 2017.
The two men were part of a group of six men accused of participating in the collective rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman at a night club in Milan.
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Both were ordered to jointly pay damages in the amount of €60,000 ($73,000).
The case against the other four defendants has been held in abeyance.
Robinho, 36, who rejected the accusations, is entitled to appeal the sentence again within 90 days.
Robinho was forced to withdraw from a move to his first club Santos in October amid the pressure exerted on the Brazilian club by the sponsors.
The television channel Globo Sports published excerpts from a recording used by Italian prosecutors to get their conviction, in which the player reportedly said: I laugh because I don’t care. The woman was totally intoxicated. She has no idea what happened. ”
Robinho began his career at Santos in 2002 and joined Real Madrid in 2005, then played for Manchester City from 2008-2010, and Milan for four years until 2014.
He has also played in China with Guangzhou Evergrande, Atletico Mineiro in Spain and Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir.
He’s got 100 Brazilian caps and 28 goals for his nation.
Former Senegalese midfielder Papa Bouba Diop, who scored the winner to defeat France in the opening game of the 2002 tournament, passed away at 42 years old. Sources reported by ESPN that the former Fulham and Portsmouth star was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease.
Diop won 65 selections for Senegal between 2001 and 2008 and played a vital role in the team that reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup — one of only three African teams to reach the eight finals of the competition — in 2002
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The midfielder’s close-range goal against reigning world champions set debuts Senegal on their way to one of the most famous victories in the tournament’s history, and he would go on to score twice as they held Uruguay 3-3 in their final group game to reach the knockout stages. The Teranga Lions were eventually defeated by Turkey on the golden goal rule in the quarterfinals.
Diop also represented Senegal in four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and was part of the camp that reached the final in 2002, where he was defeated by Cameroon in Bamako. At the club level, he represented four English clubs following his Premier League debut with Fulham in 2004 and was part of the Portsmouth team that defeated Cardiff City in the 2008 FA Cup final.
Diop was introduced as a replacement in the 78th minute — replacing Pedro Mendes — in a match set by a first-half goal from the great Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu. Earlier in his career, he was a Swiss champion with Grasshoppers, having transitioned to Swiss football and third-level Vevey after being recognized by the Scouts while playing with ASC Diaraf in his home country.
He also played for Neuchâtel Xamax and spent time with Lens — where he was a League 1 finalist in 2002 — before moving on to English soccer. After leaving Pompey for AEK Athens in 2010, he won the Greek Cup, then returned to England to assist West Ham United in getting a promotion in the Premier League, before finishing his career in Birmingham City.
Originally from Rufisque, Diop, who stood at 6 feet 5 feet, was nicknamed “The Wardrobe” because of his impressive presence in the midfielder and was named by Manchester United legend Paul Scholes as his hardest opponent earlier this year.
“FIFA is saddened by the death of legendary Papa Bouba Diop in Senegal. Once a World Cup hero, still a World Cup hero,” the global governing body said in a Twitter statement.
Super Eagles of Nigeria will feature six uncapped players, including Chidera Ejuke from CSKA Moscow and Genk striker Cyriel Dessers for next month’s friendlies against the Ivory Coast and Tunisia, football officials told AFP Monday. Gernot Rohr’s side will face the Ivory Coast on October 9 and four days later take on Tunisia with both games to be played in Austria. The other uncapped players called up are goalkeeper Matthew Yakubu, new Porto signing Zaidu Sanusi as well as midfielders Samson Tijani and Frank Onyeka, officials said. Striker Dessers has opted to play for Nigeria ahead of Belgium, where he was born. He was set to make his debut for Nigeria in March before the coronavirus pandemic caused the postponement of a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone.
Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, goalkeeper Dele Alampasu and Portugal-based midfielder Mikel Agu have also earned a recall to the team. Skipper Ahmed Musa will lead the likes of William Ekong, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen on the 23-man squad for the forthcoming friendlies.
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The Nigeria squad: Goalkeepers: Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils/LAT), Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered/SLO), Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam/NED) Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes/SEP), Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers/SCO), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista/POR), William Ekong (Udinese FC/ITA), Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC/ENG), Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07/GER), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Zaidu Sanusi (Porto/POR) Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City/ENG), Frank Onyeka (Midtjylland/DEN), Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary/TUR), Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg/AUT) Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr/KSA), Alex Iwobi (Everton/ENG), Victor Osimhen (Napoli/ITA), Moses Simon (Nantes/FRA), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC/SPA), Cyriel Dessers (Genk/BEL); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City/ENG), Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux/FRA), Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow/RUS)]]>
Former Super Eagles forward, Peter Odemwingie has uncovered his strategies of coming to be a soccer trainer in three to 4 years time.
The 38-year-old that relinquished professional in 2019 has presently gotten a golf coaching badge as he went into the sporting activity after giving up soccer.
Odemwingie, in an Instagram stay conversation, mentioned his objective is to go back to volleyball as well as functionality in the supervisory placement.
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“In about three to four years, I would like to become a football coach,” he said.
“At the moment the plan is to spend as much time as possible with my kids.
“I travelled a lot during my career and didn’t get to spend as much time with them as I would have wanted, but now I’m enjoying being a dad.
“Now I’m into golf because that gives me the knowledge about other sports and the knowledge I need about football coaching but for now, I’m focusing on golf because I have a genuine passion for it.”
Odemwingie that played for Lokomotiv Moscow and West Brom Albion during the course of his playing times also made 63 appeals for the Nigeria nationwide team as well as racked up 10 goals.]]>
Anthony Joshua was welcomed to speak at Westminster Abbey at a Commonwealth Day church service attended by the Queen and other dignitaries.
Joshua, who has Nigerian roots and spent part of his childhood in the country, explains the benefits of being part of the Commonwealth in a moving speech.
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Joshua said: “My name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua and, like many of you here, I’m a child of the Commonwealth.
“I was born in Watford, and my heritage is Nigerian. I come from the Yoruba people, who are the largest, and some might say the loudest ethnic group in all of Africa. I’m proudly Nigerian and proudly British.
That Manchester City is out of the Champions League for two seasons is not a question as things are at the moment, however, the question now is “what does the future of the league champion look like at the moment.
By City’s response following the ban, it’s clear that Manchester City had been ready for some kind of decision from UEFA, but whether the severity of the announcement was what was expected is conjecture.
City believes that they have been wronged by the decision and have expressed their intention to fight the decision, they are confident that an independent judiciary will clear them.
A key factor in this unfolding sports drama is Pep Guardiola, the seasoned manager has previously affirmed that he would remain at City until the expiration of his contract in 2021 because he trusts the club’s hierarchy when they say they did not infringe on league regulations.
Now that the proverbial “shit has hit the fan”, will Guardiola decide to move on?
Considering that many of City’s star players joined the club side because Guardiola is the manager if Guardiola, therefore, decides to move on, what will happen to the club side?
City’s troubles started in November 2018 when some leaked documents were published by the German newspaper Der Spiegel. The documents showed that Mancity City sent the European football’s governing body a deliberately inflated sponsorship deal, to mislead it to assume that Mancity had met the FFP rules requiring clubs to break even.
Does this mean that the ban on the league champion has left open an extra place in the Champions League?
Recall that City is not new to this kind of controversy as under similar circumstances in 2014, it faced a fine of £49m
The last has certainly not been heard of this unfolding drama.]]>
Manchester City has been given the big stick following the club’s alleged infringement against the league’s regulations.
Recall that Mancity; as it’s fondly called by its numerous fans; is currently the Champion of the Premier League.
This ban from European club competition has dealt a heavy blow on the club side’s fans around the world, here in Nigeria, the news of the ban has already resulted in street fights that have led to the deaths of about three people in Ajeromi Ifelodun area of Lagos state.
The ban is reported to have been necessitated by the club’s “serious breaches” against UEFA’s “Club Licensing and Financial Fair-play Regulations.”
Along with the ban, the Premier League champions is also facing a fine of 30m euros (£25m), however, insiders say that the decision is subject to an appeal as Mancity has the privilege to appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Officials at Manchester City have expressed their disappointment at Uefa, they, however, claim that the “prejudicial” decision to ban City for two seasons did not come as a shock as Uefa has had it coming a long time ago, and on this ground, the Uefa Champion has decided that it will appeal against the decision.
According to UEFA’s financial control body, the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), between 2012 and 2016 City submitted a break-even information to UEFA that was both misleading and a lie, the league champion was found guilty of “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts”, and when this was discovered, the club blatantly refused to cooperate in the ensuing investigation”.
In a statement released by Manchester City, it said:
“The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.
“In December 2018, the UEFA chief investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City before any investigation had even begun.
“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked Uefa process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. The club has formally complained to the Uefa disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.
“Simply put, this is a case initiated by Uefa, prosecuted by Uefa and judged by Uefa. With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will, therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”
According to insiders, if not properly handled, City will face a Premier League points deduction, an insider said that the league’s FFP rules are similar to those of UEFA except for some minor difference.
This punishment, however, does not implicate City’s women’s team.]]>