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Vilanova, Boskov to Be Honoured Before Champions League Semis Return Leg | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Vilanova, Boskov to Be Honoured Before Champions League Semis Return Leg

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on April 28, 2014

Uefa announces that a minute’s silence will be observed before both Champions League semi-final second legs in memory of Tito Vilanova and Vujadin Boskov.

A short announcement will be made in the teams native languages,\ explaining the silence while a montage of the two coaches, who both died in recent days, will be displayed in the stadiums ahead of FC Bayern Munichs meeting with Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FCs home encounter with Club Atletico de Madrid. Teams have been given the option of wearing black armbands for the game, Uefa said in a statement.

Vilanova led Barcelona to the Spanish league title in 2012/13 after serving as coach Pep Guardiolas assistant. He died on Friday, aged 45, after contracting cancer.

Late Coach Tito Vilanova of Barcelona to Be Honoured in Champions League Semis.

Boskov, who died on Sunday at the age of 82, led Real Madrid to the Spanish double in 1980 and Sampdoria to their sole Serie A triumph in 1991. The Serbian led Yugoslavia to the quarter-finals of Euro 2000.

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Man City, PSG Guilty of Breaching Financial Fair Play Rules | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Man City, PSG Guilty of Breaching Financial Fair Play Rules

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on April 29, 2014

Manchester City and Paris St-Germain (PSG) headlines at least 20 clubs understood to have failed to meet key criteria on Uefa’s financial fair play (FFP) rules.

The England and France-based pair know their fate later in the week for breaching the Uefa’s regulations.

Under FFP, losses are limited to £37m (€45m) over last two years.

The European football’s ruling body has reportedly made settlement offers to all clubs considered of breaching the FFP rules ahead of a meeting on Thursday.

Michel Platini Says Both Man City and PSG Culpable for Breaching Uefas Financial Fair Play Rules Will Not Be Dismissed From European Competitions Next Season.

Possible punishments it could dole out on the teams vary from a reprimand to fine or European squad restrictions next term.

The likelihood of excluding any of the teams from European competition- the most severe of the sanctions- is however not thought to be in consideration at the moment.

Uefa has not made public the settlements it has offered each of the offenders, but the football world waits to find out the verdicts, which could be out on Friday.

But City posted combined loses of £149m for the last two seasons- £97m in 2012 and £51.6m in 2013.

Qatar-backed PSG wiped out their losses with a huge and back-dated sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourist Authority.

Uefa President Michel Platini said recently he did not envisage any of the clubs who breached rules would be liable to exclusion from European competition next season.

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IOC Vice-President Slams Brazil’s Readiness for Rio 2016 | INFORMATION NIGERIA

IOC Vice-President Slams Brazils Readiness for Rio 2016

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on April 29, 2014

Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) John Coates says Brazils preparations for the 2016 Rio Games is the worst he has ever experienced.

Coates, also president of the Australian Olympic Committee, has visited Rio de Janeiro six times and says the countrys preparations were worst than Athens- hosts of the 2004 Games.

He told an Olympic Forum in Sydney that construction on some venues had yet to begin, infrastructure is delayed and water quality is a major concern.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Village Under Construction.

According to the IOC chief, the body has taken unprecedented step by embedding experts into the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to ensure the Games go ahead as planned

The IOC has formed a special task force to try and speed up preparations but the situation is critical on the ground, Coates said.

The IOC has adopted more hands on role, it is unprecedented for the IOC but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio.

These revelations come amidst fears on the level of preparedness of the South American nation for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, with 44 days to go.

Preparations for the 2004 Athens Games were marred by delay in construction and services, but venues and infrastructures were delivered in time.

Coates, who has been involved in the Olympics for nearly 40 years added that one of the experts included among the taskforce of personnel the IOC has sent to Brazil is a construction project manager.

We have become very concerned, they are not ready in many, many ways. We have to make it happen and that is the IOC approach, you cant walk away from this.

The city also has social issues that need to be addressed, Coates added, refering to one of Brazils criminal havens.

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Cech, Terry, Hazard and Eto’O are Surprise Packages in Chelsea Training | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Cech, Terry, Hazard and EtoO are Surprise Packages in Chelsea Training

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on April 29, 2014

Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel EtoO all trained at Chelseas Cobham training facility, ahead of Wednesdays Champions League semi-final second round tie with Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea goalkeeper Cech who suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first leg, has even told Sky Sports he is fit for the must win encounter against the La Liga leaders at Stamford Bridge.

The Czech republic goalkeeper was ruled out for the rest of the season by Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho in the wake of his injury during last weeks stalemate at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. He missed Sundays 2-0 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield, with 41-year-old Mark Schwarzer standing in for him.

John Terry Joins, Mark Schwarzer and Hillario for Pace.

However, Cechs Australia international understudy is set to continue in goal for the Blues, as the 31-year-old reportedly sat out the intensive goalkeeper training on Tuesday morning.

The other trio of outfield players were at ease during the training session.

Mourinho had after last weeks first leg away draw ruled Terry and Cech out for the remainder of the league season.

Hazard, who has not featured since Chelseas 3-1 loss at Paris St-Germain, was moving freely.

Cameroon international, Samuel EtoO, 33, could return to lead Chelseas attack tomorrow.

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Wimbledon Announces Prize Money Increase for 2014 | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Wimbledon Announces Prize Money Increase for 2014

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on April 29, 2014

Wimbledon announces a £25m total prize money increase for this year’s championships a 10.8% increase over 2013.

Winners of the singles event will receive £1.76m each in 2014, which amounts to a 10% increase from the £1.6m won by Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli last year. Runner-ups will each cart home the sum of £880,000.

The All England Club says it has continued rewarding players, who lose in the qualifying or the early rounds of the championships, by confirming an “over 100%” increase in monetary rewards to this players over three years period.

The Wimbledon Begins On Monday 23 June Through Sunday 6 July.

“At the heart of the increase is a wish by the Club to continue to build on the work of the last two years targeting the increases to the side of the draw which it was felt needed it most – those players who lose in the early rounds or in qualifying,” read a statement by the organizers of the third Grand Slam of the year.

Prize money for players knocked out in the first three rounds and qualification stages of the championships has been increased by 12.5%, with each first, second and third round losers set to earn the sum of £27,000, £43,000 and £71,000 respectively.

The 2014 Championships will be played on 17 courts, as courts 14 and 15 are currently been remodeled “to provide accommodation for Ball Boys and Ball Girls, photographers and for an expanded 24-hour media restaurant from 2015”. Court No. 3 “will have an extra 198 unreserved seats offering improved value to spectators with Grounds Passes”.

The championships begins on Monday 23 June through Sunday 6 July.

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Dele Alampasu Undergoes Knee Surgery- Report | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Dele Alampasu Undergoes Knee Surgery- Report

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on April 29, 2014

Super Eagles Team B third-choice goalkeeper to the 2013 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Dele Alampasu has reportedly undergone a knee surgery in Belgium and could be sidelined for several weeks.

A source close to the Fifa U-17 World Cup-winning goalie told Alampasu is back in Nigeria and rehabilitating from an injury he sustained in a training session while “on trials at Belgium outfit FC Genk”.

Dele Alampasu Conceded Five Goals at the 2-013 Fifa U-17 World Cup in the UAE.

The 18-=year-old goal-tender had an operation on the leg and could be ruled out of action for about five weeks or thereabout, according to the doctor.

“That explains why he has not been involved with the Flying Eagles training camp in Abuja ahead of next month’s AYC qualifier in Tanzania,” the source is quoted as saying on

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If You Think Chelsea Can’t Play; You Are Jealous, Says Schuerrle | INFORMATION NIGERIA

If You Think Chelsea Can’t Play; You Are Jealous, Says Schuerrle

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on April 29, 2014

Chelsea forward Andre Schuerrle believes critics of Chelsea’s defensive approach in last weekends win over Premier League leaders Liverpool are simply jealous.

Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho was accused of parking two buses by Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers in Sundays 2-0 win at Anfield.

The ‘Blues’ again enjoyed little possession and continuously fell back deep inside their own half, while Liverpool pressed forward but lacked the killer instinct with which they would have nailed the match.

Andre Schuerrle Celebrates Scoring Chelseas Opener Against PSG at Stamford Brdige.

“Winning is what matters,” Schuerrle said ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg tie with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. “It’s the most important thing.

The West London club frustrated their Spanish opponents with similar tactics last week, as the midfield duo of Franck Lampard and John Obi Mikel were employed deep inside the defence, in the absence of playmaker Eden Hazard.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is expected to name the 23-year-old German player, who missed last week’s first leg in Madrid, for the must win home clash with Atletico.

“You can play perfect football, have lots of one-touch stuff, and lose. But that’s not what you want- you want to win. There’s no point playing well and losing if our plan is to win playing this way, and we win, then it is perfect,” Schuerrle added.

“If people look at us and say ‘Chelsea can’t play’, even when we win, it’s juct because they are jealous.”

Schuerrle joined the London club from Bayer Leverkusen last year for a reported fee of £18m.