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Yakubu retires age 35years

Former Nigeria international Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from football.The 35-year-old, who spent a decade playing in England for the likes of Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Reading, has been without a club since leaving Coventry City after just three games
in April."I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today," he told
"Firstly, I would like to thank God for the career I have had. I would like to thank the entire Nigerian Football Federation and my Nigerian
national team-mates for all the memorable years I had playing for the Super Eagles."I would also like to thank all the football clubs I played for.
The managers, all club staff, owners,
fellow players and my dearest family and friendsbwho immensely supported me throughout my
career."When I started my career at Julius Berger in Nigeria all those years ago (1997) I could only have dreamt of the succ…

Jabulani better than League Cup balls – Toure

English football chiefs on Wednesday defended the ball used in the League Cup after Manchester City’s Yaya Toure said it was worse than the much-maligned Jabulani used in the 2010 World Cup.
City and Championship club Wolves played with the Mitre Delta ball in Tuesday’s League Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium, with the hosts needing a penalty shootout to advance to the quarter-finals after the match finished goalless after 120 minutes.
“I don’t like it, to be honest,” said City and Ivory Coast midfielder Toure. “They can do better than that. It’s too light. Even in my country they can’t use those kind of balls.
“I think they have to be better than that because the ball was too soft. It’s rubbish but that’s fine. The World Cup one (Jabulani) was better than that one.”
Guardiola, whose team play with Nike balls in the Premier League and Adidas balls in the Champions League, lambasted the Mitre Delta, suggesting it was “not a serious ball for a professional game”.
“We play with a different…

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger announces international retirement

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.

Darmian reveals the effect of worldcup2014 on his career

Matteo Darmian admits the experience of playing at the 2014 World Cup gave him the confidence to make rapid strides in his career, leading to his transfer to Manchester United.In an exclusive interview with the November edition of Inside United , the official club magazine which hits the shops on Tuesday, our cover star discusses his road to Old Trafford in great depth, recalling the steps he took along the way from a youth-teamer at AC Milan to first-team star with the Reds.The astute summer signing won our first Player of the Month award of the season after adapting well to life in the Barclays Premier League. Last weekend, Darmian scored his first international goal for Italy in a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan that confirmed qualification for Euro 2016. But it was his surprise inclusion in the Azzurri's World Cup squad that thrust the right-back into the global spotlight.Darmian's consistent performances for Torino earned him the call from n…
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