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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Usajili: Arsenal yamsajili Granit Xhaka kutoka Borussia Monchengladbach

Arsenal imekamilisha usajili wa kiungo wa Switzerland Granit Xhaka kutoka Borussia Monchengladbach.
Xhaka, 23, ambaye ameichezea timu yake ya taifa mara 41 na kuiongoza timu hiyo ya Ujerumani, anajiunga na Gunners kwa mkataba wa muda mrefu.
"Ninajivunia kujiunga Arsenal," alisema Xhaka. "Siwezi kusubiri kutua jijini London, kuiwakilisha klabu hii na kucheza kwenye Premier League.
"Nitajitolea kwa kila kitu kuisaidia Arsenal kushinda mataji na kuwafanya mashabiki wake na furaha."
Meneja wa Arsenal Arsene Wenger alisema: "Granit Xhaka ni mchezaji mzuri anayechipukia, tayari akiwa na uzoefu mzuri wa Champions League na Bundesliga.
"Tulikuwa tunamuangalia kwa muda mrefu sasa na ni mchezaji ambaye ataongeza ubora kwenye kikosi chetu."
Xhaka, ambaye alifunga mabao sita kwenye mechi 108 za Bundesliga, ataungana na wachezaji-wenza baada ya Euro 2016, ambayo inaanza 10 June hadi 10 July.
Kiungo huyo wa zamani wa Basel ni mchezaji wa kwanza kusajiliwa na Arsenal tangu mwisho wa msimu ambapo walimaliza kwenye nafasi ya pili nyuma ya mabingwa wapya wa Premier League Leicester City.
Viungo wenye uzoefu kama Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky na Mathieu Flamini wanatarajia kuondoka Emirates.

UEFA: Kuelekea fainali ya Champions League: San Siro, Scala Opera House, unajiandaa kuzikaribisha Real Madrid na Atletico Madrid kwenye fainali ya Champions League... lakini ipi historia iliyofichama nyuma ya uwanja huo mkubwa katika historia ya soka duniani?

UWANJA huu ndiyo ambao utatumika kwa ajili ya mchezo wa fainali ya UEFA Champions League baina ya mahasimu wa soka kutoka jiji moja; Real Madrid na Atletico Madrid. Timu hizo zitahitimisha safari ndefu ya Champions League iliyoanzia hatua ya makundi na nyingine zikianzia kwenye hatua ya kufuzu, Jumamosi Mei 28, 2016 katika uwanja unaotajwa kuwa na historia ya pekee kwenye soka. Uwanja huo unachangiwa na timu mbili pinzani na hasimu katika ulimwengu wa soka. Inter Milan na AC Milan. Timu hizo za Serie A zinapatikana katika jiji la Milan.
Wakati AC Milan wakiuita San Siro, wenzao Inter Milan wanauita Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. 
Uwanja huo ndiyo ulitumika kufanyika tamasha kubwa la muziki ambapo gwiji wa muziki wa reggae duniani Hayati Bob Marley alipozuru Italia kwa mara ya kwanza huku pia ukiwa na nafasi maalumu katika nyoyo za Wajerumani tangu mwaka 1990. Jose Mourinho, ambaye aliwahi kukusanya mataji matatu kwenye historia ya soka la Italia akiwa kocha wa Inter Milan mwaka 2010, alisema: 'Utakuwa uwanja niupendao daima.'
Ni uwanja ambao unapendeza katika siku za hivi karibuni baada ya kufanyiwa marekebisho kadhaa. Hii ni pamoja na mjumuiko wa maegesho ya magari na namna ya pekee ambayo ilikuwa kivutia katika maandalizi ya fainali za Kombe la Dunia mwaka 1990.
Saturday night's Champions League final at the San Siro, the fourth at the stadium, is between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid
The San Siro was last overhauled ahead of the 1990 World Cup, where a match between Argentina and Camerooon reopened the stadium
The famous stadium is shared between Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan, with the fierce rivals using it as their home ground
A litany of famous players have played at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza over the years, including  Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit
An aerial view of the San Siro in the city of Milan - Jose Mourinho has said it will always be his favourite stadium in football
The compact stadiums of England were seen as the example to follow when the San Siro was first built in the mid-1920s 
Diego Maradona, right, took part in the game that reopened the stadium in 1990, but the result was not in his or Argentina's favour
Marco Materazzi and Rui Costa look out over the stadium as a derby between Milan and Inter is halted due to the flares on the pitch
Halmashauri ya jiji iliununua huo uwanja mwaka 1935, na miaka minne baadaye ukawa na uwezo wa kuingiza watu 15,000. England walikuwa wageni wa heshima kwenye mechi ya ufunguzi wa uwanja May 13, 1939, ikitoka sare ya mabao 2-2.
Nerazzurri ikaja kuwa Rossoneri kwenye maonesho ya 1947. Muongo mmoja baadaye, mashindano ya European Cup yalipoanza kushika kasi, taa zikaongezwa na ukubwa pia. Kuna baadhi ya watu wanadai kuwa uwanja huo ulishawahi kuingiza watazamaji 100,000 katika baadhi ya mechi.
The stadium hosted the first concert that Bob Marley played in Italy - it has also held concerts for Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and U2
A tifo revealed by fans of Milan ahead of a derby match against Inter, showing a player in red and white winning the ball in the air
When the San Siro was originally built it cost the equivalent of 550 Mercedes and held 35,000 spectators for the opening game in 1926
Mwaka 1967 teknolojia zaidi iliwasili katika namna ya ubao wa kuonesha matangazo uwanjani. Wakati mshambuliaji nyota Giuseppe Meazza alipofariki akiwa na umri wa miaka 68 mwaka 1979, uwanja huo uliitwa kwa jina lake ikiwa ni heshima kwa mshambuliaji huyo. Mshindi mara mbili wa Kombe la Dunia aliwahi kuzichezea timu zote mbili za jijini Milan hivyo uamuzi huo ulizihusu timu zote.
Maandalizi ya fainali za Kombe la Dunia 1990 nchini Italia, ulishuhudia uwanja huo ukiwekwa viti katika sehemu zote. Leo, katika maendeleo ya sayansi na teknolojia kuufanyia marekebisho uwanja huo hakukuthibitishwa.
Milan walikuwa na majeruhi kwa 60% wakati wa msimu wa 2011-12 ambao walipatia majeraha katika dimba la San Siro, jambo ambalo liliwashawishi kubadilisha sehemu ya kuchezea. Inter wakakubali na kampuni ya Uholanzi ya Desso ikaifanyia marekebisho sehemu ya kuchezea June 2012. Mapinduzi hayo yalikuwa 100% nyasi halisi ambazo zilijumuisha pia nyasi bandia 20m, na uligharimu paundi 200,000.
Ambrogio Pelagalli, Nereo Rocco and Cesare Maldini walk off the pitch after a game between Milan and city rivals Inter in June 1963
Brazil forward Pele shakes hands with Gianni Rivera after an exhibition match between Milan and Brazilian side Santos in November 1963
Liverpool players are left looking on unable to help after Mario Corso fires a ball towards goal for Inter in their European Cup semi-final
Nyota wa reggae duniani Bob Marley alifanya tamasha lake la kwanza nchini Italia katika uwanja huo uliopo kaskazini-magharibi mwa jiji la Milan June 27, 1980. Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, U2, Depeche Mode na Rolling Stones pia waliwahi kufanya matamasha katika uwanja huo.
The legendary Welsh striker John Charles (No 9) played at the San Siro during his spell with Italian giants Juventus during the early 1960s
Fans of Inter spill on to the pitch after winning Serie A following their game against Modena, which finished 0-0, in May 1963
Inter left-back Giacinto Facchetti is held aloft by supporters of his club during the celebrations in 1963 that marked their title win
Sehemu ya mwisho wa safari
Turejee kwenye soka, kuna fainali tatu za ama European Cup au Champions League zilizowahi kupigwa Meazza. Mwaka 1965 vijana wa nyumbani Inter, wakiwa chini ya kocha Helenio Herrera, waliichapa Benfica kwa bao 1-0.
Miaka mitano baadaye Feyernoord ikawa timu ya kwanza ya Uholanzi kutetea taji barani Ulaya baada ya ushindi wa kushitukiza wa muda wa ziada dhidi ya Celtic. Katika tukio la karibuni kombe kubwa liliwasilishwa mjini Milan mwaka 2001, ambapo penalti ziliamua mshindi.
Bayern Munich na Valencia ziliztoka sare ya bao 1-1 baada ya dakika 120 huku mabao hayo yakipatikana kwa penalti (Pia Mehmet Scholl alikosa penalti kwa Bayern kipindi cha kwanza). Kubwa zaidi ya maisha Oliver Kahn alikuwa shujaa kwenye penalti, akiokoa penalti tatu na taji likatua Bavaria.
Oliver Kahn was the hero when Bayern Munich won the Champions League in the venue in 2001, saving three penalties in a shootout
The stadium has hosted three European Cup or Champions League finals throughout its history, the first one taking place in 1965
Alan Shearer celebrates after scoring Newcastle United's second goal at the San Siro in 2003 in the Champions League second round
The stadium is highly regarded across the football world - Leeds United fans still sing about Dominic Matteo's goal there in 2000
Andriy Shevchenko pia anatajwa kwa heshima. Mshambuliaji huyo wa Ukraine alifunga bao la ugenini kwenye mchezo wa marudiano hatua ya nusu-fainali ya Champions League 2003 na kuipeleka Milan kwenye fainali kupitia mgongo wa Inter.
Katika fainali za Kombe la Dunia 1990 timu ya Franz Beckenbauer ilicheza mechi tano uwanjani hapo, ikishinda mechi nne kuelekea taji la tatu la Kombe la Dunia. Lothar Matthaus na wenzie walifunga mabao 13 mjini Milan, wakizifanyia kitu mbaya UAE na mabao matano wakiitungua Yugoslavia.
Franz Beckenbaeur celebrates in the San Siro dugout, almost a second home to his side in 1990 as they played five games in the stadium
Striker Jurgen Klinsmann runs away in celebration after scoring for West Germany against Holland at the 1990 World Cup
A panoramic view of the stadium as former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise lines up a corner kick during a Champions League clash
Usimuulize Muargentina ye yote kuhusu fainali hizo Kaskazini mwa Italia. Diego Maradona na wenzie walikuwa na kibarua kizito wakati wa mechi ya ufunguzi wa fainali hizo kwenye dimba la Meazza. Baada ya sherehe za ufunguzi zilizopambwa na wanawake wazuri, mabingwa watetezi wwalichapwa bao 1-0 na Cameroon.
An aerial view of the opening ceremony at the 1990 World Cup, which is regarded as defining an era of football for many supporters
The reigning champions of the world lost 1-0 to Cameroon shortly after the opening ceremony took place
Muargentina mwingine, kocha wa Atletico Madrid Diego Simone (ambaye aliwahi kucheza uwanjani hapo kwa misimu miwili akiwa na Inter baina ya 1997 na 1999) atarudi hapo kwa namna nyingine sasa. Nerazzurro Simeone aliichapa Real Madrid kwenye mchezo uliopigwa San Siro hatua ya makundi ya Champions League msimu wa 1998-99.
Boss wa Real Zinedine Zidane anataka kuhakikisha anaipa Blancos taji la 11 la European Cup. Mfaransa huyo pia ana kumbukumbu nzuri katika dimba la Meazza. Alikuwa ubongo wa Juventus ya miujiza ambayo iliichapa Milan mabao 6-1 uwanjani hapo kwenye mchezo wa Serie A Aprili 6, 1997. Alifunga bao la pili kwa mkwaju wa penalti.
Ni uwanja mzuri kwa mechi kama hiyo kwa namna ya soka la namna yake. Nani ataandika hadithi gani katika kitabu chake - Real Madrid au Atletico Madrid kwenye uwanja wanaouita 'Scala of calcio'? 
The iconic defender Paolo Maldini, whose father also played for Milan, picks up a flare thrown on to the pitch by fans during a game

Tetesi za usajili: Jose Mourinho tayari kumfanya Zlatan Ibrahimovic usajili wake wa kwanza... kuwageukia pia John Stones na Matic

Jose Mourinho atatangazwa kuwa meneja mpya wa Manchester United saa 48 zijazo na inatazamiwa kuwa atamfanya Zlatan Ibrahimovic kuwa usajili wake wa kwanza kuufikisha Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic ni mchezaji huru baada ya kuondoka kwa mabingwa wa Ufaransa Paris Saint-Germain lakini anaweza kuhitaji hadi paundi 8m za usajili, na kutia saini kwenye mkataba wa miaka miwili, na mshahara wa paundi 200,000 kwa wiki.
Ibrahimovic, 34, ni mchezaji wa namna ya pekee ambaye anahitajika na mtendaji wa United Ed Woodward ili kuing'arisha zama ya Mourinho, na anaaminika nyota huyo yupo tayari kufanya kazi na kocha wake wa zamani alipokuwa Inter Milan.
Mguu wa Mourinho kuingia Old Trafford ulisogea zaidi mbele baada ya wakala wake Jorge Mendes kukutana na Woodward jijini London Jumanne iliyopita. Wamkubaliana vigezo na masharti kwenye mkataba wa miaka mitatu wenye thamani ya paundi 45m na kujadili kuhusu uwezekano wa uhamisho. 
Jose Mourinho takes an evening stroll on Tuesday evening ahead of his move to Manchester United
Mourinho (right) was accompanied by a security guard as he wandered around Central London 
Wachezaji ambao wamewekwa kwenye orodha na kujadiliwa kwa pamoja baina ya Mendes na Woodward ni pamoja na mlinzi wa Everton John Stones, ambaye Mourinho alijaribu kumsajili alipokuwa Chelsea. Mourinho anatarajia kukutana na upinzani mkali kutoka kwa Manchester City na meneja wao mpya Pep Guardiola katika kile kinachotarajia kuwa vita vikali vya mahasimu.

Rekodi ya ufungaji wa Ibrahimovic

Malmo: mechi 47, mabao 18
Ajax: mechi 110, mabao 48
Juventus: mechi 92, mabao 26
Inter Milan: mechi 117, mabao 66
Barcelona: mechi 46, mabao 22
AC Milan: mechi 85, mabao 56
PSG: mechi 180, mabao 156
Mkataba wa Mourinho ulikuwa mjadala rasmi katika mazungumzo Mendes alipokutana na Woodward wakati wa chakula cha mchana kwenye mgahawa mmoja jijini London Jumanne.
Mendes atakuwa pia na majukumu makubwa Old Trafford mara tu baada ya Mourinho kukabidhiwa timu.
Pia mjadala ulikuwa katika uhamisho wa dirisha lijalo ambapo United inajiandaa kumkabidhi Mreno huyo paundi 200m kwa ajili ya usajili ili kuirejesha timu hiyo kwenye harakati za kuwania ubingwa wa Premier League.
Ibrahimovic na Stones ni majina mawili yaliotawala kwenye orodha ya mawindo ya United.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) arrives for Sweden training in Stockholm ahead of  Euro 2016 in France
Mourinho and  Ibrahimovic chat during a training session while the pair were at Inter Milan together
Hata hivyo, Manchester City inaweza kujaribu kuwazunguka majirani zao kwa kutoa ofa ya kumhitaji Stones mapema wiki ijayo.
Barcelona pia inavutiwa na mlinzi huyo wa England hata hivyo hakuwa na msimu mzuri sana.
Mourinho anavutiwa pia na kiungo wa Chelsea Nemanja Matic, pamoja na winga wa Sporting Lisbon Joao Mario. 
United pia ina matumaini kuwa ushawishi wa Mendes kwa Real Madrid utaweza kuwasaidia kulainisha mazungumzo ya kuwanasa wachezaji kama Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema na Raphael Varane. 
Mourinho tried to sign John Stones during his second spell at Chelsea and will go back in for the defender
The Portuguese tactician could raid former side Chelsea for Serbia international Nemanja Matic (left)
Portugal's Joao Mario (right) is another name high up on Mourinho's wishlist following his move to Old Trafford
Winga wa Ureno Joao Mario (kulia) ni windo lingine ambalo Mourinho angalipenda kulileta Old Trafford
Kutangazwa kwa Mourinho kutathibitishwa ndani ya saa 48 zijazo baada ya Woodward na Mendes kukubaliana masharti na vigezo katika mkataba wa miaka mitatu wenye thamani ya paundi 45m.
Wanasheria wanakamilisha taarifa muhimu kabla United haijamthibitisha Mourinho, 53, kuwa mrithi wa Louis van Gaal, ingawa inasemwa kuwa United haitaki kufanya hivyo karibuni mpaka pale mreno huyo atakapoanza kazi rasmi.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Orange CAF Champions League: Mamelodi Sundowns yatupwa Kundi B baada ya kuchukua nafasi ya AS Vita Club

KLABU ya Mamelodi Sundowns ya Afrika Kusini imetupwa katika Kundi B la African Champions League, saa chache baada ya kutinga hatua ya nane bora ya mashindano hayo.
Timu hiyo inachukua nafasi ya miamba ya soka la DR Congo AS Vita Club, ambayo imeondolewa kwenye mashindano hayo kutokana na kumchezesha mchezaji asiyeruhusiwa.
Sundowns sasa itakuwa na Enyimba ya Nigeria, Zamalek ya Misri na Entente Setif ya Tunisia kwenye Kundi B. 
Kundi A lina timu za Zesco ya Zambia, Al Ahly ya Misri, Asec Mimosa ya Ivory Coast na Wydad Casablanca ya Morocco.
Timu hizo zitacheza nyumbani na ugenini kwenye hatua ya makundi, ambapo michezo ya awali zitakuwa mwishoni mwa wiki 17 June.
Timu mbili za juu kwenye kila kundi zitacheza nusu-fainali.

EPL News: Manchester United yamlipia Louis van Gaal ndege binafsi hadi Algarve

Manchester United ilimlipia ndege binafsi boss waliyemfuta kazi Louis van Gaal kutoka nje ya UK Jumatatu iliyopita.
Kwa heshima ya Van Gaal, United ilikubali kuchelewesha uthibitisho wa kumfuta kazi meneja huyo wa zamani wa Barcelona, 64, ambaye alikuwa safarini kuelekea Algarve na mkewe Truus.
Sasa imeleezwa kuwa klabu iligharamia usafiri wa ndege.
United imekataa kusema ni kiasi gani cha fedha iliyolipa, lakini ndege binasfi kutoka jijini Manchester mpaka Ureno inafikia paundi 10,000.
Van Gaal alifutwa kazi siku mbili baada ya kuiongoza United kuichapa Crystal Palace mabao 2-1 kwenye fainali ya FA Cup iliyopigwa Wembley.
Alitumika misimu miwili akiwa Old Trafford na nafasi yake inatazamiwa kutwaliwa na meneja wa zamani wa Chelsea Jose Mourinho.
 
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