Emenike Joins Greek Champions Olympiacos

Emenike Joins Greek Champions OlympiacosNigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike has joined Greek champions Olympiacos from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce on a two-year deal for a transfer fee of €2.5m.

Emenike arrived in Athens, the European country’s capital and took his medical ahead of the signing.

The 30-year-old forward scored just four goals in 15 appearances for Fenerbahce last season.

The 2013 AFCON top scorer and winner is expected to earn €2m per year.

Hull City Pleased With Silva As New Manager

Marco Silva, Hull CityHull City have expressed delight with the appointment of Marco Silva as their new Head Coach.

The Tigers Vice-Chairman, Ehab Allam, told the club’s website that one of the reasons they considered before the confirmation on Thursday was the 39-year-old’s football philosophy.

He added that the club was already working hard with the new manager to bring in more crucial additions in the transfer window.

“He (Silva) has a great track record and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to retain the club’s Premier League status. Marco will be bringing in his own back-room team who have all played their part in his recent success.

“We are already working hard with Marco and his team to deliver some key additions to our squad during this transfer window,” he said.

Silva was previously managing Olympiacos, where he won the Greek league title and enjoyed a memorable Champions League victory over Arsenal last season.

He has also managed Estoril in his home country, who he guided to fifth and then a club record fourth place finish in the Portuguese top flight.

EPL: Wenger Optimistic Of Victory Against Man. United

EPL: Wenger Optimistic Of Victory Against Man. UnitedArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has expressed optimism on possible outcome of Sunday’s big game against rival Manchester United in the English Premier League.

The manager believes the Gunners have every reason to feel positive ahead of the derby against the Red Devils at the Emirates Stadium.

According to Arsenal’s website, Wenger said “I don’t see why we should be absolutely down”.

“We are on the back of three or four good results in the Premier League. Yes, we had a disappointment in the Champions League, and we have to analyse it well.”

He stressed further that “It was disappointing to lose, but overall, every competition is different, you have to go in a different competition in a different state of mind and we have to be inspired by what we did at Leicester.

“If I say now that we are three points behind Man United, playing Man United at home and I don’t believe that we can win the Premier League, what would you [the media] tell me? You will slaughter me.”

Expressing determination to put right the wrongs of a second straight defeat to Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) last Tuesday, the Arsenal boss said “It’s worrying because when you accept to take the initiative of the game you also have to accept you can lose the game.

“I don’t explain the fact that we lost the two games in the Champions League by being inferior. We’ve played two teams who accepted our superiority at the start (and played defensively).

“If you play offensive football and you lose, everybody kills you. But if you sit for 10 games with a team which refuses to play then you will fall asleep and everybody says: ‘why don’t you attack?'” Wenger explained.

Contrary to the Gunners’ poor performances in the UCL, they have been in strong form domestically, winning three of their last four Premier League fixtures.

Messi Named Best Player In Europe

messiBarcelona’s Lionel Messi has won the UEFA best player in Europe award, after beating Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.

The 28-year-old shone in the second half of last season as he inspired Barcelona to the treble, with the club lifting the Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga.

Messi finished level on goals with Real Madrid star, Ronaldo and Barcelona team-mate Neymar in Europe in 2014/2015 – as all three men found the back of the net 10 times.

Meanwhile, in the grouping for the UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint Germain will play in Group A along with Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo.

Manchester United, who returned to the competition after a season absence, will confront PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in Group B.

Group C has Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Astana.

In Group D are Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Defending champions, Barcelona are in Group E with Bayer Leverkusen, A.S. Roma and Bate Borisov.

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb are in Group F.

Chelsea, FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv make up Group G.

Zenit Saint Petersburg, Valencia, Olympique Lyon and Kaa Gent filled up Group H.