PSG Willing To Keep Beckham On Board

The Chairman of French league champions, Paris St Germain has opened up on former England soccer star, David Beckham, saying PSG is willing and hopeful that Beckham can still have some involvement with the team.

Nasser al Khelaifi made this known to journalists during a news conference where he also announced that PSG have extended their shirt sponsorship deal with Dubai airline Emirates by another five years.

Nasser said on Beckham’s retirement announcement that there was still time for discussion and they were at present discussing, adding that in a few weeks PSG would be hoping to announce that an agreement had been reached with the former United player.

On the shirt sponsorship deal, Emirates executive vice-president, Thierry Antinori, said the company was looking forward to maintaining close ties with PSG.

Despite maintaining a relationship between the two parties that dates back to 2006, neither PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi nor Emirates executive vice-president Thierry Antinori were prepared to reveal the official value of the agreement.

According to media reports, the agreement was worth around 25 million euros a year, still significantly below the more lucrative shirt sponsorship deals in the English Premier League.

 

Nigeria Moves Five Places Up In Newly Released FIFA Rankings

Nigeria moved up from 57th to the 52nd position on the latest FIFA rankings released today by world football governing body, FIFA.

Seen as a positive impact on the Super Eagles this time, Nigeria is now rated 10th in Africa as against the old rating of 16th position.

Cote d’Ivoire placed 14th is still the highest ranked African country while Japan placed 22nd, is Asia’s best team. The Ivoirians are also first in Africa while Algeria moved up five places to occupy Africa’s second spot and 19th in the world.

Mali are third on the Africa rankings after the West African nation dropped one place and are now ranked 28th in the world.

The Eagles have experienced a gradual renaissance under Coach Stephen Keshi, who steered the team to January’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian side defeated Liberia 8-3 aggregate in their final qualification game to book a ticket to South Africa.

World and European champions, Spain, remain top of the rankings despite their 1-1 draw with France while Germany retained second position.

But Argentina leapfrogged Portugal (4) to climb to third in the standings after they recorded victories over Uruguay (who fell out of the top 10) and Chile in the past month to move up one place.

Italy completes the top five, rising with three positions following wins against Armenia and Denmark.

Brazil; hosts of the 2014 World Cup are 18th in the standings.

EURO 2020 to be hosted by European continent –UEFA

UEFA general secretary; Gianni Infantino has confirmed that EURO 2020 will span across the the usual practice of one or two host nations as it has been decided that it will be staged in a number of cities across Europe, a decision that was taken during a meeting in Lausanne on Thursday, an idea that nurtured initially by UEFA president Michel Platini.

Gianni Infantino updated reporters after the meeting.

“Some important decisions have been taken,” he told reporters.

“UEFA Euro 2020 will be staged across the continent, in various major cities, following a decision taken today.

“The response has been extremely positive from all the national associations.”

The bidding process is scheduled to begin in March, when the format and number of host cities will be decided, although Wembley has already been put forward as a potential venue for the final.

FA chairman David Bernstein said: “Clearly Wembley is incredibly highly thought of by UEFA and it is something we will push for.

“UEFA want to hold the semi-finals and the final on the same ground, or in the same city and I think we would be on their shortlist – but there would be some strong competition.

“The public want it and we’d want it and it would be wonderful to have it here.” The company doesn’t release user numbers for the service, but said last year in a blog posting it had over 40 million users, although the majority of those are believed to be non-paying. Google competes with Microsoft’s “Office 365” online service, which offers an email service and online versions of its Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs from $6 per user, per month, which is increasingly integrated with the standard software versions.

A blog post Thursday by Clay Bavor, director of product management for Google Apps, said the service is used by “millions of businesses.” Bavor said eliminating the free version will help remove confusion about Google’s different offerings and provide a better experience for its business customers, who “quickly outgrow the basic version.”

Google has also worked to leverage its other properties to woo corporate customers. This includes offerings such as a service that lets businesses publish mobile Android apps for internal use on their own version of the Google Play online store, as well as online storage that scales up to thousands of terabytes.

Since launching a paid version of its online product in 2007, Google has gradually scaled down the size of businesses that can use it free of charge. In 2009, the limit was set at 50 users, and in 2011 it was lowered to 10 users, prior to ending the free portion of the service.

Ferguson’s target can join United for a better deal

23- year old centre-back for Borussia Dortmund and German National Team; Mats Hummels has said he can leave the Bundesliga side for the right price.

With 22 caps already to his name for Germany, Hummels is an established international who has already won two German league titles since leaving Bayern Munich in 2008.

So far, Hummels has been one the finest defenders produced in Europe right now thanks to being a regular starter for the Borussia Dortmund and his national side Germany as well, topping it all his performance at the recent Euro 2012 while showcasing his talents for Germany brought him to light, making United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dig in for a bid on the defender after he visited Germany to watch Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal Cup final.

Dortmund eventually sold Shinja Kagawa to Manchester United while Hummels signed a new five year deal. However, he has suggested that while he is happy at the club he would consider leaving if a mouth-watering deal came along.

Hummels though satisfied with his present playing status said he is not ruling out moving to another country to play club football as he is relishing such thought as it will be so flattering as he is already having different offers and out of all the offers only tickled his fancy but he knows it is not time yet for the move to made.

Manchester United has faced some defensive difficulties this season as Ferguson has had to deal with the loss of numerous players due to injuries. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic are all sidelined through injury, while Jonny Evans missed the start of the campaign and has only recently returned to full fitness and with injuries playing a major role there may be a time when Ferguson looks to strengthen his defensive options and Hummels could once again become a genuine target.

Underage Prostitution: Benzema, Ribery to face trial

Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery both French International footballers are to face trial for the alleged solicitation of an underage as sex companion.

The two French players are amongst the eight people being investigated by magistrate Dando Andre after which he decided to send the Real Madrid and Bayern Munich players for trial.

Also under investigation and trial is the Zaman Cafe on Paris’ Champs Elysees where the meetings with the under aged Zahia Dehar took place and the other defendants according to Judicial sources will be prosecuted for aggravated pimping.

Paris prosecutors had in 2011 requested that the case against the two French football stars be dropped on the grounds that they did not know that Dehar was under 18.

Dehar, now 20, told police she was paid for sex with Ribery in 2009 and Benzema in 2008 when she was aged 16. She claimed that both players were not aware that she was under age.

The affair came to light during 2010 and tarnished the image of the France football team just weeks ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

Ribery, 29, plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and 24-year-old Benzema with Primera Liga giants Real Madrid.

Both face a possible three years in prison or a 45,000 euro fine.

Ribery and Benzema have been named in France coach Didier Deschamps’ squad for the friendly game against Uruguay in the northern city of Le Havre on Wednesday.

But Deschamps refused to comment on the situation, calling it “a delicate subject”.

Chelsea-bound Hazard replies ‘lazy’ accusations

Lille and Belgian winger; Eden Hazard has lashed out at the press for interpreting his recent remarks concerning pre-match training as the 21-year old tagged ‘lazy’.

After he announced on his twitter account to his followers and fan alike that he would be signing with the recent Champion League winners; Chelsea it went viral as he will be joining Chelsea this summer because it was unexpected of Hazard to pick Chelsea from the pack which included the new English Premiership winners; Manchester City and the Red Devils’ Manchester United.

Hazard was touted by pundits to definitely sign either of the two Manchester clubs but following the player’s decision, there has been some negative press coming from critics, who have slammed his somewhat questionable approach to training.

He responded to the press saying his passion for the game of football exceeds his enjoyment for training even though the latter contributed so much to his present status as world class player.

He said that people interpreted as him not wanting to work hard but he only meant that he does both training ad playing but enjoys the playing as he trains seriously to achieve his present status in the world of football.

“I don’t go out on the pitch thinking I’m going to do it because it comes instinctively. My left foot’s not quite as strong as my right,” Hazard began arguing his case.

Hazard claimed that it is his constant training that has helped him in the field of play to be explosive and not being able to shove off the ball when in contention and he owes to weight training.

Hazard will however need to be stronger as he will be launched into the English Premier League as a top flight player playing for a top flight club where pace and strength is necessary to cap overall skill.