FA to make Champions League reforms decision Wednesday
UEFA will decide next week on a revised format for the Champions League which will likely overhaul Europe’s top football competition from 2024, European Leagues revealed on Friday.
Lars-Christer Olsson, the president of a body which brings together professional leagues and club associations from 30 European nations, told reporters that UEFA would make its decision “during its executive committee on (Wednesday) March 31”.
Olsson said the meeting will be preceded the previous day by a “club competitions commission” charged with defining the details of the reforms.
Lazio boss Lotito banned for seven months, club fined
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has been banned for seven months and the club fined 150,000 euros ($177,000) for breaking Covid-19 rules, the Italian Football Federation announced on Friday.
Club doctors Ivo Pulcini and Fabio Rodia were also suspended for 12 months each, the FIGC said, but the Roman club escaped a Serie A points deduction.
The penalties followed an investigation of positive tests at the club in October and November.
Ibrahimovic feeling ‘good’ after winning Sweden return
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a winning return to international football with Sweden on Thursday after nearly five years away as Germany came out for human rights in their opening qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Ibrahimovic set up Viktor Claesson’s 35th-minute winner in the 1-0 win over Georgia at the Friends Arena just outside Stockholm in his 117th appearance for his national team, his first since Euro 2016.
Osimhen Leads Super Eagles Attack Despite Many Struggles
Despite his many struggles in Italy, Victor Osimhen will be the man Gernot Rohr will pick to lead the Super Eagles attack against Benin Saturday, while on-form Kelechi Iheanacho will have to do with some game time ahead of Genk giant striker Paul Onuachu. Whether Rohr settles for his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation or plays 4-3-3, Osimhen will be the arrowhead of the attack, ably assisted by two wingers, against an ambitious Benin team yet to lose at home in over eight years.
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