Items filtered by date: January 2018 - FinalWhistleGhana.Com

Final Whistle Sporting Club have ben declared champions of Zone 4 of the Greater Accra Regional Division2 league two months after they finished top of the standings.

 

The Amasaman based side started the season in blistering form wining 10 of their first eleven games and drawing the other match away to Validus FC. Their impresive unbeaten start to the season made them the ultimate favourites in the zone. Final Whistle however had a bad start to the second round. losing two of their first 4 games opening the chance for their rivals to close the gap. However, as champions always do, they ralied themselves and started building some momentum til the end where a 1 al draw with arch rivals, platinum FC meant they would be champions with a game to spare.

Despite a protest from second placed Paltinum FC, Final Whistle were winer of zone 4 Aand achieved automatic qualification to Division2 Upper at their first attempt.

Everyone at Finalwhistleghana.com sends a masive congratulations to the galant champions.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 00:00

CAVANI ON THE NEYMAR PENALTY CONTROVERSY

It was one of the most controversial moments to hit Paris Saint-Germain's of late and yet Edinson Cavani has insisted that his reported penalty spat with Neymar was nothing out of the ordinary.

Stating that such moments are of little significance, Cavani added that the sort of exchange had between the pair should have remained in the dressing room rather than be blown up by the media.

"They create or invent stories that don't exist, what counts is when the team scores a goal," the striker told Uruguayan outlet Ovacion.

"We have to work hard and play together to achieve our objectives with the team, and everyone who demonstrates that will be fine. But, if there are people who don't feel it or think differently, that's on them.

"With Neymar, there was nothing special about what we discussed.

"What happened on the pitch or in the dressing room was greatly exaggerated and they must remain in that place because that's what football demands."

Cavani spent Christmas top of the Ligue 1 scoring charts having bagged 19 times in the competition this season with Neymar following behind on 11 goals.

Published in World Football
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 00:00

NEYMAR VOTED BEST PLAYER IN EUROPE

Neymar has been crowned Brazil's best player in Europe for the third time in four years after he managed to wrestle the title away from Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho after another sensational 12 months.

The award, voted for by the public, former players and journalists, was previously won by the Paris Saint-Germain superstar in 2014 and 2015 during his time at Barcelona.

He has once again triumphed in 2017 though, earning 27.71 per cent of the vote to beat Coutinho, who took second overall on 16.64 per cent, and Real Madrid defender Marcelo, who completed the top three on 14.43 per cent.

Neymar completed a world-record transfer from Barcelona to PSG for £198million in the summer and has gone from strength to strength in the French capital, scoring 17 goals in 20 appearances.

Despite his victory, the 25-year-old was comfortably beaten in the public section of the poll by Barcelona's Paulinho, who came out on top with 31.83 per cent. Neymar took second on 14.43 per cent while Coutinho trailed just behind on 13.57 per cent.

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has flourished since arriving at the Nou Camp, delivering some vital performances and scoring six goals in 22 appearances.

 

Despite coming second in the public phase of the competition, it was the votes cast by the former professionals that swung the result in Neymar's favour.

Former players such as Taffarel, Marcio Santos and Juninho handed Neymar 39.39 per cent of their votes. 

 

Coutinho was way back in second on 17.17 per cent while Marcelo edged into third ahead of Paulinho with 10.10 per cent.

The media section of the vote saw success for Marcelo, who took top spot on 30.30 per cent.

Neymar was only narrowly behind in second on 29.29 per cent with Coutinho completing the top three on 19.19 per cent.

Victory means Neymar, who will receive his trophy at a ceremony in Paris in February, joins his current club team-mate Thiago Silva with three victories in the poll, which launched with inaugural winner Kaka in 2008.

Other winners include Luis Fabiano in 2009 and Maicon in 2010 when they were playing for Sevilla and Inter Milan respectively.


 

Published in World Football
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 00:00

WENGER CHARGED BY FA FOR DEAN COMMENTS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged by the Football Association over comments made to match officials after Sunday's 1-1 draw at West Brom.

The Frenchman was angry after referee Mike Dean gave the Baggies a last-minute penalty, which they scored.

It is alleged the 68-year-old's conduct in the match officials' changing room was abusive and that he questioned the integrity of the referee.

Wenger has until 18:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.

With just a minute remaining at The Hawthorns, Calum Chambers was penalised after Kieran Gibbs pushed the ball onto his arm, but Wenger felt his player had not deliberately handled.

Football's laws state handball must be a "deliberate act" and the distance between the opponent and ball should be considered. Chambers was standing about two metres from Gibbs.

Speaking on Tuesday, before the charge was announced, Wenger said: "It was very disappointing.

"What is more frustrating for me is it happened many times this season - at Stoke, Watford, Man City, now West Brom.

"It is a concerning coincidence for me. That is why as well I was not at all happy with the movement the referee made as to why he gave the penalty. It did not correspond at all with what happened.

"On that front, it's a bit worrying."

Last January, Wenger was given a four-match touchline ban by the FA after being found guilty of misconduct after an incident with fourth official Anthony Taylor during a league game against Burnley.

Wenger's side, who are fifth in the Premier League, host third-placed Chelsea on Wednesday (19:45 GMT).

 

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