Ibrahimovic gets 700,000 euro monthly pay boost

Paris Saint-Germain’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been handed a 700,000 euros ($760,000) monthly pay-rise making him by far the highest-paid footballer in France, Le Parisien newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Swede, who joined the club in 2012 from AC Milan and has scored 127 goals in 156 games since then, now gets 1.5 million euros ($1.1 million) a month before tax under the performance-based hike agreed late last year.

On top, Ibrahimovic can pocket three big bonus payments for winning the Champions league, the French league title and and ending the season with the top combined total of goals scored and goal assists.

With Paris Saint-Germain currently 21 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league, the first of those targets is all but certain. Paris go up against Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champion League next month.

Le Parisien added, however, that there was no word on whether Ibrahimovic would stay in Paris after his current contract expires at the end of the season.

He is on record as saying he has no intention of leaving, claiming he has “a beautiful relationship with PSG.”

Ibrahimovic will be playing in France during the summer as Sweden contest the Euro 2016 finals.

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Blatter warns Qatar over imported national team

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday warned Qatar against trying to form an imported team for the 2022 World Cup they will host and labelled the foreign team it used at the world handball championships as an “absurdity”.

“The nation of 2.2 million faces the huge challenge of forming a competitive national football team by 2022. However, this cannot be achieved by quickly naturalising players,” Blatter said in a commentary for the FIFA Weekly journal.

He said that football’s world body does not allow this, unlike the International Handball Federation.

According to Blatter, Qatar’s players, who reached last weekend’s final at the handball world championships “contradict the spirit of a national team”.

The Qatar squad included players born in Bosnia-Hercegovina, France, Spain, Cuba and Montenegro. Several had played for other national teams prior to the tournament but handball allows players to play for more than one country.

“The fact that sport builds social bridges and brings cultures together cannot be stressed often enough,” said the FIFA president, who is campaigning for a new term in May’s election.

“However, what happened at this year’s men’s world handball championship in Qatar stretched this notion to the point of absurdity,” he said.

Under FIFA rules, a player has to have been born in the country he represents or his parents have to have been were born there. Otherwise, the player must have spent at least five years living there to qualify.

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KPL releases full list of transfers for 2015

The Kenyan Premier League transfer window is set to close this Saturday, out with the speculation about who will move where and for how much.

Here is the confirmed list on the players and the transfers made, the players original club is in brackets.

AFC Leopards – Martin Kiiza (Tusker), Emmanuel Ngama (on loan, Uganda Revenue Authority), Chris Gakuo (County Sportiff) Ali Kesi (Upper Hill High School), Joel Bataro (Gor Mahia), Fredrick Ndaaka (Police, Uganda), Karim Ndugwa (SV Villa, Uganda), Clement Mata (Al-Swafaa), Diallo Lamine (Al-Swafaa).

Bandari – Antony Kimani (Sofapaka), John Ndirangu (Nakuru All Stars), Lawrence Kasadha (City Stars), George Abege (City Stars), Micheal Apudo (Mumcop Sports Club), Alfred Oluoch (Black Stars), Alfred Opiyo (Bandari Youth), Farid Mohammed (Admiral Youth), John Owira (Black Stars) Evans Maliachi (Oserian), David Gateri (ASD Cape Town, South Africa).

Chemelil Sugar – John Wawu (Mathare United), Antony Nganga (Nakuru All stars), David Ojuang (Mathare United), Alloyce Mangi (Bandari), Isaiah Omondi (Bidco United), Jackson Oketch (Kibera Black Stars), Kevin Migunde (Kit-Mikayi Youth Sports), Frank Bala (Teso Chago), Walter Omara (Teso Chagol), Oscar Oketch (Agro-Chemical), Jacob Faina (Agro-Chemical), Maxwell Onyango (West Sugar), Collins Kisuya (Sofapaka), Isaac Mukwana (Maji).

Gor Mahia – Boniface Oluoch (Tusker), Khalid Aucho (Tusker), Bernard Odhiambo (Nakuru All Stars), Abouba Sibomana (Rayon Sports, Rwanda), Karim Nizigiyimana (Rayon Sports, Rwanda), Jerry Santos (Coastal Union, Tanzania), Martin Werunga (Talanta), Innocent Wafula (Chemelil Sugar), Ali Abondo (Tusker), Ronald Omino (Muhoroni Youth), Ernest Wendo (Bidco), Kagere Medie (FK Tirana, Albania), Micheal Olunga (on loan, Liberty Academy).

Kenya Commerical Bank – Joshua Oyoo (Tusker), Mark Odhiambo (Tusker), George Opiyo (KRA), Victor Maji (Bandari), Yusuf Juma (Bandari), Daniel Onyango (Gor Mahia), Paul Kiongera Simba SC, Tanzania), Duncan Wafula (Tusker), George Omondi (KCB Youth), Bernard Coulibally (Victoria University SC, Uganda).

Mathare United – George Owino (on loan, Sofapaka), Kassim Mohammed (KCB), Peter Okoth (Supa Loaf), Charles Ouma (Ligi Ndogo), Alphonce Ndinya (Kakamega High School), Cornelius Mwangi (St Joseph Youth), Duke Abuya (GFE 105), Dennis Orenge (West Kenya, Kakamega), Peter Wanaina (KCB), Elikiam Ouko (Mahakama), Kevince Ochieng (KRA).

Muhoroni Youth – Tony Nyangor (Nakuru All Stars), Jacob Mulamba (Border Lions), Abdallah Hamisi (Muhoroni Youth Academy), John Wanda (Muhoroni Youth Academy), Kelly Noti (Muhoroni Youth Academy), Paul Michuki (Muhoroni Youth Academy), Wellingtone Ochieng (Agro Chemical), Elvis Rupia (Nakuru All Stars Youth), George Mandela (Teso South), Masuta Masita (Agro Chemical), Joseck Gathongo (Sony Sugar).

Sofapaka – Willis Ouma (Chemelil Sugar), Erastus Mwaniki (Nakuru All Stars), Mulondwa Lwamba (Sofapaka Academy), Blessing Henshaw (Sofapaka Academy), Abdoul Yorou (Sofapaka Academy), David Bagoole (Sports Club Villa, Uganda), Kevin Omondi (Moroko Swallows, South Africa).

Sony Sugar – Vincent Ogutu (Homeboyz), Anjelo Akumu (Gor Mahia), Byron Odhiambo (SonySugar Youth), Meshack Omukhulu ( Dandora Youth), Andrew Sekayomba (Bidco), Victor Oyugi (Super Loaf), Salmon Omollo (Sony Sugar Youth).

Thika United – Christopher Okoje (Chavakali High), Ezekiel Odera (KRA), Joseph Kalongo (University of Nairobi), Kevin Opiyo (City Stars), Raymond Ochieng (City Stars), Collins Okumu (City Stars).

Tusker – Patrick Oboya (Gor Mahia), James Situma (AFC Leopards), Cersidy Lumumba (Nakuru All Stars), Donald Mosoti (Simba SC, Tanzania), Humphrey Mieno (AFC Leopards), Daniel Oyirwoth (Vipers Sports Club, Uganda), Matarr Nyan (Real Banjul, Gambia), Stephen Owusu (Aduana Stars, Ghana), Aziz Kemba (Sports Club Villa, Uganda), Matthew Tayo Odongo (Victoria University Sports Club, Uganda), Said Dhadho Ali (Modern Coast Rangers), Bryne Omondi (Manguo Secondary), Kaleb Wafula (KCB).

Ulinzi Stars – Ezekiel Otuoma (Muhoroni Youth), Daniel Waweru (Muhoroni Youth), Enos Ochieng (Muhoroni Youth), Martin Ndiwa (Ulinzi Warriors), Churchill Muloma (Ulinzi Warriors), Kevin Makuto (Ulinzi Warriors), Micheal Onyango (Ulinzi Warriors).

Ushuru – Samuel Odhiambo (Tusker), Paul Odhiambo (Western Stima), Moses Odhiambo (Thika United), Moses Arita (Thika United), Nelson Marsowe (City Stars), Charles Okwemba (AFC Leopards), David Otien (City Stars), Kanamuli Severin (Nakuru All Stars), Eric Masika (AFC Leopards), Nelson Simwa (West Sugar), Allan Kateregga (Bidco), Robert Omunuk (Tusker), Ali Kimera (Sports Club Villa), David Naftali (Bandari), Erasto Ndege (Wazito).

Most expensive football players

Lionel Messi would cost a whopping £172m should any of Barcelona’s rivals want to whisk him away this month, according to research into the current market values of the world’s leading players.

The Argentine star comfortably tops a CIES football observatory countdown of football’s most valuable players and is worth £68m more than his Real Madrid rival Christiano Ronaldo.

The totals serve as a ‘guide price’ for the January transfer window, using a calculation that takes into account player performance, age, contract and the results of their team.

It also takes into consideration player performance such as goals, assists and other on-pitch stats plus their age, position and contract duration. It also weighs up results achieved by their club and national teams.

1. Lionel Messi £172.6m

2. Cristiano Ronaldo £104.3m

3. Eden Hazard £77.6m

4. Diego Costa £65.9m

5. Paul Pogba £56.4m

6. Sergio Aguero £51m

7. Raheem Sterling £49.4m

8. Cesc Fabregas £48.6m

9. Alexis Sanchez £47.8m

10. Gareth Bale £47m



Westham strip to launch men campaign

Westham players strip to their bare essentials in support of men’s health.

They are showing support for men’s health and are encouraging fellow men to go for regular checks for testicular cancer.

One of their team mates 20 year old  former player  Dylan Tombides , died  earlier this year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The Sun’s initiative, in partnership with the Movember Foundation, is the male equivalent of its Check ’em Tuesday feature in company with the breast cancer  charity CoppaFeel!, which has been running since March this year.

Sun subs have had a field day, with puns about balls and tackle, but behind the fun is a serious attempt to raise aware of men’s health issues. A series of editorial features and promotions will reinforce the message.

Source : theguardian