Former Barcelona and AC Milan star to come out of retirement aged 39 for Colombian side Santa Fe.
The legendary Brazilian hung up his boots four years ago after a short spell with Fluminense.
He also featured for Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Flamengo over 17 years, with 97 caps for the Selecao.
The club have announced he will feature in a friendly on October 17 at the Estadio El Campin in Bogota, with the opposition to be decided.
Ronaldinho has been working for the Brazilian government as an ambassador for tourism.
“I hope to continue to speak positively about our country wherever I go, inviting people to come here. It makes me very proud,” he said this month.
The former world No 1 Kim Clijsters has announced a shock comeback to tennis at the age of 36.
It will be a third playing career for the popular Belgian who initially retired in 2007, returning two years later following the birth of her first child and winning three grand slam titles before hanging up her racket again in 2012.
Clijsters has since had two more children, but in announcing her return she revealed she had been inspired by the success of mothers on tour, such as her contemporary Serena Williams.
Clijsters said: “At 36 years old I feel like I’m too young to be retired and, with so many inspirational athletes and moms competing, I can’t wait to get back on the match court and see what’s possible after having three children.”
By Yasin Sentiba a.k.a Yacn Wv for Sportsdesk
No one saw Goal Line and VAR technology coming to the beautiful game of football, but it was a call away. After the Frank Lampard goal didn’t stand in the 2010 World Cup fixture of Germany vs England were England eventually lost 4 – 1 had it been counted it would have been level 2 – 2 and who knows what would happen. Such goals especially the back in bar( crossbar goal ) as commonly kwown had a lot of questions on them especially not being awarded yet they had crossed the line an example was Pedro Mendez goal against Manchester United in 2005 in the premier league and the referees failure to award such goal gave birth to Goal line technology FIFA organized football events and across the Europeans Top leagues.
In 2012 FIFA World Cup goal line technology was introduced and top leagues in Europe embraced it however many football lovers always complained how it kills the rivalry of the game urging that its nature and it should be left out however a lot of questions were left un answered since Goal line technology only catered for the Ball crossing the Goal Line and didn’t look at the entire build up of the game. Due to the many unanswered questions in the Goal Line technology, this asked for a more advanced system which was later found and called VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE (VAR).
VAR is described as a match official who reviews decisions made by the centre referee with use of video footage and a headset communication. This was design look at mainly four aspects of football i.e
1. Goal/ No Goal , if an attacking team commits an offense ball in play, ball entering goal, offside, handball, offenses and encroachment during penalty kicks.the best example here is Thieny Henry’s handball goal against Ireland at the state de France in the second leg of the World Cup playoffs match in 2009, Ireland were cruelly denied when France qualified with a goal which should have been disallowed. Thierry Henry cleared handed the ball before setting up William Gallas to equalize on the night and go 2 – 1 head on aggregate.
2. Penalty/ No Penalty, Robert Pires winning a foul in the crystal palace box in the 2004 where palace were leading One Nil against Arsenal, equalizing it from a penalty spot the game ending 1 – 1 who know if hadn’t been for the Pires fouling of the referee Palace would have made Arsenal not have gone the entire season unbeaten.
3. Mistaken identity, As many football players have been booked and eventually sent off due to mistaken identity for example Cris Foy the centre referee booked Fabio da Silva of instead of his twin bother Rafael da Silva in the fixture of Manchester United vs Barnsley in the carling cup 2009-2010 season Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs mistakenly being sent off against Chelsea in the 2014 season insteady of Oxlade Chambalian.
4. Direct red card. This reminds us Abdul Kader Keita – Kaka in the Brazil vs Ivory Coast incident at the World Cup 2010 were Kaka was given a red card that should have not should and many football lovers described the incident as a totally unjustified sending off.
VAR initiative trying to bring out the equal game slogan of FIFA. VAR has caused so many contravecies in football on who should make the calls, when should VAR be reveiwed and when should the center referee go and check on the side screens. This has rose many eye brows of football lovers globally saying how it it killing beautiful games joy especially when awrongly scored goal is cancelled but all fans forget is that when one side walks away with unsporting behavior it’s killing the game and when awrongfull scored goal is cancelled, the other teams supporters and fan jubilate, all in all jubilation and joy still remains.
Many football fans and critics are saying how VAR is killing the intensity of the game saying how it’s time wasting but what is wrong with stopping play to correct the wrong. Like Jose Felix Mourinho put it only thrives will complain when cameras are installed.
Yasin Sentiba a.k.a Yacn Wv
Holders Manchester City will travel to Preston in the Carabao Cup third round, while Manchester United will host League One side Rochdale.
Liverpool were drawn away against MK Dons and Southampton will visit south coast rivals Portsmouth.
Last year’s finalists Chelsea will play Grimsby or Macclesfield, Tottenham face League Two’s Colchester United, and Arsenal host Nottingham Forest.
The ties will be played in the week beginning 23 September.
Draw in full
Wolves v Reading
Oxford United v West Ham
Watford v Swansea City
Brighton v Aston Villa
Sheffield United v Sunderland
Colchester United v Tottenham
Portsmouth v Southampton
Burton v Bournemouth
Preston v Manchester City
MK Dons v Liverpool
Manchester United v Rochdale
Luton v Leicester
Chelsea v Grimsby/Macclesfield
Sheffield Wednesday v Everton
Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
Crawley Town v Stoke City
Neymar trained with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates on Wednesday as reports in France and Spain indicated a protracted deal to take him back to his old club Barcelona may still be reached before the transfer deadline.
The transfer window closes on Monday, September 2, leaving Barcelona in a race against time to come to an agreement with PSG that would allow the Brazilian to get his desired transfer back to the Camp Nou.
French sports daily L’Equipe reported that, after previous failed attempts, Barcelona had made a new offer of 160 million euros ($177.3m), paid in two instalments, which could convince PSG to finally sell, provided at least one player is thrown in as a makeweight.
According to Le Parisien, Barcelona are willing to pay a slightly lower fee, between 140 and 150 million euros, while also offering Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic as well as allowing Ousmane Dembele to return to France on loan.
However, the agent of 22-year-old French World Cup-winning winger Dembele insisted his client was not interested in being used as bait in a deal for Neymar.
“Ousmane is 100 percent staying. There is no chance of him leaving. He wants to establish himself at Barca and he will,” Moussa Sissoko told French television station TF1.
Dembele has endured an injury-hit two years at the Camp Nou since being signed by Barcelona for an initial 105 million euros from Borussia Dortmund immediately after Neymar’s world record 222 million-euro switch to PSG.
In Catalonia, radio station RAC1 has reported that Barcelona have taken out a loan in order to have the funds needed to pay for Neymar’s transfer, having already spent 120 million euros in the close season to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
Wednesday’s reports from both sides of the Pyrenees came after Barcelona director Javier Bordas had raised hopes in Catalonia on Tuesday night as he spoke to reporters after returning from a meeting with PSG counterparts.
“We are continuing negotiations, we are closer to a deal,” he said.
Meanwhile, a move to Real Madrid now seems increasingly unlikely for Neymar, who took part in PSG’s training session ahead of the French champions’ next league game at Metz on Friday.
The 27-year-old, scorer of 51 goals in 58 appearances in his two years at PSG, has not featured for his current club this season amid the uncertainty surrounding his future.
On Tuesday, the player revealed one of his dreams had come true as he made a cameo appearance in his favourite Netflix show.
Neymar appeared in the crime drama La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) having originally been edited out pending the outcome of his rape case.
Once Brazilian police dropped their investigation last month, Netflix re-released the episodes to include the 27-year-old.
“I was able to fulfil my dream and be part of my favourite series. And now I can share Joao (his character) with you all,” he told his 44 million Twitter followers.
Pep Guardiola has branded claims Manchester City were ‘arrogant’ during their pre-season tour of China as ‘false’ and ‘far away from reality’.
China’s state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial which criticised the Premier League champions for their conduct while playing in the Asia Trophy last week.
Guardiola refused to accept Man City were disrespectful during their visit of China
While their three opponents, Newcastle, Wolves and West Ham, were all praised for doing all they could to involve themselves in the local culture, City were accused of visiting China to ‘win wallets, not hearts and minds’.
The editorial, headlined ‘Chinese fans’ love for Man City goes unreciprocated on home soil’, also claimed City would ‘leave China with neither’ after saying the other English teams won ‘a new-found respect and new fans’.
Guardiola disagrees with the editorial, however, saying in a press conference that the view published by Xinhua does not, in fact, mirror reality.
“I should say I don’t agree and also that it’s false,” said the City manager. “To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what happened here in our club.