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Raphinha has expressed his delight at joining Barcelona from Leeds United.

 

The Brazil international joined the Blaugurana in a €68m deal on Wednesday.

 

According to Raphinha, it has been his dream and that of his family and friends from when he was young.

 

He said: “For me it’s a dream, not just mine but my family and friends.

 

“Whoever saw me play, knows that to get here is a dream that I’ve had since I was young. Now what I have to do is give my best and help Barça to return to being the Barça they always were.”

 

Raphinha also admitted he’s following in his Brazilian idols’ footsteps by coming to Barcelona.

 

“I saw Ronaldinho and Neymar play here. I am one more Brazilian who is arriving at Barça and I hope to achieve what they achieved there,” the 25-year-old added.

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Breaking:Ibrahim Gusau Clears the Old Order – Emerges new NFF President

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Ibrahim Musa Gusau has been elected the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

 

Gusau was elected at NFF’s 78th Elective Congress which was held in Benin, the Edo State.

 

He polled 21 votes to beat his closest challenger former Ist Vice President Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who got 12 votes.

 

Though Gusau did not poll the needed 22 votes to automatically win in the first ballot, other contenders opted out of the possible rerun

 

Amaju Melvin Pinnick was the former Chairman of the board.

 

Recall that the Court of Appeal had on Thursday granted the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a stay of execution ahead of the forthcoming NFF elective congress.

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BREAKING: Chelsea Sack Manager Thomas Tuchel

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Chelsea have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel after the team’s disappointing start to the season, which continued with a defeat in their European opener.

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

Following Chelsea’s disappointing start to the season they Have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel. The most recent result, a 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, has proved the last straw for Todd Boehly as he removes his manager with immediate effect.

 

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Chelsea have picked up 10 points from five games so far this season, after spending the most of any club in the transfer market – £278.4 million ($319.9m/€323m). Tuchel also won the Champions League in 2021 with the club, subsequently winning the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

 

AND WHAT’S MORE:

The Blues have lost to Southampton, Leeds and Zagreb so far this season, as well as being held at home by Tottenham. Performance levels have been far from ideal and Boehly has decided a managerial change is the answer to the problems they have faced on the pitch.

 

WHAT THEY SAID: Chelsea’s official statement said: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the Club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the Club. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.

 

As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the Club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.”

 

THE VERDICT

Tuchel had a turbulent time at Chelsea despite his Champions League win…

 

Some are confused as to why Tuchel was backed in the summer and not given the chance to prove his worth with his new squad.

 

There is a whiff of deja vu in the air with the nature of the sacking of Tuchel, with Chelsea fans becoming accustom to the chop and change style Abramovich use to employ.

 

Was it the right decision to sack Tuchel?

 

WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA? As Chelsea hunt for Tuchel’s replacement there is very little time to reflect on the decision. They take on west London rivals Fulham on September 10, before their second Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg on September 14.

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