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Reporter notebook: Why Kasper Schmeichel and Aaron Ramsey decided to join ‘ambitious’ Nice

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Kasper Schmeichel’s move to Nice came as a surprise to many. And having spent some time with Kasper this week on the French Riviera, it is clear he’s excited by the challenge that lies ahead.

He admits the last few days have been an emotional rollercoaster. He leaves Leicester with a heavy heart and feeling very grateful. He describes the people at Leicester as “family”, and knows that he’ll be back as a fan in the future.
But at 35, this is a new chapter in his career, and he’s relishing the prospect of being part of an exciting new project at Nice.
Schmeichel has ended his 11-year stay at Leicester by signing for Nice

“I think any time you leave somewhere you’ve called home for 11 years it’s going to be a transition,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports News.

“New surroundings, new league, new country, so there’s no question it’s been a strange few days.

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“My relationship with Leicester is well-documented. Everything has an end and I think it was a natural time. I wanted to keep progressing and keep growing as a person, as a player and to get out of my comfort zone, try something completely different, something completely new.

“I’m very excited to be joining Nice. I think it’s a really interesting project and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
‘Ambitious Nice can be successful’

Nice is a club with big ambition and great infrastructure. An impressive stadium and a training ground that would be the envy of many Premier League clubs.

Make no mistake, the fans here in Nice are excited that a player of his profile is joining them. They turned out in numbers to see him unveiled at a fan park in the heart of the city on Wednesday night. He looked happy signing autographs for a fan base that hope he can help to propel the club to the next level.

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And with Aaron Ramsey also joining him in the south of France, Nice have certainly added a core of experience to their side.
“I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t think we would have an opportunity to compete in the Champions League,” Schmeichel said.

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“I think with the ambition of the club and the backing of the club, there’s a great chance to go and do some really interesting things.

“There’s quality throughout the squad. It’s a young squad. I’m here to provide some experience and some guidance. I think we’ve got a very, very good season ahead of us.”

Ramsey’s move makes perfect sense too. A chance to play regular first-team football in a different league for a club on an upward curve.

Both players trained with their new team-mates on Thursday. And with the new season getting underway this weekend, they could make their debuts away to Toulouse on Sunday lunchtime.

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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