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Champions League: Real Madrid draw Dortmund, Spurs in competition

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The Champions League Trophy stands on display during the UEFA Champions League football group stage draw ceremony in Monaco on August 24, 2017

Holders Real Madrid will face
Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League group
stage while five-time winners Barcelona were drawn with last season’s
runners-up Juventus on Thursday. Zinedine Zidane’s
side are chasing a third successive European title and fourth in five
seasons after demolishing Italian champions Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff in June.

The record 12-time European champions also take on APOEL of Cyprus in a testing Group H that will see Gareth Bale face Spurs for the first time since leaving for Real in a then world record deal in 2013.
“We
are the holders so there is always an extra motivation for the teams
you face. It won’t be easy at all, we’ll need to play well and find our
best form,”
said Real spokesman and former striker Emilio Butragueno.
“We’ve
played a lot of times against Borussia Dortmund recently and know how
good they are. Tottenham have shown in the past years in the Premier
League they are a very strong team.”
Tottenham forward Harry Kane said he was excited to line up against the defending champions.
“It’s
a great draw. You expect to play the best in Europe in the Champions
League and it’s exciting for us. We look forward to these games. You
want to test yourself against the best and Real Madrid are the best at
the moment,”
said Kane.
Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 final but the Spanish club have endured a difficult month with Neymar departing for Paris Saint-Germain in a mammoth 222-million-euro ($261 million) deal.
They will also come up against Greek champions Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon in a competitive Group D.
“It
is a high level group with four historic teams. We will be fighting
against a well known rival in Juventus and the games against them will
condition our chances in the group,”
said Barca general manager Pep Segura.
Juventus director general Beppe Marotta said Barca were a weaker side following the record-breaking sale of Neymar.
“Missing
a player like Neymar weighs heavily. We’ll have to see how they intend
to replace him. But Barcelona remain a top quality side with great
individual players,”
Marotta told Italia 1.

Ancelotti returns to Paris

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will be reacquainted with old faces in Paris in a Group B that also features Celtic and Anderlecht.
“It’s an exciting group with some great teams and Paris at the top,” said the Italian.
“It’s
a nice story for me to meet my former club again. As everybody knows,
Celtic get incredible support from their fans. And Anderlecht can not be
underestimated as Belgian champions.”
PSG coach Unai Emery,
looking to mastermind a much deeper run after last year’s spectacular
collapse against Barca, expects his side to join Bayern in the last 16.
“Bayern
Munich are a very strong side. We will be the two favourites. After
there are two teams who are going to want to create a surprise,”
said Emery.
Chelsea, one of a record five English teams to qualify for the group phase, will meet Atletico Madrid in Group C as well as Roma and Qarabag, the first side from Azerbaijan to reach this stage of the competition.
Jose Mourinho will return to Portugal with Manchester United after his team was placed in Group A with Benfica, CSKA Moscow and Basel.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are in Group F alongside Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord while Liverpool will play Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor in Group E.
“There are groups with Barcelona, Bayern, Juventus and Real Madrid, and not to get them is of course more good than bad,” said Klopp.
French champions Monaco, who reached last season’s semi-finals, face Porto, Besiktas and debutants RB Leipzig in Group G.
The opening round of matches will be played September 12-13.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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