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England’s Record Goalscorer, Rooney Gets Starting Nod From Derby Boss

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England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney will make his debut for second-tier Derby against Barnsley on Thursday, the club’s manager Phillip Cocu confirmed.

Rooney, 34, joined Derby as a player-coach from MLS side DC United but has been ineligible to play for his new side until January.

“If a player with the qualities, career and the experience of Rooney (is available) you have to be very happy and glad he is here,” said Cocu after Monday’s 2-1 home win over Charlton in the Championship.

“He’s fit, he can start but he will need a few games. Expectation will be high when he starts playing but we have to give him a few games to build up his minutes and get in the team.

“So maybe not perfect from the start but it’s important he will get in the team as soon as possible so we get a certain shape in our team.”

Rooney’s debut can’t come soon enough for Derby.

Their win on Monday moved them into 17th place in English football’s second-tier.

However, they are still nine points shy of the play-off spots and 21 behind the two automatic promotion places.

On Monday, teenage midfielder Jason Knight scored his first goals in professional football to give Derby the three points, ending a run of seven games without a win.

Victory came despite the Rams playing most of the match a man down after Krystian Bielik was sent off for a crude challenge on Conor Gallagher.

Knight put Derby ahead in the 10th minute at Pride Park when he forced the ball in at the back post only for Bielik to see red soon afterwards.

But 10-man Derby still doubled their lead 13 minutes from time when Knight scored his second following a cross from Max Bird.

Charlton ensured a nervous finish for the home side when the south London club pulled a goal back seven minutes from time thanks to Lyle Taylor’s successful penalty, awarded after Curtis Davies brought down Gallagher in the box.

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BREAKING: Grandad of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

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BREAKING: Grandad of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

BREAKING: Grandad of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is DeadThe Genius Media Nigeria reports that Grand Father Of Former manchester United Forward, Javier Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar who scored a goal against France at the 1954 World Cup has died at the age of 88.

This reliable platform gathered that the causes of his death is yet to be disclosed in his native city of Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday.

BREAKING: Grandad of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

The Mexico Football Federation paid tribute to Balcazar with a statement on Monday which read: “The Mexican national teams lament the passing of Tomas Balcazar Gonzalez, former Mexico national team player and Mexican football legend.

“We share in the grief of his family and friends.”

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2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister

2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – MinisterAccording to The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister—Team Nigeria will compete in just 11 sports with comparative advantage at the Tokyo Olympics.

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2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 SportsMinisterAccording to The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister—Team Nigeria will compete in just 11 sports with comparative advantage at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the minister made this known in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media), John Joshua-Akanji in Abuja.

Dare declared that the days of jamboree at the Olympics are over, as Nigeria would only leverage on sports with comparative advantage and prospects of a podium finish.

He said preparing and leveraging on such short will be the focus of the ministry.

“The Olympics is less than six months away and we have started camping our athletes to get them to full fitness ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

“We have four camps in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Akure and Lagos. From next year we will commence a more robust camping with some athletes going abroad to train with their foreign- based counterparts, he added.

Dare said the early camping which are in stages will be intensified with all the COVID-19 protocols put in place.

“The first camping exercise was in Pankshin, Plateau State, while the second phase camping ended on Dec. 24, 2020. Lagos , Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Abuja were the locations for the second phase.

“We started the Pre-Olympics camping early to ensure that the Athletes that will be representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics put up podium performances,” he added.

The minister emphasised that Team Nigeria will be going to the Olympics with just 11 sports, unlike in the past when all the sports that qualified went and returned empty handed.

“We need to compete with other nations to win and not to complete the numbers. We have decided to focus on 11 sports where we have comparative advantage,” he added.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will now hold in the summer of 2021.

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#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record

#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record—Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has spoken about overtaking Brazil legend Pele, to become the player to score the most goals for a single club.

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#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record-Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has spoken about overtaking Brazil legend Pele, to become the player to score the most goals for a single club.

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that Messi netted the record-breaking 644th goal in the second half of their 3-0 win at Valladolid.

Pele scored 643 competitive goals for Santos during his 18 years with the Brazilian club, before moving to the New York Cosmos in 1975.

#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record

His one-club goal record was almost broken by Gerd Muller. The former Germany international netted 565 times for Bayern Munich between 1964 and 1979.

“When I started to play football, I never thought I would break any record. Especially not the record held by Pele that I now hold,” Messi wrote on Instagram after Tuesday’s game.

“I can only give thanks to everyone that has helped me throughout the years, my teammates, my family, my friends and everyone that supports me every day.”

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