Daily Digest: Pep Guardiola signs new contract, Neymar back for Brazil and Virat Kohli's RCB win an IPL thriller

Alex Broun 18/05/2018
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Morning, Alex Broun here with everything you need to know in the world of sport …

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PEP COMMITS TO CITY UNTIL 2021

Manchester City have announced that manager Pep Guardiola has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2021.

Guardiola, who joined City in the summer of 2016, has now committed his future to the English Premier League champions for the next three seasons.

This season has seen his team win the Premier League and Carabao Cup in record-breaking fashion. City became the first team of the Premier League era to earn the ‘Centurions’ tag, after registering 100 points with a thrilling 1-0 win at Southampton on Sunday.

During the course of an historic campaign, Guardiola’s Blues also set records for consecutive wins (18), total games won (32) and goal difference (+79), earning praise from many observers for their beautiful football philosophy. City also recorded the most goals scored (106), most passes in an individual game (1,015) and the biggest ever winning margin of any previous champions (19 points).

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Pen to paper: A new extension for the Spaniard.

Pen to paper: A new extension for the Spaniard.

FOOTBALL

Neymar has handed Brazil a fitness boost ahead of the World Cup by returning to training with Paris St Germain.

 The forward, who has not played since suffering a fractured metatarsal in February, returned to “partial team training” at the Parc des Princes on Thursday, the Ligue 1 champions said in a statement.

In other football news Roberto Martinez has sign a two year extension as Belgium coach and we have all the hottest transfer news in our Rumour mill including our new transfer predictor. Check it out HERE.

CRICKET

Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up an important win in the IPL last night as AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali scored half-centuries to help RCB keep their slim play-off hopes alive in a high-scoring encounter against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.

De Villiers and Moeen were in fine form, scoring 69 and 65 respectively, as RCB posted a mammoth 218-6 in their 20 overs despite Rashid Khan taking three wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. That total looked to be enough to seal a convincing win but Hyderabad came close only to fall short by 14 runs.

In tonight’s IPL action MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings will look to clinch a top two place against also rans Delhi Daredevils and we have our preview here.

Bleeding red: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Bleeding red: Royal Challengers Bangalore

RUGBY

The three men who abused England coach Eddie Jones after Scotland’s victory in the Calcutta Cup have got off with a fine while in our Super Rugby talking points ahead of week 14 Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has admitted to nerves as the NZ teams winning run over Australian teams stretches to 40.

In other Rugby news Romania are appealing their disqualification from the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Washington are the latest franchise set to join Major League Rugby (MLR) in the US.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

THEY DON’T MAKE GOALKEEPERS LIKE THIS ANYMORE

The great Gianluigi Buffon

The great Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon will end his extraordinary 17-year career with Juventus on Saturday and as Stuart Appleby writes: “It takes a certain type of character to occupy the loneliness of two white posts and a crossbar.

“Its ethos, if you like, boils down to the fact, that as a keeper, you and live and die by the sword.

“You know for every good moment, flying save or penalty shootout success where you’re the hero, a moment of disaster, a mind lapse of kamikaze proportions, is just around the corner when you wish you could sink into the pitch. The men between the sticks are always in it together.”

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IPL: Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings 18:30

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Full list of FA Cup winners ahead of Chelsea v Man United

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Arsenal are the most successful side in FA Cup history.

Chelsea tackle Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

Here, we list the previous winners of the competition over the last 25 years and the total number of FA Cup successes per club:

2017: Arsenal

2016: Manchester United

2015: Arsenal

2014: Arsenal

2013: Wigan Athletic

2012: Chelsea

2011: Manchester City

2010: Chelsea

2009: Chelsea

2008: Portsmouth

2007: Chelsea

2006: Liverpool

2005: Arsenal

2004: Manchester United

2003: Arsenal

2002: Arsenal

2001: Liverpool

2000: Chelsea

1999: Manchester United

1998: Arsenal

1997: Chelsea

1996: Manchester United

1995: Everton

1994: Manchester United

1993: Arsenal

TOTAL FA CUP WINS

Manchester United have lifted the trophy on 12 occasions.

Manchester United have lifted the trophy on 12 occasions.

13: Arsenal

12: Manchester United

8: Tottenham Hotspur

7: Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa

6: Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers

5: Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, The Wanderers

4: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield United

3: Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United

2: Preston North End, Old Etonians, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Nottingham Forest, Bury

1: Wigan Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Southampton, Leeds United, Derby County, Royal Engineers, Oxford University, Blackpool, Cardiff City, Burnley, Charlton Athletic, Barnsley, Notts County, Clapham Rovers, Wimbledon, Coventry City, Ipswich Town, Bradford City, Blackburn Olympic, Old Carthusians

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Pep Guardiola signs contract extension at Man City until 2021

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Pen to paper: A new extension for the Spaniard.

Manchester City have announced that manager Pep Guardiola has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2021.

Guardiola, who joined City in the summer of 2016, has now committed his future to the English Premier League champions for the next three seasons.

This season has seen his team win the Premier League and Carabao Cup in record-breaking fashion. City became the first team of the Premier League era to earn the ‘Centurions’ tag, after registering 100 points with a thrilling 1-0 win at Southampton on Sunday.

During the course of an historic campaign, Guardiola’s Blues also set records for consecutive wins (18), total games won (32) and goal difference (+79), earning praise from many observers for their beautiful football philosophy. City also recorded the most goals scored (106), most passes in an individual game (1,015) and the biggest ever winning margin of any previous champions (19 points).

Having lifted both the Premier League trophy and Carabao Cup in his second season with the Club, Guardiola will now look to continue his success over the coming three campaigns on both the domestic and European stages.

He was rewarded for his efforts by landing both the Premier League and League Managers Association Manager of the Year awards at the LMA awards dinner on Tuesday evening.

“I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” Guardiola said.

“I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years. As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players – and I feel good.

“I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players. We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season.”

City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak went onto say: “We are delighted to announce the extension of Pep’s contract through to 2021. In his two seasons with us, he has fostered an incredible spirit within the squad and significantly contributed to our progress both on and off the field. In doing so he has embodied the passion and commitment we all have for the Club.

“I am very much looking forward to the continued impact of his work and to fulfilling our shared ambitions in the coming seasons.”

Chief Executive Officer, Ferran Soriano, added: “Pep’s contract extension is fantastic news for Manchester City. We have all been privileged to witness how we have played beautiful football, won titles, broken records and reached the incredible mark of 100 Premier League points. Pep has shown this style can succeed in the Premier League in a way it has never been done before.

“This season has been another step of our strategic plan and the continuous effort to improve the football we play. We are very pleased with the progress. There is more work to do and having Pep committed to Manchester City for the next three seasons gives us the stability to be able to continue our journey to beautiful football and success for the Club.”

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