PSG sign Draxler: Winger's career in pics

Sport360 staff 24/12/2016
Draxler will move to Ligue 1 in January.

Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have confirmed World Cup-winning midfielder Julian Draxler will join Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window on a four-and-a-half year contract.

The move had been widely expected after the 23-year-old expressed a desire to quit Wolfsburg with the French champions just one of several clubs on his trail.

“We have had intense and constructive discussions with Julian Draxler and his management as well as with Paris Saint-Germain in recent days and finally achieved a very good result for all sides,” Wolfsburg’s head of sport Olaf Rebbe said in a statement.

The two sides agreed the financial details of the deal would remain confidential, Wolfsburg said.

“Of course I am sad to see Julian go, because he is an outstanding player,” Wolfsburg’s coach Valerien Ismael said in the same statement.

“On the other hand, I think this is the right move for everyone. In both recent games against Frankfurt and Gladbach he once again gave everything he had, and showed that he cares about our club. I hope he finds a new challenge in France.”

Draxler cost Wolfsburg 35 million euros ($37.3m) when he transferred from Schalke in August 2015.

PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert has been on the lookout for reinforcements after a poor start to the campaign by their own standards which has left them in third place in Ligue 1 at the halfway stage, five points behind leaders Nice.

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Moussa Sow: Europe's bicycle kick king?

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Moussa Sow scored against Manchester United in the 2nd minute.

Moussa Sow has been a sensation for Fenerbahçe lately. Currently on loan from UAE club Al Ahli, Sow’s bicycle kicks have taken European football by storm.

His habit of scoring goals with an overhead kick is now so popular that Fenerbahçe have even decided to pay a tribute to him by selling an upside-down jersey of his.

Here, we take you through five of his outrageous goals and let you decide if he is really the bicycle kick king of Europe.

vs CAYKUR RIZESPOR (TURKISH LEAGUE)

Fenerbahçe’s massive 5-1 victory against Caykur Rizespor had the perfect icing on the cake as Sow not only scored an overhead kick but also bagged a hat-trick.

vs FEYENOORD (EUROPA LEAGUE)

Fenerbahçe secured three points with a 1-0 win against Feyenoord in the Europa League courtesy of Sow’s overhead kick in the 22nd minute.

vs MANCHESTER UNITED (EUROPA LEAGUE)

Perhaps the goal that gave Sow his due recognition and respect, was the one that came against Manchester United.

Some spectators hadn’t even taken their seats when Sow beat David de Gea with an unbelievable bicycle kick and put Fenerbahçe in front. They eventually won 2-1.

vs GALATASARAY (TURKISH LEAGUE)

In March 2012, Sow showed off his capacity for an overhead kick against Galatasaray. He made a couple of clever runs into the box, but lacked support for most of the first-half of this game.

In the 10th minute however, he produced a bicycle kick thanks to a good cross. Despite going 2-0 up at home, Fenerbahçe had to settle for a draw.

vs BESIKTAS (TURKISH LEAGUE)

Sow has a knack for opening the scoring for his team and that’s what happened in a game against Beşiktaş in 2012 when he latched onto a header and deposited the ball into the net in trademark spectacular fashion.

He was not in a comfortable position but like fine strikers do, he made the most of the opportunity. Fenerbahce won 3-0.

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European football round-up: City's Sterling response

Sport360 staff 18/12/2016

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester City breathed fresh life into their Premier League title challenge as they came from behind to secure a crucial 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side recovered from Theo Walcott’s early opener as second half goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling delivered the knockout blows in a heavyweight clash at Eastlands.

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez bagged a brace to inspire his side’s 3-1 win against local rivals Bournemouth on Sunday.

Rodriguez hadn’t scored in the Premier League since August but he ended that barren stretch with a second half double in the south coast derby at Dean Court.

Danny Rose broke Burnley hearts with a second-half winner as Tottenham snatched a 2-1 victory and moved to within a point of the Premier League’s top four.

Burnley took a surprise lead at White Hart Lane through Ashley Barnes but Dele Alli pulled the hosts level before Rose’s stinging strike clinched a valuable three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

LA LIGA

A Luis Suarez brace along with goals from Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba saw Barcelona win 4-1 at home to Espanyol.

LIGUE 1

Mario Balotelli scored twice on his return to the starting line-up as Ligue 1 leaders Nice stretched their advantage at the top to four points on Sunday with a 2-1 victory at home to Dijon.

The Italy striker made his first league start in six weeks after recovering from a calf injury and converted a first-half penalty to fire Nice ahead at the Allianz Riviera.

BUNDESLIGA

Douglas Costa’s long-range strike rescued Bayern Munich in their 1-0 victory at bottom side Darmstadt on Sunday to reinstate his side as Bundesliga leaders before their showdown with RB Leipzig.

Ingolstadt moved out of the bottom two on Sunday with a surprise 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute with a powerful Alfredo Morales header from Markus Suttner’s cross, prompting the first chorus of whistles from the BayArena faithful.

SERIE A

Dries Mertens put four goals past England’s Joe Hart as rampant Napoli completed a memorable 5-3 win over Torino to move up to third place in Serie A.

Mertens hit three goals in a 5-0 rout of Cagliari last week to add to a goal he scored against Benfica in a 2-1 Champions League win a fortnight ago.

Antonio Candreva struck a second-half winner as Inter Milan edged Sassuolo 1-0 on Sunday to hand coach Stefano Pioli his first away victory since he replaced Dutchman Frank De Boer.

Inter’s second win in succession following a chastening 3-0 defeat to Napoli a fortnight ago moves the Nerazzurri up to provisional seventh place 15 points off top spot.

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