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Bundesliga: Schalke Sack Wagner After Poor Start

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Schalke 04 announced on Sunday they have sacked head coach David Wagner after going 18 league games without a win , which includes the worst to a start to a season in Bundesliga history .
After 15 months in charge , time finally ran out for the 48 -year – old former Huddersfield manager following Saturday ’ s 3 -1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen which left Schalke without a league victory since January.
Having kicked off 2020 / 21 with a humiliating 8 -0 loss at Bayern Munich last weekend , Schalke ’s record of 11 goals conceded with one scored in two defeats is the worst start to a season in the league’s history .
“ We hoped that we could turn things around . Unfortunately , the first two matches did not produce the necessary performances and results,” said Schalke’ s sports director Jochen Schneider .
“ We have therefore decided to take the path of a new start in terms of personnel , ” he added.
“ Despite the disappointing results, this decision was anything but easy for us.”
Wagner seemed resigned to his fate after Saturday ’s defeat, saying : “ I am the main person responsible , as a coach you need results and we aren ’ t getting them .”
His successor is expected to be announced soon , with former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick — who has already coached Schalke in two stints — among the best -known candidates linked to the vacant job.
Having won promotion to the Premier League in 2017 / 18 with Huddersfield , Wagner returned to Germany with an enhanced reputation when he was unveiled as head coach of Gelsenkirchen- based Schalke in May 2019 .
Schalke lay third last December in Germany ’s top- flight , but crashed dramatically in 2020 conceding 48 goals and earning just six points in a disastrous end to last season.
The cash – strapped Royal Blues have deep financial problems off the pitch and the coronavirus pandemic, with a loss of matchday revenue due to games played behind closed doors , has added to their debts.
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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops By 3 Spots, Now World 32nd

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped by three spots in the October ranking to place 32nd in the world after losing one of it’s international friendly match and drawing another within the period under review.

In the ranking table on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1488 points in the month of October as against 1493 garnered in September.
The Eagles had on Oct. 9 lost 0-1 to Algeria in an international friendly match and settled for a 1-1 draw in another with Tunisia on Oct. 13.
The drop in the global spot has also dropped the Nigerian National team to the fourth spot on the continent behind Senegal, Tunisia and Algeria respectively as against the third position it occupied in September.
On the global scene, the podium remained unchanged even as 120 international fixtures were played in the month of October.
Qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2021, and UEFA Nations League fixtures were among the 120 internationals played over the last month which resulted in significant movement.
While the podium remains the same, the gap has narrowed between top-ranked Belgium and their immediate pursuers, France and Brazil, following the Red Devils‘ loss to England (4th) in the UEFA Nations League – their first defeat since November 2018.
However, there are changes to the Top 10: Spain (6th, +1) and Argentina (8th, +1) swapped places with Uruguay (7th, -1) and Croatia (9th, -1) respectively.
Further down the classification, Denmark (13th, +3), Algeria (30th, +5), Paraguay (35th, +5), Morocco (39th, +4), Scotland (45th, +4), and Hungary (47th, +5) all progressed, with the Magyars breaking into the Top 50 at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina (51, -1).
The biggest climber this month was Malta (180th, +6), who jumped six places courtesy of victories over Gibraltar (195th, unchanged) and Latvia (142nd, -5) and a draw with Andorra (145th, -8). Also worthy of note is the progress of Ecuador (60th, +4), Panama (77th, +4) and Israel (88th, +5). (NAN)

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NFF Names Eguavoen Technical Director

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The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has approved the appointment of former Super Eagles head coach, Augustine Eguavoen as its new Technical Director with immediate effect.
The appointment was announced after the board’s its emergency virtual meeting held yesterday and press release from the NFF Media department confirming the appointment read thus: “The Executive Committee approved a presentation by the Chairman of the Technical & Development Committee for the appointment of former Super Eagles’ Captain and Coach, Mr. Augustine Eguavoen, as the new Technical Director of the NFF.
“He will work with the following persons, whose appointments were also approved: Mr. Paul Aigbogun (Deputy Director, Technical & Scouting); Terry Babatunde Eguaoje (Consultant on Coaching & Development); Abdulrafiu Yusuf (Assistant Director, Coaching & Development); Siji Lagunju (Assistant Director, Training & Development) and; Garba Lawal (Chief Technical Officer). “
The NFF also rubber stamped the proposal from the League Management Company (LMC) for the new 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League season to kick start any moment from November 15th and ends by June 2021 in compliance with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 protocols and other requirements.

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Real Madrid Defeat Barcelona 3-1 in El Casico

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Spanish champions won the first El Clasico of the season 3-1 away from home.
Fede Velverde opened the scoring after just five minutes before Ansu Fati equalised three minutes later.
Sergio Ramos scored from a questionable penalty call in the 67th minute before Luka Modric took the game beyond the Catalans in the 90th minute.

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