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Juventus, Napoli light up Serie A

first_imgROME (AP):It’s judgement weekend in Serie A. League leaders Napoli take a two-point lead over Juventus into a highly anticipated clash of the top-two squads today. Then tomorrow, third-place Fiorentina host fourth-place Inter Milan, who are one point behind the Viola.Napoli and Juventus are on club record winning streaks.Napoli have won eight straight, while Juventus have 14 consecutive victories, and need three more to match the Serie A record of 17 established by Inter in 2006-07.Napoli beat Juventus 2-1 in September with goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain, but that was before the Turin club found its stride and was able to overcome the off season departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, and Carlos Tevez.Having joined Juventus on a €40 million transfer from Palermo in June, Paulo Dybala has developed into the Turin squad’s most dangerous weapon with 13 goals. And with only 15 goals conceded, Juventus have the best defence in Italy.With 24 goals in as many matches, Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is having the season of his life. With 14 matches remaining, Higuain already has more goals than the 22 that Mauro Icardi and Toni led Serie A with last season.”My intention is to continue scoring,” Higuain said. “For me, and most important, to help the squad, which is aiming for something really big.”Napoli’s only two Serie A titles came in 1987 and 1990 when Diego Maradona was carrying the club.Also this weekend, it’s Lazio vs Hellas Verona; Carpi vs Roma; Empoli vs Frosinone; Chievo Verona vs Sassuolo; AC Milan vs Genoa; Palermo vs Torino; Sampdoria vs Atalanta; and Udinese vs Bologna.last_img read more

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FIFA Approves YFD for Liberia

first_imgThe world football controlling body, FIFA, has approved a youth football development league for Liberia to support domestic youth football in the country.According to a letter sent to the Liberia Football Association by FIFA acting general secretary Marcus Kattner, a copy of which was sent to its development office in neighboring Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, FIFA will provide support for the hosting of 16 teams of 20 players (per team, including two goalkeepers).LFA technical director Henry Browne said FIFA will also provide bibs, shirts, shorts, shin guards, socks, boots and goalkeeping equipment, balls and cones.He said a FIFA development officer will visit Liberia to help the LFA prepare the project and relevant timetable for the various activities.Browne said the success of the youth tournament, which will benefit U-14 male and female teams, will lead to the hosting of another tournament.“We are targeting Monsterrado County for the first tournament,” Browne said, “and once we are successful in hosting it, the next one could be held in another county.”Quoting FIFA’s release, Browne said the Liberia Football Association is responsible to propose dates to host one-month coaching course before the tournament.“We also must have a referees’ course one week before the start of the league,” Browne said.“We will have to submit an activity plan for the planning of the two courses and also to provide FIFA with a league schedule for the competition.”Browne said FIFA will support the youth domestic league with US$50,000 and is hoping that the Liberian government can match FIFA’s donation to make the program a remarkable success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more