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Eto'o to retire? 'The end, towards a new challenge!' AFP
Eto'o to retire? 'The end, towards a new challenge!' AFP
Samuel Eto'o – a three-time Champions League winner among other honours – last played for Qatari outfit Qatar SC in 2018-19.

Former Barcelona and Inter star Samuel Eto'o has seemingly called time on his illustrious career in a message via social media.
Eto'o – a three-time Champions League winner among other honours – last played for Qatari outfit Qatar SC in 2018-19.
And the 38-year-old ex-Cameroon striker appears set for life after football following Friday's Instagram post.
"Thank you all big love... adrenaline."
Eto'o enjoyed a trophy-laden career after emerging from Real Madrid's youth team in 1997 – making three appearances for the Spanish giants.
He won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and again during his time at Inter, where Eto'o was part of the club's 2009-10 treble-winning side.
In total, Eto'o celebrated 15 club titles – including three LaLiga trophies – following spells with Mallorca, Barca, Inter, Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, Konyaspor and Qatar SC.
Eto'o earned 118 caps for Cameroon as he became the country's all-time leading scorer with 56 goals, while winning two African Cup of Nations titles and gold at the 2000 Olympic Games.
Barcelona squad didn't oppose Griezmann signing – Bartomeu. AFP
Barcelona squad didn't oppose Griezmann signing – Bartomeu. AFP
Josep Maria Bartomeu denied reports the Barcelona dressing room advised the club to abandon the chase for Antoine Griezmann.

Barcelona players have no input into transfers and were not against the signing of Antoine Griezmann, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. 
Reports in Spain claimed Ernesto Valverde's squad opposed the pursuit of France international Griezmann, who moved to Camp Nou from Atletico Madrid for €120million in July.
The LaLiga champions almost secured his signature 12 months earlier, but the forward ultimately chose to spend a fifth season at Atletico.
That decision was said to have upset Barca's senior players, including Lionel Messi, who reportedly favoured the return of former team-mate Neymar.
"The dressing room did not reject us signing Griezmann," Bartomeu told Barca TV.
"The players don't give their opinions on signings, it is the technical team who decide."
Barca ramped up their interest in Neymar after capturing Griezmann but were unable to come to terms with Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closed on September 2.
Another target, Matthijs de Ligt, opted to join Juventus, yet Bartomeu insists head coach Valverde has the tools at his disposal to forge a highly successful campaign.
"This squad is more competitive than last season's," he said.
"It's a small squad, but very competitive. Ernesto Valverde accepts the level of demand and I am expecting a lot from this season.
"De Ligt was one of our targets, but he decided not to come to Barca."

Martinez criticises Belgium display despite 4-0 win over San Marino
Martinez criticises Belgium display despite 4-0 win over San Marino
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez was critical of his side despite a 4-0 win over San Marino in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez acknowledged his side produced an unacceptable display against San Marino despite a 4-0 victory.
Martinez’s side are top of Euro 2020 Group I after they made it five victories from as many qualification matches.
However, Belgium’s performance against a spirited San Marino side, especially in a first half, was sluggish.
San Marino are bottom of the FIFA world rankings and have not earned a qualification point since November 2014 while Belgium are top of the rankings and reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
The scoreline was goalless for the first 43 minutes until Belgium opened the scoring for the penalty spot through Michy Batshuayi.
Second-half goals from Dries Mertens, Nacer Chadli and a second from Batshuayi sealed the result but Martinez was far from satisfied.
"I'm not happy with the way we played," said Martinez, whose acknowledged his side must improve when they play Scotland at Hampden Park on Monday.
"It wasn't good enough or up to our standard. It's true in the first half we didn't look like a team with direction".

Rashford using England team-mate Kane as goalscoring benchmark
Rashford using England team-mate Kane as goalscoring benchmark
Marcus Rashford insists he is always looking to improve as a striker and uses England team-mate Harry Kane as his benchmark for progress.

Marcus Rashford said he tests himself against Harry Kane during England training sessions in a bid to improve as a striker.
England take on Bulgaria in Euro 2020 qualifying on Saturday, with Rashford seemingly likely to start in a front three alongside Kane and Raheem Sterling.
The 21-year-old Rashford got his Premier League campaign off to a fine start with two goals in Manchester United's 4-0 victory over Chelsea, but has failed to score since, missing a penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
With Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez having left United, the onus is now on Rashford and Anthony Martial to lead the line, though former Red Devils forward Michael Owen believes the academy graduate may not have the desire to become a top goalscorer.
Rashford, however, refuted Owen's claims, insisting he is always aiming to improve, and uses England captain and Tottenham star Kane as his benchmark.
"If you watch training, then you'd see how it all works," Rashford said in a news conference.
"I could use Harry as an example. He's one of the best finishers that I've played with and whenever we do finishing, in my head, it's about being as close to him as possible.
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"So if he scores six, you want to score six, if he scores seven, you want to score eight. Little things like that are the bits that people never see.
"Even though we're fighting for the same position, or to be in the same team, we really do drive each other on and it's very important that you have that sort of atmosphere within a team.
"He [Owen] can only go on what he sees. Whereas the people around me [know]. Especially when I was younger, the reason why you started playing is because you see things that you like and for me, it was goals and watching exciting people doing exciting things with the ball.
"So, the important thing is I know what I want, what I want to become and what I will become if I keep my mind on it."
Rashford acknowledged missing chances plays on his mind but he was adamant he feels no extra pressure due to competition for places within the England squad.
"Yes, it haunts you, it's the same for when you score and you know you've had other chances in the game, you're looking [at] what went wrong," Rashford said.
"Here, it's a bit more simple because Harry's record is unbelievable. That's a way for him to get his goals and the squad support that.
"I don't think it's something to fear, I think you need it. If you don't have [pressure], it's difficult for motivation to improve. You need the players around you to push each other."

Belgium qualifier a must win for Scotland boss Clarke
Belgium qualifier a must win for Scotland boss Clarke
Steve Clarke said Scotland seemed to freeze in their 2-1 defeat to Russia and added Monday's clash with Belgium is now a must-win game.

Steve Clarke says Scotland have put themselves into a position where they must now beat Belgium to stand a chance of automatic qualification for Euro 2020.
Stephen O'Connell's own goal ultimately handed Russia a 2-1 victory at Hampden Park, though it was the manner of Friday's defeat that frustrated Scotland boss Clarke.
John McGinn's first international goal put Scotland ahead early on, only for the home side to surrender their lead when Artem Dzyuba drilled home, with Russia taking control in the second half.
Scotland have six points from their five Group I outings so far, half the amount of second-place Russia and nine shy of leaders Belgium, who visit Glasgow on Monday in a fixture Clarke has outlined as a must-win.
"After such a good start, getting ourselves in front, then we seemed to freeze," Clarke told Sky Sports.
"It was as if we couldn't believe we were in front, we took our foot off the gas, we gave Russia the momentum.
"I'm not sure why. It seems as though we panicked a little bit, started getting caught on the ball and nervous in possession, that nervousness goes through to the crowd.
“To come out on the losing side is extremely frustrating.”
"If you're going to qualify you have to turn up in the big games. This is a night when we had to turn up. It drifted away from us.
"I've got to get the lads back in a positive frame of mind. We have to look at the Belgium game as almost a must-win. That's the scenario we've put ourselves in."
Scotland captain Andrew Robertson echoed Clarke's sentiment, with the Liverpool defender telling Sky Sports: "It was as if the goal scared us, and I've never seen anything like it before.
"If we get the lead it should be a positive, not a negative. [Annoyed with] everything, my own performance, what I've done out there, what the rest of the lads have done.
"I don't think anyone got pass marks, [David] Marshall maybe, for a couple of good saves, he couldn't really do anything about the goals.
"To have 10 players from the start who haven't shown up, not putting in the performances that we can do, that's why we've ended up with this result.
"I don't think Russia were at their best either. Unfortunately we were worse."

Koeman applauds Netherlands' resilience after Germany thriller
Koeman applauds Netherlands' resilience after Germany thriller
Netherlands rattled in four second-half goals against Germany, leaving Ronald Koeman impressed with their mental fortitude.

Ronald Koeman saluted Netherlands for the resilience they displayed in Friday's hard-fought 4-2 win away to Germany in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Netherlands came out on top in a thrilling contest to keep their Euro 2020 qualification hopes well and truly alive, though it was rarely straightforward in Hamburg.
Serge Gnabry's early goal had hosts Germany in the lead until just before the hour, only for Frenkie de Jong and a Jonathan Tah own goal to put Netherlands in front.
Toni Kroos equalised from the spot, but the Dutch simply had too much for Die Mannschaft, with Donyell Malen's first international goal and Georginio Wijnaldum's late strike sealing the win.
That moves Netherlands on to six points in Group C, though they are still six adrift of Northern Ireland, who have played a game more.
"The team that has done the most to win has earned it," Koeman said.  "The Germans also had a number of good chances, but I found Germany waiting [for opportunities].
"We played to win the game more than they did. We kept our patience and while Germany had two good chances after the break, they maybe grew a little tired of closing all the gaps. In the second half they could no longer walk.
"In the first half we were not dangerous, we built it up a bit better in the second half. It turned out well.
"We have resilience, that's great in this team. We have faith and are at peace."
Netherlands return to action on Monday away to Estonia, while Northern Ireland and Germany – the top two – face each other.

Messi can leave Barcelona at the end of the season. FCBarcelona

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Friday the Spanish giants are not worried about Lionel Messi's future, despite the Argentinian star being able to leave the club at the end of the season.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner signed a new four-year deal with Barca in 2017, but Bartomeu says he is free to end his contract beforehand.
"Leo Messi has a contract through to the 2020/21 season, but the player is able to leave Barca before the final season," Bartomeu told Barcelona's in-house television channel.
"It's the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. They are players who deserve that liberty, and we shouldn't worry, as they are very committed to Barca. We want Messi to play for Barca through to 2021 and beyond. We are very calm."
However, he made a point of distancing himself from the claims that the captain is in charge of sports planning: "We make the team to improve, not to make Messi happy. Every year, every summer and every time we plan we do everything and more to try to improve the team every year."
'Messi can leave before the start of the 2020-21 campaign'
'Messi can leave before the start of the 2020-21 campaign'

"Every year we have had better teams, more competitive than the previous one. I do not see better templates than those that we have had in Barça. We have had very few bad matches, but decisive. There have been occasional matches in which the team has not had the expected performance," he added.
The information that has been filling the front pages of major newspapers for days now is that Messi could start negotiating with any other team from January. This would mean an earthquake in the seno azulgrana, but there is nothing confirmed.
In fact, Gerard Piqué, his team-mate in the squad, said he was already aware of the circumstance. Even so, he was unconcerned about it, as he is convinced that the captain has a great commitment to the team and will not leave.
But if the Argentinian leaves the squad, what would the future of the squad look like? There are those who think it would be a dramatic change, but the truth is that it would mark a before and after in the history not only of Barcelona, but of world football.
Messi, Barca's record goalscorer, is currently out injured with a calf injury, with the team struggling in his absence, managing to collect just four points from their opening three La Liga matches.


Gareth Bale is not having an easy time of it at the moment. EFE/Archivo

Gareth Bale has opened up on his current situation in an interview with 'Sky Sports'. He admitted he was not having fun at times.

It all started last season when some people wanted to blame him for his team's poor season. "It was difficult for everyone, for the team and for me," he explained.
"I was blamed more than the rest. I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it's not all fully fair," the Welshman said, complaining that there is a campaign against him. 
Later on he was asked about his supposed departure to China and Bale replied "I was surprised by the change in opinion over my future. But I'm sure there'll be plenty more turbulence, to be honest," he said. 
I suppose it is something you will have to speak to Real Madrid about and it's between me and them, we will have to come to some sort of conclusion. I concentrated on having a good pre-season without knowing where I would end up," he continued.
He finished with a strong statement on the current situation. "I wouldn't say I'm playing happy, but I'm playing, when I am playing I am professional and I am always giving all I can".
Richarlison: Neymar is still happy. Goal
Richarlison: Neymar is still happy. Goal
Everton's Richarlison says compatriot Neymar is in a good mood and can move forward after missing out on a transfer to Barcelona.

Neymar's failed move back to Barcelona will not diminish his importance to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Brazil team-mate Richarlison.
The world's most expensive player attempted to engineer a close-season return to Camp Nou after reportedly growing unhappy in the French capital.
Months of speculation resulted in an anti-climax as the transfer window shut on September 2 with the clubs apparently unable to reach an agreement.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel has not used forward Neymar in any of PSG's matches this term but Richarlison, one of his Selecao understudies, believes the 27-year-old remains valued for club and country.
"Everyone knows his importance, not only here in the national team but for his club," the Everton attacker said.
"And everyone saw his happiness being here in the national team again. So, now we're cheering for him to have a good match tomorrow [against Colombia] and to help us."
Richarlison added: "Neymar is like everyone here. He's happy. Life goes on for him, too, even if it didn't work out for him.
"I don't know what happened at his club. What matters is that he is happy here in the Brazilian national team. And the important thing now is that he helps us."
Brazil are preparing to face Colombia and Peru in a pair of friendlies in the United States, their first matches since winning the Copa America on home soil.
Richarlison, scorer of six international goals in 13 appearances, urged the South American champions to use that triumph as a platform for success on the global stage.
"There is a great atmosphere here in the Brazilian national team," the 22-year-old said.
"We know the weight of the shirt and we have to keep winning titles. It is good to win. And we like to win!
"We are building a victorious group. Now we have to continue. May the Olympic Games and the World Cup come and may we win more titles."
Argentina, Chile stalemate in LA friendly
Argentina, Chile stalemate in LA friendly
Argentina and Chile ground out a 0-0 draw here Thursday in a niggly friendly international between the two South American rivals.

Argentina, missing the suspended Lionel Messi and several other European-based stars including Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, enjoyed the better chances but were unable to find a goal in front of a sparsely populated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Chile, with Alexis Sanchez leading their attack, were similarly uninspired in front of goal.
Thursday's game was the latest instalment of an increasingly bitter rivalry between the two sides who met in both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals, won by Chile on each occasion.
The two sides also faced off in this year's Copa, with Argentina winning a third-place play-off.
The intense rivalry was evident throughout, with US referee Jair Marrufo showing no fewer than 10 yellow cards in an often ill-tempered contest.
Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz was lucky to stay on the pitch after picking up an early booking and then committing a brutal stamp on Tottenham Hotspur's Giovani Lo Celso in the first half.
Marrufo had brandished his yellow card three times within the first 15 minutes, cautioning Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes in the sixth minute for a rugged tackle on Sanchez.
Aranguiz got Chile's retaliation in moments later, flattening Rodrigo De Paul to earn a yellow card before later flying in on Lo Celso.
Argentina came closest to breaking the deadlock on 23 minutes, Lo Celso releasing Lautaro Martinez on the edge of the area who teed up Paulo Dybala for a shot that was superbly saved by Chile's Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Chile's best chance of the half came five minutes from half-time, with Aranguiz forcing a save from Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.
River Plate defender Lucas Martinez Quarta almost gave Argentina the lead in the second half, glancing De Paul's cross just wide.
Chile then missed a golden chance to go in front when Eduardo Vargas cut back to find Cesar Pinares only for the midfielder's shot to clip the top of the bar.
The game deteriorated thereafter with both teams making a flurry of substitutions and the play often interrupted by fouls.
Quarta missed the chance to give Argentina a late winner, causing problems with his aerial power.
Once again though the centre-half was left frustrated, his header from hitting the bar.