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OCEAUNZ: FIFA Releases Match Ball For 2023 Women’s World Cup

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OCEAUNZ: FIFA Releases Match Ball For 2023 Women's World Cup

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Official Match Ball, OCEAUNZ has been presented in grand style in Sydney/Gadigal, Australia.

It was flown by helicopter over the famous Sydney skyline before landing at Marks Park, which has a view of Bondi Beach.

The design of OCEAUNZ, the ninth FIFA Women’s World Cup football made by Adidas, was influenced by the distinctive natural environments of the two host countries, with imagery honoring Aotearoa New Zealand’s immense highlands and Australia’s ties to the Indian Ocean.

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The event, which contains decorations by Aboriginal artist Chern’ee Sutton and Mori artist Fiona Collis, celebrates the traditions of the two host nations. The Beyond GreatnessTM brand identity for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 incorporates their artwork.

The first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by two distinct nations from separate confederations stated FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura: “Adidas has produced an iconic Official Match Ball for the FIFA Women’s World Cup that embodies diversity, inclusion, and unity.

The rich cultures of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, as evoked by OCEAUNZ, will undoubtedly elevate the experience of visiting fans and teams “BeyondGreatness” during this edition of the competition.

The Official Match Ball’s moniker honors the pairing of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand as the competition’s hosts.

The linked ball technology used at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is also included in OCEAUNZ. This delivers accurate ball information that will be made instantly available to video match officials.

The cutting-edge linked ball technology helps to FIFA’s semi-automated offside technology by combining player location data with artificial intelligence and providing Video Assistant Referees with immediate information to aid in decision-making.

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Tarkowski’s Goal Ends Arsenal’s 14-Game Unbeaten Run

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Tarkowski Scores To Ends Arsenal's 14-Game Unbeaten Run

James Tarkowski scored the game’s lone goal in the English Premier League’s opening match on Saturday to give Everton the victory and end Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten run.

With the loss, the Gunners lossed points and suffered the club’s second league loss of the season, after missing plenty of good opportunities.

Just before the hour mark, the defender headed in a Dwight McNeil corner to give Sean Dyche’s management a winning start.

Since 2017, Arsenal hasn’t triumphed at Goodison Park.

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The EPL front-runners’ greatest opportunity of the first half came on a counterattack when Buyako Saka slid Eddie Nketiah in for the game’s first clear sight of goal, but the prolific striker scuffed his attempt just wide of the near post.

Towards the close of the first half, Saka made a rare push forward and saw a volley past Jordan Pickford, but Conor Coady was there to block it off his own goalline.

The Toffees had the last say in the first 45 minutes, and Calvert-Lewin once more came just inches short of converting a cross, but the ball sailed wide of the far post.

Just before the hour mark, Tarkowski headed in a delightful corner from McNeil to put Dyche’s new club ahead. The goal drove Goodison into a frenzy.

Everton stood back to defend, as they held onto a crucial three points.

In his first Premier League game in command of a club, Sean Dyche made history by becoming only the second manager to defeat a team starting the day top of the league.

For the first time since March 1977 to August 1978, Everton has defeated Arsenal three times in a row at Goodison Park.

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Chelsea Drops Aubameyang From UCL Squad, Add 3 Others

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Chelsea Drops Aubameyang From UCL Squad, Add 3 Others

English Premier League Club, Chelsea has dropped Gabonese forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the club’s UEFA Champions League squad.

Three of the club’s January acquisitions were included in The Blue’s List A players for the knockout round of the 2022–23 UCL, it was disclosed.

“Following the closing of the January transfer window, the List A of players for the knockout stage of the 2022/23 Champions League has been submitted.

“New names in List A for the squad ahead of our round of 16 ties against Borussia Dortmund are Joao Felix, Enzo Fernandez, and Mykhailo Mudryk,” Chelsea revealed.

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Chelsea’s match against Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s Signal Iduna Park is set for February 15th, the day after the UEFA Champions League campaign resumes.

Chukwunonso Madueke, a promising Nigerian forward who was also signed in January, did not reach the competition’s squad list.

Below is Chelsea’s Full List A of the UCL competition;

  • LIST A
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga – GK
  • Marcus Bettinelli – GK
  • Edouard Mendy – GK
  • Thiago Silva – DF
  • Trevoh Chalobah – DF
  • Ben Chilwell – DF
  • Reece James – DF
  • Kalidou Koulibaly – DF
  • Cesar Azpilicueta – DF
  • Marc Cucurella – DF

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  • Wesley Fofana – DF
  • Enzo Fernandez – MF
  • N’Golo Kante- MF
  • Mateo Kovacic- MF
  • Christian Pulisic- MF
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek- MF
  • Raheem Sterling- MF
  • Mason Mount – MF
  • Denis Zakaria- MF
  • Hakim Ziyech- MF
  • Conor Gallagher- MF
  • Carney Chukwuemeka- MF
  • Joao Felix – FW
  • Mykhailo Mudryk- FW
  • Kai Havertz- FW

Champions League squad regulations;

All of the clubs competing in the last 16 of the Champions League can add up to three new players to their List A squad for the remainder of the competition. There are no restrictions on players who have already represented other clubs in this season’s competition.

However, if those new additions take the total number of players on List A – comprising at least eight locally-training players, four of whom must have come through the club’s own ranks between the ages of 15 and 21 – beyond the maximum of 25, other players must be removed from the squad to make space.

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Arsenal Extends Martinelli Contract

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Arsenal Extends Martinelli Contract

Brazilian forward, Gabriel Martinelli Silva has extended his contract with English Premier League Club, Arsenal.

“Gabriel Martinelli has signed a new contract with the club, committing his long-term future with us.

“The 21-year-old, now into his fourth season in north London, has already made 111 first-team appearances in all competitions during his action-packed Arsenal career,” the club wrote.

The Brazilian international earned 36 first-team appearances last season and was chosen as our Player of the Month in both December 2021 and January 2022. He just represented his nation at the World Cup in Qatar.

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Martinelli’s strong play has continued into this season; he has started every one of our first 19 Premier League games and has made 27 appearances in all competitions so far, scoring seven goals.

As a 16-year-old, Gabi made his debut for the Sao Paulo club Ituano. Three months after turning 17, he scored his first goal there in September of the same year. He joined us in July 2019 after being crowned the Campeonato Paulista Young Player of the Year the season after.

In March 2022, when his performance earned him a debut for the Brazil national team, he began his entire international career. Martinelli’s participation in the under-23 team that took home the Olympic Gold medal in Tokyo 2020 occurred less than a year prior.

Gabriel made his Arsenal debut against Newcastle United on the road in August 2019. In September 2019, he made his League Cup debut at home against Nottingham Forest. He also took up our Goal of the Season in his debut year in England for his lone strike against Chelsea.

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