football news round-up – sunday, august 26

09:00    26 Aug 2018

Steve Bruce
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Sunday, August 26.

International and European club football

Cristiano Ronaldo will bring the first UEFA Champions League title to Juventus since 1996, says his former teammate Wayne Rooney; and the head of Palestinian soccer Jilbri Rajoub will appeal FIFA's year-long ban on him for inciting fans against Argentine superstar Lionel Messi as part of his campaign to stop Argentina's national team from playing in Israel.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Head coach Jurgen Klopp said he still has "a lot of work to do" after Liverpool's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brighton sent them top of the Premier League; Steve Bruce said his team, Aston Villa created enough chances to "win two games" after they were denied victory against winless Reading by Sam Baldock's 93rd-minute penalty; and St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs has approached Kenny Miller after the veteran striker's exit from Livingston.

Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS

Olympique Marseille coach Rudi Garcia hinted at move for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman as he is identified as top target; William Owusu continued with his fine form in Belgium by snatching the winner for Royal Antwerp in their 1-0 win over Cercle Brugge on Saturday; Hakim Ziyech was the star of the show as Ajax Amsterdam hammered newbies Emmen 5-0 in Saturday's Dutch Eredivisie game; Mexican defender Diego Reyes has signed a deal to move to Turkish club Fenerbahce; and Josef Martinez broke the Major League Soccer record for goals in a season by netting his 28th of the 2018 campaign in Atlanta United's clash against Orlando City.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Manchester United are repordly lining up a January move for Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon to prove that they can still be a force in the transfer market; Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is reportedly set to follow the example set by Mesut Ozil and leave a final decision about a new contract until January; and West Ham are said to be mulling over loan offers from AZ Alkmaar and Eibar for youngster Reece Oxford.

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