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Monday Kickoff: Ramos re-injures shoulder; Nigeria wins U-17 World Cup; and more


Sergio Ramos’ left shoulder is causing a problem once again.

Ramos, 29, will miss more time during the 2015-16 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury over the weekend. The Real Madrid centerback scored a remarkable bicycle kick during the club’s 3-2 loss to Sevilla on Sunday, but Ramos hit the ground hard.

He clutched his left shoulder, the same shoulder he dislocated in September of this year, and he has since withdrawn from Spain’s roster.

The Spanish national team is set to take on England and Belgium during the November international window, but Ramos will not be available.

Here are some more news and notes:


Nigeria is the champion again after successfully defending its title in the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Sunday.

Led by Victor Osimhen, who scored his record-breaking 10th goal of the tournament, Nigeria defeated Mali by a scoreline of 2-0 at Estadio Sausalito in Vina Del Mar, Chile.

Osinachi Ebere’s penalty kick in the first half of play was saved by Mali goalkeeper Samuel Diarra, who was honored with the Golden Glove award after the game.

Osimhen powered a right-footed effort past Diarra in the second half, though, and Funsho Bamgboye scored the second goal to secure the Super Eagles’ win in the final. The title is Nigeria’s fifth all-time and its third in the past five tournaments.


Another English Premier League club may soon have a U.S. owner.

According to a BBC Sport report, U.S. investors at Peak 6, which is a private equity firm based in Chicago, are set to buy a 25 percent stake in EPL club AFC Bournemouth.

Peak 6 reportedly failed to buy second-tier English club Reading, and if the firm were to purchase a share in the EPL team, Russian owner Max Demin will stay involved.

Bournemouth is currently sitting in the relegation zone with eight points after 12 games this Premier League campaign.


Belgium upended Mexico, 3-2, to claim third place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Mamadou Sakho drops out of the French national team roster while he awaits a knee scan on Monday. (REPORT)

Mohamed Salah, one of AS Roma’s leading goalscorers with six goals in all competitions, is ruled out for four to six weeks. (REPORT)

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas joins Belgium for friendlies against Italy and Spain after Manchester United midfielder Marouane Felliani withdrew. (REPORT)

Karim Bellarabi will miss two friendlies with Germany after suffering a hamstring injury. (REPORT)


    • Speaking for myself, because of our rivalry with Mexico and dislike for them on the soccer field, I think we tend to under estimate how good Mexico is and how good they should be. Mexico has over 120 million people, with only the US, Brazil, Nigeria, Japan, and Russia among major soccer playing countries having more people. Mexico has more people than any other European country and 3 times more than Argentina. And, unlike the US, it has very few other outlets for kids playing sports. They play some baseball in Mexico, but not much. They are as passionate about the sport as anyone and have a good domestic league. When you consider all the factors, they should be an international soccer power and you could say that they have under achieved in the past.

      • Good post – they are enormous underachievers. Relatively large population and soccer is far and away the #1 sport there. Let’s not go crazy about some age group results. They didn’t beat us at senior level for four years until the game in October and it was only two years ago they almost failed to qualify for the world cup. They are at a similar level to the US.

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