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Fernando Torres announces his retirement from football after an 18-year career

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Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has announced he is to retire from football.

The 35-year-old, who is currently playing for Sagan Tosu in Japan, confirmed the end of his football career on social media.

Torres says on twitter:

“I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career. Next Sunday, the 23rd at 10:00 AM (3:00 AM CET), local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details. See you there.”

Torres joined Sagan Tosu in July 2018 after leaving boyhood club Atletico Madrid for a second time. He has scored just four goals in 32 games for the J League side.

The striker came through the youth system at Atletico, making his debut against Leganes in a Spanish second division game in March 2001.

He scored his first goal for the club a week later in a 1-0 victory over Albacete, before helping Atletico to promotion to La Liga the following season.

Torres then established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Spain, top-scoring for them in five successive seasons, which earned him a move to Liverpool.

The Spaniard was a huge success at Anfield and, while he did not win any silverware, he registered 81 goals in 142 games before his shock move to Chelsea on Deadline Day in January 2011.

Torres’ time in London got off to a slow start. His first game for Chelsea was a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, and he scored just once in 18 games for the club during the remainder of the 2010/11 season.

Torres’ fortunes did pick up though, and he won the FA Cup and the Champions League in 2012, as well as the Europa League in 2013, before leaving for AC Milan in 2014.

He then returned to Atletico six months later, winning another Europa League title in 2018 in his penultimate match before his move to Japan.

Torres was arguably most successful on the international stage, and was an important member of the Spain side that won back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the World Cup in 2010.

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Diawusie Agyemang scores as Dynamo Dresden wallop HB Køge in friendly

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Ghanaian forward Diawusie Agyemang scored one of the goals when SG Dynamo Dresden thrashed HB Køge in a pre-season friendly.
The German third-tier side beat the Danish second division outfit 5-1 at the AOK PLUS Walter Fritzsch Academy.

Agyemang opened the scoring of the fixture in the 26th minute with a brilliant finish.

Christoph Daferner, Marco Hartmann and Simon Gollnack got the other goals for the hosts on Wednesday.
It is the fifth straight victory for Dynamo Dresden in the pre-season. 

Agyemang joined them this summer after leaving FC Ingolstadt.

Source: Ghana Soccernet

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Board member for Accra Hearts of Oak, Frank Nelson Nwokoro has said the club will not force players to play for them

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We won’t force players to play for us – Hearts board member Frank Nelson

This is coming on the back of media speculations that some players will be shown the exit door in the next transfer window.

Setting the records straight, Frank Nelson noted that there are no ongoing contract renewal talks with any of Hearts of Oak player.

“There has been no information on the contract expiration and renewal of the certain players”, the board member told Sikka FM.
He continued, “If a player decides not to play for hearts, it won’t be a big deal. No player will be forced to play for hearts. There is freedom of movement. We can only engage them in contract talks.

“We are appealing to our supporters to have trust in the board. The project is progressing very well”.

Meanwhile, Accra Hearts of Oak has in the last 24 hours completed the signing of teenage striker Isaac Mensah from lower division outfit Nkoranza Warriors.

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Leeds United promoted to Premier Lea

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After 16 years away from the English Premier League, Leeds United have been welcomed back.
Their place in the top flight for next season was confirmed by West Brom’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Friday.

Leeds will now be crowned champions if Brentford does not beat Stoke on Saturday or the Whites then take a point from Sunday’s visit to Derby County.
Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa has led the Yorkshire side to promotion in his second season in charge after finishing third in the Championship in 2018-19.
Even allowing for the enforced break because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been a campaign where Leeds have never really looked like repeating mistakes of previous seasons and they have not been outside the top two since November.

They had seemed set to win promotion last season only for back-to-back defeats by Wigan and Brentford to leave them third behind Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, before a dramatic 4-3 play-off semi-final defeat by Derby.

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