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Former Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas’ move to China is cautionary tale for managers

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At 31 years of age, André Villas-Boas started his journey into first team management at the little Portuguese club Académica. Eight years hence, and...

Champions League 2016/17, Matchday 4: Updated Standings, Top scorers, Results

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The group stage of the 2016/17 Champions League entered its fourth matchday this week as five teams sealed their progress to the next round....

Man City 3–1 Barcelona: Guardiola’s men stop Barça with directness, high pressing

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Manchester City turned on the style at the Etihad Stadium to overcome the five-time European champions Barcelona for the first time in their history....

Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe must improve to justify record Bournemouth transfer

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Earlier this summer, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth broke their transfer record. It had been only six months since they last made a club record signing...

Edin Džeko: Discarded by Man City, now scoring for fun at AS Roma

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It was 11th January, 2011 and Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, talked up his club’s new signing, Edin Džeko, as the “perfect player.” Džeko’s...

Serie A 2016/17, Week 10: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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Days after optimism around AC Milan started simmering, Genoa turned it off. Milan beat Juventus 1-0 on Saturday, but lost to Genoa two days...

Ballon d’Or 2016 shortlist: Manchester United keeper David de Gea’s omission is baffling

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Yesterday, the 30-man shortlist for France Football's annual Ballon d'Or award was revealed. There were the usual suspects like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,...

Serie A 2016/17, Week 9: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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The Serie A title race seems to be heating up as Juventus were pegged back by an inspired AC Milan side. In what was...

La Liga 2016/17, Week 9: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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Usual business resumed in La Liga for its ninth gameweek, as Real Madrid went to the top of the table with a late win against...

Wolf ‘Zabivaka’ chosen as World Cup 2018 mascot

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A wolf, named "Zabivaka" is the mascot for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Zabivaka means "one who scores" in Russian, and the wolf beat...

Have Manchester City improved under Pep Guardiola?

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Manchester City made a flying start to the 2016/17 season under new manager Pep Guardiola, but their momentum seems to have stalled in recent...

Europa League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Results, Top Scorers & Talking Points

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68 goals were scored across Europe in 24 games as the Europa League returned to action this week. There was drama aplenty as Italian...

Champions League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Top scorers, Results & Talking Points

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Leicester City extended their winning streak in the Champions League to three matches as matchday three of Europe's biggest competition served up its usual...

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: 4 Talking Points from drab draw

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Manchester United frustrated in-form Liverpool at Anfield in a 0-0 draw that helped neither team’s cause. The visitors were visibly lacking in intent, while...

Serie A 2016/17, Week 8: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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AC Milan made the most of a wretched weekend for Napoli and Lazio to climb up to third in the Serie A ladder. The...

La Liga 2016/17, Week 8: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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"Lionel Messi" and "goals" are practically synonymous in modern football. The number of times La Pulga has found the back of the net is...

Liverpool v Manchester United: 3 reasons why Klopp’s Reds will win on Monday

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Liverpool face off against Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night in what could be one of the matches of the season....

Liverpool v Manchester United: 3 key battles that could shape the result

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Liverpool play host to Manchester United this Monday in what will be the 197th north-west derby between the two English football giants. Both clubs are undergoing...

Clubs plan breakaway league to combat Champions League reforms

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Clubs from lesser European countries are undergoing discussions over a breakaway European league involving teams from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Sweden...

Anfield Stadium expansion “not a smart investment”, says Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre

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Liverpool's chief executive, Ian Ayre, has termed the next move in the redevelopment of the club's home ground, Anfield, as one that is "not...

England vs Malta: Team News, Squad analysis and Possible Lineups

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England’s new era under Sam Allardyce barely took off, and Gareth Southgate now has the onerous task of leading a nation that has had...

Bob Bradley: Swansea City’s new American manager is set to break stereotypes

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When Swansea City parted ways with Francesco Guidolin and replaced him with Bob Bradley yesterday, there were quite a few who voiced their discontent...

Barcelona and Manchester City beaten, 3 other talking points from the weekend

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The latest round of fixtures in the top European leagues produced cracking bits of action with some of the continent's heavyweight clubs facing off...

Bundesliga: Leverkusen press Dortmund into submission as Bayern drop points

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Roger Schmidt's Bayer Leverkusen had their pressing boots on at the BayArena last night as they stifled Borussia Dortmund to register their third win...

Crystal Palace have unique attack to mount European push

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It is too early to read too much into Crystal Palace's form and make judgments about where they will finish come May next year....

Swansea v Liverpool tactical preview: Swans to flood midfield to stop in-form Reds

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Liverpool take on Swansea City on Saturday in a lunchtime kickoff as Jurgen Klopp's Reds look to keep their momentum going following a string...

5 reasons why Manchester United can still win the title

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Manchester United are going through a sticky phase in the Premier League having suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford. While the recent...

Real Madrid equal Barcelona record without Ronaldo and Bale

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Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for their trip to Espanyol but that didn’t stop them from equalling the...

Manchester United in crisis as Mourinho struggles to balance attack and defence

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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United slumped to a third defeat in as many games following a 3-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road. The latest loss...