Sunday, December 31, 2017

MARCA readers vote Neymar as the best signing of 2017

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MARCA readers vote Neymar as the best signing of 2017
MARCA readers vote Neymar as the best signing of 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2 Top Soccer Officials Found Guilty in FIFA Case

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2 Top Soccer Officials Found Guilty in FIFA Case
The verdicts against Juan Ángel Napout and José Maria Marin partially resolved a trial in the United States’ case focused on FIFA.

Friday, December 29, 2017

In an Unforgiving Sport, They Minister to Hearts and Souls

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In an Unforgiving Sport, They Minister to Hearts and Souls
A chaplain is part of the team for about three-quarters of England’s professional teams, offering spiritual or secular counseling to the players.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

PSG are the new 'Galacticos'

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PSG are the new 'Galacticos'
PSG are the new 'Galacticos'

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

FIFA in Hot Water Over Foam

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FIFA in Hot Water Over Foam
A court in Brazil has demanded FIFA immediately stop issuing a vanishing spray to referees after a patent dispute with its inventor.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says his first thought is to defend

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says his first thought is to defend
• Klopp rejects idea that Liverpool’s default setting is too offensive
• Simon Mignolet mistake against Arsenal ‘will never happen again’

Liverpool’s failings at the back returned in untimely fashion at Arsenal on Friday but Jürgen Klopp has rejected the idea that his team’s default programming is too offensive and contended that his first thought is to defend.

“We have a defending approach,” he said when asked whether the kind of attacking football that has reaped rich dividends for the majority of the season was Liverpool’s natural instinct. “We played 4-5-1 and they all have responsibility to defend. As long as they do it, we can line up quite offensive player-wise. There is nobody on the pitch who is not involved in defending.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Messi deals with Madrid yet again as Barcelona look impregnable

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Messi deals with Madrid yet again as Barcelona look impregnable

Though the season is only at its halfway point, the title looks certain to return to the Nou Camp

Leo Messi ended the clásico in a state of undress again but it was Real Madrid who had been stripped bare. At the very end of the last Madrid-Barça, Messi stood to the left of the goal at the north end of the Santiago Bernabéu, shirt off and held up for all to see; at the very end of the latest Madrid-Barça, exactly eight months later and a little over eight metres away, he lay on the grass to the right of the goal at the north end of the Santiago Bernabéu, boot off and abandoned, unseen at first. Then, as now, Barcelona had just scored the third, only now he had given it instead of getting it: another visit, another victory, and maybe this time a title too. If then there was hope, ultimately unfulfilled, this time there is expectation.

A gigantic banner had welcomed the players on to the pitch dreaming of a “White Christmas” but those celebrating it were mostly wearing red and blue. Messi was wearing red and blue and, it was now revealed, white. In the last minute, he ran at Marcelo. The challenge saw him lose his boot but not his balance and, dashing to the line, sports sock exposed, the Brazilian tumbling behind him, he pulled it back for Vidal, slipping to the floor as he went. As Vidal’s shot squirmed under Keylor Navas and over the line, he got up and ran to the scorer, leaping into his arms. Camera shutters clicked and when their pictures were developed handy circles superimposed over his sock showed everyone what they had missed. Ivan Rakitic arrived with the boot and as they broke Sergio Busquets drew near and, grinning, had a word in his ear.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Maguire's 94th minute equaliser halts United's comeback

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Maguire's 94th minute equaliser halts United's comeback
Maguire's 94th minute equaliser halts United's comeback

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Arsène Wenger gets away with gamble on Ainsley Maitland-Niles | Nick Ames

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Arsène Wenger gets away with gamble on Ainsley Maitland-Niles | Nick Ames
Arsenal manager trusted his young full-back against the explosive Mohamed Salah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles can be pleased with his performance

Perhaps, in the kind of skewed reading that meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool have come to invite, this fixture was the perfect laboratory for a young full-back making his way.

By the time Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 20 years old and making his third Premier League start, left the field he could at least assure himself that nobody would have noticed any ragged edges very much.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Ange Postecogelou claims critics undermined his Socceroos reign

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Ange Postecogelou claims critics undermined his Socceroos reign
Coach admits there is more to story of Socceroos exitDenies a falling out with FFA contributed to move to Japan

Former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has taken a parting swipe at critics he says had used “cheap shots” to undermine him and the national team. Speaking for the first time since taking up his new post with J-League heavyweights Yokohama F Marinos, Postecoglou resolved that his turbulent final year as coach has left him and Australian football in need of “a trial separation”.

Postecoglou addressed some of the factors contributing to last month’s resignation, admitting the stress and external pressure of the job had taken a toll on his family. He conceded a recent reminder of his infamous interview a decade ago with Craig Foster on SBS made him determined to leave the national set-up on his terms this time.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Swansea sack Paul Clement but hope to appoint successor in next 24 hours

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Swansea sack Paul Clement but hope to appoint successor in next 24 hours
• Welsh club sit bottom of the Premier League after string of poor results
• Board hope to get new manager in before Saturday’s game with Crystal Palace

Swansea City are looking for their third manager in less than 12 months after Paul Clement was sacked. The club’s American owners decided to part company with Clement after losing faith in his ability to engineer a turnaround following a dismal run of 10 defeats in 13 Premier League matches that left Swansea anchored to the bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety.

It is understood that Swansea have a replacement for Clement lined up and hope to have him in place before the critical home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with an announcement anticipated within the next 24 hours. Clement’s successor is expected to have Premier League experience, although there is no suggestion at this stage that Tony Pulis is in the frame.

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FFA reels in VARs after anger over use of video replay system

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FFA reels in VARs after anger over use of video replay system
Number of reviews will be reduced in A-LeagueVARs told to focus on match-changing situations

A-League chiefs have moved to end hysteria around the video assistant refereeing trial, tweaking interpretations of the rules which should result in far fewer interventions.

Related: Implementation of VARs in Australia proves messy and divisive | Dean Biron

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ange Postecoglou makes swift return with J-League job lined up

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Ange Postecoglou makes swift return with J-League job lined up
Former Socceroos coach will take up role with Yokohama F. Marinos
Fading Japanese powerhouse aligned to City Football Group

Europe was calling but outgoing Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou’s next coaching job will be in Japan. The Asian Cup winner has accepted the job in charge of City Football Group-aligned J-League club Yokohama F. Marinos and will take up the reins in the new year.

“I am excited to be moving to Japan and returning to club football,” Postecoglou said. “Coaching YFM will be a great challenge and I am very much looking forward to working with the club’s players, and young players in particular, to achieve success.”

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Eagle launches Thai Aphibarnrat into Masters

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Eagle launches Thai Aphibarnrat into Masters
Eagle launches Thai Aphibarnrat into Masters

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Eight Candidates Approved for U.S. Soccer Presidential Race

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Eight Candidates Approved for U.S. Soccer Presidential Race
U.S. Soccer announced that eight of the nine announced candidates had submitted the required three nominations but declined to name them.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sevilla frustrated as Levante hold on for a point

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Sevilla frustrated as Levante hold on for a point
Sevilla frustrated as Levante hold on for a point

Friday, December 15, 2017

Three Points and Six Words: ‘We Won Because We Were Better’

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Three Points and Six Words: ‘We Won Because We Were Better’
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City won by 2-1 at Manchester United, the surest sign yet that, even with half the season to go, the Premier League title is City’s to lose.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Report Into FIFA Raises Questions About Ethics Investigator

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Report Into FIFA Raises Questions About Ethics Investigator
FIFA’s chief ethics enforcer failed to disclose a friendship with Colombia’s disgraced former soccer president, according to a report from one of Europe’s ruling councils.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to win race for Thomas Lemar?

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to win race for Thomas Lemar?

Today’s rumours have a spreadsheet

Chelsea are, according to Antonio Conte, very tired and need some help. They did not show it at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night but perhaps Conte just meant they required something to set tongues wagging on the long schlep home. In which case, the chatter at the back of the bus would have been thus: the champions-for-not-much-longer have entered the race for our old friend from the summer, Thomas Lemar. It appears Monaco will have to part with one of their few remaining stars of last season sooner rather than later; the question is whether they can fend off the longer-term interests of Arsenal and Liverpool, who will almost certainly be back in.

It being almost January, though, there are irons smouldering away in roaring fires. Chelsea’s pursuit of a wide man has also taken in the Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, with an opening bid apparently being rejected. Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona are others keeping their eyes on the situation.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Maradona statue unveiled in India becomes target of online ridicule – video

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Maradona statue unveiled in India becomes target of online ridicule – video

Another football icon honoured by a statue has attracted widespread attention and ridicule. A bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, was unveiled at a club in Kolkata, although the dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup winner has been the subject of much online mockery. The 12-foot statue features the 1986 World Cup winner with a healthy head of hair, with one online commenter saying it looked more like ‘someone’s gran’ than Maradona.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

UEFA Will Reject A.C. Milan Plan for Turnaround

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UEFA Will Reject A.C. Milan Plan for Turnaround
A.C. Milan appears to have failed to convince UEFA’s auditors that its Chinese owner can finance a turnaround that is in compliance with Financial Fair Play rules.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Navas enters the realms of Real Madrid's top 10 goalkeepers

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Navas enters the realms of Real Madrid's top 10 goalkeepers
Navas enters the realms of Real Madrid's top 10 goalkeepers

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Champions League: Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain Win Groups

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Champions League: Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain Win Groups
Roma and Barcelona also clinched spots at the top of their groups, while Atlético Madrid was eliminated after reaching the final in two of the last four years.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Full rounds of Premier League games to be shown live for first time

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Full rounds of Premier League games to be shown live for first time
• Three midweek rounds of fixtures and bank holiday programme available
• Fresh auction for 2019-20 season could see Amazon and Facebook enter fray

Four full rounds of Premier League games will reportedly be up for grabs in the new TV rights auction.

Related: Sky faces paying extra £1.8bn for Premier League broadcast rights

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Ronaldo: Hopefully Real can win the Champions League again

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Ronaldo: Hopefully Real can win the Champions League again
Ronaldo: Hopefully Real can win the Champions League again

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

World Cup Draw: Group-by-Group Analysis

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World Cup Draw: Group-by-Group Analysis
FIFA placed the 32 qualified teams for next summer’s World Cup into their first-round groups on Friday.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Panel to decide Socceroos coach by February as Eriksson throws name into hat

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Panel to decide Socceroos coach by February as Eriksson throws name into hat
Former England boss Sven-Göran Eriksson emerges as surprise candidate
‘No-one is ruled in or out,’ says FFA chief David Gallop

Australia will decide on a successor for Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou by mid-February, with former England boss Sven-Göran Eriksson emerging as a surprise candidate.

Football Federation Australia said on Tuesday it had formed a nine-person panel and engaged a consulting firm to assess candidates to take Australia to the World Cup in Russia and beyond.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

West Ham’s show of attacking gusto serves up hope for David Moyes | Nick Ames

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West Ham’s show of attacking gusto serves up hope for David Moyes | Nick Ames
Manchester City juggernaut had to find an extra gear to overcome a West Ham side who, despite a 2-1 defeat, offered something for their manager to work with

An unkind reading would be that the fact West Ham United can take such heart from what was eventually an Alamo‑esque occasion speaks volumes for the position the club find themselves in. That would not be unfair, even if caveats do exist. If David Moyes could not conjure a result up here then the semblance of a platform, a hint of the resilience that has deserted his new charges for so long, would reflect well on everyone involved: he got that at the Etihad and, with a little more quality at either end, might even have left with rather more.

“We’re going to have to try and find a way to see if we can stop them and make it hard for them,” a characteristically phlegmatic Moyes had asserted before the teams emerged. At that point City’s Tunnel Club concept appeared particularly ghoulish: a safari package for those with deep pockets prepared to watch doe-eyed prey lining up before the grisliest of slaughters. Moyes knew what the rest of us did: he had probably not read the apocalyptic projections that City might trouble the Premier League’s record winning margin, and was presumably ignorant of odds favouring an 8-0 home win above a single-goal win for his side but he was certainly aware of West Ham’s absentee list and had, more to the point, seen both sides play this season.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

As Sponsors Shy Away, FIFA Faces World Cup Shortfall

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As Sponsors Shy Away, FIFA Faces World Cup Shortfall
FIFA’s battered reputation is affecting its sponsorship program for next year’s World Cup. Several high-value slots remain empty with only six months to go.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

England manager Gareth Southgate on the World Cup draw – video

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England manager Gareth Southgate on the World Cup draw – video

Gareth Southgate gives his reaction to the draw in Moscow for the World Cup next year in Russia. ‘We’re excited now that we know who we’re playing,’ says the England manager. The Three Lions will take on Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Russia next year

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Friday, December 1, 2017

2018 World Cup Draw: 32 Teams, 1 Goal

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2018 World Cup Draw: 32 Teams, 1 Goal
Friday’s draw for the 2018 World Cup will sort the field of 32 countries into eight first-round groups. How they got to Russia, and what they expect when they get there, is different for each of them.