Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ups, downs and the race for Europe - what's at stake this weekend?

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Ups, downs and the race for Europe - what's at stake this weekend?
Ups, downs and the race for Europe - what's at stake this weekend?
All you need to know about promotion, relegation and qualification for Europe in England and Scotland's top football leagues.
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Maketa destined for greatness

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Maketa destined for greatness

ST GEORGE’S College is renowned for producing a host of sports personalities who have gone on to make an indelible mark on the Zimbabwean sporting landscape. Names of famous local […]

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

World Soccer 500 – 2018 Edition Nationality List

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World Soccer 500 – 2018 Edition Nationality List

The World Soccer 500 broken down by nationality. Which country has the most? Find out by checking out the list below.

World Soccer 500 - 2018 Edition Nationality ListWhich country provided the most players for this year's World Soccer 500?
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After spearheading a remarkable turnaround, Milan legend to be offered new contract

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After spearheading a remarkable turnaround, Milan legend to be offered new contract
After spearheading a remarkable turnaround, Milan legend to be offered new contract
Gennaro Gattuso took over the seven-time European champions from Vincenzo Montella on a caretaker basis last November.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fifa to look into 'racist abuse' of France players in Russia

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Fifa to look into 'racist abuse' of France players in Russia
Fifa to look into 'racist abuse' of France players in Russia
Fifa say they are looking into alleged racist abuse directed at France players during their 3-1 win over Russia.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

World Cup 2018: How are the favourites shaping up?

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World Cup 2018: How are the favourites shaping up?
World Cup 2018: How are the favourites shaping up?
A look at what shape the seven favourites to win the World Cup are in after the latest batch of friendlies.
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Football Betting Strategy – Discover Winning


There are punters who like the ‘draw’ market because it can pay nicely. One not unusual argument amongst those ‘draw’ punters is “Are attracts impartial of shape, that is, are they random?”. There are two perspectives :

* One view is that attracts are independent of preceding effects, that every suit is different. those punters do not take delivery of the theory that a draw is due simply as it has no longer passed off for a long time. They consider that the match final results relies upon on circumstances and situations of that precise game, as an instance : attacking and protecting talents of both teams, weather on that day, pitch condition, and many others.

* There are opposing punters who feel strongly that the possibility of attracts relies upon on the previous games, that it boils down to the psychology and mentality of the gamers of the ‘drawish’ teams.

Regardless of anything camp those draw experts are in, they all agree that draw bets are greater worthwhile compared to making a bet home or Away as the common odds are greater attractive.

Get more information about tips and picks football on topsoccerpicks.com

In selecting prevailing ‘draws’, the subsequent factors are to be taken into consideration :

1) it’s miles essential to pick the groups as a substitute of choosing the fits, that draw is basically because of the style of play, which include :

* protecting fashion and suffering to attack will generally tend to draw more.

* Attacking formation and tactics will no longer draw too frequently.

2) If a sure crew draws some fits, analyse why :

* Does the group have problems scoring? If sure, why. (Is the key striker injured?)

* Is the crew famend for tight defence?

* Is it mental? maybe a group on an extended dropping run might also try tougher just to get at the least a point, that is, a draw.

3) The subsequent developments in fits ending with a draw are commonplace :

* fits wherein each groups are satisfied with a point, as an instance, a draw is sufficient for each to keep away from relegation or to qualify for a cup opposition.

* fits played in poor weather conditions like heavy rain which typically lead to much less goals and better chance for a draw.

* Derby matches where a draw can also satisfy both parties.

* home team in incredible form in opposition to Away crew in strong pinnacle desk role.

4) Teams which draw loads with each other repeatedly may want to mean :

* they are same in strength.

* there’s a few kind of mental effect that it’s far tough for one among them to interrupt the alternative down.

5) Do be aware of the subsequent :

* If a group has been drawing a lot, and if it has appointed a new manager, wait some suits to determine if this crew continues to be drawing regularly.

* Be careful with newly promoted and newly relegated teams where overall performance can be erratic.

* groups enhancing in shape which may be more likely to attract playing Away.

 A few leagues appear to have either a better or lower percent of attracts as compared to others. this can be due to the characteristics of the leagues in phrases of competitiveness, or even incidence of match fixing. this is why a few bookmakers do not provide odds on positive minor eu league fits at the end of the season. 
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Messi: I have no problem with Dybala

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Messi: I have no problem with Dybala
Argentina captain Lionel Messi insisted he has no issue with countryman and Juventus star Paulo Dybala. Dybala previously admitted it was difficult playing alongside Barcelona's five-time Ballon d'Or winner as the pair operate in similar positions on the field. With Dybala struggling to break into Jorge Sampaoli's line-up for the World Cup in Russia, Messi was asked about those comments and his relationship with the 24-year-old attacker and he assured there was no problem. "Paulo and I talked about that, what he said is true, for Juventus he plays the same role I do," Messi told Fox Sports. "With me in the national team he played further out on the left, which he's not as used to. "It's more difficult for us to play there, I don't often go out to the left. On the right we can cut in and have the whole pitch in front of us. "I understood what he said, there was no need to clarify anything." Messi is poised to return for Tuesday's international friendly against Spain after sitting out last week's 2-0 victory over Italy. Dybala, however, is not in the squad following his exclusion from the latest squad.  
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Colin Doyle: Republic of Ireland & Bradford City keeper played two games in 24 hours

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Colin Doyle: Republic of Ireland & Bradford City keeper played two games in 24 hours
Colin Doyle: Republic of Ireland & Bradford City keeper played two games in 24 hours
Bradford City goalkeeper Colin Doyle explains how a fry-up helped him get through two games in less than 24 hours.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Double tragedy for ZPC Kariba

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Double tragedy for ZPC Kariba

Veterans Masimba Mambare and Lot Chiwunga scored in either half to compound ZPC Kariba’s woes in a lacklustre Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Arsenal should give Jack Wilshere what he wants | Brian Glanville

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Arsenal should give Jack Wilshere what he wants | Brian Glanville

The Gunners risk losing the in-form midfielder for nothing at the end of the season

Jack WilshereJack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)The Gunners risk losing the in-form midfielder for nothing at the end of the season
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says World Cup return with Sweden will be his decision

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says World Cup return with Sweden will be his decision
New LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says it will be up to him whether he makes a comeback for Sweden at the World Cup in
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Ngezi battle past new boys Herentals

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Ngezi battle past new boys Herentals

Ngezi Platinum began yet another title onslaught with a victory over promoted Herentals in their opening match of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season at Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro/ […]

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

World Cup Fixtures – Russia 2018

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World Cup Fixtures – Russia 2018

Take a look at the full list of matches that will make up the 2018 World Cup in Russia

World Cup Fixtures - Russia 2018Champions: Germany kick off their World Cup campaign on the 17th of June against Mexico (Getty Images) Take a look at the full list of matches that will make up the 2018 World Cup in Russia
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Heynckes definitely leaving at end of season, claims Ze Roberto

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Heynckes definitely leaving at end of season, claims Ze Roberto
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Ze Roberto insists that Jupp Heynckes has no intention of extending his contract with the club for another season. Heynckes signed a short-term deal when he was appointed as the replacement for Carlo Ancelotti in October 2017. Ahead of the international break, he has guided Bayern to a 17-point lead at the Bundesliga summit and a Champions League quarter-final clash with Sevilla in his fourth spell in charge of the club. Despite Heynckes hinting earlier this month that he could stay on for another year, Ze Roberto - who enjoyed two spells at Bayern in the 2000s - claims the 72-year-old has told him this season will be his last. "Recently I had the opportunity to eat with the players and him, but he said to me that he has no desire to continue," the Brazilian told Tz. "He wants to have more time for his wife and family. Had it not been Bayern, he would not have returned anyway. The club means a lot to him. Good luck on international duty, boys!  #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/IZXqv5rgqM — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 20, 2018 "He fully identifies with the club, hence the respect the players have for him. It's very important in a team and I understand that they would like to keep him. However, he said to me that he will do it only until the end of the season and then finally stop." Heynckes is not the only Bayern stalwart that could depart in a few months, with influential duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben both out of contract at the end of the season. Ze Roberto, however, believes the pair - both 34 - are still the shining lights in the Bayern team and deserve new deals. He added: "I would extend the contracts with the two eyes closed. Both are still the most creative and unpredictable players at Bayern today. "Nevertheless, one has to find young successors and let them mature in the shadow of those two."
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

‘The club will do everything they need to make sure it’s safe’

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‘The club will do everything they need to make sure it’s safe’
‘The club will do everything they need to make sure it’s safe’
Ireland U21 international Josh Cullen was on the bench as chaos enfolded at London Stadium the other week.
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Croatia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group Guide

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Croatia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group Guide

Croatia had to beat Greece in the playoffs to qualify, but did so easily with a 4-1 win in the first leg.

Croatia World Cup FixturesPlayoff Masters: Croatia beat Greece in the playoffs comprehensively to reach Russia (Getty Images) Croatia had to beat Greece in the playoffs to qualify, but did so easily with a 4-1 win in the first leg.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Fiorentina rename training ground after former captain Astori

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Fiorentina rename training ground after former captain Astori
Fiorentina rename training ground after former captain Astori
Fiorentina will rename their training ground after former captain Davide Astori, who suddenly passed away aged 31 earlier this month.
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

25 years on, the first ever Uefa Champions League makes you pine for a by-gone era

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25 years on, the first ever Uefa Champions League makes you pine for a by-gone era
25 years on, the first ever Uefa Champions League makes you pine for a by-gone era
The tournament has grown from a small, exclusive club to a modern behemoth but sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better.
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Zvirekwi overshadows CAPS-City clash

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Zvirekwi overshadows CAPS-City clash

CAPS United begin their 2018 league season with a tricky derby against Harare City at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon following a difficult week overshadowed by a horrific incident, […]

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'It was clear from the first minute' - Bradley surprised by St Pats' lack of ambition in Tallaght

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'It was clear from the first minute' - Bradley surprised by St Pats' lack of ambition in Tallaght
'It was clear from the first minute' - Bradley surprised by St Pats' lack of ambition in Tallaght
After having a word at half-time, the Shamrock Rovers boss watched his side find the vital goal to seal all three points.
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Friday, March 16, 2018

'I am alive' - Mourinho reacts to Champions League exit

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'I am alive' - Mourinho reacts to Champions League exit
'I am alive' - Mourinho reacts to Champions League exit
Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho says he is not "afraid of his responsibilities" during a 12-minute defence of his record.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Security guards injured as violence marrs Athletic v Marseille

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Security guards injured as violence marrs Athletic v Marseille
Security guards injured as violence marrs Athletic v Marseille
Two security guards have been injured in clashes with Marseille fans at the Europa League match against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. The Ligue 1 club triumphed 2-1 to seal a 5-2 aggregate victory and book a quarter-final place but the game was marred by the behaviour of a section of the travelling supporters. One of the guards, a 57-year-old man, was wounded in the neck by a sharp object but his injuries were not serious and he is in a stable condition at Basurto Hospital, according to local media reports. A second member of the security personnel sustained minor hand injuries. The Bilbao police force tweeted to wish the injured staff – supplied by security firm Prosegur – a speedy recovery. Deseamos una rápida recuperación al personal de @Prosegur_Es herido durante el partido #AthleticMarsella. ¡Mucho ánimo! #Europaleague — Bilbao Polizia (@Bilbao_Polizia) March 15, 2018 Additionally, from their position in the second tier of the stadium, Marseille fans lit flares and some fell into the section occupied by Bilbao supporters below. When Athletic hosted Spartak Moscow during the previous round last month, a police officer died when he suffered a cardiac arrest following violence between rival fan groups ahead of kick-off.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Juventus beat Atalanta to go four points clear at top

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Juventus beat Atalanta to go four points clear at top
Juventus beat Atalanta to go four points clear at top
Juventus move four points clear of Napoli at the top of Serie A with a routine win over Atalanta in Turin.
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Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Venezuelans battle against the weight of history

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Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Venezuelans battle against the weight of history

In South America, just as in Europe, teams can be boosted - or burdened - by the strength of their traditions

Derlis Orue (C) of Paraguay's Nacional vies for the ball with Brayan Hurtado (L) of Venezuela's Mineros during their Copa Sudamericana 2018 football match at the Cachamay stadium, in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, on March 8, 2018. (Photo: WILLIAM URDANETA/AFP/Getty Images)In South America, just as in Europe, teams can be boosted - or burdened - by the strength of their traditions
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Premier Soccer League ready to explode

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Premier Soccer League ready to explode

Last season it was a bit predictable. Even Standardsport boldly tipped FC Platinum to win the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League and they did just that. The 2018 league season […]

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Carragher suspended by Sky Sports after spitting incident

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Carragher suspended by Sky Sports after spitting incident
Carragher suspended by Sky Sports after spitting incident
Ex-England defender Jamie Carragher apologises again for the "awful" spitting incident which led to his suspension by Sky Sports.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Advantage Juventus as Napoli drop points again in Serie A title race

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Advantage Juventus as Napoli drop points again in Serie A title race
Advantage Juventus as Napoli drop points again in Serie A title race
Inter’s defensive stubbornness proved too much for Napoli, who left Milan with a draw that does them little good in the Serie A title race.
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Antonio Conte to hand 'fantastic' Willian more chances after Palace display

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Antonio Conte to hand 'fantastic' Willian more chances after Palace display
LONDON -- Antonio Conte admitted that Willian has earned a place at the heart of his plans against Barcelona after the Brazilian continued
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: The return of Marco Reus

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Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: The return of Marco Reus

Dortmund attacker is thriving after so many injuries

Dortmund´s midfielder Marco Reus celebrates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL / RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH AND FORBID IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050 (Photo credit should read ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)Dortmund attacker is thriving after so many injuries
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Friday, March 9, 2018

Winger Reus signs new Dortmund contract to 2023

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Winger Reus signs new Dortmund contract to 2023
Winger Reus signs new Dortmund contract to 2023
Borussia Dortmund and Germany forward Marco Reus signs a new contract to keep him at the Bundesliga club until 2023.
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Arsenal ease pressure on Wenger

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Arsenal ease pressure on Wenger
With their backs against the wall, Arsenal delivered a 2-0 win at AC Milan. It was a desperate performance from the Gunners, demonstrating a pride in their play that they've lacked under Arsene Wenger in recent weeks. Mattias Karen &#187
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Calcio rocked by death of Astori | Paddy Agnew

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Calcio rocked by death of Astori | Paddy Agnew

Tributes to 31-year-old Fiorentina captain, a widely respected figure in Serie A

Calcio rocked by death of AstoriA giant banner reading "Ciao Captain" is hanged on the fence of Fiorentina's stadium, on March 4, 2018 in Florence. Italy international defender Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel room on March 4, 2018 in Udine, where he was due to play a Serie A game between Udinese and Fiorentina. (Photo: CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)Tributes to 31-year-old Fiorentina captain, a widely respected figure in Serie A
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Watt's going on? Former Arsenal striker has red rescinded after referee blunder

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Watt's going on? Former Arsenal striker has red rescinded after referee blunder
Dissent is something officials do not take kindly to in the modern game, but it was former Arsenal youngster Sanchez Watt's name that got him into trouble in a bizarre mix-up on Tuesday. Watt, playing for National League South outfit Hemel Hempstead Town, was yellow carded late on against East Thurrock United for kicking the ball away. When referee Dean Hulme asked the number 10 for his name to put it in the book he thought the 27-year-old was expressing dissent by saying "what". After three requests for the striker's name he issued another booking and showed him a red card, much to the disbelief of Watt. pic.twitter.com/A5xhLmkF6p — Sanchez Watt  (@sanchezwatt) March 7, 2018 It needed Hemel captain Jordan Parkes to explain the situation before the official rescinded the red and allowed Watt to complete the final minutes of their 2-0 victory. Watt took to Twitter on Wednesday, posting a facepalm emoji in a tweet quoting the previous night's incident, before adding a video of rapper Birdman asking the Breakfast Club to "stop playing with my name", as well as a laughing emoji.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Nemanja Matic: Man United confidence high ahead of Liverpool

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Nemanja Matic: Man United confidence high ahead of Liverpool
SELHURST PARK, London -- Manchester United's dramatic comeback against Crystal Palace has set them up perfectly for Liverpool's visit to Old
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Where is our football heading to?

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Where is our football heading to?

FC PLATINUM’S recent elimination from the CAF Champions League at the preliminary stage and, worse still, on a 5-1 drubbing by a team that is not among the best on […]

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Davide Astori: Fiorentina captain and Italy international dies at the age of 31

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Davide Astori: Fiorentina captain and Italy international dies at the age of 31
Davide Astori: Fiorentina captain and Italy international dies at the age of 31
Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori dies at the age of 31.
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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Infantino promises positive impact of 'almost perfect' VAR

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Infantino promises positive impact of 'almost perfect' VAR
Infantino promises positive impact of 'almost perfect' VAR
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is adamant VAR will prove successful if, as expected, it is utilised at the upcoming World Cup. The technology is on course to be implemented at Russia 2018 after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) pledged its unanimous support at its annual general meeting in Zurich on Saturday. The final decision is likely to be made at the next FIFA Council meeting on March 16 in Bogota. Though widespread trials in the likes of England, Germany and Italy have been met with mixed reviews, Infantino claimed a study of approximately 1000 live matches resulted in an improvement in the accuracy of refereeing decisions from 93 per cent to 99 per cent. "It is almost perfect, [although] it is not perfect. Perfection I think in our world does not exist," Infantino said at a media gathering. "But we have to have the ambition to be as close to perfection as possible and VAR gets us certainly closer to perfection. "It can only improve the game, it can only improve the fairness of the game. "From my side, as FIFA president, I am very happy we give this opportunity and this option. "I am sure all those who are studying it carefully - really digging into it, looking it as we have done - they will be convinced about the benefits. And everyone will see it as we implement it and as we go on." FIFA President Gianni Infantino on the positive impact #VAR can have on the game pic.twitter.com/MvddO92jTU — FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) March 3, 2018
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Man City chase Premier League record while playing beautiful game

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Man City chase Premier League record while playing beautiful game
When looking at the fixture list in August, this weekend's clash between Manchester City and Chelsea -- the title favourites against the
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ibrahimovic on Sweden World Cup return: 'The door isn't closed for anything'

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Ibrahimovic on Sweden World Cup return: 'The door isn't closed for anything'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn't ruled out ending his international retirement to play for Sweden at the World Cup, but insists he must get back to
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2018 World Cup Guide: Group A: Uruguay

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2018 World Cup Guide: Group A: Uruguay

Uruguay were heavily reliant on Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to qualify. They will need help some help in Russia.

2018 World Cup Guide: Group A: UruguayBig Win: Victory in Paraguay was huge for Uruguay after a run of bad results (Getty Images) The South American side were heavily reliant on Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani to qualify. They will need help some help in Russia.
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