Thursday, May 31, 2018

World Cup Friendlies – Russia 2018

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World Cup Friendlies – Russia 2018

Take a look at all the friendlies taking place as warm-up matches for the 2018 World Cup

World Cup Friendlies - Russia 2018Germany played Brazil in a World Cup Friendly. See the full list of friendlies here (Getty Images) Take a look at all the friendlies taking place as warm-up matches for the 2018 World Cup
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Championship 2017-18: How did BBC Sport journalists fare with season's predictions?

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Championship 2017-18: How did BBC Sport journalists fare with season's predictions?
Championship 2017-18: How did BBC Sport journalists fare with season's predictions?
BBC Sport journalists predicted the final Championship table before the start of the 2017-18 season - how did they fare?
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

FA support Sterling for 'honest and heartfelt account' following gun tattoo outrage

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FA support Sterling for 'honest and heartfelt account' following gun tattoo outrage
FA support Sterling for 'honest and heartfelt account' following gun tattoo outrage
The Man City star posted a message on Instagram explaining the meaning of the tattoo.
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Monday, May 28, 2018

When And Where Is The Champions League Final?

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When And Where Is The Champions League Final?

Make sure you know all the details on the Champions league Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid

When And Where Is The Champions League Final?Liverpool vs Real Madrid. Klopp vs Zidane. Who Will Win? (Getty Images) Make sure you know all the details on the Champions league Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid
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Messi never considered representing Spain

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Messi never considered representing Spain
Messi never considered representing Spain
Lionel Messi insists he only ever had designs on playing international football for Argentina and was not tempted to represent Spain. The Barcelona star has endured a mixed relationship with Argentina's support throughout his international career, with the fact he left home for Catalonia aged 13 sometimes used to argue he lacks true commitment to the cause. Nevertheless, La Albiceleste are unquestionably indebted to their record goalscorer, whose sensational hat-trick against Ecuador last October salvaged qualification for Russia 2018. "The other day I was talking to a friend and he was saying, 'Look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion,'" Messi explained, having watched his Barca academy colleagues Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Gerard Pique lead a glorious era for La Roja. "But it would not have been the same. Obviously, it never crossed my mind. Fin del entrenamiento en @CAHuracan. ¡Gracias a todos por alentar a la #Selección @Argentina! ¡40 millones unidos somos imparables ! pic.twitter.com/jeIOCogqKI — Selección Argentina (@Argentina) May 27, 2018 Messi suffered final heartbreak with Argentina in three consecutive years as Germany's extra-time win in the 2014 World Cup showpiece was followed by penalty shoot-out reverses against Chile in the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. Gonzalo Higuain was made a scapegoat for those losses in some quarters following a string of high-profile misses, but Messi reported the Juventus striker is in high spirits ahead of Russia 2018. "He is very relaxed, aware of what is coming, he is very involved," he added. "He said a great truth - it is a new opportunity, more than a rematch. "This group had too many criticisms. We reached three finals, but we received a lot of criticism. We became stronger than ever."
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Sunday, May 27, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Stricken Salah confident over World Cup hopes

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BREAKING NEWS: Stricken Salah confident over World Cup hopes
BREAKING NEWS: Stricken Salah confident over World Cup hopes
Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah believes he will be ready to play at the 2018 World Cup despite suffering a shoulder injury during Saturday's 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Ten-man Fulham edge Aston Villa to book Premier League return

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Ten-man Fulham edge Aston Villa to book Premier League return
Fulham are back in the big time after winning a thrilling Championship playoff final against Aston Villa, with Tom Cairney ending their four-year Premier
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Adrien Rabiot hits out at 'immature' label amid France squad strife

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Adrien Rabiot hits out at 'immature' label amid France squad strife
CLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France -- Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has stated his "regret" at the "caricature of me as a
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Thiago hints at uncertain Bayern Munich future

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Thiago hints at uncertain Bayern Munich future
Thiago Alcantara has suggested his future at Bayern Munich is uncertain, although he insists he is focused on the World Cup for now. The 27-year-old midfielder signed a new four-year contract in April last year but has been linked with a possible return to Barcelona in recent weeks. Thiago made 32 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season but did not play the full 90 minutes in two of their biggest games. He came off the bench in the first half of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, while he was angry at being substituted in the DFB-Pokal final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern great Lothar Matthaus slammed the player's performances in key matches after that 3-1 loss in Berlin and said the club should consider selling him in the transfer window. Thiago is ignoring speculation while he prepares for Spain's World Cup campaign but has admitted his future at the Allianz Arena is far from guaranteed. When pressed on whether he would stay, he told Mundo Deportivo: "Let's see. I told you I renewed with Bayern last year, but it's very complicated. Football is very difficult... "I'm very much about enjoying the moment. You don't have to focus on the future. Now, I'm thinking about the World Cup, I'm living in the present and if a moment comes for you to think about it, I immediately focus on the World Cup." Thiago joined Bayern from Barca in 2013 and has won five Bundesliga titles in a row, as well as the DFB-Pokal, the DFL Supercup and the Club World Cup. He has also been linked with a move to Manchester City to reunite with Pep Guardiola, who coached him at Barca before bringing him to Germany.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grant Holt: Former Norwich striker intends to keep playing despite wrestling 'challenge'

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Grant Holt: Former Norwich striker intends to keep playing despite wrestling 'challenge'
Grant Holt: Former Norwich striker intends to keep playing despite wrestling 'challenge'
Former Norwich City striker Grant Holt says taking up wrestling will be a "challenge" but it is one he will take seriously.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Santos Laguna's Nestor Araujo out of Mexico's World Cup squad

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Santos Laguna's Nestor Araujo out of Mexico's World Cup squad
Progressing from the last six World Cup group stages, Mexico have no issues starting the tournament well, but can they progress in the knockout stages in Russia? After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia. Mexico defender Nestor Araujo has been released from El Tri's World Cup preparation camp and is set to miss the Russia 2018, according to a statement from the Mexican federation. "The player will leave the Mexican national team camp because of a tendonitis," read the statement. "Nestor Araujo will return to his club and the Santos Laguna medical staff will determine the next steps in his recovery." =ð Comunicado de Prensa: Néstor Araujo causa baja de la concentración de la Selección Nacional de México.https://t.co/CY7zYQUUUP pic.twitter.com/qJdnmSp8gp— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantos) May 23, 2018 Araujo injured his left knee in Mexico's March 27 friendly against Croatia, but the Guadalajara native...
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

No Champions League pressure as PSG's Tuchel calls for patience

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No Champions League pressure as PSG's Tuchel calls for patience
No Champions League pressure as PSG's Tuchel calls for patience
The new manager of the Ligue 1 champions believes any one of 14 teams are capable of winning the Champions League.
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Lessons from Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Disaster | Tim Vickery

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Lessons from Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Disaster | Tim Vickery

Brazil were full of confidence ahead of hosting the World Cup four years ago – and then it all went wrong

Lessons from Brazil's 2014 World Cup DisasterDavid Luiz leaves the pitch in tears after Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finalBrazil were full of confidence ahead of hosting the World Cup four years ago – and then it all went wrong
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Man United's Paul Pogba on Jose Mourinho: 'A coach and player don't have to be best friends'

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Man United's Paul Pogba on Jose Mourinho: 'A coach and player don't have to be best friends'
Paul Pogba says he and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho do not need to get along, <a
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mutamangira hails de Villiers influence

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Mutamangira hails de Villiers influence

SABLES captain Denford Mutamangira has hailed former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers for instilling a new sense of self-belief in the Zimbabwe senior rugby squad as they prepare for next […]

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

World Cup Injuries

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World Cup Injuries

This is our World Cup Injuries page where we will update you with all the injuries to players likely to be involved in Russia.

World Cup InjuriesNeymar is just one player who is injured and might miss the World Cup. Read more here This is our World Cup Injuries page where we will update you with all the injuries to players likely to be involved in Russia.
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Xavi: Iniesta a great player and person too

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Xavi: Iniesta a great player and person too
Xavi pays tribute to his former Barcelona and Spain team mate Andres Iniesta.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he has years more as a manager

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he has years more as a manager
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he has years more as a manager
Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho tells Dan Walker that, despite the colour of his hair, he has plenty more years of management left in him.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Steve Corica to continue Graham Arnold's Sydney FC culture - Brandon O'Neill

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Steve Corica to continue Graham Arnold's Sydney FC culture - Brandon O'Neill
When Steve Corica sat his Sydney FC players down on Wednesday morning and <a
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

West Ham to approach Benitez - Thursday's gossip

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West Ham to approach Benitez - Thursday's gossip
West Ham to approach Benitez - Thursday's gossip
West Ham to approach Rafael Benitez, Man Utd close to Alex Sandro deal, Wolves want Andre Silva, plus more transfer gossip.
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Marcelo's son pulls off header trick with Real Madrid squad

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Marcelo's son pulls off header trick with Real Madrid squad
Marcelo's son pulls off header trick with Real Madrid squad
Marcelo Vieira has posted a video on Instagram showing his son pulling off a seriously cool stunt with his fellow Real Madrid players.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Boca suffer Libertadores wobble – and Tevez is part of the problem

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Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Boca suffer Libertadores wobble – and Tevez is part of the problem

Returning hero, now 34, has struggled to make the impact that Boca had hoped for

Carlos Tevez of Boca Juniors. (Photo: Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)Returning hero, now 34, has struggled to make the impact that Boca had hoped for
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Cricket pay row escalates

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Cricket pay row escalates

THE escalating tension between Zimbabwe Cricket [ZC] and national team players over unpaid salaries, match fees and bonuses has reached new heights after the under-fire cricket body refused to give […]

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bosso fans run amok

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Bosso fans run amok

It was another frustrating afternoon for Highlanders after they failed to break down a stubborn Yadah FC at the National Sports Stadium yesterday. BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE Yadah FC …… ..(0)0 […]

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Best individual performance? Worst signing? Our writers review the 2017-18 Premier League season

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Best individual performance? Worst signing? Our writers review the 2017-18 Premier League season
Best individual performance? Worst signing? Our writers review the 2017-18 Premier League season
Thoughts from a campaign that saw Man City blow away the competition.
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England's golden generation were killed by club rivalries - Rio Ferdinand

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England's golden generation were killed by club rivalries - Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has admitted club rivalries "killed'' England's chances at major tournaments while their so-called "golden generation'' were
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Man United legend Eric Cantona to make Old Trafford return alongside Usain Bolt for Soccer Aid

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Man United legend Eric Cantona to make Old Trafford return alongside Usain Bolt for Soccer Aid
Eric Cantona will return to the Old Trafford pitch when he takes part in Soccer Aid for UNICEF on June 10. The five-time Premier
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

'We need four quality players, players worth £50m each'

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'We need four quality players, players worth £50m each'
'We need four quality players, players worth £50m each'
John Aldridge has urged Liverpool to invest heavily over the summer.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sir Alex Ferguson out of intensive care following brain haemorrhage

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Sir Alex Ferguson out of intensive care following brain haemorrhage
Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer in intensive care following&nbsp;<a
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Zaha wins Premier League player of the month award

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Zaha wins Premier League player of the month award
Zaha wins Premier League player of the month award
Wilfried Zaha becomes the first Crystal Palace player to win a Premier League player of the month award since 2004.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

FIFA fines Russian FA over discriminatory chants

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FIFA fines Russian FA over discriminatory chants
The Russian Football Union has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs (€25,000/$30,000) by FIFA following discriminatory chants during March's international friendly between Russia and France in St Petersburg, world football's governing body has confirmed. During France's 3-1 win over the 2018 World Cup hosts, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele were seemingly targeted by monkey noises from a section of the home support. Following an investigation by its Disciplinary Committee, FIFA confirmed it had decided to act due to the "gravity of the incident", while weighing this against "the limited number of fans involved" in a breach of its disciplinary code. "FIFA has a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination and has been implementing a series of measures to fight discrimination and promote diversity, including an anti-discrimination monitoring system, which has been active since 2015, to observe and report on all 871 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and, matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup," a statement from FIFA read. "At its tournaments, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has also introduced a three-step procedure in case of discriminatory incidents, which allows referees to actively intervene to make the discriminatory behaviour stop." Elsewhere, former general secretary of the Guatemalan Football Association Hector Trujillo has been handed a life ban from all football-related activities by FIFA's independent Ethics Committee. The ban comes into effect immediately and Trujillo, who pleaded guilty in a US court to wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy last June, has also been fined $200,000.
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Five-star Ngezi romp to victory

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Five-star Ngezi romp to victory

IT was a goal feast as log leaders Ngezi Platinum scored five times against hapless Yadah FC at Boabab Stadium in Mhondoro-Ngezi yesterday to record their highest tally since promotion […]

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Arsene Wenger says Sir Alex Ferguson looked 'in perfect shape' last week

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Arsene Wenger says Sir Alex Ferguson looked 'in perfect shape' last week
LONDON -- Arsene Wenger said he was as shocked as everybody else to hear about Sir Alex Ferguson's health problems and that the former
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Courtney Lock angling for professional tennis career

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Courtney Lock angling for professional tennis career

BY the end of the month Zimbabwe tennis ace Courtney Lock will be a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance graduate.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Redmond heads in a huge goal for Southampton

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Redmond heads in a huge goal for Southampton
English Premier League: Nathan Redmond (56') Everton 0-1 Southampton
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Asian Cup draw: Australia to renew rivalry with Syria in Group B

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Asian Cup draw: Australia to renew rivalry with Syria in Group B
Defending champions Australia will renew their rivalry with Syria at next year's Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates after the pair were
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

World Cup VAR – How Will it Work?

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World Cup VAR – How Will it Work?

VAR divides opinion in football but it has been approved for the World Cup. We look at it in more detail in this piece.

World Cup VARVAR was used at the Confederations Cup in 2017, and will be used at the World Cup (Getty Images) VAR divides opinion in football but it has been approved for the World Cup. We look at it in more detail in this piece.
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'With the right opportunity and right timing' - Lampard ready for management

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'With the right opportunity and right timing' - Lampard ready for management
'With the right opportunity and right timing' - Lampard ready for management
The former Chelsea star has talked up his readiness to manage, having been linked with the vacant Ipswich Town post.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

'I wouldn't have a problem with life in China': Out-of-contract Fellaini enjoying strong bargaining position

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'I wouldn't have a problem with life in China': Out-of-contract Fellaini enjoying strong bargaining position
'I wouldn't have a problem with life in China': Out-of-contract Fellaini enjoying strong bargaining position
‘I had a second meeting (with Manchester United), but I won’t ask 10 times…’
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

FC Platinum back to winning ways

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FC Platinum back to winning ways

MUTARE City Rovers gaffer Joseph Takaringofa is facing the axe after his 10-man side lost 1-0 against champions FC Platinum in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at […]

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