Friday, August 31, 2018

Former Reading forward nets hat-trick as UCD take one step closer to First Division title

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Former Reading forward nets hat-trick as UCD take one step closer to First Division title
Former Reading forward nets hat-trick as UCD take one step closer to First Division title
There were big wins for UCD and Finn Harps on a busy night in the SSE Airtricity League First Division.
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Rangers & Celtic in the Europa League - what you need to know

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Rangers & Celtic in the Europa League - what you need to know
Rangers & Celtic in the Europa League - what you need to know
For the first time since 2007, two Scottish clubs will take part in the group stage of a European competition. But who will they play? How much will they make? And when are the games?
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Rakitic: I deserve a new Barcelona contract

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Rakitic: I deserve a new Barcelona contract
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says he deserves a new contract after rejecting interest from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. Rakitic said this week he would stay at Camp Nou despite PSG reportedly being keen on signing the Croatia midfielder. And the 30-year-old, a key cog in the midfield that won a domestic double last term, feels his commitment means he should get a pay rise. "Let's see if you can take this interview to the 'presi' [Josep Maria Bartomeu] or if you leave it in his office," Rakitic joked to Sport. "The most important thing is that he knows I'm at home here. "It's true that a wage increase is never bad, let's be honest. But not for the sake of it, I'd like that moment to arrive in time and because I deserve it and because they really believe in me. "It's something that I've already spoken to the club about, before and during the World Cup. It'll arrive soon but there's no rush. I know that the club looks after its players well and I'm confident the 'presi' will call me soon." #ForçaBarça  pic.twitter.com/766CJEdeQo — Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) August 21, 2018 Rakitic indicated the level of faith he feels from Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde has been central to his decision to stay at Camp Nou. "Above all, for the confidence he's placed in me. He knows that I'm someone he can always count on," Rakitic added. "If I needed to break one of my bones out on the pitch, I'd do it and wouldn't complain if this helped the coaching staff and my team. "To have this trust in everyone is the most important thing. Of course the coach helps: for a player, to have the backing of your coach is vital."
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Clint Dempsey personified U.S. soccer's dream: developing creative players with attitude, swagger

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Clint Dempsey personified U.S. soccer's dream: developing creative players with attitude, swagger
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol react to Clint Dempsey's retirement after a 15-year professional career. The end has finally come for the man they call "Deuce". Clint Dempsey, arguably the greatest player the U.S. has ever produced, announced on Wednesday that he has retired from professional soccer, effective immediately. "After a lot of thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game," said Dempsey. "I'd like to thank all of the teammates, coaches and support staff that I've worked with throughout my career. It has always been my dream to make...
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Trump gives media red card after meeting FIFA boss Infantino

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Trump gives media red card after meeting FIFA boss Infantino
United States president Donald Trump brandished a red card to the gathered media after meeting with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino at the White House. Infantino was a special guest in Washington, where the head of football's governing body and Trump met to discuss the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by USA, Canada and Mexico. FIFA's Infantino came bearing gifts in the capital on Tuesday, the 48-year-old presenting Trump with a jersey and red and yellow cards among other tokens. Infantino joked that Trump could use the cards during future meetings with the media. "One more thing," Infantino said. "You know in soccer, we have referees, right? And they have cards. Yellow cards and red cards. The yellow card is a warning, and when you want to kick out someone [shows the red card] ... so this could be useful, I don't know." pic.twitter.com/H2FiSVxyOF — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018 Trump replied: "That's very good. I like that! I like that" as he pretended to throw a red card at the gathered contingent in DC. The World Cup will return Stateside for the first time since 1994 and Trump said: "Soccer has come such a long way, I guess you call it football, but over here we call it soccer. Maybe someday they'll change the name? I'm not sure, we'll see. It's working very well either way. "I want to thank Gianni Infantino for being here - he's the president of FIFA and a highly respected man." Trump continued: "Soccer has to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the job you've done is really fantastic Gianni. "I have to also thank Bob Kraft. He originally called me and said, 'what do you think about trying to get the World Cup to the United States?' I said I'd really like it and we got Canada and Mexico involved. "We're going to have a great partnership and it's going to be very special, I look forward to it. "Let's see, in 2026 I won't be here [as president]. Maybe they'll extend the term? If they don't extend it the media is going to be very boring, they'll all be out of business I guess."
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Mourinho: I don't know my best back four

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Mourinho: I don't know my best back four
Mourinho: I don't know my best back four
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he is unsure what his best back four is after a tough start to the Premier League season. Mourinho is under fire after United suffered a second loss in three league games with their 3-0 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday. The Portuguese tactician is yet to start the same defence in any two games this campaign, with only left-back Luke Shaw starting all three matches and midfielder Ander Herrera used at centre-back against Spurs. Asked if he knew what his best defence was, Mourinho accepted he was unsure. "Why not? Because in the first game [it was Victor] Lindelof and [Eric] Bailly," he said. "Today played [Phil] Jones and [Chris] Smalling, but now Jones is injured, and next match it will be Smalling, with another one. "When Marcos Rojo comes he will be an option, and no, I don't know my best back four." A disappointing night. #MUFC #MUNTOT pic.twitter.com/Cbw36gRmQd — Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2018 United will look to bounce back when they visit Burnley on Sunday.
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Mourinho knows what he's doing - Rooney backs Man United boss

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Mourinho knows what he's doing - Rooney backs Man United boss
Mourinho knows what he's doing - Rooney backs Man United boss
Wayne Rooney believes Jose Mourinho has a plan to turn around a poor start to the Premier League season with Manchester United. Mourinho's men went down 3-2 at Brighton and Hove Albion last time out, having scraped a 2-1 win at home to Leicester City on the opening weekend. The Portuguese has denied a rift with star player Paul Pogba after the World Cup winner suggested he could not speak his mind without risking a club fine. And a tetchy news conference ahead of Monday's home game against Tottenham indicated Mourinho may be feeling the pressure at Old Trafford. But DC United striker Rooney, the record goalscorer in United history, backed his old boss - a three-time Premier League champion across two spells at Chelsea - to turn things around. "They have the quality, they just have to keep pushing," Rooney told CNN. "Mourinho knows what he's doing and knows how to win titles. "I'm sure with the quality of players he will have a game plan to push for the title." PIC: Wayne Rooney in action on his return to Old Trafford. #MUNEVE pic.twitter.com/7ihWlIDVRl — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 17, 2017 Another former England striker, Alan Shearer, believes the problems at United are much worse, however. Shearer rejected a switch to United at the height of his playing career and he feels the club has been going in the wrong direction since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013. "United have tried everything to halt the slide," Shearer wrote in a column for the Mirror. "Three managers and hundreds of millions on new players — but they seem to have no plan. "In the seasons since Sir Alex retired they have finished 22, 17, 15, 24 and 19 [points] behind the champions. "There has been no real title challenge and now, just two games into the season, it seems there is chaos behind the scenes and a total lack of leadership from the top. "I have to ask, what on Earth is going on? At arguably the biggest club in the world, the executive vice-chairman [Ed Woodward], one of the best managers in the game and a star-studded array of players are simply not pulling in the same direction."
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Fulham 4 Burnley 2: Mitrovic brace helps Cottagers get off the mark

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Fulham 4 Burnley 2: Mitrovic brace helps Cottagers get off the mark
Fulham 4 Burnley 2: Mitrovic brace helps Cottagers get off the mark
Jean Michael Seri and Andre Schurrle both scored their first goals as Fulham got off the mark on their return to the Premier League with a 4-2 win over Burnley. Aleksandar Mitrovic also netted a three-minute brace for Slavisa Jokanovic's side, who confidently shrugged off the disappointment of successive defeats back in the top flight to pick up all three welcome points. Jeff Hendrick struck six minutes after Seri's spectacular early opener and a close-range James Tarkowski finish late in a five-goal first half gave Burnley hope they could yet add to the lone point they have managed in a sluggish start to the new season. But Mitrovic scored twice with his head in between Burnley's goals and a deserved late strike for Schurrle left Sean Dyche – who knows his side are teetering on the edge of Europa League elimination after a first-leg defeat at Olympiacos on Thursday - with mounting problems to solve. An entertaining first half began with Seri lashing a rising 25-yard drive beyond Joe Hart in the fourth minute, only for Hendrick to hastily respond by capping off a counter-attack at the second attempt. 4' OH MY WORD!!! YOU CANNOT BE SERI-OUS!! WHAT A GOAL!!! pic.twitter.com/pgiXr4KF1g — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 26, 2018 Burnley are not the defensive force of last season, though, and were unable to stop Fulham scoring twice from crosses in quick succession, Mitrovic proving a menace with commanding headers past Hart. The Clarets did battle back into the contest when Ben Mee rose to meet a corner that led to Tarkowski turning home amid suspicion of offside four minutes prior to the interval. Fulham responded to the challenge by continuing to control possession after the break and Schurrle, denied earlier by the crossbar, eventually got his reward in the 83rd minute, the Germany international drilling home the rebound from Mitrovic's initial attempt to seal the result. What it means: European exit may be best It will be intriguing to see how Dyche approaches the second leg of the Europa League play-off tie against Olympiacos, with a 3-1 loss on the road making qualification for the group stage an unlikely prospect. The need to rotate appears to have already come at the cost of Premier League points, and defeat on home soil this Thursday may be more readily accepted than at any other juncture. Pat on the back: Seri a shining star A big-name signing during a busy transfer window, Seri illustrated the ability that once captured Barcelona's attention with an all-round performance of immense quality. His spectacular goal set the tone for 90 minutes of classy touches and limitless energy. Boot up the backside: Burnley's defence Though more assured after the interval, the Clarets endured a disastrous first half that left them chasing their tails. The imposing Mitrovic found space too easily for his twin headers, an indictment on the partnership between Mee and Tarkowski that provided such a solid foundation for the team’s success in the league last season. Key Opta stats: 15 - Since his debut for Fulham in February, no player has scored more league goals in the top four tiers of English football than Aleksandar Mitrovic (15, level with Mo Salah). Fire. pic.twitter.com/alpe3k9NuK — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 26, 2018 - Fulham registered their first win since winning the Championship play-off final in May against Aston Villa. - Since a run of five consecutive Premier League wins between March and April, Burnley have collected just three points in eight league games (P8 W0 D3 L5). - Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart has conceded at least three goals in five of his last six Premier League games in the month of August, conceding 17 goals in total. - Andre Schurrle scored his first Premier League goal for Fulham – his goal was the 11th shot he’d had in the match. - After failing to score with any of his first 24 shots in the Premier League, Burnley defender James Tarkowski has scored with two of his last three in the competition.   What's next? Fulham can maintain momentum at home to Exeter City in the EFL Cup before a weekend trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, while Burnley welcome Olympiacos and Manchester United to Turf Moor in the space of a difficult four days.
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Dembele scores winner as Barcelona get late VAR reprieve

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Dembele scores winner as Barcelona get late VAR reprieve
Dembele scores winner as Barcelona get late VAR reprieve
Barcelona cling on to claim a hard-fought victory over newly-promoted Real Valladolid after a stoppage-time VAR review rules out a late equaliser.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Ireland's number one keeps another clean sheet as Boro go top of the Championship

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Ireland's number one keeps another clean sheet as Boro go top of the Championship
Ireland's number one keeps another clean sheet as Boro go top of the Championship
Darren Randolph has conceded goals in just one out of his side’s five Championship fixtures so far.
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Pareja departs Sevilla after five seasons

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Pareja departs Sevilla after five seasons
Sevilla have announced Argentinian defender Nico Pareja is leaving the club after five seasons. Pareja made 120 appearances for Sevilla and was part of the teams that won three successive Europa League titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016, although he did not play a game in the latter tournament. Injuries over the past few seasons have restricted Pareja's availability and he made just five LaLiga appearances over the course of the previous campaign, for which he was club captain. The 34-year-old also earned an Argentina recall during last season but was unable to add to the solitary cap he won in 2010. Sevilla could be busy towards the end of the Spanish transfer window, having been linked with both Manchester United's Anthony Martial and Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler. GRACIAS NICO pic.twitter.com/rZUn7xKz0d — Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) August 24, 2018
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

UEFA Nations League Groups

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UEFA Nations League Groups

Make sure you know who is playing who in the tournament by checking out the different groups.

UEFA Nations League GroupsWhat do the UEFA Nations League groups look like? Find out here (Getty Images) Make sure you know who is playing who in the tournament by checking out the different groups.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Blackburn fight back to draw with Reading

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Blackburn fight back to draw with Reading
Blackburn fight back to draw with Reading
Two rash challenges from Paul McShane are punished by Charlie Mulgrew penalties as Blackburn fight back to draw with Reading.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Copa Libertadores clash between Independiente, Santos short on history so far

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Copa Libertadores clash between Independiente, Santos short on history so far
Independiente of Argentina and Santos of Brazil are names that are synonymous with the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League. With Pele in his prime, Santos won the third and fourth versions of the tournament in 1962 and '63. The following year, with Pele injured, they fell to Independiente in the semifinals. The Argentines went on to lift the trophy, successfully defended it the following year and have won on a record seven occasions. Those good times, though, are in the past. Independiente's...
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Phil Foden Should Leave Manchester City | Brian Glanville

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Phil Foden Should Leave Manchester City | Brian Glanville

Brian Glanville discusses Foden, Loftus-Cheek and the poor state of Manchester United.

Phil FodenBrian Glanville discusses Foden, Loftus-Cheek and the poor state of Manchester United.
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Why schools require pupils to play sports during examinations

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Why schools require pupils to play sports during examinations

SOME pupils, and even parents, come out with the line that they are very sorry, but their child cannot take part in a school sports fixture or even practice because […]

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sassuolo 1 Inter 0: New-look Nerazzurri given early reality check

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Sassuolo 1 Inter 0: New-look Nerazzurri given early reality check
Inter's expensively assembled squad were dealt a heavy dose of reality in a 1-0 defeat at Sassuolo in their Serie A season opener on Sunday. Plenty is expected of Luciano Spalletti's side following an influx of fresh faces but they appeared disjointed against a team that finished seven places below them last season. Punishment came in the shape of Domenico Berardi's 27th-minute penalty and it was all a counter-attacking Sassuolo needed to notch a seventh victory in 11 league meetings between the pair. The Nerazzurri's highly anticipated attacking partnership of Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez failed to threaten, with the injured Radja Nainggolan sure to be rushed back as soon as possible to shore up an unsteady midfield. Spalletti's decision to name four new signings in his starting XI came at the cost of early organisation with only Samir Handanovic's outstretched left boot preventing Mehdi Bourabia from netting a third-minute opener. The hosts did not have to wait long for a deserved lead, though, as Berardi converted from the spot in the 27th minute, Miranda having clumsily bundled over Federico Di Francesco. Ivan Perisic stepped off the bench at the break but it was Matteo Politano who looked the most likely to conjure an equaliser against his former side, the winger flashing a fierce drive across the face on the hour. Clearer chances soon came at both ends with Kevin Prince-Boateng brushing the outside of the near post with a clever first-time effort, before Icardi side-footed a low Perisic cross over the bar. Stefan de Vrij threatened to snatch a point in stoppage time, but his header from Politano's delivery was impressively parried by Andrea Consigli as Sassuolo clung on.   3 - Domenico #Berardi has scored 3 goals in his two 2018/19 games played (Serie A and Coppa Italia). Reborn. #SassuoloInter — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) August 19, 2018 What does it mean: Too soon for title talk The early evidence suggests a developing Inter are, understandably, some way short of the finished article. Napoli were excellent last season and still finished four points shy of champions Juventus, who have only strengthened further over the off-season. Inter, with a 23-point gap to bridge, cannot yet be considered genuine Scudetto contenders.   Pat on the back: Duncan the driving force Compact and disciplined from front to back, Sassuolo were richly deserving of three points. Their tireless efforts to squeeze the space in midfield were led ably by Alfred Duncan, who made numerous interceptions and provided necessary energy going forward.   Boot up the backside: Brozovic in the bad books Spalletti undoubtedly wanted a Croatian in his midfield come the start of the season, but Marcelo Brozovic was perhaps not the player he had in mind. The 25-year-old was too often ponderous in possession, with his turnovers in the early exchanges regularly exposing Inter's high line.   What's next? Inter head back to Milan for a meeting with Torino next Sunday, while Sassuolo visit Cagliari.
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Everton: Phil Neville thinks it could be Toffees' year

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Everton: Phil Neville thinks it could be Toffees' year
Everton: Phil Neville thinks it could be Toffees' year
Match of the Day pundit and former Everton captain Phil Neville is feeling confident about his former club's season following a promising start under new manager Marco Silva.
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Antonio Valencia will reclaim Man United captaincy from Paul Pogba - Jose Mourinho

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Antonio Valencia will reclaim Man United captaincy from Paul Pogba - Jose Mourinho
Shaka Hislop and Stewart Robson explain what Jose Mourinho's positive comments about Paul Pogba mean in the big picture for Manchester United. The FC crew assess the seemingly deteriorating state of the relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. Will Alexis Sanchez be the key to Manchester United's success this season? The ESPN FC guys weigh in. With reports that Zinedine Zidane is interested in the Man United job, the FC panel assess how he'd fit in should Jose Mourinho abdicate his position as manager. The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. MANCHESTER, England -- Antonio Valencia will reclaim the Manchester United captain's armband from Paul Pogba when the defender returns from injury, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed. Pogba captained United against Leicester on the opening night of the season in Valencia's absence and will lead the team again when they line up against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. But with Valencia back in training after a calf injury and in line to return against Tottenham next weekend, Mourinho has...
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Arsenal spending beyond their means: Will Stan Kroenke's takeover help or hinder?

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Arsenal spending beyond their means: Will Stan Kroenke's takeover help or hinder?
When Stan Kroenke first joined Arsenal's board in September 2008, the club had enjoyed a trophy-laden golden decade the likes of which they had not experienced since the 1930s. A lot has changed in the 10 years since. Kroenke's initial accession to the board was as a minority shareholder, but he has held a controlling stake at Arsenal since 2011. Now he is set to make the club a wholly owned subsidiary of his Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) business as Alisher Usmanov agreed to sell his 30.05...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cork City's heaviest defeat in Europe since 1994 ends Irish interest for another year

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Cork City's heaviest defeat in Europe since 1994 ends Irish interest for another year
Cork City's heaviest defeat in Europe since 1994 ends Irish interest for another year
A very disappointing night for the Leesiders as they took on Norwegian champions Rosenborg.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Marcelo happy with Madrid squad amid transfer talk

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Marcelo happy with Madrid squad amid transfer talk
Marcelo happy with Madrid squad amid transfer talk
Marcelo said he is happy with the state of Real Madrid after their UEFA Super Cup loss to Atletico Madrid, while Julen Lopetegui turned his attention to LaLiga. Champions League holders Madrid lost their first international final since 2000 following a 4-2 extra-time defeat to city rivals Atletico in Tallinn on Wednesday. A Diego Costa brace and Saul Niguez's stunning volley saw head coach Lopetegui lose his first competitive match in charge in the Estonian capital. The defeat also raised questions over Madrid's transfer business, with the Spanish giants yet to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus amid ongoing links to Chelsea's Eden Hazard, though Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior, Alvaro Odriozola and Andriy Lunin have arrived. Marcelo – who has been the subject of reported interest from Juve – told reporters afterwards: "You have to focus on what we did well today. I feel that we put in a good shift. We had the ball, played as a team, and we fought as best we could. "We need to change our mindset because we have a whole season ahead of us. I don't make the signings. The squad looks good to me. We are united as a group. We played a good game until extra time." 2-4: The Super Cup is decided in extra time.https://t.co/9vt9elFaoy — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 15, 2018 "The winners are those who make fewer mistakes," added the Brazilian left-back, who saw Karim Benzema equalise and Sergio Ramos put Madrid ahead before Atletico rallied. "Tonight, we failed and we don't want to make those errors again because it cost us a final. "They made fewer mistakes and deserved to win it. These are mistakes resulting from fatigue, from not much training. Many players have been late back due to the World Cup, but that is no excuse." It was not the result former Spain boss Lopetegui wanted after replacing Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu in the off-season. Lopetegui became the first Madrid coach since Bernd Schuster in 2007 to lose his competitive debut, and while disappointed, he focused on Sunday's LaLiga opener against Getafe. "In a final like this, mistakes can make a key difference and Atletico are experts in taking advantage. They got a deserved win," Lopetegui told reporters. "When we leveled the scores, we were better, they tied it up in an unfortunate play. We have to congratulate them and pick ourselves up, because LaLiga is starting and we need to rebuild quickly. "I feel frustrated and sad, but I know that responsibility forces us to move on tomorrow." On Gareth Bale, who provided the assist for Benzema's first-half equaliser, Lopetegui said: "He had a great game, but it is understandable at this time of the season if the players are not at their best physically, we are very happy with his work and hopefully he will continue to improve over the next matches."
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MLS Fixtures – 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs

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MLS Fixtures – 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs

The 2018 MLS season is drawing to a close so make sure you know when the Cup Playoffs begin.

MLS FixturesToronto FC won the MLS Cup last year (Getty Images) The 2018 MLS season is drawing to a close so make sure you know when the Cup Playoffs begin.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Liam Miller Tribute Match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has completely sold out

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The Liam Miller Tribute Match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has completely sold out
The Liam Miller Tribute Match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has completely sold out
All 45,000 tickets for the fundraising soccer match have been snapped up.
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Monday, August 13, 2018

No Cech mate - Arsenal goalkeeper hits back at Bayer Leverkusen

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No Cech mate - Arsenal goalkeeper hits back at Bayer Leverkusen
No Cech mate - Arsenal goalkeeper hits back at Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech accused Bayer Leverkusen of lacking "professionalism and sportsmanship" after he was the subject of some social media jibes from the Bundesliga club. Cech started for Arsenal in the 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City in their first Premier League game under new head coach Unai Emery on Sunday. The result could have been even worse when, after receiving a back-pass from debutant Matteo Guendouzi, Cech passed the ball straight out of play for a corner, narrowly missing his own right-hand post. Leverkusen's English Twitter account responded by posting a video of Bernd Leno – who joined Arsenal from the Bundesliga club in pre-season – beginning a passing move that ultimately led to a goal, with the caption reading: "In case you were wondering how to play out of the back". In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back... pic.twitter.com/LZkxznsGPs — Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) August 12, 2018 Cech failed to see the funny side, however, taking aim at Leverkusen in a post on Monday while also praising his current club. Taking to his official Twitter account, the former Chelsea keeper wrote: "At Arsenal, we share important values which make us a big club, not only on the football side. "Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it's sad to see when other clubs don't share the same values. @bayer04_en." .@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en — Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018 After Cech's response, Leverkusen issued a swift apology in a reply to the goalkeeper's message. "Hi Petr. It seems our joke about wanting to see Leno, our former player, in action has been taken a bit more harshly/personally than intended," Leverkusen posted on Twitter.  "It was only a bit of banter. We’re all for the values you’ve stated and wish you and your big club all the best. Nice 1v1 save on Aguero!"
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Teamwork builds character

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Teamwork builds character

IN 1998 Mark Taylor was the captain and opening batsman of the Australian cricket team playing against Pakistan in the Second Test match. At the end of day two, he […]

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Wolves Premier League Fixtures, Squad, Guide

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Wolves Premier League Fixtures, Squad, Guide

Newly promoted, Wolves are looking to firmly entrench themselves in the Premier league this year.

Wolves Premier League FixturesWolves won the Championship last year and look to stay in the Premier league (Getty Images) Newly promoted, Wolves are looking to firmly entrench themselves in the Premier league this year.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Andres Iniesta scores a brilliant goal for Vissel Kobe

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Andres Iniesta scores a brilliant goal for Vissel Kobe
Andres Iniesta scores a brilliant goal for Vissel Kobe
Former Barcelona player Andres Iniesta scores a brilliant goal to open his account for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.
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Friday, August 10, 2018

'It's as useful as being angry at those who miss mass each week while planning to see the Pope'

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'It's as useful as being angry at those who miss mass each week while planning to see the Pope'
'It's as useful as being angry at those who miss mass each week while planning to see the Pope'
There’s no point criticising football fans for attending the recent Aviva Stadium friendlies while ignoring the League of Ireland, writes columnist John O’Sullivan.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Premier League Transfers – All Completed and Confirmed Signings

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Premier League Transfers – All Completed and Confirmed Signings

Check out all the latest Premier League transfer news, signings, and fees here

Liverpool's new signing Alisson Becker (Getty Images) Check out all the latest Premier League transfer news, signings, and fees here
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sergio Ramos at Arsenal: Love Island’s Jack Fowler takes our Transfer Deadline Date

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Sergio Ramos at Arsenal: Love Island’s Jack Fowler takes our Transfer Deadline Date
Sergio Ramos at Arsenal: Love Island’s Jack Fowler takes our Transfer Deadline Date
Love Island contestant, non-league footballer and Arsenal fan Jack Fowler takes our Transfer Deadline Date and tells us who’ll be 'doing bits’ on the pitch this season and why all his eggs are in Sergio Ramos’ basket.
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John McGinn: Aston Villa 'in driving position' to sign Hibernian midfielder

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John McGinn: Aston Villa 'in driving position' to sign Hibernian midfielder
John McGinn: Aston Villa 'in driving position' to sign Hibernian midfielder
Aston Villa agree a fee with Hibernian and are "in the driving position" to sign midfielder John McGinn, says Neil Lennon.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bray appoint former player as new manager after caretaker boss leaves club

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Bray appoint former player as new manager after caretaker boss leaves club
Bray appoint former player as new manager after caretaker boss leaves club
Gary Cronin has taken charge after Graham Kelly stepped aside.
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Monday, August 6, 2018

Premier League Players To Watch

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Premier League Players To Watch

We take a look at which players are ones to watch in this upcoming Premier League season.

We take a look at which players are ones to watch in this upcoming Premier League season.
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Nakamba’s Marvelous West Ham link

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Nakamba’s Marvelous West Ham link

ZIMBABWE international midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has reportedly caught the attention of English Premier League side West Ham United, as his football profile continues to grow after a memorable debut season […]

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Milinkovic-Savic focused on Lazio as transfer talk continues

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Milinkovic-Savic focused on Lazio as transfer talk continues
Milinkovic-Savic focused on Lazio as transfer talk continues
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has assured he is entirely focused on Lazio despite persistent rumours about his future. The midfielder represented Serbia at the World Cup and reported back to Rome this week amid links to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, while Inter are reported to have reignited their interest in his signature. Milinkovic-Savic made his first Lazio appearance of pre-season in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in Stockholm on Saturday, getting 30 minutes as a second-half substitute. Despite the ongoing speculation over a move away from the Stadio Olimpico, the 23-year-old is only thinking about staying put. "I'm back here and I have a contract. Of course in football you never know what will happen, but my head is at Lazio and I'm focused on the team," said Milinkovic-Savic.   Back to work @official_sslazio A post shared by Sergej Milinkovic Savic (@sergej___21) on Aug 1, 2018 at 11:46am PDT Seven-time defending champions Juventus have strengthened their squad with the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo, a move that Milinkovic-Savic believes will benefit the whole division. He said: "This is a great thing for Serie A because it can attract other names as well. The league will be more demanding than last year."
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Preston North End 1-0 QPR: Steve McClaren hopes to bolster QPR after opening-day defeat

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Preston North End 1-0 QPR: Steve McClaren hopes to bolster QPR after opening-day defeat
Preston North End 1-0 QPR: Steve McClaren hopes to bolster QPR after opening-day defeat
QPR manager Steve McClaren hopes to bring in some experienced players on loan to bolster his squad after their opening-day defeat at Preston.
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Friday, August 3, 2018

Transfer Talk: Luka Modric set for make-or-break talks with Real Madrid

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Transfer Talk: Luka Modric set for make-or-break talks with Real Madrid
ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini has his doubts about the Modric-Inter link but sees a scenario where the deal could actually happen. FC's Craig Burley takes a look at a few big names that could still move in the summer transfer window including Eden Hazard, Yerry Mina and many more. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the top European leagues? TOP STORY: Modric set for decisive meeting with Real The rumours surrounding a possible move from Real Madrid to Inter Milan for Luka Modric are gaining steam, with Gianluca di Marzio reporting that the 32-year-old will meet with club president Florentino Perez...
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Everton loan Williams to Stoke

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Everton loan Williams to Stoke
Everton loan Williams to Stoke
Stoke City have signed Wales international Ashley Williams on a season-long loan from Everton. Williams, 33, joined Everton from Swansea City for a reported fee of £12million in 2016, having helped Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016. The centre-back, rumoured to be a long-term target for Arsenal during his time with the Swans, will be tasked with helping Stoke return to the top flight after their relegation from the Premier League last season. The arrival of Williams follows the permanent signing of Oghenekaro Etebo, Tom Ince, Adam Federici and James McClean, while Benik Afobe has also moved to Stoke on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. "We have two very good senior central defenders in Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi but I felt it was important we brought in another experienced player to add to the competition for places," Stoke manager Gary Rowett said in a statement. "He has gone for big money in the past and had a fantastic a career so far and experience in that position can be key because it can help you read the game." "The Championship is a very difficult league but it’s one that for us a Club we will be looking to try and win promotion." Ashley Williams has his sights firmly fixed on one thing after becoming a Potter Full interview https://t.co/Y4VLXPi9W2#SCFC pic.twitter.com/F626p7wn34 — Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 2, 2018 Williams made 60 Premier League appearances during his two years at Goodison Park, having also been a stalwart and first-team regular during an eight-year stay with Swansea. 
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Premier League Transfers – All Completed and Confirmed Signings

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Premier League Transfers – All Completed and Confirmed Signings

Check out all the latest Premier League transfer news, signings, and fees here

Liverpool's new signing Alisson Becker (Getty Images) Check out all the latest Premier League transfer news, signings, and fees here
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sligo Rovers will compete in this year's Scottish Challenge Cup

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Sligo Rovers will compete in this year's Scottish Challenge Cup
Sligo Rovers will compete in this year's Scottish Challenge Cup
The Bit O’Red are set to replace Bray Wanderers, who were banned from participating in the competition.
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