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‘Modric the best player in the world’ – are these the top 25 footballers of 2017?

Luka Modric the No.1 player in the world in 2017, Lionel Messi only seventh best and not a single Juventus player among the top 25 – those are the controversial views of Goal’s Peter Staunton. As ever, the Goal 50 is already provoking plenty of debate – despite the fact …

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How Mesut Ozil’s agent aims to transform the world of football agents through education

Football agents, intermediaries, deal-brokers. The perception of the movers and shakers in an ever-expanding and ever-changing industry continues to be clouded by the widely held perception that those who take a cut of transfers are having an ugly effect on ‘The Beautiful Game’. One man who aims to provide a positive impact says he …

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How the cult of Mourinho’s relationship with his players has changed

There was a time when Jose Mourinho was famed for fostering a siege mentality within his football clubs in much the same way as the great Sir Alex Ferguson. Just as the legendary Scot refused to air Manchester United’s dirty linen in public, Mourinho would blame anything and everything for …

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Academy View: First International Football Tournament in Academy History

ACADEMY VIEW:    MONROVIA FOOTBALL ACADEMY        Follow on Twitter On Friday, October 27, Monrovia Football Academy will send 15 student-athletes, four staff members, and one pro bono videographer to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to participate in our first ever international tournament. This is a momentous occasion. For the first time in …

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How Barcelona & Real Madrid missed out on Mbappe

First it was Neymar, then Kylian Mbappe. Paris Saint-Germain shocked the football world in August by signing not one, but two of the world’s most exciting forwards. All the while, Barcelona and Real Madrid stood and watched. On Monday, Mbappe won the FIFA Golden Boy award for the world’s best …

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Crystal Palace can finally progress after Wilfried Zaha’s return

COMMENT  Crystal Palace’s start to the 2017/2018 campaign was officially the worst in Premier League history, with the Eagles having gone seven games without a win and also failing to score a single goal. Frank de Boer lost his job after just four games, and new boss Roy Hogdson could not make …

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Own goals & clean sheets: Valverde’s pragmatism proving to be perfect tonic for Barcelona

Yet more momentum for Barcelona. The Catalan club won their eighth match in a row with victory away to Sporting CP in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Since losing the Spanish Supercopa to Real Madrid in August, it has been a spectacular start to the season for Ernesto Valverde’s …

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Time to get physical: Lacazette can be a Premier League star

It took Alexandre Lacazette just two minutes to announce himself to the Premier League, scoring on his Arsenal debut against Leicester at Emirates Stadium. The deft header from Mohamed Elneny’s cross provided a glimpse of what most supporters would have been expecting over the coming games from their record signing. At …

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Arrogant Neymar needs to treat Cavani & his PSG team-mates with respect

“It’s my ball and you’re not getting it,” Dani Alves seemed to say as he pushed team-mate Edinson Cavani away from a free kick at the edge of the Lyon box before sliding it around his body to allow international team-mate Neymar to try his luck.  The subsequent effort was …

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Americans Abroad: Liga MX teen caught up in latest USA vs. Mexico battle?

While most of the gushing for teenage Americans abroad is reserved for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic, with a few eyes batted at Schalke’s Weston McKennie, there is another 18-year-old midfielder who is becoming a fixture in his team’s lineup. Only this teenager may not be a lock to be a …

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Bale & Mayoral avert a Madrid crisis as Ronaldo prepares to return

Gareth Bale loves playing at Anoeta. The 28-year-old has been booed by Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu recently, but always seems to find something special away to Real Sociedad. He did so again on Sunday and, along with Borja Mayoral, helped avert a crisis for Los Blancos in La Liga. …

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Enough Barcelona talk! It’s time for Coutinho to lift Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho, wrapped in apprehension, would have run through the differing scenarios in his head as soon as he swallowed the reality that a move to Barcelona would not materialise this summer. Having handed in an unsuccessful transfer request to facilitate the swapping of Anfield for Camp Nou, while not …

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De Bruyne on the road to Premier League greatness

There was a sense last season that Kevin De Bruyne was struggling with Pep Guardiola’s demands. The Belgium international had been earmarked as somebody who could spearhead the new-look Manchester City, but from the mid-point of the season he looked laboured, perhaps weighed down by his new, more industrious role in …

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Spurs aim to pile on the misery & plunge Chelsea into crisis

COMMENT As Tottenham prepare to face Chelsea at Wembley, Spurs fans continue to urge the club to secure new signings. Moves for Davinson Sanchez of Ajax and Ross Barkley of Everton are dragging on, while a bid for Celta Vigo’s Pape Cheikh Diop has done little to inspire faith among …

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Lionel Messi… Get out of Barcelona while you still can

This summer has brought into sharp focus two things; one, clubs are having to pay more than ever for elite talent and two, Barcelona’s buy-out fees in that context are set tantalisingly low. Neymar went to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of €222 million (£200m). Casting the eye around the …

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Who is the next Mbappe? Ligue 1’s young stars to watch out for in 2017-18

COMMENT Kylian Mbappe’s explosive start to life in Ligue 1 means that he has established himself as the rising star of world football. Although the teenage Monaco striker has caught the spotlight like no other player in the history of France’s top flight, Le Championnat has earned the reputation as …

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Allegri is right – Juventus can’t expect a breezy Serie A campaign

The Bianconeri remain the favourites for the Scudetto, but the likes of Roma and AC Milan could very well intervene FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Massimiliano Allegri made one point abundantly clear before Juventus’ pre-season match with Roma on Sunday, and he repeated the refrain after. The Bianconeri may have won six …

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Zidane proves he is not another Di Matteo as Madrid stroll to La Liga glory

The French coach has led Los Blancos to La Liga for the first time in five years and has four trophies already in less than 18 months in charge COMMENT Real Madrid’s title is a triumph for Zinedine Zidane. The club icon took over from Rafa Benitez in January last …

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102 and counting! Messi, Suarez & Neymar mean Barcelona can still dream of beating Madrid to Liga title

The trusty trio scored all of the goals as the Blaugrana beat Villarreal and kept their Primera Division hopes alive on Saturday COMMENT La Liga is not over yet. Real Madrid remain favourites for the title with a game in hand over Barcelona, but Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are …

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