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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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