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Spain World Cup hopes in disarray as Madrid mess costs Lopetegui his job

The Basque coach was removed on Wednesday against the players' wishes and leaves La Roja in turmoil ahead of their opener against Portugal on Friday<p>Spain's World Cup preparations are in chaos. The president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, announced on Wednesday that coach …

Porto v Athletic Club Live Commentary & Result, 21/10/2014, UEFA Champions League

Match ends, FC Porto 2, Athletic Club 1.<p>90' + 3' Second Half ends, FC Porto 2, Athletic Club 1.<p>90' + 1' Attempt missed. Jackson Martínez (FC Porto) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi.<p>90' Foul by Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto).<p>90' …

Schalke 04 v Sporting CP Live Commentary & Result, 21/10/2014, UEFA Champions League

BATE v Shakhtar Donetsk Live Commentary & Result, 21/10/2014, UEFA Champions League

Chelsea v Maribor Live Commentary & Result, 21/10/2014, UEFA Champions League

Roma v Bayern München Live Commentary & Result, 21/10/2014, UEFA Champions League

APOEL v PSG Live Commentary & Result, 21/10/2014, UEFA Champions League

Barcelona v Ajax Live Commentary & Result, 21/10/2014, UEFA Champions League

Dortmund confirm fans attacked in Istanbul before Galatasaray game

Borussia Dortmund fans were attacked in Istanbul ahead of the Champions League match against Galatasaray on Wednesday evening, the club have …

Pope praises Bayern Munich after Roma rout, Bayern to donate 1 million euros for charity

Pope Francis has welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey in return.<p>CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge said it was "a great honor" for the German club and announced …

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Predicting the Champions League Last 16 at the Halfway Point of the Group Stage

The Champions League returned this week, with 16 lip-smackingly attractive games played out over Matchday 3.<p>We are now halfway through the group stage and Groups A-H have started to take shape, but which teams will make it into the next round of the 2014/15 competition?<p>Over the following slides, we …

Why Is Sergio Aguero Unable to Reproduce Manchester City Form for Argentina?

Few strikers in the world are hitting the net on such a regular basis as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. In Europe, perhaps only Barcelona's Neymar and Real Madrid hotshot Cristiano Ronaldo can match El Kun in pure goalscoring ability right now.<p>Coming back from the international break, the …

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Where Paris Saint-Germain Must Improve to Win Champions League

Sometimes in life, the football gods are against you. On Tuesday night, anyone who watched Paris Saint-Germain narrowly beat Apoel Nicosia would have noticed the other seven games serve up 39 goals to PSG’s one. At times it was hard to stomach.<p>Only the most ardent of Ligue 1 and PSG fans would have …

Mario Balotelli to be fined by Liverpool for swapping shirts at half-time against Real Madrid

Brendan Rodgers is furious with Italian striker Mario Balotelli after he exchanged shirts with Pepe after 45 minutes before being substituted<p>Mario Balotelli will be fined by Liverpool after he swapped shirts at half-time of his club’s humbling Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.<p>Brendan Rodgers, …

Diego Godin again infallible as Atletico Madrid blitz Malmo in the Champs Lge

Atletico Madrid produced a sensational second half as they dismantled Swedish side Malmo 5-0 on Wednesday evening at the Vicente Calderon.<p>Having …

Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool next season, says Jamie Carragher

Former Liverpool players Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness question why Mario Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers<p>Former <b>Liverpool</b> defender Jamie Carragher does not believe Mario Balotelli will remain with the club next season, and has labelled the controversial forward a panic …

What Does 'Islamophobia' Actually Mean?

A brief history of a provocative word<p>When I recently asked Sam Harris what he thought of the word 'Islamophobia,' he directed me to a tweet that noted the following: “Islamophobia. A word created by fascists, & used by cowards, to manipulate morons.”<p>“I don’t think [the tweet] overstates the case by …

Which European giant has the best youth?

A number of promising players will be hoping to forge a place in their national sides before Euro 2016, with Goal taking a look at the best and brightest.<p>Just two months after soccer's greatest prize was claimed by Germany, Europe's top nations are now turning their attention to Euro …

What Impact Could Thiago Silva Losing the Brazil Captaincy Have on the PSG Man?

New Brazil coach Dunga announced on Thursday that Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva is no longer the captain of the Selecao, with Barcelona’s Neymar named as his replacement.<p>The 50-year-old suggested during this summer’s FIFA World Cup that he would not choose Silva as his captain if he were …

Carlo Ancelotti Caught in the Middle of Real Madrid Problems

It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks for Real Madrid. Two of last season’s key players have departed, others have aired their dissatisfaction, while the team’s lacklustre early-season performances reached a nadir in a 4-2 defeat away to Real Sociedad.<p>The situation is far removed from that of …

David Luiz, Luke Shaw, Eliaquim Mangala, Dejan Lovren - why are defenders becoming more expensive?

Teams are spending a higher proportion of their money on defenders. Jonathan Liew investigates why<p>For several weeks earlier this summer, according to the Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi, PSG were in discussions with Real Madrid over the purchase of a world-class attacking …

50 Best Deals of the 2014 Summer Transfer Window

Welcome to Bleacher Report's 50 best deals of the 2014 summer transfer window. The imperative word being best, not biggest.<p>This slideshow will inundate you with transfers you may not have noticed.<p>Have Augsburg signed an elite left-back? Do Porto have another cash-cow centre-forward who will be sold …

Xavi Was Key to Spain's Run of Dominance

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez announced his international retirement on Tuesday, per <i>The Guardian</i>. His career ended with a whimper as La Roja were eliminated from the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer.<p>Many pundits claimed that the embarrassing performance by Spain in …

'He was given a gift from God' - The Lionel Messi story

The Barcelona and Argentina star ended the year without a major trophy despite his best efforts in front of goal. Watch our exclusive documentary here!<p>The 2013-14 season was an unusual one in the trophy-laden career of Lionel Messi — he did not pick up any major medals over the course of the …

Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Pep Guardiola's 3-4-3 System at Bayern

Pep Guardiola has reformed his Bayern Munich team this preseason, switching from a system that resembled a 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1 shape to one that definitively has the shape of a 3-4-3. The club's new tactical approach is a rare one in today's game. In fact, although popular from time to time in …

Those FIFA sons of bitches and their fascist bans

“FIFA are a bunch of old sons of bitches. They could have punished him but not given him this fascist ban,”<p>It’s the kind of puerile abuse one becomes accustomed to hearing on internet message boards or social media feeds. But, when such language comes from the democratically elected president of a …

Clarence Seedorf Can Be the Change That AC Milan Have Needed for Years

They might be a lowly ninth in the table, but the smiles are back at Milan. The Rossoneri have been limping, lumbering under the weight of their own history, expectations and fractured relationships for so long. It's been harder and harder to remember them as they once were in the days of Carlo …

The 10 Transfers That Defined Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United Tenure

This list can only feature 10 of the 99 signings made by Sir Alex Ferguson during his remarkable career at Manchester United. By necessity, wonderful players who have made an enormous contribution to the club will be left off the list.<p>The criteria for making the selection come from a desire to …

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