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Transfer Talk: Barcelona line up €70m Thiago move amid Real Madrid interest

<i>The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the …

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There may be trouble ahead - England´s woeful knockout record

England have qualified for the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup after a thumping 6-1 win over Panama.<p>However, Gareth Southgate’s men will ultimately be …

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Robben first, then Buffon, now serial giant-killers Sweden can crush Germany’s World Cup hopes

The Scandinavians' may not be the most talented squad in Russia, they have been transformed under Janne Andersson into a side capable of surprise wins<p>When Sweden were placed in the same qualifying group as France and Netherlands for the 2018 World Cup, Andreas Granqvist told his team-mates that …

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How Mexico become your new favourite team at the 2018 World Cup in six key stats

<b>Mexico stunned Germany in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup but against South Korea they showed it was more than a fluke.</b><p>El Tri beat South …

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For Pope Francis, soccer’s both a passion and a Gospel strategy

Pope Francis accepts a jersey of Peru’s national soccer team from Colver Ruiz Roa, the military attache of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, …

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Footballers who cry: Neymar isn't the only player reduced to tears by the beautiful game, here's more stars getting emotional after the final whistle

<b>IT'S heartbreaking stuff.</b><p>When the full-time whistle blew and Brazil were victors against Costa Rica, it was just a little too much for Neymar.<p>The PSG …

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Classic European Heroes like Rooney are back to their best in FIFA

FIFA 18: Historic footballing heroes like Van Persie, Torres, and Rooney are making a return to form with new Ultimate Team cards<p><b>EA Sports has</b> …

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Buffon's PSG move makes sub-£25m LFC transfer possible

Everyone thought Gianluigi Buffon would be retiring at the end of the 2017/18 season.<p>After all, he said he was going to, and he’s 40-years-old… but …

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Football transfer rumours: Liverpool eye up Lascelles and Tarkowski?

Unlike Jürgen Klopp, the Mill could not write a book about defending. But we could jot down the first line, which would read: Get good defenders. Slowly but surely Klopp is starting to implement that advice, which is why he has made a high-class centre-back his priority target for this summer, …

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An Oxymoron No More: The Great Brazilian Goalkeeper

With the sort of sigh that suggests he has been through this before, Alisson Becker listens to the stereotype being trotted out.<p>It runs like this: Brazil does not produce world-class goalkeepers, because Brazil does not generally need world-class goalkeepers. And yet here is Alisson: not only a …

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Francis Uzoho’s growing confidence: A plus for Nigeria

The youngster had little trouble between the sticks in Kaliningrad at the weekend and should only get better<p>The Super Eagles' uninspiring form in …

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Ronaldo or Messi: who'd be the greater cricketer?

360-degree batting? Easy peasy for Johan Cruyff<p>© Getty Images<p>It's World Cup time in the <i>other</i> sport, so we're picking five footballers who could be …

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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd tempt Real Madrid with £100m swap proposal; Spurs linked with Barcelona star with €150m exit fee

<b>Real Madrid are giving serious consideration to a £100m Manchester United swap proposal, while Tottenham have been tipped to sign a Barcelona man</b> …

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Are any 1990s World Cup stars still playing professional football?

<b>“Everton and Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o took part in the 1998 World Cup and is still playing in Turkey,”</b> tweets Deej. <b>“Is there anyone still playing professionally who appeared at an earlier World Cup?”</b><p>Let’s proceed straight to an age-old favourite: Kazuyoshi Miura, the Japanese forward who last …

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Chelsea: It is almost time to bring Petr Cech home

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea makes a save during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St …

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Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi leave Italy squad

The pair have both picked up injuries and will play no part in Tuesday's friendly against Portugal<p>Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi have left the …

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10 goalkeepers who could replace or challenge Karius

<b>Liverpool are likely to sign a new goalkeeper this summer, but with their current targets out of reach who else could challenge Loris Karius?</b><p>The Reds …

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‘Clear Error’: How a complex legal concept explains FIFA’s video review system

VAR, explained by an attorney.<p>It was a hot day, even for July. On that afternoon in 2006, Berlin’s Olympiastadium was baking in the midsummer heat as the French and Italian players finished their warm-ups. As night fell the two teams battled for ninety aching minutes. As the clock ticked past the …

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Hidden text reveals football outcast

RAFA Marquez’s 74th-minute entry during Mexico’s 1-0 win against Germany was a historic moment in one of his country’s most memorable matches.

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Meet Thomas Strakosha - the goalkeeper linked with a Liverpool move who considers Manuel Neuer his hero

With the likes of Alisson and Jan Oblak supposedly proving out of reach for Liverpool, Thomas Strakosha is a name that seems to be increasingly …

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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo top lengthy list of stars on final chance for World Cup glory

The temptation is to assume that Bastian Schweinsteiger entered decline the moment the final whistle blew in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. …

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Buffon tells Milan's Donnarumma to do what makes him happy

The Juventus legend says he doesn't give advice, but had a chat with his younger Italy team-mate about his future anyway<p>Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon said he has spoken to Gianluigi Donnarumma and told the wantaway AC Milan goalkeeper to do what makes him happy.<p>Donnarumma announced his …

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Roberto Mancini Leaves Azzurri Door Ajar for Gianluigi Buffon as PSG Move Nears Completion

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has refused to rule out a possible return to international football for Gianluigi Buffon, who appears set to complete …

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Sadio Mane magic not needed for Senegal as Poland push self destruct

MOSCOW -- Three quick thoughts on Poland 1-2 Senegal in Group H at the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon.<p><b>1. Senegal well set in intriguing group after</b> …

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Goalkeepers are the victims of FIFA - Talking balls at Russia 2018

Veteran Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has seen more than most over the course of a remarkably enduring career.<p>The 45-year-old was poised to become …

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Fabio Capello names dream team as he adds 12th player and doesn't include any England players

Fabio Capello names dream team as he adds 12th player to the mix... and doesn't include any England players<p><b>Fabio Capello has managed seven different</b> …

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Leno among top 10 most expensive goalkeepers

Arsenal have made another move in the transfer market, bringing in goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.<p>The Germany international is the …

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The penalty that salvaged a dream: Francesco Totti vs. Australia (2006)

“Francescooooooo! Totti! Totti! Totti!,” yelled Italian commentator Fabio Caressa. The Azzurri had just been rescued by the forward’s last gasp …

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Rafa Benitez ready to pay £18m for player after series of talks - Very dubious

The case of Alphonse Areola is a really strange one when it comes to Newcastle United.<p>There have been claims for months that a move could be on for …

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Senegal in pole position after Szczesny howler: what we learned as Poland slip up

<b>Senegal emerged as potential contenders to qualify from Group H with a 2-1 victory over Poland.</b><p>Thiago Cionek’s own goal gave Senegal a first half …

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