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PSG fine Mbappe 180,000 euros for turning up late

Paris Saint-Germain have decided to hit star forward Kylian Mbappe with a hefty fine after the Frenchman turned up late for Thomas Tuchel‘s pre-match meeting. The chat itself was based around this weekend’s Classique between PSG and Marseille, with a focus on what had happened in the previous win on October 28 in the south of France. The 20-year-old …

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Florentino Perez reaches 900 matches as Real Madrid president

  Celta Vigo‘s visit to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday not only heralds the second Zinedine Zidane era in the dugout, but it will also be Florentino Perez‘s 900th match as president of the club. In two spells at the helm of the Spanish giants, Perez has amassed 900 fixtures in all competitions, with his legacy …

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Zidane, the return of the king

After 290 days away from the dugout, Real Madrid will welcome back Zinedine Zidane, as the king returns to his position as coach of Los Blancos. It may have only been little more than nine months since the French coach departed the club, yet for supporters and those within Valdebebas it feels like an eternity. Zidane left …

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Zidane’s return gives Keylor Navas renewed hope

The return of Zinedine Zidane as coach of Real Madrid has given forgotten-man Keylor Navas renewed hope that he could have a future at the club after being cast aside by Santiago Solari. The Costa Rican goalkeeper was ostracised by the Argentine, who gave Navas very few opportunities in the team. Navas was the first choice keeper at Real Madrid during Zidane‘s first …

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Neymar again allows Real Madrid rumours to swirl

Florentino Perez‘s admission that he would try to sign both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar this summer was very much tongue in cheek, yet the Brazilian is once again allowing rumours linking him to Real Madrid to swirl. This is not a new development either, as the former Santos prodigy allowed himself to be constantly linked with a return …

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MAHACHI CONFIDENT OF CAFCL PROGRESSION

Orlando Pirates attacker Kudakwashe Mahachi is confident that the club can pull a rabbit out of the hat and book their place in the Caf Champions League quarterfinals this weekend. The Buccaneers head to Guinea to face Horoya needing nothing but a win if their are to progress into the …

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ONYEKURU TO PEN PERMANENT GALATASARAY DEAL?

Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru has hinted that he is open to remaining at Galatasaray beyond the current season. The 21-year-old has been in superb form for the Turkish Super Lig club in the current campaign with his exploits attracting reported interest from both Borussia Dortmund and French champions Paris Saint-Germain. …

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Barnett: Bale wants to stay at Real Madrid, so we’ll speak to Mr Zidane

With Gareth Bale‘s future up in the air following Zinedine Zidane‘s reappointment as Real Madrid coach, the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett has insisted that he wants to stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernarbeu. Although things looked tough under Santiago Solari, it looked like with arrival of Zidane would put the Welshman into the final stretch of his Real Madrid career given …

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Semedo: With Ronaldo, Real Madrid would have been more competitive

Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo believes that his side benefitted from the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer as it ultimately made Real Madrid a weaker side. Ronaldo, Semedo‘s compatriot, returned to prominence in the news this week after scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 win for Juventus as they knocked Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate. “Real Madrid have noticed his …

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Pique, the leader who was forged at Manchester United

Gerard Pique may not have become an established starter during his time at Manchester United, but he did learn many lessons as he matured as a defender and as a person, something he recognises now. The centre-back set course for England aged just 16, in the 2004/05 campaign, after being approached by Sir …

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Solskjaer: If you want to win the Champions League, you have to beat everyone

Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was upbeat after his side were drawn against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, insisting that they would have to beat everyone if they are to lift the trophy. The Red Devils fought back from difficult circumstances in the previous round to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain, coming back from a 2-0 …

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Luka Jovic climbs up Barcelona’s wish list

The technical secretariat at Barcelona are already planning for next season, with their two priorities being a left-back and a striker, and one name that has climbed up their wish list is Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic. The trio of Pep Segura, Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes all went to see Jovicplay at the San Siro on Thursday night as Frankfurt beat Inter 1-0 in the Europa League, advancing …

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Six reasons why Manchester United can threaten Barcelona

Barcelona will once again take on a side in the Champions League who bring back good memories. The Blaugrana won the 2009 Champions League final 2-0 against Manchester United, and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over the same opponent in 2011. However the Camp Nou also invokes good memories for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United‘s head coach, as his 93rd minute …

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Lukaku faces late fitness test for FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has a foot problem and faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday. The in-form Belgian international, who has scored six goals in his last four matches in all competitions, joins …

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Chile joins Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in World Cup bid

Chile joined three neighbouring South American countries in a bid to host the 2030 soccer World Cup, according to a joint statement from their governments released on Thursday. The bid, which previously included only Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, is up against bids from England, and another bid from Morocco, Algeria …

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Sevilla sack coach Machin after Europa League elimination

Sevilla have sacked coach Pablo Machin, the La Liga side said on Friday, the day after the team were knocked out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague. The club have placed director of football Joaquin Caparros in charge until the end of the season. Machin, who was hired last …

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Noonan leaves Hearts of Oak as Moore takes over as new CEO

The Phobians have confirmed parting ways with the American who assumed duty in March last year Frederick Moore has replaced Mark Noonan as chief executive officer of Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak, the club have announced. The news comes after several weeks of media speculations surrounding the future of the American. …

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Real Madrid Marcelo unveils his book ‘Method 12’

Friday saw the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu play host to a book launch, as Marcelo unveiled his own book entitled ‘Method 12’ to the public. The book has been written by Andres Parada, and it centres around the Brazilian left-back and his compatriot, Caio Alves. Emilio Butragueno was the master of ceremonies for the unveiling, and …

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Real Madrid A warning for Courtois

Many of Real Madrid‘s superstars are going through something of a crisis period and Thibaut Courtois typifies those who are out of form. What’s more, in recent weeks, the Belgian’s name has cropped up in media circles regarding everything other than football, which has prompted the powers that be at the …

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Isco and Marcelo included in Zidane’s first matchday squad

Zinedine Zidane‘s second spell in charge of Real Madrid begins in earnest on Saturday, and the Frenchman has included both Isco and Marcelo in the first matchday squad of the new era. The Spanish midfielder had been totally isolated by Santiago Solari, and wasn’t even forcing his way into match squads, whilst Marcelo had lost his place …

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Manchester United have unfinished business with Barcelona

Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw paired Manchester United and Barcelona together for their first competitive meeting since the 2011 final, and the English club will feel as though they have unfinished business with their Catalan opponents. Defeats in Rome and London left Sir Alex Ferguson‘s European legacy at Old Trafford incomplete, despite his two …

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Zidane: Isco just wants to play football, nothing else

Celta visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for what will be Zinedine Zidane‘s first match back in charge of Real Madrid, yet with one of the first items in his in-tray being the future of Isco, the former Juventus midfielder has made clear the Spaniard just wants to play football. The relationship between the pair wasn’t always …

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Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

With Spain lacking their usual dominating presence in the latter stages of UEFA’s two premier club competitions, few domestic advocates will have been too overjoyed with Villarreal and Valencia being drawn together in the Europa League quarter-final. Sevilla‘s elimination leaves the pair as the last two Spanish clubs standing, and one is …

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Champions League quarter-final draw: Man Utd face Barcelona, City tackle Tottenham & Liverpool land Porto

Red Devils must tackle Lionel Messi in the last eight, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus will be facing Dutch surprise package Ajax Manchester United will face Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League quarter-finals, while Tottenham take on Premier League rivals Manchester City. Elsewhere, Liverpool have landed Porto in the last eight and Juventus will be looking for more magic …

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MAURIZIO SARRI ON A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE AND HAPPINESS WITH GIROUD

Maurizio Sarri gives his verdict on tonight’s five-star showing, expresses delight with Olivier Giroud and ponders potential meeting with Napoli… In the build-up to tonight’s game Sarri said it was key his side did not ‘undervalue’ their Ukrainian opponents despite the advantage we held from the first leg at Stamford …

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CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI RECEIVES MAIDEN ENGLAND UNDER-21 CALL-UP

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s impressive season continues with a first call-up to the England Under-21 squad ahead of friendlies against Poland and Germany later this month. The teenage forward has made 16 appearances for Maurizio Sarri’s side this term, scoring three Europa League goals and once in the FA Cup victory over …

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Wolves move has been vindicated, says Portuguese forward Jota

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ rapid ascent into the top half of the Premier League table this season has justified Diogo Jota’s decision to disregard his family’s objections when joining the club two years ago, the Portuguese forward said. Wolves, who won promotion from the second-tier Championship last season, are seventh in the …

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Potential glamour ties for Spanish sides in Europa League quarter-finals

The Europa League draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition takes place on Friday. Eight teams are in contention, with two Spanish sides through to the next phase thanks to the progression of Valencia and Villarreal. They are joined by Arsenal, Chelsea, Napoli, Eintracht Frankfurt, Benfica and Slavia Prague. The first leg matches will be played on April …

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Arsenal charged by FA over pitch invader at Man United game

Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over the pitch invasion that occurred during Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. The incident occurred in the 69th minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory, when a supporter ran on to the field to celebrate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s …

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Cech dreaming of ending career with Europa League glory

Petr Cech says winning the Europa League with Arsenal would be the perfect end to his career. Cech, who is retiring at the end of the season, kept a clean sheet as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0 on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate. The 36-year-old goalkeeper may …

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo be banned for Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final?

The hat-trick hero’s behaviour in the aftermath of his side’s last-16 victory over Atletico has raised concerns that he could miss the next stage Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly kept Juventus’ Champions League quest on course in typical fashion this week as his sensational hat-trick against Atletico Madrid ensured his side’s place in the quarter-finals. Juve had …

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Arsenal join Chelsea in Europa quarters, Inter go out

  By Andrew Downie LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as his side beat Stade Rennes 3-0 to reach the Europa League quarter-finals and join Chelsea, who earlier on Thursday thrashed Dynamo Kiev 5-0 with a hat-trick from Oliver Giroud. But Inter Milan went out after a …

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Southampton full back Valery extends contract

LONDON (Reuters) – Southampton full back Yan Valery has signed a new contract to keep him at St. Mary’s until 2023, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 20-year-old Frenchman joined the Saints from French club Rennes in 2015 and made his first-team debut in November. He has become …

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Emery hails Arsenal’s strength under pressure

By Hugh Lawson LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Unai Emery hailed his side’s ability to cope under pressure after they came back from a 3-1 loss in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Rennes to win 3-0 on Thursday and advance 4-3 on aggregate. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang …

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Capello: There have been three footballing geniuses, Ronaldo isn’t one of them

The Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate has been brought back up this week after their wonderful performances in the Champions League and Fabio Capello has leaned towards the Argentine. Although he considers Ronaldo to be a winner and an excellent player, he doesn’t think he is a footballing genius. “Ronaldo is an extraordinary footballer, but Messi is a genius,” Capello told Sky …

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Infantino wants 48-team World Cup and 24-team Club World Cup

There is a plan afoot to change the footballing landscape from FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The first steps for his changes could take place in Miami this week at the meeting of the FIFA Council, but final approval will be needed next June at the governing body’s congress, which could also …

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What is Barcelona’s history with their potential Champions League opponents?

After their 5-1 triumph against Lyon on Wednesday, Barcelona will find out on Friday their upcoming rivals for the Champions League quarter-finals. One out of Porto, Ajax, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Juventus will face Ernesto Valverde‘s side and we break down the Catalan side’s potential opponents one by one. The Portuguese team reached the quarter-finals after scoring a penalty in the …

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Real Madrid Isco: Zidane’s return is good news for everyone

With 11 LaLiga Santander games to go until the end of the season, Real Madrid midfielder Isco has indicated that the transition into the new Zinedine Zidane era has already started at Los Blancos. The Spain international has struggled to impress with his performances this season and he didn’t enjoy much playing time under his former coach Santiago Solari. …

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Zesco to play for Zambia against Kotoko – coach Lwandamina

Zega Mambo boss looks ahead to Sunday’s final group game against the Porcupine Warriors in the continental inter-club championship Zesco United coach George Lwandamina says the club have the image of Zambia to defend when they host Asante Kotoko in the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday. Currently bottom of Group C, Zega …

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Schalke sack manager Tedesco after Man City thrashing

The Bundesliga outfit are now looking for a new head coach after five successive defeats in all competitions Schalke have announced that head coach Domenico Tedesco has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect. The club made the announcement on Thursday and have said former manager Huub Stevens will take charge …

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English quartet happy to remain in Europe

With British politics still engulfed in Brexit chaos at least England’s football teams are providing some much-needed clarity when it comes to their standing in Europe. For the first time in 10 years, four English clubs have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League — the continent’s blue riband club …

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Man Utd could have Champions League fixtures reversed – UEFA

Manchester City and Manchester United will not play their home games in next month’s Champions League quarter-finals on the same or consecutive nights following a decision by local authorities, UEFA said on Thursday. Ahead of Friday’s draw, European soccer’s governing body said it would amend the scheduling if both Manchester …

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Scholes quits as Oldham manager after 31 days in charge

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has resigned as Oldham Athletic manager “with great regret” after only 31 days in charge, he said on Thursday. Scholes, a lifelong Oldham fan, won one of his seven games as manager of the English League Two (fourth-tier) club who are 14th in the …

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