• Mourinho questions Tottenham's mental strength
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    Mourinho questions Tottenham's mental strength

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has questioned his team's mental strength after their dismal 3-1 loss at Sheffield United delivered a potentially fatal blow to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Harry Kane had an equaliser disallowed by VAR after Lucas Moura was adjudged to have

  • Guardiola hails Foden as 'incredible talent'
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    Guardiola hails Foden as 'incredible talent'

    Pep Guardiola has told England boss Gareth Southgate he has an "incredible" talent on his hands in Phil Foden after the 20-year-old scored his fourth Premier League goal in three games for Manchester City. The midfielder produced another impressive performance as City humbled newly crowned

  • Controversial Folau agrees one-year extension with Dragons
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    Controversial Folau agrees one-year extension with Dragons

    Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia in May 2019 over a homophobic social media post, has signed a one-year contract extension with Catalans Dragons, the French Super League side said on Friday. Folau, 31, made his return to the 13-a-side code in February with the Dragons after a decade playing

  • Solskjaer says 'sky's the limit' for Greenwood
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    Solskjaer says 'sky's the limit' for Greenwood

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the "sky's the limit" for Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, describing the 18-year-old as "way ahead" of where he was at the same age. Greenwood has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season, claiming 13 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions

  • Leroy Sane targets Champions League glory after signing for Bayern Munich
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    Leroy Sane targets Champions League glory after signing for Bayern Munich

    Leroy Sane has targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City for a fee of around 50 million euros ($56 million) on Friday. The Germany winger has returned to his home country on a five-year contract after receiving the blessing of City coach

  • Klopp targets strong finish after Man City thumping
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    Klopp targets strong finish after Man City thumping

    Jurgen Klopp was adamant results remain important to him in Liverpool's closing games after the newly crowned Premier League champions were humbled 4-0 by Manchester City. Klopp's side still have a 20-point lead over Pep Guardiola's second-placed team but with six games remaining but the

  • Premier League battle for Champions League places heats up
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    Premier League battle for Champions League places heats up

    Premier League champions Liverpool are the only club certain of their place in next season's Champions League as the teams below them jostle for position and Manchester City await a court ruling. Pep Guardiola's City, who humbled Liverpool 4-0 on Thursday, should still comfortably finish in

  • Bayern Munich confirm Leroy Sane signing from Man City
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    Bayern Munich confirm Leroy Sane signing from Man City

    Bayern Munich on Friday confirmed the signing of Germany winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City on a five-year contract for reportedly at least 50 million euros. "FC Bayern is a very big club and has big goals - these goals suit me as well," said the 24-year-old, who added wants to win the

  • Japan's J-League set to resume play in stadiums without fans
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    Japan's J-League set to resume play in stadiums without fans

    Japan’s soccer league is back in action this weekend after a four-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. The resumption on Saturday comes as Tokyo reported 107 coronavirus cases on Thursday. A key match will feature defending champion Yokohama facing the Urawa Reds.

  • 'Quite sad': Bayern, Leverkusen lament absent fans for German Cup final
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    'Quite sad': Bayern, Leverkusen lament absent fans for German Cup final

    Treble-chasing Bayern Munich are hunting their second title this season in Saturday's German Cup final, a behind-closed-doors showdown that should have been an "absolute highlight" for success-starved Bayer Leverkusen fans. Germany head coach Joachim Loew is one of the few invited guests

  • Fired-up Buffon set to overtake Maldini as Juve eye nine in a row
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    Fired-up Buffon set to overtake Maldini as Juve eye nine in a row

    Gianluigi Buffon is ready to add another landmark achievement in his incredible career when Juventus face local rivals Torino on Saturday, with the former Italy captain expected to become Serie A's all-time record appearance maker. Italian media report that Buffon will take the field at the Allianz

  • Man City lay down Liverpool marker with 4-0 rout
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    Man City lay down Liverpool marker with 4-0 rout

    Jurgen Klopp admitted Manchester City are the one side capable of "smashing" his newly-crowned Premier League winners after Liverpool's first match since becoming English champions ended in a 4-0 thrashing at the Etihad. City sent a warning shot of their intentions to take the title back

  • Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims
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    Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims

    Lionel Messi was reported on Thursday to be planning to leave Barcelona in 2021, but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was hoping the Argentine maestro will stay in Spain. Messi's current contract expires next year and he has halted negotiations due to frustrations with the direction of the club

  • Ex-Liverpool striker Milan Baros set to retire at 38
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    Ex-Liverpool striker Milan Baros set to retire at 38

    Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Czech Republic striker Milan Baros said Friday he would call time on his playing career at the end of the season. "My head would like to go on, but the body has said stop," the 38-year-old Baros said on Banik Ostrava's club website. Baros won the Champions

  • Real Madrid go four points clear after edging Getafe
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    Real Madrid go four points clear after edging Getafe

    Real Madrid took a big step towards winning La Liga on Thursday by battling past Getafe to move four points clear of Barcelona, with five games left. Sergio Ramos' late penalty proved the difference at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium where Madrid were made to feel uncomfortable by Getafe but dug

  • 'Next season started today': Sterling has Liverpool in his sights
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    'Next season started today': Sterling has Liverpool in his sights

    Raheem Sterling said Manchester City proved a point in a 4-0 thrashing of newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool on Thursday as they look to take the title back next season. Sterling scored in a competitive match against his old club for the first time and also had a major part in two other

  • Atalanta edge towards Champions League with Napoli win, Roma defeat
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    Atalanta edge towards Champions League with Napoli win, Roma defeat

    Atalanta made another step towards next season's Champions League on Thursday after a 2-0 Serie A win over Napoli that extended the gap between them and the chasing pack. Goals from Mario Pasalic and Robin Gosens early in the second half broke Napoli's resistance at an all-but empty Gewiss Stadium

  • Bremen's survival bid goes to the wire after goalless first leg
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    Bremen's survival bid goes to the wire after goalless first leg

    Werder Bremen were held to a 0-0 draw at home to second-division side Heidenheim in the Bundesliga promotion/relegation play-off first leg on Thursday as the former German champions fight to stay up. Bremen captain Niklas Moisander is suspended for the second leg on Monday after being sent off for a

  • Human foosball: New form of soccer developed for pandemic
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    Human foosball: New form of soccer developed for pandemic

    Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing, though the rules have been altered and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible. Members of the Vende Humo FC and Los Mismos de Siempre amateur teams tried

  • Atalanta edge towards Champions League with Napoli win
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    Atalanta edge towards Champions League with Napoli win

    Atalanta made another step towards next season's Champions League on Thursday after a 2-0 Serie A win over Napoli that extended the gap between them and the chasing pack. Goals from Mario Pasalic and Robin Gosens early in the second half broke Napoli's resistance at an all-but empty Gewiss Stadium

  • Mourinho fears for football's future after Spurs hit by VAR woe
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    Mourinho fears for football's future after Spurs hit by VAR woe

    Jose Mourinho claimed VAR will make fans fall out of love with football after Tottenham were the victims of a controversial goal reversal in their 3-1 defeat against Sheffield United on Thursday. United took the lead through Sander Berge's first half strike at Bramall Lane. Lucas appeared to have

  • Arteta won't sell Arsenal stars to fund rebuild
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    Arteta won't sell Arsenal stars to fund rebuild

    Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal will not sell their best players to fund an overhaul of his inconsistent team. Arteta has been linked with several players as he prepares for a summer rebuild, but mooted moves for the likes of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey won't be cheap. While the club

  • French prosecutors want Benzema to stand trial over sex tape
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    French prosecutors want Benzema to stand trial over sex tape

    French prosecutors on Thursday asked for ex-national team star and Real Madrid footballer Karim Benzema to face trial on charges of involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow player Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape almost five years ago. Prosecutors in Versailles outside Paris told AFP they

  • RB Leipzig get provisional green light for fans to return next season
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    RB Leipzig get provisional green light for fans to return next season

    RB Leipzig were granted provisional permission on Thursday to allow up to 20,000 spectators to attend their home games next season, raising hopes Bundesliga fans could return across Germany. The top-flight season finished last Saturday, with the last nine rounds of matches played behind closed doors

  • Man City verdict on European ban expected week of July 13
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    Man City verdict on European ban expected week of July 13

    Manchester City will discover whether their appeal against a two-year ban from European competition has been successful the week of July 13, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday. "The final decision will be made during the week of July 13," CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told