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What We Learned: Spain vs. Portugal

The 2018 World Cup is off to a flier and is proving to be just as wide open as many predicted. Mexico’s victory over Germany was a stunner while both Iceland and Switzerland ripped up the script with draws against Argentina and Brazil respectively. Australia almost grabbed a point against France too. But there is no contest when it comes to game of the tournament thus far: the 3-3 thriller between Spain and Portugal. The two teams arrived at the

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World Cup 2018: Statswatch

The 2018 World Cup looks like one of the more open tournaments in recent memory, with a deep pool of contenders and a wide array of star power. Could this be the tournament where Lionel Messi finally joins the World Cup greats? Will Neymar lead Brazil to 2014 redemption? Do France have the leadership to go with their vibrant young superstars? The lists goes on. Spain, Germany and Belgium belong in this conversation too – they have talented squads but

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World Cup 2018 Players to Watch Part Three: Groups G & H

Five players to watch at World Cup 2018 in Groups G and H. Group G Panama – Ismael Díaz Panama have the oldest squad at World Cup 2018. If coach Hernán Darío Gómez starts Blas Pérez and Luis Tejada together up front, that’s a strikeforce with a combined age of 73! Panama will need some youthful running to counter-balance all that ‘experience’. Díaz is a 21-year-old left winger who now plays for Deportivo B in Spain but used to play

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World Cup 2018 Players to Watch Part Two: Groups D-F

Five players to watch at World Cup 2018 in Groups D, E and F. Group D Argentina – Maximiliano Meza Like their big South American rivals Uruguay, Argentina are still looking for the right mix in midfield. Lucas Biglia and Javier Mascherano are both talented and hardworking midfielders but they’re not the most creative players around. Manager Jorge Sampaoli looks set to go with a front three of Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Ángel Di María. That leaves one final,

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World Cup 2018 Russia – June 14th/July 15th

World Cup 2018 Who CAN Win It? The World Cup 2018 kicks off in Russia in a little over 72 hours.  In all likelihood there is little probability of the hosts being there to lift the trophy when the final takes place on July 15th. So who are the likely contenders the lift the Jules Rimet trophy?  Will it be the usual suspects?  Or will a new country surprise us all and come from the pack? Unsurprisingly Brazil head the market.  Currently available at

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World Cup 2018 Players to Watch Part One: Groups A-C

Five players to watch at World Cup 2018 in Groups A, B and C. Group A Uruguay – Giorgian De Arrascaeta La Celeste have Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez up front, and Atlético Madrid pair Diego Godín and José Giménez at the back. But what about in between? Uruguay’s midfield could well make or break their World Cup chances. In 2014, Egidio Arévalo and Álvaro González provided plenty of tackling but little creativity. Four years on, and manager Óscar Tabárez

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Chelsea – Who Will Be Their Manager Next Season?

This was always going to be a difficult summer for Chelsea, with Antonio Conte refusing to jump without a big financial push. In recent weeks, however, the awkward situation has turned farcical. Chelsea need to make a managerial decision quickly, but who will Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia choose? Antonio Conte It seems unlikely but there is still a slim chance that Conte will be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season. Did that FA Cup final win over Manchester

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Arsenal – 5 Players on Unai Emery’s Transfer Wish List

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery will want to put his stamp on his squad this summer but he’ll have to do so with limited resources. Depending on sales, the war chest could be as small as £50million. That’s peanuts in the post-Neymar market, so what bargains can Emery bring in? Sokratis Papastathopoulos Arsenal fans will be pleased to hear that an experienced centre-back is on the way. Papastathopoulos might not be quite on the same level as Samuel Umtiti and

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Manchester City – 5 Players on Pep Guardiola’s Transfer Wish List

Last season, Manchester City broke every Premier League record under the sun – most goals, most wins, most points, even most passes in a game. So, where do Pep Guardiola’s title winners go from there? Onwards and upwards, because the other top teams will strengthen their squads this summer. Who’s on City’s transfer wish list? Jorginho Yaya Touré has gone and Fabian Delph is now a part-time left-back. That leaves Fernandinho and Ilkay Gündogan as City’s only holding midfielders. It’s

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Liverpool – 5 Players on Jürgen Klopp’s Transfer Wish List

At the start of the 2017-18 season, very few people expected Liverpool to finish in the Premier League Top Four and reach the Champions League final. No, they didn’t win it, but Jürgen Klopp is making clear progress at Anfield. Now, it’s time to build on the foundations. Which players are Liverpool looking at to improve their line-up? Fabinho It’s always good to get your business done early in a World Cup summer. Fabinho, like Naby Keïta, is already a

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Manchester United – 5 Players on José Mourinho’s Transfer Wish List

After a disappointing and trophyless season, Manchester United have work to do this summer. It won’t be easy to catch their local rivals, Manchester City, but that is what the fans demand. It will require José Mourinho’s best mind-games and a raft of expensive new signings. So, who is on the transfer wish list? Gareth Bale Bale is still expected to leave Real Madrid this summer, even after that Champions League wondergoal against Liverpool. Manchester United are in a strong

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2018 – The Summer of the Centre-backs

2017 was the summer of the full-back. Chelsea signed Davide Zappacosta, Liverpool signed Andrew Robertson, and Manchester City signed Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy. This year, it’s all about the men in the middle. Centre-backs have never been so in-demand, but who will the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal spend their money on? Top Centre-backs Samuel Umtiti and Toby Alderweireld are the top centre-backs being touted around this summer. Umtiti is probably just ‘doing a Sergio Ramos’, pushing

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Unai Emery at Arsenal – The Tough Task Ahead

Arsenal have now chosen Arsène Wenger’s successor, and it’s not Mikel Arteta, or Massimiliano Allegri. Unai Emery is a name that should please both sides of the debate. He has top European pedigree with Sevilla and PSG, and he’s also only 46, a year younger than Pep Guardiola. So, as Emery gets to work, what are the priorities? Mentality Over the last decade, Arsenal have signed some of the best young players in Europe, but you’d be hard-pressed to name

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England World Cup Squad 2018 – The Big Decisions

Gareth Southgate has now named his 23-man England World Cup squad. As expected, the manager is going for youth, versatility and form over reputation and experience. Here’s a look at 5 of Southgate’s bravest squad decisions. Nick Pope over Joe Hart Hart had a real season to forget on loan at West Ham. He played so badly that he lost the Number 1 jersey to Adrián for club, and to Jordan Pickford/Jack Butland for country. The only argument for including

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The Premier League Manager Merry-Go-Round – Summer 2018 Edition

After a long Premier League season, each manager has earned a rest before the rebuild. However, very few will get that well-deserved break. Instead, the summer has become a danger zone. Arsène Wenger has waved goodbye to Arsenal, while Sam Allardyce and David Moyes have already been sacked. Who’ll be the next to go, and who’ll come in to replace them? Chelsea Whether they win Saturday’s FA Cup Final or not, it looks highly unlikely that Antonio Conte will remain

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FA Cup Final 2018 – Chelsea v Man Utd

FA Cup Final 2018 – Conte’s Last Hurrah? Is the FA Cup Final 2018 likely to be Antonio Conte’s last match in charge of Chelsea? It is incredible to think that it is only a year since Chelsea were lifting the Premier League trophy.  At that point it was inconceivable to think that Conte would in all likelihood be gone a season later.  Even if his team were to go on and lift the FA Cup I believe that he

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Europa League Final 2018 – Marseille vs Atlético Madrid

No, Arsène Wenger didn’t get the Europa League Final farewell that he was hoping for, but there are still plenty of reasons to watch tonight’s fascinating encounter in Lyon. A Bold Clash of Styles In footballing terms, the two Europa League finalists are polar opposites. Marseille attacked their way through the knock-out rounds with scores of 3-1, 5-2, 5-3 and 3-2. With Dimitri Payet pulling the strings, Rudi Garcia’s team scores goals aplenty. Keeping goals out, however, could be an

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Premier League Round 38 – Heroes of the Weekend

The 2017-18 season is over! Here’s a look at the heroes of the final day, Premier League Round 38. Hero – Mohamed Salah In Premier League Round 38, Liverpool secured the fourth Champions League spot with a 4-0 win over Brighton. It was yet another successful afternoon for their Egyptian King, the Premier League Player of the Year. Salah’s first-half strike wasn’t spectacular, but it was record-breaking. It was his 32nd goal of the league season, taking him above Alan

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Final day of the 2017-18 Premier League Season – 5 Games to Watch

‘The Premier League season is over,’ the critics declared on Wednesday. It’s true, most clubs have very little left to play for on Sunday, the final day of the 2017-18 campaign, but there is still some potential for excitement. Here are your 5 most likely places to find it. Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal After 22 years at the Arsenal helm, it’s time for Arsène Wenger’s last game in charge. It should be an emotional day, whether you like him or

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Relegated players who should stay in the Premier League

With Huddersfield’s battling draw at Chelsea, the Premier League Bottom Three is now all but decided. West Brom and Stoke City are already relegated and, barring incredible scenes at Southampton, Swansea City will be joining them. Although all three clubs have struggled this season, their squads contain top-class talent. Here are 6 relegated players who are unlikely to play Championship football next season. Swansea City Alfie Mawson Mawson (pictured) has been the shining light in Swansea’s defence since his move

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