Off the Post Archives for January 2014

Top five conclusions: Germany 2-1 Algeria (aet)

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1. This was a lot closer than than anybody expected. Algeria took the game to Germany and could easily have established a first-half lead. 2. After...

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Video: Chelsea skipper John Terry’s topless sprinting in a sand pit

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Liverpool linked with Benfica right-back Maxi Pereira

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Luis Suarez's Uruguay international team-mate Maxi Pereira is a transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports in Portugal. Brendan...

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Preview: Belgium vs USA

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Belgium were one of the few teams to manage a perfect record of three wins out of three games as they defeated all their Group H opponents. But they...

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Video: Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle calls Algeria ‘Al-Jazeera’

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Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is no stranger to faith-related controversy. He marked the start of Ramadan by bestowing a suitably generic...

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Liverpool ‘had no involvement’ in Luis Suarez’s apology

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Liverpool reportedly played no part in the public apology released by Luis Suarez via social media today and didn't even receive prior...

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Preview: Belgium vs Germany

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Belgium were one of the few teams to manage a perfect record of three wins out of three games as they defeated all their Group H opponents. But they...

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Preview: Argentina vs Switzerland

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Argentina will continue in their bid to win a third World Cup when take on Switzerland in the penultimate round of 16 encounter. The Albiceleste's...

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Tactical Review: France 2-0 Nigeria

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Didier Deschamps' approach Deschamps returned to his full strength side after experimenting with a depleted side in their last game against Ecuador....

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Top five conclusions: France 2-0 Nigeria

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1. Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama worked miracles to keep his side in contention... only to provide an assist for France's opener with a...

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Arsenal in talks with Anderlecht striker David Henen

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Arsenal are closing in on a deal to land Anderlecht forward David Henen, according to reports in Belgium. The Gunners are said to be discussing...

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez apologises for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini

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My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) June 30, 2014

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Hull sign Robert Snodgrass from Norwich

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We are delighted to confirm Robert Snodgrass as our second major signing of the summer #UTT pic.twitter.com/Oxao1wXJtX Hull City Official...

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Arsenal in talks with Anderlecht striker David Henin

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Arsenal are closing in on a deal to land Anderlecht forward David Henin, according to reports in Belgium. The Gunners are said to be discussing...

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Arturo Vidal favours Man Utd over Real Madrid

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A move to Manchester United is of 'more interest' to Arturo Vidal than switches to other Premier League sides or Real Madrid, according...

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Chelsea youngster Wallace joins Vitesse Arnhem on loan

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Young Chelsea right-back Wallace will spend next season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem. The 20-year-old Brazilian had a loan spell at Inter Milan during...

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Video: Paddy Kenny not in the best shape ahead of Leeds pre-season training

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As we know from their social media updates, many footballers never really stop training these days. Some take their personal trainers on holiday with...

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Liverpool receive bid for Luis Suarez

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Liverpool have received the first official bid of the summer for Luis Suarez and it's for an underwhelming €30,000. The offer comes...

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Man Utd snubbed £5m deal for James Rodriguez to sign Bebe instead

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Manchester United turned down the opportunity to sign World Cup star James Rodriguez for £5m in order to pursue a deal for £7m flop Bebe. The...

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Alexis Sanchez would ‘choose Arsenal over Liverpool’

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Chile star Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at Barcelona but would choose Arsenal over Liverpool if he is forced out, according to reports in...

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Tactical Review: Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (5-3 on penalties)

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Jorge Pinto's approach Costa Rica boss Pinto set his side up to start patient attacks and probe a compact Greece side. When out of possession, they...

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers promises more ‘quality signings’

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Liverpool will be making more quality signings between now and the start of the new season, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed. The Reds are being...

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Top five conclusions: Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (5-3 on penalties)

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1. It is possible to win a penalty shootout even if half your players can't really walk. Joel Campbell was practically out on his feet. 2. It...

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Preview: Algeria vs Germany

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This fixture is the closest of all the knockout games to the cliché that opposites attract. Germany have some of the biggest names in world football,...

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Man Utd representatives ‘in Portugal to seal William Carvalho deal’

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Manchester United officials are in Portugal to thrash out a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to Portuguese media...

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Video: Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie’s shoving match with Mexico coach Miguel Herrera

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Robin Van Persie and Mexico coach Miguel Herrera indulged in a bit of handbags after the final whistle in this evening's game. Herrera was...

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Tactical Review: Netherlands 2-1 Mexico

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Louis Van Gaal's approach Van Gaal gave Dirk Kuyt a start in the left wing-back position as Bruno Martins Indi was not fully fit to start. He...

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Preview: France vs Nigeria

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There was an element of the unknown about France's chances before the World Cup started given their contrasting campaigns before. Les Bleus...

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Top five conclusions: Netherlands 2-1 Mexico

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1. Arjen Robben found the time to do a spot of Persieing on the way to winning the penalty that proved to be the decider. 2. Rafa Marquez's age...

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Chelsea set to move for Man Utd target William Carvalho

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Chelsea are reportedly plotting a move for Manchester United target William Carvalho. United scouted the Sporting Lisbon midfielder almost 20 times...

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez ‘has bitten eight opponents’

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FIFA is reportedly probing allegations that Luis Suarez has bitten up to eight people on the field of play. The Liverpool star's three...

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Man Utd linked with ex-Man City midfielder Nigel De Jong

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AC Milan enforcer Nigel De Jong is the latest Netherlands international to be linked with a move to Manchester United. Incoming boss Louis Van Gaal...

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Chelsea ‘consider £60m bid’ for ex-Man Utd youngster Paul Pogba

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Chelsea are reportedly considering matching Juventus' £60m asking price for Paul Pogba. The former Manchester United youngster has developed...

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Tactical Review: Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

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Jose Pekerman's approach Colombia are a team brimming with confidence and Pekerman set his players up to express themselves in attack. He started...

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Video: Man Utd youngster Adnan Januzaj scores a nice volley in Belgium training

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Adnan Januzaj's World Cup got underway with an appearance against South Korea in Belgium's final group game. If his performance in that...

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Man Utd and Spurs target James Rodriguez talks up Real Madrid transfer

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Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez has revealed he would like to move to Spain and favours a switch to Real Madrid. The...

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Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin hints at Southampton exit

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Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has hinted that he wants to be the next player to quit the south coast club with Arsenal...

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Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho disagrees with Luis Suarez’s Liverpool stadium ban

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Jose Mourinho says he cannot understand why Luis Suarez is banned from football stadiums. The Chelsea boss agrees with the Liverpool and Uruguay...

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Man Utd ‘agree £8m deal for Feyenoord’s Stefan De Vrij’

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Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij, according to reports. Incoming United boss Louis Van Gaal has pursued...

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Top five conclusions: Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

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1. James Rodriguez is the player of the tournament. On the scoresheet in every game so far, he scored twice tonight and one of them was probably the...

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Tactical Review: Brazil 1-1 Chile (3-2 on penalties)

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Luiz Felipe Scolari's approach Scolari probably picked Fernandinho for this game because of Paulinho's performances, but the way the Brazil manager...

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Liverpool ‘bid £9.8m for Belgium star Divock Origi

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Liverpool have launched a £9.8m bid for Lille youngster Divock Origi, according to reports. THe 19-year-old has caught the eye with his sensational...

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Top five conclusions: Brazil 1-1 Chile (3-2 on penalties)

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1. It was Jara-tbreak for Chile. Ex-West Brom and Nottingham Forest defender Gonzalo Jara missed the decisive kick. 2. The woodwork hates Chile....

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Preview: Netherlands vs Mexico

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Netherlands are one of the few sides to record a perfect record in the group stages. They began their campaign with a brilliant performance that...

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Five players Man Utd should sign based on the World Cup group stage

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You should never buy a player based on a good World Cup, they say. But clubs still do. Here are five Manchester United might like to look at...

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Liverpool ready to launch £25m bid for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic

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Liverpool will make a £25m offer for Benfica's Lazar Markovic, once they get the Adam Lallana deal over the line, according to reports. England...

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Video: Southampton fan begs Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger not to sign Morgan Schneiderlin

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As we know, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been making good use of Rio De Janeiro's beaches during his time at the World Cup, including...

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Preview: Brazil vs Chile

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Brazil take on Chile in the first of the two South American derbies to be played on Saturday, June 28. Brazil have been criticised for an...

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Video: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez appears on a balcony at his Uruguay home

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has had his Michael Jackson moment; standing on a balcony holding his children. Thankfully, the Uruguay star ...

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Man Utd stars welcome Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera to the club

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Some of Manchester United's stars have taken to Twitter to welcome new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera to the club. Many of United's...

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Five players Arsenal should sign based on the World Cup group stage

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You should never buy a player based on a good World Cup, they say. But clubs still do. Here are five Arsenal might like to look at (we've...

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Five players Tottenham should sign based on the World Cup group stage

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You should never buy a player based on a good World Cup, they say. But clubs still do. Here are five Spurs might like to look at (we've steered...

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Man Utd and Arsenal both in for Juventus star Arturo Vidal

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Arsenal are plotting a £44m bid for Arturo Vidal in the hope of hijacking Manchester United's attempt to sign the Chile midfielder, according...

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Tottenham plot £8m bid for Swansea’s Ben Davies

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Swansea left-back Ben Davies could become the first signing of Mauricio Pochettino's reign at Tottenham. Spurs are reportedly lining up an £8m...

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Five players Liverpool should sign based on the World Cup group stage

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You should never buy a player based on a good World Cup, they say. But clubs still do. Here are five Liverpool might like to look at (we've...

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Liverpool’s Luis Suarez claims he lost balance and fell teeth first onto Giorgio Chiellini

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Luis Suarez's written defence against his misconduct charge for biting Giorgio Chiellini has been made public and it makes for...

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Preview: Colombia vs Uruguay

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Colombia will be brimming with confidence after they managed a perfect group stage record of three wins in their three games. They come into this...

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Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recreates Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie’s flying header

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Arsene Wenger has given his former striker Robin Van Persie's iconic World Cup header a new lease of life during a game of beach football. The...

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Photos: Chris Kamara catches a street robber in Brazil

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Not lost me pace!!! I just caught this street robber. Done in now though pic.twitter.com/BBKvIQCXkV Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) June 27, 2014...

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Video: Luke Shaw’s first interview as a Man Utd player

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Luke Shaw has given his first interview since joining Manchester United. The former Southampton youngster completed his £27m switch to Old Trafford...

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Southampton’s Adam Lallana ‘undergoing a medical’ at Liverpool

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Southampton captain Adam Lallana is reportedly undergoing a medical at Liverpool ahead of a £25m transfer. The 26-year-old is currently completing...

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Photo: Luke Shaw poses with a Man Utd shirt

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Southampton’s Luke Shaw reveals he is a Man Utd player on Twitter, quickly backtracks

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England left-back Luke Shaw updated his Twitter profile to call himself a Manchester United player but quickly removed the reference from his...

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Man Utd complete Luke Shaw signing

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of England international Luke Shaw on a five-year contract. The 18-year-old has made the switch to Old...

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Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger shows off his beach football skills

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Arsene Wenger is certainly throwing himself into Brazilian beach life. Following yesterday's video of him jogging on the sand, here he is...

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Photo: Maradona follows Liverpool’s lead with a Luis Suarez protest t-shirt

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The Luis Suarez protest t-shirts at the height of his racism scandal was perhaps the lowest point in Liverpool's long history... but Diego...

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Bacary Sagna: ‘I didn’t quit Arsenal for Man City for money’

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New Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna has denied that money was his motivation for leaving Arsenal. The France international quit the Gunners...

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Liverpool’s pursuit of Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno is ‘paralysed’

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Liverpool's attempts to sign Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno are all but over, according to the Spanish side. The Reds have been tracking the...

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Arsenal set sights on Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy

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Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy is Arsenal's new top target to become their new right-back, according to reports in the French media. Arsene...

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Tactical Review: South Korea 0-1 Belgium

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Hong Myung-Bo's approach Myung-Bo prefers Park Chu-Young as a centre forward but with the recently released ex-Arsenal man recording no shot on...

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Photo: Ex-Everton and Man Utd boss David Moyes arrives in Turkey for Galatasaray talks

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NE DİYORSAK O! pic.twitter.com/CGKkgRXcey Amkspor (@Amkspor) June 27, 2014 Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has been photographed...

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Top five conclusions: South Korea 0-1 Belgium

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1. The overhyped dark horses are through with a 100 per cent record. They rested loads of players, had 10 men for 45 minutes and still didn't...

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Arsenal target Seamus Coleman signs new five-year deal at Everton

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Everton right-back Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-year contract. The extension keeps him at Goodison Park until 2019. Coleman, aged 25, was the...

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Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger running on the beach

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Any Arsenal players sat on their backsides at the minute need to get their act together: their manager has already started pre-season training....

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Palermo sell ‘out of control womaniser’ Kyle Lafferty to Norwich

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Palermo are selling striker Kyle Lafferty to Norwich because "he's an out-of-control womaniser", according to president Maurizio Zamparini. Zamparini...

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Southampton’s Luke Shaw ‘arrives at Carrington’ for Man Utd medical

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England left-back Luke Shaw has arrived at Manchester United's training ground to undergo a medical, according to reports. The 18-year-old...

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Tactical Review: #POR 2-1 #GHA

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Paolo Bento's approach Portugal boss Bento had at least five players ruled out through injuries in key areas so he had to make the best out of what...

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Top five conclusions: #USA 0-1 #GER

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1. Both teams through and no stench of a dodgy draw. Everyone left this one happy. 2. They certainly left happier than they arrived. The torrential...

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Video: John Terry returns for early pre-season training at Chelsea

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Chelsea captain John Terry returned to the club today for a very early pre-season training session. The Blues officially report back for pre-season...

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Who Are Ya? Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Ander Herrera Age: 24 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Athletic Bilbao Fee: £29m...

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Video: Liverpool should sell Luis Suarez, says Jamie Carragher

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Liverpool should offload controversial striker Luis Suarez, according to club legend Jamie Carragher. The Uruguay international's latest biting...

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Man Utd coach Phil Neville confirms he was keeping tabs on Toni Kroos

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Phil Neville has hinted that Manchester United were keen to sign Toni Kroos certainly under the David Moyes regime as he revealed he...

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Man Utd confirm Ander Herrera signing

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera. The 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Old...

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Photo: Ander Herrera poses with a Man Utd shirt

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Manchester United's new signing Ander Herrera has posed with the club's shirt and United legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

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Ander Herrera’s Man Utd move held up by paperwork

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Manchester United's signing of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera has been delayed by paperwork problems, according to reports in Spain....

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Video: Ghana’s $3m appearance fees arrive with police convoy

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A plane carrying $3m in cash to be distributed among Ghana's squad has landed safely and its cargo transported to the team hotel by police...

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Liverpool set to beat Spurs to Belgium star Divock Origi

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Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Belgium's World Cup super sub Divock Origi, according to reports. Tottenham are also tracking the...

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Xherdan Shaqiri’s agent ‘in Liverpool for talks’

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Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports. The Switzerland international, who scored a...

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Athletic Bilbao say they’ve rejected Man Utd’s bid for Ander Herrera

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Manchester United's bid for Ander Herrera has been rejected by Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish side claim. The £28m (€36m) offer was thought to...

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Tactical Review: Ecuador vs France

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#FRAEQU Dans le vestiaire des Bleus Rio @SchneiderlinMo4 @RemyCabella10 @raphaelvarane. pic.twitter.com/tTUJ9wayZw Equipe de France...

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Man Utd legend Paul Scholes slams Southampton over Luke Shaw asking price

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Paul Scholes has criticised Southampton for the £34m asking price they have slapped on left-back Luke Shaw. The England international is widely...

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Who to support now England are out of the World Cup

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Now that England have been eliminated from the World Cup having missed out on qualifying for the knockout rounds by a narrow six-point margin, those...

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Liverpool’s Luis Suarez banned for nine matches for biting Giorgio Chiellini

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been handed a nine-match ban for his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and will miss the start of...

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Video: Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho gets away with a naughty elbow

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As you might have heard, there have been a couple of instances of Liverpool players involved in off-the-ball controversies in recent days. The latest...

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Top five conclusions: Ecuador 0-0 France

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1. The Ecuador physios obviously decided that Noboa was two letters too long. 2. Alexander Dominguez is a ball magnet. Nearly every France shot went...

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Video: Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez says Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s bite was ‘exaggerated’

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Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez has defended Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez, claiming his biting incident had been "exaggerated"....

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Tactical Review: Nigeria 2-3 Argentina

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Stephen Keshi's approach Keshi expected Argentina to dominate possession and enjoy territorial advantage over his Super Eagles so he primarily set...

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Confirmed: Man City sign Fernando from Porto

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Manchester City have signed Porto midfielder Fernando, the Portuguese side has confirmed. An official document released by Porto confirms the €15m...

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Preview: South Korea vs Belgium

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South Korea came into this tournament with optimism that Hong Myung-Bo, their former captain and new manager, would guide a new generation of Koreans...

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Top five conclusions: #NGA 2-3 #ARG

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1. This was all about Mussi. For a while it looked like a straight shootout between Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa. 2. In the bigger picture shootout,...

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Preview: Algeria vs Russia

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Algeria may have never qualified for the knockout stages before but they are confident they will cross the line this time. They are currently second...

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Liverpool’s move for Arsenal target Alexis Sanchez is a ‘done deal’, claims Phil Thompson

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Liverpool have already tied up the signing of Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, according to Reds legend Phil Thompson. The winger, currently starring...

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Perennial Man Utd target Ezequiel Garay signs for Zenit St Petersburg

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Manchester United gossip column favourite Ezequiel Garay will not be joining the club after all. The long-term United target has agreed to join Zenit...

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Photo: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s teeth near Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder 12 months ago

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#171973990 / gettyimages.com It looks like last night's clash wasn't the first time Luis Suarez had been tempted to sink his teeth into...

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Arsenal weigh-up move for Molde goalkeeper Orjan Nyland

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Arsenal are considering a move for Norwegian goalkeeper goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, according to reports in his homeland. The Gunners have reportedly...

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Preview: USA vs Germany

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This is one of those games in which a draw is mutually beneficial and the conspiracy theorists will be paying close attention. If the USA draw with...

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Ander Herrera ‘passes Man Utd medical’

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Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera has passed a medical at Manchester United ahead of his transfer, according to reports in Spain. As we reported...

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Mario Balotelli to Arsenal rumours are ‘pure invention’, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking him with a move for Mario Balotelli as "pure invention". The Gunners have...

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Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s hilarious biting denial

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Here is Luis Suarez discussing the unfortunate moment when he "collided" with Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. Video...

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Photo: Erik Lamela training for the new season with Spurs

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I'm really looking forward to this season, come on you spurs!! Motivado para la próxima temporada, vamos spurs!! pic.twitter.com/ScgfkM00zp...

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Video: Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Liverpool’s Luis Suarez ‘needs some sort of help’

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Luis Suarez is in need of "some sort of help", according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard was working as a pundit after...

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Tactical Review: Japan 1-4 Colombia

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El once títular de #COL vs #JPN: pic.twitter.com/McwPbkgZTr Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2014 Alberto Zaccheroni's approach...

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Preview: Portugal vs Ghana

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After playing a crucial role in helping Real Madrid clinch the coveted tenth Champions League title (La Decima), this is not how Pepe and Cristiano...

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World Cup Mind Games: Roy Hodgson’s great expectations

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This lowering of expectations really is going tremendously well, isn't it? Much better than anyone could have envisaged when the FA first appointed...

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Audio: Radio caller sympathises with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, admits to biting four people

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Top five conclusions: Greece 1-2 Ivory Coast

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1. As far as the last knockings of a golden generation ending in World Cup heartache go, England got off quite likely compared to the Ivory Coast....

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Norwegian punter win £540 betting that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez would bite someone at the World Cup

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It's safe to say that Luis Suarez's crazy bite on Giorgio Chiellini had given people plenty of laughs (unless you're Italian and...

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Tactical Review: Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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#ITAURU I Estadísticas finales de #ITA 0 1 #URU. Fuente @fifacom_es pic.twitter.com/7GSPZwCeZ7 AUFseleccion (@AUFseleccion) June 24,...

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Best jokes after Liverpool’s Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini

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He's only gone and done it again. After Liverpool's Luis Suarez bit a fellow professional on the field of play for the THIRD time in his...

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Top five conclusions: #CRC 0-0 #ENG

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1. Best head-to-head record against Costa Rica in the group: that's something you can hold on to and tell the grandkids about. 2. Finishing...

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Video: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini (Italy vs Uruguay)

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He's done it again! Just when Luis Suarez had managed a season of rehabilitating his image, the Liverpool striker has bit someone. Again....

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Preview: Honduras vs Switzerland

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Group E is one of those rare groups at these finals that will go into its final round of matches with all sides still in with a chance of progressing...

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Preview: Ecuador vs France

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Ecuador will take on France needing a win. La Tri are tied on three points with Switzerland but they will expect Switzerland to win their game...

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Juventus increase bid for Arsenal target Alvaro Morata

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Juventus have submitted a new and improved bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to reports in Spain. The 21-year-old looks set to...

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Alex Buttner leaves Man Utd for Dinamo Moscow

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Manchester United left-back Alex Buttner has completed his move to Dinamo Moscow. The 25-year-old went public last week to say that the time was...

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Preview: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Iran

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Iran prepare to take on Bosnia-Herzegovina with faint hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages. They have a point they picked up in their opening...

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Tactical Review: Cameroon1-4 Brazil

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O Brasil venceu Camarões por 4 a 1. Lá vem o Chile novamente! #EmBuscaDoHexa pic.twitter.com/a4yQ9VhkO5 CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 23,...

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Man Utd move for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera is a ‘done deal’

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Manchester United have agreed to meet Ander Herrera's €36m release clause and are on the verge of signing the Athletic Bilbao star, according...

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Alexis Sanchez’s agent ‘holds talks’ with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Liverpool also make offer

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Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez has offers from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to reports in Spain. And Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has held talks...

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Luis Suarez transfer: Barcelona ‘open talks’ with Liverpool

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Barcelona have opened talks with Liverpool over the transfer of Luis Suarez, according to reports in the Spanish media. There is no agreement on...

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Barcelona bid for Man Utd target Toni Kroos

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Barcelona have launched an official bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, according to reports in Germany. The Germany international,...

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Oscar: ‘I’ve been in contact with Paris Saint-Germain, but I’m staying at Chelsea’

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Chelsea playmaker Oscar has reportedly admitted that he has been in discussions with Paris Saint-Germain over a possible transfer. But the Brazil...

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Yaya Toure criticises Man City for not letting him see his dying brother

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After the birthday cake fiasco, Yaya Toure has now aired a fresh grievance with Manchester City. This one's a lot less funny. The Ivory Coast...

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Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool target Divock Origi hints he will move to the Premier League this summer

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Belgium striker Divock Origi has suggested that his dream of playing in the Premier League will become a reality this summer. The 19-year-old is...

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Preview: Nigeria vs Argentina

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Nigeria will be ready to face Argentina after winning a crucial match against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Super Eagles were initially held to a 0-0 draw...

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Southampton ‘put Man Utd target Luke Shaw’s asking price up to £40m’

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New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has reportedly added £10m to Luke Shaw's asking price dealing a severe blow to Manchester...

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Spurs, Hull and Man Utd consider move for Espanyol’s Hector Moreno

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Tottenham, Hull City and Manchester United are all considering joining the race for Espanyol defender Hector Moreno, according to reports in Spain....

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Preview: Greece vs Ivory Coast

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Greece were left with heavy legs after defending for much of the game with 10 men against Japan last time out. They managed to grind out a point...

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Top five conclusions: #CMR 1-4 #BRA

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1. Brazil don't need Dr Steve Peters; they've got Alan Shearer. The Newcastle legend appears to have succeeded where even Luiz Felipe...

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Preview: Japan vs Colombia

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Reigning Asian champions Japan are on the brink of an early exit from the finals unless a couple of events go in their favour. After they lost to...

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Tactical Review: Netherlands 2-0 Chile

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Lens, Kuijt en Wijnaldum starten in de basis bij Oranje; bij Chili begin sterspeler Vidal op de bank #nedchi pic.twitter.com/psTNYZpmB2 ...

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Preview: Italy vs Uruguay

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Italy seemed to have total control of their destiny after they edged out England in their opening game but they have since found themselves in a...

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Top five conclusions: #NED 2-0 #CHI

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1. Netherlands go through with a 100 per cent record. Less free-flowing football and flying headers than we're used to but three wins from...

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Preview: Costa Rica vs England

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At the start of the group games it was impossible, after one game it was improbable but now it is inevitable that Costa Rica will be in the knockout...

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Luis Suarez’s father-in-law says it’s time for him to leave Liverpool

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should quit the club this summer, according to his Barcelona-based father-in-law. The Uruguay international has been...

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud haunted by Chelsea misses

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Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has revealed he still thinks about chances he missed against rivals Chelsea and said he is keen to improve for...

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Marc Wilmots tells ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier that Chelsea will play Thibaut Courtois next season

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Thibaut Courtois will be Chelsea's first-choice keeper next season and the Blues will try to sell long-serving Petr Cech. That's...

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Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd target Angel Di Maria admits he doesn’t know if he’ll stay at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria has acknowledged that there is uncertainty over his future at the club. Despite being one of the stars of...

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Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie’s suspensions leaves Netherlands ‘Van-less’ for the first time since 1996

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Netherlands are lining up without a 'Van' in their team for the first time in 20 years. Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is the...

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Top five conclusions: USA 2-2 Portugal

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1. After being the beneficiaries of the late drama against Ghana, it worked against the USA this time as Silvestre Varela equalised with nearly the...

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Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard tells Harry Redknapp to name Spurs players who tried to dodge England duty

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England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told QPR manager Harry Redknapp to name players he claims asked him to get them out of England duty....

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Tactical Review: USA 2-2 Portugal

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"These finishes are what the World Cup is about. We move on quickly and start gearing for #GER." @J_Klinsmann...

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Tottenham join the race for Belgium starlet Divock Origi

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Tottenham are the latest Premier League side to show an interest in Lille striker Divock Origi after his impressive World Cup performances for...

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West Brom set to move for Chelsea’s ex-Liverpool loan player Victor Moses

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Chelsea's Victor Moses has emerged as a summer transfer target for West Brom. The Baggies have already begun rebuilding under new boss Alan...

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Photo: Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj and Maroune Fellaini pose with the King of Belgium

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We thank our king for his support today #tousensemble #reddevilstobrazil pic.twitter.com/h0LPskxTxN Marouane Fellaini (@fellainiM) June 22,...

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Video: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry refuses to wish a Spurs fan good luck for his wedding

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Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry doesn't need to endear himself to Gooners but he just can't help himself. Covering his final...

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez BANNED from the World Cup

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez's scouting mission to the World Cup has come to a premature end after he was banned from the tournament by...

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Arsenal target Serge Aurier becomes fastest player at the World Cup

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Arsenal could have one of the fastest flanks in world football next season if they land Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier. The 21-year-old, who is...

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Tactical Review: #KOR 2-4 #ALG

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Hong Myung-Bo's approach South Korea are not a side that many would expect to change their tactical approach for a particular opponent. They defend...

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Photo: Young Brazilian fan wearing his Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Man City gear simultaneously

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This young Brazilian supporter spotted at the World Cup is hedging his bets when it comes to next season's Premier League. The kid, who is real...

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Top five conclusions: #KOR 2-4 #ALG

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1. It's always pleasant when a World Cup clash that didn't exactly set the pulse racing on paper ends up being a bit of a goal-fest. 2....

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Tactical Review: #BEL 1-0 #RUS

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Marc Wilmots' approach Wilmots chose to include Marouane Fellaini in his starting XI and also exclude Nacer Chadli due to their respective...

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Photos: New Arsenal kit on sale in Puma store in Macau

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A better image of the home kit : pic.twitter.com/OcvDNcWmIf Ernie (@JamesClarkAFC) June 22, 2014 An official Puma store appears to have...

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Win the new Arsenal shirt

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We're giving away a new Premier League shirt ahead of the 2014/15 season, which means you can get the new Arsenal jersey absolutely free ahead...

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Top five conclusions: #BEL 1-0 #RUS

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1. This was a reward for patience. The last-gasp winner followed 87mins of tedium. 2. This was a timely reminder that, although England might be...

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Preview: Brazil vs Cameroon

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Cameroon manager Volker Finke will be eager to restore his side's respect after they had an embarrassing performance against Croatia. Alex Song had a...

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Video: Dani Alves brands Newcastle legend Alan Shearer ‘disrespectful’

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Former England and Newcastle captain Alan Shearer has been called "disrespectful" by Dani Alves over "idiotic comments" he...

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Preview: Netherlands vs Chile

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Netherlands faced a stern test from an unlikely source; they had to come from behind against Australia to secure their second win of the group games....

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Preview: Australia vs Spain

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Australia came into this tournament with a young, fearless squad promising attacking football. It was hard to believe them given that they are in a...

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West Ham plotting £6.4m move for Sporting Lisbon’s Islam Slimani

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Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani is a transfer target for West Ham, according to reports in Portugal. The Hammers attempted to land Slimani on...

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Top five conclusions: Nigeria1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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1. Peter Odemwingie was the matchwinner here. Putting himself in the shop window nice and early so he's got the rest of the summer to work on...

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Tactical Review: Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Stephen Keshi's approach Keshi made slight changes to the shape and movement of his forward players from the team he picked for the last game against...

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Southampton’s Man Utd target Luke Shaw ‘begged for threesome from England World Cup HQ’

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England left-back Luke Shaw 'begged for a threesome' with a Playboy model and her twin sister just hours before the Three Lions'...

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Mohamed Salah had no credit in his phone to arrange Chelsea move

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Chelsea star Mohamed Salah has revealed he could have missed the chance to join the club because he hadn't topped up his phone. The...

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Video: Robin Van Persie explains why he will miss Nemanja Vidic at Man Utd

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie says his "best friend" Nemanja Vidic will be missed at Manchester United this season. The big...

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Edinson Cavani refuses to rule out Man Utd move

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has refused to rule out a summer move to Manchester United. The Uruguay international, who created Luis...

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Man Utd linked with ex-Man City midfielder Nigel De Jong

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Manchester United are considering a move for Netherlands hardman Nigel De Jong, according to reports. Louis Van Gaal is keen to add his national team...

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ‘meeting Mario Balotelli’s agent this weekend’

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is meeting Mario Balotelli's agent in Brazil this weekend to discuss a possible move to the Emirates, according to...

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Tactical Review: Germany 2-2 Ghana

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#451002050 / gettyimages.com Joachim Low's approach With players like Mats Hummels fully recovered from the injuries they sustained in the opening...

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Video: Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas throw out of Spain training mid-session

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Cesc Fabregas appeared to be dropped by Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque in the middle of today's training session. The recent Chelsea signing was...

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Spurs bid for Southampton’s Dejan Lovren, hope to pip Liverpool to his signing

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Tottenham have made a £15m bid for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, according to reports in his native Croatia. Spurs have lodged a...

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Top five conclusions: #GER 2-2 #GHA

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1. This was outstanding entertainment from the World Cup that keeps on giving. Open, end-to-end, thrilling. 2. It says a lot that Ghana looked...

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Video: Netherlands fan gets awful tattoos of Man Utd duo Robin Van Persie

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One Netherlands supporter was so pleased with his nation's flying start to the World Cup that he decided to get inked to commemorate it. Andre...

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Spurs star Paulinho should be dropped for Chelsea’s Ramires, says Zico

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Tottenham midfielder Paulinho is at the root of Brazil's lacklustre start to the World Cup, according to legendary Brazil international Zico....

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba signs for Chelsea… on his Football Manager game

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Paul Pogba has made a shock move to Chelsea. Unfortunately, for Blues supporters the transfer only happened in his Football Manager game. The...

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Preview: USA vs Portugal

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USA will come into this game with a lot of reasons for confidence; they face a depleted Portugal side, they managed to get three points in their...

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Tactical Review: Argentina 1-0 Iran

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Alejandro Sabella's approach Sabella included Gonzalo Higuain in a more offensive 4-3-1-2 formation than the 3-5-2 he used against...

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Real Madrid plotting move for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling

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Real Madrid are tracking the progress of Raheem Sterling with a view to launching a bid for the Liverpool winger next summer, according to reports....

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Top five conclusions: #ARG 1-0 #IRN

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1. This tale of a last gasp escape from Iran escape deserves to be made into a film. Argo-tina. 2. Lionel Messi has definitely started to add to his...

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Man City’s Samir Nasri used to mock Mathieu Valbuena over his height

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Pint-sized midfielder Mathieu Valbuena has been the heartbeat of the France team at the World Cup, while Manchester City star Samir Nasri...

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Tottenham plot £10m bid for Newcastle’s Tim Krul

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Tottenham are reportedly planning to sign Tim Krul as they prepare to lose Hugo Lloris this summer. Mauricio Pochettino's side are weighing up...

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Preview: Algeria vs South Korea

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Algeria were one of the most impressive sides to lose their opening match at this World Cup. The Desert Warriors worked hard to minimise the spaces...

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‘Give me a break!’ – The phrase that caused Spurs star to headbutt team-mate

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Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has revealed what led him to headbutt Cameroon team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo during their World Cup clash with...

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Serge Aurier ‘agrees terms’ with Arsenal

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Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier has agreed terms with Arsenal ahead of an £8m transfer, according to reports. The 21-year-old is currently starring...

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Tottenham monitoring Liverpool target Marcos Rojo

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Tottenham have joined Liverpool in tracking Argentina international Marcos Rojo, according to reports. The Sporting Lisbon left-back has been on the...

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Tactical Review: Honduras 1-2 Ecuador

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Luis Fernando Suarez' approach In the build up to this game, Suarez promised the Hondurans that his side would get their first goal at the...

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Newcastle ‘in advanced talks’ to sign Ecuador star Enner Valencia

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Newcastle are in talks with Mexican side Pachuca over the signing of Ecuador's World Cup star Enner Valencia, according to reports. Valencia...

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Preview: #BEL vs #RUS

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Belgium's golden generation struggled against Algeria as they had to come from behind to eventually beat the African side. They had to readjust from...

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Top five conclusions: #HON 1-2 #ECU

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1. If England showed Sunday League defending last night, this was all about Sunday League tackles. It got a touch physical, to say the least. 2....

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Esteban Cambiasso linked with Tottenham move

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Tottenham are planning on signing Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso on a free transfer later this summer, according to reports. The former...

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Tactical Review: Switzerland 2-5 France

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#Cm2014 Le vestiaire des Bleus avant #FRASUI pic.twitter.com/r2JzQp8syg Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 20, 2014 Ottmar Hitzfeld's...

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Liverpool ‘consider shock bid’ for Man Utd’s Antonio Valencia

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is a shock transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports. The 28-year-old, currently representing...

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Spurs and Man Utd ‘chasing Espanyol defender Hector Moreno’

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Tottenham are battling Manchester United to sign Espanyol defender Hector Moreno, according to reports. New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready...

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Spurs ‘bid for Man Utd target’ Memphis Depay

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Netherlands international Memphis Depay is a transfer target for Tottenham, according to reports. He has been linked with a move to Manchester United...

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Tactical Review: Italy 0-1 Costa Rica

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#Mondiali2014 dopo 25 minuti #ItaliaCostaRica 0-0 #ITACRC #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/RDrZVp91t7 Nazionale Italiana (@Vivo_Azzurro) June 20,...

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Tactical Review: Italy 0-1 Chile

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#Mondiali2014 dopo 25 minuti #ItaliaCostaRica 0-0 #ITACRC #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/RDrZVp91t7 Nazionale Italiana (@Vivo_Azzurro) June 20,...

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Top five conclusions: #SUI 2-5 #FRA

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1. This was an absolute Swiss roll over. They capitulated. And with missed penalties and goals scored after the final whistle it could easily have...

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Preview: Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina

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This is arguably the most important game in Group F. Argentina are expected to finish first and Iran are expected to finish at the foot, leaving this...

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Top five conclusions: #CRC 1-0 #ITA

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1. There will be no kiss from the Queen for Mario. Shame he didn't have this version of his shooting boots on against England. 2. Italy paid...

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Preview: Germany vs Ghana

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Germany may be one of the favourites to go all the way but not even they would have expected such a one-way encounter against Portugal. In their...

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Video: Cafu backs comparison with Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan

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Brazilian legend Cafu has praised Liverpool's Jon Flanagan and given his endorsement to comparisons between himself and the Reds...

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Preview: Argentina vs Iran

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Argentina stuttered in the first-half of their opening game against Bosnia-Herzegovina. That was despite Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac gifting them...

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Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen dismisses Man Utd transfer rumours

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has rejected speculation linking him with a surprise switch to Manchester United. The centre-back has been tipped to...

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Arsenal send good luck message to Joel Campbell ahead of #CRC vs #ITA

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Good luck to Joel Campbell who starts for #CRC against #ITA in their second #WorldCup game today pic.twitter.com/QJdMO5W3w1 Arsenal FC...

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Video: Actor Paul Rudd on meeting Everton right-back Seamus Coleman’s dad

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Liverpool set for third bid for Southampton’s Adam Lallana

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Liverpool will launch a third bid to sign Southampton skipper Adam Lallana after the World Cup, according to reports. Brendan Rodgers' side...

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Chelsea set for five-man clearout

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Chelsea are ready to offload five players from their first-team squad in the coming weeks, according to reports. Having already sold David Luiz to...

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England and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard: ‘There’s a glimmer of hope’

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England captain Steven Gerrard was understandably downbeat after defeat to Uruguay left them teetering on the brink of World Cup elimination. But the...

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Tactical Review: Japan 0-0 Greece

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Alberto Zaccheroni's approach Japan's Italian manager expected to face a solid Greece side but he started with a very attacking side in the...

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Barcelona at ‘advanced stage’ of deal to sign Luis Suarez

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's transfer to Barcelona is at an "advanced stage", according to reports in the Catalan media. The...

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Ibrahim Toure, brother of Man City’s Yaya and Liverpool’s Kolo, dies aged 28

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The younger brother of Ivory Coast internationals Yaya and Kolo Toure has died in Manchester at the age of 28, the Ivory Coast FA has confirmed....

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Top five conclusions: Japan 0-0 Greece

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1. For depressed England fans, 90 minutes of Greece was not what the doctor ordered. They know how to sap the life out of a game. 2. Fernando Santos...

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Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge apologises for England’s defeat to Uruguay

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I feel sick right now.Heartbroken I swear down. Sorry to the fans and Everyone back home. It ain't over till it's over. #gutted ...

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Preview: Honduras vs Ecuador

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Honduras were determined to bully France with their uncompromising defensive tactics but everything went wrong from the first-half. Once Wilson...

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Tactical Review: Uruguay 2-1 England

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Oscar Tabarez's approach Tabarez changed his team set-up from an expansive 4-4-2 formation with only two central midfielders to a 4-4-2 diamond...

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Arsenal target Mario Balotelli demands a kiss from the Queen if Italy beat Costa Rica

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Italy striker Mario Balotelli says he wants a kiss from the Queen if he helps England out by beating Costa Rica tomorrow. The former Manchester City...

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Best jokes as Liverpool’s Luis Suarez scores twice against England

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The script could have been written, couldn't it? Oh well, might as well laugh...

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Top five conclusions: Uruguay 2-1 England

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1. It was all so inevitable. Luis Suarez. Twice. 2. Nice to see the Suarez and Steven Gerrard can take that telepathic understanding away from their...

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Tactical Review: Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

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#COL vs #CIV Fin del juego. ¡Nuestra Selección derrota 2-1 a Costa de Marfil!.Estamos a un paso de la clasificación. pic.twitter.com/5lIx9I6BRM...

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Top five conclusions: Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

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1. Die Serey is quite moved by the sound of the Ivory Coast national anthem. He took the now familiar teary-eyed anthem to the extreme. 2. If he was...

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Preview: Switzerland vs France

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Switzerland will hope for a much improved performance against France. They had to dramatically overturn Ecuador's lead late in the second half to...

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The end of an era for Spain or the start of a new one?

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The 2010 champions of bowed out of the 2014 World Cup after playing just two games and people are still shocked as the their defence was shattered...

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Video: Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote’s comedy fall (#COL vs #CIV)

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Preview: Italy vs Costa Rica

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The Azzurri take on Costa Rica knowing that another win would make their final game against Uruguay much easier to approach. They will be fully aware...

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Leeds appoint David Hockaday as new manager

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"David Who-kaday," you may well ask. The new man in charge at Leeds is David Hockaday, who was sacked last season by Conference side...

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PSG boss Laurent Blanc hints that he has given up on signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea

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Paris Saint-Germain appear to have given up of hope of luring Chelsea star Eden Hazard back to Ligue 1. The French champions were linked with a £61m...

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Wayne Rooney praises Man Utd team-mate Robin Van Persie for his goal against Australia

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Great finish by @Persie_Official yes batman Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 18, 2014 England striker Wayne Rooney was an interested armchair...

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Man Utd target Arturo Vidal: ‘I don’t know if I’ll stay at Juventus’

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Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has admitted that he doesn't know whether he will still be at the club next season. The 27-year-old, who is...

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Photo: Liverpool team-mates Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard scream in each other’s faces

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and team-mate Luis Suarez have been pictured screaming in each other's face ahead of tonight's Uruguay...

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Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie tells Arsenal fans: ‘I’ll always be a Gunner’

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has declared he is a Gunner. The former Arsenal star left the club under a cloud after demanding a move to...

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Tactical Review: Cameroon 0-4 Croatia

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Volker Finke's approach The Cameroon boss corrected what went wrong in his side's first game. The Indomitable Lions were pinned in their own...

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd ‘have made offers’ for Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis Sanchez has offers on the table from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, according to reports in his native Chile. The Barcelona...

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Video: Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque tries to get on the Chile team bus

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Well that's one way of ensuring you don't end up going home early. Ignoring the bloke standing at the door of the coach holding a Chile...

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Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho defends Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil has been defended by Jose Mourinho. Ozil had come under-fire for his performances for club and country during the...

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AC Milan interested in cash-plus-Joel Campbell deal from Arsenal for Mario Balotelli

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AC Milan are considering offering Arsenal a cut-price deal for striker Mario Balotelli if they get Costa Rica star Joel Campbell as a...

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Video and Photo: Spurs defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto headbutts Cameroon team-mate

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Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto was lucky to escape without a red card after headbutting Cameroon colleague Benjamin Moukandjo in the closing...

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Top five conclusions: Cameroon 0-4 Croatia

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1. Cameroon have gone for a Song. They were knocked out of the tournament cheaply when Barcelona and former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song invented a...

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Man Utd target Toni Kroos admits his future is in limbo

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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted he is no clearer as to where his future lies. The 24-year-old says he is no closer to signing a new deal...

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Wesley Sneijder admits Man Utd link-up with Louis Van Gaal would be tempting

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Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder admits he would find it hard to turn down the chance to join his Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal at Manchester...

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Preview: Colombia vs Ivory Coast

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After an impressive victory against Greece, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is rallying his troops to go all-out for a win again. Pekerman's side...

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Preview: Japan vs Greece

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Japan will be armed with tough lessons when they take on the Piratiko(The Pirate Ship) of Greece in Natal on Wednesday. The Blue Samurai started on...

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Tactical Review: Spain 0-2 Chile

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Vicente Del Bosque's approach Del Bosque had to make changes to the side that was mauled by the Netherlands. He still believes in his system but he...

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Top five conclusions: Australia 2-3 Netherlands

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1. Tim Cahill's goal was a thing of beauty. It gets better each time you win it. 2. This World Cup has seen a string of goalkeeping howlers and...

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Top five conclusions: Spain 0-2 Chile

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1. The reign of Spain is mainly over. Three successive major tournament victories followed by a group stage exit. 2. Chile's play was all about...

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Tactical Review: Australia 2-3 Netherlands

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Ange Postecoglou's approach True to his word, Postecoglou set his team out to attack; they had to dominate possession, press high and commit...

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Arsenal ‘ready to offer £180,000-a-week’ to Mario Balotelli

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Arsenal are ready to smash their infamously rigid wage structure to land Mario Balotelli, according to reports. The Gunners are set to offer the AC...

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Competition: Win £3,000 sponsorship for your local team

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To celebrate the huge year for football that is 2014, 888sport are giving local football teams and aspiring footballers a chance to get in on the...

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Preview: Uruguay vs England

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While both Uruguay and England come into this game at the back of defeats in their first games, they lost under very different circumstances. Uruguay...

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Man Utd target Bruno Martins Indi stretchered off during Australia vs Holland

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Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi appears to have picked up a serious injury. The Feyenoord man was stretchered off after a challenge with...

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Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is better now he’s less selfish, says Man Utd legend Paul Scholes

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#138738906 / gettyimages.com Paul Scholes has branded Luis Suarez a "lucky" players and says his game has transformed now he has become...

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Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates could start vs England after Diego Lugano injury

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Liverpool's forgotten man Sebastian Coates is in line to face some of his club-mates when Uruguay face England tomorrow. Uruguay skipper Diego...

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West Brom confirm interest in ex-Man City defender Joleon Lescott

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Newly unveiled West Brom manager Alan Irvine has confirmed he wants to sign Joleon Lescott. The former Manchester City centre-back is available on a...

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Video: West Brom unveil ex-Everton academy boss Alan Irvine as their new manager

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West Brom have officially unveiled Alan Irvine as their new manager. He was appointed last week, but has not yet finished his duties as...

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Tottenham ‘line-up shock move’ for Sunderland’s John O’Shea

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Sunderland defender John O'Shea is a surprise summer transfer target for Tottenham, according to reports. Spurs are said to be keen to secure a...

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Alarm bells should be ringing for Southampton’s Luke Shaw after Alex Buttner’s Man Utd failure

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As Alex Buttner's agent confirms he is leaving Manchester United, Southampton fan Daniel Sharpe reflects on what that means for Luke Shaw....

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Man Utd ‘close to deal’ for Benfica’s Nico Gaitan

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Benfica midfielder Nico Gaitan is close to making a move to Manchester United, according to reports in Portugal. The Argentinian star was in...

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling ‘happy’ to swap positions with Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney

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England starlet Raheem Sterling says he is happy to swap positions with Wayne Rooney despite his impressive display through the middle...

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Arsenal want PSG’s form Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi

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Paris Saint-Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi is now Arsenal's top summer transfer target, according to The Sun. The Gunners are linked with a £15m...

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Chelsea target Sefa Isci rejects Benfica

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Anderlecht youngster Sefa Isci has rejected a move to Benfica giving Chelsea renewed optimism that they will be able to land him. The 18-year-old...

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Premier League opening day fixtures: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, Burnley vs Chelsea, Man Utd vs Swansea, West Ham vs Spurs, Newcastle vs Man City

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A tasty London derby between West Ham and Spurs looks to be the pick of the opening set of Premier League fixtures for next season. It is the tie...

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Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney being readied as England’s scapegoat

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In the wake of a defeat in the World Cup opener against Italy, reaction in England has generally been one of confusion. The game passed by without...

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Video: Man City’s James Milner decides he’s Messi in England training

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You might assume James Milner is in the England squad for his dependability and workmanlike performances, but the Manchester City man is partial to a...

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Alex Buttner is leaving Man Utd, who still want Southampton’s Luke Shaw, claims agent

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Manchester United left-back Alex Buttner will leave the club this summer, his agent has confirmed. And he revealed that United are still pursuing a...

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Top five conclusions: Russia 1-1 South Korea

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1. Igor Akinfeev did his bit to give Iker Casillas a confidence boost ahead of Spain's game tomorrow. The Real Madrid man is no longer...

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Liverpool and Arsenal ‘chasing Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa’

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Liverpool and Arsenal are preparing offers for Mexico hero Guillermo Ochoa, according to reports. The 28-year-old put in a stunning display in...

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Preview: Australia vs Netherlands

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The Socceroos will look at the positives from their 3-1 defeat to Chile. After a difficult start to the game, which saw them trailing by two goals in...

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Preview: Cameroon vs Croatia

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Cameroon had a difficult game in Natal when they lost to Mexico after large parts of the game chasing the ball. After that confidence-sapping game...

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Tactical Review: Brazil 0-0 Mexico

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Luiz Felipe Scolari's approach Scolari continued with his tried and tested starting XI, except for Hulk because of his fitness issues. The...

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Top five conclusions: Brazil 0-0 Mexico

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1. Take a bow, Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexico keeper both-handedly kept his side in this with a string of great saves. 2. Marcelo was disappointed to...

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Preview: Spain vs Chile

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The mauling that Spain suffered against Netherlands was just a sobering reminder of the downside of ultra-offensive tactics. When they work they...

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Liverpool and Man Utd battle for £20m-rated Juan Cuadrado

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Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona are at the centre of a tug-of-war for Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, according to reports in Italy....

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Tactical Review: Belgium 2-1 Algeria

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Marc Wilmots' approach Wilmots needed his side to take the initiative because the Algeria were always going to defend in numbers and make it...

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge: ‘I love my job!’

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It's crazy I'm still a fan watching the World Cup even though I'm playing. Swear down I love my job... pic.twitter.com/s2593hSzA4...

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Top five conclusions: #BEL 2-1 #ALG

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1. For a while it looked like the much discussed dark horses were going to fall at the first hurdle. As it is, they're still on track. 2....

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Video: Liverpool’s Glen Johnson and Man City’s Joe Hart throw England’s masseur in an ice bath

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England's World Cup squad found a cooling way of wishing masseur Paul Small a happy birthday. The 50-year-old was strapped to a patio chair...

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Move to ‘fantastic’ Arsenal is possible, says Mario Balotelli’s agent

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Mario Balotelli's agent has confirmed that a transfer to Arsenal is possible and branded the north Londoners "a fantastic...

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Chelsea demand £32m for Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea have slapped a £32m asking price on striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in Italy. The Belgium looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this...

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Santi Cazorla non-committal on Arsenal future

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has refused to commit himself to the club, saying he will decide on his future after the World Cup. The Spain...

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Mats Hummels ‘doesn’t expect’ to join Man Utd this summer

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Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels has cooled speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The Germany international, on target...

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Win a personalised England kit, World Cup goodie bag and £250 Carpetright voucher

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With World Cup fever sweeping the globe, Carpetright have been daring to dream big, and are kicking off our biggest ever giveaway. They're are...

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Top five conclusions: Ghana 1-2 USA

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1. What a finish. John Brooks had to feel the grass on his face to make sure he really had scored the winner. 2. You can't get much more...

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Liverpool join Man Utd in the race for Netherlands star Daley Blind

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Liverpool are the latest side to lodge an enquiry with Ajax about the availability of their World Cup star Daley Blind, according to claims in his...

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Photo: Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker pose with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Germany's World Cup squad got a bit of a surprise when Chancellor Angela Merkel came into their dressing room after yesterday's 4-0 win...

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Foody Forecaster – The World Cup Game from JUST EAT

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Forget that World Cup accumulator – win free takeaway for a year with JUST EAT's Foody Forecaster. Foody Forecaster is a Brazil 2014 prediction game...

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Wayne Rooney is ‘class’, says Man Utd team-mate Danny Welbeck

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Danny Welbeck has defended under-fire England and Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney, branding him "class". Rooney has been...

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Photo: Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb draped in the Algeria flag

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For a player who was keeping his options open on his international future until fairly recently, Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is now really...

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Tactical Review: Ghana 1-2 USA

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The #USMNT celebrates @clint_dempsey's goal as one. #1N1T pic.twitter.com/a5R2XQsFhi U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 16, 2014 Jurgen...

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Man Utd ‘back in for Ander Herrera’

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Manchester United are renewing their attempts to land Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, according to Spanish media reports. United are...

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‘Arsenal did try to sign me in January,’ says Germany wonderkid Julian Draxler

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Schalke star Julian Draxler has confirmed that he did have the chance to sign for Arsenal during the January transfer window. The Gunners were widely...

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Real Madrid ‘line up £33m bid’ for Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is a £33m target for Real Madrid, according to reports. The 19-year-old, currently in Brazil with...

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Chelsea linked with Steaua Bucharest left-back Iasmin Latovlevici

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Steaua Bucharest's Iasmin Latovlevici is the latest left-back to be linked with a move to Chelsea. Jose Mourinho is keeping tabs on the Romania...

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Liverpool set to move for Marcos Rojo instead of Alberto Moreno

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Liverpool are ready to abandon their pursuit of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno and attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo instead. The...

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Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley linked with Arsenal switch

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Arsenal could sign Tom Cleverley as part of a deal that sees Thomas Vermaelen move to Manchester United, according to reports. Gunners boss Arsene...

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France tried to capture drone, says Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris

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#CM2014 Lloris l'échauffement avant #FRAHON. pic.twitter.com/zEb9ja4YII Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 15, 2014 France's...

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Tactical Review: Iran 0-0 Nigeria

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Carlos Queiroz's approach Carlos Queiroz's side prides itself on compact defending so they continued with the same conservative approach in a 4-2-3-1...

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Top five conclusions: #IRN 0-0 #NGR

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1. If you thought this World Cup was going to be a non-stop goal-fest, you're luck just Iran out. 2. This game is best summed up by considering...

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Preview: Belgium vs Algeria

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Belgium's golden generation passed the qualifying test with flying colours; they won eight of their 10 games in a group that included Croatia. They...

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Video: Daniel Sturridge says Liverpool players are not on texting terms with Luis Suarez

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England striker Daniel Sturridge says Luis Suarez has cut contact with his team-mates and Liverpool's medical staff as he seeks...

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Tactical Review: Germany 4-0 Portugal

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Joachim Low's approach Low would have ideally preferred to have the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marco Reus in his starting XI but due to...

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Photo: Ex-Man City striker Mario Balotelli fills his Panini album with stickers of himself

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Video: Joachim Low picks his nose, then shakes Cristiano Ronaldo’s hand (#GER 4-0 #POR)

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Video: Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to England training

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has returned to full England training since picking up a knee injury in the warm-up game against Ecuador. But it is thought...

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Top five conclusions: Germany 4-0 Portugal

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1. Thomas Muller has gone level with Own Goal as the joint-top scorer. Steve Claridge-style rolled down socks are definitely at least partly...

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Preview: Russia vs South Korea

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Fabio Capello's strict disciplinary regime has been very successful with Russia. He impressively masterminded their qualification campaign, which saw...

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Photo: Ex-Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles gives the ref his middle fingers

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Preview: Brazil vs Mexico

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Brazil have three points in the bag, their golden boy Neymar has lived up to expectations by scoring two goals, plus Oscar has expressed his famed...

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Southampton appoint Ronald Koeman as their new manager

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Ronald Koeman has been appointed as Southampton's new manager. The former Feyenoord coach, who resigned last month after leading them to second...

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Video: Southampton target Lex Immers in action

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Southampton are targeting Feyenoord midfielder Lex Immers, according to reports. The 28-year-old has jumped to the top of Saints' wish-list...

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Video: Man Utd target Mats Hummels heads in (#GER vs #POR)

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Manchester United summer transfer target Mats Hummels has displayed the attacking threat he could pose for them next season despite the fact he is...

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‘Go Spurs,’ says Arsenal legend Thierry Henry

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Congratulations for San Antonio Spurs. 5th title. Especially to my boy @tonyparker best point guard. Respect Tim Duncan and Manu #GoSpursGo ...

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Everton ‘in talks’ for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic

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Everton have opened discussions with Wolfsburg about signing winger Ivan Perisic, according to reports. The 25-year-old was most recently in action...

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Video: Man City keeper Joe Hart screams ‘give me the f**king ball” at a ballboy

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Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood says he turned down West Brom

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Ex-Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood claims he rejected the chance to become the new West Brom boss. Sherwood says he turned down the Baggies ...

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West Brom and Hull ‘scouting Jordan Ayew today’

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Hull City and West Brom are among the Premier League clubs who have sent scouts to watch Ghana's Jordan Ayew in action against the USA today,...

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen ‘agrees deal’ to join Man Utd

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Thomas Vermaelen has agreed, in principle, to sign for Manchester United. The Arsenal captain must now await agreement between the two clubs over his...

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Video: Man City keeper Joe Hart congratulates Andrea Pirlo on his “wow free-kick”

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Andrea Pirlo nearly gave Italy a third goal in their victory over England on Saturday night with his stunning free-kick. The Juventus veteran cut...

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Liverpool linked with Italy winger Antonio Candreva

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Lazio and Italy winger Antonio Candreva is a transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports. Candreva was in outstanding form against England on...

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Man City linked with former Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood

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Manchester City are plotting a surprise move for ex-Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood, according to reports. Former backup Costel Pantilimon left the...

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Tactical Review: Argentina 2-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Alejandro Sabella's approach With Gonzalo Higuain not fit enough to start, Sabella went with the 3-5-2 formation that he has been working on. In...

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Daley Blind is a ‘serious target’ for Manchester United

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Ajax and Netherlands left-back Daley Blind is a serious target for Manchester United, according to reports in the Dutch media. The rumours first...

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Diego Costa: ‘I’m joining Chelsea because they’re one of the greatest clubs in the world’

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Spain striker Diego Costa has confirmed that he is on the verge of joining Chelsea and says he is doing so because they are one of the...

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Top five conclusions: Argentina 2-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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1. Lionel Messi got his World Cup goalscoring monkey off his back in style. 2. Messi, the Maracana, the magic... we might have known it would be...

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Video: Marcos Rojo’s rabona clearance (#ARG vs #BHI)

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There's a time and a place for showboating, and Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo knows that time and place is in your own penalty area when...

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Tactical Review: France 3-0 Honduras

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C'est fini Porto Alegre.Les Bleus s'imposent 3-0 face au Honduras et commence la #cm2014 de la meilleure des façons...

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Arsenal want Real Sociedad right-back Joseba Zaldua

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Real Sociedad youngster Joseba Zaldua is the latest right-back to be linked with a move to Arsenal. The Gunners are reportedly planning to land the...

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Video: Liverpool’s Glen Johnson and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill recovering after England’s defeat to Italy

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England's squad have completed a recovery session after yesterday's defeat to Italy. They returned from Manaus to their Rio De Janeiro HQ...

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Top five conclusions: France 3-0 Honduras

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1. France will be delighted to come through this relatively unscathed and without suspensions after finding themselves in a... erm......

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Ramires is staying at Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation linking midfielder Ramires to a move to Real Madrid this summer. The European champions are...

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Croatia impose media blackout over naked photos of Liverpool target Dejan Lovren

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Croatia's World Cup squad are refusing to talk to the media after photos of them swimming naked in their hotel pool were published. Southampton...

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Tactical Review: Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador

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PHOTO: Mehmedi celebrates, can #SUI go ahead? Or will #ECU regain lead? #worldcup #SUIECU http://t.co/q1S7UbyAt4 pic.twitter.com/H6pqsADkQE...

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Preview: Ghana vs USA

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Ghana is one of the most successful African countries in World Cup history despite being involved only in the last two finals. Ghana, Senegal and...

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Video: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says ‘we managed’ to play against Robbie Savage’s Leicester

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The odd-man-out on the BBC sofa for this evening's game between France and Honduras is Robbie Savage, who is perhaps not of the same pedigree...

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Preview: Iran vs Nigeria

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Since there is a general expectation that Group F's seeded team, Argentina, will go through, the rest of the teams in the group are quietly confident...

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Top five conclusions: Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador

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1. The World Cup that doesn't do draws kept up its noble tradition courtesy of an injury time winner from Switzerland's Haris Seferovic....

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Preview: Germany vs Portugal

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Germany are generally rankled as fourth or even fifth favourites for the World Cuup but expectations are higher than that back home. They were...

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Jose Mourinho confirms Thibaut Courtois will return to Chelsea next season

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will return to the club next season possibly spelling the end of...

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Jose Mourinho ‘extremely confident’ Diego Costa will sign for Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has publicly declared his desire to make Diego Costa his striker next season and says he is confident he will...

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New Chelsea signing Cesc Fabregas: ‘Arsenal were my first-choice’

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Acaba la rueda de prensa de @XabiAlonso y @cesc4official, que te mandan su #SelfieSeFutbol dedicado | #VamosEspaña pic.twitter.com/uivHUpZnfi...

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Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney hoping for a white World Cup, believes snow

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Gutted to lose game last night. We move on to Uruguay now. We have to believe snow stay positive Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 15, 2014...

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Photo: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger beaming after Joel Campbell’s performance for Costa Rica

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Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell could have a role to play at Arsenal next season if Arsene Wenger's post-match facial expressions are anything...

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Top five conclusions: England 1-2 Italy

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1. England need to wake-up for set-pieces. Too many players are switching off. Italy's opener was well worked but England were too slow to...

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Tactical Review: Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

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#450619094 / gettyimages.com Oscar Tabarez's approach Uruguay are one of the few top sides that prefer to play with three out-and-out strikers but...

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Top five conclusions: Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan

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1. Sometimes you just need to check that everything is where it should be... even in front of a global TV audience. 2. Unleashing the Drog is a...

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Video: Arsenal target Serge Aurier bags two assists (Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan)

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Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier made both goals as his side came from behind to beat Japan 2-1. The 22-year-old, reportedly wanted by Arsenal to...

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Man Utd linked with £12m bid for Netherlands left-back Daley Blind

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Netherlands left-back Daley Blind is reported to be a £12m target for Manchester United. The Ajax man, aged 23, was in impressive form during his...

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Liverpool fan who vowed to chop off his penis and eat it if Costa Rica beat Uruguay reflects on ‘bad day’

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If Costa Rica beat Uruguay on Saturday i'll chop my penis off and eat it. It's not going to happen Peter (@PeterrWLFC) June...

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Tactical Review: England 1-2 Italy

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Roy Hodgson's approach Hodgson made some tweaks to his team's outlook but he kept his usual 4-2-3-1 formation. He selected a team that would...

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Chelsea want £7m rated CSKA Moscow left-back Georgi Schennikov

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Chelsea are planning to make CSKA Moscow star Georgi Schennikov their new left-back, according to reports. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly...

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Paul Scholes defends former Man Utd team-mate Wayne Rooney

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#450628340 / gettyimages.com Wayne Rooney's performance in England's defeat to Italy has been defended by his former Manchester United...

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Photo: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Southampton’s Adam Lallana smiling through Italy defeat

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Smile through the pain. #hardtotake #my1stworldcupgoal #thanksGod #happybdayMom #gutted pic.twitter.com/SzdQKB6g37 Daniel Sturridge...

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Liverpool ready to bid £25m for Benfica’s Lazar Markovic amid reports he prefers them to Chelsea

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Liverpool are on the verge of launching a £25m offer for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, according to reports. The Serbia international has been...

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Video: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is scared of loud music

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Luis Suarez got a bit a fright ahead of Uruguay's defeat to Costa Rica because someone switched on some music. Somebody decided to...

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Top five conclusions: #URU 1-3 #CRC

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1. Group D might not be the three-horse race we all assumed. The supposed whipping boys have already got three points on the board and have set...

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Video: Arsenal’s Joel Campbell scores for Costa Rica vs Uruguay, does a ball baby bump celebration

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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell grabbed an equaliser for Costa Rica against Uruguay and immediately fell pregnant to the matchball. The Gunners...

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Arsenal ‘launch bid’ for Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio

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Arsenal have reportedly submitted a formal bid for Brazilian defender Rodrigo Caio. The Gunners' have put their offer, thought to be in the...

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Liverpool ‘ready to bid £27m for Alexis Sanchez’

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Liverpool are set to push ahead with attempts to sign Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez. Reds scouts in Brazil watched the Chile international play an...

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Arsenal fans add blue plaque to Tottenham’s ground

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A group of Arsenal fans have fitted a fake blue plaque to Tottenham's stadium to commemorate their league wins at White Hart Lane. The cheeky...

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Tactical Review: Colombia 3-0 Greece

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Recuerda la titular de #COL vs #GRE: pic.twitter.com/9ehZwLEFnK Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 14, 2014 Jose Pekeman's approach...

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling STARTS and is No. 10 for England vs Italy

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Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling will start for England against Italy and has been handed a central no.10 role, according to the latest reports....

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Tottenham linked with ex-Arsenal target Ricardo Alvarez

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Inter Milan contract rebel Ricardo Alvarez is a target for Tottenham, according to reports. New manager Mauricio Pochettino has drawn up a shortlist...

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Top five conclusions: #COL 3-0 #GRE

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1. Pablo Armero and his Colombia team-mates might have just sealed celebration of the tournament. 2. Greece lightning, it wasn't. They were...

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West Brom appoint ex-Preston boss and Everton coach Alan Irvine

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Alan Irvine has been appointed as the new West Brom manager. The Everton academy manager has been handed a 12-month contract and replaces Pepe Mel....

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Video: Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson praises Brendan Rodgers’ role in his development

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Jordan Henderson has praised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for his improvement over the last two years. The midfielder believes his game has...

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Everton’s Ross Barkley warms up for #ENG vs #ITA by watching The Wolf Of Wall Street

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England midfielder Ross Barkley's matchday routine is in full swing: he's watching The Wolf Of Wall Street. With time to kill ahead of...

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Man Utd ‘favour Kevin Strootman over Bastian Schweinsteiger’

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Manchester United are focusing on strengthening their midfield with Roma's Kevin Strootman, not Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger,...

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Preview: France vs Honduras

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The main question for France during this World Cup campaign was supposed to be whether or not they would have enough firepower to go far into the...

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Preview: Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina

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After Neymar, Lionel Messi is perhaps the most under pressure players at the World Cup. There are some sections of the Argentina supporters who have...

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Preview: Switzerland vs Ecuador

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Ottmar Hitzfeld, the 2001 Champions League-winning manager, will be quietly confident of his Switzerland side's chances of finishing first in...

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Italy keeper Gigi Buffon out of England clash

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Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has been ruled out of tonight's game against England with a sprained ankle. Buffon has confirmed earlier rumours...

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Video: Man Utd assistant boss Ryan Giggs joked that he masterminded Netherlands’ win over Spain

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Ryan Giggs claimed responsibility for Netherlands' impressive 1-5 thrashing of Spain last night. The Manchester United assistant manager joked...

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Video and Photos: Hilarious reworkings of Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie’s flying header (Spain 1-5 Netherlands)

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After Holland star Robin Van Persie's brilliant header against Spain last night, the internet soon got to work on reimagining his impressive...

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Video: Man Utd target Bruno Martins Indi goes mad at the ref for spraying his boots

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The spray can given to referees to mark distances for free-kicks has been one of the early talking points of this World Cup. It had its first...

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Chelsea consider £12m bid for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko

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Chelsea are mulling over a summer move for Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko, according to reports. The Blues are on the verge of launching a £12m...

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Barcelona aim to beat Liverpool to Southampton’s Dejan Lovren

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Barcelona are hoping to hijack Liverpool's attempts to sign Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren, according to reports. The Croatia star, who...

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Man Utd ‘move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen’

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Manchester United have made an approach for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports. The Belgium international is out of favour at the...

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Top five conclusions: #CHI 3-1 #AUS

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1. Everybody's favourite dark horses were nearly tripped up by the Socceroos. This wasn't as easy as it looked like it was going to be...

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Tactical Review: Mexico 1-0 Cameroon

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#2T 73' MEX 1-0 CMR ¡Festeja @Cpillo24 festeja! #YaCreo #SelecciónBanamex #MEXCMR http://t.co/aad8DXAvhV pic.twitter.com/8Ts4Cgp891 ...

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Tactical Review: #ESP 1-5 #NED

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Vicente del Bosque's approach

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Photos: Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool stars train on Manaus pitch ahead of England vs Italy

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#450573770 / gettyimages.com England's World Cup squad have been training on the infamous Manaus pitch ahead of tomorrow's World Cup...

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Video: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ ridiculous non-miss (Spain 1-5 Netherlands)

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Fernando Torres is clearly so fed up of humiliating misses that he is just no bothering to shoot anymore. The Chelsea striker had the chance to score...

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Liverpool set for Roberto Firmino talks in coming days

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Liverpool are expected to open talks with Hoffenheim over the signing of Roberto Firmino in the coming days. Chief executive Ian Ayre is expected to...

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Santi Cazorla ‘wants to quit Arsenal for Atletico Madrid’

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Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has told the club he wants to quit to join Atletico Madrid this summer, according to reports in Spain. The player has told...

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Photo: Manchester United go to town on Robin Van Persie and Louis Van Gaal’s high five

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Manchester United have posted a picture of striker Robin Van Persie giving a high five to new manager Louis Van Gaal on their official Instagram...

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Top five conclusions: Spain 1-5 Netherlands

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1. Spain can point to their defeat in their opening game against Switzerland on the way to victory in the 2010 World Cup, but this looked distinctly...

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Video: Rio Ferdinand says Robin Van Persie ‘didn’t feel loved’ at Man Utd under David Moyes

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Rio Ferdinand has claimed that his former Manchester United team-mate did not feel loved during David Moyes' time in charge at Old Trafford....

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Video: Chelsea-bound Diego Costa gets away with a headbutt on Man Utd target Bruno Martins Indi (Spain vs Netherlands)

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The first game of Diego Costa's return to the country of his birth with Spain should have come to a premature end this evening. The...

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GIF: Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie’s beautiful looping header makes it (Spain 1-1 Netherlands)

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Netherlands have equalised just before half-time in this evening's game against Spain, courtesy of this glorious looping, diving header from...

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Video: Robin Van Persie and Louis Van Gaal – the Man Utd high five celebration

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Robin Van Persie celebrated his brilliant goal against Spain with Netherlands boss and new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal. The United...

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GIF: Ex-Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso gives Spain the lead vs Netherlands

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All-Time England Eleven

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Picking out an all-time XI an age-old pub activity. Now holiday firm Club Med has come up with a very nice interactive version of the game....

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Video: Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard has a terrible golf swing

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Flair, skill, balance; Eden Hazard has it all as long as he's playing football, not golf. Put a club in his hand and it turns out that...

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Top five conclusions: #MEX 1-0 #CMR

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#450558682 / gettyimages.com 1. FIFA normally instructs referees to clampdown on something in particular during the group stage of a World Cup. This...

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Liverpool ‘in talks’ to sign Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri

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Liverpool are holding discussions with Bayern Munich about the signing of winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports. The 22-year-old, currently at...

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Cesc Fabregas chose Chelsea over Man Utd and Man City ‘at wife’s request’

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Cesc Fabregas chose a move to Chelsea over joining Manchester United and Manchester City because his wife wanted to live in London, according to...

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Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna agrees move to Manchester City

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Bacary Sagna has finalised his switch to Manchester City on a free transfer. The 31-year-old was out of contract at Arsenal and widely expected to...

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Ex-Man City and Spurs defender Vedran Corluka brands Brazil vs Croatia ref ‘embarrassing’

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A worried Vedran Corluka double-checks the colour of his card! #BRA #CRO pic.twitter.com/gmHHZZt0Mh Off The Post (@offthepost) June 12, 2014...

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Preview: England vs Italy

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No team wants to lose their first group game, especially in a tight group, because the difference between the sides that qualify for the knockout...

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Photo: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge post picture from England team bus, mocks Man Utd-bound Luke Shaw

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Now we're cooking.. #squad #england #myteam #WorldCup2014 we ready!! #goodvibes s/o to Luke shaw for the pose!! pic.twitter.com/p6vM7jpueb...

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Top five superstitious footballers

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It's Friday 13th today and there are three World Cup games kicking off later. Given how infamously superstitious footballers are, there will...

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Arsenal get £5.6m windfall after Cesc Fabregas signs for Chelsea

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Arsenal will pocket £5.6m after Cesc Fabregas completed his switch from Barcelona to Chelsea. The payment relates to installments still owed by Barca...

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is ‘Man Utd’s top summer transfer target’

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Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is now Manchester United's priority summer signing, according to reports. Incoming manager...

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Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie: ‘I want to carry on playing for 12 more years’

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Robin Van Persie has no intention of contemplating retirement yet saying he wants another decade at the top. The Manchester United striker,...

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Arsenal linked with £5m move for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

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Arsenal are set to bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina this summer, according to reports. The Spain international spent last season on-loan at...

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Liverpool hope to beat Arsenal to Schalke wonderkid Max Meyer

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Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Schalke youngster Max Meyer, according to reports. The Reds have been busy in the early stages of the...

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Video: Cesc Fabregas, in his Chelsea shirt, saying he can’t wait to play for the club

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Very proud to have signed for Chelsea https://t.co/OIA6xqyA8J Cesc Fbregas Soler (@cesc4official) June 12, 2014 Cesc Fabregas has released a...

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Tactical Review: Brazil 3-1 Croatia

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#450508982 / gettyimages.com Luiz Felipe Scolari's approach The veteran manager started with the same line-up that won the Confederations Cup because...

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World Cup Video: Samsung’s ‘I See Your Dreams’

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Brazil 2014 kicked off last night with the hosts beating Croatia 3-1 in Sao Paulo. Neymar scored twice, with every young Brazilian now reenacting his...

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Photo: Ex-Liverpool star Xabi Alonso’s brilliant reference to Nigel De Jong’s assault

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With the World Cup now underway, you may recall the last one ended with the Netherlands kicking Spain off the park, including Nigel De Jong's...

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Top five conclusions: #BRA 3-1 #CRO

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#450508158 / gettyimages.com 1. The undoubted winners of the night were Brazil's riot police. There must have been some very nervous officers...

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Photo: Rio Ferdinand goes to ex-Man Utd team-mate Rafael’s house to watch Brazil and Croatia

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Former Manchester United defender and BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand is in Brazil for the World Cup. But he isn't anywhere near the stadium for...

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Video: Chelsea’s Gary Cahill says England are ready for the humidity

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England defender Gary Cahill says the squad's World Cup preparations have got them ready for the humidity in Manaus. The Chelsea man admits the...

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Photo: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Man Utd’s Phil Jones arrive in Manaus

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England have landed in Manaus ahead of Saturday's World Cup opener against Italy. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, Everton's Ross Barkley...

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Chelsea’s two-year plan gets a huge boost with the signing of Cesc Fabregas

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spent last season insisting that his side still needed some improvement before it would be ready to win major trophies....

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Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku ‘rejects West Ham move’

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukuka is said to have turned down a move to West Ham for the second successive summer. The Belgium international had...

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Bacary Sagna writes his goodbye to Arsenal fans

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France international Bacary Sagna has taken to Instagram to write an open letter to Arsenal fans. Hours before the World Cup gets underway, the...

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Photos: Tottenham’s Sandro and Man Utd’s Rafael looking very patriotic ahead of Brazil vs Croatia

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Premier League duo Sandro and Rafael are both looking very patriotic as they prepare to cheer on Brazil in this evening's World Cup opener. The...

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Video: Arsenal fan burns Cesc Fabregas shirt after he joins Chelsea

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It was only a matter of time. Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas managed to leave the club with a relative degree of goodwill when he engineered a...

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Photo: Cesc Fabregas in a Chelsea shirt after ex-Arsenal skipper completes transfer

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Cesc Fabregas has posed in a Chelsea shirt after completing his transfer from Barcelona. The former Arsenal captain has finalised his £27m return to...

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Video: Cesc Fabregas plays table tennis against new Chelsea team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta

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Chelsea's new signing Cesc Fabregas has already begun the bonding process with his team-mates. The Spain midfielder beat Blues full-back Cesar...

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Wayne Rooney accuses Paul Scholes of upsetting Man Utd

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#168802919 / gettyimages.com England striker Wayne Rooney says Manchester United legend Paul Scholes' criticism of him will have upset people...

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Man Utd legend Gary Neville ‘permanently closes his curtains’

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Media feel routine, innocuous training notes are the biggest story of the day. People surely are more interested in what Wazza said today! ...

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Video: Ronaldinho lookalike invades the pitch at Argentina training

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Argentina star Lionel Messi was reduced to laughter when a lookalike of his former Barcelona team-mate Ronaldinho approached him after training....

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Liverpool target Dejan Lovren submits transfer request at Southampton

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Southampton defendere Dejan Lovren has submitted a formal written transfer request asking to leave the club. The request was emaled to executive...

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Real Madrid want £24m or buy-back clause for Arsenal and Spurs target Alvaro Morata

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Real Madrid are demanding £24m for striker Alvaro Morata or a fee of above £14.5m with a buy-back clause. The 21-year-old is wanted by a host...

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Arsenal ‘open talks’ to sign Gremio defender Bressan

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Arsenal are in discussions with Brazilian side Gremio over the signing of their defender Bressan. The highly-rated 21-year-old defender is wanted by...

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Chelsea hopeful of signing ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas this week

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced he has secured a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas and the Blues hope to complete the transfer this week....

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Tottenham lead chase for River Plate’s Sebastian Driussi

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen on young compatriot Sebastian Driussi, according to reports. Spurs are now leading the chase for the...

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Spurs linked with former Man Utd target Frickson Erazo

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Tottenham are reportedly keeping tabs on Ecuador international defender Frickson Erazo during the World Cup. The 26-year-old was said to be on...

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Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil pose for ‘team photo’ with Brazilian police

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Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil appear to have become honorary members of the Brazilian security forces. The Germany internationals posed...

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Four of the all-time great World Cup strikers

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Today sees Brazil host the showcase event of the football calendar as the world's top 32 teams meet and look to battle their way to the final...

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Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert’s dad sacked by Matalan

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Liverpool and England star Rickie Lambert's dad has been sacked from his retail warehouse job after breaking the glass on a vending machine....

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Video: Chelsea-bound Diego Costa desperately tries to avoid getting his boots dirty

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The world thought Diego Costa's nine-minute Champions League final appearance was due to a recurrence of his hamstring problem, but on the...

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Video: Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck misses England training

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Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck suffers thigh injury, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling could start vs Italy

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Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck is a doubt for England's World Cup opener against Italy after suffering a thigh injury in...

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Arsenal confirm Carlos Vela interest, claims Real Sociedad president

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Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno deal stalls over payment structure

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Lorenzo Insigne’s agent discusses Arsenal’s interest

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Liverpool and Spurs in race for Nottingham Forest keeper Karl Darlow

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Man Utd plot move for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez

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Video: Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie and his Netherlands team-mates score free-kicks

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Photo: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ironing his England kit

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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard suffers nasty crack pre-Italy game

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Chelsea to complete Cesc Fabregas signing once Barcelona land Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic

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Man Utd target Thomas Muller signs new Bayern Munich contract

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Liverpool prepare to offload seven players

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Infographic: Following England in Brazil during the World Cup

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Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez training in Brazil

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Video: Carlo Ancelotti says Liverpool’s Luis Suarez would not improve Real Madrid’s attack

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Video: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez says his knee is ‘feeling good’ as he flies to Brazil

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Liverpool youngster Suso confirms he could join Porto

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Reported Man Utd target Miranda claims he’s in talk with English clubs

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Man Utd ‘beat Chelsea to Southampton’s Luke Shaw with £160,000-a-week wage offer’

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Chelsea ‘move for Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar’

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Video: Jack Colback discusses leaving Sunderland for Newcastle

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Cesc Fabregas’ move to Chelsea ‘being delayed by Arsenal clause’

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East Stirling claim Chelsea owe them a pre-season friendly from 1962

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Photo: Man City’s Vincent Kompany, Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen, Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj and Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku fly to Brazil with Belgium

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Photo: Alberto Moreno is on holiday, not in Liverpool

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Video: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard will be fit for Italy and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘could be’ for Uruguay, says Roy Hodgson

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Video: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck do capoeira dancing

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Video: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard laughs at his big nose on an illustration

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Video: Everton’s Ross Barkley misses the bus to England training

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Eden Hazard: ‘I’m in talks over new Chelsea contract’

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Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie and Arsenal target Daryl Janmaat in kiteboarding accident

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Top five best 2014 World Cup kits

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard struggling with groin injury

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Man Utd ready to take massive loss on Marouane Fellaini

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Chelsea and Man City chasing Napoli’s Jose Callejon

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Video: Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie says he hasn’t played without an injury since his Arsenal days

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Video and Photos: England’s first sessions at World Cup training camp feat. Liverpool target Adam Lallana

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Video: Man Utd keeper David De Gea responds to making his Spain debut

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Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd target Mario Mandzukic says he wants to leave Bayern

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Video: Chelsea star Andre Schurrle can’t tie his tie

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Alberto Moreno to sign for Liverpool ‘in the coming hours’

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Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tackles pop star Olly Murs

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Did Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny force Man City’s Samir Nasri out of the World Cup?

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny were two-thirds of a group of senior players who ensured that Samir Nasri was...

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Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski takes hilarious selfie with sleeping Man Utd target Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Many of the World Cup finalists had long flights to Brazil, and that included Germany. Arsenal star Lukas Podolski found more energy during the...

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Photos: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard leads England in Rio

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Video: Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson’s excellent tracking back (England vs Honduras)

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Video: Man Utd target Bruno Martins Indi in training ground clash with Bayern’s Arjen Robben

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QPR consider £80,000-a-week offer for ex-Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand

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Big-spending Queens Park Rangers are mulling over an offer to make Rio Ferdinand their highest paid player. The newly-promoted west Londoners are...

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino gives go-ahead for Mirko Vucinic approach

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Video: England fan throws a drink at Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

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Diego Costa: ‘It looks like I’m going to Chelsea’

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Arsenal to scout Colombia keeper David Ospina at World Cup

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Tactical Review: England 0-0 Honduras

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Mario Balotelli transfer: Arsenal closing in on deal

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Chelsea stars briefed to praise transfer target Cesc Fabregas to see off Man City’s interest

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has allegedly told his players to publicly lavish praise upon Cesc Fabregas to help his efforts to sign the Barcelona...

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Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain WILL be fit for the World Cup, says Roy Hodgson

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England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that injured midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit to be named in his final World Cup squad....

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Top five conclusions: England 0-0 Honduras

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Luka Shaw told Southampton he wants to join Man Utd on the final day of the season

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Video: Individual highlights of Man Utd youngster Adnan Januzaj’s international debut for Belgium vs Tunisia

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Man Utd boss Louis Van Gaal reveals he has ‘always wanted’ to sign Arturo Vidal

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Photo: Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling pose for a selfie

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Photo: Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski fly to Brazil with Germany

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Video: Chelsea and Man Utd target Cesc Fabregas skies a penalty (Spain vs El Salvador)

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Man Utd ‘bid £20m for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez’

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Manchester United have launched a £20m for Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez, according to reports. The Red Devils have been linked with the Chile...

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Video: Honduran journalist mistakes Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard for ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard

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Romelu Lukaku wants permanent transfer from Chelsea

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Lorenzo Insigne ‘honoured’ to be linked with Arsenal

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Video: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling scores in England training

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was on target in England training. The youngster was playing in by Wayne Rooney and remained cool to beat John...

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Video: Now Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling flattens Everton’s Ross Barkley

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Raheem Sterling is going all out in his efforts to make an impression ahead of the World Cup. The Liverpool winger is giving everything to win a...

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Video: Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle and Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski score (Germany 6-1 Armenia)

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Andre Schurrle and Lukas Podolski were both on target as Germany recorded a comfortable World Cup warm-up win over Armenia. Chelsea winger Schurrle...

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Arsenal sign left-back Elias Chatzitheodoridis

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Arsenal have completed their first signing of the transfer window after landing Elias Chatzitheodoridis. The 17-year-old left-back has been snapped...

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Arsenal linked with Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas

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Arsenal are keen to sign Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, according to reports in Spain. The long-serving Spain international is still behind Diego...

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Video: Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool England stars play golf tournament

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England's World Cup squad are enjoying a bit of downtime ahead of their final warm-up game against Honduras. For Chelsea's Gary Cahill,...

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Preview: England vs Honduras

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Man Utd ‘contact Bayern Munich over Bastian Schweinsteiger’

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Who Are Ya? Ayoze Perez (Newcastle)

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Video: Ayoze Perez signs for Newcastle, gives first interview

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Spurs linked with £5m move for Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green

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Alvaro Morata transfer: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger contacts Zinedine Zidane over deal

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Arsenal manager has made direct contact with Zinedine Zidane in the hope of sealing a deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The 21-year-old has...

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Video: Man Utd youngster Adnan Januzaj finds the top corner in Belgium training

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Adnan Januzaj appears to be in great touch in Belgium training. The 19-year-old winger put this beautiful effort into the top corner on the...

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Laurent Koscielny tells Arsenal to sign at least four players

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Video: Man Utd legend Paul Scholes thinks he could throw a big dog over a crossbar

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Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has been touting his chances of throwing a "big dog" over a crossbar. The ex-England...

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Video: Man Utd keeper David De Gea angered by Sergio Ramos’ Panenka penalties

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Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos wound up Spain team-mate David De Gea by scoring two Panenka penalties against him during a training session. After...

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: ‘I’m interested in analysing Cesc Fabregas’ situation’

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Chelsea chasing Mexican winger Jurgen Damm

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Pachuca youngster Jurgen Damm is a target for Chelsea, according to the Mexican club. The 21-year-old winger is wanted by the Blues and transfer...

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Arsenal linked with £17m bid for Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne

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Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne is a summer transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports. The Gunners are ready to spend £17m to sign the Italy...

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Man City target Eliaquim Mangala ‘favours Man Utd move’

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Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala Manchester City's top summer transfer target would prefer a move to Manchester United,...

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Liverpool to complete Alberto Moreno signing ‘next week’

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Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno has agreed terms on a five-year deal with Liverpool and will complete his transfer next week, according to reports...

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Video: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Man Utd’s Antonio Valencia both sent-off (Ecuador 2-2 England)

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Raheem Sterling and Antonio Valencia were both shown red cards in yesterday's pre-World Cup friendly between England and Ecuador. Liverpool...

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Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain set for knee scan

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Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj has his Belgium debut taken away, Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku loses hat-trick

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Adnan Januzaj has yet to make his international debut, FIFA has ruled. The Manchester United winger made his first appearance for Belgium as a...

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Does Southampton’s Bournemouth friendly pave the way for Adam Lallana’s move to Liverpool?

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Arsenal set to move for Nice defender Nemanja Pejcinovic

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Video: Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb scores for Algeria after howler from Man City’s Costel Pantilimon

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Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb scored his first international goal last night, courtesy of a big helping hand from outgoing Manchester City keeper...

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Uncertainty over Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina’s future

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Ryan Giggs cried after Man Utd retirement

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Tactical Review: Ecuador 2-2 England

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Video: Man Utd’s Juan Mata tips Diego Costa to do well at Chelsea

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Juan Mata believes that Diego Costa will be a success if he completes his move to Chelsea. Costa has passed a medical with the Blues and now just...

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Video: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scores a cracking volley against Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris

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There was a little bit of north London rivalry about France training yesterday. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored this very nice volley against...

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Top five conclusions: Ecuador 2-2 England

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Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain ‘positive’ on World Cup chances

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Video: Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva lassoing a cow

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Liverpool close in on Emre Can signing

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Liverpool are in 'advanced talks' over the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. The Germany Under-21 international, aged 20,...

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Diego Costa passes Chelsea medical ahead of £32m transfer

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Diego Costa has reportedly completed a medical ahead of his £32m switch to Chelsea. The Atletico Madrid striker has passed his medical examinations...

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Ex-Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas ‘favours Chelsea over Man Utd’

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Cesc Fabregas would prefer to join Chelsea over Manchester United this summer, according to reports in his native Spain. The former Arsenal captain...

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Video: Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina’s wife catches him with a burger

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Liverpool and Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina is the star of this new advert ahead of the World Cup. In the commercial, his wife returns home to find...

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Santi Cazorla urges Cesc Fabregas to join Arsenal, not Chelsea

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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard reveals he is considering MLS switch

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is mulling over a move to the MLS this summer. The Blues veteran confirmed this week that he will leave Stamford...

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Video: Chelsea’s Willian scores for Brazil vs Panama

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World Cup Team Guides: Belgium

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BELGIUM, Group H 17 June vs Algeria 5pm* (Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte) 22 June vs Russia 5pm [moved from original 11pm kick off]...

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Video: Chelsea target Diego Costa scores in Spain training

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Despite his end of season injury woes, including that infamous nine-minute appearance in the Champions League final, Diego Costa is looking sharp...

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Eden Hazard gets no.10 shirt as Chelsea seek to thwart £61m PSG bid

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Chelsea have handed Eden Hazard their no.10 shirt for next season as they attempt to head off interest from Paris Saint Germain. The Belgium winger...

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Preview: England vs Ecuador

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PHOTO: Roy Hodgson gets his team together for a chat #3lions pic.twitter.com/6TVTejCqJ5 England (@england) June 3, 2014 England take on...

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Frank Lampard confirms he is leaving Chelsea, club pays photo tribute

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has confirmed he is leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the month. The Blues' all-time...

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Liverpool target Adam Lallana ‘tells Southampton he wants to leave’

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Southampton captain Adam Lallana has told the club he wants a transfer after the World Cup. The 26-year-old has not handed in a formal transfer...

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Photos: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez returns to training after knee operation

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SUÁREZ TRABAJA EN EL COMPLEJO, CON EJERCICIOS FÍSICOS. http://t.co/JgNneSRyhd pic.twitter.com/IdTqy2Ru7O Tenfield.com (@tenfieldigital) June...

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Spurs move for Arsenal and Man Utd target Daryl Janmaat

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Tottenham have contacted Feyenoord about signing their right-back Daryl Janmaat, according to reports. New Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino wants...

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Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham told to pay £19m to sign Swansea’s Wifried Bony

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http://www.youtube.com/?v=_SIKsIo5V2g The group of clubs in the race for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony have been told they must activate his £19m...

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Video: Man City-bound Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna scores a lovely volley in France training

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Soon-to-be-ex-Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna seems to have packed his shooting boots ahead of the World Cup. The 31-year-old right-back scored this...

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World Cup Team Guides: South Korea

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SOUTH KOREA, Group H 17 June vs Russia – 11pm* (Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba) 22 June vs Algeria – 8pm (Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre) [moved from...

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Man Utd target Cesc Fabregas ‘told to find new club’, so Barca can challenge Chelsea for Koke

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Barcelona have reportedly told Cesc Fabregas to find a new club prepared to pay £35m to sign him. The Catalan giants are keen to spend the money on...

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Photo: David Villa signs for Man City franchise New York City

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So excited to be the first player in the history of @NYCFC! I'm ready for this new challenge! #VillatoNYCFC pic.twitter.com/q1ygpyKYLv ...

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Video: Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta scores a lovely chip against Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

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Cesar Azpilicueta was one of the big surprises of Chelsea's season. Brought in from the fringes by Jose Mourinho, he made the left-back berth...

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Video: Rickie Lambert says he’s ‘coming home’ after leaving Southampton for Liverpool

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New Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert says he is "coming hom" after signing for the club that released him as a 15-year-old. Lambert grew...

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Spurs’ Christian Eriksen isn’t sure if he makes Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ‘look sh*te’

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Tottenham star Christian Eriksen says he doesn't know whether or not he makes Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil "look sh*te". According...

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Man Utd linked with Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez

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Manchester United are reportedly plotting a €30m move for Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez. The Argentina international, who is likely to be included in...

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Rickie Lambert poses with Liverpool shirt, writes to Southampton fans

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#LFC are delighted to confirm the signing of Rickie Lambert from Southampton #LambertLFC http://t.co/xmGMX74N7z pic.twitter.com/wL6zEdVS4a...

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World Cup Team Guides: Algeria

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ALGERIA, Group H 17 June vs Belgium – 5pm* (Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte) 22 June vs South Korea – 8pm (Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre) [moved...

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World Cup Team Guides: Russia

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RUSSIA, Group H 17 June vs South Korea – 11pm* (Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba) 22 June vs Belgium 5pm (Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro) [moved...

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Video: Serge Aurier tells a fan he is joining Arsenal

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Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will sign for Arsenal this summer. The Ivory Coast substitute took time out...

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Liverpool ‘close to £16m deal’ for Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno

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Liverpool are thought to be on the verge of completing the £16m signing of Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno. The Reds' hopes of tying up a deal...

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West Ham release ‘treble’ t-shirt commemorating Spurs wins

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West Ham have begun selling a t-shirt marking their three wins over Tottenham last season. The top priced at £20 proudly declares:...

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Video: Chelsea target Paulinho insists he’s happy at Spurs

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Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has claimed he is happy at the club despite reports linking him with a move to Chelsea or a return to Brazil....

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Video: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard scores a great goal for Belgium vs Sweden

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You'd have to say this is a fine example of an Eden Hazard goal, other than the fact that he briefly lends the ball to a team-mate. The Chelsea...

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GIF: Arsenal target Antoine Griezmann scores a lovely curler for France vs Paraguay

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he would love to sign France international Antoine Griezmann this summer. And when the Real...

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Photos: Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson laugh as Jason Bent attempts to join England’s World Cup squad

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Comedian Simon Brodkin was carted away by police officers after coming within a whisker of getting on the plane to Brazil. Playing his prima donna...

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Southampton board ‘won’t answer the phone’ to Liverpool target Adam Lallana

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Members of Southampton's board are refusing to take calls from club captain Adam Lallana, according to reports. Lallana is keen to discuss his...

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Former Chelsea star Samuel Eto’o does his ‘old man’ celebration again

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Released Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has taken yet another swipe at his former boss Jose Mourinho. The Cameroon international unleashed his...

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World Cup Team Guides: Portugal

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PORTUGAL, Group G 16 June vs Germany- 5pm* (Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador) 22 June vs USA 11pm (Arena Amazonia, Manaus) [moved from original 8pm...

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Video: Arsenal target Josip Drmic’s incredible miss (Switzerland vs Jamaica)

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Chelsea, Spurs and Man City told to pay £50m for Mehdi Benatia

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Roma have slapped a £50m asking price on Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City target Mehdi Benatia. The Morocco international has been linked with City...

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Video: Southampton’s Rickie Lambert talks after passing Liverpool medical

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Southampton striker Rickie Lambert gave a brief interview at Liverpool John Lennon Airport after passing a medical with boyhood team Liverpool. The...

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Video: Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic scores for Serbia vs Panama

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Branislav Ivanovic was on the scoresheet for Serbia during their 1-1 draw with Panama. The Chelsea defender got his head to an outswinging corner to...

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Arsenal linked with Sven Bender after faiing to land twin brother Lars

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Arsenal are reportedly plotting a £15m swoop for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender after accepting defeat in their attempts to land his twin...

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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard set to sign for Man City franchise New York City

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is being tipped to join MLS side New York City when his contract expires at the end of the month. The veteran...

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David De Gea urges Man Utd to sign Andres Iniesta

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has urged incoming manager Louis Van Gaal to bring Andres Iniesta to the club. De Gea reckons his Spain...

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Liverpool’s Luis Suarez would find it ‘difficult to say no’ to Real Madrid

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez would find it "very difficult" to turn down Real Madrid if the European champions bid for him this summer,...

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Liverpool and Man Utd ‘bid for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez’

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Liverpool and Manchester United have both made bids for Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, according to reports in the Catalan media. The Premier League...

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling set for £100,000-a-week new deal

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Liverpool are reportedly planning to open contract talks with winger Raheem Sterling after the World Cup. The 19-year-old was in excellent form in...

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Spurs aim to pip Liverpool to Adam Lallana with Andros Townsend offer

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Tottenham are hoping to overtake Liverpool in the race for Southampton skipper Adam Lallana by offering winger Andros Townsend as a makeweight. The...

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Arsenal and Man Utd targets Cesc Fabregas ‘can leave for £30m’

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Barcelona have told Cesc Fabregas' potential suitors that he is available for £30m this summer, according to reports. The Catalan giants have...

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