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Italian FA chief resigns after World Cup fiasco

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Rome (AFP) – Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned after Italy’s World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday.

The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

Spurs boss Pochettino says no problem with Rose

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino says he has no issue with England defender Danny Rose despite leaving him out of Tottenham’s squad for the north London derby at the weekend.

Rose was not even named on the bench for the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday, with Spurs boss Pochettino explaining the full-back still needs to regain fitness after nine months out through injury.

China slams Tibet flag flap at Germany football match

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Beijing (AFP) – China called for “mutual respect” on Monday as it lashed out at the appearance of Tibetan flags during the Chinese Under-20 team’s friendly football game in Germany.

The Chinese players stormed off the pitch in Mainz on Saturday after a group of six spectators displayed the flags during the first in a series of friendlies against German fourth-division clubs.

West Brom sack manager Tony Pulis

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London (AFP) – West Bromwich Albion sacked manager Tony Pulis on Monday after a miserable run of form that has seen the Chinese-owned club slump to 17th in the Premier League table.

Pulis has had just two wins in his past 21 Premier League games following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea and the club sit just one place above the relegation zone after an 11-game winless run in all competitions.

Mourinho welcomes end of Lukaku goal drought

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said he was delighted to see Romelu Lukaku back on the scoresheet after a barren spell as Manchester United try to keep runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City in their sights.

Paul Pogba, returning after two months on the sidelines, was the driving force as United returned to form with a 4-1 Premier League thrashing of Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder

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Madrid (AFP) – In a recurring theme of Real Madrid’s stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby.

Yet, in attempting to defend a lacklustre performance from Saturday’s stalemate at Atletico Madrid, Zidane turned the spotlight once more on the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Focused Coutinho heals Liverpool rifts

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London (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho’s long-term future might lie away from Liverpool, but the Brazil star’s ability to focus on the present has helped heal the wounds from his flirtation with Barcelona.

When Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Sevilla for a crucial Champions League clash on Tuesday, they will rely on Coutinho to lead their bid to get the win that would book their place in the last 16.

Juventus crash as Buffon, Barzagli rested

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Milan (AFP) – Captain Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli were rested by Juventus in the wake of Italy’s World Cup exit as the Serie A champions lost 3-2 at Sampdoria on Sunday.

Juventus were three goals down heading into injury time after Colombian Duvan Zapata, Uruguayan Lucas Torreira and Italian defender Gian Marco Ferrari scored in the second half for the Genoa side.

Manchester United ready to reel in City: Ibrahimovic

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Manchester United can catch runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City after he and Paul Pogba made a triumphant return from long-term injuries.

The Swedish striker came on as a late substitute in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday, his first action since suffering a career-threatening knee ligament injury in April.

Last-gasp Marseille snatch draw at Bordeaux

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Paris (AFP) – Midfielder Morgan Sanson grabbed Marseille a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux with the last kick of the game on Sunday, while Lyon were held by Montpellier in the absence of the suspended Nabil Fekir.

Nicolas de Preville put Bordeaux ahead in only the third minute with an excellent individual goal, but after a largely lifeless display, Marseille snatched a point at the death through Sanson’s low finish.

Record-breaking Valencia maintain Barca chase

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Madrid (AFP) – Valencia maintained their pursuit of Barcelona to remain four points off the La Liga leaders thanks to second-half goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Santi Mina to beat a luckless Espanyol 2-0 on Sunday.

A club record eighth straight La Liga win for Valencia moves Marcelino Garcia Toral’s men six points clear of Real Madrid in third and sets up a mouthwatering top of the table showdown at home to Barcelona next Sunday.

Scouting, the quest for football’s next wonderkid

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Paris (AFP) – Hundreds of banal matches, thousands of miles on the road, gatecrashing training sessions and cultivating relationships with teachers and parents, such is the life of the football talent scouts scouring playing fields for the next wonderkid.

Much of their method is kept secret and Romain Poirot, former Manchester City scout now working for Watford and Udinese, told AFP “it would be indelicate, revealing too much” to spill the beans.

Moyes makes losing start as Watford sink West Ham

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – David Moyes suffered a miserable start to his West Ham United reign as Watford eased to a 2-0 win over the Premier League strugglers on Sunday.

Moyes was in charge of West Ham for the first time following his appointment as replacement for the sacked Slaven Bilic.

Moyes makes losing start as Watford sink Hammers

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – David Moyes suffered a miserable start to his West Ham United reign as Watford eased to a 2-0 win over the Premier League strugglers on Sunday.

Moyes was in charge of West Ham for the first time following his appointment as replacement for the sacked Slaven Bilic.

Lyon held to draw by Montpellier

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon’s four-match winning streak in Ligue 1 came to an end in the absence of captain Nabil Fekir as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Montpellier on Sunday.

Bruno Genesio’s men slipped to nine points adrift of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain after a disappointing performance, while they could lose third place to Marseille, who play Bordeaux later on Sunday.