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Valencia confirms the departure of head coach Nuno

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Valencia confirmed on Monday that Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo has left the La Liga club. Nuno had already said on Sunday night following a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla that he was resigning.

"Nuno Espirito Santo, who until now was the coach, is no longer tied to Valencia, after coming to an amicable agreement with the institution," said a statement on Valencia's website.

Victor Valdes’s wife slams Manchester United on Instagram over charity event snub

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Victor Valdes's wife has slammed Manchester United for failing to invite the Spanish goalkeeper to a high-profile charity event at Old Trafford.

The Premier League club held its annual dinner for UNICEF on Sunday, and many United players were in attendance. But Valdes, who is out of favor with boss Louis van Gaal, was not on the guest list.

Arsenal’s injuries are far more worrisome than the team’s dip in form

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Many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to vent following their team's 1-1 draw against 16th placed Norwich City. The consensus among the majority of Gunners supporters was "title-winning teams don't play like that." While it was certainly a lackluster performance from the Gunners, championship clubs do, in fact, have hiccups.

Jurgen Klopp comes to the defense of under-fire Garry Monk

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Swansea should stick with their under-pressure manager Garry Monk.

Klopp's side moved into the Premier League's top six with a nervy 1-0 victory over the Swans at Anfield. The result means that Monk's side, who were fourth at the end of August, are only four points above the relegation zone after winning just one of their last 10 league matches.

Australia’s manager says Tim Cahill could make it to Russia 2018

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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said evergreen striker Tim Cahill could play all the way to the next World Cup as the goals keep coming for the 35-year-old. The newly crowned Asian coach of the year said retirement was not on the cards for Australia's record scorer, who struck three this month against Bangladesh to reach 45 international goals.

These four attackers that can restore Brazil’s international prominence

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Following the embarrassment of the 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil had to go through a rebuilding period and reevaluate the talent that had been coming from the land of Pele. While a nation that seemed to have a world-class striker in every generation is still looking for a now-elusive no.

FIFA award nominees: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo on shortlist for Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for FIFA's prestigious Ballon d'Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

While Portuguese Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times, while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA's player of the year award for the first time.

Arsene Wenger has ‘no regrets’ about gambling with Alexis Sanchez’s hamstring

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Arsene Wenger insisted he had no regrets over risking Alexis Sanchez in the 1-1 draw at Norwich despite the influential Chilean forward being forced off the pitch with a thigh injury. Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny were all added to a lengthy list of long-term casualties on Sunday after a match that left Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier League table.

Jose Mourinho denies rift with brooding Diego Costa

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denied any rift with Diego Costa despite the striker's unhappy reaction to being dropped to the bench for the scoreless draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho admitted the pair had argued at half-time during the mid-week Champions League victory away to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Costa's mood at White Hart Lane on Sunday suggested he had taken his demotion badly.

Columbus book berth in MLS final against Portland Timbers

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The Columbus Crew dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Red Bulls but won on aggregate 2-1, advancing to the MLS Cup final where they will face the Portland Timbers.

New York won the second leg 1-0 on Sunday at Red Bull Arena on a header from forward Anatole Bertrand Abang in the third minute of extra time.

Premier League review show GW14; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley and Laurence McKenna as they dissect all of the major story lines from the 9 games during Premier League gameweek 14.

This week, Kartik Krishnaiyer is in Germany on assignment.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

Chelsea produce best performance of season against Spurs, says Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declared that the Premier League champions had produced their best performance of the campaign after they drew 0-0 at in-form Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Chelsea have had little to shout about of late and although the result served only to move them up to 14th place in the standings, Mourinho, who dropped misfiring striker Diego Costa, was encouraged by what he saw.

How high can Leicester City go under Jamie Vardy?

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In the Premier League, a select few clubs can spend the GDP of small Pacific Island nations in order to improve their squad, and with every signing it can feel like the magic of the English game keeps being sucked away. Watching Jamie Vardy and Leicester does bring back a bit of that essential essence as to why the Premier League is the most-watched around the globe.

Are we numb to FIFA scandals? A review of ‘The Ugly Game’ book

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Rarely in the book world does a tomecome around that fundamentally alters the way we look at the subject for the better or worse. One such book is The Ugly Game by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, two members of The Sunday Times Insight Team.

In the most important soccer book since the last exposé published by Declan Hill, this book is a deep dive into the data and information the Insight Team wrote about prior to the 2014 World Cup and the corruption around the 2022 World Cup bidding; However the book covers more details, more stories, and more scandals.

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are the trendsetters the Premier League needs

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Anyone who has played soccer at any level will be familiar with certain truisms entrenched in the fabric of the game. At the highest levels of the game, though, the basic traits we're taught as we learn the game closing down opponents, working as a unit, springing into shape haven't always applied in the way.