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How the mighty fall

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REAL REEL, CHELSEA CHOKE AND EVRA THE MARTYR
What are we to make of Real Madrid's 3-1 capitulation to Tottenham?
The definitive dethronement of the world club champions or merely a hiccup in the midst of a bad run of form and confidence?
Cast your minds back to Cardiff last May and Real looked unbeatable if not particularly thrilling or attractive to watch.

Futbol's Going South

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CONMEBOL NATIONS MUST UP THEIR GAME BEFORE RUSSIA 2018

What would a World Cup be without the South Americans?
The opportunity to test the best of European football nations against the faraway empire of CONMEBOL is so exciting because it only happens every four years.

Yes there is the Confederations Cup now and the World Club Championship as well but in effect the two poles of world soccer only cross swords for the FIFA World Cup.

Fifa World Rankings October 2017

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Fifa's World Rankings for October 2017 were published on October 16 at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland after the final round of qualifying matches for World Cup 2018.

Confederations Cup winners Germany remain first with Brazil second with Portugal third. Argentina, who struggled to qualify for World Cup 2018 are in fourth.

Oldham Athletic 0 v Wigan Athletic 2

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Oldham Athletic and Wigan Athletic have both fallen on relatively hard times as of late and find themselves at opposite ends of League One.



Oldham, under Joe Royle, were one of the founding clubs of the Premier League in 1992-1993 and Wigan won the FA Cup as recently as 2013, the year the club were also relegated to the Championship.

Sheffield FC Happy 160th Birthday Football

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On the 24th October 1857, Sheffield FC was founded and the World's most popular sport was born. The World's First Football Club, Sheffield FC turn 160 years old this year and have long been recognised by World football for their impact on the game through the creation of the rulebook, the first organised team, the first football derby and much more.

Parisian starlets set the pace

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The UEFA Champions League gets going once again
After the first round of Champions League games it looks like money talks for PSG.
Their galacticos made light work of Scottish champions Celtic at Parkhead, cruising to a 5-0 away win in Glasgow with their newly acquired gemstones, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both on target.

Fifa World Rankings September 2017

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Fifa's World Rankings for September 2017 were published on September 14 at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

Confederations Cup winners Germany change places again with Brazil with Portugal third. Argentina, who are struggling to qualify for World Cup 2018 drop to fourth.

The full top ten is: Germany, Brazil, Euro 2016 winners Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, France, Chile, and Colombia.

Oranje squash

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LAST SEASON'S EUROPA LEAGUE FINALISTS ARE OUT OF EUROPE ALREADY
Spare a thought for Ajax, who thrilled at times on their way to last season's Europa League final before a Mourinho masterclass floored them.
Unsurprisingly, the stellar eleven which dazzled as recently as May has now been whittled away.

Fifa World Rankings August 2017

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Fifa's World Rankings for August 2017 were published on August 10 at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

Brazil are top ahead of Confederations Cup winners, Germany and Argentina.

The full top ten is: Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland, Poland, Euro 2016 winners Portugal, Chile, Colombia, Belgium and France.

Football's Oldest Derby

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Football's oldest derby takes place this Sunday, 30th July 2017, for the 157th year.




The World's oldest football derby will once again take place on Sunday 30th July as Sheffield FC face Hallam FC. Now in its 157th year, the derby was first played on Boxing Day 1860 under the original "gentleman's rules" and is a celebration of football's true and original values of Integrity, Respect & Community.

Surviving a dry summer

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THE DRAG OF THE CLOSE-SEASON IN ODD-NUMBERED YEARS
Summers in these off-years are hard to get through for football fans like me.

By off-years I mean those ending in odd numbers which have neither the World Cup nor European Championships to get excited about.

July is the dryest of dry seasons in years like this, with the daily mash of transfer gossip a poor substitute for the meat of real football news.

Garcia fallout and the 2026 World Cup

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With little on the field to get excited about, my thoughts turn to football politics.

The Michael Garcia report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awarding decisions has finally been published, but sadly did not provide enough ammunition to charge Russia and Qatar or strip them of their World Cup hosting.

Soccerphile Blog: James joins Bayern

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Soccerphile Blog: James joins Bayern: Never mind the hype about the Premier League: James Rodriguez has agreed to join Bayern Munich , it was announced this morning. The move i...

James joins Bayern

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Never mind the hype about the Premier League: James Rodriguez has agreed to join Bayern Munich, it was announced this morning.

The move is only a two-year loan but includes and option to buy the 25 year-old for £35 million at the end of it.

The 2014 World Cup golden boot winner sorely needed a change of scenery after being exiled to the bench for most of the season at Real Madrid, but his final destination is a real shock after so much linking of him to England.

Fifa World Rankings July 2017

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Fifa's World Rankings for July 2017 were published on July 6 at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

Confederations Cup winners, Germany go top ahead of Brazil and Argentina.

The full top ten is: Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Euro 2016 winners Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Chile, Colombia, France and Belgium.