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Heart and sole on show at Tianjin’s bitter football derby

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Shanghai (AFP) – Jealousy, the whiff of corruption and some therapeutic insoles will all be thrown into the mix when Tianjin Teda host ambitious rivals Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League on Sunday.

The derby in Tianjin, a port city of 15 million people close to Beijing, showcases two very different sides of modern Chinese football.

Heart and sole on show at Tianjin’s bitter football derby

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Shanghai (AFP) – Jealousy, the whiff of corruption and some therapeutic insoles will all be thrown into the mix when Tianjin Teda host ambitious rivals Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League on Sunday.

The derby in Tianjin, a port city of 15 million people close to Beijing, showcases two very different sides of modern Chinese football.

Shenhua withhold Qin’s wages after ‘abominable’ stamp on Witsel

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Beijing (AFP) – Shanghai Shenhua will withhold the salary of China international Qin Sheng for the rest of the season after condemning the midfielder’s “abominable behaviour” in stamping on Belgium’s Axel Witsel at the weekend.

Qin received a straight red card for stamping on the foot of Tianjian Quanjian’s Witsel as they jockeyed for position in front of Quanjian’s goal while waiting for a corner to be taken in Saturday’s bad-tempered encounter.

Belgium’s coach Wilmots relishes chance to hit back at critics

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium's convincing 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday is unlikely to ease the difficult relationship between coach Marc Wilmots and his critics.

After starting with a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the world number two side bounced back in Bordeaux as a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, gave them their first Group E points.

Belgium’s coach Wilmots relishes chance to hit back at critics

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium's convincing 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday is unlikely to ease the difficult relationship between coach Marc Wilmots and his critics.

After starting with a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the world number two side bounced back in Bordeaux as a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, gave them their first Group E points.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Belgium Hardman Axel Witsel Scores Stunning Bicycle Kick v Gibraltar, Sees Red Soon After For Reckless Challenge (Video)

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While the Deadline Day nonsense continued to spew out of every media orifice, some players were actually getting on with playing some serious football, courtesy of a slew of World Cup qualifiers.

One such game, featuring Roberto Martinez's Belgium and perennial minnows Gibraltar saw hardman Axel Witsel score a cracker and then get sent off within the space of about 13 minutes, the loon.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rued his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rued his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill was left to rue his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval in the Group E game in Bordeaux but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

Wilmots delighted with Belgium Euro win

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots was delighted with his side's 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday as they bounced back from their opening loss to Italy.

Widely criticised after losing 2-0 to the Italians in Lyon in their Group E opener, two goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Axel Witsel saw Belgium hit back.

Wilmots delighted with Belgium Euro win

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots was delighted with his side's 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday as they bounced back from their opening loss to Italy.

Widely criticised after losing 2-0 to the Italians in Lyon in their Group E opener, two goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Axel Witsel saw Belgium hit back.

Chelsea transfer: London club submit €26m bid for midfield target

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Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign at least one quality central midfielder before the transfer deadline day.

Spurs have made a poor start to the season, having registered only three points on the table from their opening four games, as a result there could be few activities off the pitch before the window slams shut.

Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Messi the mastermind, orchestrating Argentina’s advancement to the Semis

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This was the only Quarter Final that pitched 2 sides against each other who had won every game at the World Cup finals, meaning one of them had to lose that record.

Second Teams: Belgium

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After the U.S., who should you root for in the World Cup? PSP is here to tell you. Today, we kick off a three-week series in which our contributors and guest writers convince try to sell you on their respective favorites. We start with Belgium.

Croatia 1-2 Belgium: Tactical Analysis As On Loan Chelsea Man Leads Belgium To World Cup

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Belgium booked a spot in the 2014 World Cup, courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku first half brace.

Igor Stimac was bold with his team selection, opting to align his side in a 3-4-2-1. Mario Mandzukic led the line ahead of Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic. Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic played in midfield, while Sime Vrsaljko and Ivan Strinic operated as wingbacks.

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January Transfer Window 2017 complete guide: 17 players who could be on the move around Europe

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It's January and you know what that means: transfer window time! The January transfer window 2017 is now open and Jim White, for one, is absolutely delighted about it. January is always a...

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Euro 2016 Transfers: Bartosz Kapustka and 23 players whose Euro form put them in the shop window

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Euro 2016 may be done and dusted but it's not quite forgotten. Despite the lack of classic matches the Euros had its fair share of excellent team and individual performances, and those quality...

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January Transfer Window: Chelsea, Aston Villa, Sunderland among 7 Premier League clubs expected to be busiest

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From Stones to Djilobodji: A summer gone horribly wrong for Chelsea

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From Stones to Djilobodji: A summer gone horribly wrong for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea aren't having the greatest of summers, and despite desperately needing to sign a central midfielder and a centre back, there are seemingly no options left available to them. Their miserable start to the season sees them in 13th place with just 4 point in as many games, and they are already 8 points behind Manchester City at the top.

Three players Chelsea must sign before Transfer Deadline Day

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Three players Chelsea must sign before Transfer Deadline Day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's incredible how quickly and how drastically things can change in football. After being the talk of the town for all the right reasons just a few months ago, Chelsea are now in complete and utter disarray.

Report: Chelsea submit €34m bid for midfielder

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Report: Chelsea submit €34m bid for midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea apparently have offered€34m for Witsel, making it impossible for AC Milan to counter bid and sign the Belgian midfielder.

Italian clubs have spent big this summer. Not only Juventus, but both the Milan clubs have tried their best to sign top quality players.

Abramovich flies to Russia to seal £30m midfielder transfer to Chelsea

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Abramovich flies to Russia to seal £30m midfielder transfer to Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea dominated the Premier League from start to finish last season, and therefore it is difficult to pin-point a particular area that needs drastic improvement. It is popularly accepted though, that the Blues still need a strong central midfielder to do well in the Champions League against the best in Europe.

Chelsea set to bid for £30m Belgian midfielder, Juventus in talks with player

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Chelsea are interested in signing Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.

Reports in the English media state that Chelsea are keen to bring in an alternative to Cesc Fabregas and Witself is the perfect candidate.

Mourinho likes Manchester United’s €25m target, player wants transfer move in the summer

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According to reports from Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's famous pink newspaper, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus all are interested in the Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel.

Belgium star midfielder reveals he always liked Manchester United

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Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has revealed that he dreams of playing in the Premier League and has opened the door for a move to Manchester United.

The 26-year-old joined the Russian club from Benfica in 2012 and has still over two years left on his contract with his current employers.

Bigger than Bradley — Dave is Back: SY #29 recorded on 1/16/14

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Dave is back and the Soccer Yanks are reunited once again: Dave and Dan look at all the stakeholders in Bradley's return to MLS. They compare Adnan Januzaj and Serge Gnabry, up and coming youths in the EPL. Transfer window woes for United and Arsenal. A few upcoming fixtures. And the dreaded relegation zone.

Bigger than Bradley — Dave is Back: SY #29 recorded on 1/16/14

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Dave is back and the Soccer Yanks are reunited once again: Dave and Dan look at all the stakeholders in Bradley's return to MLS. They compare Adnan Januzaj and Serge Gnabry, up and coming youths in the EPL. Transfer window woes for United and Arsenal. A few upcoming fixtures. And the dreaded relegation zone.

Bigger than Bradley — Dave is Back: SY #29 recorded on 1/16/14

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Dave is back and the Soccer Yanks are reunited once again: Dave and Dan look at all the stakeholders in Bradley's return to MLS. They compare Adnan Januzaj and Serge Gnabry, up and coming youths in the EPL. Transfer window woes for United and Arsenal. A few upcoming fixtures. And the dreaded relegation zone.

PSG eye €48m move for Chelsea midfielder: Round-Up

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PSG eye €48m move for Chelsea midfielder: Round-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the Chelsea transfer round-up today, we have stories about Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel.

According to French magazine Le 10 sport, French Champions Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a mega offer (€48m move)for Chelsea play-maker Juan Mata.

Man Utd Latest: Another Belgian Star Linked, Januzaj to get new contract

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Adnan Januzaj is not only the hottest property in England at the moment but he is the hottest subject of discussion at the moment as well. His contract situation has yet to be resolved that has given birth to wild transfer rumours with the player has been linked with several top European clubs.

Manchester United turning their attentions to Axel Witsel again

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Zenit Saints Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has re-emerged a potential target for Premier League champions Manchester United.

Manager David Moyes is preparing a bid to lure him away from the Russian league side.

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Spurs plot move for Axel Witsel

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Tottenham Hotspur are considering adding to their Belgian contingent by making a move for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, according to...

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Last-gasp Jonas goal gives Benfica edge over Zenit

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In-form striker Jonas headed a dramatic injury-time winner for Benfica as the Portuguese champions beat 10-man Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel twice went close for the visitors in the second half, while Benfica's Nico Gaitan was denied by a fine stop from Yuri Lodygin before Jonas nodded in late on after Domenico Criscito was sent off for the visitors.

Last-gasp Jonas goal gives Benfica edge over Zenit

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In-form striker Jonas headed a dramatic injury-time winner for Benfica as the Portuguese champions beat 10-man Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel twice went close for the visitors in the second half, while Benfica's Nico Gaitan was denied by a fine stop from Yuri Lodygin before Jonas nodded in late on after Domenico Criscito was sent off for the visitors.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich heads to Russia to seal Axel Witsel deal

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is planning a trip to Russia to personally handle the signing of Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, according...

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€40m Manchester United target claims summer transfer a ‘possibility’

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Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has hinted on a summer transfer away from the Russian club. The Belgian who has been linked with Manchester United has been quoted by Italian media outlet Calciomercato saying on a potential transfer move to Juventus, "Juve?

€40m star loves Manchester United; Dreams of playing in the Premier League

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€40m star loves Manchester United; Dreams of playing in the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has reiterated his desire to play for Manchester United by claiming that he loves the Red Devils and sees himself playing for one of the best clubs in Europe soon.

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Man Utd prepare £32m for Axel Witsel

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Manchester United are readying themselves to make a £32m bid for Axel Witsel, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola. Witsel, aged 26, is a...

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Axel Witsel hints at Man Utd move

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Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has hinted that he would like to make a move to Manchester United. The Belgium international was...

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Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar, Kroos, Witsel and more

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Neymar's transfer saga continues, while one of Real Madrid's biggest stars is set to miss time.

Neymar appears set for trial after a judge requested that corruption charged be filed against the Barcelona star regarding his controversial move to the Spanish club. (REPORT)

Toni Kroos is set to miss an extended period of time after breaking a bone in his right foot.