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Matuidi back for Juventus but De Sciglio out

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Milan (AFP) – French midfielder Blaise Matuidi is back training with Juventus but full-back Mattia De Sciglio is sidelined with a thigh injury, the Serie A champions said on Wednesday.

Juventus said that De Sciglio was having problems with the left thigh injury he picked up in Sunday’s 1-0 derby win against Torino and “further tests will be carried out in the next days”.

Matuidi a doubt for Spurs clash due to thigh strain

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Paris (AFP) – France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi could miss next week’s Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur due to a thigh strain, his club said on Monday.

The former Paris-Saint Germain player was injured during Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo, leaving the field after just 26 minutes.

Cagliari apologises to Matuidi for fan racism

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A club Cagliari apologised on Sunday to Blaise Matuidi for the racist abuse fans directed at the Juventus winger during the Italian champions 1-0 win in Sardinia on Saturday, the second time he has received such abuse in as many weeks.

Writing in French on their Twitter account, Cagliari apologised for the abuse, which took place late in the first half of a tense encounter at the Sardegna Arena following a clash between Matuidi and a Cagliari defender.

Cagliari apologises to Matuidi for fan racism

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A club Cagliari apologised on Sunday to Blaise Matuidi for the racist abuse fans directed at the Juventus winger during the Italian champions 1-0 win in Sardinia on Saturday, the second time he has received such abuse in as many weeks.

Writing in French on their Twitter account, Cagliari apologised for the abuse, which took place late in the first half of a tense encounter at the Sardegna Arena following a clash between Matuidi and a Cagliari defender.

Verona fined 20,000 euros for Matuidi racist abuse

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A club Verona have been fined 20,000 euros ($24,000) for racist chants by their fans toward Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi last weekend.

The abuse of the French international took place as he opened the scoring six minutes into the game which the six-time reigning champions won 3-1.

Dybala scores brace as Juve, Napoli pull clear in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Paulo Dybala scored a brace as champions Juventus won 3-1 at Verona to keep pace with Napoli as Serie A’s leading duo pulled clear of pursuing Inter Milan, Roma and Lazio on Saturday.

Napoli won 1-0 at Crotone on Friday to secure the symbolic title of winter champions as they top the table halfway through the season with 48 points from 19 games, one more than six-time defending champions Juventus.

Dybala scores brace as Juve, Napoli pull clear in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Paulo Dybala scored a brace as champions Juventus won 3-1 at Verona to keep pace with Napoli as Serie A’s leading duo pulled clear of pursuing Inter Milan, Roma and Lazio on Saturday.

Napoli won 1-0 at Crotone on Friday to secure the symbolic title of winter champions as they top the table halfway through the season with 48 points from 19 games, one more than six-time defending champions Juventus.

Juventus go second, AC Milan’s troubles continue

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus moved second in Serie A after a trademark Miralem Pjanic free-kick led the reigning champions to a comfortable 3-0 win at Bologna on Sunday, while AC Milan were plunged further into crisis by a heavy loss at lowly Verona.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve are on 41 points, just a point behind leaders Napoli after leapfrogging Inter Milan, who suffered a shock first defeat of the season to Udinese on Saturday.

Juventus go second, AC Milan’s troubles continue

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus moved second in Serie A after a trademark Miralem Pjanic free-kick led the reigning champions to a comfortable 3-0 win at Bologna on Sunday, while AC Milan were plunged further into crisis by a heavy loss at lowly Verona.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve are on 41 points, just a point behind leaders Napoli after leapfrogging Inter Milan, who suffered a shock first defeat of the season to Udinese on Saturday.

Pjanic stars as Juventus rise to second with win at Bologna

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus climbed to second in Serie A after a star turn from Miralem Pjanic led the reigning champions to a comfortable win at Bologna on Sunday, while AC Milan sunk further into crisis with a loss at lowly Hellas Verona.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve are on 41 points, just a point behind leaders Napoli after leapfrogging Inter Milan, who suffered their first defeat of the season, 3-1 to Udinese, on Saturday.

Pjanic stars as Juventus rise to second with win at Bologna

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus climbed to second in Serie A after a star turn from Miralem Pjanic led the reigning champions to a comfortable win at Bologna on Sunday, while AC Milan sunk further into crisis with a loss at lowly Hellas Verona.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve are on 41 points, just a point behind leaders Napoli after leapfrogging Inter Milan, who suffered their first defeat of the season, 3-1 to Udinese, on Saturday.

France on brink of World Cup, Dutch hopes all but over

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi’s early goal saw off Bulgaria 1-0 on Saturday and kept France top of European World Cup qualifying Group A, while the Netherlands’ hopes are hanging by a thread despite a 3-1 win in Belarus.

France took the lead in only the third minute as midfielder Matuidi curled home a fantastic shot from a tight angle into the far top corner.

Matuidi completes move from PSG to Juventus

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has completed a move to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs confirmed on Friday, ending a successful six-year stint in the French capital.

Matuidi, 30, has signed a three-year deal in Turin with the Italian club saying they had paid 20 million euros ($23.

Matuidi completes move from PSG to Juventus

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has completed a move to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs confirmed on Friday, ending a successful six-year stint in the French capital.

Matuidi, 30, has signed a three-year deal in Turin with the Italian club saying they had paid 20 million euros ($23.

PSG’s Matuidi undergoes Juventus medical

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Milan (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on the verge of signing for Juventus, who have agreed to pay Paris Saint-Germain a reported 20 million euros plus bonuses, after undergoing a medical on Wednesday.

Matuidi, who won four consecutive league titles with PSG, was met by dozens of enthusiastic fans on his arrival at Torino’s Caselle airport on Wednesday before undergoing a medical.

Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Last-gasp own goal hands PSG French Cup

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Paris (AFP) – The unfortunate Issa Cissokho headed agonisingly into his own net in stoppage time to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup final at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Extra time loomed at France’s national stadium - where French President Emmanuel Macron was among the spectators - when Cissokho turned an Angel Di Maria corner past his own goalkeeper while under pressure from Blaise Matuidi at the near post.

PSG rout Monaco to reach French Cup final

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month’s French Cup final against Angers.

Julian Draxler prodded PSG ahead on 26 minutes at the Parc des Princes and Cavani, who on Tuesday signed an extension through to 2020, swiftly doubled the lead as Unai Emery’s side dominated their understrength opponents.

PSG rout Monaco to reach French Cup final

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month’s French Cup final against Angers.

Julian Draxler prodded PSG ahead on 26 minutes at the Parc des Princes and Cavani, who on Tuesday signed an extension through to 2020, swiftly doubled the lead as Unai Emery’s side dominated their understrength opponents.

Heroic Matuidi sinks Metz as PSG catch Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi scored a 93rd-minute winner as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Metz 3-2 on Tuesday and move level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Edinson Cavani netted his 30th league goal of the season and Matuidi quickly added a second at the Stade Saint-Symphorien as PSG sought to crank up the pressure on Monaco.

Heroic Matuidi sinks Metz as PSG catch Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi scored a 93rd-minute winner as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Metz 3-2 on Tuesday and move level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Edinson Cavani netted his 30th league goal of the season and Matuidi quickly added a second at the Stade Saint-Symphorien as PSG sought to crank up the pressure on Monaco.

PSG suffer late heartbreak in home draw

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain conceded an injury-time equaliser as they warmed up for their Champions League clash next week against Arsenal with a disappointing 1-1 home with Saint-Etienne on Friday.

The big-spending Parisians looked set to top Ligue 1 thanks to a fortuitous second-half Lucas penalty, but Robert Beric popped up in the second minute of added-on time to somehow eke out an unlikely point for the visitors.

PSG suffer late heartbreak in home draw

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain conceded an injury-time equaliser as they warmed up for their Champions League clash next week against Arsenal with a disappointing 1-1 home with Saint-Etienne on Friday.

The big-spending Parisians looked set to top Ligue 1 thanks to a fortuitous second-half Lucas penalty, but Robert Beric popped up in the second minute of added-on time to somehow eke out an unlikely point for the visitors.

Pogba, Griezmann back for France in Euro 2016, Payet rested

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Lille (France) (AFP) Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann returned and in-form playmaker Dimitri Payet was rested for Euro 2016 hosts France's final Group A game against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Juventus star Pogba and Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann both started Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania on the bench, with Pogba coming on at half-time and Griezmann scoring the 90th-minute opener after entering the fray in the 68th minute.

Pogba, Griezmann back for France in Euro 2016, Payet rested

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Lille (France) (AFP) Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann returned and in-form playmaker Dimitri Payet was rested for Euro 2016 hosts France's final Group A game against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Juventus star Pogba and Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann both started Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania on the bench, with Pogba coming on at half-time and Griezmann scoring the 90th-minute opener after entering the fray in the 68th minute.

France, Switzerland target last 16 berths in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Tournament hosts and leading title contenders France can secure their place in the knockout phase of Euro 2016 on Wednesday when they face Group A rivals Albania in Marseille.

Switzerland, who also won their opening match, can effectively clinch a last-16 berth with victory against Romania in Paris, while Russia and Slovakia meet in Lille aiming to improve their Group B prospects.

France, Switzerland target last 16 berths in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Tournament hosts and leading title contenders France can secure their place in the knockout phase of Euro 2016 on Wednesday when they face Group A rivals Albania in Marseille.

Switzerland, who also won their opening match, can effectively clinch a last-16 berth with victory against Romania in Paris, while Russia and Slovakia meet in Lille aiming to improve their Group B prospects.

Midfielder Matuidi tells French fans to lay off Giroud

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France midfielder Blaise Matuidi pleaded with fans on Wednesday to stop jeering his international team-mate Olivier Giroud.

Some fans whistled and booed when Giroud's name was read out before Monday's 3-2 pre-Euro 2016 friendly victory over Cameroon in Nantes.

"I spoke with him after the victory over Cameroon.

Midfielder Matuidi tells French fans to lay off Giroud

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France midfielder Blaise Matuidi pleaded with fans on Wednesday to stop jeering his international team-mate Olivier Giroud.

Some fans whistled and booed when Giroud's name was read out before Monday's 3-2 pre-Euro 2016 friendly victory over Cameroon in Nantes.

"I spoke with him after the victory over Cameroon.

Payet helps Euro hosts France past Cameroon

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Nantes (France) (AFP) West Ham's Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday.

The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

Manchester United

Monday Kickoff: Liga MX final, Borussia Dortmund, Perisic and more

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A Liga MX champion was crowned on Saturday as Chivas de Guadalajara won the club's first title since 2006.

Chivas de Guadalajara took down Tigres, 2-1, in Sunday's second leg to win the Clausura title. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel insists he wishes to remain with the club.

From France: Chelsea step up chase for €30m Manchester United target

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PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi’s future has come under intense speculation this summer. New PSG boss Unai Emery hopes to retain the services of the French midfielder, whom he described as a “fantastic” and a “great” player, for the 2016/17 season, however, PSG could be open to selling him if they receive a good offer.

Marco Verratti

‘We’re Four Goals Ahead, I Think We’ll Make It’ – PSG Quartet Verratti, Draxler, Meunier & Matuidi Discuss Barcelona Second Leg Over Supper (Video)

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In which we listen in on a quartet of PSG players Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Thomas Meurier and Julian Draxler discussing the prospect of playing Barcelona over a pizza supper, shortly after beating the Catalans 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The conversation, though while mostly politeand respectful,is in French so you may wantto turn on the subtitles to catch some of the following fateful remarks:

We're gonna have to hold firm.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

France

Striding Sissoko stakes claim for France role at Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) With a purposeful display against Switzerland, France's Moussa Sissoko served notice that he can bring drive and dynamism to the Euro 2016 hosts' problematic midfield.

Aligned alongside Yohan Cabaye and Paul Pogba in a three-man midfield, Sissoko impressed as France recorded a 0-0 draw against the Swiss in Lille on Sunday that took them into the last 16 as Group A winners.

Striding Sissoko stakes claim for France role at Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) With a purposeful display against Switzerland, France's Moussa Sissoko served notice that he can bring drive and dynamism to the Euro 2016 hosts' problematic midfield.

Aligned alongside Yohan Cabaye and Paul Pogba in a three-man midfield, Sissoko impressed as France recorded a 0-0 draw against the Swiss in Lille on Sunday that took them into the last 16 as Group A winners.

The Rest

Steve Clark to D.C. United?, Jelle van Damme is going back to Belgium, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/2017

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Forbes claims D.C. United's value has increased this past year

Hello! I'm back from Tajikistan [ed. note: this is not a joke, Caitlin just set us up as the #1 American soccer site in Tajikistan] and returning to Freedom Kicks duty. Decent amount of news yesterday so let's get started!

Antoine Griezmann To Voice Superman In French Version Of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

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It's been announced that Antoine Griezmann will provide the voice of Superman in the French version of the upcoming'Lego Batman Movie'.

The Atletico Madrid striker broke the news of his first major screen role via his official Facebook page...

For the record, it was Channing Tatum who provided Superman's dulcet tones in original The Lego Movie.