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Ulloa signs new deal to complete Leicester revival

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London (AFP) – Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa completed his return to favour with the Premier League club as the Argentine striker signed a contract extension on Thursday.

Less than a year after appearing destined to leave Leicester after falling out with then boss Claudio Ranieri, Ulloa’s new deal will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2019.

Ulloa signs new deal to complete Leicester revival

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London (AFP) – Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa completed his return to favour with the Premier League club as the Argentine striker signed a contract extension on Thursday.

Less than a year after appearing destined to leave Leicester after falling out with then boss Claudio Ranieri, Ulloa’s new deal will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2019.

Bielsa’s Lille slide to Caen defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered a second straight loss as Lille coach on Sunday as his side crashed to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Caen.

The Argentine’s tenure began promisingly with an opening 3-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, but Lille then slumped to a chaotic 3-0 loss away to newly-promoted Strasbourg as three different players went in goal.

Bielsa’s Lille slide to Caen defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered a second straight loss as Lille coach on Sunday as his side crashed to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Caen.

The Argentine’s tenure began promisingly with an opening 3-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, but Lille then slumped to a chaotic 3-0 loss away to newly-promoted Strasbourg as three different players went in goal.

Ocampos snatches Marseille win at injury-hit Nantes

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Paris (AFP) – Lucas Ocampos snatched a late 1-0 win for Marseille as Claudio Ranieri’s injury-depleted Nantes suffered their second Ligue 1 defeat of the new campaign on Saturday.

Marseille join Lyon - 2-1 winners at Rennes on Friday - provisionally top of Ligue 1 to give Rudi Garcia’s side a timely boost ahead of next week’s Europa League first playoff round game at Slovenia’s Domzale.

Restless Chelsea boss Conte fights to avoid sophomore slump

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by the personal intensity that inspired Chelsea’s return to the top, Antonio Conte has vowed to stop the champions becoming the latest victims of the Premier League’s sophomore slump.

A glance at recent Premier League history has provided all the motivation Conte requires as the Chelsea manager plots his team’s title defence, which gets under way against Burnley on Saturday.

Restless Chelsea boss Conte fights to avoid sophomore slump

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by the personal intensity that inspired Chelsea’s return to the top, Antonio Conte has vowed to stop the champions becoming the latest victims of the Premier League’s sophomore slump.

A glance at recent Premier League history has provided all the motivation Conte requires as the Chelsea manager plots his team’s title defence, which gets under way against Burnley on Saturday.

Ranieri’s Nantes ‘not ready’ for Ligue 1 opener

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Nantes side are “not ready” for the start of the new season, as the Italian prepares to make his Ligue 1 bow on Sunday at Lille.

“We are not ready, but I’ve never known a team that’s been ready for the first day (of a season),” Ranieri said on Friday.

Ranieri’s Nantes ‘not ready’ for Ligue 1 opener

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Nantes side are “not ready” for the start of the new season, as the Italian prepares to make his Ligue 1 bow on Sunday at Lille.

“We are not ready, but I’ve never known a team that’s been ready for the first day (of a season),” Ranieri said on Friday.

Forget what I did at Leicester, says new Nantes coach Ranieri

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri insists his incredible achievements at Leicester City count for nothing now that he has taken over at sleeping French giants Nantes, where he was unveiled as their new coach on Monday.

“I have missed being out on the pitch. But we must forget what I did at Leicester.

Ranieri sees great season ahead at Nantes

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri assured fans at his new club Nantes he was ready to work hard to get results and said the French club had the players and the passion to make next season a success.

Ranieri, the architect of Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016, signed a two-year deal to become Nantes coach earlier Thursday.

Ranieri sees great season ahead at Nantes

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri assured fans at his new club Nantes he was ready to work hard to get results and said the French club had the players and the passion to make next season a success.

Ranieri, the architect of Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016, signed a two-year deal to become Nantes coach earlier Thursday.

Nantes confirm Ranieri as new coach

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, the architect of the Foxes’ fairytale Premier League triumph, has signed a two-year deal to become the coach of Nantes, the French club confirmed on Thursday.

“FC Nantes are delighted to announced the arrival of Claudio Ranieri,” the club said on its website as the appointment of the 65-year-old Italian was made official.

Nantes president sings Ranieri praises

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Nantes president Waldemar Kita heaped praise on former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who opted to take over as coach of the Ligue 1 outfit despite being linked to teams in China and England.

The Ligue I side received special dispensation from French league (LFP) officials on Tuesday to hire the popular Italian as he has reached the manager’s age limit of 65 years.

Ranieri set to join French club Nantes

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Rennes (France) (AFP) – Nantes closed in on former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri on Monday after agreeing a two-year contract, but are awaiting French Professional League approval because of his age, a club source said.

The LFP does not allow coaches aged over 65 to join French clubs.

Shakespeare pens permanent Leicester deal

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare has signed a three-year contract as manager of Leicester City, the former Premier League champions announced on Thursday.

Shakespeare, 53, was promoted from his role as assistant coach on an interim basis following the shock dismissal of Claudio Ranieri in February.

Shakespeare pens permanent Leicester deal

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare has signed a three-year contract as manager of Leicester City, the former Premier League champions announced on Thursday.

Shakespeare, 53, was promoted from his role as assistant coach on an interim basis following the shock dismissal of Claudio Ranieri in February.

Vardy strikes to haul Leicester to safety

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jamie Vardy scored the goal that effectively ensured Leicester City would remain in the Premier League as the outgoing champions won 1-0 away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

England striker Vardy’s first-half goal, his third in as many seasons at The Hawthorns, gave the Foxes their first win in four league games and took them to 40 points, a total widely regarded as enough to avoid relegation in most seasons.

Everton’s Lukaku halts Leicester revival

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Liverpool (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton in a 4-2 victory on Sunday as Craig Shakespeare suffered defeat for the first time since becoming Leicester City manager.

Shakespeare had won all of his first six matches in charge, five of them in the Premier League, since replacing the sacked Claudio Ranieri in February.

Shakespeare warns Leicester to beware sting in tale

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare refused to declare Leicester’s survival battle won despite leading his team into the top half of the Premier League table.

Shakespeare’s team moved to 10th place after a 2-0 victory against Sunderland on Tuesday that left beleaguered Black Cats boss David Moyes looking doomed to relegation.

Hiddink says he turned down Leicester

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London (AFP) – Guus Hiddink says he turned down the opportunity to manage champions Leicester City following the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri and instead recommended Craig Shakespeare.

The experienced former Chelsea and Netherlands coach was in the frame to replace Ranieri after the Italian was sacked just nine months after leading Leicester to a shock Premier League title.

Hiddink says he turned down Leicester

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London (AFP) – Guus Hiddink says he turned down the opportunity to manage champions Leicester City following the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri and instead recommended Craig Shakespeare.

The experienced former Chelsea and Netherlands coach was in the frame to replace Ranieri after the Italian was sacked just nine months after leading Leicester to a shock Premier League title.

Death threats won’t affect Vardy: Southgate

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate says the death threats Jamie Vardy received in the wake of Claudio Ranieri’s sacking will not affect the striker in Wednesday’s friendly away to Germany.

In the international’s build-up, Vardy revealed his alleged role in getting Ranieri sacked at Leicester City has earned him death threats.

Death threats won’t affect Vardy: Southgate

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate says the death threats Jamie Vardy received in the wake of Claudio Ranieri’s sacking will not affect the striker in Wednesday’s friendly away to Germany.

In the international’s build-up, Vardy revealed his alleged role in getting Ranieri sacked at Leicester City has earned him death threats.

Euro stars Leicester look to boost survival bid

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London (AFP) – Leicester will feed off the momentum from their dramatic Champions League victory over Sevilla as they return to the battle for Premier League survival at West Ham on Saturday.

After overseeing Premier League victories over Liverpool and Hull following the shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare led the Foxes into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday as their campaign of wildly contrasting fortunes continued.

Leicester’s Champions League breakthrough keeps fairytale alive

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – In progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time, Leicester City preserved a golden thread stretching back all the way to last season’s miraculous Premier League title success.

The thread has worn close to breaking in recent weeks, with Leicester’s perilous slide towards the relegation zone costing popular manager Claudio Ranieri his job.

Leicester’s Champions League breakthrough keeps fairytale alive

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – In progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time, Leicester City preserved a golden thread stretching back all the way to last season’s miraculous Premier League title success.

The thread has worn close to breaking in recent weeks, with Leicester’s perilous slide towards the relegation zone costing popular manager Claudio Ranieri his job.

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Antonio Conte "back in" for English midfielder that he tried to sign for Chelsea 12-months ago?

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According to various reports, Antonio Conte has told Leicester City that he will not be held to ransom and pay more than £30m for midfielder Danny Drinkwater, a player he tried to sign last summer.

We all saw the first reports of a move by Chelsea to sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester and, if we are honest, wondered why?

‘Don’t Worry Leicester, We’ll Take Care Of Him’ – FC Nantes (Finally) Swear In Claudio Ranieri As New Head Coach

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Claudio Ranieri has sidestepped that odd bit of Ligue 1 regulation to formally join FC Nantes as their new head coach.

Ranieri's appointment was held up after it was discovered he may have been too old to take the job, but the French club have now obtained a derogation from the French Football Federation to allow the Italian to take charge on a two-year contract.

Ex-Leicester Boss Claudio Ranieri Agrees Deal To Manage Nantes, May Be Too Old To Take The Job

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Unemployed since February, it looks like Claudio Ranieriis about to sashayback into the management racket after agreeing to take over at Nantes.

However, despite a deal beingin place between the two parties, the ex-Leicester City boss may see his appointment scuppered by a strange decree that exists inthe Ligue 1 rule book.

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy Seriously Considered Quitting Football Entirely To Become Party Rep In Ibiza

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"£25 gets you entry, two free shots and an hour in the ice bar..."

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has revealed that not so very long ago he had to talk Jamie Vardy out of quitting football entirely.

After finishing as top goalscorer in the Conference Premier whenFleetwood won promotion into the Football League in 2011/12, the Foxes (then of the Championship) took a gamble on signing Vardy, though he initially struggled with the step up and managed a paltry five goals in 29 appearances over the course of 2012/13.

Leicester start beyond wildest dreams: manager Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare admitted even he was surprised after inspiring the champions to the brink of Premier League safety.

Four straight wins for the managerial novice in the league combined with a historic victory in the Champions League have restored smiles and confidence at the King Power Stadium in a remarkable transformation following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester start beyond wildest dreams: manager Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare admitted even he was surprised after inspiring the champions to the brink of Premier League safety.

Four straight wins for the managerial novice in the league combined with a historic victory in the Champions League have restored smiles and confidence at the King Power Stadium in a remarkable transformation following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri Reveals ‘Bitter Shock’ Of Sacking To Audience Of Prison Inmates

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"King Power, I hate every inch of you"

Claudio Ranieri has spoken of the "shock" he felt after being sacked by Leicester City, less than nine months after winning the Premier League title.

Strangely, Ranieri did so while appearing on stage in front of inmates at the Rebibbia prison on the outskirts of Rome.

Champions League: Leicester Fans Unfurl Huge Banner Of Craig Shakespeare Riding A Rottweiler (Photo)

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Claudio who? Leicester City fans saluted theirnew hero ahead of last night's Champions League second-legger against Sevilla with an enormous banner unfurled in the stand behind the goal at the King Power Stadium.

It depicted Ranieri's replacement, Craig Shakespeare, fully suited and riding into battleon the back of a giant rottweiler.

Champions League: The Fairytale Continues As Leicester Beat Sevilla To Claim Place In Quarter-Finals (Photos & Videos)

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The fairytale continues for Leicester City after the Premier League champions overturned a first-leg 2-1deficit to beat Sevilla 2-0 at the King Power Stadium and book their place in the last eight of the Champions League.

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Claudio Ranieri was sacked after the first-leg defeat in Spain but under new boss Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes have been revitalised.

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Midday Ticker: Premier League schedule revealed, Bayern sign Tolisso, and more

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Though the season may have ended only a month ago, the next season of the Premier League is already in sight.

The fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season is out, with play commencing on August 13. The season ends on May 13, 2018. (REPORT)

The Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, have made their fourth signing of the summer, adding French talent Corentin Tolisso from Lyon.

The Spuds’ Secret

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As an avid fan of soccer who has played and coached at various levels, I am a keen student of what is reported by the always trustworthy British sports dailies. In particular, I read with a discerning eye about managers. I ask myself: how do they manage so well?

And how can I imitate them?

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Radrizzani reveals Leeds manager interviews, agent rules out big name

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Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has taken to Twitter to state that interviews with managerial candidates will take place this week, while Claudio Ranieri’s agent has ruled the Italian out of the Elland Road running.

The Championship side are looking for a new head coach after Garry Monk sensationally walked out on the club last month after not being able to agree terms on a contract extension.

Former Leicester and Chelsea manager Cla

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Former Leicester and Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri knows Rafa Benitez very well and that was obvious during Rafa's debut as the Newcastle manager last year at the King Power stadium on Monday, [...]