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Modric testifies as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Osijek (Croatia) (AFP) – Luka Modric swapped his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appeared in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s former boss.

The 31-year-old star midfielder, who is not a suspect, was visibly uncomfortable as he gave evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

Croatia football ‘boss’ Mamic faces major graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic on Thursday faces a multi-million euro corruption trial, a crucial case for Croatian football which is already burdened with hooliganism and poor infrastructure.

Mamic, considered the most powerful figure in the sport in the former Yugoslav republic, has been charged with abuse of power and bribery between 2008 to 2012.

Croatia football ‘boss’ Mamic faces major graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic on Thursday faces a multi-million euro corruption trial, a crucial case for Croatian football which is already burdened with hooliganism and poor infrastructure.

Mamic, considered the most powerful figure in the sport in the former Yugoslav republic, has been charged with abuse of power and bribery between 2008 to 2012.

Slimani among injury worries for Algeria

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Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) Algeria have injury worries in attack ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations clash with neighbours Tunisia on Thursday with Islam Slimani struggling and Hilal Soudani ruled out.

At a press conference on Wednesday coach Georges Leekens confirmed that Dinamo Zagreb striker Soudani will miss the game in Franceville, south-eastern Gabon, due to a thigh injury.

Slimani among injury worries for Algeria

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Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) Algeria have injury worries in attack ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations clash with neighbours Tunisia on Thursday with Islam Slimani struggling and Hilal Soudani ruled out.

At a press conference on Wednesday coach Georges Leekens confirmed that Dinamo Zagreb striker Soudani will miss the game in Franceville, south-eastern Gabon, due to a thigh injury.

Dybala set to return as Juventus target top spot

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Argentine striker Paulo Dybala is set to make his long-awaited return for Juventus when the Italians host Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday looking to secure top spot in Champions League Group H.

With Gonzalo Higuain only recently returning from a muscle problem and attacking midfielder Mark Pjaca still sidelined, Dybala's absence has piled the pressure on the injury-ravaged champions during a tough month of November.

Dybala set to return as Juventus target top spot

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Argentine striker Paulo Dybala is set to make his long-awaited return for Juventus when the Italians host Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday looking to secure top spot in Champions League Group H.

With Gonzalo Higuain only recently returning from a muscle problem and attacking midfielder Mark Pjaca still sidelined, Dybala's absence has piled the pressure on the injury-ravaged champions during a tough month of November.

Situm can’t wait for Juventus date

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Situm described meeting Juventus as a "dream date", even if the Croatians risk another heavy defeat by the Italian champions on Wednesday.

Giants in Croatia Dinamo are playing for pride in Europe, having lost all five games and failing to even score a single goal.

Situm can’t wait for Juventus date

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Situm described meeting Juventus as a "dream date", even if the Croatians risk another heavy defeat by the Italian champions on Wednesday.

Giants in Croatia Dinamo are playing for pride in Europe, having lost all five games and failing to even score a single goal.

Zagreb rout takes Sevilla to brink of last 16

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Madrid (AFP) Sevilla moved to the brink of qualification for the Champions League last 16 for the first time in six years with a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Dinamo Zagreb at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Luciano Vietto's 31st-minute opener put Sevilla in control and Zagreb's hopes of ending a 10-game losing run on the road in the Champions League evaporated when Petar Stojanovic was shown a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.

Zagreb rout takes Sevilla to brink of last 16

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Madrid (AFP) Sevilla moved to the brink of qualification for the Champions League last 16 for the first time in six years with a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Dinamo Zagreb at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Luciano Vietto's 31st-minute opener put Sevilla in control and Zagreb's hopes of ending a 10-game losing run on the road in the Champions League evaporated when Petar Stojanovic was shown a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.

Zagreb rout takes Sevilla to brink of Champions League last 16

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Madrid (AFP) Sevilla moved to the brink of qualification for the Champions League last 16 for the first time in six years with a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Dinamo Zagreb at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Luciano Vietto's 31st-minute opener put Sevilla in control and Zagreb's hopes of ending a 10-game losing run on the road in the Champions League evaporated when Petar Stojanovic was shown a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.

Lyon defiant ahead of Juventus challenge

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Maxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon face Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors.

Lyon defiant ahead of Juventus challenge

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Maxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon face Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors.

Sampaoli laments Nasri loss as Sevilla eye last 16

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Madrid (AFP) Europa League holders Sevilla finally look set to make their mark on the Champions League, but coach Jorge Sampaoli's in-form side will have to do without influential playmaker Samir Nasri for Wednesday's visit of Dinamo Zagreb.

Nasri has starred since joining on-loan from Manchester City as Sampaoli's excellent start in Seville has seen the Spanish side pick up seven points from their first three Group H games without even conceding a goal.

Sampaoli laments Nasri loss as Sevilla eye last 16

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Madrid (AFP) Europa League holders Sevilla finally look set to make their mark on the Champions League, but coach Jorge Sampaoli's in-form side will have to do without influential playmaker Samir Nasri for Wednesday's visit of Dinamo Zagreb.

Nasri has starred since joining on-loan from Manchester City as Sampaoli's excellent start in Seville has seen the Spanish side pick up seven points from their first three Group H games without even conceding a goal.

Sevilla ride away win momentum into Zagreb visit

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Zagreb (AFP) Fresh from ending a 17-month wait for an away La Liga win, Sevilla will seek another scalp on the road at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday to take a huge step towards the Champions League last 16.

Victory at the 23rd attempt on the road, 3-2 at Leganes on Saturday, moved Sevilla up to third in La Liga, sandwiched between Real Madrid and Barcelona, as an impressive start to life under Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli continued.

Ben Yedder winner edges Sevilla past Lyon

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) Sevilla took a big step towards reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time in six years as Wissam Ben Yedder's header ensured a 1-0 win over Lyon on Tuesday.

Ben Yedder was left with the simple task of heading into an empty net from Luciano Vietto's knockdown early in the second-half, but Vietto had a night to forget in front of goal as he skied a penalty over the bar 20 minutes from time.

Five things we learnt in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) The Juventus attack is a work in progress, Marek Hamsik is on the Maradona trail for Napoli, it's Totti time at inconsistent Roma and Gianluigi Donnarumma is arguably AC Milan's biggest asset.

Here are five things we learnt in Serie A this weekend:

Juve front line a work in progress

Days before Juventus travel to Champions League opponents Dinamo Zagreb, Massimiliano Allegri is still experimenting with his front line.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

Angry Allegri calls for calm after Juve stalemate

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Milan (AFP) Coach Massimiliano Allegri launched an explosive outburst to serve a reminder that a star-studded Juventus could struggle to end their 20-year wait to win the Champions League this season.

The Italian champions dominated their Group H opener at home to stubborn Sevilla on Wednesday, but were held to a scoreless draw by the Europa League champions which means the pressure is now on ahead of the trip to Dinamo Zagreb in a fortnight.

Angry Allegri calls for calm after Juve stalemate

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Milan (AFP) Coach Massimiliano Allegri launched an explosive outburst to serve a reminder that a star-studded Juventus could struggle to end their 20-year wait to win the Champions League this season.

The Italian champions dominated their Group H opener at home to stubborn Sevilla on Wednesday, but were held to a scoreless draw by the Europa League champions which means the pressure is now on ahead of the trip to Dinamo Zagreb in a fortnight.

Modric, Rakitic lead Croatia in Euro 2016

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic on Tuesday named his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

Four younger players were cut from the provisional 27-man squad named earlier this month midfielders Alen Halilovic, 19, of Sporting Gijon and Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolic, 25, Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 21, and Duje Caleta-Car, 19, a defender with Red Bull Salzburg.

Modric, Rakitic lead Croatia in Euro 2016

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic on Tuesday named his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

Four younger players were cut from the provisional 27-man squad named earlier this month midfielders Alen Halilovic, 19, of Sporting Gijon and Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolic, 25, Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 21, and Duje Caleta-Car, 19, a defender with Red Bull Salzburg.

Milan

Juve, Napoli back to basics after dream dates in Europe

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Milan (AFP) Juventus and Napoli get back to Serie A basics after impressive Champions League wins while Inter Milan's league-leading scorer Mauro Icardi looks to add to his tally away to Roma on Sunday.

Champions Juventus, favourites for a record sixth consecutive 'scudetto', can feel confident of maintaining their one-point lead on Napoli at Empoli.

Juve, Napoli back to basics after dream dates in Europe

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Milan (AFP) Juventus and Napoli get back to Serie A basics after impressive Champions League wins while Inter Milan's league-leading scorer Mauro Icardi looks to add to his tally away to Roma on Sunday.

Champions Juventus, favourites for a record sixth consecutive 'scudetto', can feel confident of maintaining their one-point lead on Napoli at Empoli.

English Premier League

Chelsea hijack move for Portuguese star; Bid submitted, Player heading to London soon

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Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo could be on his way to Chelsea if reports from the Portuguese press are to be believed.

According to reports from O Jogo, Chelsea have submitted a bid for the Zagreb keeper who seemed to be heading to Sporting this summer.

Although there is no mention of the bid being accepted by Zagreb, O Jogo claim that the player should complete a transfer to London soon.

Man Utd's €100m agreement; Mourinho target visited UK for transfer talks; Klopp leading winger race

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With the Copa America done and dusted and Euro 2016 nearing its completion, it is time for every club to focus on the transfer market and improve their chances of doing well next season.

The transfer window is now officially open and almost every club has started working on their deals and new signings are being confirmed every day.

Liverpool ready to pay up for Chelsea target after Klopp's conversation with him

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Croatian midfielder Ante Coric is a man in demand this summer.

Zagreb’s young attacking midfielder is a target for Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool after his impressive displays last season.

The 19 year old is one of the most talented players of his age and is already making a name for himself at the international stage.

Champions League

Pep Guardiola plans to rest Manuel Neuer for Bayern’s last group stage match

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Bayern Munich will be without Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for Wednesday's Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb, with Pep Guardiola's Bavarian giants already in the knockout phase. Guardiola has opted to rest Neuer, with former Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich due to play only his second competitive game for the German champions.

Pep Guardiola plans to rest Manuel Neuer for Bayern’s last group stage match

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Bayern Munich will be without Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for Wednesday's Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb, with Pep Guardiola's Bavarian giants already in the knockout phase. Guardiola has opted to rest Neuer, with former Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich due to play only his second competitive game for the German champions.

The Rest

Top class Real Madrid star could face up to five years in jail for doing this

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Real Madrid’s talismanic midfielder Luka Modric is being investigated on suspicion of providing false testimony in a criminal trial, according to Croatia’s state attorney office.

Modric was asked to testify last week at the trial of a tax official and three former executives from Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive, the infamous Zdravko Mamic.

Japan’s ‘King Kazu’ turns 50 with J-League start

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Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) – Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday by starting a J-League game for Yokohama FC on Sunday, marking yet another landmark in a storied career.

Miura, the oldest Japanese to play professional football, lasted 65 minutes in a 1-0 home win over second division rivals Matsumoto Yamaga as he became the first quinquagenarian to grace the J-League.

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Croatia’s age-old foes united by hatred

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Zagreb (AFP) A north-south antagonism, a duel between the prosperous capital and a poorer port city: as ever, Sunday's Croatian derby between age-old rivals Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split promises high tension.

These giants of Croatian football, who have only once since independence in 1991 let another club win the national championship,are known by local media as the "eternal rivals".

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