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Buffon knocking on Ballon d’Or door

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Milan (AFP) – As Juventus look to end a 21-year-wait for the Champions League title, there are those who believe goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon can end a 54-year wait and be officially crowned the top shot-stopper in Europe.

The rock of a team that recently embellished its growing pedigree with a record sixth consecutive title and record third successive league and Cup double, Buffon, many believe, is in firm contention for the Ballon d’Or.

Buffon knocking on Ballon d’Or door

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Milan (AFP) – As Juventus look to end a 21-year-wait for the Champions League title, there are those who believe goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon can end a 54-year wait and be officially crowned the top shot-stopper in Europe.

The rock of a team that recently embellished its growing pedigree with a record sixth consecutive title and record third successive league and Cup double, Buffon, many believe, is in firm contention for the Ballon d’Or.

Celta Vigo

United players dominate Europa squad of the season

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Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (United), Sergio Álvarez (Celta Vigo)

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia (United), Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo), Jérémy Morel (Lyon), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax)

Midfielders: Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (United), Pablo Hernández (Celta Vigo), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Amin Younes (Ajax)

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (United), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Bertrand Traoré (Ajax).

United handed easy draw for Europa semi

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Manchester United have been handed the easiest possible draw for thesemi-final of the Europa League.

Having beaten Anderlecht 2-1 in extra-time last night, Unitedare one step closer to the final in Stockholm. With Ajax and Lyon also possibilities, Unitedare set to play the easiest team of those remaining in the competition, Celta Vigo.

Spain

9 underrated footballers around Europe whose stock rose dramatically in 2016/17

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With the 2016/17 season coming to an end, let's take a look at some players who started the season more in the background but have now become fundamental players for their clubs. Despite...

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Manchester United 1-1 Celta Vigo: 5 Europa League semi final talking points

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In a season full of 1-1 draws, Manchester United got arguably their most important one against Celta Vigo to go through 2-1 on aggregate in the Europa League semi final. Marouane...

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Manchester United’s summer target and Monaco’s French wonderkids… #JF70 young talents of the week, week 18

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As leagues across Europe continue apace, with league titles up for grabs and relegation battles to fight. Which #JF70 startlets are impressing at the season's business end? SEE ALSO: What...

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Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid: 5 Champions League semi final 1st leg talking points

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The first leg of the first Champions League semi-final is out of the way, and you could be forgiven for thinking the tie is already over. A potentially tense and tight first leg was busted open by a...

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Buy low, sell high: 14 of transfer guru Monchi’s best deals for Sevilla

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For almost two decades, one man has been synonymous with modern day Sevilla. Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo – commonly known as Monchi – has led Sevilla to success both on and off the field. Monchi's remit...

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Everton keep tabs on exciting young defender tracked by Barcelona

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Mauricio Lemos is the subject of renewed transfer interest from both Spanish and Premier League clubs, with FC Barcelona and Everton named among the most eager suitors to date. The Uruguayan...

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Europa League Final preview: Ajax hope to channel spirit of ’95 against Manchester United

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On Wednesday evening in Stockholm, Manchester United and Ajax will contest the Europa League, each hoping for a victory that would add some shine to a below par season (and provide a back door route...

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Celtic in the 1967 European Cup

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2017) US Soccer Players – Europe has seen many great clubs over the decades. Spanish giants Real Madrid dominated the tournament, now known as the UEFA Champions League, since the 1950s. The club has won the trophy more times than any other team.

Arsene Wenger issues warning to Chelsea over next year’s title race

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Chelsea secured the title on Friday night with two games to spare, their second in three years....

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Juventus 2-1 Monaco – 5 key talking points as Juve reach Champions League final

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With goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves, Juventus cruised into the Champions League final courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate win over Monaco. Two years since losing to Spanish opposition in the 2015...

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English Premier League

3 players set to leave relegated Hull City as Liverpool plan a raid

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In the final weeks of the season, Hull City's 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday confirmed the Tigers' unwanted status as the final team relegated to the Championship. The Tigers joined...

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Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Marcus Rashford and Kasper Dolberg star in our #JF70 top young talents of week 19

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Another week, another chance for 70 of our hand-picked top young players in Europe to shine. But which players from our #JF70 list of Europe's best young talents most impressed us this week?...

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3 players set to leave Middlesbrough – and where they might end up

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A 3-0 loss to Chelsea on Monday finally confirmed Middlesbrough's inevitable relegation and took Chelsea three points closer to the Premier League title. In truth they have struggled for goals...

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Saints or Sin Binners: Would a Sin Bin Rule Change Improve Football?

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According to reports, the "sin bin" rule for yellow card offences could be introduced into football soon. For all the hyperbole that surrounds the game, this could very well be a paradigm...

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The Europa League must now be United’s main priority

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With three Premier League games remaining, Manchester United are now odds against to finish in the top four this campaign. Traditionally, securing one of the top spots in England's primary division would be enough to guarantee Champions League football for the following campaign but Unitedmay need to win this year's Europa League to compete on the big stage next year.

Cesc Fabregas, Manuel Lanzini, De Bruyne… Names of the Premier League, week 36

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We're entering the final stretch in the Premier League 2016/17 season now and Chelsea's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough means the destination of the title is close to wrapped up. But who were...

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3 players set to leave Sunderland – and where they might end up

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Sunderland's bleak Premier League campaign ended in relegation last weekend as Josh King's late winner for Bournemouth confirmed the Black Cats will be playing in the Championship next season. Having...

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Will Manchester United beat Celta de Viga in the Europa League semi-finals?

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Manchester United may not be pulling up trees in the Premier League, but they are doing just fine in the Europa League. As one of the biggest clubs in the world, United may not have fancied playing in the competition, but they are now just three games away from winning it.

Jose Mourinho does not like playing in the Europa League, but even he will acknowledge the importance of winning the competition this season.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Arsenal: Game in 10 Tweets as Spurs finish above Arsenal – finally!

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After Chelsea underlined their Premier League title-winning credentials by breezing past Everton arguably their toughest game in the run-in 3-0 earlier in the afternoon,...

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Sunderland relegated: 4 talking points from a nightmare season as Black Cats relegation confirmed

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It's been a long time coming for Sunderland but the misery was finally complete this weekend as relegation from the Premier League was confirmed courtesy of a late Bournemouth winner at the...

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Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: We predict how the Premier League title race will play out

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For so long, the Premier League title has looked destined for Stamford Bridge. But thanks to Manchester United's 2-0 win over Chelsea's champions elect on April 16th – combined with Tottenham Hotspur...

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Marcus Rashford, Divock Origi and Bayern Munich’s next new boy star in our #JF70 young talents of weeks 16 & 17

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As leagues across Europe head into their final phases, plenty of the #JF70 youngsters are hitting the heights for their clubs. Which wonderkids have caught the eye lately? Week 17 Marcus Rashford...

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West Ham United take promising Swedish striker on trial

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West Ham United have taken 16-year-old striker Alexander Alp on trial for a week. The Swedish youngster plays for AIK in his home country, but after impressing scouts he has been handed a chance to...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Son Heung-Min, Mignolet… Names of the Premier League, week 32

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After the addition of a midweek round of fixtures last week that provided vexing selection problems for some managers, Premier League teams were back in action again at the weekend. Still, plenty of...

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Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Coutinho… Names of the Premier League weeks 30 and 31

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It's been a hectic few days in the Premier League. After the weekend fixtures the teams were back in action in a packed midweek and play again this weekend. As such, this round of Names of...

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Jose Mourinho needs to trust Luke Shaw at Manchester United or risk losing him

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It's not been plain sailing for Luke Shaw under Jose Mourinho. But if United's manager doesn't want to risk losing the England international it's time to start trusting...

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Wasteful Zlatan, unlucky Wilshere and clinical Chelsea: The Premier League season so far – in stats

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An international break is often time for the domestic club game to stop, pause and reflect. Managers will be taking those players not meeting up with their national setups on now-traditional warm...

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Ismaila Sarr: Meet the young Sengalese winger taking Ligue 1 by storm

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#GenerationNext is our regular feature on Just Football bringing you scouting profiles and reports on the next generation of top young talent in world football. After our recent profile of Ajax...

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How AS Monaco turned their back on big spending – and conquered PSG

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Usually, when a football club becomes a billionaire's plaything, it only heads in one direction when the money dries up: down. It wasn't so long ago that it looked like Monaco could be heading in...

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Ajax – Europa League final

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Romero, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan; Rashford.

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Rooney, Martial, Lingard, Carrick, Fosu-Mensah.

Manchester United poem for Europa League final

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Why would Mbappe really consider Arsenal?

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The AS Monaco wonderkid, Kylian Mbappe is making waves across Europe both in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League. With 23 goals so far this term for the 18 year old, the interest is really hotting up for the Frenchman and he's being watched by a number of top European sides. The likes of [...]

On The Offensive

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As promised, now we'll start getting into some attack rankings for Americans who are playing/have played in Europe. Today, we shall keep it simple by updating the all-time goals and assists charts for our boys who've worked overseas. Tomorrow, we'll go into some more specialized categories. All the players below had their stats counted for: all European top division play, select second flights (

7 Non-League talents who could make it big in 2017

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There is little doubt that non-league football is on the up. The rise of Jamie Vardy last season and the fairytale FA Cup stories of Sutton United and Lincoln City this year have rejuvenated...

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