Europe

Italy

No Italy, no Holland, no Chile, no problem – Why a 48-team World Cup is still bad for football

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Qualification for World Cup 2018 in Russia is over. FIFA's football showpiece is supposed to be a showcase for the best of the best, but with Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and the United States...

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World Cup 2018 heartbreak: What went wrong for Italy and Ventura?

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It's arguably the big story of the whole World Cup 2018 qualification process. Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 (which was also the last time Bolton...

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Serie A summer transfers: 10 signings to get excited about in 2017/18 from Bonucci to Kolarov

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Call it a "boring" league if you want, but the Serie A summer transfer window has been one of the most exciting ever, packed with top players who switched teams, or came from...

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England

The England Uncapped XI: Could they make the 2018 World Cup?

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The recent England matches have seen Gareth Southgate hand debut's to a number of players including Tammy Abraham and Jack Cork. There are still, though, a number players playing regularly for their...

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Sheffield United, Wolves and Ipswich Town stars… Names of the Football League, week 14

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With the 1st round of the FA Cup occupying the teams from League 1 and League 2, we were just left with the 12 Championship fixtures to satiate our appetite for football last weekend. It...

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Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: Game in 10 Tweets as Guardiola’s men march on at the top of the league

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You expect fireworks on Bonfire Night, and Premier League fixture list threw up a potentially explosive clash between two big guns, Manchester City and Arsenal. At present, Pep Guardiola's...

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Sunderland sacking, Fulham, Derby and Bolton stars… Names of the Football League, week 13

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It was double the lot of games this week, with a midweek round of Championship fixtures to accompany those at the weekend and what a week it's been. There's been goals galore, the...

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Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool: Game in 10 Tweets as defensive horror show costs the Reds

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Arguably the Premier League's prestige fixture of the weekend saw both of these sides on a high after impressive showings in the Champions League in midweek. Mauricio Pochettino shuffled his...

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Kevin De Bruyne, Wilfried Zaha, Deeney… Names of the Premier League, week 8

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Premier League football returned after the international break with some surprising results and one of the team performances of the season so far all of which occurred after the anti-climax...

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Birmingham’s new boss, Diogo Jota, Luton’s thrashing and two Ameobis… Names of the Football League, week 11

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After a long two weeks full of Panamian ecstasy and England...well, being England, the Championship returned to accompany the League 1 and League 2 fixtures over the weekend. It truly returned to...

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How Sean Dyche and James Tarkowski are resurrecting the lost art of defending at Burnley

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It was one of the non-transfer stories of the summer. With Everton's £25m payment for Michael Keane burning a hole in their pocket, Burnley were expected to dip into the transfer market to bring in a...

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Newcastle United 1-1 Liverpool: Game in 10 Tweets as Rafa Benitez holds his old club to a draw

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Premier League games between Newcastle United and Liverpool have a big reputation that largely rests on a humdinger of a game at Anfield back in the 1995/96 season that ended 4-3 to Liverpool,...

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Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 7 Preview – Liverpool forward in, Manchester City star out

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Fantasy managers have tough decisions ahead of them once again in deciding who to bring into their team for the final gameweek before another dreaded international break. Managers will then have to...

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Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion: Game in 10 Tweets as Lacazette double sinks Baggies

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Arsenal went into this game after their worst start in the Premier League for six years and everyone knows that Tony Pulis' men aren't the side to play if you're looking for...

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Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 6 Preview – Arsenal star in, Liverpool player out

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As we approach the sixth game week of the Premier League season, Fantasy Football teams around the world are starting to take shape with the Premier League managers now having a clearer idea of which...

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Middlesbrough, Wolves, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town… Star Names of the Football League, week 8

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The Football League season is well and truly up and running now, with midweek rounds complementing the weekend's action. There was a sole unbeaten run to be defended in the shape of Thomas...

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Antonio Valencia, Sergio Aguero, Fabianski… Names of the Premier League, week 5

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Another Premier League weekend full of goals and incident left us with plenty to talk about. But who among the highly-paid luminaries that grace the league impressed us enough to make it into Names...

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Vincent Janssen at Spurs and 6 other Eredivisie stars who flopped in the Premier League

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A penny for Vincent Janssen's thoughts. He would have expected to start this season as Tottenham Hotspur's second choice striker, battling with Son Heung-min for the right to understudy Harry...

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Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: Game in 10 Tweets as Chris Wood’s strike increases the pressure on Frank De Boer

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If you're in desperate need of three Premier League points, Turf Moor isn't normally the place to go. Burnley's home ground has become the archetypal "tough place to...

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Kamil Grosicki, Fulham and Cardiff stars… Names of the Football League, week 5

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There was an international break interrupting the Championship last weekend but the action returns now, starting with a Friday evening clash between Derby County and Hull City. To refresh your...

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Sanchez, Lemar, Diego Costa: Transfer window deals that nearly happened…but didn’t

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The summer transfer window is a time of much excitement and speculation for fans and, sometimes, players too. In fact, it feels as though the transfer window is 90% excitement and speculation and 10%...

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The summer transfer business Chelsea must do before the window closes

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Despite being crowned champions quite comfortably in 2016/17, all is not necessarily well at Stamford Bridge. Far from reflect glowingly on a fantastic first season in English football, manager...

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The summer transfer business Arsenal must do before the window closes

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What summer transfer business have Arsenal done so far and what do they still need to do? Let's take an overview of the Gunners' summer transfers so far... Arsenal have gone for...

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Generation Next

Yangel Herrera: Meet Manchester City’s dazzling young Venezuelan in New York

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Generation Next is our regular scouting feature on Just Football in which we profile the up and coming stars of tomorrow around the football world. And after a trip to France in our last edition...

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Tanguy Ndombele: Introducing the exciting Lyon starlet Everton must keep an eye on

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Generation Next is our regular series on Just Football reviewing the best young talents you need to know about around the football world. After our sejour to North Korea to profile their young...

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Introducing Han Kwang-song: the North Korean missile attracting Everton and Leeds

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For an Italian, football in North Korea isn't much more than the memory of when, in the last match of 1966 World Cup group stage, Pak Doo-ik's goal sent Giacinto Facchetti and Gianni...

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From Pyongyang to Sardinia: meet Han Kwang-song, Asian football’s next big thing

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For an Italian, football in North Korea isn't much more than the memory of when, in the last match of 1966 World Cup group stage, Pak Doo-ik's goal sent Giacinto Facchetti and Gianni...

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Who are the top 10 best young players to watch in the Austrian Bundesliga in 2017/18?

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With the 17/18 season already underway in Austria, there is an array of talent on show. But who are the 10 most talented youngsters currently plying their trade in the Tipico Bundesliga? Many of them...

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Generation Next: 8 exciting young talents to watch in the Russian Premier League in 2017/18

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Here at Just Football our focus is global, taking in not only the major European leagues but those others that don't always get the coverage they may deserve. With that in mind, here's...

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Match day

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Benfica vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Jones, McTominay, Lingard, Young, Martial.

STATS: Benfica vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Basel

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Champions League

Manchester City 2-1 Napoli: Game in 10 Tweets as City produce another attacking masterclass in the Champions League

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The Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football, and in a midweek of potentially exciting group stage matches, Manchester City v. Napoli was sure to be one for the neutrals. City came...

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Tell Me About: UEFA’s Nations League

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UEFA announced the makeup of their four leagues that will compete in the new Nations League. Europe is dropping most of their friendly dates in favor of a promotions and relegation format that features a playoff for the title. The new Nations League begins on September 6, 2018.

Why Now?

Club vs country in Europe is an ongoing negotiation.

English Premier League

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Football, the American version, will be back on a lot of screens across the United States this weekend after a prolonged absence. But soccer, following a two-week international break that felt like a summer layoff, still takes centre stage here.

In Europe the top divisions can settle into a groove until the next international layoff, that is, somewhat annoyingly, in a month’s time.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Football, the American version, will be back on a lot of screens across the United States this weekend after a prolonged absence. But soccer, following a two-week international break that felt like a summer layoff, still takes centre stage here.

In Europe the top divisions can settle into a groove until the next international layoff, that is, somewhat annoyingly, in a month’s time.

Football transfer window the talk of Europe

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Madrid (AFP) – The European football transfer window may now be closed but there was talk of little else this week as the likes of top coaches Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti and even German Chancellor Angela Merkel made calls for sweeping changes.

The subject is at the centre of attention not only because of the soaring inflation that marked the latest round of transfers, but also because of the mayhem losing top players can wreak on a team’s best-laid plans.

The Rest

D.C. United season review: Bill Hamid

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The keeper is headed to Europe, but we dissect his 2017 season nonetheless

We already know how this one ends, but let's take time to discuss Bill Hamid, and his 2017 season with D.C. United. In case you haven't heard, Hamid finally decided back in October to not renew with the Black-and-Red, and signed with FC Midtjylland in Denmark, until 2022.

USMNT to play November friendlies in Europe, full 2018 schedule

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Failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup isn't stopping the U.S. Men's National Team from still playing a full schedule in the future.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati confirmed on Friday morning that there's already a game lined up in November to be set in Europe with another one likely happening as well.

Bundesliga summer transfers: From James Rodriguez to Reece Oxford, 10 signings to get excited about in 2017/18

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The 2017/18 Bundesliga season is well underway and clubs across the league have been busy in the summer transfer market. Here are 10 key signings that could make the difference for their clubs this...

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