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China Under-20 football team face triple German snub

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

However, three teams in Germany have refused to face the Chinese with one club claiming it’s a just a blatant commercial gesture.

China under-20 football team to play in German league

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

China’s Communist government, led by football fan President Xi Jinping, is throwing money at the sport in hopes of ending years of national underachievement.

China under-20 football team to play in German league

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

China’s Communist government, led by football fan President Xi Jinping, is throwing money at the sport in hopes of ending years of national underachievement.

Mino Raiola: ‘Genius’ and ‘big mouth’ best friend to the stars

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Haarlem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Dressed in a T-shirt and jeans or tracksuit and trainers, it is easy to mistake Mino Raiola for just another chubby beer-loving football fan rather than the razor-sharp mind who dominates the world transfer market.

Raiola, whose Italian roots and love of pasta is highlighted by his family’s pizza restaurant, is said to have been instrumental in orchestrating Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku’s latest signing at Manchester United for a reported £75million ($97m, 85.

Mino Raiola: ‘Genius’ and ‘big mouth’ best friend to the stars

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Haarlem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Dressed in a T-shirt and jeans or tracksuit and trainers, it is easy to mistake Mino Raiola for just another chubby beer-loving football fan rather than the razor-sharp mind who dominates the world transfer market.

Raiola, whose Italian roots and love of pasta is highlighted by his family’s pizza restaurant, is said to have been instrumental in orchestrating Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku’s latest signing at Manchester United for a reported £75million ($97m, 85.

World’s first ‘footballpool’ league kicks off in Prague

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Prague (AFP) – A dark-haired girl kicks a white football gently towards a black eight ball, then wrings her hands in despair as she fails to sink it in the corner pocket for a win.

Katerina Ziegelova, a 26-year-old clerk, is one of the pioneers of footballpool, the latest addition to the hybrid sports family.

Russian football fan leader ‘probably’ expelled from France Tuesday: police

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Paris (AFP) Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin is expected to be expelled from France for a second time on Tuesday after he sneaked back into the country to watch his country play, police said.

"Measures have been taken and they are being finalised," a police source said.

Russian football fan leader ‘probably’ expelled from France Tuesday: police

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Paris (AFP) Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin is expected to be expelled from France for a second time on Tuesday after he sneaked back into the country to watch his country play, police said.

"Measures have been taken and they are being finalised," a police source said.

World Cup 2018

Russia remains unfit to host World Cup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, visiting the stadium of the city’s Russian Premier League side and surveying the scene in the country ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup.

It was a polished occasion. Infantino smiled and posed for photos with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, and proceeded to stamp his approval on Russia’s preparations for its hosting role this and next summer.

Russia remains unfit to host World Cup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, visiting the stadium of the city’s Russian Premier League side and surveying the scene in the country ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup.

It was a polished occasion. Infantino smiled and posed for photos with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, and proceeded to stamp his approval on Russia’s preparations for its hosting role this and next summer.

Arsenal

The Three Things that Arsenal fans want…..

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What do the fans really want? By SK What does an average football fan really want? This probably may be the question on the minds of football coaches and administrators? What makes an average football fan happy? Is it trophies? Bragging rights? Or just the pleasure enjoyed in watching your football team play and win [.

A football fan abroad

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My favourite aspect of travelling to watch Arsenal in Europe is the chance it affords one to experience live football in different cultures. I support the biggest, historically most successful and well supported club in the city of my birth. As such, Arsenal is woven rather easily into the fabric of my footballing identity.

What is the role of the football fan? The view of a superstar…

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What is the role of the football fan? There's only one Baron Davis!

By Ian Jenkinson.

@Gooneriano

As you may have read in Walter's article on the Dortmund match, I too was very lucky to be in attendance at the game with two friends.

I was looked after by some very good [.

Transfer Deadline Day: Some things never change…

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Transfer Deadline Day: Somethings never change

It always amazes just how restricted the view of the average football fan is. Despite his record over 16 years and amazing media and pundit bias against Arsenal many have chosen to ignore the obvious over Arsenal's current transfer dealings.

Lets look at some of AW's recent comments, then [.

being a fan

Liberian chaos and delight

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Every country I have lived in has done well in football while I am there, so I have expectations that this would happen to Liberia as well. And yesterday they were playing the first home match since the Ebola outbreak; a qualifier for the Africa Cup of Nations against Tunisia. The match was not played at the main stadium, SKD, which is under renovation, but at the much smaller Antoinette Tubman

Warm-up for Chile-Argentina

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These two videos, by Argentino QL, are hilarious! Vivamos Esta Copa Sin odio Argentino QI (I love the Condorito) Vivamos todos un gran partido!

Legendary Moments

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The UEFA Website has a pretty cool competition going right now where you have to vote for your favourite moments of the Champions League. With the (slim) chance of winning tickets to the Champions League final in Berlin, this is something I of course cannot let go. But of course, at the same time, it leads to a more personal reflection on the most memorable (and not necessarily best) moments of

Update 2: Trying to get a ticket for the World Cup

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I am trying to round up things at work and home before I go on my World Cup vacation, even though I may not be going to the World Cup itself. But I made one last attempt to get a ticket when I was informed that FIFA had now put thousands of tickets on sale on their site. From my poor connection in Liberia in the rainy early hours of the morning I logged onto FIFA to see the availability of

"My" countries in the World Cup

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The World Cup was my entry to football. I liked seeing countries play, learning about them, and also seeing countries play that I had an attachment to. This continues to be the case, surely more than the quality of football, which is generally much lower than even in secondary European leagues. That said, of course, there are certain countries I will be watching with more interest than others

Monrovia troubles

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The Champions League final is one of the most important matches of the year for every self-respecting football fan (and even for the ones who do not respect themselves, like myself). So it was with eagerness I speculated where to watch the match within my Monrovia-bubble. Now, you have to know that I am an idiot; I never take decisions, but linger forever in the analysis.

Top ten consolations when you lose

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With age comes wisdom. When I was younger I would become quite depressed for days when my football team lost. While my recent disappointment about Valencia's last minute debacle brought down my world for a moment, I have subsequently reflected more on this type of disappointment, which all football fans have undoubtedly tried: 10) A Beer 9) Blame the coach, who did not do what you would have

From light into darkness in a moment

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I have been supporting Valencia CF since 2000, and they made me incredibly happy in 2004, when they won the Spanish league as well as the Europa League title. Since then, Valencia has done from bad to worse. They have no chance of playing Champions League next season and are not much more than a mediocre side over the last season's.

Valencian justice

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In the rather one-sided Spanish league I have done little to follow my favourites of Valencia, who are struggling in the middle, and in the recent transfer window got rid of more players (Valencia has gotten rid of of 12 players since July, including Soldado, Guardado, Cissikho, Gago, Albelda, Tino Costa, and now most recently, Ever Banega, who nevertheless never really managed to make his mark

First time ever I will support Real Madrid

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The draw for the 2013-2014 Champions League took place yesterday. Real Madrid ended in Group B with Italian champions Juventus, Galatasaray and the champions of the great Danish league, FC Copenhagen. I sincerely hope Juventus will win the group. However, more notable than that, I have come in a situation where, for the first time in my life, I will be supporting Real Madrid.

The Rest

Soccer players and the other football

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 11, 2017) US Soccer Players – Millions of Americans spent this past Sunday watching football. Seven months after the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in dramatic, come-from-behind style, the NFL returned for a new season. While the games featured lots of passing and running, there was also a fair bit of kicking.

Free Tickets To Rival Clubs Is Insult For Stags Fans

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Tonight sees Tampines Rovers host Selangor in the AFC Cup knowing a win will secure their place in the knock out stage. A pretty important game you would imagine against a regional rival and one I as a football fan would certainly make the effort to go and see if I was in the area.

Moving the game to the National Stadium was a bold move.

Chelsea striker states that he needs to play a full season but I am certain that will not be here.

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Ask any football fan to give their opinion on Radamel Falcao over the last two seasons and they would state "disappointing". The player has stated that he needs to play a full season to get back to his best but do you agree?

As with Manchester United last season, things haven't worked out for Falcao at Chelsea either.

Dunk: another perspective

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It occurred to me the other day that I've been a football fan for 30 years now. That's a long time. I know some of you can top it easily, but still. I can place this because I remember a very specific game.

1985, England v Republic of Ireland, at Wembley. Back then there wasn't much football on TV, and so you had to do the whole radio thing.

Herrera: If you love football, the Premier League is the best place to succeed

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Ander Herrera has sung the praises of the English Premier League in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"If you like football, if you are football fan, this is the ideal place to succeed because people have patience," he said. "In Spain there is more noise from the press, with opinions.

Gender and Football: What’s the Difference Between Me and You?

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Clutching the baton from Rob who focused on ideas around masculinity in yesterday's piece Nicky Borowiec continues our gender-themed series of posts by reflecting on whether her experiences as a football fan have been shaped by her sex. Nicky can be followed on twitter here.

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This isn't the first time that I've been asked to write about my experience as a female football fan.

Football Fan Attempts To Make The Fallon d’Floor Awards (For Diving And Theatrics) A Reality

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By Chris Wright

Much as the FIFABallon d'Or awards sustained footballing excellence, a football fan over on Reddit has devised a similar award to honour(in the loosest sense possible) the biggest, most flagrantly egregious display of play-acting each calendar year.

Positioned as football's answer to The Razzies, the award would bean attempt to shame the game's biggest cheats by drawing widespread ironic attention to their low-down antics.

Seasons in the sun

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It's understandable that nostalgia is such a popular phenomenon. The past is always a safe place. Preserved in sepia, the sun always shines, music and clothes were much more agreeable and politicians more honest. The past cannot hurt us, we can filter out the bad parts and cryogenically freeze the good in our mind's eye.

Where to get great football gear

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The 2014-2015 season is underway. Getting the chance to go to matches is the best part of being a football fan. The atmosphere is electric, the...

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From the terraces to the boardroom

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Over the last twenty years the notion of what it means to be a football fan has undergone a radical transformation in this country. For most of the game's history fans were customers, happy to limit their involvement at the club to paying at the gate. The board were free to run things as they saw fit, without oversight.

Ten Year anniversary of my blog

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Today it is ten years ago I started this blog, during the 2004 European Championships, and immediately after the Italy-Denmark 0-0 tie. That first post was in Danish, but since I have posted in English, on this blog that in ten years has been an expression of one of the most important things in my life.

How to be a great football fan

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How to be a great football fan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Credit: Jon Candy

There are many ways that you can come about being a fan of a particular football team.

Sometimes the tradition is passed down through generations and you are automatically expected to follow the same love of a specific team as your parents, their parents and their parent's parents or be the butt of all jokes when you're favourite team is losing or the black sheep when your team is winning.

Becoming a football superbrain: What do you need?

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Every football fan will know the basics about their favourite club. In all likelihood, they will know about the year the team was founded, what division they play in and where they finished in the league last season. However, there is a lot more to football teams than that, as many have histories which span [.

Fan Finds He’s Six Stickers Short Of Completing His 1996 Premier League Merlin Album, Tracks Down Every Missing Player And Takes Their Photograph

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By Chris Wright

This 'ere be the tale of Adam Carroll-Smith, a 29-year-oldfootball fan from Portsmouth who recently found his old 1996 Merlin Premier League sticker album while rooting around in his loft.

Of course, Adam stopped whatever he was doing and began to leaf through, and it was during said perusal that he recalled that his 12-year-old self had come perilously close to completing the entire album, with just six stickers left unaccounted for: Stuart Ripley and Lars Bohinen (both Blackburn), Philippe Albert (Newcastle), Keith Curle (Man City), Scott Minto (Chelsea) and Gary Penrice (QPR).

Willy Meisl’s Soccer Revolution

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The quantity of football writing available to the football fan appears to rise exponentially as time passes. Whether it's humble blogs like this one, publications such as The Blizzard or the increasing number of football books appearing on the shelves of Waterstones, as football fans we're well provided for.

The Importance and Resurgence of the Number 10

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This article was written prior to Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal Football Club.

"The number 10 normally denotes two things. Firstly, and most obviously, an element of fantasy: the 10 is the player who can win a match — or rescue it — with a feint, flick or free-kick. But the craque (star player) has a burden to bear: he's not like the other players, so isn't judged by the same criteria.