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Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Amsterdam on ‘high alert’ as 120,000 watch Ajax v Man Utd

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The Hague (AFP) – Police were on high alert in Amsterdam Wednesday after the Manchester attack, as more than 120,000 people streamed to the Dutch capital to watch Ajax take on Manchester United in the Europa League final.

The match was being shown live from the Stockholm Friends Arena on a giant screen set up in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Square.

Amsterdam on ‘high alert’ as 120,000 watch Ajax v Man Utd

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The Hague (AFP) – Police were on high alert in Amsterdam Wednesday after the Manchester attack, as more than 120,000 people streamed to the Dutch capital to watch Ajax take on Manchester United in the Europa League final.

The match was being shown live from the Stockholm Friends Arena on a giant screen set up in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Square.

World Cup fans will get ‘hospitable’ welcome in Russia

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Manama (AFP) – Football fans heading to next year’s World Cup in Russia will receive a “hospitable” welcome, the head of the body organising the tournament told the annual FIFA Congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Shrugging off fears of potential hooliganism surrounding the tournament, Alexei Sorokin insisted the event would be a success.

Thai football coach resigns after crushing World Cup bid

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Bangkok (AFP) – The coach of Thailand’s national football team has shocked fans by resigning from his post after leading the War Elephants through a disappointing 2018 World Cup bid.

Kiatisak Senamuang, a former star Thai striker who has coached the team since 2014, announced the move on his Instagram account late Friday.

Thai football coach resigns after crushing World Cup bid

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Bangkok (AFP) – The coach of Thailand’s national football team has shocked fans by resigning from his post after leading the War Elephants through a disappointing 2018 World Cup bid.

Kiatisak Senamuang, a former star Thai striker who has coached the team since 2014, announced the move on his Instagram account late Friday.

Dier wants England football fans to be ‘respectful’

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London (AFP) – Eric Dier has called on England fans to back the team in the “right way” following the offensive behaviour of some travelling supporters during Wednesday’s friendly international loss in Germany.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was overshadowed by away fans booing the German national anthem and singing unsavoury songs about the Second World War.

Dier wants England football fans to be ‘respectful’

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London (AFP) – Eric Dier has called on England fans to back the team in the “right way” following the offensive behaviour of some travelling supporters during Wednesday’s friendly international loss in Germany.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was overshadowed by away fans booing the German national anthem and singing unsavoury songs about the Second World War.

PSG football fans banned from Marseille trip – police

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Marseille (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain fans have been barred from Sunday’s Ligue 1 trip to Marseille, local police said on Tuesday.

Champions PSG are due to play bitter rivals Marseille at the Velodrome on Sunday evening.

Previous matches between the sides have been marred by trouble between opposing fans.

Coming out not a problem for sports fans – poll

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London (AFP) Most sports fans in England, Wales and Scotland would have no problem if their club signed a gay player despite a top football official claiming that he would not encourage stars to declare their homosexuality.

A BBC radio poll took soundings from 4,000 people with 82 percent insisting they would be comfortable with having a gay player.

Coming out not a problem for sports fans – poll

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London (AFP) Most sports fans in England, Wales and Scotland would have no problem if their club signed a gay player despite a top football official claiming that he would not encourage stars to declare their homosexuality.

A BBC radio poll took soundings from 4,000 people with 82 percent insisting they would be comfortable with having a gay player.

Football fans should ‘fight elsewhere’, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

Football fans should “fight elsewhere”, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

FIFA chief Infantino hails Leicester’s ‘beautiful football story’

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Tuesday hailed Leicester City's unlikely English Premier League triumph as a "fairytale" come true.

"It's a fairytale. It's one of these beautiful football stories that only football can write and no one would have believed possible at the beginning of the season," Infantino told reporters on the sidelines of the UEFA congress in Budapest.

FIFA chief Infantino hails Leicester’s ‘beautiful football story’

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Tuesday hailed Leicester City's unlikely English Premier League triumph as a "fairytale" come true.

"It's a fairytale. It's one of these beautiful football stories that only football can write and no one would have believed possible at the beginning of the season," Infantino told reporters on the sidelines of the UEFA congress in Budapest.

Arsenal

Is this the worst Arsenal in 20 years?

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Football fans have long memories and ever since Arsenal left Highbury and moved to our new Emirates stadium there have been quite a few painful points in those memories that we would like to forget but cannot, such as the 8-2 pasting we got at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2011. [.

Gunners, football fans and people with beards. Lend me your ears.

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I am a Gunner, so I know how you are probably feeling, and I sympathise. If you have a beard, I'm sorry. Now, if you are a football fan, then we may have some common ground.

Beyond matters Arsenal, we all have players and managers we like, and those we detest. Ditto other clubs. Many of all of those will still be involved in a trophy hunt, and of course that includes the big fourth place one

Some may like a Leicester League win as it might stir the romantic in them.

Gunners, football fans and people with beards. Lend me your ears.

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I am a Gunner, so I know how you are probably feeling, and I sympathise. If you have a beard, I'm sorry. Now, if you are a football fan, then we may have some common ground.

Beyond matters Arsenal, we all have players and managers we like, and those we detest. Ditto other clubs. Many of all of those will still be involved in a trophy hunt, and of course that includes the big fourth place one

Some may like a Leicester League win as it might stir the romantic in them.

The Story of Arsenal vs Barcelona: Will Arsenal ever beat Barca?

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The Story of Arsenal vs Barcelona: Will Arsenal ever beat Barca? Arsenal and Barcelona are frequently compared among football fans with their similar football styles; high possession rate, tiki-taka, total football, and etc. Both teams, almost every season, record highest ball possession rates in their corresponding leagues.

Manchester United Bring In Sound Experts To Help Improve Old Trafford Atmosphere

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Over the years football fans have found many things to jibe Manchester United about supposed 'glory hunter' fans and 'Fergie time' for starters. But sitting atop the list is the mocking of Old Trafford's meek atmosphere despite their enormous 76,000-seater capacity. With sections of the crowd claiming they are screaming their hearts out at [.

FA Cup

Semi-final? Bring Them All On As Son Leads the Way

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So the FA Cup is an irrelevance, a tiresome interlude between the real business of busting a gut to not win anything in the League. Yeah right. Nobody at White Hart Lane yesterday recognises that description of a competition still dear to the heart of football fans. Full-bloodied, no respect for status, both teams going out to win it and a distinct edge in the air.

Semi-final? Bring Them All On As Son Leads the Way

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So the FA Cup is an irrelevance, a tiresome interlude between the real business of busting a gut to not win anything in the League. Yeah right. Nobody at White Hart Lane yesterday recognises that description of a competition still dear to the heart of football fans. Full-bloodied, no respect for status, both teams going out to win it and a distinct edge in the air.

English Premier League

Family lobbying brings hope for autistic football fans

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London (AFP) Peter and Kate Shippey's successful lobbying of Sunderland to install a room dedicated to largely autistic football fans could see more Premier League clubs follow suit.

Alex White, Premier League Charitable Fund Executive, said the Shippeys had served as an example and funding has been made available to other clubs to set up similar rooms for home and away fans.

Family lobbying brings hope for autistic football fans

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London (AFP) Peter and Kate Shippey's successful lobbying of Sunderland to install a room dedicated to largely autistic football fans could see more Premier League clubs follow suit.

Alex White, Premier League Charitable Fund Executive, said the Shippeys had served as an example and funding has been made available to other clubs to set up similar rooms for home and away fans.

Fans

The Day After the World Cup: Football Hangover

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I had really wanted to go to this World Cup, but unable to get a ticket I did not go. Still, I enjoyed as much as I could, taking vacation for the entire tournament, traveling to seven countries and seeing matches in Liberia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, England and Denmark. I spent time with great friends, met a lot of people, discussed football, cheered and celebrated no

The worst Brazil ever and the great Dutch

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Too many people will be saying this for years to come: this is the worst Brazil side in history. I really thought that it could not get any lower than the 1-7 loss. While they may "only" have lost 0-3, the lack of commitment, belief, ideas, not to say a complete lack of basic defensive skills, were appalling to watch.

Day 19 of the World Cup: Paris, France

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The sun was shining in Paris, France, before their last-16 match against Nigeria. It was a city that nevertheless seemed to have more in itself; it was not draped in flags just as Belgium or Netherlands. Still, you could clearly see that the city would leave the cafes, restaurants and galleries at 6 PM.

Day 7 of the World Cup: s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

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After the amazing victory of the Netherlands over the World Champions, I thought I would visit a friend in the Duke's Bush, or s-Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands, to watch the match that the orange side would play against Australia. Taking the train from Brussels, it is often not immediately obvious that you are changing country, but for the fact that the colours displayed on windows suddenly

Real Madrid Fan Club in Liberia

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I am not a Real Madrid fan. But yesterday a friend invited me a long to the "Yellow Bar" in Monrovia to watch the match between Real Madrid and Juventus among the recently created Real Madrid Fan Club of Liberia. This is the first fan club of its kind in Liberia. There was a good atmosphere in the bar, in spite of loud annoying music playing during the match.

Oddballs

Fulham to give Michael Jackson statue to Mohamed Al Fayed

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Fulham are taking swift action to remove one of the uglier aspects of former owner Mohamed Al Fayed's legacy by returning his Michael Jackson statue to him. Al Fayed made the Cottagers the laughing stock of the footballing world when he unveiled the statue outside Craven Cottage. At the time, he said: "Why is it [.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp interviewed through a car window in BT Sport studio

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The battle is on between Sky Sports and BT Sport for football fans' affection. It's safe to say that it's no coincidence that, on BT Sport's launch day, Sky Sports visited every league club in England for special reports. BT Sport have taken their first shot on their rivals with a bit of help from [.

The Rest

Off the Field: The Most Entertaining Casual Football Games to Try

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Most football fans feel like their favourite sport is the best and they are right. According to an online survey, association football has...

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Pusamania's Surprise Road To Pakansari

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Pusamania's journey to the final of the President Cup where they meet Arema on Sunday has surprised many. Yet for seasoned watchers of the local football scene it is just the latest step on a jounrey that began a mere three years ago.
The year 2014 was a year of plenty for football fans in the unfashionable city of Samarinda, capital of East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.

Patience In Short Supply In Penang

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Football fans are a notoriously hard bunch to please at the best of times. Take Manchester United for example. Their following only have to see their team lose the toss in consecutive games and they are clubbing together to hire a plane to fly over the stadium calling for the manager to leave. Success there has bred an intolerance to mediocrity or even dropping points and the fans are vocal n their repulsion.

Football fans should ‘fight elsewhere’, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

Arema Lift Bhayangkara Cup Amid Controversy

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Jakarta turned blue yesterday as convoys of Persib and Arema fans converged on the city for the final of the Bhayangkara Cup. The middle class families who normally claim the centre of the capital city their own on Sundays when they head to the malls were forced to cede ownership as hundreds of buses from East and West Java filled the city streets.

NFL scheduling could force venue change for UIL state football championships

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Tuesday was a big night for football fans as the NFL released its 2015 schedule for its 32 teams.

But it was also a noteworthy night for high school football fans in Texas. With the NFL schedule now public, one of the marquee games is a Dec. 19 contest between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Anderlecht against the big boys

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It is always special to go to a Champions League match, where the football quality is so high and the atmosphere electric. This was certainly the case today in a beautiful evening in Brussels for the match between the home side Anderlecht and the German giants Borussia Dortmund. Anderlecht were understandably full of expectations after a flying start to the season and a good away result in Turkey

Ipswich Town campaign for beer drinking to return to stands. Accident waiting to happen?

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Guzzling a beer in the stands whilst cheering on your team is very much a thing of the past. Or is it? In response to the hooliganism that heavily stained British football culture three decades ago, a law was passed in 1985 to remove a fan's right to drink alcohol in their seats or terrace. [...]