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FIFA

2018 host Russia’s 2014 World Cup squad to be investigated by FIFA for doping

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Russia finds itself trapped in a doping scandal in the middle of playing hosts to the Confederation Cup.

The 23-man-squad from the 2014 World Cup is currently being investigated by FIFA over possible drug offences. They are among 34 Russian footballers being investigated by football’s world governing body.

FIFA president believes Qatar World Cup not under threat despite ongoing diplomatic crisis

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Doubts over Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup increased exponentially after the country was surrounded with a diplomatic crisis.

Arab nations namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of “destabilising the region with its support for Islamist groups”.

FIFA struggles to attract sponsors for Russia’s 2018 World Cup

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The next FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14 in Russia next year, and there has been much anticipation around it. The Volunteer Programme has been a massive success, and 150,000 applications have been received, setting history.

Worryingly enough, however, two-thirds of the sponsorship slots remain unsold.

English Premier League

Juventus target Matteo Darmian as Dani Alves replacement

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Juventus are targeting Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian as a replacement for the outgoing Dani Alves. According to Sky Sports, Darmian is one of three players on Juve’s wish-list, along with Monaco’s Fabinho and Real Madrid’s Danilo.

It was confirmed today that the Seria A champions had terminated Dani Alves’ contract by mutual consent.

Leicester City preparing £25M bid for Kelechi Iheanacho

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Leicester City certainly enjoyed their moment in the big time after winning the Premier League in 2016. They reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League last year, and even though the fairytale did end there, they certainly took us all on a magnificent thrill ride.

Judging by the way The Foxes are going in this summer’s transfer window though, it looks like they want to get back among the elite pretty quickly.

West Brom looking to sign Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez

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West Bromwich Albion have made the first move to sign striker Jay Rodriguez from Southampton, according to Sky Sports. The Baggies troubles in front of goal last season have seen them enter the market for a front man, and the Saints’ hot shot is high on Tony Pulis’ list.

Last season, not a single West Brom reached double figures for goals scored.

Chelsea striker close to exit as Lyon confirm advanced talks

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Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore could very well be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. West Ham United recently expressed interest in signing the 21 year-old. Now, Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyon have put their name in the hat as well. According to a report from French source L’Equipe, Traore is also interested on making this switch across the English channel.

Leicester City closing in on £17 million deal for highly talented Liverpool target

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Leicester City are moving to seal the deal for highly-rated defender Harry Maguire from Hull City, according to Sky Sports. The Foxes are reportedly willing to pay £17 million to secure the Englishman’s services. The move could be completed and announced by the coming weekend.

Maguire was one of the shining lights in the Hull team that got relegated last season.

Newcastle wins Championship on dramatic final day

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Newcastle wrapped up a successful season in the Sky Bet Championship in dramatic fashion after passing Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day of the season to win the title. At the beginning of the day on Sunday, May 7th, Brighton sat above Newcastle by one point and simply needed a win at Aston Villa to guarantee their title.

Slaven Bilic on his way out of West Ham? Last two home games will decide Croat's future

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If reports from the Guardian are to be believed, Slaven Bilic’s future as West Ham manager will be decided how his team fares against Tottenham and Liverpool in the North London club’s last two home games of the current Premier league season.

After finishing seventh last campaign, West Ham fans would have expected their club to push on for the Champions League spot this time around, however, the Hammers have failed to live up to the expectations.

Chelsea win FA Cup Thriller over Tottenham

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London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham faced off in a wildly entertaining FA Cup Semifinal at the iconic Wembley Stadium. These two clubs are the best of English football at the moment, as Chelsea are on top of the league table, four points ahead of Spurs. Saturday’s Cup clash provided a chance for both sides to gain much needed confidence and momentum heading into the final stretch of a long season.

Liverpool silent as reports of potential transfer ban emerge

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As Liverpool approach a big game this weekend, they have remained silent on allegations of a banned inducement offer to a 12-year-old Stoke schoolboy

The Reds haven’t made any comments on this claim, and if found guilty of “tapping up” the Stoke youngster, they could face a fine or a transfer ban on academy players, according to The Telegraph.

Manchester United closely monitoring Roma defender

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Roma’s Kostas Manolas could be one of the hottest properties in the transfer market this summer. The Greek centre-back has been subject to huge interest in the past couple of years among Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

In October 2016, he rejected at extension on his contract in the Italian capital over wage disagreements.

Chelsea midfielder signs contract extension until 2021

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses has extended his contract at Stamford Bridge, keeping him at the club until 2021. The Blues reported the news via there official website today. The Nigerian has signed a two-year extension, after becoming a regular in the first team this season under Antonio Conte.

Moses’ future seemed destined to be away from Chelsea at the start of the campaign.

Leicester City sacking Claudio Ranieri is the sad reality of modern-day football

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The entire world seems to have united in support of Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as manager of Leicester City on Thursday. The affable and cheerful Italian was liked and respected by friends and foes alike. It’ll take some effort to find someone that has a bad word to say about him.

3 areas in which Chelsea still need to improve

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There aren’t too many people who would bet against Chelsea lifting the Premier League title in May. The Blues are currently sitting comfortably at the summit, 8 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Antonio Conte’s men have been a pillar of consistency thus far, and another good run of results should see them seal the deal.

Will Spurs finally finish above Arsenal this season?

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There’s been a lot of banter among the Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea fans in recent times over whether London is red, white or blue respectively. North London though, has unequivocally been red. The Gunners have finished above Spurs in each of the last 21 seasons, and have all the bragging rights in the area.

Chelsea press conference: Antonio Conte addresses Paulo Dybala rumours

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Antonio Conte was his jovial yet furtive self in the pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Burnley on Sunday.

Conte was spotted in Juventus’ 1-0 win over Inter last weekend, a day after Chelsea beat Arsenal. Even though it was Blues loanee Juan Cuadrado who scored the winner with an absolute screamer, there were rumours that the manager was in Turin to scout striker Paulo Dybala.

Arsene Wenger admits interest in signing “next Thierry Henry”

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Arsene Wenger’s search for his next superstar has taken him to a familiar destination in his home country in France. He is interested in bringing Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium, according to a report today in Le 10 Sport.

Mbappe is only 18 and has already drawn comparisons with Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry.

5 most important Branislav Ivanovic goals for Chelsea

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has reportedly agreed to a move to Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg. The Serbian is set to call time on his Blues career after nine eventful and successful years with the club. There were several doubters when he arrived in January 2008. He didn’t make a single appearance for the club in the second half of the 2007-08 season, and was linked with a move away in the summer.

Antonio Conte makes history, named Manager of the Month again

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has become the first man in the history of the Premier League to be named Barclays Manager of the Month on three consecutive occasions. The Italian was awarded the gong for December following his victories in October and November, the Premier League confirmed on their official website.

Crystal Palace set to sign Patrice Evra from Juventus

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Sky Sports have reported that Crystal Palace are close to completing the signing of defender Patrice Evra. The Frenchman has recently expressed interest in returning to the Premier League after leaving Manchester United for Juventus in 2014.

New Palace manager Sam Allardyce has said that a priority this transfer window is to bring in defenders.

John Terry transfer: Chelsea captain wants stay, as Bournemouth show interest

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Chelsea captain John Terry has stated his wish to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this seasonl, according to a story in the Telegraph today. It was reported in November that manager Antonio Conte would be open to selling the defender in January. A host of Premier League clubs including Bournemouth and Swansea City are said to be interested, but the 36 year-old is set on staying on at his boyhood club.

Chelsea must bounce back in Premier League immediately with a win against Leicester City

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Chelsea have been the seemingly unstoppable team so far this season in the Premier League, as they currently sit comfortably on top of the table with a five point cushion over second place Liverpool. Last season’s misery has long been forgotten under Antonio Conte, as his side are playing incredible football so far this season.

Arsenal target Marco Reus with Sanchez’s future in the balance

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Arsenal may have started preparing for life without their superstars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. The club is currently under negotiations with the duo to extend their contracts beyond 2018, but no agreement has been reached yet. The major issue is the wage being offered. It has been reported that Sanchez and Ozil have been offered contracts worth £180,000-per-week.

Arsenal target Marco Reus with Sanchez’s future in the balance

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Arsenal may have started preparing for life without their superstars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. The club is currently under negotiations with the duo to extend their contracts beyond 2018, but no agreement has been reached yet. The major issue is the wage being offered. It has been reported that Sanchez and Ozil have been offered contracts worth £180,000-per-week.

Antonio Conte's key quality is the main reason behind Chelsea's outstanding form this season

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Following a 3-1 win away to Manchester City, Chelsea are now on a 8 game winning streak, scoring 22 goals and conceding 2 whilst sitting at the top of the Premier League.

I put this down to the passion shown on the sidelines by Antonio Conte, after questionable performances against Liverpool and Arsenal.

Chelsea transfer news: Club to offer Victor Moses extension amidst Barcelona interest

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Chelsea are planning to shoo away any interest from Barcelona by offering Victor Moses a contract extension. It was reported three days ago that the Catalan giants were planning a move for the Nigerian winger. The versatility displayed by Moses by carrying out the right wing-back role at Stamford Bridge this season has seen Barcelona view him as a long-term replacement for Dani Alves.

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: 5 observations from Blues’ comeback win

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Chelsea made it seven wins in a row to remain top of the league with a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. The Blues conceded their first goal in 600 minutes when Christian Eriksen scored an absolute beauty to give Spurs the lead inside the first quarter of an hour.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte‘s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte‘s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

Real Madrid

Ronaldo to pay €14.7 million “as a gesture of goodwill” to Spanish treasury

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been under the scanner for allegedly evading taxes. After news broke out of the Portuguese superstar defrauding tax authorities, there has been speculation regarding the forward’s future in Spain and he has even been linked with a mega transfer to former club Manchester United.

Crazy! Club set to offer €200M for “world’s best player”

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The world of football has been spiralling out of control in the last few years, with insane amounts being spent on players. Manchester United’s purchase of Paul Pogba last summer for £89 million set a new record. The way things are going now though, it won’t be long before that amount is surpassed.

Real Madrid's transfer ban reduced to one window by Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Real Madrid have managed to get their ban on signing players reduced to one transfer window, following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA had imposed a one-year transfer ban on Real Madrid back in January, following which the Spanish club appealed to CAS. Its appeal panel confirmed the sanction to take effect in 2017, but only partially as they will only effectively not be able to sign players in the coming winter or January transfer window.

The Rest

Fabinho calls Manchester United interest “tempting”

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Manchester United’s hunt to sign Monaco’s Fabinho has been boosted after the player made encouraging comments about a move to the Red Devils.

Jose Mourinho wants to bolster his midfield as United compete in the Champions League next season. 23-year-old Fabinho is in good form and won the league with Monaco last season.

Mexico boss gives defence for long-standing homophobic chant used by fans

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Mexico’s football federation (FMF) has made a strong appeal to its fans at the Confederations Cup in Russia and asked them to stop using the chant which has been called “homophobic” by FIFA.

Football’s governing body FIFA on Tuesday said that it had warned the FMF about the misconduct of a “small group of Mexican fans in relation to insulting and discriminatory chants” during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Portugal.

Brazil tops list of player exports across the world

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There are more Brazilian players playing outside their home country than any other nation.

Data released by the CIES Football Observatory finds that in total, 12,051 expatriates originating from 174 national associations are currently present in the 2,120 clubs studied with Brazilians making the biggest number at 1,202.

Front Page Story in Spain: Barcelona making summer move Liverpool gem

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According to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport, Barcelona are ready to make a summer move for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho. On a day where Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines with his stunning hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, it’s strange to see a Spanish Daily dedicate more than a majority of their front page for covering the transfer rumour.

Russia hooligans issue warning: 'Festival of violence' awaits England fans at World Cup 2018

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England fans have been issued a warning – they are “100% guaranteed” to be the target for Russian hooligans at the 2018 World Cup. They have also said that the tournament will be “a festival of violence” for some locals.

Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions.

PSG will be without this top quality defender for crucial match against Arsenal

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Paris St-Germain full-back Serge Aurier was stopped from entering the United Kingdom and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal. PSG were naturally very displeased with the turn of events.

The 23-year-old Ivorian was given a two-month suspended prison sentence in September for assaulting a police officer.