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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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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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The Magic of Marcelo Bielsa: Sometimes brilliant, sometimes bad, never boring

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On 8th March 2012, Athletic Bilbao stormed past Alex Ferguson's Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Europa League last-16. Their performance was so impressive that Sir Alex later admitted...

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Confederations Cup hosts Russia fail to build on Euro 2008 success as World Cup looms large

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The Confederations Cup in Russiamarks the start of the countdown to the country's World Cup in 2018. Widely seen a dress rehearsal for the real thing, allowing the host nation to fine tune its...

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England squad: 10 uncapped English players Gareth Southgate could call up

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At 2pm today the England squad is announced for the friendly game against Germany on March 22nd and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania the following Sunday. Gareth Southgate will be...

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AFCON 2017: From Sadio Mane to Riyad Mahrez, 10 African stars who will be missed by their Premier League clubs

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With just a few weeks left until the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 starts in Gabon, which Premier League managers will be affected by the temporary losses of some of their...

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How do you solve a problem like Wayne Rooney?

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"Wayne Rooney is the golden boy of English football. Don't kill him because you will need him." Those were Sven-Goran Eriksson's final public utterances as England manager....

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The Interview – Alan Curbishley: “The British manager is being squeezed out of English football.”

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It is now approaching eight years since Alan Curbishley last strolled out onto the touchline as manager of a football club. For those who remember him, sat there in dugouts at The Valley, Upton Park...

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Euro 2016 Transfers: Bartosz Kapustka and 23 players whose Euro form put them in the shop window

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Euro 2016 may be done and dusted but it's not quite forgotten. Despite the lack of classic matches the Euros had its fair share of excellent team and individual performances, and those quality...

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Sam Allardyce for England and the myth of The England Way

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Forget everything you've been told about England's 'style of play' and consider the reality: Sam Allardyce *is* the England Way, writes Just Football editor Jonathan...

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Portugal 1-0 France (aet) – Star names of the Euro 2016 final

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The dust has now settled on France 2016, and UEFA's European Championships will be mothballed until 2020. Eder was the final's unlikely hero, his injury time piledriver handing Portugal their first...

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“Greedy” Euro 2016 finalists Portugal a nation that lives for football – Jose Fonte

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Euro 2016 finalists Portugal are reaping the rewards of being a nation that lives and breathes football, according to Jose Fonte. The Southampton and Portugal international centre-back cited the...

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Aaron Ramsey’s sensational Wales form raises questions over Arsenal role

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by Adam Boufkir Before the start of Euro 2016many expected Gareth Bale to be the star man if Wales were to enjoy any success at their first ever European Championships. The poster boy for his...

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England DNA: How muddled thinking and lack of a plan led to England Euro 2016 embarrassment

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by Dave Fox After last Thursday night's Brexit vote plunged the United Kingdom into mass confusion and soul-searching, England's footballers joined in on Monday evening with a muddled, disjointed...

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From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you're reading thisthen the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it's more than...

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Adam Nagy among the top five players in Euro 2016 Group F

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We've reviewed the top five players in every group at Euro 2016 so far on Just Football, and we bring this to a conclusion now with the final group, Group F. Won surprisingly by Hungary,...

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Classy Kevin De Bruyne and Leonardo Bonucci among top five players in Euro 2016 Group E

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Our review of the top five players in each group of the group stages continues on Just Football as we pick out five noteworthy players from Group E. The group was more or less done after two games in...

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Andres Iniesta and majestic Luka Modric among top 5 players in Euro 2016 Group D

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Our assessment of the top five performers from all six Euro 2016 groups continues on Just Football, as Adam Boufkir ranksthe top five star players from Group D in which Spain and Croatia...

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Mesut Ozil and brilliant Jerome Boateng among top five players in Euro 2016 Group C

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Our wrap of the top five players from each group at Euro 2016 continues now on Just Football, with Group C (see Group A's top five players here and Group B's here). Germany topped the...

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Eric Dier, Marek Hamsik stand out among top five players of Euro 2016 Group B

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As the group stages of Euro 2016 conclude we're wrapping up proceedings with our pick of the top five players from each group on Just Football. After Group A yesterday, in which Granit Xhaka...

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Granit Xhaka, N’Golo Kante stand out among top five players in Euro 2016 Group A

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With the action done and dusted inEuro 2016Group A two teams are safely through to the last 16 – group winners France and second place Switzerland – while Albania's 1-0 win over Romania means...

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Euro 2016: Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta lead midfield maestros taking centre stage

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by Adam Boufkir Europe may have its much-publicised differences politically but it seems there are clear similaritiesamong the nationsat this year's European Championshipswhen it comes to...

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Postcards from Yesteryear: England 4-1 Netherlands, Euro 1996

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by Allan Kemp It seems hard to believe but today isthe 20th anniversary of England 4-1 Netherlands. A game still widely regarded as England's finest performance since 1966. A game that ignited Euro...

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Euro 2016 best players: From Eric Dier to Dimitri Payet – Every teams’ star performer of round one

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The opening round of Euro 2016 games is done and dusted and it's been a thrilling tournament so far. While in England the off-field crowd disturbances and clashes between England fans, Russian...

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Euro 2016: Beware Raheem Sterling – England’s £49 million secret weapon with a point to prove

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He started the season as 'one of the best attacking players in world football' and ended it benched by the very man who uttered those words. He began the campaign as the British transfer...

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Euro 2016: Why Laurent Koscielny must prove leadership credentials to France and Arsenal

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by Adam Boufkir The France squad named by Didier Deschamps for the European Championships is brimming with attacking talents capable of winning matches, making the host nation one of the favourites...

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Euro 2016 top scorer odds: Who will win the Golden Boot? 11 favourites, four outsiders

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While various bookies will urgeyou to take an in-play punt on anything up to who will be the next player to tie their laces, one of the most popular pre-tournament bets is always based around who...

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Football mascots: From Naranjito to Super Victor… 11 weird and wonderful international football mascots

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With most of the world now well acquainted with Kingsley (Partick Thistle's new mascot for the three of you lucky enough to have not seen it yet), and with Euro 2016 on the horizon, wegot...

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Euro 2016 England squad: 15 outside contenders looking to book their ticket to France

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Now less than two months away, Euro 2016 is fast creeping up on the horizon. With England's squad for France pretty much defined bar a handful of places, the final five weeks of the Premier...

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Five reasons for England fans to be optimistic after Germany 2-3 England

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by Barnaby Lane It's been an impressive EURO 2016 qualifying campaign for England, with 10 wins from 10 andonly three goals conceded. But nothing in qualifying compared to England's...

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Lionel Messi, Chile, Dele Alli, Leicester City – Just Football’s End of Year Review 2015

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The end of the year is always a good time for reflection, and though there was no (Men's) World Cup or European Championships to speak of 2015 hasstill been action-packed. Here's our...

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Postcards from Yesteryear: Denmark 2-2 Sweden, Euro 2004 – Revenge of the ‘Blond and Beautiful’

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It was a result many Italians foretold in a match that both Sweden and Denmark insisted they wanted to win. It was a result that sent the Azzurri packing, crying foul. It was a result that led to a...

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Pele, Charles and 1958: When Wales took on the World

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Wales clinched their first ever European Championship qualification despite defeat in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with results elsewhere conspiring to seal their place. Amid wild and triumphant scenes both...

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International, Break: Manchester City and Newcastle among clubs hit hardest by international injuries

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The international break tends to get a mixed response from fans. A disruption to domestic football is nothing more than an irritating inconvenience for some, whilst others appreciate the chance to...

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Postcards from Yesteryear: Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic, Euro 2004

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Qualification for next summer's European Championships is hanging by a thread for the Dutch after what has been a tumultuous and troubling campaign. If they are even to make it to the play-offs, a...

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Spain

7 players to watch at the Under-21 European Championships 2017

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It's the summer, so it might feel as though football is over. But football is never over. Hot on the heels of the England's triumph in the Under-2o World Cup in South Korea comes the...

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3 to See: England’s new dawn (again), Italy v Spain and can Belarus stage an upset?

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Domestic football might be on a break, but let's face it, no one ever stops kicking a ball around. It might be tough to work out what to watch with what feels like thousands of international...

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The Rest

Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos, 10 years later. Did Spurs and Arsenal’s Mexican wonderkids match the hype?

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It's now ten seasons since Giovani Dos Santos and Carlos Vela made their professional debuts. Both highly-rated as youngsters, the Mexican pair have shared fairly similar paths during their up and...

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PLAY An Interview with Coach Education Manager Greig Paterson

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PLAY is our dedicated coaching and youth development section on Just Football.As part of it, we strive to speak to the brightest minds in the game and bring you some insights from those people...

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