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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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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘the best player in the world’ – Jose Fonte

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world today and deserves all the accolades that come his way, according to Southampton defender Jose Fonte. Ronaldo scored the winning penalty in the 2016...

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Nothing wrong with Chelsea loan system – Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand

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Southampton and England international defender Ryan Bertrand has leapt to the defence of Chelsea's loan system, saying the club isin a great position to develop the next generation of young...

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Meet Danny Cowley: The PE teacher and non-league Ranieri doing a Leicester City at Braintree Town

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If you think Claudio Ranieri has had it hard this season, overcoming enormous odds to guide a lowly band of unfancied, supposed no-hopers to the top of their division, then spare a thought for...

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Revealed: Jose Fonte “spoke to Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain about Southampton return”

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Southampton captain Jose Fonte has confirmed to Just Football that he has spoken to Arsenal wingerAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain about a potential return to the club. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been heavily...

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Atletico Madrid discussion: What does the future hold for Diego Simeone?

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Recently our manJake Meador had the chance to speak with English-language Atletico Madrid blogger Robbie Dunne of Into the Calderon. The conversation began with a focus on Simeone and player...

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Generation Next: Meet Pione Sisto – the Danish wonderkid looking to down Manchester United

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With a big, welcoming smile, one of Danish football's hottest young properties greets Just Football to talk about himself, his career and his ambitions. Pione Sisto may not be a name familiar...

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“Premier League’s wild nature should be paradise for Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool”

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Ever since it began to look likely that Jürgen Klopp would be the next Liverpool manager Premier League fans have wondered what the renowned German manager would do with one of England's...

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‘Physically perfect’ Aleksandar Mitrovic ‘will be a success’ at Newcastle United – The view from Serbia

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Iker Casillas’ Demise At Real Madrid And Why Jose Mourinho Not To Blame – A Fans’ Perspective

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Pierre Emil Højbjerg “already a better player than” Tottenham star Christian Eriksen

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“Are you happy on the inside, though?” Mario Balotelli grilled by 11-year-old Liverpool kid in nice, revealing interview

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“Playing Spurs at Wembley is as big a game as any” – Chelsea vs Spurs – League Cup final preview: Just Football meets @ChelseaYouth

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THE INTERVIEW: Young, Scottish and Managing – Barry Ferguson & Gary Naysmith get stuck into football management

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Scottish League Two side Clyde are 3-0 up against hosts Montrose with just under 20 minutes to go.

Manchester United

Adrian Doherty – Like Bob Dylan in a no 7 shirt

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Adrian Doherty was from Strabane in Northern Ireland and played for Manchester United's youth team during the 1990's, although his name isn't one you will have heard mentioned too often. Despite once boasting talent equal to or surpassing that of Ryan Giggs', a cruciate injury ended his career days before he was set to make his debut for the first team, and he tragically died a few years later after falling away from football.

Adrian Doherty – The player who was as good as Giggs

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Adrian Doherty was from Strabane in Northern Ireland and played for Manchester United's youth team during the 1990's, although his name isn't one you will have heard mentioned too often. Despite once boasting talent equal to or surpassing that of Ryan Giggs', a cruciate injury ended his career days before he was set to make his debut for the first team, and he tragically died a few years later after falling away from football.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Preston Midfielder & Former United Trainee Josh Brownhill on his Old Trafford release, rejecting City, James Wilson and tonight’s FA Cup tie at Deepdale

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It can be taxing work being a young footballer. While clubs like Manchester United can give trainees the best possible platform and highest tuition for them to make a success of their career, the players themselves are required to work effortlessly to prove they offer more than just potential.

On some occasions – perhaps at Manchester United more so than most other clubs – players are given opportunities to fulfil on their promise and establish themselves as a key first team figure.

EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Norman Whiteside on Di Maria, Big Ron, George Best comparisons and his favourite goal

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Norman Whiteside signed for Manchester United when he was a teenager after being spotted by United scout Bob Bishop, the same man who unearthed George Best. He spent eleven years at the club, winning two FA Cups and scoring in both finals, before moving on to Everton.

He has written two books about his time at the club, Determined: The Autobiography and My Memories of Manchester United.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on Moyes’ failure and plans to become a manager

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Louis Saha joined Everton in the summer of 2008 after struggling to maintain his fitness at Manchester United. As he was injured at the time of signing, Saha offered to train for free at Everton until he was available to play.

In an exclusive interview with The Republik of Mancunia on behalf of 888Sport.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on replacing Van Nistelrooy in League Cup final and Falcao injury advice

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Ruud van Nistelrooy was one of the greatest strikers Manchester United has ever seen but left the club in the summer of 2006 after a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson.

After being the top scorer in the competition, Louis Saha was chosen ahead of the Dutchman when United took on Wigan in the League Cup final.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on Cantona, United fans and injuries

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Louis Saha signed for Manchester United halfway through the 2003-04 season after scoring 15 goals in 22 games for Fulham.

He quickly became a fans' favourite and probably would have spent several more years at the club if not for the amount of injuries he sustained.

In an exclusive interview with The Republik of Mancunia on behalf of 888Sport.

Coaching

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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PLAY: One-on-one training and youth coaching in football – An interview with Phil Tait

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Developing young players is a constantly evolving process in football, with new ideas and concepts emerging all the time. As part of PLAY, our section for coaching and youth development on Just...

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Match day

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on sacking Pellegrini, picking De Gea over Hart, and predicting a City win

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It's derby day! Rob Pollard is a City fan and a freelance writer who's taken time out to answer a few questions on today's game and City in general.

Scott: Rob, what are your favourite memories of derby day?

Rob: The 3-1 win at Maine Road when Goater nicked the ball off Gary Neville will always be special because, in those days, beating United never felt like it was on the cards.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lee Dixon on that Giggs goal, signing Welbeck, Invincibles vs Treble winners and Monday night’s encounter

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After spending 14 years at Arsenal, winning four league titles and three FA Cups in the process, Lee Dixon is no stranger to a Manchester United v Arsenal encounter. As the Reds welcome the defending champions to Old Trafford on Monday night with a place at Wembley in the Semi-Final at stake, the former Gunners full-back spoke to ROM about Monday night's match, United's season so far and Danny Welbeck's early career at the Emirates.

Real Madrid

Exclusive interview with Guillem Balague about el Clasico

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With today's momentous el Clasico looming, I had the distinct pleasure of discussing the gamewith esteemed pundit and writer Guillem Balague.

Guillem has penned some superb books on some iconic figures in the Spanish game and opened up about how he feels both sides are shaping up ahead of the showdown at the Nou Camp this weekend.

Exclusive interview with Guillem Balague about el Clasico

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With today's momentous el Clasico looming, I had the distinct pleasure of discussing the gamewith esteemed pundit and writer Guillem Balague.

Guillem has penned some superb books on some iconic figures in the Spanish game and opened up about how he feels both sides are shaping up ahead of the showdown at the Nou Camp this weekend.

English Premier League

“Pochettino has over-achieved, a trophy would be a dream” – Chelsea vs Spurs – League Cup final preview: Just Football meets @WindyCOYS

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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Hull fan on a man crush for Bruce and blame for United’s poor season

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In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.

Andy Dalton writes for Amber Nectar. Follow @Amber__Nectar on Twitter.

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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Everton fan on why Fellaini was so bad and why Moyes got stick

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In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.

Calvin writes for Royal Blue Mersey. Follow @RBMersey on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2013-14 for Everton?

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Aston Villa fan on Keano, the importance of Joe Cole and being right about Moyes

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In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.

Damian Dugdale writes for The Villa Blog. Follow @AVFCblog on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2013-14 for Villa?

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: West Ham fan on Ravel Morrison, United signing Borg and unpopular Big Sam

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In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.

Iain Dale is the editor of WestHamTillIDie.com and presents LBC's Drivetime Show. Follow @iaindalewestham on Twitter.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: QPR fan on signing Rio, United winning the league and LvG’s Ajax team

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In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.

Charles Lawley is a QPR fan who is behind 50 Shades of Andy Gray. Follow @CharlesLawley on Twitter.

RoM's Best Articles

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on starting Wilson against Liverpool and O’Shea’s goal at the Kop

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Louis Saha played in six games against Liverpool, including the game at Old Trafford which saw Rio Ferdinand score an injury time winning header, as well as when John O'Shea scored at the death in front of the Kop, which put United nine points clear at the top of the table.

In an exclusive interview with The Republik of Mancunia on behalf of 888Sport.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

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Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, Esquire, Unibet and Panorama among others.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal obsession, signing Strootman and Gay Pride

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Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, Esquire, Unibet and Panorama among others.

The Rest

Newcastle United’s two forgotten players

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In the misery and inertia of Mike Ashley's Newcastle United, it is good to try and look for the flowers in the cracks of the concrete from time to time to keep oneself sane. With this in mind, I could have written about younger players like Ayoze Perez, Rolando Aarons etc but then I thought [...]

Will John Carver be told who to play at Newcastle United?

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By his own admission, Rangers' current caretaker head coach, Kenny McDowall, has been told not only that he has no say in the players they sign, but also that he will only have a limited input into team selection too. According to McDowall himself, he has been ordered by Mike Ashley and his henchman at [.

Tunisia – AFCON 2015: Everything you need to know about The Eagles of Carthage

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The African Cup of Nations 2015 is here, and we at Just Football have dug deep to provide you with previews of each of the 16 teams competing in Equatorial Guinea, continuing with a look at Tunisia.

Find out more about the Arsenal scout who rejected Tottenham and spotted Jack Wilshere

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Shaun O'Connor is one of the most respected and renowned scouts in England but few football fans...

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