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European Weekend Preview: Chelsea-Man United , AC Milan-Juventus, and more

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This weekend features an exciting slate of matches all around Europe, with a major headliner in every league.

The big game in England this weekend comes on Sunday as Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the return of Jose Mourinho to his former club. Neither side has started the season how they hoped, with Chelsea in fifthand Manchester United in seventh, but each has an opportunity to turn things around by leaving with all three points.

European clubs planning a breakaway league to combat Champions League reforms

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Clubs from lesser European countries are undergoing discussions over a breakaway European league involving teams from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden to combat the potential freezing out by the new reforms introduced in the Champions League.

FC Copenhagen director Anders Horsholt has revealed discussions have been going on over the formation of a new league to rival the Champions League, which has taken a road to make it more exclusive to the continent’s biggest clubs.

World-class star’s agent confirms Chelsea interest

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The agent of Paris Saint-Germain centre-half Thiago Silva has admitted that his client’s future in the French capital is uncertain and there could be scope for a move to Premier League powerhouses Chelsea.

The Blues bolstered their squad over the summer following the appointment of Antonio Conte, with the Italian manager admitting he wanted to add to his options at central defence.

Versatile French midfielder issues come-and-get-me plea, says he dreams of playing for Arsenal

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French midfielder Corentin Tolisso has fuelled further speculations about his future at Lyon with his comments in a recent interview.

The Lyon star claimed that he dreams of playing for clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Arsenal.

The 22-year-old is a regular member of the Lyon first team and is being monitored by several European clubs since breaking into the first team scene with the Ligue 1 club in 2013.

European Weekend Rewind: Spurs run past City, Barca and Real Struggle and more

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Europe's top clubs had a weekend to forget over the past three days.

Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona failed to win, as Madrid drew 1-1 and Barcelona fell 4-3 away from home. Atletico Madrid topped the standings after a 2-0 victory against Valencia.

Borussia Dortmund failed to close the gap with Bayern Munich, as both sides failed to get three points against Cologne and Leverkusen, respectively.

Barcelona and Manchester City beaten, 3 other talking points from the weekend

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The latest round of fixtures in the top European leagues produced cracking bits of action with some of the continent’s heavyweight clubs facing off against each other in another round of entertaining footballing action.

While things were far from satisfying for Spain’s top clubs, the Premier League in England has the stage set for a remarkable title race.

Ligue 1: Mario Balotelli Scores Superb Late Winner For Nice, Gets Sent Off Six Minutes Later (Video)

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He may have long since left the Premier League, but Mario Balotelli shall remain forever in our hearts. The ex-Liverpool flop was once again amongst the goals for Nice on Sunday, nettinga late winner against Lorient before, in classic Balotelli fashion, seeing red just six minutes later.

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Balotelli's goal, his sixth in five games for Nice, came on 86 minutes, with the Italian producing a sublime curling finish.

European Weekend Preview: Man City-Tottenham, Roma-Inter and more

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It's another week that'll see all eyes on England in European football.

The clear headliner around the continent (plus the British Isles) is a top-two showdown in the Premier League between Tottenham and Manchester City. The only two unbeaten teams left in the EPL enter after midweek Champions League play, with Man City failing to winfor the first time under Pep Guardiola and Tottenham cruising to a victory.

European Weekend Preview: Arsenal-Chelsea, Man United-Leicester City and more

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All eyes are on England this weekend as the Premier League hosts some of the most high-profile matchups of the coming days.

Two titanic clashes take place in the EPL as Manchester United hosts Leicester City in the early Saturday match before Arsenal and Chelsea close the day out with a managerial showdown between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca, Man City cruise; Man United flounders; and more

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Huge victories by huge teams studded the landscape of European football this weekend.

Teams such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain all cruised to massive victories as upsets were few and far between for once in this early season.The biggest upset this week came in the Premier League as Watford dismantled Manchester United 3-0 at home, with the latter now in the midst of a three-match losing streak.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool face Chelsea, Inter take on Juventus and more

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Plenty of big name matchups headline action across all five major European leagues this weekend after a fantastic slate of midweek European fixtures.

In England, the Premier League slate is led by a big Friday showdown between Liverpool, coming off a huge victory over Leicester City, and Chelsea, coming off their first dropped points of the year against Swansea City.

Europa League 2016-17: Group Stage Fixtures, Preview & Score predictions

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The Europa League 2016/17 campaign begins on Thursday and several European clubs will be eyeing their way back into the Champions League by doing well in this competition.

Defending champions Sevilla are not a part of the competition this year. Los Nervionenses have qualified for this season’s Champions League automatically after winning the Europa League last season.

Champions League 2016/17, Group Stage: Fixtures, Preview & Score predictions

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This season’s Champions League campaign kicks off later today and the European heavyweights will be looking to make a bright start.

The likes of Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona will be fired up after a disappointing European campaign last season. Atletico Madrid will look end their poor run of form in the finals and win the trophy this year.

FIFA 17: Player Ratings – A Complete Guide

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and here at Soccerlens we have put together a complete guide regarding the player ratings from the latest version of the game.

The demo version of the game will be available for download from the 13th of September and the full version comes out approximately two weeks later (27th September in US and 29th September in the UK).

FIFA 17: Career Mode, Frostbite and Gameplay

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and all eyes will be on the FIFA 17 demo which comes out early next week.

FIFA 17 is one of the most anticipated video games of the year and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The official release date of the full version of FIFA 17 is on Thursday, 29th September (The UK and worldwide).

4-3-3 v PSG: Arsenal without five first team players for vital UCL clash; Team News, Key Stats and Predicted Lineups

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Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this weekend’s Champions League fixture.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Kick-off Time: 19:45 pm BST, 13th September 2016
Venue: Parc Des Princes

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Arsenal begin their Champions League campaign against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

European Weekend Preview: Manchester derby, Liverpool-Leicester and more

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Finally, football is back after the always-too-long international break, and it does so with a bang.

All eyes will be on England this weekend as the marqueematch of the Premier League season headlines the action in Europe. United welcome City as the two face off in the fabled Manchester Derby in a showdown with more storylines than you can count.

European Weekend Preview: Bundesliga kickoff, Tottenham-Liverpool and more

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It's an exciting weekend across the board as big matches headline each league's action this weekend to accompany the opening weekend of Bundesligafootball.

The German league kicks off with Bayern Munich opening their title defense against Werder Bremen. Borussia Dortmund gets underway on Saturday as they face a visit from Mainz 05, while Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen provide a tantalizing match featuring strong Bundesliga sides.

Europa League Draw 2016/17: Date, Time, Fixtures and Live Coverage

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The Europa League draw is almost upon us and several European clubs will be eyeing their way back into the Champions League by doing well in this competition.

48 teams will be divided into four pots. These pots are ranked in order of UEFA team coefficient, which is based on a club’s performance in European competitions over the past five years.

Champions League Draw 2016/17: Date, Time, Fixtures and Live Coverage

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With the domestic campaigns well underway now, all eyes are on the UEFA Champions League which kicks off next month.

The draw for the group stages are almost upon us and here at Soccerlens, we will bring you live coverage from the draw, which takes place on Thursday in Monaco.

Real Madrid will be looking to defend their European crown after having beaten arch rivals Atletico Madrid to the trophy last season.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca, Real dominate; Liverpool falls and more

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A few surprising results headlined action around Europe over the weekend. Some giants fell to weaker opposition while others dominated in typical fashion.

In England, the most intriguing match of the week ended in disappointing fashion as Leicester City and Arsenal couldn't manage to score in a 0-0 draw.

European Weekend Preview: Leicester-Arsenal, Juventus-Fiorentina and more

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It's kickoff weekend in Spain and Italy as the Primera Divisionand Serie A play their first matches of the season, respectively. Meanwhile Germany begins their domestic cup while waiting another week for Bundesliga action to start. England and France continue where they left off after exciting opening weekends.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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A disappointing opening weekend for both Leicester City and Arsenal sets the two sides up for an early clash this Saturday.

After the Foxes dropped a 2-1 decision at Hull City to open their title defense last week, they will return home to King Power Stadium to host a Gunners squad that trailed 4-1 at one point to Liverpool last week before finishing with a 4-3 scoreline.

Football Manager 2017: Launch date, Price, Steam discounts and Beta version info

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Sports Interactive have announced that the latest version of Football Manager will be launched on the 4th of November this year.

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Football Manager 2017 is coming

5 Young Argentineans To Keep An Eye On This Season

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Argentinean football is in a pretty dire state. Fans up and down the great South American nation lamented yet another disappointing end to a tournament after their team crashed out of the group stages of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The 18-man-squad, devoid of any stellar characters, almost entirely consisted of players from the Argentine Primera Division or the Campeonato Brasileiro, with only five of them playing their trade in Europe.

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Barcelona need to keep this top quality new signing fit if they want to be successful this season

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Since Samuel Umtiti’s £20m move to Barcelona he has slotted into their defence excellently. Unfortunately he sustained an injury last month. As a result their defence has suffered without him. But he should be back in the starting line up for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash against Manchester City.

2 reasons that helped shape up Monaco's moneymaking transfer policy

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Monaco have adopted a clever transfer policy in recent years. It has enabled them to make huge profits on player transfers.

Originally, Monaco’s billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev wanted them to become Europe’s elite club. He was willing to spend as much as necessary to get them there.

Attacking star on fire right now, Klopp's Liverpool transfer decision looking like a mistake

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Mario Balotelli’s career appeared to be in permanent decline after disastrous spells at Liverpool and A.C. Milan where he managed just 2 league goals. However, his decision to move to Nice appears to be an inspired choice.

Many had questioned whether Balotelli’s career at the top level of European football was over when Liverpool allowed him to move on a free transfer to Nice.


PSG’s Serge Aurier In Hot Water After Celebrating Ivory Coast Goal With Bizarre Throat-Slitting Gesture (Video)

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No stranger to controversy, PSG full-back Serge Aurier was at it again during Ivory Coast's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win against Mali. After seeing his cross converted via an own-goal fromSalif Coulibaly, the 23-year-old defender ran towards his own fans before making a throat-slitting gesture.

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Aurier found himself in big trouble with PSG last season after publicly criticising his then manager Laurent Blanc during a live Periscope chat, with the former Toulouse player copping a suspension from the Ligue 1 giants.

Europa League: Ex-Liverpool Dud Mario Balotelli Nets Fifth Goal in Four Games For Nice (Video)

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Mario Balotelli's resurgence continues, with the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City man getting on the scoresheet again for new club Nice, this time in their Europa League Group I clash with Russian side FC Krasnodar.

With the Russian side 2-0 up, Balotelli got one back for Nice just before the break, via another fine finish.

Ex-Liverpool Flop Mario Balotelli Nets Second Brace In Two Games To Send Nice Top Of Ligue 1 (Video)

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Coming hot on the heels of a fine brace against Marseille in his first game for Nice, Mario Balotelli made it four goals in two Ligue 1 games on Wednesday night, with the striker netting another double against Monaco.

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Ex-Liverpool flop Balotelli's first of the night was a throroughly classy affair, with the Italian superblytaking a pass in his stride before firing pastDanijel Subasic in the Monaco goal.

Transfers & Rumours

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘The Only Thing I Miss About PSG Is My Salary’

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Having left the club "a legend" by his own celestial decree, it doesn't appear that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is pining for PSG after making the big switcheroo to Manchester United over the summer.

Indeed, Zlatan has openly admitted that the only thing he misses about PSG is the monumental salary (reportedly £1.

Liverpool: OCG Nice Stick Up For Mario Balotelli In Silly Twitter Quarrel With Jamie Carragher

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OGC Nice have come riding in like the social media cavalry into the midst of the ongoing Twitter mithering between Mario Balotelli and Jamie Carragher.

The tit-for-tat began when Carragher quipped that Nice had "overpaid" for Balotelli when they signed him on a free transfer from Liverpool on deadline day.

Official: Sunderland Spend £13.6m On Didier Ndong, A Man With Very Curious Hair (Photos)

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As part of their deadline day dealings, Sunderland have spent £13.6million to bring in Didier Ndong from Lorient.

#SAFC have completed the signing of midfielder Didier Ndong from Lorient for 16m euros. #WelcomeDidier

— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 31, 2016

The 22-year-old Gabon international midfielder (who was dubbed 'the new Michael Essien' during his 18 months at Lorient) has signed a five-year deal with the Black Cats.

Reports: Chelsea Have Made It To The ‘Advanced Talks’ Stage Of Re-Signing David Luiz From PSG

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When we first heard of Chelsea's supposed bid to re-sign David Luiz from PSG shortly before close of play last night, we must admit we rejected it as mere deadline-related hokum.

However, it would appear that the Blues are deadly serious, with the Guardian reporting that negotiations between the two camps are now at an "advanced" level.

Official: Southampton Break Club Transfer Record To Bring In Sofiane Boufal From Lille (Photo)

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Southampton have broken their transfer fee record and shelled out £16million to bring in Sofiane Boufal from Lille.

The nimble, fleet-footed left winger, 22, has signed a five-year deal at St. Mary's after scoring a nifty 12 goals in 34 appearances for the French side last term.

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Lyon: Rafael Da Silva Refused To Get Paid While Recovering From Injury, Donated Wages To Charity Instead

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As if you didn't think that Rafael da Silva was a loveable little scamp anyway, it's been revealed that theex-Manchester Unitedfull-back madea lovely charitable gesture after tearing his thigh muscle last season.

After succumbing to the injury while playing for Lyon in September of 2015, Rafaelspecifically asked to meet with the Ligue 1 club's top brass and request that he not receive any salary while he was sidelined.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC

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The club schedule returns in Europe with Borussia Dortmund playing Hertha BSC on Fox Sports 1 and Ligue 1 games on beIN Sport.

Emmanuel Adebayor Denies ‘Smoking Cigarette And Asking For Whisky In His Coffee’ During Contract Talks With Lyon

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Emmanuel Adebayor has denied claimsthat he acted like a bit of a berkwhile meeting with representatives from Lyon over a potential move.

Perish the thought!

Adebayor met with Lyon manager Bruno Genesio last week to discuss a move to Ligue 1 but the negotiations fell through at an early stage because the club were not prepared to release the striker for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in January.

Neymar Turned Down World Record Offer From PSG This Summer

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According to Marca, Barcelona star Neymar turned down a staggering €50 million contract, access to a private jet and a string of hotels from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The Barcelona forward was linked with a series of moves over the transfer window, including a possible switch to PSG and Manchester United.