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Midday Ticker: Lozano completes PSV move, Modric under perjury investigation, and more

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Hirving Lozano is taking a temporary leave of absence from the Mexican National Team in order to complete his move to PSV Eindhoven. He plans to return to the team in time for their next match against New Zealand on Tuesday in Sochi. (REPORT)

Croatia captain Luka Modric is the target of a perjury investigation.

Tuesday Kickoff: Oxlade-Chamberlain, De Bruyne injuries and more

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A new month begins with many midweek games, but some star players will have to sit out due to injuries.

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger said Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss six-to-eight weeks of play, but he will not have to undergo surgery on his knee injury. (REPORT)

Kevin De Bruyne hopes to return to training for Manchester City in five weeks.

Real Madrid

Top class Real Madrid star could face up to five years in jail for doing this

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Real Madrid’s talismanic midfielder Luka Modric is being investigated on suspicion of providing false testimony in a criminal trial, according to Croatia’s state attorney office.

Modric was asked to testify last week at the trial of a tax official and three former executives from Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive, the infamous Zdravko Mamic.

Champions League: Crucial Isco Goal Sees Real Madrid Stride Into Final At Atletico’s Expense Despite Second-Leg Defeat (Photos & Video)

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A single goal from Isco was enough to put Real Madrid beyond the reach of Atletico and, ultimately, into yet another Champions League final.

Atleti made a typically aggressive start and duly ignited hopes of a comeback as early as the 12th minute, when Saul Niguez connected with a corner to send the home side 1-0 up on the night.

Cup revenge on agenda for Real Madrid, Barca

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid hope to have Luka Modric and Marcelo back fit as they seek to exact revenge for their recent Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Celta Vigo when they return to Balaidos on Sunday.

Celta weathered a second-leg storm at home after pulling off a surprise 2-1 first-leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu to progress to the last four 4-3 on aggregate just over a week ago.

Cup revenge on agenda for Real Madrid, Barca

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid hope to have Luka Modric and Marcelo back fit as they seek to exact revenge for their recent Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Celta Vigo when they return to Balaidos on Sunday.

Celta weathered a second-leg storm at home after pulling off a surprise 2-1 first-leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu to progress to the last four 4-3 on aggregate just over a week ago.

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

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Modric stunner sees Croatia past Turkey

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Paris (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric scored a brilliant volley as Croatia defeated Turkey 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group D on Sunday.

Ante Cacic's Croatia dominated throughout, twice hitting the bar in the second half. But it only Modric's 41st-minute strike his 11th international goal that separated the teams at the final whistle.

O…kay: Granada Midfielder Javi Marquez Names His Newborn Baby Son After Luka Modric

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Slightly puzzling, granted, but Granada midfielder Javi Marquez has gone and named his newborn son after one of his La Liga counterparts.

Thesprog turned upon Thursday morning and Marquez decided there and then to name him after a Real Madrid star though perhaps not one of the more obvious candidates.

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Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

‘Mentally tough’ Modric aims to retire at Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wants to play out the rest of his career with the Spanish giants after signing a new contract until 2020.

Modric, 31, has become a fundamental part of the Real side, winning two Champions League titles, since his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

‘Mentally tough’ Modric aims to retire at Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wants to play out the rest of his career with the Spanish giants after signing a new contract until 2020.

Modric, 31, has become a fundamental part of the Real side, winning two Champions League titles, since his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

Italy draw “not ideal” for Spain – Del Bosque

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Bordeaux (AFP) Spain boss Vicente del Bosque admitted he would rather have avoided a Euro 2016 last 16 clash with old foes Italy after a 2-1 defeat to Croatia on Tuesday.

Ivan Perisic's goal three minutes from time condemned the two-time defending champions to second place in Group D and repeat of the 2012 final with Italy in Paris on Monday.

Italy draw “not ideal” for Spain – Del Bosque

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Bordeaux (AFP) Spain boss Vicente del Bosque admitted he would rather have avoided a Euro 2016 last 16 clash with old foes Italy after a 2-1 defeat to Croatia on Tuesday.

Ivan Perisic's goal three minutes from time condemned the two-time defending champions to second place in Group D and repeat of the 2012 final with Italy in Paris on Monday.

Croatia crowd fears overshadow Spain Euro 2016 clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Fears over their fans and the fitness of Luka Modric have overshadowed Croatia's preparations for their bid to secure a last 16 place at Euro 2016 against two-time defending European champions Spain on Tuesday.

The Croatian football federation were fined 100,000 euros ($113,000) on Monday after flares were lobbed onto the Saint-Etienne pitch during the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday.

Croatia crowd fears overshadow Spain Euro 2016 clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Fears over their fans and the fitness of Luka Modric have overshadowed Croatia's preparations for their bid to secure a last 16 place at Euro 2016 against two-time defending European champions Spain on Tuesday.

The Croatian football federation were fined 100,000 euros ($113,000) on Monday after flares were lobbed onto the Saint-Etienne pitch during the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday.

Spain aim to roll into Euro 2016 knockout phase

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Paris (AFP) Andres Iniesta's Spain will look to ease into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and keep up their pursuit of a third consecutive title on Friday when they face out-of-sorts Turkey.

And losing 2012 finalists Italy, who impressed in their opening match, can also move into the last 16 if they overcome Sweden and their superstar captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toulouse.

Spain aim to roll into Euro 2016 knockout phase

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Paris (AFP) Andres Iniesta's Spain will look to ease into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and keep up their pursuit of a third consecutive title on Friday when they face out-of-sorts Turkey.

And losing 2012 finalists Italy, who impressed in their opening match, can also move into the last 16 if they overcome Sweden and their superstar captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toulouse.

Five top fashion trends at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) With star footballers now doubling as fashion icons led by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo who has his own underwear label we pick out the top five trends at the Euro 2016 championships.

Mohawk haircuts

Nothing gets you noticed more than a wacky haircut.

The hairdresser responsible for French star Paul Pogba's spiral cockerel hairdo has been hired by the Portuguese squad to shave patterns on its stars' heads.

Five top fashion trends at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) With star footballers now doubling as fashion icons led by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo who has his own underwear label we pick out the top five trends at the Euro 2016 championships.

Mohawk haircuts

Nothing gets you noticed more than a wacky haircut.

The hairdresser responsible for French star Paul Pogba's spiral cockerel hairdo has been hired by the Portuguese squad to shave patterns on its stars' heads.

Turkey’s Tufan mocked over ill-timed male grooming

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey's young midfielder Ozan Tufan was Tuesday targeted by mockery at home and abroad after pictures showed him smoothly adjusting his hair at the very moment Croatia's Luka Modric scored a stunning match-winning volley in Euro 2016.

Tufan, 21, was scapegoated by many fans for Turkey's disappointing 1-0 defeat by Croatia over the weekend, which left the team with a mountain to climb to make it out of the group stages at the tournament in France.

Turkey’s Tufan mocked over ill-timed male grooming

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey's young midfielder Ozan Tufan was Tuesday targeted by mockery at home and abroad after pictures showed him smoothly adjusting his hair at the very moment Croatia's Luka Modric scored a stunning match-winning volley in Euro 2016.

Tufan, 21, was scapegoated by many fans for Turkey's disappointing 1-0 defeat by Croatia over the weekend, which left the team with a mountain to climb to make it out of the group stages at the tournament in France.

Croatia’s Modric shrugs off brush with fan

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Paris (AFP) Croatia's Luka Modric said he was so thrilled by his match-winning goal against Turkey in Euro 2016 on Sunday that he did not realise a supporter had gatecrashed his celebrations.

The Real Madrid playmaker gave his side a 1-0 win in the Group D match at Parc des Princes with a sweetly struck 41st-minute volley from outside the box that flashed past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan.

Croatia’s Modric shrugs off brush with fan

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Paris (AFP) Croatia's Luka Modric said he was so thrilled by his match-winning goal against Turkey in Euro 2016 on Sunday that he did not realise a supporter had gatecrashed his celebrations.

The Real Madrid playmaker gave his side a 1-0 win in the Group D match at Parc des Princes with a sweetly struck 41st-minute volley from outside the box that flashed past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan.

‘Magical’ Modric leaves Croatia coach purring

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Paris (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic hailed Luka Modric's "magical" goal after the Real Madrid playmaker's strike secured a 1-0 win over Turkey in his side's Euro 2016 opener on Sunday.

Modric was voted man of the match after settling the Group D opener in Paris with a sweetly struck 41st-minute volley from outside the box that flashed past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan.

‘Magical’ Modric leaves Croatia coach purring

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Paris (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic hailed Luka Modric's "magical" goal after the Real Madrid playmaker's strike secured a 1-0 win over Turkey in his side's Euro 2016 opener on Sunday.

Modric was voted man of the match after settling the Group D opener in Paris with a sweetly struck 41st-minute volley from outside the box that flashed past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan.

Modric stunner sees Croatia past Turkey

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Paris (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric scored a brilliant volley as Croatia defeated Turkey 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group D on Sunday.

Ante Cacic's Croatia dominated throughout, twice hitting the bar in the second half. But it only Modric's 41st-minute strike his 11th international goal that separated the teams at the final whistle.

‘Croatian Cruyff’ Modric is pillar of Euro 2016 bid

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Zagreb (AFP) Luka Modric started playing football during Croatia's independence war and the country's notoriously fervent fans expect the world-class playmaker to launch their offensive at Euro 2016.

Croatia are looking to the 30-year-old to lift them as he has Real Madrid amid a rollercoaster season in La Liga and the Champions League.

‘Croatian Cruyff’ Modric is pillar of Euro 2016 bid

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Zagreb (AFP) Luka Modric started playing football during Croatia's independence war and the country's notoriously fervent fans expect the world-class playmaker to launch their offensive at Euro 2016.

Croatia are looking to the 30-year-old to lift them as he has Real Madrid amid a rollercoaster season in La Liga and the Champions League.

Modric, Rakitic lead Croatia in Euro 2016

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic on Tuesday named his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

Four younger players were cut from the provisional 27-man squad named earlier this month midfielders Alen Halilovic, 19, of Sporting Gijon and Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolic, 25, Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 21, and Duje Caleta-Car, 19, a defender with Red Bull Salzburg.

Modric, Rakitic lead Croatia in Euro 2016

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic on Tuesday named his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

Four younger players were cut from the provisional 27-man squad named earlier this month midfielders Alen Halilovic, 19, of Sporting Gijon and Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolic, 25, Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 21, and Duje Caleta-Car, 19, a defender with Red Bull Salzburg.

Real Madrid midfielder Modric toughened by Croatia’s war

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Zadar (Croatia) (AFP) Bombs fell on the Croatian town of Zadar as Luka Modric refined his football skills in the corridors of a refugee hotel and in cratered car parks.

Modric, 30, is now Real Madrid's midfield general, plotting attacks for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Modric was "a vivid child who liked to socialise," recalled Miodrag Paunovic, one of Modric's trainers when he made his football debut with NK Zadar nearly 25 years ago.

Real Madrid midfielder Modric toughened by Croatia’s war

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Zadar (Croatia) (AFP) Bombs fell on the Croatian town of Zadar as Luka Modric refined his football skills in the corridors of a refugee hotel and in cratered car parks.

Modric, 30, is now Real Madrid's midfield general, plotting attacks for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Modric was "a vivid child who liked to socialise," recalled Miodrag Paunovic, one of Modric's trainers when he made his football debut with NK Zadar nearly 25 years ago.

EURO 2016

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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Euro 2016: Most Valuable Players in Group Stages

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As FanaticData, we described a new point system we would be utilizing to determine the Most Valuable Players of Euro 2016 in our first article for Soccerlens. With the group stages having ended, it is time to release our first Top 15 ranking of the tournament’s Most Valuable Players up to this point.

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: Turkish Pundits Livid With Ozan Turfan For Sorting Hair Out Instead Of Blocking Luka Modric Volley (Video)

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An absolute peach of a volley from Luka Modric was enough to snaffle a victory for Croatia in their Euro 2016 opener against Turkey.

However, at least one Turkish television pundit worked himself up into something of a lather after spotting Ozan Tufan's half-arsed attempt at closing Modric down on the edge of the area.

Must-See Goal: Luka Modric

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Video: Croatia’s Luka Modric scores with a long-range volley vs Turkey

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GOAL! Luka Modric opens #CRO's #Euro2016 account in style. #TURCRO https://t.co/1Gmb9XMJ3y ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 12, 2016 Real...

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