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Monaco thrash Lorient to go clear at top of Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) Gabriel Boschilia and Valere Germain both struck twice as a rampant Monaco routed bottom side Lorient 4-0 on Sunday to climb two points clear of Nice at the top of Ligue 1.

Brazilian striker Boschilia netted a brace inside the opening half hour as Monaco punished slack Lorient defending in driving rain at the Stade Louis II before Germain curled in a third on 37 minutes.

Monaco thrash Lorient to go clear at top of Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) Gabriel Boschilia and Valere Germain both struck twice as a rampant Monaco routed bottom side Lorient 4-0 on Sunday to climb two points clear of Nice at the top of Ligue 1.

Brazilian striker Boschilia netted a brace inside the opening half hour as Monaco punished slack Lorient defending in driving rain at the Stade Louis II before Germain curled in a third on 37 minutes.

PSG test yardstick for rejuvenated Nantes

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Paris (AFP) Sergio Conceicao has inspired a revival at former French giants Nantes but will face the toughest test of his fledgling tenure on Saturday when champions Paris Saint-Germain visit the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Nantes, who claimed the last of their eight Ligue 1 titles in 2001, have won four games in a row without conceding a goal since former Portugal international Conceicao replaced Rene Girard at the helm last month.

PSG test yardstick for rejuvenated Nantes

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Paris (AFP) Sergio Conceicao has inspired a revival at former French giants Nantes but will face the toughest test of his fledgling tenure on Saturday when champions Paris Saint-Germain visit the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Nantes, who claimed the last of their eight Ligue 1 titles in 2001, have won four games in a row without conceding a goal since former Portugal international Conceicao replaced Rene Girard at the helm last month.

Chinese bids for Costa, Cavani ‘collapse’ with clampdown

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Beijing (AFP) China's clampdown on big-spending football clubs has scuppered a bid by Tianjin to buy Diego Costa and a host of other Europe-based stars, its chairman said.

Tianjin had Chelsea striker Costa, Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao at Monaco and Raul Jimenez at Benfica in their sights until the authorities imposed limits on foreign players and wages, Shu Yuhui told Tianjin Sports TV.

Chinese bids for Costa, Cavani ‘collapse’ with clampdown

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Beijing (AFP) China's clampdown on big-spending football clubs has scuppered a bid by Tianjin to buy Diego Costa and a host of other Europe-based stars, its chairman said.

Tianjin had Chelsea striker Costa, Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao at Monaco and Raul Jimenez at Benfica in their sights until the authorities imposed limits on foreign players and wages, Shu Yuhui told Tianjin Sports TV.

Outside pressure child’s play for Ibrahimovic

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London (AFP) Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahmovic says the pressure on him that comes from outside is like a kindergarten compared to the pressure he places on himself every time he trains or plays for Manchester United.

The 35-year-old striker who has defied the sceptics who thought he was too old to flourish at United but has scored 14 goals in 20 Premier League appearances said the pressure he placed on himself was so immense because nothing less than winning counted.

Outside pressure child’s play for Ibrahimovic

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London (AFP) Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahmovic says the pressure on him that comes from outside is like a kindergarten compared to the pressure he places on himself every time he trains or plays for Manchester United.

The 35-year-old striker who has defied the sceptics who thought he was too old to flourish at United but has scored 14 goals in 20 Premier League appearances said the pressure he placed on himself was so immense because nothing less than winning counted.

Falcao fires 60-goal Monaco top in Marseille mauling

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Paris (AFP) Monaco climbed top of Ligue 1 after thrashing Marseille 4-1 away on Sunday as the free-scoring southerners took their goal haul to 60 from just 20 league games.

The result puts Monaco top on goal difference as Nice, who slugged out a 0-0 draw with bottom side Metz earlier in the day, also have 45 points.

Minimum room for error for PSG in French League action

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Paris (AFP) With one eye twitching in the direction of Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain head into their first taste of 2017 French league action with ground to make up.

Saturday's game at a Rennes side with realistic designs on Europe will, PSG hope, reignite their form after an opening half of the campaign which saw four defeats and left them five points adrift of Ligue 1 table-toppers Nice.

Minimum room for error for PSG in French League action

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Paris (AFP) With one eye twitching in the direction of Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain head into their first taste of 2017 French league action with ground to make up.

Saturday's game at a Rennes side with realistic designs on Europe will, PSG hope, reignite their form after an opening half of the campaign which saw four defeats and left them five points adrift of Ligue 1 table-toppers Nice.

I’ve conquered England in three months says Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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London (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set his sights on leading Manchester United to the Premier League title after boasting he took just three months to establish himself as one of the best players in England.

Despite critics claiming Ibrahimovic would struggle to adapt to the Premier League, the Swedish forward has already scored 18 goals since joining United on a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain last year.

Flawless Atletico hunt perfect six at Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) Atletico Madrid can make club history at Bayern Munich on Tuesday as the Spaniards look for a record sixth group stage win with both teams through to the last 16.

Diego Simeone's men arrive in Munich as the only side with a 100 percent record after five wins from five Champions League games.

Flawless Atletico hunt perfect six at Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) Atletico Madrid can make club history at Bayern Munich on Tuesday as the Spaniards look for a record sixth group stage win with both teams through to the last 16.

Diego Simeone's men arrive in Munich as the only side with a 100 percent record after five wins from five Champions League games.

Napoli, Benfica, Besiktas vie for last 16 Champions League slots

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Paris (AFP) As Paris Saint-Germain joust with Arsenal for top spot in their group, Napoli, Benfica and Besiktas will battle it out Tuesday for last 16 Champions League slots.

The Group B trio all have everything to play for in their final pool games as the only one of the eight first phase groups where no side has yet secured a berth.

Nice stay top as Marseille earn welcome Ligue 1 win

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Paris (AFP) Nice held top spot in France with a 3-0 win at home against Toulouse on Sunday as Marseille claimed just a second victory in seven Ligue 1 matches by beating Nancy 3-0.

First half goals from Alassane Plea and Younes Belhanda set Nice on their way with Ivorian Jean Michael Seri rounding off with his ninth goal of the campaign on 65 minutes.

Nice stay top as Marseille earn welcome Ligue 1 win

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Paris (AFP) Nice held top spot in France with a 3-0 win at home against Toulouse on Sunday as Marseille claimed just a second victory in seven Ligue 1 matches by beating Nancy 3-0.

First half goals from Alassane Plea and Younes Belhanda set Nice on their way with Ivorian Jean Michael Seri rounding off with his ninth goal of the campaign on 65 minutes.

Monaco go top despite Dijon stalemate

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Paris (AFP) Monaco took provisional top spot of Ligue 1 on Tuesday despite Europe's best attacking side conceding a late goal in a 1-1 stalemate in Dijon.

A Frederic Sammaritano equaliser snatched a point for the hosts three minutes from time after Monaco had led early following Guido Carrillo's 17th minute goal.

Nice held as rivals turn up pressure

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Paris (AFP) Nice reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday but had their momentum slowed in a 1-1 draw at home to bitter rivals Bastia at the Allianz Riviera.

Alassane Plea had put the home side in front only for Enzo Crivelli to earn the Corsicans a draw and leave Nice with only one win in their last five games in all competitions.

Sanchez double keeps Arsenal in title hunt

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London (AFP) Arsenal closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea as Alexis Sanchez bragged a brace in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's side are within three points of top spot after Chile forward Sanchez struck in each half at the Emirates Stadium to take his goal tally for the season to 10.

Sanchez double keeps Arsenal in title hunt

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London (AFP) Arsenal closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea as Alexis Sanchez bragged a brace in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's side are within three points of top spot after Chile forward Sanchez struck in each half at the Emirates Stadium to take his goal tally for the season to 10.

Irresistible Monaco blow away Marseille

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Paris (AFP) Monaco kept up their outstanding recent form as Valere Germain scored twice in a 4-0 win over Marseille in the Mediterranean principality on Saturday.

Gabriel Boschilia opened the scoring from a free-kick before Germain added two more of his own as Monaco put the game to bed before half-time, with substitute Guido Carrillo putting the gloss on the result at the death.

Irresistible Monaco blow away Marseille

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Paris (AFP) Monaco kept up their outstanding recent form as Valere Germain scored twice in a 4-0 win over Marseille in the Mediterranean principality on Saturday.

Gabriel Boschilia opened the scoring from a free-kick before Germain added two more of his own as Monaco put the game to bed before half-time, with substitute Guido Carrillo putting the gloss on the result at the death.

Arsenal have lost momentum, admits frustrated Wenger

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have lost momentum and look destined for a frustrating second-placed finish in their Champions League group after being held to a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain.

Wenger's side were on course to wrap up top spot in Group A when they led 2-1 late in the second half at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsenal have lost momentum, admits frustrated Wenger

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have lost momentum and look destined for a frustrating second-placed finish in their Champions League group after being held to a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain.

Wenger's side were on course to wrap up top spot in Group A when they led 2-1 late in the second half at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Man Utd to extend Ibrahimovic deal by one year: Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United will trigger an option to extend Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract by a year, manager Jose Mourinho told a press conference on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic, 35, joined United from Paris Saint-Germain in July on a one-year contract with an option for an extra year.

Man Utd to extend Ibrahimovic deal by one year: Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United will trigger an option to extend Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract by a year, manager Jose Mourinho told a press conference on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic, 35, joined United from Paris Saint-Germain in July on a one-year contract with an option for an extra year.

Arsenal

Tuesday Kickoff: Sanchez, Chinese Super League, Benteke and more

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An Arsenal star has admitted to tax fraud but hopes to avoid trial, while a Chinese Super League owner revealed prior pushes for some of the game's top strikers.

Alexis Sanchez has reportedly pleaded guilty todefrauding Spanish tax authorities of almost €1 million during his time with Barcelona.

Arsene Wenger Says Arsenal Have Lost Their Momentum

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Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal have lost their momentum after his team squandered top spot in Champions League Group A with a poor home draw against Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal had already booked their place in the knock-out stages, but in coughing up a 2-1 lead on Wednesday night they now need PSG to drop points against Ludogorets in their final game if they are to finish top of the group.

Ligue 1

Title races across Europe heat up as Real Madrid, Juventus suffer defeats

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Sevilla snapped Real Madrid’s epic 40-match unbeaten run on Sunday in a last-gasp 2-1 win at the Sánchez Pizjuán. League leaders Real hadn’t lost a game since April 2016 spanning all competitions, but their third game in ten days against Jorge Sampaoli’s side proved too much to bear.

Liverpool in talks for midfielder; Massive bid expected, Klopp ready to offer star £130k-a-week

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Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is a man in demand.

The Brazilian has established himself as Liverpool’s best player and one of the best in the Premier League. The likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with the former Inter Milan midfielder in the past.

CIES predictions: These four PL clubs will finish in top 4; Real Madrid will be La Liga champions

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CIES Football Observatory has presented a predictive analysis of the final rankings of the top five European leagues. The research group has made the prediction based on a multivariate statistical model taking into account the offensive and defensive performances of big-5 league teams until the 31st of December 2016.

Barcelona Transfer News: Club director in touch with player's father to discuss move for world class star

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is being linked with a move away from Camp Nou once again.

This time, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be interested in his services and are looking to convince the player’s father about a future transfer.

Club director reveals Chelsea transfer was 'best option' for this top class South American star

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Brazilian defender David Luiz completed a shock return to Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

The Blues agreed to a £34m deal with French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Looking back at it now, Antonio Conte and the Chelsea fans will be very happy with the decision. Luiz has been outstanding for Chelsea so far and is one of the main reasons why Conte’s three defender formation has been a major hit.

Edinson Cavani

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

The Rest

£21m Deal Agreed, Key Man United Target Set For Medical, To Sign 4 1/2 Years Contract

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In a move that most Manchester United fans will not be happy about, the Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal and Manchester United target Goncalo Guedes is set to join Paris Saint-Germain in the next couple of days. According to the report, PSG have agreed a fee of £21 million with Benfica and should the player agree personal terms with PSG and pass a medical, he will become their latest signing.

Some Soccer News for Dec 2, 2016

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It's Day 337 of 2016.


NEXT WEEK
MLS Cup Final:
-Sat Dec 10
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:00pm CT on FOX
  • Sadly I will not be there this year. I'm bummed. I love going to this game.

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DC United has signed centerback Steve Birnbaum to a new contract.

McGann called up to U.S. U17 team for Nike Friendlies

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The Union Academy defender and his former teammate C.J. dos Santos are in the squad

Rayshaun McGann will be rejoining the United States U17 team for the 13th annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida this week.

McGann was one of 20 players called into head coach John Hackworth's squad for matches against Portugal, Turkey and Brazil.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Your links for November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you're thankful for things besides Jurgen Klinsmann getting sacked. Here are your links for today.

U.S. Soccer boss tackles questions about Jurgen Klinsmann firing, Bruce Arena hiring | The Washington Post
Selected excerpts from Sunil Gulati's conference call with reporters.