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English Premier League

This technically gifted attacking midfielder is the breakthrough star of 2017

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There is only one man who can claim this award for 2017. Everyone knows who it is. He has been simply sensational – his name is Kylian Mbappe.

Before we look at why Mbappe has been the breakthrough star of 2017, honourable mentions include: Ousmane Dembele, Gabriel Jesus, Christian Pulisic, Marco Asensio, Andreas Christensen and Thomas Lemar.

Antonio Conte's key quality is the main reason behind Chelsea's outstanding form this season

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Following a 3-1 win away to Manchester City, Chelsea are now on a 8 game winning streak, scoring 22 goals and conceding 2 whilst sitting at the top of the Premier League.

I put this down to the passion shown on the sidelines by Antonio Conte, after questionable performances against Liverpool and Arsenal.

Profile: Swansea City's new manager Bob Bradley

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When Swansea City parted ways with Francesco Guidolin and replaced him with Bob Bradley yesterday, there were quite a few who voiced their discontent over the move. As expected, the clamour for Premier League experience was high and Bradley arrives with little reputation in British shores.

A club that do things differently

Swansea City aren’t your typical Premier League club that base themselves on kneejerk-ism and common logic.

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.

Ander Herrera: A Key Cog In Mourinho’s New System

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Manchester United kicked off their Premier League season with a 3-1 win away at Dean Court against Bournemouth on Sunday.

With Paul Pogba suspended, Michael Carrick resorted to the bench and Basitian Schweinsteiger seemingly left out of Jose Mourinho’s plans, it was Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini who formed the midfield pairing.

Gabriel Jesus: The Brazilian wonderkid on everyone’s radar

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Gabriel Jesus, following in the footsteps of Neymar and Oscar, is another Brazilian wonderkid who has put every big club in Europe on alert with his immense rise in stature.

Palmeiras’ young hot-shot Gabriel Jesus’ incredible performances both at club and international levels has sparked the interest of a host of European clubs including Arsenal, Juventus, Benfica and Roma among others.

Why Ignacio Camacho is an ideal fit for Klopp’s Liverpool

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Why Ignacio Camacho is an ideal fit for Klopp's Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have recently been linked with Malaga's Ignacio Camacho. The Spaniard was said to have been in Liverpool's training ground, Melwood, some days back. While those rumors were said to be false, Liverpool have been reported to have scouted the player extensively and are set to open talks with the 25-year-old.

Scout Report: Gabriel Barbosa, the next Neymar

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Scout Report: Gabriel Barbosa, the next Neymar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The next Zidane, the next Ronaldo we have heard it all. A comparison with the greatest in the game in order to increase the hype and value of the player is nothing new in modern football. Sometimes generated by clubs, looking to cash in on their prized asset sometimes through agents, trying to do the best for their client comparison is a part and parcel of football.

A Look Back as Steve Bruce Signs a New Three-Year Deal

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A Look Back as Steve Bruce Signs a New Three-Year Deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hull City announced today that Steve Bruce had signed a new three-year deal to continue his management of the club, on the same day that the Premier League announced that he was a nominee for February's Manager of the Month competition.

Will Gareth Bale leave Real Madrid?

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Will Gareth Bale leave Real Madrid? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bale after scoring in the UCL final

As Courtois saved but couldn't hold on to Di Maria's shot from the left flank, Gareth Bale zoned in on the rebound and headed it to the back of the net in the 110th minute of the 2013/14 Champions League final, a full 265 days after officially moving to Real Madrid from Tottenham.

Cristiano Ronaldo on course to make history

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Cristiano Ronaldo on course to make history - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cristiano Ronaldo is an amazing player. He was already a world class talent during his time at Manchester United but has taken his game to a new level at Real Madrid. Breaking records one after another seems his usual habit nowadays and the question remains how far can he go from here.

Have we seen the best of Wayne Rooney?

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Have we seen the best of Wayne Rooney? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney undoubtedly stands out as one of the best English players of his generation. He has been England's best forward for the past ten years or so and is truly a "world class" player in his own right.

At 28, he has played over 600 games for both club and country and has scored over 260 goals in his career.

Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool’s inconsistent little magician

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Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool's inconsistent little magician - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Philippe Coutinho claimed his second cap for Brazil during the Selecao's 1-0 victory over Colombia in Miami on Friday night. He came on as a 72nd minute sub in Dunga's first game back as Brazil manager and will be delighted to be back in the international groove after frustratingly missing out on this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool’s inconsistent little magician

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Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool's inconsistent little magician - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Philippe Coutinho claimed his second cap for Brazil during the Selecao's 1-0 victory over Colombia in Miami on Friday night. He came on as a 72nd minute sub in Dunga's first game back as Brazil manager and will be delighted to be back in the international groove after frustratingly missing out on this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Why Danny Welbeck could shine for Arsenal

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Why Danny Welbeck could shine for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The injury to Daniel Sturridge opens up the door for new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck to partner Wayne Rooney upfront for England against Switzerland in the Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.

Welbeck joined Arsenal on the transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £16m from Manchester United.

Why Danny Welbeck could shine for Arsenal

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Why Danny Welbeck could shine for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The injury to Daniel Sturridge opens up the door for new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck to partner Wayne Rooney upfront for England against Switzerland in the Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.

Welbeck joined Arsenal on the transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £16m from Manchester United.

Premier League Referee Howard Webb Announces Retirement

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Premier League Referee Howard Webb Announces Retirement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Long-standing Premier League referee Howard Webb has announced his retirement from the game, The Guardian reports. He has been appointed as the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

Best possible Chelsea XI next season: Mourinho’s midfield dilemma

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Best possible Chelsea XI next season: Mourinho's midfield dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's pre-season tour is drawing to a close. The Blues have been solid without being great, and there are still several questions that remain unanswered with regards to what their best XI is.

Why Didier Drogba’s shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense

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Why Didier Drogba's shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been one hell of a transfer window for Chelsea Football Club. After a trophy less campaign, it hasn't taken manager Jose Mourinho to wring the changes and turn the Blues into a formidable-looking force.

Serie A

Gianluigi Donnarumma: Italy’s hottest prospect could become the best keeper in the world

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Standing at 6 foot 5 and at the age of 17 years old, Gianluigi Donnarumma has already broken into AC Milan‘s first team line-up and has become one of the most highly regarded goalkeepers in the world as well as one of Italy’s hottest prospects.

Top five young defenders who can become world class, includes this highly talented Chelsea player

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Defenders do not usually get the glory like the strikers, but they are absolutely vital for a team to be successful. At the moment there are a lot of very talented young defenders plying their trade at top clubs around the world.

Below is a rundown of 5 centre backs under 22 years old who have the potential to become world class.

Real Madrid

The Rise of Denis Cheryshev

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The Rise of Denis Cheryshev - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

He is the only player not named Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the Man of the Match award (from WhoScored) 5 r more times in La Liga this season, he scores or assists a goal every 124 minutes in La Liga and only 5 players in the entire Top 5 Leagues have registered more assists than him.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Statistical Preview

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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Statistical Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tonight Real Madrid head to the Calderon where they face their capital neighbors Atletico Madrid for the 4th time this season already. Atletico won 2 and drew 1 of the first 3 matches played this season already.

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Statistical Preview

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Valencia vs Real Madrid: Statistical Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tomorrow, the reigning European champions travel to Mestalla for their 16th La Liga match of the season. Needless to say, Real will start 2015 with a very tough set of fixtures as they face Atletico at the Calderon in the Copa del Rey 3 days after the Valencia match and then host Espanyol before the return leg vs Atletico.

Should Real Madrid go for Reus?

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Should Real Madrid go for Reus? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In this era of football, when big clubs look for a new signing they usually search for talented, young, relatively cheap footballers who have existing set of skills that make them an attraction for other teams yet still posses the means to excel even further.

Real Madrid’s Mid-season Review

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Real Madrid's Mid-season Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Real Madrid lost back-to-back matches in La Liga (vs Sociedad and Atletico) shortly after losing the Supercopa 2-1 on aggregate (to Atletico) and narrowly beating recently-promoted Cordoba 2-0 in La Liga's first match, many predicted that this season might turn into catastrophic one for Ancelotti's men.

2014 Club World Cup Final: Statistical Preview

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2014 Club World Cup Final: Statistical Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2 days from now, the reigning European champions go one-on-one with the reigning Copa Libertadores champions, Real Madrid face San Lorenzo in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup final. A final between 2 teams that won their confederation's highest honor (Champions League and Copa Libertadores) might seem like a fair and even match-up, however when you look at form, squad, circumstances, and resources, you know that Ancelotti's men are the overwhelming favourites.

Almeria vs Real Madrid: Team News & Stats

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Almeria vs Real Madrid: Team News & Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Friday Real Madrid head to Almeria'sJuegos Mediterráneosin search of their 12th consecutive win in La Liga this season and their 20th straight victory in all competitions. The final Liga match of the year will perhaps be the easiest match in the competition for Real Madrid since they hosted Elche 9 rounds ago, as it is relatively safe to say that Almeria arenotgoing through a good spell at the moment.

Real Madrid Team News, Preview and Stats vs Ludogorets

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Real Madrid Team News, Preview and Stats vs Ludogorets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cristiano scored in the first match between the 2 sides.

The Santiago Bernabeu will play host to the final group stage match for Real Madrid in the Champions League this season vs Ludogorets, a match that might see the reigning European champions set not 1, but2 records with a win vs the team at the bottom of Group B.

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: Preview & Stats

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Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: Preview & Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid are looking for their 11th straight Liga win.

Real Madrid are justone more win away from equaling the all-time longest winning streak by a Spanish club in history (Barcelona, 18).

Ronaldo v Messi v Neuer in 2014

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Ronaldo v Messi v Neuer in 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The shortlist for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or has been released and it, unsurprisingly, includes: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Manuel Neuer. In terms of goals scored and assists made, Cristiano and Messi share the spoils as Cristiano has 55 goals while Messi has 21 assists.

Liverpool? United? Real Madrid? – Which Club Will Win The Race For ‘The New Messi’?

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Liverpool? United? Real Madrid? Which Club Will Win The Race For ‘The New Messi'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There's something just a little bit special about 15 year old Martin Ødegaard. The boy dubbed ‘The New Messi' in Norway and the youngest ever player to compete in European Championship Qualifying, it is no surprise many of Europe's top clubs are chasing his signature.

United States

Sky Is The Limit For New Los Angeles MLS Club

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Sky Is The Limit For New Los Angeles MLS Club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was always going to be flashy: A blank slate MLS franchise in Los Angeles looking for investors was a guaranteeto draw a lot of big names, and a lot of big money.

Sure enough, as MLSrolled outthe new club in LA that will start play in 2017 on Thursday,we got an ownership all-star team.

The United States Men’s National team, heading into the future with new leading faces

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The United States Men's National team, heading into the future with new leading faces - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Julian Green will be one of the new leading faces for the Yanks in the coming years. Photo provided by ESPN FC.

The Yanks are now preparing to go into a newdirection, with a new group of players coming in andJürgen Klinsmann will be leading the way for a bright future.

USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud… those that care anyway!

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USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud... those that care anyway! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's no great secret that Americans aren't the world's biggest football fans... well, technically that isboth a truth and a lie. The US are by far the world's biggest fans of what they refer to as football.

Managers

Arsene Wenger: a fan’s profile of a true football genius

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Arsene Wenger: a fan's profile of a true football genius - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger or Le Professeur as he is also referred to by fans and those in the British media is one of the most intelligent and forward thinking managers in the game.

Manger Profile: Mexico’s Miguel Herrera

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Manger Profile: Mexico's Miguel Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Commonly known to El Tri fan´s and followers of Mexican domestic football as piojo, Spanish for louse, Miguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre is definitely a character as the world was able to see in the recent World Cup in Brazil.

The Rest

Player to Watch: Anthony Fontana

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Take a look at one of the Union's most promising young prospects, Anthony Fontana.

Official: Barcelona to sue Neymar for €8.5m over breach of contract

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Barcelona have announced that they are to sue their former star Neymar over breach of contract following his record breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian forward left the Catalan club last month in a £198 million move to the French capital but Barcelona announced on Tuesday that the club is seeking repayment of his 8.

How The New York Cosmos Are Quietly Making MLS Nervous

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How The New York Cosmos Are Quietly Making MLS Nervous - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Maybe you heard the news this week, maybe you didn't. Legendary Spanish striker Raul has signed with the New York Cosmos.

This would have been big news in 1975. Now, it's intriguing, but nothing more yet.