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Liverpool

Liverpool vs. Arsenal: 5 recent classics to relive ahead of this weekend’s clash

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This weekend heralds a potentially titanic clash in the Premier League between two sides steeped in history. On Saturday evening, it's Liverpool vs. Arsenal. The home side sit 5th in the league...

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Manchester United legend reveals reason for rejecting Liverpool

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Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has revealed he was on the verge of joining Liverpool before making a move to Old Trafford.

The 34-year-old Serbian, who joined the Red Devils from Spartak Moscow in January 2016 went on to become one of the star players under Sir Alex Ferguson. Liverpool, who were managed by Rafael Benitez then wanted Vidic to join the Merseyside club.

Real Madrid

Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Zidane has justified his Real Madrid appointment by displaying these 5 important qualities

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Zinedine Zidane’s critics said he was undeserving of the managerial position at Real Madrid. But his success as Real Madrid manager showed his appointment was justified.

Just over a month before he took over from Rafael Benitez, Real Madrid had been hammered 4-0 at home by Barcelona.

Real Madrid consider loan deal for Jese Rodriguez

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Real Madrid are considering a loan deal for forward Jese Rodriguez to help him acquire crucial playing time next season, reports Spanish newspaper Marca.

Once dubbed as one of the best young prospects in the world, Jese has failed to establish himself as a regular starter at the Spanish capital.

Zidane seventh into player and coach Champions League heaven

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Madrid (AFP) French football legend Zinedine Zidane became just the seventh man to win the Champions League as a player and a coach after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties on Saturday.

Zidane masterminded a huge turnaround in Real's fortunes just five months into his first senior managerial role as he led the Spanish giants to their 11th European Cup after replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January.

Zidane seventh into player and coach Champions League heaven

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Madrid (AFP) French football legend Zinedine Zidane became just the seventh man to win the Champions League as a player and a coach after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties on Saturday.

Zidane masterminded a huge turnaround in Real's fortunes just five months into his first senior managerial role as he led the Spanish giants to their 11th European Cup after replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January.

Ronaldo to ‘transcend’ final, says Zidane

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Milan (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to "transcend" the Champions League final on Saturday and lead them to victory over Atletico Madrid.

Real striker Ronaldo gave fans a scare when he limped out of training on Tuesday.

But not only is the Portuguese superstar fully fit and in a position to beat his own Champions League record of 17 goals in a season, Zidane believes he will feed off the intensity of the final to give fans a treat.

Ronaldo to ‘transcend’ final, says Zidane

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Milan (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to "transcend" the Champions League final on Saturday and lead them to victory over Atletico Madrid.

Real striker Ronaldo gave fans a scare when he limped out of training on Tuesday.

But not only is the Portuguese superstar fully fit and in a position to beat his own Champions League record of 17 goals in a season, Zidane believes he will feed off the intensity of the final to give fans a treat.

Zidane dreaming of Real Madrid title win

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes his side can dream of pulling off an incredible comeback to usurp Barcelona and win La Liga on Saturday.

Madrid need to win a 12th consecutive La Liga game at Deportivo la Coruna and hope that Barca slip up away at Granada to deny their eternal rivals the title.

Zidane dreaming of Real Madrid title win

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes his side can dream of pulling off an incredible comeback to usurp Barcelona and win La Liga on Saturday.

Madrid need to win a 12th consecutive La Liga game at Deportivo la Coruna and hope that Barca slip up away at Granada to deny their eternal rivals the title.

Newcastle United

Newcastle boss in line to replace Wenger - he would bring Arsenal legend with him

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Could this be the year when Arsène Wenger finally steps down as an Arsenal manager? Wenger’s £8m-a-year contract expires at the end of the season, and there is a strong possibility that he might walk away. A new two-year-old contract is on the table, and it is up to Wenger to decide whether he will stay put.

Rafa – I Have To Say Thanks To Every Player

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was very happy with the overall performance today at Eland Road in what was expected to be a very tough game for the Magpies. Newcastle started off well in the first 20 minutes and were then gifted a goal by goalkeeper Robert Green when he dropped alob into the box from [.

Benitez stays to lead Newcastle’s promotion bid

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Rafael Benitez confirmed Wednesday he would stay on as Newcastle United manager in a bid to lead the north-east club's bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

The 56-year-old Spaniard has agreed a new three-year deal after opting against exercising a release clause open to him in the event of relegation that was in his initial contract signed in March.

Benitez stays to lead Newcastle’s promotion bid

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Rafael Benitez confirmed Wednesday he would stay on as Newcastle United manager in a bid to lead the north-east club's bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

The 56-year-old Spaniard has agreed a new three-year deal after opting against exercising a release clause open to him in the event of relegation that was in his initial contract signed in March.

Newcastle will be a powerful force in Championship if Mike Ashley gives Rafa Benitez control

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Multiple sources have reported that Rafa Benitez is likely to stay at Newcastle United after club owner Mike Ashley has agreed to give the former Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid manager full control of transfers, scouting, the academy, and even medical staff. Why would Rafa stay? Maybe it's because of the statue.

Newcastle will be a powerful force in Championship if Mike Ashley gives Rafa Benitez control

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Multiple sources have reported that Rafa Benitez is likely to stay at Newcastle United after club owner Mike Ashley has agreed to give the former Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid manager full control of transfers, scouting, the academy, and even medical staff. Why would Rafa stay? Maybe it's because of the statue.

Benitez says ‘good chance’ he’ll stay at Newcastle

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London (AFP) Rafael Benitez said Saturday there was a "good chance" he would remain as manager of Newcastle United despite the club's relegation from the Premier League.

The Spaniard added he had started talks with the north-east club's management, with a final decision expected within the next two weeks.

Benitez says ‘good chance’ he’ll stay at Newcastle

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London (AFP) Rafael Benitez said Saturday there was a "good chance" he would remain as manager of Newcastle United despite the club's relegation from the Premier League.

The Spaniard added he had started talks with the north-east club's management, with a final decision expected within the next two weeks.

Benitez’s future up for grabs as Pochettino sticks with Spurs

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) While Rafael Benitez's future at Newcastle United remains uncertain, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed his commitment to Tottenham Hotspur this week by agreeing a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2021.

The two managers meet at St James' Park this weekend when Pochettino will attempt to cap a fine season by seeing his side confirmed as runners-up behind Premier League champions Leicester City, while Benitez's target is to ensure Newcastle restore at least some pride before dropping down into the Championship.

Benitez’s future up for grabs as Pochettino sticks with Spurs

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) While Rafael Benitez's future at Newcastle United remains uncertain, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed his commitment to Tottenham Hotspur this week by agreeing a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2021.

The two managers meet at St James' Park this weekend when Pochettino will attempt to cap a fine season by seeing his side confirmed as runners-up behind Premier League champions Leicester City, while Benitez's target is to ensure Newcastle restore at least some pride before dropping down into the Championship.

Rafa's Return Ends In A Draw for Reds

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As always it was fantastic to see Rafa Benitez back at Anfield on Saturday afternoon but I just knew he would find a way to get the better of Klopp's side. I predicted a score draw and wasn't surprised at all to see our two nil lead disappear.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Newcastle

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Rafa returns to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds welcome his Newcastle side to L4. It will be fantastic to see Rafa back on the touchline and as much as I hope he manages to keep Newcastle up, winning comes first and Jurgen Klopp needs to steer his side to another victory and continue a fantastic run of form.

Marcus Rashford, Mamadou Sakho, Aguero… Names of the Premier League, week 34

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The title race is hotting up. Leicester are still grinding out results, while Tottenham look like in the words of Harry Kane lions ready to pounce on any slip up. Things are just as...

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Crystal Palace, Norwich, Sunderland, Newcastle – Who stays, who goes? The Premier League relegation battle assessed

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With the final international break of the season now concluded, our focus turns back to club matters and the Premier League relegation fight. It's now at the stage where only points matter. A...

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Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez looking for more after first point

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez warned his side that they need to start better in matches, after Aleksandar Mitrovic rescued a 1-1 derby draw against Sunderland on Sunday.

The Serbian striker headed in an 83rd-minute equalizer as the Magpies ended a four-match losing streak.

Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez looking for more after first point

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez warned his side that they need to start better in matches, after Aleksandar Mitrovic rescued a 1-1 derby draw against Sunderland on Sunday.

The Serbian striker headed in an 83rd-minute equalizer as the Magpies ended a four-match losing streak.

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland: Mitrovic late show keeps northeast foes in mire

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Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday that did nothing to ease both clubs' Premier League relegation fears.

Both remain in the bottom three, but it could have been so much worse for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez as his side trailed in his second game in charge against local rivals who had won their previous six derby encounters.

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland: Mitrovic late show keeps northeast foes in mire

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Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday that did nothing to ease both clubs' Premier League relegation fears.

Both remain in the bottom three, but it could have been so much worse for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez as his side trailed in his second game in charge against local rivals who had won their previous six derby encounters.

Newcastle and Sunderland’s contrasting buying policies put to test in Tyne-Wear derby

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The Tyne-Wear derby once again could determine Sunderland's fate in the Premier League. Given that Sunderland has six victories against Newcastle in a row during the past few years, another win could help the Black Cats mount a great escape once more.

Sunderland's mastery over its local rival now could potentially mean Newcastle gets relegated.

Newcastle and Sunderland’s contrasting buying policies put to test in Tyne-Wear derby

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The Tyne-Wear derby once again could determine Sunderland's fate in the Premier League. Given that Sunderland has six victories against Newcastle in a row during the past few years, another win could help the Black Cats mount a great escape once more.

Sunderland's mastery over its local rival now could potentially mean Newcastle gets relegated.

Rafa Benitez named new Newcastle manager as McClaren sacked

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Rafael Benitez returned to English football on Friday with the task of saving Newcastle United from Premier League relegation after the struggling north-east side announced the Spaniard as their new manager.

Former Liverpool boss Benitez, sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season, has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle, who are currently second-bottom in the table with just 10 league games remaining this term.

Rafa Benitez named new Newcastle manager as McClaren sacked

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Rafael Benitez returned to English football on Friday with the task of saving Newcastle United from Premier League relegation after the struggling north-east side announced the Spaniard as their new manager.

Former Liverpool boss Benitez, sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season, has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle, who are currently second-bottom in the table with just 10 league games remaining this term.

McClaren Out Rafa In At Newcastle United

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I wrote on Wednesday how Newcastle United were in talks with Rafael Benitez to replace current manager Steve McClaren. Those talks obviously progressed well as the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has replaced McClaren as the new Newcastle manager.

Rafa has signed a three-year that that reportedly been includes an opt-out clause should fail to save the club from relegation.

Rafa Benitez appointed as new Newcastle United manager

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Newcastle United have appointed former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as their new manager, after officially announcing the sacking of Steve McClaren on Friday.

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Steve McClaren to be sacked as Newcastle manager, says report

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Steve McClaren is to be sacked as manager of Newcastle United and will not be in charge for Monday's game against Leicester City, according to a report by Sky Sports.

The news outlet is claiming that Rafael Benitez will replace McClaren, and the Spaniard may be in place in time for Monday's game.

Steve McClaren to be sacked as Newcastle manager, says report

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Steve McClaren is to be sacked as manager of Newcastle United and will not be in charge for Monday's game against Leicester City, according to a report by Sky Sports.

The news outlet is claiming that Rafael Benitez will replace McClaren, and the Spaniard may be in place in time for Monday's game.

Rafa To Newcastle United?

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According to various media outlets, Newcastle United are in talks with representatives of Rafael Benitez to replace current manager Steve McClaren.

The former England boss is under immense pressure in the North East, and rumors have been circulating for several weeks now that his days at the club are numbered.

Benitez top of list for Newcastle job

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With just six wins all season and lying in 19th and fighting for survival, Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren’s future has come under intense scrutiny.

The club remain unsure whether to replace him, but reports suggest the Magpies have already prepared a shortlist for the Newcastle managerial job, as they seek to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.