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Slovenia’s Kurtic heads for SPAL

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Milan (AFP) – Atalanta’s Slovenia international Jasmin Kurtic on Thursday signed for Serie A rivals SPAL in a deal until June 2021.

The 29-year-old has spent two and a half seasons in Bergamo, playing 92 matches and scoring 10 goals.

The move is initially a loan with the obligation to buy at the end of the season, Atalanta said in a statement.

Liverpool hit seven to silence Klopp critics

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Maribor (Slovenia) (AFP) – Liverpool eased the pressure on Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah inspired a 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday.

After drawing their first two European fixtures and spluttering in the Premier League, Liverpool arrived in Slovenia with critics questioning Klopp’s signings and tactics.

Liverpool hit seven to silence Klopp critics

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Maribor (Slovenia) (AFP) – Liverpool eased the pressure on Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah inspired a 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday.

After drawing their first two European fixtures and spluttering in the Premier League, Liverpool arrived in Slovenia with critics questioning Klopp’s signings and tactics.

Scots shattered as Slovenia draw ends World Cup dream

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Ljubljana (AFP) – Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place as Slovenia hit back for a 2-2 draw that eliminated Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday.

Needing a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the play-offs for the remaining World Cup berths, Scotland took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ first-half strike in Ljubljana.

Scots shattered as Slovenia draw ends World Cup dream

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Ljubljana (AFP) – Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place as Slovenia hit back for a 2-2 draw that eliminated Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday.

Needing a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the play-offs for the remaining World Cup berths, Scotland took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ first-half strike in Ljubljana.

Southgate admits England have long way to go

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate conceded his team were a “work in progress” after they qualified for next year’s World Cup with a desperately laboured 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

England’s fans had long given up on Thursday’s game at Wembley and were entertaining themselves by launching paper aeroplanes towards the pitch by the time Harry Kane stabbed in a predatory 94th-minute winner.

Southgate admits England have long way to go

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate conceded his team were a “work in progress” after they qualified for next year’s World Cup with a desperately laboured 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

England’s fans had long given up on Thursday’s game at Wembley and were entertaining themselves by launching paper aeroplanes towards the pitch by the time Harry Kane stabbed in a predatory 94th-minute winner.

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

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Paris (AFP) – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

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Paris (AFP) – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

Kane sends lacklustre England to World Cup

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane toed in a 94th-minute winner as England secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a thoroughly lacklustre 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday.

Gareth Southgate’s side looked utterly bereft of ideas at a somnolent, two thirds-full Wembley until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker’s inviting cross to score his 14th goal in nine games for club and country.

Five things learned from England v Slovenia

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London (AFP) – England secured their place at next year’s World Cup after a 1-0 win against Slovenia on Thursday after an unconvincing display.

Here AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Wembley qualifier:

Southgate has work to do

Aware that England’s underwhelming progress toward the World Cup had left many fans cold, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate saw his call for a show-stopping display fall on stony ground.

Poor England held in Slovenia as Germany coast

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Paris (AFP) England laboured to a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia on Tuesday in their 2018 World Cup qualifier with Wayne Rooney dropped to the bench, while title-holders Germany remained firmly on course for the finals.

Manchester City reject Joe Hart produced three terrific saves to deny Roman Bezjak, Josip Ilicic and Jasmin Kurtic, who also hit the post, as Gareth Southgate's inexperienced side clung on desperately for a point in Ljubljana to remain top of Group F.

Poor England held in Slovenia as Germany coast

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Paris (AFP) England laboured to a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia on Tuesday in their 2018 World Cup qualifier with Wayne Rooney dropped to the bench, while title-holders Germany remained firmly on course for the finals.

Manchester City reject Joe Hart produced three terrific saves to deny Roman Bezjak, Josip Ilicic and Jasmin Kurtic, who also hit the post, as Gareth Southgate's inexperienced side clung on desperately for a point in Ljubljana to remain top of Group F.

England toil without Rooney in Slovenia stalemate

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Ljubljana (AFP) England failed to shine without Wayne Rooney as they escaped with a 0-0 draw against Slovenia after a dire display in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

With Rooney watching from the bench after being dropped by interim manager Gareth Southgate, England's turgid efforts could easily have led to an embarrassing defeat.

England drop Rooney for Slovenia qualifier

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Ljubljana (Slovenia) (AFP) England captain and all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has been dropped to the bench for the World Cup qualifier away to Slovenia on Tuesday, interim manager Gareth Southgate said.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson will lead the side out in Ljubljana as England look to maintain their perfect start to qualifying.

Joe Hart ready for tough World Cup qualifier in Slovenia

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London (AFP) England goalkeeper Joe Hart expects Slovenia to push the side hard when the teams meet in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ljubljana on Tuesday.

Victories over Slovakia and Malta have propelled England to the top of Group F.

But Hart is taking nothing for granted given Slovenia were the only side to score against him during England's largely untroubled run in qualifying for Euro 2016.

Southgate recalls United duo for England qualifiers

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London (AFP) England interim manager Gareth Southgate recalled Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard when he named his first squad in charge of the senior national side on Sunday.

The Old Trafford pair were both included for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

New UEFA head says Champions League mustn’t become exclusive club

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

New UEFA head says Champions League mustn’t become exclusive club

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

New UEFA president says Champions League mustn’t become elite

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

High hopes and doubts for UEFA’s little known new leader

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Athens (AFP) Aleksander Ceferin went into his first day in charge of European football on Thursday facing big decisions, high hopes and some doubts over how a little-known official from Slovenia could become president of the most powerfulfootball confederation.

"It's too much right now, it's crazy," Ceferin said after presiding over his first UEFA executive meeting on Thursday.

Sweden lack fire without ‘Ibra’ in Slovenia stalemate

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Malmö (Sweden) (AFP) Sweden were sorely missing star striker and captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday as they lacked fire in a lacklustre 0-0 draw in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly against Slovenia in Malmo.

Many of the 17,000 crowd had come to see local star Ibrahimovic in action, but instead saw a pedestrian display against a team who did not qualify for Euro 2016.

Sweden lack fire without ‘Ibra’ in Slovenia stalemate

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Malmö (Sweden) (AFP) Sweden were sorely missing star striker and captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday as they lacked fire in a lacklustre 0-0 draw in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly against Slovenia in Malmo.

Many of the 17,000 crowd had come to see local star Ibrahimovic in action, but instead saw a pedestrian display against a team who did not qualify for Euro 2016.

Ibrahimovic to sit out Slovenia friendly

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Stockholm (AFP) Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sit out Sweden's friendly against Slovenia in order to rest a sore calf, coach Erik Hamren said Sunday.

"We'll save it until the Wales match" on June 5, Hamren told Swedish news agency TT ahead of Monday's match against Slovenia in Malmo.

World Cup

Official: Gordon Strachan Leaves Role As Scotland Manager After Missing Out On Two Major Tournaments In Succession

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Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side's genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.

‘Physically, We Have A Problem’ – Gordon Strachan Left Blaming Genetics As Scotland Fail To Qualify For Yet Another World Cup

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Scotland were left to rue lapses earlier in their qualifying campaign as a 2-2 draw against Slovenia in their final outing saw them miss out on Russia 2018 by the narrowest of margins.

A victory in Ljublana would have seen the Scotsenter into the play-offs as one of the eight best second-placed teams, but Slovakia's 3-0 win over Malta elsewhere saw them edged down into third place (and out of the running) on goal difference.

England

Majestic: England Fan Provides Highlight Of The Night By ‘Scoring’ With Paper Aeroplane At Wembley (Video)

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Bored senseless by England's dreary performance against Slovenia last night, one supporter endeavoured to keep themselves entertained by making a paper aeroplane out of their match programme and sending it gliding out on the Wembley zephyrs.

However, the fan in question could have hardly hoped for a better pay-off as the aforementioned plane drifted down over the stands, with many fellow fans cottoning on and watching on eagerly as it soared majestically into the back of the net.

England Squad Announced: Fabian Delph Earns Recall, Dele Alli Included Despite Lingering Possibility Of FIFA Ban

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The England squad for next month's double-bubble World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania has been announced and the big-ish news is that Fabian Delph has played his way to a well-earned recall.

The Man City man has found a new lease of life as an auxiliary utility midfielder-cum-full-back under Pep Guardiola this season, and has therefore been included in Gareth Southgate's selection despite not featuring for the Three Lions since November of 2015.

How do you solve a problem like Wayne Rooney?

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World Cup: Joe Hart Shines For England In Flaccid Draw With Slovenia (Video)

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With Wayne Rooney banished to the bench, Gareth Southgate's England played out a disappointing goallessaway to Slovenia on Tuesday night, with Joe Hart's heroics saving the Three Lions from an even worse result.

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Hart, on loan with Torino after being usurped by Pep Guardiola fave Claudio Bravo at Manchester City, had to be at his very best to keep out the hosts.

Where to find Slovenia vs. England on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Slovenia vs. England, you've come to the right place.

Gareth Southgate's England squad got through their game on Saturday against Malta with no problems, but in Southgate's second game in charge of The Three Lions, the national team will face a tougher test against a Slovenia side.

Where to find Slovenia vs. England on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Slovenia vs. England, you've come to the right place.

Gareth Southgate's England squad got through their game on Saturday against Malta with no problems, but in Southgate's second game in charge of The Three Lions, the national team will face a tougher test against a Slovenia side.

Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney set to be benched for Slovenia vs England

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Joe Hart ready for tough World Cup qualifier in Slovenia

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London (AFP) England goalkeeper Joe Hart expects Slovenia to push the side hard when the teams meet in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ljubljana on Tuesday.

Victories over Slovakia and Malta have propelled England to the top of Group F.

But Hart is taking nothing for granted given Slovenia were the only side to score against him during England's largely untroubled run in qualifying for Euro 2016.

UEFA

High hopes and doubts for UEFA’s little known new leader

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Athens (AFP) Aleksander Ceferin went into his first day in charge of European football on Thursday facing big decisions, high hopes and some doubts over how a little-known official from Slovenia could become president of the most powerfulfootball confederation.

"It's too much right now, it's crazy," Ceferin said after presiding over his first UEFA executive meeting on Thursday.

Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA presidency

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA top job

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA top job

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

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Three Revolution players to ship off for international duty

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A group of Revolution mainstays will join their home nations in mid-June.

A trio of Revolution regulars will soon depart Foxboro for competitions on three different continents. On Tuesday, Antonio Delamea, Kei Kamara and Je-Vaughn Watson all received call-ups from their respective home nations and will participate in international matches later this month.

CONFIRMED: Rooney dropped for country as well as club

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Ahead of England's World Cup qualifying game against Slovenia, interim manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will not start.

At the press conference ahead of this match, Southgate has claimed that Rooney's performance against Malta, which was widely criticised by fans and the press, didn't influence the decision to drop him.