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Footy on the Telly Feb. 16 – 23

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All the League fixtures plus: FA Cup, Carolina Challenge Cup, Laliga Iberdrola, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Libertadores, UEFA Champions League, Copa MX, Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Europa League.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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All American eyes will be on Christian Pulisic as he tackles the Europa League after a disappointing showing for Borussia Dortmund in Europe's superior club competition.

Dortmund is at home against Atalanta in the first leg of their round of 32, but that isn't the only match worth watching this afternoon.

Footy on the Telly Feb. 9 -16

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With so many sliders, schussers, skiers and skaters taking over, look for EPL Footy action on CNBC this Saturday. Then FS1 has midweek UEFA Action

Arsenal

Mohamed Elneny believes victory over Ostersunds sent out ‘strong message’ to Europa League rivals

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As per a report published by London Evening Standard, Mohamed Elneny believes that...

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The Skater’s Waltz in Östersund – Player ratings

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First Half

Instead of coming out all reindeer blazing as many home teams do, Östersunds went immediately into contain mode. This tactic backfired as Arsenal quickly gained confidence, possession and shots on goal. The artificial pitch, so different from those monstrosities at Luton and QPR, proved to be a fine playing surface, perfectly flat but with a realistic bounce.

Europa League: Arsenal Given Distinctly Cold Reception After Arriving At Ostersund Airport (Photos)

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This great shot from Arsenal's club photographer Stuart MacFarlane documents the ice-cold reception afforded to the Gunners' when they flew into Östersund Airport on Wednesday evening.

The temperature in the Swedish town is currently a relatively balmy -2 degrees after heavy snowfall overnight left the stands at theJämtkraft Arena needing to be shovelled clear on the morning of the match.

I’m going outside, I may be Sometime.

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Those who read my regular ramblings know that I am a fan of Malmo FF, the Swedish champions. Why do I bring this up? Because I am one of the very few Gooners who have actually seen Ostersund play. I had the misfortune of seeing Graham Potter's side win 3-0 in Malmo, it was a rare and chastening home defeat.

Are Wenger’s ‘cup-tied’ comments out of place ahead of Arsenal’s EL tie?

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Arsene Wenger has moved to insist that UEFA's ruling regarding players being ineligible for certain competitions to be scrapped, with Pierre-Emerick's exclusion from Arsenal's Europa League squad clearly irking the manager. The Gunners are set to take on Ostersund in Sweden on Thursday night, but will have to do so without both Alexandre Lacazette and [.

Arsene Wenger calls for Uefa to scrap rule which renders Aubameyang ineligible for Europa League

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be eligible to play for Arsenal in the Europa League following...

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Photos: Arsenal travel to Sweden to face Ostersunds

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Arsenal have made the trip to Sweden ahead of tomorrow's Europa League clash with Sweden. The Gunners had a final training session at London...

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Life is a Cabaret – Östersunds FK

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One thing that caught my eye when reading up on our opponents for the upcoming Europa League round of 32 tie, was that the club liked to employ unusual methods to get the best out of its players. So, let's take a look at the club's management and its leftfield ideas.

Since 2011 Östersunds FK have blasted their way to the top tier of Swedish football, having been promoted three times.

4-3-3: Arsenal’s strongest XI vs Ostersunds – Welbeck starts

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Arsenal lost their last league game against Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium. Now the Gunners are 7 points behind their neighbors and 8 points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

It is highly unlikely that the north Londoners will finish in the top four and therefore, their best chance of CL qualification is through the Europa League.

Alexandre Lacazette sidelined for 6 weeks following knee surgery

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With Arsenal preparing to battle Ostersunds FK in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday, the...

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Alex Iwobi understands how Arsenal fans are ‘feeling’ after ‘very disappointing’ derby loss

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Arsenal sank further behind in the race for Champions League football on Saturday after floundering...

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Wenger fears Arsenal’s top four chances are in peril

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger conceded Arsenal’s hopes of ending their Champions League exile are in severe danger after Harry Kane condemned them to a damaging 1-0 defeat against bitter rivals Tottenham.

Kane’s second half header at Wembley on Saturday left Wenger’s sixth placed side languishing six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.

Wenger fears Arsenal’s top four chances are in peril

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger conceded Arsenal’s hopes of ending their Champions League exile are in severe danger after Harry Kane condemned them to a damaging 1-0 defeat against bitter rivals Tottenham.

Kane’s second half header at Wembley on Saturday left Wenger’s sixth placed side languishing six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.

Should Arsenal prioritise Europa League over PL spot?

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Arsene Wenger has insisted that he is not ready to prioritise the European competition over the Premier League, but should he reconsider? Our side was disappointing in their loss to Tottenham this afternoon, and what makes it worse, is that we now trail Tottenham by seven points in the league table, with Chelsea and Liverpool [.

Huzzah: Arsenal Include Santi Cazorla In Europa League Squad For Second Half Of Season

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Earlier this week Arsene Wenger told us to our faces that it seemed highly unlikely Santi Cazorla would play first-team football again in 2018.

Seven days later, Arsenal have gone and included the Spanish midfielder in their Europa League squad for the remainder of the tournament.

Giroud relishing Champions League challenge at Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Olivier Giroud pinpointed a return to Champions League football as a key factor in his decision to join Chelsea from Arsenal on the final day of the January transfer window.

Giroud was a helpless spectator as Chelsea crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday to harm their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Borussia Dortmund

Europa League: Michy Batshuayi Helps Himself To Another Two Goals As Dortmund Pip Atalanta (Photo & Video)

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Michy Batshuayi scored the fourth and fifth goals of his loan stint with Borussia Dortmund as the German side narrowly pipped Atalanta 3-2 in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday evening.

Andre Schurrle opened the scoring for Dortmund with 30 minutes played before a lightning double fromJosip Ilicic (51′ and 56′) after the break saw Atalanta claw themselves into the lead.

Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund top Atalanta in first leg of Europa League clash

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will have it all to play for heading into the second leg of their Europa League Round of 64 clash with Atlanta.

After taking an early lead, Dortmund was forced to come from behind in the second half of Thursday's Europa League match against Atalanta. They did just that and then some as Michy Batshuayi scored a 91st minute winner to seal a 3-2 win for Dortmund.

Christian Pulisic: 'We want to win the Europa League'

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Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Champions League campaign was a disappointment. The club fell short in the group of death, losing out to Tottenham and Real Madrid en route to a third place finish.

Now set for Europa League action, Christian Pulisic isn't looking past UEFA's secondary competition. Rather, he sees it as an opportunity to push for a trophy while building some momentum for this season and beyond.

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Sarri blasts Napoli’s ‘bad attitude’ as focus back on Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri blasted his side’s “bad attitude” in a 3-1 Europa League defeat to RB Leipzig on Friday but stressed that his team’s focus this season was on the Serie A title.

“It was a bad defeat, we lacked enthusiasm, hunger and determination,” said Sarri after the last 32, first leg loss at a sparsely attended San Paolo Stadium in Naples.

Fans stay away as Napoli slump to Leipzig in Europa League

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Timo Werner scored a brace as RB Leipzig took a big step towards the Europa League last-16 on Thursday with a 3-1 comeback win at Serie A leaders Napoli.

Algerian international Adam Ounas had put Napoli ahead after 52 minutes at a sparsely-attended San Paolo Stadium only for Ralph Hasenhuettl’s side to battle back with three late goals in the last 32, first leg tie.

Cutrone scores double as Milan hit four past SPAL

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Milan (AFP) – Patrick Cutrone hit a double with Lucas Biglia and Fabio Borini also scoring as AC Milan crushed SPAL 4-0 on Saturday to boost their European ambitions.

The 20-year-old Cutrone took centre stage with Nikola Kalinic injured and Davide Calabria suspended, opening after two minutes in Ferrara off a rebound and doubling from close range on 65 minutes.

Cutrone scores double as Milan hit four past SPAL

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Milan (AFP) – Patrick Cutrone hit a double with Lucas Biglia and Fabio Borini also scoring as AC Milan crushed SPAL 4-0 on Saturday to boost their European ambitions.

The 20-year-old Cutrone took centre stage with Nikola Kalinic injured and Davide Calabria suspended, opening after two minutes in Ferrara off a rebound and doubling from close range on 65 minutes.

Zlatan nears return as Man Utd vow to keep fighting

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nearing a return to fitness as Manchester United seek to strengthen their grip on second place in the Premier League when they visit Newcastle on Sunday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has struggled to get back to his best since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during a Europa League victory over Anderlecht last April.

Zlatan nears return as Man Utd vow to keep fighting

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nearing a return to fitness as Manchester United seek to strengthen their grip on second place in the Premier League when they visit Newcastle on Sunday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has struggled to get back to his best since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during a Europa League victory over Anderlecht last April.

Dortmund opt for Batshuayi over Akanji in Europe

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund have opted to register new striker Michy Batshuayi, but not Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji, for their Europa League squad, according to the list released on Friday by UEFA.

Both Akanji and Batshuayi could make their Bundesliga debuts on Friday at bottom side Cologne.

Dortmund opt for Batshuayi over Akanji in Europe

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund have opted to register new striker Michy Batshuayi, but not Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji, for their Europa League squad, according to the list released on Friday by UEFA.

Both Akanji and Batshuayi could make their Bundesliga debuts on Friday at bottom side Cologne.

Mourinho signs contract extension at Manchester United

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has signed a contract extension at Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2020, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Mourinho became the first United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup last year, and he also led the club to victory in the Europa League, the only competition they had never won.

Mourinho signs contract extension at Manchester United

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has signed a contract extension at Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2020, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Mourinho became the first United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup last year, and he also led the club to victory in the Europa League, the only competition they had never won.

Holders Juventus into Italian Cup semi-finals

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic scored in either half as defending champions Juventus advanced to the semi-finals of the Italian Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over city rivals Torino.

Brazilian Costa opened after quarter of an hour in the Allianz Stadium with Croatian Mandzukic adding the second amid controversy on 69 minutes to set up a meeting with Atalanta, who eliminated Serie A leaders Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday, in the final four.

Holders Juventus into Italian Cup semi-finals

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic scored in either half as defending champions Juventus advanced to the semi-finals of the Italian Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over city rivals Torino.

Brazilian Costa opened after quarter of an hour in the Allianz Stadium with Croatian Mandzukic adding the second amid controversy on 69 minutes to set up a meeting with Atalanta, who eliminated Serie A leaders Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday, in the final four.

Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma for West Brom clash

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho must decide whether now is the time to recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare to visit West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has played 73 minutes in five substitute appearances since returning from cruciate knee ligament damage against Newcastle in November.

Champions League

Borussia Dortmund’s 2017-18 Europa League story

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The soccer news starts with the 3rd-place Champions League teams now looking to advance in the Europa League round of 32. That includes Borussia Dortmund, keeping a USMNT player in European competition this season. It might not be what the Bundesliga club wanted at the start of the season, but the Europa League matters as long as a club remains involved.

The 2018 Deloitte Money League makes a familiar point

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with the latest release of the Deloitte Money League table. That's where we learn that Manchester United barely hangs on as the biggest money making club in world soccer. €676m euros in total revenue, €1.7m more than Real Madrid and it shouldn't be lost on anybody what that means in practical terms.

José Mourinho might repeat this season one of his most amazing achievements

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  • The Premier League title seems unreachable for Manchester United.
  • The Champions League should be now their main target.
  • José Mourinho has won it twice and has become a cup-winning manager.

Is not a secret that José Mourinho has become more a cup-winning manager than a league-winning manager.

The Rest

Europa League: Celtic Produce Excellent Comic Book-Inspired Programme For Zenit St Petersburg Match (Photo)

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Celtic have produced an absolute belter of a programme cover for this Thursday's Europa League last-32 clash against Zenit St Petersburg.

Inspired by classic comic books of yore, the cover depicts Scott Brown and a Zenit player we assume to beAleksandr Kokorin sprinting through their respective city streets toward a common goal: Europa League glory.

Mourinho: Chelsea’s lack of history made my job there easier than at United

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Ahead of Jose Mourinho's appointment at Chelsea in 2004, they had won just one league title in 100 years. He went on to win a further three league titles over two stints there, as well as the FA Cup and three League Cups.

Mourinho has claimed their lack of success made it easier for him to create history there, compared to United, with our 20 league titles and three European Cups.