Winter Break

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Benitez Happy With 4 Day Training Camp And Friendly – Lists The Positives

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Newcastleplayed a 135-minute friendly game today in southernSpain against Royal Antwerp, and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Rafa was pleased all his players on the trip got a runout today, and [...]

Pictures From Newcastle’s Friendly Against Royal Antwerp

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Here are some of the pictures published in the Chronicle today during the 135-minute long friendly against Royal Antwerp which finished in a 1-1 draw. Newcastle went ahead in the first period [...]

Newcastle Winger Talks About The Benefits Of Winter Break

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Matt Ritchie has been called up by the new Scottish manager Alex McLeish, and he will meet up with the squad tomorrow. But Newcastle have an unusual friendly game to play today [...]

Newcastle Striker Frustrated But Players Working Hard To Stay Safe

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Dwight Gayle has come into some form over the last couple of months, and he is Newcastle's top scorer this season, but with only 5 Premier League goals. Once Islam Slimani is [...]

Spanish Media Welcome One Of Their Favorite Sons To Murcia

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Rafa Benitez is a world-class coach and he is admired in his home country of Spain. This is a man who has won three European trophies with three separate clubs Valencia, [...]

Newcastle Arrange Strange Friendly In Spain For Sunday

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Rafa said he would finish the four-day training camp in Spain late this week with a competitive friendly and he has set that up with Newcastle playing Royal Antwerp. The game will [...]

English Premier League

Rafa Takes Reduced Squad To Spain For Intensive Training

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The Newcastle squad jetted out to Spain early this morning as Rafa was photographed at the Newcastle Airport. Rafa has not taken all of the first team squad to Spain and it's [...]

Premier League, Football League & The FA Agree Proposal To Introduce February ‘Winter Break’ As Of 2019/20 Season

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With the nation currently gripped by BLIZZARD MADNESS (a fine covering of snow fluttering in from the east coast), The Premier League, Football League and The FA have chosen an apt time to announce that they have finally agreed in principle to introduce a winter break into the English football calendar.

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Montella making mark at Sevilla after shock Berizzo sacking

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – It is difficult to think of a clearer indicator of the ruthless nature of modern football than Sevilla’s apparently callous decision to sack Eduardo ‘Toto’ Berizzo in December.

The 48-year-old Argentine, appointed in the last close season, was dismissed just before Spain’s winter break, only a month after it was announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Stuttgart hire Turkish coach

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Berlin (AFP) – VfB Stuttgart appointed Turkey’s Tayfun Korkut as new coach on Monday, who was previously in charge at three other Bundesliga clubs where his track record was only modest.

The 43-year-old Korkut takes over from Hannes Wolf, who was fired on Sunday after a home defeat to Schalke 04 left the newly promoted side three points above the Bundesliga relegation places.

Neymar will be world’s best says PSG coach

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar is back in full training after missing two matches, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Friday before heaping praise on the Brazilian.

Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more affection after he was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

Neymar will be world’s best says PSG coach

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar is back in full training after missing two matches, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Friday before heaping praise on the Brazilian.

Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more affection after he was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

Emery wants PSG fans to show Neymar ‘affection’

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more “affection”, despite the Brazilian’s excellent form since joining the Ligue 1 leaders.

The world’s most expensive player has struggled with injury since the winter break and was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018 so far against Dijon, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

Emery wants PSG fans to show Neymar ‘affection’

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more “affection”, despite the Brazilian’s excellent form since joining the Ligue 1 leaders.

The world’s most expensive player has struggled with injury since the winter break and was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018 so far against Dijon, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

Thistle stung by Celtic in Glasgow derby

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Glasgow (AFP) – Substitute Leigh Griffiths helped inspire Celtic to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Partick Thistle in the Glasgow derby as the Scottish Premiership resumed following its winter break on Tuesday.

The Hoops dominated possession in the first half but found themselves trailing at the break after Connor Sammon fired in a 34th minute penalty to end a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Celtic.

Thistle stung by Celtic in Glasgow derby

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Glasgow (AFP) – Substitute Leigh Griffiths helped inspire Celtic to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Partick Thistle in the Glasgow derby as the Scottish Premiership resumed following its winter break on Tuesday.

The Hoops dominated possession in the first half but found themselves trailing at the break after Connor Sammon fired in a 34th minute penalty to end a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Celtic.

Buoyed by cup wins, PSG resume Ligue 1 title march

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain resume their relentless drive towards the French Ligue 1 title after the traditional three-week winter break at fifth-placed Nantes this weekend.

PSG head to the Loire on the back of a 6-1 rout of Ligue 1 rivals Rennes in the French Cup and a 2-0 midweek defeat of Amiens to reach the League Cup semi-finals.

Buoyed by cup wins, PSG resume Ligue 1 title march

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain resume their relentless drive towards the French Ligue 1 title after the traditional three-week winter break at fifth-placed Nantes this weekend.

PSG head to the Loire on the back of a 6-1 rout of Ligue 1 rivals Rennes in the French Cup and a 2-0 midweek defeat of Amiens to reach the League Cup semi-finals.

Bolt’s pal Bailey out to dazzle Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey plans to prove against Bayern Munich on Friday that the Jamaican winger is even quicker with the ball at his feet than close friend Usain Bolt as the Bundesliga returns from its winter break this weekend.

Fourth-placed Leverkusen reopen proceedings on Friday with a mouth-watering clash at home to run-away league leaders Bayern, who have an 11-point lead over nearest rival Schalke.

Bolt’s pal Bailey out to dazzle Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey plans to prove against Bayern Munich on Friday that the Jamaican winger is even quicker with the ball at his feet than close friend Usain Bolt as the Bundesliga returns from its winter break this weekend.

Fourth-placed Leverkusen reopen proceedings on Friday with a mouth-watering clash at home to run-away league leaders Bayern, who have an 11-point lead over nearest rival Schalke.

Bayern resume Bundesliga title quest with Leverkusen trip

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery warned Bayern Munich face a tricky test at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday as they resume their march towards a sixth straight Bundesliga title following the German winter break.

Jupp Heynckes’s team are 11 points clear of second-place Schalke but Leverkusen, who are two points further back in fourth, are unbeaten in 14 matches dating back to September under ex-Dortmund coach Heiko Herrlich.

Bernardeschi keeps Juventus on Napoli’s heels

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Milan (AFP) – Fernando Bernardeschi scored the only goal as champions Juventus kept Serie A leaders Napoli in their sights with a 1-0 win over Cagliari in Sardinia on Saturday.

Napoli cemented their position in top spot before Italy’s two-week winter break with 51 points from 20 games after seeing off Verona 2-0.

Bernardeschi keeps Juventus on Napoli’s heels

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Milan (AFP) – Fernando Bernardeschi scored the only goal as champions Juventus kept Serie A leaders Napoli in their sights with a 1-0 win over Cagliari in Sardinia on Saturday.

Napoli cemented their position in top spot before Italy’s two-week winter break with 51 points from 20 games after seeing off Verona 2-0.

Napoli cement top spot as Lazio’s Immobile hits four

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli cemented their position as Serie A leaders and kept the pressure on champions Juventus with a 2-0 win over Verona Saturday as Ciro Immobile scored four for Lazio in a 5-2 thriller at struggling SPAL.

Bottom club Benevento won just their second Serie A game by beating Sampdoria 3-2 while AC Milan and Genoa also had welcome wins in the final round of games before Italy’s two-week winter break.

French Cup kings PSG wait for January transfer moves

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain play their first game in 2018 as they begin their quest to win the French Cup for the fourth year running with a trip to Rennes on Sunday.

PSG may have missed out to Monaco for the Ligue 1 title last season but they won both domestic cups. Indeed, they have won 33 consecutive domestic cup ties going back four years.

French Cup kings PSG wait for January transfer moves

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain play their first game in 2018 as they begin their quest to win the French Cup for the fourth year running with a trip to Rennes on Sunday.

PSG may have missed out to Monaco for the Ligue 1 title last season but they won both domestic cups. Indeed, they have won 33 consecutive domestic cup ties going back four years.

Dybala back as Juventus chase Christmas number one

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Milan (AFP) – Paulo Dybala has regained his goal scoring form just in time as champions Juventus tackle rivals AS Roma for top spot at Christmas in a clash which could prove decisive in the Serie A title race.

A slim four-point margin separates the leading quartet in the Italian championship with Napoli top with 42 points from 17 games, one point ahead of Juventus.

Dybala back as Juventus chase Christmas number one

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Milan (AFP) – Paulo Dybala has regained his goal scoring form just in time as champions Juventus tackle rivals AS Roma for top spot at Christmas in a clash which could prove decisive in the Serie A title race.

A slim four-point margin separates the leading quartet in the Italian championship with Napoli top with 42 points from 17 games, one point ahead of Juventus.

Birthday boy Mbappe stars as PSG down Caen

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Paris (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday with a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 3-1 victory over Caen in Ligue 1.

The French teenager has enjoyed a stratoshperic rise in 2017 and rounded out a memorable year in style by setting up Edinson Cavani to fire PSG ahead on 21 minutes, before adding a goal of his own on the hour.

Birthday boy Mbappe stars as PSG down Caen

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Paris (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday with a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 3-1 victory over Caen in Ligue 1.

The French teenager has enjoyed a stratoshperic rise in 2017 and rounded out a memorable year in style by setting up Edinson Cavani to fire PSG ahead on 21 minutes, before adding a goal of his own on the hour.

Drama in Stuttgart as Bayern go 11 points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Thomas Mueller came off the bench to score the winner and Sven Ulreich saved a 95th-minute penalty as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday to go 11 points clear in the Bundesliga.

Mueller put the visitors ahead with 11 minutes remaining and keeper Ulreich saved Chadrac Akolo’s spot-kick as Bayern remained in pole position to win a sixth straight league title heading into the winter break.

Drama in Stuttgart as Bayern go 11 points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Thomas Mueller came off the bench to score the winner and Sven Ulreich saved a 95th-minute penalty as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday to go 11 points clear in the Bundesliga.

Mueller put the visitors ahead with 11 minutes remaining and keeper Ulreich saved Chadrac Akolo’s spot-kick as Bayern remained in pole position to win a sixth straight league title heading into the winter break.

Celtic are still sharp, says Dembele

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic striker Moussa Dembele says his side’s focus remains on winning with Hamilton due to visit on Wednesday despite dropping points in two of their past three Scottish Premiership outings.

The champions extended their record-breaking domestic unbeaten run to 68 games with a 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Sunday but came close to seeing it end as Hibs came close to a late winner after battling back from two goals down.

Vidal fires Bayern Munich eight points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s fourth goal in as many league games shot Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern’s win means that they cannot be caught before the winter break, which starts on December 17, and makes them ‘Herbstmeister’ (Autumn champions) for the seventh season in a row.

Vidal fires Bayern Munich eight points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s fourth goal in as many league games shot Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern’s win means that they cannot be caught before the winter break, which starts on December 17, and makes them ‘Herbstmeister’ (Autumn champions) for the seventh season in a row.

Monaco midfielder Tielemans suffers knee injury

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans will need surgery after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Belgian international, 20, has not travelled with Leonardo Jardim’s squad for Wednesday’s match at Nantes and could be out until after the winter break.

Knee surgery for PSG’s Thiago Motta

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta looks set to go under the knife for a knee complaint which will sideline him until after the winter break, the club said on Thursday.

Motta is now 35 and has been playing less as midfield starlet Adrien Rabiot, 22, gradually starts to fullfil his potential in the ambitious side.

Knee surgery for PSG’s Thiago Motta

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta looks set to go under the knife for a knee complaint which will sideline him until after the winter break, the club said on Thursday.

Motta is now 35 and has been playing less as midfield starlet Adrien Rabiot, 22, gradually starts to fullfil his potential in the ambitious side.

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Is Arsenal’s Cech right to insist on winter break AFTER Christmas tradition?

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There has been much talk about whether a winter break should be installed into the English league campaign, and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is the latest to give his thoughts on the idea. Our team certainly didn't deal with the period as well as some others, having won only one match since December 22, but [.

Sky Sport Germany’s Bleak Advert Is Proof That English Football Should Never Adopt Bundesliga-Style Winter Break (Video)

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They're supposed to be fonts of boundless energy with their oversized grins and wobbly foam shoes, but it would appear that even football mascots go through seasonal lulls.

Indeed, this (genuinely quite moving) short from Sky Sports Germany examines the effect that the Bundesliga's annual winter break has on each team's mascot.