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Rabbi Matondo: Why Ryan Giggs was so keen to tie down the Manchester City starlet for Wales – Football Article

In what is perhaps a sign of the times, this week 18-year-old talent Rabbi Matondo made his international debut for Wales before he’s even played a single minute for club side Manchester City. As part of our #GenerationNext series Xander Wilkinson provides a full report on Rabbi Matondo… Name: Rabbi MatondoDate of Birth: 9th September 2000 (18)Nationality: WalesPreferred Foot: RightPosition(s): Left Wing/Right WingClub: Manchester City Who is Rabbi Matondo? Rabbi Matondo joined Manchester City in the summer of 2016…

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Report – Bayern Munich eyeing up Aaron Wan-Bissaka | Football Action – Football Article

The Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have reportedly expressed an interest in making an audacious move for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to The Sun. The 21-year-old, who made his first-team debut for Palace last season, has been one of the most consistent performers in the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. Manchester City have recently been linked with the two-time England Under-21 international. However, the report suggests that Bayern are planning to make a move for the full-back this summer, with…

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Man United forward Marcus Rashford to sign new long-term contract | Football Views – Football Blog | Opinion – Football Article

Manchester United have reportedly decided to keep Marcus Rashford at the Old Trafford until 2025. The England international is set to sign a lucrative new six-year deal at the North-West giants. Rashford has been in impressive form for the Red Devils since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, scoring six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances. The 21-year-old has scored 10 times and made eight assists in 32 appearances this term, but his current deal with…

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Man United consider £70m bid for Dortmund youngster | Football Action – Football Article

Manchester United are reportedly planning a summer move for Jadon Sancho as their marquee signing by spending £70m to lure the Borussia Dortmund youngster to Old Trafford. The 18-year-old has impressed with the Germans this term, netting eight goals and setting up 13 more in 33 appearances since joining the club from Manchester City in 2017. He has earned lots of praise from a number of opposition managers, most recently Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur and the player is believed…

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Chelsea fancied to get Sarri’s reign off to a flyer – Football Article

Chelsea head into a new era under Mauricio Sarri next season aiming to banish the memories of their poor showing in the Premier League last term. The Blues put up a miserable defence of the title they won in 2016/17, finishing 30 points behind Manchester City. Antonio Conte spent much of the campaign arguing with the club and his exit this summer was inevitable. Sarri has plenty of work to do before the new campaign gets underway, with numerous incomings…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund preview: Why Spurs must be wary of dangerous Champions League opponent – Football Article

Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund // 13th February – 20.00 (UK time) // Champions League 2018/19 last 16 1st leg knockout round Borussia Dortmund – Season so far Among the three German teams facing English opposition in this season’s Champions League round of 16, Borussia Dortmund are having the best season so far. They top the Bundesliga by five points, have scored more goals than anyone else in Germany (54 goals in 21 games played) and are playing a brand…

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West Ham Youngster Declan Rice Pledges International Future To England After Winning Three Caps For Republic Of Ireland – Football Article

Embed from Getty Images West Ham youngling Declan Rice has confirmed that he plans to pursue an international career with England rather than Republic of Ireland. Though born in London, 20-year-old Rice qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandparents and has made 13 appearances for the Boys In Green, including three at senior level. However, those three caps all came in non-competitive/friendly matches, meaning under FIFA rules he was still free and able to make the switch. Embed from…

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Crystal Palace Vintage 1972-80 – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

Our second Crystal Palace Vintage post gathers another collection of retro player and team images based on the club’s 1970s years. In 1973 the club updated its image and our gallery maps the transition in colours from claret and blue (very stylish) to red and blue stripes (a bit less stylish). On the pitch Palace was an up and down club in these years, but by the end of the decade two promotions in three seasons had taken them back…

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Barnsley hand trial to non-league striker with ‘tremendous attitude’ – Football Article

Southern League Premier Division South club Walton Casuals have confirmed that forward Ronald Sobowale is on trial with League One side Barnsley. A powerful and direct centre-forward, Sobowale signed for Casuals last summer from Isthmian League South Central neighbours Molesey, where he scored 9 goals in 21 games in 2017/18. Everyone at the club would like to wish Ronald Sobowale the best of luck as he goes for a trial at League One @BarnsleyFC #progression pic.twitter.com/rYtPfEScWH — Walton Casuals…

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Tottenham plan a £35 million swoop for West Ham’s young star – Football Article

Tottenham are planning a £35 million swoop for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to The Express. With the last six months being spent questioning who Rice will be playing for on the international stage, fans are now wondering who the central midfielder will be playing for at a club level as well, with both Liverpool and Spurs reportedly interested in the 20-year-old. The current Republic of Ireland international, which could potentially change to England international, has made 22 appearances…

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Discussing the 201 World Cup Semi Finals – Football Article

2018 World Cup Semifinals Every day at the Center Circle, we’re constantly talking about soccer. After all, it’s literally what we do. In order to preview the World Cup Semi-finals, we wanted to let you see inside one of those conversations between two of our resident soccer experts. This is a transcribed conversation between Tise Okuo and James Wilkinson, who managed to avoid bickering about who is the best team in North London just long enough to take an in…

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Tottenham Hotspur identify James Maddison as Christian Eriksen replacement? – Football Article

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is reportedly the subject of interest from Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Times. The 22-year-old, who joined the Foxes from Norwich in the summer, but the midfielder has already scored five goals and registered four assists in the Premier League. The report suggests that Maddison’s form has resulted in Spurs beginning to monitor the progress of the Englishman as they consider for a long-term for Christian Eriksen who has less than 18 months remaining on…

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Mason Greenwood: The Manchester United wonderkid scoring goals for fun – Football Article

#GenerationNext is our regular and long-running series on Just Football bringing you the stars of tomorrow – the young talents you should keep an eye on in years to come. Recently we have featured Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke, who made his first team debut shortly after, and Rabbi Matondo, the Manchester City starlet already capped by Wales. Next up, a player we expect to see do big things in the years to come. And in the not too…

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Man United planning summer raid on Jadon Sancho – Football Article

Manchester United have reportedly expressed an interest in making an audacious move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, according to The Metro. The Red Devils’ board have reportedly planned a move for the £90million-rated winger from Bundesliga outfit in the summer transfer window. With the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Old Trafford back in December, the 20-time English champions still sit two points outside the top-four, and 13 points behind the league leaders Liverpool. Sancho, 18, who left Manchester City…

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Real Madrid to bid £100m for Marcus Rashford – Football Article

Real Madrid have reportedly identified Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford as a potential signing this summer. The European champions are eyeing a potential £100m deal to sign the England international in the summer, according to The Sun. Los Blancos are refusing to give up in their pursuit of the 21-year-old striker as they turn their attention towards the signings they could make at the end of the campaign. The report adds that Madrid are hoping to complete a move for…

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West Ham United lead race for Danny Drinkwater | Football Views – Football Blog | Opinion – Football Article

West Ham United have reportedly taken the lead in the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, according to the Daily Mail. The England international, who has not made a single appearance since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival at the Stamford Bridge, and it appears that manager wants to part ways with the 28-year-old playmaker. The report adds, Bournemouth, Burnley and Fulham are all interested to sign Drinkwater on loan, although the East London outfit are said to be the frontrunners. West…

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Rabbi Matondo: Schalke and Bayern Munich battle it out as Manchester City look set to lose another young talent – Football Article

Manchester City have turned down an £8.6 million bid from Schalke 04 for 18-year old winger Rabbi Matondo, as the academy youngster becomes the latest Premier League talent to attract interest from Germany’s top clubs. Reports in the German media suggest that Schalke are preparing to make an improved offer for Matondo, and are confident that he will indeed make the move sooner or later, with German website Goal claiming there is agreement in principle for a potential deal. …

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England’s Summer Clash With Holland Will Light Up Inaugural UEFA Nations League – Football Article

They might have appeared like glorified friendlies when international teams began playing their fixtures in the inaugural UEFA Nations League but, for those teams that made the last four – England, Holland, Portugal and Switzerland – the competition is beginning to really matter. And, come the summer, it’ll matter to fans too. The biennial international football competition began in September last year. It followed the FIFA World Cup in which England’s unlikely semi-final appearance gave national fans renewed belief in…

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Dominic Solanke joins Bournemouth from Liverpool | Football Action – Football Article

Bournemouth have announced the signing of Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke in a £19m deal. The 21-year-old England international had attracted interest from Crystal Palace for some time, but the Cherries have reacted swiftly and met his Anfield valuation. Speaking to afcbTV, the striker said: “I think the club is going somewhere. Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to…

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See how much the top 20 soccer stars earn – Football Article

  For many years, ever since the addition of private money, football has changed. Once the ‘people’s game,’ today football feels far more like a game of trading cards. Millions goes through the economies of the major footballing nations, sometimes billions. The sheer scale of money – from the weekly wages to the price per ticket for a fan – means that, to some, the top level football we all used to love has lost some of its original luster.…

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How Will The 2018/19 EPL Season Go – Football Article

The World Cup is done and dusted, it’s time for the return of the most popular league in the world! The EPL kicks off in a few days and we have our 2018/19 season preview for the top English league. Four of our sagacious experts present you with their views on how it’ll all go down, take their words as gospel! 1. Who will be the top scorer/golden boot winner? Andrew McCole, Gabriel Jesus: The top scorer in the Premier…

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Crawley Town see off Port Vale and Grimsby in race to sign non-league hotshot – Football Article

Crawley Town will complete the signing of non-league hotshot striker Ricardo German when the transfer window opens on January 1st. The League Two club have seen off competition from Port Vale, Grimsby Town, Cambridge United and several National League clubs in the race to sign the ex-Chesterfield youngster, who has hit 21 goals in non-league for Hendon FC this season so far. German, 19, came through the Spireites academy and has played first team football before, making his Football…

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Liverpool to rival Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi – Football Article

Liverpool have joined Bayern Munich in the race for the signing of Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to German media outlet Sport Bild. The Reds have made a late attempt to sign the 18-year-old forward from Chelsea. Hudson-Odoi and his brother met with Liverpool representatives at the start of this month to discuss a potential deal. The report adds, the England Under-19 international has already refused to pen down a £70,000-a-week contract offer from the Blues. The Bundesliga outfit Bayern…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi: Why Bayern Munich are so keen to sign the Chelsea youngster – Football Article

Callum Hudson-Odoi. Aged Eighteen. A handful of first-team appearances to his name. Zero Premier League starts. And yet the subject of arguably the biggest transfer saga of the January transfer window to date – between two European footballing super clubs, no less. The current offer from Bayern Munich for Chelsea‘s young academy talent stands at £35 million pounds. To put that into perspective, that is more than it cost Manchester United to sign Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Luke…

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Burnley Vintage 1973-76 – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

Our final Burnley Vintage post shares player and team images from the last period when Burnley could claim to be top flight regulars as they are today. Promoted as Division Two champions in 1973, their first season back in the big time was a great success and the club managed an excellent sixth placed finish and a run to the FA Cup semi-finals. An ignominious FA Cup defeat by a then non-League Wimbledon was a low point the following year…

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Manchester United Vintage 1970-73 – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

We move into the 70s for our third Manchester United Vintage Post with another collection of retro player and team images spanning the early part of that decade. And not a happy decade either for a club that had been used to being at the top of the English game. The retirement of Matt Busby and the end of the Best, Law and Charlton generation left the club rudderless and, by 1973, United had fallen to the unlikely role of relegation…

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Bobby Adekanye: The Liverpool academy talent set to be snapped up by Serie A giants – Football Article

Generation Next is our regular feature on Just Football profiling the best young talents in world football. Following on from Jack Clarke at Leeds, Rabbi Matondo at Manchester City and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood in recent weeks, next up we bring you Bobby Adekanye – Liverpool FC’s talented youngster with an interesting back story, who could be set for Italy…. Name: Habeeb Omobolaji Adekanye (AKA Bobby Adekanye)Date of Birth: 14th February 1999 (19)Position: Right WingNationalities: Dutch/NigerianClub: Liverpool FC Who…

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Croatia 2-1 England (AET): England fail to address weaknesses out wide – Football Article

July 12, 2018 Croatia 2-1 England analysis. Related articles on Zonal Marking: England 1-1 Colombia: England finally win a penalty shoot-out Jul 2018 France 4-2 Croatia: Mbappe and Pogba shine after half-time in a scrappy game Jul 2018 England 6-1 Panama: Panama collapse before half-time Jun 2018 Croatia 3-0 Argentina: Sampaoli’s change of shape leaves Argentina exposed down the flanks Jun 2018 World Cup 2014: group stage, day 13 Jun 2014 Tags: croatia, Dalic, England, Southgate, Vrsaljko This is only…

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Gossip Columned – Episode 12 – Football Article

Have you heard the gossip? 10 minutes of who is going where in January and up for discussion on today’s episode: Manchester United are considering an approach for England boss Gareth Southgate as they continue to search for Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor. (Sunday Telegraph) Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, whose contract with the Spanish club expires in 18 months, is also on Manchester United’s shortlist to become their next manager. (Sunday Mirror) Tottenham have put a £310m price tag on…

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Alan Hardaker Euro-Babbler – Beyond The Last Man – Football Article

Long serving English Football League Secretary Alan Hardaker was typical of a certain breed of official and club owner that permeated English football in the decades following the war. While an undoubted aficionado of the game and a generally competent administrator, Hardaker was a petty, insular and xenophobic man forever associated with his utter disdain for foreign football – “too many wogs and dagoes” he told a reporter at The Times. For a Yorkshireman from the ‘say what I like and…

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