Arsenal boss Unai Emery to revive bid to sign Sevilla midfielder this summer – Football Article

Arsenal are to reignite their interest in signing Sevilla star Ever Banega, according to the Mirror. The midfielder is a priority on Gunners manager Unai Emery’s wish-list of players to replace Aaron Ramsey who will leave at the end of the season for Juventus. It was widely reported that the North London side wanted to sign the 30-year-old in January, however did not have the funds to do so. With their interest still high in the playmaker, it is claimed…

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Marcus Thuram: Everton, Watford and Spurs monitor the son of a France legend tipped for big things – Football Article

Generation Next is our regular feature on Just Football profiling the best young talents in world football. Following on from Rabbi Matondo at Manchester City (now Schalke 04) and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood in recent weeks, next up we bring you Marcus Thuram, the son of a legend making his own name for himself with some stellar performances… Being a child of a famous parent is no easy task, particular when your parent is recognised as one of the…

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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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the last shot at a European trophy for Wenger? – East Lower – Football Article

I’m still here, just about – much like Arsenal this season. Moving on up Last time I posted here, about a month ago, I pretty much couldn’t see anything other than a summer exit for Wenger. Things felt bleak: it’s been a season that has careered from one statistical zinger to another. The stats still don’t paint a pretty picture, but it comes as no real surprise that things have picked up since then (won four, lost one since sinking…

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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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Why do Barcelona have Chinese names on the back of their shirts against Real Madrid? – Football Article

For the first time in their history, the Catalan club will have players’ names written in another script to Latin to mark Chinese New Year Barcelona players are to wear special kits for their Copa del Rey semi-final showdown against fierce rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday evening at Camp Nou. For the first time ever, Barcelona’s unique shirts feature each player’s name written Chinese characters underneath their regular names in order to honour Chinese New Year which starts this week. Chinese New Year…

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China dramatically reduces trade with Tehran – Football Article

Reduced Chinese trade also suggests that Iran is likely to face increased obstacles as it seeks to blunt the impact of the harsh US sanctions imposed last year in a bid to force the Islamic republic to change its regional and defense policy. China’s apparent willingness to accommodate the sanctions is remarkable given Beijing’s declared efforts to salvage the 2015 international agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program as well as its escalating trade and technology dispute with the United States.…

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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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Black swans haunt Eurasia’s Great Game – Football Article

The battle lines in the 21st century’s Great Game aimed at shaping the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent,” are all but cast in cement. For now, the Great Game pits China together with Russia, Turkey and Iran against the United States, India, Japan and Australia. The two camps compete for influence, if not dominance, in a swath of land…

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Tottenham look to La Liga to boost Mauricio Pochettino’s squad – Football Article

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a £30million summer move for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler according to reports from ESPN. The North London club have yet to make a major signing since Lucas Moura joined from PSG in the 2018 January transfer window. But reports are suggesting that they are plotting a move for Spain Under-21 international, Soler, in the summer after scouting him regularly this season. The 22-year-old has impressed this term, scoring in Valencia’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester…

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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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Players’ Skewed Maps complicate Eurasia’s 21st Century Great Game – Football Article

The United States and China are playing Eurasia’s 21st century Great Game from different but equally skewed maps. While the US map appears to be outdated, the Chinese map portrays a reality that is imagined. If the skewed realities of both China and the United States have one thing in common, it is in strategist Parag Khanna’s mind the fact that neither realizes that the Great Game’s prize, a new world order, has already been determined. “We are living –…

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‘I do not regret’ resting Lionel Messi – Ernesto Valverde defiant after Barcelona’s Copa del Rey defeat against Sevilla – Football Article

The Blaugrana tactician stuck by his decision to rest the team’s superstar player despite their defeat in the cup Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insisted he had no regrets over his decision not to play Lionel Messi despite his side’s 2-0 Copa del Rey loss at Sevilla. Messi was rested for the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the home side on top in the tie. In…

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Richarlison urges Everton to sign a striker – Football Article

Everton forward Richarlison has urged the club to sign a striker. The Brazilian joined the Toffees in the summer and he has been their main source of goals since then. The former Watford star has been used as the number nine so far but that is not his natural position. Richarlison enjoys playing off a more traditional number nine. The attacker has revealed that it would help the players if Everton went and signed a new number nine. A proven…

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Serie A duo prepared to give Manchester United squad man fresh start – Football Article

Juventus and Inter Milan are fighting for the signature of Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, according to Sportmediaset. Darmian is reportedly keen to reignite his career, which has seemingly hit a brick wall since arriving in England back in 2015. The full-back has struggled for playing time at Old Trafford, making only five league appearances this season, and frequently being left out of the matchday squad. The Italian has been awarded 36 international caps, but he hasn’t made an appearance for…

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The battle for human rights – Football Article

China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated, yet crucial battleground in the shaping of a new world order.   The Chinese effort, highlighted in Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2019, is multipronged. It involves proposals to alter the principles on which United Nations Human Rights Council operates in ways that would enable repressive, autocratic regimes.…

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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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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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Kilmarnock – the Clarke revolution – Game of the People – Football Article

IT HAS been a long time since anyone south of the border thought about Kilmarnock Football Club. It has been more than 50 years since they won their only Scottish title and nearly as long since they made their impact on Europe when they reached the last four of the Inter-Cities Fairs’ Cup. But in the first half of the 2018-19 season, Kilmarnock became one of the pacesetters in the Scottish Premiership to remind people that football isn’t all about…

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