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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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how Newcastle’s £20m man conquered the Americas – Football Article

It’s no secret that Newcastle United fans are not happy with the running of their club. Over the last 11 seasons they’ve only qualified for Europe once and have been relegated from the Premier League twice – with a potential third demotion hanging over them this year. When it comes to players, they’ve seen talents like José Enrique, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye go almost as quickly as they’ve arrived. For such a big club, it’s nowhere near good enough.…

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Ishak Belfodil Acts As Hoffenheim Hero | Nick Bidwell – Football Article

Belfodil has helped Hoffenheim pull off a miraculous comeback against Dortmund recently. Nick Bidwell’s Notes From Germany: Ishak Belfodil Acts As Hoffenheim Hero Algerian international striker Ishak Belfodil, the purveyor of a supersub brace as his Hoffenheim side fought back from three goals down to earn a miraculous draw at Bundesliga pacesetters Dortmund, has never been one for an easy life. With his amazing cocktail of attributes – his size, physicality, vision and glorious technique – the 27-year-old should, in…

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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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Champions League Returns Which Could Be Good For Roma – Football Article

The European competition returns this week and it could come at a good time for Roma. Paddy Agnew’s Notes From Italy: Champions League Returns Which Could Be Good For Roma The long dark winter nights are getting shorter. This can mean only one thing – that Champions League anthem is about to ring out again at grounds all across Europe, starting tonight at the Olimpico in Rome (Roma v Porto) and at Old Trafford (Manchester United v PSG). Italian interest…

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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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How 90 years of LaLiga growth, and some odd quirks, gave us 24,895 games, 71,149 goals and 63 different clubs – Football Article

Sunday, 10 February 1929 at 3.10pm: that’s when the first ball started rolling in LaLiga. Now, 24,895 matches, 71,149 goals, 63 different participants and nine different champions later, LaLiga is preparing to celebrate its 90th anniversary during matchday 22 of the 2018/19 season. When Valencia’s clash with Real Sociedad kicks off on Sunday, 10 February 2019, the 22 players will be participating in the 24,902nd match in the league’s history exactly 90 years after the players of Espanyol of Real…

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Higuain Could Save Sarri’s Job | Brian Glanville – Football Article

The arrival of the Argentine forward may save Maurizio Sarri’s job at Chelsea. Brian Glanville: Higuain Could Save Sarri’s Job One swallow may not make a summer, but one star striker can assuredly transform a football team. As we have just dramatically seen in the case of Chelsea. So infuriated was Maurizio Sarri by the dreadful capitulation at Bournemouth that he refused to travel back to London with the team, preferring to be driven back on his own. Yet within…

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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 Arsenal’s 2001/02 vintage are perhaps the greatest in the club’s history – Football Article

Sunday 27 April 2003: Manchester United are leading Tottenham 2-0 at White Hart Lane. Knowing a win will put their side five points clear at the top of the table, the jubilant away support chant “we want our trophy back” throughout the latter stages of the second half. It’s almost a year to the day since the Premier League title – United’s for all but three seasons of the first decade of its existence – was surrendered to Arsenal at…

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Where are they now? Ex-Premier League star and Birthday boy Carlos Tevez – Football Article

SHOOT would like to wish Carlos Tevez, many happy returns as he celebrates his 35th Birthday today. The fiery forward has gone down in folklore at many of the clubs he has represented, always giving 100% when he crossed the white line. His honours list is quite staggering winning plenty of silverware in many different countries, including three Premier League titles, the Champions League, FA Cup, Argentine Primera Divison, Copa Libertadores, two Serie A titles and many more. Tevez is…

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Memories of McIlvanney | Brian Glanville – Football Article

After his recent passing, Hugh McIlvanney is the topic of Brian Glanville’s latest piece. Brian Glanville: Memories of McIlvanney Could Hugh McIlvanney, sadly deceased, have saved the Daily Express? It may seem a curious question after the demise of a supremely accomplished sports writer who did so much for the Observer and later for the Sunday Times. It seems largely to be forgotten than he briefly left the Observer for the Daily Express, then a hugely successful newspaper but with a…

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MLS transfers: 6 MLS stars with serious interest from Europe – including Manchester City’s new keeper – Football Article

Major League Soccer has long been regarded by many as the ideal location for veteran players coming towards the end of their career. Formed in 1993, the league has attracted the likes of David Beckham, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Didier Drogba and Sebastian Giovinco, to name a few. However, the recent sale of 18-year-old Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich from Vancouver Whitecaps for a potential MLS transfer record of $22 million suggests that USA’s flagship league is gaining recognition…

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the Marseille, Anderlecht and Standard Liège coaching genius forever tainted by match-fixing scandals – Football Article

Ask a follower of Belgian football and there’s a fairly good chance they’ll tell you that Raymond Goethals is one of the greatest coaches to hail from the land of the Rode Duivels. Having managed two of the country’s biggest sides in Anderlecht and Standard Liège, as well as the national team, Goethals won the Belgian league twice, the Belgian Cup, the Belgian Super Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup and two European Super Cups. He also took the national team…

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Old Lady Not For Turning | Paddy Agnew – Football Article

Despite a poor performance, Juventus still proved the cream of the crop beating Lazio recently. Paddy Agnew’s Notes From Italy: Old Lady Not For Turning At half-time in last Sunday night’s Lazio v Juventus Serie A clash, the man from Sky Italia TV grabbed Lazio’s Italian international Marco Parolo as he made his way back to the dressing room. Even though the score was 0-0, he complimented Parolo on Lazio’s splendid first half performance, asking him how the second half…

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How the demise of local shirt sponsors has killed the connection between fans and their team – Football Article

The first football jersey I owned was a knock-off Inter Javier Zanetti shirt that my mum brought me back from a trip to Italy when I was 11 years old. She had been told it was an Italy kit and that Zanetti was their best player. Of course, as a kid growing up in Boston, Massachusetts before the internet and with no way to watch any European football, it would be years before I learned that neither was true. I…

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Batshuayi Refutes Gay Accusations On Twitter ~ The Football Hub – Football Article

A Twitter handle was on hand to inform the general public of Michy Batshuayi’s decision to come out as gay after secretly coming out to his Chelsea teammates. The twitter account made the world know of this ‘false claim’ about 16 hours ago but king of twitter bants Batshuayi was on hand to shutdown those claims. This was the account’s claim. Michy Batshuayi set to become the first openly gay footballer in the premier league after coming out to teammates…

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Three Reasons Why Harry Kane Needs To Quit Tottenham ~ The Football Hub – Football Article

Tottenham Hotspur endured their fifth draw of the season at West Ham on Thursday night. The Lily whites needed an 84th minute stunner from Heung-Min Son to cancel out Pedro Obiang’s equally exceptional goal 14 minutes earlier. As much as Tottenham were the bookies favourites going into the game, the hammers had a right to feel two points lost after the final whistle was sounded. A Harry Kane goal could have stolen the points had he managed to score, well he…

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How Long Will Sarri Last At Chelsea? | Brian Glanville – Football Article

Brian Glanville asks how long the Italian manager will stay at Chelsea after their dismal loss to Arsenal. Brian Glanville: How Long Will Sarri Last At Chelsea? Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea‘s voluble new Italian manager, might be reminded of an old English saying, a bad workman blames his tools. After his Chelsea team had gone down unequivocally against Arsenal he slated his players in his own Italian. Wanting he said to send “a very clear message” to his beaten players, he…

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Remembering the ill-fated but tantalising Royal League, the Scandinavian Champions League – Football Article

“If we don’t find a way forward and negotiate a new TV deal it doesn’t look good for the Royal League”. Those were the words of Brøndby chairman Per Bjerregaard after his club won the third and final instalment of Scandinavia’s short-lived regional Champions League-style club tournament, a Nordic festival of football, the Royal League. Described by some as a failed experiment, the Royal League ran for three seasons starting in 2004/05 with the four best teams from Denmark, Norway…

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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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10 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Chelsea ~ The Football Hub – Football Article

Chelsea is one of the best England clubs who has gone through so much in their history. Since the founding in 1905, Chelsea has changed the name, a couple of owners and many players. The club has become a theme for many songs and movies. Today, we will share with you 10 amazing facts about Chelsea. 1.       The Chelsea adventure began on March the 10th in 1095 at the Rising Pub. Those days they were called the Pensioners because of the pensioner’s…

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St Helena Attempting To Make International Debut – Football Article

The island is looking to raise funds to compete in the Island Games, due to take place in Wales in June. St Helena Attempting To Make International Debut | Steve Menary Few footballers are as isolated as St Helena’s but with a link to the outside world finally available, they are trying to raise £74,000 to make their international debut. Stranded in the South Atlantic, the British possession is 7,250-km from London and 2,700-km from Cape Town. Until 2016, the…

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How Stoicism in football could transcend the fine line between instinct and data – Football Article

Applying a certain school of thought to anything means acknowledging a degree of rigidity. We all work within certain confines. It’s how you understand the world. You can’t be a pragmatist and an idealist for example. Football, as progressive as certain entities are within the game, is still conservative. Indeed, most sports are, especially ones with such a rich history. However, a new dividing line has been drawn in footballing thought. It’s seen as being divisive when it should be seen…

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The Top 30 Serie A Players in 2018 – Football Article

With the Serie A season set to resume this weekend, the Forza Italian Football team have taken a look back at the last year on the peninsula and decided on the best 30 players. Taking into account the entire calendar year, each member of the FIF team allocated points to their best 30 players, with 30 given to the best, and 1 given to the lowest placed in the 30. The points were then tallied up, the highest score taken…

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Good riddance Marouane Fellaini, it’s time to move on – Football Article

Marouane Fellaini may have a brilliant chant to the tune of The Housemartins – Caravan of Love, but his qualities are not what you would expect of a Manchester United midfielder. He was an important player at Everton and often stood-out in games against big opposition like United, using his physicality and aerial presence. It took Fellaini eight-years to win his first piece of silverware after lifting the Belgian First Division title with Standard Liège in 2008. Under Louis van…

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Jose Mourinho’s Triumph Against Chelsea Spoke Volumes, But His Struggles Continue ~ The Football Hub – Football Article

Manchester United on Sunday evening recorded a second home victory over Chelsea (Mou’s off and on ex) in less than a year. It was typical of the Blues who were champions of England to take the game to United and they didn’t disappoint as Alvaro Morata rattled the woodwork in the 5th minute. Willian then started and finished off a sweeping counter attack in the 32nd minute. Mourinho’s red devils actually looked toothless in the first thirty minutes of the encounter…

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How the underrated Arnold Mühren became one of Europe’s most decorated footballers – Football Article

“Of course it is the mention of the cross that you always see returning. Actually I hit it too hard. I have given dozens of better passes in my career. If Marco van Basten had shot that ball to Cologne, everyone would have said that he could do little with that cross. Now it was suddenly the most beautiful assist ever. Marco made it so beautiful with that fantastic finish.” Arnold Mühren, in conversation with Voetbal International, was downplaying the…

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3 things learned from Chelsea 0-0 Southampton – Football Article

A frustrating night for Chelsea as Southampton defend brilliantly well to take a point from the game at Stamford Bridge. The Blues just couldn’t get past a resilient Saints defence as they parked a titanic in front of the goals. And when they did manage to sneak in behind, they were denied by Gunn, who was making his debut, or the lineman who was standing tall with the offside flag over his head. Without further ado, here are three things…

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