Assessing the FIFA World Cup legacy in Russia – Football Article

My own abiding memory of the 2018 World Cup Final was not the atmosphere before, during or after the game; nor was it was not the array of talents and goals, or the extremely large number of Chinese media who had not been for the matches at Luzhniki previously. It was a moment that turned the heart crossways in me. As my co-commentator was following the action, to give me a water break, I spotted a uniform. Then another. I stood up and…

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Chelsea’s reported €30m Fabregas replacement ‘agrees deal’ until 2023 – Football Article

Chelsea have reportedly moved fast to sign a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who left for Monaco, and are said to have agreed terms for €30 million-valued Zenit St-Petersburg midfielder. Leandro Paredes has emerged as the man to replace Cesc Fabregas, and terms are said to have been agreed for the 24-year old Argentine to come to Stamford Bridge – says Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira on Twitter (also reported in the Express). “Chelsea wants to close Leandro Paredes from Zenit. Marina…

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Update on Chelsea’s pursuit of Fabregas replacement (Parades & Barella) – Football Article

With Cesc Fabregas’ move to AS Monaco (finally) being confirmed on Friday evening, it’s expected that Chelsea’s pursuit of a replacement will accelerate over the weekend. Fabregas was previously Jorginho’s deputy in the deepest midfield position, with the World Cup winner being the only other central player in our squad capable of dictating the play from that area of the pitch. Now he has departed, we need a replacement, and fast. Leandro Parades and Nicolo Barella are the two…

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