Sunday, December 31, 2017 5:47 AM

Brian Glanville: Bravo to USA for tackling FIFA’s global corruption

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Brian Glanville: Bravo to USA for tackling FIFA’s global corruption

American courts have succeeded where Europeans were too scared to act

FifaAmerican courts have succeeded where Europeans were too scared to act

Saturday, December 30, 2017 11:15 AM

Horrible scenes at Old Trafford as Romelu Lukaku is left unconscious on the pitch

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Horrible scenes at Old Trafford as Romelu Lukaku is left unconscious on the pitch

Our thoughts go out to Romelu Lukaku and his family.

The big Belgian striker was left prone on the Old Trafford pitch after an aerial clash with Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt.

The game was stopped for five minutes as Lukaku received treatment from several medical staff.

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He was left with a vacant stare as he lay on the pitch after a clash of head’s with Hoedt.

It looked very worrying for Lukaku as he was carried off on a stretcher in a neck brace and being given oxygen.

Pogba was clearly shockedPA:Press Association

The collision occurred early in the eighth minute after the Saints had dominated the opening exchanges.

Lukaku had missed a free header on the six yard line which flew over the bar.

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Marcus Rashford came on as a replacement but it could spell bad news for Jose Mourinho if Lukaku is ruled out for an extended period.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t included in the Man United matchday squad, but he will expect to get some more game time with Lukaku on the sidelines.

Everyone in football will be hoping that Lukaku makes a full and speedy recovery as it looked like he was badly concussed from the clash.

Lukaku was put into a stretcher by the medical teamGetty - Contributor

There should also be applause for the way the medical staff treated the situation.

Get well soon Rom.

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Friday, December 29, 2017 5:15 PM

WATCH: Just Lionel Messi doing outrageous Lionel Messi things in training

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WATCH: Just Lionel Messi doing outrageous Lionel Messi things in training

Come and look upon the greatest player of all time enjoying himself scoring overhead kicks in training.

If you thought Lionel Messi reserves his best for competitive matches, you’d be hugely mistaken.

Barcelona released a compilation of the best goals from their Ciutat Esportiva training ground, and it included a couple of absolute gems.

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Not content with a couple of Ivan Rakitic screamers, they’ve also included a clip of Messi scoring an outrageous overhead kick for good measure.

Check out the highlights below, with Messi’s incredible strike at 1:30.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:15 PM

Cannavaro to retire and join brother Fabio in China

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Cannavaro to retire and join brother Fabio in China
Cannavaro to retire and join brother Fabio in China

SASSUOLO, Italy— Paolo Cannavaro will quit football after this weekend and join his brother on the technical staff at Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. Cannavaro announced on Thursday that Sassuolo’s Serie A match at Roma will be his last. “A new year, a new life … it will be an odd feeling. I won’t miss the […]

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Swansea closing in on former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal

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Swansea closing in on former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal
Swansea closing in on former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal
Swansea have been looking for a new manager since sacking Paul Clement on 20 December

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:33 AM

Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year

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Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year
Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year

LONDON — Harry Kane set the English Premier League record for goals in a calendar year, raising his total to 39 with a hat trick Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) that led Tottenham over Southampton 5-2. Kane headed in Christian Eriksen’s free kick in the 22nd minute, breaking the Premier League’s previous record of 36 set […]

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:43 PM

Liverpool vs Swansea player ratings: Roberto Firmino pick of the bunch as Reds run riot

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Liverpool vs Swansea player ratings: Roberto Firmino pick of the bunch as Reds run riot
Liverpool vs Swansea player ratings: Roberto Firmino pick of the bunch as Reds run riot
The hosts went wild, scoring five unanswered goals against the hapless Welsh

Monday, December 25, 2017 9:16 PM

Advocaat to coach Sparta Rotterdam

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Advocaat to coach Sparta Rotterdam
Advocaat to coach Sparta Rotterdam

Mourinho berates ‘childish’ Man United after dropping points

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Mourinho berates ‘childish’ Man United after dropping points
Mourinho berates ‘childish’ Man United after dropping points

LEICESTER, England — Jose Mourinho berated his wasteful players after Manchester United conceded a stoppage-time equalizer against 10-man Leicester. The performance was “childish.” Players lacked intelligence and showed “no maturity.” There were “joke chances” missed before collapsing to draw 2-2 that further imploded United’s faint title hopes. Harry Maguire’s strike for Leicester in the fourth […]

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Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:09 AM

Jury still out for returning Sunday Chidzambwa

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Jury still out for returning Sunday Chidzambwa

SUNDAY “Mhofu” Chidzambwa is by far Zimbabwe’s most successful coach, but the one-year performance-based contract he has been handed on his return to the Warriors hints at the persisting doubts […]

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Saturday, December 23, 2017 3:03 PM

Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Revived Bayern look unstoppable as the Autumn Champions

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Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Revived Bayern look unstoppable as the Autumn Champions

The champions go into the winter break 11 points clear of the Bundesliga's chasing pack

Timo Baumgartl of Stuttgart and Corentin Tolisso of Bayern Muenchen battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern Muenchen at Mercedes-Benz Arena on December 16, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo: TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)The champions go into the winter break 11 points clear of the Bundesliga's chasing pack

Friday, December 22, 2017 8:48 PM

An El Clasico treat awaits

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An El Clasico treat awaits
An El Clasico treat awaits

Chelsea boss Conte concedes Kenedy, David Luiz could leave

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Chelsea boss Conte concedes Kenedy, David Luiz could leave
Chelsea boss Conte concedes Kenedy, David Luiz could leave

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says they must be ready for any sudden departures next month.

Brazilian duo David Luiz and Kenedy face uncertain futures at the club. The former has been linked with a number of clubs including Arsenal, while it is understood that the latter will join Newcastle on loan if Chelsea sign a replacement.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 9:46 AM

The 'Swansea way' has dissipated - if the club isn't careful, they'll follow Sunderland into a downward spiral

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The 'Swansea way' has dissipated - if the club isn't careful, they'll follow Sunderland into a downward spiral
The 'Swansea way' has dissipated - if the club isn't careful, they'll follow Sunderland into a downward spiral
After sacking Paul Clement this week, the question for Swansea, now, is who they can find to get this limited squad back out of the relegation zone

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 3:35 PM

Alvaro Morata suspension for Everton match is a 'big loss,' says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

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Alvaro Morata suspension for Everton match is a 'big loss,' says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
Alvaro Morata suspension for Everton match is a 'big loss,' says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
The forward received a fifth booking of the season for his celebrations after scoring the winning goal in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the EFL Cup

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 7:57 PM

Kaizer Chiefs can’t afford me: Musona

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Kaizer Chiefs can’t afford me: Musona

WARRIORS captain Knowledge Musona says his former South African club Kaizer Chiefs can’t match the money he is earning in Europe.

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The war of words between PSG and Real took another twist

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The war of words between PSG and Real took another twist
The war of words between PSG and Real took another twist

Monday, December 18, 2017 7:30 AM

Tebas: Barca don't have to form a guard of honour for Real

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Tebas: Barca don't have to form a guard of honour for Real
Tebas: Barca don't have to form a guard of honour for Real

Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:58 PM

Charlie Daniels will be seeing Mo Salah in his nightmares tonight after terrifying performance

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Charlie Daniels will be seeing Mo Salah in his nightmares tonight after terrifying performance

The race to be crowned Premier League Player of the Year is on fire.

The top performers continue to produce spell-binding displays.

After Kevin De Bruyne’s man-of-the-match showing against Spurs yesterday, Mo Salah was not going to be outdone.

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The Liverpool winger delivered another superb performance as the Reds thrashed Bournemouth away from home.

Philippe Coutinho’s twinkle toes opened the scoring after a magical dribble, Dejan Lovren got the second with a diving header and Roberto Firmino added the fourth.

But, there’s no doubt about it, this was the Salah show.

Daniels spent most of the game chasing shadowsReuters

Every time he faced the Cherries’ left back Charlie Daniels with the ball at his feet there was only one outcome.

The poor defender will be seeing Salah’s shadow flash past him in his nightmares tonight as he saw until he was put out of his misery with a substitution in the second half.

On several occasions in the first half the Egyptian had Daniels on toast as he dipped inside and out to glide into the box.

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Getty Images - Getty Salah, Coutinho and Firmino all got on the score sheet[/caption]

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His 44th-minute goal was a glaring example of Daniels’ inability to get anywhere near Salah.

He easily outpaced his opposite man to the ball, beat him down the outside before outrageously cutting back inside to his left to curl home.

If you feel like you have seen that goal before this season, you definitely have.

They score when they wantPA:Press Association

That strike was Salah’s 20th of the season… I’ll remind you we are in December.

He is the first Liverpool player to hit 20 in all competitions in a season since Luis Suarez and the first player to do it before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986-87.

At £35 million, Salah has to be the signing of the season.

Here’s what Twitter thought of Salah’s performance against Daniels…

Mo Salah is running rings around Daniels.

Right now I bet he wishes his name was Paul so that he could do some magic and vanish.

— AnfieldIndex (@AnfieldIndex) December 17, 2017

Mo Salah making Charlie Daniels wish he was never born

— Dances with Wools (@SullyHhmmmm) December 17, 2017

… Mo Salah what a player, feel sorry for Charlie Daniels he will need untying at half time 😳

— Kev (@littlelegs362) December 17, 2017

Charlie Daniels will be having nightmares about Mo Salah, too sharp, too quick, too good. #LFC

— Will Coultas (@willi4692) December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:30 PM

Ronaldo: I'd like Barcelona to give Real Madrid a guard of honour

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Ronaldo: I'd like Barcelona to give Real Madrid a guard of honour
Ronaldo: I'd like Barcelona to give Real Madrid a guard of honour

Sevilla frustrated as Levante hold on for a point

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Sevilla frustrated as Levante hold on for a point
Sevilla frustrated as Levante hold on for a point

Friday, December 15, 2017 8:09 AM

Paddy Agnew’s Noted from Italy: Top teams feel the effect of European campaign

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Paddy Agnew’s Noted from Italy: Top teams feel the effect of European campaign

For the first time 52 years the top four in Serie A all failed to score

Juventus versus Inter Milan; Ivan Perisic flicks the ball forward in the box (Photo: Pierpaolo Piciucco/Action Plus via Getty Images)For the first time 52 years the top four in Serie A all failed to score

Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:21 PM

Jurgen Klopp is SPOT ON with his rotation – but his Liverpool players are letting him down

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Jurgen Klopp is SPOT ON with his rotation – but his Liverpool players are letting him down

We forget that Jurgen Klopp has still only experienced two years of Premier League football.

The Liverpool manager has left his indelible mark on the club, taking them to two cup finals and back into the European elite of the Champions League already.

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But the German has faced criticism in recent weeks for rotating some of his best players.

The ‘Fab Four’ of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have run riot in recent weeks, particularly when all four were on target in the 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow.

But Klopp responded by resting Coutinho and Firmino for the Merseyside derby four days later, an encounter that ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw.

Almost instantly his decision was slammed by pundits and fans alike who couldn’t comprehend the logic behind resting two of their most effective players for arguably their biggest game of every season.

EPA Firmino and Coutinho sat on the bench against Everton[/caption]

But there’s method in the madness.

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Klopp has openly admitted he is still very much acclimatising to the truly demanding concept of a Winter break, something which doesn’t exist in Europe.

And his record, according to research carried out by The Times, emphasises why the Reds’ boss has taken such meticulous care and caution to this season’s version.

Getty - Contributor Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Hull at the end of January[/caption]

Klopp’s record from the most intensive period of his first two seasons in England reads as follows: P34, W11, D11, L12.

That’s right – more defeats than victories in between the start of December and end of January.Distinctly average to say the least.

Last season Liverpool were dumped out of the FA Cup and League Cup and faded out of the title picture all within a few terrible weeks in January after embarking on a run of 16 games in 63 days.

His job is to ensure there isn’t a repeat this time round.

Klopp’s record over the Winter months is appallingMATTHEW CHILDS Poor decision making costing Liverpool

The problem for Klopp is – as much he insists he shoulders the blame for poor results – his players have so far failed to justify his approach with naive and costly decision making.

In the derby against Everton the Reds were utterly dominant but ultimately sacrificed two points after two poor individual errors.

At 1-0 up, Sadio Mane inexplicably opted to shoot himself when he had three team-mates waiting with an open goal at their mercy.

Mane had three team-mates demanding a pass when he choose to shoot

Then Dejan Lovren – soft as it was – inexplicably gave referee Craig Pawson a decision to make when he barged Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the ground, allowing Wayne Rooney to equalise from the penalty spot.

And against West Brom on Wednesday night it was a similar story.

Liverpool again squandered several gilt-edged opportunities in the 0-0 stalemate at Anfield, with the ‘Fab Four’ unusually subdued.

Reuters Salah and co. were frustrated against West Brom[/caption]

Klopp admitted afterwards: “It was not a game for twenty chances, but we had seven or eight, and we know the boys usually score in moments like this.”

The Reds should have battered Everton and West Brom given their firepower up top, so the buck doesn’t fall with Klopp for their inability to do so.

Long term vision over short term needs

Liverpool’s owners FSG knew what they were buying into when they approach Klopp to replace Rodgers over two years ago.

The German spent seven years at both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, with his managerial mantra about building a legacy rather than short-term solutions.

Klopp spent seven years building at DortmundGetty - Contributor

The same applies to the Winter months.

Klopp is thinking ahead, hoping by the time February comes he’s not left regretting the same mistakes he’s made in the two previous seasons.

It’s just a shame busy keyboard warriors on social media are unable to see that.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:30 PM

Lifeline for Stansly Maponga

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Lifeline for Stansly Maponga

STANSLY Maponga has been handed another opportunity to resurrect his American National Football League (NFL) career by Denver Broncos after his dream move to the Dallas Cowboys hit a snag.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:48 PM

Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil

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Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil
Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil

Paris Saint-Germain will again be without Neymar for their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on Wednesday, the club confirmed. Coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday that the world’s most expensive player had been allowed to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter. Neymar had already missed the 3-1 weekend win against […]

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Oscar Pistorius suffers bruise in prison fight

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Oscar Pistorius suffers bruise in prison fight
Oscar Pistorius suffers bruise in prison fight

Transfer news live: Liverpool and Arsenal to battle for Thomas Lemar, Manchester United keen on Gareth Bale

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Transfer news live: Liverpool and Arsenal to battle for Thomas Lemar, Manchester United keen on Gareth Bale
Transfer news live: Liverpool and Arsenal to battle for Thomas Lemar, Manchester United keen on Gareth Bale
All the latest transfer news live plus gossip and rumours

Monday, December 11, 2017 6:18 PM

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year
Salah beat the likes of Sadio Mane and Naby Keita to the award

Ceres-Global duel set

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Ceres-Global duel set
Ceres-Global duel set

BACOLOD CITY—Linked to a move overseas at the end of the season, Iain Ramsay is surely making a lasting impression in his first year playing for Ceres Negros.

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Transfer news live: Manchester United prepare £60m La Liga bid as Arsenal and Liverpool fight to keep stars

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Transfer news live: Manchester United prepare £60m La Liga bid as Arsenal and Liverpool fight to keep stars
Transfer news live: Manchester United prepare £60m La Liga bid as Arsenal and Liverpool fight to keep stars
All the latest transfer news live plus gossip, rumours and done deals

Someone threw milk at Jose Mourinho in bizarre post-match Manchester derby fight

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Someone threw milk at Jose Mourinho in bizarre post-match Manchester derby fight

First came Pizzagate, when Cesc Fabregas launched pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson following the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ in 2004.

Now brace yourself for Milkgate.

A row broke out following Man City’s 2-1 win against Man United at Old Trafford, with someone reportedly throwing milk and water at Jose Mourinho.

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United were said to be incensed about the way City reacted to the derby win, with loud music reportedly coming from the latter’s dressing room.

Mourinho then had a confrontation with City’s goalkeeper Ederson, initially in Portuguese but then in- what we presume was very friendly and well mannered- English.

Romelu Lukaku, who had an unfortunate hand in both City goals and missed a fantastic chance to equalise late in the game, was reportedly involved in the commotion.

This bust-up in the tunnel at Old Trafford today. It wasn't handbags: Mikel Arteta was left with blood pouring down face. Bottles as well as punches thrown. Romelu Lukaku prominently involved, according to witnesses.

— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) December 10, 2017

But it was poor ol’ Mikel Arteta who came off worst.

The City assistant coach was left bloodied according to multiple reports, although no punches were said to have been thrown.

Ouch.

Before it all got a bit messyGetty Images - Getty

So, compared to 2004, when Fergie had to wipe margherita off his jacket, this was quite serious.

Neither Mourinho nor Pep Guardiola commented about the incident in their post-match interviews.

But we can’t see it being too long before Mourinho has his say on the events.