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Daily Archives: September 11, 2015

West Brom v Southampton preview: Saido Berahino in contention


Saido Berahino could feature for West Brom when they host Southampton – despite threatening to never play for the club again. Baggies boss Tony Pulis has hinted the 22-year-old is part of his plans for Saturday’s clash at the Hawthorns, despite the summer’s ongoing transfer saga which saw them reject two deadline-day bids from Tottenham for the striker. West Brom ...

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Can Atletico Madrid use Barcelona’s early woe toward their advantage?

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When the fixtures were pulled out of the hat (or rather, generated by a computer as it is nowadays), Atletico Madrd’s fans could be heard cursing all over the Spanish capital, such was their misfortune. When analysing the games it is not hard to see why. Los Rojiblancos have been pitted against the sides that finished first(Barcelona), second (Real Madrid), ...

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Jose Mourinho ‘raised the level’ at Real Madrid – Florentino Perez

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said the club owes former coach Jose Mourinho a debt of gratitude. Perez, speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, praised the Portuguese, who was in charge at Real from 2010 until 2013 and led them to their most recent league title three years ago. When asked whether he would hire Mourinho again, Perez ...

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi available after birth of second son Benjamin


Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is available for selection for the weekend’s game with Atletico Madrid, after the birth of his second son Benjamin on Friday night. Messi missed Barcelona’s training session as he was given permission to attend the birth but will be in the squad to face Atletico on Saturday. The Argentina striker already has one son with girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, ...

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Roma must hammer Frosinone as Francesco Totti returns to the side

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This is a big week for Roma. On Saturday evening they make the short short trip down the Autostrada del Sole to face Frosinone, who have started their debut Serie A season with two defeats and are among the favourites for the drop. Their Stadio Matusa is the archetypal tight ground, with the requisite small but rowdy set fans on ...

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Manchester United v Liverpool: The biggest game in football


The importance of the game on these shores is undoubted: the fixture sees England’s two most successful clubs go head-to-head. However, this weekend’s clash will also be the focus of football fans across the globe. An estimated 700m people worldwide tuned into their last meeting in March 2015, when Steven Gerrard was sent off seconds after coming on and Juan ...

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Thibaut Courtois needs knee surgery, Jose Mourinho confirms


Jose Mourinho has confirmed Thibaut Courtois needs surgery on his right knee and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Courtois suffered the injury during a training session at Cobham this week and Mourinho admits he is unsure how long the goalkeeper will be unavailable for. “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell ...

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AC Milan fans barrack general manager Adriano Galliani


AC Milan players and coach Sinisa Mihajlovic were cheered but the club’s general manager Adriano Galliani was jeered at a presentation to around 3,000 fans in the city. The arrival of Mihajlovic, coupled with some heavy summer investment, has sparked renewed enthusiasm among fans of a club that has missed out on a place in Europe in the last two ...

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Sinisa Mihajlovic suggests Milan derby charity donations to support refugees

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Sinisa Mihajlovic has proposed that AC Milan and Inter Milan start a new tradition in which the derby winner would donate money to charity. Writing in a column in Friday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of Sunday’s meeting between the two clubs, Milan boss Mihajlovic suggested that the victors of each Derby della Madonnina make a donation to a charity ...

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Louis van Gaal’s treatment of former defender Rafael behind Manchester United players’ anger at manager


The sale of Rafael during the summer is believed to have been the cause of the row between leading Manchester United squad members and manager Louis van Gaal, with players also angry at the prominence given to video analyst Max Reckers by the Dutchman. Rafael was sold to Lyon in August after being exiled from the first-team squad during Van ...

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