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Daily Archives: September 17, 2015

Jurgen Klopp could shun Premier League offers for Bayern chance

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TOP STORY: Klopp biding his time for Bayern chance Premier League clubs — we’re looking at you Liverpool — may have to get used to disappointment if they are interested in securing the services of former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp. The Daily Mail are reporting that Klopp will snub any advances from English clubs as he waits for a ...

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Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller: My goal against Olympiakos was lucky

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Thomas Muller admitted he was “a little bit lucky” with his opener against Olympiakos on Wednesday but Pep Guardiola said there was nothing fortunate about the 3-0 victory. Muller broke Olympiakos’ resistance at the Karaiskakis Stadium on 52 minutes when his cross from the right wing caught out the hosts’ goalkeeper, Roberto. Mario Gotze then made the game safe on ...

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Bastian Schweinsteiger: I never had chance to say farewell to Bayern fan

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Bastian Schweinsteiger said he regrets not having had the right moment to say goodbye to Bayern Munich’s fans after his departure for Manchester United — but indicated that he could return one day. Schweinsteiger, 31, joined United on July 11, the day of Bayern Munich’s season-opening festival at the Allianz Arena. He did not attend the event as news of ...

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Barcelona’s Rafinha tears ACL, set to undergo surgery

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Barcelona have confirmed that Rafinha has torn his right anterior cruciate ligament. Rafinha, 22, sustained the injury during Wednesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Roma, leaving the game on a stretcher after being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan. The Brazil international was forced off the pitch just two minutes after coming on ...

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Barcelona’s Champions League title defence starts slowly in Rome

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Barcelona may be the favourites to win this season’s Champions League, but that label comes by default rather than through any historical evidence. While it is only natural to presume that the holders of the trophy are the side best placed to win it once more, the fact remains that year after year, the reigning champions in Europe fail to ...

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Rafinha injury vs. Roma ‘very ugly,’ says Barcelona boss Luis Enrique

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was happy with his team’s performance following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Roma in their Champions League Group D opener, but expressed concern about the serious-looking injury suffered by blaugrana midfielder Rafinha. Defending UCL champions Barca went ahead through Luis Suarez’s close-range header, were pulled back by Roma right-back Alessandro Florenzi’s spectacular long-range effort, and came closest to ...

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Alessandro Florenzi goal was my fault, says Barcelona boss Luis Enrique

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has refused to blame his goalkeeper for Alessandro Florenzi’s sensational long-range strike in Barca’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Roma on Wednesday. The blaugrana seemed on the winning track following Luis Suarez’s opener at the Stadio Olimpico, however Florenzi found the net from near the sideline, and close to the halfway line, with a 56-yard shot ...

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Arsene Wenger critical of referee after Arsenal loss to Dinamo Zagreb

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at Romanian referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan for sending off striker Olivier Giroud after the Gunners slumped to a 2-1 defeat in their Champions League Group F opener at Dinamo Zagreb. The France forward missed a couple of early chances before collecting two cautions in the first half, for dissent and then tripping Daniel Ivo ...

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Are English clubs really as bad in Europe as some people think?

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Two Premier League clubs play on a Tuesday night in the Champions’ League. Both lose. Wednesday rolls around and another English club is defeated. The fourth and final Premier League representative does win, albeit against a weak team from Israel. And, ironically, it’s only their second win of the season in all competitions. Suddenly, social media takes off with one ...

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‘Some players are destined to be injured all the time’ – John Hartson fears for Jack Wilshere after latest setback

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The midfielder is facing yet another long lay-off after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation from a leg fracture he suffered in August. Arsenal’s medical staff have faced criticism over their handling of Wilshere, who has missed almost 1,000 days of football since making his debut in 2008, but Hartson insists it is simply a case of the 23-year-old’s body letting him ...

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