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Daily Archives: September 18, 2015

Atletico Madrid’s visit to Eibar poses selection questions for Simeone

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With the season now in full flow, the games are coming thick and fast and this Saturday Diego Simeone takes his Atletico Madrid side to high-flying Eibar in the north. After the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat to a Barcelona side there for the taking, Los Rojiblancos bounced back in the best way possible by making light work of a ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi like ‘white truffles vs. caviar,’ says Luis Figo

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Choosing between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi is like deciding between “white truffles and caviar,” according to Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year Luis Figo, who added that comparing them “is not very positive.” The differences between the two players “depend upon the moment of fitness of each one” and what we should be doing is enjoying ...

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Neymar better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – Roberto Carlos

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Former Real Madrid and Brazil left-back Roberto Carlos has claimed that Neymar — not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo — is the best player in the world at the moment. The debate over whether Messi or Ronaldo is the greatest continues to run, with the former having come off the bench to net Barcelona’s winner in last Sunday’s 2-1 La ...

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Manchester United face fight over young star Venancio da Silva Monteiro

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Young Manchester United star Venancio da Silva Monteiro is interesting his former club Benfica, his father has told ESPN FC. Monteiro joined United after leaving Benfica in December, with United beating Manchester rivals City to the highly-rated 16-year-old’s signature. The winger linked up with United for training in April 2014 after his parents moved to England and City tried to ...

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Luke Shaw absence overshadows United’s trip to Southampton

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Manchester United’s Sunday trip to Southampton is overshadowed by the terrible recent injury to one of the home side’s proudest graduates, Luke Shaw. The left-back was quickly emerging as the best in England before the horror of Tuesday night’s broken leg sustained in United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. In his early months at the club, ...

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Emmanuel Petit regrets leaving Arsenal and not signing for Man United

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Ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has admitted that he regrets leaving the club as well as joining Chelsea instead of Manchester United. Petit, 44, won a Premier League and FA Cup Double with the Gunners in the 1997-98 season before leaving London for Barcelona in 2000. He soon regretted his decision after being deployed at left-back by the Catalans, joining Chelsea ...

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Manchester United out to avoid third straight road defeat on trip to Saints

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Despite sustained celebrations to a Europop backdrop in the Philips Stadion, Eindhoven’s adjacent city centre was surprisingly quiet after PSV Eindhoven defeated Manchester United in a Champions League group game Tuesday. With work in the morning for Dutch fans, there was little of the abandon witnessed in Bilbao after Athletic Bilbao topped United in 2012 or in Piraeus after Olympiakos’ ...

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Liverpool youngsters held to draw at Bordeaux in Europa League opener

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ Europa League gamble almost paid off as the club’s young guns were held to a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux. Adam Lallana’s brilliant-but-simple goal midway through the second half was the highlight of a dogged display as the England midfielder capped his first appearance for a month after injury but was cancelled out by substitute Jussie nine ...

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Mathieu Valbuena takes Marseille to court to demand €568,000

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Lyon winger Mathieu Valbuena has taken his former club Marseille to court, claiming they owe him €568,000 (£414,000). The case relates to Valbuena’s dispute with his former agent Christophe Hutteau, who launched proceedings last year to demand compensation for breach of contract. Valbuena, 30, was ordered to pay Hutteau €568,000 — but he believes that money should have been paid ...

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers disappointed, encouraged by draw

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was both disappointed and encouraged by his side’s 1-1 Europa League draw in Bordeaux. Adam Lallana’s second-half goal was cancelled out by substitute Jussie late on to deny the Reds an opening win. However, with Rodgers making eight changes it was the young players who impressed — the first-half introduction of debutant Pedro Chirivella brought the ...

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