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Daily Archives: September 12, 2015

Milan and Inter stakes high for season’s first Derby della Madonnina

By last Saturday, 65,000 tickets had already been sold for the Derby della Madonnina — a measure of the heightened sense of anticipation around one of the biggest games in football. Without a trophy since 2011 and simultaneously out of Europe for the first time in 60 years, both Milan clubs decided enough was enough. They have shown renewed ambition ...

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Internazionale v AC Milan: Preview

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has stressed the importance of winning Sunday’s derby against AC Milan because of the need to build momentum. The Nerazzurri have won both of their games so far, edging Atalanta 1-0 in their Serie A opener before prevailing 2-1 at promoted Carpi prior to the international break. “We need to give continuity to our results,” ...

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Alexandre Lacazette will return to form – Lyon teammate Corentin Tolisso

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has overcome a niggling injury and is ready to reproduce his outstanding form of last season, according to teammate Corentin Tolisso. Lacazette, 24, was voted France’s player of the year last season after scoring 27 goals in Ligue 1 as Lyon finished runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain. However, he has not yet found the target at the ...

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Giuseppe Rossi agrees to reduced Fiorentina salary

FLORENCE, Italy — After returning from the latest in a series of serious knee injuries, United States-born Italy international Giuseppe Rossi has agreed to reduce his salary at Fiorentina. Fiorentina general director Andrea Rogg says “there is already a shared intent to revise his contract. … It confirms that besides being a great footballer he’s also a phenomenal person.” The ...

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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to be on bench for Bayer Leverkusen

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez will not start for Bayer Leverkusen when they host newly promoted Darmstadt at the weekend, his coach Roger Schmidt has said. Hernandez, 27, joined Leverkusen from Manchester United on a three-year contract this summer for a reported fee of £8.75 million. His arrival has been warmly received by a number of the club’s current squad, including captain ...

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Wolfsburg extend Champions League invitation to refugees

Wolfsburg are to invite around 1,200 refugees to their opening Champions League fixture with CSKA Moscow next Tuesday, the Bundesliga club have announced. Free tickets have been distributed to refugees living in and around the Lower Saxony city to “offer them a beautiful evening of top European football,” according to a statement. The Wolves are making their return to the ...

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Julian Draxler: Schalke pressure and expectations led to Wolfsburg move

Wolfsburg’s summer signing Julian Draxler says his time at Schalke came to a natural end as too much pressure was hindering his development. Draxler, 21, left his boyhood club Schalke on the final day of the summer transfer window for Wolfsburg on a five-year contract for an initial transfer fee of around €36 million. The Germany international had been linked ...

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Dortmund’s fresh legs must drive club past Hannover 96, into Europa League

On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund will travel to lower Saxony to play Hannover 96. It’s matchday four of the Bundesliga, and the Back and Yellows are looking to maintain their perfect record by winning their ninth of nine games. The international break served as an interlude, as the first eight matches were a comfortable warm-up period of winnable games against mediocre ...

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Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel: Winning creates trust

Borussia Dortmund will look to continue their winning start to the season at Hannover on Saturday, but are likely to have to do so without Marco Reus. Thomas Tuchel’s team have won all eight of their competitive games, three of those in the Bundesliga which they lead on goal difference from Bayern Munich. “The feeling of a victory can’t be ...

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Laurent Blanc says PSG were ‘rough’ in 2-2 draw with 10-man Bordeaux

Laurent Blanc was critical of his Paris St Germain side after they saw their 100 percent winning start to the Ligue 1 season ended in a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux. PSG looked to have done enough to have sealed a fifth consecutive victory when Henri Saivet was sent off in the 77th minute, with the Bordeaux midfielder scoring in between ...

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