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Barça’s First Test of the Season .

Barça is off to a great start to their season. Following their surprising goalless draw at home to Rayo Vallecano, the Blaugrana have been on a five-game winning streak with impressive wins on the road against Real Sociedad and Sevilla. Today, they kick off their second group stage match of their Champions League group stage, where they face their rivals for the trophy, Bayern Munich. Today will show us if Barça are back where they belong or still have work …

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Julen Lopetegui wants to be reunited with Marcos Acuna at Wolves

New Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui is keen to bring Argentinian international left back Marcos Acuna to the Premier League club during the winter transfer window. Lopetegui was appointed as Wolves boss in early November and is keen to bring in players in January to help his side get off the bottom of the Premier League table, having accumulated only ten points in 15 matches so far this season. The 56-year-old is well aware of Acuna’s quality, having managed the Argentine …

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Lucas Rosa keen to take his opportunity at Real Valladolid

Lucas Rosa is ready to take his chance in the Real Valladolid first team having been promoted during the first half of the season. The Brazilian right back made his first team debut in Valladolid’s 4-1 victory against Celta Vigo in October and has since gone on to make six appearances for Pacheta’s side. The 22-year-old had been playing for Real Valladolid Promesas in Segunda Federación for the early part of the season. However, Luis Perez’s injury against Girona in …

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Lionel Messi set for 1000th career match against Australia

Lionel Messi will reach another milestone during Argentina’s World Cup last 16 tie against Australia on Saturday evening. The former Barcelona man will make his 1000th competitive appearance in his career as he looks to help his country progress to the quarter finals of the tournament. In his 999 career appearances to date, he was registered an utterly remarkable 788 goals, along with 348 assists. Very few players can boast reaching 1000 career matches in their career, let alone having …

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Morocco sweat on availability of key players ahead of La Roja World Cup clash

Morocco’s preparation for Tuesday’s massive World Cup last 16 tie against Spain has been hampered as seven players trained away from the main squad today. Among the players to sit out full training was Hakim Ziyech, who is regarded by many as their talisman. The Chelsea playmaker was seen to be receiving treatment which the majority of his teammates trained as normal. Also missing were ex-Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi and Sevilla forward Youssef el Nesyri. The former, who has …

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WATCH: Netherlands heading through despite incredible flicked finish from USA

The Netherlands are on course to progress to the last eight of the World Cup. The USA had cut the Dutch’s lead in half with 15 minutes remaining in their World Cup last 16 tie. The Americans have looked good all game, despite being behind since the tenth minute, and now have their reward courtesy for Haji Wright’s outrageous finish. The substitute has been lively since coming on, and he flicked Christian Pulisic’s cross towards home and the ball looped …

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Cesc Fabregas recommended Aurélien Tchouaméni to Barcelona before Real Madrid transfer

Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he recommended Aurélien Tchouaméni to Barcelona before the Frenchman moved to Real Madrid. In an interview with Fichajes.com, Fabregas said that when Barcelona began the process of looking for Sergio Busquets’ long term successor, he told them about Tchouaméni, with whom Fabregas played with at AS Monaco. “I spoke to Barca because they were looking for a replacement for Busquets. I talked about Aurélien with Barça. They wanted to start preparing for …

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WATCH: Daley Blind makes it two for the Netherlands

The Netherlands are well on their way to progressing to the quarter finals of the World Cup after doubling their lead on the stroke of half time. The Group A winners are very much in control of the last 16 tie, and the goal has come from an unlikely source in Daley Blind. Denzel Dumfries was the architect again for the Dutch. His cutback from the right reached the onrushing Blind, who passed the ball into the back of the …

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Brazil duo ruled out for remainder of World Cup

Brazil will have to do without the services of Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus for the rest of the World Cup after both players have been forced to withdraw from the squad. According to AS, both players sustained injuries to their right knee during Friday evening’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon. The pair underwent scans this morning where their worst fears were confirmed. The CBF confirmed in a statement that Sevilla‘s Telles and Jesus of Arsenal will play no further part …

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Pelé moved to end-of-life care in Sao Paulo hospital

Brazilian and football icon Pelé has been transferred to palliative care after he stopped responding to chemotherapy. The 82-year-old has been in the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo since Tuesday after his health has deteriorated, after he began suffering symptoms including ‘general swelling’ and ‘heart failure’. His daughter had previously allayed fears that the Brazilian’s condition was serious. However, new reports from Folha have started that his body is no longer responding to the chemotherapy he has been receiving …

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WATCH: Netherlands take an early lead through Barcelona’s Memphis Depay

It has taken only ten minutes for the Netherlands to break through the USA defences in the first knockout stages match of the World Cup. The goal will calm Dutch nerves early, and they have Barcelona forward Memphis Depay to thank for that. A beautiful team move resulted in the ball being played out wide to Denzel Dumfries, whose cross landed at the feet on Depay 12 yards out. From there, the 28-year-old swept the ball into the corner to …

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