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Maradona statue unveiled in India becomes target of online ridicule – video

Another football icon honoured by a statue has attracted widespread attention and ridicule. A bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, was unveiled at a club in Kolkata, although the dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup winner has bee…

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‘We won because we were better in all departments,’ says Pep Guardiola – video

In the post-match press conference following his team’s 2-1 win over their city rivals, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had a simple explanation for their success: ‘we were better.’ United manager José Mourinho found it within himself to criticise t…

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Jürgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce disagree over Merseyside derby penalty – video

The managers of Liverpool and Everton, Jürgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce, saw a late penalty, which was converted by Wayne Rooney to earn the Toffees a point, very differently. Klopp argued that his team were subject to 60-70 similar challenges in midfiel…

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Antonio Conte concedes title after Chelsea lose at West Ham – video

Chelsea are out of the Premier League title race after losing at West Ham on Saturday, according to Blues manager Antonio Conte. ‘To talk about the title race after a defeat, I think it a bit strange.’ says Conte following the 1-0 defeat at the London …

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Manchester City ‘are not going to win or lose the title’ in derby, says Guardiola – video

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the chance to make history is not playing on his mind as he prepares for Sunday’s derby with rivals Manchester United, and it is far too early to suggest that the match could be a title decider. ‘Winning, drawing…

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or of his career – video

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title. Ronaldo was presented with the award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursd…

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Liverpool ready to face anyone in Champions League last 16, says Klopp – video

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool will be ready to face anyone in the Champions League knockout stages after a 7-0 rout of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday night. The victory ensured the Reds progress as group winners and will therefore face Basel, Bay…

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England manager Gareth Southgate on the World Cup draw – video

Gareth Southgate gives his reaction to the draw in Moscow for the World Cup next year in Russia. ‘We’re excited now that we know who we’re playing,’ says the England manager. The Three Lions will take on Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Russia next yearE…

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Burnley’s Sean Dyche: ‘It was a big decision, but we’ve had a few of them go against us’ – video

A stoppage-time penalty from Alexis Sánchez gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Burnley and saw them move up to fourth place in the Premier League. Burnley manager Sean Dyche was quick to admit that James Tarkowski had made contact with Aaron Ramsey, but still…

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Jürgen Klopp: ‘You need three players to stop Eden Hazard’ – video

Jürgen Klopp was literally wowed by Chelsea forward Eden Hazard as Liverpool and Chelsea took a point each in the big fixture in the Premier League at Anfield. The German praised the attitude of both teams after a difficult week in the Champions League…

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Jürgen Klopp: ‘You need three players to stop Eden Hazard’ – video

Jürgen Klopp was literally wowed by Chelsea forward Eden Hazard as Liverpool and Chelsea took a point each in the big fixture in the Premier League at Anfield. The German praised the attitude of both teams after a difficult week in the Champions League…

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José Mourinho: ‘We had too many attackers’ – video

A downbeat-looking Jose Mourinho raised questions about Paul Pogba’s fitness and criticised the creativity of his Manchester United side after a 1-0 victory against a Brighton side who created plenty of chances of their own.  Henrikh Mkhitary…

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José Mourinho: Manchester United should have led 5-0 at half-time against Basel – video

The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, says that his side would have beaten Basel nine times out of 10 following defeat in Switzerland on Wednesday night. Michael Lang prodded home late for Basel to condemn United to their first Champions League…

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David Squires on … the FFA Cup ballboy and the post-Postecoglou era

This week our resident cartoonist was given the gift of the FFA final and Ange Postecoglou’s resignation as Socceroos coachTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoons Continue reading…

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‘It feels like we lost’: Liverpool surrender three-goal lead at Sevilla – video

Jürgen Klopp admits that Liverpool’s 3-3 draw away at Sevilla on Tuesday feels like a loss after his side let a three-goal lead slip in the second half. ‘We didn’t carry on playing football,’ says Klopp. ‘I don’t think anybody can change that it feels …

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Ange Postecoglou quits as Socceroos coach – video

Australia will have a new coach for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after Postecoglou makes the ‘toughest decision’ and calls an end to his four-year reign Continue reading…

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino: ‘We need to keep going’ – video

Tottenham Hotspur will look to consolidate their position as Champions League Group H leaders when they take on Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night. Ten points from their opening four games mean that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are already guaranteed a p…

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Alvechurch striker scores sensational Bergkamp-esque volley – video

Daniel Dubidat has drawn comparisons with Dennis Bergkamp after his stunning volley sealed a 3-2 win for Alvechurch over Sheffield FC in their non-league clash on Saturday. Dubidat, channelling the technique of the former Arsenal striker, controls a lo…

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José Mourinho hails the return of Manchester United talisman Paul Pogba – video

José Mourinho praises Paul Pogba after the midfielder returned from injury in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday. Pogba was influential throughout at Old Trafford and scored United’s third goal in his first game back since straining…

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Arsenal deserved derby win over Tottenham, says Arsène Wenger – video

Arsène Wenger says his Arsenal side deserved their 2-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday. The Gunners recorded their first victory over Spurs since March 2014 with goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez. ‘I think we played with…