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The big gamble: does €126m João Félix spell end of Atlético’s Cholismo era?

The 19-year-old playmaker is replacing Griezmann and Diego Simeone admits this is one of his ‘most difficult projects’Two days after Antoine Griezmann announced he was leaving Atlético Madrid, delivering the message in a video filmed on a mobile phone …

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Atlético Madrid sign teenager João Felix from Benfica for €126m fee

• Nineteen-year-old signs on seven-year contract • Arrival expected to hasten exit of Antoine GriezmannAtlético Madrid have signed 19-year-old striker João Felix from Benfica for €126m (£112.9m), making him the fourth most expensive player of all time….

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Atlético Madrid set to win race to sign João Félix from Benfica

Manchester City and United had also shown an interestAtlético hoping to pay less than €120m release clauseAtlético Madrid are close to signing the Benfica midfielder João Félix for a fee close to €120m after agreeing a deal with the player’s representa…

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Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leagues

The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League has come to its conclusion, but there is plenty to play for across Europe. Here are …

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Football transfer rumours: Portugal pair to Manchester United for £150m?

Today’s whispers are dozing offSigning the next big thing from Portugal can be a tricky business. You might end up with Cristiano Ronaldo, you’ll probably end up with either another Renato Sanches or Hélder Postiga. Still though, sometimes it’s worth r…

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Manchester City weigh up bid for Benfica’s €60m-rated midfielder Florentino Luís

• 19-year-old has only played four times for Benfica first team• Paris St-Germain have already had one bid turned downManchester City are considering making an offer for Benfica’s defensive midfielder Florentino Luis.The 19-year-old defensive midfielde…

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Europa League: four intriguing fixtures worth following this week

All the facts and figures for Celtic v Valencia, Galatasaray v Benfica, Krasnodar v Bayer and Shakhtar v Eintracht FrankfurtBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe return of the Champions League has taken centre stage this week, but there are plenty of int…

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Football transfer rumours: João Felix to Manchester United for £100m?

Today’s fluff has got apple pie in the sky hopesJoão Félix, the 19-year-old Benfica forward, is in the kind of form that was bound to attract somebody’s notice. In each of his last three league appearances he has scored and assisted a goal, helping his…

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José Mourinho breaks cover to rule himself out of Benfica managerial role

• ‘I am fine at the moment. I am not an option for Benfica’• Mourinho stays tight-lipped over Manchester United exitJosé Mourinho has spoken publicly to rule himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Benfica, but refused to make any further comment on…

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Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

Updates and news from them the 12pm GMT drawChampions League draw: PSG for Mourinho, Liverpool face BayernSign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.08pm GMT Sasic is asked how she thinks the G…

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Champions League: Bale on target in Real Madrid win against Roma

• Roma 0-2 Real Madrid; Juventus 1-0 Valencia• Gareth Bale and Lucas Vázquez score for Spanish giantsReal Madrid found solace in the Champions League once more as a 2-0 win at Roma confirmed top spot in Group G.The champions took a 47th-minute lead thr…

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How can Renato Sanches be so bad at one club and so good at another? | Stuart James

The midfielder is rebuilding his career at Bayern and is clearly a huge talent, which makes his failed spell at Swansea so bafflingSeptember 2017, the London Stadium. Renato Sanches is brought down by Cheikhou Kouyaté deep inside the West Ham half and …

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A day inside Benfica’s academy, the production line for European football

Benfica have made more than £230m in the last three years from selling academy graduates. This is how they develop their young playersBy Alex Clapham for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network“Look at Ederson of Manchester City. When …

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Champions League roundup: Bayern end PSG’s 100% record but come second

• Kylian Mbappé goal stifles German champions attempts to oust French club• Wins for Barcelona and Juventus, while Roma finish top of Group CBayern Munich ended Paris Saint-Germain’s 100% record in Group B but their 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena was…

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Bayern Munich v PSG, Celtic v Anderlecht: Champions League – live!

Live updates from all of Tuesday’s Champions League matchesChampions League tables: check on the latest standingsAnd you can email Nick or ping him a tweet @NickMiller79 7.12pm GMT Just throwing forwards to tomorrow, this is either admirable honesty or…

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Who are the all-time top goalscorers at the biggest clubs in Europe?

Sergio Agüero has followed Wayne Rooney in becoming the most prolific goalscorer at a Premier League club. Which players hold that accolade in Europe?• Who are the Premier League clubs’ top goalscorers?Who is Real Madrid’s top scorer with 412 goals?Raú…

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José Mourinho still has issues with Manchester United fans which don’t exist | Paul Wilson

The Manchester United manager continued his needless bickering with a section of the home support in his programme notes but his reasons remain unclearEnjoy the game is a phrase every football fan reads every week if they buy a match programme and both…

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Manchester United make Benfica’s Mile Svilar suffer again despite penalty save

Manchester United are a point away from the Champions League knockout phase with this fourth win from four Group A matches. This is a fine position but José Mourinho will not have aided the struggling Romelu Lukaku’s confidence after insisting Daley Bl…

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Manchester United v Benfica: Champions League – live!

Champions League Group A updates from Old TraffordLive scores: all the goals from around EuropeScott’s new book: The Title: The Story of the First DivisionAnd feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 10.48am GMT … which could see Manchester Un…

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Mourinho programme notes suggest tension with Manchester United fans

• ‘I hope you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Spurs’• United manager said unfair that supporters ‘don’t support Lukaku so much’Apparent tension between José Mourinho and sections of Manchester United supporters continued on Tuesday as …