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Category: European club football

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When should a football club retire a player’s shirt number?

Moore, Baggio, Maradona, Maldini and ‘the 12th man’ have all been given the honour but is it really a sign of weakness?By Ricci Potts for The Gentleman UltraNot long ago I was speaking to some Napoli fans about Lorenzo Insigne. He was born in Naples, s…

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Christian Pulisic open to Premier League move with Chelsea leading chase

• Borussia Dortmund forward out of contract in 2020 • ‘There is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here’Christian Pulisic has said he is open to moving to the Premier League, with Chelsea understood to be leading the race to sign the forward from…

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La Liga could teach the Premier League about being competitive

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are disproving the theory that ‘anyone can beat anyone’ in the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere are many factors to consider when assessing what makes one league better than another, but over th…

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Real Madrid appoint Santiago Solari as permanent manager

• Solari oversaw four consecutive wins as interim boss• Real Madrid trail league leaders Barcelona by four pointsReal Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent manager following his successful spell in caretaker charge…

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Real Madrid appoint Santiago Solari as permanent manager

• Solari oversaw four consecutive wins as interim boss• Real Madrid trail league leaders Barcelona by four pointsReal Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent manager following his successful spell in caretaker charge…

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Football transfer rumours: Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell to Leipzig?

Today’s fluff has freedom of movementToday’s Mill is jam-packed with players poised to swap the continent for Britain, and vice versa. That could all change after Brexit – with some reports suggesting Premier League sides would be restricted to just 12…

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Real Betis’s Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing | Sid Lowe

Before the match, Real Betis’s manager had to apologise for his admiration for Barça. After beating them, Barcelona’s players spoke of their admiration for himIn the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Q…

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Real Betis’s Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing | Sid Lowe

Before the match, Real Betis’s manager had to apologise for his admiration for Barça. After beating them, Barcelona’s players spoke of their admiration for himIn the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Q…

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Memphis Depay is a big club player with a small time attitude

Depay has been more effective in Ligue 1 this year than Neymar or Kylian Mbappé but his mentality is holding him backBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMemphis Depay is not often associated with the words “effective” or “consisten…

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Sublime Klassiker suggests there’s finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this seasonThe 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was …

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Sublime Klassiker suggests there’s finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this seasonThe 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was …

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Gonzalo Higuaín suffers Milan meltdown as Juve push him over the edge | Paolo Bandini

Gattuso warned the striker to stay calm but a missed penalty sent the former Juve talisman spiralling towards a red cardHad Gennaro Gattuso noticed something in training, the first tremors that foretell the eruption of an emotional volcano? Milan’s mat…

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European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

Lionel Messi scores twice in vain for BarcelonaAIK win Swedish title thanks to victory over KalmarBarcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga for more than two years, the champions losing 4-3 to Real Betis despite Lionel Messi scoring twice o…

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Paco Alcácer the hero as red-hot Dortmund down Bayern in thriller

Marco Reus scored twice as the Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund, came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in a thrilling showdown at Signal Iduna Park.Robert Lewandowski had put Bayern ahead against his former club with a bullet header, but Reus…

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Marco Reus conducts Borussia Dortmund’s remarkable renaissance | Ben Fisher

The 29-year-old has been outstanding in the No 10 role with Sancho, Bruun Larsen and Pulisic learning from him. On Saturday Dortmund face Bayern in der KlassikerMarco Reus has been showered with compliments this season but perhaps the best one came cou…

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Manchester derby, Sheffield derby and FA Cup: football countdown – live!

Live updates as we approach a big weekend of actionPremier League: 10 things to look forward to this weekendDrop John an email or tweet @John_Ashdown 9.23am GMT Ahead of this evening’s FA Cup first-round opener, Nick Ames wandered along White Hart Lane…

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Paris Saint-Germain admit to racially profiling young players

• PSG say management was unaware of ‘secret’ scouting policy• Questions first raised in March 2014Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that their scouts illegally racially profiled young players as part of their recruitment process.They were asked to lis…

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What is going so badly wrong for Thierry Henry at Monaco? | Paul Doyle

Henry, still searching for his first win after five games in charge, is facing problems on and off the pitch at the Ligue 1 club“People tell me after every match that it can’t get worse, but it does,” observed Thierry Henry after his team’s crushing 4-…

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Champions League: Valencia keep heat on Manchester United with victory

Carlos Soler had a hand in all three goals as Valencia beat Young Boys 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, boosting their hopes of progressing from Group H ahead of Manchester United.Valencia have been struggling domestically and sit 15th in La L…

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Unai Emery gives Arsenal right mix of freedom and discipline, says Mustafi – video

Shkodran Mustafi believes Unai Emery has found the right balance between freedom and discipline on the pitch since taking over at Arsenal.The Gunners play Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night, looking to extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches and knowing…