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Fernando Torres to take over as Atlético Madrid’s youth team coach

Former striker will step from role as assistantSon of Paulo Futre, Fábio, will take over as under-11s coachThe former Atlético Madrid striker Fernando Torres has been appointed as the club’s youth-team coach.Torres worked in the Atlético academy set-up…

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Fernando Torres to take over as Atlético Madrid’s youth team coach

Former striker will step from role as assistantSon of Paulo Futre, Fábio, will take over as under-11s coachThe former Atlético Madrid striker Fernando Torres has been appointed as the club’s youth-team coach.Torres worked in the Atlético academy set-up…

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Fernando Torres to take over as Atlético Madrid’s youth team coach

Former striker will step from role as assistantSon of Paulo Futre, Fábio, will take over as under-11s coachThe former Atlético Madrid striker Fernando Torres has been appointed as the club’s youth-team coach.Torres worked in the Atlético academy set-up…

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Barcelona in desperate push to offload players and keep Lionel Messi

Messi is still a free agent and Barça will only be able to announce his deal once the club clear some of their debtLionel Messi is unemployed. Don’t worry: he will still be at Barcelona next season, or he should be, and he will certainly be OK. The que…

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‘It’s absolutely enormous’: Uefa’s Conference League gets thumbs-up from smaller clubs

Teams like Bohemians and New Saints can go further as they face opponents of similar standing before group stagesIt would be understandable if Premier League fans thought Uefa’s latest wheeze was intended as just another way for Tottenham to embarrass …

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‘Special moments’: Olivier Giroud thanks Chelsea as he joins Milan

The French striker is set for a two-year deal at San SiroGiroud ends a highly successful spell at Stamford BridgeOlivier Giroud has joined Milan from Champions League winners Chelsea.Milan did not specify the transfer fee or the length of the contract …

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Éder Militão transfer from Porto to Real Madrid in spotlight over agents’ fees

More than £7.7m were paid to two agents in 2019Investigation part of ‘Operation Red Card’ in PortugalPortuguese authorities are investigating the €9m (£7.7m) that was paid to two agents as part of the €50m transfer that saw Brazil defender Éder Militão…

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Benfica president’s arrest leaves Rui Costa to pick up the pieces

Former great in charge – for now – after Luis Filipe Vieira steps aside amid inquiry into alleged tax fraud and money launderingRui Costa’s first assignment as Benfica’s president wasn’t exactly what he might have expected. Two days after the elegant m…

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Benfica president’s arrest leaves Rui Costa to pick up the pieces

Former great in charge – for now – after Luis Filipe Vieira steps aside amid inquiry into alleged tax fraud and money launderingRui Costa’s first assignment as Benfica’s president wasn’t exactly what he might have expected. Two days after the elegant m…

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Gaël Clichy: ‘Talking about racism means we are moving forward’

Servette’s former Arsenal and Manchester City defender on coaching ambitions, Pep Guardiola and how to achieve happinessAs Gaël Clichy closes in on his 36th birthday it is unsurprising he has one eye on the future. Retirement was not an option for the …

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Men’s transfer window: all the major deals while Euro 2020 has been on

With the football world focused on the Euros, the continent’s biggest clubs have still spent more than £900m already this summerThe biggest fee of the window so far is the £73m Manchester United have agreed to pay Dortmund for the England winger Jadon …

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Men’s transfer window: all the major deals while Euro 2020 has been on

With the football world focused on the Euros, the continent’s biggest clubs have still spent more than £900m already this summerThe biggest fee of the window so far is the £73m Manchester United have agreed to pay Dortmund for the England winger Jadon …

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La Liga chief claims Man City could not sign Messi without ‘financial doping’

Argentinian is now a free agent after Barcelona contract expiredTebas claims Barça need to save four euros for one spentLa Liga chief Javier Tebas has claimed Manchester City could not sign Lionel Messi on his previous Barcelona terms without the aid o…

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‘The best club to keep on winning’: Sergio Ramos completes PSG move

Spanish defender left Real Madrid after 16-year stintLigue 1 side wrap up signing to bolster their back-lineParis St-Germain have signed Sergio Ramos on a free transfer after he left Real Madrid, the Ligue 1 side have announced.Ramos left Madrid last m…

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Robert Mancini, Gianluca Vialli and the great friendship inspiring Italy

Mancini and Vialli have been as close as brothers for nearly 40 years. Now they can become European champions togetherBy Andy Gallagher for These Football TimesThe year 1964 was a big one for football in Italy. Helenio Herrera’s Inter defeated Real Mad…

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Franco Baresi: ‘You need team spirit and this Italy side is a united group’

The Milan legend assesses Italy’s chances at Euro 2020, discusses Fikayo Tomori and remembers Diego MaradonaBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraThese are heady days for Italy. After the nadir of the Gian Piero Ventura era, in which they failed to qua…

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Franco Baresi: ‘You need team spirit and this Italy side is a united group’

The Milan legend assesses Italy’s chances at Euro 2020, discusses Fikayo Tomori and remembers Diego MaradonaBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraThese are heady days for Italy. After the nadir of the Gian Piero Ventura era, in which they failed to qua…

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Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid’s loudest warrior, quietly says goodbye

After 16 seasons and four Champions Leagues, the centre-back faces a future away from the club he never wanted to leaveAfter 16 seasons, 671 games, 101 goals and four Champions Leagues, walking in a teenager and walking out a legend, a comic book capta…

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Six English ESL breakaway clubs agree to pay £20m to grassroots causes

Clubs and Premier League settle on punishment paymentSum is less per club than average squad member’s yearly salaryThe six English clubs who attempted to join the European Super League have agreed a settlement with the Premier League that will see them…

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Men’s transfer window summer 2021 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

All the summer’s Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A deals and club-by-club guides Continue reading…