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Sweden turn to Jordan Larsson without injured Ibrahimovic for Euro 2020

Stockholm (AFP) – Sweden coach Janne Andersson named Henrik Larsson’s son Jordan in his squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday, with veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury. Spartak Moscow forward Jordan Larsson, 23, has made only five international appearances but joins fellow youngsters Dejan Kulusevski and Alexander Isak […]

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Icon: Marco van Basten’s best goals for Ajax

Marco van Basten was one of the world’s finest footballers at his glorious peak, the elegant goalscoring spearhead of Ajax, AC Milan and the Dutch national side. Van Basten was as complete a centre-forward as football can remember, capable of spectacular goals off either foot and a forward who put the glorious finishing touches to […]

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Liverpool keeper Alisson scores winner at West Brom

West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored a 95th minute winner as the Reds beat West Brom 2-1 on Sunday to keep a place in next season’s Champions League in their own hands. Jurgen Klopp’s men would have needed favours from Leicester and Chelsea in their final two games of the […]

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‘Bomber’ Mueller remains legend to Lewandowski and Bayern

Berlin (AFP) – Gerd Mueller remains one of football’s greatest strikers of all time, even after Robert Lewandowski equalled his 49-year-old Bundesliga record of 40 goals in one season, a landmark which many thought would never be matched. Lewandowski wouldn’t have it any other way. “What Gerd Mueller did is incredible. Sharing the record with […]

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Dani Alves rejoins Brazil for World Cup qualifiers

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil coach Tite recalled 38-year-old veteran Dani Alves on Friday for their World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay on June 4 and 8. It will be the first international appearance since October 2019 for the Sao Paulo wide player, who was named player of the tournament when Brazil won […]

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Appreciating the 10 teenagers to score away goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League

Luke Thomas’ brilliant goal for Leicester helped the Foxes to a 2-1 win at Manchester United this week, the left-back’s fine finish helping secure his side what could prove to be a vital three points in the race for Champions League football. Thomas’ goal also saw the teenager join an exclusive list of Premier League […]

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Forsberg third RB Leipzig star to extend contract in a week

Berlin (AFP) – Sweden playmaker Emil Forsberg has become the third RB Leipzig player in the last week to commit to the Bundesliga high-fliers until 2025, the German Cup finalists announced Wednesday. Forsberg has signed a three-year extension to his existing deal. He was part of the Leipzig squad promoted to the Bundesliga in 2016 […]

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Laporte set for Spain at Euro 2020 after nationality approved

Madrid (AFP) – Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has been approved to play for Spain instead of France at Euro 2020 this summer, sources at the Spanish football federation (RFEF) confirmed to AFP on Tuesday. The Spanish Council of Ministers has granted Spanish nationality to Laporte, who was born in Agen, France but never played […]

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Egyptian soccer passes flamboyant nickname tradition to next generation

Cairo (AFP) – Ranging from the presidential such as Obama to the abstract like Kahraba (electricity) or El Winch, the tradition of Egyptian footballers taking bizarre nicknames is alive and kicking. The flamboyant and sometimes satirical naming of players was prominently employed by Badr Ragab, a youth coach at Egypt’s most successful club Al-Ahly during […]

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Monaco stay on course for Champions League qualification

Paris (AFP) – A first senior goal for Belgian youngster Eliot Matazo gave Monaco a 1-0 win at Reims on Sunday that kept the principality club on course for a top-three finish in Ligue 1 and a return to the Champions League next season. Teenager Matazo, who was signed from Anderlecht aged 16 in 2018, […]