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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, […]

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Dortmund wait on injured Haaland for German Cup final

Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund are  facing a wait to see if Erling Braut Haaland can shake off a leg injury to be fit for Thursday’s German Cup final. Haaland has scored 37 goals in 38 games in all competitions this season, but sat out Saturday’s 3-2 Bundesliga win over second-placed RB Leipzig. Haaland […]

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UK ‘open’ to hosting Champions League final due to Turkey travel ban

London (AFP) – Britain on Friday said it was willing to step in to host the Champions League football final, after the government placed Turkey on a coronavirus travel red list. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the UK was “very open to hosting the final round” of the competition, which is due to take place […]

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Sir Alex Ferguson documentary to debut on Paramount+ May 29th

Whether you’re a Manchester United supporter or not, there’s no doubt that the story of Alex Ferguson is one of the greatest ever in world soccer, so it’s with plenty of enthusiastic expectation that the documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In will be as good as promised. It’ll exclusively premiere in the U.S. on […]

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Five stats that show the extent of Tuchel’s defensive revolution at Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea has helped transform the club’s season, the former Paris Saint-Germain manager replacing Frank Lampard in January and overseeing a sharp upturn in fortunes. Chelsea face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final this evening, the Blues in a favourable position to reach an all-Premier League showpiece […]

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FOX Sports acquires Copa America rights in English through 2026

FOX Sports has been out of the business of acquiring soccer rights for a considerable amount of time after losing the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and Bundesliga in recent years, but the American broadcasting network is back now after the headline news today proclaiming FOX Sports acquires Copa America rights through 2026. FOX Sports’ […]

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PSG sweat on fitness of Mbappe for Man City Champions League clash

Paris (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City on Tuesday, coach Mauricio Pochettino said. “I think we need to assess Kylian. Today he is going to start training individually and then we’ll see if he can be with the team at the end,” Pochettino […]

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Neville backs Man Utd fans after protests forces Liverpool postponement

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville backed the angry fans whose dramatic protest against the Glazer family forced the postponement of Sunday’s game against Liverpool. Hundreds of United supporters gathered outside Old Trafford hours before the scheduled 1530 GMT kick-off to show their disgust at the club’s United States-based owners. […]