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Yunus Musah
In November 2020, England youth international Yunus Musah made his senior international debut, aged just 17. But not for England. The Valencia teenager turned out for the United States against Wales in Swansea, immediately forming a promising partner
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Round Up
Holders Lyon twice trailed in their Champions League round of 32 first leg with Juventus before taking the match 3-2 and the tie 6-2 on aggregate. Glasgow City, quarter-finalists last season, lost to Sparta Prague while Slavia Prague went out to a 95
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People On The Move
Paris Saint-Germain sacked Thomas Tuchel and replaced him with former Spurs boss MAURICIO POCHETTINO. CHRISTIAN GROSS became Schalke’s fourth coach this season following the short-lived reigns of Huub Stevens and Manuel Baum, who had replaced David W
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Marcus Rashford: Manchester’s superhero
Back in April, as the coronavirus pandemic was tightening its grip on the United Kingdom, health secretary Matt Hancock used a televised public briefing to take aim at Premier League footballers, suggesting they needed to “make a contribution, take a
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Global Diary
SWITZERLAND: Albanian capital Tirana is chosen to host the first final of the UEFA Conference League when it launches in the 2021-22 season. The Nations League draw pits Spain against hosts Italy in one semi-final, and France v Belgium in the other.
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2020 League Round-ups
hen coronavirus struck last March, Europe had to decide how to finish championships that were already in the closing straight. South America’s task was more complicated. Argentina aside, everyone now organises their season by the calendar year. The 2
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Shakira belted out: “This time for Africa!” from the opening match at the 2010 World Cup through to the final. It was, briefly, but not any more. Sepp Blatter, then FIFA’s president, bore a missionary’s obsession with bringing the complex continent u
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In early December, Italian football mourned one of its most iconic figures when 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi died at the age of 64, following a losing battle with lung cancer. At an emotional funeral in Vicenza, many of his World Cup team-mates ad
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DAC: The Forefront Of Hungary’s Expanding Football Empire
In Budapest and Debrecen, Szeged and Kisvarda, Miskolc and Mezokovesd, football-mad Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has built spanking new football stadiums to host domestic matches which invariably attract relatively few paying customers. Aver
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ENGLAND England defender Kieran Trippier’s ten-week ban for a breach of gambling regulations has sparked a debate about the validity of certain betting markets and football’s role in policing them. Trippier, who was also fined £70,000, was found guil
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Italy Mourns A World Cup Legend
As football icons go, Paolo Rossi always came across as an approachable guy. Rossi, who died in early December at the age of 64 after a losing battle with lung cancer, was a living legend, a national hero, one of the most celebrated of Italians, but
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The BIG Stories Of 2021 …before They Happen
1 IS THE EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY? Clearly a raft of the continent’s top clubs – including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and many of the Premier League’s finest – regard a period of pandemic-induced recession as the ide
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Mino Raiola
He is arguably one of the most powerful men in world football, yet most fans would probably find it hard to identify him. His family were immigrants from southern Italy to Netherlands when he was a baby, yet nowadays he controls a global football pla
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Esm Xi european Sports Media
Cumulative votes through the season Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) 14 Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) 5 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) 4 David De Gea (Manchester United) 2 Ederson (Manchester City) 2 Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 2 Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) 2
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Pacific Ocean pioneers
ifteen years after forming, the Northern Mariana Islands have finally been accepted as a full Asian Football Confederation member, but face a wait before playing their first senior game as an AFC member . The NMIFA was formed by a group of US soccer
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The African super-club
Ordinarily, the forces buffeting up against Al Ahly would have buckled any club. But the Egyptians have shown remarkable resilience in reclaiming their position as Africa’s most successful club. For almost ten years, the Cairo giants have had to deal
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Columbus Crew Crowned Champions For Second Time
As Columbus Crew captain Jonathan Mensah lifted the MLS Cup following his side’s 3-0 victory against Seattle Sounders, it signified more than just one of the most convincing MLS Cup final wins It represented a victory on and off the pitch for a club
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“The Goal Against Wales Is On Repeat In Our House”
The last three and a half seasons have been some ride for Wolverhampton Wanderers. It owes much to Nuno Espirito Santo. Just how good is he? It’s not just what he’s done for me as a player, but as a person. I’ve matured so much. I just need to keep l
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The rise of Manchester United Women
At the start of 2018 Manchester United’s women’s team did not even exist. By the end of 2020 they were England’s top club, four points clear in the Women’s Super League. Even given United’s resources it has been a meteoric rise, though for Casey Ston
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Climbing The Ladder
Since being introduced in december 1992, the FIFA World ranking has routinely been the subject of controversy. In nearly three decades, only eight teams have topped the list: Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and most
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There have been plenty of famous foreign players heading to China in recent years. Some – such as Carlos Tevez – failed spectacularly, but there have been major successes. After four and a half largely excellent years, Hulk will be missed, despite so
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Club Football
Matchday 5 Dec1: Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) 2 Real Madrid (Esp) 0; Lokomotiv Moscow (Rus)1 RB Salzburg (Aut) 3; Borussia Monchengladbach (Ger) 2 Internazionale (Ita) 3; Marseille (Fra) 2 Olympiakos (Gre) 1; Atletico Madrid (Esp)1 Bayern Munich (Ger) 1; L
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Reports We Couldn’t Make Up
How about this for a video title that you never thought you’d see: “Former Russia and Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky covers Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Now managing Rubin Kazan, Slutsky was enlisted by his club to star in their
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On the RADAR
At the start of December, Szoboszlai and RB Salzburg seemed set for a January filled with straight-batting questions about the player’s future, with several of Europe’s biggest clubs – including Real Madrid, Arsenal and Juventus – all queuing up to s
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Changing Of The Guard
As professional football in South Africa marks a 50th anniversary, 21 of the 49 previous league championships have been won by the Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates They dominated the early days, collecting trophies and building up a le
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Mapfre Stadium
Location: Ohio, United States Team: Columbus Crew Built: 1999 Capacity: 19,968 Given that Columbus Crew are expected to move into their new $300 million stadium later this year, The Black and Gold’s 3-0 win against Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup fin
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African Diamonds
MANCHESTER UNITED The teenager only featured as a substitute for Atalanta in a season and a half in the first team, yet still managed some Champions League minutes, a Serie A goal and a big move to Manchester United. His Serie A debut came in October
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February 2021 Vol. 61 No. 6 GROUP EDITOR Stephen Fishlock ASSISTANT EDITORS Jamie Evans &Jared Tinslay STAFF WRITER Sam Straw DESIGN Sean Phillips, PICTURES Pictures copyright: Getty Images Thanks this issue to United City Football Club
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