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    Trending: Neymar reaffirms Barcelona commitment, Jose Mourinho 'unlucky'

    Trending: Neymar reaffirms Barcelona commitment, Jose Mourinho 'unlucky'


    Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson try to make sense of emerging rumours linking Neymar to Manchester United. BARCELONA: Neymar has reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona amid speculation in Spain that Manchester United are keen to acquire...

    Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson try to make sense of emerging rumours linking Neymar to Manchester United. BARCELONA: Neymar has reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona amid speculation in Spain that Manchester United are keen to acquire his services. MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho is "unlucky" not to see his side competing for the Premier League title this season, according to former Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson. - Marcus Rashford needs to "mix his game up" if he is to fulfil his potential, according to Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs. BRAZIL: Neymar believes that 
    China on brink of elimination as Zhang Yuning experiment fails against Iran

    China on brink of elimination as Zhang Yuning experiment fails against Iran


    Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A. Iran secured their fifth win in seven qualifying matches and remained unbeaten in the third phase of Asia's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a...

    Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A. Iran secured their fifth win in seven qualifying matches and remained unbeaten in the third phase of Asia's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a 1-0 win over China at the Azadi Stadium, leaving Carlos Queiroz's side on the verge of next year's finals. Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game against a China side buoyed by their victory over South Korea last week, but who now are on the verge of missing out on the finals of the World Cup once again. China remain in fifth place in the group...
    FIFA hands Lionel Messi four-match ban for insults in WCQ vs. Chile

    FIFA hands Lionel Messi four-match ban for insults in WCQ vs. Chile


    ZURICH -- FIFA has dealt a four-match ban to Lionel Messi after ruling that the Argentina forward verbally abused a match official in...

    ZURICH -- FIFA has dealt a four-match ban to Lionel Messi after ruling that the Argentina forward verbally abused a match official in a
    FIFA hands Lionel Messi four-match ban for insults in WCQ vs. Chile

    FIFA hands Lionel Messi four-match ban for insults in WCQ vs. Chile


    The FC panel think Argentina have lacked an identity in World Cup qualifying and have yet to fully maximise their potential. Alejandro Moreno says Argentina's win over Chile in qualifying covered up glaring problems for Edgardo Bauza's side....

    The FC panel think Argentina have lacked an identity in World Cup qualifying and have yet to fully maximise their potential. Alejandro Moreno says Argentina's win over Chile in qualifying covered up glaring problems for Edgardo Bauza's side. Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is proud of his team despite the defeat to Argentina. Argentina pushed Chile out of the top five in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty kick. ZURICH -- FIFA has dealt a four-match ban to Lionel Messi after ruling that the Argentina forward verbally abused a match official in a World Cup qualifying game against Chile. Messi was dealt the ban and a fine by FIFA's disciplinary panel. He will miss four of the Albiceleste's remaining five World Cup qualifiers, including the match against Bolivia on Tuesday. He can return for Argentina's final qualifier, away to Ecuador on Oct. 10. Messi and the Argentina federation can appeal against...
    Jonathan Woodgate returns to Middlesbrough as first-team coach

    Jonathan Woodgate returns to Middlesbrough as first-team coach


    Managers are being sacked midseason more frequently due to the high stakes involved, according to Paul Mariner. Former Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has rejoined the club as first-team coach. Woodgate, who had two spells with Middlesbrough as...

    Managers are being sacked midseason more frequently due to the high stakes involved, according to Paul Mariner. Former Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has rejoined the club as first-team coach. Woodgate, who had two spells with Middlesbrough as a player, is the latest addition to caretaker boss Steve Agnew's coaching staff following the appointments of Joe Jordan and Paul Jenkins. The former England international, who retired as a player at the end of last season, arrives at the Riverside Stadium following a scouting role with Liverpool, in which he took in matches in Spain and Portugal for the club. A...
    Messi banned for four matches

    Messi banned for four matches


    Lionel Messi is banned for four internationals, starting on Tuesday in Bolivia. The Argentina captain was sanctioned by FIFA for verbally abusing a match official during Thursday's World Cup qualifier win vs. Chile. Read...

    Lionel Messi is banned for four internationals, starting on Tuesday in Bolivia. The Argentina captain was sanctioned by FIFA for verbally abusing a match official during Thursday's World Cup qualifier win vs. Chile. Read »

    Chapecoense: Do not let the dream die


    Mario Kempes went to Rio to meet the father of Everton Kempes, who died in the charter plane carrying the Chapecoense...

    Mario Kempes went to Rio to meet the father of Everton Kempes, who died in the charter plane carrying the Chapecoense team.
    Iran, Japan and South Korea victorious in AFC World Cup qualifiers

    Iran, Japan and South Korea victorious in AFC World Cup qualifiers


    Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A. Iran moved to within a single victory of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over China in front of 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium. Medhi...

    Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A. Iran moved to within a single victory of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over China in front of 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium. Medhi Taremi's goal early in the second half broke stiff Chinese resistance and put Carlos Queiroz's men on 17 points from seven games in the third round of qualification with three games left to play. With the top two from Group A and B heading to Russia next summer, Iran are now within touching distance of the finals. Zeng Cheng was a busy man in the...

    The Sweeper: Sunday League's finest


    A referee fakes a head-butt, Aubameyang sports a new haircut and a Sunday league gem headline The...

    A referee fakes a head-butt, Aubameyang sports a new haircut and a Sunday league gem headline The Sweeper.
    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo plays fewer minutes than Barca trio - report

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo plays fewer minutes than Barca trio - report


    Steve Nicol says Cristiano Ronaldo needs to understand Zinedine Zidane is looking out for the Real star's best interest With a brace against Hungary, Janusz Michallik and Sebastian Salazar look at Portugal, and Ronaldo's hopes for WCQ. The Real...

    Steve Nicol says Cristiano Ronaldo needs to understand Zinedine Zidane is looking out for the Real star's best interest With a brace against Hungary, Janusz Michallik and Sebastian Salazar look at Portugal, and Ronaldo's hopes for WCQ. The Real Madrid rotation policy that has seen Cristiano Ronaldo rested for spells this season means he has played fewer minutes than Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, AS newspaper has said. Portugal captain Ronaldo, who missed just two league games for Real last season, has played 3,022 minutes in 34 games in all competitions. He has started 22 of 27 La Liga games. AS reported that 32-year-old Ronaldo has played less than each member of Barcelona's attacking trio. Messi, runner-up to Ronaldo...
    Spending £100m on Eden Hazard no problem for Real Madrid - Calderon

    Spending £100m on Eden Hazard no problem for Real Madrid - Calderon


    Gab Marcotti dissects the rumours linking Eden Hazard with a summer move from Chelsea to Real Madrid. Eden Hazard, not Chelsea, will decide if he will move to Real Madrid this summer, former Los Blancos president Ramon Calderon has told...

    Gab Marcotti dissects the rumours linking Eden Hazard with a summer move from Chelsea to Real Madrid. Eden Hazard, not Chelsea, will decide if he will move to Real Madrid this summer, former Los Blancos president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT. Chelsea have Hazard under contract until June 2020 but Real's interest has been widely reported and Calderon has said the Belgium international has the power to force through a move if that is his wish and Real would be prepared to pay a world record fee in the region of £100 million. "Chelsea aren't a selling club, so it wouldn't be easy, but as...

    Iran 1-0 China


    Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group...

    Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A.

    Gomez: USMNT need emotional intelligence


    Herculez Gomez explains while emotions may be high for the USMNT vs. Panama, they must keep them in...

    Herculez Gomez explains while emotions may be high for the USMNT vs. Panama, they must keep them in check.
    Lionel Messi faces FIFA action for insults in World Cup qualifier vs. Chile

    Lionel Messi faces FIFA action for insults in World Cup qualifier vs. Chile


    The FC panel think Argentina have lacked an identity in World Cup qualifying and have yet to fully maximise their potential. Alejandro Moreno says Argentina's win over Chile in qualifying covered up glaring problems for Edgardo Bauza's side....

    The FC panel think Argentina have lacked an identity in World Cup qualifying and have yet to fully maximise their potential. Alejandro Moreno says Argentina's win over Chile in qualifying covered up glaring problems for Edgardo Bauza's side. Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is proud of his team despite the defeat to Argentina. Argentina pushed Chile out of the top five in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty kick. ZURICH -- FIFA says it has opened a disciplinary case against Lionel Messi after TV pictures showed the Argentina forward verbally abusing a match official in a World Cup qualifying game against Chile. FIFA can judge Messi before Tuesday's qualifier in Bolivia and impose a ban if a red card was justified. A source within the Argentina national team told ESPN Argentina's Diego Monroig that Messi won't play against Bolivia and will be dealt a four-match ban. The incident was not initially reported...

    Pekerman: We must be wary of Ecuador


    Jose Pekerman is expecting a tough match as his Colombia side prepare to face Ecuador in their World Cup...

    Jose Pekerman is expecting a tough match as his Colombia side prepare to face Ecuador in their World Cup qualifier.
    Chelsea's N'Golo Kante: Hazard, Costa, Luiz can all win POTY like me

    Chelsea's N'Golo Kante: Hazard, Costa, Luiz can all win POTY like me


    The FC crew question whether anyone can overtake N'Golo Kante in the running for PFA Player of the Year. N'Golo Kante believes three of his Chelsea teammates deserve to win the PFA Player of the Year award just as much as him. After being one of the...

    The FC crew question whether anyone can overtake N'Golo Kante in the running for PFA Player of the Year. N'Golo Kante believes three of his Chelsea teammates deserve to win the PFA Player of the Year award just as much as him. After being one of the stars of Leicester City's shock Premier League title triumph last season, Kante, 25, has again earned plaudits for his pivotal role in Chelsea's bid for the top-flight crown this term. The France international's displays mean he is hotly tipped to be among those honoured when the season's individual prizes are handed out. However, speaking to Canal+, Kante...
    Chelsea's N'Golo Kante: Hazard, Costa, Luiz can all win POTY like me

    Chelsea's N'Golo Kante: Hazard, Costa, Luiz can all win POTY like me


    N'Golo Kante believes three of his Chelsea teammates deserve to win the PFA Player of the Year award just as much as him. After...

    N'Golo Kante believes three of his Chelsea teammates deserve to win the PFA Player of the Year award just as much as him. After being

    Okazaki's tidy header for Japan


    Shinji Okazaki scored his first goal in 2017 as he gave Japan a 2-0 lead in their AFC World Cup...

    Shinji Okazaki scored his first goal in 2017 as he gave Japan a 2-0 lead in their AFC World Cup Qualifier.
    Robert Pires 'very confident' Man United will get best out of Paul Pogba

    Robert Pires 'very confident' Man United will get best out of Paul Pogba


    Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson try to make sense of emerging rumours linking Neymar to Manchester United. Stevie Nicol says Manchester United should throw the kitchen sink at Antoine Griezmann to lure him from Atletico Madrid. Bastian...

    Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson try to make sense of emerging rumours linking Neymar to Manchester United. Stevie Nicol says Manchester United should throw the kitchen sink at Antoine Griezmann to lure him from Atletico Madrid. Bastian Schweinsteiger thanked the Manchester United fans as he prepares to make his move to Chicago Fire. Robert Pires has told Sky Sports that Manchester United is the right club for Paul Pogba and he can learn a lot working with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. Pogba's form and contribution for United have been questioned but the 24-year-old -- who joined United for a world-record €105 million fee from Juventus -- has received the full backing of former Arsenal and France midfielder Pires, who said adapting to the demands of the Premier League and football in England can take time. "He had a lot...

    South Korea 1-0 Syria


    Syria will rue their plethora of missed chances as South Korea sealed a narrow 1-0...

    Syria will rue their plethora of missed chances as South Korea sealed a narrow 1-0 win.

    WATCH: Kagawa's fine finish for Japan


    Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring for Japan in their Asian 2018 World Cup Group B Qualifier versus...

    Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring for Japan in their Asian 2018 World Cup Group B Qualifier versus Thailand.
    Thailand move Tanaboon into midfield but fall short in 4-0 loss to Japan

    Thailand move Tanaboon into midfield but fall short in 4-0 loss to Japan


    Tanaboon Kesarat was moved into midfield but could not stop the fluid Japanese attack. Japan gave Thailand a lesson in the art of finishing in Tuesday night's AFC World Cup Group B qualifier in Saitama. Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa, Leicester City's...

    Tanaboon Kesarat was moved into midfield but could not stop the fluid Japanese attack. Japan gave Thailand a lesson in the art of finishing in Tuesday night's AFC World Cup Group B qualifier in Saitama. Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa, Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki, Gent's Yuya Kubo and Southampton's Maya Yoshida demonstrated ruthlessness in front of goal to render a decent Thai performance fruitless. The War Elephants now have just one point from seven games, while Russia comes into sight for Japan as they sit at the top of the group. Positives Unlike some other games in this...
    Japan rout Thailand 4-0 to go top of Group B in AFC World Cup qualifiers

    Japan rout Thailand 4-0 to go top of Group B in AFC World Cup qualifiers


    Japan Thailand 4 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet...

    Japan Thailand 4 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring for Japan in their Asian 2018 World Cup Group B Qualifier versus Thailand. Japan cruised to a 4-0 win over Thailand in Saitama on Tuesday night for their third straight Group B victory in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying. Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring in the eighth minute before Shinji Okazaki added a 11 minutes later. Yuya Kubo made it three on 57 minutes before a Maya Yoshida header in the 83rd minute completed the rout. Thailand had a chance to pull a goal back from the penalty spot four minutes from full-time, but striker Teerasil Dangda missed the spot kick. The...
    Madeira airport preparing to be renamed after Cristiano Ronaldo

    Madeira airport preparing to be renamed after Cristiano Ronaldo


    Madeira airport is set be officially renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport on Wednesday, despite opposition from local...

    Madeira airport is set be officially renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport on Wednesday, despite opposition from local politicians. A
    Liverpool to jet Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino back - source

    Liverpool to jet Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino back - source


    Liverpool will again hire a private jet in order to bring Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino swiftly back from international duty,...

    Liverpool will again hire a private jet in order to bring Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino swiftly back from international duty, a
    Arsene Wenger will extend his contract with Arsenal - Robert Pires

    Arsene Wenger will extend his contract with Arsenal - Robert Pires


    Arsenal legend Robert Pires thinks Arsene Wenger will sign a contract extension with the club, saying his fellow Frenchman...

    Arsenal legend Robert Pires thinks Arsene Wenger will sign a contract extension with the club, saying his fellow Frenchman remains
    Jose Mourinho must inspire Marcus Rashford as Man Utd face tough month

    Jose Mourinho must inspire Marcus Rashford as Man Utd face tough month


    It is crunch time for Manchester United. In April, manager Jose Mourinho's team will play nine times in 30 exhausting days as they...

    It is crunch time for Manchester United. In April, manager Jose Mourinho's team will play nine times in 30 exhausting days as they battle
    Manchester United have been unlucky under Jose Mourinho - Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United have been unlucky under Jose Mourinho - Alex Ferguson


    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is "unlucky" not to see his side competing for the Premier League title this season, according...

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is "unlucky" not to see his side competing for the Premier League title this season, according to
    Eden Hazard's desire to play under Zidane may force Chelsea to sell

    Eden Hazard's desire to play under Zidane may force Chelsea to sell


    The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check...

    The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out