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Bellingham breaks Mbappe’s Champions League record for youngest scorer in consecutive games
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Bellingham breaks Mbappe’s Champions League record for youngest scorer in consecutive games

      The England international made it two straight European matches with a goal and in the process broke a record set by the PSG star Jude Bellingham surpassed a record held by Kylian Mbappe by scoring in Borussia Dortmund's Champions League win over Besiktas on Wednesday. The teenager opened the scoring before providing an assist for Erling Haaland just before half-time as the Bundesliga outfit held on for a 2-1 victory. With his goal, Bellingham became the youngest-ever player to score in consecutive Champions League appearances.
Onyekuru opens goal account as Olympiacos advance to Europa League group stage
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Onyekuru opens goal account as Olympiacos advance to Europa League group stage

The Super Eagles winger was among the goals as the Legends avoided defeat in Henry Onyekuru scored his maiden goal for Olympiacos in their 2-2 draw against Slovan Bratislava in Thursday’s Uefa Europa League play-off. Despite the draw, the Greek giants progressed to the group stage of the secondary European competition with a 5-2 aggregate win, thanks to a 3-0 victory in the first-leg last Thursday. After making his debut as a 74th-minute substitute in the first-leg at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki, Onyekuru made his first start for Olympiacos on Thursday.  
Arsenal seal £24m signing of Sheffield United keeper Ramsdale
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Arsenal seal £24m signing of Sheffield United keeper Ramsdale

The 23-year-old becomes the club's fifth summer signing Arsenal have signed Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, the club confirmed on Friday. Ramsdale, 23, joins in a deal reportedly worth £24 million, which could rise to £30m with bonuses and add-ons. He is the Gunners' sixth first-team signing of the summer window as the club look to improve on a disappointing 2020-21 season which left them out of European competition this term.
EPL: Another Chelsea star leaves Stamford Bridge for new club after Kenedy
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EPL: Another Chelsea star leaves Stamford Bridge for new club after Kenedy

Another Chelsea player, Emerson Palmieri, has left Stamford Bridge after the departure of Robert Kenedy on Wednesday night. Chelsea disclosed this in a statement through their website on Thursday night ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday. Emerson left the UEFA Champions League winner to join French Ligue 1 side, Lyon, on a season-long loan. The statement read, “Emerson Palmieri will spend the remainder of the 2021/22 season in Ligue 1 after completing a loan move to Lyon. “The 27-year-old defender, who can play at left-back or wing-back, will get his first taste of French football following three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge. “During that time, the Italian international has made 71 appearances and secured a clean sweep of European honours, scori...
‘I am afraid for Lukaku’, mistake to return to Chelsea – Mohammed
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‘I am afraid for Lukaku’, mistake to return to Chelsea – Mohammed

The Belgian made a return to the Blues hoping to have a better spell as opposed to the initial one where he struggled to leave a mark Ex-Ghana attacker Yahaya Mohammed believes Romelu Lukaku has made a mistake to return to Chelsea. The Blues completed the signing of the Belgian from Inter for £98 million ($136m), with the striker returning to Stamford Bridge for a second spell after two years in Italy. The 28-year-old who took in his first stint with the Blues between 2011 and 2014, signed a five-year deal with the European champions that will see him remain in West London until 2026.
Man Utd star Rashford gives update after undergoing successful shoulder surgery
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Man Utd star Rashford gives update after undergoing successful shoulder surgery

The England international has started on the road to recovery after addressing a niggling issue that hampered his form throughout the 2020-21 season Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has given an update on his condition after undergoing successful shoulder surgery. Rashford initially tore a muscle in his shoulder back in November 2020, but played on until the end of United's last campaign before also being selected for England's European Championship squad. The 23-year-old took in a much-needed break after the Three Lions' final defeat to Italy, and after reporting to Old Trafford for the start of pre-season, sat down with club officials to discuss how best to deal with his ongoing fitness problem.
Messi will guarantee PSG the Champions League title – Haibeh
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Messi will guarantee PSG the Champions League title – Haibeh

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been tipped to win the European diadem following the arrival of the Argentine star at Parc des Princes Lionel Messi’s arrival at Paris Saint-Germain will guarantee the Ligue 1 side a Champions League triumph, according to Somalia national team manager Said Abdi Haibeh. After leaving La Liga side Barcelona after 21 years, the 34-year-old joined the Parisians on a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months having agreed to a €35m-per-year contract. His move to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad will also see him reunite with compatriots Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria as well as his Brazilian, former Barcelona teammate Neymar.
‘My time is not done with Bayern’ – Alphonso Davies targets more titles in Munich
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‘My time is not done with Bayern’ – Alphonso Davies targets more titles in Munich

The Canada international has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence in Germany, but must keep fighting for minutes and major silverware Alphonso Davies is eager to point out that his "time is not done with Bayern", with the Canada international determined to land more trophies as he continues to live the dream at the Allianz Arena. The jet-heeled 20-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence over recent years, with a standing under the brightest of spotlights in Germany embraced after leaving MLS side the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018. Davies has taken in 84 appearances for Bayern, collecting Bundesliga and Champions League crowns along the way, but is aware that high standards must be maintained if he is to see more minutes and claim further medals with a European superpower...
Pulisic addicted to trophies after easing past final pain with Chelsea and USMNT
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Pulisic addicted to trophies after easing past final pain with Chelsea and USMNT

The United States international has tasted FA Cup final heartache with the Blues, but is also a Champions League and Nations League winner Chelsea star Christian Pulisic admits that winning becomes an "addictive feeling", with the United States international eager to land more silverware with club and country after putting previous final heartache behind him. Two FA Cup final appearances in as many years have delivered nothing but silver medals for the Blues, with Wembley proving to be an unhappy hunting ground. Pulisic can, however, look back fondly on the closing stages of 2020-21 as he helped his club to Champions League glory - becoming the first man from his country to grace that particular European showpiece in the process - before then inspiring the USMNT to a CONCACAF Nation...
Rudiger responds to ‘legend’ billing at Chelsea on the back of Champions League heroics
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Rudiger responds to ‘legend’ billing at Chelsea on the back of Champions League heroics

The Germany international defender helped the Blues to European glory last season, but does not consider himself to be a club icon Antonio Rudiger has earned a "legend" billing from some at Chelsea, but the Germany international defender is not ready to drop himself into that category just yet. Champions League-winning exploits last season have ensured that the Blues' class of 2020-21 will forever enjoy a special place in Stamford Bridge folklore. Rudiger played a key role in that European triumph, with one memorable challenge put in to deny Phil Foden during a 1-0 final win over Manchester City, but the 28-year-old centre-half is not convinced that he has done enough to enjoy icon status.  
Tuchel picks Chelsea legends he would most like to sign and add to Champions League-winning squad
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Tuchel picks Chelsea legends he would most like to sign and add to Champions League-winning squad

The German coach guided the Blues to European glory last season, but he could still find room in his ranks for a couple of club icons Thomas Tuchel has picked out the Chelsea legends that he would most like to add to his current squad at Stamford Bridge, with an iconic goalkeeper and a predatory finisher getting the nod. The Blues tasted Champions League glory last season, with the club's class of 2021 emulating the efforts of those from 2012 that made history by securing European football's grandest prize for the first time. Two men that figured prominently in that success under Roberto Di Matteo have been selected by Tuchel as those he would welcome back into the fold if given a chance, with Petr Cech and Didier Drogba earning the German's full respect.
Thauvin can improve Liga MX’s image in Europe, says Doria
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Thauvin can improve Liga MX’s image in Europe, says Doria

The France international is the latest European player to make the switch to Mexico, much to his ex-team-mate's delight Florian Thauvin's move to Mexican side Tigres will help boost Liga MX's reputation in Europe, says Santos Laguna centre-back Matheus Doria. France international Thauvin joined Tigres UANL from Marseille this summer, signing a five-year deal. The switch reunites the 28-year-old with Andre-Pierre Gignac, who joined the Liga MX team from Marseille six years ago.  
Why Percy Tau must resist Al Ahly & Mosimane reunion
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Why Percy Tau must resist Al Ahly & Mosimane reunion

The South Africa forward has been tipped for an exit from Brighton & Hove Albion, but is a switch to Egypt wise? Percy Tau has been heavily linked with the Brighton & Hove Albion exit door over the last week, with the South Africa forward rumoured to be attracting the interest of Egyptian giants and reigning continental champions Al Ahly. On one hand, there’s logic behind the potential switch. Tau appears to have lost his way in European football, having played a limited role for the Seagulls in their battle against the drop after returning from his loan deal midway through last season.
Van Gaal named Netherlands head coach for third time following De Boer departure
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Van Gaal named Netherlands head coach for third time following De Boer departure

The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich manager has been tasked with helping the Oranjes reach the 2022 World Cup Louis van Gaal has been named Netherlands head coach for the third time following Frank de Boer's departure in June. De Boer stepped down from the post following the Netherlands' disappointing round of 16 exit at the hands of the Czech Republic at the European Championships, and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have now turned to a familiar face to steady the ship. Van Gaal has been appointed on an initial one-year deal to oversee the remainder of the Oranjes' World Cup qualifying campaign, and will also be in the dugout if they make it to the 2022 tournament in Qatar, with Danny Blind signing on as his assistant after stepping down from the Ajax board of dir...
Rennes ‘open’ to selling Man Utd-linked Camavinga, says Ligue 1 club’s president
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Rennes ‘open’ to selling Man Utd-linked Camavinga, says Ligue 1 club’s president

The French side could part ways with a prized asset if they receive a suitable offer, with the Red Devils reportedly interested in a deal Rennes president Nicolas Holveck says the club are "open" to selling Manchester United-linked midfielder Eduardo Camavinga this summer. Camavinga has emerged as one of the top young prospects in European football since breaking into the Rennes senior squad as a 16-year-old in 2019. A number of high-profile potential suitors are being credited with an interest in the Frenchman, including United, and Hovleck has now responded to the speculation surrounding his future.
‘I don’t agree with the way he plays’ – Matthaus criticises Kroos as Germany Euro 2020 fallout rumbles on
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‘I don’t agree with the way he plays’ – Matthaus criticises Kroos as Germany Euro 2020 fallout rumbles on

A national team legend feels that the Real Madrid star was a hindrance for his country at the European Championship Lothar Matthaus has criticised Toni Kroos as the fallout from Germany's Euro 2020 campaign rumbles on, admitting "I don't agree with the way he plays". Germany suffered an early exit at the hands of arch-rivals England at this summer's European Championship, losing 2-0 at Wembley in the last 16. Real Madrid star Kroos was among those to fall short of expectations during the tournament, and has since announced his retirement from international football, which came as a welcome surprise to Matthaus
Tino Livramento: Why European clubs are queuing up to sign Chelsea’s academy star
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Tino Livramento: Why European clubs are queuing up to sign Chelsea’s academy star

The 18-year-old full-back is still waiting for his Blues debut despite consistently impressing in the youth ranks, meaning he could leave this summer It is not news anymore, but Chelsea's academy knows how to produce top talents. Of the six players to have won the club's Academy Player of the Year award between 2015-20, five have already gone onto make their full international debuts. Two of them, in Mason Mount and Reece James, started last season's Champions League final and were part of the England squad that finished as runners-up at Euro 2020.
Balogun: Rangers focused on playing in Champions League group stage
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Balogun: Rangers focused on playing in Champions League group stage

The Super Eagles centre-back has his sights set on playing in the elite European competition next season Rangers are hoping to replicate their domestic winning run and qualify for the 2021-22 Champions League group stage, according to Nigeria defender Leon Balogun. The Gers are yet to play in the group stage of the top European tournament since their last outing in 2010. Thanks to their Premiership success last campaign, Steven Gerrard’s men will begin their quest to play in the Champions League in the third qualifying round.
The future looks bright for England’ – KP Boateng shows support for Saka, Rashford and Sancho
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The future looks bright for England’ – KP Boateng shows support for Saka, Rashford and Sancho

The trio missed the Three Lions' last three penalty kicks as they lost to Italy in Sunday's European Championship final at Wembley Stadium Former Ghana forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has shown his support for England stars Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho following their missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final. After holding Italy to a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time, the trio were among the five selected players involved in the penalty shoot-out for England. Andrea Belotti had missed Italy's second attempt and the score was tied at 2-2 before Rashford misplaced his effort followed by Sancho’s strike which was parried by Gianluigi Donnarumma and Saka missed their fifth attempt with the Italian goalkeeper saving it.
Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda
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Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda

Cristiano Ronaldo’s European Championships may have ended prematurely as Portugal were defeated by Belgium in the Round of 16, but CR7 will always remember this tournament as the competition in which he equalled the record for men’s international goalscoring. Previously, the record was held by Ali Daei of Iran, who registered 109 goals for the Asian heavyweights between 1993 and 2006. Ronaldo matched that tally, albeit in 178 international outings to Daei’s 149, when he netted twice against France in Portugal’s final group game.  
Pedri, Garcia & Torres among Spain’s Euro 2020 players named in Tokyo Olympics squad
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Pedri, Garcia & Torres among Spain’s Euro 2020 players named in Tokyo Olympics squad

A number of players currently on national team duty at the European Championship will also be required to serve their country at the summer games Pedri, Eric Garcia and Pau Torres are among a whole host of Spain's Euro 2020 players to have been named in the Tokyo Olympics squad. Luis de la Fuente named his 22-man squad for the summer games on Monday, including a number of players currently starring at the European Championship. All of the 22 players will travel to Japan, but only 18 can be registered, with the other four on standby in case of injuries. Those who have been selected to play will only have a 10-day turnaround period between the Euros and the Olympics if Luis Enrique's side make it all the way through to the final at Wembley on July 11.
Camavinga yet to attract bids from Man Utd and PSG, claims Rennes’ sporting director
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Camavinga yet to attract bids from Man Utd and PSG, claims Rennes’ sporting director

Florian Maurice is aware of the speculation surrounding the talented teenager, but says no formal offers have been tabled as yet Eduardo Camavinga continues to spark talk of interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but Rennes' sporting director, Florian Maurice, says no bids have been received from Old Trafford or Parc des Princes. Highly-rated 18-year-old midfielder Camavinga has become one of the hottest properties in European football. It is expected to be only a matter of time before a big-money transfer is put in place, especially as the youngster is approaching the final year of his current contract, but no formal offers have been put on the table as yet.
When I was 18, I was still out with my boys’ – Gosens says ‘very cute’ Musiala can have great career
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When I was 18, I was still out with my boys’ – Gosens says ‘very cute’ Musiala can have great career

The Atalanta star has described his fellow Germany international as "level-headed" and "down to earth" while backing him to reach the top of the game Robin Gosens has expressed his belief that "very cute" Jamal Musiala can go onto have a "great career" if he continues on his current trajectory. Musiala has quickly emerged as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe since bursting onto the senior stage at Bayern Munich in 2020. The 18-year-old is currently starring at the European Championship with Germany, having switched allegiance from England in February, and Gosens has been impressed with the maturity he has shown so far.
‘England have some of the best players in the world’ – Chelsea star Havertz wary as Germany prepare for Euro 2020 clash
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‘England have some of the best players in the world’ – Chelsea star Havertz wary as Germany prepare for Euro 2020 clash

The Chelsea attacker is looking forward to a "special game" at Wembley in the European Championship round of 16 England have "some of the best players in the world", according to Kai Havertz, who is wary of the threat they will pose as Germany prepare to clash with their age-old rivals. Germany will travel to Wembley to take on England in a huge last-16 tie on Tuesday, having earned their place in the European Championship knockout stages by finishing second in Group F behind world champions France. The Three Lions are being billed as favourites after winning Group D without conceding a single goal, and Havertz says Germany will have to be at their very best to emerge victorious, having seen the quality of English players up close in his first season at Chelsea.
UEFA denies report that federation banned supporters from taking rainbow flags into Budapest fan zone
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UEFA denies report that federation banned supporters from taking rainbow flags into Budapest fan zone

European football's governing body has moved quickly to clarify it has no responsibility for the fan zone in the Hungarian capital Uefa has denied reports in the Dutch media that claimed it has banned Netherlands supporters from taking rainbow-coloured flags and symbols into the Euro 2020 fan zone in Budapest. Dutch website Nu.nl reported that Netherlands fans had their rainbow symbols confiscated by security as they entered the fan zone ahead of Sunday’s last-16 clash against the Czech Republic. However, European football’s governing body has released statement clarifying that it is the local authorities who have responsibility for fan zones, while reminding the Hungarian Football Federation that rainbow flags – a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community - are not considered political and sh...
Denmark make European Championship history after thrashing Wales to reach quarter-finals
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Denmark make European Championship history after thrashing Wales to reach quarter-finals

Kasper Hjulmand's side are through to the last eight and gaining momentum after two thumping back-to-back victories Denmark made European Championship history after thrashing Wales 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. Two goals from Kasper Dolberg and late strikes from Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite completed a convincing victory for Kasper Hjulmand's side in Amsterdam. In doing so they became the first team to score four or more goals in successive games in European Championship history, with their 4-1 win over Russia still fresh in the memory.
Bale walks off after Real Madrid star asked if he has played last game for Wales after Euro 2020 defeat by Denmark
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Bale walks off after Real Madrid star asked if he has played last game for Wales after Euro 2020 defeat by Denmark

The 31-year-old has decisions to make at international and club level, but he will not be revealing those at this stage Gareth Bale walked away from a question on his future after seeing Wales slip out of Euro 2020, with the Real Madrid forward refusing to be drawn on his plans. Another continental adventure came to a close for the 31-year-old on Saturday as a 4-0 defeat was suffered at the hands of Denmark in the last 16 of the European Championship. There had been suggestions prior to that contest that a man with 96 caps for his country was preparing to slip into international retirement.
Arsenal left-back Tierney makes Partey prediction ahead of new season
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Arsenal left-back Tierney makes Partey prediction ahead of new season

The Ghana international had his first taste of English football with the Gunners last season and has been backed to perform even better in future Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has described teammate Thomas Partey as a "great player" who will be brilliant for the Gunners next season. Partey ended his eight-year adventure in Spain last September, to boost the midfield options in Mikel Arteta’s side. He produced some impressive performances in the middle of the park even though the Gunners failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 25 years.
‘Deschamps can no longer manage Mbappe’s ego’ – Rothen slams ‘problematic’ France striker
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‘Deschamps can no longer manage Mbappe’s ego’ – Rothen slams ‘problematic’ France striker

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Les Bleus player believes a 22-year-old forward has been handed too much power at international level Kylian Mbappe may be one of the best players on the planet, but Jerome Rothen claims the Paris Saint-Germain forward's ego has become "problematic" and can no longer be managed by France boss Didier Deschamps. At 22 years of age, a mercurial talent has already collected four Ligue 1 titles and World Cup trophy - while now being in the process of chasing down European Championship glory. Plaudits have rained down on the hottest of prospects, with ex-PSG and Les Bleus player Rothen suggesting that power has gone to Mbappe's head as he becomes increasingly difficult to coach.
‘Offensively, Ajax were 10 times better than Spurs’ – De Jongh welcomes away goal rule abolishment
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‘Offensively, Ajax were 10 times better than Spurs’ – De Jongh welcomes away goal rule abolishment

The Dutch coach hopes Africa will follow suit and make changes to encourage offensive football, after changes to European competitions Coach Hendrik Pieter de Jongh has welcomed the decision by Uefa to abolish the away goals rule from European competitions, with the rule change being put into place in time for the start of the 2021-22 season. The away goals rule has been used for over half a century but will no longer decide knockout matches in Uefa club competitions, including the Champions League and Europa League. "I find the new changes good since teams are playing home and away," de Jongh, who is former Swaziland coach
UEFA abolishes away goals rule as major Champions League and Europa League change announced
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UEFA abolishes away goals rule as major Champions League and Europa League change announced

The law has been in place since 1965 but will now no longer be used to help decide knockout ties, starting from the 2021-22 season UEFA has confirmed the away goals rule will be abolished from European competitions, with the change being put into place in time for the 2021-22 season. The away goals rule has been used for over half a century but will no longer be used to decide knockout matches in UEFA club competitions, including the Champions League and Europa League. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin explained the rule now "runs counter to its original purpose" and stated his belief that it dissuades teams from playing attacking football.
Daka: RB Salzburg believe Leicester City target will leave the club
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Daka: RB Salzburg believe Leicester City target will leave the club

The Zambia striker has been the subject of transfer interest from several European clubs after his fine campaign in the Austrian top-flight last term RB Salzburg new coach Matthias Jaissle has stated there is a strong possibility Patson Daka will leave the club this summer amid reported transfer links to the Premier League. According to recent reports, the 2017 Caf Youth Player of the Year is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Liverpool but the Foxes are said to be leading the race for his signing. Last season, Daka enjoyed his best scoring form in the league with 27 goals in 28 matches as Salzburg claimed their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title.
Gyasi: Ghana midfielder reveals team he backs to win Euro 2020
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Gyasi: Ghana midfielder reveals team he backs to win Euro 2020

The European continental competition is currently ongoing and the 29-year-old West African has opined on who might claim the trophy Ghana midfielder Edwin Gyasi believes the Netherlands can lift the ongoing Euro 2020 title. The Oranje have made it to the knockout phase from Group C after picking up maximum points from their two matches against Ukraine and Austria. They started the continental finals with an impressive 3-2 win over the Andrey Shecnchenko-led charges before silencing the Boys with a 2-0 victory after Memphis Depay's brace.
Euro 2020: Ronaldo close to breaking Ali Daei’s record after Portugal’s defeat to Germany
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Euro 2020: Ronaldo close to breaking Ali Daei’s record after Portugal’s defeat to Germany

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, is closing in on the Iranian, Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals- the most ever in men’s international football, after scoring a goal in his side’s Euro 2020 4-2 defeat to Germany on Saturday evening. Ronaldo’s strike was not enough as Germany defeated Portugal at Allianz Arena, thanks to goals from Ruben Dias (OG), Raphael Guerreiro (OG), Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens. His goal against Germany means the Juventus star now has 106 goals for Portugal. The 36-year-old has now scored for Portugal in every calendar year since his first international goal in 2004 and moved three away from tying the all-time scoring record for a men’s national team. The former Real Madrid star is also the all-time top scorer of Portugal and has scored more goals than an...
Havertz makes Euros history for Germany as rejuvenated Chelsea star continues to shine
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Havertz makes Euros history for Germany as rejuvenated Chelsea star continues to shine

A man who hit the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final has re-written the records books at the European Championship Kai Havertz ended the 2020-21 campaign at Chelsea with a match-winning goal in the Champions League final and has now become Germany's youngest scorer at a European Championship. Questions were asked of the 22-year-old midway through his first season at Stamford Bridge and whether value could be found by the Blues in a £70 million ($97m) deal. The highly rated forward silenced his doubters in style, particularly in continental competition, and has now re-written the record books with his country at Euro 2020.
‘Depay is a maverick, he went to Man Utd too young’ – Ferdinand
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‘Depay is a maverick, he went to Man Utd too young’ – Ferdinand

The Red Devils legend thinks the Lyon forward's move to Manchester came too early and that he wasn't mature enough to make the grade Rio Ferdinand has offered an explanation as to why Memphis Depay failed at Manchester United while describing the Netherlands star as a "maverick". Depay is currently starring at the European Championships with his country, having earned a place in Frank de Boer's squad after another stellar individual campaign at Lyon. The 27-year-old is now regarded among the top forwards on the continent, and is reportedly on the verge of joining Spanish giants Barcelona, but his ill-fated stint at Old Trafford between 2015 and 2017 remains a black mark on his overall career record.
Hummels own goal equals tournament record just 12 games into Euro 2020
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Hummels own goal equals tournament record just 12 games into Euro 2020

The German centre-back's mistake marked the third time a ball has been directed into the wrong net in the opening week of the competition Germany centre-back Mats Hummels became the third player to score an own goal at Euro 2020 when he turned the ball into the wrong net in the first half of their 1-0 defeat to France on Tuesday, equalling the record for an entire European Championship tournament. Poland's Wojciech Szczesny and Turkey's Merih Demiral had already scored own goals in the group stage - the latter inadvertently netting the first goal of Euro 2020 in the opening match - before Hummels' error in the first half of the match in Munich.
More records for relentless Ronaldo! Portugal’s late show leaves Hungary heartbroken in Budapest
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More records for relentless Ronaldo! Portugal’s late show leaves Hungary heartbroken in Budapest

The Juventus forward became the European Championship's all-time leading scorer with a couple of goals in a surprisingly hard-fought 3-0 win Hungary 0-3 Portugal: Match Statistics There may only have been five minutes gone, but because of the look on Cristiano Ronaldo’s face as Diogo Jota took a shot instead of passing to him, it was tempting to think that it wasn’t going to be the Portugal captain's night. The Liverpool forward stung the hands of Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi with a decent effort from the edge of the area, but Ronaldo had wanted the ball and he made his team-mate aware of his disgust in no uncertain terms.
Portugal legend Ronaldo becomes first player to feature at five European Championship finals tournaments
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Portugal legend Ronaldo becomes first player to feature at five European Championship finals tournaments

The Juventus star was named in the starting XI against Hungary on Tuesday night to ensure another record is added to his extensive collection Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to feature in games at five European Championship finals tournaments after being named in Portugal's starting XI to take on Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday. The Juventus forward has represented his country at every Euros since Portugal hosted the tournament in 2004, and he remains the talisman of the reigning champions 17 years later. Ronaldo will also hope to add another record to his impressive individual collection of honours during this tournament, as he will become the top scorer in Euros history should he net over the next month.
Aston Villa star Trezeguet: Al Ahly mentality shaped me for Europe
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Aston Villa star Trezeguet: Al Ahly mentality shaped me for Europe

The 26-year-old spent over a decade with the Egyptian giants before starting his European sojourn in Belgium Aston Villa winger Mahmoud Trezeguet has described Al Ahly as his home after they equipped him with a winning and fighting mentality. From rising through their youth ranks to making his professional debut with the Red Devils, Trezeguet spent 14 years at the club and won several laurels. Before leaving Al Ahly in 2016, the Egypt international won two Caf Super Cups, two Caf Champions League trophies, one Caf Confederation Cup amongst other domestic honours.
‘Goal of the tournament’ – Record-breaking Schick strike for Czech Republic against Scotland has Euro 2020 fans purring
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‘Goal of the tournament’ – Record-breaking Schick strike for Czech Republic against Scotland has Euro 2020 fans purring

The Bayer Leverkusen forward netted from nearly 50 yards to stun the crowd at Hampden Park and set his country towards victory in Group D It may only be day four of the European Championship, but goal of the tournament may have already been sewn up by Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick. The Bayer Leverkusen forward scored from practically on the halfway line in the Czechs' opening game of Group D against Scotland, lobbing goalkeeper David Marshall from approximately 50 yards. It was Schick's second goal of the game, and stunned the crowd at Hampden Park who had hoped to see Scotland get a good result in their first major tournament match for 23 years.
‘They did their country proud’ – Kane hails England tournament debutants after beating Croatia at Euro 2020
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‘They did their country proud’ – Kane hails England tournament debutants after beating Croatia at Euro 2020

The striker reserved special praise for those appearing at the European Championship for the first time in a Three Lions shirt at the weekend Harry Kane hailed England's major tournament debutants after their opening Euro 2020 game against Croatia on Sunday, insisting "they did their country proud". England gained revenge over the nation that dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup at the semi-final stage thanks to Raheem Sterling's neat finish in the 57th minute at Wembley. Kalvin Phillips set up the goal to cap a superb all-round display, while Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Tyrone Mings also shone after being trusted to represent the Three Lions in the European Championship for the first time.
Rooney praises ‘professional’ England for winning Euros start
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Rooney praises ‘professional’ England for winning Euros start

The Three Lions' all-time record goalscorer thinks Gareth Southgate's side will qualify from Group D after seeing off Croatia Wayne Rooney has praised England for getting off to a winning start at the European Championships in a "professional" manner. England won their opening fixture at the Euros for the first time ever thanks to Raheem Sterling's second-half goal against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday. Gareth Southgate's side are now in a strong position ahead of fixtures against Scotland and the Czech Republic, and Rooney believes the squad will be in high spirits after overcoming the nation that knocked them out of the 2018 World Cup at the semi-final stage.
Bellingham becomes youngest ever to play at European Championship after England substitute appearance
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Bellingham becomes youngest ever to play at European Championship after England substitute appearance

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder replaced Harry Kane in the second half of the 1-0 win against Croatia on Sunday Jude Bellingham became the youngest ever to play at a European Championship when he came on for England on Sunday. The 17-year-old came off the bench to replace Harry Kane in his side's first game of the tournament against Croatia. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has also broken Michael Owen's record to become the youngest player to represent England at a major tournament.
Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off
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Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off

The Real Madrid forward has not scored an international goal since 2019, but is ready to make an impact at this summer's tournament Gareth Bale says he is “not worried” about his goal drought as he prepares to lead Wales in their Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday. The Real Madrid forward is Wales’ all-time leading goal scorer but goes into the European Championship without a goal in his last 11 international appearances stretching back nearly two years. However, the 31-year-old believes he is still contributing enough to the team and is confident he will find the back of the net again sooner rather than later.
Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm
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Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm

The Everton goalkeeper has been defended after he came under fire for his challenge on the Liverpool star Former England goalkeeper David James has praised Jordan Pickford for the way he bounced back from criticism for his role in the injury to Virgil van Dijk. After a challenge from Pickford in October's Merseyside derby, the Liverpool defender suffered cruciate knee ligament damage which ruled him out for the season and this summer's European Championships. Ex-Reds keeper James believes that Pickford suffered a dip in form because of extra scrutiny but says he is back to his best in time for Euro 2020, with the Everton man set to start for England in Sunday's opener against Croatia.  
‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown
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‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown

The midfielder has warned Die Mannschaft that they cannot afford to make any mistakes against the world champions at Euro 2020 Toni Kroos has called for Germany to improve tactically ahead of their European Championships showdown with France. Germany will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a Group F clash against France, who reached the final of the tournament in 2016 before winning the World Cup two years later. Les Bleus are being billed as favourites to win the continental trophy, and Kroos has warned his Die Mannschaft team-mates that they will have to execute the perfect game plan in order to pick up a positive result on Tuesday night.
‘There are disciplines he has to know’ – Matthaus hopes Sane has learned his lesson after World Cup snub
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‘There are disciplines he has to know’ – Matthaus hopes Sane has learned his lesson after World Cup snub

The Bayern Munich winger missed the tournament in Russia three years ago, but it set to play a key role for his country at Euro 2020 Lothar Matthaus hopes Leroy Sane has learned his lesson from missing out on the World Cup three years ago, after pointing out defensive deficiencies in his game during Germany’s recent friendly with Denmark. Bayern Munich winger Sane was a notable omission from the Germany squad for the 2018 tournament in Russia, although he earned a recall shortly after the tournament and is in their squad for the upcoming European Championship. Former Germany captain Matthaus is a huge admirer of the former Manchester City player’s talents, but questions whether he has the positional discipline to be reliable at international level.
Chiedozie Ogbene: Nigerian-born Irish winger wants Uefa to take ‘stricter action’ against racism
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Chiedozie Ogbene: Nigerian-born Irish winger wants Uefa to take ‘stricter action’ against racism

The 24-year-old has called on the football authority to find a lasting solution to the issue of racial discrimination Chiedozie Ogbene has called on Uefa to take action after the Republic of Ireland players were booed for taking a knee prior to their encounter against Hungary. The Nigeria-born winger made his debut as a second-half substitute for the Irish team in the 0-0 draw against Hungary to become the first African-born player to feature for the European country. Ogbene watched as the Republic of Ireland players who started the game were booed by Hungary fans and Ogbene wants the governing body Uefa to take action.

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