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Arsenal midfielder Torreira on verge of joining Lazio
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Arsenal midfielder Torreira on verge of joining Lazio

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is close to signing for Lazio. The Uruguayan has been desperate to return to Italy ever since he signed for the Gunners a few years ago. According to Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi, the capital club have agreed personal terms with Torreira. The defensive midfielder, who suffered family tragedy in the past year, is happy to join Lazio and once again play in Serie A. That agreement will include a buy clause, which allows Lazio to sign Torreira for €15-20 million.
‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico
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‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico

The Spanish full-back thinks his employers were wrong to sell the prolific striker to a direct rival last summer Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as "a joke" while admitting his ex-team-mate has "shut a lot of mouths" at Wanda Metropolitano. Suarez completed a €6 million move to Atletico from Barca last summer, bringing to an end his trophy-laden six-year career at Camp Nou. The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements in Catalunya due to his age, but the 34-year-old proved he is still sharp as a tack in front of goal by firing the Los Rojoblancos to their first La Liga title in seven years last term.  
Cavani signs one-year contract extension with Manchester United
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Cavani signs one-year contract extension with Manchester United

  The forward has committed to the Red Devils for another year after an impressive last few weeks at the club Edinson Cavani has agreed a one-year extension to keep him at Manchester United until June 2022. The 34-year-old has been in impressive form in recent weeks, scoring eight and assisting three in his last seven games, so it is no surprise manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been desperate to keep him. The news he has agreed to stay is a boost to Solskjaer, who sees the Uruguayan as a mentor to others in the squad as well as being an asset for his goal contributions.  
‘If Liverpool could get Suarez on a free that’d be ideal’ – Barnes backs move to re-sign striker
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‘If Liverpool could get Suarez on a free that’d be ideal’ – Barnes backs move to re-sign striker

The Reds legend would like to see the Uruguayan frontman return to Anfield, but does not consider another number nine to be a top priority Liverpool have seen a move to take Luis Suarez back to Anfield mooted, with Reds legend John Barnes saying the prolific Uruguayan could be "ideal" for Jurgen Klopp if acquired as a free agent. A summer switch away from Atletico Madrid has been speculated on for the 34-year-old frontman, who has spent the last seven years in Spain after securing a big-money move to Barcelona from Merseyside in 2014. Suarez hit 82 goals through 133 appearances during his time with Liverpool, making him a firm fans' favourite, and Barnes says doors would be swung open for the South American again if the option of re-signing him presented itself.
Solskjaer wants Cavani to stay after Spurs display
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Solskjaer wants Cavani to stay after Spurs display

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Edinson Cavani's performance in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Tottenham and hopes he can persuade the striker to stay when his contract is up at the end of the season. The 34-year-old Uruguayan scored United's second goal with an excellent diving header in Sunday's come-from-behind victory and had an earlier effort controversially ruled out. Cavani arrived at Old Trafford as a free agent last October on a deal until the end of the campaign, with the option of a further year. Unlike most extension clauses, it has to be agreed by both parties before it can be triggered and there is speculation that Cavani could move to Argentine giants Boca Juniors. "Fantastic performance, we are awaiting his decision if he wants to stay or wants to move on," sa...
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I haven’t been surprised by Cavani, just impressed
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Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I haven’t been surprised by Cavani, just impressed

The Uruguayan has scored seven times in an impressive debut season at Old Trafford Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Edinson Cavani's strong debut campaign at Old Trafford hasn't come as a surprise to him. The 34-year-old has made a big impact after signing as a free agent last October, scoring seven goals in all competitions and six in the Premier League. Solskjaer indicated he will sit down with Cavani at the end of the season to determine whether to trigger the club's option to extend the striker's contract by a further season.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer gives Cavani injury update ahead of Everton home date
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Man Utd boss Solskjaer gives Cavani injury update ahead of Everton home date

The experienced Uruguayan striker came off at half-time in the Red Devils' 9-0 win over Southampton after picking up a knock on his ankle Edinson Cavani should be fit for Manchester United’s clash against Everton this weekend, with the Uruguayan having been brought off at half-time during the Red Devils’ win over Southampton. The striker was replaced by Anthony Martial during the break of the 9-0 victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explaining afterwards that he had been forced into a change due to a knock. But, the 33-year-old has recovered and should be available for United’s home date with the Toffees on Saturday evening. “Edinson should be available he got a bad ankle knock,” Solskjaer explained at his pre-match press conference. “Eric [Bailly] is ...
Cavani Will Be Energised By Facing PSG, Says Solskjaer
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Cavani Will Be Energised By Facing PSG, Says Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Edinson Cavani will be ready to face his old club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday despite the distraction of a Football Association investigation into a social media post by the Uruguayan. Cavani’s joy at coming off the bench to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 Premier League win at Southampton on Sunday with two goals and an assist was tempered as after the match he thanked a friend for his congratulations on Instagram using the Spanish term “negrito” (small black person). Despite the affectionate context, Cavani could still fall foul of the FA’s minimum three-match ban for offensive comments on social media. “He’s deeply sorry for the mistake he’s made. There was no malicious intent at all, it was just an affectionate greeting ...
Luis Suarez Edges Closer To Juventus Move
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Luis Suarez Edges Closer To Juventus Move

With Gonzalo Higuain on the move, Juventus are in the market for a striker and are thought to be closing in on Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Ronald Koeman and is now looking for a new club. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, personal terms have been agreed between Suarez and Juventus in a second meeting between the club and the player's representatives. The striker, who has spent six years at Barcelona, had already been contacted by vice president, Pavel Nedved prior to the second meeting. The player's contract is thought to be in the region of ten million euros per year after tax which is the same wage Suarez is currently earning at Barcelona. Juventus would have to pay a further five million euros to secure the Uruguayan...
Suarez: Barcelona still looking to win everything, the ambition never changes
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Suarez: Barcelona still looking to win everything, the ambition never changes

The Uruguayan striker claims to have fully recovered from injury and will be raring to go when the Liga champions resume their 2019-20 campaign Luis Suarez says an enforced break in Barcelona’s 2019-20 campaign has not impacted the club’s ambition, with the fit-again striker saying everyone at Camp Nou is looking to “win all we can”. Spanish football has, like many other nations across the world, been in a state of indefinite lockdown since the middle of March. Competitive action is returning, though, and La Liga chiefs have stated their intention to get seasons played to a finish from June 11.
‘Torreira would love to return to Italy’ – Arsenal midfielder’s agent drops Gunners exit hint
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‘Torreira would love to return to Italy’ – Arsenal midfielder’s agent drops Gunners exit hint

Pablo Bentancur admits that the Uruguayan is still keen on heading back to Serie A, where he has previously starred for Sampdoria Lucas Torreira has seen his future at Arsenal called into question on a regular basis, and the Uruguayan’s agent admits that a return to Italy is still being longed for. The combative 24-year-old swapped life in Serie A with Sampdoria for that in the Premier League during the summer of 2018. Arsenal put a deal in place prior to the World Cup finals in Russia and saw the South American catch the eye for his country.
I will be surprised if he doesn’t win a trophy’ – Poyet backs Mourinho to justify Pochettino dismissal
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I will be surprised if he doesn’t win a trophy’ – Poyet backs Mourinho to justify Pochettino dismissal

The Uruguayan is confident the manager will bring success to Tottenham, who made the bold decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino this season Jose Mourinho will bring silverware to Tottenham and justify the club's decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino, according to Gustavo Poyet. The Portuguese manager took the helm at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November after Spurs sprung a surprise by ending Pochettino's five-year reign with the club. While Pochettino transformed the club into top-four regulars and reached the 2019 Champions League final, he failed to win a trophy during his time in London. Poyet, who finished his playing career with Tottenham, conceded it was a debatable call to get rid of Pochettino but is confident Mourinho – one of the most decorated managers in the s...
Forlan’s Penarol set to win race for PSG veteran Cavani
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Forlan’s Penarol set to win race for PSG veteran Cavani

PSG striker Edinson Cavani is heading home to Uruguayan club Penarol, according to club captain Cristian Rodriguez. The 33-year-old was linked in January with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. But close friend Rodriguez says the Uruguay international is heading back to the club, who are managed by Diego Forlan. The 35-year-old told FM Del Sol - via the Daily Star: "I have the authority to talk about Edi. "He's about to come to Penarol and I can't say anything else. "Call him and ask him.
Barcelona Striker Suffer major Injury blow, heads to Surgery
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Barcelona Striker Suffer major Injury blow, heads to Surgery

Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez will undergo a surgery on Sunday for an injury to his right knee. Barcelona made this known in a statement on the club’s official website on Saturday ahead of their La Liga fixture against Granada on Sunday night at Camp Nou. The statement read: “Luis Suárez to have surgery on Sunday. “The Uruguayan striker will be operated on tomorrow Sunday by Dr.Ramon Cugat for an injury to the external meniscus of his right knee.” Suarez featured in Barcelona’s 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final encounter on Thursday. The former Liverpool striker has scored 14 goals in 23 matches for Ernesto Valverde’s men this season.
Atletico Madrid legend Diego Godin reveals why he turned down chance to sign for Manchester United
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Atletico Madrid legend Diego Godin reveals why he turned down chance to sign for Manchester United

Atletico Madrid legend Diego Godin has revealed why he turned down a big-money move to Manchester United last summer. The Uruguayan has since switched Madrid for Milan at the end of his Atletico contract, but had a chance to move to Old Trafford a year ago. Instead, the now 33-year-old opted to spend another year at the Wanda Metropolitano, turning down the advances of Jose Mourinho. 'Yes, a year ago there were offers from Juventus, Manchester United, in the past also Man City,' Godin told Gazzetta dello Sport. 'But at that moment I had a contract in force with Atletico, I didn't think of leaving. This time it was different, I was near the end of my contract.' Godin moved to Inter Milan on a free transfer at the start of the summer, bringing to an end his nine-year spell at ...
De Ligt As A Child Posing With Luis Suarez While At Ajax (Throwback Photo)
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De Ligt As A Child Posing With Luis Suarez While At Ajax (Throwback Photo)

This an incredible picture of Matthijs de Ligt and Luis Suarez during the latter's Ajax times. How the time flies! The Uruguayan has managed to conquer the Premier League, the La Liga and the Champions League while the Dutchman has grown to be the hottest prospect in the world's football and close to the Barcelona move. There is a 12-year gap between the two, however, they share the same roots. There is still a chance that Ajax and Barcelona face each other in the Champions League final which is set to take place at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on 1 June. However, they need to overcome Tottenham and Liverpool first. Still, the possibility of the Johan Cruyff-inspired final at the biggest European stage is a real dream. Moreover, according to ESPN and other top sou...
‘I’m here to make my story’ – Felipe not out to replace Inter-bound Godin
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‘I’m here to make my story’ – Felipe not out to replace Inter-bound Godin

A €20 million signing from Porto, Atletico Madrid's new centre-back does not intend to follow in the Uruguayan's footsteps New recruit Felipe is not concerned about filling Diego Godin's boots at Atletico Madrid. Godin has signed a three-year deal with Inter, ending a nine-year stay in the Spanish capital that yielded a La Liga title and two Champions League final appearances, though Atleti lost on both occasions to neigbours Real Madrid. After joining from Porto for €20 million ($22.6 million/‎£18 million) and agreeing to a three-year contract with the Spanish club, Felipe is widely expected to be Atletico's replacement for captain Godin.
Martino doesn’t see Matosas’ familiarity with Mexico as advantage in Gold Cup
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Martino doesn’t see Matosas’ familiarity with Mexico as advantage in Gold Cup

The Ticos boss won a pair of Liga MX titles and the Concacaf Champions League while in Mexico, but both coaches agree he has no extra advantage Gustavo Matosas knows Mexican football well - very well in fact. The Uruguayan has two Liga MX titles with Leon and also win the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League at the helm of Club America. Yet when Matosas enters the technical area of NRG Stadium on Saturday, coaching Costa Rica in a Gold Cup quarterfinal against Mexico, he won't be all that different from any other manager trying to knock off El Tri by outsmarting current coach Tata Martino. "I don’t think it’s an advantage," Matosas said at a pre-match news conference Friday. "There are a lot of new players and the manager’s style is always going to change. I think when (Juan Carl...
John Aldridge Blasts One Barcelona star Ahead of Anfield Battle
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John Aldridge Blasts One Barcelona star Ahead of Anfield Battle

Former Liverpool striker, John Aldridge has launched a furious attack on Barcelona forward, Luis Suarez ahead of tonight’s Champions League semi final second leg clash at Anfield. Aldridge claimed that Suarez’s antics in the Champions League semi-final first leg were “unacceptable.” Suarez, a former Liverpool striker, opened the scoring in Barca’s 3-0 win, and wasted little time in infuriating Reds supporters by celebrating wildly. And Aldridge was not too pleased with the way the Uruguayan conducted himself. “Suarez behaved like a rat in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool and it was out of order,” Daily Star quoted him as saying. “I don’t have any problem with him celebrating his goal against Liverpool. Just because he used to wear a red shirt, it doesn’t...
What I’ll do Against Liverpool – Barcelona’s Suarez
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What I’ll do Against Liverpool – Barcelona’s Suarez

Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, has revealed what he will do during the Champions League semi-final clash against his former club, Liverpool. The Uruguayan said although he was grateful to Liverpool for their help in developing his career, he will have no hesitation in celebrating if he scores against them for Barcelona. Suarez will come up against Liverpool at the Camp Nou on Wednesday in the first leg of the semi-final. He left Liverpool to move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for £65m and has since gone on to form a lethal partnership with Lionel Messi. This will be the first time that Suarez has come up against his former club in a competitive match since leaving Anfield five years ago. The Uruguayan forward told Daily Mail that he will put any thoughts of friends...
Messi, Suarez Score More Goals Than Madrid
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Messi, Suarez Score More Goals Than Madrid

Barcelona started 2019 with a 2-1 win over Getafe and they did so thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who now have 28 between them this LaLiga Santander season. Messi and Suarez The Argentine has netted 16 times already and the Uruguayan has put the ball in the back of the net on 12 occasions, meaning that they have more league goals than the entire Real Madrid squad, who have scored just 26. u The South American duos also have more goals than Atletico Madrid, also on 26 goals for the 2018/19 campaign.
Injured Godin Could Miss Brazil, France And Barcelona
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Injured Godin Could Miss Brazil, France And Barcelona

Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Diego Godin is set to miss upcoming matches against Brazil, France and Barcelona after suffering a thigh injury in last weekend’s league win over Athletic Bilbao. Although the Spanish club refused to put a timeline on a return, AS sports daily reported the 32-year-old could be out for three to four weeks. If confirmed it would rule Godin out of international friendlies away to Brazil on November 16 and France, at the Stade de France, on November 20. Godin scored the winner in Atletico’s 3-2 victory on Saturday which left them in third just one point behind leaders Barcelona, but could also miss the La Liga clash at home to the Catalan giants on November 24. Atletico coach Diego Simeone is already without the services of fellow defenders Lucas Hernan...
‘He’s My Buddy’ – Neymar Want To Be Messi For Mbappe At PSG
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‘He’s My Buddy’ – Neymar Want To Be Messi For Mbappe At PSG

Neymar says he wants to be helpful to his "buddy" Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, just as Messi assisted the Brazilian during his time at Barcelona. The attacker and his teenage team-mate were both on target Wednesday as PSG strolled to a 4-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League, with the 18-year-old Frenchman scoring just three minutes in and setting up b to help the French side to a 2-0 lead at half-time. Neymar found the net after the hour mark with a stunning free-kick before Angel Di Maria rounded out the scoring in the dying minutes. The goal for Mbappe, his eighth in the competition, made him the highest-scoring teen in Champions League history, and the club are off to a flying start to their season having won 11 times in 12 matches in Ligue 1 and the Champions Leagu...
Unlucky Coates Gifts Barca Win At Sporting
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Unlucky Coates Gifts Barca Win At Sporting

Sebastian Coates scored an unfortunate second-half own goal to gift Barcelona a 1-0 victory away to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Uruguayan centre-back unwittingly deflected a Lionel Messi free-kick into his own net on 49 minutes to hand the Spaniards a second successive win to start Group D. The five-time European champions head the section with a maximum six points, ahead of both Sporting and Juventus on three, with Olympiakos yet to pick up a point. Ernesto Valverde’s Barca have proved unstoppable in La Liga so far, winning their opening six matches to pull seven points clear of defending champions Real Madrid while vanquishing Juve in their first group game in Europe. “We knew that to win we would have to suffer,” Valverde told BeIN Sports Spain....
Has Neymar Ended Draxler’s PSG Career?
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Has Neymar Ended Draxler’s PSG Career?

A whirlwind of speculation has gathered pace over the relationship between Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani over the last fortnight. Since the duo squabbled over set-piece responsibilities in a 2-0 win over Lyon at Parc des Princes, their compatibility has been the focus of the media and will, no doubt, continue to come under scrutiny in the weeks ahead. But this battle to become alpha male in the French capital rather ignores the fact that there is set to be one other giant loser at PSG over the months to come: Julian Draxler, a player, who, at 24, should be approaching his prime. Even if relations between Cavani and Neymar are strained they will have to be totally broken before head coach Unai Emery drops the Uruguayan, for there is no chance of Cavani being aske...
BREAKING: Neymar Apologized To The Group After The Incident With Cavani
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BREAKING: Neymar Apologized To The Group After The Incident With Cavani

After the altercation that took place on Sunday between Neymar and Edinson Cavani, in the wake of the match against Lyon, the Brazilian apologized to the PSG group. After the incidents that took place on Sunday, during the PSG match against Lyon (2-0), with Edinson Cavani, Neymar wished to apologize, Thursday, to all his teammates, to the resumption of the training. Thiago Silva served as an interpreter to his Brazilian compatriot, who regretted his attitude in the locker room. As L'Equipe revealed on Tuesday, an altercation took place with Uruguayan about the 79th-minute penalty that both strikers wanted to shoot. This Thursday in press conference, Unai Emery hinted that was the number one penalty shooter between Cavani and Neymar, without revealing his choice.
Rodrigo Bentancur: I Want To Keep Performing Like This And Helping The Team
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Rodrigo Bentancur: I Want To Keep Performing Like This And Helping The Team

The 20-year-old may only have been at the club for a couple of months but he already looks and feels at home in the Bianconeri midfield. “I felt good out there,” Rodrigo said after the game. “Now I want to keep performing well and helping the team to win." The Uruguayan admitted the Viola gave Juve a run for their money but added that ultimately all that matters are the three points. "We had to scrap for the win today. It wasn't easy but it was important to win in front of our fans."
Neymar Demands Paris Saint-Germain Sell Edinson Cavani ‘Diario SPORT’
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Neymar Demands Paris Saint-Germain Sell Edinson Cavani ‘Diario SPORT’

Neymar shows his best face off in puclic but behind closed doors that smile transforms. The former Barcelona forward has told Al-Khelaifi that co-existing with Cavani is totally impossible and he's asked for the Uruguay striker to be sold. The ideal scenario would be during the winter transfer market, but having already played in the Champions League, the chances of a sale are reduced. It could happen, therefore, at the end of the season. The PSG president, who made Neymar the most expensive player in the history of football, knows what he has on his plate and before the storm becomes a tsunami, he must take action. Or, to be clearer, he must pick sides. Obviously, in Neymar's favour. Neymar has the support of the Brazilians in the dressing room and has been able to quickly win Kylian M...
If You Were PSG’s Coach Emery, What Would You Do To Solve Neymar Cavani Drama?
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If You Were PSG’s Coach Emery, What Would You Do To Solve Neymar Cavani Drama?

During PSG's 2-0 win over Lyon, television cameras captured Neymar and Cavani disputing who should take a free-kick. In the footage, Dani Alves takes the ball from the Uruguayan and delivers it to Neymar, a sign that he's allied with his fellow countryman. In addition, Brazilian has unfollowed his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate on social media, notable Twitter and Instagram.
Allegri: Barcelona Punished Juventus’ Worst Mistakes
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Allegri: Barcelona Punished Juventus’ Worst Mistakes

Massimiliano Allegri bemoaned a collapse in the defensive standards that humbled Barcelona five months ago following Juventus' 3-0 Champions League Group D defeat at Camp Nou. Juve shut out Barca over the course of 180 minutes as they triumphed 3-0 on aggregate in last season's quarter-final between the sides, but the LaLiga leaders found their Serie A counterparts a far less robust proposition this time around. A brilliant Lionel Messi goal put the hosts in front towards the end of a first half as even as the second period was one-sided. Messi created Ivan Rakitic's goal and helped himself to another as a Juve defence without the injured Giorgio Chiellini and still adjusting to life without Leonardo Bonucci provided increasingly flimsy resistance. "We played a good first half but when...
Poyet: Tevez A Major Asset For China Despite Drama
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Poyet: Tevez A Major Asset For China Despite Drama

Drama has surrounded Tevez for much of his career and his spell in Shanghai since arriving from Boca Juniors in January on a deal among the most lucrative in world football has been no exception. Injury and constant speculation that he will return to Buenos Aires have dogged the former Manchester United and Juventus forward and only this week he was quoted from Argentina talking about the "complexities" of a return to Boca. Far from being an expensive mistake, however, Poyet is convinced the 33-year-old's arrival has created greater global interest in Chinese football. "Everything that happens around Carlos creates something all over the world," Poyet, who was appointed head coach of Shenhua in late November, told Reuters in Shanghai last week. "It's incredible. I didn't watch one game...
Florenzi: I’d Have Been A Barman Like A Few Of My Friends
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Florenzi: I’d Have Been A Barman Like A Few Of My Friends

The Roma vice-captain made his comeback from a second serious knee injury in the friendly with Chapecoense, and he spoke to Sky about his early life.“I’m happy to do this job,” Florenzi said.“I don’t know what else I would have done, maybe I’d be a barman like a few of my friends. I don’t know, but I think I’d have worked in the restaurant world.“My first memory, if I think about football, is linked to when I played in Pozzolana at the Acilia sports centre where my parents had the bar.“The ball was always with me for the first part of my life.“I think of the thing the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Geleano wrote: ‘to explain to a child what happiness is, I’d give him a ball to play with, it’s perfect to explain the concept of joy’.“That’s what football gave to me, I’m happy with a ball between m...
Tevez Expected Back In China After Treatment – Shenhua
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Tevez Expected Back In China After Treatment – Shenhua

Shanghai Shenhua denied suggestions that Carlos Tevez’s career in China was over and said Wednesday they expected him to return after the Argentine went home for treatment on a muscle injury. The 33-year-old forward, one of the best-paid players in the world on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000), has scored just twice since joining the Chinese Super League (CSL) club in January from Boca Juniors and has missed half of this season’s games with injury. His poor form and repeated absences have seen Shanghai fans turn on the Argentina international, raising questions over whether he would return after treatment. Tevez has helped fuel the doubts after previously criticising the standard of Chinese football and hinting he might look for a move. “No one ever said...
Barcelona, Real Madrid Set To Do Battle Over Wantaway Kylian Mbappe
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Barcelona, Real Madrid Set To Do Battle Over Wantaway Kylian Mbappe

Neymar's impending move to Paris Saint-Germain has shocked European football, and the madness of the transfer market is likely to intensify in the next few weeks as French publication L'Equipe reports Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe is ready to push for an exit. Barcelona, who appear vulnerable after losing a third of the "MSN", will be desperate to acquire another superstar to appease their disgruntled fans and lead the race, according to the report. As straight replacements go, the Blaugrana could strike it lucky, though the 18-year-old may have his heart set on Real Madrid, given neither club is likely to offer him a starting role as a centre-forward with Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema so well established. A meeting has already taken place between the France international's entou...
Only Philippe Coutinho Stay Will Help Liverpool Break Cycle Of Failure
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Only Philippe Coutinho Stay Will Help Liverpool Break Cycle Of Failure

Liverpool's summer has become embroiled in further drama and uncertainty. Their main transfer targets, Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita, were involved in training ground controversy at their clubs (Southampton and RB Leipzig) this week, while Barcelona seem ready to increase their bid for star man Philippe Coutinho. With Van Dijk training alone after asking for a move, Keita fighting with his own teammates and Barcelona's interest piqued as Neymar looks set to join Paris Saint-Germain, Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier took to social media and cheekily opined that he hoped Liverpool would do the right thing and let Coutinho leave. The premise was simple: how could Liverpool get in such a state about Barcelona tempting Coutinho when they'd clearly being doing likewise to Southampton an...
Marquinhos Extends Paris Saint-Germain Deal To 2022
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Marquinhos Extends Paris Saint-Germain Deal To 2022

Paris Saint-Germain that runs until 2022, the Ligue 1 club announced Saturday. “I have always said I’m happy to play for Paris Saint-Germain, and this contract extension is further proof of my commitment to the club,” said Marquinhos, who joined PSG from Roma in 2013. “Over the last four years, I have been able to gauge the progress made at Paris Saint-Germain, which has notably enabled me to get into the national team.” The 23-year-old has formed a solid centre-back partnership with compatriot Thiago Silva at the Parc des Princes, winning three French league titles in four seasons. “Marquinhos’ contract extension brings me great satisfaction,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “As well as being a fantastic player, Marquinhos is an extremely nice guy and always has a great...
Football Star Messi Weds Childhood Sweetheart
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Football Star Messi Weds Childhood Sweetheart

Lionel Messi said “I do” to childhood sweetheart and mother of their two children Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday in his Argentine hometown Rosario, where footballers and celebrities gathered for the “wedding of the century.” Following the private ceremony, the couple appeared happy and relaxed as they walked a red carpet before hundreds of journalists at a hotel and casino complex, Roccuzzo donning a tight, mermaid-style gown by Spanish designer Rosa Clara. The couple’s children Thiago, four, and Mateo, one, had front seats at the ceremony attended by some 260 guests, including Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, and numerous footballers such as Messi’s Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez. Argentine media called it the “wedding of the century” for Ro...
Messi’s Star-Studded Wedding: Six Things To Expect
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Messi’s Star-Studded Wedding: Six Things To Expect

Football and showbiz stars gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi’s spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to the event in his home city of Rosario. Shakira and friends Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique are expected among the 260 guests. They will join old friends of the couple and footballers such as his Barcelona strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar. The Dress Brunette bride Roccuzzo, 29, will wear a dress by Spanish designer Rosa Clara, which has been flown over from Barcelona. The designer has dressed stars suc...
Qatar Football Team Faces FIFA Sanction For Emir Shirt
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Qatar Football Team Faces FIFA Sanction For Emir Shirt

Qatar’s national football team could face disciplinary action from FIFA after its players warmed up for a World Cup qualifier against South Korea wearing t-shirts showing support for the country’s Emir. The show of support for Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani came after several Gulf nations and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed economic sanctions on Doha for allegedly supporting “extremism”. Qatar denies the accusations. The white shirts worn by the players were emblazoned with a profile portrait of the Emir, an image that has become a widely used symbol of defiance by Qataris in response to the diplomatic crisis. The t-shirt was also waved by midfielder Hasan Al-Haydos after he put the Qataris 1-0 ahead from a free-kick in the 25th minute. After scoring, Haydos spri...

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