Soccer / Sports

'Frenchman has huge part to play' - Three things learnt from Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

Apr 23 3:30pm The Boot Room
Manchester United moved to within one point of local rivals Manchester City ahead of what will be a colossal meeting of the two clubs on Thursday night. It was a convincing victory for Jose Mourinho’s men as they beat Burnley by a 2-0 scoreline at Turf Moor. The Clarets are difficult to beat at home […]...
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Birmingham City should keep hold of Harry Redknapp ahead of summer rebuild

Apr 23 3:15pm The Boot Room
Next season may feel like it is a lifetime away for fans of Birmingham City. Since the club decided to sack Gary Rowett when sat in 7th position in the Championship; it has been a slow and largely forgettable campaign. Under Gianfranco Zola, the club won just two of the Italian’s 24 games in charge […]...
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Chelsea round-up: Conte reacts to Tottenham win; Costa to reject move; defensive target wants transfer

Apr 23 3:00pm The Boot Room
Antonio Conte reacted to Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham with pride, praising not only his Chelsea side but also his opposition after a thrilling clash between the two London clubs. Conte also explained his selection decisions, as he told the club website: “To reach in my first season the final of this competition is […]...
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Midfielder's all-action display ensures deserved victory for 10-man Hull against Watford

Apr 23 2:45pm The Boot Room
Hull City took one step closer to promotion as they beat Watford at home, by a 2-0 scoreline, despite only having ten men for the majority of the match. Marco Silva has done an excellent job since arriving at the KCOM Stadium and his side are currently outside of the relegation zone. It was important […]...
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Liverpool round-up: Klopp hints at summer transfers; left-back deal close; defender denied comeback

Apr 23 2:15pm The Boot Room
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he thinks that a move to Anfield is an increasingly attractive proposition for players ahead of what could be a busy summer with transfer activity as he looks to add depth to the squad. The Guardian quote him as saying: “I think it will be [easier to attract players]. I think that […]...
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1 Goal, 1 Assist: Belgian Chelsea's gamechanger with super-sub display against Tottenham

Apr 23 2:00pm The Boot Room
When it emerged that Eden Hazard would start the FA Cup semi-final on the bench at Wembley, Chelsea fans reasonably began to panic. Antonio Conte’s decision to rest his star man with a crucial Premier League clash with Southampton on the horizon on Tuesday was a brave one, but it proved to be effective. Replaced […]...
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Manchester United round-up: Zlatan ruled out for season; Everton want Lukaku sale; Rojo injury latest

Apr 23 1:45pm The Boot Room
In awful news for the club and the player, the Manchester Evening News believe that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The club have confirmed that the Swede suffered ligament damage but did not put a timescale on his return, with rumours even circulating that it could be a career […]...
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14-goal forward Bournemouth's attacking catalyst in rampant victory over Middlesbrough

Apr 23 1:45pm The Boot Room
Bournemouth moved one step closer to clinching their Premier League status with a convincing 4-0 home victory over Middlesbrough. The Cherries are now on 38 points and clear of the relegation zone by seven points. They have a few winnable games before the end of the season and it is looking increasingly likely that they […]...
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'Defender the leader Conte needs' - Three things learnt from Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham

Apr 23 1:30pm The Boot Room
In what was always expected to be one of the closest fixtures of the season, Antonio Conte’s decision to drop both Diego Costa and Eden Hazard meant that Tottenham, the form side, went into the game as favourites when the first whistle blew. However, it was the league leaders who would run out victors after […]...
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How Arsenal rated in their FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City

Apr 23 1:15pm The Boot Room
Arsenal were not given much of a chance against Manchester City ahead of the FA Cup semi-final, but they managed to triumph in extra time with a 2-1 victory, thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal and Alexis Sanchez, following Sergio Aguero’s opener. It has been a disappointing season for the Gunners and Arsene Wenger will […]...
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How Manchester United rated as they comfortably saw off Burnley at Turf Moor

Apr 23 1:00pm The Boot Room
Manchester United closed the gap on fourth-placed Manchester City to just a single point after goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial proved too much for Burnley on Sunday afternoon. Going in to the match four points adrift of the Champions League spots, Martial gave the visitors the lead in a rare start after finishing […]...
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Sam Allardyces dramatic Crystal Place turnaround inspired by two key changes

Apr 23 6:00am The Boot Room
Until a month ago, it seemed that Sam Allardyce was not the man to steer Crystal Palace to safety. After embarrassing losses, such as a 3-0 drubbing at the Olympic Stadium against West Ham United and a 4-0 capitulation at home against bottom team Sunderland, it seemed that club chairman, Steve Parish, had picked the […]...
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Superb Tottenham star unfortunate to be on losing side following FA Cup defeat to Chelsea

Apr 23 6:00am The Boot Room
Despite playing on the losing side at Wembley on Saturday, Christian Eriksen was the WhoScored man of the match, underlining the quality of his performance. It was an incredible occasion for the neutral as the top two sides in the Premier League battled for a place in the FA Cup final, but Chelsea were the better […]...
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Three key battles thatll decide Arsenal FA Cup semi-final tie against Manchester City

Apr 23 5:30am The Boot Room
The second FA Cup semi-final will be played on Sunday afternoon to decide who will meet Chelsea in the final. Arsenal and Manchester City have both had underwhelming seasons for different reasons, but they each have a good opportunity to win the much coveted cup competition. City had the better of the league fixture this […]...
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Liverpool v Crystal Palace: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Apr 23 5:00am The Boot Room
Top four contenders Liverpool host a resurgent Crystal Palace side on Sunday and with seven teams in contention for the Champions League spots, this home tie presents itself as a must win to Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Reds currently sit third in the Premier League and a win here could be really beneficial in regards […]...
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Who was your MOTM in Chelseas FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham?

Apr 23 4:15am The Boot Room
Chelsea and Tottenham clashed with each other in the first FA Cup semi-final before Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday. The two London sides produced a thrilling encounter, with the Premier League’s best talent going head-to-head. The build-up to the game was centered around the pairs league positions. With just four points between Chelsea, in first, […]...
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Tactical Philosophy: Sean Dyche

Apr 23 2:29am Outside of the Boot
The post Tactical Philosophy: Sean Dyche appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Football News 24/7  While this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it with a tinge of tactical flavour meant for the football enthusiast, we found a large gap to be exploited in terms of combining the two. This mini-series thus focuses on young managers […] The post Tactical Philosophy: Sean Dyche appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Kharkiv Football Returns to Ukraines Second Largest City

Apr 22 9:25pm Futbolgrad
Vadim Furmanov – Last summer, following the insolvency and subsequent withdrawal from the Ukrainian Premier League of FC Metalist Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city was left without its own top-flight football club for the first time in over a decade. In fact, since their promotion to the Soviet Vysshaya Liga in 1982, Metalist had only spent […] The post Kharkiv – Football Returns to Ukraine’s Second Largest City appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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How Tottenham rated in their 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea

Apr 22 2:49pm The Boot Room
When Chelsea opted to drop two key players in Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Tottenham were confident of reaching their first FA Cup final since 1991. Instead, it became seven semi-final defeats in a row. Willian opened the scoring for Chelsea with a fine free-kick before Harry Kane drew the scores back level with a […]...
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How Chelsea rated as they booked an FA Cup final place at Tottenhams expense

Apr 22 2:21pm The Boot Room
With new emerging that Antonio Conte had opted to drop Eden Hazard and Diego Costa for this one, Chelsea fans could have been justified to fear the worst ahead of the FA Cup final. However, they didn’t need to worry with a convincing and thrilling display. Willian was a surprise starter and showed why with […]...
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Combined Chelsea and Tottenham best XI Lilywhites dominate

Apr 22 7:00am The Boot Room
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur meet in the first FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday and it will be an intriguing contest as the two best teams in England face off. These two sides are competing for the title and this weekend will provide a huge confidence boost for whichever team progresses to the final. […]...
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Analysing the Premier League run-in will Chelsea or Tottenham be crowned Champions?

Apr 22 6:00am The Boot Room
After Chelsea’s loss to Manchester United last Sunday, Tottenham’s title hopes were reignited. Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to close the gap to four points and it stayed like that all weekend as the league leaders suffered defeat at the hands of the Red Devils. With six games to go and 18 […]...
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Chelsea v Tottenham: FA Cup match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Apr 22 5:00am The Boot Room
With FA Cup Semi-Final fixtures this weekend, Chelsea face Tottenham in a game that is not only significant for the cup competition but could potentially have an impact in the Premier League as it draws to a close. The game sees the England’s top two teams come together in what promises to be a great […]...
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Tactical Analysis: AS Monaco 3-1 Borussia Dortmund | Tuchels naivete and Monacos deadly counter-attacks

Apr 22 2:19am Outside of the Boot
The post Tactical Analysis: AS Monaco 3-1 Borussia Dortmund | Tuchel’s naivete and Monaco’s deadly counter-attacks appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Eric Devin provides a detailed tactical analysis about the Champions League quarter-final second leg that finished AS Monaco 3-1 Borussia Dortmund. AS Monaco (4-4-2): Danijel Subasic; Almamy Touré, Kamil Glik, Jemerson, Benjamin Mendy; Bernardo Silva (Andrea Raggi 90′), Joao Moutinho, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Thomas Lemar; Radamel Falcao (Nabil Dirar 67′), Kylian Mbappé (Valere Germain 81′) Borussia Dortmund (3-4-2-1): Roman […] The post Tactical Analysis: AS Monaco 3-1 Borussia Dortmund | Tuchel’s naivete and Monaco’s deadly counter-attacks appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Leyton Orient: Dead Club Walking?

Apr 22 2:14am Outside of the Boot
The post Leyton Orient: Dead Club Walking? appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Ross Bramble sheds light on Leyton Orient’s recent troubles; a result of gross misjudgement, institutional failings and duplicitous greed When you talk about long hard seasons in football, you often think of a Ligue 1 side like Lorient, sleep-walking their way to relegation to the second tier of French football with one poor display after another. […] The post Leyton Orient: Dead Club Walking? appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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The Dont Call it Soccer Pod Episode 8 MLS/Liga MX Buzz

Apr 22 1:26am Futbolgrad
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South American Football Show Copa Libertadores Sidewinder Wonderwall

Apr 22 1:13am Futbolgrad
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Monterrey vs Tigres UANL Introducing the Clasico Regiomontano

Apr 22 12:46am Futbolgrad
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Gladbach vs Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Match of the Week

Apr 22 12:15am Futbolgrad
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Breaking down West Broms set-piece routines, the best in the Premier League

Apr 22 12:00am These Football Times
Did you know that West Bromwich Albion, a side managed by Tony Pulis, are quite good at scoring goals from set pieces? In other shocking news, water is wet. As Craig Dawson rose above his teammates, clambering over them like a litter of hungry piglets trying to suckle a teat, to score his second against… The post Breaking down West Brom’s set-piece routines, the best in the Premier League appeared first on These Football Times.
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Arsene Wengers 3-4-3 switch a false dawn ahead of Manchester City clash

Apr 21 3:00pm The Boot Room
Change. Change is what makes football the phenomenon it is. Ever evolving. Ever adapting. Whether it be advances in technology, changes in personnel or alteration to tournament formats, the beautiful game always keeps us guessing. One man who seems to remain a constant is Arsene Wenger (some may argue constantly average in recent seasons). Wenger […]...
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Fatigue could play a part The key stats ahead of Burnley vs Manchester United

Apr 21 2:00pm The Boot Room
Manchester United will look to close the gap on rivals Manchester City to just one point when they travel the short distance to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon to take on Burnley. With City playing Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals later that day, three points for Jose Mourinho’s side could see them put the […]...
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Three key battles that'll decide Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham

Apr 21 1:30pm The Boot Room
When the two sides meet on Saturday afternoon at Wembley, Chelsea will be looking to reach their first FA Cup final since they won the trophy in 2012 whilst Tottenham have not reached that stage of the competition since Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker lined up for Terry Venables in their 1991 win over Nottingham […]...
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Will Aston Villa be the Championship ones to watch next season?

Apr 21 1:00pm The Boot Room
The 2016/17 campaign has been an underwhelming one at Villa Park on the whole, with Aston Villa one of the favourites for promotion prior the start of the season back in August.  The Midlands outfit moved quickly to bring in players in the summer, with the only surprise being how long it took the relegated […]...
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Burnley v Manchester Utd Betting Tips

Apr 21 10:00am The Set Pieces
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Liverpool v Crystal Palace Betting Tips

Apr 21 10:00am The Set Pieces
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Swansea City vs Stoke City; Match preview, team news and match predictions

Apr 21 8:15am The Boot Room
Swansea City manager Paul Clement has described his side’s match against Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium as a ‘must win’ fixture as the relegation net starts to close in on the Welsh club. The Swans are currently two points from safety and with just five games remaining the pressure is certainly starting to build […]...
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PFA Premier League Team of the Year who missed out?

Apr 21 8:00am The Boot Room
The Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA) have once again sparked debate amongst supporters by announcing their team of the year. As usual, some players have been unfortunate to miss out, and fans from most clubs argue a point that their teams’ prized assets should have definitely been included. In the majority of those circumstances, it is […]...
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Burnley vs Manchester United: Premier League match preview, predicted line-ups and score prediction

Apr 21 7:45am The Boot Room
Manchester United have the opportunity to close the gap on local rivals Manchester City to only one point with a win this weekend. Although they will be focusing primarily on their Europa League campaign, they still have a good chance of finishing in the top four and Jose Mourinho will certainly not be giving up […]...
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West Ham vs Everton: Premier League match preview, predicted line-ups and score prediction

Apr 21 7:30am The Boot Room
Everton will be looking to increase the pressure on the sides above them this weekend as they travel to face West Ham United at the London Stadium. Four of the top six will be in FA Cup final action, which provides the hosts with an opportunity to close the gap on the sides above them. A […]...
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Arsenal vs Manchester City: FA Cup semi-final preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Apr 21 7:15am The Boot Room
For two managers who have experienced disappointing seasons, perhaps the most disappointing of their careers, the opportunity to reach the FA Cup final and have a shot at winning a trophy could be a saving grace. Having beaten Arsene Wenger’s team at the Etihad and drawn at the Emirates, Manchester City will be looking to […]...
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Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Apr 21 7:00am The Boot Room
Middlesbrough will take the long trip down to the South Coast on Saturday afternoon looking to keep their Premier League survival hopes alive against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Without a win in 16 Premier League games and six points adrift of safety with only six games to play in the current season, anything less than three […]...
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Hull City vs Watford: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Apr 21 6:45am The Boot Room
Hull City will host mid-table Watford at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to earn a valuable three points to stretch the gap between themselves and the relegation places. Currently only two points above Swansea City with six games left to play in the Premier League season, victory for Hull could see the gap […]...
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Analysing Marcus Rashfords blistering display as Manchester United beat Anderlecht in the Europa League

Apr 21 6:00am The Boot Room
In February last year, a young Marcus Rashford made his Manchester United debut in the Europa League round of 32 and scored a brace to send his side into the next round of the competition. Just over a year later, it was perhaps quite fitting that it was the teenage sensation that once again made […]...
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Swansea v Stoke Betting Tips

Apr 21 4:48am The Set Pieces
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West Ham v Everton Betting Tips

Apr 21 4:48am The Set Pieces
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Manchester City round-up: 28-year-old wants Madrid move; Klopp denies Hart interest; striker closer to return

Apr 21 4:30am The Boot Room
According to exclusive reports in The Sun, Manchester City and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero has admitted that he wants to join La Liga side Real Madrid at the end of the season. Aguero’s future at the Etihad has been speculated for months since the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Jesus in January, with the 19-year-old […]...
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Tottenham round-up: Semi-final underdogs claims Mauricio Pochettino; latest on Toby Alderweirelds future

Apr 21 4:15am The Boot Room
With the Premier League title-race set to take a break as the FA Cup returns for its semi-final instalment, Tottenham Hotspur prepare to face off once more against title rivals Chelsea. The Lilywhites are looking to not only remain in the hunt for more silverware, but seize a potentially crucial psychological advantage over the Blues in […]...
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Manchester United round-up: Bid prepared for Tottenham man; offer made for striker; Anderlecht victory reaction

Apr 21 4:00am The Boot Room
The Telegraph claim that Tottenham could rival Manchester United in their pursuit of Burnley defender Michael Keane, but only because they are expecting the Red Devils to make a bid for their midfielder Eric Dier.  Tottenham do not want to sell the England international but are planning for the worst if United make a bid which is […]...
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Liverpool round-up: German will not be sold; Klopp rules out Hart move; Henderson injury blow

Apr 21 3:45am The Boot Room
In news that will please many fans, the Guardian report that midfielder Emre Can will not be sold this summer regardless of the progress made on contract talks. This news will quash fears that the German could leave Anfield in the upcoming transfer window, as he enters the final 12 months of his existing deal this summer. […]...
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Arsenal round-up: Keown doubts over Ozil; winning mentality lost; Jenkinson transfer latest

Apr 21 3:30am The Boot Room
Arsenal will be building up for their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City this weekend and it is their last opportunity to win silverware this season. Although they failed to beat Pep Guardiola’s men in either of their two league meetings this season, it isn’t a match that they should fear. Martin Keown believes that […]...
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Chelsea round-up: Striker demands Chelsea move; Chinese offer attracts star man; Courtois injury row

Apr 21 3:15am The Boot Room
The Telegraph claim that Romelu Lukaku is risking upsetting Everton as he demands a move to Chelsea with the Toffees hugely reluctant to allow the Belgian to re-join his former club after a row between the two clubs over the transfer of John Stones has left a long standing feud with the Merseyside club not wanting to […]...
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Quique Setin: the tinkering innovator using chess to improve his football

Apr 20 10:00pm These Football Times
“For a strategy to become reality, decisions must be made,” says Garry Kasparov in his book How Life Imitates Chess. “For evaluations to be turned into results, they must lead to decisions. After we have prepared, planned, analysed, calculated and evaluated, we have to choose a course of action. Results are the feedback we get… The post Quique Setién: the tinkering innovator using chess to improve his football appeared first on These Football Times.
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Joey Barton: a year in Marseille

Apr 20 9:00pm These Football Times
Marseille is home to one of the most successful clubs in France, a footballing establishment whose history transcends that of current giants Paris Saint-Germain, who’ve usurped Marseille’s throne in recent times. Their fans are passionate; their ultras even more so. But even they would have been taken aback when their club announced the loan signing… The post Joey Barton: a year in Marseille appeared first on These Football Times.
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Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Bundesliga Must Learn from Champions League Exits

Apr 20 8:20pm Futbolgrad
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Chivas Copa MX Victory Could be a Much Needed Catalyst for the Liguilla

Apr 20 7:08pm Futbolgrad
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Dynamo vs Shakhtar Futbolgrad Match of the Week

Apr 20 6:28pm Futbolgrad
Dynamo vs Shakhtar – Friday 7 pm CET Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex – Kyiv. On Friday, Shakhtar Donetsk have their first match in which it is possible that they may win their tenth Ukrainian championship and their first since 2014. Furthermore, Shakhtar could do it in the stadium of their fiercest rivals, Dynamo Kyiv, in […] The post Dynamo vs Shakhtar – Futbolgrad Match of the Week appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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Why do we continue to castigate the next generation of England internationals?

Apr 20 2:15pm The Boot Room
Who would want to be a young, gifted, talented English football player in the modern era? If the treatment received by Ross Barkley, John Stones and Jack Wilshere over the past month or so is anything to go by, then certainly not me. We, as a country, have a very odd relationship with our nation’s […]...
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Who is the Schalke left-back being linked with a summer move to Arsenal?

Apr 20 1:30pm The Boot Room
Arsenal are closing in on their first signing of the summer in the form of Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac. This is a story that has been reported across the English media, including the Independent. Although the deal has yet to be announced, it is believed that the Gunners have beaten several other clubs to his […]...
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