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What to watch for in Sunday's European Qualifiers

Mar 25 8:05am UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
Timo Werner is looking to seize his chance to impress up front for Germany, with Jermain Defoe hoping for an Indian summer with England, as the top two meet in qualifying Group E.
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Is this Arsenal midfielder's reputation for poor discipline deserved?

Mar 25 7:00am The Boot Room
Granit Xhaka claims that he has been unfairly portrayed as a ‘brainless idiot’ due to his disciplinary record since arriving in England. In the Premier League this season, the Swiss international has received three yellow cards and two red cards. His tackling style has been criticised by certain pundits, who believe that it is lazy […]...
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Liverpool-man would be the perfect replacement for Andres Iniesta at Barcelona

Mar 25 6:30am The Boot Room
Philippe Coutinho has been talked about as a potential target for Barcelona during the last 12 months. Despite the 24-year-old extending his contract recently, he continues to be linked with a move to Los Cules. Former Liverpool player Luis Garcia believes that the Brazilian would be the ideal successor to Andre Iniesta. However, he has […]...
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Manchester City round-up: 40million Munich midfielder linked; race for Ajax teenager; De Bruyne injury update

Mar 25 6:00am The Boot Room
Reports in The Sun today are suggesting that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is targeting on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder Kingsley Coman as part of a summer overhaul at the Etihad Stadium. Coman, who is currently on a long-term loan at the German side, was brought to Bayern Munich from Serie A side Juventus by Guardiola […]...
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UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Ben Woodburn

Mar 25 6:00am UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
Already Liverpool's youngest ever goalscorer, 17-year-old Ben Woodburn continues to make headlines after receiving his first call-up to the Wales squad for Friday's European Qualifier.
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Middlesbroughs Ben Gibson deserves his England call-up heres why

Mar 25 5:30am The Boot Room
Ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, England manager Gareth Southgate has given Ben Gibson his first senior call-up. The centre-back has enjoyed a good start to life in the top flight, forming part of a Middlesbrough defence with one of the Premier League’s best records. Gibson has been a major part of the […]...
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Are Manchester United on the brink of a 35million deal for this Inter Milans midfielder?

Mar 25 5:00am The Boot Room
Although this weekend marks the first international break of the calendar year, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keeping himself busy by flying out to Croatia ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in an alleged attempt to force an agreement for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic. The Sun, via talkSPORT, claim that Mourinho is […]...
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Tactical Analysis: Atletico Madrid 3-1 Sevilla | Rojiblancos too intense for Sampaolis team

Mar 25 3:21am Outside of the Boot
The post Tactical Analysis: Atletico Madrid 3-1 Sevilla | Rojiblancos too intense for Sampaoli’s team appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Raghunandhanan Narasimhan writes a detailed tactical analysis on the La Liga game that ended Atletico Madrid 3-1 Sevilla. The mood could not have been more contrasting as it was 3rd versus 4th in the La Liga as Atletico welcomed Sevilla to the Calderon. Atletico progressed to the quarter finals of the Champions League after seeing […] The post Tactical Analysis: Atletico Madrid 3-1 Sevilla | Rojiblancos too intense for Sampaoli’s team appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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The Academy Series | 10 best Sevilla products: Sergio Ramos, Marchena, and Jesus Navas feature

Mar 25 3:20am Outside of the Boot
The post The Academy Series | 10 best Sevilla products: Sergio Ramos, Marchena, and Jesus Navas feature appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast When it comes to the playing staff, signings are a great way to improve the squad, both in terms of quality and depth, and indeed, are becoming the most common way. However, onlookers, especially fans of a club tend to derive great joy when a product of the club’s academy makes it through to the […] The post The Academy Series | 10 best Sevilla products: Sergio Ramos, Marchena, and Jesus Navas feature appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Rangers FC: The Road Back

Mar 25 3:02am Outside of the Boot
The post Rangers FC: The Road Back appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Eric McCoy has a look at Rangers’ fall and the long road back the Glasgow club have had to endure. The notoriously combustible Glasgow derby between Rangers and Celtic is not supposed to have a big brother/little brother dynamic.  Historically, the clubs have more resembled a pair of evenly matched twins scrapping endlessly in their […] The post Rangers FC: The Road Back appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Roman Brki A Rock in Borussia Dortmunds Defence

Mar 25 12:12am Futbolgrad
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The new generation of Swedish stars providing hope for the future

Mar 24 9:34pm These Football Times
Every year Aftonbladet, the Swedish newspaper, awards the Guldbollen (Gold Ball) to the best Swedish footballer. The same footballer has won 11 of the last 12,and is likely to continue his stranglehold on the title after some excellent displays at Manchester United. Only Fredrick Ljungberg could stop Zlatan Ibrahimović from claiming 12 in a row.… The post The new generation of Swedish stars providing hope for the future appeared first on These Football Times.
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Liga MX Club Guide The Hipster Version Part III

Mar 24 7:47pm Futbolgrad
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Full breakdown of Gianluigi Buffon's 1,000 games

Mar 24 6:30pm UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
After Gianluigi Buffon made the 1,000th professional appearance of his career in Italy's European Qualifier against Albania, Paolo Menicucci picks out his greatest nights.
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Gianluigi Buffon plays 1,000th game of his career

Mar 24 6:30pm UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
After Gianluigi Buffon makes the 1,000th professional appearance of his career in Italy's European Qualifier against Albania, Paolo Menicucci picks out his greatest nights.
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Italy and Spain plough on as Serbia make their move

Mar 24 6:04pm UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
Both unbeaten, Spain and Italy remain level on points at the top of Group G in the European Qualfiers for the FIFA World Cup after home wins on a night when Serbia and Croatia had reason for cheer.
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Buffon overtakes Casillas's European caps record

Mar 24 5:44pm UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
Gianluigi Buffon won his 168th Italy cap in their 2-0 win against Albania, surpassing the European record set by Iker Casillas in June. We look at the top 12.
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Why Manchester United should not sign Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann

Mar 24 2:30pm The Boot Room
Manchester United have been continuously linked with a big money move for Antoine Griezmann ahead of what could be a huge summer at Old Trafford. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has admitted that he is worried about losing his star striker. There is also interest from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. The latest quotes […]...
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Will champions-elect Chelsea lose these two key men in the summer?

Mar 24 2:00pm The Boot Room
With reports circulating that Real Madrid are set to make Eden Hazard their latest Galactico signing, champions elect Chelsea may have to prepare for a future without their most prized asset. More worryingly for Antonio Conte is the possibility of losing two Belgians at once, as the Guardian have reported that the La Liga giants are […]...
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Jamie Cureton the oldest gunslinger in town

Mar 24 11:00am
BY DAVID TULLY If you’ve supported a club in the English lower leagues over the past twenty-five years, the odds are that Jamie Cureton has scored against them at some point. That’s just what Cureton does. Though he’s played in all four professional divisions during twenty-three years as a professional, it’s been in the lower […]...
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Juventus defender linked with summer Chelsea move - what would he bring to Antonio Conte's side?

Mar 24 9:30am The Boot Room
Rumours circulating about Leonardo Bonucci’s move to Chelsea have been growing in stature as the months go on. The Juventus centre-back is apparently keen on moving if current boss Massimiliano Allegri stays. After a touchline bust-up between the pair, Yahoo Sports have reported that the Italian giant’s former manager, Antonio Conte, could make a move […]...
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Arsenal round-up: Xhaka dismisses Bundesliga interest; Iwobi backs Wenger; Schalke midfielder linked

Mar 24 9:00am The Boot Room
Granit Xhaka was the club’s big summer signing last summer, but he hasn’t played as well as many anticipated. There have been reports in recent weeks linking him with a move to Bayern Munich. However, the Swiss international has dismissed the rumours and stated that the Gunners are on the same level as the German […]...
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Manchester United round-up: Striker could leave says Simeone; another Atletico player targeted; Jones injury update

Mar 24 8:45am The Boot Room
Diego Simeone has revealed that Antoine Griezmann could leave Atletico Madrid at any moment in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, as reported by Goal and ESPN, after the Argentinean manager said: “Yes, because there is a termination clause. There is no security. That’s what he told me – if you stay, I’ll stay. And I said yes, why […]...
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Chelsea round-up: Record bid made for striker; midfielder could make move; Everton man wants London switch

Mar 24 8:30am The Boot Room
The Times claim that Chelsea made a club record bid worth a massive £70 million in their attempts to sign former player Romelu Lukaku from Everton in the summer, and could go back in with a similar off this year too. The Belgian has told the Toffees that he will not renew his contract at the club […]...
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Liverpool round-up: Atletico defender wanted; Origi frustrated; Dortmund react to interest

Mar 24 8:15am The Boot Room
Spanish newspaper AS believe that Liverpool are ready to race Manchester United in the battle for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez with the 22-year-old having made it clear that he is considering leaving the club in pursuit of more playing time with just 19 appearances under his belt this season. Embed from Getty Images The Uruguayan has […]...
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Tottenham round-up: Wembley planning permission approved; defender talks down title prospects

Mar 24 8:00am The Boot Room
As Tottenham Hotspur prepare themselves to depart their traditional White Hart Lane home ahead of the construction of their new stadium, the 2017/18 campaign, which they will spend effectively in exile, has moved one crucial step closer to being played out at Wembley after Brent Council approved the Wembley Committee’s planning application on behalf of […]...
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What to watch for in Saturday's European Qualifiers

Mar 24 8:00am UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
Two key defenders down, the Netherlands face a challenging trip to Bulgaria, with Hungary v Portugal: the rematch, and Belgium's quest for another big win among the other Saturday attractions.
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The best of Buddies when St. Mirren created a record that might never be broken

Mar 24 4:05am
This article originally appeared in Issue 14 of The Football Pink KEVIN O’NEILL looks back on St. Mirren’s unlikely Scottish Cup success of 1987 when they not only defeated European finalists, but also created a record that still stands to this day. For St. Mirren, the very fact they turned the tables on hot favourites […]...
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FM17 Project, Arsenal v Liverpool: Episode 2

Mar 24 1:17am The Set Pieces
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Mexico vs Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier Preview

Mar 24 12:11am Futbolgrad
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USA vs Honduras World Cup Qualifier Preview

Mar 23 11:53pm Futbolgrad
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Azerbaijan vs Germany World Cup Qualifier

Mar 23 11:30pm Futbolgrad
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England vs Lithuania World Cup Qualifier Preview

Mar 23 11:05pm Futbolgrad
England vs Lithuania – Sunday 26, March 2017 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET – Wembley Stadium London. England come into this World Cup 2018 qualifier with a history of mixed fortune. On the one hand, they haven’t lost a tournament qualifying fixture since 2009, on the other hand, however, they enter Sunday night’s fixture fresh […] The post England vs Lithuania – World Cup Qualifier Preview appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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Tactical Analysis: PSG 2-1 Lyon | PSG take advantage of Lyons lack of positional discipline

Mar 23 10:24pm Outside of the Boot
The post Tactical Analysis: PSG 2-1 Lyon | PSG take advantage of Lyon’s lack of positional discipline appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Eric Devin writes a detailed tactical analysis about the Ligue 1 game that finished PSG 2-1 Lyon Line Ups Paris Saint-Germain (4-2-3-1): Kevin Trapp; Serge Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Marco Verratti (Thiago Motta 89′), Adrien Rabiot; Angel Di Mariá, Javier Pastore (Lucas Moura 79′), Julian Draxler (Blaise Matuidi 54′); Edinson Cavani Olympique Lyonnias (4-4-2): Anthony Lopes; Rafael, […] The post Tactical Analysis: PSG 2-1 Lyon | PSG take advantage of Lyon’s lack of positional discipline appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Frank Rijkaard: the reluctant one

Mar 23 8:00pm These Football Times
Delving into the treasure troves of Dutch football’s history is an often emotive and enriching experience. Juxtaposed to the relative mediocrity of the present, the Netherlands’ footballing past showcases a talent pool that ought to be impossible for such a small nation. From the foreign forefathers of Jack Reynolds and Vic Buckingham came the drive… The post Frank Rijkaard: the reluctant one appeared first on These Football Times.
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The Dont Call it Soccer Pod The Muppet Show

Mar 23 5:24pm Futbolgrad
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Arsenal considering 25million bid for Barcelona midfielder - could he replace Mesut Ozil?

Mar 23 4:00pm The Boot Room
With Arsene Wenger having confirmed that talks over a new contract with Mesut Ozil have been postponed with only 15 months left on his existing, the Times say that Arsenal are considering a £25 million bid for Barcelona star Arda Turan as the club begin to consider potential replacements for the German. The Turkey captain has only […]...
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Tottenham star's performance against Germany proves that he should be England's main man

Mar 23 3:30pm The Boot Room
So, the brave new era of the England national team that is being built under the stewardship of Gareth Southgate did not quite get off to the perfect start – but there were still plenty of positives to take away from Wednesday’s defeat in Dortmund. In truth, it was very much Lukas Podolski’s night. The […]...
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Arsenal round-up: Mustafi rallying cry; Podolski backs Wenger; Ozil compared with Tottenham youngster

Mar 23 2:30pm The Boot Room
Arsenal are now facing an uphill battle to finish in the top four places and qualify for next season’s Champions League. They have slipped to sixth position in the table after winning only one of their last five Premier League matches. It has been a hugely disappointing few weeks for the club and they now […]...
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Tottenham round-up: Lloris future dependent on this factorr; defender pursues lucrative new deal; club wait on Wembley decision

Mar 23 2:15pm The Boot Room
With Tottenham’s new £800million stadium project well underway, and scheduled to be ready in 2018, it has often been stressed by the club that over the top investment on new signings is not to be forthcoming for now and the immediate future. What Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have done in that time, however, is […]...
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Manchester United round-up: Rival midfielder's agent refuses to rule out move; Tottenham star targeted; defender discusses future

Mar 23 2:00pm The Boot Room
Manchester City star Yaya Toure could be on his way to Old Trafford in the summer after his agent Dimitri Seluk refused to rule out the possibility as he told Sky Sports: “At this moment the situation like this; from yesterday we officially started negotiating with different clubs about his future. Some clubs have contacted me. Now […]...
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Liverpool round-up: Approach for Bundesliga striker; Real Madrid competition for left-back; Henderson joins training camp

Mar 23 1:45pm The Boot Room
The Daily Mail claim that Liverpool have made an initial approach to Red Bull Leipzig over striker Timo Werner, who made his debut for the German national team against England last night. The 21-year-old has scored 14 goals and made six assists in 25 games this season for his side. Embed from Getty Images Werner, usually an […]...
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Chelsea round-up: World record price-tag on target's head; loan exit for striker; coach slams defender's move

Mar 23 1:30pm The Boot Room
Yahoo Sports claim that Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, tracked by both Chelsea and Manchester City last summer, will leave the club this summer if Massimiliano Allegri remains in charge of the Turin club. It’s expected that a world record bid for a defender would be required for a deal to be achieved. Embed from Getty Images […]...
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Gianluigi Buffon set for 1,000th game of his career

Mar 23 11:30am UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
As Gianluigi Buffon prepares to make the 1,000th professional appearance of his career in Italy's European Qualifier against Albania, Paolo Menicucci picks out his greatest nights.
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Football Manager Free To Play This Weekend

Mar 23 11:00am The Set Pieces
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Azerbaijan v Germany Betting Tips

Mar 23 11:00am The Set Pieces
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England v Lithuania Betting Tips

Mar 23 11:00am The Set Pieces
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Scotland v Slovenia Betting Tips

Mar 23 11:00am The Set Pieces
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Liverpool star's career is at a crossroads - but which path will he take?

Mar 23 7:00am The Boot Room
Injuries are an accepted part of football. However, it seems every club has a player who is susceptible to them more than most. This is clearly frustrating for the individual, club and the fans in general. While there is an initial feeling of sympathy for the player, their continuing absence seems to wear thin after a […]...
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What to watch for in Friday's European Qualifiers

Mar 23 7:00am UEFA.com - FIFA World Cup - News
Who will prevail when Croatia host fellow unbeaten side Ukraine? Is Andrea Belotti destined to score on his return to Palermo? And might Wales give a debut to a 17-year-old forward?...
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What is the role of Mousa Dembele for Tottenham moving forward?

Mar 23 5:00am The Boot Room
Despite having a key role in the successful Tottenham Hotspur side over the last couple of seasons, Mousa Dembele is – by a distance – one of Spurs’ oldest senior players, and while his experience has proven invaluable in helping to mentor youngsters such as Harry Winks, one cannot help but feel that the Belgian’s […]...
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Blink and youll miss it, part 3: Middlesbrough Ironopolis 1893-94

Mar 23 4:15am
In this instalment of our ‘Blink and you’ll miss it’ series, DAN ROBERTS looks at the momentary appearance in the Football League of a club very much forged in the industrial north. There is a recently reformed football club situated around 70 miles north of Philadelphia called Bethlehem Steel. In their previous incarnation they were one […]...
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BetBright FM17 Cup: The Final Challenge

Mar 23 2:15am The Set Pieces
Think you’re good at Football Manager? Now is your chance to prove... The post BetBright FM17 Cup: The Final Challenge appeared first on The Set Pieces.
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Football On Film: A Shot at Glory (2000)

Mar 23 1:16am The Set Pieces
Catch up on Adam Hurrey’s previous Football in Film features here: When Saturday Comes (1996); I.D.... The post Football On Film: A Shot at Glory (2000) appeared first on The Set Pieces.
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Liga MX Club Guide The Hipster Version Part II

Mar 23 12:36am Futbolgrad
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Futbolgrad Podcast Episode 16 CSKA Close on Spartak

Mar 22 11:00pm Futbolgrad
Futbolgrad – Episode 16 – CSKA Close on Spartak Dave Caren from the World Football Index hosted Andrew Flint and Manuel Veth to discuss all the latest news in the post-Soviet football universe. Here are this week’s topics: All the latest in the Russian Football Premier League. Russia gains a third Champions League spot. Russia’s upcoming friendlies. Ukraine’s qualification campaign. You can also find […] The post Futbolgrad Podcast – Episode 16 – CSKA Close on Spartak appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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Russia vs Ivory Coast Friendly Preview

Mar 22 10:50pm Futbolgrad
Russia vs Ivory Coast – Friday 19:00 MST/21:00 Krasnodar Stadium – Krasnodar. Russia continues its preparations for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. On Friday, Russia will face Ivory Coast in Krasnodar, and then will entertain Belgium on March 28 in Sochi. Both games will take place in Russia’s southern region in order to escape the […] The post Russia vs Ivory Coast – Friendly Preview appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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Germany vs England Lukas Podolski Celebrates Final Match with a Wonder Goal

Mar 22 10:11pm Futbolgrad
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Diego Maradona: the disastrous Sevilla diaries

Mar 22 10:00pm These Football Times
Ask any football follower about the greatest players to play the sport and Diego Maradona will gloriously be at the very top of most lists. A career that started and ended in his homeland of Argentina, Maradona’s path detoured at some of football’s most prestigious locations – Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Newell’s Old Boys and famously… The post Diego Maradona: the disastrous Sevilla diaries appeared first on These Football Times.
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Arshavin and Hleb: the wild talent of two unfulfilled mavericks

Mar 22 9:00pm These Football Times
On 23 February 2017, Russian side Krylya Sovetov faced Kazakh side Kairat Almaty in a behind closed doors friendly. Kairat won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Brazilian Isael Barbosa. On paper this friendly had next to no significance but for Arsenal fans it signalled the meeting of two of the great what… The post Arshavin and Hleb: the wild talent of two unfulfilled mavericks appeared first on These Football Times.
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