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Ukrainian Premier League Roundup Shakhtar defeat Olimpik in the Donetsk Derby

Apr 18 6:09pm Futbolgrad
Manuel Veth – Shakhtar Donetsk have won the derby in exile against city rivals Olimpik Donetsk. Both teams remain in exile from their hometown Donetsk due to the continued volatile security situation in the Donbass. While Shakhtar have recently moved to Kharkiv, Olimpik play their “home” games at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium in Kyiv. […] The post Ukrainian Premier League Roundup – Shakhtar defeat Olimpik in the Donetsk Derby appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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What does the future hold for Arsenals Jack Wilshere with his Bournemouth loan set to expire?

Apr 18 6:00pm The Boot Room
As Jack Wilshere limped off the pitch and down the tunnel at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, the jeers of Tottenham Hotspur supporters filling the air, the most obvious question on the limps of most onlookers was ‘what now?’ You see, since the 25-year-old burst onto the scene as a teenager over half a […]...
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Three things learnt as Leicester City bowed out of Europe at the hands of Atletico Madrid

Apr 18 5:45pm The Boot Room
Leicester City exited the Champions League in valiant fashion as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at the King Power on Tuesday evening, losing out 2-1 on aggregate. Despite starting on the front foot it was the visitors who secured the vital away goal when Saul Niguez met Filipe Luis’ cross […]...
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Premier League: Team of the Week XXXIII feat. Manchester United and Manchester City stars

Apr 18 5:30pm The Boot Room
The big story of the weekend came on Sunday at Old Trafford, where Manchester United helped hand title contenders Tottenham a lifeline with a 2-0 victory over leaders Chelsea, whilst keeping up the pace with the top-four. The gap at the top is now a mere four points going into the final five matches, and […]...
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Tigres vs Pachuca CONCACAF Champions League Final Preview

Apr 18 4:56pm Futbolgrad
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Talent Radar 2016-17 Performance Rankings: Top 10 Young Midfielders | Keita and Alli fighting for top spot

Apr 18 1:40pm Outside of the Boot
The post Talent Radar 2016-17 Performance Rankings: Top 10 Young Midfielders | Keita and Alli fighting for top spot appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Football News 24/7  Judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. Perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. To add a basis to what may be a leap of […] The post Talent Radar 2016-17 Performance Rankings: Top 10 Young Midfielders | Keita and Alli fighting for top spot appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Forever Underrated: Edin Dzeko has turned it around in Rome

Apr 18 1:18pm Outside of the Boot
The post Forever Underrated: Edin Dzeko has turned it around in Rome appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Alex Blinston writes about Edin Dzeko, a man who has made a career of proving his plaudits right and his doubters wrong. Just this past week I was holidaying in the Eternal City, my first time in the breath-taking Italian capital. Because of flights we had to leave on the Saturday night, just as the whistle was blown […] The post Forever Underrated: Edin Dzeko has turned it around in Rome appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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How Twitter reacted to Harry Redknapps appointment as Birmingham City manager

Apr 18 1:00pm The Boot Room
Harry Redknapp has been named Birmingham City manager for the remaining three matches of the season. The 70-year-old takes over from Gianfraco Zola, who only managed to win two of his 24 matches in charge. The Italian resigned on Monday after the defeat to Burton and he has left the side only three points above […]...
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Profiling Brighton and Hove Albion: The Premier Leagues 47th club

Apr 18 12:45pm The Boot Room
Brighton and Hove Albion secured promotion on Easter Monday with a win over relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic and they will go on to become the 47th club to play in the Premier League. This has been a long time coming for the Seagulls, as they have finished in the play-off positions in three of the last […]...
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Should Dele Alli have been nominated for Player of the Year ahead of Alexis Sanchez?

Apr 18 12:30pm The Boot Room
The PFA Player of the Year nominees were announced last week and the men up for the award are all deserving of their nomination. Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have been superb in helping Chelsea within touching distance of the Premier League title, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proven all the doubters wrong after his impressive […]...
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Besiktas v Lyon Betting Tips

Apr 18 10:28am The Set Pieces
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Manchester Utd v Anderlecht Betting Tips

Apr 18 10:26am The Set Pieces
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Monaco v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips

Apr 18 7:32am The Set Pieces
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Barcelona v Juventus Betting Tips

Apr 18 7:30am The Set Pieces
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Three things learnt from Arsenals 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough

Apr 18 6:00am The Boot Room
Arsenal secured a narrow 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough to keep their slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. They changed to a formation with three at the back at the Riverside Stadium on Monday evening and, although there were problems with the system, the Gunners did manage to secure the three points thanks to […]...
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Why Vincent Kompany is far from finished at Manchester City

Apr 18 5:30am The Boot Room
Two unfamiliar sights were witnessed by the crowd at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Manchester City’s captain, Vincent Kompany, scored, and perhaps more remarkably, completed his second set of 90 minutes in as many weeks. The Belgian international put in a man of the match display as the Citizens disposed of a frustrated Southampton side […]...
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Three key stats as Arsenal returned to winning ways on the road against Middlesbrough

Apr 18 5:15am The Boot Room
Arsenal kept themselves in the hunt for a top four finish this season after battling to a narrow victory over relegation strugglers Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Monday evening. Going into the match ten points adrift of Manchester City in fourth place, Alexis Sanchez curled in a superb free-kick from the edge of the […]...
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La Liga Matchday 32 Real Madrid leave it late again as Tony Adams makes his bow

Apr 18 5:00am The Boot Room
With Champions League distractions and a Clasico to handle next weekend, Real Madrid made huge changes to their starting line-up with all of their famous BBC dropped from the squad as they travelled to Sporting Gijon. For much of the game, it seemed that the gamble could have proved costly as Sporting twice took the […]...
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Manchester City round-up: Guardiola demands more; turned down Juventus sensation; FA Cup selection hints

Apr 18 4:45am The Boot Room
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he needs to change the mindset of his players and make them fear losing, reports in the Mirror claim. Despite sitting inside the Premier League top four and with an FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley coming up this weekend, Guardiola confessed his squad needs work ahead […]...
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Tottenham round-up: Pundit praises versatile attacker; former star would 'love' to play in current squad

Apr 18 4:30am The Boot Room
Even if Tottenham Hotspur were to fail in executing what two months ago seemed unthinkable, in overhauling what was a 12-point advantage at the top of the table for current leaders Chelsea, for Mauricio Pochettino’s side to remain in the title race for so long, due credit is deserved. Their remarkable feat continued with their […]...
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Arsenal round-up: Wenger sets expectation; Oxlade-Chamberlain on teams form; competition for Lacazette

Apr 18 4:15am The Boot Room
Arsene Wenger has told his players that they must win every remaining match to keep their top four hopes alive. The Gunners managed to win their first match away from home for three months at Middlesbrough on Monday night and it was a game from which they simply had to emerge with three points. The […]...
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Chelsea round-up: Terry to leave; attention turns to Manchester City man; race against rival for midfielder

Apr 18 4:00am The Boot Room
Chelsea have confirmed that club captain and legend John Terry will bring an end to his Blues career 19 years after his debut for the club and will leave at the end of the season. The decorated central defender said in an official statement: “After 22 years there is so much to say and so many […]...
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Liverpool round-up: Oxlade-Chamberlain value decided; Matip wants Champions League; Van Dijk boost

Apr 18 3:45am The Boot Room
Goal believe that Liverpool are intent on pursuing a summer move for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but, contrary to previous reports, will not meet the £35 million asking price set by the Gunners for the England international who is thought to be open to a move away from the Emirates. The latest reports suggest that the Reds […]...
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Manchester United round-up: Spaniard wants out; Chelsea star tracked; praise for Rashford

Apr 18 3:30am The Boot Room
The Daily Mail claim that David de Gea has informed Manchester United that he wants to move to Real Madrid if they come calling in the summer and will be hugely upset if the club stand in his way after having allowed him to leave two years ago only for the move to collapse at the final […]...
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Liga MX Relegation Battle is Heating Up

Apr 17 10:44pm Futbolgrad
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Mircea Lucescu Inconsistency Continues at Zenit Saint Petersburg

Apr 17 10:11pm Futbolgrad
Manuel Veth – Spartak’s triumph on Sunday night against Zenit Saint Petersburg could prove to be the final step for Spartak Moscow’s first championship since 2001. Zenit, in the meantime, is looking at another lost season despite the fact that the club hired prolific Romanian head coach Mircea Lucescu last summer. Lucescu, in fact, was […] The post Mircea Lucescu – Inconsistency Continues at Zenit Saint Petersburg appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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Schalke vs Ajax Europa League Preview

Apr 17 9:45pm Futbolgrad
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The transfer that defined an era: Ashley Coles move from Arsenal to Chelsea

Apr 17 7:15pm These Football Times
Having acquired the solitary point needed to secure the Premier League title at the home of their most intense local rivals, the Arsenal players celebrated in tandem with the jubilant pocket of red and white clad fans that had witnessed on that day a scenario many of them believed only existed in their wildest dreams.… The post The transfer that defined an era: Ashley Cole’s move from Arsenal to Chelsea appeared first on These Football Times.
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An in-depth analysis on the current state and future of Welsh football

Apr 17 7:05pm These Football Times
It’s shortly after 9pm on 1 July 2016 and Wales are taking on Belgium in a Euro 2016 quarter-final match in Lille, northern France. For many, this is a match-up between a recently established superpower and a battling underdog. The passing clouds overhead are barely noticeable inside the Stade Pierre-Mauroy as the temperature has settled… The post An in-depth analysis on the current state and future of Welsh football appeared first on These Football Times.
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Talent Radar 2016-17 Young Players Team of the Week #28: Marcus Rashford, Naby Keita, and Enes Unal feature

Apr 17 5:26pm Outside of the Boot
The post Talent Radar 2016-17 Young Players Team of the Week #28: Marcus Rashford, Naby Keita, and Enes Unal feature appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled into an XI from across Europe’s top seven leagues. You can read this for all details on Talent Radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.  [Eligibility: As of 1st […] The post Talent Radar 2016-17 Young Players Team of the Week #28: Marcus Rashford, Naby Keita, and Enes Unal feature appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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How Arsenal rated in their unconvincing 2-1 win over Middlesbrough

Apr 17 5:15pm The Boot Room
For much of the first half, it seemed as though Arsenal’s tie against relegation fighting Middlesbrough could have been one of those days. A change in system was not enough to break the deadlock and the home side held the Gunners for much of the first period. As is often the case though, Alexis Sanchez […]...
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Who was your MOTM in Arsenals 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough?

Apr 17 5:01pm The Boot Room
Arsenal’s slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain alive, following a slightly nervy 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Monday evening. With both sides battling for their own causes, albeit at different ends of the table, this victory will be met by a huge sigh of relief by Arsene […]...
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Tactical Analysis: Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Bayern Munich | Resilient Leverkusen frustrate Bayern

Apr 17 5:00pm Outside of the Boot
The post Tactical Analysis: Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Bayern Munich | Resilient Leverkusen frustrate Bayern appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Hrishi Anand provides a detailed tactical analysis about the Bundesliga game that finished Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Bayern Munich. Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich played out to a 0-0 draw at the Bayer Arena. The hosts have had a dismal season following a poor start and Roger Schmidt’s sacking. New manager Tayfun Korkut has had a difficult start to […] The post Tactical Analysis: Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Bayern Munich | Resilient Leverkusen frustrate Bayern appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Patience wearing thin but Stoke still on track with Mark Hughes

Apr 17 1:15pm The Boot Room
It is a well-known fact that the Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in world football. For the teams who are able to secure promotion, they are well aware that achievement is only half the battle, with the next step of becoming an established club even harder to achieve. When a level […]...
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No Premier League player betters Manchester United's Paul Pogba in key midfield area

Apr 17 1:00pm The Boot Room
Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba may have faced his critics this season, but there is one key area in which he leads the Premier League rankings. The Frenchman, who cost the Red Devils a massive £89 million during the summer transfer window, has now completed more passes than any other English top-flight midfielder this season. […]...
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Why Christian Eriksen pips Kevin De Bruyne as the Premier League's most creative player

Apr 17 12:45pm The Boot Room
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen are currently leading the Premier League’s creative rankings, with 13 and 12 assists, respectively. While the end of season accolades tend to centre around the Player of the Season and Golden Boot awards, the race for the so-called silver-boot is being run by two of […]...
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How well are Hibernian prepared for their Premiership return?

Apr 17 12:30pm The Boot Room
Manager Neil Lennon is now looking forward to a bright future with Hibernian, after securing them a return to the top flight for the first time in three years. The Edinburgh club snatched up the Championship title with a 3-0 at home to Queen of the South on Saturday, and they continue their Scottish Cup […]...
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How Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard combined to halt Chelseas title march

Apr 17 10:00am The Boot Room
The Premier League title race was blown wide open as Manchester United stunned Chelsea with a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday. Antonio Conte’s league leaders were well beaten by Jose Mourinho’s resurgent Red Devils side, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera ensuring the gap at the top of the table remains […]...
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How Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard combined to quash Chelseas title march

Apr 17 10:00am The Boot Room
The Premier League title race was blown wide open as Manchester United stunned Chelsea with a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday. Antonio Conte’s league leaders were well beaten by Jose Mourinho’s resurgent Red Devils side, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera ensuring the gap at the top of the table remains […]...
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Analysing Marcus Rashfords exciting performance for Manchester United against Chelsea

Apr 17 9:30am The Boot Room
Jose Mourinho surprised everybody with his team selection on Sunday, choosing to start with a strike partnership of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in a 3-5-2 formation, but it worked as Manchester United won 2-0 against Chelsea. This was the third time that the United manager had faced his former clubs this season and it […]...
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Should Conte make the bold decision to drop this misfiring star against Tottenham?

Apr 17 9:00am The Boot Room
In the midst of, what is turning out to be, quite some title race in the Premier League, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has hit a purple patch of form.  The Spanish international, who leads the club’s scoring ranks this season, having hit the back of the net on 18 occasions (four goals ahead of PFA […]...
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Five impressive stats as clinical Manchester United eased past title-chasing Chelsea

Apr 17 8:30am The Boot Room
Manchester United re-ignited the Premier League title race and enhanced their own top four prospects with a commanding victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Without a win in their two previous encounters against Antonio Conte’s side this season, United took the lead inside ten minutes when Marcus Rashford slotted past Asmir Begovic […]...
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Tottenham round-up: Pochettino proud; Conte's confessions; third contract extension for midfielder

Apr 17 8:00am The Boot Room
It was a result that many will have hoped for, but little may have expected. Nevertheless, former Chelsea boss José Mourinho returned to haunt his former club, as his Manchester United side overcame the Blues 2-0 at Old Trafford to hand Tottenham a lifeline in the title race, by cutting the gap between the North […]...
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Manchester City round-up: Hart update; Guardiola to avoid English talent; Premier League rivals want defender

Apr 17 7:45am The Boot Room
According to reports in The Sun over the weekend, Torino have ruled out signing out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on a full-time deal due to his expensive price tag. Since falling out with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during pre-season Hart has been on a season-long loan at the Serie A side, and Torino […]...
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Manchester United round-up: Shock move for City-man; Mourinho wants dream front three; Chelsea reaction

Apr 17 7:30am The Boot Room
The Daily Mail have sensationally claimed that if David De Gea moves to Real Madrid, the club could turn to Manchester City hero Joe Hart. The England international is currently on loan at Torino in Serie A but is expected to be sold on a permanent deal in the summer when he returns, where he could move […]...
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Chelsea round-up: Striker will be allowed to leave; replacement lined up; Conte reacts to United defeat

Apr 17 7:15am The Boot Room
The Express have sensationally claimed that striker Diego Costa will be allowed to leave the club this summer after Chinese outfits Tianjin Quanjian and Guangzhou Evergrande reignited their interest in signing the Spaniard on a £30 million a year deal, working out at an incredible £575,000 per week. Reported interest in January unsettled the forward who has had his […]...
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Liverpool round-up: Southampton-man tops targets; transfer battle for Pulisic; weekend victory reaction

Apr 17 7:00am The Boot Room
With one eye already being cast over potential summer transfer activity for Liverpool, the Times claim that Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk the top target for the Reds with the Dutchman potentially the latest player to make the journey from the south coast club to Merseyside, following in the footsteps of the likes of Sadio Mane, Nathaniel […]...
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Three things learnt from Liverpools narrow 1-0 victory over West Brom

Apr 17 6:30am The Boot Room
Liverpool have taken one step closer to the Champions League after they managed to beat West Brom thanks to a single Roberto Firmino goal. It wasn’t the most exciting game to watch, but the Reds dug in and showed that they have the right to supplement their undoubted quality in the final third. They have […]...
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Three things learnt as Manchester United reignited the title race with a 2-0 win over Chelsea

Apr 17 6:00am The Boot Room
With just six games left to be played in the Premier League season, it was clear that the result of this tie could be decisive in a variety of ways. When the two sides came face to face at Old Trafford on Sunday, Jose Mourinho was out for revenge fully aware that three points were […]...
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Previewing Fulhams push for the Championship play-offs

Apr 17 5:30am The Boot Room
As the Championship season enters its final weeks, the race for the coveted playoff positions are heating up. Fulham’s battle to grab sixth position looks set to go down to the wire, with a sumptuous fixture away at Sheffield Wednesday on the last day of the season that will serve as a play-in game of […]...
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Who was your MOTM as Manchester United beat league leaders Chelsea?

Apr 17 5:00am The Boot Room
With second-place Tottenham claiming three points by beating Bournemouth 4-0, league leaders Chelsea had the chance to reinstate their seven-point edge with a win at Old Trafford against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. Antonio Conte used all his key players with Eden Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa leading the line in their impressive 3-4-3 formation. Jose […]...
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AS Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund Champions League Preview

Apr 16 11:55pm Futbolgrad
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Real Madrid vs Bayern Mnchen Champions League Preview

Apr 16 11:28pm Futbolgrad
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Gegenpressing Bundesliga Podcast Week 29

Apr 16 11:00pm Futbolgrad
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Quincy Promes and Spartak Seven Games to Glory

Apr 16 11:00pm Futbolgrad
Manuel Veth – Thanks to another fantastic performance by Quincy Promes the countdown to Spartak Moscow’s first championship since Leonid Fedun bought the club in 2004 has officially started. On Sunday, Spartak managed a magnificent display against Russia’s richest club, Zenit Saint Petersburg, to go clear by 10 points on top of the table ahead […] The post Quincy Promes and Spartak – Seven Games to Glory appeared first on Futbolgrad.
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South American Football Show Copa Libertadores Week 3

Apr 16 7:11pm Futbolgrad
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The story of Jorge Sampaolis early managerial years in Peru

Apr 16 6:30pm These Football Times
The past is a delicate topic in sport. It is often used to predict the future, but sometimes it means very little. A team could traditionally struggle against a particular opponent but then accomplishes the unthinkable and win on one fateful day. Past events can also serve as teachable moments, no matter how painful. This… The post The story of Jorge Sampaoli’s early managerial years in Peru appeared first on These Football Times.
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Analysis: The Benefits of False Implications

Apr 16 4:50pm Outside of the Boot
The post Analysis: The Benefits of False Implications appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Patrick Mills writes about the principle of false implications, wherein players and teams take advantage of an implication followed by a contradictory action. Given the relentless pace at which top level football is played today, players often find themselves second guessing their opponents. Much like a goalkeeper attempting to save a penalty, defenders regularly choose to […] The post Analysis: The Benefits of False Implications appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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Ginga: Brazils football and cultural DNA

Apr 16 4:40pm Outside of the Boot
The post Ginga: Brazil’s football and cultural DNA appeared first on Outside of the Boot. Outside of the Boot - a website meant for the football enthusiast Max Haining has a look at the evolution of ginga, the distinct style of play that is part of Brazil’s football and cultural DNA.  A glance toward goal, a hip swerving, samba style shimmy on the edge of the ‘D’ and a gormless, bedazzled Ricardo Carvalho depict the milliseconds before a pony-tailed Ronaldinho toe-pokes the […] The post Ginga: Brazil’s football and cultural DNA appeared first on Outside of the Boot.
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