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Radja Nainggolan completes Inter switch

Radja Nainggolan completes Inter switch

Radja Nainggolan has completed a move to FC Internazionale Milano on a four year deal from Serie A rivals FC Roma. The transfer fee for the Belgian midfielder is reported to be in the region of £21million with two players – veteran fullback Davide Santon and 18-year-old midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo – heading to Roma in a swap deal. The combative midfielder was a surprise omission from the Belgium squad in Russia 2018, a move that led to his retirement from International football. Most Serie A fans believe that former Roma boss Luciano Spalleti played a massive role in the player’s decision …

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Spain and Portugal survive late scare to scrape through

Spain and Portugal survive late scare to scrape through

Iberian neighbors Spain and Portugal survived a late scare in their respective games to qualify for the round of 16. The Spaniards set up a last 16 tie with Russia after a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Morocco thereby topping the group in the process. While Fernando Santos tutored, side lost their position at the top after sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Iran in what culminated in a nerve wrecking ending to the tie. Both teams were fans favorites to progress beyond the group stages but it didn’t pan out to be a smooth ride with the footballing …

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Russian footballers cleared of doping allegations

Russian footballers cleared of doping allegations

The recent political turmoil between Russia and Britain took another twist to its tail when the British media reported cases of doping cover-ups among Russian national team soccer players. However, FIFA debunked those rumors on Sunday, saying they had not found any substantial evidence to back up those claims of doping among Russian footballers. Citing a statement it made last month, FIFA said: “insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation by any footballer.” It went further to confirm that investigations opened against players named in Russia’s preliminary squad last month had been closed. Rubin Kazan defender Ruslan …

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Ever Banega set to reunite with Unai Emery

Ever Banega set to reunite with Unai Emery

Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega may likely reunite with Unai Emery at the Emirates after holding positive talks with the club, according to reports in England. The Argentina international is currently in Russia at the World Cup where his side are struggling to remain in the tournament with one group match left to play. But his agent Marcelo Simonian is believed to have flown to London to hold talks with Arsenal chiefs, according to reports in Italy. Unai Emery isn't wasting any time! ? Arsenal have held talks with Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega over a potential move to the …

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Brilliant Lukaku sets a new World Cup record for Belgium

Brilliant Lukaku sets a new World Cup record for Belgium

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku netted twice against Tunisia in their 5-2 win to become the first Belgian to score four goals at a World Cup. Lukaku, 25, grabbed a brace in the first half against the North Africans with two simple tap-ins to take his tally to four goals and also draw level with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot. The former Chelsea player equally became the first player since Argentine legend Diego Maradona in 1986 to find the back of the net twice or more in consecutive World Cup games. 4 – Romelu Lukaku …

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Brazil, Nigeria earn crucial wins

Brazil, Nigeria earn crucial wins

Brazil left it late to earn a vital 2-0 win against Costa Rica in the second round of matches to avoid an upset in the group stages. Costa Rica defended valiantly in the game until former Liverpool playmaker Coutinho opened the scoring in the 84th minute of the game. Tite’s men put the game to bed when Douglas Costa’s cross found PSG forward Neymar who finished from close range to give the Brazilians their first win in the tournament. It's the late, late show in Saint Petersburg, but it is a victory for Brazil!#BRACRC pic.twitter.com/EUt8Sc1FOa — FIFA World Cup ? …

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Sarri’s future set to be resolved ahead of a potential Chelsea move.

Sarri’s future set to be resolved ahead of a potential Chelsea move.

Mauricio Sarri’s contractual situation with Napoli is set to be resolved by the end of this month, according to Sky sources in Italy. The Serie A side has already brought in Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement with the former Madrid boss ready to officially resume duties on July 1. Sarri guided the Italian club to a second place finish after a keenly contested title campaign with eventual Champions Juventus in Serie A but was deemed surplus to requirements by the club’s executives. Reports from Sky sources in Italy suggest that Napoli are unwilling to pay the wage bill of the …

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Argentina on the brink as Croatia top group D

Argentina on the brink as Croatia top group D

Argentina suffered another blow to their hopes of qualifying from the knockout phase after a shocking 3-0 loss to Croatia that marked their biggest loss in World Cup group stages since 1958. Jorge Sampaoli’s men continued to make headlines for the wrong reasons as they failed to record a win in their opening two group matches for the first time since 1974, securing only one point in the process. The manager who has come under intense scrutiny and heavy criticism didn’t quell any speculations surrounding him citing an unusual line-up for the game. Big name players like Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo …

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Golden Boy Mbappe seals qualification for France

Golden Boy Mbappe seals qualification for France

France has booked their place in the round of 16 of the World Cup after beating Peru 1-0 thanks to a solitary strike from Kylian Mbappe. Les Blues started their first competitive match against Peru on the back of the 2-1 victory over Australia in the first group game. Didier Deschamp’s men came close to scoring twice when Griezmann was teed up by teammate Giroud but saw his effort saved by the Peruvian goalkeeper. However, they kept asking the right questions to the opposition defense and eventually got their reward in the 34th minute when the shot-stopper diverted a Giroud shot …

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Fred completes United switch

Fred completes United switch

Brazilian midfielder Fred has completed a move to Premier League giants Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk on a five-year deal. Fred is Jose Mourinho’s second summer signing for the following the arrival of defender Portuguese Diogo Dalot from Porto. The Red Devils announced earlier this month they had agreed on a deal with Shakhtar, which is understood to be in the region of £52m plus bonuses, but had been waiting for Fred to be granted a work permit. It is understood the bonuses could take the deal to around £61.2m – this would make him United’s third most expensive signing of …

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Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer

Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo has eclipsed Ferenc Puskas record with his recent strike against group B opponents Morocco that took his tally to 85 goals more than any other player in the continent’s history. The Portuguese forward started the game on 84 goals after scoring a hat-trick in the opening group match vs. Spain. The three goals recorded in that match equaled the number of goals scored by the Hungarian legend. The 33-year-old Real Madrid forward scored in the fourth minute against Morocco to give Portugal the early lead and is now only behind Ali Daei of Iran, on 109 goals, in …

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Arsenal complete the signing of Leno

Arsenal complete the signing of Leno

Arsenal FC have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen in an undisclosed fee. The German shot-stopper made 230 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit in the space of seven seasons and had been capped six times in Die Mannschaft team but missed out in Joachim Low’s 23-man team list for the World Cup. Leno, a product of Stuttgart Academy, holds the record of the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Champions League, a record he set against London rivals Chelsea back in 2011 at just 19 years and 193 days old. Happy and proud to …

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Croatia will defeat Messi-dependent Argentina- Kovacic

Croatia will defeat Messi-dependent Argentina- Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic is optimistic Croatia can beat tournament favorites Argentina ahead of their second group D encounter because they are a better team than the two-time World Cup winners. The two teams heavily tipped to progress from the group stages according to pundits meet on Thursday, with the Albiceleste suffering a significant setback against Iceland in the first group game that ended in a stalemate, while Croatia cruised to a 2-0 win over Nigeria. Croatia who made their World Cup debut in France 98′ and ended up in the semi-finals, will fancy their chances against Jorge Sampaoli’s men and a …

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Man City close to Jorginho signing

Man City close to Jorginho signing

Manchester City are close to wrapping up a deal in the region of £46.5m for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to Sky Sports News. Reports from Italy suggest that both sides are yet to finalize a deal, but City are keen on snapping up the player. It’s believed that issues such as payment schedules, add-ons and a possibility of a pre-season friendly between both clubs are still to be sorted out before completing the deal. Jorginho,26, whose country Italy missed out in the World Cup tournament posted a picture on Instagram boarding a flight to Brazil with his family members. He …

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Maradona lambasts Jorge Sampaoli after Argentina stalemate

Maradona lambasts Jorge Sampaoli after Argentina stalemate

Jorge Sampaoli has come under intense scrutiny following their draw against Iceland. One man that was not left out in the attack was legendary figure Diego Maradona who heavily criticised the manager for his tactics. The two-time World Cup winners could only muster a point against the World Cup debutants in their first group game contrary to the bookmakers that predicted a flying start for the South American side. Man City striker Aguero fired his team to an early lead before Iceland leveled up via a goalmouth scramble thanks to Alfred Finngobosan’s strike. Jorge Sampaoli’s men upped their game in the …

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Champions bug hit Germany as Mexico hold on for a famous win

Champions bug hit Germany as Mexico hold on for a famous win

Defending Champions Germany were stunned by a resilient Mexican team who ran out 1-0 winners in the opening match of the group. Joachim Low’s men were sloppy from the start, allowing Mexico to call the shots and detect the pace of the game at the Luzhnikhi stadium. The North-Americans created a lot of chances but were not clinical in front of goal. Germany upped the tempo in the second 45 minutes but couldn’t convert their chances. The duo of Hernandez and Carlos Vela were guilty of making poor decisions when they were presented with clear-cut chances. However, all that changed when …

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