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Coutinho Boost For Barcelona Ahead Of Atletico Madrid Clash

Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho has returned to training ahead of this weekend’s La Liga match against Atletico Madrid after missing two weeks with a thigh problem. The 26-year-old former Liverpool player has not featured for the side at the top of the table since the 1-1 Champions League draw at Inter Milan on November 6. Barca’s last game was a …

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Portugal Become First Team To Reach Nations League Semi-Finals

European champions Portugal became the first team to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals on Saturday after holding Italy to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro. The Portuguese, despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, progressed with one match to play, and are sure to finish top of Group A3, with Italy’s hopes in the tournament over. The result means …

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PSG’s Alleged Racial Profiling ‘Unacceptable’ – Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps has attacked Paris Saint-Germain’s alleged racial profiling of players as “unacceptable and intolerable”. Last week French investigative website Mediapart claimed that the Ligue 1 club’s talent scouts operated a system of racial profiling for years. The revelations prompted the French champions to launch an immediate investigation. PSG’s general manager Jean-Claude Blanc acknowledged that the practice which …

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Real Reward Interim Boss Solari With Permanent Contract

Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui. “Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated. Solari has led Real to four wins out of …

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Dortmund See Off Bayern In Five-Goal Der Klassiker

Paco Alcacer scored the winner as Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to beat defending champions Bayern Munich 3-2 on Saturday and move seven points clear of their third-placed rivals. The result piles added pressure on Bayern head coach Niko Kovac, as his side’s chances of winning a seventh straight title in his first season in charge took …

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Messi Set For Barcelona Return While Dembele Is Dropped

Ernesto Valverde has indicated Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti are both ready to return for Barcelona against Real Betis on Sunday but Ousmane Dembele has been dropped.  Messi has been out since breaking his arm against Sevilla on October 20 while Umtiti has been nursing a knee problem and has not played since September 26. Both are included in the …

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Ten Quickfire Conclusions As Arsenal Advance To EL Knockout Stage

There were no goals but plenty of talking points as Arsenal booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a draw against Sporting Lisbon.  1) Unai Emery seems to have chosen his first-choice goalkeeper.  Arsenal have a tradition of playing their second-choice goalkeeper in cup competitions and saving their first-choice for the league. An injury to Petr …

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