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Why Sevilla Are La Liga And Champions League Contenders This Season

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JANUARY 15: (L-R) Adil Rami, Victor Machin Perez "Vitolo", Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Escudero of Sevilla FC celebrates after winning the match against Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on January 15, 2017 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

There is a new powerhouse in Spain and that is Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla side who confirmed their status as genuine title challengers by ending Real Madrid’s impressive 40-match unbeaten run. Indeed, Sevilla came close to ending the 39-match unbeaten run in the Copa Del Rey until Karim Benzema rescued Zidane’s side from the unfamiliar jaws of defeat with an injury …

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Analysis: Mourinho And Klopp Showed Why They’re Top Managers While Guardiola Struggled

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League

It was promoted as ‘Merseyside vs Manchester’ by Sky Sports, but in truth London was the real winner after Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all comfortably won on Saturday. The top six looks like this after a significant weekend in the title race. Manchester City were an absolute shambles in the 4-0 defeat to Everton. John Stones had a nightmare return …

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Two La Liga Heavyweights Want To Sign Chelsea’s Diego Costa

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Despite being in the headlines recently over an alleged bust-up with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and a potential move to the mega-rich Chinese Super League, Monday’s murmurs suggest the Blues striker is also being lined up by two Spanish behemoths.  Last week it emerged that Costa was being linked with a move to China while he was dropped this weekend …

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New Chinese Super League Rules Set To Limit Foreign Player Numbers

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 03: (L - R) Hulk, Elkeson and Oscar of Shanghai SIPG pose for photos at Pudong International Airport prior to their team's departure to the Doha training camp on January 3, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

According to a report from the AFP, teams in the Chinese Super League will only be able to play a limited number of overseas players at any given time. With Chinese clubs making headlines due to big-money moves for European-based players, when the new season begins in March, teams can only have three non-Chinese players on the field at any one …

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Thomas Muller Emerges As Potential Diego Costa Replacement As Chelsea Assess Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Diego Costa (C) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

The Premier League community was thrown into shock following Diego Costa’s dropping after a bust-up with the Chelsea’s Management. Conte’s decision to drop the striker had no bearing on yesterday’s 3-0 result against champions Leicester with a replacement being reportedly lined up for the Spanish international. The Express claim that Chelsea are targeting a £75million pounds move for Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller. …

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Marcelo: Under-Appreciated In A Team Of Greatness?

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 23: Marcelo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's 7th goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Getafe CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 23, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Who is the left back on the planet? If you were to go by the popular video game FIFA 17 it would tell you that David Alaba of Bayern Munich holds the honour and many people would put Barcelona’s Jordi Alba right at the top of the list. Yet, during the week Marcelo was voted into the FIFPro World XI …

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The Top Ten Most Expensive Release Clauses In Football Today

FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 Shortlist

The concept of a release clause has permeated the footballing consciousness in recent seasons as clubs become richer and the opportunity to poach top players grows. European football, the Premier League in particular, has seen huge financial benefits arising from television and publishing rights, with clubs each taking a cut of the massive fees that broadcasters shell out each year. …

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12 Of The 20 Most-Watched Shows On RTÉ In 2016 Were Sport-Related

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland heads the ball to score the opening goal past Salvatore Sirigu of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) RTÉ

RTÉ Assistant News Editor, Padraic Geoghegan revealed the top 20 shows shown by our state broadcaster last year. These figures were helped by last summer’s Euro 2016 championship played in France. In fact, three of the top four most-watched programmes on RTÉ were Republic of Ireland soccer games. The most watched fixture was the last 16 tie between the Republic …

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