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What will Lionel Messi do next?

Published: September 13, 2017

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Imagine you’re Barcelona’s star, a legend with an expiring contract in 2018. With that power comes a lot of pressure and while his next move appears clear-cut, Tuesday’s win vs

Champions League draw takeaways

Published: August 24, 2017

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From Guardiola vs. Sarri to the Costa derby, the draw has a bit of everything. Embattled Barcelona got a break, while there were contrasting fortunes for the north and south of England.

What was Ronaldo thinking?

Published: August 14, 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Super Cup dismissal was stupid, but showed he’s human. Plus: Nemanja Matic might well be a game-changer for Man United and Neymar’s Ligue 1 debut went as well as you’d expect. Marcotti’s Musings »

Neymar saga rumbles on after Clasico

Published: July 30, 2017

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There was a question hanging over the Miami Clasico like an uninvited guest. Was this Neymar’s final game for Barcelona?

Clasico defined by uncertainty

Published: July 29, 2017

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It’s rare to see big clubs in flux, but Barcelona and Real Madrid are struggling. With uncertainty over the futures of star players Neymar and Gareth Bale, it should make for a fun Clasico in Miami

The 50 most influential in football: Who made our list this time around?

Published: July 18, 2017

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One thing is quite obvious when it comes to assessing influence in football: Once you have it, it’s hard to lose — particularly when you

Germany, Chile set for showdown

Published: July 2, 2017

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Sunday’s Confederations Cup final between Chile and Germany will be a doozy. Can Juan Antonio Pizzi’s veterans sustain the demands of their high-pressing game against a younger, physically stronger Germany

Garcia Report shows task facing FIFA

Published: June 27, 2017

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There’s no ‘smoking gun’ but the World Cup’s bid process flaws are evident. FIFA has taken steps to clean up its act in light of Michael Garcia’s report into 2018 and 2022 hosting contests, but there’s a long way to go. Gab Marcotti »

Sagas don’t prove ‘player power’

Published: June 20, 2017

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When it comes to ongoing transfer storylines, players are not all-powerful. Whether it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Gianluigi Donnarumma or Marco Verratti, control remains largely with the clubs, as well as agents

Uphill battle for Russia 2018

Published: June 14, 2017

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The 2018 World Cup is just a year away, but the mood is not one of excitement. There’s concern for football’s biggest tournament, and while Russia faces a tough challenge to change that perception, it is possible

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