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Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Roberto Martinez: If Belgium can become a team we can shine at the World Cup

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Roberto Martinez: If Belgium can become a team we can shine at the World Cup
LONDON -- Of all the teams that have never lifted a World Cup, Belgium look best placed to win their first in Russia. The country boasts a golden generation of players, led by Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. Their main rival in the first-round group is England, which happens to be the country where Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez has spent almost his entire career in football. Martinez managed Swansea, Wigan and Everton before moving to Belgium in 2016 to take over the Red Devils. He lives just...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Can Cristiano Ronaldo Guide Portugal To Another International Trophy?

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Can Cristiano Ronaldo Guide Portugal To Another International Trophy?

Ronaldo won the European Championships with Portugal in 2016, but can he do the same at the World Cup?

Can Cristiano Ronaldo Guide Portugal To Another International Trophy?Can Ronaldo inspire Portugal on the World Cup stage? (Getty Images) Ronaldo won the European Championships with Portugal in 2016, but can he do the same at the World Cup?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Premier League fixtures: Arsenal face Man City, Chelsea in first two games

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Premier League fixtures: Arsenal face Man City, Chelsea in first two games
New Arsenal coach Unai Emery faces a tough start to life at the Emirates after the Premier League fixture list handed him games against Manchester

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chelsea duo Lucas Piazon and Tomas Kalas set to join Fulham in £8m permanent deal

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Chelsea duo Lucas Piazon and Tomas Kalas set to join Fulham in £8m permanent deal

FULHAM are set to make Chelsea’s Lucas Piazon and Tomas Kalas their first signings since winning promotion back to the Premier League.

The pair, who both spent the past two seasons on loan at Craven Cottage, will cost Fulham a combined £8million.

Kalas and Piazon both played as Fulham secured promotion back to the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Aston Villa at WembleyRex Features

Neither were able to make their mark at Stamford Bridge, with Kalas making just two league appearances in his eight years at the club and Piazon only one in a seven-season stint.

Czech centre-back Kalas was loaned out seven times, and said in one interview: “I am a player for training sessions. If they need a cone, they put me there instead.”

Piazon joined from Sao Paulo in his native Brazil in 2011, spending time at Malaga, Vitesse, Eintracht Frankfurt and Reading before arriving at Fulham.

According to the Daily Star, both players will now end their troubled time at the Bridge, with Fulham looking to keep together much of the same team that brought them back to the top flight.

Brazilian forward Piazon made 58 appearances in his two years on loan at Craven Cottage, scoring 12 timesRogan/JMP

Piazon and Kalas were crucial elements of the team that secured promotion through the play-offs in 2017-18, making a combined 61 appearances in all competitions.

Fulham could also make a move for fellow loanee Aleksandar Mitrovic, who hinted he was looking to leave Newcastle United this summer having been frozen out by manager Rafa Benitez.

Mitrovic scored 12 times in 17 regular-season games for Fulham after joining in January, describing his spell with them as “the best three and a half, four months of my career.”

Fulham lost right-back Ryan Fredericks to West Ham earlier this month, and Chelsea are rumoured to be circling over manager Slavisa Jokanovic too, with Antonio Conte’s future still uncertain.

Kalas made his only Premier League appearance for Chelsea at Anfield, as the Blues beat Liverpool 2-0Getty Images - Getty

Slovenian Jokanovic, an outsider for the job should Conte be sacked, was touted by Blues winger Pedro as an excellent candidate for the role.

He told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: “We know there might be some changes.

“We know he (Jokanovic) is a great manager.”

Fulham secured a return to the Premier League last month after four years away, overcoming Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship play-off final after being pipped to automatic promotion by Cardiff City.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

WORLD CUP: Star-studded Croatia has potential to shine

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WORLD CUP: Star-studded Croatia has potential to shine
WORLD CUP: Star-studded Croatia has potential to shine

Even with the talent oozing through the squad, Croatia only squeezed through the playoffs to qualify for a second straight World Cup. More is expected of Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in Russia. Can they emulate the performance in 1998 when Croatia finished third at its […]

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