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Alaves – La Copa shocker makes ‘El Glorioso’ glorious once again

A Copa del Rey final date against Barcelona awaits for Alaves, a classic Spanish side now back making the right kind of headlines It’s been a tough decade for the Mendizorroza faithful. Surely you’ll remember one of the most epic stories...
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Hector Cuper, Egypt and Cameroon – The tales of redemption

A final-day curse has followed Argentinean manager, Hector Cuper, all his career and AFCON 2017 was no different for the Egypt boss “I don’t want to say I’m used to losing another final, it is one more for me, the...
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The next Diego Godin – Who are the new hard men of Uruguay?

With Diego Godin showing signs of slowing down, Uruguay is looking to a new generation of dastardly defenders to carry on a fine football tradition Brazil is renowned for skillful and entertaining footballers. Germans have mental strength. The Spanish excel...
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Should Ganso give up on his Sevilla dream?

With Ganso becoming an unwanted figure at Sevilla, a big decision is on the horizon for a footballer once branded the new Zidane In a move that has quickly been forgotten by the football fraternity in Spain, Brazilian midfielder Ganso...
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La Liga: Real Madrid v the wind and more lows for Valencia

Only in La Liga can storm force winds be considered a conspiracy against Real Madrid, but that's just one of the tales from Spain from our Paco Polit The day Florentino’s Real Madrid tried to defy the Beaufort scale A particularly...
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Why the Derby d’Italia has given Italian football a sexy swagger

The days of stalemates and ratings-killing catenaccio are over for Italian football after Italy's biggest game delivered thrills, spills and spice says Vieri Capretta “Juventus-Inter was at Champions League level.” Powerful words by Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri after his team...
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From super striker to flop – the rise and fall of Nicolás López

As the heir apparent to Luis Suarez and a peer of Paul Pogba, the world was at the feet of Nicolás López. But a European dream became a nightmare  For most South American players, a move to Europe is the...
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From rejoicing to rejection: Lucas Silva’s torrid time at Real Madrid

After a rough two years in Europe, Lucas Silva has returned home after failing to find a role at Real Madrid. What went wrong for the Brazilian midfielder? A couple of years ago in January 2015, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva...
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Son of Simeone: The new striking sensation of Serie A

One of the hottest striking properties in Italy, Giovanni Simeone, is finding out that a famous football father is not the curse it can sometimes be There are advantages and disadvantages to being the son of such a high-profile Argentine...
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Top 5 – Best winter window transfers in La Liga

With not a lot of cash to splash and the big boys sitting it out, a few La Liga clubs used the winter window to change their destinies this season In a particularly uninspired winter transfer market, Spanish La Liga...
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Why Coutinho made right move to stick with Liverpool

In signing a long-term deal with Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho turned down the chance of a career-changing move to Barcelona.  It was the right call to make. 1. Playing time Philippe Coutinho is arguably the first name on the team-sheet at Liverpool...
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Why a finance feud sees Argentine league in “terminal crisis”

A political fight over TV money and unpaid bills sees the start of the new Argentine season in jeopardy. Here's more from Peter Coates  While Argentina’s football clubs should have been planning and preparing for the return to league action...
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The Barcelona man leading a Feyenoord revolution

Dominating the Dutch league table, hopes are high in Rotterdam that a former Barca star can deliver Feyenoord a first league title win since 1999 Coming into the latest season in the Netherlands, Feyenoord’s realistic chances of a title win...
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La Liga – Barca’s ghost goal and Madrid get Real again

Real Madrid leads the way as title-chasers slip up due to a sending off and a ghost goal that was never given. Here's our Paco Polit with more from La Liga Biggest ghost goal ever doesn’t exempt Barça from criticism Luis...
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Top 5 – Simeone to Bielsa: the best Argentine managers on the planet

Argentina don't just have some of the best players on the planet. Oh no. They have some of the finest managers too. Here's Peter Coates with the best of the best 5) Eduardo Berizzo For the second consecutive year, unheralded Celta...
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Monchi – The mastermind behind success of a stunning Sevilla

Sevilla’s mastermind sporting director, Monchi, is helping to deliver a best ever season for Sevilla. But will it be a swan song before leaving La Liga? Happiness can last for months...years...decades, but it never lasts forever. Such a dichotomy has...
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Premier League poopers – Why Eredivisie aces sometimes fail to deliver

Stand-out Eredivisie players often fail to impress in the EPL with Spurs striker Vincent Janssen being the most recent example. CricketSoccer takes a look at why. All the plaudits were for Vincent Janssen. The Dutchman had just scored a league high of 27...
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Chapecoense prepare for football life again

Chapecoense are back in action in Brazil despite plane November's plane crash, but the rebuilding has been a tough, emotional process Following the tragedy that surrounded the airplane clash last November, Chapecoense are still looking to build their squad ahead...
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Top 5: All-time golden goals for Luis Suarez

On 24th of January, Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suárez hit the big 30. To celebrate his birthday, here's five of his most sizzling goals so far Luis Suárez vs. Newcastle United (2012) Every single thing was special about this goal...
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Are we seeing end of days for Angel di Maria?

From Real Madrid marauder to PSG bench-sitter, Angel Di Maria decline has been slow and steady. Peter Coates asks if the rot can be stopped for the Argentine ace The ostrich is said to be able to maintain speeds of...

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