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UCL draw: Arsenal woe, Barcelona wary, Man City and Leicester pleased

UCL draw: Arsenal woe, Barcelona wary, Man City and Leicester pleased

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The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Barcelona are the team to beat in the Champions League.
What a surprise -- Arsenal face Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Monday's draw was a familiar sight for fans of both clubs and Bayern will be feeling confident. The Gunners meet Bayern again after facing them in the group stage last year and being dumped out of the round of 16 stage by the Germans in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Elsewhere, it's a tasty tie in prospect as...

'IT FINISHED 1-1' - MAN UTD BOSS MOURINHO DENIES LOSING TO HULL

'IT FINISHED 1-1' - MAN UTD BOSS MOURINHO DENIES LOSING TO HULL

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The Red Devils manager does not believe that his should be well fancied to overcome Premier League rivals Southampton at Wembley Stadium

Jose Mourinho does not believe Manchester United should be considered the favourites for the EFL Cup final, while also issuing a curious denial of the final scoreline against Hull.

United booked a final berth on Thursday despite a 2-1 loss at Hull City ending the team's 17-game unbeaten run, with Tom Huddlestone and Oumar Niasse...

The players flying under the Afcon radar

The players flying under the Afcon radar

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The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is switching gears as the group stages have been concluded and the knockout phase is upon us from this weekend.

Despite a stuttering start, the tournament has now lit up with an avalanche of goals and impressive football artistry on display.

With defending champions Ivory Coast out of the competition, a new winner will emerge, with Senegal, Egypt, Ghana, the DRC and Morocco showing intent from the group...

Wenger to accept FA charge

Wenger to accept FA charge

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will accept a Football Association misconduct charge after being sent off in Sunday's explosive win over Burnley.

Wenger was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss after allegedly using abusive or insulting language towards fourth official Anthony Taylor after Burnley were given a stoppage-time penalty at the Emirates Stadium.

The French coach tried to watch the final moments of the match from the entrance to the tunnel...

WE ANNULLED OUR OWN ADVANTAGE - ALLEGRI DISAPPOINTED WITH JUVE'S MILAN WIN

The Bianconeri boss was not satisfied with their Coppa Italia quarter-final win against their visitors, stating the balance of his side was off.

Massimiliano Allegri bemoaned Juventus' inability to keep the ball against 10-man AC Milan despite their 2-1 victory in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

A vicious Paulo Dybala volley and a free-kick from Miralem Pjanic put Juve in command of the tie 21 minutes in.
Carlos Bacca's hooked volley pulled one back for...

Real Out After Celta Draw

Real Out After Celta Draw

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Real Madrid have been eliminated from the Copa del Rey after a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo in their quarter-final second leg ensured they lost 4-3 on aggregate.
The La Liga leaders, who lost the first leg by a 2-1 scoreline to their eighth-placed opponents at the Bernabeu, remained in contention to advance until an 85th-minute goal from Daniel Wass effectively secured Celta's progress to the competition's final four.
An own goal shortly before half-time from...

Egypt, Ghana reach Afcon quarters

Egypt, Ghana reach Afcon quarters

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Mohamed Salah's thumping early free-kick gave Egypt a 1-0 win against Ghana on Wednesday as they sealed their place in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations. 

The record seven-time winners of the competition came into the game in Port-Gentil only needing a draw to be certain of going through but the victory at a barely half-full stadium allowed them to leapfrog already-qualified Ghana and finish on top of Group D.

Hector Cuper's solid side, who...

CONFIRMED: COUTINHO PENS NEW LIVERPOOL CONTRACT

CONFIRMED: COUTINHO PENS NEW LIVERPOOL CONTRACT

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The Brazil international, believing his ambitions can be met at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp’s charge, has no escape stipulations in his extension

 
The 24-year-old’s decision to commit his long-term future to the Reds was confirmed on Wednesday morning amid interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil international, believing his ambitions can be met at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp’s charge, eschewed escape stipulations as part...

Napoli set up Juve or Milan Cup semi

Napoli set up Juve or Milan Cup semi

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A fine second-half header from Jose Callejon fired Napoli into the semifinals of the Italian Cup and a last four date with either Juventus or AC Milan after a bad-tempered 1-0 win over Fiorentina on Tuesday. 

Both sides finished with 10 men at the Artemio Franchi stadium after a fiery finale that saw Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj then Fiorentina's Maximiliano Olivera sent off within minutes of each other.

But Napoli were fully deserving of the win in a season...

Big Match Feature: Ghana v Egypt

Big Match Feature: Ghana v Egypt

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The group stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will come to an end when Group D takes centre stage on Wednesday.

With hosts, Gabon and defending champions the Ivory Coast eliminated, the pairings for the quarter-finals will be finalised will be known as Ghana take on Egypt in Port-Gentil while the Cranes of Uganda, already eliminated from the competition will play for pride against Mali in Oyem.

Ghana lead the group with six points from two games with Egypt just...

Hayatou To Stand Again For Presidency

Hayatou To Stand Again For Presidency

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Supersport Issa Hayatou is seeking another four-year term as the Confederation of African Football's president to extend his grip on a position he has held since 1988, the organisation said on Friday.

Cameroonian Hayatou, 70, will face a rare challenge, however, after executive committee member Ahmad, from Madagascar, declared his candidacy for the election to be held at...

Leicester's Unsustainable Fairytale

Leicester's Unsustainable Fairytale

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Whatever happened to Leicester City FC? "If you ask me na who i go ask?"

It's beyond a shock to many that the defending champions of the EPL, after such a stellar campaign last season have found themselves languishing on 15th position currently. Managing a goal return of 24 while conceding 37; a far cry from the 68 goals they bagged last term letting in just 36.

Nobody expected them to retain the title, but come on.. even they wouldn't have foreseen...

Bundesliga Set To Adopt VAR

Bundesliga Set To Adopt VAR

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Tests with video assistant referee (VAR) technology have proved successful and the use of it in next season's Bundesliga matches is on track, a senior German Football Association official said.

 

The technology, using video replays and off-pitch referees, has been developed to help officials make better decisions, therefore improving the quality of matches.

The referee communicates with two video assistant referees sitting in a room in the stadium...

 Sevilla Title Challenge a Reality

Sevilla Title Challenge a Reality

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 Sevilla have serious aspirations to win La Liga for the first time since 1946 after gate-crashing the usual two-horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona, their coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Tuesday.

 

Sevilla are second in the standings, one point ahead of champions Barca and one behind Real Madrid, who they beat this month to become the first team to...

Real logo won't feature Christian cross

Real logo won't feature Christian cross

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The club crest of Spanish soccer team Real Madrid will not feature the traditional Christian cross on clothing sold in some Middle East countries under a regional deal.

Marka, a retailing group in the United Arab Emirates, has been granted exclusive rights to "manufacture, distribute and sell Real Madrid products" in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

But Marka Vice Chairman Khaled al-Mheiri...