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Germany players celebrate with their trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. (Reuters)
London – Twenty-three nations have booked their places for the World Cup in Russia, with the holders and Brazil looking in good shape, but we rank England in 13th place, below Iceland: 1) Germany If the world champions were frustrated by their failure to win...
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French midfielder Samir Nasri. (AFP)
London – Samir Nasri had taken to Premier League life straightaway but within three months of his Arsenal debut something was bothering him. The season had, on a collective level, lapsed into a now familiar pattern of inconsistency but Nasri thought he and his...
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Joe Hart during West Ham training: ‘There wasn’t an awful lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer so I’m very thankful to get this opportunity.’ Photograph: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images
London- A dab of make-up cannot conceal the black eye Joe Hart is sporting as he walks into West Ham United’s press room and the topic is swiftly raised: have pre-season preparations at Rush Green taken an unsavoury turn? “Yeah, the induction was to have a fight with...
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From left: the Argentina international Lucas Biglia, Leonardo Bonucci of Italy and Portugal’s André Silva are among the new faces in Milan’s team for the 2017-18 Serie A season. Photograph: Getty Images
Milan – “It all happened in a flash. We haven’t yet come to terms with it.” Massimiliano Mirabelli was talking of Milan’s astonishment at signing Leonardo Bonucci and it was a sentiment mirrored far beyond those with a direct hand in events at San Siro. Until...
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Dani Alves joined Juventus last summer after seven years at Barcelona. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Fifa via Getty Images
London – Dani Alves came close to tears when Juventus defeated his former club Barcelona in the quarter-final of this season’s Champions League but says he felt disrespected by the Catalan club when he left Camp Nou for the Serie A champions a year ago. The...