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Ronald Koeman says blame English managers, not him

A better crop of young players, says Everton manager Ronald Koeman, is why he's giving them considerable time as the club holds its place in the upper tier of the Premier League.
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Food for thought: refereeing and data

As an engineer and a computer scientist, I am comfortable with numbers. I believe that the numbers do not lie, but they do not necessarily tell all the truth.
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Kylian Mbappe, the secrets to the making of a young superstar

We've been watching a superstar grow up before our eyes the last couple of months as 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe has led Monaco to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.
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El Clasico: Sunday's 'world all-star game' is must-win for Barcelona

Madrid looks like the capital of the soccer universe as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have reached the UEFA Champions League semis for the third time in four seasons. On Sunday, Real Madrid hosts El Clasico, a chance for Barcelona to save its season.
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Video replay would not have spared Bayern's Arturo Vidal (if at all)

Real Madrid's 4-2 overtime win over Bayern Munich that sent the defending champions into the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League will be remembered for a series of controversial decisions by Hungarian Viktor Kassai: a second yellow card to Bayern's Arturo Vidal in the 84th minute and both overtime goals by Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Lyon 'goes to war' again, at Bastia

For the second time in four days, scenes of chaos dominated the pre-game images at matches involving French club Lyon. On Thursday, it was fans of Turkish club Besiktas throwing projectiles from the upper deck of Parc OL at Lyon fans below. On Sunday, it was Bastia fans chasing Lyon players into the tunnel leading to the locker room.
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Wenger won't break the bank to keep Sanchez

Among the many headaches plaguing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is the disgruntlement of striker Alexis Sanchez, who is upset about the team's lack of silverware and knows his next contract -- his current deal expires in June of next year -- is a prime opportunity to cash in.
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Just how bad did the Dortmund bomb attack have to be to call off game?

The Borussia Dortmund-Monaco match in the UEFA Champions League was played 24 hours after an explosion went off as the Dortmund team bus left the hotel where players had spent the afternoon.
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Dortmund star explains terror of bus attack

How hard was it for Borussia Dortmund players to face Monaco less than 24 hours after the Dortmund team bus was rocked by three explosions (three devices packed with metal pins) as it left the team hotel to the Dortmund stadium eight miles away?


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Working theory is Borussia Dortmund bus was target of explosive attack

The Borussia Dortmund-Monaco match in the UEFA Champions League was postponed on Tuesday after the Dortmund team bus was the apparent target of an explosive attack. According to reports, three explosions went off after the bus exited its team hotel, L'Arrivee Hotel and Spa, in Hoechsten, about eight miles from Signal Iduna Park, site of the match that will be ...
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The timing's perfect for Gordon Jago's autobiography

A crowd of 19,417 showed up to the Cotton Bowl on Sunday to watch youth soccer. As part of the triple-header on the opening day of Dallas Cup U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group play, FC Dallas beat Everton, 5-0, and Chivas Guadalajara downed Manchester United, 4-1. Among those in the stands, Gordon Jago himself.
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The EPL agent life is a good life

Inflation is everywhere. High-spending Premier League clubs paid out more than $200 million in agents' fees alone during the 12-month period from February 2016 to January 2017.
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MLS and the global practices

Before you can compare MLS to other pro soccer leagues, you have to comprehend the local dynamics and the history of MLS. MLS was born in December 1993 as a result of one of prerequisites by FIFA for awarding the 1994 World Cup to the USA. In a country without a proper amateur/semipro/pro league structure and with memories of the ...
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Swansea City falls back on hard times, into relegation zone

Swansea City appeared to have gotten it right with the second managerial change of the season when Paul Clement replaced Bob Bradley at the end of 2016 and the Swans later won four of six games to climb into 14th place, five points out of the EPL relegation zone.
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Now Jose Mourinho cares about the Europa League

Before we get to the heart of the matter, a reminder that when Jose Mourinho took Manchester United's helm, he got to spend about $180 million on new players, which didn't include free-transfer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And Man United has the English Premier League's highest payroll -- its players earning an average of $7.6 million annually.
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