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    Rangers 1-1 Marseille: Relief for Ibrox faithful as Pedro Caixinha's side put their Europa League hell behind them

    Rangers greats who took part in that 1-1 draw in Stade Velodrome back in 1993 which ended their Champions League dream talk about some regret. Here, in this hastily-arranged friendly, it was more relief. Since the doors were closed to the continent after the July 4 exit from the Europa League, the doom and gloom has been hard to shift from the minds of supporters fearful of a nightmare new era under Pedro Caixinha. The vibes coming out of Rangers since that lowest of low nights in Luxembourg have not been positive. So this match-up, on a dismal day, was ...

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    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits La Liga giants lack striker after Alvaro Morata sale to Chelsea while insisting Cristiano Ronaldo will stay

    Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says the club are 'lacking a striker' following Alvaro Morata's move to Chelsea, while also admitting his appreciation of the in-demand Kylian Mbappe.Spain international Morata has left for Stamford Bridge in a deal worth around 60million and Real are widely expected to fill the gap up front, with Monaco starlet Mbappe a prime target.The 18-year-old scored 24 goals last season as Monaco claimed their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years and could command a world record transfer fee in excess of 100m. [media_photo id="891290" height="441" width="634" alt="Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits they're lacking ...

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    Gabriel Jesus gets over Manchester derby defeat by relaxing in Beverly Hills during City's US tour

    Manchester City's 2-0 defeat by United may have hurt for a few hours but it appears as though Pep Guardiola's are back in high spirits while on their US tour.That is, of course, if you're striker Gabriel Jesus. Jesus played half of the match against United but couldn't get on the scoresheet.That didn't seem to matter to the Brazilian at the weekend as he posed for a picture on Instagram in the Los Angeles sunshine. Gabriel Jesus posted this photograph of himself on Instagram on ...

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    AC Milan to leave Carlos Bacca out of Europa League qualifier because of 'future transfer market moves'

    Carlos Bacca will not play in AC Milan's upcoming Europa League qualifier because of 'future transfer market moves', according to coach Vincenzo MontellaMilan play the first leg of their Europa League third round qualifier against Romanian side CSU Craiova on Thursday but they will do so without Bacca with club looking to offload the striker.Bacca was also left out of Milan's 4-0 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday, with Montella indicating the 30-year-old is going to fall victim to the squad's significant revamp. [media_photo id="890874" height="397" width="634" alt="Carlos Bacca will not play in AC Milan's upcoming Europa League tie as ...

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    Roma sign Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov as Pep Guardiola set to make Monaco's Benjamin Mendy world's most expensive defender

    Aleksandar Kolarov has joined Roma on a permanent deal from Manchester City - paving the way for Pep Guardiola to make Monaco s Benjamin Mendy the world s most expensive defender.Kolarov s anticipated move to the Stadio Olimpico has been confirmed, as his exit sees him become the fourth full-back to leave City since the end of the season, following Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta.The Serbian spent seven years at the Etihad Stadium, as the club lifted two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups. [media_photo id="890688" height="409" width="634" alt="Aleksandar Kolarov bids farewell to Manchester ...

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    Juventus 1-2 Barcelona: Neymar responds to transfer rumours by producing an outstanding performance to down the Italian champions in New York

    Neymar's future at Barcelona has dominated the headlines in the Spanish and global press this past week.If there was anything to suggest that he isn't easily distracted by transfer gossip then his opener against Juventus in New York told the story fairly well.Paris Saint-Germain seem to be the favourites to occupy his services if they can meet his ridiculous release clause which is believed to be above 196million. Neymar jumps in celebration after scoring Barcelona's first goal against Juventus on ...

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    West Ham discuss move for 8m Badou N'Diaye as fears grow over Cheikhou Kouyate's injury

    West Ham are discussing a move for Badou N'Diaye amid concerns over Cheikhou Kouyate's injury.Kouyate will at miss the first three games of the season after injuring his knee in training during the club's pre-season trip to Austria.N'Diaye is a midfielder West Ham have been watching for the past year but are aware Galatasaray and Newcastle United have also shown an interest recently. West Ham are discussing a move for Badou N'Diaye after concerns about Cheikou KouyateSenegal international N'Diaye plays for Osmanlispor ...

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    Chelsea star Pedro reports to hospital after sickening clash in pre-season match with Arsenal, but assures fans 'everything is ok'

    Chelsea star Pedro reported to hospital following a sickening collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in Beijing, but has given an update to fans and insisted 'everything is ok.' Early on during Chelsea's pre-season clash with the Gunners in China Pedro went surging through on goal, only to be met by the onrushing Ospina who was committed to getting the ball.The pair came together with a sickening thud which left former Barcelona man Pedro flat on the turf. Chelsea winger Pedro ...

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    Les Ferdinand - 'I met kids who wanted to be footballers and all they asked was about cars, models and mansions' says QPR director of football

    Having grown up next to Grenfell Tower and visited friends there throughout his childhood, Les Ferdinand was greatly affected by last month s fire that claimed at least 80 lives. He also found himself involved in the relief effort when QPR owner Tony Fernandes opened up Loftus Road, just a mile down the road, as a drop-off point for emergency donations. I got a WhatsApp message in the early hours saying something had happened at Grenfell, so I turned on the television and sat on the edge of my bed thinking it s not real, like a film, says Ferdinand, ...

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    Huddersfield warn Swansea that midfielder Philip Billing is not for sale

    Huddersfield have told Swansea that midfielder Philip Billing is not for sale.Swansea made an enquiry for the 6ft 5in Dane as they weigh up options to replace Everton target Gylfi Sigurdsson.Billing played 28 games last season but coach David Wagner thinks the 21-year-old can have a greater impact in the Premier League next season. Huddersfield's Philip Billing has become a top transfer target for Swansea City The youngster did receive praise from BBC pundit Alan Shearer after his performance in Huddersfield's 5-1 defeat at Manchester ...

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    England Women's boss Mark Sampson warns his side of Spain's 'dark arts' ahead of Breda meeting

    England Women's manager Mark Sampson has given his team a special briefing on Spain's 'dark arts' to ensure their Euro 2017 charge is not halted by indiscipline in Breda.The Lionesses set the pace for this tournament with a 6-0 win over Scotland in mid-week but now face their toughest group opponents in Spain.Sunday night's game could prove a shoot-out for top spot in Group D, which is vitally important given it would likely mean Sampson's side avoid tournament favourites Germany or France until the final. [media_photo id="890891" height="424" width="634" alt="England Women's boss Mark Sampson has given his team a briefing ...

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    England Women's flying full-back Demi Stokes won the war of the sexes to make it the top

    As England's women push to break new ground with a European Championship title assault this summer, flying full-back Demi Stokes has a long-term influential voice in her ear.While others simply have their parents, siblings or other family members flying to Holland, the Manchester City left-back has the man who first got her into football her primary school teacher as well.Ian Williamson taught Stokes from the age of 10 at Marine Park primary school in South Shields, where she developed the battling qualities that have made England so organised down the left flank. [media_photo id="890884" height="487" width="634" alt="England s flying full-back ...

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    There seems to be progress in promises to investigate link between football and dementia... but can we trust the process any more?

    Fifteen years after first promising to investigate a possible link between football and early on-set dementia, the FA and PFA's tender process for a potentially life-saving study investigating dementia among former players has been narrowed down to two prospective groups.Fifteen years after Jeff Astle died aged 59 from according to a coroner's report early on-set dementia caused by years of heading footballs, finally there appears to be some progress.Who knows how many former players have died needlessly in care homes or hospitals around the country as a result of the 'industrial disease' many believe to be contact sport's hidden shame? ...

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    'Stan Bowles was flamboyant and charismatic... now he doesn't know your name': Seventies icon is suffering from Alzheimer's and needs help to pay for his care

    It's the old stories which come first. We had our odd night in a prison cell, says Don Shanks. He breaks into laughter, partly out of joviality and partly, as a 64-year-old, out of embarrassment over youthful indiscretions. We ve gone through a few little runs-in, he adds.Shanks was a good footballer in his own right, with Luton, QPR and Brighton. But his partner in crime not literally, it should be stressed was a Seventies icon, one of that breed of young, good-looking, carefree, creative footballers the era seemed to spawn. [media_photo id="890879" height="449" width="634" alt="Stan Bowles (left, pictured with ...

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    Chelsea swoop for Brazilian prodigy Richarlison as Antonio Conte looks to tempt Fluminense star to England

    Chelsea have made a move for Brazilian prodigy Richarlison.The 20-year-old was expected to join Ajax from Fluminense for 12million and had provisionally agreed a five-year contract but the Premier League champions have stepped in to try and tempt him to England.The exciting forward can play on either wing or as a striker and has also been speaking to Sampdoria and Inter Milan. Chelsea are interested in stealing Fluminense's Richarlison from a move to Ajax this summer The Brazil U20 international was linked with ...

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