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An honour to face Madrid in Super Cup – Mourinho

One of the perks of winning the Europa League is a single 90 minute match with yet another major trophy at stake, and Jose Mourinho is looking forward to the privilege of facing old club Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. Not only will the clash represent the Portuguese tactician’s first crack at Los

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Football Week in Quotes

“I’ve always said that to compare Messi with the rest is like comparing a great policeman to Batman.” Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli praises Lionel Messi in an interview with beIN Sports Spain “She is a world-class player and one of the most respected players in the U.S. Her determination and character will make a big

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Beating Barca is not impossible – Scolari

On the back of Guangzhou Evergrande’s triumph over Mexico’s Club América in the Club World Cup quarter-finals, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who coaches the Chinese side, declared that “it is not impossible” for his side to overcome Barcelona in the semis. Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win at Osaka’s Nagai Stadium – which was secured courtesy

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Messi, Mascherano, arrive for Copa America duty

With their opening game of the Copa America just days away, Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano have arrived in Chile to join up with the Argentina squad following their Champions League final victory. The duo touched down in La Serena on Tuesday and will now begins preparations to face Paraguay on Saturday. This comes after

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Juve can’t beat Barca … – Paul Scholes

In 2011, when Manchester United faced Barcelona at Wembley in our second Champions League final against them in three years, we believed that this time, in our own country, we could overpower them and win on our own terms. We were proved wrong. By the time I came on for Michael Carrick with 13 minutes

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City hold talks with Juventus star Pogba

City’s representatives travelled to Turin to speak to the France international over a potential transfer to the Etihad Stadium. However, dethroned Premier League champions City face stiff competition as the 22-year-old has also been linked with Paris St Germain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and former club Manchester United. United signed Pogba from Le Havre in 2009

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Ronaldo is the best – Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso was certain of his answer when asked who was better between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “They are both amazing players. You can see from the goals they score day in day out. But for me Cristiano is the best”, he explained. Injuries: “injuries aren’t an excuse, but we would have liked to have

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Bayern not looking past Porto – Pep Guardiola

It has not been the easiest of weeks for Pep Guardiola. After the very public falling-out with Bayern Munich’s feted club doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, following the 3-1 defeat against Porto in the Champions League quarter-final first leg last week the Spaniard has found his position under greater scrutiny than at any other time since his

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PSG to knock out Barca – Laurent Blanc

Paris Saint-Germain coach, Laurent Blanc, has issued a veiled threat to knock out favourites, Barcelona, tonight, inspite of the 1-3 first leg defici, perhaps buoyed by the return of midfield dynamo Verratti, and inspirational captain, Ibrahimovic. “… we have to show that we play good football, can keep the ball for longer, can play against

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Ancelotti was like a father to me – Verratti

One of the most promising players in European football currently is Marco Verratti. The Italian, who was sorely missed by Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League quarters against Barcelona, praised Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti in an interview with L’Equipe. “I was 18 and was going through a difficult period when

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Suárez, the big-game specialist

Although the signing of Luis Suárez was welcomed by the majority of Barcelona fans, many also threw up their hands when they found out he had cost over €81 million. However, more than six months later there is no doubt the Uruguayan was worth every penny and all the supporters are more than satisfied with

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Luiz, Motta, to miss Barça 1st leg?

David Luiz and Thiago Motta were injured during PSG’s crunch clash away at Marseille and so are doubtful for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona on Wednesday week, 15th April. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti will definitely be absent through suspension, and so PSG manager Laurent Blanc could be without four

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Spain’s Club-obsessed press ignores the national team

The front cover of Spain’s leading sports paper, last Sunday featured Gareth Bale of Wales. Page 2: Bale. Page 3: Bale. Page 4 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal. Plus a bit of Lucas Silva, Brazil. Page 5: Luka Modric, Croatia. Toni Kroos, Germany. And Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema, France (neither of whom played). Page 6: Marcos

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Barca set to extend Enrique’s contract

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is going to offer coach Luis Enrique a contract extension until 2017, according to Catalan daily Sport on Tuesday. Luis Enrique, 44, has a contract until 2016 but Bartomeu is keen to extend it for another season, said Sport. Luis Enrique took over at Barca from Gerardo Martino nine months

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