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GERMANY HANGOVER

The champions curse. It has been a real fear among World Cup winners since it first struck in 2002, when France, the holders, crashed out in the group stage at the historic World Cup joint-hosted by South Korea and Japan. Although five-time champions Brazil avoided the same humiliation in 2006, fellow serial title winners Italy were disgraced in 2010 in

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Confident Hazard

Eden Hazard has hailed Chelsea’s capture of Gonzalo Higuain from Milan, describing him as ‘one of the best’ strikers in the world. Higuain watched Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur on penalties to reach the EFL Cup Final on Thursday evening, and Hazard is confident the Juventus loanee will prove the difference between success and failure in opposing boxes. “Diego [Costa] was sometimes not

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Done Deal Higuain

Chelsea have completed the signing of juventus striker Gonzalo-higuain. Higuain has joined  chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season. The 31-year-old striker moves to Stamford Bridge from Italian side. He spent the first half of the campaign on loan at  ac-milan where he scored eight goals. Upon completing his loan move to chelsea, Higuain, who will wear the number nine shirt, said: “When the opportunity

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Super Mario Ready

Italian striker Mario Balotelli is hoping to get back on track as he joined Olympique de Marseille from fellow Ligue 1 side Nice on a six-month contract. The 28-year-old, who also played for Inter Milan,  has yet to score a league goal this season after netting 33 from 51 Ligue 1 games in the two previous seasons. Marseille are seventh in the

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Fuddled Iwobi

Petr Cech announced that he would be retiring after 14 years in the Premier League, shocking Arsenal teammate and forward Alex Iwobi, who said the goalkeeper has the ability to play for ‘another three or four years’. After starting the first seven league games this season, Petr Cech seen limited action. Cech is often used as the Cup goalkeeper for

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Mourinho Siege Over

Some call it the difficult third album syndrome. Legendary Hungarian Coach Bela Guttman said ‘the third season is fatal’ for a manager. Jose Mourinho is the living embodiment of the issues associated with a long-term club tenure, if indeed we can call three years that in a Premier League where Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were on the same

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World Cup Ready

The 2015 Women’s World Cup on Canadian soil was a landmark achievement in the intangibles for women’s soccer. Despite the tournament’s leadup being laced with controversy regarding turf disputes – especially from the lips of legendary talents like Abby Wambach – the product itself was a major success. The energy behind the women’s game was well felt during and well

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Reversing Italy’s fortunes

Former Sampdoria forward and Inter and Manchester City Coach Roberto Mancini is now tasked with reversing Italy’s fortunes. Heres a snapshot of his career… Swapping for Samp Roberto Mancini’s switch to the Marassi in 1982 to wear the shirt of Sampdoria proved decisive in shaping his career as both a player and Coach. Spending nearly 15 seasons there, amassing more than

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