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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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Office Games

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the release clauses they put in contracts are not there to be paid, but rather a tactic to fend off potential suitors. It’s also a symbol of how much they value their players. For example, Isco has a €700 million release clause and Luka Modric has a €750 million fee. But, there was also

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Good Looking Spurs

Hugo Boss has become Tottenham Hotspur’s official formalwear supplier. The Premier League club announced the new partnership after the fashion brand signed Spurs captain Harry Kane as a brand ambassador back in March 2018. As part of the deal, the first team squad and coaching staff will wear suits from Hugo Boss’ ‘Create Your Look’ line throughout the season.

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Messi to Espanyol

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Lionel Messi was close to joining Espanyol back in 2005. The current Spurs manager was a senior player at Espanyol at the time of the proposed loan move. Barcelona considered loaning Messi out after having filled their three-man quota of foreign players with Rafa Márquez, Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o. Of course they decided to keep

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Bad Business United

West Ham United’s rent at their London Stadium home doesn’t even cover costs of staging matches, according to the ground owners. The club pays annual rent of about $3.3 million USD. Since their move in 2016, it was revealed that UK taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for certain running costs such as stewarding, goalposts, cleaners and turnstile operators.

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Guardiola Welcome

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that their doors are always open for Guardiola to return in any capacity he wants. Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona’s B team before guiding the first team through one of their most successful periods in history winning 3 LaLiga titles, 2 Copa del Rey’s and 2 Champions League trophies. Currently heading Manchester City Guardiola

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Chelsea Blues

Chelsea players are reportedly fed up with Maurizio Sarri’s intensive training programme as a video surfaces of a Blues fan confronting the Italian. According to reports, Sarri makes his Chelsea players train on the mornings of evening games. That was the case before the Blues’ 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth– their heaviest in the Roman Abramovich era. However, reports suggest that despite the squad

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Big Spenders

No European club spent more than Milan in the January transfer window, as they shelled out €70m for Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paquetá. Despite struggling with Financial Fair Play issues, the Rossoneri were very active on the market and brought in two top young players. Both Paquetá and Piatek cost €35m each, plus bonuses, from Flamengo and Genoa respectively. Milan are a long

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Storming Dybala

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri has jokingly dismissed claims Paulo Dybala stormed off to the dressing room during the draw with Parma. The 25-year-old was left on the bench for the 3-3 thriller in Turin, with Federico Bernardeschi’s late injury forcing Allegri to change his approach in the latter stages. According to Tuttosport, Dybala returned to the dressing room before the full-time whistle

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