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Kyle Walker warned Manchester City's rivals that Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions want to dominate English football. City celebrated a record-breaking season as they won the Premier League by 19 points ahead of neighbours Manchester United in 2017-18. It was City's third Premier League title and first since 2014, and full-back Walker revealed Guardiola's team are determined to enjoy prolonged dominance in England after opening their defence with a 2-0 win over Arsenal.

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Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season.

New Barcelona captain Lionel Messi made clear his side's desire to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Camp Nou this season.

La Liga champions Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday with the help of a spectacular under-the-wall free kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and curling shot from substitute Philippe Coutinho.
Barca had dominated the late kick-off at...

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Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season.

New Barcelona captain Lionel Messi made clear his side's desire to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Camp Nou this season.
Lionel Messi scored Barcelona's 6,000th goal in La Liga on Saturday to put his side ahead in their season-opening 3-0 win against Alaves.
Messi spectacularly sent a free kick under the jumping Alaves wall in the 64th minute to push Barcelona onto 6,000 goals from their 2,801 games since 1929.
Only Real Madrid have scored more goals in the league, with 6,041 in 2,800 games.
After Philippe Coutinho doubled Barcelona's lead in the 83rd minute, Messi scored his second goal of the day with the...

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Pep Guardiola was handed his Barcelona break as a skinny teenager by Johan Cruyff so the Manchester City manager has no qualms in following suit with Phil Foden. The 18-year-old Foden made 10 appearances across all competitions in 2017-18, and looks set for a more significant role this season following a stellar showing in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea at Wembley. In a media conference ahead of Sunday's visit of Huddersfield Town, it was put to Guardiola that there are similarities with Foden's breakthrough and his own at Camp Nou under Cruyff at the start of Barca's fabled 'Dream Team' era.

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The thrilling duel between Lazio and Napoli had everything we could have expected from it. Goals, intensity, two star-studded squads, and a dramatic finish. In the end, though, Napoli ended getting the three points. The Partenopei side came from behind and escaped with a 2-1 win from Stadio Olimpico, as goals from Arkadiusz Milik and […]

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Manchester United make a much-anticipated return to women's football against Liverpool this weekend, after 13 years away.

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In the UK, the "In My Feelings" challenge is already dead and buried. Instead, everyone is trying to replicate the soccer celebration of Tottenham Hotspur's mercurial midfielder Dele Alli. Like most viral challenges, Alli's celebration looks simple at first glance — like an upside down "OK" gesture — but it's infuriatingly difficult to master. Over the last few days, celebrities and the general public alike have tried with varying levels of success to recreate the celebration. The #DeleChallenge has even made it across the pond to the US: Some people have even speculated that you need to be double-jointed to master the post —...

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Maurizio Sarri dismissed Chelsea's chances at challenging for the title after his side's 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

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Manuel Pellegrini believes the mental scars of a poor 2017-18 season are to blame for West Ham's concerning start to the new Premier League campaign. Thumped 4-0 at Liverpool last weekend, the Hammers slumped to a second loss as Bournemouth overturned a half-time deficit to win 2-1 at London Stadium on Saturday. The hosts were thoroughly outplayed in the second half with a creaking defence causing particular concern for Pellegrini just two games into his tenure.

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FC Barcelona is a soccer machine. As Alabama is to college football, Barcelona is to pro soccer. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Barcelona head of coach education Marc Carmona provided a detailed look into what the team prioritizes in its youth system.

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Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season.

New Barcelona captain Lionel Messi made clear his side's desire to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Camp Nou this season.

La Liga champions Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday with the help of a spectacular under-the-wall free kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and curling shot from substitute Philippe Coutinho.
Barca had dominated the late kick-off at...

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Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season.

New Barcelona captain Lionel Messi made clear his side's desire to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Camp Nou this season.
Lionel Messi scored Barcelona's 6,000th goal in La Liga on Saturday to put his side ahead in their season-opening 3-0 win against Alaves.
Messi spectacularly sent a free kick under the jumping Alaves wall in the 64th minute to push Barcelona onto 6,000 goals from their 2,801 games since 1929.
Only Real Madrid have scored more goals in the league, with 6,041 in 2,800 games.
After Philippe Coutinho doubled Barcelona's lead in the 83rd minute, Messi scored his second goal of the day with the...

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Harry Kane scored an August goal for the first time in his career, adding to goals from Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier in Spurs' win over Fulham.

Harry Kane scored an August goal for the first time in his career, adding to goals from Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier in Spurs' win over Fulham.

Harry Kane scored an August goal for the first time in his career, adding to goals from Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier in Spurs' win over Fulham.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was important for Harry Kane to finally score a goal in August.
Tottenham Hotspur maintained their winning start to the season, responding to a Fulham fight back by scoring twice in the final 16 minutes at Wembley.

Lucas Moura gave Spurs a deserved half-time advantage with a fine 20-...

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Lionel Messi scored his 6000th goal in La Liga history, as Barcelona put away Alaves 3-0.

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Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season.

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Everton newcomer Richarlison scored his third goal in two matches to secure a win for the Toffees over Southampton in his debut at Goodison Park.

Everton newcomer Richarlison scored his third goal in two matches to secure a win for the Toffees over Southampton in his debut at Goodison Park.
Southampton providing the opposition in both the final home game under Sam Allardyce last season and the first under new manager Marco Silva on Saturday added fitting context to the result as Everton ran out 2-1 winners at Goodison Park.
Booed off after limping to a barely deserved 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture in May, Everton were unrecognisable from that dismal display, even though the once-again impressive Richarlison was the only new addition in the starting XI.
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Marcos Alonso scored the winner for Chelsea in a back-and-forth London derby against Arsenal, who paid the price for their missed chances.

Marcos Alonso scored the winner for Chelsea in a back-and-forth London derby against Arsenal, who paid the price for their missed chances.

Craig Burley and Paul Mariner don't hold back on their criticism of Mesut Ozil and question how Unai Emery will handle his involvement in the squad.

ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down the defensive struggles that plagued both Chelsea and Arsenal in a game littered with goals.
LONDON -- Strip it all back -- the new managers, new systems and the respective ownership issues at Chelsea and Arsenal -- and this season is about one thing and one thing only for both clubs -- getting back into...

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The FC guys delve into the theory Serie A clubs are out to prove they can do what other leagues could not; slow down Cristiano Ronaldo.

49 min 27 sec

Seattle extended their winning streak to a club-record six matches by way of a five-goal rout of an LA Galaxy side missing their star players.

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Moroccan side Difaa El Jadidi have thrown second spot in Group B of the CAF Champions League wide open with a deserved 2-0 victory over Algerian outfit MC Alger on Saturday night.
TP Mazembe have already secured top spot in the pool, but El Jadidi, MC Alger and another Algerian side, ES Setif, all sit on five points with one round of matches to play, and it is anybody's guess who will be the second side into the quarterfinals.
Bilal El Megri gave El Jadidi the lead just before the half-hour mark...

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that the club had a horrible 15-minute spell against Arsenal where things could have panned differently.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the possibility of Dominic Solanke making way from Anfield before the end of the current month.

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has reportedly been identified as a transfer target for Galatasaray before the close of the Turkish transfer window.

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Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has heaped praise on coach Maurizio Sarri after the Blues' 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Everton manager Marco Silva has described Richarlison as a hard working player after the Toffees' 2-1 Premier League win over Southampton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has praised his side after their 3-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Arsenal will seek to pick up their first league win of the campaign when they make the trip to west London to take on Chelsea. The Gunners were disappointing in their opening day 2-0 defeat to Manchester City and manager Unai Emery will be expecting a better showing in the derby.

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Chelsea are at Stamford Bridge for today's Premier League showdown against Arsenal. The Blues started their campaign with a relatively comfortable 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town and they will now be aiming to maintain a winning run against their cross-town rivals.

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Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has said that he does not think Matteo Darmian will leave Old Trafford this summer.

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Ex-Manchester United defender Wes Brown does not believe that it is a disaster that United did not bring in new centre backs during the summer transfer window.

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The semi-final field has been set at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 after England and Japan secured their spots in the last four with quarter-final wins in Vannes on Friday.

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Happy days are here again for Takarada

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Michael Essien speaks to FIFA.com about Ghana's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup campaign in France.

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Amelie Delabre’s first-half penalty earned France a 1-0 victory over Korea DPR in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 on Thursday evening.

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FIFA.com speaks with Candela Andujar about her debut at right-back after she helped Spain defeat Nigeria 2-1 to reach the semi-finals at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup for the first time in the country's history.

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In this week's edition of The Week in Quotes we feature some of the best soundbites from the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Pep Guardiola explains how Benjamin Mendy can improve and a commentator in Australia receives an unforgettable message from his hero.

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Spain booked their spot in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 after first-half goals from Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro gave them a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

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Juventus came from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win at Chievo as Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for the Turin side on Saturday, although the Portugal captain was not among the scorers in his first Serie A match.

Related: Lionel Messi double powers Barcelona to victory over Alavés in opener

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Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alavés with the help of an under-the-wall free-kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from the substitute Philippe Coutinho.

The champions had dominated the late kick-off at a quiet Camp Nou but struggled to convert chances against a shrewd Alavés, who are the last team to win a league game at the Catalans’ home, beating them 2-1 in 2016.

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All the deadline day Premier League moves plus the latest deals and club-by-club guides for England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany

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Andrés Iniesta scored his first goal for Vissel Kobe in a 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata. The Spaniard, who moved to Japan from Barcelona in May, combined immaculate ball control and enviable composure before rounding the goalkeeper to score

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A women's football match in Northern Ireland was topped with an incredible first-time volley straight from a goal kick. Cliftonville Ladies defender and Northern Ireland international Billie Simpson scored from inside her own half during the 2-2 draw with Sion Swifts in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership

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Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.

Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10
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The new US Soccer president helped bring the 2026 World Cup to North America, but problems from a new coach to infighting need to be addressed

When Carlos Cordeiro was elected US Soccer Federation (USSF) president, his mandate was to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and to transform the federation’s governance.

But his critics fretted that he would merely effect incremental change, not the sweeping reforms they think are needed. For others he was an enigma, little-known beyond the USSF representatives who had elected him vice-president two years prior.

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The commercial benefits of the Jamaican’s arrival clearly outweigh doubts over his on-pitch ability

Usain Bolt in the A-League. It’s a fascinating prospect. An announcement from the Central Coast Mariners that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist would be joining the club on trial for an indefinite period of time sparked a global frenzy this week.

Bolt, after all, has never played a professional football match in his life, and it must be stressed – this is a trial. At this point, he is still not a contracted Mariners player and there is every chance he never will be. However, there is great potential for this to help further embed the club in the community, allowing young potential Mariners fans to see one of the world’s most famous and recognisable athletes donning a Mariners shirt. A training shirt, but a Mariners shirt nevertheless.

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Thibaut Courtois, Toni Kroos and Ronaldo are all part of a transfer policy first used by Santiago Bernabéu in 1958

By Craig McCracken for Beyond The Last Man

It is a quadrennial tradition that Real Madrid swoop for standout performers from the recent World Cup. West German left-back Paul Breitner was an early and successful example of this policy in action when he joined the club weeks after winning the World Cup on home soil in 1974. Gheorghe Hagi, Predrag Spasić, Fernando Redondo, Robert Jarni, the Brazilian Ronaldo, Fabio Cannavaro, Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira all arrived on the back of strong World Cup performances. Thibaut Courtois, the golden glove winner in Russia this summer, is just the latest player to turn up...

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There has been a summer of austerity in Turkey with free-spending club presidents being held accountable for clubs’ debt and this has given young, homegrown players a chance

After the feast, the famine. This has been a summer of austerity in Turkey. A combination of the weakening Turkish Lira, Financial Fair Play regulations and new policies introduced by the Turkish Football Federation to hold free-spending club presidents accountable for the clubs’ debt has had a dramatic effect. Just £22.8m has been spent over the transfer window. In contrast, Galatasaray alone ran up a £38.5m bill last summer.

Free transfers and loan deals are on the menu. Clubs are being forced to make use of, or establish, scouting networks instead of relying on agents offering them players for inflated prices. And perhaps the most exciting side effect of this newfound frugality is a growing appetite for young, homegrown players.

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The thrilling duel between Lazio and Napoli had everything we could have expected from it. Goals, intensity, two star-studded squads, and a dramatic finish. In the end, though, Napoli ended getting the three points. The Partenopei side came from behind and escaped with a 2-1 win from Stadio Olimpico, as goals from Arkadiusz Milik and […]

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MC Alger missed a chance to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Difaa El Jadida. A win would have sent second-placed MCA three points clear of fellow Algerian outfit ES Setif in third ahead of a clash between the pair in the final […]

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Lionel Messi scored Barcelona’s 6000th goal in LaLiga as the champions sealed a 3-0 win over Deportivo Alaves on Saturday. The Argentina star swept in a clever free-kick midway through the second half before Philippe Coutinho netted a fine second, with Messi doubling his tally late on to secure all three points for Ernesto Valverde’s side. […]

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Pep Guardiola was handed his Barcelona break as a skinny teenager by Johan Cruyff so the Manchester City manager has no qualms in following suit with Phil Foden. The 18-year-old Foden made 10 appearances across all competitions in 2017-18, and looks set for a more significant role this season following a stellar showing in the […]

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The post Like Cruyff before him, Guardiola favouring Foden´s style over substance appeared first on Soccer News.

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Cristiano Ronaldo took to social media on Saturday to express his delight at making a winning start to his Juventus career. Ronaldo did not get on the scoresheet as Juve triumphed 3-2 at Chievo in their Serie A opener, Federico Bernardeschi scoring the winner in stoppage time after the defending champions had earlier fallen 2-1 behind. Mario […]

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists his side cannot be considered as Premier League title contenders just yet, despite Saturday’s thrilling win over Arsenal. Having beaten Huddersfield Town in their season-opener, the Blues prevailed 3-2 at Stamford Bridge to make it back-to-back top-flight victories at the start of Sarri’s tenure. Marcos Alonso’s late strike proved decisive after Arsenal had […]

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Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac expects Jerome Boateng to stay with the Bundesliga giants, but acknowledged the defender could still move away before the end of August. Boateng played the entire 90 minutes off Bayern’s tightly contested 1-0 DFB-Pokal victory over minnows Drochtersen/Assel – Robert Lewandowski netting the decisive goal late on. The Germany defender claimed […]

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West Brom stole the show with a 7-1 demolition of QPR on Saturday, while Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United impressed again to remain just behind early Championship leaders Middlesbrough.  Darren Moore’s Baggies, relegated from the Premier League last season, looked very much like promotion material with a sparkling thumping of a lacklustre QPR side at The Hawthorns.  Bielsa, meanwhile, made […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo may have failed to score on his Juventus debut, but coach Massimiliano Allegri was still pleased by his star signing’s performance in the 3-2 win at Chievo. Having netted in each of his final 10 LaLiga games for Real Madrid, Ronaldo could not register on his Serie A bow despite taking eight shots during […]

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1 hour 49 min

Eden Hazard says Chelsea can “do something magic” with Maurizio Sarri in charge, after the Blues battled to a 3-2 Premier League win against Arsenal. Marcos Alonso netted the winner nine minutes from time at Stamford Bridge after Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi had cancelled out earlier efforts from Pedro and Alvaro Morata in a […]

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Arsenal youngster Stephy Mavididi is a shock for Italian champions Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

Highly thought of by youth coaches at the Emirates, the 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at League One side Charlton.

Arsenal youngster Stephy Mavididi in action for England’s Under-20s.

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Every weekend, fans around the world try to predict the results in Premier League matches taking place across the country.

In talkSPORT’’s Predictor game you need to get the scoreline as well as the correct outcome, which is no mean feat, if you want a chance of winning some great prizes.

What do statisticians believe will be the most likely outcome between Chelsea and Arsenal this weekend?

Everyone has their own different ways of attempting to forecast the result and statistics are more often being used.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed a fitness boost with Erik Lamela, Harry Winks, and Joshua Onomah all back in training.

Lamela picked up a knock on their pre-season tour in the United States, Winks is recovering from a long-term ankle problem, while Onomah also missed some time this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Winks in action against Real Madrid last season.

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Tottenham encounter Fulham in their first home match of the 2018/19 season.

The game will be played at Wembley Stadium, as Spurs’ new home is not yet ready to host the side and won’t be for some time.

Can Kane score in August?

Mauricio Pochettino’s men won their opener at Newcastle 2-1 last week, despite an unconvincing performance.

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Manchester United and Tottenham have been beaten to the signing of wonderkid Alexandre Jankewitz by Southampton, according to Tutto Mercato.

The 16-year-old Swiss star has caught the eye in his homeland playing for Servette’s academy teams.

Alexandre Jankewitz is set to join with Southampton in January

The midfielder’s performances have attracted interest from ...

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Tottenham Hotspur produced a fantastic, free-flowing performance to defeat a plucky Fulham side who can leave Wembley with their heads held high.

Lucas Moura opened the scoring for the hosts with a fantastic left-footed effort just before the end of a first half in which Spurs dominated.

It was a job well done for Spurs

But Mauricio Pochettino would have been disappointed to see his side allow last season’s Championship Play-off final winners back into the game.

A glorious passing move saw the Whites escape form virtually their own goal line before Aleksandr Mitrovic headed home Joe Bryan’s peach of...

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There’s more Carabao Cup action as Sunderland host Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on Thursday evening, live on talkSPORT 2.

Jack Ross has got off to an unbeaten start at the Stadium of Light, whilst Jos Luhukay’s side are still chasing their first win after off-field troubles came to light over the summer.

Jos Luhukay’s side travel north in search of their first win of the season
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What time is kick-off?

This game takes place on Thursday, August 16.

It will be held at the Stadium of Light and kick-off is at 7.45pm.

This clash will conclude the Carabao Cup...

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Liverpool’s Brazilian trio of Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino have been named in the Brazil squad for the September friendlies against the United States and El Salvador.

Tite, the manager, confirmed his 24-man squad on Friday for the games, which will be played on 7 and 11 September in New Jersey and Washington respectively.

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Manchester City were interested in signing Virgil van Dijk last season, but were put off by Southampton’s valuation.

The centre-back eventually left the south coast for Liverpool, who shelled out £75million in January, to make him the most expensive defender in football.

During the 2017/18 season, when injured players were beginning to crowd the treatment room, manager Pep Guardiola asked the powers that be – chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak, Txiki Begiristain, the director of football, and chief executive, Ferran Soriano – for a new central defender.

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There’s more Championship action on the radio as Brentford host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday evening.

The Bees have made a superb start to the new season, thrashing Rotherham before grabbing an excellent point away at relegated Stoke.

Wednesday won in the cup in midweek but have started slowly in the league
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It’s a different story for Wednesday though, who revealed that they’ve been under a transfer embargo this summer.

They lost an opening day thriller at Wigan, before a lacklustre 1-1 draw at home to Hull.

What time is kick-off?

This game is set for Sunday, August 19.

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