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The Golden Boot is awarded to the player who scores most goals in the tournament. Ties are settled by assists, then by minutes per goal. Here are the latest standings

The Golden Boot is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the tournament. If there are multiple players with the same number of goals, the tie is broken by assists, and if those too are equal, by the lowest minutes played.

Own goals do not count, and nor do penalties scored in penalty shoot-outs, but penalties in normal or extra time do.

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Everything you need to know (and more) about every squad member in Qatar. Click on the player pictures for a fuller profile and match ratings

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  • Club confirms plans to build 25,000-seat stadium in Queens
  • Team had played most home games at Yankee Stadium

New York City FC will finally have a permanent home after the club announced plans for a 25,000-capacity venue in the Willets Point neighborhood in Queens.

The club announced the partnership with New York City mayor Eric Adams and the Queens Development Group at a press conference on Wednesday. The project will be privately funded and will also include 2,500 units of affordable housing, a hotel and retail space.

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‘Super Choupo’ scored again at Schalke but is valued for more than goals as he expertly anchors Julian Nagelsmann’s attack

It wasn’t the sort of goal you’d over-celebrate. The second in an eventual 2-0 win to put away prone opponents, with the best team in the division besting the worst (the former beating the latter for the ninth time in a row), and the goalscorer netting against his former club for good measure.

Yet there was something else which made this not a goal to let off fireworks for. It reminded us that in recent times Bayern Munich have become used to seeing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting deliver for them. For Schalke – his former club who are in a different dimension to the one which they inhabited back when the Cameroonian striker wore the royal blue – this was the latest, inevitable, familiar boot to the nether regions, their falling short as habitual to a modern-day Bundesliga script as Choupo-Moting emerging triumphant.

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  • Dominant display continues winning streak under Gustavsson
  • Goals from Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso seal victory in Gosford

The Matildas have defeated Thailand 2-0 to finish the year on the longest winning streak of Tony Gustavsson’s coaching tenure and confirm positive signs ahead of next year’s World Cup on home soil.

The final scoreline did not reflect the Matildas’ dominance of a game characterised by missed opportunities.

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The World Cup in Qatar has arrived at the perfect time for players such as Jonathan David, Youssouf Fofana and Leo Messi

By Adam White for Get French Football News

Although the timing of this controversial World Cup is unorthodox, it will arrive at the right moment for many players. They have not just experienced the fatigue of a 60-game season and will be helped by the intensity and freshness of recent league fixtures, so the pace and standard at the World Cup in Qatar, heat permitting, could be at their highest for some decades. An energetic, buoyant, on-form Lionel Messi, now 35, will be helped more than most, having struggled with tiredness in the last two tournaments. But he’s not the only Ligue 1 player who may benefit from a winter World Cup.

For France, the timing has aided Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana’s late charge into Didier Deschamps’...

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The celebrations at San Siro were of relief that runaways Napoli did not enter the World Cup break with a double-digit lead

It was the 91st minute at San Siro when Milan scored the goal that might have rescued the Serie A title race. Technically the Fiorentina defender Nicola Milenkovic scored it for them – deflecting Aster Vranckx’s cross into his own net – but few were dwelling on the fine details as Zombie Nation’s Kernkraft 400, a German dance track older than some players on the pitch, blared out across the public address.

A crowd of 73,000 danced and sighed with relief. Milenkovic’s own goal secured a 2-1 win and kept Milan ‘only’ eight points behind Napoli at the top. The league leaders hold a double-digit advantage over every other side in the division heading into the World Cup break.

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Almost half of Graham Arnold’s 26-man squad in Qatar has a Scottish connection in a football tradition that goes back 100 years

Who says Scotland aren’t going to the World Cup? The country’s World Cup drought might have extended to 24 years when they failed to qualify for the 2022 edition, but that doesn’t mean Scotland isn’t being represented at football’s global showpiece in Qatar.

Instead of their navy blue, Scotland’s representation will come with a green and gold hue. The Socceroos’ current squad not only reflects the changing face of Australian society and more recent migration patterns through the likes of Thomas Deng, Garang Kuol, Awer Mabil and Keanu Baccus, it also strongly reflects those of a previous era with a more Anglo-Celtic persuasion.

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There was joy for stars who avoided injury, frustration for in-form teams and relief for strugglers as league went on hiatus

“I’ll be watching it of course, at home, because I like football,” Carlo Ancelotti said. “My teams will be the teams where my players play: Brazil, Spain, France, Uruguay, Croatia, Germany, lots of teams. I’ll follow the World Cup as a fan, and may the best team win it. Unfortunately, Italy can’t.” There was a smile, a goodbye and with that he was gone. They all were. Just before midnight on a Thursday in early November and the Real Madrid coach was the last man to leave. La Liga was finished, everyone out of here for 50 days. Mentally, some had gone already.

This weekend is the first round of the Copa del Rey, but none of the Super Cup teams will be in it – no Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Betis – and not many of the World Cup players will be either. If they have got this far injury-free, and not all of them have, few will take one last risk...

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Out of the bottom three after and winning a local derby, Leverkusen can sign off for the Bundesliga’s break with hope

If Leverkusen have spent most of the campaign so far hiding their bright light under a bushel, it was shining high in the grey skies last weekend as they steamrollered long-time league-leaders Union Berlin. The highlight of Englische Woche, though? Don’t be fooled. If Sunday was the main course this, a 15-minute hop behind enemy lines on a fresh Wednesday night, was the dessert.

That half-hour of second-half heaven against Union, where a goalless first half became a 5-0 virtuoso display, felt like a placebo in the context of the midweek derby at Köln, like a little holiday from reality. It had shown Leverkusen could play, but we knew that already. This showed they have the guts as well as the swagger (neither of which have been on display nearly enough this season). The jubilant reaction of Xabi Alonso – a twitchy, tense presence on the...

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France defender William Saliba has said he hopes that World Cup favourites Brazil are knocked out of the tournament "as soon as possible."

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Uruguay coach Diego Alonso blamed his team's World Cup elimination on an officiating error in the previous game against Portugal.

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With the World Cup knockout stage comes the dreaded penalty shootouts. Here's which goalkeepers could shine, the penalty patterns and more.

7 hours 31 min

Qatar 2022 isn't done with the group stage yet, but substitutes have already scored more goals than they did in the whole of Russia 2018. Why?

8 hours 37 min

Earlier this year, an Australian newspaper asked "who are these blokes?" about the Socceroos. The whole soccer world will see them play on Saturday.

10 hours 19 min

With the group stage at the World Cup complete, here's how all 16 teams won a place in the knockout bracket.

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Brazil captain Dani Alves says the defeat to Cameroon should be a "warning signal" as attention turns to their round of 16 match with South Korea.

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Tyler Adams' skills on the field and his leadership off it have been obvious since he was a teenager. Now the rest of the world is taking notice.

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Liverpool are among a number of Premier League clubs keeping a close eye on Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Chelsea are plotting an approach for Denzel Dumfries as they look to provide cover for Reece James in the right wing-back role.

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Manchester United are in a three-way battle with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

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Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic has been touted to join Manchester United during the January transfer window.

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Chelsea and Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in signing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice next summer.

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Arsenal have been handed a big boost with Martin Odegaard having avoided an injury on international duty with Norway.

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Chelsea have been handed a boost in signing Brighton andamp; Hove Albion star Leandro Trossard in the New Year.

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Liverpool and Manchester United are among clubs that are monitoring Ajax forward Mohammed Kudus, according to Corriere dello Sport.

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Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has no plans of penning a new contract with the club, according to The Telegraph.

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Manchester United are working on the transfer of PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo in the New Year, Relevo claim.

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Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race to sign RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol next summer.

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The Monterrey club won the Mexican title while expanding their brand internationally and plan to become bigger

Welcome to Moving the Goalposts, the Guardian’s free women’s football newsletter. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition. To receive the full version once a week, just pop your email in below:

For many years the United States have been at the very top of women’s football. The USA have won four out of eight World Cups and their domestic game has always been seen as one of the leading women’s leagues in the world.

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Plus: worst World Cup showings for flawless qualifiers; wildly successful late call-ups; and an apology to Chris Woods

“What’s the lowest-ranked club side to send a player to the World Cup? Has anyone from the second or third tier popped up in a WC finals?” tweets George Davidson.

Second or third? How about the seventh tier? But first, let’s acknowledge some of the higher-profile players who went to a World Cup while slumming it in the lower leagues. “Some scandals in Italy that resulted in clubs being relegated provide a few examples,” writes Jonathan Bartley. “In 1982, during the fallout from the Totonero scandal, Milan were relegated to Serie B for the second time in three seasons, this time on sporting merit. That summer Franco Baresi and Fulvio Collovati were in Italy’s World Cup-...

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Our cartoonist gets ready for the World Cup’s big kick-off and asks the burning question on so many people’s minds

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Rupchandra Rumba toiled in extreme heat before dying in the night. His widow says she has never received fair compensation

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From Antonio Nusa to Mathys Tel, we pick 60 of the most talented players born in 2005. Check the progress of our classes of 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 |...

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We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of our classes of 2021 | 2020 | 2019 |...

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Five years ago we picked 80 promising players from around the world and have followed their progress since then.

Premier League Next Gen 2017 | Rest of the world 2017

Talent spotting in football can be a brutal and precarious business. There are so many pitfalls on the way and a player who is outstanding at 16 may not make it for a variety of reasons: loss of form and/or confidence, injuries and a host of personal reasons.

Every now and then, however, a player comes through who is so good that he or she seems destined to make it to the top. Erling Haaland – or Erling Braut Håland as he was known back then – is one of them. Of course, a...

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If you want a child to make this list, you better make sure he is born as soon as possible after 1 September

Last month the Guardian released Next Generation 2022: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs. As with previous years it selected “the best youngsters at each club”, this time among those born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, an age band known as “first-year scholars”.

As in earlier seasons it makes for interesting reading. But the brain works in mysterious ways, and I did something different this year: I looked at the month of birth of these players. Thirteen were born in the first semester of the selection year (1 September 2005 to 28 February 2006) and seven in the second semester (1 March 2006 to 31 August 2006). Almost twice as many were from the first half.

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I wasn’t kidding about Biden …

In a more traditional setting, the Fox studio crew this morning includes their stalwart host Rob Stone, the “nice guy in real life but provocateur on TV” Alexi Lalas, the drawling Clint Dempsey, and an unusually animated Landon Donovan.

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Our first bit of correspondence has dropped, from Tor Turner. “Big questions about how Villa will perform in the kind of huge playground that is Old Trafford. I can’t see United losing today. Daly is a phenomenal player, but United – and yes I am biased as I’ve supported United since I was a boy – just have something extra. All talk of Russo, Toone and Daly pre-game but don’t count out Parris, I wouldn’t be surprised if she opens the scoring.”

Here’s a fun stat: Rachel Daly has been involved in 75% of Villa’s goals this season...

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Tite warned Brazil must be “very careful” in the knockout stage of the World Cup, when they will hope to have Neymar back from injury. The Selecao lost 1-0 to Cameroon on Friday but still topped Group G, meaning they will face South Korea in the second round, rather than Portugal. Spain’s defeat the previous […]

The post Brazil waiting on Neymar news as Tite dismisses idea of ´easy´ draw appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Brazil waiting on Neymar news as Tite dismisses idea of ´easy´ draw appeared first on Soccer News.

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John Stones rates Harry Kane as a striker in the class of Erling Haaland as he backed the England captain to break his Qatar World Cup scoring duck. England have reached the last-16 stage without needing a goal from their skipper, taking seven points from their group games and scoring nine times in the process, […]

The post Stones rates Kane in Haaland class as England back leader at World Cup crunch point appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Stones rates Kane in Haaland class as England back leader at World Cup crunch point appeared first on Soccer News.

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Rigobert Song expressed regret over Cameroon’s first two World Cup displays after they were eliminated from Group G despite becoming the first African team to beat Brazil at the tournament. Cameroon needed to beat the pre-tournament favourites to have any chance of joining them in the last 16 on Friday, and they did so in […]

The post Song reveals World Cup regrets after historic Brazil win fails to save Cameroon appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Song reveals World Cup regrets after historic Brazil win fails to save Cameroon appeared first on Soccer News.

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Football managers are frequently criticized by the press, sometimes even when they’re winning. Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal certainly isn’t surprised that the press in his homeland have some negative things to say despite his team finishing top of their group. 🗣 “In 2014 it was exactly the same, it was no different. It was […]

The post Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal reacts to Dutch press criticism (Video) appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal reacts to Dutch press criticism (Video) appeared first on Soccer News.

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First his agent, and now the man himself. It’s fair to say that the rumours of Jurgen Klopp leaving Liverpool to lead Germany after his country failed to progress from their World Cup group have been shredded to bits. 🗣 “We are working short-term, mid-term and long-term.” Jurgen Klopp denies rumours that he will be […]

The post Liverpool boss dismisses rumours of succeeding Hansi Flick at Germany helm (Video) appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Liverpool boss dismisses rumours of succeeding Hansi Flick at Germany helm (Video) appeared first on Soccer News.

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Vincent Aboubakar fired Cameroon to a last-gasp 1-0 win over Brazil before being sent off on Friday, but it was not enough to save the Indomitable Lions from an early World Cup exit – or to prevent the Selecao from topping Group G. Having seen Brazil secure a place in the round of 16 by […]

The post Cameroon 1-0 Brazil: Indomitable Lions bow out despite last-gasp Aboubakar strike appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Cameroon 1-0 Brazil: Indomitable Lions bow out despite last-gasp Aboubakar strike appeared first on Soccer News.

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Switzerland playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri proved Serbia’s nemesis once more by helping knock Dragan Stojkovic’s men out of the World Cup on a tumultuous night at Stadium 974. Shaqiri netted a last-minute winner against Serbia at the 2018 tournament in Russia and celebrated by making an eagle shape with his hands to show his support for […]

The post Serbia 2-3 Switzerland: Shaqiri silences the jeers appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Serbia 2-3 Switzerland: Shaqiri silences the jeers appeared first on Soccer News.

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Luis Suarez claimed FIFA “is always against Uruguay” as his World Cup career ended in tears and a group-stage exit in Qatar. The former Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker played in Friday’s 2-0 win against Ghana, which came thanks to a double from Giorgian de Arrascaeta. Veteran Suarez was substituted before the end and […]

The post Sorry Suarez aims FIFA jibe as Uruguay are left stunned by World Cup exit appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Sorry Suarez aims FIFA jibe as Uruguay are left stunned by World Cup exit appeared first on Soccer News.

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In what was another remarkable round of World Cup fixtures on Friday, both Ghana and Uruguay saw their World Cup adventures come to a stunning end at the Al Janoub Stadium. While the Black Stars might have been desperate to gain some revenge for their 2010 heartbreak, a Giorgian de Arrascaeta first-half brace helped the […]

The post Ghana 0-2 Uruguay: What Were The Key Talking Points As Both Ghana and Uruguay Come Crashing Out Of The World Cup? appeared first on Soccer News.

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Otto Addo insists Ghana took no comfort from seeing rivals Uruguay join them in making an early exit from the World Cup after Friday’s dramatic Group H finale. Ghana and Uruguay both harboured hopes of reaching the last 16 ahead of Friday’s game, which represented the teams’ first meeting since La Celeste claimed a famous […]

The post Addo finds no comfort in Uruguay woe as Ghana´s rivals join them in World Cup exit appeared first on Soccer News.

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Eden Hazard is considering international retirement following Belgium’s premature exit form the World Cup, according to reports.

Roberto Martinez’s side crashed out of the group stage on Thursday following a goalless draw with Croatia, after reaching the semi-finals in Russia four years ago.

Hazard was dropped for Belgium’s final group game
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Despite picking up a win in the opening game against Canada, the Red Devils were beaten by...

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Croatia star Josko Gvardiol isn’t ruling out a switch to Stamford Bridge as he insisted ‘maybe one day’ he will be at Chelsea.

The RB Leipzig defender has dazzled at the World Cup in Qatar, where he was instrumental in helping his side advance into the Round of 16.

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Former Netherlands and Manchester United star Jaap Stam believes the Red Devils would be a good fit for Cody Gakpo. 

The Oranje forward has emerged as one of the 2022 World Cup’s standout players, scoring in all three group games as Louis van Gaal’s side progressed to the Round of 16. 

Gakpo is joint top scorer at Qatar 2022
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Ray Parlour has urged Gareth Southgate to go all-out attack for England’s World Cup last-16 clash against Senegal on Sunday.

The Arsenal legend believes the Three Lions have to start fast against the Lions of Teranga, and thinks a front four is the way to go.

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Southgate has been told by Parlour to name an attacking team to face Senegal[/caption]

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The Netherlands’ World Cup squad has reportedly been dealing with an outbreak of flu symptoms which has put a dent in their preparations ahead of the last 16 match against the USA.

Louis van Gaal’s side have had a positive World Cup campaign so far, winning two games and drawing one as they won their group in their first appearance since 2014, when they finished third.

Van Gaal addressed concerns over his squad’s health
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Van Gaal is optimistic that his side can match those heights as he has a better squad, but that squad has been dealt with a blow...

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Jamie Carragher has paid tribute to long-standing Liverpool academy coach Steve Heighway who retired from the role aged 75.

Heighway scored 76 goals in 475 appearances for the Reds, winning five League titles and two European Cups along the way.

Steve Heighway played a key role in the emergence of former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool legend spent seven years in the role after having served as the club’s head of youth development...

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Lionel Messi is taking part in his fifth World Cup this year as he leads Argentina at the tournament in Qatar. 

Messi has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will be his last, with his eyes set on achieving what he has not done before.

Messi will be aiming to win the World Cup for the first time
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The Argentine icon has had an up-and-down international career, retiring in 2016 before returning soon after.

He will be aiming to win the World Cup for...

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Sergio Aguero was one of the world’s deadliest strikers for a long time, but sadly he won’t be at the World Cup this winter.

The Manchester City legend scored over 400 goals for club and country and was a threat to any defence.

5. Sergio Aguero (Argentina)
Aguero was Argentina’s main striker for a long time
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Aguero played in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cup for Argentina, but he has been deprived the chance of making it to a fourth.

Why won’t Aguero play for Argentina in Qatar?

Unfortunately, Aguero hasn’t played any football for nearly a year now after he...

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Brazil and Arsenal have been dealt a major blow with Gabriel Jesus ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.

Though in positive news for the Gunners, it is believed that the 25-year-old only faces up to a month on the sidelines.

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Jesus is claimed to have been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury[/caption]

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Cristiano Ronaldo has denied claims he swore at Portugal boss Fernando Santos when being substituted in the 2-1 defeat to South Korea at the World Cup.

The 37-year-old looked unhappy after being brought off in the 65th minute of their final group game – but it was opposition striker Cho Gue-sung who angered him.

Ronaldo was wound up by Cho
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