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Spain boss Lopetegui to become Real Madrid manager after World Cup

Real Madrid have appointed Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach on a three-year deal. Zinedine Zidane, who led the club to three successive Champions League titles, stepped down in May, saying the club needs “a different voice”. ...

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2018 World Cup preview: Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal & Tunisia

BBC Sport takes an in-depth look at some of the issues facing the teams and the nations competing in Russia. While Egypt’s Mohamed Salah may be the standout player from an African nation, we assess whether Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal or ...

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Impressive Belgium hit four against Costa Rica

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium eased to victory against Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up match. Belgium, England’s Group G opponents, were again without injured defender Vincent Kompany in Brussels, while Eden Hazard limped off in the ...

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'I told him to be a travel agent' – England boss Southgate, by those who know him best

When Gareth Southgate was first put in charge of the England team, one national newspaper described the public reaction as a “mass wall of despair”. After the debacle of losing to Iceland at Euro 2016 and the embarrassment of Sam ...

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Neymar, Jesus and Coutinho score in Brazil World Cup warm-up victory

Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil swept aside Austria 3-0 in their final World Cup warm-up game in Vienna. Manchester City striker Jesus calmly curled past Heinz Lindner to open the scoring on 35 minutes. Neymar, making ...

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Will an African team reach a first semi-final – or even win the World Cup?

“When I first started to coach Ivory Coast I said to Didier Drogba: ‘We have some fantastic players and we can go far in the World Cup.’ He said: ‘No we can’t’.” Sven-Goran Eriksson is trying to shed some light ...

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Nabil Fekir: Liverpool target staying at Lyon, say Ligue 1 club

France forward Nabil Fekir will not be joining Liverpool and will instead be staying at Lyon, the French Ligue 1 club have announced. The two clubs had been discussing a deal for the playmaker worth 60m euros (£52.75m) – 55m ...

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Liverpool legend Dalglish becomes 'Sir Kenny' in Queen's Birthday Honours

Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The 67-year-old, who won the European Cup three times while playing for the Reds and later managed the club, said he was “humbled but gratified”. ...

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Gundogan booed by own fans as Germany survive Saudi scare

Ilkay Gundogan was booed by Germany fans as the team avoided a late scare to beat Saudi Arabia in their final World Cup warm-up game, in Leverkusen. The Manchester City midfielder was jeered as he came on, and every time ...

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World Cup 2018: The making of France and Manchester United's Paul Pogba

An £89m midfielder in the making, a world-record transfer waiting to happen. Paul Pogba was already attracting the limelight before his 17th birthday, leaving his home country to join Manchester United from French outfit Le Havre. While the move may ...

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