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Lacazette in spotlight as Arsenal host Emirates Cup

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Alexandre Lacazette will make his first appearance in front of Arsenal’s home crowd this weekend as the Gunners step up their pre-season preparations in the Emirates Cup. Arsene Wenger splashed out a club record £52 million ($68 million, 58 million euros) to sign Lacazette from Lyon this month and the France striker is expected to get his first taste of ...

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Villar resigns from Fifa and Uefa roles

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Deposed Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of both Fifa and Uefa, the two governing bodies announced on Thursday. The 67-year-old’s near three-decade tenure as head of the Spanish federation ended this week when he was suspended following his arrest on July 18. “Mr Villar has stood down from his post ...

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Neymar strike downs Man United

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Neymar, serene amid a frenzy of transfer speculation, scored the first-half goal that gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday in an International Champions Cup friendly. The Brazilian striker, reportedly pondering a 222-million euro ($256.8 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, showed why the French club would be willing to pay a world-record price to get him. He ...

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Roma beat Spurs in five-goal thriller

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Roma withstood a dramatic, late Tottenham comeback to send the Premier League team to their first defeat of this pre-season in a bad-tempered affair which ended 3-2 in remarkable fashion. Tackles were flying in all over the pitch and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was livid with match officials in the second half, although much of his anger would have been ...

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Ankle injury forces Michu to retire

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Spain’s former Swansea City and Napoli striker Michu confirmed on Tuesday he has been forced to retire because of an ankle injury. “Dear football, the current state of my right ankle, according to medical reports, has come to a point where it has forced me to say goodbye as a professional football player,” said the 31-year-old on his Twitter account. ...

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Real reach Mbappe deal with Monaco

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Real Madrid have reached agreement to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for a world record €180 million, Spanish media reported on Tuesday. Sports daily Marca, citing sources close to the negotiations, said the teenage striker is expected to joining Real “in the next few days” on a six year deal. French newspapers Le Parisien and Nice Matin said Monaco had ...

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West Ham snap up Hernandez

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West Ham have completed the signing of former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez for £16 million, the Premier League club said on Monday. A deal to bring Mexico’s record goalscorer to London Stadium was hammered out several days ago. Hernandez has penned a three-year contract and will fly out to Germany in the coming days to join ...

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Zesco, Nkana back to winning ways

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Zesco United recovered from their recent defeat by Forest Rangers thanks to a first-half brace by John Ching’andu and a penalty by Jesse Were as they recorded a 3-2 victory over Green Eagles on Matchday 18 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday. Ching’andu gave the hosts an early lead as he opened the scoring on two minutes and the ...

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Man City bank on expensive wide boys

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Nothing reflects the evolution of football’s modern fullback more than Manchester City’s decision to spend around £120 million on buying three in 10 days – with a fourth possibly on the wa Benjamin Mendy became the latest to arrive at the Etihad Stadium on Monday for a reported £49 million, joining Danilo, signed from Real Madrid for £26 million on ...

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Inter beat Lyon in pre-season friendly

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A bumpy pitch and hot weather took the shine off Inter Milan’s 1-0 victory over Lyon on Monday in a pre-season friendly held in China. The match at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre – home of Chinese Super League’s Jiangsu Suning – saw both sides struggle with the poor surface and humidity. The city’s weather bureau issued a red heatwave alert ...

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