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Three key Champions League final duels

The two highest scoring sides in this season’s Champions League face off for the title when defending champions Real Madrid and Liverpool go head-to-head in Kiev on Saturday.   With goals seemingly guaranteed in the Ukrainian capital, here are the key matchups where the game could be won and lost.   Cristiano Ronaldo v Virgil van Dijk   Ronaldo is ...

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Liverpool set to face Real in Champions League final

Liverpool will attempt to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid’s recent dominance in the Champions League when the sides meet in Saturday’s final in Kiev, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting experience is not everything.   The goals of Mohamed Salah have helped the English side reach their first final in 11 years, but this has been a golden era ...

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Babar Azam out of England series with broken arm

Pakistan suffered a setback after dominating the second day’s play in the first Test against England at Lord’s on Friday when in-form batsman Babar Azam was ruled out of the rest of their tour with a fractured forearm.   Babar top-scored with 68 in Pakistan’s stumps total of 350 for eight—a lead of 166 runs after they bowled England out ...

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Disgruntled fans break into Brazil pre-World Cup training

Disgruntled fans broke into a Brazil training session for the World Cup on Friday and some booed the national team over a lack of contact with local supporters. A few dozen even mocked chanted “It was 7-1! It was 7-1!” in a reference to the team’s humiliation against Germany four years ago.   The open training in Teresopolis was the ...

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FIFA announces 2018 World Cup nat’l slogans

MOSCOW, May 25,2018 : The world’s governing football body, FIFA, published on Thursday a list of official logos for each of 32 participating teams in the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup and the logo of hosts Russia is “Play With an Open Heart.” “The votes have been counted. The fans have spoken,” FIFA said in a statement. “We now have ...

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Poor team formation may ‘kill’ Argentina at World Cup: Maradona

Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, has once again criticized national team, boss Jorge Sampaoli, when he was asked to comment on their chances at the upcoming World Cup in Russia.   The Napoli hero is very skeptical about Argentina’s chances because of the manager’s tactics and acknowledged that the Super Eagles, Iceland and Croatia will not be easy opponents.   ‘’I ...

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World Cup warm-ups for African qualifiers

World Cup warm-up matches for five African qualifiers:   Egypt May 26: Kuwait, Kuwait City; June 1: Colombia, Milan; June 6: Belgium, Brussels   Morocco May 31: Ukraine, Geneva; June 4: Slovakia, Geneva; June 9: Estonia, Tallinn   Nigeria May 28: Democratic Republic of Congo, Port Harcourt; June 2: England, London; June 6: Czech Republic, Rannersdorf, Austria   Senegal May ...

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Australia’s Smith looks set for Global T20 Canada event

LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2018 : Disgraced former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith appears poised to return to the game after being named Thursday among the marquee players for the inaugural Global T20 Canada event. Smith, the world’s number one Test batsman, was sacked and sent home in disgrace after the third Test against South Africa in March. He later ...

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Iniesta coup puts J-League on the map, says Perryman

TOKYO, May 25, 2018 : Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta’s decision to join Japan’s Vissel Kobe could make the J-League a serious option for the world’s top footballers, former Shimizu S-Pulse manager Steve Perryman said. The 34-year-old Spanish World Cup winner, who lifted 32 major trophies at Barca and made over 600 appearances for the Catalan giants, completed a big- money ...

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Dhaka Eleven Football team to leave for London early Friday

Dhaka, May 24 : A 26-member Dhaka Eleven Football team are scheduled to leave here for London early Friday (3am) to play three exhibition matches in the United Kingdom. National booter Nasiruddin Chowdhury will captain the Dhaka Eleven while national coloured defender Rayhan Hasan is his deputy. Dhaka Eleven team comprise of 14 booters and 12 officials. Touring Dhaka soccer ...

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