Friday, December 19, 2014

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The top-four rivals meet on Sunday and Goal takes a look at the key battlegrounds, from a marquee Gunners signing who might have moved to Anfield to a goalkeeping dilemma

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The Ghana defender lifted the trophy - then known as the Toyota Cup - in 2001 with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan watching as he scored the winning goal against Boca Juniors

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COMMENT: After failing to fulfill his potential at Roma, the controversial Frenchman returns to the Italian capital on Saturday having been a revelation at his new club

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente were all on target as the Italian champions pulled four points clear at the summit of Serie A with a comfortable win in Sardinia

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COMMENT: The Chile international has struggled both for form and fitness since undergoing knee surgery during the summer but he was back to his best in Sardinia on Thursday night

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The champions of South America needed extra-time to see off the challenge of Auckland City, the part-timers from New Zealand who depart the Club World Cup with pride intact

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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COMMENT: The Oceania champions gave a terrific account of themselves against the cream of South America but were struck down in extra time by Mauro Matos

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Laurent Blanc's men suffered a scare as they fell behind in Corsica, but a trio of second-half goals ensured their spot in the next round of the Coupe de la Ligue

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Raheem Sterling bagged two and Lazar Markovic also found the net as Brendan Rodgers side progressed into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup against the Championship outfit

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A second-half flurry sees Mauricio Pochettino's men cruise into the semi-finals of the League Cup thanks to goals from Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado

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COMMENT: Football's governing body is in the eye of the storm once again after the resignation of the man who led an investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

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SPECIAL REPORT: The chairman intends to take a less involved role in the football operations and transfer business after repeated mistakes which have hampered the club's growth

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ANALYSIS: Over the course of five transfer windows the Blues have transformed an unbalanced and ageing squad into one of the deepest, most youthful and talented in Europe

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ANALYSIS: The Frenchman scored a phenomenal number of goals for a player who spent much of his career on the left rather than as a centre-forward