Friday 28 November 2014

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After the Spanish club publicly rebuked the Uefa president for expressing his view that a German player should win the Ballon d'Or, two of Goal's writers debate the issue

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COMMENT: Ronald Koeman's side head into Sunday's clash with Premier League champions Manchester City second in the table after a summer of shrewd player recruitment

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COMMENT: SC Bastia forward Brandao has been sentenced to one month in jail for his assault on Thiago Motta while an on-going case in Switzerland raises more legal questions

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COMMENT: The returning Inter boss' ability to win continental trophies has been questioned but his team saw off Dnipro to progress to the Europa League knockout stage

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Goal took in the action at San Siro, where the home side dug deep to overcome a goal and a man disadvantage to win the game and confirm their finish as Group F winners

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Two evenly matched sides played out an entertaining Europa League contest at El Madrigal, with a stunner from Granit Xhaka capping Gladbach's second-half resurgence

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Wastefulness and the woodwork were to blame for an entertaining stalemate in Prague, with both sides not quite able to do enough to merit taking all three points in Group I

Thursday 27 November 2014

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Japan's 'god of soccer' caught the imagination of fans in Tokyo for the first time when he starred for Flamengo in the 1981 Club World Cup final against Bob Paisley's team

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COMMENT: After 20 years in the European wilderness, the Serie A club are back in continental competition and their fans are providing great support in home and away matches

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PROFILE: Every Europa League Thursday, Goal profiles a new starlet under the age of 21 who could be set for big things in the game. Here we look at the Feyenoord defender

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Goal's Brendon Netto suggests that the Ranbir Kapoor owned franchise has little else to offer other than the individual quality of their high profile players.

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COMMENT: The Gunners qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for a 15th consecutive season with a strong performance in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Dortmund

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COMMENT: The Anfield side's hopes of qualification for the last 16 remain in tact but a late Ludogorets equaliser showed there is still plenty of work to be done on Merseyside

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COMMENT: Two club records were equalled in Switzerland as Ronaldo drew level with Raul in Champions League goals and Carlo Ancelotti guided the team to a 15th straight win

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Goal took in the action in Sweden, where the Bianconeri dominated the hosts to clinch a deserved win, that puts them in a good position for qualification

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Chancel Mbemba's brace ended a 12 match winless run in the competition for the hosts, while booking their place in the Europa League round of 32