Saturday, January 31, 2015

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COMMENT: The Frenchman scored two and was superb in the absence of the suspended Cristiano, but the Welsh winger wasted two clear chances and was jeered again at the Bernabeu

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COMMENT: Australia wrote a new chapter in their football history in dramatic fashion by beating South Korea in the Asian Cup final. So what did we learn from the game?

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COMMENT: Massimo Luongo, who opened the scoring in a dramatic 2-1 win in Sydney, perfectly embodies the spirit and dynamism of this young squad of champions

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SPECIAL REPORT: The Blues have allied a lucrative mass loan system to shrewd player trading, while the Premier League champions have pioneered a global network of clubs

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Mino Raiola suggested that Milan and Inter might be better served by merging. But if that was mirrored in all big cities, who would have the best team?

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With the group stage dispensed with, we pick out six of the most impressive players so far at the Africa Cup of Nations who will be key to their teams' progress

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The quarter-finals of Equatorial Guinea 2015 commence over the weekend, and there is plenty to look forward to in terms of the match-ups and subplots.

Friday, January 30, 2015

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COMMENT: Money-spinning Middle Eastern friendlies may keep the sponsors happy, but Pep Guardiola's side have joined their counterparts in falling foul of the winter distraction

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COMMENT: In the most difficult of settings, Wolfsburg turned the Bundesliga champions over on an emotional night at the Volkswagen Arena

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Ange Postecoglou and his players have plenty of factors counting in their favour as they seek to respond to defeat at the hands of South Korea earlier in the tournament

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COMMENT: The striker has been banned for three matches for stamping on Emre Can but isn't in the same league as the former Liverpool striker when it comes to skulduggery

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PROFILE: The veteran coach will return to a hero's welcome in Congo after taking the no-hopers to the Afcon quarter-finals. But there is no chance of him resting on his laurels

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COLUMN: The Bayern trainer spoke this week in the past tense about his tenure at the Allianz Arena prompting speculation that he might already be plotting his next move

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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COMMENT: The four-times African Footballer of the Year has looked out of sorts at the Afcon, unhappy with his team's tactics as his former boss openly touts a move to Inter

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COMMENT: The Manchester City midfielder is unquestionably a Blues legend but he remains a huge threat on the only team capable of denying Jose Mourinho's men the title

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ANALYSIS: Goal's Australian and Korean editions compare notes ahead of the eagerly anticipated regional decider, as a crunch game looms in Sydney

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SPECIAL REPORT: With the deadline approaching for candidates to submit their applications, Goal takes a look at the six hopefuls for the most influential role in football