Friday, January 30, 2015

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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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COMMENT: Money-spinning friendlies in the Middle East help develop supporter bases and keep the sponsors happy, but they can derail a club’s season on the pitch

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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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So, here we are again. Dreams up in smoke. Aspirations burnt to ashes and the fiery Bafana Bafana passion that was regained, is now dampened

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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

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ANALYSIS: Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa have been in inspired form for Jose Mourinho's side, although Manuel Pellegrini will surely have been expecting more bang for his buck

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The man who awarded Geoff Hurst's World Cup final goal in 1966 has never been forgotten by England and Germany - but in Azerbaijan, he is a national hero

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Goal took in the action at the Estadio El Teniente, where Mark Gonzalez led the Roja to a come-from-behind win against an Eagles side experimenting with a three-man defence

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COMMENT: Gabi and Mario Suarez were sent off, while Arda Turan faces a ban for throwing a boot at the assistant referee in what was anything but a magnanimous loss

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COMMENT: The playmaker came up trumps again for Mauricio Pochettino's side as his two goals helped drag Spurs over the line to book a League Cup final date with Chelsea

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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A brace from Neymar and an own goal from Miranda proved to be enough for the Blaugrana, after an intense first half, with the home side ending proceedings with merely nine men

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Christian Eriksen's late goal sent Mauricio Pochettino's men through to the final of the League Cup after they survived an almighty scare against the Blades at Bramall Lane

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Goal took in the action at Estadio de Mongomo, where les Aigles were unable to turn their dominance into a spot in the last eight, as both teams now suffer the drawing of lots