Friday, February 27, 2015

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After Fifa announced plans to hold the 2022 tournament in November and December in Qatar, Goal looks at the impact on players, clubs, competitions and continents

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THE DOSSIER: The Premier League leaders were hammered on New Year's Day, with the 21-year-old bagging two goals and two assists, and must adapt for the League Cup final

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Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino paid the price for fielding weakened sides on Thursday, but CL qualification is just as accessible via the Europa League

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The striker left the Etihad in 2009 after being stuck behind the likes of Jo, Benjani and Felipe Caicedo, and represents the last jewel to have emerged from the club's academy

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The Chelsea and Real Madrid managers have proved themselves capable of wielding great influence over matches from the sideline and will be able to make better use of their squads

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Mauricio Pochettino's two star men are named as part of our star-studded line-up, but the Blues dominate the selection, with seven players picked to Spurs' four...

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The Croatian will likely be treated as the villain after his penalty miss, but it was wastefulness from Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli that cost Brendan Rodgers' side

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The Argentine is left counting the cost of his decision to leave Harry Kane on the bench as Spurs bow out of Europe after a shocking error from the misfiring Roberto Soldado

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Spurs face Fiorentina in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday before Sunday's League Cup final against bitter rivals Chelsea at Wembley in a make-or-break run of games

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The striker put his side in control and has now scored four goals in his last two games – for Uruguay and Barcelona – against the England and Manchester City goalkeeper

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FUTURE ENGINEER OF EXCITEMENT: The 21-year-old Turkish playmaker, known for his remarkable free-kick taking, marked his UEFA Champions League knockout debut with a superb goal

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The Ligue 1 side offloaded stars last summer and looked ill-equipped for the Champions League but their dismantling of Arsenal was their best performance this season

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COMMENT: Diego Simeone's side were beaten at their own game in Germany and, deprived of several key players, face an uphill battle to make the Champions League's last eight

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The Gunners were beaten 3-1 by Arsene Wenger's former side Monaco, leaving them with the unenviable task of scoring three times without reply away from home next month

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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The Uruguayan netted twice against Joe Hart to match his Liga tally this season while Marco Reus continued his fine form at Europe's top table...

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The midfielder is ready to return from a three-month lay-off after an ankle injury and has hit the headlines off the pitch... it's make or break if he wants to meet his potential

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Pictures from Tuesday's Champions League action in which Barcelona and Juventus beat Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund 2-1, respectively, in the first leg of their last-16 ties

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COMMENT: They may have won 2-1, but the Bianconeri's away record in Europe - and Dortmund's suitability for the Champions League - leaves the Germans favourites to progress

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COMMENT: The Uruguay striker scored both goals in his best performance yet as Luis Enrique's side made light of a potentially problematic trip to Manchester City