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Neymar scores stunner for Brazil as Ronaldo trains in Russia

Neymar scored on his return to the starting line-up in Brazil’s final World Cup warm-up on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo trained with European champions Portugal and Mohamed Salah touched down in Russia.

As the clock ticks down to Thursday's World Cup opener in Moscow between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, Neymar found the net for the second time in a week in a morale-boosting 3-0 win against Austria.

Neymar scores stunner for Brazil as Ronaldo trains in Russia
Neymar scores stunner for Brazil as Ronaldo trains in Russia

Neymar scores stunner for Brazil as Ronaldo trains in Russia

Neymar scored on his return to the starting line-up in Brazil’s final World Cup warm-up on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo trained with European champions Portugal and Mohamed Salah touched down in Russia.

Neymar set for start as Spain, France labour in warm-ups
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Neymar set for start as Spain, France labour in warm-ups

Neymar is set to make his first start since February in Brazil’s final World Cup warm-up on Sunday as he battles for full fitness after Cristiano Ronaldo touched down in Russia with European champions Portugal.
Mo Salah, the modern-day Egyptian god
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Mo Salah, the modern-day Egyptian god

It is impossible to miss the images of the ruler in military dictatorships across the African continent as they are splashed flamboyantly on billboards, banners, flags, and even in murals. 
Ghana’s Sarfo jailed in Sweden for raping girl
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Ghana’s Sarfo jailed in Sweden for raping girl

Ghanaian international Kingsley Sarfo was sentenced by a Swedish court Friday to two years and eight months in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl.
Lyon calls “fake news” on Fekir move to Liverpool
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Lyon calls “fake news” on Fekir move to Liverpool

French club Lyon denounced “fake news” Friday amid reports that captain Nabil Fekir’s signature for Liverpool in a £53 million ($71 million, 60 million euro) deal was imminent.
Juventus activate Costa’s 40 million euro purchase clause
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Juventus activate Costa’s 40 million euro purchase clause

Serie A champions Juventus confirmed on Thursday they have activated the 40 million euro ($47 million) purchase clause to make Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa’s move to Italy permanent.
Barcelona name Abidal as sports director
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Barcelona name Abidal as sports director

Former France full-back Eric Abidal was named sports director at his former club Barcelona on Thursday, the Spanish champions said in a statement.
Former Chelsea player Michael Essien released by Indonesian club
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Former Chelsea player Michael Essien released by Indonesian club

Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has been released from Persib Bandung, the Indonesian club said Thursday, the latest big foreign signing to be axed from the national league in the past two seasons.
Bafana slide down in Fifa rankings
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Bafana slide down in Fifa rankings

South Africa have moved down two places to number 74 in the latest Fifa World rankings.
Messi woos Griezmann, hopes Neymar stays in Paris
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Messi woos Griezmann, hopes Neymar stays in Paris

With Antoine Griezmann’s reported transfer to Barcelona inching closer, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi described the French striker as a “great player”, Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday.
European clubs demand discussions with Infantino
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European clubs demand discussions with Infantino

The European Clubs Association (ECA) on Wednesday demanded “open and transparent” discussions with FIFA president Gianni Infantino over his plans for new, or enlarged, global club and international competitions.
Abramovich, Conte uncertainty clouds Chelsea future
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Abramovich, Conte uncertainty clouds Chelsea future

With their Premier League rivals already strengthening for next season, Chelsea risk losing further ground as uncertainty swirls over the future of manager Antonio Conte and even owner Roman Abramovich.
Brazil’s Dani Alves undergoes knee surgery – PSG
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Brazil’s Dani Alves undergoes knee surgery – PSG

Brazilian defender Dani Alves went under the knife Tuesday for the injured knee that ruled him out of the World Cup, his club Paris Saint-Germain announced.
Arsenal’s Cazorla to try to revive career at Villarreal
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Arsenal’s Cazorla to try to revive career at Villarreal

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is leaving England to try to resurrect his career at his first club Villarreal after a serious Achilles tendon injury nearly ended his playing days.
Manchester United agree deal to sign Brazil midfielder Fred
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Manchester United agree deal to sign Brazil midfielder Fred

Manchester United announced on Tuesday they have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian international midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk as Jose Mourinho seeks the magic formula to topple Premier League Champions Manchester City.
Verdi accepts move to Ancelotti’s Napoli
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Verdi accepts move to Ancelotti’s Napoli

Bologna forward Simone Verdi has confirmed he has accepted a move to join Carlo Ancelotti’s Serie A runners-up Napoli next season.
Karius suffered concussion in Champions League final – doctors
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Karius suffered concussion in Champions League final – doctors

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a concussion shortly before the blunders which gifted Real Madrid their Champions League final crown last month, two Boston doctors who examined the shotstopper revealed on Monday.
Toure says Guardiola ‘has problem with African players’
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Toure says Guardiola ‘has problem with African players’

Midfielder Yaya Toure accused Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of having “problems with Africans” in an interview to be published on Tuesday by France Football magazine.
Rooney free to leave, confirms new Everton boss Silva
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Rooney free to leave, confirms new Everton boss Silva

New Everton manager Marco Silva made clear on Monday that it will be Wayne Rooney’s decision should he choose to leave his boyhood club for Major League Soccer side DC United.
Balotelli says captain’s armband would be signal against racism in Italy
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Balotelli says captain’s armband would be signal against racism in Italy

Italy striker Mario Balotelli said Sunday that giving him the captain’s armband would be a signal against racism in the country.
Barcelona extend Umtiti’s contract until 2023
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Barcelona extend Umtiti’s contract until 2023

France defender Samuel Umtiti has agreed to extend his contract with Barcelona for five more seasons, the club said on Sunday.
Neymar back with a bang as Brazil star sinks Croatia
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Neymar back with a bang as Brazil star sinks Croatia

Brazil star Neymar made a stunning return from injury with a superb goal in their 2-0 friendly victory over Croatia on Sunday.
Pochettino leads race to replace Zidane at Real Madrid
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Pochettino leads race to replace Zidane at Real Madrid

The race to succeed Zinedine Zidane is on following the Frenchman’s shock resignation from Real Madrid on Thursday, only days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.
AC Milan face Europa League ban – report
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AC Milan face Europa League ban – report

European football’s top financial investigators have recommended excluding Chinese-owned AC Milan from the Europa League next season for violating rules that limit spending, the New York Times reported on Friday.
Count me out of race to succeed Zidane, says Germany’s Loew
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Count me out of race to succeed Zidane, says Germany’s Loew

Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew on Friday ruled himself out of the running to take over at Real Madrid after reports he has been approached to replace Zinedine Zidane.
Real fan Nadal salutes ‘good, humble’ Zidane
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Real fan Nadal salutes ‘good, humble’ Zidane

Real Madrid fan Rafael Nadal said he was sorry that Zinedine Zidane had quit as coach of the European champions but hailed the Frenchman as a “good, humble person”.

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