James scan shows calf swelling but no torn muscle for Colombia star

James Rodriguez has not torn a muscle but has swelling in his calf, the Federacion Colombiana de Futbol (FCF) has confirmed. The midfielder limped out of Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal…

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Ibrahimovic to face Juventus for MLS All-Stars

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headlines the MLS All-Stars announced for an August fixture against Serie A champions Juventus. Ibrahimovic has registered seven goals for LA Galaxy since cutting short his Manchester United stay to switch…

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Ben Youssef follows Rensenbrink, Caniggia into World Cup record books

Tunisia’s 2-1 victory over Panama in their last group game in Russia saw Fakhreddine Ben Youssef reach a landmark by scoring the 2,500th World Cup goal. Ben Youssef tapped in to cancel…

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Beckham wings in as Southgate challenges England to make history

David Beckham will be in the stands in Kaliningrad to watch an England side Gareth Southgate hopes will be remembered as fondly as the country’s former captain. England face Belgium…

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Envious depth can equip Croatia to emulate 1998 World Cup heroes

Let us run the names of some clubs by you: Hrvatski Dragovoljac, Dinamo Zagreb, VFL Bochum, Bastia, Hajduk Split, Varteks, Croatia Zagreb and Osijek. You might have heard of a few…

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Portugal dream just about alive as sleep-deprived Ronaldo flops

In the football supporters’ playbook for riling an opposing team, being unruly outside their hotel is the first thing to be taught and it can be effective – just ask…

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Mascherano plays down rumours of Sampaoli bust-up

Javier Mascherano insists there has been no bust-up between players and Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli ahead of their crunch World Cup match against Nigeria. The South Americans are on the…

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Germany survive in Sochi but questions remain

Immature and naive. That’s the best way to describe Germany’s performance. Germany may have avoided World Cup elimination at the hands of Sweden in Sochi on Saturday – a last-gasp…

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Nigeria hero Musa unsure on Leicester City future

Ahmed Musa would “love” a permanent return to CSKA Moscow, but will put off a decision on his Leicester City future until after the World Cup. Musa stole the show in…

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Croatia cut Messi off in Argentina thrashing – Modric

Luka Modric insisted Argentina’s dismal display in their 3-0 World Cup defeat to Croatia was down to his side’s game plan, and not Lionel Messi’s poor form. Messi cut a…

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Costa strike keeps 2018 World Cup waiting for first goalless draw

Diego Costa’s solitary strike in Spain’s win over Iran on Wednesday ensured the 2018 World Cup has not seen a 0-0 draw during the first 20 games. The last time this…

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Back on the map and earning letters from ladies, Tabarez embraces Uruguay’s heritage

Just a short amount of time in the presence of Oscar Tabarez would be enough to transform even a hardened cynic into a true believer in the enduring virtues of…

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