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Peru world cup

How Peru qualified for first World Cup in 36 years

Thursday was declared a public holiday in Peru. That goes a long way to attest the extent which the South American nation hugely craved for their first World Cup in almost four decades. Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the inter-continental play-off helped achieve that. We take a look at La Blanquirroja remarkable journey to Russia. […]

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2018 FIFA World Cup: Where it all went wrong for Italy

For the first time in almost six decades, the Italian flag won’t be flown at the FIFA World Cup. Four-time champions, Italy, failed in their bid to qualify for Russia following a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden. The Azzurri couldn’t overturn a one-goal deficit on Monday night at the San Siro in Milan. We take a […]

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Leo Bonatini

Leo Bonatini: Unknown Brazilian lighting up the Championship

When you think of Brazilians in English football, Premier League trio Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Willian immediately come to mind. But just a level below, in the Championship, lies another. Leo Bonatini quietly lighting up the English second tier. Wolverhampton Wanderers took a huge gamble bringing in Bonatini on a season-long loan deal from Saudi […]

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Real Madrid: What’s happening to Ronaldo and Benzema?

Just six months after Cristiano Ronaldo racked up 25 league goals to propel Real Madrid to the Liga title, the Portuguese hitman seems to have lost his goalscoring touch all of a sudden. While the champions eased to a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas on Sunday, the fact that neither Ronaldo nor Karim Benzema found […]

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Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo got Wolverhampton Wanderers roaring again

Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be enjoying a dramatic upturn in fortune this season under Nuno Espirito Santo. From narrowly surviving relegation the previous campaign, they currently sit atop of the Championship standings after 16 games. A lot has changed at the Molineux in the past 16 months. Steve Morgan is no longer their Chairman; having […]

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Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo: The midfield maestro everyone loved

Italian legend, Andrea Pirlo, Monday, drew the curtain on a glittering career. The archetypal deep-lying playmaker and dead-ball maestro made his decision known at the end of New York City’s league campaign. “You know when the time has come,” the 38-year-old said. “Every day you have physical problems and you can’t train as you would […]

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The stats which summarises Real Madrid shock loss to Tottenham

Real Madrid was a complete mess on Wednesday against Tottenham Hotspur. In one of the most shocking nights in European football, the Champions League holders succumbed to a humiliating 3-1 defeat at the hands of Spurs. It wasn’t just about the scoreline, Los Blancos simply didn’t turn up at Wembley. Their defending was pathetic; attack […]

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Premier League outcasts lighting up France

Almost every footballer’s dream is to play in the Premier League. For some, however, that dream turned nightmare immediately they stepped foot in the country. Unsuited to the rigorous demands of English football, these players looked elsewhere in search of greener pastures. It now seems as though the French Ligue 1 is becoming the best […]

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Three key secrets responsible for Valencia revolution

After several years of obscurity, financial misdeeds, fans unrest and flattery to deceive, the good times appear to be finally returning to Valencia. We delve deeper into the secrets behind Los Che’s swift revolution. For the first time since 2003, Valencia is unbeaten after nine league games. Los Che has been remarkable thus far, racking up six unbelievable victories with […]

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Paulinho: From Spurs reject to hero in Barcelona

So many questions were raised before and after Barcelona completed the signing of Paulinho in the summer. However, the Brazilian seems to be answering his critics with assured performances for the Catalans so far. Two years ago, many Tottenham Hotspur fans would probably have chuckled at suggestions that Paulinho will one day play for Barca. […]

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