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Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over racism

Bulgaria have been ordered by Uefa to play their next competitive home game behind closed doors after the racist chanting which marred the Euro 2020 qualifier with England Bulgaria have been ordered by Uefa to play their next competitive home game behind closed doors, with a further match suspended for two years after the racist […]

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Gareth Bale says he is very happy to be called the golfer at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has defended his passion for golf after being photographed playing while Real Madrid were at a pre-season tournament Gareth Bale has admitted he is more than happy to be nicknamed the golfer at Real Madrid, following a comment Thibaut Courtois made about him this year, and has defended his passion for the sport […]

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Transfer deadline day: Whatsapp messages, spinning plates and a ‘Catch-22’

(CNN)It’s the day the dollars are splashed, headlines are made nerves are frayed, and football fans flock to their club’s stadium to surround television reporters in the desperate bid to catch a glimpse of a new superstar signing. As the clock ticked down on Thursday the likes of Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Barcelona playmaker […]

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‘We’re crazy, that’s what makes us special,’ says Megan Rapinoe

(CNN)Outspoken off the pitch, but always delivering on it, this has been some World Cup tournament for US star Megan Rapinoe. READ: US Women’s team crowned world champion after 2-0 win over the Netherlands READ: Jill Ellis — The shy girl from England who became US Soccer’s record-breaking head coach The Golden Ball award is […]

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Megan Rapinoe: ‘I’m down with’ booing of FIFA boss

(CNN)In the aftermath of World Cup final victory, USWNT coach Jill Ellis, part of her face hidden by a white cap with a USA badge on the front, was alone on the podium facing a puzzled media. Her captain was not by her side, as is usually the custom in post-match press conferences. Follow @cnnsport […]

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Stina Blackstenius sends Sweden past Germany and into World Cup semi-final

Sweden came from behind to shock the two-time Womens World Cup champions 2-1 and set up a semi-final with the Netherlands Sweden will face Netherlands for a place in the World Cup final after a stunning victory over Germany in the blistering heat of Roazhon Park. Germany went in to the quarter-final as favourites, having […]

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Alleged Neymar rape: Lawyer launches impassioned defense of accuser

(CNN)The lawyer for the model Najila Trindade, who accused Brazilian footballer Neymar of rape and assault, defended his client in an interview with CNN, calling her a victim “who, until proven otherwise, has been raped.” He accused members of the press and the public of hostility as he carried Trindade to a police car after […]

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Do the US need to win the World Cup to secure their fight for equal pay?

The World Cup and an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation will coalesce into a summer of the highest stakes for the USWNT When the US womens national team takes the field in France in June, they will be fighting for their football lives on the worlds biggest stage. But off the […]

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Sadly, these England fans probably think they are doing their country proud

For the fans who brought poison to Porto, following England abroad seems to be more about occupation than celebration By the time Portos rush-hour commuters were bustling along the Avenida dos Aliados on Thursday morning the only evidence of pic.twitter.com/yTGnqAiB3d putting out a video telling them Dont Be That Idiot with Gareth Southgate urging supporters […]

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Women’s World Cup: The match that changed women’s football

(CNN)For a brief moment, it felt like time had stopped in the summer of 1999. She rips off her shirt, whips it around and over her head before falling to her knees. It is a fitting conclusion to the final Women’s World Cup of the 20th century and, in that moment, the United States Women’s […]

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