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France’s Ligue 2: All The Permutations Ahead Of The Tightest Title Run-In In Europe

Blayac Jeremy celebrates his score 2-0 goal during Racing Strasbourg v Le Havre - Ligue2 match in Strasbourg, France, on 28 April 2017. (Photo by Elyxandro Cegarra/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What. A. Run-in. The Premier League is so often touted as ‘the best league in the world’ or ‘the most exciting league in the world’, thanks to Sky Sports’ saturation of football on these isles. While it is fantastic, due to its unpredictability and for the anyone-can-beat-anyone-on-a-given-day factor, the past three seasons or so have been damp squibs in terms of …

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A Football XI For Each Continent: South America & Europe

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 03: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid CF controls the ball next to Andres Iniesta (L) of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou stadium on December 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

With UEFA’s Team of the Year just announced, we look at what the lineups of a continental championship may look like. In part one of this series we looked at XIs made up of players from North America, Asia/Australia and Africa. Now we turn our attentions to South America and Europe. Many ’80s and ’90s kids may remember the all-continental XIs …

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Arsenal’s Midweek Comeback Broke Yet Another Champions League Record

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his thirs and his team's sixth goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Arsenal FC and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

On a cold Tuesday night in Bulgaria, Mesut Ozil produced a golazo that broke yet another Champions League record for Arsenal. In what proved to be an enthralling encounter, Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down after only 15 minutes against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets. However, first-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud that followed put the sides level, before Ozil’s individual effort late on …

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Chelsea Line Up Four More Acquisitions [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: The new Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte talks to the media during a press conference at Stamford Bridge on July 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Antonio Conte and Chelsea have enjoyed a successful transfer window this summer. While Manchester United have grabbed most of the headlines, for understandable reasons, Chelsea have quietly gone about bolstering their squad for the season ahead. Belgian international Michy Batshuayi will be a more than able understudy to Diego Costa, something Chelsea badly missed last season. In addition to this, acquiring …

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FIFA World Rankings Review: Wales, England, Northern Ireland & Rep Of Ireland

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: (L to R) Neil Taylor, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter, Jonathan Williams and Gareth Bale of Wales celebrate their win after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Wales and Northern Ireland at Parc des Princes on June 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The FIFA world rankings were announced today, taking into consideration Euro 2016 and the Copa America Centenary finals. With three of the home nations and the Republic of Ireland taking part in this year’s championships, Pundit Arena looks at how they fared, particularly compared to the July 2012 (post-Euro 2012) rankings. Considering how much has changed in these teams, it …

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The New FIFA World Rankings Make For Interesting Reading

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Iceland players celebrate their team's 2-1 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The first FIFA world rankings since Euro 2016 and the Copa America have been released and they make for some interesting reading. After an astonishing final win over France, Portugal have moved from eight in the rankings up to sixth while France themselves have jumped all the way from 17th to seventh. Surprisingly Belgium still remain as Europe’s highest ranked team in second place …

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Opinion: Shift In The Culture Of Portuguese Football Led Them To Their Greatest Victory

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal scored by Eder (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The comparisons between Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory and their most painful defeat at Euro 2004, at the hands of Greece, are irresistible, poetic even. The unfancied underdog puts in a display of grit and determination to defeat the tournament hosts, an opposition with arguably superior technical quality and skill. Except this time, victory was to be Portugal’s. But it is …

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Real Madrid Switch Transfer Focus From Pogba To His France Teammate

N'Golo Kante

Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and will instead look to sign his international teammate N’Golo Kante from Leicester City this summer, according to ABC (via 90min.com) The midfielder arrived at Leicester City shortly after the appointment of Claudio Ranieri last summer, in a remarkable £5.6 million deal from Caen. Frenchman Kante earned widespread praise for …

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Manchester United Want To Sign Both Pogba And His International Teammate [Report]

Manchester United

Manchester United are widely expected to accelerate their interest in France midfielder Paul Pogba once Euro 2016 comes to a close this evening. However, despite readying the reported £100 million it will cost to get Pogba back, ESPN report that United and Jose Mourinho are not finished upgrading their midfield, with PSG man Blaise Matuidi also on the shopping list regardless of whether …

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Antonie Griezmann Explains His Euro 2016 Goal Celebrations

Euro 2016

France booked their place in the Euro 2016 final on Thursday night with a convincing 2-0 win over Germany and among those who shined was Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. The 25-year-old put two past Germany’s Manuel Neuer on the night, first from the penalty spot following a handball by Bastian Schweinsteiger and then a second following some magic from Manchester United target Paul …

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Audio: Coshcast – Italy Tiptoe Out Of The Euros

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JULY 02: Italy players dejected at the end of the UEFA Euro 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade Matmut Atlantique on July 2, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Welcome to Episode 47! Under The Cosh Blog is delighted to announce the signing of this week’s Coshcast on a 50-minute deal. Coming up we’ve got Euro 2016 analysis as Italy’s hopes of a semi-final place go Zaza zoom, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes stoke delirium in the Welsh and a profligate Portugal profit from poor Polish penalties. Elsewhere there’s Pep …

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Jamie Carragher Backs A German Manager For The Vacant England Role

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Jamie Carragher of England looks on during the International U17 Friendly match between England U17 and Germany U17 at the New York Stadium on November 20, 2015 in Rotherham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher has backed Jurgen Klinsmann, current boss of the US football team, to be the next England boss. Following a disastrous exit from the European Championships on Sunday at the hands of international minnows Iceland, England boss Roy Hodgson promptly resigned. Now, as England look to pick up the pieces and move on from their embarrassing 2-1 defeat, the …

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England: Where Did It All Go Wrong This Time, Roy?

Hodgson

And so, as sure as night follows day, an FA inquest follows England’s early departure from a major tournament. England’s defeat at the hands of Iceland (yes, Iceland), is a low point in a series of lows. A top heavy FA will now decide where we go next. They may already have a man in mind but the customary inquest …

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Don’t Blame Foreigners – England’s Problems Are English

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney (2nd R) of England walk to his team mates to console after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney (2nd R) of England walk to his team mates to console after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Even before Damir Skomina blew the full-time whistle, the jokes had begun. “Only England could manage to leave Europe twice in one week,” was the gag of choice on Monday night.  By now it’s tired. In many ways however, the frustration of Brexit has mirrored that of ‘Björkxit’. Ricky Gervais was perhaps the most succinct in his summary of the …

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