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Liverpool Dealt Major Blow In Their Pursuit Of Mario Götze

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 14: Mario Goetze of Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hannover 96 at Allianz Arena on May 14, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

Liverpool fans’ hopes of World Cup winner Mario Götze linking up with former boss Jürgen Klopp appear to have been dashed, by the player himself. The pair enjoyed a successful period together at Borussia Dortmund, with speculation rife that they would link up again at Liverpool. Speaking to Bild (as reported in World Soccer) Götze said: “I look forward to …

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Where Next For Zlatan Ibrahimović To Conquer?

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14: Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic greets supporters after winning the French L1 title at the end of the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Nantes on May 14, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France.

Swedish international and master of humility Zlatan Ibrahimović played his last game for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend, as the dominant champions beat Nantes 4-0 at the Parc des Princes. Ibrahimović had earlier that week announced his decision to depart the club after four years in typically understated manner… My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. …

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Carlo Ancelotti Reveals Why He Rejected Manchester United

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Head coach of Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti looks on during the Supercopa first leg match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti would have been the obvious choice to replace Sir Alex Ferguson when the Old Trafford boss decided to retire to 2013. The pair had met many times in European football and shared a mutual respect for each other and their achievements.  He had also won the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea, so he would go into …

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Liverpool Handed Double Boost In Their Pursuit Of Bayern’s Mario Götze

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Mario Goetze of Bayern Muenchen smiles during a training session at FC Bayern Muenchen training ground on May 12, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern )

Liverpool’s interest in signing Bayern Munich midfielder and German World Cup hero Mario Götze has been public knowledge for some time. Though manager Jürgen Klopp has not spoken publicly about his interest, it is widely believed that he is very keen to be reunited with a player he knows very well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund. Klopp is hoping to bring …

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Who Will Win Out In The Battle For The Premier League Top Four?

Premier League Top Four

Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the weekend threw the race for the Premier League’s top four wide open, and with just one week remaining, it is set to go right to the wire. Leicester and Tottenham are already guaranteed their place in next season’s competition (so too will Liverpool if they overcome Sevilla in the Europa League final …

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Opinion: Why Pep Guardiola Is Not As Good As He Thinks He Is

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The award for Best Dressed Man in the Allianz arena went, once again, to Pep Guardiola on Tuesday night. Apart from Second Best Team over two legs, there were no other prizes. The mercurial Spaniard has now failed to deliver a Champions League trophy in each of his three seasons in Munich. Big deal? Neither have many other managers, you …

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Manchester City Reportedly Agree To Pay €50m For La Liga Defender

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 20: Gerard Moreno of RCD Espanyol competes for the ball with Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Club during the La Lga match between Real CD Espanyol and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on March 20, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Shoring up the defence was always going to be one of Pep Guardiola’s first objectives as new Manchester City manager, and in typical Man City fashion they are looking to spend big to make it happen. Despite spending over £70million on central defenders Nicolás Otamendi and Eliaquim Managala in recent years, neither has been overly impressive, and the fact that …

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Atletico Madrid’s Recent Defensive Stats Are Astonishing

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Diego Pablo Simeone of Atletico de Madrid gives instructions during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Club Atletico de Madrid and SL Benfica at Vicente Calderon Stadium on September 30, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

It might not be pretty, but it’s definitely effective. Diego Simeone’s philosophy certainly gets the job done and with these stats, it’s not hard to see why. After slaying Catalan giants Barcelona, Atleti are now halfway to the final after a dogged 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. Saul Niguez scored a brilliant solo goal after just 11 minutes and what …

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Analysis: Advantage Atletico as Simeone Stops Pep’s Wingers

<> at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 17, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.

Pep Guardiola’s decision to field two out-and-out wingers failed to bear fruit against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. Cognisant of the compactness of Atletico, who defend narrowly with at least ten players behind the ball, the Bayern manager looked to the wings by asking Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman to hug their respective touchlines. Thomas Muller, normally fielded in a half-forward …

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Closing In On Borussia Dortmund Star

during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Borussion Dortmund at White Hart Lane on March 16, 2016 in London, England.

As predictable as night following day, Bayern Munich hoovering up top talent from the Bundesliga has become a regular occurrence. With Dortmund as their nearest challengers, it stands to reason that Bayern would try to recruit their players – and they tend to get them too. Having poached star players Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski from BVB in recent years, they …

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Transfer News Emanating From Germany Will Excite Manchester City Fans

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22: Coach Pep Guardiola of FC Bayern Munich attends a press conference, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match against Real Madrid CF, at Intercontinental Hotel on April 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Manchester City have secured the signature of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to German outlet Bild. The Germany international will reportedly sign a five-year-deal after a fee in the region of £23 million was agreed between the two clubs. He will join the Manchester club in the summer, alongside incoming boss Pep Guardiola. Gundogan played a key role in Jurgen …

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Guardiola And Man City Kept Apart In Champions League Semi-Final Draw

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18: David Silva of Manchester City FC beats Alvaro Arbeloa of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Following the fall to earth of the gods of Barcelona, this season’s Champions League has suddenly become wide open. The Catalan giants were the overwhelming favourites to become the first side to retain the European Cup for nearly three decades, but their exit at the hands of La Liga rivals Atlético Madrid means that the wait goes on. Atlético have …

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Manchester City Star To Leave At End Of The Season, Agent Confirms

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates as he scores the winning penalty to win the shoot out during the Capital One Cup Final match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Yaya Touré was expected to be one of the biggest casualties of new manager Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City renovation. The 32 year old Ivory Coast international has been one of the club’s star performers since his £24million arrival from Barcelona in 2010, but his repeated threats to leave the club for increasingly ridiculous reasons have made it hard for the Man …

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