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Atlanta United better organized than Inter Milan, Crystal Palace - Frank de Boer

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Frank De Boer says Atlanta United will strive to become the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League. Frank de Boer addresses his reasons for choosing Atlanta United, the squad he is inheriting and his hopes of continuing this season with last year's success. Frank de Boer has hailed the stability and structure of Atlanta United, something he says was missing during brief stints with Inter Milan and Crystal Palace. "The philosophy of the club, the structure of the club, the core values for me are very important issues," De Boer said at his unveiling. "Everything fit [for] me personally." De Boer becomes the second manager in Atlanta's brief history. He takes over for Tata Martino, who. after winning MLS Cup with the team last December, departed to take...
Jeff Carlisle

Stephen Constantine steps down as coach of Indian national team

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Stephen Constantine the head coach of India looks on prior to the AFC Asian Cup Group A match between India and Bahrain at Sharjah Stadium on January 14, 2019   Indian football coach Stephen Constantine stepped down from his job following India's defeat to Bahrain which knocked them out of the Asian Cup and brought a promising campaign to a crushing end. Constantine, who is in his second stint with India, said his four-year term with the Indians had ended with the Asian Cup and said, "I've been here for four years. My objective from day one was to qualify for the Asian cup and I've done that and we've broken a few records as we'd done that. I'm exceptionally...
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India player ratings - Jhingan 8/10, Halder 5/10 in loss to Bahrain

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India fell into the trap of playing for the draw that would have taken them through to the knockout stages, and in the end it cost them as captain on the night Pronay Halder gave away a penalty in the first minute of stoppage time. Jamal Rashed hammered it home to take Bahrain through. Positives The problem with playing for a draw, employing a low-block for ninety minutes, is that if the result doesn't go your way it's going to be hard to find any positives. India's defending, though, was top-notch...
Anirudh Menon

What's next for Huddersfield?

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Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson talk Huddersfield Town's decision to part with David Wagner, and wonder if anyone would be interested in managing the relegation-threatened club.

Huddersfield part ways with manager David Wagner with team in last place

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Cardiff and Huddersfield played out a tense goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium. Cardiff and Huddersfield played out a tense goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium. Cardiff and Huddersfield played out a tense goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium. Premier League Huddersfield Town said on Monday they had parted company with head coach David Wagner by mutual consent, with the club bottom of the Premier League. "The 47-year-old leaves Town after detailed discussions with the Board of Directors, with both parties agreeing this is the correct move for the future of the club," Huddersfield said on Twitter. Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle said in a statement: "Under David's management, we took this Club to the highest position it has held...
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Argentina club's new owner banned over links to Boca Juniors hooligan groups

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The newly elected president of Argentine club Almirante Brown has been barred from entering football stadiums to see his team due to his "recognised links" with hooligan groups, a Buenos Aires law enforcement agency said on Monday. Maximiliano Levy was elected as president of the third-tier club on Sunday but the agency set up to prevent violence at sporting events, known as APreViDe, immediately said it would ban him because of his links to a violent Boca Juniors' barra brava, or organised hooligan...
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Mexicans abroad: "Tecatito" Corona shines as the Europeo of the week

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Jesus Corona put on a show with two assists to help Porto to a win. The 2018-19 season could be a banner year for Mexican soccer as more El Tri players than ever before are playing their club soccer overseas. With several key figures playing week in and week out in a number of European leagues, keeping track of all the noteworthy stars can at times be daunting. In order to help keep tabs on those across the Atlantic, we've created a weekly award that will be given to the most outstanding player. Along with a few honorable mentions, here are the best performances...
Cesar Hernandez

Mourinho welcome in Spain amid Real Madrid links - La Liga president

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Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including another Messi milestone, David De Gea's big night, Coppa Italia action and more. The FC guys are incredulous that Isco keeps being left out as Real Madrid struggle to put together results under Santi Solari. Luka Modric opened the scoring, and Dani Ceballos' free kick in the 88th minute rescued all three points for Real Madrid as they defeat Real Betis 2-1. Alejandro Moreno explains why Santiago Solari needs Isco when Real Madrid visit Real Betis, despite a complicated relationship between two. La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he would welcome the return of Jose Mourinho to Spain's top flight amid reports that the Portuguese coach could take over at Real Madrid for a second time. Mourinho, who was sacked by Manchester United on Dec. 18, recently said it would be a "tremendous honour" to guide his former club again. "He is a great coach and I don't think it would be bad for La Liga," Tebas told Catalan radio station Rac 1. "From a spectacle standpoint, it would be good, although...
Adriana Garcia

Solskjaer shows he can be more than Man United's caretaker. PLUS: trouble ahead for Spurs, praise for Messi

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So it's now six wins out of six games for Manchester United under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And while the first five were eminently winnable, Tottenham away was meant to be the Norwegian's first real test. He passed, again, with flying colors. He didn't pass because United won -- although that too is important in the hunt for a top four spot -- but because, frankly, it could have been very different if not for David De Gea's string of saves. (Indeed, the xG shows that Tottenham...
Gabriele Marcotti

Wellington Phoenix release Australia international Mitch Nichols

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Sydney kept within touching distance with the teams at the top of the A-League as they held off Adelaide United. Perth Glory completed a stunning comeback from two goals down as a 86th minute penalty was enough to take all three points. James Troisi struck in the final 10 minutes to keep up the Victory's chase of A-League leaders Perth Glory. Melbourne City won their third consecutive game thanks to Ritchie De Laet's winner. A pigeon was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time as Melbourne City took on Brisbane Roar. Former Socceroos attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols has parted ways with the Wellington Phoenix, his fifth A-League club. The club said the 29-year-old leaves immediately after his contract was "mutually terminated." Nichols has struggled to make an impact since joining the Phoenix on a two-year deal in the offseason, seeking a fresh start after a turbulent period in Australia which included a four-game ban after he admitted to cocaine possession. While he was mostly been used off the bench in his...
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Chivas Guadalajara provides blueprint on how to defeat Cruz Azul

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Chivas proved that if you set deep and let Cruz Azul have the ball, you can stifle its creativity. Another wild weekend of the Liga MX 2019 Clausura is in the books. Here are five takes from the second round of matches: 1. Cardozo masterminds Chivas win over Cruz Azul It's becoming increasingly clear that Cruz Azul has a problem breaking down well-drilled and compact defenses and Saturday saw Chivas coach Jose Cardozo lay down a template of how to defeat Pedro Caixinha's side. Other teams will surely follow suit. Chivas sat back, let Cruz Azul have the ball (60 percent possession), remained patient...
Tom Marshall

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Late Bahrain penalty knocks India out

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  Bahrain beat India 1-0 with a late penalty and went through as India were knocked out after finishing fourth in the group. Here's how it happened. (Blog will appear below. Please wait a few seconds for the blog to load. Click here if it doesn't load): Asian Cup: Home | Scores, Stats, Table | India team page
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AFC Asian Cup 2019 LIVE: India battling to keep Bahrain out in second half

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  Follow live scores and match updates as India take on Bahrain in their final group game at the AFC Asian Cup, with an eye on a place in the round of 16. Background: -Sharjah the stage as India seek history -MVP Gurpreet gives India a shot at history -The making of the fittest Indian team in history -Scenarios: How India can qualify for round of 16 (Live blog will appear below. Please wait a few seconds for the blog to load. Click here if it doesn't load): Asian Cup: Home |...
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For Unai Emery and Arsenal, the honeymoon is most definitely over

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Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner work through the long list of reasons Arsenal wasn't able to get a win on the road against West Ham. Samir Nasri assisted on Declan Rice's winner as West Ham defeated Arsenal at home for the first time since November 2006. "We've got our Arsenal back." Funny how we are not hearing that chant too much these days. It was ringing round the Emirates in the early weeks of the season. But after the extra energy and fight in those days, a different kind of reality is crowding in. It's too early to say that the new regime of manager Unai Emery has run out of steam. But since that 22-game unbeaten run, Arsenal have lost four of their past eight matches in all competitions. Recent defensive displays, dare we say it, have...
Ian Darke

India pay heavy price for putting attacking instincts into deep freeze

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In the biggest match of their lives in the biggest international event they have been a part of in over eight years, India put their attacking instincts into deep freeze, hunkered down in their own half and paid a brutal price. If ever Bahrain, requiring nothing less than a win to progress, needed a sign that the enormity of the occasion had got the better of their opponents, it came a moment close to halftime. Captain Pronay Halder, who was having an inspired first half, released a pass from the...
Debayan Sen in Sharjah

Tottenham can't keep Pochettino if they don't back him in the transfer market

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As Mauricio Pochettino prepares his side to face Manchester United at Wembley, could he potentially be facing a team he may be managing next season? Gab Marcotti reveals all the factors at play when it comes to whether or not Tottenham's Christian Eriksen will make a move to Real Madrid. There is a commonly held misconception among Tottenham Hotspur supporters that Mauricio Pochettino would be foolish to walk away from the project he is four-and-a-half years into building. It is based on the view that, with a group of young, top-class talent preparing to move into a stunning new 61,000-seater stadium, the manager is on the verge of something big at Spurs and not even the lure of Manchester United or Real Madrid would be enough to tempt him away. Pochettino and Spurs could well be...
Mark Ogden
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