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Barcelona's Ansu Fati cleared to play for Spain after being granted passport

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16-year-old could have played for Guinea-Bissau or PortugalExpected to travel with Spain to Under-17 World Cup in BrazilThe Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has been cleared to play for the Spanish national team after he was granted a passport on Friday, with the Football Federation including him in their longlist of players to travel to the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil next month. Fati, who was born in Guinea-Bissau in October 2002 and emigrated to Spain at the age of six, became the second youngest footballer in history to play for Barcelona when he made his debut as a substitute in week two of the Liga season, aged 16 years and 298 days. He could also have applied for a Portuguese passport but opted for Spain. Related: 'A star is born': Ansu Fati announces himself and changes his worl...

Watford give us 11,158 reasons to believe bogey teams do exist | Barry Glendenning

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Every side has a team they just can’t beat – and the winless Hornets haven’t toppled City since Thatcher was PMIs there really such a thing as a football bogey team? Opponents whom fans of a particular club dread to see their team face because they seem inexplicably incapable of registering a win? Although it may be some time before the next Tyne-Wear derby, Newcastle supporters could be forgiven for being baffled by their side’s curious recent inability to beat Sunderland, their bitter rivals in the north-east. Newcastle are on a run of nine games without victory against a team that generally didn’t take much beating even before their ignominious slide into League One. Between April 2013 and October 2015, Sunderland beat Newcastle six times in as many games. Related: Watford look l

Dennis Praet: ‘I started at Leicester with somebody else’s boots’

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The midfielder on rejecting Arsenal as a teenager and how he chose to join Leicester after watching them on Sampdoria’s team busEverything was a bit last minute when Dennis Praet completed his £18m transfer from Sampdoria to Leicester City last month. The Belgium international did his homework on his new club on the Sampdoria team bus and when he turned up at Leicester to sign a week or so later it was without the tools of his trade.“It was a really close call because it was deadline day,” Praet says. “I arrived at the training ground but there were some small issues with the contract and I think it was only one hour before the deadline that everything was figured out, so I signed just in time. But I arrived here with the thought that if I sign, I could go back to get my stuff I nee

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka pays tribute to ‘legend’ Ljungberg after stealing show

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• Winger has been working with Ljungberg since age of 15• Saka says after shining at Frankfurt that he studies RonaldoThe Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka paid tribute to the influence of Freddie Ljungberg after producing a scintillating display in Thursday night’s 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.Saka, who turned 18 on 5 September, was virtually unplayable on only his second senior start, setting up goals for Joe Willock and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and bending in a sublime strike of his own. It was a triumphant night in particular for Arsenal’s academy, where their former player Ljungberg – these days an assistant to Unai Emery – coached Saka and the 20-year-old Willock. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka pays tribute to ‘legend’ Ljungberg

Premier League title is now Liverpool's to lose? Don't be daft

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Winning run must end at some point but Jürgen Klopp will want to put down a marker at Chelsea, where the Virgil van Dijk-Tammy Abraham battle is one to watchThe shock of the season seems to have arrived already, with suggestions that it is Liverpool’s title to lose following Manchester City’s unexpected collapse at Norwich. The shock being that anyone would be daft enough to make such a long-term prediction after five games. If the Premier League really is the toughest and most competitive in Europe, as everyone keeps saying, then it is clearly not going to be decided in September even if the present gap is five times larger than last season’s winning margin. Related: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk tells team not to panic after Napoli defeat Continue reading... Source: Football

Qatari goalkeeper's howler leads to goal after just 10 seconds – video

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Al-Shahania keeper Khalifa Al-Dosari misjudged a long ball to concede a goal inside the opening 10 seconds against Al Arabi in the Qatar Stars League. Mohammed Salah Al Neel capitalised on the mistake and scored twice to help Al Arabi to beat Al Shahania 2-1.Al Arabi lead the tournament with 10 points while Al-Shahania are rock bottom with zero Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Qatari goalkeeper's howler leads to goal after just 10 seconds – video

Tottenham refinance £637m stadium debt but purse strings will not loosen

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• ‘It will have no bearing on how we run the club,’ says Daniel Levy• Chairman defends his policy and says there is no quick fixDaniel Levy has insisted that he will continue to run Tottenham on the balanced and relatively frugal business plan that has characterised his 18-year chairmanship after he announced a refinancing of the club’s stadium loans.Spurs borrowed £637m from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC for the £1bn project and the money was due to be repaid by April 2022. But through US investors Levy has converted roughly £525m of the debt into a bond scheme, with staggered maturities of between 15 and 30 years. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Tottenham refinance £637m stadium debt but purse strings will not loosen

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