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José Mourinho hits out at ‘envious’ pundits over Paul Pogba criticism

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• Manchester United manager says Pogba deserves respect• ‘I am scared about the level of envy coming in,’ Mourinho saysJosé Mourinho has sprung to the defence of Paul Pogba after the midfielder was criticised for an anonymous performance in Manchester United’s FA Cup defeat at Chelsea. The contribution of the world’s most expensive players was also compared unfavourably with that of Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté, a relative snip at £32m, but Mourinho claimed pundits were simply envious of the money modern players are earning.“I feel that the world is losing values and I am scared about the level of envy coming in,” the United manager said. “It is not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money some players did in the past. It is not his fault that some pundits are in real trouble with the

Khalida Popal, Afghanistan football pioneer: ‘If the haters couldn’t stop me, Trump can’t’

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She was the face of women’s football in Afghanistan but had to flee because of death threats. Now Popal is living in Denmark, defying the US president and helping women gain confidence through sportKhalida Popal has paid a high price for becoming the face of the Afghanistan women’s football team. “Sometimes I still have nightmares,” she says quietly. “Those men are standing and looking at me and laughing or there is the fear that they will rape me.”It is six years since Khalida had to leave her family and her homeland, terrified for her life and personal safety, after pioneering women’s football in a country that has been described as one of the most dangerous places to be female. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Khalida Popal, Afghanistan football pionee

Manchester United to face City in US tournament of six European giants

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• Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Tottenham also expected to take part• Sir Alex Ferguson set to announce International Champions Cup plansManchester United are set to face Manchester City in San Diego in pre-season as part of the International Champions Cup, with Sir Alex Ferguson expected to announce the tournament in New York early next week.The US edition of the ICC is set to be a six-club competition as United and City are proposed to be joined by a third English side, Tottenham Hotspur, along with Spain’s Real Madrid and Barcelona, plus Juventus of Italy. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Manchester United to face City in US tournament of six European giants

The radical, contrary Chinese football fans who support Japanese opponents

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Chinese fans are expected to be patriotic when their clubs face Japanese opposition but a Shanghai Shenhua fangroup has defied that conventionBy Cameron Wilson for Wild East Football, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkJapanese club Urawa Reds face Shanghai SIPG today in an Asian Champions League tie that brings together two groups of fans who have a remarkable attitude to Sino-Japanese relations. Hostility and bitterness towards Japan remains common in China many decades after the horrors of Japanese occupation in the second world war, with nationalistic sentiments against “little Japan” easy to find in the country.Films about the war of resistance against Japan are shown almost every evening on Chinese TV. News stations never miss an opportunity to castigate Japanese politicians fo

Juventus want to avoid Leicester in Champions League quarter-finals, says Buffon

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• Gianluigi Buffon on Leicester: ‘You have everything to lose against them’• Juve advanced to last eight after 3-0 aggregate win over PortoThe Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is worried about the possibility of the Italian giants being drawn to play Leicester in the Champions League quarter-finals.Both clubs reached the last eight on Tuesday night, with Buffon’s Serie A-leading Bianconeri moving past Porto 3-0 on aggregate, while Leicester mounted a second-leg comeback to edge out Sevilla 3-2. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Juventus want to avoid Leicester in Champions League quarter-finals, says Buffon

Monaco out to restore French football’s pride against Manchester City

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The humbling of France’s leading club, PSG, and its leading manager, Arsène Wenger, last week have led to much criticism of French football but Monaco have recovered from first-leg deficits beforeFirst Monaco conceded four goals in 24 minutes at Manchester City to fall from a position of dominance to a heavy defeat; then Bayern Munich put Arsenal over their knee and gave Arsène Wenger’s seemingly incorrigible offspring a merciless spanking; then Paris Saint-Germain managed to lower the tone even further by suffering a historic debagging in Barcelona. All in all it has been an embarrassing few weeks for French football.Even if the Monaco manager, Leonardo Jardim, has advised his young team to act instead like one of the Three Wise Monkeys and cover their ears so that they hear no evi

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