Besieged Bale scores as Real Madrid rally for friendly win over Arsenal


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Washington (AFP) – Gareth Bale shrugged off uncertainty over his Real Madrid future Tuesday, his second-half goal helping the La Liga giants rally for a friendly win over Arsenal.

Madrid clawed back from two goals down to finish full time at 2-2, and prevailed 3-2 in the penalty shootout dictated by the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament format.

Welsh star Bale didn’t play in Madrid’s 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in Houston on Saturday, manager Zinadine Zidane saying Monday he declined to dress for the match as the club pursued options for off-loading him.

Zidane said at the weekend he thought it would be “best for everyone” if Bale’s departure could be arranged quickly — comments Bale’s agent branded “disrespectful” of a player who helped the side to a Spanish league title and four Champions Leagues since arriving from Tottenham six years ago.

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Where to find Liverpool vs. Sporting CP friendly on US TV


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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Sporting CP in the friendly from Yankee Stadium, you’ve come to the right place.

Match: Liverpool vs. Sporting CP
Kickoff: Wednesday, 8pm ET
Looking to watch Liverpool vs. Sporting CP online from work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action.

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Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television and via legal streaming:

Who: Liverpool vs. Sporting CP
What: Club friendly
When: Game kicks off at 8pm ET / 5pm PT; Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Where: Live on TNT, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu Live and B/R Live

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Where to find Juventus vs. Inter Milan friendly on US TV


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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Juventus vs. Inter Milan in the US, we have all of the details for you about the International Champions Cup match.

The match will be shown live on US streaming.

League: International Champions Cup
Genre: Sports
Looking to watch International Champions Cup matches online from your office, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action.

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Here are all of the details of where you can watch it via legal streaming:

Who: Juventus vs. Inter Milan
What: International Champions Cup
When: Game kicks off at 7:30am ET / 4:30am PT; Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Where: Live on ESPN+

With ESPN+, you can watch Juventus vs. Inter Milan and tons more International Champions Cup games. With the legal streaming service, you can watch the

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Real Madrid 2-2 Arsenal (aet; Real Madrid win 3-2 on pens): International Champions Cup – as it happened


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Mason Greenwood to start, Predicted Manchester United lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Tottenham


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Manchester United will be eyeing a fourth straight pre-season victory when they tackle Tottenham Hotspur at the Hongkou Football Stadium in China on Wednesday. The Red Devils have witnessed a perfect run of results in their pre-season tour of Australia and… Continue Reading

‘I’m not strong enough to come out’: Twitter ‘gay footballer’ deletes account


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• @FootballerGay had intended to reveal identity on Wednesday
• ‘I thought I was stronger. I was wrong,’ writes anonymous playerA Twitter user who claimed to be an anonymous Championship footballer intending to come out as gay has appeared to reverse his decision after admitting he is “not strong enough to do this”.

Having previously declared his intention to hold a press conference on Wednesday where he would reveal his identity after a series of tweets that had detailed his experiences, the user @FootballerGay posted two messages on Tuesday evening before deleting the account which had amassed more than 50,000 followers.

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All Mix’ed Up


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I’ll have the Clipboard center back charts up in a bit, but first let’s take a quick trip to South Korea, where All-Star Game line-up pick Mix Diskerud keyed a big weekend win by title chasers Ulsan Hyundai. He buried the equalizer on 65 minutes, and not too long after that provided a nifty assist on the winner.

Why does Ulsan Hyundai have a chance to win the K-League? Because of K-League

All Mix’ed Up


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I’ll have the Clipboard center back charts up in a bit, but first let’s take a quick trip to South Korea, where All-Star Game line-up pick Mix Diskerud keyed a big weekend win by title chasers Ulsan Hyundai. He buried the equalizer on 65 minutes, and not too long after that provided a nifty assist on the winner.

Why does Ulsan Hyundai have a chance to win the K-League? Because of K-League

Joelinton joins storied list of Newcastle’s No9s – in pictures


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The new £40m signing will wear a number made famous by Newcastle legends – and others who shone all too briefly in black and white

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PSV scrape past Basel with two late goals


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Paris (AFP) – PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen struck in injury time to earn the former European Cup winners a last gasp 3-2 win over Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League second qualifying round first leg.

Basel were on their way to an important away win after goals from Albian Ajeti and Alderete Fernandez.

PSV’s new Portuguese winger Bruma had given the Dutch giants a 14th minute lead but with a minute of normal time remaining it looked to be Basel’s night.

But then late substitute Sam Lammers put them back in business with an 89th minute equaliser before Malen grabbed an unlikely decider in the second minute of injury time.

In other ties Tuesday Dinamo Zagreb put one foot in the next round with a 2-0 win at Georgians Saburtalo and Copenhagen beat Welsh outfit The New Saints by the same margin.

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Lacazette and Willock start, Predicted Arsenal lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Real Madrid


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Arsenal boss Unai Emery is likely to field his strongest possible lineup when the Gunners face Real Madrid in tonight’s International Champions Cup game at the FedEx field. The Spanish tactician has heavily rotated his squad during three pre-season games in the United States and the Gunners have excelled in each of those with relatively […]

After Atletico, Filipe Luis joins Brazil’s Flamengo


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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil Copa America winner Filipe Luis has joined Flamengo as a free agent after four seasons with Atletico Madrid, the Rio de Janeiro club announced Tuesday. 

The veteran 33-year-old left-back has signed a two-year deal until 2021.

His Copa America campaign ended prematurely with injury in the quarter-final against Paraguay.

Luis began his career at Brazilian club Figueirense before moving to Europe, ending up in Spain with Deportivo La coruna in 2008.

He joined Atletico in 2010 where he spent a total of eight years, interrupted by a season with Chelsea. 

Luis helped Atletico win the 2014 La liga title, the Europa League in 2012 and 2018 and the 2013 Copa del Rey. He won the 2015 Premier League  with Chelsea and that season’s League Cup.

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Newcastle sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim for club record fee


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Berlin (AFP) – Newcastle United have signed Brazilian forward Joelinton from Hoffenheim, the Premier League club said Tuesday in what is the biggest transfer fee in their history.

The 22-year-old will wear Newcastle’s number nine shirt — made famous by Alan Shearer among others — after agreeing to a six-year deal reported to be worth up to 45 million euros. 

Joelinton Cassio Apolinario de Lira started his football career at Brazil’s Sport Recife, before joining Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. 

He played on loan for Austria’s Rapid Vienna for two seasons before returning to Hoffenheim, where he scored seven goals in 26 games last season in the Bundesliga, as well as notching three goals in the German Cup.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Joelinton said in a Newcastle statement on Tuesday.

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The Champions League asks too much


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By J Hutcherson (Jul 23, 2019) US Soccer Players – There’s an old truism about the Champions League. For most teams, it only really counts if you make the group stage. For the elite, it’s making the knockout round. Whenever a team tries to stretch that to the Europa League, it falls flat. UEFA downgraded their secondary competition too many times. The only thing that counts at that level is winning if you don’t already have a Champions League spot secured for next season.

UEFA couldn’t stay out of its own way at Champions League level either. That continual threat of a super league breakaway led to the current situation. There are too many guaranteed places for Europe’s major leagues in the group stage. That means too many qualifiers of questionable value in a system where that was already a problem.

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Neymar will go to China with PSG despite tensions


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Paris (AFP) – Neymar will travel on an upcoming tour of China with Paris-Saint Germain, the club said Tuesday, as the troubled Brazilian superstar’s future remains up in the air amid mounting signs he is unhappy at the French champions.

The 27-year-old, who has been repeatedly linked to a move to Barcelona, failed to show up to PSG’s pre-season training on July 8, with his camp maintaining he had a prior agreement to stay away. 

The club threatened to take “appropriate action” against the world’s most expensive player, who said he had stayed in Brazil to attend a charity five-a-side football tournament run by his foundation.

Neymar, who joined PSG in 2017 for 222 million euros ($264 million at the time), rejoined the team a week later on July 15. 

He also didn’t help the strained relationship by controversially saying that his best football memory was beating PSG

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After Atletico, Filipe Luis signs with Brazil’s Flamengo


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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian footballer Filipe Luis, free of any contract after four straight seasons with Atletico Madrid, has agreed to play for Brazil’s Flamengo until 2021, the Rio de Janeiro club said Tuesday. 

A member of the Brazilian team that won this year’s Copa America, Luis was forced out of the South American tournament during the quarter-final against Paraguay.

Luis, 33, who confirmed his latest move on social media, started his playing career at Brazilian club Figueirense before going abroad to play for Deportivo de La Coruna in Spain.

He joined Atletico Madrid in 2010 where he spent a total of eight years, interrupted by a season with Chelsea. 

Luis, a left-back, helped Atletico lift the cup in the Liga (2014), Europa League (2012, 2018) and Copa del Rey in 2013. 

Currently third in the Brazilian competition, Flamengo now boasts two defensive players with

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Newcastle United sign Hoffenheim forward Joelinton for club-record fee


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Callum Hudson-Odoi set to agree new £100,000-a-week Chelsea contract


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• Teenager commits future with five-year deal
• Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1 in JapanCallum Hudson-Odoi is set to sign a new five-year contract at Chelsea, curtailing Bayern Munich’s protracted pursuit of his services, and will join Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount in committing his long-term future to the London club.

The teenager, who earned his first international caps in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad earlier this year, had been keen on a move to the Bundesliga club in January having grown frustrated at a perceived lack of opportunities under Maurizio Sarri.

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Fabian Delph enjoying new challenge and increased intensity at Everton


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The Fiver | Posing for selfies with fixed grins across their faces like the best of them


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The concept of the pre-season tournament, held in more exotic climes, is not a new one. Back in 1960, new league champions Burnley jumped on a cruise liner and headed across the briny to the USA! USA!! USA!!! Upon arriving, they decided their Brooklyn hotel wasn’t up to standard, and that their dinner of boiled chicken and mashed spuds tasted like muck. They walked out, forcing the organisers of the International Soccer League they’d agreed to play in to find an acceptably swish Manhattan pad quicksmart. Then chairman Bob Lord took umbrage at the brevity of a photoshoot with the mayor of NYC, and complained at the quality of a china vase they’d been presented with as a gift. Finally manager Harry Potts responded to defeat by Kilmarnock with a poetic tirade at the ref, one that earned Continue reading “The Fiver | Posing for selfies with fixed grins across their faces like the best of them”