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England vs Croatia match preview: The selection dilemmas in winner takes all encounter

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England vs Croatia match preview: The selection dilemmas in winner takes all encounter It’s fair to say that the UEFA Nations League has been a hit in its first year, throwing up a fair few shocks and some hard-fought encounters to legitimise its competitiveness. Many felt that the matches would be little more than glorified friendlies, particularly among Europe’s elite, b...

Netherlands future shines bright after dominating last two World Champions

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Netherlands future shines bright after dominating last two World Champions It’s been a torrid few years for the Netherlands as far as their national football team is concerned, failing to bridge a generational gap of top class stars. That is, it seems, until now after the Orange conquered World Cup winners France last night having thumped the 2014 champions Germany i...

The decisive Nations League matches to keep an eye on this weekend

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The decisive Nations League matches to keep an eye on this weekend If there were any still questioning the implementation of the UEFA Nations League and whether it would serve up anything other than glorified friendlies, the final countdown to the competition should have allayed any such fears. With a number of mouth-watering and decisive matches to look forward to...

The young stars thriving in Europe's top 5 leagues

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The young stars thriving in Europe's top 5 leagues With the onus on youngsters, there are number of players aged 21 and under in Europe’s top five leagues this season impressing. Here, using our unique rating system, we run through the best U21 team of the season so far.Paul Bernardoni - Nimes (6.94 rating)Nimes have made a solid start to the ...

The crazy stat that'll leave West Ham fans pining for Payet

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The crazy stat that'll leave West Ham fans pining for Payet West Ham’s relationship with Dimitri Payet was short yet sweet. The Frenchman left for Marseille under a cloud, but he was wonderful to watch for 18 months. Indeed, between the time he joined the Hammers and then returned to the French side, only Mesut Ozil (197) made more key passes than Paye...

Best XI: The top potential international debutants to watch this week

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Best XI: The top potential international debutants to watch this week With a number of players hoping to make their international debuts over the next week, we’ve picked out an XI of those worth keeping an eye on as they aim to make an immediate impression of their national team coaches.Edouard Mendy (Senegal)Having pledged his international allegiance to Senega...

What are Top 200 and squad players on Football INDEX?

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What are Top 200 and squad players on Football INDEX? Football INDEX is the world’s first football stock market where you can buy and sell shares in footballers with real money. Football INDEX offers fans a chance to bet on the future success of football players compared to the short-lived outcome of betting on football results. There are differe...

Premier League round-up: Brighton defender excels despite Cardiff loss

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Premier League round-up: Brighton defender excels despite Cardiff loss As Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City each avoided defeat on Sunday, it means that, for the first time in top-flight history, there are three unbeaten teams after 12 matches to start the season. Liverpool and City secured three points at the expense of Fulham and Manchester United, respectively,...

La Liga round-up: Messi leads the top performers despite Barcelona loss

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La Liga round-up: Messi leads the top performers despite Barcelona loss Barcelona fell to a surprise 4-3 home defeat at the hands of Real Betis at the weekend as they shipped four league goals at Camp Nou for the first time since 2003. Real Betis, meanwhile, had scored just one away goal this season prior to their trip to Barcelona in what was a hugely impressive victor...

Man City and PSG continue to trade places atop team form rankings

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Man City and PSG continue to trade places atop team form rankings After a big weekend of fixtures across Europe we assess the latest team form rankings as Paris Saint Germain displace Manchester City from the number one spot as the two continue to lead the way.The Ligue 1 leaders heaped more misery onto Thierry Henry’s Monaco with a 4-0 win at the weekend, s...

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