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2018 World Cup Group B: Portugal's nightmare drawing neighbours Spain

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2018 World Cup Group B: Portugal's nightmare drawing neighbours Spain   European Champions Portugal will be aiming to claim the concurrent World title but will have to face the last side to achieve that feat in neighbours Spain in Group B. With that in mind it was a nightmare draw for both Iran and Morocco, with the former the lowest ranked side from pot 3 and t...

Team Focus: Spain Must Maintain Newfound Vigour at Euro 2016

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Team Focus: Spain Must Maintain Newfound Vigour at Euro 2016   It was quite a claim - and quite a concern - for a Spanish side that have gone through something of an identity crisis of late. It was also an indication of the crossroads the defending European champions are at.    “To choose just 23 players for Euro 2016 will be a problem,&...

Player Focus: James Rodriguez and Isco Do Battle for Final Madrid Midfield Berth

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Player Focus: James Rodriguez and Isco Do Battle for Final Madrid Midfield Berth Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is a happy man ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Atletico Madrid. For the first time all season Ancelotti has a fully fit galactico-rich squad to choose from. At various times this season injuries to key players including Gareth B...

Player Focus: Industrious Isco Impressing in Interior Role for Real

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Player Focus: Industrious Isco Impressing in Interior Role for Real   Those familiar with Isco prior to his €30m move to Real Madrid in the summer will in some part, barely recognise the figure he has become in the Spanish capital. But this by no means a negative observation.   There are forces at work within the Bernabéu attempting to turn Is...

Player Focus: WhoScored's Top Rated Under-21 XI

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Player Focus: WhoScored's Top Rated Under-21 XI International breaks are a time for reflection, as well as moaning that there is no domestic action to look forward to. The tables are taking shape across Europe's top 5 leagues and in turn those playing have had sufficient time to impress their respective national coaches.With a World Cup year app...

Player Focus: Why Isco is Set for Greatness at Real Madrid

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Player Focus: Why Isco is Set for Greatness at Real Madrid   It’s no surprise that at 21-year old Isco finds himself at one of the best clubs in the world. His career trajectory thus far has been rapid and at Real Madrid, any ceiling that may stop him has been removed. A startling performance last season against Zenit St Petersburg in his first ...

Team Focus: Spain's Brilliant U21 Champions

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Team Focus: Spain's Brilliant U21 Champions   Yet another dominant Spanish side, and yet another success. The Euro Under-21 Championships may not have the glamour the senior competition demands, but make no mistake, this is another vital Spanish triumph on their way to keeping on top. In fact, there was something very special about this...

Player Focus: Impressive Players at the Euro U21 Championships

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Player Focus: Impressive Players at the Euro U21 Championships   Thus far the European Under-21 Championships in Israel have been packed full of eye catching and noteworthy displays, just not from England's perspective. The familiarity with which the somewhat ironically named 'Three Lions' whimpered out of the tournament left very few shocked and eluded t...

Player Focus: Six of the Best from the Champions League

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Player Focus: Six of the Best from the Champions League   With the Champions League now back in full swing and ready to restart this week WhoScored takes a look at our top rated players in the tournament thus far. The following is a rundown from six to one of those still in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.6. Blaise Matuidi (PSG) - 7.81...

Champions League Focus: Matchday 4 Round-up

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Champions League Focus: Matchday 4 Round-up   "I have never played a team as strong as that," Lille defender Franck Béria quivered. 5-0 down after just 33 minutes, a fate no one in Champions League history has ever had to chew on with their half-time oranges, Bayern Munich's blitz was, with Borussia Dortmund's display at Real Mad...

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