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How has football changed? England Italy Latest News Spain 

How has football changed?

Football has changed in the past eight years, a time in which Barcelona's 'defend with the ball' dominance under Pep Guardiola transformed into another successful style under Luis Enrique, full of quick transitions and clinical attacking. It was also a period in which Spain dominated the international stage with tiki-taka, monopolising the ball on their way to two European Championships and a World Cup. If 2008 was the birth of possession football, 2016 saw the confirmation of its death. There were several funerals. Leicester were the special guests, Atletico Madrid…

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Arsenal interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain England Italy Latest News 

Arsenal interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain

Arsenal are interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, according to Sky sources. Sky in Italy has reported that no offer has been forthcoming from the Gunners, but say "intermediaries" have been in contact with the Argentina striker's brother who acts as his agent. Higuain – top scorer in Serie A last season with 36 goals – would cost Arsenal a club record fee. That has led to speculation in Italy that Giroud may be used as part of a player-plus-cash deal. Giroud's agent – asked about the possibility of…

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Juventus want to renew Paul Pogba’s contract England Italy Latest News 

Juventus want to renew Paul Pogba’s contract

Paul Pogba's agent has said Juventus want to renew the midfielder's contract and that he remains happy in Turin, cooling speculation that a move to Manchester United is edging closer. Sources have told ESPN FC in recent days that United are hoping to speak to Pogba, 23, this week to try to convince him to return to Old Trafford, with intermediaries already having agreed basic terms with both Juventus and the player's agent. Their hopes of signing the France international, whose preference had been to join Real Madrid, were given a further boost…

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Juve to get Mata as part of Pogba deal England Italy Latest News 

Juve to get Mata as part of Pogba deal

Paul Pogba's blockbuster move may have taken a step forward with Manchester United floating a possible makeweight in the form of Juan Mata. The Sunday People suggests that the Red Devils will attempt to drive down the Old Lady's £100 million valuation of the France international by offering the Spanish playmaker. The Bianconeri have been searching for a traditional No. 10 for some time and appeared to have found their man in the shape of Miralem Pjanic. Massimiliano Allegri could opt to play Pjanic a little deeper though with Mata…

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Madrid rivals profit from Barcelona slip-up Austria Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo England Germany Italy Latest News Lionel Messi Netherlands Portugal Spain 

Madrid rivals profit from Barcelona slip-up

Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at Real Sociedad to give their title rivals hope, with Wolfsburg the only other quarter-finalists who did not take three points on Saturday. Manchester City (2-2) Paris Saint-Germain Manchester City 2-1 West Brom (Agüero 19, Nasri 66; Sessegnon 6) Making his first start since September, following a long struggle with a thigh injury, Samir Nasri scored City's winner on a rainy evening in Manchester, finishing into an empty net after Sergio Agüero's shot was blocked. The UEFA Champions League contenders had gone behind to a…

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Inter Milan 3 : 0 * Juventus England Italy Latest Highlights 

Inter Milan 3 : 0 * Juventus

The home side managed to come from 3-0 down to draw level with the Italian champions to send the tie into penalties but a miss from Rodrigo Palacio helped the visitors progress Juventus booked their place in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday as they beat Inter on penalties, despite the home side's remarkable comeback in the second-leg of the semi final. Juve had won the first-leg 3-0 but Inter pulled off an excellent fight back to draw level in the return to force the tie into extra-time and then…

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AS Roma 5 : 0 Palermo Italy Latest Highlights 

AS Roma 5 : 0 Palermo

Roma recorded a crushing 5-0 win over struggling Palermo to make it five successive Serie A victories as they moved up to fourth in the table. Edin Dzeko recovered from a shocking miss to score the first and last goals in Roma's biggest win of the season. Seydou Keita poked in Roma's second following a 52nd-minute corner. And Mo Salah finished well twice in three minutes as Roma again coped without dropped club legend Francesco Totti, who watched from the stands. Totti was left out of Roma's squad by Luciano…

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