Raiola reveals Juventus 'would have put Haaland in Under-23 squad'

Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola reveals Borussia Dortmund striker turned down a move to Juventus in January as they ‘wanted to put him in their UNDER-23 squad’ Erling Haaland signed for Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January The Norwegian 19-year-old scored as the Bundesliga returned on Saturday He has now scored a prolific 13 goals in 12 appearances for his new club Juve were interested in signing him but had different plans for his development Mino Raiola has claimed his […]

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South Korea club apologise for sex doll mix-up

Leading South Korea club FC Seoul apologised to fans after inadvertently substituting supporters in the stands with sex dolls during their 1-0 win over Gwangju FC on Sunday. While the season started on May 8, fans are not yet allowed in stadiums due to the coronavirus outbreak. – Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ – Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ – Notebook: Lloris’ guard dog, Man Utd calm on Gomes For […]

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Erling Braut Haaland’s moment of brilliance proved that football without fans is still football

As Erling Braut Haaland celebrated the first goal on Saturday – and the first goal of football’s new coronavirus era – it provoked a lot of emotions, but not all of them were celebration for Borussia Dortmund or disappointment from Schalke. There was amusement, bemusement, simple enjoyment but even some disgust. Many were just happy to see one of football’s most fundamentally joyous moments, a little bit of life again. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, […]

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South Korean club denies using sex dolls as fans but apologises for controversy

A South Korean football club has apologised after being accused of putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match in Seoul on Sunday. In a statement, FC Seoul expressed sincere remorse over the controversy, but insisted they used mannequins, not sex dolls, to mimic a home crowd during its 1-0 win over Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup stadium. Following a delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s top-flight K-League returned to action 10 days ago without […]

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Brazil icon Ronaldo called "unique" and better than Messi and Cristano Ronaldo

Brazil icon Ronaldo was a one-of-a-kind talent who can't be matched by the stars of today, according to his former teammate Roberto Carlos. The pair played together for both Brazil and Real Madrid, with Ronaldo shining as he inspired his nation to the 1998 World Cup final and then the trophy itself four years later. The former No.9 was widely considered to be the best forward in the world in his prime, and long before the ongoing Lionel Messi vs […]

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Celtic awarded ninth title in a row as Scottish Premiership is abandoned

Celtic have been crowned Scottish Premiership champions for a ninth year in a row after the season was abandoned because of the coronavirus crisis. At the opposite end of the table Heart have been relegated to the Championship. After consultation with all 12 Premiership clubs, the final league standings have been decided by points per game. That means Celtic, who had a 13-point lead over Rangers but had played a game more, retain their top spot. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers comfortably […]

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Behind closed doors games 'almost entirely wipe out home advantage'

Behind closed doors games ‘almost entirely wipe out home advantage’, reveals study into every game without fans in Europe since 2000 Study shows that behind closed doors fixtures ‘wipe out home advantage’  Home teams’ chances of winning are reduced from 46 per cent to 36 per cent  Away teams usually win 26 per cent of games but that goes up to 34 per cent  Home sides tend to score less goals and away teams get fewer cards than usual  Here’s […]

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Inside the Hail Mary that almost kept the ‘Last Dance’ Bulls together

Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News NEARLY 22 YEARS have passed since Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf took one last shot at keeping the team together, but he remembers the meeting like it was yesterday. “I remember the date,” Reinsdorf said. “It was July the 3rd in 1998.” The Bulls had won their third straight NBA title and sixth in eight years less than a month earlier. All season long, the team had […]

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Harry Redknapp explains how he pulled strings to get Frank Lampard the Derby job

Harry Redknapp has a wide array of contacts in English football and he used his influence to get his nephew Frank Lampard his first job in management at Derby County. Lampard was looking to take his first steps as a manager in 2018 and was waiting for an opportunity to present itself. Clearly the former Chelsea and England midfielder is a huge name in football, but his uncle who took his first job in management in 1983, is more savvy […]

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Former Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal warns fans what to expect from Chelsea ace Hakim Ziyech

Chelsea are signing a ‘special player’ in Hakim Ziyech, according to Louis van Gaal. The former Manchester United manager has heaped praise on the Blues’ incoming midfielder, who is set to join the club this summer. Chelsea penned a £33.4million deal for Ziyech in February, with the Ajax star due to finish the Eredivisie season in Amsterdam before moving to Stamford Bridge. However, the coronavirus crisis has caused the Dutch authorities to end the league campaign early and avoid crowning […]

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