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Guillem Balague column: Who is to blame for the mess at Real Madrid?

Guillem Balague column: Who is to blame for the mess at Real Madrid?

Guillem Balague will be writing a regular column throughout the season and also appearing every Thursday on BBC Radio 5 live’s Football Daily podcast, when the focus will be on European football. You can download the latest Football Daily podcast here. When full-back Marcelo scored what turned out to be a consolation goal against Levante on […]

Cristiano Ronaldo: German magazine ‘stands by reporting’ of rape allegation

Cristiano Ronaldo: German magazine ‘stands by reporting’ of rape allegation

The German magazine that reported a rape allegation made against footballer Cristiano Ronaldo says it has “no reason” to doubt the authenticity of key documents used in its story. Ronaldo, 33, denies assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. Lawyers representing the Juventus player said on Wednesday that documents had been “completely […]

Dwyane Wade: Miami Heat legend to return for 16th NBA season

Dwyane Wade: Miami Heat legend to return for 16th NBA season

Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade is set to return to Miami Heat for a 16th and final season. The shooting guard, who is the Heat’s career leader in points, assists, steals and games played, confirmed the news in a 10-minute video. “I feel it’s right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, […]

Jose Mourinho: What is going on – and does he want out of Man Utd?

Jose Mourinho: What is going on – and does he want out of Man Utd?

A month ago, when England were looking forward to a World Cup semi-final and as pre-season training for Europe’s major clubs was just getting started, Manchester United’s final US tour match against Real Madrid had a major question mark over it. Gareth Bale would be involved. But for whom? Fast forward four weeks and, though […]

Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder says he no longer wants to play for Germany

Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder says he no longer wants to play for Germany

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he no longer wants to play international football for Germany. In a lengthy statement, the 29-year-old said treatment he had received from the German Football Association (DFB) had made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”. He also claimed he was being blamed for Germany’s disappointing […]

Alisson: Roma defend decision to sell goalkeeper to Liverpool

Alisson: Roma defend decision to sell goalkeeper to Liverpool

Selling Alisson to Liverpool does not show “a lack of ambition”, says Roma’s director of football Monchi, who admits the transfer of the Brazilian is “tough” for fans to take. The Reds have agreed a fee of about £66.8m for the goalkeeper. Roma say Alisson is now in Liverpool and “negotiations are advanced”. “When a very substantial […]

Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge. The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract. Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out […]

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