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Humble Dybala focused on winning UCL
Paulo Dybala hopes to lead Juventus to its first Champions League title in 22 years. But to hear the 24-year-old tell it, there's no hint of arrogance.

'The world of football works like that' - Mbappe attacks money-drenched game
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, one of the best paid players in the world, admits the amount of money involved at the highest level has become "indecent". The 19-year-old became the second most expensive player in history when he completed a permanent transfer to PSG from Monaco this year for a reported fee of €180 million (£157m/$201m). Reports based on documents from whistleblowing platform Football Leaks this month claimed Mbappe asked for a five-year contract worth close to €55m after tax when he joined PSG, along with various performance-based incentives, which was turned down by the club.

Premier League hires Discovery's Susanna Dinnage as CEO
The English Premier League hired broadcasting executive Susanna Dinnage as chief executive on Tuesday, making her the most powerful female executive in global sports. Dinnage will leave her role as global president of Discovery's Animal Planet brand early next year to succeed Richard Scudamore running the world's richest soccer competition. "It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organization is a great privilege," Dinnage said.

What you need to know about USMNT vs. England
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey looks ahead to this Thursday's friendly at Wembley Stadium, including a mix of young American players and a farewell to Wayne Rooney.

Benzema taking charge of Solari's revamped Real Madrid
With experience and beautiful goals, Karim Benzema has been leading the way for Real Madrid as it continues to impress under coach Santiago Solari. Benzema has been key since Solari took over from the fired Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago and revamped Madrid. The veteran French striker scored four goals in the four victories under Solari, helping the team get back on track in the Spanish league and in the Champions League.

Shaqiri exceeds Klopp's expectations and is tipped be 'decisive' for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp admits Xherdan Shaqiri could be considered to have exceeded expectations at Liverpool, with the Switzerland international proving to be a “decisive” figure. The Reds moved to land the Champions League-winning forward after seeing a £13 million ($17m) release clause in his contract triggered by Stoke’s relegation out of the Premier League in 2017-18. Shaqiri was acquired to help complement the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana in an already well-stocked attacking department.

Pogba: Coming home to United was the best feeling ever
Paul Pogba insists it was "the best feeling ever" to return to Manchester United, despite reports he is interested in leaving the club once more. The France international signed for United in 2016 for an initial fee of £89.3million, a world record at the time, four years after he left the club to join Juventus on a free transfer. Pogba has always maintained he feels at home at Old Trafford but reports of a difficult relationship with manager Jose Mourinho have led to the midfielder being linked with moves away, possibly to Barcelona or old club Juve.

'Man Utd three signings short of competing' - Mourinho has to match City spending, says Robson
Manchester United “have to match the spending of City”, says Bryan Robson, with Jose Mourinho “three excellent additions” away from being competitive. The Red Devils have continued to invest heavily over recent years, with big money splashed out on the likes of Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Fred.

Uefa may reopen its 2014 Financial Fair Play investigation into Manchester City
European football's governing body Uefa has warned Manchester City it may reopen its 2014 Financial Fair Play (FFP) investigation into the club. City outplayed local rivals Manchester United on Sunday and are two points clear at the top of the Premier League - but things may not be so healthy off the pitch. Citing documents and emails provided by the whistle-blowing platform Football Leaks, German magazine Der Spiegel has published a series of articles over the last 10 days which have accused City's Abu Dhabi owners of trying to get around European football's FFP rules.

Messi receives La Liga 2017-2018 best player and top scorer awards
Barcelona's Leo Messi scoops best player and top scorer trophies at Marca's La Liga award ceremony.

Liverpool's Alisson seeks patience to reach potential
Alisson has firmly established himself between the posts at Liverpool but needs time before he is comfortable with his own performances. While stating his enjoyment in playing for Liverpool, he acknowledged things will not always go smoothly so soon after his move. "Every beginning needs to be taken slowly," Alisson said. "In my case expectations are very high concerning my job because the way the transfer was done, with a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.

Juventus' Allegri wins Serie A coach of the year award
Massimiliano Allegri won Serie A's coach of the year award for the fourth time after guiding Juventus to a record-extending seventh straight Serie A title last season. Allegri gained 17 votes for the Panchina d'Oro (Golden Bench) award, beating Napoli's Maurizio Sarri, now at Chelsea, and Lazio's Simone Inzaghi, who gained eight votes each. Allegri also won the award for 2008-09 with Cagliari and two of the past three seasons with Juventus.

The Future of American Soccer According To Ronald de Boer
On this week's episode of Planet Futbol, Ronald de Boer talks about his feelings on the future of American soccer.

Manchester United paid the price for their lack of confidence against Manchester City, insists Nicky Butt
Manchester United’s lack of confidence proved their undoing in a 3-1 defeat to rivals Manchester City on Sunday, according to the club’s head of youth coaching Nicky Butt. Jose Mourinho’s team registered just one shot on target as they were outclassed by City at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan cementing their dominance either side of Anthony Martial’s second-half penalty. United’s defeat ended a run of three consecutive victories in all competitions but according to Butt, Mourinho’s team paid the price for being low on morale against the Premier League champions.

Callum Wilson - from non-league football to the England squad
Callum Wilson discusses how playing non-league football for Tamworth made him determined to succeed in football.

Guardiola asked to explain Manchester derby referee comments
The Football Association (FA) has asked Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to explain his comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to the derby with Manchester United. The Catalan was asked in his pre-match news conference on Friday whether he thought the fact that Taylor is from Greater Manchester was significant in terms of how he would handle the fixture. After being told the official supports Altrincham, Guardiola said: "So no problem.

Concussions in World Cup soccer often missed or ignored
After reviewing videos from this year's World Cup games, researchers concluded that more than 63 percent of players who showed two or more concussion symptoms did not get evaluated by a licensed healthcare professional - which was slightly more than in the 2014 tournament - according to the results in JAMA Neurology. "We examined adherence to updated and improved concussion protocols which were established after the 2014 World Cup," said the study's lead author, Dr. Ajay Premkumar, of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "It appears that in spite of these changes, concussion management on the field in regard to rates and length of medical evaluation for potential concussion during this summer's tournament were grossly unchanged from 2014." That's a problem for several reasons, Premkumar said by email.

Lindelof rues international break for Man Utd
Manchester United's Victor Lindelof believes the international break has not come at an ideal time for his club. Following Sunday's 3-1 loss in the derby against Manchester City, the Swedish international believes the break denies United a chance to immediately atone. "Right now the break has come at the wrong time," Lindelof said.

Foster emerges as people's choice for FFA chairman
Former Socceroo captain Craig Foster has positioned himself as the populist choice to chair Football Federation Australia into a new era at a candidates' forum in Melbourne. A week out from the AGM that will elect a new chairman for Australia's most played sport, seven candidates attended Monday night's talkfest to lay out their credentials to join the FFA board. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was Foster who dazzled those attending with his hopes for the game.

Monaco being investigated for youth player recruitment
French football authorities are investigating whether Monaco has broken rules regulating the recruitment of youth players when signing two players under the age of 18. Without naming the players, the French football federation and France's professional league said in a statement on Tuesday that they have asked the federation's Elite Players Status Committee and the league's juridical committee to look into the conditions of their recruiting. According to the Mediapart news website, which has analyzed documents from the ''Football Leaks'' series, Monaco has repeatedly violated rules when it came to the recruitment of youth players.

Orlando Pirates register Alfred Ndengane for Caf Champions League
Orlando Pirates have finally confirmed the arrival of former Bloemfontein Celtic utility player Alfred Ndengane by adding him to their Caf Champions League squad. The defender-come-midfielder parted ways with Celtic after asking the club to terminate

Ozil rejected 'crazy offers' from Asia, reveals agent
Mesut Ozil rejected "crazy offers" from Asian clubs worth a reported £1million a week to stay at Arsenal, according to his agent. The 30-year-old agreed to a new deal with the Gunners in February which is said to be worth in the region of £300,000 per

Stefan Frei wins MLS Save of the Year
Stefan Frei may have been robbed of his rightful Goalkeeper of the Year award, but at least Seattle Sounders fans delivered him the 2018 MLS Save of the Year for his still unbelievable stop on Shkëlzen Gashi. The save wasn’t just great because of the skill required to pull it off, but because of when it happened. The Sounders were leading the Rapids 2-1 late in their road affair and desperately needed the three points if they had any hope of turning around their season. With Gashi all alone at the far post, it looked like the Rapids had their equalizer. Instead, Frei kept it out and the Sounders won. It turned out to be the start of a 12-game unbeaten run that ended with a nine-game winning streak

Chelsea transfer news: Eden Hazard made the right decision not to join Real Madrid, says Thorgan
Eden Hazard has made the right decision to remain at Chelsea instead of joining a Real Madrid side “in transition”, his brother, Thorgan, has said. Hazard will enter the final year of his Chelsea contract next summer and is reportedly torn between signing a new deal or joining Madrid. “I know him and he's not thinking about a move right now,” said Thorgan, who is currently on international duty with his brother.

Fandi Ahmad: "We were sloppy defensively"
Fandi Ahmad did not mince his words as his side were edged out by a Philippines team whose quality was telling. When asked if the travelling affected his team’s performance, Fandi was quick to not make that an excuse. “Timor Leste is a different team from Philippines.

'Fantastic' Emirates Stadium worthy of Brazil v Uruguay - Torreira
Lucas Torreira said he's excited to be playing in his domestic stadium, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, when Uruguay take on Brazil on Friday.

'Unhappy' Christensen won't push for Chelsea exit
Andreas Christensen does not anticipate leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window despite admitting that he is unhappy with his lack of appearances for the club. The Denmark international has struggled to nail down a regular spot this term, with Maurizio Sarri employing a four-man defence and choosing to regularly partner Antonio Rudiger alongside David Luiz at centre-back. When asked by Sky Sports News if he saw his future away from Stamford Bridge, Christensen said: "Difficult question.

Scotland ready to start Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney in Nations League double-header
The question of who should play at left-back for Scotland has been the subject of much argument as Andrew Robertson of Liverpool and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney vie for the position. According to Peter Grant, however, the matter is a non-issue and the heat can be taken out of the debate using one piece of technology. The Scotland assistant coach was speaking ahead of the Nations League double-header against Albania in Shkoder and Israel at Hampden Park as, once again, Alex McLeish will attempt to accommodate both players with the least  disruption.

Chemelil Sugar confirm capture of former Sony Sugar keeper Kevin Otieno
Chemelil Sugar have completed the signing of goalkeeper Kevin Otieno on a two-year contract. Coach Francis Baraza has hailed the arrival of the former Sony Sugar man saying he is a quality addition to his team and will provide much-needed experience at the back. "It is true Otieno has joined us, and to me, it is a massive boost to the team.

Ligue 1's team of the week featuring Cavani and Depay
Edinson Cavani starred this weekend in the 4-0 of PSG against Monaco with a hat-trick in his return from injury. Memphis Depay was on fire with two stunning goals and two assists as Olympique Lyonnais came from behind to beat bottom side Guingamp. They are both in the Ligue 1’s team of the week.

Cavani, Neymar and Depay headline weekend stars in Ligue 1
Ligue 1 fans witnessed amazing performances from Edinson Cavani (3 goals) and Memphis Depay (2 goals, 2 assists) this weekend. Neymar, Whabi Khazri and Adil Rami were the other stand out players of matchday 13.

Opta Premier League review - week 12
A review of the weekend's Premier League action with the help of Opta.

2018 Rapids Player Reviews: Defenders
Last season turned out to be long and unsuccessful one for the Colorado Rapids, but that doesn’t mean that every player was terrible all the time. A good number of guys were decent, and even a few were good. Before we close the book on the season, let’s spend a little time looking back. For the next couple of weeks, we will be going through how every Rapids player faired in 2018. We’ll start with the defenders. I don’t think it is that bold of a statement to say that Castillo was the best player to put on the Burgundy jersey this year. He was brought in on loan to play as a left wingback in a back five, a spot that perfectly suited his skills. As the year went on and the Rapids switched to a

Enrique doesn't need to apologise for dropping me - Alba
Jordi Alba said that Spain manager Luis Enrique has nothing to apologise for, after the Barcelona defender returned to the national team.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins MLS 2018 Goal of the Year
Zlatan’s debut season in Major League Soccer brought us countless memories, but none carry more weight than the Shot Heard Around the World, which has now been voted the AT&T 2018 MLS Goal of the Year by the fans. Down a pair of goals to LAFC in the first-ever El Trafico, Ibrahimovic made his LA Galaxy debut, entering the match in the 71st minute. After Chris Pontius’ header narrowed the score to 3-2, the Swedish target striker needed just one chance. Moments later off a Tyler Miller restart Daniel Steres sent a powerful header across the midfield stripe, and when Ola Kamara prevented Dejan Jaković from challenging the first bounce (a big no-no), Ibra had his chance. He took it. The goal went

The Football Show: Episode 26
Get the latest Premier League opinions, analysis and reactions from former players and managers on Yahoo Sport’s “The Football Show”. The big topics this week: Manchester City’s third goal was a record-breaker! Mourinho’s reputation is delaying his

Alex Morgan converted on a gorgeous volley in final game of the year to cap the USWNT's undefeated 2018 campaign
The USWNT wrapped up its 2018 slate with a 1-0 win against 19th-ranked Scotland to remain undefeated on the year. Superstar striker Alex Morgan netted a beautiful volley in the 39th minute for her 98th goal in international play. The U.S. will look to carry the momentum from their 28-game unbeaten streak through the new year and to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Less than two months removed from a World Cup year, the U.S. Women's National Team is riding high. The team wrapped up its 2018 slate with a 1-0 win against 19th-ranked Scotland to remain undefeated on the year. They will take a 28-game unbeaten streak into 2019 and look to carry that momentum into the FIFA Women's World Cup in France

Champions League is Real Madrid's competition - Roberto Carlos
Roberto Carlos says Europe's premier club competition belongs to Real Madrid, having won the Champions League seven times since 1998.

Mark Uth, Julian Draxler drop out for Germany
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Schalke forward Mark Uth has been ruled out of Germany's games against Russia and the Netherlands, while Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler will miss the first game. The German soccer federation said on Monday that Draxler was being given time off due to a family bereavement and it was unclear if he would return for the UEFA Nations League game against the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on Nov. 19. Germany plays Russia on Thursday in a friendly in Leipzig. Uth, who made his Germany debut in the 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in Amsterdam last month, suffered a hamstring and tendon injury in his left leg in Schalke's 3-0 Bundesliga defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on

'I would like to manage Man United' - Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic says he can't criticise Jose Mourniho because one day he would like to be Manchester United manager.

US, Wigan defender Robinson out 4 weeks with sprained ankle
U.S. left back Antonee Robinson will miss Thursday's exhibition at England and next week's match against Italy after spraining his right ankle in training, an injury expected to sideline him for four weeks. The 21-year-old defender was hurt during training on Tuesday, the U.S. Soccer Federation said. Robinson plays for Wigan in England's second-tier League Championship. He made his U.S. debut in May and has six international appearances. More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Football Leaks paints Man City as money-grubbing cheaters
If -- even for a short while -- you can suspend your allegiances, silence your biases and stow what you know and reject what you suspect, you can watch Manchester City and admire them as the highest expression of football, the perfect synthesis of style and functionality. Most of those reading this will have allegiances, and they will be to teams other than City. You may dislike City because you disagree with how their owners choose to run the country they rule (or possibly the fact that they rule the country at all) or you may be one of those people who thinks these are legitimate reasons to dislike Raheem Sterling. You may admire Vincent Kompany because he speaks intelligently and articulately on a range of non-footballing subjects or adore Benjamin Mendy because his social media accounts are hilarious.

PSG make history with 13 point lead after 13 games
5 Things from Ligue 1 after matchday 13

World Cup finalists Croatia keen to avoid another 'slap' from Spain
Having finally shaken off their World Cup hangover, finalists Croatia are aiming for their first Nations League victory when they face Spain on Thursday, the side who inflicted a 6-0 drubbing in September. Coach Zlatko Dalic has named a 25-man squad, including three new faces, to face Spain at Zagreb's Maksimir stadium and England on November 18 at Wembley. "I'm focused on the match against 'La Furia (Roja)', we need that victory," Dalic said earlier this month.

GdS: Manchester United considering Conte option to replace Mourinho next season
After deciding to not catch the scalding hot potato that is Real Madrid at the moment, Antonio Conte remains unemployed ... and embroiled in a legal battle with Chelsea. He prefers it this way, both in terms of a new of a job (start in the summer with a full preseason) and in terms of getting what he’s owed by his former employers in severance and additional damages as well. That aside, it is most likely that by the end of the season, several clubs will fancy their chances of convincing Conte to join them. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), one of these could be Manchester United, who remain firmly in the clutches of Mourinho’s Third Season Syndrome, despite a few comeback

Koeman understands De Ligt's Eredivisie frustrations
Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman understands Matthijs de Ligt could be frustrated with life in the Eredivisie after the Ajax defender hit out at the league's level of competition. The 19-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Sunday as Ajax thrashed Excelsior 7-1 in Rotterdam, just four days on from a hard-fought 1-1 Champions League draw with Benfica. Speaking afterwards, De Ligt told Fox Sports: "To be honest, we didn't play at 100 per cent, but we won 7-1.

Kongmathilath's sensational free-kick for Laos in Suzuki Cup
Phithack Kongmathilath opened the scoring for Laos in sensational style in their AFF Suzuki Cup match against Malaysia, smashing in a free-kick from 30 yards.

Barcelona Go Into International Break with an Eye Toward Atlético Madrid Test
FC Barcelona are hoping Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets, and Arthur are bubble wrapped and kept in prime condition over the international break, as the Catalans are set to face Atlético Madrid in a an important La Liga clash right afterwards. Ernesto Valverde will be without Ivan Rakitić through suspension and probably also without Philippe Coutinho due to injury. Valverde’s choices in midfield are limited, with only Rafinha, Carles Aleñá and the rarely-seen Denis Suárez as alternatives. And even Rafinha will be traveling with the Brazilian national team this time. Meanwhile, Sergi Samper suffered another injury and is not a realistic option. After that, you’d be looking at the B team, unless you

Egypt's retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison
An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's greatest all-time soccer players, to a year in prison for tax evasion while also giving him the option to pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds, or $1,115, to have the sentence suspended. The verdict, handed down on Monday by the Cairo misdemeanor court, was delivered in absentia. Aboutrika, who has lived since his 2013 soccer retirement in exile in Qatar, where he works as a sports analyst for the beIN sports network, could not be reached for comment. Under the law, the verdict can be appealed and if Aboutrika returns to Egypt, he would have to stand a new trial. The court said Aboutrika failed to pay 710,000 Egyptian pounds

U.S. calls up Klinsmann for November friendlies
Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been called up to the United States squad for the forthcoming friendlies against England and Italy after goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Darlington Nagbe withdrew from the team with injuries. Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. head coach and Germany captain Jurgen Klinsmann, holds both German and American citizenship. The 21-year-old had been invited to take part in a Germany goalkeeper training camp in September, but was not included in U.S. caretaker coach Dave Sarachan's original squad for the prestige friendlies in London and Genk, Belgium respectively. However, Columbus Crew SC keeper Steffen was ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered

Ex-England star Joe Cole announces his retirement
Ex-England and Premier League player Joe Cole has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.

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