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Juventus report record €254m loss after trophyless campaign

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is under pressure after a disappointing start to the season. Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images Juventus lost a record €254 million ($246m) in the financial year ending June 30, as revenue fell and costs rose during the Italian club’s first trophyless campaign in a decade. In a statement late …

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Paul Pogba extortion case takes bizarre twist with elder brother Mathias claims

Paul Pogba is a major doubt for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to a knee injury. James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images A police investigation into allegations that France midfielder Paul Pogba was targeted by extortionists took a bizarre new twist Friday with his elder brother Mathias releasing a long string of videos taking …

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Man United player recruitment strategy ‘ahead of schedule’

8:35 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Erik ten Hag, who took over as Manchester United manager this summer, was the club’s most important arrival, John Murtough said. DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images Manchester United are “ahead of schedule” with their recruitment plans under manager Erik ten Hag, club football director John Murtough said on Thursday. United …

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Ronaldo beats Messi as Instagram’s most powerful player; Gavi the breakthrough star

When the World Cup kicks off in two months, it seems certain that Portugal and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo will head into the tournament as the most powerful player in the world — at least in terms of his social media influence. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (US) Ronaldo beat archrival …

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Man City’s Jack Grealish hits back at Graeme Souness’s criticism

Jack Grealish has dismissed repeated criticism of his playing style from Graeme Souness by revealing Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged him to show the “balls” to adapt to a different approach. The 27-year-old moved from Aston Villa to City last summer in a £100 million transfer and although Guardiola’s side won a fourth …

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Golf game on hold: How Gareth Bale is returning to match fitness with LAFC

When LAFC signed Gareth Bale on June 27, they weren’t under any illusion that he would arrive 90-minutes fit. How could they? The Wales international was firmly on the outside looking in during his final year with Real Madrid, only playing when manager Carlo Ancelotti faced a selection crisis. The combination of his contract running …

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PSG’s year to win Champions League, Juventus in trouble Barcelona are back state of the Super Clubs

Juventus have resources well beyond every other Serie A club, but they’re playing like a mid-table team that has no title aspirations. Alessio Morgese/NurPhoto via Getty Images Every third day this summer, a big-name player or a big-time prospect would sign for an unexpected team in England, and the move would be accompanied by the …

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Chilling Recordings Show Argentine Soccer Star Emiliano Sala Predicted Plane Crash Death

In chilling recordings made shortly before he died in a plane crash, Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala said he was “scared” the aircraft might go down because the plane “looks like it’s falling apart.” BBC obtained audio messages Sala sent to friends shortly before take-off, including one in which he wondered “if someone will look …

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Kylian Mbappe resolves image rights dispute with French FA after team photo snub

The French Football Federation (FFF) have announced they will review their agreement on players’ image rights as quickly as possible after striker Kylian Mbappe refused to take part in sponsor activities. The Paris Saint-Germain striker and his France teammates are due to stage a team photo and other sponsor activities ahead of the 2022 World …

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