Brazil’s draw vs. Panama underscores that the pieces aren’t falling into place for Tite

Brazil’s draw vs. Panama underscores that the pieces aren’t falling into place for Tite

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When Tite took over as Brazil coach almost three years ago, the pieces immediately fell into place. He gambled on a teenage centre-forward named Gabriel Jesus, who straightaway appeared to have solved a long-running problem. Gabriel worked well with Neymar, and as the wins kept rolling in and confidence soared, Philippe Coutinho was at last successfully incorporated into the side. Brazil, at one point in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup, cruised to Russia and travelled with high hopes of winning the competition in Europe for the first time since 1958. In the event, they fell short, losing the game of the tournament 2-1 to Belgium. Tite recognises that the balance of the side was not quite right -- not helped by the slump in form of the talismanic…
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Pep Guardiola’s style speaks to new reality for managers: they must look as good as their tactics

Pep Guardiola’s style speaks to new reality for managers: they must look as good as their tactics

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Pep Guardiola has built a reputation for making complicated things look easy, dating back to his playing days as a slight but influential midfielder. In February, he lifted the Carabao Cup with his Manchester City squad: a fourth trophy in under three seasons, the first part of a possible quadruple.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china That final at Wembley was messy. So too was Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, but Guardiola remained casually resplendent in skinny trousers and a sweater. Based on his outfit, he might as well have spent the afternoon doing graphic design in his studio. The primary job of a football manager is to instill a singular idea of how his club operates. It's tactical -- managers determine how the team should play and get players to execute…
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Ronaldo getting frustrated as he longs for Juventus to play more like Real Madrid

Ronaldo getting frustrated as he longs for Juventus to play more like Real Madrid

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Ronaldo's body language has unsurprisingly come under the spotlight, although anyone who has followed his career knows that, as with LeBron, this is nothing new. But this is a crucial week for Ronaldo. He was brought to Turin to win the Champions League for Juve, and they face Atletico Madrid having lost the first leg in Spain 2-0.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Ronaldo cut an irritated figure, spending much of the second half of Juventus' nominal top-of-the-table clash against Napoli gesturing to his team to push up and join him in attack. At one stage he jumped in the air and threw his hands down by his side, a familiar move to anyone who watches Ronaldo, but rather than performing his trademark celebration -- the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has…
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German club apologise for honouring Nazi who died last week

German club apologise for honouring Nazi who died last week

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Ahead of the 4-4 draw between Chemnitzer and VSG Altglienicke on Saturday, many of the 4,006 fans at the Stadion Chemnitz held a minute's silence for the late Neo-Nazi Thomas Haller, who passed away from cancer last week. In the 1990s, Haller was co-founder of the club's infamous Hooligans-Nazis-Rassisten (HooNaRa) group which officially folded in 2007 but remained in existence as a loose collective of around 30 people.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale To the sound of heroic music and a portrait of Haller on the giant screen, the stadium announcer read out a speech and a giant black cross was rolled out on the stands. The fans, many dressed all in black, lit white and red flares. The events in Chemnitz were brought to a greater attention following a report…
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Jonathan Lewis is ready to be more than a super-sub for NYCFC

Jonathan Lewis is ready to be more than a super-sub for NYCFC

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There is plenty that is going right in Jonathan Lewis' life these days. He's coming off a U.S. national team camp in which he provided an unexpected spark in two friendly matches, assisting on two of the five goals the U.S. scored. Last Saturday against Orlando City, the New York City FC winger started the match and provided an assist on Ebenezer Ofori's goal. The 72 minutes he spent on the field matched the longest stint of his MLS career. Yet there is a word that will dampen Lewis' mood when uttered: super-sub. "If it's what's best for the team, that's what I want to do," he said, his distaste for the label evident. "But I don't really like the term, nor do I really agree with it."cheap nfl nike…
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Why Real Madrid suffered their darkest night in Champions League history

Why Real Madrid suffered their darkest night in Champions League history

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The poison of blame, recrimination and scapegoating was already flowing through the veins of Madridismo -- the collective noun encompassing the hefty slice of humanity that swears loyalty to that other White House, on La Castellana avenue in the Spanish capital -- before they even stepped on the pitch for what would be Real Madrid's darkest night in Champions League history.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal Two defeats -- at home in the past week -- to archrival Barcelona, the yin to their yang, had meant Real Madrid were out of the Spanish Cup and, barring divine intervention, out of the race for the Spanish title. The Champions League was all they had left. It is the biggest prize in the club game and a competition they had won four times…
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Darren Till targets UFC mega-fight at Anfield home of Liverpool FC

Darren Till targets UFC mega-fight at Anfield home of Liverpool FC

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It's only been a few weeks since the UFC's inaugural event in Liverpool, England, an event used as a vehicle for Darren Till to level up his star power in the sport, and it appears to have worked. Till (17-0-1) defeated Stephen Thompson (14-3-1) via unanimous decision in the main event and while it came with an asterisk, due to Till missing weight, any anonymity he may have enjoyed in his hometown prior to the fight is now firmly a thing of the past.cheap nfl jerseys china nike "It's mad, everywhere I go, whether I'm in the car or walking, everyone just knows me and it's like, 'Darren Till, the face of MMA in Liverpool'," "I love it. I love the positive attention, I really do. I'm always going to…
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Andreas Pereira’s confidence grows as he gets his chance at Man United

Andreas Pereira’s confidence grows as he gets his chance at Man United

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The joy on the face of his Manchester United teammates showed how much Andreas Pereira's superb goal against Southampton meant. The Brazilian midfielder, who also set up one of Romelu Lukaku's two goals, has endured a difficult few months, but like fellow young midfielder Scott McTominay, enjoyed last week. Injuries to established midfielders gave academy graduates McTominay and Pereira opportunities and, given manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, as well as the suspended Paul Pogba, both are in line to start. United trail 2-0 at the halfway stage of the Champions League round-of-16 tie.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale Pereira is happy that Solskjaer has confidence in him, though that should not…
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Kepa still Chelsea’s first-choice keeper despite Spurs benching – Sarri

Kepa still Chelsea’s first-choice keeper despite Spurs benching – Sarri

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"I don't know if he will be on the pitch in the next match [against Fulham] or not, but in one of the next two, for sure. We cannot kill him. When you are young, I think you can make mistakes. The most important thing is that you need to understand very well, after every mistake. So now, for me, the issue is closed." Asked if Kepa remains his No.1 goalkeeper, Sarri replied: "Of course."nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap Chelsea's victory was a timely boost for Sarri, whose job was potentially on the line after a run of three defeats in four Premier League matches saw them drop to sixth in the table, but after the match, the Italian was more concerned with ensuring that his players maintain the standard…
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Liverpool’s Klopp: Rout of Watford ‘example of how football should look’

Liverpool’s Klopp: Rout of Watford ‘example of how football should look’

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"We want to play like this every day and that's maybe sometimes possible and sometimes a bit less. You have to be stable and the boys were always stable tonight and really fluent offensively. "It's good. It's a very good example of how football should look and let's try to do it again and again." With Roberto Firmino out injured, Klopp decided to have Mane lead Liverpool's front line against Watford, with Origi lining up on the left-hand side. Mane had two goals to his name after 20 minutes, scoring with a leaping header before audaciously backheeling beyond Ben Foster in the Watford goal.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping "I didn't see it [the backheel] yet," Klopp said. "I love the first one as well, jumping so high. "In a…
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