Japan name Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in preliminary World Cup squad

Japan name Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in preliminary World Cup squad

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New Japan coach Akira Nishino named Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa to Japan's squad on Friday for an international friendly on May 30 against Ghana in Yokohama. Japan are expected to name their final 23-man squad for the World Cup on May 31, several days ahead of the June 4 deadline.cheap authentic nfl nike jerseys The two had struggled to make the team under former coach Vahid Halilhodzic, but Nishino made it clear they are critical. "You all probably know their play well, and they're vital to the national team," Nishino told reporters. "I hope they will maintain their performance and contribute." Friday's announcement was the first indication about which players Nishino has in mind for the World Cup. Japan fired Halilhodzic last month, only two months before the World…
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Markus Babbel appointed Western Sydney Wanderers coach

Markus Babbel appointed Western Sydney Wanderers coach

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While Tomi Juric told him he must come for the crowds, Markus Babbel confesses the challenge of restoring Western Sydney to their former A-League glory was also too tempting to resist. The Wanderers have pulled off a coup, securing Babbel for three years after a month hunting for a successor to sacked coach Josep Gombau. With the 2014 Asian Champions League winners crying out for rejuvenation, the ex-Bayern Munich and Liverpool defender arrives in Australia boasting success with German sides Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.official stitched nfl jerseys Most recently the 45-year-old, capped 51 times for Germany, managed Socceroos and former Wanderers striker Juric at Swiss outfit FC Luzern. And he revealed his former subject played a part in his decision to leave Europe. "One of the biggest points why…
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Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold relishing clash with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold relishing clash with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is eager for the chance to cap his breakthrough season by going up against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final. While Ronaldo has been at the summit of the game for over a decade and is aiming to become a five-time European champion in Kiev, Alexander-Arnold's first full season in the Liverpool first team is just approaching its thrilling conclusion.nfl nike jerseys for cheap The 19-year-old admits it will be a pleasure to share the field with a star he once watched online as a child but has no fear. "With Ronaldo being one of the greats, probably one of the best players ever, it's going to be an honour to hopefully play against him,'' Alexander-Arnold said. "You know a lot about him and the likes of…
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England hopeful Nick Pope has ‘half a chance’ to make World Cup squad

England hopeful Nick Pope has ‘half a chance’ to make World Cup squad

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Nick Pope accepts he may only have "half a chance'' of making England's World Cup squad but considers that a success in itself having started the season as Burnley's No. 2. Gareth Southgate will name the 23 men who will head to Russia on Wednesday, with questions still to answer in the goalkeeping department. Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland look set to travel as top two keepers, leaving the uncapped Pope head to head with the vastly-experienced Joe Hart. There is no doubt who has enjoyed the better season, Pope sweeping the end-of-year awards as the Clarets secured Europa League football while Hart was in and out of the side at struggling West Ham.nfl jerseys cheap authentic But Pope will not cry foul if he misses out on a call…
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Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta set to join Vissel Kobe in Japan – sources3

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta set to join Vissel Kobe in Japan – sources3

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Andres Iniesta has reached an agreement to sign with Japan's Vissel Kobe, sources have confirmed to ESPN's Jordi Blanco.wholesale nfl jerseys outlet Spanish outlet Cadena Ser were the first to report the agreement between Iniesta and the J-League club. According ESPN's sources, the 33-year-old will sign a three-year deal with an annual salary of $30 million. Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of Vissel Kobe, is also the CEO of Barcelona's main sponsor Rakuten. His participation in the negotiations with Iniesta would have been a pivotal part to close the deal, sources said. The news came only hours after Chongqing Lifan announced through an official statement that Iniesta won't be moving to the Chinese Super League due to financial concerns. "Mr. Iniesta is in deep partnership with sports industrial sectors under our club's…
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Wolves’ Nuno: ‘My expectations aren’t so high’ for Premier League return

Wolves’ Nuno: ‘My expectations aren’t so high’ for Premier League return

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has moved to cool expectations after their return to the Premier League. The former Porto boss guided the club, owned by wealthy Chinese group Fosun, to the Championship title by nine points. They also have strong ties with super agent Jorge Mendes, cheap nfl china jerseys who represents Nuno, with Championship rivals having complained of his influence -- although the EFL has insisted Wolves have done nothing wrong. Despite being newcomers some bookmakers have Wolves have joint seventh favourite for the Premier League title but Nuno remained wary. He said: "What I feel is that expectations are very high and I am the only one that my expectations aren't so high. "I am very cautious of what's going on. The summer is important, to have…
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FC Salzburg’s remarkable progress owes a lot to Maric, Rose

FC Salzburg’s remarkable progress owes a lot to Maric, Rose

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It has been described as a "football fairytale" in the Austrian media but Rene Maric's supersonic career progression from niche tactics blogger to assistant coach at Europa League semifinalists FC Salzburg is really something else, entirely. The 25-year-old doesn't owe his success to an acquaintance with a friendly wizard or to a quadruped's backside producing gold coins but to total dedication, years of detailed work and a keen intellect, as well as the networking possibilities afforded by the internet. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale china Maric's unorthodox rise also underlines the changing nature of coaching: he's one of the leading lights for football's move beyond the traditional emphasis on experience and status towards a more open, meritocratic system that rewards ideas and application. Like many young coaches, Maric started thinking about…
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Andrej Kramaric hat trick lifts Hoffenheim into top four

Andrej Kramaric hat trick lifts Hoffenheim into top four

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Andrej Kramaric scored a brilliant hat trick as Hoffenheim moved into the Champions League places with a 3-1 victory over Hannover. Julian Nagelsmann's team won a third straight Bundesliga cheap nfl jersey wholesale game to move into the top four ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who can regain fourth spot with a victory over Stuttgart on Saturday. It was Croatian Kramaric who opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Salif Sane's woeful back-pass was seized upon by Serge Gnabry, allowing him to present Kramaric with a tap-in. The visitors replied soon after, though, as ex-Hoffenheim midfielder Pirmin Schwegler squared for Kenan Karaman to level. Ex-Leicester striker Kramaric restored Hoffenheim's lead after the break, cheap nfl jerseys wholesale china having been left all alone to drive home an unstoppable right-footed volley…
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Real need Champions League triumph to salvage poor season

Real need Champions League triumph to salvage poor season

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It was a show of force from Spain's dominant side, the double winners exerting their power over Barcelona and leaving their arch-rivals on the verge of crisis. New Barca coach Ernesto Valverde looked on helplessly as Brazilian forward Neymar joined Paris St Germain and Real looked unstoppable. "It's the first time we've felt Madrid are superior,cheap china nfl jerseys " Barca defender Gerard Pique said after the game. But as the months passed, it became clear that Real were not capable of defending their league title as Barcelona surged clear at the top of the standings. Madrid's league hopes lay in tatters by December, the Catalans raiding the Santiago Bernabeu with a 3-0 win in the Christmas Clasico and moving 14 points of Zinedine Zidane's team. Real were dumped out…
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Liverpool’s Salah takes centre stage against former club Roma

Liverpool’s Salah takes centre stage against former club Roma

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When AS Roma agreed to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last June they could well have anticipated that the Egyptian would go on to be a big success with the Premier League club. What they surely didn't expect would be that Salah and Liverpool wholesale jerseys nfl would stand between them and a place in the Champions League final. But on Tuesday at Anfield Roma's primary task will be to stop the prolific Salah from adding to his impressive 41 goals in all competitions. The Italian side are a surprise arrival in the last four of Europe's premier club competition after a stunning comeback against Spanish giants Barcelona in the last round. Liverpool pulled off their own surprise as Salah, voted Player of the Year by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association…
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