The World Cup 2018 winners nurtured at Monaco by Jardim

Did you know four players in France’s World Cup 2018 winning squad made their names at Monaco having upset the mighty PSG to take the Ligue 1 title in the season before? Well, it’s true. Les Bleus are indebted to the Principality club and its erstwhile manager Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked following a poor start to this season. A victim of his own success, the French Riviera side adopted a develop-and-sell approach to running the club under Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev that has worked almost too well. While Jardim no longer picks the team at…

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Does Kovac have more to lose than gain by taking the Bayern job?

Nothing will ever really prepare you for taking the hot seat at Bayern Munich and in many ways a new manager will learn as they go. That’s all well and good and only to be expected when you consider the enormity of the job at hand. Unfortunately for any new Bayern boss, the Bavarian faithful are used to success and a healthy amount of it at that. Time is not always a luxury that is afforded as the paying crowd that fills up the Allianz Arena want to see their…

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Could Milan’s expulsion from European football see the Rossoneri slide further in Serie A?

Italian giants  Milan have been expelled from all European competition in the 2018-19 campaign following a breach of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and its licensing regulations. UEFA confirmed that Milan would be “excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons”. The Rossoneri could look to appeal the decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with new boss and former playing ace Gennaro Gattuso overseeing a change of fortune on the pitch in the second half of last…

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Is this the most open World Cup for a generation?

Even if you’re not glued to the television like the large majority of the nation, chances are that you’ve had a sneaky look at how the 2018 World Cup is progressing in Russia. With Germany failing to reach the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in 80 years after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, many are now remarking that this is the most difficult to predict World Cup in years. But are they right and, if so, why is this the case? It’s worth pointing out that as…

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The Belgian Premier League players who could be involved against England

England’s 2018 World Cup group stage battle with Belgium is more than a mere potential pool decider in Russia. So many of Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils play for Premier League teams – over half the squad in fact – that it adds extra spice to the match. Who are the familiar faces we should see line-up against the Three Lions in Kaliningrad on Thursday, 28 June? Belgium’s established first-choice goalkeeper is Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, while Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet acts as backup for club and country. In front of Courtois, one of the issues Martinez…

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Dark horses of the FIFA 2018 World Cup

With the latest edition of the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, the focus will once more shift to who will be the nation that earns global supremacy by going on to lift the trophy in Moscow on July 15. The tournament will see a flurry of betting activity both before and during the competition, and fans have already put their money where their mouths are by placing a wager on stakers.com to see who will come out on top in the early group-stage fixtures. Germany will go into…

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Leipzig ready to leap into Champions League

When you are leading the league by 20 points before kick-off, it’s easy to see how the desire to win may have waned a bit. Bayern Munich were in cruise control before their trip to the Red Bull Arena but there wasn’t much to suggest that the Bavarian giants would arrive in such a lethargic mood. A clinical 3-1 win against Besiktas in the Champions League was further proof of the unwavering professionalism of Germany’s top side. In contrast, Leipzig had toiled in Saint Petersburg against Zenit in the Europa…

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The top 10 players who have won the most Premier League matches

Winning a match in the Premier League is something all fans, players and managers enjoy, however in any one match, only one team can win. Some players have had the fortune of being on the winning team more often than not and some players have even played in hundreds of Premier League matches and still have a win record of over 50%. With Manchester City dominating the league this season, their players will be hoping to close the gap on the players on this list by increasing the number of…

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Napoli looking to prise Juventus’ grasp from Serie A title

Having won six titles in succession, there is definitely a pull outside of Turin, willing Napoli to overthrow Juventus in this season’s Serie A title race. You have to go back to the 2010-11 season to find a different winner of the Italian league when AC Milan won the coveted scudetto. Napoli, who have not won the title in nearly three decades, hope that this season could prove a significant breakthrough. With free bets available, placing a wager on Maurizio Sarri’s side could prove a wise move – BetVictor’s bet £10…

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England’s international future in Germany’s hands?

Owen Hargreaves was something of an enigma, emerging at Bayern Munich away from the prying eyes of the British media. Despite qualifying for England, few on these shores cared much about the Canadian-born midfielder. Despite making his international debut in 2001, he wasn’t cared for much by the English press. A relatively lacklustre Euro 2004 did little to improve his reputation, but in 2006 he finally came into his own. His displays in a poor overall tournament for England had the country buzzing. Within a year, he’d moved to Manchester…

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