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New-look Germany edge Dutch in Euro thriller as Croatia stumble

Paris (AFP) – Germany’s Nico Schulz sealed a thrilling 3-2 win over the Netherlands in a see-saw Euro 2020 qualifier as Joachim Loew’s new-look line-up survived a severe test on Sunday. Elsewhere, World Cup finalists... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Schulz seals dramatic late win for Germany over the Netherlands.

Berlin (AFP) – Nico Schulz’s 90th minute winner fired Germany to a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Netherlands in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday, lifting the pressure off coach Joachim Loew.   It... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Pochettino hails ‘dream come true’ as Spurs’ new stadium stages first match

London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino said everyone connected with Tottenham Hotspur “needed to cry” after the club’s new stadium finally staged its first football match. The 62,000-seat arena, close to the north London club’s old... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Pedersen lifts Juventus women in front of record crowd

Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Danish international Sofie Pedersen sealed a home win for Juventus women who marked the team’s first game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin by playing in front of a record crowd... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Italian football federation signs deal with Chinese government

Rome (AFP) – Italy’s football federation (FIGC) on Sunday signed an agreement with the Chinese government to develop footballing ties between the two countries. The wide-ranging memorandum penned at FIGC headquarters in Rome concerns the development of the game in China, as well as the spread of Italian football in the Asian superpower. “It’s an historical meeting, full of significance,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina after meeting with China Media Group head Shen Haixiong. Shen added: “I...
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World Cup finalists Croatia slump to Hungary defeat

Budapest (AFP) – World Cup finalists Croatia slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary in a Euro 2020 Group E qualifier on Sunday when Mate Patkai notched a 76th minute winner in Budapest. Croatia had struggled against Azerbaijan in their opening qualifier last Thursday before escaping with a 2-1 win, but they made the perfect start in the Hungarian capital when Ante Rebic put them ahead on 13 minutes. But Hungary pulled level through Adam Szalai’s fifth goal in as many games and with a quarter of an ...
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Pedersen seals win for Juve women in front of record crowd at Allianz Stadium

Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Danish international Sofie Pedersen sealed a home win for Juventus women who marked the team’s first game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin by playing on front of a record crowd... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Pedersen seals win for Juve women on front of record crowd at Allianz Stadium

Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Danish international Sofie Pedersen sealed a home win for Juventus women who marked the team’s first game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin by playing on front of a record crowd... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Xavi won’t play for Catalonia against Venezuela

Barcelona (AFP) – Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez said on Sunday that his Qatari club would not release him to play for Catalonia against Venezuela. The match in Girona on Monday is politically... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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James the hero as Wales start Euro qualifiers with Slovakia win

Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Daniel James was Wales’ goal-scoring hero as they launched their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday. Swansea winger James, making his first... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Title race will go down to the wire – Beckenbauer

Berlin (AFP) – Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has warned former club Bayern Munich they will have to fight until the very last day of the season in a nail-biting Bundesliga title race. With eight games... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Ulreich: ‘Neuer is a class above ter Stegen’

Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has backed Manuel Neuer to defend his status as Germany’s number one, saying that his team mate is better than Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen. “In Marc... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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German league boss slams Champions League reform plans

Berlin (AFP) – The vice-president of the German Football league (DFL) has spoken out against an alleged plan by Europe’s top clubs to dramatically reform the UEFA Champions League. DFL boss Peter Peters said that... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Fix to 737 MAX anti-stall software is ready: industry sources

A fix to the anti-stall system suspected in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that killed 189 people in Indonesia is ready, industry sources said Saturday, as the company tries to avoid a lengthy grounding of its planes. Boeing was due to present the patch to officials and pilots of US airlines -- American, Southwest and United -- in Renton, Washington state, where the plane is assembled, other sources said. "Boeing has already finalized the necessary corrective measures for the MAX," an avi...


Ronaldo-inspired Kean says more records to come after first Italy goal

Udine (Italy) (AFP) – Teenage star Moise Kean said Saturday that had learned from Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring his first goal for Italy in what he hopes will be a record-breaking career. The... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Comfortable passage for champions Cameroon as Burundi make history

Johannesburg (AFP) – Defending champions Cameroon, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau and Namibia secured 2019 Africa Cup of Nations places on Saturday, raising to 19 the number of qualifiers for the tournament. The remaining five places will be... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Barella, Kean get Italy off the mark in Euro 2020 qualifiers

Udine (Italy) (AFP) – Nicolo Barella and Moise Kean scored in either half to get Italy off to a winning start in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland in Udine on Saturday. Barella rifled... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Ramos helps Spain edge Norway, Kean stars for Italy

Paris (AFP) – Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Spain survive Norway scare to kick off campaign with win

Valencia (Spain) (AFP) – Spain held off a battling Norway to open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win on Saturday in Valencia. Luis Enrique’s side controlled play with quick accurate passing and... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Dzeko becomes first player to reach 100 Bosnia caps

Sarajevo (AFP) – Bosnia and Herzegovina captain Edin Dzeko became the first player from his country to reach 100 international caps in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Armenia on Saturday. A brief ceremony was... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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McCarthy begins second Ireland spell with nervy Gibraltar win

Paris (AFP) – Mick McCarthy made an inauspicious start to his second stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland as his team laboured to a 1-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Gibraltar on Saturday.... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Brazil denied victory by determined Panama

Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw against Panama in an international friendly played at Porto’s Dragao Stadium on Saturday. AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta claimed his first international goal for the... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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New-look Germany under pressure ahead of Dutch derby

Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus has called on Germany to win back the trust of their fans when they launch their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against old rivals the Netherlands on Sunday. Germany were booed... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Hand of God? Bangladeshi’s Messi drawing comes alive

Dhaka (AFP) – A young Bangladeshi architect has earned fame after his digital drawing of footballer Lionel Messi was matched in real life six years later. Suhas Nahian’s 2013 artwork shows Messi dribbling past a... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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New-look Germany face first big test against Holland

Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus has called on Germany to win back the trust of their fans when they launch their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against old rivals the Netherlands on Sunday. Germany were booed... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Albania fire Panucci after one Euro qualifier

Tirana (AFP) – Albania have sacked national team football coach Christian Panucci after losing their opening Euro 2020 qualifier 2-0 to Turkey, the local football federation said on Saturday. The 45-year-old Italian, who made his... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Ramsey absence “a blow” admits Giggs

London (AFP) – Wales manager Ryan Giggs said midfielder Aaron Ramsey missing his country’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday due to injury is a “blow”. The 28-year-old Arsenal star — who is... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Germany stars Goretzka and Gnabry condemn racist abuse

Berlin (AFP) – Germany stars Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry have spoken out in condemnation of the racist abuse directed at team mates Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan during Wednesday’s draw with Serbia.  “It is... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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Relatives of Mali attack victims rally, demand more support

The towns of Segou, a regional capital, and Sevare saw the victims' relatives gather to urge more government backing, participants told AFP. Th rally came after an attack in the central city of Dioura killed 26 people, according to a latest official army toll, with Bamako decreeing three days of official mourning from Friday. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has demanded a tough security line but that has failed to pacify the victims' families.


Ex-footballer Davies turns gambling own goal into net gain for others

London (AFP) – Scott Davies stood in his kitchen and held a knife to his chest as he contemplated the wreckage of his football career due to an obsession with gambling. Now he makes a... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
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