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Eden Hazard and brother Thorgan did not want to pass to Michy Batshuayi or Romelu Lukaku in Belgium’s defeat of Cyprus

Belgium cruised through qualifying for the 2018 World Cup (Picture: Getty)   Thorgan Hazard has joked that he and brother Eden Hazard did their best to keep the ball away from Michy Batshuayi and Romelu Lukaku in Belgium‘s 4-0 thumping of Cyprus.   Belgium became the first European side to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia ...

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Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal contract talks ‘positive’, says agent

Mesut Ozil’s agent says that talks with Arsenal over a contract extension are “going in a positive way”. Ozil’s contract at the Emirates expires at the end of the season, meaning that he is free to negotiate a pre-contract deal with clubs outside England from January. As a result, his future at Arsenal, who he joined in 2013 from Real ...

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Nigeria have vindicated me —Troost-Ekong

Turkey-based defender, William Troost-Ekong, says he has been massively rewarded by his decision to play for Nigeria. Troost-Ekong holds a dual citizenship of Nigeria and Holland, having been born in Holland but opted to play international football for Nigeria. “I am proud I have a lot to point to as a Nigerian international. Last year, I was at the Olympics ...

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Ex-Eagles Star, Etuhu denies match fixing allegation

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Dickson Etuhu has denied involvement in a major European match-fixing scandal. The Times reports Etuhu, who played 33 times for Nigeria, was quizzed by Swedish cops over allegations surrounding Gothenburg’s suspended clash against AIK Stockholm in May. One of the league’s most high-profile fixtures was called off after AIK stopper Kenny Stamatopoulos told authorities he had ...

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UEFA announce participants for new Nations League competition

  Netherlands, Iceland and Croatia will join Europe’s biggest footballing countries in the top division of the new Nations League. England, France, Germany and Spain are among the 12 teams confirmed as participants in the top division of the new UEFA Nations League competition. Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland and Croatia are also in League A. The inclusion of ...

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Portugal legend Figo becomes UEFA advisor

Luis Figo Former world player of the year Luis Figo has joined UEFA as a football advisor, European football’s governing body said on Wednesday. The 44-year-old former Portugal star will work with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and UEFA’s Football Divison “across a variety of matters including technical aspects of the game, laws of the game and the overall attractiveness of ...

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The treble race: Messi closes in on Ronaldo

Lionel Messi proved once again that he is the man for the big occasion when he banged in a hat-trick to fire Argentina into the World Cup and close the gap with his arch-rival in the race for this particular record. Three goals to secure Argentina’s presence in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 44th hat-trick in Messi’s astonishing ...

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