Virgil van Dijk praised his Liverpool teammate Alisson Becker after his late save denied Napoli a goal to ensure the Reds progressed into the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Alexis Nunes and Stevie Nicol predict this weekends Premier League fixtures, including a heavyweight match up between Liverpool and Manchester United.

Stewart Robson previews Manchester United’s trip to Anfield where they look to end league leaders Liverpool’s unbeaten run and gain ground back on the top four.
There has never been a Premier League goalkeeper as dominant as Manchester United’s David De Gea.
Yes, there have been more successful goalkeepers: De Gea, who was named the world’s best keeper in the ESPN FC 100, has won just one Premier League title. He also has only one “Golden Glove” award for the highest number of clean sheets in a season — last season, incidentally — and over a dozen goalkeepers have kept more clean sheets.
But these figures are largely dependent upon the quality of De Gea’s…

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The Egyptian Football Association has submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as next year’s African Nations Cup host.
Egypt’s pitch, announced on Thursday to meet Friday’s deadline, came after Morocco said this week it wouldn’t put itself forward as a candidate.
Morocco had been considered the front-runner after being a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup, only to lose out in that race to a joint United States-Mexico-Canada bid.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given countries until…

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Shaka Hislop’s take on Ousmane Dembele is that his reliance on and preference for his childhood friends is part of the culture growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood.

The FC crew feel recent statements by Barcelona players about Ousmane Dembele are an effort to help him regain focus and form at the club.
BERLIN — Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been sentenced to pay €20,725 by Dortmund’s district court through judgement by default after failing to react to a civil suit.
Dembele left Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 as he forced through his €105 million transfer to the Camp Nou, and never returned to his former house in Germany.
Last month, the 21-year-old was served a civil suit by Dortmund’s district court, where his former landlord has sued him. The total claims totalled €20,725,…

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True to their name, Mexican side Club Leon have appointed a fearsome new mascot: an actual, real-life lion.
Three cubs were recently born at Leon Zoo, one of which — Sambu — was named after Leon’s new signing, midfielder Rubens Sambueza.
As well as his 34-year-old namesake, Sambu has also joined the club as their new official mascot.
Sambu was sworn in at an unveiling ceremony that saw the youngster sign up as a club member — using a paw print, naturally.
While critics maintain that he’s still…

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Manchester United finish second in Group H while Manchester City top their group in the Champions League.

The FC panel assess if Manchester City deserve to be ahead of Barcelona and Juventus as the oddsmakers’ favourites to win the Champions League.

Phil Foden sits down with CityTV after signing a contract renewal, keeping him at the club until 2024.

The Exploding Heads wrap up the Premier League weekend in a tidy 90-second (plus stoppages) package.

Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.
MANCHESTER, England — Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne could return for Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Everton after suffering no pain on their return to first team training.
Aguero has missed City’s last four games with an adductor problem while De Bruyne has played only five times in all competitions this season after suffering two injury setbacks.
City are set to have one last training session on Friday afternoon before a final decision is made ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff.
“Sergio…

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