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  • Premier League: Tottenham's new signing Son Heung-Min: Is he worth it?

    Yahoo Sport's Bundesliga expert Chris Leischwitz gives you all you need to know about Spurs' news signing, South Korean international Son Heung-Min

    Tottenham Hotspur unveil new signing Heung-Min Son at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground on August 28, 2015 in Enfield, England.Tottenham Hotspur unveil new signing Heung-Min Son at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground on August 28, 2015 in Enfield, England.

    Son Heung-Min is hard-working, ambitious and persistent on the pitch and always calm and courteous off it. But as he leaves Germany in a big money move to the Premier League, he now has to prove he’s worth it.

    When the news broke that Son was leaving for Spurs he stepped out of character to put the boot in against Hakan Calhanoglu, his former teammate who had followed him from Hamburg to Leverkusen.

    After Leverkusen had impressively won their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday night against Lazio, the gossip around Son’s transfer was still topic number one. And Calhanoglu, who had

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  • High School coach Jeff Waldrop still remembers the first time he saw the Funes Mori brothers arrive to his high school practice field.

    “He was about 5ft 5 and 120 lbs,” Waldrop said of Ramiro. “They were young and they were tiny but they definitely had an outlandish amount of talent compared to all the other freshmen I had.”

    It was by fortune that the brothers had ended up in Waldrop’s presence at Arlington High School in Texas, after their parents decided to move to the United States in 2001.

    Instantly slotting them into his team, Waldrop surprisingly did not choose to use Ramiro in the

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  • EUROPA LEAGUE: Top five talking points - Penalties the order of the day

    Matthew Ogborn runs down the top 5 things you need to know about last night's Europa League action as Southampton crash out and the Champions League losers enter the fray.

    With the Champions League groups decided in Thursday’s draw that pitted several Euro giants against each other, UEFA’s other club competition geared up last night to decide the teams that would go into their own draw today

    [Football - Tough draw for Tottenham against Monaco, Anderlecht and Qarabag in Europa League]

    1) Penalties are never far away in any cup competition and so it proved yesterday evening with Dinamo Minsk edging through to the group stage with a 3-2 penno victory against Austrian Bundesliga champions FC Red Bull Salzburg.

    Salzburg skipper Jonathan Soriano did his best to lift

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  • Blast from the past no.4: Regi Blinker

    Reviving the Premier League players you forgot existed…

    Fans nowadays think nothing of filling their team with exotic imports from all continents of the globe. But back in March 1996, it didn’t get much more exciting than signing a dreadlocked Dutchman called Reginald.

    That was the sensational  breaking news that greeted Sheffield Wednesday fans when they read the morning papers in their pre-internet homes, a full day after the £275,000 transfer had taken place, and things quickly got even better.

    Within 36 hours, Regi Blinker was pulling on a loosely fitting, blue and white striped Puma shirt

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  • Hot football transfer gossip: Stones, Pogba, De Bruyne

    Kevin Darling looks at why this window might be different from all the rest. And the lack of Harry Redknapp winding down his car window is only part of it.

    Yes, Andy Carroll really will appear in this column somewhere © Getty

    There are some things we have become conditioned to take for granted in transfer windows: Harry Redknapp winding down his car window, Arsene Wenger not buying a world class striker, Chelsea and Man City always getting their man in the end by bidding a stupid amount of money.

    But it seems this one is different, and not just because there are no Sky Sports reporters asking Harry about his wheeler-dealing. Weirdly, it appears that John Stones might not be going to Chelsea after all.

    The Independent reports that Chelsea’s most

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  • SERIE A - Balotelli - The Prodigal Son is back...again

    Paddy Agnew looks into what the future holds for Italy’s most famous prodigal son, Mario Balotelli, who has been called 'absurd' and a 'mistake' as he lands back in Milan.

    Italy’s most famous prodigal son is back home, again, promising to do better this time. But can he really change?

    Just one year after he left Italian football for the second time, moving from AC Milan to Liverpool, the ever newsworthy Mario Balotelli is back with AC Milan, on a straight loan deal which reportedly sees Liverpool continue to pay approx. 35% of his €4 million euro per annum salary.

    It is only stating the obvious to suggest that at the age of 25, this could represent a last chance at the highest level for Balotelli, a player whose physical talent has never been in doubt but one

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  • La Liga: Spanish clubs the ones to catch in Europe

    With SpaIn having 5 teams in the Champions League this season, La Liga expert Andy Mitten looks at how Spanish teams are are going from strength to strength in European competition.

    Asked which teams he wanted Manchester United to be grouped with in the Champions League draw after Wednesday’s 4-0 victory in Belgium, Ander Herrera told us: “I don’t want to play against the Spanish teams. Why? Because they’re very good. Look how well they do year after year.”

    When Herrera arrived at United in 2014 the main aim of his team was a top four finish to get the club back into the Champions League. A seventh place finish in 2013-14 had led to them missing out on European football for the first time sinceEnglish clubs were re-introduced back into European competition in 1990.

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  • Bluffer’s Guide To The Weekend: An Anniversary for Jose, a KW Rugby League head-to-head and Big Bash battles

    'Bluffers guide' brings you an indespensible run-through of the weekend's action featuring Jose Mourinho, Darren Randolph and Rugby League’s Challenge Cup Final. Need to bluff this weekend? Look no further.

    Some time soon a great effort must be made to keep Jose Mourinho out of the headlines and the bluffer’s armoury. But that would be churlish this weekend, when the Special One is also the Anniversary One, celebrating – with a pout, a smouldering eyebrow, or perhaps a rare dazzling smile – his 100th home match as Chelsea manager, and his 200th Premier League match in charge.

    Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace will be aiming to poop the party when they visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and the well-versed bluffer will know that their away record in 2015 equals that of Chelsea (and Arsenal) and is

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  • TRANSFERS: Five things... That will drive you mad before the transfer window closes

    Kevin Darling tells you why the transfer window is a fickle mistress which brings out the worst in people, plus is the spectre of Carlton Cole looming the like the sword of damocles over your club?

    Optimism
    De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Stones, Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Rooney, Depay, Neymar, Bale. This is just the random scribble of a Man Utd fan who has worked out how the Red Devils can regain the Premier League title this season. Granted, it involves them making three pretty big signings within just a few days. But United have been linked with all these players recently, so it’s not as if those names have just been plucked out of thin air. Moving Rooney back into midfield is perhaps controversial, while persuading De Gea to stay Old Trafford could be tough. But then again, who

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  • U.S. Soccer’s longest running rivalry prepares its next chapter.

    On Sunday afternoon one of the longest standing rivalries in American soccer prepares itself for a new chapter as the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers.

    The origins of the sporting rivalry go back to the 1970s and it has since spanned four different professional leagues; from the NASL to the WSL, and USL, taking us to the present day and MLS. With such a rich history, the initial curiosity is what instigated the rivalry. “The proximity always helps,” Caleb Porter, head coach of the Portland Timbers, explained. “In Portland we have two sports; basketball and soccer. I think that makes

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