• Football

    Vinicius Junior tears up in final Flamengo press conference ahead of Real Madrid move

    Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior bade a heartfelt goodbye to Flamengo on Monday as he prepares to make his move to Real Madrid.The 17-year-old's move to the European champions will become a reality on his 18th birthday next month after a £38million deal was agreed last year.He is widely considered the best prospect to come out of his country since Neymar and appears to have a big future in the game, though it is unclear yet whether or not he will be loaned out next season. Vinicius Junior was reduced to tears as he bid farewell to Brazilian side Flamengo on ...

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  • Football

    It's an England-Brazil final! Three Lions predicted to go all the way

    England are set to face five-time winners Brazil in the final of the World Cup in Russia, according to forecasts by Goldman Sachs.The bank has been using a predictive model to pick a winner at the summer showpiece. Simulating 1million variations, it initially picked Brazil to beat Germany in the final on July 15.But after England's flying start to the tournament, and Germany's struggles in their first two matches, Goldman's team have changed their minds. England are set to reach the final of the World Cup in Russia, according to Goldman Sachs But the forecasts suggest the Three Lions will lose ...

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  • eSports

    Pro FIFA players give their thoughts on FIFA 19's new features

    It's that time of year when FIFA players everywhere are looking forward to the next game.FIFA 19 is set for release at the end of September, and EA Sports has been showing off some of the new features in the game. Mail Esports spoke to professional FIFA players Ryan 'Hashtag Ryan' Pessoa and Shaun 'Shellzz' Springette at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere about what they've seen so far, and what their thoughts are. Hashtag Ryan (middle left) and Shellzz (middle right) are looking forward to the new FIFA 19 Every year, FIFA is becoming a bigger esport. It seems that with FIFA ...

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  • Football

    Has VAR been a success or a failure so far at the World Cup in Russia?

    As many predicted beforehand, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has become one of the major talking points of the World Cup in Russia.For better or worse the technology - and the sight of referees sprinting to the pitchside screen or of the uniformed officials in Moscow mission HQ - has become a familiar theme during the tournament.It's certainly sparked plenty of debate, with fans discussing whether it's being used too much or too little, whether referees have come to rely on it, and whether players are pressurising officials to check decisions.We take a look at some of the key decisions ...

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  • Football

    Portugal star Ricardo Quaresma is the heavily-tattooed nomad with a trademark shot

    The World Cup is the best place to gain an audience. The Cruyff turn, Mexican wave and Bebeto's baby celebration were copied around the globe and now it's the turn for kids everywhere to mimic the Quaresma trivela after his sensational goal against Iran.So, who is Ricardo Quaresma, the 34-year-old maverick who has played for some of Europe's biggest clubs including Barcelona and Chelsea, but hadn't started a World Cup match until Monday night in Saransk?The first thing to note is that although Quaresma's latest trivela – spinning and curling the ball with the outside of the foot – has ...

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  • Football

    Spain critics call for radical team changes - including dropping Andres Iniesta

    Former Spain keeper Santiago Canizares wants Andres Iniesta and David Silva dropped, top television pundit Julio Maldonado wants David de Gea ditched, and there are loud and widespread calls for Spain to ease back on the tiki-taka and get all Diego Simeone, with Atletico Madrid midfielders Saul and Koke called into a 4-4-2 formation for the last-16 game against Russia.They want radical solutions after two poor group-game performances. What now remains to be seen is just how radical Fernando Hierro is prepared to be. Radical has never been a word you would use to describe him before.'This is not the ...

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  • Football

    Inter Milan announce £21m signing of Radja Nainggolan from Roma

    Radja Nainggolan has joined Inter Milan on a four-year contract from Serie A rivals Roma.The fee is expected to be worth £21million, with two players - veteran fullback Davide Santon and 18-year-old midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo - heading to Roma in exchange.Belgium midfielder Nainggolan, who retired from the national team after being omitted from Roberto Martinez's World Cup squad, scored 28 goals in 155 league appearances for Roma. Inter Milan have officially signed Radja Nainggolan for £21million from Serie A rivals Roma The San Siro outfit have tied the combative Belgian midfielder down until June 30, 2022 Belgian midfielder Nainggolan scored ...

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  • Football

    Mario Mandzukic mocks Javier Mascherano's height and Paulo Dybala finds it hilarious

    Javier Mascherano had 90 minutes to forget as Argentina's World Cup hopes lay in tatters after the shambolic 3-0 defeat by Croatia last week.But the veteran midfielder was at least given something to smile about during the closing stages in Nizhny Novgorod.Footage has emerged of the former Barcelona and Liverpool man clashing with Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic in the closing stages of the game. Mario Mandzukic mocked Javier Mascherano's height during Croatia's win over Argentina Footage has emerged of the incident during last week's Group D clash in Nizhny NovgorodThe 34-year-old tried to have a word with the Juventus striker, ...

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  • Football

    Phil Neville's son Harvey signs for Manchester United on 16th birthday

    Phil Neville's son Harvey has followed his dad by signing for Manchester United.Neville Snr shared his exciting news on his Instagram page, posting a photograph of the 16-year-old holding up a United shirt. It was a double celebration for Harvey, who also had his birthday on Tuesday.Phil represented the Old Trafford club 386 times during a 15-year association with United. Phil Neville revealed his son Harvey had signed for Manchester United in an Instagram post Harvey also posted a photo of himself signing his contract alongside his sister Isabella Phil and Harvey pose with each other for a snap — Harvey ...

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  • Football

    REVEALED The new ball to be used for the World Cup knockout stages

    Adidas has released the first pictures of the match ball to be used in the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia.The 'Telstar Mechta' is fit with a 'vivid red design' which, according to the sports company, is supposed to reflect the colours of the host nation and the 'rising heat' of knockout football.Throughout the tournament so far, the black-and-white Telstar 18 has been used. But that ball will be replaced at the end of the group stages. The newly-released 'Telstar Mechta' will be used during the knockout stages of the World Cup The 'vivid red design' reflects colours of ...

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  • Boxing

    Anthony Joshua set to face Alexander Povetkin in September

    Anthony Joshua is almost certain to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September after being given 24 hours by the WBA to wrap up a deal, Sportsmail can reveal.The Brit has been in lengthy talks over a major unification with Deontay Wilder but, with those discussions yet to be resolved, it is understood that Joshua will sign to fight Povetkin.The situation was hastened by contact from the WBA on Monday night, giving Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn a final day to arrange a fight with Povetkin or else risk losing the belt. Anthony Joshua, pictured relaxing (left) and in the gym, ...

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  • Football

    Alireza Beiranvand saved Cristiano Ronaldo penalty but he was once homeless and worked in pizza shop

    Alireza Beiranvand saved Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty on Monday evening but that stop — the first time Portugal have missed a spot kick at a World Cup — is the peak of an incredible life story. Beiranvand grew up as part of a nomad family in Sarab-e Yas, Lorenstan, Iran. He played football with his friends around helping his family out with shepherding their sheep.He went on to join the local team at the age of 12 and impressed after moving between the sticks but his father Morteza was opposed to him pursuing football as a career. Alireza Beiranvand saved a penalty ...

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  • Football

    Mark Lawrenson divides opinion after Iran-Portugal clash

    The World Cup sparked into life yet again on Monday night as Portugal and Iran played out a thrilling draw in Saransk.VAR was at the centre of attention again as the Asian side were awarded a controversial stoppage-time penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo had a penalty saved and then survived a red card review.But for many viewers it was BBC co-commentator Mark Lawrenson who stole the show during prime-time viewing. Mark Lawrenson divided opinion on Twitter during co-commentary for Iran vs Portugal Portugal and Iran played out a 1-1 draw during a controversial game in Saransk on Monday  The former Liverpool defender ...

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  • Football

    Paul Pogba admits to problems with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

    Paul Pogba has downplayed his rift with Jose Mourinho last season, claiming his 'small issues' with the Manchester United boss 'were nothing in the end'.The France midfielder fell out of favour at Old Trafford during the previous campaign and was not guaranteed a starting position despite costing £89million in 2016.Pogba even held showdown talks with Mourinho in February, with the pair discussing the 25-year-old's best position and form following a string of poor performances. Paul Pogba trains alongside his France team-mates ahead of their game against Denmark Jose Mourinho gives instructions to Pogba during a Champions League tie against SevillaAnd ...

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  • Football

    Chelsea push to sign Kostas Manolas but he 'doesn't want to take advantage of Roma release clause'

    Chelsea are lining up a move for Roma defender Kostas Manolas, but the player is hesitant to take advantage of his £32million release clause.Should Maurizio Sarri replace Antonio Conte as boss at Stamford Bridge this summer, he will target Manolas to bolster Chelsea's defence next term.According to Corriere dello Sport, however, the player has informed Roma he is happy to stay after signing a new deal in December, which is set to keep him there until 2022. Chelsea are lining up move for Roma's Kostas Manolas (left), who has a £32m release clause Should Maurizio Sarri replace Antonio Conte, he ...

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