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Spain vs England: A tribute to Eric Dier’s tackle on Sergio Ramos, a new entry in the reducer pantheon
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Spain vs England: A tribute to Eric Dier’s tackle on Sergio Ramos, a new entry in the reducer pantheon

“At 3.01pm Vinnie went in for a tackle with Steve McMahon and that was the key moment,” John Fashanu once recalled, thinking back to how a Wimbledon teammate by the surname of Jones had announced himself in the opening moments of the 1988 FA Cup final. “The tackle started at his throat and ended at his ankle.” Eric Dier’s challenge on Sergio Ramos came significantly later in proceedings at the Estadio Benito Villamarín on Monday night, some 11 minutes after the kick-off. Nor was it an attempt to maim Ramos in the same way you gut a shrimp, ripping out …

‘Busquets praise must stop… he’s no better than Dier!’ – Ex-England boss Allardyce
Beyond the Athlete- The Role of an International Athlete Activist Today
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Beyond the Athlete- The Role of an International Athlete Activist Today

Gerard Piqué knew he could face sanctions for speaking out for Catalan’s independence referendum in late 2017. He offered to leave his $14.7 million contract as a defender from FC Barcelona if his politics interfered with the team. Piqué’s political pursuits highlight a growing wave of athlete activism within European athletics. People with Spanish and Catalan flags support the unity of Spain during last October’s protest. Credit: Reuters Eric Hutcherson, the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for the NBA, said an athletes’ growing social media presence allows them to speak out on issues that matter to them. “Athletes have a …

Eric Dier hailed as being on par with Sergio Busquets by Sam Allardyce
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Eric Dier hailed as being on par with Sergio Busquets by Sam Allardyce

Former England manager Sam Allardyce believes Eric Dier deserves as much praise as Spain’s Sergio Busquets. The 24-year-old played a starring role in the Three Lions’ impressive win over the 2010 World Cup winners on Monday evening. Allardyce: “Busquets is no better than Dier” “Busquets is no better than Dier… …Dier does a similar job to Busquets but he gets a lot of criticism for it!” Sam Allardyce believes #THFC‘s @EricDier is as good as Barca’s Busquets but doesn’t get the same credit! 👀 📻 Take a listen & give us your thoughts! ↓ pic.twitter.com/WOhINsq4og — The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast …

UEFA Nations League – Spain vs England: Jordi Alba, an increasingly unjustified absence
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UEFA Nations League – Spain vs England: Jordi Alba, an increasingly unjustified absence

UEFA Nations League – Spain vs England Difficult relationship with Luis Enrique Jordi Alba and Luis Enrique En Espaol Luis Enrique is a great coach, that goes without saying. The titles achieved with Barcelona (one Champions League, two LaLiga Santander titles, three Copa del Rey wins, one Spanish Super Cup, one European Super Cup and one Club World Cup) speak for themselves. It has also become crystal clear that he is a tactician with very strong ideas and a personality so overwhelming that he doesn’t care who it offends. However, with Jordi Alba, he has made a mistake. He has turned …

Six of the best England performances since Euro 96 | Philip Cornwall | Football
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Six of the best England performances since Euro 96 | Philip Cornwall | Football

Goalless draws are rarely treasured but, given the rarity with which England get the better of elite teams, the 0-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, pushing the hosts into the France 98 play-offs, stands out. Against a side that had won 1-0 at Wembley, Glenn Hoddle’s team more than held their own. It being England, the glory is tinged with regrets: Ian Wright, who struck a post in added time, did not make the cut for the finals on his return from injury; Paul Gascoigne likewise, albeit more explosively; and Paul Ince, the bloodied hero here, missed a penalty in the …

Usain Bolt drug test request defended by Australian anti-doping authority | Football News
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Usain Bolt drug test request defended by Australian anti-doping authority | Football News

By PA Sport Last Updated: 16/10/18 10:28am 0:28 Usain Bolt was left baffled after being handed a drug testing notice from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (Instagram credit: usainbolt) Usain Bolt was left baffled after being handed a drug testing notice from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (Instagram credit: usainbolt) Australia’s anti-doping authority has defended its decision to test Usain Bolt, after the former Olympic sprint champion questioned why he had been selected while he is on trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners. The eight-time gold medallist reacted with surprise after receiving a notice for a drugs test on …

Arsenal news: Sam Allardyce blasts SOFT Laurent Koscielny over Didier Deschamps complaints | Football | Sport
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Arsenal news: Sam Allardyce blasts SOFT Laurent Koscielny over Didier Deschamps complaints | Football | Sport

Koscielny announced his retirement from international football on Sunday after 51 appearances for France. In his reveal, Koscielny hit out at Deschamps over being “forgotten about” since suffering a serious Achilles injury. Koscielny would have started for France in central defence alongside Raphael Varane but was forced to watch on as they won the World Cup for the second time in their history. “When you are in good form, you have lots of friends,” the Arsenal captain said. “When you are injured… after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about. “He [Deschamps] called me once for my birthday …

Musacchio could be a season-defining signing for Fulham
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Musacchio could be a season-defining signing for Fulham

AC Milan defender Mateo Musacchio has been linked with a move away from the club. According to Daily Mirror, Premier League side Fulham are considering a move for the Argentine. The newly promoted outfit have made a poor start to the season so far and most of their struggles are a result of a poor defence. The likes of Mawson and Chambers are still adapting to their new surroundings and Jokanovic needs to figure out a solution soon. A move for Musacchio should be ideal for the Cottagers. Although his spell at Milan has been plagued with injuries, his quality …