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Burnley had a great start to their season, having stunned the defending Premier League champions Chelsea in their own backyard in a dominant performance that saw them winning the contest 3-2. The Blues tried to claw back into the match with two goals in the second half, but a resilient Burnley side proved too much for them to contain with and they had the worst possible start of their campaign as the reigning champions. The Clarets are looking to bank on the gallant win and make this season a good one. Despite losing their mainstay in attack Andre Gray in…

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he felt “inferior” to Real Madrid for the first time after being thrashed by their rivals in the Spanish Super Cup. La Liga and European champions Madrid won 2-0 on Wednesday night to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory. Pique, 30, who has been at Barca for nine years, said: “We are not in the best moment, as a team or a club. “This a long process and there is room for improvement, We must stay as close as possible and keep moving forwards.” Real were without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is serving a five-match suspension after…

Paris Saint-Germain’s world record transfer Neymar had a goal and an assist as the capital club dismissed En Avant de Guingamp 3-0 in the Brazilian’s PSG debut on Sunday. Stade de Roudourou was packed to the rafters for Neymar’s first competitive match in PSG colours, and the former Barcelona man – now the world’s most expensive player at €222 million – wasted little time in exerting his influence on the game, setting up Edinson Cavani for a shot that was saved by Karl-Johan Johnsson (16′) before seeing an effort of his own sail over the bar (20′). Neymar then span…

German champions Bayern Munich beat Cup holders Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties to win a record sixth Super Cup after the entertaining curtain-raiser to the new season finished 2-2 in regular time on Saturday. Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich saved Marc Bartra’s sudden-death spot kick to settle a riveting tie at Dortmund’s packed Signal Iduna Park, as Bayern twice came from behind during the 90 minutes and also turned the tide in the penalty shootout. Dortmund looked to have done enough after top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a superb 71st-minute goal to give the home side a 2-1 lead but they…

France striker Kylian Mbappe has asked to leave Ligue 1 champions Monaco, with Barcelona named among several big European clubs interested in signing him, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on its website. The 18-year-old shone for Monaco as they claimed the French title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season but the forward wants to leave the club “very soon,” L’Equipe said in the report. Monaco recently said it was hopeful that the teenager valued at 180 million euros ($213 million) would agree to a new contract. With Brazilian striker Neymar on the verge of a record-breaking…

Diego Costa has taken pre-season training into his own hands with an improvised training session on a Brazilian beach. In a video uploaded to Costa’s Instagram account, he is seen exercising on the sand with the help of two assistants, one holding him back while the other feeds him the ball. Blues boss Antonio Conte opted to omit the player from the club’s recent pre-season tour of Asia and Costa did not join the squad as they returned to training at Cobham on Monday. Costa, who has netted 58 times since arriving at Stamford Bridge, is reportedly keen to return…

Ten Chinese Super League clubs say they have paid off debts related to player wages, bonuses and transfers after 13 of them were threatened with expulsion. Shanghai Shenhua, who signed Argentine striker Carlos Tevez in January on what are believed to be among the highest wages in world football, and Oscar’s Shanghai SIPG are among the top-tier clubs who say their books are now clean. The Chinese Football Association said in a statement published by one team that the Asian Football Confederation had asked 18 top flight and lower league clubs on July 11 to clear their debts by an…

Former Inter Allies defender Baba Mensah has completed his move to FC Ilves in Finland. An official announcement by the Eleven Is to One side reads ”FC is delighted to announce that defender Baba Mensah has joined FC Ilves in Finland.” The tall center back joined the Finnish side after completing a one and half season deal on Monday afternoon. The 2014/15 Ghana Premier League best defender is available for his debut on Saturday when Ilves face VPS in the Veikkausliiga. Baba has experience in plying his trade in the Scandinavia having played for BK Hacken in Sweden and recently Viborg…

Monaco have accused some of Europe’s top clubs of making illegal approaches for teenage striker Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old has been linked with a big-money summer move to a number of Premier League sides, as well as other leading clubs across Europe. Monaco said in a statement that “important European clubs” have made contact with Mbappe without permission. The Ligue 1 club says it may ask world governing body Fifa and the French league to consider disciplinary action. Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season as they won Ligue 1 for the first time in 17…

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