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Four ex-footballers have appeared together in an emotional interview to tell of their torment after being abused as children by a coach. Andy Woodward, who was the first to go public last week, wept as Steve Walters, Chris Unsworth and Jason Dunford spoke of being abused by ex-Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell. Mr Unsworth said he “never told a soul” that he was raped up to 100 times. Three police forces are investigating claims against more than one person. Barry Bennell, 62, has served three jail sentences for child sex offences. Since Mr Woodward’s story emerged, several ex-players have made…

Gigi Simoni claims Diego Simeone’s dream “is to return to Inter” as they are the “only club he’ll leave Atletico Madrid for”. Simeone remains heavily linked with Inter, despite Stefano Pioli’s recent appointment, having played for the club between 1997 and 1999 and recently downsized his Atleti contract to 2018. “Diego has a Nerazzurro heart, he’s fond of Inter and Italy,” Simoni, who coached the Argentine in his first season with the Nerazzurri, told Interdipenza.net. “His dream is to return to Inter, he revealed it to me. His heart still beats strong for our colours, he’s had many big offers,…

Didier Drogba has confirmed he will leave the Montreal Impact when his contract expires at the end of the season. The striker joined the MLS franchise in 2015 and scored 11 goals in as many games during his first season – while this campaign he has bagged another 10 in 23 appearances. On Tuesday evening Montreal won the first leg of the Eastern Conference final against Toronto FC 3-2 and after coming off the bench to play his first game since September, the 38-year-old announced that it would be his last in front of the crowd at the Olympic Stadium…

Arsene Wenger has been accused of being “disrespectful” of Paris Saint-Germain‘s efforts in Ligue 1 by midfielder Thiago Motta. The Brazilian has taken a swipe at the Gunners boss ahead of Arsenal and PSG’s penultimate Champions League group stage game at the Emirates on Wednesday evening. The French coach took charge of two Ligue 1 clubs over a ten-year period, beginning his management career at Ligue 1 club Nancy in 1984 before winning the title as Monaco boss four years later. But with PSG having been French top flight champions for four consecutive seasons since the Qatari takeover in 2012,…

This time last year, our backs were to the wall and an early Champions League exit was seen by most to be all but certain barring a miraculous escape. Fast forward 12 months and we head into Wednesday’s winner-takes-all clash against PSG safe in the knowledge that our progression to the knockout stage is already secure. His side might have that “luxury”, but, having drawn 1-1 in Paris in September, Arsène Wenger is determined to top Group A with a win against Unai Emery’s side. “I believe that the two teams have done the job until now,” the Arsenal manager…

Antonio Conte warns Juventus “must look beyond Serie A” this season – “when you have that squad you must have big objectives”. The Chelsea manager is a former Bianconeri Coach, winning three Scudetti in a row including an unbeaten season in 2011-12. Max Allegri’s side already has a seven point gap on the chasing pack, but his predecessor believes European success must be the objective. “When you have the eighth-highest wage bill in the world you have to look beyond Serie A,” Conte opined, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport. “Juventus have made important investments with are up there with the…

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced today that Jurgen Klinsmann has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Technical Director for U.S. Soccer. Gulati will conduct a media teleconference call Tuesday afternoon to discuss the change. Details will be announced in the near future. Klinsmann began his tenure as head coach on July 29, 2011, and compiled a 55-27-16 record during his tenure. In 2013, he led the team on a record-setting 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage in 2013 are all-time U.S.…

After winning the Champions League and Euro 2016 in what he described as his best season, Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sight on the prestigious Ballon d’Or. And Portugal captain believes he has done everything possible to win the 2016 edition. The 31-year-old is among the favourites to claim France Football’s award for the world’s best player after a stellar 12 months for club and country.  The forward scored 51 goals in 48 matches in all competitions for Real Madrid last season, including 16 in 12 games as coach Zinedine Zidane’s side won the trophy for the…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a decisive 1-0 victory against FC Bayern with his first shot and celebrated unusually with three Liegestützen. Aubameyang netted the only goal in the game for his side on the 11th minute. Speaking after the game said his team really worked hard for the victory against Bayern Munich adding that Dortmund are deserved winners in the crucial clash. With twelve goals in eleven matches, he returned to the top of the scoreline with Anthony Modeste. The Gabonese goal poacher spoke to BVBtotal! Here are excerpts of the interview. Auba, your goal was the decisive for the first Bundesliga home…

With 12 months to go before we know the 31 teams who will join hosts Russia at the 2018 World Cup, we take a look at some of the major nations and familiar names who appear to have a battle on their hands to make the finals.  Argentina and Chile Argentina’s 3-0 defeat in Brazil last week left them facing a huge crisis in their qualification bid. However, victory at home to Colombia on Tuesday averted this for now, as at least that win left them fifth and that offers a playoff against the winners of the Oceania region –…

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