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Each week a leading band or musician takes our special Starting XI Q&A. And they don't come much bigger than this week's interviewee... Mr Noel Gallagher... Who would be the most rock 'n' roll signing your club could make? He's already been and gone at City... Mario Balotelli. If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be? Blue...

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With the new Premier League season fixtures announced, we examine the importance of the opening day results. While no medals are handed out in August, it's considered important to get off to a fast start - but perhaps a team’s fortunes on the opening day of the season are rather more significant than it might seem. For example, only...

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Nicolas Gaitan has rejected a big-money offer from Al-Ahli, according to reports in Portugal. The winger has been on United's radar for some years now after five impressive seasons at Benfica, who he joined from Boca Juniors. Liverpool have also expressed an interest in the 27-year-old Argentina international but the two Premier League giants almost missed out as Dubai-based Al-Ahli...

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed the club's summer spending is NOT over. The Dutchman also added the Red Devils have targeted two positions to improve their options this transfer window. United have already signed Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger – but the ex-Ajax boss claims there will more arrivals before the end of...

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been listed as the highest-paid athlete in the world by American business magazine Forbes. The Real Madrid forward is the first footballer to ever top the annual list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, having earned $88m in the last 12 months - $6.6m more than Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who is second. There are five Britons...

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Brendan Rodgers has called for calm as Celtic look to secure a place in the play-off round of the Champions League qualifiers. The Scottish title holders go into the return leg of their tie with Kazakh side Astana with a slight advantage after Leigh Griffiths' away goal gave them a 1-1 draw in the first game last week. Winning...

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England manager Roy Hodgson voted for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2015 Ballon d'Or. On the list published by FIFA, it was revealed that Hodgson also picked eventual winner Lionel Messi second, with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard in third. Last year, Hodgson caused a bit of a stir by voting for Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano to win the award,...

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Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Wayne Rooney? Who will score the most goals in the Premier League? We take a look at the main contenders... Sergio Aguero - 11/4 to be top scorer Manchester City's Sergio Aguero topped the scoring charts last season and is favourite with Sky Bet to repeat the trick in 2015/16. The Argentina international netted 26...

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FIFA will elect their new president to succeed Sepp Blatter in a special congress on 26 February 2016 - meaning the disgraced Swiss chief is set to remain in power for another seven months. An extraordinary meeting of FIFA's executive committee decided on the date of the election, despite UEFA members having pushed for an earlier date. Candidates for...

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​Lionel Messi picked up the top prize at the 2015 Ballon d'Or gala on Monday night, but he was beaten to the Puskas Award for best goal by Wendell Lira. The 27-year-old Brazilian scored a superb bicycle kick for Brazilian side Goianesia against Atletico Goianiense to complete a stunning team move. He received 46.7% of the vote, which was...

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