• Antoine Griezmann gets autographs from France 1998 World Cup heroes
Antoine Griezmann gets autographs from France 1998 World Cup heroes

A statement on Atletico's website confirmed the clubs will work over the next few days to complete the transfer. Listen to the latest episode of Soccer Republic Extra or subscribe on iTunes . France won the 1998 World Cup on home soil in a memorable tournament. Of course, if he was staying at Atleti, why wouldn't he just come out and say it ...

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  • Argentina’s Pitana to ref World Cup opener
Argentina’s Pitana to ref World Cup opener

The event, kicking off June 14 , will take place in various cities across Russian Federation, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Sochi. They will be joined by Brazil's two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo at Thursday's show, which will be held just 30 minutes before the kick-off to the first match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia .

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  • Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly
Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly

Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead after 36 minutes with a slick finish from a tight angle. Skip forward to Tuesday, just two days before the World Cup begins and five days before Brazil's opener against Switzerland , and Neymar was the picture of happiness, content with harbouring the responsibility of a football-obsessed nation.

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  • Mohamed Salah's participation in Egypt's Fifa World Cup opener remains in doubt
Mohamed Salah's participation in Egypt's Fifa World Cup opener remains in doubt

This is a positive turn of events for Salah and his fans, as the Liverpool forward had been battling to get back in form after the tussle with Sergio Ramos cast doubt on his ability to participate in the World Cup , where he would be a pivotal player on the Egyptian team.

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  • Justify bags Triple Crown win in Belmont Stakes
Justify bags Triple Crown win in Belmont Stakes

Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. So when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the hoards of joyous horse racing fans shook Belmont Park , right outside New York City, to its core. With his Triple Crown victory Saturday, Justify became the most valuable horse in racing history. "He's so gifted...

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  • Former UNI player Nick Nurse becoming Toronto Raptors' head coach
Former UNI player Nick Nurse becoming Toronto Raptors' head coach

Toronto's coaching search reportedly had narrowed down to Nurse and San Antonio assistant coach Ettore Messina. The Toronto Raptors didn't have to go far to find the man who will be the ninth head coach in franchise history. In 2007, he became the head coach of the Iowa Energy in the then-NBA D-League, and was a coach in that league until 2013 ...

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  • Manchester United make a Positive Start in the Transfer Window
Manchester United make a Positive Start in the Transfer Window

The 24-year-old joined Benfica from Brazilian side Bahia in 2014 and during his spell made 52 appearances, scoring 12 goals . It is not the first time the Portuguese is interested in the player. You'd say that's a decent signing '. Talisca proved a major hit with Besiktas , netting 20 goals and providing seven assists in all competitions dur...

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  • Sarfraz, Malik drive Pakistan to victory against Scotland
Sarfraz, Malik drive Pakistan to victory against Scotland

The Australians have shaped up well so far on their English tour, beginning with a couple of victories against Sussex and Middlesex in their warm up matches. Australia captain Tim Paine says his players will shake hands with their England rivals before Wednesday's clash at The Oval as the tourists aim to heal the wounds of their recent ball-...

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  • Kyrie on reuniting with LeBron:
Kyrie on reuniting with LeBron: "We'll see what management decides"

In that Game 7, the Celtics came up short despite an impressive defensive performance, putting together one of the worst offensive showings of the postseason. Or is his lengthy injury history too much of a red flag to make such a commitment? After watching what the Warriors did to the Cavaliers in the Finals, Irving nearly seems bold for talkin...

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  • Justify’s Value Skyrockets Following Triple Crown Win
Justify’s Value Skyrockets Following Triple Crown Win

Triple Crown victor Justify is ready to start the next portion of his career, becoming the most valuable stud horse in the world. Not only did Justify give the 65-year-old trainer his second Triple Crown in four years on Saturday, but for the second straight year, Baffert came away with a win in every race he had an entry on the day of the B...

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  • Red Bull victory possible in Canada - Ricciardo
Red Bull victory possible in Canada - Ricciardo

Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan admitted the MGU-K from Monaco is unlikely to be re-usable. Max Verstappen points to a lack of top speed as Red Bull's weakness at the Canadian Grand Prix after finishing fastest in both of Friday's practice sessions .

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  • Krejcikova, Siniakova win French Open doubles
Krejcikova, Siniakova win French Open doubles

Nadal is looking as comfortable as ever on the Philippe Chatrier court where has previously won the title 10 times. So if anyone could head into the French Open final with even the slightest reason to think there's a chance of preventing Nadal from winning a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros , it is his opponent Sunday.

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  • Julen Lopetegui Named Real Madrid Head Coach After Zinedine Zidane's Resignation
Julen Lopetegui Named Real Madrid Head Coach After Zinedine Zidane's Resignation

They face a World Cup group containing Iberian rivals Portugal, as well as Morocco and Iran. The recent Champions League winners have named Spain's national team coach Julen Lopetegui as their new manager, with the 51-year-old to join the club after the upcoming World Cup.

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  • Sporting Lisbon: President offers to resign on one condition after player crisis
Sporting Lisbon: President offers to resign on one condition after player crisis

Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has offered to stand down in a bid to prevent a number of the club's key players rescinding their contracts. De Carvalho threatened to suspend 19 players after Sporting's 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League in April, in a freaky Facebook post singling out some of the club's key names.

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  • Warriors GM says team will give Kevin Durant whatever deal he wants
Warriors GM says team will give Kevin Durant whatever deal he wants

It's been ridiculous getting to go on this ride with him in the playoffs. You obviously need stars, and the Warriors will re-sign Kevin Durant this summer to keep their four All-Stars together. "Avery Johnson used to have an expression he would use all the time, "the same thing make you laugh, make you cry". "So the luxury of having KD bail u...

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  • Real Madrid Appoint Lopetegui to Replace Zidane
Real Madrid Appoint Lopetegui to Replace Zidane

But he said no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team coaching job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time. Lopetegui has never lost a match as Spain coach since taking the reins in July 2016 in the wake of the European Championship, ea...

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  • US Open condoles death of Maria Bueno
US Open condoles death of Maria Bueno

She also reached the singles final at both the Australian Open and the French Open. Bueno was also a prolific doubles player, claiming women's titles at all four of the grand slams from 1958-68 and a mixed doubles championship at Roland Garros in 1960.

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  • Didier Deschamps' Spain Claim Hits Manchester United's Antoine Griezmann Hopes
Didier Deschamps' Spain Claim Hits Manchester United's Antoine Griezmann Hopes

Griezmann has been linked with a host of top clubs in the last 18 months, with Barcelona and Manchester United mooted to be one of his many suitors. I know that many of you were waiting for [my decision], but I will not be revealing it today. "I have already made my decision but it is not the time to announce it", he added.

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  • Lopetegui to replace Zidane at Real Madrid
Lopetegui to replace Zidane at Real Madrid

The Spanish giants broke the news in a Tweet on Tuesday. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation. The France legend subsequently took the decision to step down, and a replacement has now been found, though expectations are unlikely to be any lower.

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  • Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight
Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight

The fight, pairing unbeaten sluggers at the peak of their physical primes, would be one of the biggest the sport could make and the most important the division has seen in 15 years. Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April. "We have preference for Showtime because we've be...

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  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic responds to Manchester United speculation
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic responds to Manchester United speculation

Savic is strong in the air, physically imposing and has great technical ability. Meanwhile, Juventus have also registered their interest in the midfielder but Lazio President Claudio Lotito has made it clear that he would rather sell Milinkovic-Savic overseas.

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  • Neymar mocks Austria's 'UFC' tactics after Brazil win
Neymar mocks Austria's 'UFC' tactics after Brazil win

Austria remained in the game and dominated possession early in the second half and gave Coutinho and Neymar some rough treatment, to the frustration of Brazil . However, Tite had midfielder Fred left off the team after he hurt his right ankle in training on Thursday. The Brazilian figure dropped from 72 per cent in 2013, the year before the...

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  • Springboks Schalk Brits recalled England Test Bloemfontein
Springboks Schalk Brits recalled England Test Bloemfontein

The All Blacks scored 44 unanswered points in the second half in Auckland to start their global season with a bang. "We are busy with building experience, continuity and capacity towards the Rugby World Cup, so we want our young players rubbing shoulders with experienced players such as Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux ", Erasmus said.

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  • David Alaba: I would have loved to play for Nigeria
David Alaba: I would have loved to play for Nigeria

The Super Eagles flew out of their Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria, to Russian Federation on Monday for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals - Nigeria's sixth appearance in seven finals since making a memorable debut in the U.S.in 1994.

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  • No cliques within our team, says England captain, Harry Kane
No cliques within our team, says England captain, Harry Kane

Kane, 24, is the youngest player to be named captain of an English team for a World Cup tournament. "We have personal support, team support and official protocol in place". "Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer", said Kane. "I've always felt you go through spells: the ball goes in somet...

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