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Francesco Totti, 40, at the team’s training fields in Trigoria, Italy. Credit Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Time
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A Roman to the Core, and the Core of Roma

Francesco Totti, a native Roman, has spent his entire career with A.S. Roma:23 years and counting. He hopes to end his playing days in a Roma jersey. ROME — Armed with spray cans, the vandals last descended on Via della Madonna dei Monti, a dead-end alley not far from the […]

Pep Guardiola during a match against Chelsea this month. Credit Phil Noble/Reuters
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Pep Guardiola: A Continental Success and English Soccer’s Measuring Stick

The criticism itself will neither surprise nor sting Pep Guardiola. He made that perfectly clear months ago, on the day he was presented as Manchester City manager. “I know when it is not going well, you are not going to help us,” he told the assembled news media that day. […]

Theo Walcott, middle, scoring Arsenal’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday. Credit Carl Recine/Reuters
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Arsenal Can’t Avoid Collapse, or Paying Its Stars

MANCHESTER, England — It is late in coming, but it has at last arrived. According to Premier League lore, there is one month more than any other in which Arsenal is likely to collapse. Now, just when it seemed that this year might be the exception, the team is experiencing […]

Premier League’s Festive Slog: Adored by Fans, Endured by Players
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Premier League’s Festive Slog: Adored by Fans, Endured by Players

As a player, Graeme Le Saux would flick straight to December when he received the Premier League schedule for the coming season. His teammates tended to be more concerned with which rival they would face on the campaign’s opening day, or working out when the season’s big derby matches were, […]

Mona Nemmer, Liverpool’s new head of nutrition, discussing a menu with the chef Leigh Lawson at Liverpool’s training base. Credit Rob Stothard for The New York Times
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New Head of Nutrition Gives Liverpool a Taste of Premier League Success

LIVERPOOL, England — Jurgen Klopp did not introduce his Liverpool players to the woman who would subtly change their lives right away. When she joined the team, at the club’s preseason camp in Palo Alto, Calif., last summer, Klopp waited a couple of days, eager to see if her actions […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes donation, tells Syrian children: ‘Don’t lose your hope’

Cristiano Ronaldo is using his voice and platform as an international soccer superstar to help the children of war-ravaged Syria. On Friday morning, the Real Madrid forward and Portugal national team captain released a video on his social-media accounts calling the children affected by the Syrian conflict “the true heroes” and […]

Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
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Lionel Messi will end his career at Barcelona, says club president

Barcelona will have to do without Lionel Messi for their final game of 2016 but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident the Argentine’s short-term absence will not end up becoming a permanent one. There has been speculation that Messi – who has been rested for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey […]

Alexis Sanchez (left) and Mesut Ozil are both yet to commit their futures to Arsenal
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Arsene Wenger adamant contract uncertainty will not destabilise Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says he will decide his Arsenal future at the end of the season, insisting his stance would not dent the club’s long-term plans. While Wenger delays talks on a new deal to remain as Arsenal manager, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are yet to commit their own futures […]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 16 goals for Manchester United this season
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Jose Mourinho says Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not finish career in America or China

Jose Mourinho insists in-form Zlatan Ibrahimovic will see out his career with Manchester United rather than embark on a swansong in America or China. The 35-year-old Swede is United’s top scorer having netted 16 times in 25 games, including 10 in his past nine, and Mourinho has said he intends […]

With promise unfulfilled Ghana's ladies national football team go on demonstration
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We are determined to collect our $25,000 – Samira Suleman

Black Queens midfielder Samira Suleman has said they are bent on collecting their $25,000 bonuses owed dated from the Olympic qualifier, All Africa Games and the recent 2016 Women’s African Cup of Nations tournament held in Cameroon. The playing body yesterday embarked on a demonstration which started at the premises […]