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Columbus Crew's Zack Steffen will join Manchester City in record move for MLS goalkeeper

While Zack Steffen would be unlikely to play right away at Manchester City, Raf Honigstein explains why the move would make sense for the American. Columbus Crew SC announced on Tuesday that goalkeeper Zack Steffen will join Manchester City during Major League Soccer's summer transfer window. Steffen, 23, is expected to cost the Premier League leaders between £7 million and £10 million -- which would constitute a Crew and league record for a keeper -- with the deal set to be completed when MLS opens its secondary transfer window on July 9, 2019. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER WATCH ON ESPN+ ESPN+: Atlanta caps dream season with MLS Cup ESPN FC TV has all the latest MLS playoff action and debate. Watch anytime, anywhere by subscribing to ESPN+ Why are LA Galaxy, MLS's most decorated club, such a mess? No one has more MLS Cups than LA Galaxy, but for the second straight year, they've missed the playoffs. What's plaguing MLS' original glamour club? Rooney's leadership gives D.C. hope for 2019 Despite not arriving until July, Wayne Rooney is a finalist for MLS' MVP award. That impact could make D.C. United a contender next season. - ESPN FC TV: MLS debate on ESPN+ - Upcoming fixtures - All the latest MLS news "This is a historic transaction for the club and a special moment for Zack Steffen that...
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LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't be joining AC Milan - Leonardo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had all of his Galaxy demands met, says Leonardo. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at the Los Angeles Galaxy after the Major League Soccer club agreed with his requests, according to AC Milan sporting director Leonardo. Milan had been trying to bring back the 37-year-old on a loan from the Galaxy. The former Sweden international scored more than 50 goals for Milan in two seasons at the club and helped the Rossoneri win the 2011 Serie A title. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. FC Exclusives - Under eyed by City, Arsenal, Chelsea - Real Madrid interested in Diaz - United targeting Dortmund's Witsel - Chelsea, Juve watching Yunus Akgun - Chelsea committed to Hazard deal "He gave his word to Galaxy that he would stay if they satisfied his conditions, and they did so," Leonardo...
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Australia urges Thailand to release detained refugee footballer

Hakeem al-Araibi plays for a team in Australia's Victoria State league. The Australian government has called for an Australian-based refugee footballer to be released from detention in Thailand immediately. Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol warrant issued at the request of Bahrain. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. Jose Mourinho's Last Stand Deliberate isolation. Petty feuds. Constant turmoil. The Manchester United manager wouldn't have it any other way, writes Sam Borden. Kylian Mbappe and the curse of the World Cup Is there such a thing as peaking too early? Given all that Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has accomplished, we might soon find out. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Sunday she had raised the matter with her Thai counterpart, Don Pramudwinai, requesting that 25-year-old Al-Araibi be allowed to fly back to Melbourne as soon as possible. He plays for a team in the Victoria...
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Mario Balotelli will leave Nice in the summer - president Jean-Pierre Rivere

Shaka Hislop explains why he thinks Mario Balotelli could do well in Philadelphia as he and Mark Donaldson discuss the latest transfer rumours. Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has told RMC he does not expect Mario Balotelli to stay at the club when his contract expires at the end of this season. Balotelli said in the summer that he wanted to leave after two successful years, only for no move to materialise.  After a proposed switch to Marseille fell through, the Italy forward arrived two weeks late for preseason training, reportedly overweight, having decided to stay for a further 12 months. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system Former Manchester City and Liverpool...
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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley hopes to have club sold by January

From the 'Most Time Spent Horizontal' to 'Nutritionist of the Year', the Exploding Heads present their quirky alternative Ballon d'Or awards. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says talks about selling the English Premier League club "are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been." Ashley, who bought Newcastle in 2007, has officially been looking to sell the club since October 2017. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Jose Mourinho's Last Stand Deliberate isolation. Petty feuds. Constant turmoil. The Manchester United manager wouldn't have it any other way, writes Sam Borden. Kylian Mbappe and the curse of the World Cup Is there such a thing as peaking too early? Given all that Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has accomplished, we might soon find out. Speaking to Sky News on Monday, Ashley said it was "possible" a sale could be completed "before the January transfer window," although he wasn't in exclusive negotiations with an interested party. Ashley told Sky: "I am hopeful for the Newcastle fans,...
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New York Red Bulls' Tyler Adams joining Bundesliga side RB Leipzig

Tyler Adams is leaving the New York Red Bulls to join sister club RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, the Major League Soccer outfit announced on Sunday. Adams, 18, will officially become a member of RB Leipzig once the winter transfer window opens in January, with terms of the deal not disclosed. The U.S. international is a Red Bulls' homegrown player and joined the club's academy in 2011 before signing a contract with reserve team New York Red Bulls II in March of 2015 and then his first senior team...
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Postecoglou seals contract extension in Japan

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has agreed a two-year contract extension with Yokohama F. Marinos, after a tumultuous first year in Japan saw the club escape the ignominy of a relegation play-off on goal difference.
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Chelsea not worried by FIFA's proposed changes to loan rules - sources

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri is demanding a reaction from his side in the Europa League and against Fulham following their loss to Tottenham where he said they lacked determination. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol sifts through the latest transfer rumours including Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich and more. Chelsea are confident that FIFA's proposed reform of the rules governing loans will not force them into a major rethink of their mass loan system, sources have told ESPN FC. On Friday, the Times reported that world football's governing body planned to ratify new limits on the number of players a club can send out on loan. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system It reported that there would be a proposed restriction of no more than six to eight players sent out from the 2020-21 season onwards. Chelsea have 39 players on loan at clubs...
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Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas will stay at Stamford Bridge until end of season

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri is demanding a reaction from his side in the Europa League and against Fulham following their loss to Tottenham where he said they lacked determination. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol sifts through the latest transfer rumours including Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich and more. Cesc Fabregas plans to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season whether or not he is offered a new contract, but expects interest from "many clubs" in January. Sources have told ESPN FC that AC Milan have a serious interest in signing Fabregas, who has struggled for regular playing time under Maurizio Sarri but starred in Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over PAOK. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system Speaking after the match, Fabregas, set to become a free agent in the summer, indicated that he would see out his current deal after...
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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne unlikely to face Chelsea - sources

Pep Guardiola delves into the tactical reasons for leaving Phil Foden out of Man City's starting XI in their 2-2 draw with Lyon. While Zack Steffen would be unlikely to play right away at Manchester City, Raf Honigstein explains why the move would make sense for the American. Raphel Honigstein tells the FC panel why he thinks Manchester City's scintillating domestic form hasn't transferred over to Europe. Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is unlikely to be fit to face his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Dec. 8, sources have told ESPN FC. The Belgium international is yet to return to full training after a knee injury and is not expected to be ready for the Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday or trip to Watford on Tuesday. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Jose Mourinho's Last Stand Deliberate isolation. Petty feuds. Constant turmoil. The Manchester United manager wouldn't have it any other way, writes Sam Borden. Kylian Mbappe and the curse of the World Cup Is there such a thing as peaking too early? Given all that Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has accomplished, we might soon find out. City are hopeful that Bernardo Silva could be back for the home clash with Eddie Howe's side after an injury picked up on international duty with Portugal,...
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Manchester City consider safe standing as part of Etihad Stadium expansion

Pep Guardiola delves into the tactical reasons for leaving Phil Foden out of Man City's starting XI in their 2-2 draw with Lyon. While Zack Steffen would be unlikely to play right away at Manchester City, Raf Honigstein explains why the move would make sense for the American. Raphel Honigstein tells the FC panel why he thinks Manchester City's scintillating domestic form hasn't transferred over to Europe. Manchester City's Pep Guardiola jokingly shook his fist at a reporter after being asked who was better between himself and Jose Mourinho. Manchester City are considering installing safe standing areas as part of an expansion of the Etihad Stadium that could also see ticket prices reduced and a singing section introduced. The club have sent a questionnaire to fans to gather opinion on extending the stadium to 63,000 from its 55,000 capacity. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Jose Mourinho's Last Stand Deliberate isolation. Petty feuds. Constant turmoil. The Manchester United manager wouldn't have it any other way, writes Sam Borden. Kylian Mbappe and the curse of the World Cup Is there such a thing as peaking too early? Given all that Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has accomplished, we might soon find out. City already have planning permission to add a third tier to the North Stand, similar to an expansion carried out on the opposite side in the summer of 2015. And as part of their research, the...
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LIVE Transfer Talk: Newcastle targets Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron in January swoop

Sebastian Salazar catches up with Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron after the star duo powered Atlanta United to the Eastern Conference finals. The two best teams in MLS during the regular season will meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final. The FC crew break down the tie and make their picks. Paul Mariner breaks down the MLS Best XI for the 2018 season and reveals which superstar in the XI he would build his team around. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Rafa hopes to land MLS star Rafa Benitez will turn to Major League Soccer in an attempt to land a player he believes could save Newcastle's waning season. Those are the claims of the Sun, who report that Benitez has identified Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron as the man to deliver his side from relegation. Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Barca eye Suarez replacement - Man United eye Everton Soares - Hernandez on Besiktas' transfer list - Galatasaray target Liverpool's Origi - Mourinho eager to keep Darmian Almiron proved to...
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Transfer Talk: Newcastle targets Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron in January swoop

Sebastian Salazar catches up with Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron, after the star duo powered Atlanta United to the Eastern Conference finals. The two best teams in MLS during the regular season will meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final. The FC crew break down the tie and make their picks. Paul Mariner breaks down the MLS Best XI for the 2018 season and reveals which superstar in the XI he would build his team around. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. Rafa hopes to land MLS star Rafa Benitez will turn to Major League Soccer in an attempt to land a player he believes could save Newcastle's waning season. Those are the claims of the Sun, who report that Benitez has identified Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron as the man to deliver his side from relegation. Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Barca eye Suarez replacement - Man United eye Everton Soares - Hernandez on Besiktas' transfer list - Galatasaray target Liverpool's Origi - Mourinho eager to keep Darmian Almiron proved to be one of...
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Isaias' citizenship status key to Adelaide United's injury crisis

Adelaide United and the Newcastle Jets battled out a 1-1 draw at Coopers Stadium after Craig Goodwin cancelled out Ronald Vargas' 52nd minute opener. A superb Eric Bautheac free kick was enough for Brisbane Roar to take all three points in a closely contested match with Adelaide United. A citizenship ceremony may decide if Adelaide United dive into the transfer pool to solve an injury-cursed A-League attack. United's Spanish captain Isaias has been waiting for months after passing an Australian citizenship test last winter. The 31-year-old midfielder, who moved from Spain to Adelaide in 2013, had hoped his citizenship would be finalised before the A-League season started two weeks ago. A-League A-League Tipping The 2018-19 A-League season is undoubtedly going to be full of surprises so gather friends, family and workmates and get tipping! Australia Home Head to ESPN's home of everything A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas! That would have allowed Isaias to move from foreign to local status, freeing up a spot in the...
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Alphonso Davies' brace leads Vancouver Whitecaps over Portland Timbers

Vancouver Whitecaps Portland Timbers 2 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Alphonso Davies netted a brace in his final game for the Vancouver Whitecaps as they defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1. Alphonso Davies scored two goals in his final Major League Soccer game Sunday as the host Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Portland Timbers 2-1. Davies, a 17-year-old Canadian international, dominated as he prepares to head to German powerhouse Bayern Munich in January on an MLS-record $22 million transfer. The Whitecaps, who missed the playoffs, finished their 2018 campaign with a 13-13-8 record and 47 points. The playoff-bound Timbers finished the regular season with a 15-10-9 mark that was good for...
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Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino: We're going to try to sign players in January

Mauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham can strengthen their squad in the next transfer window. Tottenham battled their way to a fourth consecutive Premier League win thanks to a first-half Erik Lamela header at the London Stadium. Tottenham battled their way to a fourth consecutive Premier League win thanks to a first-half Erik Lamela header at the London Stadium. English Premier League: Erik Lamela (44') West Ham 0-1 Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham Hotspur need to sign players and are aiming to do so in January despite making their best ever start to a Premier League season without new faces. Spurs failed to add a single player during the summer window -- a first for a Premier League club -- but have collected 21 points from their opening nine fixtures. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system But speaking after Saturday's 1-0 victory at West Ham, Pochettino said: "In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to...
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Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino: 'We're going to try to sign' players in January

Mauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham can strengthen their squad in the next transfer window. Tottenham battled their way to a fourth consecutive Premier League win thanks to a first-half Erik Lamela header at the London Stadium. Tottenham battled their way to a fourth consecutive Premier League win thanks to a first-half Erik Lamela header at the London Stadium. English Premier League: Erik Lamela (44') West Ham 0-1 Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham Hotspur need to sign players and are aiming to do so in January, despite the club making their best ever start to a Premier League season without any new faces. Spurs failed to add a single player to their squad during the summer transfer window -- a first for a Premier League club -- but they have gone to collect 21 points from their opening nine top-flight fixtures. Nonetheless, Pochettino does not believe that a lack of recruitment is a recipe for success. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system "I...
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Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus saw club 'kick me out' - Gonzalo Higuain

AC Milan enjoy a comfortable 3-1 win over Chievo ahead of their showdown with Inter in two weeks after the international break. Italian Serie A: Gonzalo Higuain - AC Milan 2-0 Chievo Verona ESPN FC's Paul Mariner believes the ball is in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's court when it comes to the rumours linking him with a loan move to Milan. Gonzalo Higuain has said he was "kicked out" of Juventus this summer following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Juventus broke their transfer record to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for €100 million, and Higuain left to join AC Milan soon after. But, while the Argentine said the signing of the former Manchester United man was the final nail in the coffin, the issues began back in May when he was left out of the starting line-up for the Coppa Italia final. Serie A Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN has reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for Italy's Serie A TIM, one of the world's top soccer leagues. The agreement will bring more than 340 matches per season to ESPN+ | Schedule Why Italian football finds its way into your blood Roma beat Lazio, but the derby doesn't end, it merely pauses. Because like the city that birthed both clubs, it is eternal, reports Wright Thompson. LISTEN: The Serie Awesome Podcast Get the latest edition of The Serie Awesome Podcast, as the likes of Gab Marcotti, Mina Rzouki and Paolo Bandini discuss what is happening in Serie A. "Inside me, I had the...
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Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini fit, Jesse Lingard doubtful for Chelsea

France captain Hugo Lloris believes Paul Pogba gets judged unfairly because of the record transfer fee Manchester United paid for the midfielder in 2016. Steve Nicol suggests Marcus Rashford's lack of game time at Manchester United is affecting his sharpness with England, despite creating chances. Jon Champion says Jose Mourinho makes himself an easy target for criticism and explains why the Man United boss' antics make him uncomfortable. Romelu Lukaku scored twice in Belgium's win over Switzerland, but the FC crew observe an inconsistency in front of goal for the Man United star. Marouane Fellaini should be fit for Manchester United's trip to Chelsea on Saturday but Jesse Lingard is a major doubt. Fellaini missed Belgium's 1-1 draw with Netherlands on Tuesday due to a groin injury but manager Roberto Martinez suggested the midfielder had been left out as a precaution. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system "He should be fine, it's just he wasn't 100 percent," Martinez said. "He's got an important game at the weekend and this wasn't the game to use players who weren't 100 percent. "We expect he should...
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Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo

It's not only Real Madrid that has to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo.Portugal's national soccer team also has had to cope without the star forward as he takes a break from international duty following his transfer to Juventus...
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