Arsenal complete Papastathopoulos signing from Dortmund

Arsenal have completed the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee on a long-term contract. Reports linking the Greek international with the north London club have been widespread in the last few weeks and Unai Emery has now got his man as he continues the rebuilding work following Arsene Wenger’s departure. The 30-year-old brings experience to Arsenal’s defence and having won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during his time with Dortmund, Emery will be hoping he proves the lynchpin at the heart of a new-look club.…

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Golden route to World Cup final for England after securing silver

England fans didn’t travel all the way to Russia to settle for second place – or did they? Gareth Southgate’s side ended as runners-up in Group G behind Belgium with a final tally of two wins and one defeat. It was a very winnable pool, with the Three Lions holding all the aces in the head-to-head stats over Belgium, but a final match defeat at the hands of the Red Devils handed Belgium the prize. England progressed to the knock-out stage and appear to have been dropped into the better…

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Quiz: Find your second World Cup team

As the biggest sporting event in history draws ever closer, it’s time to take a look at your choices for the world cup betting odds. Are you sticking with the tried and tested big four? Or going for an unexpected underdog this year? Between them, the nations of Brazil, Germany, Italy and Uruguay have won an incredible 15 of the 20 World Cup tournaments in its long 80+ year history. This year features some unexpected surprises, as well as a few debut nations who’ve never made it to the event…

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Croatia set to repeat the heroics of 1998

Both Croatia and Russia will fight for a place in history books when they take on each other in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Croatia surprised everyone in the footballing world in 1998 when they clinched the third place in the World Cup. Davor Suker was the hero of that Croatian side as he claimed the Golden Boot award with six goals in seven games. A lot was expected of the tiny nation following their heroics in France, but it took them another 20…

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Thibaut Courtois hints at Madrid move for kids’ sake

Thibaut Courtois could be set to leave Chelsea for a move to Madrid to spend more time with his young kids. The Chelsea goalkeeper has one year left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, and although the club are hopeful of convincing him to sign a new £200,000/week contract, Courtois has hinted at a move to Madrid where he spent three seasons on loan with Atletico. Real Madrid have long been credited with an interest in the Belgium international who is currently at the World Cup. “I have a…

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Petr Cech turns down Napoli to fight for Arsenal spot

Petr Cech has turned down the chance to join Napoli as the veteran goalkeeper insists his ‘future is at Arsenal.’ The 36-year-old moved to the north London club three years ago from Chelsea and still has a year to run on his current contract. But with new manager Unai Emery having invested £19m in Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, Cech’s time as Arsenal number one could be over. Serie A runners-up Napoli are in the market for a new goalkeeper following Pepe Reina’s move to AC Milan and were reportedly…

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