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Spanish football headlines: Spain begin Euro 2020, Real Madrid’s grand plan for Mbappe signing and Man City’s swoop on Barcelona

Spanish football headlines for June 14.

Spain begin Euro 2020

Spain will start their Euro 2020 campaign on Monday evening as they take on Sweden in their group clash in Seville.

La Roja captain Sergio Busquets is ruled out due to a positive coronavirus test that means he is still self-isolating while Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg are both out for Sweden due to positive Covid tests.

Slovakia and Poland – the other two nations in the group – go head-to-head earlier on Monday.

Madrid’s Mbappe plan

Real Madrid news on Monday sees the return of the links to Paris

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Watch: Roma coach Mourinho on full stadiums ‘we need our football back’

New AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho talks full stadiums and a return to normality upon his return to Serie A.

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Mourinho, who takes charge of Roma this summer, is eager to see Italy’s stadiums full of fans again, insisting the game needs them attending games to make football whole.

The Portuguese returns to Italian football ten years after leading Inter Milan to a famous Treble and says he wants ‘our football’ back with Roma’s Olimpico stadium regularly sold-out next season.

– Mourinho was speaking on behalf of Mastercard

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Chelsea extend Thiago Silva and Olivier Giroud contracts until June 2022 | Football News

Chelsea have triggered the option to extend Thiago Silva and Olivier Giroud’s contracts at the club for a further year.

The Brazil defender and France striker were both out of contract in the summer but the club have exercised their option to keep them at the club for another season.

Earlier on Friday, the newly-crowned European champions announced they have also extended head coach Thomas Tuchel’s deal, with his new contract running through to June 2024.

Silva, 36, joined on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and impressed in his first season at Stamford Bridge, featuring in 34

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Eden Hazard responds to Carlo Ancelotti comments amid Chelsea transfer links

Eden Hazard has responded to his new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti amid transfer rumours linking him with an exit this summer.

The Belgian has had a difficult time of things since making his move to Real Madrid for more than £100million from Chelsea in 2019, missing more than 60 games through injury and only managing four goals in 30 La Liga appearances so far.

Amid that poor form, Hazard has been linked with a return to Chelsea this summer, but Ancelotti was clear that he is excited to have the winger on board after being appointed as Zinedine Zidane’s

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‘Super League was not a coup’ – Juventus chief Agnelli insists football reform is still needed

The Turin club are one of just three sides from the original 12 that remain committed to the much-criticised breakaway plan

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has once more defended his side’s participation in the aborted Super League, arguing that football still needs a radical overhaul despite the project’s failure.

The Italian giants are one of just three clubs, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are yet to withdraw from the Super League. 

The plan, which emerged in late April, caused huge uproar across the football world and may yet lead to sanctions from UEFA for the clubs involved.

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‘Signing confirmed!’ – Arsenal fans in transfer meltdown after spotting Yves Bissouma ‘hint’

Another week and perhaps another Yves Bissouma to Arsenal transfer hint.

Talk of the midfielder joining the Gunners this summer simply refuses to go away following yet another impressive Premier League season in the colours of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Furthermore, football.londonunderstands that Arsenal will be in the transfer market to sign players in at least five positions in the coming months, with a big overhaul expected to take place in north London after failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in over two decades.

And it just so happens to be that strengthening in central midfield

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Cristiano Ronaldo booed and whistled upon Madrid return

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t received with the warmest of welcomes as he returned to Madrid on Friday night.

The former Real Madrid forward was in town with Portugal to take on Spain in a pre-European Championship warm-up match, and those in attendance at Atletico Madrid‘s Estadio Wanda Metropolitano were quick to reminded him of where he was.

Even before the game had kicked off, Cristiano‘s every move and touch was booed and whistled as he warmed up.

Cristiano wasn’t alone

The crowd in the capital were in an unforgiving mood, and even aimed some harsh words and whistles towards

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IHSA sanctions Naperville Central; 17 football wins forfeited

The Illinois High School Association has sanctioned the Naperville Central High School football team for violations of its transfer bylaws, Naperville Unit District 203 announced Wednesday, adding the district and Naperville Central High School accept full responsibility for these violations.

Based on an initial student-athlete eligibility ruling by the IHSA in March, Naperville 203 launched an investigation on April 19 into the transfer, guardianship and residency practices at Naperville Central High School and have since discovered multiple IHSA transfer bylaw violations since 2018. The violations include failing to collect and maintain required transfer documentation in accordance with IHSA Bylaws 3.030

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247Sports calls Tigers a team ‘on the rise’

LSU football is a program “on the rise” according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer.

This shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise after the Tigers finished the 2020 season with a lackluster 5-5 season.

Finishing with a .500 record obviously isn’t acceptable for Ed Orgeron and his staff.

LSU has high standards. And 5-5 is far short of those standards.

247Sports sees LSU football rebounding in 2021

The fact that LSU fell short of expectations in 2020 wasn’t a shock.

The Tigers reached the pinnacle of college football in 2019, going 15-0 and beating Clemson in the national championship.

Coming off that

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Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith Thinks “We Need to Expand” College Football Playoff

You can count Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith among the leaders in college sports who believe College Football Playoff expansion should happen and will be coming soon.

During an interview with Eleven Warriors for this week’s Real Pod Wednesdays, Smith said he thinks it is time for the College Football Playoff to expand beyond four teams, and he expects a decision on expansion to be made either this year or next year.

“I’m of the opinion that we need to expand,” Smith said. “I do believe we’re going to expand. I believe we should expand.

“There’s a lot to

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