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Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt's father has rubbished a media report that the Germany footballer has agreed terms to join Bayern Muncih. German media house Bild had reported last week that Bayern have reached an agreement with Brandt for a transfer fee of around $25 million.

The 20-year-old's current contract expires in 2019 but he would be available in the summer of 2018 for 12.5 million euros ($13.3 million) due to a release clause.

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Liverpool defeated Everton 3-1 in what was the 228th Merseyside football derby to jump to third spot in the Premier League standings on Saturday.

Senegalese winger Sadio Mane opened scoring for Liverpool after just eight minutes at Anfield. English defender Matthew Pennington, a surprise starter for Everton, scored the equaliser for the visitors in the 28th minute.

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According to auditing giants KPMG, Real Madrid and Manchester United are the most valuable football clubs in the world. Both Manchester United and Real Madrid are valued at $3.09 billion. FC Barcelona are third, valued at $2.9 billion, ahead of Bayern Munich, rated at $2.35 billion according to KPMG's annual report.

The top five is completed by Arsenal ($1.86 billion) with the next three places going to Manchester City ($1.71 billion), Chelsea ($1.6 billon) and Liverpool ($1.39 billion). Juventus, worth $1.05 billion, and Paris Saint-Germain ($900.37 million) complete the top 10.

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp on Friday said England and Liverpool international Adam Lallana's injury is not due to national team coach Gareth Southgate but due to the game's schedules.

Klopp said the stakeholders need to work on scheduling while finalizing international fixtures.

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Satisfaction was written all over the face of European Club Association (ECA) President and German football legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the organisation rejected plans for a widespread reform of the Champions League and a new European Super League starting from 2018.

An initiative of investors from the US, England and Asia sought the formation of a new 24-club league with 16 permanent teams and eight qualifiers.

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For many years, an unwritten rule in football said a game lasted 90 minutes. The survey by a sports magazine has now revealed that the actual average playing time in the top four football leagues in Europe is less than 58 minutes - even accounting for added time.

While in Germany's Bundesliga, the actual net playing time is 56 minutes and five seconds, in the English Premier League it is also about 56 minutes. The Spanish La Liga only provides its fans with just under 54 minutes. Italian fans are best off with the Serie A's 57 minutes.

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Spain topped France 2-0 in a friendly match that saw a goal for the hosts disallowed and one confirmed based on video replay for the visitors. The value of the video replays was there for all to see, and one can only hope that football finally takes that leap of faith to bring it on par with other sports that is using video evidence to eradicate refereeing errors from the sport - a reality which more often than not alters the outcome of not just games, but careers.

The Spanish controlled the flow of the game throughout the first half on Tuesday, but posed no real threat to the French goal. France, after an anemic first half, mounted a surge at the start of the second and took a 1-0 lead on a header by Antoine Griezmann.

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