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La Liga Preview: Barcelona vs Villarreal

Barcelona will face Villarreal on Saturday as the Catalans look to maintain their leadership in the La Liga football championship.

The side, coached by Luis Enrique, is level on points with Real Madrid but have played one more game. As a result, they have to win their three remaining matches while hoping Madrid slip up between now and the end of the campaign.


Real Madrid poised to sign French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe for 100 million euros

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French football sensation Kylian Mbappe has reportedly agreed to join record European champions Real Madrid from Monaco this summer in a transfer fee that could exceed 100 million euros (around $110 million).

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Mbappe agreed to the transfer and the reason was Madrid's French head coach Zinedine Zidane, something the 18-year-old forward appreciates.


Juventus too good for Monaco in Champions League semi-final first leg

Italian football giants Juventus rode on a brace from star striker Gonzalo Higuain to register a 2-0 away victory over AS Monaco in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.

In their first appearance in the tournament's semi-final since 2004, Monaco, whose impressive forward line have tallied 146 goals in all competitions so far this season, were restrained throughout the game by the superb Juventus defence which has conceded just two goals in 10 Champions League game this term.


Europa League: Ajax hammer Lyon 4-1 in semi-final first leg

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Ajax took a big step in their quest for a first European title in 21 years, thrashing Olympique Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League football semi-final. Bertrand Traore was the dominant figure for the Dutch side, scoring two goals and assisting on a third on Wednesday night.

Lyon looked more comfortable in the first 20 minutes of the contest in front of nearly 50,000 spectators at a packed Amsterdam Arena.


Sampdoria star Patrik Schick available for 25 million euros

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero said they want to keep young forward Patrik Schick despite interest from big Italian football clubs like Juventus, AS Roma and Napoli. The Czech international has scored 13 goals in just 13 matches across all competitions.

Ferrero also made it cleared that the 21-year-old striker has a 25 million Euros ($27.32 million) release clause.


India rises to 100th place in latest FIFA Rankings

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The Indian football team has made it into the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in 21 years.

As per the updated rankings, released on Thursday, the Stephen Constantine-coached side has climbed a rung and is now placed at the 100th spot along with Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.


USA pummel Honduras 3-0 at 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team used a brace from Josh Sargent and strike from Ayo Akinola to earn a 3-0 win against Honduras to open the classification stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. With the result, the U.S. needs just a win, draw or a loss by four or fewer goals in its round-robin finale against Cuba on Friday to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

The USA carried the play throughout the first half and knocked on the door early when Chris Goslin put a ninth minute drive just wide of goal. Six minutes later, Ayo Akinola's blast from distance was turned away by Honduras goalkeeper Carlos Banegas.


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