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The flaws of the World Cup favorites, from France to Brazil

Depending on your perspective, the charm or bane of international soccer is that even the best teams have big issues, from defending champs France to favorites Brazil.

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Can Barca overcome injury crisis ahead of UCL and Clasico?

With Barcelona's injury list growing this international break, how will they deal with a difficult fixture list in LaLiga and the Champions League?

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Can Juventus turn things around before it's too late? Recapping their bad September

It's been a bad month on and off the field for the Italian giants. Can Allegri & Co. rally, or will things get worse before they get better?

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Transfer Talk: Juventus won't re-sign Rabiot, Cuadrado, Di Maria in order to trim wage bill

Adrien Rabiot, Juan Cuadrado, and Angel Di Maria are among the players that Juventus won't bring back. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Devoted die-hard Messi fans and their tattoos of the Argentina superstar

After Inter Miami's goalkeeper tattooed Messi's signature on his arm, what lengths have others gone to turn Leo's autograph into body art?

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Luis Figo helps break world record on zero-gravity flight

Figo took part in a four-a-side game on board a parabolic flight at an altitude of 20,230 feet, which is the highest football has ever been played.

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Ibrahimovic joins pantheon of footballers-turned-movie stars

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set his sights on conquering the movie world after landing a role in the new "Asterix" movie.

Jose Mourinho joins Stormzy in 'Mel Made Me Do It' video

Stormzy caused waves when his brand new track dropped without warning -- with a special guest appearance from Jose Mourinho.

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Why Premier League's success goes deeper than star power, competitiveness or upsets

The Premier League is the world's most popular soccer league, but not for reasons you might think. Here's why superstar players aren't everything.

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