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  • Ronaldo, Manchester United top Chinese internet tables

    Ronaldo, Manchester United top Chinese internet tables

    Reuters
    Ronaldo, Manchester United top Chinese internet tables

    Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is comfortably the most influential soccer player online in China, while Manchester United are the most dominant club, according to a report. The annual 'Red Card' report by Shanghai-based consultancy Mailman compiled data on top European clubs and their players, using metrics including social media followers, fan engagement and e-commerce. Portugal forward Ronaldo topped the index ahead of second-placed Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and third-placed Real …

  • United favourites but Southampton can harness spirit of '76

    United favourites but Southampton can harness spirit of '76

    Reuters
    United favourites but Southampton can harness spirit of '76

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - For Manchester United fans of a certain age the name Bobby Stokes will still induce cold sweats as their team prepare for Sunday's League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley. With United boss Jose Mourinho enjoying such an affinity with the competition that launched his English trophy collection, United will be favourites against their Premier League rivals. …

  • Everton look to Lukaku as Moyes returns

    Everton look to Lukaku as Moyes returns

    AFP News
    Everton look to Lukaku as Moyes returns

    Romelu Lukaku's return to fitness has given Everton extra reason for optimism as they prepare to welcome their former manager David Moyes back to Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday. Lukaku was outstanding in Everton's last home match, scoring four times in a 6-3 victory over Bournemouth at the start of February, but missed his club's recent five-day warm-weather training camp in Dubai to have treatment on a calf problem. Moyes, now in charge at Sunderland, will be disappointed to …

  • No gratitude in football - Spalletti saddened by Ranieri sacking

    No gratitude in football - Spalletti saddened by Ranieri sacking

    Omnisport
    No gratitude in football - Spalletti saddened by Ranieri sacking

    Just nine months on from guiding Leicester City to Premier League glory, manager Claudio Ranieri lost his job on Thursday. …

  • Conte hopes rugby coach Jones talk will benefit Chelsea

    Conte hopes rugby coach Jones talk will benefit Chelsea

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    Conte hopes rugby coach Jones talk will benefit Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will hope to take inspiration from England rugby union coach Eddie Jones when his Premier League leaders face Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Conte demonstrated his desire to improve his team's performance when he shared ideas with Jones, who has a perfect record of 15 wins from 15 games since taking charge of England, with his latest success a 21-16 defeat of Wales. "Eddie is a winner and he is transferring that mentality on to the team," Conte said …