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Coutinho, Dembele 'Close' to Battered Barca

Barcelona could be handed a lift after losing 5-1 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup as a senior official claimed the club are "close" to signing Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

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Rodgers Hails Complete Celtic Performance in Astana Thrashing

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his side's outstanding display as they moved to the verge of the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thrashing of FC Astana in Glasgow.

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Injury Worries for Bayern ahead of Season Opener

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has a lengthy injury list to contend with as his star-studded champions kick off the new Bundesliga season against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

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Juve Wary as Rivals Bare Serie A Ambitions

Juventus' Serie A season starts on the back of an apology from striker Gonzalo Higuain, and coach Massimiliano Allegri warning of obstacles as they face a potentially tougher title defence.

"We're not in top form yet but we have to be ready because the new championship is about to start and we can't afford to make any more slip-ups," Allegri said following a shock 3-2 loss to Lazio in the Italian Super Cup final.

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Bayern Expected to Win Sixth Straight Title

Bayern Munich kick off the new Bundesliga season on Friday with the coaches of 13 of their 17 rivals expecting them to dominate again -- although Usain Bolt's recent shock defeat is being used as inspiration.

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No Progress on Sanchez Talks - Wenger

Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Wenger's admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City.

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Sharapova Receives US Open Wildcard for First Post-Ban Slam

Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will play her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping suspension after receiving a wildcard Tuesday into the US Open.

The move by the US Tennis Association (USTA) comes after Sharapova, ranked 148th this week, was rejected for a wildcard spot into the French Open and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury.

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Rejuvenated Pato Dreams of Brazil Recall

Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he's at the peak of his career following his move to China.

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Premier League Sides Mull Transfer Reforms

A radical reform to the transfer window in England is to be proposed, and probably approved, by Premier League clubs next month according to the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

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Barca Left Floundering as Gap to Madrid Grows

Still reeling from having Neymar snatched away by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona started their season badly in need of reasons for optimism, but instead got a view of the growing gap they face to catch rivals Real Madrid.

Madrid emerged 3-1 victors from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, but more significantly laid down a marker for the new campaign as their success under Zinedine Zidane shows no sign of abating after a Champions League and La Liga double last season.

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