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Another Champions League season is upon us, with some interesting groups being drawn. But which teams will advance to the knockout stages from their respective groups and which teams will finish third and go on to play in the knockout stages of the Europa League? Here are my predictions…
Group A
Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco & Club Brugge
Europa League winners Atletico have had a rather awkward start to their domestic league season, but will still qualify from this group. They have added some good new signings to bolster their midfield …

The number 10 role is always the role that the kids want to play in nowadays, AS Monaco star James Rodriguez is irresistibly adding to the temptation of the role. James leads the way in this World Cup and proves to be the talisman for the South American side and is currently leading the race for the golden boot but they’re not just average goals he’s scoring as 3 of the 5 could be nominated for “Goal of the Tournament”. So what is ‘James’ all about and why the big …

World Cup Squad:
Goalkeepers: Jefferson, Julio Cesar, Victor
Defenders: Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Dante, Maxwell, Maicon, Henrique
Midfielders: Fernandinho, Ramires, Hernanes, Oscar, Willian, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Bernard
Forwards: Fred, Neymar, Hulk, Jo
Brazil have picked a very strong team on paper and it would be hard to argue that they are heavy favourites to lift the World Cup on their own soil. The obvious choice for goalkeeper is Julio Cesar, who although plays in the MLS for Toronto, is hugely experienced, playing for Inter Milan for a number of years before moving to QPR in England. …

It was 3rd vs 5th in the Serie A on Sunday evening as Napoli looked to avenge their disappointment of being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on goal difference when they hosted Inter Milan. Both sides made changes ahead of the tie as Napoli were without both Hamsik and Pepe Reina through injury with Lorenzo Insigne and Rafael replacing the injured duo, and Nagatomo returning at left midfield for Inter.
Inter started the game the brightest as inform striker Rodrigo Palacio saw the first chance of the game come …

Prior to this transfer window, the Italian league looked destined to repeat the goings-on of the previous season. However, this transfer window has changed everything.
Juventus have further strengthened their grip on the Italian league with the high profile signing of Carlos Tevez and the free transfer signing of Fernando Llorente. Although Fernando Llorente has been basically off form and on the bench with Athletic Bilbao for the last season, Juventus do have enough strikers in their squad to overcome what could be a rough few months to allow the prolific …

Of course it won’t be easy to replace such a good striker who played a huge part in the last 3 years as he has been part of the team from Naples. Rafa Benitez still has options but what options will he have to replace the Uruguayan?
Jackson Martinez, 26 – The Porto man has a good job replacing big strikers, he replaced Radamel Falcao he scored 26 goals in 30 appearances for the Portuguese champions, although being overshadowed in the Colombian national team as the manager prefer Radamel Falcao to play …

Florent who? Yes Florent Malouda who is currently a free agent may consider making a move to Napoli to rejoin his former boss Rafa Benitez who did not even consider him for the first team at Chelsea. Malouda played last season for the Chelsea reserves where he was left in limbo after he was not considered a first team player by Benitez and he was unable to negotiate a move away from Stamford Bridge.
The French midfielder is linked with the likes of Olympiakos and Marseille and he mentioned to the …

Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan forward helped his Italian side Napoli to an impressive second place in Serie A which gained them an automatic Champions League spot and he has been linked for a big money move to the likes of Spain’s Real Madrid and England’s Chelsea and Manchester Cuty. Whether the Serie A superstar stays at Napoli or moves abroad he will definitely be playing Champions League football next season.
It has been reported that Cavani favours a move to Real Madrid rather than Chelsea and the English club’s only hope …

Last season, which marked AC Milan’s 18th Scudetto, could signal the impending conclusion of the usual two team domination, which has been in place since the Caciopoli scandal. Under Walter Mazzarri, Napoli made a superb effort at breaking the stranglehold of the Milan teams but a lack of momentum at the end of the season resulted in a third place finish.
The San Paolo, home of Napoli, witnessed a revival of un-paralleled quality. In August of 2004 Napoli were declared bankrupt. Local film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis refounded the club and under …

Recent history
August 2004, Napoli was declared bankrupt, with debts of up to 70 million. It looked as if this historical Italian football giant had completely disappeared. Only for the well renowned Italian film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis to come to the rescue. As they were not allowed to use their old name, they became Napoli Soccer. The Italian FA placed them in Serie C1, the third division, and they narrowly missed out on promotion that season. The fans remained faithful throughout, with average attendances of 40,000, higher then most Seria A teams. The following season they secured promotion and De Laurentiis acquired …