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Juventus vs. Napoli a fitting tribute for legendary goalkeeper Dino Zoff

Juventus' Dino Zoff against Borussia Moenchengladbach
Dino Zoff of Juventus going up against Borussia Monchengladbach in 1976.

Dino Zoff is celebrating his 75th birthday on Tuesday, and it is only symbolic that his two beloved teams -- Juventus and Napoli -- face each other in Coppa Italia semifinals.

The legendary goalkeeper is universally identified with Juve, where he spent 11 years, played 330 Serie A games in a row, winning six championship titles, two Coppa Italia, one UEFA Cup and participated in two European Cup finals. And yet, Zoff is arguably not the greatest Juve keeper in history -- he might have lost the crown...

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Premier League clubs' foreign training trips can hinder rather than help

The FC crew debate on why Jurgen Klopp hasn't received the criticism that is perhaps due given Liverpool's season so far.

"What were they doing in La Manga?" Sky Sports TV pundit Gary Neville asked at half-time on Monday night, as Liverpool trailed Leicester 2-0, before going on to lose 3-1.

After 16 days without playing a game, Liverpool had showed nowhere near the energy of their 2-0 defeat of top-four rivals Tottenham on Feb. 11.

La Manga is the Spanish Mediterranean resort manager Jurgen Klopp favours for training camps. "I knew it before because I was there five times with [Borussia] Dortmund when we had a winter...

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Ibrahimovic wins EFL Cup for Man United to top Player Power Rankings

The FC boys praise Zlatan's showing in the EFL Cup and debate whether this is crucial for Man United going forward.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic added an EFL Cup win to his impressive medal collection, but what does he do with them all?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that even though he talks a big game, he always backs it up on the pitch.

Also receiving votes: Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica).

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Top Chinese Super League transfers: Oscar, Hulk, Teixeira; Rooney next?

The FC crew discuss the latest big-money offers coming out of China and react to Uli Hoeness' comments on CSL spending.
Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether moving to the Chinese Super League would be the right move for Diego Costa.
FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts delve into Oscar's comments saying the CSL will one day be as great as the Premier League.

The most eventful transfer window in the history of the Chinese Super League (CSL) closes at midnight CST on Tuesday, ahead of the new season's start this weekend, bringing to an end two months of big-name signings, mega-money deals and the wildest of speculation.

But while the majority of headlines were generated by the signing of Oscar and Carlos Tevez, as well as speculation over Wayne Rooney's possible move, China's football authorities confused an already muddled picture by drawing up new regulations...

Heroes & Villains: Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins again as Sunderland keep sinking

Craig Burley breaks down Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante's impact as Chelsea went 11 points clear atop the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic's success since his decision to move to England is down to him.

Man United won a trophy, Chelsea padded their lead at the top of the Premier League, and Sunderland look like their luck will finally run out. Iain Macintosh looks back at the Heroes & Villains.


You just knew it would be him. Manchester United could wobble, they could squander their lead, and they could take the game to the very brink of extra time, but you knew, on some deeper, molecular level, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would save the day. There was no one United fans would rather have...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino one year on: Five things done and left to do

Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino marks one year in office on Feb. 26, having taken the helm during one of the most traumatic periods in the organisation's history.

Following the arrests of some of its most senior figures, the resignation of former president Sepp Blatter and with on-going corruption inquiries, Infantino has spent the past 12 months attempting to fulfill his promise to overhaul FIFA and restore its reputation.

Here we take a look at five things that he has done to help make that happen...