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Brisbane in A-League contention despite off-field issues says John Aloisi

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview week 1 of the Australian A-League, as the Brisbane Roar take on the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United host Melbourne Victory.

New coach John Aloisi has addressed Brisbane Roar fans on the eve of the 2015-16 A-League season, declaring that the Queensland club will challenge for the title, despite off-field issues.

In the season opener on Thursday night, twice A-League champions Brisbane are away to 2014 AFC Champions League winners, the Western Sydney Wanderers.

But the Socceroos legend admitted that he was kicked out of the club's former training base on the first day of preseason and has dealt with heckling on the streets,...

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Eden Hazard playing less for Chelsea will help his Euro 2016 form - father

Eden Hazard and Chelsea have endured a trying start to their Premier League campaign.

Eden Hazard's father has suggested that periodic breaks for his son in the Chelsea side will benefit the Belgian at the 2016 European Championship.

Thierry Hazard said he understood Eden's need to perform for his club, but felt that being left out of the squad -- as he was in a 2-1 Champions League loss to Porto -- would leave the 24-year-old feeling fresher for the continental tournament in France next summer.

"Every cloud has a silver lining," Thierry Hazard said in The Times. "If he plays less,...

Manchester United won't endure trophy skid like Liverpool - Beckham

As Manchester United battle for a top-four spot again, David Beckham predicts his former club won't endure a title drought like Liverpool.

David Beckham is sure Manchester United will not fade away and go decades without a Premier League trophy as their great rivals Liverpool have done.

Ten years after Beckham left Old Trafford, United enhanced their standing as the most successful team in England when they lifted their 20th title, moving them two ahead of foes Liverpool in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge.

United have struggled ever since, with David Moyes leading the club to seventh place before Louis van Gaal steadied...

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Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi signs new long-term contract

After Arsenal's resounding 3-0 win over Manchester United, the question is whether they can maintain that level over the course of a season.

Arsenal have signed under-21s starlet Alex Iwobi to a new long-term contract, the club announced on Tuesday.

The new deal solidifies an excellent start to the 2015-16 campaign for Iwobi, who earned a call-up to the Nigeria senior team last month, despite a history of playing for England at the U16, 17 and 18 levels.

The 19-year-old, who is the nephew of former Premier League star Jay-Jay Okocha, is delighted to have extended his stay at the Gunners and now has his sights set on making some first-team...

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Wayne Rooney will make Man United critics eat their words - Beckham

Football icon David Beckham talks about upcoming charity match at Manchester United, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and his hopes that his former teammate Ryan Giggs might one day take the reins at Old Trafford.

David Beckham has warned Wayne Rooney's critics they will soon be made to eat their words, as he feels the Manchester United captain still has plenty to offer his club.

Although they did not play together at United, Beckham and Rooney have been close friends for many years because of their involvement with England.

Beckham was captain when Rooney made his international debut 12 years ago and the pair went on to play at two major tournaments together.

Rooney became England's record goal scorer last...

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Jurgen Klopp travelling to Liverpool for final talks on Thursday - sources

Gab Marcotti of ESPN FC believes that Jurgen Klopp would help to bring life back into Liverpool should he end up being hired as the manager.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to travel to Merseyside on Thursday for final face-to-face discussions over becoming Liverpool's new manager, sources have told ESPN FC.

Klopp is close to agreeing a three-year deal, with negotiations having made significant progress on Tuesday, sources said.

The 48-year-old ended a seven-year stint in charge of Borussia Dortmund in May with the intention of taking a year-long sabbatical from football.

Klopp has not been discouraged by the fact that Liverpool wish to keep...