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    Kane’s tough route to top

    Agence France-Prtesse . London | Updated at 12:05am on June 02, 2018

    Harry Kane is England’s poster boy, the only truly global star in the World Cup squad, but the Tottenham striker has had to work ferociously hard to convince the doubters throughout his career....

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    Messi doesn’t need to prove anything: Diego

    Sports Desk | Updated at 12:05am on June 02, 2018

    Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi does not have to prove anything to Argentina as the Barcelona superstar prepares for what could be his last World Cup, reports Goal....

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    Hazard’s single minded path to football stardom

    Agence France-Presse . Brussels | Updated at 12:05am on June 02, 2018

    Even today the marks on a board across a gap in the hedge in a small Belgian town are evidence of the youthful Eden Hazard’s eager first steps as a footballer....

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    WC Germany’s, golden boot Messi’s: polls

    Reuters . Johannesburg | Updated at 12:05am on June 02, 2018

    Germany will retain their World Cup title in Moscow to equal Brazil’s record of five wins in the tournament, according to a Reuters poll of financial specialists more used to predicting market moves....

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    Germany hungry for back-to-back titles

    Agence France-Presse . Berlin | Updated at 12:05am on June 01, 2018

    Joachim Low believes Germany will be hunted ‘like never before’ when they attempt to become the first team for 56 years to successfully defend the World Cup in Russia....

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    Welbeck ready to fire for England

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:05am on June 01, 2018

    England striker Danny Welbeck says he has emerged mentally stronger after a knee injury ruled him out of the 2016 European Championships and the 27-year-old is keen to make an impact in next month’s World Cup in Russia....

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    Toni Kroos: from small-town Germany to glory in Madrid

    Agence France-Presse . Berlin | Updated at 12:05am on June 01, 2018

    Minnows Greifswalder FC are a world away from Real Madrid, yet World Cup winner Toni Kroos is the local hero in the small north German city on the Baltic coast....

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    For Neymar, first it was a beach, then the world

    Agence France-Presse . Santos | Updated at 12:05am on June 01, 2018

    Twenty years ago, a coach named Betinho was watching a game of beach football when he spotted a skinny boy of six sprinting up and down the terracing, faster than he’d ever seen someone of that age. It was Neymar...

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    Germany’s ‘Mr Safe Hands’ still beloved at Schalke

    Agence France-Presse . Gelsenkirchen | Updated at 12:05am on June 01, 2018

    The pitheads around Gelsenkirchen bear testimony to the heavy industry linking the region to local Bundesliga club Schalke 04, nicknamed ‘The Miners’, where Manuel Neuer started his impressive career....

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    ‘WC can launch Azmoun towards big club move’

    Reuters . Hong Kong | Updated at 12:29am on May 31, 2018

    Iran great Ali Daei has backed compatriot Sardar Azmoun to be one of the breakout stories of the World Cup finals and use the tournament as a springboard to sign for a top club side....