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WORLD CUP PREPARATION

Is Africa heading towards World Cup humiliation?

We present a status report for each of Africa's five Qatar-bound teams, including the key areas they need to improve.

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World Cup Stock Watch: Who's hot and who's not

Each week, we take a look at the World Cup favorites to see how they are shaping up.

TRANSFERS

He's behind you! Lion scares Kostas Manolas at transfer unveiling

Striker Kostas Manolas began his new career at Sharjah FC with a bang -- or a growl -- after being unveiled while posing beside a lion.

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Live Transfer Talk: Griezmann, Asensio, Pulisic on Juventus' wishlist

Juventus have formed a three-man shortlist to bolster their attack in January. Transfer Talk has the latest.

GLOBAL SOCCER SCORES

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