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Juventus are favourites after winning a record 8th Serie A title in a row, but a lot has changed this summer

Let’s face it. The competition in Serie A had for a long time rendered the league less interesting, with Juve winning the Scudetto eight consecutive times. Accompanied by the arrival of Ronaldo, viewers who had turned a blind eye on the Italian top flight found a reason to reconsider. But with Serie A beginning to attract top talent again, parity may soon return to the league. Dennis lays it bare.

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To what extent are local football associations determining results by successive pay-dispute rows?

Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Cameroon, only to mention but a few, are some of the sides that have had their overall performances negatively impacted by off the pitch scandals of late or non-payment resulting from maladministration and corruption. What’s local football associations’ role in this? How far does the cancer go? Simiso answers it all.

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How will the English Premier League's "Big 6" rank this season?

FT’s own Siphosethu has thrown his predictions into the hat regarding the final placement of the “Big 6” on the English Premier League table come May 2020 and Arsenal fans won’t be quite impressed. How do you think they will fare? Or will perhaps an underdog creep in and still any of the spot?

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FT's AFCON 2019 Ultimate XI

It’s sort of a tradition to sum up the biggest performers of a tournament at the end of it. Here’s the best eleven from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament who stood out for their nations and entertained neutrals. No one could have anticipated that the 21-year-old Algerian midfielder, Ismael Bennacer would headline it. Check out who else made the list.

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Winners and Losers from AFCON 19

As planned from the get go, there was only going to be one winner amongst the 24 AFCON 2019 finalists. Champions Algeria are the most obvious one, but who else achieved smaller wins that could set them up for a more successful future and who had a tournament they need to quickly forget.

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A superhero/supervillain that is VAR and its Future in Global Football

Even after having a major run out in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, VAR looked all new during the women’s world cup and particularly the Copa America, dishing out some fresh controversies. Even Messi came out a supposed victim of the technology more than once. But what is it really to global football, a friend or a foe?

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The USA are back to back champs. Even though European nations are making progress, substance must always trump style.

A second consecutive and record 4th FIFA World Cup title is certainly something to shout about. The word is dominance, it spells dominance. However, hidden in the narrative are the stern challenges of Spain, France, England and the Netherlands, that the USWNT faced enroute to their 2019 title. Substance did trump style and we get to explore the meaning of the win, both for America and women’s football in general.

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2019 WWC Review: After all the African teams failed to make it past the Round of 16, What’s next for the game in Africa?

The progress is evident, but we need more. We look back at Africa’s overall performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, seek to understand why, explore some of the challenges plaguing women’s football on the continent and suggest a few solutions.

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2019 WWC Review: Five Breakout Stars of the Tournament (Stars of the future)

A 23-year-old all-time top goal scorer for her nation, two young midfield maestros who seemingly drink ice for breakfast, an audacious forward who is in the top 0.01% when it comes to dribbles and tricks, and finally an explosive African queen, the face of the continent’s football both now and in the near future. They are all here. Our fast five of all the breakout stars at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Are Sarri and Chelsea a good fit going forward?

The Blues of West London have already secured a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League and are in their second cup final of the campaign as they square off with Arsenal in Baku for the Europa League trophy. Relatively good successes, papering the cracks that has marked Chelsea’s season. Where do we go from here?

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Are Lyon Women the best women’s football team ever assembled, and is it good for the game?

Champions League success is almost synonymous with Real Madrid, four wins in the past five seasons. Do you know who else has done that sort of thing in the same period, Lyon. The Women’s French Ligue 1 champions are redefining the word, dominance.

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