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Meet The Goalkeeper Who Won More Trophies Than Appearances In 13 Seasons

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On Tuesday, S.L. Benfica’s 40-year-old third choice goalkeeper Paulo Lopes announced his retirement from world football. The shot-stopper has managed to collect more trophies and winner’s medals than appearances during his time with Águias.
Lopes re-joined Benfica in 2012 and has made 11 appearances across all competitions until his retirement, during that time he scooped up 12 trophies while largely sitting on the bench.
Competition: Year Won: League Title 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Portuguese Cup 2013, 2016 Portuguese League Cup 2013, 2014, 2015 Portuguese Super Cup 2014, 2016, 2017
The 40-year-old finished his youth career and began his senior career at the Portuguese club in the late 90s, early 2000s but could not break into the first team.
After a season at Benfica B in 2001, he moved away from his boyhood club.
He then spent time at several different Portuguese outfits before returning to see out his career.
“This is one of the most difficult moments in a footballer’s life when his career comes to an end, but as in everything in life nothing is eternal,” he said.
“I’ve been a 21-year-old football professional, a profession to which I gave myself heart and soul with the clear conscience that I did everything to honour the profession I embraced and dignified myself as a football professional,” reported A BOLA.
Lopes will now take charge of coaching the goalkeepers for Benfica’s under-23s.

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Daily Roundup : Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has admitted that playing in the Premier League is his “dream”. The Croatia international has been linked to a number of English clubs in recent years, most notably Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. “I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream. In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.” (Calciomercato)

Genoa will demand a fee of £44m for in-demand striker Krzysztof Piatek. The Polish forward, who has scored 10 goals in Serie A this season, is said to have attracted interest from Napoli and Chelsea. (Tuttosport)

Juventus full-back Alex Sandro has still yet to sign a contract renewal, leaving his club concerned over his future. Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are interested and a transfer is not out of the question. (Tuttosport)

France

Lyon, St-Etienne and Athletic Bilbao are all believed to be interested in the 14-year-old brother of Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte. Leo Laporte, a forward at US Agen Football, has impressed scouts this season. (Sud-Ouest)

Spain

Talks have begun at Barcelona over a new contract for Jordi Alba, despite the player’s suggestions that he had not been contacted. His current deal expires in 2020 and the club have made his renewal a priority. (Marca)

Barcelona’s sporting director, Eric Abidal, met Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt for dinner last week. The 19-year-old is highly rated and has been heavily linked with the Catalan club. (Catalunya Radio)

Real Madrid and Barcelona could fight for the signature of Neymar after he reportedly struck an agreement with PSG to leave at the end of the season in a £177m deal. The French club’s need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations has believed to have left them with little choice but to sell their star player. (La Porteria TV)

Germany

Arsene Wenger’s agent was spotted sitting in the VIP area at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night as Bayern Munich beat Benfica. The former Arsenal manager has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions as a potential replacement for under-fire Niko Kovac. (Sport Bild)

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has not ruled out a move to Bayern in the future. The Croatia international played in Germany for Schalke before moving to Spain, and labelled the Bundesliga a “special” league. (Sport Bild)

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Arsene Wenger is interested in a high-profile return to football management with Bayern Munich as the German club look to replace Niko Kovac.
  • The Labour Party is calling for sports governing bodies to introduce a single unified concussion protocol, including substitutions for head injuries.
  • Borussia Dortmund are willing to strike a £70m deal with Chelsea or Liverpool for USA international Christian Pulisic – as long as he stays in Germany until the summer.
  • Manchester United have expressed an interest in West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic but they will not be making a bid for the Austria international in the January window.
  • AC Milan have held talks with Chelsea over potential January deals for Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen.
  • AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has not ruled out signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
  • Sadio Mane is a doubt for Liverpool’s game against Paris Saint-Germain after being struck down by illness on Monday evening.
  • David de Gea donated his gloves worn in his 250th Premier League game to non-league goalkeeper Jordan Dawes – who recently suffered a stroke at the age of 18.
  • Former Premier League referee Bobby Madley has begun officiating in Norway’s sixth tier after being let go by Premier League bosses in August.
  • West Ham are willing to wait until the end of the season before resuming talks with Declan Rice over a new contract.
  • Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz has agreed to join Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract expires.
  • The pitch invader who smuggled toy guns into Old Trafford when United hosted Juventus in October, triggering a major security scare, did not have a ticket and strolled into the ground through an open gate.
  • Ousmane Dembele has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club in January amid links with Arsenal – and his departure could see Neymar return to the Nou Camp.
  • Andres Iniesta has blamed Jose Mourinho for creating divisions in the Spain national side between Real Madrid and Barcelona players.
  • UEFA is unhappy with Tottenham’s Wembley pitch ahead of their game against Inter Milan but has still deemed it fit for purpose to avoid complications.
  • Peter Beardsley is coaching at non-league Gateshead on a non-contract basis while under investigation over racism allegations at Newcastle.
  • Manchester United and Tottenham are reportedly monitoring Sampdoria’s 22-year-old defender Joachim Andersen.
  • Galatasaray are interested in signing Liverpool strikers Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi.
  • Mesut Ozil is facing an uncertain future at Arsenal with the prospect of spending more time on the bench at away games with Unai Emery disappointed in his contribution away to Crystal Palace in October.
  • Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has told Mikey Devlin he has until Friday to prove his fitness for the Scottish League Cup final.
  • Toni Kroos had verbally agreed to join Manchester United in a meeting in 2013 before deciding to join Real Madrid instead.
  • Rangers youngster Leon King made his U20s debut at just 14 years old in a 6-1 win over Partick Thistle in the City of Glasgow cup.
  • The RFU has conceded that it may have overpaid in the £220m deal with Premiership clubs that secures the release of England players for international duty.

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Laurent Koscielny Completes Injury Return After Playing For 45 Minutes For Arsenal’s Under-23s

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Laurent Koscielny played 45 minutes for Arsenal’s Under-23 side in a game against Derby County on Monday.

Koscielny has not played for Arsenal since early May after rupturing his tendon in the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.

That injury immediately ruled Koscielny out of the World Cup, France triumphing at Russia 2018 in the 33-year-old’s absence.

But the defender could soon make his long-awaited comeback after featuring at Loughborough University Stadium, where Arsenal went down 5-0 to the Rams, with four of those five goals coming after Koscielny had been replaced.

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WOW! See The Reason Unai Emery Dropped Mesut Ozil In Arsenal’s Match Against Bournemouth

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, dropped Mesut Ozil from his starting XI against Bournemouth, after being disappointed by his contribution in last month’s draw against Crystal Palace.

Ozil has started 10 Premier League fixtures this season, but was named on the bench in Sunday’s victory over the Cherries.

Emery used all three substitutions at Dean Court, but left the 30-year-old on the bench.

After the match, the Spaniard played down Ozil’s absence, saying: “Every player is important. We thought about how we can be better in the match today, with a very demanding match physically with their intensity against us and we came to that decision.”

But, according to the Daily Mirror, Emery made his decision after being left disappointed by Ozil’s contribution in the 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park last month.

It is claimed Ozil now faces the prospect of spending more time on the bench under Emery, a manager who demands a high work-rate of every one of his players.

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‘Man United Can Be In Top 4 By The End Of The Year’- Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United can break into the Premier League’s top four by the end of December, says manager Jose Mourinho.

United are currently eighth, seven points off the Champions League qualification spots.

“I know it’s a big gap,” said Mourinho, ahead of Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

“But I also know until the end of December we have eight Premier League matches to play, and with eight matches we are speaking about 24 points.”

The 55-year-old, who has a near full-strength squad to choose from against Palace, added: “I believe we are going to be there.”

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